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What you need to know: Marijuana use in the Evergreen State The facts about legal marijuana in Washington

Only adults 21 and older can purchase and possess marijuana. Marijuana can only be sold and purchased at state-licensed retail stores. A valid photo ID is required and no one younger than 21 is allowed on the retail premises. Retail marijuana stores only accept cash. Adults 21 and older can purchase up to one ounce of usable marijuana (the harvested flowers or bud), 16 ounces of marijuana-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces in liquid form, and 7 grams of marijuana concentrates. Price will vary according to the quality and availability. Some strains are considered better than others. Most stores aim at $10-$12 per gram, although that price can go as high as $25. There are 28 grams in one ounce, the amount that can be legally purchased at one time. Typically, that amount can cost $300 and up. It remains a felony for anyone but a licensed retailer to sell or provide marijuana to anyone else. Providing or selling marijuana to a minor younger than 18 is subject to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. It remains illegal to consume marijuana in public view. It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana, and doing so may result in significant legal penalties. Taking marijuana outside the state of Washington may result in significant legal penalties. As with tobacco, smoking marijuana in any indoor location is subject to the restrictions in the Washington Smoking in Public Places law. The law prohibits smoking in public places or places of employment, and within 25 feet of entrances, exits, open windows and ventilation intakes. If the establishment permits it and you are either vaporizing or strain in a room where smoking is allowed, it is legal to consume marijuana in a private hotel room. Possession of marijuana is still illegal federally. This is also true at national parks. And if you are in navigable waters, the U.S. Coast Guard will enforce federal law. It is never OK to operate a boat while impaired by marijuana or any other drug. The law against marijuana use in public view applies to state parks, public hiking trails and ski resorts. Source: Washington State Liquor and cannabis Control Board.


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Types of marijuana: What effect do you want? BY LESLIE KELLY | lkelly@soundpublishing.com

Any seasoned smoker knows there are three distinct types of marijuana: sativa, indica and hybrid. The plants of cannabis indica and cannabis sativa have been around since the 18th century with cannabis Hybrid being relatively new. Hybrid indicates the mixing of seeds from different geographic locations around the world.

The effects of each vary.

INDICA:

The Indica strain is a more relaxing effect with the tendency of making you want to hang out on the couch. The origin is believed to come from the Hindu Kush region close to Afghanistan. Anyone who knows anything about marijuana knows that Kush is really strong weed. In this area of Afghanistan, the strain developed thick coats of resin as a mean of protecting themselves due to the harsh climate. Characteristics of indica include flowering time, yields, geography of where seeds came from and various flavors. Some of the epic names given to top flavors include Purple Haze, Granddaddy Purple and Northern Lights. Try these suggested indicas: • Wappa: a very high potency strain, often sells out and it can be several months before it’s in the shops again. Cost: $59 for 3.5 grams. • Blueberry, Training Day, Bianca are known to be great for smokers who have problems getting a good night’s sleep. Training Day is a product that will give you a relaxed feeling, but won’t put you to sleep. Cost: $11 to $14 per gram. • Beast Mode: a Northwest specialty that’s super popular mostly because of its name. Sells for $13 a gram. • Blackberry Bubba: Has a high Kush factor and has a nice flavor. The brand name strains from Clandestine Gardens sell out quickly. Cost: $13 a gram.

SATIVA:

The sativas strain alternatively has energizing effects which is why they’re often used in the morning or afternoon. This strain of marijuana is used primarily for depression and exhaustion. Its morphology is a growth of up to 20 feet high, it is narrow with loose branches. The effects of sativa are said to be uplifting and allow you to be creative. Medicinally, it can treat ADD and mood disorders. Some of the more popular flavors under the sativa strain include Sour Diesel, Jack Herer and Lemon Haze. Suggested varieties are: • Acapulco Gold: an older strain that is generated from Columbian Gold and grown in Mexico. It is popular because it is much like the original Columbian product. Sells for $55 for 3.5 grams. • Gorilla Glue, Dutch Treat and Cinex: This group of three are widely known to most pot smokers. They give a reputable high and consumers know they’re getting something they can count on.


