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Wed
18
Dec

Marijuana for a lean physique? Science weighs in

Munchies: It’s an ongoing punchline by and about marijuana enthusiasts and it’s not all folklore. Marijuana can affect the mechanisms that trigger hunger in our brain. Don’t assume that’s a bad thing. In fact, it may just help you stay lean and mean… and high as well, if you want.

Let’s start with some basic body chemistry. The pancreas creates insulin, a hormone that moderates blood sugar levels. It helps use sugar/glucose from carbohydrates for instant energy or stored as fat for later. That is the very process cannabis can influence, according to a growing body of research. It begins at a micro level.

Wed
18
Dec

Canadians bought nearly 100 tonnes of pot in first year of legalization: Health Canada

Canadians bought nearly 100 tonnes of legal recreational cannabis in its first year of availability, while inventory levels continued to rise, new figures from Health Canada show.

Health Canada said 88,676 kilograms of dried flower cannabis was sold in Canada in the first year of legalization, according to its monthly Cannabis Tracking System. Overall sales of legal dried cannabis by weight have nearly tripled since October of 2018.

Wed
18
Dec

CBD And THC Oils: How Much Is Actually Getting Absorbed?

The effectiveness of THC and CBD depends on the method you use to consume them, your body’s make up, and physiological processes.

A product can claim to contain large amounts of THC or CBD and that it will provide powerful benefits. But while this may be true, it doesn’t explain the complex process of how cannabis ends up absorbed through the bloodstream, which is known as bioavailability. When it comes to CBD and THC oils, the amount of that ends up absorbed in your blood is usually very little.

Wed
18
Dec

Illinois: What happens to the weed black market when recreational marijuana goes legal Jan. 1?

Recreational marijuana sales start Jan. 1 in Illinois, but it could be years before pot users abandon their black-market weed dealers.

Chicago-area residents who buy marijuana from dealers say they’re excited to buy it from stores, to learn more about the products and not risk the fines or criminal charges associated with illegal weed possession. However, the obstacles of moving customers away from the black market are mounting.

The legal weed industry is expecting shortages next year, which could mean higher prices, buying limits and empty shelves at stores. If marijuana sold in stores is too expensive or there is a lack of product at convenient locations, buyers might stick with their dealers.

Wed
18
Dec

Indiana State Senator Files Bill to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

An Indiana lawmaker took the first steps this week toward decriminalizing marijuana in the state. 

Karen Tallian, a state senator in Indiana, filed legislation on Monday to do just that. Under Tallian’s bill, possession of less than an ounce of pot would only be a ticketable offense accompanied by a small fine and, crucially, no jail time. 

Wed
18
Dec

How young adults in the U.S. are misusing medical marijuana prescriptions

A new study suggests young adults who apply for state medical marijuana cards are already heavy cannabis users, and could be misusing the program. These same young adults are also registering for medical marijuana access more than those with physical or mental conditions these programs are designed to benefit.

This study, which was published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, openly challenged the current configuration of medical marijuana programs in the United States.

Tue
17
Dec

Illinois: Pro-pot lawmakers warn of supply shortage, vow to prioritize weed sales to medical patients

A group of pro-pot state lawmakers penned a joint letter Monday acknowledging that the state’s cannabis supply could be limited when the drug is fully legalized on Jan. 1.

“Each state that has implemented an adult-use cannabis program has had issues related to supply shortages,” according to the group, made up of state Sens. Heather Steans and Laura Fine and state Reps. Kelly Cassidy, Bob Morgan, Jehan Gordon-Booth, Celina Villanueva and David Welter.

Tue
17
Dec

Petition filed to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma

An initiative petition to legalize recreational marijuana use for Oklahomans ages 21 and older was quietly filed with the secretary of state’s office Thursday.

The 14-page petition seeks to amend Oklahoma’s constitution to legalize recreational marijuana for most residents and impose a 15% excise tax on recreational cannabis.

The measure also includes a provision to nullify many prior drug convictions, which could make waves in Oklahoma's criminal justice system.

Tue
17
Dec

Link between cannabis and the munchies is more complicated than you might think

Given the long shared history cannabis has with humanity, several associations have long endured. One of those connections is marijuana and “the munchies” — the increased appetite attributed to weed consumption.

It’s not a completely unfounded association. Many medical marijuana patients cite cannabis’s uncanny ability to induce appetite as a reason for its therapeutic use, yet many pot smokers will tell you they don’t experience an increased urge to stuff their pie holes at all. As it turns out, the munchies are real — at least sometimes and for some people — and science has only begun to understand why.

Tue
17
Dec

Canada sold $908 million of legal cannabis in one year

Statistics Canada is reporting nearly $1 billion in non-medical cannabis sales across the country in the first year of legalization in its latest report.

The report, called The Retail Cannabis Market in Canada: A Portrait of the First Year, summarized sales over Canada’s first year of cannabis legalization

It shows the industry made $908 million total in online and retail sales in the first year, or $24 per capita.

Ontario led all provinces in sales with $217 million between Oct. 2018 and Sept. 2019, followed by Alberta with $196 million and Quebec with $195 million. No other province reached above $100 million in sales.

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