https://floridamarijuana.net Sun, 17 Jun 2018 13:00:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://floridamarijuana.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Logo3-1-150x134.png https://floridamarijuana.net 32 32 How to Make THC Infused Mini Banana Cream Pies Video https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-make-thc-infused-mini-banana-cream-pies-video/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-make-thc-infused-mini-banana-cream-pies-video/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 13:00:07 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=38067 Ingredients: 8 ounce cream cheese, softened 3.4 ounce box instant vanilla pudding 1/2 cup milk 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 4-5 ripe bananas 1 box Mini Nilla Wafers 1 tsp lecithin Your Product Directions: Place 36 mini muffin liners in 2-3 mini muffin pans (for 36 mini pies). Place one Mini Nilla Wafer at the bottom of each…

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Ingredients:

8 ounce cream cheese, softened

  • 3.4 ounce box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4-5 ripe bananas
  • 1 box Mini Nilla Wafers
  • 1 tsp lecithin

Your Product Directions:

  1. Place 36 mini muffin liners in 2-3 mini muffin pans (for 36 mini pies). Place one Mini Nilla Wafer at the bottom of each liner.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with the sugar and lecithin.
  3. Slowly add in the milk and beat until smooth.
  4. Add your product.
  5. Very slowly beat in the instant pudding powder. Scrape the bowl and beat again for 2-3 minutes until thick and smooth.
  6. Scoop the vanilla pudding mixture into a large piping bag with a wide tip.
  7. Peel and cut the bananas into thin rounds.
  8. Pipe a dollop of pudding mixture on the bottom of each muffin liner.
  9. Press a banana slice down into each muffin liner, then pipe more pudding mixture over the top.
  10. Tap the muffin pans to help the filling settle. Then place a banana slice and a Mini Nilla Wafer on top of each little pie.
  11. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set.

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How to Make THC Infused Sparkly Fruit Gummies Video https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-make-thc-infused-sparkly-fruit-gummies-video/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-make-thc-infused-sparkly-fruit-gummies-video/#respond Sat, 16 Jun 2018 13:00:07 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=38068 Ingredients 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin (about 4 envelopes*) 3/4 cups cold water 1 1/8 cups boiling water 3 cups sugar, plus extra for coating 1 tsp lecithin Flavor Extract or flavored oi Food coloring Directions For Your Product Measure out the gelatin in tablespoons, as it may be more than 4 envelopes.  If you have…

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin (about 4 envelopes*)
  • 3/4 cups cold water
  • 1 1/8 cups boiling water
  • 3 cups sugar, plus extra for coating
  • 1 tsp lecithin
  • Flavor Extract or flavored oi
  • Food coloring

Directions For Your Product

  1. Measure out the gelatin in tablespoons, as it may be more than 4 envelopes.  If you have a partial pack at 3 tablespoons, just add all of the partial pack.
  2. Prepare an  8-x-8-inch pan with non-stick spray.  Set aside.  
  3. Sprinkle gelatin evenly over the cold water in a 3-quart pot. Let sit for 5 minutes, then add the boiling water and stir until gelatin dissolves.
  4. Stir in sugar and lecithin
  5. Add color and flavor
  6. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and gently simmer for 25 minutes, stirring regularly.
  7. Remove from heat. Add your product.
  8. Pour your mixture into prepared pan.
  9. Cover with plastic and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.
  10. Lift plastic from pan.
  11. Turn candy onto a cutting board that’s been sprinkled with sugar.  Coat a sharp knife with cooking spray, then cut candy into cubes. Roll in sugar.
  12. Leave candies on parchment, foil, or waxed paper at room temperature for one to two days to allow the outside to crystallize. Store in an airtight container in fridge.

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How to Make THC Infused Keto Peppermint Pattie Fat Bomb Candies Video https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-make-thc-infused-keto-peppermint-pattie-fat-bomb-candies-video/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-make-thc-infused-keto-peppermint-pattie-fat-bomb-candies-video/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:00:02 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=38066 Learn how to use your Florida medical marijuana THC distillate from companies like Trulieve to make a THC infused Keto peppermint pattie fat bomb candies.  Watch all of Jaime Renee Cruz’s videos from her Cruz Cannabis Cooking channel on Youtube. Ingredients 1/2 cup + 1 tsp organic coconut oil melted 1 tbsp powdered sweetener of…

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Learn how to use your Florida medical marijuana THC distillate from companies like Trulieve to make a THC infused Keto peppermint pattie fat bomb candies.  Watch all of Jaime Renee Cruz’s videos from her Cruz Cannabis Cooking channel on Youtube.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup + 1 tsp organic coconut oil melted
  • 1 tbsp powdered sweetener of choice or more, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint essence
  • 2 tbsp cocoa unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp lecithin

Your Product Directions

  1. Heat coconut oil on low heat until clear
  2. Mix the melted coconut oil with the sweetener, lecithin, peppermint essence and Your Product.
  3. Pour half the mixture into silicon molds or ice cube trays.
  4. Place in the freezer. This will become the white layer
  5. Now add the cocoa powder to the remaining mixture, allow to cool, then pour onto the white layer which has set
  6. Pop back into the freezer until set completely
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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How to Make THC Infused Werther’s Like Butterscotch Candy Video https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-make-thc-infused-werthers-like-butterscotch-candy-video/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-make-thc-infused-werthers-like-butterscotch-candy-video/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:00:48 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=38065 Learn how to use your Florida medical marijuana THC distillate from companies like Trulieve to make a THC infused Werther’s like butterscotch candy.  Watch all of Jaime Renee Cruz’s videos from her Cruz Cannabis Cooking channel on Youtube. How to Make THC Infused Werther’s Like Butterscotch Candy Ingredients • 2 cups sugar • 2/3 cup…

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Learn how to use your Florida medical marijuana THC distillate from companies like Trulieve to make a THC infused Werther’s like butterscotch candy.  Watch all of Jaime Renee Cruz’s videos from her Cruz Cannabis Cooking channel on Youtube.

How to Make THC Infused Werther’s Like Butterscotch Candy

Ingredients

• 2 cups sugar

• 2/3 cup cream

• 2/3 cup water

• 1/8 tsp cream of tartar

• 1/2 tsp lecithin

• 6 tbsp butter (cut into small pieces)

• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

• Your Product

Directions

1. Prepare a pan with foil, spray with a non-stick coating.

2. Combine the sugar, lecithin, cream, and water in a large saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.

3. Add the cream of tartar and boil the mixture until it reaches 240 F (soft-ball stage).

4. Add the butter and continue boiling until the mixture reaches 280 F (soft-crack stage).

5. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract and your product.

6. Pour into prepared pan.

7. Allow the candy to set at room temperature, score when partially cool, allow to cool completely and break apart.

8. Place them in an airtight container and store at room temperature.

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How to Make THC Infused Lemon Cream Pie Truffles Video https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-make-thc-infused-lemon-cream-pie-truffles-video/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-make-thc-infused-lemon-cream-pie-truffles-video/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:00:37 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=38061 Jamie Renee Cruz of Cannabis Cruz Cooking shows you how to make thc infused lemon cream pie truffles. 

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Jamie Renee Cruz of Cannabis Cruz Cooking shows you how to make thc infused lemon cream pie truffles. 

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3 Ways Florida Medical Marijuana Can Be Used to Fight Cancer https://floridamarijuana.net/3-ways-florida-medical-marijuana-can-be-used-to-treat-cancer/ https://floridamarijuana.net/3-ways-florida-medical-marijuana-can-be-used-to-treat-cancer/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:00:30 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37962   For centuries, humans have relied on the cannabis plant for its therapeutic properties. More than ever, cannabis can aid in the treatment of chronic disease and as a supplement to cancer treatments. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2018 there will be 1,735,350 new cases of cancer diagnosed and 610,000 cancer deaths in…

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For centuries, humans have relied on the cannabis plant for its therapeutic properties. More than ever, cannabis can aid in the treatment of chronic disease and as a supplement to cancer treatments. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2018 there will be 1,735,350 new cases of cancer diagnosed and 610,000 cancer deaths in the United States. This epidemic affects not only patients, but their families and caregivers.

Increasing science-based evidence supports medical marijuana in the management of cancer symptoms including chemotherapy-induced nausea, vomiting, appetite stimulation and for pain management. Cannabis has given cancer patients relief, improved their mood and anxiety, and relieved insomnia.

In 1975, The Journal of the National Cancer Institute published a revolutionary study within the medical industry which showed that tumor growth slowed or stopped in laboratory mice after the use of THC and cannabis compounds. Since then, numerous studies have been published to support the idea that cannabis can aid in improving quality of life and possibly modifying malignancy.

The National Cancer Institute states that the chemical compounds within cannabis ignite cells and receptors throughout the body which produce pharmacologic effects within the immune system and the central nervous system. Additionally, the NCI recognizes that cannabinoids “may have benefits in the treatment of cancer-related side effects.”

Mainstream media has begun to illustrate just how effective medical marijuana can be in helping cancer patients. Newsweek Magazine labeled marijuana the “wonder drug when it comes to the horrors of chemo.” National Public Radio (NPR) opened-up a dialogue about the needs of cancer patients to speak openly to their physicians about the benefits of medical marijuana.

There are 3 ways Florida medical marijuana can be used to treat cancer:

 

  • Topical: Topical applications, through a cream, salve or lotion, infused with medical marijuana can be applied directly to your skin. This method has a less systemic effect which means its good for localized pain and symptoms. As the skin absorbs the pain-relieving compounds, the pain is blocked, but without affecting other parts of your body. Often, skin cancer or dermatological patients benefit from this method, however those with chronic pain and inflammation may benefit as well.

 

  • Oral: Oral administration of medical cannabis may present an effective option for patients when other treatments and managements are not successful. Cannabinoids are extracted from the cannabis plant and an extract oil is created. Full extract cannabis oil (FECO) is highly potent and often popular among cancer patients who want to include medical marijuana into their healthcare regime. Another variety Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) was designed by a cancer patient and has more of a THC concentration. The American Cancer Society reported that studies have consistently shown that during clinical trials patients who used marijuana extracts needed less pain medicine and opioids. Oral medical marijuana in the form of tinctures can be beneficial for patients who cannot tolerate other forms of administration.

 

  • Suppositories: Cannabis suppositories are cone-shaped capsules administered rectally. Some patients are unable use medical marijuana through other methods. Suppositories work quickly and the effects linger, often lasting longer than inhaling medical marijuana. The administration of medical marijuana through suppositories could benefit those patients affected by certain cancers and GI symptoms. Suppositories do not deliver the same psychoactive results as other methods of cannabis administration.

 

It is important to speak with a medical marijuana physician to determine which method will work best with your medical condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How does medical marijuana help patients with Epilepsy? https://floridamarijuana.net/how-does-medical-marijuana-help-patients-with-epilepsy/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-does-medical-marijuana-help-patients-with-epilepsy/#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:00:59 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37971 The Epilepsy Foundation defines epilepsy as a chronic condition of the brain which causes seizures and affects 65 million people worldwide. One in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. It is not fully known the genetic origins of epilepsy or if the condition is hereditary. A seizure is a disruption of the electrical…

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The Epilepsy Foundation defines epilepsy as a chronic condition of the brain which causes seizures and affects 65 million people worldwide. One in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. It is not fully known the genetic origins of epilepsy or if the condition is hereditary. A seizure is a disruption of the electrical communications between neurons. There are numerous types of seizures and although the cause of epilepsy cannot be determined, there is speculation that a variety of issues can lead to seizures including: traumatic brain injury, serious illness or very high fever, stroke, brain tumors/cysts, dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, prenatal injury or other neurological diseases.

There is no cure for epilepsy and it affects children and older adults than any other group. Often anti-seizure medications are associated with certain side effects including fatigue, dizziness, memory problems, poor coordination and skin rash. Medical marijuana can alleviate certain side effects and, some research indicates, reduce the number of seizures a patient experiences.

Cannabinoids are compounds in cannabis that target cells in the body. Two major ingredients in medical marijuana are THC, which initiates the psychoactive effects of the medicine, and Cannabidiol (CBD), which does not product psychoactive effects, but has exhibited positive effects systemically. Both THC and CBD bind to receptors in the brain and ultimately block the transmission of pain signals.  CBD also appears to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Cannabis has an ancient history across the Middle East and India as an anticonvulsant, but during the past 20 years, research has grown exponentially in support of the medicinal qualities of cannabis. It is apparent that the benefits can no longer be ignored and proper attribution can be recognized for the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of epilepsy. Recently, the mainstream press has initiated a growing interest in the efficacy of cannabinoids when other therapies have failed. National Geographic Magazine examined the role of CBD rich cannabis extracts in the use of seizure maintenance in children.

There is evidence that medical cannabis administration can be beneficial in reducing the side effects from medications and in controlling seizures, especially for conditions like Lennon-Gastaut syndrome in children and adults and Dravet syndrome in children. Other neurological uses include treatments for malignant brain tumors, neuropathic pain, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis. In 2018, the FDA began recommending a cannabinoid-based medication that would treat seizures associated with two rare forms of epilepsy that typically affect children.

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, medical marijuana may potentially affect seizures. A 2016 study confirmed that there is clinical evidence of the diminishment of the frequency of seizures when medical marijuana is introduced. Another study recognized that cannabidiol might reduce seizure frequency and may have therapeutic uses for children and young adults with highly treatment-resistant epilepsy. Additionally, one study published in the Epilepsy Behavior established that the administration of cannabis extracts rich in CBD is associated with the reduction of seizure frequency in certain patients.  

Speak to your medical marijuana physician if you or someone you love is suffering from epilepsy. Since each patient’s needs are unique, the certifying physician will make a recommendation based on individual conditions.

 

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What are the CB1 and CB2 Receptors and Why they’re important https://floridamarijuana.net/what-are-the-cb1-and-cb2-receptors-and-why-theyre-important/ https://floridamarijuana.net/what-are-the-cb1-and-cb2-receptors-and-why-theyre-important/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:00:49 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37979 Cannabis patients are likely familiar with the terms THC and CBD and how the cannabinoid chemicals are effective therapies for many conditions involving nausea, chronic pain, inflammation, depression and anxiety. The University of Washington states that there are 480 natural components in the cannabis plant. Whereas opiates target the central nervous system, Cannabinoids similarly, and…

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Cannabis patients are likely familiar with the terms THC and CBD and how the cannabinoid chemicals are effective therapies for many conditions involving nausea, chronic pain, inflammation, depression and anxiety. The University of Washington states that there are 480 natural components in the cannabis plant. Whereas opiates target the central nervous system, Cannabinoids similarly, and naturally, affect the user by “interacting with specific receptors.” Once medical marijuana is ingested, the receptors are opened and the medication begins to provide relief to patients.

Cannabinoid Receptors, referred to as CB1 and CB2, are an essential part of the human body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system consists of cannabinoid receptors all over the body. This system enables a connection between body and mind, signaling to all other systems when something feels good or bad. When the body is defensive against trauma, this system begins to fail, resulting in physical, mental and/or neurological conditions. The compounds THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) found in cannabis signal the same cannabinoid receptors as anandamide. The cannabinoid receptor AEA is commonly referred to as the “bliss molecule” because of its ability to relieve pain and anxiety. When a patient consumes medical marijuana they are essentially supplementing their naturally-occurring endocannabinoid system with phytocannabinoids. If this system consistently has a shortage in the endocannabinoid system, disease or illness could develop.

The CB1 and CB2 Receptors and the endocannabinoid system work concurrently. In 1992, CB1 was discovered to bind to anandamide, “a naturally occuring substance within the brain. CB2 was detected and cloned a year later during a Cambridge University study. According to one report, they are similar in nature, but they present two very different mechanisms. The endocannabinoid system also controls most responses within the human system including memory, sensory, neuroendocrine, metabolism, and cognition responses. This system tells humans when they are hungry, tired, scared, sad or happy.

