New Jersey Panel Recommends Adding 43 New Medical Marijuana Conditions

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New Jersey Panel Recommends Adding 43 New Medical Marijuana Conditions

The New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended the state drastically expand their medical marijuana program by adding 43 new conditions that qualify someone to use the medicine.

After months of studying petitions from patients and physicians, and after holding two public hearing, the Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended adding 43 new medical marijuana conditions, including migraines, anxiety, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, opiate-use disorder, autism and Tourette syndrome. The recommendations, which now must go through several steps to actually become law, would greatly expand one of the nation’s most restrict medical marijuana programs.

The recommendations from the panel will be sent to Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett, who has final say on whether or not the 43 conditions are actually added to the state’s medical marijuana program. There will now be a 60-day public comment period accumulating in a public hearing before Bennett can make her decision.

In New Jersey their are roughly 13,000 registered medical marijuana patients, and five operating medical marijuana dispensaries.

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 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 23:27:48 +0000

Cannabis-Infused Soap

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Cannabis-Infused Soap

Marijuana Pizza

08-04-2017

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There are several ways to consume medicinal marijuana. Each method has its pros and cons, so you should make sure to find the form of marijuana that works best for your situation. If you use edibles, you may notice that most of the products available are sweets. Marijuana pizza is one way to consume marijuana without all that sugar, but enough goodness to disguise the weedy flavor so it’s… Read more

How Long Does THC Stay in Your System?

07-28-2017

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Cannabis is a complex plant made even more intricate by its many different strains. There are three basic types of cannabis plants: indica, sativa and hybrids. Each type of cannabis contains a different combination and balance of active compounds called cannabinoids. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids that we know of, and still more to discover.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of… Read more

Marijuana and Munchies

07-26-2017

marijuana munchies

Among recreational marijuana users, getting “the munchies” is a common occurence. They’ll describe the urge to eat junk food and how it tastes even better than usual. Eating at the end of a marijuana binge seems to complete the experience and top off the euphoria.
Medical marijuana use can result in that same compulsion to eat. For some, that’s the purpose of taking… Read more

Avoid These Activities While Using Medical Marijuana

07-24-2017

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One of the struggles the states have with legalizing marijuana for medical purposes is regulating its use to protect public safety. The reason the FDA classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug is because there was evidence that marijuana posed a serious risk to public health. Scientific research since then has proven marijuana provides more benefits than risk, but regulations are still catching… Read more

Medical Marijuana for Amputees

07-21-2017

marijuana for amputees

Though modern medical techniques have improved amputee surgery survival rates, it’s still a last-resort treatment for several different conditions. The number of amputees has increased because of combat and other situations, including advancing cancers and trauma due to accidents.
Amputation is a life-saving technique, but it often leaves patients with chronic health issues. Limb… Read more

Benefits of Consuming Raw Cannabis

07-20-2017

benefits of raw cannabis

Juicing leafy greens like spinach and kale for their healthy properties might not sound that amazing to you unless you’re a juicing enthusiast. But pressed vegetable juices are increasing in popularity — with consumers, nutritionists, athletes and healthcare professionals.
Have you ever considered juicing marijuana, though? What we’re talking about here is the juicing of raw cannabis,… Read more

Marijuana Infused Coffee

07-18-2017

marijuana coffee

Cannabis and coffee might be the ultimate “wake and bake” combination, but for some it can be hard to picture combining a substance that wakes you up with one that lulls you to sleep. You might expect them to cancel each other out, and in a way, they do.
Coffee drinkers consider the beverage necessary for life. It starts them up each day, and whether they drink one cup or four,… Read more

Dabbing Medical Marijuana

07-14-2017

dabbing marijuana

Cannabis, a remedy used as a holistic healing elixir for centuries, offers many benefits to the human body and mind. Since its benefits have been known, different means of consuming marijuana have been invented. Since it’s a plant, drying and smoke seemed to be a natural fit, similar to tobacco.
Unfortunately, smoking marijuana isn’t always convenient, and if your medical condition… Read more

Marijuana and Blood Pressure

07-12-2017

marijuana and blood pressure

Approximately one in every three American adults has high blood pressure — that’s roughly 75 million people. High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease and strokes. The leading cause of disability in this country, strokes affect about 795,000 Americans each year.
Medical marijuana is used for an approved list of conditions in most states. Some states even allow… Read more

Why Doctors & Practices Should Recommend Medical Marijuana

07-10-2017

doctors should recommend marijuana

Medical marijuana is often controversial and heavily debated, so it’s natural to wonder, “Should I recommend medical marijuana?” As a medical professional, it’s important to have the full picture of a particular treatment option. Explore the benefits of recommending medical marijuana for doctors and practices to help make your decision. 
Increased Patient… Read more

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Published at Tue, 29 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0000

America’s First Federal Anti-Marijuana Law Now 80 Years Old

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America’s First Federal Anti-Marijuana Law Now 80 Years Old

The first federal anti-marijuana law in the United States was signed into law 80 years ago today.