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These sell for $11 to $14 per gram. • Head Cheese: A great smoke from a dense weed with a high percentage of THC. Cost: $18 per gram.

HYBRID:

There are many variables for the two ancient strains which is where Hybrid comes in. The seeds of many geographical areas are cross germinated to balance marijuana with both strains. This offers the marijuana user a balance between the two so you get the best of both worlds. In a recent survey of several Pacific Northwest retail marijuana stores, here’s the more popular of each of the three categories by brand name. Hybrid suggestions are: • Gelato: comes from a very Kush flower, and slightly leans toward being an indica. The smell is “strong and will stink up the whole room when you open it.” Sells for $40 for 3.5 grams. • Dutch Treat or Allen Wrench: Gives the smoker a high that doesn’t make them anxiety-ridden but doesn’t “knock your ass to the couch.” Sells for $11 to $14 per gram. Dutch Treat got rave reviews from more than one retailer. A close cousin, Dutch Berry, which is a sativa-dominant hybrid with a raspberry-like flavor is considered to be a strong, “but the raspberry flavor brings it down.” Cost: $15 per gram. Participating retailers who offered suggestions: Paper & Leaf on Bainbridge Island, Ganja Goddess in downtown Seattle, Sweet Leaf in Aberdeen, High Society in Bellingham and Fillabong in Silverdale.


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Catering to seniors and those with medical needs BY LESLIE KELLY | lkelly@soundpublishing.com

Aaron Varney wants to share his knowledge of cannabis with everyone. But in particular he’s reaching out to seniors who want to know about using cannabis for pains associated with aging. “Seniors have a lot of [health] issues that cannabis can address,” Varney said. “The aging process is what it is — joint pain, insomnia.” Because many older Americans are reluctant to step into a marijuana retail shop, Varney decided to take his knowledge on the road. His “Cannabis 101 for Seniors” program has been presented at senior centers, senior living communities and elsewhere. “There’s still a stigma about marijuana,” he said. “Even though it is legal in Washington, both for medical use and recreational use, some people don’t want to go into a store that looks like a head shop.” That’s why the stores he owns with his partner, Maria Moses, are open and inviting to all ages. The Dockside Cannabis stores are located in Shoreline and Seattle’s SoDo District. Originally, the pair had a medical marijuana store in Fremont, which they opened in 2011. Last year, when state regulation merged the two, Varney and Moses were able to secure two licenses for shops in Shoreline and Seattle. Since the beginning, their focus has been to help those with medical conditions know what’s available to help. “The most important thing is to listen to the patient,” Varney said. “Really hear what they’re dealing with. Making sure that each person gets the results they are looking for is the key.” First has to be whether the patient wants to experience that relaxing euphoric feeling that they will have by using a product with THC. If not, then the patient needs to use a product with CBD. “Some patients come in and say they remember the ’60s,” Varney said. “They want to experience that high again. Others don’t and are looking for something to help them deal with their joint pain.”


