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Alzheimer’s Disease and Cannabis

Years of propaganda have tried to form a connection between dumb/forgetful people and the use of marijuana.  What is ironic about this completely inaccurate stereotype is science is now proving it can help your brain fight off the worst memory disease imaginable also known as Alzheimer’s.  The same plant that has been criticized for its reputation to make the average person more lazy and stupid, could save you from a devastating fate that leaves  your family members  feeling strong emotional pain.  The mainstream media as well as common knowledge will tell you that there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  However there have been many new studies connecting marijuana and THC to the prevention of protein buildup known to cause the symptoms of the disease.  When there is protein buildup there is also inflammation of the neurons which cannabis has proven over and over again to reduce any type of cell inflammation.

I find all this information very fascinating even already knowing all the different medical conditions this plant can treat.  This may be one of the biggest finds for the plant yet as 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimers with no real light at the end of the tunnel.  There are families connected to each one of these individuals so there’s even more lives that can also be positively impacted through effective cannabis treatment. Investigators at The Scripps Research Institute in California in 2006 reported that THC inhibits the enzyme responsible for the aggregation of amyloid plaque — the primary marker for Alzheimer’s disease. (Norml.org)  They also found that it can be used not only to slow the progression of someone who is already been diagnosed, but for those who do not have any symptoms of the disease at all.  It’s preventative and responsive treatment all in one drug.  From what I have researched on forums and from people who have tried different strains as treatment the general consensus seems to be sativa works better for stimulating the mind and having conversation.  It also appears people have had a lot of relief from indica as well, so I think it’s all helpful and more of a patient preference then anything.

For me, the only person in my family that suffered from this disease was my great grandmother.  She passed away when I was very young and I hardly remember her, but I do remember her forgetting who the family was when we visited her in the hospital.. I can’t imagine the pain had it been someone in my immediate family or close friend.  If any of my readers knows someone suffering from this disease and have had a positive experience using cannabis I would love to hear about it.  I’m sure there’s tons of helpful information held by people who have actually used it as a treatment first hand.  If you didn’t have any idea about cannabis potential as a natural treatment option, spread the word!  This type of information should be available to everyone and we should be able to do more in depth research without any government interference.  Something tells me this health information will help erase the stigma that continues to restrain this medicine.

No Effect from Edible Cannabis?

This is a topic where I need feedback from the cannabis culture readers because I can’t find much information on this topic other than through other friends in the cannabis community.  To this day I’m annoyed and confused as to why there isn’t an edible that has intoxicated me in the way it has to everyone else I’ve taken them with.  There is no possibility that they were made incorrectly as I’ve tried edibles from all different sources.  I’ve baked my own , purchased from dispensaries, and been given some quality samples from trusted friends.  There was always no noticeable effect from any of these options and I  usually ate much more then the recommended dose.  It’s pretty much a completely different drug because it’s being processed by the liver and converted to 11-Hydroxy-THC.  Most people would describe the effects as more intense and longer lasting then typical smoked marijuana.  Like I said I’ve seen what it does to a group of people while I sit there wondering why I didn’t just smoke instead.

I do know one other friend that claims to have the same problem as I do but from research online and asking around it seems to be an extremely rare condition.  It’s unfortunate and i don’t know if something is wrong with my liver that makes it unable to convert the THC or what but I wanted to reach out and hear your guy’s experiences.  When you take edibles how many milligrams are you consuming at once?  I’m sure previous  consumption levels  play an effect into how intense a edible experience will be.  I consume cannabis daily, but have a hard time believing that explains I feel nothing from 300mg +of infused-cannabis foods.  If I were to take a few hits of a joint or vaporizer, it would be a far more enjoyable experience to me so clearly it’s not a tolerance issue either.  At this point I’ve pretty much finally given up on purchasing and consuming edibles.

I know I would definitely take advantage of this consumption method if it was effective for me and it’s actually more of a concern for me when I reach old age.  Smoking might not always be a possibility or the most ideal when your body and lungs are more worn out and performing worse.  Either way I plan on using cannabis especially more so when I get older to the increasing number of health problems. If I could find a way to gauge in any way how many people have this issue or know more information about what the problem might actually be please comment below and let me know!  Also thank you guys for helping to contribute to the popularity of my website.  Seeing the growth of readers makes me feel like what I’m doing is valuable and makes working on it so much easier.

