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FloraVega: A Local Success Story




By local success FLORA VEGA Ruckus Rant is back

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FloraVega - Desert Snow


Cover Design: CHRONIC INFUSION Cover Image: Desert Snow BY Floravega

22 CBD for Sleep Support 24 The Cannab-Esq. Chronicles 28 Cannabis and Intimacy Bill Shehan Abducted 32 Was by Aliens

36 Tokin' with the Infamous 38 Daily Dose 40 What's Good in Nevada 46 The Ruckus Rant 48 Check Out What's New 50 Cooking with CannaBushi 52 Can Cannabis Cure Anxiety


54 Dear Mary Jane





Stephanie Shehan

Welcome Spring!

This month, our cover features FloraVega's Desert Snow strain. FloraVega was one of the first licensed cultivators in the state of Nevada. Being locally owned and operated, the team at FloraVega strives to "grow the best product possible for a fair price that would create great value for all that live, work and visit Nevada." And this, we can appreciate. As the first cannabis publication for Nevada, we have always remained focused on supporting and highlighting locals. Spotlighting local businesses within the cannabis industry as well as other industries is a priority for us. Our team is honest and up-front. And, we do not attempt to operate or appear as something we are not. With us, what you see is what you get. Interested in advertising? Give us a call, we will work with you and your given budget. Have a story you want to see in print, email us. Want to offer the magazine at your business? Let us know and we will add you to our distribution list.

Here's to the beginning of Spring and the start of our warmer weather!

Stephanie Shehan CORRECTION: In the Nov/Dec 2019 and Jan/Feb 2020 issues we inadvertently failed to list Andrew "Druski" Hatcher Jr. of Photos By Druski as well as Jenny Winslow of JayDub Photo as the photographers for Chris "Cannabushi" Rodarte's recipe features.

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>>> FloraVega A local success story

n 2014, Nevada approved the regulations for legal cultivation licenses, and with that, FloraVega was created as a 100% locally owned entity. The ownership consists of successful Nevadans that include an owner of a local commercial dry cleaning service who provided expertise in everything about clean water and wastewater, the owner of the largest moving and storage company in Nevada, a casino executive of over 30 years that understood and appreciated a regulatory industry, and a few local attorneys. The idea of growing cannabis indoors and becoming one of the first approved cultivators to open in Las Vegas seemed like a great idea at the time as many flocked for the licenses and started to build their indoor facilities. FloraVega hired professional cultivators with experience in building and running successful facilities in Colorado and other states, as most of the pioneers in this new industry did. What transpired next was a surprise to all as no other state implemented the stringent testing that Nevada came to adopt. The first cultivators to open were the risk takers of the new industry, and as with anything not done before, it became a learning experience which many did not survive. FloraVega was founded with one overall goal, to grow the best product possible for a fair price that would create great value for all that lived, worked and visited Nevada. After all, with 100% of ownership being local from Las Vegas, the company wanted fellow Nevadans to be proud of what would be offered and sold. The company also wanted employees to feel valued and happy so they included healthcare for everyone that was employed full time, which was rare in this new industry. FloraVega decided to hire the best cannabis consultants that were offering their services, and as they believed they had, planned to learn from them and quickly develop a strong local team. What no one expected in the industry was the initial testing criteria developed by the newly formed local labs and adopted by the state to be so stringent and unforgiving. It was obvious that Nevada wanted to lead the nation in cannabis testing standards and develop the same high standards that the state was known for in the Gaming industry in order to set an example for other states to follow. Some of this testing even included failure for


beneficial bacteria that could be found on lettuce in a grocery store, all in an effort to ensure the market provided the cleanest possible cannabis to consumers. Adaptation to the climate of Nevada was a challenge that many cultivators faced in outfitting their facilities. Cannabis had not been grown at this scale in this environment before. Most cultivators adapted and had to modify their facilities and FloraVega was no exception, the initial budgets for construction and improvements more than doubled into the millions as they built out and retrofit the 42,000 sq. foot cultivation. Nevada’s initial program was medicinal only, and the number of people that chose to get a medical card was extremely low compared to the potential forecasts. With Nevada lab tests costing $400 for every 5 lbs tested, state and city taxes applied and dispensaries marking up the price to cover their high expenses, it was still extremely costly to the end consumer compared to what the black market was offering for years. The alternative was an untested and potentially harmful product that had no regulation or oversight regarding pesticides or nutrients and other harmful products that a consumer might be using and no taxes to pay on either end. Coupled with low participation in the medical program, there was an oversupply of what was growing to what could be sold. This turned out to be an opportunity for FloraVega to retrofit the facility and create a perfect environment, add a few million dollars of improvements, and refine strategies to ensure they would be one of the mass brands to create a loyal following. FloraVega wanted customers that would grow with them as they developed and be part of something happening and evolving that would be fairly priced and always striving for the best. As the market started to consolidate with many large international public companies purchasing approved licenses of cultivations, dispensaries and production companies (oils and edibles), FloraVega continued to reinvest and improve the growing environments and quality of the product. FloraVega has had the help of several dispensaries that stood by them through the test of time, Sahara Wellness, Inyo, Showgrow, Top Notch, Nevada Wellness Center, Releaf, Thrive and Euphoria are just a few. The relationships developed have been invaluable




and processes. FloraVega has come a very long way but what is more important is where they are going and what they are doing to continue growth, quality and implementation of successful strategies. With Nick Puliz, A Bishop Gorman High school graduate, being the General Manager from the beginning and was the project manager for the design and buildout experiencing it all, good and bad, Floravega will not make the same errors as they have in the past and remember humbling lessons and loyal followers. FloraVega then focused on its marketing and sales force, which included John Tegano, a Bishop Gorman High graduate, from the beginning and Sam McAdam, an import from Maine with a history in medical cannabis. Together, they oversee dispensary sales, marketing, brand development and relationships with customers and the community. Not long after they added Matthew Santo, who recently graduated from UNR and oversees social media and other marketing efforts.

and enabled FloraVega to refine the product and continue to adapt with the new technology being developed to grow quality cannabis. FloraVega’s philosophy was to never stop learning, as they contracted with several growers from other states with specific knowledge that would help produce the best value in the market for sale. As with any new industry, there will be lots of movement within the industry of master growers and other key personnel, and FloraVega was always looking to improve its operation and products. Each past grower has played a part of the FloraVega evolution and as they have learned from mistakes, Floravega strives to continue learning, growing and evolving. The director of operations is one of the most important people in a cultivation and as the FloraVega ownership learned, the culture of the company and the ultimate success would rely on the key management and its employees- the crew members. As recreational cannabis was approved in the State, new cultivators sprang up who had received licenses but never built their facilities. As demand for the product went up, so did the quality of FloraVega as they changed their logo, standards


It is with great pride that FloraVega can formally introduce David Lloyd as our new Director of Operations and head of cultivation. David has been in the industry for over 17 years, starting in 2002 in Chicago working in the retail hydroponic industry while growing his own cannabis at home. He is no stranger to cultivating in Nevada as he was the original head of operations for the premium brand Cannabiotix and is highly regarded in the industry. David joined FloraVega in December 2019 and his positive impact was immediately evident as employees started to experience the positive work environment and learn new techniques for cultivating operations and processes. FloraVega immediately progressed to a point that the whole team is seeing stronger, healthier plants, more trichome density, vibrant colors, more specific smells, higher terpenes and a better experience overall for the end user. FloraVega is already getting kudos from existing partner dispensaries and customers as the quality continues to improve at a rapid pace, and it is only the beginning. Over the last year, FloraVega has reinvented itself with a new bold logo, packaging and new products. With prerolls becoming a larger market for the dispensaries, the quickly popular 20 Somethings and 30 Somethings were launched in late 2019. With THC percentages becoming important to consumers, FloraVega decided to introduce prerolls made from 100% flower and grouped by THC tested percentages, any flower that tested from 20-29% were sold under the 20 Something brand, and all flower testing above 30%, which is not the majority of flower sold, would be the 30 Somethings brand. This would take the guesswork out of what people were buying. FloraVega also started to color code their labels, with Red being Sativa strains, Purple being Indica strains and Green being hybrid strains. Everything the company did was with the end user in mind, to help make their decisions easier, to give them what they wanted and to take the guesswork out of the purchase. FloraVega also developed the 4grammer, a special that will be offered at various times of the year. Atypical packaged 1/8 is usually 3.54 grams, the 4 grammer

THE LATEST is 4 grams at the same price as an 1/8th, a ½ gram for free to show appreciation to loyal FV customers and dispensary partners love it as well. In the near future, as they build out specialized and technologically advanced growing rooms, FloraVega is developing a new Premium brand of highly curated flowers grown in small batches that will only use the finest nutrients, specialized growing techniques and methods. They plan to deliver the best value in the top shelf market, complementing the current FloraVega brand as the highest quality and value in the mass market category. FloraVega has also been very active in the local community, in 2019 FloraVega partnered with Las Vegas NORML and their Access for All program. This program provides medical cannabis at a large discount to patients who do not have the means to access it regularly. We have also collaborated with local non-profit organizations like the Ink Ribbon Foundation, the Las Vegas Endo March, Project Uterus and UNLV Athletic fund. As a locally owned company, FloraVega strives to make a positive impact and looks forward to continuing partnerships with local organizations to make a difference. With Nick, John, Sam and David’s leadership and skill sets, their caring and dedicated employees, past and future loyal customers, and FloraVega’s continued emphasis on quality and value, FloraVega is truly excited about what the near future holds. It’s getting better all the time.

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Ocimene, Geraniol, Terpinolene & More the energetic effect has helped to define the strain. While ocimene definitely evokes an energetic reaction, it can also help clear out the lungs. You know that feeling when you inhale cannabis and suddenly, you’re moved to couch like there’s no tomorrow? That’s ocimene working hard to stimulate your airway and add to the potency of the flower’s influence. Medicinally speaking, this terpene has massive antiviral qualities which (in our opinion) isn’t the worst thing that you could be inhaling. Asthma? Seasonal allergies? Ocimene’s decongestant abilities can help treat the symptoms of these ailments and get you breathing deeply again.

OCIMENE Ocimene is the sweet-smelling terpene that tickles the nose and sometimes, our lungs. Thought of as a decongestant, ocimene has been known to produce the coughing jags that smoking cannabis can sometimes induce. But as a wise old stoner once said, “if you don’t cough, you don’t get off”. We digress. Herbal, earthy and lightly noted with citrus, ocimene can be found to occur naturally in fruits such as mangoes and sweet peppers, and within the herbs basil, parsley, tarragon and oregano. Wild orchids also carry a hefty dose of ocimene, making it a perfect terpene accent note for lush perfumes. Think French eau de toilette on the wristprovocative, exhilarating and mildly sweet. Within the cannabis profile, ocimene acts as a stimulant. Strains that are sativa dominant often find ocimene as a top note. In fact, sativa strains have this terpene to thank for helping to classify a sativa as a sativa;


Medical studies have shown that cannabis strains containing a high ocimene profile (as well as close pals myrcene and pinene) could possibly assist in alleviating symptoms of the SARS virus. Heavily antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and having antioxidant properties, ocimene is a powerful terpene. A few ocimene-heavy strains include: Super Lemon Haze, White Fire OG, Strawberry Cough, Lemon Sour Diesel, OG Kush and Amnesia. GERANIOL One terpene that comes to mind when reminiscing about sweet florals is common to many variations of plants, including our dear cannabis. It also happens to be one of our favorites, but that’s neither here nor there. Geraniol is a terpene that occurs organically in geraniums, roses, peaches, bergamot, berries (black and blue), lemongrass, and many other plant sources. The overall fruity and sweet aroma of this terpene lends itself to

usage within a wide variety of products such as perfumes, soaps, lotions and other naturally sweet-smelling body products and health aides. Bees produce this terpene naturally in their glands and scent their territories with the aromatic secretions that they produce in order to fend of predators and rival colonies. While bees love geraniol, mosquitoes hate it, which makes it a useful terpene for deterring mosquitoes. Various plant oils like citronella and rose, have geraniol as a base flavor profile note. Due to the citrus element, geraniol is also prevalent as a flavor additive for foods (namely desserts like ice cream and other sweets where that sweet, citrus profile is desired. Aside from its delicious flavor characteristics, how is the geraniol terpene beneficial as a cannabis terpene, you ask? The antioxidant, anticancer and tumor fighting qualities that it contains are used in the treatment of a wide variety of diseases and health issues. There have been studies done that show geraniol prohibits the growth of cancer cells as they pertain to colon cancer, lung cancer, oral cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver and prostate cancer. By preventing the growth and develop of cancer cells and tumors, strains that are high in this terpene provide cannabis users with added medicinal benefits. Also having antifungal and antibacterial qualities, this terpene is useful in reducing infections and prohibiting fungal growth and development- an added benefit for patients suffering with symptoms of various diseases. One of the most beneficial cannabis terpenes for the treatment of neuropathy, geraniol lowers levels of cytosolic calcium and helps to revitalize enzyme activity that may have been


damaged through the nerve destruction caused by peripheral nerve injury. Patients suffering with neuropathy deal with numbness, tingling, pain and weakness in the extremities.

