Oreo blizzy seeds
Got this as some Shatter from Blaze, sold by Golden Meds in Denver, Colorado. Shatter is a nice clean yellow color with no bubbles. Smell is sweet. The hit was a tad harsh. High is extremely heavy but not in a sleepy manner. I feel it more in my head with a headband feeling. The body high isn't couch-locky but it's still pretty heavy though at the same time it's light enough to be mobile. If I took another dab I don't think I could move at all though. The head high is pretty clear though heavy. I'd buy this strain again.
My Oreos (AKA: Oreoz & Oreo Cookies) was by Fields Family Farmz & contained 36% THC! They are not kidding when high THC levels are talked about with this Indica Dominate (70%) Hybrid. Sweet & nutty was the taste & smell . Lots of happy relaxation were the effects. Enjoy The Pleasure Of The Smoke
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How Cannabis Can Treat Arthritis and the Best Strains for your Pains
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Cannabis and Web3 Crossover: Tokenization
Since launching our Web3 practice group, we have been getting steady inquiries regarding cannabis and web3 crossover. In this post, I focus on the tokenization of cannabis business assets, which often occurs through ICOs (initial coin offerings). This is currently an unsettled area of law in the U.S., and we do not recommend trying to proceed without an experienced securities and web3 /blockchain lawyer at your back.
In the past 12 months, we have been helping clients with international and domestic DAO (decentralized autonomous organizations) establishment, governance, and finance issues (both on-chain and off-chain financings, including ICOs) (see here and here).
We work with NFT creators and studios (see here) in determining the best way to form business ventures together utilizing creative compensation structures that also protect both sides’ intellectual property.
Some of our tech clients are developing cannabis POS solutions and APIs that span the deep chasm between traditional banking, cryptocurrencies, and cannabis (hemp and marijuana).
And we consistently warn our clients that smart contracts are neither smart nor comprehensive contracts upon which to establish business relationships.
What Does Tokenization Mean?
In the web3 world, tokenization refers to breaking the ownership, control, or some other rights associated with an asset into small pieces (tokens) that can be traded, held, bought, sold, and exchanged. This process is also referred to as fractionalization.
Before the advent of the internet, we generally referred to this tokenization as stock in a corporation or general contractual rights. Now that we are deep into web3 territory, the industry is developing new terminology built on the back of the distributed ledger technology that makes up web3.
And of course at the heart of all of this are lawyers making creative arguments for their clients, for good, bad, or otherwise, to help them raise funds and build their businesses. The cannabis industry is no exception, and thanks to creative lawyers who can do virtually anything with a contract, the lines among these tokens can be and are often blurred.
What is a Cannabis Tokenized Security?
“Tokenized securities” are the simplest to explain because they have an analog in today’s common business world. You can think of cannabis tokenized securities as stock in corporations or ownership in LLCs, along with their myriad equity- and debt-based variants like convertible notes, preferred ownership interests, and SAFEs (simple agreements for future equity).
But in web3, cannabis tokenized securities can be much more than simple ownership rights and profit-sharing rights in licensed or affiliated cannabis entities. These securities can carry additional characteristics beyond voting rights like access to certain markets utilizing an issuer’s token or preemptive rights beyond normal preferred stock. Because tokenized securities are embedded in web3 technology, those rights will proliferate as quickly as the underlying technology does.
“Security tokens” are similar to tokenized securities, but they only carry traditional rights relating to traditional ownership with minimal web3 components.
What is a Cannabis Utility Token?
Cannabis “utility tokens” offer something of practical value that is different from traditional ownership in companies found in security tokens and tokenized securities.
Web3 utility tokens contain only the non-ownership components of tokenized securities and security tokens that can be stripped away from the economic benefits of ownership. These include voting rights, access to people, places, specialized products in the metaverse and the real world, and digital-only assets like NFTs.
These also can include preferential purchasing rights for future merchandise or free swag like those found from companies raising early-stage capital on traditional crowdfunding platforms without giving any ownership interests in the company to those “investors” providing capital.
Where cryptocurrencies are involved, cannabis utility tokens can be minted (issued) to provide access to a specific cannabis marketplace or a cannabis-focused DAO (decentralized autonomous organization). Cannabis companies can use a platform like Ethereum to create their own utility token as a springboard to marketing their products or services.
What is a Cannabis NFT Token?
NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are utility tokens. They are digital assets that may have tie-ins to the physical world (see here). At this stage in web3 development, NFTs are generally digital goods (artwork, videos, or GIFs) or rights (concert access, etc.).
Ownership of NFTs can be fractionalized (tokenized) the same way ownership in any asset or business venture can be divided among owners. Sometimes people say, “Let’s NFT this X,” which can mean either creating digital goods as NFTs or creating a tokenized security.
How to Learn More About Cannabis and Web3 Crossover
If you are a cannabis company trying to understand cannabis and web3 crossover and feeling overwhelmed with this new technology explosion, take heart. I have attended web3 conferences where even the die-hard defi (decentralized finance), crypto, NFT, and DAO aficionados acknowledge that they once felt like they were drowning in the deep end of the pool. They all say that the technology and terms are proliferating so quickly that no one is an expert in all things web3.
In my corner of the cannabis legal world, issuing securities is not something we take lightly (see here), but even the SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) is still trying to figure out how to classify the various types of tokens (see here).
Start in your area of interest and educate yourself. Talk to experts. Attend conferences. Join web3 groups (often DAOs) you are interested in. And you can join our new Web3 Law group on LinkedIn for real-time discussions about practical legal aspects of web3.
Brand Spotlight: Jungle Boys
As the world of legal cannabis expands at a breakneck pace, some of the names we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts predate the legal industry. They are survivors from the California medical cannabis era that most of the time faced a ton of persecution just trying to exist in the 20 years between medical and adult-use getting legalized. And for many in the world’s largest cannabis market in Los Angeles, the name closest to their heart is Jungle Boys.
Be it the vibes, the heat or beyond fair prices as the cost of eighths across the market continue to creep up despite the whole weed not being illegal anymore thing, there are plenty of reasons to like Jungle Boys.
High Times caught up with Jungle Boys’ founder Iván Vanorwick, for a call in the heart of Croptober. They were a few months removed from their inaugural drops in Northern California after finally being able to grow enough pot to meet their own shop’s demand after 15 years of hype and two more dispensaries coming online over that period.
Like most of those catchup conversations post lockdown, the chat started with how things went during the pandemic. As with the rest of the industry, Jungle Boys’ home base Toluca Lake Collective (TLC) saw its busiest week ever in the lead-up to the world closing.
But even ahead of that run-on product, Jungle Boys has been in the midst of consolidating their cultivation efforts. The nature of the industry forced longtime operators to scoop up viable warehouse space as it became available in the years prior to legalization. The Jungle Boys were no exception. One of their big post-legalization goals was consolidating their satellite grows into a few larger locations.
“Yeah, so it’s actually been great so we kind of got here out of necessity right?” Vanorwick told High Times, “A lot of these buildings we ended up with because it was the only building you can get, and they made us be in these random locations. And now that we’ve kind of grown and we’ve outgrown some of these buildings and we’ve shut them down, kind of our smaller operations that didn’t necessarily get 100 percent attention from us.”
Now with just a few larger operations, essentially the whole team is onsite all the time.
“Everyone’s there and it’s all hands on deck and all eyes there every single day,” Vanorwick said, “At the end of the day quality control is first and foremost for us, you know? The flower we grow is the most important to us. We started out as growers, we weren’t cannabis store operators. We’ve always been growers.”
Vanorwick believes a major contribution to the quality factor is the fact Jungle Boys are completely vertically integrated. That means as an entity they can hold separate permits that allow them to grow, sell, distribute and manufacture cannabis into a variety of other products as they see fit, but most famous is the hash of course.
“We really do everything in house 100 percent. It never leaves our sight. So I think having the ability to do that and then close the small operations and focus on few of our larger locations helped us with our quality control unit,” Vanorwick said, “We can always get better and we’re always striving to do better, but I think it’s helping our industry that everyone is expanding quickly.”
