The Compassionate Care Act was officially signed in January of 2014 by Governor Cuomo. In the past the state has put forth regulations for producers, dispensary owners, forms of medicine etc. However patients were still left wondering how and when they could qualify as medical marijuana patients before the medicine was truly available. Unlike any other state with cannabis program, doctors must jump through a few hoops before jumping right into the cannabis world. New York will be the first to require physicians to take this CME course before recommending the medicine to patients. Doctors simply need to log into their ‘The Answer Page’ profile and complete the test and purchase the test for $249.
In the medical world Dr. Raphael Mechoulam with his team, Dr. Yehiel Gaoni and Dr. Haviv Edery have discovered D9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the component of cannabis that creates psychoactive side effects, while the CBD is what contains medicinal powers. Their discovery allowed the medical marijuana world to isolate, test, and administered high CBDs as alternative medicine. Many patients from age 4 to 74 are finding benefits with cannabis from conditions like Parkinson’s disease, Epilepsy, Cancer, HIV/AIDs and a list of other qualifying conditions that may be viewed at MarijuanaDoctors.com. This CME course teaches the specifics on which THC and/or CBD to recommend for each unique conditions and patient’s case. These ‘stricter’ regulations for doctors are increasing quality and effectiveness of medical marijuana for their patients.
Other states with legal medical marijuana programs currently do not require doctors to provide and proof of cannabis knowledge. Some states provide optional information, however not enough for doctors to fully understand the benefits and dangers of medical marijuana. Just like every other medical drug on the market doctors must learn about all side effects and interaction with other drugs. This will eliminate risk factors for the patients and allow doctors to make the best educated recommendation.
If you qualify in the New York state for medical marijuana then please give us a call at MarijuanaDoctors.com to set up your appointment with a doctor today!
The Herbal Infuser is one of the first inventions of its kind. With a sleek and simple design the infuser is easy for every marijuana consumer to pick and choose exactly how they want to consume their choice cannabis. The designers of the Herbal Infuser aim to give marijuana enthusiasts the choice you don’t have when choosing dispensary edibles. The Herbal Infuser allows you to create the same high quality products as your favorite dispensary, without ever leaving home! The 420Friendly infuser not only gives you back the power of choice, but also helps decrease the overall cost of dispensary bought edibles. With all the holidays on the horizon special treats just became a little more special.
I first used my Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser with some close friends of mine after a good harvest from our home grown plants. We wanted to perfect some cookies for an upcoming Halloween party this month and decided this would be easiest way to make tasty and strong edibles. As I try to refrain from using dairy; the Mighty Infuser team advised using coconut oil, which often times works better than butter.
We began with about one cup of coconut coil and a half ounce of cannabis. As the Herbal Infuser tips suggested we let the cannabis bake for a few minutes before beginning the Herbal Infuser process. This allows for the THC to be fully activated to its highest potential.
After removing the plant matter from the oven we combined the cannabis with the coconut oil into the Herbal Fuser compartment. After securing the lid on top of the mixture I then had to choose which mode I wanted to infuse with. The infusing methods included Mighty Fast 1, Mighty Fast 2 and Mighty Long. Each varies in time and potency; so I chose Mighty Fast 2 for better potency because I didn’t want to wait a whole four hours for the Mighty Long option.
While the butter was infusing in the Mighty Long Herbal Infuser I used my grandmother recipe for flourless hazelnut chocolate cake. Since the Mighty Fast 2 option takes 90 minutes for infusing we took the time to shop for the rest of the ingredients and prepare the mix without the coconut oil. With so many misleading and unhealthy labels and brands out on the market it can be hard to avoid them entirely, even in the cannabis world.
Once the Might Fast Herbal Infuser completed its four hour Mighty Fast 2 cycle we removed the inner compartment. The freshly infused coconut oil was a nice creamy texture and a lighter green shade. We placed the cannabis oil mixture into the included strainer and allowed for all the plant matter to be separated. Just for the best possible result I chose to strain the butter a couple more times.
My biggest concern with homemade cannabis butter is the texture and taste. A mouthful of yucky plant can ruin your edible experience. Often times the heat and be slightly off whereas the infuser maintains a constant, efficient temperature. The Herbal Infuser produces a clean and smooth product where a pot and stove couldn’t. You also can be sure the plant matter is being evenly dispersed and concentrated. When infusing butter in a pan some bud may float or sink and still contains important THC and CBD particles missed by the process.
