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25 Election 2017 28 The Cannab-Esq. Chronicles A Legal Perspective

32 Know Your Roots

Cosmic Muffin's Occultation Ointment

38 Tales from the Crip The FDA & MMJ


43 The Ruckus Rant

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Happy Holidays! This month wraps up 2017 and another great year for Vegas Cannabis and the Nevada cannabis industry. Throughout the year, our State regulators have continued to iron out the legalities of this industry. We have witnessed a multitude of changes, some welcome and some not so welcome. One regulation pertinent to media is the ad approval process. All licensed marijuana establishments in the state of Nevada who wish to advertise their businesses must first submit the proposed advertising to the State for approval. We always suggest that our advertisers submit multiple ads in case some are denied. This is a time consuming, but necessary process and we encourage all advertisers to abide by the rules and regulations set forth. Final voting for the Best of Vegas Cannabis will begin on December 15th. To participate, visit best-vegas-cannabis-2017 and vote for your favorites in each category. We are looking for the best of the best, in categories ranging from favorite dispensary and best cultivation to favorite budtender and most delectable edible. So, take a moment to check out our website and give us your input. Happy Holidays to Our Readers, Advertisers, Contributors and Supporters!

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>>> all milligrams


are not created equal >>>

By Garrett Gardner, Co-Owner Higher Concepts LLC,

've learned from experience that often in the cannabis industry, consumers aren't getting the best possible experience from the cannabis products they are purchasing.

Now, I'm not saying that current patients are having bad experiences, quite the contrary. This is the best time in the history of our country to start or continue using cannabis. The access to and quality of medicine available has never been better. And though I and many others would argue that all cannabis use is medicinal, its increased availability means positive steps forward for both medical and "recreational" use. The issue ultimately is that the average user hasn't been given enough information to make an informed decision on what products are best for their specific needs. When I talk to budtenders or dispensary managers about what drives most purchases, I get the same answer "consumers want the highest THC%". This makes sense. Many cannabis users and non-users alike have heard of THC and CBD. These two plant components have been publicized so much that people's grandparents have heard of them, even if they've never taken a single hit of a joint. If you are a patient, you generally want the strongest medicine for your dollar, so it makes perfect sense to equate a higher THC% to a better medicinal value. However, if you ask your grandparents about terpenes, flavonoids, and the 100+ other cannabinoids that have been isolated so far in cannabis, you will mostly likely hear crickets and face blank stares. Those of you who already know about the "entourage effect" are probably starting to get bored, but stay with me because you need to hear this too. The term "entourage effect" doesn't do justice to the synergistic power of the compounds in this incredible plant. While I certainly appreciate the intention to convey that cannabis as a whole is much more than the sum of its individual parts, the problem is that the use of the word "entourage" in this sense typically makes it seem as if THC and CBD are the stars of the show. When in reality, it's a whole lot more interesting than that. Terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids are integral to experiencing the full potential of cannabis. They modulate the THC experience, provide us with added benefits similar to those from


other plant-based essential oils, enhance flavor/aroma, can provide different and more potent medicinal benefits, and can completely alter the way we feel when enjoying cannabis. If you ever smoked "ditch weed" but later in life experienced high quality medical grade cannabis, you'd think you were smoking two different plants. Ditch weed growers aren't taking care to maintain those other compounds in the plant or to develop them to their full potential while growing. By the time the harvested plant gets to the end user, it's degraded to the point that the full experience of cannabis cannot be achieved. Most likely by that time, the majority of terpenes have been lost, and likely there wasn't an amazing amount to begin with, meaning the user is primarily restricted to experiencing the simple sedative effects of THC. If you live in a legal state and have access to medical grade cannabis, you should be paying attention to terpene content when trying to find the right strain for you. When purchasing, your budtender should be able to produce more detailed test results upon request. By finding strains with more robust terpene profiles and focusing less on the THC% (beyond a certain threshold), you will most likely get a better bang for your buck. When purchasing concentrates and/or infused products like edibles, you really need to pay attention to terpene content at the dispensary. Products can vary widely, depending upon the production facility making them. Always look at the test results and make sure you are getting terpenes along with your desired THC%. If you see something like "the clear", which is 95-98% THC, you shouldn't be impressed by the high THC%. Instead you should be asking: Where's the rest of it? When you see an edible/infused product with only THC, again you should be asking: Where's the rest of it? I cannot stress this enough. The effects of terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids make a massive difference in how you experience the THC or CBD in the product you are purchasing. As consumers become more savvy and their tastes and knowledge evolves, manufacturers are beginning to realize that THC on its own just simply won't do. This means you are less likely to find concentrates completely devoid of terpenes, but to find out which




concentrates render you the best payoff, you'll want to evaluate the terpene portion of the test results rather than the THC%. In my experience, infused product manufacturers are the biggest culprits when it comes to pushing higher THC% and not caring about the "other colors of the rainbow". This makes sense, because when it comes to THC content, edibles are a completely different animal than flower or concentrates. When you smoke, the THC you inhale is in the form Delta-9 THC. Many are unaware that when you orally consume Delta-9 THC, it converts in your liver to 11-Hydroxy THC. This creates a distinct effect and is why edibles often take one to two hours to "kick in". The effects of 11-Hydroxy THC are estimated to be three to six times more psychoactive than Delta-9 THC. Many patients are satisfied with this because they get a much heavier THC effect through edible consumption. If you are a person battling a serious illness, it could be exactly what you need to allow your body to rest and recover. Since THC sells itself, manufacturers generally just try to fit as much of it as they can into as small of a space as possible. This can lead to an intense and heavily sedative experience, especially for new users. While producers may feel they are giving the customer the best bang for their buck, they are oftentimes just creating a confusing, and potentially dissatisfying, situation. For example, when I see an everyday, non-infused, cookie, I usually eat the whole thing without batting an eyelash. If I purchased an infused version, that single cookie may have up to 200mg of THC (or more!), which is a massive dose for most users. This means that unless I go against my natural instincts (see one cookie, eat one cookie), I could be in for an intense and lengthy ride. This practice of putting as much THC as possible in what would normally be a single serving may seem like good business to manufacturers and seasoned medical users, but I believe that it ultimately deters many users. Eating one whole cookie seems natural, but in this case it could seriously overwhelm a new user and inhibit future use of edibles. You shouldn't have to cautiously nibble on a few chocolate chips or take one small bite of a cookie to get your desired effect. No matter how adventurous, many new users will swear off edibles forever after that type of experience. Even though the edible itself

can't actually cause any cannabis-related health risks, that sort of experience can be intimidating and cause for concern to anyone just starting off. Which really is a shame, because edibles and infused products have the potential to offer so much more! That 200mg of THC is cool and all, but where are all those other amazing compounds found in cannabis? Unfortunately for the consumer, edibles infused with only THC have only one effect: different degrees of sedation. Edibles that are produced to maintain the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids can have several different effects and enhance a wide range of experiences. Not only do the effects vary, but smaller doses of THC can be used in combination with these other maintained compounds to produce results that can be just as effective as higher doses. This means new users can have a profound experience on a relatively small dose, and seasoned users can enjoy an upgraded experience without having to repeatedly increase their THC doses to make up for growing tolerances. Remember, when it comes to edibles we are dealing with an active compound that is three to six times more psychoactive than what we experience by smoking, making it imperative that we maintain these other compounds in order to modulate the effects of the 11-Hydroxy THC. Terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids allow us to have experiences with cannabis that go beyond just feeling sleepy. The next time you are at the dispensary, don't be afraid to ask for test results. It will give you the power to analyze something other than THC% when making your decision. Over time, you can discover which terpene profiles mesh well with you. If you are lucky enough to find an edible with a visibly good terpene profile, do me a favor and buy one, also buy a THC-only edible with the same THC dose. Take them on different days, and write down your thoughts on each. I think that like me, when I made and thoroughly enjoyed my first "full spectrum" edible, you will truly understand that all milligrams are NOT created equal. Garrett Gardner is Co-Owner of Higher Concepts LLC - At Higher Concepts LLC, we aim to establish a higher standard and elevate the cannabis industry through superior product design and development, licensing our well-designed products and methods to cannabis production facilities. For business inquiries and more info please visit








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just finished reading a noteworthy book in cannabis science entitled Cannabinoids and the Brain by Professor Linda Parker, a neuroscientist at the University of Guelph1. As our country, and much of the world continue to debate the medical use of cannabis, Dr. Parker’s fundamental review of cannabinoids’ impact on neuromodulation is timely and well-received. In particular, I want to provide comment on the subtlety she raises between our own endocannabinoids’ local neuromodulatory effect versus plant cannabinoids’ global neuromodulatory effect. Your body makes two “on-demand” endocannabinoids, 2-arachidonyl glycerol (2-AG) and anandamide (AEA), when needed to protect neurons (brain cells) through modulation of two dominant neurotransmitters, inhibitory GABA and stimulatory glutamate. AEA’s role is to maintain a normal level of the stress hormone cortisol in humans, while levels of 2-AG sharply increase following an incident of acute stress to counteract it. Endocannabinoids are only synthesized and released locally at a neuronal synapse where they bind CB-1 receptors to inhibit neurotransmission. This level of neuromodulation in healthy humans is fine-tuned and after exerting a localized effect, endocannabinoids are quickly degraded by one of two specific hydrolyzing enzymes and thereby inactivated. These same enzymes also break down phytocannabinoids, but not synthetic cannabinoids. Any interruption in this fine-tuned response can lead to increased anxiety or altered mood responses as can occur when exposed to high concentrations of the phytocannabinoid delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC or any one of the many synthetic cannabinoids.


Smoking, vaping or ingesting THC can also inhibit neurotransmission at all CB-1 receptors it reaches and binds to, resulting in a global neuromodulation with some well-known side effects such as dry mouth, anxiety, and the munchies. However, there are many other side effects that are not desirable such as tinnitus, changes in digestive motility and short-term memory loss. More troubling side effects include tachycardia, acute psychosis in those individuals predisposed to schizophrenia



and chronic cannabis disorders. Unfortunately, the ongoing Federal barriers to conducting clinical trials has hampered our understanding of the risks and benefits of cannabis use. One path to gain understanding of the pros and cons of plant cannabinoids is to look at chronic disease states that have been linked to our own endocannabinoid deficiencies associated with specific gene variants known to affect proteins involved in cannabinoid synthesis and turnover. Dr. Ethan Russo has suggested that fibromyalgia and migraines may fall into this category. What goes wrong with our endocannabinoid system and can it be treated? In fact, newly characterized inhibitors of the hydrolyzing enzymes that breakdown cannabinoids can extend their modulatory effect for up to 24 hours! And sadly, because these synthetic inhibitor compounds are not associated with a Schedule I status, clinical trials can proceed undeterred. Parker’s book has changed my perspective of how I think about cannabinoids, I have come to appreciate their widespread influence on the receptors throughout the brain and body that make up the finely-tuned homeostasis normally maintained by your own endocannabinoids. I knew that there were all of these potential outcomes from using cannabis but for some reason I had not thought of them as “side-effects,” but in fact that is what we are talking about, just like pharmaceutical drugs, it is very hard to target a drug in the body. There are many unanswered questions; e.g what gene variants impact the psychotic and physical effects of cannabinoids, and how does dosing (or titration) affect it? Individual consumers and patients remain in the dark and must still self-titrate for whatever their indication is because proper clinical trials have not been allowed to proceed. However, one thing we can confidently conclude is that chronic use of cannabis during pregnancy is not a good idea since it is known that endocannabinoids play a key role in neuronal development of the fetus and global activation of cannabinoid receptors which would alter that process and cause long-lasting impairment of cognitive functions and behaviors. 1

Parker LA (2017) Cannabinoids and the Brain. MIT Press. 237 pgs.

