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THE BENEFITS OF RSO (RICK SIMPSON OIL)

Posted on: February 13th, 2017 by Buzz Jones
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CEuCMgTVIAAu2Z_One of the many terrific things about the legalization of medical marijuana is that there are always new products popping up in our favorite Phoenix dispensary. Growers and laboratories are constantly striving to dig into the core elements of cannabis to see what health benefits can be derived from this miracle plant. Of course, that is a good thing that can only make life easier for many of us who depend on medical marijuana for health reasons.

The term RSO, or “Rick Simpson Oil”, refers to an extremely potent (around 90% THC) decarboxylated extract produced from the cannabis plant. RSO has zero detrimental side effects, is essentially harmless, is all natural, and is non-addictive. RSO is a cannabis product that has been on the market a relatively short time but has garnered much attention. RSO, also known as Phoenix Tears, was developed by Rick Simpson to treat his skin cancer as an alternative to surgery or chemotherapy. He soaked marijuana in isopropyl alcohol or naphtha, which separated the therapeutic compounds, forming them into a tar like dark colored liquid. This liquid he created was RSO. The liquid contained trace amounts of CBD (cannabidiol), and a high volume of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) along with other key cannabinoids, all of which when combined produced much more beneficial results through the entourage effect than CBD or THC on their own.

Rick Simpson treated his skin cancer by applying RSO topically on his affected skin area and also by taking it orally. There are thousands of testimonials about the medical success of RSO in fighting and even curing cancer. The RSO concentrates that we utilize today come from Rick Simpson’s research and discovery of the proper way to extract the potent oils and cannabinoids from the marijuana plant. His RSO breakthrough is used for the treatment of cancer, arthritis, chronic pain and diabetes, to name just a few of the maladies that his unique concentrate can help.

Rick Simpson Oil can also be administered by vaporization via dabbing. Although patients primarily ingest it either orally or as a suppository, the versatility of Rick Simpson Oil is truly amazing and this is only the tip of the iceberg.

If you are interested in RSO, check out your Phoenix medical marijuana dispensary. You can also go to Rick Simpson’s website where you can learn how to make your own RSO at home: phoenixtears.ca/. While you’re there you can also buy his book and watch the video that has changed more lives than you can imagine. The video is called: Run from the Cure and you can also see it on YouTube. If you want to learn more in-depth about the production and utilization of cannabis and hemp oil as medicine you can check out the e-books Phoenix Tears the Rick Simpson Story and Phoenix Tears Rick Simpson Oil Nature’s Answer For Cancer by Rick Simpson. This literature includes detailed information about the obstacles faced by Rick Simpson himself and how the utilization of RSO can be applicable to practically every illness known to man.

Making RSO yourself is certainly possible but it is very time consuming and frankly complicated. If you need it right now, without having to go to all the trouble and extra expense to extract it from marijuana, then go down to your favorite Phoenix dispensary and just ask for it by name: RSO.

There are also less psychoactive options available on the market such as the High CBD Rick Simpson Oil. This offers patients the option to get their medication while staying functional. The High CBD version of Rick Simpson Oil offers the patient the benefits of a high CBD concentrate as well.


WHY TRUMP (PROBABLY) WON’T GO AFTER RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

Posted on: December 3rd, 2016 by Buzz Jones
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smoking-mmjEveryone is talking about new president elect Donald Trump, and a lot of cannabis advocates are on edge, and for good reason. Many of the people Trump has tapped to be a part of his administration have flatly said they hate recreational marijuana. One of the worst among them is Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has been tapped for Attorney General.

“We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized,” Mr. Sessions said at a Senate hearing in April. He also said “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

Sessions is also in favor of harsh mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders. In other words, he stands to undo a lot of what Obama did during his presidency, which wasn’t perfect—in fact, the DEA under Obama raided more dispensaries than under Bush, until he made them back off—but at least Obama has more or less left recreational marijuana states alone.

Sessions definitely has power to make things difficult for states. He’d control the Drug Enforcement Agency and federal prosecutors.

But remember marijuana is a fast-growing, multibillion-dollar industry legal, in some way, in more than half the country—27 states and D.C. That means they have a very good legal team. So Jeff Sessions were to restart raids or impose sanctions, there would likely be a long, drawn-out court battle. And in that court battle, judges would have to hear why marijuana is illegal in the first place.

