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Medical Marijuana

The Science of Marijuana : How It Works

Marijuana is a complex plant. It contains a diverse set of chemical molecules called cannabinoids. These constituents attach themselves to special receptors in the human body, which make up the endocannabinoid system. Experts frequently describe this process with a “key and lock” metaphor: Your body has specific binding sites, or “locks,” on many of its cell types, and your body produces various endocannabinoids, or “keys,” which bind to those cannabinoid receptors to activate and “unlock” them. Back in 1992, scientists discovered, for the first time, an endogenous substance that binds itself to cannabinoid receptors. Known as anandamide, this substance originates from the word “Ananda,” which is Sanskrit for bliss, and “amide,” which relates to its chemical structure. Then, in 1995, researchers found a second endocannabinoid, 2-arachidonoylglycerol, or simply 2-AG. Anandamide and 2-AG are the most studied endocannabinoids today. We now know about hundreds of cannabinoids, but these resemble the body’s …

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Does Cannabis Improve Immunity in HIV Patients?

A new study confirms that marijuana improves immunity in HIV patients. Those who test positive for previous exposure to weed have higher levels of both CD4+ and CD8+ than those testing negative who have never tried it. According to the study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, both CD4+ and CD8+ are subcategories of white blood cells that assist the immune response process. Findings Promising for HIV Sufferers According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the scientific team, from the University of Florida Center for AIDS/HIV Research and Virginia State University, analyzed the lymphocyte count of HIV patients in urinalysis tests, focusing specifically on differences between those testing positive for THC and those testing negative for the substance. They found that, after controlling for HIV-related and demographical covariates, that patients with positive THC results had notably higher CD4+ and CD8+ counts than their THC-negative peers did. These …

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Medical Marijuana Patients Using Less Prescription Drugs

In Illinois, some medical marijuana patients say that the herb has empowered them to reduce their use of and reliance on prescription medications, with some eliminating them altogether. These are the findings of a new study conducted by researchers at Rush University and DePaul University, which was small and only involved 30 study participants. Because the study only collected data from people who volunteered to participate in a study on this topic, researchers concede that its findings may have a bias in support of cannabis. However, it remains the very first published, peer-reviewed research on medical pot patients in Illinois, and it provides direct feedback of anecdotal evidence to back up the findings of previous studies. The study’s lead author, Douglas Bruce, believes that cannabis contributes to lower rates of opioid drug use. He said, “One of the most compelling things to come out of this is that people are …

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10 Marijuana Lies You Should Stop Believing

We have all fallen victim to a hoax or conspiracy theory. One of the communities that have the biggest amount of misinformation floating around is marijuana. How do you spot the lies? While many things can be ignored because of common sense, it isn’t always that easy. Once you know what is real and what is fake you can have a better understanding of the benefits. Here are the top ten marijuana lies that you should stop believing. 1. Smoking marijuana leads to lung cancer Perhaps the most popular lie is that marijuana is a gateway drug. This has been proven to be false time and time again. While it is true that some people are more prone to addictions, this has little to do with marijuana. Studies actual show the exact opposite is true. This is because simply, marijuana is not a hard drug. 2. Marijuana harms your memory …

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Out Goes DEA Head Chuck Rosenberg, In Comes Who?

As reported by both the New York Times and the Washington Post, Chuck Rosenberg, acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, is set to resign by week’s end. His departure, as the New York Times describes, is due to his increasing resolve that President Trump “has little respect for the law.” Rosenberg was no friend of marijuana. He called medical cannabis “a joke” just two years ago. Rosenberg, who leaves on October 1, was a holdover from the days of the Obama Administration. In his capacity as acting head, he has been running the agency since 2015. He took on the role when then-DEA Administrator, Michelle Leonhart, resigned over a poorly handled scandal involving prostitutes and DEA agents. Leonhart also had strong opinions about state-legal marijuana. In fact, Leonhart disagreed emphatically with how President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder were handling the issue of legalization at the …

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5 Good Reasons for the U.S.A. to Decriminalize Marijuana

Despite President Trump showing support for medical marijuana during his presidential campaign, the world sees little evidence of it. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is actively fighting to ensure it stays illegal, and he is attacking the rights of states to make their own marijuana laws by asking Congress to override the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which protects them from federal persecution. Bad idea: Top Five Reasons to Decriminalize Marijuana in the U.S.A. Keeping pot illegal is a crime against humanity. With so much evidence, both anecdotal and scientific, proving its medicinal value, preventing people from using it for their health is simply outrageous. As research reveals more of its health benefits, the federal government will find itself facing many, many lawsuits in the future. That aside, there are five other important reasons for the U.S.A. to legalize: 1. Scientific Research Currently, scientists have several obstacles in their way if they want to …

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What We Know About Marijuana in 2017?

  Recently the National Academy’s of Science, Medicine, and Engineering released a 400-page report on the findings of medical marijuana. Not only was this one of the most in-depth reports, it covered everything marijuana based. This helps not only supporters, but skeptics understand how marijuana can be used as medicine. Here is everything you need to know. Marijuana and Chronic Pain One of the most well-known uses of medical marijuana is the connection it has with chronic pain. This new report shows that there is overwhelming evidence that links cannabis with treatment. Not only will cannabis help to relieve chronic pain symptoms, it does it so safely and naturally. Everyone knows that the opioid crisis is growing each and every day. There doesn’t seem to be the solution since medical professions keep prescribing this dangerous drug. This is why main pain suffers are now turning to cannabis in order to …

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New Hampshire Officially Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

