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I am a Stanley Brother from Sanjay Guptas WEED documentary.

Aug 13th 2013 by StanleyBrothers • 53 Questions • 598 Points

We are pioneers in the medical cannabis industry. Please ask me anything.

http://realmofcaringfoundation.org/

https://twitter.com/AmericaWeedJess

http://imgur.com/6ZcO4ws

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Does it bother you that many of those who are supporters of legalizing marijuana are casual tokers such as myself, and not necessarily people who want to benefit legally from its health advantages?

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not at all. I believe this plant is given to us for a variety of reasons. I think Sanjay Gupta's "Weed" documentary shows a couple of the most legitimate reasons. We see, on a daily basis, just how important this plant can be to some patients, still we don't judge the recreational.


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okay. what is the best way to do this. You want my ssn? jk Umm my name is Jesse Mark Stanley, my brothers are Josh, Joel, Jon, Jordan, Jared, and J Austin. Im not sure how to do this. Direct message me on twitter maybe? Americaweedjess


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Thanks for what you do man. It's people like you that helped me get through my post traumatic stress disorder.

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Thanks for your willingness to share brother.


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May I ask what strains you started with when creating your high CBD strain, Charlotte's Web? About how many generations did you have to breed before reach that product? Are you still working on that project, breeding up the CBD?

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Absolutely we are still breeding. It took us about two years to get positive results. We started with a high cbd harlequin and sour tsunami I believe. It has since been changed with other low thc strains. Good question


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Did you focus on any other specific traits when you were backcrossing, or just high CBD/low THC?

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preferably high yielders


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Any R4 in there?

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yes. we have r4. Thanks to Greenwerkz. They are based in denver and recently have helped folks with R4


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Thanks for your part in the documentary. What impact do you believe Eric Holder's reforms will have on the medical marijuana community?

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not as much as Sanjay Guptas press. Also the people are starting to speak. Kind of like LES Miserables. Do you hear the people sing? Lets keep our voices up


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Any chance we'll see Sanjay Gupta and Eric Holder in a production of LES Miserables?

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Depends on who is play Valjean.


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I'd like to start by congratulating you on your success in the field.

I only just saw the WEED documentary last night but me and a few friends have been planning something similar in another country where medical marijuana is regulated at the state level only.

TLDR; 1. Did you guys ever have any problems with lower level lobbyists trying to fight directly with you? If so; how did you handle it?

  1. How should we go about growing high CBD medicine? Would we have to breed our own or are there any particular strains available on the market which are suitable or could be used as a starting point?

Thanks by the way, the work you guys have done will surely make it easier for us to convince the state to give us our growers license :)

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Awesome. The more people helping the better. Great questions. So 1. Yes we have had our problems with anti interest groups and pro pot groups but we just separated ourselves from opposition. "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Emerson This is cliche but you will do great things with your group. Light always shines through.

  1. Great CBD strains out there. CW will be available at some point. Harlequin, ACDC, Sour Tsunami.

[email protected] for question man. Good luck and thanks for the good work.


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How much weed do you smoke per day?? What is your favorite method of ingestion (spliffs, joints, brownies, pipes, bongs, cannabutter, oil, etc.) ??

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I actually do not smoke much. In fact I smoke less than most. I prefer honey oil though. It is very clean and my buddy frank makes it. He is the Wax Wizard


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No questions, just thankyou for all the work your doing to help people like charlotte.

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Merci!


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Do you feel that Dr. Gupta was sincere about this reevaluation of cannabis? Or was he just swaying his opinion to match public opinion?

It seemed ridiculous to me that he took the information from the DEA as fact instead of an opinion or having an agenda when he first was against cannabis.

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I do. He is incredibly genuine and a complete professional. Top 5 best people I have ever met.

Silversun5, most people take DEA bullcrap as fact


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I am a big supporter of MMJ, and congratulate you and your brothers on your work. My question, since they have compounds like Marinol (synthetic THC if I'm not mistaken), which according to patients is worthless, but still used (prescribed), do you think there will be a big push towards a synthetic CBD compound?

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Great question. The FDA approves only single compound medications, so it seems logical that either a synthetic, or completely isolated cannabidiol will be coming down the pike. The largest potential problem with single compound is this. Our bodies have evolved with these plants, and it only stands to reason that it evolved with the whole plant, not just a single compound. More research is needed, but there is solid evidence that cannabinoids will work best when matched with the plant's terpenes, flavenoids, and other cannabinoids. There was a study in 1980 in Israel in which cannabidiol alone was not effective in stopping seizures, but with a small amount of THC, there was success.


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If you are brother number 1, 2 or 3 from this image, how you doin'?

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brother number 6. sorry


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What do you feel is the greatest obstacle you face in your business?

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Big Pharma, Feds, and uneducated people.


