Colorado marijuana sales in April 2017 top $125 million

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Colorado marijuana sales in April 2017 top $125 million

Colorado marijuana sales in April 2017 top $125 million

Colorado’s marijuana industry notched its 11th consecutive $100 million month in April.

But the month in which cannabis enthusiasts celebrate the “high holiday” of 4/20 fell short of setting a monthly high for the state.

The state’s pot shops raked in $125.2 million in medical and recreational marijuana sales of flower, edibles and concentrates during April, The Cannabist calculated by extrapolating Colorado marijuana taxes and fees data.

Recreational marijuana sales totaled nearly $88.4 million while medical marijuana sales approached $36.9 million, according to The Cannabist’s calculations.

Through April, the industry brought in close to $492 million, a nearly 27 percent increase from the $388 million in sales during the first four months of 2016, The Cannabist’s archived data shows.

The year-to-date 2017 sales have resulted in more than $76.3 million in taxes and fees revenue for the state, according to Colorado Department of Revenue data.

Colorado’s marijuana industry has been in growth mode since 2014, when the state became the first in America to legalize and regulated adult-use cannabis sales. The new industry has set and surpassed benchmarks along the way.

Last year, a new monthly high was set four times. That was topped yet again in March 2017, which boasted sales of $131.7 million.

Economists and analysts have told The Cannabist they expect Colorado’s marijuana industry to top out at some point — especially likely after recreational marijuana programs in other states come online. But observers such as Andrew Livingston, director of economists for cannabis law firm Vicente Sederberg, said he wouldn’t be surprised if Colorado’s marijuana industry wasn’t done setting monthly records.

“The year-over-year rates of growth have continued at a steady pace, which to me indicates that we have not yet reached the point at which we are starting to cap out the market,” he said following the release of the March 2017 numbers.

The monthly sales numbers do potentially have some room for error. The state, in its monthly tax revenue reports, cautions that monthly collections could include late filings and those submitted for corrections from previous months.

This story is developing and will be updated.





Sales stats for Colorado weed
A month-by-month look comparing sales of recreational and medical marijuana, as calculated by The Cannabist:
2017 Recreational total (4 months)
$345,935,028
2017 Medical total (4 months)
$146,029,597
2017: $491,964,626
2016 Recreational total (12 months)
$875,277,360
2016 Medical total (12 months)
$437,879,186
2016: $1,313,156,545



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Published at Fri, 09 Jun 2017 23:01:45 +0000

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Fed appeals court quashes bids to unravel Colorado marijuana laws, but door still open for RICO suits

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Fed appeals court quashes bids to unravel Colorado marijuana laws, but door still open for RICO suits

Fed appeals court quashes bids to unravel Colorado marijuana laws, but door still open for RICO suits

A three-judge panel for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Wednesday largely upheld lower courts’ dismissals of several cases seeking to overturn major parts of Colorado’s marijuana laws, including efforts by two neighboring states.

The appeals court panel did, however, reverse a district court decision against a Pueblo-area ranch that sued a neighboring cultivation facility, claiming noxious odors and diminished property values. In remanding that case to district court, the judges left the door open for something that legal experts and case attorneys say could rattle the legal marijuana industry: that private-property owners could potentially bring federal racketeering claims against neighboring marijuana grows and dispensaries.

“This is basically a road map for people who own property that is near (a marijuana facility) … for how to bring a federal suit to get relief,” said Brian W. Barnes, an attorney for plaintiff Safe Streets Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based anti-drug and anti-crime organization that took up the cause of Michael P. Reilly and Phillis Windy Hope Reilly, the owners of the Pueblo ranch.

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, frequently implemented in cases to combat organized crime and white-collar crime, also allows for private individuals to sue “racketeers” who allegedly damage a business or property.

The judges ruled that private landowners, law enforcement officers and neighboring states that claimed harm from cannabis legalization cannot use the federal Controlled Substances Act to challenge Colorado’s legal recreational marijuana regime. The judges also closed the door on Nebraska and Oklahoma’s pushes to intervene in the case after their similarly directed complaints to the U.S. Supreme Court were denied a hearing.

