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Vortex review ; Northern Lights cannabis Co. Denver, Colorado.

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Have you experienced the Vortex?

An 80/20 Sativa dominate hybrid from TGA won first place in the 2010 Cannabis Cup. The genetics are Space Queen X Apollo 13.

During my last visit to Denver my caretaker was raving about this new strain, Vortex, that left him feeling “Methodical, organized, focused, … clear conception of what I needed to do step by step.”

We stopped at Northern Lights Cannabis Co. and picked up a half ounce of the Vortex. It was beautiful, sparkly, and very pungent.  We are both medical patients, and found the Vortex in the Medical room. I’m not sure if it’s available recreationally.

I also grabbed a Pre-roll of Cannatonic X Kaboom ( Jack’s Cleaner X Vortex). I haven’t smoked it yet, but I’ll be sure to add something from that experience to this post once I do.

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After first hit, I noticed that I felt instantly relaxed, and tingly. The taste was sweet, and spicy. As this passed, I became more and more focused, in a creative and imaginative way. My back pain was almost non-existent after about four hits (I’m a daily smoker, my tolerance is relatively high.) I felt uplifted, and ready to tackle my day.

This strains ability to take away pain, combined with it’s focused and methodical influence makes it perfect strain for day time use, medicating at work, and using to tackle tasks with grace and efficiency. I loved it! A+

Leafly reviews gave Vortex a 4.3 out of 5.  There are an additional (57) total reviews, and you can check them out here.

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http://www.leafly.com/sativa/vortex/reviews

http://www.nlcannabis.com/

Mountain high Strain Review leads to momentary nostalgic memories of growing marijuana

“Standing on the moon With nothing else to do A lovely view of heaven But I’d rather be with you”  -Robert Hunter

ha-ha yes!…I’m giving this shout out, not to a handsome charming man in the city but to some beautiful ladies in green. The goddesses of love, and healing. Let them grow. Let them be loved and worshiped for the great powerful gypsy goddesses they are.

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I’ve got “Standing on the Moon” playing in my head, you know cause’ the music never did stop. I came outside to have a nightly toke. My porch overlooks these gorgeous mountains that make you feel like everything you need is already everything you already have. A very content “hen to pan” feeling. Intense at times. If you’re having a rough day and you take a walk over that way, or this way… either way you go, you feel better because there’s so much organic beauty and truth it almost melts away anything that hurts, or any problem you face. Mountains….and stars offer such a tranquil feeling.  I was wondering as I’m feeling this way…”what more could I want? …I packed my bowl <shove huge organic purple dragon bud into trusty chillum> thinking for a second….”hmmm maybe that bud was a little dense, is it packed to tight?” …time to find out. I take a hit and sure enough it pulls great and I get a great rip and stare into the stars for a few seconds, exhale and it comes to me. I want to grow again! I had been growing for a short time while in Denver (a Golden Goat, and Blueberry), but wasn’t able to grow in my new spot here in the mountains. I would need a green house this high up…but I’m thinking about growing some tomatoes indoors next spring. It’s beautiful here, and the energy is great. Every now and then I find myself missing the hustle, bustle and good friends in the city. Denver is a great city full of vibrant and loving people. It’s by far my favorite city yet.

With such a huge movement going on in Colorado, there’s so much forward moving energy everywhere. I visit Denver every other weekend and the energy is so intense, a different energy; of people, and not so much vast land.  Still it’s very active, fun and exciting to be in Denver, Colorado right now! The food scene is great.  As well as the colorful community, and now with marijuana’s legalization even more awesome things pulling people in…allowing us to connect with each other on a whole new level. For myself, coming back up ten thousand feet and connecting with this beautiful land right after the rush of energy from the city life… is indescribable, I almost cant believe its all real sometimes. But it is, and it’s glorious.

..and I think also a combination of that and the Super awesome buds I’m smoking right now. It’s an indica hybrid; Purple Urkle X Blue Dragon…Purple Dragon. Here’s leafly’s review of it; http://www.leafly.com/indica/purple-dragon which I mostly agree with.

Purple Dragon is a righteous smoke. I feel calm, and energized at the same time. I’ m able to focus on less tasks than usual. I could relax but also I can get motivated to do a task that I want to accomplish. It doesn’t make my sleepy, but I could lay down and possibly relax into convincing myself its okay to sleep. I’m cursed with this inability to slow down and relax at night esp. I think some may call it insomnia.

