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Rush on at Indiana shops to snatch up CBD oil products before they're pulled

Rush on at Indiana shops to snatch up CBD oil products before they're pulled

KOKOMO, Ind. — Stores selling cannabis-derived oils in central Indiana are seeing a spike in sales after the state’s attorney general declared the products illegal with one limited exception.

Kokomo store owner Joan Johnson said sales and interest in products containing cannabidiol, or CBD, increased after Attorney General Curtis Hill issued his opinion last month, the Kokomo Tribune reported.

Hill said CBD products are illegal to possess, make or sell in Indiana, with the only exemption extending to people with epilepsy on a new state registry.

“There’s been a lot of interest because so many people are in pain, and they have not had success with the prescription pain medicine,” said Johnson, who sells several lines of marijuana-derived oils that customers often use to treat pain and stress.

Many such oils have less than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. Many advocates argue that oils with 0.3 percent THC or less should be considered legal. Gov. Eric Holcomb directed stores on Nov. 28 to pull CBD products containing THC within 60 days.

“We try to assure people that everything we do here is legal,” Johnson said. “It’s a gray area as far as the state and the definition, and they need to clarify that because that’s what’s causing the panic.”

Another Kokomo business owner, Mike Wilson, said there’s confusion about whether CBD products contain THC. Johnson and Wilson sell products from a local company, Dreem Nutrition, which makes CBD drops and patches without THC.

Owner Austin Rhodus said his products are in high demand after the attorney general’s announcement.

Businesses selling Dreem Nutrition products have said they’re difficult to keep on their shelves.

Rhodus said he doesn’t expect any raids on his products because they don’t contain THC.

Information from: Kokomo Tribune

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Part IV – CBD research is going to the dogs in quest to legitimize pet products

Part V – CBD on the international stage: WHO committee delving into science, control status of cannabis compound

Part VI – Race for CBD medication breakthrough: Is pharma firm’s boon the hemp industry’s doom?


Published at Tue, 05 Dec 2017 21:38:28 +0000

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High Art: Looking back at marijuana-themed posters of the 1960s

High Art: Looking back at marijuana-themed posters of the 1960s

The cultural revolution of the 1960s witnessed a unique marriage of marijuana and art.

Experimentation with LSD, peyote and other drugs were huge influences on the psychedelic art and music of the time, but marijuana motifs had a special significance for cannabis users during an era in which consumption was a risky proposition. Pot-centric counter-culture posters served as advertisements for rock concerts, publicity for anti-war candidates and statements on current affairs.

Mike Storeim, the owner of Classic Posters in Evergreen, Colo., and a decades-long aficionado of 1960s posters and handbills, says the popular artwork of the time often had an unusual level of sophistication and detail to it.

“What a lot of people don’t completely understand about the art of that time was it was all hand done,” he told The Cannabist. “It wasn’t computer generated like a lot the art of today.”

Among the genre’s luminaries is artist Stanley “Mouse” Miller, one of the “Big Five” San Francisco-based poster artists who had an international influence on the art that the 1960s.

“We were just doing posters for dance halls,” Miller said in a 2015 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. “It seemed not important but the most important thing in the world at the same time. The whole scene was so important.”

Scroll down to see Storeim’s picks from his collection of 1960s cannabis-themed posters.

(Courtesy Classic Posters)

A Puff of Kief, Rick Griffin

Southern California native Rick Griffin, one of the Big Five, was known for his highly-detailed illustrations. He was also a contributor to the underground comix movement of the 1960s and famous for album covers commissioned by The Grateful Dead. He died in a motorcycle accident in 1991. This 1967 illustration, featuring an elaborate hookah and equally elaborate lettering, is a classic example of Griffin’s work.

(Courtesy Classic Posters)

Joint Show – A Rare Blend, Rick Griffin

The Joint Show was held at San Francisco’s Moore Gallery in 1969 and featured works by the Big Five artists, according to Storeim. Each of those artists was also commissioned to create a poster advertising the show. This particular poster, done by Rick Griffin, was an indication that even at its infancy in the 1960s the poster movement was being recognized for its influential impact on modern American art.

