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8 Myths about Marijuana

  1. Smoking weed equals you’re a stoner
    In a recent study nearly a 1/3 of cannabis consumers households had combined income of $75,000. Does that mean that these individuals are high most of the day? Probably not. They, like so many others, have found a way to be moderate in their use. Not to mention, while making a decent wage!Statistics state that out of 30-40 million reported users of marijuana 1/5 of them submitted that they use daily. Meaning that the majority use quite moderately. This also suggests that smokers of marijuana can look like business magnate Elon Musk or rapper French Montana or anything in between.
  2. A joint is worse than a cigarette
    The only reason that smoking one plant would be any worse than a similar plant would be if one was poisonous and the other wasn’t. However, neither tobacco or marijuana is poisonous but the other artificial ingredients in a cigarette can be. Smoking cigarettes has proven to cause significant lung damage. Coupled with the fact that lung cancer causes nearly 158,000 deaths a year. 85% of those are directly related to smoking.There currently is no strong evidence that smoking marijuana cause any of the damage that smoking cigarettes cause.  Although this may be true, the amount of smoking each respective smoker uses is a factor. Generally speaking an average tobacco user will smoke a half a pack to a pack a day compared to an average marijuana user who may consume 1 to 2 joints every other day.
  3. Marijuana makes you dumb
    Another one of the myths about marijuana is that it makes you dumb. Now most would probably make this link because of our association with intoxication from alcohol. We know that excessive alcohol consumption is toxic to the brain we might assume smoking marijuana would do the same. However, a study in New Zealand tracked individuals for 25 years, from ages 13 to 38. They did IQ tests on both ends. Of the 1000 people in the study only 38 showed any drop in IQ.  In addition there is some recent research showing that cannabinoids can actually help protect brain cells from Alzheimer’s disease. Perhaps smoking pot is a bit like enjoying a glass of wine. A little is suppose to be good for your health, while a lot isn’t.
  4. Marijuana is addictive
    So lets be clear, anything can be addictive. Some folks can’t go a day without working out and some would play video games till their eyes fall out. Comparatively, when it comes to marijuana individuals can become “dependent” on it as pain killer or muscle relaxer. But those numbers are extremely low in terms of that dependency becoming an addiction.Recently the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported only about 9% in a study showed any sort of dependency or addiction to marijuana after extensive use. So you’re probably more likely to be an addict to the latest intergalactic MMO video game versus a strain of indica.
  5. Munchies and Giggles
    Eating a ton of snack food after consuming some cannabis is a thing but not nearly as prevalent as movies would lead you to believe. There is part of the brain that is responsible for telling us to stop eating. It goes through some confusion after a joint. Consequently it may tell you to keep eating or it may give you the energy to clean your room and you forget all about food. Much of it depends on the strain.
  6. Too much weed can kill you
    No, it can’t. A high amount of marijuana can cause panic attacks or some extreme psychotic reactions but death isn’t one of them. Now, that can lead to someone injuring themselves or doing something that indirectly leads to their death like driving while impaired. So we always suggest responsible use! If you do smoke way too much or overeat an edible, you should be fine in time. However mixing marijuana with opioids can cause nausea and other serious side effects in some people.
  7. Marijuana will lead our nation to ruin – one of the other another myths about marijuana
    Well business insiders believe the opposite. A recent report suggested that the economy could get a bump of nearly $40 billion! Yes, that’s billion with a “b” by 2021 from the legalizing of marijuana. In California they expect to see the creation of almost 150,000 jobs by about that same time. So if it’s good for the economy maybe folks who believe it will hurt the country mean it will lead to more criminal activity. Well if it’s now legal, shouldn’t that lead to less arrest, less court cases, and less violent interactions with police?When weed became legal in Colorado in 2012 the state saw a 95% drop in marijuana arrests which was expected. Yet the drop in overall negative police interaction has resulted in more stable communities statewide. Why wouldn’t that be the same for the nation?
  8. marijuana mythsSmoking weed at 4:20 or on 4/20 is in referenced to Hitler’s birthday
    Sorry, no, it doesn’t. It has nothing to do with former dictator. Rumor has it that it’s about a group of Bay area teens who use to smoke weed at 4:20 pm behind the school. This became quite popular. Little did they know that this time reference would shape the culture of weed use.Grateful Dead guitarist Phil Lesh hired one of the 420 founders to assist with the band. They too began to celebrate the date and time. Also, former reporter for High Times, Steve Bloom. once received a flyer to a 420 party and submitted for print in the magazine. An issue in 1991 showcased the flyer and High Times continued to reference the number since. And honestly, why would anyone want to celebrate a genocidal maniac with a nice blaze of sativa?

