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Over $1.3 Billion in Legal Marijuana Sold in Washington in FY 2017

Over $1.3 Billion in Legal Marijuana Sold in Washington in FY 2017

In fiscal year 2017, there was over $1.3 billion in legal marijuana sold in Washington State.

In total there was $1,371,882,585.79 in legal marijuana sold in Washington State in fiscal year 2017, which began on July 1st, 2016, and ended on June 30th, 2017. The state garnered $314,838,969.21 in taxes from these sales. All of this is according to data released by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB).

For fiscal year 2016 there was $786 million worth of legal marijuana sold, resulting in $185 million in taxes. In fiscal year 2015, those in Washington State purchased $259 million in marijuana, garnering the state $64.8 million in taxes.

According to the WSLCB, 508 marijuana retail licenses have been issued throughout the state, along with over 1,110 licenses for marijuana producers and processors.

Since the first licenses issued in 2014, there has been 366,782.11 pounds of marijuana produced in Washington State, equaling over 166 million grams.

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


Published at Thu, 10 Aug 2017 02:40:26 +0000

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Public support for medical and recreational marijuana legalization hits all-time high

Public support for medical and recreational marijuana legalization hits all-time high

An increasing number of Americans are in favor of national legalization of recreational and medical marijuana, and few support a federal crackdown in states that have legalized marijuana for either purpose.

A new Quinnipiac poll released August 3 reported that medical marijuana in particular has broad support: 94 percent of Americans support “allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it,” up from 93 percent 5 months ago, and up 5 points in the last year.

Non-medicinal marijuana is growing in support as well, with 61 percent agreeing that “the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States,” up from 59 percent in February 2017, and up 10 points since December 2012.

In his letters to governors of states that have legalized recreational marijuana last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited “our country’s concerns with marijuana” as something said “federal and state governments should work together to address.”

But only 20 percent of Americans surveyed by Quinnipiac support “government enforcing federal laws against marijuana in states that have already legalized medical or recreational marijuana.” This is down from 23 percent in February, the first time the enforcement action question was asked.

The age group most in favor of legalization is 35-49 year-olds, 77 percent of whom support national legalization, and medical marijuana at 97 percent. Only 42 percent of those 65 and older support general legalization, but 92 percent of this age group supports medical marijuana.

A political party line divide on the issue continues, with only 37 percent of Republicans supporting legalization, while 70 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of Independents support it.

90 percent of Republicans support allowing medical marijuana however, up 5 points from February, and up 9 points from June 2016.

84 percent of Democrats oppose enforcement of federal laws in states where marijuana has been legalized, while 59 percent of Republicans and 77 percent of Independents oppose such a move.

The poll was conducted with 1,125 voters via landlines and cell phones from July 27 – August 1, with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points.

Break-out of responses by age, party, gender, college degree

Full survey available at
DK/NA = Don’t know/No answer

Do you think that the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States, or not?

              Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Women 
Yes           61%    37%    70%    67%    64%    59%
No            33     58     23     29     32     34 
DK/NA          5      5      7      4      4      7
              AGE IN YRS..............    
              18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    White  Non-white
Yes           71%    77%    56%    42%    60%    65%
No            21     21     38     52     35     29
DK/NA          7      3      6      7     5      6
                 Yes     No     DK/NA
Aug 03, 2017     61      33      5
Apr 20, 2017     60      34      6
Feb 23, 2017     59      36      5
Jun 06, 2016     54      41      5
Dec 05, 2012     51      44      5

Do you support or oppose allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it?

           Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Women
Support    94%    90%    95%    96%    95%    94%
Oppose     4      7      4      3      5      4  
DK/NA      1      2      1      1      -      2  
           AGE IN YRS..............    
           18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    White  NonWhite
Support    93%    97%    96%    92%    95%    93%
Oppose      5      3      4      5     4      6
DK/NA       2      -      -      3     1      1
                Supp    Opp     DK/NA 
Aug 03, 2017    94       4       1
Apr 20, 2017    94       5       1
Feb 23, 2017    93       6       1
Jun 06, 2016    89       9       2

Would you support or oppose the government enforcing federal laws against marijuana in states that have already legalized medical or recreational marijuana?