 

CB1 Receptors are part of the nervous system and the brain. This is the receptor for anandamide and THC which is in charge of the psychoactive effects within cannabis. Patients with anxiety will likely have lower CB1 receptors. Often when the CB1 receptors are activated through cannabis consumption, a patient begins to feel relief (depending on method, onset and length of time of medicine will vary) quickly and effectively. Medical marijuana patients find there are discreet methods to consume and administer cannabis.

CB2 Receptors activate the anti-inflammatory effects of medical marijuana. This receptors mimic an immune response and assist a patient’s immune system. Gut health is a vital part of a patient’s overall health. CB2 Receptor activation generally intervenes with immunosuppressive effects.  There appear to be more CB2 receptors within the gastrointestinal system than any other part of the human body. The cannabis medicine will likely benefit those with intestinal issues and conditions.

With the powers of the endocannabinoid system and the proper use of medical marijuana, patients can experience long-lasting and natural pain and symptom relief.

Each patient’s needs are unique. Speak to a certifying medical marijuana physician to determine the recommended strain and method of consumption.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How does medical marijuana help patients with Parkinson’s Disease? https://floridamarijuana.net/how-does-medical-marijuana-help-patients-with-parkinsons-disease/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-does-medical-marijuana-help-patients-with-parkinsons-disease/#respond Sun, 10 Jun 2018 13:00:37 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37982 When most people hear the term “Parkinson’s Disease,” they often associate the condition with actor and activist Michael J. Fox. For over thirty years, Fox has lived with the disease and as part of his activism, has championed for more medical marijuana research. His foundation has expressed continued support for medical marijuana research as an…

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When most people hear the term “Parkinson’s Disease,” they often associate the condition with actor and activist Michael J. Fox. For over thirty years, Fox has lived with the disease and as part of his activism, has championed for more medical marijuana research. His foundation has expressed continued support for medical marijuana research as an beneficial supplement to a patient’s healthcare regime.

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurologically-based disease with symptoms affecting movement and characterized by tremors. The progressive nature of the disease makes it difficult for patients to receive a PD diagnosis. There is no cure for PD and although there are pharmaceutical medications and therapies available, many patients find relief from supplementing with medical marijuana. Parkinson’s Disease affects about one million people in the United States and ten million worldwide. According to The Parkinson’s Foundation, “the main finding in brains of people with PD is loss of dopaminergic neurons in the area of the brain known as the substantia nigra.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease include tremors, neuropathic pain, insomnia, rigid body functions, bradykinsea (slowness of movement), limited mobility, difficulty with balance and, often, depression. A patient with Parkinson’s Disease will begin to lose dopamine-producing brain cells. Dopamine is the chemical neurotransmitter that is essential in “controlling emotional responses and movement and the ability to feel pleasure and pain.”  The Parkinson’s Foundation states that as dopamine-producing brain cells die, those cells become impaired and this causes increased issues with movement. Additionally, pharmaceutical medications have side effects for patients which can decrease the quality of life for the patient.

The human body contains an endocannabinoid system with receptors that produce chemicals within the brain. Within the endocannabinoid system, receptors bind to various cannabinoids to produce essential brain chemicals, including dopamine. Because Parkinson’s disease typically affects the dopaminergic neurons in the brain, it’s crucial to examine the endocannabinoid system and its effect on the progression of this disease.

Cannabinoids are compounds in cannabis that target cells in the body. Medical marijuana has been found to improve motor symptoms for Parkinson’s Disease patients. Two major ingredients in medical marijuana are THC, which initiates the psychoactive effects of the medicine, and Cannabidiol (CBD), which does not product psychoactive effects, but has exhibited positive effects systemically. Both THC and CBD bind to receptors in the brain and ultimately block the transmission of pain signals.  CBD also appears to have anti-inflammatory properties. One study found that medical cannabis was found to improve symptoms of PD in the initial states of treatment and did not cause major adverse effects. In 2017, the Complementary Therapies in Medicine reported that cannabis users reported using less prescription medications since supplementing their healthcare routine with cannabis. In another trial, clinicians reported that cannabis inhalation was associated with “improved pain relief.”

One method medical marijuana patients can utilize is tinctures made from cannabis extracts. Tincture drops can be placed under the tongue or even added to recipes. Cannabis extract oils are a simple way to administer the medication

Parkinson’s Disease is difficult for patient and caregiver. Each patient has unique needs. Speak to a certifying medical marijuana physician to understand the strains and methods available in Florida.

 

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How is medical marijuana used to treat neuropathy? https://floridamarijuana.net/how-medical-marijuana-used-treat-neuropathy/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-medical-marijuana-used-treat-neuropathy/#comments Sat, 09 Jun 2018 15:59:03 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=38023 The Center for Peripheral Neuropathy at the University of Chicago defines neuropathy not as a single disease but rather as a “series of disorders that result from damage to the body’s peripheral nervous system(PNS).” People who suffer from peripheral neuropathy deal with the loss of sensation, numbness, weakness, burning or tingling pain in the extremities.…

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The Center for Peripheral Neuropathy at the University of Chicago defines neuropathy not as a single disease but rather as a “series of disorders that result from damage to the body’s peripheral nervous system(PNS).” People who suffer from peripheral neuropathy deal with the loss of sensation, numbness, weakness, burning or tingling pain in the extremities. medical marijuana neuropathyConventional treatment for patients with neuropathic pain consists of prescription medication, injection therapy, and physical therapy. While the use of injection and physical therapy in addition to prescribed medication, there is a critical issue with prescription drugs as treatment for neuropathic pain. The effective dosage of the drug that is necessary to suppress the pain increases as the condition progresses; the side effects that arise due to the medications used to treat the disease may worsen patients’ conditions and quality of life.

 

Research strongly suggests the use of medical marijuana as an alternative way to effectively reduce pain in patients dealing with antiretroviral therapy, chemotherapy, or even as a substitute for painkillers. However, the federal government still classifies medical marijuana as a schedule 1 drug which determines that cannabis has “no currently accepted medical use;” as an article published in the Neuropathy-Journal reports. 

Despite the challenges and the stigma that medical marijuana faces, sufficient studies confirm the ability of medical marijuana to relieve symptoms of patients who suffer from neuropathic pain. In Florida, patients have reported great results with topical products such as Trulieve’s topical ointment.

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In 2010 a study conducted a controlled trial to test the effects of smoked cannabis for chronic neuropathic pain. Their findings reported that “a single inhalation of 25 mg of 9.4% tetrahydrocannabinol herbal cannabis three times daily for five days reduced the intensity of pain, improved sleep and was well tolerated.” The study further showed that oral cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol, and nabilone have, “alone and in combination, shown efficacy in central and peripheral neuropathic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia.” While a study done in 2013 demonstrated that “cannabis has analgesic efficacy with the low dose being as effective a pain reliever as the medium dose;” opening the doors of alternative treatment for patients that are resistant to conventional ways of managing their pain. Moreover, a 2012 study reported that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of marijuana, and its modified derivatives “significantly suppress chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain without causing apparent analgesic tolerance.” The study further sustains that the analgesic potency of 11 structurally similar cannabinoids are positively correlated with the potentiation of glycine receptors(GlyRs) and don’t show a correlation with the “binding affinity for CB1 and CB2 receptors, nor their psychoactive side effects.” These findings offer a peace of mind to patients that are worried about the psychoactive effects associated with the use of marijuana and hence maybe skeptical about this alternative route.

In 2017 potguide.com published an article that discussed the cannabis strains that are best in treating neuropathic pain; the choices offered are based on the strains’ chemical makeup including “cannabinoids, terpene profiles, and THC-TO-CBD ratios.” The balanced hybrid White Widow is highly recommended for its “pain, stress and sleep-relief qualities,” and it will provide a boost of energy to its users. If, on the other hand, the patient is looking for a way to rest while dealing with the pain then Afghan Kush, a strong Indica strand, is an alternative; due to its resin content, it has a heavy relaxation and pain relief effect on the body. For patients looking for a way to manage their pain while going on about their daily routine, the Sativa-dominant hybrid Jack Flash maybe a more desirable option. The strand is known to be a painkiller and neuro-protector, and it has been shown “to have antitumor and inflammation effects.” Patients suffering from neuropathic pain have reported some concerns about the side effect of smoking cannabis; hence, a better option to patients that have those concerns could be found in vaporizing cannabis. The vaporizer “dehydrates the flower and releases the cannabinoids without ever catching fire,” eliminating the carcinogenic chemicals and smoke that result from combusting the flower.

Weather smoking cannabis or using a vaporizer, studies strongly suggest that medical marijuana is efficient in managing and reducing the pain associated with neuropathy. Furthermore, while some dependency on the habit of consuming medical marijuana is a noted concern of patients, the overall effect of addiction to cannabis is still up for debate and is substantially less than the addictive properties of opiates, and other FDA approved drugs.

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5 Common Traits of an Indica Cannabis Strain https://floridamarijuana.net/5-common-traits-of-an-indica-cannabis-strain/ https://floridamarijuana.net/5-common-traits-of-an-indica-cannabis-strain/#comments Fri, 08 Jun 2018 13:00:16 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37973 Cannabis has been used for centuries to combat a variety of systemic ailments, both of the mind and body. There is archeological evidence that proves that humans have used cannabis for at least 10,000 years. In 1785, French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck published a description of a cannabis species he discovered in India. He named the…

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Cannabis has been used for centuries to combat a variety of systemic ailments, both of the mind and body. There is archeological evidence that proves that humans have used cannabis for at least 10,000 years. In 1785, French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck published a description of a cannabis species he discovered in India. He named the species cannabis indica. In a medical journal dated May 24, 1890, cannabis indica is recommended as a therapy. A pharmacology encyclopedia published in 1900 by the United States of America Pharmacopoeia Convention lists recipes for tinctures and more using cannabis indica and describes.

Modern Botanists Robert Clarke and Mark D. Merlin expressed that the legacy of cannabis, in general, speaks volumes about its benefits. They reference that it’s entirely possible that cannabis has been around for millions of years, likely before humans existed. Clarke and Merlin describe the geographical history of the cannabis plant in great detail. However, somewhere along the way, humans became more reliant on other medications to maintain their health. As the research increases and the data supports the notion that cannabis has medicinal and healing properties, more and more patients are deciding to use medical marijuana.

There are two main species of cannabis, each offering their own benefits: Indica and Sativa. Indicas originate from the Middle East, Central Asia and Indian subcontinent and over time have migrated all over the world. The different strains of cannabis contain different blends of cannabinoids. In recent years, breeders combined both strains to create a hybrid plant.

Understanding the qualities of an Indica cannabis strain will enable patients to select medications based on their medical needs. Indica strains typically address physical disorders such as inflammation and chronic pain. Sativas often alleviate symptoms related to depression and ADHD.

The two main plant species have distinguishing characteristics and appear to have physical differences. The Indica plants typically grow more quickly, are usually shorter and the flowers are more dense. The medicine produced from the plants generally have a higher CBD and lower THC quality. CBD is recently emerging as a therapeutic agent in numerous pathological conditions, but without the psychoactive results.

Indica strains allow patients to relax deeply and have a calming effect throughout the body. Many patients prefer to use an Indica strain at night. Other qualities of Indica cannabis strains include: decreased nausea, increased mental relaxation, increased appetite, increased restful sleep and decreased pain and an increase in the neurotransmitter that controls the brain’s pleasure centers: dopamine.  

Medical marijuana can be used to treat a variety of diseases and conditions. Patients who administer cannabis as part of their healthcare regime may see pain reduction, increased appetite, relaxation and more. Although most medical marijuana patients are well-informed, there is often confusion when cannabis species are discussed. Medical marijuana and cannabinoids can be used to treat a patient’s physical and psychological health, alleviating the symptoms of numerous conditions.

Speak with your medical marijuana physician regarding which cannabis strain is right for you. If you or someone you love is experiencing health challenges, consult with a certifying physician to determine the best recommendation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Common Traits of a Sativa Cannabis Strain https://floridamarijuana.net/5-common-traits-of-a-sativa-cannabis-strain/ https://floridamarijuana.net/5-common-traits-of-a-sativa-cannabis-strain/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 12:00:19 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37986 For centuries, humans have relied on the beneficial cannabis plant to improve ailments, conditions, diseases and discomforts. There’s evidence that the ancient Romans used cannabis and that traces of cannabis pollen have been found throughout Italy. The cannabis plant still exists because of human activity, cultivation and historical usage. There are two main species of…

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For centuries, humans have relied on the beneficial cannabis plant to improve ailments, conditions, diseases and discomforts. There’s evidence that the ancient Romans used cannabis and that traces of cannabis pollen have been found throughout Italy. The cannabis plant still exists because of human activity, cultivation and historical usage.

There are two main species of cannabis, each offering their own benefits: Indica and Sativa. Indicas originate from the Middle East, Central Asia and Indian subcontinent and over time have migrated all over the world. The different strains of cannabis contain different blends of cannabinoids. In recent years, breeders combined both strains to create a hybrid plant.

Cannabis sativa plants look different than cannabis indica plants. The leaves on a sativa breed may be more narrow and the plants typically have a longer germination and growth period. The plants are taller than indica strains. Cannabis sativa is believed to have originated in South America and Central Asia and Thailand. Frontiers in Plant Sciencedescribed cannabis sativa as the “The Plant of a Thousand and One Molecules.” Because of its extensive uses, the plant has survived for centuries.

Cannabis sativa has been reported by patients to decrease depression, increase creativity and productivity and to feel energized. Sativa has a high THC to CBD ration which means the psychological effects may be stronger. Some of the most common conditions cannabis sativa helps are chronic pain, anxiety, depression and appetite regulation. Cannabis sativa has been credited with decreasing cancer symptoms for some patients. Most notably, this report describes that after extended use of medical marijuana, many patients decreased their opioid use.

Since an increase in the availability of medical marijuana, there has been an increase in research studies which have clearly illustrated a connection between improved health and cannabis use. Medical marijuana can be used to treat a variety of diseases and conditions. Patients who administer cannabis as part of their healthcare regime may see pain reduction, increased appetite, relaxation and more. Although most medical marijuana patients are well-informed, there is often confusion when cannabis species are discussed. Medical marijuana and cannabinoids can be used to treat a patient’s physical and psychological health, alleviating the symptoms of numerous conditions.

There are significant findings that the use of medical-grade cannabis may improve “therapeutic interventions in terms of the different ratios (THC to CBD), activating characteristics (cannabis sativa) versus sedating (cannabis indica) cannabis strains and slow (oral oils) versus fast routes (vaporized administration) of delivery.” What this means is that while there are a variety of methods available to medical marijuana patients, each strain and method will affect each patient uniquely. For patients with numerous conditions and health issues, it is possible that a combination of cannabis sativa and cannabis indica may be recommended.

Speak with your medical marijuana physician regarding which cannabis strain is right for you. If you or someone you love is experiencing health challenges, consult with a certifying physician to determine the best recommendation.

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5 Ways to Use Florida Medical Marijuana Products https://floridamarijuana.net/5-ways-to-use-florida-medical-marijuana/ https://floridamarijuana.net/5-ways-to-use-florida-medical-marijuana/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2018 12:00:13 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37966 Cannabis is a diverse medicine that has been used for centuries and is still used throughout the world. There is archeological evidence that proves that humans have used cannabis for at least 10,000 years; recorded history, for at least 5,000 years. As the use of medical marijuana increases in Florida, patients are learning that medical…

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Cannabis is a diverse medicine that has been used for centuries and is still used throughout the world. There is archeological evidence that proves that humans have used cannabis for at least 10,000 years; recorded history, for at least 5,000 years. As the use of medical marijuana increases in Florida, patients are learning that medical marijuana can be administered in a variety of ways. From PTSD to cancer to insomnia, medical marijuana is an effective method of improving one’s mental and physical health and improving health-related symptoms

The endocannabinoid system consists of cannabinoid receptors all over the body. This system enables a connection between body and mind, signaling to all other systems when something feels good or bad. When the body is defensive against trauma or illness, this system begins to fail, resulting in physical, mental and/or neurological conditions. Medical marijuana can contribute to a patient’s overall health. Cannabis offers significant therapeutic benefits for a wide range of medical conditions.

