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Cooking with Cannabis, Part One: Decarboxylation

When I tell my mother I'm cooking with cannabis, she imagines some misshapen square of store bought brownie mix, the seeds and stems baked right in, and the dosage anyone's guess--an all around "hope-for-the-best" sort of situation. When I explain the process, the steps, the science, she's a bit blown away.

Anything that uses oil or butter is something that can be infused with cannabis, and over the past few years connoisseurs have tried to put it in everything. In the hands of someone who knows what they're doing, the possibilities are endless. And with proven benefits to back up the medicine, cannabis themed dinners and articles have become mainstream.

Generally, the effects of cannabis edibles come on gradually, but then last much longer than smoking or vaporizing--making it easy for a single dose to last all day. This can make edibles an extremely cost effect way to medicate but it also is why you need to be careful. When it comes to edibles, it's best to remember: You can always have more, but you can't have less.

When you ingest cannabis, THC is metabolized by the liver, meaning it's broken down to be used as energy (and that I googled "what does the liver do?"). When broken down, the THC is converted into something called 11-hydroxy-THC, and this, the active form of THC, is very effective at crossing the blood-brain barrier, the filtering system that blocks certain substances from getting to the brain. Benefits include extreme pain relief, nausea relief and much more, however the side effects can be a stronger body high, and in excessive doses, effects can be almost psychedelic.

Because of the way edibles are processed through the stomach and into the liver, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours for the effects to be felt. However, the effects can last for several hours. This is one likely reason why many patients report having negative experiences with edible cannabis. They don’t wait the correct duration, eat more, and then, when the effects do arrive, they are overwhelming.

Again: You can always have more, but you can't have less.

This needs to be kept in mind when purchasing edibles, or making them yourself: Dosage can be very tricky, so always do the math and calculate mg dosage or go by the recommend dosage on the package. In Colorado, 10 mg is considered a "standard" dose with mild effects.

Here's a quick note on how to roughly calculate the amount of cannabis in the finished product. If you put a gram of cannabis into your butter/oil that is 20% THC, then your oil will roughly have 200 mg of THC. 

Anyway, the first thing that has to happen is decarboxylation, a chemical reaction that removes acids from the chemical allowing it to be absorbed by the body--converting the THCA in cannabis into THC. This occurs when cannabis is smoked or vaporized however, we need to complete this reaction before the cannabis can be effectively used in edibles. 

But how much cannabis do you use? The short answer is, as much as you want. You have to keep in mind the amount of oil or butter called for in a recipe, and how much each person is going to consume. Think about how big your batch of edibles is going to be and how many pieces you want the user to eat before they feel the effects.

Below you'll find two recipes. The first for decarboxylation, which is easier than it sounds;  and second, for making Cannabis butter.

Decarboxylation

      Preheat oven to 240*

      Break up cannabis with a grinder and spread as a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.

      Bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to make sure it toasts evenly, a light to medium brown color.

      If saving to use later, remove the baking sheet and allow cannabis to cool. Store in an airtight container until needed.

*When heating cannabis at a lower temperature it loses fewer terpenes during the decarboxylation process. Terpenes are the oils in cannabis that give each strain its unique smell and flavor--berry, mint, citrus, pine--as well as, provide a number of medical benefits, such as relieving pain or increasing focus.

Once decarboxylated, the cannabis can be used to infuse oil or butter for baking desserts, sautéing veggies, frying up your morning eggs, or spreading on toast. 

The type of oil to use depends on what you'll be making.

Olive Oil -- sautéing/salad dressing

Coconut oil -- desserts/baking

Butter -- baking/frying

 

Cannabis Butter 

Ingredients

      4 grams Decarboxylated Cannabis

      3/4 cup Butter

Yield

      1/2 cup Cannabis Butter

Method

Melt the butter on low heat in a small saucepan. Add the Decarboxylated Cannabis, and simmer on low heat for 45 minutes, stirring frequently. Strain the butter through a piece of cheesecloth into a dish, one with a tight-fitting lid if you're storing the butter to use later. With the back of a spoon, smash plant matter to squeeze out every drop. When you're done, discard the plant matter. Use the butter right away, or you can refrigerate or freeze it until needed.

Be sure that you remove all the plant matter before storing, otherwise it can get moldy after a while in the refrigerator.

You can easily scale this recipe up for larger batches. One pound of butter (4 sticks) can absorb a half ounce of cannabis, but it should simmer for 60 minutes. Keep in mind too though that you will loose some of the butter in the cooking process.

 

REPORT CARD: Grading the Candidates on Cannabis

With the next election fast approaching, we are once again asking ourselves, who is the most qualified to lead the free world? When it comes to the President of the United States, the ideal is someone who sees the world through a lens like our own, able to see the world as evolving, with a background and experiences we can relate to—who can relate to us.
 
Despite the overall lack of policy change, Obama has gradually expressed his support for a marijuana policy that's rooted in science and that doesn't unfairly punish users.1 In 2004 he stated his support for decriminalization, but made it clear he was not for legalization.2 Since 2008, 13 states have legalized medical marijuana, bringing the current total to 23, including the District of Colombia, with 7 more putting forth initiatives in 2016. In 2014 the Obama Administration directed federal prosecutors to stop enforcing drug laws that contradict state marijuana policies.3
 
Simply endorsing medical marijuana however is not enough. Many feel, including the chairman of the marijuana Majority, Tom Angell, that the President should use the executive powers to reschedule marijuana and protect dispensaries.4

REPORT CARD 5
 

THE REPUBLICAN ELEPHANT
Jeb Bush: C-
Ted Cruz: C+
Carly Fiorina: C+
John Kasich: C-
Rand Paul: A-
Marco Rubio: D
Donald Trump: C

 
THE DEMOCRATIC DONKEY

Hilary Clinton: B
Martin O'Malley: B-
Bernie Sanders: A

THE REPUBLICAN ELEPHANT

Jeb Bush (R)
•    Has a long history of supporting the War on Drugs and opposing marijuana legalization.
•    He and his wife are on the board of the Drug Free American Foundation—a primarily anti-marijuana organization.
•    In 2014 he opposed a medical marijuana initiative in Florida, and in a December 2015 interview, he said he supports decriminalization, but called marijuana "a gateway drug," and "highly toxic."
•    Has said he supports states' rights to set their own policies on marijuana.
 
