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Thu
07
May

Ohio Secures Equipment Needed to Differentiate Hemp From Marijuana

Ohio has officially secured the testing equipment it needs to tell the difference between marijuana and hemp.

Up until recently, most of Ohio’s crime labs, if not all, could only detect the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but not the concentration. The concentration is key in determining whether the cannabis in question is hemp or marijuana, which would be anything containing more than 0.3% THC.

Wed
06
May

Do I Really Need Both CBD And THC?

Like THC, CBD has many therapeutic properties which aid in the treatment of numerous conditions. But here’s how the two compounds differ.

CBD, THC, CBG, CBN, CBDa, CBDv, THCa, THCv, etc.. It’s easy to become confused by the veritable alphabet soup of cannabinoids.

All you need to know is that CBD is the cannabinoid that heals and THC is the cannabinoid that gets you high, right?

Well, kind of, but that’s only a starting point.

The Basics

While THC is perhaps most known for its psychoactive properties (i.e. it gets you high), it also offers numerous health benefits.

Wed
06
May

Can one hemp ingredient supplier own the entire CBD market?

With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration otherwise engaged for the time being with the coronavirus pandemic, any near-term movement on hemp CBD is probably being put on the agency’s back burner.

In the absence of any acute safety issue with people dying, or at the very least reporting liver toxicity adverse events to hospitals, it seems the most the FDA is doing is monitoring the market for illegal drug disease claims, which are illegal for supplements.

Supplements are governed under the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (DSHEA), which permit so-called “structure/function claims” that tell of a nutrient’s influence on the body’s structure or function.

Wed
06
May

CBD Brands Must Dominate Digital Platforms to Survive

As the world shifts toward a more digital work space and marketplace because of the coronavirus, CBD companies interested in expanding their customer base and brand loyalty need to move quickly to build relationships online that will grow and develop long after quarantines and anxiety-inducing crises are past, according to the Brightfield Group.

“It’s an open market at this stage,” says Brightfield Managing Director Bethany Gomez whose organization is providing real-time consumer insights and market intelligence to CBD and cannabis brands navigating through COVID-19-induced sea-changes in the marketplace.

“Ecommerce is the new battleground and if you’re not in it, you’re done,” says Gomez, who notes that the digital space is a particularly sticky medium.

Wed
06
May

UCLA researchers develop chemistry needed to create marijuana breathalyzer

The legalization and decriminalization of marijuana in California and elsewhere have made marijuana detection especially important, said senior author Neil Garg.

UCLA chemists have reported the key chemical discovery necessary for the creation of a small, electronic marijuana breathalyzer. The research is published in Organic Letters, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society.

Wed
06
May

Cultivators Faring Best During COVID-19 Have This One Thing in Common

The coronavirus pandemic has no doubt thrown a massive wrench into business-as-usual for the cannabis industry. While the overall cannabis economy remains relatively strong, some cultivators are struggling far more than others to stay afloat during this crisis. And it’s becoming clear that those faring best have one thing in common: automation. 

COVID-19 and Cannabis Cultivation: The New Reality

Automation’s metamorphosis from a luxury to a necessity is happening all across the economy.

Tue
05
May

Crime Lab in Ohio Rolls Out Testing Equipment to Distinguish Cannabis from Hemp

Since legalization first started rolling out in the U.S., states have been struggling with how to tell THC cannabis from hemp in lab tests without putting in a significant amount of work. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has new equipment that will finally help make that distinction. 

Tue
05
May

Measuring heavy metals in cannabis and hemp

Here, Robert Thomas, Principal Consultant, Scientific Solutions, highlights the importance of measuring metals in cannabis and hemp

The following article has been taken from a new book entitled, Measuring Heavy Metal Contaminants in Cannabis and Hemp, by Robert Thomas which will be available in September 2020.

Mon
04
May

Everything You Should Know About Buying Edibles

There’s never been a better time to get into edibles.

Mon
04
May

Is Indica vs Sativa Just Too Simplistic?

What if I told you everything you know about marijuana is fake! There is no Indica and there is no Sativa – it’s like “Who’s Line is it Anywhere?” where the rules are made up and the points don’t matter!

Well – according to some researchers there is only one “type” of cannabis and that is Cannabis Sativa L which, depending on different conditions – can express different traits.

Now some of you growers out there will say, “Hey Reginald! I grow weed and have seen the difference between Sativas and Indicas!” and of that I am completely certain that you did. However – when you look under the hood of the cannabis plant and compare Indica and Sativa on a molecular level – they are essentially the same thing. There is no noticeable difference between the two.

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