CBD-infused Beverages? Coca Cola Considers Cannabidiol

As most everyone in the cannabis industry knows, CBD products are on the rise. Being that legal cannabis isn’t legal nationwide yet, many states are finding relief in CBD, and CBD-infused products. When it comes to popularity, there’s been a pretty big boom. So much so, that large companies can’t help but try and get in on the action. Enter: Coca Cola. A few days ago, a report came out stating that Coca Cola is considering the addition of CBD-infused beverages. While this isn’t set in stone, and ‘no decisions have been made’, according to the company— the possibility is being entertained…

CBD-infused Beverages? Coca Cola Considers Cannabidiol

We all know that CBD is a miracle medicine for many. From relieving pain, anxiety, inflammation, cramps, insomnia…. there are plenty of different ways that CBD has been beneficial to the general public. So, who can blame Coca Cola for wanting to get their toes wet? Aurora Cannabis Inc. is the Canadian company that Coca Cola is in talks with over CBD-infused beverages. Aurora has been considering these types of beverages for some time now as a means of expanding their market.

Beer companies in the mix

While Coca Cola is definitely considering something revolutionary, they are not the first ones to the draw. In fact, plenty of other beverage companies— rather, beer companies, have begun to invest in this idea. Therefore, no matter if Coca Cola makes the move or not, we’ll see CBD-infused beverages hit the market quite soon.

Normalizing Cannabidiol

One of the best parts about a large company introducing CBD into their products, is that we can begin to make this compound ‘normal’. Arguably one of the biggest issues with CBD, is that the mass public still cannot seem to separate the idea of CBD from THC. While these compounds are both part of the cannabis family, they are extremely different. For one, as you may know, CBD is non-psychoactive. Therefore, you get all of the great benefits of CBD, without the high— which can be a huge turn-off for many people. When any product comes to the masses, and people accept it— the general public typically follows in suit. Therefore, this might be just the thing that CBD needs to better it’s image problem.

Military Veterans and Medical Marijuana: An Act that Could Change Treatment of Chronic Pain

When you think of what medical marijuana can do, plenty of different things come to mind. From pain management, anxiety, PTSD, insomnia… the list goes on and on. These different conditions and ailments are wide in range. However, one thing remains the same about them: when it comes to veterans, many of them suffer in some way after serving their time. It could be physical pain, or emotional— but pain nonetheless. Up until this point, the VA and legislation has done little to interject on what medical marijuana (or MMJ) might be able to do for veterans. After all, it is federally illegal. But, on Wednesday, two Democratic senators filed legislation in an attempt to legalize MMJ for military veterans, and provide access to it. This would be a huge step for MMJ, and treatment for military veterans who could benefit from access… 

Military Veterans and Medical Marijuana: An Act that Could Change Treatment of Chronic Pain

This bit of legislation would be considered The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act. It would allow for Veterans Affairs (VA) physicians to issue MMJ recommendations in legal states. Furthermore, it requires that the VA begin to study the effects of MMJ for veterans in pain within two years of the act passing. This research could also help to determine the ability of MMJ to reduce opioid abuse amongst veterans. The act sets aside $15 million for doing such research. If passed, not only would this be a huge step for veterans, but also for MMJ research.

Opioid Abuse in Veterans 

If you’re not aware, opioid abuse amongst military veterans has been an increasingly damaging issue over the past few years. Veterans are twice as likely to die from accidental overdose. To put it simply, they aren’t overdosing on purpose. But, rather, the pain their facing is so intense that they’ll take more medicine. Then, as a result, they will overdose without the intention of doing so.

It’s not that Veteran’s Affairs systems aren’t trying. In the past few months, VA systems have treated nearly 68,000 veterans for opioid addition— attempting to heal this giant issue. They’re working on other types of treatment. The VA has begun to try yoga amongst other natural practices to reduce drug use. But, at the end of the day, when you need to treat high-levels of pain, many veterans will rely on what they know works. 

Statistics on pain

The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act sites ‘almost 60 percent of veterans returning from serving…. and more than 50 percent of older veterans, who are using the health care system… with some form of chronic pain.” Furthermore, “states with medical cannabis laws have a 24.8 percent lower mean annual opioid nerds mortality rate…”. 

This act takes time to consider not only how this bill could benefit veterans, but how MMJ has helped the opioid crisis within our country

The act guarantees that in no later than two years after the Act, the VA will take time to conduct a study on MMJ and veterans dealing with chronic pain. There is the potential to change the lives of every veteran facing pain on a daily basis. But, the act still has to pass. While we remain hopeful, the VA continues it’s effort to use types of pain management outside of pharma.

