August 29, 2014

Marijuana Strain Blueberry OG from CRAFT Collective, San Francisco Bay Area

Blueberry OG

CRAFT Collective, San Francisco Bay Area

GENETICS

It would be logical to assume that Blueberry OG is synonymous with the Blueberry and OG Kush hybrid commonly known as Blueberry Kush. But according to Bay Area delivery service CRAFT Collective, their Blueberry OG came from an old friend in Mendocino County, who crossed Skunk with Blueberry to create this hybrid, which “grows like an indica and is quite vigorous.”

CRAFT’s Blueberry OG is organically grown and Clean Green certified. It has been tested by SC Labs and contains an impressive 24.5% THC.

BOUQUET

These flowers are a muted shade of pale green and are fairly dense, with rust-colored hairs and a thick coating of trichomes in shades of ivory and cream.

The aroma is tart and tangy, with strong notes of sweet floral perfume, zesty pine, and overripe fruit. It’s earthy and herbal and mildly musky with a hint of mint. These layers of appealing scents blend nicely to produce a richly enticing fragrance. (Despite Blueberry OG’s reported Skunk lineage, there is no discernible skunk smell.)


Blueberry OG swiftly envelops you in pillowy comfort…a pleasantly fuzzy, slightly heavy head high sweeps away any trace of anxiety and induces a sudden sense of emotionally soothing calm and contentment.

FLAVOR

This Blueberry OG has a pleasant flavor that is mild and smooth. It’s slightly sweet yet also a bit savory, with a dusty, toasted quality. There is a lighter, more subdued reflection of the tangy tartness in the aroma, along with a distinct floral taste tinged with pine and earthy, herbal, smoky undertones. Finally, a touch of blueberry emerges in the exhalation and aftertaste.

EFFECT

After a brief moment of hesitation, Blueberry OG swiftly envelops you in pillowy comfort. The effect is gentle but unmistakably powerful, with an overall softening sensation. A pleasantly fuzzy, slightly heavy head high sweeps away any trace of anxiety and induces a sudden sense of emotionally soothing calm and contentment. It’s deliciously mellow, yet also distinctly clear and lucid, inspiring a present, mindful, and meditative state of consciousness. There is also a satisfyingly relaxing body stone that is moderately effective at relieving pain and nausea, but it is comparatively subtle relative to the more pronounced cerebral effect. The physical effect is numbing and somewhat inclined toward laziness, but not particularly sedative.

In very small doses, Blueberry OG is beautifully suited to daytime relaxation and mood enhancement without impairing functionality. It is, however, extremely potent, so exceeding a few small puffs over the course of several hours may produce a cheery but surprisingly incapacitating fog of complacence, although it never becomes overwhelming or uncomfortably intense.

Blueberry OG from San Francisco Bay Area Dispensary CRAFT Collective

August 27, 2014

Marijuana Edible Trokie from Edible Ideas, Oakland

Trokie

San Francisco Bay Area Collectives

“What is a Trokie?” is a loaded question ending with a sparkling mouth full of minty fresh breath. Delivering countless benefits, the Trokie – also spelled as troche – is safe, reliable, discrete, and convenient. It allows the everyday citizen to easily medicate in public without anyone being the wiser. Designed with great care by a Doctor of Pharmacology, the Trokie offers optimal absorption of cannabinoids without the heavy or disorienting side effects that may inhibit abilities to fully function during day-to-day activities. Have to take that unexpected business-call? No problem.

Trokie Medical Cannabis Edible

The Latin word Troche (Troh-kee) is defined as ‘little wheel’ or ‘delivery’, and has been used as a form of medicine since the 1950’s. While oral dosing methods known as buccal (between the cheek and gum) or sublingual (under the tongue) are both traditionally effective for medical cannabis patients, buccal dosing is the preferred method of delivery for the Trokie. By diffusing medicine directly into the bloodstream through oral tissues, these methods of absorption bypass a degrading path through the digestive system. Buccal placement allows the Trokie to dissolve with minimized saliva production while enhancing the amount of medicine traveling directly to the bloodstream. Referred to as the First Pass Effect, we like to think of this process as a shortcut through the body maze, reserving potency for the real task at hand. Afterall, who doesn’t want more for their money?

Putting patients first and foremost in medicine, the Trokie is a health conscious product from start to finish. Trokie extracts are created from the finest, sun grown California cannabis, free of growth enhancers and pesticides. Independent laboratory tests are run on every batch of the Trokie, assuring they are free of solvents and toxins. The Trokie doesn’t contain any calories, artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners, and is also gluten free. Trokie scientists have kept all sorts of dietary restrictions in mind, making their product available to as many patients as possible. The Trokie offers a clear and energetic experience, without the racy anxiety that can accompany an alert headspace. Light and uplifting, the high elevates mood levels with a calm and relaxing undertone that is quite soothing.


…the Trokie is safe, reliable, discrete, and convenient. It allows the everyday citizen to easily medicate in public without anyone being the wiser.

Though tolerances vary, many patients find one quarter of a Trokie to be an adequate dose of medicine to fulfill their needs, whereas half of a Trokie can be more than enough. When taken correctly the Trokie consistently delivers medicinal cannabis in reliable doses, allowing patients to choose exactly what effect they are seeking each and every time. The Trokie cannabis extract is decarboxylated at the perfect temperature and pressure, improving the levels of THC bioavailability while retaining the plants terpenes and flavonoids. Wait…Decarboxy-what?!

