Stan's Take on medical cannabis, health, politics, whatever....

The volcano desktop vaporizing device by Storz and Bickel, although a bit pricey (ie circa $500), is a wonderful and highly effective device for delivering cannabis vapor.  The digital model allows temperature settings by degree to maximize your cannabis medicine, and vaporize the desired ingredients at the appropriate temperature.  The volcano allows very efficient use of your material and is sturdy, reliable, and easy to operate. This should provide years and years of fool proof service. The smaller vapor bags are recommended as the large bags can tip over during filling. Many patients agree that this is the premier and best way to vape cannabis! We give this a 10!!

2018 Hemp Farm Act.... a good thing for farmers, good for the economy, good for manufacturing, good for consumers, good for the environment - it is all good. Why chop down trees for paper when hemp fiber is a renewable and non polluting resource, and we can save the trees and use hemp fiber for paper...As a crop it requires little or no pesticides, and removes harmful elements from the soil as well. Wide variety of uses make it a multi purpose crop. It can save jobs, lessen imports, and stimulate the economy as well as benefit most Americans.... a no brainer here.... allow it to be farmed!! Hemp contains less than .3% THC so it  is non psychoactive - although is a source of CBD (cannabidiol).  At one point the government MANDATED farmers to grow hemp:), particularly during WW2. Let's allow farmers to grow it again, and restore their fields and rejuvenate their farms, with a healthy bio sustainable crop... 

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We generally recommend vaporizing cannabis with a convection vaporizer, but sometimes smoking is a preferred method. Due to their high respective vapor points (ie. 428 degrees), certain cannabinoids - specifically CBC and THCV - do not generally vaporize and may require smoking to be liberated.  In addition, the terpenes that are responsible for the taste and aroma of cannabis (as well as other medicinal benefits), are somewhat sensitive to higher combustion temperatures. You may want to preserve their effect if smoking (combusting, burning) your cannabis. Using a lighter, for example, to light your cannabis should gently barely ignite the contents and focus on a corner of the bowl to preserve unburnt flower still unaffected on the far side of the bowl. This technique allows for better vaporization and taste as terpines are not charred or burnt. Gently heat up to combustion and then remove the flame and minimize actual smoke in the beginning.  Once they are on fire, their effects are gone, so heat them up slowly and gently when smoking... you will experience a better taste as well as better effect as some terpines potentiate the therapeutic/psychoactive effect of the THC.

Recently the Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome, or CHS, has been in the news and is alarming to some cannabis users.  This syndrome has been known to occur in long term habitual cannabis users, and the symptoms include extreme vomiting, stomach pain, GI upset, and other undesired adverse symptoms.  Those afflicted seek to get relief almost universally in a hot bath or shower to relieve their pain. This is a common factor in this disease, and can be diagnostic for the condition.  The symptoms will gradually decline after cannabis ingestion is stopped, usually in a few days or weeks.... Emergency room physicians are seeing cases of CHS routinely and the majority of the victims admit to heavy or continual use of cannabis.  It can be disheartening and objectional to the patient to terminate the use of cannabis, and can be upsetting for them.

It is my belief, although not scientifically documented, that the cannabinoids themselves are not the cause of this syndrome.  Cannabis has been around thousands of years, and it is widely known and accepted to prevent nausea and vomiting.  It appears to be a modern day issue perhaps from the medical cannabis grows and the technology and techniques used in current indoor medicinal/hydroponic grows... So we must look at the chemicals involved in modern day cannabis cultivation, techniques, and guidelines.

Latest research may point to a chemical agent - NEEM oil - also called azadirachtin used for control of spider mites as an insecticide, fungicide, and miticide.  Although a certified organic compound and labeled safe for use, this chemical is suspicious for perhaps causing CHS. In effect it may be acting as a poison and builds up in your system when you use cannabis.  Other chemicals may also be suspicious as well. The landrace cannabis strains have been grown for thousands of years with no sign of this syndrome or extreme vomiting in past users. The emergence of this syndrome roughly mirrors the use of this chemical in cannabis grows, starting around 2004 (the first reported case).

What to do? If you have had experience with CHS, then my recommendation is to try a strain of cannabis that was grown without this chemical, if you can find it.  The modern day grows certainly use more chemicals and perhaps toxic agents than the original outdoor landrace strains, perhaps safe chemicals are being used improperly or not according to instructions.... Time will tell the answer to CHS, but for right now, it seems very odd that it is caused by the cannabinoids themselves and not some outside agent. Organic, smaller, boutique style grows will yield more organic and safe cannabis than the big producers who may need more chemicals to increase yields, etc... If you feel you have this syndrome, please feel free to contact me....

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When visiting a dispensary, please ask the agent the days and times that have the lowest prices and best deals. Prices can fluctuate during the day and from day to day... Look for email specials, check weedmaps for specials, and if you see a great deal, lock it in before you visit or shop online. Deliveries are also FREE at some dispensaries (remember to tip the driver!).. Shop around on weedmaps app, and call the dispensary on the phone to ask about specials. Prices as a rule are declining as competition increases, and supply and demand level out. Always try to buy what may be offered as a " special" or "on sale."

