#WCW-Tiffany Reynolds (Interview)

High lovely people? Flying high today, or mellow movin? Either way, I’ve got  special treat to accommodate your hump day. Today’s special guest for this week’s Women in Cannabis Wednesday is Tiffany Reynolds, founder and owner of Soul and Wellness MMJ services and education center! I met her at a cannabis mixer, and she has been a wealth of knowledge and resources for me ever since.

The woman puts the busy in the term busy body! She was on her way to a dispensary and took the time to call in to Clear As Smoke. I hope you all are able to gain some gems from my lovely friend!

 

 

Soul and Wellness provides a wide array of services to get you approved for your medical marijuana card (MMC). They also offer monthly educational seminars. To accommodate individuals who do not qualify for a MMC, they have an ample variety of CBD products.

The place is lit. It’s a warm, inviting environment and I encourage everyone to stop by if you can.  Check out the website: Soul And Wellness

Contact: 312-937-3333 2007 S. Blue Island, Chicago, IL 60608

Oh, she mentioned a few people and organizations you should know about. Click on each to find out more. You’ll be happy you did and you know it.

NORML

Two Dope Chicks

The Herbal Care Center

Told you!

This smoke session is dedicated to you Tiffany! Thank you for being another phenomenal #WCW in the industry!

On #TBT-When Marijuana Was American Medicine

High everybody!

Can’t school ya on trees without schooling ya on the roots. Many people only know about cannabis in it’s modern state. As far back as the 1800s, marijuana was not only legal but was used to treat numerous illnesses and life-threatening diseases. If marijuana was seen as a get high drug back then, let’s just say the late eighteen hundreds  were absolutely lit.

Picture this. It’s 1852, you’ve caught yourself a bad case of cholera from some bad deer soup or whatever people ate then, life sucks. Food is exiting your body every which way then, duh-you remember you can die in like, hours. You hop on your actual mustang and gallop on over to the nearest pharmacy. Right as you’re about to lose 4 more ounces of bodily fluid, the pharmacist hands you this:

 

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You go home, you take it, not only do you not die, but you feel much better and can get a good night’s rest! So, how does this fairy tale end with us having to fight to legalize it again over a century later? Like, bruh??

So for the next few decades cannabis would be regulated, slightly, but only as medicine if issued by pharmacies and poison if not. Of course, everyone who was enjoying cannabis, whether medicine or poison, wasn’t doing it for medicinal purposes. Puffeth, puffeth, passeth.

Now hemp had been legal in America ever since 1619. But why did it have to be legalized in the first place? Oh, you’re trying to go back, waaaaaay back huh? Ok let’s go. But, quickly, please lol.

Hemp is known as the first plant humans ever cultivated. Research shows China and India being the first sites of hemp cultivation, some 5,000 or more years ago. It was used for clothing, paper, and yup, getting stoned.  Meanwhile, in what is now North America, Native Americans had already been growing their own type of hemp but cannabis sativa was introduced by settlers who grew it on their “newfound” land.  Like, making strong rope and pants are cool, but they wanted to get high lol. SOOOOOO, the Virginia Assembly made it possible for people to not only consume hemp, but grow it. Matter of fact, hemp was so necessary that it was illegal NOT to grow some Mary Jane…for the struggle lol. After the Civil War, hemp was still being grown domestically but other materials were introduced for fabric, mainly cotton. Cotton was cultivated by slaves brought from Africa and established an entire industry.  Cannabis cultivated with higher levels of THC was popular, and near the end of the century smoking pot was a fad; even marijuana parlors operated like modern day lounges.

 

Hey, we’re about caught up right? Cool. So you’re feeling awesome, smoking your green, then boom, it’s 1910. The Mexican Revolution begins, and Mexican immigrants who use cannabis recreationally flood into America. Well, since this society has always been so historically accepting of other races, they wanted to make sure our friends from the South got a warm welcome. That was sarcasm! Marijuana was now labeled as a drug associated with these new immigrants that were labeled criminals by racist laws and biased research. Boom it’s 1931, and 29 states have already outlawed cannabis and Harry J. Ansliger commissioned the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. BRUH!!!!

Every decade that followed, cannabis would see a thinly-veiled love/hate relationship with America. New bureaus were created, new laws were enacted, propaganda film and ads blossomed. At the same time, research was proving cannabis wasn’t dangerous, celebrities were advocating for legalization, and citizens were discovering the medical benefits. But never again was it considered medicine until 1996, when California passed a law legalizing cannabis use for patients with serious illnesses. Sort of where we are right now in Illinois.

Yup, racism criminalized cannabis. And that is bullcrap. Crap from a bull.

So, if there is a moral to this story, it’s this: Racism ruins everything. Luckily for us, technology, new laws, and education are making great strides in getting every state on board. America needs its medicine back, and it’s called marijuana.

