Hawaii’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Now Open

Hawaii’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Now Open

17 years after Hawaii legalized medical cannabis, the legal sale of the medicine through a state-sanctioned dispensary has finally begun.

Maui Grown Therapies (44 Paa Street, Kahului) officially opened their doors today after receiving approval from the Department of Health to begin operations. According to Teri Freitas Gorman, director of community relations and patient affairs for the dispensary, they have been pre-registering patients and are currently accepting people only by appointments, though walk-in says are expected to start as soon as next week.

“Clearly this is a historic day not just for Maui but for the state of Hawaii,” says Freitas Gorman. “This is the first time in Hawaii that patients will be able to buy lab-tested, quality-assured medical cannabis from a state-licensed dispensary. We’re so excited.”

“This is an important day for qualified patients and caregivers on Maui who now have assurance the medical cannabis they purchase at Maui Grown Therapies has been thoroughly tested and is safe for them to use,” said Virginia Pressler, director of the state Department of Health, in a statement. “Implementing a new health program is always challenging, and the dispensary program was no exception.”

Hawaii was one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana in 2000, though lawmakers didn’t approve dispensaries until 2015.

About Anthony Martinelli

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

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Published at Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:22:03 +0000

Planning the Perfect Marijuana Wedding

Planning the Perfect Marijuana Wedding

By Amber Faust, WikiLeaf.com

White dresses and flower girls! Tuxedos and seating charts! Move over open bars and cheesy wedding singers, the marijuana marriage train has made it to the station and it is BEAUTIFUL!

Seriously, the sheer number of creative and enjoyable ways to invite Mary Jane to be a part of your wedding is staggering! From bud bars to less traditional floral design to hot boxing a hotel conference room, weed has found a hot home in the booming wedding industry! After all, the couple that tokes together, stays together! If you’re contemplating your upcoming nuptials, here are just a few of the ways you can make your wedding a 420 affair!

A Bud Bar!

This one is a no brainer but an absolute must have for any cannabis laced nuptial! With the help of a budtender, a few hundred of your closest friends, and your choice of the finest buds, your wedding can be the most memorable wedding of the season! Providing a wide variety of energetic strains like Green Crack, for your guests to choose from ensures a little something for everyone and having a knowledgeable budtender on hand to answer questions will ensure even the newest noob is able to relax and have a good time. For the health and or smell conscious, a vaping station is the way to go by the way!

Wedding Flowers Everywhere!

What’s a wedding without flowers? From the bouquet to the centerpieces, you’ll find no shortage of flowers in most weddings but, if you want to set cannabis wedding bouquetyour ganja nuptials apart, you’ll find no more beautiful way than adding a little bud to your floral arrangements. These additions can be as simple as a perfect green leaf in a boutineer or as complex as a beautifully paired boutique of flowers and flowers!  Of course, no centerpiece would be complete without a spray of leaves and buds to finish off the look!

Starting Off On The Right Foot!

If you want to make cannabis an integral part of your ceremony, and not simply relegate it to the reception, consider a “unity bowl.” Much like it’s flame lit predecessor, the unity candle, a unity bowl is a symbolic gesture that signifies the joining together of two individuals to create one life. However, instead of a candle, a unity bowl is a double hitter glass pipe that uses two flames to light the one bowl, allowing the couple to take their first hit as a married couple at the same time.

Ganja Goodie Bags!

Custom lighters to commemorate your special date, a few carefully chosen pre-rolls, and who knows, maybe a cute lil mini pipe or an engraved grinder? There are so many little treats you can curate to ensure your guests are as excited about the swag as they are about the wedding. You can include portable cannabis balm to soften your guests lips and treat their hangover headaches or perhaps even a sweet treat laced with a little sweet leaf for them to enjoy later!

Custom Edibles!

Just imagine, beautiful, tasty edibles made specifically for your special day! These can be wrapped in custom designed labels commemorating the day of your nuptials and creating especially for your unique theme!

From marijuana cake pops to cannabis infused party mix, there is something for every type of weddin

Send your guests home with a bag of gummy bears or a delectable brownie to keep the festivities going long after the honeymoon has started!