                                                   White w/ 
                                                        College Degree
              Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
Support       20%    34%    14%    18%    23%    17%    17%    24%
Oppose        75     59     84     77     73     77     78     70
DK/NA          5      8      2      5      4      6      5      6
               AGE IN YRS..............    
               18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    White  Non-white
Support        21%    13%    20%    26%    21%    18%
Oppose         75     83     78     63     74     79
DK/NA           4      3      1     11     6      3

                     Supp    Opp     DK/NA 
Aug 03, 2017         20      75       5
Apr 20, 2017         21      73       6
Feb 23, 2017         23      71       6


Published at Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:41:45 +0000

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Alarming Rates of Toxins Found in California’s Illegal Pot Grows

Alarming Rates of Toxins Found in California’s Illegal Pot Grows

The use of chemicals in illegal marijuana grows is rampant in states like California. It’s evident in the toxins left behind by the illegal fertilizers, pesticides, and butane. One investigation uncovered thousands of used butane cans used to process concentrated marijuana dumped in the forest of Humboldt County, California.

California cannabis is moving to a legal market and as the Golden State moves to license growers officials also plan on regulating the use of chemicals. But rules can only be enforced against those who cultivate pot legally.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Deputy Chief Mike Cenci explained to Reuters that it’s going to be an uphill battle to get illegal grows to follow the new rules. Meanwhile, Keith Groves, a supervisor of Trinity County in Northern California tells them “We’ve got 4,000 illegal grows in our county…I’ll be happy if we can get 500 of them to become licensed.”

Ecologist Mourad Gabriel, works with the Forest Service at both the local and federal levels. His guess is that California’s forests hold 41 times more solid fertilizers and 80 times more liquid pesticides than Forest Service investigators found in 2013.

According to unpublished data seen by Reuters, Gabriel, ‘who has visited more than 100 sites in California and is widely considered the top expert on toxics at marijuana farms, calculated that federal land in California contains 731,000 pounds of solid fertilizer, 491,000 ounces of concentrated liquid fertilizer and 200,000 ounces of toxic pesticides.’

Using chemicals in national forests is illegal and have negative effects such as:

  • killing species
  • algae blooms
  • bacteria problems

The estimated costs associated with such damages is upwards of $100,000 to clean up – and it’s the taxpayers that would foot the $100 million dollar bill.

Human exposure to such toxins can result in skin rashes and respiratory problems. The chemicals are so bad that five officials have already been sent to the hospital for exposure to the toxins.

Alaska, Oregon, and Washington are also under fire from federal prosecutors regarding illegal pot grows. “We’re getting contamination over and over again at those locations,” said Gabriel, as toxins move from unsafe containers into the soil and water.


Published at Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:38:34 +0000

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New Jersey Panel Recommends Adding 43 New Medical Marijuana Conditions

New Jersey Panel Recommends Adding 43 New Medical Marijuana Conditions

The New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended the state drastically expand their medical marijuana program by adding 43 new conditions that qualify someone to use the medicine.

After months of studying petitions from patients and physicians, and after holding two public hearing, the Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended adding 43 new medical marijuana conditions, including migraines, anxiety, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, opiate-use disorder, autism and Tourette syndrome. The recommendations, which now must go through several steps to actually become law, would greatly expand one of the nation’s most restrict medical marijuana programs.

The recommendations from the panel will be sent to Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett, who has final say on whether or not the 43 conditions are actually added to the state’s medical marijuana program. There will now be a 60-day public comment period accumulating in a public hearing before Bennett can make her decision.

In New Jersey their are roughly 13,000 registered medical marijuana patients, and five operating medical marijuana dispensaries.

