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  1. I have found the same issues with Sativas ... they get me humming too much and add to the problem ... it takes some personal testing, trying different strains ... I stick to indicas like Skywalker and for day trips out in the world I use Pineapple Express ... again, these work for my body chemistry and my individual issues ... you really need to experiment on yourself, in small doses, and see the results ... keep hope in your heart because there are plenty of different strains available ...
  2. Great to have another Yooper ! Welcome
  3. Thank you Resto ... I really needed this today ... great memories of listening to this album back in the day
  4. My prayers are with you and your friend as she faces these difficult struggles ... Honestly, the only answers we can give to you are anecdotal because federal law has banned scientific research since the 1970's. We have hundreds of people that can offer their personal experiences but as strongly as we all believe in our medicine the actual medical answers are still missing. That being said, my personal experiences with insomnia have taught me a few things. The marijuana doesn't put me to sleep like Zolpidem ... it allows me to think calmer and happier thoughts, to distract myself so the Zolpidem can try to ease me into sleep. I take the standard 10mg dose. I understand the cycle of prescription drugs ... the VA Doctors had me taking so many different medications that I had to go in-patient to be fully evaluated so they could take me off four different drugs at the same time. Honestly, I'm not sure if I'm more afraid of my medical issues or the drugs they piled on me. Scientifically valid data from good research is years away ... we know that medical marijuana is currently helping millions of people ... the scary part is we're experimenting on ourselves ...
  5. More ... http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/10/27/marijuana-sex-frequency/91086/ Published: Oct 27, 2017, 1:00 pm • Updated: 4 days agoComments (3) By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post (The Washington Post) Regular marijuana users have about 20 percent more sex than abstainers, according to a new study from researchers at Stanford University. The study analyzed data on 28,000 female and 23,000 male participants in the National Survey of Family Growth, a nationally representative CDC survey of Americans age 15 to 49. It found that women who smoked marijuana daily had sex with a male partner an average of 7.1 times per month, compared to 6 times per month for nonsmoking women. Similarly, men who used marijuana daily reported having sex with a woman 6.9 times per month, compared to 5.6 times for nonusers. Those findings held true even after the researchers controlled for a number of demographic variables known to affect sex habits and marijuana use. “The overall trend we saw applied to people of both sexes and all races, ages, education levels, income groups and religions, every health status, whether they were married or single and whether they had kids,” author Michael Eisenberg said in a statement. Further bolstering the findings, the study also found what researchers call a “dose-dependent relationship” between marijuana use and sex frequency: as respondents’ marijuana use rates increased, so did their frequency of having sex. The study does not, however, necessarily indicate a causal relationship between marijuana use and sex. “It doesn’t say if you smoke more marijuana, you’ll have more sex,” Eisenberg said. For instance, people who are naturally inclined to have more frequent sex may be predisposed to marijuana use, rather than the other way around. Nevertheless, it does seem plausible that a causal effect could be at work here. Some qualitative research published in 2016, for instance, found that respondents generally said that stoned sex was more pleasurable than drunk or sober sex. A 2003 study also found that over half of marijuana users said the drug was a libido-booster, compared to 26 percent who said it inhibited their sex drive. “In humans, sex is not only a means to procreation but serves as an important source of physical pleasure and expression of emotional intimacy,” the Stanford authors write. As such, a fair amount of other research has found a link between the frequency of sex and overall physical and mental health. People who have more sex, on average, are happier and less stressed, they have lower blood pressure, and better cardiovascular health overall. This underscores a key point about drug use. We all know the risks associated with marijuana use – dependency, impaired driving, decreased academic performance, etc. But when discussing drug policy we rarely talk about the benefits of drug use. That’s partly by design: for decades, research into drug use has been focused almost uniformly on drugs’ detrimental effects. This bias is baked into the very names of the institutions that fund much of this research – it’s why we have a National Institute on Drug Abuse, rather than a National Institute on Drug Use. For pot in particular we’re just now starting to understand some of the potential benefits of the drug, including “>euphoria and relaxation, pain relief, lower rates of opiate dependence and domestic violence, decreased use of more harmful drugs, and, apparently, better sexual health. But policymakers’ discussions of how and whether to regulate drugs like marijuana rarely take those benefits into consideration.
