A few months back, a new business appeared in my small Oregon town. Its shelves were packed with tinctures, jars of salve, coffee beans, bath bombs — even beard oil. This variety collection shared important ingredient: CBD.

Produced by the cannabis plant, CBD is the straitlaced cousin of marijuana’s more famous ingredient ,the THC that delivers a mind-swirling high. CBD, or cannabidiol, has no such intoxicating effects on the mind. Yet the molecule has captured people’s attention in an amazing way, sold as a remedy for pain, anxiety, insomnia and other ailments — all without the high.

That corner store, CBD Science, is far from alone in its efforts to sell people on the benefits of CBD oil, which is found in both marijuana and hemp, two versions of the Cannabis sativa plant. CBD is popping up in products in walgreens, cvs,pet stores, coffee shops and the health and beauty sections of mainstream grocery stores. It’s even being brewed into beer. I left the shop with a $5 bottle of water infused with “5,000,000 nanograms” of CBD.

“So far, messages of CBD’s purported health benefits come from people trying to sell CBD products — not from scientists, says Margaret Haney, a neurobiologist who directs the Marijuana Research Laboratory at Columbia University. A gaping chasm separates the surging CBD oil market and the scientific evidence backing it. While there are reasons to be excited about CBD, the science just isn’t there yet”, Haney says.


Water Soluble CBD Oil Research

Cannabidiol comes in a variety of forms. Liquid, gummy bears, capsules. the problem with most of these is absorbing into the blood stream. Most of these have only a 1% absorption in human beings. A new patented form of water soluble CBD oil has a 40% absorption into the body.

In a 2019 study published in peer reviewed journal, Neurology, researchers found that 88.3% of patients with chronic migraines who were given CBD oil reported less pain, along with improvements in sleep, anxiety, and mood. Headaches are the most common symptom after an injury or concussion, with the most common type of headache resembling a migraine, according to the American Migraine Foundation. Researchers found that significantly more patients taking the water soluble CBD softgels reported headache reduction than those taking the 1:1 (THC to CBD) ratio.

A january 2018 comprehensive journal review found evidence for various therapeutic benefits of CBD, especially in the treatment of migraine and headache.”

A 2018 survey of oncology doctors regarding CBD found that “sixty-seven percent viewed it as a helpful adjunct to standard pain management strategies”. In the new university study, cancer doctors said their were taking CBD oil daily for cancer symptoms . Overall, nearly eight in 12 cancer doctors reported having discussed marijuana and CBD with patients or their families, with 47 percent recommending it for pain and other cancer-related problems to at least half of their patients in the past year.

In June, 2017 a new research study was introduced to the Veteran’s Affairs Committee that would “encourage the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to start looking at CBD oil as a viable remedy with positive  health outcomes of covered veterans diagnosed with chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions.


A december 2018 report by the World Health Organization, in its research of diseases for which CBD may have therapeutic benefits lists pain relief effects in patients with neuropathic pain resistant to other drugs or treatments.

CBD treatment to reduce insomnia and anxiety

A November 2017 report by the World Health Organization (WHO), in its “Overview of diseases for which CBD may have therapeutic benefits” lists “Anxiety: Reduction of muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue, problems in concentration, improvement of social interactions in rodent models of anxiety and stress, reduced social anxiety in patients.”

A 2017 study states that “Preliminary research into cannabis and insomnia suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia.”

Another 2017 study found that “Preliminary research into cannabis and insomnia suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia. CBD may hold promise for REM sleep behavior disorder.”

The podcast episode featured a study investigating CBD effects on sleep in rats, found that “CBD appears to increase total sleep time.”

A 2009 study treated people with a combination of CBD and THC for a variety of diseases including multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathic pain, intractable cancer pain, and rheumatoid arthritis with no need for CBD dosage increases over time.



Marijuana Rehab For Couples

There are differing opinions among professionals in the addiction field on marijuana being an  addictive substance, The fact that most people who smoke weed do not have unmanageable lives. Most are completely productive members of society, But there are some extreme cases that may need help quitting. Many couples use marijuana together and it is a big part of the relationship. On the other hand sometimes marijuana addiction can cause financial issues between couples when spending money on the drug is hurting the finances.

