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Comment Archives: stories: Culture: Smoke Signals

Re: “Can Cannabis Make People Sick?

The classic features of CHS are the following:

Chronic, heavy use of cannabis;
Recurrent episodes of severe nausea and intractable vomiting;
Abdominal pain;
Temporary relief of symptoms by taking a hot bath or shower; and
Resolution of the problem when cannabis use is stopped.

Is It Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome?

Patient Presents with Nausea & Vomiting

1) Does the signs and symptoms suggest a sever underlying medical condition?
Yes -Consider conditions other than CHS
NO - proceed to 2

2) Do symptoms improve while taking a hot shower or bath?
NO- Consider conditions other than CHS
YES- proceed to 3

3) Does the patient state he or she currently uses cannabis daily or almost daily, and has done so for at least the past year?
No- Check Urine drug screen for THC
Yes- Proceed to 4

4)Does the patient have signs & symptoms of volume depletion?
Yes - Provide hydration, cessation counseling, resources & follow-up
No - proceed to 5

5) Do the symptoms improve with hydration and cannabis cessation?
Yes- Continue counseling and follow-up
No - proceed to 6

6). Is the patient still using cannabis?
Yes- promote hydration and consider IV hydration

NO- Consider conditions other than CHS

Finally If Doctors can't help you consider Traditional Chinese Medicine, Herbs & Acupuncture...

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Posted by ProbablyNotCHS on 04/26/2018 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Fade to Black

The one take away I have from this story is not about mixing booze and cannabis - although that isn't a good idea in general - is the fact that you made super strong edibles. Edibles that are given as gifts should be in the 5-10mg range. People always say they will only eat half of a cookie, brownie, etc., but they never do. Giving the gift of low dose edibles takes away the risk of getting too high. It doesn't remove it completely but at least you are preventing a situation like your friends experienced. I can't tell you how many times I have heard someone tell me they don't want to try edibles because of a bad experience and that gives edibles a stigma it doesn't deserve. Edibles are a wonderful way to receive the benefits of cannabis without smoking. I hope the next time you make edibles, you work on your recipe to create low dose enjoyable edibles.

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Posted by Leah D'Ambrosio on 04/12/2018 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Who Hates Weed? These peeps

The smartest approach to marijuana begins with honest, accurate, balanced information.

Nearly every claim by SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) is disputed or refuted by the scientific community. This makes every monetary claim in their anti-legalization reports groundless for the most part. In their "cost of legalization" reports they do not even attempt to include any data regarding positives of legalization other than predicted tax income. For example, money will be saved from far fewer arrests, prosecutions and incarcerations for sales/possession, yet this data is not factored into their reports. While difficult or impossible to convert into monetary terms, our core beliefs in liberty and freedom are also completely left out of the discussion.

SAM founders/leaders have strong ties to the addiction treatment industry which will greatly benefit from forced court-related treatment referrals that inevitably occur under prohibition. This is likely part of the reason why they fight legalization.

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Posted by Devon Wallace on 03/22/2018 at 6:21 AM

Re: “Who Hates Weed? These peeps

About half of the U.S. population has tried cannabis, at least 15% use it regularly, over 80% of high school seniors have reported cannabis "easy to get" for decades. Those who really want to use cannabis heavily already are. Prohibition does little or nothing to prevent problematic use. In many cases prohibition makes cannabis usage problematic where it would not have been otherwise, be it light, moderate, or heavy usage. For the most part, cannabis prohibition only successfully prohibits effective regulation.

A few issues created by prohibition: there are no quality controls to reduce contaminants (harmful pesticides, molds, fungus, other drugs), there is no practical way to prevent regular underage sales, billions in tax revenue are lost which can be used for all substance abuse treatment, underground markets for all drugs are empowered as a far more popular substance is placed within them expanding their reach and increasing their profits, criminal records make pursuing many decent careers difficult, police and court resources are unnecessarily tied up by pursuing and prosecuting victimless 'crimes', public mistrust and disrespect for our legal system, police, and government is increased, which can be devastating to our country.

Prohibition is also very expensive, though, a cash cow for a number of powerful groups such as those related to law enforcement and the prison industry. These organizations have powerful lobbies and influence that perpetuate a failed drug policy through ignorance, fear, disinformation and misinformation. This ensures an endless supply of lucrative contracts and grants from the government and its taxpayers to support their salaries, tools of the trade, and other expenses. Cash, property and other assets from civil forfeiture laws also significantly fatten their coffers while often violating civil rights.

America was built on the principles of freedom and liberty. In some cases there are extreme circumstances that warrant intervention with criminal law. In the case of mind-altering drugs we have already set this precedent with alcohol. Cannabis is less harmful than alcohol to the consumer and especially to others. If we are to have justice, then the penalties for using, possessing and selling cannabis should be no worse than those of alcohol.

