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University of Colorado Medical Cannabis Symposium

University of Colorado to host Medical Cannabis Research Symposium

A 2-day event that brings together medical professionals and cannabis industry experts. The goal of the symposium is to provide attendees with information about the current cannabis research and the future of the cannabis industry.MCRS

Importantly, the symposium has partnered with , an internationally-recognized medical education company, and will be offering a 12-month subscription to the TheAnswerPage’s Comprehensive Endocannabinoid and Medical Cannabis course where one can earn 22.5 ACCME, ANCC or ACPE credits.

Any medical professionals or individuals interested in the science of the endocannabinoid system and the therapeutic use of medical cannabis can take advantage of this offer by subscribing to the CME program when registering for the symposium.


Keynote Speaker : Eugene Monroe
Eugene Monroe

Eugene began his football career as an offensive lineman in high school, where he was ranked the number three player in the United States and graduated eighth in his class. Eugene was a unanimous All-ACC selection, voted the ACC’s top blocker, and was regarded as the most dominating offensive lineman in college football. He was drafted eighth overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In October 2013, Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens orchestrated a trade to acquire the star left tackle. During his time in the NFL, Eugene was consistently graded as one of the League’s best pass blockers. On July 21, 2016, after 18 years of playing football, Eugene made the difficult decision to retire from the NFL so he could focus on his personal health and spend more valuable time with his wife and three children. Since retiring, Eugene has become the lead advocate for medical cannabis research and policy reform in the NFL. Eugene demonstrates his commitment to education and policy reform by serving as a board member of the NFLPA Pain Management Committee and the HealthyUNow Foundation (supporting the Autism community), and is the Athletic Ambassador for Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. He is also co-author of the book Youth Sports: Start Here: Everything You Need to Know About Promoting Health and Preventing Injury for Your Young Athlete. Eugene looks to add value in communities by partnering, donating and investing in community programs and medical research, and educating the broader community by speaking at healthcare and medical cannabis conferences. He is also a partner at Green Thumb Industries (GTI), one of the country’s leading medical cannabis cultivation and dispensary facilities. At GTI, Eugene works towards bringing dignified and safe access to medical cannabis patients in need. Eugene is dedicated to educating the public on how these medications can be used safely and as non-addictive alternatives to prescription opioids.


Andy Williams

Andy Williams

Award-winning pioneer in the cannabis industry who is the Co-founder and CEO of Medicine Man in Colorado, a nationally recognized cannabis brand and industry leader. Lifelong entrepreneur who partnered in the founding of Medicine Man Technologies, an OTCBQ publicly traded cannabis consulting company, and MedPharm, a company focused on expanding medical cannabis science in a pharma-grade environment. Passionate cannabis advocate dedicated to advancing the industry through community service, transparency, advocacy, mentoring, innovation, and political cooperation. Industrial engineer with extensive experience in manufacturing environments. Technical program/portfolio manager focused on strategic programs, enterprise portfolios, and business architecture for large-scale operations.

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Gilbert J. Fanciullo, MD

Gilbert J. Fanciullo, MD

Dr. Fanciullo is a Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and has Directed the Section of Pain Medicine for 20 years. During this time he has conducted clinical research primarily in the realm of opioid use in patients with chronic pain and was one of the principle authors of the American Pain Society guidelines. He was the first researcher in the world to recognize and publish the need to conduct urine toxicology testing on patients using opioids for chronic pain which has now become the national standard. His other principle line of research involved developing pain and quality of life instruments that could be electronically administered. He has recently developed an interest in the use of Cannabis for patients with chronic pain and has been a coauthor on national guidelines for the American Pain Society and on a separate guideline published by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine addressing the workplace use of medical Cannabis…

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Gregory T. Carter, MD, MS

Gregory T. Carter, MD, MS

Dr. Greg Carter is chief medical officer of St Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, WA and is a clinical professor in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University. His clinical research has focused on improving the rehabilitative and palliative care of patients with severe chronic neuromuscular disorders. He was among the first investigators to report the usefulness of cannabis in the palliative management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He has received the Distinguished Researcher Award from the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the Best Research Paper Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Excellence in Research Writing Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists and the Excellence in Clinical Care Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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J. Michael Bostwick, MD