President Franklin Roosevelt signed House Bill 6385 – the Marihuana Tax Act – into law on August 2nd, 1937. The law was the first federal policy in the United States to place criminal penalties on the possession, production and distribution of marijuana.

Although the Marihuana Tax Act was the first nationwide law that placed penalties on marijuana, it followed the passage of anti-marijuana laws in 29 different states. The first state to pass such a law was Massachusetts in 1914, over 100 years ago.

The the Marihuana Tax Act  was drafted by Harry Anslinger and introduced by Representative Robert Doughton (North Carolina) in April, and became law just four months later. The legislation imposed a federal tax on all cannabis-related activities, requiring a tax stamp to produce the plant. This essentially made cannabis illegal, as the government refused to issue any stamps.

“This drug is entirely the monster Hyde, the harmful effect of which cannot be measured” Anslinger said during one of two public hearings for the law. Opposition to the measure included the American Medical Association.

The Marihuana Tax Act officially took effect on October 1st, 1937.

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 Wed, 02 Aug 2017 22:36:31 +0000

Bill to Legalize Marijuana, Expunge Marijuana Crimes, Introduced in U.S. Senate

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Bill to Legalize Marijuana, Expunge Marijuana Crimes, Introduced in U.S. Senate

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) today introduced The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, which would legalize marijuana on the federal level by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act.

The Marijuana Justice Act also incentivize states to end the racially disparate criminalization of marijuana consumers through federal funds, expunges federal marijuana possession and use crimes, allows individuals currently serving time in federal prison to petition a court for a resentencing, and creates a community reinvestment fund to invest in communities most impacted by the drug war. The measure allows the money to go towards programs such as job training and reentry services.

“Not only is it imperative we end our failed experiment of marijuana prohibition, we must also ensure justice for those who suffered most under these draconian policies,” says NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri, “We applaud Senator Booker for introducing this robust legislation that would not only remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, but provide a path forward for the individuals and communities that were most disproportionately targeted by our nation’s failed war on marijuana consumers.”

According to a Quinnipiac University Poll released in March, 59% of voters in the U.S. are in support of legalizing marijuana,

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 Tue, 01 Aug 2017 17:32:51 +0000

State pot rules a zoning mishmash

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State pot rules a zoning mishmash

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YAKIMA — Five years after Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana, uncertainty continues in cities and counties across the state over how to regulate pot businesses — or whether to allow them at all.

For example, Yakima County voters will determine in November whether a ban on such businesses in unincorporated areas of the county should remain. Last year, the city of Yakima lifted its ban, allowing recreational marijuana retail stores.

To the east, Benton County seeks to cap the number of retail marijuana stores in its unincorporated areas but still broadly allows growers and processors.

And Spokane County recently lifted a moratorium on outdoor marijuana growing operations in its unincorporated areas but now requires future ones to acquire a conditional use permit, a process that involves a public hearing.

A look across the statewide landscape reveals that varying concerns among different communities are fostering a checkerboard landscape of where and what types of marijuana businesses are allowed.

One cause behind the differing approaches is that marijuana isn’t designated as “agriculture” by the state, which causes zoning difficulties for some local governments, said Seattle attorney Daniel Shortt, who specializes in legal issues facing the marijuana industry.

Under state law, growers, processors and retailers have to abide by rules similar to those for liquor stores. They have to be at least 1,000 feet away from parks, churches, schools and other areas where youths may congregate. In addition, they must follow a slew of other operating regulations such as security and inventory tracking requirements and advertising restrictions.

“Without an agriculture designation, it’s tougher for cities and counties to fit these businesses into existing code,” Shortt said. “For businesses, it’s tough to find a location that meets those restrictions. It’s created a lot of uncertainty in the industry.”

Jeffry McPhee, a regional consultant for marijuana businesses, said a recently formed marijuana growers association he heads is lobbying to have marijuana designated agriculture by the state.

“If we get that, I think we’ll see a shift in counties because it will become easier to zone,” he said.