(Courtesy Classic Posters)

Avalon Ballroom “The Blues Project,” Wes Wilson

Many of the most famous rock acts of the 1960s played San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom, shows that gave local poster artists steady work. Legendary Avalon acts immortalized in their art include the Steve Miller Band, Big Brother and the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin) and Quicksilver Messenger Service, to name a few. Most of the events at the Avalon were promoted by company/commune known as The Family Dog. Promoter Chet Helms, who ran The Family Dog, famously had the phrase, “May the baby Jesus shut your mouth and open your mind,” painted over the venue’s entrance. This 1966 poster, done by Big Five member Wes Wilson, featured what went on to become an iconic image for the Avalon — a Native American with a joint drawn in his mouth.

(Courtesy Classic Posters)

Phil Drath benefit concert poster, Mouse Miller and Alton Kelley

This 1966 poster promoted a benefit concert at Mount Tamalipas Outdoor Theater in Marin County for California congressional candidate, Phil Drath. The show for the anti-war candidate featured sets by The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and other acts. The combined effort of Big Five alumni Mouse Miller and Alton Kelley, it shows Winnie the Pooh and his friend Piglet heading off into the sunset — Pooh clutches a kilo under his arm while little Piglet blows off a little trail of smoke.

(Courtesy Classic Posters)

Can-A-Bliss, Rick Griffin

Another influential work by Big Five artist Rick Griffin, this 1967 poster is a faux advertisement for “pipe & cigarette tobacco” — but prominently features cannabis leaves. A head shop classic.

(Courtesy Classic Posters)

Marihuana: Weed With Roots in Hell, artist unknown.

This poster promoted a 1930s anti-marijuana movie that, along with the equally infamous “Reefer Madness,” were seen as hilariously over-the-top scare tactics by cannabis enthusiasts in the 1960s – and a relic of a time when, as Storeim said, “everybody thought that cannabis would lead down the road to every form of depravity known to man.” So there was a certain level of irony for stoners when it came to hanging one of these posters, done by an unknown artist, on their wall.

Related: Creator of the “Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers” underground comix reflects on weed’s long, strange trip


Published at Fri, 01 Dec 2017 23:20:04 +0000

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California cannabis festivals will be different in 2018, but many freedoms remain

California cannabis festivals will be different in 2018, but many freedoms remain

Some 25,000 people are expected to head to San Bernardino this weekend to watch hip-hop shows, sample marijuana products and celebrate cannabis culture during Tommy Chong’s Blazers Cup.

The festival is one of a couple dozen marijuana-themed events held each year at the city’s National Orange Show center. And California’s cannabis event circuit just keeps getting bigger, with more than 100,000 people a year attending shows such as the Chalice festival in Victorville, Emerald Cup in Santa Rosa and High Times magazine’s Cannabis Cup series.

But the future of many of those events is uncertain thanks to one sentence buried in 276 pages of rules California recently released to regulate the cannabis industry.

Unlike regulations initially passed in Colorado and other states that have legalized recreational marijuana, the new rules for California’s industry do offer a route for cannabis festivals to continue.

Related: High Times Cannabis Cup leaves Colorado for greener lands

Starting Jan. 1., festival organizers will be eligible for permits that will allow them to host events where marijuana can legally be sold and consumed.

Those permits come with a slew of conditions that will make future marijuana festivals look less like the free-for-all events weed-loving Californians are used to seeing and more like closely regulated craft beer or wine festivals — but with cannabis.

The rules also restrict marijuana events to happening at the 80 county fair or district agricultural association properties scattered throughout California.

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Nikki Lastreto and Swami Chaitanya have judged every Emerald Cup competition since its inception 13 years ago. (Lisa M. Krieger, The Cannifornian)

But the single rule that may pose the biggest challenge for festival organizers is a sentence that requires an operator to get written permission from the city where their event will be held.

“For each event they do, they have to have local authorization,” said Lori Ajax, chief of the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, which will license events.

It’s unclear how much money a pot festival generates for the surrounding community. No one has tracked that figure.

So, given how many city council members and county officials have spoken out against marijuana festivals — including in hubs such as San Bernardino and Victorville — it’s also unclear where in California cannabis events will be allowed in 2018.

New set of rules

Even before factoring in the challenge of getting local permission, the new rules for cannabis events in California will mean big changes to future festivals.