CAMPHENE Huddle up, kids. This next terpene smells a little damp and musky, sort of like the woods after a rainstorm. Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, we could only be talking about camphene.

A few cannabis strains that test high in this beneficial terpene are Amnesia Haze, Great White Shark, Lavender, OG Shark and Master Kush. Grab some and celebrate the birth of spring and an overall sense of wellbeing! TERPINOLENE Like people, there are certain terpenes that really stand out. They’re up-in-yourface, bold and bright, extra noticeable when they are around. You can smell them from a mile away. And then, there are terpenes that sort of subtly linger in the background. They sneak up on you when you least expect them to be there. A pleasant surprise, a friendly face. Terpinolene is best characterized in this way. You sort of know it’s there, you notice the light, fresh citrusy aroma, and when it’s not around, you kind of miss it. Terpinolene can be found in a wide variety of cannabis strains, however, it is rarely the standout flavor. Generally appearing in smaller amounts, this terpene offers not much in the way of the anti-inflammatory benefits that many of its relatives provide. However, it does act as an antiseptic, which makes it a valuable additive to soaps and insect repellents. The fresh, crisp quality of terpinolene also lends itself nicely as an accent flavor profile within perfumes and scented body products like creams and mists. An herbal, light, clean, woodsy and slightly piney flavor best describes terpinolene in its natural state. That’s a whole lot of adjectives. Found in apples (there’s that “fresh” flavor we were referring to), sage (the herbal quality), lilacs (light, soap-like, clean), tea tree (pine as pine can be!) and a myriad of other places where you’d least expect this multidimensional terpene to make an appearance, terpinolene definitely gets around. There are many flower strains which contain terpinolene (mainly sativa) and it is also widely used in cannabis


oils thanks to a pleasantly pine and citrus flavor. Terpinolene acts as a cancer fighter as well, in fact, studies have shown it to slow the growth of cancer cells. Where terpinolene does its best work however, is in the sedative department. One of the most useful terpenes for inducing sleep and decreasing anxiety, it has been known to have a powerfully soothing effect. Terpinolene is a valuable element within a wide variety of essential oils that are useful to us in our daily lives. The evasive quality of this terpene however, means that while it is noticeable within products like oils and perfumes, it might not be as obvious within the cannabis profile. The tell tale sign that indicates the presence of terpinolene is that special pine and citrus quality, in addition to the calming, sedative-like effect. Balanced with other terpenes and cannabinoids often present in sativa strains, the soothing effect of terpinolene provides a nice Yin-Yang in the way of relaxation and peacefulness. This terpene is great for easing into a state of relaxation after a long day. A high-CBD strain (and a personal favorite) which contains a good amount of terpinolene is Sour Tsunami. Sour Tangie, Super Lemon Haze and a few more popular strains like Jack Herer, test high in this terpene, as well.

Camphene, while not the most sensually provocative terpene, is one of the most powerful. Known as “the cardiovascular terpene”, camphene has been known to help lower cholesterol levels and triglycerides. You’ll typically find this terpene used in common fragrances and cosmetic products, as well as household cleaners and some topical medications. Due to camphene's unique ability to fight fungus, it is often used to treat skin conditions like eczema and athlete’s foot. Psoriasis got you down? Fret not! Camphene is a widely used therapeutic treatment for chronic health conditions that can flare up and wreak havoc with our nervous and cardiovascular systems. As an addition to other natural terpenes, camphene can assist in the treatment of respiratory issues like congestion and bronchitis. Camphene as an ingredient in Tulsi oil (a combination of cineole, eugenol and camphene) can help treat T.B. damaged lungs and cancer caused by smoking. Because camphene is such a powerful terpene used in a myriad of preventative treatments for health and wellness, it sometimes gets a less than exciting rap. While not as sexy as say, limonene with a fresh and summery citrus appeal, or as cannabis-synonymous as it’s close sibling pinene (which emits a more powerfully fir tree fragrance) camphene is mostly associated with medicine. Topical ointments. Citronella candles. Turpentine. Ya know, domestic daily routine kind of stuff. However, what it lacks in a distinct flavor profile, it more than makes up for in benefit. In an organic state, camphene produces tiny dust particles which can irritate the nose and throat. And due to the scarcely white (or colorless) appearance and musky odor, it is often associated with camphor. Camphene has been used in manmade camphor production, proving to be quite useful as an insecticide



agent. Growing in natural conditions, cannabis can only benefit from the bugdeterring camphene terpene. Belonging to a group of over 100 minor terpenes found within cannabis, recent research suggests that camphene is excellent for reducing the risk of heart disease. Relatedly, it’s also used to lower the possibility of stroke and heart attack, which makes it a great natural alternative for patients looking to diminish the use of pharmaceutical drugs. Other terpenes such as linalool, pinene, myrcene, and beta-caryophyllene (while still useful for wellness) aren’t as effective for lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Let’s talk strains. Generally more prevalent in indica strains, Ghost OG, Strawberry Banana and ACDC also feature a camphene profile. Additionally, you can find camphene in nutmeg, ginger, rosemary, holy basil and conifer. There is a chance of vaporizing camphene during the cooking or smoking process. So to avoid this, make sure that camphene strains aren’t exposed to heat over 318 degrees fahrenheit.



PINENE You know that piney, Christmas tree flavor? The fresh fir of the forest, the brightly unmistakable earthy and crisp scent of the woods, the trees. The next terpene we’re celebrating is beloved pinene.

which love to linger and contribute to cavities, antibacterial mastic contains up to 70% pinene. Assuming pinene is mainly responsible for lending its health properties to the treatment of bad breath and dental issues in this way, proves its versatility.

Not only is pinene the world’s most common and recognizable terpene, it’s also one of the most beneficial. Loaded with anti-inflammatory properties, pinene offers a myriad of health perks like fighting against lung congestion and improving breathing, encouraging overall alertness and neutralizing mild THC-related memory loss. Studies show pinene to be a bronchodilator, opening up those lungs and helping combat the side effects of asthma and bronchial infections. Inhale deeply, friends- pinene is good for you!

The fundamental terpene in pine trees that gives them their unique scent, pinene has a familiar earthy and fresh quality. You know that special smell of the outdoors? Reminiscent of a wintery backdrop, green fir trees and seasonal cheer…that’s the specific flavor profile exclusive to pinene. Found in large amounts in cannabis, it’s also a major constituent of turpentine. Containing both alpha and beta isomers, alphapinene is what is most commonly found in cannabis and plant genetics. Popular pinene-rich sativa strains such as Bubba Kush, Trainwreck, Jack Herer and of course, any of the “pine” strains contain that pine-rich flavor profile and natural scent.

Pinene is found in pine needles (obvi), herbs like basil, rosemary and parsley, spicy orange peels, a variety of marijuana strains, and other sources such as mastic. Extracted from mastic trees, mastic is widely used in dentistry and aids in dental hygiene as it fights against tooth decay and gum disease. Reducing destructive oral bacteria

In addition to benefiting our lungs, our brains and our palates, pinene is also well known for anti-cancer properties. Traditional Chinese medicine provides evidence that alpha-pinene tests


show inhibitory functionality against hepatoma carcinoma cells. Stopping (or slowing) the growth of cancerous tumors is a major benefit to the effect of pinene on dangerous cells. Animals exposed to pinene in their habitats showed reduction in the growth of melanoma, which means that this terpene most definitely assists with cancer therapy. Other therapeutic uses include analgesic (excellent for pain relief), antibacterial, prevention of oxidation of molecules in the body, assists in better sleep by inducing and enhancing the REM sleep phase, and a key component of the endocannabinoid system. Commonly found in essential oil extracts such as eucalyptus and rosemary, this scent profile is most commonly evident in forest or tree blends. Organic Christmas candles, anyone? Perfume? That green air-freshener that hangs from your rearview mirror? All pinene inspired. Unfortunately, not everyone loves pinene- insects seem to abhor it, which makes it a useful base for common insecticides. Whether smoking it, smelling it, applying it or healing with it, the pinene terpene enriches our lives in so many ways. LIMONENE Terpenes give cannabis that distinctive aroma. You know the aroma we’re talking about…from pineapple, watermelon, blueberry, skunky and earthy scents like pine or mint, terpenes aid in the enjoyment and experience of using cannabis. The glands that produce cannabinoids like THC and CBD also secrete terpenes. These oils give cannabis its flavor profile. Terpenes were developed in cannabis in order to keep predators at bay while also providing an attractive aroma in which to entice pollinating insects. Weather, soil conditions, age and climate all play a role in how terpenes develop in various strains of cannabis.


types of terpene. With a citrus aroma, limonene aids in the treatment of depression and anxiety, can help reduce gastric reflux, assists in the absorption of cannabinoids via the digestive system (much like a lemon aperitif before a meal) and provides a general relief of stress. Lemons are light and sunny, and similarly, limonene elevates the mood and promotes a feeling of wellness. Another happy side effect of limonene is its antifungal and antibacterial properties. Think about the use of lemon as a base for cleaning, for detoxifying and freshening- the concept is the same.

So far, well over one hundred variations of terpenes have been discovered in the cannabis plant. Terpenes each have a specific type and makeup that is related to specific strains of cannabis. An example of this would be a particular strain and its offshoots will all have the same fragrance profile, or at the very least, a flavor that is in the same vein. Terpenes interact with other composites in the cannabis plant, such as cannabinoids. Strains which have been bred to contain higher levels of THC, may have reduced levels of other cannabinoids in their profiles. Because of this, there is a belief that terpenes are more important in discerning subtleties between cannabis specimens. Terpenes have individual effects that are uniquely specific. One type may elevate your mood, another might encourage deep relaxation or even induce sleep. Terpenes can add great depth to the botanic creativity of cultivating and enjoying cannabis. Also, terpenes assist in our body’s capacity to receive the medicinal benefits of cannabinoids, and they make the experience that much more enjoyable. Limonene is one of the more prevalent

Limonene occurs in smaller, trace amounts of a cannabis flower’s composition. Mainly appearing in strains of sativa, there are some indica strains that do feature this terpene as well. If you’ve ever encountered specific strains that take on that pine or citrusy type of fragrance, you’re more than likely in the presence of limonene. The reaction is one of pure bliss, calm, happiness and all the therapeutic benefits of limonene rolled into a pleasant aroma. Limonene works to help reduce the feelings of paranoia that THC can sometimes produce. It also aids in assisting the body in fighting cancer and other diseases. You can enjoy limonene by selecting strains that have high levels in their composition. However, you can also reap the benefits of limonene by using terpene extracts that can be added to cannabis infused body products, since this terpene has a high absorption rate through the skin. Cannabis dabs can also be treated with limonene before usage for added benefit. No matter how you choose to enjoy it, limonene is one of the most powerful and beneficial terpenes available and is certain to lighten your mood and heighten your cannabis experience.




>>>>>>> CBD for Sleep Support

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Hemp extracts have been employed for centuries to aid in sleep support. Conditions ranging from insomnia and sleep apnea to narcolepsy and somnambulism have benefitted from the administration of distillations of hemp and its constituent wellness molecules, cannabinoids and terpenes.

sleep disorders because it features an acceptable safety profile for patients. According to Dr. Sunil Pai, an Integrative Medicine expert and author of the 2016 book An Inflammation Nation, CBD should be considered by all physicians before prescribing traditional pharmaceuticals.

More than 80 sleep disorders affect humans. Unfortunately, lack of quality sleep can lead to many diseases and conditions. In the United States, about 40 million people suffer from long-term chronic sleep disorders, while an additional 20 million experience occasional or episodic sleep issues. Overall, sleep disturbances are the most common health problem in America.

During an exclusive interview with Vegas Cannabis Magazine, Pai said, “CBD from hemp oil is not addictive and features no rebound potential or disruption of REM cycles—unlike prescription medications, which can do both. Additionally, my patients feel more relaxed [with CBD]. The added anti-inflammatory effects can also assist them in feeling more comfortable during sleep.”

“Indian hemp” was introduced to the United States as a wellness supplement in 1843 by pioneering Irish physician Dr. William O’Shaughnessy—following his years of observation and record keeping in India. O’Shaughnessy recommended hemp for a variety of conditions, including insomnia.

