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Patrick Stewart Says He Takes Marijuana Edibles for Arthritis Pain
June 05, 2019

Patrick Stewart Says He Takes Marijuana Edibles for Arthritis Pain



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Medical marijuana may not be popular with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but it is with Sir Patrick Stewart.

Stewart said he often uses cannabis sprays, ointments and edible products to help soothe his arthritis, according to The Telegraph. The 76-year-old actor spoke out about his marijuana use to support a project from Oxford University that will explore the medical benefits of cannabis.

“Two years ago, in Los Angeles I was examined by a doctor and given a note which gave me legal permission to purchase, from a registered outlet, cannabis-based products, which I was advised might help the ortho-arthritis in both my hands,” Stewart said in a statement, according to Mashable. “This, it would seem, is a genetically-based condition. My mother had badly distorted and painful hands.”

The actor said he uses the ointment at night and applies the spray to his fingers and joints several times each day. The products have reduced the pain and stiffness in his hands, Stewart said in the statement, and even allowed him to make a fist, which he was previously unable to do.

Some politicians have said marijuana is “only slightly less awful” than heroin, but Stewart disagrees.

“I have had no negative side effects from this treatment and the alternative would have been to continue taking NSAID’s, Advil, Aleve and Naproxen, which are known to be harsh on the liver and to cause acid reflux,” Stewart said. “This is an important step forward for Britain in a field of research that has for too long been held back by prejudice, fear and ignorance. I believe this program of research might result in benefits for people like myself as well as millions of others.”

 

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Florida Man Arrested After Inviting Police Officer to Smoke a Bowl With Him
June 02, 2019

Florida Man Arrested After Inviting Police Officer to Smoke a Bowl With Him

Another Florida man is under arrest after being too welcoming and inviting toward the police. Bunnell, Florida resident Arthur Carracino just really wanted a pair of Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies to check out his home-grown cannabis plant and smoke a bowl with him. In a body-camera video captured in the wee hours of the morning,
Carracino attempts to get the on-duty officer to join him for a puff. And almost reluctantly, that officer ended up arresting Carracino for growing cannabis, which is against the law in Florida.
“You Gotta Smoke a Bowl with Me Please”
There’s a very lonely, almost plaintive tone in the way Florida man Arthur Carracino invites a police officer to smoke a bowl with him. “You gotta smoke a bowl with me please,” emphasis on the “please.”
Sometimes, you just want to be social. Sometimes, you just want someone to pass the bowl to. Even if they’re a cop—if you’re a Florida man. “I know, you’re on duty,” Carracino said to the incredulous officer, as he nevertheless heads off into the darkness to get his pipe.
The rural town of Bunnell sits on the east coast of Florida, about midway between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. There’s not too much for Flagler County police to do. Residents like Carracino seem like they could use some company, as well.
So when officers pulled up alongside Carracino’s residence responding to a completely different incident, this Florida man decided to do the neighborly thing. According to the deputy’s report, Carracino was smoking weed when they arrived.
Florida Man Requests Starbucks During Late-Night Arrest
The ensuing body-cam footage is heartwarming and ridiculous. It’s the middle of the night, and the chirping crickets almost drown out the voices. But there’s Carracino, scantily clad in a blue speedo and an unbuttoned button-up shirt, rocking a large silver pendant that reflects the beam of an officer’s flashlight.
Since Carracino is smoking a joint, the deputy asks him for his medical cannabis card. Medical use is legal for authorized patients with qualifying conditions in Florida. Carracino responds that “Oh. Yeah. Yeah I do. I’m working on it.”
There’s some laughter at the contradictory response, at which point Carracino just says, “Come on guys, let’s talk.”
But the officers are more interested in the two-foot tall cannabis plant—just one—in Carracino’s yard. “Is that your plant?” they ask. Carricino proudly answers in the affirmative, and the officers ask if he uses Miracle-Gro or just water.
That’s when Florida man officers some sage growing advice. “I thought it was gonna be easy going out to California and learning how to grow pot. The indica strain, the sativa strain and oh boy, you’re looking right at the smallest crystals.”
Just before falling entirely into revery on his plant, the Florida man invites one of the officers to smoke a bowl with him.
The body-cam cuts out for a moment, and picks up with Carracino in the back of the squad car. Police ask him if he knows what’s going on. Carracino says of course, “it’s two o’clock in the [expletive] morning.” The officers point out that its actually a quarter of three in the morning. And it doesn’t look like Carracino is going to be getting much sleep. So he asks for a pick-me-up.
“Okay, I need a cup of Starbucks. Anywhere local we can get one,” Carracino asks, perhaps hoping the deputies would return kindness with kindness.
Unfortunately, the officers say no to this request as well. But they do tell Carracino that he’s under arrest. “For?” Carracino asks. “For growing marijuana,” the officer replies.
“Oh yeah,” Carracino says.

