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PATIENT UPDATE: The patients in the study had used opioid-based pain medication within the past six months: 97 percent were able to decrease their opiate intake with cannabis, 92 percent said that cannabis possessed fewer adverse side-effects than opioids, 80 percent said that the use of medical cannabis alone provided greater symptom management than did their use of opioids.

Berkeley, CA: Pain patients report successfully substituting cannabis for opioids and other analgesics, according to data published online in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Kent State University in Ohio assessed survey data from a cohort of 2,897 self-identified medical cannabis patients.

Among those who acknowledged having used opioid-based pain medication within the past six months, 97 percent agreed that they were able to decrease their opiate intake with cannabis. Moreover, 92 percent of respondents said that cannabis possessed fewer adverse side-effects than opioids. Eighty percent of respondents said that the use of medical cannabis alone provided greater symptom management than did their use of opioids.

Among those respondents who acknowledged having recently taken nonopioid-based pain medications, 96 percent said that having access to cannabis reduced their conventional drug intake. Ninety-two percent of these respondents opined that medical cannabis was more effective at treating their condition than traditional analgesics.

The study’s conclusions are similar to those of several others, such as these herehereherehere, and here, finding reduced prescription drug use and spending by those with access to cannabis. Separate studies report an association between cannabis access and lower rates of opioid-related abuse, hospitalizations, traffic fatalities, and overdose deaths.

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, “Cannabis as substitute for opioid-based pain medication: patient self-report,” appears in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.norml

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The future of cannabis is vaping – by Marijuana News

The days of rolling joints are coming to an end. In 2017, more and more people are choosing to consume marijuana electronically.

Just like so many things about life in the post-smartphone world, cannabis is being made more convenient and accessible through modern technology. Rather than buying cannabis, rolling a joint, and burning plant matter, more and more people are turning to vaping — a far easier, more modern way to consume cannabis. You simply purchase plant matter or a small cartridge of oil (depending on the vaping device), load it into an inexpensive pen, and you’re ready to go.

The Bloom Farms “Highlighter” is a simple, inexpensive vape pen that can be used with exchangeable cartridges.Bloom Farms

As laws allowing adult cannabis use continue to pass in states across the US, cannabis oils, in particular, have increased in popularity — and they’re sure to continue on that path. It’s easy to see why: They’re inexpensive, easy to use, and discreet. In California, the largest state economy in the US, companies like Bloom Farms and Dark Heart are pioneering leaders in the cannabis oil market. Their products look just like the easy-to-use, crowd-friendly vaporizers seen above.

But what in the world is cannabis oil? How is it made? Is it safe? Here’s what we know about cannabis oils, the future of mainstream cannabis use.

How do you “vape” cannabis? A woman uses an electronic vaporizer with cannabidiol (CBD)-rich hemp oil while attending the International Cannabis Association Convention in New York.Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

There are two primary ways to vape cannabis: Vaping cannabis oil, or vaping cannabis itself.

Companies like Pax offer devices for vaping plant matter — you insert a small amount of crumbled cannabis into the device and it heats up just to the point of burning psychoactive components like THC. Those are popular, but far more popular are devices that vaporize cannabis oil — sold in disposable cartridges, easy to carry, and none of the hassle.

There are several different devices for vaporizing cannabis oil, but the most common is the vape pen you see above. It’s a simple, disposable device that can be used with simple, disposable cannabis oil cartridges. The pen component recharges via USB (or plugs into a wall with a USB adapter), and charges often last for at least one day.

Due to the universality of cannabis oil cartridges, they can be plugged in to most tobacco vaporizers — if you want to use your own rig for whatever reason, you likely can.

In the case of the standard vape pen, there is no concept of “on” or “off.” You simply pull from the mouthpiece of the pen and it lights up, slightly heating the oil and enabling you to inhale cannabis oil vapor.

What is cannabis oil? Bloom Farms

Instead of thinking of cannabis oil as a single product, think of it like a product category. Here’s how Bloom Farms CEO Michael Ray described cannabis oil in a recent interview with Business Insider:

“Cannabis oil is the essential oil of the plant. Much like lavender oil, or other essential oils, cannabis oil is extracted from the plant materials and that’s about it. It’s the essential oil of the cannabis plant.”

Ray is speaking to the direct product of extraction — as you might’ve guessed, cannabis oil is derived from the same plant matter that’s normally found inside of joints. Since there are different methods for extracting cannabis oil from cannabis plants, there are also many different results of different types of extraction.

What you get from any given provider of cannabis oil can differ greatly. Some cannabis oil makers blend their product with the oils of other plants (like peppermint or lavender); some makers only offer ultra-high potency oil, and some make a variety of options.