ELECTION 2017 >>>



Voters Showed Up in Favor of Cannabis


By: Dr. Aseem Sappal

ovember 7th was a critical day for cannabis advocates as citizens across the United States cast votes that will impact the legalization of cannabis going forward. Results from two state governor races and a host of local races are proving that people want reform-something we’re not currently hearing from our leaders at the federal level.



Though Nevada’s focus in 2017 has been on ending cannabis prohibition and setting up legal cannabis dispensaries, other states and municipalities have been busy introducing candidates and propositions to reform cannabis. In New Jersey, new incoming governor Phil Murphy campaigned on cannabis legalization, alleging that the Chris Christie’s administration “gummed up” the state’s medical cannabis program. Murphy wants to legalize marijuana as part of comprehensive criminal justice reform. In his acceptance speech he said, “While there are financial benefits [to legalizing marijuana], this is overwhelmingly about doing what is right and just.” When the new governor starts his job, it is likely that New Jersey will bring up a legalization bill early in 2018. Virginia also voted in a new pro-cannabis governor. Ralph Northam made marijuana decriminalization a focal point of his campaign. And, with Democrats taking the majority of Virginia’s House of Delegates seats, it is very likely that new legislation to decriminalize cannabis will be on the docket early in 2018. Northam also promised to expand the state’s limited medical cannabis laws and to allow industrial hemp. In Philadelphia incoming district attorney Lawrence Krasner, who has been a vocal criminal justice reform advocate, has also spoken out about cannabis enforcement. He recognizes the huge opioid overdose problem that exists in his city as well as the positive reduction of opiate use where cannabis is readily available and wants to potentially save lives by not enforcing against marijuana usage. Voters in the college town of Athens, Ohio, voted 77% to 23% to approve a measure to completely eliminate fines and court costs for possessing and cultivating up to 200 grams of cannabis. Similar measures passed in many other Ohio cities last year and Athens’ vote may help to increase pressure on state lawmakers to consider further reform.


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In Michigan, where medical cannabis is legal, Detroit voters passed two ballot measures that will allow medical cannabis businesses to operate in more areas and to stay open longer. Seeing such positive results from this year’s elections is encouraging. With a majority of states now in the pro cannabis column--currently 29 states have passed medical and/or adult use laws--the year 2018 could be a pivotal one.



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

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Cannab-Esq. Christmas and Happy Holidays! It’s that time of year again where people get together with family and friends to enjoy some quality time and good cheer! And for those of you whose gatherings are a little too stressful and overwhelming, may I suggest making this holiday season a Cannabis Christmas? A Kush Kwanzaa? A Hash Hanukkah? While you may already have been consuming cannabis to make your holiday gatherings more bearable for years, for the first time ever you may finally be able to legally give the gift of relaxation, creativity, and the munchies to those you love… and hell, maybe even to those you don’t love! I mean, maybe all the scrooge in your life needs is to get a little Chernobyl (by Flora Vega) in their stocking to become a more lovable person! Think of the possibilities here… What better way to make the shindig a little more lively and enjoyable than to give the gift of ganja?! Be careful though; you don’t have carte blanche to just go on a marijuana giving spree and start handing out prerolls to any and everyone that passes by. There are some guidelines you must follow for your cannabis gift-giving. First, as always, remember that possessing and consuming cannabis is still completely illegal on a federal level. However, since many of you reading this are probably in Nevada and, well, you’re reading Vegas Cannabis Magazine, I’ll go ahead and assume you don’t necessarily care about the federal prohibition of cannabis. With that ever-annoying caveat out of the way, the next thing you need to know before giving the ganja gift is that both you and the receiver of the gift must be 21 or older and be physically located in Nevada. Sorry out-of-towners, but unless you’re planning on being here while the “gift-giving” is taking place, you’re out of luck. That being said, even if you are here, you still have the ongoing problem of tourists effectively having no place to legally consume cannabis, as I previously discussed in prior issues of Vegas Cannabis Magazine. According to Nevada law, you also cannot gift more than an ounce of flower or an 1/8 oz of cannabis concentrates, which is not surprising considering those are the possession limits for recreational marijuana. Lastly, NRS 453D.110(c) prohibits the gifting from being “promoted” or “advertised” to the public – i.e., don’t go around posting on Instagram that you are giving away free cannabis products! That’s a no-no! Also, under no circumstances can you receive payment or other form of “remuneration” for the gift. Otherwise, so long as you follow the guidelines above, you’re all set to be everyone’s favorite Secret Santa this year!


For those that won’t be staying in Vegas for the holidays, make sure you play it safe and leave your stash behind before you venture outside of Nevada. You know what they say: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! This time-tested motto rings true with marijuana as well. Please don’t risk it and attempt to bring your goodies across state lines – you are only asking for trouble. As an example, I had an individual contact me a couple weeks ago who had been pulled over for speeding while visiting family in Minnesota with a bag full of edibles in his car. Despite explaining to the officers that he was just visiting for a short time and that he had a Nevada medical marijuana card, the officers proceeded to arrest him and charge him with felony possession of marijuana. This person spent the weekend in jail, had their car impounded, and is now facing felony charges – all over some cannabis-infused edibles! If you think you’ll have better luck getting your stash through McCarran Airport, you will be sadly disappointed and are facing a fine and criminal charges if caught. In September, the Clark County Commissioners voted to fully ban both possession and advertising of marijuana at any airport in Clark County, including McCarran. It is all too easy to forget that Nevada is one of only a handful of states that have embraced marijuana. I can’t stress enough the importance of keeping this in mind while you prepare to travel for the holidays! Nevada’s first year allowing adults 21 and over to recreationally consume cannabis is coming to a close quick. While it may take months or likely even years to truly understand the impact of recreational marijuana, I am a firm believer that the State of Nevada has made major strides and will remain at the forefront of cannabis legalization. With that being said, I do have one big thing on my wish-list for Santa. If you recall from my article in the October issue of Vegas Cannabis Magazine, the Clark County Commissioners stated that they would reconsider allowing marijuana lounges come December. Well Commissioners, the time has come and the need for a safe, legal place for visitors of Las Vegas to consume their legally purchased products remains the number one item on my Christmas list – and it should be on yours as well! Happy Holidays! And hey, if anyone is eager to try their hand at the mechanics of ganja-gifting, feel free to add your favorite cannabis attorney to your Christmas list! Stay safe, stay legal, and #StayWoke! Mitchell S. Bisson, Esq. is the Managing Attorney at Callister Law S Group located at 330 E. Charleston Blvd, Ste. 100 in Las Vegas. He can be reached at (702) 333-3334.








Know Your Roots


he stood alone in the living room as the other members of her family finished adorning themselves for the festivities. Standing at three and half feet tall, she wedged herself as close as possible to the heavily trimmed Christmas tree. Wrapped gifts of all shapes and sizes extended from beneath the boughs like tentacles on a cephalopod. Though it was early afternoon her grandmother had turned on the twinkling lights causing the blinking bulbs to spin and dance amid a rainbow of colors and the eclectic combination of purchased and handmade ornaments. Strands of silver tinsel clung to the carpeted floor held by some mysterious magnetic force. Edie, much like the tinsel, was anchored in place, unable to pull herself away from where she stood. She had quietly approached the tree in an effort to spy which of the many presents wore tags bearing her name. But now stood mesmerized by the glimmer of lights and shiny ornaments reflected in the tops of her black patent leather shoes. Edie was the youngest of three children born to Lorraine and Diego Castellano. Her grandparents were Lucille (Grammie) and Francisco Junior (Poppi). Grammie was a tall, auburn-haired beauty with still shapely legs and the presence of a stage actress. Her husband was shorter than she, solid and stocky bearing the strength of a man twice his size. Francisco’s hands wore a near permanent layer of dirt beneath his nails and after years of manual labor were hard and calloused. He walked with a limp. Because of this, at every large family gathering, Edie, her siblings and cousins would ask Poppi to tell them the story of how he came to walk with legs so uneven. Other members of the Castellano clan began arriving in clustered groups for




By Deborah Costella snacks and grownup drinks, in preparation of the day’s celebration. Their own cups brimming with eggnog, the grandchildren gathered round their paternal elder begging once again to hear the story. At first Francisco rejected their requests, as he always did. But Grammie walked over to him, a short, filter-less cigarette held firmly between her ruby, red lips handed her husband a Bloody Mary, and with a kiss on the forehead whispered, ‘Oh, cuéntales la historia, Francisco.’ As was the custom, Poppi groaned and grumbled, smiled at his grandchildren then began the saga of how he came to be lisiado or crippled. At the prospect of hearing her favorite family story, Edie pulled her attention from the light show on her shoes and joined the others. “I was but three years old,” began Poppi. “The year was 1837. My parents had long grown weary of the poverty and squalor we endured while living in Spain. My own dear father, God rest his soul, did his best to provide for us, but government was corrupt back then and my father openly expressed his displeasure about the inequities among those in power and the few lucky enough to work for them. Most of the men in our village had no work at all and were forced to beg, borrow, and even steal. I was a young child and didn’t understand all of this but even I sensed worry in my Papa. One night after supper we received a visit from some of my uncles and aunties. Another knock on the door and in came neighbors and friends along with their children. They did not come to our house just this one time there were many more meetings after that. Always the men gathered in the living room, smoking and talking loudly while the women stayed in the kitchen speaking in more hushed tones. We children played quietly on the floor. I remember the older women appeared angry some even looked scared, wringing their hands. The younger women talked more excitedly nursing their infants, clicking their tongues at us children who began to bounce and play more roughly

beneath the kitchen table. Days later, mi madre sat all seven of us children down to talk. She sat me on her lap where I wriggled and struggled to get down on the floor with my sisters and brothers. But as the youngest and apparently the least well-behaved, I was held in place upon my mother’s legs. Though we were children, we knew something important was going on. She quieted us down by handing out small servings of my favorite snack; membrillo and wedges of manchego. Then, taking a deep breath mama told us we were all going on a great journey. One that would last many days and would be difficult, but in the end would bring us a new life, a new home and new friends. Our papa would have a good job with good pay like those men who had gone before us. There would be plenty of food and drink in this new land we would call home. Excited, I turned around to hug mi madre as my siblings clapped their hands in joy. But I saw she had tears in her eyes. Wiping a tear that had crept down mama’s cheek to her chin, I was confused. Why was she was so sad if this news was so good? My eldest sister, Jacqueline asked who would be taking this journey. Mama said that decision was being made by papa and our uncles. This she said with a small choking in her throat.” “Where were you all going?” asked Edie’s cousin Bartolo, though he knew the answer. “We were going to America!” spouted Poppi. Poppi went on to describe the big steam ship he, his family and many neighbors boarded almost six months following his mother’s announcement. And indeed, not all his siblings were to travel with them. Of the seven children, the first to go would be the three youngest. The others were told they would follow on another ship after great grandpapa found a job and had saved enough money to purchase cabin passage for them. It had taken Poppi’s father many weeks of long hard days laboring just to purchase steerage passage for the five

who were to depart first. In the 1800’s even passage for steerage would cost him $110.00 per person, the equivalent of nearly $1,800.00 today. Francisco went on to tell his grandchildren that a neighbor-friend told great grandpapa, that while there were no reductions in passage fare for children, those not yet old enough to walk could travel for free. The reasoning for this was that it was assumed the very young would unlikely require seating or cots of their own. Typically, they would be carried and held by their mothers, sharing a cot with another member of their family. Upon hearing this news Francisco’s parents agreed that he, being rather small for his age, could be disguised as an infant. This would save the family a great deal of money. “Tell us about the boat Poppi,” exclaimed Edie’s older brother, Manny. “It was not a boat, my boy, but a ship,” replied their grandfather. “A great wooden ship with paddlewheels the size of small automobiles. Only the tops of those big wheels could be seen as they turned and churned the water below, and sails, sails reaching high into the sky above. So big and billowy, I remember thinking the ship might take flight. They looked like the wings of a dragon to a small boy, as I was.” “Did you meet Grammie on that ship, Poppi?” inquired another cousin. This was a new question. Each time Francisco retold his story a new question would crop up adding to the grandchildren’s understanding of what their grandfather had experienced and felt. “No mijo. Your Grammie is French and was still a baby living in France at the time. I did not meet her until I was a grown man already living and working in America. Grammie and her family came to America later to escape the war. But there were plenty of other families and children on board ship but I couldn’t play with any of them.” Francisco continued his story, almost


