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Wed
09
Oct

Understanding how to evaluate water-soluble technology

Lately, there has been much discussion about water-soluble technology in the cannabis industry. Many companies, eager to convey a transformative milestone to the public, are announcing that they’ve developed their own water-soluble technology. Unfortunately for consumers, many of these claims are premature.

The technology being claimed is, in the vast majority of cases, a nanoemulsion. Put simply, a nanoemulsion is created when an oil is combined with functional ingredients and then blasted with energy, causing the oil particles to split into smaller pieces. When the particles are made small enough, it looks like they dissolve in water (they become “water compatible”). 

Tue
08
Oct

Legalizing cannabis is the answer to vaping concerns

Over the past few months the media has been awash with reports of people getting sick from vaping. Nearly every day, news outlets report on otherwise healthy, usually young, people who have fallen critically ill from the use of vapes that they believed to be a safer alternative to smoking. In response, politicians have been taking action to get ahead of the problem, with most relying on some form of vape ban. A handful of governors and President Trump have proposed banning all flavored vape cartridges, while Massachusetts Gov.

Tue
08
Oct

Marijuana can be effective in treating pain and insomnia: Study

Cannabis can treat both pain and insomnia in people who want to avoid prescription and sleep medications, a study has found.

The study, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, looked at 1,000 people taking legalised marijuana in an American state.Researchers in the US found that among the 65 per cent of people taking cannabis for pain, 80 per cent found it was very or extremely helpful.

Eighty-two per cent of these people were able to reduce, or stop taking over the counter pain medications and 88 per cent were able to stop taking opioid painkillers.

The study suggested that cannabis could lower opioid use. However, the researchers noted that more needs to be done to understand the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis.

Tue
08
Oct

The cannabis stock bubble is bursting: 3 things you need to know

It's finally happened. After more than three years of the marijuana industry delivering green for their shareholders, the cannabis stock bubble has burst.

While there's no official or concrete definition that describes when the party has ended for a hot industry, I'd call the nearly 50% decline in the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF -- the first exchange-traded fund focused on cannabis -- over the past six months pretty compelling evidence that something is amiss. The Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF holds more than five dozen pot stocks of various weightings, so it's a pretty good indicator of industry sentiment and performance.

Tue
08
Oct

What the vaping crisis teaches businesses about the importance of supply chains

How crucial are supply-chain protections? The answer could be traced to the ongoing vaping crisis.

The current public-health emergency has killed at least a dozen people and has hospitalized hundreds more. Aside from the human cost, the tragedy has also raised questions about many aspects of vaping, including its meteoric rise in popularity with young people, its lack of regulatory oversight, and its profitable existence in illicit markets.

More importantly, for any business in any industry, this crisis also highlights the need for ensuring the integrity of supply chains.

Tue
08
Oct

Will These Pot Stocks Rebound In October?

The cannabis industry is in its most unpredictable era. Marijuana stocks have been stuck in a malicious hangover of late. Investors’ interest in this space remains in high gear, driven by strong performances among some stocks in the sector. The group’s powerful projected long-term growth dynamics also remain a focus.

However, 2019 hasn’t been the best year for marijuana companies in the wake of rising losses, regulatory scandals and negative publicity. Therefore, a steep and fast drop in their share prices.

Tue
08
Oct

Marijuana-infused beauty water: Beautify and medicate

If you live in a coastal or large city in the U.S., fresh-pressed juices and related products are everywhere. In New York, we have a joke that a juice shop is the first sign of rent increases.

Taking things even further, juice shops now sell expensive waters to go with expensive juices, purporting health and beauty benefits. What some places are charging 10 percent of a Benjamin (US$100 bill) for, you could easily make at home for way, way less.

One of my favourite formulas is a water that is spiked with rose and some hair- and nail-boosting silica. It tastes like plain old water, with a whiff of flowers, but the mineral content is the real draw.

Mon
07
Oct

8 things to know before using cannabis topicals

CBD topicals are all the rage, and for good reason. They reduce inflammation, heal dry skin and soothe pain, among other things. But why do they work so well? We have answers.

While cannabis-infused salves, rubs, lotions and oils are still powerhouses when it comes to reducing inflammation, healing dry, patchy skin and going deep into tissue to soothe pain or irritations, a new batch of beauty products have also cropped up, most of them infused with CBD.

Why do they work so well on the skin?

Aside from most companies using high quality carrier oils to deliver the cannabinoids, the skin itself is riddled with our body’s endocannabinoid system, meaning that there are CB2 receptors all over our epidermis just waiting to be filled.

Mon
07
Oct

Another first for the pot industry: A licensed cannabis restaurant

Cannabis edibles are a growing segment of the market and are expected to reach $4.1 billion in 2022, combining Canadian and U.S. sales. In 2017, that figure was just $1 billion among the two countries. The segment is going to be key to the industry's long-term growth.

Restaurants haven't been able to take advantage of that growth since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has still not permitted cannabidiol (CBD) to be infused into food. While the FDA has held hearings on CBD, there's no indication that changes are coming anytime soon.

Mon
07
Oct

Marijuana reform should focus on inequality

Especially because Americans of color have borne the brunt of the drug war, they deserve to share in the marijuana boom now taking hold across the country. And if America’s long history with another smokable intoxicant—tobacco—is any guide, government rules will decide who can profit from growing the crop. At the moment, though, those rules favor well-connected corporate growers rather than independent farmers, much less independent farmers of color.

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