25 miles in Week 6: Ralph’s Cannabis Events and Dispensary Stops

25 miles in Week 6: Ralph’s Cannabis Events and Dispensary Stops

Cannabis Season Week 6 was a good one!

This week includes my appointment at Hanger Clinic regarding my custom molded orthotics and the Cannabis Industry meet up at Prism House.   I also continue with my Dispensary Tour, this week around the Beaverton area.  Here is how I walked 25.3 miles from Sunday May 14 through Saturday, May 20.

Sunday, 5/14/17, 1.0 miles. It was a quiet day at home, writing up my thoughts on last week’s wandering when Pedro texted me.  Flo accompanied me to the NW Cannabis Club where she became their newest member.  As she sat and read, Kevin Jodrey and I spent hours wrapped in a far-reaching conversation regarding his history, businesses, and thoughts of the future relative to cannabis.  Over many dabs of Jack Herer I learned much from one of the most experienced cannabis entrepreneurs in our time. I look forward to our next conversation.  And now Flo knows what the NW Cannabis Club looks like and will be able to accompany me there in the future.

Monday, 5/15/17, 7.5 miles.  Today I get to have the prosthetic in my shoe evaluated by the tech at Hanger Clinic, and wow did he do a great job.  Now I get to walk on it for a few days and see if it will work long term.  From Beaverton I take public transportation to arrive at Canna-Daddy’s on SE Division, almost 20 miles away.  I am going there to take advantage of another one of the REL vape pen $5 sales.  I arrive at the dispensary just after noon, two hours after they open, and they inform me that the sale items are not yet in their inventory, so they cannot sell one to me. After contacting Steve Gold (The Daily Leaf) about the issue, I wander westward, finally stopping in at The Green Remedy where I pick up a gram of Yerba Buena’s Silver Hawk flower.

Tuesday, 5/16/17, 0.8 miles.  One of the first things I do in the morning is to put on my eyeglasses.  It is all part of a morning ritual that has evolved over a lifetime.  This morning was a bit different because the left arm of my rimless titanium frames broke a centimeter from the left lens.  It is rather difficult to properly focus when your spectacles no longer provide the correct distances for the angles to work in your favor.  It took a short while, but I finally found a wonderful and competent technician to correctly weld the arm and provide an affordable short term solution.  For a long term solution, I am turning to my brother Clarke who has owned his own optical shop in Apopka (FL) for a few decades now and has graciously supplied eyeglass services to his family.

Wednesday, 5/17/17, 0.2 miles.  A cool and rainy day, which I will spend catching up on stuff around the house.

Thursday, 5/18/17, 9.6 miles.  Today I hit the road again on my 2017 Dispensary Tour.  

Oregon Bud Company – Since the budtenders at Oregon Bud Company indicated last week that they would be receiving some new flower this week, I decide to begin with them.  First, this is one of the few dispensaries which do not have an ID check-in before heading into the retail part of the store.  I am so glad that I wandered back in just to check out their Pineapple Trainwreck, testing at 32.1% THC.  And then there is their GG#5 at 27.7% THC.  I would also like to try out the Crème Royal, based solely on the wonderful odor of the terpenes.  Oh yes, that wafting aroma!

Growing Releaf – along with checking out flower, I like to check on the prices of OMMP edibles, since they are becoming harder to find on dispensary shelves, and the prices are all over the place.  Here I found the Squib 100 edibles are $14, one of the lowest prices I have found anywhere.  They also have the OLCC approved 50mg+/- Grön chocolate bars at $15 for medical card patients, which is one of the lowest prices I have seen for this.

Stash Cannabis Company – When you bring up this Dispensary on Leafly, it displays only “Overview” and “Reviews”.  However, if you Google search for them you find a Leafly menu which displays only 8 chemovars (strains).  [Today, 5/23/17, they display 10 chemovars.]  Stash has only a few of the extracts that have flooded other dispensaries, and maintains only a small number of edibles.

The Green Planet – they have moved two stores down from their old location and in so doing they have expanded their showroom to become a very large glass and pipe retail outlet, with cannabis as another facet of the retail experience.  The first strain I was shown is a Purple Hindu Kush by HGP, selling at only $9 a gram.  For this chemovar, the price is excellent.  I was also shown a Northern Wreck from 45th Parallel Farms, testing in at 30.7% THC, White Super Skunk by Cultivated Industries, and Sweet Meringue by Novik Industries LLC, which is one of the best looking flowers I have seen today.  I looked at some of the other offerings from Novik (I hadn’t seen any of their flower before today) and have them in my mind to see what else of theirs I can find over this summer.