reliving it as he did so. Each child, sitting at his feet, cross-legged, now swept away by the faraway look in their grandfather’s eyes. His voice lowered with emotion as old memories were stirred. Francisco explained how his mother and father had formulated their plan, telling him he would be going on the first trip with them but as a bebé. Not wanting to be a baby in any way, shape or form, Francisco told his parents, ‘no,” he would go later with the others. After several conversations and much coercion, Francisco was assured they were only “pretending he was a baby,” so his Papa could save money for other necessities once they arrived in New York. They acknowledged Francisco was really a “big boy,” but that would have to remain secret. Playing a baby didn’t sound like fun to Francisco, but being a “big boy” who could keep a “big secret” offered intrigue and allure, even to a toddler. To practice and become accustomed to how he would be presented during the long voyage, Poppi’s parents and elder sisters began binding his legs weeks prior to their departure, increasing the length of time each day. Francisco’s legs were bent back at the knees and held in place with ropes. Then he was swaddled in a blanket to cover the true length of his body and carried around like an infant. Poppi told his grandchildren; at first it was fun. All the sisters fought to take turns carrying and playing baby with him. However, the game grew tiresome very quickly and soon Francisco began to fight against his physical bondage but it was clear; he had no choice in the matter. Finally, after his father had saved the money for those first members to board the steamship, Great Western, Francisco had grown somewhat used to being handled like a child two years younger than he truly was. Unfortunately, his parents’ decision to pass him off as an infant took a permanent toll on his still developing body. Unable to freely move about or strengthen his limbs, Francisco’s hips and legs became stunted. Though he was bound for only a few months, the trip from Spain to Ellis Island was scant more than three weeks, the damage was irreparable. Not to mention the voyage itself, difficult and grueling. Steerage passengers were required to bring their own bedding and though they were provided a bit of food, staples mostly,

passengers had to cook it up themselves. With so many migrants aboard ship, a turn at the cooking station occurred only once per day, sometimes not even that. As a result of his legs being tied back and the subpar nutrition Francisco suffered in his overall growth and physical development. By the time his parents felt it safe enough to untie his legs, Francisco’s left side was permanently crippled. It took him several more months to get his land legs before he could run and play with other children his own age. Now Francisco ran, and indeed, walked with a severe limp while remaining unusually small for his age.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ At twenty-three years of age, Edie is married with children of her own. It is once again the Christmas season but now the festivities are hosted by Edie and her husband. She holds to her grandmother’s traditions of putting up a huge Fir tree, laden with ornaments, twinkling lights, candy canes and dripping with that silver tinsel. Of course she serves Bloody Marys. In a strange twist of fate, Edie also married a man of Spanish origins who provides for his family running a small but successful farm. He grows several crops; herbs, flowers, fruit trees and hemp. The hemp is grown and harvested for industrial purposes but he also maintains a small plot dedicated to Cannabis plants. Edie’s husband, Mateo, thoroughly enjoys conversing with his Grandfather-in-law in their native tongue, “the King’s Spanish,” while showing the utmost respect for the elder man’s personal history. Edie’s grandmother, Lucille has since passed, so Poppi cycles through his adult children, staying with each one of the four, three months at a time. This holiday season he is with Edie’s parents. The years of constant pain in Francisco’s left hip has grown nearly intolerable. He spends most of his time in the reclining chairs purchased by each of his children. This way he always has a designated spot no matter which home he is staying. When Careem, Diego and Poppie walked through the front door, they were thrilled to see Edie and Mateo had purchased a spanking new, brown, leather recliner for Poppie. Francisco was deeply

touched yet in a way felt he once again lived in bondage. A different kind of bondage; that to a chair. To Edie and Mateo’s youngest child, Haley, her great grandfather seems a nearly permanent fixture in every house and every recliner. She innocently and lovingly refers to him as “the the old man in the chair.” During this particular Christmas gathering, as Mateo watched his grandfather-in-law struggle to ease into the new chair he was struck with an idea. An idea he believed certain, would bring relief to Francisco’s suffering. He had seen the number of medications increase while Francisco’s energy and ability to engage in conversation diminished. Worse, the pills he took were beginning to exhibit side-effects. Francisco recently expressed to Mateo, he had grown weary of feeling tired and lethargic all the time. Mateo decided it was about time someone came up with something to help his Grandfather-in-law. Once Francisco had finished telling his story and the children made their way towards the Christmas tree, Mateo walked over to the recliner and proposed his idea. Francisco, being the age he was, did not believe or condone the use of Marijuana in any form. Despite his past efforts to explain the benefits derived from Cannabis during previous conversations, Mateo could not sway Francisco to partake of smoking, vaping or even ingesting some of the tasty edibles Edie had learned to prepare using CBD oil. “Entonces, abuelo, entiendo que no creas que la marihuana es buena. ¿Pero sabes sobre CBD ointment?” Mateo posed his question in Spanish so the conversation would remain between the two men. Francisco took a long slow slurp of his Bloody Mary and considered Mateo’s question. He had heard that CBD oil did not have the same psychotropic effects of THC. That Growers were expanding the choices and methods of delivery of CBD. “So what is this CBD exactly,” inquired Francisco, in English. Shocked Francisco did not shut him down, Mateo quickly explained how CBD oil can be

infused into an oil-based ointment that relieves aches and pains. Even helps to sooth and heal skin irritations. He told Francisco they call it “Canna-balm” applied in the same manner one applies lotions or other oils to inflamed areas. Those still in the room hearing the conversation between Mateo and Francisco lowered their voices, in anticipation the old man would give his usual retort and commentary on crazy hippies and their dope. And now they’re using it as medicine?! Mateo went on to tell Francisco that Cannabis has been used as medicine for centuries. Hearing this, Francisco began to consider the idea. His pain had grown nearly intolerable. He asked if there were any side effects and could he get arrested for using it. Pouncing on his opportunity, Mateo looked at Edie who immediately went and fetched some Canna-balm. Now everyone in the room had quieted and stood watching as Edie and Mateo showed Francisco the small round container. He turned it over in his bent, arthritic hands. Mateo unscrewed the lid and gave the container back to his grandfather. Francisco inhaled the scent and smiled. “It’s lavender, Poppie,” stated Edie. “Would you like to try some?” Her grandfather nodded his head. Without hesitation Mateo and Edie’s cousin, Roberto the boxer, lifted Francisco from his recliner and carried him to the bathroom. There, Mateo and Roberto vigorously applied the ointment to Francisco’s hips, knees and his hands. Mumbling about liking the smell but still feeling pain, the two men explained to Francisco it would take a few minutes for the soothing properties of the Canna-balm to kick in. Meanwhile, the women working in the kitchen announced it was time to gather round the table for dinner. The three men exited the bathroom. Little Haley skipped over to her great grandfather, “I’ll help you walk to the table Poppi,” as she pulled his walker closer. Poppi looked down at the wide-eyed child, bouncing blond ringlets framing her cherub face and said, “I think I can walk by myself, mija. The medicine feels like it’s working.” And with that, Francisco took a deep breath allowing Haley to remain close by his side. Smiling he said, “Mírame niña pequeño.” Doing as she was told, Haley watched Francisco gather his composure then shuffle his way through the kitchen to the dining table. Every member of the family watched, breaths held. When he finally made his way to his seat, there was great cheer and celebration. As dinner progressed and it began to dawn on Francisco the minimum amount of discomfort he felt in his hips and knees. Though the pain was not completely gone, the anti-inflammatory properties had greatly reduced the pulsing throb that constantly plagued him. No longer so dismissive about Cannabis, at least in CBD Balm form, Francisco now has a container of the medicinal concoction in every one of the armrest compartments of his four, now five, recliners.

Cosmic Muffin’s Occultation Ointment EQUIPMENT NEEDED Small slow cooker Cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer 12-15 1-1 ½ oz. containers w/lids Ingredients for INFUSED ROOTS 1-2 root balls – rinsed Unrefined coconut oil PROCESS FOR INFUSED ROOTS Place cleaned,* dried roots in small slow cooker. Spoon or pour enough coconut oil into pot to cover roots. Allow to gently simmer on low for 1-2 hours. When done, strain coconut oil from roots, using cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. Ingredients for OINTMENT Infused coconut oil (from above recipe) 5-7 drops of scented essential oil (your choice of lavender, peppermint, vanilla etc.) 3-4 drops vitamin E oil 3-4 Tbsp beeswax (more for firmer/less for a softer balm) PROCESS FOR OINTMENT Using a double-boiler over very low heat, melt down prepared cannacoconut oil (above recipe). Add scented essential oil, vitamin E oil and beeswax. Stirring occasionally until everything has melted. Allow mixture to cool slightly, pour mixture over cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer into sanitized containers. Date and label each container as “For Topical Use Only.” Store in fridge or cupboard. Use as needed. Makes approximately 10-12 1 ½ oz. containers *Note: For roots from plants grown by way of hydroponics simply rinse and set on a towel-lined sheet pan until completely dried out. If using roots from plants grown in soil you’ll need to use a strainer or colander set in a larger bowl. Continuously run water over the roots removing as much as the soil and rock as possible. You will need to do this several times. The roots may not be completely free of dirt, but you’ll get the bigger pieces out. A final strain occurs prior to packaging, removing any left-over debris.

Multi-faceted in her talents and interests, Deborah L. Costella has enjoyed expressing her creativity as a dancer, teacher, chef and writer, both in the Northern California Bay Area and Las Vegas Nevada. She has authored two cookbooks and has written numerous articles and newsletters for local publications in the Las Vegas Valley, with a focus on cooking. Deborah currently teaches cooking classes at Sur La Table and Cozymeal, as well as private in-home classes. She also provides personal chef services in both Las Vegas and the San Francisco Bay Area. She has yet another book in the works.




a patient's perspective

THE FDA VS. MMJ Cancer. PTSD. Alzheimer’s. Parkinson’s. Depression. Anxiety. Multiple Sclerosis. AIDS. Epilepsy. Opioid addiction. Cancer (mentioned twice because it sucks so badly). A more miserable list of entirely miserable health conditions is seldom compiled-day-to-day life is challenging enough, thanks! For all of you reading this list, I fondly hope that these conditions will never be more than names on a list to you. The GOOD news is that we are currently living in the best time in history to be sick—never before have we had the treatments and resources available to treat illness like we have right now. Who do we have to thank for all of this progress?

You advertise, manufacture and distribute non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) as a medical treatment? WHOA! You might want to slow down and check your mailbox, cowboy.


