In 2019, if you live in a legal recreational state, there is likely a nearby cannabis dispensary. These dispensaries are stores that sell cannabis and ancillary products. The products include herbal flowers to smoke, cannabis wax oil, edibles, and other cannabis related products.
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For the first time ever, the World Health Organization is recommending the rescheduling of cannabis under international law in light of the increasing number of its well-established medical benefits. The shift comes following widespread moves toward legalization on the national level in places like Canada, Mexico, and Uruguay, and as the U.S. federal government increasingly signals an intention to tolerate state-level legalization.
Mexico is now the third country in the world to roll back the prohibition on cannabis use. The other two are Uruguay and Canada. The decision also leaves the U.S. as the last nation in North America to maintain a ban on cannabis use although there is a continuous stretch of jurisdictions along the Pacific coast of North America in which cannabis is legal.
There is plenty of misinformation surrounding the question of whether, and exactly how, cannabis can fight cancer. There’s no doubt that cannabis is the perfect way to counter some of the nastiest side effects of chemo therapy – namely, nausea and vomiting. Studies have also shown that cannabis consumption reduces the amount of pain medication needed by patients in clinical trials. As we all know, cannabis is also great for stimulating appetite. These are all great reasons for cancer patients to use cannabis, and there’s not much room for debate on these points – it may not work for everybody for these purposes, but it certainly works well for many.
Digital cryptocurrency, of which Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple are some of the more well-known examples, has drawn more than its fair share of attention in the news recently as the value of quite a few currencies have shot up exponentially over the past year. However, less well-understood are the handful of cannabis-focused cryptocurrencies that have been created to help solve the banking problems faced by cannabis businesses operating in the grey area between state and federal law.
This past July, in a move that received relatively little attention in North American cannabis circles, Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize the sale of cannabis across its entire territory. Sales began last month, but significant challenges from international financial institutions may still stand in the way.
When it comes to a beer and strain pairing, summer is time for a refreshing and relaxing combination that allows you to enjoy the outdoors – something calming, but that won’t have you falling asleep on the beach and waking up with terrible sunburn. Maybe something good for stress, but also on the lighter side so you won’t blow off that hike you’ve been planning.
Sativa-dominant AK-47 is a famous and widely loved strain. Despite its sativa-leaning genetics - with roots going back to Columbian, Thai, and Mexican landrace sati vas - AK-47 is a mellow take on the alert, social, classic sativa buzz. The genetics do, after all, include some Afghani indica. AK-47 offers an interesting set of contrasts between uplifting and mellow effects, sour and sweet aromas, and indica and sativa genetics.
On Monday, a federal lawsuit was filed by cannabis advocates, challenging the Schedule I status of cannabis in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as both unconstitutional and irrational. Both long time anti-cannabis voice Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Charles Rosenberg, were named as defendants.
Research from scientists at Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities in Israel has shown that cannabidiol (CBD) can strengthen bones and help fractures heal more quickly – even without the help of THC or any other psychoactive cannabinoids. The study was published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
In the wake the Trump administrations stance on marijuana in legal states, two new bills have been introduced to congress that would protect the rights of individuals in legal and medical states who are complying with state cannabis laws. One bill would rule out federal prosecution for anyone following state laws, while another seeks to end federal cannabis prohibition entirely, removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.
For this week’s pairing we are combining the indica dominant hybrid Berry White with anotherSierra Nevada beer. This time we are going to try out Sierra Nevada’s Old Chico Crystal Wheat, a beer that breaks out of the craft beer norm to mix high quality with high drinkability. This pairing is fun and easygoing, and great for almost any occasion.
American craft brewers have established a reputation for gravitating towards big flavors - bold, floral hops, or deep roasted maltiness both appear regularly in American offerings - especially here on the west coast. Certain historical styles offered new territory to explore for craft brewers since their rise in the late 70s and 80s. The most prominent style of which is the popular India Pale Ale (IPA), a style that is available coast to coast in the United States and is arguably the favorite style of the American craft beer world.
For this week’s cannabis pairing, we’re trying Blackberry Kush with Louis Jadot’s Beaujolais-Villages, from a French company who has been producing wines in the Burgundy region since 1859. Paring wine with cannabis offers different challenges than pairings with beer. Most, (though not all) wine, packs a strong, fruity, and at least somewhat acidic flavor, calling for a strain with a distinctive, full bodied flavor for a balanced pairing. The taste of most cannabis strains would be lost alongside red wine.
Although any trip to get cannabis usually has me teeming with excitement, my first ever look at the selection of products in a dispensary was entirely overwhelming. There were flowers, candy, brownies, and a variety of dabbing concentrates of whose existence I was barely aware. Beyond the vast selection, I was introduced to a range of products that I had never heard of and knew absolutely nothing about. For a cannabis veteran, this can be a disarming feeling to say the least.
It is hard to put into words exactly how different it feels to be sandwiched in the middle of the huge continent than to hug the coasts as I had done my whole life living in New Jersey, and with visits by plane to family in Seattle. It was a sense that I had used the ocean as my compass most of my life, on either coast. Now in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains and the continental divide, my internal compass was now missing its true north. I could feel the vast distance between me and each ocean.
A good pure indica strain can sometimes be a bit hard to find. Without some sativa genetics infused, pure indicas can tend to yield less for growers as the plants are generally shorter and smaller. For patients who are looking for relaxation and to treat insomnia, this can be frustrating. Some breeders have successfully bred higher yielding hybrids that retain these indica properties, but to truly avoid any sense of sativa stimulation, a pure indica is the best choice.
As an East-coaster, it feels a bit perverse to be criticizing Eaze for anything short of a totally failed delivery. However, for the sake of the Californians reading, who are a bit more used to this level of convenience and are trying to make a choice of (all fundamentally amazing to me) services – I will be making sure to not let them slide as much as I am tempted to.