Thank you those who have scheduled, and "please hurry" those of you who have not! Not only do you get one area massaged for 15 minutes, you get a free
15 minute consultation with me about what I would use if I had those same conditions. Give us a call and get your appointment now, it's happening on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Please tell a friend, must be 21 or older for massage.
Stay tuned for June's event, "we're getting them educated everywhere we go!"
We're loving our role of educating others at Albany's Canna Kitchen & Research. Yesterday we had 25 guests learning about their Endocannabinoid System and how to feed it by day and last evening Mom and I went to Brownsville for the Munch Night event where an older documentary was shown about Hemp and Cannabis. We enjoyed our visit and everyone seemed delighted to see us.
Today we had yet another wonderful clinic with Dr Vaughn and also had Coralee representing us at the VFW for the Multi-Vendor Open House. There was a great turnout of vendors and guests. Many people were excited to be learning about us and the services we have to offer, so that was rewarding. I was able to be there from 2-4. The first person I spoke to was a nurse. She left with an armful of literature and new found information about this EndoCannabinoid System I keep teaching people about (and hope you will, too!)
I have enjoyed writing for years. In fact, the first time I remember being published was in Mrs. Magnuson's sixth grade class. Our "Little Warrior" newspaper was published "as often as possible by Room A-3". I still have the November 17, 1972 edition, and giggle every time I see it, typos and all. Today I see that I had carefully written, "By Rhea" next to each article I had submitted. I'm glad I did, it adds to the experience knowing which are mine.
I was pleased when "Pineapple Magazine, a Canna Culture Lifestyle Magazine" wanted an article about Cannabis Suppositories and Erectile Dysfunction, and delighted when they wanted even more information about Smokeless Cannabis Remedies. The suppository article is in the January/February Edition, page 26. Here's the link, you'll need to flip through the pages to get to it. pineapplemag.com/2018/01/29/7-jan-feb-2018/
I provided them the second article and they liked that so much that I have been asked to be a monthly contributing writer and will be doing an "Ask Rhea" column where I'll answer how I would treat the condition or symptoms, if it were me, when asked by individuals. I will not be using people's names or cities in the articles, so have no fear in writing to "Ask Rhea!" You can email your questions to me at RheaG123@hotmail.com for inclusion in the monthly column. I hope to answer all of them, but have no idea how many will come in. I'm excited and look forward to the challenge.
Just a quick bit about our Cooking Consultations - Wow! What a fabulous reception and feedback we have received. "Best $200 I've ever spent" is what we have heard the most. It has also been very rewarding to have patients come back and show me what they have created. One even admitted that he blew it and burnt his batch up when he "just knew better" and wished he had listened. At least he learned from his mistake. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
So far I've held the Capsule and Suppository Consults and the Tincture and Liniment Consults and the patients have all been delighted. I need to share their feedback comments. I look forward to hearing of their successes with making their own remedies, that's where the real reward will be!
Perhaps the biggest value of the consults are the 'hacks'. Having done this daily for over seven years, I have found what works best for making clean, quality, efficient and effective remedies. There is much that goes into the planning and preparation of the remedy, we can help you choose the right strains, remedy, and preparation of it. A consultation to help you figure out just what you need is only $25, and when you then schedule a cooking consultation, you will save $25 on the price of it. Trust me, you are worth it and your Canna-experience will be even better.
We're looking forward to hearing from you; our number remains 541-981-2620 and we're still located at 2300 Ferry St SW Suite 1, Albany, OR 97322.
When I quit smoking cigarettes in December 2010, I put down the all-day-coffee habit, too. I had to totally change my routine to quit cigarettes. It was then that I learned I suffer from ADHD. For years I had very effectively self-medicated with caffeine and didn't even known it. I drank 2+ pots of coffee daily and could focus for hours at a time. Most would be pinging off the walls, but I accomplished tasks in a ridiculously efficient manor. Having cut the morning coffee habit initially to only one cup, and now up to 3 or 4, I cannot stay on task to save my life, unless I find the right Cannabis strain or combination of strains to make that happen. The doctors who "practice medicine" would put me on Adderall if I would let them, and we all know that it is simply 'pharmaceutical meth'. Another death in a bottle. When I like things, I like them too much, so nooooo, I'm not going there. I'll stick to my Smokeless Cannabis Remedies, thank you!
I received a lovely email from Chris Cognitune. He wrote that, since Adderall abuse has grown to epidemic levels, their research team has compiled an article about the best all-natural alternatives to Adderall. https://www.cognitune.com/best-natural-adderall-alternatives/
He had seen seen my 6/9/2013 Rambling about ADHD and the horrific side effects to an often prescribed ADHD prescription drug (Quillivant XR).
I wish I could sit still long enough to blog again, I loved it when I did! Please read the article and comment below what you feel would be my best natural Adderall alternative. I've got 6 projects going in the the other room I need to get back to, as well as 12 tabs open on the PC.
