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Wed
19
Feb

The difference between indica and sativa strains explained

As you begin your journey with cannabis, one of the first things you learn is that there are two kinds of strains: indica and sativa. Most people choose one and stick to it, since it’s an easy and convenient way of obtaining the results you’re looking for. But most experts believe that the differences between strains are not as marked as we’ve been lead to believe.

Wed
19
Feb

Oklahoma Officials to Enforce Mandated Testing of Medical Cannabis Products

Tens of thousands of Oklahomans have already enrolled in the state’s medical marijuana program. In a little more than a month, those patients will purchase products that have undergone mandated testing. 

Beginning April 1, all medical cannabis dispensaries in the state will be required to carry products that have been tested in a laboratory licensed by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority.

Wed
19
Feb

A new ‘hemp scanner’ determines level of THC in cannabis plants

A team of researchers have created a ‘hemp scanner’ that can determine the level of THC in cannabis plants instantly, without damaging any of the product.

Hemp is technically legal in Texas, but proving that hemp is not cannabis can be a hurdle, requiring testing in a licensed laboratory. So, when a truck carrying thousands of pounds of hemp was recently detained by law enforcement near Amarillo, the driver spent weeks in jail awaiting confirmation that the cargo was legal.

Stories like that one inspired a team of Texas A&M AgriLife researchers to create a “hemp scanner” that can distinguish hemp and cannabis instantly, without damaging any of the product.

Tue
18
Feb

Los Angeles County To Dismiss 66,000 Cannabis Convictions

Almost 66,000 marijuana convictions in Los Angeles County are being dismissed, according to a Thursday announcement by District Attorney Jackie Lacey and the group Code for America.

The convictions fall under the category of those eligible for relief under Proposition 64.

The dismissals are the final stage of the five-county Clear My Record pilot program, which also includes San Francisco, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento counties. 

Collectively, these pilot programs should dismiss more than 85,000 marijuana convictions eligible for relief under Proposition 64.

Tue
18
Feb

The Keys to Cannabis Retail in an Internet-Driven World

The world of retail is changing rapidly. In the past couple of decades, the term “going shopping” alone has changed. It can now mean everything from driving to a shopping center to scrolling through Amazon to exploring the Facebook Marketplace. The dawn of online shopping has been an incredible strain on the world of retail, with malls becoming ghost towns and giant shops relegated to serving as Halloween stores once a year. The statistics back this up as well, with MSNBC reporting in April 2019 that online U.S. retail sales have eclipsed that of general retail for the very first time. Clearly, online shopping (once thought to be a passing phase) has changed the business landscape.

Tue
18
Feb

Cannabinoids and Inflammation: What Does the Current Research Say?

Is inflammation a cause for concern? Perhaps not in the short run, but…

Whenever we get infected, injured, or in other words, whenever there is a problem inside or on the body, our immune system sends hordes of white blood cells to protect the area, remove any harmful pathogens, and kick-start the healing process.

If the infection heals quickly, we’re OK. However, if the inflammation persists for a long time, the consequences can be devastating. Not only does it cause our immune function to go down, but chronic inflammation also accelerates the aging process.

Tue
18
Feb

What You Should Know About THCP And CBDP

The discovery of new and improved cannabinoids means that our knowledge of cannabis’s medicinal capabilities is expanding.

Just when we thought we were learning more about cannabis and its compounds, the strongest cannabinoid yet steps into the spotlight. THCP, recently discovered by a group of Italian scientists, is said to be 30 times stronger than THC, expanding on cannabis’s medicinal potential. There’s also CBDP, another cannabinoid discovered by these same scientists which, as its name suggests, is very similar to CBD.

Tue
18
Feb

CBD Toothpaste Might Be Better Than Your Current Brand, Research Says

New study highlighting the ability of cannabinoids to fight bacteria in dental plaque opens the door for CBD as an effective oral care product.

In recent years, the craze over CBD – cannabidiol – one of the more popular and well-known cannabinoids of the cannabis plant, has led to a massive uptick in research into its medical properties. Along with this has come a maelstrom of articles suggesting possible uses outside of what has already been studied, with hopes that upcoming scientific research will uncover even more ways that CBD can be useful, including in dental care.

Tue
18
Feb

Study Shows What You Eat Changes the Effects of Cannabis

Cannabis and food go together better than many other things in life. 

Most cannabis consumers and patients will be quick to point out that cannabis stimulates appetite and that consuming cannabis prior to eating often makes meals and snacks more enjoyable.

Less attention is paid to eating food prior to cannabis consumption, and what impact, if any, it can have on the cannabis consumption experience and the effects of cannabis on the consumer/patient.

A new study out of Canada explored the idea and what they found could have a major impact on consumer and patient consumption habits and strategies.

Fri
14
Feb

South Africa approves country’s first cannabis college

South Africa is adding its name to the list of countries ready to provide residents with higher education.

The Eastern Cape’s Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform has been given the green light for the creation and development of a cannabis college that will train wannabe weed workers to cultivate and distribute the drug.

The facility is set to break ground in the Ingquza Hill Local Municipality in Lusisiki, thanks to the location’s excellent environmental conditions for growing the crop.

Local authorities hope that the college will provide residents of the struggling province with job opportunities and revitalize the local economy.

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