This Doctor Destroys Cannabis Myths Once And For All

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We sat down with founder of, Dr. Dustin Sulak, a licensed osteopathic physician, about the most common myths about cannabis, many of which have been sponsored by industries that benefit from the prohibition of cannabis, along with the facts.

Here’s the most common cannabis myths — destroyed:

Cannabis Kills Brain Cells And Lowers IQ

Interestingly, numerous studies have proven cannabis does just the opposite — it promotes the growth and development of new brain cells [1]. No other class of compounds has demonstrated the neuroprotective effects of cannabis. Very promising animal studies show that treating brain injuries, including newborn babies lacking oxygen [2], victims of stroke, and head trauma, all sustain less damage and heal faster if they are given cannabinoids, the substances found in cannabis, or their synthetic counterparts [3]. Cannabinoids also protect the brain from slower forms of injury, like Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis [4], especially when used in the correct dosage.

While cannabis can cause some temporary cognitive changes, such as a decrease in short term memory, these changes are reversible when an adult stops using cannabis [5].

Cannabis Makes You “Stoned” Or “High”

Smoking or ingesting marijuana can cause a psychoactive effect, which most people describe as a pleasant euphoria and enhancement of the senses, but it can include less desirable features like sedation and paranoia. Pleasant or uncomfortable, a growing number of patients want the medical benefits of cannabis without any intoxication or impairment in function — they want to use it while working, safely driving, and more. This is both possible, and practical.

After decades of selective breeding to produce the most intoxicating strains of cannabis, sought after by recreational users and dealers in the underground market, medical cannabis breeders are now producing strains that emphasize the health benefits and reduce or eliminate the psychoactivity [6].



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Cannabis Root Is A Buried Treasure

“Given our exhaustive use of the hemp and Cannabis plant – making use of the fiber, leaves, flowers, seeds and resin – it seems strange that there should be any element that has thus far escaped the notice of the modern herbalist. Perhaps because it usually spends its days hidden beneath the soil, the humble root is vastly under-explored, compared to the other components of the plant. However, looking at pre-prohibition medical- and veterinary literature, it is apparent that our ancestors (as with so many lost secrets and traditions) knew very well about its specific healing properties.”

Our Friend Bob has volunteered to analyze the cannabis root study conducted by Blair Van Pelt to understand the explanation as to the components that are compiled in cannabis root.

He writes; I took another nice read through Pelt and Riesenberg study. They found no alkaloids in the 26.06 grams of dried roots from the 9 cannabis sativa plants (variety Bedrocan) that they used in their study but they DID find the Glycoside, 3 different kinds of fatty acids, sugars, and 2 different lipids. 1 lipid was unidentified and the other was identified but they weren’t sure if it was biologically active. They expected to find alkaloids in the root but didn’t in this study.


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O.penVAPE Expands its Cannabis Brand to Nevada

DENVER, CO, Mar 07, 2016 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — O.penVAPE, the world’s largest cannabis brand, in partnership with TGIG, a Nevada medical cannabis enterprise with a state-of-the-art production and cultivation facility, has begun producing and distributing O.penVAPE’s best-selling CO2 extracted cannabis oils.

Denver-based O.penVAPE licenses products and manufacturing services in the medical and adult-use cannabis industry. Through its network of licensees in nine states and Jamaica, it is the largest extractor of cannabis oil in the United States.

Demetri Kouretas, CEO of TGIG, said its valuable relationship with O.penVAPE will make it possible for patients to obtain cannabis oil processed through CO2 extraction, a pure and safer form of cannabis oil. His company has begun wholesaling O.penVAPE products to current operating dispensaries and plans to make O.penVAPE products available to all of southern Nevada’s 48 dispensaries by the end of the year.

“Employing the science and technology that O.penVAPE has perfected, we are manufacturing superior cannabis oil for customers who have been requesting a way to ingest cannabis in safer measured doses,” Kouretas said. “We researched partnerships with other manufacturers and selected O.penVAPE because we share with O.penVAPE’s leaders similar views about access to medical cannabis. We simply got along well.”

Chris Driessen, Chief Business Development Officer of O.penVAPE, said TGIG is one of two Nevada enterprises that have entered into licensee agreements with O.penVAPE. TGIG holds four Nevada state licenses, making it possible for them to cultivate cannabis, produce O.penVAPE cannabis oil, and distribute and sell cannabis flower and O.penVAPE products. Per Nevada law, TGIG’s license covers the southern portion of the state, which includes the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Mesquite, Laughlin and Clark and Nye counties.



