VaporFi Air 2: First Time Vaper’s Dream

VaporFi Air 2: First Time Vaper’s Dream

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

If you’re anything like me, you’re right on the cusp of being an actual “grown-up” and a bonafide millennial–I’m the last to catch onto the latest bangers of the season, reality tv shows come and go faster than I can catch up to my HBO Go watch list, and I’m definitely late to the viral popularity of vaping culture, yet not so sure if I should follow the trend. Naturally, when given the option to check out the VaporFi Air 2, I jumped at it. Slim and discreet, so I can keep up my facade of “too cool to be a vape kid”, I must say that I am really enjoying the ease of use and the cosmopolitan aesthetic that allows me to easily conceal my new favorite guilty pleasure.

First Time Vaper; Long Time Fan

The VaporFi Air 2 vape pen wins a cool 5-stars for being easy to get started with. I got the startup kit and it came with a very easy-to-understand Quick Start-up guide to point out all the components and where they go. These vape units tend to be some pretty complex devices, and there’s definitely a level of apprehension that comes with making a mistake and ruining the parts your very first time. This particular model came with minimal parts to assemble and instructions concise enough to hold even the shortest of Buzzfeed-fed, twenty-something attention spans. Kudos there. The starter kit included everything I needed, to include the unit, mouthpiece, and two 1.1 ohm oil atomizers. It would be nice for the pack to come with some trial size vape juice to get started; that could have   Double kudos to the unit coming packaged with a fully charged battery; that made the anticipation of trying my vape for the first time easy; unlike other dry herb vaporizers I didn’t have to wait, like back in the days of having to charge a new cell phone or iPod a full three hours before the fun begins.


Coolest vape in the club; and it probably costs way less than yours!

Vaporfi Air 2

My single favorite thing about the VaporFi Air 2 is hands down its sleek aesthetic design and portability. Aside from its ease of assembly and changing out oil/e-liquid, I love how stylish and portable the unit is. The size and appearance are the perfect match for the skinny-jean loving fashionista like myself, and the tiny designer clutch-carrying diva alike. Unlike the typical box units that tend to appear garish and unsightly, and take up more space than desired, the Air 2 model is a perfect fit for my jeans’ fifth pocket–easily its best attribute.

Not to mention, I’ve received nothing but compliments and requests to “hit your new pen” since hitting the office and streets with it. And at a fraction of the cost of comparable pens on the market, it makes even a newbie vaper like me wonder what “the other guys” are doing. I’m not an avid smoker, (though I have been in the past) but one minor disappointment to the user experience is that I don’t necessarily feel the volume of vapor on the draw versus how much comes out of the exhale. So I don’t typically feel how much I’m taking in. I tend to feel more the effects of the CBD oil (I prefer the Blue Moon Hemp Half Moon) over the few nicotine variations I tested out. After refilling the tank several times, I would say I found my “sweet spot” of mixing 3 to 1 CBD oil to 30mg nicotine juice gave me a solid and manageable ease of mood and relaxation. Solid balance through and through.

The battery lasts for only a handful of hours throughout the day, though this is effortlessly compensated for by its recharge time of only 5-10 minutes. I imagine as the newness and allure of the pen wear off, this battery time could extend a full work day on one charge with light to moderate vaping. So as an occasional unit for the light “vaper” or a convenient backup to the most seasoned of fans, I give the VaporFi Air 2 a solid 8/10. Though the first vape of my own (as I’ve briefly tested a few friends’ models), I imagine this will remain my vape of choice at least for the time being.

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Published at Tue, 08 Aug 2017 04:37:57 +0000

Cannabis industry “deluged” with résumés from millennials

Cannabis industry “deluged” with résumés from millennials

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — Growing up in a Colonial home in Downingtown, Alessandro Cesario cultivated an interest in the family garden, trying to become “in tune” with plants and insects, and by the time he was 16, he knew he wanted to work with plants in his career. Specifically, one plant: cannabis.

So he spent four years at Delaware Valley University, taking courses in hydroponics and working in greenhouses and on farms. His ambition was no pipe dream: After he graduated in 2013, Cesario made the jump from vegetables to cannabis — moving to Las Vegas to become the director of cultivation for Desert Grown Farms.

“It’s not like you’re walking into a cubicle, that’s for sure,” said Cesario, 26, who said he works 80 to 90 hours a week managing plants in a 58,000-square-foot warehouse. “Everyone’s super stoked to be here and just to be around the plants.”

Delaware Valley University, in Doylestown, which is one of the top providers of agriculture degrees in the state, offers students a chance to study hydroponics — a system for growing plants without soil and a technique used in the cannabis industry. By working with such plants as basil, students can gain specialized skills that can be applied to jobs in the medical marijuana industry.

As applicants young and old flood the marijuana job market in states across the country — and Pennsylvania is now getting its turn — millennials such as Cesario are among the first generation of college graduates who can job-hunt in the legal marijuana industry.

“We’re getting deluged with résumés,” said John Pohlhaus, CEO of Franklin Labs, a grower-processor in Reading.

Pennsylvania is one of 29 states that has legalized medical marijuana. Eight others have approved recreational marijuana, and Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) even introduced a bill last week to legalize medical pot on the federal level. In New Jersey, medical marijuana is legal, and a recreational bill was introduced in May, although Gov. Christie has vowed never to sign it.