There are more than 160 growers and processors in Spokane County, but commissioners enacted a moratorium in November, saying they were inundated with complaints from residents about the smell emitted from grows.

Complaints about a retail store in an unincorporated area surrounded by the city of West Richland — which prohibits marijuana businesses — has Benton County commissioners seeking to cap the number of retailers in the county to two already in existence.

Kittitas County, which doesn’t allow any pot retail in its unincorporated areas, initially allowed growers and producers under an agriculture designation. Seeing a need for stiffer regulations, county commissioners later moved to require future operations to be zoned industrial and seek a conditional use permit, said Dan Carlson, director of the county’s Community Development Services.

“We have a handful of facilities that got vested prior to the change, and we’re still monitoring them on a regular basis,” he said.

But zoning difficulty isn’t the only issue influencing whether a community allows marijuana businesses.

Political viewpoints and fear of the federal government’s stance on marijuana under President Donald Trump’s administration also are factors, Shortt said.

Yakima County commissioners have said they based a ban on the fact that county voters rejected Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana. Even so, the measure earned statewide approval in 2012.

But that was before the state folded medicinal marijuana into the broader recreational market.

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Published at Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:42:50 +0000

Study: Forced Closure of Marijuana Dispensaries Increases Crime

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Study: Forced Closure of Marijuana Dispensaries Increases Crime

According to a new study published in the Journal of Urban Economics, the forced closure of marijuana dispensaries leads to an increase in crime.

For the study, researchers at the University of Southern California examined the impact of dispensary closures on crime rates in Los Angeles. Crime data was analyzed in the days before and after the city ordered hundreds of dispensaries to be closed.

“Contrary to popular wisdom, we find an immediate increase in crime around dispensaries ordered to close relative to those allowed to remain open”, states the study’s abstract. “The increase is specific to the type of crime most plausibly deterred by bystanders, and is correlated with neighborhood walkability.”

Researchers found “a similar pattern of results for temporary restaurant closures due to health code violations. A likely common mechanism is that “eyes upon the street” deter some types of crime.”

Researchers conclude by noting that “Open dispensaries provide over $30,000 per year in social benefit in terms of larcenies prevented”.

The full abstract and text of the study can be found by clicking 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 Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:23:39 +0000

Marijuana and Munchies

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Marijuana and Munchies

Medical Marijuana for Amputees

07-21-2017

marijuana for amputees

Though modern medical techniques have improved amputee surgery survival rates, it’s still a last-resort treatment for several different conditions. The number of amputees has increased because of combat and other situations, including advancing cancers and trauma due to accidents.
Amputation is a life-saving technique, but it often leaves patients with chronic health issues. Limb… Read more

Benefits of Consuming Raw Cannabis

07-20-2017

benefits of raw cannabis

Juicing leafy greens like spinach and kale for their healthy properties might not sound that amazing to you unless you’re a juicing enthusiast. But pressed vegetable juices are increasing in popularity — with consumers, nutritionists, athletes and healthcare professionals.
Have you ever considered juicing marijuana, though? What we’re talking about here is the juicing of raw cannabis,… Read more

Marijuana Infused Coffee

07-18-2017

marijuana coffee

Cannabis and coffee might be the ultimate “wake and bake” combination, but for some it can be hard to picture combining a substance that wakes you up with one that lulls you to sleep. You might expect them to cancel each other out, and in a way, they do.
Coffee drinkers consider the beverage necessary for life. It starts them up each day, and whether they drink one cup or four,… Read more

Dabbing Medical Marijuana

07-14-2017

dabbing marijuana

Cannabis, a remedy used as a holistic healing elixir for centuries, offers many benefits to the human body and mind. Since its benefits have been known, different means of consuming marijuana have been invented. Since it’s a plant, drying and smoke seemed to be a natural fit, similar to tobacco.
Unfortunately, smoking marijuana isn’t always convenient, and if your medical condition… Read more

Marijuana and Blood Pressure

07-12-2017

marijuana and blood pressure

Approximately one in every three American adults has high blood pressure — that’s roughly 75 million people. High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease and strokes. The leading cause of disability in this country, strokes affect about 795,000 Americans each year.
Medical marijuana is used for an approved list of conditions in most states. Some states even allow… Read more

Why Doctors & Practices Should Recommend Medical Marijuana

07-10-2017

doctors should recommend marijuana

Medical marijuana is often controversial and heavily debated, so it’s natural to wonder, “Should I recommend medical marijuana?” As a medical professional, it’s important to have the full picture of a particular treatment option. Explore the benefits of recommending medical marijuana for doctors and practices to help make your decision. 
Increased Patient… Read more