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Marijuana Tampons are treating period cramps
May 23, 2019

Marijuana Tampons are treating period cramps

No one enjoys living in physical pain. 
If there are natural ways to prevent the pain, many of us are interested.
There's obviously been a big trend towards finding more natural ways to cure what ails us. Honey for coughs, turmeric for arthritis pain and now marijuana for menstrual cramps and pelvic discomfort.
Although if you ask Grand Rapids pain expert Dr. Marla Gendelman of Liberate Pain Management, it's not anything new, "Cannabis has been used for PMS literally since pre-biblical times. They burned incense and it was used as topically and orally."
When it comes to treating those painful monthly menstrual cramps, it may be time to put  those other pain killers like Motrin, Midol or Vicodin back in your medicine cabinet and give marijuana a try.   Numerous women face intense pain and muscle cramps during their periods, so they will be delighted to hear that a company called Foria has created “cannabis vaginal suppositories”, designed to help them relieve these symptoms as they are suppositories with cannabis that dissolve inside the vagina.
Foria Relief, currently available only in California and Colorado, has introduced a medicated tampon that the company promises will “maximize the muscle relaxing and pain relieving properties of cannabis without inducing a psychotropic high.”
The  marijuana tampons contain 60mg THC / 10mg CBD.


You can find topicals and oils in area medical marijuana dispensaries. Even Whoopi Goldberg has opened an online shop specializing in pain management for women.
Women who have tried the tampons claim that they are incredibly effective, but in order to purchase them, one needs to join Foria’s collective and depending on the state you live in, she might need to submit an application along with a physician’s recommendation letter. Additionally, a pack of four of these tampons costs $44.
Lake Effect Consulting is a medical marijuana dispensary in Portage. Rachel Fogleson with Lake Effect says they provide a few options for women looking to manage their menstrual pain most of their products are topical or oral, "Each dose is going to be a little bit more specific to what your needs are your pain levels and things like that."
The Foria tampons are not available for sale yet in Michigan, but that could soon change now that recreational marijuana is legal. Fogleson says it's a good thing, "There's a huge market for women, but not a lot of products that are directed towards women."
Dr. Gendelman agrees, stating "I think there's going to be all kinds of things out there." From skin care with claims to reduce your wrinkles to other products Dr. Gendelman says might make you do a double take, "There's even CBD mascara, which I question the need for."
Some products will push the boundaries of marijuana's medicinal claims -- others like the Foria weed tampons, will push the boundaries of your wallet at $11 dollars a suppository. Either way, it looks like women may start to have more choices when it comes to managing monthly pain.
Ingredients Label Is Short:
  • Organic Fair Trade Cocoa Butter
  • Distilled THC Oil
  • CBD Isolate (99.99%) from Organically Grown Hemp
Results?
The product will give your vagina a slightly intoxicated sensation, but the effect won’t travel to your brain. (And it won’t exactly make your vagina high.) According to one happy customer, the product “smells like cookie dough and cocoa butter.”
In October Harvard University announced it is conducting an observational study of 400 women who have agreed to use marijuana suppositories for menstrual pain. The hope for researchers is that this is a first step towards clinical trials that may eventually lead to FDA approval
On the website Racked.com, Sophie Saint-Thomas tested the suppositories and reported her results:
IT WAS LIKE IF ATIVAN MADE A BABY WITH TYLENOL, EXCEPT I HADN’T THRUST ANY NASTY PHARMACEUTICALS INTO MY VAG; JUST CANNABIS AND COCOA BUTTER.
And here’s the science:
THC POSITIVELY AFFECTS THE NERVES AND ASSISTS IN BLOCKING OUT PAIN WHILE ALSO ALLOWING FOR MORE PLEASANT SIGNALS TO BE RECEIVED BY THE BRAIN. CBD WORKS IN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM BY SUPPRESSING THE MECHANISMS RESPONSIBLE FOR INFLAMMATION. CBD ALSO SLOWS DOWN ELECTRICAL SIGNALING TO MUSCLES AND ALLOWS THEM TO RELAX, THEREBY REDUCING CRAMPING.
Is it FDA approved? Nope. Since cannabis is considered a Schedule 1 drug by our federal government, the FDA cannot and will not sanction the medical efficacy of the product. Yet.

Interested in making your own?
Check out this article!

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Why Marijuana Edibles might be the best option for Fibromyalgia pain.
May 20, 2019

Why Marijuana Edibles might be the best option for Fibromyalgia pain.


 

In this article we’ll explore how marijuana edibles can help with fibromyalgia, how to use and make it,  and finally some of the best-recommended cannabis strains for treating this condition.