In the case of Bloom Farms, a popular brand in California, extraction means more than just distilling the main psychoactive ingredient (THC). Here’s Ray:

“There are thousands of elements. Everything that gives it any sort of flavor and smell (those are ‘terpenes’); in cannabis you have several cannabinoids (whether it be CBD, THC, THC-A, THC-B). It can turn into a very complex conversation. But what it is: It’s 100% cannabis oil, and in it is everything that makes up cannabis.”

What’s in cannabis oil? Dark Heart

Since cannabis oil is the derivative of cannabis plant matter, it contains many of the same elements. These include but are not limited to the following:

-Psychoactive properties, created by “cannabinoids” like THC.

-Terpenes (the millions of naturally-occurring chemicals that give cannabis its flavor and smell).

-Non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD.

In the case of a company like Dark Heart, which makes the Alchemy line of vape pens and vape pen cartridges, those elements are mixed with traditional aroma therapy essential oils like lavender and chamomile. Here’s Dark Heart marketing manager Savannah Hanks explaining how that works:

“For example: We have ‘Awaken,’ and this one is a Sativa [a type of cannabis]. But it’s also got known aromatherapy terpenes in it such as peppermint and lemongrass and citrus, which are known to be very energizing botanicals. So we combined that with a Sativa to make a very energizing experience when you consume the cannabis.”

The idea with a product like Alchemy from Dark Heart is that you’re buying an experience (“awaken”) rather than having to know about THC amounts of types of cannabis. Dark Heart also offers a more traditional high-potency oil if you’re looking for something more straightforward.

Traditionally, cannabis oils and other derivatives were made using petroleum-based solvents like butane. This is considered unsafe due to the explosive solvents used in production, and has been replaced by C02-based extraction methods in many cases.

“Some people use butane. Some people use propane. Some people use hexane. All of those ones I just mentioned are petroleum-based solvents that have the potential — when used in unsafe environments — to explode. We use strictly C02 because we feel it’s the safest, most efficient way to derive the oil,” Bloom Farms CEO Michael Ray told us.

The other benefit of C02, manufacturers told us, is it doesn’t leave behind any residual traces — a potential risk with petroleum-based solvents. “If produced incorrectly,” Ray said, “there can be residual butane left in the product.”

Is it safe? The Pax Era is a proprietary vape pen from the Pax company. It’s another option for vaporizing cannabis, albeit one that’s less open-source than the rest.Pax Labs

The spectre hanging over cannabis consumption — smoking, vaping, or otherwise — is the presumption of safety. The real answer to the question, “Is cannabis oil safe for consumption?” is “Nobody really knows.”

Bloom Farms CEO Michael Ray offered a good snapshot of how little we know: “Well, what I can say is that we feel…Common sense leads to low-temperature vaporization being exponentially safer than the inhalation of smoke.”

He’s not wrong — vaping does “feel” safer, both perceptually and in practice. “When I smoke cannabis, my respiratory system just doesn’t feel right,” he said. “I get inflammation in my respiratory system, it feels like to me. This is evident when I go to sleep at night — I don’t sleep well, and I’ll snore. With vaping, I don’t get any of those negative side effects that I get with smoking.”

That is, of course, anecdotal. There are no studies actually comparing the health effects of vaporizing cannabis oil with traditional cannabis consumption (smoking plant matter).

“Cannabis obviously has very limited data behind it as it is because of the inability to do any real testing in a professional setting,” Savannah Hanks of Dark Heart said. Her company, along with Bloom Farms, use third-party testing services like CW Analytical to assure their products are meeting the standards they set. But, even in California, there are no regulations governing what can and can’t be in cannabis oil.

How many people are using cannabis oil? Eaze

Cannabis oil cartridges are, unsurprisingly, really popular. Emerging from relative obscurity in just the last few years, cannabis oil cartridges are quickly gaining on bud sales in California. According to data collected by Eaze, a kind of Uber for weed that operates in California, cartridge sales have leapt from representing just 6% of overall product sales in 2015 to a whopping 24% in 2016.

In that same time period, sales of traditional cannabis dropped from representing nearly three quarters of all sales to around half. To say that vape cartridges are getting more popular by the day is to vastly undersell how rapidly they’re catching on with buyers.

There’s good reason for that, Ray said:

“The first reason that’s very obvious is the convenience. You don’t have the downsides of smoking — the smell, the need to carry around flower [bud], the need to find a way to consume it. Essentially the disruption of what it takes to smoke vs vape. It’s just very easy. It fits in your pocket, it doesn’t disturb the people around you, it doesn’t smell like cannabis. For a lot of people, especially the casual consumer, that’s very important.”

