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Tue
10
Dec

How California Is Killing off High-end Cannabis Edibles

Would-be cannabis entrepreneurs might commit a drastic act to have Christopher Schroeder’s problems. The founder of Somatik, a San Francisco Bay Area-based cannabis startup that manufactures THC and CBD-infused coffee drinks and chocolate-covered espresso beans produced in concert with existing, well-known consumer brands, launched his company to a round of positive press. The warm reception was an object lesson that in the cannabis legalization era, there was a big market for high-end cannabis edibles. Schroeder’s stated dream — to see Somatik cold-brew coffee on tap in high-end cafes, next to the “unleaded” cold crew and the kombucha — seemed within reach.

Then legalization happened.

Tue
10
Dec

How Caffeine and Weed Interact

People adore coffee, and most of us are pretty dependant on it.

Coffee is one of the world’s most traded commodities, the most widely used legal psychoactive substance, and its impact on the modern way of life is simply undeniable.

A fresh cup of Joe is a source of flavor and enjoyment, but the core reason why people indulge in coffee is because of the invigorating effects it produces.

The main active ingredient in coffee (found also in the majority of teas and soft drinks) is caffeine, a powerful compound responsible for the energizing sensations we experience.

While caffeine is a strictly stimulating substance, cannabis is considered as both a stimulant and a depressant.

Tue
10
Dec

Why Hemp’s Diversity Means Many Market Opportunities

Hemp is a type of cannabis that contains less THC and more CBD. THC is the psychoactive component responsible for providing the effect of a “high.” It can be dangerous when consumed in large amounts. However, CBD is useful in treating various medical conditions.

In December last year, the Trump administration legalized hemp, which contains less than 0.3% THC, by clearing the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the farm bill. Apart from medicinal values, hemp has a variety of industrial usages, such as clothing, food and beverages, paper, and construction. Let’s look at hemp’s uses in the health and wellness sector.

Mon
09
Dec

The Industry’s Most Dependable DE Grow Light Is Available Now!

Gorilla has been one of the most trusted brands in the industry for over six years, manufacturing products with a level of quality and design previously unseen. They’ve now turned that same attention to detail, love of growing, and passion for quality towards horticultural lighting, and are proud to introduce you to the industry’s most dependable fixture—the all-new Gorilla DE Pro Series grow light.

Fri
06
Dec

Washington State Readies Legislative Response To Vaping

Gov. Jay Inslee and other state officials are working on a firmer response to a rise in vaping as Washington’s 120-day ban on flavored vaping products reaches its halfway point.

Fri
06
Dec

Science still confused over whether marijuana can tame opioid epidemic

There is a growing body of evidence showing that medical marijuana could be all that is needed to tame the gnarly beast known as the opioid epidemic. On the other hand, there is also some research showing that this is all kooky talk.

It seems that ever since the first study emerged showing that the cannabis plant might be able to prevent tens of thousands of Americans from dropping dead every year from fatal overdoses, we have seen a steady stream of new studies showing conflicting results. To say the science over this concept is all over the map is an understatement.

Thu
05
Dec

Oregon Cops Can’t Tell the Difference Between Hemp and Pot. That’s Making Life Easy for Black Market Growers.

Nathan Howard grows many varieties of cannabis at East Fork Cultivars, his farm in Takilma, Ore., an unincorporated community of 378 people on the state's southern border.

In one field, he grows a variety of pot called Kush Petals. In another, he grows hemp. Good luck telling them apart.

"We're growing adult-use cannabis on one side of the fence, and 50 feet away we're growing a plant that looks literally the same," says Howard. "In aroma, in the way it smokes, the way it turns into ash, it's indistinguishable.

Thu
05
Dec

Innovations in Trimming Tech Will Propel Cannabis Industry Forward

The foundation of the cannabis industry is the cannabis plant itself. 

Every product, service, and company in the cannabis space owes its existence to the cannabis plant being cultivated and harvested.

One of the main components of harvesting cannabis is trimming the plant to separate the stems and leaves from the buds.

Proper trimming ensures that the cannabis plant dries correctly, that the buds are as potent as possible, and that the dried flower is appealing to the eye when it makes it to the market.

Trimming cannabis can be time-consuming, especially when a lot of cannabis plants are involved. 

Thu
05
Dec

Do you deliver? DEA orders up 3.2 million grams of cannabis for research purposes in U.S.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is upping the amount of cannabis it approves for research purposes by 30 percent this year while authorizing the production of fewer opioids.

The federal agency published its proposed quotas back in September and — after a period of public comment — decided to stick with the 3.2 million g of marijuana it initially suggested, Marijuana Moment reported.

Thu
05
Dec

Link Between Cannabis And The Munchies Is More Complicated Than You Might Think

The munchies are real — at least sometimes and for some people — and science has only begun to understand why.

Given the long shared history cannabis has with humanity, several associations have long endured. One of those connections is marijuana and “the munchies” — the increased appetite attributed to weed consumption.

It’s not a completely unfounded association. Many medical marijuana patients cite cannabis’s uncanny ability to induce appetite as a reason for its therapeutic use, yet many pot smokers will tell you they don’t experience an increased urge to stuff their pie holes at all. As it turns out, the munchies are real — at least sometimes and for some people — and science has only begun to understand why.

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