Cannabis & Cancer by Dr. Beth

Cannabis & Cancer: When to Smoke for Chemo Induced Vomiting

I survived breast cancer. To fight this cancer, I underwent 8 rounds of chemotherapy. That means I went to an infusion center every two weeks for four and a half months. I want you to stop and think about what happened over the last four months. It’s a long time isn’t it? One thing most people do not understand is the length of treatment fighting cancer. It is a long and arduous regimen with side effects that don’t always go away. Remember the last time you drank too much? Those appletinis were great going down…but no so much fun coming back up the next day, right? Imagine having a hangover that lasted four months. Yeah, drink it in; it’s hell served up all day, everyday. Luckily there are ways to reduce the chemo hangover.

Chemotherapy causes intense nausea and vomiting. The first thing cancer patients ask me about is, “what medical marijuana do I take to stop throwing up?” Great question, there are many forms of medical marijuana that help control nausea and vomiting (I will follow up on that in another post), but the first thing I tell my fellow cancer patient is WHEN to use medical marijuana. To help you understand, I have created a handy ten-point scale to break down the stages of chemo nausea.

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The best time to use medical pot during chemo is the moment you start to feel sick. Escalating from level 2 to level 4 nausea can happen in less than 5 minutes, and if you wait to smoke until after you have ralphed it will take more marijuana to get your tummy under control and longer till it is settled. Do not hesitate if something feels amiss. Frankly, just stay stoned in general, this is a terrible time, and no one should judge you for being sick and lying down while puffing away on a vape pen to avoid tossing your cookies. Trust me, I’m a doctor that survived this nightmare journey.

Need medical marijuana for the side effects of chemotherapy? Come on down to Torrey Holistics. San Diego’s finest legal cannabis dispensary.

Cannabis Biology 101 by Dr. Beth

Cannabis Biology: The Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biological system found throughout the entire body. Your body naturally produces endocannabinoids to help regulate the central nervous system (aka the brain) and the peripheral nervous system (aka the rest of your body). This means we have cannabinoid receptors located throughout our body, and we naturally produce endocannabinoids to regulate memory recall, mood, appetite and pain. When we introduce cannabinoids (aka medical marijuana) we create biological effects in the endocannabinoid system depending on what we ingested and how (aka varieties of highs; body vs. cerebral and everything in between).

Two receptors have been identified1 as CB1 and CB2. CB1 is mainly found in the brain, and CB2 is mainly found in the immune system, but they are both widespread throughout the human body. CB1 naturally accepts the neurotransmitter anandamide. Anandamide binds to CB1 to regulate memory, sleep, and pain stimuli in the brain. Anandamide binds to CB2 in the rest of the body to control the immune system.

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Ok, that was a heavy intro to the basic science of cannabis. What is the one thing you should take away from this week’s lesson? Humans have marijuana receptors in their body. When medical marijuana is consumed, endogenous receptors are stimulated. Humans naturally produce cannabinoids in the nervous system to control memory, hunger, and pain.

Still too much?

Smoke pot. Get stoned. Feel better. Science!

Stop by Torrey Holistics, San Diego’s finest legal medical marijuana dispensary, and a Cannabis Consultant will be happy to share more knowledge and tips 1 on 1.

1. Grotenhermen, Franjo (23 July 2012). “The Therapeutic Potential of Cannabis and Cannabinoids” Dtsch Arztebl Int. 109 (PMC3442177): 495–501.

 

Diary of a Game Night by Dr. Beth

Product Spotlights:
Flow Kana Cherry AK Preroll
Marley Natural Hybrid Cartridge
Caliva Toasties

I have a confession to make; I am a nerd. I am proud of my nerdiness, and I have a wonderful group of friends that celebrate nerdiness with me. When I was going through chemotherapy, some friends wanted to help but didn’t know how. They wanted me to go out and have fun like I used to, but I simply didn’t have the energy. To not completely disappear from my social life, we decided to try some of the board games gathering dust in the closet. Game night became a monthly tradition at my house over the past two years. I want to share a little of that tradition with you.

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This is 'Diary of a Game Night: Betrayal at the House on the Hill'.

Everyone starts arriving and pops open beers. We sit on the balcony and light up a Flow Kana Cherry AK joint. I picked this strain for its mood-lifting and relaxing qualities, a perfect strain to wind down your week and chill with your friends. We begin to share funny stories from our week, as the giggly effects of Cherry AK transitioned into a pleasant body high. Our moods are set perfectly to dive into this week's board game; “Betrayal at the House on the Hill”.