Isn’t history fun?

“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.” –Thomas Jefferson

 

#Charlottesville

Not even two whole weeks ago, I was in Charlottesville, VA. I was staying mere miles from the protest and the disgusting display of hate that occurred this past weekend.  Now the president refuses to condemn the proper parties of hate, while defending those who used violence and deadly force to innocent people and total disregard for the law.

This post isn’t about cannabis. It’s a reminder that this blog does not and will not support hate, white supremacy, nor the values endorsed by Donald Trump.

I look forward to connecting with ALL demographics of people through cannabis education and advocacy. With regard to all people having different beliefs and views, this is not a platform for entertaining the so-called morals that hate supporters live by.

My mission is to not only expose the uneducated to the benefits of cannabis, but to contribute to the necessary fight to racially equalize opportunities and criminal rights in this industry.  Bigotry, fascism, racism, and white supremacy are barriers to that mission, and I won’t have it.

As we post hashtags and update our statuses, let’s remember that getting involved is necessary now more than ever. As I always urge, get to know your politicians and community leaders.  We cannot battle hate without representation, and the nation’s leader is severely lacking in representation for us.  The more opportunities made for minorities, the broader the spectrum of our voices will be made.  Cannabis has already opened the door for minority or women owned businesses, but not enough. Black people are still highest represented in prison for cannabis crimes while making up less than 3% of the industry, and in total 13.3% of America’s population.

Starting with education is key. Moving forward with love is crucial.

Feel free to contact me with thoughts, comments, or questions.

Rest in peace Heather Heyer.

Vaporize: The OTHER Way To Smoke

Smoking cannabis is like microwaving a meal instead of reheating it on the stove or in the oven. You want it fast, and you want it hot. But it isn’t always as good as the other options. Well, think of hitting a joint the same way. No, NOTHING wrong with smoking cannabis but man oh man, the many faces Mary Jane wears!

Tinctures, oils, edibles, even topical creams are ways to experience the healing and elevating effects of cannabis. So, what does all these different methods do? Why take cannabis if you can’t smoke it? Because, like cannabis, smoking isn’t for everyone.

Let’s get one thing straight: smoking is NOT good for the lungs. Nothing has scientifically linked smoking marijuana to lung cancer, and it’s been proven to be safer than smoking cigarettes. But smoke is smoke and it can build tar and carcinogens in the lungs. But the heat from smoking cannabis activates the THC quickly, giving the smoker an instant high.

  

Vaporizing is a great alternative to smoking, because you’re inhaling the vapor of cannabis that has been heated, not burned, to the right temperature.

Vaporizors come in large, box looking machines all the way down to personal pens. You can vaporize the actual buds or highly concentrated cannabis oil. Just like any other medical cannabis product, you can choose the amount of THC and/CBD for your desired high or relief.

Here’s a great slideshow on about 8 types of vaporizors. Some are common, some aren’t:

https://www.bustle.com/articles/62476-9-types-of-marijuana-vaporizer-for-every-kind-of-smoker

I like the vape pens, they’re so cute and you can truly control the amont of intake. Plus the vapor makes cool smoke for music videos and slow motion walk-ins. All of those things are important to me.

Next time, let’s discuss tinctures. Why? Because I like saying it. TEENT-urrrr. You can leave out an r or 2. 

Peace and bud!

#WCW-Illinois Women In Cannabis 2nd Annual Summer Social

High and Happy #WCW! Here at Clear As Smoke, WCW stands for #WomeninCannabisWednesday. Whatever crush you have is totally for your own hashtag, although these women are certainly ones to adore!

This week I’m featuring the women of the Illinois Women in Cannabis, some of whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the 2nd Annual IWC Summer Social. Perfect weather, patio setting, vendors, employers, and investors all brought together by women seeking to empower both women and men in the cannabis industry! For more information on this great organization, please visit their website:

Illinois Women In Cannabis Website

Along with the individuals I met, the sponsors were among the vendors who were ready and willing to answer questions and exchange contact information. NETWORKING.

That’s right, if you are trying to enter the cannabis industry, it isn’t a piece of cake. But this FREE event was pure sugar. I will be featuring the businesses and individuals I met in posts to come. Some great places to start are websites like Eventbrite, joining cannabis-centered event pages on Facebook and Instagram, and getting involved with local and national organizations who are truly passionate about the legalization, regulation, and education of cannabis.

Like I said, I’m no professional or expert. Yet 😉
Pictured from left: Kiana Hughes and Fenesha Hubbard of Two Dope Chicks Cannabis Sensitivity Training, and myself. (Found out Fenesha went to my elementary school!)

Pictured from left: Fenesha, myself, and my friend Tracy Fox (who I ran into that night after not seeing her since second grade…becauseshe ALSO went to my elementary school LOL!!)

