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Thu
20
Feb

How Safe Do Consumers Really Feel After Recent Vaping Illness?

While the majority of consumers report feeling “safe” using vaping products, Google searches for “quit vaping” dramatically spiked at height of EVALI outbreak.

Though new cases continue to be reported, the outbreak of E-cigarette or Vaping product use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI) has steadily declined since initial reports surfaced last July. As of February 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports there have been 2,758 hospitalized cases of EVALI resulting in 64 deaths. Cases were found in all 50 states, but its spread peaked in September of last year.

Thu
20
Feb

Pesticides in Marijuana: Helping the Illicit Market for Years

Pesticides have been lending a helping hand to black market cannabis growers for who knows how long.

They are everywhere – in our flakes, a cup of tea, and probably in that healthy veggie salad. But does that mean we want them in mainstream cannabis products?

And, more importantly, is the pesticide situation radically different now, or are we just tangled by lab results that were never done before?

Before we can answer that, we need to consider two curious facts.

Thu
20
Feb

Has The CBD Market Hit A Major Point Of Saturation?

One of the most exciting verticals that is commonly associated with the cannabis sector is related to the opportunity that is surrounding cannabidiol (CBD) and other high-value cannabinoids. During the last year, we noticed an increase in the number of mainstream retailers carrying CBD products, and this is a trend that our readers need to be aware of.

From shopping centers to gas stations, from vitamin stores to supermarkets, we are impressed with the increase in the types of stores that are selling CBD infused products and are favorable on the distribution that is associated with it. Over the next year, we expect the CBD industry to report continued growth and this is an opportunity that we want to cover in-depth.

Wed
19
Feb

Daily cannabis users with chronic pain less likely to use opioids

Recent research has highlighted how daily cannabis users are less likely to use opioids to manage their chronic pain.

Researchers from the BCCSU and University of British Columbia (UBC) interviewed more than 1,100 people at highest risk of opioid overdose in Vancouver between 2014 and 2017, who reported substance use and major or chronic pain.

They found that daily cannabis use was associated with significantly lower odds of daily illicit opioid use, suggesting people are replacing opioids with cannabis to manage their pain.

Wed
19
Feb

The difference between indica and sativa strains explained

As you begin your journey with cannabis, one of the first things you learn is that there are two kinds of strains: indica and sativa. Most people choose one and stick to it, since it’s an easy and convenient way of obtaining the results you’re looking for. But most experts believe that the differences between strains are not as marked as we’ve been lead to believe.

Wed
19
Feb

Forget High Grade Marijuana, Consumers Just Want Cheap Weed

The cannabis consumer has spoken with their wallets and what they want is affordable marijuana with high THC content.

In recent years, a string of marijuana companies has rushed to establish top-tier, premium cannabis products on dispensary shelves. The belief was that consumers would gravitate towards luxurious cannabis goods, much in the same way as craft beer and aged whiskey dominate a specific foothold within the spirits industry. This would be especially true for older crowds and newcomers, who would buy top-of-the-line weed to assuage any concern about this brave new world of marijuana.

Wed
19
Feb

Marijuana Users With ADHD Use Less Prescription Drugs

A recent study found that marijuana can reduce the symptoms of ADHD and the amount of prescription medication ingested.

A new study says that when people with ADHD take the right kind of medical marijuana, they tend to use less prescription medication.

The study, published in the Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal, collected data from 53 medical cannabis patients from Israel who were diagnosed with ADHD. Thirty-seven of these patients also suffered from some other mental health condition.

Wed
19
Feb

A new ‘hemp scanner’ determines level of THC in cannabis plants

A team of researchers have created a ‘hemp scanner’ that can determine the level of THC in cannabis plants instantly, without damaging any of the product.

Hemp is technically legal in Texas, but proving that hemp is not cannabis can be a hurdle, requiring testing in a licensed laboratory. So, when a truck carrying thousands of pounds of hemp was recently detained by law enforcement near Amarillo, the driver spent weeks in jail awaiting confirmation that the cargo was legal.

Stories like that one inspired a team of Texas A&M AgriLife researchers to create a “hemp scanner” that can distinguish hemp and cannabis instantly, without damaging any of the product.

Wed
19
Feb

Marijuana And Parkinson’s Disease: What New Research Uncovered

Researchers said a new strategy is ‘a potentially promising way to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease and related neurological disorders.’

New research coming to light about how Parkinson’s disease progresses is helping scientists better understand the complex proteins involved. Just unveiled in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the research titled, “Translation of the intrinsically disordered protein α-synuclein is inhibited by a small molecule targeting its structured mRNA,” illuminates a barrier that could be put in place to prevent the progression of Parkinson’s. 

Tue
18
Feb

The Keys to Cannabis Retail in an Internet-Driven World

The world of retail is changing rapidly. In the past couple of decades, the term “going shopping” alone has changed. It can now mean everything from driving to a shopping center to scrolling through Amazon to exploring the Facebook Marketplace. The dawn of online shopping has been an incredible strain on the world of retail, with malls becoming ghost towns and giant shops relegated to serving as Halloween stores once a year. The statistics back this up as well, with MSNBC reporting in April 2019 that online U.S. retail sales have eclipsed that of general retail for the very first time. Clearly, online shopping (once thought to be a passing phase) has changed the business landscape.

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