Topic: July 14, 2019

Are you ready for some football?

  A man takes 183 pills a day to cope with pain. These pills are legal and sanctioned by the man’s employer. If that same man is caught taking one hit of cannabis, he is apt to be suspended from his job. That man was Keith McCants, and his employer was the NFL. I don’t need to rant about how wrong that is. You know what’s going on. And, so does the NFL. And, halle-f*cking-lujah, the league has finally agreed to study cannabis as a method of pain management, while simultaneously studying prescription drug use amongst players. In the meantime,

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Rogue Valley Cannabis stresses product knowledge

You would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful and comfy dispensary than Rogue Valley Cannabis, situated just off downtown Ashland in the Italianate jewel of a house built by E.V. Carter in 1886. The 3-year-old shop, one of three locations the store owns in the valley, carries a wide range of cannabis products, but specializes a bit more in CBD and offers guidance on pain relief, inflammation, anxiety and depression and can walk you through the “entourage effect,” that is, the amount of THC, from 0.3 to 33 percent that can best activate the CBD, says manager Sage Piersel.

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CBD is beautiful

Cannabis body care products have made the leap from dispensaries to beauty salons, massage studios, high-end salons — even Costco, Food 4 Less and other neighborhood grocery stores — and the market shows no signs of slowing down. Hemp oil has long been used in skin creams, massage oils, lip balms, shampoos and other body care products, but with the explosive growth of hemp, CBD is increasingly finding a place in the beauty realm. White Lotus Day Spa in the Medford Center offers CBD facials that cost $90 for 60 minutes. Siskiyou Sungrown in Grants Pass is introducing bath bombs

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Managing the surplus

Matt Miller’s family has farmed pot in Oregon since well before it became legal. But since the market flooded after recreational use was approved by state voters in 2014, prices have plummeted, putting strain on the operation he runs in Takilma with his wife, Rhea. Oregon’s lush climate and weed-tolerant culture have long resulted in large and potent harvests. Seeking to fold black market growers into its budding legal industry, the state has distributed licenses liberally, leaving Oregon saddled with an enormous surplus of legal cannabis — more than its population of 4 million would ever be able to smoke.

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A whiff of the future

On a misty August morning Saturday in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Janna Lutz sat sheltered in a grove of Monterey pine and eucalyptus trees carving a bong from an eggplant.   Lutz, 65, was on the West Coast visiting her son, Brian Lutz, 24, a software developer in San Jose. He’d brought his mother, an interior designer and former city council member in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, to Outside Lands, the Northern California music festival that draws about 200,000 people over its three-day run. They were taking part in a milestone moment, one that attendees called “historic” and “cool” and

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  • Retail: Home delivery gets a boost
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  • Religion: Cannabis for churchgoers
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Murphy Hemp and Wellness in Grants Pass is serving up an alternative form of medicine. Here they break down some variants in CBD – isolates, broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum (also know as whole plant extract).