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CBD – The Next Hot Food Ingredient

If you’ve watched Food Network for any length of time you’ve seen food challenges involving one singular item that the chefs have to include in all their dishes. It’s quite entertaining to see how many ways a chef can use a spice like turmeric or protein like pork belly. Often times certain episodes can be so popular that the hero ingredient from the challenge inspires new dishes, menus and sometimes entire restaurants. With marijuana now being legal in many states it’s starting to become the new hot item in many kitchens.  Most establishments that offer food or drink with marijuana do so via CBD. CBD (cannabidiol) is an alcohol compound from cannabis and provides health benefits minus the high that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) delivers.

CBD in foodCBD and Restauranteers

Chef Andrea Drummer, owner and founder of Elevation VIP Coop describers her company this way: “A unique medicinal marijuana dispensary specializing in premium innovative cuisine that enhances the quality of life for patients in the Los Angeles area.” Drummer has been catering private events with THC and CBD-infused dishes since 2012. In regards to the number of chefs now using marijuana in dishes Drummer said, “there are a lot of really great chefs getting into it and getting involved which helps bring a sense of normalcy to what we’re doing.”  This seems to be a big part of the mission with the introduction of cannabis into the world of food; making it normal. In her interview with High Times Drummer continued, “My mission is to make cannabis cooking a broader conversation among a more diverse group of people and not just preaching to the choir.”

CBD and Other Restauranteers

Assisting with this mission is a restaurant in Los Angeles called Spring. Chefs Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi, also husband and wife, have created a high-end experience that brings the south of France to heart of LA. With that experience comes their signature Spring CBD Power Lunch menu. It contains dishes such as their Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho and Sweet Corn Risotto both infused with CBD. The menu also gives a great description of the health benefits of the ingredients when paired with CBD.

Local Restaurants Providing CBD Experiences

In the San Diego area, Lego Optimo offers to pair cannabis with food in a different way. Instead of putting CBD in the food they offer smoke-outs in between courses. One of the founders of Lego Optimo, Carolyn Kate puts it this way: “When you are adding cannabis to food, you are distributing cannabis in another way. We are not a distributor, we are an entertainment company and we want to provide a different experience that included food and cannabis in a way that would be legal, safe and responsible.” They pair four strains of cannabis with four courses and their cannabis comes by way of Urbn Leaf, a dispensary near the University of San Diego.

Pop-up Dinners

Also there are several pop-up dinners appearing in the San Diego area that make cooking with cannabis an event. Marie Daniels runs Closed Door Supper Club. She brings out some of the best chefs in the area to put their spin on cooking with CBD. “It allows my chef friends the space to experiment with an ingredient that requires them to create menus through a dynamic lens, outside their normal routine of the restaurant” says Daniels.
Now before you start searching for these spots or pop-ups you have to remember a couple things. First off, most require you to be 21 and older and provide valid ID. Also, the cost is not cheap with many of the events or dinners costing $75-200 per person. Lastly, plan way in advance. Many of these events or restaurants have long lines, waiting list or sell out fast!
So if you’ve been curious about CBD being the next hot food ingredient, make those reservations and enjoy!

