Cannabis 101

Cannabis articles that will help you understand cannabinoids, terpenes, which strains will help and how to find them.

Budtender's Blog #5: How to navigate a cannabis dispensary

As more and more states legalize cannabis for both medical and adult use, and dispensary access opens up furter, it’s important to ensure everyone has a truly satisfying experience. And with the information available today, there’s no rea... Read Full Article

Budtender's Blog #4: A Trip to the Sunshine State Cannabis Dispensaries Through the Eyes of a Newbie

When I first moved to San Francisco from Saint Petersburg, Florida, back in 2002, California was one of the few states that had medical cannabis laws. I was grateful and felt lucky to get a doctor’s recommendation for my anxiety and t... Read Full Article

Cannabis and Mental Illness: Can medical cannabis help treat mood, personality, and anxiety disorders?

I’ve been a mental-health writer, speaker, and activist for over a decade, and in that time, I’ve discovered that for some people with mental illness, cannabis can replace antidepressants and/or anti-anxiety medications. This isn’t ... Read Full Article

Introduction to investing in cannabis stocks

Cannabis Stocks are highly volatile but can yield high returns from the 'Green Rush'   With recreational cannabis now legal in 10 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and medical cannabis legal in 33, federal legalization in A... Read Full Article

What is Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome, its symptoms, treatments and cure

What is Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) and how can I get relief from the symptoms   Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome, or CHS for short, is a recurring condition some heavy cannabis users experience.  It is not known why s... Read Full Article

Seniors Ask: Can cannabis help me enjoy a healthy sex life now that I am over 70?

Back in the ’70s, I took a psychology class at Kankakee Community College in Illinois. I remember the teacher saying men reached their sexual peak at 18 and women at 30. She also said men usually climax in 3 to 5 minutes; women took 20 minutes ... Read Full Article

CBD for Pets: Carbon’s story

Carbon, my 15-year-old cat, is sleeping peacefully beside me as I write this, having just eaten a dish of tuna with cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Six weeks ago, he had a constant runny nose that turned into a nosebleed. I took him to the vet, where for roug... Read Full Article

Cannabis Users Drink Less and Have Fewer Alcohol-Related Problems

Compared to those without medical cannabis recommendations, cannabis users with medical cannabis recommendations had 0.59 times fewer drinks per day A new study came to the conclusion that cannabis users with medical cannabis recommendations d... Read Full Article

How to Choose a Cannabis Testing Lab

Choosing a cannabis testing lab to get  the most accurate results for the best price   In regulated states, before cannabis hits dispensary shelves, it has to meet certain testing requirements, like food and supplements. The differenc... Read Full Article

CBD Prevents THC From Lowering Ocular Pressure

While CBD is being touted by many across the globe as a cure all, a newly-published study found that THC in marijuana has strong eye benefits for glaucoma patients and that CBD actually blocks those beneficial effects. One of the most commonly propos... Read Full Article

Presto Doctor: Meet a Premier East Coast Medical Marijuana Telemed Company

On the day after Christmas, like many people, I sat on the couch in my pajamas, sipping coffee and staring at my laptop. I wasn’t watching Netflix or taking a Facebook quiz, though; instead, I was waiting for my evaluation to become a New York ... Read Full Article

Seniors ask: Do I Really Have an Endocannabinoid System, and What Does it Do?

In 1963, when I started nurse’s training, John F. Kennedy was the president, Jackie was the first lady, and, if I played my cards right, Prince Charles might wait for me to grow up before he found a bride. Life was good.   By the tim... Read Full Article

New Cannabis Research Study Shows Marijuana Does Not Cause Brain Damage

Researchers recently concluded, after comparing the brain morphology of 140 cannabis consumers and 121 people in a control group, that cannabis doesn't cause brain damage.   Researchers found that marijuana use had “no signific... Read Full Article

East Coast Cannabis Report

The East Coast still lags behind the West when it comes to cannabis legalization, but times are finally changing – at least in the Northern states. Maine, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and Vermont have legalized recreational cannabis... Read Full Article

So You Want to Start a Cannabis Business

Start Your Cannabis Business and Turn Your Cannabis-Industry Dream into Reality   As nationwide legalization begins to seem inevitable, more and more people are looking to make money in the cannabis industry. Turn on the radio in New York,... Read Full Article

Budtender’s Blog #2 - DIY Dabs: Making rosin at home

Learning to making rosin at home with simple tools As a budtender of one of the world's coolest cannabis dispensaries, Magnolia Oakland, I can guarantee the best views are always behind the counter. With a full calendar of classes and events, ... Read Full Article

Seniors Ask: How High is Too High?