J. Michael Bostwick, MD

J. Michael Bostwick, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Admissions at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN. He has published extensively on suicide epidemiology and prevention, medical marijuana, and numerous psychosomatic topics, and serves on editorial boards for two medical journals. He is an avid teacher at all levels of Mayo’s medical school and psychiatry residency, and frequently collaborates with trainees on research and writing projects. He holds undergraduate degrees from Yale University and the University of Hawaii in Art History and Zoology respectively. He attended Brown University for medical school, but in the interim between college and medical school was a newspaper reporter for the Cape Cod Times. He is a serious clarinetist and sings in a semi-professional choir in Rochester. He and his wife, Connie Williams, enjoy cooking elaborate gourmet meals together, and he maintains a perennial garden with several hundred species, including many prairie natives. He is father to 21-year-old twins, Hannah and Gabriel.

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Dr Michelle Sexton

Dr. Michelle Sexton

Dr. Michelle Sexton began her career as a homebirth midwife and herbalist. She earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle Washington, 2008. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington in the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her NIH-funded pre-doctoral and postdoctoral research was on the topic of cannabinoids and their roles in neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration. Her postdoctoral project investigated cannabis use and impact on endocannabinoids and inflammatory markers in patients with Multiple Sclerosis.

Dr. Sexton is the Medical Research Director at the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy. She is voluntary clinical faculty at UCSD in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. She serves as an editor and technical advisor for the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Cannabis Monograph. She has presented her research internationally and is published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Sexton’s clinical practice, research and teaching focus is on the medical use of cannabis across a range of conditions and age groups. She is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, the International Association of Cannabinoid Medicine and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. She maintains a small medical practice in San Diego, CA.

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Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano is the Deputy Director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and also serves as a faculty member at Oaksterdam University. His writing and research have appeared in over 750 publications, scholarly and/or peer-reviewed journals, as well as in more than a dozen textbooks and anthologies. He is a regulator contributor to as well as to numerous other print and online publications. Mr. Armentano is the co-author of the book Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (2009, Chelsea Green), which has been licensed and translated internationally. His most recent book, The Citizen’s Guide to State-By-State Marijuana Laws (2015), is available from Whitman Publishing. He is the 2013 Freedom Law School Health Freedom Champion of the Year and the 2013 Alfred R. Lindesmith award recipient in the achievement in the field of scholarship.

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Dr Corey Burchman

Corey Burchman, MD

Dr. Corey Burchman is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He has been a practicing physician for over 30 years. He is an attending physician in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care and serves on the Acute Pain Service at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, NH, practicing clinical anesthesia and interventional pain medicine. He is Medical Director of the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, and the Same Day Surgical Unit, as well as Section Chief for Neurosurgical Anesthesia. He is actively involved in medical marijuana safe access programs and is one of the Medical Advisors to Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of NH. He has been instrumental in the design and implementation of large-scale demographic studies looking at how medical cannabis can attenuate the use of prescription opioids for pain. He is engaged at a national level with education in the field of medical cannabis therapeutics, and has participated is several multistate studies examining the uses of cannabis as a substitution for analgesics and antidepressants. As a US Navy physician for over a decade, he served both on land and sea, and on deployment in the Persian Gulf. At Dartmouth, Dr. Burchman formed BBR Medical Innovations, an IP incubator for novel medical devices. BBR was recently recognized by MassChallenge as one of 128 most promising global start-ups. He is also the Founder and President Emeritus of the Global Children’s Art Programme, a global non-profit devoted to art education for children in developing nations. He has been leading medical/surgical humanitarian missions to developing nations for over 25 years. Dr. Burchman is one of the founding partners of The Brain Trust, LLC, a software company involved in education software for management and recognition of traumatic brain injury. Dr. Burchman has been writing poetry for over 40 years, and his latest published collection, “Spirits of the Playing Surface” (Shires Press) is in its second printing. One of his main interests is in the neurosciences, the study of the brain and spinal cord. He describes his work as compartmentalized, the left brain called to action for scientific investigations, his right brain for painting, writing, and, of course, roasting coffee. Dr. Burchman has a lifelong interest in what defines creativity, both anatomically, and experientially; and how possibly one can enhance the creative imprint we make upon our world.

