Cannabis and the ER: How Weed Can Land You in the Hospital

Cannabis and the ER: How Weed Can Land You in the Hospital

Legalization means positive things for cannabis enthusiasts: access to clean, safely handled weed being just one of many. One little-discussed upside is that in cannabis-legal states, those who’ve gone one (or more) tokes over the line can get quick medical help without fear of arrest. A just-published review points to the top reasons cannabis side effects land people in the emergency room (ER). Before we dive in, it’s worth taking a step back and recognizing that even a few years ago, being high while visiting the ER was cause for real anxiety, never mind the actual cause for the visit, such as a potentially life-threatening injury! We’d like to point out that even in states where cannabis isn’t yet legal, hospitals typically don’t report suspected or admitted drug use to the police unless the staff is concerned that a life may be in danger. One of the many positive benefits of increasing legalization is that patients can now get what they need—qualified medical help—without the fear of arrest or censure. Cannabis Side Effects: When Being High Makes You Feel Low That said, for all its positive health benefits, there are some adverse cannabis side effects. Here are a few of the major reasons it can lead to an unintended trip to the ER. Acute Intoxication We get the eternal soft-rock hit “One Toke Over the Line” courtesy of Brewer & Shipley, but real cannabis overdoses are considerably less fun. Though it would be close to impossible to fatally overdose on cannabis, consuming too much—as often occurs when inexperienced cannabis users ingest too many edibles without waiting for them to take effect—cannabis side effects include...
Can Marijuana Improve Your Workout?

Can Marijuana Improve Your Workout?

Media often portrays cannabis consumers as being lazy and junk-food craving individuals. It’s about time that the narrative on marijuana begins to shift away from stereotypes and toward the facts. Regardless, even those who are educated on the benefits of cannabis may be surprised to find that it has something to offer everyone, from the average Joe looking to get fit to professional athletes. Here are some reasons that smoking weed and working out is just as realistic a combo as those other, more popular stereotypes. Pain Management If you dread working out because of the pain that inevitably ensues on a long run or during a heavy lifting session, you may want to try toking beforehand. Marijuana appears to manage pain by distracting you from it. A study conducted by the journal Pain found that though weed doesn’t appear to actually kill pain, it makes it more bearable. Cancer and AIDS patients have used marijuana as an alternative to opioids to treat chronic pain and this has been one of the leading arguments for its legalization. Federal hurdles still remain, however, making further research on cannabis incredibly difficult to conduct. Reduced Anxiety Some people may have the motivation to go to the gym but end up not going because of the anxiety of lifting weights or running in a room full of sweaty and athletic people. Studies have shown that cannabis strains that are high in cannabidiol (CBD) have powerful anxiety-reducing effects. CBD works by counteracting the adverse effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive component in cannabis. The sounds of other people’s thoughts could be drowned out by...
How Cannabidiol (CBD) Can Help Save Lives in the Opioid Epidemic

How Cannabidiol (CBD) Can Help Save Lives in the Opioid Epidemic

We don’t have to tell you that opioid overdoses have become a public health crisis. To put in perspective on how bad things are: three times as many people in the U.S. die each year from opioid overdoses than from gun-related homicides (according to the CDC, 33,000 opioid-related deaths vs. 11,000 gun-related homicides). In the last 12 years, deaths from opioid overdoses have skyrocketed over 400%. Last year alone nearly 19,000 Americans died from opioids. That works out to about 52 people per day. Two 747s full of people crashing and burning every single week. Even President Trump has officially declared it a health emergency. Fortunately, there is a natural solution that can help break the power of opiate addiction and help restore people to their natural life. New studies show that cannabis may be our best answer to this crisis, and one solution looks particularly promising. Read on for more info on using the cannabinoid cannabidiol for opiate withdrawal. Cannabis, Opioids, and Chronic Pain Chronic pain lies at the source of the opioid crisis. Because the chronic pain is, well, chronic, it requires consistent medication. The problem of turning to opioids for chronic pain treatment is that they are extremely addictive. Opioids are a godsend for acute pain like recovering from surgery, but a small consistent dose over a long period of time gets the patient hooked. And when the prescription finally runs out, they can slam into a brick wall of withdrawal. If the doctor won’t continue to supply them, many people find other ways to procure them—and the addiction becomes more dangerous. Cannabis offers an alternative. A...
How to Choose a Medical Cannabis Dispensary