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Ten Minutes to a Not Guilty Verdict in San Diego Medical Marijuana Concentrate Case – Or, How to Ruin Bonnie Dumanis’s Weekend

San Diego, CA It is hard to say exactly when the San Diego District Attorney’s Office lost their cannabis extraction case against legal patient John Mazula. His friends would say it was when the DA chose John to victimize; many activists say it was when John hired brilliant cannabis defense attorney, Michael Cindrich. Courtroom spectators might say it was directly after Mr. Cindrich crushed it during closing arguments yesterday afternoon. Or, right after cannabis scientist Andrew Pham’s expert testimony made the DEA chemists look like goofballs. And, when I asked the jury foreman, he said it was when prosecutor Matt Carberry rested his case without having proved any of what was alleged.

Yesterday after closing arguments the jury left the courtroom to begin deliberations at 4:04PM. We all went our separate ways with plans to return today to wait for a verdict. At 4:30 a text came in that the jury had already reached one. Stomachs churned. It was too fast! Or, was it? I was in my car on the freeway. I was desperate to return to hear the decision read aloud in court. I was scared for John and his wife Tracy. How could the jury have reached anything but a not guilty verdict, I asked. But this is conservative El Cajon, I answered. Our chapter chair Marcus Boyd, available so many times for me on the phone through this case, helped talk me through the shock and fear. I’m ashamed of the way I drove.

I didn’t have to suffer for long because 15 minutes later John texted me “not guilty” and with that the two year long ordeal for the Mazula family was over. It would be all fun and celebration from here and I wondered why we ever worried.


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Is Las Vegas the Next Pot Boom Town?

 A city that is world famous for its late night lifestyles, fine dining, lavish resorts, and for being the epicenter of legal gambling, Las Vegas, Nevada is finally forging ahead with its long overdue medical marijuana program. Although voters in Nevada approved medical marijuana in 2000, it has taken more than 15 years for the state and local cities to implement regulations to allow commercial cultivation and dispensaries. In the past year and a half, 60 licenses have been issued and more than a dozen grow facilities, processing centers and dispensaries have opened for business across Nevada, with several in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. Being a desert oasis nicknamed ‘Sin City’ for its rather liberal approaches to gambling and adult entertainment, Las Vegas is a fitting location for cannabis culture to thrive, and an obviously lucrative marketplace for an array of canna-business. Many industry insiders and analysists predict the Nevada marijuana market, post recreational legalization, could be worth upward of $100 million dollars per year.

One unique factor sets Nevada, and Las Vegas in particular, aside from any other medical marijuana market; the state provides reciprocity to qualified patients from ANY legal medical marijuana state, with CBD-only states as an exception. Patients from Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, or any other state with a regulated medical marijuana program may show their patient registration card (or certificate) and a valid government-issued ID to dispensary staff, and be able to purchase legal flower, vaporizers, concentrates and/or edibles. While no dispensary is open on the strip because of zoning laws, there are a few stores nearby and a handful of others spread throughout the valley who are eager to provide Las Vegas’ 40 million + annual visitors with an alternative enjoyment and means of relaxation in a city that is otherwise quite busy and sometimes overwhelming. To date, no other state is offering reciprocity for non-resident medical marijuana patients.


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Pairing Cannabis with Food: A New Culinary Trend

As you have probably taken note, the way people view cannabis is (finally) beginning to change. Where once having a gathering of people who would partake in this extraordinary plant was taboo, we are now seeing exciting changes take place. Enjoying cannabis in it’s many forms is no longer a pastime for ambitionless or rebellious youth. People from all age ranges, educational levels, and socioeconomic backgrounds are beginning to see the its benefits and incorporating it into their daily and social lives. One example of this is the increasing popularity of cannabis pairing events. There are many different strains of cannabis, each bearing it’s own particular set of benefits. Cannabis pairing events are a way to merge social with educational activities.

Living near Napa Valley, everyone seems to know a lot about wine. Often, I have been invited to wine pairing dinners with friends who have spent countless hours learning their Cabs from their Pinots and the cheese with which to pair it. Wine pairing has been popular for so long, it’s now passé. Given the current trend towards marijuana legalization, many people are now treating cannabis like wine and high-end cannabis food pairing events are starting to pop up like mushrooms in February. According to Philip Wolf, a pairing experience expert, “Cannabis should be treated like fine wine. It harmonizes so well with food when you have the right pairings.” Gone are the days of stoner food and in is the convergence of sophisticated chefs, growers and collective owners throwing elaborate culinary fetes in intimate settings. Sounds like fun, right?

