Will You Trust Your Doctor?

The Medical Board of California has released guidance to its members with respect to when and why they might recommend cannabis. I wonder how many doctors follow such stringent protocols when deciding to prescribe dangerous, highly addictive pharmaceuticals. (Oh wait, those are federally legal, so it’s ok).

Prior to 1937, cannabis was prescribed by more than 100,000 doctors for treating hundreds of conditions. In the past 80 years, so much knowledge and understanding of this beneficial plant has been lost in the medical community. The human endocannabinoid system was discovered in the late 1980’s and today few doctors understand it, much less talk about it. As with overall nutrition, this is simply not a subject that is covered in medical school.  I find it an enormous disservice that a physiological system so vital to all our other systems is completely neglected and not understood by mainstream medical practitioners.

The notion of the Doctor-Patient Agreement to be provided and signed at the time of the recommendation, along with the simple chart included in the guidelines to help a doctor decide when cannabis might be a good choice infuriates me.  The guidelines state, “A patient need not have failed on all standard medications in order for a physician to recommend or approve the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes”. Yet, the sample flow-chart relating to pain management is clearly biased toward cannabis as a last resort, not as an viable and natural alternative to the dangerous narcotics being prescribed.

As a non-medical professional, it’s obvious to me that the first choice here is opioids and continuing to instill fear and mis-information to patients, by perpetuating the archaic belief that cannabis is highly addictive and dangerous.

But please don’t take my word for it, read the guidelines yourself and draw your own conclusions.

Opioid Awareness Day

Here’s a nice article that takes an interesting angle on the stages of acceptance for cannabis.

As someone who educates on cannabis and its uses, the only element missing from this article is the fact that cannabis is a purely natural choice with NO dangerous side effects. It is not one dangerous drug replacing another.

If a cannabis product were allowed to be marketed like a pharma drug, say Humira, those 30=40 seconds it takes to tell users how many ways Humira can kill you, could be replaced with 30-40 seconds of how many ways cannabis can improve your quality of life because the only negative side effects (sometimes) reported are red eyes, dry mouth and hunger.

New Findings Highlight CBD’s Therapeutic Potential ….

From our friends at ProjectCBD. This summary is loaded with the latest scientific findings with respect to CBD and cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, and other disorders.

During the last week of June, more than 400 scientists from 25 countries met in Montreal for the 27th annual symposium of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS). Several presentations and posters showcased new findings about cannabidiol (CBD), the non-euphoric component of the cannabis plant that is transforming the medical marijuana landscape. Read full article here.


Maximizing CBD

Firefly recently did a nice roundup of experts in the field, including Jessica Peters, the founder of Moxie Meds–one of our favorite CBD rich tinctures– as well as Mary Lynn Mathre, founder of Patients Out Of Time, a personal hero of mine. This article is a nice review of how CBD works in our body and why we need the full plant for the maximum results. While CBD derived from hemp is exactly the same molecule for molecule with its counterpart from cannabis, the benefit is clearly maximized with cannabis derived CBD. It’s something we’ve been preaching for the past five years and it makes us smile to see how many people have been healed by adding CBD to their daily regime.

Ask a consultant for more information about CBD as a supplement on your next visit or call.

Read full article here.


Mexico Legalizes Medicinal Cannabis

The day after the United States categorized CBD as a dangerous narcotic with the same potential to harm as heroin, Mexico has legalized medical cannabis for all. When faced with a problem like violent nation-wide cartels, Mexico has finally decided to take cultivation and control of the plant away from criminals and back into the hands of the government and the people. For more on the topic, Merry Jane has written a great article you can read here.

Backdoor Medicine: How Cannabis Suppositories Can Save Lives

You want me to put that where?!

This is a common reaction to the suggestion that cannabis can be used as a suppository. Rectal administrations (suppositories) have an unfairly bad reputation in North America, despite the diverse benefits they offer. And we have personally seen countless successes over the years including relief from simple hemorrhoid inflammation to IBS and even dimished size of tumors with prostate and rectal cancers. We can show you how to make your own using FECO oil or you can select ready to insert suppositories from CBD Alive.

