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JADEO CannaBasics 1 day ago / Toronto, Ontario


Top 3 Books That Break The Stigma

Life after prohibition is an uncharted landscape with lots of new opportunities to shift our culture to one with less stigma around the use of the cannabis plant. JADEO members may represent those of us who are pro-legalization, but what if you find yourself in conversations with prohibitionists? Having a very good grasp on the context of our new freedom with legalization could help you speak with any of these individuals, or with someone you love who could benefit from medicinal cannabis but fears how others may judge them. There is an entire history of cannabis to put into perspective when being an advocate or an informed friend, so we wanted to showcase a few books to pick up which help break the stigma around this important topic for JADEO members.

Busted

An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada
By Susan Boyd

"Busted" by Susan Boyd

One of the lesser known books on cannabis topped our list because it’s specific to the history of cannabis prohibition in Canada. Busted is an illustrated history of Canadian drug prohibition that provides insights on the resistance to that prohibition. “Reproducing over 170 archival and contemporary drawings, paintings, photographs, film stills and official documents from the 1700s to the present, Susan Boyd shows how Canada’s drug prohibition policies evolved and were shaped by race, class and gender discrimination.” Her beautifully designed book demonstrates through a look into the history how prohibition and criminalization produces harm rather than benefits. The book acknowledges the arrest of thousands of Canadians each year for cannabis-related offences, and the current drug overdose crisis.

“Busted is a book that should be read by all those who wish to understand our convoluted drug policy. Combining historic and modern graphics with scientific facts, the book allows readers to grasp the insanity of drug laws.”

— Senator Larry Campbell

Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis

By Joe Dolce

"Brave New World" by Joe Dolce

In Brave New Weed, former editor-in-chief of Details and Star, and author Joe Dolce, goes to Amsterdam, Israel, California, and Colorado, where he “skillfully unfolds the odd, shocking, and wildly funny history of this complex plant.” As he travels the globe he "tears down the cannabis closet" in an attempt to demystify this new frontier, seeking answers to the questions we didn’t know we should ask.

Looking back at the war on cannabis which has been waged in the United States since the early years of the twentieth century, society has undergone a massive shift in perspective since legalization has begun to catch fire, that is allowing us all to reconsider our beliefs. Dolce traces its history and possible future as he investigates the social, medical, legal, and cultural ramifications of this surprisingly versatile plant. As a result he paints “a fresh and much-needed portrait of cannabis, our changing attitudes toward it, and the brave new direction science and cultural acceptance are leading us.”

The Cannabis Manifesto

by Steve DeAngelo

"The Cannabis Manifesto" - by Steve DeANGELO

Steve DeAngelo, the founder of Harborside Health Center, the world's largest medical-cannabis dispensary, presents a compelling case for cannabis as a wellness catalyst that must become broadly legalized. In The Cannabis Manifesto he shares his view that there is no such thing as recreational cannabis use, challenging readers to rethink everything they thought they knew about cannabis.

A compelling overview of the state of cannabis today, DeAngelo explains how “prohibition has warped our most precious institutions—from the family, to the workplace, to the doctor’s office and the courtroom.” His book answers essential questions about the plant, using extensive research to fuel a thoughtful discussion about cannabis science and law, as well as its biological, mental, and spiritual effects on human beings.

Comment below and let us know your fave books for breaking the stigma.

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JADEO CannaBasics 3 days ago / Toronto, Ontario

Get lifted, have fun, and most importantly BE SAFE!

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    Happy 420!

  • From Burge

    Happy 420 !!! ✌

  • From Sativasky

    Have a bless 420 ❤️✌

Sawyer Burns CannaBasics 6 days ago / Winnipeg, Manitoba

Question does anybody journal/track their weed use? Would you recommend doing it?

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  • From Sativasky

    Yes, yes and YES! I started doing this about 2 years back, and it has continued to be a part of my routine. I typically use it for the reason of going back for referrals. For example, it lets me look back into the strains I've used and use some good judgment on my next session. I highly recommend doing it!

JADEO CannaBasics 3 weeks ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Entourage Effect: A Closer Look

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about a phenomenon called “the entourage effect,” but what is it?

The idea behind this effect is that when we combine compounds in their natural state we don’t end up with the sum of the parts but rather a multiplying effect. With cannabis, thousands of natural compounds within the plant interact together and with the human body to produce a more meaningful effect than what you’d experience with any single one of the compounds used alone.

This term “entourage effect” was only first introduced around the year 2000, by the Israeli chemist who first who first discovered THC as the main psychoactive component of cannabis. It’s discovery helps explain why different cannabis strains may have different effects depending on the individual. Since strains can differ vastly in their chemical profiles, they can cause an equally vast number of experiences.

Lack of clinical trial research has given rise to critics of the entourage effect who claim that it does not exist, but in fact, it’s very concept is rooted in the centuries-old practice of whole plant medicine. The basic concept is that the chemical compounds found in medicinal plants work together to help that plant to offer its own power to provide healing.

The entourage effect

In the original study, Rafael Mechoulam Mechoulam and fellow chemist Shimon Ben-Shabat examined the interactions between compounds in the cannabis plant and found that certain cannabinoids, which had no effect on their own, could be used to help other cannabinoids in the plant to work more effectively. Other studies since back this initial finding, yet the concept of “the entourage effect” somewhat surprisingly remains a debated topic.

There’s no debate however to Dr. Ethan Russo, who is a Seattle based board certified neurologist and has done immense research on psycho-pharmacology. Former president of the International Cannabinoid Research Society and a former Chairman for the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines, after 20 years of clinical practice, Dr. Russo took a full-time consulting position with a company out of Britain that develops cannabis based pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Russo is recognized internationally for his research on cannabis compounds and their effects in the body. His research found that “complementary pharmacological activities that may strengthen and broaden clinical applications and improve the therapeutic index of cannabis extracts.” Through these findings he discovered “synergistic effects” between different compounds that enhance and boost each other when combined.

In this we recognize isolated cannabinoids as if each has a list of specific effects. All of Dr. Russo’s research suggests that these effects can be mitigated, or enhanced, when they are paired with other chemical compounds that naturally appear in whole-plant cannabis.

While THC and CBD may be the most famous cannabinoids, they are by no means the only ones. In fact, they’re just two among many important players within the cannabis plant that work together to produce a number of potential therapeutic effects. There are at least 113 known cannabinoids found in cannabis, which bind to receptors in the human body’s endocannabinoid system, specifically the CB1 and CB2 receptors.

If you closely inspect your cannabis flowers, you’ll notice they’re enrobed in a layer of crystal resin that’s sticky to the touch. These crystals house thousands of compounds, including these cannabinoids and a number of terpenes and flavonoids. If you take pure THC, which we know is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, you’ll experience “a high that has no specific character, so that seems boring,” says Mowgli Holmes, a geneticist and founder of a cannabis genetics company Phylos Bioscience. What gives cannabis “character,” in his similar view, are the hundreds of other chemicals it contains.

So what are the hundreds of other chemicals cannabis can contain other than cannabinoids? Dr. Russo examined the benefits of using products containing certain cannabinoids with specific terpenes. Terpenes are essential oils that naturally occur and give cannabis plants distinctive aromas and flavors. His research revealed that terpenes “could produce synergy with respect to treatment of pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections.”

There is still much research to be done however to determine how all these fascinating chemicals react on a molecular level. In a 2011 review published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, chemists found similar interactions between cannabinoids and terpenes.

It’s believed that when the terpenes remain in a cannabis based product, the benefits are magnified. Researchers discovered that a terpene, linalool, combined with a cannabinoid like CBD, could be used as an effective anti-anxiety medication. Whereas combining linalool with THC makes for a potent sedative, or combining the terpene alpha-pinene with THC helps to retain acetylcholine (a molecule that aids in memory retention) and could help to mitigate the short-term memory loss caused by THC.

The power of scent in the entourage effect seems like a never ending list of fascinating molecular combinations. Limonene is an energizing terpene that can alleviate depression symptoms. Beta- Caryophyllene is powerful in reducing inflammation throughout the body, including the gastrointestinal system. Myrcene has sedative effects which promote calmness and provide relief from anxiety. Linalool is also an anti-anxiety and capable of acting as an anti-microbial. Pinene combats cognitive and memory issues by increasing focus. Multiple terpenes can be used in conjunction to treat a variety of issues in a single dose.

So while whole plant products with terpenes and full spectrum cannabinoids have high efficiency and are more potent than using an isolated compound, we see THC and CBD isolated in clinically approved medications. The reason for this is largely due to the regulatory standards that surround modern medicine. In essence, isolated compounds are much easier to dose, measure and track than a compound found naturally in a plant.

Medicines which are approved in the U.S. by the FDA have to be standardized, meaning that every dose must contain an exact amount of THC, something which can be difficult to guarantee in smokable cannabis, which usually comes with a THC content range rather than an exact measurement. This is the same as what we see prescribed by most doctors in Canada, but thankfully that is changing as legalization pushes the advances of medicinal cannabis.

Isolating constituents from the rest of the components that make up the whole-cannabis plant may offer MDs precision in prescribing, but most anecdotal evidence proves the endocannabinoid system responds more favourably to a full flower cannabis experience.

Consider the drug Marinol, a synthetic form of THC available since the 1980s. It is known to be a good appetite stimulant, but it’s also known to make patients high and paranoid. “When you just stimulate the CB1 receptor with this pure molecule, it's very intoxicating and patients don't tolerate it very well,” says Adie Wilson-Poe, who researches cannabis for pain management at Washington University in St. Louis.

Drugs like Sativex, which combines THC with CBD, or even pure cannabis flower or extracts, and is known to be tolerated by patients much better. “We specifically see that CBD protects against the paranoia and anxiety and the racing heart that THC produces,” Wilson-Poe says.

For smokers, flower vapers, or those making their own edibles by infusing flower into fats, what you will be experience is essentially the entourage effect. In our recent #wcw feature with Katrina Malmqvist of Gräs, she explained how the entourage effect is present in her fat bomb micro dose edibles.

