Vol. 8, Number 9
cheryl riley, James Freire,
Dr. David Bearman,
Gradi Jordan, Ed Glick,
Paul Armentano, Keith Stroup
Sunil Aggarwal, Julie Godard
Al Byrne, Amanda Reiman,
Jim Greig, Chip Whitley,
Sandee Burbank, Joan Bello
Dr. Ethan Russo, Bryan Krumm
Richard Miller, Arthur Livermore
AAMC Rhode Island
WeedSeeker.net: For Patients, Veterans, and the Craft Cannabis Biz - Julie Godard
There’s a hole in the cannabis industry, and the new WeedSeeker.net cannabis connection service is going fill it. If you’re reading this, you’re probably already part of WeedSeeker’s huge fan base and know about Mr. Weedy, their leafy green binocular-wielding mascot. While delivery services are rampant in California and legal in some other states in varying forms, finding the most affordable and high-quality cannabis in your area often takes considerable tenacity and time. Who wants to comb through the back pages of the local cannabis news rags or call around to every dispensary in town trying to find a strain you want at a reasonable price? With the consistent and creeping domination of the industry by certain financial titans, the demand for craft cannabis products has increased, and many people have no idea where to go for a particular illness or symptom they want treat with cannabis. Using WeedSeeker, both small craft cannabis businesses and those on fixed incomes are able to connect with each other in a way that profits them both.
What Does WeedSeeker Do?
In essence, WeedSeeker.net provides quality, convenience, and easy transactions for underserved parts of the cannabis-consuming population. The elderly and retired are the fastest growing cannabis consumer groups, as are veterans – both have a limited amount of money to spend on medicine per month. WeedSeeker.net’s website is the first of its kind with a pioneering, user-friendly cannabis platform that can be used with ease by anyone of legal age. When you enter the WeedSeeker website, the first thing it asks is the product name you’re looking for (strain, edible brand, etc.) or what medical symptom you’d like to treat with cannabis. In other words, you don’t have to know whether you want sativa or indica, or what the specific brand or strain name is – all you have to know is what you want to treat with cannabis. From there, you simply indicate whether you’d like smokeables, vapeables, edibles, oil or other concentrates and put in the amount you want and how much you can afford to pay for it – or at least what you think is fair. Hit the submit button and your “seek” will be posted for the companies in the marketplace to bid on. You will be notified shortly (and I mean shortly) by text message when a company makes an offer on your seek, or when the WeedSeeker Concierge (who answers all seeks within 24 hours) matches you with offers. That…is…it. No rifling through local publications, scouring the internet for the best deals because you only get a monthly government paid stipend, or trying to ply useful information out of acquaintances – you will have your cannabis quickly and be able to consume it, too.
How Can WeedSeeker Help Veterans and Retired Consumers?
Veterans and retired people are two prominent and consistently growing groups of cannabis consumers, and numerous states have added post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of cannabis-treatable illnesses. A recent trial was approved by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for PTSD and cannabis, even though cannabis is still federally illegal – so we know that veterans are benefitting from cannabis treatments and that they need a place obtain their medicine at a reasonable rate. WeedSeeker.net can help with that. WeedSeeker employs special veteran badges that let craft cannabis companies know that they are helping someone who protects or protected our country. Another recent study found that Alzheimer’s can be effectively reduced by cannabis, and that the elderly have increased their cannabis use three-fold since 2002. NPR reported that Medicare prescriptions have also decreased following medical cannabis legalization, indicating that more and more people of Medicare age are realizing the extensive benefits of cannabis for their conditions.
How is WeedSeeker Different Than Weedmaps?
WeedSeeker is more for the beginning cannabis consumer, the cannacurious, people on fixed incomes, and people who don’t have time to look at deals at every local dispensary in order to get treatment for their symptoms. WeedSeeker is more about grassroots support of smaller, craft cannabis businesses that are looking to get their products and brand-name out there without sacrificing even a gram of their unique craft processes. In other words, WeedSeeker is a win-win for those of us in the cannabis business and into cannabis treatment that won’t take up hours of our time and thousands of dollars. Instead of spending hours comparing cannabis prices for your favorite strain at all your local dispensaries, let the cannabis suppliers bring their offers to you on the WeedSeeker website. The customer-centricity of cannabis has hit new heights with WeedSeeker, and even connoisseurs can easily use it to find what they want, when they want it, for the price they are willing to pay.
Who Can Use WeedSeeker?
