A Louisiana woman allegedly flew into a rage after learning her wife had accidentally tossed their marijuana in the washing machine — prompting her to attack her spouse with a bedpost.
Ashley Perkins, 30, of Youngsville, was visiting family with her wife in Navarre, Florida, last week when the wild beatdown occurred, The Smoking Gun reported, citing a police report.
Perkins admitted to cops that she and her wife had “tussled” over marijuana around 7:45 p.m. May 20 — but denied using the detached bedpost to whack her, the report said.
The victim, 48, told investigators with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office that her wife beat her after learning she’d “accidentally placed” the weed “in the washer,” according to the report.
The spouse, who was hospitalized, suffered cuts to her left arm and contusions to the back of her head and legs, according to the report, which noted that responding medics said the victim’s left arm may have also been fractured in the alleged assault.
A bedpost was found on the bed where the couple was fighting. Perkins told cops that she believed her wife rolled over the bedpost, causing her injuries.
But cops said she “changed her story” while being transported to the local jail — claiming the victim picked up the bedpost and beat herself with it.
Perkins ultimately was charged with aggravated battery.
In a period of just five scant years, cannabis has gone from the frequently maligned status of stoner counterculture to a Kardashian-level social phenomenon. Popularity of the plant has eclipsed even the most avid marijuana supporters’ expectations. That success has had a lot to do with many decades of activists fighting for legalization state by state, combined with powerful political interests in America taking a can’t-beat-em-join-em approach to the popular substance. There are enormous profits to be made in weed and corporations are ready to do what they do best — acquire it, scale it, and mass distribute it into every CVS, Starbucks and Walmart on the planet.
The principal event that’s affected the greatest change to date in the American cannabis industry occurred last December with the federal legalization of hemp (the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana) passing with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. That bill effectively sounded the starting gun for legal, hemp-derived cannabis products to be sold across the country starting in January of this year. The trendy cannabis compound CBD (short for cannabidiol) has been the biggest hit so far of the cannabis renaissance, showing up seemingly everywhere at once. A recent estimate reckons the collective market for CBD sales in the U.S. should surpass $20 billion by 2024. That stratospheric number shouldn’t really come as a big surprise, as CBD is currently an ingredient in a variety of goods, including sleep aids, face creams, energy drinks and pet products.
Now another floral star is about to hit the scene hard: cannabis terpenes.
The essential oils present in the cannabis plant — and in fact in all plants — terpenes are like the hardworking herbal roadies to the cannabis flower rock-star. Laboring behind the scenes, terpenes give cannabis its distinctive aromatic and flavor qualities, as well as imparting a host of therapeutic effects. Cannabis terpenes like linalool (also present in lavender) and pinene (in conifers) have been used to promote sleep and fight inflammation. Studies by the National Institutes of Health have also shown the terpene duo can produce an antidepressant-like effect.
A Mass-Market Appeal
For years, devoted cannabis consumers have been aware of cannabis’s therapeutic benefit, but it’s only recently that the idea of these hidden properties has truly penetrated popular American culture. One high-profile example this year was Kim Kardashian West’s baby shower. The company True Terpenes — creators of terpene products including lotions, make-up, chocolates and candles — was hired to provide guests with terpene-infused teas for the “CBD and Meditation”-themed celebration.
“It’s fun to see a family like the Kardashian’s with such a large audience helping to educate the world about CBD and terpenes,” True Terpenes COO David Mclean told Yahoo Finance.
Recently, at a bar called the Sidecar in San Luis Obispo, cocktails were being shaken up with cannabis terpenes provided by Golden Apple Cannabis Co. Sidecar’s creations have included new cocktails using myrcene and limonene — compounds also found naturally in citrus, basil, and hops — inventing mixtures from the wide spectrum of tastes available in cannabis terpenes.
“It’s a tool that a lot of bartenders have never had at their disposal,” says Sidecar owner Josh Christensen. “You’re messing with things at a molecular level. It’s kind of fun. It creates a situation where we have kind of unlimited possibilities.”
