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Our Latest Blog Entry

By Amy McCallum


March 2022



I too was a marijuana dispensary virgin.  And, I have to say, the first few times I went into the dispensary I was very intimidated.  The most intimidating part was my complete lack of knowledge about cannabis strains, cannabis uses, cannabis benefits, really, you name it, I didn't know it.  My experience was limited to college roommates and friends introducing me to smoking cannabis and just like President 42, it didn't count because I didn't inhale.  Go ahead, insert smirk here.   But, once you hit the golden age of 40 lots of physical changes occur for both men and women, so I found myself searching for natural solutions to help me with the natural circumstances of my aging body.

To start, let's bring you up to speed on some Cannabis Facts.  As of the date of this article, there are only 4 states where the use of any cannabis product is illegal.  The remaining 46 states have legalized some form of cannabis product be it medical marijuana, recreational marijuana, CBD products (THC < 0.3%), or a combination of some or all of the aforementioned.  Marijuana (THC) is still federally classified as a Schedule 1 drug, but the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp, commonly known as CBD ("defined as cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) and derivatives of cannabis with extremely low concentrations of the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis) ​from the definition of "marijuana" in the Controlled Substances Act.  That means that you can not only purchase CBD products in dispensaries, but also in convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies, and smoke shops.  

Governments and health organizations have been studying cannabis for decades.  Most recently, the NIH and Bloomberg have both published studies on the positive effects of cannabis compounds and the prevention and treatment of the Coronavirus.  That being said, the FDA has not approved any official endorsement of any organic cannabis product for the treatment or prevention of any malady.  There are however 10 pharmaceutical versions, 9 synthetic, and 1 using chemicals directly from the marijuana plant currently available by prescription.


In 2022, more and more people want and need organic alternatives to pharmaceutical options for aiding in the management of a plethora of ailments.  Because mammals already have an Endocannabinoid system in their body, mammals respond positively to the effects of cannabinoidal based products and their medicinal benefits.  Hence, more and more people are really interested in learning about what cannabis products might do to improve their own health and wellness.  Just like me, you may want to visit a dispensary, but you don't even know where to begin.  So, let me give you some helpful tips and information so that you can enjoy your first trip to the dispensary and have better success buying products that will enhance your mind, body, and health.

What you need to know about dispensary etiquette:

  • You must be 21 and you will need to bring your government issued ID to enter into a dispensary.  Don't worry, even if the dispensary scans your ID, there is no federal data base that keeps your information.  
  • You will also need to bring cash for your purchase.  There are up and coming alternative purchasing options in dispensaries, but for now, just bring cash.  
  • Be prepared to wait before you are allowed to enter the facility.  In states where both medical and recreational cannabis products are legal, be aware that there are typically lines for medical marijuana patients and recreational marijuana patients.
  • Put your phone away unless you are using it to present your medical marijuana ID.  After you have presented the digital ID, put your phone away.
  • Once you get into the dispensary, you will be assigned to a Budtender (like a bartender, but they serve marijuana products instead of alcohol).
  • There are some extraordinary Budtenders, but in general, there is limited to no training, and Budtenders may not have specific answers to your questions so DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU GO TO THE DISPENSARY!
  • You should not have your phone out so write down what you want and need on a piece of paper and bring it with you.

Do your own research about what cannabis products are recommended for managing your specific concerns.  I can't stress enough that research and patient testimonials are available, but the FDA and the medical community will not allow any organization to formally endorse any organic cannabis product for the treatment or cure of a medical condition.  It is recommended to consult your physician before taking any dietary supplement.  In order to prepare you for a positive experience, here are some insights about cannabinoidal (CBD) products.  For the purpose of this information, the following recommendations are for CBD products, but for some people, a ratio of THC and CBD may prove to be the most effective.  

