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The first issue of Vegas Cannabis Magazine was published October 2014 with the intention of bringing medical cannabis awareness to Southern Nevada. Just over two years later, with thousands of loyal readers, we decided it was time to bring a personalized publication to the patients of Northern Nevada. This first issue of Tahoe Cannabis Magazine is small, but each month we will add additional pages full of cannabis-related content and advertisements from cannabis-friendly businesses. Best of all, we are looking for locals in the Northern Nevada area to contribute content and keep us aprised of events and resources you would like to see included each month. We want your input! In this issue our publisher, Bill Shehan talks to "Big" John McCarthy about MMA, drug testing in sports, and his wife's battle with lupus. This issue also features a map of local dispensaries and a listing of patient as well as industry resources. As many of you are aware, with the new year, Nevada officially became an adult-use state. For now, and hopefully forever, patient rights are intact and unchanged. Please remember, it could be 6-12 months before we see our first recreational dispensary open. Until then, visiting a dispensary still requires a Nevada medical marijuana card. Those 21+, without a medical card are allowed to possess one ounce or less of cannabis or 3.5 grams of concentrate. Non-medical patients may also currently grow up to six plants. Public consumption is illegal for patients and non-patients alike - cannabis must be consumed on private property, out of public view. Wishing you all a safe and prosperous new year!

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F E AT U R E BIG JOHN MCCARTHY A Serious Conversation About Medical Marijuana BY BILL SHEHAN

“Big” John McCarthy has been a referee for the UFC since March 11,1994, and has played a major role in MMA. What an honor it was for me to speak with him about MMA, athletic drug testing and his wife's ongoing battle with lupus.

BILL S: I feel your biggest contribution to the sport was adding referee stoppages when a competitor cannot intelligently defend himself. That rule may have saved the sport altogether. Explain the importance of this rule, and the difficulty of knowing when to stop a fight or not. What helped


you form the idea to implement this rule? JOHN M: Back when I was asked to be the referee at UFC 2, I joked with a friend of mine about what my responsibilities were, which were not many. The only time I was supposed to stop or interfere with the fight was if the fighter tapped out, or if the corner threw in the towel. Other than that I was not supposed to do anything unless a foul occurred and there were only two of those being No Biting and No Eye Gouging.

When I refereed the first couple of fights I quickly

learned that there were going to be problems with being the referee. I realized that the fighters had talked to their corners and told them to never throw in the towel, so I was not going to be able to rely on the corner to protect their fighters and the fighters were getting hurt to the point where they didn’t have the mental or physical ability to tap after they had been hurt badly. I told the corners I was going to advise them when their fighters were hurt and I was going to advise them when to throw the towel. Well, like I said the corners were advised not to throw the towel by the fighters so I had no way of keeping the fighters safe. After the show I told Rorion Gracie that I was never going to do it again. He looked at me and asked why? He thought everything had gone really well. I looked at Rorion and told him that he was going to get someone seriously hurt with the restrictions he had on the referee and the stopping of the fight. I told him that I could not just stand in the cage and watch one fighter stomp the head of a defenseless

fighter while his corner stood there holding onto a towel because they were too stupid or afraid to do what was right. At that point I told him that I needed to have the power to stop the fight and I came up with the terminology “If a fighter cannot intelligently defend himself, I will stop the fight”. To this day we still use this as a standard for what we are looking at from the fighter to allow them to continue on in the fight. We tell the fighters in the back while going over fight rules and protocol that if they get hurt, we expect them to show us through their actions that they are okay. We want to see them move, fight back, get hold of their opponent etc. What we do not want to see is them starting to hide, putting both of their hands on one side of their head in an attempt to block the blows. We want to see that the fighter is intelligently defending himself or herself. BS: You used to work for

the LAPD, do you use any skills learned in police training in the Octagon?

JM: Things that I learned

from being a police officer have helped in being a bet-

BS: With concussions and

brain damage playing major roles on fighters' lives and families, what else can be done to help brain trauma and recovery?