Despite the ruling against private citizens claiming there is federal preemption of state law, Barnes called Wednesday’s decision a “huge victory” for his clients as well as people opposed to the marijuana industry in Colorado. If successful in district court, his clients could be eligible to receive up to three times the claimed financial damages, have attorneys’ fees reimbursed, and have the court shut down the offending operation, he said.

In their 90-page opinion, the judges did appear to express caution and set boundaries on any potential future claims, stating:

We are not suggesting that every private citizen purportedly aggrieved by another person, a group, or an enterprise that is manufacturing, distributing, selling, or using marijuana may pursue a claim under RICO. Nor are we implying that every person tangentially injured in his business or property by such activities has a viable RICO claim. Rather, we hold only that the Reillys alleged sufficient facts to plausibly establish the requisite elements of their claims against the Marijuana Growers here. The Reillys therefore must be permitted to attempt to prove their RICO claims.

Even with that bit of couching, the court’s ruling could provide an opening for neighbors to sue for damages and seek financial relief, said Christopher Jackson, a Denver-based attorney for the Sherman & Howard firm who is not a party to the case.

“The court is limiting its application, but I still think that you’re going to see a ton more lawsuits citing this case,” he said.

Matthew W. Buck, an attorney representing the marijuana growers sued by the ranch, said via email that the Reillys “will have a difficult time proving that marijuana diminished their property value, or any property in Colorado,” claiming that the presence of the facility has increased surrounding property values. Buck also argued that the Reillys’ land is agricultural, and thus smells like agricultural processes, adding that “my clients did not complain when odors of manure wafted onto their delicious marijuana crop.”

“We will vigorously fight this case should the Reillys … choose to pursue it in the District of Colorado,” Buck wrote. “We found the claims not meritorious initially, the District Court agreed, and it will be up to a jury of Colorado voters to see whether they think D.C. special interest groups should meddle in Colorado citizens’ right to self-govern.”

The appeals raised four principal disputes that stemmed from the conflict between Colorado’s allowance of recreational marijuana and the federal Controlled Substances Act, which holds that marijuana possession, manufacturing, sale and cultivation are illegal, the judges wrote in the filing.

The judges didn’t rule on whether the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause would indeed preempt Colorado’s marijuana laws and other state-enacted legal cannabis statues, but rather that private citizens in this case didn’t have the appropriate standing to raise those claims, Jackson said.

“I think it’s unlikely that we’ll see a federal court striking down Amendment 64 in its entirety,” Jackson said, referencing Colorado’s voter-approved 2012 measure legalizing and regulating adult-use marijuana. “I don’t think there’s any kind of a procedural vehicle to do that anymore.”

Safe Streets’ Barnes countered that this ruling wouldn’t necessarily stop the U.S. Department of Justice from bringing a preemption suit against Colorado, especially considering the new administration in Washington, D.C.

“Whether or not a private plaintiff can sue on a preemption hearing, it doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t going to be preemption lawsuits in the future,” he said.

The biggest takeaway from Wednesday’s ruling is that local and county governments are protected, said Tom Downey, a former state business licensing regulator who now is an attorney specializing in legal cannabis issues with Denver’s Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, P.C.

“When I was the regulator in Denver, I worried about signing marijuana licenses,” Downey said via email. “These RICO suits have been a big concern for small, local jurisdictions particularly. You’ll hear a collective sigh of relief from counties and municipalities with this opinion, as well as from Colorado and other state governments.”

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Published at Wed, 07 Jun 2017 22:09:02 +0000

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Supreme Court limits government seizure of assets in drug conspiracy cases

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Supreme Court limits government seizure of assets in drug conspiracy cases

Supreme Court limits government seizure of assets in drug conspiracy cases

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is placing new limits on the government’s ability to seize assets from people who are convicted of drug crimes but receive little of the illegal proceeds.

The unanimous ruling on Monday comes as the Justice Department has moved to impose harsher punishments for drug trafficking and related crimes, reversing Obama-era policies.

The case involved a Tennessee man convicted for his role selling iodine water purification filters to methamphetamine makers. Terry Honeycutt helped sell more than 20,000 filters at his brother’s hardware store and prosecutors said both brothers knew the iodine was used by local meth cooks.