A Once In A Lifetime Meal

Did you know that you can have an entire meal prepared where every course features cannabis and is designed to build on the last? Why not treat your guests to a gourmet meal created with the finest ingredients and paired with the perfect herbal assistance? What better way to show your guests a beautiful, classy time than with a professionally created cannabis infused meal where they can relax, enjoy the company, and enjoy a once in a lifetime meal?

A Munchie Bar

This last one doesn’t specifically involve cannabis, but if you are serving up any bud at your wedding, it’s a touch your guests will be eternally cannabis wedding munchiesgrateful for! We’re talking Taco Bell at 2am, dying of hunger, loaded up on Pepsi and Doritos, food has never tasted so good, kind of grateful! Stocking a bar with classic munchie foods and plenty of soda to drink is guaranteed to make your ganja guests giddy! Bring on the twinkies, starbursts, rice crispy treats, cheetos, and pizza rolls! Of course, you aren’t limited to snack foods either! You could always bring in the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Jack In The Box! After all, nothing tastes as good as junk food in the throws of ganja pleasure!

Let’s celebrate a lifetime of love with a night of binge eating and giggles!

If these fun ideas don’t have you considering a weed wedding, I guarantee you are at least thinking of a badass cannabis laced party! Seriously though, if you and your stoner beau are looking for a memorable day worthy of your love of each other and love of the leaf, a weed wedding is the trend for you! So, go ahead and celebrate in style! And don’t worry, if you want to include a little ganja in a low key, grandma-friendly way, you can always opt for a hemp wedding dress, pot leaf cuff links, or discreet vape pens for your wedding party! Whatever way you choose, Mary Jane is sure to make a splash for your big day!

About Anthony Martinelli

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

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Published at Tue, 08 Aug 2017 12:07:47 +0000

Police Psyched for Cannabis Legalization

Police Psyched for Cannabis Legalization

Police think cannabis legalization will cost more money. So of course, they’re psyched for it.

Police should fear budget cuts since legalization (in a perfect world) means focusing less on non-violent crime and imagined aggressions.

But we are far from a perfect world. Legalization is costing taxpayers money before any revenue is realized.

Only modern mercantilist states can screw-up a cash-cow like legal cannabis.

Chief of the Fredericton Police thinks cannabis legalization will “absolutely” have an impact on budget.

“Everything from training costs, the acquisition of technical equipment — these added responsibilities will create more staffing demands.”

Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said only 10 cops on his crew have “drug training.”

“If we are expecting the legalization of marijuana and if we’re expecting this to potentially have a fairly significant impact on roadway safety, we need many more than 10. I would say we need five, six times that many.”

Meanwhile, possession charges in Saskatchewan have gone down.

In fact, in all of Canada cannabis charges have dropped.

Training more officers isn’t in demand, these aren’t market services. Taxpayers have to finance larger deficits and a larger public sector. This can’t go on forever and won’t.

Yet, these “added responsibilities” that come with cannabis legalization require funding and training. Police will have to recognize when someone is using cannabis.

Why? Isn’t cannabis supposed to be legal? What would be the point of — oh right, the “impaired driving” meme.

On April 13, the federal Liberals introduced Bill C-46 to impose more layers of rules on existing impaired driving laws. This bill creates new offences and authorizes mandatory drug screenings at roadside checkpoints. It increases minimum fines and maximum penalties.

Only fascist states masquerading as civil governments take issues intended to increase one’s liberty and completely undermine it and subvert it for their own power-hungry purposes.

Does a police officer really need new training in order to spot impaired driving? If cannabis did impair one’s ability to drive, shouldn’t the cops notice the swaying car that’s either driving too fast or too slow?

If cannabis impairs your driving, it will be evident, it won’t require special training or new equipment.

But as one Toronto cop echoes the sentiment of law enforcement across the country: “We are gearing up for the possibility of more offences being committed involving impairment by drugs.”

Cannabis legalization is merely a redrawing of battles lines in the drug war.

