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Bloom Room & San Francisco Thank Dr. Sanjay Gupta for Supporting Medical Marijuana!

Dear Dr. Gupta: On behalf of Bloom Room, and the many medical marijuana patients in San Francisco, we just want to say, "Thank You."

The polarized modern media machine rarely progresses a dialogue between opposites, antagonists, or volatile skeptics. Facts are doused with opinion and engulfed in the fire of the inflammatory response, accusatory remark, and unsubstantiated claim. Instead of getting caught up in the mix and mockery of our manipulative media culture, you stand as a beacon of medicine - as a pioneer of healthcare.

Thank you kind sir! We tip our beanies to you :D

Keep up the great work,

Team Bloom Room SF

Here are a few reasons why we want to thank Dr. Sanjay Gupta! Medical cannabis means a lot to the patients of San Francisco - and his support reaffirms the stability of a much needed resource:

1) Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses the legalization of medical marijuana on CNN. He illustrates the outcome of the Colorado and Washington elections for complete marijuana legalization, and then he touches on the topic of medical marijuana with Dr. Julie Holland - author of The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis.

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2) Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses medical marijuana with Anderson Cooper on CNN. They talk about safety of medical cannabis and the effects of THC - the most potent cannabinoid in the plant - and how it affect the brain. Dr. Gupta illustrates the increasing potency of medical marijuana with a graph of THC percentages, and then mentions how the "loss of short-term memory" is only a short term side effect of cannabis.

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3) Dr. Sanjay Gupta travels around the world as he cuts through the smoke of medical marijuana to illuminate the truth about the patients who benefit from it. This is the intro for his CNN special report: WEED: A Sanjay Gupta Special

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4) The outcome of his year-long investigation of medical marijuana, Piers Morgan interviews Dr. Sanjay Gupta about him rescinding the statements he made in a 2009 in Time Magazine - Why I Would Vote 'No' on Pot. Dr. Gupta brings up the science of medical marijuana, and how the American public has been "systematically" mislead about it.

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Medical Marijuana and Breast Cancer (aka Protect Your Twin Peaks with Cannabis!)

A fascinating look into the science behind a future with better, more effective medicine. Hooray for cannabinoids! :D BreastCancer

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Jack Herer
 [Skunk X Northern Lights X Haze]The smell and taste of this strain are sweet with an almost syrupy heaviness that is pleasant on the inhale as well as on the exhale. The plant itself is known for being a high producer and yields buds that are extremely large and dense.

Patient will feel uplifted with immense euphoria with each toke and very little appetite side effects. Anxiety can be a factor with those prone to it and should be taken into account before medicating with Jack Herer.

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Dabney Blue
  [DJ Short Blueberry phenotype]
An original blueberry strain with high CBD roots. Buds grow with leafy groups ranging from light to dark green and bluish purple hues growing delicately into each leaf among tendrils of dark orange hairs. Smell and taste begins with a dense musk that is true to its name and laden by the mellow undertones of blueberry.The effects lay heavily in the body with the CBD qualities extremely high and although this strain is full Indica it can sometimes be considered lighter on the couch locking properties and linguistic disconnect.

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Grape Romulan
[Romulan x Grapefruit] Ripe and fluffy light green trichome sprinkled buds with heavy purple influences! This strain provides a plethora of visual stimuli even upon first look. The smell reigns sweet in the nostril and taste comes through just the same, with hints of blackberry and freshly cut grass. This strain calms tense nerves and provides fantastic pain relief.

 

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Chem Dawg
 [Diesel Phenotype]
Chem Dawg typically produces buds that are light green with a sativa-dominant bud structure. The hairs are orange-brown in color, while the buds are semi-dense, but covered in tiny trichomes. The smell and taste are similar: an intense sour pine-sol smell, mixed with mild, earthy undertones. Chem 4 is arguably the strongest phenotype. The effects can be felt just seconds after inhaling, including a mood lift and a mild body buzz. This is a good choice for an energy boost and mental stimulation as well.

California: Researchers Hope To Test Cancer Fighting Marijuana Compound

By: Steve Elliot for Hemp News (http://hemp.org/news/content/california-researchers-hope-test-cancer-fighting-marijuana-compound) "The pain-relieving and nausea-relieving effects of medical marijuana and its chief psychoactive ingredient, THC, are becoming well known for those fighting cancer and other serious diseases. But for more than five years now, a group of researchers in California has been focusing on another of the cannabinoids found in marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD).

