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Changes Within the Cannabis Industry VEGAS CANNABIS MAGAZINE: How Will the Pandemic Change Cannabis Consumption Habits? SERGE CHISTOV: I believe that people will definitely give a second thought to exchanging personal objects such as passing a joint. Likely they will concentrate more on the individual pre-rolls. I think it will definitely affect some old practices that were not only just prevalent to smoking cannabis but also to eating in general and personal hygiene. I believe that part of the tribal tradition will always exist and there are those that take the responsibility of personal hygiene differently than others. Overall, I would expect an improvement in the practices but I also think that some of the traditional users will still be around for a while. VCM: What Might Cannabis Consumers Turn To Instead? SERGE: Pharmaceutical grade products with different variations of consumption will give more visibility to the edibles, including fast acting edibles, as well as transdermal applications-specifically pain directed, etc.. It will bring about a better awareness and understanding of the industry in general and the options consumers will have access to. VCM: Has Cannabis Use Increased During the Pandemic? SERGE: When people have more time on their hands, they tend to partake in substances more often. So yes, the consumption of cannabis has increased for the consumer that has more free time right now. Many people take free time as an opportunity to relax and some choose to do this with cannabis. It also goes without saying that this is a stressful time for many who are turning
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Medical and wellness practitioners considering the recommendation of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products to their patients and clients must take understanding the efficacy of such products as a professional responsibility. Although the recent popularity of CBD products has gained the attention of everyone from consumers to doctors to acupuncturists, research on this molecule that was first discovered in 1940 has been underway since the early 1960s.
CBD has shown much promise for the conditions involving anxiety, addiction, and a host of inflammatory diseases. One area where much credible research has been conducted is epilepsy—including rare but intractable variants such as Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome—have been known to reduce and sometimes even eliminate the occurrence of seizure activity. A 2017 research study entitled “Cannabinoids in the Treatment of Epilepsy: Hard Evidence at Last?” that was published in the Journal of Epilepsy Research concluded, “For the first time, there is now class 1 evidence that adjunctive use of CBD improves seizure control in patients with specific epilepsy syndromes.” The study’s researchers reported, “CBD has been reported to exhibit a range of other activities which suggest potential utility in many other conditions, including anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, fear, trauma-related conditions, tobacco and opioid addiction, inflammatory diseases, neurodegenerative disorders, and as a tool to counteract the undesired psychotropic effects of THC.” More support for the efficacy of CBD comes from the fact that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an isolate of CBD, Epidiolex, as a prescription drug for epilepsy and related seizure conditions. Much research has supported the role of CBD as an antiinflammatory, making it applicable for hundreds of conditions, from fibromyalgia to arthritis to Crohn’s disease. Credible modern research also supports the role of CBD as an ancillary or complementary treatment for cancer, which involves inflammation at the cellular level, and its numerous symptoms. Because it supports a reduction in anxiety and may play a role in producing a mild sedative effect, CBD is may be an effective ancillary or complementary treatment for a wide variety of psychological conditions. CBD may be helpful as a primary or adjunctive support therapy in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, insomnia, social anxiety (suffered by nearly one out of three Americans), and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
CBD, along with a long list of other cannabinoids and terpenes derived from hemp, exhibits powerful analgesic-like properties. Unlike many popular opioid-based painkillers, CBD offers few negative side effects, including no opportunity for addiction or withdrawal. Minor side effects that have been noted in some users at particularly strong doses include “nausea, fatigue, and irritability,” according to Dr. Peter Grinspoon (when writing for Harvard Medical School). “CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin and can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does,” wrote Grinspoon in 2018 in an article entitled “Cannabidiol (CBD): What We Know and What We Don’t” for Harvard Health Publishing. The analgesic-like quality of CBD has been noted by many prominent medical practitioners, including Grinspoon. “CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain,” he wrote. “A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat,” said Grinspoon.