By Peter Jay

To quote Wu Tang, dollar dollar bills, y’all! Cash Rules Everything Around Me! Do I sound cynical? Well… it’s complicated. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the government organization charged with regulating the creation, production and distribution of food and drugs in these glorious United States of America. You own a slaughterhouse? Eww… but you are no stranger to Federal inspection. You manufacture prescription pills or run a pharmacy? Same thing. You advertise, manufacture and distribute non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) as a medical treatment? WHOA! You might want to slow down and check your mailbox, cowboy. This past November, the FDA sent warning letters to four companies — Natural Alchemist, Greenroads Health, That’s Natural! Marketing & Consulting and Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises LLC — ordering them to stop advertising their CBD products as a cure for cancer. In a statement, the FDA said that these companies are "illegally selling products online that claim to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure cancer without evidence to support these outcomes,” adding that cannabidiol “is not FDA approved in any drug product for any indication.” See, here’s the thing with the FDA: they have exactly zero sense of humor. Before a drug can be legally prescribed for disease treatment, it must navigate three increasingly-rigorous levels of testing (phases 1, 2 and 3), prove efficacy (does it work?) and demonstrate acceptable levels of possible sideeffects (death, constipation, diarrhea). In a previous column, I mentioned that the drugs that I’ve used to treat my multiple sclerosis are CRAZY expensive; a symptom-treatment drug (as opposed to a disease-modifying drug) that I use daily costs $1000 per month, and that is a BARGAIN compared to some of the other shit that I’ve used. Recently, members of Congress have started asking drug manufacturers exactly WHY so many drugs cost more than $100K per treatment cycle. Hey, the company already HAS the recipe; just cook up a bunch and sell it cheap! After all, Big Pharma is known for its altruism… right up to the point where they don’t turn a profit. Scientific American places the cost of bringing a new drug from



development to FDA approval right around $2.6 billion (that’s with a “B”, kids). Then consider that, for every drug approved by the FDA, there are literally hundreds that are not approved. Why might a drug not be approved? Maybe it doesn’t work, maybe it kills too many people—whatever the reason, the FDA doesn’t do refunds. Back to the CBD dilemma. If a company claims and advertises that its CBD oil treats muscle spasms (a common symptom of many medical conditions), said company had better have FDA approval OR prepare for some incarceration—I mentioned earlier that the FDA doesn’t play, and I wasn’t kidding. Every prescription drug that you see advertised (everywhere) has been through the approval process successfully, which is why THEY aren’t upon the receiving end of governmental hate mail. CBD may very well help to treat symptoms in some folks; I know without a doubt that both CBD and THC are like wonder drugs for me, and a 30-day course of treatment might cost me $250 all-in. Do you believe me? Does it really help me, or did Big Weed (Incorporated) pay me to say that it does? Evidence like my above statement is known as “anecdotal” evidence, and isn’t worth flatus in a tornado to the FDA. No, the FDA wants doubleblinded (test vs. control groups), easily-replicated (same testing conditions anywhere yield comparable test results) research proving the medical value of a new drug before manufacturers can create all of those clever commercials to sell it. “So what’s the hold up?”, as my father would say (using his impatient voice). Simply put, the government cannot get out of its own way. Marijuana remains a Federally-blacklisted Schedule 1 drug which means, according to the DEA, “… Schedule 1 drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse”. Other Schedule 1 drugs include heroin, LSD, peyote, and ecstasy—it is EASY to see why marijuana is included along with all of these heavyweight drugs. You know, especially given the huge number of non-existent overdose deaths caused annually by the demon weed—there must have been at least ZERO over the last 1000 years or so. Right? Schedule 1 means that marijuana to be used for research is nearly impossible to get legally, and Big Pharma ain’t trying to pick up a dub from an old buddy (probably named Ted, Bill or Randy) to “run a few tests”. Until Mother Green is rescheduled (hopefully before the sun burns out), research may be carried out by dedicated scientists, but the lack of available marijuana to work with means that their progress will be glacial at best. If you feel that CBD and/or THC helps with whatever affliction you must bear, then for God’s sake use it. Just be wary of products making hyper-amazing claims, like how Peter Jay’s CBD oil will improve your credit score, while housebreaking your dog AND fixing your computer; as always, if it seems too good to be true, then somebody is trying to get rich off of you. Sorry. #FuckMS


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DEMAND CONSISTENT LAB TESTING One of the things that is setting Nevada apart from other states is the testing of the cannabis available in our local dispensaries. We have some of the most extensive testing going on anywhere. Pesticides, molds, mildew, nutrients, we even test for metals because of our water supply. All the terpene and cannabinoid profiles are printed on every package. A large part of a budtender’s job is finding the right strain for the right ailment. Most of the time, we make that decision based on the results that are printed on the lab reports for each product. But, how are we to trust what we’re reading when three different labs can give you three different results? I️ personally take the trust patients put in us VERY serious. These people come to us often scared, in pain, suffering, stressed, and a lot of times with no other option. The relief from cannabis is sometimes the ONLY relief they will feel all day. Our recommendations can make that day a good one or a bad one. But, when the laboratory supplied information we have on file isn’t 100% correct how can we give a proper recommendation?

and they regulate how things are packaged. Why can’t we get regulations on our laboratories that are providing us the necessary information about the products we are purchasing? I️ don’t care what method they are using to get the results but the results NEED to be uniform from lab to lab. That is the ONLY way we can be sure the people of Nevada are getting the clean, safe, proper medicine they are in need of and paying a lot of money for. If you look at the last product you bought, the flag that is attached to it will have that product’s lab results. If you investigate this label, usually where the THC level is located, you will see a line that reads “THC potency has a +/- 15% variance allowed”. That means a flower with a 15% THC level can potentially be listed as having 30%! That also means that a 5% THC level can be listed as having 20%! That is a HUGE difference. Now, while THC levels do not really make a complete difference in how “high” you're going to get (that’s total cannabinoids along with terpenes) it does factor in. And a 15% difference makes it a lot harder for us to get the people what they actually want and need to help them get through the day. So again, my gripe, my Rant this month is directed at the State and the State sanctioned laboratories. Get your shit together. Get these labs regulated so us patients get what we are paying you for, safe, clean meds with lab reports we can trust.

There are some companies within Nevada that are moving so much weight that the labs can’t keep up. Because of this, these companies are forced to run their tests through multiple testing laboratories. When you’re getting multiple results from different facilities on the same products a big red flag should go up! It does to me! How do three different labs come up with three different results?

On a side note, I’ve been working on a video to explain to people how to make their own capsules using organic coconut oil and the RSO, Phoenix Tears, or cannabis oil that they get in dispensaries. All too many times, I’ve had people come to me saying they were diagnosed with something and their doctor said to try the oil but gave them no other information other than that. So, I️ put together a video showing how to do it and kept it as simple as possible. It’s now up on YouTube at Feel free to share it with anyone who is interested in cannabis oil but doesn’t know how to use it.

The state needs to use some of the tax money they are getting from us and get some guidelines in place to get all the laboratories on the same page. Regulations? They have regulations to keep me from owning a firearm since I’m a medical patient. They tax and regulate my cannabis like alcohol,

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.








n the hour before yet another one of their sold out shows, the last one of their fall tour before embarking on the next, I sat down for a chat, a few drinks, and a quick sesh with Common Kings backstage at The Observatory in San Diego. These guys are the real deal- talented, hard-working, humble, and a hell of a lot of fun to hang out with. With deep Pacific Islander roots and values, and raised in Orange County, Common Kings are the very definition of good times and positive vibes. It’s in their blood, their upbringing, and now it’s in their music for the whole world to hear. Hopper: Hey guys! Thanks for taking the time to talk to Vegas Cannabis Magazine. I know you are on a tight schedule, so let’s get to it. How’s it goin’? Common Kings: Amazing, Irie! Hopper, how you doin’ brother? Hopper: I’m doing great, stoked to be here! Uncle Lui: We are feeling blessed to say the least. JR King: We are doing amazing! Mata: Irie! Rome: Doin’ good! Hopper: I want to start by saying how much I dig the fact that you guys project such positive vibes, when we live in such negative times. Is it hard to keep that up?


Uncle Lui: No, it’s not hard to keep it up because we focus on all of the positives in life. The fact that we’re doin’ what we’re doin’ is such a blessing for us. To go to different cities, different venues, and talk to some of our guests and they tell us their lives have been changed by our music, that our music has gotten them

through really difficult times, whether they were overseas under fire in Afghanistan, or here going through bad divorces and things like that. That is our ‘bubble’, so our bubble insulates us from all of the negativity because there’s so much positive that we’re getting from our friends and fans.

Hopper: You put a lot of work into your first release, and it paid off huge. What was that like? Uncle Lui: It was uncharted territory. None of us had been in this music game before. Our first foray into this industry was doing weddings. Five hour sets for two hundred bucks! Going from that to


this has been pretty insane. The journey has been crazy! Hopper: You all have Pacific Islander roots, how does that influence not only your music, but your life? JR King: I think our roots play a big part in our success. Our humble beginnings, that’s why we’re here still, because of our upbringings and our cultures. It’s that respectful vibe, which is why we’re still here. Our parents keep us very grounded, our family keeps us very grounded. We keep each other very grounded, so that it translates into any room we walk into. We know that we’ll get along with people, because we don’t have a chip on our shoulder. We’re living the dream, we’re in the moment, and we’re very grateful. Uncle Lui: This whole industry is based on relationships. People will work with you strictly if they like you, if they get along with you. If they get a positive feeling when they’re in the room with you, it turns into, “Dude, I want to work with you.” Hopper: And when it’s like that, it’s not that they’re gonna chew you up and spit you out. People like Zing (Kevin Zinger), I’ll use him as an example of a soul person. Uncle Lui: Exactly! Those guys don’t have time for people who play games. Hopper: It’s a no bullshit network, for sure. Uncle Lui: Exactly, they’re about keeping it real, and that’s why they are successful.


Hopper:Describe your sound, and also who are your inspirations? Mata: All of the boys have different influences. That’s what makes Common Kings. Me personally - Jim Croce, Steve Miller Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty, and Prince. Rest in Peace... JR King: A lot of R&B- Stevie Wonder, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Aretha, Lauren Hill, D’Angelo. Uncle Lui: Santana, all the Latin OGs. My influences are all over the place, from Foo Fighters to everything across the board. Hopper: Variety is the spice of life! What about you Big Rome? Rome: I’m all about 311, Outkast. I love the hip hop flavor. Hopper: You guys are the epitome of island vibes and SoCal lifestyle, what’s it like to bring that to audiences around the world? Uncle Lui: I think it’s easy to bring that vibe because, come on… everybody wants to be in California. Everybody loves Hawaii. Between California and Hawaii, these places are the epitome of dream vacations. We try to bring the vacation to the people.

Hopper: So, what are your thoughts on cannabis?

All: VEGAS STRONG! We LOVE Las Vegas, we love it.

Rome: I’m all about it! It is the healing of the nations.

Hopper: That was across the board, everyone at the same time right there saying Vegas Strong. That was saucey!

Mata: I’ve got my license to smoke! Hopper: That’s a dope song on “Lost In Paradise”! Good call, man! On that tip, how do you guys prefer to smoke? Uncle Lui: I’m more into edibles. JR King: I focus more on other healing aspects of cannabis. The CBDs, the oils, etc. I haven’t quite come over to the other side, but when I got turned onto this, my mind got opened up to all of the healing aspects. My dad is a holistic doctor, he goes around the world teaching people how to live off the earth and to heal themselves naturally. So to me, the healing aspect of cannabis is amazing. It’s been suppressed for so long, and to me that’s mindboggling because for thousands of years that was the go to.

Hopper: How’s the tour been? Seems like Sold Out is the only way you play nowadays!

Mata: We’re gonna have a Common Kings strain coming out too. We’re gonna have our own line of stuff.

Uncle Lui: That’s a testament to our fans. They believe in us and they show up for us.

Hopper: How did Vegas treat you last time you were there? It wasn’t that long ago was it?

Hopper: I know you guys have to hit the stage pretty soon. Any shout outs before you go? Rome: To the Regime Empire, Kevin Zinger, Ivory, and you Hopper- SRH is in the building! Uncle Lui: Our fifth member who isn’t here, Mr. Tautua Reed, all love and respect. Stephanie, who can’t be with us, she’s like our sixth member. Our team is real wolves, you know about that. Hopper: Thanks again guys, have a beautiful show. I’ll see you out there! IG: @CommonKings Hopper on IG: @hopper448 Photo Credit: Hagoth Aiono IG: @hagoth



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Dispensaries GLACÉ Milk Chocolate Bar

Who could take a chocolate bar? Sprinkle it with gold? The Glacéman can. Then he mixes in the weed to make the gold feel good.. Who could take a gold coin? Grind it down to glitter? The Glacéman can He likes to do some crazy shit to make his bars taste good. Who could take a teardrop? Turn it into gold? The Glacéman can He’ll turn a frown upside-down To make the world taste good. Total THC- 101.5mg 20 Servings/Bar

GLACÉ Chocolate Bon Bons These decorative morsels are almost too artistic to eat. Resembling valuable polished gaming stones, I’d be tempted to collect these in a little Woodcraft stash box, if I didn’t already know the truth. You can handle the truth. These are my favorite chocolate edibles in Nevada today. That's the truth. Surely, you’ll agree with me, if you pull a Bon from a cold fridge. If you eat just one, is it considered a “BON”? No? Oh c’mon! I’ll take another If you don’t want it, Bon Appetit! Edibles react adversely to different folks, so don’t worry about me when I eat 10,000 mg for a documented tolerance test. That’s about 300 of these tasty slingshots.