At high doses, CBD may exhibit lower efficacy. A 1990 study entitled “Antianxiety Effect of Cannabidiol in the Elevated Plusmaze” that was published in the journal Psychopharmacology supported other research by finding that low doses of CBD reduced anxiety, but revealing also that this efficacy disappeared at higher doses.

In 1860, German researcher Bernard Fronmueller wrote, “Of all anaesthetics ever proposed, Indian hemp is the one which produced a narcotism most closely resembling...natural sleep without causing any extraordinary excitement of the vessels, any particular suspension of secretions, [and] without fear of a dangerous reaction [or] consecutive paralysis.” Quality sleep is characterized by several elements, including onset, duration, and quality (such as time spent in REM deep sleep). One subjective metric of sleep quality is a feeling of being “rested and restored” and ready for the day upon waking. “Sleep plays a housekeeping role that removes toxins in your brain that build up while you are awake,” reported the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institute of Health in a 2013 research study entitled “How Sleep Clears the Brain.”


Cannabidiol, or CBD, has been found to offer a biphasic response in terms of its effect on energy level and sleep. In other words, this molecule delivers varying efficacy at different dosages. In some use cases, the effect related to a specific dose may be polar opposite of that produced by a different dose. For example, Dose A of CBD may result in a sedative effect, while Dose B may produce a stimulated, alert response. At low doses, CBD seems to increase alertness and to demonstrate efficacy for use in the treatment of daytime sleepiness—including one of its major manifestations, narcolepsy. Conversely, one study indicated that a strong dose of CBD (160 mg) decreased sleep interruptions while simultaneously increasing sleep duration. Many wellness professionals favor CBD for the treatment of


This research identified a potential optimal dose range for CBD. Concluded the study’s authors, “These results indicate that CBD causes a selective anxiolytic [anxiety reducing] effect...within a limited range of doses.” A 2016 human study, although it involved a single subject, demonstrated the mechanism of improvements in sleep disturbances and disorders due to decreased anxiety. Like others, the study observed that CBD provides no major side effects (unlike many traditional treatments). “Pharmaceutical medications provided partial relief, but results were not longlasting and there were major side effects.” The study’s authors concluded the CBD was effective, in this particular case, in the treatment of a 10-year-old child with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “This case study provides clinical data that support the use of cannabidiol oil as a safe treatment for reducing anxiety and improving sleep in a young girl with posttraumatic stress disorder.”


A 2019 human trial research study involving 72 participants entitled “Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series” that was published in The Permanente Journal investigated the role of CBD in the treatment of a range of sleep disorders. Reported the study’s authors, “A recent surge in scientific publications has found preclinical and clinical evidence documenting value for CBD in some neuropsychiatric disorders, including epilepsy, anxiety, and schizophrenia.” Concluded the study, “Anxiety scores decreased within the first month in 57 patients (79%) and remained decreased during the study duration,” demonstrating a marked improvement in the majority of study participants. Improvements in sleep among



participants were slightly lower, but demonstrated positive change during the course of the study. “Sleep scores improved within the first month in 48 patients (67%), but fluctuated over time. In this chart review, CBD was well tolerated in all but three patients.”

A 2013 study entitled “Effects of Acute Systemic Administration of Cannabidiol on Sleep-wake Cycle in Rats” that was published in the peer-reviewed Oxford-based journal Psychopharmacology found that CBD improved overall sleep in rodent subjects.

A 2017 research study entitled “Cannabinoids and Sleep: A Review of the Literature” that was published in the journal Current Psychiatry Reports found that CBD may play a role in the treatment of sleep disturbances such as insomnia.

Reported the study’s authors, “The systemic acute administration of CBD appears to increase total sleep time, in addition to increasing sleep latency in the light period of the day of administration.”

Reported the study’s authors: “Preliminary research into cannabis and insomnia suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia.” The study also reported that “CBD may hold promise for REM sleep behavior disorder and excessive daytime sleepiness.”

A 2006 study entitled “Cannabidiol Modulates Sleep in Rats” that was published in the journal FEBS Letters found that CBD controls wakefulness and alertness. The study concluded, “Since CBD induces alertness, it might be of therapeutic value in sleep disorders such as excessive somnolence.”

A 2016 study entitled “Endocannabinoid Signaling Regulates Sleep Stability” that was published in the journal PLoS One found that the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for “NREM stability” (quality sleep). Thus, the study concluded that any hemp-derived cannabinoids that bind directly with cellular receptors in the ECS possess the potential to influence a variety of bodily systems, including sleep.

Curt Robbins is a technical writer, instructional designer, and lecturer who has been developing science-based educational and training content for Fortune 200 enterprises for more than 30 years. His clients have included Federal Express, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Northrop Grumman, National City Bank, Strainprint Technologies Ltd., the J.M. Smucker Company, and USAA.

A 2016 study entitled “Effectiveness of Cannabidiol Oil for Pediatric Anxiety and Insomnia as Part of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Report” that was published in the journal The Permanente Journal investigated the efficacy of CBD oil in the treatment of insomnia resulting specifically from PTSD.

Robbins has developed more than 600 educational articles regarding hemp and its various health components, including terpenes, cannabinoids, and the human endocannabinoid system. He currently serves as Director of Curriculum Development for Higher Learning LV™ based in Las Vegas. Robbins can be found on Twitter at @RobbinsGroupLLC and Instagram at curt_robbins_cannabis_writer.

The study concluded, “Cannabidiol oil, an increasingly popular treatment of anxiety and sleep issues, has been documented as being an effective alternative to pharmaceutical medications. This case study provides clinical data that support the use of cannabidiol oil as a safe treatment for reducing anxiety and improving sleep in a young girl with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.”






The “Cannab-Esq.” Chronicles A Legal Perspective for Cannabis Consumers


Hey everybody, your favorite cannabis-friendly legal mind is back! I’d like to apologize for not getting an article out in time for last month’s issue of Vegas Cannabis Magazine, but every now and then I get extremely busy with trials at work, and I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but I also have four little ones at home. With their ages being 5, 6, 7, and 9, they keep me extremely busy. Anyways, the kids are in bed and I just indulged in a little bit of Kabunky Blackcard OG badder, so I’m geared up and ready to go! Let’s get to it with a little update on the legal-landscape of cannabis in Nevada.

of the project won out and Summerlin will not be getting the new dispensary. While the proposed dispensary was outside of all the required buffers from churches, parks, schools, etc., it was still determined that the proposed dispensary would not be a “good fit” for that neighborhood. But while Nevada CRT may have lost this first battle, they can re-apply for the special use permit after a one year waiting period. Hopefully the opponents of the proposal will eventually come around and you Summerlin folks will get easier and quicker access to your medicinal (and recreational) needs.

Last month, Governor Sisolak finally named the first members of the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board. For those of you that don’t remember, the Cannabis Compliance Board is going to be the regulatory authority in Nevada over all things marijuana. The Cannabis Compliance Board is tasked with overseeing and guiding Nevada’s booming cannabis industry, and is analogous to the Nevada Gaming Control Board – which oversees gaming here in Nevada. Although the Board doesn’t officially take effect and gain power until July 1, 2021, Governor Sisolak has started filling the Board with some pretty stellar names so far. In February, Governor Sisolak named former Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael L. Douglas as chairman of the Cannabis Compliance Board. Former Chief Justice Douglas served on the Nevada Supreme Court from 2004 to 2019. Needless to say, he will definitely know how to apply the law at his new gig with the Cannabis Compliance Board.

And while residents of Summerlin put up a fight to keep dispensaries out of their neighborhood, the City of Henderson has been taking an opposite approach. The Henderson City Council has recently been discussing making changes to the city’s marijuana laws in an effort to get more dispensaries open. As of now, dispensaries located in Henderson are required to sell both recreational and medical marijuana. The City Council is seriously considering altering this law in order to allow pending recreational marijuana licensees in Henderson to open up shop and begin operating. The State of Nevada is unlikely to release any new medical marijuana licenses in the near future, so that means unless the city does change their current law/ordinance, no new dispensaries will be able to open up in Henderson. It would be smart for the City of Henderson to move forward with the proposed change. Marijuana tax revenue is highly coveted, and I know the city doesn’t want to miss out on any of it!

Along with former Chief Justice Douglas, Governor Sisolak also appointed the former chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board – Dennis K. Neilander – to the Cannabis Compliance Board. Neilander was at the helm of the Gaming Control Board for 10 years, so just like with Douglas, there is no doubt he is familiar with how these regulatory boards operate. And as an added bonus, Neilander is also a licensed attorney in the State of Nevada. I like the Governor’s picks. The experience in the law and in regulated industry that these two gentlemen possess is unmatched and should help the Board get operational with ease. It’s yet to be seen how the whole Cannabis Compliance Board will play out and what effect it will ultimately have on the industry, but with all the issues we experienced last year involving testing facilities and the licensing process, having a centralized regulatory authority specific to marijuana seems like a must-have at this point.

And as a quick little PSA: if you are a holder of a Nevada marijuana establishment license – whether cultivation, production, or otherwise, please be careful when considering selling your license to another party. In the past five months, I’ve had four different people come to my office seeking advice on how to collect the remaining money owed from the sale of their license. And once I sit and hear the full story, it becomes quite obvious that these people were straight scammed out of their license. Most of the time the paperwork is shoddy as well. The moral of the story? BE CAREFUL! If you are considering selling your marijuana establishment license, please speak to an attorney and have an attorney draft up the documentation. You do not want to find out after the fact that certain terms of the agreement you thought would be enforceable aren’t. Don’t let yourself get taken advantage of. You don’t need to call me, but please, call an attorney for legal advice before signing or agreeing to anything! Please, #StayWoke!

And while the State of Nevada as a whole has made massive strides in the acceptance of marijuana use, clearly the residents of a specific Ward in Summerlin aren’t so open-minded. Nevada CRT, LLC had applied to open a marijuana dispensary in Southern Nevada, near Sahara and Fort Apache, and was seeking a required special use permit in order to do so. Opponents and proponents of the dispensary battled it out at numerous meetings, but ultimately, the opponents

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By Jennifer Walker

The Connection Between Sex, Media and Cannabis Through the Eyes of a Nevada Sex Worker, a Cam Model and a Canna-Influencer


he oldest adages are often the most poignant, and nothing is more accurate (or historically relevant) than “sex sells”. The “world’s oldest profession”, the exchange of sex for power or money, the release of intimate inhibitions, the smoke and mirrors of media, all still apply in today’s society. As we explore the similarities between sex, humanity and the cannabis industry in a recreationally legalized state, Nevada as a backdrop provides a unique look behind the scenes of two industries with so many of the same trials, tribulations and obstacles: the sex industry and the cannabis industry.

user in your personal life, and if so, what is your favorite way to consume?

MP: Yes, I like smoking bongs, joints or vaping best. JW: Are you a sativa, hybrid or indica type of person? MP: I prefer sativa during the day or before sex. Indica when I want to sleep well or be a couch potato. JW: What similarities do you find between the sex industry and the cannabis industry?

In the name of variety and fairness, we set out to talk to the most experienced workers within various facets of the sex industry in order to find out their stance on cannabis and how it might enhance their work and their lives. While all is not always fair in love and war, when it comes to love and cannabis, it’s a level (and legalized) playing field!

MP: Both are seen as "rogue" industries with plenty of negative stigma attached. Ultimately, the medicinal benefits of cannabis will help it overcome much of the negativity over time, but I'm afraid there is no such hope for the sex industry.

An adult actress and reality TV personality who has recently moved into the canna-space as a social media influencer, Mari Possa is no novice when it comes to the art of smoke and sex:

JW: Do you currently have any favorite cannabis products?

Jennifer Walker: As an influencer in the canna-space, what do you

JW: As an influencer, how important is it to keep a positive public image

find to be the biggest rewards? Biggest challenges?

on social media?

MP: I love my Storz & Bickel Mighty Vaporizer

MP: Very important. I'm sure many would find this hypocritical, but it's always been important to me even when making movies. I would never be involved in scenes that I felt were misogynistic or degrading. My scenes were about having pleasurable sex with consenting adults. Keeping it positive on social media is the only way to approach it for me. I like my drama and negativity in small doses...preferably from Housewives of New Jersey or Dallas! JW: What is your favorite thing about Nevada?

