Medical Marijuana Council

January 21, 2011

The Medical Marijuana Council provides a great deal of information on medical marijuana and studies that have been done regarding marijuana and it's effectiveness and safety with regard to various illnesses.  Most all information they provide is in layperson terms and is extrapolated from scientific studies to help the patient who is considering medical marijuana make a decision. 

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Marijuana and Lung Cancer

October 18, 2010

UCLA's Dr. Donald Tashkin states he would be in favor of legalization of marijuana.  Why?  After all he did study chronic marijuana smokers and the effects of heavy long term marijuana smoking on the lungs with regards to lung cancer and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).  Prior to the study he hypothesized there would be a link between heavy marijuana smoking and lung cancer or COPD.  Guess what?  He was wrong!  To his surprise the study concluded otherwise. 

"What we found instead was no association and even a suggestion of some protective effect," says Tashkin, whose research was the largest case-control study ever conducted. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Tobacco smokers in the study had as much as a 21-fold increase in lung cancer risk, and developed COPD more often in the study.  Researchers found marijuana did not impair lung function. (perhaps this is why Michael Phelps was able to win 8 gold medals in the Bejing Olympics... of course in all fairness he did win the medals prior to getting caught on camera smoking marijuana).

 

Tashkin, supported by other research, concluded that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), an active ingredient in marijuana, has an "anti-tumoral effect" in which "cells die earlier before they age enough to develop mutations that might lead to lung cancer." 

"Early on, when our research appeared as if there would be a negative impact on lung health, I was opposed to legalization because I thought it would lead to increased use and that would lead to increased health effects," Tashkin says.

"But at this point, I'd be in favor of legalization. I wouldn't encourage anybody to smoke any substances, because of the potential for harm. But I don't think it should be stigmatized as an illegal substance.

"Tobacco smoking causes far more harm. And in terms of an intoxicant, alcohol causes far more harm," Tashkin stated.

And of course this is ONLY in reference to smoking marijuana.  It doesn't take into consideration the other methods of medicating, such as vaporizing marijuana and marijuana edibles. 

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Marijuana and Brain Cancer

October 13, 2010

At Clomputense University in Spain, brain cancer was successfully treated with THC, one of the active ingredients found in cannabis.  The cancer cells essentially digest themselves when fed THC.  The wonderful find is that not only do the cancer cells digest themselves, but the THC also does not cause damage to surrounding tissue. 

The type of cancer cells that were treated were glioblastoma muliforme, which are highly aggressive brain tumors.

The findings appear in the April 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

This study along with many others shows that cannabis is not only treating the symptoms of cancer such as nausea, appetite and sleep, but can also be used to actually treat the cancer itself.  While the findings of the study indicate that THC was responsible for killing brain cancer cells, one has to remember that there are wide fluctuations in the amount of THC in marijuana.  And for those people who live in an area where no medical marijuana is available, they may be getting marijuana with much lower percentages of THC. 


The Federal Govt. provides cannabis patients with pre-rolled joints that contain 10% THC, which is considered low.  However the THC level in most strains of medical marijuana is  anywhere from 10-25%.  The thing about the live plant is that there are other active compounds that have been found to be beneficial as well.  One which looks very promising is CBD.  It is impossible to know how all these compounds interact in nature when using only one in a study.  Regardless, THC has been shown to precipitate the Death of Brain Cancer cells, which certainly goes way beyond the happy, hungry, sleepy effects cannabis known for.

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Cannabis Cup Winners

June 29, 2010

2010 HIGH TIMES MEDICAL CANNABIS CUP WINNERS


Sativa
1. GreanBicycles (Vortex)
2. The Green Door San Francisco (Candy Jack)
3. Purple Lotus Patient Center (Durban Poison)

Indica
1. Mr. Natural Inc (Cali Gold)
2. Elemental Wellness (True OG)
3. Tehama Herbal Collective (Bubba Kush)

Concentrates
1. Leonard Moore Cooperative (Ingrid)
2. Phillips Rx (Herojauna)
3. 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center (Granddaddy  Purple Wax)