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Indica vs Sativa

Indica vs Sativa

Pepsi vs Coke. Visa vs Mastercard. Target vs Wal-mart. Xbox vs PlayStation. Indica vs Sativa

Indica vs SativaWhen there’s seemingly only two choices you will often find folks ardently supporting one or the other and rarely ever both. There are times when someone will shop at Target for one item and Wal-mart for the other but if you press them for their preference, most will have a definitive answer.

In the world of cannabis it’s Indica vs Sativa.

While they aren’t rivals they are really the only two main choices when it comes to types of cannabis. Yet much like the great rivalries of our time there are those who strongly support one over the other. Why they have chosen to take such a hard stance for one strain or the other is most likely due in part to a good or bad experience they’ve had with one. In addition, the effectiveness for the condition you want to treat is also a factor.

There of course is no issue with being a fan of one strain but if you’re a detractor of another, it’s a bit unfair. It’s quite possible you need more information on the differences between the two. Well here’s a little intel on them both.

History of Indica vs Sativa

Now, cannabis itself may have been first used back in Ancient China around 2700B.C. It’s name is dates back to the Ancient Assyrians who called it “qunubu” which meant “to produce smoke.” Hundreds of years later would the two distinct strands become known. Sativa was discovered or better yet, classified, by botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1753. Sativa’s origins are from East to Southeast Asia and into the Middle East. Thanks to European explorers, it’s now also growing in the Latin America’s from southern Mexico down into Colombia.

Sativa prefers the warmer climates that are common to the areas around the equator and grows quite tall because of it. Some plants can grow as tall as 20 feet. The plant itself is usually a light, green color with long, narrow leaves. Now when it comes to the “high” you get from sativa it’s more in the head. The feeling is typically energetic and mood-lifting. Sativa is great for artists, writers, and even athletes.

If you’re active and want to keep your motor running with a buzz, sativa is the way to go.

If you’re suffering from disorders like stress, anxiety, ADHD we recommend sativa’s fog lifting affect. Also those with certain types of cancers, HIV/AIDS, and skin disorders would benefit greatly from sativa. Next time you’re in a dispensary and you see names ending “haze” typically that’s a type of sativa.

Origins of Indica

Cannabis Indica was first defined by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in the late 1700’s in India about 30 years after Linnaeus’ findings with sativa. Indica produces a calming full body high. It can almost make one feel sluggish. Because of this effect, indica is very effective as a nighttime sedative. Its ability to calm is great for those suffering from muscle spasms, chronic pain, arthritis, PTSD, and appetite loss. Indica’s high CBD (cannabinoids) content helps those with lupus, fibromyalgia, and MS. The plant looks a lot different than it’s cousin Sativa.

The name Indica comes from it being indigenous to India. You can also find Indica growing wild in Morocco, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkey.

And what about Sativa?

So we mentioned when you see “haze” you think Sativa, when you see ’kush“ as in Purple Kush, Master Kush or Bubba Kush that’s Indica. The purple is actually a part of the flower that you’ll find on the plant. It doesn’t reach the heights of sativa and has dark, green leaves along with those purplish flowers. It produces a strong aroma that is often earthy, foresty smell with hints of sage or rosemary. When it comes to the fragrance from either sativa or indica that is produced by terpenes. Terpenes are basically the aroma produced by certain plants, grains, flowers, or fruit. Terpenes can help to amplify the effects of both indica and sativa. When a strain of cannabis has a fruity, citrus, or sweet that is because of its terpenes.

So here’s a recap on the two main strains, Indica vs Sativa:

Sativa (Haze):

  • Tall, light green leaves.
  • Energizes and alters mental state. “Head high”
  • Found in warm climates. Southeast Asia, Middle East, Central-South America
  • Preferred by athletes, artists, musicians. Creative types.
  • Useful against depression, certain cancers and autoimmune disorders
  • More THC than CBD

Indica (Kush):

  • Short, dark green, thick leaves.
  • Calming, leaves one feeling heavy. “Body high”
  • Found in Middle East to North Africa
  • Better used at night before bed
  • Good for muscle spasms, body aches, restlessness, nighttime sedative.
  • More CBD than THC

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Marijuana's Neuroprotective Mechanisms

Marijuana’s Neuroprotective Mechanisms

marijuana's neuroprotective propertiesHave you wondered about Marijuana’s Neuroprotective Mechanisms? Well here’s one story:

Eight years ago my son suffered a traumatic brain injury after a skiing accident at Big Bear. The first day his body seized so severely that he needed a continuous mega dose of propyphal to calm him. He was on life support and the doctors could not determine what was wrong with him. He spent 3 days in the hospital.