There are 5 ways that medical marijuana can be used in Florida. Each method offers different medicinal results.

Inhalation: When using a vaporizer or vape pen, cannabis is absorb through the lungs and transported to the bloodstream. This method of administration offers the quickest relief, however each patient’s body chemistry is unique. Patients often prefer a portable vape pen because of its convenience and the ease of monitoring consumption. Vaporizing is similar to smoking, however vaping is not abrasive like smoke. The medical marijuana is inhaled through the vape and the patient holds the substance in for a few seconds and then exhales. It is important to ease into vaping medical marijuana.

  • Topical: Topicals infused with medical marijuana, in the form of creams, salves and sprays, deliver the medication quickly to a localized area of the body. The fast pain relief absorbs through the skin. Topicals are effective for certain conditions including inflammation and chronic pain.
  • Oral: Patients taking capsules or pills may notice that oral administration has the slowest onset of effects of the medicine, but the effects last longer. The active ingredients in cannabis are distributed during digestion which is why it may take longer for patients to feel the effects. Medical marijuana is highly effective for symptom and pain relief.   
  • Sublingual: Tinctures are the administration of medical marijuana under the tongue where its absorbed into the bloodstream. The medicinal effect has a quick onset, but a longer duration of effects.
  • Transdermal: Time-release, self-adhesive patches differ from topicals because the THC and/or CBD in the patch goes directly through the bloodstream. Most topicals only target a very specific area, but transdermal medical marijuana patches can offer all-over pain relief. These pain relief patches are discreet and are typically ideal for patients with chronic pain, inflammation and/or neurological conditions.
  • Suppositories:  Suppositories for vaginal and rectal ingestion are gaining popularity in more established markets.  The increased bio-availability and absorption into the body is greater with these types of medications.

Patients may need to experiment with a variety of methods available for medical marijuana consumption. Each patient should consult their medical marijuana physician for a recommendation on the method and strain to meet each patient’s unique needs.

 

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How does medical marijuana help patients with PTSD? https://floridamarijuana.net/how-does-medical-marijuana-help-patients-with-ptsd/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-does-medical-marijuana-help-patients-with-ptsd/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 17:29:42 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37944 Humans are biologically predisposed to react to stressful and traumatic situations. The “fight or flight” mechanism enables people to determine instantaneously how to react to any given situation. If this mechanism is forced to be used repeatedly and often, the body does not properly heal or develop. Often, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a debilitating and chronic…

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Humans are biologically predisposed to react to stressful and traumatic situations. The “fight or flight” mechanism enables people to determine instantaneously how to react to any given situation. If this mechanism is forced to be used repeatedly and often, the body does not properly heal or develop. Often, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a debilitating and chronic illness, can develop. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports that 7 million Americans suffer from PTSD.

According to a 2017 report published by the National Academies of Sciences, PTSD is a stressor-related disorder which develops as a result of a patient’s exposure to a traumatic event. The psychological symptoms that develop because of the trauma affect mood, cognition, memories (both suppression and the inability to form new memories) and physical health. Additional symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, nightmares, an acute response to fear stimuli, atypical memory processes and a continuous feeling of distress or emotional arousal.

Medical marijuana and cannabinoids can be used to treat a patient’s physical and psychological health, alleviating the symptoms of PTSD. There are numerous studies that have offered support that through the proper use of cannabinoids the negative symptoms of PTSD can be decreased.

The endocannabinoid system consists of cannabinoid receptors all over the body. This system enables a connection between body and mind, signaling to all other systems when something feels good or bad. When the body is defensive against trauma, this system begins to fail, resulting in physical, mental and/or neurological conditions.

The compounds THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) found in cannabis signal the same cannabinoid receptors as anandamide. The cannabinoid receptor AEA is commonly referred to as the “bliss molecule” because of its ability to relieve pain and anxiety.

One of the most vulnerable groups of individuals affected by PTSD are Veterans. Often, Veterans witness the atrocities of combat and are affected by “the politics around the war, where the war is fought and the type of enemy the Veteran faced (National Center for PTSD).” According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the statistics are staggering:

The number of Veterans with PTSD varies by service era:

  • Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF): About 11-20 out of every 100 Veterans (or between 11-20%) who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year.
  • Gulf War (Desert Storm): About 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12%) have PTSD in a given year.
  • Vietnam War: About 15 out of every 100 Vietnam Veterans (or 15%) were currently diagnosed with PTSD at the time of the most recent study in the late 1980s, the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS). It is estimated that about 30 out of every 100 (or 30%) of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime. (USDVA)

As Veterans return home after their service, they must assimilate back to society which is often difficult. The stress of reintegration can be overwhelming and lead to additional or exacerbated symptoms. While PTSD can be treated with therapies and pharmaceutical medications, those are not always successful and additional treatments are necessary. Veterans will not be denied benefits because of marijuana use and Veterans are encouraged to speak to their physicians about medical marijuana.

It is important to talk with a medical marijuana physician to determine which strain(s) will work best with your medical conditions.

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Trump Signs Right to Try Act for Terminally Ill Patients to Try Cannabis and Other Experimental Drugs https://floridamarijuana.net/trump-signs-right-to-try-act-for-terminally-ill-patients-to-try-cannabis-and-other-experimental-drugs/ https://floridamarijuana.net/trump-signs-right-to-try-act-for-terminally-ill-patients-to-try-cannabis-and-other-experimental-drugs/#respond Wed, 30 May 2018 19:12:26 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37935 As reported by Washington Times, President Donald J. Trump signed the Right to Try Act granting terminally ill patients the right to try experimental drugs that lack FDA approval.  This has been heralded by advocates around the country as a win for the medical marijuana movement.  The Senate unanimously approved the Right to Try Act…

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As reported by Washington Times, President Donald J. Trump signed the Right to Try Act granting terminally ill patients the right to try experimental drugs that lack FDA approval.  This has been heralded by advocates around the country as a win for the medical marijuana movement. 

The Senate unanimously approved the Right to Try Act last summer and the House of Representatives just approved the measure recently with a  vote of 250 to 169.  The bill applies to many different experimental medications and has the potential to include medical marijuana.  Medical marijuana has the potential to be included in the Right to Try Act because of the Phase II Clinical Trials being conducted by Maps.Org.  The Right to Try Act applies to any drugs that have completed Phase I clinical trials.  

Many states, including Florida already have Right to Try legislation and now the Federal government has stepped up to the plate.  To read the Right to Try Act full text, signed by Trump.  More will be seen as the law gets implemented, and how it applies directly to medical marijuana

 

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Right to Try Act Full Text, Signed by Trump https://floridamarijuana.net/right-to-try-act-full-text-signed-by-trump/ https://floridamarijuana.net/right-to-try-act-full-text-signed-by-trump/#comments Wed, 30 May 2018 19:08:53 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37936 S. 204 One Hundred Fifteenth Congress of the United States of America AT THE SECOND SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday, the third day of January, two thousand and eighteen An Act To authorize the use of unapproved medical products by patients diagnosed with a terminal illness in accordance with…

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S. 204

One Hundred Fifteenth Congress

of the

United States of America

AT THE SECOND SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,

the third day of January, two thousand and eighteen

An Act

To authorize the use of unapproved medical products by patients diagnosed with

a terminal illness in accordance with State law, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of

the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

 This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Trickett Wendler, Frank

Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act

of 2017’’.

SEC. 2. USE OF UNAPPROVED INVESTIGATIONAL DRUGS BY PATIENTS

DIAGNOSED WITH A TERMINAL ILLNESS.

 (a) IN  GENERAL .—Chapter V of the Federal Food, Drug, and

Cosmetic Act is amended by inserting after section 561A (21 U.S.C.

360bbb–0) the following:

‘‘SEC. 561B. INVESTIGATIONAL DRUGS FOR USE BY ELIGIBLE

PATIENTS.

 ‘‘(a) DEFINITIONS .—For purposes of this section—

‘‘(1) the term ‘eligible patient’ means a patient—

‘‘(A) who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening

disease or condition (as defined in section 312.81 of title

21, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulations));

‘‘(B) who has exhausted approved treatment options

and is unable to participate in a clinical trial involving

the eligible investigational drug, as certified by a physician,

who—

‘‘(i) is in good standing with the physician’s

licensing organization or board; and

‘‘(ii) will not be compensated directly by the manufacturer

for so certifying; and

‘‘(C) who has provided to the treating physician written

informed consent regarding the eligible investigational

drug, or, as applicable, on whose behalf a legally authorized

representative of the patient has provided such consent;

‘‘(2) the term ‘eligible investigational drug’ means an investigational

drug (as such term is used in section 561)—

‘‘(A) for which a Phase 1 clinical trial has been completed;

‘‘(B) that has not been approved or licensed for any

use under section 505 of this Act or section 351 of the

Public Health Service Act;

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‘‘(C)(i) for which an application has been filed under

section 505(b) of this Act or section 351(a) of the Public

Health Service Act; or

‘‘(ii) that is under investigation in a clinical trial that—

‘‘(I) is intended to form the primary basis of a

claim of effectiveness in support of approval or licensure

under section 505 of this Act or section 351 of

the Public Health Service Act; and

‘‘(II) is the subject of an active investigational new

drug application under section 505(i) of this Act or

section 351(a)(3) of the Public Health Service Act, as

applicable; and

‘‘(D) the active development or production of which

is ongoing and has not been discontinued by the manufacturer

or placed on clinical hold under section 505(i); and

‘‘(3) the term ‘phase 1 trial’ means a phase 1 clinical investigation

of a drug as described in section 312.21 of title 21,

Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulations).

‘‘(b) EXEMPTIONS .—Eligible investigational drugs provided to

eligible patients in compliance with this section are exempt from

sections 502(f), 503(b)(4), 505(a), and 505(i) of this Act, section

351(a) of the Public Health Service Act, and parts 50, 56, and

312 of title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor

regulations), provided that the sponsor of such eligible investigational

drug or any person who manufactures, distributes, prescribes,

dispenses, introduces or delivers for introduction into interstate

commerce, or provides to an eligible patient an eligible investigational

drug pursuant to this section is in compliance with the

applicable requirements set forth in sections 312.6, 312.7, and

312.8(d)(1) of title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor

regulations) that apply to investigational drugs.

‘‘(c) USE OF  CLINICAL  OUTCOMES .—

‘‘(1) IN GENERAL .—Notwithstanding any other provision of

this Act, the Public Health Service Act, or any other provision

of Federal law, the Secretary may not use a clinical outcome

associated with the use of an eligible investigational drug

pursuant to this section to delay or adversely affect the review

or approval of such drug under section 505 of this Act or

section 351 of the Public Health Service Act unless—

‘‘(A) the Secretary makes a determination, in accordance

with paragraph (2), that use of such clinical outcome

is critical to determining the safety of the eligible investigational

drug; or

‘‘(B) the sponsor requests use of such outcomes.

‘‘(2) LIMITATION .—If the Secretary makes a determination

under paragraph (1)(A), the Secretary shall provide written

notice of such determination to the sponsor, including a public

health justification for such determination, and such notice

shall be made part of the administrative record. Such determination

shall not be delegated below the director of the agency

center that is charged with the premarket review of the eligible

investigational drug.

‘‘(d) REPORTING .—

‘‘(1) IN GENERAL .—The manufacturer or sponsor of an

eligible investigational drug shall submit to the Secretary an

annual summary of any use of such drug under this section.

The summary shall include the number of doses supplied, the

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number of patients treated, the uses for which the drug was

made available, and any known serious adverse events. The

Secretary shall specify by regulation the deadline of submission

of such annual summary and may amend section 312.33 of

title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulations)

to require the submission of such annual summary in

conjunction with the annual report for an applicable investigational

new drug application for such drug.

‘‘(2) POSTING OF INFORMATION .—The Secretary shall post

an annual summary report of the use of this section on the

internet website of the Food and Drug Administration,

including the number of drugs for which clinical outcomes

associated with the use of an eligible investigational drug

pursuant to this section was—

‘‘(A) used in accordance with subsection (c)(1)(A);

‘‘(B) used in accordance with subsection (c)(1)(B); and

‘‘(C) not used in the review of an application under

section 505 of this Act or section 351 of the Public Health

Service Act.’’.

(b) NO  LIABILITY .—

(1) ALLEGED ACTS OR OMISSIONS .—With respect to any

alleged act or omission with respect to an eligible investigational

drug provided to an eligible patient pursuant to section

561B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and in

compliance with such section, no liability in a cause of action

shall lie against—

(A) a sponsor or manufacturer; or

(B) a prescriber, dispenser, or other individual entity

(other than a sponsor or manufacturer), unless the relevant

conduct constitutes reckless or willful misconduct, gross

negligence, or an intentional tort under any applicable

State law.

(2) DETERMINATION NOT TO PROVIDE DRUG .—No liability

shall lie against a sponsor manufacturer, prescriber, dispenser

or other individual entity for its determination not to provide

access to an eligible investigational drug under section 561B

of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

(3) LIMITATION .—Except as set forth in paragraphs (1) and

(2), nothing in this section shall be construed to modify or

otherwise affect the right of any person to bring a private

action under any State or Federal product liability, tort, consumer

protection, or warranty law.

SEC. 3. SENSE OF THE SENATE.

 It is the sense of the Senate that section 561B of the Federal

Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as added by section 2—

(1) does not establish a new entitlement or modify an

existing entitlement, or otherwise establish a positive right

to any party or individual;

(2) does not establish any new mandates, directives, or

additional regulations;

(3) only expands the scope of individual liberty and agency

among patients, in limited circumstances;

(4) is consistent with, and will act as an alternative pathway

alongside, existing expanded access policies of the Food

and Drug Administration;

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(5) will not, and cannot, create a cure or effective therapy

where none exists;

(6) recognizes that the eligible terminally ill patient population

often consists of those patients with the highest risk

of mortality, and use of experimental treatments under the

criteria and procedure described in such section 561A involves

an informed assumption of risk; and

(7) establishes national standards and rules by which investigational

drugs may be provided to terminally ill patients.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and

President of the Senate.

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Breaking!! Trulieve Files Amendment to Sell Whole Flower Cannabis in Florida https://floridamarijuana.net/breaking-trulieve-files-amendment-to-sell-whole-flower-cannabis-in-florida/ https://floridamarijuana.net/breaking-trulieve-files-amendment-to-sell-whole-flower-cannabis-in-florida/#comments Wed, 30 May 2018 15:02:52 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37926 We obtained a copy of the amendment Trulieve filed with the Florida Department of Health to sell whole flower cannabis in Florida. PROCESSING APPLICATION AMENDMENTS NARRATIVE Amendments to the Processing Plan contained herein, demonstrate Trulieve’s intention to seek approval for changes in processing procedures, operations and equipment. It is the mission of Trulieve to provide…

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We obtained a copy of the amendment Trulieve filed with the Florida Department of Health to sell whole flower cannabis in Florida.

PROCESSING APPLICATION AMENDMENTS NARRATIVE

Amendments to the Processing Plan contained herein, demonstrate Trulieve’s intention to seek approval for changes in processing procedures, operations and equipment. It is the mission of Trulieve to provide consistent and effective medical and low-THC cannabis and derivative products to registered patients and their legal representatives. The Chief Information

Officer in coordination with the Chief Executive Officer, have reviewed supply and demand reports to help Trulieve determine production levels and processing plans that will meet or exceed market demand for medical and low-THC cannabis products in Florida. In addition to addressing supply and demand, the management team has specifically reviewed demand reports and patient feedback to determine the appropriate processing procedures, operations, and equipment required to produce medical and low-THC products to meet patient needs.

