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Thu
25
Feb

The University of Florida Introduces Hemp Approval Program

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The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) announced its partnership with Roseville Farms to implement an industrial hemp program.

The program, which is led by Brian Pearson, an assistant professor of crop management at the UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, "provides a science-based evaluation of industrial hemp varieties," the organization states in a news release.

Thu
25
Feb

CBD Topicals Tested

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Topical CBD (cannabidiol) products are becoming increasingly popular – but recent testing indicates some who use them may not be getting what they paid for.

CBD topicals are being used for a number of applications including general cosmetics, moisturising, treating skin irritations and to relieve muscle and joint pain. Research indicates cannabidiol may be effective in treating or managing a number of skin problems.

As an active ingredient it’s important that what’s in the product is reflected by what’s on the label.

Wed
24
Feb

U of M study: High-CBD hemp plants largely marijuana at genetic level

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A study by researchers at the University of Minnesota show the genetic makeup of high-CBD hemp plants is largely marijuana.

There are two types of cannabis plants. One that creates marijuana, which has psychoactive properties and the other creates hemp, which can be used to make industrial products. The difference between the two plants is the level of the tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which creates the "high" sensation. Under federal regulations, CBD can only be 0.3% THC.

In the study, recently published in New Phytologist, researchers that breeding high-THC plants with hemp-type plants would create a new plant with high levels of CBD instead. 

Wed
24
Feb

Could Lesser-Known Cannabinoids be the Future of Cannabis?

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The cannabis plant is extremely complex and nuanced.

With a dizzying amount of active ingredients — including over 200 cannabinoids — it’s hard to imagine the majority of the legal market is comprised of products containing THC, CBD, or a combination of those two alone.

But so-called “lesser-known cannabinoids” are beginning to emerge as research and development on the plant itself grows along with the industry. 

Cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG, and THC-A have been making their way into retail in a variety of forms, and interest in the potential of cannabis beyond the current status quo is rising fast.

Could these lesser-known cannabinoids be the future of the marijuana marketplace?

Cannabis & Tech Today aims to find out.

Wed
24
Feb

Hemp Seed Oil and Hemp Soap: Should You Try Them?

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If you've ever eaten hemp seeds, worn a hemp bracelet, or used body care products with hemp as an ingredient, you might find it hard to believe that cannabis's non-intoxicating cousin was't legal in the U.S. until 2018, when lawmakers finally made hemp legal as part of the 2018 Farm Bill after more than 80 years of prohibition. Prior to hemp's legalization, and because of arcane FDA rules about the harmless crop, US farmers were not allowed to grow it on US soil. 

Tue
23
Feb

Demand Is Booming For Delta-8

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According to the January 2021 Hemp Benchmarks report, there is an increasing demand for delta-8 THC, which is not derived from hemp plant material but synthesized from extracted CBD. This is helping drive sales of crude CBD oil, CBD Isolate, and some wholesale CBD products. As the popularity of delta-8 THC increases, Hemp Benchmarks observed a consistent decline in prices. Despite the fact that trading volumes of delta-8 THC remain a small proportion of those for CBD products, it is the fastest-growing product in the hemp sector as of the January report. A Tennessee processor told Hemp Benchmarks that they have seen as many as about 20% of their CBD customers shift to purchasing delta-8 THC.

Tue
23
Feb

How to Successfully Expand Into Other Categories

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As co-founders of beam, a three-year-old direct-to-consumer CBD wellness brand, we’ve learned that our initial hunch was right: There were plenty of highly active people like us, looking for high-quality remedies that would help us perform our best. People want a clean, all-natural product that works. So when our customers asked us to make a hydration product that can be used every day, we took a familiar approach: sweat the details, listen to feedback and stay true to the mission. 

Here’s what we’ve learned in the process of launching elevate, our first-ever functional hydration line.

Tue
23
Feb

Edibles Outperform Cannabis Industry Growth in 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caught the world completely off guard. It changed the way everything works, and it made a significant impact on most industries all over the globe. The cannabis industry also saw some massive changes due to its impact.

Mon
22
Feb

Cannabis Packages Adapt to Consumer Preference

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As cannabis continues to grow in legality for both medicinal and adult-use, consumers have indicated changing parameters for which format they prefer, with concentrates and edibles muscling in on dried flowers stronghold.

Mon
22
Feb

The Bizarre History and Promising Future of Delta 10 THC

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Yes, you read that right. We have another form of THC to explore – meet Delta 10 THC, a new cannabinoid with a short but interesting history.

Delta 10 THC is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids found in cannabis. But unlike some of the bigger names like CBD, Delta 9 THC, CBG, CBN and Delta-8 THC, Delta 10 is not a naturally occurring plant compound, although it does start off that way.

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