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Marijuana is a Psychoactive Drug. But is it Really a Medicine?

Marijuana is a Psychoactive Drug. But is it Really a Medicine? .

Marijuana is a Psychoactive Drug Marijuana laws are changing rapidly, but as of now, adults can use it recreationally in just 10 states.

So which is it: A pleasure drug or a pharmaceutical one? And what
difference does that make when it comes to regulating cannabis?

These are questions to consider as states like Illinois explore
moving from a medical program to a more open-ended recreational one.



Chicago-based Cresco Labs grows some 30 strains of marijuana at its main cultivation center, in a manufacturing area in suburban Joliet.

While the marijuana leaf may be the unofficial, international symbol for weed – that’s not where the plant’s power resides.

“So if you look closely at this flower part, you can see that it has a
dusting or a frosting of trichomes. Those are little oil glands that do
contain the cannabinoids,” explains Jason Nelson, Cresco’s vice
president for production.

Those cannabinoids contain the power that Creso seeks to harness and
sell to patients in Illinois who are looking to marijuana to alleviate
their symptoms.

Patients like Adrienne Aaronson, a 78-year-old grandmother and artist from Highland Park who suffers from fibromyalgia.

“Fibromyalgia is constant pain throughout your body. And there’s no
way of stopping it, it’s just – it’s there,” she said. “Pain in my
joints. Swollen hands. Achiness. Sometimes down in my leg. It just

Aaronson had never smoked weed. Until two years ago.

She tried acupuncture but says, “I thought it was silly.”

When those didn’t do the trick, she followed her physician’s advice
to visit another doctor – a specialist in integrative medicine who
somewhat unwittingly has become an international expert in medical
marijuana after Illinois’ law passed in 2013. 

“I knew nothing about this as a physician and I read further into it
and I saw that the qualifying conditions described my medical practice,”
said Dr. Leslie Mendoza Temple. “Fibromyalgia, people with cancer,
multiple sclerosis, seizures – and these are the kinds of patients who
seek out integrative therapies. And I thought, I better learn a lot
about this so that I know more when the patients ask me, ‘cause I knew
they would ask me.”

And they did, in increasing numbers. Temple, who went on to become
the first chair of Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, says her
waiting list has ballooned since she became one of the doctors willing
to certify that a patient has a qualifying condition.


Though hesitant at first, Aaronson says weed is working. She says
when she first visited Temple, on a scale of 1-10 her pain used to
measure an 8.

“The last time I went to see her, she said, ‘How do you feel?’ I
said, ‘I feel great! I feel fabulous!’ And I did, I really did,”
Aaronson said.

She takes her medicine every night, religiously: a chunk of cannabis-laced mango candy she keeps tucked in the fridge.

She says it helps her sleep; and a good night’s sleep helps her with the pain.

“They’re 25 milligrams of THC. Whatever that is. And I probably …
will bite off about so much,” she said, pointing to a chunk about the
size of a fingernail. “And I’m not going to do that now, because I’m not
ready for bed.”

It may taste and look like candy, but Cresco’s Nelson believes in the
healing power of these pot gummies, and the other products his company
makes – the cannabis gel tablets, oils and tinctures. 

“I used to think of myself as something like a tobacco grower or
distiller, in that I’m essentially making a vice – at worst – or a
lifestyle choice for someone who is of age and can make that choice,”
Nelson said. “But what we’ve been really pleasantly surprised with is
that now that more research has been enacted from a medical perspective,
that there really are true medical benefits from either the whole plant
itself or the individual compounds within the plant.”  

But how does it work? What magic might these pungent, leafy green plants hold in helping to stem nausea and seizures?

“Our body actually has an endogenous, our own homemade system that
creates cannabis-like looking substances. And they help us do five
things: they help us eat, sleep, protect ourselves from harm, forget
pain when we need to and relax. So you can imagine from moment to
moment, when it’s time to eat you get a burst of cannabinoids that, say,
drive the appetite and then you eat. When it’s time to sleep you get a
little burst there – and this is happening in every cell,” Temple said.
“We have this plant from the outside world which we can ingest or smoke
that influences this system … The way that cannabis works is that it
influences those systems in a way to either enhance one of those
functions – to help us forget pain, to get us to eat, to relax, to

Still, details on how and whether marijuana does this are elusive, even in the medical community.