Ted Cruz (R)
•    Has repeatedly opposed legalization.
•    Says he supports states' rights to set their own policies on marijuana legalization, but he criticized Obama for not enforcing federal marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington.
 
Carly Fiorina (R)
•    Is against legalization for any purpose, medical or otherwise.
•    Has recently expressed support for decriminalization, as well as states' rights to establish their own marijuana policies.
 
John Kasich (R)
•    "Totally opposed" to the legalization of marijuana in any form, including medicinal.
•    Supports states' rights to set their own policies on marijuana legalization.
•    About medical marijuana, he has said, "we don't need that, there are other ways to [treat pain].”6
 
Rand Paul (R)
•    Has consistently supported states' rights to establish policy regarding marijuana.
•    Vocal supporter of decriminalization and reduced penalties for marijuana possession.
•    Sponsor of the CARERS Act - a bipartisan bill that would allow states to set their own policies regarding marijuana legalization, without interference from the federal government.
•    Co-sponsor of a bill that would allow marijuana-related businesses access to the banking system.
 
Marco Rubio (R)
•    Has shown some support for non-psychoactive forms of medical marijuana, but he is opposed to legalization.
•    Says he supports states' right to set policy, but he would enforce federal law in states that have repealed marijuana prohibition.
 
Donald Trump (R)
•    In 1990 he favored legalizing all drugs, but now he opposes legalizing, or even regulating marijuana for adult use.
•    Supports legal access to medical marijuana,
•    Supports states' right to establish policy regarding marijuana.

THE DEMOCRATIC DONKEY

Hilary Clinton (D)
•    Has expressed support for safe access.
•    Supports medical marijuana, and would like to see more research into its benefits.
•    Supports states' right to set policy.
•    In 2015 she said she supports reclassifying marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug—allowing for more research into its medical benefits.
 
Martin O'Malley (D)
•    As governor of Maryland he spoke out against marijuana use.
•    Despite his personal opinions:
•    In 2014 he signed bills into law that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
•    Established a working medical marijuana program.
•    In 2015 he said he supports reclassifying marijuana to Schedule II drug.
 
Bernie Sanders (D)
•    Supports allowing states to legalize and regulate the use of marijuana.
•    Has been consistently critical of the War on Drugs.
•    Has said he would vote to legalize and regulate use in NV in 2016.
•    Intends to propose legislation that would remove marijuana entirely from the federal drug schedules. This would allow:
•    Access to banks by marijuana businesses.
•    Marijuana to be regulated, like alcohol—state by state.
•    Access to tax deductions not available because of federal regulations.
 
 
1 http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/04/19/3648671/obama-medical-marijuana-support/
 
2 http://2012.presidental-candidates.org
 
3 http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-medical-pot-20141216-story.html
 
4 http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/04/19/3648671/obama-medical-marijuana-support/
 
5 https://www.mpp.org/2016-presidential-candidates/#cfiorina

6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ubgad9h5v0

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Remove the Negative Connotation

There are so many helpful benefits to medical marijuana, some we see or experience ourselves, and others we just hear about. It seems like the number of medical treatments it helps grows by the day. Marijuana has the potential to heal so many people in need, yet it is so far from reaching it full full potential as a medicine.

Moving to a medical state has changed my idea of what it means to medicate. At first I was a bit apprehensive about this term, because I came from a town that wasn't too fond of marijuana. I was labelled as a "pothead" and a “stoner” and was told to “get my life in order”. Little did they know, I was, in fact, getting my life in order. I was using marijuana to get over a horrible depression and marijuana helped me! What a “Wild place!”

The negative connotation that marijuana carries is a burden on society and has done so much damage. It has prevented millions from taking advantage of medical benefits of marijuana including my father. He has been diagnosed with MS, which could ruin his ability to live a full life. MS is a very rough disease that breaks down your central nervous system, leaving you completely disabled or even leading to early death. There haven't been any super successful stories yet curing or even reversing the disease, so the sooner you know the sooner you get treatment. Hence those two words, “treat it"! That means, the medicine recommended for patients with MS can help slow it down, maybe even stop it from progressing, or it could do nothing at all. Yet, all of these drugs can really impact the body, and in some cases lead to horrible side effects. The side effects include nausea, fatigue, feeling of needles and pins throughout the body, appetite loss, and many other problems. If you are a patient, and use medical marijuana, then you know that these side effects can be controlled with marijuana. It is very close to resembling what cancer patients go through with chemo-therapy. Many researchers have found that the use of medical marijuana with MS can be a great alternative treatment to the daily or monthly treatments of MS medicines.

I have seen many of these side effects take over my father’s normal functions, prohibiting him from living to his fullest. He can no longer enjoy a lot of activities that he use to do, such as golfing and golfing, due to tremors, or his inability to fully control the his voluntary movements. His central nervous system is slowly cutting off some of these connections between his brain and the rest of his body. This can also cause a form of depression, due to his inability to do things he once could. I’ve tried numerous times to educate my father about the medical benefits marijuana could provide him, like the benefits it can have in mitigating the negative side effects of his treatment. Yet, due to Pennsylvania not being a medical marijuana state, it limits my full potential to help him see what this could offer. He doesn’t smoke, but as all medical marijuana users know, smoking is not the only way to use marijuana. A tincture or some kind of edible could be used instead. Yet, I still have not found a way to reason with him, or find someone who could convince him of the medical benefits of marijuana.