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A multitude of studies have examined various aspects of the use of CBD for a variety of diseases and conditions resulting from them, including its safety profile and potential negative side effects in some patient categories. A 2018 study entitled “Cannabidiol for Epilepsy: New Hope on the Horizon?” that was published in the journal Clinical Therapeutics examined the anticonvulsant efficacy of CBD for this seizure disorder that affects 50 million patients globally. The study found that CBD operates “independent of the CB1 receptors and follows a bell-shaped dose–response curve,” indicating a biphasic response and need for medical professionals and their patients to pay careful attention to titration (dosing). A 2016 human trials study entitled “CBD-enriched Medical Cannabis for Intractable Pediatric Epilepsy: The current Israeli Experience” and published in the journal Seizure involved 74 patients with intractable (untreatable with conventional drugs) epilepsy who consumed a cannabis oil extract for an average of six months. The innovative study resulted in a significant reduction in seizure activity in 89 percent of study participants, with improvements in
“behavior and alertness, language, communication, motor skills, and sleep.” A 2011 research review study entitled “Cannabidiol as an Emergent Therapeutic Strategy for Lessening the Impact of Inflammation on Oxidative Stress” that was published in the journal Free Radical Biology & Medicine reported “Growing evidence suggests that the endocannabinoid system, which includes the CB1 and CB2G-protein-coupled receptors and their endogenous lipid ligands, may be an area that is ripe for therapeutic exploitation.” The researchers believed that CBD “offers promise as a prototype for anti-inflammatory drug development” and may be useful in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, including “rheumatoid arthritis, types 1 and 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer disease, hypertension, the metabolic syndrome, ischemia-reperfusion injury, depression, and neuropathic pain.” A 2010 study entitled “Cannabidiol Displays Antiepileptiform and Antiseizure Properties in Vitro and in Vivo” that was published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics examined the “antiepileptiform and antiseizure potential of CBD using in vitro electrophysiology and an in vivo animal seizure model, respectively.” The study revealed what other researchers have identified: Unlike many other cannabinoids, CBD asserts relatively low binding affinity with CB1 cellular receptors located primarily throughout the brain and central nervous system. More important, the research revealed the mechanism by which CBD inhibits seizure activity in those suffering from diseases such as epilepsy. Concluded the researchers, “Thus, we demonstrate the potential of CBD as a novel antiepileptic drug in
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AN HERBALIST' S GUIDE to Ment al Hygiene The practice of alternative medicine involves a combination of natural methods for balancing the mind, body, and spirit to support health and wellbeing. In reality, therapy hardly ever consists of just one method, therefore herbalists use plant medicine, supplements, dietary adjustments, bodywork, and lifestyle changes to enhance healing. During a stressful event, the brain triggers a series of reactions to different regions of the body. The body then responds by initiating the commonly known fightor-flight response, where we experience some of the unpleasant effects of stress. Long-term stress can affect the central nervous system by draining vital energy leading to premature aging, exhaustion, deficiencies, and/ or poor health. To combat these effects, it is so very important to integrate healthy coping strategies to maintain a balanced physical and mental state. The belief that all healing is inherently found in nature is at the foundation of herbal medicine. Taking that belief system and applying it to modern-day science, researchers are able to identify naturally occurring plant compounds and observe the physiological reactions on the body, similar to the research on the terpenes found in cannabis. Speaking
of, although cannabis is the goddess of all plant medicines, it is just one of the thousands of plants that are part of the nature cure.
Adaptogen herbs The belief that all healing is inherently found in nature is at the foundation of herbal medicine. When emotional, mental, physical, or environmental stress disrupts the human biological system, herbalists rely on adaptogenic herbs to bring the body back to homeostasis. Adaptogens are a group of herbs dedicated to supporting the immune system and regulating stress hormones within the endocrine system. Adaptogens increase the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resistance to the damaging effects of stress during the alarm phase of the stress response. Basically, adaptogens are the herbal professionals of stress management. Some personal favorite adaptogens to integrate daily are reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum), ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera), Rhodiola root (Rhodiola rosea) and Schisandra berry (Schisandra chinensis). The effects of adaptogens can be compared to the uplifting sativa strains minus the psychoactive effects. From personal experimentation, sativa combined with
adaptogens definitely seems to maximize the feel-goods.
Nervine herbs The nervous system also comes into play when stress, fear, and worry are present. From an herbalistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective, nervine relaxants are the most useful here. If adaptogens are comparable to sativa strains, then nervines are the indica strains of herbal medicine. Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca), as the Latin name suggests, has an affinity with the heart with its tension and palpitations calming effects. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a well known herbal relaxant and antiviral that can be great as a tea or as an essential oil. Lastly, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is one of the most popular herbs for relaxing the nervous system, though it has known interactions when taken with certain medications that should be investigated and considered before use.
Preparations The simplest and most costeffective method of adding more medicinal herbs in your life is to purchase bulk loose leaf herbs and prepare them in a hot tea, sip, enjoy, and repeat throughout the day. Though simple and easy, this
method often requires regular, long-term use for maximum results. In some cases, beneficial herbs can be added into food to either mask or enhance flavor. Supplements are a great choice for ease of delivery and standardization, though they can be processed much further away from its natural state. Tinctures and extracts are a more potent and concentrated form of herbal remedies and should always be mixed with water. Yes, we have tinctures and extracts in herbal medicine too. Chicken or the egg? No idea, but I do know that herbal medicine had its roots in tinctures long before cannabis did.
Wellness While many of us are aware of the tools and changes we need to improve our health, we often overlook our wellbeing. To evaluate wellness, we must assess the quality of our behaviors, attitudes, and emotional status. Here are some life-enhancing and proactive ways to stay open, calm, and balanced.