There’s a lot of things to sort in my mind at the end of the day, and if say I’m with a good friend chatting or I’m watching a good show that helps me to unwind but mostly I just ponder away. You know, kind of of a storing of information learned, or reminding myself to do this or that, or look into something. I’m sure everyone does this to an extent.

It’s said that being with good friends and loved ones is the best way to smoke ganja, and this strain would defy put me in the mood to snuggle up and watch a movie not thinking twice about what I had to do the next day. 🙂

So big thumbs up for taking my mind off boring details that make the wheel turn, so I’m able to enjoy the now more fully. And enthusiastically.

Purple Dragon is not only a good head high, in my experience, but also it took most (I say most because I don’t think I’m ever not in a bit of pain) of my back pain away. I can sit and stand comfortably without having to keep readjusting. I’ve been typing a few minutes now and I haven’t had to move side to side or back once. Good sign of pain relief properties. Also, I’m feeling less anxious, my overall stress levels are way down.

My mouth IS a bit dry. but luckily I have a handy canteen of aqua to quench my thirst for  this very expectance.

Overall, I would say this strain is great for night time use, and mild-chronic pain. Hoping to pickup some more soon! Delish! 😉

Vanessa Waltz from Ladybud.com interview with Jason Cranford of Rifle Mountain; creator of Haleigh’s Hope.

Admin; Good man doing good work with good intentions-all children and their families benefit.

 

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APR 2, 2014

INTERVIEW: Jason Cranford on Haleigh’s Hope, Colorado Medical Cannabis Laws, and the Realm of Caring Waiting List

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Jason Cranford is the founder and operator of the 501(c)3 HOPE Foundation in Colorado. He is the owner of Rifle Mountain, a Colorado dispensary chain, and the owner and founder of Cranford’s, America’s first Cannabis Cigarette company. Additionally, Jason works as a Colorado Licensed General Contractor specializing in the construction of cannabis cultivation facilities. He is also an outspoken patient advocate, and we are honored that he took time from his busy schedule to give a rare interview to Ladybud Magazine. Our candid discussion was a real eye-opener for me, shedding the light on information that is critical knowledge for every Colorado medical cannabis refugee as well as parents treating their epileptic children with CBD-rich cannabis or hemp products in Colorado or any other part of the US.

Vanessa Waltz: Can you tell us a little about your history in the Medical Cannabis movement?

Jason Cranford: I became involved in the Cannabis Industry in 2009. I have always loved this plant but saw its true medicinal healing properties in 2009 when I was approached by a father of a four year old terminal brain cancer patient. I donated 1:1 CBD:THC oil to the family, and the little girl lived and beat cancer. This changed me mentally and spiritually with my views on medicinal cannabis. It was never a hobby to me after this – it became a responsibility and a mission.

Currently, I live in Colorado but work nationwide, lobbying for whole plant legislation. I also consult in the production of pharmaceutical grade cannabis products in multiple states including Curaleaf in Connecticut.

VW: What are your thoughts about the current trend toward CBD-only legislation? Continue reading

Marijuana Mass Acceptance Spreads Like Wild Fire

Marijuana legalization on cusp of mass acceptance

In long journey, drug soars from illegal to popular

By Marc Fisher | WASHINGTON POST MARCH 02, 2014
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People sampled products at the Cannabis Cup last month in San Bernardino, Calif.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — In the ‘‘medication area’’ of the nation’s biggest marijuana exposition, scantily clad young women hand out marshmallows they’ve dipped into a rushing fountain of pot-laced chocolate.

A few steps away, Anthony Ramirez offers free hits from a bong filled with the waxy marijuana extract that his family started producing when a friend’s mother needed relief from the pain of lupus.

Across a vast outdoor plaza lined with hundreds of booths, last month’s Cannabis Cup gathering in southern California attracted more than 10,000 visitors at $40 a ticket.

By midafternoon, some of them are sprawled on overstuffed couches that merchants have thoughtfully provided. Others move from booth to booth, sampling wares from businesses that have risen from the underground economy to create a burgeoning industry of hazy legality.

Vendors hawk brightly colored candies, chocolate bars, slickly designed jars of gourmet peanut butter — all infused with weed. Smokers sample e-cigarettes, vaporizers, and the latest in bongs and glassware.

