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   Sep 24

Australian Researchers Developing Cannabis Weight Loss Pill

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Cannabis Now, Ben Miller, September 18th, 2015

When it comes to losing a few extra pounds, cannabis usually isn’t the first thing to come up in conversation. Although cannabis has been stereotyped as something bad for the waistline, with side effects like lethargy and the infamous munchies, researchers from Deakin University in Geelong, Australia are working on developing a new weight loss pill that combines extracts from the cannabis plant and vitamin A to produce quite the unexpected effect.

Published in the medical journal Endocrinology, this new study explains that the combination of these two compounds essentially blocks the body from forming lipid (or fat) deposits in the body. And while this does not cause existing lipid deposits from burning away from the body, like normal weight loss pills do, it can give those suffering from severe obesity a chance to help their bodies and stop new, unnecessary lipid deposits from forming.

The secret behind this new medication is how the two compounds affect different pathways in the body. Vitamin A directly effects the retinoic acid pathway, which helps in the development and formation of animals and the cannabis extracts affect the endocannabinoid system, a part of the nervous system that controls different processes such as pain tolerance, appetite and memory.

The researchers used both human cells and the cells of an indigenous fish known as a zebrafish to test the effects of the combination. After administering low doses of cannabis extracts with Vitamin A supplements, it was discovered that the fat deposits found in some of the zebrafish disappeared completely.

“The results of our study show, for the first time, that particular compounds in cannabis and vitamin A can work together to reduce the deposit of lipids,” said researcher Dr. Yann Gibert, head of the Metabolic Genetic Diseases Research Laboratory at Deakin Medical School. “This finding opens up exciting opportunities to potentially treat obesity without the need for invasive surgery.”

Using this form of cannabis treatment is safer than taking over-the-counter weight loss solutions because it only contains natural products. There is no need for the numerous different chemicals that are pumped into the current weight loss pills that can increase the risk of developing skin cancer or be laced with amphetamines. These chemicals are usually kept secret from the Food and Drug Administration and can cause people to have dangerous (and sometimes fatal) adverse effects to the human body.

In the future, people who are interested in supplements for weight loss may have a healthier alternative.

“The complementary actions of the endocannabinoid system and retinoic acid pathway in reducing fat deposits have the potential to treat obesity in a safer and more effective way than if they were used independently,” Dr. Gibert explains. “This approach only focuses on fat and avoids effects on the brain, which has been a concern in previous research involving cannabis.”

At the moment, the combination has not been tested on human patients, but with the promising results from the zebrafish tests it is looking like this may be a new pioneer in the weight loss industry. And, if it catches on well with the medical community, it may be the newest way for those suffering from obesity to get their weight under control and live a happy, healthy life.

The researchers are currently undergoing further tests and studies to discover if there are any long-term effects of the chemical combination, as well as if the same effects can be found in human patients. They expect the medication to be fully tested, developed and ready to be distributed publicly sometime in the next five years.

Would you use a cannabis supplement to help you lose weight?

Original Article Posted at Cannabis Now

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   Sep 24

Hawaii Lawyers Forbidden From Assisting Medical Marijuana Licensee Hopefuls

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High Times, Sativa Von Teese, September 23, 2015

According to a new formal opinion released by the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court, Hawaii lawyers are not allowed to provide legal services to clients applying for a medical marijuana license.

Pacific Business News reports that lawyers are still allowed to provide legal advice about Act 241—the law that established Hawaii’s first statewide medical marijuana retail dispensary system—but they may not aid in the creation of such businesses due to pot’s illegal status under federal law.

“A lawyer may not ‘provide legal services to facilitate the establishment and operation of a medical marijuana business’ in accordance with Act 241 or otherwise,” the opinion states.

However, Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii Executive Director Carl Bergquist told Pacific Business News that he was optimist the Supreme Court would resolve this issue and that similar dilemmas have already arisen in other states.

“My understanding of the opinion is they had no choice to write it as they did, because currently the rules of the Supreme Court don’t have the types of exceptions you see in other states,” Bergquist said. “[The opinion’s] footnote 1 mentions how states have tackled the same exact dilemma —one way is by statute, but an easier way is to have the court itself change its rules, or add a comment to the rule. What the other states have done mostly, it seems, is say you can provide legal services under this state law which is valid, but you must also advise clients about federal law which criminalizes marijuana.”