Edibles
1. Greenway Compassionate Relief (Biscotti)
2. Medithrive (Bliss Edibles Truffles)
3. The Hampton Collective (Totally Baked Medibles Tincture)

Expo Booth
1. Humboldt Patients Resource Center
2. TIE: Cmaz Glass, Green Door
3. Stealth Grow LED

Glass
1. Zong 2 Kink Jack Herer Bong
2. Glass Slider
3. 'Sea Life' by Voorhees and Christina Cody

Product
1. TIE: Essential Vaaapp H20 Eclipse, Stealth Grow LED
2. Grassroots HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup Hat
3. TIE: Canna Fresh, Boldt Bags

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Bill HR 3939

June 22, 2010

There is currently a bill pending before the United States House Judiciary Committee that is very important to everybody involved with medical marijuana.  It would create a defense to federal criminal law for the possession, growth, sale, or use of Medical Marijuana.  Even if your State does not have medical marijuana laws you should support this bill for those who need the support now, and for your state moving into the future!  Mile High Medical Cannabis urges you to contact your Congressman and get them to co-sponsor this bill. 

            H.R. 3939 was introduced last fall and is currently pending before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.  It does not appear any hearings have been held or action taken yet.

            H.R. 3939, if passed, would create what is called an “Affirmative Defense” for anybody involved in medical marijuana, as long as they were in compliance with State law. 

An affirmative defense is not the same as legalizing medical marijuana.  What it means is that you could be arrested and charged in Federal Court.  If the Federal Prosecutor refused to dismiss the charges against you, you would have to go to trial.  However you could raise the defense that the marijuana was for medical purposes. 

Contact your congressperson and urge them to sign on as co-sponsors of H.R. 3939 and to push to have H.R. 3939 passed this session of Congress. 

Click here to read bill 3939 courtesy of Mile High Medical Cannabis. 

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Medical Marijuana Bill 1284 Deadlines

June 21, 2010

The Colorado medical marijuana bill 1284 that was signed by Governor Ritter has major deadlines that are fast approaching.  The bill only allowed a few weeks to get business in order, which is presenting more problems than anyone anticipated.  (Even though many problems were anticipated).


Here's a story from the Denver Daily News which outlines just one business Owner's dilemma of trying to become "legal" before the July 1st deadline.  (Amazingly there is a display ad on the page of this article that reads  "Argonaut Liquor - Denver's largest liquor store - Shop Online"!)  Even though it is undisputed that marijuana is a much safer than alcohol.  View the article here.

By July 1st a local license must be applied for as a statewide moratorium goes into effect on July 1st and the new bill specifically states you will be operating illegally if you don't apply for a license by July 1st.  Yet others argue that the bill does not indicate there is a statewide moratorium.  However, if you want to open a dispensary, or need to grow,  because you already have a dispensary since the new law also now requires each dispensary to certify they are growing at least 70% of their own product.   However if you can't find properly zoned space, or can't afford to rent from a landlord that is reading the newspapers and price gouging due to the deadlines then you may consider partnering with a complete stranger that has a grow in place.   Not the best option, and certainly doomed for failure if you consider that if a grower has a grow in place, most believe they own and control that grow.  They invested much time and energy in their grow.  The only problem is the dispensary is on the hook for the license and the regulations, and the fines and taking all responsibility for that grow following the law.  Sounds like a recipe for major power struggles.  Regardless of what is written on paper, egos will clash, and certainly many will be doomed, merely because they were forced to join forces by ridiculous deadlines. Speaking of ridiculous deadlines the newly formed State medical marijuana department of regulation has a "hotline" to answer questions.  The only problem..... "leave a message" is all you get when you call it.  The recording states "we should have information on the website by mid June".    It is June 29th we are adding this and it still is not on the website, however the State will surely doom dispensaries that don't meet their deadlines.  Get ready for Government and it's lack of empathy. 

The next deadline is August 1st, 2010.  Each dispensary (now known as medical marijuana center)  must register with the state.  On forms that don't exist yet.  HOWEVER, if your local license has not been approved by this deadline you can file later, as long as you file within 30 days of your local license being issued.  If you are ALREADY licensed locally then you need to file by August 1st, 2010. 


