Orlando’s Learn Sativa Cannabis School

Let me start with a disclosure: I am a graduate of Oaksterdam, and am loyal to my alma mater. But taking pride in my own school doesn’t mean I have to be biased against other schools.  Learn Sativa is showing evidence of being another quality educational institution that specializes in Cannabis. What I have seen of them so far points to a school that provides solid educational opportunity.

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The 4 Myths Driving Prohibition: Lazy, Crazy, Violent, Stepping Stones

Forget the 1930’s industrial conspiracy theory involving Hearst and DuPont; the real reason that Cannabis prohibition is still in place are the widespread beliefs that Cannabis makes people lazy, crazy, violent, and more likely to do hard drugs.  Educating people to the truth on these 4 is the key to reforming the laws around marijuana. There are highly productive people who use Cannabis regularly, just as there are plenty of people who enjoy the occasional beer, glass of wine, or cocktail. But many of these people have been quiet about their cannabis use; they have stayed ‘in the closet’ because of the fear of legal penalties and the social stigma around cannabis use.  So a big chunk of the population[…]

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Florida Gets Whole Flower – Reflections

On Friday, the 25th of May, Judge Karen Gievers ruled that Florida medical marijuana patients have a constitutional right to whole, smokable flower. She ruled that the clear intent of the recent constitutional amendment was to give patients a right to consume cannabis, including vaping and smoking whole herb. I personally don’t have the legal/political insight to know if this decision will survive the appeal that the Rick Scott administration immediately filed to try to overturn this judges ruling. If the ruling stands, it will be good for the medical marijuana system in Florida. There are many people who qualify for a patient card, but they choose to stay with the underground market because the approved system. Access to whole[…]

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Not That Conspiracy, the Other One

One common meme in the Cannabis community is that Cannabis was made illegal and is kept illegal because the plant is so damn useful that it would challenge the entire modern power structure if it were not. Nonsense. It is important to take a hard look at the real reasons that Cannabis is illegal – fighting windmills will only waste resources and keep the prohibition alive longer.

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Chocolate is Best for Edibles

There are many different materials used to make edibles: gummies, sugar candy, water beverages, and baked goods (including the classical brownie). Chocolate is my favorite. Water based gelatin products can be highly variable – one bear can be a weakling, while another is killer. Molten hard candy is more difficult and dangerous to work with. Beverages are unstable unless someone does industrial scale processing. Baked goods have a limited shelf-life and more variability. Chocolate is best.

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The IJCA – International Jewish Cannabis Association

Mention Israel to a Cannabis advocate, and they will think of a treasure trove of key research related to the plant: the discovery of THC, the discovery of Anandamide, and work that revealed the cannabinoid receptors in the human body… not to mention decades of research that includes more clinical trials than anywhere else in the world. Much of this came through serendipity, starting when the young Dr. Rafael Mechoulam was looking for a research project, and he thought it was curious that no one really knew what the active principles in Cannabis were. From there, decades later, we see medicines being developed to treat a wide variety of illnesses. Tied into this theoretical and academic work is a movement[…]

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