Hawaii legalized the use of medicinal marijuana back in 2000 but has not opened any dispensaries for patients, who have had to grow their own pot or rely on the black market. Legislation was passed this year which created a framework for Hawaii’s first 16 dispensaries to open in July 2016.

Original post at High Times

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   Sep 21

Day Without Marijuana Tax Draws Mixed Reactions in Colorado

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New York Times, Julie Turkewitz, September 16th, 2015

Some called it Christmas for stoners. Others warned of marijuana anarchy.

Marijuana products across Colorado were nearly tax free on Wednesday — a one-time tax break forced by a quirk in the state Constitution. The break knocked away the state’s 10 percent tax on cannabis purchases — which is imposed on top of the existing state sales tax and any municipal taxes — and marijuana shops around the state spent months coordinating their distribution plans, advertising deep discounts in addition to the tax vacation and encouraging customers to start lining up at dawn.

“I’ve been saying ‘Happy holidays’ to everybody today,” said Mandie Farrow, 21, a dry cleaner employee who had just left the Grass Station, a shop that was offering 50 percent off on top of the tax break. She grinned as she waved her purchase — four grams of a marijuana concentrate stuffed in a white paper bag. Behind her, a line of eager customers snaked out the door, and a security guard with a silver badge had been told to expect a Black Friday-style event.

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Ben Lohle, 24, rushes to keep up with orders at the recreational marijuana shop. Credit Benjamin Rasmussen for The New York Times

“This holiday is off the charts,” said the guard, Kristian Adam, 47. “It’s right up there with 4/20 and the state’s visit from Phish,” he added, referring to April 20, a date associated with marijuana use.

Colorado’s marijuana consumers owe their good fortune to the state’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, a constitutional amendment that passed in 1992 as a way of limiting government growth.

Among the amendment’s stipulations is one that says new taxes must be set back to zero if state tax collections exceed government estimates. When legislators learned that tax revenue had surpassed expectations in 2014, they voted to return marijuana taxes to zero — for one day — and then reinstate them. Voters gave the legislature the power to re-establish the tax when they legalized the recreational use of marijuana in 2012.

“It’s a lost opportunity to be collecting money,” said State Senator Pat Steadman of the one-day arrangement, “but it’s part of our Constitution.”

The tax break is a boon not only for customers, but also for marijuana growers, who are excused from paying a 15 percent tax on all sales they make to stores. On Wednesday, Subarus, minivans and armored trucks stuffed with marijuana crisscrossed the state as growers raced to get their product out of warehouses and onto store shelves before the close of business.

At the Grass Station, workers unloaded their biggest shipment ever — at least 17 boxes containing prerolled marijuana cigarettes in glass tubes and marijuana flower in white medicine bottles.

“I can only imagine what it looks like for the outside, for people who are not in Colorado,” the shop’s owner, Ryan Fox, 38, said by telephone. “They must think we’re crazy.”

Customers still had to pay Colorado’s typical 2.9 percent sales tax on their marijuana purchases, as well as any municipal taxes. And as the law provides on any day, they were limited in the amount they could purchase at one time. Residents could purchase one ounce of marijuana (roughly a large fist-sized clump of flowers) and nonresidents could buy a quarter-ounce.

Not everyone is thrilled by the marijuana-selling frenzy. This week the editorial board of The Colorado Springs Gazette expressed concern about dangers caused by overconsumption on the tax holiday.

“For advocates of marijuana anarchy, holidays don’t get better than this,” the editorial said, adding that “a sudden drug surplus stands to burden employers, law enforcement, schools, hospitals and responsible parents. It will undoubtedly make pot more available to kids, who can lose 8 IQ points with regular use. That’s neither magical nor funny. It is tragic.”

Others, though, like Matthew Lopez, 33, who recently moved to Colorado from Laredo, Tex., said the tax holiday was just a part of Colorado’s quirky character. “The marijuana industry is the main draw for this state,” Mr. Lopez said, adding that he planned to work behind the counter at a marijuana shop. “Who wouldn’t want to be a budtender?”

The tax break comes at a time when the state marijuana industry is booming. Sales hit $96 million in July alone, a record.

It also comes as Colorado grapples with how to handle revenue earned from marijuana sales. The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights requires the state to return money garnered from new taxes when yearly revenues are higher than expected — meaning $66 million in marijuana collections could go back to the public, instead of going to schools and other programs, as legislators had planned.

