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How to Make THC Gummy Bears with Cannaoil

Do you love infused gummy bears?  Have you been too afraid to try making them or feared wasting your cannabis?  Put your fears aside because you’re about to become a pro and learn how to make THC gummy bears with Cannaoil! In January of 2017, edible’s, as many people call them, changed my life forever. […]

Wondering How to Travel with Medical Marijuana? Your Questions Answered

Wondering How to Travel with Medical Marijuana? Your Questions Answered

Is it legal to grow in New York yet?

Is it legal to grow in New York yet? Patients in New York cannot legally grow, yet many are doing it anyway. Where are we at on the regulations? Here is where we are today… New York Legal Grow Regulations, October of 2021, the New York Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) proposed regulations for medical […]

What Patients Need to Start a Spring Medical Cannabis Grow

The first thing anyone should think about before growing is the legalities of the grow. Here in Illinois, any medical patient with a medical cannabis card can grow five plants over 5 inches. If you need help obtaining your medical card, our friends over at Compassionate Clinics of America can help you get your medical card with a 10-minute telemedicine visit. Although there is a list of conditions you need to have to get your card, back pain is something many of us have that often qualifies you for a card, in addition to many other qualifying conditions. 

Catching Up Around Cannabis and Employment

In this Cannabis Community interview, Founder Abraham Villegas catches up with Shawnee Williams, Recruiter at Illinois Equity Staffing, to catch up on life, the post-covid world around us, and recent questions our community members have around cannabis and employment. Hi Shawnee! Thanks so much for taking the time to join us today. So excited to […]

Can CBD Affect My Sex Drive?

The CBD revolution is happening all around us.  CBD can be found in products across many lifestyle categories and it continues to evolve and be incorporated into many more.  CBD may currently be in your home as part of a daily health and wellness regimen.  Whether it’s to calm anxiety and stress or relieve sore […]

3 Sex Rituals to Try with CBD and Cannabis

Like so many of us in the sexual wellness field, Shani Hart didn’t set off in life expecting to talk about orgasms and lubrication, pleasure, and anxiety-free sex, day in and day out. Yet, here she is, unabashedly herself and breaking all the rules as a certified sexuality coach and sex educator. After starting to […]

Terpenes and Your Sex Life

Terpenes are the aromatic compounds that are found in cannabis and hemp plants and each produces a host of effects.  While some terpenes can make you sleepy, others can energize you.  What is most interesting is that some terpenes can improve your sex life! As an alternative to the chocolate and oysters as your aphrodisiac […]


Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard or used the words hemp and marijuana interchangeably. Don’t lie. You’re far from alone. Up until recently, the US government couldn’t tell the difference either. The Farm Bill in 2018 finally acknowledged that while the two plants are similar, there are a few important distinctions between them.  THC […]

The Connection Between Cannabis & Memory

Cannabis consumers and patients for decades have faced an intimidatingly confusing mix of sometimes contradictory information regarding the true effects of cannabis on the brain and, specifically, memory and cognition. Since the early 20th century, prohibitionists have been claiming that cannabis use by humans produces a variety of mental problems and deficiencies, from killing brain cells to a range of psychiatric disorders to the lowering of intelligence.

What Are Terpenes?

Cannabis is a complex plant with over 400 chemical entities of which more than 60 of them are cannabinoid compounds. Read on to discover research and explanations on some of the most commonly used terpenes found in CBD. Terpenes are organic compounds that enhance your “high”, affect the taste, and hold numerous medical benefits. On the […]

4 Ways CBD Can Help You Cope

A million things are happening that are out of our control. But, I’m here to tell you… CBD can help. It’s been wild for a minute now. There’s a plague raging right outside our doors, protests continue across the country, and then there’s an election, like tomorrow. Whether you’re trapped indoors, or you’re an essential worker, […]

Delta-8 The Basics

For years, the producers, processors, distributors, marketers, regulators, and consumers of cannabis have focused primarily on only two molecules produced by the plant: Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Both are sold by thousands of companies in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. As a wave of medical and adult use marijuana legalization reaches beyond […]

What is CBG and How Can CBG Supplements Help You?

