Here’s Why You Should Be Drinking Your Cannabis

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Here’s Why You Should Be Drinking Your Cannabis

Posted by Jason Draizin on 04/21/2017 in Marijuana Recipes

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Many medical marijuana patients are familiar eating and smoking cannabis. But many may not realize that some consider drinking marijuana healthier than smoking it. Sure, smoking is the fastest way to deliver THC to your mind and body.

Why the Sudden Interest in Marijuana Drinkables?

Smoked cannabis kicks in within a few minutes. The noticeable high lasts for 1 to 3 hours. Then you become “sober.” Drinkables, on the other hand, take 30 to 60 minutes to kick in, but the effects last for 4 to 8 hours and then slowly descend. It’s because of these long-lasting effects that people find drinkables particularly helpful in the treatment of conditions such as nausea and chronic pain.

Additionally, when you drink marijuana, the THC produces more body-centered effects compared to smoking, and the impact is more evenly distributed all over your body. For this reason, drinking marijuana is a more effective method for treating muscle spasms, epilepsy and other similar conditions. The best part is the burned-out effect you sometimes get after smoking marijuana is less noticeable when you drink marijuana.

Dosage for Drinkables

As with any other method of ingesting weed, finding the appropriate dose will take some experimentation. If you haven’t used marijuana before in any form, start out with a tiny bit. This will help you get accustomed to its associated effects and sensations.

For instance, you can begin with 1/2 cup per day. If you’re a regular user, go with 1 cup per day. If you find you need more for relief, you can bump up to 2 cups per day, taken at intervals of 12 hours.

4 Delicious Marijuana Beverages and Drinks With Recipes

Here are a few of the most popular types of weed-infused drinks.

1. Coffee and Tea

Marijuana coffee or tea is perfect for when you simply want to unwind, watch TV and relax without having to deal with the negative effects of smoke. There is a considerably higher solubility of THC in hot beverages than in cold ones.

You can either make tea, coffee, cappuccino or mocha for instant medicine. It’s the perfect way to jump-start the day, delivering an instant burst of energy and relief from your chronic disease symptoms, just the way nature intended it.

Marijuana Tea/Weed Tea Recipe

What You’ll Need: 1 tea cup, 1 tsp. cannabutter and a tea bag.

Directions

  1. Add 1 teaspoon of cannabutter to your cup. Put the tea bag in as well.
  2. Boil water and put into the cup.
  3. Dissolve the cannabutter.
  4. Take the tea bag out and pour in a dash of milk, if you like. Then drink.

Tip: You can try mint or other flavors of herbal tea for a richer and wholesome flavor.

2. Soda and Lemonade

Thanks to new technology developing in the world of marijuana, we can now make sugary carbonated beverages with tinctures. If you’re looking for a quick hit that will perk you up, marijuana sodas and lemonades will leave you smiling. They’re super-refreshing and an easy way to get the benefits of your medicine.

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Cannabis Lemonade Recipe

What You’ll Need: Blender, sieve, jug, water, sugar, 1 juiced lemon, 4 tablespoons weed tincture and 6 mint leaves.

Directions

  1. Put sugar, water and lemon juice into a blender. Let it blend for 15 seconds or until everything is well blended.
  2. Stir in the weed tincture and mint leaves. Run through the sieve into the jug.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator or serve immediately over ice.

With a drink this refreshing and sweet, you can never go wrong with lemonade on a hot day.

3. Syrups

Cannabis-infused syrups are introducing young people to the goodness of concentrated liquid cannabinoids. Once you’ve made a bottle of cannabis simple syrup, you can use it to add a little dose of THC to your favorite drinks. You can always spike your tea or coffee, mix it into a smoothie, make a glass of lemonade or cool off with a canna-cocktail. Whatever you want to make, this recipe for cannabis syrup should be your starting place.

Cannabis Simple Syrup Recipe

What You’ll Need: 3 cups water, 3 cups fine sugar, 2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin, 2 grams finely ground cannabis, strainer or cheesecloth.

Directions

  1. Put the sugar and water into a pot. Bring to a boil, then stir until all the sugar dissolves.
  2. Once sugar is dissolved and the mixture is boiling, add cannabis. Cover and let it continue boiling for 20 minutes.
  3. Now add vegetable glycerin. Reduce the temperature and let it simmer for another 5 to 6 minutes
  4. Carefully pour your hot syrup through the strainer and into the container where you’ll keep the syrup.
  5. Allow the syrup to cool.

You can use your cannabis syrup to add sweetness and a little THC to your favorite drinks.

4. Cocktails and Mixers

Not every state is open to letting people mix weed and alcohol in one setting. But in Washington, it’s happening. Bud rum and weed-infused wine are two such way to infuse cannabis into any of your favorite alcoholic beverages. It can be fun to make and enjoy anytime you’re in need of a dose of your medicine – just be sure to obey local laws. Before you steep any buds in your rum, bake it in the oven for 3 minutes at 175 F. This will help release more THC.

Bud Rum Recipe

What You’ll Need: 8 grams weed, water, 750 ml of light 80-proof rum.

Directions

  1. Grind your weed and add to the rum
  2. Store in a cool, dark place for four days. Make sure to shake vigorously on a daily basis.
  3. On the 4th day, boil a large pot of water. Once it boils, turn the heat off and put the sealed bottle of rum inside the hot water for 20 minutes.
  4. Do not fully immerse the bottle in the hot water.
  5. Strain plant matter out of the rum.
  6. Discard the leaves to get your rum and use it to make your favorite cocktail.