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At his 101 sessions, he is often asked about the psychoactive qualities of cannabis. “They say, ‘What should I use if I don’t want to get high?’” he said. “We point them in the right direction and make sure that their dosage is right.” The rule is to start with a small dose and determine if that lessens symptoms, and if not, to continue on incrementally. “You can always increase dosage,” he said. “But you can’t take it away.” Another question he gets at his sessions is what products are available that don’t require smoking. “We talk about edibles and topical,” he said. “And we talk about tinctures, which are great because you feel the effect sooner. By putting a drop under your tongue, it immediately gets in your system.” Another option is vapor cartridges, he said. “It’s not an irritant like smoking is,” he said. “But it is a fast-acting route and gets in your system almost immediately.” The idea of “Cannabis 101 for Seniors” came to Varney after a bus full of seniors came for a tour of the shop one day. “We were showing them around and telling them about the products and I just saw a lot of enthusiasm,” he said. “I worked with the Senior Care Coalition group and administrators of senior care facilities and it just grew from there.” While he’s helping seniors, he still considers medical patients his main audience. “Part of our mission is education and outreach,” he said. “But we are still serving the medical patients. All our staff have medical cannabis certification. In fact, we have the most staff with certification in the state. It’s so important to us that we pay for it for every employee.” And the stores are keen to customer service, too. “It’s hard enough to be in pain,” he said. “But to come into a cannabis store with questions and feel pressured to hurry because there are people in line behind you, that’s just not right. So we’ve created space for our patients to be able to take the time they need and to have an experience with ease.” For more information, go to www.docksidecannabis.com. Store locations are 1728 Fourth Ave. S, Seattle; and 15029 Aurora Ave. N. in Shoreline.


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Marijuana is good medicine BY DAVID BEARMAN

Cannabis is medicine; that’s old news. What’s news is that modern research is being done around the world to document the purported therapeutic benefits demonstrated in cannabis’ 4,000 years of medicinal use. This research is being done despite obstacles thrown up for at least the last 25 years by the federal government. From calming the elderly in residential care facilities, treating epilepsy and PTSD, to use as a cancer treatment, valuable research is finally being done. The odds against it happening in the United States are enormous since the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s mandated policy is to only support research designed to show the potential harm of drugs, not to examine their potential benefits. Continued on Page 16

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Here are a few examples: Cannabis has been shown in Israel and in Santa Rosa, California to bring wide-ranging relief to residents of residential care facilities. With the introduction of medicinal cannabis into these facilities, patients are less agitated, are happier, eat better, sleep better and require 20 percent fewer prescription medications. GW Pharmaceuticals, growers and producers of Epidiolex and Sativex (Nabiximol), two tinctures of whole-plant cannabis products, are doing studies on Epidiolex in the United States for treating intractable epilepsy. Recent studies revealed a decrease in the severity and frequency of epileptic events with the use of this high-CBD (cannabidiol) tincture that is sprayed under the tongue. Dr. Susan Sisely won rare government approval to do a controlled test of cannabis on treating veterans with PTSD. When she was blocked by an Arizona state legislator from doing the study at the University of Arizona, her study received private funding and is now being carried out in Colorado. Dr. Jeff Hergenather has been following a number of patients with Crohn’s disease in a clinical observational study in Northern California. His medicinal cannabis patients report fewer bowel movements, better-formed stools and less abdominal pain. Many have been able to decrease or even stop using prescription medication such as Prednisone. Australia appears on the verge of legalizing medicinal cannabis in the state of Victoria and nationally. This policy change has the support of several state governors and the prime minister. As a part of the legalization process, contemporary research studies are being done. These studies will be confirming studies done in the 1980s on cannabis’ anti-nausea and appetite stimulating effects. They will also be looking at the anti-seizure effects of cannabis first demonstrated in 1947. Finally, there are two studies being done to determine if cannabis inhibits the growth of cancer cells. A January 2008 review article from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health reported on tissue culture and small animal studies which found that cannabis and cannabinoids halt the spread of a wide range of cancers, including brain, breast, colorectal, lung, pancreatic, prostate, and skin cancer.