Another good reason cannabis oil vaping is so popular? It removes much of the traditional stigmas associated with buying and consuming cannabis. It’s a friendlier product than traditional cannabis, and it uses far less jargon in product descriptions.

“Maybe I need a mood enhancer,” Hanks said. “I have a really stressful day/life/career, and I need something that takes the edge off. I don’t have to be high, I just want to be ‘elevated’ (if you will). The vape pen cartridge is more of the mainstream for that group.”

 

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German Medical Marijuana Patients face mounting struggles to secure their medicine, while companies from the US and elsewhere are forbidden to help. #shameful

 

 

Criticism of the cannabis lawThe struggle for cannabis

In March the policy was celebrated: cannabis on prescription – a breakthrough! But many patients are dissatisfied. The funds do not want to pay the costs, the pharmacies are struggling with supply bottlenecks. The fight for hemp is in full swing.

By Christin Jordan, SWR

Magdalena Sebelka has epilepsy, ADHD and severe asthma. She has already tried a few medications – helped only cannabis.

As with the 10th of March, cannabis can be prescribed for prescription and bought at the pharmacy. The new law makes it possible for the funds to pay the costs. As far as the theory. Practically, around 1000 people in Germany have already been allowed to buy and consume cannabis products in pharmacies with an exception. But they had to pay it out of their own pocket.

In severe diseases such as cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis or pain patients, medical cannabis is used for therapy. The hemp blossoms are imported, certified cultivating plants are available in Canada, the USA and the Netherlands.

Fighting with the health insurance companies

The young woman has an exception license, issued by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices. So far she has received a prescription from the doctor and has been able to buy and consume hemp flowers – at her own expense. Your hope in the law was great. Then the disappointment: your doctor prescribes her the drug, but she must continue to pay for it herself. The checkout refuses to take over the costs.

According to the law, the first regulation has to be submitted and approved by a health insurance company at the health insurance – but this is rejected by Sebelkas Kasse. It is not proven that cannabis is the only active ingredient that helps her.

Many affected parties also report in Internet forums about the struggle with the coffers. Your guess: It’s about money. Because cannabino therapy is expensive – an average patient costs around 9000 euros per year.

Cannabis as a last resort

The leading association of statutory health insurance funds rejects the charge of wanting to save costs. The funds would have to adhere to the law whereby cannabis products can only be used as cash-in-service if no other therapy helps.

In addition, since the entry into force of the Act on 10th March, 1000 cost-taking has already been approved by the funds, so the number of legal cannabis users has risen significantly.

But why do people with an old exception permit like Magda Sebelka not automatically claim to be covered by the health insurance funds provided for by the new law? According to Speaker Florian Lanz, there is no legal basis for this. There was no provision for the existence of existing populations for the old patients; every regulation had to be examined separately, which could also reject cash applications – as in many other therapies.

Legal, but expensive

One gram of cannabis flowers costs 25 euros in the pharmacy – a lot of money for those who are self-paying. Sebelka reports that since the introduction of the law the price of medical cannabis products has almost doubled. The reason was that the pharmacists had to calculate the goods according to the German drug regulation. The German Association of German Pharmacists’ Associations rejects this – cannabis has always had to be treated as a medicinal product like any other medicinal plant. “I can not understand the alleged price increases,” explains deputy press singer Ursula Sellerberg.

Limited cannabis

But patients who have accepted the cost of taking over the costs can still not breathe. Medical cannabis is currently scarce, the foreign suppliers can not meet the needs. “Of ten cannabis medicines, I can only offer one at the moment”, says the chief pharmacist Martin Schmidt. He can only provide his regular customers – if new cash patients with cannabis recipes came, they probably went empty. Schmidt sees the fault with the policy: “The law was a quick shot, one had to have thought about where these quantities of medical cannabis products should come from.”

A quick solution is not in sight. Germany wants to build a state cannabis agency and control cannabis cultivation – however only two years. Until then, Magda Sebelka may perhaps consume at the expense of the cash box cannabis – she complains in an urgent case against the decision.

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July 26, 2017 – 11:22

A hemp plant

In March the policy was celebrated: cannabis on prescription – a breakthrough! But many patients are dissatisfied. The funds do not want to pay the costs, the pharmacies are struggling with supply bottlenecks. The fight for hemp is in full swing. By Christin Jordan.

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Finally legalize costs

Finally legalize, save money! There are arguments against it, but then one would have to honestly forbid alcohol etc.