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Dr. Enrique Alvarez, MD, PhD

Dr. Enrique Alvarez, MD, PhD

I am an Assistant Professor of Neurology, who sub-specializes in multiple sclerosis and related inflammatory disorders of the brain and spinal cord such as neuromyelitis optica (NMO), neurosarcoid, vasculitis, and neurolupus. I see patients at the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center at Anschutz Medical Campus, which provides a multidisciplinary approach for symptomatic and immunological therapy and ability to conduct translational research. I am interested in improving clinical outcomes in patients with neuroimmunological conditions and particularly in using biomarkers to help diagnose patients sooner and to determine the best treatment options. This includes comparative effective research into which drugs to use and evaluating their effectiveness. This includes evaluating cannabis products to learn what patients are using and for what symptoms.

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Alfonso Romero Sandoval, MD, PhD

Alfonso Romero Sandoval, MD, PhD

Dr. Romero-Sandoval received an M.D. from the Centro Universitario de Occidente, Quetzaltenango (Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala) in 1999 and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain, in 2003. His postdoctoral training was completed at Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC (2003-2006) followed by Geisel Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, NH (2006-2007). Dr. Romero-Sandoval has held academic positions as Instructor (2007-2009) and Assistant Professor (2009-2012) at Geisel Dartmouth Medical School, and as Associate Professor (2013-2017) and the Director of Research (2014-2017) at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy in Clinton, SC. Currently, Dr. Romero-Sandoval is an Associate Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC. Dr. Romero-Sandoval studies the molecular mechanisms of cannabinoid receptor activation in skin and immune cells in the induction of analgesia, resolution of inflammation, and promotion of tissue repair. The Romero-Sandoval laboratory explores the role of endocannabinoids in postoperative pain and its transition to persistent postoperative pain in addition to the function of phosphatases and kinases in spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system. Most recently Dr. Romero-Sandoval has focused on elucidating the role of macrophages in wound healing and the transition from acute to chronic pain in the context of diabetic neuropathy or surgical pain. The ultimate goal of the Romero-Sandoval lab is to restore the molecular mechanisms and cellular functions that are altered under pathological inflammatory and painful conditions. The Romero-Sandoval laboratory uses highly translatable clinical approaches such as the use of human primary cells, the use of clinically relevant functional assays, and the use of clinically tested nanotechnology for potential cell-directed gene therapies.

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Dr. Sue Sisley, MD

Dr. Sue Sisley, MD

Dr. Sue Sisley MD is an Arizona-based physician practicing Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. Learn about ‘Cannabis and Dementia’ from Dr. Sisley at the Medical Cannabis Research Symposium in Denver, CO. She works as Medical Director for medical cannabis license holders in 11 different states/territories from Hawaii to Puerto Rico to New York. Sue serves as Site Principal Investigator for the only FDA-approved randomized controlled trial in the world examining safety/efficacy of whole plant marijuana in combat veterans with treatment-resistant post traumatic stress disorder PTSD. Dr. Sisley is on faculty at Colorado State University PUEBLO campus, recruited for core planning team to organize the CSUP “ICR Institute of Cannabis Research” in Pueblo, Colorado. Dr. Sisley has been a Member of Nevada ILAC Medical Cannabis Commission for the past two years outlining regulations for laboratory testing including limits on pesticides, residual solvents and other guidelines that are currently being used as a model for other states medical cannabis laws. She also serves on the Steering Committee for Thomas Jefferson University Lambert Cannabis Medical Research Center.

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Marian Wilson, PhD, MPH, RN-BC

Marian Wilson, PhD, MPH, RN-BC

Marian Wilson, PhD, MPH, RN-BC is an assistant professor at Washington State University College of Nursing where she teaches research courses and is executive faculty in the Program of Excellence in Addictions Research and faculty for the Sleep and Performance Research Center. She is board certified in Pain Management Nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center & American Society for Pain Management Nursing. Dr. Wilson has extensive clinical expertise in acute and chronic pain care and behavioral health. She has experience as an oncology nurse and nurse scientist leading clinical research in acute care settings and has published research testing novel electronic health technologies to extend accessibility of non-pharmacologic and psychologically-based chronic disease symptom-management strategies. Her current focus is on self-management programs for persistent pain populations using online interventions. The study she presents on today is one of several she has conducted focused on addressing poorly controlled and under-recognized symptoms among people with persistent pain. This study surveyed people in medication-assisted opioid treatment programs to assess symptoms of pain, depression, anxiety and use of cannabis to relieve symptoms. Dr. Wilson has received funding for her work on symptom management from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Heath, American Society for Pain Management Nursing, WSU Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program, and the Inland Northwest Community Foundation.