GLACÉ Passion Fruit Bon Bons I’m not big on blending fruits and chocolate. But I swallowed my spoiled-rotten pickiness, and gave these a shot. Mmm, I like Passion Fruit Bon Bons. I could eat them here or there, I could eat them anywhere. I could eat them with boats and goats. On a trainwreck with a broken neck. I can’t complain. They could come plain, or on a plane coming to Spain. I could eat them with a lean dog with a mean bark. I could eat them while smoking my green in a pitch dark park. I could eat them in a tree with my homie. I happen to like fruit with chocolate now, So what?

Total THC- 113.36mg

Total THC- 92.40mg

3 Pieces, 37.79mg/piece

3 Pieces, 30.8mg/piece




TERPX Dirk’s OG Shatter TERPX Fire OG THCa Sugar

Oh baby! Now we’re talkin! This is upper level shit right here. This gassy sugar is hard and wet, and I bet you feel great just from smelling it. I’m telling you, it will change the way you hunt for concentrates. Fire OG THCa Sugar might be the best concentrate produced by TERPX. In its raw form, you can eat it, and it is non-psychoactive. But who wants that? Scoop up a chunk of Fire OG THCa Sugar and dab away. Things will become fabulous today. That’s how I like to play. THC- 85.7% Terpinolene- 15.9 mg/g Myrcene- 14.6 mg/g Caryophyllene- 7.1 mg/g

TERPX Jilly Bean x OG Badder

I felt just like the picture looks, when I snapped off a fat dab of this smooth badder. I was hunched over with both elbows on the table. Shit, it’s gotta be the terps. I can feel the myrcene and limonene battling in my brain. This is a powerful, twisted high that could even get Uncle Scrooge singing holiday carols. Somebody give old Ebenezer a healthy dab of this Jilly Bean, so he can enjoy life, and get out more often. THC- 77.17% Limonene- 17.6 mg/g Caryophyllene- 15.8 mg/g Myrcene- 14.4 mg/g

This must be named after Dirk Diggler, because it’s loud and in your face. I torched that banger raw, and dropped loads of Dirk’s Oil right where it counts. I ripped this half gram all day and night, until there was nothing left, and the banger was bone dry. Isolated in the Vegas Cannabis Headquarters, I pleasured my lungs in solitude. I like to be alone when I hit my rig, and write my shit. You never know what you’re gonna get once I get lit and start to spit my bit. The soporific combination of terpinolene and myrcene will slow you down. Knock one off when you wanna get some zzz’s. Dirk’s OG Shatter is not a tease. It’s sure to please. THC-83.3% Caryophyllene- 7.3 mg/g Terpinolene- 6.5 mg/g Myrcene- 4.9 mg/g

MPX / DESERT GROWN Black Afghan Cured Resin

Hi class! Welcome back to Dab School. How was your Thanksgiving Vacation? Ya? That boring? I bet you just couldn’t wait to get your ass back to class. Open up your binders, and pull out your black permanent marker and a clean, white sheet of ruled paper. If you don’t have that, go stand by the blackboard next to the rest of the freshman noobs, and find a new, thick, white stick of chalk. Take notes. You will be the last classmates to test your lungs today. And I’d like to apologize in advance for not having any MPX left by the time time you’re up. Everybody loves it. This specific flavor can be found at any of the Essence locations, limited, while supplies last. This shit is saucy, and the myrcene got me gassed. Class dismissed. This ninja is pooped. I need a brownie. THC- 60.06% Caryophyllene- 11.90 mg/g

CBD- 2.89% a-Pinene- 7.02 mg/g

Myrcene- 25.25 mg/g





REMEDY 707 Headband Cartridge

KABUNKY Laughing Laughlin Shatter

GIDDY UP Durban Poison Terp Sauce

Still doing what he does, I’m beginning to expect excellence out of Mr. Up’s jars. I haven’t had a bad Giddy Up Terp Sauce yet. It’s a very safe bet. They say that there is no such thing as a sure thing, but go ahead and put the house on anything with a mohawk on it, and count your baby Giddy chickens before you taste the hash. It’s all cash well-spent. This Durban Poison will get your ass bent for sure. It’s mental torture when it’s gone though. That’s the only shitty thing I could figure out about Durban Poison GUTS. Yeah, it sure sucks ass when you’re scraping his jars, trying to get one more taste without haste. THC- 68.5% Limonene- 1.0 mg/g Pinene- 0.7 mg/g Myrcene- 0.6 mg/g

I’m lit from this shit. It’s reddened the vessels in my eyes, and relaxed the muscles in my thighs. This is the very shit that the haters despise, when I’m jolly and happy and chillin, they label me a villain when we’re just tearin’ shit up.. Sheee-it. I’ve accepted the fact that I’m just an idiot magnet. Identify the biggest idiot asshole in the room, and he’ll find me and get tilted. It never fails, I’ll respond with some sarcastic dig into whatever hypocritical sloppiness he offers up. I’ll feed it to him on an ice cold plate like I do best, while contemplating what fucked-up funny shit I should spew next. Like revenge, it’s a dish best-served cold. The idiots always want to slam booze and fight, and I prefer to dab this Laughing Laughlin Shatter all damned night. #idiotsrule THC- 68.6% Caryophyllene- 3.9 mg/g Pinene- 2.0 mg/g Limonene- 0.5 mg/g Linalool- 0.3 mg/g Myrcene- 0.2 mg/g

CITY TREES Banana Kush CCELL Disposable Vape Pen

The new Banana Kush Disposable Vapes from City Trees are 100% cannabinoids and terpenes and contain no artificial flavors, PG, VG, MCT or coconut oil. Enjoy these with confidence knowing they’re produced without harmful and dangerous fillers or cutting agents. Give it up to City Trees’ health conscientiousness! But wait, there’s more! The metal “CCELL” heating element is built into the ceramic frame of the device. We wouldn’t want any of that awesome sauce to touch the metal coil, so stop inhaling harmful metals that compile in your lungs, and vaporize pure bliss City Trees distillate. My disposable is on my hip, so I can pistol it.


THC- 66.73%

Limonene- 12.6mg/g

a-Pinene- 4.4 mg/g

Myrcene- 4.2 mg/g

By: Don P - Qualcan First, I want to comment on the whole experience at Vegas Cannabis HQ… To say that it was dope would be an understatement! Too legit! So, I copped this Remedy 707 Headband Cartridge and immediately noticed the sleek look of the design and the bomb, golden distillate that filled the cylinder. I attached it to my battery and ripped it up. I was stoked to feel the terpene profile and enjoyed the smooth taste. It delivered a focused high, and wasn’t too heavy on the head. Well done Remedy! THC- 73% CBN- 0.978% Myrcene- 4.74 mg/g Caryophyllene- 1.33 mg/g

REMEDY Clemtrails Cartridge

I immediately felt as if a giant, blanket was placed over me, as I took a triple-rip, not a sip, exhaling a grip of vapor from my lips. It sent a chill down my body through my hips, and all the way down into my fingertips. This cartridge is coming with me tonight. They’re gonna smell Clemtrails in the air tonight. Oh Lord. I can feel it comin’ in the air tonight, Oh Braly. I’ve been waiving Clemtrails vapor in the air tonight, I’m blown. Ya I’m blown. THC- 77.86% CBD- 1.19%


This was the first herb that got obliterated this month. Once I cracked open the pouch to snap a few shots, it was hard to keep it out of the rolling papers. This ⅛ was one single top nug, and it broke up into 4 good-sized, backrolled joints. I like to smoke backrolls because you burn off any excess paper before lighting the cherry, thus changing the weed-to-paper ratio. This rolling method offers a better evaluation than the standard rolling method. Your joints won't run as much either. This FLO is actually an authentic strain picked up from DJ Short, worldrenowned cannabis breeder who brought robust landrace strains into California years ago. His most famous was Blueberry. Everything Blue came from his beans. Flo is a great strain for those heavy days. Everyday is heavy up here, so twist up another one, yo. You’ll have to buy this time, though. I’m dry, Joe. THC- 18.32% Terpinolene- 7.5 mg/g Caryophyllene(Oxide)- 1.7 mg/g b-Caryophyllene- 1.7 mg/gA

FLEUR White Ghani FLEUR Fire Angel

It’s crazy that consumers hunt down high THC strains. This hairy lady will mess your head up nicely, despite the low THC. No need for THC greed, Fire Angel does the deed, and won’t impede on your assertiveness. Alert and cognitive with no side-effects, this is an any time of day strain that will alleviate pain and suffering, so you can stream your life without buffering. Fire Angel is a magnificent strain that can be enjoyed by every cannabis lover, whether new or seasoned, high or low THC tolerance, daily or random smoker. My wife loves this GLP strain. It helps settle her migraines, and doesn't get her too twisted. I seem to get more faded than she does from it. Weird, beautiful, wild. Nice FLEUR. CBD- 10.97% THC- 6.13% Caryophyllene- 0.92 mg/g Myrcene- 0.51 mg/g Humulene- 0.3 mg/g

This beautiful herb looks like it has electricity running through it. It’s soft and fresh, and tastes amazing. Once you get to blazing, you’ll stop gazing and get up off your tuckus. Get outside and enjoy the day. This is a great social strain if you need a little pep in your step. Maybe you still have shopping to do… Maybe you feel like being adventurous or creative. White Ghani is that Power Pellet. As soon as it hit my lungs a few times, my leg was tapping with anticipation. I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I had to do something to appease this restlessness. I hopped in the backseat of my limousine, and asked Jeffery to run me up to the batting cages. What a blast! I haven’t hit at the cages for years, but no big dealio. It was like riding a bike. Great daytime strain, Fleur! I’m sold. That shit was #PUREGOLD THC- 14.27% Caryophyllene- 5.16 mg/g Humulene- 1.19 mg/g

REMEDY 707 Headband

Man Oh! Man! I didn’t expect this to do that to me. Hold up. Wait. Smokin 707 Headband for the next episode, Remedy don’t play. I could smoke this weed everyday. It smells a bit like an OG, but with a shot of Pine Sol, and a sliced lemon twist as a garnish, neat. I’m faded from a half a joint to the head. Somehow, I need to get my lazy ass up out of my Craftmatic adjustable bed, after I fill up this ruled paper with lead. This myrcene made my head content, and enabled me to create more content. I am inordinately enamored by the enervating titillation of exorbitant levels of myrcene. What if I compromised and rendered my entire vocabulary to appease Jesse The Fan Boy, who complained about my “cheesy style” and “corny rhymes”? Nah, Let me dumb it back down for him, as I supposedly comprise my inevitable demise. He said his vernacular was spectacular, and that we should allow him to take over my section. But can somebody tell me what kind of coward sends hate mail from a FAKE EMAIL? How was I supposed to bequeath my avocation to this perfidious poltroon’s boopty ass bunk email? Jesse The Fan Boy, you FAILED. Try again with accountability this time if you want a shot at this title homeboy! Yeah, the 707 Headband made me do it. #jessesfinalstand THC- 25.67%

Myrcene- 12.7 mg/g

Linalool- 2.5 mg/g

Caryophyllene- 1.9 mg/g

>>>THC • CBD • CBN PRIME Don Draper PRIME LA Confidential

Let’s not keep this confidential. Let the world know that this Prime LA Confidential phenotype is fruitier and tastier than any of the other LAC offered up in Nevada. It also tested at the highest THC percentage that I’ve seen in Nevada, to date. At over 34% in the flower form, what would the labs reveal on some LAC wax? I’d like to delegate some of their trimmings and nugs into the hands of TERPX, VADER, MOXIE, or GIDDY UP. Shit, let all 4 extractors each have 5 - 10 pounds of material and see what they could hash out of PRIME’s unmatched clout. Everyone would get their cash out. What do you say? One solo-dolo backroll of this fuego turned my legs into Play-Doh. But that’s OK, because today, I’m takin shit way slow. I can just lay low, here on this sandy beach in San Diego. Yo! Where the fuck did my Saturday go? Time to hit the road. Where is the Winnebago?