If you follow news about cannabinoids, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard CBG brought up a few times. Some people claim that it could potentially be the next CBD, but could it actually be that good?  There’s some room for speculation, and there’s a lot of information that could suggest that CBG is a […]

Read the Launch Issue of CannaCurious Magazine!

This is the official launch issue of CannaCurious magazine, and we couldn’t be more excited! In this issue, we’ve honed in on the power of CBD. We’ve laid all the facts on the table. We’re debunking common myths (CBD does not make you high!). And, we’re sharing how women can use CBD to enhance multiple […]

Sex with Cannabis: Bringing Research Into The Bedroom

By Amanda Fisher-Katz-Keohane I wouldn’t call myself a cannabis connoisseur, but I have lived in places where it’s recreationally legal for years and enjoyed it a number of ways for a number of reasons. Most predominantly, it was a huge support post-abortion, and during a stint of insomnia triggered by inexplicable knee pain. I had […]

Caramel Apple Mocktail

About the chef A charismatic personality with a thirty-year career in the industry, Chef Otto’s true calling is to end hunger issues locally, nationally, and globally. Much like High Falls Hemp NY, Chef Otto’s mission is not only feeding people, but educating them, elevating spirits, nourishing minds, and captivating hearts. Otto’s extensive career includes The […]

Women of Color Breaking Down Barriers of Ownership in the CBD Industry

Getting started in the weed business is expensive and many people need business loans. However, less than 47 percent of black- owned business loan applications get approved.

Illinois’ 3rd Dispensary Tied Applicant Lottery Winners

Here are the winners of Illinois’ 3rd Dispensary Tied Applicant Lottery 75 LICENSE WINNERS

Delicious CBD Infused Summer Recipes

As people are finding different ways to enjoy the health and wellness benefits of CBD, infused drinks and dishes continue to rise in popularity. From CBD infused sparkling water and teas to chocolate and even popcorn! We’ve rounded up a few CBD infused recipes from some of our culinary favs that you can try at home.  First on our list is CBD BBQ wings!

Compassionate Clinics of America and nuEra Cannabis Dispensary Giveaway!

Illinois Senate Passes Bill to Award 185 Cannabis Dispensary Licenses, Pritzker Says He’ll Sign

On Friday, May 28th, the Senate voted to pass the bill in a 50 to 3 vote.

Bill to Issue Cannabis Licenses in Illinois Off to Senate, inching 1 Step Closer to Passing

This week, applicants for social equity focused cannabis businesses in Illinois were given hope as the House Committee passed HB1443, a bill designed to issue the long overdue licenses that have been helped up in litigation since May of 2020. Under HB1443, the state creates two additional lotteries in the application process to give more […]

The Status of 2021’s Illinois Cannabis Legislative Session & Social Equity

Abraham Villegas and Mark Peysakhovich check in with social equity champion and Illinois State Representative La Shawn K. Ford who gives our community a legislative update, new developments, and an invitation to continue improving the state’s cannabis laws.

How to Consume Cannabis Edibles

Are you curious about edibles but not sure where to start? Read this article to learn about your edibles options, how edibles work, recommended dosing ranges, and great tips from experts to optimize your experience.

Cannabis 2020 – A Year In Review

2020 will go down in history as one of the worst closers to a decade. Politically and through the lens of public health,

Cannabis Basics Textbook: A Fun Evidence-Based Journey Into Cannabinoid Science Fundamentals

The Cannabis Basics Textbook is an engaging, evidence-based journey into cannabinoid science fundamentals–learn more in this blog!

3 Major Concerns of the Medical Cannabis Community

Whether you use medical cannabis products to treat symptoms of anxiety, epilepsy, pain, nausea, etc. – you may subscribe to some of the following concerns expressed by the medical cannabis community.

Top 5 Reasons Why Cannabis Employers Value Illinois Equity Staffing

Illinois Equity Staffing (IES) is quickly becoming one of the most popular HR, staffing, and consulting services in the state’s emerging cannabis industry.