New Hampshire finally joins the other New England states, becoming the 22nd state in the country, in not jailing people simply for possessing marijuana. Earlier this year, lawmakers passed a bill decriminalizing the possession of small quantities of weed, and this bill officially came into effect on Saturday. Nobody will go to prison for carrying pot in their pocket anymore. According to the New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, Matt Simon from Manchester, “The governor and Legislature both deserve a lot of credit for moving the state forward with this commonsense reform. Unlike his predecessors, who opposed similar proposals, Governor Sununu appears to understand that ‘Live Free or Die’ is more than just a motto on a license plate.” Simon unwaveringly gave praise where due, “A lot of credit also goes to the House, which has been supporting decriminalization bills since 2008. It was refreshing to see …

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Treating Epilepsy with Medical Marijuana

Ever since people became more accepting of marijuana, it has become a common alternative for treating an array of medical ailments. Now, people are replacing their Tums and Advil with medical marijuana. However, unlike most other chronic conditions that over-the-counter supplements can help manage, treating epilepsy requires a specific chemical cocktail not quite so easily available. This is the reason why so many desperate families are turning to marijuana, specifically its cannabidiol, or CBD, properties, to treat their epileptic family members. Pot has proven such a promising anti-epileptic that the Food and Drug Administration is busily funding several clinical trials. Because marijuana, in particular, is such an effective seizure treatment, it is crucial that research continues. Epilepsy Explained Epilepsy is a horrible condition. Sufferers endure recurring seizures, which vary in effect and intensity. They are the result of disturbance to certain areas of the brain’s circuitry, which leads to bursts …

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Medical Marijuana and Parkinson’s Disease

Even though there is scientific proof that cannabis helps with chronic pain and diseases, there is always a sense of skepticism. This is especially evident when it comes to Parkinson’s disease. Patients who suffer from Parkinson’s have been left in the dark for so long. With medical marijuana, patients are finally being able to take control of their lives. So, how does it work? More importantly, what strains are the best when it comes to Parkinson’s disease? What is Parkinson’s disease? Parkinson’s is a degenerative disorder that mainly affects the central nervous system. While the symptoms come on slowly, it gets increasingly worse over time. It isn’t only the debilitating pain that causes patients hurt either. Studies show that Parkinson’s can lead to intense depression and behavioral problems. The bad news is that there is no known cure yet for Parkinson’s disease. The good news is that many patients are …

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What Qualifies Cannabis as Medicine?

If you are on the fence about using cannabis as medicine, it might help you to have all the facts. The number one thing people want to know is whether or not cannabis is a safe alternative. It’s also hard to ignore the stigma that surrounds marijuana. Using a drug that is often unfairly classified as dangerous may seem like too big of a risk. The good news is, you don’t have anything to be worried about. Here are all of the facts to help ease your mind. The Chemistry of Cannabis The one major thing that sets marijuana apart from other widely known medications is the chemistry. But, it is even more than that. People prefer cannabis as medicine alternative because unlike other medications, cannabis is natural. It may surprise you to know that there are almost 500 compounds in marijuana making each strain unique. These special compounds are …

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California County Declares Marijuana Cultivation Emergency

Jon Lopey, Siskiyou County Sheriff, requested the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors declares a local emergency over the illegal marijuana cultivation. He made the request on Tuesday afternoon, during an hours-long discussion at the Siskiyou County Courthouse in Yreka. The afternoon meeting attracted numerous people, who filled the supervisor’s chambers near to bursting. The goal of the meeting was for the board to make a decision about whether to proclaim the problem of illegal cultivators beyond the control of local authorities. Lopey was the first to speak. He stated the proclamation a necessary one due to a large number of illegal cultivation sites uncovered throughout the county. He brought up the risks these sites pose to life quality, environment, and public safety. Lopey backed up his concerns with several potential hazards, including incorrect waste storage, illegal pesticide use, lack of habitable living quarters, and other problems that may arise at …

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Marijuana Industry Takes Another Hit

With all of the advances in the medical marijuana industry, it is still surprising that it keeps getting setbacks. With a community that is ready to move forward, how is it that the government continues to push it back? Most recently the house committee blocked medical marijuana standards that would protect the community. What does this mean for you and your health? More importantly, can you expect big changes to the way you get your medicine? It started out with good intentions with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who is a long standing friend to the community. The California Republican Representative spent a full two days lobbying to her fellow congressmen to support MMJ. This bill would protect patients, growers and shop owners from the government. While the government and the community were working together, you cannot ignore the digression. This action would keep the DOJ from using funds to prosecute branches …

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Will Duterte Legalize Medical Marijuana in the Philippines?

Last year, just a few days after winning the election, President Rodrigo Duterte discussed his stance on medical marijuana in several press interviews. He claimed to be personally supportive of legalizing cannabis for medical reasons. When asked by a TV reporter, Duterte had this to say, “Medicinal marijuana, yes, because it is really an ingredient of modern medicine.” He continued, “There are medicines being developed, or are now in the market, that contain marijuana for medical purposes.” However, Mr. Duterte also said that he would demand strict regulatory processes to ensure that only those who really need cannabis would have access to it. He is certainly not in favor of legalizing it recreationally. Two years ago, 24 percent of the House of Representatives, or 70 congressional representatives, endorsed the original bill legalizing medical marijuana. It underwent revision and is now the Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, or simply House Bill …

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Marijuana Justice Act Would Destroy Federal Marijuana Policy

A new congressional bill presented this week attempts to force government and marijuana to get along better. If both are on the same side, it could end a decades-long federal ban on the cannabis plant. The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, introduced by New Jersey Senator, Cory Booker, tries to end prohibition at the federal level and address the impact that such a ban has on both government and citizens today. In a Facebook Live announcement, Booker advised the federal government to “get out of the illegal marijuana business. He hopes it will permit law enforcement to prioritize their spending and time on matters more serious than weed. The country is moving toward full marijuana legalization. Eight states and the District of Columbia now permit recreational weed use, without increasing violent crime rates. Booker has a valid point. These states are all enjoying increased revenues. Their police forces are freer …

