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#GovernmentMedicalCannabisFAIL


Medical cannabis has helped treat numerous ailments that people face.  From glaucoma to depression, people are turning to medical cannabis to treat their illnesses.  This just goes to show that cannabis has become a more reasonable substitute for medicine than pharmaceutical drugs.  More people have been flocking to medical cannabis for treatment, yet the federal government has been lagging so far behind on the cannabis culture within our American society.

How behind is our government in terms of the cannabis community?  A recent article from The Washington Post was released yesterday showcasing the “marijuana” that the government has been studying all those years.  What we discovered was absolutely SHOCKING.

Seriously guys…what…the FUCK.  Is this some kind of a joke?  This is the cannabis that the government has been using for research all these years?  It looks like some wacky tobacco/oregano crap from Mexico!  I couldn’t even call this cannabis because it looks like patches of sticks/dirt used for a bird’s nest.  As Veronica Corningstone from Anchorman would say, “It smells like, like a used diaper…filled with…Indian food.”

It really has to be some kind of sick joke because that is NOT the kind of cannabis you see at dispensaries.  That so-called “marijuana” that they were researching with looks like mutated bird shit grounded up with dirt and stems.  As a cannabis connoisseur, I’m APPALLED at how disgusting that batch of cannabis looks.  Here’s what REAL cannabis should look like:

Look at that gorgeous nug!  It’s got that light-green color, orange hairs, crystallized white trichomes, and is much more thicker than the counterpart.  THAT is what medicinal cannabis should look like when your administrating it to patients, not that mutated rosemary leave seasoning that the government has been working with.

All insults aside, this poses a serious health problem and PR nightmare for the cannabis industry.  This is a grave insult to medicinal patients all across the country that habitually use cannabis daily.  Patients depend on high-quality medicine from license professionals, not something that looks like cow manure drenched in grass clippings (if you’ve been keeping track, that’s FOUR shots fired at the “cannabis” used for government research!).  Cannabis professionals are so ahead of the time, in terms of proper cultivation techniques, that patients are flocking to these professionals for help rather than the ‘professionals’ in the healthcare system.

If we can’t trust our country’s top federal researchers to conduct proper research on cannabis, then how can we possibly trust them at all?  No patient would ever purchase that dried-up patch of grass and dirt mixture (FIFTH shot fired!).  If I ever bought something like that at a dispensary, I would immediately send it back and NEVER go back there ever again.

In order for the NIDA researchers to get back into good graces, they really need to keep up with the cannabis trends.  The cannabis culture has been soaring since legalization has been making waves all across the country.  If this is the best that NIDA can do in the 21st century, then they are seriously sinking from the public’s favor.  We live in a world where cannabis connoisseurs/professionals are providing better-quality medicine than the researchers at NIDA.

This was a bad PR nightmare to hear about!  Dispensaries have been rolling in millions of dollars in state sales and our top health researchers are so far behind on the latest trends.  I would never use it because that is not the cannabis I see within the TV series showcasing medical dispensaries.  If you want to provide high-quality medicine, then you have to follow every correct procedure EVERY step of the way.  You can’t take any shortcuts or else your product will plummet in sales.

Within the growing medical cannabis community, patients demand high-quality products to treat their pain.  That patient suffering from depression won’t be too happy if you provided him that grounded-up grassy shit rather than the big green buds filled with orange hairs and sticky trichomes.  Even worse, you could possibly increase their pain and suffering that they are going through right now (that depressed patient could be having suicidal thoughts again!).  It’s crucially important to cultivate cannabis the proper way in order to get the most out of your product.

As time yields on, hopefully NIDA will get in on the cannabis trends that are happening now within the industry.

Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (to Vaporize Weed!)


All living creatures have relied on the sun for survival since the dawn of time.  Hunter-gatherers had no concept of time, yet they knew that their day started when the sun was up.  Plants draw in energy from the sun to grow stronger each day.  We are millions of miles away from the sun and yet we always conjure up more unique ways to utilize its energy for different purposes.

Whether its growing plants for food or heating up our homes through solar panels, the sun is one of our most essential tools for survival in our daily life.  It’s astonishing how our country takes nature for granted since we depend on sunlight for a variety of benefits.  Soaking in sunlight helps us receive the necessary vitamin D3 intake that will help increase our serotonin levels (thus why we love going to the beach during the summertime!). We would be completely screwed if the sun dies out, but that catastrophic event won’t occur for another billion years later.