One of the Vanorwick’s biggest marks of pride during Jungle Boys’ expansion is that they’ve never been forced to put anyone else’s weed in their bags. All of the cannabis that has ever made it into one of their bags was cultivated entirely by them.
In the months before coronavirus and well into it, many of the most popular offerings at TLC came from their work with Triangle Kush. Some of the favorites of the pack included spectacular pairings with SFV OG and the famous cut White Fire OG they hunted down from OG Rascal seeds over a decade ago before things went south at their old 20-lighter in 2012.
The work to find their next new heat, that will stand apart from the marketplace as always, never stops.
Courtesy of Jungle Boys
“We just did a big hunt on our Mike Larry line, which was originally bred by Skunkmasterflex,” Ivan said, “The Larry line, I think it’s like F9 right now which he’s worked for like 15 plus years. So this is an old line that’s been worked and then we took that and the cool thing about it is we’re taking our selected Mike Larry’s and then we’re getting into all of our keepers and then keepers that have been with us that we’ve selected through all the different strains that we’ve done over the last 15 years, all of our stables.”
Essentially their 15 years of work is crashing into the time Skunkmasterflex has spent on the line for a spectacular result. “It’s probably some of the best work we’ve done to date, and all that stuff will be coming out pretty soon,” Vanorwick said. “We did the MIKE-Tai. We did Mike sunset. We did Strawberry Shortcake. Mike Larry with all that stuff, it’s just some of the best we’ve grown in a long time, and we’re super excited.” The Mike and Larry crosses are on their third round now, by the time you’re reading this you should be able to find them all over California.
High Times asked Vanorwick what it’s been like to watch the hype strains come and go over the years while a lot of the Jungle Boys’ work was off to the side and equally exciting. Hell, sometimes they even helped start the hype waves. For example just look at how many people grew Purple Punch or Mimosa after the Chalice wins, or how many people wanted a cut of WiFi in the early 2010s.
“I think a lot of these hype genetics end up being a lot of this shit that we all have it’s just renamed or rebranded,” Vanorwick said, “It’s definitely too bad the company that was doing all the DNA shit, ended up being, you know, kind of a bunch of scam artists but I think once we get back to a lot of this DNA work and seeing where a lot of these genetics come from a lot of people are just smoking a lot of rebrands.”
These days Jungle Boys have roughly 100 new crosses coming in every couple of months. Most of the pack are whittled down quickly as they search for the most epic genetic outliers that stand out from the rest of the propagation effort. But as you look at the companies that invest deeply into fresh genetics, it’s easy to see why their names constantly top the list of cultivators people are most excited about.
Even if they don’t have that new Gelato or Runtz cross because the consumer knows the amount of effort that went into finding what they do have.
As for the 50 new strains that Jungle Boys see every month, you might only end up seeing three finalists chosen. “Once you select them and there’s a whole process of rerunning them and then rerunning them again so they get ran three times before they get released to the public,” Ivan said. “So it’s definitely a labor of love and something that takes a lot of time and effort and money.”
Read this story originally published in High Times December 2021 Issue in our archive.
Is the Death of the Cannabinoid Market Coming?
The cannabinoid market has been a strange and seedy place since it started. Not only do different cannabinoids come out weekly, advertising different benefits, but as an unregulated market these products can be sold for less money than dispensary products which are subject to cannabis taxes. Only problem? The lack of industry regulation has made this market a very sketchy, possibly dangerous place. In a new move, the US government is actually doing something about it, despite a long period of virtually no response.
The cannabinoid market is facing its first big challenge with Shopify enforcing a ban on the sale of THC products outside of regulation. What will happen next to the industry? We’ll all have to wait and see. We’ve got you covered with breaking news as it happens, so sign up for the THC Weekly Newsletter to stay up-to-date on the current news, and to get special deals on flowers, vapes, edibles, and more products! Our offers on cannabinoids, like HHC-O, Delta 8, Delta 9 THC, Delta-10 THC, THCO, THCV, THCP & HHC, won’t break the bank, and can still be bought here. Head over to our “Best-of” lists for these deals, and enjoy your products responsibly!
What is the cannabinoid market?
We all know what regular cannabis is, it’s been a staple recreational drug for a very long time throughout history. And we’re all aware of CBD, which has grown in popularity as a non-psychoactive part of the plant (which actually translates to a non-high-inducing part since CBD is most definitely psychoactive.) CBD has gained momentum the world over though, not just in the US.
However, the US is home to another unregulated market that came out of the same legislation that propelled CBD, the cannabinoid market. What is that? We all know THC and CBD are cannabinoids, so what is this other cannabinoid market? It’s a market made up of minor cannabinoids of the cannabis plant, most of which only show up naturally in the plant in small amounts, or which don’t actually exist in nature, and were formulated in a lab based on compounds like THC.
The most well-known at this point is delta-8 THC, an isomer of delta-9 in that they share the same chemical formula, and have very similar properties. Chemically, the only difference is the placement of a double bond, which for delta-9 takes place on the 9 th carbon atom on a chain, and for delta-8, on the 8 th . Delta-8 is naturally occurring, likely as a degradant of delta-9, but must be synthesized for product production since it occurs in such small amounts.
Other cannabinoid entrants into the market include delta-10 THC, THC-O, HHC, THCV, THCA, and more. As none of these cannabinoids have been through much testing, not much is known about them, with delta-8 offering the greatest amount of information. In essence, different cannabinoids have been released into the market where no information on them exists, including no testing for safety. Though it seems these compounds are not explicitly dangerous, this can never be said for sure without applicable research done, especially of the synthetics that don’t appear in nature. Which means the public is being sold completely untested products, and is being told they’re safe.
What’s the news?
In short, Shopify, one of the largest online retail platforms, is no longer allowing the sale of delta-8 THC, or any other cannabinoid with over .3% THC. This is a good time to remind everyone that the term ‘THC’ refers not specifically to delta-9 THC, but to any tetrahydrocannabinol, of which there are many, as well as any analogue of THC made synthetically. There doesn’t seem to be an official news story on the topic, and its likely that Shopify, in an effort to do this quietly, never made a press statement. Instead, letters have been sent out to retailers, explaining that any THC cannabinoid is forbidden from being sold on their sites using the Shopify platform, if the THC amount is above .3%. The company Reef Canna released their letter through MJBizWire, which states:
“It has come to our attention that you are using your Shopify account, reefcanna.myshopify.com, to sell Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products containing more than 0.3% THC.
“Unfortunately, due to applicable laws and regulations in the United States, Shopify’s policies do not currently permit merchants to offer for sale products containing more than 0.3% THC regardless of compound type (e.g., delta-8, delta-9, delta-10).
The below products have been removed and cannot be reposted (this may not be an exhaustive list)…”
The following was a list of products by the company that Shopify is no longer allowing the brand to sell. The letter then continued:
“Please note that any further violation of Shopify’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), including the reposting of the content above, may result in the suspension or termination of your Shopify account.
We understand that the cannabis space is quickly evolving. In the future, if applicable federal and state laws and regulations in the United States change, we may be able to support these products on Shopify.
Please carefully review the rest of your shop to ensure it complies with Shopify’s AUP and Terms of Service.
More information about selling hemp-derived products can be found here.
To show just how confused many writers are, the writer of the article containing the letter, goes on to tell consumers that they can still buy legal delta-9 in 10mg gummies if its hemp-derived. This is not actually true, as hemp-derived THC is synthetic, and would therefore still not meet regulation, even if the gummy is four grams, making the delta-9 content less than .3%. It also states that HHC is fine as well, but this is also synthetic, which means it too is not covered by the Farm Bill, and as an analogue of delta-9, is therefore illegal.
This letter might specify everything under the umbrella of ‘THC’, but in order to be in compliance with the law, Shopify would also have to rule out all synthetics. On the Shopify website it has been made clear that all FDA regulation must be followed for selling hemp-derived products, and even requires merchants to fill out an ‘Attestation’ in order to sell hemp and hemp-derived products on their sites.
Why did this happen?
The confusion over the cannabinoid market stems from the 2018 US Farm Bill. The Farm Bill legalized the production of industrial hemp so long as the THC content is no more than .3% in dry weight for the plant, as well as for final products. The thing is, this was meant strictly for industrial hemp. However, it was taken up by many as a way to advertise and sell cannabinoids that aren’t specifically delta-9 THC, and which can technically be derived from the hemp plant, by simply saying that the level of delta-9 THC in the products meets regulation. The problem with this argument, is that it never made sense.
