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Coalition Brewing Brings Cannabis Collaboration to a Higher Level with CBD Beer

BY LEAH MAURER ON APRIL 6, 2017
       While many cannabis consumers have been consuming their cannabis alongside beer for many years, a Portland based micro brewery, Coalition Brewing, has brought the potential for hops and cannabis to a whole new level.  While Coalition has been brewing high quality, craft beer since 2010, they have most recently ventured in to the cannabis territory, sourcing CBD from industrial hemp to create an amazing CBD beer they have named Two Flowers.  This beer has had several launch parties and the tap has run dry at almost every single one.  I was lucky enough to be part of 2 of those launch parties, and it was thrilling not only to taste the beer, but to see all the other customers at the events enjoying themselves, and their liberty, in doing so.  Both cannabis and beer aficionados appreciate this new beer with high regards!... read more on this article with the link here https://www.theweedblog.com


If you consume cannabis, the question of flying with your stash has surely crossed your mind. Understandably so, many people use cannabis as medicine and would never consider leaving home without it. The simple answer: it’s still illegal to fly with weed, but TSA isn't interested in busting you for a vape pen and a few joints in your 420 travel kit. "TSA security officers do not search for marijuana." - TSA.gov ...Read more regarding this topic at https://brfoundersblog.com/blogs/cannabis/travel-tip-flying-with-weed


Cannabinoids May Treat Neuropathic Symptoms and Neuro inflammatory Responses [Study] 
BY ANTHONY MARTINELLI 
ON NOVEMBER 29, 2016
     
Agonists of the CB2 receptor – such as cannabis-derived cannabinoids – may provide a treatment option for neuropathic symptoms and neuroinflammatory responses, according to a new study published by the European Journal of Neuroscience. The study was e-published ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health.
“Cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2) has emerged as a promising target for treating different neuropathic pain syndromes”, states the study’s abstract. “In neuropathic pain models, activated microglia expressing CB2 receptors are seen in the spinal cord.”
With this in mind, researchers hypothesized that a CB2 agonist could “modulate neuroinflammation and neuropathic pain in an ischemia model of CRPS [complex regional pain syndrome]by regulating CB2 and CX3CR1 signaling.”
Using chronic post-ischemia pain (CPIP) as a model of CRPS, researchers used rats to determine the potential benefits of a selective CB2 agonist meant to mimic the effects of cannabinoids. more on this article https://www.theweedblog.com


     The hemp plant contains over 450 different substances, only three of which are responsible for its intoxicating effect. They activate the two receptors in the body CB1 and CB2. Whilst the CB1 receptor in the central nervous system influences perception, the CB2 receptor in the tissue plays a crucial role in inhibiting inflammation. If the receptor is activated, the cell releases fewer pro-inflammatory signal substances, or cytokines. The scientists have now discovered that the substance beta-carophyllene, which composes between 12 and 35 percent of the cannabis plant’s essential oil, activates the CB2 receptor selectively.... to read more click this link  http://www.cannabisoils.ca/cannabis-stems-inflammation

US Veterans Enroll in First Trial of Marijuana for Chronic PTSD
 BY TRAVIS MAURER ON FEBRUARY 8, 2017
        I received a press release from one of my favorite organizations, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). I was excited to learn that U.S. Veterans have a chance to enroll in the first trial of marijuana for chronic PTSD (post traumatic stress syndrome).
In my time as an activist I have heard from hundreds of veterans expressing their desire to have safe access to medical marijuana to help treat an array of health issues. It seems to me that the number one issue veterans want access to medical marijuana is to treat PTSD, and I wholeheartedly support that. Depriving Veterans from access to marijuana and forcing them to use harmful prescription drugs is an atrocity, I am glad to hear that this trial is taking place.
You can read the full press release http://www.maps.org/news/media/6550-press-release-first-participant-treated-in-first-ever-trial-of-marijuana-for-chronic-ptsd-in-veteranshttps://www.theweedblog.com


Could Cannabis Help the Ohio Opioid Epidemic?
BY LEAH MAURER ON MAY 31, 2017v
ADVOCACY, ENDING MARIJUANA PROHIBITION

      There are many areas of the United States that are struggling with opioid and heroin epidemics, and Ohio is one state that is definitely in the thick of it, and the epidemic there shows no signs of ending anytime soon. In fact, it seems like there are news stories every day about addiction and overdose on opioids which begs the question: could cannabis help the Ohio opioid epidemic (both in Ohio and in other states)? To read more, click here.

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