Betrayal begins as a co-op board game. As you and your friends explore and build a three-story haunted mansion, your goal becomes clear; don’t die! As rooms open up, we all work together to increase our player speed and sanity. That’s right, you need to stay sane and random events can cause you to go insane. Are you walking along a creepy hallway and see an apparition?! Do the walls start to bleed?!?! Did James eat the last of the Funyuns?!?!?! (That doesn’t happen in the game…but I am still mad you James!). 

After every round, we hold our breath and roll to see if “The Haunting” will begin. The mood is tense, so I break out my Marley Natural Hybrid cartridge. We slowly puff-puff-pass to relieve the anxiety. I enjoy vaporizing cartridges during intense gameplay so we don’t interrupt the pace of the story to grind flower, roll a joint and then step outside to smoke. It’s James’ turn… he rolls the dice… the haunting begins.

This is why I love Betrayal. We all start out working together but now, just like the movies, one of our protagonists has become evil. James rolls the dice and draws a card. This combination means the player to his left is now in charge of the haunting… me. James, you will rue the day you ate the last of the Funyuns! It's also a perfect time for a smoke break, as we all have some reading to do. 

There are over fifty different haunting scenarios for this game. This time we are playing “monster from the deep.” Basically, I turn into a six-tentacled monster. As I control my arms, my goal is to kill all the other players on the board. They, in turn, work together to decapitate the monster (me). We light up a few Caliva Toasties as we read through the new game scenario. The small pre-rolled joints are perfect for sharing and result in a very mellow high, fitting for this endeavor. We all need to keep our wits about us as friends turn to enemies and betrayal ensues.

The hunt for my frenemies begins. I get six turns to move my arms and attack the trespassers of my mansion. They must work together to slay the monster I have become. The cannabis has achieved its goal. We are all relaxed and giggling as we attempt to make bad puns and get into each other’s head. James takes a chance and tries to cut off my head… he rolls the dice… and it pays off! He sacrifices his token to slay the monster and let the rest of the party to escape. Well played, sir.

The board game was a winner, as were the medical marijuana products we enjoyed from Torrey Holistics. Check out their full menu and let us know your game night favorites.

Cannabis Consultant - Dr. Beth

I am excited to announce Dr. Beth, one of Torrey Holistics Cannabis Consultants, has joined our blogging team. Please read more about Beth below

Dr. Beth
PhD Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Breast Cancer Survivor
Torrey Holistics Cannabis Consultant
DrBeth@torreyholistics.com

Personal Bio:

Dr. Beth graduated in 2011 with a PhD from studying the molecular pathways for fatty acid biosynthesis. In 2015, six weeks after giving birth to her first child, she was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. After two rounds of chemotherapy, the side effects were so intense she turned to medical marijuana for relief. She lives in San Diego with her husband and child and is passionate about helping patients safely use medical marijuana to alleviate the painful side effects of cancer treatment and other medical conditions. She has been cancer free since May 2016.

Caliblessed

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Hashtag blessed
Cuz I can rest
Assured
That absurd
Laws
Can't lay paws
On my stash
Or my hash
So I can't bash
On California.
It's like a utopia.
For people like me.
You see...
I am Texas raised
Taught never to praise
An illegal drug
Which includes nug.
Progressively
I obsessively
Learned more. 
I started working at a store.
The patients changed my perspective
I learned the medicinal objective
At the root of every cannabis indulging prospective. 

LDG

Torrey Holistics is first in California to be issued license to sell marijuana for adult use!

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On Friday, December 15, 2017 Torrey Holistics became the first approved Adult Use marijuana dispensary in the state of California.  Granting of the license means that as of January 1st, 2018, Torrey Holistics will be legally permitted to temporarily sell marijuana to adults 21 years of age and over without the medical recommendation of a physician, as was previously required in California.

It's an exciting day for Torrey Holistics, join us in the celebration and visit just a few of the first articles released on our big announcement:

Links updated on 12/19/2017

California's Bureau of Cannabis Control Awards First Adult Use License To San Diego-Based Torrey Holistics

Founders and employees welcome the end of marijuana prohibition as they prepare for increased demand for legal cannabis on January 1st.

Founders and employees welcome the end of marijuana prohibition as they prepare for increased demand for legal cannabis on January 1st.

(December 15, 2017 - Sorrento Valley, CA) - Torrey Holistics today announced that California has chosen the collective to be the first approved Adult Use marijuana dispensary in the state. Thousands of businesses applied for the license prior to the state's awarding of the first license yesterday. Granting of the license means that as of January 1st, 2018, Torrey Holistics will be legally permitted to temporarily sell marijuana to adults 21 years of age and over without the medical recommendation of a physician, as was previously required in California. 