  • Cannabis Strains:  
    • Indica:  Associated with full-body effects, such as increasing deep relaxation and reducing insomnia
    • Sativa:  Provides a "head high,” an invigorating, energizing effect that can help reduce anxiety or stress and increase creativity and focus
  • Cannabis Lingo: 
    • Edibles:  Gummies, chocolates, CBD infused drinks, isolates which are both tasteless and odorless and come in a powder form to be added to drinks and food stuffs
    • Tinctures:  Typically administered orally and sub-lingually, but can be applied to the skin
    • Flower:  The smokable, trichome-covered part of a female cannabis plant. Flower is the most popular form of cannabis due to its versatility and it can be consumed in a variety of ways, including smoked in a pipe or joint, vaporized in a vaporizer, or incorporated into edibles.
  • For Sleep:  Indica strains because they have relaxing and sedative side effects
    • CBD Top Flower:  Bubba Kush which is a low THC hybrid, 70% Indica and 30% Sativa
    • CBD (in any form that suits you:  CBN is a cannabinoidal (CBD), but has been linked to sedative effects
  • For Pain and Inflammation:  Full Spectrum CBD which means it contains THC, but less than 0.3%
  • For Anxiety:  There are studies that show both Indica heavy and Sativa heavy strains work well to help with anxiety disorders.  In doing your research you need to evaluate whether you want strictly CBD or a CBD:THC hybrid.  Part of that decision may be determined by whether you are comfortable with a "high" sensation and what you will be doing when you decide to ingest the product.  It may take you a few tries to find out which option works best for your needs.  

In conclusion, I sincerely hope that you find this information helpful and that you feel more comfortable visiting your local dispensary.  I also hope that you find a cannabis product or products that provide relief and well-being for your mind, body, and lifestyle.


By Amy McCallum


January 2022


2022 rings in the new year with really compelling reports about CBD and its potential to combat the coronavirus.   For those of us that already believe in the amazing health benefits of cannabinoids, this is welcome news, but not surprising news.  As an advocate for cannabis use, it's important to share the information with those people that have no idea about the wonder and beauty of the cannabis plant.   More and more individuals are looking for natural alternatives to big pharma treatments and "cures" so it's no shock that more and more research of organic and non-toxic solutions for the prevention and treatment of illnesses is on the rise.  

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported on a study linking CBD and its potential to prevent and inhibit SARS-CoV-2 infection.  SARS-CoV-2 is responsible for the coronavirus most commonly known as COVID-19.  CBD, also known as a cannabidiol, is a byproduct of the cannabis plant, but unlike its sister commonly known as marijuana, CBD contains less than .0.3% of THC, the chemical that gives you a "high".  

The coronavirus, in basic terms, enters the human body, makes copies of itself and then explodes for the purpose of widening the infection.   What's exploding is "proteins".  These proteins enable viral duplication, construction, and growing of the virus.  How does this work exactly?  The human body contains cell receptors which are special proteins found within and on the surface of certain cells throughout the body.  These receptor proteins are the “eyes” and “ears” of the cells, and they receive messages from substances in the bloodstream and then tell the cells what to do.  The coronavirus is designed to tell the proteins to duplicate and spread throughout the body.  I'm not going to get into the debate of what is or what isn't a pandemic, but I hope we can all agree that having hope for the prevention and healthy non-toxic management of any illness is a good thing.  That being said, here are the high points of the National Institutes of Health report:

  • CBD has potential to control or regulate the host stress and antiviral inflammatory response (the body working to eliminate and infection) to the virus.  
  • In vitro, (of a process) performed or taking place in a test tube, culture dish, or elsewhere outside a living organism) CBD suppressed the duplication of the coronavirus.  
  • Various cannabinoids and blends, including a CBD/THC mixture, showed that there was no hindrance of the SARS-CoV -2 infection other than CBD.  
  • CBD was found to hinder the viral replication after exposure to SARS-CoV-2 entry into the host cell.  
  • CBD also was found to promote interferon (a protein released by animal cells, usually in response to the entry of a virus, which has the property of inhibiting virus replication) response and hinder the rapid spread of one or multiple cells in a living organism infected with the virus, leading to cell death.   
  • High dose usage of CBD in patients was shown to significantly correlate to the reduction of COVID-19 positivity.  

What the NIH will not do is consider CBD as a therapeutic for COVID-19.  One reason is that CBD is readily available, but CBD and its formulations vary widely as does its quality and purity.  The NIH also strongly cautions against taking CBD in the current formulations available to the public as preventative or treatment therapy at this time.  Why is this?  Because further trials done in living organisms, aka humans and animals, need to be done in order to define the optimal route of taking CBD and the optimal formulation for the preventive and therapeutic treatment of the SARS-CoV-2 infection.