Watch the video here! http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/health&id=9057615

"Cannabidiol is a non-toxic agent from cannabis that is not psychoactive," said Sean McAllister, Ph.D., a lead researcher in the recent study at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, reports Carolyn Johnson at KGO.

McAllister and fellow researcher Pierre Desprez, Ph.D., say they are now ready for human trials, using CBD to treat metastatic cancer. They've already produced a synthetic form of CBD, which they say targets a specific gene related to cancer's spread.

"We found this one compound, CBD, had a specific effect on metastatic cancer cells, very aggressive tumor cells," Desprez said. "The bad cancer cells, the ones that spread throughout the body."

The team documented the effect of CBD on brain cancer in a large scale animal trial in a recently published study. Brain scans showed the disruption of the tumor cells after the CBD was used to switch off a specific gene regulator, according to the researchers.

"We find when you treat with CBD, you down regulate the expression of this protein, and that inhibits the disease process," McAllister explained.

That may be due to a natural defense mechanism in the cannabis plant, according to Desprez; he believes the plant may have developed CDB to retard the development of insects which ate marijuana, thus protecting itself.

"So maybe the plant is making these compounds to combat the development of insects and we can use the compound to target cancer cells that act like embryonic cells," Desperz speculated.

Due to the non-toxic nature of CBD, the team hopes to be authorized soon for human trials, for which they are currently seeking funding. The team has already designed two trial models, one for brain cancer and one for breast cancer.

10 Things Not To Miss In San Francisco (reposted from SanFrancisco.travel)

One of the nicest things about visiting San Francisco is that, although the city is “big” in terms of attractions and amenities, it is geographically small – only 49 square miles.  Consequently, it is very easy to see and do a great many things in a short period of time. It is also easy to spend weeks in San Francisco and still not experience everything the city has to offer.  Here is a suggested list of the top 10 things not to miss in San Francisco, according to the San Francisco Travel Association:

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1.    The Golden Gate Bridge, the most famous bridge in the world, manages to impress even the most experienced travelers with its stunning 1.7-mile span.  Approximately 120,000 automobiles drive across it every day.  A pedestrian walkway also allows the crossing on foot, and bikes are allowed on the western side.   The Golden Gate Bridge is said to be one of the most photographed things on Earth.

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2.    Cable cars have been transporting people around San Francisco since the late 19th century.  The cars run on tracks and are moved by an underground cable on three routes.  Their familiar bells can be heard ringing from blocks away.  Tickets ($5) may be purchased at the cable car turnarounds at the ends of each route.  Each one-way ride will provide spectacular views of the city’s celebrated hills as well as exhilarating transportation. (www.sfcablecar.com)

 

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3.    Alcatraz, the notorious former prison, is located on an island of the same name in the middle of San Francisco Bay.  Some of the United States’ most notorious criminals were incarcerated there.  Though several tried, no inmate ever made a successful escape from “The Rock.”  The prison was closed in the 1960’s and stories about Alcatraz are legendary.  A visit to Alcatraz today is fascinating.  Recorded cell-house tours are available, allowing visitors to learn about the prison as they explore the buildings and grounds.  To reach the island, take an Alcatraz Cruises ferry from Pier 43.  Advance reservations are recommended, 415-981-ROCK (7625). (www.alcatrazcruises.com)

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4.    Fisherman’s Wharf  is also home to Pier 39, a festive waterfront marketplace that is one of the city’s most popular attractions.  A community of California sea lions has taken up residence on the floats to the west of the pier and visitors line the nearby railing to watch their antics.  From there it’s a short walk to the Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and the famous crab vendors selling walk-away crab and shrimp cocktails.

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5.    Union Square is the place for serious shoppers.  Major departments stores and the most exclusive designer boutiques line streets like Post, Sutter, Geary, Grant, Stockton and Powell.  The Westfield San Francisco Shopping Centre houses the largest Bloomingdale's outside of New York and the second largest Nordstrom in the U.S.

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6.    North Beach, the city’s Italian quarter, isn’t a beach at all.  It’s a neighborhood of romantic European-style sidewalk cafes, restaurants and shops centered near Washington Square along Columbus and Grant avenues.  The beautiful Church of Saints Peter and Paul is a beloved landmark. Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill offers a splendid vantage point for photos of the bridges and the Bay.  Inside the tower, floor-to-ceiling murals painted in the 1930s depict scenes of early San Francisco. (www.coittower.org).