Trulieve requests approval to amend its processing application to add the ability to sell products within the definition of Marijuana as defined per the Section 29, Article X [Amendment] and Section 381.986, Florida Statutes (2017) ͞all parts of any plant of the genus

Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds or resin, including low-THC cannabis͟ and specifically seeks approval from the Department to sell flower to registered patients who have a physician recommendation in the registry for inhalation. Such products will be dispensed for smoking by patients in private places.

Flower will be sold as individual units by weight and will be packaged to comply with all requirements in Florida law and in Trulieve’s application. The amount per product to be

deducted from the registry will correspond to the specific weight and amount of active ingredient per package. For example a strain with 20% THC and 0% CBD with a weight of 1 gram would be dispensed in the registry as a 200mg medical cannabis inhalation product from a registered patient’s available medical cannabis milligrams. Flower will be dispensed in accordance with the registry and those procedures as outlined in Trulieve’s application.

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Exclusive Interview: BioTrackTHC Director of Governmental Affairs, Daniel Sparks https://floridamarijuana.net/exclusive-interview-biotrackthc-director-of-governmental-affairs-daniel-sparks/ https://floridamarijuana.net/exclusive-interview-biotrackthc-director-of-governmental-affairs-daniel-sparks/#respond Tue, 29 May 2018 13:00:08 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37918 Who is Daniel Sparks and what do you do? I am a cannabis advocate that has been involved in the medical cannabis movement in Colorado since 2009, and in Florida since 2014. In Florida, I participated in the rule-making workshops that were hosted by the Florida Department of Health under the low-thc Compassionate Medical Marijuana…

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Who is Daniel Sparks and what do you do?
I am a cannabis advocate that has been involved in the medical cannabis movement in Colorado since 2009, and in Florida since 2014.

In Florida, I participated in the rule-making workshops that were hosted by the Florida Department of Health under the low-thc Compassionate Medical Marijuana Act. I also participated in petition gathering with United for Care during their push to get Amendment 2 on the ballot in 2014. After starting a consulting business with a 30-year nurseryman from Florida and a good friend that owns dispensaries in Colorado, our plans changed after Amendment 2 failed to pass in 2014. I joined BioTrackTHC in May of 2015 as their Director of Government Affairs. My role with BioTrackTHC includes policy development, educating government entities on the benefits of our technology, proposal writing for government procurements, as well as legal compliance for the company and our cannabis software solutions.

What does BioTrackTHC do?
BioTrackTHC develops cannabis seed to sale tracking and business management software for both governments and licensed businesses. We provide an easy-to-use compliance tool in addition to giving businesses and governments access to the mountains of data that this industry collects.

How is BioTrackTHC different or better than other seed to sale companies?
I could write a short novel explaining what makes us different, so let me summarize a couple key points. For starters, we take pride in the fact that we are recognized as innovators in the seed to sale space. Currently, BioTrack is the only company in the history of the cannabis industry that has provided government tracking to both medical and recreational states, commercial tracking for all licensed businesses, as well as launched and operated the industry’s only private-sector traceability system, which upheld the entire State of Washington’s cannabis industry for 4+ months.

In addition to our unique, 360 degree view of how this industry operates, we’re also the only government contractor in cannabis seed-to-sale that is able to customize our software to adhere to a given state’s/jurisdictions unique rules and regulations. Most of our competitors offer “out of the box” solutions, which we are also able to provide. However, we’re also able to provide granular customizations and one-off functionality requests to create a government traceability system that is specific to a given state. Each state’s cannabis program is unique, so it’s unrealistic to assume that the same out of the box system can address the needs of every single program.

For example, the two existing tracking methods are RFID tags and traditional barcode tracking. BioTrack is the only company that is able to offer both methods to our government clients, and that’s because we understand that no two states or businesses are the same. Our emphasis is on flexible technology that can adjust and grow alongside the changing and evolving cannabis markets in which we operate.

Why is seed to sale tech important?
Statewide tracking systems were born out of necessity after the release of the Cole Memo in 2013. That document spelled out guidelines that states were instructed to follow in order to avoid federal interference. The now-rescinded document basically said that states that have systems in place that prevent diversion of legal cannabis to states where it is illegal, would not be an enforcement priority for US Attorneys in those respective states. Although the guidelines in the Cole Memo are no longer in effect, seed to sale tracking is still seen as a prerequisite for states to operate a cannabis program in order to not be an enforcement priority for federal agencies. This enables states to maintain chain of custody of the entire state’s supply-chain, as well as provide transparency between licensees and regulatory agencies.

Can seed to sale be used for help the security of medical cannabis programs?
As a matter of fact, that is what BioTrackTHC was created for. When the company was formed in 2010, recreational cannabis programs were not yet in place, so the system was originally developed to address the needs of medical cannabis programs. From cultivation to quality assurance laboratory testing, delivery and final sale, BioTrackTHC maintains full chain of custody of all cannabis plants in a given market in real-time. Besides regulatory compliance, we’re able to ensure product purity and even enact product recalls in real-time, as well as enforce daily purchase limits to stop patients from visiting multiple businesses in a given timeframe. A practice that is commonly abused in typical prescription drug industries where a patient is able to fill a given prescription 3 times in a day by visiting multiple businesses. In BioTrack-operated medical states, patients are unable to abuse that system, unlike states like Colorado where a medical patient can purchase their daily limit 5 times in a given day, so long as they go to different businesses that are not otherwise connected.

What is your opinion on Florida canceling the procurement app?
It appears that the DOH wanted to make some changes in order to ensure the system that they are seeking is appropriate for their needs. Every single cannabis program is still just an experiment. Nobody has “perfected” it. So when it comes to selecting the system that will be responsible for a state’s success, you can’t be too thorough. Of course, we want to see the program reach an operational status as soon as possible, but we also appreciate seeing regulators acting proactively to make the necessary changes that will ensure a successful and transparent medical cannabis program.

When can we expect the state to award a contract for seed to sale?
It’s difficult to say because these things take time and as I said previously, you can’t be too thorough. If I had to guess, I would say that they will likely choose a vendor this summer, depending on when they re-release the procurement.

How does seed to sale prevent diversion or inversion?
Our technology creates a full chain of custody by assigning an alphanumeric identifier to each and every plant and byproduct as it is introduced into a licensee’s inventory, ultimately creating a closed-loop supply chain that can trace every product or material back to its origin. No plant or product can be introduced to the supply-chain without containing the necessary identifier, and the historical data contained within that identifier that can trace its history back to its origin within that closed-loop system. Inversely, nothing can leave the supply-chain without legitimate cause, such as a transfer to another licensee or sale to a consumer. If a transfer is initiated to another licensee, that inventory remains within the transferring businesses system until the other licensee accepts that transfer, moving the inventory to the accepting businesses system. This creates an accountability factor that is controlled by 3rd parties so no one entity has control over the process. Additionally, if any product or weight that was produced goes missing without the proper sale or transfer data to show exactly where it went, flags can be raised in the system letting the regulatory body know that an inspection of that business is needed.

Is there anything currently preventing diversion or inversion in Florida?
As far as I am aware, each MMTC in Florida currently uses some form of seed to sale tracking locally in their business. The OMMU has conducted numerous inspections of facilities across the state where I assume they are verifying that diversion or inversion has not been occurring and that businesses are using some sort of technology solution to effectively prove themselves of operating within that expectation.

What makes Florida unique compared to other states?
The fact that 71% of Florida residents voted for Amendment 2 in 2016 is one of the highest margins of victory for cannabis initiatives in the US. The demographics in Florida as far as seasonal residents and our elderly population make us unique as far as potential patient pool. Seniors are the fastest growing demographic for cannabis use, especially as it relates to medical-use and wellness. Florida is primed to become a major medical market.

Why should Florida select the industry leader, BiotrackTHC?
Our track record speaks for itself. We’ve never missed a traceability deployment deadline, we have a perfect data security history, and our 360 degree view of how this industry operates is unmatched. The biggest criticism we get from competition is that we have a conflict of interest related to being a commercial software provider, in addition to a government traceability provider. However, we find that to actually be our biggest advantage.

The reason it’s an advantage is because when you’re implementing a brand new cannabis program, it’s extremely difficult to understand the implications that decision-making and regulatory structures will have on the wellbeing of the businesses and ultimately, the health of your medical cannabis industry. Our experience and the fact that we operate on both sides allows us to make sure that governments steer the program in a direction that allows the businesses to thrive, provides the government with peace of mind and creates a strong and transparent industry. We couldn’t provide that type of guidance unless we had the full understanding of both the business’s and the government’s priorities and obstacles.

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The big headlines around Florida the last two days has been the decision allowing smokable cannabis for Florida medical marijuana doctors to recommend, but not so fast. John Morgan’s recent victory in the Florida courtroom for medical marijuana patients in the Sunshine State has been put on hold.  Within 10 minutes Governor Rick Scott’s Department of Health filed an appeal against Judge Karen Gievers decision that banning smokable cannabis is unconstitutional.  Because an appeal was filed, an automatic stay has been issued that prevents the Judge’s order from becoming law until the appellate courts have a say in the matter.  

Rick Scott Receives Backlash From John Morgan

John Morgan was quick to fire back on Twitter with a viral meme heard round the peninsula.  He called the Governor of Florida out and told him to grow some brass ones! We posted the meme from Twitter on Facebook and it went viral.  

Florida Marijuana John Morgan Viral Meme

Unfortunately Rick Scott will not be growing brass ones anytime soon.  Despite an upcoming Senate race, the Governor seems to be hell bent on slowing down the Florida medical marijuana program as long as he is in Tallahassee.  There have been growing calls for people to just say no to Rick Scott’s bid for United States Senate.  Rick Scott and his Florida Department of Health have stalled, and delayed implementation of a Constitutional amendment that more than 71% of Floridians voted for.  Florida medical marijuana is off to a record breaking start, in spite of the delays, procrastination and lawsuits that have plauged the Florida medical marijuana program.  In the last month, the state has suffered two major setbacks to the unconstitutional way the law was implemented.  Joe Redner won a decision in his Florida home grow lawsuit, and Trulieve filed an amendment to sell cannabis clones and plants.  Unfortunately the state immediately filed a prepared appeal in both of these lawsuits triggering an automatic stay preventing the order from becoming law. 

The appeals that were filed in the John Morgan lawsuit were prepared well in advance and filed within 10 minutes of the Judges decision.  Just long enough that patients could have smoked one joint in celebration during that time.  During my most recent appearance on Ganja Beach Radio, someone asked if they were allowed to use smokable cannabis legally if they are a patient.  There is absolutely no way anyone in Florida can legally smoke medical cannabis right now.  For everyone reading this article, if you choose to consume smokable cannabis medicine, please be careful.  

Rick Scott Continues Incarceration of Medical Cannabis Patients in Florida

The decision to appeal Judge Gievers decision was made long before the final order was issued.   Appeals like this are part of the planned process of slowing down expansion of the Florida medical marijuana program and it means the continued incarceration of medical cannabis patients in Florida.  There have been growing reports of qualified medical cannabis patients in Florida being arrested for possessing whole flower cannabis in Florida.  Last year nearly 40,000 people were arrested in Florida for possession of cannabis charges.  When other states are beginning to expunge marijuana possession charges, Florida is still arresting them in growing numbers.  The continued incarceration of medical marijuana patients in Florida has a wide reaching impact on society in the Sunshine State. 

Communities in Florida have been devastated by the war on drugs.  The war on drugs is a false war, because it’s a war on society at large.  One community that has been positively impacted by medical marijuana in Florida is the veteran community. This same community is beginning to ask why their Governor cares more about taking pictures with a Navy hat on than actually offering a solution to help end the more than 22 suicide deaths each day from PTSD related issues.  Vets for Justice has been on top of Rick Scott’s widespread war on veterans for some time.  Veterans make up 1.5 million of Florida’s residents and many of them are suffering from PTSD.  Medical marijuana has been increasingly shown to help an increasing number of conditions, specifically PTSD.  It continues to be up to amazing organizations like Mission Zero to fight for veterans because our government has seemingly forgotten about our heros.  Veterans aren’t the only people that Rick Scott has a boot on the neck.

Rick Scott has been in the business of sick people for a long time, mainly in healthcare administration.  During his in healthcare he oversaw one of the largest medicare frauds in US history.  When people are sick Rick Scott makes money, and it’s no surprise medical marijuana scares him. Nothing has been helping humans lead healthier lives better than medical marijuana.  So far in Florida more than 100,000 patients have been registered into the state’s mmj program.  This means a decrease in revenue to anyone that profits off of sick people such as Rick Scott and his wife that is still in the healthcare industry.  Governor Scott’s policies have negatively affected everyone in the Sunshine State that depend on smokable cannabis like Cathy Jordan, the plaintiff in John Morgan’s lawsuit.  Florida MMJ card holders and those wanting to get qualified for Florida medical marijuana must wait to send up their victory smoke signals.  

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Another great medical marijuana edible recipe from Jaime Cruz. Click the following link to watch more great Cruz Cannabis Cooking videos.

Long Version Available Here: https://youtu.be/uBlyb3dh02U

Ingredients

  • THC Infused Gummy Bears Yield: 150+/- 1ml gummy bears
  • 3oz flavored gelatin box (not sugar free),
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin @ 0.25oz ea
  • 2/3rd cup of cold water
  • 1/4tsp lecithin Products Used 
  • 1 Curaleaf concentrates 375mg
  • 1 Trulieve TruClear 850mg

Directions

  1. Combine the powders, add water, stir.
  2. Let sit 15 min allowing gelatin to bloom .
  3. Heat on low heat for five minutes, stir, heat five minutes, stir (repeat until it looks fairly clear).
  4. Add THC product, stir in for a minute.
  5. Transfer to molds. I got 5ml mini baster looking things with my molds. Worked great.
  6. Place in freezer for 5 minutes Allow to come back to room temp.
  7. Dust the back with cornstarch.
  8. Pop out of molds (you can dip your fingers in cornstarch to avoid tackiness).
  9. I allow mine to sit out overnight to allow dehydration of additional water. Dust them with cornstarch. Store in fridge.

 

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THC Infused Keto Paleo Gluten Free Fat Bombs https://floridamarijuana.net/thc-infused-keto-paleo-gluten-free-fat-bombs/ https://floridamarijuana.net/thc-infused-keto-paleo-gluten-free-fat-bombs/#respond Sat, 26 May 2018 16:58:14 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37758 This is a great video by Jaime Cruz of Cruz Cannabis Cooking.  Click the following link to watch more great Cruz Cannabis Cooking videos.  Ingredients 1 cup Almond Flour 3 Tbsp Melted butter w/ your Product 2 Tbsp Swerve Sweetener 1 tsp Vanilla Extract Pinch of salt Instructions Combine all ingredients in a small bowl…

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This is a great video by Jaime Cruz of Cruz Cannabis Cooking.  Click the following link to watch more great Cruz Cannabis Cooking videos. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Almond Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Melted butter w/ your Product
  • 2 Tbsp Swerve Sweetener
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl
  2. The mixture should be wet enough to stick together
  3. Scoop out 1 tbsp of the mixture at a time a roll into a ball
  4. The balls should be 1 1/4 inch in diameter
  5. Refrigerate for 1 hour

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3 Reasons John Morgan’s Victory Is Significant Right Now https://floridamarijuana.net/3-reasons-john-morgans-victory-is-significant-right-now/ https://floridamarijuana.net/3-reasons-john-morgans-victory-is-significant-right-now/#respond Sat, 26 May 2018 14:26:12 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37888 John Morgan’s smokable cannabis case was victorious when Judge Gievers signed the order allowing smokable cannabis for qualified patients in Florida. There has been much speculation as to how this case would be decided and the decision is in. The state of Florida has already filed an appeal which issues an automatic stay preventing smokable…

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John Morgan’s smokable cannabis case was victorious when Judge Gievers signed the order allowing smokable cannabis for qualified patients in Florida. There has been much speculation as to how this case would be decided and the decision is in. The state of Florida has already filed an appeal which issues an automatic stay preventing smokable cannabis until the process plays out. The Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use(OMMU) has been fighting patients tooth and nail the entire process.  We break down some reasons John Morgan’s victory is significant right now.