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Posted by Devon Wallace on 03/22/2018 at 6:20 AM

Re: “Tokin' Women: A shout-out to women in cannabis

Thanks for checking us out here in lil ol Bend, Nola! Sweet book.

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 03/08/2018 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Tokin' Women: A shout-out to women in cannabis

Nola Evangelista is correct. It's Alice Toklas and the first she ever knew about pot brownies was when she inadvertently included a recipe from her friend Brion Gysin for them in her cookbook. She was totally unprepared for the furore that broke out as a result, not apparently having any idea of the implications of including hashish as an ingredient. She certainly never would have served them up to guests at Gertrude Stein's salon (Gertrude was long dead by the time the recipe came to Alice).

Posted by AnneJenner0912 on 03/08/2018 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Tokin' Women: A shout-out to women in cannabis

Nice article (and headline)! This story repeats the myth about Queen Victoria using cannabis; we dont know that for sure, only that one of her physicians sang its praises. Also questionable is the Alice B. Toklis [sic] speculation. Heres some more accurate info on Stein and Toklas:

And here's Tokin' Women's official International Women's Day post, where you can read about Ten Tokin' Women from Egypt, India, China, Norway, France, Serbia, Denmark, Ireland, Scotland and the United States:

Folks can buy the Tokin' Women book (and support Cal NORML) by visiting:

Happy Womens Day everyone!

- Nola Evangelista

Posted by tokinwoman on 03/07/2018 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Dennis Peron, Americanna Hero

Thanks for this article. In addition to being an advocate for medical cannabis, Dennis Peron was a hero to the LGBTQ community. RIP Dennis.

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Posted by John Mundy on 02/08/2018 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Super Nova

How sturdy is the device? I've heard some complaints about the NOVA failing after a few uses, does it suffer from any problems after repeated use?

Posted by SouryD on 09/28/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Race Bias and Words Matter

Sigh. Thank you for saying it.

Posted by Rockhorse Park on 07/28/2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “In the Mailbag

Private campgrounds run by stoners. Welcome.

Posted by Rockhorse Park on 07/28/2017 at 8:53 AM

Re: “A butter churn for the cannabis set

I got mine on e bay and have no problems :)

Posted by Betty Barter Eytchison on 07/17/2017 at 6:40 AM

Re: “A butter churn for the cannabis set

Amazing machine anyone who medicates with marijuana should definitely get one. I've had mine for almost 5 years now love it.

Posted by Kathy Norris on 07/17/2017 at 6:37 AM

Re: “Opposing Views

There isnt a single Medical Patient in Oregon who is expericeing a "massive oversupply, instead they are experiencing MASSIVE price increases and no access to RSO from reliable safe vendors. Thats a HUGE problem. I appreciate you are at least trying to get real peoples perspectives, thank you.

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Posted by SaveMedical on 06/28/2017 at 2:39 AM

Re: “The Good and the Bad in Pot Bills in Salem

Allowing medical producers to sell to the dispensaries will generate additional tax revenue for the state. Many OMMP producers have been pushed to the black market since all the regulations made it impossible for them to sell legally. Of course rec producers don't want this as they currently maintain an (almost) complete monopoly. To suggest that it would lower revenue by driving down prices is absurd. Many dispensaries happily sell the outdoor they purchase cheaply in Fall at full price. Weed prices don't drop, they just make additional margins. Also if someone running 1000+ plants can't compete with 48 it's time to choose a new occupation.

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Posted by Jimmy Dean on 06/21/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Living with a Cannabis Columnist

If you need to let go of a few jars of weed please let me know! I would gladly help out. I sacrifice myself to the cannabis gods! Lol

Posted by devjoshlopez on 06/06/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Why do we celebrate 4/20?

Jeez, that reads like you should go smoke some weed!

Posted by Nancy Fairchild on 04/27/2017 at 7:02 AM

Re: “A child of D.A.R.E. recalls her first weed experience

@sourcereviewer -- sorry your tender eyes were assaulted by those colorful words. It's the cannabis column... so we think you'll survive.

@bakers dozen -- easy on the homemade edibles!

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Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 03/10/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “A child of D.A.R.E. recalls her first weed experience

Best weed column EVAH!


A fellow lady who was also Valedictorian of Everything and got on Deans List at Major Fancy University while whuffyin' green buds every day, but then at two bites of pot gingerbread and spent many hours convinced she was DYING, and ten years later is only now getting around to medical cannabis.

PS: Did you know that some weirdo-freaks experience psychoactive effects from just plain CBD? Turns out a very rare few of us do.

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