Find Another Way to Take Your Medicine

Marijuana drinkables are a healthy alternative to smoking and act much faster than edibles. However, as it is with any medicine, you need to have a conversation with your doctor to make sure they’re right for you.

At MarijuanaDoctors.com, we have highly qualified doctors who recommend marijuana drinkables as a treatment for your ailment. If you have tried other medicines without success, don’t suffer in silence. Marijuana drinkables can provide you relief in a much more effective fashion than other ways of consuming cannabis.

Check out our other cannabis recipes or browse our directory of marijuana doctors today.

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Published at Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Ganja Yoga Book From Dee Dussault

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Ganja Yoga Book From Dee Dussault

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A couple years ago I was introduced to Ganja Yoga, a class given by Dee Dussault one of the first Yoga practitioners to infuse her yoga classes with cannabis. It was a very relaxing journey and she’s now released a book for those who are unable to attend her classes.

I’ll be reviewing her book as soon as my copy arrives, but just wanted to let me readers know that her book is on sale now.

The day has finally come:

Ganja Yoga: A Practical Guide to Conscious Relaxation, Soothing Pain Relief, and Enlightened Self-Discovery is officially on sale!

Early reviews of the book have come in and it’s wonderful to see people appreciate and enjoy the message of Ganja Yoga. Here’s a sampling of what people are saying:

“Finally—the book that we’ve all been waiting for! Dee Dussault has masterfully crafted the ideal handbook on how to integrate the vast powers of yoga and cannabis. This beautiful book incorporates glistening pearls from Eastern philosophy, yet speaks to the average person, in a readable style that almost feels personal—and it may change your life. Beautifully illustrated and creatively designed, I couldn’t recommend Ganja Yoga more highly.” –David Jay Brown, author of The New Science of Psychedelics and Mavericks of the Mind

“Dee Dussault has led the way in bringing the age old combination of ganja and yoga to the Western world. In an easy to read accessible guide she explains the many benefits to be found in a marriage between sacred medicine and hatha yoga.” –Chris Bennett, author of Cannabis and the Soma Solution

“Hip, user-friendly…Dussault employs both scientific studies and humor while handing out tips on safe consumption and class etiquette…though some yoga purists may resist the concept, Dussault makes an entertaining and well-informed case for the marriage of cannabis and yoga.” –Publishers Weekly

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Published at Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:50:31 +0000

Sales blaze on marijuana holiday in Clark County

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Sales blaze on marijuana holiday in Clark County

The Columbian / Associated Press

Jim Mullin, owner of a trio of marijuana dispensaries in Clark County, said his staff and customers compare April 20 to Christmas.

“Everybody comes in. Some of the people maybe just consume (marijuana) once a year, and this is the day they come out,” he said. “It’s a globally recognized day for cannabis consumption. I think it celebrates our new industry.”

Every year, April 20 is a marijuana blowout, but its origins differ based on whom you ask. Apocryphal histories range from “420” being a police code for marijuana smoking in public or the time school closed for a group of high school stoners.

Today, it’s closer to Black Friday for the legal marijuana industry. Prices of marijuana flower, edibles and extracts are slashed. Before opening Thursday morning, lines stretched around all three locations of Main Street Marijuana.

Owner Ramsey Hamide said Thursday the shop, already the top-selling store in the state, expected to triple or quadruple its business. He said most users take advantage of the deals and many occasional smokers come shop as well.

“Today has really morphed into the day that people that are involved in marijuana and marijuana culture are able to openly celebrate to some extent,” he said.

The deals factored in for many. Dana Matthis, 45, of Vancouver waited in line during the lunch hours to “see what kind of deals they have.” Stephen Sharp, a 24-year-old from Portland, said he and others were shopping at Main Street Marijuana to take advantage of the low prices.

“After bills and everything, we’re poor, so, cheap weed,” he said.

Adding to the high sales are the continuous drops in prices of marijuana. A gram of flower used to cost $20 to $30 in Washington. Now the average gram costs $7.85, according to the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Control Board.

Even so, revenues from marijuana sales in Clark County went gangbusters last month. Sales had declined in fall and winter, but March garnered $1.86 million, the highest month in the county since September 2015.

“We saw a lot of them boomerang back to us,” Hamide said. “They checked out the Oregon stores, then realized it was a different experience than what they were used to. I think we’re distinguishing ourselves from the Oregon system. We’re winning that battle.”

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Published at Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:57:16 +0000

Poll: 52% of U.S. Adults Have Tried Marijuana, Only 1 in 5 Believe it’s “Riskier” than Prescription Opioids

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Poll: 52% of U.S. Adults Have Tried Marijuana, Only 1 in 5 Believe it’s “Riskier” than Prescription Opioids

A majority of U.S. adults have tried marijuana at least once, according to new polling.

According to the new Yahoo/Marist poll, 52% of adults in the United States have consumed marijuana at least once, with 56% consider usage of the plant to be “socially acceptable.” The survey found an overwhelming majority of adults – 83% – to be in support of legalizing medical cannabis. A considerably lower number, but still a plurality (49% to 47%), support the legalization of cannabis for all uses.

Two-thirds of the poll’s respondents stated that the use of prescription drugs like Vicodin or OxyContin is “riskier” to use than cannabis, even when the drugs are rightfully prescribed by a doctor. Only one in five believe that marijuana is “riskier” than prescription opioids.

Among parents, only 21% consider marijuana use to be at the “top of their concerns” for their children, behind cigarette use (24%). 81% of parents – including 88% of those who have tried marijuana – believe it’s the right thing to do to tell their kids about their cannabis use. Despite this high number, 60% say that their parents did not talk to them about marijuana, including 95% of those in the Silent-Greatest Generation, and 72% of Baby-Boomers.

