Cannabinoids: Five Fast Facts

If you have ever stepped foot in a dispensary chances are you have heard the term “cannabinoid” but what are they exactly?

Phytocannabinoids are found in marijuana plants

Phytocannabinoids occur in the cannabis plant and are formed through a process called decarboxylation.  This process is activated by heat(hence why marijuana is often smoked or vaped and not consumed raw).  Endocannabinoids are found throughout the human body.

The human body has its own endocannabinoid system

The endocannabinoid system is found throughout the human body in the brain, central nervous system, and peripheral nervous system. It is involved in body processes such as appetite, pain, mood, and memory.

Cannabinoids work by binding to CB1 and CB2 receptors

Part of what makes cannabinoids medicine are there ability to bind to the bodies CB1(cannabinoid receptor type 1) and CB2(cannabinoid receptor type 2) receptors in the endocannabinoid system.  CB1 receptors are found in the peripheral and central nervous system and are responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects.  CB2 receptors are found in the immune system and are responsible for marijuana’s pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects.

The most well-known cannabinoids are THC and CBD

THC(tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD(cannabidiol) are the two most well-known cannabinoids.  THC is psychoactive(this means it makes you high), and CBD is non-psychoactive.  CBD has gained popularity in recent years due to it’s potential in effectively treating anxiety, PTSD, cancer and complications from cancer treatment, and rare forms of epilepsy.

There are at least 66 different cannabinoids in marijuana

Over 400 compounds have been discovered in marijuana and 66 of them have been identified as cannabinoids.  As research moves forward, scientist hope to isolate each cannabinoid for different medical uses.

Expect more discoveries and facts about cannabinoids to come out as more research is conducted and more people beginning to see marijuana as an effective and real option in treating a variety of medical conditions.





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Florida, Arkansas, and North Dakota Approve Medical Marijuana

The 2016 elections were successful for marijuana legalization with 3 states approving medical marijuana and 4 approving recreational marijuana. This comes as no surprise as doctor’s and patients alike have acknowledged the many benefits of cannabis.

Florida’s Amendment 2

Amendment 2 in Florida passed with 71.29% of voters approving medical marijuana usage. Approved conditions include cancer, Chron’s Disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, PTSD,  ALS, MS, and Parkinson’s Disease.  New medical patients will have great options to choose from because Florida is already home to many great strains like OG Kush, Triangle Kush, and The White.

North Dakota Voters Approve Medical Marijuana

North Dakota’s Initiated Statutory Measure 5, also known as the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act passed with 63.66% of voters saying “yes”.  Approved conditions include cancer and it’s treatments, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, glaucoma, epilepsy, spinal stenosis,  and any other medical conditions or it’s treatment added by the North Dakota Department of Health.

Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act

Also known as Issue 6 the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act passed with 53.17% of voters approving medical marijuana for 56 qualifying conditions.

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Big Wins for Recreational Cannabis in the 2016 Elections

2016 is proving to be a big year for medical and recreational marijuana laws. Five states had recreational marijuana on the ballot and three(Massachusetts, Nevada, and California) passed; Three states(Florida, Arkansas, and North Dakota) approved medical marijuana.

Massachusetts Votes “Yes” on Recreational Marijuana

Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative(also known as Question 4) passed with 53.56% of voters saying “yes” and 46.44% saying “no”.  Massachusetts has previously approved marijuana for medical purposes.   Question 4 will allow individuals 21 and older to use, grow and possess recreational marijuana.  The initiative also seeks a Cannabis Control Commission to oversee marijuana sales(similar to Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division).   Legalization takes effect on December 15, 2016 and retail shops will be allowed to open in 2018.

Nevada’s Question 2 Wins

The Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative(Question 2) won with 54.47% of the vote.  Nevada previously approved medical marijuana in 2000 with Question 9.  Under question 2 adults 21 or older may posses, consume, and cultivate marijuana for recreational purposes.  The initiative also authorized regulated marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, and distributors.  For the first 18 months only registered wholesale liquor dealers are permitted to apply for marijuana distributor licensing.  Retail stores will be limited by county size, and are prohibited within 1000 feet of a school or 300 feet of a community facility.  Legislators must discuss taxation and regulation in the 2017 session.

California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act

Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act passed with 56.04% of the vote.  This allows adults 21 or older to possess and use recreational cannabis.  Smoking is permitted in private homes and at businesses licensed for on-site consumption.  Proposition 64 also prohibits sales within 600 feet of a school, day care center, or youth center and prevents large-scale marijuana business licenses for five years in an effort to prevent monopolies.   The proposition immediately allows adults to possess marijuana and gives the state until January 1, 2018 to begin issuing licenses.  California first legalized medical marijuana with proposition 215 in 1996.

Maine is Gray Area/Too Close to Call

Maine’s Question 1 is still to close to call.

*UPDATE 11/10/2016*  Maine approved recreational marijuana with 50.51% of voters saying “yes” on Question 1.

More Information/Sources,_Question_2_(2016),_Marijuana_Legalization_(2016),_Question_4_(2016)

Giving Thanks and Giving Back

Through November 16th 2016 The Medicine Man will be holding a food drive. This is your chance to give back to the community and our chance to give back to you. Bring 3 cans and receive a joint or 10mg edible with any purchase. Thank you and have a great November!

Now Hiring Experienced Commercial Grower



Would you like to work in a fast-paced exciting environment?  Are you an experienced commercial grower looking for a new job?  Then apply at The Medicine Man in Cortez Colorado!  The Medicine Man hires employees for a variety of marijuana industry jobs.

Job Requirements:

Must have current Colorado MED state badge

Must be experienced in commercial marijuana grows

Must have references

Please post resume on the Employment page in the contact form if you are interested!

New Instagram Account

So you may have noticed we have been MIA on instagram this past week.  Unfortunately our old account was shut down with no explanation.  This is part of an ongoing trend of instagram shutting down cannabis themed accounts.   No worries, just check out our new page @medmancortez and be sure to like our content and follow us!

Also, stay tuned for some major product updates!

New Products New Hours and More!


New Hours

As you might know know The Medicine Man is now opens its doors at 8:00 am therefore we can meet early bird customer needs,  and starting August 1st 2016 we will be closing at 9:00pm,  that way all of you night owls can shop.  We hope these new hours will address your customer needs.


New Product

The Medicine Man is now carrying pure CBD Cheeba Chews.  These are great for customers who want the benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive compounds.

New Specials

Be sure to stop by and check out our daily early bird special from 8:00am-10:00am, and happy hour from 7:00pm-9:00pm!

Marijuana Special $100 ounces

$100 ounce special

Ounce special for medical and recreational!

While supplies last there is an ounce special on select medical and recreational marijuana strains.   Be sure to ask your bud tender about strain availability.

Cannabis Oil Co2 Extraction Dab Syringe

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Cannabis oil Dab Syringe by CWD

We have a new concentrate the Co2 extracted Dab Syringe by CWD.  This product contains 0.5 grams of THC cannabis oil and can be used for dabbing. It can also be added to a joint, baking and making edibles, or ingested.

For more information on availability contact us.


Mota Energy : New Product Alert

mota energy shots at the medicine man in cortez co
Mota Energy is now available at The Medicine Man!

Mota Energy is the product for you if you are looking for an energy boost or an afternoon pick me up.  This product combines cannabis sativa with caffeine to produce an uplifting effect and boost energy.  Each package contains 8 servings of citrus flavored goodness (80mg of total THC).  Mota Energy is part of CannaPunch’s product lineup.  For more information please visit CannaPunch’s official website  For info on availability please contact us.