Prayers of abundance for all, together we can heal the Earth and all her peoples.
I have neuropathy in my feet. Each day after I shower I rub Super Salve on my feet before the socks go on, and I have all day relief. By the time I go to bed at night it flares back up, so I rub it on my feet again when I get into bed. This has multiple positive effects if you consider the reflexology benefits.
How easy is that?! Be well, be pain free, bring on homeostasis! Smokeless Cannabis Remedies to the rescue!
There is much to be done and we have to start somewhere. Yesterday we received the blessing from the Dept of Ag to sell edibles in Gramsterdam, and next week we are hoping to get the blessing on the kitchen area ... so that after the state offers their OHA blessing (it has been paid for, there is just more paperwork and inspections to be done) we will once again be able to make Smokeless Cannabis Remedies.
There is uncertainty about what will be available at Gramsterdam on January 1st. At it currently stands, I cannot sell the remedies I have in inventory after 1 January if they were not tested after 1 October. Cardholders may want to stock up as much as possible. Come in for some great prices and unadvertised specials!!
I am pleased to announce that Dr Vaughn and I were able to get the 2017 clinic schedule made and published yesterday. We will hold our clinics on the first Tuesday and the third Saturday of each month. The state allows patients to have the doctor sign their renewal forms no more than 90 days in advance, so if you wish to have continuous availability of Smokeless Cannabis Remedies, you will want to do it in advance to give the state plenty of processing time.
The following clinics are scheduled and have seats available:
December 10 and 19
January 3 and 21
February 7 and 18
March 7 and 18
April 4 and 18
May 2 and 20
June 6 and 17
When scheduling you will need to pay the $50 deposit and sign a "Release of Information" (ROI). You will pay the remaining $100 balance at the time of clinic. If you have not seen your doctor in the past year or two, you will need an extended visit which is a total of $265 (otherwise the total doctor's fees are $150). Remember, there are also fees to the state, depending on your situation. Their fees range from $20 to $400. Please call for more information, our number is 541-981-2620, leave a message if we are unavailable.
Now for the sale information. Please note ... there may be some time of our products not being available due to licensing and testing requirements. I am suggesting that you buy what you can. We are out of our famous Super Salve with DMSO ... I am just sick about that.
I have a number of products that I must get sold by December 31, 2016 or I will have to get them re-tested at a substantial cost. Those products that I have an abundance of, I am selling at 25% off when you buy 10 or more capsules of the same kind, and crazy low prices on ounces of Cannabis sugarleaf (as low as $20/oz for sugarleaf and $65 an oz for budlets). These are amazing products, you want to shop while the selection is best! Check out our menu at www.mmjmenu.com/gramsterdam
As time allows I will update the menu to show which ones are on sale. The highest numbered ones, such as 16-120 are, for example. There are a number of Blackberry/Jamaican Dream/Granddaddy purple caps that are on sale as well ... and the 16-43 Heavy Duty Fruity Happy Pain Caps are just $1.50 instead of $2.
All glass and ceramics are 20% off or more, save $2 for every 10 you spend!! Disposable vape pens are on sale, as are several other menu items. Tie dye is on sale as well!!
Looking forward to seeing you soon, current customers are able to order online. Please allow us time to prepare your order.
PS. Remember to bring in your state approved child-proof bag!
You may have seen my post on Facebook ... I truly do feel as though I am an (unpaid) employee of the state of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority. We seem to be doing a whole lot more to get the people relief - yet we are taking the beating and they are taking the paycheck.
I am required to make a number of changes at Albany's Canna Kitchen & Research to come into compliance. In an effort to afford these changes, we are going to have some sales... so OMMP cardholders, now is the time to shop! As test results are received, inventory will be added, so come and get it while the getting is good!
Currently we are offering the following reductions:
20% off all capsules and suppositories this week
10% off all concentrates
20% off all tinctures
10% off all topicals
BOGO half off all edibles
We hope to see you soon!
What a wonderful birthday I had! First there was breakfast out with Mom and then on to Marcola to speak at the local Family Nudist Resort about Medical Cannabis and Smokeless Cannabis Remedies.
I am delighted with how well received the information was, and the number and caliber of questions. My audience was estimated to be 50 people, and they were from age 50 and up. I have to agree with that number because in looking back, I gave out 25 grinders to those who were on time at 3 p.m., and if you've been there, you know all about "Willie's Time". I laughed at myself and drew a good laugh from the crowd when I commented on how I like to reward timeliness as being a retired Master Sergeant and all, attention to detail is very important to me ... especially since I was a month later than originally scheduled!
