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Friday, May 31, 2019

The Illinois Legislature made history today becoming the second state legislative body to pass a bill repealing cannabis prohibition, joining the great state of Vermont. But, they went one step further by also legalizing regulated cannabis commerce.

Once Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker’s signs the bill, Illinois will officially be the 11th State to legalize cannabis in the US. This move gives more strength to the common sense decision to end Federal prohibition on cannabis.

On January 1, 2020 adults in “Illinois will legally be able to purchase up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, five grams of concentrates and 500 milligrams of cannabis-infused products. These things won’t actually be available on New Year’s Day though.” As seen in many other states, the regulatory hoops usually take a bit of time to get through.

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Historic FDA Hearing Today! Cannabis Companies Lobby the FDA to Fully Legalize CBD.

Concerns over exaggerated health claims prompt FDA hearing on effects of CBD products. Read the full article by clicking here. 

Today, the FDA held its first hearing on whether companies can add CBD, a non-intoxicating cannabis compound, to food, beverages and dietary supplements.

“In 2018, the Farm Bill removed hemp and derivatives such as CBD from the federal list of controlled substances so long as THC percentages don’t exceed .03%, but the law gave the FDA the authority to regulate all cannabis compounds, including CBD. The FDA has had a relative hands-off approach so long as companies haven’t made exaggerated claims about curing Alzheimer’s or cancer, but it would be good for the cannabis industry and consumers to have clarity, so long as the FDA doesn’t unnecessarily stifle the market.”[3]

The FDA is not likely to make any decision on the first hearing. The regulators will more than likely collect data on safety and effectiveness of CBD and see how it can regulate the industry. The process will go a step forward if majority opinion goes in favor of CBD. One thing we’ve learned from walking through the licensing process and dealing with the local government is that it is really important for people to show up at public events, workshops, and hearings to help mold the industry in the way you want to see it develop.

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Marin County | Local Cannabis News:

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Novato Cannabis Status:

At their May 14, 2019 meeting, the City Council held a Cannabis Community Workshop to receive public comment and discuss the option to tax cannabis businesses or activities. Council provided feedback to staff, and staff will continue this process at a future Council meeting. Learn more.

It’s really important for the public to show up to these events.

Fairfax Cannabis Status

Marin County doesn’t currently have any brick-and-mortar recreational cannabis storefronts. Fairfax Town Council heard public comment as it moves toward a local ordinance and permitting process recently, and it’s possible they could become the first city in Marin with a retail storefront for the recreational cannabis market.

Learn more about the Fairfax cannabis discussions. Click here

San Rafael Cannabis Program
In July 2019, the City of San Rafael will be opening a second round of licensing for the following cannabis licenses:

  • Cannabis Testing Labs: 4 licenses available. Process opening July 2019

  • Infused Product Manufacturing MIPs: 10 licenses allowed, 3 licenses available. Process opening July 2019

  • Non-storefront  Delivery: 5 licenses allowed.  All licenses allocated.

  • Distribution: 4 licenses allowed, 2 licenses available. Process opening July 2019.

    *Nice Guys have a license for delivery and distribution in San Rafael, CA.
Cannabis Gross Receipts Tax Rates
  • Cannabis Testing Labs: 1%

  • Infused Product Manufacturing MIPs: 3%

  • Non-storefront  Delivery: 4%

  • Distribution: 1%

Learn more about the San Rafael Cannabis Program. Click here


If you haven’t seen “Weed the People” yet it is now available on Netflix.

Stream “Weed the People” on Netflix.

Stream “Weed the People” on Netflix.


Watch Mara Gordon give a recent TEDx talk on cannabis. *She is featured in “Weed the People,” along with her products made by Aunt Zelda’s.




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Episode 007: Not Your Average Nice Guys Podcast

Special guest: Heath from Bloom Farms

Have you listened to the “Not Your Average Nice Guys” Podcast yet? It’s produced by our team as a way to remove the fear out of marijuana. They interview industry members and talk about what it’s like to work in the legal California Cannabis industry. It’s a lot of fun and it’s really informative. I recommend giving it a listen.

Listen to us interview Heather who is an Account Manager for Bloom Farms in our latest episode. She is a wonderful example of a woman who’s growing with the industry.


The Worst Advice We've Ever Heard Given Regarding Cannabis As Medicine!

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The Worst Advice

We’ve ever heard given regarding cannabis as medicine!

