Users Find Common Ground In Cannabis Use, fostering true lasting friendships.

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Some of the most friendliest people you’ll ever meet indeed smoke cannabis. It does not go to say that there are definitely some really sketchy people out there that may also partake so what am I writing about? Well..

I have experienced the cannabis culture in multiple states. I have also used cannabis myself throughout most of my late teen and onward life….

I found the people whom truly love the plant and use it on a routine basis find a greater appreciation for the little things such as friendship and sentiment, family, and even unity in society.

Comparing them To the average person I run into at work who are stressed out people throwing money around to try to feel better at the spa… everyone has a vice

Life is a journey and who you trust is your ultimate choice. When you trust the wrong people you get burned and unfortunately life sometimes shows you the hard way. Trust is essential. Once you trust someone you allow the opportunity for friendship to build.

Words of advice, make a friend with a passionate cannabis user or advocate….They tend to be good people more often then not. Of course there is always bad apples out there. The world is a risky place but how you deal with it is everything. UNITY occurs More often than not in cannabis users. It is a common bond.

“Some Cannabis Users Find Common Ground In Cannabis Use, fostering true lasting friendships.”

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Eating cannabis is five times more psychoactive than smoking it.

Authored by Matt Simon (Wired.com)

TODAY, CANNABIS CONTINUES its slow march toward nationwide decriminalization with voters deciding whether to allow recreational use in Michigan and North Dakota, and for medical purposes in Utah and Missouri. As states keep chipping away at federal prohibition, more consumers will gain access, sure—but so will more researchers who can more easily study this astonishingly complex and still mysterious plant.

At the top of the list of mysteries is how a galaxy of compounds in the plant combine to produce a galaxy of medical (and, of course, recreational) effects. For example, THC feels different when combined it with cannabidiol, or CBD, another naturally occurring compound in cannabis, but the reasons aren’t fully known. It’s called the entourage effect: THC, like a rock star, only reaches its full potential when it rolls with a crew, consisting of hundreds of other compounds in the plant that scientists know about so far.

But the problem with researching a schedule I drug is that the government doesn’t want you to do it. Yet as more states go legal, cannabis continues to climb out of the scientific dark ages. Because it’s not just about giving people a comfortable high, but about developing cannabis into drugs that could treat a massive range of ills.

First, some cannabis basics. THC and CBD are cannabinoids, which means they bind to receptors in the human body’s endocannabinoid system, specifically the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Researchers only discovered the endocannabinoid system in the early 1990s, but it appears to regulate things like mood and immune function.

You may have noticed that cannabis’ effects can differ wildly from experience to experience. Eat a weed brownie, for instance, and the THC goes straight to your liver, where it’s metabolized into 11-hydroxy-THC. That metabolite “has five times the activity at the CB1 receptor, the psychoactive one, as THC itself,” says Jeff Raber, CEO of the Werc Shop, a cannabis lab in California.

That’s why it’s so easy to overdo it with edibles. When you smoke cannabis, the THC at first skips the liver and goes straight to your bloodstream. It’s about five times less potent that way than if you eat cannabis, meaning that chowing down on 10 milligrams of THC is roughly equal to smoking 50 milligrams of the stuff.

Mode of ingestion, then, is a big consideration in the cannabis experience. But so too are factors beyond your control. “We’re pretty aware that the endocannabinoid system is not a static picture throughout the day,” says Raber. “Why it changes, what causes those changes—those are other levels of complicated questions.” Cannabis might hit you differently during the day than at night, and can also depend on your mood or whether you’ve eaten.

But that’s not all. THC also interacts with other cannabinoids in your system, and it has a complicated relationship with CBD in particular. Anecdotally, cannabis users have reported that CBD can modulate the psychoactive effects of THC—think of it sort of like an antidote to the paranoia and anxiety that comes with being too high. That might be part of the reason edibles can feel so powerful: If you eat a brownie loaded with just THC, you aren’t getting the CBD you would if you smoked regular old flower. (Not that some manufacturers aren’t also adding CBD to their edibles. CBD is so hot right now, but it’s hard to find flower with high CBD. Cultivators have over the decades bred highly intoxicating, THC-rich strains at the expense of CBD.)

With cannabis growing more legitimate as a medicine, researchers are finally putting hard data to these anecdotal reports. They’re beginning to understand how CBD might modulate the often unwelcome effects of THC.

Consider the drug Marinol, a synthetic form of THC available since the 1980s. It’s a good appetite stimulant, but it’s also good at getting 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.

However, give patients a drug like Sativex—which combines THC with CBD—or even pure cannabis flower or extracts, and they tolerate it much better. “We specifically see that CBD protects against the paranoia and anxiety and the racing heart that THC produces,” Wilson-Poe says.