Imagine being constantly tired with pain spreading all over your body. Your hips ache, your skin feels bruised and you never know what the next symptom will be.

This is exactly what fibromyalgia sufferers go through on a daily basis.

Fibromyalgia, a rheumatological condition, jeopardizes the normal functioning of the human body by causing musculoskeletal pain and constant fever-like symptoms.

Current medication for fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is still relatively new in medical circles and there is no specific medication for it. The condition is usually treated with painkillers, antidepressants and anti-seizure medications.

There are three drugs commonly being used for treating fibromyalgia:

  • Lyrica (pregabalin)
  • Cymbalta (duloxetine)
  • Savella (milnacipran)

The effectiveness of these drugs was explored in a survey done in 2014 by the Global Pain Initiative, which interviewed more than 1,300 fibromyalgia sufferers:

Only 8-10% percent of patients said that they found some relief with prescription drugs. Around 60% of patients did not see any improvement in their symptoms.

An article of the sun provided information on how painkillers might be making your fibromyalgia even worse.

Research on Cannabis for fibromyalgia pain

There has been a handful of research studies which have provided promising evidence supporting medical marijuana in treating symptoms of fibromyalgia. While THC and CBD work best together to treat fibromyalgia pain, just CBD on it’s own have shown to have amazing. Effects. Which is perfect for someone that does not want to get high from the edibles.

From NORML.org: Researchers at Germany’s University of Heidelberg published a study in Current Medical Research and Opinion in which they evaluated the analgesic effects of oral THC in nine patients with fibromyalgia over a 3-month period. Subjects in the trial were administered daily doses of 2.5 to 15 mg of THC and received no other pain medication during the trial. Among those participants who completed the trial, all reported a significant reduction in daily recorded pain and electronically induced pain.

Another study published in 2011, patients with fibromyalgia were given various doses of cannabis (which contains naturally-occurring CBD within it), and then were tested for pain levels. After just a couple of hours of cannabis use, many of the test subjects reported a decrease in pain using VAS scoring for analysis, and within the conclusion of the study, scientists stated that “the use of cannabis was associated with beneficial effects on some fibromyalgia symptoms.”

Even CBD alone are commonly purported to help relieve the symptoms of dozens of other conditions as well, including:

* Alzheimer’s disease
* Anorexia
* Anxiety
* Arthritis
* Asthma
* Bipolar disorder
* Cardiovascular disorders
* Chronic pain
* Depression
* Epilepsy (seizures)
* Glaucoma
* Huntington’s disease
* Inflammation from various conditions
* Insomnia
* Multiple Sclerosis
* Nausea (emesis)
* Obesity
* Parkinson’s Disease
* Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
* Schizophrenia
* Tourette’s syndrome

How to use marijuana edibles for Fibromyalgia pain.

Cannabis edibles are one of the best forms of pain management on the planet, and use of these products makes cannabis far safer than any other medication for pain relief. Fibromyalgia pain treatment has shown to have the best effects with a combination of both THC and CBD in your edibles. You can simply put a couple of drops of cannabis oil under your tongue or make a food recipe from it.

You can either make your own cannabis edibles here or buy them from the dispensary. If you buy them, ask your budtender which suits best for fibromyalgia. If you make them yourself, these are some great cannabis strains for fibromyalgia:

  • Harlequin
  • Cannatonic
  • Critical mass
  • Tahoe OG
  • Granddaddy purple
  • Blueberry
  • Bubbakush
  • Headband
  • GSC

If you are completely new to cannabis edibles for pain relief. Here are some tips:

  • Start with a low dose, 5 mg to 10 mg, and wait at least two hours before taking more. As edibles usually kick in after about an hour.
  • Do not drive. At all. Period.
  • If you feel like you are getting to high. Don’t panic. Have some CBD flower(actual marijuana flower) and smoke it. CBD has been shown to reduce the high people feel from THC.


    Source: Cannadish.

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Berlin park designates 'pink zone' areas for drug dealers
May 17, 2019

Berlin park designates 'pink zone' areas for drug dealers


 

Repeated attempts by police to clear dealers from Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg prompts move by park manager.

Drug dealers in Berlin are to be given designated spaces in a city centre park to carry out transactions, leading to criticism that authorities have capitulated to criminal gangs.

For years there has been a heated debate about Görlitzer Park, a popular meeting point in the trendy southern Berlin district of Kreuzberg, which has been attracting an ever increasing number of drug dealers. Local people said they were reluctant to let children and pets roam free there.

After repeated attempts by police to clear the dealers failed, the park manager declared areas where they should be allowed to operate, identified by spray-painted pink boxes.