JM: The understanding of

concussions and their severity is one of the big hurdles facing all combat or contact sports. We must do everything we can to educate the fighters about taking care of themselves not only in the cage, but in training as well. We need to do more to keep the fighters from getting dehydrated and carrying that condition into competition. We need to learn from studies concerning alternative medications that are less harmful to the fighters overall health and ones that actually help regenerate cell activity instead of impede it. Thanks to researchers like Professor Yosef Sarne of Tel Aviv University, we’ve discovered that cannabis may help prevent long term brain damage by administering THC before or shortly after the injury. In fact, Israel Defense Force (IDF) practitioners administer CBD or low-dose THC as a first-line of treatment to IDF soldiers. Is that something that could possibly help a fighter who has developed Traumatic Brain

Injury or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy? I don’t know for sure, but why in the world would we not explore the possibility? BS: The UFC has a 50

nanogram limit on THC; do you anticipate the UFC ever lifting their ban on THC for medical purposes?

JM: Well, the UFC doesn’t

test fighters. The UFC uses USADA as the organization that checks and tests fighters under contract to the UFC. USADA does have a 50 nanogram limit on THC during in-competition hours. Those hours are 12 hours each side of the fighters competition time. There is no limit on THC in what is called out of competition testing. If you test positive for 300 nanograms of THC during a test that is outside of in-competition testing, you will not be penalized by USADA. What they are saying is, we don’t want fighters under the influence of THC during the actual fight. They are not saying that they think THC is performance enhancing, what they are saying is they don’t want a fighter under the influence of THC because it could possibly slow his reactions or instincts which could possibly endanger that fighter who has THC in their system.

BS: Many MMA fighters as

well as other professional athletes have obtained a doctor's recommendation to utilize and possess medical cannabis. Should fighters be able to choose cannabis over addicting pills and traditional Dark Age medicines?

JM: I think every athlete

under the care of a physician should be able to

discuss with their physician what type of medication is best for their particular style of life and ailments. I think it is silly to say that marijuana is a dangerous drug while opiates and opioids are being used all the time and under medical supervision are considered safe. Any medication can have side effects, but we should always be open to finding better ways to handle some of the aches, pains and problems that come with pushing your body to the point of it breaking down. I can remember commercials from when I was a kid that talked about all of the health benefits associated with smoking cigarettes. Is that what we say today? We should always be striving to learn and evolve. We should never hold onto old and outdated

methods just because that’s the way we did it then. BS: Fighters are extremely

conscious of what they put in their bodies. Jon Fitch once told me that he uses cannabis to recover, and as a dietary supplement to induce hunger and get the calories he needs. Many professional athletes use medical cannabis as an alternative to addicting and liver-damaging pills. It’s time that Joe Rogan uses his passion and understanding of cannabis to help change the minds around him. It’s time to acknowledge this plant, not as a substance of abuse, but rather, as a useful medicine. The UFC should #standupforcannabis the way they support Budweiser, change this rule today. What is your opinion on cannabis as it relates to

ter referee. I learned that you do what is right for the sport and for the fighters no matter what. I learned that there is a thing called the letter of the law and another called the spirit of the law. Many times those two things don’t coincide either in the street as a police officer or in the cage as a referee, but you need to always go about doing what is right for the sport and the fighters.


When you tell people that you use marijuana to treat your illness, right away they get this look like “Oh you just like to get high!” fighting? JM: Well, lets make one

thing clear. I have never ingested cannabis. Growing up, my father was against it and I have had asthma my whole life so I wasn’t big on inhaling anything into my lungs. So, I don’t have any type of personal experience to say yes or no. But my personal opinion on marijuana as a Performance Enhancing Drug for fighting is absolutely not!!! I think the problem with marijuana when it comes to fighting is it can reduce your abilities, slow you down, diminish your reflexes, which in essence makes it more dangerous for the fighter ingesting the marijuana.

BS: Even though you have

never been interested in marijuana yourself, your wife Elaine has found medical cannabis to effectively treat the symptoms of lupus. How long has she been using medical cannabis to her benefit?