"Since cannabinoids are fat soluble, I began infusing cannabis into organic coconut oil, which I found to be the best carrier. What I discovered was what we call the entourage effect; a microdose with full flower infusion of just 3mg was giving such a beautiful effect. It is long lasting, and delivers this slow, wonderful elevation that I found really helped me deal with some postpartum anxiety I was experiencing."

Unlike the isolated compounds, the full flower infuses into the carrier oils and is delivered to the body to produce a “next-level” high. Find this fascinating? So do we. To educate yourself more on microdosing, terpenes or the endocannabinoid system visit our special interest groups.

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Janelle Simone CannaBasics 4 weeks ago / Scarborough, Ontario

It allows me to relax, annnnnnd get more restful sleep! Why do you love it?

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Fabrizio Rossi CannaBasics 4 weeks ago / Vancouver, British Columbia


2019 The year not for the faint of heart in Cannabis.

2018 was the end of prohibition and definitely changed the landscape of our society in several ways, not only in Canada but on the worldwide stage.

Several countries around the world have opened the doors to medicinal Cannabis, but specifically countries in Asia is proof the winds of change are on the horizon and within the western hemisphere countries like Mexico are well on their way to legalization. And let’s not forget the Hemp bill in the US changing the CBD category. We are in for another amazing year in 2019.

2018 definitely had a few speed bumps along the way for Cannabis in Canada but we finished the first year of legalization in a good spot to start 2019.

Retail Provincial frameworks are visible in all provinces. Even though we may not agree with some provincial regulations, we have a starting point, and with days from Vancouver opening its first retail outlet this category will be an exciting one to observe.

Supply shortages are definitely an everyday story in all provinces and with some suppliers taking advantage of supply and demand and charging as much as $13 per gram, this made things even more interesting. But I do believe most LPs are moving forward with true forecasting initiatives to make sure the production facilities are optimized within their supply chain.

Micro Cultivation movement is well on their way with over 30 applications already submitted in the system. The "authentic craft cannabis" segment will be a great one to observe this year as the Master growers showcase their passion, strains and abilities, and with regulations allowing new players to bring new strains no questions asked, we should see some exciting new things by the end of 2019.

Edibles the new opportunity for 2019 for processing facilities to make a name for themselves is definitely one of my favorites. This will be a huge piece of the market with edibles, drinkables and everything else in between joining the market.

Market reports and sales results will be not for the faint of heart to watch as the "story" won’t be as important as the true results and category leaders and innovators surface to claim their titles.

Overall, an exciting year ahead for all of us but as always I want to take a moment to say thank you to all of you for sharing this exciting industry with me and each other. Yes, we all compete with each other in one way or another, but most of us share wins and challenges with each other as we are all growing, learning and paving the way to create a great, responsible, environment friendly industry for a better medicinal and recreational Cannabis.

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  • From Janelle Simone

    Agreed! There have been a few bumps but we're doing something that has never been done on this level before so this is to be expected. What is exciting is how the industry is learning and progressing. 2019 and beyond will definitely see growth and opportunity.

JADEO CannaBasics 1 month ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Truth About Terpenes

Is it a skunk or is it a plant? The smell of cannabis if often associated with the pungent aroma of the skunk. However, the distinct smell of many plants, not just cannabis, is due to the presence of terpenes, aromatic non-psychoactive organic hydrocarbon compounds designed to attract pollinators and ward off predators –naturally occurring essential oils. There are about 120 known terpenes found in cannabis. They are secreted inside the tiny resin glands of cannabis flowers, producing a citrusy aroma in some strains, fruity and sweet accords in others and while some may invoke lavender fields, others can be more earthy and pungent. That signature skunkiness is due to the high presence of terpenes, namely myrcene, in varying quantities depending on the strain.

Terpenes are significant because, just as they have a specific smell, they colour and shape the specific effects of THC in cannabis, creating a unique “profile”: the difference between an active and elevating high as compared to a calming and sedating high is in part due to the terpenes within the strain and how they interact with THC. For example, the terpene Myrcene is thought to increase the effects of THC, induces sleepiness, and provides anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Limonene, another type of terpene, is thought to be an invigorating anti-depressant. Linalool is associated with arthritic symptoms and humulene may also reduce inflammation. Terpenes may enhance or mitigate the phototropic effects of THC and even affect receptors and neurotransmitters in the brain, akin to the way in which antidepressants function. There are a number of intersecting variables that contribute to the effects of cannabis and its properties, such as pain reduction, but the field is gaining a greater understanding of the role of terpenes. Researchers are working to determine exactly how each terpene works and how they interact with each other.

Understanding terpenes and their nuanced role in the usage and effect of cannabis has become a coveted skill when it comes to buying and growing cannabis, contributing to the rise of the cannabis sommelier and this burgeoning field. Particular strains are not only derived from the two major cannabinoids but also their terpene profile, as terpenes are critical both within the medical use of marijuana and for connoisseurs. Those cultivating the plant are paying an increasing amount of attention to terpenes as the market and the needs of users shift. By cross-breeding with an eye towards creating these layered profiles, they are now producing new strains geared towards certain ailments and manipulating them for taste, smell, and effect by using low-stress growing practices and other natural processes. Specialized dog trainers have even tapped into the olfactory skills of working canines to help sniff out terpenes that could be important factors in the use of cannabis, such as beta-caryophyllene, a powerful anti-inflammatory terpene. This aspect of cannabis horticulture is still developing and much more experimentation, mapping, and testing to identify more terpenes and important combinations, but this much is certain, there is much more to it than a roadside skunk!

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Sativasky CannaBasics 1 month ago / Oakville, Ontario

Peace and love my friends ✌

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Burge News, Finance and The Law 1 month ago / Vancouver , British Columbia

I have been saying this exact same thing...When I look at the packaging of products here in Canada I think, "wow, what a waste of paper and plastic". At least I'm not the only one... https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/panxev/weed-packaging-rules-are-overkill-and-wasteful-in-canada-and-the-us-sticky

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Weed Packaging Rules Are Overkill (and Wasteful) in Canada and the US

Vice

Art by Noel Ransome. In this third installation of VICE Canada and MERRY JANE's cross-border weed trend series via Sticky, we look at issues around packaging for legal product. Canada has proceeded with an abundance of caution when it comes to legalizing cannabis-and that approach is clear in its packaging regulations.

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/panxev/weed-packagin...

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Burge CannaBasics 2 months ago / Vancouver , British Columbia

Does anyone have any info on terpene profiles and how they can dictate a certain high?

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Burge CannaBasics 2 months ago / Vancouver , British Columbia

Wow..Strawdawg is the strain, happiness, creativity, uplifting, and uphoria is the game!

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  • From Janelle Simone

    Ooooh, I definitely have to try this then. Sounds like my kind of strain!

  • From Sativasky

    That is one sexy bud!

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JADEO CannaBasics 2 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


"Elevated" Getaways For The Romantic At Heart

In the spirit of Valentine's day, we wanted to explore cannabis friendly travel accommodations to inspire romantic getaways in a new era post-legalization. While Canadians can now carry 30g of cannabis on them while traveling within Canada, they may not leave the country with it on their person. With that in mind, we took a look at noteworthy hotels in Canada that are promoting cannabis tourism and sussed out which attractive destinations are offering up cannabis-themed stays in nearby legal states. Here are a few of JADEO’s favourites:

British Columbia

Hotel Zed

Hotel Zed - British Columbia

Anyone who has been to Victoria or Kelowna might recognize the name Hotel Zed, a vibrantly themed facelifted motel chain toting a bright VW bus as their iconic symbol. Hotel Zed offers ‘Weed Walk Guides,’ highlighting neighbouring dispensaries, tips on local things to do, and great places to eat.

The Her(b) Life featured Hotel Zed at the dawn of legalization, describing how “its hip, neon-retro accouterments include working rotary dial phones in guestrooms, vinyl record listening and typewriter stations in every lobby – there are also Ping Pong lounges, Wii stations, mini-discos, free roller skate rentals, and vintage VW shuttle buses… making Weed Walk Guides the perfect addition.”

For cannabis lovers, this fun, retro hotel can provide a wealth of information about what to see and do (while high;) in BC., making for the kind of stay that won’t harsh your buzz.

Learn more at https://www.hotelzed.com/

US Destinations

With several US states firmly established in their legal framework, we’ve seen businesses arise in the travel sector, notably in Oregon and Colorado. Interested in heading south of the border for a cannabis-infused vacation? Make sure you don’t fly with any on you and consider one of the 420 friendly accommodations below.

Oregon

Jupiter Hotel, Portland

Jupiter Hotel - Portland, OR

Toted as Portland's original lifestyle boutique hotel, the Jupiter makes our list for offering the first ever cannabis-friendly package in Oregon. This optional add on to your stay includes a munchie kit, a vape pen, Dope Magazine swag, and coupons to nearby dispensaries to buy your own cannabis.

With a plethora of fun things to explore in and around Portland, booking into the Jupiter makes cannabis, not just a ‘synch’ but a celebration of sorts.

Learn more at: https://jupiterhotel.com/420-p...

Colorado

Bud + Breakfast Lodge, Denver

The first and only all-inclusive cannabis-friendly lodge is also located in Denver, Colorado. Just as the name imagines, residents are offered up strains at the lodge to smoke before breakfast. If this group stay this isn’t your cup of tea, a platform by the same name connects travelers with cannabis friendly owner listed accommodations, much like airbnb only with a 420 twist.

Magnolia Hotel, Denver

Magnolia Hotel - Denver, CO

The Magnolia is reported to be the best hotel in Denver of the few that allow vaporizing in-room. While cannabis tourism is huge in Colorado - most of the industry focused on tours, accommodations or other related cannabis experiences. Despite this influx of tourism in recent years, many commercial 420 friendly hotels are still defining their policies, or are hesitant to publicly market themselves as 420 friendly. Because of this, many people are choosing to rent their private bud and breakfast accommodations to cannabis-friendly guests.

Learn more at: https://magnoliahotels.com/den...

Global Travel

Billing itself as “the largest collection of marijuana-friendly hotels and other cannabis-friendly rentals anywhere on the web”, Bud and Breakfast features accommodations across the US with spots in Jamaica, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, and Canada (which are mostly in Vancouver).