However, just recently, I met someone who has MS and has been medical marijuana along with their traditional treatment. The purpose of the cannabis medicine in this instance it to help overcome the negative side effects, or completely absolve the negative side effects of the traditional treatment. She has trouble moving around the house, like walking from floor to floor because of the fatigue and lack of energy that result from MS treatments. But when she medicates correctly, she feels a relief because she can move again. These pain and aches aren’t as intense as they could be, allowing her body to gain much more movement then before. The eating side effect, for the most part, is completely nonexistent. Overall, she seems much happier and alive, because of the positive results that medical marijuana affords her. She can move again, still not as much as before she had MS, but it’s also helping with her emotional and physical state. It isn’t a perfect solution or miracle cure, but it offers a great deal of relief for those with this nasty disease.

I believe we need to continue to research this medicine and find out more about its positive applications, so we can, most importantly, strip this medicine of its negative connotation so that people like my father and many others with life threatening illnesses can lead happier, healthier lives. That's why our work is so important, and why we must lead by example. So that, instead of viewing marijuana as a recreational gateway drug with no health benefits, the masses begin to see it as a bonafide medicine and begin to use it themselves.

Rocco Levine


What can be done–PTSD & Cannabis

To date, there are 2.5 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of whom have served multiple deployments, and return home to face the struggle of re-adjusting to their old lives. Doing the things that were sources of hope during battle, like being with family, going to the grocery store, watching tv, going for a walk, the things they reached for when the fight was hardest, have become a struggle instead.

For some, the scars are physical, but for many combat vets the return home brings with it long-lasting psychological trauma.

It has been estimated that more than half a million veterans struggle with the effects of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Defined by the American Psychiatric Association as an anxiety disorder triggered by an extremely stressful or traumatic event, sufferers continually re-experience their trauma, even years after it occurred. Vivid memories, auditory hallucinations, flashbacks, and nightmares disrupt their lives on a daily basis. Twenty-two percent of veterans commit suicide everyday–a frightening statistic, even more so when you learn it is only an estimate. (Cannabis Now; 2015)

Facing an overwhelming sense of fear and alienation, feeling disconnected from their friends and family, combat vets find themselves stuck, unable to relax to life outside the battlefield. Panic attacks, shortness of breath, a fear of being closed in, depression, and, unfortunately, violent outbursts are all too common. An array of treatment options is not. As a condition, the first case of PTSD was not treated until 1980, and because of this the research is limited.

What has been made clear though, is that along with flashbacks,  and unwanted memories, nightmares are one of the most common ways sufferers relive their trauma. Waking up feeling stressed and exhausted, returning combat soldiers spend their days agitated and anxious, in a constant state of combat readiness.

There are five stages of sleep. Stages 1 through 4, and a stage called rapid eye movement sleep, or REM. Each stage is progressively deeper and the complete cycle is repeated several times during the night. When awakened during REM sleep, subjects report dreaming. Why we dream during sleep is still unknown, there are many theories, but nothing definitive.

What someone with PTSD needs most is to sleep, a chance to rest, but more often than not, they can't do so. Dreams bring back harsh memories and often times, Veterans with PTSD are reliving the horrors of battle during the time that should be resting softly. Medication used to help patients sleep offer more sleep, but without the restfulness, and often accompanied by harsh side effects.

But what do know about cannabis and its effects on sleep?

Unfortunately, not much. Most of the research on cannabis and sleep was conducted in the 1970s. But what was found, and has continued to be reported amongst users, is that cannabis, even in low doses, reduced time spent in REM sleep. Cannabinoids, compounds active in cannabis, have been found to mimic chemicals found naturally in the brain. These chemicals and their biological pathways make up the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is,  among other things, responsible for regulating sleep.

Cannabis has been found to affect sleep in five distinct ways. To lessen the time it takes to fall asleep, while increasing the time spent asleep, providing deeper sleep while shortening REM sleep cycles, and helping patients to breathe more easily. And while research is restricted based on the legal status of cannabis, veterans have been fighting for their right to access medical marijuana from the very beginning. In February 1978, the first medical cannabis law was enacted thanks to the efforts of two men, a veteran, Lynn Pierson, and the very first medical cannabis patient and its strongest advocate, Robert C. Randall. (Cannabis Now; 2015)

Today returning combat vets  struggle with the complicated task of re-adjusting to civilian life. They dream not of the good things they did, or the people they saved but instead are haunted by the things they were unable to prevent, and by the violence they witnessed.

Veterans use cannabis for many of the same reasons as most patients: anxiety, chronic pain, depression, inflammation, insomnia, loss of appetite, muscle spasms, however, with no other condition has cannabis proven to be more helpful than it has with treating PTSD.

Living Art Installation

Ask someone why they have a particular houseplant, or any houseplant for that matter, and the answer usually falls somewhere between, “someone gave it to me,” and “I thought it looked cool.”

It’s that gift you get for someone when you have no idea what to get them. Or maybe you get excited and buy one every time you move—lucky if you’re still remembering to water it six weeks later.

I choose something that isn’t terrible, and that doesn’t cost more than everything else, hope it doesn’t take too much responsibility, and figure it’s worth more than flowers, that it’ll last longer at least, since it isn’t dead to begin with.

In elementary school, middle school, high school, we learn about photosynthesis, plants take in carbon dioxide, plants release oxygen—more nature means more breathable air. I had always thought we were talking about trees, redwoods, whole rainforests—the Amazon. Turns out though, a houseplant is more than just some pretty face, that these small attempts to green up the place are in fact making our lives happier and healthier.

According to the EPA we spend nearly all of our time indoors, almost 80% of it. We go from our homes to school, or work; to the library, and the coffee shop, and out to dinner, and to the movies; into stores and on public transportation, and then back home again—and bringing everything that we’ve picked up along the way right back inside. Everything from carbon dioxide to pesticides to something simply referred to as “volatile organic compounds.” If you really want to be grossed out, read the EPA’s Indoor Air Report.

