Talking With Your Parents About Cannabis

Cannabis has been a hot topic for decades. Prop 215, which made use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in California legal, was passed in 1996. The camps for use tout the benefits that have been known for thousands of years. While the camps against tout the negative consequences that have been spread for the past 80 years . Separating fact from fiction can be daunting.

Many families and caregivers are asking about cannabis for their loved ones, but know very little about its true medicinal properties or how to go about obtaining and using it. With the passage of Prop 64 making cannabis for recreational use legal for adults in California as of 2018,  it is more important than ever that seniors who wish to explore using cannabis medicinally are armed with accurate and responsible information.

Why Talking About Cannabis Matters

Cannabis is a natural plant remedy that has been used around the world to bring relief to humans for hundreds of conditions. In the United States, a growing number of people over 50 are thinking about exploring medicinal cannabis as an alternative option for treating pain, sleep disruption, arthritis, stress, anxiety, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, cancer, end of life comfort or any other number of medical issues.

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. The ECS is what makes cannabis effective for so many conditions. The therapeutic use of cannabis is supported by 30,000 plus published studies on the ECS and more than 9,000 patient years of clinical trial data documenting successful use of cannabis for pain treatment.

Many seniors have either never used cannabis, or are coming back to it for the first time in 20 or more years. It’s a different world from the 40’s , 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s when your parents may have last used cannabis, if they ever did. Contrary to popular belief, smoking the herb, or flower as it is now commonly referred to, is not the only option. Today we are seeing more and more people using cannabis in ways it has been used for thousands of years before.

The reality is that much like the population of the nation, the majority of those who use cannabis are over 50, but most are in the closet because of the societal stigma. Today, 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 beginning to change. Become part of the evolution of medicinal cannabis users by taking steps to educate yourself.

Cannabis Implementation Plan

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Backdoor Medicine: How Cannabis Suppositories Can Save Lives

You want me to put that where?!

This is a common reaction to the suggestion that cannabis can be used as a suppository. Rectal administrations (suppositories) have an unfairly bad reputation in North America, despite the diverse benefits they offer. And we have personally seen countless successes over the years including relief from simple hemorrhoid inflammation to IBS and even dimished size of tumors with prostate and rectal cancers. We can show you how to make your own using FECO oil or you can select ready to insert suppositories from CBD Alive.

This article aims to educate about the advantages associated with the rectal application of cannabis and provide a simple set of guidelines for the effective use of suppositories. Click here to read the full article.

As always, we’re here to guide you through the product selection process.


Ten Reasons To Embrace Low THC

Over the past decade, we’ve heard all about how much stronger cannabis strains are today than they were in the 70’s and 80’s. And while we have seen growers produce strains in the 20-30% ranges, the fact remains that on average THC in most plants will range from 12-18%.

Many people select strains based on THC levels alone. For some, especially those with long time experience, high thresholds to pain or those who just want a heavier cerebral high, this can be the right approach. But we always educate and advocate for balance of cannabinoids and terpene profiles for medicinal purposes, as we understand how they work symbiotically to achieve maximum effectiveness. We’ve seen strains of 16% or lower be more effective and longer lasting than strains in the 20-30+% range.

Here are 10 reasons to consider a low THC strain:

  1. For those who are just coming back to using cannabis as medicine, or for those who are just beginning to experiment, low THC strains are a nice option, especially for anyone nervous about “being high”. When you find the right amount of “high”, it’s a good place to be.
  2. Take the edge off pain and anxiety, while keeping a relatively clear head during the day.
    -Lower THC allows for medicating during the day for greater pain relief without being overly sedated, especially when using indica strains, which generally bring more relief to the body.
    -Sativa lovers can enjoy the energy and euphoria without increased risk of paranoia or losing clarity of focus by being too spacey.
  3. Those with high anxiety levels find lower THC, combined with 10mg of CBD daily as a supplement provides very effective and fast relief.
  4. If you are battling depression, many sativa strains can provide the right amount of uplifting euphoria you seek. Delivering it in low doses of THC throughout the day can help stabilize your mood while maintaining a functional pace.
  5. Cannabinoids work symbiotically, putting the right ratios of THC and C-cannabinoids into your system will yield the best results over the long term.
  6. If you don’t enjoy the head high that comes from traditional THC, and CBD isn’t delivering enough relief, a low THC strain is often the right choice.
  7. Combining low THC with high CBD strains, you can create ratios that work best for your unique circumstances (we strongly encourage blending strains, but that’s another topic).
  8. As THC is the main cannabinoid responsible for appetite increase, or “the munchies”, lower THC may produce less of an appetite stimulator, while still inducing the relief you seek.
  9. Low THC strains are ideal for sex or intimacy. That’s because THC not only releases dopamine in the brain — causing the “high” — it actually replicates the effects of a sexy little naturally occurring neurochemical called anandamide. Too much THC can have you contemplating the universe or knock you out. Having just the right amount can enhance your mood and heighten your tactile senses for greater pleasure, while your focus remains on your partner ad your shared experience.
  10. For those who enjoy the ritual of smoking, you can take more inhales without becoming completely annihilated.