Lastly, as mentioned above all dispensaries must certify by September 1st, 2010 that they are cultivating 70% of their own marijuana.  Patients are still allowed to go to any dispensary (medical marijuana center) they choose. So lets say you have a Denver Dispensary, with much walk-in traffic.  Yet you don't have a lot of patients who have assigned you grow rights.  That presents a problem.  What is a dispensary to do if they get swamped with patients who are traveling to their town for a large function and they all swamp a small dispensary?  Should they be turned away, because that dispensary can't grow enough to satisfy unexpected spikes in business?  Bill 1284 adds more stress, pressure, and hoops to jump for these already struggling dispensary Owners.   Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Dispensary providing top shelf medical marijuana to medical marijuana patients... or ... actually we are a Medical Marijuana Center now.

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"Higher" Education

June 17, 2010

The Colorado Department of Higher Education Division of Private Occupational Schools oversees the state's 330 vocational and trade schools, and they have now agreed to regulate Greenway University which teaches students how to grow, and distribute marijuana. 

This is a first for the Department of Higher Education who will approve the curriculum and set standards for the teachers.  Approximately 1,000 students have attended Greenway since it started satellite classes downtown last year. 

Marijuana will not be allowed in the classrooms for now.  This author is not sure how they teach growing, without growing?

Greenway University's I-25/Alameda Denver campus is expected to open in about a month.

Courses take between three and five months, and can cost between $300 and $2,000 depending on the curriculum.


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Dispensary Ban

June 15, 2010

Superior, CO is the 1st town to ban dispensaries after House Bill 10-1284 was signed into law by Governor Ritter last week.   On June 14, 2010 Town Council Members voted unanimously 6-0 to ban dispensaries.

Medical marijuana advocates are vowing to challenge local bans in court.  Rumor has it that Vail, CO will be close behind on the "ban"wagon.   Maybe patients, and their family and friends who are skiers need to set up their own ban, and avoid the resort areas that ban medical marijuana during the ski season.  

It is evident that these small town councils are not following the will of the voters that clearly voted "for" medical marijuana in the first place when the overwhelming majority of Colorado citizens voted in favor of medical marijuana Amendment 20. 

Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary providing Medical Marijuana to Medical Marijuana Patients.

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Marijuana Myth - Marijuana is a Gateway Drug

June 13, 2010

FACT:  Marijuana is NOT a gateway drug.  If marijuana was a gateway drug, use of harder drugs would be a much more massive problem than it is.  It is estimated that over 83 million people in the US have smoked marijuana. 

BEWARE!  MILK IS A GATEWAY DRINK TO DANGEROUS SODA!

Obviously people drink soda because they choose to drink soda.  Not because milk led them to drink soda.  The same is true for cannabis and hard drugs.  People who use hard drugs choose to use hard drugs, not because marijuana made them seek out something stronger, but because that is a choice they make. 

While some research shows that many hard drug users used cannabis or alcohol before moving on to the harder substances, other research shows that some serious drug abusers have used other drugs before using cannabis or alcohol.  The former is particularly evident in individual drug-abuse histories which tend to show that "hard drug" users tend to jump from drug to drug, or progress from one drug to another.   When you take into account that less than 1% of marijuana smokers use harder drugs the gateway theory is further eroded.


Study on San Francisco vs. Amsterdam

In 2004, a study comparing cannabis users in San Francisco to those in Amsterdam was done to test the effects of the differing drug policies in the two cities on drug use patterns. The Netherlands has a drug policy of decriminalization in which cannabis can be bought by adults over 18 in quasi-legal "coffee shops" and used publicly, while in the United States cannabis is criminalized and must be bought in the black market  (often from the same dealers that sell hard drugs) and used "underground". The results found that, compared with their counterparts in Amsterdam the San Francisco cannabis users were significantly more likely to use cocaine, crack, amphetamines, ecstasy, and opiates despite similar cannabis use patterns and a more permissive drug policy in the NetherlandsOne plausible explanation is that the black market itself acts as a gateway to harder drugs, as opposed to the effects of cannabis. 

