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Study: 24% of Cancer Patients Use Medical Marijuana, 74% Want More Info

Study: 24% of Cancer Patients Use Medical Marijuana, 74% Want More Info

According to a new study published in the journal Cancer, nearly one in four cancer patients have consumed medical marijuana in the past year, with more than one in five having consumed it in the past month.

“Cannabis is purported to alleviate symptoms related to cancer treatment, although the patterns of use among cancer patients are not well known”, states the study’s abstract. “This study was designed to determine the prevalence and methods of use among cancer patients, the perceived benefits, and the sources of information in a state with legalized cannabis.”

For the study, “A cross-sectional, anonymous survey of adult cancer patients was performed at a National Cancer Institute–designated cancer center in Washington State. Random urine samples for tetrahydrocannabinol provided survey validation.”

926 cancer patients completed the survey, with a median age of 58 years. “Most had a strong interest in learning about cannabis during treatment”, with 74% wanting “information from cancer providers.”

Previous cannabis use was common (66%), 24% used cannabis in the last year, and 21% used cannabis in the last month.” Researchers state that; “Random urine samples found similar percentages of users who reported weekly use (27 of 193 [14%] vs 164 of 926 [18%]). Active users inhaled (153 of 220 [70%]) or consumed edibles (154 of 220 [70%]); 89 (40%) used both modalities.” Cannabis was used primarily for “physical (165 of 219 [75%]) and neuropsychiatric symptoms (139 of 219 [63%]).” Legalization significantly increased the likelihood of use in more than half of the respondents.

Researchers conclude by stating; “This study of cancer patients in a state with legalized cannabis found high rates of active use across broad subgroups, and legalization was reported to be important in patients’ decision to use. Cancer patients desire but are not receiving information about cannabis use during their treatment from oncology providers.”

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:35:00 +0000

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Why You Need An Apocalypse Blunt Today

Why You Need An Apocalypse Blunt Today

Smoking a Blunt During the Apocalypse: The Apocalypse blunt

cannabis blunts to end times

We’ve got major hurricanes hitting the US, earthquakes in Mexico, a political system in shambles and discontent on every side of the social spectrum. I don’t want to sound alarmist or anything…but this is starting to look a tad bit apocalyptic if you ask me. 
Fortunately, the nihilist in me could give two shits about the end of the world. Where most people fear such chaotic scenarios…I’m quite chill when it comes to these events. 

That’s why I decided to roll an Apocalypse Blunt. 

What is an Apocalypse Blunt?

I asked my cannabis hookup to roll me a special blunt. I wanted only the finest weed, covered with kief and dabs and rolled in cannabis leaf. This stogie was not cheap. Once I purchased the blunt, I went and vacuum sealed it and placed it in a dark place. 
Now, no matter if there is a foreign invasion, a comet heading straight for earth, alien invasion or zombie apocalypse…I’ll be able to head into it blazed and ready for anything. 

I knew that the blunt had to be special so I ensured that it had the absolute best ingredients. Now some of you might say, “Dude…that’s going a bit too far” but the prepper inside of me knows that the amount of stress during a moment of chaos can make people do stupid things. 

Toking up will allow you to have a moment of peace before the shit hits the fan. It will ensure that you don’t react to the situation, but you take a step backwards and critically assess the event. 

When it’s the end of the world…

Let’s go to the extreme for a bit. Let’s say the apocalyptic event will extinguish humanity as we know it. Don’t you think it would be amazing to go down blazing a big phatty? I mean, if a comet were to hit earth and kill us all…I’d like to go to the beach, whip out my Apocalypse blunt and watch our demise in living color. In most instances, you’d be dead instantaneously and you’ll be going on the ultimate trip. 

Some might say you need to about your wits when you’re faced with dire situations like this. But if death is certain then I say fuck it…let’s go out with a bang. Hell, I might even do heroin if it’s the last day on earth for humanity. 

