Conditions Treated with Cannbis

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Medicinal marijuana contains many compounds, called cannabinoids, that give cannabis its therapeutic value.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

The main psychoactive agent in marijuana. THC stimulates receptors both in the central nervous system and the immune system. THC has a moderate analgesic effect making it appropriate for pain treatment. THC has synergy with other cannabinoids which increases the beneficial effects of natural marijuana products vs. synthesized versions i.e. Marinol.


Cannabidiol (CBD)

Another main constituent of the cannabinoids present in marijuana is known to be a major anti-convulsant, is anti-inflammatory, and there is even evidence that it slows the progress of tumor cells.
These compounds allow marijuana to be used as a medical therapy for a number of conditions. Americans for Safe Access provides brochures with information about specific conditions:

Chronic Pain
Gastro-Intestinal Disorders

An Update on Recreational Sales

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January 1st is fast approaching, with many medical marijuana centers clamoring to be ready for recreational sales. Like past licensing situations, it’s an arduous application process that Denver Relief has begun. We’re in line. That doesn’t mean, however, that we’ll be selling for adult-use come New Years Day.

We’ll be continuing to adapt our current business practices to support sales for both medical marijuana patients and retail marijuana sales without a red card. In doing so, we want to make sure that we hold ourselves to the same high standards Denver Relief has operated under since 2009: full compliance with state and local laws, and improving the quality of life for patients in Colorado. To that end, we simply can’t take any shortcuts.

Our advice for patients who have cards that may expire soon remains unchanged: a valid registry card is your best legal protection and guarantees you the largest access to medicine at the most reasonable cost. Patients will continue to get the best medicine at the best prices without having to pay newly enacted excise taxes for the same medicine they have purchased sans that tax for so many years. If you need help renewing your card, please call us at 303-420-MEDS for information on how to see a physician.

As we continue with this process, we’ll also be providing regular updates to let our readers know how things will change and what our timetables look like. Patients are what built Denver Relief and will continue to be our top priority. We appreciate your patience through this uncertain time, and look forward to seeing you in 2014.

Federal Raids: Denver Relief’s Response

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Amendment 64 passed last November and many in the medical marijuana industry breathed a sigh of relief. What had once been highly controversial – dispensaries in Colorado – was now the norm, with voters overwhelmingly approving the use of cannabis for adults over the age of 21. This came with one caveat: what would be the federal response? Would this invite new attention to our state and the beginning of a massive crackdown? Would the feds see this as a mandate from our citizens? No one knew.

After waiting for months on end, the Justice Department finally issued their response. There would not be a lawsuit to block Colorado’s implementation of retail cannabis stores.

Unlike other memos, however, there was what seemed to be crystal clear guidelines of when the DEA would get involved. These included:

• Preventing distribution to minors;

Fairly straight-forward, this is a huge problem plaguing alcohol retailers, where over 250 were cited for failing stings last year. While there is still not a single case of medical marijuana being sold to a non-patient minor, the goal is to keep it that way with harsh penalties from the Marijuana Enforcement Division.

• Preventing revenue from marijuana sales from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels;

Taking marijuana out of the black market is a key strategy to decreasing the power of criminals who use illegal drugs to support their infrastructure.

• Preventing diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal to other states;

As diversion increases, it also burdens the law enforcement costs that are given to our neighbor states. If we wish to have the will of our voters recognized, we must do the same and respect the fact they do not want medical marijuana within their borders.

• Preventing state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity;

Going hand in hand with guidance about criminal enterprises, the industry must be transparent with where their cannabis is going and keep detailed and open books. The ability to bank as other businesses do would certainly help with the latter.

• Preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana

Creating a safe and regulated environment with proper security protocols and transportation methods decreases greatly the risk that growing once had, where home invasions could often lead to violence.

• Preventing drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use;

Colorado has been proactive about this, repeatedly looking at measures that protect public safety while still allowing for patients to have inactive THC in their system. This is still a work in progress.

• Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands;

Particularly important to this is where concentrates can be made, as butane can carry a significant fire risk if not handled properly, and wildfires are always a concern in our arid climate.

• Preventing marijuana possession on federal property.

Colorado residents are known for their love of the great outdoors, but keep in mind that while hiking, skiing, or cycling, you can face harsher penalties for possession of cannabis. As marijuana of any type remains illegal federally, it has no place on federal property.