How I plan on Getting Involved in the Industry

I am nearly finished with my business degree and I plan on taking that knowledge when the finances are available, and apply it to running a top notch cultivation center.  That’s right I want to avoid being a part of the retail segment altogether.  I believe the effort you put into maintaining a recreational shop when compared to the rewards is not as beneficial as people make it out to be.  Everything is heavily taxed at the retail level in Colorado right now and it’s tough to compete with all the stores operating in relatively close proximity.  Another reason I’m leaning towards cultivation only is because I believe that is where my strength really lies.  Although I’m still very young, I’ve been growing cannabis since I was nine-teen years old and have put countless hours into researching different growing methods. Since I first fell in love with the plant I’ve been reading and researching the best way to carry out every step in the seed to harvest process long before growing myself.  The most valuable knowledge I have been received came from listening to experienced growers and by experimenting myself and seeing how to actually implement things and learn from mistakes.

On the retail side you also have to deal with countless different types of inventory and manage it effectively just like any retail store.  A cultivation center’s only inventory is the large number of plants that definitely also has to be managed closely.  Plants need a lot much more care and time spent on them but they are also the only focus of the cultivation center.  Every grower has their own methods that works best for their resources and knowledge and I would use my own unique method to differentiate my product from the rest.  I believe when you focus in on one thing you can really specialize and create a well known brand name easier.  A brand name in the cannabis industry is huge.  If you read about The Clear cartridges review article I wrote, you understand what I mean by this.  I regularly seek out their brand name when making trips to the dispensary.  If I do it right I could hopefully make a similar effect but with well grown all natural bud.  Strains already differentiate one batch from another but the grower makes a far bigger difference then the strain does and that should also be made available to the consumer.

Like I said before, when the finances are there and I am in a good position to seize the opportunity this would be my dream business.  Growing quality marijuana has been one of the most rewarding skills I’ve ever experienced and to make a career out of it would be a dream come true.  Laws still stand in the way as there are no licences being issued for cultivation or dispensaries yet in Michigan.  I would rather not move and do it here in my home state that I love the most. However if the opportunity comes, I’m not going to sit back and watch it go.

How Likely is 2017 Nationwide Legalization?

There is more than one reason why I believe this question should be addressed.  However, there is one significant factor that led to the writing of this article. That would be the legalization of cannabis in the state of California.  This means an additional 40 million people will be subject to different laws then the rest of us living in the same country.  There is far more momentum from this passage then the 4 states before them.  I really believe it’s going to be hard to ignore the countries most populous state make it clear we need reform in our laws.  On top of that, at the same time Nevada, Massachusetts. and Maine all legalized it in similar manners that allowed the sale of it in many forms.  That means 8 states allow at least possession of personal amounts and recreational shops to open in the states.  Tax revenue will be collected from each one of these states although that will take a year or longer in the states that passed laws this past November.

All these positive changes that have taken place recently are still facing the same old powerful opponents that stand to lose tons of money if marijuana is allowed to be used and sold.  I think it’s very clear that we will win as more and more people become aware of why exactly marijuana was even made illegal and how wrong it is to continue this war.  It’s more of a matter of when this will happen.  The DEA are dragging there feet harder then ever and have refused to even reschedule the drug to a lower category in their nonsense hierarchy of drugs.  They do not want to lose their easiest target and the largest source of their funding and arrests.  There really isn’t as much of a drug problem once you remove marijuana because that’s the key component to all their operations and their way of justifying thousands of jobs.  Taking this all into consideration I say the chances it becomes legal for all 50 states this year is not very good.  I hate to not be optimistic but we are still erasing the stigma to this day that 80 years of prohibition has caused and it may take a little more then this year and a big state decision to change federal law.  Once they start seeing all the tax revenue coming from California in the years to come they may change their thinking.

How to Avoid a Cannabis Arrest

Thankfully the topic of this article is becoming less relevant for more and more people across the United States as we slowly but surely reform our drug laws.  Even though several states have legalized the plant for all adults and lots of others are protected from prosecution due to a medical cannabis laws.  However, for some Americans it’s no safer than it was when President Nixon launched the war on drugs during the 1970’s.  If you live in my home state of Michigan, the threat of arrest for marijuana is still very real if you’re not a registered patient.  The good news is if you’re still liable for arrest in your home state for possessing/using marijuana, there are a number of things to drastically reduce your chances of being arrested.

The number one thing that I tell all my friends and people who use cannabis is do not smoke it in your car!  This tip is so important, yet it’s ignored by countless smokers who enjoy a hot box or love smoking while on the go.  If you plan on driving that car and you also plan on possessing marijuana you better make sure that it’s completely scent free before hitting the road again.  Cops will immediately have the right to search you and they will find your marijuana if you had some on you.  The thing that drives me crazy is that it is completely avoidable.  Use a different car for the hot box or simply go for a walk and smoke outside.  This the most valuable piece of advice and if you only do one thing to protect yourself from prosecution, don’t smoke in the car!