What would the police finally release? You will not move the potatoes if you criminalize it. Consumption has been steadily increasing for years. We must pay the police.

The market regulates …

… the price and that is good so. And that the checkout does not pay is correct. I would not like to finance a cannabis as a cashier. Basta.

Simply laughable …

Delivery bottlenecks at something every 17 year old can grow. Welcome to Germany.
And what is the idea of ​​allowing hemp first when opiates do not have the desired effect?
Just look to Holland – the kids there are not as big as the one here – simply because it is nothing special – you can buy in the coffeeshop, nice to smoke there and then as after a beer to go home, the stub on the Way smoking and done.
The drilldown made here around the story is simply laughable.

Build yourself

If I was in a desperate situation would have a serious illness and would have to fight with bad pain, I would be mildly shed, whether the cultivation is illegal.
Then the just a seriously sick man in the jail are stuck …..

@ Ruffian

“I do not want to co-finance a cannabis as a cashier.” Basta. ”

I hope they stay healthy. My wife was not lucky enough, and cannabis is the only active ingredient of the (including).

@karawanke

“The market regulates the price”
The road price is around 10, – EUR per gram and thus far less than half as what pharmacies demand.

“And that the checkout does not pay is right.”
No it is not. The legal situation is clear and the coffers have to submit to this!

“I do not want to finance a cannabis as a cashier.”
And I do not want to co-finance your surgery and chemo if you get cancer, preferably by smoking. Or your physiotherapy when you break your bones while skiing. But I must. Therefore, your “desire” is irrelevant.

@ Karawanke

>>> I would like to co-finance no cannabis as a cashier. Basta.
,
Cannabis is cheaper and more effective than alternative products. Also less harmful / side effects than chemical drugs.
As a cashier, I would rather pay cannabis than an artificial, overpriced product of the pharmaceutical industry.

The only reasonable solution is

The free sale to all in pharmacies, or separate shops. Then there are also no bottlenecks. On the contrary, a new, lucrative industry for all parties would be created, decriminalizing consumers, thereby relieving the police / courts and generating tax revenues.

It is already disappointing

It is already disappointing to see how the health insurance companies are squirming, just not having to pay … what they actually have to do according to the law, so almost every complaint against social courts is also successful.

It’s damn cynical when one forces patients to be forced into illegality again.

Whoever can afford it and does not want to act illegally, can issue a private recipe. So what do you call two-class medicine ?!

Yes, I also like to see when my health insurance contributions are spent on safe and helpful substances like cannabis! To refuse a patient’s medicine is simply immoral (aka “is not at all!”).

Prices not traceable

“Because cannabino therapy is expensive – an average patient costs around 9000 euros per year.”

And what would be the cost if the legislator were to equate cannabis with the tobacco – 100 euros?

Looks to Uruguay

And learn how to do something like that!

Legal health insurance is called …

… the legislator defines the conditions, and that makes him very stringent and very concrete. Paragraph 12 of Book V of the Social Insurance Code states that
“(1) benefits must be sufficient, appropriate and economic, and must not exceed the extent of what is necessary.” Insured persons are not entitled to benefits which are not necessary or uneconomical And do not grant health insurance funds. ”
In this respect, the GKVs may only authorize if the conditions of § 31 (6) SGB V are fulfilled. In particular, no alternative recognized therapeutic method may be available for the purpose of use (cannabis is almost everywhere else).
To this extent, the hope of German consumers,

@karawanke

“I do not want to co-finance a cannabis as a cashier.” Basta. “… but the lush profit margins of the pharmaceutical industry … no further comment needed

Prices not traceable!

The pharmacy wants 25 €?
On the street the price is 10 to 12 €.

Who as a chronic patient illigal a Hanfzucht cabinet poses thereby long-term producer prices of under 3 € the gram realize.
On a large scale professionally cultivated hemp products would be spottbillig !!! “Pfennig Amounts” for the gram!

They would be cheaper than most pharma alternatives and the health insurance funds would be financially relieved by hemp medicine.

Earlier, hemp was grown on German fields. This was because of the fibers, but was the same kind.
Hemp cultivation is relatively easy: hemp is robust, needs little to no use of chemistry and the soil needs little preparation. For this purpose it is relatively dry-resistant (grows well on Moroccan fields).

The fact that we have supply bottlenecks and usurious prices is the only political failure!

@ Karawanke “no cannabis co-finance”

Aha?!

How is it with opioids? They finance you through your health insurance contributions on a grand scale.

Or benzodiazepines? A not insignificant proportion of the drug addicts are attributed to this drug. They also finance you.

