What Is Biohacking? And Why Should You Care?

In today’s emoji-driven, tweet trending, social influencer landscape, keeping up with the latest nomenclature can be challenging.  Lately, we at MJNews have been hearing a lot about ‘biohacking’ or DYI biology.

What exactly is biohacking? And what does it have to do with your endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

Technical writer @RobbinsGroupLLC explains the science of biohacking and the human ECS in this 1750-word investigation of the topic:  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/biohacking-your-ecs-curt-robbins/

CNN Conference Teaches Cannabis Medicine, Endocannabinoid System; Seeks Institutional Acceptance By Medical Community

CALIFORNIA: The Cannabis Nurses Network announced the success of its fourth Cannabis Nurses Network Conference, the only ongoing professional development and education conference in the country designed exclusively for Registered Nurses and wellness professionals to advance their understanding of cannabis medicine, the endocannabinoid system and practical applications in day-to-day patient care and practice. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) released guidelines in July 2018 for cannabis patient care, proving the immediate need for medical professionals to gain practical medical marijuana patient care education.

For the past 17 years, nurses have been ranked as the most trusted profession, and with nurses being the heart of healthcare and the front line for patients, Heather Manus RN, CEO and founding member of the Cannabis Nurses Network, says it’s a travesty patients have been denied access to cannabis medicine. With the research now available and the support of the NCSBN, every nurse should be educated in cannabis medicine and the Endocannabinoid System, she said.

nurses_cnnc_2019“We are revolutionizing the future of healthcare,” Manus said. “The emergence and discovery surrounding the Endocannabinoid System is a paradigm shift for all practicing nurses. Once you understand it, there’s no turning back.”

The landmark conference, celebrating its fourth year, was hosted and welcomed for the first time by San Diego on Feb. 28. The event kicked off with councilwoman and future mayoral candidate Barbara Bry delivering opening remarks, thanking the hundreds of attendants for their compassionate work and for traveling from all parts of the country. With San Diego being a leader in life sciences and biotech along with its more than 80 research institutes, including the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, Bry declared the city as being the ideal backdrop for the conference.

“You may know that our city legalized the entire supply chain for adult use, and we did so with few restrictions and barriers to cannabis testing facilities; and I’m very proud I was a co-author of the ordinance that we passed,” Bry said. “The exciting world of CBD research is still a fresh frontier, and it’s wonderful that you are all here today to share your knowledge and to learn new things. There’s a lot more to do to treat the many people out there who need help with cannabis, and that’s why this conference is so important.”

The Cannabis Nurses Network Awards were held the second evening of the conference. Jim Bartell, a local public affairs leader and former mayor of Santee, received an award for his work to draft a bill allowing cannabis to be used in all hospitals and medical facilities in California. Earlier this year, just six months after his son passed away from pancreatic cancer, Bartell drafted a bill that would permit all California hospitals to allow patients who are terminally ill to have access to cannabis treatment should they so choose. The bill has been introduced by California State Senator Ben Hueso, as SB 305, and is scheduled for review by the Senate Health Committee in March 2019. Cannabis Nurses Network has submitted a signed letter of support to Sen. Hueso for SB 305.

Other awardees included Leaders of Nursing; Marcie Cooper, Janna Champagne, James Schwartz, and Uwe Blesching who authored the Cannabis Health Index. Awardees also included the first graduating class of Speakers Bureau trained by Maureen McNamara of Cannabis Trainers

“We can not understate the efficacy of cannabis in medical treatment,” said Manus. “It’s important our nurses, who are at the forefront of patient care, learn all they can about the endocannabinoid system and the proper medicinal use of cannabis. We believe strongly believe that in five years or less, we will get medicinal cannabis approved for use in hospitals, medical centers, and nursing homes nationwide.”

Sponsors for the conference included: Eden Labs, Sacred Garden, Incredibles, Nature Nurse, and Cannabiniers.

Cannabis Nurses Network 2020 will take place in San Diego during Nurses Week, May 6th-May 8th.