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How do you feel about big, uneducated feds?

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I feel sorry for them.


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As someone recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer, I've opted to monitor rather than cut. I'm interested in finding more info about CBD, yet it seems nearly impossible to weed through all the information regarding concentrates. Where can I go? What (legit) resources are out there for this information? I need my CBD.

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If you are in CO, please contact realmofcaring.com This is our foundation for severe conditions needing concentrate treatment. If you are anywhere else, still shoot us an email and we will try to connect you with a good source within our network.


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Which brother are you!

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Jesse. The bearded one. although I dont have a beard. Follow me on twitter. Americaweddjess


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I have indeed. They are great collaborators and offer us much advice. We hope to work side by side in the future


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Janet is a sweetheart


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Do you smoke your pot as well? Or just grow?

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I do a little of both. ;)


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My mother has had debilitating migraines... more than five a week, for the past 30 years. She's tried everything from pills to shots to having her brain operated on. She can't do anything outside because of the sunlight triggering another headache. She can't work in an office because fluorescent lights also trigger migraines. Her quality of life is so low it's practically zero. I have very few memories from childhood of her ever leaving her dark bedroom.

Anyways, have you had any success with medical marijuana and migraines? She lives in Columbus, Ohio... so we haven't exactly looked into it yet for legal reasons.

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CBD works wonders for migraines. Probably the second best results we have seen. Look into it for sure. We hope to see you in Ohio as soon as the rules allow us too


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Hi Mr. Stanley, my great uncle is a retired prominent Medical Marijuana Doctor in Oregon. I read the "Charlotte's Web" story. Brilliant. Keep up the good work.

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I would love to meet your uncle. Twitter me AmericaWeedJess


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First of all let me thank you for the fantastic work you have been doing with educating people on Cannabis but also on creating specific strains to help alleviate specific conditions. My family has a long history of MS, Crohn's, alheizmers, arthraitis, Cancer and IBS, and while I don't particularly suffer from anything right now, knowing that in the future there will stains developed to help those specific conditions is huge. How do you feel about big marijuana, AKA Monsanto? Do you think this will have a positive influence on regulation and the getting legalization moving?

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I hate Monsanto. I am not for BIG anything. I want this to be controlled by many folks


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Hi, I am also a medical marijuana pioneer, from Seattle l. How can I get the Charlottes web strain? Please help.

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We are hoping to come to Washington. Email us. [email protected]


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I watched the special last night and fought back tears watching charlotte. I know the feeling as I have been in your same position of helping people in dire need with cannabis. Our main CBD strain here in humboldt is harlequin. I have been working on a strain that also has high CBD and thc content, and another strain that focuses on THCV which is an appetite suppressant (for those who don't want to eat everything in their kitchen.)

Do you worry about some sort of backlash from this special? In the past, people who go on these specials and national news seem to have a bad time afterwards.

Also, if someone in my position were wanting to move to colorado, how difficult would it be to find a cultivation position, especially with years of experience?

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Good to hear from people who care to take cannabis further than merely getting stoned. Keep up the good work out there. Very interested in what THC-V may hold for certain conditions. You obviously care about helping people. Ca's mmj crowd needs that, and CA needs to come a little further in legislation. I'd say the movement needs good people doing good work and less of the big money under the table/over state lines stuff. Keep it up out there. Should you come to CO though, reach out.


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Who or what do you think is the main obstacle to legalization at this point? My own guess is that it is major companies that have a financial interest in things staying the way that they are, who are pouring millions into lobbying.

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I think you've got it right. Major sectors of economy stand to lose from legalization. Pharma, Prisons, Drug/Alcohol abuse centers, Defense Attorneys, Courts, Law Enforcement Budgets, and the list goes on and on. The only other obstacle beyond money is PRIDE. Humanity's inability to say what Dr. Gupta recently did, "I WAS WRONG". Many politicians have championed the drug war for so long, they don't have the integrity to say these three words for fear of losing face. Despite all that is against it, this little plant is WINNING!


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Why do the feds not hassle you for having over 99 plants? I don't want to risk my property.

In Washington were only allowed 45 plants even with a 10 person collective. I worry about property seizures.

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It is in Colorado's constitution that we can have 6 plants per patient. we have a lot of patients. If you help people with a lot of things they will hopefully stay away


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I'm a plant soil and insect grad. Gimme a job dammit!

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Well gimme a resume dammit!


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Do you hire security guards to protect your product? Are they armed? What defensive measures do you have in place?

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Do you have a plan to rob us? jk. yes we do. They are not armed but the local po po is on our heavily alarmed property in less than 5


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Has anyone ever tried to get in or set off your alarms, or is it quiet and uneventful?

Just curious about this since you have such a valuable crop. There must be large incentive for dumb kids/adults to steal from you.