How to Choose a Medical Cannabis Dispensary

With the wave of legalization taking place across America, many new cannabis businesses are popping up wherever the sale of the plant has been unrestricted. For inexperienced consumers, it can be difficult to choose a reliable dispensary — especially when so many of the available options attempt to cheat customers by lying about things like the quality and quantity of their bud. Here are a few tips to help you decide where to go the next time you Google medical dispensary near me. Reviews Typically, it’s a good idea to do some research on any dispensary you want to visit before actually making the trip. This will save you the hassle of several bad experiences and allow you to quickly identify the “best medical dispensary near me.” A simple Google search will reveal all you need to know: for example, if you live in Seattle, Washington, you should search “medical dispensary near Seattle” or “medical dispensary near me” with their location detected by Google. Browsing through the results, you will be able to find several dispensaries with copious amounts of reviews from other customers. The more positive reviews, the better. Dispensaries with few or negative reviews are probably not worth your time, especially if they’ve left customers so dissatisfied that they took the time to write a review. Sometimes dispensaries will impersonate real customers to make themselves look better in their search results, so always remember to be thorough in learning about a dispensary you’re interested in before deciding to spend your money. Cannabis Deals A new customer to a dispensary should always ask about their cannabis deals, as the...
Roll a Jay for Juicy J at the Neptune

Roll a Jay for Juicy J at the Neptune

On Monday, January 30, just in time to chase away your winter blues, you can see Academy Award-winning rapper, songwriter and producer Juicy J at the Neptune.  It’s a  stop on the 36-date Rubba Band Business Tour, sponsored by cannabis lifestyle media company Merry Jane. “Your friendly Have a Heart budtenders will be more than happy to help you select the perfect complement to your evening from the wide array of quality flowers, pre-rolls, topicals, beverages, cookies, brownies, caramels, truffles, hard candies, and other amazing snacks.” There’s nothing quite like smoking weed and big beats to improve your mood and make you feel like springtime is just around the corner. Even if it’s all the way across town and traffic is backed up to the 520 bridge. Seriously, winter in Washington is long, and we’re only half way through it. By now, you’ve no doubt had it with the cold, rainy weather. It’s easy enough to smoke a bong hit, hole-up on the couch, watch TV, and try to forget the cold and grey that’ll be hanging around like a deadbeat roommate for another three months. So Juicy J at the Neptune is a way better idea — why not warm up the winter by lighting up some fine recreational marijuana and heading out for an evening of live hip-hop? You can leave your deadbeat roommate at home. Rapper, songwriter/producer, Belly (who is definitely not the ’90s band fronted by Tanya Donnely) and Memphis-based rapper Project Pat open up the evening. To get the party started, stop in at Fremont’s best weed store. Your  friendly Have a Heart budtenders...
Weed for the Womxn’s March on Seattle

Weed for the Womxn’s March on Seattle

Have you been wondering lately how to get involved politically, but in a peaceful way? The Womxn’s March on Seattle invites you to join them on Saturday, January 21st at Judkin’s Park. All walks of life are welcomed with open arms to participate in the 3.5-mile march from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., which leads up to the Seattle Center. Organizers of the Womxn’s March on Seattle have asked participants to remain silent during the speaking portions of the march, and to then let their voices ring freely once you’ve passed the last speaker. Regardless of whether you’ve decided to join the march in a silent or boisterous fashion, you’ll be pleased to know that your local favorite pot shop, Have a Heart Fremont, has you covered with smoke and edibles to set the mood for a radical revolution. 1. Dirty Girl Cartridge by Nectar Craft: We think the name says it all with this one. Embrace your inner “Nasty Woman” and send a screaming f-you to anyone who tries to bring you down because of it. 2. Hustlers Kush by Sirius Buds: You already know you hustle hard. Kick back and relax with a couple puffs of this sedating indica after the march, to calm those nerves and soothe any fears of the future. 3. Strawberry Lemonade 60mg THC/CBD by Cannabis Quencher: For those of you who prefer a liquid lullaby, try the 60mg THC/CBD Strawberry Lemonade Cannabis Quencher. It will have you focused enough to keep up with the march, while keeping those cold weather aches and pains at bay. Now that you’ve got the good stuff, make sure...