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>>>WHATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S INSIDE 10 Nature's Chemistry Growing for a Better Life
14 Licensing Transparency is Needed for Nevada
16 Cultivating Nevada
26 Tales from the Crip How Much is too Much?
30 Dear Mary Jane 32 CBD & Cannabis Dosage Guide
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40 Is Cannabis Safe While Breastfeeding?
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42 Cannabis Tolerance 44 Cannabis Insurance Lady 46 Opa! 60 What's Good in Nevada
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Lounges on Hold Last month, the City of Las Vegas gave approval to begin accepting applications for cannabis lounges in Las Vegas which seemed promising for the implementation of lounges throughout the state. However, in a quick turn of events, early this month, the Nevada Senate voted in favor of approving AB 533 with an amendment that establishes a two-year moratorium on cannabis lounges. As most of our local dispensaries, many of whom have already secured neighboring lounge locations, were looking forward to adding a safe place for tourist consumption, it now appears that it will be quite awhile before we see the first lounge open. Nevada has some of the most stringent cannabis laws in the country. Our program is highly regulated and our products are extensively tested. The industry provides needed jobs to those in our community and collects an immense amount of tax money. Back when cannabis was recreationalized, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vote Yes on 2â&#x20AC;? campaign indicated that cannabis should be regulated like alcohol. Yet, here we sit, with a bar on every corner, alcohol flooding the casinos, and not a single safe-consumption cannabis lounge in sight. Could this be the casino influence, leaning on the government officials they so heavily support? This makes no sense. Tourists are not interested in sitting in cannabis lounges all day and all night in lieu of taking in all that the casinos have to offer. Tourists will still drink alcohol and they will still gamble. What they may not do, is consume their purchased cannabis inside their hotel rooms or in hotel parking garages. And, regardless of what the hotel industry and some of our local politicians think, we have quite a few tourists that visit Nevada and guess what, use cannabis as medicine. Should these visitors transport their medicine across state lines or purchase from a local dispensary with nowhere to consume? No, they should be able to walk into a cannabis lounge, consume their medicine, relax and then venture out to experience everything Reno and the neighboring cities have to offer. As a patient, I am thankful for the industry we have. It is comforting to be able to purchase quality, plant-based medicine instead of dangerous pharmaceuticals. The industry deserves to be able to provide a safe consumption area for their patients and customers.
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ver the past couple of years the cannabis industry has taken Nevada by storm. Throughout this time, there have been many changes in ownerships, mergers and acquisitions. One constant in the industry has been Nature’s Chemistry. Through hard work, diligence and attention to detail, this company has established themselves as one of the top cultivators in the industry. In their approximately 23,000 square foot building, Nature’s Chemistry has perfected the art of producing top shelf quality cannabis. When you ask them what their secret is, you will get a simple response“we just care about what we are doing.” This cannot be argued with once you step foot into their facility. From the moment you walk in, you are required to step into a cleaning solution that makes sure you are not bringing in anything unwanted into the building. From there, you are walked into a room to continue the decontamination process. By the time you leave that room you feel like a doctor ready for surgery. The attention to detail on cleanliness is like nothing we have seen before outside of a hospital. They tell us that the state required product testing they go through is stringent and extensive. Any lapse in the chain can lead to a failed test. Surprisingly, they are ok with
this. They feel the consumer should feel reassured that the product they are consuming is safe. While walking the facility, we notice every staff member wearing the appropriate coat, hat/hair net, mask and crocs that do not leave the building. Protocol is paramount in this facility! Everything that enters this building gets a generous dose of alcohol before being moved to its final destination. The white walls and epoxy floors pick up a reflection from the lights above from being so clean. Many of the facilities throughout Nevada were retrofitted for the industry, but this facility was built from the ground up specifically for the purpose of growing cannabis. Every hose bib, outlet and pipe serves a purpose. According to them, this equates to efficiency and space management so there is no lost space in the facility. Lost space equates to less product being grown. The rolling tables in the veg and flower rooms are an indication of this. Why have 10 walkways in-between tables when you can have 1 simply by implementing moving tables? This maximizes grow space and efficiency. Another interesting aspect of their facility is the water room. The 10 tanks in the water room each serve a specific purpose. Each tank represents a section which gives them the ability to alter the feeding every week depending on what stage the plant is in.
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THE LATEST One of the many things we learned that made a lot of sense was the mantra of “giving the plant specifically what it wants and needs.” These needs are: light, water, nutrients, the right humidity and the right temperatures. Indoors, these can be controlled to perfection without having to worry about certain elements such as cloudy days, weather patterns or droughts. It is somewhat of a laboratory so to speak. From the 30 plus A/C units on the roof to the 450 grow lights in the facility, it is evident that everything was well thought out. All this did not happen by accident. The owners traveled to various states touring facilities and finding ways to make their facility the best they could. Nature’s Chemistry is made up of 4 local owners who put their blood, sweat and tears into this endeavor. This seems to trickle down
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THE LATEST to the staff as well. Every staff member we met was friendly and seemed to like working there. Simply put, it was a “good environment.” When talking to the owners they could not stop stressing how important the “team” is to the success of the company. According to them, everyday presents a new challenge and obstacle to overcome, but with determination and hard work failure is not an option. This summer, the company is launching a new “Diamond Exclusive” line. This line will be available in select dispensaries and will highlight some of their premier flower.
Although running the business takes up a tremendous amount of their time, they find time to give back to the community. They help and support the Raiders Boxing Club in their area. A boxing club that gives local kids a place to train after school. As you can tell from our words, we were thoroughly impressed with this company. Their passion and dedication are visible and clear. It makes us feel good that the state of the cannabis industry is in the hands of a team as diligent as the team at Nature’s Chemistry.
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t’s estimated that Nevada’s legalization of cannabis for both medical and recreational use is currently generating approximately $500 million a year in revenue, which is good news for educational facilities statewide earmarked to benefit from sales and licensing fees. Nevada’s entrepreneurial spirit towards both legalizing cannabis use and licensing vendors is what makes it stand out as a national leader in the industry. The state’s Department of Taxation issued 61 dispensary licenses in 2018, but unfortunately the majority of these licenses went to only a handful of companies. A large number of small businesses applying for licensure were completely left out of the process. This is counterproductive to Nevada’s entrepreneurial spirit and, frankly, is simply wrong.
In response to this injustice, dozens of marijuana companies have joined a lawsuit against the Department of Taxation alleging irregularities in the licensing procedure. They allege there was no diversity, as required by state law, in the license selections. Also, the complaint alleges that the Department of Taxation
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used temp workers with no marijuana industry experience to evaluate applications. According to records, 32 of the licenses were awarded to only four companies, which included a company from Illinois receiving 11 of the prized licenses. Critics of the lawsuit wrongly argue that the lawsuit will slow down the licensing process and deprive the state of revenue. In reality, what they are shrouding in their argument is their desire to keep the licensing pool small so they can become wealthier, due to the fact that they have already been licensed
and don’t want any more competition. Licensing transparency and fair competition in the medical and recreational cannabis industry will only make it stronger and less advantageous to corruption, while simultaneously growing the base of companies contributing to the Department of Taxation’s coffers. Earlier this month Gov. Steve Sisolak signed into law Senate Bill 32, which made marijuana licensure more transparent in that the public will now know who applied for a license and how their applications were
evaluated by the Department of Taxation. This is an excellent step in the right direction if Nevada truly wants to be the “Gold Standard” in licensing and regulation. Now, hopefully, current and future small cannabis businesses won’t be frozen out of the licensing process. Kema Ogden is the co-owner of Top Notch THC, a cannabis dispensary and cultivation business based in Las Vegas, NV. She is a business entrepreneur, philanthropist and executive director of two Southern Nevada 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations.
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CULTIVATING NEVADA A look at our state's top grow facilities 8 | fOLD
which is reflected in the customer experience that they are able to provide. This passion is what drives 8|Fold to be great and have the vision to take the company to the next level of success.
8|Fold Location: Las Vegas, NV Facility:
8|Fold has 13,000 square feet available at their grow with 5,000 square feet reserved for a canopy of flower. There are three flower rooms and they have over 1500 plants at any given time, with over 750 plants in their vegetation room and up to 800 in their clone room.
Brands: 8|Fold Signature Strains:
8|Fold is constantly introducing new products and strains, and continuing to develop their brand for success across the state.
Everyone on the 8|Fold team is passionate about what they’re doing,
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The staff at The Apothecary Shoppe are entirely hands-on: every plant is hand watered, hand cared for, and hand trimmed. Their crew is passionate and multidisciplinary, and all staff interact with all stages of the plant’s life cycle. Every step from seed to sale is an act of love.
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The Apothecary Shoppe is an indoor cultivation facility.
Cultivation Staff Training: The Apothecary Shoppe provides ongoing training for their cultivation staff and management is always on the lookout for a keen eye and attention to detail.
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8|Fold is embracing the changes in the industry as opposed to resisting the ever-changing
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State-of-the-art, indoor facilities.
8|Fold is constantly critiquing and teaching new methods as well as retraining on all other aspects of cultivation. As they continue to grow and expand, they will designate R&D rooms as well as a strategic and long-term training program.
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Top-selling strains are Star Killer, Anslinger and Inferno OG, likely because they resonate well with heavy smokers. Connor’s Comfort is another unique strain as it is a nearly 1:1 THC/CBD ratio.
9-10 strains in full rotation at any given time and up to 15 strains total for in-house production.
landscape and legislation that may raise problems for other cultivators. They are forwardthinking and utilize any and all technology that may increase their productivity or efficiency and are humbly confident in their growing abilities. 8|Fold is willing to evolve and grow (pun intended) as the emerging cannabis industry continues to expand statewide and nationally.
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Banana OG, Lemon OG, Hope, and Blue Dream.
Location: Las Vegas, NV Facility:
The Apothecary Shoppe’s cultivation facility includes 10,000 square feet with four rooms and 2,000 plants.
Brands: Craft Cannabis Signature Strains:
Craft Cannabis’ signature strains include Golden Ticket, Funky Malawi, Ghost OG, Strawberry
The Apothecary Shoppe has merged with Surterra Wellness, a national cannabis wellness brand. All kinds of exciting things are coming!
Please be sure to visit The Apothecary Shoppe, their stunning location is just off the Las Vegas Strip. They have a lovely gourmet café that is now open featuring creations from the world-renowned
chocolatier Jean-Marie Auboine. This is a wonderful co-venture with The Apothecary Shoppe, and they look forward to carrying his luxurious confections at their dispensary.
each and every single plant the love that it deserves.
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Cultivation Staff Training:
Bond Road management is a big fan of cross-training. They believe that when everyone knows the other person's job, it makes it easier to work together as a team.
Bond Road Cannabis Company Location: Henderson, NV Tagline: Stay Classic Facility:
Bond Road Cannabis Company includes 2,274 square feet of flower space with one flower room and approximately 800 plants.
Bond Road Cannabis Company isn’t some giant, mega-corporation grow. They are very small and their staff is made up of people who have worked Vegas-style jobs. So, they know how hard it is to make a buck in this town. Their primary focus is growing a product and selling it at a reasonable price. They want their customers to be confident that, when they hand over their money that they've worked really hard for, they're getting something really special for that money.
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Bond Road Cannabis Company is a boutique strain, therefore they only grow three strains.
As a boutique cultivation, the crew at Bond Road has the time to give
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Floravega grows more than 25 strains and are consistently experimenting with new genetics to adapt to the needs of the market.
Floravega’s size allows them to provide high quality cannabis at an affordable price. They have unique standards and practices specific to their facility and workflow that is in place to maximize quality and efficiency.
Indoor or Outdoor: Floravega is an indoor cultivation facility.
Cultivation Staff Training: The staff at Floravega are consistently training and
Floravega has high hopes for their future; they are releasing a new logo, 20Something and 30Something branded pre-rolls, Floravega merchandise, multiple new strains throughout summer and fall and a few other new products.
The team at Floravega takes great pride in being a 100% locally owned company; they have teamed up with Nevada NORML and other organizations to give back to the community. They are always striving to improve and provide quality cannabis to their customers at an affordable price.
Bond Road Kush is Bond Road Cannabis Company’s flagship strain. Bonded 99 and Grand Blue Cheese are their other two.
Floravega’s signature strains include Primus, Desert Snow, Chernobyl, 13Gorillas, and Blueberry Limeade.
learning. Each member of the cultivation staff is trained with direct, hands-on experience under the instruction of their lead growers and veteran staff and allocated to a role that best suits their skills within the garden.