So what happened last week?

We’re still unsure. Our sources within the industry have told us that as many as 11 different businesses were investigated, including retail and cultivation operations, and the Denver Post has indicated that at least two private houses were involved as well. At the time of this publication, no charges have been filed, and everyone involved should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Denver Relief believes that no one should be arrested for possessing or cultivating cannabis, but we also agree with many and abide by all of the stipulations laid out by the Department of Justice. The idea behind having a well-regulated market is to take power from criminal enterprises, reduce access for minors, and turn the cannabis industry into a legitimate business model from what has often in the past been a dangerous and unpredictable black market. Playing by the rules is paramount to that.

We’ll keep you up to date as we learn more.

Medicated Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

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There are plenty of amazing uses for Denver Relief medicated olive oil, but here’s one of Andy’s favorites:
Lemon Vinaigrette
Yields: Salad dressing for 4 patients
Time: 20 minutes
Dosage: ~20mg per patient 
Juice of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
60mL Denver Relief infused olive oil
Flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
salt, to taste
fresh ground pepper, to taste

Place all ingredients, except olive oil, into a blender and pulse on high until everything is thoroughly mixed (about 60 seconds.)
With the lid off of the blender and the blender on the lowest speed, very slowly drizzle in the olive oil until it is fully incorporated.
If the vinaigrette looks too thick, keep the blender running and add a touch more lemon juice.
If the vinaigrette looks too thin or broken, that is alright, just be sure to fully shake or whisk before drizzling over your salad or any of your favorite foods. 

Ean and Kayvan go to Washington

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Ean and Kayvan recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. where they lobbied members of Congress to change unfair tax laws that prevent standard deductions any business is allowed to make. Below is their press release, along with a great quote from Ean that reflects values Denver Relief has stressed since opening in 2009.

30+ Cannabis Industry Leaders Head to D.C. to Deliver a Message to Congress: “Tax Us — Fairly”


National Cannabis Industry Association to endorse taxation of adult-use marijuana proposal included in Senate Finance Committee’s “options paper,” while decrying an unfair existing tax provision

Reps. Earl Blumenaur (D-OR), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), and Jared Polis (D-CO) to discuss marijuana tax and banking policy reform 
WASHINGTON, DC — Next week, more than thirty marijuana business leaders will travel to Washington, DC from across the country to take part in a two-day lobbying visit. Industry leaders will discuss the primary challenges facing business owners which could be solved by reconciling state and federal law, including a lack of access to financial services, unjust application of tax provisions, and ongoing interference from the federal government.
In additional to numerous lobbying meetings, participants will join Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), and Jared Polis (D-CO) at a press conference on Wednesday, June 5, to discuss Internal Revenue Code Section 280E, which prohibits state-legal businesses from taking standard business deductions when computing their federal taxes and results in regulated cannabis businesses paying two to three times the effective tax rate for most other small businesses. Participants will also discuss a recently released Senate Finance Committee “options paper,” which includes the taxation of marijuana as a possible means of raising tax revenue at the federal level.
Participants will include Sean Luse of Berkeley Patient’s Group, a state-legal medical cannabis collective targeted for asset forfeiture by the Department of Justice despite unprecedented community support. “The Department of Justice is undermining the authority of state and local officials who steadfastly support medical cannabis in our community by diverting limited resources away from the real issues, such as fighting violent crime and getting illegal guns off our streets, in favor of cracking down on licensed medical cannabis providers,” Luse said. “Members of Congress need to hear directly from those who are caught in the middle of the conflict between state and federal law.”
Ean Seeb, Vice-Chair of the National Cannabis Industry Association board of directors and operator of one of Denver’s oldest medical marijuana centers, frames the conversation by noting, “Cannabis is poised to become the next big industry in the United States and around the world. NCIA is the sole organization that works with business members from across the country, fighting for simple parity on issues like taxes and banking. Association members are headed to Washington with a unified message to legislators: Treat us as you would any other business.”

Mid-month Update – June

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Here’s your early weekend update on what’s happening at Denver Relief:

Ean, Nick, and Kayvan were recently featured on the HBO’s Vice Motherboard, an online series of videos that tackle controversial subjects around the world. What’s more fitting than medical marijuana, right? This features not only a tour of the dispensary (which MANY of you are familiar with) but also of the grow facility. This is a great view if you’ve wanted a more “behind the scenes” look at Denver Relief.

