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Tue
09
Apr

Will medical cannabis sales eventually surpass recreational sales?

Many assume the recreational marijuana market will surpass medical cannabis but there are many reasons to suspect they will be proved wrong. Medical marijuana could become the bigger of the two within a few years thanks to three factors.

Here’s what entrepreneurs should know about the difference between these two markets, and how the cannabis industry’s astronomical growth could evolve differently than one might expect.

Tue
09
Apr

Will I pass a drug test using CBD oil?

CBD (cannabidiol) is the second most common cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It has become a popular health used to cope with anxiety, pain, depression, insomnia, and a multitude of other ailments. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the number one cannabinoid found in weed, CBD does not cause any mind-altering effects (high). However, even if you purchase a CBD oil, it still might contain low levels of THC. In the United States, hemp derived CBD is required to contain less than 0.03 percent THC, but CBD obtained from marijuana strains for medicinal purposes often have higher levels of THC. The THC causes concerns for many individuals facing employment drug tests. They wonder, “Will I pass a drug test using CBD?”

Tue
09
Apr

LED or HPS? Which grow light is more ideal for you?

The question of LED vs HPS and which is “more ideal” has been around since the LED grow light hit the market place. While LED grow lights have absolutely come a remarkable way since, can they complete, watt for watt, with the HPS grow light? And where do other types of HID grow lights come into play?

If you search on any on-line grow discussion forum, you will regularly discover growers debating whether HPS or LED lighting is most efficient. It is interesting that if you were to check 4 or 5 years earlier, HPS would be the crystal-clear champion of the dispute. Nonetheless, LED grow lights technology has developed jumps and bounds over the last few years, and the debate these days is much less obvious.

Tue
09
Apr

Is marijuana a gateway drug? The truth about the gateway theory

Many arguments support the hypothesis that cannabis is a hazardous substance which only leads to further drug abuse. This is dubbed as the gateway theory.

If you read an article on this topic on a pro-cannabis website, they will of course side against the gateway theory, with some very persuasive arguments.

Other, more mainstream, publications tend to support this theory.

But what is the real truth: Is cannabis really a gateway drug?

As weed becomes more and more available worldwide, this could be reframed that the gateway theory is more of a social issue than a real “addiction” problem.

Tue
09
Apr

NHL Alumni Association teams up with Canopy Growth to research concussions and cannabinoids

New study led by NEEKA Health Canada will test if CBD-based therapies can reduce the severity of post-concussion brain disorders in former NHL players

A study exploring cannabinoids and concussions is set to begin this summer, in a partnership between the NHL Alumni Association (NHLAA), NEEKA Health Canada and Canopy Growth.

The “transformative clinical research partnership” was announced last month and according to a release “will investigate the efficacy of cannabinoids as an integral part of a novel treatment for post-concussion neurological diseases in former NHL players.”

Mon
08
Apr

10 odd facts about marijuana that you probably never knew

From being used as a “truth serum” on World War II prisoners to literally being part of Italy’s air, here are 10 facts about cannabis you’ll be glad you know.

Did Shakespeare write his plays stoned?

“To smoke or not to smoke” was apparently never a conundrum for William Shakespeare, for it seems one of the greatest playwrights and poets of all time didn’t mind a puff or two. In fact, there are chances he could have written his plays stoned!

Mon
08
Apr

Even canadian banks are shunning U.S. pot firms

The U.S. cannabis industry has been severely restricted in its ability to access banking services because of federal prohibition. Two Canadian bank heads say they too will steer clear of the sector until new laws are passed.

It’s indicative of the limitations facing U.S. pot companies even as their market values surge and they engage in large-scale M&A like Cresco Labs Inc.’s $820 million deal last week to acquire Origin House.

Mon
08
Apr

Cannabis vs. tobacco: What science says about the health risks of smoking

As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country's biggest public health successes: curbing cigarette smoking.

Though there are notable differences in health research findings on tobacco and marijuana, the juxtaposition strikes some as jarring after generations of Americans have gotten the message that smoking endangers their health.

"We're trying to stop people from smoking all kinds of things. Why do you want to legalize marijuana?" a New York City councilman, Republican Peter Koo, asked at a recent city hearing about the state's potential legalization of so-called recreational pot use.

Mon
08
Apr

Marijuana stock earnings: A comprehensive look at first-quarter results

Few if any industries have the long-term growth potential of marijuana. Global sales in 2019 are expected to soar by 38%, with aggregate annual revenue potentially quintupling between 2017 and the end of the next decade to as much as $50 billion. This rapid growth is the primary reason pot stocks have been virtually unstoppable for three-plus years.

Mon
08
Apr

Which big canadian marijuana stock has the most upside potential right now?

Can the Canadian marijuana stocks with market caps measured in the billions of dollars keep moving higher? Absolutely. It doesn't matter that they have astronomical valuations using traditional metrics. The global cannabis market is growing so rapidly that valuation measurements based on historical sales and earnings should be tossed out the window.

Some big Canadian marijuana stocks should be able to jump much higher and potentially do so more quickly than others, though. Which big Canadian marijuana stock has the most upside potential right now? I think it's none other than Aphria (NYSE:APHA).

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