So, it was with much enthusiasm that I recently received an invite to Sava’s upscale cannabis and food pairing event in San Francisco to celebrate the launch of their new online collective.

Read the original article on Hello MD. To learn more about Sava and future events, visit Andrea’s collective at GetSava.

US IA: OPED: Cannabis Has Given My Son A Gift


Imagine having a child with a diagnosis so rare that genetic researchers in three states ask your family to participate in medical research because they are officially learning from your child.  Imagine having a child with neurological storms that no one caught until permanent brain damage had already been done.  Imagine having a child so sick that the doctors you trusted come to your child’s hospital bed and tell you that they don’t know how to help you and have to send you elsewhere for help.  Imagine being pulled into a private room and being encouraged to try cannabidiol.  Imagine being so desperate to help your child and worrying if doing what is best for your child will make you a “criminal.”

When you have a sick child, you find yourself in a battle to find the right team of specialists that can best manage their particularly rare set of circumstances.  We never imagined we would have to fight for our child’s legal right to have his medicine.  Especially when the recommendation came from his neurologist.  Our situation in Iowa is hypocritical and cruel at best.

My zip code should not dictate what medicines my child can access, nor should it dictate which representatives respond to our needs.  My family should not have to concern themselves with breaking federal law to get a medicine that Iowa law says we deserve.  Yet, many of our legislators continue to block access to cannabis oil.

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Rick Steves

How One PBS Host Shut Down Legalization Doubters

Travel writer Rick Steves is internationally renowned for his travel guides of Europe. But the globetrotter is also a venturous proponent of cannabis legalization. Steves – who is a member of the board of directors for NORML– campaigned for legalization in Washington state in 2012 and Oregon in 2014.

And he plans to court cannabis voters this fall in Massachusetts, which will be voting on legalizing recreational marijuana use Nov. 8.

On Feb. 20, Steves sparked a lively discussion about marijuana on Facebook by posting the following status:

I’m a hardworking, tax-paying, kid-raising, church-going citizen of the United States. And if I work hard all day long and want to go home, smoke a joint, and just stare at the fireplace for three hours — that is my civil liberty.

And Steves actually sat by and responded to many responses from fans. Here are the 10 best exchanges.

1. Cannabis use is not a crime

2. It’s a civil liberties issue

3. Prohibition is doing more harm than good

4. Preaching against prohibition

5. Dangers of prohibition

For the full list of exchanges between Steves and his readers, click here.

Read the full article on Civilized Life.


Medical Marijuana On Trial In Nevada

(Legal Essay)

When Nevadans attempt to exercise their right to medical self-determinism — by participating in the medical marijuana program — their mere participation “incriminates” them within the meaning of the 5th Amendment (which prohibits the government from compelling you to “incriminate” yourself). In short, Nevada’s MMJ program is unconstitutional — because it violates the Fifth Amendment — by incriminating those who participate. Yes, merely having a medical marijuana ID card “incriminates” patients — because those patients are viewed as “criminals” in the eyes of FEDERAL law enforcement agents. Remember, while many STATES pass medical marijuana laws (and recreational marijuana laws), marijuana remains illegal under FEDERAL law. Truth is, medical marijuana creates the most aberrant and bizarre legal fiction of all-time — under state law, weed is “medicine,” but under federal law, weed is “contraband” (go figure!). But remember, this NEVER goes away. At all times, participants in medical marijuana programs — in all states — are subject to DEA raids. The sad reality of medical marijuana — is that the patient programs create lazy DEA agents. Once upon a time, law enforcement agents would pound the streets and investigate leads — like the old-fashioned, gumshoe detectives of yesteryear! But thanks to medical marijuana programs, DEA agents never have to leave the office! They just phone Carson City or Sacramento, ask for the patient registry — and voila — instant “probable cause!” Know this —>> if your name appears in the MMJ registry in Nevada, then the DEA has “probable cause” to believe that YOU are a “criminal” within the meaning of the FEDERAL Controlled Substances Act. YOU have been incriminated — in violation of the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. Know your rights! ~~T. Matthew Phillips (NOT licensed to practice law in Nevada.)