Strengthen the mind Stabilize negative thoughts using gratitude exercises or simply journaling to write about the things you appreciate as well as your goals and dreams for the
future. Feel empowered by taking action on one of those ideas by attending a webinar, learning via online class, or watching a YouTube channel. The nature cure includes physically being outside with plants, this includes working on your garden, planting spring seeds, or going for an unpopulated hike or bike ride. Listen to life-enhancing or thoughtful podcasts as you cook a healthy plant-heavy meal loaded with fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, seeds, and nuts. Move your body through yoga, stretching, at-home workouts, or any activity you have been wanting to try to get that energy flowing.
Relax the body If you still have not tried to meditate yet, this is a great opportunity to learn how to clear your mind and find some peace, even for a moment. Learn some breathing exercises and practice them when you are feeling overwhelmed. I recommend Wim Hoff, he is the guy. Diffuse some relaxing essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, etc., light some
candles, curl up in your cozies and read an imaginative book. Draw a hot bath, add a CBD bath soak or 5 drops of your favorite essential oil, light a joint or eat edibles, drink some tea, turn on some relaxing music or an inspiring podcast, and enjoy some hydrotherapy. Get some damn sleep and/ or at least try to create a solid bedtime routine. During difficult times, herbs and supplements should only be viewed as assistance. No matter what method you decide to integrate, make sure you put in a call to your doctor prior to starting any new health regimen. To reinstate, therapy hardly ever consists of just one drug or procedure. To get the most out of any therapy, try a variety of approaches for at least a month, then figure out what works for you and your situation.
then figure out what works for you and your situation. Also, this information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Alixandra Laub M.S. is on a mission to connect people to plant medicine as an herbalist, wellness coach, essential oil distiller, and a manufacturer of topical herbal remedies. If you are interested in learning more about healing hacks, natural wellness, or plants
and cannabis, stop by www. TahoePetrichor.com or TahoePetrichor on FB & IG. References: Hoffmann, D. (2003). Medical herbalism: the science and practice of herbal medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press. Yance, D. (2013). Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.
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Infinity Plus One “Last night, and the night before, Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers knocking at my door. Want to go out, don’t know if I can, ‘cause I’m so afraid of the Tommyknocker Man.” The Tommyknockers, by Stephen King
Am I frightened? Nervous? Anxious? Is my daily marijuana consumption increasing exponentially? Well, no, no, no and maybe.
Well, well, well! Just when we thought that things in the US couldn't get any more exciting! It seems like just a month or two ago I was creating World War 3 musical playlists and reviewing popular war movies, and what the hell am I doing now? For this month, I was preparing to discuss a few of my favorite war novels and memoirs, and all of a sudden I am quarantined/embedded in my living room, and am looking to be here for the next several weeks. I repeat: just when we thought that things couldn't get any more exciting, they do. Back in December, nobody outside of Wuhan, China had ever heard of the Covid - 19 virus. Now, I defy you to log into any news site anywhere and not find at least half of the articles on the page dedicated to this nasty virus which is tormenting us all. A brand new virus shows up, one which humans currently have no antibodies against, and slowly but surely begins modifying society. Right around 935 BC, King Solomon wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes, where he stated “There is nothing new under the Sun.” As a veteran marijuana smoker, I can truthfully say man, that's deep! Old Solomon definitely hit that nail on the head. Oh, there have been other pandemics before, most popularly the Black Death, the Asian flu, H1N1, and Country and Western music, to name a few. Canada, for that matter. Okay, Maybe Canada doesn't belong on the list. They are not a pandemic, just kind of annoying.
Truthfully, I find the whole illness portion of the pandemic kind of boring. What I am increasingly finding fascinating is the way stress is manifesting itself upon our society. What do I mean? Well, when was the last time that you were able to go into a neighborhood store buy toilet paper? Hand sanitizer? How about pasta, rice or beans? Gun stores across the country are selling out on a daily basis. On some level or other, I kind of understand this behavior. People are afraid and people who are afraid cannot always be counted upon to act wisely. I have
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long said that tough people do not scare me. Tough people are tough because they have to be. I am deathly afraid of stupid people. Stupid people can never be counted upon to do the rational thing in any type of high-stress situation. Because, you know, they are stupid. Total disclosure: I am one of those people that the news and other outlets keep discussing who could best be described as immune-compromised. I just finished the second course of a drug that is designed to take my immune system down to pretty much nothing. I've discussed this before; I have multiple sclerosis, symptoms of which are caused by my immune system attacking and feasting upon my central nervous system. Contemporary medical strategy on the subject is to just beat that immune system right the hell down so it will stop digesting essential parts of my body. Sounds like a plan, right? Oopsie! Where am I going with this? Well, if anybody should be nervous about this virus, it is probably me. Am I frightened? Nervous? Anxious? Is my daily marijuana consumption increasing exponentially? Well, no, no, no and maybe. You see, I have a rather unique (or maybe not) method of dealing with shit over which I have no control. Fuck it. Fuck it until it has tears streaming down its face. I am keeping myself quarantined/ isolated. My kids are all mostly staying indoors and maintaining social distance when out. I use hand sanitizer for almost everything except an enema (enjoy that mental image, folks). If I get sick, fuck it. I tried! In the above-quoted book “The Tommyknockers”, an ancient alien craft is found buried under a town called Haven, and the results of the intergalactic craft excavation certainly do a number on the town inhabitants. It is a story of hysteria and forced change, as well as being quarantined. Change starts small, until it takes over the world. You know, like the novel coronavirus! One last unsettling thought: were this story by Tom Clancy instead of Stephen King, biological warfare would be used to prepare our country for invasion. The good news is that any country that could even remotely land upon our shores is also so afflicted with this virus that they would be unlikely to be able to muster a sufficient invading force. So there’s that.