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Floravega branded flower 20-somethings and 30-something pre-rolls
The staff at Bond Road will always be looking for ways to make their customers happy. But, for now, they plan on perfecting their process.
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720 lights and 5,000 plants.
Indoor, after all, who could grow outdoors in Henderson?
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The Floravega cultivation facility features a 40,000 square foot building with 14,500 square feet of canopy, four flower rooms,
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cannabis, but planning flower rooms specifically for live resin extraction for concentrates and live resin vapes. They are about to release a new eco-friendly packaging for their products. They have listened to the demand for new exotic cannabis strains, and have a few more strains currently in the rotation.
Remedy Cultivation Location: Las Vegas, Nevada Tagline:
As the first Battle Born cannabis brand, Remedy proudly provides premium craft cannabis, concentrates, infused and vape products to medical and recreational marijuana patients.
Remedy Cultivation currently has 40 strains of premium quality cannabis. Remedy has nine flower rooms, with a canopy of over 20,000 square feet. Remedy is a state of the art, self sufficient, vertically integrated company. Remedy has just finished construction on expanding their own in-house, state of the art extraction lab. This allows them to create connoisseur concentrates, infused and vape products from their own high testing top-shelf flower.
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At Remedy, they are constantly pheno hunting for the world's best cannabis. Remedy has over 40 strains in their rotation. They are well known for powerful and potent strains like Bio Jesus, Bio Diesel, Blueberry Headband and Outer Space. Remedy has several different OG Kush strains; Dirks OG, Fire OG, King Tut OG, LAOG, OG-18, SFVOG. They are also known for having the strongest classic strain phenotypes of 707 Headband, Blue Dream, Deadhead OG and GG#4.
Number of Strains Grown: Between Remedy’s nine flower rooms, they have roughly 30 strains on constant rotation.
Remedy's handcrafted cannabis sets the standard in the cannabis industry by combining the benefits of selective genetic breeding with the strictest lab-testing standards in the industry. The Remedy team is proud of their hand-cultivation processes and strive to nurture premium cannabis. They also provide Nevada with the highest testing cured resin and live resin concentrates, as well as live resin and standard vapes. Their infused product line provides, capsules, tinctures and high CBD topicals.
Craft and quality are at the heart of the process involved in concentrate and vape live resin extraction. When cannabis is harvested, the live plants are placed in a cryogenic freezer set to -80°C. The Remedy team is able to avoid the high rate terpene loss that is experienced in the traditional drying step, by freezing that plant immediately after harvest, for maximum terpene preservation. During the extraction process the terpenes are separated from cannabinoids, and the cannabinoids are ultra-refined through a secondary distillation
FLOWER ONE Location: Las Vegas, NV Tagline:
Full-Service Cannabis Cultivation, Production, Processing and Custom Packaging.
Flower One is home to the largest commercial-scale greenhouse in the State of Nevada. The 400,000 square foot greenhouse and 55,000 square foot processing and custom packaging facility will be capable of producing over 140,000 lbs (or 62,500 kg) of dry flower per year and will house in the eight flower zones 80,000 plants per crop cycle, making it the largest cannabis cultivator and producer in Nevada. Flower One is licensed for the cultivation and production of both recreational and medical cannabis. Flower One’s inaugural Zone One harvest commenced at the end of May 2019. The
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Remedy has a state of the art facility, currently growing indoors in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cultivation Staff Training: Learning and training on all levels is a constant at Remedy. The Remedy staff constantly strives to further their knowledge of how to grow premium cannabis and continue to produce top shelf concentrates, infused and vape products.
Remedy just completed construction on the expansion of their extraction lab. Their new Cultivation Director, Hassan Khalatbari is working hand in hand with their Production Manager, Thomas Supp in scheduling out and planning flower rooms for not only A grade premium quality
FLOWER ONE step. These terpenes and ultrarefined cannabinoids come together to create a final product that captures the true essence of a mature plant at the end of its flowering period.
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greenhouse is expected to operate on a perpetual cycle of harvesting one zone per week (representing approximately 10,000 plants per harvest). Flower One also owns a 25,000 square foot indoor cultivation and production facility, located just down the street from its flagship greenhouse, with nine grow rooms capable of cultivating a total of 4,500 plants per cycle. It uses this facility primarily for the research and development of new strains and specialty products.
Technology partners include: Quick Strip, by Rapid Dose Therapeutics G-Pen, by Grenco Science Brand partners include: NLVO Flower One Flyte Concentrate JetPack FlytePen Old Pal Palms HUXTON CannAmerica Brands The Medicine Cabinet
Blue Zkittlez, a brand originally refined by Flower One’s NLVO, has been a longtime best-seller and favorite among local Nevadans as well as the booming tourist population. This Indica dominant hybrid is enjoyed for being very sweet and aromatic with a subtle high - Flower One anticipates this strain will remain popular through distribution with their brand partners.
Number of Strains Grown: Flower One’s genetic library currently consists of over 100 unique cannabis strains.
Flower One is home to the largest commercial-scale greenhouse in the State of Nevada. Leveraging the industry’s leading greenhouse technologies and innovative growing and sustainability practices, Flower One aims to cultivate high-quality hydroponic cannabis and processing at scale for the state’s rapidly growing cannabis market. Flower One’s cultivation and growing systems are supported by a broad range of proprietary technologies and methods that allow them to avoid the use of pesticides and fungicides to manage their cannabis canopy. They have an integrated pest management team that will be applying their in-depth knowledge of entomology
and biologicals to manage their cannabis crop without the use of chemicals. Flower One will be capable of producing over 140,000 lbs of dry flower per year and will house 80,000 plants per crop cycle. That combination of scale in both cultivation and production is truly what sets Flower One apart.
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Flower One is primarily a greenhouse operator, with an additional indoor research and development facility down the street.
Cultivation Staff Training: Growing healthy crops with a significant yield requires a broad team of dedicated professionals to deliver results. Each individual on their growing team, from their Master Grower, to Senior Grower, and Growers has between 10 and 30 years of extensive growing experience, and specializes in growing a wide variety of crops, in particular, growing in a desert climate. Their expertise comes from their extensive education in traditional crop science, horticulture and agriculture, coupled with formal training and hands-on experience in climate management, irrigation management (including fertilizer
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recipes and dosing strategies), Integrated Pest Management (IPM), greenhouse operations (including systems settings and configuration), crop worker management (like pruning and harvesting), crop mix planning, and propagation. Crop supervisors and IPM experts, together, are a perfect complement to the Flower One growing team, monitoring crop health and managing crop planting and harvesting activities. Each staff member is also wellversed in sophisticated sensor and computer monitoring systems that are used to manage all aspects of the growing process.
Where supplying quality clean product at scale has been an issue across North America, Flower One is employing a strategy that it hopes will ensure this is just a blip in the history of the cannabis industry. With local seed-to-retailready product that is custom packaged and delivered to retail locations with a commitment to consistent, reliable, high-volume just in time delivery, Flower One is dedicated to not only supporting the state’s local cannabis economy, but transforming the way retail dispensaries approach the supply and demand of their
product ranges with a nimble ordering model. For now, their focus is bringing this transformation to Nevada, while continuing to expand their portfolio of brand partners. But a multistate presence is absolutely not out of the question!
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Premium Produce LLC Location: Las Vegas, NV Facility:
The Premium Produce cultivation facility is 25,000 square feet with 5 operational rooms and 11 different strains. The building features a custom-made environmental control system which cost more than $1 million dollars to purchase and install. It controls temperature, humidity, airflow, monitors irrigation, and alerts Premium Produce staff when the lighting in the grow rooms is uneven and the lights need to be changed.
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One of Reina’s signature strains is Ghost Train Haze which offers a combination of nice earthy, citrus, and pine terpenes. It gives a nice uplifted, happy, energetic, euphoric, and focused high testing at 30% THC.
Number of Strains Grown: Premium Produces cultivates anywhere from 6-8 strains at any given time.
within the next couple of weeks. Their vision expands to California, where they will begin building out a new facility in Lynwood, CA.
Green Life Productions (GLP) Location: Pahrump, NV
facility, but they are always planting and pheno hunting new genetics to expand their library.
Green Life Productions’ innovative growing method models natural ecosystems to maximize the benefit of their no-till living organic soil while minimizing their ecological footprint. Five years ago, when they designed their facility, they went for a more sustainable regenerative approach while utilizing the ethics and principles
Everything at Premium Produce is cultivated in-house. The Premium Produce staff provides tender love and care to each individual plant ensuring the proper amount of nutrients and water are given. The above and beyond PPE measures taken at Premium Produce before entering the facility, entering grow rooms, and leaving the facility is second to none. And, their bright and transparent staff works together to create the best top shelf flower.
The GLP team has a lot to be thankful for and even more to be excited about this year. They will start by revamping their GLP brand with new labeling and designs, packaging, social media and YouTube channel. They will also be breaking ground on their greenhouse project and hopefully introducing their Sun Grown line by the end of this year.
REDWOOD CULTIVATION Location:
Las Vegas, NV
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Expect to see Reina branded cannabis products in dispensaries throughout Nevada. And, very soon, they will have their own line of CBD wellness products at a retail store near you. The Reina CBD full spectrum line will be dropping
Everything at Premium Produce is grown indoors which helps to avoid pests, spraying pesticides, and unwanted contamination.
Green Life Productions has always hired from within to build people up through the ranks with in-house training. They provide their team with the tools to expand their education and knowledge of the industry.
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Premium produce hires only the best cultivators willing to commit their time to giving the plants the attention and care they deserve. They expect their staff to stay current on THC/CBD news, think out of the box, be innovative and creative and share input to improve their products. They give every member of their facility a voice and they want them to use it.
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Green Life Productions is currently operating in a 12,000 square foot, indoor facility with three flower rooms.
Brands: GLP Signature Strains:
GLP signature strains include Lavender, Strawberry Cough, Miss X, MAC and VCM.
Number of Strains Grown: Typically 15-20 strains are growing at the Green Life Productions
of permaculture throughout the design process of their entire facility. From their no till living organic soil in raised beds, to energy efficient LED lighting, water catchments, onsite composting facility, growing their own inputs and many more closed loop systems. In addition, they grow organically without the use of any synthetic NPK fertilizers or chemical pesticides and fungicides.
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Green Life Productions is currently growing indoors but will be breaking ground in a few months on their greenhouses.
The Redwood Cultivation facility is 20,000 square feet and features 4 flower rooms and 1 mother room.
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One of Redwood Cultivation’s signature strains is Sour Diesel.
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Medizin encompasses a 10,000 square foot facility with six room and 2,500 plants.
Brands: Medizin Signature Strains:
Tryke encompasses an over 30,000 square foot cultivation facility with 21 flowering rooms, 5 propagation rooms and 20,000 plants growing at any given time.
Redwood Cultivations’s technology is top of the line. This technology truly helps them be at the top of their game and their attention remains on the health and growth of their plants for patients.
Indoor or Outdoor:
Redwood Cultivation is an indoor grow facility.
Cultivation Staff Training:
Management at Redwood Cultivation is always happy to bring in new people and teach them what they need to know to work in this industry. They are always learning something new and evolving.
Redwood is currently expanding out operations to add more flower and mother rooms. It is a very exciting time!
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MMG Agriculture Location: Reno, NV
With attention to detail and dedication to the craft, no expense is spared and no detail is overlooked. Every decision by every person on the Medizin team is made with the sole intent of producing the finest herb available.
Tagline: Never Settle Facility:
The MMG Agriculture cultivation facility is 8,000 square feet and features 3 flowering rooms, 2,300 flowering plants, and 15 strains,
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Medizin operates an indoor cultivation facility.
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Everyone in the Medizin garden starts as a trimmer and puts in the hours required to learn and level up. They are cultivating cultivators to overgrow the planet.
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MMG’s signature strains include Westside OG, Sierra OG, Dutch Treat and Alien Cookies.
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Expect Medizin to continue consistently putting out top quality flower and resin. The Medizin team is always testing new varieties and as winners emerge, consumers will see them on the shelves. The latest new strain release is Blueberry Syrup from Calco Genetics which is a cross of DJ Short’s Blueberry and Grand Daddy Purple.
Wedding Cake, Khalifa Kush, and Dutch Treat Haze are Tryke signature strains.
Number of Strains Grown: At Tryke, at least 50 strains are being grown at any given time.