The way industrial hemp got legalized, was by making a definition for it that separated it from marijuana. The definition for hemp became: “The plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, including the plant’s seeds, and all the plant’s derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
Not only is this meant for industrial hemp only, but the wording of it specifically states any product made must come exclusively from the hemp plant. Which means it in no way legalized anything synthetically derived, or anything meant for medical or health supplementation. When the bill came out, hemp cultivation and production went from being regulated by the FDA, to the USDA, but nothing else moved, leaving everything else under FDA regulation. And it’s the FDA that regulates anything taken internally for supplemental or medical purposes.
This was all backed up when a confirmation letter was sent to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy’s executive director Donna C. Yeatman, R.Ph. from the DEA in reference to the legality of delta-8. It explained “D8-THC is a tetrahydrocannabinol substance contained in the plant Cannabis sativa L. and also can be produced synthetically from non-cannabis materials… Thus, D8-THC synthetically produced from non-cannabis materials is controlled under the CSA as a “tetrahydrocannabinol.”” Tetrahydrocannabinols are Schedule I, and this goes for any other synthetically made analogue of THC as well.
Why does it matter?
This could have gone in different directions. But since the US government is holding fast to keeping cannabis illegal (for now), the idea that these substances will get regulated, is not very realistic. Instead, they proliferated as part of an untaxed, unregulated black market, being sold in fake dispensaries, all kinds of other stores, and the internet, since without regulation, they don’t need to be sold in legitimate dispensaries only.
The problem with no regulation is that the market can be taken advantage of by seedy retailers, who lie about their products, and what’s in them. In fact, the market has gone so far south as to institute fake 3 rd party testing facilities to encourage trust in consumers, through bogus safety results. And though the cannabinoids themselves are unlikely (but not definitely) the cause, without regulation, retailers can put whatever they want in a product, from extra chemicals to flavor, stabilize, or thin out vape oils, to cheaper synthetics in products like vape cartridges and edibles.
There have already been stories of lawsuits against companies whose products were found to contain high doses of THC, while advertising only CBD, as well as fatalities involved with poisonings from bad products. Technically the numbers are still low – (let’s remember the US government is totally cool with allowing opioids which come with a massive death toll), but it does present the problem of a growing market, that gets dirtier as it gets bigger, with no accountability whatsoever.
In the end, the US government likely cares way less about the safety issues (opioids remember), than it does about having black market industries it can’t control. Though it’s done virtually nothing to stop this industry thus far, (probably because of the cost and unpopularity of fighting wars on drugs, especially when the drugs have no real death count), it seems it did finally make a move. It might do the same with other major platforms as well, but how much this will actually root out the problem is hard to say, considering how many outlets sell these cannabinoids.
The US government has been pretty quiet thus far when it comes to the cannabinoid market. Apart from backing up the Farm Bill and legalities (eg – the letter to Alabama), and making a few random busts, it seemed the government was at a stand still. This move through Shopify does show a desire to gain control of the situation. But the real questions are: 1) Is forcing Shopify to force retailers to comply enough? 2) Will more online retail platforms also get letters? And 3) what impact can this have when tons of physical locations also sell these products? Stay tuned to find out.
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Have They No Decency?! The CDC Wants Easier Access to Opioids!
When a title like this comes along, it’s enough to make your stomach drop. Amid constant talk of a growing opioid epidemic, which is now said to be responsible for the vast majority of 100,000 completely avoidable deaths a year, the CDC actually wants to make it even easier to get opioids by loosening prescription requirements. If you still have faith in your government to do what’s right by you, maybe now’s the time to take a harder look at that sentiment.
It is a mind-boggling level of insanity that the US government via the CDC wants to make it easier to get opioids amid the biggest drug crisis it’s ever dealt with. But that’s how much it cares about our collective health, as it does this in the face of better options like cannabis, ketamine, and the Zingiberaceae class of plants. We’re on top of this industry and everything that goes on it it. Sign up for THC Weekly Newsletter for more stories like this, as well as exclusive access to deals on flowers, vapes, edibles, and tons more products. Plus, we have excellent prices on cannabinoids, including HHC-O, Delta 8, Delta 9 THC, Delta-10 THC, THCO, THCV, THCP & HHC, which won’t break the bank. Check them out in our “Best-of” lists, and enjoy!
It’s in every publication, it’s in tons of titles, and the result of it can really be felt. Opioids have become a horrifying (and embarrassing) mistake by the federal government, which has spiraled out to such degrees, that dozens of people are overdosing every day, making for incredibly high death totals. And this isn’t the coronavirus, which is expected to leave a death toll. These deaths, every single one of them, are completely avoidable.
Opioids are a class of drugs that come from, or are based on, compounds from opium, which can be found in poppy plants. They can appear naturally in nature, like morphine and codeine, which can be extracted from opium. Or synthetically, like hydrocodone and fentanyl. Even naturally occurring versions like codeine are still bought in synthetic form when purchasing opioids from a pharmacy. Opium is often turned into the street drug heroin through processing.
Opioids bind to opioid receptors in the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, and the gastrointestinal tract. Though they can bind to many receptors, the three main classes for this are μ, κ, and δ (mu, kappa, and delta) receptors. Opioids are best known, and most used, for controlling pain, but are also used medically for cough suppression and diarrhea. Users on opioids are prone to side effects like itchiness, sedation, nausea, constipation, respiratory depression, and euphoria – the main reason for their addictive quality.
These drugs produce a strong tolerance in users, meaning the dosage must increase to gain the same effects. Opioids are incredibly physically addictive, meaning a habitual user will likely go through a painful withdrawal when stopping. They are often used in conjunction with benzodiazepines to minimize feelings of sickness, and this can help lead to fatal overdoses.
Drugs like heroin are Schedule I in the DEA’s Controlled Substances list, but opioids are prescribed and sold medically under Schedules III, IV, and V. This makes them all more federally accessible than cannabis, which despite all the dangers of opioids and benefits of cannabis, remains in Schedule I.
News: The CDC wants to make it easier to get opioids
This opioid issue has been going on long enough that in 2016, the CDC instituted guidelines on prescribing for opioids. However, in what looks like a total turnaround, and rejection of any care about the current and growing problem, on Thursday, February 10 th , 2022, the CDC actually proposed loosening guidelines for doctors prescribing opioids. And this even though the more strict 2016 guidelines obviously didn’t help make the problem any better. So why is the CDC doing this now in light of the current situation with opioids?
Because they’re saying that by doctors prescribing less (they didn’t), doctors have been cutting off patients who need opioids to deal with their pain, prematurely. Which is odd considering the CDC doesn’t regulate these things, and this news story, along with previous guidelines, are not about legal changes. They’re essentially no more than statements, but they’re statements that show a trajectory of thinking, and that’s why they’re dangerous.
These newer CDC guidelines repeat the 2016 guidelines in saying that “opioids should not be considered first-line or routine therapy for subacute or chronic pain”, as well as some acute pain. They also restate that doctors shouldn’t prioritize opioids over non-opioid treatments including things like exercise and physical therapy. This is great! But since it’s already the current situation, it’s also obviously not doing anything to have that in the guidelines.
What did change? The whole stipulation that doctors should avoid making increases to medication in the amount of 90 morphine milligram equivalents or more per day. The thing is, if you’ll notice the language, that was never a rule, just a recommendation (since the CDC is not the regulating body). And considering how little doctors have been paying attention to these guidelines anyway, it almost doesn’t matter beyond being a major slap in the face to show this kind of thinking, especially in light of what’s currently going on.
What was it changed to? The much broader statement of: “clinicians should prescribe the lowest dosage to achieve expected effects.” Gone also is the recommendation (still wasn’t a law) for timelines for these prescriptions. The prior guidelines stated that “three days or less will often be sufficient; more than seven days will rarely be needed.” This would not exist anymore, which could promote doctors putting patients on opioids endlessly.
