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The FDA’s problem with hemp-CBD

In May 2019, Gallup pollsters asked Americans about their trust in federal agencies. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ranked near the bottom, beating only the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Only 44% of respondents rated the FDA as doing an excellent or good job. In turn, 33% viewed the FDA’s performance as “fair” and 22% ranking the FDA as “poor.” That paled in comparison to the US Postal Service (74% good/excellent) and fell below even the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (50% good/excellent).

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Study examines why people experience 'radically different' effects from cannabis

A new study shows how different regions of the brain produce “radically different” effects from cannabis use, which may explain why people have such varied reactions to the drug.

“Until now, it was unknown which specific regions of the brain were responsible for these highly divergent effects of marijuana,” said study lead and Western University professor Dr. Steven Laviolette in a release.​

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Portable cannabis potency test launched

The world's first portable, instant cannabis potency testing solution has been developed by a U.S. company which specializes in testing of cannabis for its biochemical properties. The technology is based around a smartphone.

The new device comes from the biotechnology company Purpl Scientific (based in St. Louis, U.S.) Purpl PRO converts a smartphone into a cannabis potency testing system. The add-on is able to deliver a breakdown of the constituents of the cannabis within ten seconds. The focus here is with assessing levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

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Is CBN the next CBD? Meet cannabinol, the up-and-coming cannabinoid

Now that cannabis is rapidly becoming legal around the world, a closer look is being placed on its different components and how they could be of use.

While CBD (cannabidiol) is one cannabinoid that has been in the spotlight recently for its claimed therapeutic effects, another cannabinoid may soon topple it – CBN, or cannabinol.

We are still in the very early stages of learning about CBN (think of it as the first few seconds of a race), but there are signs it may have very useful applications, most notably for sleep.

Read on for an in-depth look at cannabinol — what it is, the science behind it, and how it could be of use.

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Metered dosing of herbal cannabis effective in hospitalized patients per clinical trial

Hospitalized patients administered cannabis via a metered dose inhaler report symptom relief and no severe adverse effects, according to clinical data published in the journal Palliative & Supportive Care.

Israeli investigators assessed the safety, feasibility, and efficacy of metered dose cannabis inhalation in a group of hospitalized patients. The device allowed for patients to self-administer precise quantities of cannabis in a vaporized (non-combustion) form.

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Understanding Hemp sustainability and its Impact on the environment

One of the many advantages of hemp is its natural sustainability.

Over the last few decades, the effects of unsustainable practices have become more apparent than ever before. Accelerated climate change, inhuman working conditions, and a growing economic gap between countries are some of the biggest problems we face today.

By implementing sustainable farming and industrial techniques, we can help tackle these challenges and secure a better future for generations to come. But, to be successful, we need to find a feasible way to thrive from a social, environmental, and economic perspective.

This is where industrial hemp comes in.

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Italy’s ‘cannabis light’ creates buzz even if the pot won’t

It’s been called the Italian “green gold rush.” Mild, barely there marijuana dubbed “cannabis light” has put Italy on the international weed map, producing hundreds of stores that sell pot by the pouch and attention from investors banking the legalization of stronger stuff will follow.

The flourishing retail industry around cannabis light — weed so non-buzzy, it’s essentially the decaf coffee of marijuana — surfaced as an unintended by-product of a law meant to restore Italy as a top producer of industrial hemp. Now, storefronts that peddle chemically ineffective hemp flowers in varieties such as “Chill Haus” and “Black Buddha” are getting blowback that some Italians fear will nip business in the bud.

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The growing green rush towards hemp CBD oil

Interest in the cannabis component CBD, or cannabidiol, is growing quickly, and more and more companies looking to take advantage of related opportunities seem to be jumping on the bandwagon. Along with that green rush, however, comes a stream of products that all have their own individual ways of using the cannabinoid.

If exhibition floor buzz at March’s Natural Products Expo West is any indicator, CBD is all the rage. That said, one major trend is developing: hemp-derived CBD oil rather than CBD oil from cannabis.

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Don’t panic, it’s organic! Success in growing cannabis at home starts with the soil

We like big buds and we cannot lie! A rich, high-nutrient soil sets the foundation for high yields of quality cannabis. 

Legalization has made growing cannabis at home more accessible for the everyday individual. Instead of it being a hushed secret, people can now utilize science and cultivation to truly fine tune the growing process from seed to harvest. The right soil, drainage, and nutrient combination sets you up for success, allowing your cannabis plants to grow and yield bountiful harvests. 
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What is cannabigerol and what are its benefits?

Cannabis is now mainstream, but several of its active compounds are still being discovered. Many understand the difference between cannabidiol (CBD) and THC, one is psychoactive and the other is not.

But, few are familiar with cannabigerol (CBG). This rare cannabinoid has some surprising health benefits, according to several recent studies.

 

Differences Between CBD and CBG

Even though CBG and CBD are made from the same plant, they differ in many ways. Their chemical structures differ and their concentration within the plant differs as well.

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