10/27/2013

Stopped By Police #17

While coming home on my bike (Santa Monica GT) I was stopped by a patrol car. I was asked if I was on probation I said no. The officer then asked if I used to be on probation I said yes but I had been off for over a year.
 He asked if I was still using I said, "what weed?" He asked if I used anything else. I said weed, I have a card for it.
He asked my name I told him that and that I was almost home.
He told ok then you can go.
I said thank you sir and I was on my way once again. 
I passed a Sheriff and another patrol car before seeing the unit that ultimately stopped me. 
Clearly all this officer remembered about me was being on probation and hopefully open to search and seizure. He also made an inaccurate accusation which has no explanation other than perhaps confusion.
Why can't they remember the 16 other times I've been stopped and been found to be doing nothing wrong. The officer was respectful but how much better could they perform their duties with knowledge of and support by the citizens of the city they serve.

8/26/2013

Senate to Hold Hearing On Medical Marijuana

Marijuana Laws In September

Committee To Hold Hearing September 10

August 26, 2013

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Monday that the Committee will hold a hearing next month on the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws.  Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Attorney General James Cole have been invited to testify. 

The hearing titled “Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws” comes months after two states, Washington and Colorado, legalized small amounts of marijuana for personal use.  Twenty states and the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal marijuana consumption.  Leahy has pressed the Obama administration to determine its enforcement policy in light of these state actions, including writing in December to the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) about the issue.  Leahy has also asked what assurances the administration can give to state officials responsible for the licensing of marijuana retailers to ensure they will not face criminal penalties for carrying out their duties under those state laws.

“It is important, especially at a time of budget constraints, to determine whether it is the best use of federal resources to prosecute the personal or medicinal use of marijuana in states that have made such consumption legal,” Leahy said. “I believe that these state laws should be respected.  At a minimum, there should be guidance about enforcement from the federal government.”

The hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 10, at 10 a.m. in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building.  A witness list will be announced closer to the date of the hearing. Reporters interested in covering the hearing should RSVP to their respective press galleries.

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NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing entitled “Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws” for Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building.

By order of the Chairman.

6/30/2013

This Is How To Think Of Cannabis

We all would benefit greatly by adding a few cannabis plants to our existing vegetable gardens

6/29/2013

Endocannabinoids and CBD Explained Simply

Endocannabinoids are naturally occurring compounds found within the human body. They've been there for 600,000 years or more, but we've only just noticed it! One of the remarkable things about endocannabinoids is their striking similarity to the active ingredients of cannabis called phyto-cannabinoids. In fact, it was the effort by scientists to understand the exact mechanism by which cannabis works in the body that led to the discovery of the Endocannabinoid System little more than a decade ago.

The science of endocannabinoid medicine has progressed to a dizzying degree in the past few years. There is wider awareness that the 'endocannabinoid system' is the largest neurotransmitter system in the human body, regulating relaxation, eating, sleeping, memory, and, as noted by the Italian scientist Vincenzo Di Marzo, even our immune system.

Cannabinoids promote homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite external fluctuations, at every level of biological life, from the sub-cellular, to the organism. For example, endocannabinoids are now understood as the source of the runner's high. The endocannabinoids naturally found in human breast milk, which are vital for proper human development, have virtually identical effects as cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Amazingly, the mechanism at work after smoking or eating cannabis, when adults get the "munchies, is essentially the same as what causes breastfeeding babies to seek protein-rich milk.

Universally accepted following its discovery in 1995, the endocannabinoid system asserts it power to heal and balance the other systems of the body by turning on or off the expression of genes. Cannabinoids hold the key that unlocks receptor sites throughout the brain and immune system triggering potent healing and pain-killing effects.

The endocannabinoid anandamide, (Ananda = bliss in Sanskrit + amide = chemical type) a naturally neurotransmitting lipid compound made by all mammals, is basically a self-manufactured "natural THC" circulating within. Anandamide and THC act through the cannabinoid receptors and have similar effects on pain, appetite, and memory, etc.

There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in the body --the CB1 receptors found primarily in the brain and the central nervous system, and the CB2 receptors that are distributed but primarily found in the immune system. These receptors respond to cannabinoids, whether they be from breast milk, or from a cannabis plant.

