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This article was written for us by the Mesothelioma.net project:
Those who are suffering from mesothelioma often feel as if they don’t have any hope. This aggressive form of cancer is a disease that spreads quite rapidly, can’t be diagnosed until it has settled into the body and is hard to treat. There is almost no chance of a remission or cure of this disease. In the modern era, many people are starting to seek treatment from alternative therapies in the hopes of getting better treatment and a relief from the unpleasant symptoms of cancer.
One of the most popular alternatives for persons suffering from cancer and other painful and chronic disease is medical marijuana. The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and twenty-eight US states have decreed that "Mary Jane" is legal for medical purposes. Although the federal government still has not legalized cannabis, the statewide expansion of medical marijuana is looking very promising for cancer patients.
"MJ" is a drug that is gleaned from a plant called cannabis. This plant originated in Asia, but is now grown all over the world. There is a resin in the plant that contains compounds called cannabinoids. These compounds are psychoactive, which means that they act on the central nervous system and can affect both the mood and consciousness. For decades, the cannabis plant has been in high demand for spiritual, medicinal and recreational purposes. In the United States, marijuana is still a schedule I controlled substance, which means that by federal law it is illegal for any type of use. As mentioned above, however, there are many states where the drug can be taken under strictly regulated circumstances.
Currently, there are two prescription drugs that have been created based on the way that cannabinoids react in the body and are available to patients in states where cannabis for medicinal purposes is legal. One is Dronabinol, which is typically prescribed to persons in order to treat vomiting and nausea that results from chemotherapy. It is also given to AIDS and HIV patients to assist in the reversing of weight loss and improving appetite. The other drug is called Nabilone. It is used for similar ailments as Dronabinol, but is considerably stronger and is more of a last resort.
A life with cancer is very stressful. Frequently, cancer patients suffer from emotional distress, depression, anxiety and sleep problems. Cannabinoids have been shown to be quite useful at reversing these problems. In animal studies, cannabinoids have been shown to have a solid anti-anxiety effect.
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Well hello OhioCannabis.com Readers,
I cannot thank you enough for supporting me on this journey and wanted to let you know that I have an exciting new set of interviews that I will be releasing in coming months, starting with none other than one of Ohio’s hopeful, first upcoming dispensary chains, STEM Dispensaries.
I was first able to meet Stem Dispensaries reps at the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory meetings this fall. I was blown away by the branding attached to this Ohio Based Dispensary already as they showed me and the OhioCannabis.com team their brand’s logo on already printed hats and stickers.
We clicked instantly and were able to get into deep conversation about the structure of Ohio’s Dispensary program. Despite the rough edges of HB 523 discussed at our lunch meeting, the STEM Dispensaries team was still eager to go all in on the not so out of reach dream of owning a legal dispensary in Ohio. Their passion intrigued me and I really couldn’t wait to find out more about them and their organization.
I was able to catch up with STEM Dispensary reps later through email to get to the root of what their organization really is and what is their goal for setting up shop in Ohio. Below are my questions with the team’s responses underneath. Enjoy!
1. What is Stem dispensaries?
STEM Dispensaries (Science. Technology. Education. Medicinals) is a medical marijuana Dispensary with hopes of obtaining a license in the State of Ohio. STEM Dispensaries was organized by a hand-picked group of industry professionals with a proven track record of success. The STEM team is committed to providing their customers with the most effective products every time they walk through the door.
2. What made you want a dispensary?
The dispensary space is where you can engage and teach patients on the benefits of medical marijuana. In a dispensary, patients have the opportunity to explore a variety of alternative medicines.
3. Did you study any other dispensaries? If so, who?
We consulted and continue consultation through industry leaders. These leaders will continue to walk us through the processes and operation methods they have faced in the medical marijuana dispensary space. They will help us form the best operations, security plans, and overall customer experience through the existence of STEM Dispensaries.