No matter what you choose, always start with a small inhale (or sip) and wait 10 minutes to assess how the strain makes you feel. If it is too intense, you’ll be back to normal within an hour. If it isn’t enough, simply take another puff or two. Once you’ve dialed in the dose that’s right for you, you’ve hit the jackpot.


this article was published in Issue 2 March/April 2017 of The Highway California.
Click for a PDF HWYCALI-002-LOW-THC

Know Your CBD’s

It’s been nearly a decade since the first Cannabidiol (CBD) rich strains grown by Lawrence Ringo were brought to San Diego County. Back then, we couldn’t give it away. People would buy it and then call tell us it didn’t do anything for them. That’s because they were expecting the usual “high” effect that cannabis rich in THC will induce. As time went on, more and more people found the lingering effects of CBD use had decreased their pain, inflammation and anxiety. They reported an overall sense of calm, focus and wellness. In addition, those who tended toward paranoia with THC, found that it tempered the effects and made their cannabis use more enjoyable.

Fast forward to 2013 when Dr. Sanjay Gupta announced that he was wrong about cannabis and the societal stigma which surrounds it. This was quickly followed by the media coverage of little Charlotte Figi and her seizures and the cannabis strain, Charlotte’s Web, that was named for her. These events launched the CBD discussion and its merits began to be noticed and take hold.

Namely that CBD was undoubtedly a powerful analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety remedy, without intoxicating effects.

Today, people are seeing mail and advertisements in all forms touting the benefits of CBD oils. The trouble is that not all CBD is equal and many people are spending hard-earned money on products with little medicinal value. Ultimately, as with anything we put into our bodies—and especially with products being marketed as CBD oil—it’s vital to know what exactly we are buying, where it’s coming from, and what’s in it.

To fully understand the benefits of CBD, it’s necessary to first recognize the difference between hemp oil, hemp and cannabis. As a society, we use the terms interchangeably, thinking they are one in the same. While they may look similar when growing, hemp and cannabis plants are quite different in their phytochemical composition.

Hemp oil is derived from seeds and/or stalks of the hemp plant.
Hemp or Cannabis ruderalis is ideal for making clothing, textiles, paper, biofuel and more. While it does contain CBD, it lacks the additional therapeutic compounds found in cannabis.
Cannabis or Cannabis sativa/Cannabis indica is rich in cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes; CBD being just one of the naturally occurring compounds.

Hemp seed does not contain any of the compounds found in the hemp or cannabis plant. However, the seeds are very rich in omegas and proteins. From a nutritional perspective, studies have shown hemp seed to have outstanding value for our bodies. Molecule for molecule, Cannabidiol (CBD) derived from hemp or cannabis (aka marijuana) is exactly the same. What’s important to consider when looking to use CBD for medicinal purposes, are the additional compounds found in cannabis. It is the combination of all compounds such as CBG, THC, CBC and terpenes like beta-caryophyllene that work synergistically to activate our body’s natural endocannabinoid system. This process is commonly referred to as the entourage effect.

Here’s a quick checklist to use when selecting products labelled CBD oil:

Is the main ingredient hemp seed oil or hemp oil? If yes, the product is a nutritional supplement and won’t necessarily help with your medical complaints. Recently, a friend showed me a product she purchased online. The ingredients stated it contained 375 milligrams of hemp oil and 15 milligrams of CBD. While the CBD was hemp derived, there is nothing else in the capsules to fully activate the 15 milligrams of CBD.