Agricultural firms display industrial-sized machinery for harvesting plants, electronics firms offer a dazzling array of grow lights, and everywhere, growers lovingly explain the virtues of dozens of plant strains such as Gorilla Glue, Silver Haze, and Crystal Coma.

All in a state where marijuana is not yet quite legal, and all without a single police officer to be seen.

America has been at the edge of marijuana legalization several times during the past half-century, but never as close to mass acceptance of the drug as the nation is today.

Since the 1960s, the United States has traveled on a herky-jerky trip from hippies and head shops to grass-roots backlash by suburban parents, from enthusiastic funding of the war on drugs to a gathering consensus that the war had little effect on marijuana use.

Now, for the first time, marijuana legalization is winning majority support in public opinion polls and a drug used by about 6 percent of Americans — and one-third of the nation’s high school seniors — is starting to shake off its counterculture reputation. It is winning acceptance even from some police, prosecutors, and politicians.

But is this time really different? Why is the current campaign for legalization resonating when previous ones did not?

Today’s leap toward legality is entwined with the financial desperation of cash-strapped states, an Internet-driven revolution in how Americans learn about marijuana and its medicinal uses, and a rising libertarian sensibility in which many liberals and conservatives alike have grown skeptical of government’s role in telling citizens how to medicate themselves.

The skies looked bright for legalization at points in recent decades, and those efforts ultimately went nowhere, as campaigns by parents combined with sharp opposition by law enforcement and elected officials to keep marijuana on the list of substances that can land you in jail.

But in 20 states and the District of Columbia, the booming medical marijuana industry (the drug first became legal to treat ailments in California in 1996) has raised expectations of full legalization.

In 2012, legalized marijuana outpolled President Obama in Colorado; the votes for pot and Obama in Washington state were almost identical at 56 percent each.

Activists in at least six states and the District of Columbia are working to put legalization initiatives on the ballot this year or in 2016.

Legislatures in 13 states are considering bills to legalize a plant that in 80 years has traveled from widely used patent medicine to felony to misdemeanor and now to the cusp of acceptance as one more taxed and regulated mind-altering substance, akin to alcohol or tobacco.

In San Francisco during the ’90s, the nation’s 30-year culture war over marijuana had gone silent, replaced by a new urgency. In the city’s devastated gay neighborhoods, AIDS powerfully shifted the debate.

The 1996 campaign for medical marijuana in California pushed aside groovy graphics and hippie rhetoric and repositioned weed as a tonic for cancer, glaucoma, and AIDS patients. Grandmothers took to TV to explain how marijuana eased their pain, and doctors were enlisted to join the campaign.

Then billionaires George Soros and Peter Lewis each pumped half a million dollars into the effort. The initiative won 56 percent of the vote, opening the door.

During the next decade, 20 states and the District of Columbia followed the same path, but with extremely different results. In California, where medical marijuana permits are as easy to get as a bottle of scotch, more than half a million people have cards letting them shop in hundreds of dispensaries.

In the District of Columbia, where the law requires a 14-page application and recognizes only four diseases as warranting treatment with marijuana, just 120 people have been approved to purchase it since the first dispensary opened last July.

If legalization spreads beyond Colorado and Washington state, it likely will be because of a confluence of forces that have gathered steam during the past decade: Big money is backing the new, aboveground marijuana industry, and the Internet has altered the kind of messages that Americans hear about pot.

Americans have grown more libertarian in their perspective on personal freedoms, the most antimarijuana generation has passed on, and people across the ideological spectrum have grown frustrated with the cost, both financial and social, of decades of arrests and imprisonments.

Legalization drives are underway mainly in states facing tough budget problems.

Keith Stroup, founder of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, says, ‘‘big money can be made and suddenly the sin doesn’t matter that much.’’

 

Minnesotan’s have special interest in seeing medical marijuana legalized for benefit of those children with Dravet’s syndrome.

http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/charlottes-web-the-new-medical-marijuana/?id=160814

Charlotte’s Web’: The New Medical Marijuana

February 26, 2014, 5:55 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

'Charlotte's Web': The New Medical Marijuana

LUVERNE, MN –

Minnesota is about to enter the medical marijuana debate.

Lawmakers will consider two bills legalizing it during the legislative session this spring. If it passes, Minnesota will join more than twenty states where medical marijuana is legal, or possession of small amounts for medical treatment is decriminalized.