Because the federal government classifies cannabis as an illegal drug, researching it has been difficult.

Dr. Stephen Hanauer, the medical director of Northwestern Medicine’s
digestive health center, is going about it in a roundabout way.

He’s studying patients already on marijuana.

“Crohn’s disease, which is what I deal with, is one of the autoimmune
diseases (of which) we do not yet know the cause or have a medical
cure,” Hanauer said. “As soon as you tell a patient that you’ve got a
condition that we don’t know what causes it and we don’t have a cure,
they’re looking elsewhere. They’re looking for other approaches and
that’s obviously nowadays using social media and going online, and
there’s a great deal of usage of alternative therapies – not just

He’s about a year into a study, funded by the Digestive Health
Foundation, that’s comparing Crohn’s disease patients’ personal
evaluations of how they’re feeling with blood and stool samples that can
detect intestinal inflammation.

The study won’t be compete for another six months, but Hanauer has a hypothesis.

“My suspicion, is that it makes the patient feel better, but it doesn’t really change the disease activity,” Hanauer said.

Making pain subside sounds great, but that isn’t the same thing as a
cure. Hanauer said marijuana could actually pose a problem for people
with chronic diseases like Crohn’s if it merely masks the symptoms.

“They go on for essentially a lifetime. They can progress into
complications such as narrowing within the bowel that can lead to bowel
obstruction and even cancers develop in the presence of ongoing
inflammation,” he said. “So we don’t want the patient to be fooled and
think that because their symptoms are controlled they’re out of the
woods as far as inflammation and the prognosis for the disease is

Hanauer warns his Crohn’s patients who choose to go the cannabis
route to steer clear of smoking pot, as that can aggravate the disease.

And while pot is often regarded as an anti-nausea remedy, people who
rely on it too much may experience Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome, in
which they’re unable to stop vomiting.

Temple said she tells patients to follow a motto: Go low and go slow in their cannabis doses.

“What matters to me most is it has helped my patients,” she said.
“Most of them, not all. And that it is a good medicine, definitely not a
perfect one, and that we have to have a very balanced viewpoint of what
medical cannabis can do. It’s not the miracle that many people will
tout that it’s a cure-all, and it’s also not this evil vice that
everyone should avoid. The truth is somewhere in the middle, and the
truth is going to be different from person to person.”

Temple says it isn’t as simple as writing a prescription for a
pharmaceutical drug that’s gone through the rigors of FDA testing. It’s
trial and error.

“CBD, THC, CBG, CBN – so there’s an alphabet soup of these different
chemicals that have activities on your brain and on your body that can
be given in so many different routes,” Temple said. “It can be smoked,
vaped, ingested, the oil can be rubbed on the gum, there’s creams,
patches and suppositories … You add that times the infinite combinations
of cannabinoids and terpenoids and other chemicals that occur naturally
in this plant – there’s really no way to determine how I should be
dosing every patient.”

That’s precisely why Hanauer says marijuana is not a “medicine.”

After all, it isn’t approved by the FDA (and so insurance won’t pay for it) and it hasn’t been through rigorous studies.

“Every drug that I prescribe to a patient, I know the dose, it has
been approved based on studies demonstrating how it’s effective, in what
conditions it’s effective and it’s safety profile. We don’t know that
for cannabis,” he said. “We don’t know what dose patients would be
using, we don’t know what dose is going to be effective, and we don’t
know what dose is going to cause them harm.”

Illinois’ medical marijuana program is still technically in the pilot
stages, and it’s tightly regulated – so much so that our cameras aren’t
allowed into any of the dispensaries where products are sold. 

Temple says anyone using marijuana – for medical reasons or otherwise – needs to be careful.

“We have to be really cognizant of that dark side of cannabis,
because I’m concerned that the legitimizing of this as a medicine sends a
message to the community that it’s a free-for-all and let’s just use it
willy-nilly without any restraint. And that is a big concern of mine.”