Aside from the cannabinoids produced by the body and those found in cannabis, there are numerous substances that interact with the endocannabinoid system, such as cacao, black pepper, echinacea, tumeric and even carrots. But it is the Cannabis plant that produces the most powerful cannabinoids mimicing most closely those produced by the body. No downsides, no side-effects, no drug interaction issues, and so far, no giving up your hard earned funds to big pharma.

Make no mistake, I'm not referring to THC, of which Americans smoke more of per person than any other people on Earth, but rather the "other," non-psychoactive cannabinoid called Cannabidiol (CBD), a prominent molecular component of the cannabis plant. While CBD does not bind to either the CB1 or CB2 cannabinoid receptors directly, it does stimulate endogenous cannabinoid activity by suppressing an enzyme that breaks down anandamide. CBD is also a counterbalance to the action of THC at the CB1 receptor, mitigating or muting the psychoactive effects of THC. Weed enthusiasts would be wise to keep some CBD on hand for when things get... out of hand.

If just 10% of what research doctors are now saying about CBD is true, then this is a discovery with significance similar in medical impact to the discovery of antibiotics. Myriad serious scientific peer-reviewed studies in Europe have pointed to CBD as having almost unprecedented healing power over an extraordinary variety of pathologies. Even the stodgy National Cancer Institute has referenced this on their website.

Surprisingly, there is still little awareness of this outside of the medical research community. Surely an unknown plant newly found in a remote rainforest with the same medical profile would be heralded as a miraculous cure. But in the last half-century, this particular plant has been better known as an intoxicant than a medicine.

The stigma that obscures wider awareness of its beneficial nature has been carefully cultivated. For decades, Hearst newspapers bombarded Americans with images of Mexicans and African Americans led into vice and violence by the evil weed. In the public mind, cannabis was transformed from an obscure ingredient in patented medicines with pharmacy sales rivaling aspirin, to an intoxicant the use of which would lead inevitably to decline and debauchery.

In a spectacular confluence of politics, racism, corporate greed, and political corruption, the federal government managed to outlaw cannabis for all purposes in 1937, with medical research becoming virtually impossible in the U.S.

Now, in California and around the country, research doctors are peer-reviewing the recent explosion of clinical studies from abroad, as well as conducting their own pre-clinical research without humans. Persuasive evidence abounds that CBD is effective in easing symptoms as well as reversing of a wide range of difficult-to-control conditions, including: rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, PTSD, epilepsy, antibiotic-resistant infections, neurological disorders, and muscular dystrophy.

CBD has no side effects and becomes very effective as an anti-psychotic when given in larger doses. With more antioxidant potency than either vitamin C or E, CBD has consistently demonstrated neuroprotective effects, and its anti-cancer potential is, by all accounts, enormous. Sean McAllister, PhD at California Pacific Medical Center said "CBD could spell the end of breast cancer," and claims it could render chemotherapy and radiation a distant 2nd and 3rd options for cancer patients.

Don Abrams M.D. at UCSF says the studies point to "a remarkable ability of CBD to arrest cancer cell division, cell migration, metastasis, and invasiveness." The vast impact of the endocannabinoid system on human health explains and validates anecdotal reports of cannabis used effectively for a wide range of health conditions. Studies on the efficacy of CBD treatment are already driving the design and development of precision targeted single-molecule medicines. Indeed, we are hard-wired for cannabinoids.

The US government may not admit the medical efficacy of cannabis, but the global pharmaceutical industry has been researching it for many years. Some 350 scientists from drug-company labs including Merck, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb, AstraZeneca, and Allergan (maker of Botox and silicone breast implants) regularly attend meetings of the International Cannabinoid Research Society. They are all trying to develop synthetic drugs that confer some of the health benefits of cannabis without the psychoactivity. "It's a foregone conclusion," says Julie Holland, M.D.,"that the next decade will see a new generation of Big Pharma medications based on cannabis."

According to Martin A. Lee, author of Smoke Signals, vitamin D combined with CBD could become "the killer public health app of the post-prohibition era." A new CBD/THC medicine for cancer pain called Sativex from the British company, GW Pharmaceuticals, is finishing the final FDA-approval process. While there is no time limit on enduring prejudice, as science reveals more about how the cannabinoid system works, the stigma associated with cannabis use is expected to fade.

