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Tue
07
May

Canada's roadside drug tests can't tell the difference between tea and cocaine

The reliability of Canada's only federally approved device for roadside cannabis impairment testing has been thrown into question after a Vancouver lawyer determined the device is easily duped, writes Calvin Hughes.

While preparing to roll out cannabis legalization in October of 2018, the Canadian government introduced a new roadside cannabis impairment testing device called the Dräger DrugTest 5000. However, a series of tests have found that it's surprisingly easy to get a false positive using the machine.

Tue
07
May

Long-awaited German tenders handed to specialist trio

White smoke emanating from Germany’s medical agency signals the wait is over to find out which firms have been awarded medicinal cannabis tenders for Europe’s top market.

Two Canadian firms, Aphria, and Aurora Cannabis and Germany’s Demecan have won out, it has emerged.

The three companies will split a four-year tender to grow 10,400kg between them. Aphria won five of the 13 lots, with Aurora Cannabis and Demecan handed five and three lots respectively.

Mon
06
May

Study finds paternally passed-down ‘Stoner Gene’ in rats with human implications

Pregnant women are advised not to use cannabis, an increasingly common proscription that repeats itself every few news cycles in the marijuana legalization era. 

The general reason why is obvious enough. It’s the same reason why a pregnant mother is advised not to smoke cigarettes and to eat well: Her intake can, and probably will, affect her baby. 

But what if the same were true for the father? What if paternal cannabis intake had something to do with developments, good and ill, in the resulting offspring? 

Mon
06
May

China cashes in on the cannabis boom

China has made your iPhone, your Nikes and, chances are, the lights on your Christmas tree. Now, it wants to grow your cannabis, writes Steven Lee Myers of New York Times.

Two of China’s 34 regions are quietly leading a boom in cultivating cannabis to produce cannabidiol, or CBD, the nonintoxicating compound that has become a consumer health and beauty craze in the United States and beyond.

They are doing so even though cannabidiol has not been authorized for consumption in China, a country with some of the strictest drug-enforcement policies in the world.

Mon
06
May

European foothold for ‘World’s Largest CBD Extractor’

Colorado company Mile High Labs has established its first European base in Northern Ireland and recently recorded its first sales in UK and Europe.

Mile High, which describes itself as the ‘largest extractor of CBD isolate in the world’, began operations in Belfast, last year, and in a press release says it has since built out a dedicated team to lead its expansion in Europe.

John Wallace, Managing Director of Mile High Labs U.K./E.U. said: “We are very excited to officially launch European operations with our first sales into the U.K. and E.U. Quality and consistency are of paramount importance in the European market, and we are proud to bring Mile High Labs’ products and standards to customers locally.”

Mon
06
May

Could mood specific cannabis strains be the next big thing?

Many people who use cannabis and CBD for well-being or to deal with their medical issues like to use different delivery systems and even different cannabis strains depending on the specific effects and mood they want to feel.

Back in the 60s, cannabis was quite different from the buds people know and love today. There were no special cannabis cultivation or extraction methods in those days and people just smoked whatever they could get their hands on at any given time. Back then, strains with specific cannabinoid concentrations, mood specific strains, and lab tested buds were a distant dream.

Mon
06
May

How these techies are bringing transparency to the cannabis industry

Today, more than 40 percent of America's legal cannabis that's produced across 20 states passes through Confident Cannabis’ lab testing platform, writes Madison Margolin. Through a three-pronged approach, Confident Cannabis is bringing transparency to the cannabis industry, offering a platform to display lab testing results, to connect wholesale buyers and sellers, and to help consumers learn about cannabis strain science and data with the help of a program called Wholesale.

Fri
03
May

The secret to using cannabis for energy and focus

Staying focused and energized throughout the day isn’t always easy, and sometimes you need more than another cup of coffee to get through your to-do list. But before you reach to your favorite sativa for a pick-me-up, remember that a variety of factors go into using cannabis for energy. 

So, what should you look for if you want something that will help you stay productive and feel accomplished—without the caffeine jitters?

A Northern California company called dr. delights has a formula for maximizing the energizing power of cannabis with their Elevate line of vape pens and tinctures. Here’s their secret for harnessing the entourage effect for energy, focus, and an overall mood boost.

Fri
03
May

Cannabis used in US research differs genetically to the varieties people smoke

The cannabis that’s used for research in the United States is genetically different to the stuff people are smoking, says a recent study1. The finding suggests that research investigating the plant’s biological effects might not completely replicate the experience of people using commercially available strains ― something researchers have long suspected.

Fri
03
May

Canopy Growth acquires German Synthetic Cannabis Company C3 for $250 Million

Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) is acquiring the German-based, Bionorica SE-founded C3 Cannabinoid Compound Company in an all-cash deal valued at €225.9 million (CDN $342.9 million) or roughly $250 million. The move is intended to expand Canopy Growth’s reach in Europe.

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