The website is essentially able to pair travelers with accommodations listed by welcoming 420 friendly property owners, regardless of the legal confines around cannabis in each location. For cannabis enthusiasts interested in going to locations outside of Canada, bud and breakfast can prove to be a wonderful way to explore other places with the guidance of a host who can help you navigate the framework of their local area.

Wherever you chose to travel, be sure to know your legal rights and mind the laws so you can fully enjoy your romantic getaway experience. Write to us if you can any tips for future features, particularly if you are staying in Canada and discover a great place to recommend to JADEO readers - we want to hear all about it!

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  • From Kenneth Joaquin

    Great to know for frequent travellers/users!

  • From Janelle Simone

    hmmm...will def add a few of these to my list.

  • From tristan

    What about cannabis-friendly tour operators? High Definition Tours is based in Vancouver and ready to take you exploring!

    • From Burge

      That sounds exciting! Tell me more!

      • From tristan

        Cannabis tours are the next big thing and we're getting them started on the west coast! If you're ever coming out here to Vancouver and want a cannabis-friendly tour be sure to check out highdefinitiontours.com. Summer experiences coming soon!

JADEO CannaBasics 1 day ago / Toronto, Ontario


Top 3 Books That Break The Stigma

Life after prohibition is an uncharted landscape with lots of new opportunities to shift our culture to one with less stigma around the use of the cannabis plant. JADEO members may represent those of us who are pro-legalization, but what if you find yourself in conversations with prohibitionists? Having a very good grasp on the context of our new freedom with legalization could help you speak with any of these individuals, or with someone you love who could benefit from medicinal cannabis but fears how others may judge them. There is an entire history of cannabis to put into perspective when being an advocate or an informed friend, so we wanted to showcase a few books to pick up which help break the stigma around this important topic for JADEO members.

Busted

An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada
By Susan Boyd

"Busted" by Susan Boyd

One of the lesser known books on cannabis topped our list because it’s specific to the history of cannabis prohibition in Canada. Busted is an illustrated history of Canadian drug prohibition that provides insights on the resistance to that prohibition. “Reproducing over 170 archival and contemporary drawings, paintings, photographs, film stills and official documents from the 1700s to the present, Susan Boyd shows how Canada’s drug prohibition policies evolved and were shaped by race, class and gender discrimination.” Her beautifully designed book demonstrates through a look into the history how prohibition and criminalization produces harm rather than benefits. The book acknowledges the arrest of thousands of Canadians each year for cannabis-related offences, and the current drug overdose crisis.

“Busted is a book that should be read by all those who wish to understand our convoluted drug policy. Combining historic and modern graphics with scientific facts, the book allows readers to grasp the insanity of drug laws.”

— Senator Larry Campbell

Brave New Weed: Adventures into the Uncharted World of Cannabis

By Joe Dolce

"Brave New World" by Joe Dolce

In Brave New Weed, former editor-in-chief of Details and Star, and author Joe Dolce, goes to Amsterdam, Israel, California, and Colorado, where he “skillfully unfolds the odd, shocking, and wildly funny history of this complex plant.” As he travels the globe he "tears down the cannabis closet" in an attempt to demystify this new frontier, seeking answers to the questions we didn’t know we should ask.

Looking back at the war on cannabis which has been waged in the United States since the early years of the twentieth century, society has undergone a massive shift in perspective since legalization has begun to catch fire, that is allowing us all to reconsider our beliefs. Dolce traces its history and possible future as he investigates the social, medical, legal, and cultural ramifications of this surprisingly versatile plant. As a result he paints “a fresh and much-needed portrait of cannabis, our changing attitudes toward it, and the brave new direction science and cultural acceptance are leading us.”

The Cannabis Manifesto

by Steve DeAngelo

"The Cannabis Manifesto" - by Steve DeANGELO

Steve DeAngelo, the founder of Harborside Health Center, the world's largest medical-cannabis dispensary, presents a compelling case for cannabis as a wellness catalyst that must become broadly legalized. In The Cannabis Manifesto he shares his view that there is no such thing as recreational cannabis use, challenging readers to rethink everything they thought they knew about cannabis.

A compelling overview of the state of cannabis today, DeAngelo explains how “prohibition has warped our most precious institutions—from the family, to the workplace, to the doctor’s office and the courtroom.” His book answers essential questions about the plant, using extensive research to fuel a thoughtful discussion about cannabis science and law, as well as its biological, mental, and spiritual effects on human beings.

Comment below and let us know your fave books for breaking the stigma.

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JADEO CannaBasics 3 weeks ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Entourage Effect: A Closer Look

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about a phenomenon called “the entourage effect,” but what is it?

The idea behind this effect is that when we combine compounds in their natural state we don’t end up with the sum of the parts but rather a multiplying effect. With cannabis, thousands of natural compounds within the plant interact together and with the human body to produce a more meaningful effect than what you’d experience with any single one of the compounds used alone.

This term “entourage effect” was only first introduced around the year 2000, by the Israeli chemist who first who first discovered THC as the main psychoactive component of cannabis. It’s discovery helps explain why different cannabis strains may have different effects depending on the individual. Since strains can differ vastly in their chemical profiles, they can cause an equally vast number of experiences.

Lack of clinical trial research has given rise to critics of the entourage effect who claim that it does not exist, but in fact, it’s very concept is rooted in the centuries-old practice of whole plant medicine. The basic concept is that the chemical compounds found in medicinal plants work together to help that plant to offer its own power to provide healing.

The entourage effect

In the original study, Rafael Mechoulam Mechoulam and fellow chemist Shimon Ben-Shabat examined the interactions between compounds in the cannabis plant and found that certain cannabinoids, which had no effect on their own, could be used to help other cannabinoids in the plant to work more effectively. Other studies since back this initial finding, yet the concept of “the entourage effect” somewhat surprisingly remains a debated topic.

There’s no debate however to Dr. Ethan Russo, who is a Seattle based board certified neurologist and has done immense research on psycho-pharmacology. Former president of the International Cannabinoid Research Society and a former Chairman for the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines, after 20 years of clinical practice, Dr. Russo took a full-time consulting position with a company out of Britain that develops cannabis based pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Russo is recognized internationally for his research on cannabis compounds and their effects in the body. His research found that “complementary pharmacological activities that may strengthen and broaden clinical applications and improve the therapeutic index of cannabis extracts.” Through these findings he discovered “synergistic effects” between different compounds that enhance and boost each other when combined.

In this we recognize isolated cannabinoids as if each has a list of specific effects. All of Dr. Russo’s research suggests that these effects can be mitigated, or enhanced, when they are paired with other chemical compounds that naturally appear in whole-plant cannabis.

While THC and CBD may be the most famous cannabinoids, they are by no means the only ones. In fact, they’re just two among many important players within the cannabis plant that work together to produce a number of potential therapeutic effects. There are at least 113 known cannabinoids found in cannabis, which bind to receptors in the human body’s endocannabinoid system, specifically the CB1 and CB2 receptors.

If you closely inspect your cannabis flowers, you’ll notice they’re enrobed in a layer of crystal resin that’s sticky to the touch. These crystals house thousands of compounds, including these cannabinoids and a number of terpenes and flavonoids. If you take pure THC, which we know is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, you’ll experience “a high that has no specific character, so that seems boring,” says Mowgli Holmes, a geneticist and founder of a cannabis genetics company Phylos Bioscience. What gives cannabis “character,” in his similar view, are the hundreds of other chemicals it contains.

So what are the hundreds of other chemicals cannabis can contain other than cannabinoids? Dr. Russo examined the benefits of using products containing certain cannabinoids with specific terpenes. Terpenes are essential oils that naturally occur and give cannabis plants distinctive aromas and flavors. His research revealed that terpenes “could produce synergy with respect to treatment of pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections.”

There is still much research to be done however to determine how all these fascinating chemicals react on a molecular level. In a 2011 review published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, chemists found similar interactions between cannabinoids and terpenes.

It’s believed that when the terpenes remain in a cannabis based product, the benefits are magnified. Researchers discovered that a terpene, linalool, combined with a cannabinoid like CBD, could be used as an effective anti-anxiety medication. Whereas combining linalool with THC makes for a potent sedative, or combining the terpene alpha-pinene with THC helps to retain acetylcholine (a molecule that aids in memory retention) and could help to mitigate the short-term memory loss caused by THC.

The power of scent in the entourage effect seems like a never ending list of fascinating molecular combinations. Limonene is an energizing terpene that can alleviate depression symptoms. Beta- Caryophyllene is powerful in reducing inflammation throughout the body, including the gastrointestinal system. Myrcene has sedative effects which promote calmness and provide relief from anxiety. Linalool is also an anti-anxiety and capable of acting as an anti-microbial. Pinene combats cognitive and memory issues by increasing focus. Multiple terpenes can be used in conjunction to treat a variety of issues in a single dose.

So while whole plant products with terpenes and full spectrum cannabinoids have high efficiency and are more potent than using an isolated compound, we see THC and CBD isolated in clinically approved medications. The reason for this is largely due to the regulatory standards that surround modern medicine. In essence, isolated compounds are much easier to dose, measure and track than a compound found naturally in a plant.

Medicines which are approved in the U.S. by the FDA have to be standardized, meaning that every dose must contain an exact amount of THC, something which can be difficult to guarantee in smokable cannabis, which usually comes with a THC content range rather than an exact measurement. This is the same as what we see prescribed by most doctors in Canada, but thankfully that is changing as legalization pushes the advances of medicinal cannabis.

Isolating constituents from the rest of the components that make up the whole-cannabis plant may offer MDs precision in prescribing, but most anecdotal evidence proves the endocannabinoid system responds more favourably to a full flower cannabis experience.

Consider the drug Marinol, a synthetic form of THC available since the 1980s. It is known to be a good appetite stimulant, but it’s also known to make patients high and paranoid. “When you just stimulate the CB1 receptor with this pure molecule, it's very intoxicating and patients don't tolerate it very well,” says Adie Wilson-Poe, who researches cannabis for pain management at Washington University in St. Louis.