Tryke is one of the few vertically integrated cultivations in Nevada, housed in the same building as their retail storefront Reef Dispensary.
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A continuous focus on growing unique, high quality products, with exciting new strains coming down the pipeline is in the near future for Tryke.
Medizin’s signature strains include Chloe, Mango Kush, MDB, and Irene.
Medizin is currently growing 13 different strains.
anywhere from 4-6 strains, depending on demand.
Setting a New Standard in Cannabis
The Tryke cultivation is an indoor facility.
Cultivation Staff Training:
Tryke management is always finetuning the process and striving for perfection.
Currently, MMG Agriculture is growing eight different strains.
MMG Agriculture is a small, local, woman-owned business. Their product is 100% hand trimmed, and cultivated using 100% organic fertilizers, and without the use of pesticides. They focus on the most unique genetics; genetics you will only find produced by MMG.
Indoor or Outdoor:
The MMG Agriculture facility is an Indoor cultivation.
Cultivation Staff Training:
MMG’s grow staff is trained in agricultural methods both by the Department of Agriculture and their Director of Operations, Randall Bock.
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expand its total flowering canopy in the near future. They will also be adding Bohemian Brothers branded pre-rolled joints of a different stature to their customers.
MMG AGRICULTURE The Future:
MMG is slowly adding products to their extract line, MMG Extracts. Currently, crumbles, sugars and infused pre-rolls are available.
MMG sets itself apart from other cultivations by producing small batches of the highest quality marijuana. As a smaller cultivation facility, they can attend to the most minute details which in turn helps them produce marijuana with consistently high THC and terpene contents. The highest quality marijuana should only be packaged in the best packaging, which is why all of MMG’s flower is packaged in glass, with airtight seals, humidity packs to combat Nevada’s dry air, and integrated lab facts on the labels in order to allow customers to read and understand the laboratory test results.
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Urban Hills LLC Location: Sparks, Nevada Tagline: A Cannabis Culture Facility:
Urban Hills LLC is a 22,500 square foot facility located in Sparks, Nevada.
The signature Bohemian Brother strains include Starberry, Orange 43, Chunkberry Gobstopper, Wedding Crasher and Dosiface.
Number of Strains Grown:
Urban Hills believes in the cultivation of cannabis as an art and a culture. They are striving to create a product and brand that customers feel they can be a part of and stand behind. They want to bring a clean, exceptional product they feel proud to bring into their lives. Hoping to earn the trust and support of their customers, they continue to look forward to growth and new offerings.
There are currently twelve strains being grown at Urban Hills.
The team at Urban Hills strives to bring each genetic they offer to its fullest potential, using patience and care to bring the pinnacle of the flower’s potential to their customers. All of their flowers are slow cured and hand trimmed as to preserve the quality and integrity of the product all the way to the end user.
Indoor or Outdoor:
Urban Hills is an indoor cultivation facility.
Cultivation Staff Training: The art of crafting cannabis is a constant evolution of training the eye and techniques. As the plants grow, the staff at Urban Hills grows. When working with nature, they must be able to bend and mold to the needs of the plant. Evolving is essential.
Urban Hills is looking to
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TALES FROM THE CRIP
By Peter Jay
How Much is too Much? Stem cell treatment: $50,000. Aggressive leukemia treatment: $175,000. Hepatitis A, B or C treatment: $300,000. Spinal muscular atrophy treatment: $2 million.
Pharma could charge whatever they wanted and I would go back to prostitution in order to fund said treatment. In fact, I have been planning a side hustle where I go to a strip club, stark naked, and charge people to put on my clothes. If I do not manscape beforehand, I can clear $300 in about 20 minutes.
I am always hollering about how the FDA works. Simply put, it is said to cost between two and three billion dollars to go from research to prescription for any new medication. Additionally, if one in 100 drugs reaches FDA fruition, that is a lot. This means that pharmaceutical companies spend an awful lot of money looking for that home-run drug. Medical care in the US can be...pricey. Or outrageously fucking expensive, depending on your perspective. The disease that I celebrate every year (in April), multiple sclerosis, requires medications that can cost up to $100,000 per year and don’t even provide a cure. The part that gets tiresome is the fact that I’ve been hearing that a cure is “just around the corner” for the last 20 years, and all I keep seeing are corners. I mean, without corners, everything would be round, but that is beside the point. Let’s put a pin in this topic for just a second. I read recently about a device called a Sarco. A Sarco (short for sarcophagus) is a euthanasia device that provides users the release of death through the use of nitrogen gas, which apparently provides a peaceful transition to the next plane of existence. I mean, that’s great and all; I would rather die peacefully than in flames, but still. Observation demonstrates that the right to die movement, though relatively quiet, is gaining momentum. There are fewer states in this country that provide physician assisted suicide then provide legal marijuana, but they are out there. be At the
Not to be unsettling, but might there some connection here? If not now, then in the future? what point does whoever is paying exorbitant medical bills get tired of doing so? Then what? It is not now, nor has it ever been, in my nature to sit around and feel sorry for myself. To pout. To dwell. Hey, big picture, I have quite a comfortable life, with a
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job and interests that I enjoy and sufficient funding to keep the wolf from the door. Still, I am kind of fucked up, disability-wise. You know those corners that I referenced earlier? The one that the cure for multiple sclerosis is just around? When they do find said corner, and I am sure that they will (eventually), it is going to be outrageously expensive. Something that would cure me AND repair me? Big Pharma could charge whatever they wanted and I would go back to prostitution in order to fund said treatment. In fact, I have been planning a side hustle where I go to a strip club, stark naked, and charge people to put on my clothes. If I do not manscape beforehand, I can clear $300 in about 20 minutes. My fear is this: at some point, society or representatives thereof are going to decide whether somebody gets to live or gets to die. BASED ON MONEY! When Obamacare first came out, quite the fuss was made out of “death panels” (medical professionals charged with the evaluation of expense vs. life), and I guess this is no different. On the plus side, I am entertaining as hell, so hopefully they won’t be loading me into a Sarco anytime soon. Not that anybody is going to cram me in against my will; our self-worth is tied to so much in our lives that if we feel that we are a burden to those who we love, perhaps we are not going to fight the Sarco that hard after all. Well THAT was grim, wasn’t it?! Totally dystopian. Harrison Bergeron would be proud! Do I see my scenario absolutely happening? Not at all, although the Sarco absolutely does exist and its creator wants to publish the 3D-printer plans online for public consumption. Perhaps that will be The Final Question asked of us before we begin the next crazy-expensive treatment: Can you AFFORD to get cured? You’d better hope that you can! Comments are always welcome: PeterJayTrey@gmail.com Peter Jay Archive: PeterJay.weebly.com BUY MY BOOK! “Amusing as Hell!” available on Amazon.com
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Dear Mary Jane: Man, I used to think that Reno was a cool town. I feel so disillusioned! Here is what happened. My buddies and I came to visit from Niagara Falls, New York, and we were looking to have a good time. By good time, I mean smoke a lot of legal marijuana and stare at all of the pretty lights in the casinos. Part A, the acquisition phase, was easy; we wandered into a dispensary and walked out 20 minutes later with a LOT of marijuana! Part B, the consumption phase, did not turn out nearly as well as we would have hoped. Do you know what we learned? Churches do not approve of you smoking marijuana during services. Restaurants get all huffy if you light up between the appetizer and main course. Don’t even ask me about the strip clubs- while there may be no sex in the Champagne room, there is definitely no marijuana back there. So, where in the world am I supposed to go and consume this legal marijuana? Love, Pissed Off Paul from Pine Avenue
Hello my dear Paul! Thank you for taking the time to write to me! It always pleases me that people from all over the country get to enjoy my inspired lunacy. First off, I am sorry that our marijuana policy did not live up to your expectations. I get it. I mean, with all of the shows and casinos and sharks and shit like that, for them not to provide smoking space is just rude. I mean, some might suggest that you could just stay home on Pine Avenue and smoke to your heart’s content, but I am judgment free. Mostly. Inadvertently or not, however, you do make an excellent point. You can buy a BIG old sack of weed legally here. But where are you supposed to smoke it? As you learned, most public places do not allow its customers to consume therein. I certainly hope that you did not attempt to light up on a casino floor somewhere, because they have even less sense of humor than 1970s police about that shit. Again, while marijuana is legal in the state of Nevada, the Federal government is still completely against it. This means that the casinos are against it, as are any other organizations which in any way rely on support from the G. There is some light at the end of the tunnel, however. For instance, down in Vegas, the Las Vegas City Council recently passed an ordinance allowing marijuana lounges to be created, and they are predicting the first one opening before the end of the year. Pretty cool, right? Well, as always, it is complicated. For the first evolution of this new law, only
certain dispensaries would be allowed to open consumption lounges. Now, I would imagine that the lion’s share of dispensary consumption lounge business will be from tourists. This is good, because tourists bring revenue and we want to take good care of them. I had a difficult time internalizing the concept of a marijuana consumption lounge. Are you supposed to bring your own hardware? Can you get arrested for having smoking equipment with the residue inside of it? You wouldn’t think so, but I do not know so that would raise a question in my mind. Fortunately, a recent conversation with my angel Samantha, who serves also as my physical therapist, told me about the smoking lounges that she had visited in San Francisco. Apparently, it is just like a good sports bar except there is no alcohol and you can rent whatever smoking devices tickle your fancy. Fancy tickling notwithstanding, this does sound like a good business model. I still think that there will be issues with police lurking outside of lounges looking for intoxicated drivers using standards that do not yet exist, but I guess we will cross that bridge when we come to it. Any road, chances are goodto-excellent that the smoking situation will be vastly improved upon your next return. Puff puff give, fool! And give my regards to the gang at the Como on Pine Avenue.
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CBD & Cannabis DOSAGE GUIDE
High dose? Low dose? CBD? THC? Optimizing one's therapeutic use of cannabis may take some experimentation. It can be relatively easy to experience medical benefits from cannabis. A puff or two of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)rich flower can do the trick for a lot of people. Smoking marijuana, however, is not the be-all and end-all of cannabis therapeutics. There are many ways to experience the medical benefits of cannabis, and some of them are even non-intoxicating. In recent years, the advent of potent cannabis oil concentrates, non-intoxicating cannabidiol(CBD) products, and innovative, smokeless delivery systems have transformed the therapeutic landscape and changed the national conversation about cannabis.
“Dosing cannabis is unlike any therapeutic agent to which I was exposed in my medical training,” says Dustin Sulak, D.O., the director of Integr8 Health, which serves patients at offices in Maine and Massachusetts. “Some patients effectively use tiny amounts of cannabis, while others use incredibly high doses. I’ve seen adult patients achieve therapeutic effects at 1 mg of total cannabinoids daily, while others consume over 2000 mgs daily without adverse effects.”
It’s no longer a question whether marijuana has medical value. Now it’s about figuring out how to optimize your therapeutic use of cannabis to suit your lifestyle and situation.
Cannabis comes in many different forms with a wide range of potencies, and its production and distribution have yet to be standardized in states where cannabis is legal for therapeutic use. So what’s the best way to proceed when it seems like cannabis dosage is all over the map?
DOCTORS AND CANNABIS DOSAGE
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Optimizing therapeutic cannabis use can be a challenge – for doctors as well as patients. Most physicians never learned about cannabis in medical school and, according to a 2017 survey, few feel they are qualified to counsel patients about dosage, CBD:THC
ratios, different modes of administration, and potential side effects.
One of the common misconceptions about cannabis therapy is that you have to get high to attain symptom relief. “Most people are surprised to learn that the therapeutic effects of cannabis can be achieved at dosages lower than those required to produce euphoria
or impairment,” says Dr. Sulak, who asserts that “ultra-low doses can be extremely effective, sometimes even more so than the other [highdose] extreme.” Preclinical science lends credence to the notion that a small amount of THC can confer health benefits. Oral administration of a low dose of THC (1 mg/day) resulted in significant inhibition of disease progression” in an animal model of heart atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), according to a 2005 report in Nature, which noted: “This effective dose is lower than the dose usually associated with psychotropic effects of THC.” Because of federal cannabis prohibition and consequent research restrictions, clinical data is lacking to determine if low dose THC therapy can protect against atherosclerosis in humans. But this much is certain: The practice of micro-dosing – which entails the consumption of a sub-psychoactive or slightly psychoactive dose of cannabis – is gaining popularity among those who want the medical benefits of cannabis without the buzz. Although banned by federal law, cannabis medicine is currently accessible in the form of concentrated oil extracts, infused sublingual
sprays, tinctures, edibles, gel caps, topical salves and other products.
