Category: Education

Psychedelic Scientists Decry Drug War Obstacles at Psilocybin Research Event

The War on Drugs causes so much unnecessary heartache and pain, from unnecessary arrests to exorbitant taxes that prevent hardworking mom-and-pop entrepreneurs from achieving their American Dream. The unnecessary obstacles stifling medical research is one of the many ills of the Drug War, preventing people from saving and improving their lives with safe medical options. The cannabis community knows all too well the ridiculous barriers put in place whenever researchers attempt to study federal Schedule I substances. Now, with psychedelic research following in the footsteps of cannabis, scientists are facing similar nonsensical hurdles that needlessly delay the ability to find safe medicines just waiting to be unlocked. As Marijuana Moment reported, prominent scientists decried these outdated Drug War obstacles at the inaugural Psilocybin Research Speaker Series event hosted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), under the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on April 22nd:

A federal health agency kicked off a speaker series on Thursday that’s dedicated to recapping science on the therapeutic potential of psilocybin mushrooms. And the experts who spoke at the first event said in response to Marijuana Moment’s questions that federal drug laws are out of step with voters and undermine the research objectives of the scientific community.

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Asked by Marijuana Moment about whether the scheduling status of psilocybin under federal law inhibits research into the compound’s risk and benefits, Dr. Roland Griffiths of Johns Hopkins University said that the “Schedule I status is anathema to research because it makes research much more difficult—and that’s both clinical research and even preclinical research.”

“Even a preclinical neurological researcher, if they want to work with a Schedule I compound, they still have to jump through all the hurdles and create a [Drug Enforcement Administration] license and track their substance in a way that’s really quite discouraging of research,” he said. “I wish there were an easier workaround for Schedule I compounds and research generally, but as the laws are currently written, there isn’t a workaround.”

The National Cancer Institute has this to say about psilocybin and the current status of federal law and ongoing research:

“Psilocybin is the natural active compound found in more than 200 species of fungi, more commonly referred to as ‘magic mushrooms.’ Psilocybin is converted by the body to psilocin, which has hallucinogenic mind-altering properties. These naturally occurring mushrooms have been used anthropologically worldwide by indigenous cultures for centuries in the context of religious or spiritual healing ceremonies. Psilocybin is currently a Schedule I substance under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Schedule 1 classification defines chemicals or substances that, currently, have no accepted medical use and have a high potential for abuse. Advances in clinical trials, however, are researching psilocybin to treat cancer related depression, for example, and moreover for its potential medicinal application in treating a range of severe psychiatric disorders, such as: major depressive disorder, treatment resistant depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders, as well as anorexia. To date, FDA granted two breakthrough therapy designations for psilocybin, one for treatment resistant depression in 2018, and a second for major depressive disorder in 2019.”

This is a fascinating time for drug policy activism, from legalizing cannabis to harnessing the healing properties of natural substances that have been wrongly criminalized. It’s great to seen Oregon, with the passage of Measure 109, helping lead the way.

If we can safely help people we should explore those avenues and let science be the guide, not decades of propaganda and misinformation. Too many of our citizens are suffering, whether they are veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress or everyday Americans combating PTSD or depression themselves. It’s great to see our nation take steps towards a sane drug policy and this federally-funded Psilocybin Research Speaker Series is a nice step in the right direction. There are more panels on May 27th and June 4th, 7th, and 10th covering a variety of topics including microdosing, group therapy, psychotherapy for cancer-related psychiatric distress, and more. You can see the full agenda and register here.

Even though 4/20 is behind us, there are still plenty of great deals at Kind Leaf to help uplift your mood. As always, senior citizens, military veterans, and OMMP patients qualify for discounts. Free online ordering through Leafly pickup for convenience or come on into Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique.

Celebrate the 4/20 Holiday with Great Deals at Kind Leaf!

Everybody knows that April 20th is a special holiday for the cannabis community and there is certainly a lot to celebrate this year. Since 4/20 last year, Arizona, New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, New Mexico, Virginia, and New York have all voted to end prohibition. The latest Gallup Poll revealed that 68% of Americans believe that marijuana should be legal, an all-time high since the polling firm found that only 12% felt the same back in 1969. The most recent Pew Research Poll revealed that over 90% of Americans believe that cannabis should be legal for either adult-use or medicinal purposes, and the SAFE Banking Act passed the United States House of Representatives by a whopping 321-101 margin. The banking bill, an extremely important piece of legislation for the cannabis industry, now moves onto the Senate with a lot of bipartisan momentum. With tons to celebrate, there are no better places to stock up than Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique.