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We have known since a 1974 study at the Medical College of Virginia that cannabis slows the growth of breast cancer and lung cancer cells in mice. Now we have studies on human cancer being conducted in England by GW Pharmaceuticals; in Jerusalem, by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam (who characterized the chemical structure of THC in 1964) at Hebrew University; and in San Francisco on breast cancer, by Dr. Sean McAllister. All anyone interested in health and science can say is, “It’s about time.” The federal government spends $25 billion a year on the National Drug Control Budget. As I pointed out, it is the official federal policy required by law that the National Institute on Drug Abuse only support research designed to show potential harm of drugs, not to examine the experiential, basic science and anecdotal, demonstrated benefits of cannabis. This research is coming about in large part due to changing attitudes toward the medicinal potential for cannabis among both the general public and physicians. This change is based on both the historical use of cannabis as medicine and the thousands of modern research studies indicating the very real medical value of cannabis. Likely even more important is the influence from the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado. And the spark plug that started this change in attitude was the Compassionate Care Act in 1996 in California. These and other states’ initiatives have exposed many more people to the long history and science supporting cannabis as medicine. More and more people have seen with their own eyes remarkable therapeutic results brought by the medicinal use of cannabis. These initiatives have helped spur on the demand for more research. Such research will help move cannabis and cannabinoids even more into the mainstream medicine so that people can benefit from the remarkable medicinal properties of cannabis. — David Bearman, a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine, is executive vice president of The American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine. He is the author of “Drugs Are NOT the Devil’s Tools: How Discrimination and Greed Created a Dysfunctional Drug Policy and How It Can Be Fixed.” American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine headed by Dr. Greg Carter of the University of Washington, and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians have been pleading for such research.


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BY LESLIE KELLY | lkelly@soundpublishing.com

Experts on the subject of the use of cannabis to treat various conditions and diseases say research is taking place continually, and has advanced partly because of its legal use. Dr. David Bearman, vice president of the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, said research includes using cannabis to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, autism, attention deficient disorder, cancer, multiple sclerosis, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic attacks, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and seizures. “The stigma of cannabis is lessening,” Bearman said. “We are seeing more research recently, ever since states have begun to approve cannabis both for medical and recreational use. But we always need more research.” Bearman said what’s particularly interesting to him is that the use of cannabis in treating children with diseases is becoming more acceptable. “Only recently have we felt comfortable using it in treating children,” he said. “Why not? Why would we want children to have to endure seizures, when they can be controlled or lessened by the use of cannabinoids?” Use of cannabis in treating cancers has been accepted by some doctors for years, he said. It’s well-known that cannabis lessens pain and nausea, and can increase appetite in cancer patients. Recent research by GW Pharmaceuticals in England on


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blastoma, a cancer where a tumor is thought to arise in embryonic tissue, showed great results. “With the use of 25 milligrams of THC and 25 milligrams CBD three times a day, cancer patients saw their lives extended by 45 percent,” Bearman said. “We’ve known cannabis helps with breast cancer for years, and now we are seeing it used to treat patients with all kinds of cancers.” Current research throughout the U.S. has shown a cannabis-related decrease of 50 percent in childhood seizures, he said. “We’ve known since 1947 that cannabinoids work on seizures,” Bearman said. “The first study back then showed five of seven patients had a reduction in the number of seizures when using cannabinoids.” Research has expanded to include such things as PTSD and ADD, and results are promising. He said research shows that patients throughout the autism spectrum also benefit by the use of cannabis. “As we know, endocannabinoids are naturally produced within the body and play a major role in overall health,” he said. “We’ve found that those with low endocannabinoids can benefit by the use of medical marijuana.” Bearman said those with fewer endocannabinoids have fewer retrograde inhibitors and their near impulses move faster. “That explains their behavior, the acting out with panic, or behaviors that can be disturbing,” Bearman said. “This can include anger because [in] someone with PTSD, trauma is saved in their brain and their body produces more dopamine, causing the nerve impulses.” By adding cannabinoids through the use of various forms of cannabis, behaviors can be improved, he said. The key is to work with a professional who can help with dosages and make sure the patient is comfortable with what they are doing. Research also is continuing for persons with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. “There are some very favorable results in those areas,” he said. “Cannabis is not a cure, but helps patients deal with symptoms.” The use of cannabis to treat migraines and irritable bowel syndrome also is advancing.


