North America

Fri
07
Feb

Worker’s Comp Claims Down in Medical Marijuana States

For the working-class schlub who, by definition, is considered an above-average cannabis connoisseur, it can sometimes be challenging to find and maintain gainful employment. The great American nine-to-five has, for decades, deemed it unsafe for the country’s stoner sect to report to work looking like a freshly drawn cartoon. Companies have long since thought that people who consume marijuana before or during work suffer a level of impairment that prevents them from being productive, as well as puts the safety of them and their co-workers at risk. It’s one of the main reasons that marijuana is one of the first substances they look for in a drug screen.

Fri
07
Feb

Three Reasons To Adopt AI Automation Technology In Your Grow Operation

The beauty of cannabis cultivation is in its complexity. Small adjustments to the growing environment can mean big payoffs come harvest time. It's a space for calculated creativity in order to get ideal yields under specific growing conditions.

Yet, tweaking the process until perfect means a lot of record-keeping, mathematical calculations, and analysis. All of these meticulous details are close to impossible to analyze without the introduction of automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology into the grow room.

Fri
07
Feb

New testing device said to be able to differentiate between hemp and high-THC cannabis

Cannabis tech company GemmaCert Ltd. has revealed a new product that it claims can test the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (aka THC, the intoxicating compound in the cannabis plant) in just minutes.

This, the company noted, would allow law enforcement and other agencies to quickly establish whether a crop qualifies as hemp, defined under U.S. federal rules as cannabis that contains less than 0.3 per cent THC. The Israel-based test makers said the product can detect THC content as low as 0.2 per cent.

Thu
06
Feb

These 3 Pot Stocks Were Rocked in January, but Now They're Bargains

If you were a marijuana stock investor in 2019, chances are you couldn't wait for the year to end. Despite galloping to incredible gains during the first quarter, pot stocks spent the remaining nine months of the year in a precipitous downtrend. When the curtain closed on 2019, most cannabis stock were at or near their yearly, or multiyear, lows.

The good news is that 2020 began a little better for cannabis stocks. Through January, the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF, a basket fund with four dozen holdings of various weightings, fell just $0.01. That's improvement, considering how badly marijuana stocks had been pummeled of late.

Thu
06
Feb

Future Cannabis Industry Leaders Will Focus on Sustainability and Social Impact

The global legal marijuana market is predicted to reach $66.3 billion by the end of 2025. Many businesses and brands have emerged with the objective to secure a piece of that colossal greenback pie.

As with any new market, there will be those brands that rise above the rest. As sustainable and ethical business practices increasingly fuel consumer spending habits and investors’ decisions, significant competitive advantage is available to businesses that invest in sustainability and social impact efforts.  

Thu
06
Feb

Everything You Need To Know About Cannabis And Hemorrhoids

If used appropriately, marijuana can be used to help manage symptoms of pain and discomfort caused by hemorrhoids.

Although many are embarrassed to talk about them, anyone can develop hemorrhoids, which are swollen and clotted blood vessels in and around the anus. Technically, these are called external hemorrhoids (even though they can be a bit “internal”). True internal hemorrhoids are another beast entirely and not part of our discussion here.    

Thu
06
Feb

5 Financial Forecasts For Medical Marijuana

One thing is certain: The numbers are telling a very compelling story for following and perhaps investing in marijuana for years to come.

Researchers and financial analysts are forecasting unprecedented growth both in the United States and global markets; we’ve moved a long way from “reefer madness,” to legal dispensaries.

Many pundits and skeptics are asking how many more financial ceilings can marijuana break. The truth is, medical marijuana and CBD are forecasted to rise even more in the next ten years. How much more? Here are five remarkable numbers we found on marijuana’s staggering growth:

Thu
06
Feb

Could CBD Cause Impaired Driving?

Now that the entire nation is presumably hopped up on CBD, are the roads even safe to travel on anymore?  

Cannabidiol, the non-intoxicating cannabis compound best known by its three-letter abbreviation CBD, is perhaps the most crucial discovery of mankind since the dawning of rolled toilet paper. Well, let’s not get carried away. Where would we be without that stuff, am I right?

Thu
06
Feb

The new ‘runner’s high’: the benefits of mixing cannabis and exercise

A study of cannabis users found 82% of people partaking in exercise use cannabis before or after their workout, reporting it increases enjoyment, enhances recovery, and heightens motivation.

Is cannabis the new ‘runners high’? Eight out of 10 cannabis users (in states where it is legal) say they partake in the drug shortly before or after exercise. Most reported that it motivates them to work out, helps them enjoy exercise more and improves their recovery, according to University of Colorado Boulder research.

Wed
05
Feb

A new way of thinking: teaching clinicians and patients about cannabis

Cannabis is disrupting the way we look at medicines – but more people need to be educated about cannabis before it becomes commonly accepted as a medicine.

Patient access to medical cannabis prescriptions in the UK is not easy to obtain. Only a handful of patients are currently receiving cannabis through private prescriptions, and very few clinicians are actually able to contextualise the use of medical cannabis or CBD for their patients.

One of the obstacles patients are facing is clinicians’ lack of education and comfort in prescribing. They are hesitant to suggest medical cannabis to their patients.

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