The Life of Max

Our worlds collided by chance, but in hindsight, I believe it was all in the cards.  We were simply meant to be.  There’s a popular saying in the dog world “Who rescued who?” and we were soon to learn the answer.

Max is the sweetest, laid back 30 pound love of my life.  He is all black with a white patch on his chest, looks like a Cocker Spaniel Poodle mix and estimated to be about 12 years old.  He was our rescue 7 years ago and had been out running the streets for some time before we found him.  He was a dirty mess, a matted long-haired mop that could barely walk. He had ear and eye infections and skin fungus. He was hungry. He was found running in the street and was nearly hit by a truck in a rural area that was a known dumping ground for unwanted dogs.  No one responded to my shelter posts of a found dog, nobody came forth for him, so I promised he had a home with me.  I wanted him and I would never let him feel scared or hungry or alone again.

When we cleaned him up and shaved him down, we found a dark set of affectionate eyes looking back at me that felt like they touched my soul. His paw pads were full of foxtails.  No wonder he couldn’t walk.  We weren’t sure how old he was or what happened in his life to bring him to this point.  We nursed him back to health and soon he was running around like a happy little camper.

About a year and a half ago, we were just days from leaving for our end of summer vacation when Max stopped being interested in food.  We got him checked out immediately because he’s getting up there in years and we were concerned at the sudden change.  We didn’t want to leave him with a sitter.  He always goes on vacation with us.  The vet said he had a tooth infection, put him on an antibiotic and cleared him to travel. They scheduled surgery so that once he was finished with the antibiotic, we could have the tooth pulled and he would be back to normal.  A few days later, off we went on vacation, both our dogs in tow.  It took all day to get there and the next morning we headed for the lake.  We enjoyed a perfect day out on the water except for Max, who is usually excited for our adventures.  He loves the wind blowing in his face and he usually tries to jump off the boat to chase ducks but this time he just wasn’t himself.  We figured he still wasn’t feeling good, so we kept him comfortable and let him sleep.

About an hour after we returned to our hotel room, Max seemed disoriented.  He tried to walk but started spinning to the left in a circle, vomiting profusely before wobbling and falling over.  This happened several times within a matter of minutes.  I tried not to panic but I’m pretty sure I did.  My boyfriend called the front desk and asked for the name of the closest veterinary hospital.  It was already after normal business hours so we weren’t sure we would even find one open.  Thankfully, the closest one was 5 minutes away and had on-call after hours emergency services.  Dr. Roundtree answered the phone himself, said he was also 5 minutes away and agreed to rush over to meet us at the hospital right away.  It took a minute to get both dogs out to the car and when we arrived, the doctor and his wife were already there waiting for us.  After observing Max’s functions, he gave him an injection to help with the vomiting and started him on a different antibiotic, stating that the one he was already taking for his tooth was very strong and likely intensified the vertigo-like symptoms and vomiting.  He diagnosed Max with Geriatric Vestibular Disease.  There was that word again, vestibular.

Oddly enough, I was recently familiarized with the term “vestibular” and understood enough of what that meant for Max.  A big reason for this vacation was to get away from my own reality and pretend it wasn’t happening.  A month and a half earlier, I was diagnosed with a Vestibular Schwannoma brain tumor and 3 different surgeons that I consulted with asked me if I was falling over or had any bouts of vertigo or double vision.  To their surprise, I hadn’t yet experienced anything of the sort.  Enough of that though, back to Max.  He was experiencing all the symptoms that I should be having. The vet said Max would either come out of it and recover.  Or he wouldn’t.  I already feared the unknown for myself and now I feared it for my dog, too.  Is this what will happen to me if I don’t remove this tumor in my head? How will I take care of Max?  I couldn’t help but get more terrified.  We needed each other now more than ever before.  What were the chances that we both had “vestibular” issues?  How would we ever get through this?  I felt helpless and defeated and was just shy of having my own pity party, but on that 9 ½ hour drive home, I decided that I would stay strong for Max and I would try anything to help him feel better.  Hopefully he would stick around as long as possible.  I knew I needed to get a grip, take a deep breath and figure out what to do.

