Cannabis Industry Links We Love

by | May 21, 2016

Harborside in Oakland, CA

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Seniors are filling their prescriptions — at a pot shop

The 55-and-older crowd is now the fastest-growing demographic of pot users in the country. Between 2013 and 2014, the number increased from 2.8 million to 4.3 million.

In California, where medical marijuana is legal, seniors are learning how to fill their prescriptions — at a pot shop. They want to know the highs and the lows of marijuana use for the aches and pains of growing old, reports CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen.

Eva Aguillara, 80, uses it to help with mobility.

“Every medication has a risk. I’ve made my choice,” she said.

workplace drug testing

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Why Do Employers Still Routinely Drug-Test Workers?

While the screening programs multiplied, the scientific case for workplace testing failed to grow in kind. Early laboratory studies showed that acute drug use led to clear impairment—and thus increased the risk of accidents and poor on-the-job performance. But urinalysis—still the most common form of drug testing—doesn’t tell you whether someone is getting high in the office or behind the wheel. It tells you only that he or she may have gotten high at some point in the last few days. An employee who puffs a joint in the evening as he watches TV, but is otherwise alert and conscientious on the job, would still be singled out for discipline or denied a position.

Medical Marijuana vs. Opioids vs. Congress

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Congressional Forces Vote Against Studying Medical Marijuana as Alternative to Painkillers

“Medical marijuana is a possible and likely way to reduce opioid prescription painkiller abuse for chronic pain,” Polis said. “And unfortunately, it’s hardly been explored due to government policy, in large part because of the federal government’s monopoly on legal cultivation and studies.”

Pointing out a number of prominent studies, Polis said that while he does not expect medical marijuana to have a flawless success rate when it comes to the treatment of severe pain, it is worth including in the upcoming federal examination because “it does work for some patients.”

Pot Smoke Detectonator

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Stoned driving stoking quite the debate in California over setting a legal limit

While driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal in all 50 states, determining when a motorist is too stoned to drive isn’t as easy as it sounds. Unlike alcohol, the active ingredient in marijuana can linger in the body long after any noticeable effects of the drug wear off.

In 12 states, driving with any trace of marijuana in the body is a criminal offense, and in five others, the presence of a designated amount of marijuana’s active ingredient in a driver’s blood triggers an automatic conviction.

But California doesn’t have a legal limit. As a result, prosecutors complain it can be difficult to convince a jury to convict a driver based on observations by witnesses or police, along with blood-level results that aren’t set in stone.

Cannabis and Seduction

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How Do Cannabis and Seduction Work Together?

“The worthiest part of seduction is engaging your curiosity about another human being, and allowing that curiosity to open up a space for them to be their truest selves with you, without fear of judgment or repercussion. Only then do you get to truly know someone. That is both seduction’s greatest gift and its greatest reward.”

How can cannabis fit into your seduction attempts? Arden graciously took some of the central tenants of seduction and expanded them so that cannabis can be integrated seamlessly. Here are some ideas:

Your Body's Endocannabinoid System

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11 mind-blowing facts about your body’s endocannabinoid system

How is it that one plant – cannabis – can treat so many different illnesses?

It’s a great question and luckily there is a great answer based on scientific research.

The answer lies in our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).

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