Cleveland’s Cannabis Pioneers Turn Out For MJBA Professional Meetup

By Michelle Blank
The room was packed this past Thursday as professionals in Ohio’s nascent legal cannabis industry turned out for September Meetup of the Cleveland Chapter of the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA).  The networking and informational event, hosted by attorney Steve Baden and held at the law firm Meyers Roman, Friedberg & Lewis, brought together a diverse crowd of CBD business owners, attorneys, a cannabis insurance company, a cannabis staffing agency, doctors and nurses,  several of my fellow staffers from Cleveland School of Cannabis, and a few others just looking to get involved in the industry and become more informed.
MJBA Cleveland September Meetup

MJBA Cleveland September Meetup

Nick Ciofani, Deputy Chief of Staff from Congressman David Joyce‘s office, started things off with an update from the 14th District of Ohio.  An informative brief was then given by Theresa Daniello from TDCANN Institute on the status of her meeting with the State.
MJBA Cleveland Meetup

MJBA Cleveland Meetup

Arleen Crider, Nurse Herbalist, educator and clinical informatics specialist discussed the endocannabinoid system and the importance of educating medical professionals on plant-based medicine.  The meeting was wrapped up by special guest Jeremy Miller, organizer of Viva Las Hempfest, the licensed Hemp festival scheduled for early November, who shared his journey in the cannabis industry. 
Arleen Crider explains the endocannabinoid system

Theresa Daniello from TDCANN Institute 

With Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program becoming operational, the attendees were heard discussing the benefits and importance of having a forum for participants in the legal cannabis industry to come together and share news and community.  The MJBA meeting provided all of those who attended with powerful information, and invaluable networking.  Having an organization like the MJBA is instrumental for Ohio’s Professional Cannabis Community to keep abreast of not only our State’s progress, but other States’ growth and progression as well.

Since 2013, The Voice of Legal Cannabis.

Since 2013, The Voice of Legal Cannabis.

If you would like to get involved with the MJBA Cleveland, please email us: info@mjba.net

Thursday 9/13: Activists, Educators & Entrepreneurs Gather For MJBA Cleveland Meetup

OHIO: Leading professionals in Cleveland’s nascent cannabis industry will gather for an evening of information, professional networking and community this Thursday, September 13th, at the offices of Meyers Roman for the bi-monthly Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) Cleveland Meetup.


Featured speakers this month include Theresa Daniello, TDCANN Institute; Steven Baden, Meyers Roman; Arleen Crider, Nurse-Herbalist, Educator, and Clinical Informatics Specialist, PLUS Special GUEST Jeremy Miller, Las Vegas Hempfest; and Arleen Crider, Nurse-Herbalist, Educator, and Clinical Informatics Specialist at Cleveland School of Cannabis.

Attorney Steven Baden will serve as the evening’s emcee.  Nurse-Herbalist Arleen Crider, who helped to develop curriculum for the Cleveland School of Cannabis’ Medical program as well as teach Patient Navigation and Dispensary Operations courses. will be speaking on the importance of medical professionals to have basic understanding of the Endocannabinoid System, with or without the application of plant-based cannabinoids.

Featured speaker Theresa Daniello began orienting Ohio’s Republican leadership to cannabis in 2012, and collaborated nationally with multiple organizations to help implement policy requiring health care professional education in medical cannabis legislation and regulations.

Guest speaker Jeremy Miller is a longtime medical cannabis activist and promoter.  Along with support from Seattle Hempfest, Jeremy is bringing Hempfest to Las Vegas on November 3&4th.   He’ll be speaking with the Cleveland community about getting involved as speakers, sponsors and vendors at Viva Las Hempfest.

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Attendance at MJBA Meetups is FREE for all MJBA Business Members and qualified guests.  RSVP is requested.

Combining Yoga With CBD For Pain Relief

By Isabella


Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a new marijuana derivative, a plant compound known as a cannabinoid, that has seen an increased presence in the wellness and alternative medicine market in the past few years. With the loosening of cannabis laws and the dispelling of persistent myths about the plant, and CBD in particular, many consumers have added the substance in their everyday routine.

People who have turned to CBD for anxiety relief and pain management have done so because, unlike cannabis’ psychoactive compound—THC—CBD does not cause a high. Consumers can enjoy the physical and mental benefits of cannabis products without worrying of psychotropic consequences. This is why wellness-oriented individuals have suggested that you can combine CBD consumption with a yoga routine.

CBD is big business

How Does CBD Work?

When someone’s skin absorbs CBD, it activates their endocannabinoid system, which aids in regulating the nervous and immune systems, responding to aches and pains. Our cannabinoid receptors, and in particular those in the peripheral and central nervous systems, make your brain sense that you’re feeling pain or aches in your joints and muscles. These receptors, in turn, signal our brain to desensitize the pain at the site of it.

