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Imagine…How One Precious Life Can Affect So Many

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Imagine…a world with complete medicinal freedom; where the only thing standing between you and the medicine you need is your doctor. Can you even picture it?


In high school, they taught us smoking one joint was the damaging equivalent of inhaling an entire pack of cigarettes. Marijuana was so harmful it was classified with heroin and considered a top tier threat by our government, and our government had everyone’s best interest at heart: its job was protecting us from the harms we couldn’t even imagine. Huh???


I watched my country, America, come together through 9/11/01. I was in grade school andScreen Shot 2013-03-20 at 3.31.26 PM witnessed American flags popping up endlessly; swinging above people’s doorsteps, stickers in car windows, proud banners hanging from store to store. What I saw was proof of my country’s resilience, unity and loyalty.


So, now that I see the world through a slightly more experienced lens, I recognize that America is not just comprised of heroic acts of kindness and love seen in moments of great far-reaching pain. It is also composed of the tragic moments not quite potent enough to be widespread news, but too hideous to even imagine.


blogger-image--2067957546Nearly four and half months ago, a four-year old child named Cash Hyde passed away in the arms of his father from a brain tumor. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumor at one and a half years of age and was told he only had a few weeks to live. They began chemo right away and this brave little soldier stood up to battle. When the doctors told his parents that he didn’t have any time left at the age of two, his father did what any parent would; he went out looking for a better answer. The best part is, he found one. He went to a ‘legal’ dispensary and bought MMJ oil because cannabis had been shown to have anti-tumor properties. He personally gave his child the oil through his feeding port and within weeks the tumor was gone. Imagine such a miracle! Of course, the doctors wouldn’t credit an oil, but they didn’t deny the results, either.


Then U.S. Attorney Melinda Hagg decided that the Department of Justice didn’t haveScreen Shot 2013-03-20 at 3.34.32 PM enough critical problems to deal with. Heroin seizures had more than doubled from 2007 to 2011, etc., yet she focused her energies and resources on attacking the cannabis industry instead. The state where Cash Hyde and his parents live stopped carrying any cannabis oil – all the dispensaries were scared out of business. The tumor returned. Despite the outpour of help from around the country, medicine arrived too late…


The tumor came back. Cash had gone too long without his life saving marijuana oil.


Cash rests in peace now and we are so grateful to know he never has to suffer again.


But still, I’m left frustrated. Our country, founded on the principles of religious freedom and a live-and-let-live policy, is now somehow being run by an overreaching and meddling bureaucracy. So what, imagine with me if we let people take whatever palliative measures they see necessary? Maybe our loved ones might suffer less? Maybe they might live?


Cash DateI can’t passively accept that Cash died just because some people are too closed-minded and uninformed to realize that lives are at stake here. We owe it to Cash (and our country) to fight this battle to the finish line. Take a stand and fight for the right to access the medicine of your doctor’s choice. Just imagine if the next person needing the medicine is your child.

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Talking to Someone who uses MMJ for Chronic Illness

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Medical Marijuana alleviates the symptoms caused by many chronic illnesses, from cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease, and anorexia to migraines. It has been known to treat nausea, headaches, migraines, myalgia, light sensitivity, anxiety, depression, pain, epilepsy, and spasticity, and it has even been shown to reverse Glaucoma.


Marijuana is also a recreational drug for many, thus thrusting those using it for pain relief into a group they never signed up to join. The truth is, these patients are part of an invisible group called the “chronically ill.”


“When people we care about are in pain, we want to offer words of encouragement, help ease their pain and motivate them to stay hopeful. Unfortunately, our words of cheer can often be misinterpreted by those who live with chronic illness. Rather than feeling supported, our words can evoke the feeling of “she doesn’t understand my life at all.” This can permanently affect our relationships.”


With National Invisible Chronic Awareness Week having just passed, it seems only appropriate to discuss this topic but with a focus on chronic pain eased by marijuana.


I have taken some of their tips given for talking to a loved one suffering from chronic illness and applied them to the common issues with which MMJ users deal on a regular basis.




You look so good!


Although this seems like a compliment, it’s frustrating to an ill person. Although he or she may wish to look better than they feel, it seems as though you are saying, “You can’t really be sick. You look fine to me.” Those using medical marijuana may be able to mask their symptoms after medicating and, while you are only trying to be positive, it invalidates a person’s pain and symptoms.


You need to just stop lying aroundthinking and get busy.


True chronic illness doesn’t heal itself because of distraction. When chronic pain sufferers turn to MMJ to relieve their symptoms, many of their moments on the couch can be misconstrued to represent the common stereotype of the couch-locked burnout. Although some people may dwell on the details of their illness, it can seem emotionally overwhelming when your life revolves around new symptoms, medication side effects, infections from a lowered immune system, and the illness itself. He or she would likely love to do something fun, but fatigue and pain prevent it.


You should try this new supplement instead of MMJ.


Cannabis has unique pain relieving chemical compounds called Cannabinoids that are present only in this plant. No other plant in the world will do exactly what MMJ does. Just because marijuana is an herb doesn’t mean that any other herb found at a natural heath store that says “pain relief” is a replacement. Each person’s body chemistry is unique and it is critical to discuss your regimen with your doctor and get their approval before making any changes.


