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02
Sep

Strains of Summer

As the Harvest Moon approaches and we get blown away by another season’s worth of work from the best cannabis farmers in the world, we thought it was a good time to take a look at the strains and cultivators that caught our eye this summer.

Summer is an interesting time in the cannabis world. Some got to enjoy the first waves of light deprivation-grown cannabis which are always a treat. Many watched their gardens, both legal and not, grow and are excited to see the fruits of their season’s work harvested in a few weeks. And we here at Cannabis Now are ready to smoke it. 

Fri
30
Aug

Food, drug or something else: What is hemp-derived CBD?

It has been just over a month since the public comment period closed in the wake of the public hearing held by the FDA, “Scientific Data and Information about Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-Derived Compounds”. Over 4,000 comments were docketed, ranging from controlled scientific data submissions to tales of miracle cures to horror stories. It will be interesting to see what the agency gleans from the docket.

Fri
30
Aug

Is new marijuana breathalyzer technology on the way?

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have developed a new THC breathalyzer, but does it have real-world application?

Fri
30
Aug

Automated cannabis rolling technology for the world

The founders behind weR™ (wi:ar) introduce their technology which will revolutionise how cannabis is consumed and outline its infinite market opportunities.

Fri
30
Aug

More teens using marijuana concentrate: What is it?

A large number of teens are using marijuana concentrates — highly potent forms of cannabis — and are more likely to use other substances as well, suggests a new study published this month.

Marijuana concentrates contain high amounts of THC — the psychoactive compound in cannabis — with levels ranging from 40 to 80 percent, or even higher in a few products.

Compare this to high-grade plant cannabis, which usually has a THC level of about 20 percent.

Fri
30
Aug

Does marijuana skin cream work?

Various cannabis-related skincare products have hit the market recently with claims of treating everything from acne to psoriasis, or just contributing to that healthy glow.

Research shows the psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana, THC, does have anti-inflammatory properties that could benefit the skin when applied topically, and has shown promise as a potential treatment for conditions such as psoriasis.

But, at this point in the game, it may be still too early to say conclusively that marijuana skin creams and products work, but there is some positive evidence. 

Fri
30
Aug

Hemp vs paper: Hemp paper benefits

Hemp paper is a valuable alternative to conventional paper made from trees, and could provide a more renewable source for much of the world’s paper needs.

The very first paper in the world was partly made from hemp, and as a plant, hemp is more suitable for paper as it has a higher cellulose and lower lignin content. Hemp paper is also much more eco-friendly and sustainable than tree paper, as hemp can be produced much quicker than trees. 

Fri
30
Aug

Cannabis trial: Dutch cities picked for cafe supply experiment

Cannabis cafes in the Netherlands are to be supplied legally with drugs from regulated producers as part of a trial aimed at tackling the black market.

Under Dutch law, cannabis can be sold over the counter in licensed coffee shops, but it is currently illegal to produce and supply the drug.

The country's loose policy on cannabis has seen criminal enterprises flourish.

From 2021, cafes in 10 cities will get a legal supply of "quality" cannabis as part of a four-year experiment.

Cultivating cannabis is a contentious issue in the Netherlands, a country famous for its liberal drug laws.

Fri
30
Aug

Builders are swapping cement for pot to reduce pollution

The hemp fields sprouting in a part of Canada best known for its giant oil patch show how climate change is disrupting the construction industry.

Six years after setting up shop in the shadow of Calgary’s tar sands, Mac Radford, 64, says he can’t satisfy all the orders from builders for Earth-friendly materials that help them limit their carbon footprints. His company, JustBioFiber Structural Solutions, is on the vanguard of businesses using hemp -- the boring cousin of marijuana devoid of psychoactive content -- to mitigate the greenhouse gases behind global warming.

Thu
29
Aug

Buy hemp plastic, help spare landfills

A new report from the Centre of Environmental Law estimated that plastic pollution will contribute greenhouse gases equivalent to 850 million tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere this year alone. By 2050, it could emit as much as 14% of the earth’s remaining carbon budget. Yeah – plastic waste is a huge problem, and it’s no longer enough to recycle, reduce and reuse in 2019. 

As our hunger for convenience increases, we can’t realistically expect people to stop buying plastic altogether, right? Here’s where hemp comes in. 

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