Mangoes and Marijuana: Can This Fruit Actually Improve Your Cannabis Experience?
Merry Jane-Staff Written-1/8/16
Marijuana and mangoes go together like ginger and sushi—yeah, you read that correctly. Though you might pair the Japanese cuisine with soya sauce or wasabi, a slice of pickled ginger helps to cleanse your palate and to experience the full flavours of sushi. Similarly, mangoes maximize your high while also extending its duration. This delicious, natural improvement to your cannabis experience is definitely one worth trying. But how have mangoes and marijuana come to be such a perfect pair?
Those looking for a scientific explanation of the connection between marijuana and mangoes believe a natural organic compound, or terpene, in the fruit called myrcene is responsible. Myrcene terpenes are behind the strong-smelling components of certain fruits and plants such as mangoes and cannabis. In cannabis, terpenes are found in the same glands of the plant as THC and CBD. These same components are found in mangoes. Furthermore, there are two ways these organic compounds help the body process THC: by increasing potency and allowing for a quicker, longer high. This is where the myrcene terpenes in mangoes come into play. By adding to the myrcene terpenes already present in the bud, mangoes can enrich the high of weaker strains and complement the high of stronger ones.
After you eat a mango, the fruit’s terpenes enter your bloodstream. When you smoke marijuana, the THC consumed interacts with these terpenes in such a way that it increases the level of your high. A detailed scientific explanation has yet to arise, so discussing the details of the exact interaction is impossible for now. From what we can tell though, the terpenes from the THC seem to attach to the myrcene terpenes that are already in your bloodstream, increasing their duration and influence on the brain. While a lot of this is still anecdotal, users testify that after eating mangoes, they get an extra kick out of their cannabis.
In addition to greater potency, eating mangoes and consuming marijuana in tandem can give you a high more quickly. When you smoke cannabis, it can be difficult to tell whether you have smoked too little, just enough or way too much. This is largely due to the time your body takes to actually process the THC. The natural compounds in mangoes help THC move through the blood brain barrier faster and therefore it can potentially reach the brain half the time it would normally take. It also allows for the body to process the THC faster and more efficiently. Logically speaking, these factors combine to let you get the most out of your herb by maximizing the amount of THC processed and sustaining it for longer periods of time due to the increase in potency and efficient processing.
Though it's not an exact science, it seems to make sense that this tropical fruit can, in fact, enhance a high. Now would be a good time to run out the supermarket, grab the sweetest smelling mangoes you can find and give your tastebuds—and your bud—a new experience altogether.
AAA Study Finds Cannabis DUI Laws Not Factually Based
The Marijuana Times-Jason Sander-5/27/16
Proponents of continued cannabis prohibition have long exaggerated the harmful effects of driving while high. When states started legalizing recreational cannabis a few years ago, the debate heated up even more.
RT America reports that a recent study done by the automotive giant AAA has proven what cannabis users have been saying since the debate over stoned driving began. The study admits that in several U.S. states, no scientific basis exists to legitimize current THC blood testing used to determine motorist impairment. This is pretty big cannabis-related news coming from the largest automotive club in the nation.
As most cannabis users know, BAC (blood alcohol content) testing is not comparable to determining whether someone is high. Also, some people who are completely baked could pass a field sobriety test with ease; while others might fail at some parts of the test – even when sober. The fact that various weed strains will affect individual people differently is not news to cannabis enthusiasts.
The human body does not metabolize cannabis the same way it does alcohol. Depending on the user’s weight and frequency of consumption, cannabis can remain in the bloodstream for a month, or even longer. The presence of any level of THC in the blood is not an accurate indicator of driver impairment.
“It’s an attempt to try to do an apples-to-apples comparison with blood alcohol concentration,” Marijuana Policy Project senior legislative analyst Chris Lindsey said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “This only backs up earlier research that THC blood levels are not an adequate marker for driver impairment,” Lindsey added.
Nine states with legal medical cannabis currently have a zero tolerance policy regarding THC impairment. Which is curious at best, considering those states don’t have the same zero tolerance laws for alcohol intoxication.