FDA Legalizes First Marijuana-Based Medicine: Hope for Epilepsy and Seizure Sufferers

While nation-wide recreational cannabis is a goal of ours, medical cannabis is at the forefront of the fight. There are people who need this medicine and who live a better life through this medicine. People who suffer from seizures and epilepsy, are at the center of that necessity. And up until the end of last month, it was largely inaccessible. But then, news broke of a potentially life-changing move by the FDA. The U.S., and FDA, have approved the first marijuana-based medicine for epilepsy and seizure treatment. The medicine is specific, and only caters to a small grouping of people. But, it’s a sign of progress within our government, and hopefully, a foreboding of what’s to come… 

FDA Legalizes First Marijuana-Based Medicine: Hope for Epilepsy and Seizure Sufferers

The medicine is Epidiolex, and it aims to treat two rare forms of epilepsy that begin in childhood. The treatment is targeted towards children and adults with ‘hard-to-treat’ seizures in those with epilepsy. Not to mention, it’s the first of it’s kind to acknowledge, and benefit from, medical CBD. 

Before, they FDA was experimenting with synthetic versions of cannabis to try and treat a number of different ailments. However, before and still, cannabis faces alienation from the FDA because of it’s reputation, and an age-old war on drugs. 

Doctors are largely supportive 

When it comes to children suffering from epilepsy and seizures, parents and doctors often scramble, hoping to find that miracle in a bottle to help these children. For many, that came in the form of, largely illegal, CBD and medical cannabis. So, there has been an overarching support from doctors when it comes to adding this medicine to their pharmacopeia. 

Parents are relieved 

One mother in particulate discussed her battle with CBS news. She discusses her thirteen year old daughter, who has suffered from qualifying seizures since she was a few months old. She discussed relocating her family to a legal state in search of treatment. Then, when Epidiolex was hosting a trial, they decided to give it a shot. The trial proved successful for their family. The mother attests to the fact that her daughter was able to better concentrate, and suffered from fewer severe seizures. This is one story amongst many, and we understand that. However, we see an overarching relief from parents of children who suffer greatly from, what could be, much more easily treated by legal cannabis. 

What does this mean for the future of medical cannabis nationwide? 

As of right now, the nagging question is: what becomes of medical cannabis now? It’s taken decades for the FDA to make this huge move, but hopefully, it’s only the beginning. While CBD is a miracle medicine; it’s a miracle medicine for more than just one grouping of people. Not to mention, there are still some seizure and epilepsy sufferers who won’t respond well to CBD, but would to THC. Hearing the news that the FDA has legalized the first marijuana-based medicine is huge. But, it only makes us question more and more when we, as a nation, will take the plunge. But, for now, we’ll take the victory and watch for the next big move!

Canadian Cannabis: Bill C-45 Legalizes Country-Wide

We talked about it earlier this year— the legalization of Canadian cannabis. It seemed likely, without a doubt even. But we know how pot prohibition goes— things are not always as they seem. But this time by? It actually happened. On June 19th, Trudeau kept a promise to legalize cannabis for Canada. Their goal? To ‘protect our youth from the risks of cannabis while keeping profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime’. 

Canadian Cannabis: Bill C-45 Legalizes Country-Wide Canadian Cannabis 

The bill first came about in the middle of last year, and from the start, it seemed that most people were on board. The focus? The children. They say it’s been too easy for kids to gain access to black market cannabis, and the criminals reap the benefit of it. So, what better way to cut off that access than to choke the black market out? 

What does the bill cover? 

After the bill faces formal approval, adults— 18 and up, will be able to have up to 30 grams of legal marijuana with them at any point in time. They will be able to grow up to four household plants, and cook with it as they please. In short, they pretty much legalized full personal use and access for every adult. But when it comes to purchasing, retailers will be regulated much like the dispensaries we’re familiar with. Meaning, it will be sold in a separate dwelling, specified for pot only. 

Impaired driving laws 

With the acceptance of personal use, also comes the implication of driving impaired. one measure they focused on was adding penalties for impaired driving. They are introducing roadside oral fluid screenings, and are measuring impairment by nanograms. The lowest, being a fine. The second, would be a ‘hybrid offense’. The third, a combination of cannabis and alcohol, a hybrid offense as well, but more severe. Those hybrid offenses mostly mean jail time, and fines. 

A huge move for Canada 

They’re ready for the financial gains, but are also approaching legalization with children in mind. By implementing many of the same regulations as they have on tobacco products, they hope to discourage youth. If this will work? Still up for debate, as now— many kids will not have to work as hard to obtain weed. But, with this change, is a new chance to see what works for them and what doesn’t. Canadian cannabis markets will undoubtedly boom, but will it help the children as they hope? For that part, we stay tuned…

Colorado Governor Rejects Autism as a Qualifying Condition

If you’re familiar with our page in any degree, you know that we hold a group called MAMMA close to our hearts. They are a group of mothers that are advocating for autism to become a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. These parents, and many others, have daughters and sons that face every day along with facing autism. Some, or most, of these children deal with debilitating effects, and many of them hurt themselves in the process. So, when they found medical marijuana— their children found peace. It’s not a one-size-fits-all medicine. But, with so many variations, it has become, for many, a great tool to have in their toolkit. So, when Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper vetoed a measure that could have provided medical access to people on the spectrum— the public couldn’t help but shake their heads in disappointment. 