What if it’s not the end of the world…

Okay, perhaps I’m being a bit too melodramatic with the ‘end of the world’ bit…let’s say it’s a minor apocalyptic event. Perhaps, a super storm were to hit or you’re in an earthquake stuck in your home not able to move. 

If you need to wait for rescuers to come get you…it’s way better to wait completely baked. It might even inspire you to take proactive steps to ensure your survival. I have seen stoners do amazing feats under the influence. In fact, last year I was stuck in a hurricane, next to a river with electric cables dangling mere meters from where I was. I could have been scared or panicked about ‘what could happen’ but I was rather amazed about the power of the storm while I was smoking a blunt. 

During that hurricane, my brother and I made make-shift shelters out of shit we found lying around because we were talking about it while we were high. We survived that storm with flying colors and actually kind of enjoyed it. 

Smoking weed allows you to deal with stressful situations quite nicely. Additionally, when shit really hits the fan…you sober up in seconds. Adrenaline is a powerful chemical and it will certainly take charge if your life is truly in danger. 

WEED STONERS KIT

Having a weed survival kit

The Apocalypse blunt is my ‘this is it’ moment. It’s something I’ll smoke when I know that ‘fucked’ is an understatement. For other semi-apocalyptic events, I have a weed survival kit. No, this isn’t a box having weed and a lighter in it…rather…it’s a shit load of weed seeds. 

Why do I have weed seeds for a dire moment? Let’s say the world descends into chaos, cannabis could very well become your currency. People will still need medicines, food and so forth. I have enough seeds to start a plantation. If all goes to hell, I’m finding some vacant land and starting to plant all those seeds because I know that within the next six months or so…when medicine, food and drugs are scarce…I’ll be the guy to supply to the world. I’ll start hemp fields, marijuana fields and so forth and will ride out the apocalypse like a champ. 

I don’t know…I was really high when I wrote this piece…so maybe it’s just a stoner’s dream…but then again…if all goes to hell…I’ll be prepared. 

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Published at Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Top smoke tricks for beginners

Top smoke tricks for beginners

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Smoke Tricks

Smoke Tips For Smoke Tricks

People smoke different things for different reasons. But smoke tricks are a whole other side of smoking that is starting to intrigue more and more people. It is so enticing to many smokers that they end up visiting an online head shop and getting ready to learn how to do smoke tricks.

There are all kinds of smoke tricks. But obviously, some are a lot easier than others. As a beginner, you don’t have that skill to determine which is considered a hard trick and which isn’t. So we’re going to help you out on that front. Here, we are going to give you some neat examples of easy smoke tricks that every beginner should learn how to do. These are what is considered the first step in becoming a smoke tricks master, so make sure you mater them carefully as you can’t move upward in ranks until you get down everything there is to perfect about these particular tricks.

Smoke Trick #1  The Ghost Inhale

Smoke Tricks

Smoke Tricks “The Ghost” Inhale

The ghost inhales the number one trick you should know as a smoke tricks artists. Its the very first one you should start practicing as well. It’s a really easy trick which will help you understand the fundamentals of smoke tricks a lot faster.

The trick implies that you puff out a ball of smoke which you then rapidly inhale again. Thus creating the appearance of a ghost being inhaled. It goes by some other names as well such as the mushroom cloud.  To make things easier for you, keep the smoke in your oral cavity for a little bit before gently letting it out. This will help with creating the puffball effect of smoke which can then be easily inhaled or “snapped” back in.

Smoke Trick #2  The dragon

Smoke Tricks “the Dragon” Exhale

This is a pretty cool one that all beginners want to learn, for good reason. Sadly enough, you can’t be a real dragon, but you can surely fool a friend or two with this awesome trick.  In definition, it’s really simple, but in practice, it will take you a bit before you get down the mechanics. The trick revolves around taking a drag without inhaling it. After that, blow it out violently through your nose and both sides of your mouth. This will create a compelling “dragon breath” effect which will make you look vicious.

