Weed Wars

Dispatches from the California Marijuana Front

April 14, 2010
Dispensary's growers develop pot strain that's not for stoners

Steve DeAngelo, executive director of Oakland's Harborside Health Center, featured in today's Sacramento Bee, is traveling east this weekend to introduce a new medicinal pot strain he says is unlikely to get anyone stoned.

DeAngelo is to introduce a "non-psychoactive" cannabis developed by Harborside's patient-cultivators.

He will appear at the "Cannabis - the Medicine Plant Forum" at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, RI to discuss a specially-developed "True Blueberry" and "OG Kush" pot hybrid.

It was cultivated to increase levels of Cannabidiol, a major compound in marijuana that doesn't get you high.

Many marijuana growers produce strains with less Cannabidol -- or CBD -- to emphasize the more euphoric effects of weed's more notable ingredient, Tetrahydrocannabinol - or THC. But pot rich in Cannabidol is believed to provide effective pain relief and may be particularly useful with cancer patients, DeAngelo says.

It may not be the biggest hit at some dispensaries. But DeAngelo says the product could spark a new wave in not-for-stoners medicine.

"Only a small percentage of people enjoy the psychoactivity of cannabis," he insists in a statement. "But almost everybody can benefit from its medical properties."

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