Cengiz Demirci said the pink zones would mean that visitors to the park – known locally as Görli – were no longer intimidated by groups of dealers, typically men operating in gangs, who crowd the entrance.

“This method has purely practical reasoning behind it,” Demirci told local radio station RBB. “It’s not that we’re legalising the selling of drugs.”

Demirci said a much more effective solution would be if authorities gave the dealers work permits. The majority of them are asylum seekers who are not allowed to work while waiting for their claims to be processed. He added: “If they did that then 90% of them would stop what they’re doing immediately.”

Police chiefs criticised the move. “What is needed to ensure that the park is drug and crime free, is a constant police presence and judicial resolve,” Benjamin Jendro from the Berlin branch of the police trade union GdP told Bild.

Previously Berlin administrations have declared a “zero tolerance” attitude towards drug dealers in Görlitzer Park, but local residents reported that nothing changed as a result. On Thursday they said that none of the dealers were abiding by the new rule.

The Stehplätze, or standing-room policy, as it has been dubbed, triggered outrage among Berlin politicians for whom the Görli situation has been a persistent headache for decades.

The sharpest remarks came from Germany’s national anti-drugs tsar, Marlene Mortler, of the conservative Christian Social Union, who told the Funke Mediengruppe: “If this is true then it marks the capitulation of our constitutional state. We should not be issuing the dealers with a licence to deal.”

Source: The Guardian.


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Cannabis Kills All Types of Cancer Cells That Science Has Tested so Far
May 10, 2019

Cannabis Kills All Types of Cancer Cells That Science Has Tested so Far


Standard cancer treatment must be adapted to the type and location of tumor, whereas cannabis is an equal opportunity killer. Cannabis kills all types of cancer cells.

Curing cancer is the holy grail of medical research and it’s the most-coveted breakthrough of our time. If we could discover a way to prevent malignant cells from overrunning the human body, not only would we save millions of lives, we would end years of suffering. And, we could finally feel superior to sharks which are rumored to be cancer free (It turns out, they actually can be afflicted). Is cannabis the way? Studies, so far, show that cannabis kills all types of cancer cells.

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One Treatment Doesn’t Fit All

While chemotherapy and radiation have certainly helped humanity’s battle against cancer, research into the recently discovered (1990s) endocannabinoid system keeps providing new information about how tumors form, spread and turn deadly.

But cancer isn’t just one thing. It’s an umbrella term for a collection of related illnesses. What unites these is the method of mayhem: cancer divides and spreads like ants at a picnic. And because it’s not just one kind of ant, we’ve developed slightly different ways to deal with each species.


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Partially, that’s because when cancer infects the brain, we can’t necessarily handle it the way we would handle cancer in the foot. Even if the same treatments would effective at stopping the cancer, the collateral damage to brain cells is just too risky.

But when cannabis treats cancer, it doesn’t cause the kind of negative side effects that chemotherapy, for instance, does. Although human trials and solid scientific research are still a ways off, early studies indicated that cannabis might be the one truly universal way to kill cancer cells.

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Cannabis Stops Blood Vessel Formation For All Types of Tumors

One of the key ways that cannabis combats cancer is through anti-angiogenic effects. That sounds like a mouthful, but the concept is straightforward. Angiogenesis is the process by which new blood vessels form from old ones — like a potato sprouting. New blood vessels are how wounds heal, people grow, and new and better pathways form for circulation. It’s a vital and healthy part of the body’s daily regimen. But it’s also how tumors transition from benign growths to malignant cancers.

Cancer creates cells that don’t have the ability to divide in a controlled fashion, leading to out-of-control growth. But what fuels that growth? For tumors to get larger and spread, they need a supply of essential nutrients and oxygen, which they get from the bloodstream. So when a cancer begins to grow, it has to do so at the same rate as the blood vessels which nourish it. Without new vessels, the tumor couldn’t expand. Thus one of the best ways to combat cancer growth is by limiting the ability of the body to generate new blood vessels. That’s anti-angiogenesis.

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And cannabis happens to be particularly effective at that. New blood vessel growth is regulated in part by the body’s endocannabinoid system, so when cannabinoids enter the body and react with that system, it interferes with cancer’s ability to force new blood vessel growth. By taking up room in the protein receptors, cannabinoids prevent cancer from commandeering and directing the body’s new growth functionality — at least to a point. In this study, tumor growth was significantly slowed, although not completely stopped. And, amazingly, this happens to work against cancer cells, but not against normal new blood vessel growth.

Cannabis Stops Metastasis for All Tumor Types

As tumors grow, some cancer cells acquire the ability to escape the primary mass and proceed to invade surrounding tissues or migrate to distant sites, where they found new colonies. This is known as metastasis. It’s what responsible for most human deaths from cancer. These rogue cells invade healthy tissue, grow new tumors, and limit the body’s organs form fulfilling their life-preserving duties. So the best way to prolong cancer patients’ lives are to ensure that these cells don’t escape tumor masses and found new cancer sites.

