Cannabis Corner

Otiel’s Egyptian Kush

Dead & Company’s own two-time Grammy winning bassist, Otiel Burbridge, is a musical fountain who has created remarkable art with many of the greats. On the band’s debut trip to Denver last year they stopped in dispensaries, which sparked up an idea that led to Otiel’s collaboration with GroundSwell Dispensary, and the holy union of the two created what we now know as Otiel’s Egyptian Kush. GroundSwell is the only distributer of the strain at this moment and they posted a description of the new herb saying, “Boasting a sweet cherry flavor, this indica-leaning hybrid kicks off with a stimulating rush of energy and evolves into a body effect that sets you blissfully adrift. Oteil’s Egyptian Kush is ideal for losing yourself in a favorite song and grooving to the bass line alongside thousands of your closest friends.”

Weed Perfume Now Available
Back in the day people used to put perfume or cologne on to mask the smell of weed. In 2017, people are finally embracing the skunky smell of the sticky icky. Perfume company Xyrena is launching what it calls the first “strain-specific cannabis perfumes.” While not everyone enjoys the pungent smell of fresh cannabis, it’s hard to not at least be interested given the description. “Blue Dream opens with the strains signature sweet blueberry aroma with just a hint of skunk and evolves into an earthy pepper scent with a lingering sweetness making the fragrance just as smooth and balanced as its flowering inspiration.” The perfume doesn’t contain any actual cannabis, Killian Wells, owner of Xyrena said, “the natural terpenes found in cannabis are utilized in the formulas such as pinene, limonene and caryophyllene.” Wells, a musician also created a song and music video, which he says was inspired by the scent Blue Dream.

Push for Cannabinoids Painkillers Renewed

Due to public health consequences of abuse, the FDA announced that a powerful opioid painkiller must be removed from the market.

“The abuse and manipulation of reformulated Opana ER by injection has resulted in a serious disease outbreak. When we determined that the product had dangerous unintended consequences, we made a decision to request its withdrawal from the market,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

This is the first time the FDA has taken steps to remove an opioid from the market because of “public health consequences of abuse.” The move renews the argument that cannabis and its cannabinoids could prove to be a better option for managing chronic pain. Cannabis has shown to be an effective, non-addictive pain reliever and, according to the DEA, has never caused a fatal overdose. Having legal access to medical marijuana has shown to significantly reduce opioid pain medication intake and opioid-related hospitalizations. Professors, pain doctors, advisory boards, and medical experts have argued that cannabis could address the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Medical Marijuana Available for PTSD in Colorado

Post-traumatic stress disorder is now a qualifying condition for doctor-recommended medical marijuana in Colorado. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17 into law, which opens the doors for Colorado residents to receive a doctor’s OK to use medical marijuana in the treatment of PTSD symptoms.

Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, spoke in favor of PTSD’s addition, namely so the state could have more accurate data on patients who were recommended medical marijuana, why they were accessing it and how they were using it.

“A lot of people were using medical marijuana for PTSD but obtaining it under other diagnoses,” Wolk said. “We wanted more transparency to what those numbers looked like, what that population looked like.”

It’s the first new qualifying condition added under the state’s medical marijuana law since it was implemented in 2001. The state’s eight other qualifying conditions are: cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, cachexia, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea and severe pain.

Weed comic from College Humor

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