"We are honored and grateful that the state has placed its faith in Torrey Holistics," said founder Tony Hall, who took a chance starting the dispensary with a college friend in 2015. Since then, Hall has enlisted a top-tier management team with the intention of taking the lead in the industry as challenges such as banking compliance and regulation of legalized marijuana have emerged. “As proponents of regulation, we did our best to get out in front of the changes ahead and to be diligent during the licensing process, but we hope our long-standing commitment to being San Diego's safe and reliable choice for legal cannabis spoke well for us. Now that our Adult Use license has been granted, we will turn our focus to job creation and expansion to accommodate demand in the region.”

For now, Torrey Holistics is busy preparing staff and store shelves for the increased demand expected for cannabis products on January 1. The store currently carries over 400 products and serves over 10,000 medical marijuana patients. According to Torrey Holistics Marketing Director, Ruthie Edelson, "We are planning a New Years Day celebration at the store so we can finally enjoy this momentous time with all of San Diego." 

Is San Diego Ready for Cannabis?

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Is San Diego Ready for Recreational Cannabis?
 

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Prop 64 making recreational marijuana legal for people 21 and older. The law is slated to go into effect on January 1st, now less than a month away. Are we prepared for this? We asked the professionals at Torrey Holistics, a licensed San Diego dispensary that has been in operation since 2015. 

Take us back to the beginning, how did Torrey Holistics come to be?
 

Our founders set out to become a safe, legal, and reliable place for people looking to ease the symptoms of medical conditions through the benefits of medical cannabis. To date, the city has issued only 17 licenses for the sale of medical marijuana, and we are proud to have been here from the beginning and to have built a reputation as a pioneer in the industry. Today, we serve over 10,000 patients at the dispensary and are continuing to grow. We will begin delivery and pick up service in the coming weeks. 

Speaking of the future, what changes do you expect after January 1st?

In preparation for adult recreational use, the state has unveiled a list of very clear rules in an effort to guide the industry through this transition. For example, customers may only purchase one ounce of non-concentrated cannabis at a time, a serving size of edibles is limited to 10 milligrams of THC, and all products must adhere to strict testing standards and carry the state's cannabis warning label. At Torrey Holistics, we are avoiding any anxiety over the upcoming changes by being proactive.  We will just do our best to stock up and staff up as demand requires, and we will continue to provide friendly, knowledgable customer service as new customers seek information about what is now available to them. 

I'm glad you brought up new customers. For those not familiar, what is the difference between THC products and CBD products and how will people know which is right for them?

Great question! We carry hundreds of products in our store, which can be a bit intimidating, but our staff provides one-on-one assistance so each customer gets the information and the products that they need. In a nutshell, THC is the component of cannabis that produces mind-altering effects. Within the realm of THC products are various strains, which have varied benefits depending on one's needs and preferences. CBD also comes from cannabis, but does not produce that sort of high. CBD products are widely used for sleep, relaxation, pain relief, etc. We even carry CBD products for pets! 

For those who have never taken cannabis products before, how do you know how much to take and will marijuana interfere with prescription medications? 

It is important to find your personal dosage level. Studies disagree about just how much stronger marijuana is today versus the marijuana from the 30 to 40 years ago, but it is definitely more potent due to growers crossing their most potent strains to produce a more valuable crop. Cannabis products also affect people differently because people metabolize it at different rates. We advise our new patients to take it slow. Perhaps start with an edible product with very low THC content, then wait 30 to 60 minutes to see how it affects you. As for drug interaction, virtually all chemical compounds from over-the-counter remedies to prescribed pharmaceuticals to illicit drugs will interact with other compounds. It is always best to consult with your physician before adding any new medicinal products to existing prescribed medications. 

Is the city of San Diego ready for this?

Actually, San Diego is embracing adult recreational marijuana more than most other parts of the state. The city has already authorized a supply chain to manage everything from cultivation to testing to manufacturing. That does not mean, however, that the city will be lax about enforcing the laws. It is unlawful for a person under the influence of ANY drug to drive a car, and public use of marijuana will still be illegal. In addition, customers must be 21 and have a valid state or federal ID to purchase cannabis products. 

Are there unlicensed cannabis dispensaries in San Diego? Why should people buy from a legal dispensary?