It all comes back to the psychoactive CB1 receptor. THC is an agonist that fits nicely into CB1, activating it. “CBD can’t do that at the CB1, but it does sort of sit in the pocket,” says Wilson-Poe. “It can compete with THC for the spot in the receptor.” Which means that if you take CBD with THC, there may be fewer receptors available for the THC to activate, thus modulating the psychoactive effects, like paranoia.

“But that’s probably not the whole story,” Wilson-Poe says, “because CBD has at least 14 distinct mechanisms of action in the central nervous system. So it does a little bit of something at a whole bunch of places, and we probably can’t attribute the anti-paranoia or anti-anxiety effects just to CB1 occupancy.”

Now let me add yet another complication to our growing list of complications: THC and CBD are far from alone in the cannabis plant when it comes to medicinal properties. Those two might be anti-inflammatory, for instance, “but if you were to vaporize a whole flower, you’d be consuming potentially a couple dozen anti-inflammatory molecules at once,” says Wilson-Poe. “In this sense I think of whole-plant cannabis as like a multivitamin for inflammation.” (Because there are so many important compounds at play, some researchers prefer the term ensemble effect over entourage effect. “Entourage” makes it sound like everything is supporting the rock star that is THC, when the reality might be more nuanced.)

There might also be medical applications when you don’t want the entourage effect at work. One of THC’s more famous treatments, for instance, is for lowering eye pressure to treat glaucoma. “We found that it works, and THC does a nice job,” says Indiana University, Bloomington researcher Alex Straiker, who studies cannabinoids. “But it’s actually blocked by CBD. People often think, oh yeah, CBD and THC work together. But in terms of CB1 receptor signaling, they actually oppose each other, or at least CBD opposes THC.” That’s not to say, though, that CBD isn’t having some sort of beneficial effect on its own when it comes to treating glaucoma.

Plus, there are many other kinds of receptors in the endocannabinoid system that these compounds could be targeting. “It’s messy,” Straiker says.

So while CBD seems to mitigate the unfun effects of THC, it also might get in the way of certain medical benefits that THC has to offer. But because there’s seemingly no end to the complexities of cannabis, CBD might also enhance THC’s anti-cancer properties. Research has found that if you apply THC and CBD to cancer cells in the lab, the combination is more effective than THC alone at both inhibiting the growth of those cells and outright killing them. The future of medical cannabis, then, depends in large part on teasing apart the entourage effect—leveraging it in some cases, and maybe breaking up the entourage (or ensemble) when THC or CBD alone is most beneficial.

“We need to understand which constellations of plant chemistry are best suited for which indications and which kinds of patients, and which form of the CB1 receptor you happen to carry, because there are lots of mutations in that gene,” says Wilson-Poe. “So understanding these mechanisms is absolutely crucial for providing these patients with personalized medicine that alleviates their symptoms without producing the unwanted side effects.”

Hate to do this, but we’ve got one last problem. For decades, cannabis users have claimed that different strains of cannabis produce different effects—maybe it makes them sleepy, maybe it gives them energy. And that’s been true even as CBD was largely bred out of cannabis in North America in favor of THC. “Well, if they’re all high THC, it’s got to be from something else,” says Ethan Russo, director of research and development at the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute, who studies the entourage effect. “And that something else is terpenoids.”

Yes, another member of the entourage. Unlike THC and CBD, you can find terpenoids not just in cannabis, but across the plant kingdom. They’re handy little molecules that plants use to ward off insects, and they’re what give cannabis that characteristic smell (same for terpenoids in lemons and pine needles).

And science knows what some terpenoids found in cannabis do pharmacologically in the brain. For example, linalool is one that has sedating and anti-anxiety properties. “So it might make sense that when you combine its anti-anxiety effect with that of cannabidiol [CBD], then they boost each other,” says Russo.

The entourage effect, the ensemble effect—whatever you want to call it, the phenomenon might get more complicated before it gets clearer. But researchers continue to tease apart the chemistry of cannabis, unlocking its true potential as a medicine. Mystery … almost solved.

(WIRED)

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Cannabis THC holds tremendous medical value and works better than CBD for some.

15 Essential Health Benefits of THC

THC is one of the most extensively studied cannabinoids, and its medical properties are very real.

Do we really need THC – the most widely recognized component of cannabis?

This is the same compound that produces the “high” in cannabis.

It has generated more than its fair share of critics, and many believe that the compound has no medicinal value at all.

Yet, science has demonstrated this is far from the case.

In conjunction with other cannabinoids, the molecule has been found to help people deal with mental and physical ailments.

Not to mention many people find THC-rich products – when taken at just the right dosage – to be an effective supplement towards their everyday health.

Just check out these 15 health benefits of THC.

#1.) THC Provides Pain Relief

Pain relief is one of the top medical benefits of THC, and I’ll tell you why…

More than 1.5 billion people worldwide live with chronic pain. Many of these individuals suffer from neuropathic pain or nerve-related pain.