What about amphetamines? You are funding Ritalin and others about your contributions.

What about cocaine derivatives? Lidocaine and other local anesthetics …

What I want to tell you: Many drug classes, which you know as an illigal drug, have at the same time a high medical potential, which has always been widely used.

The active ingredients in hemp also have high medical potential. And the side effects are relatively harmless compared to all the above active substance classes! These are facts, the medical world is largely in agreement. And although this is not in the sense of the pharmaceutical lobby.

From a scientific point of view, it is a scandal that a modern enlightened country like Germany so far does not use these drugs

@spetzki

Cent amounts per gram are nonsense! That would only go on the field so cheap and then the quality is not given. For medical purposes it is cultivated in enclosed spaces wherever it is allowed. There is the driving cost factor alone the current.

It is the GKV’s in Germany for a long time only around …

…Money.
Not only in patients who need cannabis, since other agents either do not help or have too much side effects.

Is not different with me.
My pain therapy costs around
2,662 € a year.
For cannabis it would be 3-4 times as expensive.
The big difference is that cannabis has much less side effects and is therefore less harmful to the body.
After all, I am talking about a lifelong application of the preparations.
At the moment I have to take Oxycodon acute (4 times daily).
With Hemp I need substantially less to zero.

But the coffers do not care.
Alone the regulation that if there is another means, cannabis not or difficult to maintain or even be bought at own expense, drives many people into the madness and ruin.

No, our health care system & The responsible politicians also take care of
the patient.

It’s just about money.

@ 11: 31 from OrwellAG – so please, it is not about the …

… Consumption of a killer who would like to have a intoxication.

It is a question of adopting a law that gives people free access to their medicine.

And then the cashiers are straining themselves with the simple assertion that there are substitute medications which the patient must take.
Or the patient has to pay himself.
The Otto-normal patient can not do this.
Especially since most people who need such a drug anyway can no longer work.

@ no idea


To be economical” “in particular, no alternative recognized method of healing may be available for the purpose of use (cannabis is almost everywhere else).”

Hemp is one of the oldest cultivated and medicinal plants of mankind.
This is not a new idea. And it is not an “alternative healing method”! This is not a Bachblütentee – hemp contains highly potent active ingredients.
They are well-known and well-researched active ingredients.
Hemp has been tried for decades to demonize (and still can not present any facts).
The fact is, in many cases, hemp should be the first choice, because:
– very low potential for side effects
– if done right
– unbeatable – great patient compliance. Many patients prefer a traditional herbal drug to a modern drug.

From the passages you quoted, I interpret that hemp medicine needs to be promoted more strongly.

@ Donidon: field went

One has to ask, of course, how the use of these drugs should develop in the long term.
I think: In the same as for all other active ingredients also: standardized medical products: tablets, drops, … suppositories 🙂

This would mean that the active ingredients are dissolved from the plant material and isolated and standardized products are produced therefrom.
For this application, the active ingredient content in the plant material may fluctuate smoothly.

And so “Pfennigsbeträge” can be realized.

If the hemp flower should have as much as possible reproducible concentrations of active ingredients, then you are right: you have to keep all parameters constant, including lighting, nutrient supply (via hydroponic systems), temperature and humidity.

It is not the best solution to leave the hemp flower to the patient. Because this self-medication (smoking, evaporating, baking cookies, …) is inaccurate and less effective than modern forms of administration.

11:49 by karawanke

“And that the cash box does not pay is correct, I would not like to finance a cannabis as cashier.” Basta. ”

Then I wish you heartfeltly that you will never get into the situation, that cannabis is the only way to live a certain human life and die later. My husband has ALS. Both (first and second) motoneuron are affected. Particularly painful are the muscle cramps. His doctor would prescribe in the cannabis, the cashier does not pay. For the other medicines, he has to reckon with enormous side effects, eg liver damage.

There are growing countries

There are more and more countries cunning and legalizing cannabis, why we have to make it more complicated than it is.
We leave it over pharmacies, health insurance and doctors, which is a bureaucracy.
Everyone is able to cultivate cannabis and it is made everywhere. So just legalize it and we save money and trouble.
This is a billion dollar market the D left. Cannabis has always been consumed. The purchase is as easy as buying biscuits.
This could create thousands of jobs in D, instead the pharmaceutical industry is supported, so they can sell their expensive preparations.
Even America has recognized this market. To ban a naturally growing plant and brewed beer, Baked liquor, & c. That’s funny!
D always notes it at the end!
I hope I ever experience the complete legalization!

