The Cannabist Show: His biz infuses coffee with hemp as the beans roast

The Cannabist Show: His biz infuses coffee with hemp as the beans roast

Featured guest: Devin Jamroz, CEO of SteepFuze, a company that infuses coffee beans with Colorado-sourced hemp.


•  How coffee can be infused in the roasting process, and the pros and cons of coating it in hemp extract oils or going the instant route.

•  Finding a flavor balance with the “herbal” taste when infusing.

•  Beyond cannabinoids like CBD, what are other plant compounds that have health benefits and/or influence flavor?

•  The many varieties of cannabis-infused coffees on the market, from Keurig-style cups to gourmet blends.


After the smoke clears: What’s next for Northern California’s cannabis industry? The devastating and deadly wildfires in Northern California could hardly have come at a worse time for the region’s well-established and highly respected cannabis industry. Growers in the area, famous for its world-class quality cannabis, were in the midst of their autumn harvest as the wildfires tore through Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties — leaving in their wake a rising death toll, millions of dollars in property loss and scores of acres of scorched farmland and forests. –Report by The Cannabist’s Bruce Kennedy

•  At least 31 legal cannabis farms have been destroyed in the California fires
•  Crowdfunding site shuts down campaign for California cannabis farm fire victims

Trump’s drug czar nominee withdraws after big pharma flap: Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the nation’s drug czar, is withdrawing from consideration following reports he played a key role in weakening the federal government’s authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. Trump announced on Twitter Tuesday that the Republican Pennsylvania congressman “has informed me that he is withdrawing his name.” He praised Marino as “a fine man and a great congressman.” –Report by The Associated Press’ Darlene Superville and Matthew Daly

Recreational marijuana is saving lives in Colorado, study suggests: Marijuana legalization in Colorado led to a “reversal” of opiate overdose deaths in that state, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health. “After Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sale and use, opioid-related deaths decreased more than 6% in the following 2 years,” write authors Melvin D. Livingston, Tracey E. Barnett, Chris Delcher and Alexander C. Wagenaar. The authors stress that their results are preliminary, given that their study encompasses only two years of data after the state’s first recreational marijuana shops opened in 2014. –Report by The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham

Soft on crime? Candidate advocates use of drug-sniffing bunnies: A Philadelphia-area mayoral candidate says he was serious when he vowed to investigate the use of drug-sniffing bunnies if elected — even though it appears to stem from an internet hoax. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Republican nominee Dave Gautreau broached the idea Thursday at a Phoenixville mayoral forum. –Report by The Associated Press

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Published at Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:16:29 +0000

Top Cannabis Strains For Exercise and Recovery

Top Cannabis Strains For Exercise and Recovery

Top Cannabis Strains For Exercise and Recovery

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From your average joe who goes to the gym, to NFL superstars, the value of cannabis for exercise is increasingly being recognized. No other substance in the market can naturally treat the pain felt by those who are constantly exposing their body to rigorous physical activity without side effects other than cannabis.

Aside from treating pain, cannabis is also valuable as a natural performance enhancer. There are several reports of people who have successfully used cannabis to help them with fitness and weight loss regimens and even training for marathons. The right cannabis strain can also support your exercise regimen by helping you fight fatigue and anxiety, the exact opposite of the lazy stoner stereotype being spread by prohibitionists.

If you’re interested in trying cannabis strains that will benefit your exercise and weight loss routines, check these strains out:


  1. Bruce Banner is a sativa-dominant strain that delivers swift, energizing, and heady effects. You’ll feel the impact of Bruce Banner almost instantly, although this complex high THC strain is felt in different layers. Once you feel the initial high, it will send you into a more mellow high, making it ideal for medicating right before you jump on the treadmill. Start off and finish strong with Bruce Banner, it might just make you feel like the Incredible Hulk in strength and endurance.