Temple’s patient Adrienne Aaronson is busy prepping for an art show.

She’s thankful she’s virtually free from fibromyalgia pain, and
she’ll tell friends who ask, “’Yeah, I’m taking pot.’ I just love to be
able to say that!” she said.

She also appreciates that Illinois could use every penny if weed brings about a windfall of revenue.

Even so, she doesn’t think people should be free to smoke a joint, or pop a cannabis candy, just because they feel like it.

She said she wouldn’t take it, if she didn’t have to.

“I’m not in favor of that. Isn’t that terrible? Here I am using it, and I feel that it can be abused,” she said.

Should Illinois legalize marijuana for recreational use, Aaronson’s
friends – and anyone else 21 years or older – could take pot too.

In anticipation, Illinois-based marijuana companies have been growing like weeds.

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Everything You Need to Know to Buy Legal Weed in California

Everything You Need to Know to Buy Legal Weed in California :

Recreational cannabis use is legal in California—and now, shops are licensed to sell it. But who can buy it? Where can you smoke it? We answer all your burning questions.

Everything You Need to Know to Buy Legal Weed in California Can you legally buy a beer? Congratulations! That means you can also legally buy cannabis (pot, weed, marijuana) in California. Decriminalization came into effect on January 1, 2018, after voters passed Proposition 64 in November 2016. California joins Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, Alaska, Maine, and Nevada in legalizing recreational cannabis use, making the state the largest legal marijuana market in the country.

Here’s what you need to know about getting high in the Golden State.

Who can buy?

You have to be 21 or older to buy recreational cannabis products (we’ll get to them in a bit) and present a valid ID—a driver’s license or a passport will do just fine—upon entering a marijuana dispensary. People with a medical marijuana card issued by a doctor must be 18.

Potany 101

Marijuana plants come in two main branches, indica and sativa. Indicas bring the body buzz, promoting relaxation. They are typically lower in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels and higher in cannabidiol (CBD) levels. THC is pot’s psychoactive element that fosters a feeling of higher energy levels and euphoria. CBD doesn’t cause a person to feel high and has a muting effect on THC. Sativas are typically the inverse of indicas, having higher THC levels and lower CBD levels, causing a trippier high. A third branch, hybrids, are crossbred plants that produce effects of both indica and sativas.

Dried marijuana buds, also referred to as “flower.”

What products can I buy?

Cannabis products are broken down into four main categories: flower, concentrates, edibles, and applications.

Flower refers to the plant itself—the dried buds of a marijuana plant—and comes in a seemingly endless variety of strains, each with clever monikers such as LA Confidential, Granddaddy Purple, or Nina Limon. Leafly is an excellent app and online resource to better know your strains. Flower is meant to be smoked either in joints or out of a pipe or bong.

Concentrates include a range of products made from trichome extractions taken from a pot plant. (Trichomes are those sparkly little crystals that cover mature plants.) Concentrates pack a more powerful punch than flower and are sometimes used to top off flower in a joint or bowl. The extracts come in a variety of forms, including kief, wax, and oils. One of the easiest ways to enjoy an extraction is with a vape pen. They’re sold in a nifty kit that includes a cartridge containing the oil, a rechargeable battery that powers the pen, and a charger that plugs into your laptop. Popular cartridge brands include Bloom Farms, Legion of Bloom, and Dosist.

Edibles are just that: food that has extractions incorporated into their manufacturing process. Look for cookies, gummy candies, lollipops, chocolate-covered anything (dried fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, and raisins are popular), and even cannabis-infused drinks such as sodas, hot cocoa mixes, and cold-brewed coffee. While smoking brings on immediate effects, the effects of an edible can take as long as two hours to be felt and last much longer than simply smoking. Because it can take some time, people sometimes make the rookie mistake of over-consuming edibles. Don’t be that person. Kiva and Satori manufacture low-dose edible products. Start with those if that’s your thing.

Applications use extractions to target medical conditions primarily. High CBD products such as tinctures and patches are used to alleviate physical pain, anxiety, and even depression.