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not really. They wouldnt get high from CBD. The sirens and bells are loud. Not too mention we have a wolf. ;)


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Do you think cannabis should be strictly for medicinal purposes or legalized for recreational use?

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Legalized!


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What can you tell me about strains that are bred for nerve pain? I have Type 1 Neurofibromatosis and have a great deal of pain from the tumors on the nerve roots in my lower back.

Thank you for all the hard work and the great deal of risk you take just to increase the quality of life for people who are suffering.

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There are two ways to go at finding what will help. There are strains, then there are specific cannabinoid ratios through mixed, tested concentrates. Unfortunately, modern science doesn't have enough to tell us about the endocannabinoid system yet. So, You're your best doctor. If you have access to tested cannabis, try strains and combos gently and you will begin to see which cannabinoids are helping


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Why can't we have an open, honest discussion about both the pros and cons of marijuana use? I'll explain:

When scientific research finds benefits of marijuana use, drug advocates accept these findings without any skepticism. They use these findings as "solid proof" marijuana needs to be legalized, even if these findings are on a small scale, or preliminary, or haven't been repeated elsewhere.

When scientific research finds risks of benefits use, drug advocates say the researchers are biased, the findings are wrong, and assume every aspect of the research is incorrect. They are highly skeptical of the conclusions regardless of a large sample size or how frequently the results have been reproduced.

In short, science is right when it supports getting high and wrong when it does not according to drug advocates.

It seems unfair to pretend that marijuana is a perfect substance that can do absolutely no harm and is purely beneficial, because there is no evidence to support that claim. I think this lopsided viewpoint is hindering legalization because drug advocates are lying to the public about what weed can actually do.

For example, marijuana can be terrible for people who suffer from mental illness, and they are currently group most likely to self-medicate with marijuana. Drug advocates say marijuana is a cure-all for mental illness however, despite having no firm medical proof to back that up. Isn't that doing more harm than good?

As you are somebody who supports medical marijuana, wouldn't educating and informing the public about all aspects of marijuana, both good and bad, be a positive thing? That way people could make an informed decision about using it. Shouldn't we stop pretending the risks don't exist?

I'd love to get your input on this matter.

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I think you have very good points here. There are dogmatic and biased responses to research from both sides of the isle though. There are those who believe that marijuana is as safe as water and you can't tell them other wise; and there are those who genuinely believe that it is an evil plant. Can there be adverse effects from marijuana? Of course. Not everyone finds benefit for their condition, whether they are searching for medicinal or recreational purposes. Still, there is no comparison between the dangers of this plant and most other drugs, including alcohol. Even caffeine has annual overdose death statistics. I think this has been one of Dr. Gupta's main points lately. We provide cannabis for many people who wouldn't be alive without it. Many who would not have slept or eaten through chemotherapy. Many more who no longer have grand mal seizures every hour. We push for credible research, no matter what the findings. The world needs to know!


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You should follow the protocol by providing proof that you are you and do this again. A lot of folks are going to think this is BS.

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Sorry, this is our first reddit experience. I think Jesse did prove it through twitter earlier in the post though


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What do you think of the research being done which shows the potential negative neurological effects of marijuana on teens? I don't have the sources, but they are finding links with manic-depression and increased schizophrenic activity among those who started smoking at an early age.

If the claims are proven, what could be done to reduce under-18 year olds from smoking cannabis after it is legalized?

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Great question Irishman, I have not seen these studies but I don't think that kids should be smoking. None of our pediatric patients smoke cannabis. It is administered in their food or in pill form. Legalizing it would get rid of the black market over time which is responsible for most underage possession. Unfortunately teenagers will abuse the plant in some form forever because that is what teenagers do. Alcohol is legal and more teenagers drink than smoke. Education is very important


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What primarily got you into the industry? Was it an interest in medicine, horticulture, or cannabis culture itself? It's a very interesting blend of disciplines.

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My uncle had cancer and we read about Phoenix Tears which supposedly cured cancer. We bought our first pound for 4400 dollars and then decided to start growing it ourselves for many patients


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What's your favorite strain and why?

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Charlottes Web, because of the obvious. My personal smoke is Northern Lights x Haze. It has a ratio of about 10% CBD and 1% THC. Great mellow high with incredible medical benefits


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What strain are you guys most proud of?

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Charlottes Web and 3D


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Is the 3D based off subcools strain third dimension? We used to run a cut for a few patients that had spasticity issues (muscle or leg spasms, RLS), and this worked amazingly well. Lost it though.

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different one. ours is a 12 to 1 ratio favoring in cbd. Love to hear about the work. Come to colorado for the best strains. ;) (biased)


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Top five favorite movies?

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Braveheart Amelie Tree of Life Legends of the Fall The Fall


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Have you ever had any issues with break ins or attempted robberies at your hidden location in Colorado?

