Learn more about Cannabis, see below
Cannabis sativa plant has over 100 different strains.
Two best know cannabinoids: THC causes the psychoactive effect (high) and CBD offers many therapeutic effects without the psychoactive properties. Most people use a combo of the 2 with medicinal usually high CBD/low THC - 18/1 etc.
Cannabis is used to treat anxiety, ADD, PTSD, & higher doses for pain relief.
Other uses-migraines, epilepsy, depression, Crohn's disease, nausea, appetite stimulant, Parkinson's Multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and autism.
There is an FDA approved synthetic THC that doctors can prescribe - Dronabinol (does not contain CBD, CBN). Marinol is generic form. Available nationwide.
Non FDA medicinal cannabis can negatively impact your career & finances: a) regular usage could impact life insurance premiums, b) it can put you at risk on the job if you employer performs drug testing (Dronabinol) will be reported as a negative result.
FDA offers a warning for synthetic THC equivalents to not drive, operate heavy equipment, or engage in dangerous activity until the substance's affects are evaluated in them.
Cannabis of today is 57%-67% stronger that in the 70s. Some report only 2-7% stronger, but all reports say it is stronger and increasing.
The level of THC in marijuana varies depending on the strain or variety of the plant, the way in which it is grown, the part of the plant that is used, the way the plant is prepared for use and stored.
The unfertilized (female plants) flowering tops have particularly high level of THC.
Strongest preparation is known as "hash oil" (extract THC from the plant in oil). Hash oil contains 15-30% THC. The resin secreted from the plant can be dried to make "hash", which is the second strongest preparation. Lowest THC level is the dried buds and leaves, commonly known as marijuana. Marijuana is the most common form of cannabis available in the USA & can vary in potency from less that 1% to 20%.
Research shows the young, regular (daily or near daily) users are most at risk for many of the adverse effects of marijuana including mental health problems and dependence.
Documented Cannabis related issues in Various Places
Carpinteria - has seen increased traffic, a foul order that permeates the air (people have to wash up and change clothes sometimes if they go outside for lunch), and the loss of their identity as a small, picturesque costal town that tourists use to frequent for its beaches, wine and temperate climate
Colorado - has seen an increase in marijuana related traffic deaths, increase poison control calls, increased emergency room visits, increased black market, many regulators have been indicted for corruption, promised taxes to benefit the community have not materialized
Calaveras County - once pot friendly has reversed course and banned (1/10/18) commercial marijuana farms due to water contamination & non-compliance issues.
Solano County - said No to commercial cannabis in unincorporated areas. Said they lack: water, waste water treatment, and road infrastructure.
Virginia - said Yes to cannabis long ago, but only if prescribed. Because it is not FDA approved, physicians can only recommend cannabis, they cannot prescribe cannabis! Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs,..Who is doing that for medical marijuana? Who will be the responsible party?
Williamson Act is another name for the California Land Conservation Act of 1965
In Yolo County, 3/4ths of the unincorporated area of the county is protected under the Williamson Act
Purpose of the Williamson Act:
- Preserve farmland to ensure a secure food supply for the state, nation, & future generations.
- Maintain agriculture's contribution to local & state economic health.
- Promote orderly city growth and discourage leapfrog development and the premature loss of farmland.
- Preserve open space for its scenic, social, aesthetic and wild life values.
2005 the State honored Yolo County with an agricultural stewardship award in recognition of the county's work to preserve ag land through the Williamson Act.