CBD-enriched health foods, tinctures and oils are the next revolution in food and medicine. There is currently an explosion of entrepreneurial activity and creativity around making up for lost time with CBD. LA-based cannabis physician Allan Frankel explains that, "up until this past year, it has been impossible to help patients using CBD. Cannabis growers were focused on the stoniest weed," hence, CBD which is non-psychoactive, was nearly lost. Now, more CBD rich strains are turning up, in part because there are laboratories that can accurately assess how much of which cannabinoid is present and check for mold and pesticides.

We are still in the early stages of understanding the synergistic effects of all the cannabinoids, not to mention the terpenoids--the sticky aromatic terpenes that give cannabis its characteristic smell. Research, as well as results in the field, shows that the presence of some THC and other cannabinoids in smaller amounts potentiate the healing effects of CBD. The combined effects of the cannabinoids, terpenes and perhaps another 200 other molecules all working together and carefully balanced in nature is what Dr. Ethan Russo calls an "Entourage Effect".

The burgeoning edible cannabis industry until recently was focused on making food items so radically THC dominant that you could easily become catatonic 3 hours after ingestion. Anecdotal evidence suggests while most people enjoy these powerful treats, many people have had challenging experiences, replete with anxiety, panic, and functional psychosis.

Fortunately, for seekers of good health or for those targeting disease, there are now CBD-rich edibles that don't make you high, such as raw organic cacao from the Green Cacao Company, multi-flavored CBD dominant lozenges CBD-OOS, and other similar products delightful to the palate as well as therapeutically effective.

As the health benefits are better understood, the huge market potential of non-psychoactive CBD-foods will likely be recognized. CBD-rich tinctures, such as Dew Drops Hemp Oil from Denver based Dixie Botanicals sells their industrial hemp oil over the internet with no medical marijuana permit required. Before long, there will be a plethora of food products rich in CBD, essentially creating a new food sector more legitimately called "health food," than what is currently found in natural foods stores.

CBD-rich foods need not make any health claims thus avoiding issues with the FDA. Imagine creamy CBD enhanced peanut butter, cooking oils, cereals, and beverages. Don't be surprised that in a few short years, you will be hearing doctors (not just cannabis physicians) advise their patients to "exercise, and get your CBD." Obtaining enough CBD to make a medically significant difference requires edible, vapor, or sublingual delivery thus avoiding the health risks associated with smoking.

In this fast and fanciful look forward, one should not leave out the inevitable resurgence of large-scale cultivation and production of fiber hemp, a versatile, ecologically sustainable plant with more than 25,000 known industrial applications--everything from hemp clothing, cosmetics, and foods (hemp seeds are a powerful source of protein), to oil-free plastics, hemp surfboards, insulation, and car panels.

Practically speaking, CBD, or what Robert Louis Stevenson called the "golden oil," is but a by-product of the non-psychoactive hemp plant. As you read this, thousands of industrial hemp farms are stripping the CBD-rich leaves and stems from the desired fiber and composting them. It's reasonable to suppose that the tragedy of losing all that medical value for victims of cancer and other maladies will not be lost on those that follow us.

If the cannabis plant hasn't done enough for us--providing wellness for the body and change for the mind, it can also help us pull the petroleum out of our economic jugular, possibly giving rise to a healthier vegetable-based organic life-support system for our children.

Image by M. Martin, courtesy of Creative Commons license.

5/30/2013

Dispensaries Offering Freebies For Weedmaps Reviews

Offering free cannabis to your patients in exchange for them giving you a review on Weedmaps should be a no no for dispensaries. Some even require you to place another order to get your freebie.
So you not only have to give a review you have to give the dispensary money.
I'm gonna give a review and tell Weedmaps that my club is doing some janky shit.

5/22/2013

7am

I smoke more #weed before 7 a.m. than most people smoke all day

Murderers Pay Their Debts

You debt will soon be paid for your transgressions. The cycle ends with you. No more lives taken and disrupted.

"Retaliation is a must where I come from"
"You must retaliate before you cry"

5/19/2013

Singing to Your Weed

Am I the only one who sings love songs to their #weed #reefer #marijuana

5/17/2013

Backwoods

Like a young Andre Hicks I like my kind rolled up in a Backwoods wrapper.