Stone Age Farmacy – anyone following my blog will note that I included this dispensary among my 10 best.  Today they have 44 chemovars on their shelves; a wonderful abundance of choices for the consumer!  Many of their offerings are grown by Stone Age Gardens in south Oregon and are some of the frostiest flower I have seen (as are most of the offerings found in all of the dispensaries on my top ten list).  I asked to be shown a sample from each end of the spectrum as well as a balanced hybrid, and they didn’t disappoint.  I was offered:  Blue Dream (25.6% THC), as a sativa dominant flower; Beast OG (19.7% THC), as an indica dominant flower; and Cherry Bomb (19.9% THC) as the sweet tasting middle ground hybrid.  However, with so many choices on flower, I doubt that you could go wrong with throwing a dart and picking any flower on the shelf.  And, something that retired consumers may like, there is a public restroom within the dispensary.

Parlour Cannabis Shoppe – let me start right off by saying that they have 1oz bags of shake for $70 medical ($80 recreational)!  For those who are interested in making edibles (canna butter is really big in Oregon at this time) or rolling joints old-school, this is something that is absolutely wonderful to find.  I have only found a few dispensaries out of the nearly 200 in our area who keep bags of shake on the shelf, so it is important to let you know when I discover another one.  Today they have 24 chemovars on their shelves and showed me a beautiful looking Lavender Trainwreck (20.6% THC) and Shaolin Kush (25.3% THC), both from Mindful Organics.  The Shaolin Kush is so very loaded with calyxes that it almost appeared to have a white cast.  It is oh-so-yummy looking!  For me, this dispensary is the prime example of how I see Cannabis storefronts becoming mainstream.  This shop is located within a very nice strip mall at a very busy 6-way intersection, with its name right along every other business, as one good business neighbor to another.  If you find yourself near the Sesame Donuts at the intersection of Scholls Ferry Rd and Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, visit this dispensary.  You will not be disappointed, and you may need to buy more doughnuts.

Five Zero Trees West – the first thing I notice while they are confirming my IDs (for OMMP cardholders we turn over our driver’s license as well as our OMMP card), is that they have tie-dyed shirts for their dispensary.  This is right up my alley, as it would be for many old-school pot heads of my generation.  So they get an early point for that!  They also have public restrooms, so another point for that.  The shelves are fully stocked, with 5 CBD-heavy chemovars, 14 high shelf chemovars ($12/g), 21 regular shelf chemovars ($10/g), and 5 special chemovars ($8/g).  When asked to show me a few examples of the best flower in the shop, my budtender produced: Golden Cobra by Bull Run Farms; Key Lime Pie from Prūf Cultivar (among the best farms in Oregon, IMHO); Primate Adhesive [definitely not a Gorilla Glue, since that is a trademarked name]from Nelson and Co; and BB #3 also from Nelson and Co.  In addition to the flower, they create 1 gram pre-rolls from flower on each of the three pricing levels, yielding joints that also cost $8, $10, and $12 each.  And, just for fun, they create $6 one-gram pre-rolls from a mixture of flowers all from TJ Gardens (another of those top tier cannabis farms, IMHO).  These are a definite bargain for those that need to pick up a few party favors and would like nothing better than a hybrid time for very little money.

New Vansterdam Medical – do not be fooled; even though “Medical” is in the name, they have had their recreational license since April.  This is the first dispensary where I have found Busy Bee flavored RSO (74.5% THC, 6.1% CBD, 3.4% CBN), and at $35 a gram it is one of the best prices for RSO I have seen anywhere.  Another first for me is a product from Canavore called “Weekend Getaway Kit”.  According to the label, it includes 4 half-gram joints and one 15mg edible, all for $30 to medical patients.  Based solely on quantity, this is a fantastic deal, assuming that the quality is anywhere near Oregon normal.  When asked to show me their best buds from the 20 chemovars on the shelf, they opted for: Mindful Kush from Mindful Organics (it had many mature calyxes, indicating that it was not rushed during its flushing and drying cycles); Shaolin Kush #11 from Mindful Organics; and Forum Cut Girl Scout Cookies from Frost Farms.  These are three more examples of Oregon flower with which one cannot go wrong.

Friday, 5/19/17, 6.1 miles.  Hey, I woke up to the Daily Leaf’s notice of another $5 REL vape pen drop, followed closely by a notice that it would not happen until noon.  No problem, and thanks for the heads up!  So off I go to Cannabis Corner in Southeast Portland, across from Mt. Scott Park.  When I arrived at 1:30pm they were extremely busy, too busy to spend much time chitchatting with me.  I will visit again later in the summer for a Dispensary Tour visit.  From here I walk the mile to Deanz Greenz on Foster to spend some time with Steve from The Daily Leaf at a networking event.  Here I spend some time with the folks from WHO (Walking Happy Oil) where I win a new lapel pin for my hat as well as the guys from Novik Industries where I earn a free t-shirt for purchasing some of their flower at the dispensary.  Since it is such a nice sunny day, I head to OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) and walk the East Esplanade along the Willamette River, cross the Steel Bridge, and continue south along the west bank of the river to Tom McCall Waterfront Park.  I love walking this route, as it is both wonderful to view and provides some fantastic people watching.  Although the people might not be dressed as I remember the lovely ladies of my youth along the stretches of sandy beach in New Smyrna Beach, the spring and summer fashions along the river in Portland are quite spectacular for this old man.  As the afternoon wears on, I head to the NW Cannabis Club to enjoy the company of other like-minded folks.  And tonight is a special sesh (we are too lazy to say session – two syllables and all ☺) featuring samples provided by Clay Wolf, a local extract producer.  And oh, are they so very flavorful!  And smooth.  And potent!  I love my life!

