Godspeed, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam 1930-2023

Deep gratitude to the Godfather of Cannabis Research.

After starting at Harborside in 2013, I was introduced to the work of Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the Godfather of Cannabis Research — he isolated THC in 1964! If you don’t know this legend and his work, read/share his self-authored look back in the Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology describing the life journey of the Bulgarian Holocaust survivor. Also, please watch/share Zach Klein’s incredible documentary, The Scientist.

It’s an incredible doc about how Mechoulam got started, and then continued to research cannabis for more than 60 years Among his early stories of getting five kilos of hashish from the police to research THC, and the strange looks he got on the city bus taking him back to the lab. His first research into the effects of THC happened in his home. He dosed five pieces of his wife’s cake with 10mg pure THC, and observed friends who took it, as compared to the five of them whose pieces were not dosed.

In 2017, with sweat beading on my brow, I sent Raphael Mechoulam a LinkedIn request to connect. I was shocked when he accepted the request within a few hours. We began a cursory conversation. I reached out to him to ask specific questions; he usually answered within a couple of days. His responses were short and business-like. After a heated debate with co-workers at Harborside on how many cannabinoids had been discovered in the plant…(with several saying 120), I clapped back shortly thereafter that “Mechoulam told me ‘more than 100, most in minute amounts.'” Eyebrows raised.

At the start of the pandemic, I reached out, with fingers crossed, to ask Dr. Mechoulam if he thought there was any potential for cannabis to fight Covid19.

  • Raphael Mechoulam  10:31 PM Hello, We are trying to convince clinicians to look at CBD for the second (lung inflammation) phase of the CORONA infection.  Best R. Mechoulam
  • APR 6, 2020 Jaene Leonard sent the following message at 8:48 AM Jaene Leonard (She/Her)  8:48 AM How’s it going? Are they receptive?
  • Raphael Mechoulam sent the following message at 9:44 AM Raphael Mechoulam  9:44 AM Not yet
  • Jaene Leonard sent the following messages at 3:26 PM Jaene Leonard (She/Her)  3:26 PM Well, thank you for advocating.

He went on to say he was working with two other teams — in Israel and Brazil.

Shortly thereafter, GW Pharmaceutical’s Epidiolex was descheduled in the U.S. I’m guessing with the hope that it could possibly be used for the cytokine storm characterizing second phase of that first devastating strain of the coronavirus.

In 2020, Mechoulam received The Harvey Prize, considered by many to be a predictor of the Nobel Prize. [I recently found a petition to have Dr. Mechoulam considered for the Nobel Prize. Please add your name and share this! (You can choose to have your name withheld from the public!)]

Dr. Mechoulam continued to work with cannabis compounds. Here are links to an article about his latest discovery of and research on cannabidiolic acid methyl ester (EPM301), and further information on his projects from the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I’m certain we’ll continue to see more come of his cutting-edge research in the future.

Side Note: I went back to school in 2019 to get my degree in screenwriting. I was inspired to write about cannabis from different perspectives, and in 2020 finished a fish-out-of-water pilot. A non-using cannabis researcher let go from Mechoulam’s lab team lands an educator job in a busy California dispensary. May this piece have legs.

So much of my work this past decade would not have happened without your work coming before. Thank you for being the trailblazer, sir. I bow in honor to you. May you fly free, Raphael Mechoulam. Thank you for all the blessings.

The Compassionate Budtender’s Chalk Talks… How Does Cannabis Do it All?

How is it possible cannabis helps with so many things? It works with systems in the body to promote balance!

Watch and learn about how cannabis interacts with the amazing ECS!

New iRest® Practices from Jaene – download now!

Though most schools in yoga and meditation ask the practitioner NOT be intoxicated when practicing, there is some terrific work out there detailing the function of cannabinoids in extinguishing memories. Forgetting is key in healing from trauma.

Hey, everyone! I’ve recorded new iRest® Meditations for you! See them below…

This is my 8th year leading iRest® classes and workshops, so it was time for some fresh practices! Here are three new practices to fit into your schedule: a five minute Super Shortie for anxiety and overwhelm, a ten minute Anytime practice, and a nice fifteen minute Sweet Dreams practice to help you sleep deeply.

Look. Things are tough for E V E R Y O N E right now. We need all the help we can get to manage stress and keep moving toward our hearts’ deepest desires. So treat yourself. The download per practice is $5/each — or all three for $10. Contact me if you can’t afford the cost. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

The Fascinating Human Brain

I’ve been working in the cannabis industry for almost seven years, leading Microdosing & Mindfulness and Medicate & Meditate classes for the better part of them. Though most schools in yoga and meditation ask the practitioner NOT be intoxicated when practicing, there is some terrific work out there detailing the function of the endocannabinoid anandamide (endo meaning the cannabinoids we make in our bodies) — and its sister phytocannabinoid THC (phyto being cannabinoids in the cannabis plant) — in helping us to forget. Forgetting is key in healing from trauma. Forgetting helps us get more readily into the ever-present moment, which is where the best healing occurs.