  1. Harlequin is a popular sativa-dominant hybrid loved by athletes and gym-goers alike. Harlequin has a high CBD content that provides relief from the psychoactivity of its THC content. Users love Harlequin because it delivers mild relaxing effects, which many find just right for staying active minus the anxiety. Harlequin is recommended for use before you start lifting weights as it lets you relax, stay focused, and have energy to continue for several reps after.


  1. Jack Herer is an internationally recognized strain that guarantees an uplifted, happy, and euphoric effect which will help you battle laziness and give you motivation even if it’s the much-dreaded leg day. Jack Herer will motivate and energize you naturally while delivering a clear-headed and blissful high. In fact, one of the characteristics that sets Jack Herer apart from other strains is the intense body buzz it delivers. Users love this about Jack Herer as everything is magnified, and when you need serious concentration for your workout this strain will do the job like no other. Jack Herer is ideal for aerobic forms of exercise as well as those that test your flexibility such as yoga and pilates.


  1. Sour Diesel is a powerful strain with a high THC content, suitable for mindful exercises such as yoga. However, it’s also extremely energizing that will melt pain and stress away; making it the ideal companion for high-intensity exercises such as boxing, martial arts, and spinning. Because it’s also extremely effective in treating pain, you won’t feel as sore post-workout when you medicate with Sour Diesel before, during, or after your session. Many users love medicating with Sour Diesel at the start of their day to boost their energy, creativity, and mental well-being. This strain is recommended for those who struggle with going to the gym and who need a little help overcoming fatigue.


  1. Cannatonicis a unique strain for its high CBD content and vast range of medicinal properties. You’ll barely feel a high, if any, when medicating with Cannatonic. If you’re new to mixing cannabis and exercise, this is a good strain to start with. It delivers a short-lived yet mellow high that is equally uplifting, recommended for use if you’re navigating the great outdoors as you exercise. If you’re into rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, or other outdoor activities as opposed to the gym, Cannatonic will give you the focus and energy that you need. Athletes also love Cannatonic because of its powerful abilities to treat pain and muscle spasms that often occur with rigorous workout sessions.

When it comes to productivity in exercise as well as other tasks, the strain of cannabis used as well as the amount play an important role. If you’re used to smoking entire spliffs, you’re probably better off microdosing otherwise it might have the opposite effect.

What are your favorite strains to use during exercise?








Published at Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +0000

President Trump’s Pick to Head DEA Withdraws Himself from Consideration

President Trump’s Pick to Head DEA Withdraws Himself from Consideration

 Pennsylvania Representative Tom Marino, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the DEA and take over the unofficially titled “drug czar” position, has officially withdrawn himself from consideration. 

Pennsylvania Representative Tom Marino.

In a Twitter post made this morning, President Trump made it clear that Representative Marino is removing himself from consideration for the position of Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, often referred to as the “drug czar”.

“Rep.Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar”, Trump said in the Tweet posted around 5:30am (PT). “Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!”

Marino’s withdrawal comes after a report by both the Washington Post and 60 Minutes. The report, titled THE DRUG INDUSTRY’S TRIUMPH OVER THE DEA, connected Marino with legislation that has caused a worsening of the nation’s opioid crisis by making it more  challenging for the DEA to keep control of the pharmaceutical industry.

When asked about the selection of Marino to head the DEA during a press conference on Monday, President Trump said “we are gonna look into the report and we are gonna take it very seriously”.

Senator Jo Manchin (West Virginia), sent a letter to Donald Trump the same day, stating that Marino “has tied the hands of the DEA in their efforts to enforce out nation’s laws.”

“I urge you to withdraw the nomination of Congressman Tom Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy,” said Manchin.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also expressed issued with Marino, stating that; “Confirming Rep. Marino as our nation’s drug czar is like putting the wolf in charge of the hen house. The American people deserve someone totally committed to fighting the opioid crisis, not someone who’s labored on behalf of the drug industry.”