Saturday 5/20/17, 0.1 miles.  Home, with Flo.  I feel as though I am the luckiest person in the world, living the luckiest life possible.  Until next week, peace out.

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Published at Wed, 07 Jun 2017 17:43:19 +0000

Exclusive: Sam Elliott and Nick Offerman toke up in dank drama “The Hero”

Exclusive: Sam Elliott and Nick Offerman toke up in dank drama “The Hero”

Filmmaker Brett Haley wrote the script for his latest film, “The Hero,” with two muses in mind: veteran character actor Sam Elliott and the marijuana strain Platinum Cookies.

Elliott stars as Lee Hayden, an over-the-hill Western actor exiled to voiceover work who smokes weed with his dealer Jeremy (Nick Offerman) and dreams of once and future on-film glory. When he’s diagnosed with cancer, Lee is forced to come to grips with his mortality, past sins and lost opportunities.

Platinum Cookies makes its silver screen debut in this exclusive clip shared with The Cannabist by Haley and entertainment company The Orchard, which bought the rights to “The Hero” following its 2017 Sundance premiere. The film will be released in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, June 9, followed by a national rollout beginning July 4.

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(Provided by The Orchard)

“Platinum Cookies is an indica-sativa hybrid I came across in my travels,” Haley told The Cannabist. “It was a fun, chill weed — and I liked the name.”

The strain name’s cadence made sense for this scene introducing Jeremy as Lee’s only friend, Haley said.

“Platinum Cookies, the real good shit,” a stoned Lee deadpans in his gravelly drawl to Jeremy, as if in the voiceover booth. It’s the only scene in which the film’s hero seems to find joy in his iconic voice.

Marijuana keeps Lee in the clouds, disconnected from the reality of his lonely life and, now, his devastating cancer diagnosis, Haley said.

It also fuels his dreams — an imaginary film shoot that Lee flashes in and out of — where he grapples with past glories, missed opportunities and hopes for one last shot at his brass ring.

Haley has said that he wrote “The Hero” as a love letter to Elliott, who also starred alongside Blythe Danner in Haley’s 2015 film, “I’ll See You in My Dreams.” But after reading the script, the veteran actor was a bit surprised by the amount of marijuana his character smoked, Haley said.

“‘Can people really smoke this much?’” Haley recalled Elliott asking him. When Haley told him he knew people who smoked that much weed, Elliott responded: “‘If that’s how you want the guy, I’ll give it to you.’”

“And that’s just Sam,” Haley said. “His star is brighter than it’s ever been, and I loved writing for him and working with him.”

Despite death’s long shadow, “The Hero” doesn’t linger on Lee’s mortality. Instead, the aging movie star’s arc shows that legacy isn’t defined by movie roles or awards, but in one’s personal connections in this world. As Lee deals with his cancer diagnosis, he rediscovers romance when he meets Charlotte (Laura Prepon), a stand-up comic with “a thing for old guys.” He also begins an emotional reconciliation with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter).

Near the film’s conclusion, Lee is back in the sound booth, enduring yet another voiceover session; nothing has changed, yet Lee is a transformed man.

“Escaping in a film can also mean engaging in truthful, honest characters that make you think of your own life,” Haley said. “At the end of this film, I want people to say, ‘I’m glad I spent this time with Sam Elliott.’”

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Published at Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:03:08 +0000

Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board Appointed!

Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board Appointed!

Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board Appointed!

Today, Gov. Rick Snyder appointed the five members of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board. Under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, the Board is responsible for working with the State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (within which the Board is housed) to promulgate the rules that will govern the medical marijuana industry in Michigan. Beginning this December, the Board will start accepting license applications, and will then oversee the licensing and regulation of industry participants. Governor Snyder’s press release follows:


Gov. Rick Snyder makes initial appointments to the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board

Friday, May 26, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the initial appointments to the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board established by the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act.

Housed within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the five-member board was created to implement the system of licensing and regulation established under the act for marihuana growth, processing, testing, transporting and provisioning.

“This board will help provide the proper oversight of medical marihuana facilities to keep the public safe by ensuring proper health and safety standards are being met,” Snyder said.

Member with term expiring Dec. 31, 2018:

Nichole Cover of Mattawan is a licensed pharmacist and healthcare supervisor for Walgreens. She currently serves as chair of the Michigan Board of Pharmacy and previously served as the Board’s representative on the Controlled Substance Advisory Commission. Cover holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University. She will represent Independents.

