How To Make Your Very Own Green Lion Salve

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How To Make Your Very Own Green Lion Salve

One of the most underestimated treatments- topicals containing cannabis- are often tragically overlooked. It isn’t uncommon to suggest a salve or oil to someone in serious pain and be looked at like you just suggested putting a band-aid on a gunshot wound; however, it is often followed with a look of surprised relief, especially when using the Green Lion Salve.

The Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club‘s version of tiger balm, the Green Lion Salve creates both heating and cooling effects. It can be a very effective anti-inflammatory, bring some significant relief to soft tissue pain and for most people, this happens almost instantly…it also happens to be very reasonable and easy to make at home.

Please note: Green Lion Salve is not to be used on broken skin, if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Ingredients:

  • Massage oil – At The VCBC, we use cannabis infused, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • Essential Oils – Eucalyptus, Camphor, Menthol, Lavender, Tea Tree, Wintergreen, Cinnamon and Peppermint
  • Beeswax

How To Make Your Own Green Lion Salve:

We make (approx 7 x 4 oz’ bottles) from the above proportions

  1. Warm 1 Cup of Massage Oil
  2. Add Essential Oils (by the drop): 7 Eucalyptus, 7 Camphor, 6 Menthol, 9 Lavender, 7 Tea Tree, 7 Wintergreen and 6 Peppermint
  3. Stir all the the ingredients together
  4. Leave overnight
  5. Melt and stir
  6. Add 8 drops of Cinnamon Oil
  7. Add ⅓ -½ cup melted beeswax
  8. Stir and enjoy


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Published at Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:04:14 +0000

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Manitoba looking for your input on cannabis legalization

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Manitoba looking for your input on cannabis legalization

Manitoba looking for your input on cannabis legalization

The Government of Manitoba is asking for the public’s input on its cannabis file with a survey called Manitobans Making Choices that can be filled out here.

Ontario similarly had a public consultation before unveiling their plans for cannabis ‘legalization’ in early September, and only time will tell what stance Manitoba will take once it has gone through the results.

What are they going to do with the survey results?

According to Manitoba’s liquor and gaming authority, the survey is intended to help shape a “regulatory framework for cannabis that meets public expectations for safety and consumer protection”, as reported by the CBC

Will Manitoba take a measured, common sense approach that allows for a craft cannabis industry and entrepreneurship or will it follow in the footsteps of Ontario or New Brunswick’s monopoly of licensed producers and Crown Corporation? Considering the class action lawsuits being faced by licensed producers such as Mettrum and the ironically named Organigram for using banned pesticides in their products, the system being proposed by these governments is far from perfect.

How are the provinces responding to legalization?

As all the provinces start looking towards how they’ll be regulating cannabis, it’s a time of great uncertainty for the industry. The federal government has issued a list of guidelines but have left the majority of the big decisions up to the provinces themselves, which opens up the very real possibility of inconsistent cannabis laws across the country.

We encourage all Manitoba residents to go to the website and get their voices heard and hopefully, maybe the government will listen to the cannabis community and give real cannabis legalization a chance.

In other Manitoba news…

In other Manitoba news, back on September 8th, National Access Cannabis, a chain of Canada-wide medicinal cannabis dispensaries, went public and the largest shareholders were the Manitoba-based Opaskwayak First Nations, holding about 10% of total shares, according to CBC.

This signals a growing trend as First Nations across Canada become interested in the cannabis industry and explore the possibility of cultivating it on their lands, with the hopes that it will not only generate revenue, but provide an important opportunity for reconciliation between Aboriginals and Canada.


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Published at Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:36 +0000

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Ontario & New Brunswick Leading by Example

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Ontario & New Brunswick Leading by Example

Ontario & New Brunswick Leading by Example

In Ontario and New Brunswick, the government is leading by example.

According to Ontario’s Attorney General, the peaceful albeit illegal dispensaries are “on notice.”

Never-mind that people currently supplying cannabis illegally are supposed to become legal under legalization, hence the term legalization.

Legal lies is more like it. And with the Ontario government planning to use its Liquor Control Board to centrally plan the monopoly industry, the supply will come from the licensed producers.

Is there any room for craft growers? That depends on the federal government.