Smoke Trick #3  The waterfall

This is a little more special because you need a prop to do it. The waterfall revolves around taking a drag, then blowing out the smoke inside a bottle which has frozen water at the bottom. Afterwards, simply turn the bottle upside down and watch as your smoke acts as a heavy curtain which falls gently, like a mysterious waterfall. It’s one of the more elegant tricks you can master, especially so early on.

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Published at Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:42:08 +0000

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How To Make Your Very Own Green Lion Salve

How To Make Your Very Own Green Lion Salve

One of the most underestimated treatments- topicals containing cannabis- are often tragically overlooked. It isn’t uncommon to suggest a salve or oil to someone in serious pain and be looked at like you just suggested putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound; however, it is often followed with a look of surprised relief, especially when using the Green Lion Salve.

The Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club‘s version of tiger balm, the Green Lion Salve creates both heating and cooling effects. It can be a very effective anti-inflammatory, bring some significant relief to soft tissue pain and for most people, this happens almost instantly…it also happens to be very reasonable and easy to make at home.

Please note: Green Lion Salve is not to be used on broken skin, if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Ingredients:

  • Massage oil – At The VCBC, we use cannabis infused, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • Essential Oils – Eucalyptus, Camphor, Menthol, Lavender, Tea Tree, Wintergreen, Cinnamon and Peppermint
  • Beeswax

How To Make Your Own Green Lion Salve:

We make (approx 7 x 4 oz’ bottles) from the above proportions

  1. Warm 1 Cup of Massage Oil
  2. Add Essential Oils (by the drop): 7 Eucalyptus, 7 Camphor, 6 Menthol, 9 Lavender, 7 Tea Tree, 7 Wintergreen and 6 Peppermint
  3. Stir all the the ingredients together
  4. Leave overnight
  5. Melt and stir
  6. Add 8 drops of Cinnamon Oil
  7. Add ⅓ -½ cup melted beeswax
  8. Stir and enjoy


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Published at Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:04:14 +0000

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Appeals hearing wraps up on Denver 4/20 organizer's ban

Appeals hearing wraps up on Denver 4/20 organizer's ban

A ruling as to whether Denver’s three-year ban against the organizer of the 4/20 rally will stick or be nipped could come in the next two months.

On Wednesday, a two-day hearing wrapped up on event organizer Miguel Lopez’s appeal of the penalties imposed by the city of Denver following the marijuana-centric event on April 20. The city handed down a slew of violations against Lopez, citing trash and security concerns.

Attorneys for Lopez and the city have until Oct. 9 to submit their post-hearing briefs — providing legal and factual arguments on the case.

Following review of the hearing recordings, materials and subsequent briefs, hearing officer David Ramirez is expected to issue a ruling by Nov. 20, city officials said.

According to the city of Denver, another party could apply for a permitted event on April 20 in Civic Center Park — marijuana-related or otherwise — when the 2018 permit process begins on Nov. 1. Such an move would be dependent upon the outcome of Tuesday’s hearing and whether its outcome triggers additional litigation.

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Published at Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:47:21 +0000

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Washington Regulators Seek Public Comment on Legalizing Home Cultivation for All Adults

Washington Regulators Seek Public Comment on Legalizing Home Cultivation for All Adults

By NORML

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is seeking written public comment and will hold a public hearing on Wed. Oct. 4, 2017 on whether the State should allow home grows of recreational marijuana.

Legislation enacted in 2017 directs the WSLCB to “conduct a study of regulatory options for the legalization of marijuana plant possession and cultivation by recreational marijuana users.” The study must take into account the “Cole Memo,” issued by the United State Department of Justice in 2013, which outlines the federal government’s enforcement priorities in states where medical or recreational marijuana has been legalized or decriminalized. The study and recommendations are due to the Legislature on Dec. 1, 2017

“The agency is actively engaging other states, the public, the industry and stakeholders. We know there are many perspectives to this issue and we want to ensure they are captured for our report and recommendations,” said agency director Rick Garza.

Please enter your information below to contact the WSLCB in support of recreational home grow.