In these extreme cases of marijuana abuse a couple may seek help from a therapist or drug counselor. There are a variety of treatment centers for marijuana abuse. Outpatient addiction treatment can be the solution for the relationship. Most outpatient programs offer group therapy 3 times per week, and individual counseling once per week. You will be drug tested every week to make sure you have not used drugs of any kind.

Inpatient drug rehab for marijuana abuse is a more extreme solution, but can help the addict quit smoking weed for a period of time. It is recommended to try outpatient marijuana rehab for couples before making the choice to attend residential treatment for 30 days.

A number of research studies have shown that marijuana is indeed an addictive substance. The increasing rate of addiction to marijuana has affected all age groups.

Qualification for the diagnosis of marijuana addiction is no different than most other drugs, the individual must suffer from a negative pattern of use of marijuana, which results in significant financial or mental problems or suffering. At least three of the following addiction symptoms must be occurring at the same time in the same one year period.

  • Tolerance is shown by decreased effects of marijuana over periods time or needing to increase the amount smoked or eaten to achieve the desired effect
  • Withdrawal symptoms that occur when the addict abstains from using marijuana for 4 days
  • Often injesting marijuana in larger amounts or over a longer period of time than originally planned
  • Persistent craving to use marijuana or trouble controlling use of the drug
  • Spending abnormal  significant time either obtaining marijuana (for example, buying, growing), using drugs, or recovering from its effects on the brain
  • Significant social, educational, occupational, or leisure activities are either abandoned or significantly decreased as a result of marijuana’s use
  • Marijuana use continues despite being aware of or experiencing persistent or repeated physical mental ,financial or psychological problems as a result of its use

The physical symptoms of marijuana or weed withdrawal are similar to those of other substances, especially tobacco. Those withdrawal symptoms usually start one to two days after last using marijuana and include irritability, anger, depressioninsomnia, drug craving, and decreased appetite. These symptoms tend to interfere with the individual’s attempts to quit marijuana and can motivate the use of both marijuana and other drugs for relief. The symptoms of withdrawal tend to peak within four to six days and last from one to three weeks.


Treating Heroin And Cocaine Addiction With Medical Marijuana

Treating Heroin And Cocaine Addiction With Medical Marijuana

The popularity of medical marijuana over the last several years has spurred renewed interest in using it to treat other forms of addiction such as heroin and cocaine. Since heroin and cocaine are two highly addictive substances that are wreaking havoc all over the country, medical marijuana is now seen as a way to ween people off these potent drugs.

One of the major reasons why doctors and health practitioners believe medical marijuana could be used to treat those who are addicted to cocaine and heroin is it can help calm people down as they come off the dangerously addictive drugs. As anyone who has ever gone through withdrawals, they can tell you how much of a nightmare it is. In fact, many users of cocaine and heroin forgo getting help for their addiction is because the withdrawals are so agonizing.

There are varying studies out there today suggesting medical marijuana has curing properties. Although there are differing opinions as to the overall effectiveness of the drug when treating medical conditions, the main thing here is that it can help relieve the anxiety as the patient tries to kick the heroin and cocaine habit.

Some people might say that you are just substituting one addiction for another, but so far nobody has ever died from marijuana. Cocaine and heroin, on the other hand, produces many deaths every day all over the world due to its potency, plus you never know what type of fillers are added to these drugs. Medical marijuana is licensed by the state and has to go through a rigorous testing process before it can be approved.

Growers must apply for a license and the industry is also highly regulated. In other words, you can feel much safer buying from licensed growers because they don’t add anything to the marijuana such as harmful pesticides that would cause a person to get sick.

Medical marijuana can be grown to different potency levels which can help the addicted ween off drugs altogether. Or they can continue on a program of medical marijuana to help them relax. Anyone who has been or is addicted to cocaine and heroin must initially find something to help calm them down as they go through withdrawals to help with heroin treatment. It is also a lifestyle change when you give up those drugs, so many doctors believe that substituting medical marijuana for cocaine and heroin can mimic the good feeling of taking the drugs but in a much healthier way.

Nobody knows for certain how medical marijuana can treat other addictions since there are now plenty of ongoing studies. But one thing we do know is that it is far less dangerous than being addicted to heroin and cocaine.

