A Simple, Inexpensive Piece Of Tech Is Upending The Burgeoning Marijuana Industry

Behold: The small, cheap device that’s disrupting the $7 billion legal cannabis business. This tiny combination of plastic, glass, and metal is a disposable cannabis oil cartridge. It costs anywhere from $30 to $70 (depending on the oil inside), is easily carried in your pocket, and produces little-to-no smell when consumed. You simply screw it into an inexpensive, rechargeable pen and inhale. That’s it.

It’s this tiny device that’s quickly taking over cannabis consumption in America’s largest cannabis market: California. Nearly a quarter of sales from 2016, tracked by marijuana delivery service Eaze, were for cartridges.

Similar growth rates are showing up outside of California as well.

States like Colorado, Washington, and Oregon — where cannabis is legal — are showing massive percentage growth for “concentrates” (cannabis oil), according to BDS Analytics.

Notably, this seems to be a growth trend connected to convenience.

As “flower” (traditional marijuana buds) is messy, complicated, and requires preparation to be smoked, it’s no surprise that easier forms of marijuana product are growing so quickly.

Though cannabis oil (“concentrates”) are making huge gains, the same can be said for pre-rolled and edibles. Edibles are simply eaten, and can be “dosed” out so you don’t overdo it; pre-rolled joints are as simple as lighting a cigarette — no rolling skills required. Cannabis oil marries the convenience of both.

On top of those conveniences, oil cartridges are inexpensive and travel easily. Best of all, using a cannabis oil vape produces none of the characteristic smells or clouds of smoke associated with traditional cannabis consumption.

All that growth has led to tens of millions of dollars in sales thus far, with an even brighter future expected as the market expands — despite huge wins for recreational cannabis sales in November 2016, regulation and implementation doesn’t kick in until January 2018 in many states. As commercial sales begin and more of the public tries these easy-to-use, disposable cartridges, expect even more explosive growth.

Monthly marijuana sales of $100 million the ‘new norm’ in Colorado

May sales hit $127.7 million, marking the 12th consecutive month the state’s cannabis sales have topped $100 million

While it’s still unclear where the Trump administration stands on marijuana, one state might as well have discovered its own El Dorado.

Per The Cannabist, Colorado has been hauling in $100 million a month in marijuana revenue through May, when it reached a total of $127.7 million. What’s more? That’s not even the record month. That would be this past March, when sales crested at $131.7 million. (According to the publication, sales totals include “flower, edibles, and concentrates.”) And May’s total marks the 12th consecutive month of $100 million sales or greater.

“I think that $100 million a month [in sales is] the new norm,” Bethany Gomez, director of research for Brightfield Group, a market research firm focused on the cannabis industry, told The Cannabist.

Of course, those revenue totals aren’t just a pat on the back for marijuana industry purveyors; the state of Colorado brought in nearly $223 million in taxes and license fees, too.

The Top 7 Health Benefits When Using Vaporizers

  1. Sight
  2. Preconception
  3. Smell
  4. Hear
  5. Taste
  6. Touch
  7. Vestibular

Finding the right method to consume your THC is never really a problem. However, the devices you use or the way you indulge in your favorite strain can be right or wrong when it comes to your health. There are 100’s of ways to satisfy your craving for Cannabis, but not all are beneficial. In this blog, we discuss the healthy benefits and how vaping meets your seven senses while you’re happily puffing.

Sight can be affected by any second-hand smoke. Ever get a smoke bomb in your eye after smoking a cigarette? Smoking can increase your chances of getting cataracts, glaucoma and eye diseases. While people are treated for glaucoma and dry eye syndrome with a medical marijuana therapy, the doctors most likely prescribed pure THC and not necessarily rolled paper joints. By using the vaporizers, you give your eyes more protection.

Proprioception means “Sense of Self.” To clarify, using vapes is great to have a more meaningful sense of self. When we become, relaxed and are focused, we become more aware. This awareness can be beneficial to self-esteem or can help lower anxiety. Vaping tends to give people a little deeper buzz without the stink.