JM: She started using


cannabis to help her lupus in 2016, so it has not been a long time, but we can really see how it makes a difference with her headaches and her fatigue. I want to be very clear, my wife doesn’t use cannabis in a recreational form. She has a serious disease and uses cannabis as a medicine to assist her in living as normal a life as possible. That is the thing that is crazy about

this. When you tell people that you use marijuana to treat your illness, right away they get this look like “Oh you just like to get high!” That is the last thing people like my wife are doing. All they are doing is trying to live a normal life and thank God there is something out there that actually helps them do that. BS: Diagnosing lupus is

difficult. How did she figure out what was going on?

JM: It actually took a

long time to get an official diagnosis of lupus from the doctor, probably about a year to a year and a half. She went through a ton of testing, but that was a godsend because during her testing we discovered that she had bladder cancer. Nobody wants to have lupus, but in a way my wife’s lupus helped us in discovering the cancer that she had. I am glad to say that she is cancer free now and our focus is on how to make her lupus less limiting.

BS: When was she diag-


JM: She was diagnosed with

lupus in 2014

BS: Damn, she spent the

first two years of her disease, with doctors practicing their pharmaceuticals, and offering nothing but possible side-effects. Is there any information you can offer those who need help identifying the symp-

toms of lupus? JM: Most people don’t truly

understand lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can damage any part of your body including the skin, joints, organs, the brain, and the eyes. Chronic means the symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often years. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is what helps fight off viruses, bacteria, and germs. In healthy people the immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from viruses and bacteria. When a person has lupus, their immune system cannot tell the difference between foreign invaders and their body’s healthy tissues, so they create autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body. Lupus is a disease of FLARES. You get a flare up and you feel ill. Then you have remissions where the symptoms improve and you feel better. Lupus can range from mild conditions like a rash, which can be only a small patch on one part of your body to life threatening ailments that shut down your vital organs. With good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life. So, if you have been having any of these symptoms please go to a doctor and start the process of see-

ing what you can do to live as normal a life as possible. BS: In addition to using

cannabis and conventional medicine, does Elaine follow a special diet?

JM: Yes, she does have to

be careful with what she eats and now has many food allergies. We figured out that gluten is very bad for her and causes headaches and possibly migraines. The Paleo Diet seems to be the diet that works best for her and her illness because what you are eating is natural or comes from the earth instead of having some company manufacture it or add preservatives to it.

BS: You created COM-

MAND to train and certify referees. How does someone go about becoming an amateur referee, and joining your program?

JM: I started the COM-

MAND program to give people wanting to be officials in MMA a head start. I wanted them to have a place they could go to that answered the questions that I didn’t have answered for me. When I started out there was nobody that I could go to as a mentor to help answer the questions of “What’s the best way to deal with this” or “How can I handle this better”. I had to learn on my own. I had to make a mistake and then figure out how the mistake was made, the proper way to handle the problem and

COMMAND was started because of my belief that we need quality officials if our sport is going to grow. I am smart enough to know that I cannot do every show and eventually I will retire and not officiate anymore and there needs to be quality people that are prepared to step up and take the sport to the next level. Unfortunately, I personally do not have a lot of time to do the course. I am booked just about every week of the year, usually for two shows, sometimes as many as four so finding the time to teach the course is always an obstacle. If someone is thinking about getting into MMA as an official they should go to for more information. BS: You are active on

Twitter. It's nice to see you answer every single #ASKBJM question. You have also spent some time commentating and broadcasting. Do you anticipate a career next to Joe Rogan at any point?

