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12 DAYS OF GREEN CHRISTMAS
Oklahoma Cannabis twelve days of Christmas brought to us by SQ788
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The Twelve Days of a Green Christmas BY BRITTANY GRAHAM
We all know it, we have all sung it, and we have all questioned just what some one might do with nine ladies waiting or ten lords a leaping. But what if the twelve days of Christmas was brought to us by SQ788 instead of our true love? One could do a lot more with medicinal marijuana than four calling birds, other than be able to reduce the symptoms of a headache rather than agg one on with all that chirping. With all the cannabis community has to offer, it was so much fun compiling this green twelve days of Christmas list. Each item has been carefully selected to make the holiday season a little less stress and a lot more holly jolly. So, whether you are the one giving the gift, being gifted, or simply treating yourself this holiday season, something on this list will no doubt be of more benefit than eleven pipers piping.
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On the first day of Christmas Sunday Extracts brings us the uplifting Candyland Vape Pen. This Sativa dominant Hybrid bred from Granddaddy Purple and Bay Platinum Cookies offers creative and stimulating effects to those of us having a little harder of a time jump starting our holiday spirit. This is also the perfect strain for social gatherings such as all those work or family Christmas parties, I mean dirty Santa always creates tension, and what better way to combat that with this handy vape pen? The THC Distillate in this pen promises a clean high and includes cannabis derived botanical derived terpenes. There are no PG, VG, PEG, MCT, or Vitamin E acetate additives or carrying oils. Cali Roots in Oklahoma City and Mango Cannabis in Edmond are a couple of the many dispensaries carrying Sunday Extracts products, be sure to grab the Candyland Vape Pen before the start of your Christmas countdown!
On the second day of Christmas Everything’s OK brings us their tasty Blackberry Kush cartridge. BlackBerry Kush is a heavy Indica associated with a very strong body high and can come in handy after a long day of holiday to do lists and events. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it is hard to get my body to stop wanting to get up and go during this time of year. I am definitely not having that issue this year thanks to Everything’s OK.
On the third day of Christmas Smokiez Edibles brings to us their mouthwatering Jamberry Gummies. From peanut brittle to pecan pie, Christmas is the time of year that seems to have been made for those of us with rather large sweet tooths, these delicious gummies are no exception to that. With no green taste and ability to infuse potent properties in such a way that these delicious morsels eliminate stress and pains, it is easy to see why they are a must have on the holiday list.
These cartridges are created using a three-pass distillate filtration natural cannabinoid process. With percentages at 10.7% CBD and 96.3% THC it is easy to see why Blackberry Kush can be such a heavy hitter and oh so helpful when trying to enjoy the latest Hallmark Christmas movie. Both Lokal Source in Owasso and Mango Cannabis in Tulsa are one of the many places that carry the Everything’s Okay product line, check them out before head home for the evening.
If you boast yourself an edible lover, this is the treat for you! There are five 20mg gummies in each bag, so dosing in small portions in highly recommended. If you want to try out these or any other flavor from Smokiez Edibles, Big Chiefs in Lawton and The Dankery Dispensary in Tulsa are a couple of shops that sell them
On the fifth day of Christmas Bison Extracts brings us their relieving THC infused pain balm. All this gift shopping has my feet hurting! I swear I walk around the same store at least ten different times when it comes to picking out gifts for family and friends. What better way to relieve that foot pain, and possibly headache, than with a soothing Cannabis-infused lotion? This pain cream is non- intoxicating, meaning the cannabinoids are absorbed through the skin but do not enter the bloodstream and are nonpsychoactive. Which means I won’t run the risk of putting this lotion on and accidently wrapping my nieces gift up as my nephews. Bison Extracts pain balm is all natural and is blended with herbs and essential oils to help relax the muscles and our senses. Rubbing this magical spread on the temples can be especially helpful after having an internal debate on what Uncle Jack said he wanted for Christmas or did he say he didn’t want anything? If you are wanting to grab some of your own, College Street Cannabis in Cordell, Doctor’s Dispensary in Lawton, and Jude’s Farm in Altus are but a handful of the many dispensaries with Bison Extracts products available.
On the fourth day of Christmas Twisted Extracts brings us their peppermint THC/CBD tincture. Not only are tinctures a natural remedy for any digestive issue, anxiety, or inflammation, this baby is also Peppermint and HELLO! That is like the Pumpkin Spice of Christmas. Being made of full spectrum extracts, pure peppermint oil, lavender oil, and sweetened stevia, this tincture will have you calm and focused through all the holiday fun and madness. Especially when it is your turn to host the group Christmas caroling this year, by the way, where is the hot coco and the music notes? Multiple strengths from 125mg to 1500 mg are available and each tincture is a ratio of 1:1. If peppermint isn’t your thing, there are a variety of other flavors to choose from. You can find Twisted Extract products across the state, Bloom Cannabis Co. in Yukon and Kush Gardens in Ponca City are two such places offering these helpful tinctures.
On the sixth day of Christmas Kush Queens brings to us her rejuvinating Awaken bath bomb. Now that we are halfway through our list, it is easy to understand why we would need something to help us refocus on the purpose of the holiday season. Taking some time out for ourselves to relax, rejuvenate, and focus on the priorities of what makes our holiday season special is exactly what this bath bomb wants us doing.
With a 1:1 ratio of 25mg of THC, CBD and C02 Cannabis oil essential blends, your senses will be overloaded with energy and feeling recharged. And honestly that must be best side effect of this fizzy wonder. Peppermint is the aroma that is most easy to pick up on in the blend, but there are other flavors available to choose from if that is not your cup of tea. Sage Wellness in Oklahoma City carries Kush Queen Bath Bombs, as well as other stores across the state so stocking up should not be difficult no matter where you are located.
On the seventh day of Christmas Bisby Candle Company brings us their artisan cannabis candle. The candle itself has zero cannabis in it but the scent has a spicy yet sweet aroma reminiscent of the healing properties in the cannabis flower. Notes of forest wood, black pepper, herbs, leather and sage will fill your space with much needed aroma therapy when you light this baby up. This is a perfect mood setter for a romantic night by the fire or a night of fun gift unwrapping with friends. A soy wax base for this candle promises a clean nontoxic burn for the life of it and it means the container can be used for crafts when it is burned out. The Bisby Candle company is Oklahoma owned and operated, which means you can find their store at 4401 N Santa Fe Avenue in Oklahoma City. If a trip to OKC is not in the books before Christmas for you, they also have an online shop at www.shopbisby.com.
On the eighth day of Christmas Hammerhead brings us their durable water pipes. Tis the season for group toke sessions and let’s be honest here, we are not all fans of the doobie. Especially when we know that a water pipe filters out larger particles such as toxins in smoke that could have been inhaled via other methods of consumption. These toxins can include ash, tar, and butane emissions from our lighters. So, what can you do when you want to safely smoke without worry of toxins and without having to worry about cousin Becky dropping it after her toke?