I wish I had the luxury of being sick and getting to smoke all day instead of having to go to work.


Most people want to be able to work, and being physically unable to do so can cause great depression. The added worry of being labeled a ‘stoner’ is the last thing a sick person needs. Those with illness realize they don’t have the burden of getting up and going to work each day, but they also have medical bills that they may never be able to pay off, as well as fears of not being able to support themselves. They don’t have as much free time as you think. The medical appointments, pain and paperwork take a large portion of time.


Don’t give in. You need to fight this illness.


Those who are ill are fighting their illness every day they wake up and get out of bed. They use marijuana as a supplement to their pain management because of the vast array of symptoms it can treat. And on the days they can’t get out of bed, they are determined to still have a life that is full of joys and memories, special events and loved ones. By taking medication or trying a new therapy or deciding to use MMJ for as long as they need it to find relief, they are not “giving in.”


Illness is caused by stress. You just need to learn to cope better.


While illness can be exaggerated by stress, stress rarely is the source of the genetics that Anxietycause illness. One of the symptoms MMJ treats is anxiety or stress, and so by using MMJ they are treating their stress but the cure or resolution of the illness doesn’t lie in stress management. Their problem is their illness. These patients are simply choosing to mitigate their stress while managing pain and other symptoms. Those living with an illness are doing the very best they can to cope, but comments like the ones above make them, well, stressed.




I don’t understand, but I care about you.


You don’t have to get a personal understanding of what they are going through. You just need to respect their need to use Marijuana and do your best to accommodate them when they need to medicate. You don’t have to try to fix their illness, and instead of saying, “I know exactly how you feel,” an ill person would love it if you would just admit, “I don’t have any idea what you are going through, but I am here if you need to vent.”


Sometimes we just need one person who will listen without judging and then we can move on to other topics.


If you need to cry, I have plenty of tissues.


For those people who are unfamiliar with MMJ, its effects can vary and regulations are needed, until then it can be unpredictable in its effects at times as each person reacts differently. A person dealing with chronic pain may from time to time over-medicate causing a range of MMJ’s negative side effects, including emotional sensitivity, anxiety, coughing or even the sweats. The alternative, pain pills dispensed at your local pharmacy have a much longer list of potential negative side effects as well as higher likelihood that the user will experience these side effects.Between the emotions certain medications cause, plus the stress on our marriages, careers and more, we occasionally need to cry.


Instead of being one more person who says, “Don’t cry,” tell your friend you will sit with her while she cries. It is an intimate gift that only true friends will offer.


I’m bringing dinner Thursday. What can you eat?


People who are chronically ill rarely have anyone bring them a meal or take their kids for a play date. Since moms and dads with illness do their best to keep up with life, they are seen out and about and they “look just fine.” But you may never know how much they suffer silently in their home. Many MMJ users never smoke the medicine. Many eat foods in which THC has bonded to the fat molecules within the food through the use of heat (e.g. baking or frying). They may not be able to eat until after medicating. Try not to be offended if when sitting down to the dinner table, they need an extra minute before the meal to medicate.


A meal for the family or babysitting the kids so parents can have a date night is a great way to provide support.


I am going to the store tomorrow. What can I get for you?


If you are running some errands, let your friend know in advance so he or she can write a short list. Being able to pick up heavy things can also be helpful, like a gallon of milk or laundry detergent. Bring them into the house and ask if you can put them away. They will never say it, but you have probably just saved them hours of pain and possibly extended the time before they next need to medicate.


You are going through so much, yet you still have such joy. How do you do that?


If you see a friend who is coping well with his or her physical limitations, ask yourself what you could learn.


Rather than saying, “Thank goodness that isn’t me; I could never do that,” ask them what motivates them when they are in pain, or how they prioritize to make the most of limited energy. Where do they find hope when the circumstances look bleak?


Those who live with illness learn a lot about the ups and down in life and would love the opportunity to share the wisdom they have discovered.


Smoking medical marijuana for pain isn’t about having a good time or fitting in, it’s about surviving under the best conditions available. If you know someone who uses MMJ for pain, I urge you to respect that need and leave your pre-conceptions at the door. The majority of us were taught in our childhood to be skeptical of marijuana and those that use it. It’s important to remember that with all stereotypes, there is some truth behind them.


Marijuana is like any other drug in that: If you choose to abuse or overuse it, you can expect an increase in the negative side effects such as impaired cognitive functioning and memory problems and your chances at maximizing its benefits dwindle. Being sick doesn’t change that fact. The difference with MMJ is you can NEVER die from an overdose and you have control over whether or not you let it be a negative or positive force in your life. Help those in your life who need MMJ to see it as a positive force in their life here to aid in their recovery or assist in their palliative measures and nothing more. Often the best thing you can do is just offer support. So don’t worry too much about what you say or what you do. Just let them know you are there when they need a helping hand.