Pendleton’s Kind Leaf is always the best shop for cannabis connoisseurs and novices alike, but the 4/20 deals are especially epic. This year there are too many amazing deals to even list them all, but to name just a few: 30% off Oregrown and Willamette Valley Alchemy products; 40% off of Green Bodhi, Fox Hollow Flora, and 7 Points Oregon top shelf flower; 40% off of Select Elite and Live Resin; 20% off Grön Chocolates, Mule Extract Gummies, and Happy Kitchen Edibles; 30% off of Exotic Blends and Blues Brothers; 40% off of fire & Jane and Loyal Oil Co. products; and $50 ounces of flower will be available! And just in time, Nathan Apodaca AKA the one and only Doggface that cheered up the world by vibing on his skateboard, is making his introduction into the Oregon market. All while supplies last, so don’t be a late slacker.

There are a lot of dispensaries to choose from in beautiful Oregon, but at Kind Leaf you know that you are choosing from the very best selection in the Great Northwest and that you are supporting a local business that gives back to the local community. You can order online at Leafly and conveniently pick up your products. Or just come on in and the knowledgeable, friendly staff will be happy to assist you. There are always great deals and discounts for military veterans, senior citizens, and OMMP patients. Thank you for the support and have an amazing, and safe, holiday celebration.

Happy Birthday to Kind Leaf! Thank You for Four Great Years!

March 10 marks four years since the opening of Kind Leaf. Through hard, work, perseverance, and, yes, great cannabis, a hope and a dream has evolved into Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique. There is no better place to acquire cannabis flower and products in Oregon, with a selection that can rival any place on the planet. Kind Leaf is there for the cannabis community and even for your friends and family that don’t partake as the shop stays stocked with great non-cannabis items, making it a one-stop shop for tourists and local connoisseurs alike.

When shopping at Kind Leaf, you know that you are supporting a local, Oregon-owned small business that gives back to the community and cares about its neighbors. Kind Leaf supports local events and businesses, with everything culminating in the Kind Tree program that benefits families in need of help providing a magical Christmas Day for children who would otherwise go without.

Regardless of the headlines screaming about record-breaking profits and the next state passing a legalization measure, the cannabis industry is not for the faint of heart by any means. The rules, regulations, and taxes are very burdensome and the profit margins are way too slim, but if your heart is in the right place and you provide a quality product, you can actually achieve the American dream. Kind Leaf is a great example for other businesses to follow, as good work and good deeds can equal great business. Happy fourth birthday, Kind Leaf, here’s to FOUR MORE YEARS. And then four more. And then four more…

There are always great deals at Kind Leaf that include discounts to military veterans, OMMP patients, and all senior citizens. There are birthday specials to commemorate March 10th (the soft launch anniversary) and March 11th (the Grand Opening anniversary) and you can order online via Leafly.

Make Your Christmas Tree the Dankest with Custom Kind Leaf Ornaments by JJ and Co

Yes, Kind Leaf in beautiful Pendleton, Oregon, has the biggest and best selection of cannabis flower and products in Oregon, if not the entire Great Northwest. Thankfully, they employ a friendly, knowledgeable staff that can answer all of your questions to help you find what you need, either for yourself, or for the cannabis connoisseur on your shopping list. However, in addition to cannabis, Kind Leaf carries many other locally-made items that can light up the life of anyone, whether they are a regular member of the cannabis community or not. This December, make your Christmas Tree the dankest of them all, or stock the stuffing of a loved one, with a custom Kind Leaf ornament, made locally by JJ and Co.

When you venture into Kind Leaf, you’ll definitely notice the amazing cannabis selection, but you’ll also see cool wooden signs made by JJ and Co, a mom-and-pop home decor store in Pendleton. When you venture into other area businesses, you likely see a lot of JJ and Co’s handiwork as they have proven to provide excellent products and service for both home and business decor. JJ and Co also make stickers and you can order all kinds of custom-made products directly from them, to provide the perfect gift for your perfect someone. Of the ornaments available at Kind Leaf, I think that I’m gonna have to pick up a Sasquatch one, actually probably a few, so I can keep one for myself and gift a couple.