Members with terms expiring Dec. 31, 2019:

Serving as the nominee of the Senate Majority Leader is Rick Johnson of LeRoy, who also will serve as chair. He manages Common Cents Farm in LeRoy. Johnson was a state representative from 1998–2004, serving his last four years as Speaker of the House. Johnson holds an honorary doctorate of public service from Ferris State University. He will represent Republicans.

Serving as the nominee of the Speaker of the House is David LaMontaine of Monroe.  He is a business agent and executive board member for the Police Officers’ Association of Michigan. LaMontaine previously served in the United States Marine Corps, as a police officer in Hamtramck, and as a hostage negotiator and detective for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. LaMontaine studied employment and labor relations at Wayne State University. He will represent Republicans.

Members with terms expiring Dec. 31, 2020:

Donald Bailey of Traverse City recently retired as a sergeant for the Michigan State Police with 36 years of law enforcement and investigative experience. Bailey holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Eastern Michigan University, attended the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy, and received a certificate from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety in Police Management, Staff, and Command. He will represent Republicans.

Vivian Pickard of Bloomfield Hills is the president and CEO of The Pickard Group consulting firm. She recently retired as director of public policy for General Motors and served six years as president of the General Motors Foundation, during which she managed all the company’s U.S. philanthropic donations. Pickard holds a bachelor’s degree in human services management from Ferris State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University. She will represent Independents.

After this round of initial appointments, subsequent members will serve four-year terms.


For further updates on the rulemaking process and development of Michigan’s industry, check back here with Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog.

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Published at Thu, 25 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Nevada Hemp Legalization Bill Signed Into Law by Governor

Nevada Hemp Legalization Bill Signed Into Law by Governor

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed into law a bill legalizing hemp.

Senate Bill 396 received unanimous approval in the Senate in April, and last month was approved by the full Assembly with a 34 to 5 vote. Now, it has been signed into law by Governor Sandoval.

Senate Bill 396 expands a current law that allows hemp to be grown in the state for research purposes by creating “a separate program for the growth and cultivation of industrial hemp and produce agricultural hemp seed in this State”; this would allow hemp to be grown for commercial – and not exclusively research – purposes.

The measure “requires a person who wishes to grow or handle industrial hemp or produce agricultural hemp seed to register with the Department [of Agriculture”, and “requires the testing of commodities or products made using industrial hemp by an independent testing laboratory”

The bill also “allows a facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products and a medical marijuana dispensary to acquire industrial hemp from a registered grower or handler”, and “allows a facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products to use industrial hemp to manufacture edible marijuana products and marijuana-infused product”.

Finally, the proposal “allows a medical marijuana dispensary to dispense industrial hemp and edible marijuana products and marijuana-infused products containing industrial hemp”, and  “requires the Division of Public and Behavioral Health of the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt regulations setting forth minimum requirements for industrial hemp which is used by a facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products to manufacture such products or which is dispensed by a medical marijuana dispensary”.

Cllick here for the full text of Senate Bill 396

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Fri, 02 Jun 2017 22:41:01 +0000

What is Limonene?

What is Limonene?

What is Limonene?

lemonene cannabis terpenes

Your favorite citrusy strains have limonene, a terpene, to thank for their delicious aromas. Aside from lending cannabis strains a great tasting flavor, limonene also has several notable health benefits. In some strains, limonene also produces hints of rosemary and peppermint. Limonene is also found in fruit rinds, juniper, pine, mint, and rosemary. Limonene is also a primary component of lemon essential oil.  Plants evolved to produce limonene naturally because it has natural insecticide properties, helping plants ward off predators.

It’s also one of the most commercially valuable terpenes, since it’s also used in detergents and cosmetics. The presence of limonene in high or low doses within a strain is one of the things that influence the effect of a strain. Cannabis strains that have high levels of limonene are known to promote an uplifting and positive buzz. Limonene has very low toxicity which is why it’s widely used in food as well as in cosmetics and household products.

You can also obtain the therapeutic effects of limonene by consuming more citrus fruits and taking dietary supplements (D-Limonene in particular). Eating up to 2 servings of citrus fruits a day can provide you with around 40mg of limonene. If you are looking to consume limonene as a supplement to help treat a specific ailment such as one of those that are listed below, you can consume more as long as it doesn’t go above 3,000mg per day and together with meals. Lemon essential oils are also an excellent source of limonene.

Health Benefits of Limonene

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Several studies show that limonene has significant therapeutic benefits especially for cancer and depression:

  • Anti-cancer: A 2011 study conducted by the University of Arizona and published in Oncology Reviews revealed that limonene has anti-cancer properties. This was discovered after administering limonene in animal models as well as in cell cultures. In 2012 a study was conducted, revealing that limonene has chemo-preventive properties which means that it helps prevent cancer. Another 2014 study showed that limonene has valuable anti-inflammatory properties which also showed that the terpene was effective in killing tumors because it decreases the ability of the tumor to develop new blood vessels.