A Proposed Bill Could Legalize Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

07-06-2017

ky medical marijuana

The Kentucky state legislature is considering a medical marijuana program that could start in 2018. Legislators in favor of the measure cite other states’ progress on medical marijuana as evidence that it could be a good move. With 29 other states already authorizing marijuana for medical use, some legislators in Kentucky want to join the movement, so their state isn’t the last to… Read more

Everything You Need to Know About Medical Marijuana and Health Insurance

07-03-2017

marijuana and health insurance

Medical marijuana is steadily gaining ground as a valuable treatment option for hundreds of different health conditions. Medical marijuana has treatment applications for medical issues affecting nearly every part of the body. It has been shown to control symptoms for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases, ease pain levels in cancer patients, help patients cope with post-traumatic stress… Read more

Medical Marijuana Therapy

06-30-2017

marijuana therapy

For people who still associate marijuana with the 1970s drug subculture in the U.S., it might be hard to imagine cannabis as medicine. The idea of a bunch of middle-aged women sitting around in turbans smoking pot seems a bit surreal. However, for those women who are fighting cancer with chemotherapy and finding relief from the nausea and anxiety with medical marijuana, the idea is not so… Read more

Medical Marijuana Under Donald Trump

06-28-2017

trump medical marijuana

Donald Trump’s candidacy for president ushered in a new era in American politics. He seemed to do everything wrong along the campaign trail, and yet he gathered momentum until he was elected the 45th president of the United States. While some celebrate and others mourn this political anomaly, the country continues to operate on an uneven keel while our leader adjusts to life as an elected… Read more

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Published at Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:00:00 +0000

How Long Does THC Stay in Your System?

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How Long Does THC Stay in Your System?

Medical Marijuana for Amputees

07-21-2017

marijuana for amputees

Though modern medical techniques have improved amputee surgery survival rates, it’s still a last-resort treatment for several different conditions. The number of amputees has increased because of combat and other situations, including advancing cancers and trauma due to accidents.
Amputation is a life-saving technique, but it often leaves patients with chronic health issues. Limb… Read more

Benefits of Consuming Raw Cannabis

07-20-2017

benefits of raw cannabis

Juicing leafy greens like spinach and kale for their healthy properties might not sound that amazing to you unless you’re a juicing enthusiast. But pressed vegetable juices are increasing in popularity — with consumers, nutritionists, athletes and healthcare professionals.
Have you ever considered juicing marijuana, though? What we’re talking about here is the juicing of raw cannabis,… Read more

Marijuana Infused Coffee

07-18-2017

marijuana coffee

Cannabis and coffee might be the ultimate “wake and bake” combination, but for some it can be hard to picture combining a substance that wakes you up with one that lulls you to sleep. You might expect them to cancel each other out, and in a way, they do.
Coffee drinkers consider the beverage necessary for life. It starts them up each day, and whether they drink one cup or four,… Read more

Dabbing Medical Marijuana

07-14-2017

dabbing marijuana

Cannabis, a remedy used as a holistic healing elixir for centuries, offers many benefits to the human body and mind. Since its benefits have been known, different means of consuming marijuana have been invented. Since it’s a plant, drying and smoke seemed to be a natural fit, similar to tobacco.
Unfortunately, smoking marijuana isn’t always convenient, and if your medical condition… Read more

Marijuana and Blood Pressure

07-12-2017

marijuana and blood pressure

Approximately one in every three American adults has high blood pressure — that’s roughly 75 million people. High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease and strokes. The leading cause of disability in this country, strokes affect about 795,000 Americans each year.
Medical marijuana is used for an approved list of conditions in most states. Some states even allow… Read more

Why Doctors & Practices Should Recommend Medical Marijuana

07-10-2017

doctors should recommend marijuana

Medical marijuana is often controversial and heavily debated, so it’s natural to wonder, “Should I recommend medical marijuana?” As a medical professional, it’s important to have the full picture of a particular treatment option. Explore the benefits of recommending medical marijuana for doctors and practices to help make your decision. 
Increased Patient… Read more

A Proposed Bill Could Legalize Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

07-06-2017

ky medical marijuana

The Kentucky state legislature is considering a medical marijuana program that could start in 2018. Legislators in favor of the measure cite other states’ progress on medical marijuana as evidence that it could be a good move. With 29 other states already authorizing marijuana for medical use, some legislators in Kentucky want to join the movement, so their state isn’t the last to… Read more