At High Times SoCal Cannabis Cup in San Bernardino this April, a man dressed as Darth Vader joined a bevy of scantily clothed women to throw samples of marijuana to the crowd as the clock struck 4:20 p.m. Attendees could buy beer with marijuana-infused tacos or take a free hit off a vendor’s communal bong. And since guests — who generally had to be 18 or older — needed a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana to get in, Green Doctors set up a booth near the entrance, giving referrals to anyone complaining of migraines, anxiety or trouble sleeping.

Much of that will change in 2018.

Festival-goers will still be able to consume and buy cannabis at permitted events, and medical marijuana patients will still be allowed to get free samples of products. But no one will need a doctor’s recommendation to attend and they’ll all have to be at least 21.

Also, all vendors selling cannabis products must be licensed by the state. They’ll only be allowed to sell up to an ounce of cannabis per person. And all products will have to be lab-tested and come packaged for individual sale, with clear labels listing ingredients and how much THC — the compound in cannabis that makes people high — is in inside.

No alcohol or tobacco consumption will be allowed. And festivals will be limited to a maximum of four days.

Organizers will have to pay $5,000 a year for an annual license if they want to host one to 10 events. It’ll cost $10,000 if they want to host more than 10 events in one year. And they’ll need to disclose company financial and ownership information, including past criminal convictions.

On top of the annual license, organizers will need to apply for a temporary state permit for each event they host. Those applications will cost $1,000 each and require detailed diagrams of each venue, including a complete list of all licensed vendors, with no additions allowed within five days of the event.

cannabis festivals in California
The Chalice festival kicked off at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds on Friday, July, 7, 2017 in Victorville. (Sarah Alvarado, The Cannifornian/SCNG)

Doug Dracup, who founded the Chalice festival four years ago, said the regulation process is both “exciting and nerve wracking.” But he said he and his crew are happy with how the rules came together.

“I have waited my whole life to be on the forefront of throwing cannabis events during legalization,” Dracup said. “Our main focus is continuing to be compliant with the law and lead by example.”

Other major cannabis festival organizers, including High Times magazine and Insomniac, didn’t respond to requests to discuss the new rules.

But even if an organizer follows those rules, their application to host an event will be turned down if they don’t have an OK from the local city council or, if the event is in an unincorporated area, the county board of supervisors.

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Until now, it’s essentially been left up to venue owners to regulate whether cannabis events can happen and what those events look like.

That means the National Orange Show’s board of directors has been able to green-light festivals even though San Bernardino city leaders have spoken out against such events in the past.

The general manager of the National Orange Show — which currently gets half its business from cannabis events — didn’t respond to several requests for comment on how the new regulations might impact his venue.

San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey Davis and several city council members also didn’t return messages asking whether they’d support allowing such events to continue.

Victorville’s High Desert Event Center, at the state-owned San Bernardino County fairgrounds, plays host to a number of cannabis-themed festivals each year despite opposition from the local city council.

The Chalice festival, which highlights cannabis concentrates, first landed in Victorville in July 2016. The City Council wrote a letter asking the fair board to cancel the event, citing safety concerns. But venue CEO Geoff Hinds has said they typically have fewer safety issues at cannabis events than at mainstream music festivals, and he said they can’t ban events from the state venue on moral grounds.

Despite the city’s past opposition, Dracup remains undaunted: “Chalice festival will take place in Victorville in 2018.”

He pointed to the festival’s track record, with sheriff’s officials confirming zero arrests or major incidents in four years.

“Our festival brings so much revenue to the local area, it’s a blessing to any town we bring it to,” he argued. “I don’t see it being any type of problem.”

Marijuana festivals in California
Crowds gather at one of the many stages in hopes of getting free merchandise during the High Times Harvest Cup festival Nov. 11 in San Bernardino, California. (Sarah Alvarado, for The Cannifornian)

Officials at both the privately-run Los Angeles County fairgrounds, at the Fairplex in Ponoma, and at the state-owned Riverside County fairgrounds in Indio said their boards haven’t yet taken positions on whether to allow marijuana events at their venues.

But festival organizers have encountered clear resistance in other cities. Board members for San Diego’s Del Mar Fairgrounds shut out the Good Life festival, which was planned for September.

The picture is more optimistic for Emerald Cup, a Northern California festival that attracted close to 25,000 cannabis enthusiasts over two days in 2016. The event returns to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa on Dec. 9 and 10.

Santa Rosa already permits medical marijuana businesses and is in the process of permitting recreational cannabis enterprises.