“They are well-known and well-researched drugs.”

You should not write something, just to write something.
You can count yourself as an employee of a sawmill on one hand for an effective study for the treatment of diseases or even for the adjuvant use of dronabinol or nabilone. Evident studies, however, are a compelling basis for the preparation of therapiesand guidelines of the specialist companies.
In this respect, you can put your “facts” at least in health care in 99.5% of cases for the coming years, where the sun rarely has an opportunity to see them.
Because in exactly this relation, there are standardized procedures that are cheaper than cannabis on Rp. – and then we must prescribe this, The cash registers are not allowed to grant more expensive procedures and the patient can not claim them. That’s the way – and I do not want to be embarrassed to pay the bags of my patients myself.

We own one

We have an endocannabinoid system where the cannabinoids CBD, THC & Co. (over 100 exist) can dock. We also produce our own cannabinoids ourselves. However, since the research on cannabis has been suppressed for so long, studies are often lacking, and therefore the evidence. Look at all the people in the world to be scolded at the “Kiffer”. They are often better with the herb than with chemically produced “medicine”, the cannabis need only be determined, reaped, dried and taken.

As always, it is about maximizing profit, if patients have to suffer (see cancer medication). Not only does methadone show surprising results, cannabis too!

Doctor, “That makes psychoses!”
Patient: This with psychoses and cannabis is a hen and egg problem.

(Satire)
Is the risk of an induced psychosis very high when a “doctor” hears the word “cannabis”? Or was a psychosis VS ‘cannabis as medicine’, already there before?
(Satire off)

It is definitely harmful to health

Unfortunately, one must always keep in mind that the abuse of cannabis is a drug addictive and, just like drinking alcohol, is a serious damage to the nervous system.
Beautiful staining and Kiffer-Idyll bring there nothing.

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Tommy Chong rumored to be re-appearing at ICBC Berlin

ICBC Berlin - The BERLIN PEACE ACCORDS...putting an end to the world war on Cannabis!

ICBC BERLIN will be held April 12-13, 2018 in Berlin Germany.

Tommy Chong and his CHONGS CHOICE offerings http://chongschoice.us/ were well-received by the international cannabis executives this year and rumor has it he will be there again in 2018.

For more information on this HIGHLY RECOMMENDED event, please go to:

http://internationalcbc.com/berlin-home/


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10 Best Weed Strains For Cancer – Green Rush Daily

Research is discovering all the ways medical cannabis can help those dealing with cancer. Here are the best weed strains for cancer.

Most people have heard stories about the use of weed as a “miracle cure” for cancer. The truth may be a little less dramatic, but it’s just as exciting. Cancer patients’ use of medical cannabis continues to grow and diversify, thanks to groundbreaking research. Where once cancer patients turned to cannabis to combat symptoms related to their cancer treatments, like nausea and pain, researchers have recently reported that cannabis can actually slow and even kill certain types of cancer cells. This list of the best weed strains for cancer takes all of these therapeutic uses into account.

Introduction: The Best Weed Strains For Cancer

Best Weed Strains For Cancer

Exciting new research has shown that cannabinoids can actually increase the effects of chemotherapytreatments for patients diagnosed with Leukemia, a blood cancer. Researchers in the UK found that the two major cannabinoids, THC and CBD, were both effective in combination with chemotherapy. But when they were used together, the effect improved dramatically. Similarly, pairing cannabis with other substances like coconut oil can increase weed’s overall medical effects.

Interestingly, these findings support the notion of the “entourage effect,” or the idea the cannabinoids work best in conjunction with one another and shouldn’t be isolated. So for example, some of the best weed strains for cancer are those that provide a high, balanced concentration of these two cannabinoids.

Currently, the most widespread and accepted use of cannabis as a cancer treatment is as what’s called an “antiemetic.” Cancer patients undergoing chemo and radiation therapy experience intense vomiting and nausea as side effects. And so they use cannabis to treat their vomiting and nausea. These cancer treatments can also be very painful. Now that you have a better sense of the research behind all this, here are the best weed strains for cancer.

10. Chemo (Indica)

Best Weed Strains For Cancer

Chemo’s origins stem from the University of British Columbia in Canada, which reportedly developed the aptly named strain as a remedy for the side-effects of chemotherapy. This pungent, woody strain may be harsh to hit. But it combines the body-relaxing pain relief of a heavy indica with a stomach-soothing element that knocks out nausea and stimulates appetite loss. One of the best weed strains for cancer treatment-related ailments.