There is almost absolutely no way the evidence that marijuana is safe, hardly addictive, and medicinally beneficial for dozens of medical conditions could lose in court.

This is why, when the DEA was petitioned to hear if marijuana should be rescheduled, they flat out denied initiating the proceedings. The Supreme Court was petitioned to decide on Colorado’s marijuana law, but they also flat out said ‘no thanks,’ and dropped the case. Both these things happened in 2016. Why did both government agencies say no? It’s not because they’re lazy or incompetent (although no one is denying that may be a factor)—it’s because they’re running scared. If they have to run up against even the slightest bit of research showing marijuana is completely safe, the game is over.

So it seems, in my opinion at least, that Jeff Sessions is not going to pick a fight he will very likely lose.

Trump himself is unclear if he supports marijuana or not on a federal level—on a state level, he’s made it abundantly clear that he’s in favor of state rights. So while Jeff Sessions will still likely be a terrible Attorney General in terms of criminal justice reform, it’s not likely he would stray far from the policies of his Commander in Chief.


MARIJUANA WINE – REALLY?

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by Buzz Jones
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wineSuch a great idea! Marijuana wine is here and it looks like it’s going to be a huge hit. Apparently, the Chinese occasionally infused their wine with cannabis and heck, look what it did for them. They created gunpowder, kites, paper, movable type, mechanical clocks, tea, the compass and too many other cool things to mention in this tiny space.

Those Chinese guys and girls were truly inventive and we are not saying unequivocally that it was the medical marijuana infused wine that brought these wonderful innovations to the forefront of their minds – but who’s to say that it’s not? We just think the co-incidence of wine mixed with cannabis could have been the catalyst for some really ingenious gadgets being developed. Be that as it may (I love that phrase), we think there are other wonderful uses for non-alcoholic wine-infused with THC.

One of the main functions of this terrific concept beverage is to ease people into feeling as though they truly blend in with others at social functions. Not that this is a huge problem, but there are folks out there who don’t drink alcohol but who do like their buds in any form that is handy. So, besides the great taste of alcohol-free wine, the THC will give you a light buzz in the way you are most comfortable with. If you’re a social drinker or an ex-drinker, you can enjoy the crowd and the evening (or afternoon) with THC laced non-alcoholic wine. Drink your preferred medication with the people you love to be with. In fact, if you bring your own THC infused wine, they never have to know what the secret element in the vino really is. Don’t ask – don’t tell. Or whatever you feel comfortable with.

Of course, the best wine to infuse with THC is non-alcoholic wine. That way, you don’t have to ever worry about over medicating yourself or actually getting tipsy because of too much alcohol in your system. Non-alcoholic wine tastes the same as wine with alcohol but there is no kick to it. The only buzz you will get is from the THC in your medical marijuana within the wine. Look for THC infused wine at your favorite Phoenix dispensary. It’s coming soon.


THEY PLAY HARD, BUT IS THE NFL PLAYING

Posted on: November 27th, 2016 by Buzz Jones
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nfl-weedFootball is a great game and it is a perfect game for Americans because we like tough athletic games where people also have to think to win. The NFL, however, may not be thinking everything through as thoroughly as it should. Players get injured constantly and the players go into the sport knowing that their chances of being injured at some point is almost inevitable. The NFL owners and the executives who run the professional football league also are quite aware of the injurious nature of the fast moving, head splitting, bone-breaking game. But are they doing anything to really help the players who are in pain and perhaps need a bit more time to heal before they jump in the huddle after a physical mishap?

We think not. The old habit of passing out painkillers to get the players back on the filed faster only prolongs the injury and develops drug addictions in the players. Some players, including Derrick Morgan, a linebacker with the Tennessee Titans, are speaking out against the old way of doing things and calling for change in the way players’ injuries are treated. Morgan and eight former NFL players all signed a letter with Doctors for Cannabis Regulation pointing out that medical marijuana may be a viable alternative to the current pain management programs of the NFL.

