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kccKC CHRONICLE   November 2023 Newsletter


Cannabis…The “Exit Drug”: A Promising Solution to America's Opioid Crisis

By: Hugo Ortiz

Have you ever heard someone using the old tired “Gateway Drug” argument and not knowing how to counter that flawed thinking? Next time try Cannabis: “The Exit Drug”

The opioid overdose epidemic is now arguably the worst public health crisis in U.S. history, surpassing even the peak of the AIDS epidemic. To put it in perspective, drug overdoses now outnumber deaths from car accidents and gun violence. The severity of this crisis demands innovative strategies to combat opioid misuse, overdose, and death.

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Cannabis as a Solution:

Emerging pre-clinical and clinical evidence is shedding light on the potential of cannabis to address this crisis. This article highlights cannabis's ability to ease opioid withdrawal symptoms, reduce opioid consumption, curb cravings, prevent relapse, improve treatment retention for opioid use disorder (OUD), and ultimately reduce overdose deaths. One of the most promising aspects is the role of cannabis as a frontline painkiller, potentially replacing or supplementing opioids. This could be a game-changer, especially considering the failure of most other interventions in curbing opioid consumption and death rates.

The Impact in Legal Cannabis States:

When we look at states with legalized cannabis, the numbers speak volumes. In states where medical and recreational cannabis is legal, opioid overdose rates have shown a significant decline. For example, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that states with medical cannabis laws had a 25% lower opioid overdose death rate compared to states without such laws.

Moreover, in states with legal cannabis, a substantial number of patients are choosing to use cannabis as an alternative to opioids for pain management. This shift not only reduces opioid use but also lowers the risk of opioid misuse and addiction.

Barriers and Challenges:

While cannabis therapy shows promise, its status as a Schedule I controlled substance is a major barrier. This classification restricts research and access, making it difficult to gather high-quality clinical evidence. To truly harness the potential of cannabis in fighting OUD, we need more data on dosing, cannabinoid content, bioavailability, contraindications, misuse risks, and various other aspects. Unfortunately, federal grant funding for such research is currently limited due to cannabis's Schedule I status.

Moreover, the research conducted so far might not fully apply to today's landscape, as it's primarily based on low-potency, low-quality cannabis from a single source. This doesn't reflect the wide variability of cannabis products available in regulated state markets.

The Road Ahead:

Despite the challenges, some U.S. states and private treatment centers have already started incorporating cannabis into their OUD treatment protocols. New Jersey, for instance, added OUD to its list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis. Private treatment centers recognize the benefits of harm reduction, which outweigh the risks of cannabis use during the crucial first 28 days of recovery.

Many clinicians, however, remain skeptical about cannabis as a treatment option. This skepticism can be attributed to the stigma surrounding cannabis use and the limited clinical evidence available. It's essential to bridge this knowledge gap, especially since many medical professionals receive no education about cannabis during their training. As the evidence grows, it becomes crucial to provide opportunities for clinicians to learn about harm reduction and the medical benefits of cannabis through Continuing Medical Education programs.

In conclusion, while the fight against the opioid crisis is far from over, cannabis holds the potential to be a vital tool in saving lives and reducing opioid misuse. It's time to overcome the barriers, expand research, and consider cannabis as a safer and more effective approach to this crisis. #CannabisForChange #OpioidCrisisSolutions

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Hillary's Journey in the Cannabis Industry: A Personal and Professional Evolution

Nestled in the heart of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Hillary Prince, the third key at Kansas City Cannabis, is a dedicated advocate for cannabis education and responsible consumption. I spoke with her recently and she shared her unique journey through the industry, personal experiences, and her vision for the future.

Personal Background
Hillary's path to the cannabis industry began in the food service sector, but she yearned for a change from the grind of serving jobs. After working at the DMV in Excelsior Springs, the experience left her disillusioned. During this period, her exploration of cannabis deepened. A lifelong resident of Excelsior Springs, she first experimented with marijuana at the age of 16, often with friends in the confines of a car. What she discovered was a stark contrast between what she heard in school and from adults about cannabis and her own experiences. It became clear that cannabis alleviated her social anxiety, offering a sense of solace. She affectionately refers to it as her "Loyal Friend," always there to foster connections with friends and ease the tribulations of life.