Mari Possa: To be honest, this is my first experience in the cannaspace although I smoked on camera in many of my movies. I believe that being bilingual and promoting in both English and Spanish makes my influence all the more effective. I'm excited about working with CannaMojo and am loving promoting their products. As for the reward, it feels good anytime I can introduce someone to a product that they enjoy or find useful. Speaking of feeling good, I also got to have a lot of hot sex making sure the product worked before I would agree to promote it! Being a "pornstar" makes it challenging enough to walk the constantly shifting line of what's acceptable on any of the major social media platforms, adding cannabis to the content I post doesn't help. I literally breathe a sigh of relief every morning I wake up to find my pages still exist. JW: The cannabis industry can definitely relate to that! Are you a cannabis


MP: It is almost the perfect destination. Anytime of day or night you can find something fun to do or delicious to eat. Once the casinos come around on marijuana, it will be perfect. FOLLOW MARI POSSA: Twitter: Instagram: Carson City, Nevada is home to several state treasures: the state capitol, historical museums, ghost towns, old mining areas, and of course, brothels. Prostitution is only legal in certain areas of Nevada, and like the cannabis industry, is rife with stigmas and regulations. The Cannabis Courtesan, Alice Little, is the highest-earning legal sex worker in the United States, and a huge advocate of cannabis. As she fights for more open regulations regarding cannabis consumption in brothels (and beyond) we took some time to chat with her about being a sex worker and



you to assist with cannabis recommendations such as strains and products that they can use, which would be fantastic…

how cannabis supports her cause.

AL: Absolutely! I partnered up with a company called “CBD Sugar” that makes a CBD-infused lubricant which is water based, condom safe and customers are able to purchase online and have it discreetly shipped to their door. So a great option for some guests who may be uncomfortable walking into a dispensary and purchasing products. Clients who have tried the “Passion Personal Lubricant” report that sensations are a little bit more heightened because their mental anxiety isn’t clouding their experience as much; it frees the mind to be more connected to the body and receptive to those sensations.

Jennifer Walker: Do you think that cannabis hinders or enhances sexual response and arousal?

JW: Have you ever encountered a situation where cannabis has had a negative effect on someone’s sexual experience?

Alice Little: By and large, cannabis definitely enhances the experience in the sense that it makes every single sensation stand out that much more. The beauty of cannabis is that there are so many different strains and so many different ways that you can consume it that you can really experiment and try to find which method works best for you and your body. Smoking flower, edibles and even things like CBD lube are great for sex…

AL: I really haven’t. Cannabis isn’t going to stop someone from achieving erection, having an orgasm or become physically sick, whereas with alcohol, the overindulgence can not only affect your sex life but there can also be some severe medical complications to consider, as well. Alcohol poisoning is real! JW: In Nevada especially, there can be this stigma regarding alcohol

JW: In your opinion, does CBD lube work for or against the body if say, you are someone who experiences pain during sex (as example)...

AL: There’s so many different things that CBD and cannabis are able to do for your physiobiology whether it be decreasing anxiety, lowering pain, and often times the reason that people feel pain during sex is coming from an emotional place- the whole mind/body connection. When you incorporate CBD and cannabis into your experiences, it brings the whole anxiety threshold down so you’re better able to focus on the intimate connection with the other person instead of being stuck in your own head. JW: Do you find (with your work) that you encounter clients with disabilities or conditions where cannabis can be useful?

AL: At least on a weekly basis I think to myself, it’s a real shame that the legalization isn’t there on a larger scale to support that because a lot of guests come in with E.D. conditions, anxiety conditions, and the reality is that cannabis is a lovely way to be able to address some of those concerns without necessarily causing long term lasting effects like traditional medication would. You can dose appropriately and spot treat issues as needed, which is wonderful. JW: I agree, and something to consider while living in a social climate which caters to the service industry (alcohol consumption) can hinder connection and sexual performance… AL: It’s true. “Whiskey dick” isn’t just a phrase, it’s a real thing! If you think that doing three shots at the bar to calm your nerves is going to enhance your experience, you’re going to be very sadly mistaken and more often than not it’s going to affect your ability to perform!

and partying and just the accessibility to alcohol makes it a real concern for locals, tourists, travelers and anyone who’s concerned about DUI or overindulgence.

AL: For sure! To that point I should mention that I am an avid cannabis supporter, I have a medical card and I’m very open about my cannabis consumption with guests and within my personal life, as well. I’m an advocate for cannabis usage and often will openly discuss my beliefs and preferences with my guests at the Bunny Ranch. I generally suggest low dose edibles to anyone who might be interested in trying cannabis on their own terms. Edibles are a great way to become acquainted with cannabis, because the products are specifically dosed out for you, so it takes the guesswork out of how much and how often to consume. I recommend trying cannabis products on your own first, maybe at night when you don’t have anywhere else to go and you can ease into the experience (I certainly don’t suggest taking edibles and driving)... JW: Has cannabis touched your life in any other ways? AL: Yes, one of my younger cousins was one of the first cannabis refugees to Colorado when the discovery of CBD oil for seizure conditions was first really being revealed. She was severely disabled, we’re talking strapped to a wheelchair, having to wear a helmet for her own safety due to having anywhere from 50-150 seizures per day. Since her family started using CBD oil to treat her condition, she’s thrived and flourished in the most beautiful way! She is free from her mobility device, she’s running and playing…it’s really been incredible.

JW: We see and talk to a lot of people who have been touched in some way by opioid addiction and who have benefitted from making the transition to cannabis…

JW: Are there dispensaries close to the area where you live and work? AL: Absolutely! I connect with guests all of the time who are suffering AL: Yes, the closest one is within a 15-20 minute drive.

from issues like E.D., heart conditions and other medical conditions where, they can’t just take the “little blue pill” to combat their E.D.- and

JW: A best case scenario would be your clients coming in and allowing


especially if they are taking heavy doses of pain medications and/or opioids, it affects their performance and sexual health. CBD and cannabis ends up being this kind of beautiful option because it does make a real difference and often it helps people get out of their own heads and achieve erection when they otherwise weren’t able to. It’s a great thing!

JW: What are some of your favorite ways to consume cannabis for a special sexual or intimate experience? AL: What you can do is use some of the CBD or cannabis-infused chocolate and a double boiler to melt it down and create a chocolate fondue. You can then get some fresh fruit, marshmallows, gummy candies, and dip into the chocolate and feed it to your partner. You can also get a paintbrush and dip it into the chocolate and use the paintbrush to paint across your partner and then use your mouth for the cleanup. Adding CBD or THC to this experience builds the effects and makes it a very pleasurable experience. Any kind of infused foods are so much fun- it’s personalized and it creates an experience for you and your partner to enjoy.

Taking a break from the chaos on the expo floor, we sat down with cam model and pornstar Allie Eve Knox who has not only made a small fortune in Bitcoin, but is a huge advocate for the use of cannabis.

Jennifer Walker: I was happy to hear that you like cannabis… Allie Eve Knox: Yes, I am very openly a stoner! JW: Are you a Nevadan? If not, what is your experience with cannabis in

JW: Since cannabis consumption is not (yet) legal in brothels, how do you prepare your guests who are interested in using cannabis when they are coming to meet you?

AL: Any time my guests discuss CBD or THC, I do let them know that it’s not legal within the brothel space. I use these opportunities as a way to open up the conversation about, how do we change these policies? How do we make this more accessible? I actually do encourage them to reach out to the local legislators and encourage them to contact them. I enable my guests to also be advocates for this cause. I’ve always felt that the cannabis industry and the sex industry often times are sister industries in the sense that, we face a lot of stigma. We face difficulties with banking regulations, we’re legal at a state level instead of a federal level and as such, there’s a lot of parallels. When I was researching how to be a better advocate for the sex industry, a number of cannabis activists stepped forward and helped me with resources and information and now that I’ve expanded into this “Cannabis Courtesan” journey being an advocate for legalized use within the brothel space, they (cannabis activists) have been nothing but wonderful allies and supportive. This is something that I personally represent. Somebody has to be the first one to stand up and say, “hey! I think this would be a great idea!” And it’s something that would be so uniquely Nevadan, I think it’s a shame that we haven’t yet progressed forward in that direction.

JW: I love the idea also of yours being a female-lead movement for change... AL: Absolutely. Cannabis enhances the intimacy, the connection and the

the area where you live?

AK: I’m from Texas. I work in Los Angeles and come to Vegas for work too, but I live in an area of Texas (Austin). They’ve decriminalized cannabis in the city (where I live) for small amounts, so they just ticket you and let you go. In some cases, they don’t even ticket you. I’ve been downtown smoking a blunt, and they just told me, “put it out”, and let me go. JW: Wow, that’s surprising to hear! Especially in Texas… AK: At the end of the day, we have a jail that’s overpopulated and they really can’t afford to put the people through the system who are caught with these minimal amounts of weed, so it’s easier to just let them go.

JW: Give us a little back story on yourself, your work and some of your experience with cannabis…

AK: I was born in Texas and moved to Atlanta for school and then went back to Texas because my family is there. I travel to Los Angeles each month for SpankChain stuff, attending events and meetings, so I’m in California all the time. I shoot content out of my house and then I travel with a bunch of women about one week each month and we shoot content together. At home I live with my brother and my husband and a bunch of pets. We had a dog who was diagnosed with cancer and we were treating her with cannabis. She was supposed to live for 3 months and ended up living for 14 months, so the cannabis definitely helped! We were using the dog drops from Select and they really helped her.

communication, all in one.

FOLLOW ALICE LITTLE: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Facebook: Since the late 1990’s, hoards of fans, fiends and performers have flocked to Las Vegas, Nevada to celebrate the adult industry. Over the past few years, the AVN expo has subtly welcomed vendors and lovers of certain cannabis and CBD products, specifically those geared toward sex and relaxation.

JW: Speaking of CBD and products, specifically those sold online, I was thinking about the parallel between what you do with camming and online sex work being considerd “high risk” just as cannabis and related business matters have been labeled “high risk”... AK: Cannabis is just as unbankable as we are! And in my world, Crypto plus “adult” means, we’re very f**ked! We’re getting it literally from every end. The PayPal, the Stripe, the Venmo…all the same things that shun cannabis credit processing and banking, all the same things don’t want us either. So I subverted the system and went into Crypto because at the time I was working via a cam site and they were taking 50% and I was basically driving traffic to their site. I started taking Bitcoin and was able to scan payment

through the camera while I was camming. It changed my life!

are fun!

JW: Also regarding social media and general censorship within your

JW: Are you more of an indica, a hybrid or a sativa type of gal?

industry, so it is within the cannabis online space, as well. Keywords, marketing, tags…accounts get shut down on certain platforms, etc. You have to be really careful.

AK: I’m sativa! I’ve got s*it to do! I’m a fire sign, I’m a Sagittarius…I’m very driven.

AK: We are constantly censored for things! On various platforms, it’s a

JW: What are your favorite ways to consume cannabis, both in your work

constant battle to stay relevant and stay out of trouble.

and in your social life?

JW: There are so many societal and social concerns within the sex

AK: It’s funny you ask it that way because my social life is really my work.

industry and it’s no different than with cannabis- essentially sex and cannabis are ways to help people and enrich their lives and there’s judgment and roadblocks everywhere…

Most of my friends are sex workers and we just have cannabis in our lives, that’s just how it is. I smoke a lot of flower when I’m at the house, I prefer bongs, pipes, bubblers, etc. But I have to smoke oil when I travel because the majority of the time I’m in a hotel room or an AirBnb or some place where I can’t be conspicuous so I have to go with a vape pen. Weirdly, I find that if I go two weeks without flower and just use cannabis oil vape pens, my depression gets insane.

AK: All of these preconceived notions are heavy and dark and keep us down.

JW: Sex is wellness as it pertains to people’s emotional, mental and even physical issues…

JW: Really?

AK: Absolutely, there’s a lot of healing involved, for everyone. Truthfully,

AK: Yea, I found that from over the past two years of traveling and trial and error. So I have to be really careful.

I’m very business focused, for sure. Even in my personal life I’ve found that being a sex worker has helped me communicate better, be more honest, I’m able to read people more easily, and some of what I do can help heal people in a way. I didn’t realize this until I was in the industry for a few years when people started requesting customs (a video just for them where they can write a script and I enact it). I was meeting people who were requesting unusual things. And they’d say, “I’ve gone years without being able to have anyone take this strange fetish and do something for me”...and sometimes fulfilling these fantasies and requests for people leads them to be able to get over traumas from their past or get over a hurdle in their lives.

JW: Have you ever tried vaping flower? AK: Yea, like The Volcano? Those are pretty great, but that’s blast-off time for me. I mean, I’ve got emails to do, I need to stay focused during work hours. I used to be more regimented about cannabis, when I was in Grad school, I’d purposely not smoke until later in the day, but over time, I’ve become more into consumption throughout the day but in smaller doses. If I’m awake, I’m consuming. But I’m able to maintain. Now that I live stoned, nothing is hard, I’m used to it.

JW: In many ways there’s a social openness and freedom here that is implied and applied to sex as well as (now) cannabis. Have you ever thought about incorporating cannabis into the work that you’re doing with camming or modeling?