4. How do you plan on educating people about your products?
We hired a clinical director who will write and implement a free patient based training program. This program will include consultation for any questions a patient would need pertaining to medical marijuana. ie: The Endo-cannabinoid system, How Medical Marijuana helps patients, and differences in Sublingual, Transdermal and Topical training classes.
5. What are some of the biggest challenges you faced thus far trying to get into this industry?
We are fully prepared to the challenge of entering this space. The limiting amount of licensing would be the only barrier. The STEM team is compiled of a pharmacist, physician-assistant, educator,entrepreneurs, marketers, and consultation from the medical marijuana industry.
6. What charities do you plan to give back to?
STEM Dispensaries will offer a program for veterans, disabled, and patients with financial hardships. We will work with local charities to determine the needs of each organization.
7. What ailments do you want to laser target on helping?
All ailments under HB523. STEM Dispensaries are committed to the patient needs.
8. How do you plan to help the community you open in?
The cities who embrace medical marijuana will thrive from the economic benefits. We will help the local communities by offering jobs for local members. Donating to local charities and offering a safe, knowledgeable environment for patients to obtain there medicine.
9. Do you have an area you want to place your dispensary in already or are you still open?
We plan to apply for licensing in Columbus, Dayton, and Akron, OH. We have spoken to local
constituents and they will welcome us in their cities.
They are also conducting circulating a survey that you can take here: http://svy.mk/2l93V13
Much Love & Until Next Time, Stay Pushing
Tia Marie Trees
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Anonymous That Dude Interview - “Coffee and Kush” entrepreneur and musical artist gives us insight on where hes been, where he’s going, and how cannabis legalization is impacting his career already.
As most know, the cannabis industry is one of the most controversial industries of its time. Current prohibition laws make it almost necessary for an underground market to form in areas where the plant still remains illegal.
Many people that have been involved with the industry have seen it’s double edged sword first hand. A plant that offers so much benefit, can also bring so much pain to those who have taken part in “smuggling” or keeping the underground market supplied while legislatures catch up.
With many people either ending up dead or in prison, the street can put an end to their dreams, but for others, it can give them the inspiration they need to make these dreams into a reality. These individuals create art or music based on the life they spent in the underground that helps them share their experiences with others in a way that they might not be able to elsewhere.
No one does this better, than Anonymous That Dude. First linking up with him while he was on the road with “The Best Thang Smokin Tour”, I could hear from his lyrics that he wasn’t just your typical rapper. His songs speak of wisdom beyond his years and give his listeners the “stay pushing attitude” that he seems to carry with him wherever he goes.
His slogan, “No Days Off” not only represents his album, but his mentality for life in general. I knew from the first time I heard him, this would be someone I’d like to learn from.
I got the chance to catch up with before his show at The Rialto Theater in Kenmore which is apart of his “Coffee and Kush Tour” and was able to get some insight on what makes this highly motivated man tick.
Still not ever getting his real time, I did manage to still get a little background information on this artists beginning. Originally from New York, ATD relocated years ago to California to pursue his music and entrepreneurial career. He got his start almost by accident after he “laid some bars down on a track” that his friends listened to and encouraged him to keep building on. He then made the pivot from the underground into the rap game, starting at level one and climbing his way up ever since. Now with his own clothing line “Smugglers Union”, numerous albums , and line of cannabis infused coffee products about to be released, you can say this man is literally taking NO DAYS OFF at achieving his dreams.
Anonymous That Dude, just released his album “Coffee and Kush Part 2” and has exclusive tracks with artists like Kevin Gates and Berner and is on a countrywide tour that has it’s last show in Arcata, California on November 30th.
ATD’s music, clothing, and product line, each centers around cross promotion. Everything has a purpose, everything has a meaning, every move he makes is calculated and lined up with a product launch or career move of some kind. However, that doesn’t mean that heart and soul gets lost in the art. With lyrics like, “Came from the curb littered in New Ports, covered in dirt, dreams so unrealistic none of them worked, the one that did was big enough to show me the truth, through commitment you can do whatever you want to do”, he is a living example of what one can do with a passion and dedication.