Many cannabis users say they are better drivers while high. With more awareness of their surroundings than normal drivers, driving while high can heighten cautiousness and defensive maneuvers. While this is probably true anecdotally, current impairment laws do not afford for any type of discourse on the matter and can always lead to your arrest for DUI.
Some studies have found that cannabis consumption can moderately alter the driving performance of some motorists. But having loud passengers or music can have the same effect on drivers, so these studies aren’t always reliable. The exact degree to which cannabis impairs each individual motorist has been difficult to test or determine for the same reasons we’d all expect – namely its illegality. Other factors, like the fact that most impaired drivers causing accidents on public roadways also have other drugs in their system muddy these waters even more. Thusly, these studies seem to always produce some kind of contradicting results.
What’s the drug responsible for the most roadway accidents and deaths? That’s right. You guessed it – alcohol.
Just like with consuming alcohol or any other drug, if you need to get somewhere while stoned, getting a designated driver or calling an Über is probably the best idea.
San Francisco Gym Focuses on Using Cannabis to Enhance Fitness
The Marijuana Times-Julia Granowicz-5/27/16
People are becoming more accepting of marijuana as a medicine and the potential it has to benefit not only people with debilitating conditions, but anyone looking to enhance their life – that is, if it is used properly and responsibly. There are a large number of people who have sought to turn to marijuana as a way to enhance their workout routine, whether it be running, biking, lifting weights or a blend of it all to help promote healthy weight loss. There are ways that marijuana can be incorporated into your daily exercise routine and allow you to reap the benefits.
Among the people who have been determined to break the lazy stoner stereotype is a man named Jim McAlpine, who created an event called the 420 Games. The 420 Gamesstarted off in San Francisco, but have quickly gained popularity and now take place all around the country throughout the year. On top of this amazing venture, McAlpine has recently obtained a lease for a gym that will focus on using marijuana to enhance the workout experience. The gym will be called Power Plant Fitness and if all goes well, it will be open in a matter of months.
Members will be able to come into Power Plant Fitness and know they are surrounded by like-minded individuals. There will be a “cannabis assessment” for newcomers that is intended to help them find the right delivery method to ensure an optimal effect – for example, one person may find that a brownie or cookie is too potent, but taking a few drags from a vaporizer might leave them in the perfect place.
The gym will allow members to consume edibles and vaporize inside – but laws against smoking marijuana indoors mean that, for now, smoking will not be permitted. However, McAlpine hopes to build a smoking deck that will allow those who prefer to smoke to have a place to consume on site as well. While it may seem to some like another excuse for a cannabis club, (and they will likely need to obtain a lounge permit from the state to allow consumption at all) McAlpine says otherwise.
Whether you personally feel the “get up and go” after toking or not, there is definitely a large number of people who do. Actually, I know a couple of people who smoke before their daily workouts and they are a couple of the most active people I know. If you’ve never found working out to be of interest before, who knows, maybe going to the gym with a buzz might make the workout more enjoyable. Whatever your reason, it works for a lot of people and Power Plant Fitness is probably the first of what will be many gyms that will allow cannabis consumption.
Congress Finally Approves Medical Marijuana for Veterans
High Times-Mike Adams-5/23/16
Veterans struggling to gain access to medical marijuana caught a major break last week at the hands of Congress.
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate put their seal of approval on an amendment that would prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs from dipping into the federal budget to stop Uncle Sam’s doctors from providing patients with recommendations to use medical marijuana.
This is the first time in American history that both chambers have seen eye to eye on an amendment of this kind—a move that stands to eliminate restrictions that have kept the men and women of the United States military from having legal access to a safer alternative to dangerous prescription drugs.
"The death rate from opioids among VA health care is nearly double the national average," Representative Earl Blumenauer, who introduced the House amendment, said prior to the vote. "From what I hear from veterans is that medical marijuana has helped them deal with pain and PTSD, particularly as an alternative to opioids."
Although cannabis advocates felt confident the amendment would make its way through the Senate once again this year, there was some concern that the House would continue to reject the measure. For the past two years, the lower chamber has prevented the amendment from going the distance—stomping it out by narrow margins. But, after some debate, House lawmakers voted 233-to-189 in favor of allowing the amendment to move forward under a larger Military Appropriations Bill.