For a detailed summary of additional findings made by the Yahoo/Marist poll, click here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:22:56 +0000

Marijuana vs. Hemp

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Marijuana vs. Hemp

Posted by Jason Draizin on 04/14/2017 in Medical Marijuana

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When you think of cannabis, you likely have images in your head of someone smoking a joint or bong. You probably wouldn’t equate it with durable paper, plant-based plastics or military-grade fabric. However, cannabis has a lot to do with these types of industrial hemp products, just as much as it does with its recreational or medical use, which you probably know better as pot or medical marijuana respectively.

After reading this, you might be asking what the differences are between marijuana and hemp. When trying to figure out marijuana vs. hemp, it’s essential that you understand one important thing: Both weed and hemp come from the same plant. Regardless of the fact that many people typically use both the words cannabis and hemp interchangeably, there are significant differences between the two.

What Is Hemp?

Hemp is a low-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and low-resin Cannabis Sativa plant, along with marijuana, but it’s grown mainly for its seeds and fibers. The growers of hemp usually grow it in tall skinny stalks, which can tower up to 20 feet high. It’s considered to be more of an agricultural crop.

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It was initially cultivated in Taiwan almost 10,000 years ago. It was recognized by ancient cultivators to have dioecious characteristics, meaning it had separate genders both female and male.

One variety of this cannabis plant was grown by cultivators to be durable and tall. Today, we know it as industrial hemp. Once they discovered the cannabis plant had flower buds with psychoactive effects, cultivators started to separate the flowering plants from the hemp plants so they could divide the medicinal properties of the plants, which we now refer to as marijuana plants.

Common Uses of Hemp

The industrial hemp plant has always been cultivated for its strong fibers. The fibers were beneficial for building materials, textiles and even fuels, which we still use today. Hemp makes more fiber, fuel, medicine and food than any other type of plant. In fact, it only takes one acre of hemp to produce on a yearly basis:

  • Three tons of hempseed meal
  • Three hundred gallons of seed oil to use for plastics, fuel and food
  • Ten tons of canvas-producing bast fiber
  • Twenty-five tons of building material and paper-making hurd fiber
  • Linen and rope lace
  • Ethanol for fuel produced by its biomass and leaves

Its strength and fiber length make hemp so valuable today. For around two millennia, hemp’s long bast fibers have been used to make paper. In fact, hemp produces more fiber than any other type of plant. A hemp stem or stalk produces two types of fiber: hurd fiber, or the woody core inside, and bast fiber, which is the outer bark.

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Biodiesel fuel is hemp seed oil. Ethanol is made from hemp biomass. This hemp-based fuel is nontoxic, whereas the petroleum form is very toxic and will poison everything it contacts. Hemp makes more fuel than any other plant. Fuels made from hemp are carbon neutral, and its use helps restore balance in several ways.

Regardless of how much THC content is in it, when farmers harvest hemp to take advantage of its best fuel attributes and when this biofuel replaces fossil fuel, it realigns our entire economic system.

Common uses of hemp include:

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Fine fabrics
  • Cardboard and paper
  • Rope
  • Carpeting
  • Fiberboard
  • Acrylics
  • Fiberglass
  • Oil paints
  • Shampoos and soaps
  • Cosmetics

These are only some of the over 50,000 uses of hemp.

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When hempseed oil is used to make plastics, it is also nontoxic and much cheaper. The plastics made from hemp are also biodegradable whereas plastics that are petrochemical produced are not.

Hemp seeds produce more protein and oil than any other type of plant per the cultivated land area. Oil and protein made from hemp are high in essential fatty acids (EFAs), which our cardiovascular system and brain need. It’s also rich in omega-3 and 6 in just the right amount for optimal health in humans. Hemp protein contains eight amino acids in a perfectly balanced amount that meets the nutritional needs of humans.

What Is Marijuana?

Marijuana is a high CBD, high-THC and high-resin Cannabis Sativa plant. It is grown for its medicinal and psychotropic properties that are typically found more in the flowers of the female plants. Cultivators grow them to “spread out” to create a fuller plant, rather than “spread up” like the hemp plant. Marijuana is usually harvested by hand, dried, trimmed and cured, which makes it a horticulture crop.

Marijuana was introduced in the U.S. in the early 20th century after its lengthy trip through ancient and prehistoric world histories in the Middle East, Asia and Central America. It’s believed that Mexican immigrants were the first to bring weed into the United States in 1910 while fleeing the revolution. Grass quickly became popular in the southwest — however, the negative stigma around it also grew just as fast.

Common Uses of Marijuana

Since THC influences our endocannabinoid system directly, marijuana impacts our body, brain and overall functioning.

Although there is a lack of clinical trials, surveys of patients have assisted researchers in determining the most common reasons to use medical marijuana. Just recently, researchers at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System at a California dispensary surveyed 217 patients to determine what health conditions could be helped with cannabis.

Patients reported the primary benefits of weed includes helping with:

Out of all these, chronic pain was reported to be helped the most through medical marijuana, with over 37 percent of the participants reporting such relief.

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Medical Benefits: Marijuana vs. Hemp

Studies have shown that consuming raw hemp seeds helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure, improve your immune system, accelerate weight loss, reduce inflammation and control blood sugar levels. Hemp seeds are considered very nutritious. There has been rapid growth in the “hemp for food” industry, which has seen an over 300 percent increase in the past several years and is estimated to be in around 25,000 different products.

