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A History Fueled by Cannabis

By: Forest Palmer

It has long been known and talked about that hemp has played a role in human history. Archeologists have found traces of hemp products in tombs dating back 8,000 years and have continued to find products made from hemp scattered throughout the world from many different time periods. Hemp was used for rope as early as 200 BC, clothes by 570 when the Queen of France was buried in hemp linens, and hemp paper was used by the Arabs by the year 900. In fact, hemp became so important that by 1533, King Henry VIII fined any farmer who did not raise hemp. Throughout the long history of hemp use, debatably the most important use of hemp was the many ways that hemp fueled the independence of our nation.

In 1607, when the first colonists started their voyage to the Americas, they sailed using hemp made ropes and sails. The hemp aspect was vitally important because it was the best suited material to survive the salty air and water. By 1616, hemp was being raised in the Americas. This crop would be harvested and made into more nautical equipment and clothing. Just 4 years later, the pilgrims would make the same trip using hemp made equipment.

The first industrial cannabis operation in North America was started by Benjamin Franklin when he opened up a hemp paper mill in 1765. The most important thing to come from this mill was Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. This pamphlet was published in January of 1776 and was crucial in convincing the common people of the colonies to separate from the monarchy of England and establish a democratic republic. By April of 1776, there were over 100,000 copies in circulation, all on Franklin’s American made hemp paper. Thomas Paine’s other political works The Rights of Man and The Age of Reason were also published on hemp paper.

Contrary to popular belief, the final and official Declaration of Independence that was signed by the founders was actually written on cured animal skin; but the first several drafts were written on hemp paper, including the draft that immortalized the Fourth of July in American history. In fact, until 1883 almost all American literature was printed on hemp paper including the works of Mark Twain, Frederick Douglas, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Fast forward to 1937 and the Marijuana Tax Act was passed placing a tax on all cannabis sales (including hemp). Many people think that this put a halt to our governments use of Industrial hemp, but by 1942 the USDA started the “Hemp for Victory” program to have farmers help with the war effort by raising 150,000 acres of hemp. That same year, Henry Ford created a car made from hemp fiber. Unfortunately, after World War II was over, the hemp industry continued to decline at the hands of corporate entities and lobbyists. By 1970, all cannabis was included in the ever controversial Controlled Substance Act classified as a Schedule I drug being labeled as dangerous as heroin. In 1996 California became the first state to side with the patients and legalize medical cannabis. Washington, Oregon, and Alaska followed suit with their own medical programs only 2 years later. Now in 2020 there are 11 states with legal adult use and 33 states with their own medical cannabis programs.

From the very moment our country declared independence and immortalized July 4th as Independence Day, cannabis has been here every step of the way. Cannabis sturdied our sails, fueled our military, and now helps us heal. The cannabis industry has created nearly 250,000 full time jobs and has beaten out every financial prediction made; even surviving financial crises. Cannabis has and will continue to fuel the history of the United States (and the world). Happy Independence Day.
  
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If you have ever shopped at our Blue Springs location, chances are you have seen or interacted with Tyler. Though has been budtending since September 2021, his history with KCC extends farther back. Alongside our CEO, Tyler helped build out all four locations! With his positive, calm demeanor and wealth of knowledge as a patient and home cultivator, Tyler has quickly gained popularity with patients.

Tyler’s introduction to cannabis took place in his junior year of high school. Like most, he first consumed on a recreational basis but quickly came to realize the medicinal benefits while playing varsity baseball. In addition to keeping him loose and limber, cannabis also kept him focused, resulting in some of his best performance. A few years later, with costs on the rise, Tyler applied his love of plants and gardening towards cultivating his own medicine. When asked about growing cannabis and working in the industry, his perspective was full of sentiment and compassion. “I’ve always had a green thumb, growing up with my grandma. She had a couple of acres down in South Kansas City and had a huge garden, always planting. I took care of her acres and she taught me a lot about planting. My love of plants in general came from her…I love interacting with all the different walks of life that come in here, and all the different types of people and ailments that it helps with. I honestly like teaching people, guiding people through the process, especially the newbies and older patients coming in here for the first time.”

Currently, Tyler’s favorite item at KCC is Headchange’s sauce cartridge. Not only is each cartridge sourced with high-quality concentrate at an affordable price, but the grassroots company and their mission to help Missouri patients resonates deeply for him. If you are a new patient, seasoned consumer, or simply looking for a new experience, make sure to ask Tyler for insight and product recommendations!
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PATIENT REVIEWS    

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Ammend: Suppository

To give the Ammend suppository a fair analysis, I chose not to smoke or take edibles earlier in the day. Waited until before lunch so I had time to clear out the system and sober up from the day before.

Sooooo I boof’d it… and went in smoothly being butter-based and all. Very small suppository, which left me disappointed initially. I began feeling the effects about 15-30 minutes after, which lasted around four hours. Comparing the dosage (70mg THC / 100mg CBC) to the effects of an edible, I would say it equates to roughly a 25mg edible. This will likely vary from one person to the next, depending on differing enzymatic production.

Following three hours of allowing it to marinade up there, I finally had to evacuate. The stool was thin, buttery and greasy. Not my favorite part of the experience.

