Edible relief | Cannabis provides pain, health treatments 

The world of cannabis is changing rapidly and access to medical marijuana is easier for people with debilitating illnesses, chronic pain and a plethora of ailments that wreak havoc on work and personal lives. NuLeaf Incline Dispensary in Incline Village, Nev., managed by Eli Scislowicz, is part of that evolution. Scislowicz has vast experience in the world of cannabis and spent years working with Berkeley Patients Group (BPG), which is the oldest continually operating medical dispensary in the country and the parent company of NuLeaf.

Incline’s dispensary carries a range of edibles (food products infused with marijuana), including vegan and sugar-free products. In choosing products for his dispensary, Scislowicz looks at price per milligram and what people will pay.

“If it’s cost prohibitive, we can’t stock it. We want quality ingredients. We don’t want to stock edibles with preservatives or artificial sweeteners,” explains Scislowicz. “If cannabis is being used to reduce blood pressure, you don’t want to give a person a sugary dessert.”

What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel stoned.

The company carries a wide range of edibles including cookies, brownies, trail bars, canna-butter and coconut oil for home cooking. The Peanut Butter Pretzel Buddha Bar looked interesting. The menu also includes hot chocolate, K-cups for coffee, flavored drinks — lemonade, ice tea, fruit punch and root beer — and unflavored drink mixes, as well as Boost with Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.

“We also carry items like dried fruits and tinctures devoid of sugar and other calories that can get the cannabis into the system without the added stuff,” explains Scislowicz.

Dried apricot, pineapple, kiwi and mango are some of the dried fruits available for purchase.

Scislowicz mentioned a NuLeaf product called “Trokies,” produced by Silver Straight Trading, a Sparks, Nev., company owned by John and Sutton whose son has a rare disorder called Erythromelalgia. Trokies, that eased their son’s pain, are lozenges that absorb ingredients through the lips or upper cheeks. There are numerous types of Trokies including one lozenge prepared with Cannabidiol or CBD and 6 milligrams of melatonin.

“The lozenges are designed to slowly dissolve between the cheek and gum for faster absorption into the body,” explains Scislowicz

What is THC?
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical in marijuana responsible for most of the drug’s psychological effects and making people feel stoned. THC can be extracted from marijuana and its side effects lessened for medical use.

The regulations state that more than 100 milligrams is considered recreational. This is a concern for Scislowicz who explains that people who are post-operative, in chronic pain or having chemotherapy treatments may need edibles with higher doses. Scislowicz believes that cannabis edibles can increase quality of life.

“Many elderly people don’t want to get high,” says Scislowicz. “We have gummies that are a one-to-one, CBD-to-THC ratio or chewing gum that is pure CBD. Tinctures are also great. They can be put under the tongue and you can feel relief within 10 minutes. It’s a versatile product that can be added to a drink or added to olive oil or butter to cook with.”

Scientific studies have shown medical marijuana is helpful in treating inflammation, chronic pain, anxiety, seizures, arthritis, diabetes, epilepsy, some neurological disorders, to aid in memory loss, to lessen the side effects of cancer treatments and in the treatment of other ailments.

NuLeaf is the only Nevada state-approved medical cannabis provider in the Tahoe Basin. New patients are welcome from any state with a medical cannabis program. Patients must first visit a physician to obtain a prescription, as with any medication. | nuleafnv.com/tahoe