JM: The whole Twitter

thing is funny. I had no idea about Twitter for years and then I was told I had to get a Twitter account by a company I was working with. All of a sudden, people started asking questions on it and were making comments about the sport that were untrue or wrong and I wanted them to know what the right answer was. I started answering their questions, but the same question would be asked every week. I had a friend of mine who suggested I put a hashtag on the end of every answer so people could go back and see the answers to other people’s questions

and that’s how #AskBJM started. I try to answer as many questions as I can because I want people to be as informed and educated about MMA as possible. I think that an educated fan base is better for the sport. The one question I get on a daily basis that I don’t even try to answer anymore is “What’s the best fight you have ever officiated?” I try to tell people that picking one fight out of the thousands of fights I have done would be impossible and disrespectful to all of the amazing fights I have been lucky enough to have been part of. I will usually try to break things down by elaborating on the best fight I officiated this year, but that doesn’t seem to satisfy them. As far as broadcasting, I doubt you will ever see me sitting beside Joe Rogan. I have had fun doing some things, but there is a problem with Athletic Commissions and their officials doing interviews or doing broadcasting, so I try to keep it to a minimum. BS: What a privilege it

is to speak openly about cannabis with arguably the most recognized face in the MMA industry. Joe Rogan would be another awesome conversation. How do you like interacting with Joe? What do you think about his busy life?

JM: Joe Rogan is an

amazing guy. He is a super smart, very intelligent and intellectual person who is also an amazing athlete. I have nothing but respect for Joe and they way he goes about living his life. He also happens to be one of the funniest comedians you will ever see.

BS: What about Dana


JM: He is the greatest fight

promoter ever. He is a driven and fiercely loyal person who is incredibly generous to people around him, but don’t get on his bad side. Once he is pissed at you, it will take you a long time to turn that around, LOL. I really like Dana and I know the UFC would not be where it is today had Dana White not been a part of it.

BS: And, Art Davie? JM: Art Davie is the guy

who started it all. If it wasn’t for Art Davie and his dream, the UFC never would have happened. I owe Art for starting what has become the sport that I love, the sport that I have had an impact on, and the sport that has given me a second career. This sport that has given so much to my life and allowed me to go places and see things I never would have seen had it not been for MMA. MMA is different today than what Art started 23 years ago, but there has to be a beginning and Art was the one that made that happen. There are a lot of pretenders out there saying that they started the UFC, or they are the Co-founder of the UFC. All I can say about that is if it wasn’t for Art Davie, there never would have been a UFC.

BS: No “Big” John McCa-

rthy either, Art coined his nickname…

BS: What about Steve


JM: Wow that’s a name

from the past. Steve was a really good Kickboxer out of

One Kick Nicks gym in Las Vegas. I only refereed Steve once or twice but he was a really explosive fighter who had 3 great fights against Brian Stann. In fact, he won the WEC Light Heavyweight Title when he beat Brian. I have not seen Steve for a long time, but I really hope he is doing well. BS: Steve is now the master

grower for Green Life Productions, here in Pahrump, NV.

BS: Any last words? JM: I just hope that every-

one out there understands that we are all the same, but we are also different. What works for one person might not work for another. We must constantly strive to improve our QUALITY OF LIFE. I am the first person that thinks abuse of any kind is wrong. I know that seems funny coming from a guy that stands in a cage with two people beating the crap out of each other. But that is sport. Putting two skilled people against each other is competition. When you have one person that has skills, fighting another person that doesn’t, now you have an abusive situation. Nobody should abuse anything, be it alcohol, cannabis or even food. We all need to understand what our limits are, and know when we are ingesting more than our bodies need, but the craziness that has clouded the true medical benefits of cannabis needs to end. We need to embrace the fact that we have access to a natural product that can positively affect the lives of millions of people. What can be better than that?

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RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IN NEVADA What to Expect Now That Nevada Has Legalized Cannabis


Most of us in the cannabis industry watched with great joy as Question 2 was approved by Nevada voters during the November 2016 election. While cannabis still remains prohibited under federal law, the passage of Question 2 was a huge victory for cannabis reform in Nevada. Our state joins several others who have decided that adults are capable of making responsible choices when it comes to cannabis consumption. The following article will discuss some of we can expect now that Nevada has legalized recreational cannabis use. The good news is that starting on January 1, 2017, adults over the age of twenty-one will be allowed to possess up to one ounce


of usable cannabis and one eighth of an ounce of cannabis extract. Individuals who live greater than twenty-five miles from a retail marijuana store will be allowed to cultivate up to six cannabis plants in a closed locked area at their residence. The law also provides for a state licensed and highly regulated recreational cannabis industry similar to the current Nevada medical program. Like with the medical program, we can expect to see hundreds of jobs created by this new industry. There will also be a need for ancillary businesses who serve the cannabis industry such as realtors and contractors. Another bit of good news is that the passage of Question 2 did NOTHING to