They are concerned with the players’ long term safety and feel that CBD oil, a hemp and medical marijuana derivative, can be useful to players who are injured because it possesses neuroprotective qualities, which can head off future diseases that injured players are prone to such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. They also feel that more options should be given to the players instead of only relying on opioid painkillers for pain relief, since 71% of players who were prescribed opioids ended up abusing narcotic painkillers. Medical marijuana, they feel, is a substantial alternative because it is a proven painkiller and it is not addictive and players cannot overdose on it. In other words, no one has died from overdosing on marijuana while opioid overdoses have killed thousands.

Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, was asked if medical marijuana was going to be used as part of the overall treatment for pain in the NFL and he basically said that the league doctors were looking at the idea and if the policies can be improved to help the players, then they will look at it. Okay, then…it sounds like there is a little wiggle room in that answer and perhaps Derrick Morgan and the other players may, at some point, be able to use medical cannabis and CBD oil for treatment of injuries. Maybe the NFL is growing up. Who Knew?


DOES OBAMA REALLY LIKE POT?

Posted on: November 24th, 2016 by Buzz Jones
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Weed Entrepreneurs What Are The Latest Pot IdeasPresident Barack Obama has the distinct pleasure of being the only president with a strain of weed named after him—Obama Kush—not counting the Nixon tribute Tricky Dick, which was awarded ironically anyway. But it’s true that President Obama has been fairly progressive for marijuana rights. Or has he?

Let’s look at the facts. In the beginning, the Obama administration outspent President Bush by $100 million on cracking down on medical marijuana states. That totaled $300 million, used to send SWAT teams to cannabis dispensaries, kick down the doors, arrest caregivers and seize any and all cash and herb.

During his 2008 campaign, Obama promised that DEA-targeted raids such as this would not be a priority in his administration. He lied. In 2011, Obama’s Department of Justice announced that keeping medicinal pot out of the hands of patients was a top priority for the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

It wasn’t until Colorado finally legalized cannabis in 2012—suffering a few raids along the way—that the Obama administration finally backed off. Even so, many remember Obama as being cool with weed.

 

President Obama Calls For Marijuana To Be Regulated Like Alcohol and Tobacco

President Barack Obama only has a few weeks left in his administration, but in these final months, he’s been focusing on pretty much one thing: legacy building. He’s focused on how he will be remembered as a president, which is why he’s scheduled historic trips to Hiroshima and mended ties with Cuba. He also wants to be seen as being soft, or at the very least progressive, on cannabis.

“I don’t think [pot] is more dangerous than alcohol,” the President once told the New Yorker. Most recently, Obama told Rolling Stone that marijuana should be regulated like alcohol and tobacco, going so far as to say the DEA’s enforcement of marijuana laws is ‘untenable.’

If that’s true, why didn’t Obama do anything about it when he was president? He said he couldn’t, which wasn’t true, and passed the buck to Congress. Instead, in January of 2016, he said marijuana reform was ‘not on his list of end-of-term priorities,’ as The Washington Post put it. Yes, Obama commuted the sentences of more than 1,000 prisoners, but otherwise, has he really helped marijuana freedom all that much? Does Obama really like pot?


AMERICAN POT VS. MEXICAN POT

Posted on: November 21st, 2016 by Buzz Jones
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mexico-us-relationsWe Americans have depended on Mexican pot for decades, and according to CBS News it was considered the gold standard of marijuana in this country. But now, however, things have changed and with so many states legalizing the possession and cultivation of pot, the demand is for United States brands instead of the stuff from south of the border.

American weed is also much more potent than the Mexican pot. Our buds are thought of as gourmet marijuana, even by customers who live in Old Mexico. The smuggling of high grade and truly potent cannabis has reversed itself. Smuggling hasn’t lessened at all but some of the secret pot trafficking is now going from North to South – from the U.S. to Mexico. That’s because marijuana aficionados living down there have either heard about our wonderfully strong and well cultivated pot or they have tasted the product for themselves and made a deliberate choice to switch from their home brand to the exquisite imported labels from Gringo Land.

The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) admitted that members of Mexican drug cartels are actually smuggling American pot into Mexico. It’s not a colossal amount, but it is enough to capture the DEA’s attention and take notice of a reversal in trends. Since over half of the states in this country have legalized marijuana to some extent, the Border Patrol has noticed a marked decline in seizures of cannabis crossing our border and heading north. In 2014, the pot they interdicted at the border was almost 25% less than the previous year. That’s hundreds of millions pot sales dollars that didn’t go into the pockets of the Mexican gangs and cartels.