Drugs like Sativex, which combines THC with CBD, or even pure cannabis flower or extracts, and is known to be tolerated by patients much better. “We specifically see that CBD protects against the paranoia and anxiety and the racing heart that THC produces,” Wilson-Poe says.

For smokers, flower vapers, or those making their own edibles by infusing flower into fats, what you will be experience is essentially the entourage effect. In our recent #wcw feature with Katrina Malmqvist of Gräs, she explained how the entourage effect is present in her fat bomb micro dose edibles.

"Since cannabinoids are fat soluble, I began infusing cannabis into organic coconut oil, which I found to be the best carrier. What I discovered was what we call the entourage effect; a microdose with full flower infusion of just 3mg was giving such a beautiful effect. It is long lasting, and delivers this slow, wonderful elevation that I found really helped me deal with some postpartum anxiety I was experiencing."

Unlike the isolated compounds, the full flower infuses into the carrier oils and is delivered to the body to produce a “next-level” high. Find this fascinating? So do we. To educate yourself more on microdosing, terpenes or the endocannabinoid system visit our special interest groups.

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Fabrizio Rossi CannaBasics 4 weeks ago / Vancouver, British Columbia


2019 The year not for the faint of heart in Cannabis.

2018 was the end of prohibition and definitely changed the landscape of our society in several ways, not only in Canada but on the worldwide stage.

Several countries around the world have opened the doors to medicinal Cannabis, but specifically countries in Asia is proof the winds of change are on the horizon and within the western hemisphere countries like Mexico are well on their way to legalization. And let’s not forget the Hemp bill in the US changing the CBD category. We are in for another amazing year in 2019.

2018 definitely had a few speed bumps along the way for Cannabis in Canada but we finished the first year of legalization in a good spot to start 2019.

Retail Provincial frameworks are visible in all provinces. Even though we may not agree with some provincial regulations, we have a starting point, and with days from Vancouver opening its first retail outlet this category will be an exciting one to observe.

Supply shortages are definitely an everyday story in all provinces and with some suppliers taking advantage of supply and demand and charging as much as $13 per gram, this made things even more interesting. But I do believe most LPs are moving forward with true forecasting initiatives to make sure the production facilities are optimized within their supply chain.

Micro Cultivation movement is well on their way with over 30 applications already submitted in the system. The "authentic craft cannabis" segment will be a great one to observe this year as the Master growers showcase their passion, strains and abilities, and with regulations allowing new players to bring new strains no questions asked, we should see some exciting new things by the end of 2019.

Edibles the new opportunity for 2019 for processing facilities to make a name for themselves is definitely one of my favorites. This will be a huge piece of the market with edibles, drinkables and everything else in between joining the market.

Market reports and sales results will be not for the faint of heart to watch as the "story" won’t be as important as the true results and category leaders and innovators surface to claim their titles.

Overall, an exciting year ahead for all of us but as always I want to take a moment to say thank you to all of you for sharing this exciting industry with me and each other. Yes, we all compete with each other in one way or another, but most of us share wins and challenges with each other as we are all growing, learning and paving the way to create a great, responsible, environment friendly industry for a better medicinal and recreational Cannabis.

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  • From Janelle Simone

    Agreed! There have been a few bumps but we're doing something that has never been done on this level before so this is to be expected. What is exciting is how the industry is learning and progressing. 2019 and beyond will definitely see growth and opportunity.

JADEO CannaBasics 1 month ago / Toronto, Ontario


The Truth About Terpenes

Is it a skunk or is it a plant? The smell of cannabis if often associated with the pungent aroma of the skunk. However, the distinct smell of many plants, not just cannabis, is due to the presence of terpenes, aromatic non-psychoactive organic hydrocarbon compounds designed to attract pollinators and ward off predators –naturally occurring essential oils. There are about 120 known terpenes found in cannabis. They are secreted inside the tiny resin glands of cannabis flowers, producing a citrusy aroma in some strains, fruity and sweet accords in others and while some may invoke lavender fields, others can be more earthy and pungent. That signature skunkiness is due to the high presence of terpenes, namely myrcene, in varying quantities depending on the strain.

Terpenes are significant because, just as they have a specific smell, they colour and shape the specific effects of THC in cannabis, creating a unique “profile”: the difference between an active and elevating high as compared to a calming and sedating high is in part due to the terpenes within the strain and how they interact with THC. For example, the terpene Myrcene is thought to increase the effects of THC, induces sleepiness, and provides anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Limonene, another type of terpene, is thought to be an invigorating anti-depressant. Linalool is associated with arthritic symptoms and humulene may also reduce inflammation. Terpenes may enhance or mitigate the phototropic effects of THC and even affect receptors and neurotransmitters in the brain, akin to the way in which antidepressants function. There are a number of intersecting variables that contribute to the effects of cannabis and its properties, such as pain reduction, but the field is gaining a greater understanding of the role of terpenes. Researchers are working to determine exactly how each terpene works and how they interact with each other.

Understanding terpenes and their nuanced role in the usage and effect of cannabis has become a coveted skill when it comes to buying and growing cannabis, contributing to the rise of the cannabis sommelier and this burgeoning field. Particular strains are not only derived from the two major cannabinoids but also their terpene profile, as terpenes are critical both within the medical use of marijuana and for connoisseurs. Those cultivating the plant are paying an increasing amount of attention to terpenes as the market and the needs of users shift. By cross-breeding with an eye towards creating these layered profiles, they are now producing new strains geared towards certain ailments and manipulating them for taste, smell, and effect by using low-stress growing practices and other natural processes. Specialized dog trainers have even tapped into the olfactory skills of working canines to help sniff out terpenes that could be important factors in the use of cannabis, such as beta-caryophyllene, a powerful anti-inflammatory terpene. This aspect of cannabis horticulture is still developing and much more experimentation, mapping, and testing to identify more terpenes and important combinations, but this much is certain, there is much more to it than a roadside skunk!

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JADEO CannaBasics 2 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


"Elevated" Getaways For The Romantic At Heart

In the spirit of Valentine's day, we wanted to explore cannabis friendly travel accommodations to inspire romantic getaways in a new era post-legalization. While Canadians can now carry 30g of cannabis on them while traveling within Canada, they may not leave the country with it on their person. With that in mind, we took a look at noteworthy hotels in Canada that are promoting cannabis tourism and sussed out which attractive destinations are offering up cannabis-themed stays in nearby legal states. Here are a few of JADEO’s favourites:

British Columbia

Hotel Zed

Hotel Zed - British Columbia

Anyone who has been to Victoria or Kelowna might recognize the name Hotel Zed, a vibrantly themed facelifted motel chain toting a bright VW bus as their iconic symbol. Hotel Zed offers ‘Weed Walk Guides,’ highlighting neighbouring dispensaries, tips on local things to do, and great places to eat.

The Her(b) Life featured Hotel Zed at the dawn of legalization, describing how “its hip, neon-retro accouterments include working rotary dial phones in guestrooms, vinyl record listening and typewriter stations in every lobby – there are also Ping Pong lounges, Wii stations, mini-discos, free roller skate rentals, and vintage VW shuttle buses… making Weed Walk Guides the perfect addition.”

For cannabis lovers, this fun, retro hotel can provide a wealth of information about what to see and do (while high;) in BC., making for the kind of stay that won’t harsh your buzz.

Learn more at https://www.hotelzed.com/

US Destinations

With several US states firmly established in their legal framework, we’ve seen businesses arise in the travel sector, notably in Oregon and Colorado. Interested in heading south of the border for a cannabis-infused vacation? Make sure you don’t fly with any on you and consider one of the 420 friendly accommodations below.

Oregon

Jupiter Hotel, Portland

Jupiter Hotel - Portland, OR

Toted as Portland's original lifestyle boutique hotel, the Jupiter makes our list for offering the first ever cannabis-friendly package in Oregon. This optional add on to your stay includes a munchie kit, a vape pen, Dope Magazine swag, and coupons to nearby dispensaries to buy your own cannabis.

With a plethora of fun things to explore in and around Portland, booking into the Jupiter makes cannabis, not just a ‘synch’ but a celebration of sorts.

Learn more at: https://jupiterhotel.com/420-p...

Colorado

Bud + Breakfast Lodge, Denver

The first and only all-inclusive cannabis-friendly lodge is also located in Denver, Colorado. Just as the name imagines, residents are offered up strains at the lodge to smoke before breakfast. If this group stay this isn’t your cup of tea, a platform by the same name connects travelers with cannabis friendly owner listed accommodations, much like airbnb only with a 420 twist.

Magnolia Hotel, Denver

Magnolia Hotel - Denver, CO

The Magnolia is reported to be the best hotel in Denver of the few that allow vaporizing in-room. While cannabis tourism is huge in Colorado - most of the industry focused on tours, accommodations or other related cannabis experiences. Despite this influx of tourism in recent years, many commercial 420 friendly hotels are still defining their policies, or are hesitant to publicly market themselves as 420 friendly. Because of this, many people are choosing to rent their private bud and breakfast accommodations to cannabis-friendly guests.

Learn more at: https://magnoliahotels.com/den...

Global Travel

Billing itself as “the largest collection of marijuana-friendly hotels and other cannabis-friendly rentals anywhere on the web”, Bud and Breakfast features accommodations across the US with spots in Jamaica, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, and Canada (which are mostly in Vancouver).

The website is essentially able to pair travelers with accommodations listed by welcoming 420 friendly property owners, regardless of the legal confines around cannabis in each location. For cannabis enthusiasts interested in going to locations outside of Canada, bud and breakfast can prove to be a wonderful way to explore other places with the guidance of a host who can help you navigate the framework of their local area.

Wherever you chose to travel, be sure to know your legal rights and mind the laws so you can fully enjoy your romantic getaway experience. Write to us if you can any tips for future features, particularly if you are staying in Canada and discover a great place to recommend to JADEO readers - we want to hear all about it!

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  • From Kenneth Joaquin

    Great to know for frequent travellers/users!

  • From Janelle Simone

    hmmm...will def add a few of these to my list.

  • From tristan

    What about cannabis-friendly tour operators? High Definition Tours is based in Vancouver and ready to take you exploring!

    • From Burge

      That sounds exciting! Tell me more!

