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Ask a Stoner: What Should I Do With Joint Roaches?

Dear Stoner: Should I do anything with all these joint roaches that have been piling up in my room? It seems like a waste to toss them.
Chris

Dear Chris: I like saving parmesan cheese rinds to throw in soup, and some Whole Foods locations sell dollar tacos made of day-old brisket and pulled pork. Those are two solid examples of worthwhile recycling, but some things in life just aren’t worth hanging on to. Case in point: joint roaches.

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Joint roaches can pile up quick, but that doesn't mean you should recycle them.EXPAND

Joint roaches can pile up quick, but that doesn’t mean you should recycle them.

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I don’t know how old you are, or how easy it is for you to attain cannabis. We’ve all been in spots where we only have a couple of roaches left. But if you live in a state with dispensaries nearby or have regular access to cannabis, then grow up and get some damn standards, son. Legal weed has never been cheaper in Colorado, and prices are dropping on the black market, too. Stay stocked on the fresh stuff. (That said, I’d be lying if I told you that in my younger days I never rolled legacy joints, gutting a handful of roaches and roasting a tarry, harsh bone.)

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PT For Joint Pain Can Help You Avoid Opioids

By Amy Norton

HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Dec. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who get prompt physical therapy for pain in the knee, shoulder or lower back may have less need for opioid painkillers, new research suggests.

The study, of nearly 89,000 U.S. patients, found that people given physical therapy for their pain were 7 percent to 16 percent less likely to fill a prescription for an opioid.

The researchers said the findings suggest that early physical therapy is one way to reduce Americans’ use of the risky, potentially addictive painkillers.

“For people dealing with these types of musculoskeletal pain, it may really be worth considering physical therapy — and suggesting that your health care provider give you a referral,” said lead researcher Dr. Eric Sun. He is an assistant professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University.

Dr. Houman Danesh, a pain management specialist who was not involved in the study, agreed.

“This study shows how important physical therapy can be,” said Danesh, who directs the division of integrative pain management at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City.

Physical therapy does require a much bigger investment than taking pain medication — and, he said, patients may have to travel to find a therapist who is the best fit for them.

“Physical therapy is highly variable,” Danesh said. “Not all physical therapists are equal — just like not all doctors are.”

But the effort can be worth it, according to Danesh, because unlike painkillers, physical therapy can help people get at the root of their pain — such as imbalances in muscle strength.

“You can take an opioid for a month, but if you don’t get at the underlying issue [for the pain], you’ll go back to where you started,” he explained.

The findings, published online Dec. 14 in JAMA Network Open, come amid a growing national opioid epidemic. While many people who abuse opioids are hooked on illegal versions — like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl — prescription opioid abuse remains a major concern.

Medical guidelines, from groups like the American College of Physicians, now urge doctors to first offer non-drug options for muscle and joint pain. Opioids, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, should be reserved as a last resort.

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The new findings support those guidelines, according to Sun’s team.

The results are based on insurance records from nearly 89,000 Americans who were diagnosed with pain affecting the lower back, knee, shoulder or neck.

All of the patients had a second doctor visit within a month of the diagnosis, and an opioid prescription within 90 days. So the group included only people with significant pain, the researchers said.

Overall, 29 percent of the patients started physical therapy within 90 days of being diagnosed. Compared with those who did not have physical therapy, the therapy patients were 7 percent to 16 percent less likely to fill an opioid prescription — depending on the type of pain they had.

And when physical therapy patients did use opioids, they tended to use a little less — about 10 percent less, on average, the researchers found.

The findings do not prove that physical therapy directly prevented some opioid use.

Sun explained that, “since physical therapy is more work than simply taking an opioid, patients who are willing to try physical therapy may be patients who are more motivated in general to reduce opioid use.”

But his team did account for some other factors — such as a patient’s age and any chronic medical conditions. And physical therapy was still linked to less opioid use.

While this study focused on physical therapy, Danesh said, there are other opioid alternatives with evidence to support them.

Depending on the cause of the pain, he said, people may find relief from acupuncture; exercises to strengthen particular muscle groups; injections of anti-inflammatory steroids or other medications; platelet-rich plasma — where a patient’s own platelets (a type of blood cell) are injected into an injured tendon or cartilage; and nerve ablation, where precisely controlled heat is used to temporarily disable nerves causing the pain.