Americans apparently like their homegrown pot so much more than the Mexican herbs they used to rely on that it is taking a bite out of the Mexican cannabis growers pockets too. Marijuana production keeps shrinking and Mexican officials who keep track of seizures down south said 2013 was the lowest marijuana growth year since 2000.

Perhaps some people are right – supply and demand regulates the market and the product regulates the demand and hence the supply. With that in mind, we feel it is safe to say that American pot is the best in this hemisphere.


IS MARIJUANA ADDICTIVE?

Posted on: November 12th, 2016 by Buzz Jones
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is-marijuana-really-addictiveGood question! Well, let’s start at the beginning: Merriam-Webster, the dictionary people, define addiction as “a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble). Now, taking that definition as the starting point let’s see what some experts have to say, whether marijuana is addictive and if so, how addictive it really is.

Dr. J. Wesley Boyd M.D., Ph.D., states in the magazine Psychology Today that when a chronic marijuana user abruptly stops ingesting the herb he or she does go through a mild physiological withdrawal with subtle symptoms ranging from irritability and a mildly elevated pulse rate. These physical changes are so moderate and even tepid, that they are hard to observe many times and they are at the low end of the withdrawal spectrum. The harsh and very real and very ugly and sick physiological symptoms heroin and opioid users and alcohol abusers experience when they stop using are at the other more sever withdrawal end of that same spectrum. Their pain is real – too real.

Dr. Boyd also says that addiction can also be defined as “behaviors that are compulsive, partially out of control or worse, and often escalating in severity and intensity.” He believes people can indeed become addicted to marijuana, even medical marijuana, but the “vast majority of marijuana users are neither addicted nor almost addicted to cannabis.  Their use doesn’t escalate over time, they can enjoy its effects without endangering some major element of their lives.”

A Time Magazine article addressed marijuana addiction and suggests that since “marijuana cessation is not linked with such severe symptoms, the drug isn’t seen as physically addictive. And considering that most people view physical addiction as uncontrollable, but psychological addiction as manageable with proper willpower, marijuana tends not to be regarded as addictive in general.”

Now, some studies conclude that about 10% of marijuana users become addicts and others like NIDA (the National Institute on Drug Abuse) say that 30% of cannabis users are addicted to the herb. They call it marijuana use disorder and they associate that with dependence on cannabis when the user experiences withdrawal symptoms when they stop ingesting cannabis.

So, is there a definite conclusion about marijuana addiction? It seems that if you take all the information and boil it down there might be a couple of common threads connecting all of them even though their numbers don’t match up. The two main  connecting threads are: if Marijuana addiction exists then it is definitely not as severe as coming off of other substances and there is very little, if any real physical suffering. What do you think?


Why Marijuana Makes Your Eyes Red – And What To Do About It

Posted on: November 9th, 2016 by Buzz Jones
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eyesIf you’ve ever seen a cartoon where someone smokes pot, their eyes get brilliantly red, don’t they? Obviously the same thing (maybe not to the same degree) happens in real life when you smoke medical marijuana. But why?

The simple answer is THC, aka tetrahydrocannabinol aka the active ingredient in cannabis that gets you high and relieves your anxiety. This cannabinoid has been proven to decrease blood pressure throughout your body, including your eyes. This is why, as we’ve talked about before, marijuana is so great for eye conditions like glaucoma. Remember, everyone is different, so some people might get more red eyes than others.

When the blood pressure in your eyeballs decreases, the arteries in your eyes expand just so and that is what creates the red eye effect. Your eyes can also get irritated by smoke, so that’s why it’s important to smoke somewhere that is well ventilated.

So is it a problem? Well, it doesn’t hurt you or cause any damage, if that’s what you’re asking. Depending on your living situation, however, you may want to avoid having red eyes when stoned. For example, if you were around a family member who looks down upon weed.

The best way to treat red eyes is just to use chemical eye drops, such as Visine or other brands that stop red eye irritation. Again, the red eye effect from cannabis isn’t going to hurt you, so only do this if you feel its necessary.