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Dear Mary Jane, I don’t know about you, but I am ENTIRELY freaked out about this whole COVID thing that is sweeping our country like a bad dream! Casinos are just now beginning to open but have many restrictions. Some restaurants are open. Schools are closed. I personally have enough money set aside to get me through this whole thing, but it gets mighty boring sitting around my house all by myself, all day long. What are you doing to help time pass? Bored. Bored. Bored.
My dearest Bored, So you are bored, are you? I have always felt that you can tell a great deal about a person by how they use their down time. Boredom seems to be one of the bigger downsides of contemporary society anymore, pandemic lockdown or otherwise. Technology has provided us with more free time and time to engage in self development than ever before in history. Do you know what people did with their free time 100 years ago? Trick question! They were planting, picking or canning vegetables. They were chasing horses and riding cows. They were just trying to survive. In agrarian times, winter was always the time for rest, as there weren’t crops to tend to or anything like that. After feeding, watering, and taking care of their livestock and repairing and maintaining the physical grounds, that extra three hours a day was theirs to do with as they pleased! Given this current biological nonsense, the pendulum for many people today has swung far, far to the other side; given our current lockdown status, lots of people (much like yourself) are getting desperate about shit to do. For me, it is surprisingly easy to keep myself quarantined. I always keep a nice supply of buds and assorted other goodies set aside; I am not one of these dumbasses out buying hundreds of rolls of toilet paper, either. While we are on the subject, if you, dear reader, are one of these infamous toilet paper hoarders, I say the following: what the fuck is wrong with you? Stocking up on water, I get.
Laying in a supply of hand sanitizer, I understand, although I
haven’t seen a container of hand sanitizer for sale in a local retail outlet for quite some time. Believe it or not, you are not the only person who needs the necessities of life. Asshole. As I alluded to earlier, how you use your free time defines the measure of who you are. Sure, you can binge “Home Improvement” or Bill Bixby in “The Incredible Hulk”. The next level up might be reading a book, real or digital, or perhaps downloading some new music. The next evolution gets a bit cerebral: trying to create something where nothing had previously existed. “Like what, Aunt Maryjane?” Cook something. Draw something. WRITE something, you shameless bag of atrophy! Have you ever drawn a self portrait? Have you ever written a letter to your child for his or her 40th birthday? SURE the kid is only 12 now, but think of how the world will have changed in 28 years! Ask if he or she rides a rocket sled to work! Give yourself a tattoo, for heaven's sake! Here is your bottom line: we really don’t know much at all about this disease. As such, the lower our likelihood of getting infected, the better. Being lonely and bored sucks, but beating this disease down to the ground is Job One right now. Put another way, suck it up, cupcake. This too shall pass.
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A SoCal Beach Girl’s Memoir of Sun, Fun & Skin Cancer Since using cannabis oil to put breast cancer into remission in 2012, I’ve used myself as a lab rat, so to speak, in treating myriad ailments and disorders ever since, sharing my success stories of healing via essays in magazines around the world.
BY SHARON lETTS
tans darker, not protect from the sun. This was the lotion and mentality I grew up with.
In the past eight years or more I’ve also interviewed hundreds of cannabis patients, and written hundreds of patient profiles, detailing success stories of the plant treating numerous conditions.
We also used the petroleum byproduct of baby oil with a little iodine and cinnamon mixed in. Don’t ask me why. I remember one friend using a stick of margarine, then purposefully “laying out” for hours under the hot sun – as we all did. I have a photo of me and a friend from school sun bathing on my rooftop in Redondo Beach.
But, one subject I have not written of are my own struggles with myriad skin cancers over the years. Reason being, they continue to be on-going with no resolution in sight.
Over the years I’d use sunscreen, wear a hat regularly, and stopped purposefully laying in the sun to get a tan. Yet, the cancers keep coming.
The good news is, a daily protocol of cannabis and other beneficial plants have helped me keep the cancers and skin tags at bay – including the biopsied and diagnosed spots of melanoma.
Cancer, says the American Cancer Association, is now considered a part of old-age. No getting around it.
