The day before my dad died from a perforated intestine, he had a bout of pain that we were unable to control with the medicines that had been prescribed through hospice—morphine, lorazepam and haloperidol. I could not bear to see him suffer, so as my sister called the hospice nurse to ask what we should do (how much morphine we could give), I had an idea. It was time to try some cannabis.
Fogg Flavor Labs, run by Gerald Azenaro, is manufacturing their own terpene profiles - called Captain Fogg’s TERPsauce. Located near historic Newburyport, Massachusetts, the company designs its products to match certain cannabis strains such as Gorilla Glue #1, King Cake, Sour Diesel and other strains, and have the same smell as well as similar effects. Fogg Flavor Labs products are available for international shipping.
In most of the United States, cannabis-themed entertainment involves the hope that one’s 20-something dealer will ring the doorbell with a crinkled, overpriced bag of mystery weed before the pizza arrives and the beer goes flat. Things are slowly improving, however. In a few areas of the country, adult use legalization is opening new opportunities for entrepreneurs to provide unique entertainment options to choosy purveyors of pot.
When people imagine marijuana they see Cheech and Chong standing among a field of big, green plants. Perhaps those more familiar with marijuana may visualize the enormous greenhouse facilities popping up across Washington, California and other cannabis-friendly states. However, the face of the industry may soon be a group of scientists in lab coats, studying some of the smallest molecules in living organisms.
The Grow For Vets founding chapter was established January 2014 as a nonprofit corporation in Colorado by Roger Martin, a US Army veteran. The original name was Operation Grow4Vets. An excerpt from the mission statement found on the Grow For Vets website explains: “... Grow For Vets provides Veteran heroes with safe alternative to deadly prescription drugs. We connect Veterans with the knowledge and resources necessary to obtain or grow their own cannabis for treatment of their medical conditions.”
If you’ve seen a terpene profile or heard the term “entourage effect” you probably have Ethan Russo, MD, to thank. Russo has served as the President of the International Cannabinoid Research Society and Senior Medical Advisor for GW Pharmaceuticals, an industry giant; and has participated in much of the research and writing on the topic of terpenes and cannabinoid interactions in circulation. He’s even working with the father of modern cannabis research Raphael Mechoulam at the new biotech company Phytecs. Cannabiz Journal was lucky enough to have some questions answered about Russo’s history and the future of cannabis.
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board considered a ban on the use of synthetic and imported cannabidiol (CBD) and THC in the I-502 system in July. The WSLCB rule proposal comes on the heels of a petition from Washington NORML asking the agency to formally block cannabinoid importation specifically. What may seem like something that is intuitively prohibited is currently a grey area for Washington cannabis businesses. Let’s shed some light on the reasons why.
Humans have interacted with cannabis for hundreds of years, and have since given many names to it over the ages, and for many different reasons. An uglier and more recent term- marijuana- can be attributed to Harry Anslinger, the nation’s first drug czar as Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.