So, NASA scientists did a study, as they’re known to do, and what did they find? What is it keeping all those toxins at bay?

Drumroll please…

Houseplants!

Houseplants filter out toxic air pollutants the same way any tree would. They’ve even been found to help fight the common cold. 

Being under their influence houseplants can reduce anxiety, improve focus and concentration, and can significantly reduce feelings of fear and anger by replacing them with a sense of calm and well-being.

But if you fill your apartment with potted plants and Ficus trees, there’s a good chance someone is going try to have you committed. Plus I’d have to figure out how to get a tree home on the bus.

What you can do though, is hang them from the ceiling and everyone will think it’s coolest thing ever.

And if you’ve been by Bloom Room recently you may have noticed our small attempt to add a little more green to the space. Having replaced the holiday snowflakes hanging just over reception with a whole array of plants that little, if any care.

You can use any type of low light houseplant. We used common ivy varieties, and Tillandsia air plants, but you can use anything that has a solid root system in place (not succulents though).

Air plants are great because they take hardly any attention at all. They absorb everything they need through their leaves—no soil, no potting,  no plant food. Instead of staying rooted in one place, they can grow just about anywhere, on rocks, in glass jars, or on dead branches, using their roots to keep themselves grounded wherever they might happen to be. And even better, they thrive on neglect! A little mist of water once a week, some circulation, and they’re good.

Ivy isn’t much work either. Once you get them set up they’ll get growing all on their own. You start by taking apart the plant and root systems. Remove the entire root soil bundle from the pot and spread it out on a larger surface to work the roots apart. Rinse the soil off of the roots before placing them in the jar, fill with enough water to submerge the roots. Make sure to keep the water filled, and that’s about it.

They’ll be cleaning up your air in no time. Or you can come by Bloom Room and breathe in some of ours.

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Kiva Confections: Chocolate Meets Medical Marijuana

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Bloom Room SF supports local flavor. Medical marijuana started here - and we're big fans of bay-area marijuana organizations who support quality, consistency, and safety. Kiva Confections is an exceptional chocolate producer; even without their key medical ingredient, cannabinoids - their chocolate is worthy of being in the fancy chocolate aisle at Whole Foods or Molly Stone.

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Kiva Confection produces Premium Medical Marijuana Infused Chocolate. They offer a variety of flavors - all of which contain 180mg of THC (the main ingredient often sought after by many medical marijuana patients in San Francisco0; while they don't offer a CBD-Rich variety (meaning more cannabidiol than THC per dose) - they have introduced a brand-new edible to our menu: Kiva Confections Terra Espresso Bites!
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These delicious coffee beans are wrapped with Kiva's velvety chocolate bliss. every bite brings wellness and a smile.

As with any medical marijuana edible, Kiva Confections should be broken into small pieces and ingested incrementally every 30-60 minutes. Leave some time between small bites to test your personal tolerance: edibles can last for several hours, so it's important that patients do not consume a large portion of this medicine right away!

In the event that you do consume too much medical marijuana chocolate - consider a CBD-Rich product like Alta California's CBD Tincture! Using CBD can help you dissipate the mental effects of THC. If your dose becomes to much to handle - a couple drops of the Alta California Tincture will help you avoid an unhappy experience.

Bloom Room Holiday Party Features Vaporizers, Freebies, and Fresh-Brewed Blue Bottle Coffee!

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Thanks for showing up Cannabis Times Magazine! Hope you enjoyed our Pax Giveaway!

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We had our own Coffee Barista serving fresh-ground Blue Bottle Coffee by the drop. Perfect every time!

Coffee and Cannabis is the perfect combination. We even have exclusive giveaways for fans of Blue Bottle Coffee! Follow us on Facebook for details :)

The Pax vaporizer was up for giveaway, donated by LivingCannabis.

How To Identify Medical-Grade Cannabis in San Francisco and Beyond!

Not all marijuana is created equal. All cannabinoids are medically valuable - but not all flower samples have the potential to alleviate your medical conditions. In San Francisco, patients have access to a range of different medical marijuana strains; the bay area plays host to a variety of providers and purveyors of cannabis - but, that doesn't mean that everything on every menu can be considered medicine. In order to be medical marijuana, your cannabis needs to possess cannabinoids - and the beneficial medical compounds are found in the highest concentrations within the resin glands know as trichomes. Though it is ideal to have lab data reflecting the medical potential of a given strain, there are various ways to assess the quality of any sample of medical marijuana. Next time you're at Bloom Room SF (or any other medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco), take a few moments to examine multiple strains for the following qualities:

Trichomes Are Where Most of the Medicinal Magic Happens!

1) STRUCTURE: When it comes to premium medical marijuana - trichomes matter most; since trichomes grow on the surface of the flower, density becomes an issue. If a bud is too dense, the trichomes will form and mature in a limited fashion rather than throughout the entire bud (you'll find them clustered on the outside of the flower or in pockets). Loosened flowers provide more surface area and thus a greater among of cannabinoid-dense trichomes.

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2) FRAGRANCE: Medical-grade cannabis has a pungent aroma. While every scent differs from one strain to the next, a sample that lacks a distinct fragrance is generally old and/or dried out. If you notice the dominant scent of wet grass, then chances are that sample hasn't been properly cured and needs to dry out before consumption. Curing is an essential part to the process of harvesting quality medical cannabis! This process breaks down chlorophyll (which tastes/ smells like grass) and allows the terpenes (fragrance compounds) to express themselves. Patients shouldn't consume fresh medical marijuana by way of inhalation: it will taste disgusting and harsh. All proper medical cannabis has been thoroughly dried and properly cured.

3) MOISTURE CONTENT: One of the best ways to test a strain of medical marijuana for moisture is the crack test. To perform the crack test, simply bend the stem of your flower sample. If the stem bends, the sample is too fresh to be consumed by way of inhalation (either through a vaporize or smoking device); if the stem cracks with a clean break, the sample is properly dried and ready for consumption. Flowers that have been improperly stored can dry out resulting in a harsh experience for the patient.