Honeycutt’s brother pleaded guilty and forfeited $200,000 of the $270,000 in profits. The government tried to get the remaining $70,000 from Honeycutt, but he argued that he wasn’t responsible for it since he didn’t personally see any profits from the scheme.

A federal appeals court ruled against Honeycutt, agreeing with prosecutors that each brother bore the full responsibility for the entire amount.

But Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in her opinion for the high court that forfeiture laws are “limited to property the defendant himself actually acquired as the result of the crime.”

She cited as an example a case in which a marijuana farmer masterminds a scheme to sell pot on college campuses and recruits a college student to deliver the packages for $300 a month. In her example, the farmer might earn $3 million in a year, while the student earns $3,600. She said under the government’s theory, the student could face a forfeiture judgment for the entire conspiracy amount of $3 million.

“Congress did not authorize the government to confiscate substitute property from other defendants or coconspirators,” Sotomayor said. “It authorized the government to confiscate assets only from the defendant who initially acquired the property and who bears responsibility for its dissipation.”

The ruling is the latest effort by the high court to limit perceived overreaching by federal prosecutors, said John Marti, a former federal prosecutor now in private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“In short, federal criminal statutes and forfeiture statutes are not blank checks for prosecutors,” Marti said.

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Published at Mon, 05 Jun 2017 19:44:52 +0000

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DEA: Gang that sold millions worth of Colorado-grown weed outside state not unusual

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DEA: Gang that sold millions worth of Colorado-grown weed outside state not unusual

DEA: Gang that sold millions worth of Colorado-grown weed outside state not unusual

Michael Stonehouse planned to build a close-knit community whose members would hold prayer meetings once a week — presumably when they weren’t growing and packaging hundreds of pounds of pot each month.

But the kumbaya dream ended in the arrest of Stonehouse, 53, and 15 others on March 16.

The Stonehouse operation was selling millions of dollars worth of pot across state lines, reaping profits higher than they could hope to earn doing legitimate business in Colorado, investigators say.

The operation wasn’t that unusual in Colorado, where law breakers are hiding in plain sight as they grow high-quality pot and ship it to states where weed remains illegal.

In 2015, the Colorado State Patrol made 394 seizures of Colorado pot that was destined for 36 different states, according to a 2016 report by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which tracks the impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado.

“They get appropriate paperwork, but they are going to grow as much as they can and all of the excess is going out of state,” Denver Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman James Gothe said.

Colorado’s legal marijuana businesses follow a dense thicket of regulations designed to shut out black-market sales. Growing facilities, dispensaries and retail shops all require separate licenses and tight record keeping.

Marijuana plants must be tracked digitally from seed to sale, and tags using radio frequency identification technology must be attached to all viable plants over 8 inches tall, said Robert Goulding, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. “Any time it moves, is sold, destroyed or weighed, that information is updated in an inventory trafficking system.”

Documents related to the Stonehouse arrests allege that the group had some of the necessary documentation, but were brazenly violating the law.

The ring was growing, packaging, and distributing, marijuana from locations in Denver, Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and El Paso counties.

One 39,000-square-foot warehouse in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood was licensed to grow plants, according to the documents. Half of 1,000 plants growing there were RFID tagged, but there was no record that any of the weed harvested at the site was legally sold or distributed.

“The warehouse on East 37th Street in Denver had been inspected by the state in an effort to appear to be in compliance with state laws, but we’re not aware of any other locations that had been inspected,” said Paul Roach, supervisor of the DEA’s financial investigations team in Denver.

Eight of those indicted are listed in Colorado records as having active or expired licenses to work in the legal pot business. But Stonehouse, the group’s leader, wasn’t licensed to own any marijuana business in the state, Goulding said.

In reality, none of the plants Stonehouse grew were legal, Roach said.

“The Stonehouse organization had many licenses,” he said, “but that was likely just to present the appearance of compliance with Colorado law.”

The investigation began in August, when Elbert County deputies and building inspectors asked 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office investigators attached to a DEA drug task force to take a look at a marijuana grow in Elizabeth.