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That’s where CBD comes in. Cannabinoids play a key role in cell migration, invasion and metastasis. Specifically, CBD has proven anti-proliferative effects on glioma cancer cells by inducing something called apoptosis. From the Greek for “falling off,” apoptosis can be best be understood as a cell’s self-destruct sequence. It’s how the body rids itself of bad or non-performing cells. Cancer can fool the body into thinking that tumorous cells aren’t bad and shouldn’t undergo apoptosis, but CBD has been found to mess with that ability and allow the body to kill the cancerous cells.

CBD Can Lead to Tumor Shrinkage

Studies have also shown that CBD aids tumor regression. One found that cancer in mice was reduced by 70 percent in 18 days after they were treated with CBD. Again, this was glioma (a particularly nasty type of cancer that starts in the brain and spine), but the researchers suggest that the anti-tumor activity associated with CBD could be carried over into other cancers.

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The way scientific research works means that cancer treatments will be approached whack-a-mole style — one at a time. For example, cannabis has to be proven to treat lung cancer and brain cancer individually. So the only way we’ll know if cancer is the panacea against cancer that we all hope it to be, is to find that out one disease at a time.

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CBD Oil Got This Great-Grandma Arrested at Disney World
May 08, 2019

CBD Oil Got This Great-Grandma Arrested at Disney World

 

Cops later dropped the charges, but her arrest highlights how confusing CBD regulations are throughout the country right now.

A woman was recently arrested at Disney World after a sheriff’s deputy found CBD oil on her.

Hester Jordan Burkhalter, 69, is a great-grandmother from North Carolina. After spending two years saving up for a trip to Orlando’s Disney World, she got busted just outside of the Magic Kingdom when a cop discovered CBD oil in her purse.

Burkhalter had a doctor’s note for the oil. The product’s label also stated that it contained no THC, so getting buzzed on it was highly unlikely.

“I have really bad arthritis in my legs, in my arms and in my shoulder,” she told Fox 35. “I use [CBD oil] for the pain because it helps.”

The sheriff’s deputy who made the arrest reportedly said that he was simply following the law. Technically, CBD products are illegal in Florida, even though the state approved a medical marijuana program in 2016. Nationwide, CBD hovers in a tricky legal grey-area, as the US FDA continues to mull over regulating cannabidiol, despite its plant source — hemp — being federally legalized late last year.

Burkhalter spent a night in jail and was released on a $2,000 bond. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office later dropped the charges against her.

“I’m very disappointed that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office handled the situation the way they did,” said Burkhalter’s attorney, Jennifer Synnamon, in a statement to Fox News. “Why Sheriff Mina would support his deputies using their resources for a CBD oil arrest of a 69-year-old woman, but then won’t do anything about the gas stations, health food stores, drug stores, etc. that are selling it to the open public is absolutely beyond my comprehension.”

“The State of Florida finds nothing wrong with collecting the sales tax on illegal products,” Synnamon continued, “but they allow prosecution for possession of the same.”

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Post Malone’s New Weed Brand Has a Name as Bad as Its Creator’s Music
May 08, 2019

Post Malone’s New Weed Brand Has a Name as Bad as Its Creator’s Music

 

The rapper will debut “Shaboink” — his line of flower, pre-rolls, and vape products — across the Golden State on his birthday, July 4th.

There’s a new — heavily tattooed — face joining California’s cannabis market this summer. According to TMZ, Texas rapper Post Malone is the latest musician to lend his name to a legal weed brand, and his new imprint, Shaboink, is set to debut a line of flower, pre-rolls, and vape pens this summer.

Following in the footsteps of Snoop Dogg, Berner, B-Real, Willie Nelson, and countless others, the White Iverson rapper announced his foray into the Golden State ganja market late last week at Hall Of Flowers, an industry trade show in Santa Rosa, California. 

 

 

The brand, named “Shaboink” after a Posty-ism that TMZ was able to translate to "the act of two people fornicating in a wild spontaneous fashion," will not release any cannabis products until this summer. But at a sparsely decorated booth at the expo, Malone’s team showed off smoking accessories that were custom-designed by the pot paraphernalia company Hemper, as well as early branding for the rapper’s personal strain — a cut of the fruity hybrid flower Goji OG, renamed Posty OG.

On the company’s website, the brand relays a heavy dose of Malone’s trademark eccentricity, offering a rambling stanza instead of any real information.