    • A 1994 study showed that limonene has several properties that help prevent the growth of tumors
    • A 1995 study proved that limonene has anticarcinogenic characteristics
    • A 1996 study revealed that limonene can inhibit lung tumor growth
    • A 2002 study showed that limonene is effective in treating liver cancer

  • Depression: Limonene is effective in elevating one’s mood and relieves the symptoms of depression. A 2012 study revealed that limonene is beneficial in treating depression naturally.

  • Gastrointestinal health: Strains high in limonene, as well as the fruits and herbs it’s found in, make this terpene effective in maintaining gastrointestinal health by stabilizing the gut. One study discusses the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of limonene for the stomach in particular, supporting the claim that it does wonders for gastrointestinal health. Another study shows that limonene helps treat heartburn and indigestion, reducing gastric distress because it stabilizes gastric acid and prevents gastro-oesophageal reflux.

  • Antiseptic: Limonene has therapeutic properties for certain conditions especially against acne because of its bacteria-killing abilities.

  • Anti-cholesterol: Limonene is a solvent of cholesterol, helping clear fat that accumulates in the gallbladder.


  • Anxiety: A 2012 study published in Brain Research reveals that limonene has anxiolytic-like propreties that are so powerful and had mild side effects, suggesting that limonene would make an excellent treatment for those suffering from this dreaded mental disorder. Studies say that limonene causes an increase in dopamine and serotonin neurotransmitters in the brain. When patients suffering from depression are exposed to limonene, it results in a decrease in depression symptoms and also stimulates the immune system.

  • Insomnia: Limonene can help improve quality of sleep and also possesses sedative properties

  • Anti-inflammatory: In 2010 a study explored the anti-inflammatory properties of limonene. The researchers found that limonene may hold promise as medicine for asthma because it can inhibit cytokines.

  • Antifungal: Limonene is a natural remedy that can be used to prevent and treat yeast outbreaks.

  • Diabetes and weight loss: Limonene supplements are used to alleviate insulin resistance and also helps prevent metabolic syndrome caused by non-alcoholic fatty disease. Limonene also works as an appetite suppressant and can help prevent weight gain.

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Published at Thu, 01 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Washington Governor Signs Legislation Expanding Medical Cannabis Access

Washington Governor Signs Legislation Expanding Medical Cannabis Access

By Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director

Governor Jay Inslee has signed legislation, Senate Bill 5131, expanding patients’ access to medical cannabis and instructing regulators to consider home cultivation by non-patients.

The new law for the first time allows registered patients to legally purchase marijuana seeds, clones, and immature plants from licensed providers.

Other provisions in the law permit non-patients to legally share cannabis products with one another, and task the State Liquor and Cannabis Board to make recommendations regarding whether to permit the home cultivation of limited quantities of cannabis by adults. Washington is the only state that regulates the adult use of and commercial sale of cannabis, but does not permit adults to legally grow the plant themselves.

Full text of the engrossed measure is available here.

For more information, please contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Thu, 25 May 2017 20:26:10 +0000

Weed and Shrooms: A Closer Look

Weed and Shrooms: A Closer Look

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Psilocybin and Cannabis: A Comparative Analysis

According to the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) cannabis and psilocybin (commonly referred to ‘Magic Mushrooms’) have no accepted medical uses and a high potential for abuse. While this description for both of these substances is highly inaccurate for a wide variety of reasons, the current classification makes it very difficult to conduct research into the medical benefits of the plants.

Regardless whether these substances are illegal, millions of people around the world use these ‘Teacher Plants’ for recreational, medical and spiritual uses. Thus, in the following analysis we’ll be going into details about the effects, potential medical uses and potential pitfalls when consuming these substances.

How Accessible are Weed and Shrooms?

Despite the fact that there is an entire government system and an international collaboration to inhibit people from consuming these substances, it has done very little to stop people from taking them. In fact, the highest consumed illicit drug is cannabis. Mushrooms, on the other hand, are not consumed nearly as much as cannabis for obvious reasons (we’ll get into that later).

Today, there are 28 states in the United States that have some sort of marijuana legislation in play whereas zero states provide easy access to the hallucinogen psilocybin, save for a few universities where studies are being conducted.

Most people around the world find their own ways to get their hands on these substances, whether it’s through cultivating the plants at home, or purchasing it illegally on the black market.

Mushrooms grow wild in places where there is a lot of humidity and frequently can be found in cattle ranches or certain mountainous areas. People who consume magic mushrooms go on the “hunt” within the first few hours after it rained and before the sun is too potent that will make the mushrooms dry out and wither.

How to Consume Weed and Shrooms

For the most part, people consume cannabis via smoking it. Lately, with newer devices, vaporizing cannabis has become popular. However, with the expansion of the cannabis industry, the methods of consumption has evolved drastically.

From extracts to infusions, cannabis can now be consumed via smoking, vaping, eating, drinking and even topically through creams and so forth.

For mushrooms, however, most people eat it directly or drink it in a tea. Depending on the strength of the mushroom, usually 6 ‘caps’ would do the trick to send you into a hallucinogenic state. For preservation, some people place the mushrooms in honey, allowing it to be stored for years while others dehydrate the caps, which gives it a shelf life of about six months to a year.