Studies show that the cannabis compound activates pathways in the central nervous system that block pain signals from being sent to the brain.

Even an FDA-approved trial in 2013 confirmed THC’s effectiveness for pain relief.

Individuals experiencing neuropathic pain were given low doses of THC (1.29%) in the form of vaporized cannabis. The results?

“A low dose of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol provided statistically significant 30% reductions in pain intensity when compared to placebo.”

While clinical research continues to be restricted due to cannabis’s regretful status as a schedule I controlled substance – it is clear that a positive correlation exists between THC and pain relief.

#2.) Eases Nausea & Vomiting

Did you know that an FDA-approved THC pill (Marinol) for treating nausea and vomiting in cancer patients has been around since the 1980s?

In fact, Marinol has been marketed as a pharmaceutical alternative to cannabis.

However, while Marinol does contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound is both synthetic and isolated.

Which means that it pales in comparison to the entourage chemical compounds found in natural, whole-plant cannabis.

Marinol does not include beneficial components such as other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, all of which work better together rather than separately.

Interestingly, a study in 1995 revealed that oral doses of THC-8, a cannabinoid-like the regular THC but with lower psychotropic effects, were an effective treatment for children suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea.

The only side effect found was slight irritability.

Considering that other nausea medications such as Zofran can lead to side effects like: diarrhea, headache, drowsiness, blurred vision, muscle spasms, rash, fever, and constipation just to name a few – THC-based therapies are a much safer option.

#3.) Protects Brain Cells

Reefer madness led a lot of people to believe that cannabis consumption kills brain cells. However, the reality is this could not be further from the truth.

While most drugs are neurotoxic, THC is considered to be neuroprotectant. Which means that it actually protects brain cells from damage.

Here’s a mind-blowing example: a study in 2014 found that people with THC in their systems were 80 percent less likely to die from traumatic head injuries than those without.

Mind-blowing, right?

#4.) Effective Sleep Aid

Have trouble sleeping? Research shows that THC health benefits play a role here as well.

Trials in the 1970s found that oral doses of the cannabinoid helped insomniacs fall asleep faster.

And that’s not all.

Recent research suggests it may also improve breathing while reducing sleep interruptions.

Great news for those suffering from conditions such as sleep apnea!

#5.) Helps Treat PTSD

It’s estimated that 8 percent of Americans (24.4 million people) currently suffer from PTSD.

To put that into perspective, this number is equal to the population of Texas.

PTSD can include symptoms such as agitation, severe anxiety, depression, insomnia, nightmares, and social isolation – it can be a crippling condition.

Yet, THC has shown to be a highly effective treatment option for PTSD.

Some psychiatrists say that THC-rich cannabis is the only treatment for PTSD.

In fact, studies have confirmed that THC eases a variety of PTSD-related symptoms including agitation, depression, insomnia, flashbacks, and nightmares.

This means that for those suffering from PTSD, they can finally get the peaceful sleep they need to heal and regain balance in their lives.

All they need is safe access to cannabis and guidanceon how to best implement it into their lives.

#6.) Promotes Brain Growth

Believe it or not, the medical benefits of THC for the brain may be even bigger than we thought. Not only does the psychoactive protect brain cells, it also stimulates brain growth.

How does it work?

THC activates the “CB1 receptor” in our brains. This stimulation promotes a process known as long-term potentiation which improves the brain’s ability to learn.

Scientists also discovered that like CBD, THC causes brain cells in the hippocampus to grow.

Some research even suggests that THC can protect spatial memories.

This is why small doses of cannabis can treat or even slow down diseases such as Alzheimer’s. THC can also help protect against Alzheimer’s in other ways, too.

If that weren’t enough, we also have a study showing people with THC in their systems are 80% more likely to survive head trauma!

#7.) THC Increases Appetite

Conditions such as HIV, eating disorders, hepatitis, and dementia can lead to a loss of appetite.

Over time, this can result in severe malnourishment or even death.

THC is known for increasing appetite.

Researchers have found that THC interacts with the same type of receptors in the hypothalamus that release the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates hunger. In fact, THC can even make food taste better.

While some have written off these effects as a case of the “munchies” there is something much more profound going on here.

With the right approach, THC hunger-inducing effects can dramatically improve quality of life. And in some cases, even save lives.

Interestingly, certain cannabis cultivars can also suppress appetite, which can be another advantage for a lot of people.

#8.) Enhances Senses

You may not consider this among the other THC health benefits, but hear me out…

Many people have steered away from THC due to its psychoactive effects.

In fact, a lot of prohibitionists claim this is what makes cannabis so “dangerous” in the first place.

However, people have been enjoying the psychoactive components of the cannabis plant for thousands of years.

Cultures across the globe incorporated the plant in spiritual ceremonies and rituals for this very purpose.