4) STICKYNESS TEST: This relates back to both trichomes and moisture content. Proper medical marijuana should be sticky to the touch. Patients have reported their medical nuggets sticking to the top of the Bloom Room medicine tins when they first open their gram or eighth! Cannabis flower stickiness is caused by the trichomes' resinous surface: more sticky = more trichomes = great medical marijuana! No stickiness means the sample has few trichomes or that it is very dry. Consider cracking open a nugget to examine the stickiness within; sometimes the handling of large quantities of buds results in the nuggets losing their stickiness on the external surface. Cracking a bud can also help you get a great sample of the true fragrance for any particular strain. Consider getting a grinder to avoid losing trichomes on your fingers!

BR_Chart graphic_035) LAB TEST: At Bloom Room, we test all of our strains for potency and safety (mold and pesticide) with CW Analytical Labs in Oakland. They analyze the cannabinoid content for each strain - allowing us to inform patients about their medicine. Instead of relying on a name or lineage of genetics, patients can get to choose their medicine based on the symptoms they wish to alleviate; since each cannabinoid has different medical qualities, we think it's important for patients to have access to lab results when seeking out quality medicine.

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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Hemp Seed Oil, Essential Fatty Acids, and Your Health!

The cannabis plant has so much to offer: everything from the seeds to the trichomes have been utilized by humans seeking health, wellness, and nourishment. While all of our patients understand the significant benefits of consuming trichomes (which are the resinous glands found on female flowers), few realize the impressive health benefits of hemp seed oil!

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By squeezing the seeds of the marijuana (or cannabis) plant, manufacturers are able to extract an oil chock full of health benefits! To best illuminate the multifaceted benefits of hemp seed oil, we've quoted an article from RegenerativeNutrition.com. They've done such a great job illustrating the science behind hemp that we thought it best to point you in their direction!

"The oil can be used as part of a nutritional programme to maintain and improve good health.  With a pleasant nutty flavour, Hemp Seed Oil is ideal for use in salad dressings, mayonnaise, dips etc. It is not suitable for frying as this reduces the benefits.

Hemp has had a long-standing relationship with humanity; modern science reveals that it contains all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary for human life, as well as a rare protein known as globule edestins that is very similar to the globulin found in human blood plasma.

Four years after the Marijuana Tax Act passed in the US, a researcher writing for a 1941 edition of Science lamented the loss of access to the hemp seed's rare and important globule edistins; "Passage of the Marijuana Law of 1937 has placed restrictions upon trade in hempseed that, in effect, amount to prohibition....”

Hemp seeds contain the most balanced and richest natural single source of essential oils for human consumption. The E.F.A.'s not only help to restore wasting bodies, but also improve damaged immune systems, so it is not so surprising that modern researchers have studied them in relationship to the modern immune attacking AIDS virus. (Eidlman, M.D., Hamilton, ED.D, Ph.D 1992).

Hemp oil is natures most balanced oil for human nutrition (3:1 LA to LNA ratio) and is easily digestible; in fact this oil could provide all of our Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) requirements for life, due to the balanced 80% EFA content of the oil.

Research has shown that this nutritional oil was once a part of worldwide dietary intake, as it was one of the first cultivated crops. All natural foods contain some substances, which are essential to life. Oils for example, found in nuts and seeds, contain significantly higher amounts of essential fatty acids than other foods.

Much information about Hemp has been systematically removed from written texts since the 1930's and is now difficult to find. Many of the myths about hemp, perpetuated by governments to this day relating to hemp being a drug crop are incorrect and simply propaganda created to make way for synthetic man made products.

Alpha Linolenic acid (LNA) Deficiency Symptoms - Omega 3

 

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The symptoms of LNA deficiency include: Growth retardation, weakness, impairment of vision and learning ability, motor incoordination, tingling in arms and legs, behavioural changes.

Adding LNA back into the diet from which it is missing can reverse these symptoms. Other symptoms that can result from LNA (or w3) deficiency include; High triglycerides, high blood pressure, sticky platelets, tissue inflammation, edema, dry skin, mental deterioration, low metabolic rate, some kinds of immune dysfunction

Linoleic acid (LA) Deficiency Symptoms - Omega 6

The symptoms of LA deficiency include: Eczema-like skin eruptions, loss of hair, liver degeneration, behavioural disturbances, kidney degeneration, excessive water loss through the skin accompanied by thirst, drying up of glands, susceptibility to infections, failure of wound healing, sterility in males, miscarriage in females, arthritis-like conditions, heart and circulatory problems, growth retardation.  Prolonged absence of LA from the diet is fatal. Adding LA back into the diet from which it is missing can reverse all of the deficiency symptoms.

In 1955 the Czechoslovakian Tubercular Nutrition Study concluded that hemp seed was the"Only food that can successfully treat the consumptive disease tuberculosis, in which the nutritive processes are impaired and the body wastes away"(Robinson 1996).

Dr Johana Budwig – A pioneer of Essential Fatty Acid Research

The seven-time Nobel Prize nominee, Dr. Johana Budwig, a pioneer of E.F.A research, reported success in treating heart infraction, arthritis, cancer and other common diseases with massive doses of E.F.A.'s.   Budwig's research indicates that many of these killer and crippling diseases may be caused in part by our diet of saturated fat and trans-fat, which are present in much of the food we eat. According to this healing Doctor, saturated fat and trans-fat befuddle the electronic charge of the unsaturated oils, which are present in cell membranes.

‘This decreases the cells ability to receive and store electrons from the sun, which according to Budwig is a key factor in human health.’