My talk began with explaining why Cannabis is currently federally illegal (thank you William Randolph Hearst and Harry Anslinger) and went on to cover a wide variety of the remedies we make and how they are used. We also discussed why the Cannabis plant is so important to all vertebrate life forms and how terpenes help our nose know just which strains are best for our needs.
The club President was kind enough to spend some time with us and learned some valuable information as well. I was delighted by his responses and comments when he smelled the samples I brought. Two he thought were nice, one was a "NO WAY!". Terpenes speak to our body, telling us what we need, we should be paying attention to which ones we respond to.
After the presentation we got ready for dinner, which was incredible. My nudist buddies are "foodies" so the Cannabis goes nicely. There was food from one end to the other of several tables, however, my organic grapes were in the refrigerator at work... closing Saturday wasn't the usual smooth exit, but that's another blog.
When I walked up to the first table of friends, one wished me a Happy Birthday, and Rhonda burst into the Happy Birthday song which was very fun and much appreciated. Kendra had done a beautiful job of singing it to me "Live" on Facebook, but there's just something about hearing a crowd of at least 100 people sing it to you.
One thing I heard many a time over was that people wish they had been there to hear the information I shared. With such a good turnout and so many intendeds, I was asked to speak again in February at the Winter Festival. Perhaps we will book two sessions to be sure and get everyone.
There was a new band which was fabulous! Seven artists in all, two trumpets, a bass, a lead, a keyboardist, drummer, and a vocalist. They really rocked the place, everyone seemed to enjoy their beat. As always, they were much more comfortable than they thought they would be, and I bet they, too, would say it was the best gig they have ever played.
Monday brought a wonderful breakfast and some time to spend time talking with people and answering more personal questions. I had the best Eggs Benedict I've ever had as well as Veggie Eggs Benedict for the first time. YUM! (Remember I told you these people are foodies!)
I took the back road home and you wouldn't have known it was 5 pm Monday of a holiday weekend. What a blessed weekend and what a fine time to hit the speed limit! Thank you all for the wishes and cards and thoughts and prayers, we'll be talking again soon!
It is with a heavy heart that I announce that we will only have Doctor Dossey at our clinic three more times: August 30th, September 17th, and October 4th. I regret not posting about this earlier, but I am just not one to spread bad news - this is a decision of the Medical Board, not the OMMP - but who knows if there are connections. We do not have a new doctor in line yet, but know that God always provides!
How does this affect you? If your OMMP card has 90 or fewer days until it expires, you will want to get yourself scheduled as Doctor Dossey will be "retiring his licenses". If you haven't gotten your card yet, get yourself scheduled. We will be running extended clinics, but we're not going crazy with it. They will be our typical, well organized, scheduled chaos kept on time as best as I can. You will want to get your Release of Information signed and your $50 deposit made for your appointment ASAP. You will pay the balance on the day of your appointment ($100 or $215).
Remember: There are state fees in addition to the doctor fees, neither of which I have control over. Depending on your situation the state fees can be as low as $20 and as much as $400. When is it $20 you asked? When you are a patient who is a Veteran OR a person who is on SSI (Supplemental Security Income, not Social Security) who grows their own at their residence address or does not have a grower.
Someone who has the Oregon Health Plan pays $50 to the Oregon Health Authority if they grow their own at home or don't list a grower and a patient who has SNAP benefits (food stamps) pays $60 to the OHA if they grow their own at home ... or have no grower.
Everyone else pays the Oregon Health Authority $200 for the permission slip to use this incredible plant, unless they are having someone else grow it for them, or growing it at an address they do not live at ... then it is an additional $200.
I am certain the state is doing their best to end the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) and we don't want to allow them to do so unless the outcome is the full Repeal of Cannabis Prohibition, which would set this plant free. Legal-i-zation is only adding laws and taxes, that's not what we're after as a "free" country, think about it!
I apologize that it has been far too long since I have blogged... and I appreciate your sticking around. I just wanted to get a note out that we have spaces available in our July 16th clinic, as well as the August ones. If you are looking to get your OMMP card, or if it is time to renew, come see us. You must be an Oregon resident.
Today, June 3rd is the last day to send a letter to the OHA to tell them what you think of the current rules they are putting forth. I wrote a quick letter... you are free to tell them any or all of this - if this won't let you copy and paste, copy it off the Facebook page, please. You will be emailing your letter to:
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Rep.PeterBuckley@state.or.us; firstname.lastname@example.org; Sen.FloydProzanski@state.or.us; email@example.com; Sen.LeeBeyer@state.or.us; firstname.lastname@example.org; Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us; email@example.com;OHD.ACMM@state.or.us
As I said, use these words or use your own - just SAY SOMETHING! If we don't speak up, they think all is well in paradise. It's not.
Dear Elected Officials, Rule Makers, Volunteers and other interested parties:
I wish to provide my input regarding the Oregon Administrative Rules on Medical and Recreational "Marijuana" (Cannabis) specifically Chapter 333.