Why are dispensaries “on notice”? What is violent or anti-social about their crime?

A spokesperson for the Ontario government wouldn’t speak to that, instead referring to the government’s “measured approach,” and that, “many aspects of the retail and distribution framework remain to be determined.”

But what’s “measured” about a Crown Corporation?

New Brunswick’s government also announced its own monopoly, but as a way of laying the groundwork “for the eventual retail model once final decisions around that have been made.” Implying that LPs may one day open private stores and sell directly to the public?

In the meantime, two licensed producers, Organigram and Canopy Growth Corp., are partnering with the New Brunswick government. With a legalization deadline by July 1, 2018, the only big business in cannabis is Canada’s licensed producers.

Unless, of course, you count provincial Crown Corporations.

But what about British Columbia? Home of craft cannabis colloquially known as “BC Bud?” Where the black market is grey and countless entrepreneurs are already active and even licensed by municipal authorities.

Where does the B.C. government stand on private enterprise in the cannabis industry?

“Nothing so far,” the Public Affairs Officer for the Solicitor General told me. I’ve asked numerous times and so far this is the only answer I get. I’m starting to suspect John Horgan’s NDP doesn’t know the first thing about cannabis in B.C.

It’s simple — ignore the wishes of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union to monopolize, and put municipalities in charge of how to deal with distribution.

At least then we can get a handle on this in our respective communities. Or perhaps there’s strength in numbers. Lobby the provincial government like the labour unions and the LPs have.

Either way, there is little Horgan needs to do other than pencil cannabis into natural health product regulations.

After all, it’s only cannabis.

Drivers oversampling booze, cannabis, caffeine, or prescription pills indicate a deeper social problem that won’t be solved by increasing police powers, establishing road checkpoints, or by budgeting for high-tech breathalyzers and oral swabs.

And since “the children” aren’t the responsibility of the state, the only concern left is that of “black markets.”

Simply, there aren’t any. A legal cannabis industry would shift profits away from criminal gangs as indicated in every legal U.S. State, including California, who, like British Columbia, has had a medical program for decades.

This “free-for-all” community on the West Coast haven’t been pushing for legalization so crony-capitalists and opportunistic governments can step in and usurp it.

If anyone should be leading by example, it should be the B.C. Government. And they’d be foolish to follow Ontario and New Brunswick’s lead.

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Published at Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:49:54 +0000

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Fore 20 Golf Tourney Highlights

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Fore 20 Golf Tourney Highlights

Check out the highlights from the Fore 20 Golf Tournament and Cannabis Cup at the Squamish Valley Golf Club right here. In this exclusive video, we follow the expert from Expert Joints Craig Ex on a beautiful day “where there’s not a cloud in the sky- except for the ones he’s puffing on”.

Also watch Freddie “Da Weed King” Pritchard talk to Canada’s very own “Dabbing Granny” Miss Majick about playing golf for the first time, and he also chats with Leslie from Jones Brown, whose company sponsored Hole 8’s $20,000 hole-in-one. Our friend Kush Queen (@mzkushqueen420) also grabs the mic to talk to Jacolby from Gemini Organics and watch as she samples some Jack Herer live resin courtesy of the Gastown Collective.

Craig Ex also bumped into Chris from Remedy Ice Cream as he was trading dabs for his infused ice cream which was perfect for the hot, sunny day, and they take the 420 golf cart for a spin and deliver ice cream to all their fellow golfers.

They pass Hole 17, which is par 5 and 420 yards…. You can’t make this stuff up!

Craig Ex also stops by the Liberty Farm tent where he finds one of his favorite strains of all time- Lindsay OG!

The event ended on an inspiring note with Chad Jackett, from the Cannabis Growers of Canada and Liberty Farms, encouraging the community to come together and stand up for a free system against the government, who is trying to control and monopolize the cannabis industry.

For all that and more, check out the video below!


Cannabis and Surgery

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Cannabis and Surgery

Cannabis and Surgery

[Editor’s Note: We’d like to welcome back our writer, Julia, who’s currently in recovery after a successful hysterectomy procedure]

It’s a scary thought that more and more of us are having to face these days: What do you do when you can’t take narcotics but you have a major reason to, such as surgery? Cannabis works for me and many others, so, maybe it could work for you too.