Colorado Governor Rejects Autism as a Qualifying Condition

1/9 vetoes delivered since the start of 2018…

The veto came in on Tuesday, just hours before voters took to the ballot boxes and Colorado governor Hickenlooper was set to leave office. Instead? He pushed through a measure for workforce development— a priority he’d had over the two terms within which he held office. “If we sign that bill we end up, without question, in some way encouraging more young people to look at {medical marijuana} as an antidote for their problems.” This was the message he delivers to reporters after vetoing this measure, as well as 8 others since the start of 2018. 

A while ago, we also discussed the potential of marijuana tasting rooms. They would be similar to breweries in that you can try before you buy. However, this measure was one of the other 8 measures that were vetoed, along with the hopes for people on the spectrum. 

Families rally in his waiting room 

There were nearly half a dozen families sitting in the waiting room; hoping the Colorado Governor would be signing the bill. But, that moment never came for them. The governor took time to meet with the families, before vetoing the bill, but did not speak on which direction he was headed in. 

For many of these families, marijuana is a last-resort. Not a starting place. Many of these families are fighting every day to find a better means of medicine for their children. Depending on where they fall on the spectrum, many of these children will become aggressive; hurting themselves and the people around them. One of these mothers from MAMMA describes these aggressive moments as: “almost like their brains are on fire and cannabis can put that fire out.” 

Not one-size-fits-all, but versatile 

If you’re unfamiliar with cannabis, its easy to picture ‘dumbed out pot heads sleeping on a pile of cheetos’. But, if you take the time to research, look into strain benefits, and intake methods— you might come to understand what makes it such an versatile medicine. High CBD strains, High THC strains, hybrids, indica’s, sativa’s, capsules, vaporizers, tinctures, skin salves… Medical cannabis has a quick onset time, and the effects can wear off quickly (depending on intake method). Not to mention, the effects vary from one method to the other. So, if one method doesn’t work for you— you have options. The key here is that there are options, methods, and strains that might work for children with autism in a way that prescriptions can’t.

“What I’ve found is— when people get desperate, then they come and ask for help. When they have lupus, fibromyalgia, cancer… people open their minds when they’re desparate. I was never a smoker; I fed into the propaganda, but when your eight year old can’t speak, you become open-minded. That’s when you find those people seeking it out, because pharmaceuticals aren’t working…” 

Transporting Marijuana Across State Lines

Over the past ten years, marijuana has become easily accessible to mostly anyone who wants it. Legal state or not, somehow, someway, someone always knows a guy who has cannabis at your beck and call. But where is it coming from? Legal states or one growers, for the most part. But it seems even those in a non-marijuana legal state, smokers still wants their stuff straight from the dispensary shelves. But how is it getting there? And what kind of trouble am I in from transporting marijuana across state lines?

A majority of states have adopted some decriminalization into their law, at the very least. In doing so, in many states, as long as you aren’t carrying a lot, you’ll mostly get a slap on the wrist in your first brush with the law. But, when you’re transporting marijuana — it typically doesn’t fall into that ‘aren’t carrying a lot’ category…

Transporting Marijuana Across State Lines: What Kind of Trouble Am I In?

While many people frequently associate legalization with the west coast, marijuana is still quite accessible in Midwestern and Eastern states. In fact, Maine, Massachusetts, and D.C. all have recreational marijuana laws in effect. Because weed laws are changing, expanding, and coming to new states— it’s become quite easy to drive across state lines, pick up your stash, and head back home. But, just because you bought it legally, doesn’t mean it stays legal in a non-legal state, or even as you drive to another legal state.

Understanding the problem with transporting legal cannabis…

Federally, weed is still a schedule 1 drug. Harsh? Yes. But, the law nonetheless. So, if you’re caught outside of a legal state with legal green, even if you lawfully bought it, you’re still going to face some trouble. But what about driving form one legal state to the next? The entirety of the West Coast has given the thumbs up on recreational green.

So, this is ultimately the only circumstance within which crossing the state lines could be okay. Think of it as a legal zone stretching from the Northern tip of Washington, all the way down to the Southern tip of California. If you stay in that zone of legal weed— you’re in the clear. But, take a wrong turn and end up outside of that zone? No bueno… But, trafficking laws can come back to bite you as you cross any border, even if it’s into another legal state.

When it comes to crossing state lines, the laws get tricky…

You have legal weed, in a legal state, and you’re going to another legal state. All in all, you should be fine. However, then it comes to crossing state lines, Federal law inserts itself once again, and trafficking laws become tricky. Even though you’re a legal resident of a legal state, entering another one— crossing state lines with your product can still bring a felony charge. It’s important that you understand trafficking laws, especially if you are an avid customer of your local dispensary.

Keep your stash in your home state

Ultimately, if you’re traveling from one legal state to the next— you’ll have the opportunity to buy it when you get there. So, keep yourself safe and don’t cross state lines with your stash, even if it is legal. You never know when you might be pulled over, subject to random stop, or have a forgotten and busted tail light…