In November, a ballot question will ask voters to give the state permission to keep the money, a measure Senator Steadman expects to pass.

Tim Cullen owns Colorado Harvest Company, which has three marijuana growing operations and three shops, including one on a Denver strip that is increasingly known as the Green Mile for the prevalence of cannabis shops along the roadway.

On Wednesday, he said in a telephone interview, his employees hauled about 300 pounds of marijuana out of his growing operations and into his shops in order to avoid taxes. He said all his stores had lines out the door in the morning. “We’re rocking and rolling,” he said.

Original article posted at New York Times

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   Sep 17

GOP debate: What the presidential candidates had to say about pot

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Washington Post, September 17th, 2015

Eleven leading Republican candidates for president gathered at the Ronald Reagan library in California for the second GOP debate on Wednesday night.

Following is a transcript of the debate that focused on the topic of marijuana, which has been annotated by Washington Post reporters and readers using Genius. The candidates involved were Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina:



MODERATOR JAKE TAPPER: Welcome back to CNN’s Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library here in Simi Valley — Simi Valley, California.

Many people on social media wanted us to ask about marijuana legalization. Senator Paul, Governor Christie recently said, quote, “if you’re getting high in Colorado today,” where marijuana has been legalized, “enjoy it until January 2017, because I will enforce the federal laws against marijuana.” Will you?

PAUL: I think one of the great problems, and what American people don’t like about politics, is hypocrisy. People have one standard for others and not for them — for themselves.

There is at least one prominent example on the stage of someone who says they smoked pot in high school, and yet the people going to — to jail for this are poor people, often African-Americans and often Hispanics, and yet the rich kids who use drugs aren’t.

I personally think that this is a crime for which the only victim is the individual, and I think that America has to take a different attitude. I would like to see more rehabilitation and less incarceration. I’m a fan of the drug courts which try to direct you back towards work and less time in jail.

 

But the bottom line is the states. We say we like the 10th Amendment, until we start talking about this. And I think the federal government has gone too far, I think that the war on drugs has had a racial outcome, and really has been something that has really damaged our inner cities.

Not only do the drugs damage them, we damage them again by incarcerating them and then preventing them from getting employment over time.

So I don’t think that the federal government should override the states. I believe in the 10th Amendment and I really will say that the states are left to themselves.

(APPLAUSE)

TAPPER: I want to give that — I want to give the person that you called a hypocrite an opportunity to respond. Do you want to identify that person?

PAUL: Well, I think if we left it open, we could see how many people smoked pot in high school.

(LAUGHTER)

TAPPER: Is there somebody you were specifically thinking of?

PAUL: Well, you know, the thing is that…

BUSH: He was talking about me.

PAUL: Yeah, I was talking about (inaudible) — well, let me…

TAPPER: That’s what I though, but I wanted (inaudible) to say it.

BUSH: Well, I — I wanted to — be — make it easier for him.

TAPPER: OK.

BUSH: And I just did.

TAPPER: Governor Bush, please.

BUSH: So, 40 years ago, I smoked marijuana, and I admit it. I’m sure that other people might have done it and may not want to say it in front of 25 million people. My mom’s not happy that I just did.

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

BUSH: That’s true. And here’s the deal. Here’s the deal. We have — we have a serious epidemic of drugs that goes way beyond marijuana. What goes on in Colorado, as far as I’m concerned, that should be a state decision.

But if you look at the problem of drugs in this — in this society today, it’s a serious problem. Rand, you know this because you’re campaigning in New Hampshire like all of us, and you see the epidemic of heroin, the overdoses of heroin that’s taking place.

People’s families are — are being torn apart. It is appropriate for the government to play a consistent role to be able to provide more treatment, more prevention — we’re the state that has the most drug courts across every circuit in — in — in Florida, there are drug courts to give people a second chance.

That’s the best way to do this.

PAUL: But let me respond. The thing is, is that in Florida, Governor Bush campaigned against medical marijuana. That means that a small child like Morgan Hintz (ph) that has seizures is day, is failing on non-traditional medications, is not allowed to use cannabis oil.

And if they do that in Florida, they will take the child away, they will put the parents in jail. And that’s what that means if you’re against allowing people use medical marijuana, you’ll actually put them in jail.