Emerald Cup organizers declined to comment on the new regulations or how they might impact next year’s festival.

Despite the lack of clarity on where events will be permitted, Dracup said he’s confident his Los Angeles-based company will be able to offer more cannabis festivals in the years to come.

“We plan on creating new events under the Chalice festival umbrella that have different themes and are competition-specific that we will bring to other areas and markets,” he said.

“We will without a doubt be obtaining a license and throwing more events in locations more centralized to cities in the future.”

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Published at Sat, 02 Dec 2017 02:01:35 +0000

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Maryland patients' long wait finally over as MMJ dispensaries open for business

Maryland patients' long wait finally over as MMJ dispensaries open for business

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Maryland began the sale of medical marijuana to residents in pain on Friday, ending years of delays by embarking on a program that features some of the most liberal policies in the nation on who can qualify for cannabis products.

Dozens of people stood outside a licensed dispensary, Potomac Holistics, where owners began making sales soon after receiving their first shipment Friday afternoon.

William Askinazi, one of the owners, said people who work at the store were euphoric that the day had finally arrived.

“You can tell there’s a buzz, and we’re excited for so many reasons,” Askinazi said. “We’re giving care to people who need it.”

Related: Maryland medical marijuana FAQ: Where to buy, products, doctors and more

Maryland approved its first medical marijuana law in 2013. But the effort stalled because it required academic medical centers to run the programs, and none stepped forward. The law was changed in 2014 to allow doctors certified by a state medical cannabis commission to recommend marijuana for patients with debilitating, chronic and severe illnesses.

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Customers, at top, wait for cannabis outside Potomac Holistics in Rockville as medical marijuana sales begin in Maryland on Dec. 1, 2017. The owner promised that no one in line would go home empty-handed. (Jahi Chikwendiu, The Washington Post)

A long line of people cheered late Friday as sales began.

Denise Broyhill was among the first in the door to buy marijuana tablets. She said she was upbeat and relieved after years of delays by authorities in making medical marijuana available in the state. A resident of the state capital city of Annapolis, Broyhill also said she hoped for good results managing the pain from a neurological condition.

“I’m very excited to try it and relieved to get through the whole process after waiting so long,” Broyhill said. “It’s been a long time, but I’m looking to have some good pain management.”

While the initial rollout was initially expected to be limited due to available supply, Askinazi said he expected to see between 600 and 1,000 patients over the next three days.

Patrick Allison, of Annapolis, was also among the first in line. He said he suffers from ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis that causes inflammation of the spinal joints that can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort.

“It’s about time,” Allison said. “I live in chronic pain. You wouldn’t know it to look at me, but I’m about an eight right now on a scale of one to 10, head to toe. The only thing that works for me is marijuana.”

David Johnson, of Frederick, said he was relieved that he could now have access to medical marijuana to ease pain from nerve damage. He said he’s tired of driving in pain to pharmacies in search of opioids.
“It’s been a nightmare,” he said. “This is a godsend.”

Medical marijuana will be available for any condition that is severe in which other medical treatments have been ineffective, and if the symptoms “reasonably can be expected to be relieved” by marijuana.
Patients with a chronic or debilitating medical condition that causes severe appetite loss, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures or severe muscle spasms also can have access, as well as people with glaucoma or post-traumatic stress disorder.

“In Maryland, there are very liberal qualifying conditions,” Askinazi said.

Even further, Maryland will allow not only physicians but nurse practitioners, dentists, podiatrists and nurse midwives to certify patients as eligible to receive marijuana. People authorized to recommend the use of medical marijuana will be able to do so for patients from other states who come to Maryland for treatment.

More than half of all U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia, have legalized a comprehensive medical marijuana program, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

maryland marijuana
A security guard at Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Cumberland, Maryland, waits for people to arrive. (Ricky Carioti, The Washington Post)


Published at Fri, 01 Dec 2017 22:33:56 +0000

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Indiana Governor Orders Stores to Stop Selling CBD Products Within 60 Days

Indiana Governor Orders Stores to Stop Selling CBD Products Within 60 Days

According to the Associated Press, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is directing state excise police to resume checking stores for marijuana-derived oils after the state’s attorney general declared them illegal with one limited exception.

