Free Cannabis Information Session in Chicago!

Greetings Blogees!

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how I got into the cannabis industry. Other than stalking companies and volunteering, businesses are looking at a candidates level of education and willingness to learn. So attending free sessions on cannabis education is crucial to a well-fed resume, especially when having extensive professional experience is so difficult to do in an industry that’s still new!

So, here ya go! 606CannaBliss will be hosting an informational session on the history, legality and registration process; followed by a Q&A! Light refreshments will be served.

When: Thursday, September 2, 2018

Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm

Where: 444 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60611

Please RSVP: 606cannabliss.eventbrite.com

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High THC Isn’t Always Necessary.

Strain: GG4 (FKA Gorilla Glue #4)

Cultivator: PTS (East St. Louis, IL)

I don’t always post cannabis pictures of my usage or my stash. But I want to highlight something. Look at the label, that’s an average amount of THC. But this ish is smokin. I’m good and buzzed.
The more you consume cannabis, the less important the need for super high THC strains should be…as far as getting high. Pain and medical condition relief is way different. THC is also a healing and sedative cannabinoid, so patients prefer higher percentages.

But it’s important to vary your use with strains that are both low and high in THC, and maybe high in another cannabinoid, like CBD. And trust, it’s a very relaxing feeling.

But just for the buzz?

You don’t need a super high (26% and up) THC strain to get stoned. What you want is a fruitful terpene profile and a great method of consumption.

The terps listed include humulene, which is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory (calm dem nerves!). B-Caryophyllene is an anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, anti-alcohol craving, also anti-inflammatory terpene. I’m a medical cannabis patient for PTSD, so when I need to feel calm, relaxed, yet uplifted (plus stoned, duh lol), I look for strains like these. So as you can see, you can consume a strain that, based on the terpenes AND THC level, will match the effects you need. The THC works hand in hand with the terps!

Btw, s/o to Grav Labs gor this awesome glass blunt! I love their products.
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#WCW-Mama Ifrica

Hello and High my lovely blogees!

First and foremost, to all of you on the east coast, especially Washington, D.C., PLEASE BE CAREFUL! I’M SENDING PROTECTIVE ENERGY AND POSITIVE VIBES! STAY SAFE!!! Make sure you all check on your loved ones!

Now, let’s get to know Mama Ifrica, this week’s #WCW! I remember listening to today’s #WCW for the first time in college, and her music being part of the soundtrack to my cannabis journey. Her voice is amazing, soul stirring, and a tool of activism!

Born Ventrice Morgan in Montego Bay, Jamaica to reggae/ska legend Derrick Morgan. Raised as a rastafarian, she was taught the importance of ganja (cannabis) for health and the religion.

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After winning a talent competition in Montego Bay, she continued to perform and light up the stage at festivals and local concerts. Her big break came in 1998, when Tony Rebel heard her perform at an event honoring the late Garnett Silk, another reggae legend. Rebel asked her to join his group, Flames Production Camp, and they performed in the world reknown Reggae Sumfest later that year.

Her solo career is littered with hits, including  “Daddy,” “Below The Waist,” and “Randy, her music also expressed her connection to cannabis and its importance. “Sensimilla” was one of my favorites, along with “Medical Marijuana”, her latest album!

Since this she has gone on to work as a solo artist after having built a reputation for herself. The Queen has produced such singles such as “Randy” and “Boxers and Stockings” which are a mainstay on local airwaves. Her music shows strong ties to her Rastafarian beliefs as most of her lyrics are laced with these principles. She has also amassed a large following due to the raw nature of her lyrics as she is not afraid to put her own struggles on display as is evident by songs such as “Daddy” and “Below the Waist”.

The Queen never lost touch with her community, being a volunteer and organizer of numerous efforts, and using her music along the way.  Additionally, she gained international fame as co-producer for “,” a song for the United Nations Celebration of the Year of Volunteers. Millions of people were touched by that song, and her place as a reggae legend was secured.  Her music continued to advocate the use and need for cannabis.

Check these lyrics from “Sinsemilla”:

Sinsemilla give me a vibe sah
To blaze in my chalwah
Getting me higher
Sinsemilla give me a vibe sah
To blaze in my chalwah
Getting me higher

Nuttin nuh sweet like a good spliff
Before or after yuh meal
Especially if yuh just mek love to Oneil
Eeeh Camiel
It sweet like sugar
Mi sure fi a fact it mek man work proper
Babylon stop curell mi herb field with yuh chopper
Before di prophet haffi tell yuh say yuh can’t tan yah
Long time Isreal a chant fi Hoshanna
Isanabraka watch the eden a flatter
So how wi full a joy always happy
A di lambs breed weh always deh inna wi meddi

And here’s one of her many performances:

 

Lift ya spliff for the queen! Thank you Queen Ifrica for your music, your spirit, and your fight!

Stay elevated blogees!