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April 14-15, 2018


THC beneficial in fighting airway diseases

Despite pharmacological treatment, bronchial hyperresponsiveness continues to deteriorate as airway remodelling persists in airway inflammation. Previous studies have demonstrated that the phytocannabinoid Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) reverses bronchoconstriction with an anti-inflammatory action. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of THC on bronchial epithelial cell permeability after exposure to the pro-inflammatory cytokine, TNFα. Calu-3 bronchial epithelial cells were cultured at air-liquid interface.

“THC induced increase in airway epithelial cell permeability through CB2 receptors”

     Published in Biochemical Pharmacology

Changes in epithelial permeability were measured using Transepithelial Electrical Resistance (TEER), then confirmed with a paracellular permeability assay and expression of tight junction proteins by Western blotting. Treatment with THC prevented the TNFα-induced decrease in TEER and increase in paracellular permeability.

Cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptor-like immunoreactivity was found in Calu-3 cells. Subsequent experiments revealed that pharmacological blockade of CB2, but not CB1 receptor inhibited the THC effect. Selective stimulation of CB2 receptors displayed a similar effect to that of THC. TNFα decreased expression of the tight junction proteins occludin and ZO-1, which was prevented by pre-incubation with THC.

These data indicate that THC prevents cytokine-induced increase in airway epithelial permeability through CB2 receptor activation. This highlights that THC, or other cannabinoid receptor ligands, could be beneficial in the prevention of inflammation-induced changes in airway epithelial cell permeability, an important feature of airways diseases.



 Possibility of efficacy for cannabis in treatment of Asthma according to the results found in this study. 

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 Possibility of efficacy for cannabis in treatment of Cough according to the results found in this study.

Cannabis Cooking

Written Mother Earth Co-op & Collective, San Diego 92103
Cannabis Cooking with Mother Earth Co-op

Grateful for the recognition of medical marijuana and it’s place in herbal healing and alternative medicines, we are striving to progress forward with the multifunctional herb, placed on earth by our creator. It is absurd to think of restricting access to a natural plant that is beneficial, without side effects. Much research and passion has gone into these recipes. Proven facts in these articles are a work of dedication to demonstrate people can feel healthier naturally instead of using heavy narcotics and allowing their bodies to fail, rather than using an herb they were led to believe is criminal.

This holiday season we should all try to bring more peace and understanding to each other. As the medical marijuana community is under a microscope and continues to be unfairly targeted, it is imperative that we stand together. Let’s celebrate a time of peace and appreciate everything that each and every one of us is doing to assist educate the public on medical marijuana.

The following recipes are taken from Mother Earth Co-op’s “Special Medicinal Recipes – A Medical Cannabis Cookbook. The recipes are suggestions to be used in part with your Thanksgiving dinner. Recommended that you choose a few dishes for medicating and why we provided choices. If cooking all of the following recipes for the same meal, perhaps nothing else planned for the evening would be in order and sleeping will be on the agenda!

Thanksgiving Dinner Completely Medicated


1 (8-oz.) pkg. Brie cheese 1/2 tsp Keif *
1 lb Cherries (dark, sweet, pitted) 1/4 tsp Allspice
1 cup Brown sugar 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1 lg. Apple (Granny Smith chopped) 1/4 tsp Onion Salt
1/2 cup Onion (finely chopped) 1 loaf French bread
1/3 cup Apple cider vinegar

Combine all ingredients except keif and brie in heavy saucepan and stir to mix. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and cook gently for 45-50 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally and add keif. Cool at least one hour before serving. Heat brie in the microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds to one minute, or until softened. Pour 1 cup cherry chutney over brie and serve with crackers and French bread.

Note: Exotic healing treat for the discriminating taste buds that help with sleep and ward off nausea.


2 qts Cranberry Juice 1 tsp Vanilla extract
2 med Oranges (zest) 1 1/3 cup Honey
14 whole Cloves (whole) 1/2 tsp Kief *
1 1/2 cups Dried cranberries 2 sticks Cinnamon

Pour cranberry juice into a slow cooker; set on low. Add juice and add the zest from the oranges, cloves, cranberries, vanilla extract, honey, kief and cinnamon sticks. Heat, stirring occasionally until hot and steamy, about 1 hour.