There is a lot of ongoing studies today where you can participate in medical marijuana programs if you have a terrible addiction problem. The hardest thing is making that decision to get help, but just knowing that you can do it in a safe manner with regulated marijuana may be enough for the addicted person to want to quit. Even though the high is not the same, medical marijuana can be potent enough where the user can experience happiness as they ween off the bad stuff.

Getting off drugs is no easy task and it requires a lot of mental toughness and the willingness to see it through. It may be the most difficult thing you do in your life, but the alternative to that is no life at all. At least trying the medical marijuana approach gives hope to so many out there who are heavily into the heavy drugs.

Think about what you have to go through in order to get heroin or cocaine and the dangers it poses to your safety and health. At least with marijuana bought at a licensed medical clinic, you are not risking your safety and health. Plus there are many forms of medical marijuana aside from smoking it which causes damage to your lungs. Try edibles if you don’t prefer to smoke, or get yourself a vaping kit that is healthier than smoking to help with quitting drugs .

There is never an easy solution when quitting hard drugs, but hopefully with new studies out it can show that medical marijuana is a safe alternative that can help people kick their very dangerous habit.


Ed Rosenthal, Legendary California Marijuana Grower & Activist Endorses MCLR – The Marijuana Control, Legalization & Revenue Act Initiative and Opposes AUMA – The Adult Use of Marijuana Act Based on Major Flaws



MCLR 2016 – Written by People Like You


The latest FDA announcement drives home the alleged unproven statistics on deaths from kratom. While there are thousands of former opiate users who say without kratom they would have been dead from opioid abuse. Fraudulent health claims can pose serious health risks. They may keep some patients from seeking appropriate, FDA-approved therapies. Reliance on products with unsubstantiated claims may delay those who suffer from OUD from entering recovery and may put them at greater risk of overdose and death. We know that patients receiving FDA-approved medication-assisted treatment (MAT) cut their risk of death in half, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Rosenthal states serious faults in AUMA will doom the initiative to failure. The single page, print-at-home MCLR legalization initiative is now the only hope for California in 2016

OAKLAND, Calif.–Ed Rosenthal and many others have serious concerns about the current state of marijuana legalization efforts in California. Rosenthal has announced his public support for the Marijuana Control, Legalization & Revenue Act (MCLR) initiative and opposition to the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA/the Sean Parker initiative). MCLR is now seen by the majority of activists, operators and community leaders as the best alternative to the faulty AUMA, an initiative that could devastate California’s current marijuana industry.

“If we pass a flawed legalization initiative, we will never be able to fix it,” said Ed Rosenthal. “Our only hope is to defeat AUMA and get MCLR on the ballot. The over 60 pages of regulations in AUMA are a Trojan horse claiming to be legalization.”

Major flaws in AUMA include:

    1. Cities and Counties can “completely prohibit” any type of marijuana business without asking the voters of the city or county – 26200(a)
    2. Every city can have different “standards, requirements and regulations” – 26201
    3. Cities and Counties can ban “delivery” business altogether – 26200(a) and/or ban “delivery” from licensed businesses outside the city or county
  3. STUPID TAXES – AUMA Part 14.5. Marijuana Tax
    1. For a $500 pound of flowers the growers tax would be $148 or 29.6%
      The total tax would be: 29.6% (grower) +  9.25% (state BOE) + 15% (retail) + 10% (or more local) =63.85% tax on Flowers
    2. For a $100 pound of leaf the growers tax would be $44 or 44%.
      The total tax would be:44% (grower) + 9.25% (state BOE) + 15% (retail) + 10% (or more local) =78.25% tax on Leaf
      “… no provision or provisions of this Act shall be interpreted or construed in a manner to create a positive conflict with federal law, including the federal Controlled Substances Act, such that the provision or provisions of this Act and federal law cannot consistently stand together.”

Unlike the hastily drafted 60 pages of AUMA, the 1 page MCLR only addresses a single subject, marijuana legalization for adults 21 and over. Additionally MCLR is simple to read and understand. With the 1 page version of MCLR, this will be the first time in history a marijuana legalization Initiative can be downloaded and printed at home using standard 8.5 x 11 paper and any printer (

MCLR’s language represents over three years of outreach to farmers, operators, patients and activists in a grassroots “open source” document aimed at legalizing marijuana. The initiative would legalize marijuana, fixes problems created by the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) and provides a way for the existing medical marijuana industry to transition into a well-regulated market. This is in stark contrast to AUMA, which many say will only severely reinforce some of MMRSA’s biggest flaws.