Beyond smell, health cannabis, in general, piques your sense of smell along with the other senses. However, when burning a fat spliff, those smoldering vapors can irritate the nasal passages causing things like inflammation. That inflaming will cause a person to lose their sense of smell sometimes indefinitely. By using Vape Pens, you’ll be lessening smoke up the nose avoiding issues with smelling.

Not many people realize that smokers are 70% more likely to suffer from hearing loss than non-smokers. While we know, you love your buzz; there are alternative methods to getting that way without jeopardizing your health.

Can you imagine getting the munchies and wanting to go on a complete food frenzy when you realize that everything, EVERYTHING tastes like envelope glue!!! You’ll notice things will taste better and more favorable switching to the pen.

Other than taste, your sense of touch may improve as well. We’ve all done it, passing a roach around that is too small. Your fingertips can become charred from the hot ash. But, your digits can become numb if they’re burned enough. Be cautious by kicking it with a vaporizer. These devices typically don’t get heated at all.

Besides the risks of hearing, smell and touch your balance can become dysfunctional from smoking. Putting yourself on a vapor regimen allows you to avoid become imbalanced. Inflammation and swelling in the ear can occur when smoking. At the same time, labyrinthitis can develop causing you to lose your balance.

Since the idea here is to switch to smokeless methods, consumption of Mary-Jane allows for some sensible alternatives to smoking. In fact, if you think about this, your experience basking in your favored hobby, will be much better when you can do things like hear, taste and smell. We won’t tell you how to live, but knowledge is power, and it’s up to you to make logical decisions without losing your senses. Wouldn’t you agree? Pass it along.

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Nova Scotia board says insurance must cover man’s marijuana prescription

Nova Scotia’s human-rights board has ruled that a man suffering from chronic pain must have his marijuana prescription paid for by his employee-insurance plan, with advocates saying the decision opens the door for patients across Canada to push for similar cannabis coverage.

Gordon Skinner, from a community just outside Halifax, had argued that he faced discrimination when he was denied coverage by the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Plan. He has been using medical cannabis to treat pain from an on-the-job car accident that forced him from work as an elevator mechanic more than six years ago.

In a written decision posted online Thursday, the provincial inquiry-board chair found that Mr. Skinner’s plan could not exclude paying for his cannabis because it required a doctor’s prescription. The ruling states that the insurance plan contravened the province’s Human Rights Act, and must now cover his medical-marijuana expenses “up to and including the full amount of his most recent prescription.”

“Denial of his request for coverage of medical marijuana … amounts to a prima-facie case of discrimination,” the ruling states. “The discrimination was non-direct and unintentional.”

In Canada, only veterans, some first responders and a small number of private citizens get their medical marijuana covered by health-insurance providers. That’s because Health Canada has not approved marijuana as a medicine, so insurers are less inclined to offer coverage.

Deepak Anand, executive director of the Canadian National Medical Marijuana Association, said the ruling is significant and could see a number of people apply for coverage through their provincial human-rights commissions.

“If they could start to use this avenue to try to get their employers or insurance providers to start covering it, I think that’s going to be significant and we are going to see more of that,” Mr. Anand said. He said he knew of one other instance where an insurance company agreed to cover medical marijuana – for University of Waterloo student Jonathan Zaid in 2015.

Mr. Zaid, who now heads the patient advocacy group Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana, said Thursday’s ruling could extend to other medical-cannabis patients that have similar contract language in their employee plans.

“All patients can use this and show the feasibility of insurance coverage and how it’s a human right and how medical cannabis should be treated just like any other prescription medication,” Mr. Zaid said.

However, he added, the exclusion of cannabis coverage from many people’s plans hinges on the drug not having been issued a unique number by Health Canada that identifies its manufacturer, product name, active ingredients, strength, pharmaceutical form and route of administration.

Mr. Zaid said he is hoping Ottawa unveils a legalization framework later this spring that ensure patients have reliable access to the drug, regardless of how recreational marijuana ends up being sold.

Thursday’s ruling states Mr. Skinner must buy his medical marijuana from one of the 30 large producers licensed by Health Canada or a person legally authorized to produce for him.

“I’m elated, I’m still in shock, it’s really still sinking in to be honest with you,” Mr. Skinner said in a telephone interview from his home outside Halifax.