The good news is that starting on January 1, 2017, adults over the age of twenty-one will be allowed to possess up to one ounce of usable cannabis and one eighth of an ounce of cannabis extract.

change the current medical program. Medical patients can continue to buy, grow, and use their medicine in accordance with existing state law. Unfortunately those eager to go out and buy recreational cannabis can expect to wait awhile. The law allows for the Nevada Department of Taxation to develop and adopt administrative regulations for the recreational cannabis industry. Although we already have a robust regulatory regime in place for the medical side of the industry, we expect that the Department of Taxation will take some time to finalize the regulations for the recreational industry. Therefore, we expect that it will be a long wait until

residents and visitors can legally buy cannabis from a retail store. In addition to the good things, we can expect 2017 to bring many of the same problems that cannabis users have been dealing with for years. Cannabis remains federally illegal for virtually any purpose. Cannabis businesses (and their employees) will still face difficulties with banking services. People will still get fired from their jobs for failing drug tests. People will still get evicted from their rental properties for using cannabis. People will still face difficulties with child custody, driving, firearms ownership, travel, etc. The passage of Question 2 was great, but until we have real cannabis reform at a federal level recreational and medical users of cannabis will still face serious legal issues. Derek J. Connor Esq. is the cofounder of Connor & Connor PLLC along with his wife, Amanda N. Connor Esq. Derek practices primarily in the areas of medical marijuana, civil litigation, business law and criminal defense.

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Cannabis Drug Interactions



With the passing of medical and/or recreational cannabis in 34 states plus the District of Columbia, more Americans than ever will have ready access to state-sanctioned cannabis. Many baby boomers, exposed to cannabis use in the 1960s, are taking prescription drugs for chronic diseases. However, now they are increasingly adding cannabis to treat diseases or chronic pain, or recreationally to relax and wind down. But before you take your next puff or consume your next edible, let's take a moment to see which prescription medications could really kill your buzz if you take them with cannabis. Both cannabis and prescription drugs, as well as foods and alcohol, are metabolized in the body by certain enzymes that make it easier to eliminate from the body. The exact combination of enzymes used to metabolize a drug or food is specific to each substance. And these substances can also keep other enzymes from working temporarily, or can temporarily speed up the activity of enzymes. When two medications, or a medication and a food, use the same enzymes to get out of the body, one or both of the substances will stay in the body longer and can have increased effects (including side effects). When one substance temporarily stops the

activity of an enzyme, the other substance will take longer to get out of the body, which may lead to increased effects (either wanted or unwanted). And when one substance speeds up the effects of the enzyme, it will lead to decreased amounts and effects of the other substance. Let's look at specific examples of drug interactions with cannabis Cannabis interactions with prescription medications include: Anti-seizure medications: increased effectiveness of these medications; lower doses of the anti-seizure medication may be required. Opiate pain medications (such as hydrocodone):

lower doses of the pain medication may be needed. Blood pressure medications: possible

increased dizziness due to additive effects. Certain antibiotics and antifungals: may decrease

THC and CBD elimination and increase their effects. Rifampin (another antibiotic): may speed up

the elimination of THC and CBD, decreasing their effects.

Cimetidine (an over-thecounter antacid): may

decrease THC elimination and increase THC effects.

Warfarin (a bloodthinner): increased effects

of warfarin and increased risk of bleeding.

Psychiatric medications (such as risperidone and

haloperidol): THC may

decrease levels of some antipsychotic medications, possibly requiring a decrease in dose. CBD may increase the effects of antidepressants, so lower doses of the antidepressant may be needed.