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Nathaniel Morris: Cannabis Activist And Scientist, As Seen On Weed Country™

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Much like myself, Nathaniel Morris is a redhead with a real thirst for knowledge and developing connections with others. For the year that I’ve known him, he’s shown himself to be a gracious, caring individual who wishes to impart knowledge and absorb it as often as possible.

Nate has been growing cannabis since he was 12 years old and has earned his position as one of the world’s most known cannabis connoisseurs. He is most famous for his television roles on PBS and the Discovery Channel show, Weed Country, where he helped treat a child’s epilepsy with cannabis oil high in cannabidiol (CBD).

As a leading expert in cannabis cultivation and politics, his thoughts are always intriguing and seemingly at the forefront of the medical cannabis movement. When I asked him to describe his relationship with cannabis, you’ll see that it’s not quite what most people would expect.

Meet Nathaniel Morris, A Cannabis Scientist

According to Nathaniel, plants and animals have always been his primary focus. His love for cannabis goes down to a biological level and has shaped his career as a cannabis expert and activist.

nate“I’ve always been a science geek, ever since I was a little kid,” Nathaniel explains. “Before I started growing cannabis, I was growing other plants and I was collecting algae. I have always been interested in botany, plant medicine, animals, microbial life, and soil, all of that.”

Morris explains that he was fortunate enough to grow up during the period in our history when we rediscovered cannabis as a medicine and a plant in general. “I grew up in Canada and I remember sending away for seeds at Marc Emery seed bank,” he told me. “I remember reading about the Smiths in HIGH TIMES. I remember when they discovered the endocannabinoid system. I remember when they discovered all these links between cancer treatments and cannabis. I’ve been closely following the developments of science this whole time; it’s kind of exploding now, but I feel like I’ve gotten a front row seat to this golden age of this medicine.”

“Before I started growing cannabis, I was growing other plants and I was collecting algae. I have always been interested in botany, plant medicine, animals, microbial life, and soil, all of that.”

As a scientist, Nathaniel is personally interested in following the latest global research, and he is a powerful force in terms of sharing information about the benefits of cannabis online. He regularly shares his findings both in his YouTube series, The Cannabinoid Chronicles and on his personal website.

All that being said, Morris says that cannabis hasn’t been the sole focus in his life. He used to work with exotic animals in a private zoo and has taught biology in both Canada and the US.

“When I started really focusing on cannabis as a career, I took a lot of my public speaking and educational skills and applied that to the Cannabis science,” Nathaniel explains. “As the internet became much more popular, I started getting more and more people reaching out for advice on their grows and plant biology.”

Life As A Cannabis Activist: Rewards and Sacrifices

With the prohibition and demonization of cannabis over the years, it only makes sense that families might have reservations about their children working in the industry; the Morris family was no exception. At age 16, Nathaniel was busted for growing cannabis, and his parents were not pleased. It wasn’t until much later in life that they saw the positive effect he was having.

“There’s a lot of eye-opening stories and people’s lives that have been turned around, so at this point it’s pretty hard to pass too much judgment,” Nathaniel explains. “I definitely have their support at this time, but its tough and I don’t blame them. Back before this was recognized as a serious medicine, you have this teenager who is just really interested in growing cannabis and breaking the law, you’d kind of have to be crazy to support that.”

Describing how the perception of his parents and law enforcement has affected his decision to go public as a cannabis activist, Morris had the following to say: “It’s something I’ve had to wrestle with this whole time. Even in recent years, I made the choice to go on national television – I did that with my eyes wide open. I thought there was a better than 50% chance that I would wind up in jail. Before that, I was on PBS and almost everybody told me I was going to go for jail for that. Then I did a consulting project with George Washington University, which was commissioned by the federal government. They used my quotes directly to send to the federal government, so I’ve stuck my neck out a lot. Once you’re on the radar, there isn’t any point to backing down at that point, so it just becomes this escalating commitment of a cause. There have been plenty of times when I’ve woken up in the middle of the night wondering what I’m doing.”

Morris goes on to explain that he realizes there are people that came before him who had to risk their freedom in a time when they would lock you up and throw away the key for growing cannabis. “What those people have done blows what I’ve done out of the water,” he says.

Who Is Nathaniel Morris?

Nathaniel hasn’t had a time in his life since he was 12 that he wasn’t actively involved in cannabis farming in some form of another.

“I am a biology geek and I was working at a private zoo and at nighttime, I had a business taking care of people’s aquariums.  The aquarium business is basically bought and paid for by the stoner community.  People love to get high and stare blankly at fishtanks.  I started taking care of some fishtanks for a couple dispensaries which very quickly led to, ‘Hey, could you help me set up a grow?’”

“There’s never been a point where I haven’t been actively involved in someone’s garden.  I moved from Canada to Southern California when I was 20 years old and that was right around the time when Prop 215 passed and California was the first medical state.  It was slow to take on at first, but I remained optimistic.”

Nathan continues, “Then there was this crazy tipping point where a couple dispensaries opened and then a couple more and a couple people went and got medical cards. And before you knew it was like, ‘Did you hear you can buy weed in stores now?’ Then doctor recommendations quickly went from $300 to $200 to $100 to under $50 today. All of a sudden there were more dispensaries than Starbucks in Los Angeles.”