Don’t get confused and think his music is just for people in the underground either. His fan base expands to business professionals and exercise enthusiasts alike. All with the same type of go getter attitude in mind as they use the help of music to push themselves to the next level.
Something I truly admire about ATD is the way he connects with his fans and promotes free music across the country. Not ever worrying about songs for the radio, Anonymous designs his music specifically for like minded individuals that share the same “hustle hard” passion. Last year, ATD gave out 70,000 free cds to his fans across the country including CDs like “Trap and Field” and the first of “Coffee and Kush” projects. Each album tells a different story through lyrical genius and harmonies constructed by ATD and other accompanying artists like Berner and Kevin Gates.
When I asked him where he got the idea for the “Coffee and Kush” album from, ATD told me, the name, like everything else under his umbrella brand, comes from his music. “Everything I push comes from a song I wrote. Smugglers Union is from a bar and that stemmed my whole clothing line. In “Who The Fuck Is That Dude” album, there’s a song called “Grind So Hard” that says “I’ve been living off Coffee and Kush” . & (With Coffee and Kush), I wanted to make a different project. I wanted to make a more rounded project. Coffee and Kush, is just my life..”
“Coffee and Kush Part 1” and his new album, “Coffee and Kush Part 2”, ties into a cross promotion strategy for his infused cannabis coffee products which will be launching very soon. When I asked him if he thinks legalization would affect his musical career he responded that it already has. “Musically, it’s opening more doors. It's just math. Legalization leads to industry and commercialization, which leads to marketing and branding. & the best people that market and brand are people that fit the lifestyle mode and the culture. Think about it, people that market and brand basketball shoes are basketball players. So being that I’m this artist from Cali who has pushed this weed line, now that weed is becoming legal, I’m the ideal person for these corporations to push their product. Three shows on this tour were booked by weed clubs including Vehicle City Social Dab Lounge in Flint, Michigan.”
When I asked him about the hardest thing about being on tour, ATD told me it wasn’t the long nights on the bus, or the late night studio sessions, but inability to smoke as much as he wanted, whenever he wanted that got to him the most. Despite being from a state like California where weed culture is embraced, a lot of states he tours through have yet to take on the same attitude when it comes to cannabis, leaving harsh penalties for anyone who still gets caught with trees or paraphernalia. Even without having enough access to trees, Anonymous That Dude still manages to put on a great show and I thank him again for allowing the OhioCannabis.com the EXCLUSIVE.
“When you're really dedicated to something and you stay focused with your eyes on the prize, the sky is the mother fucking limit. I see where I wanna be, I know where I wanna go, and I’m going to keep pushing till I get there. No Days Off. “ - ATD
No matter if he’s grinding in the Bay, in the office creating music, or spoiling his daughter with the fruits of his labor, ATD seems to always be always focused with his eyes on the prize. So no matter if you’re still in the Trap and Field or just a Coffee and Kush lover, this artist is someone you should look to give you a product that delivers total satisfaction. His music will get you moving while giving you insight into the other side of the life industry all of us have come to love so much. I look to see Anonymous That Dude as one of the cannabis culture brand leaders and would encourage anyone looking for some grind time music, to put on one of his albums and start pushing. No days off right?
Until next time,
Tia Marie Trees
You can find more information about Anonymous That Dude at:
You can listen to him on soundcloud at: bit.ly/2dVLOcz
Follow Tour at: bit.ly/2dRTvww
Check out his clothing line at: bit.ly/2e9PbHR
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Hello again OhioCannabis.com readers. It’s great to be writing to all of you again and I hope to hear more from my readers as the days go by.
With all that lovey dovey stuff out of the way, we can talk business or rather “CannaBiz Bootcamp”. Over the weekend, I was able to get my bootcamp on with the Cannabiz Boot Camp Seminar that hit Cleveland, Ohio on October 1st & also in Columbus on Sunday October 2nd. The event was held at the Sheraton Hotel which was conveniently close to the Cleveland Hopkins airport. Training consisted of an “Industry Overview” presentation at a “theater style” audience of interested entrepreneurs and attendees. The presentation room was very intimate compared to most events I’ve attended and I really enjoyed the amount of individual attention guests were given during the training.