On Aug. 25, investigators went to the equine property on County Road 13, called the “farm” by the Stonehouse ring, and found eight dome-shaped tents covered with heavy plastic and packed with marijuana plants.

Building inspectors had previously told Stonehouse that the first of the makeshift greenhouses he had erected at the property was in violation of building codes. By Aug. 25, he had built seven more hoop houses, each one 100-yards long, and 20-yards wide.

“Each greenhouse had tomato plants situated just inside and across the opening of the structure as if to disguise the grow as a tomato cultivation site,” according to the documents.

Stonehouse provided copies of medical marijuana patient registrations and physician recommendations for some of the pot.

On Sept. 26, an Elbert County SWAT team, and DEA task force officers raided the property and seized marijuana valued at $5 million.

Two days later, an agent met with a confidential source who had participated in arranging sales and transport of Stonehouse’s marijuana across state lines.

The seizure kicked off a months-long investigation during which local law enforcement — from Colorado Springs to Denver — worked with the DEA and federal prosecutors on the case.

The Stonehouse operation was homegrown, but there are similar operations scattered throughout the state, some headed by people who came to Colorado from other states where they were illegally growing and selling weed, Roach said.

“They just pick up shop and set up here because it’s legal. They don’t do the growing where they are from, but they keep the distribution network the same,” Roach said.

The most common destinations identified by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area report were Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Iowa and Florida.

Mexican pot, once in high demand, has taken a backseat to that grown in Colorado, Roach said. The state’s indoor grows offer superior conditions for cultivation, and “produce a higher quality.”

The Stonehouse group’s wheeling and dealing included a money laundering operation that ran illegal cash through shell businesses and a legitimate food truck, Dos Locos Mexican Food, Roach said.

Stonehouse also told the confidential source that he kept Kuwaiti money that he used to buy property and equipment for the operation, according to the documents.

Piles of money changed hands. Roach said that in some markets outside the state, Stonehouse was able to get $3,500 for a pound of weed, that would bring between $1,500 and $2,000 on Colorado’s legal market.

He neither reported nor paid taxes associated with cultivating, or distributing, pot.

Stonehouse told the confidential source:

  • That Vincent Castillo, 34, one of the mules who drove weed and cash to and from drops throughout the country, was making $40,000 a month.
  • Stonehouse could move up to 400 pounds per-week of “the right stuff.”
  • In a statement suggesting that he had an eye on markets where he didn’t deal, he said that he had heard buyers paid $4,500 per pound in New York City and Atlanta.
  • Between January 2014, and December, Stonehouse deposited more than $1 million in cash into accounts he controlled in the name of a variety of shell businesses.

Stonehouse told the source that he learned how to grow marijuana by watching YouTube videos and started the business with a $20,000 investment. The monthly cost of running an operation, which included making and selling hash oil, was $220,000.

Hash oil, a form of concentrated THC, is extracted from marijuana trimmings using highly flammable, liquid butane, and its manufacture has resulted in numerous explosions.

The ring made the hash oil on the second floor of a riding barn on the Elizabeth property. Stonehouse was aware of the danger, telling the confidential source that butane could explode “like a big bomb.”

The source responded that the man making hash oil in the barn, “shouldn’t light up a bowl right by it.”

Stonehouse replied that he would tell the man wait until he was done with work to get high.

Calls that law enforcement intercepted between Stonehouse and others suggest that he either enjoyed talking tough, or wouldn’t flinch at violence.

In one call, he “said he is going to employ a sniper on the ranch, and if (law enforcement) showed up like they did last time, that he would have people stand on the side of the fence with M-16s.”

In another, he said “he wanted to make sure he wasn’t the only one unloading a clip while everybody else ran.”

In that same phone call, he said that after he and other members of the ring discussed the possibility of gun play, “they had a nice prayer session.”

Rudy Saenz, 62, Stonehouse’s partner, told the informant that “he and Stonehouse need to operate illegally to afford the expenses with the hope of operating a legal marijuana company,” in the future.

But Roach said a desire to build a legal business was little more than a pipe dream. “There was not any indication they were going to go straight.”

Stonehouse is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. on Fridayat the Arapahoe County Justice Center.