5/04/2013

Tethering For Free

Got some oil on top of the Vapor Genie and OG Kush below setup free WiFi tethering on my HTC Evo 4G V. Don't tell Virgin...lol

4/30/2013

Vallejo Cops Return 60 Pounds of Weed To Two Diapensaries Because They Are Stupid

Police Return 60 Pounds Of Medical Marijuana To Two Exonerated Vallejo Dispensaries

Selling cannabis on a not for profit basis thru a collective/store front dispensary has been legal in Cali for quite awhile now guys learn the fucking laws before you start arresting people. And listen to what your city wants, the citizens are OK with pot clubs. Damn.

4/24/2013

Autism and The Endocannabinoid System

Two autism-related mutations in a synapse-adhesion protein lead to deficits in prolonged endocannabinoid signaling in mice. It’s a surprising connection that suggests such signaling problems could be implicated in autism spectrum disorders, according to a paper published today (April 11) in Neuron.

Tonic endocannabinoid signaling is long-lasting and contrasts with the brief pulses characteristic of phasic signaling. Endocannabinoid signaling in general affects memory formation, learning, pain, and other important processes, but the distinctions between tonic and phasic signaling have been poorly understood.

“It’s a very stimulating finding which could be a real turning point in understanding tonic endocannabinoids and how this otherwise mysterious lipid signaling really works,” said Bradley Alger, a neuroscientist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine who was not involved in the study. But he warned that the paper, while tantalizing, did not even definitively show that endocannabinoid signaling deficits could lead to autistic behaviors in mice, let alone in humans.

The researchers studied two mutations in neuroligin-3 (NL3), a gene encoding a protein involved in building and maintaining synapses. One mutation is a deletion of the entire gene, while the other, called R451, involves a single amino acid substitution. “These two mutations both have been associated with autism in humans,” said coauthor Thomas Südhof, a cellular physiologist at Stanford University.

Südhof and colleagues sought to understand what physiological effects the mutations had in common, assuming that if they could find a shared effect it might explain how they both led to autism. Using mice with each of the mutations, they made electrophysiological recordings of the interactions between pairs of cells in the hippocampal areas of the mouse brains. They compared recordings in the two types of mutant mouse brain cells to recordings done in normal mouse brains.

While synaptic changes often differed depending on the mutation, one type of cell containing cannabinoid type-1 (CB1) receptors showed similar alterations in its patterns of excitation for both types of mutant mice. Further investigation showed that tonic endocannabinoid signaling had been disrupted in these cells. “By this comparative physiology we were able to point out differences that pointed to this endocannabinoid signaling,” said Csaba Földy, also a cell physiologist at Stanford and an author of the paper.

The mechanism for how mutations in NL3 lead to endocannabinoid signaling deficits remains unclear. Could lacking properly functioning NL3 be interfering with endocannabinoid secretory machinery? Could it be somehow causing degradation of endocannabinoid signaling ligands? “We’re left without a really good idea of what it’s doing in single synapses or whether it’s effective behaviorally,” Alger said. Moreover, it is not yet clear how endocannabinoid signaling deficits would be involved in autistic symptoms, the authors said.

Alger added that, if the endocannabinoid system does turn out to be connected to autism in humans, medical marijuana could turn out to hold possibility for treating autism. But Südhof said that he did not know at this point whether marijuana would intensify or ameliorate autistic symptoms.

More immediately, said Alger, the findings will spur research into NL3 and other neuroligins, molecules he had never dreamed might have an effect on endocannabinoid signaling. “We’re really just starting to understand how this works,” he said. “In terms of autism, we’ll have to refer to future research.”

Földy et al., “Autism-associated neuroligin-3 mutations commonly disrupt tonic endocannabinoid signaling,” Neuron, doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2013.02.036, 2013

3/30/2013

Green

If you think tha green (kind) only be about tha green (backs) you can't get on my scene.
Greed and weed do not mix well, respect da kine bruddah!

Willie Big Head

I hate it when dudes be goin "Willie Big Head niga" on a playa. You can't know tha scope of what one has to offer without takin tha time.
Shit, I prob got mo game than you.