Evolution of Perceptions
Over time, Hillary's views on cannabis underwent a transformation, particularly concerning its medical potential. Her use of cannabis to relieve migraines opened her eyes to the plant's therapeutic benefits. This shift redirected her focus from viewing cannabis solely as a recreational pursuit to recognizing its medicinal and holistic applications.

Changing Cannabis Culture
The evolving cannabis culture has not escaped Hillary's notice. She observed that the once-taboo subject is now more openly discussed, and individuals who previously concealed their cannabis use are stepping into the light. Stigmas are gradually fading, and cannabis is becoming increasingly normalized. In 2014, Hillary had a transformative experience during a visit to a Colorado dispensary. Witnessing the industry's openness and potential convinced her that a career in cannabis was her calling. She seized an opportunity after seeing a budtender opening on Indeed where she was hired quickly after.

Cannabis Products and Education
As a cannabis professional, Hillary plays a pivotal role in guiding customers, particularly those new to cannabis. She places considerable emphasis on asking probing questions to understand their goals, directing them towards appropriate consumption methods, and ensuring accurate dosages. She vividly remembers a standout interaction where she recommended FECO patches to an elderly gentleman seeking pain relief without the associated head high, an important consideration for a truck driver. These patches, when applied directly to the affected areas, had a profound impact on his life.

In her effort to educate the community about responsible and safe cannabis consumption, Hillary provides customers with guidance on various modalities. Ensuring customers have their dosages dialed in before leaving the dispensary is a vital part of her role, enhancing their personalized experience and establishing clear expectations.

Future of the Industry and Personal Goals
Looking ahead, Hillary's goals within the cannabis industry involve strengthening her leadership skills, fostering improved communication, and challenging the prevailing stigmas associated with cannabis. She aspires to be a consistent, positive presence in her community, actively disproving the misconceptions surrounding cannabis. Her dedication to dismantling these stigmas is evident in her professional and personal goals.

Hillary's journey from the food service industry to the heart of the cannabis world is a testament to the changing perceptions surrounding this plant. As an advocate for responsible consumption and education, she plays a crucial role in her community. Her journey and goals reflect the shifting landscape of the cannabis industry, where stigmas are gradually giving way to knowledge, understanding, and acceptance.


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Robust Cannabis: California Raisins Live Rosin Cart

“California Raisins, a cross of Biscotti and Grape Gasoline, packs a punch on all fronts! The end product has a warm, golden color and a syrupy texture with a wide array of tasting notes including sweet cookie, lemon, gasoline, and grape, packaged in a red disposable battery with a glass tip. The inhale shows off the sweet lemon, grape, and buttery flavors while the exhale is predominantly gas. Within 5-10 minutes, the uplifting, euphoric cerebral effects take place, followed by a deep sense of relaxation in the body. Pain relief, anti-inflammatory, and mood boosting properties are also associated with this strain, making it ideal for consumption in the later hours of the day. ” - Kassie Ferrero



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The Solid: Miracle Alien Cookies (MAC)

“Miracle Alien Cookies grown by The Solid, characterized by medium-sized buds, grinds up very well and is easy to roll. While not the freshest flower on the block, it managed to avoid the pitfall of being overly dry or crumbly. One noteworthy trait was its ability to offer a consistent, hassle-free smoking experience without the need for frequent relighting.

In terms of its effects, this strain brings a clear-headed high that offers relaxation without dragging you into a state of weariness or complacency. Some users have reported an uplifted mindset and a modest boost in creativity. It's important to recognize that the effects of strains can vary from person to person, and while Miracle Alien Cookies is versatile, it may not be a one-size-fits-all solution. Some individuals may find relief from symptoms of stress and depression, but it's essential to remember that cannabis effects can differ based on individual tolerance and chemistry.