This story was first published on DenverPost.com

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Published at Thu, 01 Jun 2017 23:49:55 +0000

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PUF Signs Joint Venture Agreement with Canopy Growth Corporation

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PUF Signs Joint Venture Agreement with Canopy Growth Corporation

PUF Signs Joint Venture Agreement with Canopy Growth Corporation

VANCOUVER, June 1, 2017 /CNW/ – PUF Ventures Inc. (“PUF” or the “Company”) (CSE: PUF) (Frankfurt: PU3) (OTCPK: PUFXF), an advanced Stage 5 Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”) license applicant, has signed an exclusive joint venture agreement with Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (Canopy Growth) and joined CraftGrow, a collection of high quality cannabis grown by a select and diverse set of producers, made available through Tweedmainstreet.com.

PUF is only the fourth company to be selected by Canopy for their exclusive CraftGrow program.

“Our partnership with Canopy Growth accelerates the timeline for PUF to be an actual cannabis producer selling its product to the medical market place under the ACMPR,” said Derek Ivany, President and CEO of the Company. “Gaining access to Canopy’s marketing and distribution network will allow PUF to generate revenue much sooner and at a significantly lower infrastructure cost than PUF moving forward on an independent basis. We will avoid significant market acquisition costs and have access to an extensive customer list with refined tastes. We believe our unique strains of cannabis will be popular in the CraftGrow product line, and look forward to working closely with the Tweed team to get our products to market.”

Canopy Growth introduced CraftGrow through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Tweed with the goal of bringing select strains of high quality cannabis grown by a diverse set of producers to Tweed’s registered customers. The CraftGrow program showcases the history, brand, and unique growing methods of each unique producer.

By joining CraftGrow, PUF’s own master grower will have the opportunity to work with Canopy’s team to share expertise, technology, and best growing practices to maximize yield and ensure high quality product lines. PUF will also be able to source strains and lineage directly from Tweed’s own breeding facility to add to its product line.

CraftGrow also provides PUF with immediate access to Canopy Growth’s extensive operational infrastructure. CraftGrow supports select producers like PUF, by taking care of the marketing and distribution of medical cannabis through Tweed Main Street online marketplace. With award winning customer service and call centres, Tweed offers patients assistance to choose strains from a select group of producers. It also has an established fulfillment centre that can ship thousands of orders each day to customers all across the country.

The joint venture partnership with Canopy Growth will significantly reduce the resources that PUF will need to enter the market and establish its brand. PUF gains access to Canopy Growth’s client list, which allows it to get its product to market much faster to the benefit of medical cannabis patients. The partnership calls for CraftGrow to receive PUF’s harvests for sale through Tweed Main Street as specific whole-flower strains or as oil. It also provides PUF the opportunity to pursue its own customers including potential exports to international markets.  “It is a great honour and opportunity to join Canopy Growth’s CraftGrow product line,” continued Mr. Ivany. “With Canopy Growth as a partner, we will work towards their exacting standards as we look to Health Canada for notification of the next steps with our ACMPR application.”

About PUF Ventures Inc.

PUF Ventures Inc. owns a majority interest in AAA Heidelberg, a private Ontario company that is in stage 5 of 7 in its application for an ACMPR license from Health Canada.  PUF has an option to acquire the balance of the share to own 100% of AAA Heidelberg upon receipt of the ACMPR license. While it cannot guarantee nor estimate the timing of the issuance of a license to AAA Heidelberg, it is management’s goal to become a leading supplier of medical marijuana in Canada and this partnership with Canopy clearly shows that PUF is progressing.

VapeTronix, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, is in the process of developing Weedbeacon, and expanding its 1313 brand of electronic cigarettes, Marijuana Vape delivery devices and associated technologies.  For more information visit: www.puf.ca.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Derek Ivany,
President & CEO

No stock exchange or securities regulatory authority has reviewed or accepted responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Some of the statements contained in this release are forward-looking statements, such as estimates and statements that describe the Company’s future plans, objectives or goals, including words to the effect that the Company or management expects a stated condition or result to occur. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties.

SOURCE PUF Ventures

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Published at Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:13:46 +0000

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Is Marijuana Bulletproof?