Medications that cause dizziness or drowsiness:

THC and CBD may increase these effects. So, if cannabis can possibly interact with all of these medications, what should you do? Here are a few tips: 1. Tell your healthcare

professionals that you also use cannabis. Medical professionals do not report your use to any authorities unless required by law (ie laws are broken associated with cannabis use). Trust me, they don't want to have to do all that paperwork. But they can watch out for drug interactions and side effects, and can adjust your medications as needed, or even choose an alternative medication that won't interact with your cannabis. And, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether a drug will interact with your cannabis before starting any new medication, including overthe-counter medicines or herbs. 2. Take your first dose (of the new drug or cannabis) at home, where you can monitor for adverse effects and possible reactions to your current medications. Nobody wants to get sick or feel bad when they are not at home. Record any unusual symptoms that you notice, including times and any contributing factors, such as tiredness or irritability, and report them to your doctor. 3. DON'T stop any medication

without first letting your doctor know. He or she may be able to help find a solution to any issue you may have (by changing doses, drugs, or even just the timing of your meds). If your doctor doesn't know you've stopped a medication, they may increase the dose, then wonder why it's still not working. Also, certain medications need to be weaned off to avoid withdrawal symptoms. 4. Seek additional care (doctor's visit, quick care, or emergency room) if you are having trouble breathing, are still having symptoms after attempts to treat yourself, or if symptoms are severe or life-threatening. However, if symptoms are generally mild, you can attempt to self treat or allow the symptoms to wear off at home as appropriate.

Cannabis is generally well-tolerated by most people, but can interact with a few prescription drugs. Knowing which medicines might interact with your cannabis, partnering with your healthcare professionals to ask how cannabis may affect your prescription medicines, and being aware of what effects to expect and how to treat them, will allow you to get the most out of your cannabis therapies. Doing a little work and asking a few questions will help to avoid killing your buzz.

Dr. Kit, Pharm. D, RPh is a licensed pharmacist and co-owner of Medigrow, a Nevada grow school.


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What's Good Pho You! Brrrrrrr. It's cold, and everyone’s getting sick and passing along the flu by sharing rigs, joints and bongs. I am just getting over this flu. There is only one food that jump starts health for me with fresh broth, herbs, THC, CBD and sweet spices. I think that it’s this large bowl of Vietnamese beef pho’ that did more for my well-being than any prescription or over-thecounter drugs. The great thing about beef pho is that you can make the broth, portion it and freeze it and have it ready in about as long as it takes to cook the rice noodles and infuse a little THC and CBD oil into MCT

and Sesame oil. The broth for beef pho is made by simmering different cuts of beef and oxtail with charred onion, ginger and sweet spices such as Saigon cinnamon, star anise, black cardamom, coriander seed, fennel seed, and clove. Terpene rich food, Vietnamese dishes are typically served with lots of greens and herbs to refresh and brighten the flavors and senses, this is no exception with its garnish of green onions, Thai basil, chili peppers, lime wedges, bean sprouts, fresh coriander and mint. Served with fork tender beef from the broth and some bone marrow to add an extra layer of richness to warm your soul.

COOKINGWITHWITH CANNABIS CHEF FRED Cannabis Infused Beef Pho Serves 6 (143mg THC, 16 mg CBD, Per serving)


For the Beef Broth: 1 large onion, halved 3 3-inch pieces fresh ginger 6 quarts water or chicken broth 4 1/2 lbs beef brisket, top round, cheeks or oxtail or a combination 6 garlic cloves 2 tablespoons pure cane sugar 1 tablespoon black peppercorn 1 tablespoon fish sauce 3 star anise 4 whole cloves 1 black cardamom pod 1/2 cinnamon stick 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds Sea salt


For the Beef Pho’: 2 tablespoons fish sauce 10 ounces rice noodles 2 1/2 cups bean sprouts white onion, finely sliced 1/4 cup fresh cilantro 1/4 cup mint leaves 1/2 cup Thai basil 4 green onions, sliced Thai bird chili, sliced 3 limes