Introducing the Hammerhead Water Pipe and all its tough and indestructible glory. Not only did it win 1st place at the Oklahoma High Times Cup this year for People’s Choice Award of Best Glass Bong, but each piece is unique which means no two are alike. Reminiscent of 1960’s nostalgia, you and anyone who sees it will think it came right out of Woodstock. Since Hammerhead is also an Oklahoma based company, each beautiful water pipe is hand built in their Tulsa warehouse. There are a variety of color options available and a brass bowl is included with your purchase. It is worth noting that the brass bowl included with the water pipe is what is referred to as a “party bowl”, which means it will last through a circle of tokers without having to be reloaded after every hit. Check out their website at www.hammerheadwaterpipes.com to order one in time for holiday sesh season!
On the ninth day of Christmas our lungs are being saved thanks to Hemp Wicks. If you have never heard of them, Hemp Wicks are essentially a long piece of twine that has been coated in beeswax. While it may look like a cute accessory to add to your gift wrapping, it is most definitely something that is used for smoking cannabis. On the eight day of Christmas we talked about how harmful betaine emissions can seep from our lighters and into our lungs upon inhaling. However, it is important to note that the combustion when lighting a joint, pipe, bong, etc. is just as harmful and even creates some of these toxins as well. Not only does Hemp Wicks help us avoid these harmful chemicals, it also burns at a lower temperature than lighters. This means the potential to really appreciate the taste of those terpenes is more present than with lighters. There is also a very small probability that the excess Hemp wick will ever be found in a land fill so there is another great reason to pick one up. Simply light your hemp wick up with a match or lighter, use it to spark your bowl as needed, then blow or shake it out when done. Be careful, of course, not to burn yourself. Because it’s a little bit sticky. There are several brands that make Hemp Wick such as Beeline and Raw, head over to your favorite dispensary or smoke shop and I am sure you will be able to find enough for you and everyone on your green Christmas shopping list.
On the tenth day of Christmas Mr. Mack’s is bringing us some melt in your mouth caramel chews. I don’t know about you, but caramels and cozy weather go together hand in hand. Not to mention, from October thru December it is caramel apple season in my house. To add a fun twist on an old favorite, I have found that adding a few of Mr. Mack’s THC infused caramels are the prefect medicated caramel apple treat for the Holidays.
Each package contains five THC gummies that contain 35mg each. Be sure to be aware of your tolerance level before you smash a whole package onto your favorite apples, because I want you to remember this experience. These babies are a perfect way to unwind after a day of on the go last minute Christmas shopping. You will be singing silent night in no time after downing one of these delicious morsels. Mr. Mack’s has a dispensary located in Oklahoma City and if you stop by to grab some caramels, I do suggest trying out one of their daily baked at the store treats. If you can’t make it to OKC, his edibles can be found in numerous dispensaries across the state.
On the eleventh Day of Christmas Puffco is bringing us their traveling dab rig, the award-winning Peak. Shatter, wax, crumble, and pretty much any concentrate oh my! The peak is a traveling electric rig that allows us to be able to smoke our favorite concentrates any and everywhere we are. Well, anywhere that is allowed by the establishment or place at which we are, because the Oklahoma cannabis community is a respectful bunch. With four unique heat settings, 20 second average heat up time, intelligent temperature calibration, LED light band, and fast charging time, it is easy to see why the peak made it to our holiday must haves. Traveling to visit family and donâ€™t want to have to get your rig, nail, and lighter all together and keep them together for the duration of the trip hoping they do not get broken? The Peak is the perfect accessory to avoid that mess. Plus, the setup and takedown process is so simple, you are going to wonder how you made it through other holiday seasons without it. The Puffco Peak comes in a box kit that includes: the device itself, carrying case, tether, cleaning swabs, loading tool, micro USB charger, carb cap, and extra ceramic bowl. Everything you need for a great dab experience minus the actual medicine! This amazing traveling dab rig can be purchase on the Puffco website or several dispensaries across the state are now selling these handy devices. Heads up, the peak can be a little pricy but there are a couple other options when it comes to traveling dab rigs that can be bought at a smaller price without sacrificing the experience.
On the twelfth day of Christmas we are rocking out with our comfy cannabis tees from Tokie Tees Apparel. Fashion has been a creative expression of individuality for centuries and the cannabis community is no exception to this observation. Plus, comfy clothing is always a must have gift for holiday season whether being given or received, am I right? Is there an OU or OSU fan in your life? Tokie has a design for that, with their Tokelahoma and Tokelahoma State design. Do you have a family member that is always finding themselves stressed out? Grabbing the Toke and Let Toke design might help them recognize to let the little things go. What about your friend that is either starting or running their own Oklahoma based cannabis business? The ganjapreneur design would be a perfect addition to their closet and help them stay focused on their goals.
Tokie Tees can be found online at www.tokietees.com or they can be purchased at a plethora of shops and dispensaries across the state. Did you know that this company also produces some of your favorite dispensary logo branded t shirts? You might have felt the self-expression and comfy feelings of these designs and not even have known it!
There you have it folks! We have made it through the Oklahoma Cannabis twelve days of Christmas brought to us by SQ788. The holiday season can be crazy, but I hope that the items on this list will help you relax and remember the true reason for all this madness. I also hope it gives us time to be thankful and appreciative for how far we have come as a green and budding community here in the Sooner state.
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The stigmas are being removed and cannabis is becoming normalized. Cannabis is being celebrated and it’s about time! The plant heals so much, we must celebrate it! This holiday seasonhemp is legal federally, and 33 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing cannabis in some form.
Cannabis Law Insight Unlike our northern neighbors with full legalization, we have to consider legality. One day, hopefully soon, cannabis gifts in the United States will look like: a bouquet of cannabis flowers, edible arrangements with fruit dipped in infused chocolate, and fruit cakes turned canna cakes.
Laws by state should be considered prior to canna gift shopping. For instance, some states, with no laws broadly legalizing medical marijuanapermit only cannabis-infused products (so flower would be a no go), or provide limited access. Even if medicinal cannabis is legal in a state, it may not be broad- it could be limiting. Using Alabama and Mississippi, as examples;
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BY VERONICA CASTILLO “Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la”. “Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights, instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights!” “Kwanzaa, Kwanzaa, celebrate for seven days.” Garth Brooks summarizes it perfectly: “Whatever you call it is cool, no matter what your nation or god, so happy holidays, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Yule, season's best, Feliz Navidad.”
It’s raining decriminalization and legalization in the United States. Maybe a little more of a light rain, but still, there has been progress! Though the true cannabis holiday is generally celebrated on 4/20, for many people, many statesthis is the first year of legal cannabis. Many will want to celebrate the first holiday season with legal cannabis! For many, it may be the first-time shopping for cannabis gifts
Cannabis has been included in, and has become more visible at festive gatherings, weddings, and various parties. There is no doubt that cannabis marijuana/ cannabis hemp-CBD, will make its way to celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanza, to a resting spot under a Christmas tree, as an edible at a holiday dinner, and basically- guest of honor at various holiday/seasonal celebrations.
these states maintain laws permitting medical cannabis for severe epileptic conditions- only.
CANNA GIFT CONSIDERATIONS FOR A MERRY STONER KUSHMAS
Before running to the dispensaries and adding gifts to your online cart, here are a few legal considerations regarding the celebration of a Canna Christmas:
For safety and legal reasons, it’s recommended that the canna gifts purchased aren’t actually cannabis, but still amazing for the cannasseurs that you are shopping for.