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Is Marijuana Bulletproof?

Is Marijuana Bulletproof?

This article, written by Dave Asprey, originally appeared on the Bulletproof blog and can be found here.

Marijuana is getting closer and closer to federal legalization in the U.S. That’s good news for the simple reason that no one should be able to dictate what you put in your own body to make it do what you want, whether it’s raw milk or entheogens. I’m happy to see more and more states legalizing pot because it makes it much more likely you’ll remain free to use other substances – like vitamins – of your choosing.

Whether or not marijuana improves your performance or is even good for you is a more complex question.

The short answer is that, for some people, used properly, cannabis can be really beneficial. On the flip side, it’s a fine line between using marijuana as a tool and using it as a crutch. The good news is, a lot of the new delivery systems and cannabinoid extracts make it easier than ever to biohack your pot so you get the good without most of the bad.

Let’s look into what marijuana can do for you, and how you can make it as Bulletproof as possible.

A quick primer on cannabinoids

Marijuana’s power lies in its cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are a group of 85 molecules unique to the cannabis plant [1]. The most famous one is ?9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the substance that gets you high. From a performance perspective, though, the most potent cannabinoid is cannabidiol (CBD), which does all kinds of good without putting you in an altered state (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). There’s also THCA, a non-psychoactive precursor to THC that’s showing promise as a biohacking tool. We don’t yet know much about the other 82 cannabinoids in pot, but cannabinoid research is one of the most promising fields out there.

Your brain has a system dedicated entirely to cannabinoids. In fact, you produce your own endocannabinoids, which help you build new memory cells [2] and play a role in sleep, inflammation, and pain expression. You can use marijuana and its various extracts to tailor your cannabinoid system to your liking.

With all the new legalization going on, it’s easier than ever to get isolated cannabinoids and control the dosage to fit your biology and your specific goals. Here’s a breakdown of what we think the individual cannabinoids do, and the best way to take them.

THC

You’ve likely heard of THC. It’s responsible for the euphoria, altered thinking, creativity, decreased pain, and enhanced sensory input that constitutes getting high [3]. THC also increases your heart rate and can cause anxiety, impaired memory, dizziness, and paranoia [3,4,5].

THC can be psychologically addictive [3]; if you’re using it every day as an escape, or you feel like you need it to function, you probably have something in your life you’re not dealing with. Drop the weed, see what comes up, and address it instead of running from it.

There’s also a fairly strong correlation between pot use and psychosis in adolescents [7,8]. It looks like pot affects teenage neurodevelopment, and possibly development into your early twenties. There’s also a study showing that regular smokers have lower blood flow to their brains [9]. None of this is causation, but it’s something to think about. If you have low blood flow to your brain, you won’t be nearly as sharp as you’re capable of being. This should steer you away from smoking pot regularly if you can get the benefits another way.

I’ve seen people who get high a day or two before doing neurofeedback (in this case, 40 Years of Zen) not perform as well as they do when they’re off THC. You can see a change in their EEGs (electroencephalogram), too, with lower alpha waves after the pot wears off. Alpha waves are usually high in deep states of meditation and reduce depressive symptoms and boost creative thinking. (Pot raises alpha when you’re on it, but you won’t be as good at learning to raise your own alpha at will, which is a pretty cool superpower to have.)

On the other hand, THC shows promise as a way to inhibit cancer and reduce inflammation, and to manage pain [6]. That’s Bulletproof. I’d reach for marijuana over oxycodone and other heavy-duty painkillers any day. THC will also decrease nausea from chemotherapy [10].

Then there’s the recreational factor. Getting high can be fun, and doing it every now and then probably won’t kill you.

Is THC Bulletproof? Maybe. I’d say THC is easier on your body than a night of drinking, and can be useful in certain situations. I just wouldn’t start using it for fun or escape regularly. If it helps your inflammation when CBD doesn’t, do it!

Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD is THC’s non-psychoactive cousin. It won’t get you high, but it will do plenty of other things for you. Watch this extraordinary video to see CBD in action (warning: you may get emotional). A single drop of CBD eliminates a Parkinson’s patient’s symptoms in 3 minutes.

