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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.

Tue
30
Apr

2 marijuana stocks to watch in May

The battle for supremacy in the marijuana industry is intensifying. While Canopy Growth and Aurora Cannabis have managed to capture about 50% of the Canadian market, other pot companies are attempting to improve their positions. Some firms are successful at doing so, and others, not so much. Let’s look at two marijuana companies to watch this coming May: Hexo (TSX:HEXO) and Cronos Group (TSX:CRON)(NASDAQ:CRON). One of these firms is currently flying high, and the other recently posted disappointing financial results.

Tue
30
Apr

Science: How marijuana works to help those with multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease in which the immune system attacks the fatty protein that protects nerve cells. The exposed and damaged (i.e. “sclerotic”) nerves lose their ability to transmit signals, and this results in a wide array of bad results, including numbness, dizziness, itching and blurred vision. More than half of people who suffer from MS experience pain, muscle stiffness or spasticity, and cognitive impairment.

It’s those last three symptoms that have been most studied in relation to medical marijuana.

Tue
30
Apr

When IoT meets the cannabis industry

Indisputably, the internet has changed the world and the way we do everything – from running our businesses to how we handle day to day tasks.

The possibility of exchanging data on such a large scale has revolutionized countless industries and transformed society into the most fast-paced technological environment that has ever existed. That said, it’s no surprise that the booming cannabis industry has its own version of technology emerging: “cannatech.” This industry is rife with cutting-edge technologies that impact aspects like agriculture, medicine, and retail. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting applications of IoT in the cannabis industry.

Tue
30
Apr

If marijuana remains a Schedule I substance, we can never do the research everyone knows we need

Cannabis has been known to humans for thousands of years, and there is nearly universal support for medical cannabis: Over 90 percent of Americans believe that cannabis should be legalized for medical use, according to a Quinnipiac Poll. Currently, 33 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized cannabis for medical purposes, and states such as Georgia have acted to expand medical cannabis laws.

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