China

Mon
28
Aug

Green gold: how China quietly grew into a cannabis superpower

Every year in April, Jiang Xingquan sets aside part of his farm in northern China to grow cannabis. The size of the plot varies with market demand but over the last few years it has been about 600 hectares.

Like every other hemp farmer in Hexin in Heilongjiang province near the Russian border, Jiang is growing the plant legally.

The growers sell the stems of the crop to textile factories to make high-quality fabric, the leaves to pharmaceutical companies for drugs, and the seeds to food companies to make snacks, kitchen oil and drinks.

Wed
09
Aug

Digging Into the Medicinal Benefits of Cannabis Root

It’s no secret that cannabis is thought to be an incredibly potent and versatile medicine by millions of people around the world. However, most of the research and documentation has been focused on experiences with two parts of the plant: the flowers and, to a lesser extent, the leaves. But a resurgence of interest in the medicinal uses for the roots of cannabis are reopening a whole arena of research that started almost 5,000 years ago.

Wed
19
Apr

NSAV Cannabis Division Announces Opening of New Office in Shanghai, China

Net Savings Link, Inc. (OTC: NSAV) announced today that the company will be opening an office in Shanghai, China next month, with the primary goal to expand its medical cannabis technology business. The Company is presently in the final stages of deciding from several premier locations in the world's largest city. NSAV views the opening of its flagship China office as both a significant opportunity and a vital necessity, given that China is the world's largest producer of cannabis sativa seeds, accounting for nearly 40% of global production. The opening of an office in China is the Company's second major announcement involving the world's largest country and second largest consumer market in recent weeks.

Wed
19
Apr

April is Cannabis Awareness Month

As the cannabis culture has taken a turn for the best and 4/20 isn’t just a day to celebrate getting high anymore, April is now officially Cannabis Awareness Month. Mind blown! What does this even mean? It means that all tokes of life can shed light on the many positive aspects of our dear friend, Mary Jane. Why should we love weed? Why shouldn’t we! Let’s take a HIGH-level look through heavy bloodshot eyes as to why dope is the dopest.

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Fri
10
Feb

Cannabis Exerts Powerful Neuroprotective Effects And May Soon Be Used In Stroke And Cardiac Emergencies

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 active cannabinoids in cannabis. It accounts for 40 percent of the plant’s extract and widely considered to be one of it’s most powerful constituents that heals cells. Emergency teams in cardiac and stroke units may one day use CBD’s neuroprotective effects to prevent the onset of debilitating symptoms developing from stroke and cardiac arrest.

Wed
01
Feb

Fun Cannabis History Facts That Will Impress People

Wow your buds with your encyclopedic weed knowledge!

Fri
28
Oct

The Brain and Marijuana: Chinese and US Researchers Uncover 'Perfect Fit' Behind the Buzz

Chinese and American scientists studying the precise mechanism of how marijuana gets people high have discovered within our brain cells “a pickpocket with three arms”.

The active compound in marijuana, or Cannabis sativa, was discovered in the 1960s, but the exact process of how it produces its narcotics effects on the brain remained largely a mystery.

The study, in this month’s issue of the journal Cell, sheds new light by unveiling, for the first time, the physical structure of human cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1), a protein in our brain cell membranes that introduces the narcotic chemicals in marijuana to our brain cells.

The discovery, the researchers say, could lead to new pharmaceuticals with fewer side effects.

Thu
27
Oct

Stoners Can Now Travel The World Legally Smoking Weed Thanks To ‘Bud ‘n’ Breakfasts’

Normally when visiting weed friendly countries such as Amsterdam and certain states within the U.S., travellers still have to save the sneaky puff for allocated spots around the city.

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Although you’ll find the odd smoking booth outside your hotel, it’s generally not cool to be sparking a fat one in the comfort of your own room. But no longer will this be an issue as there’s now a website called ‘Bud n Breakfast’ where you can find accommodation that is cannabis friendly. Zing!

Set up by Sean Roby and Shayan Bastani, it’s basically like Hostelworld or AirBnB for people who like to get high. What’s not to like?

Tue
25
Oct

Your Brain on Cannabis: 3D Image Provides the Clearest Picture yet of the Human Marijuana Receptor

A model of the CB1 receptor shows the structure of the receptor in green, along with the stabilizing molecule AM6538 in the central binding pocket. The researchers used this model to examine how different cannabinoid molecules bind to and activate the receptor.

When someone smokes cannabis, molecules including Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - marijuana's main psychoactive ingredient - bind to a receptor in their brain.

It is the interaction between the drug and this receptor, called CB1, that makes people feel high after smoking marijuana. 

Now researchers have published the clearest picture yet of this receptor and it could help lead the way for the development of safe cannabis-based medicines.

Thu
06
Oct

Ancient Cannabis 'Burial Shroud' Discovered in Desert Oasis

Archaeologists are hailing the discovery of an "extraordinary cache" of cannabis found in an ancient burial in northwest China, saying that the unique find adds considerably to our understanding of how ancient Eurasian cultures used the plant for ritual and medicinal purposes.

In a report in the journal Economic Botany, archaeologist Hongen Jiang and his colleagues describe the burial of an approximately 35-year-old adult man with Caucasian features in China's Turpan Basin. The man had been laid out on a wooden bed with a reed pillow beneath his head.

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