5 Critical Problems With Illinois’ “Social Equity” in Cannabis

Everyone seems to be talking about it, but few are actually leading the way through action.

Illinois Governor Announces “Partial Do-Over” to State’s Dispensary Social Equity Licenses

“Following a careful examination of the process to award the first round of conditional adult-use cannabis dispensary licenses after receiving feedback from community leaders and stakeholders,”

7 Ways to Celebrate the High Holidays in 2020

Celebrate the Jewish High Holy Days by getting a little bit high.

The Edibles Industry: How Consumers are Quickly Fixing the Gap

Edibles are popular but tricky. Here’s why and how consumers are fixing many of the problems with a DIY solution & where you can learn more.

Illinois State Reps Host Conference Announcing Developments in Federal Cannabis Litigation for Pending Dispensary License Lottery

State Representative Kathleen Willis, D-Addison and La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, held a news conference via The Medical Cannabis Community.

Illinois Social Equity Hearing in Federal Court to Address Lawsuit Filed Contesting Flawed Dispensary License Scoring Process

Addressing the lawsuit filed by multiple Illinois companies to contest the highly flawed cannabis dispensary license #scoring process implemented by the state and their vendor, KPMG.

Time to Fix Social Equity in Illinois Now, Once and For All

Time to fix social equity! It was telling when Gov. Pritzker said on Wednesday that the cannabis social equity licensing process in Illinois is a marathon rather than a sprint.

Op Ed – Time For The Illinois Governor To Step Up And Clean Up This Mess

Despite the promised openness, transparency and public engagement, the cannabis licensing process has been a black hole full of miscommunication, inconsistent and contradictory information as well as a lack of planning and bungling that left all of us guessing.

State of Illinois Announces Lottery Picks for Potential Dispensary Winners, Off to a Highly Suspect Start

On Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), announced a lottery for cannabis dispensary applicant finalists, which was expected to take place in late September.

IDFPR Announces Approval of Permanent Rules for Conditional Adult-Use Illinois Cannabis Dispensary Licenses Tie-breaking Process

The Tie Breaker Process describes the ability to move forward with awarding the 75 conditional adult-use cannabis dispensary licenses that were authorized by the 2019 Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

Veiled from Blackness: How Cannabis Companies Can Stop Dropping the Ball on Communities of Color

For too long, many black voices have been buried beneath a wave of narratives that come from those who have not been impacted by the war on drugs, or to some extent, may have even benefited from such war.

The Nose Knows: Going Beyond THC Content When Selecting the Best Cannabis for You

This guide will explore how the primal connection between the brainstem and the human nose suggests that using smell to guide us is more effective in selecting the best strain.

Face Mask Efficacy In Reducing SARS-CoV-2 & Other Respiratory Virus Transmission: An Evidence-Based Review

The study continues to explain how traditional measures of reducing transmission are to reduce the diffusion of these droplets from person to person.

Cannabutter: The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Own

During this time of social isolation, many cannabis enthusiasts are turning to crafting their own edibles at home.

Medical Patients Are Warming Up to Cannabis Concentrates

People are changing the way they feel about cannabis, and consumers are finding benefits in experimenting with different methods of consumption.

Medical Cannabis Patient Rights During a Police Stop

Medical cannabis patients and their caregivers can often find themselves in limbo,

Coronavirus and Cannabis – What You Need to Know Now

We’ve all been impacted by coronavirus by now. Whether we’re in full quarantine or simply self-isolating or still going to work as an essential employee, coronavirus has changed our day-to-day lives.

Cannabis and Social Equity: Challenges and Opportunities

The cannabis industry is filled with discussions about a term that has gained prominence recently, though it should have been a bigger part of our consciousness decades ago. That term is “social equity.”

Where to Get Cannabis Seeds

This blog will help people explore various options and vendors with great seeds and solid genetics for the optimal home grow experience.