 

Note: Although she is rumored to be anti-LGBTQ, which is devastating, I am honored to highlight another Black woman’s efforts in cannabis. Having to separate my personal beliefs from the goal of this blog is my job, but I remain very clear in my stance, regardless. I SUPPORT AND AM A MEMBER OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY.

 

 

The Endocannabinoid System-Part One

Hey blogees! You know I love talking terpenes! To understand them better, it’s good to know about the endocannabinoid system.  I like abbreviations, so let’s call it the ECS, and if it wasn’t for cannabis the system may still be undiscovered. So what is it? The body’s system of cannabinoid receptors, that’s what! But I suck at scientific terms, so let’s dive in!

Every single plant has its own unique set of chemicals and cannabinoids are the chemicals unique to cannabis. With over 100 different of these chemicals found in the cannabis plant, narrowing the combinations unique to each strain is part of the crucial research performed on the endocannabinoid system.

Our bodies have different systems, like the digestive system or circulatory system. What your elementary schoolbooks may have missed was the ECS.  Probably because it took up until 1964 for the system to be discovered (I think my school books were published before that. Damned public school system). Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and Dr. Yechiel Gaoni discovered the molecular structure of THC, which is the primary and only psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis.

The ECS is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the mammalian central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system.” Uh, thanks Wikipedia. Long story short, our bodies have two main cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. The ECS  participates in the regulation of:

  • appetite
  • pain-sensation/touch
  • pre and postnatal development
  • memory
  • mood
  • stress

Additionally, the ECS affects how we react to physical movement, specifically exercise, in terms of the mood boosts humans usually feel after a good workout (yes, there’s a such thing called “runner’s high”). This system also mediates how high you get from cannabis, and the level of satisfaction you feel from the high. I’ve even read that the system specifically keeps you from getting too high, but that’s a bit objective, given that everyone experiences different levels of effects from every type of cannabis.

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Source: Hightimes.com

Next time we will revisit the endocannabinoid system, but we are going to break it on down to how both receptors (CB1 and CB2) react to cannabinoids in the cannabis we consume.  For a preview, meet my boo Cannabis Man below. He’s the perfect boyfriend, always showing me exactly where and how the chemical compounds benefit the body, so romantic!

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Source: MarysMedicinals.com

 

Catch ya next time blogees!

#WCW-Kiah Tolliver (Audio)

Hey hey blogees, and welcome to Women in Cannabis Wednesday!

Working in a dispensary is very similar to working in a retail store. You have merchandise, inventory, customers, and you make sales. Without a good POS (point of sale) system, your whole business (whether cannabis or not) can quickly lose organization, track of expenses and revenue, and loss of inventory. This week’s #WCW is the co-founder of the FIRST Black owned merchant service, Canna Trax! She’s also a fellow chapter president of Minorities for Medical Marijuana in North Carolina! Woot woot!

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This proud U.S. Navy veteran has an extensive background in computer software and technology development. Just last year she left her position as a .NET developer for Cardinal Innovations Healthcare to join her husband as co-founders of Canna Trax. Did I already mention it’s the FIRST Black owned merchant service platform? Just in case I didn’t, she is the co-founder of Canna Trax, the FIRST Black owned merchant service platform lol!

Listen below to a refreshing chat with Kiah Tolliver!

 

You heard her blogees, it’s NEVER too late to hop into the tech side of the industry, and as you probably assumed I am rooting for each and every one of you to follow your passions in the cannabis industry!

Joints up for Queen Kiah! Thank you for sharing your experience and creating another path in cannabis for people of color!

Catch ya soon blogees!

 

Check out Canna Trax at http://www.c-trax.com/ !

And make sure to check out Minorities for Medical Marijuana at https://minorities4medicalmarijuana.org/ !

Governor Rauner Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill TODAY!!

Hey blogees!

Today is a big day for Illinois, at least when it comes to cannabis and healthcare! Governor Bruce Rauner will sign, into law, a bill that expands IL’s current medical cannabis program to include opioid addiction. Although he was opposed, let’s just say this is what happens when pot pushes politics.

This year Rauner is up for reelection, that is if super rich, super personable, super cannabis friendly gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker doesn’t take the lead. Which is probably why Rauner is even dipping his cold, bloodless toes in the cannabis waters. 

Don’t forget, our current medical cannabis PILOT PROGRAM technically expires in July 2020, but citizens and legislatures alike are strongly predicting the state going legal next year. I’m talking general use of cannabis for adults 18 and over type of legal. In the meantime, let’s go over how the bill expansion helps people addicted to opioid use:

  • With a doctor’s certification, patients who are prescribed opioids could immediately start use of and purchase medical cannabis products without applying to the Dept. of Public Health.
  • Certifications would be valid for only 3 months but can easily be renewed.
  • Since Nov 2015, pot sales have reached $200 million. But just last year over 6 million opioid prescriptions were filled. Meaning ALOT more people will qualify for medical mary Jane starting TUHDAY.