Hemp seed oil is great for skin and hair care. It’s considered to be among the best vegetable body care formulas because of its moisturizing effect, nutritional value and replenishing EFAs. EFAs found in hemp seed oil include:

  • Omega-3, 6 and 9
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids
  • Gamma linoleic acids (GLAs)
  • Linoleic acid

GLAs are extremely effective in skin care maintenance and are hardly ever found in natural oils, therefore making hemp an excellent GLA source.

Furthermore, the oil obtained from hemp seeds has also been shown to treat eczema in people. However, whole-plant cannabis oil treats serious skin disorders such as skin cancer more effectively than oil from hemp seed.

Advocates of medical marijuana have often suggested that cannabis can treat cancer in its mild form. Because of this, some cancer scientists are conducting studies on cannabinoids. There’s been a significant amount of cancer research conducted focusing on phytocannabinoids like cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabidiol (CBD), but lately, research has been looking at endocannabinoids that are naturally produced by our bodies.

The European Journal of Pharmacology published a study investigating anandamide anticancer activity. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter our brain produces that helps bind the THC receptors. A team of researchers in the study found that this endocannabinoid can potentially help with battling skin cancer.

There is a big misconception that pot affects your mental health negatively. Although higher doses of THC can cause anxiety in some people — and some people believe it can quicken the onset of a predisposed personality disorder — no reputable or reliable studies can prove this theory.

Today, in the mental health industry, the relationship between weed and mental health has been investigated. It turns out that studies have linked medical marijuana positively in a number of mental health problems. Although researchers are still conducting research, there are several mental health disorders that have been shown to respond well to medical cannabis. These include:

  • Opiate withdrawal
  • Alcoholism
  • Schizophrenia
  • Phobias
  • Depression

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The above are just a few of the mental disorders medical weed can positively affect. Both marijuana and hemp benefit you in many ways, and both have health-boosting properties to them.

Hemp Health Benefits

Although hemp might not offer you the same medicinal value as weed, it does help boost your health by providing you with excellent nutritional value.

A portion of hempseed oil was analyzed by researchers to identify the beneficial characteristics it might have. The researchers found there were some components — aliphatic alcohols, sterols, linolenic acids — in hempseed oil that helped promote good health.

The omega-3 fatty acid was one of the linolenic acids the hempseed oil contained that certain studies have shown to help prevent coronary heart disease. Experts agree that the sterols help lower cholesterol and aid in reducing your risk of heart attack when taken daily.

The aliphatic alcohols have been shown to reduce platelet aggregation and lower cholesterol. Phytol, which is one of these alcohols, even offers anticancer and antioxidant benefits.

Tocopherol is another antioxidant that hempseed oil offers, and it is known to help fight against Alzheimer’s, atherosclerosis and other degenerative diseases.

Marijuana Health Benefits

The marijuana plant currently contains two primary cannabinoids — CBD and THC — that are of medical interest. The main reason people turn to medical marijuana is to help reduce their pain. This pain could be from a certain disease such as cancer, headaches or a long-term disorder like nerve pain or glaucoma. Medical weed is also prescribed by physicians to treat:

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The cannabinoid CBD, unlike THC, doesn’t make you “high.” It is helpful in reducing inflammation and pain, treating addictions and mental illnesses and controlling epileptic seizures.

The marijuana extracts have been found by current animal studies to help decrease the size of certain cancers and kill particular cancer cells. One cell culture study that used rodents showed evidence that purified whole-plant marijuana extracts can slow cancer cell growth down from even more severe types of brain tumors. Also, when combined with radiation, purified extracts of CBD and THC help increase the radiation’s cancer-killing effects.

There are also preclinical and clinical trials being held by scientists and researchers involving pot and its extracts to treat some symptoms of conditions and illnesses such as:

  • HIV or AIDS
  • Gradual muscle control loss from multiple sclerosis
  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Mental disorders
  • Substance use disorders

The list of conditions that medical marijuana can help treat is expected to grow.

Differences Between Marijuana and Hemp

The International Association of Plant Taxonomy published a 1976 study showing that both marijuana and hemp varieties come from the same Cannabis genus and the same Cannabis Sativa species. There are also a number of other varieties that are further classified into the Cannabis Sativa species.

Marijuana is the part of the Cannabis Sativa plant that’s cultivated for its potent trichomes, or resinous glands, which contain a high amount of THC, the cannabinoid best known for the psychoactive characteristics it has.

Hemp, on the other hand, is typically cultivated from the Cannabis genus subspecies which has almost no psychoactive characteristics. Hemp varieties are harvested for their oil, fiber and seed, whereas pot is harvested for its recreational, medicinal and spiritual characteristics.

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Industrial hemp products that contain less than 0.3 percent THC can be sold, consumed and shipped legally. It’s this 0.3 percent factor that most people differentiate between what is classified as hemp or cannabis.

Similarities Between Marijuana and Hemp

Both cannabis and hemp, as mentioned, come from the same plant. They also both contain CBD, which is an essential cannabinoid. But the hemp plant produces more CBD than it does THC, whereas THC is produced more in marijuana than CBD. They are both, however, classified under the Controlled Substances Act as Schedule I drugs.

Cannabis Oil vs. Hemp Oil

A marijuana plant bud is used to make cannabis oil. High amounts of THC are in cannabis oil, giving it psychoactive characteristics. Marijuana plant seeds are crushed to make hemp oil. It has super-low THC levels, which means you likely won’t get that “high” feeling from it. But it does have high CBD levels that make it useful in reducing paranoia and anxiety and can even be helpful in the treatment of seizures.

