Mary Jane comes to Palo Alto

(One in a series of postings about my neighborhoods here on the SF peninsula, especially featuring food, plants, art, and architecture, and especially focused on things within two or three blocks of my house. Notes of a flâneur.)

Caught on the street yesterday at the Palo Alto Tacolicious (on Emerson St., around the corner frm my house), this announcement:

(#1) Photo by Kim Darnell

The first two events featured crab plus CBD cocktails, made with Sonoma Hills Farm fruit juices infused with cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil.

Background: Tacolicious. On the Bay Area restaurants, including the one in Palo Alto: see my 5/6/13 posting “Tacolicious”.

Background: Dungeness crab. On the Dungeness crab, Metacarcinus magister: see my 3/30/16 posting “Morning name: domoic acid (plus Dungeness crab)”.

The northern California Dungeness crab fishery in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties opened on 1/15/18. The season had been delayed three times after tests in November and December indicated that crabs were not ready for harvesting.

Background: Calicannabis. As of 1/1/18 in California, adults 21 or older can use, carry, and grow cannabis / marijuana / weed / pot.

Background: Mary Jane. From GDoS (with various spellings):

(#2) Marijuana leaves

[lit. trans. of Sp.] (orig US drugs) marijuana, cannabis. [first cite:] 1928 Daily Express 11 Oct. 2/7: What is Marijuana? […] A deadly Mexican drug, more familiarly known as ‘Mary Jane’, which produces wild hilarity when either smoked or eaten.

Background: cannabinoids and cannabiol. From Wikipedia on the first:

A cannabinoid is one of a class of diverse chemical compounds that acts on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. Ligands [noun ligand: Biochemistry a molecule that binds to another (usually larger) molecule (NOAD)] for these receptor proteins include the endocannabinoids (produced naturally in the body by animals), the phytocannabinoids (found in cannabis and some other plants), and synthetic cannabinoids (manufactured artificially). The most notable cannabinoid is the phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. Cannabidiol (CBD) is another major constituent of the plant.

And on the second:

Cannabidiol (abbreviated as: CBD) is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.

CBD does not appear to have any psychoactive effects such as those caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and it may have a downregulating impact on disordered thinking and anxiety.

(CBD is used to treat pain associated with multiple sclerosis; and it’s under study as an anti-addictive, anti-inflammatory, and anti-epileptic.)

From the enthusiastic Medical Marijuana, Inc. site:

What are the Effects of CBD? CBD interacts with the body through the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) or endocannabinoid system. First discovered in the late 1980’s, the endocannabinoid system regulates the body’s homeostasis, or general state of balance, impacting such functions as mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation, and pain and immune response. Like an acrobat on a highwire, as the environment around us impacts our normal balance, the endocannabinoid system “corrects” by mediating our body’s reaction to keep us level.

The idea is that THC gets you high, but CBD levels you out.

Background: Sonoma Hills Farm. In Petaluma (a small city in Sonoma County, in the North Bay, roughly the same size as Palo Alto). Links to the farm site mostly don’t work, but there are pictures, including this one:

(#3) Juices infused with CBD

One Response to “Mary Jane comes to Palo Alto”

  1. Bob Richmond Says:

    This is a misleading ad – CBD (cannabidiol) isn’t cannabis, but a constituent of it, and not the constituent that gets you high.

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