The next best tip I can give is too keep your stash at home and bring only what you know you will need to use with you in the car.  If you followed the previous step, there should be no reason for the police to search your vehicle on the way to your destination.  Never consent to a search because if they have a reason they wouldn’t have to ask for your permission.  When your only carrying what you plan on using at your buddies house or for the weekend trip, then on the way back you are completely clean.  This is 50% of your commute completely eliminated of risk just because you planned ahead.  Marijuana is always safer a home and you are guaranteed far more protections then a vehicle which is subject to search at any time with the help of a drug dog.  If marijuana always stayed at the home(highly unlikely) your chances of being busted are slim to none.  Unless you are growing your own, then you are going to have to be driving with it to pick it up and bring it back at the minimum.  Ask your connection to deliver if possible to eliminate this.  Always remember the privacy of your home can not be compared with anything.

Unfortunately, for the vast majority of people in the remaining black market you will have to drive in possession of this plant.  That’s where my final well known tip comes in, obey all traffic laws at all times when driving with cannabis.  There are plenty of idiots on the road willing to draw the attention of the police away from you.  Speeders are everywhere as well as people who do not signal or ride to close to the car in front of them.  This should definitely comfort you knowing the probability is a lot lower.  It’s definitely still there however and the number of cars on the road also makes a big difference.  Driving home at 1 a.m from a friends house is going to draw more attention to you while following all the laws then 5p.m. on a Friday.

If you take everything into consideration discussed in the article i can guarantee that your chances of smoking in peace are increased.  Until the laws are changed for everyone in this beautiful country, many of us are at risk.  It’s sick and a crime to arrest people for putting something into their own bodies but it doesn’t mean our society won’t do it.  Be safe out there!

 

Massachusetts Cannabis Prohibition is Over

Although it was November 8th of this year when Massachusetts voted to eliminate penalties for personal consumption and cultivation of marijuana, the law officially takes effect today.  For legal sales, the soonest we’ll see stores opening is not until January of 2018 however.  This is huge as Massachusetts is the first state on the east coast to implement a law like this.  Maine also passed the ballot measure to legalize marijuana but it hasn’t taken effect yet.  Keep in mind, these two states are very far away from the next closest recreational state of Colorado.  This is definitely a victory worth celebrating and is the best example of an effective drug policy outside the western coastal area.

So what can the people of Massachusetts do exactly without going to prison or facing fines?  What they should have always been able to do, cultivate and bring up to an oz of buds with them on their person.  At home, the rule is 6 plants per person and total of 12 per household.  You can also have up to 10 ounces kept at home.  Prices at the recreational shops are sure to be ridiculously high when first starting out, so make sure to start your grow now and save some serious cash come 2018.  Tax rates in the state are supposed to be low in comparison to other states like Colorado, Washington, and Oregon but the law of supply and demand the first opening months will guarantee some pricey buds.

For those of us that can’t grow because they don’t have the resources, knowledge, or time to put into an operation, there are no new options for obtaining cannabis.  It’s illegal for people to sell and advertise on Craigslist and other sites so still go to your connection that you used before it became legal.  There is no real legal way to purchase weed it’s suppose to just appear from nothing.(wouldn’t be so bad)  Sticking to this method will not put the consumer at any additional risk instead of going to someone new who is openly advertising illegally.  There have been plenty of cases on the news of police operations based on this idea in other states.  This is a huge moment in history for personal freedom and I am just smiling thinking about the real crime that will be stopped, and the innocent lives that will be saved from the permanent damage of a criminal record.  As long as you remember not to use in public or surpass the limits allowed, you can sleep at night knowing you’re no longer considered a criminal.

The Clear Concentrates Review

If you guys have already heard of The Clear brand I would not be too surprised.  I also had heard of this brand for a while before finally purchasing a pen and some of the flavored cartridges and WOW.  In the past I have used different kinds of personal vaporizers designed to be stealthy that you put wax or bud in but this thing is on a whole different level.  You don’t have to carry any bud or wax on you; all you need is the cartridge that is preloaded and only smells and tastes like the flavor you purchased.  Once the cartridge is empty, you throw it away with the mouthpiece and simply attach your new one on.

To go into some further detail on the cartridges, they are not very large in actual size but last much longer then you would expect.  If you use it several times throughout the day it will still last 3-5 days easily.  That is not bad at all, and if you’re like me the main reason of using this is to have something on the go and be able to use it pretty much anywhere scent free!  The flavors are very accurately labeled and are quite enjoyable and easy to keep puffing on if your not careful.  Tell people it’s an e-cig it looks just like the one’s with tobacco e liquids.  The pen once fully charged via USB lasts all day long and makes it easy to recharge if it doesn’t last for periods of heavier usage.  The ooze pen that I bought at the dispensary with the cartridges allows you to take bigger pulls then expected from its size.  As far as potency goes, if you’re a heavy medical user with a  large tolerance it takes about 3-4 to really feel relaxed which is impressive.  I’ve passed it to a few friends who said 1-2 was plenty to feel the effects.