The first day the doctors said he might have diffuse axonal injury. That has a terrible prognosis. Only 5% of people go on to have a normal life after that diagnosis. But miraculously he did regain consciousness the next day.

He had clearly damaged something in his brain that deals with memory. Because, once the breathing tube was removed, we realized he couldn’t remember something that happened just a few minutes earlier! In addition, he was overly emotional about the simplest things. But over a period of weeks he got better!

However, for the past 8 years he has struggled with seizures. At first he only had a few per year, then he had one a month, then he had one or two per week. Finally, he went into a epilepsy clinic where they put electrodes in his brain and found out the seizures were emanating from his left hippocampus.  A year later he made the decision to have that portion of his brain removed.

Now, let me talk about why, perhaps, he had such a great recovery. The morning of the accident he had smoked pot before skiing. He was a regular pot smoker.  I would have never thought that could have been a beneficial thing for his brain but perhaps my assumptions are incorrect. My daughter is a researcher at SDSU and has specialized in brain research.  She wonders, based on this article, if Marijuana’s Neuroprotective Mechanisms could actually be part of his wonderful recovery.

Just recently she sent me this article:

Tetrahydrocannabinol

Interestingly, THC, administered prior to a traumatic insult in human case studies and animal models has had measurable neuroprotective effects. In a 3-year retrospective study of patients who had sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), decreased mortality was reported in individuals with a positive Δ9-THC screen. In mouse models of CNS injury, prior administration of Δ9-THC provided impairment protection.[105]

Cannabidiol

CBD is recognized as a nonpsychoactive phytocannabinoid. Both human observational and animal studies, however, have demonstrated a broad range of therapeutic effects for several neuropsychiatric disorders. CBD has positive effects on attenuating psychotic, anxiety, and depressive-like behaviors. The mechanisms appear to be related to the CBD’s benefit to provide enhanced neuroprotection and inhibition of excessive neuroinflammatory responses in neurodegenerative diseases and conditions. Common features involving neuroprotective mechanisms influenced by CBD—oxidative stress, immune mediators, and neurotrophic factors—are also important in conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), postconcussion syndrome, depression, and anxiety. Many studies confirm that the function of the ECS is markedly increased in response to pathogenic events like trauma.

This fact, as well as numerous studies on experimental models of brain trauma, supports the role of cannabinoids and their interactions with CB1 and CB2 as part of the brain’s compensatory and repair mechanisms following injury. Animal studies indicate that posthead injury administration of exogenous CBD reduces short-term brain damage by improving brain metabolic activity, reducing cerebral hemodynamic impairment, and decreasing brain edema and seizures. These benefits are believed to be due to CBD’s ability to increase anandamide.[109]

Click to access full abstract of this study:  Review of the neurological benefits of phytocannabinoids

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So this is a very CURRENT review of the existing research that has been done on THC/CBD.   Could it be that my son’s pot smoking before skiing could have actually played a role in his recovery? According to this study it’s quite likely.

Marijuana's Neuroprotective Mechanisms
My son is now 9 weeks past his surgery and has not suffered with another seizure.  He had no deficits after the surgery. We think that the right hippocampus took over the work that the left one had been doing for years.  I hope he goes on to live a long healthy life.  However, a word of caution. ALWAYS wear your helmet when you ski. Don’t count on marijuana’s neuroprotective mechanisms to save you from a traumatic brain injury! (-;)

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