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NFL To Consider Medical Marijuana for Pain Management in Players

The National Football League is offering to work in tandem with the NFL Players Association to analyze the possible use of medical marijuana as a tool to manage pain among players. This is according to insiders familiar with the scenario. To date, this is the clearest indication that the league might be willing to cooperate with the union toward future cannabis use, which the sport currently bans. However, the NFLPA is busy with its own study. According to those in the know, it has yet to provide the NFL with a response to its suggestion to cooperate on cannabis-related research. As the NFL’s executive vice president of communications, Joe Lockhart, says, “We look forward to working with the Players Association on all issues involving the health and safety of our players.” According to the insider, the NFL wrote the union a letter, asking if, due to the NFLPA’s public comments …

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Faces Lawsuit for Marijuana Laws

Life is tough for Attorney General Jeff Sessions these days. His boss, President Donald Trump, recently threw him under the bus during a New York Times interview, saying if he had known that Sessions would remove himself from the Russia investigation, he would never have made him Attorney General. On Monday, Trump did it again, calling Sessions “beleaguered” and wondering why he was not investigating alleged ties between Russia and Hillary Clinton. Now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions faces an even tougher opponent in Marvin Washington. The 285-pound, 1.98-meter former New York Jets defensive end is one of five plaintiffs suing Sessions, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Justice in a groundbreaking federal lawsuit. Legal experts predict that the case will attract widespread attention and set a new legal precedent. Federal Cannabis Policy The Manhattan lawsuit attacks the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which categorized drugs into different schedules …

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10 Best Marijuana Strains According to Pot Valet Users

There are many different types of marijuana strains. Each has certain benefits depending on what is expected and the quality of the bud itself. The following is a list of the 10 best marijuana strains according to Pot Valet users. Strain One – OG Kush OG Kush is perfect for a cerebral hit. After smoking, this strain users report a strong euphoric high. This strain is incredibly potent and is known for completely relaxing the body. OG Kush frequently appears on multiple lists as the best marijuana of choice. And it is number one on the list year on year for a reason. Users enjoy it and always will. It contains between 19% and 26% THC, which is quite a large variance, so be careful when purchasing. Strain Two– White Widow This strain was initially produced in the 1960’s and descends from South American Sativa and South Indian Indica. White …

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Is the Marijuana Market Having a Supply and Demand Problem?

With so many states joining the marijuana revolution, there is one problem that no one expected. Some states are surprised by the overwhelming demand for marijuana. While marijuana is becoming a business titan, how is it that no expected so many patient requests? More importantly, what happens when the demand becomes too big for suppliers to keep up with? In most states where medical marijuana is legalized, they are only currently allowing the use of medical marijuana. This was done for a variety of different reasons. The biggest reason is that the local government wanted to have control with the best profit. In order to obtain medical marijuana, you have to first become a MMJ card holder. This means that not only do patients have to jump through hoops; they have to pay a fee. Depending on the state, this fee has been anything from $50 to upwards of $100. …

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Minority Marijuana Business Owners Get Incentives in Nine States

In an effort to address the disproportionate effects of marijuana prohibition on Hispanic and black communities, and to ensure equality in the emerging cannabis industry, many states are offering incentives to minority marijuana business owners. Currently, nine states have programs in place to encourage blacks and Hispanics to enter the weed market, and this a look at these efforts: 1. California Voters in California approved recreational marijuana in November 2016, and we can only expect first retail sales of it in January 2018. Despite this, some cities, Oakland in particular, are setting aside half of its cannabis licenses for those previously convicted of cannabis crimes, those who live in areas where drug enforcement was especially intense, and those considered low-income minority residents. Advocates of this program are lobbying for its acceptance statewide and demanding similar measures in places like Los Angeles and San Francisco. According to expert analysis of data …

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How Many Countries Have Legalized Medical Marijuana and Why?

The world is moving in the right direction when it comes to the legalization of marijuana. Countries who have legalized medical marijuana are raking in the benefits. This begs the question, why isn’t it legal everywhere? Legalizing marijuana isn’t as easy as signing a bill. There is a process of votes and passing laws. Here are the countries who have legalized medical marijuana and who have joined the cannabis revolution. Why should marijuana be decriminalized? The number one reason why people are against making marijuana legal everywhere is because they are misinformed. They think marijuana leads to crime and addiction.  Cannabis does not have the chemical structure to cause withdrawal symptoms. However, this doesn’t mean, that people who are prone to addiction are safe either. The best argument for the legalization of marijuana is the benefits that each state can see. This is because once marijuana is legalized, it gets …

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Sessions Lobbying Congress to Undo Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment

State medical marijuana laws are under attack. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, long a known opponent of legalization, is petitioning Congress to scrap the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which promises legal states protection from federal interference and harassment. In a recently publicized letter from May, Sessions plans to override federal medical marijuana protections given to states. The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment States have the right to create their own cannabis laws, even if they contradict federal ones. According to Congress itself, the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment prohibits the federal government from using federal funds to stalk anyone using, distributing, possessing, or cultivating medical marijuana in states where it is legal for them to do so. The Justice Department may not undermine the state’s rights. In his letter, written in May and released publically on June 12, Sessions argues that Rohrabacher-Farr inhibits the ability and the authority of the Justice Department to enforce the Controlled Substances Act, under …

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Three Ways to Consume Cannabis Without Smoking

If you are a chronic pain sufferer and have always wanted to try medical cannabis to help bring you some relief but don’t want to put your lungs in jeopardy, you have options. There are plenty of other ways to consume cannabis without having to smoke it. Whether you want to try edibles or oils, there is a perfect way for you to treat your pain. Here are some ways to consume cannabis that will still deliver the same result that smoking marijuana does. Is Smoking Cannabis Bad for Your Lungs? One of the main reasons why people are looking for different ways to consume cannabis is because they fear what the smoke may be doing to their lungs. It may surprise you to know that there is very little evidence to link smoking marijuana to lung cancer. In fact, many people who suffer from certain cancers use medical cannabis …

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West Virginia Legalize Marijuana: What Other States Will Follow?

