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I am certified professional coach and trainer Woody Goulart in Las Vegas, Nevada. I wrote this free training session about medical marijuana and I am solely responsible for its content. I welcome you here today and I'm so happy to be of service to you!
I earned my doctoral degree in communications and taught at the university level so that's why I am called Dr. Woody.
I also earned a master's degree in communications and a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism.
For many years I successfully taught and trained adults in college classrooms and using online education apps.
Just don't mistake me as someone who favors book learning or old-fashioned methods like spending time in classrooms. No way!
I approach the subject of being a cannabis consumer based on solid real-life experience together with my professional background in adapting communications and sales efforts to generations.
I’m of the Baby Boom generation—born in the middle of the 20th century—and I use marijuana products today that are legal in the state of Nevada. I’m experienced with using CBD as an oral spray, in pill and capsule form, in vaping, and also in cream and lotion form rubbed into skin for relieving pain.
As a young adult during the 1970s, I first experienced cannabis in “classic methods”—smoking joints, using bongs, and in edible form in cookies and brownies. I also have current experience with today's contemporary mixtures of CBD + THC together in exciting new products intended for relieving chronic pain and smoothing out other natural physical and mental maladies that we all may experience as we grow older.
How I became a Cannabis Advocate
The most powerful personal experience I had that motivated me to be a cannabis advocate happened in the second decade of the 21st century. My lifelong partner (Sam) suffers from constant pain due to rheumatoid arthritis, which has no cure.
Medical use of cannabis had a legal tradition of some two decades by the time I started working in the Financial District of San Francisco. An infrastructure had been created in the Bay Area to administer the sales and dispensing of cannabis for people with selected medical conditions for which there is no cure. This infrastructure enabled easy awareness, choice, ordering, and booking of delivery of medical cannabis for Sam.
For him, the medical use of cannabis changed his whole outlook on life by giving him, an adult male at age 54, control over reducing his daily arthritic pain for the very first time in his life.
Seeing the joy in the eyes of a loved one who manages chronic pain with medical cannabis is an indelible personal experience.
I hold a current Nevada Marijuana Establishment Agent Card.
I’ve completed a variety of essential educational and skill-building training: Dispensary Staff & Patient Consulting training in Las Vegas and the Nevada Dispensary Association's Dispensary Agent Training to comply with Nevada NRS 453 cannabis training and employment requirements. I have also been certified within Budtender Fight Club Las Vegas Cannabis Education Training.
My professional background in the practices of professional sales in the United States helps me to stand out from others who do sales and customer service coaching and training.
I mastered consultative sales strategies and tactics while employed by the prestigious Washington, DC consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and I provided professional services using consultative sales approaches to cabinet-level agencies such as the Defense Department and the Justice Department. I also have cold-calling direct sales experience from his career in the radio broadcasting industry.
I was employed for a decade in Washington, DC at the national headquarters of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) where I sharpened my wide-ranging professional skills in adapting communications to be persuasive across the generations.
I created and managed the nonprofit advocacy organization's first public blog and served as a ghost blogger for executives. My strategic communications leadership function at AARP included online reputation management responsibilities using social media.
From that particular employment experience, I learned what's what when it comes to adapting communications and sales successfully to work with any generation in our culture today.
Lesson "A" -- Think For YourselfWatch another short video (under 10 minutes running time) and then continue on this page.
Led by California, various states have started to change their laws regulating cannabis. This has set in motion an immediate tension between federal versus state law enforcement priorities and outcomes.
In Washington, DC, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has well-known and well-accepted standards and federal regulations for foods and drugs sold in the United States. We have all seen those labels on packaged foods and prescription drugs, for instance.
Cannabis products are not included in those FDA standards and federal regulations and will never be as long as the DEA has cannabis on their list of what they consider to be bad drugs.
Because of the position these two important agencies of the federal government take on cannabis, the social, legal, and cultural landscape is very tangled.
If you intend to become a savvy cannabis consumer, you first must get comfortable navigating what is arguably a very twisted social, legal, and cultural landscape.
Generally speaking, you first need to learn how you can be successful in using your mind.
More specifically, you need to become someone who can successfully hold conflicting and contradictory truths in your mind without allowing one truth to eliminate the validity of another truth.
Few people are born with such skill; it needs to be learned.
That kind of critical thinking skill will certainly come in handy when you consider this puzzle:
It is totally true cannabis is considered by the United States federal government’s Drug Enforcement Administration as a drug with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse, yet it is also totally true cannabis products cause specific effects in human beings such as reducing pain, helping you sleep better, reducing your anxiety, and so forth.