Working in the industry requires passion, Cesario said: The delicate plants are “finicky,” and growing medicine means you can’t make mistakes.

“It’s really just overall plant knowledge that’s really helped me to come in here and just know what I’m doing,” Cesario said. Some head growers “are just more like basement growers where they’ve learned over the years” and might struggle to size up.

“DelVal really prepared me to make that jump straight into commercial,” he said.

The school, which is in the midst of creating a new academic specialty in hydroponics and aquaponics, does not teach students how to grow cannabis, nor is it grown on campus. But interim dean Christopher Tipping said he is asked about it “all the time.” His constant reply: “I’ll teach you how to grow a tomato, and if you can grow a tomato, you can grow cannabis.”

The college has about 15 students interested in a cannabis career right now, Tipping said, and administrators think it will increase. “As word gets out, our students are in demand,” he said.

Kurt Dyer, who graduated from the school in May, already has a job as a grower-cultivator at a cannabis growing facility in Maryland.

He didn’t quite know how to get into the industry when he began college, so he decided to network in the marijuana world while earning a degree in horticulture with a specialty in biotechnology.

“School gives you all the techniques and knowledge and know-how to grow the plants . (then) you just learn what that specific cannabis plant actually wants,” said Dyer, 22, who grew up in Albrightsville, Carbon County.

The 12 grower-processors permitted by the state have until January to get ready to operate, under the medical marijuana program approved by the legislature.

In McKeesport, Allegheny County, news reports showed prospective weed workers stretching down several city blocks waiting to enter a July 27 job fair for permittee PurePenn.

Pohlhaus, the Franklin Labs CEO, said he anticipates 30 to 35 jobs in its grow facility, to be filled by the end of the year. “It’s across the board, from people that are familiar with lab equipment, lab processing, agricultural workers, to accountants, financial officers.”

Pennsylvania Medical Solutions, a permittee in Scranton, also has received “countless” job inquiries so far, said chief operating officer Ari Hoffnung. The company is partnering with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776, and Hoffnung plans to open the application process in October or November and hold a career fair.

“It’s great to see young people interested in the industry,” he said. “I think we’re at the point now where you can really have a real career and experience career growth and professional development.”

The budding industry also provides an unusual opportunity for companies to establish a more diverse demographic, a new status quo, said Shaleen Title, partner at THC Staffing, an industry recruitment group that focuses on diversity. Pohlhaus and Hoffnung both said they were looking to hire people from different backgrounds, education levels and identities.

“If you see a need, and you want to start a business in this industry. you can just do it,” Title said. “There’s no bias of what a recruiting (firm) in the cannabis industry looks like because there weren’t any. So now when people picture that, they picture me, a woman of color.”

For young people hoping to break into the field, Dyer recommends taking college courses. And because cannabis is legal only in some states, those dreaming of a marijuana career need to be prepared to leave home.

“It’s all about being excited to work in that industry,” Dyer said. “I’m ready to go wherever it takes me.”

Via AP Member Exchange. Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Published at Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:06:34 +0000

Craig Ex of Expert Joints talks Season 3, Karma Cup, and Vapor Central Smoke Out

Craig Ex of Expert Joints talks Season 3, Karma Cup, and Vapor Central Smoke Out

With its 104th episode, Expert Joints LIVE! officially wrapped up Season 2. We spoke with the host, Craig Ex, about the year looking back, what his plans are for Season 3, and a few favorites to look out for at the upcoming Karma Cup, which he’s hosting, in Toronto Sept. 9-10.

Cannabis Life Network: Now that Season 2 of Expert Joints LIVE! has come to an end, what were some of the biggest highlights looking back?

Craig Ex: We did the recap of the top 20 biggest moments on Episode 104, the season finale. Coming in at  #1 was Tim McBride, the former cannabis trafficker whose operation in the 80’s was responsible for smuggling 30 million pounds of cannabis into the USA.

Tim wrote a book on his adventures, and he traveled to Vancouver all the way from Florida. He’s been involved in so many of my shows, Skyping in throughout the season, and it was great to finally have him there in-person.

#2 was doing a livestream from Vancouver’s 4/20 celebration at Sunset Beach on my show. That was big. #3 was the Rob Moore cartoon. I actually got made into a cartoon! It was a lot of fun doing that.

Also, being able to shoot at Weedmaps out in California, that was crazy. It was a lot of fun. And of course, bringing Jen (aka Loudonio) onto the show and welcoming her as my cohost.

Who were a few of your most memorable guests and why?

Aside from Tim McBride, being able to get D420k and Remo on the show stands out. And of course, Freddie “Da Weed King” Pritchard being on the show was a good time too. All those guys are awesome.

I heard that Freddie Pritchard has a brand new show on Pot Tv as well.

Yeah, the Great Cannabian Smoke Show, which I kind of helped instigate to some degree. I mean, they had always been talking about the possibility of doing it and I pushed it along and helped make that happen. It’s very good to see Freddie on his show. He definitely belongs on Pot Tv.

So what made you push to get Freddie on Pot Tv?

He’s been a big supporter since day 1, and he’s been proven right on so many of the things that he’d been saying, especially in the last couple years. He’s such a strong activist and Pot Tv’s the place for activists so it’s a natural home. It’s good to see him on the network doing his thing.

Looking towards the future, what plans do you have for Season 3 of Expert Joints LIVE!?

