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13
Sep

Marijuana in China: Why the World’s second-largest hemp producer can’t stand cannabis

Growing up part of the Chinese-Canadian community, the prevailing attitude my seniors had towards cannabis was always the same – it’s addictive, and it will ruin your life.

And now that we’re in a post-legalization Canada, Chinese-Canadians are still hesitant to challenge this perspective.

The Canadians who emigrated here from China grew up under a government with a vocal anti-cannabis stance, often condemning it as a dangerous influence from foreign cultures.

Fri
23
Aug

Who was history's first pot smoker?

Thousands of years before the first American stoners hotboxed their mom’s car, Chinese mourners were gathering around a pile of smouldering cannabis, breathing in its psychoactive smoke.

While people living in the area around eastern China have been growing cannabis for its oil for millennia, new research published in Science Advances reveals that residents of western China were consuming, and possibly growing it, as a drug as early as 2,500 years ago.

Mon
19
Aug

Could marijuana stocks be hurt by the US - China Trade War?

The writing would appear to be on the wall: A recession may be coming.

Earlier this week, researchers at Goldman Sachs lowered their forecasts for fourth-quarter U.S. GDP growth by 20 basis points to 1.8%, while economists at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch announced the odds of a recession hitting the U.S. economy within the next 12 months at 1-in-3. Though all Wall Street firms have certain metrics they eye to offer clues on the health of the U.S. economy and the path the stock market may take, there's clear worry that the U.S.-China trade war is bad news for both economies. 

Mon
05
Aug

8 ancient cultures that loved smoking weed

While people’s opinion on marijuana today is divided between people who think it’s totally cool to use and others who think you’ll become a dangerous killer if you use it, that wasn’t really the case in the past, writes Jason Misulonas. For thousands upon thousands of years, ancient cultures used cannabis as a medicine, a building material and even just to get rid of the blues.

Here are eight ancient cultures that enjoyed using cannabis:

Thu
25
Jul

Trump's Trade War with China could be affecting cannabis space

For more than a year, President Trump has been waging an intense trade war with China, culminating in both sides increasing their tariffs on imported goods. With 25 percent tariffs levied on $200 billion of Chinese goods, Trump is “still threatening to slap duties on another $325 billion of goods,” reported CNBC. The fallout has been considerable. According to the business news outlet, more than 50 U.S. companies are reportedly pulling their production operations from China.

Thu
25
Jul

After a 5,000-year tradition, China taking a new look at hemp's potential

Especially with the re-establishment and emergence of American hemp cultivation after decades of prohibition, much of the public focus has recently been on the North American market. With a consumer base hungry for hemp-CBD and millions of dollars already invested in the market, that makes profitable sense. Nevertheless, markets worldwide are proceeding apace, and generating their own benchmarks and buzz.

Wed
10
Jul

Hemp in China: A hemp growing superpower

Ever wondered where your hemp product comes from? More likely than not, it came from China, the world’s largest source of hemp agriculture. 

While China grows more acres of hemp than any other nation, in some ways their regulations are far more strict than the U.S. For example, China is only just starting to allow hemp’s use in beauty products! Even so, at once time China grew 70% of the world’s hemp, and its the source of most of the imported hemp in the United States.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at where hemp is grown in China and how it’s used there.

Fri
21
Jun

China hoping to cash in on booming CBD industry

The Chinese are never far behind when it comes to manufacturing innovations they can sell across the globe. China now has its sights firmly on CBD, but what about regulations and quality control?

Tue
18
Jun

Chinese authorities say cannabis legalization in Canada, US poses threat to China

Chinese drug enforcement authorities believe that the legalization of cannabis in Canada and parts of the United States has led to an increase in marijuana smuggling into the country and poses a “new threat to China,” according to a report from CNN. Liu Yuejin, the deputy director of the China National Narcotics Control Commission, said in a press conference in Beijing on Monday that the country of nearly 1.4 billion people now has 24,000 cannabis users, a figure that spiked 25 percent in 2018. Liu acknowledged that there are “few cannabis users” in relation to the total population.

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