BUSH: No, you’re wrong — you’re wrong about this.

PAUL: And actually, under the current circumstances, kids who had privilege like you do, don’t go to jail, but the poor kids in our inner cities go to jail. I don’t think that’s fair. And I think we need to acknowledge it, and it is hypocritical to still want to put poor people in jail… BUSH: I don’t want to put poor people in jail, Randy.

PAUL: Well, you vote — you oppose medical marijuana…

BUSH: Here’s the deal. No, I did not oppose when the legislature passed the bill to deal with that very issue. That’s the way to solve this problem.

Medical marijuana on the ballot was opened up, there was a huge loophole, it was the first step to getting to a (inaudible) place. And as a citizen of Florida, I voted no.

PAUL: But that means you’ll put people in jail.

(CROSSTALK)

TAPPER: I want to go right now — I want to go right now…

FIORINA: Jake, may I just say…

CHRISTIE: Jake, you brought my issue up.

TAPPER: That’s true. Go ahead, Christie, please.

CHRISTIE: You know, I enjoy the interplay. Thank you, gentlemen.

I’ll just say this, first off, New Jersey is the first state in the nation that now says if you are non-violent, non-dealing drug user, that you don’t go to jail for your first offense. You go to mandatory treatment.

You see, Jake, I’m pro-life. And I think you need to be pro-life for more than just the time in the womb. It gets tougher when they get out of the womb. And when they’re the 16-year-old drug addict in the Florida county lockup, that life is just as precious as the life in the womb.

And so, that’s why I’m for rehabilitation, why I think the war on drugs has been a failure.

But I’ll end with this. That doesn’t mean we should be legalizing gate way drugs. And if Senator Paul thinks that the only victim is the person, look at the decrease in productivity, look at the way people get used and move on to other drugs when they use marijuana as a gateway drug, it is not them that are the only victims. Their families are the victims too, their children are the victims too, and their employers are the victims also.

That’s why I’ll enforce the federal law, while you can still put an emphasis on rehabilitation, which we’ve done in New Jersey.

PAUL: May I respond?

FIORINA: Jake — Jake…

TAPPER: You may respond, and then I’ll bring in you, Ms. Fiorina.

(APPLAUSE)

PAUL: Understand what they’re saying. if they’re going to say we are going to enforce the federal law against what the state law is, they aren’t really believing in the Tenth Amendment.

Governor Christie would go into Colorado, and if you’re breaking any federal law on marijuana, even though the state law allows it, he would put you in jail. If a young mother is trying to give her child cannabis oil for medical marijuana for seizure treatment, he would put her in jail, if it violates federal law.

I would let Colorado do what the Tenth Amendment says. This power — we were never intended to have crime dealing at the federal level. Crime was supposed to be left to the states. Colorado has made their decision. And I don’t want the federal government interfering and putting moms in jail, who are trying to get medicine for their kid…

CHRISTIE: And Senator Paul knows that that’s simply not the truth.

In New Jersey, we have medical marijuana laws, which I supported and implemented. This is not medical marijuana. There’s goes as much — a further step beyond. This is recreational use of marijuana.

This is much different. And so, while he would like to use a sympathetic story to back up his point, it doesn’t work. I’m not against medical marijuana. We do it in New Jersey. But I’m against the recreational use against marijuana.

If he wants to change the federal law, get Congress to pass the law to change it, and get a president to sign it.

PAUL: May I respond? May I respond?

TAPPER: Yes, Senator Paul.

(APPLAUSE)

PAUL: Here is the thing, he doesn’t want to make it about medical marijuana, but what if New Jersey’s medical marijuana contradicts the federal law? He’s saying he’ll send the federal government in, and he will enforce the federal law. That’s not consistent with the Tenth Amendment. It is not consistent with states’ rights. And it is not consistent with the conservative vision for the country.

I don’t think we should be sending the federal police in to arrest a mother and separate them from their child for giving a medicine to their child for seizures.

(CROSSTALK)

TAPPER: I want to bring in Ms. Fiorina — I want to bring in Ms. Fiorina on this issue.

FIORINA: I very much hope I am the only person on this stage who can say this, but I know there are millions of Americans out there who will say the same thing.

My husband Frank and I buried a child to drug addiction. So, we must invest more in the treatment of drugs.