Though cannabis research has some catching up to do (and it’s happening very quickly), psychedelics research shows that microdosing psychedelics (as well as going for a walk in nature, singing your favorite song, and meditating) can switch off the Default Mode Network (DMN) and switch on the Task Positive Network (TPN). It stands to reason, then that microdosing cannabis, a milder psychedelic, (a microdose being under 5 milligrams) can help jump-start a practice, provided of course, that one can consume batch-tested cannabis safely and legally, and with a recommendation from a doctor).

The DMN is the self-referring network we’re in most of the time –when we’re distracted and checking our phones constantly. When we’re judging others or wondering what they’re saying about us. When we’re regretting or fretting about the past or future. When we’re annoyed at people in the line at the grocery store, or yelling at someone who’s cut us off in traffic (my DMN thrives in rush hour). When we’re running the same old tapes about our insecurities about ourselves. Basically, when we’re in our ego-, separated-, or small-self.

When the Task Positive Network, (TPN) switches on, we feel connected. We’ve all had these moments — when we feel a breeze on our face or wonder at the moon or stars in the sky. We take a deep breath and feel we can finally relax, that we’re back to our true selves. We are observing and experiencing things in real time, in present-moment awareness. When we’re not reliving what’s happened or trying to figure out what’s going to happen in the future, that’s the the brain operating from the TPN! And moving from the DMN to the TPN is what moves us from feeling anxious and depressed, to feeling more grounded and empowered.

Try iRest® by itself a few times. Give the mind a little time to get over its squawking judginess. Show up for yourself. iRest® Meditation is a beautiful way to do so. Choose any one for $5, and below, all three for $10. Om. Shanti.

Jaene’s 5minute Super Shortie iRest for anxiety and overwhelm

Too much coming at you at once? Need a quick fix to feel grounded and a sense of wellbeing? Try this quickie, designed for use anywhere. Just pop in your ear buds, find a little corner where you can be along for five short minutes, and find the present moment!

$5.00

Jaene’s 10minute Anytime iRest

Take ten and find your flow. The more you practice, the easier it gets. This iRest is designed for anyone to use – anytime! Restore and rejuvenate. Practice makes the brain so happy!

$5.00

Jaene’s 15minute Sweet Dreams iRest for Sleep

The day is long and you’ve been bombarded by all the things. Sometimes it’s hard to shut it down and get to that nice drowsy place and drift off to a restorative night’s sleep. Try this iRest, designed to end quietly and help you give over fully to a grand 40 winks. Give it a few nights. Before long, your smart will brain will know what’s coming and you’ll fall asleep before the practice is over!

$5.00

Jaene’s Triple Treat iRest Combo

Get all three iRests – 5minute, 10minute, and 15minute practices. Download them to your phone, carry them with you, and use them when you need them. See how you’re able to float above it all when you’ve fortified your ground of wellbeing.

$10.00

My Favorite Strains, a parody

Happy 420!

ThCB’s Stash Card

The Compassionate Budtender’s Stash Card – keep track of your cannabis exploration. (Free Download!)

You’d like to try cannabis — or try different methods of delivery, but you don’t know how to go about it… you’re not alone! A lot of folks are hesitant to try cannabis for fear of having an uncomfortable experience. If you Start Low and Go Slow, and chart your progress along the way, you minimize the risk of getting too high (or too uncomfortable). You can also find your Minimal Effective Dose (or EFD). The central message of The Compassionate Budtender is mindful consumption.

Spend a little time. Do your homework. Make cannabis your own. The Stash Card was designed with you in mind, so you can explore cannabis mindfully and:

Track your Experience.

Trace your Steps.

Find your Flow State

As you track your progress in your Stash Card, (see a sample below), you can start to dial in the cannabis products, ratios, and methods of delivery that work best for you, and help get you to where you’re feeling like you’re in the Flow — relaxed, inspired, centered.

So:

Sharpen your pencil,

DOWNLOAD YOUR STASH CARD HERE

and JUMP RIGHT IN!

Download your Stash Card now! Or screenshot it! Print it out! Use it. Send it. Give it. Spread it around. Get together with friends and share your experiences! Remember: Sharing is Caring! Have a Stash Card party!

Here’s a sample of how to fill out your Stash Card, but feel free to write to yourself in language you like, whatever works for you to help make exploring cannabis a fun adventure!

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