It is important to check each legal state laws regarding cannabis. Some states allow gifting up to a certain amount while others don’t. Oklahoma and all states in the United States require that any cannabis related product, be purchased by someone age 21 or older. Additionally, the person receiving the cannabis related gift must be age 21 or older.
Before the gifts, have you considered a canna Christmas tree Walmart is selling the “original weed Christmas tree” during the holiday season.
420 ornaments, like the ones being sold on Amazon. They can make any Christmas tree 420 friendly.
Medicinal marijuana patients should verify law in their states regarding the use of a medicinal cannabis card to purchase cannabis products for gifts. Hemp, because of the legality, offers a little flexibility, but also- some things to consider. It’s a good idea to take a look at the law surrounding hemp and the shipment of hemp: https://www.cannalawblog.co m/going-postal-usps-providesguidance-on-mailing-hempcbd/
Stoners/medicinal consumers love a good stashbox. These boxes are so diverse. They are available in different sizes, some have built in trays, and many come with jars! Etsy has so many to choose from, like the one below by SOHIDesign
Canna designed and inspired clothing: sweaters, hoodies, socks, sweat pants, t-shirts, etc. Stoners and cannaseurs love all things cannabisincluding showing their love for the plant. The Higher Shop has an awesome collection of canna merch.
Because cannabis marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, by law, driving it across state lines or sending it by mail should be off limits.
Everyone loves to relax. A relaxing bath is on everyone’s “relaxation” list. Consider a CBD infused bath bomb and bath salt. Check out Zions_Kreations on social media (site under construction) to check out their CBD bath bombs and bath salts.
A beginner’s grow kit will make an aspiring cannabis grower the happiest person in the world on Christmas morning. They come with everything (soil, scissors, potseverything!) a grower needs to grow their first plant. Check out – Skunk Grow Supply for your grow kit
CANNA GIFT CONSIDERATIONS FOR A MERRY STONER KUSHMAS
Cannabis bowls are amazing gifts and amazing stocking stuffers! Most stoners/ cannasseurs have a few of these on hand and will not mind one added to the collection. There are so many styles and designs. All smoke shops and cannabis dispensaries have a collection to choose from.
Every canna lover, patient, and enthusiast needs an airtight jar to keep their bud/nugs fresh. Cannabis doesn’t like being exposed to air. Such a simple, yet necessary item. It will make any cannabis lover happy! These jars can be as simple as a mason jar. If the giver is feeling a little more festive, Etsy has canna designed jars. Cannador has this to say about the importance of storing cannabis: “The best weed storage method is to keep it in an airtight, dark, humid environment (55% to 62% Relative Humidity). Oxygen and UV light degrades THC, and dry air will cause evaporative loss, leaving the trichomes brittle and tasteless.”
Cannabis heals, it’s medicine, and it’s soothing. Consider cannabis incense to add more soothing to the sesh! They are also a great way to minimize the scent of smoke. Cannabis incense are relaxing and they do not smell like cannabis. These are available in sticks and cones and can be found in smoke shops and on Amazon.
Are you shopping for a cannasseur that loves to bake, especially infused treats? This cannabis leaf cookie cutter is the perfect gift! It’s a great way to identify the infused treats- cannabis infused cookies identified by their shape! These cookie cutters can be found on eBay.
Rolling papers/joints/blunts are always on a stoners shopping list. The stoner that you are gifting these to will be appreciative! There is nothing like getting ready for a sesh and realizing that you are out of rolling papers! That gifted pack could save the day! Rolling papers can be found almost everywhere; however, smoke shops and dispensaries will have a better selection. Some popular brands: Raw Natural Rolling Papers and High Hemp Herbal Wraps.
The infamous and always necessary cannabis grinder. Many like to break up the cannabis with their hands, and many would appreciate a grinder. Grinders can be found in all dispensaries and smoke shops. They come in many shapes and sizes and also come in plastic and metal.
A dry herb vaporizer is an awesome gift for a loved one that wants to quit “smoking” cannabis but doesn’t want to quit consuming it. A dry herb vaporizer will allow a smoker to vape the herb instead of smoking; vaporizers heat the flower. Even better- the herb that has been vaped has gone through decarboxylation and now can be used for edibles (Decarboxylation is an essential first step when cooking with cannabis. The process involves applying low heat for an extended period of time to convert cannabis’ nonintoxiating THCA into THC)!
Have a happy canna holiday season! OKLAHOMA CHRONIC
GET READY TO GET MERRY WITH THIS DESSERT CANNA MINI CRAB CAKES By Chef Buz Deliere
Good day out there to all my aspiring cannachefs! I really hope you enjoyed the canna pumpkin pie recipe in last months issue, I find it a great way to end your holiday meal. This months recipe is a favorite amongst my family and friends, well a non medicated version for the family, and I make it ever holiday season. It’s my Canna Mini Crab Cake recipe, a great appetizer to get your party started and guaranteed to lift more than just your holiday spirit this year! So grab a bag of your favorite herbs, twist one up and let’s get cooking with a Buz!
1 lb. jumbo lump or backfin lump crabmeat, fresh or pasteurized 1 large egg 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1-1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard 1-1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1-1/4 cups fresh breadcrumbs (food process white bread) 1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 2-3Tbs. cannabutter 1 Tbs. canna olive oil or canna coconut oil 1/4 tsp Salt and White Pepper to taste Lemon wedges for serving *Optional Spicy Crab Cake* add Tabasco to your crab cake mix*
These Canna Mini Crab Cakes Will Make YOU the Favorite at ANY Holiday Party This Season!
Drain the crab meat and put the crab in a medium mixing bowl In a separate small bowl, whisk the egg, mayonnaise, mustard, Old Bay seasoning, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 tsp. salt and white pepper , pour the mixture over the crab and mix gently until well combined. Gently break up the lumps but not too much, you still want chunks of crab meat. Next take the breadcrumbs and parsley, mix them in thoroughly but gently, the mixture should still be somewhat loose. This is also the time, if you are wanting to split the recipe and do half spicy half regular, to add your Tabasco or hot sauce of your choice. I like the flavor Tabasco gives it personally. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate for about 2 hours. Shape the crab mixture into about 15 cakes maybe 1/2 inch thick. In a nonstick skillet, heat the cannabutter with the cannaoil over medium heat. When the butter starts to become frothy, bubbly, add the cakes to the pan maybe 6-7 at a time. You don’t want to overcrowd them in there, leave yourself some room to turn them. You’ll want to cook them until dark golden brown on the underside, about 2-3minutes. Flip them and then I like to turn the heat down and finish cooking them until the other side is well browned. OKLAHOMA CHRONIC
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Kyle Harper at UWD Kyle is the Manager at UWD and has a huge passion for cannabis. He has seen the positive effectsÂ from medical marijuana first hand within his own family. Kyle is currently attending college at Langston and will be graduating in May 2020 with his BA in AG Science with a focus in AG business and a minor in economics. Kyle is extremely knowledgeable in the science behind cannabis and enjoys sharing that with his patients. His favorite part about working at UWD is being able to help patients and actually hearing their stories while building relationships with them. Music, Anime and Sports are just some of the things Kyle loves and enjoys. Music not only helps him focus but also helps him isolate and train his thoughts to get things done.