Decarboxylation: a word representing a concept that sounds bigger and much more intimidating than it truly is. In its raw state, cannabis offers a high percentage of the cannabinoid THCA. This is an extremely beneficial cannabinoid that operates without the psychoactive effects many patients are accustomed to experiencing when medicating with cannabis. So how does THCA become psychoactive THC? When carboxylic acid (CO2) is released from THCA through heat and pressure, the resulting compound is THC.

Science Behind the Trokie Medical Cannabis Edible

Have you ever found yourself immediately attracted to the bouquet or flavor of a specific cannabis strain? That pleasing aromatherapy experience was brought to you by terpenes and flavonoids. These compounds are more than a pleasant olfactory treat; they too are a form of medicine, important to retain during decarboxylation. The retention of terpenes and flavonoids helps to improve the effectiveness of the cannabinoids while offering additional health benefits such as lowering inflammation, acting as an analgesic and muscle relaxant, and improving immune function. The next time you find yourself drawn to a specific strain, consider the possibility that you may be attracted to a compound or set of compounds that uniquely benefit you in some way. Why would you want medicine that has been stripped of all the extra goods?

Cannabis contains nearly 500 natural components, and 66 of them have been classified as cannabinoids. Have you ever wondered what the relationship between these compounds might be and how they vary from strain to strain? In 1963, Israeli scientist Raphael Mechoulam was the first to determine the structure of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD, continuing on to be the first to isolate the psychoactive cannabinoid THC from cannabis the following year. Dedicated to his life’s work with cannabis research, Raphael Mechoulam recognized the beneficial relationships between cannabis compounds working together. In 1999 he defined the phenomena as the entourage effect, which encompasses the idea that multiple compounds synergistically partner with one another to assist the human body and its needs. Said simply, synergy.
The Trokie delivers a medicinal burst of this synergistic relationship in every dose. Now that you understand how and why the Trokie is unique, get out there and try one for yourself! Trokie by Edible Ideas.

Trokie from San Francisco Bay Area Company Edible Ideas

August 26, 2014

Washington DC Marijuana Dispensary Program Expanded By Council

Push Back Against US House For DC Marijuana

The struggle continues for appropriate access to legal Washington DC medical marijuana. While many patients have access via Washington DC dispensaries, indeed there’s still room for improvement in the DC Marijuana Program. While Washington DC medical marijuana patients are generally pleased with the lack of “CBD oil only; or vaporizer only” restrictions seen in other areas of the country, the short lists of symptoms and conditions which qualify patients for the program, and the 95 count plant limit imposed on cultivators are two areas where activists seek change.

Bill B20-766, The Medical Marijuana Expansion Amendment Act of 2014 was drawn up and introduced, allowing activists to push for a “Physicians Condition Controlled List” format, meaning that doctors, and not the government, will decide who could benefit from treatment by medical cannabis. Washington DC medical marijuana growers put their energy behind Bill B20-678, The Medical Marijuana Plant Cultivation Amendment of 2014, potentially raising the limit from 95 plants to as many as 300.


A licensed physician in DC can now recommend medical cannabis for ANY reason, provided it is medically valid, the patient is examined, and a legitimate relationship between patient and doctor is established.

On June 12, 2014 the DC Council held a committee meeting on judiciary, public safety, and health to discuss the two cannabis bills, and hear from the public. Testifying that day were medical marijuana activists, DC citizens suffering from diseases not currently “on the list”, a Washington DC medical marijuana patient, cultivation center operators, and many other concerned citizens. Nearly all individuals present at the meeting were vocally in support of both bills. Councilman Tommy Wells promised to put these bills “on the fast track”. True to his word, Wells followed through. On July 14, 2014 the DC Council unanimously passed the Medical Marijuana Expansion Act of 2014 and it is now in effect. A licensed physician in DC can now recommend medical cannabis for ANY reason, provided it is medically valid, the patient is examined, and a legitimate relationship between patient and doctor is established. Medical cannabis patients remain hopeful regarding the fate of the Medical Marijuana Plant Cultivation Amendment, Bill B20-678, which is still in committee.

Positive moves by the DC Council to expand access to medical marijuana may foretell an eventual embrace of decriminalization or possibly even full legalization. For example, when US Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) in the US House of Representatives tried to block a recent marijuana decriminalization bill, a councilmember, who at first voted against a budget bill, switched her vote to show unity and perhaps to signal to Rep. Harris and others, “Don’t meddle in the democratic affairs of the District!” Longtime marijuana activists are acting accordingly. The DC Cannabis Campaign legalization initiative just handed in petitions with 57,000 signatures (twice the 27,000 needed) putting the legalization of recreational marijuana on the ballot in November. That means Washington DC has a very strong chance at becoming the next Colorado or Washington state.

The mayor and the DC Council have seen a very successful medical marijuana program over the last 3 years, with virtually no abuse, crime, or any of the other fears usually associated with medicinal cannabis. The next logical step is outright repeal of prohibition, making Washington DC marijuana legal for both medical and recreational use for adults. The whole issue might just come down to simple democracy and the people’s will to override this reefer madness at the polls this Fall. Access to legal marijuana in DC, a dream for so many for so long, may soon become reality.