North America

Thu
23
May

How technology is helping to put the green in the green rush

In the seven months since the Trudeau government legalized recreational marijuana use, licensed producers across the country have been locked in a frenetic race to grow mass quantities of cannabis for the new market.

But amid the rush for scale, questions of sustainability have often taken a back seat.

According to EQ Research LLC, a U.S.-based clean-energy consulting firm, cannabis facilities can need up to 150 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year per square foot. Such input is on par with data centres, which are themselves 50 to 200 times more energy-intensive than a typical office building.

Thu
23
May

A simple guide to making an investment in marijuana stocks

The role of marijuana in society, and more lately in business, has never been simple, but in recent times this natural product has stepped more and more into the mainstream. Now, in the United States, more than half of the 50 states recognize marijuana for medical purposes, and there is a growing acceptance of its recreational use too (marijuana is now legal in 10 States, as well as DC). In Canada, marijuana has actually been legalized for recreational use as well as for medical purposes. In the rest of the world, there are countries which have legalized marijuana, decriminalized it, or have relaxed rules with regards to personal use and cultivation. Medical usage is now accepted in about a quarter of the world’s countries, with many more having legalization on the agenda.

Thu
23
May

How cannabis branding has changed since legalization

In the old days, weed "branding" was defined by plastic baggies, pot leaf imagery, tie-dye, and in some cases, imagery of conventionally hot girls in bikinis or booty shorts, writes Danielle Simone Brand. The messages back then revolved around weed as a stereotypically male stoner pastime, whilst alienating women, or those who didn't appreciate the strip club aesthetic in connection to their medicinal or recreational products.

Thu
23
May

Canopy Growth acquires established skincare and well-being company this works

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Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) (the “Company” or “Canopy Growth”) has finalized an all-cash transaction to acquire This Works for a purchase price of £43 million (CDN $73.8 million). Founded in 2004, This Works has cemented itself as a global leader in natural skincare and sleep solutions with a devout customer base spanning 35 countries.

Thu
23
May

Facebook will not allow cannabis sales on its platform

After roughly three months of internal and external deliberations, Facebook Inc. decided Tuesday to continue attempting to block the sale of marijuana on its platform.

At its weekly product policy meeting, executives and staff in Ireland, Washington D.C., Kenya, Los Angeles and Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park — roughly 60 people total — ran through the relative merits and concerns with allowing content touting cannabis sales and selling weed directly, with a MarketWatch reporter in attendance. Ultimately, they determined that Facebook would not alter its policies, but staffers plan to make several changes to the way it handles the platform’s current marijuana content rules.

Thu
23
May

TheWeedTube successfully launches into Apple App Store

A new milestone has been reached in the battle for high quality, readily available cannabis-related content: TheWeedTube, a cannabis video and news platform created and curated by dozens of former YouTube creators who were kicked off the Google-owned site during its drug-related video purge, is now available in the Apple App Store.

Wed
22
May

The Oxford English Dictionary just got high on reefer madness

Language constitutes reality, so it stands to reason when the country is afoot with change around the way we perceive and discuss cannabis, so too would the words we use to describe marijuana-related activities. Words that previously held pejorative, negative connotations like stoner or pot have slowly exited the lexicon, thanks to careful work by cannabis media. Don’t worry, you’re still allowed to make stoner jokes.

Wed
22
May

Australis Capital acquires Green Therapeutics Brands in $8 million deal

 Australis Capital Inc. (CSE: AUSA) (OTC: AUSAF) entered into an asset purchase agreement with Green Therapeutics, LLC and affiliated companies, to acquire its Tsunami, Provisions, and GT Flowers cannabis brands in a deal valued at $8 million. The deal is expected to close in late 2019.

Wed
22
May

New study finds CBD significantly reduces opioid cravings in addicts

Coming off of a heroin addiction is notoriously difficult. But a new study suggests CBD can make it much easier. According to a study published Tuesday in the American Journal of Psychiatry, cannabidiol (CBD) can significantly reduce cravings in people addicted to opioids and manage withdrawal symptoms. Cravings and abstinence anxiety are two of the most critical features of addiction, and triggering them often contributes to relapses and continued drug use.

Wed
22
May

Superweed: The quest to create the ultimate premium strain

Probably the best, and certainly the most famous, grower in Canadian weed is a man named Remo Colasanti.

The 51-year-old from Maple Ridge, B.C., has been reading High Times since before he was legal drinking age. But he preferred hash to marijuana until the skunk strains proliferated in the Lower Mainland around 1985. Grown under powerful artificial lights in a hydroponic nutrient solution, they cost a princely $40 for 3.5 grams. They also looked, smelled and smoked better than anything that had come before — the difference between airplane lettuce and farmer’s market greens.

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