When the cake was completely baked we added non-infused frosting and enjoyed what almost tasted like non-infused chocolate cake! After about an hour and a half we began feeling the effects of our sativa strain. Compared to my personal experience with edibles the Mighty Fast Herbal Infuser definitely cut down the time, clean up, and mess. The potency reached everyone’s needs/desires; nobody ended up regretting eating one too many.
I hope to extend the herbal infuser to customers like my mother who want to participate in the cannabis world, but don’t want to feel or appear like a ‘stoner.’ I would also suggest this to friends who suffer intense pain of varying sorts and just need to consume THC and CBD without smoke of any type.]]>
Sacred has offered a resounding answer to that question with their line of cannabis-infused bath salts, massage oils and personal lubricants.
The manufacturer of this revolutionary new line of cannabis-infused products uses a romantic approach to fusing hybrid marijuana with organic ingredients like coconut and vitamin E oils, meadowfoam, jojoba oil, camellia oil, lavender oil, cinnamon, essence of rose and Epsom salt.
I first tried their Epsom salt soak after a long day at the office and a good 30 minute yoga workout. The first thing I noticed was the incredible, pungent aroma of the salts. The smell was like the freshest, most delectable weed just picked off the farm. I decided to use only half the salts in the hot bath that I drew. I swirled the water around for a few seconds to diffuse the salts into the water before getting in.
After a few minutes of soaking, I felt my pores opening up and a deep, deep, I mean deep relaxation set in; as if the cannabinoids found their way directly into my tired, gnarled and aching muscles, especially in my neck and shoulders where I tend to carry a lot of my stress.
After a soothing and well rested night, I decided to try the massage oils and lubricants. The directions say to wait 15 minutes after application for maximum effect.
Short of turning this into a risqué lad magazine’s letters to the editor ala Penthouse Forum, I will just say, WOW. Every arousal and climax was intense! My senses were completely heightened and I’ll just say the night culminated in a fantastic finish.
Both lubricants and the massage oil worked perfectly and I liked the fact that the silicone based version of the lubricant is hypoallergenic which is ideal for sensitive skin
The products are only available in Oregon as of right now. If you are lucky enough to live there or if you are traveling through, here is a list of retailers you can visit to find Sacred’s amazing products and a have a fun and relaxing night!
710 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211
Green Valley Wellness
103 N Pacific Hwy, Talent, OR 97540
Talent Health Club
1007 S Pacific Hwy, Talent, OR 97540
Cherry City Compassion
2025 25th St SE, Salem, OR 97302
Banana Belt Safe Access Center
16399 Lower Harbor Rd, Harbor, OR 97415
South Coast Dispensaries
1025 Chetco Ave, Brookings, OR 97415
The Bill O´Reilly´s of the world, obnoxiously refuse to consider the facts, of which the main one is, that if there is a demand for something even if it’s illegal, someone will provide the service needed in order to get the product to the final consumer. It happened during the time of alcohol prohibition and it is happening now through the gangs and cartels used to cultivate and provide the product to the final user.
A real case from the Mexican Drug War
From the streets of the inner city to the hidden cannabis fields in the heart of Mexico violent crime is the factor that provides the competitive advantage needed to dominate the market. Recently I spoke to a man who was victim of the current state of things, the man got kidnapped by one of the major cartels in Mexico and then transferred to a hidden plantation with a bunch of illegal immigrants and other people who were just, a couple of hours ago, minding their own business, and now they are forced to work naked on these field during the day on one meal a day, at night they slept tied by the ankles with their feet in the air so that they can’t run away. For three month this man was lost his family desperately looking eventually started to think that he must be deceased due to the normality of violent crime when it comes to trafficking cannabis in Mexico. Then one day the man showed up on his mother’s doorstep after he managed to miraculously escape, frightened out of his mind due to the torture he endured over the period he was trapped as a slave to work on the plantation, I think the story can be summarized by the fact that this 30 year old has to sleep in his mother’s bed every night due to his trauma.
