Advocating for Yourself as a Medical Cannabis Patient

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The quickly changing landscape of the cannabis industry in America has patients understandably concerned. It seems like every day new reports come out of Washington, D.C. with another dire comment on “The Devil’s Lettuce” from current Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Patients are frustrated about the lack of clear answers in the issues of state’s rights to regulate the sale of legal medical or recreational cannabis versus those of the federal government, which of course considers cannabis in any form illegal.
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Friday Freebie! “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer

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You may be familiar with the name Jack Herer simply due to the cannabis strain that was named after him. But how much do you know about Jack Herer, the hemp and cannabis activist, sometimes known as the Emperor of Hemp? Well, Cannababies, gather ’round for a story session. Jack Herer’s widow, Jeannie Herer, maintains the website Jackherer.com and has made Herer’s book, “The Emperor Has No Clothes”, available to read online for free!
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After States Legalized Medical Cannabis, Traffic Deaths Fell

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Every year after the July 4th holiday, we hear news stories of injuries and fatalities due to drunk driving and other traffic accidents. A study conducted by Columbia University, released in late 2016, showed the number of people killed in traffic accidents to have steeply decreased after legalization of medical cannabis.
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Unit Values for Edibles: Jeff Spicoli Buys Butter

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Continuing our blog post from last week about how the State of New Mexico regulates usage of medical cannabis, we’re now going to get more complicated. Edibles and concentrates are regulated in terms of their strength by the state, so the number of edibles our friend Jeff can buy changes based on how many units Jeff has available to him, and changes based on how many units the edible contains, AND can change based on how the edibles are made. Most edibles count for less than a gram, which is a serious advantage to patients – if Jeff has less than one gram available to him, he can still buy an edible or Cannabutter to make his own edibles, based on how many units are actually available. If Jeff’s balance stands at .72 grams, he can’t buy a gram of flower, but he can still buy:

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Cannabis as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle: The Exercise Boost

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Cannabis users are just as likely as anyone to eat healthy food and to pursue some form of exercise, they just use cannabis for pain instead of over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers.  Getting out for some movement is a great way to get or stay healthier, and the positive body effects you get from exercise can enhance the effects of your medicine!

According to a recent study published within the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers at the University of Sydney discovered that engaging in exercise can provide you with a stronger buzz and increase the potency of cannabis. Rather than needing to use specific types of medicine, the fact is that working out for just a half hour will trigger an additional stronger high for marijuana users. Within the study, 15 cannabis smokers were asked to complete 35 minutes of exercise on a stationary bike while the researchers measured the level of THC in their blood. The study found that levels of marijuana’s active ingredient were 15% higher on average after the participants had engaged in exercise.”

So not only is exercise good for you on its own, it can boost the effectiveness of your medicine! For those of you who have a hard time exercising because of pain, cannabis helps relax your muscles for gentle stretching or yoga, and light weight training with resistance bands, swimming, or water-walking are great no-impact/very low-impact workouts. Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.

Quote source: http://wellspring-collective.com/marijuana-and-exercise/