He goes on to say, “When I made the journey out to Humboldt, I moved into this remote mountain community that had hundreds of cannabis farms. As a researcher, people would invite me over basically to just show me what they have going to get an opinion. After getting to see one farmer after another, was when I really started to really get a deeper understanding of how the plant worked.  There is just a lot of insights that I couldn’t get while I was growing out of people’s closets or out of one room.”


Nathaniel Morris Stars in The Discovery Channel’s Weed Country™

According to Morris, he originally agreed to do the Discovery Channel [special] to talk about cancer. However, the pediatric epilepsy storyline presented itself during filming and he believed it was more gripping.

“I feel like the recent surge of awareness is incredibly compelling and important,” he explains. “When I had the chance to help raise awareness about the pediatric application, I saw that as potentially game-changing event; I think Sanjay Gupta saw the same thing, and [his public statement in favor of cannabis] came out later that year.”

Morris notes that the recent stream of success stories from parents of special needs children have been a great help in changing the negative perceptions about cannabis. “A lot of what works against us is this notion that all the activists have ulterior motives,” he explains. “That just goes away when you’re talking about special needs children. There’s no ulterior motive there; they go from having seizures to not having seizures.”

Bringing everything full circle, Morris said he believes another “game-changer” could be on its way, this time in regards to cancer. “After all the unbelievably compelling evidence of cannabis being able to treat pediatric epilepsy, the science behind that in terms of what a doctor would recognize, is much more compelling in cancer than in pediatric epilepsy,” he explained. “You can’t do in vitro cultures of pediatric epilepsy the way you can culture human cancers and then expose them to cannabinoids. So there is way more hard data documenting cannabis as a cancer treatment than you may think.”

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Rethink Cannabis: Treating Cannabis As A Dietary Essential

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Nathaniel Morris and his wife Emily Aryn Morris are the founders of ProPlantWare, the platform for their movement, Rethink Cannabis.  We have all been tainted by the reputation that cannabis has attained over the last 80 years whether we realize it or not.  This movement is all about abandoning your pre-conceived notions, whether they are positive or negative.

“If we stop thinking about cannabis like a medicine, and start thinking about it like a food, the whole notion of how we approach it changes.” – Nathaniel Morris

A crucial concept that is vital to fully appreciating and benefiting from cannabis hasn’t been making the headlines like it should.  The notion of cannabis as a food is still a recent one to Nate, he admits.  Now that he sees the plants true potential more clearly, he and Emily envision a new route to help spread the word.  Dr. William Courtney, an MD known for his youtube videos and website advocating for juicing cannabis, has been a hero for the cause and many of his ideas are at the heart of rethinking cannabis.  Dr. Courtney began treating his terminally ill wife, Kristen almost ten years ago with juiced cannabis.  Kristen now lives pain free as long as she drinks her juice every eight hours and they have produced three beautiful children.

Cannabis: Food For The Soul

While Dr. William Courtney is one of the few doctors who understands the power of raw cannabis, the rest of the medical world has yet to catch on. Nathaniel Morris has a theory as to why that is.

nate“Most doctors are very reluctant to accept cannabis as medicine because it’s not how they’re taught to treat medicine.  It’s very easy to criticize these doctors but I feel like the way bigger problem is that both the cannabis community and the doctors, we’ve been claiming this dichotomy where it’s either this dangerous drug or this highly effective medicine, when in reality it’s a food.  When you actually embrace that as a concept, and actually play out the implications of what that means, it changes everything.  The real problem with clinical trials not working for cannabis is because they tend to ignore the entourage effect.”

Nate dove right into the deep end of a serious debate we face when moving forward with how to utilize cannabis safely as a society.  For those of us who have been eating cannabis for years, ‘cannabis as a food‘ has already been a natural part of our paradigm.  To those only familiar with marijuana as a drug, it feels like a big leap to equate it with spinach after seeing or feeling the psychoactive effects.  This is when understanding the process of  decarboxylating your cannabis becomes very important.  If the plant is never exposed to heat and consumed while fresh, the plant will not have converted the THC-A (tetrahydrocannabinol acid) into THC (the cannabinoid credited with the psychoactive effects) yet.  The ‘A’ stands for acid or in layman’s terms, the plants natural fresh juices that dry out not long after being cut.  THC-A won’t get you high when consumed raw.  Cannabinoid acid, which includes all of the cannabinoids, has been shown to cure a wide array of ailments from cancer to pediatric epilepsy.  Cannabis is not simply a drug that only serves one purpose.  It is a wonder plant full of potential that we are just beginning to unleash.

Nate believes there is a key obstacle cannabis has faced in earning further recognition in the modern medical world.  He shares, “The way doctors are taught to practice medicine and the way the FDA approves drugs is by isolating specific chemicals and doing clinical trials on those chemicals.”

The magic behind the way cannabis treatments work is in the entourage effect. This is more easily understood as the interdependent relationship the different types of cannabinoids share and their coexisting performance in our systems. No isolated cannabinoid works as effectively as the combination of them all. This fact disqualifies cannabis from a vast majority of studies recognized by the FDA. Some doctors see this as the end of the road, while others are using it as an opportunity to explore a new way of looking at medicine.