Tanning vs. Protecting
Having grown up on the beach in Southern California in the 60s and 70s, and then making my living as a flower gardener for nearly 20 years, skin cancer is no stranger to this sun worshiper. I began having “sun spots” removed in my 30s. Sunscreen was initially developed by World War II Airman, Benjamin Green in 1944, to protect soldiers from the hot Pacific sun, but it was more of a goop than a lotion. Post war, Green became a pharmacist and kept tinkering until it became what we knew as Coppertone Tanning Lotion. Marketed to make
Antioxidant Plants & Skin Cancer
After successfully using cannabis oil to put the breast cancer into remission, my doctor was open to working with me on the many skin cancers popping up regularly around my body. In a stickfigure graph, she marked the location of 14 spots of concern, with two of them biopsied. One small area was presenting on my forehead, first as a large pour – common in menopause, which I was going through – then, as a blackhead, then turned into an obvious cancer spot. It tested malignant, as a melanoma. The other spot, located on my leg, mirrored another close by. My doctor removed one in her office, and we agreed I’d treat the other one – along with the 12 other spots, with cannabis oil. The spot on my forehead went away within the first six months, then kept at bay with cannabis oil for more than four years, rearing its ugly head again this past year. I assumed I may be tolerant to the cannabis oil, taken for the past six or seven years at that point, and switched to another antioxidant oil of chamomile, made in the same way (alcohol reduction, recipe on my website under Apothecary). Amazingly, after applying the chamomile concentrate, in just a few days, three white, irregularly shaped pieces of gristle popped out of the sore, then sealed and healed. This not only confirmed that chamomile is a viable treatment for cancer, but that I probably needed to switch up on the plants used, assuming
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a tolerance issue. Footnote: Per a laboratory study, chamomile showed a 93 percent success rate in causing cancer cell death. https://pubs. acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf071953k A quick search of tolerance to remedies online turns up with many articles and studies regarding pharmaceuticals, but herbalist sites claim the same. Our bodies become tolerant to ongoing consistent dosing of plant-based remedies, just as they do to pharmaceuticals, where dosages are commonly increased regularly. Since coming to this realization, I’ve tried numerous changes to the oil used to treat the cancer on my forehead topically, as well as added other plants with anti-oxidant properties to the oil and tinctures I ingest. The list of antioxidant plants used include cannabis, hemp with a high CBD, chamomile, guanabana, moringa, citrine – a high vitamin C concentrate, and Frankincense extract from Doterra. So far, the various combinations have kept cancers at bay, with no sign of the toughest spots disappearing altogether. I must persist, though, as a dermatologist recently informed, if she removed the growth on my forehead that appears to be skin deep only, one of my eyebrows will be stitched up into an inquisitive position forever. As for the growth on my leg, the one I treated with cannabis oil stayed flat and pale for the past seven years, while the one my doctor cut out in the office returned with a vengeance this past year. I had it frozen off in my dermatologist’s office, and am now using a mix of high antioxidant plants in a salve to treat it. Sadly, it seems to be growing back again quickly. What this showed me was when they are cut out, they may return bigger and worse than they were initially, and that some kind of maintenance is needed on the spot to keep it from coming back.
Aftercare vs. Store Bought Sunscreen
After reading reports that most retail sunscreens contain carcinogenic compounds that seep into the skin with prolonged use, I stopped using them. The sunscreen maker’s response wasn’t inspiring to continue either, as in its initial press conference after this information was leaked, revealed they said they were unaware if the lotion actually soaks into the bloodstream. Yet, the Federal Drug Agency (FDA) approved the lotion all these years ago without this knowledge. For the past several years I’ve practiced aftercare to keep skin cancers at bay, making my own topical salves for use before and after sun exposure. I’ve also continued to ingest cannabis oil, preventing cancer and illness from the inside out. With all the success I’ve had in using cannabis and other plants
for myriad ailments and disorders, the skin cancers have been the most frustrating to deal with. And while I honestly don’t feel I’ll ever be skin cancer-free, my hope is that I can continue to lessen the severity. So far, so good.
Sharon’s Daily Dose of Skin Cancer Prevention
I add this strong oil to my body and face lotions, and I also apply it directly to cancer spots and skin tags. This same oil can be used in wound care (see Daily Dose on serious wound care).