Yes, unfortunately there are unlicensed sellers out there. As a matter of public safety, we strongly advise people to seek out only legal, licensed, established dispensaries like Torrey Holistics. Our products are all lab-tested to be safe, and we take the well-being of our patients very seriously. 

Can I purchase cannabis products with my credit card?

No, until federal laws change, marijuana sales remains a cash-only business. 

What can people expect when coming to Torrey Holistics for the first time? 

When people arrive at the dispensary, they are greeted by our friendly security guards. Prior to January 1st, Torrey Holistics is solely licensed as a medical marijuana dispensary, therefore, you will need to bring with you a Doctor Recommendation Card and proof of California residency such as a California Drivers License. After January 1st, we will become both a medical and recreational facility, so the Doctor Recommendation Card will no longer be required. Once you have been checked in, our Cannabis Consultants will take it from there to walk you through our products. Don't forget to bring cash, first time patients receive 20% off their purchase!

Torrey Holistics is located in Sorrento Valley at 10671 Roselle Street, Suite 100, San Diego, California 92121. They are open seven days a week, Monday through Friday 7am to 9pm and Saturday & Sunday 9am to 9pm. For more information, please call 858-558-1420 or visit

Article as seen in the L'Chaim Magazine December Issue

Self Prescribed

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Dosing out my dabs
Like it's a science...
Because, come one lads, 
I am a mad scientist!
I am in charge of my own prescription.
Yes, I didn't stutter, that was my intentional diction. 
The medicinal benefits of cannabis isn't fiction...
In fact, legal restrictions
On the herb is causing a lot of friction.
A substance that cannot be a poison.
No documented ODs (overdoses),
Caffeine has more yearly [hospital] admissions, 
Who knows this!?
Self prescribed based on a desired effect...
No worries if my self determined dosage intersects -
With the clinical studies' dosage matrix.
I dose my dabs meticulously
I know how much helps me, seriously.

-LDG 

What a first-time customer of legal cannabis should know

So you’ve never bought marijuana before in your life, but there’s a first time for everything. You might be wondering what “those places” look like inside. What do I ask for? What do I need to bring?

These questions are entirely understandable. If you are a nonmillennial, you probably have a vivid recollection of at least a couple of the following:

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1. Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign from the 1980s. Nancy was scary, even if she was friends with Michael Jackson.

2. The “three strikes” law. Yep, possession of marijuana used to be enough to earn you a strike.

3. Stoner flicks like “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” or any film by Cheech and Chong. You may have developed a fear that you might like marijuana too much and end up a real-life Jeff Spicoli.

Maybe you have even been too intimidated to ask your doctor about medicinal marijuana for fear of judgment. It’s been ingrained in the over 40 crowd that marijuana use is something deviant, and using it means you’re being bad. Now that the tide of public opinion is turning, it’s OK to admit that you’re a little curious about it. After all, you may have read about its efficacy at alleviating the symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, aches and pains, depression, arthritis, PTSD and much more. One peek in the waiting room of Torrey Holistics, the permitted medical cannabis dispensary I work with, and it’s evident that it’s not filled with millennials but a mix of folks just looking to improve their quality of life.

Now that it’s OK to admit that you are thinking about it, what do you do next? After Jan. 1, you will no longer need a medical recommendation from a physician, but you will need to bring a valid California or federal ID. You will also need to bring cash, as dispensaries still do not have access to the federal banking system. Upon arrival, you will check in with a receptionist and wait for your turn to enter the dispensary, not unlike checking in for a medical appointment. This is to ensure that the staff-to-customer ratio is low for one-on-one service from a cannabis consultant.

Some of you might be imagining that a store that sells marijuana must be dark, smoky, maybe a lava lamp in a corner or a Jimi Hendrix poster on the wall lit by a black light. Let me set the record straight: I can’t speak for all businesses, but modern licensed, legal dispensaries are not scary. Our store is clean and well-lit, and there are tidy shelves and display cases with products labeled and visible. The staff is friendly, professional and informative. To get started, they will ask you a few questions to ascertain what your goals are and what types of products you might be comfortable with. They can make recommendations from there. Then the decision is up to you. Whatever products you choose, start slowly with a small amount and figure out which products and what dosage work best for you.

I’ve heard the concern that Proposition 64 is going to turn our city into the wild, wild west. It is not going to be a smoke-filled free-for-all come January! There are laws in place to prevent this. For example, you must be 21 to purchase cannabis products, you cannot use cannabis in public, you can only purchase a small amount at a time and it is still unlawful to drive under the influence of any drug.