But modern medical marijuana may not be what you think it is. A new kind of medical marijuana called ‘Charlotte’s Web’ was developed by brothers from Colorado as a medication for children to stop seizures. Now families are moving to the state just to have access to the drug.

The parents of four-year-old Luella Johnson of Luverne, Minnesota hope lawmakers pass the legislation in Minnesota so they can have access to ‘Charlotte’s Web.’ Luella has a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome.

“It’s characterized by seizures that are resistant to conventional medication,” Luella’s father Jim Johnson said.

Seizures are a common occurrence for Luella and the Johnson’s have tried several medications to reduce the episodes. ‘Charlotte’s Web,’ which is a liquid form of medical marijuana, was named after Charlotte Figi who also suffered from seizures because of Dravet syndrome.

“She was having 300 seizures a week and she was a lot worse than Luella was but they tried that and she went from 300 seizures a week down to about one a week now,” Johnson said.

‘Charlotte’s Web’ was developed by the Stanley brothers in Colorado.

“I’m not a drug deal, I’m not a pot dealer, I grow plants for sick people,” Joel Stanley said in an interview with CBS News.

The hemp oil is high in the non-psychoactive cannabidiol – or CBD – and low in the THC component of marijuana that gets users high. It’s given to children through a medicine dropper and parents have been moving their epileptic children to Colorado just to try it.

“So our goal is to take the best of modern medicine and what it has to offer so far, and invite modern science and modern medicine to come alongside us and help us to understand why we’re seeing such excellent results with medical cannabis for different disease states,” Stanley said.

You have to be a resident of Colorado to get a prescription for the liquid. That’s why the Johnson’s don’t have access to it for Luella. It’s also why they are hoping Minnesota lawmakers will legalize medical marijuana this spring.

“I have friends here in town who were very much against it until they started researching and reading more about it and now they’ve sent letters to Governor Dayton on Luella’s behalf requesting him to support this,” Luella’s mother Heather Johnson said.

The main opposition to medical marijuana has come from law enforcement. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton wants both sides to work on a compromise.

Hear from the Pipestone County Sheriff about medical marijuana and more of Luella’s story coming up in the Eye on KELOLAND tonight at ten.

A strains characteristics can vary shop to shop-who would have thought?!

http://www.laweekly.com/informer/2013/12/03/marijuana-strains-like-og-kush-are-meaningless-expert-says

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Marijuana Strains Like OG Kush Are Meaningless, Expert Says
By Dennis Romero

Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 8:08 AM

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OG Kush. Skywalker. Pineapple Express. Sour Diesel. Sour Jack.

These are the “strains” that medical marijuana consumers are sold, often at premium prices, with the promise that they’ll do something special for you.

But a foremost cannabis expert, Jeffrey Raber, who holds a PhD. in chemistry from USC, says it’s all BS. Those names don’t mean anything, and a forthcoming study he’s working on will prove it, Raber tells us. In fact …

… he even disputes the commonly held notion that the two polar types of weed, indica and sativa, produce opposing effects — specifically that indica is more of a depressant and sativa is more of an upper.

See also: Mythbusting 420: Its One True Origin (and a Whole Lot of False Ones)

The data shows that indica and sativa is just morphology [the plants’ appearance and structure, not their highs]. It’s a misperception that indica will put you to sleep or that sativa is more energetic.

To be sure, many of the aforementioned strains pack the punch promised by their purveyors.

But beyond that, especially when it comes to projections of stimulation or relaxation, head trips versus body highs, and strain-specific cures and treatments, it’s a crapshoot, Raber says.

There’s no scientific basis for the claims being made by pot shops about the effects of their weed, Raber argues. In fact, he says his study is showing that what’s being sold as OG Kush in one shop could be something completely different in another.

“Most people don’t even know,” he says. “We took a popular name, Jack Herer, and found that most didn’t even look like each other. OG whatever, Kush whatever, and the marketing that goes along with it — it’s not really medically designed.”

Raber’s company, the Werk Shop, provides testing for medical marijuana dispensaries so they can sell pesticide-free weed that’s been verified.

The strain study he’s working on is analyzing more than 1,000 brands of cannabis sold at pot shops, Raber says. The science involved is called metabolomics and will look at metabolites, cannabinoids, turpenes and 42 other aspects of each sample, he says.