Then there’s the company Floraplex Terpenes that’s creating terpene mixtures that mimic the properties and flavors of cannabis without using any marijuana at all. “Our strain profiles are developed without using any ingredients derived from cannabis,” CEO Alec Riffle told Leafly. “Instead, we work with non-cannabis botanically derived terpene isolates, essential oils, and flavorings to recreate a strain’s terpene profile from scratch.”
A rainbow of terpene flavors.
Courtesy of Floraplex
Varietals, which are also referred to as “strains,” include all the old standbys that cannabis enthusiasts have enjoyed for years — OG Kush, Granddaddy Purple, Pineapple Express — and selling for $59 a half-ounce. Part of the appeal — and what makes it all so well-suited for the introduction of cannabis to the mass market — is that terpenes in and of themselves are not high-inducing. They are simply essential oils.
New Terpene Tech
And then, of course, there’s the psychoactive market, which is a mammoth industry also looking to optimize the enjoyment of terpenes. Products are coming online that specifically cater to consumers looking to make the most of marijuana’s psychoactive lift, taste and terpene effect. A new product that’s just debuting this week is the Pulsar Rök, a portable, electronic water pipe that is a technological leap forward for concentrate lovers. The Rök allows consumers to more efficiently capture the wide spectrum of terpene flavors available in cannabis. Its coil-less quartz cup atomizer offers precise temperature control, preventing contact with an actual heating element, and ensures peak vaporization and optimized flavor.
The new Pulsar Rök electronic water pipe is an oil rig that enhances the flavor profiles in cannabis.
“The Rök opens up the ability to experience premium innovation and taste the finer properties of your exquisite concentrates and open up their full flavor profile,” says Marketing Manager Bennett Dickert from AFG Distribution, makers of Pulsar products.
The Rök is a creation of AFG’s close attention to consumer input, utilizing valuable feedback from a variety of sources — influencers, smoke shop owners, forums and social media — to create the unique electronic oil rig. The result is a new device delivering top terpene enjoyment to an ever-expanding cannabis concentrate consumer base.
“We listened to the people and we created a product for the people,” says Dickert.
A privatel company that invests in the cannabis industry has formed a joint venture with a pharmacy wholesaler in the hope of improving patient access to medical marijuana and turning the UK into a gateway for the supply of the stuff to the rest of Europe.
Astral Health, an arm of ECH Group, which was created last year to increase awareness of and patient access to medical cannabis, has teamed up with London-based drugs wholesaler Miller & Miller. The joint venture will source and distribute high-quality medical-grade cannabis from all over the world to patients in the UK and Europe…
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On Thursday (23 May), the Department of Health published an update on regulations surrounding cannabis in South Africa, effectively deregulating certain components of the plant.
The cannabis plant comprises two main compounds – Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD).
THC is considered to be the psychoactive component of cannabis, whereas CBD is not associated with psychoactive outcomes.
According to Helen Michael – a director in the Healthcare & Life Sciences practice at Werksmans – before the publication of the gazette THC and CBD (which are not intended for therapeutic purposes) were all listed as Schedule 7 substances in term of the Medicines Act.
Schedule 7 substances – which also include substances such as heroin – are considered highly regulated drugs, which may only be supplied or used pursuant to a permit issued by the director-general of Health and under specific circumscribed circumstances.
“The effect of the government notice is to remove CBD (that is not intended for therapeutic purposes) from Schedule 7 and to include it under Schedule 4 of the Medicines Act,” said Michael.
“Schedule 4 substances are, in turn, those substances that may be sold by pharmacists when presented with a written prescription.”
Michael said that the government notice goes further in that entirely excludes certain preparations containing CBD from the schedules to the Medicines Act.
“Notably, the exception contained in the exclusion notice is only valid for a period of 12 months from the date of signature of the notice (15 May 2019),” said Michael.
“The exception will, therefore, expire on 15 May 2020 unless the notice is renewed by the Minister of Health.”
What does this mean for South Africa’s broader cannabis industry?