Other options include just waiting it out—your eyes will return to normal color in a few hours. You can also wear sunglasses or stay some place darker where your eyes aren’t as noticeable (such as in a movie theater). And the final option for dealing with red eyes is just to say ‘Who cares?’ and let people notice if you’re stoned or not. It’s really up to you!

 

 


WHAT PROP. 205 WILL MEAN TO ARIZONA

Posted on: November 6th, 2016 by Buzz Jones
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yes-on-205Although it seems as though Arizona doesn’t ever want to change, sometimes the people speak up and make it happen anyway. Proposition 205 is a very good example of that kind of rare occurrence for the Grand Canyon State. Just because Arizona’s public image is that of a stubborn old cowboy, ready to defend the customs and habits he’s been used to for over a hundred and fifty years, doesn’t mean that new ideas can’t be welcomed into the log cabin.

Proposition 205 allows people 21 or older to use marijuana in private, that is, not in public view. Both medical marijuana and recreational marijuana would not be allowed in schools and employers would still have the right to maintain a no-cannabis policy at the workplace. Also, it would be against the law to drive while under the influence of marijuana, and landlords could lawfully prohibit tenants from using it in their homes.

You could be fined up to $300 if you use cannabis in a public place, but you would be allowed to possess up to one ounce of the herb at any given time. You would also be able to grow as many as six plants in your home without a cultivator’s license. Pretty cool.

Medical marijuana dispensaries that were open before election-day are allowed to apply for a recreational marijuana shop license, which would cost $5,000 just for the application, and if they are approved, the actual license would cost another $20,000. Recreational cannabis shop licenses according to Proposition 205 must not exceed 10% of the total number of liquor licenses in Arizona.

Our governor Ducey will appoint someone to oversee the new Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control and that would be the governing body that regulates everything cannabis. There will also be a Marijuana Commission and that would have seven appointed members. Three of the members would be somehow connected to the pot industry, while the four others would be independent of it. There will also be an investigations crew within the Department and they would look into any sales of cannabis to people under 21 and keep their eyes on all unlicensed sales of marijuana.

It’s great to see Arizona going through changes that bring the state into the present way of American thinking. We respect old traditions and the frontier way of life but there is more to life out there than roping cattle and mending fences.

 

 

 


2016 MARIJUANA PROPOSITIONS IN STATES AROUND THE COUNTRY

Posted on: November 3rd, 2016 by Buzz Jones
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election-2016-legalization-measuresThis is one of the most interesting election years in memory and all candidates aside, the propositions that people have to yea or nay on are equally just as thrilling. As you know, there are 25 states plus the District of Columbia that have legalized marijuana in some way, either for medicinal purposes or recreational use. That is exactly half the states in the Union that have turned their noses up to the Federal government’s listing of Marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug on their dangerous drug list. Apparently, the people have spoken and they are about to speak again on November 8th.

There are nine states that have propositions on their ballots for the legalization of marijuana. Some of these already have medical marijuana laws and the propositions would either expand those guidelines or approve the legitimization of recreational use of weed. Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana and Nevada fall in that category. The elections in three other states where marijuana is currently not legal would establish medical marijuana laws. Those three states are, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota.

There is no sure winner predicted in any of the nine states, but people have been keeping their eye on the California measure because of all the money being thrown at it from both sides. The pro-marijuana camp, however, is spending the most and it has some high rollers with big names like Sean Parker, former Facebook president and Napster founder, backing it all the way. The opposition includes the California Police Chiefs Association and the Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana.

Florida also has a contentious fight between the pro-marijuana and the anti-marijuana factions, especially because of all the conservative money being tossed into the ring. Amendment 2, if it wins, will allow the issuance of patient and caregiver ID cards if the patient has certain medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, MS, PTSD or Crohn’s disease. They would have to be approved by a licensed Florida physician to gain legal access to medical marijuana.

As we said earlier, there are no clear-cut winners yet and no one knows if any or all the states that have marijuana propositions on their ballots will pass. We do know, however, that if the measures pass in Arkansas, Florida or North Dakota, that will bring the number of states to either 26 or more, which will add up to more than half of the states having some form of medical marijuana laws. That would send another very clear message to the federal government to open their eyes and ears to what the people of this great country want: legalized marijuana.

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