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Thu
11
Mar

The Carbon Footprint Of Commercial Indoor Cannabis

Cannabis can suck large quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it grows, but the way it’s grown can have a major negative impact on its overall carbon emissions credibility.

A new study out of Colorado State University takes a deep dive into the burgeoning industry’s carbon footprint, and the news isn’t good.

The research indicates U.S. indoor cannabis cultivation results in life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of between 2,283 and 5,184 kilograms of carbon dioxide per kilogram of dried flower.

Thu
11
Mar

Other Countries Should Copy Thailand’s New Cannabis Cultivation Model

Cultivating cannabis is one of the most fun, rewarding, and fulfilling activities that a person can participate in and Thailand is the model we should emulate.

In the case of medical cannabis, it can also be a cost-effective way to ensure safe access to a proven medicine.

The cannabis plant has been found by numerous studies to be effective at treating a number of different ailments, from small nagging issues to very serious conditions.

Fortunately, more jurisdictions across the globe are allowing the cannabis plant to be cultivated legally by individuals, either for medical purposes or in the case of Uruguay and Canada, for adult-use purposes as well.

Wed
10
Mar

What is riskier? Study looks at vaping THC versus smoking nicotine

the shadow of a person smoking a vape

A new study suggests that vaping THC might be worse than smoking and vaping nicotine.

Conducted by the University of Michigan and published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the study examined the association between respiratory symptoms in adolescents who were current users of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and/or cannabis and who used vapes with THC and/or nicotine oil.

Employing survey results, researchers found that when vaping cannabis, adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 had a greater chance of sustaining lung injury through dry coughs, wheezing and other symptoms that had an effect in their speech, sleep and exercise. The extent and duration of these symptoms are unknown.

Wed
10
Mar

How Automated Batching Makes Processing Cannabis Simple

marijuana plants inside a greenhouse

Working in cannabis processing is stepping foot into a young, blossoming industry. No matter how much flower your company goes through in processing, automated batching will ultimately improve net value. Before choosing automation, a company can struggle with time management and precision when doing every step by hand.

Automated batching cuts time, makes measurements precise every time, reduces product loss, and increases quality. All these things combined will pay for the automated instrument.

Tue
09
Mar

Mail Ban: How This Crisis Will Effect the Cannabis Vaping Industry

For those who struggle day-to-day with constant pain from chronic medical conditions, a vape pen can be the perfect way to discreetly provide instant relief with less lung inflammation than traditional flame-to-flower combustion.

Vaping heats cannabis, rather than burning it, so there is no combustion and no smoke, which makes it the preferred method for a lot of users.

Unfortunately, the cannabis vaping industry is facing a crisis that could make it difficult for patients to receive their medicine.

Tue
09
Mar

Is It Hemp or Marijuana? New Scanner Gives Instant Answer

Hemp is technically legal, but proving that it’s not illegal marijuana can be a hurdle, requiring testing in a licensed laboratory.

When a truck carrying thousands of pounds of hemp was recently detained by law enforcement near Amarillo, Texas, the driver spent weeks in jail awaiting confirmation that the cargo was legal.

Stories like that inspired a team of Texas A&M AgriLife researchers to create a “hemp scanner” that could easily fit in a police cruiser and distinguish hemp and marijuana instantly, without damaging any of the product.

In 2019, Texas lawmakers made a distinction between hemp and marijuana based on the level of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, in a plant. If a plant has less than 0.3% THC, it is designated hemp.

Tue
09
Mar

The Importance of Environmental Control When Growing Cannabis

When the team at East Coast Cultivation set out to build its new indoor grow operation in Rhode Island, it knew it had to nail one thing: environmental controls.

“The key factor in having a successful grow is controlling your environment,” said East Coast Cultivation CEO and co-founder Joe Welch. “Once you lose control of your environment, the serious crop-crushing issues begin to take hold.”

Mon
08
Mar

Jamaica's Emerging Cannabis Industry Hit Hard by Natural Disasters

When someone is asked which country they think has the best cannabis, Jamaica will likely be mentioned more often than not. No other nation is as associated with the cannabis plant as Jamaica. Cannabis is a huge part of Jamaican culture and society, and, as of lately, a growing legal industry.

For many years, Jamaica’s cannabis industry was entirely unregulated, although prohibition was loosely regulated. That changed recently, and Jamaica is now home to an emerging legal medical cannabis industry. Entrepreneurs have tried to keep the legal supply steady, but mother nature is making it hard.

Mon
08
Mar

Sustainable Cannabis — How To Find It And Why You Need To Start Caring

Despite more Americans supporting federal legalization of cannabis, many people still don’t know about the industry’s potential to harm the environment.

Just like other agricultural commodities, there are environmental impacts involved when growing cannabis. But many consumers don’t know, or simply don’t care how their cannabis was grown or even if it was sprayed with harmful chemical pesticides.

Tons of carbon is emitted into the atmosphere too just to grow a single cannabis plant. However, there is a growing number of people who do care how their cannabis was grown, and if they are produced with care to reduce its impact on the environment.

Fri
05
Mar

Medicinal cannabis policy and research in Europe

testing dish with green liquid with marijuana leaf

HEQ speaks with Medicinal Cannabis Europe about the European medical cannabis landscape.

The European medical cannabis space is evolving, with more and more EU Member States taking an increasingly favourable view of the clinical benefits of cannabis and its derivatives. Medicinal Cannabis Europe was launched in 2018, with the remit of ensuring fair, equal access to medical cannabis products for patients and establishing a harmonised policy framework at the EU level.

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