Kyle plans to be committed long term to the industry eventually owning his own dispensary, grow facility and distribution company. He has not only been inspired by what UWD is doing in the industry but plans on continuing to push that positivity forward in his future businesses.
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Canna Christmas for Pets
WRITTEN BY VERONICA CASTILLO Pets are a part of many families; so much so that when people are asked about their families, their pets are automatically included. Pets make up 68% of homes in the United States. This means that 85 million families have a pet.
The number of pet parents has increased by 56% (since 1988) in the U.S. By species, as reported by Statista, fish are the most popular (139.3 million), followed by cats (94.2 million), and dogs in 3rd place (89.7 million).
Forbes reports that Millennials take lead as “pet parents” and that more than half (51%) of millennials buy gifts for their pets at least once a month, usually more. There are reports, like the one provided by Rover- The Real Power of Dog Love, that found that 67% of dedicated dog owners stare lovingly into their dogs’ eyes, and 47% of pet owners prefer to cuddle with their dog more than with their partner.
It is no surprise that pet owners love to spoil their pet friends/kids during the holiday. Tis the season for all! Pet parents, like “regular” parents are out there shopping for gifts. And why not? Pets deserve to celebrate the season of giving! They make life a little happier and warmer.
Like humans, pets can experience medical conditions/disabilities like: Diabetes Cancer Depression Glaucoma Kidney Disease Lyme Disease
So, very much like humans, pets can find relief and joy in cannabis. Hemp CBD for pets can be used for: cancer, joints and mobility, pain and inflammation, seizures, allergies, and overall wellness. Check Out These Animal Facts: Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with their ears. Dogs were one of the first animals domesticated by humans. Cats have better memories than dogs (study by the University of Michigan). To survive, every bird must eat at least half its own weight in food each day. Have you considered a Canna-Christmas for your pet? Imagine a gift that provides a combination of joy and medicine, A canna-gift that will ease pain for the pet that delivers so much joy. And a little reassurance: pets can consume CBD via: treats, liquid oils, and liquid.
Comparison: Hemp CBD vs Marijuana CBD Cannabis/marijuana/ hemp, many believe them to be different plants; however, they are not. Cannabis is the mother place and hemp and marijuana are like siblings. Cannabis is the plant that grows both hemp and marijuana. It’s the same plant, the difference is- THC.
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Seeds determine hemp/ marijuana, CBD/ THC. Marijuana (THC) is created by selectively breeding the seeds for that purpose. Leafly states the following: “Breeders typically breed to purify and strengthen strains, combine strain traits, or enhance specific characteristics like higher yields, specific aromas, potency, and many other things.”
The differences rest in the intent of the grow- whether the goal is CBD or THC. As stated by Kush.com: “Each of these unique goals require a specific species of cannabis bred for that goal. For example, almost all industrial hemp seeds produce very little THC. If extracting THC for recreation is your goal, it is going to be almost impossible to do this with industrial hemp seeds. Vice versa some THC dense strains of cannabis produce shorter & thinner stalks. This means that they would not be sought after for harvest hemp biomass fibre.”
For pets, hemp CBD is the way to go. No studies have been found suggesting that marijuana for pets is safe; however, studies/research have shown hemp CBD beingsafe for pets.
Pet CBD Research/ Studies Studies have proven the benefits of CBD for pain in both humans and pets. From Cornell University, discussed by ProjectCBD.org: “Studies evaluating the efficacy of cannabis in treating arthritis in dogs have been completed as well. A recent study from Cornell University showed reduction in pain scores in dogs with arthritis — with no negative side effects — when treated with CBD vs. placebo.4. In a more practical sense, many veterinarians and pet owners have seen the positive effects of medical cannabis for the treatment of arthritis and other forms of pain in animals. The research merely confirms what many of us have seen first-hand.”
From PetMD: “A survey published in the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association found that, out of 632 people, 72 percent reported using or having used a hemp product for their dog (and 104 tried it with their cat) and 64 percent felt that it helped their pets.”
From Science Daily via the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association: “McGrath, a neurologist at Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, led a small study with 16 pet dogs to assess the short-term effect of CBD on seizure frequency. Based on her research, McGrath found that 89 percent of dogs who received CBD in the clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures. Nine dogs were treated with CBD, while seven in a control group were treated with a placebo.”
The goal in canna shopping for your pet is information and safety.
Considerations on Selecting Pet Friendly CBD for Your Pets Canna Christmas There are a lot of great reviews and stories regarding the CBD and also a few negative reviews/remarks about CBD. This could be because CBD is generally unregulated. A good rule of thumb, like with food- read the labels. Labels will disclose a lot of useful information. It’s important to check for things like: contaminants, ingredients used, and the company that makes the product. It is also safe practice to look for the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) label. Veterinary Technician, Cannabis Consultant, and Co-founder of the Veterinary Cannabis Academy- Stephen Cital, states that products with the NASC stamp increase the chance that a product has been made with safe ingredients in a clean, high-quality environment Something to consider, in the state of Oklahoma, a Veterinarian cannot recommend, prescribe, or sell any cannabis products for pets. Dr. Kimberly Weiss, owner of the Healing Hands Veterinary Wellness Center in Oklahoma City says:
“I’ve been getting inundated with calls from my clients about CBD oil. We can’t recommend it; we can’t prescribe it and we can’t carry it in our offices at this time. Anecdotally, all I’ve been hearing is positive things from my clients, but there’s never been any scientific studies.”
12 Canna Christmas Gift Ideas for Pets 1. Canna infused edibles/treats (biscuits/bones/jerky). 2. CBD oil tinctures 3. CBD oil capsules 4. Canna inspired pet bed 5. Canna designed pet clothing 6. Canna infused body and hair/fur care 7. Canna leaf dog tag 8. Canna leaf collar 9. Cannabis leaf leash 10. Cannabis Leaf Bandana 11. Cannabis inspired toys 12. Cannabis designed food and water bowls.
For pet parents interested in oils, treats, and capsules, the following information will be helpful when selecting your pet gift. Also, because hemp is legal, CBD hemp can be shipped legally, unlike marijuana CBD.
Cornbread Hemp, based in Kentucky. This company offers corn flavored CBD oil for pets. The oil dropper is marked with quarter and half marks, making it easy to determine the appropriate dosage for different sized pets. The Cornbread Hemp pet CBD oil is made from the same premium CBD oil used for human products —full spectrum hemp distilled to 80% purity. For larger sized pets, they recommend the 25 mg CBD capsules, which are formulated for humans — but safe for dogs. Also, in Kentucky, Pleasant Journeys offers Transbidiol, good for both cats and dogs. This product is used to mitigate anxiety, arthritis, and nausea. In addition, Transbidiol can be applied directly to an affected/inflamed area, meaning- it doesn’t have to be digested to work. Since Transbidiol is absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin, the results are faster because there is no time required to digest it.
Thrive Flower is a CBD company that offers products for humans and pets. Thrive Flower offers grain-free, bacon-flavored dog chews with 2 mg of CBD isolate that aids dogs with pain, inflammation, sleep, and anxiety. They also offer a 750 mg CBD Pet Drop bottle made from MCT coconut oil and full spectrum CBD.
