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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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Ten Reasons To Believe Marijuana Legalization Is Inevitable

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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.

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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Cannabis Synergy: The Entourage Effect Consists of Cannabinoids and Terpenoids

Who is Dr. Ethan Russo?

Dr. Ethan Russo, is a cannabis pioneer. Peter Brady, in an article for Cannabis Culture titled, "Ethan Russo: A Pot Pioneer," explained him as follows: "Aside from being an ethnobotanist who has just written a book about the medicinal uses of psychotropic herbs, Russo attended medical school in France and the United States, and now has two decades experience as a pioneering neurologist helping children and adult patients in Missoula, Montana. He specializes in child neurology, migraines and chronic pain."

He has delivered a great amount of research and validated science to the cannabis discussion; he is our main source of inspiration when it comes to our obsession with terpenes.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzRIZbzRyzE] "In this video, Dr. Ethan Russo speaks at the Second Clinical Cannabis Therapeutics Conference in Portland, OR (2002). He recounts major studies on the use of marijuana by different populations; Beginning with the India Hemp Drugs Commission in 1893, Dr. Russo reports that every study came to basically the same conclusion: Society has no cause for concern regarding the effects of Cannabis use on health or crime, and in fact, it has many positives - like medicinal value, spiritual traditions, and productivity. Dr. Russo also debunks the myth that today's marijuana is stronger than 1970's marijuana. Dr. Russo cites a great reference book for further study: "Marijuana Myths; Marijuana Facts", by Lynn Zimmer and Dr. John Morgan.

Now that you know a bit more about him - let's dive into a study he published back in 2011. In the study, published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, he examines the synergy between cannabinoids and terpenoids, and coins the phrase "entourage effect" to explain the complexity of the cannabis plant's remarkable therapeutic value.

Study Title

Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects

Study Abstract:

"Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been the primary focus of cannabis research since 1964, when Raphael Mechoulam isolated

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and synthesized it. More recently, the synergistic contributions of cannabidiol to cannabis pharmacology and analgesia have been scientifically demonstrated. Other phytocannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabivarin, cannabigerol and cannabichromene, exert additional effects of therapeutic interest. Innovative conventional plant breeding has yielded cannabis chemotypes expressing high titres of each component for future study. This review will explore another echelon of phytotherapeutic agents, the cannabis terpenoids: limonene, myrcene, α-pinene, linalool, β-caryophyllene, caryophyllene oxide, nerolidol and phytol. Terpenoids share a precursor with phytocannabinoids, and are all flavour and fragrance components common to human diets that have been designated Generally Recognized as Safe by the US Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies. Terpenoids are quite potent, and affect animal and even human behaviour when inhaled from ambient air at serum levels in the single digits ng·mL−1. They display unique therapeutic effects that may contribute meaningfully to the entourage effects of cannabis-based medicinal extracts. Particular focus will be placed on phytocannabinoid-terpenoid interactions that could produce synergy with respect to treatment of pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections (including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Scientific evidence is presented for non-cannabinoid plant components as putative antidotes to intoxicating effects of THC that could increase its therapeutic index. Methods for investigating entourage effects in future experiments will be proposed. Phytocannabinoid-terpenoid synergy, if proven, increases the likelihood that an extensive pipeline of new therapeutic products is possible from this venerable plant."

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 :)

Cannabis and Terpenoid Science

Wake up and smell the flowers! Not just the roses - but medical cannabis! As it turns out, following your nose could be your ticket to more effective medicine! Why? Terpenes.

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Terpenes are the fragrance molecules found in the cannabis plant's resin; terpenes not only contribute to the pungent aroma of these magnificent flowers - but they also help define the medical qualities of any particular strain!

As it turns out, cannabinoids aren’t alone in the trichome, and they definitely aren’t the only active compounds in your medicine; in fact, terpenes not only exhibit their own medical qualities (think aromatherapy), but they also act in synergy with cannabinoids!

This means you should be considering terpenes when you buy your medicine - not just cannabinoids!

At Bloom Room, we love terpenes! We've got live flowers in our shop to help enhance your medicinal experience. Think roses, tulips, daisies, and chrysanthemums - and how their potent fragrance can change your mood :)

We'll talk more on the subject of terpenes and cannabinoids, in the future. We're also going to write monthly articles on www.91Life.com to help further the fascinating science of terpenes! So, for now, just don't forget to smell your medicine before you medicate; Trust us, it makes all the difference!