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An Introduction To Terpenes


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.

Via Leafly:

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.

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2 Arizona Lawmakers Want To Make It More Difficult To Access Medical Marijuana

Photo by Lauren Saria

Photo by Lauren Saria

Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, and Rep. Jay Lawrence, R-Scottsdale have both started pushing to make it more difficult to obtain medical marijuana for certain groups. Here’s the kicker, it may be illegal since the medical marijuana law was put in place by voters not the legislature.


The Arizona Constitution spells out that voter-approved measures can be altered only with a super-majority vote. It’s possible that Townsend and Lawrence could get that margin.

But any change needs to “further the purpose” of the original measure.

Rep. Kelly Townsend is trying to make it illegal for a pregnant woman to use medical marijuana, regardless if her doctor says it would be beneficial. Essentially overruling the doctor’s orders for the patient. Ridiculous!

Rep. Jay Lawrence would like to make it so only allopathic and osteopathic physicians can write medical marijuana recommendations. As it stands now, naturopaths and homeopaths are allowed to recommend medical marijuana to their patients, but if Rep. Jay Lawrence gets his way, this will change.

It truly is a shame these lawmakers can’t just respect the voter’s and leave us be.

Happy Holidaze Phoenix

Be safe this holiday season!

How A 3 Year Old Beat Leukemia Using Cannabis Oil

Here’s a touching story about how 3 year old Landon Riddle was able to beat Leukemia with the help of cannabis oil.

Check Out These New Marijuana Doctor Baseball Caps


The Marijuana Doctor has 6 sweet new adjustable flat brim baseball caps. Purchase online here in the Marijuana Doctor Shop and pick-up at our Camelback office. Happy Holidaze!

Help The Marijuana Doctor Feed The Hungry and Get $50 Off Your MMJ Certification



This time of year we always like to give back to the community that has given us so much support over the years. For the entire month of December, if you bring in 3 cans of food you will receive $50 off the Marijuana Doctor!

Call us today to schedule an appointment. Remember, if you don’t qualify, you don’t pay!

Arizona Supreme Court: Marijuana not an automatic DUI



As the article says, this ruling is a defeat for prosecutors trying to charge MMJ patients with DUI.

Via AZDailySun:

People with marijuana in their system can escape drugged-driving charges if they can show they weren’t “high” enough to be impaired, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled this morning.

The justices rejected a claim by two individuals that the fact they have a state-issued card allowing them to ingest the drug automatically means they cannot be charged with driving while impaired. Chief Justice Scott Bales, writing for the unanimous court, said nothing in the 2010 voter-approved law allowing the medical use of marijuana provides such immunity.

But Bales said the presence of marijuana is not proof that someone is actually impaired. And he pointed out the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act itself has a similar requirement.

What today’s ruling does is create what is called an “affirmative defense” for those charged, allowing them to prove to a court “that the concentration of marijuana or its impairing metabolite in their bodies is insufficient to cause impairment.”

Today’s ruling is a defeat for prosecutors.

They argued there is no commonly accepted threshold to determine what amount of marijuana causes impairment. And that, they said, makes it inappropriate to allow those who have used the drug — and still have evidence of it in their bodies — to escape conviction.

People Want DEA Chief to Resign After He Called Medical Marijuana ‘a Joke’

Photo Illustration by Emil Lendof/The Daily Beast

Photo Illustration by Emil Lendof/The Daily Beast

How clueless can this guy be? Via

Medical marijuana patients want to see the DEA chief go up in smoke. After agency head Chuck Rosenberg called medical marijuana ‘a joke’ during a Q&A with reporters last week, over 10,000 people have signed a petition on demanding his resignation.

‘What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal because it’s not,’ Rosenberg said, according to CBS. ‘We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don’t call it medicine — that is a joke.’

‘There are pieces of marijuana — extracts or constituents or component parts — that have great promise,’ he said. ‘But if you talk about smoking the leaf of marijuana — which is what people are talking about when they talk about medicinal marijuana — it has never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine.’

Angry medical marijuana users have pointed to studies that have found the drug is effective at treating pain and muscle spasms. A meta-analysis of 79 medical marijuana studies that involved over 6,000 patients published in the Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this year discovered ‘moderate-quality evidence to support the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of chronic pain and spasticity.’” [ Continue Reading]

Study: ADHD Patients Successfully Treated With Cannabis

Via: Africa Studio | Shutterstock

Via: Africa Studio | Shutterstock

Here’s an amazing study on the positive effects medical marijuana has on patients suffering from ADHD.

Via Reset.Me

The use of herbal cannabis eases symptoms in adults suffering from ADHD (attention deficiency hyperactivity disorder), according to clinical trial data presented at an international symposium on cannabinoid therapeutics last month.

German researchers evaluated the effects of marijuana in 30 patients suffering from ADHD. All of the subjects participating in the trial had previously tried various forms of conventional therapies, but their condition had proven resistant to alternative treatments. Under German law, patients who are unresponsive to government-approved medications may apply with the Health Ministry for a waiver to use medicinal cannabis…” [Continue Reading]

Study: Cannabidiol (CBD) Kills Breast Cancer Cells

Image: A dividing breast cancer cell. Via: royaltystockphoto | Shutterstock

Image: A dividing breast cancer cell. Via: royaltystockphoto | Shutterstock

CBD continues to turn heads in the lab.


Cannabidiol (CBD)  — a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant — is gaining traction in medical circles and the public eye as increasing amounts of scientific literature confirm its medicinal qualities. These include CBD’s ability to stave off inflammation, curb anxiety, depression, PTSD, psychosis, andseizures.

More astonishingly, and perhaps more urgently, CBD is proving to be a powerful anticancer agent (as recently acknowledged by the U.S. government’s National Cancer Institute). A paper published by the American Association for Cancer Research found that CBD inflicts programmed cell death (PCD) in breast cancer cells…” [Continue Reading]

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