The Effects of Cannabis and Mushrooms

Some people say you can’t “trip” on cannabis, however, they would be mistaken. It takes roughly 10 micrograms of cannabis in your system to induce hallucinations (in most) however, this mostly occurs through edibles. For those who smoke marijuana, the effects are usually mild, with a case of euphoria due to dopamine levels increasing, laughter, hunger (the munchies). Since cannabis has nearly an infinite amount of strains, the effects may range depending on the genetics of the plant you are smoking. It will either ‘lift you up’ or ‘lock you down’ depending on the phenotype you’re smoking (indica/sativa).

Mushrooms, on the other hand, are much more ‘intense’ in terms of experience. The mushroom trip lasts anywhere between 6-12 hours depending on the amount you consumed. As opposed to cannabis, psilocybin is a fully immersive experience that will create vivid hallucinations to the point where you can ‘smell colors’ or ‘feel sound’. This is due to the fact that when under the influence of psilocybin, the entire brain is connected and the sensorial experience is magnified.

For some, they experience psilocybin almost with a child-like fascination. It’s common to have people giggle like little children, frolic in nature and amaze at the wondrous sights they see. Others, experience a much more intense experience where there is a sense of inter-connectivity between the individual and the surrounding areas.

It’s quite difficult to explain a subjective experience such as psilocybin to someone who has never tried a psychedelic. In fact, every experience is unique. One of the most important factors is to have your mind in the ’right place’ to induce a pleasant experience. This means, not harboring feelings such as ‘guilt, envy, fear etc.’ Within the realm of psychedelics, these emotions tend to leak into the visual experience and can turn a ‘good trip’ into something ‘not-so-pleasant’

Medical Uses

Cannabis is said to treat up to 200 individual diseases and conditions ranging from cancer, depression, pain management, inflammation, seizure disorders, arthritis, PTSD and much more. There are over 20,000 publications outlining the medical benefits of cannabis and as laws surrounding the plant fades, more research will be conducted to verify the benefits of cannabis.

Psilocybin on the other hands has only recently been utilized for medical reasons. For the most part, researchers have been looking into mushrooms to treat things like depression, PTSD, anxiety, and other mental disorders.

Utilizing Cannabis and Mushrooms Simultaneously

Every good psychonaut uses cannabis with whatever psychedelic they are using. There are several reasons for this namely, Cannabis is a regulator allowing you to ‘surf the psychedelic’ and cannabis also acts as a booster for when your ‘trip is diminishing’ it can give you an extra few hours of “tripping”.

Cannabis and mushrooms go very well together and whenever you feel like your mushroom trip is getting ‘out of hand’, a few tokes from weed can bring down your anxieties and provide you with a slight sense of control over the experience.

The biggest factor when tripping on mushrooms is to accept your fate, to understand that you will be tripping for a few hours and that is ‘okay’. Simply accept it, ride it out and you’ll be fine.

Conclusion

To say that cannabis and mushrooms have no medical validity and a high potential for abuse is erroneous. No one has ever overdosed on cannabis as it is virtually impossible and similarly with mushrooms, people tend to stop after consuming a certain amount as the sensorial experience is intense and doesn’t require greater doses.

Of course, these are people who do abuse these substances, however for the most part…this is not the case.

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VolcanoVape founder and vape enthusiast, Ian Lebowski has been involved in marijuana industry for close to a decade now. Originally working in quality control and testing, he has reviewed hundreds of vape products over the years. He also loves to write so he never misses a chance to share his knowledge trough some marijuana-related article.

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Published at Thu, 18 May 2017 04:34:00 +0000

As more states legalize pot, more employees failing drug tests

As more states legalize pot, more employees failing drug tests

The Columbian / Associated Press

Workers at McLane drive forklifts and load hefty boxes into trucks. The grocery supplier, which runs a warehouse in Colorado, needs people who will stay alert — but prospective hires keep failing drug screens.

“Some weeks this year, 90 percent of applicants would test positive for something,” ruling them out for the job, said Laura Stephens, a human resources manager for the company in Denver.

The state’s unemployment rate is already low — 3 percent, compared to 4.7 percent for the entire nation. Failed drug tests, which are rising locally and nationally, further drain the pool of eligible job candidates.

“Finding people to fill jobs,” Stephens said, “is really challenging.”

Job applicants are testing positive for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamine and heroin at the highest rate in 12 years, according to a new report from Quest Diagnostics, a clinical lab that follows national employment trends. An analysis of about 10 million workplace drug screens from across the country in 2016 found positive results from urine samples increased from 4 percent in 2015 to 4.2 percent in 2016.

The most significant increase was in positive tests for marijuana, said Barry Sample, the scientist who wrote the report. Positive tests for the drug reached 2 percent last year, compared with 1.6 percent in 2012.

Although state laws have relaxed over the past four years, employers haven’t eased up on testing for pot, even where it’s legal.