As expected, the Senate did not waste any time supporting the amendment. Although some pot advocates argued a positive outcome was not a sure thing, by Thursday afternoon, lawmakers in the upper chamber voted 89-to-8 in favor of allowing VA doctors the ability to discuss medical marijuana as a potential treatment option.
Both chambers of Congress will now head to the negotiation table in order to reach an agreement on a solitary amendment that can be tucked inside the 2017 Military Construction Appropriations Bill. Since both the House and the Senate have approved the amendment, there is a better-than-average chance that it will be included in the final 2017 Fiscal Year budget that is slated to be signed by President Obama at the end of the year.
National marijuana advocacy groups applauded Congress for finally taking the appropriate steps to tear down the barriers that have prevented veterans all over the nation from using medical marijuana in states where it is legal.
“Prohibiting VA doctors from recommending medical marijuana does nothing to help our veterans,” Robert Capecchi, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, told HIGH TIMES in an emailed statement. “Current VA policy is preventing physicians from thoroughly monitoring patients’ medication decisions and engaging in frank conversations about available treatment options. It dramatically undermines the doctor-patient relationship.”
“This measure removes unnecessary barriers to medical marijuana access for the men and women who have volunteered to serve in our armed forces,” Capecchi continued. “It will save veterans time and money, and it will allow them to have more open and honest discussions with their primary care providers.”
Louisiana medical marijuana bill signed
The Associated Press-Melinda Deslatte-5/20/16
BATON ROUGE — Katie Corkern couldn’t stop smiling Thursday, confident that relief for her son’s uncontrollable seizures may finally be near.
Corkern, her son Connor and the rest of her family stood near Gov. John Bel Edwards as he signed a bill to kick-start and expand the Louisiana medical marijuana program, which has been slow to begin because of regulatory hurdles.
“I’m very excited for the future. And I’m very excited for all the people this medicine can help,” the mother and advocate said after the bill signing.
The governor said the program will have a dramatic effect on Louisiana’s families.
“It simply is unacceptable to tell parents of kids especially that if they want to make available to their kids the medicine that is being recommended by their doctors in order to achieve some better quality of life, some reduction in pain or other symptoms, that they have to move,” Edwards said.
The bill by Republican Sen. Fred Mills, a St. Martin Parish pharmacist, will broaden the existing program to cover more diseases and make regulatory changes aimed at getting marijuana — in an oil form that can’t be smoked — into patients’ hands more quickly.
Sheriffs and district attorneys opposed the bill as opening the door to eventually legalizing recreational marijuana.
Edwards described the measure as having “tight controls” so it won’t become “a medication that is recommended for every ailment that is out there.”
Lawmakers sided with parents who said their children’s medical conditions could be helped with therapeutic marijuana, who talked of moving to Colorado to lessen their children’s suffering and who launched billboards and social media campaigns for the bill.
Corkern and her son, who has a rare brain disorder that causes repeated seizures, were on one of those billboards and were a regular presence around the Louisiana Capitol.
“Connor’s neurologist in New Orleans feels (medical marijuana) is the last resort for him in order to control his seizures, because we’ve obviously tried everything and the meds just aren’t working for him. They’re making his body waste away,” Corkern said.
The Corkerns are from Edwards’ hometown of Amite and attend the same church as the governor, and they had a significant advocate on their side — the governor’s wife Donna — who attended committee hearings with Katie Corkern and who was on hand for the bill signing.
“In terms of lobbying the governor, nobody did that more effectively than Donna did over the last couple of months,” Edwards said.
The law passed last year will eventually get medicinal-grade pot to people suffering from cancer and a severe form of cerebral palsy. Mills’ bill adds seizure disorders, HIV, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and other diseases to the list.
The bill also sets a Sept. 1 deadline for LSU and Southern University to decide if they want to be the state-sanctioned grower of the product, in an effort to speed the decision-making since the schools get first right of refusal to grow the plant.
It also reworks some of the regulatory language to address doctors’ concerns about running afoul of federal drug regulations, allowing a physician to “recommend” use of therapeutic marijuana, rather than prescribe the drug.
Mills has estimated Louisiana is 18 months to 24 months from getting medical marijuana to patients. The state-sanctioned grower needs to be selected, along with 10 distributors.