MCLR is a single page document that can be downloaded, printed, signed and circulated by anyone with an Internet connection. This unique document is the first marijuana legalization initiative specifically developed to use social media and the Internet community. You can always have this document file to also know where you can find a rehabilitation center near you.

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for Americans for Policy Reform
Erika Taylor Montgomery, 408-218-2391
Ed Rosenthal

Full Text of MCLR Version 7 (Initiative 15-0120)

SECTION 1. Title.
This measure shall be known and may be cited as “The Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act.”

SEC. 2. Findings and Declarations.
(1) The “war on drug addiction” has failed miserably, imprisoned the poor & minorities, and handed billions of dollars to criminal cartels & gangs.
(2) Taxing cannabis sales will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues for the state.
(3) Legalizing and regulating cannabis sales will make Californians safer by eliminating the dangers caused by prohibition.

SEC. 3. A new Division 10, entitled “Cannabis Regulation and Taxation” is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:
Chapter 1.

§ 27100. Cannabis. The social use of marijuana by adults, 21 years of age and older, including the cultivation, distribution, drying, farmers markets, harvesting, on-site consumption, planting, possession, possession of concentrated cannabis, processing, production, public events, retail sale, transportation, veterinary use, manufacture of edible products and manufacture of concentrated marijuana (with or without solvents), whether or not for profit, shall be lawful in this state and is a matter of statewide concern.

§ 27200. Taxes. The applicable sales and use taxes shall apply to sales of non-medical marijuana. In addition, the Legislature may place an excise tax on the sale of non-medical marijuana not to exceed fifteen percent (15%) of the retail price of the products. Marijuana that is sold for medical purposes shall not be subject to any sales, use, or excise tax.

§ 27300. Cannabis Diversion Programs. The State shall establish and fund cannabis-only diversion programs in each county.

§ 27400. Implementation. It shall be the responsibility of the Legislature to implement any regulations necessary for this Act.

§ 27500. Penalties. Violations of any statute or regulation enacted or promulgated to implement this Act shall not constitute a felony and shall not be punished by imprisonment. Except as otherwise authorized by law, the sale, furnishing, or giving away of any cannabis or cannabis product to any person under the age of 21 years is hereby prohibited. Except as otherwise authorized by law, any person over the age of 18 years and under the age of 21 years who attempts to purchase, or purchases, and any person who knowingly sells, gives, or in any way furnishes cannabis products to a person over the age of 18 years and under the age of 21 years, is guilty of an infraction and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250). Except as otherwise authorized by law, any person who knowingly sells, gives, or in any way furnishes cannabis products to a person under the age of 18 years, and any person under the age of 18 years who purchases, receives or possesses any cannabis or cannabis products, shall be subject to the penalties set forth in Penal Code 308 as if the cannabis or cannabis products were cigarettes.

§ 27600. Local Control. A city, county, or city and county may ban, or limit the number of, marijuana businesses within its boundaries, if such restriction has been placed on the ballot by petition in accordance with the procedures for an initiative, or by the city council or board supervisors, and approved by the voters within that jurisdiction at a statewide election held in November.

SEC. 4. Liberal Construction. This Act shall be liberally construed to effectuate its purposes.

SEC. 5. Severability. The provisions of this Act are severable. If any provision of this Act or its application is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application.

SEC. 6. Conflicting Measures. In the event that this measure and another measure or measures concerning marijuana appear on the same statewide election ballot, the provisions of the other measure or measures shall be deemed to be in conflict with this measure. In the event that this measure receives a greater number of affirmative votes, the provisions of this measure shall prevail in their entirety, and the provisions of the other measure shall be null and void.

SEC. 7. Sections 11357, 11358, 11359, 11360, 11361, and 11485 of the Health and Safety Code are hereby repealed.

SEC. 8. Amendment. The provisions of this Act may be amended by the Legislature to further the purposes of this Act by a statute passed in each house by roll call vote entered in the journal, two-thirds of the membership concurring. Any implementation legislation enacted pursuant to Section 27400 of the Business and Professions Code shall require only a majority vote in each house.

SEC. 9. Legal Defense by the Attorney General. The California Attorney General shall protect and defend this Act from any and all challenges in the courts of any jurisdiction to final judgment.

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