I do not agree with the rules you are putting on dispensaries, patients, growers, and/or processors. You are acting as if this is a toxic substance like alcohol or tobacco, which it is not. The continued fear mongering and discrimination needs to stop. People who choose to use a plant to treat their conditions instead of a poison should be respected instead of charged excessive fees to do so. The simple fact that you are holding patients ransom for a month or longer without being able to purchase remedies for their conditions is over the top. When is the last time you had to pay $200-400 to the State of Oregon for permission to use the medication you and your doctor decided was best for you? Did you have to wait a month to get that medicine? Stop the discrimination!
I want to have DMSO available to me in products that are sold to me. It is useful and works well. It is non-toxic, does not cause cancer or bleeding or death … like the prescriptions this state would prefer I use.
I feel that processors should be able to flavor products as they deem nec essary. Medicine has been flavored for years to make it more palatable. On the flip side of the coin, when compared to recreational marijuana, alcohol is flavored on a regular basis. Stop the discrimination!
The testing of Cannabis products has not been “figured out” and needs to be at the front of the line. Leave the rest of the program alone and focus on getting real about what 1mg THC looks like, or 100 mg. As it stands, you cannot get consistent or accurate testing.
There are many, many instances in your rules in which you are simply “over the top”. As a patient, I wish to have a Cannabis Commission that represents my medicine, not a pharmaceutical company that makes products which will kill you, or an alcohol commission which will do the same.
Your $200 fee for grower registration is another discriminatory fee/tax. How many hops and/or grape growers pay $200 per patient AND report to you? Stop it.
Oregon can do better than this, it’s time to start over.
Oregon Resident, OMMP Patient, Caregiver
Patients, more changes continue to hinder us all! The state is now charging growers $200 to register, and charging patients $200 if they grow at an address other than their own residence. On top of that - patients and growers will be required to provide intricate reports on their grows.
Help stop this insanity, send a letter and let elected and appointed officials know how you feel. The letter I have pasted in below was provided by the "Right To Grow" group in Southern Oregon and all Oregon residents are invited to send it in with their signature. Please send your emails to all of the addresses provided.
RE: Proposed OMMP online tracking system
We in the Cannabis industry provide patients with quality medicine. Life-saving Cannabis medicine promotes quality of life and quality of death with dignity. As a serious matter of public health and potential HIPPA privacy violation, we wish to inform you that we can not participate in the proposed online tracking system. Nor can we support any system that criminalizes our citizens for caring for the oldest, weakest, sickest and poorest among us.
Consider the level of energy and fiscal investment that OHA has put into creating this online system. We demand that you uphold your responsibility to defend the sick people who have paid you, who have entrusted you, OHA, with responsibility for safe access to
the medicine of their choice.
You have a fiduciary obligation to protect the Constitutional rights of Oregon patients who choose Cannabis as their medicine. You are responsible to utilize fees only to cover the costs of program administration, and to fund and publish responsible medical
Cannabis research. We reject the concept of “recreational” use of Cannabis, and assert that all use of Cannabis is medical use. “Recreational” is nothing more than taxation of medicine.
As your constituents, we request that OHA give its full support to creation of the Oregon Cannabis Authority. The proposed OCA must be comprised of Oregon citizens and established participants in the Oregon medical Cannabis community, including patients,
providers and producers.
Grower/ Patient or ODL Id #________
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Rep.PeterBuckley@state.or.us; firstname.lastname@example.org; Sen.FloydProzanski@state.or.us; email@example.com; Sen.LeeBeyer@state.or.us; firstname.lastname@example.org; Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us; email@example.com;OHD.ACMM@state.or.us
Blessings up and thank you very much!
The last day of the year was one of the busiest days ever at Gramsterdam, it was awesome! We had some long-missed patients come in, some regulars, and new patients as well; nicely rounded!
One of our new patients is a beautiful young lady I will call "Sandy" (not her real name) who is Developmentally Disabled. I am so pleased with her parents who are mature, God-loving individuals who have tried everything imaginable to help Sandy with her pain, anxiety, and sleeplessness, all the while being raised with the "Reefer Madness" that has been about for far too many years. She is the first MRDD patient we will be working with from "ground zero" and I am very excited about bringing her pain relief, peace, and nights full of sleep! I know what a difference those things make in ones life, she will be like many others "a changed person!"
Sometimes the difficulty lies in getting the medicine into the patient. I called her Mom this evening to see how things are going and she told me of the different ways she has been dosing her. Tincture in juice, capsule in tea, tincture in soup, capsule in hot water and added to her tea throughout day. I am impressed with her creativity, and convinced this is going to go just fine!
Naturally, this is the first Cannabis that she has ever used. I am looking forward to seeing how she feels and reacts once all of her receptors are awakened. It will be very exciting to see if she is able to advance, or which activities she may enjoy more. I think coloring will be fun for her when using some creative daytime strains. I hope to keep you posted!
