Aug 112016
 August 11, 2016
Rapid Legalization Leads To High Demands For Testing Cannabis

As more and more states come on board with cannabis legalization in both medical and adult-use/recreational markets, one of the most important topics on the forefront is testing. Validated analytical test results are absolutely critical as we move forward with regulation of cannabis.  In this article, Joshua Crossney, the President & Founder of CANNCON, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of cannabis science, analytical testing, and personalized (percision) medicine, discusses testing methods and the need for this sector of the cannabis industry. By Joshua Crossney Opiate related deaths have decreased by twenty-five percent in states with operational medicinal

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Aug 082016
 August 8, 2016
How to Decarboxylate Cannabis

Making cannabis edibles isn’t as simple as throwing some herb into your favorite dish, it takes a bit of preparation and know-how. The first step is decarboxylating the cannabis, also known as decarbing. This process converts the THC-A in the bud into the psychoactive THC that stimulates the mind, body and soul. Some cannabis hobbyists simply throw some raw cannabis into their baking and toss it into the oven. While this is a viable way to make edibles, it is an extremely inefficient way to cook with cannabis. If you’re looking to get the absolute most out of your stash,

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Aug 022016
 August 2, 2016
Recent Studies Suggest Vaping Marijuana Poses Less Risk for Toxin Exposure

If you’re a medicinal or recreational marijuana user, you’ve likely heard by now that many doctors are recommending that patients use a vaporizer for weed in order to get the benefits of marijuana rather than smoking it. Portable vaporizers and desktop vaporizers are touted as being safer than smoking weed, and there is one study in particular that serves as the basis for this belief. Read on to learn more about it. A Historic Study In 2004, Chemic Labs conducted a scientific study on the effects of weed vaporizers versus the effects of smoking marijuana. The study was done on

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Jul 302016
 July 30, 2016
FREE Tickets: Join The Weed Blog @ The 420 Games in Seattle For Free Tomorrow (7/31)

We’re heading up to Seattle tomorrow to race in The 420 Games event. My friend, Jim McAlpine, has done an excellent job of bringing the topic of cannabis use as medicine for athletes to front and center in the cannabis reform movement by promoting The 420 Games  to de-stigmatize cannabis. There is not (supposed to be) onsite usage, so smoke responsibly before you get to the event. I will be smoking a big fat bowl or eating some edibles ahead of time. After the race we will be having a Lagunitas beer- some of the best craft beer brewed in the

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Jul 232016
 July 23, 2016
The Good Word on Vaporizers

By The Reverend Dr. Mitchell Earleywine Devotees of the plant, please gather around. Although knowledge is scarce, we have it right here. Many a man and woman has asked the burning question: Do vaporizers work? I can only say that in The Church of Empiricism we have done our due diligence, gathered the data, and drawn definitive conclusions tempered only by the usual cautions inherent in Science with a capital “S.” The work began with simple reports from cannabis connoisseurs. Those who used vaporizers reported fewer symptoms of bronchitis, including the dreaded tightness in the chest, the belabored morning cough,

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Jul 232016
 July 23, 2016
Next Stop For the CBD Oil Industry: Dog Treats

Written By Joel Goldstein Cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil, is one of the most common cannabinoids found in marijuana, along with THC. This oil is extracted from industrial hemp instead of recreational marijuana and sold in states across the country where it has already been legalized. Although it is still not legally permitted in every state, it has risen in popularity over the last few years because of its medicinal uses. Consumers use CBD oil to alleviate general aches and pains, headaches, anxiety and other common ailments. It can currently be found in many forms including capsules, topical creams and

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Jul 192016
 July 19, 2016
Cannabis And The Brain

Controversy has surrounded the topic of cannabis and the brain for decades now, but has been coming the forefront of conversation as more states vote to legalize and regulate cannabis across America. Research on this subject dates all the way to the 1960s when a physician by the name of Dr. Lester Grinspoon came to the conclusion that many of the so-called dangers of this plant were both hyped and unfounded. Through his work, he concluded that cannabis was, in fact, a remarkably safe substance, at least for adults. Current research on this topic that has delved even deeper has

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Jul 182016
 July 18, 2016
Rescheduling Pot: Bad For the Nation's Cannabis Industry, Good For The State of Illinois?

This article is written by Bob Morgan, health care Special Counsel at law firm Much Shelist. For more articles from Bob Morgan, visit www.muchshelist.com/attorney/bob-morgan. By now you have all heard the rumors that the federal government may change cannabis from a Schedule I drug to Schedule II under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. This would be the biggest thing to happen to Cannabis since Nixon decided he wanted a statement on marijuana that “just tears the ass out of them” 45 years ago. There are hundreds of questions that will need to be answered if that decision occurs, as alluded

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Jul 122016
 July 12, 2016
Fed Up with Federal Barriers, American Researchers Take Action

By Chloe Sommers A couple of researchers from the University of New Mexico wrote a letter in Science magazine, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), about the ridiculous hurdles medical researchers face when it comes to studying cannabis. “Our report was just a short (but much overdue) opinion piece designed to inform the general medical and scientific communities as to some major problems with our research system here in the U.S.,” wrote one of the authors, Jacob Miguel Vigil, PhD in an email. Vigil has been trying to conduct traditional clinical trials using the plant for a

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Jul 012016
 July 1, 2016
When Traditional Pain Killers Are Not Effective - Managing Pain with Medical Marijuana

by Ian Lebowski _______ Did you know that marijuana has been used to treat pain since prehistoric times? As the debate about medical marijuana gets heated, one would think this is a modern ideology. On the contrary, an ancient Chinese surgeon Hua Tuo (c. 140-208) is the earliest person recorded to have administered cannabis as anesthesia during surgery. Hemp was also among the herbs used for food, specifically a source of fiber, in Taiwan during those early days. Today, medical researchers have profound proof that marijuana is among the valuable drugs that could be utilized for treating different ailments. In

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