CBD isn’t just for people with neurodegenerative diseases. It can boost your performance even if you’re already on top of your game.

  • A low (15mg) dose of CBD increased alertness in both people [11] and rats [12].
  • A moderate (160mg) dose of CBD can help you sleep better [13].
  • A high (500-600mg) dose decreased social anxiety, both in general [14] and during stressful events like public speaking  [15].
  • CBD prevents seizures and is an effective way to treat epilepsy [13, 16].
  • CBD is a potent antioxidant. It outperformed both vitamin C and vitamin E at preventing oxidative damage [17]

CBD also curbs the negative effects of THC. You’re far less likely to get anxious or paranoid when you take CBD and THC together [11, 18]. Researchers are even looking at CBD as an antipsychotic, with promising results [19,20].

You can either get pure CBD oil or a high-CBD strain of pot like Charlotte’s Web. You only absorb about 6% of the CBD you eat [21], which may explain why participants in some of the above CBD studies had to take such a staggering amount. You’re better off vaping CBD to get the full effect of the dose.

THCA

Fresh pot leaves actually won’t get you very high. They’re low in THC, but full of THCA, a related compound that turns into THC as the leaves dry. Most marijuana you’ll find has been aged to the point where it contains almost pure THC and no THCA.

However, a new subculture in the weed world is focusing on keeping that THCA in. THCA is a strong anti-inflammatory and mitochondrial enhancer in mice and in human cells [22,23]. It destroys prostate cancer in rodents and in petri dishes [24] and may help with sleep, too.

People who smoke or vape high-THCA pot report a bright, creative mental state, almost like they’ve taken a smart drug (or dare I say my favorite in-house mitochondrial enhancer, Unfair Advantage?). THCA doesn’t create the stoned effect that you get from THC.

Unless you have access to newly picked pot plants, THCA can be difficult to come across. Some places offer marijuana juice made with fresh squeezed pot, and really cutting-edge dispensaries sell THCA distillate. If you don’t find those, you can opt for one of the following high-THCA pot trains:

  • Skittlez
  • Rosé (like the wine)
  • Gelato
  • Sherbert
  • Acai

What’s the most Bulletproof way to consume pot?

Smoking

Burning things to over 1000°F tends to produce carcinogens, and the classic way to consume marijuana is no exception. Bong, joint, blunt – it makes no difference. Burning the plant and inhaling it fills your lungs with toxins. There are far cleaner ways to get your pot.

Oral (CBD)

CBD has 6% oral bioavailability [21]. Eating it is simply not a good use of your money.

Dabbing

Dabbing involves superheating nearly 100% pure THC or CBD concentrate and inhaling the resulting vapor. You’ll still get a few toxins from impurities, but dabbing is much cleaner than smoking. The issue is that dabbing is incredibly potent and it’s difficult to control the dose. 100% pure THC behaves more like a prescription narcotic than like a legal recreational drug. Unless you have a medical need, you’re probably better off not dabbing THC.

Dabbing CBD is a good way to get high doses quickly, although it can be difficult to find CBD wax suitable for dabs.

Oral (THC)

Bulletproof pot cupcakes, anyone? Like CBD, oral THC only has about 6% bioavailability. But if you’ve ever tried a pot edible, you know how intense eating pot can be.

Thank your liver for the intensity of edible highs. It converts THC to 11-Hydroxy-THC, which is far more powerful and gets to your brain more easily.

Cannabinoids are fat-soluble, so be sure you cook your marijuana with a fat source before eating it. Grass-fed butter and coconut oil are both good options.

Vaping

Vaping is a good, clean option. Vaporizers only heat to around 300°F, which means you inhale far fewer carcinogens than you do when you smoke. You can buy a vaporizer for pot in its natural form, or a vaporizer for oil extract. The oil extract will, of course, be stronger.

So is marijuana Bulletproof? It depends. CBD is a powerful addition to your biohacking toolbox. THC can be useful in certain situations, or fun as an occasional indulgence, but it carries some risks and downsides with it. THCA may lie somewhere in between.

If you’re going to use pot, choose a clean way to take it. Be aware that it can be addictive and proceed with caution. Always go organic, too. Pot may not be food, but it’s still a plant, and a lot of growers use heavy pesticides.