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 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:32:11 +0000

Breaking Down CBD: A Guide To How Our Bodies Metabolize This Cannabinoid

Breaking Down CBD: A Guide To How Our Bodies Metabolize This Cannabinoid

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017


For even committed students of CBD, many don’t understand the metabolic processes involved in its consumption. While there is plenty of literature out there with a more technical focus, there are very few resources out there to communicate that focus in a plain way. In this article, we’ll review your body’s natural metabolic processes, and how CBD is broken down specifically.

What is Metabolism, Anyway?

Metabolism is the conversion of one chemical compound into another through enzymes. Enzymes are proteins that live within your body’s cells that speed up chemical reactions.

Most of your body’s metabolism happens in the gut wall, lungs, and blood plasma.

The main enzymes in metabolism are a part of the “cytochrome P450” group, which will be of importance later.

Metabolism is divided into two phases  – 1 and 2. In phase 1 metabolism, your body goes through oxidation and sheds electrons from whatever you’ve taken. After phase 1, the drug is said to be “oxidized.”

In phase 2, the drug becomes more water soluble, making it possible to expel the drug from your system. The drug also loses pharmacological activity during this time. Think – something leaves your body and becomes less effective.

To review, you take something, say CBD Capsules, and they enter your system. They make it to your liver, which is the processing center for the body. Two phases of chemical reactions occur and the drug loses its effect. After the end of the second metabolism phase, the CBD capsules are water soluble enough that they can be expelled from your system.

How is CBD Broken Down?

The first thing to say on CBD metabolism, is that it is very important to understand how CBD is broken down and how it interacts with other drugs in your system. As CBD moves into the liver and becomes metabolized, it is converted in a chemical compound 7-hydroxy-CBD

(7-OH-CBD), and may also be converted into 6-OH-CBD.

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At this time, little is known about these metabolites, the leftovers of CBD metabolism. However, a derivative from this process, called D2 (E) Valproate, has anticonvulsant properties that might also be involved in the antiepileptic effects of CBD.

Cytochrome P450

Earlier in the article, we mentioned the importance of cytochrome P450, the group of enzymes mainly responsible for the liver’s metabolism. In CBD metabolism, CBD seems to have an inhibiting effect on these enzymes. Through this inhibitory effect, CBD prevents cytochrome P450 from metabolizing other compounds.


Now, this inhibitory effect can fluctuate with dosage, the individual, and how tightly CBD binds to cytochrome p450 before and after oxidation.

In clinical trials, as little as 25 mg of orally administered CBD, like the capsules we mentioned earlier, blocked the metabolism of an antiepileptic drug.

For consumers, this means that CBD can have potential reductive effects on other medications you may be taking. Be sure to consult your physician on the status of your individual metabolism.

The More You Know

Like many other industries, CBD is evolving. While there is much more information circulating now than ever before, there’s still much we don’t know about CBD, as evidenced by its metabolic processes. Truly, after CBD begins to metabolize within your body, we don’t know whether metabolites help or hurt its pre-metabolic effects. The more you know, the better decisions you make when it comes to your own consumption.



Published at Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:50:42 +0000

Michigan Issues Advisory Bulletin on Medical Marihuana Facilities License Process

Michigan Issues Advisory Bulletin on Medical Marihuana Facilities License Process

Michigan Issues Advisory Bulletin on Medical Marihuana Facilities License Process

by Hilary Vigil

Today, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) issued an Advisory Bulletin on the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation’s (BMMR) intended application process for medical marihuana facilities licenses. The Advisory Bulletin is just that—advisory—and is issued in anticipation of emergency rules that LARA plans to promulgate under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) in November.

The Advisory Bulletin lays out a two-step application process for applicants seeking a medical marihuana facility license. The two phases, prequalification and the license application, are designed to allow applicants to start the licensing process before having found the location of their proposed medical marihuana facilities, which should give applicants—and BMMR—more time to adjust to the new lay of the land. BMMR will start accepting applications on December 15 of this year, but applicants will be able to choose whether to submit both parts of the application at once or just the prequalification application first.