Overall I found this product to be exceptional and would highly recommend it, especially to anyone who prefers not to smoke or has health complications that make edibles impractical.”
- Jeff

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STAFF REVIEWS    

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Kassie

Sinse Cannabis: Deep Fried Ice Cream

“Deep Fried Ice Cream, cultivated by Sinse Cannabis, is a strain worth seeking out. A cross between Ice Cream Cake, a revered nighttime varietal, and Deep Breath, an offspring of Mendo Breath, the lineage is composed of heavy-hitters. The strain features dense buds in a rich shade of dark green, covered in orange pistils and a blanket of trichomes. Both smell and taste mainly display earthy and sweet base notes, but the scent also features diesel top notes. The cerebral effects are first to set in, a sense of weight and heaviness that lead to a full body melt, resulting in a deep state of sedation. This strain would be best utilized as part of a nighttime routine or aiding in heightened anxiety and pain relief” - Kassie Ferrero


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Infused Cooking with Chef Crow

By: Kyriacos Crow


"Meet Kyriacos Crow, know to the patients that frequent our Excelsior Springs location as Lead Budtender Keric. In addition to being a knowledgeable and fun addition to our team, he is also a Chef trained at the University of Missouri-Columbia, specializing in Hospitality Management with an emphasis on Food and Beverage Managament.

Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

What you'll need:
- Blender

Ingredients:
- 1/2 Cup Lemon Juice (Fresh lemons)
- 1/2 Cup Olive Oil (Infused)
- 1/4 Cup Honey (Infused)
- 2 Tsp Spicy Brown Mustard
- 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt, fine
- 1/4 Cup Red Onion, diced
- 1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds

Steps:
1. Combine all ingredients, except the poppy seeds, in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
2. Stir in poppy seeds and store in air tight container.

Tips: Shelf life is roughly 1 week in refrigeration. Infuse with oil andor honey for low or high potency options.


INFUSION INSTRUCTIONS

Canna-Honey

What you'll need:
- Double Boiler
- 1 Cup Honey
- 3.5g Cannabis Flower
- Cheesecloth or fine strainer

Steps:
*Decarb cannabis before using for infustion*
1. Set a double boiler to a low simmer
2. Combine cannabis and honey
3. Maintain a low simmer for a minimum of 40-60min.
4. Once cooled, remove plant matter by straining.

*Store in a cool, dark place for up to 2 months*

Canna-Olive Oil

What you'll need:
- Double Boiler
- 1 Cup Olive Oil
- 7g Cannabis Flower
- Cheesecloth or fine strainer

Steps:
*Decarb cannabis before using for infustion*
1. Set a double boiler to a low simmer
2. Combine cannabis and Olive Oil
3. Simmer on low for 2-3 hours, keeping oil temp between 160º-200ºF
4. Once cooled, remove plant matter by straining.

*Store in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months*



To calculate dosage for your infused product, there are online calculators like this one featured at hempster.com.


DECARBOXYLATION (DECARB) INSTRUCTIONS



Decarboxylation (Flower)

What you'll need:
- Baking Sheet
- Cannabis Flower
- Grinder

Steps:
1. Grind Cannabis flower.
2. Spread evenly on baking sheet, lined with parchment.
3. Preheat oven to 230ºF
4. "Bake" Cannabis for 30min. Cannabis should look toasted.

Decarboxylation (Wax)

What you'll need:
- Baking Sheet
- Concentrate

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 200ºF
2. Place concentrate in oven safe dish or silicone
3. "Bake" Concentrate for 20-25min, until wax is done bubbling.



Contact Chef Crow by emailing info@kccannabis.org to submit feedback, questions, or recipe requests.
 
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Ask Dr. Feeze

By: Cody Freeze, PharmD RPh



Meet our resident Director of Health & Wellness, Cody Freeze, PharmD RPH. In this monthly feature, he will field your questions around cannabis and the interactions with the human body. To submit a question, please send to info@kccannabis.org with the subject line "Ask Dr. Freeze."

Q: Can medicinal cannabis interact with over-the-counter (OTC) products or prescription medications? What are some common modes of interactions?

A: Using science, we now know whole plant cannabis, as well as full-spectrum cannabis or hemp extract, contain many (sometimes hundreds to thousands) of different compounds. Some are “active” medicinally, while others are viewed more as inactive constituents. The most common pathway for prescription drugs, OTC medications and environmental toxins for metabolism is through the liver.

Therapeutically, most patients using cannabis as medicine are most concerned with the terpenoids (e.g., terpenes like myrcene, limonene, beta-caryophyllene, etc.) and cannabinoids (e.g., cannabidiol/CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol/THC). The most common pathway for drugs and OTC meds for metabolism is through the liver. The liver, along with the kidneys and lymphatic system, are key metabolic pathways for drug degradation or excretion. Little enzymatic structures called cytochromes of the P450 groups (CYP450) primarily assist in the metabolism. We know CYP3A4 is involved in the metabolism of over half of all prescription medications. Some research indicates both THC and CBD interact complexly with the 1A2, 2C9, 2C19, 2D6 and 3A4 isozymes of CYP450. While going into each potential interaction is beyond the scope of this publication, we should remember two main points. Firstly, cannabis contains compounds that may interact with your body’s regular metabolism and excretion of both prescription and OTC compounds. Secondly, it is complex. While this is not meant to be a catch-all generality, some specific medications and classes of medications to consider include: opioids (pain medications), benzodiazepines (sleep and anxiety medications), some anti-seizure medications, anti-clot or blood thinning medications, cholesterol medications, anti-rheumatic or anti-arthritis medications, and some others. This doesn’t include the other hormones, etc., your body makes on an every day basis! Even with herbal or medicinal plants, we must consider drug interactions. They are, after all, our source of a vast number of single-molecule drugs and analogues.

Please speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you have concerns about interactions. Keep the dialogue open between your routes of care to receive the most complete care possible! And if your doctor or pharmacist doesn’t know your questions’ answers, find ones who can! Some of us absolutely love this kind of nerdy content (e.g., me), and would definitely lend an ear.

“It’s not magic or mysticism, it’s biochemistry!”

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