What do I say?  I am a proponent of cannabis use for a litany of health problems, but I can't tell you what you should do.  Please do your own research and consult your physician regarding the use of CBD and its health benefits.  Please remember, not all physicians have a wealth of knowledge about CBD and cannabinoids in general, so seek answers from those in the know.  In addition, if you are currently taking CBD as a supplement, take the time to ask questions about the purity and quality of that product.  And lastly, if you have a question, we will do our best to provide you information that will guide you to make your decision on the products that have demonstrated positive effects for the prevention and managements of ailments as well as benefitting one's overall health.

By Amy McCallum


December 2021


1. The hemp plant is a cannabis plant that contains 0.3 percent or less THC which is the chemical component responsible for the psychotropic effects of marijuana.

2. In Great Britain Hemp Cultivation dates back to 800 A.D. and was used for construction of the British Naval Battleships and ship components.

3. The MARIJUANA TAX ACT OF 1937 made the cultivation of Hemp and Cannabis illegal in the United States for roughly 80 years.

4. In World War II the cultivation of Hemp continued as part of the HEMP FOR VICTORY PROGRAM, but the last commercial crop was planted in 1957 in the state of Wisconsin.

5. In 1970, both Hemp, along with its sister plant marijuana, was classified as a Schedule 1 drug.

6. In 2018 President Trump signed the FARM BILL which removed Hemp, Hemp Seeds, and all Hemp byproducts from the Schedule 1 drug classification.

7. Did you know that Hemp seeds are not only high in fiber, but rich in magnesium, zinc, potassium, and iron?

8. Hemp seeds are a complete source of protein and contain all nine essential amino acids which the body does not produce without dietary supplements. Can you say Superfood?

9. Hempcrete is an industrial byproduct of the Hemp plant and a building material that is a green and cost-effective alternative to traditional construction options.

10. Hempcrete is non-toxic, has a low carbon footprint, is lightweight, an excellent insulator, durable, and resistant to mold.,000%20years%20ago!

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By Amy McCallum


April 2021


Marijuana, Mary Jane, Weed, Ganja, Herb, Reefer, call it whatever you want, but cannabis and cannabis byproducts have been around since the dawn of time. One of the first recorded uses of marijuana dates back to 2737 B.C. and it was used for medicinal purposes. Chinese Emperor Shen Nung used cannabis for treating pain due to rheumatism and gout and documented its effectiveness. Circa 2021, Eastern and Western medicine have come together for holistic and more natural treatment options. Cannabis has made a much-needed resurgence as a safe alternative to mainstream pharmaceuticals for aiding in the management of a plethora of medical conditions such as neuropathy, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. With the legalization of cannabis use being on the rise, so is the rise of research and development providing scientific data to support the health benefits of cannabis use.

In 1992, Raphael Mechoulam, as well as NIMH researchers William Devane and Dr. Lumir Hanus, discovered the first naturally occurring endogenous cannabinoid, or endocannabinoid. The start of the research dates back to 1964 when Raphael Mechoulam was able to identify and isolate THC for the first time. Just prior to that, they were also able to identify CBD as well. As the research unfolded, a biological system found in almost every living thing with a vertebra, was discovered. This biological system is known as the Endocannabinoid System. “By using a plant that has been around for thousands of years, we discovered a new physiological system of immense importance,” says Raphael Mechoulam, the dean of the transnational cannabinoid research community. “We wouldn’t have been able to get there if we had not looked at the plant.”

If cannabis and cannabis byproducts are natural and have so many positive applications for their use, then why is it considered a Schedule 1 narcotic? Politics, and I will leave it at that. By definition, a Schedule 1 drug is a dangerous substance that has no recognized medical use and that has a high potential for abuse. By that definition, cannabis being classified as a Schedule 1 drug is not based on facts nor scientific data. The medical uses for cannabis and cannabis byproducts have been substantiated by science and the millions of people that can attest to the positive effects of cannabis consumption. As for the second part of the definition, anything used by or consumed by humans, is subject to "abuse". So, by definition, the argument that cannabis use is dangerous falls short as a valid reason for cannabis getting such a bad rap and why education is the key to the destigmatization for cannabis use.

So, what are the facts about the Endocannabinoid System and Cannabis?

• The human body has an endocannabinoid system and endocannabinoid receptors.

• Studies have revealed that cannabinoids act as neuromodulators for a variety of processes, including motor learning, appetite, and pain sensation, among other cognitive and physical processes.

