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Desert Tripping – A Closer Look at Peyote: Spiritual, Medicinal, & Controversial

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There’s something about those vast desert landscapes – overflowing with emptiness, hostility, and a unique style of beauty – that seem to trigger deep and introspective spiritual experiences in many of us.

It’s a fact that since ancient times, humans have gravitated toward the artistic and transcendental nature of the desert. This phenomenon can be noted throughout different periods of time, from desert theology in the Old Testament, to Jim Morrison’s “lizard king” adventures in New Mexico, to the droves of artists and free thinkers currently flocking to the Mojave. If there’s one thing that can be said about desert landscapes, it’s that they are truly magical – in their own rugged, untamable, and dangerous type of way.

All that magic, wonder, and spiritual freedom also leads to curiosity and, more often than not, an urge to become more connected to the surrounding environment. Where can I go to be even more alone? What else is out there? What kind of plants can get me high and boost my meditative experience? All valid questions, but let’s focus on that last one.

Most deserts have some type of hallucinogenic plant, but not all psychedelics are created equal. For example, in my neck of the woods (Joshua Tree) you’ll find Jimson Weed everywhere, a beautiful white flower which can certainly get you high… but it’s usually a bad trip that ends with illness and sometimes even death. No fun. Now, if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Chihuahuan desert a bit further east, you’ll find a small cactus that doesn’t look like much but is world renowned for the emotional, spiritual, and physical experience it can provide – Peyote.

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Peyote:  A botanical overview

Peyote, or Lophophora williamsii, is a small, spineless cactus with psychoactive alkaloids, the main one of interesting being mescaline. Peyote is a Spanish word derived from the Nahuatl peyōtl meaning “caterpillar cocoon”. It’s native to Mexico and southwestern Texas, and some parts of southeastern New Mexico. It is found primarily in the Chihuahuan desert and Sierra Marde occidental regions.

The Peyote cactus grows among thorny shrubs in the high regions, mainly between 330 and 4,920 ft, although in some rare circumstances, it has been found at elevations as high as 6,200 feet. It’s a very hardy plant that can grow in many different types of increment weather conditions, mainly, it just needs that dry desert air. It’s common to find it growing on or near limestone hills.

Peyotes are small, round, and somewhat flat, earthy green in color with tiny pink flowers at certain times of the year. It looks very similar to a green gourd with little flowers. The flowers bloom throughout spring and early summer, mostly from March to May, but can continue into September if conditions are ideal.

French botanist Charles Antoine Lemaire first identified the species as Echinocactus williamsii in 1845. A few decades later, it was recategorized in the newly established genus Lophophora by American botanist John Merle Coulter in 1894.

More about mescaline

Mescaline is a naturally occurring, plant-based psychedelic protoalkaloid belonging to the  phenethylmine class. It’s known for its powerful hallucinogenic properties, comparable to those of LSD and psilocybin. In addition to Peyote, mescaline can be synthesized from a few other cactus species as well such as the San Pedro cactus (Echinopsis pachanoi), the Peruvian torch (Echinopsis peruviana), and others.

A common dose for peyote is roughly 200 to 400 mg, depending on the person’s size, level of experience with the plant, and other factors. This translates to about 10 to 20 grams of dried peyote buttons, although potency can vary considerably between plants. The effects of mescaline last about 10 to 12 hours and can trigger very rich visual and auditory hallucinations.

Mescaline binds to virtually all serotonin receptors in the brain but has a stronger affinity for the 1A and 2A/B/C receptors. It’s structurally similar to LSD and often used as a benchmark when comparing psychedelics. Proper brain function is dependent on accurate signaling between these receptors.

Spiritual and cultural history

Cacti containing mescaline have a long history of use in Central and South America. Peyote, specifically, has been documented use dating back about 5,700 years, but it was likely being utilized way before then. Many Native American religious ceremonies included the use of peyote, and this was first noted by European settlers in the 1500s.

Although peyote use was widespread at the time, misguided Spanish conquistadors, banned the act in most regions. Yes, they went to a country that was not theirs and prohibited acts they knew nothing about. That said, religious persecution confined peyote usage to a few select areas near the Pacific coast and up to southwest Texas.

However, by the 1800s, peyote use began to spread away from those area, north into Central America. This was credited to a “new kind of peyote ceremony” initiated by the Kiowa and Comanche people. In 1920, these religious practices were written into United States under laws established to protect the beliefs and rituals of the Native American Church.

It has since spread throughout the United States and as far north as Saskatchewan, Canada. To this day, peyote is LEGALLY used in religious tribal ceremonies. Although it is federally prohibited for most U.S. citizen, there are exceptions in place for members of the Native American Church.