The successful use of cannabis as a medicine largely depends on managing its intoxicating properties. Many people enjoy the cannabis high; for others it’s unpleasant. A person’s sensitivity to THC, the main intoxicating component of cannabis, is key to implementing an effective treatment regimen. “The practice of micro-dosing – which entails the consumption of a sub-psychoactive or slightly psychoactive dose of cannabis – is gaining popularity among those who want the medical benefits of cannabis without the buzz.” Cannabidiol (CBD) does not cause an intoxicating high like THC. CBD can actually lessen or neutralize the THC high, depending on how much of each compound is present in a particular product. A greater ratio of CBD-to-THC means less of high. Today cannabis patients have the option of healing without feeling high. Broadly speaking, there are three types of resin-rich cannabis and cannabis products: Type 1 (THC-dominant) – High THC, low CBD (famously
intoxicating cannabis varietals)
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Type 2 (THC & CBD) – Mixed THC and CBD cultivars (intoxicating, but not as edgy as THC-dominant varietals)
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Type 3 (CBD-dominant) – High CBD, low THC (non-euphoric marijuana or hemp) There’s also a fourth type – those rare cannabis cultivars that prominently express a so-called minor cannabinoid (like CBG or THCV). But in terms of what’s currently available for patients, the THC:CBD ratio is paramount and must be considered when formulating dosage strategies. So, what’s the appropriate dosage for each of the three
The adage “start low and go slow” is apropos for cannabis therapy, in general, and THC titration in particular, as discussed by Caroline MacCallum and Ethan Russo in a January 2018 article in the European Journal of Internal Medicine. The authors, who are both physicians, provide sensible guidelines for health professionals and patients regarding the judicious administration of (Type 1) THC-dominant medicinal preparations. If a new patient is going to smoke or vape THC-rich cannabis, Russo and
MacCallum suggest they start with a single inhalation and wait 15 minutes before inhaling again. The effects of inhaled cannabis usually can be felt within a few minutes, thereby providing quick relief of acute distress. If need be, one can inhale an additional puff every 15 to 30 minutes “until desired symptom control is achieved.”
ingesting the equivalent of 1.25 to 2.5 mg of THC shortly before bedtime for two days. If there are no unwanted side effects, increase the bedtime dose of THC by another 1.25 to 2.5 mg for the next two days. Continue to increase the dose of THC by an additional 1.25 to 2.5 mg every other day until the desired effects are achieved.
As for oral administration, one should keep in mind that it can take 60 to 90 minutes before the effects of a single dose are felt.
If there are adverse side effects, reduce the dose of THC to the prior amount that was well tolerated.
MacCallum and Russo suggest a carefully titrated regimen for consumption of ingestible THC-rich cannabis products. They recommend that patients with little or no experience using cannabis should start by
DIFFERENT TYPES, DIFFERENT DOSAGE TYPE 1 – TITRATING THC For adequate symptom relief, some patients may need to ingest a cannabis preparation two or three times during
daylight hours in addition to their night-time regimen. Cautious titration is urged: On days 1 and 2, start with one dose of the equivalent of 2.5 mg THC; on days 3 and 4, increase to 2.5 mg THC twice a day; and, if well tolerated, up the dose incrementally to a total of 15 mg THC (divided equally throughout the day).
stronger therapeutic punch. With cannabis, however, it’s not so simple. THC and other cannabis components have biphasic properties, meaning that low and high doses generate opposite effects. Small doses of cannabis tend to stimulate; large doses sedate.
“Doses exceeding 20-30 mg/ day [of THC] may increase adverse events or induce tolerance without improving efficacy,” MacCallum and Russo warn. Adverse events mainly pertain to THC and are dose-dependent. Very high doses are more likely to cause unwanted side effects. “Adverse events mainly pertain to THC and are dosedependent. Very high doses are more likely to cause unwanted side effects.”
In practical terms, this means that starting low and gradually upping the dose of cannabis will produce stronger effects at first. But, after a certain point, “dosage increases can result in weaker therapeutic effects,” according to Dr. Sulak, “and an increase in side effects.” It is important to note that every body responds to THC differently, and builds tolerance at different rates. Check in with yourself often while consuming cannabis to gauge the effects and side effects.
For most medications, a higher dose will pack a
There are some negative side effects that can result from
over-consumption. Sulak observes that “symptoms of cannabis overdose closely mirror the symptoms one would expect cannabis to relieve at appropriate doses: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, spasms, tremors, anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia, dis-coordination, and disturbed sleep. Extreme overdoses can lead to hallucinations and even acute psychosis.” By introducing small amounts of THC into your system, and increasing the dosage slowly, you minimize the risk of negative side effects. The goal is to take a large enough dose of THC to achieve therapeutic effects and a small enough dose to minimize negative side effects.
TYPE 2 - THC AND CBD: THE POWER COUPLE CBD and THC are the
power couple of cannabis therapeutics. Both compounds have remarkable medicinal attributes, and they work better in combination than as isolates. CBD can synergistically enhance THC’s antiinflammatory and pain killing properties, while reducing unwanted side effects. A 2010 report in the British Journal of Pharmacology analyzed the effects of THC and CBDalone and in combination in an animal model of colitis. This preclinical study concluded that “CBDincreased some effects of an ineffective THC dose to the level of an effective one.” This is one of the many gifts of CBD: It can magnify the medicinal impact of a small amount of THC so that one need not consume an intoxicating dose to experience THC’s therapeutic benefits. A clinical study published in the Journal of Pain examined the efficacy of different dosage levels of Sativex, a cannabis-derived sublingual spray with 1:1 CBD:THC ratio, which is an approved medication in two dozen countries (but not in the United States). Of 263 cancer patients who were not finding pain relief with opiates, the group that received 21 mg of Sativex each day experienced significant improvements in pain levels, more so than the group that received 52 mg Sativex daily. And those given
even higher doses (83 mg daily) reduced their pain no better than a placebo, but they experienced more adverse effects. Although many patients do well at the lowest effective dose, some benefit from a high dose cannabis oil regimen. Often these patients engage in a regimen that includes a substantial amount of CBD as well as THC. By reducing THC’s intoxicating effects, CBD makes high potency cannabis oil treatment easier to manage. If high doses are necessary, steady titration over several weeks will help build tolerance to THC’s tricky intoxicating effects. Cannabis therapeutics is personalized medicine. There is no single CBD:THC ratio or dosage that’s optimal for everyone. As little as 2.5 mg of CBD combined with a small amount of THC can have a therapeutic effect. If necessary, much higher doses of good quality CBD-rich formulations are safe and well tolerated. For patients new to cannabis, it may be best to start with low doses of a CBD-rich remedy (with little THC) and increase the dosage (and, if necessary, the amount of THC) step-bystep. Take a few small doses over the course of the day, rather than one big dose. But a low-THC product is not always the best treatment option. A more balanced combination of CBD and THC could have a greater impact than CBD or THC alone. In essence, the goal is to administer consistent, measurable doses of a CBD-
rich remedy with as much THCas a person is comfortable with. Experiment, observe the effects, and adjust the amount of CBD and THCuntil one finds the sweet spot with the right combination of both compounds.
TYPE 3 – FULLSPECTRUM CBDRICH EXTRACTS
Microdosing cannabis is a feasible option for those who prefer not to leap over the intoxicating threshold. High dose CBD therapy is another way of healing without the high. As a general rule, Type 3 CBDdominant cannabis (with little THC) won’t make a person feel stoned. Nor will a pure CBD isolate (with no THC). But CBD isolates lack critical aromatic terpenes and other cannabinoids, which interact synergistically to enhance CBD’s therapeutic benefits. Single molecule cannabinoids are simply not as versatile or as efficacious as whole plant formulations. Preclinical research indicates that full spectrum CBD-rich cannabis oil is effective at much lower doses and has a wider therapeutic window than a CBD isolate. “The therapeutic synergy observed with plant extracts results in the requirement for a lower amount of active components, with consequent reduced adverse side effects,” a 2015 Israeli study concluded. In animal studies, CBD isolates require very high – and precise – doses to be effective. Problematic drug interactions are also more likely with a high-dose CBD isolate than with whole plant cannabis. Hemp-derived CBD isolates
and distillates are already available via numerous internet storefronts. If you’re shopping for hemp-derived products online, there can be some quality issues to address before purchasing. Drug companies are also eyeing single molecule CBD as a treatment for intractable epilepsy, psychosis, and other diseases. In a 2012 clinical trial involving 39 schizophrenics at a German hospital, 800 mg of pure pharmaceutical-grade CBD proved to be as effective as standard pharmaceutical treatments without causing the harsh side effects typically associated with antipsychotic drugs. But a follow-up study at Yale University found little cognitive improvement in schizophrenics who were given a CBD isolate.
Bereft of the THC stigma (and its therapeutic moxy), single-molecule CBD recently became a FDA-approved pharmaceutical for pediatric seizure disorders. This is good news for families with epileptic children that have health insurance. Anyone without health insurance won’t be able to afford Epidiolex, a nearly pure CBD remedy developed by GW Pharmaceuticals as an anti-seizure medication. Consider the dosage range utilized in clinical trials of epidiolex. Children with catastrophic seizure disorders were given up to 20 mg of epidiolex per kg of body weight. Such high doses caused interactions with other anticonvulsant medications, requiring adjustments of the latter to avoid a toxic overdose.
By comparison, Dr. Bonni Goldstein, author of Cannabis Revealed, typically starts with a much lower dose of full spectrum CBD-rich oil (1 mg CBD/kg of body weight) for epileptic children – with the understanding that the dose may have to be lowered or raised depending on the initial response. If necessary, Goldstein will increase the dose of CBD by increments of 0.5 mg/kg until a threshold of 5 mg/kg of body weight is reached. And that amount also may need to be adjusted. Kids and adults metabolize drugs differently. It may seem counterintuitive, but young children can tolerate high doses of cannabis oil concentrates, including THCrich formulations, which might be daunting for an adult. Thus, it’s not a good idea to calculate dosage for an adult based on what works for a child. If 1 mg/kg of CBD is an appropriate starting dose for a child, and an adult weighs 15 times more than the child, one should not assume that the correct CBD starting dose for the grown-up is 15mg/kg of body weight. That could be way too high a dose. While CBD has no known adverse effects at any dose, an excessive amount of CBD may be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose. Similarly, it’s not a good idea to devise a dosage regimen based on data from preclinical animal studies, which usually involve high doses of single-molecule cannabinoids. Human metabolism differs from mice and rats, and data from animal models doesn’t always translate to human experience.
For people as well as pets, cannabis dosage must be individually determined. Several factors come into play, including one’s overall health and endocannabinoid tone, which are influenced by diet, exercise, sleep patterns, dayto-day stress, and genetics. Cannabis is best used as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Here are some dosage variables to consider: •
Cannabis experience. Has the patient used cannabis before? Or are they a stoner who already uses cannabis every day but isn’t getting the best results? A veteran user may need a higher dose than a new user. Or a chronic user might need a break from getting high to reboot his or her sensitivity to cannabis (see Dr. Dustin Sulak’s cannabis “sensitization protocol” on Healer.com). Time of day. Optimizing one’s therapeutic use of cannabis may entail using products with different CBD:THC ratios at different times of the day – more
CBD for daylight hours, more THC at night. Preventive dosing. Prolonged low dose therapy may be advantageous for managing chronic symptoms or to prevent disease recurrence. Preclinical studies indicate that cannabinoids have neuroprotective and cardioprotective properties that could limit the damage of a traumatic brain injury or a heart attack. Cannabinoid acids. Raw, unheated cannabis contains CBD and THC in their “acid” form, CBDA and THCA, which are not intoxicating. Consumed orally over several months, cannabinoid acids can be effective in very small amounts, but precise dosing is difficult when juicing raw cannabis. Other delivery systems are becoming available for CBDA-rich and THCA-rich products.