Even though they both come from the same species, there are substantial differences in cannabis oil vs. hemp oil. These include the following:

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  • Plant Differences.Hemp plants can get as high as 20 feet tall, whereas marijuana usually doesn’t reach past five feet. Marijuana tends to have more buds and leaves. Hemp plants grow packed together, where marijuana plants need space to grow. Marijuana requires a warm and humid environment to grow.
  • Chemical Compounds.There is hardly any THC in hemp — 0.05 to one percent — whereas there can be up to 14 percent in marijuana.
  • Uses.Hemp oil is used to moisturize, calm, soothe and relax you, while cannabis oil is used recreationally for its psychoactive properties.

Cannabis and hemp oil are used in many forms of products, including:

  • Concentrates
  • Capsules
  • Gum
  • Supplements
  • Edibles
  • Tinctures
  • Vaporizers & oils
  • Topicals
  • Pet products

So, between hemp oil and cannabis oil, which one is most recommended? The answer depends on the laws involving medical weed in your state, your doctor’s opinion and your needs.

Marijuana CBD vs. Hemp CBD

Before making your decision between marijuana CBD vs. hemp CBD, it’s essential that you understand there are different CBD varieties. The main distinction falls in the sources of medications. While weed is still illegal in some states, there have been companies that have found legal loopholes to get around these laws. This would be selling industrialized hemp.

The differences between the both are as follows:

Hemp CBD

Hemp CBD oil contains low-THC, high-CBD hemp. Cultivators can extract cannabis oils from these uniquely potent plants. Hemp CBD contains cannabidiol, along with essential minerals, vitamins, terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids and other cannabinoids that are non-psychoactive.

Although hemp may also be grown to draw out higher levels of CBD through cross-pollination, there is a slim potential of this happening if the hemp plant uses its crop for pollination. Also, there isn’t enough CBD in hemp to provide you with a significant medicinal effect.

Marijuana CBD

When the medicinal cannabis industry experts discuss the oil’s benefits, they are referring to marijuana CBD. Marijuana CBD is low-THC and high-CBD and is proven to help in the treatment of certain conditions. It’s continually demonstrated to provide debilitating conditions with medicinal qualities. The biggest distinction is that this oil from the cannabis plant is harvested mainly for medicinal purposes.

Legalities of Marijuana and Hemp

The 1970 Controlled Substances Act banned industrial hemp harvesting by classifying cannabis as a Schedule I drug. Although cultivating the cannabis plant was met with many obstacles before the Act, this was the federal government’s first time creating legislation that grouped marijuana and hemp essentially into the same classification.

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Growers of hemp knew the cannabis plant varieties they were cultivating had little psychoactive properties. However, this didn’t interest lawmakers. Advocates of the “war on drugs” were more focused on removing a plant species they didn’t understand clearly.

Weed is harvested specifically for the flowers that contain THC, and although the hemp plant also produces flowers, it is so low in THC content, it would take great effort to even get high from it. Many states since 1970 have since legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp, despite the federal laws that prohibit it. It’s the persistent public and research that finally pushed for the signing of the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill.

This Farm Bill recognizes and acknowledges the chemical difference between marijuana and industrial hemp. It allows institutions of higher education and state agricultural departments to cultivate industrial hemp to use for research.

Now that we are entering the age where cannabis is becoming legal, distinctions — be they scientific, semantic or legal — are now more important than ever in coming up with responsible laws. To put it simply, it’s really about the cannabis plant. It has such a high number of potential uses that humans have played a significant role in its evolution. And, nobody knows if legal semantics and distinctions will follow science.

Both hemp and marijuana are booming industries. Millions of U.S. citizens are now able to get their bodies, lives and minds back thanks to medical marijuana, and hemp offers the U.S. unlimited potential in the agricultural and industrial arenas.

Search for a Medical Marijuana Doctor or Dispensary

If you reside in a state that has made medical weed legal, your first step is to search for a medical marijuana doctor to obtain a recommendation or authorization so you can become a valid patient. You will need a licensed doctor to diagnose you with a medical condition that is approved by the state as a qualifying medical condition for medical marijuana.

Here at MarijuanaDoctors.com, you can now go online to select a doctor, set up an appointment for a medical cannabis evaluation and find medical marijuana dispensaries that will ship right to your home. We offer many helpful resources and a monthly newsletter to keep you updated on the progress of medical marijuana. 

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Published at Fri, 14 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Kentucky burning commercially grown hemp with too much THC

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Kentucky burning commercially grown hemp with too much THC

The Columbian / Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky agriculture officials say they’re burning a fraction of the hemp crop being grown for commercial purposes because it contains a higher level of a psychoactive compound than is legally allowed.

Brent Burchett is director of plant marketing for the state agriculture department. He says the state’s bound by law to destroy the 100 pounds (45 kilograms) in question because their THC level exceeded 0.3 percent, the limit set by Congress and followed by the state.

Grower Lyndsey Todd cultivated the hemp to be turned into medicine. Todd says her product is not psychoactive and that the 0.3 percent THC limit is an “unrealistic number.”

Hemp and marijuana are the same species, but hemp usually has a negligible amount of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high.

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Published at Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:58:21 +0000

New Proposed Law in Michigan For Growers and Dispensaries

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New Proposed Law in Michigan For Growers and Dispensaries

Posted by Jason Draizin on 04/13/2017 in Medical Marijuana

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In 2008, more than 60 percent of voters approved a new law that would regulate Michigan’s medical marijuana industry. Like other medical marijuana laws in the nation, Michigan’s original legislation provided clear directives to caregivers and certified medical users, but did not provide regulations for growers and dispensaries.