He argued his own case before the board last October after being denied coverage three times, and said he hoped the inquiry-board’s ruling would set a precedent.

“Hopefully, this will help other people in similar situations and eliminate the fight that myself and my family have had to endure and the hardship that this has resulted in.”

The board found that Mr. Skinner’s chronic pain has been under managed as a result of the denial of coverage, resulting in “profoundly negative effects on the complainant and his family.”

How Many Prescriptions Are Replaced by Cannabis? Canada Study Explores an Answer 🍃

How Many Prescriptions Are Replaced by Cannabis? Canada Study Explores In the US, we’ve seen a marked drop in opioid overdoses in legal states, prodding the question of whether patients are replacing their prescription medicines with cannabis. Recent survey data collected from patients enrolled in Canada’s MMPR program indicates this may be more than just a correlation.

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Led by researchers Philippe Lucas and Zach Walsh, this investigation surveyed 271 patients purchasing medical cannabis from Canadian LP Tilray (which, like Leafly, is owned by Privateer Holdings). Seeking to understand who is using medical marijuana and why, they discovered some staggering statistics pertaining to substitution–63% of respondents reported using cannabis in place of prescription medications.

Breaking down the results by drug classes, Lucas and Walsh found that:

  • 30% of respondents replaced opioids with cannabis
  • 16% replaced benzodiazepines
  • 12% replaced antidepressants
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The reason? “Less adverse side effects,” said 39% of patients. Others responded that cannabis was safer (27%) and more effective in treating symptoms (16%).

“In light of the growing rate of morbidity and mortality associated with these prescription medications, cannabis could play a significant role in reducing the health burden of problematic prescription drug use,” the authors wrote.

Putting to rest concerns of cannabis dependence, the survey also established a strong tendency for recreational use to precede medicinal use, not the other way around as we see with many pharmaceutical medications. A transition from medical to recreational use was only reported by less than 3% of respondents, indicating a low risk potential.

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The substitution effect reaches beyond just the medicine cabinet; cannabis also helped patients curb other types of substance use:

  • 25% of respondents replaced alcohol with cannabis
  • 12% of respondents replaced cigarettes/tobacco with cannabis
  • 3% of respondents replaced illicit drugs with cannabis

Though widely supported by anecdotal evidence, this study is one of hopefully many to substantiate what patients have been experiencing for themselves when it comes to replacing other drugs and habits with cannabis. How might these statistics look in the US, where prescription medication use and abuse runs rampant? That’s a question for future research.

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RELATED STORY How to Save Money and Conserve Your Cannabis with Vaporizers Vape Temperature Matters is-vaporization-safe-2 A 2009 study was one of the first to look at variable temperatures and vaporizing. Like earlier studies, this 2009 study not only showed fewer harmful byproducts in vaping versus smoking, but also showed that temperature matters. In this study, cannabis was vaporized at three different temperatures (338°F, 392°F, and 446°F), with the cannabinoid-to-byproduct ratio measured using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The ratio at 392°F and 446°F was significantly higher than in smoke, showing less harmful toxins when vaporizing. RELATED STORY How to Customize Your Cannabis High with Temperature Most vaporizers heat cannabis to a temperature just below combustion, in the range of 180 to 200°C (356 to 392°F). We nowso know specific temperatures at which various compounds are released: 220°F for THCA, all the way up to 428°F, right under the combustion temperature of 451°F, for the non-psychoactive compound cannabichromene (CBC). Therefore, the elusive question regarding preferred vaporizer temperature can finally be answered. If for medicinal use, the temperature is dependent on the compound you need. Temperature for recreational use largely remains a personal preference. Research on Cannabis Vaporization AheadDraft

Supreme Court of Canada okays medicinal pot cookies, other cannabis products

Supreme Court of Canada okays medicinal pot cookies, other cannabis products

IAN MULGREW, VANCOUVER SUN  06.12.2015

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The Supreme Court of Canada has opened Pandora’s cookie jar by blessing pot-infused ginger snaps and cannabis derivatives, causing a fuming federal health minister to insist that patients must smoke their bud.