      • From tristan

        Cannabis tours are the next big thing and we're getting them started on the west coast! If you're ever coming out here to Vancouver and want a cannabis-friendly tour be sure to check out highdefinitiontours.com. Summer experiences coming soon!

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Mike Robinson Medical Cannabis 4 months ago / Santa Barbara, Alberta


"Yes, I love Daddy" Genevieve's life forever changed by Cannabis

She stole my heart, she calls me Daddy:

Life with Genevieve has always been filled with love and so many happy times, it’s been an incredible journey I’m so happy to continue. Many in the world of Autism or with a child that has a developmental delay or with special needs would beg to differ in that this lifestyle is ‘the best in the world’. But, I wouldn’t change it for anything. Many times Anne Mari are up late at night/all night with her and many times things we’d like to do become very secondary due to her needs, but isn’t that the way it is with all kids? Why do people have to look at children such as Genevieve as ‘delayed’ and ‘difficult’ when kids with no disability at all can be a handful – getting in trouble quite often, lack manners or respect, desire to succeed, and have so much to say that’s hardly intelligible with new slang coming out by the day that many parents would pay for a mute button if at all possible! I type that as I laugh, knowing that as much as our kids can be overwhelming in one way they can also overwhelm us with love – and it doesn’t matter whether it’s a disabled child or not – Love is Love. I got the greeting of a lifetime after missing my girls so much while on the road.

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The love a children show can bring you to your knees in tears. Genevieve did that just last night. After being gone for 10 days I returned knowing that she was very happy watching video’s of her laughing away and smiling as her mom spoke of Daddy coming home. Often I wonder who it’s more difficult on when we are apart. The young teen that people think has no cognition of what’s going on or the adult that’s been alive for a half century that knows exactly what’s going on. By far, this child misses her daddy far more than any ‘Autism Expert’ would like to admit. As she came to greet me her Mom asked her “Did you miss Daddy” a hard head nod followed, I told her I loved her and kissed the side of her temple asking her “Do you love Daddy” – I didn’t expect a response as we’ve never gone into asking her about whether she loves anyone, it’s not generally an emotion displayed by the severely autistic. “Des” she vocalized with a head nod that was so intense. “Of course I love him” was how I interpreted it. Without a doubt it was one of those times in the world of special kids like her, or with any child for that matter, when you break out the Kleenex. Kids show the purest form of love there is, and to have it coming from a ‘non verbal’ severely autistic child? Wow, a moment I’ll never forget. Never…

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Generally we don’t see anywhere near that much empathy in severely autistic children. Genevieve also has Severe Intractable Epilepsy and as many know, like her Daddy, she uses Cannabis Oils for medicine. But she does vary from me quite a bit in that medication protocol. Unlike myself, Genevieve has been fully weaned off of ALL pharmaceuticals! These are exciting times as the beautiful and amazing Cannabis plant and it’s extracts relieve many of the necessity to use pharmaceuticals. We all know the risks but many aren’t aware that a vast majority of Rx Medications are known to be carcinogenic aka they cause Cancer. This isn’t a theory, it’s a proven fact as many are listed under the state of California’s well-known ‘prop 65 items known to the state to cause cancer’. Many other states have similar lists and laws that require signage at locations that carry any items known to cause cancer – except pharmacies. Why would they be excluded? A question I ask often but there’s never a reasonable answer.

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Back to Autism and Genevieve, her love is so intense. She’ll show us quickly who’s good and who’s not. It’s intense how she’ll literally show us who she wants to be around by how she’ll perform tasks and get her work done. What’s really intense is she seems to know who’s got the dark past and who doesn’t, and quickly. Children with Autism and adults as well are often discounted by society when indeed they are the masters of it! I know many people but I rarely hear from the Autistic adults I know in regards to who said what or who’s doing what, more so I’ll hear pertinent details of who, what, why, when, and where. It’s much easier to get the facts and straight up answers. Of course this is the high functioning crowd that many aren’t even aware are on the Autism Spectrum unless they let them know. With the younger more severe kids and adults, many especially at Genevieve’s find great difficulties in the ability to understand why others do what they do or even care, seemingly much more of a challenge to reach outside of self, after all that’s exactly what the word means. In ancient Greece the word ‘autos’ means self. Then in the late 1700’s the ‘ism’ was added which has a definition of: ‘a distinctive practice, system, or philosophy, typically a political ideology or an artistic movement’. It’s hard to look at the two words that create Autism and see a disability, rather I see many abilities that others do not and will never have.

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Genevieve continues to make progress and continues to turn the heads of those that did not believe Cannabis Oils would change her life or any others. She continues to be the face of change and has no care in the world about the who, what, where, when or why – she’ll leave that to us folks that over think things. We’re always worried about tomorrow and thinking of yesterday but for Genevieve it’s the here and now always. She’s taught me the biggest lesson in the world and that’s live for the day. We both have Epilepsy so I can use the words “Seize every moment you can of happiness and joy” without someone getting offended – we both use Cannabis oil and cannabinoid protocols to make sure those are moments of joy and not moments in the hospital!

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I still can’t believe how boldly she declared she loves her Daddy. She already had my heart.. I’d do anything to make her life better, and I’m working hard on that now. My goal? To buy her a carousel. Yes, the entire ride and a place to house it. I like to think small and work up to something bigger – like an amusement park just for her and other kids with Autism totally catered to their specific needs and not to the world abound that has all the places in the world to go to… We need to concentrate on those that need help and forget about what we personally need or want. Just leave yourself, there’s a certain freedom in that.

Thank you for reading,

Mike Robinson, Medicinal Cannabis Patient & Activist. But mostly? Genevieve’s Daddy

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Mike Robinson Health & Wellness 4 months ago / Santa Barbara, Alberta


Judge That Jailed People Over Cannabis Is Now A Patient In Need

By: Mike Robinson

Retired Judge Admits “Throwing People In Jail” For Cannabis Haunts Him After It Saved His Life:

Now here’s a new twist. The very same judge, Doug Bench, who used to put away those with minor marijuana offence without any qualms, came forward about how Cannabis saved his life in order to help the people of Florida and beyond learn the truth about prohibition. The success stories regarding cannabis are seemingly endless, and the medicinal properties of this plant when properly administered have proven to to have a tremendously positive effect on our health, so much that the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry could eventually be partially replaced – especially many of our prescription drugs. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing with knowledge we’ve all gained on both prescription drugs, which experts say in studies kill more than 100,000 people annually in the US alone, and the conventional treatments for Cancer and other illnesses that seem to make many of us even sicker than we were – or worse. When this former Judge found out that he could benefit from what he used to demonize? His mind changed quickly when his own life was on the line and that led to being a huge voice in the Florida push for approval of use of the whole plant without extensive restrictions.

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This whole recovery and this judge who has came forward in such a positive manner is a great example of a change in perspective, and in his case, a major paradigm shift. Something he once believed to be true was no longer true because of his own experience in dealing with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. In the video below, he admits to throwing hundreds of people in jail for using this plant because “At the time I thought it was the right thing to do.”

When Bench was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, which can result in a slow and painful death, his life was saved after realizing the benefits of cannabis in treating his disease. Now, Bench has made it his life’s work to wake people up to the “70 years of lies” the US government has told the citizens about marijuana.

With so many fighting for their freedom across the country this is an amazing thing to see, and it doesn’t stop here – many others are reporting on Judge Doug Bench. Cannabis Health Radio did a special on this in mid 2017 in the push for the State’s full legalization of Cannabis.

Watch two videos on this here:

As A Judge He Put People In Jail For Cannabis, Now He Needs It and Talks on YouTube

The Judge Talks On Video

Prior to this 2018, the state of Florida was regarded as one of the worst possible states to be caught in possession of cannabis. According to a 2009 analysis by former NORML Director Jon Gettman, no state in this country punished people more severely for minor marijuana offenses than Florida. However, thanks in part to a former Florida judge, all this is gradually changing,

The huge American cannabis crop makes the growth Industry only 2nd to corn. That’s a huge move in such a short time. With former judges, athletes, Hollywood stars, and even lawmakers stepping forward for Cannabis – it seems the momentum just won’t stop. For us patients that’s a must. We need every last person like Former Judge Doug Bench to come forward and speak.

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This story has moved around a bit with not too much attention by the media and I’ve yet to blog on it. I thought it was very worthy after reviewing it today and thinking of all the people I know that have had to go to jail over the plant. Sitting here pondering the countless times in the past we did this or did that running compassion programs and so much more – it’s a wonder many of us didn’t end up in more trouble and sentenced by a Judge, who like Doug Bench, would someday need the very plant they saw as evil and put someone behind bars for.

I’m thankful for Doug Bench and hope more like him step up to the plate and admit they were wrong. Admit that the people are right and that we’ve been dealt with unjustly by a government that seems to do no wrong while it’s people die needing a plant that they have a patent on. There’s no smooth way to go around that fact.

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Many are learning the truth and the more we hear from patients like ourselves and people that support us, the better off we are.

Mike Robinson, Medicinal Cannabis Patient and Former Director, The American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine. Founder, Global Cannabinoid Research Center

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Mike Robinson CBD 4 months ago / Santa Barbara, Alberta


The Challenges Patients Have Reading CBD Labels

By: Mike Robinson

Patients all over the globe are either using CBD oils or getting ready to and researching which one to buy. Others are talking to their doctors who are also still learning or attempting to learn enough to hold a conversation with their patient that's gone out and became informed about Cannabinoid Medicine. With the huge rush to use nature's awesome oil one of the biggest problems I see that consumers face is how to read the labels and know what they're buying. The Healthcare Industry is definitely running behind patients in many ways - except in measurement of medications. Pharmacology is a required course so it seems it's much easier for me to explain to doctors or healthcare professionals than it is to explain to even a cannabis grower - until we break it down and look at what these labels truly mean. So, I've created a somewhat simple guide I hope you enjoy:

Rule One – Know What You Have

Yesterday, an old friend from the Epilepsy community reached out with a question, “Mike, how in the world does a person figure out what percent of CBD is in these tinctures that are online? One that I want says 99% pure but the label also says 500 milligrams in a 1 ounce bottle. It’s confusing, how much CBD is really in there?”