Here lies the sarcophagus roach of Don Draper. All that remains is this smoke-stained paper, and scraps of this creophagus plant. Take a good look, he’s a man-beater. He only comes out at night. He’s the purple, hungry type. Nothing is new, I’ve introduced him here before. Smoking and fading. This shit’s hitting you, and your eyes roll back some more. So many have paid to see THC past 33. If money's a matter, just snag a gram, but you ain’t gonna get too far. Woah here he comes, watch out Prime will screw you up. Woah here he comes, it’s Don Draper. Watch for Prime! Watch out! Watch out! It’s a headbeater. THC- 33.7% Limonene- 1.035 mg/g

THC- 34.1% Bisabolol- 4.872 mg/g Caryophyllene- 2.352 mg/g Limonene- 1.195 mg/g


PRIME Ghost Train

PRIME Secret Weapon

The Secret is out. Another 32 percenter by Prime here, has me delving into the lab results to investigate another ridiculously high THC percentage. I’m a fan of what Prime is doing in the Nevada marketplace. I just have a difficult time accepting that four of their strains have cracked the TOP 10 HIGHEST THC - ALL TIME LIST, and 2 of them sit at #2 & #3, respectively, yet no lists have actually been updated with Prime’s suspects. Nevada, can we please test our flowers by a minimum of 3 different labs for an average result and verification purposes? No one believes Nevada’s outrageous lab numbers. Nevadans have been ahead of the cannabis knowledge learning curve because of our vast terpene knowledge, and also due to packaging labels printing the mandatory top 3 terps. We read the labels. We are smart. We love cannabis. So now what do we call it, now that the Secret Weapon is out? #theweapon THC- 32.2% Limonene- 3.384 mg/g Caryophyllene- 3.275 mg/g Humulene- 1.488 mg/g

Two of my favorite things, ghosts and trains come together to name this strain. Another unbelievable cannabinoid performance turned in by Prime. Have they beaten the Guinness Book of World Records mark yet? At the rate they are blowing up potential Tetrahydrocannabinol figures, they will undoubtedly announce a 40% THC very soon. Slow down, Nevada. We still need to standardize the lab testing procedures to help patients clearly understand and accurately monitor what they are putting in their bodies. Together, we have educated Nevadans about terpenes and cannabinoids over the past 4 years. Let’s not digress from our main goal, which is to blow up, and then act like we don’t know nobody. Mahahahaha. Just kidding our main goal is to educate. It’s our obligation as parents of this program. Buncha Riffedy Raffedy. THC- 31.2%

a-Pinene- 2.611 mg/g

Terpinolene- 1.671 mg/g





By Phat Jack Long When I first broke into this Cookie Face, I saw two nugs with a beautiful bright purple color and clear shiny crystals sprinkled about. A sour smell made my nose tingle and I detected a sweet smell. This is a happy, feelgood strain. Bam, I feel great. It makes me feel creative and ready to sing, or whistle a song, although I'm in the Smoke Dungeon and Bill is rocking his head to 80's music - Madonna, I’m ready to celebrate. “It’s time for the good vibes. Forget about the bad vibes. Ooh yeah. Weed is my holiday. Every day out of life. CANNABIS is so nice. Just one joint, yes it feels so nice.” - parody by Bill Shehan THC- 71.36% CBD- 1.93 %

DESERT GROWN Lemon Meringue

How the hell did they get this concoction to smell like actual lemon meringue pie topping? I’m baffled, but not for long. I’m about to light up a second Lemon Meringue joint. We’re goin’ back-to-back with these bad boys. After getting the first one in, I’m keyed in and aimed at getting this month's shit done. No more fun & games today. Well, we can still have fun, but stop playin’ games. I always get blamed for everyone’s games or antics, like I’m the captain of all the jokers. This Desert Grown strain will put you on your mark, so you can get everything set. GO!

Yeah mama! Look what’s curing at Desert Grown! Just fuckin’ look at it. The beautiful, dark violet under hues lured me in, as my hands and arms were reaching out to crack open some Fruitcake nugs. Fruitcake flowers appear to be a perfect cure, no matter what shit you endure. The flowers are about as pure and fresh as you’ll see on anyone’s shelves. It must be the work of the DG tiny, little elves and their holiday magic. Smoke & mirrors, and fruitcake… Eat Fruitcake, Smoke Fruitcake, just don’t be a Fruitcake for Pete’s sake. Fruitcake for the sake of Pete! THC- 87.89%

THC- 73% Myrcene- 4.8 mg/g Limonene- 2.4 mg/g Caryophyllene- 1.5 mg/g


I waited until my knee was giving me the usual chronic pain to try this product, and it wasn’t able to help bring the swelling down or relieve my pain with 5 tablets (50mg CBD) within an hour. Although, I did sleep tight through the night, and woke up feeling bright and light on my feet. I was elated to report that the inflammation and pain in my knee were both subsiding. By day 3 (1 tab daily), my pain was non-existent, and these CBD tablets seem to be beneficial as a daily supplement for pain and swelling. Take notice to the attractive “¢antab” branding on the compressed tablets, which also helps consumers identify and differentiate between authentic Cantab Tablets and any cheap alternatives. Don’t chew these like I accidentally did a few months back, or you’ll end up with a mouthful of wet chalk. It pays to read the label. 25 Tablets

CBD- 10mg/tablet




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>>>Cannabinoids + Terpenes 101 VEGAS CANNABIS // #702VCM //


>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By The Stoner Mom LEAVE THE GOOGLING TO ME

You know, when I started this project to be a public stoner, I didn't think I was going to have to brush up on my neuroscience and chemistry. But I was wrong. So very wrong. In this article I will explain the abbreviations and other sciencey words in layman terms, hopefully clearing up some of the confusion and saving you guys from a lot of googling. When trying to predict how different strains might affect us, we often revert to sativa or indica, but it is becoming increasingly common to see cannabinoid and terpene percentages with our cannabis. Things like THC and CBD, and sometimes terms like pinene and linalool. What is all this stuff? What does it all mean?

SPECIES OR, WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS IMPORTANT What you will find almost everywhere, is that the cannabis plant comes in three species: sativa, indica, and the lesser known ruderalis. Even still there is confusion and debate about this.

Cannabis Sativa Cannabis Sativa is the warm weather plant, originating along the equator in Africa and South Asia. These plants love intense sun and grow tall to accommodate it. In the past (and currently) we associate a sativa strain with energy, euphoria, and giddy smoke sessions. Cannabis Indica Cannabis Indica is a landrace that originated in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. Cannabis Indica is suited for temperate climates and are bushy and thick. Indica strains have always been associated with narcotic type effects, couch lock, sleep, and pain relief. Cannabis Ruderalis Cannabis Ruderalis is the least known of cannabis species. Originating from Eastern Europe, Siberia and the Himalayas, ruderalis is suited for northern climates. These plants are smaller than their counterparts, and have very little in the way of psychoactive properties. Common lexicon has always taught the stoner that strains from sativa plants are uplifting, focusing, and energizing while indica strains are relaxing and analgesic (pain relieving). However, advances in cannabis research has taught us that a lot more is going on beyond the species of plant. In today's cannabis landscape the species really just denotes geographical locations or physical characteristics of the strain. Sativa and indica are actually terms more for cannabis growers than cannabis consumers. And as it turns out, the species of


cannabis plant has a lot less to do with the effects it has on us then we thought.


As our understanding of cannabis has expanded, so too has our knowledge of cannabinoids, the real building blocks behind how marijuana affects us. It is very likely that as we march into this new age of understanding, cannabis will be sold based on cannabinoids and terpenes, and not based on being sativa, indica, or hybrid. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant that are responsible for how the plant affects us. Right now there are 113 known cannabinoids that have been isolated by scientists, all with varying effects. Humans and other mammals, as well as birds, fish and reptiles, have cannabinoid receptors. These are what the cannabinoids interact with to produce whatever effects we feel. Currently we know of two types of cannabinoid receptors, termed CB1 which affects the mind, and CB2 which affects the body, with evidence of more receptors.


THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) THC is the most well-known cannabinoid and is the primary psychoactive component of cannabis. This is the stuff that gets us high and makes us fly. THC is also pain-relieving, an antioxidant, anti-depressant, anti-spasmodic, and reduces nausea. CBD (cannabidiol) CBD has become hugely popular because of it’s medicinal benefits. It is completely non-psychoactive, meaning, it does not make you “stoned”. Because of this it can be used safely in children, opening up a world of research into treatment of epilepsy and autism. Cannabidiol is pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, relieves anxiety, is an antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiepileptic, antibacterial, reduces nausea, relieves psoriasis, aids digestion, is a bone growth stimulant, treats rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, inhibits tumor cell growth and minimizes organ rejection. Amazingly, it also seems to combat memory loss associated with THC in mammals. CBN (cannabinol) Cannabinol is the mildly psychoactive byproduct of degrading THC. CBN is known for its sedating effect, acting as an excellent sleep aid. It is also pain relieving, stimulates appetite, and is antiinflammatory as well as anticonvulsive.



and can be used to treat asthma. Pinene also counteracts THC effects. Jack Herer is a cannabis strain with lots of pinene. Myrcene Myrcene is a fascinating terpene whose aroma can be described as cloves or spice. It is responsible for the sedating and relaxing effect, otherwise known as “couch lock”. Myrcene is found in hops, explaining why those dark ales make you sleepy-drunk. It is also found in thyme and mangos. Myrcene is an antioxidant and is anti-carcinogenic. It works well for treating muscle tension and insomnia, as well as pain and depression. Limonene Limonene is easy to spot with its strong citrus scent. It’s found in the rind of fruit, peppermint and juniper. Citrus has long been associated with being antifungal, antibacterial and anticarcinogenic. It’s also a natural mood-enhancer and can be used for stress relief. Limonene treats heartburn and may ease gastrointestinal issues. Linalool My favorite terpene! Linalool is found in lavender, the aroma of mental balance. Lavender treats anxiety and sleeplessness. It’s an antidepressant and excellent for the skin. Also, it smells heavenly. The cannabis strain Lavender is one of my favorites for sexy times as it is high in linalool.

OTHER FACTORS ATTRIBUTING TO THE EFFECTS OF CANNABIS CBG (cannabigerol) CBG is non-psychoactive, and seems to be found more often in hemp rather than cannabis. Used to treat glaucoma and inflammatory bowel disease. CBG also seems to counteract the more paranoid head high of THC, as well as decreasing anxiety and muscle tension. CBC (cannabichromene) Cannabichromene is the second highest found cannabinoid in marijuana, so you can be sure you are getting some of it. It relieves pain, is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and likely attributes to the overall analgesic properties of cannabis.


Terpenes are an easier concept to grasp because we encounter them every day. Terpenes are the huge class of hydrocarbons found in essential oils of many plants (and some stinky insects), notably in conifers and citrus plants. Think of the sharp and distinct smell of your morning coffee and you’ll get what terpenes are. Terpenes are the building blocks of essential oils and are responsible for the scent and taste of our cannabis. As most stoners have figured out, cannabis comes with a range of scents and flavors, from earthy to peppery to lemony to spicy. The reason for this lies in the terpenes.