Let me step back a minute and give you some history. Prior to my own diagnosis, I was on board the cannabis stigma train.  I didn’t fully understand the plant or the medicinal benefits of it.  I wasn’t totally against it because I knew it was helping a lot of people.  I just didn’t understand it so I didn’t feel it was for me.  Three different surgeons recommended I get the tumor removed before it became an emergency surgery, but the thought of having my skull sawed open terrified me.  The thought of never being the same terrified me. What if I am worse after?  I guess it’s fair to say that my fear of surgery changed my stigma about cannabis.  I felt like I was losing my mind some days as it was constantly on my mind and I was consumed with fear of all the unknown.  I knew I needed to stay focused on work and family but I especially needed to come up with a game plan.  These are the cards I was dealt, now what?  Cannabis is known to shrink cancer cell tumors, so maybe it could work with schwannoma cell tumors as well.  With some coaching, I started on a cannabis saturation regimen to see if it could shrink my tumor.  The CBD especially seemed to help my anxiety and fear so I could function and get through the workday.  It eased most of the symptoms I was having and gave me a sense of calm so that I could make the best decisions on what to do.

So on our long drive home from vacation, I decided that we would also begin Max on CBD oil as soon as we got back.  We started him on an aggressive dose of it twice a day.  He was in such bad shape, we weren’t sure it would make a difference and often wondered if he’d ever recover.  The months to follow were pretty rough.  Max couldn’t stand up without turning left, wobbling and falling over.  He had to be carried out to potty, held up until he finished, then carried back in.  He had no interest in doing anything but sleeping, he could barely hold his head up to eat, so we hand fed him, kept the house quiet and let him sleep.  He was still vomiting at random and had several pee- pee accidents in the house.  We got him doggy diaper wraps so we could spend more time tending to his needs than scrubbing carpets.  This went on for several weeks.

I was trying to mentally prepare myself for the worst, but I wasn’t ready to give up and when I looked into his eyes, I knew he wasn’t ready to give up either.  Our vet in town said he would likely never be able to withstand surgery, so we would have to wing it and treat symptomatically as needed.  Weeks went by, then slowly but surely he started to respond to the CBD.  He began to have a little energy, he began to walk.  Still a little wobbly, but he was walking!  He was able to focus again on the things he enjoyed and he started showing interest again in his treats and the birds outside. He couldn’t walk too far, but he could get outside to potty and back to bed without being carried.  We practically threw a party when he was finally strong enough to walk outside on his own and actually lift his leg to pee without falling over!  We really knew he was feeling better when he started to bark again!  It took about 6 months until we were certain he was finally on the road to recovery and we gradually lessened his CBD dose.

It is now 1 ½ years later and my heart is so full.  I helped him recover and I also had my surgery and he helped me recover.  For the most part, we recovered together.  I guess we know the answer to “Who rescued who?”.  We rescued each other, no doubt about it.  We crossed each other’s paths years ago for a reason.  We didn’t know why at the time, but we were connected soul to soul.  We are both doing so well, we have cut back on the aggressive doses of CBD and we have lessened it to just taking a maintenance dose a couple times a week. If we have a rough day, which we still do from time to time, we might take an extra dose and by the next day we usually feel better, so it seems to be working out well.

I’m happy to report that Max has a pep back in his step.  He’s even running again!  Up and down the hall and all around the bedroom when we walk through the door.  He is thrilled to chase ducks again.  He follows me up and down a flight of stairs twice a day.  Some days are a struggle, but the good days by far outweigh the bad ones. He is excited about our adventures again.  Though he shows signs of getting tired more quickly now, we just take shorter walks and relax more.  After all, in dog years, he’s considered an old man. Nonetheless, he has way more energy than we ever imagined he’d have again.  He can no longer jump up on the bed or into the car but he’s just as happy to be gently lifted up.  Mostly, we are happy that he feels better and has regained a quality of life.

Thanks to cannabis oil, we will keep him happy and comfortable for the rest of his life and just enjoy that we have been given a little longer time to spend with each other.

 

 

Client Feedback: Sydney / Chronic Skin Issues

“My Westie —Sydney– has been struggling with chronic skin issues for the last three years. It is fair to say that I have tried EVERYTHING…herbal and chemical shampoos, supplements, traditional medications, essential oils, acupuncture, chiropractic …and have found minimal relief. I was at my wits end.

Since November, he has been in a depressed state, sleeping in dark places and not moving around much. Under the direction of my holistic veterinarian and Robbin’s advice, I finally decided to try CBD oil. I did not have any experience with it and had some reservations in the beginning.

After a month on this, my 12 year old “pup” is like his old self again…chasing squirrels, running after the pool vacuum, and begging for food. His skin condition has improved dramatically, he has regained the weight that he lost, and overall he is just feeling so much better.