Are you someone who will allow one such conflicting and contradictory truth eliminate the validity of the other truth?
Opponents of cannabis usage in the United States typically cite the lack of FDA approval for cannabis along with its DEA Schedule 1 status. The core reason these two facts are frequently presented together by opponents of cannabis usage is to persuade you to steer clear of cannabis usage.
You are expected by the opponents of cannabis usage to ask this simple question: Why would anyone want to use a substance that is not FDA approved and that is also considered by the DEA to be the equivalent of heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and peyote?
Out here in real life where I choose to live, however, what seems to some people like a simple question is not really simple at all.
For instance, we in the general public usually do not necessarily learn about conflicting or contradictory truths pertaining to prescription drugs that may seem to be the exact opposite of cannabis--approved by the FDA and not equated by the DEA to heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and peyote.
If you want to, you can make what seems like a simple choice to believe whatever is approved by the FDA is good and whatever is disapproved of by the DEA is bad.
Holding onto such a belief is very simple, yes. However, such a belief can prove to be genuinely harmful to you and to your loved ones. I speak from personal experience on this issue.
The Green Rush
In California in 1848 an unexpected social and cultural movement called the Gold Rush captivated the dreams of adventurous people who hurried in large numbers to the West Coast to cash in on a risky, yet promising, gold mining industry. Over a century and a half later, an equally unexpected social and culture movement named the Green Rush was born.
As with gold mining, the cannabis industry of today is similarly both risky and promising. It is attracting adventurous people seeking to take social and economic advantage of new legislative trends decriminalizing the use of cannabis, especially for medical purposes.
Cannabis remains listed within Schedule 1 of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and peyote. The reality is there are no established proofs in either the scientific or medical sectors of our nation today genuinely and logically equating cannabis to heroin, LSD, ecstasy, or peyote.
Meanwhile, the use of cannabis can be traced back in world history thousands of years.
People who think for themselves do not mistake the interest in using cannabis as having originated in the United States, or (as conservatives falsely claim) that the interest in using cannabis is stimulated by people deliberately choosing a lifestyle that is “bad” instead of “good.”
Since the simplest explanation is always the most sensible, if you genuinely want to understand why cannabis has been used by people for thousands of years, look no further than the fact cannabis causes pleasure and reduces pain. It’s that basic.
It’s not about seeking a life of sin and evil like some leaders want you to believe.
Nonetheless, cannabis consumers today must be prepared to deal with a clear prejudice that has been deeply woven into United States culture.
While he served as the 37th President of the United States, Richard Nixon brought upon himself substantial credit or blame for the current prejudice against cannabis. He created the first “war on drugs” and the current DEA Schedule 1 status of cannabis.
John Ehrlichman served as a trusted domestic policy adviser to President Nixon. It was Ehrlichman who explained for the record why cannabis was added to Schedule 1 during the 1970s:
“You want to know what this was really all about? The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
A famous, recent example of the same or similar prejudice at the federal level is easy to find: Former Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama was United States Attorney General on March 15, 2017 when expressed his conservative views against using cannabis.
The former Attorney General claimed he was “astonished” by suggestions that medical marijuana could be a cure for the epidemic that’s ravaging the United States telling reporters in Richmond, VA that medical use of the drug has “been hyped, maybe too much.”
In his speech before federal, state and local law enforcement attendees Sessions said the only way to end the opioid and heroin crisis was through tactical criminal enforcement, better treatment options and stronger prevention efforts, not by offering addicts something that’s “only slightly less awful,” like legal marijuana.
“I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use. But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable. I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana—so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful,” Sessions said. “Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.”
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter in 2019 wrote with appealing humor about “high crimes” in her blog, using her excellent writing skills and keen comedic talents to urge her readers to fear what she sees as "the horrors of homicidal violence" brought on by cannabis use.
Our nation has seen this anti-cannabis fear mongering for a generation, so Coulter is not breaking any new ground. Be sure to watch the 1936 film Reefer Madness and you will immediately understand.
In United States culture public opinion about using cannabis is trending away from conservative viewpoints rooted in the old-fashioned belief that only “bad” people use cannabis because they enjoy being sinners.
In 2018 a public opinion survey conducted in the states where medical marijuana is legal found that cannabis consumers age 50 plus cite pain relief as their primary reason for using it. Other reasons included relaxation, better sleep, and, treating or managing a health problem. Only a small percentage (six percent of those surveyed) reported that they use cannabis “to get high or stoned.”
That same year a coalition of major civil rights organizations urged Congress to remove cannabis from the DEA’s Schedule 1.
You can believe whomever you choose regarding cannabis. I hope you arrive at your own conclusions by thinking for yourself.
