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  • Jacqueline Stuart

Medication


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Thanks, David!

“Which is da type of acid that actually make you fly?”

Sensible regulation means that once I start growing, I can have up to three mature plants, and seven non-flowering plants in my possession.

I’m going to come clean about something. I support the legalization of marjiuana. More specifically, I support the legalization of marijuana in the state of Vermont. In 2014, Sen. David Zuckerman (see top image) introduced S. 306, a bill which permits recreational use and sale of marijuana. On February 18 of this year, Vermont will move to sign Sen. Zuckerman’s S. 95, “an act relating to regulation and taxation of marijuana,” or “sensible regulation.” Sensible regulation means that once I start growing, I can have up to three mature plants, and seven non-flowering plants in my possession. That’s more than enough for me. Unfortunately, I’m not growing at the moment due to concerns about going over the decriminalized limit of one ounce. Growing one plant alone could have a higher yield than an ounce, and I don’t want to risk getting in trouble. But once this bill gets signed, I will start growing, and I will purchase my seeds from Nirvana, a seed supply company in Amsterdam.

Sensibly Sativa


I will primarily focus on growing Sativa strains, medical grade. My favorite out of all the medical grade Sativa strains is Jock Horror, a hybrid comprised of Northern Light, Skunk and Haze (Sativa 70 / Indica 30). Sativa strains are great for the creative process. I also find them to be great for spiritual connection. Sativa strains also have energizing properties that are perfect for hiking, yoga, dancing, any physical activity (including sex). But the main reason I prefer this hybrid strain (or any Sativa hybrid strain) is because it helps with my depression.


I’ve been consuming pot in one form or another since I was 18. Some people prefer alcohol, but I’ve always preferred the marijuana. But since I’ve started getting serious about consuming medical marijuana, I’ve become more conservative about my dosing.

I won’t delve too into it, but between the ages of 19 – 29, I tried using antidepressants for my depression, but nothing ever helped (and whenever I’d get on a new med, I’d abstained from using weed, with the exception of Effexor, which made me extremely nauseous, so I smoked to reduce nausea, and it always did the trick). After I had stopped taking antidepressants, I managed my depression by exercising, taking vitamins, and eating a healthy diet, but I still had minor bouts of depression, especially in the winter. Last year, I decided to do some research on the benefits of cannabis on depression. Sativa strains tend elevate mood, whereas Indica strains are more commonly used for reducing anxiety, pain management and sleep disorders. But every person is different, so I highly recommend talking to your doctor (seriously), seeking guidance from a marijuana expert and doing research before considering medical marijuana. I’ve been consuming pot in one form or another since I was 18. Some people prefer alcohol, but I’ve always preferred the marijuana. But since I’ve started getting serious about consuming medical marijuana, I’ve become more conservative about my dosing.



Dosing


I usually take about 2 – 6 capsules over a weekend or more if on vacation (I stopped smoking pot years ago, although I do occasionally smoke from time to time), and that usually does the trick to keep me operating on an even keel throughout the week. That’s the beauty (and curse) of cannabis. It’s a fat soluble that stays in the system for a while. For me, because of my depression, its long half-life is a benefit. After ingesting the “medication” over the weekend, the THC and the medicinal benefits linger in my body throughout the week. Then I take the next several doses the following weekend. Regarding being high, two capsules (or two "canna caps" as they’re sometimes referred) usually last 4 – 6 hours or longer depending on potency.


Taking too many capsules can also have negative side-effects, so I recommend keeping a log or journal of symptoms, side-effects, and altered state experiences.

However, taking too many capsules can also have negative side-effects, so I recommend keeping a log or journal of symptoms, side-effects, and altered state experiences. As a chemist at heart, my interest in making canna caps came from mixing potions, elixirs, perfumes, and topical ointments with essential oils and carrier oils (actually, Hans got me into this. In his most recent past life, he had been pursuing his medical degree in biochemistry or something similar. He loved working in the lab, mixing things and conducting research. Unfortunately, he never completed his studies). It was only a matter of time before I figured out how to not only extract THC through heating it in an oil or butter, but how to maximize THC extraction (and increase potency) four fold by decarboxilating the marijuana and using soy lecithin (for THC absorption). Even though the oil to cannabis ratio is an important consideration, finding the right dose is equally crucial. So let’s celebrate this medical goodness by watching a clip from the Ali G Show.

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