Nate continues, “I’ve done consulting with firms that were trying to isolate a handful of cannabinoids and then fixing them in the facility where they wanted to do the study.  If you accept that it’s a food, that all goes away.  There’s no expectation of doctors performing clinical trials on a food and it’s not that they’re being unscientific, but that’s never been how we approach food.”

After consulting with Dr. Bonni Goldstein, MD who specializes in treating pediatric epilepsy with cannabisin the Los Angeles area, a general consensus is agreed upon: the way we research and understand medicine needs to evolve.

After I shared Nathaniel’s quotes with Dr. Goldstein, she quickly replied, “I agree with him!  I see cannabis as a food that can be used as medicine – I see people who are curing disease with the natural foods that they eat and cannabis is just another food plant.  Doctors are not taught one thing about how real food can cure so its no surprise that they, as a group, can’t (and won’t) accept cannabis as a food that is a powerful medicine!”

At this point, it’s just a matter of spreading the word so we can update our practices.  Rethinking cannabis is all about promoting the concept that nutrition and medicine often are one and the same.

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Rethink Cannabis: Is Cannabis A Dietary Essential?

No matter what your relationship with cannabis, this is your opportunity to broaden your horizons. Reach out and share your story, rejoice in others. Cannabis connects us all and rethinking cannabis is our chance to reframe the conversation as a community.

“Treating cannabis as a food also means rethinking how we regulate it.”  – Emily Morris

“Treating cannabis as a food also means rethinking how we regulate it.  The activism community has had great success demonstrating the medical benefits of consuming cannabis.  Unfortunately these victories have been bitter sweet.  Regulating cannabis as a drug often results in the high cost of cannabis, which keeps it out of reach for the people who need it most.  It could also lead to a takeover of the industry by big pharmaceutical firms.  If we regulate cannabis like a food, these problems disappear,” says Emily.

At first glance, the idea of cannabis as a food can feel silly, almost forced.  If you then consider the form we have grown accustomed to seeing a cannabis flower, you realize how unnatural our standards have become.  By taking the plant indoor, hidden from any real world exposure, etc. is all highly aberrant.  Historical cannabis in the wild would be filled with seeds, natural breeding processes, and the flowers would rarely get the opportunity to be properly dried and cured.  The reaction to psychoactive effects of THC have hindered the progress of the approach of cannabis as a food and medicine for the past 80 years.

emilyAs Emily puts it, “Cannabis has been fetishized by our culture. Both sides of the debate put it on a pedestal.  The anti legalization side call it a dangerous gateway drug.  The pro legalization side call it a medical breakthrough.  We believe it is actually a dietary essential.”

Nathaniel admits that his obsession with cannabis did not originally stem from eating cannabis.  He is in the process of rethinking cannabis personally and he wants you to join his journey.  He is reaching out to the strongest members of the cannabis community and asking them to rethink cannabis despite their in-depth chemical and botanical understanding.  We have been so focused on legalizing cannabis, we have eagerly walked down any path that would seemingly result in “free cannabis,” yet “medical cannabis” has shown to be anything if free.  Real organic food can’t be patented and it is easier to keep in the hands of the people.

“Words are powerful. Just switching from the term “Pot” to “medical cannabis” forced our society to rethink how we approach this plant. Now its time to reframe the issue again,” Nate assures me with wholehearted belief in their mission. “I had very different ideas of where this movement was going two years ago than I do now.  I’ve really had to reevaluate what I want to push for as an activist and I just encourage our whole movement to do that.  That’s the concept behind Rethink Cannabis,” says Nate.

The Morris family is asking everyone to share photos of how they are rethinking cannabis on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  You can also email them to for a possible feature.  They want you to make it your own thing and tell your story. Rethinking Cannabis is about bringing out the activist in all of us.

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9 Reasons to Start Juicing Cannabis Today

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juiceCannabis is a plant, first and foremost. “If you should so happen to set it on fire…,” as Kat Williams would say, it may have some effects. However, raw cannabis is loaded with THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinol acid), which must first be converted into THC by heat exposure before it will cause psychoactive effects. Consuming THCA can have a wide array of health benefits, from stopping seizures to helping fight cancer. Additionally, cannabis is a complete protein loaded with Omega 3’s and 6’s. The best part is that you can juice the fan leaves, meaning the parts of the plant that gardeners have been either throwing away or donating to their compost could be helping patients directly.The juice must be consumed within three days of being removed from the plant and should be kept in a cold, dark place, like the refrigerator (but not the freezer) until juiced. Here are 9 reasons to start juicing cannabis today:

1. Better Than Vitamins

Juicing allows the body to absorb more nutrients than by chewing whole foods. This isn’t a slam on whole foods, as we all need to consume natural fiber daily. However, taking in the recommended amount of daily vitamins would be nearly impossible if you attempted to consume them all in whole food form. Juicing is your vitamin solution.

2. Maximize the Plant’s Benefits

As Dr. Courtney says, 99% of the plant is being wasted if you smoke it or cook it.