I attribute this to the CBD oil. I am so excited about it that I am telling everyone I know that has a dog with a condition. I am beaming with joy and so very grateful for this product that gave my dog his quality of life back. Thank you, Robbin.”

The One Minute Cannabist, Integrative Veterinary Care Announce Strategic Partnership Aimed at Elevating Awareness for Safe Cannabis Use in Pets

  • Alliance Aims to Bridge the Gap Between Veterinarians, Pet Parents and Cannabis Products

The One Minute Cannabist (OMC), a leading consumer-focused cannabis education center and Integrative Veterinary Care (IVC), a holistic veterinary practice, today announced a unique alliance to bridge the gap between the veterinarian, the pet parent and the multitude of CBD and cannabis products available.

The partnership will provide those seeking alternative approaches to their pet’s health with all-encompassing service options, including cannabis. OMC’s experienced team and programs will dovetail into Integrative Veterinary Care’s holistic approach to veterinary care providing new options and ideas, while further enhancing pet patient care.

Integrative Veterinary Care maintains the veterinarian patient-client relationship, provides veterinary medical services and recommends the use of cannabis compounds where appropriate. One Minute Cannabist’s certified cannabis specialists and CBD experts provide specific information about how cannabis works with the physiology of the animal, suggests products types, guides purchase options and provides best practice dosing strategies for maximum safety and effectiveness based on years of research and work with humans and pets.

“We are thrilled to partner with One Minute Cannabist in their mission to deliver accurate and easy to understand information about cannabis and its use for pets,” said Dr. Katie Kangas, DVM and owner of Integrative Veterinary Care. “In our practice, we focus on preventative health and supporting natural healing or wellness through many holistic options in combination with traditional veterinary medicine. Our clients are asking about cannabis and as our team continues to learn and we await the final rules from CVMB, we are confident in OMCs unique approach and are certain the pets we serve will benefit from our partnership.”

“We are constantly looking for ways to reach people who want to learn about cannabis. This partnership is perfect for pet parents wanting to try cannabinoid therapies, but aren’t sure how to go about it. Cannabis is a natural addition to Integrative Veterinary Care’s breadth of alternative therapies,” said Robbin Lynn, CCS and co-owner of One Minute Cannabist. “Together, as the regulations unfold, we expect to incorporate a range of new ideas, services and product offerings which will ultimately enhance the lives of pets and their humans, not just in San Diego county, but across the nation.”

The partnership comes at a time of growing acceptance of the cannabis plant across the nation both for humans and pets. On September 27, 2018, Governor Brown signed AB2215, which made it legal for veterinarians to discuss cannabinoid therapies with their patients. This is the first time in California since 1937 that veterinarians may discuss cannabis without fear of having their licenses suspended or revoked. It is anticipated that it will be a full year before the California Veterinary Medical Board (CVMB) develops the guidelines under which veterinarians may operate with respect to cannabis. This leaves those seeking guidance with few options as many veterinarians will first need to become educated on the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoid therapies, products and best practices for use.

Integrative Veterinary Care is hosting an open house and pet fair on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at their new brand office located at 11189 Sorrento Valley Rd #105, San Diego, CA 92121. The public is encouraged to visit from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and learn more.

Clients of Integrative Veterinary Care may schedule a private cannabis pet consultation with a certified cannabis specialist from One Minute Cannabist at the IVC office in Sorrento Valley, the OMC office in Oceanside or by on-line video conference/phone. One Minute Cannabist also offers a Cannabis for Pets Workshop. Interested pet parents may sign up at oneminutecannabist.com or call 760-760-2020 for more information.

About One Minute Cannabist

One Minute Cannabist Education Center bridges the gap between the person who wants to try cannabis and the dispensary. Founded by Terry and Robbin Lynn, industry veterans and Certified Cannabis Specialists, they specialize in helping people understand and navigate all the latest methods for realizing the maximum benefits the cannabis plant offers. The pair realizes that the lines of medicinal and recreational cannabis use have been greatly blurred over the last two decades and that people are confused and often scared. They’ve made it their mission to change the perception of those who choose to use cannabis, help people understand and move past the negative societal stigma, and elevate the people and the industry through educational workshops, conferences and private consultations.