Corkern said the wait was now tolerable: “Knowing that I don’t have to fight for it to become legal, that makes the waiting easier.”
Senior Citizens and Cannabis
Green Rush Daily-Drew Jameson-5/18/16
Senior citizens have become the new market for medical marijuana.
Sue Taylor was once a high school principle who fought hard to warn students about the dangers of marijuana. Now, she’s one of a growing number of senior citizens who are turning to cannabis use in their old age.
It all happened after Sue’s son got into California’s bustling medical cannabis industry. Through her son, she started to learn more about cannabis, and it made her change her mind entirely.
Now, the 68-year-old isn’t just a convert, she’s an advocate for aging Americans using cannabis.
Since Sue began speaking up at community meetings, she’s earned the nickname, “The Weed Lady.”
At those meetings with her friends and neighbors, Sue explains the medicinal benefits and possibilities of a healthy cannabis regiment. She wants people around her to know how good cannabis can be for them.
And Sue is on the right side of history. More and more Americans age 55 and up are using cannabis, according to recent polls. It’s a massive cultural shift within a generation that previously preached the dangers of drugs. Now, senior citizens are advocating for the medical benefits of treating the symptoms of aging, especially aches and pains, with cannabis.
Medical cannabis — and Sue prefers to take her Gummy Care edibles — helps with one thing that affects virtually every senior: arthritis.
“Number one is arthritis,” Sue said. “There are tinctures andrubs that you could actually put on your legs, on your knees, across your back, wherever you’re having any arthritic pain. Most senior citizens use the cannabis for pain and to sleep.”
Dr. Igor Grant, a distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, points out another benefit to shifting senior citizens over to cannabis treatments for managing pain.
Remember, Americans over-65 only account for 14 percent of the nation’s population. But that 14 percent uses more than 30 percent of all prescription drugs. And some of the most common drugs senior citizens use are highly-addictive painkillers.
Prescribing cannabis, instead of something like Vicodin and other opioid painkillers, could have a tremendous impact on the health of senior citizens.
For now, the challenge of spreading cannabis culture among senior citizens has to do with education and overcoming old negative stereotypes.
Whoopi Goldberg’s weed products are proof of the ‘branding of the bud’
Whoopi Goldberg’s personalized brand of medicinal marijuana products has been trending on social media and remained a topic du jour on talk shows since it was first announced on Wednesday. The brand’s arrival is the culmination of a movement toward changing the narrative on legal weed that has been building for years.
Alicia Darrow, the chief operating manager of the Blum medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, California, which will be one of the first locations to sell Goldberg’s new products, is a 15-year veteran of the business. She told MSNBC she remembers the days when providing sanctioned pot was “very similar to how speakeasy was during Prohibition.”
“It was small doors in areas that were very hidden, there was no advertising, there was no signs, no Yellow Pages ads or anything like that would direct you," she said.
Darrow was drawn into the world of medicinal marijuana first as a patient when she sought treatment in the late ’90s for endometriosis. She became hooked by the drug’s ability to heal. Now, in a post-Colorado landscape where business is booming and lots of regulations are in place, it feels like a whole new world.
“It’s been a real pleasure to watch this industry unfold, because God knows we’ve been riding a wave of ‘How can we help people without getting into trouble?’” Maya Elisabeth, a 10-year-plus proponent of the medicinal marijuana business who has partnered with Goldberg to produce weed-infused items tailored for women, told MSNBC on Friday.
Elisabeth, who said she has had a “long-standing relationship with the cannabis plant” and “bathes in it every single day,” has witnessed a startling evolution of thought over the last few years. More and more people are starting to recognize the value of parts of the plant that are not just used for recreational smoking, she said. By reaching out to women with products made to treat menstrual cramps, she and Goldberg (whom Elisabeth calls an “inspiration”) are trying to serve a population that hasn’t been previously provided with a lot of options for relief.
“It’s a very intelligent, calculated and well-planned line,” Elisabeth said, while acknowledging that it is part of a gradual “branding of the bud” that has been taking place in recent years.
