Going to a dispensary for the first time can be a surprise for parents, who may have a different impression of the cannabis retail experience (i.e. buying weed in a baggie from a dealer).
I've been covering cannabis for nearly five years, and by now I'm all too accustomed to the impersonal cannabis conference at a stuffy, generic hotel or expo hall, brimming with white guys in suits, and generally lacking in the spirit of well, cannabis. (The woes of legalization, I suppose.) So it was a breath of fresh air when I walked into what felt like a giant atrium in downtown LA for a new kind of cannabis conference.
Nearly everyday, we're learning something new about the cannabis plant as science digs deeper into its biology, chemistry, and the myriad ways it can be used medicinally. Though not yet fully mapped, the hundreds of compounds produced by the whole cannabis plant are consistent in one thing: each new discovery brings with it the potential for not only a greater understanding of the plant, but the potential of new modalities for human use.