It shouldn’t take a pandemic to bring home the importance of supporting local businesses, but the COVID economy has brought the importance of shopping at small businesses to the forefront. When you shop at Kind Leaf, you know that your hard-earned dollars are staying in Oregon and that they do all that they can to assist other local businesses as much as possible. From the Kind Leaf Tree program that benefits families in need, to partnering with businesses like JJ and Co, I’m proud of Kind Leaf for doing its part. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas everybody!

You can peruse Kind Leaf’s menu online at Leafly and don’t forget about the discounts given to veterans, OMMP patients, senior citizens, and for utilizing the pick-up window. #BeKind

When Shopping for Thanksgiving Supplies, Don’t Forget the Deals at Kind Leaf

Thanksgiving is a lot of work. Even with many Thanksgiving dinners being smaller this year, they still take a ton of effort to satisfy everyone’s taste buds and providing traditional dishes that people have grown to love.

When you’re out securing supplies and stocking up for festivities, and your anywhere near beautiful Pendleton, Oregon, you’ll want to stop into Kind Leaf today or tomorrow to purchase from the biggest and best selection of cannabis strains and products in the state, if not the entire Northwest. Kind Leaf closes on Thanksgiving so employees can enjoy the holiday, so don’t forget. After Thanksgiving, come back to Kind Leaf to enjoy Green Friday and Small Business Saturday specials.

This week’s deals:

FLOWER 15% OFF – Chemdawg, Dr. Leveque, Sunset Sherbert, Dogwalker OG

FLOWER 30% OFF – Lite Me Up

EDIBLES 30% OFF – Muru Cannamixer, SDK 1:1 & thc Cookies EDIBLES 15% OFF – Serra Edibles, Gron Mega Pearls

EXTRACT 15% OFF – Willamette Valley Alchemy Shatter, Sugar Tree Extract

VAPE 15% OFF – Buddies Cartridges

VAPE 30% OFF – Highland Provisions Cartridges

PREROLLS 30% OFF – Yerba Buena & Loyal

Remember that Kind Leaf always honors veterans, senior citizens, and OMMP patients with discounts. Order online via Leafly and utilize the pickup window to get an additional 5% off your order.

When you support Kind Leaf, you are supporting a local business that gives back to its local community, not just in providing jobs and revenue, but in projects such as the Kind Tree program that benefits families in need of some assistance providing a fun Christmas for their children. Have a great Thanksgiving holiday everybody, please be safe and be kind.

Congratulations, Cannabis Community! You’re the Supermajority. Celebrate at Kind Leaf.

As many have written about, cannabis legalization was a HUGE winner at the 2020 ballot box, all across the country, in red, blue, and purple states. Gallup’s latest poll shows extremely strong support for ending prohibition, with more than 2/3 of American voters agreeing that it is time to end the war on the cannabis community. The record-breaking 68% support is a reason to celebrate, and there is no better place to relish in another historic day for freedom and liberty than a trip to Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique.

From Gallup:

Americans are more likely now than at any point in the past five decades to support the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. The 68% of U.S. adults who currently back the measure is not statistically different from last year’s 66%; however, it is nominally Gallup’s highest reading, exceeding the 64% to 66% range seen from 2017 to 2019.

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Since 2012, when Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, there has been a slow trickle of states that have followed suit. Over that period, Americans’ support for marijuana legalization has risen 20 points to a record-high 68%. This measure has enjoyed majority support from the public since 2013. Additionally, Gallup data from earlier this year find that 70% of U.S. adults now consider smoking marijuana to be morally acceptable, marking a five-percentage-point uptick in one year.

The trajectory of the public’s support for the legalization of marijuana has coincided with an increasing number of states approving it. It is not entirely clear whether the shift in public opinion has caused the change in many state laws or vice versa. Given recent trends, more states are likely to legalize recreational marijuana in the future. Considering the high level of public support for such a measure, a change in federal policy could even occur.

When you shop at Kind Leaf, you are helping out the local Pendleton community, not only by providing jobs and revenue, but also because the local company truly cares, as it gives back to their neighbors with initiatives like the Kind Tree program that helps families in need celebrate the holidays. I’ll certainly be blogging a lot about Kind Tree as it truly warms my heart and demonstrates what the cannabis community is truly about.

These are trying times for everyone, but there are reasons to celebrate and we should take advantage of these moments. And, as best as we can, please be kind to one another.

