Lyme Disease: The Forgotten Illness

Lyme disease may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering the use of medicinal cannabis, but that may change soon as cases of this debilitating, tick-born disease multiply across the U.S.

After long suspecting being infected by a tick at the age of seven, Colorado native Rachel Nordman was eventually diagnosed with Lyme disease when she was a teenager. By the time the illness was identified, she was already suffering from the severe effects of late-stage Lyme disease – extreme joint pain, inflammation, vomiting, hives and fatigue. After conventional treatments failed to offer relief, Nordman turned to a simpler, more effective therapy.

“Cannabis has helped me in many different ways,” says Nordman, 22. “Fatigue is one of the hardest symptoms I deal with. From the moment I wake up, I feel exhausted and ready to go back to sleep. Sativa strains help me combat this fatigue and get more done.”

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Review: Rawkstar Exotics’ Gold Congo Terp Rosin

This landrace rosin has 76 percent THC.

Sativa lovers, couch-lockers and psychonauts, rejoice: This dab is for you. With influences from four continents, it’s no wonder that Gold Congo rosin has such wide appeal. It’s not just for sativa divas, although it is definitely uplifting and uber energetic. In higher doses, its Afghan lineage can shine through, making Gold Congo a hash rosin even indica fans could fall in love with. Those who prefer hybrids will find this to be high-bred, indeed, with effects spanning the full spectrum of psychoactive experience depending on dosage. And for those who have more psychedelic tendencies, but prefer a milder trip that you don’t have to plan your entire day around, well, welcome home.

All hail to Sirius Starboy, the cannabis alchemist behind breeding one of the world’s best known old-school sativas – Colombian Gold – with the Bay Area’s interpretation of Red Congolese to create this extraordinary strain. Red Congolese on its own is a rare and super exotic African landrace sativa. But Bay Area breeders reportedly bred the strain with Mexican and Afghan influences to create the melting-pot version of Red Congolese that eventually fathered Gold Congo. At 76 percent THC and 7 percent terps, the Rawkstar Exotics version I dabbed for this review shattered all my perceptions of what rosin could be.

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Colorado’s Legal Cannabis Revenue Hits the $500 Million Mark

Colorado started collecting taxes from the sale of legal cannabis in 2014. This month, the state’s total cannabis revenue reached the half-billion dollar mark.

Colorado’s legal cannabis industry has reached a major milestone, providing the state with $500 million in revenue since the start of commercial sales in 2014. This does not include additional revenue collected at the local level by city and county governments.

A recently released analysis of state data by Denver-based VS Strategies traces the flow from the state’s five main revenue streams (the 15 percent excise tax and 20 percent special tax contributed the bulk of the funds) and maps out how the money is being distributed across the state.

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Inside a Colorado Grow

Exploring an indoor grow in Colorado that houses cannabis targeted for the recreational and medicinal markets.

The pungent smell of cannabis permeates the air in front of the row of industrial buildings on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado. I’ve arrived at Bloom County Growers, a 2,000-square-foot operation that grows cannabis for both medical and recreational sales. Beautiful buds – Durban Poison, Grape Stomper, Bubba OG – grow alongside each other. The only difference that makes one plant medical and another recreational lies in the RFID tracking tag wrapped around the stem – yellow for the medical herb and blue for the recreational.

“It’s all very strange,” grower Scott Pope said of the dual recreational and medical cannabis markets present in Colorado.

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An Essential Element

The male plant, while less glamorous than the female, is a key piece of the botanical puzzle.

The art of cannabis photography typically tends toward glorifying the dazzling female flower, with its full bud expressions, colorful blossoms and rich terpene aromas. While less glamorous, the cannabis plant’s male counterpart can also be an exceptionally beautifully plant and is an integral piece of the propagation puzzle.

Cannabis cultivators the world over know the obsessive, purgatorial feeling of waiting for their plants to mature to discern sex – female, male or hermaphrodite. A male plant, while essential for reproduction, can also run rampant across a garden and devastate an entire crop of flowering female plants — intended for consumption — by inadvertently pollinating them and causing hermaphroditism. If culled and managed correctly, the male becomes a key part of this sustainable, perpetuating reproduction process.

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Safe Cannabis Access for Veterans Moves Forward in Congress

A major Senate committee has approved an amendment to the military appropriations bill that would allow military veterans in legal cannabis states to access cannabis medicine.

The recent progress of the “Veterans Equal Access” amendment in the Senate (it passed the Appropriations Committee on a 24 to 7 vote) is good news, but neither veterans, their advocates nor anyone else invested in safe access to legal cannabis should celebrate quite yet.

We’ve reached this same stage before — just last year — but then the bill hit the House Republicans boss level the only thing left on the screen was “game over” for the amendment.

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Republic of Georgia Decriminalizes Cannabis Cultivation

The former-Soviet Republic of Georgia has made massive strides on cannabis policy in recent months: The decriminalization movement has been active for years, but the legal process of decriminalizing possession and personal cultivation of cannabis only took about half a year.

Four years ago, Georgian artist, Beka Tsikarashvili, was arrested with a little over two ounces of cannabis — he would quickly become the poster child for the White Noise Movement, which pressured the government of Georgia to decriminalize until last week, when Georgia’s Constitutional Court delivered a verdict removing criminal penalties for cultivation of cannabis for only personal use, right on the heels of major legal reforms made around possession last winter.

David Subellanine, one of the leaders of the White Noise Movement, celebrated with an announcement on social media:

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Dime Bags: A Decade in the Hemp Industry

A look inside Dime Bags, a company that provides fashionable bags to transport glass.

As I sat inside the rain-drenched entrance of one of the largest hemp product companies in America, I couldn’t help but sympathize. After hours of wrestling the company truck out of hemp field-turned muddy nightmare, Dime Bags founder and CEO Tim Morrissey asked if he could quickly run home to change his clothes. As much as I love the smell of hours of physical labor mixed with the notoriously unpredictable Colorado rain, I happily obliged.

Moments later a profusely apologetic and surprisingly well put together Morrissey led me through the warehouse doors. If it weren’t for the light pattering of the rain on the roof, you wouldn’t have known it was a gloomy day. From the shipping fulfillment to customer service department, everyone was smiling. It wasn’t the type of happiness you could force; it came from a love and appreciation or the company as well as Morrissey’s leadership. This was a work family born from an era of complete prohibition, a family that wasn’t ready to forget the trials and tribulations that led them to where they are today.

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Fake News: Anything Declaring Cannabis Legalization is Bad For Kids

Legal cannabis has not resulted in an increase of teen use.

Last week, late-night television host and opinion influencer Stephen Colbert, a onetime purveyor of somewhat unreal news that was nonetheless more informative than “actual” news, declared our era of “fake news” dead.

If only that were so.

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New Hampshire Decriminalizes Marijuana!

Bill set to take effect in 60 days.

The culmination of activists working in Concord for a decade, today saw New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu make good on campaign trail promises and sign a decriminalization bill into Granite State law.

The bill, HB 640, will take effect in 60 days and make New Hampshire the 22nd state in the nation decriminalize marijuana. The state will also become the last of the New England states to eliminate the possibility of jail time for simple marijuana possession

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