Is the main ingredient Cannabidiol (CBD)? If yes, is it derived from hemp or cannabis? A challenge for consumers today is lack of transparency as to the origins of the hemp-derived CBD. Where and how the hemp is cultivated is critical. Hemp is used for phytoremediation because it absorbs contaminants and toxins from the soil. While this is fantastic for the planet, it’s not such a good thing to put into your body. For the safest and healthiest product, look for CBD that is organically grown in the U.S.

If the CBD is cannabis derived, it will most likely have small levels of THC, terpenes or other cannabinoids listed on the label. You will need a medical marijuana recommendation to purchase these products due to Cannabis’s classification as a Schedule I substance. Again, look for products derived from organically grown cannabis.

What other ingredients are in the oil? Do you really need vegetable glycerin, sugars, polysorbates, sodium benzoate or other chemical ingredients if you are taking CBD to feel better or combat disease?



Finally, don’t confuse Cannabidiol (CBD) with cannabinoids. All cannabis plants produce cannabinoids, Cannabidiol, being one of them. Many people say “I want the medicinal kind of marijuana, not the kind that gets you high”.  All cannabis is medicinal, it is simply the levels of cannabinoids, how it is consumed, and how much of it is consumed that will dictate the level of “high” you may experience.

As you begin your CBD journey, read the labels, ask the tough questions, and just be aware of what is in it and how it makes you feel. Whether it’s hemp or cannabis derived CBD, when you find the product in the right ratio for you, the natural relief can be extraordinary.

*The DEA continues to debate the legality of CBD and several lawsuits are in process with large producers of hemp-derived CBD.

Smart Medicine for Your Eyes

Vision is our primary sense, that we rely upon to achieve our biggest goals and to handle the daily minutiae of our lives; and everything in between. Yet we tend to take it largely for granted. We stare at computer and smart phone screens for hours on end without taking care for the proper nutrition and exercise our eyes need to serve our needs.

If you are unaware that exercise and especially nutrition can help to protect and improve your eye health, Dr. Jeffrey Anshel, a pioneer in the field of holistic optometry, wants you to  know that it  is imperative that you learn. Today.

Dr. Anshel has written six books and numerous articles on exactly how we can best protect our eyes and vision through nutrition and exercise as well as the judicious us of specific cannabis products.

One Minute Cannabist is proud to host Dr. Jeffrey Anshel for a workshop Tuesday, July 31st at 11:00 am.  Cannabis in Eye Health will focus on the latest research results demonstrating the effectiveness of CBD use in treating and preventing glaucoma, Macular Degeneration as well as improving over all eye health.

Please join us for this important discussion.

Dr. Jeffrey Anshel is a 1975 graduate from the Illinois College of Optometry. He has written numerous articles and seven books regarding nutritional influences on vision and computer vision concerns. Dr. Anshel is the principal of Corporate Vision Consulting, where he addresses the issues surrounding visual demands while working with computers. He lectures internationally to ergonomic professionals and eyecare providers on vision care topics. Dr. Anshel is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Founder and Past President of the Ocular Nutrition Society. He maintains a private practice in Encinitas, CA.


Why Terpenes Matter

There are hundreds of compounds in a cannabis plant including cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenoids (commonly referred to as terpenes). Many people select their cannabis based strictly on cannabinoids levels, usually THC and more recently CBD. But there is an even more important component to consider: The terpene profile.

Terpenes are the essential oils that are naturally occurring in all plants. Just like lavender, rosemary and lemons have a distinct aroma and contain specific medicinal value, cannabis too has a terpene profile that simply put, sets the tone for how it is going to affect you. Throughout history, the Egyptians, Babylonians, Hebrews, Greeks, Romans and Chinese have all used essential oils and their terpenoid constituents medicinally. And now we’re coming full circle as more cannabis users become educated.

That distinct, earthy-pine aroma you get when you open a jar of freshly harvested OG Kush vs the sweetly pungent hue you get from Blue Dream comes from the terpenes in each variety. Each terpene delivers unique mental and medicinal benefits.