Cannabis is a safe and forgiving medicine. Figuring out how to make the most of its healthenhancing properties may
involve some trial and error. No worries! At least cannabis isn’t harmful like so many FDAapproved pharmaceuticals. So if you’re new to cannabis medicine or if you’re seeking to improve your therapeutic routine, remember this advice from Dr. Sulak: “Start low, go slow, and don’t be afraid to go all the way!” Project CBD director Martin A. Lee is the author of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific. For more information about CBD, visit projectcbd.org. SOURCES: 1. Barnes MP. Sativex: clinical efficacy and tolerability in the treatment of symptoms of multiple sclerosis and neuropathic pain. Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2006 Apr;7(5):607-15. Review. PubMed PMID: 16553576. 2. Blake DR, Robson P, Ho M, Jubb RW, McCabe CS. Preliminary assessment of the efficacy, tolerability and safety of a cannabis-based medicine (Sativex) in the treatment of pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2006 Jan;45(1):50-2. Epub 2005 Nov 9. PubMed PMID: 16282192. 3. Boggs DL, Surti T, Gupta A, Gupta S, Niciu M, Pittman B, Schnakenberg Martin AM, Thurnauer H, Davies A, D’Souza DC, Ranganathan M. The effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on cognition and symptoms in outpatients with chronic schizophrenia a randomized placebo controlled trial. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2018 Apr 5. doi: 10.1007/s00213-018-4885-9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29619533. 4. Evanoff AB, Quan T, Dufault C, Awad M, Bierut LJ. Physicians-in-training are not prepared to prescribe medical marijuana. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2017
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A day in the life of Cecilia Sivertson, Founder of Nana’s Secret, Seattle, Washington For nearly 50 years the founder of Nana’s Secret of Washington state, Cecilia Sivertson, medicated with pharmaceuticals for epilepsy. Diagnosed at the age of 12, she had been prescribed 15 types of drugs over that time in an attempt to control the seizures. “In 2013, at the age of 55, I began getting sick from the side effects of these drugs and learned that cannabis and CBD oil would control my seizures without the addictive and damaging side effects,” she shared. “I created Nana’s Secret and began reducing
the pharma drugs, namely Lamictal and Topiramate.” After two years, in 2015, Sivertson said she was hospitalized with a brain trauma, which took away her memory and left her with severe anxiety and depression. According to Cecilia, her pharmacist advised that the drug Lamictal should have been reduced by 12.5 milligrams every three to four weeks, to be on the safe side. Today, she is down from 400 milligrams to 100 milligrams of Lamictal. Sivertson emphasized the learning curve of titrating down pharmaceuticals while adding cannabis to her regiment. “Always talk to your doctor about how to lessen your prescription medications before replacing or going off of them,” she informed. “I believe the brain trauma I suffered was due to going off the meds too quickly, while not having the right dosing protocols when I added the cannabis.” After being released from the hospital she began taking whole plant extract of cannabis, as she contracted aseptic meningitis – one of the symptoms listed in fine print for Lamictal, with multiple people hospitalized from the side effect, and class action lawsuits pending. “I’m still battling the withdrawal from this drug,” she continued. “I was told my entire life I would die without these drugs, but my quality of life had been greatly reduced. Knowledge is power, and people need to educate themselves.” Sivertson said she took cannabis concentrate every day for more than a year, switching to CBD oil capsules morning and night. “I had to re-learn about my personal life, as well as my business, and am now more convinced than ever that cannabis is the only medicine I need to control my epilepsy.” Sivertson shared that she now takes 40 milligrams of CBD capsules each morning and night to control the seizures and
subsequent symptoms from the pharmaceuticals she took for decades. The type of CBD oil she takes is referred to as Hemp, as it contains less than .03 percent THC, hybridized from cannabis.
“I smoke cannabis during the day, as needed – if I feel shaky, anxiety or am experiencing nausea,” she explained. “CPC in Seattle provides me with a mustier of cultivars. Micro-dosing works best for me.” CPC is a CBD concentrate company based in Seattle, and have been providing Sivertson with remedies, keeping her alive since she discovered them in 2013. “Harlequin is just one cultivar I’ve used,” she explained. “I’m currently using True OG, a high THC cultivar for smoking, with a mixture of cultivars currently being processed for my products by CPC. I’m still learning, but I have flashbacks from the past, daily. I spend most of my time learning about my business and how I can use this knowledge to help other children avoid the horrible drugs I was on.” Harlequin is a CBD cultivar, developed in Southern Humboldt by the late hybridizer, Lawrence Ringo, who developed many of the CBD only cultivars we have today. This includes Charlotte’s Web of Denver, with its lineage from Southern Humboldt and Ringo’s farm. Sivertson’s products have not launched yet, but will include cannabis-infused sodas, a transdermal patch, and a skin care line being developed for her brand now. “My favorite product is my transdermal patch, as It allows mothers the ability to treat their children with medicine that is as simple to apply as a band aid!” she joyfully exclaimed. “It has 25 milligrams of cannabis and can last up to 12 hours, before replacing.” Sivertson said she would like everyone to understand how simple medicating with cannabis can be, asking patients and parents of children with epilepsy to do their own research on their individual medical conditions. She also encourages patients to read the fine print of the side effects of the pharmaceuticals prescribed. “I was not even aware of the side effects until my pharmacist handed me the paperwork,” she informed. “I would encourage anyone on these damaging drugs to try cannabis or CBD just one time. If you have a condition like cancer, epilepsy, diabetes or more, cannabis can help. The pharma drugs were killing me slowly, and cannabis saved my life.” For more information on Nana’s Secret visit, www. nanasecret.com
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Is Cannabis Safe While Breastfeeding? One of the most frequent questions asked by women interested in using cannabis during their postpartum period is, “Can I safely use marijuana while breastfeeding?” I wish I could give a solid yes or no so women and their families can feel they are making the healthiest and most informed decision. Unfortunately, there is not a clear answer to this question as the data currently in the United States is insufficient. Many of the women in the scientific studies lifestyles and nutritional habits varied, were using tobacco or consuming illegal drugs making the results inconclusive. Women want to use cannabis to cope with pain, anxiety, pms, digestive issues, sleep issues, mental health struggles and more. Cannabis, also known as marijuana, produces a group of chemicals called cannabinoids which produce mental and physical effects when consumed including euphoria and mood changes. The active ingredient delta-9-THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC), acts on the CB1 cannabinoid receptor and is the main psychoactive compound. Humans have an endocannabinoid system in their bodies. The endocannabinoid system helps the body manage anxiety, inflammation, and other physiological responses to different forms of stress. Endocannabinoids (EC) are signaling molecules that trigger the activation of the EC system when they are detected by cannabinoid receptors. When a person smokes marijuana, THC overwhelms the EC system, quickly attaching to cannabinoid receptors throughout the brain and body. THC and CBD bind heavily to fat, and fat is a main nutrient in breastmilk. Government guidelines currently recommend that cannabis should be avoided by nursing Mothers and should be warned that cannabis can be detected in breastmilk. However, many women wonder just because the chemicals are detectable does that mean they are harmful? The American Academy of Pediatrics states there is no evidence for the safety or harm of marijuana use during lactation but that nursing mothers should abstain from using the drug. La Leche League international says: “The effects of cannabis in breastmilk on babies’ development are controversial. Some studies indicate that there is no impact on babies’ long term development, others find that motor development at the age of one is slightly reduced in babies who were regularly exposed. Researchers are divided on whether the risks to the baby of cannabis exposure are outweighed by the protective effects of breastmilk.”
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Marijuana is the most commonly used recreational drug during lactation according to Jamie Seabrook, an associate professor in the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences at Brescia University College in London, Ont. Jamie has done recent studies on cannabis use during breastfeeding and believes that, “marijuana use during lactation is going to continue to go up.” Since marijuana consumption is going up and more and more women are coming forward and wanting to turn to cannabis instead of over-the-counter or prescribed medications, we need new studies done. Dr. Thomas Hale, who is a leading researcher of medication and breastfeeding stated: “The InfantRisk Center gets thousands of calls about marijuana. Unfortunately, the breastmilk data is old and was poorly done years ago. We desperately needed some good pharmacokinetic data in order to determine what the risk to the infant really is. Thus, Dr. Teresa Baker and I set up a good pharmacokinetic study in Colorado where mothers could participate “anonymously” using a measured standard dose of marijuana (23.8 mg), and with collection of milk samples at accurate time intervals ( 0, 20 min, 1, 2, 4 hours). Thus, we are going to be able to determine with great accuracy just how much marijuana is actually transferred to the infant under this standardized method. The samples are slowly coming in. It’s too soon to know, but I’m thinking the relative infant dose is going to be small and the oral absorption poor. This study, we hope, is just the beginning, as much more needs done, such as oral dosing studies, blood level studies in mom and infant, different metabolites and forms of THC, etc. If it’s documented that the level of drug in milk is low to undetectable, then we feel more comfortable moving the LRC (lactation risk category). We may this year change the LRC for marijuana if the levels in milk are exceedingly low as I suspect. But we will have to wait on this.” This means we are going to have to wait a little longer for science and research to catch up before we can have a solid answer on this controversial issue. For now, women can make a decision about using cannabis while breastfeeding by speaking with their medical providers, hearing the stories of other women and listening to their own intuition. It’s important to note other factors to consider are the possibility of positive urine tests which might have legal implications. If you do not want any psychoactive properties you can use CBD. CBD, unlike marijuana is legal in all 50 states. CBD has similar pharmacological effects as THC in that it affects the same two cannabinoid receptors, however the magnitude of the effect is much smaller
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Cannabis Tolerance: What You Need to Know
annabis tolerance is an ongoing factor for patients and
consumers. The development of cannabis tolerance is a welldocumented phenomenon. Simply stated, tolerance refers to the body’s ability to grow accustomed to the chemical effects of cannabis consumption. If you continue to consume cannabis, over time the body becomes used to the constant input and adjusts itself, accordingly.
If you drink one too many cups on a given day, however, the anxiety and jitters can return. The same thing happens with psychoactive cannabis. At first, the effects are strong. They become tolerable with continued consumption, and then they once again become uncomfortable with too high of a dose.
When you first begin to consume cannabis, you may find that the effects of the herb are quite strong.
The negative side effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) Are you using more THC than you need? Or not enough?
With regular consumption, however, these strong effects mellow out and some of the negative side effects of the herb dissipate.
One simple molecule is responsible for the psychotropic “high” caused by cannabis. That molecule is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
This is very similar to what happens in the body after you begin drinking coffee. Your first cup of coffee might make you feel jittery, anxious, dehydrated, and can give you an upset stomach.
THC often gets a bad rap in mainstream media, but the molecule has a host of both scientifically proven and subjective health benefits.
Over time, however, the body grows used to the continuous input of caffeine.
You may still feel the energizing and stimulating effects of coffee after years of drinking the beverage, but you likely won’t feel as much of the anxiety and jitteriness that first-time consumers experience.
However, just like a fine wine or beer, THC is an acquired taste. When you first try psychoactive cannabis, THC can have some potent side effects on the brain and body.
Some of these side effects include: Increased heart rate, anxiety, racing thoughts, lowered blood pressure, sedation, feeling cold,and tremor. None of these side effects sound pleasant. So, why is cannabis so popular? Over time, consumers are better able to tolerate THC and these side effects go away. They will come back again if your dose of psychoactive cannabis is too high. It’s also important to note that not everyone will experience these side effects their first time consuming cannabis. Many people reap the positive benefits of the herb the first time they try it. The positive benefits include euphoria, relaxation, happiness, pain relief, and stress relief. Whether or not you experience negative side effects of THC depends largely on your initial dose, environment, and individual biochemistry. It’s important to keep in mind that side effects are common when starting any sort of supplement. When starting a course of probiotics, for example, it is always recommended to start with a small dose and work up to therapeutic levels.
If you take a large dose right away, chances are you’ll end up gassy, bloated, and in pain. Is cannabis tolerance good or bad? Cannabis tolerance can be both beneficial and irritating. For medical cannabis consumers, developing a tolerance to THC allows them to take the high doses of the herb that may be required for their treatment. Tolerance also allows consumers taking small doses of THC for general wellness benefits (perhaps five milligrams of THC and under) to quickly grow accustomed to having the cannabinoid in their system. While five milligrams may be enough to cause a psychoactive effect in novice consumers, those who take this dose regularly may not have much of a psychotropic experience at this dose, if any at all. This effect may be sought after and beneficial in some people. However, tolerance also has a downside. Tolerance to THC happens rather quickly. Even daily cannabis consumers continue to feel the calming and euphoric effects of THC after a puff or two of a pre-roll (joint).
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Yet, as consumers grow tolerant to the effects of cannabis, they may find that they need to continuously increase their dose over time in order to feel the same moodboosting and pain-relieving effects of the herb as they did in the beginning.
more money on the herb and will likely face greater symptoms of withdrawal should they stop.