Right away “Not 99% and Not that much” was my answer – but why??

Very quickly I could see that my friend was about to be deceived by a marketing tactic that’s extremely unscrupulous. There’s several (It’s safe to say 100’s if not 1,000’s) of companies that use CBD Isolate from the Industrial Hemp plant. Some are very up and up business people that have awesome intentions with products that help people. Some simply are not. Some make claims their product will cure everything, others are realistic about what Cannabidiol can or will do for people that make it their choice. I have no qualms with people doing business as it’s the way of the world, but I have a big problem with how some marketing approaches make people think they’re buying a pure product. Sure, the CBD itself is 99% pure in the product my friend was inquiring on. It, like many, contains 500 mg or 1/2 ml (1 ml = 1,000 mg) of ‘pure’ CBD in a total solution of one fluid ounce or 30ml. That makes it a 1/60th or less than 2% CBD – a product that I would not give to anyone representing it to be a ‘medicinal cannabis’ solution that would heal or help much of anything other than the sellers pocketbook. That doesn’t stop some salespeople to deploy those type of tactics.

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I don’t believe that all or even most company owners or dispensary owners are aware employees or distributors are doing this. I’m including dispensaries because recently a compassion provider not familiar with cannabidiol bought was buying a product with only 300 mg of CBD in 2 fluid ounces of vegetable glycerin for over $75.00 – .5% or 1/2 of 1% CBD – literally trace amounts. A person could theoretically eat raw high CBD strain cannabis and gain much better health than by paying for and ingesting products with these crazy low CBD percentages. The fact that dispensaries carry items such as that shocked me, to say the least. The fact that a compassion grower that gives away CBD to his patients bought it thinking he was giving his people really good stuff literally makes me irritated beyond belief. Cancer patients trying to shrink tumors adding CBD to their Cannabis Oil protocols ended up getting that product until I had to break the news. It was very hard as he had sent it for Genevieve to try out. A kind gesture from a very giving person. I felt horrible telling him what I discovered but I had to as I knew he would tell others.

Rule two: Gain Knowledge and protect yourself! Ask these questions: 1.) How many milligrams of CBD is in it? 2.) How many ML’s are in entire solution? Your answer comes very simply once you know the answer to those two simple questions. If someone trying to sell you something does not know the answers or doesn’t give them to you there’s obviously something to hide and I would not purchase it. 1000 milligrams = one milliliter or ml. One fluid Ounce has 30 ml’s. 30 x 1,000 = 30,000 milligrams or mg’s per fluid ounce. If you only have 500 in 30,000 right away that tells you the numbers are low. We all need to learn this information in order to read a label and know what we’re getting. In this market with so many products it makes your head spin it’s easy to find something that looks good but when you do the math you find out you’re getting a very oiled down product with very little medicinal cannabis, or single cannabinoid in this case, in it.

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RULE Three – Learn the CBD Tincture Math!

My friend asked about his 500mg in One fluid ounce CBD product that claimed to be “99% pure.” Number of ML’s in his solution = one fluid ounce or 30 ML’s (which equals 30,000 mg’s). Number of Milligrams = 500. 500 divided by 30,000mg = .017 or 1.7%. Way too low to even consider purchasing.

Let’s try 1000 mg’s in two fluid ounces, for some reason I’m seeing this a lot lately. 1000 mg divided by 60,000 mg ( 2 fl oz is 60ml or 60,000mg) divided by 1000 mg = 0.17 or 1.7% Are you catching on yet? Often a product like this can cost over 150.00. Why? Because consumers pay for it not knowing the low percentage.

Let’s try another popular item I’ve seen with a price tag over $300.00. A whopping 5 fl. oz with 2500 mg of CBD. This is getting easier. There’s 2500 mg’s in a total of 150,000 mg ( 5 fl oz is 150ML or 150,000mg). Once again the mathematical equation is to take the number of milligrams of CBD itself and divide that into the total volume of the bottle. 2,500 divided by 150,000 = 0.16 or 1.6% The industry standard is obviously slipping from the days of 12, 18, and 20 plus percent products as the norm.

There’s many products I’ve seen with 2,500 mg in 2 fl oz. – So, 2,500 divided by 60,000 = 0.042 or 4.2% Once again that’s under 5% total CBD.

1000mg in 10ml 1,000 divided by 10,000 = 10% CBD, now we’re getting into the realm of what I would use or would concur, at the right price, my friends or those I know should. The problem is simple… finding it reasonably priced. Many on fixed incomes don’t have several hundred to spend monthly.

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Once you get this math down it becomes a matter of finding out how much. Since most CBD only products are very clear about the number of milligrams it’s easy to figure out the percentage. But it’s that “99% Pure” that I find to be misleading. The Isolate used to make the product was indeed that pure but the product itself is not. I can not count the literal hundreds, if not thousands of times across social media realms some unknowing salesman accidentally wandered across me attempting to debate the purity of a product they did not even know. If a salesman can’t compute the math on a CBD only product to give you a simple percentage when attempting to sell it to you in a dispensary or elsewhere, there’s definitely something to hide. If that’s the case in this buyer beware market caution should be exercised at it’s very highest level. In other words, find something you can trust.

I’ve found there’s a rather large market of people out there shopping for CBD only products due to their specific need and desire for only that single cannabinoid. Some do not want to feel any effects and others are not allowed to have THC in their body but CBD is accepted such as athletes and drivers. This has created a big market for these products – so be alert when shopping and don’t fall for the 99% pure thinking that the product is that unless you’re buying the actual isolate itself, which is generally close to that and is a crystalline or crystallized looking generally whitish or clear substance. Often I get asked where to go for really good CBD that’s reasonable. Just like with anything else I believe quality likely isn’t going to come ‘cheap’ but that doesn’t mean it can’t come inexpensive.

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Mike Robinson Medical Cannabis 4 months ago / Santa Barbara, Alberta


Hidden Carcinogens: Pharmaceutical Medications Cause Cancer?

By: Mike Robinson, Medicinal Cannabis Patient, Founder, Global Cannabinoid Research Center

Why are Prescription Drugs listed on California’s “Item’s known to the state to cause cancer” Proposition 65 list yet there are no warnings in pharmacies similar to those we see at gas stations? Why is Big Pharma allowed to sell carcinogens and Big Tobacco isn’t?

In our sometimes chaotic and busy lives often we’re, at times, warned about things that are known to cause cancer. In department stores some items have notices that quote laws such as California’s Proposition 65 which requires all items upon a state list to be labeled as such. Gas stations have big warning signs. Yet the only place we see this warning in the medical industry is near the X-ray department. One item just about every person will take at some point in life if not daily – prescription medications are in the spotlight and not in a good way once again. Never has a doctor warned me that one of the medications I take could cause cancer and is known to – yet they prescribe them anyway.

Since the 1986 passage of the voter approved proposition, just about everyone has seen the signs “Items known to the state of California to cause cancer” in just about every retail store imaginable as well as next to Gas pumps. When in Walgreen’s Pharmacy just days ago filling a prescription this subject was really troubling me. I was about to try some low dose aspirin since I quit Lipitor after finding out that it was the blame for a recent recurrence of a not yet specified Lymphoma – Likely Non Hodgkin’s once again. Since I had been reading up on carcinogenic effects of pharmaceuticals and had the Prop.65 watch list on my cell phone I pulled up Aspirin to see what the scientists within the states had to say – surely aspirin couldn’t be listed. The American Heart Association estimates over 60 million Americans use low dose aspirin – it’s gotta be safe. So away I went and did my due diligence searching and what did I find?https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov/ – a website everyone across the globe should keep.

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Wow, since 1990 the State of California has listed Aspirin as a known carcinogen – yes, that means it can and does cause cancer. Without the studies to prove this beyond any doubt, no item is ever listed due to liability alone. The state knows they can’t be sued because they know Aspirin causes cancer – “Female Reproductive Toxicity” and “Developmental Toxicity”. So, we’ve been down a path to give our infants and elders an over the counter drug known to cause cancer hidden behind a very deceiving label – especially for those with heart conditions that didn’t know they were picking between two evils.

But it got worse that day. As I waited for the one strong medicine I still take as a combo for PTSD, Seizure Control, and chronic anxiety – a medication I’ve taken since the 1995 life changing racing wreck. A benzodiazepine that’s been around for eons – Diazepam. We live in a world where stress is prevalent and anxiety runs a muck – the number of people on Benzodiazepines is estimated at over 68 million in the United States alone according to JAMA – the Journal of the American Medical Association. ‘Maybe there’s a problem with that too’ I thought to myself – so I looked. Not only did I find Diazepam by name, but shockingly this very progressive state’s scientists have declared ALL Benzo’s cause cancer. Take a look for yourself:

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In the fight against Cancer that’s gone on personally for the last 2 years, the last thing I wanted to think was that one of the few medications I take would do this. Over 4 dozen pills per day have been discontinued for over 3 yrs. now – but those few I still take are indeed carcinogens. Thinking that the medication that supposedly ‘saves my life’ is no different than smoking 3 packs of cigarettes per day is sickening to say the least. The whole thought of cancer again is so absurd with Cannabis in oil and other forms used daily it seemed completely out of the question that I’d have another problem. Little did I know I was being prescribed not one, but 3 of the 4 medications I still take nowadays fell upon the list – could my doctor in California be violating the law and prescribing me cancer causing pills while I’m in remission? That seemed to be totally out of the question. A good doctor that’s very caring would never do this. But, in their busy schedules do they even know? I know I do.

High fevers came back with a vengeance about 8 months ago. A short while ago lymph nodes swelled globally. It’s been a couple months and they’re still swelling and releasing across the body. The only thing I could look at as a culprit was a statin cholesterol drug, so I thought. Since the labs have been good I saw no reason to continue. After 4 years of it so I stopped use and started researching. What I found is that many of us are consuming cancer causing items daily thinking it’s our medicine – never at all warned of this easy to access knowledge by doctors in charge of our healthcare, our future, our lives. The once popular family doctor has been replaced by a healthcare system that for the most place thrives on money, not our future but rather on their own. We no longer can go to the doctor to get the valuable information we need to survive – most of us that are ‘awake’ now research and network to gain the truth. (originally written in August, since then REMISSION declared again thanks to MCT Mix and Awesome Mike’s Medicine concentrate)

Why aren’t doctors required to inform patients of side effects? Why are patients expected to read pamphlets intended for those with medical educations to read? Why are doctors giving people drugs known to cause cancer and then profiting off of the cancer? Why are most doctors ignorant about cannabis and it’s benefits – that’s simple – if you’re well they make zero.