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


Published at Fri, 04 Aug 2017 23:27:48 +0000

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NFL is Interested in Studies of Cannabis for Pain to Treat it’s Players

NFL is Interested in Studies of Cannabis for Pain to Treat it’s Players

The National Football League wrote a letter to it’s players association outlining steps to work with them to study the potential use of cannabis to help in the treatment of pain for NFL players. Currently, marijuana is completely banned from the NFL but this letter is the first sign of a possible cooperation between the NFL and allowing for the plants use for pain management.

“We look forward to working with the Players Association on all issues involving the health and safety of our players,” said Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications.

According to The Washington Post, DeMaurice Smith, the NFLPA’s executive director said in January that the union was preparing a proposal to the league that would result in a “less punitive” approach to recreational marijuana use by players.

“I do think that issues of addressing it more in a treatment and less punitive measure is appropriate,” Smith said to the Washington Post in January. “I think it’s important to look at whether there are addiction issues. And I think it’s important to not simply assume recreation is the reason it’s being used.”

The NFLPA is the players’ union and they have a specific pain management committee tasked with finding tools for players, including marijuana.

Over the past few years there’s been a backlash by former football players against the use of opioids for pain management. Athletes like Kyle Turley, Jim McMahon and Ricky Williams have joined the fight to lobby for the right for players to use it through the nonprofit group called Doctors for Cannabis Regulation (DFCR). DFCR believes that cannabis is a safer form of pain relief than the currently pervasive use of opioids and it can help prevent brain damage, as well as treat the condition.

“There is some early data that cannabis does play a role in neuroprotection. This is the kind of science we’ve put in front of the NFL, hoping they would reconsider their antiquated policies,” Dr. Sisley told The Chronicle. “The bottom line is that cannabinoids are clearly neuroprotective. We have preclinical data at the receptor level that cannabinoids and cannabis are not only involved with brain repair but neurogenesis, the development of new neural tissue. It’s one of the most exciting discoveries of modern neuroscience.”

Dr. Suzanne Sisley, is a member of DFCR’s board and president of the Scottsdale Research Institute. She’s studying the safety and efficacy of marijuana with clinical studies.


Published at Thu, 03 Aug 2017 17:42:49 +0000

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5 Reasons You Should Be Smoking Legal Cannabis

5 Reasons You Should Be Smoking Legal Cannabis

5 Reasons You Should Be Smoking Legal Cannabis


If you live in a state where cannabis is legal but you still have your dealer on speed dial, this article is for you.

It’s high time that people are weaned off the black market as a source for getting weed. As if the synthetic cannabis death scares aren’t enough, there are still people who prefer to spend their hard-earned money on dealers rather than on dispensaries where they can safely get legal pot.

Here are the top reasons why you should be breaking up with your dealer and signing up for an MMJ card:

safe enviroment

  1. Safe environment: When you buy weed on the street, any kind of illegal drug dealing feels odd and isn’t safe especially if this is the first time you’re meeting your dealer. You never know if a cop is lurking around the corner, ready to pounce on you any minute just because you were in need of some wacky tobacky.

On the other hand, shopping at a dispensary provides a much safer environment: there are ID checks, hidden cameras, security personnel, and other operational factors that make it a much safer place to transact in compared to random meet-ups on the street at odd hours of the morning.

cannabis selection

  1. Variety and selection: No drug dealer can compare to the variety and selection offered at even a mom-and-pop style dispensary. This is why the experience of visiting a dispensary is often compared to “being in a candy store” – the sheer number of strains, brands, textures, and flavors of cannabis available in a dispensary can never be matched by the black market.

Most drug dealers can’t give you more information on the kind of weed that you’re buying, aside from the fact that it is what they claim it to be – just pot. Drug dealers don’t have access to terpene profiles, strain types, names, even THC/CBD content – so you really have no idea what you’re putting into your body every time you opt to go illegal.

cannabis dosing

  1. Dosing: One of the widely discussed topics in the medical and recreational community these days is cannabis dosing. Whether you’re smoking, eating, or taking it sublingually, there is no definitive amount to recommend a patient when it comes to cannabis use. There are so many different factors that affect the correct dose.