In short, whether you become a regular customer or not, we are thrilled that you can choose for yourself. You have options that you may not have considered before.

As seen in the San Diego Tribune

Pot edibles must undergo big changes under new California regulations

By: Amanda Brandeis
Posted: 9:32 PM, Nov 24, 2017

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Newly released data from the California Healthy Kids Survey shows drug use among teens continues to go down. That includes marijuana, by one percent.

Jim Crittenden, program specialist at the San Diego County Office of Education, says he hopes the trend won't be reversed after Jan. 1 when recreational marijuana is legal for users 21 and over.

"Between the high potency and delayed time onset of being high, we're seeing kids use too much of this product," said Crittenden.

Crittenden says he wants parents and students to be aware of the drug's negative effect on a developing brain.

"A lot of the edibles look like food products, gummy bears, brownies, cookies, they look like standard food products so they're easy to conceal," said Crittenden.

But major changes are coming as to what edibles can look like and how much THC they can contain.

Christine Bordenave, General Manager with Torrey Holistics, explains that nearly all their current edibles will have to undergo some change in order to be compliant with the new rules.

"We as a legal dispensary at Torrey Holistics really want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to remain legal and to provide a safe, quality product to the public," said Bordenave.

Under the new rules, edibles will not be able to be shaped like animals, insects, fruits or humans.

Product bags must be opaque and childproof, even after they've been opened.

Edibles can contain no more than 100mg of THC per product and must be divided into serving sizes of no more than 10mg. 

Bordenave says after Jan. 1 they will have a window of time to comply with the new rules and that they are preparing for the changes with manufacturers. 

 

81% THC

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Please Concentrate!
I want this dab to resonate.
Been stressing over all the hate
Can't help but appreciate
This oil which helps me create
Even if it causes a political debate!
Take a hit for THC
So we can plea
For worldwide serenity.
Resin will do,
We have all been there too.
Swag will suffice,
Hopefully, you got it at a good price.
Flower will get you there,
I remember when that's all I could bear.
But today, for me, 
It's going to be 81% THC
That will make my mind more serene
And keen
Capable of confronting life when it's obscene...
Which I mean, 
Sometimes seems
To me
To be
Often in 2017.

LDG

Smoke Sesh Healing

Pain doesn't know your skin color.
Insomnia doesn't know your religion.
My mood doesn't know I am a woman.
But please, people, come over and listen. 
We all suffer from something,
No one's genetics are perfect,
Some people have their judgments
But relating over cannabis helps disseminate this.
This weed is a special medicine that unites.

Unites all of us into one room,
To talk about our medication.
One of us is full of hesitation, 
He has never been high! Good gracious! 
Stoner culture is there to help and make ya comfortable
No one asks why, we are just getting high.
Suddenly my diagnosis doesn't matter,
My pain subsides
And I find a kind
Of comfort.
Who is one to say this cannabis subculture
Isn't part of the healing process?
Support groups not sounding appealing but relating with thy fella stoner, I'll be there swiftly. 

-LDG

Hey California, Know Your Weed Laws by YEW Online

Medicinal Fear: Internal Dialogue 

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I walk into a dispensary.
I am afraid because my sensory-
Cortex
Just threw me into a nervous vortex.
I can feel it in my solar plexus. 
It is worse than when I hear a sexist
But, it's Torrey Holistics, it's the bestest. 
Legal as can be, fear still comes over me. 
What if they label me as an addict? 
What if the Feds see me take a fat hit?

...questioning status quo...

Yet, they are taking our diagnosis
And creating a monetary oasis.
The market for daily pharmaceuticals
Keeps us drugged but are these pills suitable
for long-term human consumption?
Dependency and potential for abuse is a function
of the chemical components.
The FDA pretends that they know this.
Schedule 1 (cannabis), too much fun.
Schedule 2 (cocaine), I guess it's ok for you.
Is cocaine really more medicinal than cannabis?
I have had it with this!

...meanwhile at the dispensary...

I take a deep breath, 
It's not like I am buying meth. 
I'll take a quarter of Green Crack. 
Clinical studies have my back.
CBD and THC
Help me. 
Federal discrimination towards this medicine can't be
A reality
In 2017.

LDG

5 min science lesson on the Endocannabinoid System by LDG

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Are you hesitant to try cannabis, or opposed to its use? Before I became a Cannabis Consultant, I was too. Why? Well, because it was illegal. The laws have changed and continue to change, but it was my own research that changed my perspective. Learning about the body, and about the endocannabinoid system, opened me up to the benefits of cannabis. 