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7.    The entrance to Chinatown at Grant Avenue and Bush Street is called the "Dragon's Gate." Inside are 24 blocks of hustle and bustle, most of it taking place along Grant Avenue, the oldest street in San Francisco. This city within a city is best explored on foot;  exotic shops, renowned restaurants, food markets, temples and small museums comprise its boundaries. Visitors can buy ancient potions from herb shops, relax and enjoy a "dim sum" lunch or witness the making of fortune cookies.

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8.    Dining in San Francisco is an attraction in itself.  Known as America’s best restaurant city, San Francisco chefs excel at combining the freshest local ingredients, authentic international flavors and a touch of creative genius.  Choose your cuisine – Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Moroccan, Indian, Malaysian, Mexican, Greek, Russian or “fusion,” a combination of any or all of these influences.  Visit our dining section  for a list of San Francisco's hottest restaurants, a calendar listing of food-related news and events, and a weekly insider's blog by Marcia "the tablehopper" Gagliardi.

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9.    Nightlife in San Francisco is a constantly changing scene.  The “hottest” clubs currently are in the South of Market and Mission districts, with live and recorded rock and Latin music.  Jazz, blues, swing and “oldies” music can be found all over town. For a complete list of nightlife options, visit our Nightlife section.

 

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10.    A visit to San Francisco would not be complete without a cultural experience.  The city is home to internationally recognized symphony, opera and ballet companies.  Playwrights such as Sam Shepherd and Tom Stoppard introduce their works in San Francisco and avant-garde theatre and dance companies dot the city.   The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Art Museum, the de Young Museum, the Palace of the Legion of Honor and other museums and galleries are devoted to the finest of classical and contemporary arts. San Francisco is also home to the California Academy of Sciences - the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof. For a complete museum guide, visit our museums listings.

The Science and Neuroscience: Cannabis and Creativity (from Neboagency.com)

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"We’re not the first ones to ask this question, obviously. The effects of marijuana on creativity have been studied extensively by everyone from prestigious PhDs in university laboratories to white kids with dreadlocks in their college dorms. The findings have been a bit of a mixed bag.

One of the keys to creativity is divergent thinking, meaning the ability to view things in a multitude of different ways. It’s what makes creative people creative. It’s what makes people, upon viewing your creation, say, “I’ve never thought of it that way,” or “Wow, what was he smoking?”

Marijuana in the Brain

With that in mind, a 2010 study by Morgan, Rothwell, et al. showed that one of marijuana’s primary properties is its ability to increase hyper-priming, or your ability to make connections between seemingly unrelated concepts. It’s the cause behind those famous and well-parodied “Aha!” moments when a high person suddenly realizes a deep truth about himself after noticing something inconsequential like a dead worm on the sidewalk; or how a weed-fueled conversation can go from whether or not the guy from ABC’s “Nashville” was also in an episode of “Boy Meets World” (he was) to the pros and cons of Taco Bell quesadillas in no time flat.

Marijuana also causes your brain to release the neurochemical called dopamine, which gives users the signature calm, euphoric feeling. It also helps reduce your inhibitions and turn off your “inner-editor” while writing, drawing, or brainstorming. People high on marijuana often describe their thoughts and feelings as moving more freely, almost flowing through them.

Last, research suggests that cannabis blurs the lines between a person’s five senses, allowing for an increased capacity for wonder and awe. It enhances your ability to marvel at things, somehow allowing you to experience events in a profound, internal way.

But it’s not all cheese puffs and genius works of art for weed smokers. A study done in 2010 by Bourasa & Vaugeois claims that the supposed creative benefits of marijuana don’t hold up statistically. The study showed no positive effect from marijuana on divergent thinking and that it may even have a negative impact in this area.

Cannabis in the Brain

So, how do we explain the disparity between studies? Maybe creativity is tougher to define than we’re led to believe. Maybe it’s more complicated than a series of tests or response times engineered by psychologists.

Even if we were to agree that divergent thinking is the most important aspect of creativity, it’s still only one aspect. Weed isn’t some magical substance that can turn any old schlub into Picasso. True creativity also requires intelligence and a whole lot of hard work."

Read the rest of the article on Nebo!

Should San Francisco Build Hemp Houses?!

