Were Our Founding Fathers Stoners?

By Michael Saunders 1/14/20 According to historical records, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and James Madison all grew hemp. This has led to historical speculation that our founding fathers liked to recreationally consume cannabis. However, there’s really not a lot in the way of evidence to support this notion (National Geographic Magazine, 2019). What is clear is that they were supporters of the use of hemp for manufacturing ropes, sails, clothing a...


Army Veteran’s Prosthetic Leg Repo’d: Is the VA Failing our Vets?

By Michael Saunders 1/11/20 I came across an unsettling news article online that I first thought may have been “fake news,” but if true was certainly representative of how the VA in general has failed on its mission. If you’ve paid attention to the news in recent years, you’ve probably heard some of the horror stories about veterans, waiting to get care through the VA, dying from physical and mental illnesses. In 2015, the VA admitted that over 307,000 veterans had died whil...


Suicide Rising Among Veterans: How Medical Cannabis Can Help

By Michael Saunders 1/8/20 Due to being placed in highly stressful situations and environments for sustained periods of time, veterans and active service members are among the most likely members of our population to suffer from PTSD (Department of Veterans Affairs, 2019).   Whether that’s the stress of having to worry about deployment to a war zone to perform your duties, having been in one or more tours of duty in a war zone, having seen the carnage associated with war, or hav...


Cannabis, not your parents' Marijuana

Cannabis, not your parents Marijuana By Michael Saunders 12/23/19 Marijuana, in the history of our country is a word that has had a negative connotation—the plant to which it refers is Cannabis.  The term Marijuana is inexplicably linked to the country Mexico, the US’s propensity toward xenophobia and our de jure issues with racism that existed during prohibition and sadly continue today. Our relationship as a country with the plant itself is somewhat confused; to the privileged ...


Terpenes Tell the Story

Terpenes Tell the Story By Michael Saunders 12/14/19 Our current understanding of the terpenes found in cannabis is rudimentary, but with research intensifying our understanding is improving rapidly. In biology, terpenes are defined as any one of a large group of volatile unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of plants, especially conifers and citrus trees (Leafly, 2019). However, the cannabis plant has dozens of terpene compounds. Which terpenes, in what combinations a...


Israel is Leading the Way in Cannabis Research

Israel is Leading the Way in Cannabis Research By Michael Saunders In preparing for previous blog posts, I began to notice a striking pattern. They only peer reviewed, medical university sponsored studies about the medical benefits of cannabis I was able to find were coming from one place--Israel. For those of you who don’t know where Israel exists on the globe, it’s a country roughly the size of New Jersey, wedged like a spear separating Egypt from Jordan and Syria along the Sinai ...


Do People with Autism Benefit from CBD Use? Looks like it.

Do People with Autism Benefit from CBD Use? Looks Like it. By Michael Saunders 12/06/2019 Children and adults with Autism often struggle with behavioral excesses (things they’re doing too much of), and behavioral deficits (thing’s they don’t do often enough). It also often the case that in the United States, children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) are prescribed extremely potent, often harmful medications to reduce behavioral episodes. Medications like Risperdo...


Opioid Medication Tapering—Study Finds Doctors are Ripping Off the Band-Aid Too Fast

11/23/19 By Michael Saunders Studies are finding that in general prescribing physicians are decreasing doses of opioid medications too quickly (Moore, 2019).  In a study completed by the CDC, they found that in many cases, doctors were dropping a patients’ dose by up to 30% per month, which is three times what the CDC recommends for patient titration off opioid medications, particularly in long term users (CDC, 2016). According to a 2016 study by the CDC, the most appro...


Leading the Way in Cannabis Education-A Brief Review of Leafly's Budtender Training

11/13/19 Leading the Way in Cannabis Education: A Brief Review of Leafly’s Budtender Training If you’ve been on Leafly in the last month, you are likely aware that they have launched a new, cutting edge approach to understanding cannabis as a consumer. Well, not surprisingly, they are doing an amazing job developing a comprehensive approach to training budtenders on the available science of cannabis as well. I’m proud to say that I’ve completed Leafly’s...


Your Endocannabinoid System 101

Your Endocannabinoid System 101 Since becoming a caregiver, my understanding of how cannabis works in the body has changed dramatically. I used to be like everyone else, I thought about and made decisions about cannabis and the presumed effects on my body based largely on the binary model for strains—Indica and Sativa. However, I’ve been educating myself on the medical science of cannabis in general, and how and why it works within our bodies through our Endocannabinoid...


Rick Simpson Oil 101

Rick Simpson and RSO “Rick Simpson Oil is so hot right now!,” as Mugatu would say. You may be asking yourself, who is Rick Simpson, and why is his oil all the rage right now? Rick Simpson is a man who developed and documented a formula/home recipe for essential cannabis oil manufacturing and a protocol for the application/consumption of essential Cannabis oils for the treatment of cancer in patients. He is still alive today and continues to be a huge advocate for the use of me...


Full Spectrum Versus Distillate Cannabis Oils--Is One Better Than The Other?

Full Spectrum versus Distillate Cannabis oils—Is one better than the other? I think it’s fair to say that everyone on the face of this earth is different and experiences life differently. Even identical twins, genetic carbon copies, end up being very different people. It is also the case that we each have our own endocannabinoid system, and therefore process and experience the effects of the plant differently in our bodies. We all have very different preferences for things too, base...


THC Vaping Controversy—What we now know

THC Vaping Controversy—What we now know Given the serious nature of the recent vaping related illnesses and deaths throughout the county, it is perfectly reasonable for us to be asking ourselves, is vaping THC a healthy delivery system for my medication?   What steps should I be taking to protect myself? The fact that people are thinking about these things is incredibly important in terms of understanding the need for a regulated, licensed market. A regulated market works to ensure ...


Obtaining Marijuana in Maine: What’s legal and what’s not.

June 1st, 2019 People travelling to Maine may think that it is legal for them to obtain recreational weed via a delivery service, as this is in practice the only path to obtain recreational weed in Maine as it exists today—THE BAD NEWS IS, IT IS NOT LEGAL. We have what, in my opinion, amounts to a highly visible, black market for cannabis; as there are currently no open, licensed recreational dispensaries and recreational deliveries are clearly considered “unprotected” activity. Furthe...


A Brief Tribute to Dennis Peron

In order to expand my appreciation of the field to which I’ve decided to dedicate my career, I wanted to understand what drove the original [OG] advocates to step out and in to the spotlight to effect the cultural and legal changes that have ultimately lead to my ability to start Soylent Greens in 2019 in Maine. The first person I learned about was Dennis Peron. Dennis was a native of long island, he was a Vietnam war veteran and gay rights activist beginning in the 70’s after his retu...


#MedicalCannabisandME

May 1st, 2019 Updated 10/11/19 Hello Everyone. My name is Michael, and I am the primary staff person Soylent Greens, as many of you already know! I wanted to take the opportunity on this initial blog post to briefly introduce myself and discuss some of the ideals I carry that led to this as a career path for me. First, and on a personal note, I am also a medical cannabis program participant and licensed caregiver in Maine. Prior to opening Soylent Greens, I had spent most of my working li...


 

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