Where do I buy?

In California, you’ll need to visit a licensed dispensary to buy cannabis products. If you’re at a dispensary to purchase recreational weed, remember that it’s a medical facility first and foremost, so don’t whip out your phone to take a selfie. Respect patients’ right to privacy.

Also, bring cash. Although some dispensaries do accept credit cards, many do not.

When you get to a dispensary (use an app or site like Weedmaps to locate one near you), you’ll have to check in at the front desk with your ID to prove you’re of age, then you’ll need to wait your turn. Since recreational marijuana became available in California, long lines have formed at dispensaries, especially on weekends, overwhelmed by demand. Patience is key.

Once your name is called by one of the “budtenders,” take as much time as you need to discuss what kind of experience you’re looking for. Do you want to mellow out, or do you want to laugh and explore? The people behind the counter are well-informed and can talk in-depth about different products and will direct you to the item that’s right for you.

An alternate method for purchasing is using an app-based delivery service like Eaze. Go online or download it to your phone, create a brief user profile, upload your ID, then order away. Typically your product is delivered within an hour after placing your order, a convenient service for travelers staying at hotels or people who aren’t quite ready to come out as a cannabis user. Some dispensaries also offer delivery services. In the San Francisco Bay Area, places like the Apothecarium publish their full daily menu online and offer both delivery and in-store pickups, the latter helping to cut down on wait times.

Where can I smoke my weed?

Here’s the tricky part. While it’s legal to have recreational marijuana, it’s not legal to consume it in public places, just like alcohol. That being said, enforcement is a low priority for police, and, if enforced, a ticket comes with a relatively low $70 penalty.

While the law doesn’t allow it, societal norms in major cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco do foster public consumption. Visit any urban park on a sunny weekend day, and the scent of marijuana will come wafting by at some point. Discretion is key.

Another option is to stay in an Airbnb that allows it. Even though they don’t have a filter for it (yet), a search of Airbnb for “420 friendly” will bring up listings of properties that allow guests to consume. Two sites, TravelTHC and Bud and Breakfast, market accommodations targeted specifically at pot enthusiasts.

Finally, consider a cannabis tour. Currently operating tours in San Diego, West Coast Cannabis Tours offers half-day jaunts that include visits to dispensaries and breweries, all on groovy, decked-out private buses on which you’re allowed and encouraged to enjoy your purchases. The company is developing new tours in LA and Orange County, set to launch later in 2018. In the Bay Area, Emerald Farm Tours offers a seed-to-sale tour, where participants visit a cannabis farm, a manufacturing plant, and a retail shop all in one day. The company plans to expand its tour offerings.

But what about the feds?

While medicinal or recreational cannabis use is legal in the majority of states, it is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government. In fact, it’s still a Schedule I drug on the federal level, putting it in the same category as cocaine or heroin. You can’t ship it or send it in the mail, and you absolutely cannot fly with it. For more details on federal law concerning cannabis, Americans for Safe Access is a great resource.

If you want to make sure you know every little detail on recreational marijuana use in California before you consume, visit GreenState, an online publication dedicated solely to the subject. But if you’re ready to explore the world of legal recreational cannabis, it’s high time you get to California.

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CBD Flower and Cannabis Comparison-marijuana in California?

CBD Flower and Cannabis Comparison

Effects on the Body

CBD Flower and Cannabis: The cannabidiol found in CBD flower has been said to be used as a pain reliever, to reduce nausea, to ease migraines, to reduce anxiety, and even decrease seizures.