There is a long list of reasons why the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana is on the rise. With all of the therapeutic and financial benefits that have come from this legalization you can’t help but wonder why so many states are not cashing in on this trend. West Virginia legalize marijuana which opens the door for other southern states to follow suit. This begs the question, what state will be next? Different Types of Legalization West Virginia legalized marijuana, but they are not the first. To know what is legal in your state, you first have to know what types of legalization there is. The most common form of marijuana legalization that you will see is for medical use. While some states are stricter than others when it comes to how to determine who qualifies for a medical marijuana card, the process is fairly similar. In more …

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New Standards for Marijuana Testing Laboratories in California

Many California natives rejoiced when in November the sale and use of recreational marijuana was legalized. This meant that there was no longer a need for a medical marijuana certification in order to purchase, cultivate or grow marijuana. However, what many people didn’t know is that this milestone came along with new standards for marijuana testing laboratories in California which may change the way you are able to purchase it. Here is everything you need to know about the Marijuana laws California has put into place. Growing Marijuana Most states that have legalized the medical use of marijuana also allow you to grow your own plants, under very strict guidelines of course. These guidelines include the amount of plants that you are able to grow as well as the way the plants must be treated and handled. But, how does this work for the states like California that have legalized recreational …

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Proposed New Medical Marijuana Rules for California Industry

After two decades of little to no government oversight, Proposition 215 is back in the spotlight. Since the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015, the state is now striding toward extensive control of this industry. Under this law, businesses can expect changes to the medical marijuana rules of California, including mandates for stricter regulations, increased oversight, and forced compliance. California’s New Laws for Medical Cannabis The MCRSA introduced a bevy of regulatory tasks for marijuana business. To comply, companies are investing in specialized software to help them meet requirements. According to California Legislature, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act of 2016 also aims to control, regulate and tax recreational cannabis with similar fervor. New proposals under the MCRSA include mandating the following: Requirements for labeling and packaging. Compulsory quality testing. All aspects of product marketing. Cannabis lifespan tracking, from seed to sale. Restricting environmental impact. Limiting potency and …

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How California’s New Medical Marijuana Rules Track Seed-to-Sale Laws

In California, it may prove more challenging to conduct business under the State’s new medical marijuana laws. In November 2016, the populace voted to legalize recreational cannabis, joining other states before them. It has been legal to use medical marijuana for years already, and the state has been meticulously monitoring and accounting for all medical cannabis cultivated legally within its jurisdiction. Implications of Medical Marijuana Laws The state has long perfected regulation of medical cannabis from its seed to its sale. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, track-and-trace systems will be mandatory by June 14, 2017. Already prominent companies sell comprehensive software to track the lifespan of cannabis and ensure compliance with state regulatory authorities. This same system will track recreational weed too. California Seed-To-Sale Laws So far, the state encourages tracking compliance with medical marijuana dispensaries, testing facilities, production sites, and cultivation areas. According to the …

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Santa Barbara Launches Website Registry for Cannabis Growers

Recently, farmers gathered in the County Administration Building to voice their support for the progressive approach county supervisors are taking toward production of legal cannabis. Cannabis business in Santa Barbara is about to explode, but some remain ultraconservative about how it will work. That meeting embodied the end of California’s prohibition of recreational marijuana use. The effort appears bipartisan in Santa Barbara. Even those who once opposed the use of cannabis for recreational reasons are now begrudgingly accepting of voters’ wishes. Attitudes have and are changing toward marijuana in Santa Barbara since the passage of Proposition 64 in November 2016. Now the issue is regulating cultivation. After all, farmers will need to supply the demands of pot users. Register Cannabis Growing Businesses in Santa Barbara For this reason, county supervisors approved an online registry for cannabis growers. This website will launch soon, and it encourages marijuana cultivators to register their …

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Rules in Santa Monica

  Since the legalization of recreational cannabis in California’s Proposition 64, the entire marijuana industry is in a state of regulatory flux. It is still illegal, medicinally and recreationally, under federal law, but states can override federal authority by enacting their own laws. Even more complicated, cities can do the same. This is why some allow marijuana dispensaries and others do not, forcing some patients to travel. Likewise, some cities make it legal to deliver cannabis to patients, under strict regulation, of course. A medical marijuana delivery service in Santa Monica must function within its laws. Dispensaries must have licenses to operate, and they may not neglect requirements for safety and quality. It is advisable to consult with legal counsel to ensure you follow all medical marijuana rules. Medical Marijuana Laws in Santa Monica When California introduced the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act of 2015, it sought to control …

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Legalization of Medical Marijuana Slashes Opioid Addiction

In states where medical marijuana is legal, there are fewer cases of opioid addiction. The numbers continue to decline as legalization continues. According to the American Journal of Public Health, medical marijuana is the ideal substitute for addictive and deadly pharmaceuticals. In fact, this is widespread knowledge in the medical industry and has been for centuries already. The Problem with Opioids in California There are many, many people addicted to opioids in California. The problem is not exclusive to the state, but common across the United States. Doctors prescribe opioids for every ache and pain, and these drugs are highly addictive. OxyContin and other prescription painkillers fill many a medicine cabinet, and people are taking them to provide pain relief, whether severe, chronic or mild. Although opioids do an excellent job of relieving pain, they are dangerous. Today’s ache-free moment is tomorrow’s absolute misery. These drugs are so addictive that …