FIORINA: I agree with Senator Paul. I agree with states’ rights. But we are misleading young people when we tell them that marijuana is just like having a beer. It’s not. And the marijuana that kids are smoking today is not the same as the marijuana that Jeb Bush smoked 40 years ago.

(LAUGHTER)

We do — sorry, Barbara. We do need — we do need criminal justice reform. We have the highest incarceration rates in the world. Two-thirds of the people in our prisons are there for non-violent offenses, mostly drug related. It’s clearly not working.

But we need to tell young people the truth. Drug addiction is an epidemic, and it is taking too many of our young people. I know this sadly from personal experience.

 

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   Sep 17

vapRwear Brings Vape Function to Fashion

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High Times, Monkey Shines, Feb 23, 2015

As the nation’s focus turns towards the ‘Green Rush,’ a slew of exciting products are emerging as the leaders in a growing industry. From entire lines of accessories, vape pens, devices, oils, dabs, waxes, flowers, and more – yet few are grabbing attention like VapRwear – The world’s first all-in-one clothing line with a patented vape system built within the apparel itself!

Cascading from the Colorado mountain town of Aspen, VapRwear launched this new discreet, high-fashion, smokable apparel at the Winter X-games surrounded by superstars including Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. It’s since has been catching the attention of the nation’s growing marijuana industry.

With a complete vapor system built in with the first release of these stylish hoodies, VapRwear is offering an all-in-one vapor system that fits the image and lifestyle of Colorado and like-minded communities. Celebrating responsible use of legal marijuana, nicotine, and vapor-based accessories is what was in mind when they were designed. Built within the lining of the hoodie, the patented D-LO3 (Dee Lo 3) system is the brainchild of the VapRwear line. The hood has private pockets for the slim built-in D-LO3 vapor device, this one-of-a-kind clothing line is gaining national attention.

“It’s the first smokable system that’s integrated into your clothing line,” shares VapRwear. “You can vape comfortably with high-quality fabric, knowing that you are respectable and responsible, and you look great wearing it, too!”

A trademark of the VapRwear clothing is the Signature Red interior lining and DLO-3 vape system offering consumers new choices in high quality fashion while vaping on the best the industry has to provide. What designers will do with the D-LO3 system is endless… and exciting!

The fashion line is designed to be compatible with a variety of oils, flowers, and waxes, including flavored blends.

Original article posted at High Times

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   Sep 17

Cannajuanabuy and vapRwear, the largest discrete wearable vape brand, team up to offer dispensaries nationwide a consignment program with absolutely no financial risk

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vapRwear enters the cannabis market in an aggressive fashion by allowing the Brick and Mortar Cannabis dispensaries a no cost, and easy method, of testing the sales potential without spending money first.

“CannaJuanaBuy’s new ‘2 Steps to a Perfect Fit’ program is booming across the industry. It’s the only program of its kind. With no risk and no financial obligation to try a product in your store for FREE for 30 days, dispensaries are jumping at the opportunity to find out if these new vape products will be a good investment for their stores,” said Steve Bederman, CEO of CannaJuanaBuy.com.

vapRwear saw a huge opportunity to team up with CannaJuanaBuy to meet dispensaries needs all across the nation.

One vapRwear representative said, “CJB is the largest online e-commerce site of its kind. Why would we not take our product to market with them to dispensaries everywhere? We have never seen a bigger selling opportunity in this industry to meet the needs of both the dispensary and the consumer!”

Dispensaries are able to see if this new wearable vape clothing is something that will sell in their stores before they ever make a financial commitment.

“A select group or suite of the hottest selling products, are sent for free to the dispensary (minus the shipping cost) to sell for 30 days. If it’s a hot seller, then they pay wholesale rates on the products they sold after the trial period. If the product line doesn’t sell, they send it back no questions asked. Simple right?,” said Fred Stacey, COO of CannaJuanaBuy.com.

vapRwear blends comfort with discrete functionality. With a complete vapor system built in to these stylish hoodies, vapRwear is offering an all-in-one vapor system that fits the image and lifestyle of Colorado and like-minded communities.

“It’s the only way you can get these products on your shelf without the financial risk. You will know if they sell before you ever commit your inventory budget on a new product. Why wouldn’t every dispensary take advantage of something like this?,” said Bederman.