When you visit a dispensary, you’ll have access to cannabis doctors for guidance on recommended doses. This is especially helpful for cannabis enthusiasts who want to expand their experience and try sampling other methods of administration such as edibles and oils, but aren’t sure how to go about it. Legal cannabis products are packaged in a way that promote transparency in cultivation, so you at least have an idea of how many mg of cannabis there are in a bar of Kiva chocolate, or in each gummy bear. This means no more amateur experiences with edibles – such as that feeling like you’re going to die because you had too many brownies.

pesticides in cannabis

  1. Product safety: Pesticide use is another hot topic – rightly so; it doesn’t make sense to medicate with something that will only introduce toxic, poisonous, and carcinogenic compounds to your body. In the legal market, pesticide use is becoming increasingly controversial, with crackdowns left and right.

When you walk into a dispensary, you can ask questions and make healthier options. In fact, you can even do your research online to find out if a dispensary sells organic or pesticide-free products before you go – these are things that a drug dealer will never be able to tell you. The absence of federal regulation over cannabis is an obstacle for agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from creating guidelines for pesticide use on cannabis cultivation.


  1. Budtenders: Even though the requirements for budtenders differ in each state, at the end of the day they still have to go through a rigorous process to get hired at a dispensary. This means you can (and should be, if you want to be brushing up on your cannabis knowledge) ask them as many questions as you want about various products and strains to ensure that your experience is as pleasurable as possible.

The advice offered by budtenders and pother professionals at a dispensary is highly valuable especially if you’re a medical patient who relies on using top-shelf quality and the right strains for your specific needs. A drug dealer can’t offer you much advice – ‘nuff said there.









Published at Fri, 04 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Best Vaporizer: Utillian 720 Vaporizer Review

Best Vaporizer: Utillian 720 Vaporizer Review

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Utillian 720 Vaporizer Review

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  Honestly, there no issues with this vaporizer to speak of.

FROM BUD: The Utillian 720 Vaporizer is one of my new favorites and I’m putting it into rotation as one of my “go to” vapes.


Published at Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:41:26 +0000

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Fourth Corner Credit Union Obtains Pyrrhic Victory for Marijuana Banking

Fourth Corner Credit Union Obtains Pyrrhic Victory for Marijuana Banking

Fourth Corner Credit Union Obtains Pyrrhic Victory for Marijuana Banking

The long-awaited  Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the case of Fourth Corner Credit Union v. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City was issued this week. In short: the would-be credit union, formed to serve participants in the state-legal marijuana sector, lives to fight another day—but minus its original purpose for existing.


Fourth Corner Credit Union was originally formed to solve an acute problem for marijuana-related businesses (MRBs) and individuals associated with MRBs: the inability to obtain mainstream banking services. Without access to bank or credit union accounts, MRBs remain chiefly cash-based businesses, left to their own devices to figure out how to store money and move it around, including how to pay employees and vendors, and to keep cash safe from theft. 

Despite many state laws allowing marijuana activity, the possession, cultivation, and sale of marijuana all are patently illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued guidance as to how financial institutions may meet their Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money-laundering (BSA/AML) compliance obligations while serving MRBs, incorporating guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to U.S. Attorney’s Offices regarding situations in which federal law enforcement resources should or should not be focused on state-legal marijuana activity. But none of these issuances have the power to change the CSA or other laws, or to authorize financial institutions to serve MRBs in the first place (even if BSA/AML obligations are met to FinCEN’s satisfaction). And so, to date, the vast majority of financial institutions remain unwilling to deal with MRBs.

Fourth Corner’s organizers saw an opportunity to leverage state law to solve this problem. They could obtain a state credit union charter in Colorado, a state friendly to MRBs, rather than a federal charter. (While state-chartered entities are still subject to federal law, it could be possible that state regulators might be more open to allowing their state-chartered institutions to work with MRBs operating legally under their state laws.) Colorado offers the additional benefit of being among the few states to provide a mechanism for allowing state-chartered credit unions to obtain share insurance (comparable to FDIC deposit insurance for banks) from a private insurer rather than from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). That would eliminate the involvement of one more federal regulator, and perhaps keep the credit union’s activity as much as possible within the friendlier confines of state regulation.