In traditional peyote preparations, the top of the cactus is cut off, leaving the large tap root along with a small, green photosynthesizing area where new heads can grow. These heads are then dried to make disc-shaped buttons. The buttons are chewed or soaked in water to make a beverage. Peyote is extremely bitter though, so, more contemporary users will usually grind the dried buttons into a powder and pour into capsules to consume.

What does the science say about Peyote?

In various indigenous cultures, peyote is used medicinally as well. For example, it has been used to treat various ailments and illnesses including snake bits, diabetes, skin conditions, general pain, hormonal issues, viruses, and even blindness. Aside from mescaline, peyote also contains an alkaloid called peyocactin, or hordenine as it’s more commonly referred to. In numerous studies, hordenine has been shown to assist with athletic performance and weight loss.

Peyote’s powerful effects on the serotonin system makes it a promising option for treating depression, PTSD, addiction, and other mental health disorders. In fact, research indicates that mescaline can increase blood flow and activity in the prefrontal cortex. This area of the brain regulates our ability to make plans, solve problems, control our emotions, and monitor our behavior. Low activity and poor circulation in this brain region has been linked to depression, anxiety, and subsequently, addiction and other disorders. All problems that psychedelics, including mescaline, have been used to alleviate.

Furthermore, following a peyote high, many users experience something known as the “afterglow”, that can last up to 6 weeks after a trip. During the afterglow period, users report feeling happier, less anxiety, more empathic, less prone to cravings, and more open to communication. These afterglow effects can increase the efficiency of therapy sessions while allowing the patient/user to feel some clarity and peace. Despite all being anecdotal, this information does have some obvious implications for future psychiatric treatment options to relieve depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.

When it comes to side effects, especially long term, the research is extremely limited. It’s is considered a generally safe substance (depending on who you ask), and a lethal dose has not yet been identified. Meaning, there are no documented deaths from a peyote overdose.

Some studies have found a correlation between certain mental health problems and bad trips, although that is subjective as a bad trip can be triggered by many different external factors. However, in a 2005 study of Native American ceremonial use, there were no indications of any negative, long term health effects from regular peyote use. According to the research, “peyote appears to present little risk of flashbacks, or hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD).”

What to expect

Should you decide to try peyote for yourself, you can expect to start feeling the effects coming on in about 30 minutes. Typically, you will experience some mild physical discomfort such as sweating or feeling bloated, but that subsides pretty quickly, eventually giving way to feelings of calm, peace, and acceptance.

You will peak, or feel the maximum psychoactive effects, at around two to four hours into your trip. Many people describe it as mystical, transcendental, profound, and eye-opening. They feel deeply connected to themselves, their thoughts, and the world around them. Visual distortions are also common – colors can seem more vibrant, patterns can looks like they’re moving, and you might see walls or other inanimate objects that appear to be breathing. Some believe they’re seeing the actual energy or lifeforce in everything around them.

Bad trips, or negative highs, are also a possibility, but they’re more likely to occur when a user overlooks the importance of setting the stage before they get high. It’s important to make sure you’re somewhere safe with people who you feel comfortable around. Any anxieties about your immediate environment have the tendency to result in a bad trip.

Final thoughts

If you’re looking for a natural, therapeutic hallucinogen that is deeply rooted in Native American shamanic culture, look no further than the peyote cactus. It’s a powerful psychedelic, endemic to the Chihuahuan desert, that is still used in religious ceremonies to this day.

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4 Tips to Market Your Marijuana Dispensary

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Even Marijuana Needs Marketing

Marijuana has become a household name. It has already turned that page of history when speaking about weed or smoking it was considered illegal and was punishable. Nowadays, people have a more accepting attitude to the preferences of others and many of them advocate for diversity of opinions and choices. Marijuana, cannabis, and weed, in general, have always been the subject of hot debates, but one thing is clear. People need them for various reasons. Some use marijuana to get that feeling of satisfaction, to feel happy, while others opt for it for recreational purposes. This means that the owners of marijuana dispensaries and shops already have a long-developed customer base. The only thing remaining is to target them carefully and market your product correctly to win their loyalty and trust.

Tip #1. Personal Values

Surprisingly, personal values play a significant role in choosing marijuana over other types of relaxing and recreational activities. Studies have shown that young adults, especially, highly value their health and well-being. However, as this period is probably the most stressful among the others in the human lifespan, young adults very often need something to unwind and have some rest. For these purposes, they can choose weed. Research has shown that young adults consider marijuana healthier than alcohol, and it has become an essential part of their emotional wellness.

