Medical Monday: Basque Country Pt.2 – Visiting San Sebastián

Quite simply, San Sebastián is the jewel in the Basque Country’s crown. This small, vibrant city nestles in a seashell-shaped bay aptly known as La Concha, with rough Atlantic waters that are traditionally famed for their healing properties.

Named European Capital of Culture in 2016, San Sebastián has a whole lot to offer tourists of every type. It has a major Jazz Festival in July and a renowned International Film Festival in late September each year. It has fantastic food; elegant, reasonably-priced hotels; stunning churches, monuments and museums. It has countless bars and clubs, a famously beautiful beach right in the heart of the city – and above all, an unbeatably laid-back, relaxed attitude to life.

Due to its reliably gigantic waves and its fun, party atmosphere, San Sebastián is already a renowned paradise for surfers. What’s a little less well-known, however, is that its generally tolerant approach to cannabis makes it a paradise for cannabis enthusiasts too.

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Kind Heart Collective: Lifelong Friendships Make Great Cannabis

“I’m really picky about my clones.” Joel ‘The Janitor’ Johnson beams before a corner of baby plants. It’s his job to help decide which strains Kind Heart Collective keeps in stock, and he relies on a network of people he’s known since middle school to help him find the best selection for their clients.

Kind Heart Collective in North Portland is a friends-and-family kind of business, run by people who know each other, and know Portland cannabis, through years of shared experience. This trusted network not only gives Kind Heart the ability to locate and develop their chosen strains, but it also provides them with unique insights into the best growing practices for those varieties.

The interior of Kind Heart Collective“We selected professional cannabis cultivators with more than 30 years of combined experience to give our medical patients the quality products they deserve,” says owner Robert Reyes. “Our growers work with elite cannabis genetic seed companies, providing our patients with premium strains of cannabis, concentrates, edibles, and clones. [Everything is] verified and genetics are documented from seed to harvest.”

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In Wisconsin, Signs of GOP Softening on Medical Marijuana

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As a marijuana extract used to treat seizures becomes more widely embraced, even by former Republican opponents, the conversation in Wisconsin is shifting to whether the time is right to approve medical marijuana.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told reporters last week he would consider it, even as Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Gov. Scott Walker said no way.

Advocates hope opposition to medical marijuana is starting to soften in Wisconsin, especially as it’s viewed as a less harmful alternative to prescribing addictive opiates as painkillers.

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Editor’s Choice – AuBox: Elegant, Discreet, Delivered

Picture this: At the end of the month, a sleek black box with the periodic symbol for gold printed on top, arrives at your house. Inside, you find San Francisco’s “absolute best” THC- and CBD-rich products.

This is the AuBox.

“We choose only the most effective and delicious, the most beautifully packaged and elegantly presented cannabis products you won’t want to hide,” AuBox CEO and Co-founder Jessica VerSteeg wrote. “It’s all part of our mission to elevate the plant for its power and potential—and remove its stigma.”

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Edibles Recipe: How to Make Homemade Cannabis-Infused Bone Broth

Using a slow cooker allows you to go about your business while cooking your nourishing broth for hours.  And hours. The longer you cook the broth the better it will be. You need to remember that the water evaporates, so check it every few hours and add water as needed. Adding decarbed cannabis adds a whole new level of enjoyment. Although you skim the fat off the top as it cooks, enough of the cannabis adheres to the gelatin and collagen resulting in a heady, mildly high-making broth. If you are interested in a more potent stock, add cannabis oil or butter to your cup before eating. Roasting the bones and vegetables before cooking will result in a deeper, more complex flavor. Enjoy the broth by itself or use as a base for soups and sauces. Bone broth can be made with chicken, lamb or any combination of bones.

INGREDIENTS

5 lbs. beef bones

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Cold Winter, Hot Films

Warp through space and time with “Stars Wars: Rogue One” and “Assassin’s Creed”.

The holidays are usually a high-energy season packed with plans to enjoy specially-prepared meals, score some sweet gifts or just spend some time relaxing with friends and family. While it’s always great to spend quality time catching up with loved ones, now that things are slowing down, it’s a nice time have a low-key way to wind down solo or with a couple of other people who share your joy for chilling. Check out these five new film releases to give you some entertaining downtime.

“Rogue One”

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AFC, NFC & THC: 2017 NFL Playoff Strain Breakdown

The new year is just starting to pick up steam and professional football is rapidly closing in on the final showdown of Super Bowl LI. Cannabis Now’s resident football (and Patriots) fan breaks down what the twelve 2017 NFL playoff contenders might be smoking on the road they all hope leads to victory.

Football’s regular season has come to an end and the twelve best teams in the land are preparing for what we all hope will be a series of violent escapades on snowy grass and turf.

Much like last year, a team from a legal cannabis state is expected to win it all. But what will they smoke on their path to victory? Here’s a list of the strains these titans of pig skin should be puffing.

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Strain Review: Gorilla Glue #4

America’s trendiest strain of 2016 is also arguably its most potent.

Millions of medical cannabis patients and aficionados are seeking out the surging strain Gorilla Glue #4. The super-potent Diesel-heavy hybrid is among the most sought-after new strains of 2016 in California and beyond, and has racked up a string of major Cannabis Cup wins.

Gorilla Glue #4 stands on the shoulders of the leading strain Diesel, and is being spotted at finer dispensaries on the West Coast, as well as in clone and seed form.

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Smoking Bud At the Wheel is (Kind Of) Legal in California

California’s DUI laws already outlaw cannabis intoxication at the wheel, and Prop 64 (the state’s recently adopted adult use legalization law) explicitly bans “open containers” of marijuana in a moving car. But two state legislators say a loophole in 64, coupled with imprecise and unreliable testing methods for marijuana DUI, makes smoking weed behind the wheel (technically) legal. They’ve introduced legislation that would explicitly ban lighting up on the road.

Cannabis became legal for all adults 21 and over in California on Election Day when California voters approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. AUMA legalized cannabis, but it also banned “open containers” of marijuana in a vehicle, including automobiles, boats and aircraft.

Lawyers interpret this to mean something similar to having an open container of alcohol. So if there’s a burning joint, a pipe in between passes or a glowing dab rig in your car, you could be in trouble.

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Tech, Pot Chocolate & Tommy Chong: Défoncé Chocolatier Makes Big Moves

Single-origin cannabis chocolate from the tech space is very now.

The cannabis industry has been home to many new and unique faces crossing over from various industries, but few have bigger impacts than those from the tech-side of things. Now this most progressive side of the business has entered the edible space in a loud way with Défoncé Chocolatier, a creation from the minds of former Apple Team members.

People are starting to take note and some huge names are getting in the mix.

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