Of course, whereas its often stated that “the guidelines were resulting in physicians unsafely tapering patients or cutting patients off entirely — in part because of the specific dosage benchmarks included in the guidelines”, the growing number of overdoses, the high number of prescriptions written, and the fact that they’re still being prescribed en masse by primary care physicians (who are not supposed to write such prescriptions), essentially points to this being nonsense.
This update would be one of many proposed changes that came out as a 229-page draft which was updated to the Federal Register. There will now be a 60-day public comment period. The CDC will consider all this before finalizing updates. As none of this is law, it doesn’t make a huge difference except to show a general intent of the governemtn. But if the government really wanted to help – if it really did – it would make it illegal for anyone but a specialist to write these prescriptions. Hey look, I’m just an ordinary citizen who came up with a more useful policy.
The opioid crises
While some publications like to tout a decrease in opioid prescriptions, with the AMA in 2021 claiming a 44.4% reduction in the past decade, this logically makes very little sense. And is completely derailed by general statistics. In 2020, NPR wrote how as of 2018 (when statistics were last made available.) that one in five Americans had an opioid prescription filled according to the CDC. In fact, enough prescriptions were being written for half of all Americans to have one. Kind of makes the AMA’s claim one year later sound like a baseless marketing ploy.
To take it a step further, any talk of a reduction in prescribing sounds silly at best. In 2017, over 191 million opioid prescriptions were written, which is actually equal to 58.7 prescriptions written for every 100 people. 45% of those came from primary care physicians who aren’t supposed to write such prescriptions (hence the fact that simply taking away their ability to do so could help hugely). Considering that doctors who aren’t supposed to be writing them were responsible for writing so many – even after the 2016 guidelines were put in place, ends the idea that those guidelines got in the way of anyone getting anything, or that prescription writing for opioids has gone down.
According to the NPR article, in 2018 (two years after the 2016 updates), approximately 40 people were dying of overdoses a day specifically from prescribed opioids. And that’s just deaths, it speaks nothing to the damage caused by those who live with these addictions. This problem is so intense that the CDC estimated the economic burden for all related health care, emergency care, addiction treatment, lost productivity, and criminal justice response to be about $78.5 billion per year. Who pays for that? The same people fed all these opioids – taxpayers.
In 2019, according to hhs.gov (US Health and Human Services) nearly 71,000 people died of overdoses that year. While approximately 14,480 were related to heroin, a massive 48,000 were from prescription opioids, meaning that 62,000 out of 71,000 overdoses were related to opioids. Whereas the agency’s stats put first time misusers at 1.6 million for that year, it listed 10.1 million who misused that year total.
In 2020, possibly due to corona, and possibly just showing a trajectory that had already started, the number of overdose deaths skyrocketed further to 93,331, a 30% increase, according to the CDC. And for 2021? While complete statistics have not been made available yet, some statistics have been released, namely in the way of statistics that point to the overdose number now capping 100,000 per year.
According to the final report of the Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking, put out in February 2022, for the year ending June 2021, there were over 100,000 total drug overdose deaths, with synthetic opioids claiming two out of three of those. So does it make sense that prescription writing has gone down? No, not even a little. And that makes what the CDC is proposing now, preposterous.
The situation is so bad (beyond the visible death statistics), that Big Pharma companies Johnson & Johnson, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson just offered a settlement to Native American tribes of $590 million because of a case waged against them due to the damage opioids have caused that specific community. And this on top of a $26 billion global settlement that must be paid out by multiple Big Pharma companies including Johnson & Johnson, because of damage done.
What about ketamine?
The weirdest part to all this? Or maybe the part that shows the true corruption of the government? It’s already well understood – since back in 1964 – that ketamine works well for treating pain conditions. As ketamine is nonaddictive (its actually used to treat addiction), with a great safety profile including difficulty for causing overdose deaths, it should be the obvious answer. In fact, not only is it great for pain, but because it’s also been shown to be great for addictions, it creates the one-two punch that’s so badly needed right now.
How does the government so specifically know this? Because the first ketamine study done back in 1964 was done with prisoners. As in, members of a government prison were used in the study. The investigation was done via the Parke Davis Clinical Research Unit at the Jackson Prison in the state of Michigan, but assuming the government wouldn’t get an automatic peek at research being done on government sanctioned prisoners, is preposterous at best. Plus, even if results weren’t shared privately with the government, they were published in 1965. The government has most certainly known since then, backed up by tons of follow-up studies that have been released in the years since.
In fact, ketamine works so well, that a huge gray market has sprouted up with medical clinics offering off-label use of ketamine for pain. So this drug with a much safer safety profile, which isn’t addictive, and which can offer relief for all kinds of pain without the threat of death, isn’t even being mentioned, while the CDC plans to backhandedly make opioids even more accessible.
Craziest part of all this? Johnson & Johnson is the only pharma company to have an approved version of ketamine out (likely approved with the hope of diverting from the ketamine gray market) in the form of esketamine. It’s also paying out billions for damages from opioids. Yet when Johnson & Johnson filed for its new drug application for esketamine, pain was never mentioned. It seems the desire is not to fix the problem, but to keep it going, as better methods are continuously being suppressed.
Take cannabis, for example. Which has also shown the ability to deal with pain, or kratom. Or plants like ginger and turmeric from the Zingiberaceae plant family which are consistently written about for their pain benefits. Personally, I drink ginger tea nearly every day to help with the accumulated pain and injuries of ballet, and its often the difference between being able to stand up straight, or not. I cannot express better than this what a massive difference that plant makes.
So thanks to the apathy of the US government, and the pushing of Big Pharma, it looks like the CDC has us all set for bigger increases in deaths with even less guidelines for opioids. I guess this is the best that they could come up with to fight the much better working ketamine system, which stands to help the problem for those who suffer from either pain or addictions to opioids. Which is probably because in the end, even as a pharma product, ketamine is easily made on the black market as well as being offered as a generic, indicating that as it gets more popular, this will not necessarily help Big Pharma, making it undesirable.
And considering that Big Pharma literally started this epidemic, along with the US government which allows it through regulation, it makes sense that the two entities would do everything possible to protect the industry. Even at the cost of your life.
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1960’s Ketamine Prisoner Study Highlights What Has Been Known for Decades
Let’s be honest, when it comes to some of the shadiest, unethical studies, they tend to be run by the government. Whether we’re looking at THCO-A testing, or syphilis, it always seems to be the government operating undercover, and then apologizing and making excuses when caught. Now, as ketamine becomes bigger and bigger in a gray market, the ketamine prisoner study from the 1960’s begs the question of why we were never told how useful this drug is, and why we’re still using more dangerous drugs instead if it.
The ketamine prisoner study of the 60’s is a glaring example of US government apathy towards its people, as well as a great showing of how little the government likes to use the information it collects. This brings up the question of why we ever started using opioids when there were better options available. We’re dedicated to providing the most relevant and important stories in this new and blooming industry of psychedelics! Sign up for the Psychedelics Weekly Newsletter, for more articles like this, and to keep your finger on the pulse of the psychedelic world.
What is ketamine
Ketamine is a Schedule III compound in the DEA’s Controlled Substances list, with approval for use as an anesthetic in humans and animals. This makes it unlike nearly every other psychedelic compound, which all (with the exception of DXM) reside in Schedule I. Having said that, the US’s FDA did legalize ketamine’s close cousin ‘esketamine’ in 2019, but only for treatment resistant depression (updated to include suicidal thoughts the following year), and only with use of a monoamine antidepressant at the same time.
Ketamine was discovered by the pharmaceutical company Parke-Davis in 1962, which was on the hunt for a strong anesthetic. Ketamine is considered a ‘dissociative anesthetic’ because it makes users feel like different parts of their brain are disconnecting from each other, described as “electrophysiological and functional dissociation between thalamocortical and limbic systems.” The term came about because using the word ‘psychedelic’ was frowned on. While the compound showed the ability to sedate, it didn’t actually show hypnotic properties – which means the ability to put people to sleep (though it obviously can knock them out). Both ketamine and cousin esketamine share the chemical formula of C13H16ClNO.