The THC found in Marijuana has been said to have psychoactive side effects and increase appetite, which are a few of its major differences compared to CBD flower. However, THC has been found to relieve pain, reduce nausea and anxiety, and ease migraines like CBD. (Source: Healthline)

Aroma and Appearance

Both hemp flower and marijuana have similar, distinct smells. They are also visually similar to the untrained eye. This can make it very difficult to tell the products apart. (Source: Green Entrepreneur)

cbd flower aroma and appearance

Genetic Makeup

cbd genetic makeup

(Source: CBD Origin)

THC Content

While Marijuana is bred to contain up to 30% THC, legal hemp does not contain more than 0.3% THC. (Source: Berkshire CBD)

Same Plant, Different Uses

Both CBD Flower and Marijuana come from the same genus, Cannabis. (Source: Trusted CBD Oil)

cbd uses versus marijuana

2018 Farm Bill

The 2018 bill legalized the production of hemp and listed the product as a covered commodity under crop insurance. It was also an influencer of streamlining the process for developing hemp policies. (Source: American Farm Bureau Federation)

Marijuana Legalization

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While Marijuana remains illegal at a federal level, there are a handful of states that have legalized recreational use.

(Map Key from darkest to lightest: Legalized, Medical and Decriminalized, Medical, Decriminalized, Fully Illegal) (Source: DISA)

CBD Hemp Flower Legality

With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, smokable CBD hemp flower was made legal in the United States. In order to maintain its legal status growers must adhere to these regulations:
– Must be HEMP derived CBD
– Must contain less than 0.3% THC
– Must adhere to shared state-federal regulations
– Must be a properly licensed grower

(Source: CBD Origin)

Sources: CBD Flower and Cannabis


Local Governments Sue to Stop Statewide Cannabis Delivery in California

MARIJUANA NEWS: Local Governments Sue to Stop Statewide Cannabis Delivery in California

Local Governments Sue to Stop Statewide Cannabis Delivery in California LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a major challenge to regulations that govern California’s marijuana market, Beverly Hills and 24 other local governments sued Friday to overturn a rule allowing home deliveries statewide, even into communities that banned commercial cannabis sales.

The League of California Cities and police chiefs had complained that unrestricted home deliveries would create an unruly market of largely hidden cannabis transactions, while undercutting local control guaranteed in the 2016 law that broadly legalized marijuana sales in California and created the nation’s largest legal cannabis marketplace.

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ryan Coonerty said in a statement that the state rule damages local marijuana businesses and “betrays the promise made to the voters” in 2016.

The significance of the lawsuit goes beyond home deliveries. It represents an important early court test of Proposition 64, the law that broadly legalized sales for adults. There have been numerous disputes over precisely what parts of the law mean, including the size of cannabis farms.

The state Bureau of Cannabis Control, which drafted the rule, had no immediate comment on the lawsuit, which was filed late Thursday in Fresno County Superior Court.

The lawsuit asks the court to invalidate the rule and prohibit state regulators from enforcing it.

Marijuana companies and consumers had pushed for statewide home deliveries because vast stretches of the state have banned commercial cannabis activity or not set up rules to allow legal sales, creating what’s been called pot “deserts.” Residents in those areas were effectively cut off from legal marijuana purchases.

The rule cleared by state lawyers in January sought to clarify what had been apparently conflicting regulations about where marijuana can be delivered in California.

The 2016 law said local governments had the authority to ban nonmedical cannabis businesses. But state regulators pointed to the business and professions code, which said local governments “shall not prevent delivery of cannabis or cannabis products on public roads” by a licensed operator.

The cannabis bureau had said it was merely clarifying what had always been the case: A licensed cannabis delivery can be made to “any jurisdiction within the state.”

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In addition to Beverly Hills and Santa Cruz County, plaintiffs include the cities of Agoura Hills, Angels Camp, Arcadia, Atwater, Ceres, Clovis, Covina, Dixon and Downey. Also participating are McFarland, Newman, Oakdale, Palmdale, Patterson, Riverbank, Riverside, San Pablo, Sonora, Tehachapi, Temecula, Tracy, Turlock and Vacaville.

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John Boehner Was Once ‘Unalterably Opposed’ To Marijuana. He Now Wants It To Be Legal

John Boehner Was Once ‘Unalterably Opposed’ To Marijuana. He Now Wants It To Be Legal. John Boehner has been known to enjoy the occasional adult beverage. He famously nicknamed his negotiations over raising the nation’s debt ceiling in 2011 the “Nicorettes and Merlot sessions.” Nicorette because that’s what President Obama would chew during the talks. Merlot because that was the drink of choice for the former speaker of the House.