Who knew?! Our body has its own biological system capable of interacting with the active chemical compounds in cannabis. These chemical compounds, call cannabinoids, bind to cannabinoid receptors in your endocannabinoid system. There are two different types of cannabinoid receptors, one that works inside the brain and another that works in conjunction with your immune system. These two receptor types bind with cannabinoids to provide completely different effects from improved mood to reduced pain and inflammation. 

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Cannabis is comprised of many different cannabinoids, the most notable being THC and CBD. Although these two compounds are the "superstars" of this class of compounds, there are different derivations of the cannabinoids that still need further study in order to gain a complete understanding of their effects. The delicate interplay between these cannabinoids is still being studied as well. The different cannabinoids have been shown to work in synergy together - amplifying and refining each other's effects. 

After learning about this interplay between our body and this class of compounds, I personally felt more comfortable with consuming cannabis as medicine.

Planet Earth

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Can we come together to be better?
Can we smoke together through the weather? 
Crazy natural disasters
Have people looking for pastors...
Earth is a self-contained cell,
Which, right now is going through hell!
Democrat or Republican, 
JUST STOP! We are all human! 
We are talking about our planet,
Y'all act like it's disposable. I have had it! 
So grab a light and let's unite!
Just smoke a little
Until you can hear nature's fiddle.
What are you going to do?
Recycle? ok, in what factory mill?
It takes lots of energy still!
Reuse? Sounds great! Let's get creative,
But don't ask me. Its easier to make it a landfill native. 
What if we use
But don't abuse...
If we wisely use plastics
Sounds difficult but let your mind be elastic...
If we didn't use that straw?
If we didn't grab a lid? 
Just think next time you make your Keurig coffee, 
A French press does it with no waste and less of a monetary fee. 

LDG 

Wandering thoughts

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What breeds creativity?
Let's think about this, definitely. 
"Misguided" neural pathways allow us to create. 
Oh no, this may lead to a debate.
Structure is the enemy of creation
Give me an evolutionary mutation. 
I want that mistake that causes transformation
That idea that changes everyone's fixation. 
Because, Realize that mistakes are beneficial. 
I know it's hard bc of their superficial
They look like failures but reek of potential
Learning curves and mishaps are essential
For creativity...
Expanding your consciousness...
Cannabis being illegal is part of societies nonsenses. 
"Misguiding" your thoughts, 
You are uncovering and creating yourself with pot.

-LDG

Smoke a blunt and think-up with LDG

Let me introduce you to one of our knowledgeable and passionate Cannabis Consultants, Lauren. Every Monday we will be posting her cannabis musings. Ask her questions, interact with her as she loves to connect with the people she loves helping the most, our patients!

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What is the shape of the earth? Depends who you ask and when in time.

What is the best digestive aid according to doctors? Ranges from cigarettes to tequila to probiotics depending on the doctor and year.

Is cannabis is a terrible illegal drug? Again, depends on who you ask and when.

Bottom line? Knowledge changes as we learn more and no one really knows what they are doing. Call to action: always THINK!!

My purpose for writing is to trigger thoughts in others in order to expedite the evolution of knowledge, the more people I can make think, the better solutions we can come up with to better the world. I want to catalyze the formation of knowledge by inspiring thinking, so I write. I want to gently guide people outside of their boxes of normal thought. I want to make you have an "aha" moment or an "wooooow!" moment when your perspective is opened by a one liner I wrote. 

Why the "code name"? Life is damn good, or, LDG. That's my writing "code name" because if there is one thing I want you to remember when addressing me/thinking about me/ reading about me, is that very fact : life is damn good. 

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I love to receive inspiration from others, so please reach out with topics! Let's get together to understand the world more while spreading those good vibes! 

It's medicine, not medi-SIN

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Torrey Holistics
Got us feeling like optimistics...
Optimism isn't intrinsic,
Mystically indeed
Is how this weed
Helps me relieve
This pain...
Which won't refrain;
This monotony
Has gotten-to-me
I need an expert in botany, 
Because this herb
Can curb cancer!!
Because this flower
Can power
Our mental evolution. 
I doubt you have a better solution...
Because when Chaos ensues,
It proves
To make me "abuse"
That plant with the green hues.
It's called medicine
Not a contemporary sin
Not a recreational gin
I use it before the gym
I will even say it in a hymn.... 
Here we go....
Weed, 
I need
As an OTC (over-the-counter)
To succeed
Indeed.
Medicine that I enjoy, 
A subculture of acceptance and joy.

-LDG