The notices considerably alter the regulatory framework applicable to the sale and purchase of CBD (or cannabis) related products in South Africa, said Michael.
“The changes have the potential to give rise to a significant expansion in the sphere of commercialisation of CBD related products – which commercialisation has, to date, been severely curtailed by the strict requirements applicable to schedule 7 substances.
“Whilst cannabis itself, as well as THC related products, continue to be strictly regulated, the notices arguably represent a shift in the perception on the role of cannabis-based substances in South Africa, particularly with reference to the medical relevance of such substances,” she said.
In the stoner culture that flourished under cannabis prohibition, nothing signified one’s love of the plant more clearly than the water pipes known as bongs. This was for practical as well as symbolic reasons. Bongs offer more smoke and a smoother hit than pipes or joints. Whether in use or not, they convey a clear message: marijuana is smoked here.
They have been used to smoke cannabis since antiquity. When someone is sucking on a bong, mouth agape inside a glass tube, it’s a pose of the purest hunger, like a baby goat sucking on an udder. Users often named their bongs. To the fraternity of underground cannabis users, they were akin to sacred totems.
But with legalization under way, bongs have an image problem. The “wellness”-obsessed cannabis industry doesn’t have much use for them. Health-conscious users prefer to vape or eat cannabis than combust it. The bong as centerpiece of a room also isn’t a good fit for the industry’s new ethos, echoed in the slogan of the magazine Gossamer: “For people who also smoke weed.”
Simultaneously, the heaviest cannabis users have gravitated away from flower to stronger THC concentrates that they consume with dab rigs, contraptions that can look like bongs but are used to vaporize the drug with the help of a blow torch. Popular new products such as the PuffCo Peak and Vapexhale look like bongs and can be called bongs, but they are vaporizers, not pipes.
Even so, smoking accessories remain a sizable industry. In 2013, US head shops generated $10bn in revenue, about the same size as the 2018 legal US cannabis market.
Harrison Baum, CEO of Daily High Club, an online head shop that sends a monthly box of smoking accessories to subscribers, said today bongs were “a niche, but a very big niche”, popular with younger people and nostalgists in their 50s and 60s reliving their college days.
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In four years, Baum said, the company had sold more than 300,000 bongs. Popular models include the “southern dabber”, which features a dab rig’s smaller chamber inside a bong chamber, and the “road rasta”.
In the early days of the green rush, Jane West, an event planner and mom in suburban Denver, made a name for herself throwing upscale pot parties, at least one of which featured a working bong ice sculpture. Today she has released a line of smoking accessories, including a glass bong called a “beaker” that would look at home on a tastefully appointed shelf next to a wine decanter. Its chamber is meant to approximate a person’s lung capacity.
Meanwhile, upscale head shops have popped up in places like the Los Angeles branch of the swank department store Barney’s.
There’s a parallel with sex toys. Once hidden behind counters, they now boast serious design credentials and can be bought in attractive shops, with chipper attendants happy to “educate” consumers about their various properties. And a community of glass workers has elevated elaborate bongs into a form of folk art, with pieces by well-known artists selling for more than $10,000.
So, yes, the bong is gentrifying. And it may always have its fans – as West says: “There’s nothing that compares.”
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Give us legal weed’ Expert calls for ALL forms of cannabis to be available in UK
CANNABIS should be made legal in all forms in the UK to give patients access to be the best medical treatment, an expert has claimed.
Medicinal forms of cannabis oil were made legal in the UK in November last year.
But advocates of the drug have argued this does not go far enough.
So far, only CBD elements have been made available in products and to healthcare professionals, where it is in limited use.
Forms of cannabis with the THC element remain illegal, and are still categorised as a Class B drug.
The THC element is what makes users “high”, with large amounts of it found in skunk.
But Beth Stavola, a cannabis entrepenuer and Founder & CEO of Stavola Medical Marijuana Holdings, has argued that patients with a number of ailments need THC.
She says the feeling of getting high should merely be treated as a good side effect.