During the prequalification step, BMMR will conduct a full background investigation of license applicants and their affiliates, which requires fingerprinting and includes checks into criminal and financial history, regulation and taxation compliance, and business litigation history. A brief outline of required supporting documentation is provided in the Advisory Bulletin.

LARA intends to tailor the second step of the application process to the five different facility license types: growing, processing, provisioning, safety compliance, and secure transportation. This step will require more information and documentation from applicants, including approval from the municipality where the facility will be located and a copy of the municipality’s authorizing ordinance; plans for technology, staffing, marketing, inventory, security, and recordkeeping; floorplans and layouts for the facility; and proof of the facility’s insurance, bond, or securities.

LARA’s Advisory Bulletin gives applicants a good sense of what to expect from the application process, but the emergency rules that will be issued in November may change the process before the application period starts in December. As we have previously reported, LARA is hosting a series of “road shows” in early November to provide additional information and training about this process.

Check back with Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.


Published at Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Study: Cannabis Legalization Has Reduced Opioid-Related Deaths in Colorado

Study: Cannabis Legalization Has Reduced Opioid-Related Deaths in Colorado

The legalization of cannabis in Colorado has reduced opioid-related deaths, according to a new study published by The American Journal of Public Health.

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The objective of the study, conducted by researchers at the University of North Texas School of Public Health, the University of Florida, and Emory University, was to “examine the association between Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis use and opioid-related deaths.” To do this researchers “used an interrupted time-series design (2000-2015) to compare changes in level and slope of monthly opioid-related deaths before and after Colorado stores began selling recreational cannabis.” They also “describe the percent change in opioid-related deaths by comparing the unadjusted model-smoothed number of deaths at the end of follow-up with the number of deaths just prior to legalization.”

According to the study’s abstract; “Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sales and use resulted in a 0.7 deaths per month (b = -0.68; 95% confidence interval = -1.34, -0.03) reduction in opioid-related deaths. This reduction represents a reversal of the upward trend in opioid-related deaths in Colorado.”

The study concludes by stating; “Legalization of cannabis in Colorado was associated with short-term reductions in opioid-related deaths. As additional data become available, research should replicate these analyses in other states with legal recreational cannabis.”

The full study can be found by clicking here.

About Anthony Martinelli

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


Published at Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:25:27 +0000

Colorado: $1 Billion in Legal Marijuana Sold in First 8 Months of 2017

Colorado: $1 Billion in Legal Marijuana Sold in First 8 Months of 2017

From January 1st of this year to the end of August, there was over $1 billion worth of legal marijuana and marijuana products sold in Colorado.

Colorado marijuana sales have surpassed the $1 billion mark in just eight months this year. In 2016, it took 10 months to reach the same mark. According to The Cannabist, year-to-date sales are up 21% this year compared to the first eight months of 2016, when sales totaled $846 million.

The over $1 billion in legal marijuana sales for 2017 have resulted in over $162 million in taxes for the state. This is garnered from a 15% excise tax on marijuana sales, which was raised in July from 10% (though at the same time marijuana sales were exempted from the states standard 2.95 sales tax).

In total there has been roughly $4 billion in marijuana sold since legal sales began in 2014: $699 million in 2014, $996 million in 2015, $1.3 billion in 2016, and $1.02 billion so far this year.

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, 12 Oct 2017 06:05:38 +0000

Weedguide raises $1.7M and launches its AI-powered search platform

Weedguide raises $1.7M and launches its AI-powered search platform

Weedguide, as the name implies, wants to be your go-to for everything cannabis-related, having released its search platform on Oct. 10, 2017, after securing $1.7M in seed funding

Weedguide’s CEO Claudio Cañive recognized the need for a dedicated weed search engine when Googling “weed” gets you 922 million results. He knew there had to be a better way to help medical and recreational users find the information they need. That’s when Weedguide was born.

The California-based company utilizes AI, machine learning, natural language processing, and cannabis experts to make sure you see only the most relevant results to your search queries. According to the company, what makes it different from other platforms is its proprietary crawler and classification system. But with a catchy slogan like “Take the strain out of your search…” you already know what Weedguide is about.

