While there are no recreational retail marijuana stores in Detroit, there are still lots of medical marijuana locations operating. In fact, another provisioning center opened up in Detroit last week with a bit of glamour attached to it. That’s because the Cookies-branded location on East Eight Mile Road is another step in the empire of rapper and cannabis entrepreneur Berner. The brand, established in Los Angeles, takes a cannabis-clothing-music lifestyle approach to the industry. This partnership with Gage Cannabis Co. in Michigan is the first foray for Cookies outside of California.
“They grow good cannabis; we cherry-pick the best,” says Berner of the partnership with Gage.
Right now, much of the Michigan industry’s focus is on recreational marijuana, although here in Detroit there is much angst because the city has opted out of the system for now, at least through the end of March. But there are huge things happening with cannabis elsewhere. While provisioning centers press their lawsuit against the state and the city — and Detroit City Council does whatever it’s doing behind the scenes — let’s remember that medical marijuana is still a big deal, and some states don’t even have that. That doesn’t mean you should just take what they’re handing out, but there’s still a lot going on in the medical marijuana world.
The folks at Cookies took the practical route of opening a medical marijuana operation in Detroit when that was the opportunity available. That’s evidence that, for all the treasure associated with recreational marijuana, medical marijuana is still a big deal. Besides, in Michigan at the moment, the only route to a recreational retail license is through a medical license. It’s the only game in Detroit, so let’s get into the medical marijuana world now.
Medical marijuana led the way to legalization, and it didn’t disappear when recreational legalization came on — although a lot fewer people are talking about it. The people who are talking about it have more and more to actually say these days as research starts to kick off.
We’re going to have to learn a few more acronyms. We’ve known about THC for a while, and our cultural love affair with CBD has gone absolutely bonkers. Almost any shop doing business these days has some form of CBD available. I saw CBD sparkling water on the shelves of a market the other day.
As popular as CBD has become, there are more cannabinoids where that came from. Get ready to hear about CBG and CBC. Research recently reported in The Guardian claimed “Cannabis compound could be weapon in fight against superbugs.” The story reports on researchers finding that cannabigerol (CBG) has cured mice of MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant infection. The study is under review at the American Chemical Society’s Infectious Diseases journal. The thought that weed could somehow help take on superbugs gives comfort to marijuana enthusiasts, even as the coronavirus spreads fear across the globe.
Here’s another vote for CBG and its partner CBC (cannabichromene). Cannabics Pharmaceuticals, an American company with a research department in Israel where they do that sort of thing, has released information claiming that preclinical trials show that CBG and CBC help produce significantly better results in gastrointestinal cancer treatments. In a statement, Dr. Eyal Ballan, cofounder of Cannabics, says, “We are intrigued by the results we have obtained in the lab, and our aim is to consider placing an emphasis on this organ system, and to further explore the differential anti-tumor properties of cannabinoids.”
CBC has also been making a name for itself as an anti-inflammatory and to block pain caused by nerve damage. And good, old THC got some props recently for easing the symptoms of endometriosis, a painful condition of the uterine lining.