Is Dispensaries the Solution for MMJ in Michigan?


(Article from Marijuana Business Daily)

Michigan lawmakers could be close to approving a solution to the state’s medical marijuana problems.

The state Senate advanced two bills to the floor, meaning legislators could vote on them as early as this fall.  One bill would legalize medical marijuana dispensaries, while the other would approve edibles products.

Both bills passed the House by wide margins last December.

If the bills pass, they would help rejuvenate Michigan’s battered MMJ industry.

In February 2013 the state Supreme Court ruled that dispensaries are illegal under Michigan’s 2008 medical marijuana law. That decision forced many of the state’s dispensaries to close, while others were raided by police. Dozens of dispensaries still exist in cities that haven’t cracked down, yet they operate in a very tenuous situation.

The two bills are not yet a lock to pass.

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) said the bills still need some work before they are voted on. Richardville said he is concerned about dispensaries’ proximity to neighborhoods and playgrounds, as well as product potency.






Will “CBD only Bills” be the end of treating PTSD and other conditions?


Sweeping across the nation are new legislative Bills for “CBD only”, which would eradicate all cannabis strains with THC. However, it is widely known that these bills are erroneous and in danger of denying treatment to millions of patients.

On one hand, legislators and lawmakers are finally consenting to the idea that the Cannabis plant is actual medicine, but on the other hand, they are saying that only part, not the whole plant is medicine. This way of thinking will be the cause of great tragedies for patients who benefits from the entire plant.

Now, don’t get me wrong, when you consider the progress we are making with the studies of the CBD, and how great of a medicine it is, it’s very invigorating. Every day new reports come out showing the medicinal benefits of the CBD. These reports and the readily acceptance of “CBD Only Bills” shows that more people believe in CBD as a medicine, and now we have scientific evidence to back it up, but this can also be said for THC and the overall medicinal value of medicating from the entire Cannabis plant.

So what are THC and CBD??..

THC and CBD are two of at least 85 types of cannabinoids which makes up the Cannabis plant, many of which have documented medical value.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) acts upon the specific sites in the brain called cannabinoid receptors. CB1 (central nervous system) and CB2 (immune system) are the two cannabinoid receptors influenced by using marijuana. Cannabinoid receptors are concentrated in certain areas of the brain associated with thinking, memory, pleasure, coordination and time perception.

THC stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine, creating euphoria. It also interferes with how information is processed in the hippocampus, which is part of the brain responsible for forming new memories.

THC has been known to treat:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Nausea from Chemotherapy
  • PTSD
  • Cancer
  • Progressive diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and glaucoma, and many more.
    • Reduce Insomnia
    • Act as an antipsychotic for people suffering from schizophrenia
    • Possibly offer relief for those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia and Epilepsy
    • Help stop the growth of cancer by inhibiting cancer cell growth, for example, when injected into breast and brain tumors in combination with THC.
    • Prevent the memory impairment and disorientation associated with THC

Cannibidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive component of marijuana that possesses a wide range of therapeutic benefits. When present in high quantities, CBD enhances THC's positive effects while negating many of the negatives. It's clear both cannabinoids coexist in the plant for a reason, often acting synergistically.

CBDs will counter some of the less desirable side-effects of THC, like anxiety, paranoia, rapid heartbeat and short-term memory loss. In high doses, it can help insomniacs sleep, but in smaller amounts, it can be energizing. It can also reduce inflammation, nausea and convulsions.

CBD has also been shown to:

So, now the burning question is whether CBD should be isolated or not, when treating patients or should THC and CBD work in tandem. Well, let’s look at the medical condition called PTSD, which affects thousands of people, mostly veterans and former military personnel.

PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is an anxiety condition caused by disturbing episodes, such as military combat or sexual assault. Three classes of symptoms characterize PTSD: re-experiencing, avoidance, and hyper arousal (e.g., flashbacks, social isolation, and insomnia). The persistence of PTSD over time is attributed to changes in brain chemistry that occur at the time of the trauma, when adrenaline and stress hormones are hyper-responsive.

Researchers have found that people with PTSD had lower levels of anandamide, an endogenous cannabinoid compound, compared to those who did not show signs of PTSD. Researches have also determined that normal CB-1 receptor signaling deactivates traumatic memories and endows it with the gift of forgetting. But skewed CB-1 signaling, due to endocannabinoid deficits (low serum levels of anandamide), results in impaired fear extinction, aversive memory consolidation, and chronic anxiety, and the hallmarks of PTSD.”