This week’s specials at Kind Leaf:

  • FLOWER 15% OFF – Satsuma Dream, Cherry Pie Sorbet, Cindy Blue, Koffee Cake
  • FLOWER 30% OFF – Druid
  • EDIBLES 15% OFF – High 5 Elixers, Chalice Blasts
  • EDIBLES 30% OFF – Elbe’s Edibles, Titan’s Kind Chews
  • EXTRACT 15% OFF – Oregrown Nectar Skull Cap, Artifact Extracts (All Varieties)
  • VAPE 15% OFF – Avitas PAX Cartridges
  • VAPE 30% OFF – Chalice RXO Cartridges
  • PREROLLS 15% OFF – Dreamgirl Cannabis Prerolls, Doobie Preroll Packs

Enjoy Your Weekend Right with Great Deals from Kind Leaf

We live in stressful times. Too stressful. I could list off the numerous calamities facing all of us in 2020, but we’re all aware of such unpleasant things no need to rehash them all in every blog. However, there are still plenty of things to celebrate, including the immense beauty of Oregon and the lovely thing known as the weekend. If you are one of the lucky ones with weekends off, or even if you have to work on the weekends, you should venture into Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique to peruse the best selection around and to take advantage of some amazing deals.

You can still enjoy 15% off of cannabis flower including Sunset Sherbert, Strawberry Fields, Blue City Diesel, and White Sumo strains. If tasty edibles are what you seek, enjoy 15% off of Fully Baked Edibles and Wana Assorted Flavor Gummies, while enjoying 30% off of Blaze Single Dark Chocolate Blood Orange, Gron Fire Mega Pearl. Highland Provisions Live and Cured Resin Cartridges are 15% off as well. If extracts are your thing, enjoy 15% off of Decibel Farms Live Rosin and Wicked Kind Extracts or get a whopping 30% price reduction when purchasing Oregrown Ancient OG Caviar and Diamonds. Gud Gardens prerolls are 15% off while Shadowbox Farms Preroll 3-packs are a buck off right now.

As always, there is a 5% discount available for utilizing the pick-up window and discounts for veterans, seniors, and all Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) patients. Check out the entire amazing menu on Leafly and easily place an order online for pickup.

Whether You Watched the First Presidential Debate Or Not, You Deserve These Deals

It’s cliche to complain about 2020, but those complaint’s are simply true. We have lost too much and have been deprived of too much joy this year. It’s no wonder that Oregon cannabis sales have hit all-time highs, with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Throw a contentious presidential election on top of everything else going on in the world, it is understandable that you will want to utilize cannabis for recreation or medicine during such stressful times. Fortunately, Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique has your cannabis flower and products covered, with some amazing deals to boot.

This week, enjoy 15% off of High Llama, Blue City Diesel, Coyote Koffee, and ICE flower and a whopping 30% off of Critical Mass. If edibles are your thing, then enjoy 15% off of Mr. Moxey’s Mints, Wana Blueberry Sativa, and 30% off of High 5 Elixir, Highland Provisions Gummies (Tropical & Citrus), Majik Cookie 2 packs. Winberry vape cartridges are 15% off this week while Happy Cabbage Rosin extracts are reduced 30%. Siskiyou Sungrown prerolls are 15% off as well or stock up on Yerba Buena Corazon and White Label Preroll Sled Dog .8 gram while they are 30% off.

Always check out Leafly for Kind Leaf’s menu and weekly deals and conveniently order online. There are discounts available for utilizing the pick-up window and for seniors, veterans, and Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patients. While this year is a tough one for so many of us and this election season seems to be going on forever, you can always count on Kind Leaf for friendly, knowledgeable service and the best selection in Oregon.

Belushi Farm’s Captain Jack’s Carts Now at Kind Leaf

Captain Jack is an old-school cannabis cultivating legend. He has inspired comedians at Saturday Night Live, helping Dan Aykroyd provide the world with laughs with famous skits like the Coneheads. If you are in beautiful Pendleton, Oregon, you can find Captain Jack’s cartridges only at Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique.

Captain Jack himself had this to say on Instagram: “If you want to travel 🚲✈️⛵️🚗 to Pendleton Oregon you can get an early taste of my historic Gulzar Afghanica!!!”
Fellow cannabis legend Steve DeAngelo replied: “Go now if u can. If I was anywhere close to Kind Leaf in Pendleton I’d be blazing my way there at top velocity. Captain Jack is the real deal and I can’t wait to taste that Gulzar!”