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Business Spotlight:

Cannabis shop aims at medical users BY LESLIE KELLY | lkelly@soundpublishing.com

After years of experience in the medical marijuana field, the principals of Green Tiki Cannabis near Kingston are happy to be back in business. Green Tiki Cannabis, 8202 NE Highway 104, opened in January. They previously had a medical marijuana shop in Tacoma from 2009 to February 2016. In July, the State of Washington did away with medical marijuana shops and combined medical and recreational marijuana sales. Recreational marijuana use was legalized by voters in the state in 2014. “We had been in business for a long time and we had great customers,” Peter Carson said about the shop in Tacoma. “But recreational [marijuana] took the market.” Carson is now the licensed medical marijuana consultant for Green Tiki, and he does all the buying. Christy Stanley is the owner of the shop and Bill Coughlin is “the numbers guy.” He has a vast background in business and has been a professor, worked in the medical field and worked in IT. They hoped to be licensed to retail cannabis in the first round, but that didn’t happen. However, last year Stanley got a license in the lottery system the state uses to issue marijuana retail licenses. The trio’s goal is to operate an open and friendly marijuana retail store with expertise in how marijuana can be used for medical purposes. “We’re just a normal pot shop with regular people coming in,” Continued on Page 24


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Coughlin said. “We want to be a part of this community.” To that end, their store is very open, with glass windows from floor to ceiling so that anyone outside can see what’s inside. Products are in glass cases on one wall, with written detail about their uses. “We want our customers to come in and read about what we sell, at their own speed,” Carson said. “When there’s a line at the counter, customers feel like they have to rush and they aren’t able to get all the information they need.” The store has five employees. While all of them are knowledgable about all of the products the store sells, it’s Carson who really knows about medical marijuana. He got into it to help people. “In Tacoma, I had a 72-year-old woman come in,” he said. “She had lung cancer. She’d never smoked and she pretty much said she’d had a good life. But her friends convinced her to try marijuana. She did her CBD research and she came to see us.” Carson helped her learn what dosage to use and adjusted it several times based on her needs. “Two and a half years later, she came in one day and said she was free of cancer. When you see things like that it is very, very empowering.” While Carson is critical of how the state merged medical marijuana retail with recreational cannabis, he still wants to help people. He’s seen customers use marijuana to help with anxiety, arthritis, cancer, depression, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and seizures. “The state has a registry for medical users,” he said. “Some people don’t want to be on that. But if you are registered, you


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can buy three times the legal [recreational] amount and you don’t pay sales tax. You can also grow 15 of your own plants, rather than six if you are not on the registry.” But he said it’s not the government’s business to know who is using medical marijuana. In fact, the state estimates that 300,000 people in Washington use marijuana for medical purposes, but only 21,000 are on the registry. And, he said, there’s no registry for people who are taking pharmaceuticals. Noting that there’s evidence that marijuana was used for pain relief during birth in ancient Egypt, Carson believes in its powers. When he counsels a new customer, he goes by a motto. “Slow and low,” he said. “That’s where we begin with anyone who is trying medical marijuana for the first time. We use the lowest dosage and that gives us time to figure out whether and when to adjust the dosage.” With the amount that is tried the first time, Carson said, there will be no psychoactive affect. He does recommend patients use it at night so they can experience the relaxation and the pain relief. “See how you [relax] with 5 milligrams of CBD and a milligram of THC,” he said. “You will feel like you’re just getting out of a warm bath.” He knows marijuana use is still stigmatized, although he sees it as better than having an alcoholic drink after work to relax. “We’ve even helped people transition from alcohol and opioids to cannabis,” he said. Carson said Green Tiki stands out from other stores because it has varieties of cannabis strains not found elsewhere. The location is convenient and the store is bright and airy. And staff members are good at educating people about pot. Coughlin’s time in the cannabis business stems from having illness in his own family. “My mother had a fungal infection and after many antibiotics, my father called me and asked if I could help my mom,” he said. “She had a friend with Stage 4 cancer who was eating brownies [infused with marijuana] and was getting better. “At about the same time, my brother came home from a conference in Las Vegas where he met Christy and Pete and he said, ‘You gotta meet these people.’” And that led to Green Tiki. The store has been increasing in business since it opened in January. And Coughlin said they have a wide variety of customers. “It ranges from police officers, politicians, the elderly and the retired,” he said. “It’s an amazing mix of people. We really love this community.”