Beta-Caryophyllene has been proven to directly activate our CB2 receptors and has been described as a dietary cannabinoid enhancing our body’s natural response to absorb other terpenes, while delivering especially potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-hypertensive qualities. B-Caryophyllene has an added bonus in that it can block the CB1 receptor, reducing the intoxication and sometimes uncomfortable anxiety induced by some strains

Pinene, found in cannabis strains with that refreshing pine scent, is another potent anti-inflammatory as well as a natural bronchodilator, memory aid and anti-bacterial.

While Mycrene is anti-oxidant, analgesic and anti-inflammatory in nature, and because it potentiates the effects of THC, increasing its potency, Mycrene combined with THC becomes a very potent sedative, perfect for insomnia or high stress situations.

Selecting strains based on terpenes rather than just cannabinoids bring an entirely new dimension when shopping for cannabis. Not only will you find synergistic results for remedying a myriad of conditions such as pain, inflammation, insomnia, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections,  you’ll also be able to intelligently select new strains that are best for your body when your favorite is not available.

If you don’t have the terpene profile of a specific strain, follow your nose. Your body knows what it needs and selecting your strain by smell is the ultimate way to listen to what your body is telling you it needs.



Medicinal Cannabis Terminology (in simple terms)

The world of cannabis can be confusing, not to mention overwhelming. This primer of terms is designed to help you understand terminology used in the industry.


Pot Shop
A location where marijuana is dispensed or sold, with or without a recommendation, without
product guidance and without common sense
operational practices.

Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary, Cooperative or Collective
A professional establishment that currently dispenses cannabis pursuant to the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Proposition 215), found at Section 11362.5 of the Health and Safety Code and operates with common sense business practices.

Cooperative or Collective
State law explicitly allows distribution of medical marijuana through non-profit “collectives” or “cooperatives.” This is the way Prop 215 compliant dispensaries are organized.

A person who sells unlabeled, untested marijuana on the street, in the alley and at schools to any person who will buy it.

Physician’s Recommendation or Recommendation
“Physician’s recommendation” means a recommendation by a physician that a patient use cannabis provided in accordance with the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Proposition 215), found at Section 11362.5 of the Health and Safety Code.

Cannabis is classified by the federal government as a Schedule I drug and doctors are unable to prescribe it to their patients. But physicians can recommend its use.

Cannabis or MMJ Patient
Term used widely in the cannabis industry to define a cannabis recommendation holder.

Qualified Patient
A person who possesses a valid California medical cannabis recommendation

A person who holds a valid California medical cannabis recommendation and is part of a cooperative or collective. Medicinal cannabis dispensaries generally do not refer to those they serve as customers, but as patients, members or patient members.

The act of confirming that a medicinal cannabis recommendation is valid. This is done via a web portal or by telephone. Both the recommendation and the status of the license of the doctor issuing the recommendation are verified.

The act of verifying that a medicinal cannabis recommendation is valid, prior to engaging with a potential member. See verification.

Industry term used to confirm that a person is a qualified cannabis patient, is a resident of the state, is 21 or over and general questions to guide the converesation including experience level, reasons for use, therapy comfort, among others.

In-Person Dispensing
Selecting and receiving cannabis products at a dispensary and taking home the products.

Delivery Service
Act of delivering medicinal cannabis products ordered by phone or electronically to qualified patients at their home or office.

Dosing Guidance
The act of providing guidance with respect to how much, or usually how little, of a cannabis product to use.

Cannabis Therapies
Cannabis therapies or delivery methods are the various way a person can use cannabis. Delivery
methods include inhalation, sub-lingual, ingestible, topical, trans-dermal and anal.


The accepted botanical Genus name for the plant we know by so many other slang and colloquial terms.

Hemp or industrial hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. Hemp does not have the same medicinal characteristics as cannabis.

Slang for Cannabis.

Pot, Weed, Buds, Gangja, Maryjane, Grass, Dope
Slang for Cannabis.

Cannabinoids are the primary active compounds in a cannabis plant and have numerous synergistic
interactions with one another. The most well known are:

Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the most well known cannabinoid and the most psychoactive. THC has the ability to alter behavior, mood, perception and consciousness. THC is a natural analgesic, appetite stimulant, bronchial dilator and reduces intra-ocular pressure.