Judge Gievers delivered a blow to the Florida Legislatures interpretation and implementation of Amendment 2 when she struck down the ban on smokable cannabis. Cathy Jordan, the plaintiff in the case, is an ALS survivor who credits smoking cannabis with her ability to survive with the ALS diagnosis for over three decades. The decision handed down by Judge Gievers on Friday May 25th, 2018 in Leon County Court states that qualified patients whose doctors issue an order for smokable cannabis should be allowed to.  This is a huge decision for the 71.3% of Florida that voted for the medical marijuana amendment.  The ruling strikes down an interpretation of the amendment that banned smokable cannabis.  Patients will now be able to use smokable cannabis with an order from a qualified ordering physician pending the appeal process.  John Morgan’s #nosmokeisajoke case has been one of the most anticipated decisions in recent history. It is paving the way for much needed reform in the Florida medical marijuana program.  

The Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use suffered a setback when Joe Redner was successful in his Florida home grow lawsuit.  The most recent decision by Judge Gievers delivered a second blow to the way the OMMU is handling the Florida medical marijuana program.  Judge Gievers ruled that the ban on smokable cannabis is un-constitutional.  Although Director Christian Bax immediately filed an appeal challenging the ruling in John Morgan’s lawsuit which grants an automatic stay during the appeal process, this is a major win for patients in Florida.  Many people in the Sunshine State have been waiting to find out how to get a Florida medical marijuana card until they can purchase smokable cannabis.  We have consulted with legal experts and they all agree that it will be unlikely that the order is overruled.  Many of the same legal experts think this constitutional challenge to the Florida medical marijuana rules will end up in the state Supreme Court of Florida.

John Morgan tells governor Rick Scott to grow brass ones

John Morgan instantly called out Governor Rick Scott on Twitter in the above tweet.

Sets the Stage for Smokable Medical Marijuana to be Dispensed in Florida

The victory smoked round the state Friday sets the stage for smokable medical marijuana to be dispensed by a licensed Florida medical marijuana treatment center.  There has been a lot of confusion about the ruling since it was first announced.  The ruling does not allow any patients to consume smokable cannabis at this time until the appeal process plays out.  For smokable cannabis to be sold in Florida dispensaries the OMMU must approving smokable medical cannabis products in Florida.  Florida MMTC’s are required to file an amendment to their applications anytime they wish to put out a new form of product that was not stipulated in their application for licensing.  Judge Gievers order in John Morgan’s case will result in Florida medical marijuana treatment centers filing amended applicants to dispense smokable cannabis products.  We expect the first one to do so will be Trulieve.  They were the first to file an amendment in Florida to sell clones, seeds and mature plants.

 

 

 

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Why And How You Should Eat Marijuana Seeds Everyday

The world is aware of the nutritional potential of medical cannabis. The green herb provides benefits to both physical and mental health.

Marijuana seeds are a natural product of the cannabis plant, allowing the offspring to carry properties from both the parents.

Eating marijuana seeds is highly rewarding for the human body. Read on to find out why and how should you be doing it-

Why eat marijuana seeds?

  1. Because They Are Rich in protein

Being a vegetarian or a meat- eater, you can get a high dose of protein in your diet by eating cannabis seeds. A low- carb and low- fat supplement, these seeds should be a must have for you. Shelled cannabis seeds are a great snacking option for fulfilling your protein needs.

2. Because They Are Omega full

Cannabis seeds are full of essential omega fatty acids. Amino acids are necessary for producing protein are omegas. They are a vital part to keep the body going but are surprisingly not produced the human body.

Omega- 3 fatty acids keep the heart and brain healthy, also seen in tampa marijuana cards. The best source of the seeds are the heart and oils.

Cannabis seeds is a boon for vegetarians as it was earlier believed that fish is the only source of omegas.

3. Because They Help Manage Your Weight

If you’re looking for a winning plan to gain, lose or maintain your weight, ensure to include cannabis seeds in your everyday diet.

Cannabis seeds are literally medical seeds and are filling in nature while tasting good. They are a great alternative if you’re looking to be lean or bulk up. They the flavour of your favourite foods or even make bland dishes taste better. Get the best flavour with an added value of nutrition- but never compromising on your body weight.

4. Because Of The Wellness Quotient

Cannabis seed hearts are fuelled with plant- based proteins, vitamins and healthy fats. You can benefit from them for a healthy life.

It’s easy to carry them on the go too. Physically, you can experience decreased inflammation in the joints and muscles. Feel energized, keep your blood pressure under control, protect your brain from Alzheimer’s, dementia and experience more stamina by eating cannabis seeds.

You can easily manage a healthy lifestyle by introducing marijuana seeds everyday, rather than making any drastic life changes. Visit recommended dispensaries in your area. You should research on the best sources before making any purchase, like dispensaries in Michigan.

How eat marijuana seeds?

  1. Use Them To Make Oil

Cannabis oil is either ingested orally for medicinal purposes or what is made out of buds which is used to smoking. The former one is widely used in industrial products. It can be used in cosmetic products for skin treatments and also used to make lubricants, paints, varnishes and lacquers. Oil extracted from the seeds can be ingested orally for multiple benefits.

2. Use Them As Sprinklers and Toppings

Cannabis seeds can be sprinkled on top of whatever dish you want. You can include them in your breakfast, lunch, dinner and even as an in- between snack. Top them on cereal, pizza, smoothies, pudding, burgers, salads- whatever you wish to. They will enhance the flavour of your food and provide you with great nutrition.

3. Cooking With Cannabis Seeds

You can also include them as a part of your cooking procedure. Here’s how you can prepare them to be used in cooking.

Soak the seeds overnight or at least for 4 hours. This way their nutritional value improves and they become easy to digest. Ensure not to overheat above 80 F as it will destroy their nutritional value.

After soaking, you can add any other seeds and herbs like coriander, as per your taste. Grind the ingredients into a paste in a coffee grinder or a similar device. This can also be added in soups.

Now whisk the paste prepared in a blender, mixing some mineral water. You can add some butter too. Use the leftover pulp in the paste or add it to your dish to relish an extra creamy taste.

Other products derived from this green herb, like CBD oil, are excellent for reducing pain and and muscle spasms. Ensure to purchase your products from a certified dispensary. Cannabis is a natural and safer option for a healthy lifestyle. Adopt it and you won’t be sorry.

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Full Text of the Order and Final Judgement In John Morgan’s Smokable Cannabis Case https://floridamarijuana.net/full-text-of-the-order-and-final-judgement-in-john-morgans-smokable-cannabis-case/ https://floridamarijuana.net/full-text-of-the-order-and-final-judgement-in-john-morgans-smokable-cannabis-case/#comments Fri, 25 May 2018 23:58:44 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37881 Filing# 72711671 E-Filed 05/25/2018 04:53:43 PM IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR LEON COUNTY, FLORIDA PEOPLE UNITED FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA; FLORIDA FOR CARE, INC.; DIANA DODSON; And CATHERINE JORDAN, Plaintiffs, v. CASE NO: 2017-CA-1394 FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH; CELESTE PHILIP, M.D., in her Official capacity as Secretary of Health…

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Filing# 72711671 E-Filed 05/25/2018 04:53:43 PM

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR LEON COUNTY, FLORIDA

PEOPLE UNITED FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA; FLORIDA FOR CARE, INC.; DIANA DODSON; And CATHERINE JORDAN,

Plaintiffs,

v. CASE NO: 2017-CA-1394

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH; CELESTE PHILIP, M.D., in her

Official capacity as Secretary of Health for the State of Florida; OFFICE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA USE;

CHRISTIAN BAX, in his official Capacity as Director of the Office of Medical Marijuana Use,

Defendants.

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ORDER AND FINAL JUDGEMENT

THIS CAUSE came before the Court for final hearing on various motions and for a final evidentiary hearing/non-jury trial. The plaintiffs seek a declaratory judgement finding section 381.986, Florida Statutes (2017), inconsistent with Section 29, Article X [Amendment]. The plaintiffs also seek an affirmative

declaration that patients qualifying to use mariJuana for medical treatment for their debilitating conditions may use marijuana in the smokable form in private. The Amendment does not restrict the location of use of any form of medical marijuana other than smoking. The Amendment recognizes there is no right to smoke in public places, thereby implicitly recognizing the appropriateness of using smokable medical marijuana in private places consistent with the Amendment. See Article X, Section (c)(6).

The defendants contend that the legislature’s powers to pass any legislation it deems necessary for the safety, health and well-being of Floridians make the 2017 statutory revisions to section 381.986 valid and that there is no express or implied conflict with the Amendment.

Having considered the relevant testimony and other evidence and the witnesses’ demeanor, credibility, frankness, and lack of frankness, and based on the finding herein, the court finds that the statute is

invalid because it conflicts with the Florida Constitution and prohibits a use of medical marijuana that is permitted by the amendment smoking in private.

General Constitutional Background

  1. In his 1796 Farewell Address, some 222 years ago, President George Washington noted that:

The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and alter their constitutions of government. But the constitution which at any time exists, until changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all.

(Emphasis supplied). President George Washington, Farewell Address, September 1796.1

  1. President Thomas Jefferson commented that:

Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.

President Thomas Jefferson, in letter to Wilson C. Nicholas, September 7, 1803.2

 

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Cited in Speaker’s Lifetime Library, compiled by Spinrad and Spinrad,

published by Parker Publishing Company, Inc.,© 1979, p.61.

 

Modern Florida Constitutional Background

  1. Florida’s modern era written Constitution dates to 1968, with numerous revisions and amendments since. Article XI of the Florida Constitution provides methods of amendment of our Constitution, with Section 3 relating to citizen initiatives [limited to a single subject] and Section 5 relating to the election at which amendments will be considered, regardless of the initiator or proponent of a proposed amendment or revision.

 The “Medical Marijuana Production, Possession and Use” Amendment3

  1. In November 2016, Floridians exercised their sacrosanct right to amend the Florida Constitution, thistimetogivethosewithspecifiedmedicalneeds theright to access, possess and use marijuana for

2

Cited in Speaker’s Lifetime Library, supra at p. 60. Also findable through

Google on internet on May 24, 2018: www.constitution.org/tj/ltr/1803/ltr_18030907_nicholas.html.

3

The Florida Constitutional Amendment does not remove civil or criminal

liability or sanctions for violations of federal law, but is limited solely to immunity under Florida law. See also Section 29(c)(5), Article X.

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their recommended medical treatment in accordance with the Amendment provisions. The adopted amendment became Section 29 of Article X of the Florida Constitution.

The Amendment addresses the role of each of the three

branches of Florida’s government in making sure that those who need marijuana for treatment of their pertinent medical issues are able to have safe access to it, without restriction except that there is no right to smoke in public places

Ro1e of Executive Branch

  1. The drafters of the now-adopted Amendment specified that the executive branch would, through the Department of Health, be responsible for issuance of ID cards that would allow those with qualifying diseases and debilitating conditions to acquire, possess and use the marijuana for their treatment.
  2. Article X, Section 29(d) [“Duties of the Department”] requires the Department to “issue reasonable regulations necessary for the implementation

 

and enforcement” of the Amendment. The Amendment provides that “[t]he purpose of the regulations is to ensure the availability and safe use of medical marijuana by qualifying patients” and that the Department is “to promulgate regulations in a timely fashion.” Id. 4

  1. Four subsections of the Section 29(d) “Duties of the Department” section deal with issuance and annual renewal of qualifying patient identification cards; [subsection (d)(1) a], procedures relating to caregivers, [subsection (d)(1) b], procedures regarding registration of the MMTCs, [subsection (d)(1) c],the requirement that the Department adopt a regulation defining “the amount of marijuana that could reasonably be presumed to be an adequate supply for qualifying patients’ medical use”, with the presumption as to quantity susceptible of being overcome with evidence as

 

4

The Amendment contains clear, unambiguous, concise definitions of “marijuana”

[Section 29(b)(4)), “qualifying patient” [Section 29(b)(10)], “medical use” [Section 29(b)(6)], “debilitating medical condition” [Section 29(b)(1)], “physician” and “physician certification” [Section 29(b)(8) and (9),

respectively], “caregiver” [Section 29(b)(7) and “medical marijuana treatment center (MMTC)” [Section 29(b)(5)].

to a particular patient’s appropriate medical use, and [subsection(d)(1) d], patient confidentiality protection.

Role of the Judicial Branch

  1. The Amendment vests all Florida citizens with “standing to seek judicial relief to compel” the Department to comply with the constitutional duties imposed on it in Section 29(d). Section 29(d)(3), Article X.
  2. Other than as to the duties of procedural implementation placed on the Department, the Amendment is self-executing5 , and reflects the civil and criminal immunity under state law bestowed in the public policy section, Section 29(a) on qualifying patients and certified physicians.

 

5 An amendment is self-executing when it “lays down a sufficient rule by means of which the right or purpose which it gives or is intended to accomplish may be determined, enjoyed, or protected without the aid of legislative enactment. . . . The fact that the right granted by the provision may be supplemented by legislation, further protecting the right or making it available, does not of itself prevent the provision from being self­ executing.ll Gray v. Bryant, 125 So. 2d 846, 851 (Fla. 1960).

Ro1e of Leqis1ature

  1. Unlike otherConstitutionalAmendments6 no

legislation is needed to implement the Amendment. Floridians specified that the legislature may enact related laws only if “consistent with” the Amendment, and thus limited further legislative action in the area; “Nothing in this section shall limit the legislature from enacting laws consistent with this section”. See, Section 29(e), Article X.

The Medical Marijuana Amendment and Smoking

  1. The Florida Medical Marijuana Amendment recognized the ability of the government to regulate smoking medical marijuana in public places. Subsection 29(c)(6) provides:

Nothing in this section shall require any accommodation of any on-site medical use of

 

6See, e.g., Article II, Section 8, “ethics in government” in which the Florida Supreme Court has found the financial disclosure subsections ((8){a) and (h)] to be self-executing and subsections (8)(c) and (d) to not be self-executing, and to require implementing legislative action. See St. John Medical Plan v. Gutman, 721 So.2d 717 ( Fl. 1998) (Subsection (8){c) not self-executing), citing Williams v. Smith, 360 So.2d 417, 420-421 ( Fl . 1978) (Subsection (8)(d) not self-executing); see also Plante v. Smathers, 372 So.2d 933, 938

{ Fl . 1979).

marijuana in any correctional institution or detention facility or place of education or employment, or of smoking medical marijuana in any public place.

Article X, Section 29(c)(6). This is similar to the Constitutional prohibition in Article X, Section 20 of tobacco smoking in indoor workplaces.

  1. It is a traditional canon of construction “expressio un.1.us est exclusio alterius” [“when one or more things of a class are expressly mentioned others of the same class are excluded”]. Merriam-Webster Law Dictionary. This principle controls the Court’s interpretation of the Amendment. The ability to smoke medical marijuana was implied in this constitutional language and is therefore a protected right.

FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW

Defendants’ Motions to Strike

  1. The defendants filed two motions [relative to the summary judgement motions] to strike certain exhibits from certain affidavits, and the related paragraphs in the affidavits.

14.First, the defense moved [D.E.91] to strike parts of the affidavit of plaintiff Catherine Jordan and four exhibits to the affidavit, and parts of the affidavit and related exhibits of plaintiff entity representative Ben Pollara. The affidavits in question were offered in support of the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgement and are not considered by the Court relative to the plaintiffs’ motion. [Ms. Jordan’s affidavit and the attachments appear to relate more to Ms. Jordan’s state of mind than to “hearsay” information,butareirrelevanttodeterminationofthe plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgement regarding the unconstitutionality of the 2017 challenged statute and the constitutionally protected rights of qualifying patientstoaccess,possessionanduseofmarijuanafor theirmedicalconditions.Section29hasnorestriction as to method of administration of the marijuana other than the ability to regulate smoking in public. Similarly, while the challenged portions of Mr. Pollara’saffidavitandrelatedexhibitsdonotappear

to be hearsay offered for the truth of the matters referenced, they appear irrelevant to determination of the unconstitutionality of the challenged statute and the constitutionally protected rights of qualifying patients].