It’s important to keep in mind that tolerance does not mean that you’ll have to consume a whole ounce of cannabis a day just to feel something.
How to avoid getting a cannabis tolerance Don't underestimate the health benefits of low-dose cannabis.
Rather, cannabis tolerance can be compared to those who need one cup of coffee a day to get going versus those who need two or three.
Those using cannabis to treat a medical condition should consult a canna-savvy doctor about whether or not developing a tolerance would be beneficial for their particular situation.
Those who need two cups of coffee to feel energized in the morning have to deal with the side effect of dehydration more than those who need only one. Similarly, those who need to vaporize a full gram of cannabis instead of just half a gram or less end up spending
Symptoms of cannabis withdrawal include headache, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and irritability.
However, for the average consumer, there are a few ways to both lower your cannabis tolerance or avoid getting one in the first place. Here are a few ways to hack your cannabis tolerance:
1. Micro or low-dose cannabis Microdosing cannabis is opting for very small doses of cannabis over large quantities. Generally speaking, a microdose of psychoactive cannabis is about 2.5 milligrams of THC. Some folks chose to opt for low-dose cannabis instead of a micro-dose. An estimated low dose of cannabis is about five milligrams of THC. If inhaling, one small puff of cannabis can be seen as a low dose. 2. Alternate days THC is fat-soluble and is stored in body fat. This means that THC has a long half-life and can stay in your system for quite some time. Half-life refers to the amount of time a compound is active in the body to decrease by half. Since THC has a long half-life, it may not be necessary to consume the cannabinoid every single day. To avoid developing a cannabis
tolerance, consider staggering the days that you consume the herb. 3. Take breaks If you have been consuming the herb regularly, it may be time to take what is referred to as a “tolerance break”. A tolerance break is a period of abstinence from the plant. The more heavily you consume cannabis, the more likely you are to experience symptoms of withdrawal during a tolerance break. If this is problematic, consider slowly lowering your doses of cannabis over time. Opting for non-psychotropic cannabis varieties may also be beneficial during tolerance breaks. Cannabis cultivars high in cannabidiol (CBD) do not cause a euphoric “high.” However, high-CBD cultivars can still provide moodboosting and calming effects.
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he grunted an affirmative response to her daughter and continued watching the crashing waves hurl themselves against the shore. Natasha gave her mother a kiss then asked if she wanted one of the panoramic windows opened to better enjoy the sound and scent of the sea. Ami smiled and reached for her daughter’s hand in gratitude. “I’ll brew some coffee while you think about breakfast.” The salty breeze coming off the ocean below, along with the communal cawing of the seagulls was indeed, invigorating. How she loved living here. A smile spread across her face as another, more unctuous scent wafted its way through the window. It seems funny now all those rallies she had attended, all those signs and buttons she carried and wore, declaring Weed should be legalized. Ami’s mind drifted back to another similar day in June, many years ago. It was the first time she had visited Monterey. Remembering blurred into dreaming . . . *
Always considered a well-behaved and level-headed daughter, at seventeen, Ami began rebelling; sort of. It all started when she dropped out of Brigham Young University, followed by her Canna-caper and now includes her current living situation. Homesickness and feelings of not fitting in, led to daily phone calls pleading with her father to leave school. After just one semester, he finally consented and sent her a plane ticket for home. Two weeks after settling back in, Ami, the proverbial go-to friend, agreed to care for three fledging Cannabis plants. Allowed to do their own thing on the rear dashboard of her Dodge Rambler, the plants began growing . . . well, like Weeds. Likely the warmth of the car, circulating air from partially opened windows and the balance of sunlight, darkness and occasional watering, the plants essentially lived in a mobile greenhouse. When they began brushing against the roof of her car, Ami’s father took notice. A lieutenant in the police force, he told her to get rid of the plants. She explained they weren’t hers, but he insisted. One week later, he saw the plants were not only still in the car, they were thriving! Angrier, her father repeated his directive. Ami repeated she couldn’t get rid of them until their rightful owner returned from wherever he was visiting. When her father saw the plants were still there days later, now so large, they looked like creeping vines slithering across the entire backseat, he took matters into his own hands. “What did you do?!” screamed Ami, the following morning as she tossed her purse into the car. This brought her parents outside. Again, Ami shouted her question. Slowly, her father pulled something from behind his back- a can of Drano. Slamming it on the hood of her car, he boomed, “When I tell you
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to do something, I expect you to do it! Especially when it’s illegal! Your little Canna-caper is over!” Deciding it was time she do something to get back in her parents’ good graces, Ami signed up for classes at the local junior college. It was there she met and fell in love with her soulmate. Leaving her privileged lifestyle behind, Ami moved in with Jonah, embarking upon a life that was simple, uncomplicated and romantic. *
On this particular Saturday morning instead of lounging, Ami and Jonah woke as the sun opened its eye over the horizon. The young lovers stretched, kissed then jumped out of bed. Ami prepared two cups of tea and wholegrain toast, slathered with butter and orange marmalade. Jonah stuffed backpacks with changes of clothing and scuba equipment. The tanks he would need were waiting for him in Monterey. Ami added some trail mix, oranges, and a couple of joints to the bag. Following Jonah to their battered VW Bus, Ami chatted on like the chirping birds in the trees above. The forty-five minute drive afforded her plenty of time to quiz Jonah on what to expect. They would be meeting up with Henry, one of few remaining friends who served with Jonah as a Navy Seal in Vietnam. Henry’s girlfriend, Aileen, would also be there. Though initially interested in scuba lessons, Ami gave up the idea after seeing the movie “Jaws”. Still, she was excited about being part of Jonah’s dive. Turning onto Ocean View, past the Hovden Cannery, they were surprised how empty downtown Monterey appeared. But it was still early and the tourists had not yet begun to stir. Pulling into a parking spot butted up against a dilapidated warehouse, they spotted Henry’s bright yellow Karmann Ghia. Smoke emitted from the slightly rolled down windows on either side. The curling vapors made the Crayolacoloured vehicle look like a miniature smoking dragon. Watching Henry emerge from the car Ami was slightly taken aback. He had to literally unfold himself to exit. Standing at six foot five, with gangly arms and legs, he was surprisingly muscular. Henry looked to Ami like a mix of Marlboro Man meets Ichabod Crane. Aileen was pretty and of medium build. Her most striking features were her flaming red hair and large, doe-like, grey eyes. During the introductions, Ami was delighted when Aileen spoke. Being of Irish descent she seemed to sing rather than speak. Ami was listening more to Aileen’s lilt than to what she was actually saying and had to be asked twice if she wanted a hit off the joint held between Aileen’s fingers. The sun had not yet broken through the clouds and mist made the weather feel substantially cooler than Ami had anticipated.
TALES OF LIFE & FOOD Rubbing her hands together for warmth, Ami did her best to follow Aileen’s direction on how to assist Jonah for his dive. Aileen laid down a tarp for them to stand on, thus avoiding sand getting into equipment or wetsuits; a bothersome occurrence when shore-diving. When everything was on and secured, with the exception of fins, which they would put on once in the water, the men equalized their air tanks. Ami was suddenly struck with feelings of panic. There weren’t just sharks in that water but all kinds of scary sea life. Aileen sensed her nervousness and sang, “Aw sure, look it. These boys know what they be do’in. No need for worry on our part.” Ami wasn’t so sure. Though her parents didn’t look favourably upon their daughter’s relationship or current living arrangement, Ami was falling deeper in love with Jonah every day. This felt especially true as she observed him entering the massive expanse of agitated water. Making their way across the street, the first stop was a small coffee house. Aileen ordered mugs of Italian cioccolata calda. She assured Ami it would combat the munchies they were experiencing due to their earlier imbibing. A confirmed “chocoholic,” Ami gleefully consumed the piping hot, rich, pudding-like, beverage. With tummies filled and bones warmed, the girls made their way up one side of the street and down the other, venturing into every antique shop they encountered. Before they knew it, a little more than two hours had passed. Hurrying back to their vehicles, they placed their treasures under the seats then walked to the area where they had left the boys. Within moments their two aqua-men emerged from the water each carrying nets ladened with the morning’s catch. Jonah pulled off his cap, freeing his long wavy hair, beams of light shone behind him. He looked like Poseidon. Ami ran to him unable to decide which she was more excited about; his safe return to her or the booty of seafood wriggling and squirming in his net. After changing clothes and setting their catch in the cooler, the four made their way to Henry and Aileen’s apartment. Theirs was larger than Jonah and Ami’s, but the décor was similar. Towards the back was an enclosed porch with two Papasan chairs, along with vintage glassware set upon shelves lining an entire wall. Each displayed tender green sprouts popping up through black soil. But the elephant in the room was what looked to an actual tree. As they drew nearer, it was clear, this was no Chaste tree, but the biggest Cannabis plant Jonah and Ami had ever laid eyes on. Ami was surprised she hadn’t smelled its aromatic scent when they entered. She remembered how her Rambler smelled during her “Canna-caper.” What started as a seed in a five-gallon pot was now the crowned prince of Henry’s growing career. After cutting into the floorboards, then digging a deep, wide hole into the ground, he amended the dirt and let nature take over. Henry only tended to watering, light cycles and the maintenance of bugs. The plant was nearly seven feet tall with a circumference of three feet. Jonah, barely able to contain
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himself, asked about the estimated yield. Aileen stated they expected between six or seven ounces of actual bud. After some animated conversation about growing, while smoking, the foursome decided it was time to eat. Aileen invited Ami to join her in the kitchen where she would teach her how to clean and prepare the abalone and shrimp the boys had harvested. She also told Ami they may be Infusing some of the dishes. In relatively short time a meal of fresh abalone, lightly breaded and sautéed in garlicky-Canna-butter atop steamed rice, boiled shrimp, with Infused aioli, and a crisp green salad was on the table. Henry filled four shot glasses with Ouzo. The perfect accompaniment to abalone, he promised. “Opa!” they all cheered. *
“Okay, Mom, coffee’s ready. What’d you decide on for breakfast?” “Opa!” shouted, Ami. “Opa? What’s Opa?” Asked Natasha. “I want abalone and eggs, some Ouzo in my coffee and a little smoke,” stated Ami. “First of all, it isn’t abalone season, Ouzo is out of the question and you haven’t had a little smoke since Dad died,” replied Natasha. “What” Not abalone season? Your dad always dove for abalone in June. How? What’s happened?” Asked Ami, confused. Natasha explained again, how over fishing, expanded regulations and environmental issues had negatively impacted populations of those sweet crustaceans. There were many factors resulting in changes of her mother’s beloved Monterey. Ami sat quiet.
Still befuddled by her mother’s strange breakfast request, Natasha asked, “Mom, what exactly brought on these cravings?” Ami perked up, “Pour my coffee and I’ll tell you a story.
Cosmic Muffin’s Infused Squid Scramble Ingredients ½ cup panko crumbs 3 eggs ¼ lb. squid – cleaned/sliced Flour – seasoned with salt and pepper 1 Tbsp fish sauce ½ cup half & half - divided 1 clove garlic – minced 4 Tbsp infused butter Salt/pepper to taste Choice of hot sauce
Process Spoon seasoned flour into a pie tin. Pour ¼ cup of Half-and-Half and 1 of the eggs into a separate pie tin. Spread panko crumbs into a third pie tin. In medium skillet, heat butter until melted. Add garlic and cook until aromatic. Whisk in fish sauce. Season squid with salt and pepper then dredge each piece into flour, Half-and-Half, then panko. Add remaining eggs to skillet with butter and garlic and cook over medium-low heat until eggs begin to set, stirring occasionally. Add prepared squid and cook until tender, about 1-2 minutes. Don’t overcook! Spoon Squid Scramble onto plate and garnish with chives and hot sauce. Serves One
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C u r a te d B y Bill Shehan
Nevada Dispensaries BILL
with assistance from SHWA Shwa Laytart
NATURE’S CHEMISTRY Animal Cookies
Nature’s Chemistry should be donating a portion of their profits of Animal Cookie’s to save the animals of the planet that are quickly going extinct. This flower is going to be so popular it may be the only way to save the rhinos and orangutans. A high that will have you climbing trees and running with the pack. Nature’s Chemistry has something special here, so let’s get NC to give back. Because the only thing that would make this flower any better is if a portion of the profits actually helped nature and the last of the animals surviving in it.