Whether you are looking to add to your surgical opiate regimen or replace it altogether, there are some things to consider about surgery and the 72 hours after it; especially if you want to use cannabis.

1. Communication with your Doctors

I am so used to hearing no from my doctors when it comes to cannabis; so, usually, I just don’t ask and do what I want. However, in this circumstance, I communicated clearly about my cannabis intentions from the very beginning and you should too. Even though you risk a disagreement, you will need your doctors support in making sure that the post-op nurses have your cannabis medication ready and waiting.

2. Legality

Acquiring an ACMPR or license for use during and post surgery is extremely valid and few doctors will argue with it. After a 9 year struggle, my surgeon, with obvious discomfort, finally signed my ACMPR. She really didn’t want to until I explained that I could not risk being pulled over and having my medication confiscated if it was all I would take. It only got me a 3 month prescription for 2-3 grams per day but it enabled me to medicate in the hospital.

3. Method of Ingestion

This is one of the most important things to consider because your surgery instructions and cannabis ingestion have to harmonize; if they don’t, your surgeon will likely postpone your date.

Most operations require you to not eat or drink anything for hours beforehand and often have additional bowel instructions. So, what can you take?

Talk to your surgeon about your options. Ask them if a little of water to wash down a cannabis capsule would be acceptable because often times, it is. Cannabis suppositories are also fantastic options as long as they do not interfere with the bowel instructions.

4. Quality of Cannabis Product 

I heal faster taking cannabis than I do with using narcotics and I am not alone. When our body is working hard to heal, using a pain reliever that is easy on the system allows us to not waste physical energy filtering toxins. This is the time to ensure the quality and purity of what you ingest and inhale, so that the medicine can do its work without adding stress to a stressed out system. Plus, when you are lying in bed with nothing to do all day, you can really notice the burn in your throat.

5. Type of Cannabis Product 

Will you be allowed to eat anything at all or will you be on a liquid diet? Can you get up to go somewhere to smoke or vape cannabis? Will you have stitches anywhere that need to be treated gently, such as the throat? There are pro’s and con’s to all types of products:

Edibles – Dietary restrictions are the biggest challenge when it comes to using edibles post surgery. Often times, your food intake will be light and monitored on the first day. So, if you want to use an edible, make it something light and easy to eat.

Tinctures – I found this to be a great option for me as it was fast, effective and extremely discreet. I never had to get up and the bottle was small enough to keep tucked beside me in my bed and CannaMed knows how to make it taste mild.

Warning: Rick Simpson Oil or Phoenix Tears are a great option but taste them first (especially if you aren’t allowed anything to wash it down with).

Capsules – If you can take pills and are able to sip water, a capsule will allow you to control the dosing of your cannabis with easy consistency. In most cases, taking capsules wont compromise any dietary restrictions and can be taken right before surgery and immediately after.

Inhalation – As soon as I was out of the hospital, my vape pen was invaluable. Before, I didn’t use it once because I couldn’t get up and I was afraid to cough and rip my stitches.

Suppositories – Right out of surgery, suppositories are one of the best methods of ingestion as it provides strong, lasting relief quite quickly. I couldn’t always rely on a nurse to be there to refill my water immediately if I needed to take a capsule but suppositories don’t need anything to go down…or um…up.

6. Dosing

You need strong doses and its important not to underestimate this. Plan to have way too much and never just enough so that you can increase your dose as needed. Talk to friends and family, as well as your dispensary and make a plan in case you need more medicine. Make sure they know what you like and where to get it so that access is seamless.