Season 3 is going to come with new graphics, new audio, new segments- just a refreshed new look.

There’s not going to be a huge change or departure from the format, but we are going to make a couple changes and tweaks to keep it fresh and interesting.

As well, we will be starting out this season, or the preliminary for the season, at the Karma Cup September 9-10th.

But, for Season 3, the big thing is moving out from the Pot Tv studios and into Studio710.

What do you want to do more of in Season 3?

Bigger names, more guests, more products. I would also love to have some live performances on the show. Maybe even some live glass-blowing at some point if we can.

Obviously I have a couple destinations, a few big events, and a few big names that I’d like to target.

But really, just the progression and evolution of the show. I’m stepping up the production values with more prizes and more fun.

Also, maybe a little more of the normalization, like getting some sponsorships to make Expert Joints LIVE! look more and more like a late night talk show.

Are you trying to go a little more mainstream in the cannabis industry?

No. I’m still going to do my thing. I’m always going to be looking to highlight the voices in the community- a nice cross-selection from a wide spectrum of folks in it.

A lot of craft producers and a lot of people are making fantastic products and I want to keep up with what’s new and innovative.

I’m just looking to do it bigger and better and fancier than ever

You’re hosting the Karma Cup. What are you most looking forward to?

It’s great to be able to see friends and familiar faces I don’t get to check in with all the time. It’s a great get together and a social opportunity as well.

My favorite part is the trophy presentation and handing out the awards to the 45 lucky winners  across 15 different categories. It’s so much fun to be able to celebrate the success of all these people’s hard work and to be able to hand out these trophies to these folks who make some beautiful products that folks have voted on.

But what’s even more satisfying is when those people are friends of mine or people I’ve had on the show or worked hard to break.

Just seeing people get recognition. You win a Karma Cup and you’re on the map. It’s a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to doing that.

How does the Karma Cup compare to other competitions?

There’s a lot of different cups out there and everybody’s doing relatively the same thing: you have a bunch of varieties, people vote on it, and you hand out some prizes.

But Karma Cup is, at this time, the most respected and biggest cup in the country with more than a 100 different entrants.

It’s the biggest package held in Toronto, the biggest city, put on by Sarah Sunday and her amazing team.

The name carries a lot of weight and it’s because of the level of people who enter it.

Any strains or growers that we should be on the lookout for?

Last year Thompson Caribou Concentrates took home 7 trophies! Can they win that many again or how will they do?

Of course, we saw Liberty Farms come in and go 2-for-2. Two entries, two victories, and two firsts at that! That was pretty impressive.

The other big questions are always “Who’s going to be the new and emerging talent? Who’s the name that gets broken?”

Finding that is always exciting to me and I’m looking forward to that.

Is it an opportunity for you to come out and scout the unknowns?

100%. It’s a chance to see the emerging people, the emerging products, and I try to see who’s the best of the best and then see if we can work together.

There are also great networking opportunities with all the vendors, panelists, and speakers. Lots to see and do, and lots of people to talk to

It’s great if you have questions about your products or providers because they’re often right there- you can walk down and talk to them yourself!

There’s also a lot of free support activities and if you’re a judge or you have tickets, you get access to all these different lounges.

It’s a pretty all inclusive package and I hope a lot of people come down and support Sarah Sunday and all her efforts, and check out the Karma Cup .

Are you a judge as well?

I’m supposed to be, but whether i get my kit in time, I don’t know yet.

But yes, I’m supposed to be helping to judge it, host it, MC it, and I’ll probably do some more activities throughout the weekend. Maybe even some live streams; it’s hard to say.

We’ll be running our feet off, that’s for sure.

What can you tell me about the event at Vapor Central Toronto?

It’s September 8th, which is a Friday night, and we will be having a big smoke out at with some of the finest bud, just like we did previously with Liberty Farms. There’s also a little meet and greet, just like we did during the Cannabis Life Conference.

It’s an opportunity for people to come out, meet some producers, and smoke some product.

Also, we’ll probably give away some stuff.

It will be a great kick-off for the Karma Cup and a chance to meet some of the entrants.

With the Season 3 premiere still weeks away, do you have any free time?

Well it’s not going to be free. I’m taking 4 weeks off from the show to get set-up at the new studio and with all the changes going on, it going to take time to mastermind and put together.

But it’s also an opportunity to regroup and get a few things done on the to-do list.

I’ll be back Sept. 7 with a special Season 3 preview from Vapor Central, with the smoke-out/meet and greet the next day. Anyone who’s around is welcome to come down and watch the show.

Catch it at 4:20 PST, 7:20 EST.

Anything else on your plate right now?

The only other thing is the new studio I’m doing my show from, Studio710, is Vancouver’s first multimedia marijuana production facility, space, studio.

In addition to my show, they’re going to be doing many other shows and other content.

Working there is a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it.

Catch Craig Ex and Season 3 of Expert Joints LIVE! every week starting Sept. 7.

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Published at Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:00:52 +0000

Alaska and Washington govs push back on Sessions' marijuana enforcement letters

Alaska and Washington govs push back on Sessions' marijuana enforcement letters

The governors of Alaska and Washington are questioning the data cited by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in recent letters he sent to their states regarding the efficacy of their respective marijuana regulatory regimes.

