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kccKC CHRONICLE   September 2023 Newsletter


Kansas City Current's Revolutionary New Women's Soccer Stadium: A Beacon for the Future

By: Forest Palmer

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Sports Developments:

In a historic and transformative move, Kansas City is setting the benchmark for gender equality in sports infrastructure with the construction of the world’s first, purpose-built professional women's soccer stadium for the Kansas City Current. This groundbreaking venture speaks volumes about the city's commitment to women's sports and the vision for a sustainable, vibrant, and inclusive sporting community.

A Prime Riverside Location:

The stadium, located at the Berkley Riverfront Park in the River Market, boasts a prime location, giving fans not just the thrill of the game, but a serene view of the Missouri River. Expected to be operational by March 2024, the architectural marvel is not just a sports venue but a symbol of Kansas City's ambitions.

Innovative Design and Unprecedented Proximity:

Designed to hold 11,500 ardent soccer enthusiasts, one of its standout features is that no seat is more than 100 feet from the pitch. This design brings fans closer to the action, creating a charged and intimate atmosphere during matches.

The stadium's orientation is purposeful. The North end opens up towards the Missouri River, offering a picturesque view for attendees. The South side is destined to be a buzzing hub of energy with the Supporter Section, dedicated to the Current loyalists, ensuring passionate chants and electric vibes.

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Exclusive Offerings & Community Engagement:

The Pitch Club, an exclusive pitch-level section for members, merges luxury with a rustic charm. Inspired by the Union Station's aesthetics, the club will offer a unique dining experience with a rotating menu curated by Megan and Colby Garrelts of Rye KC.

But it’s not all about soccer. Beyond the games, the stadium will serve as a multifunctional hub for the Kansas City community. Whether you're in the mood for live music, fresh produce, or community gatherings, this venue aims to be a bustling epicenter of activity, housing concerts, farmer's markets, and other communal engagements.

Economic and Employment Boom:

The economic implications of this project are noteworthy. The construction and subsequent operations of the stadium are projected to infuse a whopping $60 million annually into the city's economy. Additionally, it's poised to create 1,450 new job opportunities, benefiting locals and underlining the expansive impact of such a venture beyond just sports.

Future-Forward Connectivity:

The vision for the stadium extends beyond its walls. The Kansas City Streetcar is planning an extension that will connect the park and stadium by the end of 2025, ensuring seamless transportation for fans and visitors alike.

The Kansas City Current's new stadium is more than just a sports venue. It’s a testament to the city's belief in elevating women's sports, its commitment to community engagement, and its foresight in infrastructure planning. As the world watches this development, Kansas City stands tall, showcasing a prototype for future women's sports facilities globally.

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Breaking Barriers : Empowering Mothers and Redefining Cannabis Culture - An Interview with Budtender Dessa Matlosz

In the heart of Kearney, MO, Budtender Dessa Matlosz stands as a beacon of change, reshaping perceptions and breaking the stigma around cannabis and motherhood. Growing up in the tight-knit community of Brownwood, TX, Dessa always felt like she was dancing to a different beat. "I never quite fit in," she reminisces, "but the world of Punk/Alternative music welcomed me with open arms." This early experience of finding acceptance in a unique subculture laid the foundation for Dessa's inclusive and welcoming approach in her current role. However, her journey to the cannabis industry wasn't a direct one.

Dessa's path took her from small-town Texas to Abilene, TX, where she worked tirelessly to support her family through multiple jobs. She meets her future husband Chris, and they begin their Northward trajectory, following the wind power industry to their current home in Kearney, MO.

Around the age of 30 Dessa discovered the medicinal potential of cannabis. Battling childhood trauma, PTSD, and intense anxiety, she found solace in cannabis's therapeutic effects. It provided her with a level of control over her anxiety and emotions that she had never experienced before. After obtaining her Medical Card in Missouri, she walked into her first dispensary, hoping for an educational and informative experience. What she received was a rushed, un-personal experience that left her wanting more. With retail experience in her background, Dessa seized the opportunity to jump into the cannabis industry, and she's never looked back. She is now equipped with educational information to pass along to customers and patients alike, providing that great experience that she expected.

Looking at the broader picture of cannabis culture, Dessa sees a shift towards inclusivity and the dismantling of stigma, specifically for Mothers. Her ambition to contribute to this change is deeply personal. "I want to be a resource for mothers who might be hesitant," she asserts. As a mother herself, she understands the challenges and misconceptions surrounding cannabis use in motherhood. Through her role as a Budtender, she envisions herself as a "CannaMom," fostering a safe space for mothers to explore the benefits of cannabis without judgment. Her Southern hospitality, honed in Texas, coupled with her experience as mother of 4 allows her with a unique ability to relate to and welcome diverse customers. Coming from a military family including her oldest son, currently an active Marine. Veterans often share their stories with her, and she values the insights they bring to her journey, and they feel open and comfortable to share with her because of her perspective.

In the world of cannabis retail, challenges persist in understanding customers' needs and preferences, but Dessa's background equips her to navigate these hurdles adeptly. Her mission remains clear: to support and empower mothers, promote cannabis education, and reshape the narrative around cannabis. Dessa Matlosz is a testament to the power of personal transformation and the positive impact one individual can have on a community.


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Exploring Cannabis Product Types

By: Cody Freeze, PharmD RPh

In this month's feature, our resident Director of Health & Wellness, Cody Freeze, PharmD RPH, will discuss the various types of cannabis products and the interactions with the human body. With details surrounding each type, we will be breaking this feature into multiple parts.