Everything You Need to Know About Medical Marijuana and Health Insurance

07-03-2017

marijuana and health insurance

Medical marijuana is steadily gaining ground as a valuable treatment option for hundreds of different health conditions. Medical marijuana has treatment applications for medical issues affecting nearly every part of the body. It has been shown to control symptoms for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases, ease pain levels in cancer patients, help patients cope with post-traumatic stress… Read more

Medical Marijuana Therapy

06-30-2017

marijuana therapy

For people who still associate marijuana with the 1970s drug subculture in the U.S., it might be hard to imagine cannabis as medicine. The idea of a bunch of middle-aged women sitting around in turbans smoking pot seems a bit surreal. However, for those women who are fighting cancer with chemotherapy and finding relief from the nausea and anxiety with medical marijuana, the idea is not so… Read more

Medical Marijuana Under Donald Trump

06-28-2017

trump medical marijuana

Donald Trump’s candidacy for president ushered in a new era in American politics. He seemed to do everything wrong along the campaign trail, and yet he gathered momentum until he was elected the 45th president of the United States. While some celebrate and others mourn this political anomaly, the country continues to operate on an uneven keel while our leader adjusts to life as an elected… Read more

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Published at Fri, 28 Jul 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Benefits of Consuming Raw Cannabis

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Benefits of Consuming Raw Cannabis

Posted by Jason Draizin on 07/20/2017 in Medical Marijuana

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Juicing leafy greens like spinach and kale for their healthy properties might not sound that amazing to you unless you’re a juicing enthusiast. But pressed vegetable juices are increasing in popularity — with consumers, nutritionists, athletes and healthcare professionals.

Have you ever considered juicing marijuana, though? What we’re talking about here is the juicing of raw cannabis, and it’s nutritionally complete and very therapeutic — not to mention, since it’s freshly harvested and not dried or cured, it won’t get you stoned.

The Benefits of Raw Marijuana

The marijuana plant’s leaves are rich in properties such as antioxidants, polyphenols and antibiotics as well as cancer-reducing and anti-inflammatory compounds known as cannabidiols. These compounds are what makes raw weed a superfood.

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In fact, the marijuana plant is made up of more than 400 different chemical compounds. Because of the number of acids, vitamins and essential oils in the plant, experts like Dr. William Courtney, who provides patients with raw marijuana therapeutic services in his Luxembourg clinic, call cannabis a “dietary essential.”

Marijuana is a powerfully beneficial vegetable. Even its seeds have nutritional value and contain:

  • Protein
  • Minerals (calcium, iron, etc.)
  • Fatty acids (Omegas 3,6,9 and palmitic and stearic acid)
  • Vitamins (A, B1, 2 & 3, C, and E)

The protein content in cannabis seeds contains amino acids, including those the human bodies need and can’t produce on its own. Also, a tablespoon of hemp seed can have up to 2,500 mg of omega-6 fatty acids and up to 1,000 mg of omega-3 fatty acids.

When you juice the leaves, you extract essential minerals, antioxidants and other elements as well. They include:

  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Selenium
  • Carotenoids

The marijuana plant has more abundance and variety of plant phytochemicals, which are stored in the trichome heads and leaf tissue, than just about any other species. For instance, it shares limonene with lemons, beta carotene with carrots and anthocyanins with cherries and blood oranges. Anthocyanins are a very effective analgesic even though they are non-narcotic.

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Along with its nutritional value, raw weed also contains cannabinoids (acidic form) and terpenes (essential oils in marijuana) that are responsible for most of marijuana’s therapeutic effects. And, since marijuana contains high cannabinoid acid concentrations, it’s considered to be an exceptional plant in the nutrition world, with its acids being essential for basic cell function.

Raw marijuana juice activates the endocannabinoid receptors of your brain and prompts an antioxidant release that removes damaged cells from your body. Both humans and animals have an endocannabinoid (EC) system that manages a broad range of physiological processes, such as pain sensation, memory, appetite and mood.

The EC receptors are located in your connective tissue, brain, glands, organs and immune cells in your body. Your body produces endocannabinoids naturally to stimulate all those functions. However, cannabis also stimulates your EC receptors and boosts your well-being.