Alternatively, a balanced diet of E.F.A’s keeps the charge of the unsaturated fats in the cells membranes working properly and electron rich. As Budwig herself explains:

"The sun's rays are very much in harmony with humans. It is no coincidence that we love the sun. The resonance in our biological tissue is so strongly tuned to the absorption of solar energythat physicists who occupy themselves with this scientific phenomenon, the quantum biologists say that there is nothing on earth that has a higher concentration of solar energy photons than humans. This enrichment with solar energy depends strongly on the like energy aspects, a wavelength that is compatible with humans, and this is supported when we eat foods that have electromagnetic waves of solar rays--the photon. An abundance of these electrons, which are tuned to the solar energy frequency, exist, for example, in   many seed oils. Scientifically these oils have even been designated as electron-rich, essential, highly unsaturated fats. (Budwig 1992)

Budwig states that when we began to homogenize vegetable oils so that they would store better, we unknowingly changed their E.F.A. content into saturated fats in the ensuing heating process. These E.F.A. robbed, thus electron poor   "promote the emergence of cancer.... They behave like tar, as insulators relative to the transport of electrons in living tissue." Alternatively, "electron-rich highly unsaturated oils... increase the absorption, storage and utilization of the sun's energy".

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Budwig relates that after her ailing patients have been treated with an E.F.A. rich diet and then "lie in the sun, they notice they feel much better-rejuvenated"; (Budwig 1992)   "On the other hand, nowadays we frequently observe that the heart fails on sunny beaches, and not infrequently heart attacks occur. We can observe some individuals in our time experiencing stress from exposure to the sun’s energy, whereas others respond with dynamic improvement in all vital functions. The stimulating effect that sunshine has on the secretions of the liver, gall bladder, pancreas, bladder, and salivary glands is easy to observe. These organs only dry out upon exposure to sunshine when the substance that stimulates secretions is missing. The decisive factor in all these observations is   whether the surface-active, electron-rich, highly unsaturated fats are present as a resonating system for solar energy, or, if they are missing. The doctor tells cancer patients to avoid the sun; that they can't tolerate the sun. As soon as these patients--also cancer patients--were placed on my oil-Protein   diet for just 2-3 days, i.e. a diet that   contains an abundant supply of essential fats, they were able to tolerate the sun very well. Yes, they emphasize how well they suddenly feel in the sun, how the life forces are stimulated and that   they feel dynamically energized."(Budwig 1992)

In times of worry about increased exposure to the sun's rays the E.F.A. rich oils provided by hemp may offer us hope. In her writings about the sun's effect on the cell membrane's electrons, Budwig referred to the work of the quantum physicist Dessauer, "If it were possible to increase the concentration of solar electrons tenfold in this biological electron rich molecule, man would live to be 10,000 years old."

Benefits of Cold Pressing

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Oils should be pressed with a minimum of heat because the higher the temperature of the oil the faster it is destroyed by light, oxygen and other chemical reactions. The shape and properties of Fatty-acid molecules can change lowering their nutritional and biological value.

In the UK we do not have restrictions on pressing oil from live seed unlike America where the seed has to be killed by high temperatures to allow it to be imported. With this seed is it is not possible to press fresh living oil that remains stable with a longer shelf life. Hemp oil is legal in the UK.

How to use

With a pleasant nutty flavour, Hemp Seed Oil is ideal for use in salad dressings, mayonnaise, dips etc. Not suitable for frying as this reduces the benefits. May be taken as a nutritional supplement for general health and well being.

We recommend mixing with Barley Grass Powder,  providing the benefits of the soluble proteins in Barley Grass Powder, along with all the huge array of other  nutrients. (Organic yogurt can be used as an alternative Barley Grass Powder) Use 1 dessertspoons of Hemp oil to one heaped dessertspoon of Barley grass juice powder, (or half a cup of organic yogurt) half a glass of chemical free water, (do not use tap water, the chlorine in tap water turns nutrients into toxic, even carcinogenic chemicals!). This mix can be taken once or twice daily. The combination forms the basis of a powerful therapy that Dr Budwig used, and helps to deliver sunlight from sensible sun exposure to the cells for maximum benefit.

Hemp oil can also be used externally on the skin, easily absorbed and moisturising, suitable for poor condition skin.

From our batch tests, it appears that rancidity increases at an exponential rate. I.E. low PV value at time of pressing takes longer to oxidise. We have found that our oil has the ability to be stable for at least six months if stored in the refrigerator. Oil is pressed fresh for each order and then dispatched to the customer in dark brown glass bottles.

How much is needed?

Recommended daily intake for a person with an average build/ body fat profile is 2-4 dessert spoons (up to 50 ml) per day, or in the case of therapy this can be increased up to 150ml per day for approximately 7 days then reverting to the normal daily intake amount. The requirement of oil intake is now widely accepted as being 15%-20% of calorific requirement (daily average of 2000 calories for an average adult). EFA oils contain embodied energy of 9 calories per ml, which is mainly used by the body for structural, hormonal and electrical functions, rather than energy.

What are the beneficial properties of Hemp Seed Oil?

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Because Hemp Seed Oil is such a rich source of both LA (Omega 6) and LNA (Omega 3) in balanced proportions, conditions caused by deficiencies in both can be treated with one oil.

The functions of LNA include: Production of smooth skin increased stamina, speeds healing, increases vitality, brings a feeling of calmness, reduces inflammation, water retention, platelet stickiness and blood pressure, enhances immune functions, reduces the pain and swelling of arthritis, can reverse pre-menstrual syndrome, can treat bacterial infections, brain development in children.

The functions of LA include

 

Energy production, growth vitality, mental state, oxygen transfer, formation of cell membrane, recovery from fatigue, secretion production in exocrine and endocrine glands, formation of prostaglandin's (to maintain cardiovascular system) keeping body fluids liquid, helping immune system resist and fight infection, prevention of allergies, functioning of heart tissue

The functions of GLA include

Conversion of LA to the beneficial prostaglandin's, cholesterol lowering actions, useful in treating degenerative diseases.    The Oleic Acid (Omega 9) contained in Hemp Seed Oil helps keep arteries supple because of its fluidity. In excess Oleic acid can interfere with EFA's and prostaglandin's.