“Wandering through the jungle, you might come across any varietal of indigenous flora,” the Shaboink website reads. “A white lotus, perhaps, or a rare cycad. Just as rare is the flower vended in the concrete jungle by Shaboink, so high in quality and so crystalline your vibrant mind might disconnect from your earthly vessel and float away into the cumulus clouds above.”

If we can attempt a translation, we’re pretty sure that means: “Buy Shaboink, it will get you really stoned, dude.”

In addition to full-strength THC products like Posty OG, Shaboink will also sell a line of CBD-focused products.

Shaboink products will hit licensed dispensaries across California with a bang this summer, debuting on Posty (and America’s) birthday, July 4th. 

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These Half Lit Lollipops Get You High Then They Grow Weed
May 06, 2019

These Half Lit Lollipops Get You High Then They Grow Weed

 

For a lot of people, consuming weed is a way to tap into creative thinking. If that’s true, then the folks responsible for a new edible product must have consumed a ton of weed. Half Lit cannabis-infused organic lollipops are one of the most creative takes on edibles to hit the market. These lollipops combine getting high with growing weed.

How Does It Work?

The process is super simple.

Step one:

Eat the THC-infused hard candy.

Step two:

Plant the stick

Step three:

Add water

Step four:

Grow Your Cannabis

What Does The Lollipop Contain?

The half-spherical lollipop—designed to look like a half moon—is jam packed with cannabinoids.

The company behind Half Lit cannabis-infused organic lollipops has so far released seven flavors. Lunar Lavender, Watermelon Wonderland, Hot Mama Mango, Calming Caramel Açaí, and Lit Lemonade all come with 25 milligrams of THC.

The seventh flavor, CBD Lunar Lavender, has 25 milligrams of CBD instead of THC. This one is designed for anyone looking for the medical and health benefits of cannabis, but who doesn’t want any psychoactive effects.

According to Half Lit’s website, the hard candies are made with organic, pesticide-free, and non-GMO cannabis. This is important if you have any concerns about weed products that may be contaminated by fertilizers or pesticides that could be harmful.

And while this is already enough to get excited about, it’s only half of what these lollipops have to offer. Once you’re done eating your lollipop and your high is setting in, it’s time to put the stick to good use.

Instead of throwing it away, plant it. The sticks used in Half Lit lollipops have a cannabis seed embedded inside them. When you plant it and start watering it, the stick breaks down so the seed can germinate and begin to grow.

Feed, water, and take care of your plant. In just a few months, you’ll have your own weed plant full of crystal-covered buds.

Addition To The Edibles Scene

Edibles are some of the hottest products on the legal cannabis market. Edibles are popular for a variety of reasons. For starters, it’s a great way to get high—or to use medical cannabis—without having to smoke. If you don’t like the idea of inhaling smoke, but you still want the benefits of cannabis, edibles are a good option.

Similarly, eating edibles is one of the most discreet ways to get high. Edibles also produce a unique kind of high. It takes longer to set in, but when it does, it’s usually super intense. Expect to stay high for a much longer time than you would if you smoked your weed.

Given the huge popularity of edibles, cannabis companies have come up with all sorts of edible and drinkable products. You can buy everything from cannabis-infused soft drinks to chocolates, popcorn, cookies, muffins, and even pizza sauce.

While infusing THC and CBD into hard candies isn’t anything new, Half Lit’s idea of putting it on top of a seed-laced stick is an innovative addition to the edibles scene.

To make the whole thing even better, it’s also a waste-free way to consume weed. After planting your stick and letting it grow into a cannabis plant, there’s nothing left to throw into the landfill.

 

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The Company Behind Oreos Wants to Enter the CBD Game
May 05, 2019

The Company Behind Oreos Wants to Enter the CBD Game


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You won’t be dunking hemp-flavored Oreos into a tall glass of milk anytime soon, but the brand behind some of the country’s favorite munchies is already entertaining the idea of a CBD play.

It seems like everywhere you look these days, from head shops and health food stores to pet shops and trendy coffee shops, CBD is everywhere. Now, the hemp-derived cannabinoid is coming for your grocery store snack aisle.

According to a new report from CNBC, Mondelez, the Illinois-based multinational snack conglomerate behind munchie favorites like Oreo, Nilla Wafers, Ritz, Chips Ahoy!, and more is preparing to dip its spoon in the world of cannabidiol. Like Coca-Cola and other large companies looking to dive into CBD, though, Mondelez CEO Dirk Van de Put has said that the brand will enter the world of weed with caution.

“Yes, we’re getting ready, but we obviously want to stay within what is legal and play it the right way,” Van de Put said Wednesday on the CNBC show “Squawk on the Street.”

Since Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law last year, it is technically legal to produce and distribute CBD products made from hemp plants with less than 0.03% THC across America. But because the FDA has not yet set clear standards for the production of food and beverages made with hemp cannabidiol, the edible CBD market is still fraught with lingering questions and complications.