We now consider what this all means in relation to THC and CBD….

Combining THC and CBD have been found to increase clinical efficacy while reducing adverse effects, even with only trace amounts of THC added. (CBD works synergistically with THC, bolstering its medical effects while moderating its psychoactivity)

While THC binds to a cannabinoid type one (CB1) receptor in the brain, CBD exerts more activity at the CB2 receptor.When both THC and CBD are present, CBD can interfere with THC’s binding to the CB1 receptor, possibly neutralizing any psychoactive effects.

Additionally, CBD increases the production of anandamide that occurs naturally in the human body, and also prevents anandamide from being broken down, resulting in an indirect increase in endocannabinoid tone with none of the effects of THC.

This scientific breakdown is one of the main reasons why “CBD Bills only”, is ludicrous and it implies that Cannabis or shall we say medicinal marijuana should only be treated for certain patients, such as kids who suffer seizures, and not PTSD patients or people who suffer from chronic pain or fibromyalgia.

CBD is a wonderful medicine and it may one day prove to be one the best medicines known to man, as there is still so much more to learn about CBD and all of the medical benefits it affords. Consequently, THC is also a wonderful medicine and it can also one day be considered one of the best medicines on earth.

There can be a reasonable and valid argument made on behalf of THC and CBD, but the real question should be, why these cannabinoids can’t be used as medicine separately and together. They both come from the same Cannabis plant and both are amazing. We have millions of people throughout the world suffering from a variety of ailments that may need a predominant strain with THC or a predominant strain with CBD.

In conclusion, when there is scientific proof that something is an actual medicine that heals, diseases even cancer, we shouldn’t deny it, but embrace it. Not only a small part of it, but all of it. And this how we should look at the Cannabis plant as a whole and not in parts.


A.k.a. Yung Kushy

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Vape Pen Explained By Vape Pen Review

vape pen

What is a Vaporizer Pen?

Vaporizers have been around forever but due to the increasing popularity of oil & wax concentrates, many people are now learning about them. So you may ask what exactly is it? It is basically a smoking device that leaves behind all of the harmful effects that are normally associated with combustion & burning process of smoking. These devices produce pure vapor without having to inhale any of the other toxins. The newest introduction into the market place is a device known as a  ”vape pen”, which has quickly become one of the best types of portable vaporizer due to their discreetness. If you’ve been to a local bar or restaurant lately, you might have noticed people smoking out of an electronic cigerrate. Well, a vape pen functions very similiar to that except for the fact that it allows you to insert your own dry herbs or oil & wax concentrates into it.

How Does It Function?

The vape pen works by producing a vapor that becomes inhalable as a person uses the device.  The device contains a central heating component that enables it to slowly heat up the dry herbs/oil/wax  between 350 to 400 degrees right before the point of combustion. The result of this is vapor that is produced in the purest form. Normal smoking devices often rise in temperatures of over a 1000 degrees which can burn the product and result in harmful toxins and unwanted residue inhaled to your lungs.

Benefits of A Vape Pen

After reading the above paragraphs regarding vaporizer pens work, you probably have realized that one of the single greatest benefits of using a vapor pen is the health benefit.  ”Vaping” is by far the purest method of smoking and as a result it is the least harmful to your body. No more nasty toxins and residue being inhaled means less pollution to your lungs and reduced chance of becoming sick.  As great as this may sound, it might not even be the greatest advantage of this new device.  Vapor pens come in different designs but almost all of them are extremely small and portable, usually able to fit right into your pocket.  The fact that these devices are so tiny and easily confused as an “e-cig” makes them highly discreet and turns into the best portable vaporizer you can own.  Even when the vapor is exhaled from the unit, it is virtually odorless.  The discreetness of these units enables to you bring them with you almost anywhere you want, which in my opinion makes it a must-have item.

Can All Vaporizer Pens Be Used with Dry-herb, Wax, and Oil?

The short answer to this question is no. Most vape pens are designed to work specifically with dry herbs or exclusively with waxes and oil. However, there are some unique vapor pens that claim to work with all 3. You can view dry herb vape pens here  and learn about the difference between vaporizing dry-herbs, wax, and oil.

How Do I Decide Which Vape Pen is Best for Me?

All portable vaporizers are not created equal and there are a number of different factors that go into determing which vape pen fits you best. Some of the factors to consider are:

Price: Vaporizer pens can cost anywhere from $50 up to the $300 mark. It is up to you to figure out how much you’re willing to invest into owning one of these devices.