While the psychoactive effects of THC may not agree with everyone, that doesn’t mean we all should steer clear.

Especially given that it is impossible to fatally overdose on THC.

Cannabis used with intention and the right dosage levels provides countless benefits.

From life-changing revelations to enhanced creativity to deeper personal insights.

For many people, the enhancing effects of THC provide very real psychological benefit and relief.


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#9.) THC is Antibacterial 

Did you know that one reason cannabis plants produce THC is to protect itself from pathogens?

As it turns out, the cannabinoid may do the same for humans and animals.

In a rodent study published in Plos One discovered that treating mice with dietary THC effectively changed their gut microbes over time.

In this particular case, the cannabinoid changed the gut microbes of obese mice into a microbial community more similar to lean mice.

But, that’s not all.

In 2008, researchers at MIT discovered that treating a concerning antibiotic-resistant pathogen with the psychoactive successfully killed the bacteria when other drugs could not.

The bacteria in question was Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which causes serious gaping wounds when left untreated.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, antibiotic-resistant infections contribute to “two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths” each year.

Will this herb’s main component help? It’s certainly worth some investigation.

#10.) Antioxidant 

There’s a reason why cannabis has been touted as an anti-aging and anti-stress tool.

THC and other cannabinoids are potent antioxidants.

This isn’t surprising, considering that in addition to protecting cannabis plants from pathogens, the herb increases its THC production in response to UVB light.

UVB light is the type of light that causes oxidative stress in humans, contributing to visible aging and other skin diseases.

Oxidative stress can cause damage at both cellular and DNA levels.

This damage makes consumers more prone to serious ailments like cancer and neurodegenerative illness.

As a potent antioxidant, one of the many health benefits of THC is protecting the body from stress-related damage.

#11.) Anti-inflammatory

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Is the cannabis anti-inflammatory approach a better option? Evidence so far says YES. 

Inflammation is a hot topic in the healthcare world these days.

Why?

Chronic inflammation is considered a major risk factor for all different kinds of diseases.

Depression? There’s an inflammatory component.

Arthritis? Inflammation contributes to pain, stiffness, and poor health over time.

Many canna-curious individuals opt for CBD to control inflammation. However, THC has a part to play as well.

Research suggests that, in some instances, the cannabis compound can decrease the production of cytokine and chemokine compounds in the body.

Cytokine and chemokines are immune compounds that trigger inflammation.

Additional pre-clinical research suggests that it may be able to decrease inflammation by suppressing genes related to inflammatory response.

These findings may explain why so many consumers find relief via the many health benefits of THC.

#12.) Bronchodilator 

Lung health is not often the first thing you think of when considering the health benefits of THC.

Yet, believe it or not, the compound may help open airways in your lungs.

A known bronchodilator, studies conducted back in 1975 provided the first evidence of the cannabinoid’s ability to ease asthma attacks.

Interestingly, the study found that even smoked cannabis eased patent’s asthma symptoms. Though, a study of this kind certainly wouldn’t be highly thought of today.

However, some budding biopharmaceutical companies are experimenting with cannabis-based drugs for serious conditions like asthma and COPD.

Others are investigating inhaler technologies that would allow consumers to inhale measured doses of cannabis compounds without smoke.

However, the psychoactive may not be the only cannabis compound that may assist the lungs.

A particular terpene, pinene, may enhance the bronchodilatory effect of THC.

As the name suggests, pinene is an aroma molecule that provides a strong pine scent to some cannabis cultivars.

Cannabis strains that feature high levels of pinene may provide enhanced bronchodilatory effects.

#13.) Potential anti-tumor agent

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Although cannabis is not a cure-all, it is a game-changer for cancer patients.

Cannabis is making waves in the realm of cancer research.

Early research in the lab and in animal models has found that the herb kills cancer cells in several distinct ways.

While multiple cannabinoids show anti-cancer potential, THC is one of the main contenders.

Dr. Gregory Smith, a Harvard-trained physician, discussed this with Green Flower, touching on emerging evidence that suggests that the psychoactive and other cannabis compounds have strong anti-cancer potential.

Specifically, Dr. Smith mentioned that there three distinct ways that cannabis affects cancer.

The first is through a process called apoptosis, which is an immune function that triggers cells to self-destruct when they are damaged or diseased.

“[Cannabis] does that apoptosis, that horrible word, that tells the cancer cell to go kill itself. It’s literally a key that turns a lock and tells the cell to kill itself,” said Dr. Smith.

But, that’s not all.

In laboratory models, the cannabinoid can block a tumor from forming blood vessels.

This essentially starves the cancer cells by cutting off their food and oxygen supply.

In addition, cannabis compounds seem to stop cancer cells from metastasizing.

As Dr. Smith explained, “It stops the cancer cell from leaving the colony of other cancer cells and going and forming its own new metastatic area in the body.”