Why combine CBD with yoga?

Yoga is popular among many different demographics for being able to treat several aches and pains, particularly in the neck and lower back. In a study, 66% of the people who reported pain in a particular area in their body said they also saw improvement in their bone, muscle, and joint pain after yoga.

Combining these two wellness methods is vital. CBD acts in a fast and efficient way on our pain receptors, without the risk of physical and mental exertion. This works in conjunction with the mindfulness and physical exercise that yoga offers. Practitioners would introduce themselves to a more holistic approach to daily mental and physical wellness.

In fact, CBD and yoga can help put our systems at ease, moving them from “fight or flight” response, which is the norm for moments of anxiety, to state of “rest or digest”. When working in conjunction, yoga and CBD are also more effective in the treatment of everyday physical problems like inflammation and joint issues.

When and how to combine

You can consume CBD in many forms. If both CBD and yoga are part of your daily routine, the best way to go about it incorporating this combination would be taking a few drops of CBD oil or another kind of edible a short while before climbing onto the mat for your yoga. If you are taking a CBD supplement with food, it is important to remember to give it enough time to kick in, as it would be digested with that meal.

Alternatively, and if you are worried about areas like wrists and elbows that are sensitive to yoga pain, you could apply CBD lotion on those areas. Human skin absorbs cannabidiol much faster than our digestive system, allowing you to begin physical activity almost immediately.


Yoga has been seeing an increase in popularity for many decades now, and cannabidiol is swiftly catching up. With virtually no side effects and excellent synergy, combining the two could be what you need to take your daily exercise routine to the next level of wellness.

Isabella is a freelance writer from Los Angeles specializing in writing for the holistic health and cannabis industries. She’s also a full-time yoga enthusiast and an advocate for mindful wellness.

Fighting Addiction With CBD

By Autumn R. Broughton

The cause of drug addiction varies significantly from person to person, making addiction very difficult to treat, and therefore difficult to overcome. Every socio-economic background, geographic region, educational level, ethnicity, and race suffers from addiction, and it can stem from emotional issues, mental disease, environmental circumstances, and physical illness. Addiction stemming from physical illness is known as dependency, and is a result of long-term use of addictive medications that alter the chemistry in the brain. When use of the medication is stopped suddenly, the brain is then lacking what it once was so accustomed to having, as is the body; the physical response to this is physical illness and psychological disturbances until the body and brain are able to return to their natural functioning state. Using addictive substances for an extended period, regardless of the reasoning behind it, results in the same withdraw experience. Once this cycle starts, it continues for many people, sometimes even branching in the younger generation that is exposed to it.

As there are so many causes of drug addiction, it’s no surprise that an estimated 30 million people in the United States and Europe suffer from addiction and drug abuse, with 22 million being alcoholics, 6 million cocaine addicts, and nearly 2 million heroin abusers. Substance abuse also negatively impacts society as a whole; it is responsible for drug-related illness, death, violence, and crime that cost the United States alone approximately $66.9 billion every year. With such a large number of people suffering from this issue, and so many causes for its development, science has struggled to find an alternative method of treatment that can be applied to a large and differing range of people, as well as one that is non-addictive itself. CBD, also called cannabidiol, may be the answer they have been hoping for.

30 million people in the United States and Europe suffer from addiction and drug abuse, with 22 million being alcoholics, 6 million cocaine addicts, and nearly 2 million heroin abusers.

30 million people in the United States and Europe suffer from addiction and drug abuse, with 22 million being alcoholics, 6 million cocaine addicts, and nearly 2 million heroin abusers.

Can CBD Stop Addiction?

It may seem counterintuitive to treat substance abuse and addiction using a compound found in the cannabis plant, as cannabis is notoriously known for its psychological “high”. The difference lies in the different compounds of the plant and how they react with our endocannabinoid system. THC is the compound that is responsible for producing psychological effects, while CBD has no such effect whatsoever. Scientists believe this is because CBD interacts with our cannabinoid receptors, while by contrast, THC binds directly to the receptors instead. THC is typically non-habit-forming and non-addictive, but with that said, just about anything can be addictive, including food, so some argue that addiction to THC is possible. With its potential to block the cravings of different substances that are experienced with addiction, CBD can be used not only to treat relapse of use of things like heroin or prescription opiates, but it can eliminate any potential cravings for use of its sister compound THC.