EDIT: Please be sure and mention that one cannot overdose and die from Cannabis as you can from alcohol, prescription drugs, water ... You can also add that it is most difficult for them to say that products can only contain 100 mg or less when the testing is FAR from perfected!!
Feel free to copy and paste this letter, sign your name at the bottom and send it to all listed below. Improve on it where you would like, but it's best to keep it short - they get a lot of letters when we get started in the Canna world.
Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.
cc: Rep Olson (firstname.lastname@example.org); Rep.PeterBuckley@state.or.us (email@example.com); firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com); firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com); firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com); Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us (firstname.lastname@example.org); Sen.FloydProzanski@state.or.us (email@example.com); Sen.LeeBeyer@state.or.us (firstname.lastname@example.org); email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org); email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There is a flaw in the current packaging and labeling of medical Cannabis medicine, concerning capsules. The Committee has incorporated Cannabis capsules into the edibles category. Categorizing capsules into edibles will not do any patient justice and denotes capsules as something more of a novelty item. Capsules are not a novelty to patients but a legitimate medicinal delivery method that should warrant its own category, in the Medicinal Marijuana Rules.
Patients, and the capsule producers, should not be forced to contend with capsules packaged at 100mg per pack. Many patients require capsules that are above 100mg per capsule. That means that any capsule 51 mg or more gets only one capsule per package. That is an injustice to patients, a waste of packaging and materials that it takes for packaging, and a waste of resources (money, time, etc.)
It is imperative to revise the Rules to include a category for capsules that allow for a more realistic approach to quantity and potency. Patients should at least be allowed to purchase a container of one months supply of their capsules. It would be realistic to allow capsules to be packaged at least at 10,000 mg per package (100 capsules at 100mg each in a medical pill bottle (like pharmaceutical child proof pill bottles). Whether making a whole new category for capsules, or readjusting current categories, the attention to capsules is necessary before requirements go into affect.
Thank you for your time,
I do, that's who! Last year the doctor was so rude and belittling I fired him and moved on. This year I was blessed to see Dr Sooyun Chum at the Corvallis Surgery Center. She was a dream come true, as were her nurses and anesthesiologist. Here's my story - if you have a minute, please read it. If you like ... you can read just the last paragraph and get the skinny on today, but if you'd like a reasonably quick overview of the last 4 years, it's here, too. Either way, thanks for stopping by, please tell a friend, and many even hit the "Like" button on here somewhere.
In 2011 when I turned 50 I went for my first colonoscopy because I have immediate relatives who had polyps, and they display familial tendencies. Soooo my first round 24 of those pesky little things were removed. Hmmm! That kind of made me wonder. As directed, I went back 6 months later and there were 10 more which were removed. This time, however, the doctor nearly perforated my bowel as he dug around removing the polyp that was a big, flat one on a curve (and a kind the doctor today told me "never turns into cancer").
Due to severe pain when I came out of the procedure, I had to be rushed in for an ultrasound to see if he had perforated the bowel, and if so, I would have had to go in for reconstruction surgery. All at my cost, of course. Thankfully, he hadn't but it was all very painful and scary - and I was not allowed to eat "anything healthy" for a week. Dr Morse said the reason for that was 'this patch the size of a fifty cent piece needed to heal, and good food with seeds and whatnot, would get caught up in it and cause infection'.
A year later I went back to have it looked at again as my bowels weren't moving as they should be and there were 10 more. Because he had hurt me in the procedure, I only allowed a visual and no cutting to be performed. As I said, it was a year later and there were 10 more. Hmmm. The time before in 6 months there were 12, this time in a year there were 10; twice as long and 2 fewer! I had begun using a lot of Smokeless Cannabis Remedies, capsules mostly as that is what I knew the best. I also started taking a tablespoon of Bragg's Organic Vinegar in a glass of water first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
Last year, I went back and let him do the look again. I had added CannaSupps from Albany's Canna Kitchen to my regimen and wanted to know how things were going. They are just the "sleep dose", nothing super strong. Dr Morse got REALLY belligerent and forceful with me (worst yet) and I got real honest with him. I told him he physically and mentally hurt me very much (PTSD) the first time he performed the procedure, so he would not be doing that again. He did not want to hear that. I was only interested in knowing what was going on in there, not in having him cut on me and perhaps have something go askew and cause more damage. He didn't want to hear that, either. He again did as I asked - and lo and behold, not only were there no additional polyps, the ones that were there had not grown! He insisted, "what you are doing is not working!"
Really? There aren't any new ones and the ones that are there have not grown, but what I'm doing isn't working?