Cannabidiol or CBD is not psychoactive. Studies have shown it to have anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-nausea, neuroprotective, blood pressure lowering and pain killing properties among many others. While CBD tempers the effects of THC, it also needs it to fully activate.

Terpenoids or Terpenes
The essential oils that are naturally occurring in all plants. Just like lavender, rosemary and lemons have a distinct aroma and contain specific medicinal value, cannabis too has unique terpene profiles.

Flavonoids that are unique to cannabis are called cannaflavins, and they are pharmacologically
active. For example, cannaflavin A has been found to reduce inflammation by inhibiting the inflammatory molecule PGE-2, and it does this 30 times more effectively than aspirin. In addition,
flavonoids modulate the effects of THC.

Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
The endogenous cannabinoid system is one of two chemical systems in the human body that have survived more than 500 million years of human evolution. Although an understanding of the
endogenous cannabinoid system is far from
complete, two human receptors, CB1 and CB2, have currently been defined and a third receptor GPR55, is in the process of being characterized.

The job of the ECS is to regulate the flow of signals that are being sent between cells with the goal of maintaining balance, or homeostasis. Endocannabinoids are made and released by your cells on demand as a response to a trigger. Triggers include injury, illness, inflammation or other imbalances. The ECS determines how your cells try to right themselves when something goes wrong and
imbalance occurs.

Simply put, compounds in cannabis can stimulate our natural ECS and help us to regain balance.



Prop 215
Otherwise known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, is a California law allowing for the use and possession of cannabis for medicinal purposes. It was enacted, on November 5, 1996, by means of the initiative process, and passed with 5,382,915 (55.6%) votes in favor and 4,301,960 (44.4%) against.

SB 420
Passed into law in 2003, It clarified the scope and application of California Proposition 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, and established the California medical marijuana program. The bill’s title is notable because “420” is a common phrase used in cannabis culture.

Prop 64
The adult use of Marijuana act, which passed by 57.13% of the vote. Proposition 64 made it legal for individuals to use and grow marijuana for personal use on November 9, 2016. The sale and taxation of recreational marijuana went into effect on January 1, 2018.


Learning Is For Everyone (LIFE)

At One Minute Cannabist, we are all for embracing life. This July, we are also participating in LIFE for the very first time, with a presentation at MiraCosta College on Friday, July 13th at 1:00  pm.  The topic is Normalizing Cannabis.

Learning Is For Everyone (LIFE)

We are proud to participate in this community dedicated to continuing education and enrichment. Since 1995, MiraCosta College has sponsored supported LIFE, Learning Is For Everyone. Originally named Learning, Inspiration, Fellowship & Enrichment, their mission remains dedicated to lifelong learning for all. LIFE is available to anyone 18 years of age or older. At this time, LIFE in Oceanside is predominantly made up of senior citizens participating in discussion groups, workshops, activities, field trips, luncheons and more.  This is a warm and friendly group making visitors and new members welcome.

Normalizing Cannabis

You’ve heard the hype, the horrors and the hysteria that has swirled about the subject of cannabis for the past several decades. At long last, let’s focus on the reality. This is simply a plant with remarkable, all-natural qualities that make it valuable for a range of purposes.

People of all ages are exploring cannabis for a multitude of conditions. For thousands of years cannabis has been used medicinally around the world. Only in the last 80 years has this giving plant been demonized and criticized. Now that we’re “legal” here in California, people are seeing cannabis for what it is: a plant with all natural benefits.

Robbin Lynn, a Cannabis Expert, will address the following topics:

• History of cannabis as medicine and a short overview of its prohibition.
• Current legal status. The state says yes, but local and federal governments haven’t caught up.
• Moving past the stigma. Talking with family, friends and physicians about cannabis.
• Understanding how and why cannabis works in our bodies.
• Cannabis Therapies. Smoking is NOT the only option.
• Implementation Plan. How to go about finding and using cannabis professionally and safely.

Visitors are welcome to attend 2 LIFE meetings before joining. Membership is $30/year, and prorated for those joining after January. For for more information about LIFE in Oceanside, call 760.757.2121, x6972. Click here for a complete LIFE schedule for July 2018.