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   Sep 17

The People’s Medicine: How Legalization Improves America’s Healthcare

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Cannabis Now, Angela Bacca, September 7th, 2015 

In the heart of Denver, the newly-minted marijuana capital of America, doctors from around the nation bared unseasonable late-summer frost to attend the Marijuana for Medical Professionals Conference. The event targeted medical professionals with one thing in common—a desire to know more about cannabis medicines as the substance is propelled out of the realms of early 20th-century “reefer madness” and into popular use as a highly-lucrative, 21st-century panacea.

On the top floor of the 100-year-old former Masonic temple, a cascade of doctors, a virtual “who’s who” of cannabis science, gathered in the large auditorium. Dr. Raphael Mechoulam—the Israeli researcher who isolated and identified ∆-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) in the early 1960s— and Dr. Lester Grinspoon, long-time American cannabis researcher, professor emeritus in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of “Marihuana Reconsidered” were among the attendees.

Over the course of the three-day conference, it became clear that the doctors with less exposure to cannabis are still struggling with the concept of botanical medicine and are clinging to the stigma-driven notion that there must be a downside. Although the laws are changing quickly, doctors are moving slowly and there’s a huge information gap to bridge before it becomes the medical establishment’s medicine too.

The most poignant and defining moment of the event came during a presentation by the founder of the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA), a national organization of registered nurses with the mission to “advance excellence in cannabis nursing practice through advocacy, collaboration, research and policy development.”

“Cannabis, to me, in nursing is probably one of the most valuable tools I could have,” said ACNA President Mary Lynne Mathre, RN, MSN, while speaking at the conference about cannabis as a tool for clinical harm reduction. “Why do we insist that this pass every test of safety before we can have it? We give chemotherapy, which is designed to hopefully kill the cancer but it could also kill the person, but the patient has a choice for that.”

Mathre’s statements, while rooted in both available science and first-hand experience, still rubbed some doctors the wrong way, particularly a long-time OBGYN from New York.

“I was very impressed yesterday by all these wonderful and glorious things marijuana has done going back centuries, but then I happened to come across a review article in The New England Journal of Medicine, just published in June 2014 and the title of the article — which I recommend to everyone — is Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use. The article is by Dr. Volkow—”

The doctor was abruptly cut off by uncoordinated choruses of “bias” from other doctors in the auditorium. Dr. Nora Volkow is the director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA).

After a careful analysis of the overt bias presented in studies produced by NIDA, Mathre concluded, “Stop looking at marijuana, start looking at cannabis.”

While Mathre may have been referring to adjusted online search terms to find more useful studies proving her points, the statement is evident of the shift in thinking required to understand marijuana as a medicine. The term “medical marijuana” is so loaded with cultural stigmas that any use of it as a medicine is wildly irresponsible to doctors indoctrinated in FDA regulations and double-blind placebo controlled studies. The term “medical cannabis” is not based in slang, but rather science and taxonomy. An understanding of the whole plant as not just an intoxicating drug, but also a medicine, vitamin and food must be achieved to truly understand the capabilities of cannabis medicines.

“The doctor at the conference who wanted more ‘balanced’ research was trying to make a point with an article he found on studies showing some harmful effects of cannabis,” Mathre said after the conference. “Per [Volkow’s] job description she can only study and discuss the harmful effects of cannabis. Of the tens of thousands of studies on cannabis, there may be a handful of studies that show some negative effects but they are few and not very harmful compared to so many prescription medications.”

Mathre adds that the majority of healthcare professionals have never heard of the endocannabinoid system because it is not taught in medical schools.

While there are established guidelines to dictate which substances are classified as medicines, foods, drugs or vitamins, those guidelines are often more political or financially incentivized than based in verifiable science. Although cannabis is truly efficacious as all of the above, it’s perceived in the medical community to be a powerful, addicting substance with no accepted use whatsoever.

Stigma Associated with Cannabis

Patients have been ahead of the medical establishment for years. Yet, for fear of recreational drug abuse, doctors have more often than not dismissed the notion that marijuana could be medicine. Recent studies have shown the stigma associated with cannabis use has impaired its understanding as a medicine.

“Medical cannabis straddles institutional boundaries between healthcare systems and their logics. Culturally, cannabis remains closely associated with recreational use and with stereotypes of its users,” says Dr. Michelle Newhart, author of the 2012 study From Getting High to Getting Well: Medical Cannabis Use Among Midlife Patients in Colorado. “As long as medicalization is incomplete, claims that medical cannabis use and the medical patient identity are legitimate remain in contest with nonmedical frames.”

