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Veteran Profile: Erik Asher - Power of the (Rosin) Press

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Release Date: 09/17/2019

The History of Medical Cannabis from Ancient Times to 1937 to Today show art The History of Medical Cannabis from Ancient Times to 1937 to Today

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Most patients want to know why cannabis is illegal, while most doctors want to know it's not taught in medical school. So says Dr. Paloma Lehfeldt, Medical Science and Patient Liaison for Vireo Health, a physician-led company that works hard to educate patients and physicians. That's why they just launched a new cannabis brand called 1937, named for the year that cannabis prohibition started in America. In this episode, we talk about that new brand and the history of cannabis as medicine. 

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Keeping a Focus on Patient Safety show art Keeping a Focus on Patient Safety

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Many growers can grow, cure and process the plant, but what does it take to make good medicine? To make sure it's safe? We’ll ask Dr. Corey Burchman, the CMO for Acreage Holdings, the parent company of Prime Wellness of PA, which has a grower/processor permit in PA. He explains why he believes all claims about cannabis should be backed by solid research. Full of fascinating insights about the science and current research on cannabis and the endocannabinoid system, this is for patients and physicians.

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Inside SB 350, PA's Adult-Use Bill show art Inside SB 350, PA's Adult-Use Bill

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Sen. Daylin Leach was a co-author of Act 16, which legalized Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania in 2016. Now he's a co-author of Senate Bill 350, which would legalize growing, processing, transporting, and consuming cannabis in the state of Pennsylvania. It's getting high praise as an all-encompassing bill that would address the most important issues around legalization. In this episode, host Sven Hosford and Dispense Magazine CEO Phelan Barreiro talk to Sen. Daylin Leach about those issues. 

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How to Run a Patient-Focused Dispensary show art How to Run a Patient-Focused Dispensary

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In this inspiring podcast, we talk with Victor Guadagnino, Manager and co-founder of Keystone Canna Remedies. He and his aunt Joan have created a model for how to run a Patient-focused Dispensary -- one which provides equal doses of education and empowerment for patients and physicians. Kristal Oknefski, the Editor in Chief of Dispense Magazine, assists in the questioning.

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The State of PA's Medical Cannabis Program show art The State of PA's Medical Cannabis Program

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Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is a loud clear voice for legalization, a voice he earned by listening to over 10,000 people on his 67-county tour of the commonwealth. But how does he feel about MEDICAL cannabis? Over 200 thousand patients have already signed up and almost 12 hundred physicians are signing recommendations. What happens to this program after adult-use becomes legal? In this episode, we’ll hear directly from the Lt Governor -- passionate, emphatic -- dare we say unfettered?

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Veteran Profile: Erik Asher - Power of the (Rosin) Press show art Veteran Profile: Erik Asher - Power of the (Rosin) Press

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In this episode, we talk with Erik Asher, a veteran of Desert Storm, who survived the darkest night of the soul to become a fierce proponent for medical cannabis. Now on a fixed income, he has learned how to triple the yield of the dry flower he purchases in authorized Pennsylvania dispensaries with the help of a rosin press. This is a powerful story of survival, which includes some great tips for medical cannabis patients.  Recorded in March 2019.

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Anxiety is a Qualifying Condition in PA show art Anxiety is a Qualifying Condition in PA

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As of July 20, 2019, the Pennsylvania Dept of Health now includes anxiety to the list of qualifying conditions for patients to be able to use medical cannabis. But what exactly does it mean to have anxiety? We all get anxious from time to time.

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Behind the scenes at Prime Wellness of PA show art Behind the scenes at Prime Wellness of PA

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The legal Medical Cannabis produced in Pennsylvania is getting great reviews, and the medicine produced at Prime Wellness of PA is getting some of the highest marks.

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Discovering the Soul of Cannabis show art Discovering the Soul of Cannabis

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Soulful Cannabis is a Philedelphia based organizaiton working to keep all aspects of the industry focused on the right things. They call themselves a collective to make a good industry better. Using thought-provoking events and other third-party tools, they monitor the Social Equity of cannabis, which is a big picture view of the community impact, opportunity, diversity, patient advocacy, and social justice issues.

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Cannabis as The Exit Drug show art Cannabis as The Exit Drug

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Rather than a Gateway Drug, Cannabis is quickly becoming the Exit drug as more people like Felicia Greenfield-Blau encourage patients to use it along with well established holistic therapies. She’s part of a natural convergence of the holistic and cannabis worlds, which is why she's on the cover of our Spring Issue! In this interview she explains her therapies and philosophies, and how cannabis has been such an important part of an opioid reduction program. She offers this therapy model at multiple locations of Reboot Integrative Wellness Center in the Philadelphia area. 

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Medical cannabis is a huge issue with veterans, as it is often the most effective treatment for both pain and PTSD. So Dispense Magazine is proud to bring you profiles of veterans who are making waves in the cannabis industry by helping to make things better for other veterans.

In this episode, we talk with Erik Asher, a veteran of Desert Storm, who survived the darkest night of the soul to become a fierce proponent for the only medicine that actually works for him.

Erik tells the tale of that darkness and what brought him back to the light. Now on a fixed income, he has learned how to triple the yield of the dry flower he purchases in authorized Pennsylvania dispensaries with the help of a rosin press. 

This is a powerful story of survival, which includes some great tips for medical cannabis patients.

Recorded in March 2019 at Mind Body and Holistic Healing Expo in Monroeville.  

Visit his YouTube Channel to see his 'squash' videos.