The Unique Conditions of the Grow Like wine’s concept of terroir, cannabis is uniquely affected by the conditions of its growth. Two seeds, same strain, same species, grown in different ways, in different parts of the world, harvested in different ways, cured for different lengths of time… these seeds may grow into marijuana that effects the same person in two different ways. Your Own Unique Chemistry It is so important to keep our unique self and chemistry in mind when researching strains. There is always a margin for error and you know yourself best. Read strain reviews to your heart’s content, but remember that you are as unique as the flower you smoke. You have your own terrior, if you will. To really begin understanding how marijuana affects you, it’s a lovely idea to start a strain journal. Just like wine notes, you would notate the strain name, source, smell and appearance, and then, how it makes you feel. In the end this little journal may be the key to you finally figuring out your perfect dosage. I hope this article was helpful in explaining some of the more technical terms in the cannabis world. I wish you all the best of luck in your personal cannabis journey, and remember to stay safe and responsible with your cannabis use.


Pinene Pinene has the aroma of pine and can be found in many plants and herbs such as rosemary, pine needles, basil and dill. Pinene is known to promote alertness and memory retention. It is antiseptic,


Gift Guide 2017 HOLIDAY


BOTTLE BONG Turn any bottle into a bong! Simply melt or cut a carb hole at the top of any standard drinking bottle, and screw in the Bottle Bong. It’s ready to rip! So simple, and inexpensive. The Bottle Bong retails for only $10, and comes in various colors. Take it on the road, and ditch that dirty bottle every time you stop for munchies. Also available at most local dispensaries.

2 NECTAR GROW GLASSES For the grower in your life, grab a pair of Nectar Grow Glasses. Available in two different, affordable versions, one for HPS lighting and one for LED lighting. Both products also come with a polarized lens for outdoor use. Frame shape allows growers the most protection from the lights even while bending down.


WOODCRAFT STASH BOXES The perfect gift from local woodworking company Woodcraft. A custom, yet affordable locking stash box for your favorite cannabis conniseur. Order online or call Woodcraft directly.

4 DOPE NAILZ LACQUER Include Dope Nailz Lacquer in your girl's stocking this Christmas. Available in multiple colors, these also make a great gift year around.


INNOVISTRI STASH CONTAINERS These anodized aluminum containers fit easily inside your pocket or purse for convenient stash-aways. The lid coverings are made of sturdy polymer clay and coated with gloss for shine. The inside of each container is coated with FDA approved Teflon so most products won't stick (wax will if it melts and cools down, but you can easily chip it away or slightly freeze the container for easy release). The inside bowl has rounded corners so you don't have to worry about digging product out.

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MJ ARSENAL Home of the original Rollie Bubbler. MJ Arsenal products feature pendant hooks, spill resistant design and one-hitter function. The newest product, the Merlin boasts a recycler system that pulls water up and into an upper chamber, cycling the smoke through the water multiple times creating more surface contact between hot vapor/smoke and cool, cleansing water. By incorporating a recycler water filtration system, the Merlin is capable of delivering even smoother and fuller bodied hits than its predecessors.


THE JANE WEST COLLECTION THE COMPACT Inspired by high-end makeup compacts, this product features a removable dual compartment allowing you to take two of your favorite strains on the go without crushing your flower. Also comes with a Solo pipe, multitool and lighter that fit tightly in place. THE WAND The Wand is made to look just like high-end mascara for ultra-chic discretion. Our signature Solo rests perfectly inside theself-cleaning cap, while the bottom swivel compartment holds just enough flower for a night out.

8 FLOYD'S OF LEADVILLE Floyd’s of Leadville, a Colorado Based maker of CBD pain management supplements is available in both 25mg and 50mg CBD Hemp Oil soft-gel capsules and a tincture extracts. Perfect as a pain management supplement and to treat inflammation post exercise.




Seasonal Affective Disorder & Cannabis

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> By Jennifer Shepherd, RN Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is defined as a type of depression occurring with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. To be diagnosed with SAD, a person must meet the full criteria for major depression, coinciding with specific seasons for at least two years, and seasonal depressions must be more frequent than any non-seasonal depressions. Symptoms for major depressive disorder include: • Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day • Feeling hopeless or worthless • Low energy • Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed • Having problems with sleep • Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight • Feeling sluggish or agitated • Having difficulty concentrating • Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide Symptoms of the Winter


SAD include: • Low energy • Hypersomnia (over sleeping) • Overeating • Weight gain • Craving for carbohydrates • Social withdrawal (“hibernating”) Research suggests that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) found within the human body regulates mood and behavior. If the ECS is deficient in cannabinoids that are created in the body, theoretically utilizing cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis, the ECS will assist in returning the afflicted person into a homeostatic state, aka feeling happy, and relieve depression and anxiety. When it comes to dosages or ratios of cannabinoids and terpenes, it all depends on the person’s personal metabolism, genetics, hormone levels, stress levels, and other potential factors. Cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown anecdotally to have antidepressant and antianxiety-like properties. CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) at lower doses in preclinical trials in animals

suggests a reduction in depression. CBD at a 10:1 ratio of THC should counteract effects of euphoria, preventing the “high effect.” Cannabinoids CBD and Delta 8 are believed to have anti-anxiety applications, and cannabinoids that are presumed to assist with depression include CBD, cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), and Delta 8. Terpy terpenes are a wonderful way to potentially assist with anxiety and depression relief. The nose knows, and my nose loves limonene. I can pick out any strain high in limonene, based on the smell, just because of the terpene my body responds to. Terpenes for anxiety include limonene, linalool, and myrcene. I personally favor myrcene for anxiety as it seems to calm me right down; although, if I get to a certain point, I just need to lay down after consuming, mediate, and reset. Myrcene actually assists me with shutting down and the over-thinking process. Over consumption leads to nap time. Terpenes for potential

depression relief include limonene, linalool, cineol, and beta-caryophyllene. Beta-caryophyllene and limonene generally have a more stimulating effect, while linalool is more of a relaxant; however, it is suggested to be good for depression. For clients with depression I believe the greatest success rates are in a person’s ability to micro dose. Whether it’s CBD, THC, or other terpenes. This judgement is based on the clients that actively communicate with me. Working within the community, some clients believe that THC and feeling high simply relieves their depression. Quality of life and perception is all in the beholder. So if feeling euphoric does it for you, life is good. Who’s to judge? Happy holidays. Much love. Namaste elevated. Peace. If you would like more info about how cannabis can improve your lifestyle or are needing more guidance in the ailments you are trying to treat, contact itsnursejenRN@gmail. com or call (316) 323-7754 for a private consultation. This information is not to be mistaken for medical advice. This is intended for educational purposes only.




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ast year at this time we published the Class of 2016 Cannabis College Student Leader yearbook page highlighting those making significant strides regarding cannabis in higher education. Each featured student had been previously selected as the cannabis student of the month. In 2017 this monthly column diversified to include more topics ranging from athletics to local news. In the midst of all that, a new group of cannabis student leaders has emerged, inspiring the return of the monthly college student leader highlights in 2018. These new cannabis student leaders are known as the UNLV Rebels Cannabis Awareness Network (CAN) and they have taken the campus of UNLV by storm. Cannabis industry students, Allie Duda of The Source Dispensary, and Jessie Gates of Inyo Fine Cannabis Dispensary teamed up with Rebels CAN Executive Director Deuvall Dorsey of REDEFINEcannabis, to launch the student organization in August 2017. On October 2nd, the group received official recognition as a Registered Student Organization (RSO) of UNLV. They believe that in the near future nearly every degree and every field of study will be applicable to the cannabis industry. That’s why they strive to incorporate cannabis themes and topics into their projects and assignments and show students how they


can connect to the industry now through experiences like lab tours and educational classes like Budtender Fight Club. The organization is founded on 4 pillars; academics, professionalism, activism, and social. Academics is about doing research and assignments now, to be presented in educational conferences and submitted for academic awards. Professionalism is about preparing for a cannabis career in the future. Activism is about making policy changes through due process, on campus, locally or on a larger level. Social simply means enhancing the college experience by hanging out with other like minded students and broadening your horizons. This semester the students have had several positive experiences learning about cannabis. They went on a tour of DB Labs and learned the details of marijuana testing. They had a Rebels CAN member speak on the cannabis sports panel at the 2017 Cannabis Nurses Network Conference. They attended a panel on alternative treatment for PTSD featuring Sue Sisley and Tick Segerblom, brought to the UNLV campus by Reef Dispensary. When Ace Analytical gave a cannabis lecture on campus, the classroom was filled with students, four of them were from Rebels CAN. They also promoted and attended the Sanjay Gupta lecture at UNLV last month. The Rebels CAN have been working on some major plans

for the future. In a meeting with Brookings Institute senior fellow and UNLV professor John Hudak, they made the initial step toward bringing back Nevada’s only marijuana class for college credit, Marijuana Policy in the U.S. in 2016 and beyond, which made its debut October 2016. In a collaboration with the Cheba Hut they’ve also managed to establish a student discount and plan to have a Rebels CAN community meet and greet there early next year. The organization has two larger projects based on community outreach. The College Cannabis Podcast is a monthly show produced by Rebels CAN, the first episode was released in November. This show details the activity of the organization and provides student perspectives on local cannabis news and events. The Rebels CAN invite community members to take part in their organization by taking advantage of the opportunities they offer. There has been so much community interest that the students are creating the Las Vegas Cannabis Awareness Network, an organization comprised of community

members and supporters of Rebels CAN. Next semester they are going through the process to place a Vegas Cannabis Magazine rack in the student union. They want to help the stream of cannabis professionals interacting with students on and off campus to continue. Nevada State College (NSC) and the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) are two other campuses that the Cannabis Awareness Network is planning to start chapters at. Next fall semester they hope to help establish the first Cannabis Awareness Network outside of Nevada in their effort to build the organization to a national level. The short-term goal for Rebels CAN is to get 420 followers on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram by January 1, 2018! They need your help, connect with them on social media @UNLVrebelsCAN To find out how you can help more and be involved with UNLV Rebels CAN or to be added to the email list and receive the weekly newsletter email:




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as Vegas vacations aren't typically known for exploring the great outdoors. But after going to shows, hitting up clubs, gambling, taking advantage of drink specials, and all the neon lights you can handle, nature can provide a much needed retreat and recharge. Lucky for us, Las Vegas happens to be a hub for amazing parks and nature experiences - the images throughout this article are just an introduction. Add cannabis to the equation, and you may get exactly the reboot you need to wrap up your trip or get back to your more "traditional" Vegas activities.

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Time spent in nature is extraordinary for your health and wellbeing. The great outdoors offer a chance to get away from it all, encourage you to exercise as you explore, and provide a much needed break from constant engagement with technology. When you are in a natural setting, both your mind and your body benefit a great deal, even at the physiological level. You are breathing cleaner air and viewing nature scenes instead of screens (which is known to decrease anger, improve mood, and increase cognitive intelligence and empathy levels). However, in nature you are taking in more than just fresh air and a change of scenery. When you breathe, you are inhaling terpenes that offer benefits akin to those found in cannabis plants. In Japan, the concept of "forest bathing" (shinrin-yoku) has been


gaining traction since the 1980s. It's the simple but effective therapeutic practice of just spending time in the forest, becoming immersed in nature's wide array of aromatic benefits. This practice has been shown to lower the production of stress hormones and reduce anxiety, increase our physical pain thresholds, enhance production of mood-regulating cerebral chemicals, and improve our body's antioxidant and immune defense systems. Nature retreats can be just as beneficial for those of us in the western world. Using essential oils for therapeutic and medicinal purposes is becoming more common in western cultures too. Aromatherapy can offer relief from a vast number of ailments like depression, insomnia, muscular pain, respiratory problems, and many more. Common essential oils, like lavender, rosemary, and peppermint, have robust terpene profiles that share many like properties with terpenes found in cannabis. We already know that terpenes in cannabis modulate the effects of cannabinoids (which is why different strains affect us differently). So it's reasonable to assume that consuming cannabis before or during an outdoor experience may not just increase our appreciation of nature in that moment. It could also change how we experience the cannabis itself. Enjoying cannabis in nature not only makes the experience more positive and meaningful, but it may enhance our ability to improve

TRAVEL our overall physical and mental health. What if the terpenes we surround ourselves with while in nature actually boost the effects of the terpenes and cannabinoids we consume through cannabis? This would mean we're experiencing a compound effect of all of these incredibly beneficial plant properties.