Note: Cider is a cold weather traditional warm, comforting drink that is easy to prepare. This healing recipe is for 2 quarts, which will serve up to 6 to 8 people.


4 tbsp Cannabutter 3 med Green apples (diced)
3 cups Onions (finely chopped) 2 cups Apple juice
1 tsp Ginger (ground) 5 cups Broth (chicken or veggie)
1/2 tsp Mace (ground) 2 tbsp Parsley
3 med Butternut squash (seeded, diced)

Melt cannabutter over low heat and add onions, ginger, mace and cooked covered while stirring occasionally until onions are transparent (about 13 to 15 min.). Add squash, apples, broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer partially covered for about 25 minutes. Puree in blender or food processor, add apple juice, heat for a few minutes and serve hot with parsley garnish. Serves 8

Note: This soup is unusual and helps stimulate the appetite and alleviate nausea


6 cups Water 2 tbsp Garlic (fresh minced)
8 med Potatoes 4 tbsp Cannabutter (melted)
1/4 tsp Salt 1/2 cup Half & Half
8 slices Bacon 1/2 Cheddar Cheese (grated)
1 med Onion (chopped)

Boil potatoes in the water with salt until cooked (15 to 20 minutes). Cook bacon, onion and garlic in fry pan while potatoes are boiling and cut bacon in small pieces. Drain the potatoes and add garlic, bacon, melted cannabutter, half & half and cheese and mash totally together and serve hot.

Note: This is a great comfort food for those who have a difficult time eating or with appetite.


4 lg Yams 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 cup Brown Sugar 2 med Apples (sliced) Granny Smith
1/4 cup Cannabutter 1/2 cup Walnuts (chopped)
3 tbsp Water 1 cup Marshmallows
1/2 tsp Cinnamon 1/4 tsp Lemon Pepper

Wash and cook yams in oven until almost cooked. Combine brown sugar,
cannabutter, water, cinnamon, pepper and salt in skillet over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Stir in apples and cook 3 to 4 minutes. Combine with cooked yams and turn into casserole dish. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes. Add walnuts and cook for another 20 minutes.

Note: If adding marshmallows, put them over the top and brown, approx. 5 minutes.


5 cup Bread crumbs 5 cloves Garlic (chopped)
2 tbsp Poultry seasoning 3 tbsp Cannabutter (melted)
1/2 cup Raisins 1 tbsp Savory (ground)
1/2 cup Almonds (sliced) 1/2 cup Cannabis (finely ground)
1/2 cup Celery (chopped) 2 tbsp Sherry or dry white wine
1 med. Onion (chopped) 1 Turkey or chicken

Mix onion and garlic together and brown in cannabutter. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Stuff cleaned chicken or turkey and cook bird as needed, dependant on the weight of the bird.

Note: Helps relieve holiday stress and great for appetite building.


6 to 8 Apples (sliced) 1/2 cup Wheat germ
1/2 cup Raisins 1/2 cup Cannabutter (melted)
1/2 cup Water 1/2 cup Honey
1 cubes Rolled oats 2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 cup Whole wheat flour

Put sliced apples in greased 9×13″ pan. Sprinkle with raisins and water. Heat the cannabutter and honey together and spread over the apples mixture. Combine the rest of the ingredients. Sprinkle evenly over apples. Bake at 350°F degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until apples are soft.

Note: Serve warm or cold with ice cream of whipped cream


1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup white sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt 1 (15 oz) can 100% Pure Pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon kief* 1 (12 oz) can Evaporated Milk

Preheat oven to 425°F. Combine sugar, salt, kief*, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
(Do not freeze as this will cause the crust to separate from the filling.)

1 Silk Screen Medical Grade Cannabis

“Kiefing” is an age old way of extracting trichomes from plant material. Kief is the product derived from the kiefing process. Kiefing is a method in which you rub dry trim and leaves with crystals on them over a silk screen (110 or 120 screen) on a glass surface. The powder that comes through the screen is then scraped off the glass and used in cooking or for smoking. It is usually a pale green to light brown dependant on the strain of the cannabis.

* Cannabutter recipe, please refer to the first edition of Nug Magazine

Wishing you a happy journey to a healthier you
Peace & Love
Mother Earth