In a unanimous decision, stinging in its brevity and common sense, the country’s highest court said Thursday medical marijuana patients should not be restricted to just the dried plant.

The seven justices said the national medical pot program was flawed, impinged patients’ rights, and was not saved by the section of the constitution that allows reasonable infringements for worthy societal goals.

Lawyers involved in the case said it also had broader implications because the right to use comes with an implicit right of access to a supply.

Although the court didn’t address the issue, the lawyers said the situation is analogous to the rulings that led to the creation of the medical marijuana scheme at the turn of the century.

Although this case was supported by the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club, such clinics and dispensaries that have long provided derivative products as well as dried pot have always been illegal.

The landmark Supreme Court ruling, however, appears to give them arguable legal ground on which to sell derivatives, since there are no authorized suppliers.

That could have huge repercussions in Vancouver where civic officials are faced with nearly 100 unregulated outlets, most offering a range of pot products as well as dried weed.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose was apoplectic the high court ruled that patients now can have cannabis tea, brownies, cookies, chocolate bars, hash, balms, creams, lotions, tinctures, infused oils, salves …

“Marijuana has never gone through the regulatory approval process at Health Canada, which requires rigorous safety reviews and clinical trials with scientific evidence,” she told reporters in Ottawa.

“So frankly, I’m outraged by the Supreme Court.”

Ambrose maintained that cannabis didn’t become therapeutic “because judges deemed it so.”

The Conservative insistence that patients smoke or vape their medication once again finds them clashing with the judiciary, which considers that nonsensical.

“Inhaling marihuana (the archaic legal spelling) can present health risks and is less effective for some conditions than administration of cannabis derivative,” the country’s highest bench said in the ruling that was unsigned, implying institutional weight.

There is no connection between the prohibition on non-dried forms of marijuana and the health of the patients who qualify for legal access, the court said.

“It is therefore difficult to understand why allowing patients to transform dried marihuana into baking oil would put them at greater risk than permitting them to smoke or vaporize dried marihuana,” the justices added.

“Moreover, the Crown provided no evidence to suggest that it would. … Finally, the evidence established no connection between the impugned restriction and attempts to curb the diversion of marihuana into the illegal market. We are left with a total disconnect between the limit on liberty and security of the person imposed by the prohibition and its object.”

The appropriate remedy the court said is a declaration that the law is of no force and effect to the extent that it prohibits a person with a medical authorization from possessing cannabis derivatives for medical purposes.

“It’s fantastic,” enthused Vancouver Island lawyer Kirk Tousaw, who with Abbotsford counsel John Conroy handled the appeal.

“It goes into effect immediately — what else could you ask for?”

Jason Gratl, of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association which was one of five intervenors in the case, also celebrated:

“It’s a great victory. It carries the potential to be a stepping stone to significant changes on other legal issues, such as the threshold for triggering the right to liberty. And their use of the word ‘non-trivial’ is important, too.”

One of the key points of the ruling is that the court broadly conceived of medical autonomy to include not only amelioration of injury or illness, but also “non-trivial” enhancement, maintenance and preservation of health or well-being.

The choice of individuals to use what they experience as the most efficacious mode of using a medication is a “non-trivial” choice, and restricting that choice infringes the right to liberty.

In rejecting the government’s appeal, the court explained that it was not suspending its declaration, even though the lower court decision had given Ottawa a year to fix the law.

Such a suspension, the justices said, would leave patients without lawful medical treatment and the law and law enforcement in limbo.

But there is no legal supply of cannabis derivatives — and the decision will incite a sea-change in the direction of the medical cannabis industry away from smoking by allowing a broad range of new products.

Tousaw said the supply issue was a new conundrum: “It’s unresolved — which is a big problem. They could licence (producers). But won’t.”

Gratl said the supply question loomed over the judgment — noting that with dried marijuana, patients first won the right to use it with the Parker decision in 2000, then the right to a supply in Hitzig v. Canada 2003.

The case has its roots in a December 2009 West Coast bust.

The former head baker for the cannabis club, Owen Smith, was arrested in his Victoria apartment with 200-plus cookies, a supply of cooking oils and some dried dope. He was charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with trafficking tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the main psychoactive chemicals in pot and presumably the tasty snaps and oils, and possession.