This is just the beginning of the chain of production when it comes to getting some cannabis to the final user, so we would have to add up all the wrongs that are committed in order to allow people to enjoy a product that at the very least has numerous proven medical benefits that need to be considered. But in the example exposed below we realize how the legalization of cannabis will undoubtedly reduce violent crime along the entire chain of cannabis production and distribution. Why? Because it would no longer be psychopaths that cultivate and distribute the product, it would be businessmen that have to follow regulations and laws, which unequivocally will have an effect on the violence related to illegal cannabis.
If this is not enough for you then here are some facts about the reduction of violent crime in Colorado only three months after recreational use was made legal:
Why could cannabis legalization have to do with this? When it comes to trafficking it’s not the kind rule bound business owner that has success but rather the rabid drug dealer who scares the excrement out of his competition.
The Cannabis effect
When people begin to smoke cannabis there is an effect that occurs within their mental structure. They tend to become more “open” to the ideals of liberty, they tend to frown on the use of violence to push your doctrine and they begin to reflect more on their own lives.
Of course, this isn’t true to all cannabis smokers; however, a vast majority of consumers experience this at some level.
What is it within cannabis that produces this effect? Whether it is the slight shift in perspective, increased cerebral activity and cannabinoids making connections in your brain, the effect remains consistent.
Cannabis for meditation
When it comes to meditation, you want to submerge yourself within the stillness that lies within. Some cannabis strains will light your brain up like a Christmas tree, making it difficult to concentrate on not thinking at all. Thus, Indica dominant strains are preferred when it comes to meditation.
The deep body sensation will allow you to relax and let go of thoughts running through your brain. If you wish to reach a state of absolute stillness, using cannabis can help you achieve it quicker.
Questioning your ego
When you smoke cannabis, you really begin to ask the big questions in life. What makes me happy? Who am I really? Is what I believe truth or am I just stuck on old ideas?
The progression of this train of thought opens up new realities to your own life. You might suddenly realize that things you liked before are not to your liking anymore. Does this mean cannabis changes your preferences or does it mean cannabis breaks down pre-conceived ideas allowing you to choose what YOU really want?
Cannabis in ancient times
Cannabis was used in the very oils that were used to “anoint” people in the Old Testament of the Bible. The oils were rubbed all over the body of the anointed, which would induce a “euphoric feeling” which helped them achieve deeper spiritual realizations.
Shamans in many other cultures also knew of the “spiritual connection” of the plant.
Cannabis isn’t a magical plant that will suddenly reveal who you are but rather a facilitator on the path of constant self-discovery. The plant can allow you to achieve deeper spiritual states and will allow you to view life from a “different perspective” which in many cases is all you need to discard paradigms that are detrimental to your pursuit of happiness.]]>
The controversial Tax code explained
The obscure tax code I’m referring to is called “Section 280E” which denies tax credits or exemptions to businesses “trafficking in controlled substances”. Since cannabis is still classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substance Act, this means that every legal cannabis business is subjected to 280E. This amendment was added to Federal Tax code in 1982, well before any state actually legalized cannabis for medical purposes.
One can only assume that the purpose of this tax code is too “catch criminals” and within the legal realm of cannabis to discourage cannabis based businesses from opening up shop.
While many cannabis businesses complain about this, and they should, the IRS is actually expanding the cannabis industry because of a very simple reality.
Cannabis Businesses forced to expand their businesses
Any good business man will find away around the tax loop, and while this is still very difficult to achieve, this tax code forces cannabis based businesses to “re-invest” into their own businesses. No one wants to pay all that money to the Federal government, especially if you had to go through all the hassle of opening up a legal cannabis business in the first place.
Thus, many are simply taking the revenue generated from their sales and pumping it back into their business. In turn, this increases the quality of the store, creates massive budgets for advertisement and expansion of the product line. In other words, the IRS is forcing these businesses to expand their businesses with an antiquated tax code amendment that should have been removed a while back.
Cannabis is big business, generating millions! If the Federal government wants to stifle the growing cannabis industry, they should immediately think about removing all this Federal “hoo-ha” from the tax code because all they are doing is fueling the cannabis industry with the revenue generated from each sale.
It seems that the Federal Government is desperately trying to cling on to the Drug War except everything they do convinces the public that proliferating the drug war is a bad idea! It’s time to treat cannabis businesses like any other legal business in the US.