“All three of these things are well known,” continued Smith, “and it’s mostly THC that has the anticancer effects.”

#14.) Muscle relaxant

Have you ever tried cannabis that made you feel sleepy or heavy-bodied?

THC and some complementary terpenes in certain cannabis strains may be the culprit.

It is well-known that the cannabinoid can have muscle relaxant properties.

This quality is perhaps partly why the compound is so beneficial to patients with conditions like multiple sclerosis, who often experience muscle spasticity, pain, and cramping.

In fact, a cannabis-based medicine for these exact symptoms is already on the market in over 30 countries.

The medicine, called Sativex, contains both THC and CBD.

While THC is thought to have muscle relaxant properties on its own, the molecule’s ability to ease cramps and tension may be enhanced by certain aroma compounds in the plant.

Some experts suggest that myrcene, a terpene aroma molecule with a musky fragrance, may also contribute to the heavy-bodied sensation that sometimes follows a night of cannabis consumption.

#15.) THC is an Anticonvulsant 

In the world of epilepsy, CBD often gets all the credit.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating relative to THC, and the cannabinoid has successfully reduced seizure activity in clinical trials.

Many fail to realize, however, that THC also has anticonvulsant properties.

Research on the anticonvulsant properties of THC has been more or less halted due to all of the interest in CBD.

However, early research on the cannabinoid tells a different story.

Studies conducted in the 70s found that the psychoactive compound successfully reduced seizures in animal models, including baboons.

One small study conducted in the 1940s found that THC treatment successfully reduced seizures in two of five epileptic children that were unresponsive to conventional treatment.

In this early research, was THC effective 100% of the time?

No.

However, this early research suggests that the cannabinoid is certainly worth learning more about. 

If you agree that people deserve access to all parts of the cannabis plant, please share this article with your friends and followers. Together, we can spread the message of cannabis education.

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If legalization fails this year in Connecticut, what’s next?

Connecticut has seen some mixed signals in the air regarding legalization. According to representative Elliot, “legalization is looking grim for this year” which he made in a recent online Facebook post. Three days earlier the Hartford Courant suggested that they “would have a Vote for Cannabis legalization within the next three weeks”.

As we come down to the wire we face an uncertain and unpredictable outcome to the session. A few weeks ago it seemed almost inevitable that something would pass in some way, shape, or form legalizing the plant.

So what’s next for Connecticut if Cannabis legalization doesn’t make it to a vote? Inevitably, next legislative session legislators are going to have to bring up the same topic again. It’s going to be a repetitive topic for the years to come if not passed this year. Advocates and local Cannabis activists will not give up the battle and will only grow in numbers. The suggestion that legalization will harm the state in anyway is pretty dismissible with the information available in this day and age.

Local advocacy Groups such as Connecticut NORML, CURE CT, and REGULATE CONNECTICUT are trying to foster participation in the community regarding the controversial topic. “Call 860-240-8500 and let Speaker Joe Aresimowicz know we want a vote on cannabis legalization!

Make our community a priority!” States a post by CURE CT

The next three weeks will be a very telling time for our state as we either move toward legalization or just another stalled year of efforts by the legislature.

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Connecticut medical marijuana program faces an uncertain fate in the wake of the coming recreational marijuana law.

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Iceberg! Dead ahead!

It’s no secret that the Connecticut medical marijuana program has had its fair amount of troubles in its years of operation. Notably, “Lack of compassion, price gouging, an inability to engage with patients on personal level, or even any open opportunity to see product prior to purchase…oh and the strain names don’t bother asking you need a translation app to know what the medicine is, (dabbin-dad.com).”

So what’s next for Connecticut? The question leaves patients feeling scared supply will run dry and with no grow rights in place, it is surely going to run short on supply vs. demand. The Population of Connecticut is 3.4 million people. The medical marijuana program only has 35,000 registered patients and sometimes struggles to keep up. Just last week an email was sent to CT patients about lack of inventory offered by dispensary in Uncasville.(posted below)

So…What’s next?

What’s next for Connecticut? Well, it’s pretty clear that we are on a path to legalize recreational marijuana no matter what. I think that’s all we know right now. We can definitely assume however by the data and trends of the CTMMP that we are in for a few bumps in the road. Those bumps for legal adult use may very well negatively effect the medical marijuana patients directly. Currently there is a bill that has introduced patient personal grow rights. Call your representatives and tell them to support this bill. This is one of the only effective solutions to assure an uninterrupted supply of medicine for patients and quality product being offered at the dispensary.

As of right now the recreational bill does not have any Grow rights of any kind and CT is one of the few states in the nation to have restricted Grow right freedoms. Contact Your Legislators.

Authored by KGB

Connecticut medical marijuana program faces an uncertain fate in the wake of the coming recreational marijuana law.

Iceberg! Dead ahead!

