Is Cannabis Tourism a Cause for Concern?

As more and more places legalize and regulate cannabis, the wider implications of bringing the trade above ground have inevitably attracted scrutiny. A growth in tourism related to the drug is one such implication, and it's dividing opinion.

A Native American tribe in South Dakota, for example, has just announced its intention to legalize cannabis on tribal land (a right that the federal government has decided to grant to all Native American tribes), and its main motivation for doing so is to draw in cannabis consumers from all over the state, to generate extra revenue for those who live on the reservation.


10 milestones in the history of medicinal cannabis

The history of medical cannabis is long and turbulent, encompassing almost every corner of the globe and spanning over 6,000 years. Here, we set out what we believe are the most significant milestones on the long march to gain recognition of cannabis as a powerful, effective, and safe medicine.

Publication of the Sanskrit Ayurvedic texts

Unlike the dates of many early Chinese texts, the Ancient Indians were fairly proactive when it came to dating their historical records, and as a result modern scholars are fairly confident that the first known references to cannabis appear in the Atharvaveda, written in around 1,400 BCE.


Dutch Yacht Seized With 10 Tons of Cannabis On Board Off Spanish Coast

A Dutch yacht was so overloaded with 10 tons of cannabis, it was in danger of sinking off the southern Spanish coast.

Spain’s finance ministry reported Monday that Spanish customs officials seized around 10 ton of cannabis from the unwieldy yacht in international waters off the Cabo de Gata coast some 92 kilometers (57 miles) southwest of the city of Almeria.


According to the Spanish language newspaper El Pais, three Dutch suspects, two men and one woman, were arrested from the yacht, which was flying a Dutch flag and severely in danger of sinking due to its heavy cannabis cargo.


Yacht carrying 10 tons of cannabis almost sunk off coast of Spain

Spanish customs officers have seized some 10 tons of cannabis from a yacht off the country's southern coast

Spanish customs officers have seized some 10 tons of cannabis from a yacht off the country's southern coast and arrested three Dutch suspects on board, the finance ministry said on Monday.

Spanish customs officers have seized some 10 tonnes of cannabis from a yacht off the country's southern coast

The drugs lined up on the harbour next to the yacht


Idealistic marijuana growers get suspended jail terms

A couple who grew marijuana ‘by the book’ and informed the tax office about their income have been found guilty of running an illegal plantation and given three month suspended jail sentences on appeal, news agency ANP reports on Wednesday. The middle-aged couple come from Bierum in Groningen province and have been arrested several times for marijuana production. They say that using legal electricity, paying tax and having no criminal connections show that marijuana can be grown without problems. The Netherlands turns a blind eye to the consumption of small amounts of marijuana sold through licenced coffee shops but production remains illegal.


Foul play: The criminalization of Dutch coffeeshop owners

Cannabis News Network presents you with a follow-up on the dramatic case of Johan van Laarhoven. This former Dutch coffeeshop entrepreneur and his wife are still being imprisoned in Thailand under horrific conditions.

The reason for their imprisonment is an investigation initiated by the Dutch government, who is accusing Van Laarhoven of money laundering. Van Laarhoven having retired to Thailand, the public prosecutor triggered the Thai government to investigate Johan van Laarhoven too, which led to his and his wife’s imprisonment for over thirteen months.


Cannabis as a treatment for ADD/ADHD

Attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a neurological disorder characterized by impulsiveness, inattention and hyperactivity. ADD/ADHD is one of a group of neuropsychiatric conditions (that also includes schizophrenia and autism) now linked to a dysfunctional endocannabinoid system.



While THC and CBD have their individual benefits, combining the two creates a powerful force to be reckoned with – with each bolstering the other’s strengths.

THC, the most common cannabinoid found within cannabis, is best known for its psychoactive traits. It is these qualities that make cannabis so appealing to recreational users, and fuels the worries of anti-drug campaigners. Yet, only looking at THC in terms of its recreational qualities is merely scratching the surface. THC has been shown to have some therapeutic benefits, including reducing the onset of neuropathy, and helping those suffering from PTSD.


Lime-Hemp Groningen promising for earthquake resistant building

Groningen, The Netherlands – EcoBouwSalland, HempFlax and Sanger IBCT are studying how home insulation based on a mixture of hemp and lime hemp behaves during earthquakes. This research is supported by the NAM (Dutch Petroleum Company). Earlier tests had shown that the product has a low modulus of elasticity. This means that it gives way, instead of tearing.

The flexibility of lime is well known in the construction industry. And certainly in Groningen, where limestone mortar plays an essential role in the architecture the traditional barns, built from stone and mortar. These walls grow with time without dilatation. If crack appears, it most often closes in on itself under the influence of rain and humidity.


The cannabis experiment -

As marijuana use becomes more acceptable, researchers are scrambling to answer key questions about the drug.

In 2013, Beau Kilmer took on a pretty audacious head count. Citizens in the state of Washington had just voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and the state's liquor control board, which would regulate the nascent industry, was anxious to understand how many people were using the drug — and importantly, how much they were consuming.


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