In addition to helping you answer all your cannabis-related searches and questions, Weedguide is a wealth of information on everything from Top Strains, How-to’s, dispensaries, and trending industry news, putting millions of articles and hundreds of thousands of strains and products at your fingertips. To make organizing and sorting your results even easier, Weedguide allows you to filter by result type, category, and state.

The mobile app is available on iOS and Android.


Published at Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:23:37 +0000

California cannabis growers reeling from “most financially trying, stressful year ever”

California cannabis growers reeling from “most financially trying, stressful year ever”

“This time of year, everyone’s harvesting. And now, the annual paycheck that we’ve been working all year to earn may have been burnt to a crisp or will soon dry out due to lack of water.”

The stresses felt by cannabis farmer Ahren Osterbrink, a Redwood Valley resident evacuated since the onset of the Mendocino Lake Complex fire, are feelings mirrored by countless farmers.

This season has already been like no other for farmers like Osterbrink, who is endeavoring to become compliant with state and local regulations. Farmers have spent tens of thousands of dollars — in some cases even more — to legalize their properties and their businesses, all the while knowing that the per-pound price for the 2017 harvest may well go into free-fall. The fire has only compounded his concerns.

“I’m about as legal as you can be these days,” Osterbrink smiles.

He is a member of Mendocino Generations, an organization consisting of more than three dozen small farmers who grow outdoor, organic cannabis. The founders — Chiah Rodriques and her husband, Jamie Beatty — are Redwood Valley natives who are currently providing support for numerous farmers affected by the conflagration that swept through some of the world’s most fertile cannabis growing areas.

Related: Many farmers are ineligible for federal assistance, insurance and loans

The fire came at the peak of harvest season, with plants in many stages of production. Late-stage sativa strains, like many in Osterbrink’s garden, are mostly still in the ground, while other early flowering varieties have already been harvested and are drying and curing — a process that can take weeks.

“We have been working hard to harvest as quickly as we can and secure what we can,” says Rodriques, operations director for Mendocino Generations. The organization’s member-farmers currently hold more than a quarter of the county-issued cannabis growing permits, representing people Rodriques describes as the best of the cannabis community.

“This has been the most financially trying and stressful year ever for farmers. To add a fire with complete losses on top of it leaves me without words,” says Rodriques, whose home and farm lies near the western border of the fire. “I can’t describe the immense, tragic loss our friends and farmers are experiencing.”

At least one farmer has lost their home, dozens are evacuated and she has yet to hear from all the organization’s partners.

“Fortunately our community is strong, tightly bonded and very generous to one another. The outpouring of help and support so far has been amazing,” Rodriques said.

For the past 72 hours, Osterbrink has been tethered to his phone, dealing with extremely spotty service and trying his best to remain positive, all the while knowing his annual crop may be decimated by the time he is able to return to his garden.

“Redwood Valley is such a tight-knit community. To have this devastation is terrible,” he said.

The Tomki Road area where Osterbrink and his family live has been devastated by the fire. Though he has been informed his house was spared, his livelihood — his cannabis crop — may not have been.

“We got awakened by a friend at about 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning. We packed what we could. I could see the fire was far enough away to get my family into a truck and send them out safely,” Osterbrink said.

He drove to the top of Tomki Road. “I could see Redwood Valley from Cave Creek. I could see the fires. It was absolutely horrible. It looked like everything from Potter to 101 was on fire.

“I had a point of view where I could see the Frey Ranch. I tried to call a friend who lives there, but I didn’t reach him.”

The flames were close enough that Osterbrink knew he had to leave, bur far enough away that he had time to think.

He made a strategic decision — one that was repeated over and over again by dozens if not hundreds of farmers through the wee hours of Monday night.

“I grabbed some bud. I was worried, and I felt like this was all I could do — grab product and hope to save it. I thought it seemed crazy to worry I would be arrested. I’m in the legal program, and I decided that police had much better things to do than pick on a guy with some cannabis in his truck.