These days, the Ohio Republican has expanded his view of what should and should not count as a socially acceptable vice. He’s no longer just a wine enthusiast. Rather, he’s emerged as one of the most vocal advocates in the GOP for marijuana legalization.

To be sure, Boehner says he has never tried marijuana. “I’ve never used the product. I really have no plans to use the product,” he told host Michel Martin in an interview for NPR’s All Things Considered. “But if other people use the product,” Boehner said, “who am I to say they shouldn’t?”

His embrace of marijuana legalization marks a sharp reversal for Boehner since his time in Congress. In 1999, in his one and only vote on the issue, he voted to prohibit medicinal marijuana in Washington, D.C. In 2011, he wrote a constituent to say he was “unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana.”

But since his retirement in 2015, Boehner’s position has evolved. Last April, he joined the board of Acreage Holdings, a publicly-traded cannabis company based in New York. And on Friday, he appeared at the South by Southwest festival for a keynote on legalization.

“I feel like I’m like your average American who over the years began to look at this a little differently and I think over the last five years my position, it has kind of softened up and softened up,” Boehner said.

Part of this shift, he said, has been driven by conversations with veterans who have turned to marijuana to ease their suffering from chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder. However, due to federal prohibitions, efforts to study the drug as a possible alternative to opioids and anti-depressants have been hampered at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I started to reach out to some of my friends, neighbors and others,” Boehner said. “And I thought, ‘You know, there’s more interest in this than I would have guessed.’ ”

Despite his about-face, Boehner said he had no regrets about his past position on the issue — in particular, what it meant for the criminal justice system. As Quartz reported last year, more than 400,000 people were arrested for marijuana sales or trafficking during his time as time as speaker from 2011 to 2015.

“I don’t have any regrets at all,” Boehner said. “I was opposed to the use of it. The whole criminal justice part of this, frankly, it never crossed my mind.”

Boehner’s reversal has mirrored a wider shift in the nation at-large. Today, 34 states and the District of Columbia have approved the use of marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

In October, a Pew Research Center survey found that 62 percent of Americans said the use of marijuana should be legalized. When Pew asked the same question in 2010, just 41 percent of Americans were in favor.

Within Boehner’s own party, support is more tepid. In the Pew survey, just 45 percent of Republicans felt marijuana should be legal.

Asked about attitudes within the GOP, Boehner said, “States have spoken up, and I think even Republicans in Congress would recognize it’s time for Washington to get out of the way.”

Boehner said that a proposal introduced in the Senate by Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., “would solve a lot of problems for companies trying to operate” in states where marijuana is now legal. The measure, known as the STATES Act, would protect marijuana users and businesses in these states from federal interference.

He said the Food and Drug Administration should also reconsider its classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug. The classification, which puts marijuana in the same category as heroin and LSD, has stymied efforts to study the potential health benefits of the drug.

Boehner said he’s not fazed by this relative lack of research, or by concerns that legalization would make it easier for heavy users to abuse the drug.

“It can be used to excess, and likely will,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean that we should take wine or liquor off the market, or beer or cigarettes for that matter. And I do think that by decriminalizing, you’re going to open up a lot more research so we can learn more about the 4,000 year history of the use of this plant.”

This story was produced and edited for broadcast by Dustin DeSoto, Lilly Quiroz and Martha Wexler.

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Marijuana Weed Oil Cannabis: Exposure to stress is an almost daily occurrence in the modern age. It’s important to find time to rest and recover, and cannabis is a perfect ally when looking to get some quality down time. These 5 strains are particularly effective at taking the edge off of stressful days, buy Hash, Wax, Shatter, Vaporizers, Pens, Edibles, Medical Marijuana, Distillates, Buds, sativa, indica, kush, weed, cannabis, pot,flowers, the cartridges, oil, seeds online at

Modern Western life comes with many comforts and luxuries, however, it can also keep many of us in a constant state of stress. Work deadlines, schedules, bills, traffic. All of these factors, and others, keep the sympathetic nervous system engaged, keeping the body and mind in fight or flight mode. This physiological response evolved to keep us alive, but in modern times, it is triggered by sources of anxiety that are not legitimate threats. The hormonal cascade caused by this response can become detrimental over time. Therefore, it’s critical to find ways to bring about the relaxation response, activating the parasympathetic nervous system and calming the body down.