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Rejects Anti-Competitive Marijuana Rules

If you are anticipating the outcome of Proposition 64 on the state’s marijuana rules, then we have news for you: Gov. Jerry Brown wants to resolve the legal conflict between recreational and medical cannabis in California, and he wants it sorted out before year-end. His office released a 92-page document recently, which suggests regulatory fixes for both industry segments. In this document, the governor lays out several proposals on everything, from how to distribute cannabis across the state to how many marijuana licenses businesses may have. Included in Brown’s budget for the year, these proposals must first pass through Legislature before Brown’s final approval can make them law. What does this mean for recreational and medical cannabis in California? Ordinary citizens are breathing a collective sigh of relief and enjoying an early celebration. If Brown’s proposals become effective, people will have the ability to trade competitively. The governor is siding …

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25% Among American’s Beer Drinkers will Predictably Embrace Marijuana when Legalised

On purely health grounds and for recreational purposes, some states in the U.S have legalized Marijuana. The law is no respecter of persons, but with the impending legal backing to marijuana by more states in the U.S to marijuana, studies show that 25% of American beer drinkers will change to marijuana. Studies in states where marijuana has not been legalized show that a quarter of the beer drinkers have switched to the pot. Legalizing marijuana is within the states for now; pundits predict that if it gets to the national level, it is predicted that the beer industry will lose more than $2 billion on their retail sales index according to studies carried out by the Cannabis Consumer Group. There is an anticipated takeover of 7% of the marijuana market. The reality of the survey results above has been reflected in three states in the U.S. The legislation has taken …

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Top 5 Reasons to Replace your Daily Painkillers with Medical Marijuana

Are you using prescription pills but still can’t kill that excruciating pain? Well, it might be time for you to consider replacing those painkillers with something else that works and truly relieves pain. You have no reason to continue enduring pain yet there are other useful alternatives to those chemical drugs you’ve been using. Research has shown that medical marijuana is the best when it comes to pain relief and the treatment of other chronic conditions. That’s why many people are turning to this great and highly beneficial drug. If you are contemplating this option, then it’s time you stopped and started using this health powerhouse. Indeed, marijuana is the best alternative painkiller and here’s why you should choose it: It Does Not Have Dependency Property If you have been using painkillers for many years, you must have realized that some of them tend to make you dependent on them. …

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Top 10 Marijuana Legalization Opponents in the USA

Marijuana has for many centuries passed as an illegal drug all around the world. Moreover, violent and dangerous to the community classification is ongoing about marijuana users. However, this has come to pass with the recent legalization of marijuana in several states in the United States. Marijuana is currently used for the health benefits it provides to many patients suffering from ailments like cancer and anxiety. But as we all know, every debatable forum attracts both proposition and opposition. Marijuana legalization is still stigmatized by the society despite its current legalization. A number of marijuana legalization opponents have surfaced and among the top 10 include; Police Unions Police unions argue that the legalization of marijuana will increase homicide cases. Apparently, both legal and illegal marijuana sellers will compete for marketing and sell grounds eventually affecting the public’s safety. In addition, they oppose marijuana legalization arguing that the number of accidents …

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Can I Smoke Medical Cannabis While Receiving Medical Treatment For Meth Addiction?

Imbibing more drugs while undergoing medical treatment for meth addiction has always been a controversial topic. Certain studies are proving that medical cannabis can help to effectively cope with withdrawal symptoms in the long run. However, most medical centers will not officially allow its use, leaving users to continue at their own risk. The reality is that the increasing authorization of medical marijuana in states across the US is leading to many individuals using medical cannabis while receiving treatment for other substance abuse such as psychotherapy or counseling. Traditional decisions made by clinical and legal authorities perceive the use of cannabis when undergoing medical treatment, to be a hindrance for its success or a cause of relapse. Research on the Positives of Medical Cannabis Use The positive effects of using medical cannabis for therapy have also been confirmed by clinical studies, including the US Institute of Medicine since 1999, in …

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Tips for a First Time Marijuana User

Marijuana has had a dubious reputation in the past, and while people have become more aware of it in the recent years, many are intimidated by the drug. There’s a lot of misinformation out there so people find it difficult to determine whether marijuana is right for them. Here are some tips that a first time marijuana user or a person who wants to try marijuana medication and are hesitant to. Research Before you purchase marijuana, it’s important to do you research. There are many reliable sources on the Internet that provide authentic information on different strains, forms, effects, etc.; this helps you make a more well-informed decision. A brief search on Google will reveal a large collection of articles, videos, and infographics that you can freely access to get more information. You can also browse through blogs and articles on our website to know more. Here are some of …

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It’s a different Ball Game altogether for Legal Marijuana Growers in California

Legal marijuana cultivators are driving a different kind of success in California. The decriminalization of recreational weed in California is forming a gold rush for warehouses to host weed grows. Investors don’t have a lot of options to directly cash in on California’s recent move to legitimize weed. Presently, there are no marijuana producing organizations publicly trading the substance. On the other hand, cannabis remains unlawful under the federal government. All the same, they wait in anticipation for a lift in the demand for warehouses as legitimate weed companies continue to look for space to cultivate their marijuana supply. In the coming few months, the demand for weed is expected to shoot up and that is why marijuana delivery companies are committed to increase the weed grows for a steady supply. Company shares such as those of Rexford Industrial Realty Inc, Terreno Realty Corp and Prologis Inc that have enormous …

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California Treasury Seeks Trump’s Guidance on Banking for Marijuana Business

