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Thu
20
Aug

Protecting Bees in Hemp Production

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) approved the use of BotaniGard Maxx (pyrethrin + a fungicide, Beauveria bassiana) to control insect pests in hemp. Pyrethrins are broad-spectrum insecticides that are toxic to honey bees and other pollinators. Best Management Practices (BMPs) should be followed to reduce the risk of bee exposure to BotaniGard Maxx when producing hemp.

While most cultivated hemp are non-pollen producing female plants, seed feminization is never 100% true and males (picture at right) will be present in the field. Males shed a lot of pollen, making them attractive to native bees and honeybees.

How to Protect Bees when using BotaniGard Maxx in Hemp:

Thu
20
Aug

NIST And FDA May Be the Cannabis Quality Assurance Heroes We Need

Finally, the feds are looking more seriously into product safety and quality for cannabis and CBD products, but it’s not the FTC taking the reins.

Thu
20
Aug

The FDA Wants to Test Thousands of CBD Products on the Market

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving forward with plans to understand and oversee the booming CBD industry. A new call for bids is seeking a contractor to collect and assess samples of products containing CBD and other cannabinoids (outside of the state-legal cannabis market.) The news was first reported by Marijuana Moment

Thu
20
Aug

As Texas Hemp Farmers Prepare For Their First-Ever Harvest, Cannabis Regulation Remains Complicated

In Bergheim, Texas, just north of San Antonio, there’s a skunky smell in the air.

“You know, that’s a really good description. Skunky is a very typical terpene that is in most of these plants,” Austin Ruple said.

He’s the president and co-owner of Pur IsoLabs – a hemp and cannabidiol, or CBD company that grows hemp and manufactures retail CBD products.

Ruple stood next to a field of more than 300 hemp plants – a type of cannabis that’s rich in CBD, a legal compound that does not get users high. These plants contain no more than 0.3% THC – the psychoactive component that does get users high.

Thu
20
Aug

Patients in New Jersey can now use cannabis telemedicine

The pandemic has pushed telemedicine to the forefront of the conversation, providing what is being touted as a safer option and one that gives patients the chance to get the medical advice they need while saving money, time and stress.

Cannabis telemedicine also seems to be growing, although at a slower pace as a result of the bureaucratic hurdles that must be cleared.

New Jersey is one of the latest states to adopt cannabis telemedicine measures, thereby allowing residents to get approval for medical marijuana and for other controlled substances digitally.

Thu
20
Aug

Global cannabis testing market to grow 13.4% through 2025

Increasing demand for safety and high-quality medical products has added impetus to cannabis testing services and will contribute to the growth of the global cannabis testing market, which is set to grow by 13.4% by 2025.

According to a Global Market Insights, Inc., report, the growing prevalence for these tests by cultivators and manufacturers will bolster the industry trends. The Bureau of Cannabis Control, as of March 2018, had issued about 26 temporary licenses to testing laboratories in California.

Wed
19
Aug

Why Your CBD Brand Needs AI And Search Data To Scale And Survive

One of the biggest threats facing CBD companies? Survival. CBD is already projected to hit over $16 billion in sales by 2024, so it's not surprising that there are over 3,000 brands in the market, hoping to ride the wave of success and reap the rewards.  

Tue
18
Aug

Pot-infused drinks hopeful for heyday in U.S.

Canopy Growth Corp.’s plan to launch cannabis-infused drinks in the U.S. marks the latest attempt by a marijuana company to position itself for a possible weed beverage boom.

The Ontario-based company has licensed rights to its cannabis drinks line in the U.S. to Acreage Holdings Inc., which is expected to soon provide more details. The move comes at an opportune time -- the pot industry is hopeful for U.S. legalization as soon as 2021 and Americans are drinking less alcohol during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tue
18
Aug

Automated weed vending machines rolling out across the U.S.

The cannabis industry is no stranger to automation.

Connected sensors that monitor temperature, humidity and soil conditions help achieve optimal grows; trimming and bucking machines are commonly used for processing; curious consumers can receive advice from medical chatbots; and, increasingly, automated budtenders are popping up in dispensaries and other locations.

Tue
18
Aug

Hemp: Is it the future of New Zealand's 'clean, green' agriculture industry?

There's a reason the fast-growing plant is taking up space on South Island dairy farms. Photo credit: Getty.
 

It's not the image that's typically conjured when envisioning the future of the New Zealand farming industry. Instead of a herd of cows or a freshly harvested bunch of potatoes, it's a field of tall-standing green - and instantly recognisable - plants. 

But a group of keen Kiwis are hoping to grow that very image, and have hemp take its rightful place as a marker of rural Aotearoa. 

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