In the back of the room, educational learning materials were on display for students which included books like, “Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana” and “The Little Black Book of Marijuana". Another table located in the back of the room displayed Cannabiz BootCamp Apparel.
I arrived at the Sheraton a bit early with my OhioCannabis.com founder John & my partner Amanda, where we were able to catch a few words with CannaBizBootCamp Founder, Kathy Mason. Kathy is a fiery Canna Veteran that comes out of Nevada. Planning on a visit to Nevada in the near future to see Deep Roots Harvest with Weed Be Better, I was pretty interested in hearing her take on the industry model out there. She stated how Nevada's model, in her opinion, is set up completely wrong and Ohio should look to the structure of the Colorado model if it want’s to make it’s mark in the industry without all the hang-ups that other states are facing from “not well thought out legislation”.
After we parted ways with Kathy, we went back downstairs where guests were arriving and checking in at a registration table outside the event. The seminar began promptly at 9:28 am and went through 11:30am.
Since it was such an intimate venue, there was an brief opportunity for guests to go around the room, state their first name, and give a little bit of why they were there. Two things seemed to be the motivation for almost all attendees coming to the bootcamp. These two things were that they wanted to obtain general knowledge to begin their career in the cannabis industry and to get information for a loved one that was currently suffering from some ailment that they thought cannabis could help.
The speaker, then began her introduction of what got her involved in the cannabis industry and a little bit about her background. She grew up in Missouri, two blocks from Ferguson, and has lived in “Monsanto country” as she calls it, ever since. After being inspired to get involved in the industry after seeing the impact cannabis had on the life of a sick family member, Tracey linked up with the Cannabiz team at a conference out in Oakland, California. After a lot of independent education and training, she was hired on as an educator and now tours the country speaking about the benefits of cannabis and hemp and giving event attendees a brief bootcamp run down on the history of cannabis, laws and regulations at a federal and state level, and career opportunities that are available.
Once everyone got acquainted with her as an educator, Tracey got down to bootcamp business and gave us the introductory facts about the industry. This included an explanation of reefer madness, an insight into the endocannabinoid system, and some mind boggling statistics about the plant, like its worth per acre compared to corn. There were several graphs and charts included that were sourced from Marijuana Business Daily.com.
After a brief break option, Tracey began her second part of the presentation which covered the hemp plant, state and federal regulations, and a rundown of cannabis non-profit groups like Women Grow and Norml. We were lucky enough to have a Ohio Central Norml Chapter representative in the crowd named Brandon Bashak, who agreed to be interviewed by the OhioCannnabis.com team. Brandon stated, “Potential cannaBiz owners in Ohio should start thinking about how we are going to give back to the community. We have to remember, that cannabis business owners in Ohio will be under intense scrutiny from Law Enforcement, the Media, and Lawmakers, so we have to remember to always conduct ourselves in a responsible, compassionate manner to reflect the beauty of the nature of our business. I like to look at what Steve DeAngelo has done with his Harborside Health Clinic in Oakland. After visiting, I was in awe of how much a medical cannabis dispensary can really provide to a community. All registered patient/members of Harborside may attend any of the free classes and programs sponsored but not limited to Reiki, Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy, Chiropractic, Grow Classes, Herbalist Consultations, Yoga, Naturopathy, Substance abuse treatment... the list goes on and on. That is what I call comprehensive holistic treatment. Now some more ideas that I would like to be seen put into practice are, sponsored organic community food/botanical gardens, organized volunteer teams for trash pickup feeding people, and adult league sports teams(if bars can do it, why not cannabis collectives). There are so many different ways we can reach out and improve our community the list is endless. It all starts with treating each other compassionately, and doing what we love.”