CBD does not alter the initial effects of drugs (the euphoria or “high” is still experienced), but instead, it is used to reduce the cravings of drugs during and after substance abuse treatment. By accomplishing this, those that suffer from addiction are able to not only achieve sobriety but maintain their recovery as well. A double blind placebo study was able to demonstrate this effect of cannabidiol; heroin addicts were given a single concentrated dose of CBD over a three day period. They were then exposed to visual stimuli known to induce cravings, as well as visuals that were neutral. This exposure was introduced to participants at one hour, twenty-four hours, and one week after the CBD treatment. Compared to those on the placebo, the participants that received CBD reported that their cravings had been reduced; this effect lasted for a full seven day period.

Combating Existing Mental Disorders

As previously mentioned, substance abuse and addiction can result from a number of things. Many people suffering from mental issues and illnesses like bipolar and anxiety disorders are often compelled to self-medicate using different addictive substances. This is because these individuals are suffering from mental chemical imbalances and deficiencies, and the application of different drugs offer some relief, albeit temporary. The sufferer will continue to chase and use any drug or substance in an effort to alleviate the mental discomfort brought on by their existing illness. Unfortunately, this only complicates matters, as these drugs don’t really treat their mental disorder, but still drag them into an endless cycle of use, abuse, and addiction.

CBD has been found to be a beneficial, effective alternative treatment for a variety of mental health issues, from obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety-based illnesses to depression and even schizophrenia. By providing people with a safe, affordable, effective, and readily available treatment option for mental health disorders, we can prevent a large number of people from attempting to self-medicate, thereby preventing their substance addiction and reducing the number of people suffering from drug addiction. This would not only save lives, but it would also positively impact our economy (by reducing the amount of money spent each year by the government for treating and retreating addiction sufferers), lessen the amount of homelessness experienced, reduce drug-related crime and violence, and improving our society overall.

One for All

CBD is well tolerated across many different people, with all kinds of different health profiles. There are few to no reported side effects, and it does not produce any psychoactive effects or stimulate the reward center of the brain, which makes it safe to use, especially among those that suffer from substance addiction. It can effectively treat a variety of mental disorders, and is an appealing choice for many people, as it does not require a prescription to buy or use it. While addiction itself needs to be treated with a combination of approaches with an emphasis on therapy to address psychological issues that may contribute to addiction, the addition of CBD to other existing conventional treatment routines has the potential to help many people overcome their struggle with substance use once and for all. (If you’re interested in learning more, make sure to check out this in-depth article on CBD cannabis oil.)

Veterinary Cannabinoid Therapeutics Takes Center Stage At Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine Symposium

A panel of seven Colorado doctors discuss using cannabis with animals

COLORADO: Roughly 3-5% of all dogs have genetic epilepsy, and 14 million dogs have some form of arthritis. CBD oil is helping millions of people around the world, and as a result the veterinary medical market is becoming more aware of the relief CBD can provide to dogs, cats, horses and even birds! Animals have an endocannabinoid system much like humans and can benefit from cannabinoids in much the same way. But don’t be so quick to give your pet just any form of cannabis, THC can be toxic to animals, so ensuring that your pet receives a veterinary approved formulation is important.

Dr. Silver is quoted as saying: “We have learned that the quality of the raw material providing the cannabinoids and terpenes plays the most important role to ensure successful clinical outcomes in our pets and farm animals. The ZERO THC full spectrum hemp oil from Folium Biosciences is, in my experience, one of the top hemp oil raw materials in the USA, and is absolutely safe due to it containing no THC. Numerous reports over the past 5 years have documented the potential toxicity of THC to our pets. There have been a few deaths due to THC ingestion from well-meaning pet parents giving their pets some of their own medical marijuana.”

Folium Biosciences is leading the animal health industry in providing bulk cannabidiol (CBD) based formulations to its customers. Led by Dr. Silver, the Folium Biosciences Animal Health Division provides the leading brands in both the cannabis industry as well as the animal health industry, with unique Zero THC formulations to be used in supplements for pets. Dr. Silver is working closely with fellow veterinarians across the country to ensure that CBD research in pets becomes more widely conducted, and he is working actively with the veterinary research community to help create successful animal health studies and clinical trials.

Cannabis Nurses Network Conference 2017 Is Oct 5-7 At UNLV Las Vegas

NEVADA:  Cannabis Nurses Network is producing the first ever 5.33 CEU Nursing accredited program October 5th – 7th, 2017, at UNLV-Las Vegas, Nevada (Greenspun Hall and Foundations Bldg) 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89154.