Marijuana is NOT a gateway drug.  99% of marijuana use is by people who only use marijuana because they choose to only use marijuana.  In fact, it would be much easier to hide the use of most of the harder drugs because they don't smell, are  much easier to hide, simpler to use, quicker to use,  and often times easier to get.    Pop an Oxycontin - it takes 2 seconds, there is NO smell, it's easy to conceal, there is no rolling, you don't have to wait for the vaporizer to warm up, you can get a script so if you are searched you are totally legal.   Yet people CHOOSE to use marijuana - because they know it is LESS harmful if they are using recreationally, and can be more helpful if they are using medically.   

Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary providing Medical Marijuana to Medical Marijuana Patients.

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Marijuana Myth - Marijuana Harms Have Been Scientifically Proven

June 13, 2010

FACT:
In 1995, based on thirty years of scientific research, editors of the highly respected and well regarded British medical journal "The Lancet" concluded that "the smoking of cannabis, even long term, is not harmful to health."

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Marijuana is Safer than Acetaminophen

June 11, 2010

In Five Thousand years of marijuana use, there has not been one death.   However, every year acetaminophen poisoning results in 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 56,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations, and more than 450 deaths from liver failure.

What is Acetaminophen?  Tylenol is Acetaminophen among other brand names.  Marijuana is Safer than Tylenol and the other brand names of acetaminophen.  The LEADING cause of acute liver failure in the U.S. is not alcohol abuse, nor viral hepatitis.  The number one reason Americans suffer acute liver failure is a drug the FDA has allowed to be sold for decades after its lethal toxicities were known. 

The FDA has bent over backwards to protect billions of dollars of profits earned annually by pharmaceutical companies who sell this deadly drug.  As the body count mounted in 2009, the FDA was forced to mandate a lower dosage and remove it from prescription combinations that were particularly lethal. 

 

When acetaminophen is ingested a rapid depletion of glutathione in the liver occurs.  The result of glutathione depletion is free radical destruction of liver cells.  A scientist suggested to a supplement company that they produce a combination product that probably eliminate virtually all acetaminophen related acute deaths.  It is a very long story, but the short version is this:  The FDA prohibits combining existing drugs and dietary supplements unless a New Drug Application is filed, tens of millions of dollars of clinical studies are performed, and the FDA agrees to allow the combination to be sold.  The process can cost upwards of $100 million and take a decade to complete.  EVEN if both of the ingredients that would go into the new drug are sold "over the counter".  So by bureaucratic edict, a safer form of acetaminophen never made it to market. 

Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary providing Medical Marijuana to Medical Marijuana Patients.

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Scientists find Marijuana can Suppress and "Turn off" Cancer Cells

June 7, 2010

Denver medical marijuana  dispensary

Scientists are discovering new benefits of marijuana including the ability of marijuana to stop the spread of cancer or turn off cancer cells. 

The diagram below shows the different forms of cancer and the effects of THC which is one of the active ingredients in marijuana. 

More information from new studies on the effects of cannabis on cancer cells can be found here.

Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary providing Medical Marijuana to Medical Marijuana Patients.


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Marijuana works for Seizures

June 5, 2010

Time and time again patients with seizure disorders are reporting that marijuana provides effective treatment without all the harmful side effects of many other treatments.

Click to Read Article by Patient overcoming seizures with marijuana

 

Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary

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Marijuana - Cancer Cure?

May 21, 2010

Many people think that when talking about cancer and marijuana it is only good for treating nausea and pain, while increasing sleep and appetite, and enhancing the mood of the patient.   However, there is scientific evidence that marijuana significantly reduces the spread of cancer.  A Harvard study released on April 17, 2007 shows that the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread!

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm

Researchers at Harvard tested the chemical THC in both lab and mouse studies. They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, THC actually activates naturally produced receptors to fight off lung cancer. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.

Although a medical substitute of THC, known as Marinol, has been used as an appetite stimulant for cancer patients and other similar treatments, few studies have shown that THC might have anti-tumor activity.

