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Mon
25
Nov

Michigan finally bans vitamin E acetate from cannabis vaping products

Michigan is finally banning marijuana dispensaries from selling cannabis vaping products that contain vitamin E acetate, the chemical additive linked to the deadly lung illness that is believed to have caused the deaths of more than 49 people and sickened more than 2,290 others nationwide.

The state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) announced Friday that all cannabis vaping products must now be tested for vitamin E acetate, a gooey substance predominately used in the black market to "cut" or dilute cannabis oil in vape cartridges to maximize profits. In addition, all marijuana products must contain a label that lists all inactive ingredients.

Thu
21
Nov

What you should know to be a conscious vape consumer

In the past few months, the stream of alarming news about the dangers of vaporizer cartridges has put some cannabis consumers on high alert. Since March, more than 2,000 people have gotten sick, and 40 people have died from illnesses related to vaping (VAPI, or vaping associated pulmonary injury). It is believed that the large majority of those who had become ill had used THC oil carts bought from illicit markets, writes Erin Hiatt

Thu
21
Nov

Big marijuana embraced convertibles. Now they're under water

The bear market in pot stocks has left billions in convertible debentures underwater, meaning cash-starved companies may have to “creatively restructure” their debt or pay a bill they didn’t expect would come due.

Cannabis companies hopped into convertibles in the last three years when their stock prices were soaring and traditional debt markets were largely closed to the untested, unprofitable and stigmatized sector. Issuers that tapped the U.S. markets included Canadian pot giants Canopy Growth Corp., Aurora Cannabis Inc., Tilray Inc. and Aphria Inc.

Wed
20
Nov

Welcome to my lightweight, fire-resistant, insect-repellent… hemp house

Humans have utilized many materials for their homes throughout the ages, from wood to metal to concrete. But what about hemp?

Just BioFiber Structural Solutions, an Airdrie, Alberta-based company, has been utilizing hempcrete blocks made primarily from hemp hurd, lime and water. Hemp hurd comes primarily from the woody inner parts of the stalk of industrial hemp. While there are a few other forms of hempcrete, BioFiber is currently the only company in the world using insulated blocks.

The company has built a handful of hempcrete houses in British Coumbia, and currently is in the process of finalizing engineering tests to be listed in the National Building Code of Canada.

Wed
20
Nov

CBD products can’t be marketed or sold in Germany without further research, court rules

CBD just ran into a brick wall in Germany.

A recent court ruling in the EU country reinforced the government’s position that products infused with the non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis should be classified as a “novel food.”

Given to products that were not consumed widely before 1997, the classification means CBD-infused products will not be authorized for sale until further research is conducted, reports foodnavigator.com.

Wed
20
Nov

Billion dollar CBD: CBD sales predicted to top $1 billion in 2019

Thanks to exploding interest in the supplement, the U.S. now features a billion dollar CBD market according to a recent report.

According to predictions in the 2019 Hemp & CBD Industry Factbook from Hemp Industry Daily, CBD sales could reach up to $1.3 billion this year. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a massively popular supplement made from industrial hemp. Consumers take CBD to relieve a host of diverse symptoms. It’s believed to help balance the human endocannabinoid system when used regularly.

Wed
20
Nov

What you need to know about the healing benefits of marijuana’s CBG

Although THC and CBD are two commonly consumed cannabinoids, CBG is gaining more popularity and attention due to its medicinal value.

Cannabis is an extremely complex plant, and it contains many more cannabinoids than just THC and CBD. How many cannabinoids do you think this plant contains? So far, more than 60 cannabinoid compounds have been discovered, and cannabigerol (CBG) is one of them.

Wed
20
Nov

Nevada marijuana testing lab’s license suspended for ‘misleading’ results

Lab testing is a key factor in most legal cannabis markets. Most immediately, this is what helps ensure that the products consumers purchase are not contaminated with harmful substances such as mold, yeast, pesticides, or other chemicals.

It’s also one of the ways that weed-legal states try to ensure a certain level of uniformity in terms of telling consumers the potency of different products.

Ultimately, lab tests serve a number of functions as more and more governments begin figuring out how to regulate a legal marijuana industry.

Wed
20
Nov

Sweets, consumer products with marijuana extract become hot topic in Thailand

After a famous Thai actor was widely reported to have allegedly given a certain type of candy containing marijuana extract that causes dizziness and irregular heartbeat to a girl, sweets or other consumer products with THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) have become a hot topic on social media.

THC has psychoactive properties that help in relaxation and reduce stress if they are taken in the right amount, but can be dangerous if consumed in exceeding doses.

The side effects of THC include a dry mouth, thirst, tachycardia, slow response, red eyes and memory loss.

The substance is popular in foreign countries, where it is mixed in snacks such as jelly, candy and chocolate in safe amounts.

Wed
20
Nov

The great European cannabis cosmetics confusion

If the “recreational” discussion is off the table for now except in a few local sovereign experiments (Luxembourg, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland), and the medical discussion is mired in “efficacy” and payments (Germany, UK), where does that leave this third area of cannabis products?

Namely cosmetics.

The answer? Because this conversation involves cannabis, as usual, the discussion is getting bogged down in confusion even as industry groups press for clarification and guidelines.

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