For more information, please visit oneminutecannabist.com

About Integrative Veterinary Care

Integrative Veterinary Care was founded by Dr. Katie Kangas, DVM with the vision to provide a positive environment where pets and their people could receive the care, support and education to promote a higher quality of life for all. IVC focuses on preventative health and natural healing or wellness through many holistic options, which can effectively complement conventional veterinary medicine. The team at IVC provides services such as nutrition therapy, functional medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, cancer support, immune disease and allergy conditions, massage therapy, ozone therapy, essential oil therapy, energy healing and more.

For more information, please visit intvetcare.com

The One Minute Cannabist Announces Expanded Educational Programs

Consumer Cannabis Education Center Delivers Accurate and Comprehensive Information Through Innovative and Timely Workshops, Conferences and Personal Consultation


OCEANSIDE, Calif., January 7, 2019
— One Minute Cannabist (OMC, oneminutecannabist.com), a consumer-focused cannabis education center, is pleased to announce the expansion of its program offerings for 2019. In addition to hosting live workshops and conferences at their Oceanside, California headquarters, learners across the nation may now join live workshops from the comfort of their home or office via interactive live webinar, learn via on-demand webinars or schedule private consultations to address their specific needs.

Driven by a passion to provide accurate and comprehensive information to consumers and those working in the industry about the positive benefits of responsible cannabis use, One Minute Cannabist Education Center focuses on the therapeutic properties & use of the plant for effective results, history of cannabis as medicine and helping people move past the stigma by dispelling decades of misinformation in an intimate, non-intimidating environment.

The cannabis and CBD industries are evolving at an accelerated pace with growing acceptance around the world. Yet, so much is still greatly misunderstood and people are confused about the legalities, the benefits, and how to select and use cannabis and CBD products. OMC’s mission is to help people navigate the information and make informed decisions.

“So many adults are interested in trying cannabis, but are not sure where or even how to begin. While many have experience with cannabis, some have never tried it in their lives. Understanding the physiology of why it works and the therapies available is key to success. A common misconception is that you have to smoke it,” said Terry Lynn, co-founder of One Minute Cannabist. “It’s a new world for anyone who only used cannabis recreationally in their youth. Today there are many non-inhalation therapies such as sublingual, edibles and even topical preparations. The OMC Education Center is focused on helping people understand and implement the use of cannabis in an educated and responsible manner.”

“When choosing cannabis, consumers must do some experimenting and it can be an uncomfortable and expensive learning process. No two people will respond exactly the same. Selecting the right product is the first step and using it properly is the next. Perhaps, the most mis-informed aspect of cannabis use, is its proper use and dosing,” said Robbin Lynn, co-founder of One Minute Cannabist. “We have worked with more than 10,000 people in the past decade and have developed best practice protocols to help people achieve their desired results. Whether experienced with cannabis or not, before going into a dispensary or trying a CBD product, OMC provides consumers with the tools and resources to make educated choices.

One Minute Cannabist Education Center January Workshops include:

Cannabis 101: The Fundamentals of This Healing Plant, Saturday, January 12, 2019
Live in-person or webinar

What Every Consumer Needs to Know About CBD, Saturday, January 19, 2019
Live in-person or webinar

Cannabis Navigator: A Help Desk, every Thursday at 530pm
Live interactive webinar where the topics are driven directly by the participants

For those seeking more personalized attention, private consultations may be scheduled with a Certified Cannabis Specialist or Registered Nurse. Consultation services include: Personal Consultation in-person, by phone or in-home, Pet Consultation, 15 Minute Q&A and Dispensary Visits.

Interested individuals may sign up at oneminutecannabist.com or call 760-760-2020 for more information.

About One Minute Cannabist

One Minute Cannabist Education Center bridges the gap between the person who wants to try cannabis and the dispensary. Founded by Terry and Robbin Lynn, industry veterans and Certified Cannabis Specialists, they specialize in helping people understand and navigate all the latest methods for realizing the maximum benefits the cannabis plant has to offer. The pair realizes that the lines of medicinal and recreational cannabis use have been greatly blurred over the last two decades. They’ve made it their mission to change the perception of those who choose to use cannabis, help people understand and move past the negative societal stigma, and elevate the people and the industry through educational workshops, conferences and private consultations.

For more information, please visit oneminutecannabist.com.

Media Contact:

Robbin Lynn
Co-Founder

760-760-2020 office
760-579-2261 cell

robbin@oneminutecannabist.com

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Stay Tuned for 2019 Programs

We hope everyone is getting prepared for a magical and joyful Christmas season. It’s certainly our favorite time of the year.