If you live in California, cannabis deliveries are probably legal for you. California allows individual counties and cities to approve delivery, so check your local regulations and laws to see if you qualify. The status of cannabis deliveries varies from state-to-state, currently. In Alaska, for instance, where dispensaries may be few and far between – not to mention hard to get to during winter months – delivery has been approved under ballot measure 2. In Oregon, the laws are still being defined, and in Nevada deliveries to patients and caregivers are legal. Colorado and Washington are not yet on board with cannabis deliveries, but this could easily change in the next few years.
The Future of WeedSeeker and Online Cannabis
Despite the recent growth of craft cannabis dispensaries and companies like The Farm in Boulder, Colorado, not everyone has the time, transportation, or inclination to visit numerous dispensaries in search of the medicine or relaxation they need. WeedSeeker.net is an amazing cannabis ordering option with a clean presentation and simple execution that beautifully connects people with pot and dependable, safe craft cannabis. I don’t know about you, but I welcome anything that makes my life easier and more convenient, and I especially enjoy contributing to small businesses and giving back to the cannabis community. Whether you know exactly what you’re looking for, need help navigating the vast online cannabis world, or just want to relax this weekend, WeedSeeker.net is a great opportunity to support small cannabis businesses and find the best ganja for your green.
The Harmony Treatment Algorithm for Psychiatric Wellness - Bryan Krumm
Step 1: Consider Referral to a Medical Cannabis Program:
Dysfunction of endocannabinoid signaling has been implicated in most psychiatric disorders.
Cannabis has unique therapeutic effects for treating PTSD which can’t be replicated by any other class of medications.
Cannabis is the only medication that has proven effective in treating every symptom cluster of PTSD.
Different strains of Cannabis can have a very different effect, everybody is different.
Keep track of the strains you try and where you get them from.
Most of my PTSD patients find that “Indicas” are better for anxiety and for sleep.
“Kush” strains are often well liked among PTSD patients.
“Sativas” tend to be more energizing and some patients prefer these during the day.
Some patients like high CBD strains or “CBD only” products for pain, sleep, depression and/or seizures but these oftentimes don’t seem to be very effective for hyper-arousal type anxiety or for suicidality.
Most of my patients prefer a higher THC content to help reduce their hyper-arousal symptoms and to allow them to remain in the present rather than dwelling on the past or stressing about the future.
Use caution with “Sativas”- they seem much more likely to cause anxiety/paranoia.
Many chronic pain patients report that mixing a high CBD strain with a high THC strain works better than any individual strain.
This is likely due to differences not only in cannabinoid profiles, but also because of the interplay of various terpenoids and flavonoids found in these strains.
Start slow- the inhaled route of administration offers the most rapid onset of effects- try 1-2 puffs every 10-15 minutes if no previous use until symptoms reduced (consider a vaporizer to reduce pulmonary risks).
Use caution with edibles, it can be 2-6 hours to reach peak plasma levels and inconsistent absorption in GI tract.
Tinctures and candies that can be absorbed through the oral mucosa allow more rapid onset of effects than by swallowing.
The oral route coverts THC into a more sedating form which can provide better sleep and reduction of nightmares.
Use caution with any product extracted with a solvent due to the potential for contamination if not done properly.
Use caution with “legal CBD only” preparations, there may be a risk of heavy metal contamination and solvent contamination from CBD sourced from industrial hemp in Eastern Europe and China.
Use only organically grown Cannabis to reduce risk of heavy metal contamination and insecticide.
The rectal route of administration offers consistent absorption and offers an alternative if unable to tolerate other routes.
Use caution when driving and don’t drive until you know how Cannabis effects you.
Step 2: Eat a Healthy Diet
Get plenty of vegetables. Eat only organic soy, wheat and corn. Consider eliminating gluten from your diet.
Step 3: Move
Get some exercise- regular exercise helps support endocannabinoid function.
Step 4: Begin Fish Oil
2000-4000 mg daily- high EPA and DHA (if vegan you can use an algae based omega 3 supplement).
Omega 3’s have been shown to help with depression, mood stabilization and PTSD.
They are the building blocks for the endocannabinoids and help stabilize function of the ECS.
Step 5: Begin Vitamin E 400 IU daily
Vitamin E is depleted by Omega 3’s and adding Vitamin E gives a boost to the efficacy of Omega 3’s
Vitamin E helps modulate endocannabinoid function.
Step 6: Begin Probiotic
Do you have stomach or intestinal problems or chronic inflammatory conditions? Have you taken antibiotics? Have you had your appendix removed? Yes- start a good probiotic (at least 50 billion cultures).
Probiotics help reduce inflammatory processes and modulate CB1 receptor expression
Step 7: Learn Mindful Awareness
Check the internet or the public library- type in “mindfulness”.