Tip #2. Teach New Ways

This can be very applicable to adults and baby boomers. Thinking that marijuana can be interested only to youngsters is the very right step to cutting down a large part of your potential buyers. It turns out that baby boomers have been also interested in marijuana for years; however, they refrained from using it due to societal constraints. As a result, the boomers might not be very well aware of the new and healthier ways to consume marijuana. The best approach here is to advertise and educate boomers on the health benefits of it. On the other hand, it would be great to train your staff to be welcoming to boomers. The latter usually seek information and are very keen on learning and trying something new.

Tip #3. Use Personas in Your Marketing

Personas are a very powerful tool when it comes to marketing. When you do market research, you will see that certain population groups are especially interested in your product. Those groups can be broken down into subgroups based on their gender, occupation, location, etc. For each of them, you can create a persona – a representative figure which accumulates the interests and the motives of these groups in one person. You can name her or him the way you want; the important thing here is that you can consider that persona’s internal frame of reference every time you present a new product. You can use him or her to find out whether that new offer will work for that particular group or not. Based on various reasons, like the frequency of their purchases or benefits they want to get, you can come up with something even better.

Tip #4. Use customized items.

Using custom-printed items would do a great favor to any marijuana dispensary. It is something that helps stand out and promote your business without putting much time and effort into creating something new. Ganjaprint, an all-inclusive store of custom-branded promotions for dispensaries and smoke shops provides a big variety of lighters, bags, matches, grinders, jars and rolling papers, and much more. The best thing about Ganjaprint is that the dispensary-owner can order its logo to be printed on any product, which will make it more recognizable and would differentiate it among the others. For example, Ganjaprint has already come up with designs for refillable custom clipper lighters with a 72-hour rush print offered. Using their website, you can order these lighters or any item that you want choosing the colors and the location.

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By carefully using the tips above any shop owner can make sure that he/she targets the right audience and communicates the products in the right way. On one hand, knowing your customers and speaking in their language would serve the need to win their hearts. On the other hand, applying for the services of Ganjaprint and ordering your unique items will help your product be in use longer than any alternative to it.

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4 Tips to Market Your Marijuana Dispensary

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Even Marijuana Needs Marketing

Marijuana has become a household name. It has already turned that page of history when speaking about weed or smoking it was considered illegal and was punishable. Nowadays, people have a more accepting attitude to the preferences of others and many of them advocate for diversity of opinions and choices. Marijuana, cannabis, and weed, in general, have always been the subject of hot debates, but one thing is clear. People need them for various reasons. Some use marijuana to get that feeling of satisfaction, to feel happy, while others opt for it for recreational purposes. This means that the owners of marijuana dispensaries and shops already have a long-developed customer base. The only thing remaining is to target them carefully and market your product correctly to win their loyalty and trust.

Tip #1. Personal Values

Surprisingly, personal values play a significant role in choosing marijuana over other types of relaxing and recreational activities. Studies have shown that young adults, especially, highly value their health and well-being. However, as this period is probably the most stressful among the others in the human lifespan, young adults very often need something to unwind and have some rest. For these purposes, they can choose weed. Research has shown that young adults consider marijuana healthier than alcohol, and it has become an essential part of their emotional wellness.

Tip #2. Teach New Ways

This can be very applicable to adults and baby boomers. Thinking that marijuana can be interested only to youngsters is the very right step to cutting down a large part of your potential buyers. It turns out that baby boomers have been also interested in marijuana for years; however, they refrained from using it due to societal constraints. As a result, the boomers might not be very well aware of the new and healthier ways to consume marijuana. The best approach here is to advertise and educate boomers on the health benefits of it. On the other hand, it would be great to train your staff to be welcoming to boomers. The latter usually seek information and are very keen on learning and trying something new.

Tip #3. Use Personas in Your Marketing

Personas are a very powerful tool when it comes to marketing. When you do market research, you will see that certain population groups are especially interested in your product. Those groups can be broken down into subgroups based on their gender, occupation, location, etc. For each of them, you can create a persona – a representative figure which accumulates the interests and the motives of these groups in one person. You can name her or him the way you want; the important thing here is that you can consider that persona’s internal frame of reference every time you present a new product. You can use him or her to find out whether that new offer will work for that particular group or not. Based on various reasons, like the frequency of their purchases or benefits they want to get, you can come up with something even better.

Tip #4. Use customized items.

Using custom-printed items would do a great favor to any marijuana dispensary. It is something that helps stand out and promote your business without putting much time and effort into creating something new. Ganjaprint, an all-inclusive store of custom-branded promotions for dispensaries and smoke shops provides a big variety of lighters, bags, matches, grinders, jars and rolling papers, and much more. The best thing about Ganjaprint is that the dispensary-owner can order its logo to be printed on any product, which will make it more recognizable and would differentiate it among the others. For example, Ganjaprint has already come up with designs for refillable custom clipper lighters with a 72-hour rush print offered. Using their website, you can order these lighters or any item that you want choosing the colors and the location.