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Published at Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:42:03 +0000

New Jersey Panel Recommends Adding 43 New Medical Marijuana Conditions

New Jersey Panel Recommends Adding 43 New Medical Marijuana Conditions

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

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

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

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

About Anthony Martinelli

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

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

5 Reasons You Should Be Smoking Legal Cannabis

5 Reasons You Should Be Smoking Legal Cannabis

5 Reasons You Should Be Smoking Legal Cannabis

LEGAL CANNABIS

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

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

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

safe enviroment

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

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

cannabis selection

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

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

cannabis dosing

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

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

pesticides in cannabis

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

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

budtenders

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

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

 

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

Damian Marley shows his love of herb in his music and cannabis business

Damian Marley shows his love of herb in his music and cannabis business

LOS ANGELES — Damian Marley shot the music video for his new song “Medication” in a medical marijuana farm.

The reggae singer, who is part owner of a medical marijuana company, exalts the drug’s benefits in “Medication,” which appears on his newly released album “Stony Hill.”

It’s his first solo record in 12 years, but don’t call it a comeback. Marley said it’s the natural next step after years working on collaboration albums.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Marley talks about managing his burgeoning cannabis career, working with Jay-Z for the first time and growing up in privileged Jamaica.

Remarks have been edited for clarity and brevity.

AP: You’re featured on Jay-Z’s new album in the song “Bam.” You shot some of the video in Jamaica. What was the experience like?

Marley: I’m a fan of his music, so I was honored to be invited to be a part of the album. We actually did a recording in Los Angeles. He invited me to come by the studio for a few hours, and he kind of already had an idea of what he wanted for the hook. He said, “Go ahead, freestyle and have fun on the track.” …They kind of constructed my verse using lines from my freestyle. It was a fun session, and it was cool being around him. We spent two days in Jamaica showing him around, catching visuals for the project.

AP: It’s been 12 years since you released a solo album.

Marley: What’s really been happening is that I’ve been in the studio working on other projects. I did an album with Nas called “Distant Relatives.” I was part of another project called SuperHeavy, which was also featuring Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone and A.R. Rahman. I’ve been busy over the years, just not necessarily on my solo album.

AP: Can you tell me a little bit about the song “Medication”?

Marley: This song is talking about marijuana. In some of the lines its sounds like I’m speaking to a lady. But at the same time, it’s really about the herb. Since it’s become accepted in a lot of places, a lot more research has been done on the medicinal properties of the plant. There’s a lot of great research and great promise being shown, so we wanted to highlight that in the song.

AP: Why name the album “Stony Hill”?

Marley: I choose “Stony Hill” as the name of the album to reflect my upbringing. The neighborhood I grew up in from when I was around 5-years-old to when I was around 15 or 16. It’s the more privileged part of Jamaica. In the album, we’re trying to speak about that journey … my father came from the ghetto and was able to have a child like myself who was born and raised in an uptown, privileged area.

AP: You have your medical marijuana company, Stony Hill Corp. How did that come about?

Marley: Well it came about first and foremost of just being so closely involved with marijuana over the years as part of our culture. Marijuana has been such a big part of our lives even way before it was made legal in certain places. I think it’s only right that we partake in the business now.

AP: Many of the new songs resonate within the American political system.

Marley: More so in a global system, which America is a part of. Nowadays when you think about the news, we’re exposed to what’s going on everywhere. We’re not really isolated anymore. When something happens in France, or in England, or in Africa or wherever it happens, you hear about it quickly. It’s us being aware of what’s going on in our world today.

Follow Joseph Longo on Twitter: @josephlongo_

Watch an interview with the CEO of Damian’s brother Julian Marley’s company JuJu Royal

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Published at Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:04:33 +0000

Scotts Miracle-Gro eyes global leadership position in hydroponics sector

Scotts Miracle-Gro eyes global leadership position in hydroponics sector

As Scotts Miracle-Gro settles in on its play in hydroponics, it’s ratcheting down a buying spree and turning attention to integration and cost-saving.

The venerable lawn-and-garden company’s goal is simple:

“To become the best supplier of hydroponic growing products in the world to both the consumer and professional markets,” Scotts CEO Jim Hagedorn told analysts and investors Tuesday.