Holcomb said in a statement Tuesday that excise police will “perform normal, periodic regulatory spot checks” of cannabidiol, or CBD, products, and says those checks will focus on products that contain THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. The Indianapolis Star reports stores have 60 days to pull the products from their shelves.

The recent opinion from Attorney General Curtis Hill states that substances containing CBD are illegal to possess, make and sell in Indiana under state and federal law.

The opinion said the exception is CBD products that can be used by people with epilepsy who are on a new state registry.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:09:16 +0000

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MJ Freeway discloses another cyberattack on the firm, affecting cannabis businesses

MJ Freeway discloses another cyberattack on the firm, affecting cannabis businesses

MJ Freeway, one of the first companies to create “seed-to-sale” tracking and business software for the legal cannabis industry, has just disclosed it was the target of another cyberattack; one that took place about a year ago.

The Denver-based company, which also provides tracking software for a number of state regulatory systems in addition to approximately 1,000 cannabis retailers across the U.S., also has been dealing with a string of hacks, system outages and other disruptions over the past several months.

According to a statement to its clients, published Tuesday on the firm’s website, MJ Freeway determined that “certain client information” had been stolen on or around Nov. 19, 2016, affecting businesses in multiple states. The data included customers’ date-of-birth and contact information, but no Social Security identification or credit or debit card numbers, according to the company.

The firm said it immediately launched an investigation and has been working with “third-party forensic investigators.”

This is at least the second time MJ Freeway has been the victim of a cyberhack. In January, the company reported an outage of its inventory system and an inability to process transactions, due to an attack on both its main and backup databases.

“Customer trust and safety are our first priority and since the January event we have worked with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and our independent security firm to recover client data, strengthen our systems, and identify the criminals behind the attack,” Jeannette Ward, MJ Freeway’s vice president of global marketing and communications, said in an email statement to The Cannabist.

In terms of the November 2016 incident, Ward said the company is “pleased to have recovered this file and intend to use it to restore a subset of client data previously believed lost. We stand ready to assist our customers and answer their questions about this development in our investigation.”

A spokesperson for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), meanwhile, told The Cannabist that while “the victim in this case has indicated the CBI is reviewing this case, the Bureau does not provide comment on active investigations, or even confirm our agents are investigating.”

Attorney Mark Mermelstein, who is counsel for MJ Freeway and a specialist in cybersecurity legal issues, told The Cannabist the hacks appear to be a “sophisticated sequence of malicious attacks directed against the company.”

In many corporate cyberattacks, he said, the attacker will corrupt the target’s files and then demand money for the return of the un-corrupted original.

But in the case of MJ Freeway, he noted, “there never was an extortion demand. And so you have to ask the question: Why would someone want to take a copy of our data, and then destroy our copy of the data, and then upload data that’s now a year old? One could imagine a scenario where a competitor or someone with interest in destroying our business reputation was doing this.”

Mermelstein said he believes what’s happening with MJ Freeway could be a new kind of cyber incident. Rather than stealing data or trade secrets, he said, there might be a rival business or interested party working to destroy another company’s data in order to gain a competitive advantage.

“If that’s what’s happening, that really is a new front in the cybersecurity wars,” he said. “We really haven’t seen competitors weaponize cyberhacking in a significant way.”


Published at Tue, 28 Nov 2017 21:15:57 +0000

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Youtuber Takes 100 Marijuana Hits in a Row to Prove you Can’t Overdose from Cannabis

Youtuber Takes 100 Marijuana Hits in a Row to Prove you Can’t Overdose from Cannabis

In the following video Marijuana Mermaid, a Youtuber who’s seen a recent surge of popularity, takes 100 marijuana hits in a row in an attempt to prove that you can’t overdose from the plant.

In the video Marijuana Mermaid spokes from a bong, a bubbler and joints. Rather than choosing low-THC strains to make the challenge easier, she used Stardog (a hybrid with 17.50% THC) and Blue City Diesel (also a hybrid with 17.30% THC).

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at


Published at Sun, 26 Nov 2017 20:04:30 +0000

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Cannabis Strains With Wicked High THC Levels

Cannabis Strains With Wicked High THC Levels

Cannabis Strains with Monster THC Levels

high thc levels

Many people interested in recreational and therapeutic qualities of cannabis look to get more information on the strongest cannabis strains because they are the best of the best in terms of THC content. For example, some are just interested in the “high” qualities of these strains. Indeed, a strain with a high THC level can deliver the most potent smoke for powerful uplifting euphoria. Meanwhile, others explain their interest in the need for a very potent medicine to help with serious medical conditions.