When asked what he would like to tell Ohioans to do to continue supporting the cause he said, “I encourage Ohioans to get out to as many Cannabis related events as possible so that we can continue to network with others that all have a common interest. It is important that everyone looking to participate in this up and coming industry learn and love and grow with each other, so that we can all be on the same page. I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay educated in an industry that changes legality multiple times per day throughout the nation. The more we know the better off we all are to be able to help one another. Whether it be rallying together to get a petition signed to grant more patients safer access, or to come together to help someone afflicted with illness, it takes a community. I am proud to have such a great family, that is the cannabis community. Please support your local NORML chapter.”
Tracey concluded her presentation by giving a deeper look into the opportunities available along with her “Jacket Flipper Philosophy”. As Retail, Cultivation, Ancillary, and Manufacturing businesses will touch every part of the Ohio economy, we will see a great growth in jobs as well as an economic boost for everyone. This is where the “Jacket Flipping” will come into play, as interested individuals who are already doing things like IT and Culinary, will pivot their skill set over into a new and emerging market. Almost everyone has experience in doing something, and they now have the opportunity to transfer that experience into helping the cannabis and hemp industry grow and prosper along with the means of their state.
This was a very well thought out basic overview of the industry and I would recommend their course for anyone looking to get a brief summary of what this plant and the industry behind it entails.
The only suggestions I would have for the BootCamp’s next training, would be to work on marketing the event a little bit more prior to coming. If I wasn’t an industry insider, I don’t think I would have heard about this event prior. I would also suggest following through with contests and promotions that are already included in your presentation. These will benefit you in the long run more than you might think. Overall though, I think they had great content and a great speaker and look forward to seeing them again. I would give this event a 3.75 Leaf Rating on the 5 Leaf Scale.
They WILL be coming back to Ohio, specifically Cleveland & Columbus again soon - so stay tuned to OhioCannabis.com for up coming events. If you’d like to get more information on the CannaBiz Bootcamp, feel free to visit their website at cannabizbootcamp.com
We also recorded a lot of video and will be posting them up in the next few days once we edit everything, so stay tuned for that!
Tia Marie Trees
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What is a Vaporizer?
What is a vaporizer you may ask? Great question, lets find out &
Ohio's HB 523 specifically states that any medical marijuana plant/flower material must either be consumed via ingestion or through a vaporizer.
A vaporizer is a device used to release the active ingredients of plant material or to release the therapeutic compounds. A healthier alternative to smoking, vaporizers heat the material at a much lower temperature (when compared to smoking) so that the active compounds contained in the plant material produce an aromatic vapor (instead of smoke). Rather than burning the plant material, which can produce numerous harmful by-products, this vapor contains virtually zero particulate matter and significantly reduced noxious gases. By avoiding combustion (smoke), the user is able to achieve the same desired effects without the harmful side-effects of smoking.
Here is a video by the great folds over at Vapornation.com on how to consume your medical cannabis:
Styles of Vaporizers
Desktop Forced Air:
- Built in fan that pushes out air
- Fills balloons or whips with vapor
- Can do plant/flower material, waxes & oils
Here are a couple of examples of "forced air" vaporizers, the Airzer ExtremeQ pictured on the left & the Volcano pictured on the right.
- Rapid heat up time of 5 to 15 seconds
- Usually shaped like a pen or small enough to discretely fit in the palm of your hand and easily in your pocket for portability
- Can do plant/flower material, waxes & oils
Here are a couple of examples of "portable" vaporizers, the DaVinci Ascent pictured on the left & the Pax 2 pictured on the right.
Materials Being Vaped
- Dried & cured plant material
- Beneficial properties released when vaporized
- Extracted from dry herb
- Extraction methods include CO2, butane, or high-proof alcohol
E-juice / E-liquid
- Liquid used in electronic cigarettes
- Concentrated flavoring that may include nicotine
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Filtered Water via RO/DI
Filtered Water is another crucial part of growing medical grade Organic Cannabis.
There are so many impurities, chemicals and gunk in city tap water, that it really needs to be filtered to produced the highest quality medicine you can.
