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Cannabis testing: What are regulators checking for?

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Did you know how much testing goes into your cannabis to provide safe consumption?

When regulators check to make sure legal cannabis is safe and up to par, what standards is that cannabis supposed to be meeting?

When cannabis of any form is legalized, it also becomes subject to regulation. The product must be run through several tests to ensure it’s safe for consumption before it’s allowed to hit shelves. But what exactly would make cannabis unsafe? What are the regulators testing for? It turns out that answer varies depending on which state you’re in. Most, however, require testing for a few key things: potency, pesticides, heavy metals, and contaminants.

Mon
04
Jul

California may require labels on pot products to warn of mental health risks

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Liz Kirkaldie’s grandson was near the top of his class in high school and a talented jazz bassist when he started smoking pot. The more serious he got about music, the more serious he got about pot.

And the more serious he got about pot, the more paranoid, even psychotic, he became. He started hearing voices.

“They were going to kill him and there were people coming to eat his brain. Weird, weird stuff,” Kirkaldie said.

“I woke up one morning, and no Kory anywhere. Well, it turns out, he’d been running down Villa Lane here totally naked.”

Kory went to live with his grandmother for a couple of years in Napa, California. She thought maybe she could help. Now, she says that was naive.

Kory was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Kirkaldie blames the pot.

Thu
30
Jun

Ask Dr. Leigh: Will medical marijuana help my autistic child, or hurt them?

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Using cannabis can have a big impact on your physical and mental health—for better, and sometimes for worse. That’s why it’s important to consult a healthcare provider before experimenting.

Here at GreenState, cannabis clinician Dr. Leigh Vinocur is here to answer your questions on healthy living with cannabis.

Editor’s Note: The answer to this question is meant to supplement, not replace, advice, diagnoses, and treatment from a healthcare provider.  Always consult a medical professional when using cannabis for medicinal purposes, and do not disregard the advice of your healthcare provider because of anything you may read in this article. 

Thu
30
Jun

Can cannabis help you quit smoking cigarettes?

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If you live in a state where weed is legal and you’re ready to take quitting smoking seriously, it might be a good idea to have some fast-acting edibles handy for when the urge to smoke strikes.

Nicotine is widely known to be one of the most addictive substances on the planet, and it is certainly the most addictive legal drug in America. According to the CDC, tobacco causes about one in every five deaths in America. While there have been some positive results from anti-smoking campaigns that have helped reduce the number of new smokers in recent years, nothing close to a cure for nicotine addiction exists today. 

Wed
29
Jun

Can4Med announces first shipment of medical grade cannabis for distribution in Poland

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 Can4Med LLC announced today that it is expecting its first shipment of medical grade cannabis for purposes of distribution in Poland. Can4Med will distribute the products to an extensive network of pharmacy partners throughout the country.

"This significant milestone marks a major step forward in providing pharmacies and patients with regular access to cannabis for medical purposes. Can4Med is actively growing its supply contracts to provide approved products to the Polish market," said Can4Med CEO Arek Piotrowicz.

Polish legislation allows physicians to prescribe medical cannabis products to patients who can then access it through registered pharmacies. On some specific occasions, products can be covered under public health insurance.

Wed
29
Jun

Veterans Affairs researchers embrace psychedelics for military vets

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Four government researchers spoke with The New York Times about their respective studies involving MDMA and psilocybin as a treatment for military veterans.

According to The New York Times, the last time that Veterans Affairs (VA) explored psychedelics as a medical treatment was in 1963. This was around the same time that the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. Army was testing LSD as a way to “mind-control” enemies. Many decades later, these four researchers are bridging the gap between veteran mental health and psychedelic-assisted therapy. These studies are being conducted by VA clinicians, and the results could lead the way to more studies in the future.

Wed
29
Jun

7 “surprising” therapy benefits from using cannabis

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Contrary to popular belief, Cannabis does not just help people get high. The plant has a long history of medical use, dating back to ancient China. Today, Cannabis is increasingly being used as a therapy for various conditions, ranging from chronic pain to anxiety and depression. Here are seven “surprising” benefits of using Cannabis as a therapy.

1. Relieve chronic pain

Cannabis has been used to relieve pain for centuries. It was one of the first medical benefits of CBD oil, but only recently have scientists begun to understand how it works. Cannabinoids, the active ingredients in Cannabis, bind to receptors in the nervous system to modulate pain signals. That can help reduce chronic and acute pain, making it an effective treatment for various conditions.

Wed
29
Jun

Research finds weekly use of marijuana doesn’t compromise physical health

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With dozens of states passing some form of cannabis legislation in the past decade, more people than ever are using marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes. According to recent research, regular cannabis use has a minimal effect on a user’s physical health. The study adds to the growing body of research on how marijuana affects pulmonary, cardiovascular and other biological functions. Since federal law has made it virtually impossible for researchers to study cannabis for the past few decades, most of the research on the effects of regular cannabis use is quite new. This recent study, whose findings were reported in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal, sought to investigate the effect of regular (once a week) cannabis use on physical health.

Tue
28
Jun

Teens are getting sick from high THC marijuana products

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A new article claims higher levels of THC are affecting the health of teens.

Marijuana products can have THC levels of up to 100%. This is a relatively new development, with marijuana growers and handlers learning how to cultivate stronger products in recent years. According to The New York Times, these high levels of THC are affecting teens, increasing their odds of dependency and even resulting in conditions like cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome.

Teen Marijuana Use Drops Dramatically In This State

Tue
28
Jun

5 surprising side effects of CBDA after age 40, expert says

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It helps with arthritis and overall inflammation.

Once you hit 40 years of age and over, your body can throw all kinds of curveballs at you. Some individuals already have or may start to develop health ailments at this stage of life, including chronic back pain, diabetes, cardiovascular issues, and more. A healthcare professional will address your particular situation and decide the best course of treatment for you. But did you know there are also surprising side effects of taking CBDA after 40?

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