JW: Have you ever tried cannabis suppositories? AK: I have actually, Foria. They also have this spray that you can use for it, do it, do it, do it! (laughs) It’s great!

AK: I do! I do a lot of pot smoking videos because I just really like to smoke pot and I thought, I should monetize this somehow, and people really like it. I would go into certain cam sessions and I have had guys be like, “let’s just smoke some pot” and I’m like, nice! I always do a pot smoking video when I turn the camera on anyway because I’m going to get stoned, so I may as well. JW: Does your cannabis consumption while working enhance your work or hinder it in any way? AK: Well, it depends on how stoned I get. I mean, it can go the other way (if I overdo it) and then next thing you know you’re laying in the CBD bath trying to come back (laughs) it’s a balance. With me, the only thing that can happen from time to time is I go off on a tangent. I’ll be smoking and then ten minutes later I’m like, wait, this wasn’t even the point of the video…

JW: Do you have any human contact in your videos? AK: Sometimes in the past I have, the majority of the time I don’t do sex stuff, I do mostly fetish stuff. I love smoking videos, eating videos, those

JW: Are you careful to not give away the secrets to your success to others? Unfortunately, sometimes with success comes stress and paranoia… AK: Here’s the thing about sex work, we share our trade secrets with each other, we support each other and we talk shop. We do all of that. It’s the only industry I’ve ever been in where women sit around and help each other. You might even find this in the cannabis industry, but, as a marginalized group, we’re so cast out. So we had to turn inward. We had to turn to one another. It really just bonded us and made us stronger. Since I’ve been in sex work and even before when I was in “pre” sex work, I felt that same support- the women were all there for each other and gave encouragement. FOLLOW ALLIE EVE KNOX: Instagram: Twitter: Web:,



>>> Was Bill Shehan ABDUCTED BY ALIENS?

ill Shehan is the co-founder, publisher, and a writer for the award winning Vegas Cannabis and Tahoe Cannabis Magazines. Well known in the cannabis industry and Nevada cannabis scene, Bill is two people in one. His heart is a clumsy hero, and his brain is a dark comedian. But one thing is for sure, Bill is all wild west and a fixture here in Nevada. Bill’s presence in the room is like having a Viking who is about to go berserk coming at you. There’s one thing everyone can say about Wild Bill- he’s never left speechless or afraid.

actually looking at a UFO video. It looks exactly like a fuzzy, unexplainable video that I would see on YouTube, and one, as a skeptic, I would believe.

Up until the day after his UFO encounter, I was saying the same. But after he showed me his videos and frantically told me his experience, the wild look in Bill’s eyes turned to fear.

“Most people I’ve interviewed do NOT report their sightings to anybody, so the numbers we see at MUFON [Mutual UFO Network] & NUFORC [National UFO Reporting Center] are just the tip of the iceberg and vastly understate the actual number of sightings. I’ve also noticed that people are less likely to report their encounter if it is exceedingly strange (ie: involving a landing or humanoids or an abduction.” Dennett explains.

Although Nevada is known for Area 51 and more recently, the 2019 Storm Area 51 event, residents of Nevada have been reporting UFOs since the massive super-wave of UFO activity starting in 1947. Even Native Americans have stories of the star people and UFOs throughout our skies. When Bill first tried to tell me about what he experienced, he fumbled through the story, bouncing from recalling the memory to describing what he was seeing, at the same time physically showing signs of freaking out. Sometimes even unable to finish a sentence or speak, Bill scrolled through his phone photos and videos to show me what he recorded while he was driving north to deliver Tahoe Cannabis Magazine. As he looks for a few of the videos he wants to show me, I’m wondering how stoned Bill was, knowing that will be the first question everyone will ask. But this whole time, I notice an obvious panic and actual fear in Bill’s body language, voice and face. Just glancing the first video, the lights look like street lights, or building lights, or car lights, as Bill’s van whips by going 70 MPH as he drove along the freeway through some city. THERE ARE A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF CASES INVOLVING UFOS THAT PACE CARS ALONG THE DESERT HIGHWAY As I begin to think Bill may be losing his mind, he hands me his phone, “This is the one.” The video recording plays and out in the distance, there is something that looks oval in shape, hovering, with lights around it, and a beam of light is coming from it and hitting the earth. As the video plays in slow motion, I see what looks like a UFO beaming something up, or down, from or to the desert. I’m


By Shwa Laytart ////

I tell Bill we need to go back up, but he says he never wants to go that way at night again. I spoke with author, paranormal researcher and UFO expect Preston Dennett about Bill’s abduction to find out if his reaction was common.

As the weeks go by Bill is obsessed with the videos, going through them shot by shot and mentally disturbed by the whole experience. Finally, he agrees to sit down for an interview. Shwa: Alright Bill, let’s start from the beginning, what was the date and time? Bill: November 10, [2019] approximately 11:02 PM I was talking to my wife on the phone and I see this light in the sky. It looked like a star at first, then it looked like a planet, it was getting brighter a little bit at a time. I was like, ‘What planet is that?’, and then it got even brighter and it was undoubtedly coming towards me. I told my wife ‘I gotta go, I’m going to film this’, but she thought I just hung up the phone because for some reason my phone turned black before I touched it again. It came back on after what felt like two minutes later. My wife thought it took me an hour or so to call her back [but to me] it felt like I was away from her phone call for what I thought was about 10-15 minutes tops. I couldn’t understand why she was mad at me, but I think I lost a half hour in there somewhere. Which doesn’t make sense because I was driving. Shwa:: Where were you coming from? Bill: I was just leaving Beatty going north on 95 and I looked out my driver’s side window toward California. I had some stops up north to deliver magazines. Shwa:: You drive this trip every month, right?


Bill: Yah, and now I won’t drive it at night. I used to go in the middle of the night when there was no traffic. Shwa:: So the first thing you saw...? Bill: I saw a star, or a planet… a bright light, and it was a full moon. The light was so huge, I thought it was coming down, I thought it was a meteor, it kept getting brighter as it was coming towards me. Then the light went off, and that’s when my phone went off, my dash started flickering, it had weird like...flashes of light going through my dash. My phone turned on and it seemed like two minutes…Then I start taking my video of the lights out in the distance. That’s when Bill stuck his arm out the window and started videorecording the UFO lights out in the western horizon. The video that he had shown me a few weeks earlier. Shwa: Did you stop? Bill: No! Shwa: What time did you get home? Bill: That’s the weird thing, around 1 AM. I was so tired, I could barely stay awake while I was driving. So I pulled over, rolled a joint and I didn’t even smoke it. I was going to take it in the back [of the van] where I have my hammock, and chill. I didn’t make it to


the back. I fell asleep in an upright sitting position. Shwa: When you woke up, did you watch the videos? Bill: Yeah, yeah. Shwa: So was that your first time going through the video? Bill: Yeah, and that’s when I saw the videos I took and videos that I don’t remember taking. While examining the videos in detail, Bill discovered random videos and screenshots that he does not remember taking. Bill’s eyes wander… Bill: When the bright light came back on in the desert and shot a beam to the ground, that’s when I tried to get a better angle of the video. That’s when I got the video of the UFO 200 yards or so away, beaming shit up from the ground. That’s the video that when you see shot-by-shot, it is almost undeniable that what you are looking at is a UFO with a beam coming from it. Shwa: And you said you don’t want to go back? Bill: I definitely don’t want to go back at night. When I have to go back and pass out magazines I will just go in the day time. After our interview, it was late afternoon. I was able to convince


Bill to make the drive up past Beatty. Up to where he had his encounter and possible abduction. By the time we pass through Beatty, the sun had set and a full moon was rising up from the east. Just outside of Bonnie Claire, “This is the spot. Over there.” Bill points to a spot out in the open valley lit up white by moonlight reflecting off the lithium that covers the topsoil. “That’s where I saw it. Some UFO was beaming shit up!” It’s easy to see why a UFO would find this desolate area appealing. Not only are there plenty of hills, canyons, valleys, and mountains in the stretch that separates Nevada and California, but this chunk of land is government land. OVER 80% OF THE NEVADA LAND IS OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Those other lights in the first video Bill showed me, the ones that seemed to be shooting past him as he drives through the city... I thought of those lights as we drove through the desert in the moonlight. I didn’t see anything that would cause those lights to show up on his videos. The 95 freeway is a two-lane road with an island separating traffic going the opposite direction. Those lights don’t seem like car lights to me. And there wasn’t a big lit up city that I remember driving though... Once again, Bill immediately felt exhausted, so I took the wheel to drive back home to Las Vegas. Bill, now passed out next to me as if someone had just chloroformed him, rested peacefully. No more panic in his voice, no more fear in his eyes, just a light snore as we fly back into Clark County. If you don’t believe Bob Lazar and Area 51 then you may not believe Wild Bill and his beaming UFO, but one thing is for sure- you can add this story to the plethora of UFO stories that have occurred here in Nevada. Now will someone name a strain - Wild Bill’s Abduction?? To view Bill's alien encounter videos visit: com/channel/UCC3w-qLxmVOnT4KkezE964w or follow him on Facebook at: FAMOUS NEVADA UFO SIGHTINGS Truman Bethurum: Claimed to have repeated contacts with human-looking ET’s in the Nevada desert. Country singer Johnny Sands: Claimed he was abducted during a Las Vegas UFO wave. Charles James Hall: Claimed repeated alien encounters with “Tall Whites” which he wrote about in his trilogy Millennial Hospitality. The Las Vegas UFO crash of 1962 which still remains unexplained. NEVADA UFOs IN THE NEWS May 27, 1897 issue of the Nevada State Journal, titled: “An Uncanny Visitor”. The article interviews officers who for three nights, watched a peculiar phenomenon. On the third night the officers tried to capture what was to them a human shaped phosphorescent lit being. When they rushed in to grab it, it hovered

above them and then vanished. July 15, 1931 Reno Evening Gazette reports a glowing object floating through the sky and landing in the foothills. February 28, 1947 Witnesses at Lake Meade report seeing disks flying in formation. June 28, 1947 First Lieutenant Eric B. Armstrong while flying his F-51 flighter above north Lake Meade at around 10,000 feet. He reported spotting five or six white round disks in formation about 4,000 feet below his jet. They cruzed along with him for a bit then sped up, shot off at an angle and vanished. July 4, 1947 Raymond Harris was flying with a friend in his private 150 Voyager over Nevada. Both Raymond and his friend reported seeing five disks flying below them. That same day Clark County Building Inspector of Las Vegas, O.J. Morling, and his was reported seeing at least two dozen disks zooming through the sky heading northeast. Since the 1940’s airline pilots have been reporting UFOs over and around the Las Vegas area. June 24, 1950 the same brightly colored glowing object was seen by both commercial and military pilots as well as Las Vegas CCA men on the ground. PROJECT BLUE BOOK IN NEVADA The first Unidentified Blue Book Case #721 in Nevada May 7, 1950 outside Ely, an older couple and their grandson spotted a silver-white object floating above the trees. After about ten minutes it began to rise up then shot out of sight. The Second Unidentified Blue Book Case #1584 in Nevada July 24, 1952 Air Force Lieutenant Colonels John L. McGinn and John R. Barton were flying in a B-25 over Carson Sink when they reported spotting three aircraft they assumed were ours until they got closer and realized it had no tail or pilot’s canopy. It suddenly approached their aircraft before darting off out of sight. The Third Unidentified Blue Book Case #1986 in Nevada August 26, 1952 at Lathrop Wells. USAF Captain D.A. Woods reported seeing a large bright object flying overhead before vanishing into the distance. The Fourth Unidentified Blue Book Case #7650 in Nevada September 24, 1961 A geologist from BLM for the U.S. Department of Interior reported seeing two large lights in the sky. One of them produced “smoke or fumes which seemed cloudlike.” Then it proceeded to shine a 100-foot-wide beam of light straight down and then disappeared. The second light moved south then a few minutes later turned east and took off For more information on UFO sightings in Nevada read: UFOs OVER NEVADA by PRESTON DENNETT To report a UFO sighting to the National UFO Reporting Center go to: reportform.html PHOTOS BY: BILL SHEHAN

Culture &


Mike Jones APRIL 18TH 2020







AARON Eco-Nutrients has been bringing the bounty of the Pacific Ocean to cannabis farms and indoor grow rooms since 1995. When I heard how they helped small growers who were struggling to get through the season, I immediately knew I wanted to spread the



word about this product line. I hit up Aaron Matthess, a partner in the company, and he cruised down to the Humboldt Bay waterfront to tell me about Eco-Nutrients. I dig his passion for all-natural organic growing, his love for the Pacific Northwest, and the respect he

has for his customers. It was a pretty rad scene, watching the boats come into the harbor, knowing they were carrying the raw materials that will create the products that will go on to grow some amazing buds!

