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Two sides of the story about cannabis genetics

When we talk about cannabis genetics, a lot of people think about the potency of the plant. But what about you? Do you have the right genes for smoking cannabis?

Cannabis genetics is something that’s been heavily worked and experimented on in the past three decades. It is very rare that we get to see something like herbal genetics being perfected in illegal greenhouses, and yet here we are.

The growers perfected their plants’ genetics by handpicking only the best, strongest and most potent phenotypes and crossed them with their peers. That is how we got extremely potent strains such as OG Kush and many others.

Fri
17
May

Supreme cannabis buys Blissco in a deal valued at C$48 million

The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. (TSX: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF) is acquiring Canadian-based Blissco Cannabis Corp. (CSE: BLIS) (OTCQB: HSTRF) in an all-stock deal valued at C$48 million. Supreme would be buying all of Blissco’s stock

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17
May

Protecting cannabis-related trademarks in 2019

With the growing number of states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use, many brands have emerged for cannabis and related goods and services. The change in legal status is not just happening on a state level, but federally as well. A major change occurred in December with passage of a federal law legalizing hemp and a wide range of products made from hemp. With expanding federal legalization, what lies ahead is a war of brands. It has already started. Many companies are already filing federal and state trademark registrations. This article provides insight into the best practices for protecting trademark rights during this period of transition in the law.

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17
May

2019 could end up being the most disappointing year for marijuana legalization

Although it was predicted early on that 2019 would be one of the most significant years in cannabis reform that the United States has seen since Colorado and Washington become the first states to legalize for recreational use, the movement, at least up to this point, has been less than impressive.

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17
May

The 3 best marijuana stocks to buy right now

Since their inception, marijuana stocks attracted significant attention. Due to both investment sentiment – and let’s face it, raw emotions – the cannabis sector absolutely skyrocketed. But now, the segment is attracting attention for failing to live up to analysts’ expectations. Is the honeymoon phase over for weed?

Hardly! While cannabis firms have produced some disappointing results during earnings season, that’s no reason to abandon them. For one thing, the resurgent U.S.-China trade war is incredibly favorable for marijuana stocks to buy. Prolonged tensions will almost surely cause us economic damage. An easy fix here is to legalize weed and fully open the door to a multi-billion dollar industry.

Fri
17
May

How do cannabis and alcohol mix? Studies show it can get dangerous

With springtime here and winter behind us, many might be getting in the party mood, to stretch out their legs and hit the town.

As we all know, part of the festivities may include certain substances, two of them likely cannabis and alcohol.

On a night out at a bar, chances are high that at some point somebody will whip out a joint.

According to Public Health Ontario, combined use of cannabis and alcohol is the most common form of poly-substance use.

But what exactly happens when the two substances are combined?

Fri
17
May

From the farm to the lab: The future of cannabinoid production

In the near future, cannabis consumers and medical patients will very likely find themselves purchasing cannabis products that were not derived from the marijuana plant. Instead, the cannabinoids could be derived from yeast, gene graphing, or even moss. If all the quality control, consumer safety, and satisfaction boxes get checked, does the source of the cannabinoids really matter?

Thu
16
May

Most health professionals supportive of the use of medical cannabis in clinical practice per study

The majority of health professionals — including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists — express support the use of medical cannabis in clinical practice, according to a systematic review of the relevant literature published in the journal PLOS One.

An international team of investigators reviewed over 100 studies assessing health professionals’ opinions with regard to medical cannabis.

Thu
16
May

The State of cannabis extracts

I’ll never forget the first time I tried shatter, back in 2008. As the mind-shatteringly potent high took hold, I felt certain we had reached the final destination of cannabis. Here was the ultimate expression of the plant that consumers had been relishing for years. Shatter was the holy grail, it seemed. For cannabis, there was nowhere else to go. I was wrong. 

Thu
16
May

Highly potent weed has swept the market, raising concerns about health risks

As more states legalize marijuana, more people in the U.S. are buying and using weed — and the kind of weed they can buy has become much stronger.

That concerns scientists who study marijuana and its effects on the body, as well as emergency room doctors who say they're starting to see more patients who come into the ER with weed-associated issues.

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