Directions: For the Beef Broth: Heat a heavy pan or cast iron over high heat. Add the onion halves, cut side down and the ginger pieces and cook until well charred (black) on all sides. Fill a stock pot with 6 quarts of cold water or chicken broth, or a combination of both. Add the beef brisket, top round and/or oxtail and bring to a simmer. Skim and discard the foam that comes to the surface and add the charred onion, ginger, garlic, pure cane sugar, peppercorns, fish sauce, star anise, cloves, cardamom, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, and a large pinch of sea salt. Bring to a simmer. Cook for 2 1/2 hours, until the meat is fork tender. Turn off the heat and cool. Refrigerate overnight. Remove the beef from the broth, trim the fat and cut the meat into slices. Remove the fat from the broth, strain into a clean pot and bring to a simmer. Add fish sauce to taste. Season with salt and pepper. For the Beef Pho’: Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the rice noodles until tender. Drain and rinse the noodles. Divide the rice noodles among the bowls, add some of the meat, bean sprouts, onions, cilantro, mint, basil and scallions. Add some of the hot beef broth to each bowl and serve with lime wedges and sliced hot chilis. Float Infused MCT, THC, CBD and sesame oil evenly over all 6 finished bowls. * OIL - To make Infused MCT, THC,CBD sesame finishing oil combine 4 Tbsp MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil, 4 Tbsp sesame oil , and 1 gram fractionally distilled oil 86% THC 10% CBD

THE CONCENTRATE GAME An Introduction to Cannabis Concentrates


Essentially, a concentrate is just as the name implies, a concentrated form of the active ingredients of a given strain.

Kush was the indica, weighing in at almost 86% THC! So initially, I did a small dab of the Sage and Sour and almost immediately got a HUGE rush of the sativa dominance in the strain. It was kind of like drinking three cups of coffee, and chasing it with two Rockstars and a bar of Xanax, and then finishing it off with a Kahlua and Cream. It made me want to listen to a Game of Thrones audiobook while painting along to a Bob Ross video. For the sake of completeness, after about ten minutes, still feeling quite energized and buzzy from the Sage and Sour Honeycomb, I decided to try an

equally small piece of the Sin Valley Kush Rosin. In hindsight, I probably should have waited a bit longer between the two, but the combo, in the end, put in a VERY happy place. Long story short, (or actually long story, long at this point) even for someone who "thinks" they have a fairly comprehensive understanding on everything out there, start SMALL, because you can always use more, but you won't be able to use less. You don't want to find yourself binge watching Star Wars Clone Wars cartoons on Netflix until four in the morning, like I did. If you have a higher tolerance and want to mix a few concen-

trates, I found that the perfect recipe for me was a 40/60 blend of 60% THC CO2 extracted sativa Honeycomb, mixed with an 85% THC solvent-free indica Rosin. The two pair quite well together, and provide a very uplifted yet relaxing couple of hours. Stay tuned for my next article on concentrates, where I will cover the different concentrate terms such as wax, oil, shatter, honeycomb, cheese, rosin, and dabs, and let you know how the consistencies and potencies of each vary.

You may have recently visited a local dispensary and, if you have been out of the game for "a few years," you may have noticed that 80% of what's on "The Menu" is concentrates Essentially, a concentrate is just as the name implies, a concentrated form of the active ingredients of a given strain. Indica concentrates generally exhibit the same properties as indica flower and sativa concentrates usually exhibit sativa like qualities. The raw materials for a concentrate can range from leftover plant material, to the trimmed-off excess flower,, to pure flower tops or buds. Some concentrates are made from a “bud run� which uses only the very best part of the trimmed buds in turn producing the highest quality and potency for a concentrate. This almost always produces a higher flavor content, and active cannabinoid content. Cannabinoids are where the active compounds such as THC and CBD are derived from within the cannabis plant. So, how does one choose a concentrate? I myself had a recent "experience", from a Close Encounter of the Concentrate Kind, and let's just say it was certainly a humbling one. Recently, I visited a local dispensary and purchased a few different concentrates.. Sage and Sour was the sativa of my choosing, and the Sin Valley



Papa Hashish & the Joint Chiefs of Stash Interview with "Papa" Zach Hashish

BY STEPHANIE SHEHAN This month, I had the chance to sit down with "Papa" Zach Hashish, founder and lead performer of Papa Hashish and the Joint Chiefs of Stash. STEPHANIE S: Who are

Papa Hashish and the Joint Chiefs of Stash?