Mannâ€™s Best Friend in OKC is a pet store that only carries healthy, natural pet food and supplies. They offer a variety of CBD products, including tinctures that absorb under the tongue, balm that is good for specific local applications, CBD-infused honey and shakers that pour CBD over dog food, and a CBD gel that is a great for cats because it is applied to the petâ€™s ear.
CBD Plus USA is an Oklahoma based company approaching the national scale. Their CBD exceeds the industry standard of quality, produced carefully extracted, pesticide-free, and non-GMO. They offer CBD infused dog treats, flavored and unflavored CBD drops, and isolate tinctures.
Additional places that pet parents/ owners in Oklahoma can find CBD pet products: CBD Dog Treats- Oklahoma City, OK Herban Mother LLC- Oklahoma City, OK A1 Pet Emporium- Oklahoma City, OK Pawtopia- Yukon, OK
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THE WORLD OF CANNABINOIDS AND TERPENES
Written By Dr. Pepper Hernandez Ph.D, NHP, NHC, CNHP, CTC
You already know what terpenes are because you’ve experienced them all your life. Simply put, terpenes are what give lemon its citrusy smell or cinnamon its spicy aroma. They are even responsible for the relaxing effects of lavender. They are natural chemical compounds that determine how things smell. And lucky for us, they also have well documented and studied medicinal properties. Now if you are like most people you thought that cannabinoids were the compounds in the cannabis plant that caused healing, right? Yes, but it’s also been discovered that terpenes play a big role in that as well. Cannabinoids and terpenes work together in something called the molecular synergy which is also known as the entourage effect. The entourage effect is a proposed mechanism by which cannabis compounds act synergistically to modulate the overall psychoactive effects of the plant, primarily by the action of tetrahydrocannabinol or the THC.
OKLAHOMACHRONIC Currently, there are at least 20,000 different terpenes in existence and the cannabis plant has more than 100 of these terpenes. Many terpenes that are produced by the cannabis plant are also found elsewhere in nature. However, there are a couple of terpenes that are in high concentrations in cannabis plants. Each month we will go over them in detail, including the cultivars that you can find them in. Let us begin. This month we will highlight the terpene Myrcene. Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in cannabis, which is where it’s mostly found in nature. One study showed that Myrcene makes up as much as 65% of the total terpene profile in some cultivars. The smell of Myrcene often reminds me of earthy, musky notes, resembling cloves. Also, it has a fruity, red grape-like aroma. Cultivars that contain 0.5% of this terpene are usually found labeled as more indica dominate because of its sedative effects. That's not to say you wouldn't find it in a more gassy cultivar too. It depends on its “fingerprint” which we will get into next month. As far as medicinal value, the terpenes have backed research thanks to the aromatherapy movement making way for this valid information and scientific proof. Through this process, Myrcene has been reported to be useful in reducing inflammation and chronic pain, which is why it’s usually recommended as a supplement during cancer treatments. Myrcene’s Effects and Benefits Anti-inflammatory Analgesic (pain relief) Antibiotic Sedative Antimutagenic Strains or cultivars that are rich in Myrcene Skunk XL White Widow Special Kush Pure Kush White Widow Himalayan Gold Jack Herer Warlock CBD Pink Kush
"Myrcene has been reported to be useful in reducing inflammation and chronic pain" Bonus tip: If you want to experience a stronger buzz from your cannabis, get yourself a mango and eat it about 45 minutes before smoking. Mango contains a significant amount of myrcene, so eating it before consuming cannabis can strengthen the effects of THC and increase its absorption rate. On the flip side if you have done too much, or feel heavily altered always have an organic, strain-specific whole flower CBD oil on hand to manage an unwanted high. All information in this article is for educational purposes only. Please check with your Cannabis Educated Primary Health Care Physician or Cannabis Therapy Consultant before beginning any new diet or lifestyle change. ~Dr. Pepper Hernandez Dr. Pepper Hernandez, CNHP is a Naturopathic Nutritionist, Cannabis Therapy Consultant & Cannabis Holistic Institue founder and Education Director. To find out more about her private practice, educational programs, videos and other offerings you can and find her on the massive interwebs at: drpepperhernandez.com. Go forth, Go Cannabis
Cannabis Cleanup - Okie Kush by Kayla Johnson
People who consume cannabis have generally been lumped into a ‘lazy stoner’ stereotype for decades. In film and on TV, they have often been portrayed as the sloppy, slacker friend who doesn’t quite have their life together, and even today, with over half of the country having medical legalization (and a growing portion gaining recreational rights as well), the "pothead’ perspective remains ever-present in the minds of some cannabis opponents. In spite of the lingering negative point of view, one
Marijuana users are leaders of our community -Gavin Newsom
cannabis business here in the Sooner State is making an effort to not clean up that messy stigma, but to clean up their community as well, one bag of trash at a time. If you’ve traveled through the area around 10th and Penn in Oklahoma City in the past few years, you’ve probably noticed the slow decline of the area, with trash becoming a continuous problem as people simply tossed out their garbage, or dropped bottles and wrappers as they walked. Talor Reazin, one of the owners of Okie Kush Club
OKLAHOMACHRONIC While it was incredibly satisfying to see how much trash they’d collected and how clean the intersection looked after, Reazin says that there was something even more gratifying that happened afterwards. “The last thing I wanted to do was clean up near the bus stop near the gas station there, there’s always broken glass everywhere, so we did, and when we left, we tied a trash bag there, in the hope that maybe people would use it instead of littering.” The next day, that bag was completely full, just as she’d hoped, but it doesn’t stop there. “Now, that gas station takes the full bags, throws them away, and puts out a new bag, just tied to the bus stop sign. It was really cool, how quickly that caught on.” In addition to cleaning up this intersection, Okie Kush Club, which has a location in Norman as well as Edmond (their first location that opened in January), Midtown, and Moore,also took on the monumental task of cleaning up Campus Corner after OU’s homecoming game the very next weekend. Keith Laird, another owner of the Okie Kush Club, says that it was a great who began regularly taking that route, began to see how big of an
opportunity for their employees to bond.
issue it was becoming. “That corner was really depressing, there
“By then, we had our locations open long
was constantly trash everywhere, people would just drop cans and
enough and everything had kind of
wrappers, whatever they had, and every time I’d drive by, I started
stabilized enough that we were able to
to get pissed off, to be quite honest.” Reazin says that one day, it
open it up to all of our team members, to
just occurred to her to do something about it. “It dawned on me that
invite them to come join in, and they
the weather’s nice, it’s not super hot out, let’s just do a clean up.”
were really positive about it, they agreed
Picking up other people’s litter is something Reazin was already familiar with; she regularly goes around her own neighborhood, picking up trash, simply in the hope of inspiring others to do the same. “Sometimes, I think people get lazy, and it only takes seeing one person doing it to help get them motivated, like a ripple effect, and that’s why I thought it would be a good idea if we just started there, at that corner on Penn.” OKLAHOMA CHRONIC
to get up early on Sunday to clean it up and knocked out.” Laird says that the group had a real appreciation for what they had done when they walked away that day. “We all really felt a sense of gratitude for being able to come together, and maybe inspire others to do the same, maybe help improve other areas of the city that desperately need it as well.”