Cannabis based businesses should be able to operate like any other business fiscally and if we have cannabis legal in four states, it’s time they change their tune soon.]]>
The US army has a strict policy against soldiers using cannabis, recreational and medical, and those who test positive for cannabis can face serious repercussions.
The benefit of marijuana for soldiers
There is a range of medical benefit in regards to marijuana when it comes to our soldiers. From treating psychological disorders like PTSD to afflictions such as chronic pain, depression and the hundreds of other conditions that cannabis treats.
More importantly, there are over 20 states that currently have some sort of medical marijuana program in place. And now with the states of Oregon and Alaska, as well as the District of Columbia, but recently passed recreational marijuana bills soldiers and any of the states are placed in jeopardy.
For pain, soldiers are forced to take addictive opiate-based medications, which in many cases are not as effective as medical cannabis. In many cases, soldiers find themselves addicted to the very medicines that are supposed to make them better.
A recent study found that opiate based overdose rates dropped by as much as 25% in states that have legal medical marijuana programs in place. Why are we subjecting our soldiers to potential addiction when a superior medication is available?
The Will of the People
America has spoken and they want cannabis. Every year more people support the idea of legalizing cannabis and even red states are now moving towards medical cannabis. The ignorance surrounding cannabis can no longer be sustained by the Federal government and though the Army is subjected to Federal laws, to persecute people who are actually risking their lives for your very freedoms is atrocious to say the least.
Once cannabis is de-scheduled from the Controlled Substance Act, the policies within the Army can follow suite. However while we wait for the Federal government to remove their clutches from this plant, our soldiers are still in danger of facing horrific consequences and being dishonorably discharged over their use.
Fighting for our Soldiers
There are definite medical benefits for US soldiers in regards to cannabis. We believe that it is our duty to fight for their freedom as much as they are fighting for ours. There are so many social issues tied to cannabis and so many people affected by prohibition.
To reverse this draconian policy would offer our soldiers the opportunity to opt for a medical option that is far safer to their physical and mental stability. We must continue to push the legalization efforts until everyone has access to this life saving medicine, including our soldiers!]]>
The question then: Is “Big Marijuana” Possible?
What is Big Tobacco and why should it be feared?
The term “Big Tobacco” refers to multi-billion dollar companies such as Philip Morris, R.J Reynolds and Lorillard. These companies, back in the mid 1900 has sold their product as medicinal. Doctors recommended it, kids smoked it and you could even smoke in public enclosed spaces and airplanes.
What these companies failed to instruct their consumers was:
This is just a short list of the atrocities caused by “Big Tobacco”. Tobacco is the number one killer in the US from substances and causes the country billions of dollars each year.
Recreational Cannabis in Colorado
Some people argue that the “edible industry” in legal cannabis states are telltale signs of “big marijuana’ on the rise. They say that the product targets children by coming in the form of typical candies. Yet, these candies are not sold or marketed to children at all.
It’s painfully obvious that the people who scrutinize this form of consumption are not “consumers themselves”. Every cannabis consumer knows that the “munchies” is something very real and that consumers tend to develop a “sweet tooth” to candies, chocolates and other edibles.
To assume that the industry is targeting their products to children would be to ignore that “stoners” like candies. Throughout prohibition, this was the constant “go to stoner joke” by mainstream media in reference to “stoners and junk food”.
Marijuana is not Tobacco
Finally, when you compare the two substances they are nothing alike. Cannabis has the potential to cure cancer while tobacco causes it. The addictive rate of tobacco is roughly 30%, which is on par with cocaine, yet cannabis is said to have an addictive rate of roughly 9%.
Even if Philip Morris one day gets into the cannabis business, the general ‘non-stoner’ population would probably indulge in their product since they wouldn’t know what real cannabis is.
However those of us who have been smoking for decades, we know artisanal cannabis when we see it, and the culture of cannabis is a very close-knit group of people. We know posers from real people.
If cannabis becomes the next big tobacco then we should all celebrate. That would mean more people would start smoking cannabis instead of tobacco. This could mean that we could curb the tobacco mortality rates significantly. People don’t die from cannabis use directly, that’s a fact!]]>
That’s because cannabis is the most abused illegal substance in the world. Due to the multitude of cannabis smokers out there, the governments of the world are quickly losing the battle in cannabis prohibition. Nevertheless, it is vital that every cannabis smoker becomes a cannabis activist to push this movement past the tipping point!