Marijuana’s Four

By carefully using the tips above any shop owner can make sure that he/she targets the right audience and communicates the products in the right way. On one hand, knowing your customers and speaking in their language would serve the need to win their hearts. On the other hand, applying for the services of Ganjaprint and ordering your unique items will help your product be in use longer than any alternative to it.

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Shield Compliance is a comprehensive compliance management platform for banking cannabis-related businesses. The company’s focus is on transforming the way cannabis banks and legal marijuana financial institutions manage risk, comply with regulations, and satisfy operational demands across the United States.

Cannabiz Media recently spoke with Tony Repanich, President and Chief Operating Officer at Shield Compliance, to learn more about how he and his team use the Cannabiz Media License Database to support their business development, data intelligence, and license verification processes.

Why Does Shield Compliance Subscribe to the Cannabiz Media License Database?

Shield Compliance subscribes to the Cannabiz Media License Database for access to reliable industry intelligence and licensing data for the cannabis industry. “We rely on the Cannabiz Media License Database to bring information into our platform,” shares Tony Repanich. “It’s an important part of our license verification process and our licensed data set.”

Thanks to the reliable data in the Cannabiz Media platform, Tony and his team save a significant amount of the time and frustration previously required to find the data they need to do their jobs. 

Tony explains, “There are a lot of states that make it very difficult to get information about the licenses they’ve issued and the enforcement actions they’ve undertaken. Where we can get direct state integration to get data, we do that. However, where we need an additional uplift in terms of boots on the street or boots on the phone and keyboard to get the information from states that are more difficult to deal with, we rely on the Cannabiz Media License Database to bring that information into our platform.”

Bottom-line, Tony says, “The Cannabiz Media team has done a great job bringing together that information and having diligence around filling those gaps.”

What’s Next for Shield Compliance?

A big focus for Shield Compliance in the near future is its new onboarding solution. Tony explains, “We brought our new onboarding solution to market at the end of 2020, and it’s really helping our bankers streamline the onboarding process and creating a much better client experience. We’re really excited to get that in front of more bankers this year.”

With more states legalizing cannabis and launching new cannabis programs, Shield Compliance is focusing on future trends and the evolving industry. “We’re having a lot more conversations with bankers that we’ve never talked to in the past, like New York and New Jersey,” Tony shares. “We’re also having a lot more conversations with bankers about their willingness and ability to lend, which is great for the industry.”

For more information about Shield Compliance and to hear additional insights from Tony Repanich, follow the link and listen to Cannabiz Media’s recent Cannacurio podcast episode featuring Tony as the special guest.

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New York Marijuana Legalization Bill Signed By Governor Cuomo

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Following Governor Andrew Cuomo signing into law a bill the state House recently approved, New York has become the 15th U.S. state to fully legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use. Though previous legalization proposals in the state have fallen flat, this bill seems to have enough in it to satisfy most interested parties while ensuring marijuana is completely legal throughout New York. The New York marijuana legalization bill is worth taking a closer look at.

New York Will Work To Repay Communities Hit Hardest By Drug War

Though it may be easy to focus on the attention-grabbing headline that is one of America’s most influential states fully legalizing marijuana, there is much more to New York’s legalization story. The bill signed into law by Governor Cuomo aims at not only legalizing marijuana use, but righting the wrongs of the War on Drugs.  Once recreational sales begin, 40% of all tax revenue generated by the legal marijuana industry will go towards communities, primarily communities of color, which were unequally impacted by marijuana prohibition. According to the New York Times, the new law will ensure that, “people convicted of marijuana-related offenses that are no longer criminalized will have their records automatically expunged.” It is incredibly important to progressives to include equitable solutions to the wrongs caused by the War on Drugs. The New York legalization effort has clearly placed an emphasis on aiding communities most unjustly impacted by the drug war from the outset. Regarding New York’s legalization effort, Democratic majority leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes said, “Equity is not a second thought, it’s the first one, and it needs to be, because the people who paid the price for this war on drugs have lost so much.”  While ending prohibition and promoting equity are key, one other necessary component of cannabis legalization is education. Medical Marijuana 411 prides ourselves on providing the highest-quality and most up to date online cannabis education courses. Our Cannabis 101 course will provide you with all of the most current, scientifically-based research into the cannabis plant and its compounds. To check out the rest of our course catalog click here. 

A Massive Win For the Progressive Marijuana Movement

At this point, it seems as though a new state legalizes marijuana for medicinal or recreational use every day. The progressive legalization movement is seeing sweeping victories across the United States as we head into the Summer of 2021. What remains to be seen is if or when the federal government will take some sweeping action in order to be more in line with the majority of states in the Union. This is no longer a fantasy, it is a reality that may not be so far away.

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