“The space is not clear,” Van de Put said. “It’s a bit clearer in non-food products. In food products, I’m hoping that the FDA will bring some clarity in the coming months.”

If Mondelez does get into the CBD game, Van de Put made it clear that the company will not be rolling out hemp-flavored Oreos anytime soon. He noted that the weed-adjacent product might be too risque for its “family” brands, and could be used in other product lines, or in a new snack altogether. In addition to Oreo, Nabisco, and Chips Ahoy!, Mondelez owns Toblerone chocolate, gluten free cookie company Tate’s Bake Shop, and a huge variety of other food-related brands.

Taken properly, CBD has been known to reduce anxiety, encourage relaxation, help inflammation, and promote a number of health benefits. It is not exactly clear how the benefits of CBD will transfer to a serving size of cookies or chips, but Van de Put told CNBC that Mondelez is currently investigating the cannabis compound and its potential benefits if added to their products. 

So next time you’re perusing the supermarket shelves and you see those three familiar letters popping off a bag of cookies or a pack of crackers, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Source: MERRYJANE.


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Parisian woman with her cat in her cannabis garden, 1910
May 03, 2019

Parisian woman with her cat in her cannabis garden, 1910

This lovely young Parisian woman is enjoying a serene moment in her lush garden in 1910 France. Her companions are her fluffy faithful feline and her caged bird. Keeping songbirds as pets is a hobby as old as the ancient Sumerians, but small home aviaries became a status symbol in the 1800s and early 1900s. Likely, this young lady enjoyed the company of her birds as a way to connect with nature. Interestingly, her garden contains several cannabis plants. It could be that the unique leaves and vibrant foliage were sought after as a garden plant. Or it could be that the young woman or her family were utilizing the medicinal properties of the cannabis plant to treat any one of a number of ailments.

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May 01, 2019

Man Owns Undercover Cop Trying to Bust Him for Weed, Sells Him Flowers Instead of Pot [Video]

 

In an epic act of trolling, a man who knew he was being set up, filmed himself selling completely legal flower buds to an undercover cop who was trying to buy weed.This is a perfect example of the crazy the drug war that is still going on in many US states. Cops in Troy (Ohio) recently spent taxpayer dollars on busting a man they thought was selling weed. In reality, the man only sold them flowers because he knew the cop was undercover.

As you can see in the video, the officer in the hoodie looks suspect. He keeps asking to see the marijuana and acts as if he is in dire need of it as if he’s addicted.

“I just really need some f**kin’ bud,” the alleged undercover officer says as if he’s buying heroin. “Alright, give it here.”

The alleged officer then buys a bag which he has no idea of what’s in it. This was a dead giveaway that he was undercover, so the man filming asks him.

“You’re an undercover cop aren’t you?”

Hilariously, the alleged officer slips up and says ‘yes’ before denying it.

“Yeah…No,” the officer says.

After the transaction is over, the man filming tells the alleged undercover cop that he just bought a bag of flower buds for ten dollars. He then gets back in his car to leave.

Before he can leave, however, he is swarmed by cops who hold him at gunpoint but watch for yourselves.

 

 

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Biology student has been denounced for crossing a weed plant with strawberries
April 30, 2019

Biology student has been denounced for crossing a weed plant with strawberries

 

A 24-year-old student in the Faculty of Biology in University of Miami has been brought to the authorities after exhibiting a crossbreeding of two plant species between strawberry and marijuana in his practical class.

He has been fanatic of this plant for a long time. Also he says he hasn’t consumed any kind of marijuana “I’ve never smoked, nor one puff, I just think it’d be cool to create this crossbreeding of species, just like there are flavored tobacco products I think it would be a good idea to combine strawberry flavor with marijuana”. The teacher was very surprised so he came immediately to the principal’s office. In view of the situation, they decided to report to the authorities, so as not to jeopardize their image.

The police have taken the plant, but it was not easy, many students were trying to take it “Some of my classmate gone crazy; they wanted to cut some leaves and make a joints. But police came too soon, just I hope justice can be merciful, I’m not a junkie, just I am a student and I have been trying to play God.

 

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Smoking up Before Sex Can Lead to More Intense Orgasms
March 25, 2019

Smoking up Before Sex Can Lead to More Intense Orgasms


A new study reveals that science is on our side.

Weed can do a fuckload of great things: make food taste better, make your periods suck less, and make you lose weight. Now, it turns out, it can help women who spend a little time with the bud before having sex, to have higher sex drives, less pain during sex, and more satisfying orgasms compared to women who abstain.