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The pot expert plans to see the study published by next spring. He hopes that, in the end, the research will establish new guidelines for naming strains so that they’re consistent from dispensary to dispensary and, more importantly, so that they actually mean something to the consumer.

Raber:

You need a better classification system. We need a new naming system. We’re at the forefront of being able to do that.

See also: Marijuana Sales to Reach Nearly $1 Billion in California

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at@dennisjromero. Follow LA Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.

Charlotte’s Web may treat Dravet’s syndrome

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/kids-seizure-charlotte-web-pot-treatment-article-1.1619066

Moving for marijuana: Families with seizure-stricken kids relocating to Colorado for strain of pot

The strain, which is now called Charlotte’s Web, has been cited as a ‘miracle’ cure for children with seizure disorders. Even though doctors are skeptical about the drug, an influx of families from others states are putting down roots in Colorado with the hope the cannabis treatment will help their kids.

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Matt Figi hugs and tickles his once severely-ill 7-year-old daughter Charlotte. The little girl, who suffers from a rare disorder known as Dravet’s syndrome, once had as many as 300 grand mal seizures a week. Now, she is largely seizure-free, and her parents attribute her dramatic improvement to this strain of medical cannabis.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The doctors were out of ideas to help 5-year-old Charlotte Figi.

Suffering from a rare genetic disorder, she had as many as 300 grand mal seizures a week, used a wheelchair, went into repeated cardiac arrest and could barely speak. As a last resort, her mother began calling medical marijuana shops.

Two years later, Charlotte is largely seizure-free and able to walk, talk and feed herself after taking oil infused with a special pot strain. Her recovery has inspired both a name for the strain of marijuana she takes that is bred not to make users high — Charlotte’s Web — and an influx of families with seizure-stricken children to Colorado from states that ban the drug.

“She can walk, talk; she ate chili in the car,” her mother, Paige Figi, said as her dark-haired daughter strolled through a cavernous greenhouse full of marijuana plants that will later be broken down into their anti-seizure components and mixed with olive oil so patients can consume them. “So I’ll fight for whomever wants this.”

Elizabeth Burger, 4, suffers from severe epilepsy and is receiving experimental treatment with a special strain of medical marijuana, which she takes orally as drops of oil.

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Elizabeth Burger, 4, suffers from severe epilepsy and is receiving experimental treatment with a special strain of medical marijuana, which she takes orally as drops of oil.

Doctors warn there is no proof that Charlotte’s Web is effective, or even safe.

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In the frenzy to find the drug, there have been reports of non-authorized suppliers offering bogus strains of Charlotte’s Web. In one case, a doctor said, parents were told they could replicate the strain by cooking marijuana in butter. Their child went into heavy seizures.

“We don’t have any peer-reviewed, published literature to support it,” Dr. Larry Wolk, the state health department’s chief medical officer, said of Charlotte’s Web.

Aileen Burger loads an oral syringe with cannabis-infused oil used as medicine for her 4-year-old daughter Elizabeth. Charlotte's Web, a proprietary strain of marijuana in which the psychoactive THC has been largely bred out, and the other cannabinoid compounds thought to be medically useful accentuated, has helped Elizabeth, her parents say.

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Aileen Burger loads an oral syringe with cannabis-infused oil used as medicine for her 4-year-old daughter Elizabeth. Charlotte’s Web, a proprietary strain of marijuana in which the psychoactive THC has been largely bred out, and the other cannabinoid compounds thought to be medically useful accentuated, has helped Elizabeth, her parents say.

Still, more than 100 families have relocated since Charlotte’s story first began spreading last summer, according to Figi and her husband. The relocated families have formed a close-knit group in Colorado Springs, the law-and-order town where the dispensary selling the drug is located. They meet for lunch, support sessions and hikes.

“It’s the most hope lots of us have ever had,” said Holli Brown, whose 9-year-old daughter, Sydni, began speaking in sentences and laughing since moving to Colorado from Kansas City and taking the marijuana strain.

Amy Brooks-Kayal, vice president of the American Epilepsy Society, warned that a few miraculous stories may not mean anything — epileptic seizures come and go for no apparent reason — and scientists do not know what sort of damage Charlotte’s Web could be doing to young brains.

RELATED: 5-YEAR-OLD TO GET MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR CRIPPLING SEIZURES

Elizabeth’s parents moved to Colorado from the east coast after years of nearly losing their daughter while trying and failing with dozens of mainstream treatments.

