China

Fri
22
Jan

A Brief History Of Medical Cannabis: From Ancient Anesthesia To The Modern Dispensary

For many decades in the U.S., marijuana has been painted as the psychedelic drug of hippies and stoners who lay around smoking dope to the detriment of their cognitive function. This image of marijuana use can certainly be attributed to one aspect of its culture, but Cannabis — a category of plants that include three species and seven sub-species — have been used in medicine for thousands of years.

Tue
08
Dec

A Hong Kong student high: No jail time for selling cannabis cupcakes and brownies

A secondary school student was spared jail for selling drug-laced delicacies to her classmates at her school's athletics meet in Tsing Yi last year.

Dora Radic, 18, was slapped with a HK$10,000 fine in Tsuen Wan Court yesterday after she previously pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking a dangerous drug involving 0.38 grams of cannabis in the form of five "hash brownies" and 22 "weed cupcakes" at Tsing Yi Sports Ground on November 3 last year.

Her co-defendant, Natasha Richards, 17, admitted the same charge earlier and will be sentenced on January 11.

Radic is a Form Four student at the YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College, while Richards is an ex-student who is now studying in Macau.

Tue
08
Dec

A 'Budding' Industry: Asian Americans for Cannabis Education

When Tiffany Wu first entered the cannabis industry in March, she noticed that Asian Americans involved in the industry were few and far between — a trend the 28-year-old says was made even more apparent after she attended the Marijuana Business Conference and Expo, one of the nation's largest cannabis trade shows attracting thousands of advocates and industry professionals, in Las Vegas in November. 

"ANYTHING IN FAVOR OF GIVING MORE ACCESS TO PATIENTS IS SOMETHING WE ARE GETTING BEHIND. THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO NEED THIS."

"I personally saw maybe less than 15 Asian Americans during my three days there," Wu, a San Francisco Bay Area business attorney specializing in the cannabis industry, told NBC News. 

Thu
26
Nov

Gardening Start-Up in China Chances Upon U.S. Marijuana Market

In China, concerns about food safety are so serious that residents at times take to the green spaces between tenements to plant gardens. Others farm on windowsills and balconies, or use specialized e-commerce services to track down safe vegetables and meats.

These habits led Lennon Tsai to start a company that supplies all the hydroponics equipment necessary for a would-be urban farmer to get started on an indoor garden. While trying to sell equipment to a new Chinese middle class concerned about the rampant contamination of China’s soil and water, Mr. Tsai by chance came upon a secondary market in America.

Wed
18
Nov

5 Places You Don't Want To Get Caught With Cannabis

Cannabis use is going mainstream in North America, but that's not the case everywhere. If you're travelling to any of these destinations, you'll want to consider a temporary hiatus from herb.

Fri
16
Oct

China passes US in total number of billionaires

There are now 596 USA dollar billionaires in mainland China, Hurun said in a report released on Thursday, That number jumps to 715 if Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau are included and compares to 537 American billionaires, based on Hurun's calculations.

"The world used to look to American entrepreneurs... for inspiration".

According to Hurun, 16 of the 1,877 people on its rich list are in different degrees of trouble with the Chinese authorities, including seven under investigation, four awaiting sentencing and three who have disappeared altogether.

Fri
09
Oct

Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Market Value to Reach $20 Billion by 2024, says GlobalData

The value of the multiple sclerosis therapeutics market will rise slowly from $17.2 billion in 2014 to approximately $20 billion by 2024, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 1.5 percent, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.
 
The company’s latest report* states that this growth, which will occur across the ten major markets of the US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, Japan, Canada, China and India, will primarily be driven by the continued uptake of premium products and an increase in treatment rates as a result of the availability of novel alternatives.
 
Tue
06
Oct

Thai Farmers Should be Allowed to Grow Hemp

For years I’ve been an advocate of allowing Thai farmers to grow hemp. Hemp is the same plant family as pot.  Pot can get you high, hemp can’t because it doesn’t have more than a minute amount of THC.  I’m still as jazzed about allowing hemp to be grown in Thailand as I’ve ever been, but now I’ve added pot to the list.  I’ll start off articulating why pot should be allowed to be grown in Thailand, then will close with some mentions of hemp, along with some comparisons of drugs, including the world’s (and Thailand’s) most harmful group of drugs: alcoholic drinks.

Mon
05
Oct

Organised gangs in China shipping legal highs to UK

Organised gangs in China are undermining UK government attempts to control the multi-million pound trade in so-called legal highs, a BBC investigation has revealed.

The BBC team found chemical labs in China routinely send legal highs to the UK using courier services.

One laboratory said it sends drugs in packages described as "birthday gifts".

Legal highs are chemicals designed to mimic the effects of illegal drugs such as cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy.

It's attractive to organised criminal gangs, there's more money to be made, they perceive less risk, so criminal networks will get involved in this

Michael Miller, Police Scotland drugs co-ordinator

Fri
25
Sep

A potted history

For thousands of years cannabis has been valued as a versatile herbal medicine. In the twentieth century, prescription gave way to proscription. Might this ancient remedy be about to regain its healing reputation? By Stephanie Pain

Earliest evidence: ~2700 BC

Wellcome Libr. London

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