During the surgery and within 2 weeks since, I have used:

Cannabis – 

  • 35 suppositories (1000mg each)
  • a 10ml bottle of Hayley’s Comet CBD Tincture
  • a 10ml bottle of Purple Kush Tincture
  • 7 Grams of THC Phoenix Tears (tested at 600mg THC per gram) put into capsules
  • In cannabis concentrates, I have vaped 2 grams of Blue Dream Live Resin, 1 gram of CBD Distillate, 1 gram Sour OG Shatter, 2 Grams THC Distillate and 2 Grams Bubba Kush Wax
  • In bud, I have smoked 5 Grams Blue Dream flower, 5 Grams Diamond Kush, 3 grams of Zeus, 7 grams Mountain Jam, 3 grams of Probiotic Pink Kush and 2 grams of Super Silver Haze

Opiates –

At my firm demand, I did not have ANY opiates or narcotics during the surgery whatsoever; several hours post-op I took:

  • 2 x 15mg Morphine Sulphate Tablets

It is your body and you have a right to it; if you want to avoid a dangerous medication like an opiate and replace it with a safe one such as cannabis, you should have the ability to do so. Just because it is not commonly done does not mean it is not effective; more and more people today are using cannabis to treat moderate to acute pain. Everyone and every situation is different but, cannabis for surgery should be on the table.

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Published at Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:00:45 +0000

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Ontario Legalization: An LCBO Model

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Ontario Legalization: An LCBO Model

Ontario Legalization: An LCBO Model

Is anyone surprised that Ontario is creating a cannabis control board? That the supply will be coming from licensed producers? To quote Ontario Minister of Finance Charles Sousa, that it will be a “LCBO model?”

Are you surprised that only up to 80 storefronts will be welcomed into the scheme? That the current dispensaries and compassion clubs will be forced out of the market within the next 12 months?

This is what I and many others have been warning about before Justin & the Liberals were even elected. That is to say, we told you so.

Did you really think these new legal storefronts were going to be run by the current “criminals” of the industry? Y’know, those activists who risked their livelihoods protesting unjust laws?

They call Ontario, “Onterrible” for a reason. Once the envy of the rest of the country, over a decade of Liberal Party rule has decimated the once free and prosperous province.

Ontario’s cannabis control board plans to open only 150 storefronts by 2020. Is this enough for the province’s 13.6 million inhabitants, spread over 1.076 million square kilometres?

The market is clearly large enough for Toronto to maintain 140 dispensaries right now.

How does the Ontario government know how to effectively manage the sale and distribution of cannabis? Despite their belief that they have the “experience and expertise” the truth is they don’t.

As economist Murray Rothbard wrote, “People are contrary cusses whose behavior, thank goodness, cannot be forecast precisely in advance. Their values, ideas, expectations, and knowledge change all the time, and change in an unpredictable manner. … Every economic quantity, every price, purchase, or income figure is the embodiment of thousands, even millions, of unpredictable choices by individuals.”

Let’s say the new Cannabis Control Board has data for the total amount of cannabis goods and services purchased and data for impaired driving in the province.

Perhaps they have measurements showing these two variables are correlated. Because this is the only correlation for which they have data, the Cannabis Control Board will then act as if this is the only casual connection that matters.

They’ll conclude that cannabis impairment on the roads can be resolved by decreasing the total amount of cannabis goods and services, or by limiting when people can buy it (ever try to buy alcohol from the LCBO at 12 am on a Sunday?).

Of course, this ignores the true cause of impairment, whatever it may be. (Or how the data even defines “impairment.”)

No, giving the Ontario government this kind of power is a dangerous thing. It’s ineffective and detrimental to the liberty Canadians have intrinsic to their being.

When the market can sustain at least 140 dispensaries in Toronto, but Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals plan to limit the market to between 30 and 80 stores in the entire province, the end result will be lines and shortages.

The “black market” will continue.

The economics are no different from the breadlines experienced in the former Soviet Union.

Thankfully, the Ontario government isn’t going after wheat farmers, producers and sellers. But if this is how they treat the new emerging cannabis market, what’s to stop them from turning their sights to other goods and services?

All it takes is an ignorant belief held by the masses and an activist government to implement it.

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Published at Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:55:43 +0000

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Second-biggest city in Nevada lifts weed ban; sales could start in weeks

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Second-biggest city in Nevada lifts weed ban; sales could start in weeks

Second-biggest city in Nevada lifts weed ban; sales could start in weeks

Pot shoppers in Henderson will soon be able to legally purchase the plant for recreational use after the Henderson City Council voted Tuesday to end a moratorium that had been in place since February.