It’s no secret that the Connecticut medical marijuana program has had its fair amount of troubles in its years of operation. Notably, “Lack of compassion, price gouging, an inability to engage with patients on personal level, or even any open opportunity to see product prior to purchase…oh and the strain names don’t bother asking you need a translation app to know what the medicine is, (dabbin-dad.com).”

So what’s next for Connecticut? The question leaves patients feeling scared supply will run dry and with no grow rights in place, it is surely going to run short on supply vs. demand. The Population of Connecticut is 3.4 million people. The medical marijuana program only has 35,000 registered patients and sometimes struggles to keep up. Just last week an email was sent to CT patients about lack of inventory offered by dispensary in Uncasville.

So…What’s next?

What’s next for Connecticut? Well, it’s pretty clear that we are on a path to legalize recreational marijuana no matter what. I think that’s all we know right now. We can definitely assume however by the data and trends of the CTMMP that we are in for a few bumps in the road. Those bumps for legal adult use may very well negatively effect the medical marijuana patients directly. Currently there is a bill that has introduced patient personal grow rights. Call your representatives and tell them to support this bill. This is one of the only effective solutions to assure an uninterrupted supply of medicine for patients and quality product being offered at the dispensary.

As of right now the recreational bill does not have any Grow rights of any kind and CT is one of the few states in the nation to have restricted Grow right freedoms. Contact Your Legislators.

Authored by KGB

CT Marijuana bill advances out of committee

Cannabis is taking the high road to legalization in Connecticut with many activists at the state capital pushing for grow rights, equity, and expungements. Representative Josh Elliot delivered the message that cannabis events out of the committee and moves towards the House and Senate for a vote. Governor Lamont has stated in the past that he supports legalization and whatever bill passes he will sign. Activist chanted towards equity, home grow rights, and felony/misdemeanor expungements for cannabis related offenses.

Why do they want to restrict grow rights? Some say it has to do with genetic preservation.

It’s no secret, the private interests within government do not want regular Americans to have the rights to grow your own cannabis. Some argue it’s to keep interests private and business profitable. Only until recently did I consider it the only valid reason. One also can argue that there may be a deeper seeded need to keep a much more strict eye on things. Why? Well the answer lies in finding land race strains today. Is it even possible? In the very near future cannabis maybe hybridized to many times… so much so that it becomes the assimilation of a multifaceted polyhybrid with no predicable traits or predicable effects/outcomes to what the plants seeds will offspring. This spells disaster for large entity’s trying to market the product as predictable a patentable strain. There is no way to know from seed what that particular phenotype contains more or less sativa/indica linage as its parents and it varies every seed. Like all living things all of the canna seeds are offspring that are unique and different therefore the cookies strain you smoked today would not be the exact cookies you smoked next year unless it was produced by direct clone. The two would render the same name giving birth to an ever changing product “cookies”. So how do we preserve strains with true notable genetics so they will not be hybridized so much that they are lost? The reality is, it is a human right to grow plants that naturally occur in nature. It just is! This issue is popping up in states like connecticut where foreign and corporate interests are uprooting an equal opportunity industry and making it solely their own after several sold out to larger multinational companies such as Green thumb industries, curleaf holdings, and ancerage holdings to name a few . Connecticut only has 4 producers in the state and sells cannabis to over 30000 patients. This is a perfect example of a monopoly with no grow rights. CT does have some grow language in the adult use bill and a separate bill has been introduced to have patient grow rights established as it becomes more and more apparent that we the people need our rights to grow back Pre 1937! End prohibition and let’s rewrite history for the better. We can do this…

Kb

Hemp flower is now available on Amazon

Hemp flower is now available on Amazon for purchase. Grown in Texas the strain cherry5 is high in CBD like most hemp.

Amazon now offers hemp flowers online. It is nearly indistinguishable than THC cannabis. It smells the same,feels the same, and looks the same (to the untrained eye). The move by the corporate giant is unprecedented and opens the doors to many new ventures, avenues, and ideas. so this begs the question. Does this give the green light for all hemp growers to sell their products on amazon? The Texas based company cherry5 is listed in various different amount 1 gram – 1/2 ounce.

Hemp flower is naturally high in CBD, cannabidiol, which is said to perhaps have medicinal properties like other well known cannabinoids such as THC. Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t provide the user with a high.

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RFID in medical cannabis packaging becoming increasingly popular

Reports out of Connecticut,Medical cannabis patients discovered something quite alarming. RFID 5G technology hidden in the labels of each eighth of cannabis purchased from theraplant. Labels reportedly changed 2 months ago to be more laminated hiding what was hiding below the shinny test results. This begs the question what is the purpose of such devices and why?

INYS pharmaceuticals sponsor anti-legalization rally at Connecticut capital.