In 2012, B.C. Supreme Court Judge Robert Johnston acquitted Smith after ruling that the medical marijuana regulations were constitutionally flawed because they restricted patients’ therapeutic use of cannabis.

The high bench affirmed the acquittal.

Tousaw said his client was thrilled.

Both the old rules, known as the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, and the new ones titled, the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, which came into effect April 1, restricted patients to only dried cannabis.

Johnston, whose reasoning was endorsed by the Supreme justices, said that constraint was arbitrary.

He found criminalizing how a patient used his or her medicine an unwarranted infringement of security-of-the-person rights guaranteed under Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Marijuana’s active ingredients have a longer-lasting effect if they are ingested rather than inhaled, bringing greater benefit to those who use it to treat conditions such as chronic pain or glaucoma.

Smoking achieves a quicker, but less-lasting benefit.

But for many patients, especially children and the elderly, the court heard, using extracts is a much more reasonable method of ingestion than smoking or vaping.

Last August, in a 2-1 judgment, the B.C. Court of Appeal agreed with Johnston sparking Ottawa’s appeal.

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(The decision is available on the Supreme Court’s website. Extracts of its March hearing are available here.)

Older Adults Teaching Older Adults about Cannabis – The Stoner Stigma is Now Gone

Our parents and grandparents are changing the typical 'stoner' demographic bell curve.Our parents and grandparents are changing the typical ‘stoner’ demographic bell curve.

Seniors have recently been warming up to the idea of medical cannabis use. The topic has been covered many times over in the media recently that senior cannabis use has increased from 2.8 million to 4.3 million between 2013 and 2014 in California[i].  Amazing contrast regardless, the amount of medicinal seniors registered in the state out-numbers the entire population of Kentucky. Since the California Senate Bill 420 went into effect in 2004, over ten years have passed.
So is this delayed wave of activity due to seniors simply being late to the game, or is there more to it?

 

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Elderly are warming up to the concept of cannabis.

It is usually satirized how most of our grandparents become aware of trends or pop culture references some years after initial relevancy. But in the case of cannabis, it’s a different story: the demographic was informed, just afraid to become labeled with the ‘stoner stigma’. And this instilled fear dates back to their childhood, when Yippies in their community were getting locked up on a daily basis, and the propaganda agenda of Reefer Madness still lingered.

However, it appears the tide is turning as some of the elders with that traditional mindset are now becoming canna-verts and even advocating its use. One woman, Sue Taylor, gave some insight as to what changed her opinion…
The state certified teacher was not only a classroom instructor, but also a Catholic school principal in the education system, and an advocate against pot use. While writing a parenting book in Georgia, she received a call from her son proposing the idea of implementing her dream of senior therapy adjacent and funded by a dispensary. Quite the proposal for a mother who told her children she would call the authorities if she found any substances in her house. Being afraid she was ‘losing her son to drugs’, the ordained minister moved out to California and quickly became informed about the truth revolving the devil’s lettuce. And that was 7 years ago.
Now, as one of the biggest pot proponent in the Bay Area, her educational subject is now Cannabis, as she informs seniors about the ‘evil’ they grew up with.

Senior Kerry Stiles ingests THC with eyedropper

Senior Kerry Stiles ingests his CBD via an eyedropper method.

“They resonate with me right away for two reasons. Number one, because I am a science teacher. And number two, I tell them two things: you don’t have to smoke it; and the psychoactivity can be lessened or even minimal. And they become very interested” Sue states.

After time has passed, her former senior students even return to her to thank Sue for her lectures. “Time and time again seniors approach me and say ‘Ms Sue, Ms Sue! I’m no longer on the pharmaceutical drugs, I only use cannabis. Over time I was able to eliminate them. One-by-one my doctor took me off of them’. Because they start off with three pills; their high blood pressure meds adversely affect the thyroid, they give them a thyroid pill, then the thyroid pill causes their liver to act up and then they have to take something for their liver. And it goes on, and on and on…”

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Educator Sue Taylor strives for cannabis awareness in senior community.