  6. http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/10/27/560268250/does-smoking-pot-lead-to-more-sex Tobacco companies put a lot of effort into giving cigarettes sex appeal, but the more sensual smoke might actually belong to marijuana. Some users have said pot is a natural aphrodisiac, despite scientific literature turning up mixed results on the subject. At the very least, a study published Friday in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that people who smoke more weed are having more sex than those who smoke less or abstain. But whether it's cause or effect isn't clear. The researchers pulled together data from roughly 50,000 people who participated in an annual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey during various years between 2002 and 2015. "We reported how often they smoke — monthly, weekly or daily — and how many times they've had sex in the last month," says Dr. Michael Eisenberg, a urologist at Stanford University Medical Center and the senior author on the study. "What we found was compared to never-users, those who reported daily use had about 20 percent more sex. So over the course of a year, they're having sex maybe 20 more times." Women who consumed marijuana daily had sex 7.1 times a month, on average; for men, it was 6.9 times. Women who didn't use marijuana at all had sex 6 times a month, on average, while men who didn't use marijuana had sex an average of 5.6 times a month. When the researchers considered other potentially confounding factors, such as alcohol or cocaine use, age, religion or having children, the association between more marijuana and more sex held, Eisenberg says. "It was pretty much every group we studied, this pattern persisted," he says. The more marijuana people smoked, the more they seemed to be having sex. Now, that association doesn't necessarily mean the weed is responsible for the heightened sex drive, says Mitch Earleywine, a psychologist at the University at Albany who has studied cannabis and sex but wasn't involved in this work. "In some surveys, we saw that people [who used cannabis] did have sex more, but it seemed to be mediated by this personality type that's willing to try new things or look for thrills," he says. In other words, it seems that people who like to smoke weed may have other character traits that lead them to be lustier. Or maybe it really is the weed. "It's possible it makes men or women more interested in sex," Eisenberg says. In one study, researchers found they were able to induce sexual behavior by injecting a cannabinoid, the class of psychoactive compounds in marijuana, into rats. But people aren't rats, of course. Another study published in 2012 found that women became more aroused when watching erotic films when they had cannabinoids in their system. But that might just be because weed seems to heighten sensory experiences overall. "It gets people to appreciate the moment more anyway," psychologist Earleywine says. "They like food more, find humor in things more easily, so it wouldn't be stunning to think they would enjoy sex more." Whatever the connection, Eisenberg says his results leads him to think that pot, unlike tobacco which can depress libido and performance, isn't going to take the steam out of one's sex drive. "One question my patients always have is will smoking marijuana frequently negatively impact my sexual function?" Eisenberg says. "We don't want people to smoke to improve sexual function, but it probably doesn't hurt things." Not everyone agrees with that conclusion. "It's a lot of stretch here," says Dr. Rany Shamloul, a researcher at Ottawa Hospital in Canada who focuses on sexual health and function. He didn't work on the latest study. In an odd Catch-22, Shamloul says that recent research suggests cannabis might actually make it harder for a man's penis to become erect, even if weed might turn people on. "Recent studies have shown cannabinoid receptors in the penis itself, and experiments in the lab show an inhibitory response," he says. "There was basically a mixed result. Cannabis might increase [sexual arousal] frequency in the brain, but also decrease erectile function in the penis." There is another issue that may throw cold water on cannabis' potential as a love enabler. A frequent side effect of marijuana is a dry mouth, and University at Albany's Earleywine points out that one's mouth might not be the only thing turning arid. "Drying of the mucus membranes is a pretty consistent effect of the plant. Women should keep that in mind when considering cannabis as a sexual aid. I know that some products have THC or cannabinoids in a lubricant, but I haven't seen any actual data on that," he says. Stanford's Eisenberg says his study doesn't prove the idea that marijuana is getting people into the sack, though he says that is a possibility. There's really only one conclusion he can safely draw from the work: Cannabis users are doing it more.
  7. Has the show been running these past two weeks? I "need" my planet green trees ... 8>)
  8. Real Leadership at it's very best ... Full article ... http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/29/554458065/you-should-be-outraged-air-force-academy-head-tells-cadets-about-racism-on-campu
  9. I think the articles author was referring to the greater commercial availability of medical once large operations are able to operate. The rapid growth in MMMA patient's over the past few years will fuel commercial sales. The expansion in the patient base is outpacing any increase in the caregiver population.