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Finding the best products in recreational cannabis stores BY MICHAEL CARTER | Sativa Magazine

Do you need help finding a product that fits your individual needs? There’s help. More than 200 elite budtenders in Washington judged all I-502 cannabis products for the Budtender Cup. The goal is to provide you with a resource to discover products that were designed with you in mind. Listed below are the winners of the second round of the Budtender Cup: Best Sativa, Best Indica, Best Concentrate and Best Vape Cartridge. Each winner was briefly reviewed by knowledgeable budtenders. Best Indica: Dutch Treat from Sweet As! “Dutch Treat handcrafted by Sweet As! cannabis had me at hello, scented with heavy pine notes and subtle cherry flavor on top. Fast acting distinct attitude elevation grounded by a mellow body lift. The dense nugs hit smooth and taste as lovely as it smells. Type of bud you could use day or night and look forward to coming back to.” — Mikeee’ at Seattle Cannabis Co., First Avenue, Seattle. “In every category, well done!!! More please!” — Angie at Station 420 LLC in Union Gap. “Dutch treat is one of my favorite strains. This specific one is very well done; typical pungent earthy flavor, cerebral high with nice body high to compliment. Even trichome formation and a well-done cure was great to experience as well.” - Sean at Cinder in Spokane. Best Sativa: Dutch47 from Trail Blazin “Floral, sweet, spice and earthy notes that dance on your taste buds. Tastes as great as it smells. Really fun high. I would recommend sharing these buds with your buds for a night out


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on the town dancing or playing Ping Pong!” - Sarah at Goodbuds, near Highway 283 on Road K in Quincy. “Sweet citrus smell and amazing dense buds. I loved the effects and enjoyed the well-balanced high.” — Alicia at Spokane Green Leaf. “A really fragrant weed with a smooth, mixed-fruit flavor. The high THC level makes for a strong long lasting high. The overall experience with this strain was very pleasant and I would recommend to anyone looking to get really stoned and not cough their head off.” - Douglas at Millers Marijuana in Elma. Best Dabs: Lucid Oil by Monkey Grass Farm “I really liked this oil, personally. I got a very faint citrus and black licorice taste when exhaled. I don’t like black licorice at all but actually found it really appealing. Also seems to dab really light and smooth too. Overall it was a pleasure to review!” - Chris at OZ Stone Avenue, Wallingford, Seattle. “Clear convenient packaging. Slightly clear oil with a pleasant citrus scent. Using my nectar collector I could dab right out of the glass jar it came in. Strong citrus flavor with minimal coughing. Strong high that’s calm yet invigorating.” - Cameron at HWY 420 in Bremerton. “I enjoyed the Lucid Dabs out of a Pollen Puller. Talk about love at first inhalation, smooth taste, great high, and clean smoke! These guys know how to package it right. Glass container with a silicone top makes it easy to get all of the concentrate out for happy consumers! Thank you for the excellent product!” — Sky at Margie’s Pot Shop in Cook, near the Hood River Bridge Best Vape Cartridge: Lucid Oil by Monkey Grass Farm “This is hands down the best cartridge I have ever tried; it’s apparent that Lucid’s clean distillation process truly makes a difference. The cartridge gets a 10/10 review from me and is a breath of fresh vapor in an industry where most competitors I’ve tried can’t even come close.” — Nathaniel at MJ’s Pot Shop in Pullman. “The taste was on point, the high is amazing and relaxing. Lucid is for sure a brand I’m keeping an eye out for in the future! - Max at Seattle Cannabis Co., First Avenue, Seattle. “Citrus to the taste, leaving you with a crisp well-rounded high. For a high potency product this concentrate was amazingly clear! I would be more then willing to try more of Lucid Oils products.” Pineapple at The Treehouse Club, Spokane Valley.