Though ketamine has not been officially cleared for anything but use as an anesthetic, because it is Schedule III, it can be prescribed ‘off-label’. This means a doctor can prescribe it for a different purpose than what it’s approved for. Because of this, a ketamine therapy gray market has opened up, and has been growing wildly in the last few years, likely being the reason for the very quiet legalization of esketamine, to try to battle this unregulated – but not illegal – industry.
Ketamine has been shown to be beneficial for psychological issues like depression, anxiety, PTSD, postpartum depression, and eating disorders. It’s also been shown to be useful for pain management, begging the question of why it is not immediately being switched out for the opioids which are causing deaths left and right. Aside from use in medicine, ketamine has also enjoyed popularity in the club scene since the 80’s, and is a popular recreational drug in general.
Ketamine prisoner study
We always expect that new drugs will go through human trials. It’s a part of testing a drug for mass use. In order to get a pass, it must go through different rounds of testing for efficacy and safety, and this means people being guinea pigs. This usually requires volunteers, since people have rights, and trying out possibly dangerous medications on unsuspecting citizens has always been illegal in the modern day of this country.
Which is probably why when the government conducts covert experiments on people, it tries to keep them as quiet as possible, whether to cover up people getting hurt, or to preserve information from becoming used – for whatever reason. Such is the case with the ketamine prisoner study from the 1960’s, which took place via Parke Davis’s Clinical Research Unit at the Jackson Prison in the State of Michigan.
In fact, the internet has been so well scrubbed, that the only in-depth account comes from the very researcher responsible for breaking ethics codes, who, of course, calls it a volunteer study. Even back in post-war times, when questions of medical ethics were more in flux, and patients were in the mindset of simply following doctor orders, it was still illegal to use people unwittingly in medical research. Doctors, for their part, used methods of coercion to get patients to comply, since in their minds, in the end, it was all for the patient’s own good. Getting research participants followed a similar model.
Though detractors to the experimentation do admit that some amount of consent was given, the idea of ‘informed consent’ as in, consent to the specifics of what was being tested for, was not a part of it. It should be mentioned, much more dangerous drugs than ketamine are tested, but at the time this happened, there was absolutely no accumulated knowledge pointing to whether it was dangerous or not. Which means ketamine was a blank slate, and no one knew what would happen to study participants. Lead researcher Dr. Edward Domino even went as far as to pat himself on the back for going behind the back of the study’s psychiatric advisor, for fear the guy would assign the drug as ‘schizophrenomimetic’, which would stop research and production. The research began in August 1964
Anyway, regardless of the antics used to do the study, here is some of what was found:
- At higher doses ketamine knocked out prisoners, but at lower doses it had psychoactive effects on patients that remained lucid.
- Test subjects spoke of feeling like they were floating in the air, or a loss of sensation of their arms and legs.
- About one out of three subjects showed side effects to the ketamine.
- There was only a low level of ‘frank emergence delirium’ or delirium associated with coming out from under anesthesia.
- Even at anesthetic doses, participants retained normal blood pressure, respiration, and general vitals.
- Ketamine showed to be extremely safe, with low ability for overdose death.
- Ketamine showed to be an effective analgesic in doses of one to two mg/kg (even being used in the battlefields of Vietnam after this).
- Ketamine was found to have psychotropic effects, defined in the study this way: “Others showed marked alteration in mood and affect, some becoming apprehensive and aggressive and others markedly withdrawn.”
While this study marked the first understanding that ketamine causes a psychotropic reaction, and even though more studies to confirm this came later, it was never approved for anything psychiatric until 2019! Even with the growing opioid epidemic, it still isn’t being talked about for taking over the pain management industry. What should be understood however, is that it was established as a well-working analgesic, without a real death count, in that very first 1964 study. Why opioids ever came out considering this, is extremely questionable on the part of the US government.
When else has the government done things like this?
Ketamine turned out to be a pretty useful drug, but not everything the government does is for non-dangerous drugs, or useful purposes. And, in fact, its not that surprising that this was gotten away with considering that from 1949-1974, the US government, via the military, ran the Edgewood Arsenal Human Experiments, for which the cannabis compound THC-O-A was tested, along with much more dangerous compounds like tear gas, sarin gas, and the deadly BZ.
Once again, these were called volunteer experiments. Just like in the ketamine prisoner study, which used prisoners (not a population whose rights are taken into account), the military was just as bad. With threats of Vietnam or jail time, study investigators were sure able to make a lot of soldiers ‘volunteer’. These experiments showed their awfulness in the fact that they were so abruptly shut down in 1975 when word about them reached the press, with lead researcher Dr. Van Murray Sim called before Congress. Of course, in standard military fashion, the military did the investigation, which, not shockingly, turned up no abuses, despite the very obvious abuses that were carried out.
And to give just one more idea of how little the government cares about carrying out dangerous experiments on its citizens, remember that the Tuskegee study went on for 40 years between 1932 and 1972, carried out by the U.S. Public Health Service. In this abomination of a study, black men were purposely studied for their syphilis without their knowledge, and then monitored for years, told lies to obtain new blood samples, and allowed to die without intervention. In fact, these men were told they were being treated for ‘bad blood’, with no informed consent given for anything.
To give an idea of just how ridiculous and heartless this was, by the time the study was pulled, only 74 of an original 399 men were still living. Not only did 28 die from syphilis (despite treatments being available), but 100 died of complications from syphilis (which means they died of syphilis), 40 wives had been infected, and 19 children were born with congenital syphilis. And the US government didn’t care a lick about it until the case was in the spotlight and it had to respond.
There is one major takeaway from the ketamine prisoner study. Yes, the government allowed a really awful study to take place to the detriment of prisoner health and rights. And then it DIDN’T EVEN USE THE DATA IT COLLECTED. Over 55 years ago it was learned that ketamine can effectively treat pain, yet here we are with a massive opioid epidemic. Over 55 years ago it was learned that ketamine could cause psychotropic effects, with confirming studies done in the years after showing how well it worked for all kinds of things from depression to eating disorders. Yet all we have now is a monoamine antidepressant market that doesn’t work.
It has been well understood for quite some time that ketamine can be an answer to both the opioid epidemic, as well as the depression epidemic going on, yet here we are in 2022, and most people don’t know that any of this happened at all. Thank god our government cares about us.
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Boys, two cats, and a dog… This is our life on a blog
The kids had fun at school today, like always. Today was a pizza day at school, so it was nice not having to pack their lunches.
After school we came home and I gave the boys haircuts on the upstairs porch. After that they got baths and then it was nap time. Noah wouldn’t nap.
For dinner we had chicken in the crock pot.
After dinner we told the boys that if they cleaned up their rooms and the game room we could go to Blizzy’s.
Once they cleaned up we all went to get shaved ice.
When we got home Noah became very cranky. He started complaining in the car that he wanted dessert. He didn’t consider shaved ice dessert. Then, when we pulled into the garage he threw a fit because we wouldn’t physically carry him out of his car seat.
Now, he’s been throwing a fit because I won’t carry him upstairs. I told him I’d love to hold his hand and walk upstairs, but I wasn’t going to carry him. He’s been crying and saying that he is a baby and needs to be carried. I can’t even concentrate writing the blog. He already broke the baby lock off the office door.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Now what did he do?
This morning we went to the gym. We had lunch at home and then I tutored one student here at the house. The boys were good while I tutored and just played upstairs.
Tonight we had the Wonders and Worries parenting class. Evan and Noah were both super sweaty when we met up with them after the class. They had been playing outside and obviously had a good time.
They provide dinner at Wonders and Worries, but it wasn’t anything Morry or the kids would eat. They stopped and got McDonalds on the way home.
Just now, we went upstairs to put the boys to bed. Here’s what I saw on Noah’s wall. I guess he did this at naptime. Luckily it was just crayon. I made Noah clean it up with a damp cloth and that seemed to pretty much get it all off.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Playdate with Victoria
Today was busy. I felt like I was going all day.
I dropped the boys off at school, went for a run, and got things done around house. I got dinner ready for tonight. Then, it was time to pick up Noah at school. Evan had plans to go play at Victoria’s house after school. Her mom picked them both up from school and brought them home to their house.
While Evan was at Victoria’s Noah and I played some at home and then went to get shaved ice.
