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Nov

5 big surprises that rocked the cannabis industry this year

It's been a little over a year since Canada legalized marijuana for recreational use. Oct. 17 also marked the opening of the new cannabis market in Canada that will include beverages and other derivatives, although products won't be available to purchase until at least December. While there will be some challenges ahead for the new segment of the cannabis market, it's hard to imagine the next 12 months will be as hectic as the past year has been.

Let's look at five of the biggest surprises that have weighed on the industry since legalization took effect in Canada.

Fri
01
Nov

What you should know about flying with CBD

Tips abound on how to pack your cannabis in luggage or what the TSA would actually do if they discovered your stash, but what about flying with CBD?

Thanks to a patchwork of legalization across state lines, traveling with marijuana is a question many ask as of late. Particularly many worry about flying with cannabis—either for medicinal reasons, or those of you bring some home after visiting Colorado or California. The first thing you should know is that the Transportation Security Administration isn’t necessarily looking for your marijuana. Instead, they search for bombs or explosive weapons.

Fri
01
Nov

How brands appeal to the canna-curious

As adult-use cannabis becomes legal in more states, it is also becoming more socially and culturally acceptable. Those who just five years ago would never have dreamed of visiting a dispensary or gorging on a gummy are now interested in doing just that. They’re the canna-curious, and they’re a massive untapped market. But there is still a stigma attached to weed, fueled by years of anti-pot propaganda, seedy past business practices of the black market, and an overall lack of knowledge, that can prevent the canna-curious from giving pot a shot.

Fri
01
Nov

What to expect when combining alcohol and cannabis

Cannabis and alcohol deliver their own unique effects, but the combination of these substances can have a significant mental and physical impact.

Cannabis and alcohol are two of the most widely-used drugs in the U.S. and around the world. According to a 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 86.4% of Americans age 18 or older have reported drinking alcohol at some point in their life, whereas 56% reported drinking in the past month.

Fri
01
Nov

What about the working-class stoner? Luxury cannabis brands may be missing the mark

As cannabis brands focus their attention on the high-roller lifestyle, they may be leaving plenty of customers — and cash — behind.

New brands are launching all the time, but very few are focused on the working-class stoner.

Fri
01
Nov

Rate of vapers in Utah six times higher than US average

Jeffrey Manzanares started vaping nicotine two years ago because he thought it would be a safe way to quit smoking. Instead, it almost killed him.

The 33-year-old construction worker spent 17 days in a Utah hospital last month when he came down with a lung illness after vaping nicotine and THC, the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana. He lost 50 pounds.

He’s back at work now and on the mend, but he swears he’ll never touch a vaping pipe again. He offers a warning for anyone he sees vaping: “Hey, that almost killed me.”

Fri
01
Nov

Australian Capital Territory legalises personal cannabis growing

On 25 September, 2019, the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) approved a law permitting personal cultivation, possession and use of cannabis for recreational purposes.

ACT has passed the law that permits personal cannabis growing as the act describes the objective as a ‘harm minimisation approach’, stating that ‘the outright prohibition model of drug policy is not working’.

Fri
01
Nov

Studies show cognitive control compromised in young, regular cannabis users

A once understudied topic now shows a link between cannabis use and brain alterations, whereby chronic use may lead to poor conflict resolution skills.

The development of neural circuits in youth, at a particularly important time in their lives, can be heavily influenced by external factors — specifically the frequent and regular use of cannabis – leading to compromised cognitive control.

Thu
31
Oct

Binge drinkers could be protected from liver problems by cannabis

For many people, drinking and drug use go together. And contrary to popular belief, that might be a good thing.

Researchers at the National Institute of Scientific Research at Canada’s University of Quebec have produced some interesting figures on the number of cannabis users who are affected by alcohol-related diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.

Heavy drinkers who never touched cannabis had a 90% chance of developing liver problems later in life.

But heavy drinkers who were also moderate cannabis smokers, the study found, only had about an 8% chance.

Even more dramatically, for heavy drinkers who were also big-time pot smokers the likelihood of liver trouble went down to about 1.4%.

Thu
31
Oct

60 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization — times are changing

According to a poll released last week by Gallup, there appears to be no buyer’s remorse on the part of the American people when it comes to their support for the legalization of marijuana. In fact, as more states move to end cannabis criminalization, Americans’ support for legalizing and regulating marijuana has only grown stronger.  

Sixty-six percent of Americans now say that they endorse legalization, a total that is consistent with other recent polls and that is nearly 30 percent higher than 2012 totals — when Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize adult marijuana use.

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