She asked me, “How high is too high?” She was the first to ask, but not the last. In California, on January 1, 2018, thanks to changes in the rules governing marijuana use, people were not required to have a physician’s recom... Read Full Article

CBD: How It Works, Why It Works, and Why It's Everywhere

Legal CBD offers symptom relief for a number of conditions.   You may have noticed that products containing the cannabinoid CBD are everywhere these days, not just in dispensaries and recreational-cannabis shops. Websites selling CBD produ... Read Full Article

Information for First-Time Cannabis Users

How to Use Just Enough, but Not Too Much   If you’ve never consumed cannabis before, it’s normal to be a bit wary your first time. Maybe you’ve never smoked anything and don’t want to, in which case you’ll be ... Read Full Article

Debunking Cannabis Myths

The Truth Behind the Marijuana Misconceptions Myth: Smoking Cannabis kills brain cells. Fact: A 2015 study from the University of Louisville found that cannabis didn’t damage brain cells. This verified a 2003 report in the Journal of the ... Read Full Article

Cannabis Terminology

Understanding the New Marijuana Lingo Butane hash oil (BHO):  Sticky, resinous substance created by extracting the cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant. Liquid butane is the solvent that dissolves the trichome shells and releases... Read Full Article

There Are No Secrets to Growing High Quality Cannabis at Home

There are no secrets or magic-bullet techniques to growing high-quality cannabis at home; all you have to do is follow a few simple principles. Many people overthink it, and try to employ every trick they have ever heard from their friends to boost p... Read Full Article

State, Federal, and International Cannabis Laws

Marijuana law reform made huge gains in the 2018 midterm elections, both at the state level and in Congress, and reforms are also being considered at the international level. Michigan Michigan became the first state in the Midwest to legali... Read Full Article

Introduction to Cannabis Concentrates

Cannabis concentrates have two main advantages: they get you higher, faster; and they allow you to consume cannabis more discreetly than smoking. Concentrates include vape oils, which consumers can vaporize through a pen with little to no odor, and w... Read Full Article

Introduction to Cannabis Cartridges and Disposables

Gone are the days of rolling up a towel to stuff under the door and trying to hide the smell of the weed you’re smoking. No more giving yourself away with the skunky smell and risking personal or legal consequences. A cannabis cartridge in a va... Read Full Article

Consumer Warning: Dextromethorphan, found in CBD vape pens

Vaping is often touted as being less harmful. But this is not always the case in the land of the unregulated cannabis industry, where a recent study showed cannabidiol (CBD) e-liquid products have some undetermined occurrence of adulterations with dr... Read Full Article

Introduction to Cannabis-Infused Products

Cannabis Has Many Alternative Cannabis-Infused Products for Seniors and New Consumers Cannabis-infused products are made by cooking cannabis in oil or butter and straining out the plant matter. The infused oil (or another concentrate, such as... Read Full Article

Is Eating and Juicing Cannabis Flowers Good For You?

Most cannabis users are familiar with dried cannabis flowers, which are the buds you smoke or vape. Before selling them, growers dry and cure buds to allow the plant to use up any remaining sugars and nutrients. This allows the true flavor to come th... Read Full Article

Budtenders Know Best When It Comes to Cannabis

As wildfires rage on and wreak havoc in California, I write this blog from the relative safety, and comfort of a legally permitted cannabis dispensary and consumption lounge in Oakland, California. It’s become quite a respite to be able to esca... Read Full Article

Cannabis for Seniors: Using Therapeutic Medical Marijuana to End Pain and Enjoy Life

You may have seen the latest statistics or heard that seniors are the fastest growing group of medical marijuana users. It’s true, and I can speak from first-hand experience: medical marijuana is good for seniors.   Photo credit:... Read Full Article

The many different forms of cannabis: Which are for you?

Cannabis comes in many forms, from flowers to extracts to transdermal patches. There are so many ways to consume cannabis, finding the best methods for you can be quite a task. Here is a quick breakdown of each type to help you decide which ones... Read Full Article

Cannabinoids, Terpenes, and the Cannabis Entourage Effect: How the Components of the Plant Work Together

Cannabis buyers often choose a strain based on the amount of THC it contains. While indicas are known to be relaxing and sativas to be energizing, that’s only part of the story. Cannabinoids such as THC and CBD combine with a plant’s terp... Read Full Article

Cannabis Edibles: Which is Best for You?