“Tomki was already closed, so I headed north to Willits where I met my girlfriend at the Safeway parking lot. I was relieved to find that my friend I had been concerned about was there already,” he continued.

Authorities’ focus is on saving lives

As in any disaster, there have been reports that some residents were refusing to evacuate their property. It isn’t much of a leap to imagine that some were staying behind to guard their crop.

The historically clandestine nature of the cannabis industry has and will continue to pose unique problems for first responders. Some, who spoke on condition of anonymity, hoped that members of the cannabis community understand that saving lives is their primary goal.

“We don’t care what people do for a living. We don’t care if they grow cannabis. Our first job is to save you, and our second job is to make sure the people saving you can do it safely,” said one.

“Everyone I’ve spoken to is far more concerned about their friends, their family and their property. Gardens are secondary to that. In this day and age, law enforcement and the bad guys know who we are and what we do. Anyone who would value their garden over their lives is insane,” Osterbrink said.

Osterbrink’s property is safe for now, but his neighbors weren’t so lucky. “My neighbor’s house, which is 300 feet from the house I built, is gone. My next neighbor, 500 feet to the north? Gone. Five hundred feet to the west? All my friend’s homes are gone.”

With regard to his garden, Osterbrink has a good news/bad news situation. “The good news about our garden is that it’s still here. But now there’s been no water to the property for two days. Even with this act of mercy, we can’t get to our property to water.”

Osterbrink was robbed last spring, losing his entire net income. “We scraped by all year, looking forward to this harvest. We’ve been almost down to spending pocket change, and now this.”

New expenses add to worries

A few looters have been spotted with one arrest made, and Osterbrink himself reported a suspicious person to the Sheriff. “People called law enforcement in. We’re not afraid to call them anymore, and hopefully they’ll respect that and not use this against us.

“I personally know so many people who have lost everything. It’s enough to lose your house. If you’re lucky, maybe all you’ll be worrying about is people stealing your crop. If you survive that, then you’ll be worrying if you should sneak in to try and water your plants. If you don’t water, you’re risking losing everything. If you do, you risk being arrested yourself as a looter.”

He is understandably concerned about how his community rebounds from this crisis.

“With legalization, with trying to pay the associated fees, with the market bottoming out, it’s a lot to sort out. I just received my first quarterly tax bill. It’s $5,000, and I don’t know if I have a crop to pay for it.”

Osterbrink hopes the fire lines will hold.

“Things look OK but there are fires up there right now. Some neighbors have snuck in and are trying to put them out. I am really grateful for Cal Fire doing what they do, but I feel it’s been really challenging trying to get accurate information on the fire.”

Many rural residents we spoke to either did not receive the reverse 911 calls on Monday morning, had their cell phones turned off, live with limited or no connectivity or experienced almost immediate disruptions to cell service.

“If we didn’t have people honking their horns like crazy, who knows if some of our neighbors would have gotten out,” Osterbrink said. “Everyone I know got warned of the fire by a neighbor, and thank God we live in a community like this.”

Osterbrink hopes he can return to business as usual soon. He has buds drying on racks. Plants needing to be tended and harvested. Finished product ready to go to market.

“If I can’t go home, how do I get the buds properly dried? Who knows if there will be power? Life doesn’t stop. We don’t get to hit ‘pause’ during the drying and curing of our flowers.”

He also hopes that maybe dispensaries will create fundraisers to support farmers who were burned out or only able to salvage a portion of their crop. He is very concerned the fire may have dealt a death-blow to some of the most responsible farmers in the county — those who believed in and supported a regulated business model.

“Will people stick around and rebuild, or will they sell cheap to some corporate entity or a rich hipster kid who thinks he knows how to grow cannabis? We have such a good community here. I truly hope that doesn’t ever change.”