  1. Second, the defendants moved [D.E.101] to strike Dr. Stein’s affidavit, which accompanied the plaintiffs’ response to the defense motion for summary judgement. The Court does not find that Dr. Stein’s affidavit must be stricken on the grounds cited, but does find the affidavit irrelevant to determination of the defendants’ motion for summary judgement, and so does not consider the Stein affidavit in deciding the defense motion for summary judgement.

Cross Motions for Summary Judgement

  1. In their respective motions, each side contends there are no disputed factual questions as to the merits of the case. Demonstrating entitlement to a summary judgement is a high burden, as a summary

judgement may properly be granted only if there are no disputed genuine issues of fact or inferences suggesting genuine issues of material fact, and the law supports the requested relief.

  1. In their motion, the defendants rely on the legislative authority to adopt legislation it deems appropriate and necessary to the protection of Florida’s citizens. The general authority for the legislature to enact laws is not unfettered7 ; the legislature does not have the authority to overrule or ignore the “sacred obligation” referred to by President

George Washington. Just as no person is above the law, the legislature must heed the constitutional rights Floridians placed in the Constitution in 2016. The Medical Marijuana Amendment includes the definitions of marijuana and medical use, adopting in Section 29{b)

 

7 “Where, in adjudicating litigated rights under a statute, it appears beyond all reasonable doubt that the statute is in conflict with some express or implied provision of the Constitution, it is then within the power and duty of the court, in order to give effect to the controlling law, to adjudicate the existence of the conflict between the statute and the organic law, whereupon the Constitution, by its own superior force and authority, eliminates the statute or the portion thereof that conflicts with organic law, and renders it inoperative ab initio, so that the Constitution and not

the statute will be applied by the court in determining the litigated rights.” State v. Gr e e r , 102 So. 739 (Fla. 1924).

the 2014 statutory definitions from section 381.986 as well as 893.02(3). The 2017 amendments to section 381.986 render the statute inconsistent with the “marijuana” definition incorporated in and part of Article X. Section 29(b)(4) and, as specified in Section 29(e), are not proper, and the statute must be stricken as unconstitutionally inconsistent.

  1. In their motion and related argument, the defendants ignore the doctrine of “expressio unius est exclusio alterius”, and ignore the restriction on legislative authority in Section 29(e) to enactments that are consistent with Floridians’ protection of the rights of qualifying patients to treat their conditions with marijuana. The defendants’ interpretation would turn the rights enshrined by Floridians in Article X, Section 29 into nothing more than a “blank paper by construction” of which President Jefferson warned. The conflicting, overreaching 2017 statute, while presumably adopted in good faith and with good

intentions, cannot be allowed to overrule the authority of the people to protect rights in the Constitution.

  1. Focusing on the rights protected in section 29, the plaintiffs seek a summary judgement confirming the right under the Florida Constitution to treat their debilitating medical conditions with marijuana in any form, with no restriction on the method of administration and with the only locational restriction being that the legislature can regulate smokable marijuana in private locations, and only as used consistently with their certifying physicians’ recommendations. The plaintiffs also seek judgement striking the 2017 provisions of section 381.0986 as unconstitutional, a request the record, the law, and most importantly, the Constitution support.

The Trial

  1. The burden of proof at trial is generally different than that applicable to consideration of a summary judgement motion. However, questions of law

 

pertinent to construction of statutes that cannot be interpreted consistently with a controlling Constitutional provision must be assessed other than on the burden of proof relative to “the greater weight of the evidence” standard applicable to factual evidence.

  1. The defendants’ toxicology expert’s opinion about whether smokable marijuana is a good way for those with debilitating conditions to get relief is, quite frankly, irrelevant. Floridians have already given the rights of qualifying patients Constitutional protection in section 29.
  2. If the case were to be decided solely on factual evidence, Ms. Jordan’s compelling testimony as to how she gets relief of her ALS symptoms more than 15 years after being diagnosed, with the relief being maximized by use of the smokable marijuana is more credible than the toxicology opinions of Dr. Huestis. Similarly, Ms. Dodson’s testimony of the extent to which she went, trying the various forms of marijuana to get relief of her neuropathy and HIV condition,

being subjected to pain as part of a clinical study, is also worthy of credibility. Further, because Floridians, in adopting the amendment, put no restriction on the method of marijuana use, Dr.

Huestis’ opinion that the smokable form should not be allowed, is contrary not to law, but to the Constitution, and must be disregarded.8

Standing

  1. The defendants challenge the standing of individual plaintiff Ms. Dodson [who meets the debilitating medical condition requirement, but who has not found the money to pay for the identification card yet] and the two organizational plaintiffs, PUMM [the political committee involved in sponsoring and supporting the Amendment throughout the process], and Florida For Care, Inc. [the corporate plaintiff helping support those whose rights are now protected in Section

29] .

 

If the Court were to consider intent of the voters and framers, the Court

 finds there is ample evidence to conclude that the Amendment was intended to allow smokable medical marijuana.

24.The defendants’ standing arguments are without merit. Ms. Dodson and “any Florida citizen” have standingpursuanttoSection29(d)(4)andchapter86to pursue declaratory relief. May v. Holley9 established the four-element test for determining standing in a declaratory judgment action; (1) there is a bona fide, actual, present practical need for the declaration, (2) the declaration deals with a present, ascertained or ascertainable state of facts or present controversy as to a state of facts, (3) there is some person or persons who have, or reasonably may have an actual, present, adverse and antagonistic interest in the subject matter, either in fact or law, and (4) the antagonistic and adverse interest[s] are all before the court by proper process or class representation and that the relief sought is not merely the giving of legal advice by the courts or the answer to questions propounded .from curiosity.

 

9 Hay v. Holley, 59 So.2d 636, 639 ( la. 1952).

25.Dodson has a “bona fide, actual, present practical need for the declaration” because she has a desire to pursue her right to smoke medical marijuana and meets the threshold requirement of having a “debilitating medical condition.” These facts are “present” and “ascertained” because they are not disputed. Her interests are “actual, present, adverse and antagonistic” in that the government is preventing her from seeking a certain type of medical treatment for her condition. This declaration would not be mere “legal advice” because she meets the threshold requirementundertheamendmentand,whileshecouldgo as far as Jordan and obtain her card, would be unable to proceed past that point because of the alleged conflict between the constitution and statute, putting her rights “in doubt.”

 

  • For associational standing, the test has three prongs; “an association has standing to bring suit on behalf of its members when: (a) its members would otherwise have standing to sue in their own right; (b)

 

the interests it seeks to protect are germane to the organization’s purpose; and (c) neither the claim asserted nor the relief requested requires the participation of individual members in the lawsuit.” Hunt v. Washington State Apple Advert. Com’n, 432 U.S. 333, 343 (U.S. 1977). This standard has been recognized in Florida. Florida Home Builders Ass’n v. Dep’t of Labor &   Employment Sec., 412 So. 2d 351 (Fla. 1982).

  1. On the first prong of associational standing, at least some of their members “would otherwise have standing to sue in their own right” because at least some of them have “debilitating medical conditions.” In fact, some of the members have a stronger interest than Dodson because they have become “qualifying patients” with medical marijuana cards. On the second prong, Both PUMM’s and FCC’s interests in this action are “germane to the organization’s purpose.” PUMM sponsored the medical marijuana amendment, making their interest clear. As to FCC, it has supported legalization of medical marijuana and some of their members have not

attempted to become “qualifying patients” because smoking medical marijuana is illegal. As to the final prong, there is no reason why any individual members would be indispensable parties to this declaratory judgment action.

  1. Further, the United States Supreme Court, in

Citizens United 1 0 , made clear that associations and other entities have rights comparable to those of individuals regarding free speech.

FINAL JUDGEMENT

Based on the foregoing findings, and the Court being otherwise fully advised in the premises, it is hereby

ORDERED AND ADJUDGED as follows:

  1. Section 381.986, Florida Statutes (2017) unconstitutionally restricts rights that are protected in the Constitution, and so that statutory prohibition against the use of smokable marijuana permitted by

 

10 c1c1zensUnited v. Fed. Election Com’n, 558 U.S. 310, 364 (2010)

Section 29 qualifying patient is declared invalid and unenforceable.

  1. The marijuana definition incorporated in and protected by Article X, Section 29(b)(4) includes the 2014 version of section 381.986 which has continuing viability by virtue of Floridian’s having put it in the Constitution. Qualifying patients have the right to use the form of medical marijuana for treatment of their debilitating medical conditions as recommended by their certified physicians, including the use of smokable marijuana in private places.
  2. As the prevailing party, the plaintiffs are

entitled to recover taxable costs on timely filed motion and order.

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IT IS SO ORDERED this day of May, 2018 in

 Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida.

KAREN GIEVERS

Circuit Judge

 

Copies furnished to:

Jon L. Mills, Esq. jmills@bsfllp.com

Karen C. Dyer, Esq. kdyer@bsfllp.com

George R. Coe, Esq. gcoe@bsfllp.com

Marcy N. Lynch, Esq. mlynch@bsfllp.com

John Morgan, Esq. jmorgan@forthepeople.com

Karen A. Bradeen, Esq. Karen.brodeen@myfloridalegal.com Mary.lunt@myfloridalegal.com

Rachel E. Nordby, Esq. Rachel.nordby@myfloridalegal.com Jenna.hodges@myfloridalegal.com

 

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Breaking News!!! John Morgan Wins Smokable Cannabis Lawsuit on Constitutional Grounds https://floridamarijuana.net/breaking-news-john-morgan-wins-smokable-cannabis-verdict-on-constitutional-grounds/ https://floridamarijuana.net/breaking-news-john-morgan-wins-smokable-cannabis-verdict-on-constitutional-grounds/#comments Fri, 25 May 2018 22:07:01 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37874 Judge Karen Gievers Ordered the following: Section 381,986, Florida Statutes (2017) unconstitutionally restricts rights that are protected in the Constitution, and so that statutory prohibition against the use of smokable marijuana permitted by section 29 qualifying patient is declared invalid and unenforceable. The marijuana definition incorporated in and protected by Article X, Section 29 (b)…

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Judge Karen Gievers Ordered the following:

  1. Section 381,986, Florida Statutes (2017) unconstitutionally restricts rights that are protected in the Constitution, and so that statutory prohibition against the use of smokable marijuana permitted by section 29 qualifying patient is declared invalid and unenforceable.
  2. The marijuana definition incorporated in and protected by Article X, Section 29 (b) (4) includes the 2014 version of section 381.986 which has continuing viability by virtue of Floridian’s having put it in the  Constiution.  Qualifying patients have the right to use the form of medical marijuana for treatment of their debilitating medical conditions as recommended by their certified physicians, including the use of smokable marijuana in private places.
  3. As the prevailing party, the plaintiffs are entitled to recover taxable costs on timely filed motion and order.

 

Read the full text of John Morgan’s final order in smokable cannabis case.

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THC Infused Microwave Caramel Candy https://floridamarijuana.net/thc-infused-microwave-caramel-candy/ https://floridamarijuana.net/thc-infused-microwave-caramel-candy/#respond Fri, 25 May 2018 17:02:31 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37745 This is a great video by Jaime Cruz of Cruz Cannabis Cooking.  Click the following link to watch more great Cruz Cannabis Cooking videos. Ingredients 1 c. butter 2½ c. brown sugar, packed 1 c. light corn syrup 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk 1 tsp. vanilla & your Florida medical cannabis product dash…

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This is a great video by Jaime Cruz of Cruz Cannabis Cooking.  Click the following link to watch more great Cruz Cannabis Cooking videos.

Ingredients

  • 1 c. butter
  • 2½ c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1 c. light corn syrup
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla & your Florida medical cannabis product
  • dash sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Line a pan with parchment paper. If you want taller caramels use a 9 x 9 pan. If you want short caramels use a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Use a large microwave safe bowl for this recipe. Make sure your bowl is pretty big or the caramel may boil over.
  3. Allow butter to soften.
  4. Add brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract and sweetened condensed milk to butter. Stir to combine.
  5. Microwave 4 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir.
  6. Microwave another 4 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir.
  7. Microwave another 4 minutes. Remove from the microwave and stir.
  8. Remove caramel from microwave and stir.
  9. Add your cannabis product.
  10. Add sea salt, if desired.
  11. Pour caramel mixture into prepared pan.
  12. Let caramel sit until completely cooled.
  13. Remove from pan and cut into squares.
  14. Wrap in small squares of wax paper or store in an air tight container.

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How to Make THC Infused Dukes Copycat Mayo From Scratch https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-make-thc-infused-dukes-copycat-mayo-from-scratch/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-make-thc-infused-dukes-copycat-mayo-from-scratch/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 16:58:34 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37865 When Jaime Renee Cruz told us that she made a copycat Duke’s mayo we were excited to give the recipe a try.  This tastes exactly like the Duke’s mayo and it’s better because it’s infused with THC.  To watch all of Jaime’s videos please check out the rest here.  This video uses a distillate product…

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When Jaime Renee Cruz told us that she made a copycat Duke’s mayo we were excited to give the recipe a try.  This tastes exactly like the Duke’s mayo and it’s better because it’s infused with THC.  To watch all of Jaime’s videos please check out the rest here.  This video uses a distillate product like Trulieve’s Truclear. Make sure to subscribe to Jaime’s channel on Youtube, Cruz Cannabis Cooking.

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How to Tell the Difference Between Trulieve’s Vape Carts https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-tell-the-difference-between-trulieves-vape-carts/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-tell-the-difference-between-trulieves-vape-carts/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 16:13:54 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37724 Trulieve, a Florida medical marijuana treatment center, Vaporizer carts come in a variety of sizes, strains and formulations.  This quick and simple to understand video will show you how to tell the difference between Trulieve’s vape carts. It’s important to know what the difference acronyms and colors represent.  

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Trulieve, a Florida medical marijuana treatment center, Vaporizer carts come in a variety of sizes, strains and formulations.  This quick and simple to understand video will show you how to tell the difference between Trulieve’s vape carts. It’s important to know what the difference acronyms and colors represent.  

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Side effects from HIV/AIDS Treatment More Manageable with Medical Marijuana https://floridamarijuana.net/side-effects-from-hiv-aids-treatment-more-manageable-with-medical-marijuana/ https://floridamarijuana.net/side-effects-from-hiv-aids-treatment-more-manageable-with-medical-marijuana/#comments Wed, 23 May 2018 19:55:50 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37813 How does medical marijuana help patients with HIV/AIDS? Cannabis is not a substance that we readily associate with the treatment of HIV or AIDS. FDA approved pharmaceuticals such as AZT, ddI, Crixivan, and Viracept, to name a few, are used in antiretroviral therapy(ART) for patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,…

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How does medical marijuana help patients with HIV/AIDS?

Cannabis is not a substance that we readily associate with the treatment of HIV or AIDS. FDA approved pharmaceuticals such as AZT, ddI, Crixivan, and Viracept, to name a few, are used in antiretroviral therapy(ART) for patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, fatigue, and loss of appetite are amongst ‘mildest’ and most common side effects of the pharmaceuticals prescribed to people with HIV and AIDS (Healthline).

Studies have shown a strong correlation between the use of cannabis and the reduction or elimination on the pesky and draining side effects of the drugs used. Not only does marijuana help in reducing symptoms such as vomit or nausea; studies also show that daily and chronic neuropathic pain, usually related to the treatment of the virus, can be “significantly lowered by regular cannabis consumption” (Medical Marijuana Inc). Furthermore, research data suggests that the use of medical marijuana may facilitate, rather than impede, adherence to the ART treatment plan. Frequently, patients have a difficult time adhering to the treatment plan because of the problematic side effects; if the doses of the treatment are skipped, it leaves an opportunity to the virus to start replicating itself and become resistant to any of the drugs being used (Bouke).