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Some may question those of us that decide to choose cannabis as medicine for ourselves or our family members we care for. I believe those that have educated themselves on the Endocannabinoid System, which does not include the vast majority of doctors, are aware that pharmaceuticals dull in comparison for that reason alone. Those of us that want to go a step further and gain organic clean cannabis definitely understand that there’s no way to know what’s in a pill and with no doubt it’s one heck of a synthetic way to go. There’s absolutely nothing natural about a doctor writing a prescription for a drug. While understanding that some may need pharmaceutical medication for survival it’s also well understood over prescribing of medication is commonplace and is what caused a relapse of cancer for me – so without a doubt it’s a huge concern.

Side effects of pharmaceuticals seem bad enough from the TV Ads, but Cancer? I use cannabis to kill cancer cells without side effects that kill me. But my doctor failed to tell me about a drug that can? Yes, she did and yours may have as well so please read on. I don’t believe that ALL pharmaceuticals cause cancer – but I do believe the research that proves Rx medications were given to me, you, and our kids/parents/family/friends with full knowledge that it could cause cancer and much more – I’ve came to the conclusion that they’re all evil – just to what degree is the question. One thing for sure – after a couple decades my body is certainly addicted to items known to the state of California to cause cancer. Sadly my pharmacy doesn’t post the sign like gas stations and stores have to

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I personally don’t watch much mainstream T.V. – for the most part because I’m busy with life. When I do make the decision to escape our current reality for the many non reality shows on television I’m amazed at the pharmaceutical ads. First comes the beautiful new natural life based on a synthetic product. The the dreaded list of side effects, and when they do present the possible adverse effects indirection is the tactic. Without a doubt I know that Prostate Cancer is caused by the use of Statin Drugs. Sadly I’m likely walking proof with that area of my body inflamed and lymph nodes swelled all about. Thanks doc, who also didn’t tell me risk for diabetes and Alzheimer’s triple with the use of those same ‘innocent’ drugs which dietary change and Coconut MCT or other healthy oils can replace for all but cardiac patients. So, let’s look at others.

Hormone replacement therapy, known as HRT, is the most controversial medications in this manner. Estrogen can promote uterine as well as breast cancer. Tens of millions of women have been directed to use HRT to ease symptoms of menopause. How many have developed cancer because of this treatment is unknown. The FDA does not report that number, only the following warning: “The FDA has asked that all labels on estrogen and estrogen-progestin replacement therapy be revised to carry a boxed warning, stating the increased risks for heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, and breast cancer – Jan 8, 2003″. Is this a conspiracy theory – of course not. It’s fact. Our government approves medications that they know will cause more illnesses – even death. Why? It’s profitable. I know – sickening to say the least. Targeting children and the elderly seems to be the name of the game. We all know that menopause is natural and will come no matter what to all women that live to that point in life – to give people carcinogens as a medicine to ‘ease the symptoms’ seems like more of a way to make sure there’s a future patient to me.

Nowhere does the F.D.A. require a doctor to tell a patient of this warning or any others on prescription drugs that are given. A given percentage of our population still fears cannabis but readily grasps at pill bottles without the basic knowledge that what they are taking is far more unknown than a plant with thousands of years of history as medicine. The first pill came about in the U.S. far after Cannabis grew here. In the Midwest the Cannabis plant is protected as ‘Native to the land’ and is illegal to pick along roadsides. There are no pills native to the land. But in the 1800’s the history of pills began here. Before pills Big Pharma made Cannabis Tinctures like the one show below that most have seen or have knowledge of. Big Pharma was Big Cannabis/Hemp before prohibition and are now looking to take that place again with synthetics.

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Above is the work of Eli Lilly – how many people know the name but not the history? Quick lesson: Pfizer was founded in 1849 by two German immigrants who made a fortune on pain killers in the Civil War. A young cavalry commander named Colonel Eli Lilly was serving in Union Army who Pfizer was supplying. A trained pharmaceutical chemist, Lilly was an industrialist who after his military career set up a pharmaceutical business in 1876. There’s not many people in this country who don’t take medication from one of those two companies still today. Let’s look back to the very deceiving drugs that doctors don’t tell us about.

Let’s take a look at more statistics and information on prescription drugs we all should be very aware of. According to the FDA and Pub Med studies:

-Heartburn medicine omeprazole (Prilosec) causes abnormal cell growth and stomach tumors (carcinoids) in rats.

-Spironolactone (Aldactazide, Aldactone) is a blood pressure medicine that is sometimes prescribed for hormonal imbalances and facial hair growth in women. It causes tumors in rats.

-Parents of children with eczema have been worried by reports that the prescription topical skin treatments, Elidel cream and Protopic ointment, are associated with lymphoma and skin cancer. The FDA has warned against using these drugs in children under two years of age. It also states that, “The long term safety of Elidel and Protopic are unknown.”

– Rheumatoid arthritis injections Cimzia, Enbrel, Humira and Remicade. These very expensive bio-tech drugs have revolutionized the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Last summer the FDA announced that it was investigating an association between these medications and the development of lymphoma or other cancers.

-Another hugely controversial cancer connection has to do with cholesterol-lowering drugs. An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Jan. 3, 1996) warned over two decades ago that, “All members of the two most popular classes of lipid-lowering drugs (the fibrates and the statins) cause cancer in rodents, in some cases at levels of animal exposure close to those prescribed to humans.” Two years of fighting dual lymphoma’s only to find out that i was once again too ignorant and trusted a doctor.

-ARB’s or Blood Pressure medications primarily have also been a known culprit. A study reported a significantly increased risk of fatal cancers in patients receiving the ARB candesartan. Again, it’s people that already have serious medical issues that are being given medication that gives them more – at least most of the time. Others simply take aspirin to stop a headache and have no clue scientists had to list it almost 2 decades ago as a carcinogen yet the public is unaware.

Now let’s get informed! Why have so many changed to Cannabis?

  • 63.6% of antidepressants are associated with carcinogenicity, specifically mirtazapine, sertraline, paroxetine, citalopram and escitalopram, duloxetine and bupropion.
  • 90% of antipsychotics agents are associated with carcinogenicity. All agents were associated with carcinogenicity except clozapine.
  • 70% of benzodiazepines/hypnotics are associated with carcinogenicity, specifically clonazepam, zolpidem, zaleplon, diazepam, eszopiclone, oxazepam and midazolam.
  • 25% amphetamines/stimulants are associated with carcinogenicity, with methylphenidate specifially associated.
  • 85.7% of anti-convulsants (also used as “mood stabilizers”) are associated with carcinogenicity. The only agent not associated with carcinogenicity was lamotrigine. Specific agents associated with carcinogenicity: valproate, carbamazepine, gabapentin, pregabalin, oxcarbazepine, topromate.
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  • Take this information for what it is – information that could change your life. It definitely is changing mine as I once again take up the warrior spirit to battle what I now know was brought on by my lack of attention. We all need to pay better attention to what’s going on and make sure on our own that our health is intact. No doctor will do this that I know of – even the best are pretty consumed in what they’re doing. All patients need to be their number one caregiver if at all possible. It’s on us to learn the most we can and apply that knowledge.

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Mike Robinson Medical Cannabis 4 months ago / Santa Barbara, Alberta


Cannabis Touches My Soul Deeply as it Beats Cancer Again

Having Severe Epilepsy control my life was brutal - for 18 years after a very brutal wreck on the Winston West/Nascar SW Tour I seized just about everywhere I went. It controlled my life even more than the nearly 50 pills a day I used to take for seizures. Today? I'll take 3 pills total for that. Before Cannabis it was 62 pills a day total prescribed for all of the different health issues I had, now it's 6. 91% Reduction over the past 5.5 years. Incredible simply isn't the word for how much this plant touches my soul and heals my body. Having Cancer again? I won't lie - it's scary. This time it's Multiple Myeloma - a blood cancer that's much like Leukemia, but rests in the marrow. I've entered a study for stem cell transplants in Kern County, Ca. (just in case).

Running a very extensive compassion program for years showed me how extracts and the actual plant itself will quickly change the lives of people suffering from so many ailments it's impossible to even list them all. One month I tracked over 450 patients that were treated with 100% Free compassion oils. Those days have disappeared as the recreational law in California prohibited the gifting of cannabis oil - trading the lives of the sick off for profits for the rich and taxes for the state. That does not touch my soul positively at all - it makes me question the values of people that vote without reading exactly what they're voting for. It makes me wonder what type of world we actually live in and what will be left for kids like our precious Genevieve when we're gone.

Will we move forward in the Cannabis Industry like all others? Will we see it transform from something new like what Henry Ford brought to the world in Automobiles or will we see this fast transformation into used car salesman personalities coming from those that were once part of a subculture of pure love. After all - the hippies started this movement. People like my biological mom who was deep in the streets back in the 60's talking it up about how Marijuana is medicine. She's gone and so are most of the values her people brought to the movement - now it's up to all of us.

Will we let the plant touch peoples souls or will we be the generation that turns the love of the plant into the love of money and forget the sick people? So far it doesn't look too good for the many that can't afford products so many are mass producing and NOT giving away - remember when you give the gift of life it will likely come back your way. Karma is something very real - build and create your own by touching someone's soul today.

Give it up - it's not that hard to give, it's actually a gift to yourself!