We picked Evan up at 4:30. He seemed like he had a good time, but would get embarrassed when we asked him what he did. He didn’t want to talk about it.
For dinner we had grilled chicken and Noah ate a whole chicken breast.
We just gave the boys baths. Morry’s reading to them now.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Swim Lessons #3
Evan and Noah had their 3rd swim lesson today. I can tell they are improving. Evan is starting to swim a little on his own. Noah is getting more comfortable in the water. We have one more swim lesson next week.
After swimming we ran a few errands and then I dropped the boys off at Clubhouse for Kids. I made a doctors appointment with a new doctor today. My throat has been bothering me almost 2 weeks now, but I don’t have a fever.
I liked this new doctor. My strep test came back negative, so he started me on a z-pack.
I picked the boys up and then we came home. Noah didn’t nap.
For dinner I had a veggie burger and Morry had a hamburger.
Morry is reading to the boys now and then we’ll put them to bed.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Party Three of Three
Hello everyone, this is Morry.
This morning the boys were really good. They never came in our room and didn’t fight with each other. They just played really well and let us sleep in. It was a nice surprise.
When we got up we decided to run over to Kohl’s. We had a birthday party to go to today for Evan’s twin friends, Jake and Cory. We’ve had birthday parties three weeks in a row. We had been unsure if we were going to go today since Evan has been sick, but he’s doing much better and he shouldn’t be contagious anymore given he’s had 5 doses of the antibiotics.
The boys were really really hyper at Kohl’s. Randomly we found a Steelers hat with 43 on the front and Polamalu on the back. Evan really wanted it so he wore it around the store. Eventually we found presents for Jake and Cory and then tried to figure out whether the hat came from to get one for Noah. We never did find it. When we asked the checkout girl where it came from, she didn’t know and didn’t seem interested in finding out for us. Then it rang up as $21.99. So we didn’t get that hat.
We came back and had a small lunch and then left for the party.
The party was at a place called Pump It Up which is one of the inflatable places. This one was set up only for parties. There are two rooms that they rotate the parties in and out of. Only the kids at your party are in one of these rooms at a time. Evan and Noah had a great time. Noah did really well and didn’t need our help at all with the physical stuff. He did this inflatable obstacle course over and over which looked really tough. I was impressed at how well he did. Evan played with his friends as well as with his friend Victoria. The boys really had a good time at the party.
We came home and had some dinner. Now the kids are in bed.
Until next time.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
The boys were pretty good this morning playing on their own in the game room.
Morry took Evan and Noah to see Cars 2. I stayed at home to get some rest and relax.
Morry and the boys had a good time. Morry said Noah got really excited before the movie. They had a Toy Story short.
As they were coming home I got lunch ready. I made blueberry muffins.
Noah took a long nap this afternoon.
For dinner, we made pasta at home.
After dinner we went to Wendy’s to get Frosties for dessert.
We are about to put the boys to bed.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Evan was coughing a lot this morning. He took a shower and after that seemed to feel a lot better. But then, this morning we got a call from the doctor’s office. Evan does in fact have strep throat. I guess there is a more detailed test that takes longer and those results came in today. They called in a prescription of Amoxicillin. Evan seems to be a lot better today, but he still has to do the 10 days of antibiotics.
We ate lunch at home and then went over to HEB to pick up the medicine. That was our only time out of the house today.
Noah eventually took a nap today, but it took some time before he fell asleep. He has been really cranky today. I asked if he needed to get a strep test, but they said only if he has a fever and a sore throat, which he doesn’t.
For dinner, Morry ran out and picked up Chuy’s for us.
We did our biweekly clean up tonight and in a minute we’ll put the boys to bed.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
This morning I took both boys to the doctor. I was able to get a 8:00am appointment for them. Evan still had a fever. Noah seemed ok, but he still had that cough. I was worried they could have strep.
The doctor said Noah was fine. She did a strep test on Evan, but didn’t think that was what he had. The test came back negative, so he just has a virus. She suggested Mucinex if he’s coughing a lot and just to give the virus some time. I was glad it wasn’t strep.
I dropped Evan off at home with Morry (who worked from home this morning) and took Noah to school.
I had a 10am hair appointment, so Morry said he would stay with Evan.
We went in separate cars to pick up Noah. Evan stayed in the car with me. Morry ran in the get Noah, and then I took both boys home. Morry went to work after that.
Before dinner Noah and i went to HEB, did some grocery shopping, and picked up dinner for us there. Morry and the kids had pizza. I had fish and couscous.
Evan seems to be feeling a lot better now. He ate pretty well and doesn’t seem to be coughing as much.
Now, it’s time to get them to bed.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Afternoon at the Gym
It took a while to get dressed and get out of the house today. I packed a lunch for us and we went to the gym around noon.
I worked out first and then got the boys from the child care. We swam and ate our lunch at the outdoor pool. Evan and Noah were both very good and listened when it was time to leave.
I tried to get Noah to nap, but he fought it. Eventually it got quiet and I found him asleep in his rocking chair.
We left the house around 5pm to go to Wonders and Worries. Morry met us there. We signed up for a parenting class that meets once a week for a while. They dinner for all of us and activities for the kids while we were in the class.
The dinner wasn’t that filling so on the way home I got Panera and Morry got Popeye’s for dinner.
When we got home Evan said he wasn’t feeling well and was cold. He has a fever. I’ll try to make an appointment for both boys tomorrow morning. Noah has been coughing a lot, but I think it’s just a cold or allergies, but I’d like to get him checked out too.
Morry is reading to the boys now and then they will hopefully go to bed.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Noah gave me a hard time this morning. I organized their art supplies into boxes (crayons, markers, pencils, supplies). Noah didn’t like that I cleaned them up. He threw a fit the whole time I was getting ready this morning and followed me to each room whining. I was very glad to drop him off at school. Evan was good this morning. He made a pirate eye patch and hat out of paper and wore it to school.
Pick up went well, but when we got home Noah was very whiny again. I put him is his room for nap, but he didn’t sleep.
Around 4pm we went to the library. Evan really likes the Black Eyed Peas song “I’ve got a feeling”, so I reserved the CD from the library. We listened to it on the way home.
For dinner Morry had steak and I had fish.
Morry just read to the boys. Now, I’ll go up and tuck them up.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Swim Lessons #2
I didn’t sleep well last night.
Normally I would workout before swim lessons, but I was really tired. Evan and Noah did well at their swim lessons and then we swam in the outdoor pool for a little bit.
At home we had lunch and then I tried to put Noah down for a nap. During Noah’s “nap”, I moved all of my computer/office stuff into the actual office rather than the dining room. I also did some reading workbooks with Evan. Many years ago, when I was at Texas State I volunteered working with a bilingual kindergarten student. The school gave me a bunch of workbooks and I still have them. Evan loved doing the worksheets in the book. There were letter recognition exercises and rhyming word activities. Evan wanted to keep going when I stopped to do more work on the office. We did a few more pages.
For dinner we had pasta.
We gave the boys baths, got them ready for bed, and now Morry is reading to them.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Happy Father’s Day
We had a nice Father’s Day today. The boys were both very good, for the most part.
This morning I took the boys out to pick up donuts for breakfast. We surprised Morry when we got back home.
After breakfast we walked to the elementary school, played on the playground, and went to the pier.
We came home and then went to Scooters, a coffee shop. They have a smoothie that Morry really likes. They also have some board games for the kids to play with.
We took it easy at home in the afternoon.
For dinner we went to Benihana and for dessert we got gelato at Mandolas.
here is a video of our day.
Happy Father’s Day!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Hello everyone, this is Morry.
Noah woke up in the middle of the night last night. At first he was crying that he had to pee and then he was crying that he wanted his door opened. His door wasn’t full closed and he can open it himself, there’s nothing stopping him. His gate was open already. And he can leave his room and get us if he needs help going to the bathroom. Rachel and I have decided he needs we will not give into these demands. If he wants to come in our room and ask us without whining or crying, we will help him. This went on for an hour or so. I do think he eventually went to the bathroom, or at least opened the door himself. His pull-up was dry this morning.
The boys got up and played in the game room some. Then Rachel got up and went for a run while I continued cleaning up the office upstairs and getting all my computer equipment set up. I’m just about finished.