Also, please click here and take a moment to fill out Washington NORML’s survey about home cultivation rights in Washington State.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:26:31 +0000

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Study: Medical Marijuana Patients Reduce Their Prescription Drug Use

Study: Medical Marijuana Patients Reduce Their Prescription Drug Use

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Chronic pain patients enrolled in a statewide medical marijuana program are more likely to reduce their use of prescription drugs than are those patients who don’t use cannabis, according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

Investigators from the University of New Mexico compared prescription drug use patterns over a 24-month period in 83 pain patients enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis program and 42 non-enrolled patients. Researchers reported that, on average, program registrants significantly reduced their prescription drug intake while non-registrants did not.

Specifically, 34 percent of registered patients eliminated their use of prescription drugs altogether by the study’s end, while an additional 36 percent of participants used fewer medications by the end of the sample period.

“Legal access to cannabis may reduce the use of multiple classes of dangerous prescription medications in certain patient populations,” authors concluded. “[A] shift from prescriptions for other scheduled drugs to cannabis may result in less frequent interactions with our conventional healthcare system and potentially improved patient health.”

A pair of studies published in the journal Health Affairs previously reported that medical cannabis access is associated with lower Medicaid expenditures and reduced spending on Medicare Part D approved prescription medications.

Separate studies have reported that patients with legal access to medical marijuana reduce their intake of opioidsbenzodiazepinesanti-depressantsmigraine-related medications, and sleep aids, among other substances.

An abstract of the study, “Effects of legal access to cannabis on Scheduled II–V drug prescriptions,” appears online here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:17:20 +0000

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Groove Grinder From Aerospace (Review)

Groove Grinder From Aerospace (Review)

Mrs. Nice Guy

There are endless options of grinders on the market, so how do you decide which is worth your money?

That’s where I come in…because I just received a Groove Grinder from Aerospace. This 4 piece, 63mm CNC Groove Grinder comes with a magnetic lid, kief catcher/sifter, and a guitar pick scraper with double-lead threading.

I currently have two grinders, one was a cheap “herb grinder” I got for $9 on Amazon, and the other is a Sutra (not a real review) that I received last year that I’ve been using since. While I do love the Sutra it’s a bit different than the Groove Grinder because the shred patterns are different. While the Sutra Grinder has razor sharp shredding teeth, the Groove Grinder uses a coaxial turbine technology for a new type of shredding pattern.

It’s hard to completely remove stems from some buds, especially if they’re super sticky and most grinders will shred the stems along with your buds. That’s not the case with the new shred pattern from the Groove Grinder, it gives you a light feathery grind each time you use it and also separates unwanted materials *cough* stems and sticks *cough* and that’s pretty fucking dope!

The new radial shredding design and the end result of how well shredded my weed was had me impressed. I thought that the consistency did in fact feel different from other grinders which all use the same shredding teeth pattern, it’s nice to have different options. I did find that with stickier buds instead of falling straight through to the next chamber that some of the weed would get stuck and that became kind of bothersome. There is an easy remedy for this, I used the scraper/pick that was included and one of my vape poker tools to poke the product through.

Treat yo self and purchase a Groove Grinder from Vape World ($59.99), they come in a variety of colors.

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Published at Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:22:29 +0000

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September 12 Michigan Medical Marihuana Board Meeting: December Closure Date for Existing Businesses Likely

September 12 Michigan Medical Marihuana Board Meeting: December Closure Date for Existing Businesses Likely

September 12 Michigan Medical Marihuana Board Meeting: December Closure Date for Existing Businesses Likely

A few hours before September 12’s widely anticipated Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board meeting, the State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released its intended approach to currently operating dispensaries. As we reported, LARA announced that its forthcoming emergency rules will consider continuing marihuana operations after December 15, 2017, to be “a potential impediment to licensure.”

This issue, of course, dominated the Board meeting. LARA’s Director of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation, Andrew Brisbo, explained to the Board that the Board cannot act by motion to set policy, or to close dispensaries. Rather, per LARA’s discussions with the Michigan Attorney General’s office, policy must be set by rules. Although LARA must consult with the Board on rules, it is LARA that has rulemaking authority. Director Brisbo further explained that the December 15 date was selected after balancing patient needs with the letter of the law, and that tying the date to the opening of the application period made sense.