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Elizabeth’s parents moved to Colorado from the east coast after years of nearly losing their daughter while trying and failing with dozens of mainstream treatments.

“Until we have that information, as physicians, we can’t follow our first creed, which is do no harm,” she said, suggesting that parents relocate so their children can get treated at one of the nation’s 28 top-tier pediatric epilepsy centers rather than move to Colorado.

However, the society urges more study of pot’s possibilities. The families using Charlotte’s Web, as well as the brothers who grow it, say they want the drug rigorously tested, and their efforts to ensure its purity have won them praise from skeptics like Wolk.

For many, Charlotte’s story was something they couldn’t ignore.

Charlotte is a twin, but her sister, Chase, doesn’t have Dravet’s syndrome, which kills kids before they reach adulthood.

A special strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte's Web grows inside a greenhouse in a remote spot in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colo.

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A special strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web grows inside a greenhouse in a remote spot in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colo.

In early 2012, it seemed Charlotte would be added to that grim roster. Her vital signs flat-lined three times, leading her parents to begin preparing for her death. They even signed an order for doctors not to take heroic measures to save her life again should she go into cardiac arrest.

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Her father, Matt, a former Green Beret who took a job as a contractor working in Afghanistan, started looking online for ways to help his daughter and thought they should give pot a try. But there was a danger: Marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, can trigger seizures.

The drug also contains another chemical known as CBD that may have seizure-fighting properties. In October, the Food and Drug Administration approved testing a British pharmaceutical firm’s marijuana-derived drug that is CBD-based and has all its THC removed.

Increasing evidence that the pot strain is helping some children with epilepsy has led more than 100 families to relocate to Colorado for treatment since last summer.

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Increasing evidence that the pot strain is helping some children with epilepsy has led more than 100 families to relocate to Colorado for treatment since last summer.

Few dispensaries stock CBD-heavy weed that doesn’t get you high. Then Paige Figi found Joel Stanley.

One of 11 siblings raised by a single mother and their grandmother in Oklahoma, Stanley and four of his brothers had found themselves in the medical marijuana business after moving to Colorado. Almost as an experiment, they bred a low-THC, high-CBD plant after hearing it could fight tumors.

Stanley went to the Figis’ house with reservations about giving pot to a child.

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Workers cultivate small clones of ‘Charlotte's Web.’ Doctors warn there is no proof that this kind of medical marijuana is effective, or even safe, and there have even been reports of bogus strains.

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Workers cultivate small clones of ‘Charlotte’s Web.’ Doctors warn there is no proof that this kind of medical marijuana is effective, or even safe, and there have even been reports of bogus strains.

“But she had done her homework,” Stanley said of Paige Figi. “She wasn’t a pot activist or a hippy, just a conservative mom.”

Now, Stanley and his brothers provide the marijuana to nearly 300 patients and have a waitlist of 2,000.

The CBD is extracted by a chemist who once worked for drug giant Pfizer, mixed with olive oil so it can be ingested through the mouth or the feeding tube that many sufferers from childhood epilepsy use, then sent to a third-party lab to test its purity.

Charlotte takes the medication twice a day. “A year ago, she could only say one word,” her father said. “Now she says complete sentences.”

The recovery of Charlotte and other kids has inspired the Figis and others to travel the country, pushing for medical marijuana laws or statutes that would allow high-CBD, low-THC pot strains.

Donald Burger recently urged a New York state legislative panel to legalize medical marijuana while his wife, Aileen, was in the family’s new rental house in Colorado Springs, giving Charlotte’s Web to their daughter Elizabeth, 4. The family only relocated to Colorado after neurologists told them Elizabeth’s best hope — brain surgery — could only stop some of her seizures.

“It’s a very big strain being away from the rest of our family,” Aileen Burger said recently while waiting for her husband to return from a trip to sell their Long Island house. “But she doesn’t have to have pieces of her brain removed.”

Ray Mirazabegian, an optician in Glendale, Calif., brought Charlotte’s Web to his state, where medical marijuana is legal. He convinced the Stanley brothers to give him some seeds he could use to treat his 9-year-old daughter Emily, who spent her days slumped on the couch. Now, she’s running, jumping and talking. Mirazabegian is cloning the Charlotte’s Web seeds and has opened the California branch of the Stanleys’ foundation.