So today, I go to my colonoscopy. I had intended to call and tell them that this would be exploratory only, no chop-chop. It was the craziest thing, I didn't even talk to a doctor prior to today's appointment, I just called my PCP and told them I'd like a referral and it went straight to surgery stage, without the doctor visit. I did let the receptionist know, who passed the word on what my preference was, she had never heard of such a thing, so she went and got help. Initially the RN was a little stern with me - but I just explained and breezed on past that to the also lovely Dr Chun, who counseled me on her opinion, but did understand and go forth and respected my wishes. Much to my pleasure, there were 3 fewer polyps, and none of the remaining had grown. This is working, I'm going to up my dose! (Yep, "Up mine!")
Blessings be, love and hugs to all,
Just a quick update while the weed washes. Some of you may have already read that I'm at it again in the kitchen today ... Black Harleys, Black Tsunamis, and Black Harley Tsunamis are all on for the day! Yes, Blackberry Kush mixed with Harlequin and Swiss Tsumani. These are going to be incredible for pain and I am making a nice big batch of each blend.
Today we have $5 grams for a loss leader, so if you have your OMMP card in hand and haven't been in for a while, this would be a great day to make your way here.
The timer is about to go off ... so I'm headed back to the kitchen, but the rest of the crew is here and ready to get you going on your remedies!
If you read the local paper this morning, you know that the mayor and a couple of city councilors are "at it again". We will be at the meeting on Monday at 4 pm to see what their intention is. If you live in Ward 1, it is very important that you contact Floyd Collins and let him know how you feel about Cannabis being sold in your city. His email is email@example.com and his number is 541-928-2961. He is hunting this week, but please email and/or leave a phone message, he has testified in the meetings over the phone before.
I appreciate all the free advertising on the front page, but I really wish they would let the issue die. When they ever realize what a much nicer society we have when they "recreate with Cannabis" as opposed to alcohol, maybe they will change their mind. When they see the actual numbers of what they can pull in from the willingly paid taxes, perhaps that will tip the vote. They did, after-all, just vote to increase the tax on electricity to members in the city by 2% without any public comment or input, and that was to put a mere $940,200 in the coffer this year. Cannabis tax would bring that and more, given the chance.
All I know for sure is that I have no intention of selling recreational Cannabis and have told the council that a number of times. We are a Medical Cannabis Dispensary in every sense of the word; I mean really, how many recreational places do you know of that specialize in capsules and suppositories and recommend Sitz Baths?!
Here is a link to an article about the tax increase (note Rich Kellum voted no on that, too. He really DOESN'T want tax revenue for our city, does he? http://hh-today.com/albany-ups-city-electric-tax-uh-fee/
Here is the link to the article in today's paper: http://democratherald.com/albany/city-moves-to-change-rules-for-dispensaries/article_b0ab843e-f5fc-5bb7-8d5e-943670ce5d70.html
and the article as well since it makes you do contortions to get to read it:
NEIL ZAWICKI Albany Democrat-Herald
The Albany City Council is considering changes to zoning ordinances regulating where marijuana-related businesses inside the city limits can locate. The move has alarmed the owners of medical marijuana dispensaries.At the council's work session on Monday, councilors will discuss the proposal, which if enacted could discourage new marijuana-related businesses and affect the city's currently operating dispensaries.
The issue began with Albany’s Canna Kitchen, a dispensary on Southwest Ferry Street. The city gave it a zoning exception, allowing it to exist 300 feet from residential zoning, rather than the state requirement of 1,000 feet. Mayor Sharon Konopa said the city granted Canna Kitchen the exception only because the shop deals just with edible cannabinoids and not products that are smoked.
She also suggested the exception was granted to placate Canna Kitchen owner Rhea Graham. “We exempted Canna Kitchen just to please her,” Konopa said.
The problem now, at least for some city elected officials, is that the exception legally carries over to all dispensaries, and then in theory to retail shops that could be selling recreational marijuana. Konopa and some councilors would like to revoke the exception, returning to the 1,000-foot rule.
Not surprisingly, the move has the dispensary community up in arms.
“We have no idea why she (Konopa) has such a thing against cannabis,” said Graham. “Cannabis is legal now, just like alcohol. These two products that are both mind-altering substances should be regulated through the OLCC in the same way.” (The OLCC, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, is charged with creating rules that will govern the recreational sale of marijuana.)
At a Thursday night meeting at Canna Kitchen between dispensary owners and council members Ray Kopsczynski and Dick Olsen, Graham noted that liquor stores can be located across the street from schools and apartment complexes — well within 1,000 feet.
Kopczynski, who called the meeting essentially to advise the dispensary owners on the upcoming moves and to coach them on how to approach any opposition, addressed Graham’s point.
“I would save your breath and your emotion on that argument,” he said. “What I am hoping is that you as a group can present yourselves with logical and fair opposition.”