What’s the worst advice we’ve heard given regarding cannabis as a medicine? That’s tough due to the excessive amount of misinformation floating around as a condition of the war on drugs. We’ve heard plenty of incorrect advice but today we’re focusing on one, which involves Rick Simpson Oil and the advice given to a first-time cannabis-user who was looking to treat pain and didn’t want any of the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana. 

Rick Simpson Oil is named after a Canadian cannabis activist who first used extracted oil from cannabis to cure his own skin cancer. RSO is a whole plant extract that contains most of the components found in the plant and contains high levels of THC. RSO is often used by cancer patients needing large doses of THC and it is usually very psychoactive.

We know of a guy who was struggling with pain and anxiety and was looking to try something different. Raised in the Midwest he’d only been around cannabis a few times and never tried it for himself. For much of his life he associated “pot users” with deadbeats because that’s how he was raised, but when traditional medicine wasn’t cutting it any longer he wanted to try something different. He was a mess struggling with pain, anxiety, and a mild form of depression causing him to self-medicate with alcohol.

He asked a family member who was a medical marijuana patient if there was anything he could use to treat his symptoms but stressed the fact that he didn’t want to “get high.” His sister told him about RSO and said it would be a great place to start. Unfortunately, his sister never tried RSO for herself and was simply relaying information she heard from someone else, just like the game “telephone,” truth tends to get lost as it passes from one mouth to another.

The gentleman got his Med card and acquired the RSO. Later that night he put a tiny drop under his tongue and that’s the last time he used it. He was awake most of the night, lying on the floor higher than a kite. He was very anxious, and he noticed his heart beating faster, he went into full blown panic mode and convinced himself he was having a heart attack.

This is an issue because he received a heavy dose of the psychoactive high he was trying to avoid. A little goes a long way with RSO. Instead of relieving his issues the RSO exacerbated the situation and it became more damaging than beneficial.

What would’ve been a better option?

If he would have asked us first, we would have strongly urged against using the RSO because of its high potency. Instead, we would’ve suggested starting with a high-CBD product like the Care by Design 18:1 or 8:1 tincture ratio. This is the preferred starting place for someone new to cannabis because it doesn’t cause you to feel the psychoactive high due to it being a more concentrated CBD product. CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid proven to help reduce anxiety, inflammation, and even level out the psychoactive effects felt by THC.

The reason we suggest a ratio including a small portion of THC over a product based 100% in CBD is because it’s shown that THC needs to be present in order to reduce the feeling of pain in the body. THC is the cannabinoid best used for treating pain and the pain-relieving effects can be felt even in small doses like they are in the 18:1 and 8:1 ratio, without causing the head high. This is great news for anyone seeking alternative forms of treatment, who may fear using cannabis because of the psychoactive effects it produces. The next time you have a cannabis-based question we recommend consulting a professional in the industry.


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Do you need a "tolerance break?" How to know and what to do if you're not getting the effects you want

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If you’re anything like me, you enjoy cannabis just as much for its psychoactive effects as you do any of the health benefits. It’s okay to admit you enjoy a nice “high” every now and again. Have you ever gotten carried away with your cannabis-use and over time started to feel like the plant wasn’t getting you as high? It’s okay if you have. We’re human and none of us are immune to temptation or the desire to chase what feels good.

Cannabis is one of those substances that are easy to over-use at times. Rather than beating yourself up or doubling down on your dosage in search of a high we’re going to offer you the latest information on how long it takes to restore inactive CB1 receptors so the next time you get carried away and no longer feel like you’re able to achieve a high, you’ll know what to expect.

What symptoms can be expected by someone who is over-consuming cannabis?

  • Taking larger doses or consuming more than intended

  • Unable to cut back or stop usage

  • Spending excess time searching, acquiring, or using the product

  • Unable to function at work, home, or school due to cannabis use

Tolerance breaks are a great way to reset your endocannabinoid system

It’s been found that chronic moderate daily cannabis-users build up a tolerance which diminishes the CB1 receptor availability in the brain. CB1 receptors are the part of the body which respond to the THC cannabinoid in the plant, causing the intoxicating effects known as a “high.” This means non-cannabis users have more CB1 receptor availability than does a user, however, research has proven that “significant CB1 receptor up-regulation begins within 2 days of abstinence and continues over 4 weeks.” You know yourself best. Take a few days off and things should return to normal.

After your “tolerance break” we don’t recommend returning to the dose you were consuming prior, rather start small or ease your way back into consuming with the help of CBD-dominant products, like a Care by Design vape cartridge, Pure CBD crystalline isolate, or maybe a high CBD based edible.