Oh, it gets better. This bill expansion may do way more, aside from making Rauner push his pants, including:

  • New medical cannabis applicants will not have to undergo a criminal background check 
  • They also will not have to submit fingerprints!
  • Applicants who apply online with a doctor’s certification will receive a provisional registration that allows them to purchase cannabis products while they wait to be approved by the state

Well damn! And this is all on the heels of Rauner signing the bill to legalize industrial hemp this past Saturday! Check out the Chicago Sun-Times article here.

*pops cork* Hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. This deserves a turn up!

Whether it’s pressure from a political opponent or his own changed mind, Gov Rauner has the VOTERS to thank for this move. Advocates, citizens, and patients are the push these politicians need. As they should be, because they are supposed to je working for us!

What are your thoughts on the new bill? 

#WCW-Tiffany Bowden (Audio)

Happy Women in Cannabis Wednesday blogees!

Today’s feature is Tiffany Bowden, Vice President of education for the National Diversity & Inclusion Cannabis Alliance (NDICA). She also is the founding President and co founder of the Minority Cannabis Business Association and the former co-owner of Comfy Tree Enterprises. Her expertise is drenched in business consultation, motivational speaking, life and businesses coaching, writing, and cannabis education!

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So this should be a lively interview, right? Not exactly. Tiffany’s road was paved with abuse, misogyny, and disloyalty. Although unfortunate, it isn’t uncommon, even in the cannabis industry. Blogees, I charge you with changing your perspective and letting this sista have a voice.

Hard pill to swallow huh? Knowing that an industry you love, an industry that heals, still has room for the same mistreatment of Black women as any other. It takes women like Tiffany to speak out, so more women and men who have her same experiences know they aren’t excluded. You are not forgotten!

“Inner peace is the new success” is the quote donning her Facebook page background. My strongest hope is she continues to find success through inner peace, and vice versa.

Queen Tiffany, we thank you for your courage and strength to speak out against your aggressors and abusers. Clear As Smoke stands with you.

Don’t forget to check out the NDICA website! And to learn more about Tiffany, click this link to check out her website too!

#WCW-Yolanda Goff (Audio)

Hello and high my lovely blogees!

It’s Clear As Smoke’s birthday week, the beginning of August, and of course, Women in Cannabis Wednesday! Time is not for wasting today, so let’s get to it!

Meet Yolanda Goff, Founder and CEO of Vitality Consultant, Chief Creative Officer at Healthy Church People Wellness and Business Development Executive at HCPN Alliance. In addition to being an entrepreneur, she’s a wellness educator, motivator, and business consultant. What I found so unique about Yolanda is her approach to cannabis in the religious community. Additionally, she is an advocate for more people of color to be have equity and decriminalization in medical cannabis.

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I found her insight on minorities in cannabis so inspiring and on point! With a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Marketing, with a certification in holistic health she has developed an intricate approach to combining health, business, and advocacy in everything she does.

Spend your lunch break with Yolanda and I, click below!

Two dabs for Lady Yolanda! Another outstanding #WCW with a mission to help and heal. Thank you!!

 

 

 

#TerpeneTuesday-Caring Caryophyllene

What’s up blogees?

As some of you may already know, terpenes are the fragrant, oily secretions found in just about every plant species. They bind to the receptors already present in our endocannabinoid system! Click here for my blog on terps!

Meet caryophyllene, the terpene so serene lol! The scientific name is beta-caryophyllene, so let’s call it BCP for time’s sake. BCP is an amazing terpene, for one because it doubles as a cannabinoid and two, it’s the only terpene found in ALL strains of cannabis. Matter of fact, it’s the terpene that drug-sniffing K-9 dogs are trained to sniff out, stay woke!

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This terpene is special in many ways, and after seeing one of my esteemed, educated patients, I learned that this is also a terpene that can’t be taken in large quantities. The body’s endocannabinoid system has 2 cannabinoid receptors that have been discovered by scientists, CBR1 and CBR2. BCP is down with CBR2, and when it comes to benefits, BCP is also down with OPP, also known as Other Plants’ Properties! It’s a spicy little number, often found in clove, cinnamon, black pepper, and oregano. I even read it’s found in cotton!

Have you noticed many terpenes aid in anti-depression and are anti-fungal? BCP is no different, plus more. Much more.

Benefits of beta-caryophyllene:

  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-depressant
  • Anti-parasitic
  • Pain relieving
  • Anti-inflammatory

Additionally, BCP may prevent Alzheimer’s, help with Parkinson’s diseases, prevent multiple sclerosis, increase post-stroke brain damage, increases the brains antioxidants, reduces high cholesterol levels, reduces anxiety, and helps you get to sleep! Sleep…which is what I’ll need after naming all these benefits lol!

A double toast to beta-caryophyllene!

 

To learn more about the greatness of BCP, check the links below.

https://mybiohack.com/blog/beta-caryophyllene-cannabinoid-pain-brain

http://norml.org/library/item/introduction-to-the-endocannabinoid-system

http://terpenes.weebly.com/