The 2-day series is being produced in partnership with UNLV Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and Las Vegas NORML, and is expected to reach more than two hundred national and local nurses, students, healthcare professionals, and individuals from around the globe.

Lectures and panel discussions will integrate accredited curriculum of cannabis education, on the Endocannabinoid System (eCS) and the science behind the plant, including hands-on workshops and Interactive Sportsbook panels.

The Interactive Sportsbook Panel highlights the celebrity sports guests, discussing their personal experiences with cannabis, and what they are doing to create positive change in the health of future athletes. They will also weigh in on cannabis therapy vs. opioids, that are routinely “recommended” by their team physicians. Special guest speakers include: Prior NFL Players, Marvin Washington (NY Jets/Broncos/49ers), Eddie “Boo” Williams (Saints), Frank Hawkins (Raiders), and Steve Cantwell (WEC/UFC). This session will included autographs and photos/selfies with these amazing trailblazers.

The education continues at the Cannabis Nurses Magazine 2-Year Anniversary Party & Leaders of Nursing Awards Ceremony, which will be held at the beautiful, Las Vegas City Hall Lobby, Friday, Oct.6th, 2017 7PM-10PM at 495 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101.

National Cannabis Nurses, Sports Professionals, and Patients will be awarded for their efforts and will receive the ‘Leaders of Nursing Award’ from Cannabis Nurses Magazine for their dedication and commitment in providing education and awareness. Registration required. This is an Educational Only, Non-Consumption Event. While the demographics of those seeking “legalized cannabis in Las Vegas,” will be confused by the nature of this statement, the goal of CNNC2017 is to elevate the conversation at the local level, while assuring complete transparency. The CNN executive team met with numerous city, state and county officials, including LVMPD, the heads of the Marijuana Enforcement Divisions of each and every department at all levels, in order to be in compete compliance with NRS453 and local municipalities who support their efforts.

Pot-Based Dog Treats: Owners Claim They Cure Pets’ Ailments

CALIFORNIA:  Some pet owners are claiming that hemp-based treats cure many of their pets’ ailments. The treats are infused with cannabinoids or CBDs but don’t have THC, so the animal doesn’t get high. One of the hemp-based treat brands called Treatibles has been used by some owners for anxiety or stress in their dogs. Andrew Mizia stated that his dog Fred can be stressed when around other dogs, and he stated the following regarding the result when he gives the canine the treat, according to ABC Channel 7.

These treats are flying off the shelves, because many pet owners have claimed that the treats can cure illnesses ranging from arthritis to epileptic seizures. The manager of one store that carries a large variety of calming treats claims that the Treatibles are more effective in treating anxious animals because of the cannabinoids. The manager of the Holistic Hound, a store in Oakland, Dianne Krenzer, stated the following. “I’ve never seen a product that has had such broad popularity and interest. Humans and animals have an endocannabinoid system and we have receptors throughout our bodies. So if anxiety is an issue, the CBD works on the stress receptors.”

The treats are intended primarily for dogs, but have even been used with other domestic and farm animals. They contain 40mg of CBD per treat. The manufacturer recommends one treat per 20 pounds. And some owners even rave about the success they’ve had with the treats in saving their animal’s lives. An owner named Wendy who has a 15-year-old lab mix named Kali decided to try the treats out of desperation, as she had scheduled an appointment to euthanize the dog in order to alleviate its chronic pain. Wendy stated the following, according to the Examiner.


Medicine Has Yet To Find Something Wrong With Marijuana

The conservative National Review magazine recently opined in an editorial: “Compared to binge drinking or alcohol addiction, marijuana use is a minor public health concern.”

There is no record of anyone dying from the direct toxic effect of using marijuana. It doesn’t cause cancer. We know from scientific study that it kills or stalls the spread of cancer cells in a petri dish. The big problem is that the government won’t allow clinical double-blind studies on people because marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug with no accepted medical use. Those are the kind of studies where you figure out effective therapeutic dosages.

As far as public policy is concerned, activists have been pushing that envelope the past couple of decades through state initiatives and federal suits. Now that polls are showing that the majority of Americans believe marijuana should be legalized, there will be more movement — a CNN/ORC poll released last week found that 55 percent of Americans favor marijuana legalization. (If a president is elected with 55 percent of the vote it’s considered a landslide.)