Cannabis Oil (alcohol reduction)
Ingredients: -4 cups ground plant material (small buds, stem and leaf – whole plant) -1 liter grain alcohol (high proof, 90 percentile) Process: Cover the ground plant material with the solvent, and let soak for up to five minutes.* Strain in a fine mesh or sheet and pout into a rice cooker, set it to warm, leave the lid open. It should take between three to four hours to cook down. There may be plant matter in brown chunks, do not use this. Tilt the rice cooker insert to pool the oil, and carefully uptake from the clear liquid. You will have a thick, brown resin remaining. These are the essential oils of the plant, where the medicine is. Just prior to the final reduction, add two tablespoons of coconut oil to the mix. This will keep it from burning (ruining the medicine). Adding coconut is also a good delivery into the blood stream. I take a whiff of the mixture, as you can smell the alcohol if it hasn’t cooked off. With the coconut in there, it can sit a bit to make sure the alcohol has completely evaporated. Using a measured pipette, using a capsule holder, fill caps with 1 milliliter of the mixture. If there is any alcohol (or water from weak solvent) in the mix, the capsule will melt. Test by filling one up and checking. Keep in the refrigerator to solidify and keep fresh. This essential oil is precious, use it in a timely manner for freshness and efficacy.
Option This mixture can also be made into suppositories. The capsules will test in the 80 percentile or stronger for tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive compound. Using suppositories causes no head high, bypassing the liver, going directly to the bloodstream for healing. Adding one tablespoon of coconut butter will make a stronger suppository, as the coconut oil on its own melts quickly. Hack Sharon uses a silicone cake pan for the final reduction in the rice cooker, as the oil is sticky and there's less oil wasted and remaining with the non-stick pan. At one cup or less, transfer the liquid to a glass measuring cup with a pour spout. Wipe down the rice cooker insert, insert the silicone pan, and carefully pour the liquid back into the pan and cooker. Continue reducing until alcohol is gone. For more recipes visit Sharonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website under Apothecary www. sharonletts.com Follow Sharon on Instragram @sharoneletts Follow Sharonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen Apothecary page on Facebook, Daily Dose on Pinterest.
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BY deborah costella
A Summer Picnic She entered the kitchen armed and dangerous. Chef’s jacket slightly yellowed from years of wear, a long 4-way, bistro apron cinched tightly around her waist. Setting her knife bag on the counter, she scanned her surroundings. Though experience was on her side, butterflies flitted to and fro in the depths of her stomach. The kitchen was clean but scant. A one-quarter cup for measuring sat nestled inside the one cup. Next to them, a small ring with a dented teaspoon and a one-eighth teaspoon attached. The pair appeared forlorn at the loss of their companions. A mish-mash of cookware, stacked on stainless racks, gleamed as though they were the pride of the room. The dishwasher wore a sign declaring it was temporarily out of service. Watery drips of black marker made it look like a Picasso watercolor done during darker days. Layers of tape indicated whoever made the sign had their own definition of “temporary.” Clearly, she would be washing dishes by hand in the three sinks. She looked down hoping, but not expecting, to see drain-plugs. They were there. Deanna took a deep breath, both to calm her nerves and to better discern the foul scent permeating the air. Then she recognized it; lavender Fabuloso. Do all government facilities use the same product to clean and sanitize their kitchens? Deanna funneled her nerves into action and got to work preparing for class. She had a job to do and those butterflies always served her well when it came time to focus. She had one hour to set up the dining room, a hodge-podge of tables and mismatched chairs and open kitchen for her group of thirty. Deanna had been teaching cooking classes for well over fifteen years but this particular group mattered. Aged fourteen to twenty-three, a mixture of men and women, varied backgrounds, ethnicities, and personal stories. But they all had one thing in common; they were homeless. These were the lucky ones. Arrested for crimes ranging from petty theft to armed robbery, drug use and/or sales to being picked up for prostitution, or miraculously rescued from being trafficked themselves. Each of these children had been assigned a liaison. One who talked, wrote reports, and jumped through enough legal hoops to keep them out of detention centers and instead placed here. The dilapidated and faded green apartment complex, once home to low-income families had been vacated years ago due to lack of working facilities, due to lack of money, due to lack of income. It wasn’t until some city official decided this was the perfect place to house thirty-six of the city’s more than 2,400 unaccompanied youth that a contracting company was hired to patch things up just enough to pass mere glancing inspections. Each apartment held two sets of bunk-beds. Kitchen facilities