As the number of medical marijuana patients in Michigan grew from hundreds to tens of thousands, the community also grew. Unfortunately, Michigan’s lack of clear regulations led to a lot of confusion.

In March 2017, lawmakers passed a bill that overhauled the state’s medical marijuana program. According to Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, the new medical marijuana law in Michigan takes the 2008 small home-grown industry created by a ballot proposal and puts the industry “on steroids.”

New Michigan Laws

Under the previous legislation, Michigan allowed the growing of limited marijuana by certified medical users and caregivers. A certified medical user was authorized to grow up to 12 marijuana plants. A caregiver was allowed to grow a maximum of 12 plants for each of their patients. Each caregiver was allowed to serve five patients at a time. This meant a caregiver could grow a maximum of 72 plants.

The new law creates three classes of growers: people who can grow a maximum of 500 plants, 1,000 plants and 1,500 plants. It also creates five types of licenses for growers, dispensaries, testing facilities, transporters and seed-to-sale tracking.

Participating in the new law will come at a cost. The community will charge dispensaries an annual fee, which could total $5,000 for each dispensary. Also, they’ll decide whether a dispensary will be allowed to operate and where it will operate.

The state will charge dispensaries a licensing fee of no more than $10,000 per license for the lowest class of growers who cultivate 500 plants or fewer. Every dispensary will pay a 3 percent tax on gross sales, of which 70 percent will go to the local governments and police departments. Much of the balance will go to the state general fund.

For the most part, licensing fees will support a bureaucracy that is projected to cost about $21 million a year. This includes $550,000 to the attorney general’s office for legal expenses, 34 officials from the Michigan State Police and 113 permanent state licensing employees.

Local Control

Beyond the state’s licensing laws, which are yet to take effect, local communities will decide whether they’ll allow newly legalized entities to operate in their areas. A city, village or township may set the number of medical facilities allowed in its jurisdiction, along with laws to restrict zones where a dispensary, grower or other entity may operate.

In some ways, the new laws will legalize dispensaries, which have operated in the legitimate shadows since the original law was approved in 2008. The old law wasn’t clear about marijuana dispensaries, and that’s why there was an oversupply in cities like Lansing and Detroit, which failed to honor the business in the community. This led to numerous shutdowns by the police.

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Administrators are weighing the benefits that the medical facilities will bring — such as more tax revenue for the state and greater accessibility to medical marijuana for patients — against potential safety concerns.

State Marijuana Laws

Across the nation, 28 states have laws largely legalizing cannabis in some form. More states will soon join them after recently passing laws authorizing the use of medical marijuana.

Eight states have adopted extensive laws permitting the use of marijuana for recreational use. Most recently, in November 2016, Massachusetts, California, Nevada and Maine also passed measures legalizing the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. In California, for instance, adults 21 and above are allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis as well as grow up to six plants in their homes.

In states that have recently passed regulations, several officials are debating proposals regarding the use and sale of cannabis. Massachusetts legislators are weighing bills that could lower the amount of marijuana people can legally possess. In Nevada, lawmakers are proposing that businesses should obtain permits from the state allowing for the public use of cannabis. A few other states have legalized the possession of limited amounts of cannabis.

Some marijuana laws are more accommodating than others, allowing possession of medical marijuana for certain preapproved conditions. Otherwise, most states have approved narrow laws permitting citizens to possess medical cannabidiol, a strain of cannabis that provides relief from pain without the usual high that accompanies traditional cannabis.

Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C., said, “We support a structure that gives patients the most options.” She mentioned Colorado, the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, as a good example. “Anyone who meets the requirements can get a license. As long as you qualify, you can get a permit, and that’s best for patients.”

Under Michigan’s new laws, the five-member licensing panel, which will be appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, cannot put a limit on the number of marijuana licenses available to businesses that will have gone through a thorough and conclusive background check to ensure they qualify for a license.

What to Expect

With marijuana activists launching a petition to put recreational legalization of marijuana on Michigan’s 2018 election ballot, it’s not clear how long the new medical system will last before the marijuana industry gets another law.

One group of legislators tried to place a legalization bill on the 2016 election ballot, but they failed after state officials said many of the 350,000 signatures on the petition were collected outside of the stipulated 180-day window.

Nonetheless, the Marijuana Policy Project is working to form a coalition that will put the recreational use of marijuana up for a vote. It believes there’s an excellent chance of prompting state lawmakers to move forward with legalization.

In fact, Mike Callton, who plans to run for Senate in 2018, said he had successful talks with one legislator who plans to introduce marijuana for recreational use before the beginning of spring. “Moving from medical use to recreational use is going to be a much shorter route,” he says.

For now, we’re all looking forward to getting more growers and dispensaries licensed, allowing for greater accessibility in Michigan as well as reduced marijuana prescriptions and more tax revenue for the state. Browse through our directory to access the current marijuana doctors and dispensaries in Michigan and connect with new ones as progressive legislation advances.

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Published at Thu, 13 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Medical Marijuana Made Easy with MarijuanaDoctors.com

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Medical Marijuana Made Easy with MarijuanaDoctors.com

Posted by Jason Draizin on 04/11/2017 in Medical Marijuana

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MarijuanaDoctors.com is now offering new functionality for patients, doctors and dispensaries. With this new change, when patients book appointments through the Marijuana Doctors online calendaring and appointment scheduling portal, they will also be able to schedule a telemedicine visit for their first-time consultation with dispensaries.