9. Cookies and Cream (Hybrid)

Best Weed Strains For Cancer

Cookies and Cream is a hybrid cross of Starfighter and Girl Scout Cookies. It takes advantage of its multi-symptom medicinal properties to help cancer patients suffering from insomnia, nausea, and pain. It’s an award-winning strain that helps patients find long-lasting relief from their symptoms.

8. Super Lemon Haze (Sativa)

Best Weed Strains For Cancer

Symptoms of chemo and radiation therapy aren’t limited to nausea and pain. They also sap patients’ energy, making it hard to get through the day. Research has proven that a positive attitude is essential to making the most of cancer treatments. And Super Lemon Haze, a potent antiemetic sativa, also uplifts and energizes.

7. Sweet and Sour Widow (Indica)

Best Weed Strains For Cancer

With a balanced, 1:1 ration of CBD to THC, this medically-potent indica strain is a perfect example of the entourage effect’s therapeutic use. Sweet and Sour Widow isn’t the most psychoactive strain, which can help cancer patients throughout the day without making them feel too “stoned.”

6. Cannatonic (Hybrid)

Best Weed Strains For Cancer

Despite what the name implies, Cannatonic is more uplifting than a sedative. And that’s helped it gain a reputation as a flexible strain for medical and recreational use. The strain is typically reserved for treating muscle spasms and aches, as well as migraines. On top of this, the strain is also one of the best for treating anxiety, in addition to a number of other psychological symptoms. It’s a high-CBD strain with a CBD/THC ratio can span anywhere from 5:1 to 1:1. This makes Cannatonic one of the best strains for the psychological aspects of cancer treatment.

5. Pennywise (Indica)

Best Weed Strains For Cancer

You might recognize the namesake of this high-CBD indica strain that blends Harlequin and Jack the Ripper. It’s the name Steven King gives to the terrifying clown in “It.” But don’t let the name put you off. This strain is packed with therapeutic CBD and an even complement of THC, making it one of the best strains for cancer symptoms.

4. Charlotte’s Web (Hybrid)

Best Weed Strains For Cancer

Growers specifically bred Charlotte’s Web to yield ultra-high CBD concentrations with negligible THC content. A uniquely medical strain, Charlotte’s Web is one of the most popular CBD-only strains in existence among the medical weed community. Genetically, Charlotte’s Web is derived from hemp. Thus, it has virtually no THC, and so users experience slim to no psychoactive effects.

3. Critical Mass (Indica)

Best Weed Strains For Cancer

The high THC levels of Critical Mass accompany its rich CBD profile. An excellent medical strain for pain relief, the cannabinoid content of this strain make it one of the most promising for inhibiting the growth of cancer cells themselves.

2. ACDC (Hybrid)

Best Weed Strains For Cancer

ACDC is a super-CBD strain with a 20:1 ratio with THC. As a daily medicinal strain, ACDC excels at treating nerve pain without any of the psychoactive effects of higher-THC strains. Without any intoxication, cancer patients can find relief from the many negative symptoms of their treatments, while also benefiting from CBD’s potential to curb cancer cell growth.

1. Remedy (Indica)

Best Weed Strains For Cancer

Remedy offers the highest CBD content of any indica out there, all with virtually zero THC-induced psychoactive effects. The CBD/THC ratio can reach up to 15:1. Cancer patients also report a sense of well-being after using this strain. Remedy excels at treating pain caused by nerve inflammation, as well as easing stress and reducing anxiety. It’s an excellent all-around strain for the many facets of cancer.

Adam Drury
Adam is a staff writer for Green Rush Daily who hails from Corvallis, Oregon. He’s an artist, musician, and higher educator with deep roots in the cannabis community. His degrees in literature and psychology drive his interest in the therapeutic use of cannabis for mind and body wellness


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Canada expecting widespread shortage of cannabis within a year…exports expected to be impacted.

An official with a large Canadian producer of medical cannabis is confident consumers will be adequately supplied come next July, but says production will need to be increased.

“Right now, the existing capacity and what is already envisioned will not be sufficient to meet the needs of the adult consumer market,” Cam Battley, executive vice-president of Aurora Cannabis Inc., said in an interview Monday.

He has urged other companies to ramp up their production ahead of next July 1, when recreational marijuana is expected to be legalized.

“We need to expand our capacity right away simply to meet the demands of the rapidly growing medical cannabis system,” Battley said. “When the demand of the adult consumer system is layered on top of that, it’s a rush to build as much capacity as possible.”

Battley made the comments on the same day that Aurora began trading common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Alberta-based Aurora, one of several producers now listed on the TSX, is building what it describes as the world’s largest cannabis production facility at Edmonton International Airport.