Mental Health Counseling and Cannabis: Are You Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

As Illinois becomes an adult use state with the Cannabis Use and Tax Act, mental health professionals need to update their understanding of this substance.

Growing Cannabis at Home: The Basics of Seed Germination

This blog will help people explore various options and vendors with great seeds and solid genetics for the optimal home grow experience.

420 DIY Crafting – Blazing Holiday Mittens

Are you the most creative on 420? Here is a great little ornament to make your best “cannabuddies” or even for yourself!

Practical Lighting Advice for Getting Started with Indoor Growing

For those starting out, lighting is the most complicated, confusing, and most expensive (and therefore risky!) part of getting started growing their own medicine.

Cannabinoid Medicine in the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis: An Evidence-Based Review

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative condition characterized by central nervous lesions and chronic inflammation.

Medical Marijuana vs. Chronic Pain: Two Testimonials

Periodic aches and pains are something everyone must deal with. The immediate reaction to sudden pain is an evolutionary response that helps us survive.

Why You Should Consider Growing Your Own Cannabis

Learning the art and science of cannabis cultivation is the first step to building your cannabis sovereignty. Take control of your medicine, and learn to grow!

Easy Cannabis Infused Chocolate Buttons Recipe

Easy recipe on how to infuse your favorite chocolate with your favorite flowers.

The History of Cannabis Legislation and an Homage to its Pioneers

Anyone who has the slightest interest in marijuana or the cannabis industry is aware that the subject has as many detractors as it does proponents.

Feast Your Eyes on This Cannabis-Infused Gravy Recipe

The perfect excuse to celebrate Thanksgiving, or really any day of the year.

Maneuvering Marijuana Friendly Municipalities in Illinois: Where You Can Find Recreational Cannabis in IL (and Where You Can’t)

Exciting times are ahead for the state of Illinois, as recreational cannabis sales will officially begin at the beginning of the New Year. Illinois was the first state to legalize adult use recreational cannabis through their legislature—a historic day for the state’s government.

BREAKING: Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Remove Medical Cannabis Card Registration From Police Database

This essentially removes a patient’s medical cannabis registration information from their driving records.

10 Ways You Can Actively Practice Happiness

Studies show that smiling is contagious. Spend time with others that make you smile and laugh.

How to Apply for a Cannabis Dispensary Social Equity Loan

Social Equity loans will be available to Applicants, or companies applying for a license to operate a cannabis business.

Considering Cannabis? Consider the Source

New health and wellness options pop up regularly, making it hard to know what’s worth the time and money.

Recipe: Cannabis Infused Gummies

This recipe makes around 56 gummies – final # depends on how clean you scrape the mixture pan into the squeeze bottle and how clean you pour the mixture into the molds.

How to Grow Cannabis at Home: The Basics

There are two ways to start growing a cannabis plant. The obvious way is from seeds. Like any other seed, you plant it and allow it to germinate.

Part I: The Commercial Cannabis Industry and How it Impacts Communities

The days of marijuana transactions being conducted in back alleys and vacant parking lots are long behind us.

The Diverse World of “Dabs”: A Closer Look at Cannabis Concentrates

The world of cannabis concentrates is as diverse as it is powerful and potent!

The Science of Cannabis Vaporization

The world of cannabis concentrates is as diverse as it is powerful and potent!

Going Smokeless: Consuming Cannabis Without Combustion

Visiting a cannabis dispensary can be an overwhelming experience, but in a good way. Patients are often amazed at just how many options there are to choose from.

Around the World in 80 Puffs: Uruguay

Legal cannabis is an international phenomenon. Here is an insight into the legal cannabis scene in Uruguay.

A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis: Book Review + a Bonus Gummy Recipe

People around the world are using cannabis around the world now more than ever before—and many of them are women!

Medical Cannabis & Combat Veterans: The Battle Beyond

What does the actual scientific research state regarding the effectiveness of using cannabis for treatment of PTSD?

Can you Smoke Out Stress? Treating America’s Anxiety Problems with Cannabis

As Cannabis Sativa continues its reintegration across western society, medical cannabis and cannabinoid-based therapies are gaining popularity.