Cannabis is also used to help manage the loss of appetite that may lead to starvation in patients with HIV. Studies show that people that couple their regiment with cannabis -inhaled or consumed -helps them “restore their weight and maintain essential nutrients.” Furthermore, cannabis constituents have shown to be possible inhibitors to the progression of HIV and AIDS. A 2008 study demonstrated that Denbinobin, from a variety of Cannabis sativa, “prevents HIV-1 reactivation, and it also inhibits HIV-1-LTR activity during transcription.” In other words, the cannabis constituent slows down HIV replication.

Medical Marijuana used as a way to manage HIV treatment symptoms is not always accessible to patients. Because of the questionable legal status of marijuana, physicians usually prescribe synthetic forms of marijuana, Marinol is amongst the most commonly prescribed drug. It is FDA approved for patients dealing with nausea, vomit, and with weight-loss associated with HIV treatment. Marinol’s legal status also makes it more accessible to patients. However, many patients report a noticeable difference in results when they inhale medical marijuana, “it [medical marijuana] provides patients with more flexible dosing and control over intoxicating effects” (Bonn-Miller).  

HIV treatment symptoms are not limited to physical discomfort such as nausea, neuropathy, vomiting, etc. The infection also takes a toll on mental health as the physical discomfort may lead to emotional turmoil. Depression, anxiety, and stress add to the continuum of physical deterioration due to the infection and its treatment. And yet, as leafly.com points out, “the euphoric relief associated with cannabis consumption has been pushed into the realm of taboo.”

While medical marijuana is not a cure or a replacement to HIV and AIDS treatment, there is sufficient evidence showing that it helps patients suffering from the viral infection to have a more manageable treatment of their condition.  Some of the most recent studies have shown that cannabis can help stop HIV from becoming AIDS.

References

Bouke, C. de Jong, et al. “Marijuana Use and Its Association With Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy Among HIV-Infected Persons With Moderate to Severe Nausea”. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/20d8/9c0befef565db189d403a289d0f6028b2a06.pdf

Bonn-Miller, Marcel O., Megan L. Oser, Megan M. Bucossi, & Jodi A. Trafton. “Cannabis useand HIV antiretroviral therapy adherence and HIV-related symptoms”. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10865-012-9458-5.

“HIV & AIDS – Medical Marijuana Research Overview”. Medical Marijuana Inc, 2015.

https://www.medicalmarijuanainc.com/hiv-aids-medical-marijuana-research/.

Mack A., Joy J. “Marijuana as Medicine? The Science Beyond the Controversy.” 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK224400/.

ONCOSEC. “What is Combination Therapy?” Oncosec.com, 2013. http://oncosec.com/what-is-combination-therapy/.

Watson, Stephanie. “Antiretroviral HIV Drugs”.

https://www.healthline.com/health/hiv-aids/antiretroviral-drugs-side-effects-adherence.

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How to Use Trulieve’s Whole Flower Cannabis Vaporizer Cups https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-use-trulieves-whole-flower-cannabis-vaporizer/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-use-trulieves-whole-flower-cannabis-vaporizer/#comments Wed, 23 May 2018 16:17:25 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37714 Trulieve, a Florida medical marijuana treatment center, offers a huge selection of medical cannabis products. This is a video demonstrating how to use their dry herb vaporizer cups.   The vaporizer must be used with the approved pre loaded cups. The cups that the vaporizer uses is ground up whole flower cannabis.  This type of a…

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Trulieve, a Florida medical marijuana treatment center, offers a huge selection of medical cannabis products. This is a video demonstrating how to use their dry herb vaporizer cups.   The vaporizer must be used with the approved pre loaded cups. The cups that the vaporizer uses is ground up whole flower cannabis.  This type of a delivery device is designed to give patients a true entourage effect. Having the full synergistic effects of all the various cannabinoids and terpenes makes for more effective medical marijuana product.

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How to Use Trulieve’s Cannabis Oil Tincture https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-use-trulieves-cannabis-oil-tincture/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-use-trulieves-cannabis-oil-tincture/#respond Tue, 22 May 2018 16:20:20 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37713 Trulieve, a Florida medical marijuana treatment center, has a variety of medical cannabis products for patients in the Sunshine State.  They created this simple to understand video for medical marijuana patients in Florida.  Tinctures are a great way to deliver medication that will act fast and have longer lasting effects than smoking or vaping.  Tinctures…

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Trulieve, a Florida medical marijuana treatment center, has a variety of medical cannabis products for patients in the Sunshine State.  They created this simple to understand video for medical marijuana patients in Florida.  Tinctures are a great way to deliver medication that will act fast and have longer lasting effects than smoking or vaping.  Tinctures are also much faster acting than a traditional oral route of administration.

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Alzheimer’s, Canola Oil, & Medical Marijuana: Surprising facts and promising treatments https://floridamarijuana.net/alzheimers-canola-oil-medical-marijuana-surprising-facts-and-promising-treatments/ https://floridamarijuana.net/alzheimers-canola-oil-medical-marijuana-surprising-facts-and-promising-treatments/#comments Tue, 22 May 2018 14:00:26 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37807 What is Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease and the most common form of dementia; its cause is still unknown. This neuro-degeneration is associated with a deterioration of memory and cognitive functions. According to the Alzheimer’s Association website, 5.7 million Americans are living with diagnosed Alzheimer’s; it is projected that by 2050 that number…

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What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease and the most common form of dementia; its cause is still unknown. This neuro-degeneration is associated with a deterioration of memory and cognitive functions. According to the Alzheimer’s Association website, 5.7 million Americans are living with diagnosed Alzheimer’s; it is projected that by 2050 that number will rise to nearly 14 million people. This fast-growing disease is characterized by intracellular neurofibrillary tangles which contain phospho-tau protein (an abnormal form of the protein) and an extra-cellular anomalous aggregation of amyloid-beta 1-42 peptides; an insoluble form of the amyloid-precursor-protein (Revett, et al.). Both of the proteins mentioned above are naturally occurring in the brain and the central nervous system. Amyloid-beta peptide, for example, is associated with controlling synaptic activity; in other words, the amyloid-beta peptide has a role in regulating the communication between neurons (Pearson and Peers). Tau protein, on the other hand, is associated with the cellular structure of the neuron, as well as the synthesis and upkeep of microtubules; structures that play an essential role in the transportation of nutrients and other vital substances from one part of the neuron to another (Mietelska-Porowska et al.).

If these components are naturally occurring in the brain and central nervous system, then why are they associated with the disease?

In a healthy brain, the amyloid precursor protein (APP) is cleaved to form the protein needed for a particular function, in this case, the amyloid beta peptide 1-40 which regulates neuronal communication. However, in a brain with Alzheimer’s, the resulting protein’s structure of amyloid beta peptide 1-42 is not soluble and therefore cannot cross the cellular membrane of the neurons. This insoluble form of the protein causes the peptides to accumulate and form plaques around the cells.

The neurofibrillary tangles occur when the structure of the associated protein tau changes and it is unable to synthesize microtubules. Instead, the tau protein forms chains of proteins by binding to itself; resulting in a spiral or helical form of the protein, which leaves it unable to perform its function. Copious amounts of these tangles and plaques are generally in the entorhinal cortex, which is the main interphase between the hippocampus and the neocortex. In other words, neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid plaques are quite abundant in areas of the brain that are related to memory formation, consolidation, and optimization during sleep (Revett, et al.).

It’s the aberrant aggregation of the amyloid beta peptides 1-42 and the formation of the neurofibrillary tangles that contribute to the malfunction of the neurons, leading to inflammation in brain cells, and ultimately neuronal loss or cell death. Together, neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid plaques, are important markers of the disease.

Is there anything that you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s?

“If you don’t use it, you lose it” is a common phrase that is nowadays associated with preventing Alzheimer’s. Research has shown that by keeping the brain’s neural connections active, i.e., learning a new language or a new skill, makes the brain less vulnerable to degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. However, because this disease is associated with a metabolic cause, it is important to watch out for the foods that we consume.

Canola oil, for example, is one of the most widely consumed vegetable oils in the world. This form of vegetable oil is promoted by corporations such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because it is less expensive than other vegetable oils. Furthermore, it has been advertised as having the same health beneficial qualities as olive oil. However, recent studies show that a diet rich in canola oil worsens memory and learning abilities in mice models. The study, led by Dr. Praticò, showed that canola oil significantly reduced the levels of amyloid beta 1-40, which leads to an increased formation of amyloid plaques in the brain. This change in ratio is responsible for considerable damage to neuronal function and memory impairment (Whiteman).

So, next time that you are out grocery shopping make sure to check the ingredients and nutritional facts on the back of the products you consume. It’s quite surprising how many food items have canola oil in them.

What type of treatment is out there?

Normal aging and degenerative associate diseases make the brain more susceptible to cellular malfunction and damage, as well as developing neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid plaques. Most treatment of Alzheimer’s focuses on reducing the amount of the amyloid plaques that form, however, this form of treatment has had inconclusive results. Nowadays, scientists see Alzheimer’s as a metabolic disease rather than a cognitive one. This change in approach leads scientists to start looking at mitochondria in neurons.

Mitochondria are essential organelles, specialized structures, found in every cell of our bodies. They are in charge of processing sugars, fats, and proteins that we consume into chemical energy, which is then accessible to our cells so that they can carry on normal cell function. Hence, mitochondria are central in metabolism. By using worms and mice as models, scientists at the EPFL lab were able to identify two mechanisms that control the quality of mitochondrial function. These findings indicate that brains with Alzheimer’s “actually try to fight the disease by boosting quality control pathways” (EPFL). Hence, one type of treatment is to pharmacologically activate the quality control mechanisms of mitochondria by using compounds such as antibiotic doxycycline and the vitamin nicotinamide riboside (NR).

Another type of treatment based on recent studies, where lab data suggests that Medical Marijuana not only “causes a breakdown” of the amyloid peptide buildup, but it also reduces inflammation in the cells by “working in the brain’s naturally occurring endocannabinoid receptors” and competitively adhering to where amyloid plaques would otherwise attach and surround the neurons. Furthermore, studies show that cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH), stimulate the removal of the amyloid plaques that surround the neurons (Currais). Unfortunately, because the FDA has not approved Marijuana as a “safe and effective drug”, there is lack of funding for research that studies the use of THC as treatment. Even though further research is required, current studies strongly suggest that THC has promising results for the treatment of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases like it.

 

References

Currais, Antonio, et al. “Amyloid Proteotoxicity initiates an inflammatory response blocked by

cannabinoids”. Nature,no 16, 2016.

https://www.nature.com/articles/npjamd201612, doi:10.1038/npjamd.2016.12.

EPFL. “Healthy Mitochondria Could Stop Alzheimer’s Disease”. Neuroscience News, 6

Dec 2017.http://neurosciencenews.com/alzheimers-mitochondria-8123/.

Mietelska-Porowska, Anna, et al. “Tau Protein Modifications and Interactions: Their Role in

Function and Dysfunction”. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, vol 15, no. 3, 2014, pp 4761-4713. PMC, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3975420/, doi:10.3390/ijms15034671.

Pearson, Hugh A., and Peers, Chris. “Physiological Roles for Amyloid B Peptides”. The Journal

of Physiology, 575.Pt 1, 2006, PMC, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1819417/, doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.2006.11203.

Revett, Timothy J., et al. “Glutamate System, Amyloid B Peptides and Tau Protein: Functional

Interrelationships and Relevance to Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology”. Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, vol 38, no.1, 2013, pp 6-23. PMC, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3529221/, doi:10.1503/jpn.110190.

Whiteman, Honor. Collier, Jasmin. “Canola Oil May Worsen Memory”. Medical News Today, 7

Dec 2017. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320294.php.

 

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No all medical marijuana patients in Florida want to take their oral medication without infusing into a recipe. The problem that most patients have is the actual infusion of the medical marijuana into their meals.  It’s never been easier with products available like Trulieve’s Truclear and similar variations at Curaleaf, Surterra, Grow Healthy and Aphria.  Click the following link if you’re also interested in learning how to infuse coconut oil with cannabis concentrate.  Jaime Renee Cruz of Cruz Cannabis cooking was nice enough to allow us to share this in our Patient Education portion of our website.  Please check out all of her edible recipe videos.

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Jaime Renee Cruz latest video is how to make thc infused sals con queso or nacho cheese dip.  THC infused meals are great to add to your methods of ingesting medical marijuana.  Jaime is the founder of Cruz Cannabis Cooking and all of Jaime’s videos can be seen here

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Jaime Renee Cruz of Cruz Cannabis Cooking demonstrates how to make a THC infused paleo no bake coconut oil chocolate candy.  Coconut oil is a great medium for infusing medical marijuana into.  The higher rate of bioavailability and absorption with coconut oil make it a perfect choice for most cooking needs.  Jaime covered how to infuse coconut oil with cannabis concentrates in an earlier video.  Make sure to watch her other videos if you need to know how to infuse coconut oil to use in different recipes.

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How to Make THC Infused Candy Melts https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-make-thc-infused-candy-melts/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-make-thc-infused-candy-melts/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 19:27:10 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37830 After watching this THC infused candy melts video by Jaime Renee Cruz of Cruz Cannabis Cooking, make sure to check out the rest of hers here.

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In this video Jaime Renee Cruz demonstrates how to infuse coconut oil with a Florida cannabis concentrate.  Cannabis concentrates are available in Florida and this is a quick and easy way to use them.  Patients have been asking how to make a medicated medium to cook with and this video accomplishes that in an easy to understand format. If you like the videos that Jaime produces, please make sure to subscribe to her Youtube channel.  To view all of Jaime’s amazing videos click here.

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How to Use Trulieve’s Cannabis Nasal Rescue Spray, Cannatol https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-use-trulieves-cannabis-nasal-rescue-spray-cannatol/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-use-trulieves-cannabis-nasal-rescue-spray-cannatol/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 16:23:09 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37712 Trulieve, a Florida medical marijuana treatment center, offers a variety of medical marijuana products. This is a video demonstrating how to use their cannatol cannabis nasal rescue spray. This product is highly effective for treating epileptic patients or otherwise unresponsive patients. Many caregivers turn to this as their preferred method for treating someone experiencing a…

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Trulieve, a Florida medical marijuana treatment center, offers a variety of medical marijuana products. This is a video demonstrating how to use their cannatol cannabis nasal rescue spray. This product is highly effective for treating epileptic patients or otherwise unresponsive patients. Many caregivers turn to this as their preferred method for treating someone experiencing a seizure. This product works by delivering the cannabis oil directly into the nasal passage for fast relief of symptoms.

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State asks Supreme Court to Stay out Of Home Grow Case https://floridamarijuana.net/state-asks-supreme-court-to-stay-out-of-home-grow-case/ https://floridamarijuana.net/state-asks-supreme-court-to-stay-out-of-home-grow-case/#comments Mon, 21 May 2018 14:54:57 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37819 Lawyers for the state asked the Florida Supreme Court to stay out of a legal battle, at least for now, over whether a lung-cancer patient can grow his own marijuana.  Tampa strip-club owner Joe Redner this week asked the high court to step in while the dispute is under appeal. A Tallahassee judge in April…

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Lawyers for the state asked the Florida Supreme Court to stay out of a legal battle, at least for now, over whether a lung-cancer patient can grow his own marijuana. 

Tampa strip-club owner Joe Redner this week asked the high court to step in while the dispute is under appeal.

A Tallahassee judge in April ruled that Redner should be able to grow his own medical marijuana for “juicing.”

Redner and his lawyers maintain that juicing is the best way to prevent his lung cancer, now in remission, from recurring.

Using a relatively unusual legal procedure, Redner’s attorneys Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to lift a stay imposed by the 1st District Court of Appeal and allow Redner to grow his own pot.