According to studies, raw weed has the potential to: 

  • Treat lupus and arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Treat neurodegenerative diseases due to its neuroprotective properties.
  • Help with appetite loss and nausea due to its antiemetic properties.
  • Prevent the spread of malignant cells of prostate cancer because of its anti-proliferative properties.
  • Prevent cell damage that can lead to serious illness and poor health due to it being rich in nutrients like protein and essential amino acids, omegas 3 and 6 fatty acids and antioxidants.

The U.S. federal government found in its pre-patent research that CBD was a stronger antioxidant than vitamins C or E. Since you’re able to consume CBDs in large amounts when eating raw pot, you’re also increasing the number of antioxidants you’re getting per serving.

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The terpenes are thought to have their health benefits as well. For instance, linalool is said to have anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

The Difference Between THC and THCA

Raw cannabis has two primary cannabinoids: tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) and Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA). The “a” represents that they’re non-psychoactive, acidic form. Your body can metabolize THCA in larger doses than THC since it’s non-psychoactive. Therefore, if you’re looking for the medicinal benefits of marijuana but don’t want to get “high,” THCA is a better option.

There hasn’t been enough research conducted on THCA to positively state how effective it is and what it treats, though. However, preliminary research is suggesting that as the industry evolves, THCA will become a big part of marijuana medicine.

The main difference between THC and THCA is that when the pot plant is growing, it isn’t psychoactive. The THC psychoactive chemical isn’t present as of yet. It’s only in its elemental or decarboxylated form (THCA). You wouldn’t receive any effect from the fresh buds of the plant. You first need to convert the THCA into THC to get the psychosomatic effect you get with marijuana.

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It’s when THCA is heated (cooking or smoking) or curated that you get this conversion to THC. If you were to eat the plant raw, you wouldn’t get the THC. Digested weed needs to enter your bloodstream to give you that “high” feeling. Since it’s difficult for your body to break down the composition of weed, it doesn’t absorb the chemical. It just passes through your digestive tract instead.

If your body is compromised by cellular dysfunction, autoimmune disorders, cancer cells, chronic inflammation or other illnesses, consuming CBDs provides an array of health benefits. One way to get your CBDs is by juicing the buds and leaves of raw cannabis. Mix the juice of cannabis with other things such as fruits, vegetables and juice to create a healthy drink.

What Is Juicing

Because of its health benefits, juicing raw cannabis is gaining a lot of attention. Marijuana isn’t just for eating or smoking. You can now drink it as well. And, when you juice it, you’re getting a lot more of its health benefits than if you were to eat or smoke it.

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In fact, you’re losing around 99 percent of the health benefits of marijuana when you smoke or cook it.

Many health enthusiasts and dieters have been juicing their vegetables. Juicing creates a beverage that’s rich in nutrients and easy to consume and digest. It’s convenient if you have a busy schedule, too, since it’s simple to make it and take it with you.

When you juice raw weed, you’re getting large doses of THCA and CBDA. These two cannabinoids help saturate your CB1 and CB2 receptors with cannabinoids, which benefit the natural endocannabinoid system of your body. This produces an effective two-way communication system between your cells and nerves which was not present previously. Patients with everything from nerve disorders to diabetes realize the power behind juicing raw weed.

Raw Marijuana Juicing Health Benefits

Dr. Courtney claims that juicing marijuana, a potent vegetable, is the most beneficial and healthiest ways to consume the plant. He says that many of the disorders you treat with marijuana, you can prevent by consuming raw marijuana juice regularly, and about 8,000 of his patients drink raw marijuana juice.

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In addition to being rich in the same nutrients (iron, fiber, calcium) as leafy greens, it’s also loaded with beneficial cannabinoids exclusive to the weed plant, and juicing cannabis is an extremely potent and nutritionally-dense medicine. Ingesting raw marijuana through juicing may be beneficial for alleviating the symptoms of certain conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, as well as for for general health maintenance.

NYC Surgical Associates’ co-founder and managing director and double-board certified surgeon, Dr. David A. Greuner, said that you get the same therapeutic effects juicing raw cannabis for certain conditions as you do by smoking medical cannabis. For instance, studies show that cancer patients find relief from nausea and pain with juiced cannabis while it helps HIV patients who have difficulty eating.

Other benefits of juicing cannabis include:

1. No Psychoactive Effects

Although many people might consider having no psychoactive effects a disadvantage, there are some individuals who want the health benefits of marijuana but don’t want to get high. Since you need heat to convert the THCA into THC (psychoactive form), you still get the raw cannabis juicing health benefits but without feeling stoned.