 

But as Sue breaks the cycle in California, there is another ‘cannabis crusader’ on a mission to end the misinformed baby boomers. Robert Platshorn leads a similar campaign from a not so similar background as Sue Taylor. The 70 year old Platshorn was actually a criminal, and served 29 years for being involved in the notorious marijuana smuggling surfer ring of the 1970’s.[ii] Upon his release, he started The Silver Tour, which is also geared towards elderly education on cannabis. Robert’s Silver Tour has been featured on The Daily Show, appeared besides Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, and made countless radio broadcasts.

It’s comforting to know that people like Sue Taylor and Robert Platshorn are working towards enlightening the elderly. And between the two of them, the goal of informing this AARP crowd seems more and more AARPossible.

For more on Sue’s testimony, check out her podcast interview with TheHash.org. And make sure to check out Robert’s Silver Tour website.

Which Is Best For Pain Relief: THC Or CBD?

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The world of medical cannabis can be daunting. With all of the new strains and products out there, how do you find the right one? Unfortunately, many medical cannabis patients have to do quite a bit of experimentation before they finally hit their stride. When it comes to pain relief, however, certain strains may be better than others. Here’s the scoop on which cannabinoid is better for pain relief, THC or CBD.

THC vs. CBD: Which is better for pain?

The best answer to this question is both. While each compound has pain-fighting properties of its own, two of them work best when they are consumed together. Both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) work with each other synergistically, enhancing the overall pain-fighting effect of the herb.

THC is considered the primary psychoactive component in the cannabis plant. Many medical cannabis patients find that consuming regular ol’ high-THC cannabis provides adequate pain relief.

However, it’s not uncommon to need to do some experimentation to find what type of cannabis works best for your particular situation.

CBD is not considered psychoactive in the same manner as THC, though it still has an effect on the brain. Unlike THC, CBD will not cause a noticeable “high”. Rather, this cannabinoid has calming and uplifting properties that can reduce the mental effects of THC and fight pain and inflammation.

Many patients like high-CBD strains for relief from pain caused by spasticity and cramping.

It’s not uncommon to hear that both high-THC and high-CBD strains successfully ease away pain. However, research suggests that the best pain management may come from strains with large amounts of both compounds. Here’s why:

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The synergistic interactions between THC and CBD make up what is called the entourage effect. In theory, the entourage effect suggests that all of the various phytochemicals in the cannabis plant work together to produce beneficial effects.

This is perhaps why full-plant cannabis buds and extracts are thought to be more helpful to patients than isolates.

Not only do THC and CBD interact with one another to fight pain, but these compounds engage with various terpenes as well. Terpenes are aroma molecules found in the resin glands of plants.

These theories suggest that opting for a strain with a variety of cannabinoids and terpenoids would be highly beneficial for medical cannabis patients, including those seeking relief from chronic pain.

Some lucky patients can already access a cannabis-based pharmaceutical for pain. In Canada, the GW Pharmaceuticals product Sativex is available for the treatment of cancer pain. Sativex is a multiple sclerosis drug that contains a one to one ratio of THC to CBD, plus some beneficial terpenes.

Further, there are over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Decades of research restrictions mean that scientists have only really begun to study the cannabis plant in depth over the past few years. Though, Isreal has spearheaded the cannabis research game since the 1970s.

Some of these cannabinoids are thought to be analgesics as well. Here are some other potential buzz words to look for:

What should I look for in a cannabis strain for pain?

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When searching for the best strain for pain, there are a few things to keep in mind. Many people lack access to quality selections of cannabis, and it can be difficult for folks to find exactly what they need. Further, every person responds differently to cannabis.

For some, high THC strains may be more beneficial. Though the psychoactive nature of THC may be off-putting to certain people, many find that the “high” helps them forget about the pain and focus on something else. CBD strains, on the other hand, may help reduce inflammation and improve mood, which could improve your ability to handle pain.