These are the findings of a study recently published in the science journalSexual Medicine, which also goes on to say that “women with frequent marijuana use, regardless of use before sex or not, had 2.10 times (editor’s note: holy fuck!) higher odds of reporting satisfactory orgasms than those with infrequent marijuana use.”

The study—led by a team at the USA-based Saint Louis University School of Medicine—saw 373 participants, of which 34 percent reported having used marijuana before sexual activity. Combining smoking up and sex for the sake of science, these women reported positive effects in overall sexual satisfaction, desire, orgasm, and improvement in sexual pain though not in lubrication.

But, honestly, the findings are not THAT much of a surprise now, are they? We asked some women around us what they thought of the survey and most of them had always thought of stoned sex as great sex, even before they had this survey to back them up. “At least, it’s not like alcohol where the man (if you’re having sex with a man, that is) can get a whiskey dick, or you have to stop midway to vom,” one said. Added another, “The worst that can happen if you have had a toke is that you start giggling midway or forget you’re having sex.” One more said, "I feel way more chilled, less anxious about my bodily insecurities, and generally better in touch with myself when high."

Back to the new study. Though it’s interesting to note the above findings, what’s unclear is what exactly it is that leads to the heightened sexual experience. “It has been postulated that it leads to improvement in sexual function simply by lowering stress and anxiety,” the findings say. “It may slow the temporal perception of time and prolong the feelings of pleasurable sensations. It may lower sexual inhibitions and increase confidence and a willingness to experiment. Marijuana is also known to heighten sensations such as touch, smell, sight, taste, and hearing.” They also note the possibility that weed may help activate neurotransmitters linked to sexual pleasure.

A previous study on a similar subject had also revealed how the illegality of marijuana—making it one that you consume in a more ‘private’ area than, say, alcohol, which can be had pretty much anywhere—also contributed to the facilitation of sexual actions. Another study—this one in 2017 by Stanford University researchers—had found a direct correlation between frequent pot-smoking and frequent sex. This study, though, stands out for concentrating on female pleasure and orgasms, especially when the reality of an orgasm gap—the clear disparity between men and women when it comes to achieving orgasm—still exists. This might not really help close that gap but on our way to that equal world, we will at least be doubling our chances of enjoying those Os.


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Alaska First State To Legalize Social Marijuana Use
March 23, 2019

Alaska First State To Legalize Social Marijuana Use

Although marijuana is legal in a handful of states for recreational use, the powers that be in most of those jurisdictions have put their foot down when it comes to allowing cannabis users to consume the herb in a public setting in the same way that has been done with alcohol for decades. But not Alaska. Earlier this week Lieutenant Governor Kevin Myers put his signature on a bill that will allow licensed dispensaries to open up social consumption sites for those 21 and older.

As of the mid-April, dispensaries all across Alaska can apply for an exclusive license to open a cannabis lounge section in their stores. There are a few stipulations: This part of the operation must be completely separate from the retail side of the dispensary, but there are no rules are whether the smoking section must be inside or outdoors. It is conceivable that it could even be both.

Dispensaries must also provide security and ventilation that meets the standards of the Marijuana Control Board. And unlike a bar situation, where patrons can drink as much as like as long as they don’t start fighting or bothering others, there are some serving limits. Reefer retailers may only sell one gram of weed (or one 10 mg edible) to a customer a day. It’s far from a perfect system, but it is one that cannabis advocates hope more states will start to embrace very soon.

By preventing retail outlets and other venues from being licensed and regulated for social consumption, many patients will have to choose between effective cannabis treatment for their ailments or being thrown out of public housing,” NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri saidin a statement. “This causes the civil liberties that come with marijuana legalization to still being kept at arm’s length from low-income individuals and members of other marginalized communities.”

While Alaska is the first state to legalize social pot consumption, it is not the only spot in the United States where the concept is being implemented. In San Francisco, a similar model is being used. Dispensaries there can provide a special section for patrons to use marijuana in a social setting.

Denver also has a social use law now, only it doesn’t allow smoking and patrons must bring their own weed. The other major setback to the system is the city now only has one participating location. The other licensed shop went out of business earlier this year. So, it’s pretty rag-tag as far as the kind of cannabis lounge model that advocates would like to see implemented elsewhere.

Social marijuana use is struggling to take off in the United States.

Maine was supposed to have a social marijuana use component – at least it was written in the language of the law – but regulators have not created a system for it as of yet. It is essentially the same deal in Massachusetts. Las Vegas is another city where lawmakers have been pushing for cannabis lounges.

Alaska understands that what it is doing is new and that many other jurisdictions are looking to  it as a guide.

“This is something that’s not happening anywhere else in the U.S. yet. As we start to develop this, people are really looking at us, so I know that everybody wants to get it right,” Cary Carrigan, executive director of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, told the Associated Press.

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