Hump Day High: Cannabis Massage – A Clear-headed Alternartive

A few weeks ago, I conducted an entirely unscientific survey on my Facebook page, asking folks what was holding them back from incorporating cannabis into their sex lives. One of the most commons responses was some variation of: “I don’t want to get high because I don’t want to feel out of control.” It occurred to me that a lot of people may be unaware of non-psychoactive methods of using cannabis. One of the best, especially for sexy fun times, is massage using infused topicals. It’s a great way to get in the mood or even unwind after a frenzied encounter. Massage itself has numerous benefits especially the reduction of stress, pain, and muscle tension as well as the production of oxytocin. The best part is this can be a solo or partnered activity! It’s also great for folks who experience chronic pain, as cannabinoids have been found to reduce pain and discomfort.

Topicals are an excellent choice for folks looking to avoid psychoactive effects. If you live in a medical or recreational state, you’ll have access to THC and CBD infused massage oils. If you don’t, you’ll have to make due with hemp-derived CBD infused products available on the internet or in stores near you.

Here are some tips for incorporating a cannabis-infused massage into your personal toolbox:

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Pot Matters: Dissent in the Time of Trump, Pt. 2

Most cannabis consumers are young adults. Most young adults do not participate in the political process. Why is that? One reason, easily overlooked, is that they haven’t learned how to make their voices heard and their votes count.

Part One of this column concerns why it is important for the voices of cannabis consumers to be heard and for them to register to vote. In summary, join the opposition and register to vote—find out how to here.

Voting is the starting point, but as such, it is just the beginning.

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Will Jeff Sessions Try to Reverse Two Decades of Progress?

On Monday, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to give testimony on how he would approach the office of attorney general. When news broke that President-elect Donald Trump had selected Sessions to the nation’s top law enforcement position, many in the cannabis industry felt this was a worst-case scenario. He has a long track record of vehement opposition to marijuana legalization and sentencing reform. As a sitting U.S. senator in the majority party, it’s quite likely that he will be confirmed. The hands-off approach of the Obama Administration when it comes to state cannabis laws — something few 2016 presidential candidates wanted to take issue with — is now in question. Sessions’ hearing was the first opportunity to gain a sense of how the federal government may treat states whose laws defy the federal prohibition on cannabis.

His opening statement included an ominous note that harkened back to a time of harsher, less nuanced attitudes toward recreational drugs.

“Illegal drugs flood across our southern border and into every city and town in the country, bringing violence, addiction, and misery,” Sessions said.

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Biological Control as Pesticide Alternative: It’s a Bug Eat Bug World

The Amblyseius andersoni, a tan-colored predatory mite, crawls out from a cup suspended below the canopy of cannabis plants and makes its way up the nearest stalk. Hunting for prey, it heads for an infested leaf and easily locates a group of russet mites. It gets to work, devouring the microscopic pests and quickly eradicating every unsavory mite – be it russet, broad, or spider – that plagues the plants. These tiny predators and others like them could be the key to eliminating the cannabis industry’s pesticide problem.

It’s no secret that possibly dangerous chemical pesticides are used in cannabis cultivation. Every legal state has endured recalls and controversy over pesticide residue on marijuana, and regulators have scrambled to patch up guidelines and enforce limits. These concerns are not new. While the problem has received a great deal of attention recently, labs are still finding pesticides in pot. For at least the past seven years we’ve been plagued with this issue including California’s medical market.

The implementation of stricter testing regulations in places like Oregon, which currently has the narrowest criteria in the country, has cast more light on the issue. Steep Hill, a cannabis testing and analysis firm, recently reported that 84% of samples in its Berkeley lab would not meet Oregon’s rigorous standards.

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Survey: Most Police Officers Feel That Bad Cops Are Not Held Accountable

A majority of the police officers working in the United States believe that bad cops, specifically those responsible for the senseless killings of African American citizens, have made it more difficult for them to do their jobs, according to the latest national poll.

The Pew Research Center in conjunction with the National Police Research Platform published a new report on Tuesday that finds 72 percent of law enforcement officers do not believe that crooked cops are being held accountable for the weight of their despicable actions.

Not even 25 percent agreed that officers found guilty of wrongdoing were being forced to answer to their transgressions.

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MedMen Buys NY MMJ Producer Bloomfield Industries

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Bloomfield Industries, one of the five companies licensed to sell medical marijuana in New York, is being acquired by MedMen, a California-based marijuana management and consulting firm.

The change in ownership comes just two days after New York State’s medical marijuana program marked its first year, amid cries from executives that the market is not viable and reassurances from the state Department of Health that the program remains on course.

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New Study: Cocaine Addicts Risk More After Loss

Those people with an addiction to cocaine are more likely to engage in riskier behavior after suffering a loss than their sober counterparts, according to a new study sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Researchers from the Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the University of California, San Diego say the elevated sensitivity to loss in people who use cocaine is directly connected to a significant reduction in that portion of the brain that amplifies the reward process.

These findings, which were published in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, suggest that a person’s mentality in the grips of cocaine can push he or she to take greater risks in order to break even—despite the potential for more loss.

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Here’s Where Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Apply in California

By all means, enjoy California the way it’s meant to be enjoyed. Cross over the Golden Gate Bridge to wine country. Cruise—if people still do that—the Venice Beach boardwalk. Surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon, as only someone in California can, as insufferable as they may sound—and now that the nation’s most-populous state has legalized the recreational use of marijuana, do it all with a joint in your hand.

Just put it out and hide your stash when you enter Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Death Valley or any one of the many other prominent national parks in California. 

This is where marijuana legalization does not apply—and, as the Sacramento Bee reported, this is where you’ll find humorless National Parks Service rangers happy to hand you a misdemeanor citation for the “legal” joint in your pocket.

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Guam’s Anti-Pot Governor Flips 180° and Pushes for Full Cannabis Legalization

If you can beat ‘em, join ‘em.

That maxim seems to have been taken to heart by Eddie Calvo, Guam’s Republican Governor. Calvo has spent the last two years holding back voter mandated cannabis reform on Guam, even going so far as to veto a bill that would have allowed home growing by qualified patients.

But on Tuesday the Governor himself introduced a bill that would bring Colorado-style legalization to the island, saying: “I am introducing this bill, not because I personally support the recreational use of marijuana, but as a solution to the regulatory labyrinth that sprouted from the voter-mandated medical marijuana program.”

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California Democrats Want IRS to Stop Bankrupting Marijuana Dispensaries

It’s safe to assume most drug dealers don’t attempt to pay taxes on their transactions. Cooperating with the government—and providing authorities with a ledger’s worth of damning evidence—sort of defeats the purpose of being a drug dealer. Nonetheless, at the height of the country’s era of cocaine cowboys, Congress passed an amendment to the tax code, section 280-E, that prohibits businesses trafficking in narcotics from deducting related expenses from their federal tax bills.

In other words, you could have the cigarette boat, the Miami Beach penthouse condo and the extremely dangerous personal relationships; you just couldn’t claim the cost of doing so on your taxes.

More than 30 years later, it should be obvious to everyone that 280-E didn’t do much to stamp out the illegal drug trade, no more so than mass incarceration did. But it is causing havoc to legitimate, tax-paying medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries, who can’t claim the same expenses on their taxes as other retail outlets.

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