  10. Thanks for explaining that difference Wild Bill ... I was curious about the very tight bud structure
  11. I've used two different dispensaries since recently receiving my MMMA card. It's really my only option since I don't have a personal grow. One is all pre-packaged medicine, everything in plastic, with a selection of about a dozen strains. Tenders are not very knowledgeable about strains ... their product seems to need aging .. in my humble opinion it's still too "green". This place buys all their medicine from "somewhere". This feels like kids selling medicine without enough knowledge. The second dispensary is mostly self-grown hydroponic medicine. Everything is in big glass jars for easy inspection. Very good support from the Tenders. Better curing of medicine. So its a tale of two styles and I'm sure patients like each for their own reasons. Patients that are still searching for the best strains greatly benefit from the wide selection available at a good dispensary. Once strains have been selected by the patient its easier to look for a caregiver since the patient now knows what medicine they need grown. That's my plan ...
  12. The MMMA was intended to be managed under State Health as any medical issue should ... but of course it was stolen by the DA and LEO now runs the show
  13. I have a "Plenty" model from S&B and it performs very well. Good vapor production, adjustable temps and can handle leaf, liquid and solids. It's bowl is pretty big and good for group use.
  14. It seems that everything is cool until Dec 15th ... nice they calmed down and remembered patients this time ... "This approach will allow existing operations to wind down while also giving adequate time for patients to establish connections to caregivers to help ensure continuity of access Sorry, I couldn't "un-bold" the above, I'm not shouting http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-79571_79784-440544--,00.html LARA to Inform Medical Marihuana Licensing Board Regarding Existing Facilities, License Fees Emergency rules to be submitted to protect patients and to implement fair and efficient regulations Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280 Email: mediainfo@michigan.gov September 12, 2017 - At a meeting of the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board later today, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) will inform the board members regarding several oversight issues and the implementation of the regulatory framework for the new Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing Act (MMFLA). LARA, in consultation with the board, has sole authority to promulgate rules and emergency rules as necessary to implement, administer, and enforce the MMFLA. LARA will notify the board of its intent to submit emergency rules necessary for the initial implementation of the MMFLA. The emergency rules – expected to be submitted in November – will further establish regulatory policies, including the application and licensing process and the fee structure. LARA is currently working with the board to develop permanent rules. Existing Facilities LARA consulted with the Michigan Attorney General’s office regarding facilities and dispensaries currently in operation and determined that any regulatory action will require an administrative rule. The department’s intent for the emergency rules is to consider any operation of a facility – that would otherwise need to be licensed under the MMFLA – as a potential impediment to licensure if continued after December 15, 2017. LARA will begin accepting license applications for all facilities on that date. This applies to all facilities defined under MMFLA. This approach will allow existing operations to wind down while also giving adequate time for patients to establish connections to caregivers to help ensure continuity of access. Fee Structure MMFLA requires LARA, in consultation with the board, to set the application fee and the annual regulatory assessment for each license. LARA will notify the board of its intent to submit emergency rules related to the following fee structure: The Application Fee is non-refundable and offsets the cost for LARA, the Michigan State Police (MSP), and/or contract costs for investigative services in order to conduct the background investigation of those applying for licenses. The nonrefundable application fee – which must be submitted with the application – will likely be in the $4,000 to $8,000 range, depending on the number of applications received. The annual Regulatory Assessment offsets operational costs and other statutory mandates including LARA’s costs to implement the act. It also offsets the cost of medical-marihuana-related services provided to LARA by the Michigan Attorney General’s office, MSP, and the Dept. of Treasury. By statute, the assessment must also provide $500,000 annually to LARA for licensing substance abuse disorder programs in addition to five percent of other state departments’ costs to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for substance abuse-related expenses. LARA is currently determining the annual regulatory assessment for fiscal year 2018 for each of the five license categories authorized by MMFLA. Grower A licenses are capped, by statute, at $10,000. Grower B-C, Processor, Transporter, and Provisioning Center licenses will be dependent on the number of total licenses subject to assessment and could be as low as $10,000 or as high as $57,000. The regulatory assessment does not apply to safety compliance facilities. Future Board Meetings The Medical Marihuana Licensing Board is scheduled to meet in regular session on October 17, 2017 and November 28, 2017. Both meetings will begin at 1:30pm and will be held at the Big Ten Conference Room A in the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at 219 South Harrison Road in East Lansing, MI. Streaming service for both meetings will be available through the website at www.michigan.gov/medicalmarihuana. More information on the BMMR can be found at the bureau’s website: www.michigan.gov/bmmr.
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