Mirazabegian has begun to distribute the strain to 25 families and has a waitlist of 400. It includes, he said, families willing to move from Japan and the Philippines.

Experimenting with Marijuana Tincture

 

 

Wanted to try making a Veg. Glycerine based tincture for oral application, tea infusement, transdermal application, and vaping.

Following a simple recipe with what I had on hand:

tincture 50/50 trim (stems and pieces) & buds (flower)/ food grade vegetable glycerine “Now” brand

organic home grown Sharks Breath (70/30) ID

organic cinnamon stick and organic vanilla bean (added whole during heating process)

I heated ingredients in a double boiler set up (mason jar in water in camp pot) for 5 hrs. and then next day 4 hrs. total of 9.

This was becasue I decided late in day that I was going to undertake this experiment, and couldn’t stay awake for the duration of the time I wanted to heat mixture. Hence, “and then next day.”

Oral ingestion:

Tincture made with veg glycerine, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean.

Placed 1 drop under tounge after finished in kitchen which left me feeling nice, but not stoned. Love the taste.

I wanted to test out the infused tea, so I didn’t take too many drops as it would impair my judgment on the potency, and effects of the infused green chai.

 

Brewed some Tea infused with Left over “infused bundle” of buds, steeped 10 min and added some colorado clover honey. mmmm. hmmm.

 

11:41pm drank…very strong taste. Finished at midnight, and ready to lay down already. I used the jar tinc was strained into, tho I got most of tinc out, maybe 5-8 drops total left on sides and edges. Probably going to knock me out. This would be good. It’s getting late.

About 45 min later… I’m Feeling a Mile High, in the Mile High city. Back seems to have loosened up quite a bit more, and a strong relaxation throughout shoulders and neck continues.  a Sleepy, not quite lackadaisical, but close.

Transdermal application:

Transdermal medicine is ideal for pain management as well as sports and pediatric medicine. In fact it is one of the best ways to administer medicines quickly and effectively. Transdermal methods of delivery are widely used because they allow the absorption of medicine directly through the skin. Gels, emulsion creams, sprays and lip balm stick applicators are easy to use and are effective in getting medicine into the bloodstream quickly.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/034425_marijuana_cannabinoids_medicine.html##ixzz2teGuLPVp

I Used left over pieces of stem, cinnamon stick, and vanilla bean

added coconut oil and beeswax. let heat for 1-2 hr

 

I applied this salve to neck, shoulders and lower back. waited 20 min. some discomfort relieved. If not mostly due to massaging of area… IDK . Still sore to turn head completly to left side and back still tender. but more relaxed. shoulders feel nice n loose. Not expecting huge results from this as I used “leftover” pieces and not the bundle of veg gly soaked buds. Waste not Want not. Even if it doesn’t cure muscle soreness this time around, its very smooth and smells nice! Trying to research better ways for transdermal to take effect. I hear Magnesium helps skin absorb the medicine.

I will be tweaking this recipe over time, and trying new herbs in the mix while trying to test for consistent potency, and standardization. I’ll try to update this post as I go to furthur explore the treatments and potency of Tincture.

 

(Antique Cannabis Tincture circa 1920)

Sources & pages of interest:

http://www.hempista.com/2013/coconut-oil-no-no-why-its-not-our-favorite-for-cannabis-topicals/

http://www.leafly.com/hybrid/sharks-breath

http://www.naturalnews.com/034425_marijuana_cannabinoids_medicine.html#

Daily smoke, high in CBD with a mellow buzz wanted!

 

 

 

I’ve been researching (thoroughly) to find a strain that is naturally breed to be high in CBD’s for pain management.  Particularly, a strain that will leave me able to go about my work day, or get some business done. So far I’ve found that unless you’ve smoked it and just know, you don’t. Everybody reacts differently to strains. Dispensary strains are mostly dealing with THC percentages, which is great, as well. Reviewers are mostly commenting on the high or buzz, and some mention of pain management. But I don’t see anyone really delving into the high CBD strain reviews. there’s a low review rate when there is one. Meaning not as many people are interested in reviewing a bud that doesn’t get you high. 

Some people/reviewers seem to just want to get couch locked for a few hours. I get that, if thats what I wanted to do, I would. I rather smoke or ingest my sensi, so the Dabbing culture is kinda intense to me. I have dabbed before and one puts me on my couch for a solid cpl hours. I don’t do it often. That’s just me. So… Im really interested in strains that alleviate pain while still allowing the freedom to not be too buzzed per se..We have learned recently that plants high in CBD’s do in fact dramatically improve pain in extreme cases. As well as being used for cancer treatment and other extreme medical conditions, with positive results.