What You’re Burning: Some vape pens work only with dry herb, some work only with oils & wax concentrates, and then there are others that work with both. You have to know what you plan on using it for before you can make the decision on which one will work best for you.

Dell J.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Approved as New Condition for MMJ


PTSD Added as a Qualifying Condition




Michigan has added the first new condition for medical marijuana since the Act went into effect in April 2009.  After being passed by new conditions panel it was officially approved by LARA on 3-14-14.  This is the result of more than a year of work on the part of two panels, scores of live and written testimonies, and countless hours of work by many individuals.

What is PTSD?

There are Six Diagnostic Criteria for PTSD:

symptoms of ptsd

The Symptoms of PTSD

  1. The person has been exposed to a traumatic event involving death, bodily injury and experienced feelings of fear or helplessness.
  2. The event is relived again and again.
  3. The person seeks to avoid things that remind them of the event or withdraws.
  4. The person is hyper-vigilant, angry, or has exaggerated startle responses
  5. The symptoms continue longer than one month after the event.
  6. The symptoms impair the patient socially or interfere with normal function.
  7. Acute PSTD has a symptom duration of less than 3 months, Chronic PTSD is more than 3 months.

How Can Cannabis Help PTSD?

Most treatments for PTSD currently revolve around what is called ‘cognitive therapy’- Basically patients are led on exercises and discussions to ‘think through the problem’ in the individual and group setting.  Part of the treatment involves sharing experiences with others with similar experiences and working towards replacing the exaggerated fear responses with more healthy coping mechanisms.  Therapy can last for years and involve medication to help with depression.

Medical marijuana can interfere to some extent with cognitive therapy and provides an escape from the distressing thoughts.  While it may prolong the treatment duration, it can in many cases provide a needed break in the stress, improve the quality of the patient’s life in the short term, and may prevent catastrophic complications such as suicide, violent behavior and relationship problems.

Denali Healthcare is taking the position that the patient should have input into their therapy for PTSD.  In some cases, patients can tolerate intense cognitive and other traditional therapies, in others the patient may require immediate relief of symptoms.  We feel this is best determined on a case by case basis and the patient should have a say rather than be ‘told’ they must limit themselves to specific treatments.

While PTSD is traditional viewed as a disorder of combat veterans, any traumatic experience- exposure violent death in an automobile accident, loss of a child, assault/rape, and physical/psychological abuse are examples of civilian cases of PTSD. The photo for this article depicts the 1982 drowning death of a child that affected the 19 year old EMT at the left of the image to this day.

What is the Denali Healthcare Standard for Certification for PTSD?

The diagnosis of PTSD is serious and life altering.  It may affect the insurability and employability of the patient for life.  It may result in disability determinations. It cannot and should not be diagnosed by non-mental health professionals, and certainly should not be diagnosed based on a single meeting in a hotel or dispensary clinic for the purposes of obtaining a medical marijuana card.  It MUST involve follow up to protect the patient from potentially life threatening complications- To give someone a diagnosis of PTSD and walk away is akin to telling them they just had a heart attack and wishing them luck as you walk out of the room.

Accordingly, the Denali Healthcare Standard for the Certification of Patients with PSTD is as follows:

  1. The diagnosis MUST be formally made by a mental health professional according to the standard of care- by appropriate criteria and over a series of evaluations.  The mental health professional making the diagnosis must have arranged for follow up with a treatment plan and appropriate safety measures.
  2. Patients MUST have documentation of the diagnosis IN HAND when requesting certification.  We will not request records or in any way make the diagnosis ourselves.  Appropriate records include, but are not limited, letters from their therapist, medical records supporting the diagnosis, and/or a disability determination of any percentage for PTSD.
  3. Denali Healthcare will administer a standardized screening test for PTSD as part of the patient record (if PTSD is the only qualifying condition claimed).

Our Concerns about PTSD as the sole criteria for a certification.

The use of PTSD as the sole criteria for certification carries with it the risk the ‘low standard’ clinics will attempt to use a single evaluation by a ‘checklist’ of some sort to make the diagnosis (especially by non-mental health providers) simply to qualify the patient to pay for a certification.  This carries with it several risks.

