NAACP Gets Involved In Medical Mary J

It’s no secret California Medical Marijuana Industry is way over a billion dollar industry. It’s probably also not a secret that it’s predominantly a white industry. It’s refreshing to see San Francisco’s Local NAACP endorse Ms. Tikisha Ong’s application for a dispensary.

According to SF weekly  there are 28 dispensaries in the Bay and 5 of them are owned by minorities ( Russians are included in the minority count). 30 year old Ms. Ong plans to open her dispensary near the Daly City border.

A copy of the letter NAACP Leader Rev. Amos Brown submitted to the San Francisco Planning commision is below:

Speaking for myself as president of the San Francisco NAACP and on behalf of the full membership of our
organization, I enthusiastically endorse Ms. Tikisha Ong and urge you to support her efforts to bring much-needed African American community representation to the city’s medical cannabis industry.

Ms. Ong exemplifies the traits of a community and business leader. We are confident the establishment of GGC will do more than revitalize a long-neglected corner in an underdeveloped part of our city. It will also open career pathways for African Americans in a burgeoning industry where we find ourselves woefully underrepresented.

The California State Conference NAACP has supported legalizing marijuana, since 2010. Our organization sees cannabis prohibition as a civil rights issue, and with good reason. As state NAACP president Alice Huffman, said: “We have empirical proof that the application of the marijuana laws has been unfairly applied to our young people of color.”

The cruel irony is that African Americans are disproportionately affected by the criminalization of marijuana but also excluded from the economic opportunities presented by its decriminalization. Even in a city like San Francisco that prides itself on a governing philosophy of racial equality and inclusion, we see yet another lucrative industry growing without almost no input from our community — another table we are not invited to sit at.

We are pleased to endorse the sincere efforts of Ms. Ong. Not only her efforts to provide cannabis patients access to affordable, high-quality medicine, or her pledges to provide free health & education services to the
neighborhood and support underserved seniors with medicine delivery. We are also proud to endorse her crucial individual effort in the larger fight to reinvigorate the African American business community and reverse the toxic legacy of prohibition in African American neighborhoods.

It’s time for women of color like Ms. Ong to have a voice in this growing industry. We urge you to approve GGC as a licensed MCD without delay.

 

We are rooting for you Tikisha Ong!

 

 

Image Courtesy of Gabrielle Lurie SF Examiner and  Letter  courtesy of Chris Roberts and the SF weekly: See full article here

NAACP Leader Calls For Medical Marijuana Industry to Get a Black Business Owner

 

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TERPINES AND THEIR THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS

Read up on TERPINES AND THEIR THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS because consultants/budtenders in the Cannabis industry are going to have “their hands full!”
For the most part, patients will come into dispensaries with a fair amount of questions in need of answering. The most predictable and least impressive of them all “What’s the highest *THC?” If I can achieve one thing I want the over rated significance of THC Percentage  VERSUS the under rated value of the TERPINE PROFILE to be common knowledge. If you have ever smoked a strain that supposedly was an impressive high THC (like 27%) and thought ” that strain I just tried with an 18% THC was SUPERIOR than the 27%? What gives?”
join the club!
Ready for the logical explanation? The various terpinoids ie Alpha Pinine or beta caryophyllene are responsible for the distinct smells of the seemingly never ending amount of marijuana strains on the market today. in addition to smell these terpines also give us the effects, euphoria being the most well known. yet still its only one effect of many, most of them beneficial. This is where the significance of the terpine profile lies. When given symptoms a knowledgeable consultant can recommend or substitute a strain for a patient with precision accuracy. This is why experienced informed industry advocates say when discussing cannabis as a medicine it should be done in strain specific terms. Let me give you an example.The terpine Linalool usually expresses itself in purple tones. Found in strains like Purple Kush, and God’s Gift. It has a relaxing effect. Stimulates appetite. the traits associated with marijuana as a whole or “Indica strains” are actually the result of the terpines. Using this approach you can imagine the possibilities, this and other ground breaking advancements are spearheading the green revolution. In my future posts ill go into topics like Cannabidiol (cbd), Who the hell is Rick Simpson? THCA THE ALPHA, “Where the suburbs end” WILL BE A COMPILATION OF INTERESTING PERSONAL EXPERIENCES INVOLVING MARIJUANA. The pit will have a mix of education, comic relief, as well as current events relevant to our industry. Ah yes! THE OLD RULES are king once again. I’m talking
Pre Harrison narcotics act. Thanks for checking in, ya’ll know…It goes down in the pit!