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We have had a robbery at one of our stores. the details are in American Weed for Nat Geo, episode 2. Our grow is very well protected and alarmed. We have a good relationship with our local law enforcement. When an alarm goes off, they are there guns drawn in minutes. 24 hour security is a must when you are growing a medicine that some thugs think is gold.


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First question. How does one go about buying your weed?.

Second question. Do you guys plan on expanding your production of Charlottes Web, to make it more readily available, and how will you do it?

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Buy our weed at Indispensary if you are a colorado resident. If not come January 1st 2014.

We are currently expanded into other states asap


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I am a recovering heroin addict in LA with almost 9 months completely clean. Lately in the recovery community out here I have heard a lot of members of AA/NA say that due to recent findings being publicized they have thought about using marijuana to reduce the symptoms of early recovery (anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc).

My personal belief is that marijuana is a wonder drug for many ailments but due to my own history with drugs of any kind that it is better if I stay away unless its an absolute necessity.

I think there is a strength in staying sober in any situation if you have a problem with drugs (which is hard considering the abundance of medical marijuana in CA). But recently it seems like people are misinterpreting the media and medical community's findings and acceptance with some kind of social validation to get high.

What are your thoughts on this topic? What would you say to people in recovery who want to start using marijuana now?

Edit: thanks for everything you are doing. It is important work

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Congrats on the 9 months. This is certainly viable for folks weaning opiods, but not for everyone. Some will find great benefit with this, while others will be uncomfortable with THC. Just as some recreational users are functional, others lazy, and still others are paranoid and uncomfortable.


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What do you imagine the future of marijuana industry will be like in 10- 20 years?

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I have a pretty good imagination. I imagine Marijuana to be legal and hemp to be the number one crop in America.


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If you're still here...

Do you guys plan on opening up a greenhouse out in VA? (when it's legal, because it IS coming to VA)

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if it becomes legal. Yes we will be there eventually. Follow all laws and protocols.


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I just want to thank you for your beautiful work. The Charlotte Figi's story helped many members of my family understand marijuana is very useful.

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thank you


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I've personally found that plants very high in thc do not always alleviate my sciatica, but ones primarily indica dominate do. Have you any thoughts on this?

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Each person is so unique in their endocannabinoid system, and, unfortunately, there is a lot more to understand about this as it is still an infant discovery (1994). The best advice is that you are the doctor here. You know your body. Test strains gently and you will find a few that will work the best.


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do you only produce weed for your state, or also for the netherlands?

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CO is the place right now, though we will be branching as we can legally. Would love to go to the netherlands


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Thank you for the incredible service that you provide to many Americans.

what can be done currently to further the scientific research of cannabis at this time?

are there currently jobs available for science oriented people to help this cause?

my mother would also like to ask how many people are currently using that strain mentioned in the documentary (charlotte's web) to help treat their seizures

Thanks again for your time

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I think Dr. Gupta just did a lot to push credible research. There is excellent research being done in Israel, Spain, Germany, and soon here I think.

Yes, I do believe that bio-chemists and M.D.'s will be brought into good research as the future unfolds. We, and others in the industry, are bringing science, lab testing, and observational research to the front.

There are more than 40 pediatrics on CW, with more on the waiting list. While many are growing CBD for profit because of stories like Charlotte's, we are producing as much as legally possible and providing it to life/death situations first, though our Realm program. realmofcaringfoundation.org

Thank you for the kind remarks. We are blessed to help people for a living


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First of all thank you for all you do! Second, do you think the documentary gave medicinal marijuana enough credit?

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We're honored to do it.

I think that the documentary gave more credit than any such legitimate source as Dr. Gupta can right now. There is much to learn, and I expect that Sanjay will find the truth in more aspects as time goes on.

As an industry worker who is passionate about what we do, I always wish for more. Not this time though. It was honest, objective, and gave multiple sides. Most importantly, Charlotte's story was held in tact with all the impact it deserves. Very thankful for that. It's nerve racking to put a precious family like that out there for speculation.


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what are your thoughts or responses to those who say Weed makes people lazy and that it takes away their motivation to do anything?

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I would say that for some individuals this might be true. Had plenty of friends who needed to put the bong down and stop playing video games all damn day. Still, this only hurts themselves, provided they work somewhere. Or maybe it doesn't hurt them. I've never known a lazy pothead to steal for weed.

It's so vast how cannabis effects one person to another. I have also known many who are more functional when they use the plant. Some of these are "prominent members of society".

Perhaps it's just that some people are lazy???

I personally haven't used in 12 years. Not because I was too lazy when I did, but because I would analyze everything to a point of dis-ease. Some are like me, some are lazy, some are functional, and some need to finally sleep or eat something because Chemotherapy is killing them.