Normalizing Cannabis with Robbin Lynn at LIFE Oceanside, MiraCosta College on Friday, July 13th at 1:00  pm.

We hope to see you there!

Grace Under Fire: The Cannabis Journey of a US Veteran

One of the best benefits of being a cannabis educator is knowing we are helping people of all ages and backgrounds. A good percentage of the folks we have helped over the years are US Vets and a common trend we see with this demographic is that many come to us with either a recreational mentality because it’s all they have experienced or they have never tried cannabis in their life.

Those who have been in the industry for awhile know that the lines of recreational and medical use in California are quite blurred, but it usually isn’t long before people who are recreational users realize how beneficial cannabis can be for their unique circumstances and they begin to take a different approach to their use and consumption. We are especially grateful to have met Grace and to be part of her cannabis journey. This is her story.

Grace first came to see us in 2014, not long after her resignation from a nearly 15 year career with the United States Marine Corps, which included five combat deployments.

In 2011, she began to suffer from insomnia and night terrors which led to elevated anxiety and migraines, which led to lots of drinking to numb it all, which led to depression and extreme states of pain or agitation. She was prescribed a barrage of pharmaceuticals from Zoloft to Prozac to Ambien, among others. For her ever recurring migraines, she was prescribed Topamax and Imitrex; Grace became just another person whose doctors were only addressing the symptoms but not the underlying reason for the conditions, which in this case all stemmed from severe PTSD.

Like many toughened military personnel, Grace believed that PTSD was a sham; just a way to get out of working. She admits she couldn’t have been more wrong. She also knew that all the pharmaceuticals were making her feel worse. Needless to say, by her return to civilian life, she was pretty doped up, addicted to several of the prescription drugs, had lost a dangerous amount of weight and was only realizing sporadic relief. Her PTSD became more severe and the side effects made her feel like she was losing herself.

A friend suggested she try an edible and one night, she did. Grace made the mistake of drinking a bottle of wine with it and became very physically ill. She realized that wasn’t the right approach, so she went to see a doctor to get an MMJ recommendation and it wasn’t long after that she came to us. When we first met, Grace was like a kid in a candy store. After more than 15 years of not using cannabis, suddenly this whole new world opened up to her and she was eager to try it all, but it took until early this year for her to discover the full value of cannabis as medicine.

Two events triggered her motivation to look at cannabis from an entirely different perspective: 1. The suicide of a military friend in August 2015 and 2. A VA checkup in early 2016.

At the VA checkup, the Prozac did not show up in her lab work and they questioned why. When Grace told them she was using medicinal marijuana and was feeling even better than she was with the prescriptions their response was a bit shocking. She was informed that she would need to continue to take the prescribed drugs, and in fact in an even higher dose or risk losing her disability benefits.

Between that checkup and an impending hysterectomy, she decided that her mental state and physiology was more important than the money. In addition, unlike the VA, she can get her medical cannabis the same day instead of waiting three to five business days for prescriptions arriving in the mail.

She came to us to take advantage of our full consult program. In that hour session, we took a deeper look and taught Grace about her Endocannabinoid System to help her understand why and how the cannabis was working in her body. We discussed her unique response to cannabis what worked and what didn’t and together we created a therapy program to help her manage her anticipated post-surgery pain while continuing to mitigate migraine onset, managing her PTSD, depression and anxiety, as well as inducing restful sleep.

Grace had quickly realized that sativa strains gave her the same anti-depressive boost that her Prozac did, but without all the negative physiological effects of the drug. Mr. Nice, a favorite indica in our shop, became her go-to strain for managing her migraines and she found she was able to wean from the Topamax and the migraines began to lessen in frequency. Through our education programs, she began to learn to titrate and adjust her cannabis therapy as she slowly weaned off the pharmaceuticals. Gorilla Glue is what she calls her 4 in 1: delivering relief for 1)Sleep, 2)Depression, 3)Anxiety and 4)Appetite. She was even able to stop taking the Prozac.

Grace has a lower tolerance to THC, but enjoys the euphoric effects it delivers. While her lower tolerance gives her the advantage of being able to stretch her budget, the challenge was finding the right balance for her body to find relief and just the right amount of elevation while staying focused and clear during the day and still being able to sleep through the night.