3. Easy on Digestion

Juicing cannabis has been shown to cause no negative side effects, while eating raw cannabis leaves has been shown to cause stomach sensitivity.

4. Consistent and Dependable

The benefits of juicing cannabis are more predictable, offering a routine you can depend on — something that has not been standardized with flower, edibles, or concentrates.

5. Cannabinoid Acid

Cannabinoid acid is only accessible if you juice the plant.

6. Completely Safe

Juicing cannabis is 100% safe, there’s no chance of fire or that you’ll wind up in a situation resembling Maureen Dowd, as many have found themselves after a strong edible the dosage of which they didn’t know.

7. Unlimited Dosage

Juicing cannabis allows you to consume whatever dose of cannabinoids your doctor prescribes without any worry to you that you won’t be able to handle the “high” because it won’t be present.

8. Highly Medicinal

Cannabis is an anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, disease preventing, cancer fighting vegetable.

9. Open to All Ages

Passing your juice is not like passing the joint so don’t hesitate to share with children, elders, and anyone afraid of getting high.* It won’t harm children; it won’t harm grandma and it won’t get you high. It can only help.


Blending cannabis is an art. It’s important to blend slowly and expose the plant matter to as little heat as possible. Even the smallest heat exposure can begin converting THCA into THC, which will make the user “stoned.” This way the benefits of THC can be gained without the psychoactive effects, a combination often desired by medical patients. While THC has intoxicating effects that can be enjoyed recreationally and aid in palliative relief, the raw plant has broad potential for system-wide therapeutic and nutritional benefit. We must protect the plant first so that patients always have access to the medicine they need in its most basic form. If you take a moment to rethink cannabis, the answer is simple: just juice it.


*Be extra careful to keep heat exposure to the plant at an all time low to prevent psychoactive effects.


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Know What You’re Consuming: How To Accurately Dose Infused Edibles

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Know What You’re Consuming: How To Accurately Dose Infused Edibles


When cannabis is smoked (or vaporized), the effects are immediate because we intake the smoke into our lungs alongside oxygen. Edibles, tinctures, and salves take longer to kick in and the effects are not the same. Many people are making the mistake of not learning enough about an edible before they begin to munch.

Understanding Cannabis Consumption Methods and Their Effects

What I tell all of my patients is, “You can always eat more, you can’t eat less.” If you are new to edibles, don’t take a giant bite out of just any cookie you get from the dispensary. It’s important to read all the labels, ask any questions, listen to your body very closely, and tread lightly.


“When something travels through your saliva it takes only minutes to get to your brain; when you consume food, it has to pass through your stomach and liver, which will take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.”


Just because something tastes good, doesn’t mean you’re supposed to eat all of it in one sitting. This experience will resemble the first time you tried a drug, whether it was alcohol or a pill prescribed by your doctor. The effects are unexpected and anything can be overdone, resulting in a negative experience.


If you medicate with a sublingual like a lozenge or tincture, the effects will occur much quicker than with something that you chew and digest. When something travels through your saliva it takes only minutes to get to your brain; when you consume food, it has to pass through your stomach and liver, which will take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Faster metabolisms will result in quicker effects.


It’s also important to understand that what you’ve already eaten and what you eat with your edible can alter the effects. Just like your doctor warns you not to eat grapefruit with certain cholesterol medications, if you eat mangoes, the effects will be increased and last longer. Also, the effects will change if you mix alcohol or other drugs.

Don’t End Up Like Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd of the New York Times recently spent an evening on the floor of her hotel bathroom in Colorado because she claims to not have realized that her edible was supposed to be broken into 15 doses.


For the general public, this may sound unsafe and excessive until you consider the patients with chronic painwho have been ingesting edibles for decades. Their tolerance is likely quite high and edibles are often the best way to help. Those interested in partaking in legal adult cannabis consumption in Colorado and Washington are encouraged to tread lightly when dealing with edibles.


toni foxToni Fox, who owns 3D Cannabis Center, where Dowd received the edible, had the following to say about the incident, according to The Cannabist: “I believe the dispensary told her what the proper dosage was.” She says, “I believe her tour guide told her what a proper dosage is.” The guide confirmed Fox’s claim that he did in fact show Dowd around during her visit and warned her to be cautious with edibles. “We all know that the world is watching us,” says Fox, whose dispensary was the first recreational pot store to open in January. “He knew who she was. He’s going to inform her correctly.”

Dosing Is Unique To The Patient

If the packaging doesn’t contain specific instructions with clear dosing or mg amounts, do research. You would never take a medication from the pharmacy without knowing the dosage, and you shouldn’t do that here. You can always reach out to the edible company specifically or ask someone at your local dispensary.


Some patients have reported negative effects when medicating with an edible that is made with shatter or any type of solvent-based extracts. If you notice this, discontinue use. If making your own infused edibles from home, it’s recommended to stick with naturally infused oils.


To the very sensitive, this next part is for you. There is a design flaw in blindly trusting the dose recommendations, because everyone requires a different THC or CBD mg dose. There is a tolerance to consider for patients suffering from chronic illnesses who have been medicating with edibles for quite some time. The amount of an edible that a first timer eats is not likely to make a dent for the long-term user.


