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More teens using marijuana concentrate: What is it?

A large number of teens are using marijuana concentrates — highly potent forms of cannabis — and are more likely to use other substances as well, suggests a new study published this month.

Marijuana concentrates contain high amounts of THC — the psychoactive compound in cannabis — with levels ranging from 40 to 80 percent, or even higher in a few products.

Compare this to high-grade plant cannabis, which usually has a THC level of about 20 percent.

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Does marijuana skin cream work?

Various cannabis-related skincare products have hit the market recently with claims of treating everything from acne to psoriasis, or just contributing to that healthy glow.

Research shows the psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana, THC, does have anti-inflammatory properties that could benefit the skin when applied topically, and has shown promise as a potential treatment for conditions such as psoriasis.

But, at this point in the game, it may be still too early to say conclusively that marijuana skin creams and products work, but there is some positive evidence. 

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30
Aug

Hemp vs paper: Hemp paper benefits

Hemp paper is a valuable alternative to conventional paper made from trees, and could provide a more renewable source for much of the world’s paper needs.

The very first paper in the world was partly made from hemp, and as a plant, hemp is more suitable for paper as it has a higher cellulose and lower lignin content. Hemp paper is also much more eco-friendly and sustainable than tree paper, as hemp can be produced much quicker than trees. 

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Aug

We are nearing the end of cannabis prohibition

One constant in history is the law of unintended consequences. As we've learned from hemp’s legalization via the 2018 Farm Bill, and with the ongoing push for federal legalization of recreational cannabis, the end of prohibition will not come in one mighty roar, but as a series of regulations that legitimize markets and create entrepreneurial opportunities, as well as tough entry barriers. Simply put, regulation changes everything.

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Aug

Builders are swapping cement for pot to reduce pollution

The hemp fields sprouting in a part of Canada best known for its giant oil patch show how climate change is disrupting the construction industry.

Six years after setting up shop in the shadow of Calgary’s tar sands, Mac Radford, 64, says he can’t satisfy all the orders from builders for Earth-friendly materials that help them limit their carbon footprints. His company, JustBioFiber Structural Solutions, is on the vanguard of businesses using hemp -- the boring cousin of marijuana devoid of psychoactive content -- to mitigate the greenhouse gases behind global warming.

Thu
29
Aug

Smoking a bowl of high-THC Flower might be best for combatting pain

The average cannabis user living in states where marijuana is legal has the luxury of stepping inside his or her friendly neighborhood dispensary for access to a variety of pot products, like edible candies, pills, topicals, concentrates and even beverages. These processed variations of the cannabis plant are designed for those consumers who don’t necessarily want to smoke to achieve the desired effect. But when it comes to which method of consumption is best for patients suffering from chronic pain, a new study suggests that loading a bowl full of flower is still the most effective path to getting back to good.

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29
Aug

Rob Grownkowski latest NFL player to endorse CBD for athletes

Rob Gronkowski discovered CBD while recovering from various injuries as a Super Bowl-winning tight end with the New England Patriots.

Super Bowl-winning tight end Rob Gronkowski is among the latest of football players to end their careers early, then turn around and endorse cannabis-based medicine. At 30 years old, Gronkowski, more commonly known by his nickname “Gronk,” the former New England Patriot will now become an advocate for players to use CBD as a pain management tool and anti-inflammatory.

While he said “physically, I could play right now,” Gronk added that he isn’t there mentally or emotionally to suit up again. Gronk said using CBD following his retirement from professional football in March has allowed him to be pain free for the first time in years.

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29
Aug

Buy hemp plastic, help spare landfills

A new report from the Centre of Environmental Law estimated that plastic pollution will contribute greenhouse gases equivalent to 850 million tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere this year alone. By 2050, it could emit as much as 14% of the earth’s remaining carbon budget. Yeah – plastic waste is a huge problem, and it’s no longer enough to recycle, reduce and reuse in 2019. 

As our hunger for convenience increases, we can’t realistically expect people to stop buying plastic altogether, right? Here’s where hemp comes in. 

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29
Aug

Insurance coverage: Assistance for some hemp farmers

On Tuesday, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) announced that certain farmers growing hemp for research purposes will be able to get insurance coverage under the WFRP (Whole-Farm Revenue Protection) program for the 2020 planting season.

Thu
29
Aug

3 top cannabis stocks to buy in September

Many cannabis stocks have fallen well below their highs set earlier this year. Volatility in the overall stock market reflects a lot of uncertainty, with worries about the possibility of a recession and an intensifying trade war. The combination of these factors could make some investors afraid to buy any stock, much less a marijuana stock.

But taking a long-term view makes investing a lot less scary. If you think that the pot industry will expand dramatically over the next decade or more, investing in marijuana stocks during times of uncertainty could actually increase your returns over the long run.

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