Is Smoking Cannabis Dangerous? A Scientific Review of Cannabis Smoking & Lung Cancer with Comparisons to Tobacco Smoking

As Cannabis Gains Popularity, Skeptics Raise Risks of Smoking cannabis

CBD, Natures Anxiolytic: Exploring How Hemp Can Treat Anxiety (Instead Of Causing It)

While moments of anxiety are a normal part of the human condition, over one third of the population suffers from anxiety disorders.

The New Cannabis Legalization Bill for Illinois Now Available

Interested in reading the 500-page bill for Legalization in Illinois? Read it here!

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Legalizing Marijuana in Illinois

The primary motivation for states legalizing the use of recreational marijuana is financial.

How Hemp is Empowering Patients to Combat Chronic Pain & Battle the Opioid Epidemic

Chronic pain continues to grow into a serious public health concern in industrialized countries.1 In the United States alone,

Cannabis, Cavities & CBD: Investigating the Role of Medical Cannabis in Dentistry

While the practice of dentistry predates all the way to 16th century Renaissance times, modern medicine has largely failed to investigate the potential benefits of cannabis and hemp for oral hygiene and disease prevention

Medical Cannabis & Gun Rights: Will I Lose My Guns if I Obtain a Card?

The issue of gun rights has become an incredibly contentious topic of debate in recent years.

Cannabis For Rheumatoid Arthritis: Effective Topical & Transdermal Cannabinoid Therapy in Treatment

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune and progressive inflammatory disease that affects approximately 1% of the world’s adult population.

How Cannabis is Combating the Opioid Epidemic

The nation has an opioid epidemic it can no longer ignore. Did you know opioid mortality rates have dropped by up to 25% in states that have legalized cannabis?

Synthetic Cannabis: Will the Real Cannabis Sativa Please Stand Up?

Synthetic Cannabis and Natural Cannabis are NOT the Same Thing. Here’s why.

The Drug Test Debate: Clearing the Smoke for the Medical Cannabis Community

As cannabis use in the United States skyrockets, more people will inevitably face the ominous, pre-employment drug test.

High-Quality Studies Finally Prove CBD Effectively Treats Epileptic Seizures

Childhood epilepsy is one such disease that has increasingly been the target of cannabinoid therapy for years and is the focus of a documentary by The Medical Cannabis Community.

Medicine Meant for You: Integrating Medical Cannabis and Personalized Medicine is the Future of Healthcare

The term “personalized medicine” carries the promise of a progressive and holistic approach to healthcare, tailoring treatments to individual patients instead of pathologies.

Cultivating Excellent & Memorable Dispensary Experiences

No matter your type of cannabis business, here are ways to improve patient experiences.

The Powerful State of Medicinal CBD

Thanks to the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, we may soon see fields of hemp once more across the countryside.

Robust Certification Programs Offers Cannabis Training for Everyone

The cannabis market is currently one of the most rapidly growing sectors in the United States.

Swapping Pain Pills for Pot: IL SB336 Breaking News Update

The Opioid Alternative Pilot Program will allow patients to swap addicting narcotics for cannabis,

Talking Cannabis Taxes: Exploring How Medical Cannabis Fits Into Illinois Tax Law

As cannabis continues to make a growing impact on the world at large, it’s implications on how one approaches their taxes is not something often discussed.

Cannabis Side Effects & Adverse Events: Here’s What You Need to Know

As medical cannabis use continues to grow more widespread across the United States and the world at large, so is the realization that as beneficial as it is, cannabis is no “silver bullet”.

Studies Warned Illinois Legalization Demand Could Not Be Met By Current Supply – Now May Be Too Late

Consumers in online communities have frequently expressed disdain in what they report may be a dangerous proposal for an otherwise flourishing opportunity for the state.

Clearing the Smoke: The Whole Truth About Combusting Cannabis

Let’s face it; nearly a century of prohibition and anti-cannabis propaganda has left deep misconceptions about the plant still prevalent today.