It’s also possible that some simple lifestyle adjustments will help, Danesh pointed out. An old worn-out mattress could be part of your back pain woes, for instance. Ill-fitting, non-supportive or worn shoes could be feeding your knee pain.

What’s important, Danesh said, is to get at the underlying issues.

“We have to match patients with the right treatment for them,” he said.

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SOURCES: Eric Sun, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.; Houman Danesh, M.D., assistant professor, anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, and director, division of integrative pain management, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City; Dec. 14, 2018,JAMA Network Open, online

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Toonz, PMG Ink Co-Pro, L&M and Digital Channel Joint Venture

Toonz Media Group and Pacific Media Group (PMG) announced at MIPCOM an extensive kids and family content joint venture with three main partnership pillars: Co-production, licensing & merchandising, and the creation of a digital content channel for the Chinese market.

On the production level of this alliance, Toonz Media Group, with headquarters in Singapore and extensive global presence in India, North America, New Zealand, Spain and Russia; and PMG, which is based in Beijing, Hong Kong and Huizhou; will develop and produce premium kids and family animation for both the local and global marketplace; and explore and exploit together consumer products opportunities for the Chinese and regional markets. A new “Baby Toonz” digital channel – building on the successful Baby Toonz brand – will be created specifically for the Chinese market, and across various platforms, and showcasing Toonz produced titles, including preschool series Emmy the Elephant.

The joint venture is a clear commitment by both parties to build on the successful initiatives carried out to date by both groups, which include the forthcoming launch of Toonz New Zealand created kids exploration educational series Darwin & Newts, which is to premiere on predominant state broadcaster China Central Television on October 23; with on-the-ground educational activities based on the series already happening in the Chinese market.

Also in the Chinese market, the Toonz/PMG union has seen flagship Toonz digital property Gummy Bear & Friends (based on the globally successful German entertainment IP Gummibär) grow, and this week formed part of a charity event with 20,000 Chinese students singing the national anthem and then dancing to the Gummy Bear song. The event was broadcast across all China.

A production partnership with Wuhan 2.10, which is 40% owned by Alibaba, has also been inked in parallel to this PMG-Toonz JV, which will see globally-attractive projects enter the marketplace, including a basketball series project, developed by a global basketball celebrity, and which animation production will be carried out in Wuhan 2.10’s Studio.

Toonz Media Group CEO; Mr P. Jayakumar, commented: “China represents the second biggest entertainment market, and in which we have already secured substantial business, and our partnership with Pacific Media Group will allow Toonz to expand further, enhance its presence, and create mutually-beneficial opportunities in the ever-growing kids and family content space.”

Paul Conway, Co-founder of Pacific Media Group, said, “We are very excited to be part of this ground-breaking co-production with Toonz and Wuhan 2.10 Culture Communication Co. Ltd., with two of the best companies in animation.”

“We believe this co-production model will both highlight the amazing talents or our partners and entertain the world with dynamic content,” added PMG’s Co-founder, Grace Hung.

The future slate of titles and develop IPs that results from this Toonz-PMG partnership will be distributed internationally via Toonz’s global relationships and partnerships.

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Joint Venture: Canadian Cannabis Producer INDIVA Partners With Edible Maker Bhang

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You want tarantula with that? At U.S. burger joint, it’s an option

DURHAM, N.C. (Reuters) – Kristin Barnaby, a self-described arachnophobe, found a way to overcome what she dreads at a North Carolina burger joint.

A tarantula burger is prepared at Bull City Burger and Brewery in celebration of Exotic Meat Month in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. April 16, 2018. Picture taken April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

“I am going to eat my fear,” the 27-year-old said at the Bull City Burger and Brewery, where she tucked in to a hamburger topped with a crunchy full-grown, oven-roasted tarantula and a side of fries.

The tarantula burger was a feature of the restaurant’s April exotic meat month, which in the past six years has featured iguana, alligator, camels, python, turtle and various insects.

A tarantula burger is prepared at Bull City Burger and Brewery in celebration of Exotic Meat Month in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. April 16, 2018. Picture taken April 16, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Tarantulas made their debut after restaurant owner Seth Gross read about how they have become a street food staple in Cambodia, where they are mixed with salt and sugar and cooked.

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“I thought this would be a great way to really teach about diversity,” Gross said in an interview.