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Laird and Reazin, along with the other team
While overall it’s been a positive experience for all
members of Okie Kush, planned to finish out the
involved, Laird says there have been minor setbacks,
football season for OU, cleaning up on Sundays
though nothing they couldn’t overcome.
after the home games before refocusing their efforts
"There are some soup kitchens we call, or highway
on different parts of Oklahoma City once again.
cleanup groups that we reach out to, they will turn us
Reazin says that moving forward, their goal is to try
down because we’re a cannabis brand, but we
and do a community cleanup once a month. “Sundays
realized nobody could tell us no for just going to clean
seem to be a great day for everyone to be able to
up trash, so we just did it.” Even Reazin’s efforts to
get together, and while we’re not going to have any
adopt a portion of a state highway were shot down by
set day each month to do it, customers and even
ODOT. “I reached out multiple times, and I’ve never
other businesses who want to get involved can keep
been turned down so quickly.” Even with the
an eye on our social media pages for upcoming
opposition, Reazin says she’s undeterred, and will
cleanups and events.”
continue to try to make a positive impact on the
Doing something as simple as picking up litter and
community. “We’ll just stick to picking up public
leaving trash bags to be used can cause a ripple
streets, and we’re also considering getting involved
effect in a community, and Laird says the additional
with an animal shelter to help walk shelter dogs.”
needs of their communities have caught their attention as well. “We’ve reached out to soup kitchens, to try and get involved to help them, we’re interested in getting involved with a few community gardens, and we’ll be doing a canned food drive during the holidays. ” He says that being able to diversify and give back in different ways shows a deeper commitment to the community. “It’s not just picking up trash, it’s not just going to help at the soup kitchen, it’s whatever we can do to give back.”
“We’ll just stick to picking up public streets, and we’re also considering getting involved with an animal shelter to help walk shelter dogs.”
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OKLAHOMACHRONIC While any business getting their employees and customers involved in any type of community clean up effort, there’s something particularly meaningful about seeing a cannabis-focused business being the one leading the charge, and for Reazin and Laird both, the reason is obvious: “Up until 788, nobody thought that Oklahoma, in the Bible Belt, would ever have cannabis, or that it was anything other than the stigma they’ve always known. This is reminding people that it doesn’t matter how you feel about the product itself, it’s about the lifestyle and the movement behind it.” By simply living life and giving back to their communities like they always do, and like any other business or Oklahoman would, the team at Okie Kush Club are breaking barriers in an important, positive manner. “ That’s our whole thing, ‘pot over pills’, the revolution from the old way of doing things, and that’s really what this, we’re changing the conversation around cannabis, and showing that it’s more about community than anyone ever realized.”
OKLAHOMA CANNABIS VS. FACEBOOK The Showdown
BY Kayla Johnson "I am one that must confront an injustice, and with Facebook censoring me, discriminating against me and against my business, and harassing me, I just felt that someone had to stand against them, damn it!"
In October’s issue, we discussed
Danna Malone, owner of Ye Olde
how Facebook’s overzealous
Apothecary Shoppe and the original
censorship had impacted cannabis
plaintiff in the initial lawsuit, says
users and cannabis businesses in
that though her business page on
the medical industry in Oklahoma,
Facebook was created in July of
despite the fact that many states
2018, it wasn’t until they began to
with recreational legalization
sell clones at the end of October
don’t face the same issues with
that their page began to get
their social media pages being
reported, and right away, the effects
reported and shut down. We also
were noticeable. “It immediately
mentioned the fact that several
affected our business. Not only was I
dispensaries in the state had taken
unable to post to our business page,
the step of filing a lawsuit against
but I could not communicate on my
both Facebook, and its creator
personal page, which really irritated
Mark Zuckerburg, in order to take
me in the beginning.” Malone says
a stand for the rights of
the effects even spread to her
businesses here, and the rights of
family. “Try explaining to your
the patients as well. The unfair
grandchildren why you do not ‘like’
censorship of legal businesses in a
their homecoming pictures, or
medical state causes damage to
cannot answer them when they tag
both the businesses here, and the
you in something, all because
education efforts that play a big
Facebook says you are doing
role in the cannabis industry in
Oklahoma OKLAHOMA CHRONIC
OKLAHOMACHRONIC The frustration and irritation Malone felt continued to grow, and with every reported post, or period of time with the page disabled, she began to feel obligated to do something about it. “I am one that must confront an injustice, and with Facebook censoring me, discriminating against me and against my business, and harassing me, I just felt that someone had to stand against them, damn it!" Whether we win or lose, we need to let them and let the world know that what they are doing is wrong on every level.” She says the feeling grew when she realized the true injustice of it,” They do not do this to businesses in recreational states, so why are they doing this to us in a medical state? Who died and left them in charge of our freedom of speech?” Knowing she was one woman against a social media titan, Malone filed a lawsuit against Facebook in May 2019. Once the media caught wind of the filing, word began to spread across Oklahoma news channels regarding the lawsuit, and it wasn’t long before other businesses began to reach out to alone. “People were reaching out, wanting to join the lawsuit, and I knew at that point that we needed to hire an attorney.” Though she and her business were the original plaintiffs, Malone states that in the amended lawsuit, with businesses and the owners in total, there were approximately fifty total plaintiffs included in the legal fight against Facebook,and says the journey to find an attorney to represent them led her to Collin Rockett and Michael McBride. “Others backed away for different reasons, but I finally found these two to take this bear on.” While the original lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice a few months ago, Malone says they plan to refile in very short order. “Likely by the end of November, we will be refiling and moving forward with this once again.” She also says that the group of plaintiffs will be organizing a GoFundMe page to help with the ongoing legal costs. “We need people to stand by us, and show their support, we’re not only doing this for the business side of the industry, but we’re doing this for the patients as well.” Like many who have dealt with Facebook’s over-censoring of cannabis related topics, Malone believes it all boils down to ego. “I really think it’s an ego thing, a ‘just because we can’ kind of thing.” This perspective is one echoed consistently by cannabis users who are active on social media, and it’s a fairly accurate one; the way the social media giant continuously imposes its opinions on business pages is strikingly reminiscent of the general attitude of those who strictly enforced cannabis prohibition over the years and needlessly harmed the wellbeing of likely countless people and businesses alike. Sadly, old habits seem to die hard on Facebook, with just about any patient or business you ask having some negative experience with a post being removed, or their page shut down due to reports. OKLAHOMA CHRONIC
For some, it can be hard to understand why it’s really that big of a deal; after all, it’s just Facebook, right? Yes, it’s just Facebook, and yes, if you only have a post reported every once and a while, maybe it’s not that big of an inconvenience for you. However, for a legal industry to be blatantly silenced is a slippery slope, and it’s important to remember that they’re not just impacting the business side of medical cannabis here when they remove pages, or delete photos from profiles; part of what has kept cannabis on the bad side of so many is a simple lack of understanding about the plant and its uses as medicine. Because of its illegality, cannabis has had to hide in the shadows of society, and in doing so, has remained a ‘scary’, dangerous thing in many parts of the world, and it’s only by being able to share information, photos, and patient stories that we’re able to bring it to light. When we’re not even able to post about cannabis on our pages for a legal business, in a state that has legalized medical cannabis for use, it remains a shunned topic, not even to be mentioned in private groups on Facebook, instead of the life changing, life saving medicine that it is. By keeping us hidden away, they also keep the truth hidden away, and sadly, with many major pharmaceutical companies able to advertise on Facebook as they wish, it’s likely that the truth that cannabis is medicine is one they can’t afford to share too much. For a website that tries to label itself as open to all, Facebook has done a pretty poor job of making the medical cannabis industry feel welcome, especially here in Oklahoma. It’s a shame that this is even a topic that we’re having to discuss, frankly. I’d much prefer that we be able to turn our attention to any of the other issues important to the cannabis industry and community here, rather than have to push back against a website that won’t allow legal businesses share information to help patients. Malone’s story is one shared by at least fifty other plaintiffs, and likely dozens of other businesses across the state, and it’s one that we haven’t heard the last of; once the lawsuit is refiled, we’ll be continuing to follow this story, speaking with other plaintiffs from early on in the lawsuit, and even speaking with the legal team working to guide this through the courts. Oklahomans have always taken pride in standing for what’s right and leading the way when needed, and while it’s unfortunate that it’s come to this point, it’s somehow fitting that small businesses from Oklahoma are the ones leading this particular charge against Facebook, defending an industry that was fought hard for, and just like the cannabis community through the years, they’re standing toe to toe with a giant.