were torn out and replaced with closets and space designated for desks. Close-circuit cameras were in every room. The once-office and recreation room was now the common room for group meetings, commissary and a couple of offices for staff. The original layout included a courtyard. Only a few trees and shrubbery survived the years of neglect, but gleefully embraced the addition of basketball hoops, volleyball net and picnic tables with attached benches. A chain-link fence encased the entire building and grounds. It was locked after nine p.m., a reminder to residents and visitors that while this was a home, it was also a facility reinforced with a staff that wore badges. To many of the young people who lived there, it was the most well-furnished and comfortable residence they had been in for years. For some; ever. Deanna had been hired as part of a life-skills education program. After spending five years teaching basic nutrition and cooking to elementary school children and parents, under a grant for Title One schools, the money ran out. She was unexpectedly approached by an on-staff police officer about the possibility of working with older children. “A tough crowd,” he had said, “But worth every minute of it.” It was an easy sell and the officer knew it. Deanna had demonstrated her instinct to do more with her life than just cook for the wealthy and privileged. Working as a personal chef and cooking instructor for celebrities, politicians and the like, fueled her bank account but not her spirit. Several weeks after speaking with the officer, Deanna was sitting on a badly torn faux leather chair, wishing she had dressed in jeans instead of a skirt. It was, after all, an interview and she wanted to look professional, but her legs stuck to the seat and the open rips scratched the back of her sweaty thighs. She didn’t smell any Fabuloso but did discern the musky scent of Marijuana wafting in from outside. I’m sure that’s not allowed here. Days later, Deanna had the opportunity to meet the staff and a few residents. It didn’t take long for her to figure out this gig was about more than just teaching the basics of nutrition and cooking. For that first meeting, she decided not to wear her chef’s jacket and apron, opting instead to wear jeans and t-shirt. She wanted to blend in but realized she had made another apparel mistake. Few took her seriously, some even walked out, only to be called back by head counselor, Mr. Bill. Turning around then plopping down with slumped shoulders they lowered their heads or pulled down their baseball caps. “Take your hats off in here,” demanded Mr. Bill. Deanna squirmed. Great, now they’ll associate me with getting in trouble. Her second visit, she dressed the part, noting her chef’s uniform seemed to heighten their interest, if not respect. Questions
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were asked and answered on both sides. Who were some of the famous people she cooked for? Bill Cosby, Celine Dion and David Copperfield. How many of you helped cook when you were kids? Maybe a fourth of the hands went up. What was the fanciest meal she’d ever prepared? None were familiar with beef wellington served with a cognac compound butter. Had she ever met any celebrity chefs? Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis and Ina Garten. Another show of drooping shoulders. They were more interested in Cannabis chefs Jessica Catalano and Mindy Segal. Two wondered why she hadn’t met The Iron Chef. As the meeting continued, Deanna realized she was sitting so far forward, hands tucked beneath her legs she nearly fell off the chair. The culinary experience and knowledge these young people possessed was as minimal as a Karesansui Garden; a very dry landscape. Few had ever made Rice Krispie Treats or baked brownies as children. Cookies were done by scooping spoonfuls from a cylinder of dough onto battered cookie sheets, a few spoonfuls going directly into their mouths. Her inquiries about less common produce; fiddleheads, dragon fruit, rutabagas were answered with tilted heads and furrowed brows. Iceberg lettuce and tomatoes were what made up a salad. Soup was freeze-dried noodles with a MSG packet then heated with hot water from a faucet. She asked about the pounds of oatmeal she’d seen in the pantry. “Oh, they keep donating that shit. It sits there for months because we don’t have any sugar, white or brown to sweeten it with,” explained a young man who called himself Wolf. Wolf – the Medicine Animal with the ability to lead and teach. None knew they could simply cook down a can of fruit and create a tasty compote for topping. This prompted Deanna to ask who was familiar with other ways of adding flavor to food. “You mean, kick it up a notch,” interjected one of the girls who had raised her hand when asked about helping in the kitchen. Besides sweeteners; agave, honey or fruit, Deanna asked what they knew about herbs and spices. Suddenly there was a shift in the room, a swirling breeze of knowing. Every resident sat up, eyes wide and talking all at once, told her about their “secret garden.” The garden, hidden behind the very building they were meeting in, was an arrangement of raised beds and two small greenhouses. A smattering of beds displayed flowers the rest were filled with vegetables, aromatics and herbs. The greenhouses held Cannabis plants. That’s what that smell was the day of my interview. They must have been harvesting. Because so many of the residents were coping with chronic pain from gunshot wounds, physical abuse and the wear and tear of living life on the
streets, they were now under a doctor’s care. With valid Medical Marijuana cards, many were prescribed Cannabis to cope with their pain. Others used the herb to ease themselves off harmful addictions or deal with anxiety-based conditions. Deanna used restraint, though she ached to know each individual story; how they survived living through difficulties she could only imagine, as vulnerable, homeless children. She moved the conversation along. Their secret garden was a positive, she’d build on that. She asked about favorite food memories. Every hand in the room shot up. And every memory shared was one of family or friends gathered outside around a barbeque or on a blanket. Picnics; their first cooking experience with me will be a picnic. “Tomorrow is our first cooking class. We’ll start by harvesting everything we can from your garden, move to the kitchen for preparation and end in the garden with a picnic,” Deanna declared. “Everything?” asked Wolf. “Yes, everything,” Deanna smiled.