*HERE IS THE INTERESTING PART* The only clinical trial testing THC as a treatment against cancer growth was a recently completed British pilot study. For three weeks, researchers injected standard doses of THC into mice that had been implanted with human lung cancer cells, and found that tumors were reduced in size and weight by about 50 percent in treated animals compared to a control group. There was also about a 60 percent reduction in cancer lesions on the lungs in these mice as well as a significant reduction in protein markers associated with cancer progression.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601202&sid=aLRKiCeoXoRQ&refer=healthcare

And the good news gets even better.  Watch the Phil Simpson story.  Phil has been successfully treating patients with marijuana (hemp, cannabis) . 

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7331006790306000271#

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Famous People Marijuana Quotes

May 2, 2010

These are some of the brightest minds in the world.  All of whom are Leaders in their fields and are world recognized, who have publicly supported the legalization of marijuana.

"Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could."  - William F. Buckley Jr.- Conservative Author, Commentator, Syndicated Newspaper Columnist

  William F. Buckley Jr. -

"Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere."
- George Washington, U.S. President quote on Hemp

 

"We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption." 
- John Adams, U.S. President, Vice President, and Father of the Navy - quote on Hemp

John Adams - US President,  US Vice-President (twice)

"Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use... Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana."
- Jimmy Carter, U.S. President quote on Marijuana

Jimmy Carter - US President

"Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?"
-  Henry Ford - Inventor, Founder Ford Motor Co. - quote on Marijuana

The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world."
-  Carl Sagan - Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Author -  quote on Marijuana

"The ‘War on Drugs’ has failed - but it's worse than that. It is actively harming our society. Violent crime is thriving in the shadows to which the drug trade has been consigned. "

"People who genuinely need help can't get it. Neither can people who need medical marijuana to treat terrible diseases. We are spending billions, filling up our prisons with non-violent offenders and sacrificing our liberties." - Sting (Gordon Sumner) - Musician, Singer-Songwriter, Activist, Actor, Philanthropist, Front Man for The Band "Police".


"I enjoy smoking cannabis and see no harm in it".
- Jennifer Aniston - Actress, Ranked #8 on "Forbes Most Powerful Celebrities List"- quote on Marijuana

"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this."
- Albert Einstein - Physicist, Philosopher, Nobel Prize Recipient - quote on Marijuana

"That is not a drug. It’s a leaf," 
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California, Actor, Body Builder

"Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country."
- Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President, Vice President,  quote on Hemp

"It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics . . . dope and all that crap. It's a thousand times better than whiskey - it's an assistant - a friend."
-  Louis Armstrong - Famous Jazz Trumpeter, Musician, Singer - quote on Marijuana

"If John Lennon is deported, I'm leaving too...with my musicians..and my marijuana."
- Art Garfunkel - Singer, Poet, Actor - quote on Marijuana

"When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point."
- Barack Obama, US President - quote on Marijuana

"I think pot should be legal. I don't smoke it, but I like the smell of it."
- Andy Warhol - Artist - quote on Marijuana

"When a private enterprise fails, it is closed down; when a government enterprise fails, it is expanded. Isn’t that exactly what’s been happening with drugs?"
- Milton Friedman - Economist - quote on Marijuana

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420 4:20 4/20 4-20

April 20, 2010

Today is April, 20th which is a day of celebration for marijuana enthusiasts, and activists the world over.  There will be rallies and smoke-outs across the country at parks, campuses, and steps leading to government buildings.  In Denver at Civic Center Park there will be speakers and live entertainment through out the day starting at 9:00am.  The National Director of NORML  (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) will speak at Civic Center Park in Denver.  Click here for the schedule of events at the 420 rally in Denver.

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Today We Lost a Legend

April 15, 2010

Jack Herer  (June 18, 1939 – April 15, 2010) passed away today.  Jack was a hardworking marijuana activist, published Author of two books "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" and "Grass", a Public Speaker, and a man who had a strain of marijuana named after him "Jack Herer".  He's been featured in High Times magazine and graced their cover on several occasions.   As if that wasn't enough he also ran for President of the U.S. twice, once in  1988, and again in 1992.  Jack died at age 70 from complications of a heart attack he had approximately 7 months earlier.  He is survived by his wife Jeannie who was often by his side in his endeavors. 