Before we get to discussing the strains, let’s quickly talk about tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, because the substance’s medical benefits were known as early as the 1960s.

What is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)?

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Molecule of THC. Image Source

THC is the chemical ingredient of cannabis that affects the mood by creating the “high.” It was first discovered by Israeli scientist Dr. Raphael Mechoulam in 1964. It is a cannabinoid, which refers to chemical compounds found in cannabis plant that interact with receptors in the brain and body to create psychoactive effects. However, helping to get “high” is not all that THC is good for.

It has a wide range of medical benefits, including:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties. They are useful for treating autoimmune disease and other conditions.
  • Anti-cancer properties. Some studies reported that the compound triggered apoptosis (self-destruction) in cancer cells.
  • Reduction of neurotoxins in brain diseases. According to recent research, THC has been used in several studies with Alzheimer’s patients and produced promising results. For example, it removed amyloid beta protein from affected brain cells; this protein is known to build up in the brains on Alzheimer’s patients, creating a plaque which undermines the interaction among neurons and causes neurodegeneration in long-term. Moreover, THC was considered effective in reducing brain inflammation by some scientists.

Thanks to research and selective breeding, we now have many THC heavyweights that have earned attention for their potency.

10 Cannabis Strains with Monster THC Levels

girl scout cookies

10. Girl Scout Cookies

In the recent years, this strain (which is actually a hybrid of OG Kush ad Durban Poison) has been used by an increased amount of people, especially in the U.S. One of the reasons for its popularity is a high THC level, which is estimated to be about 28 percent. This content ensures hours of relaxation and a wave of blissful euphoria.

kosher kush

9. Kosher Kush

This strain originated in California just seven years ago but quickly became well-known for high potency ingredients and enticing flavor. It produces staggering levels of THC, with some samples reaching almost 29 percent. Known as a tasty smoke, it also has some valuable therapeutic qualities such as improving sleep patterns and relieving pain.

bruce banner strain

8. Bruce Banner

Yeah, the name of this strain is quite original and can be easily explained. Named the strongest strain by 2014 High Times award, it features up to 30 percent of THC, which is quite powerful. The strain has a good reputation because of the ability to produce deep relaxation, combat arthritis-related pain, relieve stress, anxiety and ADHD. Components of Bruce Banner are Strawberry Diesel and OG Kush.

ghost train haze

7. Ghost Train Haze

Strong genetics provide the next strain on this list with an impressive 25.5 percent of THC content. This cross of Neville’s Wreck and Ghost OG delivers a potent dose to knock out depression, acute and chronic pain, anxiety, and appetite loss.

According to users of this strain, low doses also facilitate creativity and improve concentration. The effect of Ghost Train Haze is reportedly similar to a shot of a strong espresso, so it’s a pretty powerful uplifting effect.

gorilla glue

6. Gorilla Glue

This powerful strain hit shelves only last year and quickly attracted a lot of attention because of its ability to deliver heavy-handed euphoria and relaxation. It is grown in Colorado, and averages 18 to 25 percent THC; however, some samples contained as high as 32 percent.

The aroma of Gorilla Glue is strong with notes of coffee and chocolate. It is recommended for both recreational and medical users because it produces uplifting effects and relaxation.

death star

5. Death Star

The next strain on our list also has an amazing name that would quickly recognized by Star Wars fans. In the movie, that was the name of a space station that had the ability to destroy entire planets. Indeed, Death Star lives up to its name, as it contains up to 27 percent THC.

the white strain

4. The White

This strain reportedly originated in Florida and got its name from white trichomes that cover it. The White is an indica dominant hybrid (only 15 percent of sativa) which is a perfect tool for treating stress, pain, and insomnia because of a high THC content of up to 30 percent.

strawberry cough

3. Strawberry Cough

This strain is pretty amazing because it has a smell of a bucket of fresh strawberries and a ridiculously high THC level that will make you cough (up to 29 percent). Despite being recently discovered Strawberry cough has already won a number of cannabis cups around the world.

red dragon strain

2. Red Dragon

This one totally lives up to its name: Red Dragon is an exotic Asian flower with dominant sativa genes. The THC level is estimated at 22 percent, which is sufficient to deliver effective medical treatment of depression, nausea, insomnia, pain, mood disorders, migraine headaches, and inflammation.

white fire strain

1. White Fire

A hybrid strain (60% indica/40% sativa) also known as Wi-Fi that has a sour diesel like aroma with a touch of citrus. The THC level is around 28 percent, which makes it quite valuable to the medical cannabis industry. For example, patients consuming White Fire reported its profound effect on stress. Also, it can be used for treating pain, cancer, loss of appetite, and glaucoma headaches.