Of course, with its increasingly high profile and spiking profits, the mainstreaming of marijuana industry brings inevitable risks and potential drawbacks. “There is a lot more competition,” said Darrow. “As it’s becoming more mainstream, a lot of big corporate billionaires and people that have a lot more money than the majority of people who have been running this industry in California the last few years [have entered the market].”
Still, Darrow isn’t scared of the new kids on the block, because “they really don’t know the business.”
Meanwhile, people like David M. Cunic, a former physical therapist who now runs medicinal marijuana testing labs in two different states with a third on the way, are doing their best to protect consumers. “Someone is going to always find a way to the cheat the system,” he told MSNBC. “This is a modern day gold rush – that’s why they call it a ‘green rush.’”
He too has experienced firsthand the changing of corporate America’s tune when it comes to the profitability of medicinal marijuana. Cunic, a New Jersey native, says just the word “marijuana” itself was taboo for decades, and he was once laughed out of a potential investor’s office in New York, only to have that same person call him up less than two years later to say, “This is a booming sector, this is a booming industry.”
From Cunic’s perspective, “Whether you’re for it or against it, it’s a drug that needs to be tested.” And just testing the substance has the potential to be a multimillion-dollar business alongside the sellers. Still, not all of the states that allow the sale of medicinal marijuana have strict testing laws, including Cunic’s home state.
Even though he’s heard physicians praise marijuana as a “modern-day penicillin,” Cunic still has to overcome negative stigmas when he tells people what he does for a living, especially in the tri-state area on the East Coast.
“I don’t use the word marijuana at all, I say cannabis,” Cunic said. “People say, ‘Oh, cannabis, that’s interesting,’ but as soon as you say pot or marijuana, they say, ‘How can you do that?’”
According to Cunic, the prefixed, criminalized concept of the stoner stereotype is hard to shake. “Never underestimate the power of Prohibition,” said Elisabeth.
This is why Goldberg’s entry into the industry could be a game-changer. “I think it’s a great conversation starter,” said Cunic, who hopes that the “Sister Act” star’s celebrity status will help more Americans understand that the marijuana plant can be used to do everything from make clothing to treating psoriasis and eczema. But that may be why there is so much resistance to legalization in some elite, conservative circles – the medicinal marijuana industry could cut into the bottom lines of pharmaceutical companies, for instance.
“Of course they don’t want to see an easier, cheaper, more efficient way to make their products that they’re making tons of money on,” said Darrow. But she believes corporate interests are beginning to lose fights they used to win against pot sellers because the tax revenue legal marijuana is generating for local governments is too irresistible.
This partly why sellers like Darrow aren’t exactly panicking over the prospect of a President Donald Trump or Ted Cruz curtailing the gains the industry has made in recent years.
“It’s so far progressed and so many states have already passed these laws and so many regulations are in place – I don’t know how easy it would be for a president to snap his fingers and change something at the rate that it’s moving forward and how much has happened in the last couple years,” she said. “It is a risk, it could happen, it does worry me – but not too much.”
Just How Well Does Weed Work for Period Pain?
For the sake of all the ladies, MERRY JANE puts Foria’s Relief product to the test.
I personally received a handful of texts from my non-partaking girlfriends, who saw the “Trending Topic” on Facebook and had to know if putting weed in your vagina was a real, viable treatment for cramps and other pains associated with Aunt Flo’s monthly visit.
If this were widely proven to be an effective treatment, then dozens of girls I know would purchase them, who would never smoke cannabis or try an edible.
A couple of quick emails to the ladies at Foria got a package into my possession, so I could bring the rest of you ladies valuable information from the front lines.
Like many women, I have utilized medical cannabis for menstrual cramps and pain for years. It’s not surprising that Foria, the inventors of the first direct-to-marketcannabis-infused pleasure lube for women, would create such a novel application that delivers the medicine within the body, directly to where it’s needed most.
The instructions for the product advise you to lay on your back and relax for 15 minutes or more after application. Cannabis products are constantly reinforcing knowing one’s self and enhancing the mind-body connection for greater healing potential. While these products are effective no matter what, it’s amazing what following the instructions—and actually relaxing into the feeling—can accomplish.
