Many people recognize the word “bhang” and know it’s connected to cannabis, but aren’t sure exactly how. Besides being a general slang term for cannabis, "bhang" is also the name of a traditional drink integral to Indian culture. Bhang lassi is made from ground cannabis, milk, and a variety of spices. While it is available year-round in India, it is most prominently consumed during the Hindu spring holiday of Holi, the "festival of colors" which takes place every year in February or March.
There seems to be a common misconception that cannabis only causes drowsiness and relaxation – and while this is certainly true for some patients and some cannabis medicines, there are many options that can keep you energized to stay physically fit and active, and to help you keep busy enjoying more of what life has to offer.
In case you haven't read Part I yet; click here to read about my Nana's long, tough road that led her to getting her medical cannabis card.
About a week after her patient card came in the mail, I brought Nana to Harvest of Tempe on a Saturday morning to attend New Patient Orientation with our Medical Director, Dr. William Troutt, NMD. Having attended these sessions many times over the past few years, I still enjoy them every single time, because Dr. Troutt is truly the most engaging public speaker I know! With honestly, I can say that this is the absolute best resource I know for patients and non-patients alike to learn all about medical cannabis, and have their questions and concerns addressed professionally.
My Nana still says “marijuana” with proper Spanish pronunciation: “Mah-di-HUA-nah.” She never once experimented with cannabis in her younger days, and into her sixties and early seventies, was a prime example of a healthy senior. She was never a smoker, enjoyed daily physical activity and social engagement, and always watched her nutrition and avoided excess.
Learning as you go is one of the great joys of life, and we're certainly excited to discover new things about the science and history of cannabis!
We did a little reading and found a few fun tidbits that might come as a surprise to you!
1) Spice Up Your Experience
Let’s say that you’re trying a new strain that leaves you feeling a little too much psychoactivity, and you begin to feel anxious: Your fridge or spice cabinet at home might hold the solution!
Beta-caryophyllene is a terpene found in essential oils extracted from certain plants, herbs and spices like rosemary, black pepper, oregano, and cloves. Research into this terpene has shown sharp evidence of a significant anxiolytic effect that may prove useful in managing the psychoactivity of THC. Perhaps a good dash of pepper is what can keep you relaxed and happy while you medicate!
Conversely, it’s also generally believed that foods rich in the terpene myrcene, such as mango, can amplify the effects of THC if consumed a while before medicating.
On Tuesday, June 26th, the Arizona Court of Appeals handed down a ruling in the case of State of Arizona v. Rodney Christopher Jones, which declared the manufacture, sale, and possession of certain medical marijuana concentrates illegal in Arizona.