If you usually smoke during day for pain management, but don’t necessarily want to be “stoned” at work , a nice light mellow buzz with super intense IBprofin effect would be really helpful for productivity and keeping your drive up.  esp. if for pain management, an Indica is your bud of choice. It can make you lazy, less driven towards a goal, if you have one, cause your just “spaced”. So, finding that really happy medium is difficult, but if anyone can do it. it’s defiantly Denver!

An anonymous reviewer of Harlequin, a strain known to be high in CBDs says ” It was very pleasant, having, as much good pot does, the effect of making me sing along to my iPod while biking. This is partially because the cannaboids counteract the low THC to wipe out the goofy head-stone you would get from, say, a heavy purple indica, and instead leaves a relaxed feeling that won’t leave you tripping around your apartment.

Another Reviewer on the same strain said “So I was doing a lot of research on high CBD strains of meds and this caught my eye. It has 8.5% CBD and 6% THC. Right when you smoke it, you can tell the difference in this strain. My body was very relaxed and my slight headache went away, but I didn’t have that “super-high” cerebral feeling you would expect from a Sativa. I felt pretty close to normal with just a little buzz.” 

Source: http://www.leafly.com/hybrid/harlequin/reviews/14485

So far compared to Charlottes web (another popular high CBD strain) which has a more relaxing and “couch-lock” effect, Harlequin is looking to be a good possibility.  Everyone is different, and reacts differently, however, I don’t think of my kind of “day-time” smoke to be something that would lead you to “nod in and out of consciousness”,  I have to be aware of what I’m doing on certain days, and cannot risk slipping into another world if I’m out-and-about in the big bad world. I gotta watch for cars and maybe climb a ladder, or get on a bus and go somewhere. So, already I have to cross Charlottes web off my day time pain management possibility list. for now. It has the high CBD for pain, and the calming effect. But it’s not suitable for major “errand days”, where you might be too out of it to get anything done. 

Next, I read one review on Sour Tsunami, (leafly.com) where an anonymous reviewer described the sativa dominant hybrid saying “it’s high CBD content and lower THC made me feel as though I was not stoned but noticed clarity of mind to where I could get my morning started.” But, then there is another review on same strain saying,“Did not like this strain at all and see why it was on sale. The only effect i had was sleepiness and a lazy body, no fun if you actually need to get things done. But if you just want to waist your day sleeping, then by all means smoke this.” 

Seems to me that I’m gonna have to smoke it to find out. And there’s a lot to smoke here in Denver, Colorado. It’s overwhelming, where to start. I remember back in the Midwest, I couldn’t be picky. Just whatever I could get my hands on, ya know. But now, with all the freedom, I kinda want to be picky. I mean it’s my life, and my body. So I want to find that perfect bud for morning tokes, weekly pain management, and inspiring my creative flow, thus directing my energy to where I want. When you have all the knowledge only fingertips away, its only a matter of putting it to use. And when you feel alright…It’s Alright!. 

… Who’s got my heady Cannabidiol Kush n CBD Overload?! No, for real let’s get some experiments going. This one isn’t big enough for me yet. I see pixie stix… 🙂 That’s cool. 

Check out the 25mg CBD Candy treats that Karmaceuticals hes for pain relief A.M. or P.M. here:

 

In Holland, The Dutch Passion Seed Company mixed 50I/50S to create a THC of 5%, and CBD of 5% called SkunkHaze. One reviewer says “I get anxiety and feelings of guilt from being too stoned to do anything, i do not get this with this herb. i still enjoy a bit of kush every once in a while but for the regular, this herb is excellent, good in the morning, good at night, good alone, good at socials.” 

 

Sounds like exactly what I’m looking for.  However, they don’t seem to ship here. 

Sources:

http://thecannabisstraindirectory.com/blog/latest-marijuana-news/facts-vs-fear-project-cbd-clears-the-smoke-over-sams-cbdeceit/

http://www.projectcbd.org/news/project-cbd-responds-to-sams-cbdisinformation/

http://www.dutch-passion.nl/en/cannabis-seeds/product/cbd-skunkhaze/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabidiol