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The Shake: Cannahoney, Grenade Grinders and Morgan Freeman Talking Legalization

One French beekeeper has managed to combine his love of cannabis with his love of honeybees. Nicolas Trainerbees is a beekeeper with a knack for bee whispering and cannabis growing. His bees dance across the flowering cannabis buds, gathering resin to be used in their beehive. The result is quite possibly the first naturally sourced cannahoney, directly from the honeycombs. It took more than two years to complete the project, during which Trainerbees encountered anti-cannabis rhetoric, specifically that the cannabis could have a negative effect on the bees. After two years, he was able to prove that the plants had no negative impact. “The bees that produce cannahoney are not affected by cannabinoids because they do not have an endocannabinoid system,” he explained. His most recent batch of cannahoney was derived from the strain California Orange, but the bees are not partial to any particular strain. Could this be(e) the first naturally derived cannabis edible? What a world we live in!

A new bill from Alaska seeks to ban cannabis businesses from operating in rural Alaska. House Bill 75 was originally intended to help clarify the murky rules of recreational legalization, and created a guideline for the maximum number of plants allowed per household, as well as defining key terms for the retail system. However, Senator Lyman Hoffman (D-Bethel) introduced an amendment that would permanently ban marijuana businesses in rural, unincorporated areas of the state, which, let’s face it, is most of Alaska. Tim Hinterberger, who served as chair for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, raised strong objections, noting that such an amendment would go against the will of Alaskans and urged legislators to oppose the proposal.

Alaska to Become the First State with Legal Cannabis Cafés

A new study finds that the lack of sleep can produce munchies similar to those produced by cannabis. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that sleep deprivation can enhance the rhythm of levels of the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol, which is closely related to appetite and is also stimulated by the consumption of cannabis. When healthy adults were studied comparing a normal sleep cycle (8.5 hours) to a restricted sleep cycle (4.5 hours per night), it was found that the sleep-deprived participants had a harder time resisting junk snack foods than those who were well-rested. If you’re hoping to stick to your diet, it may take more than cutting back on the cannabis – make sure you’re getting enough shuteye, too.

Grenade-shaped cannabis grinder confiscated by TSA in Sacramento. Okay, folks. We know that cannabis legalization has made it significantly more acceptable to carry cannabis openly. However, there are very clear exceptions to this rule. First of all, don’t try to fly with cannabis. Second, don’t keep your cannabis in something resembling a very serious weapon. The TSA posted a photo of the grenade grinder on their Instagram this week with a reminder that “anything resembling a grenade is prohibited in both carry-on and checked luggage. Especially if it’s a grenade-shaped grinder with marijuana inside.” Seems like a no-brainer, right? Admittedly, it could have been a simple oversight on the part of the traveler, but let’s all take this as a reminder: leave your cannabis at home when traveling. Check your carry-on for anything you might have forgotten. Please, no grenades – grinders or otherwise. Happy travels!

 
 
 

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 What to Expect if You Try to Fly with Cannabis

Morgan Freeman reiterates that cannabis ought to be legal “everywhere.” Everyone’s favorite deep-voiced poignant narrator discussed marijuana legalization during his appearance on Larry King Now this week. Freeman has been open in the past about his unabashed use of cannabis, appearing in a documentary about the War on Drugs entitled “Breaking the Taboo,” and openly talked about using cannabis to relieve symptoms related to fibromyalgia pain. During his interview with Larry King, he admitted that he doesn’t distinguish between strains, but recognizes “good smoke” when it’s offered. King asked him if he thinks it will be legal everywhere, to which Freeman replies, “It has to be. They can’t continue to say that it’s a dangerous drug when it’s safer than alcohol.” I don’t know about you, but I could listen to Morgan Freeman talk about cannabis legalization all day long.

QUICK HITS:

  • One Washington employee got quite the surprise after exchanging desserts with his coworker. The recipient ate a brownie which turned out to have 100mg of THC in it with no knowledge of the extra ingredient. If you’re feeling generous with your cannabis, here’s a reminder to TELL THEM THAT THEY’RE EATING CANNABIS, or else they’re gonna have a bad time, mmkay?
  • A Japanese steakhouse in North Carolina has a sign on the front door that's raised a few eyebrows around town. The sign reminds patrons to pull their pants up, put their hoodie down, and, oh yeah, “Marijuana smell not allowed.”
  • Detroit is taking major steps to restrict medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. The city council approved measures last year for licensing and zoning dispensaries that restrict them to one dispensary per square mile, which could have a big impact on local businesses.
  • What’s better than Girl Scout Cookies? Girl Scout Cookies infused with cannabis, that’s what! Here’s the recipe for cannabis-infused Samoas, which look as delicious as they sound.

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