This is a pretty cool quote from Jordan Westfall regarding Jack

"He aint dead.  He just became a God.  He'll still be there.  Just not as a mortal. Sitting next to jesus hitting a blunt bigger than his head looking at Buddah saying "see dude my shit is better than yours" and Morrison laughing his head off. While Garcia is asking "so.... when are we all going back for this apocalypse thing?"

RIP Jack Herer 

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Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis Differences

April 14, 2010

When you visit a medical marijuana dispensary the budtender will typically ask if you prefer an indica, sativa, or hybrid.  This question is referring to the different species of marijuana.  Beyond the species are different strains of marijuana which you can find more information on a large variety of marijuana strains by visiting our "Meds" page.

An indica species is often associated with the terms "couch lock", and "buzzed", and considered a medication felt more on the body.  Meaning it puts the patient  into a very relaxed, sedated state, and will often aid with sleep.  Many patients prefer indica strains at the end of the day, as indica often results in an increased appetite, and the ability to relax and unwind, and to also aid with anxiety, and sleep.  An indica strain of marijuana is considered to be more felt on the overall body. Everyone is different however, and of course it depends on the specific indica strain as to the amount of THC and CBD in the strain.  There are patients who prefer indica strains throughout the day to aid them with high levels of anxiety, and can function normally.  There are other patients who only prefer indica at the end of the day. 

A sativa species is often described as a "giggly heady" medication that is considered more of a "heady" medication.   Meaning it tends to uplift your mood and send your mind into a thought provoking  mode, and also sometimes increasing the level of communication.  Sativa is often preferred by patients who are looking for an uplifting thought provoking medication.  Some patients claim sativa strains give them energy and help them focus.  Artists and musicians have often claimed that marijuana enhanced their creative energy, and the species that would likely aid in this circumstance would be the sativa strain.  Many patients prefer sativa during the day. 

As with many medications there are patients who claim the opposite affects.  For instance that on a sativa tend they to become very relaxed and experience the "couch lock" description that is often associated with indica, and that they tend to be focused and energetic on an indica strain.  Just like with other medications, the affect depends on the person.  Some drugs such as Benadryl will knock some people out, and yet make other people hyper.  

Today, most marijuana is a combination of a sativa and indica species and is referred to as a "hybrid".  You can always visit our "meds" page to find out more information on hybrids and the percentage of indica and sativa. 

There is another specifies of marijuana that is not readily available called the "ruderalis" species.  Ruderalis is not typically found in the medical marijuana industry as the THC level is found to be lower.  Ruderalis has been crossed with sativa and indica however will result in lower THC. 

Below is more information on each species of marijuana.

Cannabis Sativa: Cannabis Sativa is a marijuana variety that likely originated in the Himalayan lowlands. The Sativa species is the tallest of the three cannabis species with outdoor plants reaching a height of 20 to 25 feet in height. Sativa is also less bushy than indica and can be grown closer together. Due to the height of this species, sativa has been utilized for its longer fibers since man began to cultivate it. Sativa is now cultivated all around the world.

Cannabis VarietiesTHC from the sativa plant is generally lower when compared to the indica species while CBD is higher. This results in a sativa that produces a heady or more energetic high. The yield of the sativa plant is less than that of the indica plant. This is mostly due to the tall and spindly nature of the Cannabis Sativa species. Sativa also takes more time to mature and is best suited for growing outdoors.

Many strains of sativa have been developed for indoor growing as well as having been combined with indica strains in order to create new strains with more desired characteristics such as a greater yield and bushier plants.

Cannabis Indica: Cannabis Indica is a marijuana variety that likely originated in the Himalayan highlands. Indica is the bushiest of the three marijuana species and is in the middle of the three cannabis species when it comes to height. Plants grown outdoors will rarely exceed ten feet in height.

The increased THC and decreased CBD in the indica species results in a much heavier stone that has more of a body high when compared to sativa. The yield of indica is greater than the sativa plant and it takes less time reach maturity.