Q: Why are there so many different types of cannabis products? Is there much of a difference between all these products, and what do I need to know about each type of cannabis (and hemp) products?

A: A wise individual once said, ‘Variety is the spice of life.”
Since antiquity, cannabis (and “hemp” cannabis) has been known in various scientific and medical communities around the world as a plant with a wide therapeutic window and has been used by many cultures for a variety of medical ailments.

What does this mean? This means, generally, whole plant cannabis can be used for a wide range of uses, as well as lending itself to a wide variety of dosage preparations. As each patient ailment or need is different, cannabis is generally well suited to perform a wide variety of tasks.

The quick explanation as to why there are so many forms of cannabis is due to a variety of factors about the plant and its biochemical ingredients. Those hundreds of cannabinoids and terpenoids, along with other organic and biologically active constituents, and the base chemovar (e.g., “strain) PLUS variety of cannabis (e.g., hemp vs medicinal cannabis, as well as CBD- vs THC-dominant plants) can affect which dosage form may be optimal for desired effects).

While every patient and every chemovar’s cannabinoid and terpene content can vary, there are ways to compare each method of consumption. I will try to briefly summarize the most common dosage forms and explain why a single patient using cannabis for a variety of ailments usually wants more than just a single form of the plant around! I’ll try to keep this light and brief.

Oral (as in, swallow-whole edibles or drinkable infused beverages or otherwise): This is the “swallow whole after chewing route or drink” route. When cannabis is taken in this manner, it is generally a longer acting, and more pronounced or deeply felt set of effects. Effects of swallowing whole edibles are known to widely vary from patient to patient, and variables. If a patient eats an edible on an empty stomach, effects are generally felt slightly quicker and are not as prolonged or intense. Conversely, if an edible is taken during or after a moderate to large sized meal, expect prolonged and more intense effects overall. Effects after a swallow whole dosage form as an edible are felt within a half hour on an empty stomach, or around an hour or even up to 3-4 hours if a meal has been eaten prior.

Oral cannabis drinks and their onset and duration can be somewhat comparable to an edible, but as a liquid, there is not as much work to digest the active ingredients and get them to the system. Some formulations, such as “nano” or emulsified products, use a special technology when created to maximize and speed up absorption. These products are not tested to my knowledge, but personal testimonies and information gathered in study suggest nano- or emulsified drinks of high quality may be “felt” within 15-30 minutes, and last for 1-3 hours. This is slightly quicker in both the onset and duration of its actions when compared to edibles you chew up and swallow.

Oral is often preferred if the patient has issues breathing, or compromised, sensitive airways.

Inhalational – Directly combusting cannabis flower or extract via a pipe or other methods is a fast way to deliver terpenes and cannabinoids to the bloodstream. While this is a very popular method to consume, it has its drawbacks. When any plant material is heated beyond 410-450+F, the organic plant material can be harmful in the form of a charcoal-like set of what are called poly aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These are not good and are known carcinogens. Vaping cannabis flower or extracts in their natural form can be a less harmful alternative. Vaping the above-mentioned forms of cannabis are different than vaping liquified cannabis extracts, in that raw flower or extract are generally unadulterated, containing no extra “carriers.” Vaping cannabis at the lowest minimum temperature possible to achieve the desired effects is not always the most popular, but generally will result in less formation of potentially harmful substances like tar and PAHs...

To be continued next month, stay tuned!

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Infused Cooking with KCC

If you've picked up the latest edition of The Evolution Magazine, you may have noticed a theme in both our back cover ad and our KC Comic strip -honoring the hands that labored to build our country. With our ad's tribute to the 1932 photograph "Lunch atop a Skyscraper", we are featuring a few Depression-Era recipes that just may surprise you.

Cannabis Infused Hot Water Pie

As the name suggests, hot water pie is made from simple ingredients like butter, sugar, and flour for the crust, and butter, sugar, eggs, and boiling water for the custard filling. It’s simple, yet sweet, and certainly easy to make.

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5 tablespoons butter, cut into 5 pieces (cannabis infused)
9-inch deep-dish pie crust, unbaked
1+1/2 cups water (that is one and a half cups)
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 400 and set empty pie crust on a baking sheet.
2. Pour 1 + 1/2 cups water into the pie crust.
3. In a small bowl, stir together the flour and sugar. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the water in the crust. Don't stir.
4. Drizzle the vanilla over the water in the pie crust. Place pats of butter on top of this.
5. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 and cover sides of crust if needed to prevent burning. Continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes.
6. Pie will be watery when you pull it out of the oven but will gel as it cools. Allow to cool completely and then cover and place in the fridge until chilled before cutting.

Some recipe need no instructions, as they are pretty straight-forward...

Peanut Butter and Mayo Sandwich rainbow crispy

The peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwich took hold of America in the 1930s, during the peak of the Depression. Every household had the two staple items — mayo and peanut butter — and the sour, nutty, concoction was filled with enough protein and provided enough sustenance to keep families going.

Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich rainbow crispy

Just like PB&Mayo sandwiches, peanut butter and pickle sandwiches were also a Depression lunch counter staple. Again, they were cheap to make and some may even say they’re pretty tasty. In fact, some enthusiasts still eat the sammy and have their preferences when it comes to the pickles.

Peanut Butter-Stuffed Onions rainbow crispy

According to Homestead Survival Site, peanut butter-stuffed onions were recommended to students by home economics teachers during the Great Depression. To make this delicacy, simply bake an onion, remove the inner parts of it, and stuff it with peanut butter. And no, this doesn’t taste good. Surprise!

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.

Please email info@kccannabis.org to submit feedback, questions, or recipe requests.

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