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Mind BLOWN! You’ll never know who you already know and may meet at cannabis events!
Additionally, I met representatives from Alternative Vibes, Cresco Labs, MedMar Dispensaries, Dispense First cannabis software, and endless members of IWC.

“I think hard drugs are disgusting. But I must say, I think marijuana is pretty lightweight.”Linda McCartney

Cannabis, Marijuana, Weed, Pot, Bud, Mary Jane…

Oh sweet, sweet sensimilla…

Ahem, my bad. Didn’t notice you reading there. That’s probably because I’m high.

High, my name is CannaLady86 and I have much to tell you. Is this just another blog about pot? Well, yeah. And you’ll find many more because this beautiful, complex plant is not only the solution to many medical and economic issues, but is also what brings so many people together. I literally saw a rainbow as I typed that, you’re welcome.

Because I live in Chicago, my focus is educating on Illinois policy, the Compassionate Care Cannabis (insert 5 more words) Program, patient rights and benefits, employment opportunities, and my experience being an Illinois non-patient cannabis lover, advocate, and educator.

Mmmkay so why should you care what I think? Well, I know more than you, that’s why. Lol just kidding. I probably know just as much if not less than many people reading this. Hopefully their input will enlighten me as I seek to enlighten others. Nevertheless, I’ve been privileged to have been to legal states, cannabis events, even volunteered with industry organizations. It’s been fun, to say the least, but when I return home I see how unexposed many communities are in regards to medical cannabis. Not hard to see why, living in Illinois. So, I decided to answer all the questions I get asked by people here and other places that simply want to learn more or are ready to jump head first into the industry. That means:

  1. Becoming an Illinois medical cannabis patient or caregiver
  2. Being employed in the Illinois medical cannabis industry

Notice my emphasis on MEDICAL. Don’t play no games now…Illinois, just like any other state, is not a FEDERALLY legal cannabis state. And in Illinois, the only legal cannabis is medical, meaning it is administered by a licensed facility to a licensed, card-holding patient.

We’ll get to ALL that fun stuff later. For right now, let’s get back to basics.

WHAT IS CANNABIS?

Cannabis is the herb derived from the plant Cannabis Sativa. Its psychoactive effects come from THC, or delta-9 tetrahydro-cannabinol, which is a naturally occurring cannabinoid. Its healing effects come from CBD, or cannabidiol, another cannabinoid. It’s leaves and buds are dried and used for smoking, cooking, medicines, and oils.

Historically cannabis gained many names, some from users, others from government propaganda. So to be PC or whatever, cannabis is known as medical marijuana and is still considered a drug. But this is my blog, and I say cannabis is not a drug.

It’s medicine.

And so far, zero deaths have resulted from the use of it. So take that, National Institute on Drug Abuse!

Because I sincerely see Illinois becoming a legally recreational cannabis state, meaning people who don’t qualify to be a patient can still purchase cannabis products, it’s time that people who don’t know get in the know. Ask me what you wish, and if it isn’t answered here, I’ll find the answer.

IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE USAGE, SMOKING, OR DISCUSSION OF MARIJUANA, THIS IS NOT THE BLOG FOR YOU. FRANKLY, I WONDER WHY YOU’VE READ THIS FAR. BUT I THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST, YOU COULD BE READING ANYTHING ELSE RIGHT NOW.

Alrighty, I hope whoever left didn’t take all the cookies and punch I brought for you guys. There’s no cookies and punch. We’re online.

So how can YOU become a medical cannabis patient in Illinois, allowing you to legally purchase and use that sweet mary jane without any heat from authorities?

  1. You must have one of the following conditions, diagnosed by a medical professional:
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Residual limb pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy)
  • Severe fibromyalgia
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis)
  • Spinal cord injury is damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov cysts
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome

Source: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis/debilitating-conditions

2. Complete the application:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis/medical-cannabis-registry-application

3. Come up off that change bruh, this is Illinois! You knew there was going to be a fee:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis/registry-card-application-fees

4. Find a dispensary, these are all licensed:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis/select-a-medical-cannabis-dispensary

It’s some work, but necessary. The more people who qualify and obtain their cards, the more participation the state sees with this pilot program, the better.

Look, cannabis isn’t for everyone. Lol I’m not talking about myself of course. Heck I love it. I’ve been a user since the age of 17. Stoner teen, thinking I could change the world with a Bob Marley cd and a few rolled joints. Then I met people whose lives were improved by medical cannabis, and realized how people in my own community can do the same.

I’m here to show you why YOU (Smokey the Bear finger point) are absolutely necessary to the movement. Like I said, I’m no expert. But I’m passionate and prepared to be your trusty liaison to the cannabis world. One toke at a time!

Welcome to Clear As Smoke.

“Hey, hey, hey, hey…smoke weed everyday.”–Nate Dogg.

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