ZACH H: A large group of Veteran music artists who formed a Ska band with a pacifist mentality. SS: Who would you

compare your style of music to?

ZH: Frank Zappa and his


SS: How many members

do you have within your immediate band?

SS: What drives your

ZH: Five excellent Veteran

ZH: I've grown marijuana

artists, all with copy written solo albums that feature pot parody tracks.

SS: Do you consider

yourself a cannabis activist? ZH: I myself am a hardliner,


I don't just think marijuana should be legal. I think marijuana should be mandatory. People laugh when you say marijuana is a cure-all. All the way up until you bring your super anal ex girlfriend over, and wait 3 hours to smoke a doobie with her. Look, she fell asleep with her face in a box of Ho Hos. See how marijuana made everyone's life easier? This is why Drug Free America doesn't let me make drug PSAs. I'm far too realistic for it. We are all cannabis activists in the band. We feel that cannabis laws need to evolve with our understanding, and respect of the plant. passion for cannabis?

since I was 12 years old. I was a gorilla grower all through the nineties. It's my deep knowledge of the plant I guess. The world is a better place for me when I consume cannabis. I mean let's face it, look back at all of the mass murderers - none of them were pot smokers. If they were,, they would have smoked a doobie, and came up with a less violent plan that involved Captain Crunch. I'm figuring if any of them were pot smokers, it was Jeffrey Dahmer, because you gotta have some serious munchies to decide you

want to eat your neighbor. SS: Do you prefer flower,

concentrates or edibles?

ZH: I prefer Moroccan

hashish, hash oil, and kief. Edibles start getting a little strong, same with some concentrates. They are the nighttime, sniffling, sneezing, how the hell did I fall asleep in the neighbor's yard medicine.

SS: What is your favorite


ZH: That's so hard, it's like

having someone ask me to pick a favorite child. I genetically engineered some Irish Cream Kush this year that's pretty awesome over breakfast. But if I'm on an all-nighter, I still prefer my Norma Jean Kush.

SS: Are you a Nevada

medical marijuana patient?

ZH: Yeah, I've been a

medical marijuana patient since 2010.

SS: Are you native to

Northern Nevada?

ZH: Yeah, I'm a member of

one of the founding families of Reno. There are streets named after my family. They've been here since it was called Rivers Crossing. I'm pretty sure my family was here when stones were used for morse code. So I've seen it at its best, and at its worst.

SS: What do you like best

about living up North? ZH: There are places in

Northern Nevada that are straight out of a Mark Twain novel. Great food, and Native cultures that are prominent to the heritage of Northern Nevada which are amazing. I'm a huge fan of Basque food, as well as Native American cuisine.

SS: What types of cannabis

themed activities would you like to see in Northern Nevada?

ZH: Definitely a music

festival like Lollapalooza or Woodstock. Something not only cannabis themed, but also peace themed. I truly feel that mankind needs to get back on track with having a deeper value for world peace.

SS: Are you guys touring

anytime soon?

ZH: We are getting ready

to do our last quad, which is recording the last four tracks for our album. But we've already been solicited by several labels for demos. So we plan to fulfill those, and then start touring with a fellow Reno band, Evil Ash. papahashishandthejointchiefsof stash papajointchiefs/


City, (775) 800-WELL,

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100 W. Plumb Ln, Reno, (775) 360-5220,

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724 S. Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501, (775) 964-4888. Holistic Health Center of Reno:

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3502 S. Virginia St, Ste A6, Reno, NV 89523, (775) 3782894.


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877 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, (775) 404-LEAF,

Tahoe Hydro Co:


5398 Sun Valley Blvd, Sun Valley, (775) 674-0420,


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5635 Riggins Ct, #21, Reno, NV, (775) 284-8700.

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Resources for special needs families, (714) 805-8342,

Education Cannabis Advocates of Nevada, Free to join and provides a platform for people to post and discuss ideas in a controlled environment,


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