Do you find pot enhances your performance? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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Published at Sat, 27 May 2017 02:25:30 +0000

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Smoker Supply Kit: Pack these essentials for pot-friendly picnics and baked barbecues

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Smoker Supply Kit: Pack these essentials for pot-friendly picnics and baked barbecues

Smoker Supply Kit: Pack these essentials for pot-friendly picnics and baked barbecues

Ah, the kit.

It’s a different variation for every smoker — some are simply a joint and a lighter, others are overflowing with accessories. However dialed-in you keep your supplies, it’s always a buzzkill when you’re scrambling for something. So here at The Cannabist, our Smoker Supply Kits will prepare you for any occasion.

The arrival of summer has us gassing up our grills and preparing for backyard parties. This season, step up your barbecue and picnic game with these hot items for higher hosting.

What’s in your personal supplies? Show us on social and tag #SmokerSupplyKit.



Cherry Diesel marijuana strain

1. Cherry Diesel, $40 (eighth)

Bred by MTG Seeds and a sativa-dominant cross of Cherry OG x Turbo Diesel, this social strain is a perfect fruity pair to your al fresco fare.
Shop/visit: Wholesale grower Veritas Cannabis, strain available at Mile High Green Cross, 852 Broadway in Denver


VERYCHERRY

2. Juicy Jay’s Rolling Papers, $2.79

Double the flavor, double the fun with Very Cherry rolling papers (also available in all of your other favorite fruits). Made with a proprietary “triple-dipped” flavoring system for an infusion of the entire paper — not just the gum strip on other brands.
Shop: juicyjays.com


Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook

3. Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook, $24.99

The best cannabis chefs in the country come together in this classic cookbook from Boulder, Colorado-based Robyn Griggs Lawrence. It’s a must-have for enthusiasts of any level and stocked with patio-party recipes like a 10-hour “flower power” steak rub, cannabis ceviche, grilled potato salad with cannabis-marinated oranges and olives, fresh cannabis flower guacamole, and smoked grilled corn.
Shop: cannabiskitchencookbook.com


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4. Helinox gear: beach chair $169.95, table (not pictured) $199.95

Step up and set up your spread with this ultra-light outdoor dining set. Using technology that is applied to tent pole design, it all packs down to fit anywhere.
Shop: bigagnes.com


Bicycle Hemp Deck cards

5. Bicycle Hemp Playing Cards, $3.99

Fully made from hemp fibers with original artwork and unique coloring, this is the coolest deck of cards to always have on deck.
Shop: bicyclecards.com


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6. Apolis Hemp Utility Apron, $108

For a brand synonymous with “global citizen,” you’ll help its affiliated worldwide causes when buying this durable hemp canvas apron. And when you don it for grilling out, a kiss for the chef is guaranteed.
Shop: apolisglobal.com


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7. Yeti Hopper Flip Cooler, $279.99

YOLO: This summer is the time to finally splurge on that Yeti. Built to be damn-near indestructible with a wide-mouth opening for easy access and a carabiner carry strap for ultimate portability, its cubed design is compact enough to go anywhere.
Shop: yeti.com


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8. Coleman Windproof Lighter, $9.99

When the camp goods authority says windproof, they mean it. This refillable butane lighter with a water-resistant locking cap is discontinued on the official Coleman site, but worth tracking down elsewhere.
Shop: amazon.com


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9. Majestix Juggling Sticks, from $29.95

Because hippies are the new hipsters.
Shop: jollylama.com


YummiKarmaChips

10. Yummi Karma Chips, $5

If you’re in California, pick up a pack of Yummi Karma’s savory snacks for your party. The savory snacks are made with 50 mg of THC from whole-plant kief, are gluten free, and come in a variety of flavors like Barbecue, Sriracha, Sour Cream & Onion, and Salt & Pepper.
Shop: yummikarma.com


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11. Vatra Roll-Up Backpack, $149

It’s smell-proof, padded, weather protective, and the only bag you need to carry everything from glass to flower on the go.
Shop: vatra.com



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Published at Fri, 26 May 2017 20:41:57 +0000

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