Let’s look at the facts behind Foria Relief:
- According to Foria’s website, Foria Relief works by delivering a soothing blend of cannabinoids directly to the muscles of the vagina. This activates cannabinoid receptors in the pelvic region, impacting the nerves of the uterus, cervix and ovaries, along with the surrounding muscle tissues.
- Each one contains 60mg THC and 10mg CBD, a good ratio for combating acute pain and inflammation. While the THC has a fast-acting positive effect on nerve pain, the CBD acts as an additional immune system supporter, repressing signals that lead to inflammation in the body.
- The suppositories are smaller than you’d expect—definitely not close to the size of a tampon, as some articles have suggested.
- They have an organic cocoa butter base, so you can be sure that they’re natural and safe to put inside your body.
I can personally attest to the efficacy of this product for period pain, and I even experienced a pleasant side effect, which other ladies have also reported.
Back in high school, I injured my back around the L5 vertebrae, right above the pelvis. Because of this I battle daily pain in my pelvic region and lower back, oftentimes even my sciatic nerve, shooting down my legs. The Foria Relief product is so potent that it provides soothing relief to all of these areas.
In talking with other women who have tried the product, many have shared with me that it helps them too with Sciatica and back pain, so it’s definitely not a “just for periods” product!
Foria is an amazing company making waves in the cannabis space by completely rethinking the way that many women face everyday sexual health issues.
Though they were one of the first to manufacture such products, they certainly won’t be the last; Whoopi & Maya is launching soon in California and beyond.
Ladies—let’s thank these outstanding and innovative women by spreading the word, and of course, gifting all of our loved ones these products. “Cannabis for cramps” is our reward for being so strong all these years.
Cannabis Journalism Course Offered at UC Berkeley This Summer
With the cannabis industry expected to thrive in some states California is the next up to offer cannabis courses to help those looking to get into the industry. UC Berkeley will be offering a course on cannabis journalism this summer that will take writers through the rigors of writing and reporting professionally for a fairly new industry.
The course is taught by Katya Cengel that will give emphasis on cannabis journalism by David Downs, a leading journalist currently working with the likes of Culture Magazine, Wired, SFGate and contributing author of Beyond Buds.
Cengel will help aspiring journalists to develop sources, conduct interviews, write quickly, revise and edit along with an introduction to multimedia and blogging. Downs will guide those with his experience working in the industry and offer insight into unfamiliar territory of covering cannabis through media and going in-depth into writing non-fiction books.
Downs started covering the cannabis industry with the East Bay Express in 2009 with a column called Legalization Nation and as co-founder of the Marijuana Business Report in 2010. Shortly after Downs became editor of Smell the Truth at SFGate it became one of the first major newspapers next to Denver’s The Cannabist to solely cover the thriving cannabis industry.
Downs stated that back in 2009 when he started the Legalization Nation column that there was minimal coverage on the cannabis industry. Then in 2012 Denver’s biggest newspaper started The Cannabist and coverage from media channels such asVICE through their Weediequette show gave new light to covering cannabis.
“Editors at other brands such as Wired started to take this seriously because the legitimacy of legalization. In 2014 Oregon and Alaska accelerated that trend and we see box media, buzz beats and entire media switching to covering the cannabis industry,” Downs told MERRY JANE.
UC Berkeley is following the same path as University of Denver who last year started an interim course on cannabis journalism being the first University in the U.S. offering such courses. These courses will help students investigate the scope of marijuana legalization movement and its many political and practical intricacies.
“Students will visit and interview dispensaries, industry professionals and private citizens to produce a portfolio piece of narrative journalism using the modes and methods of their choice, with direction of the instructor,” according to the University of Denver website.
While institutions are slower to evolve than publications according to Downs, the need for more professionals in the industry is evident and that there is more beyond editorial journalism such as confident cannabis communications and that every dispensary needs copy writers and much more.
“Now we’re seeing higher educations begin to back programs around this trending topic. Last year the University of Denver offered courses with the professors active there while I continue to do stuff with Katya at UC Berkeley,” said Downs.
With the rise of cannabis legalization across the U.S., the need for journalists who understand the cannabis industry will be expanding. If you’re looking to get into the industry this course is offered for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing, or Specialized Program in Professional Writing all from the comfort of your home.