There are a variety of ways to activate the relaxation response. Many people find relief in meditation, yoga, hiking, and exercise. Smoking weed is also a good choice for some people for relaxing both the body and the mind. Indica strains are particularly calming, and are associated with a soothing and sedating high. However, sativa strains can also help to ease stress by inducing creative flows and taking your mind off the busyness of the day to come. In general, cannabis is a great herbal aid for quality sleep, the lack of which can contribute to stress. These five strains are ideal choices when looking to wind down at the end of the day.


OG Kush is one of the most famous cannabis strains in existence, and it has earned its popularity. The deeply stoning variety sits firmly on the pantheon of heavy indica strains. This queen of the cannabis world was born out of the crossbreeding of Chemdawg, Lemon Thai, and Pakistani Kush. This mix of prime genetics results in a strain that features 75% indica genetics and THC levels of approximately 19%. Her tall and slender flowers induce a high that melts the muscles and evaporates stress. It can be hard to properly relax after a long and stressful day. A few hits of this beauty in a vape or bong will make this process a lot easier. Your eyes will begin to feel heavy just minutes after inhalation, and it won’t take long to feel a strong appetite arise. This therapeutic high is delivered along with tastes and aromas of citrus, pine, and fruit.

If you fancy cultivating your own supply of this relaxing variety, OG Kush can be grown well both indoors and out. Indoor plants grow to heights of between 90–160cm and put out yields of 425–475g/m². Plants cultivated outdoors in the elements grow to taller heights of 180–220cm and produce yields of 500–550g/plant. OG Kush has a flowering period of 7–9 weeks.


Royal Dwarf is proof that size is not always better. This little rocket grows incredibly fast and provides moderate yields of flowers that offer a subtle, calming, and clear-headed high. Royal Dwarf produces small flowers with a stunning dark green shade. The trichomes upon these buds provide a psychoactive resin with THC values of 13%. These levels produce a high that is far from overpowering, but still offers an effective experience. The sativa dominance of this strain targets the head, stimulating ideas and creative thoughts and plunging the mind into the present moment. This award-winning lady is the perfect smoke right after walking through the door after a hard day of work. The clear-headed nature of this high allows users to smoke whilst still being able to functionally complete evening tasks such as laundry, cooking, and washing up.

Royal Dwarf is an ideal strain for growers with minimal space, and those wanting to keep their operation private. She maintains miniature heights of between 40–70cm indoors and 50–90cm outdoors. Such small heights mean she is the ultimate strain for guerrilla growing operations, and is highly unlikely to be discovered before harvest time comes around. Indoor plants will provide yields of between 150–200g/m². Plants cultivated outdoors will produce modest yields of between 30–80g/plant.


As her name suggests, Royal Medic provides a plethora of therapeutic effects. She was bred specifically to produce equal levels of both CBD and THC, offering smokers good levels of two therapeutic cannabinoids. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that offers a variety of relaxing effects due to its potent anti-anxiety and pain soothing effects. The THC levels within this strain hover around 10%, providing a subtle high that allows users to stay lucid and clear-headed. The effect from smoking these flowers is subtle in its psycho activity, yet extremely relaxing. The genetic makeup of Royal Medic is primarily sativa, allowing users to keep the mind relatively active during the evening hours, and enabling them to get on with personal tasks and projects. The high has a gentle and relaxing body effect that keeps the user calm and ever so slightly stoned.

Royal Medic offers good yields of medicinal flowers. Plants grown indoors under good-quality lights will produce between 425–475g/m² and grow to heights of between 80–120cm. Plants grown outdoors under sunlight produce great yields of 475–525g/plant and grow to taller heights of 120–150cm. Expect to be harvesting after a flowering time of 9 weeks, or during early October if growing outdoors.