“It takes a few trials to find your footing, but once you’ve got it, you know your sweet spot.”


Once you get comfortable with how your body reacts to edibles, you will find that it’s just like a new diet or exercise routine. It takes a few trials to find your footing, but once you’ve got it, you know your sweet spot.


That doesn’t mean that all edibles are created equal because they all are absorbed differently. It’s wise to treat each edible as if it was your first. You’ll know when to take the training wheels off.

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Get To Know Dustin Revere And The Revere Glass School

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Get To Know Dustin Revere And The Revere Glass School


Glassblowing and cannabis have a long-standing symbiotic history. Every few months, as another US state legalizes and/or decriminalizes medical cannabis, the glassblowing industry garnishes more attention and increasing acceptance in American culture.


In my search to learn a bit more about the inner workings of the glass community, I had the chance to catch up with Dustin Revere, founder of Revere Glass School. He has been blowing glass for over 20 years, and his experience in the industry is one of a kind.


“Innovation, artistic expression, and education within the glass blowing communities is truly my life’s work,” Dustin says.


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Dustin Revere: 20+ Years Of Glassblowing

Dustin Revere starts his day off by taking his kids to school just like normal parents but instead of going to sit behind a boring desk all day, he heads into his glassblowing studio.  Each day consists of exciting meetings, teaching lessons, or glassblowing ingenuity.


Dustin has a long history working with different art mediums, which his parents encouraged from a very young age.  His dad was a jeweler and Dustin grew up in a creative environment that allowed him to truly follow his heart and pursue his passions however they developed.  Naturally, we are all very curious where his love for glass developed.


“I tried every medium I could get my hands on,” Dustin explains. “I had a lot of creative energy that I didn’t really know what to do with. So, when I was a kid – do you have a penny on you?” Lucky enough, I did.


Inspecting the penny, Dustin tilts it in my direction and explains, “My dad’s a jeweler and I would take a jewelry saw… I would  drill a hole in a penny right here,” pointing at the left corner of Lincoln’s shoulder.


“I was like seven, I would drill a hole in a penny and then cut around Abe Lincoln’s head and his nose and then leave that border and rim (of the penny) then then cut around all the way to his bust with a jewelry saw.”


However, Dustin points out that process is meticulous and not really up his alley. “So, when I got a little bit older, I was learning to sauder and put chains together,” he says. “I would just get them hot and melt the pennies into balls of flow and copper. You know looking back on it, I always played with fire a lot as a kid and I was always very creative.”


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When asked what brought him to glass, Dustin paused and waxed philosophic for a bit before offering this response: “[Glass is] like life. It’s fluid, so it never has a crystalline structure. And it’s fragile, but it’s stronger than steel under certain capacities, like under pressure.”


“The technical difficulty of glass was very exciting for me. Here was something that no matter how hard I worked at it, I could never master.” – Dustin Revere


Before he discovered glassblowing, Dustin spent a year or so perfecting his technique at pottery. Taking to it naturally, his teachers were impressed by his creative approach to his sculptures. His comfortability with fluid art made him the ideal candidate for glassblowing, and it appealed to him in more ways than one.


“The technical difficulty of glass was very exciting for me,” Dustin reminisces. “Here was something that no matter how hard I worked at it, I could never master. It’s not something that you ever master, it’s something that you work with more than master.”


Furthermore, Dustin explains that he was sucked in by the mystery of the glass world: “I was able to do something that people found fascinating, I think, which really was interesting. It was like I was a magician… If someone then had told me that I’d be a famous bong maker, and that my whole thing would be focused on pipes, I would have been like, ‘pft yeah right, Im a classical artist.’ But in reality, pipes has grown [as an industry] and I’m lucky, but I had no intention of going into it.”


It didn’t take long for Dustin to become interested in pipe making. “Here I was, able to make this shape and by nature, just because of its shape, it raised all these emotional reactions from people whether they were good or bad. From my understanding, that’s what art should do. It should evoke an emotional reaction.”

Revere Glass School: The Original Pipe Making School

Revere Glass was founded in 2006, when Dustin realized the scene was in dire need of a pipe making school. Classes are offered in both private and public sessions. The atmosphere at Revere is relaxed, friendly, and down to earth; egos are checked at the door and everyone is on a first name basis.


Most glass schools kick out students who attempt to make pipes and here it is not only encouraged, you can take classes specifically for this. Revere has set the bar high by creating a curriculum based program that you can only find here in Berkeley, CA.


The glass blowing style offered at Revere is a hybrid of American Pipe Making only taught here or through an apprenticeship. It’s a mix of the Venetian style that Dustin first learned and the American Scientific Laboratory style. This fusion is what makes Revere special.


So special, in fact, that one student recently uprooted from Italy and to Revere because this was among the only schools in world where you can learn to make pipes. Considering that Venice, Italy is the hub of glassblowing, this is quite the statement.


“We don’t discriminate against what object you make,” Dustin jokes, “Any object you want to make as long as it’s not meth pipes!”