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MONTHLY CANNABIS REVIEW by Melissa Hall
“MARIJUANA HAS KILLED FAR FEWER PEOPLE THAN SWIMMING POOLS; IT’S THE WAR AGAINST IT THAT DOES ALL THE VIOLENCE.” – LAWRENCE REED
MONTHLY CANNABIS REVIEW THIS MONTHS REVIEW IS SURE TO BE DELICIOUS WITH THESE CANNABIS INFUSED COOKIES by Melissa Hall
Recently, I have found myself as a frequent passenger aboard the ever waving Edible Express. This is my expression for the THC induced ride or experience, I should say, that walks the fine line between cozy comfortable and catatonic coma. If you yourself, have ever taken a little spin on the infused Express, you are quite familiar with that fine line. Don’t let this intimidate you at all, most will agree that the benefits of choosing to eat your Cannabis, outweigh the negative effects that can be reported. With a huge spectrum of medical advantages and a alternative to smoking, edibles of all varieties have became a preferred favorite method of consumption among Cannabis patients. In the still growing and already copious Oklahoma Cannabis market you can find every type of edible imaginable with ease. With the growing popularity and vast variety of THC infused edibles available, I enlisted the help of an up and coming Cannabis Processing Company to whip up some of these delectable delights to sample for review. Goodfellas Cannabis Company, North OKC, was more than ready for my little challenge and exceeded my expectations with a plate of delicious delicacies that would steal the show in any bakery. Homespun and heavenly chocolate chip cookies, iced perfectly and decorated to the nines, with a plethora of tedious Holiday designs reminiscent of your Grandmother’s handiwork, adorned a simple white plate, and were anything but simple. Clean lines of confectionery perfection adorn the snowmen, candy canes and small Christmas tree cookies. Bold, vibrant shades of creamy icing create an instant nostalgia and longing for home at first glance of the dazzling yet delicate delights
Scrumptiously sugar coated, the decadent morsels display a perfect balance of cookie to iced goodness ratio. The cookies, being super moist with an impressive consistency and texture that quickly remind you these are high end, professional baked goods with the first bite. The glazed goodness that adorn the little pieces of chocolate chip heaven, is sinfully sweet, but not too sweet. Sealing the deal for a proportionally perfect icing to cookie equation. The fine folks at Goodfellas use quality concentrates in lieu of canna butter in their edibles, this produces a well blended infusion that makes the THC product in the edibles less noticeable, if at all. These “oh so special” delights should definitely be properly stored out of the reach of those not desiring an edible experience and should always be kept within short reach of those that do. Edibles provide a discrete, longer lasting and sometimes more potent alternative to smoking cannabis, explaining their increasing popularity. Edibles do take longer to receive the desired results since it is a slower path for the THC to enter the bloodstream. A Good window of onset should always be recognized, predicted and accounted for by those seeking the experience. The balanced concentrated cookies were a balanced dose of THC that produced relaxing and pain relieving effects without crossing that proverbial “over the edge” edible line.
This can happen when too much edible goodness is consumed and may lead to paranoia, anxiety attacks and hallucinations. The quality of the cannabis used to make the edibles well also determine their intensity. To stay on the safe side of your friendly edibles, start low and slow. This process is known as microdosing. It lets the user find their sweet spot or magic number. It is recommended to start out below 15mg when first trying the treats. Providing you with that all over warm and home for the holidays feeling and modeling an appearance that could land them on the cover of any Culinary Magazine these special holiday cookies are exquisite in every way. They may seem too pretty to eat, but are so delicious that you will want to keep eating and keep eating them, these iced chocolate chip cookies are top notch in the gourmet edible department, yet hold their infused potency consummately. These small batch, custom crafted, gourmet edibles give light to what I predict will be the new dispensary edible, soon to be replacing that plain, bagged, cellophane brownie that is alright but far from extraordinary. These exceptional edibles are a must try. Remember to always medicate responsibly and stay lit Oklahoma.
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CANNABIS & HOLIDAY GIVING WRITTEN BY KAYLA JOHNSON
For a vast majority of the people in Oklahoma, the holiday season isn’t just about the fun gifts or delectable treats they receive, or even about the decorations that light up the state from the Panhandle to the Talimena Scenic Drive. Many people find serious joy in giving, especially when they’re helping someone through a tough time, and during the holiday season, it can be especially gratifying to help spread a little good will by making sure someone’s pantry is full, or their child has a wonderfully warm coat for the winter months. There’s a reason it’s called the season of giving, and Oklahoma’s cannabis community is doing its part while continuing to break down stereotypes and stigmas surrounding cannabis and those who use it. From canned food drives and coat drives, to community meals on the weekends, the businesses and patients of the cannabis industry have stepped up in a big way to help food pantries and individuals alike make ends meet. Even a year ago, with some businesses open for less than a month last fall, there were coat drives scattered across the state every time a cold snap was mentioned, to help patients who have a low income stay warm during the frigid parts of the year, and it wasn’t uncommon to see an invitation shared on social media for community members, whether a cannabis user or not, to come enjoy a meal together once a month, or even once a week. In its earliest stages, the cannabis community worked to help people, and bring them together. Now, with a full year of medical legalization under our belts, those efforts have only become more widespread. When the warm weather abruptly ended in October, many businesses across the state scrambled to organize early coatdrives, to help those who weren’t prepared for the cold snap, and the folks at Tulsa Higher Care Clinic were among them, running their coat drive for a majority of the month. OKLAHOMA CHRONIC
Creekside Royal in Pauls Valley, which opened its doors this past June, hosted a canned food drive in November for Thanksgiving with a goal to provide at least two families with full Thanksgiving dinners. By the second week of the month, their customers had already filled two large boxes with stuffing, dried potatoes and canned vegetables, and the dispensary was already preparing for their toy drive in December, aiming to donate as many toys as possible to children in their local shelter.
