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Wed
18
Sep

The African origins of cannabis culture and how it got to the U.S.

Did you know that the roots of today's cannabis culture can be traced back to the African continent from hundreds of years ago? According to Dr. Chris Duvall, author of The African Roots of Marijuana, the forgotten history of global cannabis culture continues to have contemporary influence, writes Timothy Harris

Wed
18
Sep

Does overregulation drive black market marijuana?

A new study found that high taxes and cost of compliance keeps many small-time players within the black market in legalized states.

If you believe Donald Trump, you’d believe that all vaping is created equal. “People are dying with vaping,” he said in explanation of his administration’s decision to flavored e-cigarettes. “A lot of people think vaping is wonderful, it’s great. It’s really not wonderful.”

Wed
18
Sep

Shopify agrees to hemp-derived CBD sales

Leading e-commerce platform Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SHOP) has finally opened its internet doors to hemp-derived Cannabidiol or CBD. The company announced new features on its platform to help U.S. merchants sell these products online or in brick-and-mortar retail locations, as long as that state permits such sales.

Wed
18
Sep

Legal pot isn’t villain in vape-disease epidemic, but it could be the solution

The Food and Drug Administration was created more than a century ago because for many years, the food and drugs Americans consumed were causing them to fall ill and die. As future generations discovered, product safety standards — just like speed limits, seatbelt laws, and public smoking bans — tend to save lives. Regulation, while often messy and imperfect, tends to work.

Tue
17
Sep

3 top cannabis stocks to buy now

Investing in cannabis stocks isn't for the faint of heart. The wild up-and-down swings can be dizzying. The risks are real. But the potential pay-off over the long run could be enormous.

Choosing which cannabis stocks to buy involves the same process as investing in any other kind of stock. You'll want to find well-run companies that have great growth prospects, a strong competitive advantage, and a solid financial position.

Tue
17
Sep

Get Strong Bones with Cannabis – A Closer Look at Osteoporosis and Osteogenesis Imperfecta

If you grew up in the 80s or 90s in the U.S., you likely remember all the “Got milk?” commercials centered around getting enough calcium and vitamin D in our diets.

I was a kid back then so all I really paid attention to was the images of celebrities that I knew adorning white milk mustaches, but the true focus of the campaign was bone health. Since then, cow’s milk has grown a bit controversial about whether or not it’s even helpful, the message still remains that diet is one of the most important factors in overall bone health.

Tue
17
Sep

3 overhyped cannabis stocks to avoid today

Everyone was expecting that the legalization of adult-use marijuana would create a “supernova” on the stock market. There was a stellar explosion but only in the valuations of the cannabis companies.

Tue
17
Sep

Digital marketing 101 for the cannabis industry

There is a common misconception that cannabis brands and dispensaries are unable to market their businesses using modern day digital advertising tools.

While it is true that the major players in online advertising (e.g. Google and Facebook) have severe restrictions or outright bans on advertising cannabis and/or hemp products via their advertising platforms, there are digital advertising solutions (such as Surfside) which cater specifically to the cannabis and hemp industries that can be equally or more effective in helping a company acquire and retain customers. 

The best of these solutions make use of the same cutting-edge tools that mainstream digital marketing providers offer, including data modeling, intelligent targeting, and programmatic advertising.

Tue
17
Sep

How radio frequency technology is maintaining high quality cannabis

Pioneered by food safety companies, the cannabis industry is starting to use radio frequency disinfection processes to remove pathogens while maintaining quality.

Tue
17
Sep

Marijuana is stronger than ever, but don’t get too excited

Surgeon General Jerome Adams raised eyebrows when he warned that cannabis was getting stronger two weeks ago. He added that, as a result, developing adolescents and pregnant mothers should avoid using today’s cannabis, due to the possible long-term damage. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar went as far to call cannabis “a dangerous drug.”

“This ain’t your mother’s marijuana,” Adams added. “Not enough people know that today’s marijuana is far more potent than in days’ past.”

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