A combination of the following cannabis products is the non-prescribed regime she now follows: 18:1 (CBD/THC) tincture once in the morning, and again around 1pm. She vapes a CBD rich hash oil or other sativa strains such as Grapefruit Haze or Sour Diesel as needed throughout the day, and traditional inhalation of her most effective strain, Gorilla Glue when she is done for the day. In addition, she also uses a 4:1 (CBD/THC) tincture for sleep as needed.

It’s been a long road of experimenting, understanding and enlightenment, but thanks to cannabis, Grace is in a better place physically and emotionally and while she continues to heal her PTSD, we’ll be there for her every step of the way. In her own words “Cannabis is the answer and the truth”.

About Grace’s military service:

  • Grace shipped out to bootcamp on September 11, 2001.
  • Less than a month after turning 19, she was deployed to Uzbekistan and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002/2003.
  • By 2009, she would have deployed 3 more times in a combat environment. Twice to Iraq and once to the Southern Philippines.
  • Last deployment before departing the service would be another trip to Afghanistan in 2013/2014, tracking over 700 insurgent, in her area of operation
  • She walked away from the military knowing she wouldn’t even have a pension because she knew it was a matter of time before she made a misstep in her otherwise flawless career.
  • Since departing the service she has had run-ins with law enforcement and financial irresponsibility due to untreated PTSD and depression. (That was until recognizing she had a problem).


Cannabis and Pets

All mammals, from mice to humans, have an endocannabinoid system. This system is made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors located throughout the body.  In dogs, the CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain, but also appear in dogs’ salivary glands. Dogs possess a dense amount of CB1 receptors in their brain making them very sensitive to its intoxicating effects. CB2 receptors are localized in canine skin, immune system, peripheral nervous system and some organs, such as the liver and kidneys, which makes CBD an effective option for many conditions.

Just like with humans, proper dosing is important to ensure an effective experience for your pet. This can easily be achieved with a little patience and small, controlled amounts. We have been fortunate to have a retired veterinarian work with us to develop suggested dosing for pets.

In the last few years several of our customers and staff have had amazing success:

Pika – Pit Bull mix, 13 years old – Internal cancerous polyp tumors began to inhibit Pika’s breathing and hip dysplasia made it difficult for her to move around. A 5-15mg dose of the CBD helped Pika’s breathing to ease and become more comfortable allowing her to get much needed rest, and it made it possible for her to move more freely. Pika lived happily and comfortably for 11 months longer than expected.

Bootsy –  Terrier mix,  5 years old – Bootsy suffered severe anxiety caused by loud noises, mostly the bombings on Camp Pendleton and 4th of July fireworks. His owner sprayed  Care By Design 18:1 in his water (6 mg) and witnessed a marked improvement in his overall behavior.

Sammy – Weimareiner/Boxer mix, 10 years old – Sammy is a cancer survivor of 4 years, who underwent surgery to beat it. The muscles in the area where the surgery was performed twitched uncontrollably causing her  discomfort. She also used to experience tremors. Sammy is given 2 sprays of the Care by Design 8:1 tincture daily and she no longer experiences either complaint. If for some reason Sammy does not get her CBD, the twitching returns within a week.

Rusty – German Shepherd mix, 14 years old – Rusty experienced chronic pain and stiffness from arthritis throughout his body. Given 2mg of a Sensi Chew CBD Gold edible 2-3x daily, his ability to lay down and stand up improved noticeably. On particularly painful days a dose of 4mg would allow him to find a comfortable position to fall asleep and escape the pain for a few hours at a time.

Cotton – Malti Poo, 2 years old – Cotton suffers from chronic digestive problems. He has many food allergies and even with a veterinarian prescribed diet, would throw up daily an hour after eating. Upon the first dose of Care By Design 18:1 (6 mg) Cotton’s vomiting ceased immediately. He now receives one spray in the morning and one in the evening and no longer has any digestive issues.

Whether it’s anxiety, chronic pain or advancing disease bothering your pet, CBD may help them get some restorative rest and slow development of their conditions. Give us a call today to arrange a consultation for your furry loved one.