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Wed
16
Sep

Legislating THC in Food

As laws for cannabis use change, so do the laws that govern the particular cannabinoids that make up the plant, namely CBD and THC, and how and where they are used. Whereas CBD has already been regulated differently in many places, THC is often left with no regulation at all when it comes to use in edible products.

It has become more commonplace for CBD to be separated from the rest of the cannabis plant, and regulated differently, with the main reason being that since it contains no psychoactive properties, it shouldn’t be treated the same as substances that are psychoactive. With more recreational markets opening, and more food-based products hitting the market, the question of how THC is legislated in food is becoming more of a question.

Wed
16
Sep

Why Aren’t There Any Standards For Grow Rooms?

Just as the cannabis industry has grown at a rapid rate over the past five years, the grow room environment has also experienced significant evolution.

Growers are seeking to produce massive harvests and secure a place in the market, and in doing so are coming up against some major challenges associated with producing at scale.

This is a new frontier for many and a new field that requires different ways of thinking.

Wed
16
Sep

It Was Just a Matter of Time: GMO Cannabis on Its Way

The GMO debate weighs heavy as more and more food items are being genetically modified in different ways and for different reasons. For the first time, GMO cannabis is being patented and manufactured, getting ready to hit shelves in your friendly neighborhood dispensary.

Tue
15
Sep

New Twitter policy triggers health warnings when users search for marijuana

Twitter has partnered with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to raise awareness about substance abuse when people search for marijuana on the platform.

According to a report from Marijuana Moment released this week, no such policy exists for alcohol-related searches. 

When Twitter users search for marijuana or related keywords on the social media platform, a notification that reads: “Help is available. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use, you are not alone” pops up above search results. The notification is accompanied by a link that leads to the website of SAMHSA, which is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). 

Tue
15
Sep

Study Reveals THC Stays in the Blood for Extended Periods After Use

Research continues to prove what many have been saying for years: cannabis can stay in the system for a long time after the substance was used, and therefore cannabis blood tests are not a fair way to tell if someone has just used cannabis.

Mon
14
Sep

How Barcode Labeling Improves Traceability & Security

One of the biggest challenges that cultivators, processors and distributors face in doing business is the requirement to track the product at every step in the production process, from seed to sale. When you add the wide range of label sizes and requirements across the supply chain, labeling can feel overwhelming. While business systems such as METRC, BioTrack, MJFreeway and others are key, integrating accurate and secure barcode labeling with those systems will streamline the end-to-end process while meeting traceability requirements. Here are some things to consider, no matter what role in the cannabis supply chain you play.

Mon
14
Sep

Greenstop’s new cannabis vending machines to be available in select dispensaries of California

The California-based cannabis tech start-up Greenstop recently announced the launch of its all-new cannabis vending machines several select dispensaries of California. The self-serve kiosks are capable of serving four customers at a time. Greenstop’s new service is touted as the Smart Dispensary, and the kiosks are being looked at as self-service checkout lanes at grocery stores.
Cannabis is regarded as a substantial business vertical in the U.S., especially during a somber situation like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Greenstop’s new system offers dispensaries various solutions to maintain the safety of sales associates and customers during this critical time while conforming to the local regulations.

Mon
14
Sep

Australian Research To Study CBD For Spinal Injury Chronic Pain

Researchers at the University of Sydney’s Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics and Brain and Mind Centre will investigate whether cannabidiol is an effective alternative for treating chronic pain caused by spinal injury.

The research team has been awarded $1.7 million to support the project, made up of  $1.45 million from NSW Health and $350,000 from the University.

The study’s lead investigator, Professor Luke Henderson – an expert in human brain imaging and pain, says half of spinal cord injury patients will develop chronic pain and current treatment options have been proven ineffective. Not only that, these treatments can introduce side effects making the condition worse.

Fri
11
Sep

Feds Want To Know: Will Milk Drinkers Get High If Cows Eat Hemp?

Little is known about how eating byproduct cannabis material will affect cattle, but the feds are paying to find out.

Kansas State researchers will receive federal funding to study what effect adding industrial hemp to livestock feed will have on cows. The study will focus on whether or not cannabinoids are stored in the meat and milk of the cow, and if so, could it be transmitted to humans.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture gave the K-State team $200,000 in funding as part of the institute’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant. Kansas farmers can currently cultivate non-psychoactive hemp, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, but can’t feed cattle any residual hemp product.

Fri
11
Sep

Report Shows Extracts Continue To Be Most Popular Among Cannabis Consumers

The vaping scare shook up the concentrates market in the second half of 2019, but despite last year’s upheaval, the sales and popularity of extracted products continues to grow nationally, according to research from cannabis analytics firms BDSA, Brightfield Group and New Frontier Data.

While flower remains the top-selling category of cannabis products across the country, concentrates are taking up a larger and larger part of the market, both in individual states and the national market as a whole.

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