Governors of four Western states that have legalized recreational marijuana — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington — each received letters from Sessions dated July 24, responding to a joint letter the governors sent Sessions on April 3. In each letter, Sessions referred to regional and state data depicting serious public health and safety issues arising from marijuana legalization.

The Cannabist has obtained copies of each of the attorney general’s July 24 letters to those states. Late Tuesday, The Cannabist obtained copies of Alaska and Washington’s respective responses to Sessions.


L-R: Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. (Mandel Ngan, AFP/Getty Images; Ted S. Warren, The Associated Press)

Both states note that the data Sessions utilized when discussing their state’s respective regulatory regimes is out of date and incomplete.

In his July 24 letter to Alaska, Sessions cited data from the state’s 2015 State Trooper Annual Drug Report, and questioned whether the state’s regulatory framework adequately protects federal interests.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and his Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth responded in a letter dated Aug. 14 that the 2015 data cited by the attorney general could not “be fairly attributed” to the new marijuana regulatory system since legal sales in the state did not begin until 2016.

“The report simply does not speak to the success or failure of the new regulatory framework,” they wrote.

In their August 15 response to Sessions, Washington Gov. Jay Inlsee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson pushed back forcefully on the U.S. Attorney General’s citation of data from the March 2016 Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NW HIDTA) report on marijuana in the state.

“Your letter … makes a number of allegations that are outdated, incorrect, or based on incomplete information,” they wrote.

Inslee and Furguson pointed out that the HIDTA report Sessions cited was issued just four months before the state implemented legislative reforms that addressed many of the Depart of Justice’s (DOJ) concerns.

Sessions had also cited the report in stating that Washington marijuana had been diverted to 43 other states. Inslee and Ferguson argued that this finding was based on statistics covering “several years before our recreational sales began,” they wrote.

The pair also called out Sessions for repeatedly failing to “distinguish between marijuana activity that is legal and illegal.” By conflating the two, Sessions implied that state-legal marijuana was responsible for harms actually caused by illegal activity, they wrote.

In addition, they wrote, “Some of the statistics cited in your letter are simply incorrect, or based on misreading of their context.” In this category they included an incorrect and highly inflated calculation about driving while under the influence.

The Cannabist has confirmed a response will be forthcoming from Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and has made an inquiry to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s office.

The letter from Alaska officials also raised the issue of states rights, including state law enforcement.

“The exercise of traditional police powers in an area where primary enforcement should be left to the individual states,” they wrote. “While we share your concern about the dangers of drug abuse, Alaskans voted to establish a regulated industry.”

Washington officials echoed that sentiment, stating, “State and federal prohibition of marijuana failed to prevent widespread use, which was generating huge profits for violent criminal organizations. The people of Washington State chose a different path.”

In all four letters, Sessions indicated that he sees flexibility for federal enforcement actions under the 2013 Cole Memorandum — Obama-era guidance for how prosecutors and law enforcement could prioritize their marijuana-related enforcement efforts.

Alaska implored Sessions to maintain the status quo regarding the Cole Memo: “We ask that the DOJ maintain its existing marijuana policies because the State relied on those assurances in shaping our regulatory framework, and because existing policies appropriately focus federal efforts on federal interests.”

Washington attached to their letter a report entitled “Marijuana legalization in Washington State.” They said the report “describes how our state’s regulatory system is designed specifically to meet the DOJ’s Cole Memorandum guidance and promote the enforcement priorities that we share with DOJ.”

Inslee and Furguson made a renewed request to meet with Sessions in person to discuss other factual disagreements. “If we can engage in a more direct dialogue, we might avoid this sort of miscommunication and make progress on the issues that are important to both of us.”

Read Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s response to AG Jeff Sessions 8/15/17

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s response to AG Jeff Sessions 8/15/17 on marijuana policy (Text)



Read Alaska Gov. Bill Walker’s response to AG Jeff Sessions 8/14/17

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker’s response to AG Jeff Sessions 8/14/17 on marijuana policy (Text)

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Published at Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:27:51 +0000

Welcome to Cannaville – A Town Entirely Dedicated to Cannabis

Welcome to Cannaville – A Town Entirely Dedicated to Cannabis

Welcome to Cannaville – A town entirely dedicated to Cannabis

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Imagine a town entirely dedicated to cannabis. A place where you’d be able to sit at a café and smoke a blunt, or purchase weed from the corner store. How about restaurants with cannabis themed cuisine? An old-timey hotel that allows you to get baked with your friends and family members without feeling scornful eyes judging you? Sounds like paradise right?

Well, it may be coming sooner than you think.

One of the largest cannabis companies in the US just purchased an entire town in California. The town of Nipton is now in the final stages of being purchased and then converted to a cannabis-haven. American Green will buy all 80 acres of land which includes a west-style hotel, RV park, a few houses and a coffee shop.

The current population of the town is fewer than two dozen and the property includes some additional benefits that will serve the future cannabis town well. The idea of American Green is to make it 100% self-sufficient in terms of electricity and will be selling cannabis-infused water as well. They are currently reaching out to edible manufacturers and other cannabis businesses to set up shop in the town.

The town is located 60 miles from Las Vegas and is literally in the middle of nowhere. This might insight yearly pilgrimages for cannabis consumers who want to live in a “cannabis friendly” location. I can imagine especially for 420 that town will light up.