But at least one federal authority could not be circumvented. The Federal Reserve controls a major payment system that banks and credit unions use to move money around. Without a “master account” on that system, the Fourth Corner Credit Union would likely not be able to do business, as it would be limited in its ability to move funds.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the entity handling Fourth Corner’s application for a master account, denied the application, due in part to the fact that the credit union’s business model centered on serving members whose activity is illegal under federal law.

Fourth Corner sued in federal district court in Colorado, seeking injunctive relief forcing the Kansas City Fed to give the credit union a master account. In January 2016, the court declined to grant this relief and dismissed the case with prejudice, citing the illegality of marijuana activity under the federal CSA.

Fourth Corner appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, which heard oral argument in November 2016. 

The Tenth Circuit’s Opinion

On June 27, a divided three-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit issued three separate opinions in the case, overlapping in some issues and in direct conflict in others, inviting the need for a Venn diagram to sort out the interplay among the three. But in short, the court vacated the district court’s order and directed that court to dismiss the amended complaint without prejudice. This allows Fourth Corner to have the case heard again.  

While this seems like a victory for Fourth Corner, in practice the purpose of the credit union is  now watered down. This is because Fourth Corner had amended its complaint to provide that it would comply with any applicable law, and thus presumably not serve MRBs that violate federal law, only persons operating legally such as non-MRB supporters of legal marijuana. Since the district court did not directly rule on that amended complaint, the Tenth Circuit said, it can be reconsidered. Thus, Fourth Corner is now free to pursue its case, and/or its master account application, premised on serving only those who are not operating in violation of the CSA or other law. 

On those terms, is it worth pursuing?

To proceed, Fourth Corner must essentially abandon the business model that was its reason for existing—the ability to serve MRBs and persons affiliated with MRBs that operate in violation of the CSA, and who for that reason have been shut out of mainstream banking channels. Now, it appears that Fourth Corner is now free to pursue the ability to operate a credit union that can only serve persons that could already be served by existing banks and credit unions.

If the credit union were to open, given the credit union’s original stated purpose—to serve MRBs, which, by their nature, violate federal law—it is also reasonable to expect that it would be subject to some additional regulatory scrutiny. In particular, regulators would likely be focused on confirming that only legal transactions were flowing through the credit union, and that MRBs were not obtaining services from the credit union under false pretenses. For instance, regulators could require that the credit union establish account opening and monitoring policies and procedures that are more detailed and intensive than would ordinarily be required. This scrutiny could come from state regulators as well, since all bank and credit union regulators have an interest in having their supervised institutions maintain compliance with applicable laws and appropriately mitigate risks. That is not only the province of federal regulators.

In theory, the credit union might be able to open for business to serve a more general population of members operating legally, then later decide to also serve MRBs, as a small number of other financial institutions are doing. However, this would  carry a number of risks. It could be halted at any time by regulators or law enforcement, as, again, MRBs’ activity inherently violates federal law. And if the master account approval were premised on not serving such businesses, the Fed could withdraw account access, to name one possible consequence. And, through publicity from this legal action, the credit union could attract some heightened level of attention from federal authorities.

Takeaways for Marijuana Banking

Does this opinion advance the ball for marijuana banking?

In short, no. The judges, though divided on certain issues, did not give credence to any argument that state marijuana law somehow trumps or abridges the conflicting federal CSA.

Fourth Corner is now free to pursue the ability to open for business to serve persons and businesses that are already operating legally—not in violation of the CSA or other law. This is something it did not have to go to court in order to do.  

