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Do you remember the first time you learned the difference between an indica and sativa? How about when you first heard the term cannabis or cannabinoid, trichome or terpene?

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Oaksterdam University Opening Campus in Las Vegas, NV in 2016

Do you remember the first time you learned the difference between an indica and sativa? How about when you first heard the term cannabis or cannabinoid, trichome or terpene? Today perhaps?

There’s a lot for us all to learn. There’s a lot of basic information and facts, which the general public has yet to learn. This is an election year. What about those potential voters that have never heard the word cannabis? When they hear the word marijuana they may think about a joint. We automatically think about smoking. We think about smoking cigarettes and that can’t be good for you. You smoke marijuana, you take cannabis. Notice that I didn’t use the term “use cannabis”. Do you use Tylenol? No, you take Tylenol. Adult-use vs. recreational, it all matters.

It is generally not known that cannabis has many routes of administration. For example, cannabis can be administered as a capsule, suppository, topically, or sublingually as a tincture. A few drops under the tongue and it can enter your bloodstream quicker. A tincture can also be glycerin based rather than alcohol based. And just as you take albuterol for asthma, cannabis – also a known bronchodilator can be inhaled through a similar device.

We were always led in the direction that marijuana causes lung cancer. However, cannabis has been shown to reduce neuropathic pain, reduce muscle spasticity in patients with multiple sclerosis and has anti-tumor effects. These cannabinoids act as neuromodulators, regulating appetite, pain, mood and memory.

Do you know the difference and more importantly the significance between THC and THCA? THC is looked at as something that gets people stoned. THCA however is non-psychoactive and non-psychotropic. It is antiemetic and anti-inflammatory. It exists so long as the plant is wet. Once it decarboxylates over 105 degrees, the A, the Acid molecule goes away and it evolves into THC. When is the last time you saw a THCA product? How can you take that knowledge, harness its potential, debunk stoner myths, provide a service to patients and provide for your own family?

Did you know that cannabis can only be recommended? It cannot be prescribed because it is a schedule 1 substance which means that the drug or substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. However, the US government also holds patent

US 6630507 B1 – that has registered cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. A contradiction to say the least.

Have you studied your local, state and federal law as it pertains to medical or adult-use marijuana laws? Are you aware of your rights as a citizen and medical marijuana patient? Do you understand your local and state cultivation laws?

At Oaksterdam University we help ensure that every student leaves with a well-rounded education with an opportunity to answer these questions and every question you have.

After many successful seminars in Las Vegas and thousands of statewide alum, OU is happy to announce that we estimate the opening of our Las Vegas campus this August of 2016 and will be offering classes this September. Keep an eye out on our website and social media for updates as well as internships and staff opportunities.

There’s a new opportunity for everyone in this industry including an ancillary business market where one doesn’t have to make contact with the plant in order to cultivate a niche in this industry. Do bear in mind as you partner and move forward, that as the advocate may cross the road, the opportunist may cross the line.

By: Dr. Aseem Sappal

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