How to Maximize THC in Other Strains

There are many reasons why people want to increase THC in their buds, including greater mental effects and extra relief from pain, depression, and anxiety. Here are some effective ways to do that.

  • Take proper care of your plants. For example, provide maximum lighting during the flowering stage.
  • Do not harvest too early, it limits the potential of the strain. The plant is mature and ready to be harvested during the 2-3 week window after the flowering stage.

Final Thoughts

High potency strains are a big deal nowadays, so we hope this list was useful for you to increase your knowledge of how to retrieve maximum benefits from cannabis.

Kathrin Garner is an enthusiastic journalist and writes article on social issues. As an activist, she takes part in NCSM program, which is a discussion platform on the relevant cannabis topics. She searches for current issues, and writes about it to a wide range of readers.








Published at Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:00:00 +0000

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High Minded podcast by The Cannabist | S01E03

High Minded podcast by The Cannabist | S01E03

Welcome to High Minded by The Cannabist, our podcast diving into the stories, news and voices shaping a new billion-dollar industry.

High Minded is a podcast in three acts, hosted by The Cannabist’s staff.

Act I features serial news storytelling from our team of award-winning journalists. Season one is hosted by Alicia Wallace. In Act II, Cannabist editor Alex Pasquariello leads “The Conversation” with marijuana’s movers and shakers in government, law and business. For Act III, we turn over the microphone to leaders on all sides of the legalization movement in a segment we call “Closing Arguments.”

Enjoy our third episode, subscribe so you don’t miss any of Season One, and follow this podcast on Twitter at @HighMindedCast. Got feedback or a nominee to be on the podcast? Drop us a line here.

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CBD, TBD with Alicia Wallace
CBD research is going to the dogs in quest to help pets

High Minded continues its Season 1 serial series “CBD, TBD” in Fort Collins, Colorado, with Riley. The 135-pound Newfoundland lumbers her way into a laboratory at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital and is greeted by scientists with hefty, loving nudges and sloshes of slobber.

Riley is a favorite at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where she’s among a few dozen pooches participating in one of the first scientific clinical trials assessing the efficacy of cannabidiol in treating certain canine ailments.

The non-psychoactive cannabis compound isn’t just hailed for its potential medicinal benefits in humans — the anecdotal evidence emerging from legal marijuana states has some pet owners wondering if CBD could be a life-improving medicine for man’s best friend. In Colorado, CBD-rich whole plant hemp extracts already are available for purchase online or at the neighborhood pet shop down the street.

Act II

The Conversation, hosted by Alex Pasquariello

High Minded’s Season 1 Conversation is framed by a months-long correspondence The Cannabist has dubbed “The Sessions Letters.”

Since April 2017, the U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions has sent missives to officials in the first four states to legalize adult-use marijuana: Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. In the letters, Sessions has raised serious questions about their respective regulatory and enforcement regimes.

High Minded convened a panel of Colorado’s top government officials to discuss their state’s response to Sessions.

In this episode, the topic is youth use and prevention.

The Conversation unpacks how Colorado is keeping its residents safe with:


Closing Arguments

The Closing Arguments are made in this episode by Nick Johnson, an historian based in Colorado and author of “Grass Roots: A History of Cannabis in the American West.” He wrote an op-ed, originally published on The Cannabist, in response to the Colorado Springs Gazette’s Editorial Board declaring on November 10, 2017, “Colorado legalization anniversary nothing to celebrate.”


Published at Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:56:10 +0000

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A “misguided crusade”: Canada's bill to legalize cannabis faces opposition

A “misguided crusade”: Canada's bill to legalize cannabis faces opposition

The Canadian House of Commons held a spirited debate over the legalization of cannabis Tuesday as the Liberal government presented a second reading of its Bill C-45.

