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Thu
17
Dec

Grant Awarded For Simpler, More Cost-Effective THC Testing

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The US National Institute of Justice has ponied up a bundle of bucks to fund the development of simpler and cheaper THC testing.

The 2018 Farm Bill created a few headaches for law enforcement at a federal level when it legalised industrial hemp. Where previously all cannabis was (incorrectly) considered marijuana, it now had to be determined if seized cannabis was hemp or marijuana – the difference being hemp is cannabis with less than 0.3 % decarboxylated-Δ9-THC (total THC).

This can’t be distinguished easily – it all looks the same and smells the same. Lab testing used to be reasonably straightforward, but now more complex, time-consuming and costly laboratory tests are required in order to make accurate THC determinations.

Thu
17
Dec

Senate Passes Bill To Expand Cannabis Research

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The U.S. Senate approved a bill on Tuesday that would allow for the expansion of scientific research into cannabis and marijuana derivatives including CBD. The bill, known as the Cannabidiol and Marihuana Research Expansion Act (S. 2032), was advanced by unanimous consent and will now head to the House of Representatives for consideration. The House passed a similar measure last week, although provisions in that bill that would allow researchers to use cannabis products from state-licensed dispensaries are not included in the Senate proposal.

Thu
17
Dec

Cannabis Safety Needs To Be Balanced With Sustainability

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The cannabis industry is booming all over the globe, mostly from a medical cannabis standpoint. 

Dozens of countries now allow some form of legal medical cannabis industry to operate within their borders, and some of those countries also have some type of legal import/export industry.

Adult-use is far more limited.

Only two countries, Uruguay and Canada, allow a legal adult-use industry to operate, and in the case of Uruguay, sales are only allowed for residents.

Wed
16
Dec

Australian researchers suggest loosening cannabis research rules could remove the cap on possibilities

marijuana plant

Anti-drug laws are putting a damper on fully exploring marijuana’s potential with respect to its possible health-helping benefits and how cannabis genomics may contribute to meeting that goal.

Researchers at Australia’s La Trobe University’s reviewed a raft of international studies of cannabis genomics and confirmed what many already believe.

Despite the many decades that cannabis has been studied, anti-drug laws are creating hurdles to identifying what scientists expect are weed’s unique medicinal properties, Mathew Lewsey, an associate professor at the university and the study’s lead researcher, suggests in a university statement.

Tue
15
Dec

The Future Of Cannabis Is Do-It-Yourself Technology

hand offering out cannabis buds

For many years cannabis consumption methods were fairly rudimentary.

The most common forms of cannabis consumption were typically a hand-rolled joint or a common smoking pipe.

Cannabis consumed in edible form was fairly rare, and more often than not involved brownies, cookies, or other sweet treats.

Cannabis topicals were extremely rare for most consumers and cannabis concentrates were often scarce.

When people could find concentrates, there wasn’t a lot of variety.

Cannabis prohibition drastically limited what types of products were available for consumers, and equally as important, limited the spread of knowledge regarding how consumers could make their own products.

Mon
14
Dec

OLCC Identifies Potential Consumer Harm In Some Cannabis Vape Products

someone smoking a vape

As part of an on-going consumer product safety investigation, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has identified that marijuana products sold in Oregon’s recreational marijuana market during the last two years contained additives, squalene and squalane, that have been linked to safety concerns similar to Vitamin E Acetate when vaped and inhaled. The OLCC is working to trace products and when necessary remove them from sale. OLCC will be considering immediate action at its December 2020 Commission meeting to prohibit future use of squalene and squalane, institute a mandatory recall of affected products, and create a more stringent and transparent review process of cannabis vaping products going forward.

Mon
14
Dec

Need to Ship Your CBD Brand? This Is What You Need to Know

truck with marijuana leaf on side

By 2025, the U.S. CBD market could be a $16.8 billion business, a massive jump from the projected $4.7 billion earnings in 2020. To meet rising consumer demand, CBD sellers have been diversifying their sales channels, including eCommerce, dropshipping, and retail channels.

Mon
14
Dec

House Approves Bill To Enhance Medical Marijuana Research

Worker holding beaker next to marijuana plants

In addition to trying to get through the bureaucratic red tape that it takes to get approved to study marijuana, researchers have only been allowed to use weed grown by Uncle Sam at the University of Mississippi.

Politicians, drug warriors and other naysayers of the nug are always complaining that there’s not enough research available to prove the efficacy of medical marijuana for the treatment of various health conditions. But that’s difficult when the United States government continues to ensure that scientists only get the trashiest bud to gauge its therapeutic performance. However, Congress is working on a plan that would allow researchers to have access to higher quality cannabis products.

Fri
11
Dec

Government Research Focuses On the Harms of Cannabis. Will This Change?

Man with medical mask looking at marijuana in a test tube

Is cannabis safe for pregnant women to use?

Is there a danger to secondhand cannabis smoke?

Does cannabis use clash with other medications?

All of these are fairly straightforward questions which should be straightforward to study, but not in the nascent grey industry that is legal cannabis.

Scientifically speaking, we know more about the effects of cow flatulence on the atmosphere than the effects of cannabis on the human body.

If the cannabis industry is to ever be taken seriously on the international stage, there’s a desperate need for research from respected scientists and doctors and less anecdotal input from Jeff the Budtender.

Fri
11
Dec

Finally! CBD Is Not Dangerous Drug, Says Israel

Flag of Israel with some marijuana leaves

More and more countries have been loosening their policies when it comes to the non-psychoactive component of cannabis – CBD (cannabidiol). With a new amendment waiting for final approval, Israel says CBD is not dangerous, and is expected next week to remove it from its Dangerous Drugs Ordinance.

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