The low level of Stearic acid (18:0) in Hemp Seed Oil is beneficial as high levels of Stearic acid are more likely to form flow-impeding clots in blood vessels and work against the healing qualities of the EFA's.

  • Palmitic acid  (16:0) commonly found as a high percentage in animal fats and tropical oils, it raises cholesterol levels.
  • Vitamins: are also present notably C, E, B1, B2 and carotene in a fat soluble, easily digestible form.
  • Minerals: mainly Phosphorus, Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium.

Please note, oils that have been high temperature and solvent extracted then refined (most oils in the supermarkets) do not have the benefits left in them but contain detrimental Trans-fatty acids from hydrogenation.

EFA's increase metabolic rate, therefore increasing fat burn-off, helping you to become slim. Not to be seen as a singular solution, exercise and good eating habits need to be taken into account.

Combining Barley Grass with Hemp Oil

Mixing Hemp Oil with Barley Grass Powder,  provides the benefits of the soluble proteins inBarley Grass Powder, along with all the huge array of other  nutrients. Use 1 or 2 dessertspoons of Hemp oil to one heaped dessertspoon of Barley grass juice powder, half a glass of chemical free water, (do not use tap water, the chlorine in tap water turns nutrients into toxic, even carcinogenic chemicals!). This mix can be taken once or twice daily. It is the combination of the proteins in Barley Grass Powder that protect the  Hemp oil from degradation in the body. The combination forms the basis of a powerful therapy that Dr Budwig used, and helps to deliver sunlight from sensible sun exposure to the cells for maximum benefit."

 http://www.regenerativenutrition.com/content.asp?id=64

Information sourced from Udo Erasmus excellent book "Fats that heal - Fats that kill"

Ten Reasons To Believe Marijuana Legalization Is Inevitable

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Visit us online or in person (at 471 Jessie Street in Mint Plaza) to inquire about cannabinoid products, or to talk to a consultant about incorporating marijuana products into your daily regiment.

Here’s a list of major indications pointing to marijuana legalization and overall public acceptance:

  • Laws are being reformed, all around the world. Countries like the Czech Republichave recently legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, others like Uruguay are considering recreational legalization, and over half of America has either decriminalized marijuana or legalized it for medical purposes (with legislation pending in numerous states across the country), etc.. The revolution is here, and in places where it’s not as prevalent – it will be soon.
  • The majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana – a few decades ago, support was around 12%. Polling from the Pew Research Institute found that not only did 52% of Americans support legalization, but 72% feel that, despite their views, it’s inevitable. An even more recent poll, conducted by the Huffington Post and YouGov, found support among Americans to be at 57%.
  • Research is catching up with reality. It seems that every few days now, despite a federal ban that makes research difficult (to say the least), new studies are coming out which validate the benefits of marijuana and its legalization. Recent studies to make a splash have shown medical marijuana legalization to reduce suicides, as well as traffic fatalities. Studies have also shown medical marijuana legalization to reduce, not increase, youth usage rates, and medical research has found marijuana to be beneficial in treating PTSDdementiabreast cancer, etc..
  • Even among those who consider themselves religious, opinions are changing rapidly, especially among youth. A recent poll conduced by a religious polling firm found that a majority of self-identified Christians aged 18-29 support marijuana legalization, and 52% believe that marijuana consumption is entirely okay.
  • A recent seminar at Harvard Law School featured a section called “Tax Planning for Marijuana Dealers”, which educated students on how marijuana businesses, such as medical marijuana dispensaries, can obtain tax deductions despite being a federally illegal business. Harvard Law School…. teaching people how to dodge federal law to receive tax deductions for selling marijuana – this is undoubtedly a sign of changing times. Other colleges, such as Oregon State University, have begun offering cannabis and hemp related classes.
  • Police in Seattle, Washington, have begun to issue warning letters to those found dealing marijuana on the black market rather than arresting them. In these instances, they’ve even been returning the marijuana. This is despite the fact that anyone distributing marijuana, besides when licensed by the state (no licenses have been given yet), is as illegal as it was before (a felony charge of up to 5 years in prison). This is a clear sign of the changing times, and is a shining example that not all police need to take a hard-handed approach to marijuana. It’s also important to note that police in Washington State can no longer arrest an adult 21 and older for smoking in public – it’s now a simple $103 ticket (that’s never placed on someone’s record).
  • Companies involved in the marijuana industry have become legitimate investments. USA Today had an article this month titled As marijuana goes legit, investors rush inwhere they discuss the legitimacy of the ever-growing (despite being federally-illegal) industry. Investors are swarming to the growing market, looking to invest in start-up companies that can take advantage of the incoming “green rush”. In addition, marijuana companies, such as Medbox (a company that manufactures marijuana vending machines), have become mainstays on the stock exchange.
  • The U.S. Republican Senate Leader has filed legislation to end federal hemp prohibition. This is one of the most legislatively powerful Republicans in the country, and he’s sponsoring bipartisan legislation to find put an end to the decades long prohibition on industrial hemp, an incredibly diverse commodity. This is just for hemp, and not marijuana with higher levels of THC, but if hemp is legalized soon, and people realize they’ve been duped for decades and rejected an opportunity to take advantage of this valuable crop, many of the remaining opposition to legalization will think twice.
  • Celebrities, scientists and politicians are rapidly coming out in support of legalization. The organization and website Marijuana Majority, is dedicated precisely to this. For politicians, supporting marijuana legalization is becoming a politically wise thing to do, and not the other way around, which has resulted in individuals like California’s Lt. Governor calling the war on drugs an “abject failure” while simultaneously calling for legalized marijuana. You can find a large and impressive list of legalization supporters by clicking here – you’ll quickly note that some of the top minds of our time, and most famous celebrities of our day, are on the list. In a society that near-idolizes the famous, this is important.
  • Prohibition has done nothing to reduce usage rates, or reduce support for reform.The U.S., in its implementation of marijuana prohibition, has continued to slam non-violent marijuana consumers with insanely harsh criminal penalties, in some instances for possessing miniscule amounts. Despite this, and despite a government propaganda machine that never seems to stop spewing bullshit, the number of cannabis consumers has risen, not decreased, and support for ending prohibition has grown tremendously in recent years. Prohibition doesn’t work, and it never will. Legalization is the inevitable answer.