This would benefit cancer patients and those with chronic pain, she claims.
She told Daily Star Online: “People should accept this sensation is merely a normally feel-good side effect to the THC as it goes to work therapeutically. Of all the side effects medicine can cause, this has to be one of very few pleasant ones.
“The type of people who therefore need THC include cancer patients with nausea and a lack of appetite, as well as many people with chronic pain, including those with cancer.
“Also, people with PTSD benefit from THC. And it’s proving to be helpful in getting people off hard drugs, such as heroin, and even highly addictive prescription opiates.
“For medical cannabis to best serve people with unmet medical needs in the UK, such as terminally ill cancer patients, THC needs to be accepted as viable medicine by British physicians, not just CBD. And that’s still a steep educational curve.
Beth added once more research had been done, we could see medical cannabis in all forms in the UK in a number of years.
She also said: “The medical efficacy of cannabis for treating a wide variety of diseases and ailments is becoming increasingly well-accepted in North American society, including the medical community. But everyone is still waiting for more peer-reviewed scientific studies to quieten down the skeptics.
When that happens, the barriers to entry in the UK will also start to fall. On this basis, the widespread adoption of medical cannabis in the UK could be only several years away.
With a population of around 66 million people in the UK, the medical cannabis industry could easily become a multi-billion-pound business in just a few short years.
A student has pleaded guilty to selling cannabis after police raided her flat
A STUDENT has pleaded guilty to selling cannabis after police raided her flat and found a ‘tick list’ within her pink diary.
Angelene Few, 20, was caught following a tip-off about her peddling drugs around Greenock from her red-coloured Ford Ka.
Officers found eight zip lock bags of the drug in the vehicle’s glove box and a subsequent search of Few’s Lyle Street home revealed more cannabis, scales and £2,520 in cash.
A total of £710 in mixed notes was stuffed between the pages of her diary, which was complete with the names of customers and the amounts of the drug she sold to them.
Prosecutor David Glancy told Greenock Sheriff Court: “Police were aware of confidential information regarding Angelene Few supplying persons with herbal cannabis from a red Ford Ka.
“Officers saw the vehicle stopped in West Blackhall Street and this is what started the engagement with her.”
Fiscal depute Mr Glancy said: “The pink book contained names and references to figures, including phrases such as ‘half-ounce’.
“It was clearly some sort of log or tick list.
“She admitted to the police that she lived alone and she was the only person with access to the vehicle.”
Few — who was detained by police on the morning of February 21 — initially claimed in court that she had ‘been taken advantage of by others higher up the supply chain’.
But she abandoned that position when it became clear that the handwriting in the diary was hers.
Her lawyer, Haroun Malik, said: “She has changed her position and now accepts full responsibility for the offence.
“Her family are very disappointed in her.
“She has displayed high levels of remorse and she has a clear understanding of her offending.”
Mr Malik added that first offender Few’s chosen career path to become a nurse has ‘gone up in flames’ as a result of her crime.
But despite this personal disaster, the court was told that West College Scotland has allowed her to continue with her coursework.
Sheriff Derek Hamilton said: “First offender or not, this was clearly an operation designed to make money.
“She’s only taken responsibility now because she’s been forced to face up to it.
“Before she was happy to string me along and say it wasn’t down to her.”
The lawman added: “There has to be a message sent out here, and I don’t want that message to be that students can earn extra money by dealing drugs.
“Many students would love to have £2,500.”
However, Sheriff Hamilton — who issued a forfeiture order for the money seized during the police raid — decided not to jail Few.
He told her: “The fact that you come from a good family and have intelligence doesn’t make you any different from others who engage in this sort of activity.
“I have to take into account your age and the fact that the college is standing by you.
“I will give you the opportunity of a non-custodial sentence, but this is a one-off chance.”
Few has been ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and will be electronically tagged to remain within her home between 7pm and 7am each day for 12 months.
The sheriff warned her: “If you breach either of these orders you are back to square one and you will go to jail.
“Let this be the last we see of you here.”