Kopczynski referred to the Sept. 23 council session, which lasted more than three hours and ended in a vote to ban medical marijuana dispensaries from the early sale of recreational marijuana. Opponents packed the Council Chambers at that meeting, and many presented emotional or hostile arguments.
“Sharon keeps saying we need to wait for more facts,” he said. “And she said she wants to wait and see what OLCC finally does with this, but, you know, the OLCC is constantly changing the regulations on controlled substances, so when will we ever have a final set of rules?”
Konopa maintains that waiting to see what will happen is her chief motivator.
“Right now, OLCC doesn’t know what to do,” she said. “My big issue is that there are pocket areas (in residential and industrial-zoned areas). And I don’t want it in a neighborhood. I don’t want a sign across from a kid’s home that says ‘marijuana shop.'"
Konopa also argued that more than 50 percent of the voters in Albany are against legalized marijuana. (Election numbers from Albany on Ballot Measure 91, the marijuana-legalization initiative last November, suggest that the measure narrowly passed in Albany by a 51-49 percent margin.)
Still, she said she does not want to ban pot completely.
"We just need to tweak the ordinance a bit,” she said.
But City Attorney Jim Delapoer had some cautionary words at the Sept. 23 council meeting regarding any attempts to tweak the ordinance.
“They will sue us if we try to prevent this,” Delapoer said, according to a video recording of the meeting. “And I will tell you that if the case is properly contended, our case will be difficult to defend.”
Delapoer added that it's not his job to tell the mayor or councilors what they can or cannot do. But he added: "It is my job to say whether we have a strong or a vulnerable legal case. And I think we would have a vulnerable legal case.”
In the meantime, dispensary owner Trey Mork of Albany Health Solutions believes that the city's apparent opposition to marijuana has hurt the business in Albany. And he worried that the robust early sales of recreational marijuana elsewhere in the state may give competing dispensaries the capital they need to come to Albany and displace his and other smaller businesses.
“I don’t think she wants to see recreational marijuana in Albany at all,” he said.
If you know me, you'll know that I would never lead you astray. I might show you how to have a damned good time, but never lead you astray ...
This here is all about getting you well, or at the very least to a more comfortable state.
My son-in-law thinks I am a bit over-exuberant in often suggesting that people use the Cannabis Suppositories for what ails them ... but I trust that deep down he know's I'm right! Time will tell ...
Today's post is about anxiety. I've had two patients come to me recently who are suffering "over the top" from anxiety. This time I'm not recommending the suppositories, this time I'm recommending a soak in the tub with our bath salts, or even better yet, a soak in a Sitz Bath. Why a Sitz Bath? Well, because according to research, the scrotum and vaginal area are the places that absorb the fastest and best - naturally. No smoking, no pills, no insertion of the rounded end... just sit for 10 or 15 minutes and let the bath salts and water do the work. I was way ahead of my time when we made "personal lube" three years ago, now wasn't I? The bath salts we have on hand tested at 27.83 mg CBD per ounce, 18.46 mg
CBG per ounce, 21.3 mg CBC per ounce, and a mere 4.54 mg THC.
CBD is good for pretty much everything but especially pain. CBG is the best for anxiety, and CBC is known for it's ability to stop neuropathic pain. This is what you want to try. Everyone who has used them in a bath agrees that it is an amazing, relaxing experience.
I have ordered in some of the Sitz Baths and expect them to arrive before the end of the week - what are you waiting for? Today we are even featuring the bath salts in our "Deal of the Day" at Gramsterdam - when you buy a bar of medicated bath soap, you get the bath salts free.
We are so blessed... and so are you! See you soon.
If you wish to see recreational sales of Cannabis in Albany dispensaries (not at Gramsterdam) you will want to be at the City Council Meeting on Wednesday September 23, 2015, 7:15 pm.
Four members of the Albany City Council seem to have real heartburn with the matter and have tried to pull a fast one on city residents yet again.
Seems suspect to me ... they force a tax increase on our electric bill, yet when they could be handed hundreds upon thousands of tax dollars paid willingly, they're saying no. If I wasn't so sure it couldn't possibly be, I would think they had a personal interest in keeping sales on the street and tax free.
Making decisions such as these makes one think maybe they have an unidentified condition that needs addressing.
I look forward to seeing you there.
You would think that in the year 2015, presenters would be sharper and would check out the information they are portraying as truth. I am highly disappointed in the Town Hall that was held by Rep. Andy Olson, and you should be too. I am sure Andy didn't prepare the information the police officer presented, but you would think he would ensure they were only putting out truthful information. Wouldn't you?
I am glad that I attended the Town Hall, if nothing else because I think that due to "the rest of us" being there, the tone of the meeting was less "Reefer Madness oriented" than it would have been. The question was asked how many of us have children in school ... the majority of the hands were on the board, not in the audience. It was clear, this was to fuel their fears - it would be so nice if they would open their minds to the truth instead of just perpetuating old information and lies.