Battley said Canada has a well-developed and successful medical cannabis system.

“This is a coming of age, not just for Aurora, but for the cannabis sector and what we’re seeing now is that Canada has established itself as the world leader in a brand new emerging industry that we are literally inventing in real time,” he said.

Battley added that officials from around the world have been coming to his facility in Alberta to visit and to learn how Canada has been so successful both on the medical side and on the consumer side.

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Health Canada says there are more than 60 authorized licensed producers of cannabis for medical purposes in Canada. (Photo courtesy of Allan Ziolkowski)

“There’s something very big happening and it’s a global movement and it is being led out of Canada.”

Jordan Sinclair, director of communications for Canopy Growth Corp., another major medical cannabis producer, agrees.

“There’s no doubt that we already are …that Canada is the global leader in cannabis on the medical side certainly,” he said.

“The demand doesn’t seem to be slowing down on the medical side of things and then with recreation, obviously that’s a massive market opportunity.”

Sinclair pointed out that Canopy, whose headquarters are in a former Hershey chocolate factory in Smiths Falls, southwest of Ottawa, was first listed on the big board of the TSX in July 2016.

“We’re very proud to have done that before anyone else in the country,” he added. “It does seem like now the pace is speeding up with other companies following in our footsteps (and) it signals that there is credibility across the sector.”

On its website, Health Canada says there are more than 52 authorized licensed producers of cannabis for medical purposes.

Ontario has issued 29 licences, followed by British Columbia with 12.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/business/cannabis-consumer-demand-1.4219753?mc_cid=12994fc045&mc_eid=cd290ff91e


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7 interesting things to know about the marijuana plant.

 

1. It’s Impossible to Overdose on Weed

For cannabis to kill, you need to smoke about 20,000 – 40,000 times the average amount within a short period of time. That’s like smoking over 75,000 joints in one sitting. If you do die, it would not be from the weed itself, but because of the carbon monoxide suffocating you instead.

2. Cannabis Users Have 33% Lower Rates of Obesity

Marijuana reduces the risk of becoming obese by a third. Studies have shown that weed helps your body regulate blood sugars. It is also said that cannabis users eat an average of 600 more calories a day, but still have lower BMIs because weed increases the metabolism. This will cause individuals to be hungrier, but it acts as a digestive aid and utilizes what they eat better.

3. If Cannabis was Legalized in All States, It Would Earn Over $10 Billion in Tax Revenue

State and federal governments have spent an estimated $3.6 billion per year on the prohibition of cannabis. If it were fully legalized, the opposite would happen: it would generate billions in taxes.  According to this infographic, Washington earned $186 million in marijuana tax revenue in their first fiscal year alone.  In May 2017, Colorado hit more than $500 million in tax revenue since recreational cannabis sales started in 2014.

4. Cannabis Can Create More Jobs

According to a new report by Marijuana Business Daily, cannabis-related companies now employ an estimated 165,000-230,000 full- and part-time workers, making the industry a major job generator.  People working in crop farms, marijuana dispensaries,  vaporizer manufacturers, and cultivation lighting businesses are only a few of the tens of thousands of workers who have benefitted from this “budding” industry.

5. Couples That Smoke Weed are Less Likely to Experience Domestic Violence

Because cannabis slows you down, the more it is smoked, the less violence there is. When individuals smoke weed together, they are less likely to engage in domestic violence because they are less aggressive when encountering threatening stimuli.

6. Only 9% of Cannabis Users Become Dependent

While cannabis is not completely harmless, it is less addictive than other substances. When put into comparison with other substances, 15% of alcohol users become addicted, 32% for tobacco smokers, and 23% of heroin users.

7. Moderate Smokers May Have Higher IQs

Carleton University conducted a study finding out that cannabis consumers that smoked around five joints a week had higher IQs than those who did not smoke. Initially they held IQ tests for subjects aged 9 to 12. After a couple years, they had another IQ test when the subjects were between 17 and 20 and categorized by level of cannabis use. The tests results revealed that moderate smokers scored the highest.

One of the biggest problems the cannabis movement faces is that people are uneducated about it. Enlightening them with the truth is one way that can help stop the spread of misinformation. For a society to progress, its people should be more aware and knowledgeable of issues at hand. Through this article, we hope that misconceptions regarding marijuana are cleared out and that people form an opinion of it because of its facts.

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FROM:   https://cannabis.net/blog/opinion/7-marijuana-facts-you-should-share-with-antipot-people?inf_contact_key=10709b4dae8f426b571426db1630689cbeb3b2e00340ad5184f90b50cf0b2e8b