The council voted 3-to-2, with Mayor Debra March, Councilwoman Gerri Schroder and Councilman Dan Shaw voting in favor of repealing the moratorium and Councilmen John Marz and Dan Stewart voting against the measure. The vote set a path for five dispensaries in Henderson as well as over a dozen combined cultivation, testing and production facilities to begin operating in the recreational market.

“The citizens approved it and we need to recognize that,” Shaw said. “Kicking the can down the road is not going to solve the issue.”

Licensed marijuana facilities with a state-issued “early start” permit to begin recreational sales on July 1 must now apply for a local permit and business license, said Nevada Dispensary Association President Andrew Jolley, who also owns The+Source dispensary in Henderson.

The entire process is expected to take about a month, Jolley said, adding that Henderson dispensaries will begin selling the plant as early as October and no later than December.

“It’s only fair you allow for retail sales in that jurisdiction,” Jolley said. “There are enormous societal and economic benefits in terms of creating jobs and tax revenue and taking away from illegal black market sales.”

Also present at Tuesday’s meeting, Armen Yemenidjian of Essence Cannabis Dispensary said the vote to open recreational sales made doing marijuana business in Henderson worth the expenses that owners are putting into the plant.

Yemenidjian said pot stores in Nevada “break even or lose money” under the medical-only model, while legalized recreational sales make a profit. He argued that if Nevada remained a medical-only state, more than half of the state’s 60 operating pot stores would already be closed.

“It’s the difference between a business that loses money and a business that is able to have a profit margin,” he said.

Presenting before the vote, economic analyst Jeremy Aguero of Applied Analysis said city taxes and fees for recreational pot businesses would bring Henderson $1 million in public revenue for fiscal year 2018 and over $5 million annually by 2021. Total marijuana sales revenue in Henderson is expected to reach $10 million next year and exceed $80 million by 2021 Aguero said.

All five dispensary owners in Henderson control dispensaries in other cities where recreational pot sales are legal, meaning Jolley, Yemenidjian, Randy Black of Nevada Medical Marijuana, David Rosen of Jenny’s Dispensary and Steve Menzies of The Dispensary “shouldn’t have too many issues” with the logistics of kicking off recreational sales in Henderson, Jolley said.

Jolley said the dispensary association would seek guidance from the Nevada Department of Taxation on whether the current medical marijuana supply at Henderson facilities would be valid for sale as recreational product when such sales begin. The department allowed Nevada dispensaries in cities where recreational sales started on July 1 to sell their medicinal product as recreational product as litigation tied up shipments of the recreational product from cultivation and production facilities to dispensaries.

While a growing number of distribution licenses have been issued since July 1, Jolley said he hoped the taxation department would allow the same initial leniency for Henderson dispensaries through their first weeks of sales as other Nevada dispensaries.

“We’ve ramped up a lot in the past two or three months and we’re ready to open in Henderson,” he said.

The city council on Feb. 7 voted for a six-month moratorium that would have expired last month, after originally considering a yearlong moratorium as early as January. They voted to expand the moratorium to this month before it was quashed with Tuesday’s vote. Medical marijuana was not banned in the moratorium.

Nevada legalized up to one ounce of marijuana flower or one-eighth ounce of the THC equivalent of concentrates for recreational use and possession on Jan. 1 following the passage of last November’s Ballot Question 2. Recreational sales of the plant began on July 1 after temporary regulations from the Nevada Department of Taxation and Nevada Legislature were approved earlier this year.

Permanent regulations, as called for by the original start date for recreational marijuana sales per Ballot Questions 2, do not take place until Jan. 1.

Voting in opposition to Tuesday’s measure, Marz called Henderson a “premier city” and said recreational marijuana threatens that distinction. While Marz voted in favor of lifting a moratorium on medical marijuana in 2015, he argued the city was “jumping into this way too early.”

“The jury’s still not out yet,” Marz said after jokingly threatening a 10-hour filibuster on the vote. “We should have waited to see what happened in other cities and states.”

Editor’s note: Brian Greenspun, the CEO, publisher and editor of the Las Vegas Sun, has an ownership interest in Essence Cannabis Dispensary.

Information from the Las Vegas Sun

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Published at Wed, 06 Sep 2017 18:51:23 +0000

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