Cannabis Ruderalis: First discovered in Eastern Europe (central Russia) by Russian botanist D.E. Janichevsky, this very short cannabis variety is known for its ability to grow in colder, harsher climates and its ability to switch from vegetative growth to flowering once it has grown 5 to 7 sets of leaves. What this means is that this plant can flower regardless of a change in light due to a shorter day.

This plant grows only 24 inches tall at most. Certain breeders have created new cannabis varieties crossing ruderalis with indica and sativa in order to create a heavy budding plant that will grow in harsher conditions. Cannabis varieties crossed with ruderalis result in a lower THC count, however, the plants are shorter and mature quicker.

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Vaporizing Marijuana

April 6, 2010

So you want to learn about vaporizing marijuana?  How does it work?  Why would I vaporize?  There are several reasons people choose to vaporize, but first let's explain how a vaporizer works.  Vaporizers gently heat the plant material to release the marijuana's active ingredients - THC and CBN.  When heated to the IDEAL temperature range of 356 - 392 degrees Fahrenheit, the plant releases the THC and CBN without burning the plant and creating smoke, but rather creates a thin mist or vapor that is ready to be inhaled.  392 degrees F is the boiling point of THC.  Higher temperatures are achieved by burning marijuana such as smoking a joint, which destroys some of the THC.  This is why vaporizing is more potent.  Many marijuana smokers will set their vaporizer to "420" degrees F, however this is not the ideal temperature.   Generally marijuana tastes better (depending on your taste) sometimes it takes getting used to.  It is easier on the lungs, less harsh on the throat, and a little bit goes a long way.  Smoking marijuana with a flame can generate temperatures of over 1200 degrees, so you are inhaling a bunch of stuff you don't need to be inhaling, like the leaves of the plant and a lot more carcinogenic toxins.  When vaporizing, you are mostly releasing only the active elements you want.  The plant material when done is browned.  Vaporizing is a much healthier choice than smoking as you get very minimal tar, or other "in-active" ingredients.  Marijuana has hundreds of different ingredients which have no effect.  There is no reason to be inhaling these.  Vapor is not smoke.  Cannabis vapor is more potent than smoke.  Many say that vaporizers give a different effect then traditional smoking, a more clear, healthy pronounced effect. Some of the BETTER vaporizers are pictured.

The Volcano Vaporizer is considered one of the better vaporizers.  The cost is around $500.

There are a couple of Different Types of Heating Methods

Direct/Conduction Heating:  The classic glass dome type vaporizer, which works by placing your ground herb on a small metal plate which then heats up to the desired temperature.  (when grinding the herb make sure it is in small chunks, not ground to a powder)  The reason this is called direct hearing is because the herb is placed "directly" on the heating element.  This method is not as desirable, since the herb touches the heating element, it can burn and produce a gross "burnt popcorn" like taste.  This method is not as efficient also, sometimes not vaporizing the herb completely.  This style of vaporizer has been in use since the 1970's.  

Indirect/Convectional Heating:  This is the superior method for vaporizing herb.  Your marijuana will never directly touch the heating element, instead, direct hot air is passed over it releasing the good stuff.  Since it heats evenly, you stand a much greater chance of completely vaporizing your marijuana, increasing the efficiency and effect.   It is advisable to look for a ceramic heating plate, rather than metal, as the metal seems to put of by-products and smells like a soldering iron.

Vapor Delivery Systems

Stored Vapor:  Using this method of delivery, the vaporizer creates the vapor, then stores it in a glass dome or balloon style bag for consumption when ready.  The glass doe types don't provide the volume to store a "big hit".  The bag type however is able to accommodate large amounts of vapor, packing a nice punch!


Pictured above is the Arizer V-Tower Extreme, which includes a remote control.  The heating element is ceramic.  It comes with the bag, and food/medical grade plastic whip with detachable mouthpieces.  Wherever possible the strongest high quality glass is used.  Glass is inert - toxin free.  Some other vaporizers use metal, wood, plastics and teflon.  (although the outside is metal this does not come in contact with the heating element, and is insulated with non-toxic material).  The V-Tower Extreme vaporizer runs approximately $300. 