Cali Roots, a dispensary chain with stores across the state, is going as far as to host a community potluck for the homeless; patients and community members are encouraged to bring a dish, enough to feed anywhere from 5-10 people, to their closest Cali Roots location on Thanksgiving Day, where plates will be made up for the homeless and others in need, and distributed in the local area. Every location is participating, in an effort to make sure everyone has a warm meal for Thanksgiving.
These are just a handful of examples of the generosity and compassion that the cannabis community and industry of Oklahoma is becoming known for. In one way or another, just about every single cannabis business is involved in giving back to their community in some way, and I wish I had the room to acknowledge those efforts individually. The benefits of a strong cannabis industry go far beyond simply Throughout November is when the financial boon for the state, and having so many the charitable efforts really took businesses able and willing to help give back to the towns off; the businesses that make up and cities they’re in is one of them; here’s to you, for doing the Flower District in Tulsa joined something more. together to host a joint canned food drive, to help bolster the There’s something particularly heartening, especially supplies of The Donation Station during this time of year, about witnessing a community that Food Bank. The Bong Boutique, has been looked on with disdain or overlooked altogether Spiritworks, and Ramey’s for decades work so hard, in such a widespread and diverse Steakhouse accepted donations, manner, to bring a little bit of goodwill, and maybe just a and while there was no total of little bit of hope to others who may find themselves how much food was donated overlooked at times. available at the time of printing, The Bong Boutique gathered several plastic bags worth of food in the first few weeks. In Oklahoma City, Okie Kush Club, which has locations in Edmond, Moore, Norman, and Midtown, will be holding a food drive for the entire months of December and January, with all locations taking in donations from the community well into the new year to kick off 2020 with a helpful and positive bang.
BY THE NUMBERS AS OF NOVEMBER 1ST OKLAHOMA'S CANNABIS INDUSTRY IS STILL GROWING WITH ZERO SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN
As of Oct. 1 there are over 4,980 growers with in the state of Oklahoma
Since last month another 237 processor license have been approved bringing the total to 1,405
Dispensary license numbers have grown since last month now reaching a total of 2,169
Approved Licenses: 209,730 patient, 1,550 caregiver Received Licenses: 222,123 patient, 2,081 caregiver OKLAHOMA CHRONIC
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The cannabis industry in Oklahoma is constantly in the news for one reason or another. Usually, they’re discussing changes to the laws, or the amount of money the state is making from cannabis. Lately, however, there’s been another unfortunate trend in cannabisrelated-news here: crime. Even in their earliest days after 788 became law, some dispensaries and grow facilities had become targets for people attempting to break in. Over the past several months, however, things have escalated in a dramatic way: thieves have turned from throwing bricks and rocks through doors to literally driving vehicles through the front of these businesses to gain access. It brings a whole new definition to the term ‘smash and grab’, and they’re becoming a more frequent problem. In the Tulsa area alone, over the summer there were over twenty dispensaries that reported a break in to law enforcement, and across the state, each crime has cannabis business owners , and some patients, feeling more on edge, and feeling more pressure than ever to consider armed security for their business, even after hours.
As frustrating as the situation is, I’m not sure anybody is surprised, either; because of the federal status of cannabis, businesses in the industry, even in medically legal states, are forced to stick to cash entirely for their needs, and when you’re dealing with as much money as is flowing through our state’s industry right now, you may as well paint bullseyes on these dispensaries and facilities. Thieves are often attracted to more than just the green that’s made of paper, as well; more often than not, businesses who are hit find that they’re missing several thousand dollars worth of product, whether it’s concentrates, flower, or even plants snatched away.
HIGH CRIMECANNABIS ROBBERIES ACROSS THE STATE KAYLA JOHNSON
These break-ins can be financially devastating, and even if a business has the funds to cover the losses, there’s still something really disheartening about people stealing from medically-based businesses, whether they’re driving a card through the front, or simply walking out with grow bags or pipes hidden away under a jacket. As upsetting as it is, it also often stirs up another emotion: anger. So many Oklahomans have given up a lot and worked countless hours to build a business they’re proud of, in an effort to help patients, and maybe change some minds about cannabis and the people that use it, only to have people target them and destroy their business because of the cash that they’re forced to keep on hand, because we’re still sitting around with cannabis as a Schedule I substance at the federal level and keeping their banking options limited. It’s never good when any business, big or small, is forced to deal with theft, but it’s especially hard to swallow when the ripple effects are visible in your community. Some patients find themselves facing potentially increased pricing for a time, while the business gets itself established once again or even upgrades security, especially if they’ve been hit more than once. Others are forced to find a way to travel further to a different stores, while their local shop is closed for repairs, and in some cases, a few of these shops eventually close for good, unable to make up for the enormous financial blow for one reason or another. The most noticeable change, however, is the overall change to the industry. Armed security is becoming a business necessity, rather than a luxury, and while it’s a wonderful thing to see that these trained security guards are often veterans with experience, there’s something unnerving about having to have armed security around while you’re buying legal medicine. In some way, it points out some of the important shortcomings of the government in regards to legal cannabis industries: very
rarely would you ever see armed security at a pharmacy, because they aren’t forced to keep large amounts of cash on hand in addition to the wide variety of medicines available. When cannabis businesses are essentially forced to have armed guards just to keep their product, employees and patients safe, it really speaks to the fact that, even with medical legalization, the cannabis industry is still somewhat on their own in terms of keeping themselves secure. That’s not to say that law enforcement hasn’t been working hard to solve these crimes; with the number of break ins rising somewhat steadily, police in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas have been exceedingly busy, working with the limited information they have to try and solve them. Even still, cannabis businesses have been making changes to help protect themselves better. In addition to many turning to round-theclock security, others have taken to re-enforcing the front of their business with steel bars or other methods, determined to stand their ground. While just about every dispensary and business had security cameras on day one, many have chosen to upgrade in some way, in an effort to ensure that if they do get in, they have the clearest photos they can get to help law enforcement bring them to justice. As discouraging and infuriating as these break-ins are, they also reflect something more positive about the cannabis community that has been one of its saving graces over the decades: determination in the face of adversity. Even with the constant threat of break-ins, cannabis businesses, employees, and patients are still showing up. They’re proving that the industry isn’t a fluke, it isn’t a bubble that can be burst by thieves, even if they drive an SUV through it, that it’s staying, and will not only stay, but will adapt, in order to overcome.
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THE FACE OF "THE OKLAHOMA CHRONIC" DUSTIN HAYES Dear Santa, I know what you said to me about listing to my parents but things are not going so good for that. Listen, I've been trying so so hard but things aren't working. So Santa, maybe you could help me by responding to this letter because I'm trying so hard to get on the nice list. But there isn't long until Christmas so that's a problem. I'm gonna try to be good for the rest of the time but that might not be enough. Just so you know I got so lucky I opened my present early and got the Emoji Movie. Also, forgot to tell you but I wanna STARWARS building kit. So Santa why don't you talk to Mrs. Clause and your elves. Quick Question, Is your wife's name really Mary Christmas? Love, Dusty P.S. Don't watch people when they are in the bathroom it's embarrassing. Credit: @raisingjedi 's son Colin.
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