High school students and select lawmarkers spoke in direct opposition to a marijuana legalization bill that does not apply to children and suggests retail sale should be available to everyone over the age of 21 in legal atmosphere not simply decriminalized like it already is. They spoke in regards to the substance as of it was toxic sludge and is clearly agenda and biased in the perception of data released regarding other legalization states. This group ignored the positive and went right for every made up fictional statement ever made on the plant. A local activist made mention to the INYS ties as the meeting adjourned stating “I’ve lost many of my friends” because of them manufacturing fetynol and other opiates. It left the meeting with a somber reminder that these people are wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Direct correlations with pharmaceutical giant INYS was not confirmed nor denied by rep. Canadlera when confronted stating, “there will be more time discuss that relationship in public hearings.” Many independent sources seem to suggest this tie is indeed true. INYS is one of the leading manufacturers of opiate drugs. INYS CEO was arrested on doctor bribery charges but he was to rich to not buy himself free.

Legal weed billboard on I-91 in Connecticut brings a stark reminder of what 2019 holds for CT.

In New Haven weedmaps.com has published a sign directly on I-91 headed to Massachusetts with a friendly reminder to drive north for more freedom. Connecticut law makers have announced a plan to legalize regulate and tax cannabis as well as allowing personal grow rights for citizens. The bill presented in currently being debated by the general public as to whether this bill is too restrictive as to the rights of citizens. Will this bill create a legal loophole to jail residents based on being a driver and consuming within a week of use? That’s right 5 Nanograms is the proposed legal limit, even though there is no accurate machinery to detect this and there are no studies indicating this as being the intoxicating level of cannabis present in the blood . Heavy users can fail the test days after use. Currently the law makers have proposed six plants per person.

I have heard of CBD but Infused CBD Coffee? Yes, that’s a thing.

Flower power coffee company packs a punch in New York City as it announces its CBD infused coffee brand along the streets of New York City time square. Onlookers pass by in curiosity reading “hemp infused coffee” who would create such a WONDERFUL THING! Amazing flavors available and 100% legally. In 2018, President Trump signed the 2018 farm bill which legalized industrial hemp commercialization in the United States.

I found this coffee through a local vape shop here in Connecticut and wow I was not disappointed with my selection. After the very first sip of “Go-Go Joes” Coconut Custard, I knew relationship with this coffee was about to turn long term. Flower Power infused coffee does not disappoint. Www.GoGOJoes.com

Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill

Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill

January 3, 2019  

 

Press Release 

 

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Steve Cohen (TN-09) and Don Young (Alaska-at-large) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would allow patients to have access to medical marijuana in states where marijuana is legal without fear of federal prosecution.

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act would amend federal law to allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies and permit doctors with the Department of Veterans Affairs to prescribe medical marijuana to veterans to treat serious and chronic conditions. The legislation would not legalize medical marijuana in all 50 states but would respect the states’ decisions to legalize medical marijuana and would prevent federal law enforcement from prosecuting patients, doctors and caregivers in those states.

Today’s introduction follows bipartisan, bicameral support for similar legislation last Congress: 115th- H.R. 2920, introduced by Reps. Cohen and Young, and 115th – S.  1764, introduced by Senators Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Al Franken (D-Minnesota), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).  

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“The national consensus on medical marijuana is solid and bipartisan, but our federal drug laws continue to treat patients and their doctors like criminals. Our bill would bring federal medical marijuana policy in line with the views of the overwhelming majority of Americans by allowing states to set their own marijuana laws, allowing patients, including veterans, to receive the treatments they need from their doctors and improving opportunities for research on marijuana. I am pleased to join with Congressman Young in introducing this important legislation in the House, and I want to thank Senator Booker and the bipartisan Senate coalition for its leadership on this issue.”

Congressman Young made the following statement:

“I’m hopeful that this is going to be a productive Congress regarding the debate over national cannabis policy. Important components such as protecting medical cannabis, access to CBD, expanding research opportunities, and allowing veterans access are provisions in the CARERS Act which I’m proud to cosponsor with Congressman Steve Cohen. This is the kind of bipartisan effort that doesn’t happen every day but should serve as an example of how we can solve the problems that our constituents have sent us here to do. I look forward to promoting this legislation and other measures to protect the rights of states and individuals.”

Senator Booker made the following statement:

“Our federal marijuana laws are broken—they don’t make us safer, they waste taxpayer dollars, and they lack both common sense and compassion,” said Senator Booker. “By ensuring that states are able to set their own medical marijuana policies, the CARERS Act will help ensure access to treatment for those who benefit from medical marijuana – from children suffering from chronic illnesses to veterans battling PTSD.”