Those who prefer not to smoke or vape cannabis can still access its benefits by eating it. THC edibles are a popular way to experience the psychoactive and pain-relieving effects of cannabis, while CBD edibles provide pain relief without the high. Ed... Read Full Article

Marijuana Dispensaries, Retail Stores, and Home Deliveries: Where and How to Buy Your Cannabis

Medical marijuana patients usually buy their cannabis medicine at a dispensary, where budtenders help them choose the best products for their ailments. Dispensaries are often set up like medical offices, where patients walk through the door into a ... Read Full Article

Cannabis Education Series: Myrcene terpene profile

WHAT IS MYRCENE? Myrcene is the smallest of the monoterpenes and has a flavor and smell described as earthy, fruity and clove-like. Monoterpenes are the building blocks of other larger and more complex terpenoids and cannabinoids. Found abundant... Read Full Article

A brief history of cannabis from the ancient to modern world

Cannabis has a long history of cultivation by humans for medicinal and utilitarian uses. Medically it has been a part of Chinese medicine for 1000's of years dating back to Emperor Shen Nung who was a pharmacologist and wrote a book in 2737 B.C. ... Read Full Article

Is CBD safe for dogs and cats?

More and more people are turning to cannabis to seek relief for their pets.  Whether it’s from seizures, arthritis, anxiety, pain or itching, pet owners across the world are increasingly seeing the benefits of CBD for their cats and dogs. ... Read Full Article

Introduction to cannabis: The Basics

Cannabis is a genus of flowering plant within the family Cannabaceae. Cannabis can contain up to 483 known compounds including over 113 known cannabinoids. Our bodies produce cannabinoids endogeously, or internally, called endocannabinoids. These e... Read Full Article

Indica vs. Sativa: Do you want one or the other, or a hybrid of the two?

  Cannabis strains fall into three basic categories: indicas, sativas, and hybrids. Both the effects and the plants themselves are distinctly different; tall, lanky sativas tend to produce uplifting effects, while short, bushy indicas are mor... Read Full Article

Introduction to Cannabis Flowers: What you need to know before you try it

Cannabis, or marijuana, is a flowering plant, and the flowers are commonly referred to as buds. These buds contain compounds called cannabinoids, which produce the psychoactive and/or therapeutic effect of the plant. Although many cannabinoids exist,... Read Full Article

Mexico President Watching California Recreational Marijuana Vote

California made history in 1996 when it passed Prop 215 (The Compassionate Use Act) and became the first state to allow patients with a doctor's recommendation to use medical cannabis. In the twenty years since, residents of the state have create... Read Full Article

Washington State To Step Up Pesticide Testing For Cannabis

It's been nearly four years since Washington state residents voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in November 2012. Systems have been implemented to tax and regulate the different facets of the state's retail cannabis industry ... Read Full Article

San Francisco hospital is pushing for on-site cannabis consumption

 When it comes to medications administered to patients in a healthcare facility, you won't currently find any kind of cannabis-related medicine. But a doctor at Marin General Hospital in San Francisco is looking to change that. Dr. Larry Bed... Read Full Article

2016 is the year of cannabis... where does your state stand?

The 2016 year has seen an unprecedented number of states jumping in on the ever-growing cannabis law reform movement. This coming November, voters in a total of eight states will have the opportunity to vote on marijuana initiatives in both the recre... Read Full Article

Italy begins course toward cannabis legalization

In 2016, cannabis remains illegal in most places around the world. According to statistics, someone gets arrested for marijuana possession every minute in the United States alone. The American Civil Liberties Union estimates that excluding adjudicati... Read Full Article

Relax... cannabis use does not cause premature birth or low birth weight

  There has been quite a bit of talk about the use of cannabis by expecting mothers recently highlighting past study results which linked cannabis use to low birth weights and premature births.  A study has been published online in the&n... Read Full Article

Strain Spotlight: Superman OG

Superman OG Strain Review and Breakdown   As long time Superman fans, a strain named for the iconic superhero garners much attention. As the strongest man in the world, Superman's legendary status gives high hopes for this strain which... Read Full Article

Whose Local to the LocalSesh San Diego by Medicinal Mke

by Medicinal Michael Boris The Local Sesh San Diego is a legal cannabis industry event promoting safety in cannabis as well as de-stigmatizing the community. They are the biggest event San Diego has yet to see for medical cannabis and indeed the s... Read Full Article

Godfather of WWE to Receive NugLife Productions Advocate Cannabis Achievement Award

The Godfather Charles Wright (Bear) born in California May 16th 1961. Charles wrestled in the WWF/WWE from 1991-2002 and has 4 wonderful children and a beautiful wife. Charles is being honored at this years Las Vegas Hempfestival June 4th 2016 for h... Read Full Article

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