If you’re a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and reside in Arizona or Colorado, you’ll soon have the chance to take part in a medical marijuana study being conducted by California-based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). The approval “marks the first time a clinical trial intended to develop smoked botanical marijuana into a legal prescription drug has received full approval from U.S. regulatory agencies,” according to MAPS.
Here’s hoping they make the right decision. It’s crazy to think the government groups marijuana in with dangerous drugs like heroin and cocaine. Marijuana is not dangerous and it has proven to be a wonder drug for millions of patients suffering from many different ailments.
A 43-year-old geneticist has made it his mission to sequence the DNA of every different kind of cannabis strain in the world. Once complete, he’ll be able to take any sample of cannabis DNA and compare it against a huge database of cannabis strains. This project should help the marijuana industry become more transparent than ever!
A man from Lakewood, CO, who was accused of driving under the influence of marijuana, was acquitted of all charges earlier this month even though a blood test showed he had over the legal limit of THC in his system. 7.9 nanograms per milliliter to be exact. The legal limit being only 5 nanograms per milliliter.
His lawyer argued that Marijuana is different than alcohol, and that the “standards are not one-size-fits-all”. He claimed his client was perfectly able to drive even though his THC blood levels were over the limit.
39-year-old Frenchman, who appropriately was given the nickname “Nicholas Trainerbees”, has trained his bees to create what he calls ‘cannahoney’. It’s exactly what you think it is; honey made from resins and oils from the cannabis plant.
He began training his bees to be attracted by the cannabis resins in 2006 since he’s been a regular medical marijuana patient since childhood and new how beneficial the plant could be to treat various medical conditions. He figured this could only be improved by having bees make honey from it. It took him several years, but finally in 2013 he was successful. The bees used the cannabis resin to create honey with the same effects as cannabis. Of course, he says you don’t smoke it, you eat it to help maintain your health.
Nicholas says the cannahoney has a floral aroma, and a color the changes depending on strain. The bees are not picky about the strains of cannabis either. Apparently, they will use the resins from any cannabis strain.
As it currently stands, once an initiative has been adopted by voters, lawmakers are only able to alter it if it ‘furthers the purpose’ of the original measure and in order for lawmakers to do this they need 3/4ths vote in both the House and Senate. Why? Because in 1996 AZ lawmakers overturned a voter approved medical marijuana initiative, and we didn’t like that so in ’98 we voted to remove their power to do so with the Voter Protection Act.
So now if voters approve HCR 2043, the Voter Protection Act of ’98 will be repealed. If that happens then the legislature would be able to overturn any voter approved initiative so long as they receive the same margin of votes in the House and Senate.
So for example, if voters move to legalize recreational marijuana this year, lets say by 53 percent, lawmakers could vote to overturn the new law so long as 53 percent of the House and Senate agree. Of course, this bill would only allow the legislature to overturn new initiatives, they can’t touch any initiative approved by voters in the past. This is still bad news for Arizona voters who elect these officials to work for us, not against us.
If you’ve been wondering what marijuana terpenes are, you’re not alone. Many people are confused about what they are and how they’re different from cannabinoids.
Terpenes are strong smelling oils produced in the same glands as cannabinoids. They play a big role in determining how the cannabis flowers smells and tastes. The terpenes are responsible for the citrus, pine and berry smells and flavors that come from cannabis.
As of this writing, there are over 100 different terpenes.
Terpenes are also known to provide medicinal effects too. They work synergistically with cannabinoids and other compounds found in the marijuana plant. How so? They imitate compounds naturally produced by our own body. These compounds are called endocannabinoids.
“This synergy has a scientific basis in our body’s endocannabinoid system. THC binds to receptors concentrated most heavily in the brain where psychoactive effects take place. Terpenes also bind to these receptor sites and affect their chemical output. They can also modify how much THC passes through the blood-brain barrier. Their hand of influence even reaches to neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin by altering their rate of production and destruction, their movement, and availability of receptors.
The effects these mechanisms produce vary from terpene to terpene; some are especially successful in relieving stress, while others promote focus and acuity. Myrcene, for example, induces sleep whereas limonene elevates mood. There are also effects that are imperceptible, like the gastroprotective properties of Caryophyllene...”
Check out the informative Leafly video below or read more about terpenes here.