Stay tuned for exciting announcements about new programs coming in January 2019!

Let’s Talk About Cannabis

Since the implementation of Prop 64 in January of this year, Cannabis has been a hot topic. Chances are, the cannabis conversation will come up this holiday season as families gather and share experiences and ideas. If you’re a cannabis believer and want to help a loved one realize its benefits, we understand that it can be controversial and a sometimes-heated topic.  In addition, separating fact from fiction can be daunting.

Whether you want your parents or grandparents to try it, or you want your family to understand why you choose this plant medicine over dangerous pharmaceuticals, here are some tips that we have found through the years for making the conversation go more smoothly.

First, Stay Logical.

Remember that the world was brainwashed beginning in in the mid 1930’s. The word marijuana didn’t not exist until it was introduced and reefer madness was unleashed. People who believe in cannabis are passionate. Stay grounded and share facts, figures and the positives outcomes.

State Facts, Not Opinion.

Did you know that prior to 1937 when cannabis prohibition began, it was among the top 3 remedies prescribed by doctors across the U.S.?

It wasn’t the pharmaceutical industry that put cannabis out of business, it was William Hurst, Dupont Chemicals and Harry Anslinger. To understand what really happened, read The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. I find when people read this for themselves, they draw very logical conclusions.

You don’t have to smoke the plant to get relief. In fact, less than 20% of the people we work with choose inhalation as their primary method.

You don’t have to be “high” to get relief. How high a person chooses to be or not to be is entirely in their hands. The myth of cannabis making a person stoned and stupid is entrenched in our minds due to what we see on TV and in the movies. Millions of people use cannabis in productive and healthy ways.

Cannabis has been legal in California since 1996. The state dis-implemented Prop 215, depriving millions of being able to access safe & regulated cannabis for medicinal purposes.  Doctors who supported its use were persecuted, imprisoned and had their licenses suspended. People were arrested, despite their medical need.

This time around with Prop 64, the state has embraced the law at all levels. Although, the difficulty now is that cities can say no to allowing for it. Currently only 15% of the entire state is regulating cannabis businesses, making it quite difficult for people to access safe, state legal products.

Cannabis was put on Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act in 1970 by President Nixon, against expert advice from the Shafer Commission (9 of the men on this commission were personally appointed by Nixon). Today, it remains there, despite the fact that the federal government and others have been granted patents for cannabinoids for their therapeutic, neuroprotective, anti-epileptic and anti-cancer properties.

As of Nov 2018, the U.S. has 10 states with recreational cannabis laws, 36 states with medicinal cannabis laws and only 4 states maintaining full prohibition.

Pull Up Studies

Where you look for information about cannabis will determine if you find good news or bad news. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has been chartered to only study harm. They do not study benefit or positive outcome.

Therefore, if you want to find positive information, skip the first page of Google, or better yet, go straight to National Institute of Health (nih.gov) for more than 36,000 published studies on cannabinoids, the ECS and more than 9,000 patient years of clinical trial data documenting successful use of cannabis.

Watch the latest video presentations recapping the work being done by top cannabis researchers around the world. These are free for anyone to view at: www.cannabisclinicians.org (select video library under resources)

Share Some History.
Cannabis is a natural plant remedy that has been used around the world for thousands of years, bringing relief to humans for hundreds of conditions.

In the late 1980’s, scientists discovered the human body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS), a system that regulates and affects physiological processes including movement, mood, memory, appetite and pain. Cannabis is not a magic pill and it doesn’t always work for everyone, but the ECS is what makes cannabis effective for so many conditions.

The reality is that much like the population of the nation, the majority of those who are now using cannabis are over 50, but most are afraid to admit it because of the negative societal stigma. It’s okay to drink alcohol or take dangerous pharmaceuticals, but as a society, there is still a very negative attitude toward cannabis. The good news is that perceptions are changing.

Learn more about the facts and best practices for implementing medicinal cannabis in an informed, safe and effective manner.

Get our quick and easy to read e-book The One Minute Cannabist: A Primer for Medicinal Cannabis Newbies”. Now through December 31, 2018, the book is available for only $9.99.

Be Grateful.

CDC Tells Pain Doctors: Ignore Cannabis (Marijuana)

I meet many people every week who are suffering from chronic pain for a variety of reasons. Most of these chronic pain sufferers are in pain management programs, but still not achieving the desired result. And in fact dealing not only with their pain, but with the myriad side effects induced by the opioid use.