CBD Products are great for beginners and users returning from a tolerance break

High CBD based products are also great options for someone new to cannabis. CBD by itself has no psychoactive properties and when used in conjunction with THC it has the ability to level out the intoxicating effects due to it being an antagonist, meaning it blocks THC from binding to more CB1 receptors in the brain. Helping to properly regulate your endocannabinoid system, allowing you to maximize your experience of the world.

Thanks for reading this week’s article! Please note we’re not doctors, and our information should not be used to diagnose yourself. For more cannabis inspired content follow us on social media where we’re helping to end cannabis stigma through promoting an active and adventurous lifestyle.

A Basic Introduction to the Cannabinoids: THC:CBD

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Cannabis is going mainstream fast, with the national legalization in Canada and the passing of Prop 64 in California there’s a lot of buzz surrounding the ancient plant. Although it’s been around far longer than the duration of our society, we’re in the infancy of understanding it’s true potential. Prohibition stunted researcher’s ability to study the plant, but as the globe begins to ease up on “Marijuana” it creates more opportunity for us to discover how we can best use it to improve our lives.

Along with the buzz comes a bit of falsity, confusion, and a lack of understanding, especially regarding the cannabinoid CBD as it’s trending across the country. There are at least 113 cannabinoids identified in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds secreted by the flower to protect itself, they’re similar in composition to the natural compounds our bodies make, called endocannabinoids – such as Anandamide, which THC mimics, and is known as “the bliss molecule.”

Each cannabinoid is different in composition causing it to interact with the receptors in uniquely individual ways. This is the reason for cannabis’s amazing ability to treat a wide range of ailments. It’s common for us to receive questions from people claiming they’ve heard a lot about CBD and the many benefits it has, so we thought it’d be a good idea to compare the two most abundant cannabinoids found in cannabis (THC & CBD) and share them with you, because it’s possible you’re demonizing something that could actually benefit you.

What is THC?

For starters, let’s discuss Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC – the cannabinoid most people think of when they consider consuming cannabis. This “phytocannabinoid” interacts with CB1 receptors located throughout the brain and central nervous system, inducing the psychoactive or intoxicated state of mind. The effects felt from THC are typically what people fear before trying it themselves, luckily, today’s canna-culture has developed low-thc ratios, including flower; which enable people to receive a therapeutic effect without the head high – providing access to the benefits without feeling impaired.  THC is commonly used to treat: pain, stress, insomnia, and acts as an appetite stimulant.

What about CBD?

Moving on to the lesser known cannabinoid making a lot of noise recently, Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-intoxicating cannabis compound that has a plethora of medical benefits and generally accounts for more than 40% of the plants extract. “CBD is an alluring option for individuals seeking relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, spasms, and other off-putting feelings of lethargy or dysphoria;” you shouldn’t have to sacrifice energy and focus in order to feel good inside your body.

According to Project CBD, the scientific research, mostly sponsored by the US government, “underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections like MRSA, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders.”

How does THC & CBD interact with my body?

The way THC and other “cannabinoids” like CBD interact with the body are through the “endocannabinoid system,” which is a physiologic system located throughout the body, involved in regulating homeostasis; it influences the way we experience the world around us. Unlike THC which interacts with the CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system working as an agonist – (activating the receptor its binding to), CBD has little binding affinity to either CB1 or CB2 receptors and instead acts as an antagonist – (it binds to a receptor but does not activate it, and can block the activity of other agonists), modulating several non-cannabinoid receptors and ion channels. Because of this CBD can be used to counteract the “head high” of THC if it becomes too much, but keep in mind products containing both THC & CBD are associated with psychoactive effects, just at varying levels.

Broadly speaking what are the different type of ratios?

  1. THC - Dominant - High THC:Low CBD - Highly psychoactive
  2. Balanced - Equal parts THC:CBD - Mildly psychoactive
  3. CBD - Dominant - High CBD:Low THC - Non-psychoactive

What’s the best approach to receive maximum benefits?

There are both THC and CBD isolate products available, but studies show a synergistic effect between THC and CBD allowing the consumer to benefit from the “Entourage effect,” which provides the user with the full spectrum of therapeutic compounds cannabis has to offer, when paired together. If you’re seeking treatment for inflammation related issues a High CBD product is a great place to start, but if you’re looking for a pain remedy or sleeping aid it’s really important that some level of THC be included in the regime.

Start slow and dose low. We suggest taking personalized notes, so you can find what works best for you.  We have products for every user so If you’re new to cannabis we suggest a product with a balanced ratio, or one with a higher level of CBD so you can ease your way into the preferred treatment zone.

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