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Wed
05
Feb

How People Are Still Getting Busted For Marijuana At Airports

Getting busted with anything more than an ounce of cannabis in most parts of the U.S. is destined to get an unsuspecting traveler arrested and jammed up in the criminal justice system.

The legalization of marijuana in just a handful of states has made Americans gutsy when it comes to breaking drug trafficking laws. Ever since the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) came out and said that they “do not search for marijuana,” more toking travelers have been using the airways to smuggle weed from legal states into areas of prohibition.

Wed
05
Feb

Cannabis And HPV: Friend Or Foe?

With ever-climbing HPV-positive cancer rates, research on the effect CBD and THC has on the human papillomavirus can’t come soon enough.

Often called the common cold of the sexual world, the Centers for Disease Control states that HPV has infected over 79 million individuals worldwide. Both prevalent and highly contagious, HPV tends to thrive on porous skin located in the throat, anal cavity, cervix and tongue, making it extremely difficult to test and eradicate around the world.

Wed
05
Feb

Black market weed to remain for years amid supply shortages

Despite marijuana being legal in a number of US states, thriving black markets for weed will likely persist for years to come, according to a drug policy researcher.

Supply shortages and high prices of legal weed are the main factors still driving consumers to the illicit market.

Director of the California-based RAND Drug Policy Research Center, Beau Kilmer, says that about half of all weed in Washington DC is bought on the black market despite being legalized via ballot in 2014.

“You’re not going to eliminate the illicit market overnight. It’s going to take years,” Kilmer says.

Wed
05
Feb

Study Sheds Light On “Hot Hemp”

Some widely held assumptions on THC levels in hemp have been put under the spotlight in a recent study.

While hemp has far less of the intoxicating cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than its cousin marijuana (low THC levels are what makes a cannabis sativa plant hemp legally speaking), it still varies enough to cause headaches for farmers.

Where hemp is legal, the maximum THC level permitted depends on the jurisdiction – but it’s usually anywhere from .3% to 1%. Even a little over whatever limit has been put in place and the crop becomes “hot hemp” and will usually have to be destroyed. In addition to the loss of the crop, the farmer may be charged with offences related to growing marijuana depending on circumstances and regulations.

Wed
05
Feb

Report offers recommendations on displacing illicit cannabis vape market

A new report has been put forward that contains detailed information on proximate causes, and provides recommendations for displacing the illicit cannabis vape market.

In recent months America has seen a swathe of respiratory illnesses associated with unregulated cannabis vape cartridges found in the illicit market.

Wed
05
Feb

Taxes Are a Growing Problem for the Cannabis Industry

Marijuana prices need to be low enough to keep consumers away from the black market. However, for regulators, there's also a need to generate sufficient tax revenue from the industry so legalization can achieve various funding goals that different states envisioned when they decided to legalize pot. Finding a balance has been difficult, but few would argue that taxes are low enough for the industry to succeed.

Wed
05
Feb

This Technology Could Make Pot Stocks Profitable

It isn't impossible for cannabis stocks to report profits, but finding stocks in the industry that can do so consistently is another story. That's one of the reasons many investors steer clear of the industry, as a lack of profitability and lots of cash burn have made the sector a very risky one to invest in. Two Israeli companies are researching an exciting new technology that could change the outlook for the industry, which could help cannabis companies improve their margins.

Tue
04
Feb

By 2024, the CBD skincare market will be worth over $950 billion

Since its mainstream introduction a couple of years ago, CBD has become one of the biggest disruptors in the beauty industry. The compound has been embraced by consumers of all kinds, causing beauty companies to look for original ways to make their mark on the blooming business. A new study predicts that by 2024, the CBD industry will be worth over 950$ billion.

This study was conducted by a strategic consultancy firm called Prohibition Partners, who called CBD’s breakthrough within the beauty industry unprecedented.

Tue
04
Feb

CBD: establishing cannabis in the wellness market

CBD is helping to establish cannabis as a legitimate products in the wellness market.

CBD, the more commonly known name for cannabidiol, is one of more than a hundred compounds found in the cannabis plant, and while there are several perceptions within the public around the benefits of CBD consumption, the most widely known fact about CBD is that it is non-psychoactive.

Tue
04
Feb

Will This Be the Next Big Trend for the Cannabis Industry?

Getting a high from using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of the key reasons people use marijuana. But the potency level of THC has been rising quickly over the years, and pot is much stronger than it was in the past. However, not everyone is looking to get as high as possible, and that's why there could be a more prominent trend among casual users: "lite" bud.

Company launches "LiteBud" brand

In January, Vireo Health (OTC:VREOF) announced it was launching a brand of products dubbed "LiteBud" in an attempt to meet the needs of consumers looking for a buzz as opposed to getting downright stoned.

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