THC- 28.6% Limonene- 3.7mg/g Caryophyllene- 2.9mg/g Linalool- 1.6mg/g Humulene- 0.8mg/g Myrcene- 0.7mg/g
BOND ROAD CANNABIS CO. Bond Road Kush
These nugs are beautiful and dense. Get your back up off the fence and smoke on some Bond Road Kush. This strain is intense You’ll get so excited, you’ll be pitching tents. Well, some of you might, and some can’t since some of you don’t have any camping equipment. In that case you can get excited in your own way. 30% THC will kick your ass, bud. Know your limits, this is not for lightweights.
THC- 29.963% Limonene- 5.52mg/g Caryophyllene- 5.22mg/g Myrcene- 1.09mg/g Humulene- 1.09mg/g b-Pinene- 0.92mg/g
BOND ROAD CANNABIS CO. Bonded 95
What a pleasant first impression this was. I still think about the night we met, and how we danced too slow for the music playing at the beach. I held you so tight, and rocked you under my wings. That was 1995 with Stephanie, November. I remember. That’s when we bonded. It was nice to smoke on this Bonded 95 and reflect on my love. These nugs are plump and hearty, and took my memory back 24 years.
THC- 27.72% Limonene- 6.17mg/g Myrcene- 2.42mg/g Caryophyllene- 2.07mg/g Linalool- 1.27mg/g b-Pinene- 1.10mg/g a-Pinene- 0.64mg/g
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REMEDY Island Sweet Skunk Cured Resin Shatter
HELL YES! No exaggeration, this might be the best tasting, overall feeling, pound for pound best shatter I’ve ever dabbed on. Five minutes after hitting it, I’m still breathing sweet fire. I did hit it hard though. Im not one who dabs little baby dabs. Ten minutes later, I’m about to hit it again. Not that I need to, but I deserve to smash this half gram up. I have about 3 dabs left in this packet. 0.1-0.2 gram dabs are perfect. No need to be a hero. Screw it, go be a hero. Bury your head in the Island Remedy Sand, my Sweet Skunks and cure your ailments, or let your dreams shatter as it slips through your fingertips.
THC- 80.4496% Terpinolene- 6.46mg/g Caryophyllene- 5.03mg/g
REMEDY OG Kush Cartridge
Holy Genius! These terps are ridiculous. That’s a grip of limonene, but don’t have a sativa panic attack, my G. Let the myrcene settle in and grab a snack. This much caryophyllene will definitely get your back, and keep stress and depression at bay. OG Kush can undoubtedly push all the right buttons. It’s waiting for you to screw it onto your 5/10 threaded battery. Vape this cartridge wherever you can breathe free air. Don’t despair. Security and cops don’t seem to care. But beware, there is always one hypocritical conservative tobacco using alcoholic rat waiting to blow the whistle. Where is my Tomahawk Missile. I’ll blow that shit up.
THC- 83.7065% Limonene- 26.48mg/g Caryophyllene- 23.05mg/g Myrcene- 16.33mg/g
REMEDY Lemon Kush
Leaping lords of cannabis concentrates. This Remedy Jilly Bean Sauce gave me a humbling wallop to my noggin. It smells so delectable. Everything Remedy turns out is respectable. This sauce is far beyond fuckwithable. It was definitely top 3 for the month, and top 10 for the year. Just a little smear will transcend you from down there to all the way up here in the clouds. What a loud and lovely flavor. Jilly Bean Sauce is one to savor.
Everyone loves the taste of a sweet bush. Lemon Kush is a tasty treat that should be infused into edibles that we can eat. That would be neat! Until then, twist it up, load a bowl, or pack it into your favorite dry-herb vaporizer, and suck this down your hatch. Other lemons are no match. Scratch that idea. Turn the page. Just head on over to your favorite dispensary if you wanna get a rise from this Lemon Kush. I always enjoy a good 1:1 myrcene/limonene terp ratio like a game of Tug-o-War. Your brain is the rope. Oh shit.
THC- 76.4413% Myrcene- 28.79mg/g Ocimene- 20.42mg/g Limonene- 12.03mg/g
THC- 23.72% Myrcene- 4.17mg/g Limonene- 3.06mg/g Caryophyllene- 2.42mg/g
REMEDY Jilly Bean Sauce
When it comes to brands, Remedy is one of my favorites. When it comes to strains, Gelato is one of my favorite flavors. This rich, smooth and creamy high melts in your mouth and has you coming back for a second scoop. A light floral aroma with just the right amount of myrcene, Remedy’s Gelato will keep your head chill as the summer sun heats up everything else.
THC- 22.65% Limonene- 7.72mg/g Myrcene- 3.62mg/g Linalool- 2.93mg/g
LAS VEGAS/ CANNABIS WHITE LVBEL Lemon Dosi Shatter
Take your partner, one by one, dab Lemon Dosi, and have some fun being spun. Dosi do and step with pep to the back of the house… Look in, all the lights are out. Wait, why are we square dancing to Eazy Duz It? Boy you should have known by now, Eazy does it. White LVbel, how do you pronounce your name? Is the V silent? I spent a while talking to myself like a stoned idiot, until I concluded that the V is not silent, its vicious and violent. It’s ignored, but not ignorant. Ask for this at your nearest dispensary.
THC- 79.33% Caryophyllene- 7.68mg/g Myrcene- 6.89mg/g Humulene- 2.55mg/g
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GREENLIFE PRODUCTIONS Heaven Mountain
Growing cannabis is like cooking. Sometimes you nail it perfectly and there isn’t a soul at the table that isn’t impressed by the presentation. Then, once the flavors hit the taste buds, eyes roll back and the adulations begin. One might call this Heaven. GLP’s small batch organically grown Heaven Mountain flower is exactly that. Delicious and heavenly and will have everyone at the table salivating and excited about the next taste. Put this in your mouth and let it take you there!
THC- 29.348% CBGA- 1.858% Limonene- 11.89mg/g Myrcene- 3.54mg/g Caryophyllene- 3.43mg/g Linalool- 3.12mg/g b-Pinene- 1.86mg/g Ocimene- 1.5mg/g a-Pinene- 1.44mg/g Humulene- 1.32mg/g
DEEP ROOTS Alien OG GREENLIFE PRODUCTIONS MAC
GLP should have called this strain Mac Daddy because it’s the Mac Daddy of the Green Life strains. I love everything they produce, I mean cultivate. VCM was my favorite strain in GLP’s line-up, but Mac just knocked out the undisputed champ. There was no way VCM was going to submit, so we just took that asswhoopin’. Mac’s ground and pound game was relentless, until the ref stopped the madness. I've never seen a striker deliver this many blows to the head. Somebody call the doctor. VCM is still face down on the canvas. Let’s go to Big John for the OFFICAL DECISION.
THC- 25.166% Limonene- 10.82mg/g a-Pinene- 3.12mg/g b-Pinene- 2.33mg/g Myrcene- 2.28mg/g Caryophyllene- 1.95mg/g Linalool- 1.74
Ancient Astronauts aren’t a new concept to me. Hell, I studied under Zacharia Sitchen. So now that the Blue Book is out and the Airforce is sharing videos of UFO’s I’m excited to recommend Deep Roots’ Alien OG. I shatter from the future, this genetically designed species will abduct you for all the right reasons. Left with only flashes of fading dreams and an overall sense of love for earthlings, your days will be guided by the knowledge that you’re part of something so much bigger. Please Deep Roots, keep going deeper. Without psychonauts like you, we will never know how far our consciousness can reach the depths of the universe.
THC- 75.13% Myrcene- 5.47mg/g Caryophyllene- 3.93mg/g Limonene- 2.74mg/g
EVERGREEN ORGANIX Cherry Canna Cubes
For some reason, I expected cinnamon flavor. Maybe I should read the label before I just dive in. I was a little excited though. This is as close to crunching on red dice as you can get without screwing up the craps table. When will we see some edible dice? Jerry, let’s go! Let me print some numbers on these bad boys like yesterday. Let’s parlay the hardways, 100-1 odds on the hard 6 & 8. Place your bets! At just under 5mg THC each, These are perfect for anyone looking to microdose.
Cubes/Package- 20 THC/Cube- 4.994mg Total THC- 99.883mg
REDWOOD TREES Diablo
Just had a poquito showdown with old Diablo himself. He reared up on us one Sunday, and in a dear voice asked us “You want some?” Yah, so let’s just say that we knew Diablo was legit because we were instantly lit from breathing him in. There was so much more I wanted to tell you, but before Diablo split, the Devil spit and froze time, making us forget about all the devils in the details. One wouldn’t expect to witness Hell freezing over, but in a way it did. Pause. This Diablo fella is definitely a little weird-smelling. People like weird because they, themselves are weird. You, yourself are a strange individual. You know who I’m talking to. There are quirky things you do that only you know about that are quite strange, maybe even a bit deranged. So you keep it contained. That’s the Diablo in the details. We are all a poquito Diablo
THC- 25.2536% Myrcene- 1.428mg/g
Limonene- 3.649mg/g Caryophyllene- 1.32mg/g
TYSON RANCH Sativa Pre-Rolls
I’ve always been a fan of puffing before pumping when headed to the gym. Just because Mike Tyson is behind the Tyson Ranch grow doesn’t mean I’m going to say it’s the brand I use before I work out. But no joke, this TR Sativa preroll pushed me past my normal hour investment. With my schedule, I’m either early morning or a late night exerciser. TR Sativa is like a warm sauna for the brain and muscles. Without the lost-in-space headiness and the low energy, I was able to add a few more reps making TR Sativa my new pre-workout stretch.
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REDWOOD CULTIVATION/ STACKED DECK Hybrid Pre-Rolls
If you play your cards right, Redwood’s Stacked Deck collection will make you a winner every time. Some of the coolest packaging to hit the shelves, these visually stimulating products are sure to deal you the hand you want to play. The Hybrid is a smooth classic Rat Pack vibe that will have you laughing like a fool, but the minute your hand is called you’ll smile with a twinkle in your eyes and a royal flush.
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8|FOLD Grapefruit Durban Disposable Vape Pen
Largest Selection of Smoking Supplies in Northern Nevada
If you haven’t noticed, Grapefruit is the new Orange! The 8|Fold Grapefruit Durban is without a doubt a trendsetter and ahead of the pack. Bursting with THC, this juicy vape oil also comes with CBG and CBN, something you don’t find in many vapes these days. Now, this 8|Fold vape pen is disposable, so make sure it finds its way back to a dispensary for recycling and not tossed in the gutter like so many broken dreams this city is known for.
THC- 79.6% CBG- 3.27% CBN- 0.41% Caryophyllene- 2.73mg/g Linalool- 1.03mg/g
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BAM Key Lime Pie Diamond Sauce
BAM’s Key Lime Pie Diamond Sauce was the most remarkable product this month. I snapped this photo outside in the sun. These diamonds look and smell as amazing as they taste and feel when the THCA melts into vapor. I need BAM’s diamonds in my life. If you’ve ever listened to anything I’ve said, put the magazine down right now, find these THCA jewels, and get ‘em into your lungs. The magazine will be here on the coffee table for you when you get back with the goods. Thank me later.
THC-75.52% CBGA- 1.007% Caryophyllene- 6.992mg/g Limonene- 4.657mg/g Linalool- 4.116mg/g Humulene- 3.425mg/g Myrcene- 2.326mg/g Bisabolol- 1.046mg/g
BAM Ambrosia 1/Mandarin Cookies Sugar
Truth be known, I try not to dab much with Wild Bill when I’m working. His energy is a Ted Talk on mushrooms and I find myself just trying to find the path back home. But he’s a magical man and can keep me in my seat by sharing some Mandarin Cookies and a passionate rant. Mandarin Cookies crumble is fluorescent tangerine in color (and aroma) with a captivating flavor that’s an accomplished balance of sweet and sour. The perfect ingredient for binge watchin’ the Wild Bill show.
THC- 76.512% CBGA- 1.955% Terpinolene- 12.36mg/g Caryophyllene- 3.19mg/g Bisabolol- 1.96mg/g Myrcene- 1.63mg/g Guaiol- 1.29mg/g
TRYKE Pineapple Diesel 1:1 Distillate
What a sweet way to get the THC & CBD that your body needs. This cartridge fits on any standard battery with 5/10 threads. This is the first time that I’ve seen any cartridge with so much delta 8 THC, which is not as psychedelic as the delta 9 THC we are all familiar with. Enjoy this Pineapple Diesel cartridge just about anywhere in Las Vegas without being harassed. This tank smelled like candy. Nice and flavorful...
