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Wed
01
May

New study: CBD diminishes THC-related impairment

In a new study from the University College London (UCL), a team of researchers focused on the difference between consuming cannabis strains that have high levels of THC, and strains that have significant quantities of both THC and CBD.

The precise effects on the brain were monitored by an fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), which measures changes in blood flow and neural activity.

Brain scans of the 17 participants showed that the high-THC strain impaired the functionality of the default mode network, especially in the posterior cingulate area.

Wed
01
May

How cannabis microdosing can be used for pain management

Medical cannabis is currently legal in 29 states. Of those, none provide insurance coverage for the substance. This leaves consumers in a difficult situation: choose to purchase cannabis at their own expense or choose a potentially more harmful or addictive pharmaceutical medication covered by insurance. The dilemma is not new, but consumers and entrepreneurs alike are creating inventive ways to deal with the problem.

Wed
01
May

Moosehead enters cannabis drink market with Sproutly joint venture

Moosehead Breweries Ltd., one of Canada’s largest brewers, is getting into the cannabis business.

The Saint John, N.B.-based brewer announced it plans to form a joint venture with Sproutly Canada Inc., a cannabis producer and extractor, to develop pot-infused beverages that will be released later this year in the Canadian market.

“With the anticipated legalization of edibles in Canada later this year, Moosehead has made the strategic decision to enter the cannabis beverage market,” said Andrew Oland, CEO of Moosehead, in a release. “As one of the oldest brands in Canada and a leader in the beer category, we believe we are uniquely positioned to be a leader in the cannabis beverage category.”

Wed
01
May

Treating complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) with medical cannabis

“I’ve got to treat my body if I’m ever going to recover from this illness,” Kimberly Callis, an independent researcher with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, tells High Times. “Cannabis [is] a systemic medicine; complex PTSD is a systemic condition. The two really go hand-in-hand, especially with a target on the endocannabinoid system.”

Wed
01
May

Say hello to the marijuana industry's secret weapon

In case you haven't noticed, the cannabis industry is blossoming before our eyes. Having long been considered a taboo topic that legislators swept under the rug, marijuana is finding support in a growing number of countries around the world.

Wed
01
May

Cannabis & main: Legal cannabis delivery 'is about being treated equally and legitimately'

Civilized's podcast 'Cannabis & Main' is back with celebrated marijuana journalist Riccardo Baca returning to host the second season, writes Ricardo Baca. To kick things off, Ricardo chatted with Jordan Wellington - a public policy advisor for the cannabis law firm Vicente Sederberg and and former member of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division.

Wed
01
May

Cannabis industry blooming with tech opportunities

Cannabis is now a big, legal business in much of the United States.

Since California legalized its medical use in 1996, the industry that grows, packages, markets, distributes and sells marijuana has grown into a $10 billion-a-year business that employs more than 210,000 people, according to the web site Leafly. Industry executives say these pot-centric companies range in size from less than 10 employees to several hundred, with a handful counting their headcount in the thousands. Revenue ranges from the low millions to an estimated $100 million or more. 

Tue
30
Apr

Marijuana users are basically split 50/50 on whether driving high is dangerous

There is no denying that driving drunk is never a smart move. Jumping behind the wheel of an automobile after one too many cocktails has proven to have devastating repercussions for anyone involved, and most jurisdictions in the United States have strict laws in place to deter that kind of behavior.

Tue
30
Apr

Meet marijuana's 14 billion-dollar pot stocks

Few if any industries have been as impressive over the past couple of years as the legal cannabis industry. With Canada becoming the first industrialized country in the world to wave the green flag on adult-use pot, and more than 40 countries giving the OK to medical cannabis in some capacity, Wall Street and investors are clearly expecting big things from this industry.

Tue
30
Apr

Why does cannabis work so well to combat nausea?

People around America more and more are using cannabis as a treatment for nausea, from cancer patients trying to combat the nausea that follows chemotherapy to expecting mothers trying to keep food down in the months before birth.

As more is discovered about the endocannabinoid system, scientists are coming closer to pinpointing exactly why cannabis helps to reduce nausea.

Nausea is a necessary function of the body, used primarily to alert the body that something it ate might be poisonous or rotten and should be avoided now and in the future, or that the body is experiencing an illness or imbalance and needs treatment or rest. For example, dehydration can trigger nausea because the body is trying to send a signal that it’s unbalanced and needs more water.

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