The state of California expects an increased growth in its marijuana industry and the need for participation in a banking system for this industry is much needed. Revenue from the cannabis industry in California is projected to the tune of $1 billion per annum and may even be more. With that in mind, John Chiang, the California Treasurer made an appeal to President-elect Trump to intervene and help the state’s $7 billion weed industry participate in the banking system controlled by the federal government. This is an issue that has been pending for years now even with two decades of medical marijuana legalization. The cannabis industry has not been able to join the national banking system because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Despite Californians being able to buy marijuana, the federal government considers it as a Schedule 1 drug and therefore, the reason why it has been locked …

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Defendants Set Free: Changes Experienced after the Marijuana Legalization Vote in California

As anticipated, the effects of Proposition 64 are being experienced in California. After it was voted in, Proposition 64 became the recent development on marijuana reforms in California. Today, adults aged 21 years and above can now buy marijuana for recreational use in accordance with the stipulated regulations under this proposition. Very soon, any adult will be able to access marijuana online but for now, medical marijuana patients have continued to enjoy many more benefits even with the recent reforms. In San Francisco, one Chris Phillips has tasted the benefits that came with the vote for Proposition 64. Phillips is a cannabis entrepreneur in California who faced five criminal counts and possible imprisonment. He was accused of illegitimately cultivating marijuana at his home. This came following a police raid in June 2016. However, when voters in California legalized the recreational use of marijuana, what they did was simply erase a …

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President Obama will Soften Federal Stands on the Marijuana by Reclassifying it

President Obama may sign an executive order before leaving office that will change marijuana’s listing under federal laws. During his reign, President Nixon signed an order in 1970 that listed Marijuana as a Schedule 1 Drug. Drugs in this class have no accepted medical use and are considered to have a high potential for abuse. The federal laws have remained the same since President Nixon signed the order but state governments have had the liberty to create their own laws on marijuana use. Nearly half of the states in the US have legalized marijuana for medical use with others allowing it for recreational purposes. Recent marijuana reforms happened during the November 2016 election. Most of the states allow qualified patients to buy marijuana from registered and licensed dispensaries for medical use. Marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule 1 Drug among other substances such as heroin, peyote, ecstasy, methaqualone, and …

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More Reforms on the Medical Marijuana are Expected through Improved Access

When medical marijuana became legal, patients began accessing medical marijuana at dispensaries, by using their doctors’ recommendation. However, many patients who qualify for medical marijuana are not able to access the Cannabis through the current system of marijuana delivery due to laws and regulations. The number of registered physicians who can certify patients to access medical marijuana is small, compared to the thousands of patients who qualify for the drug. More reforms are required to allow nurse practitioners and other medical practitioners to certify patients. The State Department of Health has announced that the reforms would be implemented to help patients easily access medical marijuana therapies. In New York, Patients can only buy marijuana from the doctors registered under the medical marijuana program in New York. Only 739 registered physicians were in this program by November 7, 2016, while the registered patients were 9,852. The total number of practicing physicians …

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A Tax Break on Medical Marijuana? It’s not yet a Done Deal for Patients in California

Recent marijuana developments in California have seen medical marijuana patients enjoy tax relief on their marijuana products. However, it looks like this tax break will not last for long as debates around the issue continue. State leaders are on the forefront seeking to reverse this recent ruling that allowed marijuana patients not to pay any taxes. According to the state leaders, the state would lose millions of money on annual basis if that ruling is not reverted. In a bid to make sure that the state does not lose this money, the leaders are seeking to have a legislative fix through the Attorney General. Led by Fiona Ma, the chairperson of the Board of Equalization, the leaders are looking for a more definitive ruling that will make sure that the state gains from all proceeds coming from the sale of marijuana. The state board had sent notice to anyone with …

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What the New Trump Presidency means to Marijuana Industry

Players in the marijuana industry have been following the presidential campaigns and election keenly because of the implications of the new presidency to the industry. After a heated campaign period, Trump has won the presidency. The win is good news for his supporters and the marijuana industry as well. Trump has never held a public office before and hence it has been hard for law reformers to predict his move on the legalization of marijuana. However, many legal analysts believe that he will think like a businessman and legalize the drugs because of the high revenues that the industry generates every year. States such as California that have legalized cannabis for medical use have benefited from high tax revenues and low costs of law enforcement. Trump’s stand on legalization of marijuana has been slippery, which is understandable because of the implications of such laws. However, his responses to questions on …

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Medical Marijuana Regimen for Patients with Kidney Stones

One of the common diseases known to inflict pain in a patient’s body is kidney stones. Many women and men suffer from this condition. Additionally, there is an increasing number of these patients every year. This has largely been contributed by the diets people take nowadays. In the United States, about 10% of the population will have a kidney stone in the course of their life. It has also been reported that over a million people make trips to hospitals for kidney stone related complications. Owing to this state of affairs, a number of patients have turned to the use of medical marijuana to treat kidney stones. The latest buzz in medicine is centered on the proposition that medical cannabis can treat this condition. The only question has been: what is the effectiveness of the method? Kidney Stones! What are they? Well, a proper application of the benefits of marijuana …

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Business in the USA gets Tougher Because of Medical Marijuana: Here is why?

The fact that 26 states allow the sale of cannabis does not change things for those in the medical marijuana business. This is because the federal law does not in itself allow the sale of marijuana. Even though it does not prosecute those that are licensed by the state, some lawyers, investors and accountants still cannot act against the federal law. This leaves the whole situation even more complicated and tricky. One Pete Kadens, a partner based in Chicago recorded the difficulties that they face when making simple financial transactions. He states that even the most straightforward transactions suddenly become very complicated where medical marijuana is involved. Mr. Kadens is a partner with the Green Thumb Industries which operates two dispensaries and two cannabis cultivation sites in Illinois. He also claimed that it took them four months to open a bank account which normally takes a day. These complaints have …

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Medical Benefits of the Cannabis

Over 25 states now having legalized marijuana for medical use so it would seem prudent to be educated on the medical benefits of cannabis. This is not just a legalized way to perpetuate a bad drug habit. As more and more research is developed, more medical benefits are being discovered. As with any discipline, understanding the terminology leads to greater wisdom and acceptance with less preconceived prejudices. Medical Marijuana is described as the unprocessed whole plant, or its main extracts utilized in such a way as to treat a disease or a symptom. As of 2015, the FDA has not approved the use of the marijuana plant as medicine. The main chemical in the marijuana plant is what is known as cannabinoids. The use of these extracts in chemicals is found in two medications that are currently in pill form and approved by the FDA. So the trend is to …

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A Layman understands of the difference between Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa and why it’s important.