Not just a stoner, an agent of change!
People assume cannabis consumers are lazy by nature, not because it is true but rather because they have been taught to believe a stereo type produced by the agents of prohibition. Throughout the past two decades, the image of the cannabis smoker has changed from stoner to patient to businessperson. These days anyone can be a “stoner” and this is a good thing.
Nevertheless, it is more important that we push past this stereotype and create awareness that the cannabis consumer is “just like everyone else”. It is important that you change the public perception of cannabis smokers in your area, and that each cannabis consumer does the same where they live.
Make pamphlets; organize debates, flyers and what have you to create awareness on the real issues. Be an agent of change!
Focus on the Issues
People think that cannabis consumers just want to legalize so they can smoke. While this is true for one part, it is not even entirely close to the real issues surrounding cannabis prohibition.
Issues such as:
It is important to keep people focused on what is really happening. Is “allowing some people to get high” as bad as everything I listed right here? Of course not! Any rational human being can see that, but unless you get off that couch and spread the word. People will not be able to differentiate the inflated issues with the real issues.
I am working on some pamphlets and graphics for you guys so that when Election Day comes, you can go out and spread the news. These will be available to print as well as online for sharing purposes. Sign up to my email for updates on all the activities I am doing and how you can help change the tide towards cannabis legalization today!]]>
Throughout the past seven and a half decades of cannabis prohibition, the term “stoner” and all synonyms have changed within the realm of social perception.
Watch out for the “reefer man!”
In the beginning of prohibition, cannabis was demonized. Only degenerates partook of such an atrocious deeds (Blacks and Hispanics according to the Official Government Position of the time). Here the terms ranged from Dope Fiend, Peddlers, addicts, criminals and so on. As you can see the public perception of the cannabis smoker was pretty grim and that is precisely why those pushing for prohibition had no resistance, the general public didn’t care about scumbags who smoke weed.
The proponents of prohibition perceived cannabis users as being “violent” or “insane” due to the yellow journalism and propaganda.
Cannabis users, the Pacifist Communist supporter!
After a few years of Hemp being needed during World War II, cannabis and hemp once more became “evil” in the eyes of society. For one, it jumped from being a drug that makes you “violent and insane” to a drug that makes you a “pacifist, unable to fight the communist wave”.
The major reason in shift of public perception was due to the fact that the official position that “cannabis makes you violent or insane” couldn’t stand the scrutiny of science. Since the threat of communist invasion was ever present right after WWII, this was a great excuse to say the exact opposite of what the government’s official position on the substance was for close to twenty years prior.
The flip-flopping doesn’t stop here.
Nixon’s Pothead excuse!
The communist threat only continued to grow and eventually America went to war in Vietnam. Why? Nobody really knows but apparently, it seemed like a good idea at the time. That and the Gulf of Tonkin incident.
Anyhow, people were pissed to say the least. A new generation of kids with long beards and long hair started showing up, protesting the hell out of the government. These of course were the hippies (still a minority) and with them Cannabis jumped from the obscure back alleys to mainstream attention.
Nixon needed a way to subdue the protests and thus created the “war on drugs”. His first order of business was to get rid of those potheads making all that noise. Therefore, he did.
Nancy’s Hallucinogenic Policies
Twenty years later, we have the D.A.R.E programs step into the ring. Now the Pothead aren’t hippies anymore. They’ve evolved to losers, wasted space….”stoners!” Nancy Raegan pushed her “just say no” down the throats of everyone in America and helped strengthen the “loser” perception of the cannabis user.
The dawn of the Cannabis patient
In the mid 1990’s the first cannabis patients came into existence in California. Now of course there were “Federal patients” but there were limited and couldn’t obtain more patients. When California legalized, the “stoner” turned patient and a “patient” has rights. Public Perception continued to change as cannabis continued to heal the sick and provide help for the needy.
The Modern Day Stoner
Over the past 20 years, the public perception of “stoner” has changed a lot. People of all lifestyles smoke now, professionals, artists, the old and the young alike. A “Pot Head” these days can be anyone. As the taboo of cannabis fades, so will the prejudice that surrounds it.
A Cannabis user is merely a person who chooses to medicate or relax using a plant that just so happens to get you euphoric. Other than that, a “stoner” is just like you and me.]]>