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Cannabis ETF diversifies risk for investors

With the legal cannabis market expected to hit more than $66 billion by the end of 2025, many investors are ready to try to take advantage of the new sector. But with that explosive growth comes a lot of volatility and the risk of an unproven industry, two factors that can scare away many potential investors. To help manage and mitigate some of that risk, several exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have been launched to help diversify investment in the industry.

Thu
15
Aug

Can CBD treat acne?

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been praised for its robust therapeutic profile. But does this efficacy extend to dermatological conditions like acne, the most common human skin disease? 

Given its low risk of side effects, CBD appears to be a relatively safe acne therapy meriting continued attention from researchers. 

How CBD Treats Acne

A 2014 Journal of Clinical Investigation study by professor Attila Oláh reported novel evidence showing CBD’s potential to be an effective acne treatment.

The study found that cannabidiol had lipostatic, anti-tumor, and anti-inflammatory effects. 

Thu
15
Aug

CannTrust’s prospects of resuming cannabis sales dim

CannTrust’s stock took another major hit on Monday after the embattled cannabis producer disclosed it had received a second non-compliance rating from Health Canada, this time in connection to its facility in Vaughan, Ont. 

The violations at the 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility included converting five rooms into storage areas that were used to hold cannabis beginning in June 2018 and the construction of two new areas, one of which was used to store cannabis from November 2018 onwards, all without  approval from Health Canada.

Thu
15
Aug

Study: Teen vaping leads to subsequent marijuana use

Young people who vape are more likely to consume cannabis, as well as engage in other addictive behaviors, according to a new study.

Thu
15
Aug

Everything you need to know about CBD softgels

CBD (cannabidiol) is truly an amazing compound, mainly because of it’s impressive versatility.

It can successfully treat a myriad of ailments, and it can also be used in a number of different ways. Most people are familiar with vaping, edibles, and even CBD flowers, but have you ever heard of CBD softgels? Just like standard softgels, they’re easy to swallow and readily absorbed by the body.

Thu
15
Aug

How essential oils enhance marijuana's entourage effect

The Western, reductionist approach to medicine often overlooks the holistic aspects of good health: Meaning that, for example, while exercise and a healthy diet each offer their own benefits, the combination of both is greater than the sum of the individual parts, writes Sarah Ratliff

This analogy applies to cannabis, too, and the relationship between cannabinoids (the plant's active compounds) and terpenes (aromatic compounds that give plants their flavor and smell). 

Thu
15
Aug

3 cannabis stocks with the fastest-growing sales

Everyone talks about how much the cannabis industry is going to grow over the next few years. But there are quite a few cannabis stocks that are delivering impressive sales growth right now.

I looked at the trailing-12-month revenue growth for the stocks of all cannabis-related companies with a market cap of at least $200 million. Here are the three stocks with the fastest-growing sales -- and whether they're smart picks to buy right now.

Thu
15
Aug

How marijuana’s CBD can help with menopause symptoms

“The Change.” The phrase makes women of all ages shudder, yet the majority will indeed experience the effects of menopause, from hot flashes to anxiety and depression to night sweats and more. Anecdotal evidence is pouring in, however, that cannabis, and specifically CBD, can alleviate many of these symptoms and provide much needed comfort.

Let’s start with what menopause is. There are three stages: perimenopause, when the body’s production of estrogen slows, can last for one to two years; menopause officially begins when a woman has not menstruated in over a year; and postmenopause is the time after menopause has officially ended, but hot flashes and night sweats can still occur for up to a couple years later.

Thu
15
Aug

Consumer insights show cannabis’ impact on wine

While the 3rd Annual Wine & Weed Symposium offered ideas to both camps on how to work together, utilizing marketing strategies, and integrating more women into the ranks, the critical piece of information that many in the audience were waiting for was presented during Jessica Lukas’ session, “The Cannabis Impact on Wine”. Ms. Lukas is Vice President of Consumer Insights at BDS Analytics, Inc, which has world-wide cannabinoid market data. In presenting her information to a crowd that was a little in awe of the graphs and the blitzkrieg of statistical analysis, she nevertheless made her points known and understood.

To understand her data, one needs to understand that this is information gathered from ~80% of the legal market.

Wed
14
Aug

Why do we call marijuana pot?

Most drugs come with a slew of slang terms referring to them, and cannabis is no exception. Back in the day, before Americans were using the plant recreationally, it was just known as cannabis and used in medical applications. Today, we’ve got dozens of ways to refer to the plant, and “pot” is one of the more common choices.

Not for cooking

Although you can certainly use a pot to whip up a stellar cannabutter, there is no connection between the kitchen tool and the drug.

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