Newhart’s study looks specifically at the stigma of cannabis and the effects on mid-life patients. She posits that because simply trying cannabis as a medicine means altering one’s identity, one is forced also to identify with the stigma and stereotypes as well. One need not alter their identity to accept pharmaceutical drug use.

The notion that drugs are inherently good or bad stems from the theory of pharmacologicalism, which values synthesizing and isolating individual compounds to treat individual symptoms. Cannabis is proven most efficacious as a whole-plant medicine, making it near impossible to be approved by the FDA and prescribed as a medicine, regardless of its drug schedule status.

Although the science used to place drugs in the categories of good and bad has largely been disproven, it’s still the prevailing theory that dictates drug policy today. Richard DeGrandpre, author of “The Cult of Pharmacology” argues that because drug science has been presented to the public as “technical and intimidating” it has allowed disproven science to prevail.

“This was a significant achievement, especially given the fact that the modern cult of pharmacology emerged alongside a diverse array of empirical findings that flatly contradicted it,” says DeGrandpre. “Most of these findings were ignored simply because they made no sense in light of the public attitude: some drugs were obviously good while others were clearly evil.”

Pharmacologically speaking, cannabis probably should be labeled as GRAS, or “generally recognized as safe,” because it has a very low potential for dependency or abuse and it’s nearly impossible to die of a cannabis overdose. But, looking at the simple pharmacology of cannabis only paints half the picture.

As DeGrandpre explains, the pharmacology of a drug doesn’t inherently determine its abuse potential. For instance, over half of Americans over the age of 18 say they drink coffee daily. While caffeine is the active ingredient found in whole-bean coffee that’s responsible for the plant’s effects as a stimulant, the ritual drinking of coffee is more addicting than the caffeine itself. Caffeine pharmacologically reinforces the coffee addiction by providing a reward — the caffeine buzz — after the ritual has been performed and the drug consumed.

Ritual coffee drinkers, however, are not arrested, stigmatized and cast out of mainstream society for their addiction because coffee never held its primary identity as a counterculture drug. Cannabis is viewed through the damaging lens of recreational use, even if that recreational use isn’t at all damaging to the humans who use it.

A Healthcare Revolution

“What does a healthcare revolution look like?” asked Michelle Sexton, ND, a naturopathic doctor addressing the conference on the topic of cannabis as an adaptogenic herb.

Sexton advanced her slide and the faces of about 15-20 epileptic children appeared on the screen.

“I want to know what the people know. Cannabis is the people’s medicine,” said Sexton. “What we know about [cannabis to treat] childhood epilepsy is all based on patient-reported outcomes at this point, now they are proving it after the fact.”

Doctors face overwhelming stigma when trying to study the effects of cannabis in their patients. Take, for example, the story of Dr. Sue Sisley, who also presented in Denver. Sisley is the director of the first-ever FDA-approved study on whole-plant cannabis as a treatment for PTSD, specifically in combat veterans. After the study made national headlines, it made international headlines when Sisley was promptly terminated from her job at the University of Arizona.

Sisley was addressing the conference on the thirteenth anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, which initiated the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. She says that combat veterans of these wars are committing suicide at the astounding rate of 22 a day. She says as a doctor, she is partially to blame.

“The drugs we have for PTSD are fairly useless. That’s the sad thing, we don’t have a lot of treatment options,” says Sisley. “You have vets drowning in pills and I am a part of that. I am part of that problem. I have put so many veterans on every FDA-approved medicine on the market and in the end what they disclosed to me was that they have been finding ways to use marijuana successfully to manage their PTSD. I tried to dismiss it, but I realized we have a duty to these veterans to study this plant rigorously and understand what that is.”

Sisley’s study has become so “radioactive” as she puts it, that she has spent nearly three months trying to find a university that will let her conduct the research. But even if she finds a research institution that will take her, she could be waiting for NIDA to supply the weed indefinitely.

NIDA is the only provider of marijuana for FDA-approved studies, which Sisley and other cannabis researchers have decried is low-quality, not representative of the cannabis available in legal markets and is so low in THC (about six percent) it’s hardly relevant.

Still, FDA-approved studies are necessary to make a drug available by prescription to the general public, for any condition. Sisley says PTSD is a crisis, with 25 percent of returning combat veterans receiving the diagnosis and an untold number of others who suffer but are undiagnosed.