In summary, Miracle Alien Cookies is a solid choice for those seeking a reliable, easy-to-use strain that provides a balanced and manageable experience. While it does offer relaxation and potential creative sparks, it's crucial to approach it with realistic expectations, understanding that cannabis effects can be subjective.” - Hugo Ortiz

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Infused Cooking with KCC

Thanksgiving is a time for indulging in delectable dishes that warm the soul and bring loved ones together. To add a touch of uniqueness to your feast, consider preparing this THC-infused honey soaked cornbread. This delightful creation combines the rich flavors of cornbread with the natural sweetness of honey, infused with a hint of THC. The result? A perfect balance between traditional and contemporary. Remember to enjoy responsibly and be aware of THC content when sharing this dish with family and friends.

THC-Infused Honey Soaked Cornbread


1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (cannabis infused, adjust to your preferred potency)
1/4 cup THC-infused honey (adjust to your preferred potency) Or make your own infused honey.
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs

1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease an 8x8-inch baking dish and set it aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir until well mixed, and set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and THC-infused honey. Ensure all the wet ingredients are well combined.
4. Gradually add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; a few lumps are perfectly fine.
5. Pour the cornbread batter into the prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the cornbread is golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
7. While the cornbread is baking, prepare the honey soak. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of THC-infused honey with 1/4 cup of warm water. Mix until it forms a smooth syrup.
8. Once the cornbread is out of the oven, while it's still warm, use a fork or toothpick to poke holes all over the surface. This will allow the honey soak to penetrate the cornbread effectively.
9. Slowly drizzle the THC-infused honey soak over the cornbread, ensuring that it seeps into the holes and covers the entire surface evenly.
10. Allow the cornbread to cool for at least 15-20 minutes, allowing the honey soak to infuse its delicious flavors throughout.
11. Slice and serve the THC-infused honey soaked cornbread on your Thanksgiving table. This unique creation will surely be a conversation starter and a delightful treat for your guests.
12. Please remind your guests that this dish contains THC, so they should consume it responsibly. Always be mindful of the potency and the potential effects when enjoying this recipe.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving celebration with this distinctive THC-infused honey soaked cornbread. It's a delectable twist on a classic dish that's sure to leave your guests buzzing with delight.

Canna-Butter/or Oil

What you'll need:
- Double Boiler or Saucepan
- 1 Cup Butter/or Oil
- 1 Cup ground Cannabis Flower
- 1 Cup water (if using saucepan with butter)
- Cheesecloth or fine strainer

*Decarb cannabis before using for infustion*
1. Set a double boiler to a low simmer
2. Combine cannabis, Butter/Oil, and water (if butter).
3. Simmer on low for 2-3 hours, keeping oil temp between 160º-200ºF. (Do not exceed 200ºF)
4. Once cooled, remove plant matter by straining.
TIP: Do not press too hard when straining - this will add chlorophyll, giving it more of a plant taste.

*Refrigerate few hours/overnight, remove any excess water that forms at bottom of container*

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


Decarboxylation (Flower)

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

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

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.



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Local Cannabis: Papaya

“Papaya, cultivated by Local Cannabis, is a mellow, flavorful cross between Citral #13 and Ice #2. Originally bred by Nirvana Seeds, the idea was to form a unique interpretation of the Mango strain, thus creating a vibrant, tropical fruit piquancy with complimentary notes of diesel and sweet berry. The flower itself is bright green with long, bright orange pistils and a robust layer of golden yellow trichomes. The flavors on the inhale further represent the sweet, gassy notes while the exhale finishes the experience with a fruity candy flavor. Cerebral effects are first to appear, leaving one feeling relaxed and somewhat spacey. The body enters a heavy state, further aiding in relaxation. Studies have also shown that in addition to its sedative properties, Papaya can also help with increasing appetite and relieving stress and anxiety. Be sure to seek out Papaya at your next dispensary visit!” - Kassie Ferrero


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