Marijuana Software Channel

Wed
13
Nov

‘Synthetic marijuana’ is a dangerous misnomer that people need to stop using

Synthetic cannabinoids do not taste like cannabis, do not provide the same high, and in a frightening number of cases, cause nasty side effects, including psychosis and death.

Lab-made cannabinoids — molecules meant to mimic natural compounds found in cannabis upon the body — are a relatively new group of drugs. They found their way out of research labs and onto the streets, starting to notably appear in the 2000s. Going by many names, including early brand “Spice,” it is also unfortunately referred to as “synthetic marijuana” by law enforcement, legislators, media, and the public.

Fact is, the name is a dangerous misnomer, as synthetic cannabinoids do not taste like cannabis, do not provide the same high, and can even be life threatening.  

Fri
01
Nov

Cannabis Technology: The evolution of an industry

Although medical and recreational cannabis is now legal in many places, the industry has undergone tremendous evolution over the years. From growth to processing, shipping, and consumption, cannabis technology continues to forge new efficient ways of establishing a sustainable industry. As a farmer, it is essential to take full advantage of emerging technologies to produce safe, potent, high-quality cannabis products to your customers. If you simply want to enjoy your daily dose of cannabis, looking up existing technologies might help you pick the best strains and delivery tools for improved experiences.

Wed
30
Oct

Microscopic images reveal the most potent cannabis flowers in incredible detail

Scientists have studied the trichomes (or "cellular factories") of the cannabis plant in extreme detail, revealing that flowers with mushroom-shaped hairs are the most potent—both in terms of smell and cannabinoid content.

"Trichomes are the biochemical factories of the cannabis plant and this study is the foundation for understanding how they make and store their valuable products," co-lead author Teagen Quilichini, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia (UBC), said in a statement.

Fri
25
Oct

‘What you search for predicts what you’ll buy’: Google queries for CBD explode

CBD is taking over the internet.

A new study has revealed that the number of Google searches for cannabidiol (CBD) has been on a meteoric rise over the past few years, peaking at 6.4 million in April of this year alone.

“We think of dieting as being the most popular health search term ever, and for every two searches for dieting, there’s one for CBD,” John Ayers, co-author of the study and associate professor at the University of California, told ABC News.

“What you search for predicts what you buy.”

Tue
22
Oct

Weed breathalyzer may reassure Policymakers

When New Jersey lawmakers debated earlier this year whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana, the Garden State’s police organizations were adamantly against it.

The cops said that legal weed might lead to an explosion in the numbers of impaired drivers operating under the influence. And the police would be caught flatfooted trying to tell whether drivers they pulled over were high or not.

“With alcohol, if you have over 0.08% in your blood, there’s the presumption that you’re intoxicated,” said Christopher Leusner, head of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.

“There hasn’t been a blood test or a breath test that can determine if you’re impaired by marijuana.”

Now there is.

Tue
22
Oct

Cannabis growers and distributors: Your cyber risk is growing like weeds

Cannabis growers and distributors are “green” when it comes to cyber security. Unaware of the real risks, cannabis businesses consistently fall short of instituting some of the most basic cybersecurity protections, leaving them increasingly vulnerable to a cyber-attack.

Fri
18
Oct

Legal California has a booming black market: Here's how tech can lure consumers to the regulated market

California may have been the first in the country to pioneer cannabis law reform, but the Golden State is still struggling to eliminate the black market and sell affordable, legal pot, writes Erin Hiatt

Wed
16
Oct

How Silicon Valley is helping overturn marijuana convictions

Marijuana expungement is an often laborious, bureaucratic process, but algorithms have eased the process.

Following marijuana legalization, states and cites have emphasized correcting the records of those affected by the War on Drugs. An estimated 20 million people were arrested for a marijuana-related offense over the past 30 years. When individuals have cannabis convictions on their record, it limits their opportunity to acquire employment, access stable housing, and participate in their children’s school activities.

Tue
15
Oct

8 must-have cannabis products for tech-minded weed consumers

Let's face it, in one way or another, technological advancements have altered nearly every facet of our lives — and smoking weed is certainly no exception. In fact, as ongoing legalization efforts have birthed a rigorous and dynamic market, tech-savvy companies are developing innovative products that provide people with new ways to get stoned or seek therapeutic relief. 

There are, of course, those who prefer the traditional consumption methods — hand-rolled joints, bongs, one-hitters, among many other tools of classic stoner culture. But some are venturing outside of the norm, seeking out more exciting, more potent, and more convenient approaches to using cannabis. 

Tue
15
Oct

THC-detecting breathalyzer could be game-changer in quest to ensure safety on roads

As the legalization of marijuana sweeps across the United States, the issue of driving under the influence presents itself as a major sticking point in states considering fully legal weed.

A Northern California-based company might have the answer. Hound Labs has developed a portable breathalyzer that is able to detect the presence of both alcohol and THC in the blood.

The company also claims its product, the first of its kind, can detect THC levels ingested via edibles.

According to the company’s website, once the breath samples from the driver have been collected, the device’s cartridge is transferred to a portable processor that screens the samples for alcohol and THC.

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