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An Example for the Rest of the Nation

Now, of course this is still in the works and it will take some time for the entire town to be up and running as it should, however I believe that once the location is completed it can serve as an example for the rest of the nation.

Of course, Nipton doesn’t really have schools or any of the other elements larger cities have to worry about, however if the nation can see a town run solely on cannabis…perhaps it would change the perspective of people all around the country.

Additionally, it could be seen as a “Cannabis Amusement Park” in the near future. The venture will definitely attract a lot of attention from consumer across the globe. I for one will definitely go visit that place once it’s up and running.

Nonetheless, if this project can work in real life…we would probably see more of these locations pop up around the country. There are many “ghost towns” in the US that have a very small population and are generally forgotten landmarks. If the experiment proves to work, then there would be incentive for other cannabis companies to start purchasing these towns.

Revitalizing Economies

Nipton currently only really makes money from selling lottery tickets to out-of-state residents from Nevada who can’t buy lottery tickets in their own state. Thus, the cannabis addition should technically revitalize the economy.

The idea is to re-create a “gold rush” of sorts, where this ‘new’ industry can act as a catalyst for change. In fact, Nipton was originally founded due to the gold rush in the 1900s making it a poetic gesture in all aspects.

I can imagine cannabis-friendly people going over there to set up shop and some might even move there to live. There are many desert aficionados already heading over to the town, add the element of cannabis to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for success.

If you build it they will come

Cannabis is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States and with more people opening themselves up to the idea of cannabis commerce, we can expect more of these sites to appear. We have already seen Colorado creating new ways of presenting cannabis, whether through concerts, hotels and even retreats.

Cannabis restaurants are quickly becoming popular as a concept and there are many chefs who want to start cooking with this ingredient. The cannabis industry will continue to evolve and we will definitely be surprised about what will happen over the next few years. This would be especially true if the “Marijuana Justice Act” which was introduced earlier this week passes. As I mentioned in my other article, I doubt we’ll see the MJA enacted as law this year, however we are seeing more interest from politicians and amazing support from the public.

With initiatives like these, we might be seeing the end of prohibition real soon. We’re still not out of the woods yet, however we are seeing significant change in the entire political landscape and I for one am excited. I have been advocating cannabis for two decades now and believe that we’re finally coming to the point where the dreaded war against cannabis might finally be over. Fingers crossed!

Would you go and visit Cannaville once it’s completed? Let me know in the comments!

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Published at Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +0000

CBD: How Much Cannabidiol Should I Take?

CBD: How Much Cannabidiol Should I Take?

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Full disclosure -we can’t tell you exactly how many CBD Gummies you can eat after your next smoke shop visit, thank to limitations from the FDA. Nor can we tell you exact health benefits (many) or make claims about Cannabidiol itself. Everything in this article is written in a “wink-wink, nudge-nudge” fashion, not to be taken seriously. We suggest you read on if you like a portion of gray-vee with your morning breakfast. Readers, it’s all downhill from here.

Getting the CBD

Chances are, you’re not growing, manufacturing, or extracting CBD right now, or maybe you are. Let’s pretend for the argument that you aren’t – where do you get CBD products in the first place?

Online

The internet has tons of websites peddling off CBD. Some of the most common products are:

  • Oils/Tinctures
  • Gummies
  • Capsules
  • Topicals – Creams/Balms/Lubricant
  • Syrups
  • CBD for pets
  • Sprays

While there will be some variations to this list, these are the CBD products you will encounter most frequently. It’s important though, that with so many sellers and products online, that you have a way to sort through the good and the bad.

Extraction

Look for indications of a company’s extraction methods. Many companies resort to extraction methods involving propane, pentane, butane, and hexane, flammable hydrocarbon gases found in petroleum. Oils made though these practices may be neurotoxic and compromise immune function and healing – definitely not what you’re looking for out of CBD products.

Look for brands that perform Supercritical CO2 extraction. This method uses high pressure carbon dioxide at cold temperatures to isolate and extract pure CBD. CO2 extraction is the most efficient and clean method for extracting CBD, killing off toxins and maintaining purity throughout the extraction process.

Where Is It Sourced?

There is no doubt the climate and conditions where Hemp is raised affects the quality of the final product. Hemp is actually a type of plant known as a “hyperaccumulator,” which means it soaks up the nutrients in the soils it grows in at an above average rate. This places even more of an emphasis on its quality of environment. If your Hemp is grown in a bed of contaminants and pesticides, you’ll ingest a polluted product more so than in other plant-derived substances.

Look for CBD products sourced from reliable European Farms, such as in Germany. Germany is known to have an active regulatory system overlooking the harvest, processing, and extraction of Hemp. There’s also the EU umbrella’s regulations, which are much stricter than regulations placed on American hemp growers. Simply, Europe has a much richer history for Hemp farming, with better procedures than is available in other places around the world.

Brick and Mortar

Due to growing demand, many more storefronts are carrying CBD products on their shelves. You can often find CBD brands in places like smoke shops, gas stations, and dispensaries. Like shopping online, go through some due diligence to find the quality of the products being sold. You may also want to go directly to a brand’s website to check for retail prices. Often, by the time a product reaches your hand, it has gone through a number of transactions with a long money trail. You may be able to buy the same product at lower prices directly.