If you are on well or spring water and have a very low TDS (total dissolved solids) then you probably don't need an RO/DI machine, but may require other types of filtration to remove odors or other issues your water may have. We highly suggest having your well or spring water tested to know exactly what is in it before using it to grow medical grade cannabis.
This article will only focus on residential RO/DI filters used primarily on city water.
RO/DI stands for Reverse Osmosis De-Ionization. It is the process of removing ALL impurities in your city water, bringing your TDS level down to ZERO!
TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids and can range from 1 to well over 1000ppm (Parts Per Million) and measures the amount of solids within your water via EC Electrical Conductivity.
RO/DI units, like the one that are pictured above, are generally considered "residential" in their size & capacity & can do upwards of 200gpd depending on the unit you purchase. You can buy much larger & more expensive commercial units that will produce a much larger water volume, ranging in the thousands of gallons per day. But this particular piece will only focus on the smaller, more affordable residential units.
There are generally 4 main stages of RO/DI filters, but can have as many as 6-8, but really a 4 stage is all that is needed unless you need to target a very specific issue within your water.
On average, each of these RO/DI filters are capable of doing 10's of thousands of gallons and last around 6-12 before the filters need to be replaced. However, if you have a higher TDS, above 200 or other impurities your filters may need to be changed prior to that 6-8 month mark.
Stage 1: Sediment
Sediment Pre-Filters helps protect your RO/DI system from the damaging effects of sediment (dirt & debris) build up. The sediment in city or well water can clog faucets, damage appliances and even change the taste of your drinking water.
We recommend a 0.5 micron filter for an almost absolute micron rating.
- Graduated sediment removal
- Excellent for use in areas with extremely high sediment levels
- Consistent filtration even at high differential pressures
- 100% polypropylene construction
- Cartridge free of surfactants, binders and adhesives
Here is the difference between & new & used sediment filter, as you can see they pull out A LOT of dirt & debris during the 1st stage!
Stage 2: Carbon
Each particle/granule of carbon provides a large surface area/pore structure, allowing contaminants the maximum possible exposure to the active sites within the filter media. One pound (454 g) of activated carbon contains a surface area of approximately 100 acres (40 Hectares).
Activated carbon works via a process called adsorption, whereby pollutant molecules in the fluid to be treated are trapped inside the pore structure of the carbon substrate. Carbon filtering is commonly used for water purification, in air purifiers and industrial gas processing, for example the removal of siloxanes and hydrogen sulfide from biogas.
We recommend a 0.5 micron size for your carbon filters so that it has the highest adsorption rate possible.
- Removes chlorine, organics, taste and odor
- Meet NSF Standards.
- 0.5uM carbon block filters remove trihalomethanes, low levels of chloramine, pesticides, volatile organic chemicals (VOC's) and 99.95% of giardia and cryptosporidium cysts.
Stage 3: Reverse Osmosis
Reverse osmosis (RO) is the true workhorse of an RO/DI system and removes the majority of impurites out of your water a water purification technology that uses a semipermeable membrane to remove ions, molecules, and larger particles from drinking water. In reverse osmosis, an applied pressure is used to overcome osmotic pressure, a colligative property, that is driven by chemical potential differences of the solvent, a thermodynamic parameter. Reverse osmosis can remove many types of dissolved and suspended species from water, including bacteria, and is used in both industrial processes and the production of potable water.
After the RO membrane your TDS should be between 10-30ppm. To get it to 0 the 4th stage of De-Ionization is required.
Stage 4: De-Ionization
De-Ionized water (DI) is water that has had almost all of its mineral ions removed, such as cations like sodium, calcium, iron, and copper, and anions such as chloride and sulfate. De-Ionization is a chemical process that uses specially manufactured ion-exchange resins, which exchange hydrogen and hydroxide ions for dissolved minerals, and then recombine to form water. Because most non-particulate water impurities are dissolved salts, De-Ionization produces a high purity water that is generally similar to distilled water, and this process is quick and without scale build up.
A DI filter will bring your TDS levels down to 0 ppms!
If you follow this rule of always running RO/DI water you will produce some of the highest grade medical cannabis possible!
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