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Study Finds Cannabis Mitigates Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

According to a new study, marijuana use is associated with subjective improvements in opioid withdrawal symptoms and opioid withdrawal severity. This is according to a study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

For the study, first reported by NORML, researchers examined the impact of cannabis use on symptoms of opioid withdrawal in a cohort of 200 subjects. Participants in the survey acknowledged having recently used cannabis and also having experienced symptoms of opioid withdrawal over the previous 30 days.

Researchers reported that the majority of subjects reported “clinically meaningful” improvements from cannabis, particularly with respect to improved sleep and reduced anxiety.

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How Does CBD Interact with Your Immune System?

California was the first state to legalize the use of medical cannabis, back in 1996, and a lot of things have changed since then. More and more states followed the examples of sunny California and opened their arms and hearts to this peace-bringing herb. It interacts with the human body in many ways, including interacting with the immune system.

At the time of writing, there are 40 states in which cannabis is legal to some extent. In 11 of those states, marijuana is entirely legal for both medical and recreational use.

But fun and high times aren’t the only thing cannabis legalization brought. For the first time in US history, researchers in the field of medicine and pharmacology have the liberty to study the herb and its components.

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This study asked regular cannabis users what an effective dose is. The average answer would be enough to kill most humans

Apparently, a little (cannabis) knowledge really is a dangerous thing. In fact, it could be deadly.

Researchers at the University of Buffalo and the University of Michigan wanted to find out how knowledgable people are about the cannabis they consume — especially those who use it the most. So, they went to Hash Bash in April 2019, an annual cannabis advocacy event held at the University of Michigan campus, and asked what cannabis enthusiasts thought were effective doses of CBD and THC.

It appears not quite as much as one might expect — at least for some attendees, according to a statement from the University of Buffalo.

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Canopy Growth sees up to $800M charge on global restructuring

Canopy Growth Corp. announced sweeping changes Thursday across its global operations aimed at cutting costs that will result in a charge of up to $800 million and a headcount reduction of 85 full-time positions.

Canopy said it will exit Africa, cease cultivation in Colombia, shut down its Saskatchewan production facility, and halt hemp cultivation in New York due to an oversupply of the product from last year's growing season. 

"When I arrived at Canopy Growth in January, I committed to conducting a strategic review in order to lower our cost structure and reduce our cash burn," said David Klein, Canopy’s chief executive officer, in a statement. 

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4/20 pot celebrations to join online amid coronavirus lockdown

The world has moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Everything from Easter mass in the Vatican to fitness classes is being live-streamed as the virus outbreak has forced more than half of the world’s population into lockdown.

Due to the dramatic circumstances, most of this year’s 4/20 celebrations have been cancelled or postponed. But there’s no reason you can’t mark the informal stoner holiday from the comfort and safety of your home as cannabis-oriented celebrations have also moved online. 

We bring you a selection of some of the best events pot-lovers can enjoy this April 20, including virtual parties, cooking sessions and new shows in order to honor the holiday and come together during these trying times.   

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Willie Nelson to Host ‘Come and Toke It’ Livestream Variety Show on 4/20

Willie Nelson, country’s patron saint of marijuana, will host a livestreamed variety show dubbed “Come and Toke It” on April 20th, or 4/20, the unofficial weed holiday.

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Apr

No Evidence Connecting Smoking Or Vaping To COVID-19, Says FDA

While the FDA is now backtracking its initial statement, ingesting combustible smoke could lead to more serious symptoms from  coronavirus.

Just three weeks ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced vaping or smoking could increase risk to contracting the novel coronavirus. Health officials followed their lead and warned smoking or vaping would compromise the lungs and immune system, compounding susceptibility to COVID-19.

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Apr

Marijuana Has Been Deemed ‘Essential’ — But Essential for Whom?

As the coronavirus spread across the country in March, and stay-at-home orders began to go into effect, every state with a regulated cannabis system allowed weed sales to continue in some form, deeming medical-marijuana businesses essential

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COVID-19 Fuels Marijuana Industry Push for Permanently Legal Online Sales and Delivery

During the COVID-19 pandemic Colorado has temporarily made the online sale of recreational marijuana legal, “fulfilling one of the pot industry’s biggest wishes and fueling its argument for more concessions that could be made permanent when the crisis eases”, reports the Associated Press.

“It’s one of several signs emerging from the virus outbreak of just how far ingrained marijuana has become in mainstream life in several states.” Dispensaries are being designated “critical businesses” and are allowed to operate through statewide stay-at-home orders. In addition, markets such as California, Washington state and Oregon are allowing curbside pickup during the crisis.

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Two Pot Stocks to Watch as The Industry Continues to Change

The cannabis market is one of the fastest-growing industries of today. With only a few years behind us at this point, it seems as though it is difficult to make any large deductions about where pot stocks are headed. But, in the long term, we can begin to figure out what trends are worth considering and which are not. In the short term, however, the coronavirus has made it extremely difficult to predict movements in the marijuana market. Although we can use past data to help us, it still is challenging to pick out short term marijuana stock trends that stay consistent with market sentiment.

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