North America

Tue
20
Aug

Netflix's smoking ban does not extend to weed

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. In a slight twist, content streaming platform Netflix is under fire for depictions of smoke, especially in its original content.

The streaming site had resolved in June to curb depictions of tobacco smoking in its in-house productions.

Tue
20
Aug

Portable cannabis testing: Device featured at international traffic safety conference in Edmonton

A device to allow police to test the saliva of drivers for recent cannabis is being featured at the international traffic safety conference in Edmonton this week.

Since cannabis became legal in Canada last year, police forces have been searching for a reliable way to test someone behind the wheel for drug impairment. This led the federal government in July to approve Chicago-based Abbott’s SoToxa for use in Canada.

This is the second device to be approved, so far.

Abbott says its SoToxa device, which is just larger than a person’s hand, takes less than nine minutes to produce a test result.

Mon
19
Aug

Is CBD water a passing fad?

CBD water will certainly be on the market for many years to come. Usually food and drink items that reach this level of popularity are available for long after they were invented.

Think of the invention of diet soda. Is it still on the market? Those products that produce high sales and are considered revolutionary often become a staple in the American diet. It’s important to think about all the pros and cons of a product when trying to guess long term popularity.

Mon
19
Aug

Dangerous synthetic cannabinoids found in liquid claiming to be CBD

Along with bold and unsubstantiated promises of health and wellness, most marketing materials for products containing CBD claim that CBD, a compound found in cannabis that alters mental processes and behaviors, is non-psychoactive.

That’s not true. If CBD does in fact reduce anxiety, or fight depression, those are by definition psychoactive effects. But one effect CBD products are absolutely not supposed to have is a “heart-pounding” hallucinogenic experience, like the one a Virginia Commonwealth University graduate student suffered last year.

Mon
19
Aug

A brief examination of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome

CHS typically affects long term consumers of cannabis more so than casual users. It’s a condition characterized by chronic cannabis use, cyclic episodes of nausea and vomiting, and excessive bathing as a form of relief.

Activation of neurological cannabinoid receptors can aid in preventing nausea and vomiting, particularly so in patients undergoing chemotherapy. Considering the usual effects of THC and other cannabinoids on receptors in the brain, cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) seems to be a paradoxical condition.¹ So why do some individuals suffer from this syndrome?

Mon
19
Aug

What is a Phenotype: Exploring the genetic code of cannabis

If you plan on growing cannabis, you should definitely know what a phenotype is and how it is different from a genotype.

Since growing cannabis is now completely legal in most places in Canada, people are entertaining the notion of growing cannabis themselves.

Yet, those who are new to this hobby might not have all the information they need. There’s more to growing cannabis than just planting whatever cannabis seeds you have. So, just like any other newbie modern grower – they’ll turn to the internet for help.

The internet, however, is not always helpful. Sometimes it can be hugely confusing when trying to learn about the more detailed technicalities behind growing cannabis.

Mon
19
Aug

Industrial hemp is now legal: Can I grow it at home?

Before anyone goes spending their hard-earned money or retirement savings on supplies to kickstart their hemp garden, there are a few things everyone should know.

It is true that industrial hemp is now legal at the federal level for the first time in more than eight decades. Last year, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made it his mission to pull what Popular Mechanics called a “billion-dollar cash crop” back in 1938 out of the pits of prohibition.

Mon
19
Aug

7 types of marijuana for beginners and those with low tolerance

A bad first experience can be completely avoided with two simple tips: looking for strains that are high in CBD, or consuming a high-THC strain very slowly.

It’s common for first timers to swear off marijuana forever because of a bad first experience. It’s easy to smoke too much by accident and feel overtly paranoid, woozy, and draw the conclusion that marijuana just isn’t your thing. That bad first experience can be completely avoided with two simple tips: looking for strains that are high in CBD, or consuming a high-THC strain very slowly.

Mon
19
Aug

10 marijuana stocks wall street thinks will double

Perhaps it's no coincidence that cannabis is green, because the green rush has generally treated investors well. Those folks with the foresight, and luck, to have invested in some of the pot industry's best-known names are potentially up well over 1,000% in less than four years.

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