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Thu
28
Nov

Cross-Pollination Could Cost Marijuana Farmers Several Thousand Dollars As Hemp Production Expands Nationwide

Outdoor marijuana growers are reporting an increase in cross-pollination from hemp farms, a development that could mean MJ cultivators might lose upwards of tens of thousands of dollars if their plants become unmarketable as flower products.

As the marijuana and hemp industries increasingly share the same cultivation territory, the number of conflicts is likely to increase, particularly in areas with thriving outdoor cannabis cultivation.

Wed
27
Nov

Is ‘Green Wednesday’ More Than a PR Stunt?

There’s a new name for the day before Thanksgiving, when people head to their local dispensary to stock up on cannabis products before feasting and celebrating with family: Green Wednesday. But is this holiday a real stoner event — or just a creation of PR firms?

Based on interviews with industry insiders and the relevant data, the holiday appears to be both driven by organic consumer demand and by excitement from stores offering deals and promotions. It might not be a unique cultural event born from cannabis culture like 420 or 710, but regardless, it’s a thing!

Wed
27
Nov

Big retailers could shy away from CBD as FDA's unease over safety of the cannabis compound grows

CBD wholesalers should “have big concerns” about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s growing unease about the safety of the cannabis compound, according to one chief executive officer.

The FDA said Monday that it “cannot conclude that CBD is generally recognized as safe among qualified experts for its use in human or animal food.”

It added that “some of the available data raise serious concerns about potential harm from CBD,” including liver injury, drowsiness, diarrhea and changes in mood, and raised questions about its impact on children and pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Wed
27
Nov

5 Problems Facing The Fledgling Hemp Industry

Cannabis activist Jack Herer once opined that hemp is the only thing that could save the world. So when the new Farm Bill was written into law last year, many believed it to be the birth of an industry with world-changing potential.   

While they might yet be correct in their beliefs, the national liberalization of hemp has not been without some hurdles. Tightening regulations, lack of infrastructure, and ‘hot’ crops have all contributed to a difficult year for those who have turned their hand to hemp farming. 

Here are some of the main problems plaguing the hemp industry today:

Wed
27
Nov

2 Marijuana Stocks To Watch Before December

With the holidays on their way, it seems as though some marijuana stocks have been able to give their gifts a little earlier than planned. A high level of volatility has contributed to the overall current state that we are in with pot stocks. With so many to choose from, finding the right one can often be a difficult task. This, however, becomes much easier with a larger amount of research.

Wed
27
Nov

Study finds cannabis could relieve headaches

Research from Washington State University suggests cannabis could be used to relieve headaches, university researchers said in the Journal of Pain.

According to the research, inhaled cannabis reduces self-reported headache severity by 47.3% and migraine severity by 49.6%.

According to Washington State, the study was the first to use big data from headache and migraine patients using cannabis in real time.

“We were motivated to do this study because a substantial number of people say they use cannabis for headache and migraine, but surprisingly few studies had addressed the topic,” said Carrie Cuttler, a Washington State University assistant professor of psychology, the lead author on the paper.

Wed
27
Nov

How To Use CBD To Fight Common Cold And Flu Symptoms

While CBD is no penicillin, it can be used as a supplement in fighting flu and cold symptoms.

We’ve reached that time of year when washing hands and avoiding errant sneezing particles is essential. Cases of the common cold usually begin in August, but no one wants to sick in the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s when parties are abundant and work becomes less so.

Wed
27
Nov

More evidence seems to point to marijuana as an effective pain-reliever

Researchers at Washington State University offered new support this week for claims that cannabis is an effective pain-reliever in a study that used data from the medical marijuana analytics app Strainprint.

The study published in the Journal of Pain found that smoking marijuana can reduce the severity of headaches and migraines by nearly 50% based on real-time data provided by the innovative app.

Strainprint, founded by medical marijuana patient Stephanie Karasick in 2016, collects anonymous patient-reported data on different strains they use to treat their conditions and tracks their results.

Wed
27
Nov

In Spite of Struggles, Cannabis Jobs Market Still Getting Stronger

The cannabis industry is still struggling to recover from the sluggish sales, layoffs and all the other dark day mayhem that has presented itself over the past year or so due to the still vibrant underground market. But that doesn’t mean that these setbacks, some of which really turned the screws in recent months, have tortured the industry to the point of going stagnant. In fact, in spite of some companies being forced to terminate hundreds of positions to stay afloat, a recent report from Vangst shows that the cannabis-related job market continues grow.

Tue
26
Nov

The Science Behind Marijuana And Gaming Performance

There are some potential drawbacks to using weed while gaming, namely the decrease in linear motor response and a slowing in the perception of time. 

For many, cannabis and video games is as inspired a combination as peanut butter and chocolate. While many devotees of both swear marijuana boosts their gaming performance, so far the emerging science is mixed. Weed might actually improve certain performance factors, but may also decrease others.

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