THC- 43.098% CBD- 50.448% Delta8 THC- 379.17mg/g Limonene- 2.02mg/g Linalool- 1.51mg/g
TRYKE Cherry Louis
This did the trick. I had a little wake and bake this morning. I actually heated up a muffin and spread sweet jelly on it instead of coffee. Boy, I could use some warm coffee right now. I’m couch-locked from this cherry blossom jubilee. I wish that coffee could just come to me. Maybe I’ll just take a couch nap for an hour or three. Blame it on the THC and the myrcene in this lime green chillin’ machine.
THC- 24.74% Myrcene- 9.95mg/g Limonene- 2.29mg/g Caryophyllene- 1.15mg/g
This strain, A1 Yola is endorsed by Mike Tyson. It hits you with a right, left, right, left… you’re toothless. This 31% Tyson Ranch is ruthless. Everywhere it goes, they say damn, this TR strain is fuckin’ up my program. The 1:1 myrcene / limonene terpene ratio is a blend that I personally search for. 5mg/g is equivalent to a half of 1 percent, and significantly beneficial. Great herb, Iron Mike. You got me feeling like Glass Joe.
THC- 30.8654% Caryophyllene- 8.457mg/g Myrcene- 5.998mg/g Limonene- 5.157mg/g
KABUNKY #9 Live Resin Badder
Holy shit. This wax has a grip of caryophyllene which is beneficial as an anti-anxiolytic and helps relieve stress and depression. If you aren’t the type of person who regularly gets depressed, you will still get a mood enhancer. This much caryophyllene will help make anyone happier. What an entourage of terps. There is enough myrcene to slow your roll, yet enough limonene to make you restless and unable to sit still. This is the kind of material I like to dab in my rig. This spectacular substance is smooshy like creamy peanut butter, very easy to break off exactly the size dab you are trying to smash up. Good shit here.
THC-77.3% Caryophyllene- 40.6mg/g Humulene- 10.4mg/g Myrcene- 9.6mg/g Nerolidol- 8.7mg/g Limonene- 6.9mg/g Linalool- 5.8mg/g
PRODUCTS KABUNKY #9 Kannon (14g Joint) I met a really cool dude this past week named Dave Anglin. Some of you know him. He’s been an advocate in the cannabis industry for some time now. He recently stopped by my place with his wife of 24 years. Dan is a military vet and the owner of Cannamerica. Who better to smoke this 14-gram Kannon with? He was headed back to Colorado and I was his last stop before heading through Utah so I wanted to make his trip a little easier. This Kabunky Kannon handled that task with ease. We passed this enormous fat boy back and forth for about a half hour before he left. Then I burned it for another half hour on Instagram. Hooo Whee! Fire up the Kannons! Tally Ho!
THC- 21.31% Humulene- 1.5mg/g
Caryophyllene- 6.1mg/g Bisabolol- 1.4mg/g
KABUNKY Blue Raspberry Chewgummies
These were delicious. I eagerly devoured the contents of this tin, then used the metal container as an ashtray for my 14-gram Kabunky Kannon. Man, everyone deserves to feel how I feel at this moment. These Chewgummies are possibly the best gummy on the market. There isn’t much out there that tastes so good and feels this chewy between the molars. Head upstairs to Nevada Made and sink your teeth in.
Total THC- 96.4mg THC/Gummy- 9.64mg Total CBD- 17.8mg CBD/Package- 178mg Gummies/Package- 10
RSO + GO SHWA RSO Dabber Master Kush or Purple Chunk
When RSO is done correctly, it’s a medicine that heals like no other. When dabbing this oil, the effect is soft on the throat and lungs. So for those that don’t smoke, nor do they want to, the harshness will be reduced immensely. When you're dealing with an attack on your immune system that may very well kill you, painless massages to every cell in your body is what you need to help keep you breathing and alive. If you are in this position and smoke cannabis, this will be your favorite bedside companion.
Master Kush THC- 77.65% CBG- 2.62% CBN- 1.22% Myrcene- 35.7mg/g Limonene- 9.7/mg/g b-Pinene- 8.9mg/g
Purple Chunk THC- 76.8% CBG- 26.1% CBC- 13.5mg/g Myrcene- 33.5mg/g Limonene- 7.5mg/g
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TOKIN’ WITH THE INFAMOUS
Eddy Lepp spent 8½ years of a 10 year sentence in federal prison for growing weed. He’s not only infamous, he is a legend and we all owe him a debt of gratitude. He’s currently working on an initiative that will fix the California legalization fiasco by returning it to the Prop 215 era regulations that were butchered by Prop 64. To follow the progress of the initiative and find out how you can help, just search for OG Eddy Lepp on all social media platforms. Eddy’s been fighting this battle for a long time, and he could use some help.
took 32,524 plants. They came back 5 months later and raided again and got another 11,000 plants. It took about 5-6 years for me to end up going to trial. Like I alluded to earlier, they denied me a medical defense, they denied me a religious defense. They basically told the jury “Mr. Lepp signed this piece of paper saying he owns the property and he knew that was marijuana. You have to convict him, you don’t have a choice.” Due to the jury instructions, that’s just what they did.
Hopper: Last time I saw you was not too long ago at the UnderRated and Garth Vader “Like A Criminal” video shoot. Your cameo and lines in the video are iconic. Tell us about your statement, “I’m not a criminal”.
Eddy: I gotta say that after being gone almost ten years and coming home from prison, there were two things that hit me. One, I was so thrilled and so proud of what this industry has become as far as its growth and what has happened in the ten years I was gone. Then on the other hand, I look at it and I’m somewhat disappointed. In the beginning this was all about helping people. Now I see that it’s 98% about how much money can I make today. They don’t seem to care about people like we did. I’m not sure that’s the case, that’s just what I see on the surface. Another thing I’m terribly disappointed in is the fact that all these people that are in the industry don’t know how the fuck they got there. I find that very, very disappointing. I was talking to some guys at a High Times event in Sacramento, I was in the VIP section and I was talking to these guys from Iowa I think. They were telling me what an overwhelming honor it was for them to be able to sit in the VIP section with somebody that actually was a VIP. I look at these events and I see how badly the people who did what needed to be done are overlooked and neglected, and I find that upsetting. There’s so many hundreds, if not thousands, of people out there who have
Hopper: So let’s go back to the beginning and talk about the raid, the trial, and the sentencing. Eddy: In August 2002, the DEA came in and raided the farm. Five people were taken into custody. At that time, they took around 280-290 plants, they said it was like 1600 kilos or something. Then in 2004, they came in and raided the whole 40 acres and
Hopper: Would you do it all over again?
devoted their lives to this movement, to this plant, and have worked diligently day in and day out, for years upon untold years to get it legal and where it was accepted in society. I find it hurtful that the people making all this money now haven’t taken time to learn how they got to do what they get to do. Hopper: That’s so true. Something I like to say is, be a stoner that cares. Give back. Eddy: Well, I’m gonna be down in Santa Cruz, we’re gonna rewrite the initiative that Jack Herer and I wrote back in 2008. We’re gonna rework it to cover some of these new issues that have come up since Jack passed away. We’re gonna do all we can to get this initiative on the ballot, and basically what it will do is- we’ll go back to Prop 215. Everything post 215, whether it was done by initiative or legislation, will be wiped out. Hopper: That’s awesome news. We really need a warrior like yourself in our corner. I really respect the fact that you’re doing that. Eddy: I’m not a lawyer. I’m not very good at this. Jack and I fought like cats and dogs trying to figure out how to word it and what to say. But I will do it. I’m more than smart enough to go to people I need to go to, to get good advice. We have to make it right. We’ve got to set this industry on its ear, and let them know that we are not your fuckin’ cash cow. You will treat us just like you
treat the strawberry farmers, the walnut orchards, whatever. We’re an agricultural product and you will treat us just like any other agricultural product. No more $35,000 to turn on the god**mn water. If you charge the orchard $700, you’re not gonna charge me more. Hopper: Thank you! We need your no bullshit network to lay it all out there and get it done. Eddy: You know, I’ve lived my life fairly honestly. 25-30 years ago now, I became Rasta. One of the primary prerequisites is that you must live your life by the truth. No lies in, no lies out. I’ll be 68 years old in two weeks. Most guys my age are kicked back with a fishing line in the water, and I’m getting ready to go to war. I’ve been fighting this war since the 60s. I’ve said this before- if I could just get all of these people to stand up one time with me, I promise you’ll never have to stand up again. We need everybody in this state who’s ever looked at a joint, to vote for this initiative and get this passed so we can put an end to the injustices perpetrated not only by the government against us, but by us against the patients and consumers. Now granted, this situation is not necessarily one of our making, but if we don’t try to fix it, who the hell will? Hopper: The Free Eddy Lepp movement was huge. How did it feel to have such major support from the cannabis community? Eddy: I was deeply honored. I
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Eddy: Well, I served 8½ years in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for growing cannabis for cancer and AIDS patients and the members of my congregation. The federal government denied me any defense, I was prosecuted even though I hadn’t broken any state laws. To this day I’ve never broken any state cannabis laws. So me saying “I’m not a criminal”, to me, not only is the truth but is something that should be said. Double jeopardy, I guess, applies to everybody but cannabis people. I assumed that when the state didn’t pick up the case, that was the end of it, but I guess not.
would not have survived if it was not for the people on the outside. My family and friends put money on my books and helped me as much as they could, but with me being gone they were all suffering tremendously. I would have lived like somebody’s bitch if it weren’t for the kindness and generosity of all the people out there that put money on my books over the years. I really want to thank Kitty Dunlevy, Heidi Grossman. I’d really like to give a big shoutout to Aundre Speciale and the Cannabis Buyers Club of Oakland, they’ve been a tremendous support. I’m deeply touched by all the people who supported me, because I could not have survived without it. I’d like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I’d like to thank the entertainment industry, specifically the comedians and the hip-hop artists that have embraced me. Redman, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Snoop, Cypress Hill, Kottonmouth Kings, Pony Boy, Peer Pressure, Real One, Woody Harrelson and his brother, Bill Maher. All of these people I’ve met over the years who have done so much to help me. I’m so thankful. And all of the people, and I don’t mean this as an insult, but the little people if you will. The people who have devoted their lives to this and worked so hard. Hopper: What was it like to adjust to life after 8 ½ years in federal prison? Eddy: Well, I can sum that up in a simple little story. Heidi flew to Colorado the day I got out of prison. She and a bunch of other people met me in a motorcade and picked me up and hauled me to the airport in Denver. As soon as I got in the motorhome, Heidi handed me a telephone because I wanted to call my daughter and tell her I was out of prison. I didn’t know how to turn on the phone. Heidi literally had to show me how to use a telephone. That’s what the last year and half, two years has been like for me. There’s been so many changes and so many advances, especially in technology with the Internet and social media. It’s just been overwhelming. Hopper: High Times gave you a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award, that had to have been a proud moment for you! Eddy: It was, and I’ve gotten many
awards. Right after I got out, I got the Brownie Mary Award from the national democratic convention for service and stuff. I’ve had a very good relationship with High Times for many, many years. I was Freedom Fighter of the Year back in the beginning of the century. I’m not sure if they’re still doing the Counterculture Hall of Fame, but if they do I’m sure I’ll get added to that one day. All of these awards and honors mean more to me than anybody will ever know. That said, they’re not mine at all because I could not have done any of this without so many people helping me. Those awards are nice and they make me happy, but they don’t belong to me, they belong to the community. That’s who’s earned them, and that’s who deserves them. Hopper: We already touched on this a bit, but what are your thoughts on the current state of cannabis? Eddy: In two words the cannabis community right now is fucked. Hopper: What do you think the future holds for legalization? Eddy: You mean if things keep going the way they’re going? Hopper: Yes. Eddy: I have a two-word answer for you- It’s fucked. I’ll be as clear as I can- the only way this industry is going to survive and be successful is if everybody in it gets off their asses and helps me pass this initiative! If we don’t protect ourselves, nobody else is going to.
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Hopper: We talked about how grateful you are for the huge support network you have. Is there anyone else you want to shout out before we go? Eddy: I’d really like to thank three people, because without them, none of this would have happened. Dennis Peron, Jack Herer, and the little bitty pretty one, my darling wife Linda Senti. I know that God is holding her in His arms right now. They’re all up there smokin’ a fatty laughin’ at me saying, “That poor son of a bitch is still workin’!” Follow Hopper on IG: @hopper448
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