“We started to see a surge of veteran activism we have never seen before. We have 600,000 vets in Arizona and these guys started to come together,” said Sisley. “Veterans realize they are a legitimate political constituency and they are starting to behave that way.”

Similarly, medical and recreational cannabis users have, like combat veterans, become a political constituency that’s a force to be reckoned with, moving pro-cannabis legislation forward all across the nation.

In the combined 16 years of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush’s administrations, the first 12 states passed medical cannabis legislation. In President Obama’s first six years 11 more states and Washington D.C. have gone medical, two have passed recreational legalization and 11 more have passed restrictive high-CBD extract legislation specifically for children with epilepsy.

As the laws continue to change, the medical establishment is being increasingly confronted with the efficacy of cannabis — the people’s medicine.

Originally published in issue 13 of Cannabis Now.

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   Sep 15

CannaJuanaBuy Announces an Incredible Way to ‘Try Before you Buy” Wholesale Products; E-njoint, Europe’s Leading Vape Supplier, Agrees to Offer the Most Innovative Products to North American Dispensaries on Consignment!

E-njoint enters the US market in an aggressive fashion by opening a California based office, allowing the Brick and Mortar Cannabis dispensaries a no cost, and easy method, of testing the sales potential without spending money first.

“Our goal is to partner with the leading provider of new and unique Vape products and bring them to our loyal dispensary audience,” said Fred Stacey, COO of CannaJuanaBuy.com.“We’ve been searching for this type of relationship throughout the world for a long time. We believe that we have a responsibility to the cannabis industry since they look to us as a recognized industry founder.”

CannaJuanaBuy.com opened their doors over 3 years ago, when the commercialization of the industry was getting established. They built what is today considered the leading on-line cannabis shopping cart. “It was an act of love, a belief in the benefits of cannabis. We invested the money, the time, and have always offered our products at the very lowest prices. The early pioneers all did the same thing. Our goal was to establish a trusted site and business. Then, once we gained a lot of products, which we determined as reliable and unique, we’d offer them to the dispensaries. They would know that we would be available to support the sales we made. We believe that with so many new companies looking for riches, we needed to assure stability and reliability. It was our way of protecting the idea of cannabis by setting high standards,” said Steve Bederman, CEO of CannaJuanaBuy.com.

The well-known shopping cart services thousands of consumers and hundreds of dispensaries. “Regardless of our size and respected position in the cannabis industry, we do our best to be fair to everyone, and keep billing at a dependable and reasonable cost,” said Stacey.

Stacey said in 2015 they knew that they could do even more to benefit the dispensaries. “We’ve been in constant discussion with the brick and mortar side of the industry for years. We’ve also watched as supplier after supplier converged on those stores trying to get their products displayed. Let’s face it, everyone wanted to make a buck!”

“The problem of massive suppliers is that it creates demand, but which products should dispensaries display? Just like any business they only have so much they can spend each month on inventory,” said Bederman.

As one shop owner said, “Every supplier wants my money and asks me to sell their products. Every supplier tells me how wonderful they are. The issue is that I have to pay before I even know if the product sells. Even when I can return for credit what doesn’t sell, I’m fronting the money at first. It’s kind of ridiculous.”

CannaJuanaBuy.com decided that they’d go out and find the supplier/manufacturers that were capable of investing in the US market. “We said to them, ‘If you want to play in this market, then you have to pay.’ Just as every store has had to take the risks associated with starting a business, we asked the vape manufacturers to do the same. Honestly, even though it made complete sense, so far there aren’t many willing to do this. We told them ‘we can introduce you to thousands of great shops but YOU MUST GIVE THEM THEIR FIRST ORDER FOR FREE FOR 30 DAYS. If it sells then the dispensary owners can be trusted to enter into normal wholesale terms.’ The first order is the manufacturer’s risk, not the stores,” said Bederman.

Click the link below to see how E-njoint products can be ordered through CannaJuanaBuy on a CONSIGNMENT only basis.

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Stacey says, “We believe that E-njoint, the leading European Vape manufacturer, is an amazing company. They care about the industry, opened facilities in California, are willing to hire Americans to work in their US offices, and have invested in the local cannabis communities. They’re the right company at the right time for the right industry; Vaping!”

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