Taking the CBD

You’ve got the CBD in hand, now, how much goes in mouth? Currently, CBD is unregulated by the Food & Drug Administration. As such, there are no data-driven recommendations for dosages. At this point, “recommended doses” are either made out of common sense or anecdotal evidence. With that said, it is suggested that each individual finds their “golden dosage” through a process of trial and error. Finding the right dose will take time, and may be frustrating, but it’s key to unlocking the therapeutic potential of your Endocannabinoid System.

It’s not only the physiological response that determines dosage but also the symptom. The dosage a Dravet Syndrome patient takes daily may not be a recommended dose for someone who needs to destress. God forbid, someone with an advanced cancer takes CBD as a last resort, may have a different approach than someone taking CBD for muscle pains. This rule might be thought of as “common sense.” That is, while there is not enough scientific data to make claims about Cannabidiol dosage, users should make the best circumstantial decisions they can.

Now, for some readers, the lack of number crunching in this article may be deeply unsatisfying. After all, “common sense” doesn’t have a divisible value. For those readers, here is a chart that presents some ideas about where to start with your CBD dosing plan.

cbd chart

As you can see, normal considerations like weight play a role as well as the severity of the condition, which we touched on earlier. Again, while these guidelines can be taken very generally, self-testing is going to be the most reliable method to find the right dosage.

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While there is no definitive answer to “How much Cannabidiol should I take?,” getting the right Cannabidiol could be more important. Potential buyers should examine the extraction and growing methods behind each CBD brand. Once they are confident in their CBD, a period of testing will indicate the proper dosage.  Then, it’s time to let the Endocannabinoid System take over and do its thing.

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Published at Wed, 09 Aug 2017 01:01:38 +0000

Why Kevin Sabet is Wrong About Everything Concerning Cannabis

Why Kevin Sabet is Wrong About Everything Concerning Cannabis

Why Kevin Sabet is wrong about everything concerning cannabis

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If there are two assholes I hate to write about (but am forced to write about) it has to be Jeff Sessions and Kevin Sabet. Today we’re focusing on Mr. Sphincter Supreme Sabet who wrote an opinion piece for CNBC where he went on his reefer madness rant about the ills of legalized cannabis.

For those of you who don’t know who Sabet is, he’s the president of “Smart Approach to Marijuana” or SAM for short. They are deeply invested into rehabilitation clinics all over the US where a lot of their “clients” are cannabis users who were busted with pot and sentenced to mandatory rehab. So definitely he has economic incentives invested into the illegality of cannabis.

He starts off his opinion piece talking about the “promises of legalization” from the pro-pot people. “Curing cancer, fighting the opioid crises, eliminating drug cartels and environmental benefits” were all cited as the “promises” of pro-cannabis groups.

I could write an entire book on those points but for the sake of space and convenience I’ll summarize all the points and counter his points simultaneously. The reason I am forced to write about this dipshit is because he has a huge audience of ignorant people who cling onto his words like a moist dingle berry. He claims that “special interest groups” are pushing a false narrative to legalize cannabis for profit as opposed to all the civil rights violations, racial roots of prohibition and of course the decades worth of deceptive information the anti-cannabis movement has been spewing forth.

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When Reginald Schooled Sabet

In the following part, I’m going to simply write out a summary of the points Sabet made and then I’ll make an effort to respond to them all using facts and logical reasoning.

Sabet:  “Commercial market for marijuana not only harms public health and safety, it also places a significant strain on local economies and weakens the ability of the American workforce to compete in an increasingly global marketplace.”

Reginald: First of all, there is absolutely no evidence of a commercial cannabis market harming public health or safety. The only adverse effect of the cannabis market currently is that it’s a “cash-based system”, meaning there are piles of money sitting in buildings creating incentive for people to steal thus said cash. If we would have banking systems in place for the cannabis market, you’d greatly reduce the criminal incentive surrounding the cannabis market. Furthermore, dispensaries are not making people sick. No one has ever died from consuming cannabis alone and thus the claim that “public health” is effective is absolutely wrong. The claim that it places a ‘significant strain’ on local economies is also incorrect. The legal cannabis market creates tax revenue, increases tourism and has created hundreds of thousands of new jobs…If we were to embrace the cannabis industry fully, we’d see millions of new jobs created over the years and we’d be competing with the global market just fine.

Sabet: Drug use costs our economy hundreds of millions of dollars a year in public health and safety costs. The last comprehensive study to look at costs of drugs in society found that drug use cost taxpayers more than $193 billion – due to lost work productivity, health care costs, and higher crime.

Reginald: “Drug Use” costs us $193 billion. That’s not marijuana. It’s all drugs. This tactic is used quite often by prohibitionists who take general facts and apply it to a specific argument. If he’s so concerned about the Tax Payer, he should also look at the cost of Obesity to the tax payer which comes out to about $147 billion. Mental Illness costs the Tax payer $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year. The claim that there is “higher crime” associated with drug use is also bogus. Under a legalized system, crime actually drops. In Portugal petty crime dropped by 80% after they decriminalized all drugs. A lot of the “crime” he cites stems from prohibition itself.

Sabet: And now drug using employees – supported by special interest groups – are organizing to make drug use a “right” despite the negative impacts we know it will have on employers and the companies that hire them.