  1. PTSD could become viewed as a ‘sham’ condition simply used to qualify the patient for a card.  This disrespects those that truly suffer from the condition and decreases the seriousness of the disorder.
  2. If PTSD is diagnosed and not properly followed up, people could die.  There are 18 suicides a day on average in veterans due to complications of PTSD, not to mention broken homes and lives.  If it is identified, it must be followed up.
  3. Once ‘labeled’ with the diagnosis of PTSD, patients face lifelong problems obtaining life insurance and possibly health insurance.  If they can, it may be at a higher premium than their demographic peers.  It may limit their employability, ability to own firearms, and a host of other issues.
  4. In the event a patient applies for disability, the discovery by the hearing officer that the diagnosis was made by a non-mental health professional to obtain a medical marijuana card may not turn out well for an otherwise deserving patient.

The addition of PTSD to the qualifying condition list is a huge advance for medical marijuana patients, and it may save lives.  It carries with it a high potential for abuse and must be applied carefully by qualified providers and certification physicians.  Denali Healthcare is more interested in the safety and well-being of our patients than their certification fees, so we will adopt a conservative and well documented approach to the use of PTSD as the sole criteria for medical marijuana certification.

We encourage all high standard clinics to adopt and publish similar criteria.


6 Things I would do if I Owned a Dispensary!


First off, if I was to open a dispensary, there are some obvious things I would do, such as installing a very high tech security system, with 10 Pit Bulls, 8 Doberman Pinschers, and 20 Ninjas guarding the door…wink, wink*! But seriously, if I was to open a dispensary, I would really want it to be unique and tailored for the patient. The patient is the most important aspect of a dispensary.

In many states, including my state of Michigan, we are not allowed to have legal dispensaries. Patients have to have a caregiver to acquire their meds or grow their own.

[When referring to the word “meds”, this can be marijuana flowers, oils, and or medibles]

So as I contemplate how unfair it is for us law-abiding citizens to not have credible access to our meds, I begin to think about how cool it would be to own my own dispensary and what things would I do to make my dispensary the best.

Well, after further contemplation, I compiled a list of 6 things I would do if I owned a dispensary. This list is from my own personal perspective, but feel free to make up your own list of things you would do or you can think of ways to improve my dispensary!

  1. $20 a gram limits- Our prices of meds will range from $5 to $20 a gram. No meds will cost you more than $20 a gram no matter how good it is. We will also sell meds for $5 a gram, this will be our low end, and affordable for the low-income patients. Patients must qualify as low income in order to purchase meds for this price. All meds and price ranges will be first come, first serve basis. We will post messages on Facebook or Twitter letting our patients know what strains are available each day.
  2. Dab Bar- Inside my dispensary, there will be a Dab Bar. This Dab Bar will be an elaborate set-up put together like a real bar, where patients can step –up and order one of our many selections of dabs from some of the most potent strains available. Our set-up will allow patients to take a dab on sight, as there will be a variety of vaporizers to use, the Dab Bar would be similar to a Hookah Bar!
  3. Weekly Grow Classes and Informational Sessions- Every week, we will offer “Grow Classes” and “Informational Sessions” teaching patients how to grow top shelf buds, make Rick Simpson and hash oil, bubble hash, etc. During the informational sessions, we will discuss all the current affairs with Medical Marijuana, and what we as a people can do to improve this law, and how to stay in compliance with our current medical marijuana laws.
  4. Free Med Day- Once a month, my dispensary along with my growers will donate meds to the low-income and less fortunate patients. On this day, qualified patients will have access to free meds, as we will give away free meds for a whole day.
  5. Create Jobs- One of the most important things a community needs to survive is the availability of employment. As my dispensary thrives, I will put an emphasis on creating employment for the community. Whether it’s bud trimmers, growers, teachers, drivers, customer service, etc., my dispensary will create jobs for the community, and we will take pride in putting income into households and adding tax money to the local economy.
  6. Home Delivery Service- The home delivery service will mostly be offered to the elderly, disabled, and severely ill patients. There is no way this group of patients should have to go to a dispensary and stand in line for their meds. Instead we will personally and gladly deliver meds to these patients’ door steps.

This concludes my list of things I would do if I owned a dispensary. And although, I am sure there is a lot more to it when owning a dispensary, and there are many things I left out, I feel if I was to implement these 6 things, I would have a very successful dispensary.

My mission would be to serve the patients in the highest capacity, and to spread love, joy, and meds through-out my community. Join me in this thought process and think of some things you would do if you owned a dispensary.

Owning a dispensary may be a little far-fetched at this moment and time, but you have to admit that it would be very awesome to own a dispensary!

Dell J.

a.k.a “Yung Kushy”

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