This step comes after a scheduled appointment and the doctor’s approval and completion of the patient’s medical recommendation via an office visit or through our telemedicine portals. Physicians still get to screen patients and integrate their medical records into the recommendation process, and after they add their patient to the state’s Department of Health website, a doctor now has the ability to tell patients to go to the MarijuanaDoctors.com dispensary section, select a dispensary and schedule their first patient consultation.

This process eases the burden of having to go to brick-and-mortar locations, yet allows patients the opportunity to choose the dispensary that’s right for them.

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Obtaining Medical Marijuana: The Process

By following just six straightforward steps, you can use the MarijuanaDoctors.com online portal to secure the medicine you need. Each state has its own requirements and idiosyncrasies, but the basic process will be a familiar one from coast to coast:

1. Create your account on MarijuanaDoctors.com — it’s fast and easy.

2. Browse our directory of qualified and thoroughly vetted recommending physicians, and schedule your initial consultation.

3. Receive a recommendation for medical marijuana from your physician, and wait for your marijuana card to arrive.

4. Once you’ve your approval and have received your card, use our website to schedule a telemedicine consultation with a dispensary to discuss your needs.

5. If applicable to your situation, schedule recurring deliveries of the medicine you need to manage your symptoms.

6. Enjoy a hassle-free renewal process at the interval required by your state. In California, for example, patients and caregivers must renew annually. In some states, this must be done monthly.

Building an Industry From the Ground Up

At MarijuanaDoctors.com, we’ll walk you through the process outlined above to make sure you have the best possible chance of obtaining the medicine you need. This is a young industry, and we want to make sure all parties involved have a great early experience.

Moreover, Marijuana Doctors understands and encourages the delivery of medical marijuana to patients whose ailments make travel difficult. We feel patients would appreciate the convenience that comes with speaking to a dispensary pharmacist remotely, conveniently and securely.

This functionality, combined with delivery, allows dispensaries and dispensaries to become a more viable option for patients who are not able to travel to see dispensaries in-person. Patients and doctors will benefit from the patient education made possible by pharmacists who are familiar with product descriptions and understand the descriptions and patient requirements better than anybody.

Here’s a more detailed look at the benefits of our online infrastructure for both patients and dispensaries:

For Patients

  • Streamlined Process. Marijuana Doctors is your one-stop shop for all things medical cannabis. We make it easy to learn about the process and obtain your medicine.
  • Fast Turnaround. From evaluation to treatment, patients benefit from a friendly, easy, predicable and streamlined experience with little waiting involved.
  • Wide Selection of Products. Thanks to our use of telemedicine technology, you’re not limited to securing medicine from dispensaries only in your immediate vicinity — you have access to a much larger selection of products.
  • No Need to Travel. At Marijuana Doctors, we understand some patients simply cannot travel — that’s why we’ve eliminated the need for you to visit your dispensary in-person.

For Dispensaries

  • Access to More Patients. We’re virtually building a brand-new industry from scratch. Doctors and dispensaries can enjoy greater exposure to potential patients when they use our online portals.
  • Easier Inventory Control. There are many unknowns in the medical pot industry, and, now, inventory control is one less. With Marijuana Doctors, you’re better able to predict and prepare for future demand for your products.
  • Broaden Your Patient Base. Thanks to Marijuana Doctors’ use of telemedicine technology, you’re not limited to patients in your immediate area — expand your clientele and help more people get the resources and medicines they need.

More About the Marijuana Doctors Process — And Where We’re Going From Here

When your consultation begins, patients and dispensaries will be able to view and discuss the menu of options available to each patient.

Also, dispensaries and doctors are better equipped than ever to communicate easily and seamlessly with one another. The dispensary will be able to complete the appointment and send the patient’s information to the recommending physician. From there, the physician can update their state’s Department of Health registry with the new patient’s status and the amount of time said recommendation is good for.

To make this process work seamlessly, the menus of the dispensaries’ section will have all the necessary fields and appropriate information to advise the physician thoroughly. Once the doctor has updated the Department of Health’s online database, an email is returned to the dispensary and patient alike, allowing patients to then set up appointments to pick up their medication from the dispensary or arrange for delivery.

Dispensaries will have the ability to create locally indexed and optimized business listings and a patient funnel, thanks to their investments in the MarijuanaDoctors.com infrastructure. We will host a page dedicated to content concerning dispensaries’ general information and allow dispensaries to have the joint functionality of scheduling appointments with their pharmacists as well as making arrangements for patients to obtain their medications in an automated, yet transparent, process.

Dispensaries may also opt-in to become featured dispensaries. If they do, they will gain advanced placement in state and city listings, which will always populate first within MarijuanaDoctors.com search results.

This system is advantageous to everybody involved, and it allows dispensaries to vertically integrate within their markets. MarijuanaDoctors.com is quite simply the best way to market to patients and doctors to create a large and profitable medical marijuana company.

These systems allow you to understand how to enroll patients to your business while understanding the lifetime value of the patients you’re providing with medications — not to mention staying in compliance with the patchwork of laws governing marijuana prescription and use in the United States.

We’ve made sure this process is easiest on the patients, and we’ve taken care to build all of this convenient functionality right into our mobile apps for even greater convenience. As a result, we believe we’re the one-stop shop for patients, recommending physicians and dispensaries alike.