The tarantula burger is not for everyone. Gross gets only 15 of the farmed, organically raised creatures each year, so diners need to be lucky, as well as daring, to get a taste.

“You come in, you fill in a lottery ticket,” he said. “If we draw your name, you come and get to eat one.”

The lucky winners have up to 48 hours to claim their prize and Gross said none have yet backed out.

And what do tarantulas taste like?

“It reminded me of potato chips,” Barnaby said after washing down her first tarantula burger with a glass of water. “I like to eat weird food.”

Reporting by Njuwa Maine; Writing by Peter Szekely; Editing by Scott Malone and Bill Trott

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Denver Receives First Consumption Permit Application, From the Coffee Joint

The City of Denver has received its first official application for a cannabis consumption area inside a business. The Coffee Joint, a planned coffee shop and pot lounge at 1130 Yuma Court, just off Interstate 25 and West Eleventh Avenue, submitted its application on Friday, December 8, according to Daniel Rowland, director of public affairs for the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.

Excise and Licenses, the city department responsible for overseeing social consumption permits, opened the application process in August but received nothing for nearly four months as local businesses investigated whether they qualified under the extensive list of location requirements. The Coffee Joint seems to have that locked: It will neighbor 1136 Yuma dispensary, and cannabis dispensaries must abide by location restrictions similar to the thousand-foot buffer between a consumption area and any school, child-care establishment, drug or treatment facility, city park, pool or recreation center.

According to Coffee Joint co-owner Rita Tsalyuk, both her business partner, Kirill Merkulov, and her husband are co-owners of 1136 Yuma. “We already ran into every possible obstacle on the dispensary side,” she explains. “Once the dispensary was cleared, we knew we were 1,000 feet away from everything we needed to be.”

Tsalyuk and Merkulov had been brainstorming the idea of opening a consumption-friendly business for around two years, she says, and had been following the progress of Initiative 300, which voters approved in November 2016, paving the way for Denver businesses to apply for private cannabis consumption areas. Once the rules were approved, the duo leased the property adjacent to 1136 Yuma and began preparing it to meet the Excise and Licenses application requirements.

Per city requirements, any social consumption application must have written support from a neighborhood or business organization that presides over the address’s jurisdiction. According to Rowland, the Coffee Joint has written support from the La Alma-Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association. The next part in the process will be an application review by the city, which Rowland says will take a few days. If approved, the application would “typically” go to a public hearing within two to three months, he adds.

Tsalyuk says the status of the Coffee Joint’s consumption application won’t affect the shop opening as a cafe within the next month. If and when the application is approved, though, she plans on charging a $ 5 entrance fee to the cafe, which will include a free cup of coffee or tea; the Coffee Joint will also have custom drinks made to order and pre-packaged food for sale. There will be a lounge for vaporizing and eating cannabis, but it’s illegal to allow smoking inside because of the Colorado Clean Indoor Act. There will be no area outdoors for smoking, according to Tsalyuk, but there will be a private conference room for pot-infused parties, events and meetings.

“We’ll also be specializing in education. We want to have scientists, psychologists and psychiatrists come in for lessons on [cannabis],” she says. “We also want to host painting, art and other classes.”

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SMPTE, VES Explore AR at Joint June Meeting

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The Hollywood Section of SMPTE and the Visual Effects Society will conduct June 22 a joint meeting to examine the rapidly evolving field of augmented reality.

An overview of the AR landscape and the technologies driving it will be discussed by a panel that includes:

  • Ed Lantz, president and chief technology officer at VORTEX Immersion Media Inc.
  • Theo Skye, founding partner and chief innovation officer at The Visory
  • Eddie Offerman, VR/AR researcher and pipeline architect at Mirada Studios
  • Ralph Barbagallo, founder of FLARB LLC
  • Greg Berkin, managing director at Concours Ventures

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes a demo area opening at 6:30 p.m., all located at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Linwood Dunn Theater, 1313 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028. Free parking is available behind the building.

SMPTE, VES Explore AR at Joint June Meeting

SMPTE, VES Explore AR at Joint June Meeting

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MA Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy Reviews Long List of Bills

When Massachusetts voters acted to pass marijuana legalization back in November, the Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy was formed to help usher in the ever evolving cannabis climate. The committee, chaired by Sen. Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville) and Rep. Mark Cusack (D-Braintree), is tasked with transforming a piece of legislature into a functional and regulated marijuana […]
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