Hopper: Thanks so much for talking to Tahoe Cannabis Magazine, I’ve really been looking forward to this. I first heard of Eco-Nutrients because of something really cool that you do. You help out small mom and pop growers who are struggling financially by providing them with a full line of nutrients to get through the season. I wish more companies would step up like you have and give back to the community. What made you decide to do that? Aaron: The whole company has that heart. They take whatever extras they have around to our community. They’re not on Instagram, but I saw that people were hashtagging us before there was even an Eco-Nutrients account to follow. That touched me. I was proud of that. I’m just showing love back to them. Hopper: How long has EcoNutrients been around? Aaron: 25 years, and in the past 6 years we’ve developed three new products. The Bloom line, a 4-23-0 dry bone made of wild caught Pacific fish. A 0-7-0 liquid shrimp fertilizer, and the most recent one we released in 2018 is a 2-12-0 liquid bone that’s very high in calcium. The dry bone is actually just a byproduct of making the liquid organic fish. We have to screen it, so we save all those bones and we have a dry product that people can amend soil with.



ECO-NUTRIENTS Hopper: What sets Eco apart from all of the other nutrient companies? Aaron: We’re a small family

business. We’re locally sourced. I don’t know if you want to print this, but we probably supply your favorite fertilizer company, because we’re doing big business supplying tankers of our products to other companies that rebottle us. You can get a tanker of it and put it in bottles and put your own label on it for all we care. What sets us apart? We’re a small team that works hard. Farmers work long days, so to accommodate them we work a longer day. We have a team that’s willing to do that, from young to old. We’re small and tight knit, it’s not some huge production line. I’m super proud of the Pacific Ocean, I’m super proud of the Pacific Northwest. That’s just my heart, I have that pride. We have quality in our ocean compared to the Atlantic, and I believe in that.

Hopper: All of your main ingredients are sourced from the ocean right here in the Pacific Northwest. Will you tell us about those ingredients and how they are beneficial in the garden? Aaron: You can link this back to the last question kind of, because of the way we make it is special. We run at a low temp, doing an organic process. A lot of companies will try to sell you on a no-heat process, but the no-heat process usually involves nasty chemicals. We

preserve 92 minerals from the ocean in the fish and in the kelp. We use some phosphoric acid to preserve it, so it’s just fish stabilized with a little bit of that phosphoric acid.

Hopper: I’m really excited

to use the line this season, I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. I’ve been using Heavy 16 and Cyco lately, but I want to get rid of the salts and go for a more natural approach.

Aaron: It’s something that your grandchildren will appreciate. You’re giving your grandkids a good earth. Strong soil makes a strong plant, so when you have good living soil you can really focus on a more microbial approach to growing. That’s where I’ve seen the farmers killing it. They’re getting more weight, and the terpenes are way stronger. It’s simple- you can reuse your soil because it’s living, whereas you need to throw away soil that you’re putting in things that need to be flushed out. It’s like, what did you put in there if you have to flush it out? If you grow organic it’s keeping it simple and getting a quality product. Hopper: How does Eco work for indoor growing, verses the full season outdoor and light dep applications I’ve seen? Aaron: It depends on your nose, if you can hang with fish indoors. I did it, I make the stuff though. I killed it indoors! If you’re using cleaner, you can do drip lines inside, but you are gonna want to use a cleaner

because organics build up matter, and so you’re getting microbial activity happening. In a bed, that can go off. If you can hang with the smell of the ocean in your room, because it’s not gonna smell like mint. As far as deps and outdoors, they are absolutely killin’ it!

Hopper: I’m glad you brought that up about the smell. I wouldn’t have thought of that, but I’ll deal with a fishy smell to get a superior bud in the end. Aaron: It’s not gonna smell like mint. It’s not some synthetic product like cal-mag that smells like Scope. Why do I know that? I know that because I’ve used that. I’m not knocking it, that’s just what it is. If you’re an indoor farmer brewing a compost tea, or if you’re already accustomed to stinky strains anyway, it’s not gonna be a big deal, you know what I mean? I won’t pussyfoot around, it is a natural product from the ocean. It’s ground up fish, that’s how it becomes liquid. If you want the quality product, tough it out guys!

Hopper: Where can readers find your product? Aaron: and we’re on Instagram. Hopper: Right on, thanks so much. I really enjoyed this conversation. Do you have any shout outs you want to give before we wrap it up? Aaron: Yeah, shout out to the Pacific Ocean. Shout out to all the farmers using the products, and the ones who will use it in the future. Greenwood for linking us up with you, for sure. The guys I work with. I’ve got a great team- Scott, Dakota, Robert, Jeremy, and Dave. We’re all family. Hopper: Teamwork makes the dream work. Aaron: Absolutely!

Hopper: Do you have plans to Instagram @eco_nutrients

Aaron: We will expand anywhere there’s business, for sure. Being that we’re a small team, we serve the people that call us. That’s really what happens, people see us online and call. Nowadays in the information age, it’s easy. Customers Google ‘fish hydrolysate’, and come to us.

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Daily Dose

A Day in the Life of GRANNY STORM CROW


Keeper of the List of cannabis studies Granny Storm Crow has been compiling a list of studies on cannabis for more than ten years. First published on her 60th birthday in 2007 with 60 pages, the list is currently at 6,000 pages and counting.

Omega-3 deficiencies, due to the use of Omega-6, or fatty acids, in our western diet,’ she explained. “This deficit is not only causing severe illness in many of our biological systems, it’s creating an entire society with mental disorders.”

She initially did this work covertly, taking on the pseudonym to keep a school district job while protecting the jobs of her family members.

The last few sentences from a study found are chilling, stating, “Finally, the dietary-induced reduction of CB(1)R functions in mood-controlling structures was associated with impaired emotional behavior. These findings identify a plausible synaptic substrate for the behavioral alterations caused by the n-3 PUFAs [polyunsaturated fatty acids] deficiency that is often observed in western diets.”

Her journey with cannabis began when she was 19, after suffering migraines since childhood. “When I was three years old, a five year old child tried to kill me with a hammer,” she shared. “I suffered debilitating migraines ever since. When I was 19, I began to smoke cannabis and after about a year realized that when I smoked I didn’t get them at all.” The tedious work of compiling articles, published papers and studies on cannabis has become her life’s work, if only to shut down the mantra, “We need more studies.” “The most glaring findings have been the work done on our

“So, here we have violence and “behavioral alterations,” with Americans walking around with a nutritionally-damaged endocannabinoid system!” she said. “In some studies some folks were found to have a ratio of 50 to one – here’s how that happens: corn oil has an 83 to one ratio, peanut oil is 32 to one – most of our cooking oils are very high in pro-inflammatory Omega-6 and are very low in Omega-3.”

A day in the life…

With years of studies and knowledge under her belt, Granny’s own diet, combined with her cannabis use, helps her maintain optimal health, while keeping migraines at bay. “Daily dosing with an Indica prevents me from having any migraines,” she shared. “Because my migraines are due to head trauma, I’m likely not typical. When I use Sativa I can get shadow migraines – a headache in my migraine pattern of pain, but way milder. I think they are what would have been a killer migraine, but dampened-down- though, not eliminatedby the less effective Sativa.” The nightmares induced by PTSD from the trauma also stopped when she began using cannabis. “The nightmares were getting rare in my teens, but finally vanished about the time I started smoking cannabis,” she added. Granny makes her own cannabis balm, as she’s a hand-quilter and types a great deal.


“My hands have mild arthritis and just a touch of carpal tunnel,” she said. “My balm is as simple as you can get, with hemp seed

oil, olive oil, beeswax and cannabis. Hemp seed oil has the right balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6, for optimal human health. Olive oil is also a source of healthy Omega-9.” She doesn’t “wake & bake,” as she is still taking Armour Thyroid, a natural thyroid supplement, and gives the pill a chance to kickin before medicating with cannabis. “If I smoke too much, too soon, it’s a sleepy high, and I want to be reasonably sharp to read medical studies,” she said. “I do rub my balm in my hands and face first thing in the morning every day. I’m old-fashioned and became accustomed to smoking cannabis as a young hippie – smoking is a habit. I abandoned joints for pipes and bongs long ago, as smoking paper doesn’t make sense – and the pipes are pretty!” She also uses a desk-top vaporizer box, made by Vapor Bros. of California. “I love using the vaporizer for flavorful flower, like Tangie. I have some Orange Bastard – an Agent Orange mixed with something – I can’t recall – growing in my closet right now about ready for harvest. It smells very orangey, and I’m looking forward to vaping it.” Vape pens, on the other hand, aren’t her favorite, as she prefers vaping flower, but when she’s volunteering at her local dispensary on Saturdays, the pen makes it easy to pop out and medicate easily and discreetly. She also loves edibles, with chocolates her favorite, and brownies a common occurrence in the family kitchen. “My mother gifted all three of her kids with a small flaw where the spine and hip join, causing pain,” she shared. “The edibles are just the thing when it hurts – and that’s happening more often as I age. I have a batch of brownies in the kitchen right now!” The List for Life Keeping the list going takes a lot of work, as abstracts become studies, and vice versa, and URLs are constantly changing, and Granny sees no end in sight for the need to update. Her Saturdays are spent at the Green Heart Dispensary near her hometown in Northern California. She sits at a small table in the lobby, with a sign that reads, “Talk to me! I’ll teach you something new about cannabis! “Much of the time I just sit quietly in the corner working on my List,” she explained. “But then, someone who needs information shows up; an elderly couple who heard cannabis might help; a guy who hasn’t used cannabis in decades and is bewildered by all the products; some folks want to know more about CBD – and there are the ones who just want to talk. I answer their questions and reassure them.”

Granny, who admits to being one semester short of a psychology degree, said this background helps her when speaking to people. “I’m not a medical professional, I’m an educator,” she said. “Having used cannabis most of my life, I can say it has shaped me in many ways. This plant has led me to a calm and compassionate nature, boosted my creativity, and enabled me to live a fuller, happier life. Many people in education burn out in a few years, but cannabis enabled me to let go of the day’s tensions and worries for nearly two decades at one school.” She finally retired to care for her husband, who passed away last year, but keeps up on the list. “Sometimes after reading four or five studies in a row, the inside of my mind feels like there’s a tornado in there, with facts like bits of debris swirling and smashing against each other – especially when the studies are related. Cannabis calms things down and allows me to connect the facts in new and different ways.” Some people have a spirit animal, but Granny says she has a spirit plant in cannabis for life. “Cannabis has treated me well over the years, and the least I can do to support her is to keep going on this list, keep it up-todate, for the greater good,” she concluded. To view Granny Storm Crow’s List visit, Follow Granny Storm Crow on Facebook:




C u r a te d B y BILL Bill Shehan

Nevada Dispensaries with assistance from SHWA Shwa Laytart


Jenn Zenn


CITY TREES Chocolate Agave Tincture

I was immediately enticed by the idea of a Chocolate Agave Tincture. Would I be able to drizzle this over my ice cream? Mix into my coffee for a soothing morning medicated mocha? Apply with my evening facial mask as an added calming benefit? The possibilities seemed endless and I couldn’t wait to try them all! City Trees has consistently created potent and effective tinctures, and this one is no exception. The texture is similar to a chocolate syrup that you’d add to a cold glass of milk or atop an ice cream sundae (be careful because you will overdo it if you’re not paying attention!) Smooth and easily dissolvable on (or under) the tongue, this tincture is a low glycemic sweetener making it an excellent option for those dealing with diabetes, heart issues, high blood pressure and cholesterol concerns. CBD speaks to inflammation, pain and anxiety issues while THC helps soothe away the day’s blues and stresses with a lightly layered relaxation that comes on subtly and helps with everything from insomnia to depression. And there’s nothing sweeter than a chocolate option that’s both healthy and inspires happiness. Available in three different formulas: 1:1, Pure THC 325mg and Pure THC 750mg

Chocolate Agave 1:1 Total THC- 247.50mg Total CBD- 251.31mg THC / Serving- 4.125mg CBD / Serving- 4.18mg


Chocolate Agave Pure THC 325mg Total THC- 5.2mg THC / Serving- 312mg

Chocolate Agave Pure THC 750mg Total THC- 745mg THC / Serving- 14.416mg






SOLARIS 91Chem VA Skunk

HOT DAMN! Solaris, you are blowing it up with this 91Chem VA Skunk. Like a good skunk, the room is instantly filled with its musky, citrusy, dankness. This hybrid with Chem 91 makes these nugs the perfect high for day or night. Solaris is growing their flower to perfection! Their buds are dense like Captain Crunch and covered in tiny trichome crystals throughout. I want to fill bowl after bowl of these taste nugs and spoon them into my bloodstream. All of a sudden, I’m in desperate need of cartoons…

THC- 29.9% CBGa- 6.4mg/g Limonene- 9.81mg/g Linalool- 3.75mg/g Caryophyllene- 2.12mg/g

HUXTON Zen Blend 7 Pack Prerolls

FLEUR Plum Crazy


FLEUR, you freaks! You’re blowing my mind with this Plum Crazy strain. With the aroma of a warm fruit crumble, you had my mouth watering the second I broke the seal. Deep, rich, velvety purple leaves blending with dark forest green in these buds that are covered with copper hairs. If strains were people, this Plum Crazy would be our wild granny. The minute you walk through the door, the smells of baked goods and the sensation of being hugged non-stop is how you’re going to feel. If you agree with me, then you too are Plum Crazy!

