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DC Opens Marijuana Dispensaries to Out-of-State Patients

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On Thursday, August 8, Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC announced that they will now accept medical marijuana cards from patients coming from any of the states in the U.S. with equivalent medical marijuana programs.

The new program will allow patients to purchase up to four ounces of medical marijuana each month. Patients from other states will only need to show their state-issued medical marijuana dispensary card to buy their medicines at any D.C. dispensary.

“This emergency rulemaking is patient-centric,” said Mayor Bowser in a statement. “It ensures medical marijuana patients from other states can obtain their needed medicine. It will also promote public safety by allowing visitors to obtain their medicine at one of the District’s six — soon to be seven — authorized marijuana dispensaries rather than forcing them to go without or patronizing the illegal market.”

The new policy will now expand the list of reciprocal acceptance from 19 to 27 states. The new additions include Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, and Vermont. The District is also currently reviewing four other states to include in the list, namely Louisiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.

DC’s Medical Marijuana Reciprocity Amendment

First introduced in 2016, the Medical Marijuana Reciprocity Amendment includes a reciprocity arrangement that allows medical marijuana users to use their out-of-state registration cards to purchase medical cannabis in the District. The amendment took effect in April of 2018 and approved 19 states as part of its list of reciprocal acceptance. Under the said policy, patients enrolled in a medical marijuana program from other jurisdictions can access medical marijuana in the District of Columbia.

A year later, Mayor Bowser proposed the Safe Cannabis Sales Act of 2019, which allows the sale of recreational cannabis in Washington, D.C. with a 17 percent tax. It requires cannabis-focused businesses to meet a threshold of 60% ownership by D.C. residents, and 60% DC-native employees. This would be applicable to DC weed delivery companies as well.

“We want to be able to regulate, we want to be able to make sure we are collecting our fair share in taxes, we want to invest those taxes in ways that affect communities that have been disproportionately affected, and we want to train and hire DC residents,” she said at the time. The bill is currently under DC Council review.

The latest emergency rulemaking is regarded by many to have opened an avenue for non-resident patients to access medication when visiting the nation’s capital.

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The Inside Story of Cannabidiol – What are the Benefits of CBD?

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Let’s go back to basics. How does CBD actually work in our body and why it can be extremely beneficial to our health?

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Here’s How CBD Can Help You While Stuck in Quarantine

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Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, wonders of CBD have already been circulating online. From its pain-relieving effects, anti-inflammatory promises, to anti-anxiety features, the health benefits attached to the substance are quite impressive.

Now, with the world still stuck in quarantine due to the COVID-19, it’s no surprise that CBD is among the first products many turn to for immediate relief while dealing with lockdown boredom and anxiety. Thanks to the product’s lengthy list of promises, many make take CBD as the indoor alternative to make their quarantine less awful and more bearable.

If you’re feeling the weight of lockdown getting heavy on your health lately, you might want to know some of the most probable ways CBD could help alleviate those burdens. Here, we have compiled among the most common uses of cannabidiol that you might also want to try out while stuck at home. Check them out below!

CBD for Anxiety Relief

It’s no secret that CBD offers anti-anxiety properties. In fact, this feature alone is one of the major contributors to the substance’s booming career in the market. To date, with most of us still required to stay at home and maintain social distancing, heightened feeling of isolation and loneliness are expected to arise. Since CBD comes with anti-anxiety effects, it can help alleviate such negative emotions.

To date, while the exact way CBD works to treat anxiety is not yet fully understood, different preliminary studies already offer pieces of evidence that the substance has been effective in alleviating symptoms of different forms of anxiety, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, as well as Panic Disorder.

CBD for Improved Sex Life

Another health benefit being linked to CBD is how it can boost one’s sex life. Specifically, the claim stems from the fact that cannabidiol can relieve pain, increase blood flow, and reduce anxiety – which can all contribute to overall better sex experience.

Moreover, since the Endocannabinoid System’s main task is to maintain homeostasis in the body, various experts claim that CBD can help maintain appropriate body balance hormone levels, which can increase sex drive.