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When vaping cannabis flowers, extracts or oils, on a device that allows exact temperature controls, it is advisable to keep vapor temperature under 390*C in order to avoid the vaporizing of harmful benzene and toluene chemicals - which may have adverse health impacts. In addition, at this temperature- 390* C- the cannabinoids CBC and THCV do not vaporize off until you reach 428*C. For this reason, the CBC and THCV are left behind in the ABV (Already Been Vaped) cannabis unless you reached a 428* C vape temperature. A standard vape temperature fairly universal is 370* C - but can range from 320* C - 389* C depending upon preference.

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Many of our veterans are inhibited from using cannabis for PTSD, as it is not a recommended therapy by the Veterans Administration, and not a valid recognized treatment by the federal government. Yet many veterans report it's beneficial effects for anxiety, depression, insomnia, or PTSD. Studies also clearly demonstrate the beneficial effects of cannabis with few detrimental side effects if used properly. This is in comparison the the large number of harmful pharmaceutical drugs that are currently prescribed to our veterans, and the resulting negative and often devastating or fatal side effects.

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What is the difference between Sativa and Indica? 

 Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica are two main species of the cannabis plant, the other species being Cannabis Ruderalis which refers to the Hemp plant. Ruderalis is generally low in THC with content usually below .3% THC.

 The two main botanical species of Sativa and Indica are categorized based on the location where they originate from, growth habits, appearance, and medicinal qualities.

 Indica  strains are cultivated in Japan, Korea, Asia, and Afghanistan and China.  These plants are shorter, bushier, dense and not as fragile as Sativa plants.  They generally grow faster and higher yield than Sativa plants. Typically Indica plants have a higher amount of CBD, but this can vary widely depending upon the strain.

 The medicinal properties of Indica strains include mental relaxation, sedation, tranquilizing effect, and a decrease in nausea, pain, and muscle tension.  Indica strains are best used at night and can cause sleepiness, sedation, and inactivity. 

Sativa strains are generally cultivated in Europe, and the plants are taller, thinner, and have narrower leaves. They have a longer grow cycle and lower yield, and require more light and the leaves are greener in color and not as dark. 

 The prominent medicinal qualities of the Sativa plants include an uplifting, energetic effect useful to combat anxiety, depression, pain, and perhaps have a more pronounced psychoactive effect. Sativa strains can also increase focus and creativity, and are best used during the day. They generally have a lower CBD content and not as sedating as an Indica strain.

 These distinctions form a general guideline between Sativa and Indica, and Hybrid strains can include characteristics of both.

 It is also important to note that there are a wide variety of plants in both categories, and an important medical distinction can also depend on the THC:CBD ratio, the terpene content, and ratio of other cannabinoids in the plant. So, the category of Sativa vs Indica becomes blurred based on other components and special qualities of each strain. Different growing conditions can cause differences in potency and effect, and the Sativa vs Indica categories become less important when determining the medicinal qualities. In fact, to determine the actual targeted medicinal effects,  a strain fingerprint is more useful, as this identifies all the cannabinoids and terpenes present in each strain (also called cultivar). There can be overlap of Sativa and Indica characterisitics depending upon many variables – growth style, harvesting time, nutrients given, processing techniques, terepene expression, and thc:cbd ratios.

 The distinction of Sativa vs. Indica is no longer an exclusive determination of the cultivars effect as a medicine, and there are certainly other factors that play a more important role. Sativa vs. Indica can be used as a rough starting point, but due to the plants variability, this distinction is only a rough guideline and many other factors determine the plants medicinal and physiologic effect. These factors can be examined using the exact cannabinoid percentage of each cannabinoid present in the strain, and the exact terpenes present and their ratios in the sample being investigated. This information can be found on the labeled bottles, on the internet, as well as in a strain fingerprint. Steep Hill Labs makes available a variety of strain fingerprints on their web site for the major cultivars of cannabis and this information is perhaps more important in determining medicinal effects than the classification of Sativa or Indica.

                         

 

 

 

                    

 

 

                            

 

 

MARY'S MEDICINAL CBN PATCH

Mary's medicinal products feature several types of cannabinoid patches for transdermal delivery, and the patch is applied to your skin after opening. The CBN patch contains Cannabinol specifically as the active cannabinoid. CBN is one breakdown product of THC metabolism in the body, and is also present in aged or old cannabis in high amounts. It is a strong sedative and sleep inducing, and promotes calmness and has very little psychoactivity.

The patch itself contains 8.71 mg of CBN, 1.05 mg of CBG, .68 mg of THCA, and .92 mg of THC. These other cannabinoids are also present, as they are hard to remove completely. In addition, the patch has these terpines - linalool, myrcene, b carophyllene, and eucalyptol. These are sedative terpines...

To experiment with the patch as it may be used for sleep, one was applied to my left wrist at 10:30 pm. There was a slight initial effect about 45 minutes later for slight sedation and sleepiness, but this effect ended quickly. This may have been a placebo effect. No effect on sleep that night was any different from my normal good sleep pattern. It appeared to have little or no effect, and a melatonin, trytophan, valerian, or similar OTC sleep aids seem to work better. At $22 per patch this is not a good solution as a sleep aid, as other less expensive medicaments work better. However, it is important to perform one more trial of CBN for sleep to add validity to these findings as sometimes cannabis can work a little unusual on certain days or circumstances... stay tuned!

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