(photo: Amsterdam Super Silver Haze )
HOW TO STAY SAFE WITH CANNABIS 
Although the Compassionate Care Act passed in California in the mid-90s, more and more people every day are being introduced to medical marijuana as an alternative to their pharmaceuticals. Here are some tips to keep yourself safe as you explore your options for getting a medical card and visiting your first collective:
Visit only reputable doctors for a medical marijuana recommendation. The intention of the law is to get your recommendation from your primary care physician, but many are unwilling to prescribe medical marijuana. Plus, getting your letter from an office that is not used to handling this sort of thing could slow down the process of registering at collectives, as they have to call your office to verify the recommendation. Practices that specialize in medical marijuana recommendations often have automated online and phone verification and have an expedited process for evaluating and writing out letters for patients. However, some of these places are known for unfair pricing (ie. advertising $40 for a letter at first but tacking on fees to bring the price for a yearly recommendation up to $100) or getting citations for various unsavory activities and having their medical licenses revoked. Only go to doctors that are reputable; most are on Yelp, peruse the reviews before paying them a visit. You can also check the status of the practicing doctor’s medical license on the CA BreEZe website.
Visit only pre-ICO collectives. Los Angeles recently passed a law (Measure D) that allows only legal collectives opened before 2007 to remain in operation. All other dispensaries are seen as illegal in the eyes of the law–and you could get in big trouble if you’re in one during a shut-down raid! Even beyond personal protection, it is a good idea to support pre-ICO collectives, as they are usually the most law-abiding and respectable ones around. Although the pre-ICO list being passed around the internet is rather outdated, here is a list of all the collectives who existed before and obeyed an ordinance passed in 2007.
Ask for test results of the marijuana. Any respectable medical marijuana collective has their medicine tested by a reputable third party. Test results show THC, CBD and CBN percentages as well as whether the product has any mold or pesticides in it. CAC’s medicine is tested by BudGenius Labs.
Read more from California Alternative Caregivers here

(photo: Amsterdam Super Silver Haze )

HOW TO STAY SAFE WITH CANNABIS 

Although the Compassionate Care Act passed in California in the mid-90s, more and more people every day are being introduced to medical marijuana as an alternative to their pharmaceuticals. Here are some tips to keep yourself safe as you explore your options for getting a medical card and visiting your first collective:

  • Visit only reputable doctors for a medical marijuana recommendation. The intention of the law is to get your recommendation from your primary care physician, but many are unwilling to prescribe medical marijuana. Plus, getting your letter from an office that is not used to handling this sort of thing could slow down the process of registering at collectives, as they have to call your office to verify the recommendation. Practices that specialize in medical marijuana recommendations often have automated online and phone verification and have an expedited process for evaluating and writing out letters for patients. However, some of these places are known for unfair pricing (ie. advertising $40 for a letter at first but tacking on fees to bring the price for a yearly recommendation up to $100) or getting citations for various unsavory activities and having their medical licenses revoked. Only go to doctors that are reputable; most are on Yelp, peruse the reviews before paying them a visit. You can also check the status of the practicing doctor’s medical license on the CA BreEZe website.
  • Visit only pre-ICO collectives. Los Angeles recently passed a law (Measure D) that allows only legal collectives opened before 2007 to remain in operation. All other dispensaries are seen as illegal in the eyes of the law–and you could get in big trouble if you’re in one during a shut-down raid! Even beyond personal protection, it is a good idea to support pre-ICO collectives, as they are usually the most law-abiding and respectable ones around. Although the pre-ICO list being passed around the internet is rather outdated, here is a list of all the collectives who existed before and obeyed an ordinance passed in 2007.
  • Ask for test results of the marijuana. Any respectable medical marijuana collective has their medicine tested by a reputable third party. Test results show THC, CBD and CBN percentages as well as whether the product has any mold or pesticides in it. CAC’s medicine is tested by BudGenius Labs.

Read more from California Alternative Caregivers here

Ultralow doses of THC found to protect the brain

A study published in July 2014 by The Adelson Center for the Biology of Addictive Diseases and The Mauerberger Chair in Neuropharmacology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel found that doses of THC low enough to not cause psychotropic activity were enough to protect mice brains from long term damage. In this study, mice were treated with a chemical that causes inflammation in the brain (lipopolysccharide, or “LPS”). Mice that received a single ultralow dose of THC either 48 hours before the LPS treatment or 1-7 days after LPS treatment, and given an object recognition test a few weeks later. LPS causes long-lasting cognitive damage, but the mice who had been treated with THC did not show that damage. Read the full study here.

These states could legalize marijuana in 2014 and beyond
(source: http://fusion.net/justice/story/states-legalize-marijuana-2014-1027175)
In 2012, Washington and Colorado both voted to legalize the sale, possession, and cultivation of cannabis. This year, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC will have legalization on the ballot, and Florida will vote on medical use. 

These states could legalize marijuana in 2014 and beyond

(source: http://fusion.net/justice/story/states-legalize-marijuana-2014-1027175)

In 2012, Washington and Colorado both voted to legalize the sale, possession, and cultivation of cannabis. This year, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC will have legalization on the ballot, and Florida will vote on medical use. 

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Scientists at the University of South Florida’s Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute have investigated the potential role of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a major component of marijuana, on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathology. What is most commonly known as a recreational substance has demonstrated its potential in ameliorating AD and other neurological diseases, perhaps because our bodies produce the substance naturally (endocannabinoids) and have receptors that naturally respond to it. - See more at: http://inventorspot.com/articles/thc-cannibis-has-potential-therapeutic-effects-alzheimers-diseas#sthash.a9TbLYkw.dpuf

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Scientists at the University of South Florida’s Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute have investigated the potential role of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a major component of marijuana, on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathology. What is most commonly known as a recreational substance has demonstrated its potential in ameliorating AD and other neurological diseases, perhaps because our bodies produce the substance naturally (endocannabinoids) and have receptors that naturally respond to it. - See more at: http://inventorspot.com/articles/thc-cannibis-has-potential-therapeutic-effects-alzheimers-diseas#sthash.a9TbLYkw.dpuf