Board member Don Bailey, who has been the most vocal in advocating that existing dispensaries are not following the law and therefore should not be licensed, expressed concerns. He disagreed with the December 15 date, and also stated that he believes operating without licensure should be an absolute bar to future licensure, not a “potential impediment.” He moved that the Board request LARA to work with the Board to set an earlier date.

After Board Chairman Rick Johnson seconded Member Bailey’s motion, the other Board members voiced several questions. Board member Vivian Pickard asked who should be setting a closure date, and shared her view that it is the judicial system that should be enforcing current law. Board member Nichole Cover echoed the point that the Board is not an enforcement agency, and that criteria should be set through rules with applicants provided due process. And Board member David LaMontaine asked why the Board was even discussing a rule.

After Director Brisbo further explained the relative roles of the Board and LARA, Chairman Johnson withdrew his support for Member Bailey’s motion. This prompted Mr. Bailey to state that, when it comes to voting for licenses, he will vote against anyone who continues to operate past his own previously proposed date of September 15.

The upshot of all of this activity is that potential applicants are left with LARA’s statement that the emergency rules will provide that operation a marihuana business after December 15 will be a “potential impediment” to licensure. This could leave the Board free to consider evidence an applicant might put forward contending that they have indeed been operating within the limitations of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. Importantly, Director Brisbo made clear that LARA’s emergency rule on currently operating facilities will apply across all license classes. It is not just dispensaries that must pay attention to this rule, but growers, processors, and testing labs as well.  

Whether this is the end of the closure issue remains to be seen. Numerous members of the public argued that, under LARA’s approach, there will be many months between December 15 and when licensed product is available, during which patients may have challenges accessing medical marihuana. Board Member LaFontaine zeroed in on this issue, and seemed receptive to notions of temporary or provisional licenses to bridge the gap. Member LaFontaine, though, also recognized that such an approach would require the Legislature to act.

LARA and the Board are in a difficult position. Current law at the State level does not allow for most of the activity taking place today, and other applicants are abiding by the law and waiting to open. It also appears to us likely that even if there is a December 15 “closure” date, there will be dispensary owners who know that they cannot qualify for licenses—and they will stay open as long as law enforcement does not take action against them. We fully expect this controversy to continue for months, and possibly as long as another year.

Apart from the closure issue, there were other important announcements from LARA. Director Brisbo announced that non-refundable application fees will be in the range from $4,000 to $8,000 per license. After a decision is made to award an applicant a license, the regulatory assessment fee in the range of $10,000-$57,000 will need to be paid before the license is issued. Additionally, LARA announced its selections for members of the public workgroups that will advise LARA on final rules for the industry. If today’s Board meeting is any indication, those of us who have been chosen for those workgroups will be hearing from many passionate members of the public.  

Stay tuned to Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

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Nevada May Become First State to Allow Marijuana Clubs

Nevada May Become First State to Allow Marijuana Clubs

Marijuana clubs where the plant can be consumed onsite aren’t prohibited under Nevada law, according to state officials.

This means that Nevada may soon become the first state with legal marijuana to have marijuana clubs or lounges; such facilities are illegal in the seven other states where the plant has been legalized (although several states, namely Alaska and Colorado, have been discussing allowing them for some time now).

According to the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, the state’s marijuana law does not prohibit city or county governments from operating a marijuana club or lounge where visitors may use marijuana onsite. This means that if a city or county chooses to approve of such outlets, they are within their legal right to do so.

In Nevada, it’s legal for someone 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana, though there’s currently no place for them to consume marijuana outside of a private residence; this makes it particularly challenging for tourists, given most motels don’t allow marijuana to be consumed, and consume in public remains illegal. Establishing marijuana clubs would give tourists and Nevada residents alike a place to legally consume cannabis, similar to how people can consume alcohol at bars.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:27:26 +0000

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