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Medical Cannabis BY BILL COUGHLIN

Medical healing using cannabis harkens back thousands of years. Despite this long history of humans healing themselves with this plant, we are just beginning to come out of the dark ages about the medical benefits of cannabis. Cannabis was a part of the American pharmacopoeia until just before World War II. Starting in the late 1930s, the U.S. passed a series of laws against cannabis even though the American Medical Association (AMA) objected. With the federal government’s laws a barrier, medical cannabis advocates turned to the states for access and passed voter initiatives. Washington state voters in 1998 approved by almost 60 percent a medical cannabis law that helped to turn the tide. Now, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical cannabis to benefit thousands of people who need it to treat their cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, PTSD and pain. In Washington, access to medical marijuana for patients is a significant concern, whether they grow their own or purchase their medicine at a retail cannabis store. The law allows for up to four patients who are entered in the state Department of Health database to join together to form a cooperative garden. Patients and designated providers who participate in a cooperative may grow the total number of plants authorized for the participants. Patients also have the option to purchase medical cannabis at a retail store. Recent legislation created a medical endorsement for retailers that carry medical cannabis products, and provides training for retail staff. The law ensures patients can be confident they are purchasing from knowledgeable sellers, and it ensures safe products for patients and safe handling in stores. The benefits of medical cannabis primarily come from the chemicals in cannabis called cannabinoids. The cannabis plant contains more than 100 cannabinoids, although scientific research has focused primarily on THC and CBD. THC can increase appetite and reduce nausea. THC may also decrease pain, inflammation (swelling and redness), and muscle control problems. Unlike THC, CBD is a cannabinoid that doesn’t make people “high.” It may be useful in reducing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures, and possibly even treating mental illness and addictions. Recent animal studies have shown that cannabis may help kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Scientists are also conducting pre-clinical and clinical trials with cannabis and its extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other condi-


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tions, such as diseases that affect the immune system, including HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis (MS), which causes gradual loss of muscle control; as well as inflammation, pain, seizures, substance use disorders, and mental disorders. Some preliminary studies have even suggested that medical cannabis use might be associated with decreased prescription opioid use and overdose deaths. To learn more about the medical benefits of cannabis, turn to a qualified medical professional and seek out a retail store that has a medical endorsement. The staff are specifically trained to help you with your medical questions as well as assist you in finding effective treatment. To reach Bill Coughlin, stop by Green Tiki Cannabis in Kingston.

The Dos and Don’ts of pot in Washington state

• What to do: Purchase cannabis in a legal pot shop Learn about cannabis indica and sativa Consume cannabis in a private location Ask ahead whether hotels have cannabis smoking rooms or areas • What not to do: Do not consume cannabis and drive Do not forget to have your ID when visiting cannabis shops Do not cross state lines with cannabis Do not consume cannabis in public areas Do not bring cannabis into federal property including parks, airports or buildings Do not forget to buy a lighter Did you know? * A low THC, high CBC strain called Charlotte’s Web is named for a young girl, who after being treated with cannabis reduced her seizures from 300 a week to around four a month. * Cannabis indica L. originates from central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, in areas such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, northern India, Tibet and Nepal. * Cannabis sativa L. generally originates from the equatorial regions of the world such as Thailand, southern India, Jamaica and Mexico. * Cannabis indica is usually classified as a “stone,” meaning that it is centered on the body. It enhances the physical sensations such as taste, touch and sound. It tends to relax. * Those who use sativa usually experience a high that means they are more cerebral, energetic, and creative. * The top five lobbyists against legalizing marijuana are police unions, private prison corporations, the alcohol industry, pharmaceutical corporations and prison guard unions.


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