These folks are looking to explore the use of cannabis as an alternative. And I hear more often than not, that while they want to try a more natural approach, they are being told by their pain management doctor that if they test positive for cannabinoids (the active compounds in cannabis) they will be removed from the program.

This terrifies people who are in such pain because if the cannabinoid therapy does not work, they don’t know what they will do. So what does one do when they are essentially only given one choice? Well, it starts with education.

UCLA recently hosted a medical cannabis conference and a major topic of discussion was opioid reduction through cannabis, which included physicians, psychiatrists and researchers from Integr8 Health in New England, Columbia University Medical Center, University of British Columbia and Albert Einstein College of Medicine who shared the very promising work that is being done in their respective parts of the world. All are seeing statistically significant reductions in opioid use and subsequent side effects when combined with cannabinoid therapies.

With such promising results, I asked this question: “If adding cannabis into their pain management regime is such a positive move for many, why are pain management doctors (at least in California) telling their patients they must choose?”

The panelists were surprised at my question and quickly pointed me (and the rest of the audience) to the CDC, which stated in March of 2016 “CDC Says Don’t Test Opioid Users for Marijuana”.

Here is the link and excerpt of the CDC Guidelines published March 15, 2016.
Today, the CDC instructed doctors to stop routine testing of pain patients for marijuana use. The costly tests have dubious health benefits, high potential legal ramifications for the patient, and could actually increase overdose deaths.

Of major importance is that medical marijuana availability seems to cut painkiller overdose deaths by 25%, researchers have found, because cannabis allows pain patients to take less opioids or stop taking them altogether.

Cannabis — an alternative to pills for some patients — also has no lethal overdose level, while painkiller overdoses kill about 150 Americans — per day.

If you, or a loved one, is looking to wean from opioids and need help, we are here for you.
I encourage you to schedule an appointment with One Minute Cannabist for expert guidance and download the resources provided in this post to give to your practicing physician. We’ve helped hundreds of people achieve a chemical free lifestyle by adding cannabinoids to their healthful regime.

 

Cannabis Corner: A Little History

We never talk about cannabis without first providing an understanding of its historical context as a medicine and its timeline of prohibition.

Confucius once said, “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.”

While, as a society we use the words, marijuana, hemp, weed, grass, pot or dope to describe this plant, its true scientific name is Cannabis sativa L. Because there are so many names by which this plant is referred and no standardized nomenclature, there is much consumer confusion with respect to cannabis products today. In my mind, calling it anything but cannabis is an insult to a plant that can bring so much to our overall well-being.

Prior to 1937, cannabis was among the top three remedies prescribed by physicians, generally in the form of a tincture. And, while some people did smoke it, tinctures or elixirs were the primary mode of administration.

Today, when we think about cannabis, the typical stoner stereotype comes to mind. And while there are ‘stoners’ out there, the majority of people using cannabis today are regular people looking for natural relief. But because of the stigma that surrounds this plant, most won’t admit it.

So, if cannabis WAS medicine, what happened?

The earliest recorded history of cannabis being used as medicine date back to 2300 B.C. In the early 1800’s cannabis, which was used by many cultures around the world, was introduced to Europe and the United States. The period of 1840-1900 saw numerous reports of the therapeutic properties of cannabis published in the medical literature.

1936-1944

In 1936, Reefer Madness was unleashed, brainwashing an entire generation with misinformation. The first step was to introduce the element of fear of the unknown by using a word that no one had ever heard of before, and that word was “marijuana”. Through persuasive and repetitive use, this obscure Mexican slang word was pounded into American consciousness. The terms cannabis and hemp were discarded, ignored and buried. The irony is that while people were being warned of the dangers of the dread marijuana, they were reaching into their medicine cabinets for their cannabis tincture, not realizing these plants were one in the same.

In secret congressional meetings, Harry Anslinger, William Hearst, and the DuPont Company were successful in having the Federal Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 (MTA) passed into law. This began 30 years of scare stories of murder, atrocity, rape and even zombie pacifism by those using marijuana. It was also the first step toward prohibition.

In 1941, Cannabis sativa L. and the hundreds of conditions it was used was removed from the US Pharmacopeia, along with 200 other common herbal remedies. These plant medicines have since been rightly restored to this resource.