With this, it’s not surprising that many people, especially husbands and wives, are turning to CBD products to spice up their sex lives during quarantine.

CBD as a Gym Buddy

If you’re eyeing to shred off some weight during lockdown, taking CBD might benefit you greatly. Since cannabidiol comes with pain-relieving effects, you can use it to augment your exercise regime.

Specifically, since the substance help reduce pain and inflammation, this will, in turn, lead to speedier recovery from injuries or muscle pain. This will also help you extend your workout longer than usual without the typical stress and fatigue after.

CBD for Sleep Disorders

Another possible perk you can get from taking CBD during lockdown is improved sleeping experience. While this claim still needs further studies, cannabidiol’s abilities to alleviate anxiety and provide comfort are believed to help improve sleep and allow a person to remain asleep longer.

Due to this, some people who are experiencing trouble falling asleep often turn to CBD to improve their sleep experiences. If you’re facing difficulty falling or remaining asleep during quarantine, you might want to give CBD a chance.

The Bottom Line

Interested to test whether CBD can live up to its name? Which among these effects listed above appealed to you the most?

Feel free to reach out to your doctor and see for yourself how CBD can help improve your overall quarantine experience.

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CBD as Treatment for Fibromyalgia: Is it Effective?

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By now, you have probably heard of countless medical conditions that can be treated with the help of cannabidiol. From anxiety and chronic stress to various aches and pains, many people are relying on CBD oil and other infused products to help minimize their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

One of the less common conditions which cannabidiol can treat is fibromyalgia. It is a qualifying condition for medical cannabis in various legal states. If you have fibromyalgia and you want to start with the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which is CBD, then this guide will be useful to you. Here’s what you need to know.

What is Fibromyalgia?

For the uninitiated, fibromyalgia is a medical condition that is known for causes musculoskeletal pain across many parts of the body. It is also characterized by issues in various aspects of daily life such as energy, memory, sleep and mood. According to researchers, this condition increases the sensation of pain because it affects your brain and its processing of pain signals.

This disorder sometimes occurs after different events such as physical trauma, psychological stress, surgery, or infection. There are also cases when symptoms take place over time even without any triggering events, which can mean that it has something to do with genetics.

How CBD Products is used as treatment for Fibromyalgia

As the three most characteristic symptoms of this condition are widespread pain, infections and trauma, it is easy to see how cannabidiol can help in treating it. Here are some of the most notable effects patients can expect from this cannabinoid.

  • Pain Reduction

CBD is known for being a great pain reliever. In fact, it is fast becoming a favored option for many professionals in the medical field because it is not addictive unlike opioids yet is known to be an effective analgesic.

The primary reason why this compound is effective in reducing pain is that cannabinoids interact with endocannabinoid receptors in parts of the nervous system that manages pain and pleasure. By stimulating these parts, this cannabinoid helps minimize the aches patients feel.

  • Energy Boost

Aside from using CBD for pain, this compound is also popular because of its energy-boosting effects. As mentioned, cannabidiol binds with receptors in some parts of the nervous system. Incidentally, there is a receptor in segments that are in charge of energy and cognition, which makes it a great way to boost your energy. Taking CBD capsules can be a valuable addition to your daily routine if you have fibromyalgia, especially if you suffer from its fatiguing effects.

  • Cognition Stimulation

As mentioned, CBD can also help boost your cognition. Remember, fibromyalgia has cognitive effects leading to memory issues. This can be detrimental as it can affect your daily activities such as personal matters, work and your overall quality of life. By stimulating your brain using cannabidiol, you can have higher chances of improving your memory.

  • Mood Enhancement

You might know that medical cannabis is used to address mental health issues such as depression and PTSD. CBD also has the potential to help treat your mood issues as it helps lower anxiety and stress. It helps balance your mood, which means that it can aid in making you feel relaxed when you are anxious and it can also uplift your mood when you are down. 

The various CBD oil benefits can help you address the symptoms of fibromyalgia. So, if you have not tried consuming this compound to treat your condition, make it a point to try it out and see the difference it can make in your overall quality of life!

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