The experience of Fourth Corner so far is an important case study. It shows the power that federal law—particularly the CSA—continues to have to encumber the operations of businesses that operate in full compliance with state laws. It shows that there is no way to craft a magic solution to the marijuana banking problem by using only state chartering and licensing regimes. And it shows that the underlying federal statutory  law must change in order for the marijuana banking issue to truly become unstuck.


Published at Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

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What is CBD or Cannabidiol?

What is CBD or Cannabidiol?

What is Cannabidiol (CBD) and what does in help?


Not all Cannabis consumers are into it for recreational reasons. In fact, more awareness is almost daily raised. With all eyes on medical  research and political views on should it or should it not be finally legalized over the broadest of spectrums, more people are starting to experiment with cannabis and  discovering basically by themselves how effective cannabis is. A lot gets said about psychoactive THC, but today the focus will be on CBD.

There are many therapeutic benefits of treating a wide variety of conditions with CBD products. The list is growing and it is already quite long. This makes it hard to choose which ones the most are sought after. Some of the conditions include chronic pain, anxiety, nausea, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, PTSD, diabetes, strokes, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and even alcoholism. As CBD has neuro-protective, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, it makes it a well round off treatment that addresses not just the problem area, but strives to bring homeostasis to the body. Some conditions are really hard to treat and symptoms are difficult to read, but Cannabidiolhas a positive effect and great outcome.

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Highlights of some conditions treatable by CBD products:

Anxiety DisorderIn today’s living conditions, stress is almost a given. Living with any form of anxiety is not pleasant and you are constantly wound-up. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situation and if focused on the immediate threat, the anxiety disappears. Some people can’t let go of that feeling of anxiety and it becomes a serious problem. There are many forms of anxiety, but for the sake of the article we will look at it in general. CBD has the potential to release anxiety as it prompts brain activity linked to normal behavior. It helps to relief a psychotic state.

Chronic Pain As Cannabidiol has neuro-protective properties; it is very good to treat chronic pain related to injuries or cancer to name some. The full pain-relief mechanism is not fully understood yet, but it safely tested against cancer related pains in various clinics .Studies show that cannabinoids prove to be useful in pain modulation. It inhibits neuronal transmissions in pain pathways. An interesting discovery is that it doesn’t cause analgesic tolerance. CBD is found to be an effective analgesic for terminal cancer patients who built up resistance to strong opioid analgesics. Overall, CBD is an effective painkiller for a wide variety of pain causing problems.

DiabetesDiabetes is one of the world’s fast growing diseases. Obesity leads often to a diabetes risk and the way people live today on the fast lane, encourage them to eat processed and fast food all the time. This in return leads to diabetes. Insulin treatment or any other existing treatment for diabetes has a negative effect on diabetes where CBD actually suppress and reverse the disease. It could even cure it. No major side effects are found with CBD treatment and normal daily activities could continue while on CBD treatment.

Strokes- This is one of the leading causes for death all over the world. Strokes are basically injuries in the brain which causes a blockage of blood supply to various parts of the brain. Many people still think that injuries caused in the brain by a stroke are irreversible. More tests have to be done, but it is found that cannabis is critical in minimizing damage done even up to weeks after a stroke occurred. During strokes blood vessels in the brain become blocked. Toxins in the brain release free radicals that are harmful but antioxidants in CBD neutralize the free radicals. Take note that a 1:1 ratio of THC/CBD cannabis strain is advisable for stroke victims.

CancerMore than a 100 different types of cancer is present and each has its own characteristics. There are common symptoms though like pain, fatigue, weight loss and fever amongst other. CBD stimulate apophatic pathways to get rid of cells that don’t function correctly. This way it prevents tumor growths by allowing cancerous cells to die out. The cannabinoid receptors also inhibit growth in the 1st phase of the cell cycle. The cancer cell can’t mature then. CB1 receptors also act as an anti-inflammatory agent that reduces inflammation and nerve ending pain.

Is CDB Products a liable resource to treat medical conditions? The answer is yes! There are much more to be offered by this product. It is always advisable to do some research as well and to speak to knowledgeable people about the correct usage of medicinal marijuana.