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D-limonene and α-pinene are the most widely distributed terpenoids found in nature, appearing in innumerable plants. These are also two of the terpenes you'll most likely find in higher concentrations in sativa varieties of cannabis. If you're a medical patient, maybe you're already looking for strains high in D-limonene, known to reduce inflammation and elicit energy, focus, calming, and uplifting effects, as well as α-Pinene, which shares these effects and is also used for pain reduction. Could these and other terpene-related medical benefits be enhanced by consuming cannabis in a nature setting? I believe it's very possible.

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Outdoor opportunities are seemingly endless in southern Nevada. From expansive desert basins to tall mountain peaks to friendly neighborhood parks, there's something for everyone. Many parks are located on federal lands and public consumption is still not legal, so remember to consume before you go (for fire safety too!) and find a safe ride to and from your destination. Plan ahead, consider your timeframe and location, go with a buddy or let someone know your plans, research and pack everything you'll need. We may not have dense mossy forests here in the desert like they have in Japan, but you'll still be in close quarters with a number of beneficial terpenes while hiking outdoors in southern Nevada. Conifers, which are abundant at high elevation, produce resin with numerous cannabis-related terpenes, including terpinene, pinene, camphor, and myrcene. Snakeweed is a common yellow flowering shrub that shares terpenes with cannabis plants including geraniol, humulene, α-pinene, and limonene. Agave type plants offer terpinene and terpineol. And creosote, one of the most common plants in the region, exudes an easily recognized strong aroma after rainfalls and gets its odor mainly from pinene, limonene, and camphor. Why not take a chance on enhancing your nature experience and your cannabis experience by combining the two for optimal health and wellness? Relax, enjoy, and soak in that natural aromatherapy. Adventure awaits.

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which is great for production work, but sculpting is where the heart lies. Creating something new for the very first time is always rewarding and, refining it to its final product is all part of the experience. “I love bouncing around from character to character ... each one teaches me something new but my favorite character is Leroy the sea monkey... he is a fun character cause he's straight from the little boy stuck in my head” RJ said about the glass characters he sculpts. His first collab series ever was with one of his teachers Mike Clark, they made full color glowing drippy rigs. Mike also taught him the honeycomb technique that became a big part of what he does today. Nowadays, glass artists collaborating on art is very common and has helped really grow the art form substantially into what it has become today. Trouble is no different as he once did a series called Ten Thousand Dabs Under the Sea with Treezy, his favorite artist to collab with, they spent a week together collaborating on a total of ten pieces. Treezy has become family to him. They have completed some very Florida themed art that has become popular among collectors. Trouble attributes a lot of the glass skills to his time working with Treezy. Trouble's favorite collab was when he got to work with DROCK himself. He admits, it was a very star struck moment for him, and helped push his glass to the next level. He also really enjoy working with Hatchet . “We have done


some really amazing stuff together” he said and looks forward to working with him more in the future. But lately, he has been on his toes teaching his apprentices and shopmate Nitro. Trouble has spent the last year showing him everything he knows about working with glass. “It's been so much fun having someone to bounce ideas off and help push me; I laughed when I said it but at this point I have to push myself to learn more just so I can teach him new stuff” Trouble chuckled. Trouble The Maker and Lost Boys Glass are taking over and you can buy his work in shops all over but mainly in Florida including the Grape Ape, Peace Pipe 2, Glass Market, Cozy Corner, My Tobacconist, Primos Smokeshop, Wynwood Smokeshop, Grateful Jays, Vapor Wave, Highclass Smokeshop, Holy Smokes, and many more. Trouble says he is now focused on west coast expansion and ready to get some Vegas shops and dispensaries onboard with his movement! There are so many beautiful new dispensaries and most carry imported trash glass, I hope they change that and start supporting more American glass artists, like Trouble the Maker. “We just put in a fire glass order! Y'all think we brought it to Champs Orlando...wait till you see us in Vegas! Bringing my entire line of hand pipes

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n November 1st, 2017 the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) issued warning letters to four companies illegally selling products online that claim to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure cancer without evidence to support these outcomes.1 The FDA is concerned that by not cracking down on these types of unapproved, unlicensed, and untested products it will put patients at risk. Due to lack of scientific evidence regarding CBD and other cannabinoid treatments some patients are not accessing what the FDA judge as appropriate, recognized therapies to treat their serious and/or fatal diseases. “These activities are critical, if safe and effective drugs are being developed from Marijuana in drug development” - Dr. Douglas Throckmorton, deputy director for the regulatory programs at The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said during the administrations address to the public, regarding Medical Marijuana Research in June 2015. 2

The FDA stands firmly convicted in their drug approval process. They believe it represents the best way to help ensure new medicines, including components within Cannabis, are safe and effective. Any products intended for the use to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent diseases are classified by the FDA as a drug. This pertains to all products, regardless of their active or inactive ingredients, or in the manner of which they are produced. The FDA has to guarantee that the drugs passing the application process are safe to start studying and blind testing on animals and humans. All drugs passed by the FDA for human use need to also ensure consistency in product, intended treatment, and effectiveness, which seems to be where cannabis treatments are missing the mark. “It is important and appropriate to use the same scientific standards in the development and assessment of potential therapeutic uses of Cannabidiol, as with any unapproved drug the agency reviews” - Dr. Douglas Throckmorton. 3 So why wouldn’t CBD & other Medical Marijuana companies elect not to undergo this highly regulated government approval process to further the research and legality of this natural medicine?



Tune in next month when we give you the story behind the industries leaders, product owners/operators, and patients thoughts regarding Health and Human Services (HHS) wanting to control the study and regulation of Cannabis and all of its components. After all it’s sole motto is "Improving the health, safety, and well-being of America”(3). Write to us and inform us regarding your thoughts on the use of Medical Marijuana, what have your experiences been, what have you witnessed, what would you like to see change, and if you agree with the HHS, FDA, and CDER? Do you believe in the products Pot’tential with or without more studying and regulations? We want your voices to be heard. That’s another wrap on our monthly doobie debates regarding what’s really going on within pot’litics at home and within our nation. Stay informed, continue educating yourself and your communities, and of course… stay lit. Celebrate the tremendous successes Mother Ganja has made in our home this year alone, and all of her successes to come, with the spreading of awareness and scientific research. Puff-Puff for now! PressAnnouncements/ucm583295.htm


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Kyle Baldock What led you to become an artist? I did not become an artist, I was born an artist. Since I was a kid, I felt it in my soul and art is something that I absolutely can’t hold back. I was the kid doodling in math class and adding graffiti to walls (or any place I could find a blank surface); it is just something that I feel I have to do and unleash. After several different career adventures, my job is now to make things look cool. What type of art do you specialize in? I specialize in creating images that make people happy; the type of art that inspires emotion, and makes people think. I would say my style is defined as mixed media. I often cross between traditional fine art style and gritty street art through painting with acrylic, spray paint, oil paint (or whatever I can get my hands on). I also create digital art and graphics for my fashion line, Guerrilla Culture. How would you describe your art? I would describe my art as urban and gritty. Unique, fun and stimulating in the way that I sometimes paint memories or things that don’t yet exist. My work brings whimsy and inspires playfulness. Do you have a studio or gallery here locally? I have a garage studio and I hang my work in local galleries. I also sell my art at local events and via my online gallery and website. I am really excited to share my series …”That Time I Lived In Santa Cruz”…which will be featured all month long, December 2017 at The Wonderland Gallery (in The Arts Factory Building) at 107 E. Charleston Blvd, #110, Las Vegas, NV 89104. I am hosting a Meet The Artist session during the First Friday event on December 1st from 6PM9PM and encourage everyone to come out and view the original works. What is your favorite thing about the Vegas art community/scene? I like that there is a large art community here and a lot of talent. It is a creative scene with organized events and people come together for the social aspect of those events, to appreciate the art and the artists. It’s urban in The Arts District, somewhere I can feel right at home and know that my art can be appreciated.


Do you consume cannabis? Yes, medically and recreationally What part does cannabis play in your work as an artist? I would say that it opens my mind to seeing things through a creative lens and cannabis helps me focus on my work and puts me in a meditative state while I’m creating. As a professional artist, working on multiple pieces



simultaneously is a demanding grind. Cannabis helps the workflow on a more relaxing and meditative vibe. Do you have a favorite strain? Yes, I have a favorite strain. I prefer a sativa while I’m working, like Strawberry Lemonade, and an indica like Grand Daddy Purple, to relax. How can we find you on social media and/ or the internet? Any inspiring words for our readers? Stay in Shark Mode, meaning: always be hungry, passionate and seeking opportunity. I hope my art makes people feel good; no matter what is going on in their day or lives, I hope it inspires happiness. Any recommendations for young people wanting to get into art? Yes, don’t wait for the perfect opportunity to start creating. Sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith and put it out there. Anything you would like to add? I represent my company and artist collective, Guerrilla Culture. We want to wake up mankind with our high quality clothing, art & accessories. Our mission at Guerrilla Culture is to effect social change by creating awareness using guerrilla tactics in art and fashion. We are a socially and environmentally conscious art and clothing company that wants to create positive change through awareness and activism stimulating clothing and art. If your style gravitates towards, Anarchist, Hippy, Patriot or just your average Bad Ass this brand is for you. This is clothing and art with a sub-culture twist. Catch Kyle's series ”That Time I Lived In Santa Cruz” through the end of December at The Wonderland Gallery, 107 E. Charleston Blvd, #110, Las Vegas, NV 89104.


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Wishing you all great food and holiday cheer. December means The Emerald Cup is back again in Sonoma, CA, on Dec. 9th and 10th. This is hands down my favorite event every year with the most action. Sun grown, organic products mainly from Northern California but also brands from all over the US are showcased. The energy, products, packaging and branding are top notch and well thought out. It is a great experience to be a judge of the edible portion of the cup which is getting more and more precise with all the new regulations that are coming in 2018 for California. Big changes are coming for Californians and we will see regulations and restrictions very similar to Nevada. My group has been making changes for the last two years, so we would be compliant and ready to go. Ha‌ what a ride to say the least. Fingers crossed as it all happens and my new brand is launched. Have a great holiday! Thank you for all the support and love.

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INGREDIENTS: 1 bag (12-ounces) unseasoned bread cubes 3 cups chopped red apples (you may peel the apples, but I find it to taste better with the peel - it also adds to the texture) 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 4 tablespoons (6 grams distillate) cannabutter 1 yellow onion, diced 2 cups sliced celery salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste 2 cups low sodium chicken broth 1/2 tablespoon chopped sage

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 pound bacon, diced 1 Tbsp (6 grams of RSO) extra-virgin olive oil 2 tsp butter 1/4 onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced Salt and black pepper to taste 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed 2 cups chicken stock

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Combine bread cubes, apples and parsley in a large heat-resistant mixing bowl; set aside. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and celery; season with salt and pepper and continue to cook for 4 minutes, or until tender. Add chicken broth and chopped sage; bring mixture to a boil. Remove mixture from heat and add to bread cubes mixture; mix until thoroughly combined and evenly moist. Transfer the mixture to previously prepared baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes.

DIRECTIONS: Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over mediumhigh heat, stirring occasionally, until evenly browned, but not crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, leaving the grease in the skillet. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease and stir in the olive oil, butter, onion, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the onion softens and the garlic lightly browns, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and bring to a simmer; cook until the liquid has reduced by 1/3. Add the reserved bacon, the halved Brussels sprouts, and the chicken stock. Stir, then bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the brussel sprouts are tender, yet still slightly firm, about 10 minutes.





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