If you would like to help out the California growers affected by the fires, you can visit a crowdfunding site set up by the California Growers’ Association

This story was first published on


Published at Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:53:39 +0000

Cannabis Gum For Fibromyalgia

Cannabis Gum For Fibromyalgia

Cannabis Gum For Fibromyalgia

cannabis gum for fibro

Living with fibromyalgia is living a life of pain. Day in and day out, fibromyalgia patients have to endure excruciating pain and pressure on tender points throughout the body. Other symptoms include difficulty sleeping, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, morning stiffness, painful menstrual periods, restless leg syndrome, numbness or tingling in the hands and feet, and many more.

To date, there is still no known cure for fibromyalgia. Since this condition was only discovered recently, many in the medical and scientific community still understand very little about it. But there is hope with cannabis: fibromyalgia is one of the several conditions that cannabis has been proven to treat effectively and without the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

In 2014, the National Pain Foundation conducted a survey of over 1,300 fibromyalgia patients. Almost a third of the respondents admitted to having used medical cannabis to treat their pain. Sixty-two percent of the participants reported that cannabis was “very effective” in alleviating their symptoms, 33% said that it “helped a little”, and only 5% that it didn’t help at all.

Now there’s new hope for fibromyalgia patients in the form of cannabis gum.



The cannabis-infused gum is called MedChewRx, and has been developed by Quay Pharmaceuticals, the British partner of   AMIX Biotech, a pharmaceutical company that focuses on cannabinoid research and product development.  MedChewRx comes as a medical breakthrough for the company, who has been looking for innovative solutions to provide patients with CBD and THC medications for fibromyalgia that don’t have to be smoked.

Before MedChewRx, there has never been a product in the market that has been created specifically for fibromyalgia patients. AMIX released CanChew back in 2013, the predecessor to MedChewRx. CanChew was a CBD-based gum infused with vitamins developed with the intention of treating several conditions including joint pain and irritable bowel syndrome. CanChew was a novel idea; no one had ever seen anything like it in before. As a result, it quickly gained international recognition in media.

MedChewRx provides almost immediate relief because it was designed to be ingested and absorbed in the body through soft tissues found in the mouth. Known as the oral mucosa, the soft tissue combined with acidic juices in the mouth efficiently metabolize the compounds in the gum for quick absorption into the blood stream.

MedChewRx could just be the solution that many fibromyalgia patients have been hoping for. The gum contains 5mg of CBD and THC, offering relief from pain, anxiety, and memory loss all in one small but powerful piece of gum. Patients can also enjoy all the other medicinal properties of both cannabinoids offered in a gum such as protection from nerve damage, stress relief, and cerebral stimulation.

So far, there is no other cannabis-based solution in the market that targets fibromyalgia pain faster than MedChewRx. However, it’s definitely good news for fibromyalgia patients who will soon have more options in the market, such as the fibromyalgia patch. The cannabis community welcomes these developments with open arms, as patients no longer have to be confined to pharmaceutical drugs.

Clinical Trials

MedChewRx is still in its early phases of clinical trials. AXIM has collaborated with partners to obtain cannabis strains from the Netherlands as part of its study, in order to extract and purify them into medical-grade cannabinoids. Bedrocan, a Dutch company, is responsible for producing these strains for AXIM within a supervised facility of the Dutch government’s Office of Medicinal Cannabis. According to AXIM, European and American schools are also working to evaluate the effects of MedChewRx. Last year, they also announced that they had plans to offer MedChewRx for free to multiple sclerosis patients at the Free University of Amsterdam as a clinical trial, which they did in conjunction with Britian’s University of Plymouth and an unknown educational institution in the United States.

“The development of MedChew RX gum will be carefully formulated to ensure that the drugs are preferentially absorbed orally within a specific window of time to provide the best therapeutic outcome for the patients,” says Maireadh Pedersen, Quay CEO.

Although it’s going to be a while until MedChewRx hits the market, fibromyalgia patients can turn to the patch, or other forms of administering cannabis for safe and natural relief.








Published at Wed, 11 Oct 2017 05:00:00 +0000