Advancement in technology helped us trap the sun’s energy for solar panels as a form of alternative energy.  Solar power has become a popular energy source since the 21st century and we are creating more ways of getting the most use of the sun.  It has made waves here in Massachusetts, but it’s gained a lot more popularity in California (because California has over 300+ days of sunshine each year!).  From homes to hot tubs, solar power is revolutionizing the way we utilize energy for personal benefits.  One unique function for the sun’s energy is for consuming cannabis.

Fredericksburg Virginia-based company The Sun Token created the first solar hybrid vaporizers for vaping cannabis.  Creator hector Campos initiated the company in 2015 after being able to source all the materials to create the Sun Token model that would be beautiful as well as affordable.  The product itself provides a hand-finished cherry wood base that is smooth enough to touch.  It comes with accessories such as the mouth piece, a variety of colorful bowls to choose from, shatter-proof acrylic dome with a magnet base, credit-card sized Fresnel lens, and an owner’s manual.

The concept itself is simple: pack your weed into the top carb piece.  Attach the magnetic dome onto the base to keep the flowers from being blown away.  Hold the Fresnel lens near the carb and inhale when you see the flowers being lit up.  Exhale after you take in the smoke and…voila!  You just got stoned through the power of the sun!  It’s like watching mother nature at her very finest

Remember that old childhood science trick where you held a magnifying glass near the sun to try to burn a piece of grass?  It’s just like that unique science concept, only now you’re using that science to vaporize some weed!  Your favorite science experiment now functions as a unique way for consuming cannabis with your friends.  Yeah! Science, bitch!

This is an awesome cannabis product!  If I were living in California, I would definitely vaporize some weed with my friends using The Sun Token.  It’s a perfect product for soaking up the sun while you use that sun to consume some cannabis on the beach.  The sun’s rays are so vital for our health and now we’ve utilized that function to get even healthier through cannabis.  Cannabis seems to be steering us closer to nature as recreational use becomes more popular here in the United States.

Before the digital age of the 21st century, 90s kids like me used to hold a magnifying glass near the sunlight in an attempt to burn pieces of grass.  We may have grown up years later, but our imagination helped shape the new world we live in.  Cannabis has received much more support since I was a kid and that newfound support means a whole range of innovative ideas on how to consume the product.  The Sun Token is just one of many companies bringing in a unique take on the vaporizing concept.

Millions of years later, we continue to discover more interesting ideas on utilizing the sun’s energy.  This is just the beginning for renewable energy sources.  Who knows, we could be taking bong rips by heating the flowers through the sun’s rays!  One thing is for certain: the sun is our most important tool for all living creatures on this earth.

Cannabis Chemistry 101


Here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar, two of the most popular chemicals that are regularly discussed are THC and CBD.  These chemicals compounds are found within the cannabis plant and provide a wide-range of benefits for consumers.  THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive part of cannabis that generates the ‘high’ that people feel after consuming cannabis.  CBD doesn’t have that psychoactive feature and it can help counteract the effects from THC.  It’s also the compound that provides the calming effect needed to treat anxiety or sleep loss.

With cannabis use gaining more popularity after last year’s election results, the scientific research on the plant becomes more essential than ever before.  Newly-discovered compounds are documented, providing unique benefits that THC may not have.  What kinds of unique compounds are found within cannabis?  Do they provide similar medicinal effects that would benefit consumers?

To answer these burning questions, I’ve decided to craft a helpful list of common chemical compounds found within cannabis.  Today’s post is a lesson on ‘Cannabis Chemistry 101’, aiming to educate you on the miraculous chemicals.  So sharpen your pencils and crack open your notebooks, because it’s time to start your less on Cannabis Chemistry 101!

THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)

Our first chemical compound is THCV or Tetrahydrocannabivarin.  Tetrahydrocannabivarin provides a strong psychoactive feature that will leave you with a euphoric high.  This chemical is so strong that it will leave you higher than THC, but the duration happens only half as long.  Its euphoric high contains energetic effects that will keep you moving.  Ingesting some THCV has been found to effectively counter stress, anxiety, and panic disorders without suppressing any emotion.  Taking in cannabis with THCV also reduces the tremors associated with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and from other neurological disorders.  Users consuming THCV will also see that it diminishes appetite and help stimulate bone growth.

CBG (Cannabigerol)

Cannabigerol is a non-psychoactive chemical that has been found to stimulate both brain cell and bone growth in users (and they say smoking weed will kill your brain cells…pshaw!).  The compound also provides promise as an anti-bacterial and anti-insomnia medicine, which would be useful in combating insomnia.  While there is not a lot of major medicinal effects, cannabigerol is definitely useful for sleeplessness.

