Hash It Out: Our expert explains the various ways of producing solventless hash

Modern hash is classified as solvent, solvent-free or solventless extracts. Solvent extracts, like butane hash oil, are processed using a hydrocarbon solvent such as butane, propane or hexane to dissolve the active ingredients and separate them from the plant material. Solvent-free products are initially extracted using a solvent, but then they’re distilled in a lab […]

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This Way Out: Cannabis as an exit drug from risky pharmaceuticals

“December 2015.” Those words echo in my mind. I hear what feels like a million reverberations of my voice uttering that phrase in response to friends, family and doctors inquiring, “When did it start?” I was hesitant to write about my experience because making sense of my symptoms is difficult; trying to write or speak logically about them […]

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The Answer?: Medical marijuana could help solve the opioid addiction crisis

Despite having only 20% of the world’s population, the United States ingests 99% of the world supply of hydrocodone, a commonly used opioid medication. Opioid overdose has now surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and many of those deaths originated with prescribed medication. Forty-nine percent of pain patients […]

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Opinion: Showdown on the Horizon: Big pharma v pot is coming soon to a hillside near you

Like all criminal enterprises, big pharma does not like the idea of a rival hustling for a piece of the action. The US drug market is driven by profit, not morality, and has long been the globe’s most financially lucrative provider of consumable medication. Prescription drugs in the US can cost three times more than […]

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Cannabis Books: A Very Short, Opinionated List

I emphasize history, politics and personal experience. Books on science and pharmacology grow quickly out of date. I don’t know anything about horticulture. Science and Medicine • The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. 486 pages, 2017. […]

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