THC- 18.55% Limonene- 4.936mg/g Myrcene- 3.618mg/g Caryophyllene- 1.755mg/g

KABUNKY / NATURE’S CHEMISTRY Ghost Train Haze Live Resin Badder

Lordy, Lordy! Look what Kabunky whipped up with a live resin run from Nature’s Chemistry. Stick your nose up in it, it’s remarkable! And, you can tell it’s fire by using just two of your senses. Just wait until you dab, and your third and fourth senses get a load of it. I’m definitely keeping this jar for aromatherapy when it’s toast. Listen, it’s calling us right now. Wow, all 5 senses in use here. Great job guys. Big fan of this. Nature’s Concentrates? I’ll quit my job and work on that project, just say the word.

THC- 64.8% Terpinolene- 34.8mg/g Ocimene- 8.4mg/g Myrcene- 7.4mg/ga Limonene- 6.4mg/g Pinene(a+b)- 5.6mg/g Caryophyllene- 5mg/g


Gliding into relaxation mode has never been, well, more relaxing. Huxton has thought of everything with their Zen Blend 7 Pack PreRolls, including a compact tin and a handy-dandy pack of matches. The only thing not included is a pillow. With nearly equal myrcene, caryophyllene and pinene levels, the balanced terpene profile makes for a perfect bedtime strain. Soothing, sedative qualities gently ease the body into anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety bliss while pinene massages pain away and opens up airways for deep and gentle breathing. Namaste and, goodnight.

THC- 13.89% Myrcene- 2.342mg/g Caryophyllene- 2.314mg/g Pinene(a+b)- 2.098mg/g





KANJI Pineapple Gummy Drops


These are individually wrapped squishy, delicious morsels of addiction. I could smash all 10 of these in just a few seconds if they weren’t packaged so well. Once I figured out the quickest way to unwrap these Pineapple Gummy Drops, they had no chance of staying trapped in their cellophane, suffocating in isolation. I shredded them as quickly as I could, and soon after, I was throwing in the towel. Time to slip into hibernation. I woke up hoping I’d find something left, just one maybe, but no such luck. I knew I was still dreaming.

KANJI Alien Rift Shatter

Tasty, ripe mangos and cantaloupe pie left a vibrant aftertaste every time I snapped off a dab. Kanji left a lasting impression. Their shatter was made well, seemingly from cured trim. It’s consistency is solid and stable, and a great value for someone who likes to dab regularly.

THC- 78.4808% CBD- 1.342mg/g CBG- 5.295mg/g Myrcene- 11.26mg/g Caryophyllene- 3.62mg/g Limonene- 3.27mg/g

THC- 102.5mg/g CBD- 10.25mg/g Caryophyllene- .05mg/g Limonene- .05mg/g


This gassy beast will fill up the tank with THC Octane 28.747. It’s the first piney OG that’s ever given me energy. Most cannabis strains are hybrids these days, but this OG #18 flaunts a shitload of limonene and less than half as much myrcene, which is atypical for an OG flower. This is all you need to smoke in the daytime to get you moving. You won’t be able to sit still and chill. I’m squishing rosin out of the rest of this eighth I’d like Remedy to make a badder or sugar out of its live resin. But until they do, I’ll be smashing on my RosinTech. Time for some cured rosin. Holy shit I’m lifted. That rosin got me higher than the spliff did! Splendid.

THC- 28.747% Limonene- 8.86mg/g Myrcene- 3.823.4mg/g Linalool- 2.593mg/g




I really don’t think there could be a better name for this strain than Gelato. In Italy, gelato is one of those afternoon-betweenmeals snacks that doesn’t fill you up but gets you through till it’s time for the real deal. Remedy’s Gelato flower fits the bill and accomplishes just that. When you’re powering through your day but just want a pick-me-up, a freshy, a little bump, a headchange, or just a quick snap, Gelato is the perfect afternoon treat. It won’t have you forgetting which day it is or losing your train of thought mid-conversation, but it will have you licking your lips ‘til dinner time.

THC-18.893% Limonene- 2.328mg/g Caryophyllene- 1.843mg/g Myrcene- 1.790mg/g




REMEDY Euphoria Sky Resin Sugar

Remedy’s Euphoria Sky Resin is giving me flashbacks to the sixties, and I wasn’t even born yet! A dab of this glistening resin will have you traveling in your mind with a band of gypsies heading straight into the clouds to kiss the sky. Euphoric euphoria for everyone! Come along for the ride and float with me in the sky till we die… At 82% THC, you’ll be glad you bought the ticket to ride.

THC- 82.2023% CBD- 1.8589 Myrcene- 12.9mg/g Caryophyllene- 9.73mg/g Limonene- 6.34mg/g


REMEDY Remedy Remix Sky Resin Sugar

This Remix is done by Dr. Dre. He took samples of classic Remedy cuts. Y’all better listen up closely. They gave us a Remix of dope strains to dab when we stroll through the hood. And when your street wax wasn’t doin’ too good, what was the dispensary I told you to go see? Oh please. Better bow down to Remedy. Who you think taught you to dab trees? Who you think brought you the OG’s, Space Lemons, Clementines, the Sky Resins and the Bio-Jeez? Nowadays, other shops wanna talk like they got somethin’ to say. But nothin’ comes out when it hits my lips. Just a buncha gibberish, and they act like they forgot about Silver Sage. When the cops came, I stood next to my rig with a jar full of wax and a torch full of butane. You’ve been on IG sayin’ Wild Bill fell off. I’ve been in the lab with a pen and a pad, tryin’ to get this new issue out. I can finally afford to provide my readers with Remedies.

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You know what we need to have more of? Cookie pot-luck parties! You bring your favorite cookies to share. I don’t care if they’re homemade or Girl Scout Cookies, we just need more cookie parties. Unlike people, I haven’t met a cookie I didn’t like. Chocolatechip, coconut, hell even gluten-free. If you’ve got extra cookies, pass a couple cookies down to me. When you do have that cookie party, be sure to have plenty of Tryke’s Strawberry Cookies Live Resin on hand. This carmely-custard looking live resin will be the sweetest thing at the party. Get a fat dab of Strawberry Cookies in your mouth and you’ll find that every other cookie you have is 1000 times better!

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WITH ROB RUCKUS Well I guess it’s time for a Ruckus Rant again. Things in this state just keep getting more corrupt and hopefully by making people aware of it, we can get some of it fixed. I know I’ve used this space to bitch about labs and their results, THC levels, corporate greed and the like for years but at least now I can back up what I say. Since Rudy Giuliani’s buddies got caught trying to bribe their way into the Nevada cannabis industry, the governor decided to put together a task force to keep all the millionaires in this industry in compliance. Then a whistleblower came forth to the FBI about the shady shit these companies are pulling. Then labs started getting closed down. Seemed like things were really about to change for the better. But, then you gotta start digging deeper. Governor Sisolak just appointed two more people to his cannabis commission today. One, a former Judge (I wonder how many cannabis related cases he saw before getting into the industry?) And the other, the former Chair of The Nevada Gaming Board. has gaming and cannabis gotten along so far? It hasn’t! So why the hell get someone from Gaming? I would have understood liquor before gaming. Just goes to show how out of touch our government is with cannabis.


Don’t get me wrong, we’re doing a lot better than most states (hell, in Iowa you can only get 4.5 grams every 90 days!) but there is a shitload of work that still needs to be done. I read where one lab was closed down for letting cannabis with three times the allowable limit of MOLD and YEAST get out to the public. They allowed that. The lab decided getting money from cultivators was more important than the health and safety of the very people they are paid to protect! They are our only resource for having any kind of scientific data to prove what we are getting is safe and how effective it might be for different ailments. But when they decide to test in any fashion they wish and they are not regulated to all test the same way, we are going to (and are now) having problems. Here’s another one (and I don’t mind writing about it as it’s public record) Certified AG Labs in Sparks, Nevada was shut down for a bit because they were inflating THC levels by 10%, “unintentionally destroyed or concealed evidence”, “failed to maintain surveillance systems” (turned off the cameras), and “neglected to keep records related to seed-to-sale tracking”. Now let’s put all of that together. They lied to the cultivators, the dispensaries, the state, and worst of all us, the patients, about what they are spending their hard earned money on. In my (and a lot of other peoples case) using cannabis as medicine, hid evidence, and didn’t report the samples they took to the state? And as of now, that are back in

business and all they got was a $70,000 fine? Evidently, $70,000 is all you gotta pay if you get caught giving fake scientific data to, not only recreational but also medical, patients; a damn slap on the wrist. These people make that much in a week or less! It just makes me sick. As I’m writing this, word just came in from The Department of Taxation that 30 dispensaries received 20 different products that “failed an independent laboratory’s microbial testing for mold, yeast, andbbacteria.” That testing lab was Cannex who is doing business as RSR Labs. They allowed flower and prerolls that could very possibly hurt someone with a compromised immune system to be sold at 30 different shops throughout our state. Those products were sold between October and July, they are not in the shops now. I see patients everyday that have weakened immune systems and serious lung problems. To receive the kind of money they do and have a license from the state to TEST our cannabis in an effort to keep us safe from molds, bacterias, pesticides, heavy metals, and left over nutrients, and blatantly LIE to us just makes me sick. I thought we paid more to keep us safe from things like that? These people are more criminal than any black market I’ve ever dealt with. At least on the street they were honest and said they didn’t know. So when you see me going on and on again and again about how these THC numbers are just marketing schemes made up by millionaires who just want your money, at least now I can say there is proof. You may ask yourself, how does

Ruckus find out about all this stuff? I study. I check a few different websites everyday. I go to NORML meetings every chance I get. I try to surround myself with other activists who are in this business because we care about people’s general wellbeing and want to see others feel better and alleviate their pain. Unfortunately not everyone thinks like me. So again I ask you to go to NORML meetings, go to Budtender Fight Club, go to any function that discusses cannabis. Question the person you see representing these companies in pop-ups in dispensaries, question the Budtenders, question our government! Speak up but be sure to listen, too. There is still a lot of wrong information out there. If you hear something wrong, question it, correct them if you're sure. We still gotta educate and remove the stigma! There are a shitload of people who mean well but are still stuck in “Reefer Madness” thinking. It’s not their fault. I am pushing 50, I was told cannabis was a gateway drug with no medicinal qualities and would get you thrown in prison your whole life. It’s hard to drown that out. But it is possible. Especially when you explain it in ways that just make sense! Rob Ruckus is a Nevada medical marijuana patient, and budtender at Inyo Fine Cannabis, a long-time Las Vegas resident and cannabis activist, star of A&E's Bad Ink, musician and host of Ruckus on the Radio.



