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CBD content in commercial products typically less than advertised according to report

Third-party lab testing of a variety of commercially available CBD products finds that many contain only trace quantities of cannabidiol, according to an analysis first reported by BusinessInsider.com.

Representatives from CannaSafe Laboratories, a California-based analytical testing company, assessed 20 CBD-infused products, including vape cartridges, beverages, edibles, and skin creams. Only three of the 20 products contained levels of CBD matching the percentages advertised on their label.

Fri
03
May

Using photos of broccoli and weed, Facebook demonstrates how AI will start blocking online sales

The difference between cannabis and tempura broccoli could be the difference between deletion and promotion for weed-minded Facebook users–and artificial intelligence is swooping in for the rescue.

Thu
02
May

We need more research - The last cannabis excuse exposed

The idea that we “need more research” when it comes to cannabis simply isn’t accurate. We have plenty of research on this plant, especially since we’ve been studying it for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Of course, modern medicine requires certain standards when it comes to research, however, even by modern standards we have enough research available to conclude on the safety of cannabis.

The “More Research” fallacy is nothing more than a stall tactic. For thousands of years, humans have been using cannabis for medical, spiritual, and recreational purposes. Throughout all this time, the general consensus is that cannabis is relatively benign and actually very beneficial for humans to consume.

Thu
02
May

Oreo says they're 'getting ready' to produce cannabis edibles

Mondelez, maker of Oreos, Chips Ahoy cookies and Maynard candies, say they're preparing to start making marijuana edibles, writes Calvin Hughes.

Mondelez makes a lot of pre-packaged foods that you know and love, and you've probably reached for some of them while in the throes of the munchies. And now Mondelez CEO Dirk Van de Put says they could soon be getting into the marijuana game themselves by introducing some cannabis-infused goodies.

Thu
02
May

Scotts Miracle-Gro jumps most in decade on pot-supplies rebound

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. (SMG.N) rose the most in a decade after its Roundup herbicide and marijuana-supplies business rebounded from sales slumps, boosting earnings above expectations.

Increased advertising to help counter the negative publicity generated by concerns about Roundup’s safety contributed to a 20 per cent rise in quarterly sales of the weedkiller, Chief Executive Officer Jim Hagedorn said on a conference call with analysts Wednesday to discuss results.

Meanwhile, a burgeoning black market for cannabis in California reversed the effects of a regulatory crackdown last year. Revenue benefited from higher profit margins to illicit growers, said Chris Hagedorn, the CEO’s son and general manager of the pot-supplies business.

Wed
01
May

This Brooklyn chef has a brand-new way to deliver cannabis: On a pizza

It seems like New York and New Jersey are some of the last holdouts on the East Coast of states to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. While Gov. Cuomo has humored the idea and teased that the prohibition of the drug could be lifted in the not-so-distant future, residents in both states can only purchase it legally for medical reasons, and certain amounts have been decriminalized.

The chef and owner of Stoned Gourmet Cannabis Pizza, Chris “The Pizza Pusha” Barrett, is willing to bet on the odds of legalization and has been offering delivery and pickup-only cannabis-infused pizzas to people in the New York and New Jersey area, as well as a few weed-centric gourmet items like gelato, cheesecake, chicken wings, cannolis and much more.

Wed
01
May

New study: CBD diminishes THC-related impairment

In a new study from the University College London (UCL), a team of researchers focused on the difference between consuming cannabis strains that have high levels of THC, and strains that have significant quantities of both THC and CBD.

The precise effects on the brain were monitored by an fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), which measures changes in blood flow and neural activity.

Brain scans of the 17 participants showed that the high-THC strain impaired the functionality of the default mode network, especially in the posterior cingulate area.

Wed
01
May

Company claims to have created "less harmful" tobacco products infused with cannabis

American multi-state cannabis company Vireo Health International, Inc. (CSE: VREO), has announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued the company  a Notice of Allowance for its patent application, “Tobacco Products with Cannabinoid Additives and Methods for Reducing the Harm Associated with Tobacco Use.”

The company claims to have developed a “less harmful” tobacco product by infusing it with cannabis.

Wed
01
May

$9 million donation given to Harvard and MIT to promote cannabis research

An alumnus of Harvard and MIT has made a donation to promote cannabis research at both schools.

In an announcement Tuesday, Charles R. Broderick said he is donating $9 million—split evenly between the two institutions—in support of research into how marijuana affects the brain and behavior.

It is, according to the schools, “the largest donation to date to support independent research of the science of cannabinoids.”

Broderick said the gift was driven by a desire “to fill the research void that currently exists in the science of cannabis.”

Wed
01
May

Moosehead enters cannabis drink market with Sproutly joint venture

Moosehead Breweries Ltd., one of Canada’s largest brewers, is getting into the cannabis business.

The Saint John, N.B.-based brewer announced it plans to form a joint venture with Sproutly Canada Inc., a cannabis producer and extractor, to develop pot-infused beverages that will be released later this year in the Canadian market.

“With the anticipated legalization of edibles in Canada later this year, Moosehead has made the strategic decision to enter the cannabis beverage market,” said Andrew Oland, CEO of Moosehead, in a release. “As one of the oldest brands in Canada and a leader in the beer category, we believe we are uniquely positioned to be a leader in the cannabis beverage category.”

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