Happy New Year!

2016 has been an amazing year for Bulldozer Health Inc. Here are just a few photos from the past year!  We held events, taped Bulldozer Health Shows, and helped people in MA, CT, RI, TX, and AR access alternative health care.  Through our relationship with Canna Care Docs we have helped more than 40 people to see a doctor and receive their certification for medicinal cannabis use for free or at a reduced cost.  We expanded our alternative health network in the 5 states mentioned as well.  We have also welcomed 35 bands to the Take back your health America stage. All in all, we fulfilled our mission of educating everyone about all of their health options, improving access to alternative health care and inspiring people to optimal health.  But there is still so much more work to do!

Join us in welcoming in the New Year, 2017!

We are very excited as we enter into the New Year that our nonprofit is continuing to grow.  As we welcome in our new Executive Director, Joe Delaney and continue to expand to new states, we know that 2017 will bring more growth and much needed help to many people.

Please consider making a tax deductible donation today at http://www.bulldozerhealth.org , so that we can continue to grow projects like our Take back your health America benefit concerts and Health Fairs,  Community Garden, The  Bulldozer Health Show Podcast and TV show, Compassion Cannabis project and much, much more.

Thank you to everyone who supports our cause.

Take back your health America!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

Founder, Bulldozer Health Inc.

Medicinal Cannabis in CT: What’s in a name?

 

Did you know that in the state of CT, the dispensaries carry cannabis medicine, and give it names that are unfamiliar  and unrelated to the common name for the product?   For instance, one of my favorite cannabis strains is called Bubblicious. This medicine helped to heal some of the neurological problems I was having, including double vision and eye droop.  If I were to move to CT and look for that medicine, it would be nearly impossible to figure out which one it is.

Here is the state law:

Sec. 21a-408-59. Brand Name

(a) A producer shall assign a brand name to each marijuana product. A producer shall

register each brand name with the department, on a form prescribed by the commissioner,

prior to any sale to a dispensary facility and shall associate each brand name with a specific

laboratory test that includes a terpenes profile and a list of all active ingredients, including:

(1) Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC);

(2) Tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA);

(3) Cannabidiols (CBD);

(4) Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA); and

(5) Any other active ingredient that constitutes at least 1% of the marijuana batch used

in the product.

(b) A producer shall not label two marijuana products with the same brand name unless

the laboratory test results for each product indicate that they contain the same level of each

active ingredient listed within subsection (a)(1) to (4), inclusive, of this section within a

range of 97% to 103%.

(c) The department shall not register any brand name that:

(1) Is identical to, or confusingly similar to, the name of an existing non-marijuana

product;

(2) Is identical to, or confusingly similar to, the name of an unlawful product or

substance;

(3) Is confusingly similar to the name of a previously approved marijuana product brand

name;

(4) Is obscene or indecent;

(5) May encourage the use of marijuana for recreational purposes;

(6) May encourage the use of marijuana for a condition other than a debilitating medical

condition;

(7) Is customarily associated with persons under the age of 18; or

(8) Is related to the benefits, safety or efficacy of the marijuana product unless supported

by substantial evidence or substantial clinical data.

(Effective September 6, 2013)

 

While I have often said that the names of the medicine such as “headbanger” and “blue dream” don’t sound very medicinal, the fact is that they absolutely are medicinal.  People should know what they are getting when purchasing the medicine without confusion.    It’s great that the content of the medicine is on the label for sure. That said, the medicine has been around a long time, and those who use it are often already aware of the strains that help them. Giving them other random names isn’t fair to the patient, who then has to navigate these names to determine what will work.  Is it simply a ploy to increase sales, just like big pharma? 

Yes, the pharmaceutical companies have been doing this for a long time. There is the chemical name and then the common name. For instance,  valium is actually diazepam and percocet is actually oxycodone with acetominophen.   Why are the drugs renamed by pharmaceutical companies?  I’ve attached an article below about that subject for you to read.  But make no mistake, when it comes down to it, it’s all about marketing and sales. Lets face it, long chemical names can be difficult for consumers to pronounce, and state out loud to the pharmacist or physician. I have to say here though, having to say the chemical name may in fact be helpful, reminding the individual that they are in fact putting chemicals in their body every time they take a drug.

So why would CT follow a pharmaceutical model, and rename cannabis strains?  We can speculate further,  but it’s more productive to move forward and work to change this.  When one is suffering with medical conditions that require medicinal cannabis for healing and reducing symptoms, why should one have to purchase medicine that may or may not help?  Especially when if one knew that actual strain names, one could make an informed purchase and not waste money, time and effort.   Is it about sales and greed? Is it about fear?  We don’t know, but at Bulldozer Health we are about to find out with the help of CT volunteers Joe Delaney and Cody Roberts. We will keep you posted about our conversations and work with the CT State Committees and Representatives.

This blog post, is a part of a series about our project to help patients in CT with this issue and much more! If you would like to volunteer in CT for Bulldozer Health Inc., please contact us via our website at http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

 

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/fyi-how-does-drug-get-its-name

Full Legalization of Cannabis in MA

 

Cannabis is now legal in MA as of December 15 for recreational purposes.  The measure which residents voted on in the last election on November 8th, includes grow rights of 6 plants per person, personal carry of one ounce, and 10 ounces being allowed in the home.  I’m attaching an article about the specific guidelines of the new law for your convenience below.

One thing I want everyone to be aware of,  is that although it’s legal, people will not be able to purchase the plant for recreational purposes for one year. During that time it will still only be available for purchase to patients with a legal medical card.  It is allowed to gift the plant to someone else, up to one ounce.

Why is full legalization a good thing from my perspective?

  1. Full legalization means that cannabis, which is clearly safer than alcohol, will be available to people as a recreational choice to alcohol and other drugs.
  2. Improved grow rights can only help people to grow and have access to their medicine.
  3. Ending prohibition helps with access for patients to get what they need and not be persecuted for using their prescribed medicine.

Please take a look at the rules below and stay within the law in when buying, smoking and growing.   I look forward to the day when prohibition of cannabis ends for everyone!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

 

http://www.thecannabist.co/2016/12/12/massachusetts-marijuana-laws-legal-dec-15-whats-allowed/69192/