"Hemp can be made into any building material, including fiberboard, roofing, flooring, wallboard, caulking, cement, paint, paneling, particleboard, plaster, plywood, reinforced concrete, insulation, insulation panels, spray-on insulation, concrete pipes, bricks, and biodegradable plastic composites which are tougher than steel. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AzbtWzwK8A]

Foundations can be made out of hemp hurds, a processed based on ancient technology adapted for modern use. To do this, set up a plywood frame (preferably hemp plywood), then fill with a mixture of hemp hurd (wood chip-like substance) and combine with lime, sand, plaster, some cement, and enough water to dampen, and let the mixture set for a day. Then take the frame down, but let the mixture continue to harden for about a week. The lime and the hurds create a chemical reaction which binds the mixture together. Amazingly these structures continue to get harder and stronger everyday until they fossilize, as is testament by a 6th century hemp-reinforced bridge in France. After this happens, the hemp foundation walls are as strong as stone.

Hemp foundation walls are 7 times stronger than concrete foundations, half as light, and three times as elastic, which means that these building will bend, but not break. Because of their superior strength and flexibility, hemp foundations are resistant to stress-induced cracking and breaking. Even earthquakes and other natural disaster cannot break or crack these structures.

Hemp foundation homes and buildings are self-insulated, including thermal and sound insulation, resistant to rotting, rodents, insects, and they are fire proof, waterproof, weather resistant, and the walls breath so the rooms do not get stuffy. Hemp homes stay warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.

If hemp were legal in the United States, it would be the cheapest source of raw material for concrete-like foundations. Plus hemp hurds can be processed in existing wood mills without major changes to the equipment. Hemp-foundation homes are ecologically appropriate because they are inexpensive, and can be prepared on site using only a cement mixer, and the material would be cheap and abundant.

Cannabis: It's Not Just Medicine!

Germany and France are using hemp for construction material, replacing drywall and plywood. A French company has built over 250 homes using hemp materials. Hemp homes have also been built on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Using hemp is economically smart and ecologically appropriate, plus the homes built with hemp are as hard as stone and are not subject to natural disaster."

Hemphasis.net

Imagine if hemp homes started popping up in San Francisco. Now consider highway pillars, overpasses, skyscrapers, and sidewalks?!

San Francisco wants to be green - and we demand sustainability: let's grow industrial hemp domestically to keep the cost down. This is a great alternative to current methods - which poison our environment and destroy our beloved city!

Hemp isn't marijuana - it's a cash crop.

Soft Opening of Bloom Room on 1/31/2013!

We're excited to announce the Grand Opening of Bloom Room in San Francisco! We have giveaways galore, and plenty of surprises in store for those who come down to 471 Jessie Street on Thursday, January 31st, 2013 :)

Use this map to help you located our lovely neighborhood! We're fifty paces passed Blue Bottle Coffee in Mint Plaza, just off Mission Street (between 5th and 6th).

We have plenty to giveaway, and great prizes to gift to all of our new patients! Stay tuned for updates about exclusive giveaways and discounts - and we'll post more details about our big day as we get closer to it!

Until then, keep bloomin'! <3

Bhang Chocolate: Premium, Lab-Tested Edibles

The Fire Bar has 180mg of THC & less than 9mg of CBD/ CBN. It is considered a triple dose bar: each of the four segments contains 30mg of tetrahydrocannabinol. bhangfacebook

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When it comes to medical cannabis edibles, there are few ways to guarantee potency, safety, and consistency without rigorous laboratory testing. At the Bloom Room, we think lab-tested products are an essential part of the medical-cannabis industry. By quantifying the potency of these products, manufacturers offer patients more than just shot-in-the-dark medicine.

Why leave patients guessing after every dose? Why leave the outcome of a daily dosage up to chance?

When a patient takes Advil or Ambiant - they read the label, identify their ideal dosage, and ingest the necessary amount. This process of educating the patient prior to ingestion increases safety, prevents error, and ensures they'll have a positive experience with medical cannabis.

In San Francisco, many collectives are lab-testing their entire line of medical cannabis products. These dispensaries are at the forefront of modern marijuana medicine, since they are approaching the plant as a normal source of medical therapy. Nobody would ever trust an unlabeled bottle of Tylenol - it'd be far too dangerous to ingest an unmarked pill of any kind!

Why should anyone want to guess when it comes to their medical cannabis?

That is why Bloom Room is prioritizing lab-tested, medical marijuana products like Bhang Chocolate and Auntie Dolores, while we look into getting our entire menu assessed for poisons and potency. We want every patient to have a great experience with their medicine - and we will do all that we can to ensure that cannabis is a consistent source of relief and satisfaction!

It's not just about potency - it's about standards. And, here at Bloom Room, we like to believe that we're well about them. After all, it's about safety in medicine, efficacy with cannabinoids, and wellness for our patients :)