Nine states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for recreational use — no doctor’s letter required — for adults over the age of 21. Medical marijuana is legal in another 29 states.
Support for the drug reached new highs in 2017. A Gallup poll showed that 64% of Americans favor legalization, and even a majority of Republicans back it.
The economic benefits of legalizing weed could mean a big push for state economies and big bucks for both the state and the federal governments, even while the current Administration appears to be turning the hands of the clock backwards.
However, if you are currently reaping the benefits of Medical Cannabis, do not despair, because a new organization (Leaders for Reform), have already sent a letter to AG Jeff Sessions condemning his Jan. 4 rescission of the Cole Memo and related marijuana guidance.
The move, the group claimed in the letter, eliminated safeguards “put in place to protect public safety,” while sowing confusion and chaos in states with marijuana laws in place.
The group’s aim is to spur a “healthy dialogue” on how to address discrepancies that exist between federal and state laws and to provide a clearer path for local municipalities.
While a task force explores aligning federal and state cannabis laws, exists, “we would request that the Department of Justice not initiate new enforcement actions in situations where operators are following state and local (cannabis) regulations,” the letter said. “This would provide certainty to the basic operation of local governments across the country.”
It was also published as a full-page ad in the conservative-leaning The Washington Times newspaper in hopes of getting its message to President Donald J. Trump.
Leaders for Reform plans to further vocalize its position by continuing conversations with federal lawmakers as well as taking the message to the National Association of Counties’ 2018 Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.
Leaders for Reform’s founding members hail from 11 states.
That said, Medical Cannabis in New Mexico is a growing reality, (no pun intended), and at Southwest Wellness here in Taos, they take their products and services seriously, abiding by the highest standards set by the Industry, from seed to substance.
The owners of Southwest Wellness (no, they are not local politicians, although former Mayor Darren Cordova sits on their Board), the Crawford family from here and Texas, have gone to great lengths to ensure their products are as clean and green as possible, and easily accessible. Because they can and do grow large amounts in-house, unlike other, smaller operations, they rarely “run out.”
The regard for hygiene and cleanliness (a real issue for the health challenged with already compromised immune systems), also sets Southwest Wellness apart. I appreciate the feeling of being at an apothecary rather than a head shop – where I can feel confident that the cannabis is of the highest quality and is being grown here, in Taos, in their facility. I have seen the grow and have met the growers. The plants are attended to with a lot of love.
This week and next, Southwest Wellness (at both of their dispensaries here in Taos at 1023 Salazar Road, and in Albuquerque, 9142 Montgomery), have kept in mind that Love plays a huge part in Wellness, and just because you suffer from a malady or two, doesn’t mean you should be deprived of the sweet stuff that is part and parcel of Valentine’s Day!
Along with the lovely Lavender (Indica Hybrid), strain being offered as a special here in Taos, chocolates of all varieties – made in Santa Fe, from the highest quality organic Cacao, and flower essences and oils (grown Aqui en Taos, in Southwest Wellness’ state of the art greenhouses), offer a variety of benefits along with great taste.
Many new to cannabis-infused foods (also known as “edibles”) fall victim to the same mistake: they eat too much. Edibles are great when consumed responsibly; they’re extremely potent and body-focused, meaning they’re perfect for people who suffer from pain, nausea, or lack of appetite.
Unfortunately, they can also quickly lead to disaster if you’re not careful.
Eat an entire bar of chocolate and feel normal for an hour, until all of a sudden you think everyone in the room is secretly laughing at you. Paranoia runs deep like the song says…
When you smoke or vape cannabis, you feel the effects of the herb almost instantly. You’re also able to tell how much (cannabis) you have consumed and can decide when you’ve had too much. When you eat it, it is an entirely different story.
After eating an edible, your body needs to digest and metabolize the food before you feel the effects. Chocolate needs to be processed by the liver before it affects you, which means slower absorption time. The amount of time it takes for the effects to kick in also depends on your individual metabolism.
People with faster metabolisms may feel medicated after an hour, yet people with slower metabolisms may not feel the effects for two hours or more.
Metabolizing cannabis makes the effects much stronger. Edibles are typically made with highly concentrated cannabis,(hash oil, cannabis-infused butter, or infused oil), which means that it’s incredibly easy to overdo it. Between the time it takes for the cannabis to kick in and the highly concentrated levels of THC found in many edibles, finding the correct dose is key.
Stay on the side of caution – different amounts will affect some people a lot, and others not at all. Take your time, go slowly and learn what is right for you. When it comes to edibles, it’s best to taste and wait for a while before gorging yourself on these potent and delicious treats. Another important factor to consider when you do indulge, is that eating edibles on an empty stomach will trigger the effects much faster, while eating them on a full stomach won’t hit you quite as hard.
When trying to find the best edible for you, look for products that have a clear label and are properly packaged. It’s an enormous comfort knowing the folks at Southwest Wellness are taking extra steps to ensure their products are consistent, safe, and honest in labeling.
If you don’t like chocolate (hard to believe, but sometimes so), they also have yummy gummy’s and some are simply, CBD.
At Southwest Wellness, you’ll also have the added assistance from Jessica and Victoria in Taos, and Samantha in Albuquerque who are all armed with more knowledge than I imagined was even out there; from the flower strains to the edibles and salves, these women can and will help you find the right dosage and product that aligns with your needs.
Speaking of salves, another special Valentine promotion to look for at these two dispensaries, are the salves and lubricants displayed in their cases.
The salves which are formulated with different essential oils such as Eucalyptus combined with Arnica, work instantaneously to relax muscles and joints, aches and pains, so would be a great addition to a massage oil (warm some up in your hands together with an oil of your choice), for a sexy massage. Then you’ll be ready for a little afternoon or evening delight, with the added benefits of Southwest Wellness’ not so secret magic lubricant.
If something promises to give you the best orgasms of your life, who wouldn’t be curious?
There are a few things to know about cannabis lube. By now, you’ve probably heard all about it. and if you haven’t tried it yet, chances are you’re dying to find out more.
Most are aware that cannabis in general enhances sex, so one would assume THC-infused lube will be the answer to all their sex fantasies and prayers. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be?
The women at Southwest Wellness say it is.
“It’s made with Green Crack,” Jessica Cordova informed me, “which is known to be an aphrodisiac strain.”
The bottles are clearly labeled and include grape seed oil along with essential oils chosen for their stimulating qualities. It certainly won’t hurt you and might indeed enhance your sensual experience. You’ll certainly smell (and taste) good.
Also take a look at the fabulous CBD products Southwest Wellness are offering for Valentine’s Day, including Vanilla and Lavender infused lotions and bath bombs. There are warming oils and massage oils, all designed with pleasure in mind.
In Albuquerque, Samantha Serna too, has all these goodies on hand, so if you are planning a Valentine’s weekend with someone special down the Rio, do drop in and pick up a few sweet and sexy treats while you are there.
And be sure to keep an eye on their site and Facebook pages – Southwest Wellness have lots of crazy cool Specials planned in the weeks and months to come.
For much more information about Southwest Wellness and all of their products and services, please visit their site linked below this post.
Southwest Wellness Centers are located at 1023 Salazar Road in Tao and 9132 Montgomery Blvd NE Suite D, in Albuquerque, with a Santa Fe Location soon to be announced.
Cannabis Chocolate Strawberries
Melt a bar of Cannabis Chocolate (milk, dark or white), in a double boiler.
Dip Strawberries and refrigerate until chocolate hardens.
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