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.

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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.


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.


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.


A Toke and a Float

Recently, I had the opportunity to experience the world of Floating. Floating is a unique health & wellness modality that helps relieve stress & anxiety, recover from injuries, fight addiction, manage chronic pain and much more. Floating naturally increases your dopamine and endorphin levels, boosting mood and leaving you with a pleasant afterglow that can last for days.

While I am very receptive to all modalities that allow my mind to be opened, I am also claustrophobic so was a bit uncertain going in about the time immersed in the float tank. The facility was 420 friendly so I took my vaporizer loaded with a blend of Cheese and Dream Potion #9. After being oriented, I took a couple puffs, showered and entered the tank for my 90 minute float. I was able to control the lighting and opted for the ceiling lights which were a starscape of orange, green and yellow (soothing colors for my soul). In complete silence, I allowed my mind to quiet and let my body float with my head resting on a small cushion. It wasn’t long before what they advertised happened; I couldn’t distinguish where my body started and the water ended.  I entered that state of full Shavasana, completely letting go of everything. I’m not sure how long I remained there, but when I came back to being, I could feel the water wash over me and decided to try another round.

Feeling extremely relaxed, peaceful and still nearly weightless, I hopped out, took a quick hot shower and re-entered the tank, this time with the silicon earplugs and without a cushion for my head. I allowed myself to sink as far as my body would go. I felt as though I was being held up by thousands of tiny hands and quickly re-entered that place between sleep and awake (a favorite place to be). I don’t know exactly how long I floated in that round, but when my eyes opened I felt completely free and relaxed. The starscape on the ceiling became exploding puffs of color and it wasn’t long before they started to shift, pulsating, turning to butterflies and even interconnecting with colored strings that stretched to infinity. A nice little show, which I’m sure was a result of a combination of the cannabis I consumed along with the dopamine and endorphins released.

I left the facility feeling peaceful, relaxed and calm. I am a very lucid dreamer and I slept unbelievably soundly while experiencing very joyful dreams of dolphins and loved ones. An added bonus was the immediate and residual relief of the chronic pain in my wrist and hip.

Just as Yoga, Reiki, Circles or other healthful modalities can help one achieve new levels of peace and wellness, Float could be an option for anyone, no matter what your condition or mindset. You don’t need anything but yourself. Combining it with a cannabis therapy before entering the tank can help you to achieve deeper relaxation and fully immerse yourself in the experience.

The folks at Float North County are offering a special introductory discount of $15 off if you mention that you heard about them from the One Minute Cannabist. Just use promo code OMC when you book your appointment. For more information contact:

Float North County 858-925-6069

Cannabis: Protective in Strokes

Short, but concise. This piece is eye-opening, about how cannabis reduces infarct size (size of the stroke or dead brain tissue) by 50% in lab animals. We’ve seen how cannabis has helped to restore cognitive and motor function in members’ who have had strokes. Read full article.

Will You Trust Your Doctor?

The Medical Board of California has released guidance to its members with respect to when and why they might recommend cannabis. I wonder how many doctors follow such stringent protocols when deciding to prescribe dangerous, highly addictive pharmaceuticals. (Oh wait, those are federally legal, so it’s ok).

Prior to 1937, cannabis was prescribed by more than 100,000 doctors for treating hundreds of conditions. In the past 80 years, so much knowledge and understanding of this beneficial plant has been lost in the medical community. The human endocannabinoid system was discovered in the late 1980’s and today few doctors understand it, much less talk about it. As with overall nutrition, this is simply not a subject that is covered in medical school.  I find it an enormous disservice that a physiological system so vital to all our other systems is completely neglected and not understood by mainstream medical practitioners.

The notion of the Doctor-Patient Agreement to be provided and signed at the time of the recommendation, along with the simple chart included in the guidelines to help a doctor decide when cannabis might be a good choice infuriates me.  The guidelines state, “A patient need not have failed on all standard medications in order for a physician to recommend or approve the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes”. Yet, the sample flow-chart relating to pain management is clearly biased toward cannabis as a last resort, not as an viable and natural alternative to the dangerous narcotics being prescribed.

As a non-medical professional, it’s obvious to me that the first choice here is opioids and continuing to instill fear and mis-information to patients, by perpetuating the archaic belief that cannabis is highly addictive and dangerous.

But please don’t take my word for it, read the guidelines yourself and draw your own conclusions.

Did You Know? 1960-1970

In 1969, part of The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was ruled unconstitutional. In response, Congress passed the Controlled Substance Act in 1970 and placed cannabis into Schedule I on the advice of Assistant Secretary of Health Roger O. Egeberg. His letter to Harley O. Staggers, Chairman of the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, indicates that the classification was intended to be provisional.

In 1972, the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse released a report favoring decriminalization of cannabis.

The Nixon administration took no action to implement the recommendation, and despite multiple attempts to reschedule, cannabis remains a Schedule I substance.

Cannabis for Constipation

Affecting millions, constipation is an uncomfortable and inconvenient condition that can become a serious problem for people of all ages. There are many reasons we become constipated, with the usual suspects being a low fiber diet, repeatedly ignoring the urge to go, not drinking enough water or a lack of exercise. Other causes include overuse of painkillers and supplements, or diseases such as hypothyroidism, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and Parkinson’s.

Constipation is generally defined as not having a bowel movement in more than three days, or two or fewer bowel movements in a week, hard stool, straining and / or incomplete evacuation for 25% or more of the time. Symptoms of constipation include: infrequent or difficult bowel movements, swollen and / or painful abdomen, vomiting and just a general feeling of blah.

As cannabis becomes more accepted, people everywhere are discovering one of the positive side effects of using this remarkable plant on a regular basis. Cannabis has anti-emetic and powerful muscle relaxing properties which not only eases nausea, but has being shown to alleviate the constipation of intestinal reflexes. Constipation was one of the original uses for the herb as a medicine, cited by Shen-Nung five thousand years ago. Smoking cannabis works to produce the fastest result, often within minutes. In China, cannabis seed / hemp seed oils are widely used as laxatives and Ayurvedic practitioners mix raw hemp leaves with milk, sugar and spices to treat constipation.

A daily dose of cannabis along with a healthy diet and exercise can go a long way to preventing constipation. If inhalation is your therapy of choice, we suggest the following strains: Cheese – Berry White – Pink OG – Grapefruit Kush or Equinox.

For non-smokers using tinctures or drinking raw cannabis juice on a regular basis is a good choice for both treatment and prevention of constipation.

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