Regardless of what officials in the United States federal government may say, it remains a fact that certain specific cannabis products genuinely alleviate people’s human pain and suffering. This is a fact known worldwide despite persistently negative connotations cannabis continues to have in American society.
If you want to take steps towards becoming a savvy cannabis consumer at age 50 plus (or any age), this full awareness coaching will guide you there.
Lesson "B" -- The Changing LandscapeWatch this next video (under 7 minutes running time), then continue on this page.
In 1964 an Israeli organic chemist and professor (Raphael Mechoulam) at Hebrew University in Jerusalem was the first to isolate tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from the cannabis plant that had existed for thousands of years. Medical research on the effects of cannabis upon human beings has been conducted in Israel since that discovery. Medical doctors in Israel prescribe cannabis for certain patients.
In contrast, due to the federal government's criminalization of cannabis dating back to the 1920s, no medical research is currently done to determine the effects of cannabis upon human beings in the United States. Also worth noting is that most medical schools in the United States avoid the very subject of cannabis. The medical doctor you regularly see may know nothing about marijuana.
Prejudice in the United States
The prejudice in the United States against this plant is not commonly found around the world. To be specific, it's popular today for people in the United States to use the word marijuana.
The term cannabis is a term in the field of biology. All living things are organized into 8 categories that each have a name expressed in Latin, the ancient language from the era of the Roman Empire.
Most people cannot list all 8 categories, but here they are...domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species. The genus name for this plant family is cannabis.
The word marijuana came to United States culture many decades ago from the Mexican word marihuana.
Since that era a generation ago, the English version of the word has conveyed decidedly negative emotional feelings.
The word continues to express disapproval if not outright contempt for Mexicans and their use of a plant some in the United States choose to think is nefarious.
White majority prejudice against Mexicans of that time led to negative stereotypes promoting the perception of cannabis users who were little more than lazy, unproductive and violent men from south of the border with dark skin.
The white male majority also feared white women would become seduced by musicians (black men) in the emerging jazz music culture of that era where cannabis use was common. However, this also was racial prejudice pure and simple and really had nothing to do with jazz music or musicians, per se.
Federal laws controlling cannabis cultivation and distribution emerged from this culture of disapproval. This explains how there remains today a strong prejudice at the federal level against cannabis and cannabis users. The effects of racial prejudice remain today even while nearly a century later the particular white men have been long forgotten. Misdirected social anxieties and fears aimed at certain minorities (such as Mexicans) remain quite fresh and relevant in 2019.
You can easily find nicknames in use around the world in various languages that are not necessarily positive in their connotations. Today it's easy to find over a thousand slang terms--some obscure and others well-known--including cheeba, mota, pot, weed, and so on.
Whenever you want to use a word that remains deliberately neutral of any prejudice towards minorities yet is fully accurate, you will want to use the word cannabis.
A counterculture movement emerged in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s as a response to conservative opinions and restrictive federal laws.
The old, original prejudice against jazz musicians of the 1920s and 1930s was updated to a more contemporary prejudice starting in the late 1950s and early 1960s against rock and roll musicians. Pictured: Jefferson Airplane formed in 1965 in the San Francisco Bay Area. That descends into the present day prejudice against hip hop musicians.
Shopping Advice for Cannabis Consumers
Buying cannabis illegally is very simply a most serious risk for everybody. If you are caught and convicted, you could be locked up.
In an increasing number of locations across the United States, however, cannabis today is regulated and taxed. This causes a cultural change in the local area empowering grownups to have peace of mind when they choose to use cannabis for medical purposes or merely for the well-known recreational benefits.
If live in places where cannabis is regulated and taxed and you want to manage chronic pain or other physical and emotional hurt you are experiencing, using cannabis can be a sensible choice if you approach it correctly.
If you are suffering from chronic physical or emotional conditions and you are above the age of 21, you can reasonably choose to stop listening to anyone echoing anti-cannabis advice. Once you have reached age 50 or above, you have many more years of experience trying to teach you it’s time to think for yourself regarding cannabis usage and not listen to naysayers.
That’s the point here: Choose to think for yourself about how you manage pain and suffering in your life.
Becoming a savvy cannabis consumer at any definitely will promote peace of mind while also easing your pain.
The first step is to find out what the laws regarding cannabis are where you live.
Selected state and local laws make possible the existence of dispensaries selling cannabis products to the general public within a business environment.
If you are a current resident of areas that have such dispensaries, arriving at the choice to use cannabis will be relatively simplified.
You should first visit WEEDMAPS online. There you can quickly look up your locally available cannabis dispensaries, supporting businesses, and credible medical advice.