There are tons of great events coming up, but one of the highlights of our summer is the chance to help out at Ekar Farm. Last year, GREEN TEAM volunteers went above andbeyond in helping maintain and harvest for them, with hundreds of pounds of produce as the fruit of their labor. We’re only accepting limited numbers of volunteers through our Facebook event, but if you can’t make it, they’re also accepting donations through their website: All proceeds directly benefit Ekar’s programming, operations and vegetable donation to the Jewish Family Service Weinberg Food Pantry. Dates: 6/26, 7/24, 8/21.

We’re hoping that while you’re out with your kids picking up fun toys for the pool this summer, you also keep in mind the children of Moore, Oklahoma, as recovery efforts continue there. Through the end of the month, we’ll be offering a $1 preroll to anyone who brings in a new toy as part of a joint effort with many other great centers in Denver. In addition, Gaia’s Garden Karma Kandies are 50% off, as well. To date we’ve received zero donations, so come in and let’s show the people of OK how big our hearts are in CO.

June’s “Super Special Sale” is still rocking on, with strains rotating in and out as availability changes. Right now, we’ve got some really gorgeous I.S.S. on the shelf and two of our newest strains, Ghost Train Haze and Cold Creek Kush that are absolute steals. Prices range from $30 an eighth to $200 an ounce, but we have strains that are flying out, so check with your budtender or our WeedMaps or Leafly pages to see what we’ve got. We’ll try to keep it going as long as we can!

Finally, we’re also taking volunteers for clean-up at The 710 Cup. If you saw the headlines from the last 420 friendly event at the EXDO, you know there’s a need to help improve the image of MMJ businesses in that neighborhood. Frankly, it was a disaster zone. Let’s show the folks in the RiNo area that we care about our community and environment and help ensure it looks the same as before the Cup. Interested parties should RSVP on  the Facebook event page.

Beating the Heat: Tips for Cannabis Cultivation During the Summer

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Last year, Colorado’s record high temperatures  caused some serious issues for home and commercial growers alike. We caught up with Denver Relief cultivation expert Nick Hice to talk about what happened last summer and how you can prepare for the one coming up. Here are his tips:

  • “One thing that growers do and that can help is adding more insulation to your room, whether it’s roof insulation or insulation that you blow in the walls. It really helps to buffer that outside temperature.”
  • “Another thing is having over-sized mechanical systems, because as temps go up outside, it creates a higher demand on them. If we crank the AC lower than 70 degrees, it’s more likely that the copper lines that are condensing that refrigerant are going to freeze up on us.”
  • “Last year, we ended up turning lights off to keep the environment that we wanted. Let’s say you have 50 lights on in your flower room, it would be better to turn 10 of them off and have 40 lights on with optimal temperature. A lot of people are talking about staggered lighting, where you have half of your lights on one timer and the other half on another. They found that you’re only getting 10-15% crop loss with 50% of the light. Having the ambient light is enough to keep photosynthesis going.”
  • “The other thing that people can do without putting any money or real energy into it is water twice as much with half of the nutrients. Plus, use colder water. If you go in and water with 60 degree water instead of 65 or 70 degree water, then it’s cooling the plant down from the roots up. As the water starts to travel up through the vascular system, that cool water really helps.”
  • “What you want to keep in mind is because you’re watering twice as often, and because the plant in hot weather is like an athlete slamming a Gatorade, you want to cut the nutrient strength in half. Otherwise, you’ll end up burning the plant.”

Fourth Anniversary Sale

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How the time flies. From our humble beginnings delivering across the city to winning the Cannabis Cup last month, there’s been a lot of change at Denver Relief. Without support from our amazing patients, none of this would be possible. We’re incredibly appreciative of everyone who has stuck by us when the shelves were a little low or the waiting room was a little packed. Thank you.
In order to celebrate, we’re offering some great deals to patients to kick off our anniversary week, including:

  • Your first 1/8th is weighed to 4 grams.
  • Buy 4 edibles, we’ll throw in one more for free. (lowest priced edible is deducted)
  • A Denver Relief hat, 1 premium gram, a Julie and Kate edible, and a lighter for only $44.
  • Get 4×2 (8 total) prerolls for only $44.

These deals last from 5/20-5/23, just tell your budtender you’re there for the anniversary special! Thanks so much for being a critical part of what we do at Denver Relief.

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