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Fri
27
Nov

Novel cannabis plant extracts could protect against COVID-19

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(image: Study: In search of preventive strategies: novel high-CBD Cannabis sativa extracts modulate ACE2 expression in COVID-19 gateway tissues. Image Credit: Dmytro Tyshchenko / Shutterstock)

Researchers in Canada have conducted a study suggesting that novel Cannabis sativa extracts may decrease levels of the host cell receptor that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) uses to gain viral entry to target tissues.

SARS-CoV-2 is the agent responsible for the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic that continues to sweep the globe threatening public health and the worldwide economy.

Fri
27
Nov

Here's The Cannabis Packaging We All Deserve

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As the industry standards continue to be defined, this is the packaging every weed company should focus on.

It may come as a shock to you, but most people don't know much about cannabis. A Science Daily study about THC levels in edibles found that most consumers aged 16—30 could not identify if an edible had low or high THC levels based on the label. Add to that the fact that roughly 30% of Americans consume cannabis, which leaves a sizable audience who can benefit from cannabis if they knew more about it. 

Fri
27
Nov

Five things to make with leftover cannabis stems

(image: There’s room at the table for versatile weed stems. / PHOTO BY ЕЛЕНА РУБАН / ISTOCK / GETTY IMAGES PLUS)

 

A Mason jar’s worth of seeds and about a week’s time will be needed to make tinctures.

One of the old adages of weed smoking has been to exclude sticks and stems. While true in smoking, this doesn’t mean there isn’t a place at the table for those remaining little twigs.

In fact, cannabis stems are incredibly versatile and rather easy to put to use. With just a few items, these once unwanted elements can be put to highly effective use. Instead of tossing out a valuable piece of the plant, try reusing them in several ways.

Fri
27
Nov

Cannabis Beverages Offer A Trendy Alternative To Alcohol

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Cocktails don’t have to have alcohol these days.

With the holiday season already upon us, savvy hosts are busy preparing to celebrate with friends and family, whether the event is a planned family gathering or an impromptu party with friends. And while the challenges 2020 has thrown at us will mean things aren’t the way they usually are, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Consider beverages, for example. For millennia, the go-to thirst quencher for festivities in many cultures has been alcohol. And while a good cocktail can be an effective social lubricant and leave you feeling no pain, it can also fuel bitter arguments and tons of bullshit that nobody wants to deal with.

Fri
27
Nov

Medipharm Labs Is Taking A “Personalized” Approach To Treating Chronic Kidney Disease Leveraging Cannabinoids

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Earlier this month, MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSX: LABS) (OTCQX: MEDIF) (FSE: MLZ) plunged lower after it reported quarterly earnings that showed a large decline in revenue when compared to the same quarter last year.

We believe the response from the market was an overreaction and will monitor the trend from here. MediPharm represents a differentiated growth opportunity that is executing on a multi-national expansion and we find the valuation to be attractive at current levels.

Fri
20
Nov

Can Marijuana Or CBD Help Acne?

 

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In some studies, THC appears to ease inflammation inside and outside the body, therefore decreasing the threat of acne.

While it is true that the cannabinoids in cannabis can have some effect on the skin and can treat itching and even skin diseases like psoriasis, marijuana’s impact on the skin adds a level of complexity to the debate. 

We know that marijuana increases testosterone, which may cause acne, at least in some individuals. 

Fri
20
Nov

Cannabis slang: why is marijuana called “pot”?

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There are more than 1,200 nicknames for cannabis, some more familiar than others. Ganga, weed, reefer and bud are some of the most-used and familiar, while alfalfa, Green Goddess and muggle —a 1920's term for a pot smoker and not a non-magical person — are less well-known. 

According to slang scholar Jonathon Green, drugs like cannabis are slang's “best sellers” because slang consists of words and phrases, think codewords or inside jokes, intended to stand in for an actual thing or topic considered too taboo for conversations in polite society. 

Fri
20
Nov

Is Aphria the Top Canadian Cannabis Stock?

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As many cannabis companies have struggled this year, there appears to be one company that is rising above the pack, Aphria (APHA). This Canadian cannabis producer has a solid history of profitability, but is it the top cannabis stock to buy right now? Read more to find out.

Cannabis stocks have had their fair share of ups and downs over the past few years. Many promising cannabis companies made high-priced acquisitions which came back to haunt them, while others were faced with management issues and short-seller attacks, which caused their stocks to dramatically sell-off.

Tue
20
Oct

Border patrol intercepts weed worth US$8 million at Peace Bridge

The tally of cannabis seizures at the Peace Bridge running between Canada and the U.S. increased yet again last week when U.S. border officers in Buffalo discovered a commercial shipment with more than a ton of weed.

Thu
03
Sep

As the Legal Cannabis Market Grows, the Illegal Market Shrinks

Legal marijuana entrepreneurs are finally starting to win the battle against a long-time enemy—the illicit market. For years, black market operators have undercut cannabis prices and taken away part of the cannabis market share.

But a new study has found that the coronavirus epidemic has accelerated the long hoped for reduction in the illegal market. The legal market has especially taken away business from Mexican drug cartels, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service.

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