To make sure you’re getting the relief that you need, here are a few things to keep in mind when picking out a strain for pain:

  • Sedative, indica strains are some of the most popular picks for chronic pain management.
  • A strain that contains a little of both CBD and THC may be more effective than one with THC alone.
  • High THC levels mean that you may more easily forget about your pain.
  • CBD strains are generally considered better for daytime consumption.
  • Sativa strains are often consumed for neuropathic pain and chronic headaches, though this is highly subjective.
  • Pick strains or products that are very fragrant or have high terpene tests.

The best cannabis strains for pain relief

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Though everyone responds to cannabis differently, these strains are thought to be helpful for pain management, generally speaking:

Searching for more information on cannabis for pain relief? Take a look at the full article here.

Alzheimer ; Shout Out in Chemainus !

 

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Dave C. Salter to Chemainus Shout Out

Hello Chemainiacs, I do understand a lot of you are thinking the cannabis posts are a bit much… but when the topic of this post is strictly about results from a community member, I think that deserves a huge shout out.

I had a family come to me a few months back, in total panic mode. they wanted to get help for their 88yr old mom, who has dementia and had developed OCD like tendencies.
I received this email last night from them.

“Hi Dave…sorry it has taken me so long to write this up for you guys. Its kind of long but I wanted to tell our story.
I wanted to share our experience about the benefits of cannabis oil and how it helped our 88 year old mother who suffers with dementia. Over the last couple of years we have watched our Mom slip into a world of fear, confusion and anxiety all brought on by dementia. Things really started to get bad after we lost our Dad, my mothers loving husband for 65 years. The loneliness and loss she was feeling was overwhelming. This started to show itself in what the family doctor described as OCD behaviours, caused by dementia and the anxiety and stress our mom was experiencing. At first it was like an oral fixation, constantly pulling on her tongue and a constant rubbing of her hands. She became obsessed with wiping her mouth with Kleenex and would use hundreds a day. As we expressed our concerns to the doctor he would explain it as symptoms of dementia and began to prescribe drugs that were meant to alleviate her symptoms. Nothing helped, and nothing worked. This went on for about a year and as things got worse and new behaviours would emerge the doctor would either increase the dose or try another medication. This was done through consults with a psychiatrist on the seniors team. This psychiatrist had never met my mother or spent anytime with her at all. At the end of 18 months our mom was basically in a catatonic state, unable to communicate or interact with people and had no quality of life. She took about 10 different pills in the morning and another 5 at the end of every day. When mom began to scratch at her self and keep picking at sores we knew something had to change. She would have between 50 and 60 open infected sores all over her arms and legs. It was at this time that I asked the doctor to start weaning her off all the drugs, mostly anti-psychotics, that were not helping and in my opinion doing more harm than good. The doctor was opposed to this plan and was definitely against the suggestion of trying the medical cannabis route. I went to work with the staff at The Leaf and explained the situation. Everything was done very cautiously and with the greatest concern for our mom. I gave them all her prescriptions and they checked all the drugs she was on to make sure she would have no problems. To make a long story short, within 5 to 10 days of using the cannabis oil everything began to change. We are now 3 months in and all the picking has stopped, the pulling of her tongue is very minimal and she has gone back to being the pleasant social woman she always was. Interacting with everyone, smiling, laughing and once again being involved in the various activities that take place in her assisted living facility. She is off all pharmaceuticals except for one tablet a day for her thyroid. Off her blood pressure meds and a host of other things. Literally from about 15 pills a day, to one!!! Her quality of life has been restored and it has prevented a move to the next level of care. I cannot thank the Leaf Compassion staff enough for carefully guiding us through these unknown waters and keeping our mom’s health and safety in mind at every turn. This has made a huge change for our whole family and given us back our mom. Don’t misunderstand, our mother still has dementia but the benefits of the cannabis oil have given her peace and comfort once again.”

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So, in light of recent municipal and RCMP wishwash, this is why I do what I do. This is why Canadians should be standing up and demanding a cleaner safer, medicinal alternative for themselves and the ones they love. This plant isn’t a danger to anyone, quite the opposite. so I urge you all to have an open mind about cannabis, have a open discussion with your friends & loved ones. This topic is no longer a taboo, it is mainstream and should rightly be treated as such. If we want to be outraged we can be outraged at epidemic of over prescription of pharmaceuticals to the elderly.

– Dave