Direct Lung Delivery: When you inhale from this type of vaporizer, the hot air passes through the herb, sending the vapor directly into your lungs.  This method allows for much larger hits because you don't need to store the vapor, limiting the size of the hit.  The more you inhale, the more you take in (provided there is marijuana left to vaporize).  Another positive is the clean, fresh tasting vapor.  Some models have a built in fan to get a higher volume of air moving into your lungs.

Marijuana is not the only herb you can inhale from a vaporizer.  You can use dried herbs from a garden or purchase them from homeopathic stores, an herbalist or online stores. Sage is used to help people suffering from insomnia. Eucalyptus clears the sinuses.  Jasmine and lemon offers a pick-me-up of energy and mood. Lavender and chamomile is  good to reduce stress and relax. Rosemary and sandalwood help fight depressive feelings. These are just a few common herbs used with vaporizers.  An herbal expert can help you create a blend that may be ideal for specific conditions such as a Ylang Ylang, sandalwood, lavender and rosemary blend that reduces stress and helps with depressive moods.

Why not vaporize?  Some vaporizers take as long as 9 minutes to heat up.  Vaporizers can be expensive. (however there are cost savings as you don't need to use as much herb to medicate since it is more potent).   Vaporizers are not as covert.  Vaporizers are not typically as portable.  Although there are portable vaporizers they are often the longest in terms of time to  heat up.

Vaporizers range in price from $50 for portable hand held pipe looking vaporizers to over $500 for the larger clunkier models.

The iolite vaporizer is a portable (it can fit in your pocket), and runs off butane (which is in a separate chamber).  We haven't tried this vaporizer yet, however have heard good things, therefore it is our present choice for portable vaporizers. The manufacturer of the iolite has been producing butane products in Ireland for decades plus it has a 2 year warranty.  It may take a little longer to heat up, but that is a trade off for the portability.  We're told typically 7-9 minutes.

If you use a marijuana vaporizer please feel free to comment on the brand you use and your likes and dislikes! 

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Comedy Central Jumps on the Dispensary Bandwagon with a New Dispensary in South Park

April 5, 2010

There's a new dispensary in South Park.  The South Park TV show that is.  When the family stops for their weekly supply of Kentucky Fried Chicken after their soccer practice, they come to find out the restaurant has been turned into a Medical Marijuana Dispensary.  The kids are upset since that was the only KFC in town, but Dad can't get to the Doctor fast enough to get his Medical Marijuana Recommendation so he can legally buy medical marijuana.   

The South Park Medical Marijuana Dispensary Episode can be seen here:  http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/269211/?tab=featured

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Colorado Cannabis Convention Experience

April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!  It's not only Easter, but also the day after the Colorado Cannabis Convention, where people from all over the World experienced cannabis cooking, viewed hemp wedding gowns, spoke with activists, attended classes on legal rights and responsibilities, listened to lawmakers, compared a wide array of pipes, bubblers, vaporizers, had a Dr. exam to obtain a medical marijuana recommendation, became a guest on marijuana radio, learned to grow marijuana, or bought a T-shirt!  There were also vendors who supply services and products to the Dispensaries, such as alarm companies, lawyers, marijuana edibles manufacturers, safe and security companies, insurance companies, printers, artists, web designers, and glass makers.  Not to mention the note comparing on marijuana growing, harvesting techniques, and various new marijuana growing products.    

The convention was a fun and information packed place to learn, compare notes, and view new products.   We had the pleasure of educating some of the attendees, and debating  the proposed medical marijuana legislation, and made many new friends along the way.  

The surprisingly large turnout of both Vendors and Attendees on an  Easter weekend is an indication that the medical marijuana movement has not only rooted itself, but has created many many jobs.  Regardless of your stand on marijuana you have to be thankful for that. 

So on this Easter Sunday we'd like to thank Mother Earth, and the Colorado Cannabis Convention,  for feeding our brains with all the new information we received, and sending many new friends our way! 


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