Redner’s lawyers want the court to invoke what is known as its “all writs” authority in the case, which contends that a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical cannabis allows patients to grow marijuana.

Redner will be harmed if the stay remains in effect, the 77-year-old’s lawyers argued.

But in a response filed Friday, lawyers for the Florida Department of Health argued that the “all writs remedy” is “available only in a very narrow set of circumstances” and, in Redner’s case, doesn’t warrant the court’s intervention.

“While the department is not unsympathetic to petitioner’s medical condition, this is not an appropriate basis for invoking this (Supreme) Court’s all writs jurisdiction,” the state’s lawyers wrote in a 22-page response.

The health agency also argued that Redner’s attempt to get the Supreme Court involved “is improperly attempting to appeal the First District’s decision to reinstate the automatic stay.”

Even if the high court were to vacate the automatic stay, the agency’s lawyers argued, “there are no existing legal means for petitioner to obtain the seeds or growing plants he desires.”

The state also attacked Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers’ decision to allow Redner to grow his own pot, saying it would “upset the existing regulatory structure for medical marijuana in the state” and open the door to possibly “thousands of patients” to start home grows.

“The only way to prevent the proliferation of unregulated homegrown marijuana is to maintain the status quo” while the appeals court considers Gievers’ interpretation of the statute, wrote Amber Stoner and Jason Gonzalez, private lawyers working for the health department.

 

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How to Use Trulieve’s Cannabis Oil Capsules https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-use-trulieves-cannabis-oil-capsules/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-use-trulieves-cannabis-oil-capsules/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 16:25:40 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37711 Trulieve, a Florida medical marijuana treatment center located in Quincy Florida, offer pure cannabis oil capsules for medical marijuana patients in Florida.  Learn how to use Trulieve’s cannabis oil capsules in this easy to understand demonstration video.

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Trulieve, a Florida medical marijuana treatment center located in Quincy Florida, offer pure cannabis oil capsules for medical marijuana patients in Florida.  Learn how to use Trulieve’s cannabis oil capsules in this easy to understand demonstration video.

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How to Use Trulieve’s Mystica Vaporizer Battery https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-use-trulieves-mystica-vaporizer-battery/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-use-trulieves-mystica-vaporizer-battery/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 16:27:59 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37709 Trulieve offers a variety of products at its Florida medical marijuana treatment centers. This is a video demonstrating how to the Trulieve Mystica vaporizer battery. The Mystica is a favorite among patients that want something that protects their vaporizer cartridge in a smaller package than a traditional pen style vaporizer.  

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Trulieve offers a variety of products at its Florida medical marijuana treatment centers. This is a video demonstrating how to the Trulieve Mystica vaporizer battery. The Mystica is a favorite among patients that want something that protects their vaporizer cartridge in a smaller package than a traditional pen style vaporizer.  

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Florida Blows $5 Million in MMJ Education on Drive Baked Get Busted Ad Campaign https://floridamarijuana.net/florida-blows-5-million-in-mmj-education-on-drive-baked-get-busted-ad-campaign/ https://floridamarijuana.net/florida-blows-5-million-in-mmj-education-on-drive-baked-get-busted-ad-campaign/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 16:58:59 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37794 When Andrew Freeman, former Lt. Governor of Colorado and Marijuana Czar testified in front of the Senate Health Policy committee during the 2017 session, he told the committee that an important part of regulating a medicinal cannabis program was an education campaign. The definition of “educate” is to enlighten and inform, and the bill to…

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When Andrew Freeman, former Lt. Governor of Colorado and Marijuana Czar testified in front of the Senate Health Policy committee during the 2017 session, he told the committee that an important part of regulating a medicinal cannabis program was an education campaign.

The definition of “educate” is to enlighten and inform, and the bill to implement amendment 2, otherwise known as SB8A, set aside $5M for this important task.

But did the legislature “get” what Mr. Freeman meant when he talked about an educational campaign for medical cannabis? It doesn’t seem to look that way.

Here is how the mandate came down from SB8A, the implementation bill for Amendment 2, now Article X, Section 29 of the Florida Constitution:

(3) STATEWIDE IMPAIRED DRIVING EDUCATION CAMPAIGN. —

(a) The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shall implement a statewide impaired driving education campaign to raise awareness and prevent marijuana-related and cannabis-related (Note: is there a difference?) impaired driving and may contract with one or more vendors to implement the campaign. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles may use television messaging, radio broadcasts, print media, digital strategies, social media, and any other form of messaging deemed necessary and appropriate by the department to implement the campaign.

$4.9M of the five million was given to the state’s Highway Safety Office, a division of the Florida Highway Patrol, who handed the funds (presumably without an Intent to Bid procedure) to PP+K, an advertising firm in Tampa that also handles the state’s mammoth lottery campaigns. The other $100K went to commission a University of Florida survey to identify what residents know about impaired driving. (You’d think they would have done that first, before they developed the ad campaign).

What they came up with, is the now omnipresent “Drive Baked, Get Busted” which looks strikingly like an ad campaign created by the Los Angeles sheriff’s department for their new “Recreational Use” law which came into effect in California on January 1, 2018, which was called, “Drive Baked, Get Booked”

The first question that comes to mind is, ‘Why would we spend $4.9M to plagiarize an ad campaign on impaired driving regarding recreational use when the campaign was supposed to be about medical cannabis use?’

The average medical cannabis patient in Florida is 54 years old and doesn’t even use a word like “baked”, and yet the campaign media kit states that the target audience is “between 18 and 34, and between 55 and 74”. Looks like they are missing the mark. It doesn’t even look like they did their research.

The two commercials show a man in a car suddenly hallucinating seeing disappointed people in around his car and the second commercial showing a young woman with friend playing “keep away with her keys and she finds her motor skill greatly and frustratingly suppressed. Unfortunately for the good folks at PP+K, those things are more stereotypical of reefer madness and anti-cannabis ad campaigns than actual reality. In fact, it is actually very hard to prove cannabis impairment. That is why $500K was set aside to teach law enforcement how to spot actual cannabis impairment. Blood tests are not reliable, and no breathalyzer test could prove impairment. Just testing for THC wouldn’t work because THC with CBD mitigates the THC effects, and many folks, after regular medicinal use, can acclimate to the THC. Someone who is affected by THC can walk a straight line, lean back and touch his nose, and very easily catch keys thrown in the air. And without hallucinations.

Even the ad copy has bad research. It claims that,” Unlike alcohol, marijuana has no intoxication limit”. With all due respect, that is very wrong. Just ask the grieving parents of a child who dies of alcohol poisoning in college.

 

The video ad campaign was able to squeeze in a website with the $4.9 million purchase price.

Even Rep. Ray Rodrigues, who wrote the mostly prohibitionist language of the bill, sees problems with the ad campaign. As reported in Politico, he said the campaign, which only focuses on a level of impaired driving associated with recreational use, should have better reflected use of the medicinal drug under the new law.

Nothing is mentioned in the campaign about how long the effects last, or what you should do if you think you are impaired, nor does it draw any analogy to alcohol or prescription drug use. It should be mentioned, that, just like the warning labels on the side of bottles of opioids or any other medicine that may impair your mental or motor processes, that you should take precautions if you take this medicine and drive or use heavy machinery.

In the vernacular of today’s youth, “If you’re high, lay low.” If you think your impaired, you don’t have to drive. Wait under it wears off (1-3 hours for inhaled, more hours if ingested) or get a ride from a sober friend or an uber and play it safe.

That’s what educational messages sound like.

That will be $4.9M, please.

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How to Use Trulieve Whole Flower Handheld Vaporizer https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-use-trulieve-whole-flower-handheld-vaporizer/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-use-trulieve-whole-flower-handheld-vaporizer/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 16:32:45 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37708 Trulieve, a Florida dispensary, offers a variety of products at its Florida medical marijuana treatment centers. This is a video demonstrating how to use their dry herb handheld vaporizer. This vaporizer allows patients to get a full entourage effect which provides the synergistic healing properties of all the available cannabinoids and terpenes.  This vaporizer must…

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Trulieve, a Florida dispensary, offers a variety of products at its Florida medical marijuana treatment centers. This is a video demonstrating how to use their dry herb handheld vaporizer. This vaporizer allows patients to get a full entourage effect which provides the synergistic healing properties of all the available cannabinoids and terpenes.  This vaporizer must be used with the state approved pre-loaded dry herb cannabis cups. You can watch the demonstration video showing you how to use Trulieve’s whole flower handheld vaporizer cups.

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Florida Man Dies From Exploding Vape Battery https://floridamarijuana.net/florida-man-dies-from-exploding-vape-battery/ https://floridamarijuana.net/florida-man-dies-from-exploding-vape-battery/#comments Wed, 16 May 2018 18:23:38 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37782 Florida is known for being in the news with ridiculous headlines that begin with “Florida Man”. The most recent addition to a long list of Florida man stories comes from an exploding vape battery.  A 38-year-old man in Florida was killed when the vape battery he was using exploded, sending projectiles into his head and…

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Florida is known for being in the news with ridiculous headlines that begin with “Florida Man”. The most recent addition to a long list of Florida man stories comes from an exploding vape battery.  A 38-year-old man in Florida was killed when the vape battery he was using exploded, sending projectiles into his head and causing a small fire in his house.  This is believed to be the first death that can be directly attributed to a vaporizer battery.

Tallmadge D’Elia was found May 5.  He was found in the burning bedroom of his family’s home in St. Petersburg, according to the Tampa Bay Times. When the autopsy report was finally completed and published it blamed a vaporizer battery exploding. This was first reported by local news outlets in the Tampa Bay area.

The official cause of death from the vape battery. was listed as “projectile wound of head”. — the pen exploded into pieces, at least two of which were sent into his head, the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner said — and he suffered burns on about 80 percent of his body.

The “mod”-type pen, distributed by Smok-E Mountain, is manufactured in the Philippines, according to a company Facebook page, the Times reported. The Facebook page is not currently publicly accessible.  Shoddy batteries have been known to catch on fire and blow up in many different consumer electronic products.  

According to a report from the U.S. Fire Administration, there were at least 195 accidents in which an ecig battery exploded or caught fire from 2009 through 2016.  The 195 accidents resulted in 133 injuries, 38 of which were severe. During the time frame the study was conducted there were no reported deaths.  The explosions usually occur suddenly, the report found, “and are accompanied by loud noise, a flash of light, smoke, flames, and often vigorous ejection of the battery and other parts.”

More than half of the total incidents, 128, included fires started on nearby objects. 

The report blamed the incidents on the prevalence of lithium-ion batteries in the products. “No other consumer product places a battery with a known explosion hazard such as this in such close proximity to the human body,” it said. “It is this intimate contact between the body and the battery that is most responsible for the severity of the injuries that have been seen. While the failure rate of the lithium-ion batteries is very small, the consequences of a failure, as we have seen, can be severe and life-altering for the consumer.”

As a user pointed out in the comments below, there are plenty of devices with lithium ion batteries.  Specifically cell phones and other consumer electronics that spend a large portion of the time being used in close proximity to the face.

A representative from Smok-E Mountain told ABC affiliate WFTS that it believed the problem to be an issue with the device’s atomizer or battery, and not the device itself.

 

 

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How to Use Trulieve’s Vaporizer Pen Battery https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-use-trulieves-vaporizer-pen-battery/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-use-trulieves-vaporizer-pen-battery/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 16:40:32 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37705 The post How to Use Trulieve’s Vaporizer Pen Battery appeared first on .

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What is the Endocannabinoid System https://floridamarijuana.net/what-is-the-endocannabinoid-system/ https://floridamarijuana.net/what-is-the-endocannabinoid-system/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 18:56:55 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37775 Humans are designed to take cannabis because of an intricate system of neurotransmitters known as the endocannabinoid system.   • Endocannabinoids connect with receptors – called cannabinoid receptors – on the surface of cells. There are two main receptors, CB1 and CB2. Studies show Cannabidiol (CBD) strengthens and improves the efficacy of mitochondria,the power source…

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Humans are designed to take cannabis because of an intricate system of neurotransmitters known as the endocannabinoid system.
 
• Endocannabinoids connect with receptors – called cannabinoid receptors – on the surface of cells. There are two main receptors, CB1 and CB2. Studies show Cannabidiol (CBD) strengthens and improves the efficacy of mitochondria,the power source for every cell in your body.
 
• Studies on the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) have shown that apart from being regulator of homeostasis, the ECS also responsible for repairing damaged cells and target damaged cells without affecting normal cells, acting as a biological defense system.
 
• The ECS regulates a variety of biological processes, such as relaxation, feeding, sleep, certain inflammatory reactions and even cognitive function. In short, your ECS is responsible for the optimal function of your body.
 
• Endocannabinoids and their receptors are
found throughout the body. However, while the Endocannabinoid System performs its tasks, experts believe that the function of the ECS is the regulation of homeostasis.
 
• There are two types of receptors – CB1 and CB2 – in the cells of the body. They are abundant in the brain and immune system.
 
• The body produces cannabinoids in a natural process (such as endocannabinoids: anandamide and 2-AG) that share chemical structures similar to cannabinoids derived from plants like CBD.

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How to Use Trulieve’s Topical Cannabis Ointment Cream https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-use-trulieves-topical-cannabis-ointment-cream/ https://floridamarijuana.net/how-to-use-trulieves-topical-cannabis-ointment-cream/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 18:51:17 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37707 Learn how to use Trulieve’s topical cannabis cream.  Trulieve is a Florida medical marijuana treatment center,   

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Learn how to use Trulieve’s topical cannabis cream.  Trulieve is a Florida medical marijuana treatment center, 

 

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THC Infused No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars https://floridamarijuana.net/thc-infused-no-bake-peanut-butter-oat-bars/ https://floridamarijuana.net/thc-infused-no-bake-peanut-butter-oat-bars/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 16:48:57 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37750 This is a great video by Jaime Cruz of Cruz Cannabis Cooking.  Click the following link to watch more great Cruz Cannabis Cooking videos. Ingredients 1 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup honey 3 cups rolled oats THC Concentrate (desired MG’s by 20)   Instructions Line a 8×8 pan with foil. Spray lightly with non-stick spray.…

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This is a great video by Jaime Cruz of Cruz Cannabis Cooking.  Click the following link to watch more great Cruz Cannabis Cooking videos.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • THC Concentrate (desired MG’s by 20)

 

Instructions

  1. Line a 8×8 pan with foil. Spray lightly with non-stick spray.
  2. Melt the peanut butter and honey together until smooth, either in the microwave (30 seconds) or stove top. Combine mixture with oats.
  3. Press into prepared pan.
  4. Place in refrigerator until set (1 hour).
  5. Remove from fridge and cut into squares.

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500lbs of Medical Cannabis Dispensed in Florida Last Week https://floridamarijuana.net/500lbs-of-medical-cannabis-dispensed-in-florida-last-week/ https://floridamarijuana.net/500lbs-of-medical-cannabis-dispensed-in-florida-last-week/#comments Tue, 15 May 2018 15:43:18 +0000 https://floridamarijuana.net/?p=37699 More than 24,000,000mgs of THC were dispensed in Florida last week, according to the most recent update from the Office of Medical Marijuana Use on May 11th, 2018.  24,000,000mgs of THC breaks down into 24,000 grams.  Taking a moderate extraction rate of 10% we discover that it would take 240,000 grams of whole flower medical cannabis…

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More than 24,000,000mgs of THC were dispensed in Florida last week, according to the most recent update from the Office of Medical Marijuana Use on May 11th, 2018.  24,000,000mgs of THC breaks down into 24,000 grams.  Taking a moderate extraction rate of 10% we discover that it would take 240,000 grams of whole flower medical cannabis in Florida to produce that many mgs of THC for patients to consume.  There are approximately 454g per each pound.  

240,000g

divided by

454g

equals

528+lbs of medical cannabis 

 

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Florida dispensed over 500lbs of medical cannabis last week

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