Reginald: Everyone has a right to use drugs. If he doesn’t think so, then every single company in the US would be allowed to fire people for drinking a beer at their homes. Yes, alcohol has a significant impact on job performance as well, yet we don’t hear him talking about these “legal drugs”. What about people hooked on legal pain killers? Does he want us to live in a puritan society where we abstain from all drug use? I’m not saying, “show up to your job high all the time”, I’m saying, what you do at home should have no impact on your job whatsoever.

Sabet: And what about that promised tax revenue? So far in Colorado, marijuana taxes have failed to shore up state budget shortfalls. The budget deficit there doubled in the last few years, despite claims that pot taxes could turn deficit into surplus.

Reginald: No one ever claimed it will “fix the deficit” but rather the claim was that it would “reduce costs associated with prohibition, incarceration while generating revenue that would have gone to the cartels.

Finally, a point he made on the “eradicating illegal drug cartels” I’d like to say…we have seen an effect happen already. The price of brick weed in Mexico dropped by more than 70% over the past few years and pot farms in Mexico are shutting down.

Kevin Sabet is someone grasping to the idea that “there is a single way people should behave” as opposed to seeing that every single person is different. Drugs don’t affect us all similarly. In fact, if you look at addiction rates all over the US…the only drug that is significantly on the rise is legal opioids being peddled at every pharmacy. So why not focus on that Mr. Sabet?

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Published at Sun, 13 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +0000

Big change: Nevada to start handing out weed distribution licenses beyond liquor wholesalers

Big change: Nevada to start handing out weed distribution licenses beyond liquor wholesalers

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada marijuana regulators have decided to start issuing pot distribution licenses to businesses other than liquor wholesalers to keep up with overwhelming demand since legal recreational sales began July 1.

The Nevada Department of Taxation voted Thursday to open up the market previously limited to liquor distributors under the state ballot measure voters approved in November.

They will begin reviewing about 80 applications they received in May from other businesses, department spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein said.

Tax officials previously tried to open the distribution process to medical dispensaries, but liquor wholesalers argued in court that violated state law.

A Carson City judge sided with the wholesalers, saying the state needed to establish formal criteria to determine if there aren’t enough distributors to do the job.

With the backing of Gov. Brian Sandoval, the state tax commission approved an emergency regulation last month intended to meet the judge’s concerns.

During Thursday’s three-hour public meeting in Henderson, several people spoke in favor of an “expanded pool” of recreational marijuana distributors. Tax officials said they were concerned legal retailers could run out of cannabis products, which would lead to customers returning to the illegal black market.

“I think the evidence is fairly clear today that this market needs to be opened up,” said Deonne Contine, executive director of the tax department. “The capacity of only liquor wholesalers to serve the market seems lacking.”

The department declared the need for the emergency rules shortly after marijuana retailers recorded more than 40,000 transactions in the first weekend of legal sales. Some of the dispensaries that previously sold pot for medical use said they saw their sales increase 10-fold.

“Without the ability to license marijuana distributors to continue the flow of product to the retail store, a high likelihood exists that consumers will revert to the black market,” Contine told the tax commission in July.

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Published at Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:09:29 +0000

Wyoming to the world: Come for the eclipse, but leave your weed at home

Wyoming to the world: Come for the eclipse, but leave your weed at home

As Wyoming prepares for a massive influx of visitors for the coming eclipse, Colorado’s neighbor to the north welcomes the migration — minus marijuana.

The Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police (WASCOP) issued a warning Friday to visitors venturing to the state for the celestial phenomenon: Wyoming’s marijuana laws will be “strictly enforced.”

“We want folks to enjoy the eclipse, take it in, learn from it, but do so safely,” said Byron Oedekoven, executive director of WASCOP.

Law enforcement are anticipating that Wyoming’s 585,000-person population could very well double in a three-to-five-day stretch to view what is being hailed as a historic event on Aug. 21.

“There are no motel rooms to be had in Casper; there’s no space on the tarmac for any more planes,” Oedekoven said. “There’s a lot of people coming to the Cowboy State.”

And given Wyoming is an easy drive from Colorado, which legalized the medical and recreational use of marijuana, WASCOP wants to ensure that those crossing the border know that marijuana use and possession are illegal — even if someone has a medical marijuana card from another state.

“For all intents and purposes, marijuana is still a criminal offense in Wyoming,” Oedekoven said.

Under Wyoming drug laws, marijuana use and possession under 3 ounces are misdemeanor offenses punishable by fines and potential imprisonment of six to 12 months in jail for a first-time offender. Possession of more than 3 ounces is a felony.

WASCOP launched the There is No Debate marijuana community awareness campaign as part of ongoing education-focused efforts to prevent criminal activities in the state, Oedekoven said. Since Colorado legalized adult-use cannabis, Wyoming has seen an increase of marijuana-related incidences, he said.

“We look to be the educator to help deal with the criminal activity of the day,” he said, noting that “criminal activity” includes “tobacco, youth access to alcohol, methamphetamine, domestic violence, pharmaceutical abuse, and now marijuana.”

Wyoming’s services and infrastructure could very well be put under immense strain in a short period of time, so officials say they’re sending an advance warning on marijuana.

“We need everybody to be clearly thinking so that we can minimize the impact to public safety while everybody’s here,” said Rhea Parsons, director of the There is No Debate campaign.