View the press release here https://cohen.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/lawmakers-introduce-bipartisan-medical-marijuana-bill?fbclid=IwAR0dSAA4ZAcmbNfjpVK4IRL-D5n_qF797raQin-qtnxOkPibSNm-0pChzpQ

First hemp CBD oxygen bar opens in the United States

A first of its kind type of business has opened in a small town in Guilford, Connecticut. O2 Oxygen and Wellness Bar Located at 2470 Boston Post Rd., Guilford, CT 06437. The company’s website is http://www.oxygenwellnessct.com

The company has used the option of a cbd infusion at no extra charge.

To book an appointment call 203-689-5515

For a state with not much to do this should bring some excitement for the locals. O2 Wellness Bar also offers a full flavor spectrum oxygen experience with many different flavors to choose from. It also offers Living CBD Water and also have many local kombucha flavors on tap. My particular favorite is earl grey. Definitely A lovely experience for someone looking to try something new. #local #connecticut #scene #goodexperience #hempjobs

Marijuana Legalization Would Eliminate Drug Smuggling Better Than Trump’s Wall

“If a primary goal of Donald Trump’s presidency is to curtail Mexican drug cartels from smuggling illicit substances across the border, he should seriously consider cannabis legalization. In addition, hiring more border agents while creating better channels of legal immigration is the way to go, according to a new study.” Reported by The French toast

So what now? Hemp is legal (almost) and people want to grow it.

Grow rights are essentially human rights. Do you agree? Many lobbyists and lawmakers are trying to prevent this right when writing and drafting legalization bills. Some states by Connecticare do not allow cultivation rates for even their patients in their medical program. This gives us an idea that they may attempt to restrict growing rates in a recreational sense as well. Activism is needed more than ever in the states that are preparing legislation. States like Connecticut do not have a ballot initiative so all the laws are actually passed by the Senate and the House and the committees. Governor elect Ned Lamont has stated that he is in full support of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state of Connecticut in this coming session. “The time has come to legalize marijuana in Connecticut”said governor elect Ned Lamont In a radio broadcast when he was campaigning. Many believe that legalizing marijuana is the sole cause that got him elected. The patients of Connecticut in the medical program need to be effectively allowed to home grow for personal medical use as well as adult recreational cannabis.

BREAKING! The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the 2018 Farm Bill with a vote of 369-47. As soon as the President signs the bill, it will go into immediate effect, meaning #hemp will be removed from the list of controlled substances and recognized as an agricultural crop!! #hemphistory

BREAKING! The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the 2018 Farm Bill with a vote of 369-47. As soon as the President signs the bill, it will go into immediate effect, meaning #hemp will be removed from the list of controlled substances and recognized as an agricultural crop! Stay tuned for updates! #hemphistory

Surgeon general makes case to deschedule marijuana

Earlier this month president donald trumps surgeon general made the statement “I’ll take it somewhere else: marijuana. We need to look at the way we schedule different medications across the board, because one of the concerns that I have with marijuana is the difficulty that the folks have to do research on it, because of the scheduling system,” he said.

What is Hemp?

Hemp is the fiber and seed part of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant, opposed to the flower part of the plant which is “legally considered” marijuana.  The fiber and seeds are incredible valuable and is why hemp is often called a “cash crop”.  Hemp is a very hearty plant and grows very quickly in very diverse soil conditions.  Cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes has been done by many civilizations for over 12,000 years.   Industrial hemp was the desired fiber used to manufacture rope, canvas, paper, and clothing until alternative textiles and synthetics for these purposes were discovered.  Although China has been the largest hemp producer over the years, other countries such as Australia and Canada are catching up.  It has been illegal for anyone to grow hemp in the United States as hemp is illegal under the marijuana prohibition act but Colorado has changed the laws and paved the way for industrial hemp production again in the United States(see hemp history). Now hemp oilshemp plasticshemp building materials and many hemp fiber products can be seen and purchased on the market. Hemp is truly an amazing plant with the potential to help “green up” many industries.

Hemp leaves
Hemp leaves

Traditionally, hemp fiber has been a very coarse fiber when raw, which made it well suited to rope but less than ideal for clothing designed to be worn against delicate human skin. Advances in breeding of the plants and treatment/processing of the fibers have resulted in a much finer, softer hemp fiber, which is ideal for weaving into hemp clothing, fabrics and rope. Watch the video on Hemp for victory to learn more about the importance of hemp during war times.

Where in the world has Hemp come from?

The giant reality of the situation is cannabis has been around possibly longer than us.  Everybody has their own different view in cannabis. Although we all have different views on the use and what should be legal and shouldn’t be legal. We all agree that cannabis is a plant that isn’t our creation. No no I’m not getting all religious on you but hey. Maybe I am. Is cannabis holy? 

State medical cannabis programs set for major increase in support.

Everyone in our world today is transpiring the ability to accomplish the many tasks at hand within the industry. From getting it off the US controlled substances act to allowing hemp to produce its max potential benifet to society. The question remains can we grow too much hemp. The answer is quite clear as the benefits of this Plant mount higher and higher with every passing moment. Stay tuned.