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by Sep 12, 2016

The Adult Use Of Marijuana Act (AUMA): What Our Patients Need To Know

Today, we have a broken system that profits drug cartels, threatens the safety of children, harms our environment, and uses law enforcement resources on small, victimless crimes that disproportionally affect minorities.

As with all legislation, Prop. 64 is a work-in-progress and will need to be improved upon as we navigate and learn from this new regulation together. Prop. 215 is STILL being improved upon today, 20 years later.

While it may not be perfect, AUMA creates a safe, legal and regulated system that ends the failed war on marijuana. This initiative protects our patients, children, consumers, small business owners, workers and environment.

While AUMA is far from perfect, we need to end prohibition. If California legalizes cannabis, it will send a clear message to both Congress and the rest of nation. The more states that legalize recreational cannabis in 2016, the easier it will be for other states in 2018, all of which will lead to it being federally legal eventually.

This process is neither fast nor easy, but it’s what we have to work with at this time.

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Arizona’s Governor Asked Voters to Fact-check Whether Pot Is Safer Than Alcohol. So We Did.

For starters, as noted above, marijuana users are less likely to become dependent on the drug than drinkers. Overall, research suggests that 15 percent of drinkers become dependent on alcohol.

Marijuana is also considerably less toxic to the human body than alcohol. Compared to marijuana, there’s a much smaller difference between a “recreational dose” of alcohol and a “fatal dose.” If, say, five shots get you drunk, 15 could kill you.

With pot, on the other hand, there’s currently no known fatal dosage level — at least not any that a human being could reasonably consume in one sitting.

Despite the research done by the Washington Post, Governor Ducey stands by his misguided belief that cannabis is a gateway drug. Unfortunately, many of the problems associated with cannabis use are the direct result of prohibition, not the plant itself. We need to elect lawmakers who are willing to look at the facts about cannabis before they attempt to legislate its use.

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The Naked Self-Interest of Insys, the Pharma Company Funding Opposition to Weed Legalization in Arizona

The $500,000 donation has prompted suspicion among supporters of Proposition 205, which would regulate marijuana much like alcohol and also allow adults to grow up to six plants, that Big Pharma is gaming the public to protect its bottom line.

There are two specific reasons for this speculation: Insys Therapeutic is developing drugs derived from cannabis and it currently relies on the profits from its distribution of a potent opioid painkiller. Legal marijuana, with its painkilling properties, could diminish both of those revenue streams.

According to CNBC, Insys Therapeutic’s revenue is “almost entirely derived from the highly addictive opiate fentanyl.” Fentanyl has garnered a bad reputation of late, due to its involvement in deaths caused by its being mixed with street heroin. It was implicated in Prince’s death, too.

A huge pharmaceutical company is trying to quash Arizona’s recreational cannabis movement. Why? Because people who use cannabis don’t use as many narcotic painkillers.

This is a shameless example of a company putting profits before people. Fentanyl is highly addictive drug that has been implicated in many overdose deaths. While it does have medical uses, many people would prefer to use something less addictive, such as cannabis. Insys Therapeutic is blatantly trying to deny people the right to choose the medicine that works best for them.

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Here’s How Cannabis Can Improve A Senior’s Quality Of Life

There are a lot of ways that cannabis can improve your quality of life as you age. In terms of sleep, pain management, and mental health, the herb has a lot of potential. Though, admittedly, we’re a long way off from firm research on exactly how cannabis affects us as we grow older.

Whether you’re a little canna-curious yourself or you’re wondering if the plant is right for your elderly parent, cannabis is versatile and easy to incorporate into your routine. Many people find relief with the classic joint, yet others may prefer some concentrated CBD oil.

Regardless of how you use it, the plant really does become better with age.

Cannabis has some terrific benefits, some of which are especially useful as we age. It helps people sleep, something that becomes increasing difficult with age. It also helps with pain management, allowing seniors to reduce their use of prescription drugs. It can also help reduce depression and anxiety, which elderly people are increasingly susceptible to.

Senior citizens are the fastest growing demographic of cannabis users and it’s easy to see why. Cannabis has many health benefits and few side effects, making it a great alternative to the endless prescriptions that many older people find themselves saddled with. Have you talked to your grandparents about cannabis?

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Can Cannabis and CBD be Part of Your Skin Care Regimen?

It’s no surprise that cannabis may possess skin-healing benefits. All the elements are there. Cannabis is a known anti-inflammatory, with antioxidant and anti-aging properties. In addition, hemp seed oil contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which provide moisture and protection from sun damage.

The endocannabinoid system consists of many cannabinoid receptors, and a large portion of these are found in the skin. Molecules in cannabis such as THC and CBD interact with this system to create the aforementioned positive effects.

Skincare is another potential use for cannabis that has yet to be adequately researched. Has anyone tried using cannabis for skincare? How did you use it? Did it work for you? Tell us all about it in the comments.

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Cannabinoid Science 101: What Is Cannabichromene?

Cannabichromene (CBC) is one of the better-studied phytocannabinoids, but its properties and characteristics are not widely known, even within the cannabis industry. However, as the industry develops, it is becoming more apparent that cannabichromene has great medicinal importance.

Furthermore, now that many U.S. dispensaries are testing their strains for cannabinoid profile, it is becoming easier to find high-CBC strains – although interested members of the public may still need to call around reputable local dispensaries to find the right medicine.

Cannabichromene (CBC) is an abundant naturally-occurring phytocannabinoid, and is thought to be the second most abundant cannabinoid in cannabis. CBC has been shown to produce antinociceptive (painkilling) and anti-inflammatory effects in rodents, although studies on humans are needed before its true potential can be known.

While THC and CBD are the best-known cannabinoids, they’re certainly not the only ones available. We’re continuously learning more and more about what’s in cannabis and how it can help us.

What cannabinoids do you look for when you purchase cannabis products? Which ones would you like to learn more about?

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