Learn to breathe.
Mindful awareness can help to reduce stress responses.
I recommend a book called “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle.
Reducing stress in general helps give the endocannabinoid system a rest.
Mindfulness balances activation in areas of the brain involved in PTSD responses and which have high concentrations of cannabinoid receptors.
Step 8: Consider Vitamin D3
5000 IU daily.
Do you have inadequate time in Sun or have dark colored skin? Yes- Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a number of autoimmune disorders and Vitamin D supplementation can help to support CB2 receptor function.
Step 9: Consider Magnesium Citrate
Do you drink bottled water and/or suffer from ongoing anxiety/insomnia RT stress, and/or have seizures or autism? Yes- add a good magnesium supplement 250-500 mg daily (Recommend “Natural Calm”)- watch for loose stools/diarrhea.
Low magnesium levels can contribute to stress, seizures, diabetes, obesity, heart problems, depression, Parkinson’s, inflammatory processes, cerebral palsy, loss of bone mass, vascular calcification, asthma and decreased kidney function.
Step 10: Consider Turmeric
500 mg twice a day with black pepper.
Do you have inflammatory pain? Turmeric has been used for centuries to treat pain and inflammation.
Black pepper augments the effects of turmeric.
Both turmeric and black pepper act at cannabinoid receptors to reduce pain and inflammation.
Step 11: Consider Tart Cherry Juice
Tart cherry juice contains anthocyanins that interact at cannabinoid receptors to reduce pain and inflammation.
Tart cherry juice may be especially helpful for gout and arthritic pain.
Step 12: Consider 5HTP
Do you have ongoing depression / irritability / insomnia / or anxiety? Add 5HTP 100 mg QHS (with B6).
5HTP is a precursor to both serotonin and melatonin.
Crosses blood brain barrier and then decarboxylated by Vitamin B-6.
Unlike pharmaceutical antidepressants, 5HTP increases brain levels of serotonin.
If no benefit after 2 months increase dose to 200 mg qhs, can increase dose to 300 mg qhs after 2 additional months if inadequate response
* If symptoms worsen stop immediately.
Step 13: Consider Folic Acid
Do you have fair skin and spend a lot of time in the Sun and eat a diet lacking in green vegetables? Yes- take a folic acid 1 mg.
Folic acid is depleted by UV radiation in sunlight.
Low levels of folic acid can contribute chronic inflammatory processes and to a number of neuropsychiatric disorders.
Step 14: Know When Seek Professional Help if Needed
Not everybody will experience an adequate response to these interventions.
Recognize when you need to seek professional help.
I highly recommend EMDR or CBT type therapies.
You might want to consider pharmaceuticals at this point- they still have their place in psychiatric medicine and have proven beneficial to many patients.
Pharmaceuticals should be considered as a second line of treatment if safer, more effective treatments fail to provide adequate relief.
If you are having suicidal or homicidal thoughts that do not rapidly resolve with Cannabis use and if you feels like you might act on those thoughts call 911 of go to the nearest emergency room.
Alabama: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Arkansas: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Idaho: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Indiana: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Iowa: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Missouri: Considering a medical marijuana law.
North Carolina: Considering a medical marijuana law.
South Carolina: Considering a medical marijuana law.
South Dakota: Medical marijuana petition drive underway.
Tennessee: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Texas: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Wisconsin: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Featured Recipe - Ginger Snap Heaven
Contributed by Ms. BuB
We are fortunate indeed to be receiving some wonderful recipes from friends and readers. This cookie treat recipe was provided by a very cool lady who knows how to cook. She uses the "Hacksaw" crock pot method of making cannabutter. I've tried it and it works great.
If you're like me you're not an immediate fan of ginger snaps. These, though, are great. Ms. BuB has come up with a recipe that is scrumptious without any canny aftertaste.
½ cup Better Bud Butter or Hacksaw butter
Melt the butter over low heat and mix in molasses then sugar. Stir well. Sift together all of the dry ingredients (sifting both mixes and adds air) then gradually add to butter/molasses/sugar mixture with constant stirring and heat turned off.
Roll the cookie dough into a log, wrap in wax paper, and refrigerate until firm.
Remove from refrigerator, unwrap, and slice thin, placing the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. Cookies will plump up. Cool on a rack and enjoy!
Warning from Ms. BuB: Do not eat too many cookies! These are very potent and sneaky cookies.
April 14-16, 2016
Baltimore, Maryland USA
Contribute to the AAMC
Legal Fund here:
Medical Marijuana States
District of Columbia #
Rhode Island *
* States with reciprocity law
# States with legal marijuana