Then we went to the Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market. It didn’t seem to be as big as it has been other times we went. It could have something to do with the high being around 103 degrees. We walked around and looked at the produce. We saw a demonstration of a screen printing (using all natural ink) on a t-shirt. Then we got water ice for the boys. Noah and I each got an all natural grass fed beef hot dog. It was pretty good. It was kind of spicy but Noah ate all of his. Then each boy picked out their own sweet bell pepper.
We got home and Rachel made lunch for herself and cut up the peppers for the boys. Evan ate his entire pepper.
After lunch, Evan and I went to a birthday party for a boy from his tee ball team. It was at the Little Gym where Evan used to have his sports class. He seemed to have a really good time. I had a good time talking to the dads.
When we got home, Noah not napping. Noah ended up playing in the game room with GeoTrax and Evan watched TV downstairs.
Gabby came over at 6:30 to babysit for the boys. Rachel and I drove up to the Domain and ate at a restaurant called Gloria’s. We walked around a bit there and listened to a live band.
When we got home, Evan was still up. He wanted me to read a book to him. We finished the second Harry Potter book last night. I found my old copy of Mr. Popper’s Penguins. I told Evan I would read that to him next. He has wanted to go see the movie. The funny thing about that book is I wrote my name in it – in first grade. So my handwriting was very child-like. It’s amazing because Evan is almost that same age. It’s kind of crazy.
Noah is sleeping. Let’s hope he sleeps through the whole night.
Until next time.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Gym and Central Market
This morning we went to the gym and then the Pink Ribbon Cowgirl lunch at Central Market.
Last time I went to the CM lunch the boys were not very well behaved. I thought I’d see how they were doing this morning and them make my decision about going. They were pretty good this morning and played in the child care at the gym so I thought they would be ok.
I don’t know what it is about Central Market, but something there makes them have to go to the bathroom multiple times.
The boys were fighting at the table and then when I was trying to talk to someone Noah kept interrupting saying, “Mommy, I’m talking to you.”
We were sitting inside by a window. On the other other side of the window was a fenced in balcony with more seating. I asked the boys if they wanted to sit outside. So, I sat them at a table near the window where I could see them and they ate their lunch outside while I tried to eat mine and talk to people inside. It worked a little. They still came in multiple times for various things.
After lunch Evan and Noah played on the playground and then went back in Central Market to pick up a few groceries. A few days ago Evan said he wanted to do Shabbat. We were talking about it and the fact that there is a Jewish holiday every Friday. While we were at CM we picked up a challah.
At home, they were both hyper. Neither one took a nap.
For dinner we picked up Blue Bamboo and we did the candles, wine, and challah. We let the boys have a sip of wine and Evan said it tickled his throat. After dinner I made chocolate chip cookies.
Morry is reading to the boys now and then they will hopefully go to sleep.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
I dropped the boys off at school and a little while later the guy from Safelite came to repair our broken windshield. It took him about 1 1/2 hours. While he was here I cleaned the house and went for a 3 mile run.
Evan and Noah were happy at pick-up. They had made presents for Father’s Day and were very excited about them. They couldn’t wait to give them to Morry. They said they wanted to give them to him tonight and not wait until Father’s Day. Evan made a book about why he loves his dad and illustrated it. He also had a card, a coozie, and a bag of chips in his bag for Morry. In Noah’s bag there was a laminated poem and his footprint along with a rock that was decorated and said, “Dad, you rock.”
Noah was very cranky when we got home. He cried for a long time. I have no idea what he was so mad about. He wouldn’t tell me. I put him in his room for a while. I took him potty and after that he calmed down and actually fell asleep in his bed.
After naps, we tried to set up the Slip and Slide, but it was broken. I found an old sprinkler in the garage and set that up. The kids had a good time playing in it. Even after Noah had come in Evan still played for a while outside by himself.
For dinner we had flank steak and potatoes.
We just did a quick clean up upstairs. The kids’ room and game room get so messy and I feel like I’m always cleaning. I came up with the idea to have clean up nights (Thursday and Sunday). They have to clean up their rooms and the game room and then I’ll vacuum. This is only our second one, but so far it seems to be working well. It wasn’t as messy this time and didn’t take too long to clean up.
Morry is reading to Evan and Noah now and then we’ll put them to bed.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Locomotion and Chick Fil A
This morning we met another mom and her kids at Locomotion. I met her through the Pink Ribbon Cowgirls and she has girls close in age to Evan and Noah. At Locomotion, Evan ran off and played with some older boys. Noah mostly wanted me to stay by him.
After Locomotion we all went to lunch at Chick Fil A.
We got home a little before 1pm.
I had a student come over for tutoring and had the girls down the street watch the boys while I tutored. The boys seemed to have a good time with them.
For dinner I had the leftover pork tenderloin and Morry made a hamburger.
Noah is very cranky right now. He took a little bit of a nap, but he needs to go bed soon.
Oh, I forgot to tell you about Noah’s dream last night. He woke up crying and saying that the cactus hurt him. I had to explain to him that he had a bad dream and there was no cactus in his room. Today, I asked him about it and he thought it was funny that he dreamed about a cactus in his room that had poked him.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
School and Art Project
I ran/pushed the stroller to school today. I ran the empty stroller back home. I always feel weird pushing the empty stroller. I wonder if people look at me funny and think maybe I forgot something. The kids were good at drop off. Evan brought his Evan Bot to school today. Evan bot is a robot Evan made out of paper.
While the kids were at school I got stuff done around the house and dropped off my art bra.
The boys were happy at pick up from school.
At home they were both very energetic and of course didn’t take naps.
We decorated a tshirt with a photo of the boys. Evan and Noah picked out a picture and we edited it in Photoshop. Then, I printed out the picture on a special iron on sheet. The boys showed me where they wanted their pictures on their shirts and I ironed them on. Evan said he wants to sleep in his tonight.
For dinner we had pork tenderloin and vegetables that I made in the crock pot and quinoa to go with it.
Pretty soon we’ll put the boys to bed.
Monday, June 13, 2011
This morning we went to the gym. I worked out a little and then took the boys to their swim lesson there in the indoor pool. I signed them up for semi-private lessons, just the two of them. I was not in the water with them, but I sat off to the side. They both seemed happy and followed directions.
After the gym we went to Sams Club. I got the boys food there and they ate while we walked around. They were both good. I got a lot of stuff and by the time I got home and put everything away I was exhausted. It was a lot of loading and unloading either to the cart or the car or at home.
I tried to take a nap, but Noah was very cranky and threw a fit in his room.
For dinner we had our leftover casserole and Morry made shrimp for the boys. They are both acting really wild tonight. We’ll try to put them to bed soon.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
This morning we walked to the Starbucks, had some drinks and walked home. The whole walk was about 5 miles. It was hot out, but still a nice walk. Morry and the boys got smoothies and donuts. I got a frappaccino.
I made a smoothie when we got home. We were all so hot.
We tried to get Noah to nap, but he just played in his room. Evan watched School of Rock.
For dinner we made a noodle casserole.
After dinner we had the boys clean up their rooms and the game room, which really meant we did most of the cleaning.
Morry is reading to Evan and Noah now. Let’s hope they go to sleep at a decent time tonight.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Fountain and a Birthday Party
Hello everyone, this is Morry.
I was awakened at 7:05 by a little boy. As I opened my eyes, all I saw were lips puckered trying to kiss my face. It was Noah. I don’t know if Evan was up as I just let Noah kiss me, rolled back over and went to sleep. Forty-five minutes later, Noah came in again because Evan had upset him somehow.
The boys played for a while in the game room before we got up. Finally we were able to roll out of bed and came downstairs.
We weren’t sure what to do today, but we finally decided to go to the Liz Carpenter Fountain near Auditorium Shores which the kids can run in. We got breakfast ready for everyone, and jumped in the car and drove over.
The boys loved running through the fountain. They enjoyed standing over the water and letting it hit them in the tush. Evan told me he let one spray squirt him in the face and then said “Curse you, tiny toilet” which is a line from Despicable Me.