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Viva Las Vegan Roll With winter winding down, I’ve decided to do a vegan inspired roll that is also infused. One that I hope puts a “Spring” in your step! Not to mention, this roll has no seaweed. How do you ask? Well let’s get started and dive into this Viva Las Vegan roll to find out! INGREDIENTS 2 Cups sushi grade short grain rice 1.5 Cup sushi vinegar or CannaBushi infused vinegar 5-10 Drops of Mimosa Terpenes from The Terpene Lab ½ Cup THC or CBD infused coconut oil Black beans (cooked) Roasted red peppers Avocado Cilantro Sriracha Turmeric Garlic Sea Salt

BY Chris Rodarte

MAKING THE SUSHI RICE 1. Start by washing the rice in a bowl with a strainer. Gently use cold water to rinse or “polish” the rice. The water will turn into a cloudy white as the starches are being removed. Continue until the water clears up but try not to wash a lot. Make sure to remove dirty water and drain the rice each time you wash. No more than four times. 2. After draining rice, make sure the water is out of the strainer and place it into a rice cooker. Add equal parts water to each cup of rice. Cook as directed per your device. Take cooked rice and place it into a large bowl. Cover and grab your infused CannaBushi vinegar. 3. Take your infused CannaBushi vinegar and add 5 drops of Mimosa Terpenes. Let rest for 3 minutes so the terpenes may bloom. It should add a wonderful, vibrant, and citrus botanical. You may have to add a couple more drops. *Exercise caution because less is more with terpenes. Thank you to Katia at The Terpene Lab, where I’m given the opportunity to hone and


develop this terpene/culinary/infusion science. Even more thankful to have the pleasure of sharing it all with you, the reader and fellow “mad scientists.” 4. Place enough vinegar to start coating/cutting the rice. Mix well. Make sure not to overdo it. While it is hot, mix your infused vinegar into the bowl of rice, mixing so that the vinegar is completely covering the rice. Not drowning in it. Just enough. It’s easy to overdo it. Cover and keep to the side, making sure to mix the rice again in 5 minutes. INFUSED BLACK BEAN PATE AND RED PEPPERS 1. Start by placing your beans into a bowl. Add 1 tsp of sea salt, turmeric, and garlic. Drizzle a little infused coconut oil

onto everything and begin to mix the ingredients. Use the back of the spoon to smash and incorporate the ingredients to a pate like consistency. You want to keep adding tiny amounts of coconut oil, turmeric and garlic until you reach the desired taste. One that is savory and satisfying to the tongue. Cover and place in the fridge until chilled. Save for later. 2. Now that the beans are made, we can focus on the infused red peppers. I recommend that these are made the previous day. As with anything the flavors will marry and become more pronounced over time. 3. The number of rolls you are making will determine how many red peppers you will need. Keep this in mind when preparing. Place the pepper(s) over an open flame and cook until the skin has become charred. Remove from heat and carefully pull the skin off of the cooked pepper(s). 4. Pull the seed pod out of the pepper(s) and begin to slice them into strips, placing them into a container with infused coconut oil. You want them fully emerged into the oil as they will homogenize with the THC or CBD. Place in the fridge and remember that they will become more infused as they are allowed to marinate. *A vacuum sealer is optimal if you have one handy, both for the vegetables and the oil leftover. MAKING THE VIVA LAS VEGAN ROLL 1. Place your makisu onto the cutting board and get a piece of saran wrap the same size or a little bigger. Cover the makisu to prepare for the next step. 2. Grab your mimosa infused sushi rice and make sure to have a small bowl of water ready so you can handle the rice. 3. Start by dipping your hand in the water and rub your hands together so there's a slight amount of water lightly on each. Grab a small ball of rice and spread evenly on the saran wrap. Make sure the rice has cooled and just has a slight warmth. It should be a lot stickier now. 4. Create a “pad” of sorts in the size and shape of where the rice would normally be on the nori/seaweed and it should be evenly distributed to a ¼ inch thickness. It’s ok if it’s a little bigger than normal. As long as you can still encapsulate the ingredients. 5. Speaking of, take 2-3 oz. of your Black Bean Pate and create a“log”, keeping it somewhat in the center of the rice pad and travelling from end to end. 6. With the pate in place you can put slices of avocados and your infused red peppers beside it.

7. Pull the “no nori” rice sheet to the end of the makisu while still on the saran wrap and use your thumb to grab the makisu. Begin to bring it up and over to encapsulate the ingredients. 8. Make sure you have created a seal and have the seam on the cutting board. Take your hands and gently squeeze the roll so that it is shaped. Keep the saran wrap underneath the roll, so when you cut it is easier to remove. Scoot the makisu to each side and gently press the ends so the ingredients are inside the roll. Cut into 8 equal pieces, remove saran wrap and place onto a plate. 9. Take some leaves of cilantro and put one leaf on each piece. Adding a sprinkle of turmeric powder, then a dot of Sriracha. Voila! Your first “No Nori” vegan sushi roll, plus it is infused! Not to mention a healthy alternative in the world of CannaBushi.

Remember the leftover oil from the peppers? Keep it and use it for a roasted red pepper infused oil to cook with. Maybe an additive to create a nice infused vinaigrette or some extra flavor to your favorite homemade spaghetti sauce. Oh, the possibilities! I hope you all enjoyed making this recipe as much as I did creating it for you! Reach out if you have any questions! Check out my website at

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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting some 40 million American adults every year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. On a global scale, anxiety also ranks atop the list of mental health disorders as an estimated 284 million people suffered from some form of it in 2017. The medications most often prescribed to “treat” illnesses like Panic Disorder, General Anxiety, ObsessiveCompulsive Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder come with fine print warnings of side effects like dry mouth, drowsiness during the day and insomnia at night, constipation, sexual dysfunction, dizziness, hypertension, heightened blood pressure, and so many other disturbing risks.


Studies continue to reveal that anxiety medications and antidepressants – particularly those that feature SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) – can not only prove to be completely ineffective at addressing (or healing!) the root cause of one’s anxiety and/or depression, but, in fact, can raise agitation and anxiety levels drastically, and these drugs are all too often associated with increased risk of suicide. Additionally, patients are often overprescribed conflicting medications from varying doctors that, once combined, can form extremely dangerous or even deadly concoctions. This is what our health care system is giving to the most vulnerable among us – from our ailing kids to our traumatized military veterans.

THERE’S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY When I first started smoking weed as a teenager, my friends and I would drive around looking for “sesh spots” where we could safely park our car and blaze some brick weed while blasting The Beatles, or where we could hike from the car to some secluded spot to partake in the pot. I will never forget one day, riding home from the mall, taking the scenic route through the hills, when we spotted a grove of orange trees. An hour later we were sitting in a bed of orange blossoms, stoned to our stems, when we decided it was time to leave. One look around, though, froze us in our tracks as every single tree, row after row, suddenly seemed to be interwoven with a massive spider web linking it to the next. In the middle of

each of these webs appeared a massive spider, poised to strike at any moment. How much of that was real, and how much of it was our young overanxious minds is anyone’s guess, but we army crawled out of there, nevertheless. That wasn’t my last bout with cannabis-fueled anxiety or paranoia, but I feel that I have outgrown it and, in hindsight, it seems that my set and setting probably contributed to my mental reaction in those situations much more than the marijuana did. Yes, new cannabis consumers are highly likely to face their own degree of anxiety after a few tokes until their tolerance builds, but it will, and most regular cannabis consumers that I know use weed to raise their spirits and lower their anxiety. Why is that? A new study just published in the scientific journal Neuron has found a demonstrable method of manipulating certain molecules naturally present in the human body (dully named 2-AG) in a manner that could allow them to ‘roadblock’ the neural highway along which a potential anxiety attack would travel to fruition. These 2-AG molecules interact with receptors in the human brain that we refer to as the endocannabinoid system (ECS), that essential network found within all of us that your family doctor has probably

never heard of. Among so many other amazing things, our endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in moderating our anxiety levels, and like any other part of our body, the health and effectiveness of our ECS can deteriorate. In fact, the results from this most recent study reveal that as test subjects were introduced to stressful or traumatic situations, both the 2-AG levels and the ECS itself began to break down, as the delicate pathways between the amygdala and the pre-frontal cortex begin to fuse together in dangerous ways. This process can be accelerated by prescription anti-anxiety meds which can fan the flames of depression. If only nature provided a plant that grows like a weed and is chock full of hundreds of ECSconducive cannabinoids… The researchers behind this study recognize that cannabis use can, in fact, contribute to a healthier endocannabinoid system, but they instead plan to focus their efforts on how to synthetically boost 2-AG, citing their desire to provide a medical solution that avoids what they consider to be detrimental side effects of medical marijuana use. “The hope would be that this would allow one to experience some of the beneficial effects

people use medical cannabis for, in terms of anxiety and stress-relief, without some of the side effects,” says Sachin Patel, co-author of the study published recently in Neuron and researcher at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

So, is cannabis a surefire cure for anxiety?

Patel hypothesizes that a collapse of the ECS could be at the root of full-blown anxiety disorders. How many suicides are a result of such a collapse?

The fact of the matter is that anxiety can strike anyone at any time but its depth and severity can be mitigated, it appears, by a healthy endocannabinoid system. That’s dope!

He and his team’s work so far has literally been conducted on stressed-out mice running a maze in a lab, and he anticipates that it may be another 3-4 years before we see relevant studies in this niche performed on people. Except… we already are. As far back as 2009, studies have been showing that medical marijuana patients anecdotally turn to the plant for help with anxiety and depression. With all due respect to the medical community at large, 99% of you didn’t know what the ECS even was 10 years ago, and way too many of you still don’t acknowledge it. Sometimes, the patient knows what’s best for themselves and people have been self-medicating with marijuana for millennia.

Of course not. Not for everyone… but if it can help ANYONE, doesn’t our society have a moral obligation to make that help readily available?

You can find countless websites warning about the dangers of SSRIs and their deadly connection to suicides and mass shootings, but you won’t find any reputable evidence of those horrific statistics surrounding cannabis use. That’s just not how it works in the cases where it doesn’t work. As more studies hone in on the web of receptors that form our endocannabinoid system, we are almost sure to see some landmark revelations about mental health and we may finally be able to provide effective solutions to those suffering. Every time that the cannabis plant is found to be

at the root of those solutions, however, expect some scientist to try to single out and simulate what they perceive to be the “cure”, failing to appreciate the full spectrum of healing that the plant provides. If you or someone you know may be contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line. Veterans who are in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, and those who know a Veteran in crisis, can call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Call 800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online at, or text to 838255 In emergencies, please call 911, or seek care from a local hospital or mental health provider. Photo of soldier by: Mike Whiter

DEAR MARY JANE An advice column from the Grande Dame of Marijuana Dear Mary Jane, I believe that it is safe to say that marijuana has some definite health advantages for people with assorted illnesses. CBD is a tremendous boon for people with all sorts of inflammatory disorders, such as arthritis. My question: do you think such compounds would have a positive effect on house pets? Farm animals? How can you interview a dog to see if a treatment works? I have two older pets, a cat and a dog, and they are both getting a bit stiff as they grow older. Do you think that CBD might help them? Dr. Do-as-little-as-possible

My dearest Dr. Do, I have always said that you can tell a lot about a society or culture based on two factors: their pornography, and how they treat their animals. You mentioned your kink about nuns on roller skates eating ice cream, which is admittedly a bit odd. However, your concern about your precious fur babies (I hate that term, but it is appropriate) tells me that you are clearly a good person. I have had many pets throughout the course of my life, with my dog Kahlúa being atop the list and followed by Scotty, Brandy, Duchess, Duke, Bella, Greystoke, Cosmo, BB, Rey, Nelly and Q-tip. The one thing that all of my animals, past and present, share in common is the fact that I would have done anything to improve their quality of life. Seeing as how marijuana and its many applications are growing exponentially in today’s society, it only makes sense that it will intersect with our pets. Exercise, diet and positive human interaction are doubtlessly the best things that you can provide for your pet, but what about my dog who can no longer jump on the couch, at least not on the first attempt, because his shoulders are stiff? Might CBD help? Is there any way that we can test this theory? Are dogs affected by placebo effect? Many years ago, I went to a local acupuncturist (Dr. Fiona) and she used to tell me how she would use acupuncture to treat animals. Mind you, this practice was not limited to only house pets, but she also used to work with farm animals as well. Sounds crazy, right? She explained to me that, actually, animals are better than humans when it comes to judging treatment effectiveness. Placebo effect is no joke; if you believe that a treatment is going to help you, it most likely will, at least for a little while. Animals, for better or worse, are not afflicted

with such mental conventions. Consider a dog. A dog lives in the moment. A dog is hungry now, or tired now, or playful now. Dogs do not plan on their moods, nor do they have any real expectations of anything beyond the right now. So your dog hurts it’s shoulder chasing a rabbit. All the dog knows is that it is in pain and limited by its injury; Dr. Fiona comes along, aligns his chakras, and the pain is gone. You tell me: does this treatment work? On the level of keeping an animal happy, I would say hell yes it does, and I see treating animals with CBD the same way. Not to sound depressing or anything, but it is my goal to get through life with as little pain and suffering as possible, and I extend that same courtesy to my animals. As far as dosing amount goes, you will probably have to go by trial and error, as there are no real CBD dosage guidelines for animals. On other hand, there are no real CBD dosing guidelines for humans, either. Just like THC edibles for people, you are going to have to take your time and experiment with appropriate dosages and such. Speaking of THC edibles, there is one thing that I must point out. With the legalization of marijuana in Nevada and throughout the other parts of the country with legalized marijuana, veterinarians are getting lots of panicked phone calls due to animals accidentally consuming marijuana. To the best of my knowledge there have been no fatalities from this, but it is still a good idea to keep your weed out of Doggy‘s reach. One last thing. I have never been able to stand people who put bandannas on their dogs. Even if your dog is using CBD, please avoid the temptation to go and buy a dreadlocks wig for him to wear. Just, don’t. Shit like that is why dogs run into traffic.


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