2. Avoidance of Cannabis Smoke

Like vaporizing, juicing marijuana allows people to enjoy the benefits without being exposed to the effects of smoking it. Smoking weed can lead to discomfort in your lungs’ air passages, which can result in chronic bronchitis and other respiratory disorders.

3. Prevention of Chronic Diseases

Cannabis is often used to treat certain chronic conditions. The easiest way to add it to your diet to keep you healthy and prevent various diseases is to juice it. The cannabinoids in cannabis, as mentioned, contain high amounts of anti-inflammatory and antioxidants, making it an excellent supplement to help prevent certain diseases including:

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4. Reduction of Free Radicals in Your Body

Marijuana’s rich antioxidants help your body to fight off free radicals. Juicing raw marijuana is best since smoking it reduces the potency of the antioxidants.

5. Energy Balance, Appetite and Food Intake

A study showed that cannabis helps treat obesity and other risk factors that are cardiometabolic related.

6. Sleep Induction

Another study published in the Journal of Brain Research suggested an increase of cannabinoid receptor activity in your body with raw cannabis that helps induce sleep without the THC effects.

The above isn’t an exhaustive list of all health benefits of raw marijuana, of course. Researchers believe that consuming raw weed (like juicing) can positively impact nearly all your body’s systems. And, as research on marijuana in its natural form is more widely allowed, many more benefits will show themselves.

Keep in mind that juicing raw cannabis isn’t necessarily for acute symptom relief, although some people may find immediate results. It may take you up to three days to appreciate benefits. However, sometimes it can also take longer for the effects to build, so it may take even more along the lines of four to eight weeks for you to realize the benefits.

Ways to Consume Raw Cannabis

You can enjoy all the benefits of raw cannabis by consuming it in its natural form. The best way of using this plant for its nutrients is by extracting the juice. However, you can also chew and swallow fresh, recently harvested cannabis leaves and buds, too.

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One suggestion is to consume around 30g of fresh leaves each day to use it as a supplement. You can also consume the oil from hemp seeds each day, toss sprouted cannabis seeds into your salads or divide 120 to 240 ml of raw cannabis juice into five doses.

Other tips when juicing raw cannabis are:

  • Use a blender. When you are processing a big amount of leaves, using a juice extractor is recommended. Use a blender to shred buds so you reduce the loss of cannabinoids that can attach themselves to the filter of the juice extractor. To blend large quantities of cannabis leaves, use a wheat-grass juicer. This type of blender makes it easier and quicker for you to clean. In addition, you’ll recover more of what you place in the blender.
  • Freeze your weed juice. You can make ice cubes with your weed juice to prevent dilution in your drink.
  • Create the perfect smoothie. Use your favorite recipe and add in your marijuana juice.

To extend the freshness of raw cannabis before blending, store it (un-rinsed) in the freezer or refrigerator in freezer bags. Before juicing, rinse well and soak the leaves in cool water for five minutes.

The Process of Juicing Cannabis

If you’re thinking about juicing marijuana yourself at home, there are some things you should keep in mind. You don’t want to use dried weed. It won’t work. You have to have fresh, recently harvested cannabis you either grow yourself or get from your dispensary. Ask your local dispensary for recommendations.

Here’s how to juice your raw cannabis:

1. Gather Fresh Ingredients

The fresher the better, since vegetables break down soon after they’re harvested and lose their valuable enzymes. Your vegetables and cannabis need to be fresh to reap maximum benefits of your marijuana smoothie. If allowed by your state, an indoor closet or outdoor greenhouse works great to allow you to get enough marijuana for juicing regularly.

2. Choose Your Strain

Use a strain with a cannabinoid profile that’s effective as a treatment for your specific ailment or symptoms. For instance, there are certain strains of cannabinoids that are effective for treating arthritis and seizures. 

Different Strains of Cannabinoids (Non-Psychoactive Compounds)

The cannabis plant provides essential cannabinoids that provide the most health benefits. These include THCA, THC, CBG, CBD, CBN, CBC. Excluding THC, these cannabinoids aren’t psychoactive and provide relief without the “high.” Here’s a closer look:

  • Cannabigerol (CBG).CBG is thought to be the ‘mother’ of all other cannabinoids since enzymes can transform it from their acidic forms into CBC, CBD or THC. The CBG cannabinoid is non-psychoactive. Studies found that it stimulates new brain cell growth, even in the elderly. CBG has antifungal, antibacterial and antiproliferative properties. It stimulates bone growth, and researchers are continuing to study it for the treatment of:
  • Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA). THCA is a cannabinoid that’s most abundant in a large majority of high-THC, freshly harvested marijuana strains grown in the United States. Preliminary studies found that the anti-inflammatory properties in THCA are effective in treating arthritis and Lupus patients with severe pain that’s caused by inflammation. It also has other medical benefits including anti-emetic (anti-vomiting), neuroprotective, anti-proliferative properties. 
  • Cannabidiol (CBD).The CBD cannabinoid has antipsychotic properties that researchers are still studying as an alternative treatment for psychosis, schizophrenia and anxiety. It has been proven to treat MS, Dravet syndrome and epilepsy. According to animal research, it’s been shown to act as an anticonvulsant without making seizures worse. CBD has this same anti-epileptic effects in human beings.
  • Cannabinol (CBN). CBN reduces glaucoma-related intraocular pressure, according to studies, making it a good alternative for people looking for relief without the THC psychoactive effects. It also provides pain relief to people who need it but want to stay clear headed.
  • Cannabichromene (CBC). Studies have revealed that the CBC cannabinoid has been shown to be 10 times more effective in treating stress and anxiety than CBD. It has certain beneficial properties including:
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Analgesic
    • Antifungal
    • Anti-proliferative
    • Antiviral

It also promotes bone growth and is effective with or without other cannabinoids.

Remember, THC is the only cannabinoid that will get you “high,” which is why its use isn’t mentioned here. All the other cannabinoids will provide relief without the psychoactivity.

3. Add Your Buds and Leaves

To make marijuana juice, just add in two, 2- to 4-inch buds and 15 large fan leaves into a juicer. You should see small, sticky crystals on the flowers (trichomes) that indicate the buds are ready to harvest. They’re amber colored. Avoid nuggets that have been cured already for smoking. These won’t work and will waste your pot.

4. Add in Other Vegetables

Adding in other vegetables like cucumbers, carrots or sweet potatoes with five parts vegetable juice to one-part marijuana juice might cut down on the strong weed flavor. Once mixed, you can drink it immediately or store it for up to three days. Combining one part of cannabis juice to 10 parts of carrot juice can help to reduce the bitterness associated with raw cannabis.

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Side Effects of Cannabis Juice to Consider

There’s minimal risk to juicing marijuana. In fact, Dr. Courtney said that only one or two out of his 8,000 patients reported an allergic reaction to the raw leaves that touched their skin.

You should know that cannabis typically isn’t organic. In fact, growers often use insecticides, pesticides and other types of chemicals you don’t want to ingest. Be sure you clean your cannabis well before consuming, or try to find an organic variety. Some people have reported feeling ill after consuming raw weed due to the use of pesticides.

Users have also reported throat irritation due to the sharp hairs on cannabis. This isn’t a huge concern when juicing the plant, but it’s something to take into consideration if you wish to chew on a cannabis stem.

Additionally, like any other cultivated plant, raw marijuana may harbor an array of microbes, and some of them may be pathogenic. The risk of being exposed to pathogens from fresh, raw weed is small, but if you have a compromised immune system, you should be careful.

If you’re interested in juicing raw cannabis, you should first search for a medical marijuana dispensary or doctor, so it’s legal and prescribed.

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Published at Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Munchies: Hostess Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Munchies: Hostess Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwiches

Mrs. Nice Guy

Summertime is now in session, so cool treats are mandatory!

When I found out that Hostess released an ice cream sandwich version of their Ding Dong dessert snack I had to have one. I did what any sane and somewhat stoned person would do and rushed to my local Freddy’s.

The Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwiches are wrapped individually and come 5 in a pack, each sandwich is 180 calories. The sandwiches are slightly bigger than the unfrozen version of itself and they’re covered in a smooth layer of chocolate coating. Once you bite into it the coating won’t hold up well and it’ll crack and crumble, so they can be a little messy. If you eat it with the wrapper you should be a-okay, or if you wanna get fancy with it you can go full Costanza and eat it with a knife and fork. Once you bite into it you’ll also notice a crunchy chocolate cookie layer and the inside filled with vanilla ice cream. Think a Klondike bar, only better!

Fans of regular Ding Dongs and Ice Cream Sandwiches will definitely love to cool down with this dessert, I only wish they were bigger. While these sandwiches aren’t life changing, they’ll definitely satisfy your sweet tooth cravings…AKA THE MUNCHIES!

Hostess has other ice cream products: they have a Twinkies Cone and Snoballs Bar along with Twinkies, Cupcakes, and Snoballs ice cream. Too bad they didn’t include Chocodiles.

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Published at Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:45:51 +0000