We came home and had lunch. For some reason, Evan started talking about Spaceballs and wanted to see that at his nap time. I told her what “barf” meant which is John Candy’s character in Spaceballs. He thought that was really funny.
After “naps”, quoted since neither boy slept, we went to Anna Belle’s birthday party. Anna Belle is one of Evan’s oldest friends, though they rarely see each other anymore. Rachel used to meet a group of women for coffee when Evan was a few months old and one was Anna Belle’s mother. I go to the UT football games with Anna Belle’s father, Will.
At the party, they had a clown/magician who was targeted at young kids. All the kids there seemed to really enjoy her. They served pizza and cake. They have a detached garage and a basketball hoop above the garage. Evan spent much of the party shooting baskets.
We came home and gave the kids baths and now they are in bed.
Until next time.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Swimming and Motorcycles
Evan was up early again today. Before Morry left for work I heard Evan talking with Morry in the bathroom. Then, I heard him sing Happy Birthday to Lizzy. Today is Lizzy’s 8th birthday.
Around lunch time today we went to the Circle C Pool. Evan and Noah had fun in the kids pool. They went down the slides many times. Then, we sat down in the shade and had our picnic lunch.
Noah actually napped today. Swimming wore him out.
For dinner we went downtown to eat at Hickory Street Bar and Grill. They have a salad buffet there (and other things) and I thought it would be good for the boys. We didn’t realize the biker rally was going on right there at the same time. Luckily we got decent parking and when we came out of dinner all these motorcycles were parading down Congress right in front of the restaurant. It was very loud. Noah seemed to enjoy it, but Evan didn’t.
We just got home and put the boys to bed.
here’s a video and picture from today
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Lots of Fits
This morning the boys got up early again.
I dropped them off at school all sunscreened up and in their bathing suits. Today was a water day at school.
I ran 3 miles and got some stuff done around the house.
Both boys were happy at pick-up.
At nap time, Noah wasn’t napping so I asked Evan to open Noah’s gate. For some reason Noah started to throw a fit. I still needed to lie down so I just let him throw his fit. It got quiet and he fell asleep on the floor at his gate. He only slept about 30 minutes because we had to leave the house at 5pm.
Noah got upset getting in the car because he wanted to get in from Evan’s side, but Evan was already in the car. Then, he wouldn’t let me buckle him. From there, it just got worse. The whole car ride he was screaming and crying that he wanted to go home.
Morry met us at Wonders and Worries. We had a meeting at 5:30 at Wonders and Worries to talk with a counselor there about options for us. Noah’s fit continued in Wonders and Worries for a little while. The counselor finally got him to calm down and then he was ok the rest of the time. The kids played with toys during our meeting.
For dinner we went to BJ’s. Evan started complaining his stomach hurt and was whining all throughout dinner. Morry couldn’t take it anymore and took Evan home. Noah and I finished our meals and then brought the leftovers home for Evan to eat. He started feeling better once they got home.
It’s now almost 9pm. These boys need to get to bed.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Rise and Shine
This morning both boys were up at 6:30am. That’s very early for them. Evan said he heard the air conditioning come on and thought it was the garage door. When he ran out in the hallway Noah was coming out to use the restroom. Both boys were excited to see each other and never went back to sleep.
Evan and Noah were very hyper this morning, but then it turned to crankiness. I dropped them off at Clubhouse for Kids around noon. I packed a lunch for them to eat there.
I stopped in Target to get a few things and then went to the hospital to visit Lauren and Shayne. She had her baby last night. I visited with Lauren, Shayne, Aunt Susan, Aaron, Mandy, and of course baby Garrett for about an hour.
I picked up the boys at Clubhouse for Kids and then we came home. Noah wouldn’t nap.
For dinner we had flank steak and corn. Noah ate really well. He actually ate our dinner, which was nice. Evan ate ok.
We tried getting the boys ready for bed a little early, but they are both still awake right now.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Running around (literally)
Today was a busy day. After dropping off the boys at school I went for a run around the neighborhood. I ran 3 miles and it was really hot out, even at 10am.
I did some stuff around the house and then went to HEB. HEB was packed and I waited in a line a while. I got to the boys school just in time. They both had a good day at school.
When we got home I put away groceries while the boys ate the Trix yogurt I just bought. Then, I made myself lunch. I tried putting Noah down for nap, but he didn’t sleep.
I spent a lot of time doing my hair and makeup while the boys were supposed to be napping. I could have had it professionally done, but both the hair and make up places were across town.
I had a photo shoot scheduled for 6pm for the Breast Cancer Resource Center calendar. I didn’t want to be driving through the city during rush hour, so I just got ready here at home.
Gabby came at 5pm and then I left to meet everyone on South Congress. The photos were taken in front of one of those food trailers. Here’s one photo the photographer just sent. While we were taking pictures some cyclists came up and asked to take a pic with us. No, that’s not Lance Armstrong, though it does kind of look like him.
Right near there is a Hey Cupcake trailer. We have heard good things about it, but every time we have tried to go it was closed or sold out. I was able to pick up 2 cupcakes tonight. We haven’t tried them yet.
Both boys are asleep now. I’m exhausted.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Crying over Spinach
This morning the boys and I went to the gym.
After the gym we went over to the Breast Cancer Resource Center to pick up my art bra. There’s a photo shoot tomorrow for a calendar and they want all the models from the fashion show in it.
We came home and had lunch. I tried to get Noah to nap, but he wouldn’t.
I noticed a flyer on our door. Two girls on our street put out a babysitting flyer. They are pretty young, but I thought it might be good to use them as mother’s helpers when I am home to start out. I talked to both girls and asked them to come over at 5pm to meet the boys.
Gabby came and I got some stuff done around the house. Then, the girls (Maddie and Landry) came over to “meet” the boys. They have met before, but I wanted to see if Evan and Noah like them and would want them to babysit. The girls were good with Evan and Noah. We all went in the backyard and Maddie was very impressed with Evan’s batting.
For dinner Morry had steak and I had fish. Among other things I had put spinach on Evan’s plate. All of the sudden Noah started crying. It took us a while to understand what he was saying. He was upset because he didn’t have spinach too. We got him spinach and both boys ate all of their spinach. Have you ever heard of a kid crying because he did not get spinach?
After dinner we went to Petco to get some more food for Lizzy. Lizzy wanted to come with us, so we brought her along. She was very excited going into Petco.
We are now going to put the boys to bed. Let’s hope for a good night.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Big Day with Zayde
We did a lot today.
This morning Morry’s friend Katie and her husband Rex came over for brunch. They live in Pittsburgh, but were here in Austin visiting Rex’s sister.
After that we took the boys rollerskating for the first time. They were both very hesistant at first, but by the end they were having a good time. They had these little walker/cart like things for the smaller kids to push to help with their balance. You’ll see what I’m taking about in the video.
For dinner we ate at TGI Fridays downtown. The boys were very well behaved and we enjoyed eating on the patio overlooking the lake. We had planned on seeing the bats after dinner, but we had some time to kill before the bats came out from under the bridge. We walked a few blocks to a yogurt shop and ate outside.
Then, we walked back to Fridays and watched the bats come out of the bridge.
Evan and Noah have been put to bed, but I hear them running around upstairs.
Here is a video and pictures from today.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Wearing the boys out
We went to Locomotion today and the boys both ran around a lot. They had a good time.
After Locomotion we all got Slushes at Sonic.
At home we took it easy and then got ready for an early dinner. We made reservations for Trattoria Lisina in Driftwood.
We got there at 5:30, had a nice dinner, and then played outside. Evan played Bocce Ball with some other older boys. Noah ran around. The boys also enjoyed throwing coins into the fountain.
Here are some pictures from today.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Errands with Zayde
This morning Zayde went with us to Michaels. We had to get a new frame for the picture of the boys we had on the mantle. Noah broke it last night. It was a really big, matted frame. He threw a ball at it and it came crashing down. Broken pieces of glass were everywhere.
We also went to Newflower and Wholly Bagel.
Noah took a good nap today.
For dinner we all went to Cypress Grill.
We just gave the boys baths and hopefully they will go to sleep easily tonight. Noah cried for about 1hr and 15 minutes last night because he didn’t like the clean sheets on his bed.