Instead of wasting time on a plant that saves lives instead of taking them, wouldn't it be nice if they would spend some time teaching the truth about cigarettes, alcohol, prescription drugs, meth, heroin, GMO foods, weather modification and more?!!
I do hope that you will all be at the City Council Meeting next Wednesday, September 23rd. It is very important that you represent your feelings on the sale of recreational Cannabis in Albany, now and in the future.
Kyle Odegard has written a short article about tonight's Town Hall, you can find it on Facebook on the Albany Democrat Herald website here: http://democratherald.com/news/local/forum-tackles-pot-s-effect-on-youth/article_83f3d7db-0be7-5b48-983c-2be1e42bdff4.html
Below, I have posted a YouTube link to "Reefer Madness" just in case you'd like a refresher. Blessings be!
I've been a bit "out of sorts" for a few days ... the reality of Kendra and Charles moving on in their lives and away from here is before me, and it's not easy. I ask that you forgive me, I haven't been my usual self ... and I ask you for your patience and understanding. Until I get used to my "right hand being gone"... I imagine I'll be busier in the kitchen during the day and Laura and CJ or Hollie will be in the dispensary and Jason at the desk. My goal is to work less overtime, so I'm going to do what I can to get my work done during working hours and see about generating a life outside the business for the first time since we started. It's a thought, but I won't hold my breath!
Harvest time will be here before we know it, what are you planning on having made this year? Talk to your friends and see if they want the same thing made ... perhaps you'll want to combine your strains and save on testing costs. Each batch has to be tested, so if they have the same strain and of equal organic quality, it is something to consider.
See you soon!
So ... Roasted garlic smells lovely ... but I still prefer the *original* Canna Kitchen smell! Since Kendra has handed back the "reins to the range" I've been doing some R&D the last couple of nights. One of many recent trials is "Baked Roasted Garlic". Yes you read that right. This should be yummy.
And then there's Paste.
How many of you have had paste and love it? I'm stickin' with capsules between the two, but if you love it and want it, we can make it. Talk about interesting to eat, and even more interesting to put in a capsule! (Think charm school with "interesting here!")
I made paste in three different mediums with three different starting materials, so we'll see! I infused them all using the same process (sorry, trade secret) and will be trying it one or more other ways before it's all said and done. I have prepped these for testing, I am curious of the strength, so I hope to see Billy on Tuesday. I wish it didn't take a week to get results back!
I recently made a batch of super salve in exclusively Virgin Organic Avocado Oil (VOAO) and another batch in Rice Bran Oil (RBO). How exciting is that? We've used the VOAO in our SuperSalve for a while, but have never had Rice Bran Oil.
I also made a batch of Ogre capsules for sleep in the RBO and look forward to getting results back on them. It will be exciting to see how it extracts compared to the Virgin Organic Coconut Oil. We have been very consistent in our capsules, so it will be easy enough to tell.
OK, I've got to get away from this "Baked Roasted Garlic" (RG)! (Timer dinged just after I typed that!)
As Kendra and Charles get ready to move forward with their life together, changes continue at Albany's Canna Kitchen and Gramsterdam. It will be so strange without my girl there, but we will march on and continue making our awesome Smokeless Cannabis Remedies, dispensing the majority of them at Gramsterdam and doing special orders as they come in. Everyone involved is excited about what the future holds and all of us will miss her as much as she will miss us.
Kendra's last day will be Saturday, September 12th. We will be having a get-together there at the shop from 530 pm to 730 pm. It is a clinic day, so it will be crazy during regular hours. Please come in and wish her well, sign the "green board" and if you'd like to keep in touch, put your text or email in the address book. Because we are a dispensary, we cannot let you consume on site, sorry!
Just a reminder, if you haven't looked at our menu <---- (click there) lately, you really should. I just added some more Golden XTRX cartridges Saturday night and who knows what else recently. We are still running our special with them where when you purchase your 1st, 5th, and every 5th subsequent cartridge, you get a free rechargeable Golden XTRX battery for ($15 value). Have you checked out the gourmet soaps, lotions, and chapsticks? Laura got the soap and tried it and reports it really is all it is cracked up to be, quite nice! We're out of the Blackberry capsules, but they're in for testing and ready to be encapsulated once results are in.
I listed the "Deals of the Day" for the week of 1-5 September on our Gramsterdam site - check them out at
We're looking forward to seeing you - each and every time!
I'm Rhea ... I own the place. My beautiful daughter Kendra and I opened Albany's Canna Kitchen & Research, LLC on 11/11/11. She grew up, married, and moved away ... life has continued and we've had to make a number of changes and adjustments to continue. I am very excited to be teaching people how to make life-changing, life-saving Smokeless Cannabis Remedies.