California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada moved last year to legalize recreational marijuana, joining Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia, meanwhile, permit medical marijuana.

Under federal law, however, weed remains illegal — and employers in the United States can refuse to hire anyone who uses it, even if they have a prescription, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

In the oral fluid testing category, which picks up on recent drug use, and is typically used to test workers on the job, positive drug tests for marijuana surged about 75 percent in the United States over the past four years — from 5.1 percent in 2013 to 8.9 percent in 2016, according to Quest. The data show smaller increases in urine and hair testing (a 4.2 percent increase over the past year).

Colorado and Washington, which became the first two states to legalize weed in 2012, showed the largest growth in positive tests. Urine screens that detected pot rose 11 percent in Colorado and 9 percent in Washington, the first time either state outpaced the national average since residents could lawfully light up a — joint.

Quest noted that employers are also increasingly encountering job applicants who take other illicit substances. Tests that turned up cocaine increased 12 percent in 2016, hitting a seven-year high of 0.28 percent, up from 0.25 percent in 2015. Positive test results for amphetamine jumped 8 percent.

The culture change in pro-marijuana states hasn’t broadly altered the way employers screen applicants, said Sample, the scientist. “Ninety-nine percent of drug panels we perform in Colorado and Washington,” he said, “still test for marijuana.”

Companies such as McLane, where employees operate heavy machinery, keep testing for marijuana out of concern for everyone’s safety, said Stephens, the human resources manager. The firm conducts follicle tests, which can catch traces of weed for up to three months after someone smokes.

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Published at Sun, 21 May 2017 12:54:31 +0000

Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking?

Is Vaping Safer Than Smoking?

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Is vaping safer than smoking? Pitched as a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco, we unravel the hype and break down the controversy surrounding vaping and vaporizers to evaluate the question: are e-cigarettes really a safe alternative to tobacco?

What are the benefits, risks and controversies surrounding Vaping?

The concept of vaping has rapidly shot to the spotlight over the last few years, and is rapidly becoming a mainstream phenomena. Evolving from a socially acceptable smoking alternative, vaping and vaporizers have now become the epitome of cool for millennials and gadget-enthusiasts alike. As the popularity of vaping intensifies, vaping it has even become a full-fledged competitive sport – ushering in a new era of self-styled YouTube stars, vaping communities, and even fierce competitions! If vaping is so socially acceptable and trend-setting, why are many states and countries gradually banning vaporizers from public places, and even stigmatizing or alienating vapers? Marketed as a healthy cigarette alternative, each week there seems to be a myriad of conflicting reports on the subject. For every positive study there is a negative one on the health effects, dangers and risks of vaping. So we have put our detective glasses on, to produce your e-guide to vaping. We break down the hype, opinions, stigmas and studies to evaluate the question: are e-cigarettes really as healthy as they smell?

Vaping vs Smoking Cigarettes

Why is Smoking Dangerous?

Back in the day, smoking was marketed as the essence of style, grace and even prescribed by doctors to pregnant ladies for positive health benefits. However with the advancement of medicine, science and technology, studies have shown smoking tobacco is highly addictive, containing tar, nicotine, carcinogens as well as plenty of other cancer-causing agents. And that’s just the start, as tobacco contains dangerous chemicals that can cause lethal diseases. The World Health Organization reports that smoking kills around 6 million people per year worldwide. Smoking has slowly become less socially acceptable and in this millennial age of health-obsession, conventional smoking has become socially outlawed and banned in most public places.

Is Vaping a Healthy Alternative?

To answer this question, we had to dive into the archives, as there have been many conflicting reports on the health benefits, dangers and risks involved with vaping. In one monumental study from the UK’s Department of Health, e-cigarettes were found to be 95% safer than traditional cigarettes and therefore a much healthier alternative to tobacco. Another recent scientific study

by Cancer Research UK, showed that after six months, smokers who switched to e-cigarettes had fewer toxins and cancer-causing chemicals in their bodies than tobacco smokers. The report also negated previous studies which suggested vaping is as dangerous as smoking.

However, across the pond in the US, many authorities have taken a negative and cautious view on e-cigarettes. Some studies have shown that vaping is harmful, as vaporizers use e-liquid or e-juice, which contains nicotine. Other reports show e-cigarettes contain toxins, formaldehyde, or even cancer-inducing chemicals. In another twist, other studies have shown that this is only harmful with e-cigarettes been used at high temperatures. In moderate temperatures, there is actually less nicotine and chemicals than cigarettes. The vape is also not lit like a cigarette, so there is no combustion or release of carcinogens. Instead, the user inhales flavoured steam, which is comparatively safer. Others would argue that there still are traces of other chemicals, which one would not otherwise inhale and there are issues with second-hand smoke.

Why do many states have a negative view of vaping?

Despite numerous studies showing that vaping is a cooler, healthier alternative to smoking, vaping is still stigmatized by many and viewed on par with smoking. This is because e-cigarettes and vaporizers still produce “second-hand vapor” and trace-chemicals. People also argue that studies are not conclusive at the moment, as we will only know the long-term effects of vaping in years to come. Since there is still some controversy surrounding vaping, many countries, states and cities have even begun banning vaping in public places.