• CBD and cannabis compounds have been proven to resonate with the ECS system in such a way that stimulation encourages the recharge of cells and their healing processes.

• There are currently at least 779 cannabis strains that have been named and recognized by the marijuana community and the number of notable strains is only going to increase. With continued research, there are sure to be even more medical advancements in treating various ailments using particularly prescribed strands of marijuana.

• To date, the FDA has not approved a marketing application for cannabis for the treatment of any disease or condition. The agency has, however, approved one cannabis-derived drug product: Epidiolex (cannabidiol), and three synthetic cannabis-related drug products: Marinol (dronabinol), Syndros (dronabinol), and Cesamet (nabilone). These approved drug products are only available with a prescription from a licensed healthcare provider. As of the date of this article, the FDA has not approved any other cannabis, cannabis-derived, or cannabidiol (CBD) products currently available on the market.

• In the late nineteenth century, marijuana became a popular ingredient in many medicinal products and was sold openly in public pharmacies.

• Marijuana became a Schedule 1 drug in 1970.

• 2021 36 states have legalized medical marijuana.

• Both THC and CBD can be processed to remove psychotropic effects or the "high" when consuming Cannabis products for medical applications.

• Rhythm Health and Wellness can't tell you what products are best suited for your medical needs, but through testimonials and your own research, you can determine the best products and applications to enhance your lifestyle and health.

Arizona is just one of 6 states 

that had recreational marijuana 

on the ballot for 2020. “Beginning 

with California in 1996, a grand 

total of 33 states have legalized 

medical marijuana. Of these 33 

states, 11 have passed legislation 

allowing for the legal consumption 

and/or sale of recreational weed.”

Our First Blog Entry

By Amy McCallum


December 2020



1. Adults 21 and older would be able to possess 1 ounce of marijuana with no more than 5 grams of it being marijuana concentrates (extracts).

2. Limits home cultivation to 6 plants at an individual’s primary residence and 12 plants at a residence where two or more individuals who are at least 21 years old reside at one time.

3. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) would have to establish recreational marijuana regulations on or before April 5, 2021.

4. A 16% excise tax (the same as cigarettes and alcohol) would be placed on recreational marijuana products. Money from the excise tax would fund various state agencies and be dispersed between community college districts, police and fire departments, and the Highway User fund.

5. Marijuana use would remain illegal in public places (restaurants, parks, sidewalks, etc). Offenders are guilty of a petty offence.

6. No marijuana products could be sold that imitate brands marketed to children or look like humans, animals, insects, fruits, toys or cartoons.

7. Marijuana edibles will be limited to a maximum of 10mg of THC per edible and limited to a maximum of 100mg of THC per package of edibles.

8. Employers have the right to maintain a drug- and alcohol-free workplace.

9. Driving, flying or boating impaired to even the slightest degree by marijuana would remain illegal (i.e., zero tolerance rule).

10. Marijuana testing facilities will test marijuana for harmful contaminants (i.e., pesticides, molds, etc).

11. “Qualified early applicants” (qualifications are currently undetermined) can apply for a recreational dispensary license (approx. 145 licenses will be available) with the ADHS.  Any remaining or additional licenses will be provided by random selection.

12. The ADHS may issue a marijuana establishment license (recreational marijuana dispensary license) to no more than two recreational dispensaries per county that contains no medical marijuana dispensaries, or one recreational dispensary license per county that contains one medical marijuana dispensary (the ADHS will accept applications from Jan 19, 2021 – Mar 9, 2021).

13. On or before April 5, 2021, medical marijuana dispensaries will be able to sell recreational marijuana to adults until the ADHS issues licenses for recreational dispensaries.

14. Medical marijuana dispensaries that obtain a recreational marijuana dispensary license(s) could operate both entities in the same/shared location.

15. Possessing more than one ounce but less than 2.5 ounces would be a petty offense. Minors caught with less than one ounce would receive up to a $100 fine and four hours of drug counseling for a first offense. A second offense would be up to a $100 fine and eight hours of drug counseling. A third offense would be a Class 1 misdemeanor.

16. Smoking in a public place would be a petty offense.

17. On or after Jan 1, 2023, the ADHS can adopt rules to permit recreational marijuana deliveries.

18. Beginning on July 12, 2021, people convicted previously of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana or six or fewer plants or paraphernalia can petition to have the record expunged.