The last time I bought Marijuana was after I returned from Vietnam in 1972. My only thought was could I trust the seller and was it good enough to get high on. My choices were dictated as much by cost as it was on quality. Typically, we had Mexican, Panamanian or some that the seller claimed to be from Thailand. One never knew really what you were getting and only by going home and smoking it would you know if you received quality for your money. Home or laboratory grown was virtually unheard of at that time as acquiring seeds was a daunting task. As many people may have in their youth smoked Marijuana (cannabis) recreationally now find themselves requiring Medical Marijuana for health reasons they suddenly find that it is not just a matter of looking to your local connection to purchase something to get you buzzed. You are …

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Should I be in The Marijuana Business or Just a Supplier?

With the advent of more and more states legalizing the production, delivery and dispensing of marijuana, one would think that it is a very profitable business in a free market. Sure, maybe the black market was to some degree taken out of the equation this does not remove the principles of supply and demand. As more and more people are jumping in to grow the product and deliver it to the dispensary it will result in too much supply and not enough demand. This will force the price of the product down. So those who simply love the product and are not interested in profit, they can grow their own or enjoy the price benefits of an oversupply! This appears to be the case in Oregon and Washington State. It should be noted that in the United States it is still a Federal Crime to grow and sell marijuana. This …

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What Happens If The Cannabis Is Legalized For Recreational Use?

In November, Californian lawmakers are due to make a vote on Proposition 64, which calls for the complete decriminalization of marijuana for both recreational and medical use. Whilst there is already a new system that is being put into place to regulate those who grow the plant for legitimate medical purposes including the sale and manufacturing of marijuana products, it is thought that a positive outcome for the vote will result in similar regulations for the recreational pot industry. What Would It Mean For California? It is likely that there won’t be much that will change when it comes to cannabis dispensaries across the state. There will probably be two separate counters for customers. Those who are purchasing the substance for recreational use would use one counter and those who have been prescribed it will need to use the other. Similar regulations would probably come into force as are already …

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My Funniest Marijuana Delivery Story

Delivering marijuana isn’t exactly a job that many people have across America.  With the federal government still keeping strict laws on the use of marijuana, many people, even those in states where marijuana is legal, do not feel that they should order it in case people think badly of them or in case they end up breaking a law.  Because of that, you don’t really see many funny pot delivery stories, so here, I’ll share a funny moment or two with you. Bush Baby There was the time I took a pot delivery to a client quite late at night. I didn’t think much of the late night order, after all, I deliver until midnight every day that I work.  This time however, I was not prepared for what happened. As I approached the address and thought to myself what a nice home it was, I heard a noise from …

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Marijuana Legalized States In 2016

Already in 2016, there have been plenty of missions around the country in the fight against legalization of marijuana. So far, there have been over 50 initiatives in place around the United States in an effort to legalize or at least decriminalize the substance for either medical or recreational purposes. So far, cannabis is legal for both recreational and medical use in Washington State, Oregon, Colorado and Alaska. In Washington DC, it is legal to use for recreational and medical use too but it is not available to purchase. There are a further 20 states who have opted to legalize marijuana for medical purposes too. These states are: • Arizona • California • Connecticut • Delaware • Hawaii • Illinois • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Montana • Nevada • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New Mexico • New York • Pennsylvania • Rhode …

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Will the California Legalize Marijuana In 2016?

Marijuana is hot topic in California, especially because there’s a vote on legalizing recreational marijuana due in November, 2016. Medical marijuana is already legal and was declared so in Proposition 215 in 1996 and the Senate Bill 420 in 2003. Now patients with chronic illnesses like AIDS, cancer, etc., can grow or purchase marijuana with their doctor’s prescription. They have an identity card that allows them to legally possess the cannabis so if they’re caught in possession of marijuana, they can simply show their card to prove their legal right to it. Even possession of one ounce of marijuana isn’t a crime, but is considered to be a misdemeanor that’s similar to a traffic violation. It comes with a $100 fine; there is no requirement for a court appearance and the person won’t be saddled with a criminal record. The regulation around medical marijuana is very loose and critics have …

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The Top 10 Marijuana Edibles Of 2016

Until a few years ago, people only used marijuana in edibles when they made pot brownies. That’s changed now and manufacturers have come up with a number of edibles that uplift your entire experience and allow you to consume marijuana in many different forms. If you’re concerned about smoking marijuana, you can look at these alternatives. #1. Tea Pot from Honey Pot This calendula, guava, and mango-flavored black tea is perfect for people who want a little uplifting drink every once in a while. You get to enjoy the health benefits of tea and get that marijuana relaxation and pain relief. This is ideal for people who suffer from medical conditions and need something that will ease the discomfort and symptoms. You get 25ML of THC in this tea, which is relatively low for an edible so it’s ideal for new users and people who just dabble in marijuana. The …

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Top 10 Marijuana Products of 2016