Revere Glass School: Inspiring The Next Generation Of Glassblowers

There were maybe ten to fifteen famous glassblowers when Dustin first started blowing glass and he has watched it take off like the old wild west. Now, he offers the following advice to aspiring glassblowers.


“It’s not a pipe dream anymore. If you are on your own, you can do it. You just have to take one step at a time. It might be watching a youtube video, maybe its finding a welding torch, an oxygen tank. That’s how I started, it’s not like someone handed me a studio, there was no craigslist at the time, I needed a torch. You have to be ingenuitive. You have a couple choices here, you’re about to go to college or figure out what you’re going to do.


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You could spend a $100,000 and if you’re lucky have a job you hate or you could pay $10,000 and have a career in an industry thats blossoming during this recession. You could make 30k or more a year. I tell that to parents and they know I’m right. America has an insatiable appetite for pipes.”


“If you want to do something creative, you have a lot higher chance of being glassblower than being a rockstar, a musician or even a tattoo artist, It’s not quite flooded yet.” – Dustin Revere


In addition to the classes offered at the Revere School, Dustin believes their youtube videos are helping people learn from home in a way not possible before. “I get phone calls, emails, and comments every day about how the youtube videos have helped people get started in glassblowing. It’s very rewarding. I think we are going to be seeing a lot of new glassblowers coming on the scene. It’s going to create a lot of advancement in techniques and new glassblowers. If you want to do something creative, you have a lot higher chance of being glassblower than being a rockstar, a musician or even a tattoo artist, It’s not quite flooded yet.”


While the rest of us might dream of making spoon pipes or a favorite type of bong, Dustin dreams about how to help us get the job done. “Some people ask me what my favorite thing to make and they expect me to say a sherlock or a bubbler or a retticello, but my answer is glassblowers. That’s what I go home and dream about. ‘How can I make more glassblowers?’ ‘How can I get more people making cannabis pipes in the world.’”


“Look at what Kevin and I are doing,” Revere continues. “We’re figuring out how to get it out to people. I want those people to come to Revere and blow glass. I want people to come collab with us. It’s all a part of the same family. We are all on this safety boat, and we don’t need to fight each other. I want people to realize there’s enough room for all of us; it’s supported my family for years, it will support everyone else too. It is the healing of the nation. People don’t quite grasp it yet, but it’s cool, they’re getting it.


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While it may be surprising to some, Dustin says he has no interest in leaving a legacy in the glass community. “I could care less if people remember what I do after I die.”


Explaining further, he had he following to say: “For right now, it’s kind of cool that people care what I do but after I’m dead, why would I care? When I was a kid, I saw my Dad build a school and I saw that it was possible – that’s what I’m leaving behind. I’m showing my children that it is possible, that you can do it. It’s a struggle, it’s hard, the money is not always there but I’d rather be doing this than sitting behind a desk working for the man. When it comes to Revere [Glass], I do it because it feels right. I do it because it’s fun. What’s legacy? All I have is the moment.”

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Florida Passes Limited Medical Marijuana Law, Legalizes Charlotte’s Web Strain

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Florida Passes Limited Medical Marijuana Law, Legalizes Charlotte’s Web Strain

Florida is now the 23rd state to legalize cannabis in the United States, although it is extremely limited in scope. It is now legal to for five individuals chosen by the state to grow low-THC cannabis, and see that it gets processed into an extract for children and adults suffering from epilepsy, Lou Gehrig’s disease and cancer.

Governor Rick Scott Signed Charlotte’s Web Bill Monday

Governor Rick Scott signed senate bill 1030 into law allowing cannabis with low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to be grown and distributed in oil form to Floridian patients.


gov rick scott“As a father and grandfather, you never want to see kids suffer,” Scott said in a prepared statement. “The approval of Charlotte’s Web will ensure that children in Florida who suffer from seizures and other debilitating illnesses will have the medication needed to improve their quality of life. I am proud to stand today with families who deserve the ability to provide their children with the best treatment available.”


Considering Rick Scott’s personal views toward legalizing cannabis, he seems to have drawn his line more clearly than before. Despite opposition for legalizing cannabis, he is willing to recognize the medicinal benefits and not stand between patients and their doctors. Floridian children with epilepsy and their parents will no longer be forced to move across state lines to access CBD-rich cannabis.


Florida is home to an estimated 125,000 children suffering from epilepsy, who’s parents lobbied very hard to get to this point. The oil and vapor form are legal but smoking cannabis is still illegal. Adults suffering from epilepsy may carry a prescription for the oil as well.


“Today is an important day for our cause, but while tens of thousands of Floridians are one step closer to a healthier life, many times that number can draw nothing but hope from this move.” – Ben Pollara


As for the adults and children suffering from other debilitating conditions, they will have to wait until for November to vote yes on Amendment 2, which will widen the scope of illnesses legally treated by medical cannabis.


“Today is an important day for our cause, but while tens of thousands of Floridians are one step closer to a healthier life, many times that number can draw nothing but hope from this move,” said Ben Pollara, United for Care’s campaign manager.


He goes on to explain, “the only definitive and conclusive solution to removing the barriers faced by patients with debilitating conditions who can benefit from the use of medical cannabis is the approval of Amendment 2 on November 4.”

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