Cosmic Muffin Cafe's Garden Gazpacho Ingredients: 6 - 8 ripe tomatoes – peeled, seeded and chopped or 1 28-oz can of whole tomatoes 4 scallions – chopped 2 celery stalks – chopped 1 hothouse cucumber – diced 3 cleaned carrots – sliced with potato slices 2 cups Infused vegetable juice (V-8)* 3 cups Infused vegetable or beef stock* 4 Tbsp white wine vinegar 2 Tbsp Infused olive oil* Salt/pepper to taste 1 Tbsp basil - chiffonade 3 cloves garlic – minced Condiments: diced avocado, lime wedges, pistachios, sunflower seeds, croutons Process: In large glass or stoneware mixing bowl combine all ingredients except condiments. Cover. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. When ready to serve; ladle into bowls and accompany with condiments. Serves 6 – 8. *Infusions may be THC tinctures or CBD isolate
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Summer at Wildflower
High everyone! I’m so glad to be back writing another article for my fellow stoners. Hope you all used your downtime wisely. It has been a very unique time for me as I have been filming television shows and getting involved with some phenomenal opportunities, one being able to film at The Swag House Studios right here in Las Vegas. Check me out on The Chef Piero Show Episode #2 and Naked Sushi By CannaBushi through the vuuzle.tv app, Roku or online. I hope all of you and your families have been safe during this quarantine. Now that we have survived one of the most historical world events in our lives…..let’s eat! Since it is now summertime, let’s fire up all those BBQ’s, blunts and good cigars. I recently did a video creating this “herbal” chicken recipe. And, this month I also added something else we love, street tacos. A staple on Tuesdays at Wildflower Social Quarters Private Club. All with the added twist of being infused…. I’m ready, are you? Because it’s time to get social and stoned. Yeah!
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INGREDIENTS 1 cup water 1 cup CannaBushi sushi vinegar 1 cup apple cider vinegar (infused)
½ cup white vinegar 1 T. sesame oil 1 T. Sriracha sauce ½ T. garlic powder ½ T. onion powder ½ T. infused salt ½ T. garlic pepper ¼ T. thyme ⅛ cannabis trim ground (kinda like oregano) DIRECTIONS Make sure to mix all your ingredients minus the Sriracha sauce and ground trim. Keep a cup to the side for later. In a big container, take your chicken
legs, place inside a mixing bowl and pour your marinade. Use both your hands and mix the ingredients together. Keep the chicken in the marinade for 20 minutes and fire up the grill. Place the chicken on your preheated grill and cook until done. Using the marinade as a basting sauce per say until almost cooked. After letting the chicken cook completely, use the ground cannabis and Sriracha sauce with the marinade you left to the side earlier. Baste the chicken with the glaze and enjoy. Don’t forget to check out my video on Facebook if you have any questions.
Wildflower Social Quarters Tacos INGREDIENTS: 1 pk. flour or corn tortillas 3 oz. WSQ infused adobo chicken 6 oz. WSQ infused spicy beef shredded cheddar cheese fresh infused salsa cilantro tomatoes onions
DIRECTIONS Lightly oil and cook your tortillas. Place on a plate with a side of infused salsa. Grab your tortillas and sweep a little infused
coconut oil on there, for “flavor”. Fill them with your WSQ infused chicken and WSQ infused spicy beef while topping those bad boys with your freshly diced tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Don’t forget the cheese. Just like that we have some of the best infused tacos in Las Vegas!
I hope you guys enjoyed these two summer recipes. Be sure to check out my video on how to cook the BBQ chicken on Facebook. 2020 for me has been nothing but thankful and grateful. I really enjoy the blessings coming into my life and I want you all to know that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Chase your dreams! If you have any questions about the Wildflower Tacos…..maybe stop by the club and say high! And maybe,I might just answer those questions and feed you some phenomenal food. Cannabis Chris here saying thank you and THAT’S HOW I ROLL! FOLLOW CHEF CHRIS RODARTE: Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: @CannaBushi Online: cannabushi.com Photo of Chris Rodarte by: Andrew "Druski" Hatcher Jr. - Photos By Druski Photo of food by: Chris Rodarte
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MARKETING Why Workshop Branding & Marketing 4080 East Post Rd. C-1 Las Vegas, NV 89120 (702) 334-0058
PATIENT SUPPORT WECAN: Wellness Education Cannabis Advocates of Nevada WeCan702.org, facebook.com/wecan702, meetup.com/wecan702 Compassion Nevada Consulting 2800 S. Highland Dr (702) 506-6379, facebook.com/ CompassionNevada Consulting HIV/AIDS Health Education Golden Rainbow (702) 384-2899, goldenrainbow.org Cannabis Dining Club meetup.com/Las-Vegas-Cannabis-Dining-Club/
PHOTOGRAPHY Talbot Snow Photography & Video 2970 Galit Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89121 (702) 534-8649 TalbotSnow.com DJSnowmanLV.com
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SMOKE SHOPS Still Smoking 2605 S. Decatur, #107, Las Vegas, (702) 227-3021 Gorilla Radio 4225 S. Eastern, #5, Las Vegas, (702) 818-4400 Cloud Wars 4130 S. Sandhill Rd, #A-9, Las Vegas & 5105 S. Ft. Apache, #D115, Las Vegas