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Mon
23
Nov

The Pandemic Creates an E-commerce Business Where There Was None

Marijuana Plants

 

As we all know by now, the COVID-19 pandemic created a massive shift in the way consumers spend money. Specifically, it caused a massive increase in e-commerce sales and an equally drastic decrease in sales at brick-and-mortar locations. 

This changing dynamic affected every industry—from retail to consumer goods to groceries—but the way it affected cannabis is unique. 

The cannabis industry, unlike most other industries, had a virtually non-existent e-commerce presence prior to 2020. This was by design. Regulations made it illegal to buy cannabis any other way besides physically going to a dispensary, and impractical for businesses to get ahead of the curve. 

Thu
19
Nov

How to Grow Weed: Germinating Cannabis Seeds

buds growing from soil

 

The gardening season is booming in North America, and it’s high time to start some tiny seeds that can grow into potent plants, says Jorge Cervantes, veteran marijuana cultivator and author of “The Cannabis Encyclopedia”.

1) Soak seeds overnight in a glass of plain water. They may float on the surface at first but should sink to the bottom in a few minutes. Make sure seeds get good and wet so that water penetrates the outer shell and growth is activated. Do not let seeds soak for more than 24 hours, or they might get too wet, suffer oxygen deprivation and subsequently rot.

2) Remove seeds from the water. Pour water out onto two paper (or cloth) towels on a dinner plate. Fold the towels over the seeds to cover them.

Thu
19
Nov

What Does the Future Hold for CBD Products?

jar of cannabis oil with seeds and a leaf around it

 

CBD products have become incredibly popular thanks to new legislation legalizing hemp-derived products with minimal THC content. The popularity of CBD is also attributable to the number of people experiencing benefits from it; CBD is being used to alleviate anxiety, help people sleep, and give people a deeper sense of wellness and relaxation.

But what does the future hold for this industry? Is CBD just a fad, or will it continue growing in popularity? And how will innovators direct the development of this market?

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Wed
18
Nov

The Ongoing Cannabis Drink Boom & Its Crossover With Top Beverage Corporations

Ever since the CBD and cannabis industries have skyrocketed in attention, popularity, and revenue, large beverage companies are enticed to get involved. 

Not only is the cannabidiol (CBD) industry projected to reach at least $22 billion by 2022, at least according to some analysts, but the CBD market is also one of the fastest growing market segments within the cannabis industry as a whole.

Wed
18
Nov

Customize Your Cannabinoids – Now You Can Mix’ N’ Match

Most of what’s gone on in the field of medicinal cannabis has been related to simply isolating and/or replicating a specific cannabinoid to get its benefits. In today’s world of cannabis medicine, the new thing is for a customer to order a premium blend of their favorite compounds, because today, you can actually customize your cannabinoids.

Wed
18
Nov

Italians Love Cannabis Light. What Is It?

In Italy, laws around the sale and use of cannabis remain in flux. But it’s still possible in many locations to buy what is known as "cannabis light," a low-dose THC product. A new study shows Italians are buying it up like de-caf espresso, using the cannabis light to replace pharmaceuticals.

Tue
17
Nov

New Study Warns CBD May Yield Positive THC Test Results

Have you gotten swept up in the CBD craze? Careful. It may induce a positive drug test.

Tue
17
Nov

How Can I Really Tell How Much Power My Grow Op Uses?

Commercial grow under Spectrum King LED’s SK602; Photo courtesy of Spectrum King LED

One of the things that most people underestimate is how much power it takes to grow a crop from start to finish. Let’s just break this down into bite sized chunks of lighting, nutrients (whether hand-fed, through emitters, or any other way), air flow, and heating and cooling.

Tue
17
Nov

Study: Cannabis could be 25 per cent stronger today than it was 50 years ago

New research published in the peer-reviewed journal Addictionsuggests that contemporary cannabis may be up to 25 per cent stronger than cannabis from the ’70s.

The systematic review examined THC and CBD concentrations in cannabis from studies spanning nearly 50 years and multiple countries, including the US, U.K., France, Denmark, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Using a meta-regression analysis, researchers found that THC concentrations in “herbal cannabis”  increased, on average, by 0.29 per cent each year from 1970 to 2017. While THC concentrations in “cannabis resin” increased 0.57 per cent every year from 1975 t0 2017.

Mon
16
Nov

New Player in the Spanish Medical Cannabis Landscape

Spain was one of the first European countries to decriminalise the personal use and cultivation of cannabis for self-consumption. However, while cannabis is used by individuals and the regulation of cannabis consumption in Spain is fairly liberal, Spanish patients can’t access medical cannabis legally.

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