Conclusion: Vaping Versus Smoking

In a show-down battle between vaping and smoking, vaping would win hands down. In health terms, e-cigarettes and vapes contain less nicotine and other cancer-causing chemical and concoctions than tobacco. Another benefit is the smell, as many e-liquids have a mesmerizing aroma, like sweet vanilla, and do not discolour your fingers or teeth. This means vaping is comparatively more socially acceptable, less offensive and there are less bans and laws about vaping than smoking. Another cool benefit is that vaping has become a fierce competitive sport and “claim to fame”, with a new generation of vaping super-stars and viral videos. Another plus for gadget-enthusiasts is that vapes come in variety of vaporizer models from beginner to pro, with a myriad of trendy accessories, gadgets and kits. You can also find uber-convenient dry herb vaporizers that are compatible with weed, and stealthy vape pens for your wax.

So, while vaping still contains nicotine, and we have to wait to see full the long-term effects, it’s safe to say vaping is comparatively safer than smoking. Vaping also wins hands-down in terms of cool factor, trendiness, and social acceptance.

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Published at Fri, 19 May 2017 04:51:43 +0000

Nutritional High Getting High in Colorado

Nutritional High Getting High in Colorado

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 18, 2017) – Nutritional High International Inc. (the “Company” or “Nutritional High“) (CSE:EAT)(CSE:EAT.CN)(CNSX:EAT)(OTCQB:SPLIF)(FRANKFURT:2NU) is pleased to announce an update on operations in Pueblo, CO.

Nutritional High is impressed with the progress that has been made since the launch announcement on February 22, 2017. Palo Verde team has been focused on streamlining the production process in anticipation of radically scaling up the throughput, while maintaining strong extraction yields.

Since the initial launch Palo Verde has manufactured over 7,000 grams of cannabis oil distillate and approximately 3,000 FLI cartridges. The focus of equipment and extraction process calibration has been to achieve higher THC content for the final oil product, while ensuring that the gross extraction yields remain in line with expectations. The THC content has improved from high 70s percent for the initial batches to over 90% for the more recent batches, with some batches achieving over 95% THC content. At this time, the throughput is estimated at 20-40 lbs of trim per day with an estimated yield of 8-10%. The throughput has been increasing as a result of the new equipment being installed since the initial launch. The process upgrades also allowed to remove more unwanted compounds out of the oil, which has resulted in higher purity product.

Palo Verde continues to accept sales orders for FLI cartridges and bulk oils, which have performed well in the Colorado market and there have been repeat orders. The average wholesale price of the FLI cartridges has been $16 per 0.5g cartridge, which ranges depending on the final THC content of each product. In order to accelerate product sales Palo Verde has also augmented its sales team by hiring another sales representative and intends to bring on more to strengthen its salesforce.

Jim Frazier, CEO of Nutritional High commented: “We’re very pleased with how the production ramp-up is progressing. The team has come a long way since commencing commercial production in late February and we look forward to FLI cartridges building a strong consumer market presence in Colorado, and nationally as Nutritional High established facilities in other states.”

About Nutritional High International Inc.

Nutritional High is focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing products and nationally recognized brands in the hemp and marijuana-infused products industries, including edibles and oil extracts for nutritional, medical and adult recreational use. The Company works exclusively through licensed facilities in jurisdictions where such activity is permitted and regulated by state law.

For updates on the Company’s activities and highlights of the Company’s press releases and other media coverage, please follow Nutritional High on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ or visit www.nutritionalhigh.com.

NEITHER THE CANADIAN SECURITIES EXCHANGE NOR OTC MARKETS GROUP INC., NOR THEIR REGULATIONS SERVICES PROVIDERS HAVE REVIEWED OR ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements and information based on current expectations. These statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those implied by such statements. Such statements include submission of the relevant documentation within the required timeframe and to the satisfaction of the relevant regulators, completing the acquisition of the applicable real estate and raising sufficient financing to complete the Company’s business strategy. There is no certainty that any of these events will occur. Although such statements are based on management’s reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that such assumptions will prove to be correct. We assume no responsibility to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances.

Company’s securities have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act“), or applicable state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold to, or for the account or benefit of, persons in the United States or “U.S. Persons”, as such term is defined in Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act, absent registration or an applicable exemption from such registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in the United States or any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Additionally, there are known and unknown risk factors which could cause the Company’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information contained herein.All forward-looking information herein is qualified in its entirety by this cautionary statement, and the Company disclaims any obligation to revise or update any such forward-looking information or to publicly announce the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking information contained herein to reflect future results, events or developments, except as required by law.

Nutritional High International Inc.
David Posner
Chairman of the Board
647-985-6727
dposner@nutritionalhigh.com
www.nutritionalhigh.com

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Published at Fri, 19 May 2017 14:59:48 +0000