Published at Sun, 30 Jul 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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Cannabis for Sexual Assault PTSD Patients

Cannabis for Sexual Assault PTSD Patients

Cannabis for Sexual Assault PTSD Patients


Veterans aren’t the only ones who can benefit from cannabis as treatment for PTSD. Even women, as well as men, who suffer from sexual assault can. These are the victims that form a major subset of PTSD patients, and they often go unnoticed.

Reports reveal that almost 1/3 of sexual assault survivors experience PTSD at some point in their life. Many live with the debilitating effects of PTSD as a result of being sexually assaulted; the figures show that 1 in every 6 women, and 1 in every 33 men go through sexual assault. In Canada, 39% of women experience at least one form of sexual assault. 

PTSD as a result of sexual assault can leave victims with consequences that last their entire lives, affecting both their mind and body if they are left untreated. Drugs that are usually prescribed for PTSD patients are made of poisons and toxins that cause unwanted side effects; sometimes even numbing out the individual and their loved ones can no longer recognize them. Valiums, Zoloft, Prozac, Clonidine, Paxil, and other anti-depressant and anti-psychotic drugs have both short-term and long-term side effects that are enough to make any victim think twice before taking it. Aside from extreme changes in personality, these drugs can also cause tremors, increased risk of cancer, and even organ failure. Many sexual assault PTSD patients are prescribed more than one of these drugs, which makes for a toxic disaster waiting to happen.

PTSD is a form of anxiety disorder among people who suffer from a traumatic experience. In sexual assault, this can be in the form of rape, violence, harassment, and abuse both by strangers as well as loved ones. Among these, rape is the most common cause of PTSD in women, with 94% of female survivors suffering from PTSD symptoms just two weeks after the incident. It’s not uncommon for husbands to be the primary culprit for causing sexual assault PTSD on their wives. Common symptoms among patients include nightmares, flashbacks, feeling high-strung, constantly worried and anxious, angry, and insomnia.

The symptoms of PTSD can last a long time. Victims end up developing trust issues, and thus the condition will have an impact on future relationships, including the romantic kind. Victims also tend to suffer from communication problems and have difficulties with intimacy. Even normal sexual activity can lead to flashbacks, years after the assault has occurred.

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There’s hope for sexual assault PTSD patients. Cannabis can help relieve the symptoms of PTSD.

How Can Cannabis Help

Victims of sexual assault show that they have a dysregulation in the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis. This axis is a critical part of the endocrine system, also responsible for releasing stress hormones, especially cortisol. The HPA axis releases cortisol once it’s stimulated by the Corticotopin Releasing Hormone (CRH). Studies show that when victims of trauma have increased levels of CRH, as well as cortisol.

When the body produces too much cortisol over long periods of time as a result of PTSD, this can have severe impacts on all systems within the body. PTSD patients are constantly in “flight or fight” mode, and this can affect their ability to lead normal lives since it impacts them emotionally, mentally, and even socially. Cortisol depletion caused by PTSD can also have negative effects, including infertility in women, immune deficiencies, and hormonal imbalance.

A 2002 study conducted by researchers at the John Hopkins University revealed that consuming high doses of cannabis results in an increase of cortisol, although regular and moderate use has been effective in adjusting CRH release, thereby stabilizing cortisol levels.

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Other ways cannabis can help:

  • Cannabis reduces severity of triggers that cause victims to relive the memory of sexual assault. Studies show that inhaling cannabis vapors before exposure to the stimulus can help desensitize the victim.
  • Cannabis treats PTSD-related insomnia. Patients of PTSD commonly suffer from trouble sleeping, but consuming cannabis before bed can help induce sleep and improve sleep quality.

The sad truth is that even in the military, sexual assault of both men and women is common. Some soldiers come home with a trauma of war, while others come home with the trauma of sexual assault, or even worse: Both.

Share this with someone you know who can benefit from using cannabis to treat sexual assault PTSD.








Published at Sat, 29 Jul 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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