The LaGuardia Committee Report was published in 1944 concluding that there was no proof of major crime associated with aggression, antisocial behavior, or sexual over-stimulation that Reefer Madness portrayed. The study however, was denounced and ignored.

1960-2003

In 1969, Federal court rule in Leary v. United States, that the MTA of 1937 is unconstitutional. But instead of reinstating this plant as a legal medicine, what happens? The rules were changed and Congress created the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).

President Nixon, against expert advice from the Shafer Commission, places cannabis in the most restrictive category, Schedule 1 where it remains today. The CSA schedules all drugs into five categories, with Schedule 1 defined as having “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse”.

Prior to 1976, the therapeutic indications for cannabis were a weekly occurrence in medical journals and the national press.

In 2003 the United States Department of Health and Human Services is issued Patent No. 6,630,507 for Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. Cannabinoids are among the primary compounds found in the Cannabis sativa L. plant. So, we have a plant that is classified as a Schedule I drug, yet the government owns a patent for its medicinal value. (Hmmmm).

And here we are in 2018. Legal by Prop 64, and yet not fully legal. Only 15% of all cities throughout California are allowing for cannabis businesses, leaving 85% of California without safe access.  Stay tuned for more on the legal landscape in our next post.

A weekly insight into the world of evolving cannabis legislation, regulation, use and access. Robbin Lynn, MBA, Certified Cannabis Specialist, and author/owner of The One Minute Cannabist Education Center in Oceanside, California has spent the last decade helping people navigate the world of cannabis whether for medicinal or recreational use. Through her unique insight and expertise, she has helped more than 5,000 people, most over the age of 50, achieve desired results in a safe and effective manner.

OMC at the San Diego Cannabis Roundtable Saturday, September 22

Please join me in San Diego on Saturday, September 22 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Loft at UC San Diego (9500 Gillman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093) for the San Diego Cannabis Roundtable. I’ll be participating in a discussion with industry leaders, business groups, elected officials and staff members on the status and developments of cannabis policy throughout California. We’ll be examining the social, cultural, and political environment impacting the cannabis industry and where there are opportunities for change.

What:  San Diego Cannabis Roundtable

When: Saturday, September 22 – Reception begins at 10:00 AM – Panel begins at 10:30 AM

Where: The Loft at UC San Diego,  9500 Gillman Dr,  La Jolla, CA 92093

Who:  Fiona Ma, Sen. Ben Hueso, Sen. Ricardo Lara, Asm. Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Fmr. Asm. Nathan Fletcher, Oceanside Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery, San Diego City Council Candidate Dr. Jen Campbell, Association of Cannabis Professionals, San   Diego Americans for Safe Access, One- Minute Cannabist, the San Diego Farm Bureau, Weedmaps, Harvest Law Group, MGO/ELLO, and more.

Cost: FREE to attend. Hosted food and drinks.

RSVP: Email your confirmation to Tanner.Kelly@deweysquare.com or call 714-721-0385.

Driving Directions: From Interstate 5, exit La Jolla Village Drive and head west. Make a right on Villa La Jolla Drive heading north. Drive up the hill into the Gilman Parking Structure.

Parking Instructions: Parking at UCSD is free on weekends. Park in the Gilman Parking Structure for convenient access to the Loft. See attachment for parking map.

 

Raw Cannabis Juice: A Gift of Health

Consuming raw cannabis juice from the fresh leaves is a non-psychoactive cannabis solution that leaves you feeling great!

Juicing and consuming raw cannabis leaves supports your natural Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a group of receptors that play a major role in regulating many of our physiological processes including how we relax, eat, sleep forget and protect.

Cannabinoids promote homeostasis at every level of biological life. Receptors are located in our brain, organs, connective tissues, glands and immune cells.

One of the primary cannabinoids in the leaf of the cannabis plant is Cannabichromene (CBC). CBC is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which means it does not get you high. However, like THC and CBD, CBC has natural analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety properties. It is also antibacterial and its variant CBCA has been shown to be a powerful anti-fungal agent. Like CBD, Cannabichromene is both a bone stimulant and neurogenic compound, helping both body and mind. Perhaps its most important use is as an antiproliferative, slowing tumor growth and combating cancer, just like CBD and THC. And recently, CBC has also been shown to be 10x as powerful as CBD at reducing anxiety and stress.

If you have a green thumb and can grow some plants or if you know someone who grows, ask for their “water leaf”. It’s a healthy and natural way to get some of the best the cannabis plant has to offer into your system on a regular basis.

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