Scotts’ leap into an ancillary sector of the cannabis industry continues to bolster a top line pressured by a late start to the growing season and struggles among mass-market retailers, the Marysville, Ohio-based company noted Tuesday as part of its third-quarter earnings report.

“As we approach our third year on hydroponics, I think we are in a great place,” Hagedorn said during the company’s earnings call, referencing Hawthorne Gardening Co., the subsidiary that serves as the umbrella for the hydroponics businesses.

For the quarter, Scotts’ core business in the U.S. saw 5 percent sales growth, to $792.2 million. Comparatively, the “Other” category, which includes Hawthorne, recorded 36 percent sales growth to $192.6 million.

Although Hawthorne’s sales are not yet categorized independently in the earnings report — that’s expected to come next quarter — Hagedorn said the division saw sales growth of 146 percent for the quarter that ended July 1. For the nine months year-to-date the sales growth is hitting 160 percent, he said.

Those growth rates were largely influenced by the acquisitions of grow light company Gavita and nutrient maker Botanicare. Assuming Hawthorne owned those businesses this time last year, those growth rates would have settled in at 21 percent for the quarter and 15 percent year-to-date, he said.

For the company’s third quarter, Scotts made $152 million on $1.1 billion in revenue. A year earlier, Scotts had posted a net income of $213 million on $994 million.

Hawthorne’s product portfolio is in “pretty good shape,” Hagedorn said.

Two potential deals are on the near-term horizon — one that should land in the next couple of weeks, and the other in a couple of months — and there likely will be some tuck-in deals in the months following, he said.

The next step — integration — is something in which Scotts is well-versed, Hagedorn said.

“If you say what is the power of Hawthorne, it is not just that we bought a bunch of good brands with good (profit and loss positions), it’s converting that into the best supplier to a professional industry that I think has ever been seen, at least in this space,” he said. “And I think we know how to do that. Remember, we did this with our professional horticulture business and we’ve done it with our Scotts business.”

Scotts has made some headway on those actions in markets such as Canada, he added.

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Published at Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:24:46 +0000

For first time, NFL offers to work with players' union to study cannabis for pain

For first time, NFL offers to work with players' union to study cannabis for pain

IRVINE, Calif. — The NFL has written to the NFL Players Association offering to work in tandem to study the potential use of marijuana as a pain management tool for players, according to people familiar with the situation.

It is the clearest indication to this point that the NFL may be willing to work cooperatively with the union toward such marijuana use, which is currently banned by the sport.

The NFLPA is conducting its own study and, according to those familiar with the deliberations, is yet to respond to the NFL’s offer to cooperate on marijuana-related research.

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

The NFLPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The NFL, according to one person with knowledge of the matter, wrote a letter to the union asking if, given the NFLPA’s public comments on the issue this year, it is interested in working together on research. The league’s letter outlined a few areas for potential research that included pain management for both acute and chronic conditions.

The union previously has indicated that it is, on its own, studying marijuana as a pain management tool and, in what it considers a separate but related issue, is interested in making further changes to the sport’s rules regarding recreational marijuana use by players.

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

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

The union separately formed a pain management committee to study, among other things, marijuana as a pain management tool for players. The committee is technically a subcommittee of the NFLPA’s Mackey-White traumatic brain injury committee.

“How do you make sure that you address any potential addiction issue? Because I’ve read the literature on both sides,” Smith said in January. “How do you deal with the fact that some people are using it purely recreationally and pivoting it to … people who are using it medicinally either as a pain eradicator or a stress-coping mechanism? So what we’ve decided to do is, to the best we can, look at it as related but nonetheless separate issues. Do I expect in the near future we are going to be presenting something to our board on the first issue? Yes.”

NFL players currently are tested for marijuana and face potential discipline, including suspensions, for positive tests.

The league and union agreed in 2014 to modifications of the drug policy regarding marijuana. The threshold for what constitutes a positive test for marijuana was relaxed. A level of 15 nanograms of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) per milliliter of urine or blood was counted as a positive, the most stringent standard in professional sports, before 2014. Under the revision, 35 nanograms per milliliter counts as a positive; a nanogram is one-billionth of a gram.