– Black Cherry-

*THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. It acts much like the cannabinoid chemicals made naturally by the body, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

The Menstrual Cycle and Weed

Marijuana is becoming one of the new “go to” holistic medication for cancer, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, stress, depression, epilepsy, crohn’s, parkinson’s,  PTSD , lupus, arthritis and other ailments. Now it seems women are using it for Cramps as a result of thier menstrual cycle.

Recently I began vaping with a CBD (Cannabidiol is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract ) additive for my cramps. The first few times I vaped I was certain I was high. I wasn’t, but I was sure I was. What I determined is I was calm. I was happy and I was thinking clearly.

My issue is, I struggle with emotional distress as a result of PMS and I get cramps as a result of my cycle. I’ve been  using a CBD oral spray from CBD for life for my emotions. Of all the things I have tried over the years the CBD for Life oral spray has worked best. I’ve stopped having irrational thoughts during that time of the month.

CBD does not get you high so it may be a poor choice for recreational users but if you are looking for something that will work,  with less risk, I suggest CBD. My favorite products are from CBD Drip and CBD for life.

I haven’t tried Whoopi’s medicinal marijuana products for menstrual discomfort but I love the idea! Especially the cannabis infused bath salts. I’ve had a Canna Massage  (massage where the masseuse uses cannabis infused products) I know how euphoric it is to have Cannabis all over your body. I’m looking forward to  Whoopi’s products being all of what I need.

The question still remains, can marijuana help you during your cycle?

Personally, it’s helped me.

  Dr Spiros Theocharous wrote:  Marijuana use could also indirectly cause ovarian related issues due to the fact that, as mentioned above, it can cause one’s appetite for high calorie foods to increase. This then results in weight gain and possibly even obesity which has been linked to the condition polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is as a result of obesity leading to glucose intolerance or diabetes and this condition then affects ovulation negatively.

The fact that marijuana can affect ovulation in a woman then means that menstruation is also affected. The result here is that one’s menstruation can end up becoming irregular. Menstruation may even stop and it would be advisable to make sure that one consults with their primary care physician to rule out any other issues, as well as excluding a pregnancy, to be sure that the reason behind the altered menstrual cycle is due to the use of marijuana.

In the same study that found that marijuana can affect ovulation and menstruation, it was noted that chronic use of this drug didn’t have the same effect on the menstrual cycle as did casual use of marijuana. The reason behind this may be that the bodies of chronic users of marijuana have built up a tolerance to the drug, and it therefore doesn’t affect the reproductive hormones in the same way as it did initially.

The process doesn’t seem to be a permanent problem and it can be reversed. It would therefore be highly advisable to stop using marijuana if there are any irregularities with your menstruation or you are struggling to become pregnant.

( Read full entry at Can Marijuana Affect Your Menstrual Cycle?)

African American’s Will NOT Miss The GREEN RUSH

 

African American’s are not going to allow the Green Rush to happen without us!! Thanks to Amanda Lewis’s Buzzfeed article How Black People are Being Shut Out of the Weed Boom eyes are being opened and ears are listening. Even I have become acutely aware of  new opportunities that may become available in the Cannabis industry.

Black Enterprise’s Sirita Wright released a 2-part series entitled “11 African American Cannabis Entrepreneurs You Should Know” “11 African American Cannabis Entrepreneurs You Should Know” part 1 & Part 2 which just left me thirsty to know more. There has to be MORE than 11, right?

Let’s not forget what’s going on in San Francisco. Reverend  Brown, the head of the San Francisco NAACP in California, stepped up and asked the city to support Tiksiha Ong’s application for a dispensary. Kuddo’s to the NAACP!  I think that is truly endorsing the advancement of colored people.

I am excited for Ms. Wanda James in Colorado. I had an opportunity to speak with her when I was in Denver last February. She was solid in her advice an eloquent with her wisdom. She truly is a leader in this industry and let’s just say it… #blackgirlsrock

Finally, I personally know 4 additional African American’s in Cannabis. 1. Frank Hawkins (  NWC Dispensary) 2.Larry Smith ( G5 cultivation) 3. Jo Cato ( Cannabis focused Magazine, PULSE) 4. Leslee Wilburn ( Cannabis infused Masseuse, Ilan Massage)   I guess Las Vegas, NV is the forgotten city. Las Vegas has been Medicinal since 2006 but the state issued regulations for licenses in 2013. Nevada Wellness Center is black owned and the ONLY African American Owned Dispensary in Las Vegas with a predominately minority staff.

As we proceed we will discover NEW endeavours together. We will discuss articles that have been written about us, I will introduce other people of color in the Cannabis industry, I’ll report the changes in laws and advocate for patient care.

 

I look forward to serving my community.

A’Esha Goins

 

Picture courtesy of New Cannabis Venture:

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Young, Black American Woman In the LEGAL Marijuana business.

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