The best marijuana products with the most advanced research and highest cool factor Medical marijuana doesn’t have to be just medicine. Add fun and convenience to your medical cannabis experience with these top-notch products of the year. #1 SLX 2.0 Grinder This FDA certified grinder does what the label says. It’s coated with non-stick ceramic on every surface meaning it never needs cleaning. Friction and resin build up are reduced with its high tech design. Its uniquely shaped teeth mean you get a smoother burn and eliminate clumping. Plus, it lacks Teflon or other toxins to keep your marijuana experience free from harmful chemicals. #2 G Pen Elite Featuring a true 360-degree oven, this vaporizer evenly burns your medical marijuana, meaning you get the most out of your dose. With temperature control, an all-ceramic heating chamber, and sustained battery life for extended use, this handy and durable vaporizer should be …

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How Hemp Innovates as a Breakthrough Medicine

In what is being hailed as a breakthrough, Brazil has recently approved the use of hemp CBD products.  This product is high in cannabidiol or CBD, which is believed to have great health benefits for its users.  The product that has been approved by the Brazilian government is intended to be used to fight cancer.  The CBD product is called Real Scientific Hemp Oil and can also be used in Brazil by those who suffer from other conditions including epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and even chronic pain.  Now that it has been approved for the use of treating cancer, this just adds to the many healing benefits of the cannabis drug. So far, the US does not have an approved alternative medicine to treat cancer.  The Hemp based Oil therefore puts Brazil in a better position than the US when it comes to offering its citizens a safe and affordable treatment …

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Which Ailments Can Marijuana Most Effectively Treat?

The acceptance of medical marijuana as treatment has grown to the extent that many are already seeking medical treatment via cannabis. A multitude of services, such as cannabis clinics, dispensaries, and cannabis and medical marijuana delivery, have cropped up in order to supply an increasing number of patients. Despite these advances, medical marijuana has not yet received the extensive clinical study that could provide strong validation of its therapeutic and medicinal effects. However, a number of smaller-scale studies do exist that have documented its effectiveness in treating certain illnesses. Below Are Ten Ailments And The Effectiveness Of Medical Marijuana On Their Treatment: AIDS/HIV  Medical marijuana may help with the neuropathic pain which sufferers of AIDS/HIV experience. The findings are similar to those of oral drugs used for chronic neuropathic pain derived from HIV-associated sensory neuropathy. Cannabis has also shown promising effects in treating the symptoms of wasting syndrome, which include …

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Marijuana, Its Various Names and Options for Purchase and Growth

Marijuana has, and still is, becoming increasingly popular, not just with millennials, but with those in all age groups from Generation X, to baby boomers, and even in some cases those from the Silent Generation. With that said, general interest in the various products offered to consumers has grown right along with this increase in popularity, and interest in the different strains and their names has reached an all time high. Its no wonder people are interested in all the various strains however, because some of them have down right interesting names. Some of the most famous strain names include: Purple Haze, White Widow, Pineapple Express, Kush, Jack Herer, Sour Diesel, Grape Ape, Durban Poison and more. How these strains got their names however, is another question all together, though one with a relatively simple answer. 3 Factors to Choose From  Most cannabis strains obtain their name based off of …

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What You Need to Know about Marijuana Delivery Services

A lot of people do not know this, but yes, it is very possible for you to have your marijuana delivered to your door, just as you would if you ordered a pizza. For people who do not want to leave their homes, or for those who would require marijuana but not need it right away, marijuana delivery services are the perfect solution. It is legal and it is a great alternative to acquiring marijuana, without visiting a dispensary. There are a lot of questionable people out here that claim that they operate a marijuana delivery service, but one needs to exercise caution when it comes to such things. If you live in an area where marijuana is legal but for medicinal and recreational purposes, then it will be easier to find a delivery service. Next to living in a state where the operation is legal, you need to be …

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How to Buy Legal Marijuana Online

So you’ve made the decision to venture into the medical marijuana scene. Congratulations, it’s a big decision. A decision that requires a lot of research in order to determine what your best options are. When it comes to medical marijuana there are plenty of dispensaries at your disposal. But did you know that you can order your marijuana products and have them delivered to your residence in an hour? Yep, that’s totally possible. And legal. The Process of Buying Marijuana Online Like we mentioned before, research is key. Some sites claiming to sell legal cannabis can actually be scamming you. Weedmaps is a great tool to use when looking for a reliable delivery service. The site offers information the many services that offer delivery, as well as ratings from people who have used the service before. Take a look a few to compare their products, service areas, and prices before …

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Weed Delivery Los Angeles

In the Los Angeles area, it is very easy to have weed delivered to you. For starters, the city of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas alone have one of the highest rates of marijuana dispensaries. Most times, these deliveries offer delivery services, so one is very accessible to the services of weed delivery. And with its growing popularity, receiving a weed delivery in Los Angeles is like ordering a pizza and having it delivered within the hour. Even at that, majority of marijuana patients do not know that weed delivery is actually a thing in the city. Once a small, word-of-mouth phenomenon, mobile marijuana businesses now popping up in flocks of hundreds across the state of California. Nationwide, pot delivery services have nearly tripled in three years, from 877 to 2,617, according to Weedmaps, which is a Yelp-like online directory for pot businesses. These  delivery services in the Los …

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Surprising Health Benefits of Using Medical Marijuana

So far 41 of the 50 states in the United States have legislations that permit medical marijuana in some form. These states have done an impressive job in finally seeing the medical value of marijuana. Whether patients suffer from epilepsy, a chronic illness or even PTSD, these laws have allowed patients more options when it comes to treatment. What Makes Marijuana Medicinal? Apart from the calming sensation most users feel the actual science behind marijuana is just in the beginning stages of being known. While marijuana has over a hundred chemicals, it’s tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which creates the infamous marijuana’s “high.” The THC is used to also treat vomiting and nausea. A key role when used by those undergoing chemotherapy or to help with appetite for those with AIDS. Another marijuana compound known to have medical applications is cannabidiol (CBD). This is being researched to treat serioys epilepsy and pain.The medicinal …

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