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Published at Tue, 11 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Explaining For-Profit and Non-Profit Marijuana Dispensaries

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Explaining For-Profit and Non-Profit Marijuana Dispensaries

Posted by Jason Draizin on 04/10/2017 in Medical Marijuana

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If you’re new to medical marijuana and you’re lucky enough to live in a state with legal dispensaries, you’re probably wondering how they work. Or, you might even be interested in opening one yourself. Whatever your involvement with a dispensary may be, here’s a look at how they operate and the different ways of setting one up.

How Marijuana Dispensaries Typically Work

There are different laws in different states regarding marijuana use. While a select few have legalized weed for recreational use, many of them have legalized pot for strictly medicinal purposes. But while the laws may vary, the basic philosophy behind how a dispensary works is similar.

In the majority of instances, most dispensaries are set up to provide a much-needed product to people suffering some severe diseases and conditions, such as cancer, epilepsy, anxiety, constant pain and many others. Some states allow what are known as “collective gardens.”

Anyone wishing to purchase cannabis from a dispensary will have to not only provide an identification card, but also a medical marijuana card that verifies he or she is part of the state’s medicinal cannabis program.

Patients then fill out paperwork that basically makes them members of the “garden.” They can then take cannabis products from the dispensary in exchange for a “donation.” In Washington state, for example, patients can be members of as many gardens as they wish.

Dispensaries are allowed to grow their own weed, but they can only grow as much as they are allotted for the number of members they have, in addition to the type of license they have (more on this later). While this seems like a fairly restrictive system, dispensaries can actually become quite large if they have enough members.

In some states, patients are not only able to grow their own marijuana, but they can also take it to dispensaries to sell it. They can also bring in oils, edibles and other products. This helps ensure the dispensary has plenty of products to provide to their customers.

Drawbacks of the Dispensary Business

Just like any other business, running a dispensary has its challenges. But people interested in starting dispensaries have a tougher time getting their businesses off the ground because of difficulties finding financing. Most banks and other financial institutions are very hesitant to loan money to start a dispensary, since weed remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government.

Dispensary owners also have to typically operate on a cash-only basis, because many merchant services companies don’t want to be associated with cannabis. As a result, many dispensaries can’t accept credit cards. They also often have a hard time advertising through traditional channels, such as newspapers, billboards, television and radio.

The For-Profit Model vs. the Non-Profit Model

In order to even get off of the ground, a reputable dispensary has to pay fair wages and provide good health benefits to employees, have expert legal representation and purchase cannabis from legitimate growers committed to quality. It can cost upward of $300,000 just to get started. As a result, entrepreneurs have to pay attention to what type of structure would be best for their new company — that is, whether to operate on a for-profit or a non-profit basis.

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The fact is, in many states there really isn’t a choice, because they require dispensaries to be non-profit. Arizona, California and Colorado are just a few. Some people try to game the system by setting up a management company and paying themselves salaries with the gross profits of an operation, but that’s a slippery slope to say the least.

But there are advantages to running a non-profit dispensary other than staying in compliance with the law. You don’t have to take a vow of poverty in order to operate this type of business! In fact, the term “non-profit” is misleading, because every company operates to make some sort of profit. The difference is that a non-profit is not allowed to distribute those profits to its officers, directors or members. You can still make enough money to pay yourself and your employees reasonable salaries.

In order to set up this type of company, however, an entrepreneur will have to put in a lot of time and be extra careful when it comes to properly documenting expenses and more. You don’t want there to be any doubt whatsoever that profits are being distributed within the law.

This, of course, means a great deal of paperwork. You not only need to file articles of incorporation, but you’ll also need to prepare by-laws and keep meticulous minutes during board meetings. And then there’s all the paperwork involved with hiring employees.

You’ll also encounter strict regulations that will demand a great deal of time and energy in order to make sure you’re in total compliance. Other drawbacks include an inability to pay directors and the fact that you’ll have to give your assets to another non-profit operation should your business ever have to fold. You’ll also have to obtain a state license in order to open your dispensary and you’ll more than likely have to get a municipal license as well.

The mere act of obtaining a license in California, for example, can be fairly involved — especially if you plan on growing and cultivating weed as part of your business. There are three tiers of licenses available for this type of operation. Tier 1 is considered a “specialty” license, allowing either 5,000 square feet of canopy (meaning the total amount of plants can’t exceed 5,000 feet) or a maximum of 50 plants. Tier 2 and Tier 3 licenses involve the size of the canopy as well as the type of lighting being used.

This is in no way meant to dissuade potential entrepreneurs from opening marijuana dispensaries, but rather to point out the many factors that will need to be taken into consideration before taking the plunge. There are plenty of successful non-profit dispensaries in operation that are providing a critically needed service while providing ample compensation to those involved in running them.

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Published at Mon, 10 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Washington tribe considers opening marijuana businesses

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Washington tribe considers opening marijuana businesses

The Columbian / Associated Press

KINGSTON — Officials say a Washington Native American tribe is in talks with the state about beginning marijuana sales on their land.

The Kitsap Sun reports Port Gamble S’Klallam Chairman Jeromy Sullivan said they are first working on legalizing marijuana for their adult residents, before they consider opening marijuana selling businesses.

The tribe will be holding a public hearing on Monday to discuss the implications of legal marijuana sales. The tribe’s current economic drivers are The Point Casino and Hotel, Gliding Eagle Market and the Heronwould garden. Sullivan says marijuana sales could expand their commercial portfolio.

Liquor and Cannabis Board spokesman Brian Smith said Port Gamble S’Klallam is one of six Washington tribes that is looking to become a marijuana seller.

Community members have said, if legalized, they want strong rules in place to protect youth.

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Published at Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:56:56 +0000