Belushi Farms provides some background on the iconic guerilla grower:

Jack spent the summers of 1971 and ‘72 making trips to a remote village in the Northeast region of Afghanistan, outside of Mazar-i-Sharif, past the Hindu Kush mountain range. There, he slowly endeared himself to the village elders by working alongside them in the fields, growing and harvesting a magical plant called Gulzar Afghanica, or “Garden of Afghanica.”

By the close of the second summer, Jack had gained the respect of the elders and they honored him with a handkerchief full of special seeds, knowing he was spiritually connected to this precious varietal.

Captain Jack quickly set out to grow his own Gulzar Afghanica.

From Mashable:

DAN AYKROYD: Captain Jack brought that original strain from Afghanistan, and it kept you up, you know. You could fly an F-16 on it, or judge a murder trial. It was just beautiful, stimulating Indica that he brought back. Sometimes the hallways would smell, the very pungent smell of it. It was just what we needed to stay at it through 3, 4, 5 in the morning.Captain Jack brought that original strain from Afghanistan, and it kept you up, you know. You could fly an F-16 on it, or judge a murder trial. It was just beautiful, stimulating Indica that he brought back. Sometimes the hallways would smell, the very pungent smell of it. It was just what we needed to stay at it through 3, 4, 5 in the morning.

JIM BELUSHI: Those hallways were filled with it. That’s why they called it “the smell of SNL.” I mean, where do you think the Coneheads and stuff like that came from?

Come into Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis dispensary and get inspired by the legendary Captain Jack, or from another product from the retailer with the best selection in Oregon. You can order online via Leafly and be sure to check out this week’s deals and remember discounts are available for OMMP patients, seniors, veterans, and just for utilizing Kind Leaf’s pick-up window. 

Snag Empower Oil at Kind Leaf for Your Aches and Pains

I love hiking, kayaking, and camping. My only regret is that I wish that I had taken up the activities earlier in life. Now that I’m into my 40s, I have some serious aches and pains after these activities, not to mention that I do the patented “old man groan” just about every time I stand up and have to make a comment about my trick knee or my lower back pain.

If you are like me, do yourself a favor and pick up some Empower Oil at Kind Leaf before and after your next outdoorsy adventure. Both Kind Leaf and Empower are locally owned businesses and are true Oregon cannabis success stories that should be celebrated by our cannabis community. It takes a lot to survive the over-regulated cannabis industry and compete against big corporations, but these two craft companies have done it.

The Fresh Toast featured Empower’s healing products and gave some insight into its founder and CEO, Trista Okel, who I happened to have the pleasure of meeting about 15 years ago, through Oregon activist circles:

Trista Okel came up with the acronym EMPOWER (End Marijuana Prohibition Organize Women Enact Reform) in 2004 while sitting in a DC jail. She joined a dozen other volunteers from Americans for Safe Access who sat in front of the office of then Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. They came to the nation’s capital with the names of thousands of doctors who recommended medical cannabis for their patients. Despite this evidence, they were unable to talk with Thompson about why cannabis is still listed as a schedule 1 drug, a classification that means according to the Federal government, cannabis has no medicinal benefit whatsoever.

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Among the conditions where one can find relief by using this nontoxic herbal pain reliever include inflammation, skin trauma (psoriasis, eczema, acne, age spots), joint pain, menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. This instructions for using oil are incredible simple. “Put it where it hurts. Rub it in. Repeat.” This oil has a pleasant aroma that helps elevate one’s mood and provides aromatherapy support. Regular application of this oil can alleviate the symptoms caused by these conditions without the side effects and chemical smell found in chemical based sports creams.

Also, Empower Oil works well in helping to heal muscle and joint pain due to an injury, as well as shortening the recovery time post-injury. By applying oil frequently at the beginning, the body absorbs the cannabinoids. So over time, users can reduce their need for cannabis oil, though one cannot use this topical too frequently. As the oil is applied to the skin, it does not enter the blood stream, and as such, those who use cannabis infused topicals will not test positive on a drug test.

I am so proud of Trista and wholeheartedly endorse her products and urge everyone that cares about small businesses to support Empower and Kind Leaf. It is extremely rewarding to be able to support good people doing good business, by picking up Empower products at Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique, you are doing just that.