Mike Robinson, Medicinal Cannabis Patient, Founder Global Cannabinoid Research Center & Former Director of The American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine

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Mike Robinson Medical Cannabis 4 months ago / Santa Barbara, Alberta


Mary's Story: Overcoming Epilepsy With Cannabis

A Patient’s Story Of The Search For The Right Cannabis Combo for Stopping Seizures:

Mary has been a big smile on a cell phone screen for quite some time. Battling Epilepsy she still continues to smile and send positive messages across the net. She's been a friend on social media for several years that came to me over a year ago in search of the right CBD and boy it's been a search! From brand names to now being able to create her own full spectrum mix of Cannabinoids, Mary has learned how to treat herself and diminish the use of Rx medications that simply didn't work for her. Here's her tale of what life has brought her and how she's handled it:

“At age 5 I was a typical kid just odd because I was born on my Grandma Ruth’s birthday. When I was 6 I had my first awake seizure and that answered the question of why I would occasionally let out a scream in my bedroom but when my dad, (a night owl), came to my room I would be sleeping again. I had nocturnal seizures to start.

I went to doctor after doctor and took Phenobarb, Mysoline, Tegratol, Depakote, Dilantin, Lamictal, Felbamate, Gabapentin, and more as they came out. One was toxic in my blood. Another made me so tired they gave me uppers to go with the medication just so I could function in grade school. They mixed these medications by 2s and at times 3s. Double or triple therapy and each time it mixed up my mind and felt so scary. I was 6,7,8, and it continued into my teens. The doctors calling me idiopathic and giving me yet another blood test and scrambling my brain and body to attempt to stop my seizures. I made it through high school with seizures happening in classes at times. I called them interruptions in my mind and never used them for an excuse. I applied and was accepted at a university because of my high grade point average.

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At 35 I found an Epileptoligist that did many MRI’s and EEG’s she told me to get a genetic test because of a skin discoloration and the calcification on the scans.They were 2 markers for a genetic mutation that can cause seizures. After so many years wondering why. Looking at my parents and 2 brothers being the only one with this health issue. Test results were that I have a mutation called TSC 2 Tuberous sclerosis Complex 2. My case was just so mild the past doctors had never seen it manifested like me. (Below is an MRI of what this diagnosis looks like in the brain)

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Wow, this already is such a story of overcoming. I asked mary about surgery that she's had in the past that still did not stop the seizures and she told me all about it. It's not at all uncommon for someone with Epilepsy to have brain surgery and still continue seizing and needing medication. Surprisingly, only about 60% of surgeries end in success with no further seizures. "I had a right temporal lobe resection and hippocampus removal March 24 2014 I was 36 years old and 12 units from a M.A. at University of the Pacific. After the surgery I have not had any day seizures. Yet I can’t seem to go 5 months without a nocturnal one. The doctor prescribed Onfi, it did not help because I still had the break through seizure. I stopped that medication. I was scared because there was nothing to do but take more pills and I just wanted normalcy. Something I wanted my entire life."

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Mary went on to share even more of her story: "I have been experimenting with CBD for a few years now. My little brother gave me something called Jayden’s juice. High CBD cannibis drops. I started with a few. I got Charlotte’s Web CBD oil to try afterwards because it had a similar make up as the Jayden’s juice and seemed to be a good price. When the next seizure came instead of 10 minutes it only lasted 3 minutes. I even used the drops when I felt unusual or scared like maybe one might come on and letting the drops absorb under my tongue instantly made me feel normal. I listened in on Mike Robinson’s canna-talks online on Face Book, and I heard about products formulated specifically for seizures. Nothing comes as 100% but the high CBD I had in the past was at least making the break throughs tolerable and smaller so since the stuff that had Epilepsy in mind during formulation I thought it should be even better and it. I know that just like with medication everyone is different so I would have to find my best mix.

"I just turned 40 and I have been nearly seizure free for 8 months now. I had a big seizure in public for the first time in years a few days ago, Cannabis is excellent medicine but it’s not a cure. We all still have epilepsy but we have medicine that works now. That was the longest I have gone nearly seizure free since my surgery in 2014 and I have managed a reduction in my Dilantin by almost half. It's been nearly 8 months."

"Mike, I am so thankful that I met you and found out about Cannabis. Spreading awareness that there is another way to go is so important. I mean something besides the medications that have the effects of scaring you or putting you into a seizure like one did me. They all scramble your mind and nature is the way to go. You just have to try and keep trying and remember Love Wins."

My Response:

Mary, I have these questions 1.) How did you first learn about cannabis as medicine? 2.) What advice do you want to give to those who have epilepsy not using cannabis or CBD? 3) Did labels on products confuse you? What about all these strains?

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Mary’s answers:

1.) My brothers first heard of cannabis as medicine. They saw me doing all I could to stop the seizures and be “me”. They knew meds and seizures and even just the break throughs were enough to mess me up for months. I would stop eating and stop sleeping and get H pylori and ulcers and be very very sick for a long time. I needed something. Not a pill and I already had part of my brain removed.

2.) My advice to people that have seizures or kids with seizures is to try diets and try cannabis. The doctors are only trained in medications and they are the easy band-aid. They may help but there is more available to try. The Ketogenic diet does help if not work to stop seizures for some but most doctors will not tell you because the assume most patients will not do it the correct way and you have to be very strict. There are herbs and supplements that also help the brain. I had to study and the many doctors I have had have yet to mention them. I know that I would do anything to stop seizures so these are not off the table for me. Just keep trying and find what works for your brain.

3.) Labels did confuse me but I went for high CBD product with very low THC because in high school I smoked weed and got paranoid because of the THC. When everyone else was laughing, I was just wishing the high would be over. I hated the high feeling and it scared me a lot. I always listened to my brothers and I listened to Mike Robinson on amounts of what could be watered down. He would mention these topics on Facebook. These talks were very valuable to me. I learned a lot about cannabis from Mikes Facebook Chats.

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(A very high in CBD Cannabis plant growing - so beautiful!)

From Mary herself… her story is amazing. Cannabis wins!

She's continued to fight the battle against Epilepsy by learning how to create her own medicine. Becoming self sustaining was of the utmost importance to Mary and due to that she's managed to continue to have very awesome results. "I've got my life back, thank you so much" she told me in a recent communication. We've met and created infusions together and now she does so on her own. It's always a huge victory in my heart to know that a patient that once relied on a pile of pills now finds relief in the plant. Every last one of us with knowledge on how to heal, in my hopes and dreams, will be teaching others to do the same.

Thank you,

Mike Robinson, Medicinal Cannabis Patient, Research Analyst, and Former Director of Communications, The American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine

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JADEO CannaBasics 4 months ago / Toronto, Ontario


Understanding Cannabis Strains: Indica vs Sativa

Cannabis has been used by human beings for both medicinal and recreational purposes for thousands of years. In fact, cannabis is one of mankind's oldest known crops. There are two main species of cannabis cultivated today, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa. Increasingly, growers are crossbreeding these distinct plants to create hybrids that offer some interesting and unique combined benefits. The two strains are believed to have different effects and are used for different purposes as well. Understanding the differences between the two main strains helps people determine which will best suit their intended use.

Cannabis Sativa

Sativa strains are generally thought of as stimulating, energizing, and offer a heady buzz that's most suitable for daytime use. Sativa is also associated with a general sense of well-being, which makes them ideal for social situations. People who use Sativa strains claim they induce deep conversations, and an enhanced level of creativity when consumed.

The major uses of Cannabis Sativa include:

Cannabis Indica

Indica strains are generally thought of as the polar opposite of Sativa. They are known to produce a relaxing, calm feeling that gives the individual a chance to relax, unwind and release stress, pain, and other negative feelings. Most people prefer to use Indica strains at night as a nightcap because they are commonly associated with inducing a restful night's sleep.

The major uses of Indica strains include:

Why are they so different?

The two major categories of strains of cannabis are actually from different parts of the world and have a host of different plant characteristics. Indicas came from the Middle East and Near Asia, which includes Morocco, Nepal, Turkey, and Afghanistan. To most effectively capture the sunlight in these hot, dry and arid climates, Indicas tend to be short, bushy, and wide. They mature quickly, with shorter flowering periods and higher yields than Sativas.

Unlike their short and stocky counterparts, Sativas are long and thin, originating from Southeast Asia and Latin America (Mexico and Colombia). Thriving in the humidity of the equator zone, these plants the long and tall tall stature of sativa plants help them from growing mold. Sometimes reaching an astounding 20 feet tall, Sativas are said to take much longer to mature than Indicas and require a lot more light.

Do CBD / THC play a factor?

Both Indicas and Sativas contain some ratio of THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, as well as CBD, or Cannabidiol the ratio of these compounds is what makes a plant either Sativa or Indica.

THC, is the most unique compound found within cannabis plants for one distinct reason; it has psychoactive properties. In other words, it's the compound that makes you feel high. In most cases, it is associated with euphoria, or an intense sense of well-being and happiness.

CBD, on the other hand, has no psychoactive properties at all. It is, however, extremely useful to humans for several distinct reasons. It's been proven to help with seizures, neurological diseases, and is an effective pain reliever. Because it doesn't get you high, it's also legal, regardless of where you are.

Both CBD and THC are present in Indicas and Sativas in some ratio, not determined by the strain classification.

Hybrid Strains

It's actually quite rare to find a strain that is completely Sativa or Indica these days. Growers, and cannabis consumers realize that the best of both worlds is often the ticket, thus, hybrid strains. In some cases, two predominantly Sativa strains may be combined, or two Indicas, however, it's generally a combination of the two. A breeder may, for example, wish to create a strain that contains higher levels of CBD to help patients with extreme pain. Likewise, a strain with higher levels of THC may be bred to help those with anxiety and depression. It really just depends upon the intended use.

You might be asking yourself which strain would be best for you. The answer to that is highly personal. If you're experiencing difficulties in social situations, or you're lacking the motivation and creativity you desire perhaps a Sativa strain is your best bet. If, on the other hand, you experience intense pain, difficulty sleeping, and high-stress levels, you might want to give an Indica strain a try. The best way to figure out your ideal strain is to experiment. All that really matters is what works for you, not what the researchers say, or what anyone else experiences.

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Stay informed. Stay healthy.

#WeAreJadeo

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  • From Connor Christine

    I love a good hybrid!

  • From Janelle Simone

    I'm a hybrid girl myself, it was definitely interesting to see where these strains originate from though!

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