Tag Archives: cannabis

Why Does My Cannabis Smell Like Lemons?: An Introduction to Terpenes

There’s a lot going on inside a cannabis plant. It’s made up of hundreds of organic compounds, one large class of which are terpenes. Terpenes are what gives each cannabis strain its distinctive taste and smell. Terpenes aren’t exclusive to cannabis; they’re produced by many plants, including lavender, rosemary, mint, and basil, to provide protection […]

Singing the Blues: In Praise of the Coolest Berry

Singing the Blues: In Praise of the Coolest Berry Blueberries are widely hailed as a superfood because they’re jam-packed with antioxidants and other phytonutrients. Antioxidants help combat free radicals, which can damage cell membranes and DNA, and cause physical signs of aging. In fact, the USDA’s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging ranks blueberries as […]

Cannabis and Stress Relief

Today is National Stress Awareness Day—timely, given the heated election season and the impending pressures of the looming holidays. For many of us, stress might appear like a background buzz that’s often drowned out by the immediate demands of the day. But the thoughts are present nonetheless: guests for Thanksgiving week will mean extra laundry […]

For one IBD patient, 12/28/14 is date to remember

WCM’s monthly webinar for August 2016 focused on the use of medical cannabis to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). IBD is an umbrella term which encompasses Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other chronic gastrointestinal diseases which damage the tissues of the digestive tract. Our guest expert this month was “David,”* a WCM member whose 15-year […]

DEA Rescheduling Ruling Not Your Cup of Tea? Imagine This.

Wherein you are invited to engage in a thought exercise: Consider a world in which caffeine, not cannabis, were a Schedule I drug. In 1970, all caffeinated products are federally prohibited and criminalized: no coffee, no tea, and definitely no chocolate or energy drinks, since these might be particularly appealing to children. Predictably, an underground […]

“High Court Refuses to Hear Cannabis Case Over Colorado”

Doug McVay compiles and maintains the highly regarded website DrugWarFacts.org. He’s the web and social media coordinator for Patients Out of Time, a nonprofit focused on medical cannabis and medical/scientific cannabis research. Doug is also a news reporter/producer and public affairs programmer at public radio station KBOO in Portland, Oregon, and he produces and hosts […]

Complex issues deserve rational analysis, not simplistic rhetoric

Any professional who works in this industry understands that being an educator and industry ambassador is simply part of the work. There is so much people just don’t know. We spend a significant amount of time educating people about medical cannabis, how to consume it responsibly, and how to comply with the state’s laws and […]

What’s in that weed? Maine patients deserve lab-tested products

Maine’s Medical Marijuana Program was recently scored as the best program in the country in terms of patient access, regulation, and oversight by the national group Americans for Safe Access (http://bangordailynews.com/2014/07/08/news/state/new-report-calls-maines-medical-marijuana-program-the-nations-best/). We certainly have come a long way in Maine to provide access to this safe and crucial medicine for Maine’s most vulnerable citizens.  We […]

Marijuana Debate Benefits Maine

As support for ending marijuana prohibition continues to grow among voters, institutions that had remained silent on the issue are increasingly expressing their agreement. In an audacious move that some would call long overdue, The New York Times published a series of editorials last week exploring many facets of the government’s war on marijuana, exposing […]