“We’ve had several conversations about this issue and several years ago we did take a less punitive approach to marijuana,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a Fox radio interview in January. “That will be one of the subjects in the collective bargaining process, which we’d like to get into sooner rather than later.”

The union has not delivered its proposal regarding a less punitive approach to marijuana use by players to the league since Smith’s comments earlier this year, according to multiple people close to the situation. One reason, according to one of those people, is the feeling that the league prefers to deal with the issue as part of negotiations for the sport’s next collective bargaining agreement, rather than as a separate issue. The current CBA between the league and union runs through 2020.

The two sides previously attempted to negotiate a separate agreement on another meaningful issue – the sport’s system of player discipline and Goodell’s role in it – but a deal collapsed at the last minute. That issue is unlikely to be negotiated further between the two sides until the CBA deliberations.

Stephen Jones, a Dallas Cowboys executive and a son of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, said last weekend at the team’s training camp in Oxnard, Calif., that it is difficult to determine whether such issues should be bargained separately or negotiated only within the context of a potential CBA extension.

“It’s a great question,” Jones said. “I think it’s a debated question. Some people feel strongly we should address it now. I think some people feel that we’re close enough that you should wait and take care of it in one fell swoop when you sit down and bargain with the union. There’s people who would love to have an extension. I think both sides would probably love to have it… . To me, personally, it’s one opinion, I think whenever there’s things that ought to be looked at, I think you ought to address them. I know Jerry feels that way.

“But at the same time, I’m certainly respectful and understand that a lot of times these things – player discipline, in particular – when it comes to things that deal with the players are usually taken care of with a broad stroke within the CBA. It’s a tough one to answer. It’s not just marijuana. The whole thing always has to be looked at… . I just want to make sure that we’re doing everything the very best way because that’s what people expect [from] the NFL is to be the best in class.”

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Published at Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:31:01 +0000

Cannabis for Sexual Assault PTSD Patients

Cannabis for Sexual Assault PTSD Patients

Cannabis for Sexual Assault PTSD Patients

SEXUAL ASSAULT PTSD

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Can Cannabis Help

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

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

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

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Other ways cannabis can help:

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

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

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

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

Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Compromise Bill Into law

Massachusetts Governor Signs Marijuana Compromise Bill Into law

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law today a marijuana compromise bill sent to him last week by the Legislature, which sets the stage for creation of the regulatory structure to oversee legal marijuana sales in Massachusetts.

Cannabis Becomes Legal Tonight“We thank the governor for signing the bill and we urge all of the executive and legislative officials involved in the new regulatory system to make timely appointments and ensure proper funding so legal sales can begin on the timetable set by lawmakers last December,” said Matthew Schweich, director of state campaigns for the Marijuana Policy Project and one of the leaders of the 2016 campaign.

According to Schweich, this legislative outcome means that by January 2020, Massachusetts will be the only state in the country where all bans on adult-use marijuana businesses will require approval by local voters.

The new law states that appointments to the Cannabis Advisory Board are to be made by August 1, and appointments to the Cannabis Control Commission are to be made by September 1. The appointments are to be made by the governor, the attorney general, and the treasurer.

“We take elected officials at their word that there will be no more delays in implementation of the legal sales system. The state will benefit greatly from the tax revenues and jobs created by the new industry, and we are confident lawmakers will secure appropriate funding to get the regulatory system up and running on the current timeline,” said Jim Borghesani, spokesperson for the 2016 campaign and the subsequent advocacy effort to defend the law.

The legislation adjusts the local control policy, allowing local government officials in towns that voted “no” on the 2016 ballot initiative to ban marijuana businesses until December 2019. For towns that voted “yes” in 2016, any bans must be placed on a local ballot for voters to approve. The maximum sales tax rate (which depends on whether towns adopt optional local taxes) will increase from 12% to 20%. Under the bill, the state tax will be 17% and the local option will be 3%.

About Anthony Martinelli

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

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Published at Fri, 28 Jul 2017 17:11:38 +0000