CBDV (Cannabidivarin)

Cannabidivarin (CBDV) is another non-psychoactive chemical on the list.  It demonstrates promise in treating seizures for people.  Epilepsy is a well-known disease that is currently being treated with cannabis.  It has shown some dramatic improvement over the years and CBDV is the chemical compound most helpful with the symptoms.  For those suffering from seizures, CBDV is the way to go when scouting for the best cannabis chemicals.

CBN (Cannabinol)

Cannabinol occurs after THC degradation.  It is the most sedating of all cannabinoids on the list and provides mild to non-psychoactive effects.  This chemical provides help in aiding glaucoma, insomnia, and pain.  You’ll have to degrade some THC in order to get some CBN, but the compound will be most useful for aiding sleeplessness as well.

CBC (Cannabichromene)

The last chemical compound on our list is CBC, cannabichromene.  Cannabichromene is another non-psychoactive chemical that also stimulates bone growth.  This compound is found to be about 10 times more effective in treating anxiety or stress than CBD.  If you thought that CBD was the most useful in treating anxiety, then you haven’t seen nothing yet!  While CBC products haven’t become popular on the market yet, it’s proven effects of combating anxiety/stress could become a popular cannabinoid in the near future.

So these are some of the most popular chemicals discovered within cannabis.  There are still many more hidden compounds to explore and legalization will help pave the way for better cannabis use.  Who knows, maybe there will be strains high in CBC hitting the shelves in the near future.  But for now, keep these chemicals in mind when thinking about utilizing cannabis for combating your illness.

Brace Yourselves…Office Germ Warfare is Here!


We are nearing the end of February and I have gotten through the worst of this head cold/cough I caught the past weekend.  After a long week of work/play around Boston, my sickness caught up to me out of the blue.  What followed was a series of coughs, muscle aches, stuffy nose, and an overall lack of motivation to get things done.  Thankfully the weather is getting warmer and I plan to wander outside more to take in some fresh air!

Rather than grossing you out with my cold symptoms, I’ve decided to take the time to discuss sickness during the wintertime.  Every winter, thousands of people catch some form of bug/flu that goes around each year.  Like a parasite feeding off of its prey, viruses spread like wildfire in the office.  It only takes one ‘patient zero’ victim to set off the germ warfare that travels around the atmosphere.  Whether you are just starting out as an intern or living large as the company’s CEO, no one is safe from the inevitable plague that invades the office.

So how does this happen?  Why is it that we catch a flu or bug every winter?  Even when we eat right and keep ourselves moving, how is it that we become an easy target of the virus?

Well folks, it’s about time we start getting scientific about the ‘patient zero’ phenomenon that happens every winter.  It’s sick, shocking, and may be traumatizing for some readers.  Before we open the doors to the office, let’s get some basic science out of the way first.

If you took away anything from grammar school science class, you would remember that the common cold is caused by the spread of viruses.  Viruses are microorganisms that invade normal cells inside your body and multiply in order to produce other viruses.  These tiny capsules are much smaller than bacteria, infecting cells that are contained within your bloodstream.  They eventually eradicate these cells, which causes you to become sick.  A virus could cause severe illnesses such as smallpox, HIV/AIDS, and hemorrhagic fevers.

People spend 90% of their time indoors, especially during the wintertime when it’s cold.  If you are residing in New England right now (like I am!), then you are probably rushing to head inside to keep yourselves warm.  You head into your office building where millions of microbes are floating around the rooms.

To better understand how viruses are easily spread around the office, let’s discuss the day-to-day agenda that happens inside the building.  We will use a public relations office as our example (to keep the entertainment PR theme going!).  Our day in the PR agency starts and people start heading to their desks.  Hundreds of men/women are loading the stuff into their desk and brewing up that first cup of coffee.

What’s the most common office item used daily? Electronic devices, of course!  Various electronic gadgets are used to complete the tasks on the PR agenda each day…which collect MILLIONS of microbes.  That’s right people, those smartphones/laptops you are attached to contain a multitude of harmful bacteria that plagues the office (FYI, your keyboard alone contains 3X more bacteria than your toilet seat!).