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

Don't Miss Out On 420 Savings this 420 Weekend in San Francisco!

Happy Patient Appreciation Day, San Francisco! We're celebrating with special offers all weekend long starting April 19th!!
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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.

What's Happening on 420 in San Francisco Bay Area?

EXPERIENCE A THROWBACK VERSION OF CANNABIS CULTURE: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v_1rz7Eh9c]

Have you ever been to Haight Ashbury in San Francisco for Four-Twenty? What about Golden Gate Park? Well, Hippie Hill is a huge event - a great way to see the ancient customs of the "sixties culture" - dating back to the early days of the psychedelic settlements found throughout a then black-&-white version of San Francisco. If you like music, festival atmospheres, and an overall welcoming and friendly crowd - consider stopping by the Haight Ashbury district during the course of your celebrations.

LAUGH:

"Countdown to 420 with Doug Benson" dougbensonsanfrancisco  

"At the age of twenty-two, Doug Benson began performing stand-up regularly in Los Angeles after he and two friends dared each other to go on stage. It turns out that Benson was the only one of the friends to actually make it to the stage, an event that set the wheels in motion for eventual performances on Comedy Central’s The A-List, Two Drink Minimum, and The TV Wheel in the 1990s. Benson is also known for being a contestant on the fifth season of Last Comic Standing.

Benson has released five comedy albums, including 2012’s Smuglife, and aims to record a new album every April 20 -- for release the following summer -- for the rest of his career. Benson starred in the 2007 documentary Super High Me – a takeoff of 2004’s Supersize Me – about the effects of smoking cannabis for thirty days."

LISTEN:

"Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) is playing the Fillmore in San Francisco on 420!" 

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"As part of his coming-out tour, and only days before the release of his Diplo-produced reggae album, Snoop Lion (né Dogg) will be playing one of those intimate shows here in S.F. at the Fillmore. And because Snoop Lion loves weed, and San Francisco loves weed, Snoop has decided to come to San Francisco on World Weed Day -- aka April 20, aka 4/20, aka the best day in all of the year to see Snoop Dogg perform." - SF Weekly

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"White Mystery 420 Psychedelic Meltdown"

"White Mystery rocks a Top Ten Album, ELLE Magazine Brazil feature, Daytrotter session, POWERGLOVE music video, and Sound Opinions episode distributed by American Public Media. Miss Alex White and Francis White are two siblings born and raised in the city of Chicago that play original, garage punk shows around the world. Chicago Tribune music editor and Sound Opinions host Greg Kot writes, "The real attraction is White Mystery, the new duo forged by Miss Alex White, best known as the guitar-wielding blowtorch in her long-running gig with [Miss Alex White and] the Red Orchestra. With drummer Francis White, she reduces her love of soul-fired garage rock to its butt-kicking essence.""

"An Evening with Moonalice at Slim's in San Francisco on 420"  moonalicesanfrancisco

"Moonalice is a band of seasoned musicians who feel that live music should be a communal experience where the listener and musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other. Their songs try to speak to everyone, mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration." A bonus 420-themed auction during the show! Price is $4.20 (or course), and the items included in the auction are all 420 worthy:

A beautiful guitar signed by Carlos Santana. A Metallica package including a cymbal signed by the band, drum sticks, Metallica hat, Metallica t-shirt, and various guitar picks. An assortment of fine wines A Grateful Dead poster package. Jerry Garcia poster package. Several rare Grateful Dead t-shirts. A Slim’s/GAMH ticket package and more!

LEARN:

"HempCon 2013 in San Jose"

hempconsanjoseAll weekend long - April 19 to the 21st! - in San Jose Convention Center! "

Hempcon is a medical marijuana show catering to those who may be benefited from the medical use of marijuana. This will be one of the premiere events of the year with a huge amount of exhibits including medical marijuana dispensaries, collectives, care givers, evaluation services, legal services, educational institutes, equipment, accessories, and many more. Hempcon will be an educational event as well with a full weekend of seminars and presentations by industry leaders, advocates, and attorneys. Whether you are a patient or someone who wants to get educated more about medical marijuana, you have got to be there.

For 2013, we are scheduled to have multiple shows all around the Southwest throughout the year. Be sure to check out, Hempcon in your local town as we will expand into other markets where medical marijuana has been legalized. We urge supporters of the Medical Marijuana industry to come out and participate in what is sure to be the best event of the year!"

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.

The Top 10 Pros And Cons for Medical Marijuana as a Medical Option (according to ProCon.org)

In an article posted on Procon.org, experts are cited in a list of the Top 10 Pros and Cons for Medical Marijuana as a Medical Option. The list focuses on Physician Perspectives on Marijuana's Medical Use, Medical Organizations' Opinions, US Government Official's Views, Health Risks of Smoked Marijuana, Treating AIDS with Marijuana, Marijuana for the Terminally Ill, Marijuana Vs. Marinol, Addictiveness of Marijuana, the Gateway Effect, Medical Marijuana Debate and its Effect on Youth Drug Use.

This is a great survey of current research on both sides of the argument! We highly recommend visiting ProCon.org's Marijuana Page to read more about medical cannabis, the implications of current research, and the marijuana plant in general terms. We've reposted the Top 10 Pros and Cons for Medical Marijuana as a Medical Option below for your convenience! And, if you have more questions - don't stop looking for answers :)

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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!