Marco Mendicino, Justice and Attorney General, presented the government’s report and pressed for the passage of the legislation. He spoke of the “thousands of Canadians” who have been charged, convicted, and gone to jail for “small amounts of cannabis.”

“Canada is more than ready for a new approach,” said Mendicino.

But not all Canadians are convinced the Liberal’s approach is the right one. Over the course of three hours, Conservative Party members of Parliament questioned Liberal Party representatives on the timing and content of the bill.

Conservative MP Peter Kent of Ontario, referred to the bill as a “wacky campaign promise” and a “misguided crusade.” The Liberal government is “determined to force this bill” on the police and people of Canadian, he said, “whatever the cost to Canadian society.”

Kelly McCauley, Conservative from Alberta, criticized the “nonsensical, arbitrary deadline” of July 1. He conjured up the image of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the head of the Liberal Party, joining a Canadian Day party on July 1, 2018, “pulling up his pants to show his marijuana socks” and sparking the “first ceremonial doob on Parliament Hill.”

Stephanie Kusie, a Conservative from Alberta, called for the House to reject C-45. She noted that the Canadian Association of Chief of Police have asked government to extend the implementation date past July 1, 2018.

Kusie reported that there is no reliable roadside measurement for driving under the influence of marijuana. She cited a recent study, saying Colorado experienced “drastic increases in deaths” caused by driving under the influence of cannabis (the authors of the study did not make a causal relationship). She also claimed that places that have legalized cannabis have seen increases in homelessness and crime, and that, “Smoking marijuana doubles the risk of developing schizophrenia.”

Kusie also raised the specter that Canada’s passage of C-45 “may cause disputes” with its southern neighbor, citing recent incidents of individuals who have been denied entry to the United States after admitting to American border officials that they had used marijuana. She added that by legalizing cannabis, Canada would be in violation of three United Nations treaties.

Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu, the Opposition Critic for Health, has proposed an amendment to prohibit individuals from growing cannabis at home. The government report rejected this motion. The legislation allows adults to grow up to four plants at home. Provinces could impose more restrictive grow limits.

At the other end of the spectrum, Green party leader Elizabeth May has proposed removing the limits on distribution of cannabis by individuals. The current wording prohibits adults from giving more than the equivalent of 30 grams of dried cannabis (in whatever form), or a flowering or budding plant, to another adult or minor younger than age 18. For minors, the distribution limit is five grams.

Pierre Paul-Hus, a Conservative from Quebec, argued that the possession limit for young people be zero grams and 21 should be the minimum age to consume, pointing to Colorado as an example.

Treasury Board Secretary Joyce Murray rejected the claim that legalization would increase youth use. She said the law would put into place strict controls and penalties to protect young people. She also cited restrictions on advertising, labeling and packaging.

Murray pointed to a recent study showing a significant drop in opioid-related deaths in states that have legalized cannabis. Cannabis is a “safer, more effective” option than opioids, she said.

Don Davies, an NDP member from British Columbia, called out Liberals for using the opioid crisis as part of their argument to legalize cannabis, but not declaring a health emergency, as the United States recently has. Davies also asked if pardons would be available for the thousands of Canadians who currently have arrest records for marijuana possession.

David Lametti, Secretary of Innovation, Science an Economic Development, assured his fellow legislators that provinces and territories would be able to set limits as they saw fit, beyond those regulated in the act.

Provinces have already begun to dive into these questions, with Quebec announcing it will block home grows, and New Brunswick saying homeowners must lock up their cannabis. Quebec has also sought delaying the start of sales to 2019.

A “friendly amendment” from the Health committee expands sales to include edibles and concentrates, within one year of the bill’s passage. Those products aren’t included in the current wording of the legislation.

This is the second reading of the bill. There will be a third reading and debate within the next two days, thanks to a measure passed in the first part of Tuesday’s session, limiting the amount of time for debate. The House will likely vote on the bill on Friday or Monday, and if it passes, the Senate will take it up.

The Liberal Party has 181 seats in the House, so if all members support the bill, it will be able to withstand complete opposition from The Conservative Party, which has 96 seats; the New Democratic Party, which has 44 seats; the Bloc Québécois with its 10 seats; and the two independents and sole Green Party member.

Tuesday afternoon, the Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor released proposed regulations for legalization, on which the government will take public feedback through January 20.


Published at Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:28:34 +0000