While your clicking away at your keyboard, your co-worker will probably come around to give you a second set of eyes on your task.  He/she will tap away on your keyboard to provide some necessary changes for the press release you are working on.  After all’s said and done, your manager will come by to use that SAME keyboard to give you their feedback on what looks better.  And while all that is happening, your desk is sucking up millions of microscopic bacteria that sticks there for days.  Like a magnet collecting pieces of metal, your office desk collects millions of microbes that floats around your office’s atmosphere.

Your building  provides air vents, which ALSO spews out microbes as well.  Pieces of dust are constantly floating around the rooms after exiting the air vent, which land onto your office.  There might not even be a ‘patient zero’ around and you could STILL be infected by the virus.  It’s like you’re in a constant battle of germ warfare and you can’t even see your enemy!

That’s all to it folks: common everyday items we use are constantly collecting microbes that get seeped into your bloodstream one way or another.  Even if you don’t come into physical contact with people, you are still susceptible to receiving the virus one way or another.  They say that sharing is caring, but the virus is certainly NOT something you want to share with your co-workers!

At the end of all of this, there are some simple rules to follow when the plague hits the office.  Always wash your hands constantly and cover your coughs to prevent the virus from spreading further.  Keeping hand sanitizers or wipes with you at all times helps to prevent infection as well.  If you do get hit hard, it is vital to stay at home for the day.  The last thing you want is to spread the virus to more employees after catching it earlier.  Work may be important, but your #1 priority is your health.

It may still be February, but Spring is just around the corner and warmer weather is coming soon enough.  Use these essential tips to survive the office germ warfare that invades the building every year.  With these tips at hand, you can win the germ warfare in order to live sick-free another day.

 

 

Driving Through the Future of Pot Shop Drive-Thrus


There’s nothing more American than using the drive-thru service.  From restaurants to banks, many industries established a drive-thru option for better-quality service at a faster rate.  The first bank that utilized a drive-thru window teller was from the Grand National Bank in Saint Louis, MI in 1930.  Only deposits were allowed at the time, but it pioneered what would be a revolutionary way of completing business.

As a kid, nothing was more exciting than being taken into a drive-thru service for food.  My parents would drive me to the McDonald’s for some lunch after finishing some errands.  The concept was pure and simple:  you drove up to the microphone to place in your order (my order was usually the Quarter Pounder meal with fries and a Coke!).  Once you place your order, you drove up to the window where you pay for your meal.  After you pay for your meal, you grab your food/drinks and head home to eat.

McDonald’s is just one of many companies that embraced the drive-thru concept in America.  With more unique industries springing up each year, the need for more drive-thru services becomes more important than ever.  After last year’s elections, one industry that is looking to push out their drive-thru service is the cannabis industry.

Parachute, a small town in western Colorado, has given the go-ahead for a business to open the state’s first drive-thru cannabis dispensary.  Last Thursday the Board of Trustees voted to approve the annual renewal of the business license for Tumbleweed Express, which will clear the final legal to opening the drive-thru pot shop. The Tumbleweed Dispensary is expecting to open up the Tumbleweed Express Drive-Thru sometime next month.  This unique drive-thru service will open up in a former car wash that is located just across the street from the store’s location.

Here are a few rules that would be established for the drive-thru:  you have to be 21 or older to order from the drive-thru (that includes backseat passengers as well!).  Security and surveillance will be set around the drive-thru while business is operating.  The last thing is ensuring that no orders are visible from outside the licensed premises.  You can consume your order after you purchase it, but it can’t be done on Tumbleweed Express.

Tumbleweed Express will set the stage for what will be Colorado’s first drive-thru cannabis store.  It will be a similar concept to ordering a Quarter Pounder at McDonald’s, except you will be able to order cannabis products instead.  Oregon already became the first state to open the nation’s first drive-thru shop in Gold Beach, but it quickly shut down due to being close to two schools.  Colorado will have to work hard to prove that this familiar business concept can work for the cannabis industry without causing any major hiccups in the process.

This would be an interesting concept for the cannabis industry!  The drive-thru concept helped flourish many businesses and it could definitely give the industry leg-up for its competitors.  Hopefully Colorado will get things situated in order for the drive-thru to work properly.  If all goes well, then it could mean major changes for how the industry conducts business in the next five years.

With new industries making waves in America, so does the demand for different ways to conduct business (and vice-versa!).  The slow cultural shift towards legalization has prompted businesses to stay ahead of the curve in order to understand their audiences better.  Drive-thru may help flourish the cannabis industry, but a new business trend could be right around the corner.

If all runs smoothly, then we may see a future where we purchase a Quarter Pounder meal with a quarter pound of cannabis.