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This multiple exposure image shows the various stages of the total solar eclipse in Baihata village in India on July 22, 2009. The longest solar eclipse of the 21st century cast a shadow over much of Asia, plunging hundreds of millions into darkness across the giant land masses of India and China. (Biju Boro, AFP/Getty Images)

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Published at Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:00:59 +0000

Battling for My ACMPR: Part 3

Battling for My ACMPR: Part 3

This is Part 3 of a 4-part series on getting my ACMPR. Click the links for Part 1 and Part 2

Appointment with my family doctor

With the date of my consultation in Vancouver booked and approaching, I went to my GP in Victoria to score my free medical travel pass*. Plus, I wanted to take another shot at getting him to sign my weed papers so I can get my ACMPR.  At this point, I realized my GP was inclined to refuse, and was uncomfortable, but I see him as a victim of stigma and the ignorance it has perpetuated. Thus, I feel it is my duty to help free him from these mental bonds so that he can make up his own mind without bias.

Yes, there is a tiny part of me way deep down that feels the slightest, smallest, teensiest little smidgen of guilt for making his job harder; but, unfortunately for him, it is overshadowed by my need to rage against this absurd system that is directly affecting me.  

My doctor is in a position to do something about all of it.  If he won’t, I and many others like me will take up this cause, and all that relates to it.  At this appointment, he is visibly relieved to be able to hand me off to a “specialist’s specialist” and as you can probably guess…he refused to sign the ACMPR paperwork.  Oh well, maybe I will get him next time!  

Thinking ‘river and a rock’; I will either go around him, above him, push him over going through him, or slowly wear him down with constant pressure and persistence…poor guy…

Pre Vancouver visit:

I have sat here for days trying to find the words to describe just how bad I felt up to this appointment, and they just don’t exist.  I like to fake that I am brave but I am really not.  At this point, I am so scared that the foundation of my thoughts are all based on what is going on in my body.  I have to get an organ removed and I have to do it without any opiates.

The only pain medicine I can and will take is cannabis; which is why someone is signing my ACMPR form.  I don’t want to have to discuss my cannabis use with a police officer when I am fresh out of the hospital; I really feel I shouldn’t have to, especially considering this topic would never come up if I were taking a prescribed a pill.  I am determined and ready to go full B WITH AN ITCH MODE if my human rights don’t start getting respected. Someone had better get their pen out fast.

Visit with my Specialist In Vancouver:

Remembering how great my last appointment in 2011 with her was, I have big time hope in my heart…and I am not disappointed.  She is smart and for the first time in a while, I feel like my doctor can tell me a thing or two about my health, and what is going on with it…what a concept.

She knows what is causing me pain, what to do about it, and she is confident that this surgery will successfully be my last.  The best part of the appointment was seeing her delight at my disdain for opiates, and my desire to use cannabis as a pain reliever.  

If you had asked my GP, he would tell you I would practically be biting down on a piece of wood wrapped in leather; my surgeon however, believes that cannabis is an effective pain reliever for both short and long term acute pain.

Thank god! I was pretending to be fearless so that my doctors would allow me this constitutional right, but truth be told, I was pretty scared.  Hearing a world renowned surgeon tell me that everything that has to happen is going to be just fine was an enormous relief, and I know I am lucky.  Many people don’t get to hear this kind of good news; I appreciate and savor it.

Remembering the shell of a person I used to be when I was addicted to that awful medication, this doctor is proud of me for finding a way to let it go, and she tells me so.  Having her ask me intelligent questions like, “Can you administer your own cannabis in the hospital?” and “ What form will you use? Extract? Vapor?” relieves an enormous amount of stress.  Hearing her address the fact that she doesn’t know enough about cannabis to prescribe a gram per day amount is not a surprise and good, reliable information is accessible these days, hooray!  So, I am left with a promise to sign my ACMPR… in the future. I think I just won a battle and maybe I am about to finally win the war for my ACMPR.  I am going to get my legal right to medical cannabis; its just a matter of when…

*In case you are not aware, the BC Government will pay for your travel expenses if they are medically necessary.  So, if you are travelling to another city for a medical appointment, the ferry and/or plane ride will be covered for you, an escort provided if requested and a vehicle, if applicable.  Go to your family doctor or walk in clinic and request the forms; they will be given to you on the spot, for free.  In addition, there are a variety of hotels around BC that provide significant discounts and benefits if you are staying for a medical reason.  On the BC Government website, you can search through these hotels by discounted rate, date and location; to access this easily, google Medical Travel Accommodation Website.

A Point Worthy Of Note:

I would like to take a moment to mention something about the places where you can pay a fee to have a doctor sign your ACMPR form.  Another perspective was brought to my attention: without these places offering this service, access would be a lot harder for patients. The fact that doctors have to put their life’s work on the line every time they sign this form is not only ludicrous, it is a shining example of our government deliberately ignoring its legal responsibilities.  I cannot fault a doctor for wanting to be able to save money in case they lose their license, and without these fees, people like me would be entirely at the mercy of the medical system.  I am in no way against the places that provide this service; quite the contrary. I just can’t afford the fees.  

It is not a secret that I have a deep respect and appreciation for dispensaries, especially The Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club. The reason is simply that they provided me with access to consistent medicine that I can afford.  Everyone responsible, all the growers, bakers, packagers and budtenders at my illegal dispensary, can go to jail for actions that are saving lives, including mine.  

I believe there are benefits to all avenues of patient access and that room should exist for all of them.

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Published at Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:30:59 +0000