Then you should go inside a local cannabis dispensary and talk face-to-face with the people who work there.
What happens inside is you can quickly learn what you need in your local area if you want to buy cannabis products for your personal use:
· What (if any) government-issued identification card do you need for the dispensary to be able to legally sell you cannabis products?
· What (if any) state residency requirements are there? Can you legally cross state lines to buy and/or consume cannabis products?
· What (if any) legal restrictions are there in the local area governing times and venues where you can buy and/or consume cannabis products?
· What (if any) detailed information about the cannabis products are available on the product container or packaging or printouts?
A 21st century trend is the development and marketing of Las Vegas, Nevada as a particular destination for visitors from elsewhere who want to try using cannabis products. There are business leaders who have expressed the desire to transform Las Vegas into an equivalent to Amsterdam which has embraced the status of a legal venue for enjoying cannabis. Las Vegas visitors can easily find ways to enjoy cannabis while staying here in this Mojave Desert playground for grownups.You should consider a three-day weekend stay here to you can explore the local cannabis scene.
Where you live may have certain selected cannabis products such as CBD (cannabidiol) available for purchase in a retail settings.
This might be in your local CVS or Walgreens.
You may find CBD available for purchase at the local gym juice bar or at a convenience store that is also a gas station. You will easily find CBD for sale online.
The expansion of CBD sales across the United States has happened remarkably quickly following the 2018 passage of what’s known as The Farm Bill.
Yet, you will want to be smart and carefully read product information before you make any cannabis product purchase. Ask the retailer to show you the full descriptions of the cannabis product rather than just taking a glance at the product container or packaging.
If all you see is merely a brand name along with a few short words such as calm or alert or sleep, believe me, that’s not sufficient reason for you to purchase the cannabis product with confidence or peace of mind.
Even if you were pointed towards specific cannabis products by someone you respect (a nurse, for example), you need to read the available disclosure information about the specific cannabis product before you spend any money on a purchase.
If you’re told at the retail location that no such disclosure information is available, that’s a red flag. It means it’s time to walk away and shop somewhere else—preferably at licensed dispensary.
Cannabis culture in the United States is marketed as:
- cool and trendy
- analgesic (pain relieving)
Do not let the enticing marketing of cannabis culture distract you. The need is for you to attain a savvy awareness about what’s in cannabis products you may want to buy, and, what specific effects are intended by the cannabis products (such as reducing pain, helping you sleep better, reducing your anxiety, and so forth.) Cannabis marketing with clever wording and appealing imagery is no substitute for facts found in cannabis product information.
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Lesson "C" -- Awareness and Knowledge
I believe it is well worth your time before you jump in and attempt to buy cannabis products legally that you read Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World’s Most Popular Weed written by medical doctor Kevin P. Hill. This is a remarkable eBook for its honesty and balance as Dr. Hill carefully examines cannabis from both a legal and medical perspective with a special focus on recognizing the potential for cannabis addiction and for unintended consequences as well.
My agenda is very different from Dr. Hill’s. I will state it clearly and directly for you: If you are willing to accept personal responsibility for the outcomes, I enthusiastically urge you to turn to legally available cannabis products to address certain medical conditions from which you are suffering.
It is up to you to evaluate in a clear-cut way whether cannabis usage benefits outweigh risks for you. Few reputable medical doctors today in the United States will be willing to advise you on this important cannabis benefits-versus-risks question.
Other than telling you not to use cannabis at all, you should never expect a medical doctor in the United States to tell you precisely what you should do specifically if you choose to use cannabis to address any medical conditions you have. You have a right to feel angry that you are on your own (without a medical doctor's openness and willingness to answer your questions about cannabis) when evaluating whether the benefits outweigh the risks of cannabis usage.
But you are not alone if you have many questions about what medical benefits there might be for you, especially if you have already experienced how terribly awkward it can be to talk to your primary care physician about your consideration of cannabis usage.
The National Council for Aging Care in Washington, DC has produced a website for senior citizens which contains accurate and pertinent details about how medical marijuana can help you.
Their site is an excellent starting point if you are just starting to inform yourself about cannabis. There you will find useful cost comparisons showing the differences between retail cannabis products and prescription drugs.
You will also find a list of the symptoms and illnesses the chemicals inside of cannabis plants can help qualm or make easier to live with such as:
- Alzheimer's Disease
- eating disorders
- nerve disorders
- obsessive compulsive disorder
- panic attacks
- post traumatic stress disorder
No matter what else is true, it’s very important for you to know the facts about what’s legal and what’s not legal where you live.
