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Wed
21
Aug

New report reveals how much Americans spent on illicit drugs over 10 years

How many people are using cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana in the United States? How much are they using? And how much are they spending? These are a few of the research questions addressed by a new RAND Corporation report on trends in the U.S. markets for several illicit substances. And according to the report, business is booming. Between 2006 and 2016, the 10 years the report examines, people consumed more and spent more on nearly every federally illicit drug. In 2016, RAND estimates total spending on cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine grew to around $150 billion dollars.

Wed
21
Aug

Does cannabis keep you young?

Old people look old because their skin stops producing collagen — or, possibly, because they are full of spiteful regret for a life poorly lived, an existence misspent in the pursuit of frivolous things. Younger people look old because their skin was ravaged by something. It’s the sun, mostly, but also stress, overeating, boozing, or — cue the New Age health solutions music!— an onslaught of rampaging free radicals.

If you want good skin that looks young(ish), the best technique is to stay out of the sun. That isn’t good enough, and so we have a beauty and cosmetic industry that promises to either delay one of the above inevitable outcomes, or to fool other peoples’ eyes into thinking it hasn’t already happened.

Wed
21
Aug

Canadian cannabis statistics update

Statistics Canada has released data from its latest National Cannabis Survey (NCS) that reveals use of the plant is certainly popular in the country.

Canada’s Cannabis Act became law in October last year and Statistics Canada has been monitoring consumption before and after the legislative change on a quarterly basis.

The latest report reveals from mid-May to mid-June this year, approximately 4.9 million or 16% of Canadians aged 15 and older reported using cannabis in the previous three months.

Of those, 332,700 reported using cannabis for a medical purpose with documentation, 811,600 for a medical purpose without documentation and 1,583,100 for both medical and non-medical purposes. The remainder, 2,363,200, were using cannabis for non-medical purposes only.

Tue
20
Aug

Number of cannabis users in Sweden hits all-time high

The proportion of adults in Sweden who regularly use cannabis is increasing, according to a new study published on Friday.

The proportion of Sweden's adult population who used the drug in the previous 12 months rose from 2.5 percent in 2013 to 3.6 percent in 2017, according to the study carried out by the Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (Centralförbundet för alkohol- och narkotikaupplysning, also called CAN).

Researchers behind the study described this as "quite a large increase", and the figure for 2017 represented the highest proportion of cannabis users ever recorded in Sweden.

Tue
20
Aug

Poll: Most Americans say cannabis should be legalized

Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that marijuana ought to be legalized nationwide, according to polling data compiled by Investor’s Business Daily and TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence.

Overall, 63 percent of respondents backed legalization – a percentage that is consistent with other recent polls. Seventy-five percent of self-identified Democrats endorsed legalization, as did a majority (66 percent) of Independent voters. A majority of Republicans did not support legalization.

Tue
20
Aug

What have we learned after four years of legal cannabis sales in Colorado

  • Since 2014, when Colorado became the nation’s first fully legal cannabis market, it has generated over $6 billion in legal cannabis sales.
  • Adult-use sales grew 300% between 2014-2018, accounting for 2/3 of all cannabis purchased, and reflecting strong, sustained demand from adult consumers.
  • Meantime, medical sales through 2014-2018 gradually declined, while bolstered by a strong medical framework (i.e., tax exemptions, higher quantity allowances for registered patients).
  • Colorado’s results demonstrate the significant industry to be created through legalized cannabis, with economic benefits derived through effective regulations.
Mon
19
Aug

Study: Americans would probably gobble up marijuana edibles if they were legal nationwide

Eating marijuana was once just a novelty approach to getting high, done on special occasions. Someone would, say, read an article in High Times magazine on how to mix up a batch of pot brownies and then spent the next three days completely blasted out of their mind. But now that weed has gone legal in a number of states, opening the market up to a variety of products, cannabis edibles are just a regular part of the scene and becoming increasingly popular.

Mon
19
Aug

British cannabis patients turning to costly private clinics for medication

Since the British government legalized medical cannabis for some patients in November 2018, only a handful of cannabis prescriptions containing THC have been issued via the National Health Service.

Medical services in the U.K. work a little differently than what most Americans are used to. The National Health Service (NHS) offers British (and European) citizens socialized health care, and like in Canada, that means a tremendous strain on financial resources and doctors. As such, even U.K. patients who qualify officially to receive medical cannabis cannot do so for a variety of reasons.

Mon
19
Aug

7 types of marijuana for beginners and those with low tolerance

A bad first experience can be completely avoided with two simple tips: looking for strains that are high in CBD, or consuming a high-THC strain very slowly.

It’s common for first timers to swear off marijuana forever because of a bad first experience. It’s easy to smoke too much by accident and feel overtly paranoid, woozy, and draw the conclusion that marijuana just isn’t your thing. That bad first experience can be completely avoided with two simple tips: looking for strains that are high in CBD, or consuming a high-THC strain very slowly.

Mon
19
Aug

Do teens find cannabis uncool?

Are teens passing on pot? A study published this August seems to indicate that might be the case.

The study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Aug. 16 found that cannabis use is on the decline among high school students. A study in the U.S. had similar findings.

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