This article aims to educate about the advantages associated with the rectal application of cannabis and provide a simple set of guidelines for the effective use of suppositories. Click here to read the full article.

As always, we’re here to guide you through the product selection process. Ask a consultant for more information on your next delivery or visit.

Be Elevated.

DEA Can’t get Past FDA

In any situation it is important to take a look at all sides before forming an opinion. While it is often justified and certainly easy to point fingers at the DEA for their reluctance to reschedule cannabis, it is crucial to note the other organizations with power over cannabis. The FDA is a major stopping point for the DEA and Leafly’s recent article The Accepted Medical Use of Marijuana: States Need to Take Action Now to Protect Patient Rights explains in further depth how they are connected.


Proposition 64 Lets Freedom Ring

Voting yes on Proposition 64 was a difficult decision for many in the cannabis industry. Although legalization is what we have been fighting for all along, certain aspects of the initiative had the industry divided. For more on that, read The Prop 64 Conundrum.

Although it has only been barely four weeks since Prop 64, passed we are already seeing movement. Recreational sales will not be licensed until 2018, but those awaiting clemency for violating marijuana laws may see freedom more quickly than expected. Thousands stand to benefit in the coming months and years. For a full article on the topic click here.

Be Elevated.

Prop 64: California Makes History (finally)

We’ve had lots of questions the past few weeks about Prop 64. Where we stand, what are the good and bad points, what changes if it passes. This post assembles the most asked questions and answers.

Now that Prop 64 has passed, what changes for Californians?
Effective midnight, Nov 8, 2016 it is now legal for adults 21 or over to possess, use and/or gift up to one ounce of cannabis, whether they possess an MMJ recommendation or not. It is also now legal to grow up to six plants in your private residence (note: this is six plants per residence, not per person).

How do I buy recreational cannabis?
You can’t. You must have a license from the local government, then the state to sell recreational cannabis. Licenses will not be issued until late 2017/early 2018.

Will I still be able to purchase medicinal cannabis from RX-C?
As we are in the medicinal cannabis business operating under Prop 215/SB420, nothing changes for us until 2018, when the MCRSA guidelines and regulations become effective.

Do I still need a medical marijuana recommendation to do business with RX-C?
If you wish to continue to receive your medicinal cannabis products from RX-C or become a new member with us, the answer is “Yes”. The recreational laws that will be fully enacted under Prop 64 will not go into effect until January 2018. In the meantime, nothing changes for medical marijuana card holder and we will continue to operate per our established practices.

Can I refer or bring my adult family/friends who do NOT have an MMJ card?
No. We only serve the medical community and will continue to operate under Prop 215/SB420 guidelines.

If I am visiting from out of state, can I receive medicinal cannabis from RX-C?
No. Prop 215/SB420 apply to residents of California only. To do business with us, you must submit a current California medical marijuana recommendation, a California ID (or proof of residency) and be 21 or over.

I understand that under the new law, I will no longer have to pay sales tax, how does that work?
Our understanding of the law is that patients who take the extra step of registering with the state for an official state ID card will be exempt from the state sales tax (presently 8% for our jurisdiction). Please visit the California MMIC page to learn how to obtain a state ID card. Once you have your state ID card in hand, simply notify our team and we’ll update your member record.

Please understand that come 2018, the law as currently drafted imposes a 15% excise tax on medicinal or recreational use cannabis throughout the state, this will be in addition to the required sales tax. We expect that several groups will organize to appeal this part of the law as quickly as possible as true medical users should not be taxed at the same rate. 

Does RX-C plan to apply for a recreational license?
It is our intention to continue to provide quality, hand selected, organic products and top-notch service/guidance to our members who are seeking relief for medicinal purposes. We will continue our pursuit of a state license for medicinal purposes. We do not intend to enter the recreational market.


Governor Brown Passes New Regulations for California

Governor Brown passed and vetoed several bills this week in regards to Cannabis and safety regulations. We see this as another step forward as the state prepares regulations coming into effect in 2018. Click here for the full article.