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Thu
23
Apr

Study: Cannabis Consumer Cannabinoid Knowledge Lacking

Researchers from the University at Buffalo and the University of Michigan have found consumer knowledge of cannabinoids and dosing is severely lacking – even among those you would assume would know.

The researchers surveyed 500 frequent cannabis users at an marijuana advocacy event held on University of Michigan’s campus. Questions in the 24-item questionnaire included those relating to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) content, and effective dosages. Two-thirds of survey participants reported using cannabis every day.

When asked to note the milligram amounts they considered to be effective doses of THC and CBD, the majority opted to tick a box indicating “I don’t know”.

Tue
21
Apr

How Terpenes Could Revolutionize The Cannabis Industry As We Know It

Terpenes have become a hot topic in the world of cannabis and beyond.

These valuable compounds unite the cannabis, health, wellness, and flavor industries with a wide range of benefits and applications. As of 2020, there have been over 100 cannabis-derived terpenes identified in published journals. Cannabis is one of the most abundant sources of terpenes in the entire world, with many compounds yet to be discovered. We know after studying hundreds of marijuana samples that there are over 400 terpenes and aroma compounds in a variety of strains.  

Tue
21
Apr

4/20 uncertainty: Marijuana industry tested in virus crisis

The unofficial holiday celebrating all things cannabis arrives Monday as the nation’s emerging legal marijuana market braces for an economic blow from the coronavirus crisis, with many consumers reducing spending or going underground for deals.

It was supposed to be a long weekend of festivals and music culminating on April 20, or 4/20, the code for marijuana’s high holiday. Instead, it has been reduced to an online replica because of stay-at-home orders to curb the pandemic.

Tue
21
Apr

Breaking the Cannabis industry ‘Grass Ceiling’ with Hannah Deacon

Despite being described as an industry ‘without a glass ceiling,’ upon closer inspection, it’s debatable whether the cannabis industry is truly breaking the mould.

Being relatively new and predicted to have massive growth, the cannabis industry has for many years been described as an even playing field for women and men, with ample opportunity for entrepreneurs of both genders to progress.

Whist this may have been true in the early days, (back in 2015, roughly 36 per cent of all C-Suite positions in the cannabis industry were occupied by women[i]), a quick review of the current gender split of executives reveals this is no longer the case.

Mon
20
Apr

CBD Extraction Methods – Are They Competing or Completing One Another?

Whichever way you’re looking at CBD – as a scientist, buyer or wannabe cultivator – you’ll want to know more about its extraction process.

CBD extraction is one of the critical manufacturing stages that will decide the quality of the end product. 

The first condition for a high-grade CBD is, obviously, a healthy and clean plant. But even the purest bud can be ruined or contaminated with poor extraction. 

That’s why it is crucial to learn more about the techniques which are used behind the label. 

The trouble is that most online sources hail to a single extraction method while biasedly criticizing the others. And the truth is, as always, somewhere in the middle. 

Mon
20
Apr

420: Everything You Need to Know About Weed’s Biggest Day

420 is cherished by all cannabis consumers but this year is the first time in its history that we’ve been forced to celebrate at home. In order to get in the spirit of the holiday, we’ve put together this collection of articles that should help set the mood even though the party simply won’t be the same.

As well as a very detailed history of the holiday, we have a list of the best strains for 420, an advice column from our very own Dear Dabby about the best ways to celebrate and one writer suggests the holiday died even before COVID-19 took away our ability to gather together. Enjoy this round up and make sure to digitally connect with your cannabis-loving friends and family on Monday to properly observe the holiday.

Mon
20
Apr

Be Part of History With These Digital 420 Celebrations

Things certainly are different from when we first realized April 2020 would mean a month-long 420 party. But, thanks to coronavirus, we’re social distancing instead of enjoying group seshes. Don’t worry friends! We all know cannabis brings us together and weed will always find a way. To keep our spirits high, the cannabis community has come together to provide incredible digital 420 celebrations with music, art and entertainment to help get us through this historic moment. Moreover, many of these events are fundraising for people who have been hit hard as a result of the pandemic. 

Mon
20
Apr

Why April Will Be a Big Test for the Cannabis Industry

March was a strong month for pot sales. As the coronavirus pandemic put consumers on edge, many people loaded up on cannabis, presumably in anticipation of prolonged stays at home. However, the data suggest that sales surged during the first half of the month, while sales began to decline toward the end of the month. Some industry experts went so far as calling pot "recession-proof" and similar to alcohol in its resiliency.

However, it may be far too early to tell if that's the case. For investors, April will be a very telling month, and whatever happens will shed light on whether pot stocks will be okay during the coronavirus pandemic, or if their sales could take a significant hit in the weeks and months ahead.

Fri
17
Apr

Hemp farmers really need a break in 2020

There is no nice way of putting this. America, all of it, is taking it on the chin in 2020. We had barely even come out of the gate this year when, all of a sudden, the entire population was forced back inside due to a sneaky virus that nobody seems to understand or have any control over.

As a result, the country has mostly shut down, leaving us all to watch the economy drop dead right from the living room couch. There is no end in sight to the madness either, at least nothing concrete of hope, making it a distinct possibility that our financial stability could soon be in dire straits.

Fri
17
Apr

Confused About How Much THC And CBD Is In Your Weed? You’re Not Alone

Turns out, even daily marijuana users have no idea what an effective dose of marijuana looks like.

When you hit up a marijuana dispensary for the first time, you’ll likely be overwhelmed. Like, overloaded to the point where making a purchase seems nearly impossible. You might resort to buying cannabis flower or a pre-rolled joint, but then the budtender will ask for a cannabis strain preference — “Are you more of a Blue Dream or Grandaddy Purp kind of gal?” “What percentage of THC you like, buddy?”

And, oh look, the runaway train of staggering options just rolled off the tracks. You purchase the first suggestion the budtender makes and you consume responsibly while having no clue how high this flower will make you.

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