Blue Cheese is a genetic collision featuring some of the tastiest parent strains around. One of her parents, Cheese, is a world-renowned hybrid that emanates powerful scents of cheese and earth. Her other parent, Blueberry, produces terpenes that release scents of ripe fruits and berries. The combination of these two sensory powerhouses has produced a slightly sativa-dominant strain that overrides the senses with lush smells and tastes. Nothing eases the stress of a rough day quite like a soothing indica high coupled with such outstanding flavour. The high from these flowers is fueled by a THC value of 19%, stoning and relaxing the body with ease. Medium CBD levels contribute to an overall sense of wellness.

Blue Cheese performs well in both the grow room and the garden. Indoor yields clock in at between 500–550g/m² and plants achieve varying heights of 100–160cm. Outdoor plants cultivated within garden beds and pots put out yields of up to 550g/plant and max out at heights of 200cm. Blue Cheese features a flowering time of 7–8 weeks, with outdoor plants ready to harvest during late-September. Marijuana Weed Oil Cannabis


Medical Mass is another cannabis strain that has been specifically bred to produce large quantities of CBD. She was created using the stellar genetics of parent strains Critical Mass and an unknown CBD-rich variety. The aim with this strain was to create a plant that produces equal levels of both CBD and THC. At a ratio of 1:1, Medical Mass enables smokers to enjoy the benefits that both these cannabinoids have to offer. This ratio is perfect for the evening, especially when the goal is to tackle stress. The high itself is balanced with 60% indica genetics and 40% sativa genetics culminating in both mental and physical effects. THC levels of 10% provide a light and underlying stoning effect coupled with the awareness-enhancing effects of CBD. This pleasant high is delivered alongside contrasting tastes and smells of sweetness and spice.

Medical Mass will not disappoint when harvest time comes around, yielding well both indoors and outdoors. Indoor plants produce yields of around 500–550g/m² and grow to easily manageable heights of 60–100cm. Plants grown outdoors provide harvests of approximately 525g/plant and grow to heights of up to 150cm. Expect harvest to come around after a period of 7–8 weeks.

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One in 10 adults

10% of adults in N.S., N.B.’s biggest cities bought legal

10% of adults in N.S., N.B.’s biggest cities bought legal pot since Oct. 17: poll

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One in 10 adults in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have purchased cannabis from authorized vendors since it became legalized on Oct. 17, a new poll has found.

The poll conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. [CRA] shows that 10 per cent of Moncton and Fredericton residents, nine per cent of Saint John residents and seven per cent of Halifax residents have lawfully purchased pot since legalization day.

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CRA says those figures are consistent with a pre-legalization survey conducted in the fall, which suggested the nine per cent of New Brunswick adults and 10 per cent of Nova Scotia adults would buy marijuana once it was legalized.

A high percentage of those who have bought legal pot are young adults, the study found. In Fredericton, 28 per cent were between the ages of 18 and 34, while in Moncton 26 per cent in that age group made a purchase, and in Saint John 22 per cent did so.

In Halifax, only 12 percent of residents aged 18 to 34 purchased marijuana, while nine per cent of those aged 35 to 54 did so.

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The poll also found that among those who have not yet made a purchase, 19 per cent of Moncton residents, 18 per cent of Fredericton residents, 14 per cent of Saint John residents, and 20 per cent of Halifax residents would buy pot legally in the near future.

“Previous research undertaken by our company related to purchase intentions of marijuana closely mirrors the actual behaviour in major urban markets in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, since marijuana has been legally available for sale,” said CRA president and COO Margaret Brigley in a statement.

“We intend to continue to track marijuana purchase behaviour to determine whether or not the market for this product will increase over time.”

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The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation says the province conducted 12,180 transactions during the first day of business in the legal cannabis game, raking in just over $660,000 in sales.

Updated figures on pot sales since the first day of legalization have not yet been made available.

This poll is accurate to within ±4.9 percentage points for Halifax, Moncton and Fredericton, and ±5.7 percentage points for Saint John, 95 out of 100 times.

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