3/28/2013

I love you Mary Jane

No lady been as good to me as that fine sweet thang Mary Jane. That's real spit

3/22/2013

Trying Out SpeedyWeedy Delivery Service Today

Speedyweedyrx.org is a medical marijuana delivery service in the SF Bay Area. I finally am going to place an order because of their promo today "Buy 3 Get One Free" special. I know first hand their medicine is top notch but their prices are on the high end of high.
Anyhow I ordered the "Ganja Glycerin" at $20 for each little bottle. They say a few drops under the tongue should do the trick. I was told a driver could be at my house with my order by 6:30pm or 7pm tonight. Cool same day service and the guys who work there are very helpful.
I will report back after the delivery and I have a chance to sample the medicine.

All Charges Dropped Against Matt Shotwell, Greenwell Cooperative

All charges have been dropped in the case involving Matt Shotwell owner of Greenwell Cooperative the best dispensary to serve Vallejo and Solano County. I never made it there, I got my medical marijuana recommendation the day they were raided! Damn I'd referred a gang of peeps there I would have had a least a zip for those referrals man...however I digress.

Congrats to Matt for hanging tough and throwing up a big finger to the man.

2/26/2013

Eureka man comes to Oroville to sell pot to cops, is arrested

OROVILLE — A Eureka man was arrested Friday after he allegedly told police he was interested in selling marijuana. The Oroville Police Department conducted an investigation after noticing a Craigslist post that offered to trade a ski boat parked in Oroville, worth $8,750, for marijuana or cash, said Oroville police Sgt. John Bruschi.

2/16/2013

Destiny

I will find my place in the cannabis industry. With a successful background in retail management and sales, (its 4:20) coupled with a unique responsible admiration and wealth of knowledge about cannabis work should find me.

Um..so holler folks resume avail upon request. Relocatable 

2/14/2013

Hunting Vallejo Murderers

My mind has been so blown since hearing about Shon's murder, his girl and the twins they were expecting. Someone in Vallejo needs to be brave and speak up. Tell anybody what you know, the cops, a friend, me hell tell me.
I seek not revenge, not vigilantism. I seek closure and justice for the four lives taken from Vallejo, CA Sept 2012.
Any info given to me will be taken to my grave without ever being revealed.

2/10/2013

The EndoCannabinoid System-Quick explanation for my sis

The endogenous cannabinoid system is an ubiquitous lipid signalling system that appeared early in evolution and which has important regulatory functions throughout the body in all vertebrates. All vertebrates, not just humans.
The main endocannabinoids (endogenous cannabis-like substances) are small molecules derived from arachidonic acid, anandamide (arachidonoylethanolamide) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol. They bind to a family of G-protein-coupled receptors, of which the cannabinoid CB1 receptor is densely distributed in areas of the brain related to motor control, cognition, emotional responses, motivated behaviour and homeostasis.
As any cannabis user will tell you, hell yes it affects those things.

Outside the brain, the endocannabinoid system is one of the crucial modulators of the autonomic nervous system, the immune system and microcirculation. Endocannabinoids are released upon demand from lipid precursors in a receptor-dependent manner and serve as retrograde signalling messengers in GABAergic and glutamatergic synapses, as well as modulators of postsynaptic transmission, interacting with other neurotransmitters, including dopamine.

Endocannabinoids are transported into cells by a specific uptake system and degraded by two well-characterized enzymes, the fatty acid amide hydrolase and the monoacylglycerol lipase. Recent pharmacological advances have led to the synthesis of cannabinoid receptor agonists and antagonists, anandamide uptake blockers and potent, selective inhibitors of endocannabinoid degradation.

These new tools have enabled the study of the physiological roles played by the endocannabinoids and have opened up new strategies in the treatment of pain, obesity, neurological diseases including multiple sclerosis, emotional disturbances such as anxiety and other psychiatric disorders including drug addiction. Recent advances have specifically linked the endogenous cannabinoid system to alcoholism, and cannabinoid receptor antagonism now emerges as a promising therapeutic alternative for alcohol dependence and relapse.

Thank you medical marijuana!

1/09/2013

Federal Judge Says Harborside Can Stay Open




Chief Federal Magistrate Maria-Elena James on Monday ruled in favor of Harborside Health Center, which describes itself as the biggest nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary in the United States, and denied motions by Harborside's landlords asking the court to order an immediate halt to the sales of medicinal cannabis at their properties.