Washington, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and several of the 50 states have enacted new laws regarding cannabis affording protection from criminal penalties. If you are a legal-age adult and you live in any of those locations, from a legal standpoint you can confidently buy and consume cannabis products.
The list of the remaining states who have yet to change their laws pertaining to cannabis keeps changing, but you can see up to date and reliable data if you visit the National Conference of State Legislatures website for current information affecting what is legal today for you based on where you live.
The national trend to change laws making cannabis products legally available as a choice for people seeking medical remedies is undeniable. My specific recommendation to you is that you consider purchasing cannabis products only if you first become a savvy cannabis consumer.
It’s a given that I expect you to accept personal responsibility for the outcomes of your cannabis usage and not expect a medical professional to help convince you that your cannabis usage is completely free of risks.
Instructions for For You
(1) Get a diagnosis from a certified and licensed medical professional that specifies exactly what ailment you have that may be causing you pain and suffering. Do not self-diagnose.
(2) Research the available cannabis products that are legal for you to purchase that have credibility in helping people with the same ailment as you reduce their pain and suffering.
I want you to become comfortable examining factual data available in print or text format which explains in certain detail what the specific cannabis product you’re interested in is and what can do in your body.
If you are someone who already reads labels on packaged food items, you are at an advantage compared to those who never consider what’s there on food labels. Cannabis products do not come with have consistent or easy-to-read labels like packaged food, however.
Take a careful look at this photograph of what a typical product label looks like in the state of Nevada which has particularly strict regulations for cannabis product labeling or disclosure:
Every state does not have the identical cannabis product labeling or disclosure as does Nevada. But I encourage you at least to request at the point of purchase this detailed kind of product labeling and disclosure before you buy any cannabis product for the very first time from any legal retail cannabis business.
Look at that photograph and compare it with what I suggest are the most important items you want to see and evaluate in any given product labeling or disclosure:
- Clearly stated name of the cannabis product (such as CBD)
- Product delivery format (such as capsules)
- Specific unit count (such as 5 pack)
- Cannabis ingredients per unit (such as CBD 30.64 mg THC 2.37 mg)
- Cannabis ingredients per package (such as CBD 173.3 mg THC 11.85 mg)
- Prominent (but not necessarily all) terpenes in the product (such as Pinene 0.0%, Humulene 0.09%, Bisobolol 0.0%, Limonene 0.0%, Linalool 0.09%)
- Evidence of any testing (such as the words “All products are lab tested.”)
- How the cannabis product was produced (such as the words “This product was produced through light hydrocarbon and ethanol extractions.”
- Net weight of the product (such as 2.35 g)
The information you should ask for may not be printed on or attached to the product container. Disclosure of the information might be in a separate printout.
For example, here is a photograph of one such separate printout for a cannabis product sold within in the state of Nevada by https://hopemmj.com:
It can be especially helpful to you if a cannabis product vendor happens to provide product usage guidelines as does this particular Nevada vendor.
Note that you do not need to become an expert when it comes to all such details in a given cannabis product. There is a fundamental level of knowledge that you should have, however, that is very easy to spell out:
- Learn the crucial difference between CBD and THC.
- Know the differences between cannabis delivery formats (such as capsules/pills, oral spray, vaporized, smoking, rubbing on your skin, etc.)
- Be comfortable with terpenes and how they work in a general sense (such as learning which scent and which effects come from which terpenes.)
- Recognize the extraction method used (because some methods leave toxic residue.)
- Know how to divide the dollar amount for the cannabis product by the net weight of the cannabis product to get an approximate cost per unit. Example: $30 for 2.35 grams of product equates to about $12.77 per gram.
This should be obvious, but I will state it directly:
You should only purchase cannabis products from legal and licensed retail sellers and never from “a dealer” who sells black market drugs.
If you choose to purchase cannabis products at a gas station or convenience store or CVS or Walgreens, you first should request to read the disclosure information before you make a purchase. If you are not given such disclosure information to read, you should take that as a clear signal for you to walk away without purchasing the cannabis product.
You can increase your comfort level with reading and evaluating cannabis product labels and disclosures if you go online to read about this type of information. I recommend the glossary of terms provided on https://cannahemp.com/discover-cbd/ as a trustworthy source for your ongoing education into cannabis products.
It’s perfectly acceptable for you to ask a cannabis product salesperson in a retail setting any questions that can help you get exactly what you’re looking for. You could, for example, ask: “I want something that has a pine or citrus scent. What do you suggest?” Or, “I’m looking for a very low amount of THC compared to the level of CBD. Do you have any recommendations on that?”
You may also want to become aware of nicknames and street name of cannabis currently in use today.
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