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Fri
28
Aug

MassRoots Names MyDx the Official Marijuana Analyzer of the Cannabis Community

DENVER -- MassRoots, Inc. (OTCQB:MSRT), one of the largest and fastest growing social networks for cannabis consumers, is pleased to announce it has named MyDx, Inc.’s (OTCQB:MYDX) MyDx device the official marijuana analyzer of the cannabis community. After crowd-funding nearly $40,000 from 187 supporters on Indiegogo, MyDx launched their hand-held analyzer earlier this summer, giving consumers the ability to test strains of cannabis to determine how they will affect such ailments as stress, anxiety and pain.

Thu
27
Aug

Scientists Working to Prevent Monsanto from Monopolizing on Cannabis Strains, But Can They Stop It?

Scientists are working to map the complete DNA structure of the cannabis plant in order to prevent major agricultural seed companies, like Monsanto, from securing exclusive patents on specific strains.

Late last week, Mowgli Holmes, Chief Scientific Officer of Phylos Bioscience, the company overseeing the Cannabis Genome Project, explained to those in attendance of TechFestNW in Portland, Oregon that cannabis should be viewed comparatively to another major American cash crop: Corn. 

He said that both of these commodities were domesticated by humans around 10,000 years ago, and that, like corn, cannabis was spread “to every corner of the world,” pushing the scope of its biological reach “to a point in the evolutionary landscape that it never would’ve gotten on its own.”

Thu
27
Aug

Botanists conduct first large-scale genetic study of marijuana, hemp

A study by Canadian researchers is providing a clearer picture of the evolutionary history and genetic organization of cannabis, a step that could have agricultural, medical and legal implications for this valuable crop.

"Even though hemp and marijuana are important crops, knowledge about cannabis is lacking because of its status as a controlled drug," said Jonathan Page, a University of British Columbia botanist who co-led the first large-scale study of the genetic diversity of cannabis. The research was conducted together with Sean Myles, a population geneticist at Dalhousie University.

Thu
27
Aug

Two Stocks Focused on Developing Cannabis-Based Cancer Treatments

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) updated its website to include various studies revealing how cannabis may inhibit tumor growth by killing cells, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels that tumors need to grow. The institute released the following statement after updating its website:

“A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Studies in mouse models of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.”

NIDA says cannabis kills cancer cells

Thu
27
Aug

Marijuana classification muddled and confused, says UBC expert

Tests on marijuana from around the world show their genetic makeup may be far from different from their purported background.

“There’s a lot of confusion and a lot of chaos in the system now,” says Jonathan Page, a University of B.C. botanist who helped lead the first large-scale study of the genetic diversity of cannabis. His most recent work is published today in the online journal Plos One.

“Right now, the genetic identity of a marijuana strain cannot be accurately determined by its name or reported ancestry,” Page said in a news release. “Ultimately, we require a practical, accurate and more reliable classification system of this plant.”

Wed
26
Aug

Can CanopyBoulder, The World’s First Cannabis Accelerator, Prove There’s Substance Behind The Marijuana Startup Hype?

BOULDER, Colorado -- Holly Alberti-Evans considers herself among Colorado’s marijuana business success stories. Healthy Headie Lifestyle, the in-home direct sales company for cannabis products she founded with her husband, Steve Evans, is growing, with a busy office in Boulder and an expanding team of independent distributors who demonstrate vaporizers to those Alberti-Evans calls the “canna-curious” in the privacy of their homes. (Hosts provide their own marijuana if they want to take the devices for a full test drive.) What’s more, Alberti-Evans is constantly fielding calls from those wanting to invest in the enterprise.

“We have had an overwhelming response,” says Alberti-Evans. “There is absolute excitement around our business model and everyone wants to participate.”

Tue
25
Aug

Security service for cannabis businesses latest to enter Alaska market

Without reconciliation of banking laws at a federal level, local businesses, such as those popping up in Alaska, will need security to handle cash.

Like a gold rush, Alaska's upcoming green rush will bring stacks of specie and currency, along with a version of the Pinkertons to guard the loot.

Federal banking laws prohibit federally- or state-chartered banks and credit unions from accepting marijuana deposits or giving marijuana loans. The disparity between federal law and states that have legalized the product creates a unique security risk, as it consigns every cannabis grower, retailer, and broker to a cash-only business model ripe for theft or robbery. Alaska is catching on to a trend of cannabis business security that is rapidly growing in the Lower 48.

Tue
25
Aug

East Yorkshire farmer grows his own home

BUILDING A farmhouse is nothing new, but farmer Nick Voase has raised the bar, by building his new home out of hemp grown entirely on his own farm.

Nick, who lives in Baswick, near Brandesburton started growing hemp in 2002 as an alternative crop and a combination of the severe East Yorkshire floods in 2007 and changing family circumstances led to his visionary building project.

Explaining how it began, Nick said: “We were looking for a break crop and had tried borage and lupins, among other things, then we tried hemp, and it just fitted, growing it bi-annually with wheat.”

Mon
24
Aug

The Leaf: A Fully Automated Cannabis Grow Box

Ever wanted to grow weed at home, but been put off by its intimidating nature? Leaf, a fully automated grow box aims to change that.

Mon
24
Aug

Natural pest control business gets boost from medical cannabis industry

TORONTO – When Sarah Stuive first got into the natural pest control business – which uses predatory insects, or “good bugs,” to weed out pests – she never expected to be working with cannabis plants.

But thanks to Health Canada regulations that limit the use of chemical pesticides on medical marijuana in order to make sure the plants are safe for consumption, the biological control specialist says she’s seeing an uptick in business.

“I have seen a lot of growth in demand since the start of the cannabis industry,” said Stuive, who works for Global Horticultural and also provides her services to vegetable farmers and plant growers. “It’s a new alternative to chemicals.”

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