I definitely recommend trying them out if you’re the type of person that is always on the go and would enjoy a easy and discreet way to use your medicine.  Using couldn’t be any easier as there’s no cleaning or maintenance to be done and all you do is pull to get a hit no wait or button pushing.  The only negative I would mention if anything is that the cartridges are expensive and vary in price by area of dispensary.  Here it’s not too bad and  still worth it but can definitely become a real expense if you start to enjoy it too much.  Price goes 3 for $100 where I live right now and if the price is right get some for yourself, you won’t regret it!

November’s Election- How Much Momentum will be Gained?

There is one thing to look out for in this November elections other than our great presidential candidates.  Cannabis initiatives will appear before voters in 9 different states.  This includes recreational and medical marijuana measures, all individually important in each jurisdiction. The initiatives for recreational use include California, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada.  If all were to pass it would be the most recreational cannabis initiatives passed in a single election year and bring the serious momentum we need for long awaited federal change.  While going state by state is likely the only way to do this, it’s a painfully slow process to wait for a beneficial regulatory system to be put in place countrywide.  Three other states: Florida, Arkansas, and North Dakota will decide whether or not to allow suffering patients legal access to the plant.  Minnesota also will  be voting on whether or not to ease their strict restrictions when it comes to their medical marijuana program.

So starting with California it is probably the most important and crucial win for this election cycle.  This is mainly because of the large population of Americans that live in the state of California.  A large number of people are going to experience two different worlds when they visit other parts of the country after an initiative.like this.  The polar opposites of being thrown in jail and purchasing it from a store is going to apply pressure on law makers to do something sooner then later.  From what I’ve read it has a good chance of passing compared to other states like Arizona.  A similar proposal failed to pass back in 2010 but also was not during an election year where voter turnout will be increased.

Like mentioned earlier, it appears that voter support for recreational cannabis is lower in the state of Arizona.  This does not mean that it will not pass by any measure.  Estimates will always just be estimates.  The law allows for possession of one ounce and six plants at home.  Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada would be the first move for legal weed out east.  All these states already have medical marijuana programs in place.  My prediction is 4 out of 5 or greater of these measures pass and we start to see great change in the perception of the effects these businesses and laws have on the community and economy.  It’s already very clear in states like Colorado that has had similar laws in place for years how positive these changes are but they will become evident to many more while the movement continues to spread.  Get out and vote if you’re in these states and let’s stop this important change from being delayed any longer.

Will Canada Reach Legalization Before the U.S.?

The Liberal government in Canada has announced that 1 year from now, some time during next spring in 2017 they will introduce a law to legalize recreational use of the plant. Details on limits and who can produce and distribute the drug have not been released yet. However, this obviously would be a nationwide law that would take effect in all 10 Canadian provinces.  This would be a huge step in the right direction and would also mean that the United States is way behind with their slow state by state progress.  The approach in Canada seems to be much better and will have more of a positive impact on the amount of people being arrested anywhere across the northern country.

One of the main reasons for this breaking news is the election of Justin Trudeau as the new Prime Minister.  Legalizing marijuana was a huge campaign focus and ultimately helped lead him to a political victory.  Before him, the previous Prime Minister had zero intentions of changing the draconian laws on marijuana.  One change in leadership and there appears to be a very bright future for the economy and criminal justice system coming.

So where does the United States stand?  Well currently for recreational legalization, there are only 4 states out of 50 that allow personal possession/consumption to an extent without legal ramifications.  If you are unable to obtain a medical marijuana license due to the lack of an “acceptable” medical condition in the 24 states that offer medical marijuana programs, you’re shit out of luck and looking at a dim future if caught.  Clearly, the lawmakers and voters are not on the same page and policy is way behind the will of the voters.  There hasn’t been any announcement of nationwide legalization even though most people think that it is inevitable.  My personal opinion is that Canada will beat us by a mile because the DEA and other industries have to much profit to lose from freeing the weed and all the people serving nonsense sentences for it.  There is just simply to much lobbying and misinformation going around and it will continue to take time to undo the damage from this.

I plan on seeing it legal nationwide within the next five years.  I also said that 5 years ago, so who knows how long they can drag it out.  The U.S. started making medical marijuana and recreational reform first, but it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish!

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