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Hemp seed oil is the key ingredient in Vido's Health & Beauty USA skincare products

HSO Moisturizes, Reduces Inflammation and is High in Antioxidants

Hemp Seed Oil is the perfect ingredient in skincare products.

“HSO moisturizes, reduces inflammation, and provides high levels of antioxidants,” said Iva Plummer, one of the co-founders of Vido’s Health & Beauty USA. “HSO’s anti-inflammatory properties allow it to treat skincare issues.”

Inflammation is a common cause of a variety of skin conditions.

“There are several symptoms of skincare inflammation, such as itching, burning, redness, blisters or pimples, and cracked skin,” Plummer said. “HSO is great for the skin because it has anti-inflammatory properties.”

Vido’s Health & Beauty USA products contain Hemp Seed Oil and are packed with vitamins A, C, and E, and other natural essential oils to create herbal elixirs that enhance the skin’s appearance.

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Does CBD help with social anxiety? What the latest medical studies say

What is otherwise considered normal for the rest of us, such as making eye contact, talking to people, and interacting with others, is extremely difficult and nerve-wrecking for the socially anxious.

Being an introvert is different from having social anxiety. Whereas its normal for introverts to feel drained from social interactions, social anxiety is actually a type of mental illness that causes a person to experience fear during social situations.

Also known as social phobia, people who suffer from this condition experience severe dread and fear whenever they have to do anything with other people; it could be public speaking, making a presentation, attending a party, or even a simple family gathering.

What is otherwise considered normal for the rest of us, such as making eye contact, talking to people, and interacting with others, is extremely difficult and nerve-wrecking for the socially anxious. These can result in physical symptoms such as sweating, increased heart rate, trembling, dizziness, upset stomach, and brain fog.  With around 7% of the American population suffering from social anxiety disorder, it’s more common than we think but treatment and diagnosis is necessary to prevent it from escalating to depression or substance abuse.

Currently, available treatments are not always successful. Data shows that just 30% of anxiety patients undergoing treatment show improvements, but it’s also not helpful that pharmacological treatments have negative side effects.

How can CBD help

Cannabidiol, one of the two main cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, is a non-psychoactive compound that has shown to be tremendously effective in treating many different forms of anxiety. Generalized social anxiety disorder is one of them. While using cannabis with psychoactive THC may be helpful for some, it is also known to trigger paranoia which can make anxiety even worse in others. For these reasons, CBD may be the best choice.

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Surprising side effects of Smoking Marijuana

 

 

Although pot has its benefits, it's not without side effects.

The public acceptance of marijuana has skyrocketed in recent years, and increased legalization means that more people have access to recreational marijuana than ever. Although pot has its benefits, it's not without side effects, some you may never have considered. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

 

 

1. Lung irritation

Unlike tobacco, marijuana use has not been found to raise the risk of lung cancer. But it still involves inhaling smoke, which can be hard on your lungs.

"Marijuana smoke irritates the lungs, and people who smoke marijuana frequently can have the same breathing problems as those who smoke tobacco," says the NIDA. You may experience coughing, increased mucus, wheezing or chest tightness. 

2. Increased heart attack risk

Experts say that THC, the main ingredient in marijuana, can increase the heart rate—by 20 to 50 beats in a minute, lasting for several hours. According to Harvard Medical School, the risk of a heart attack is greater in the hours after smoking marijuana than it is normally. And a study published in the journal Cell last month found that frequent marijuana users are more likely to have a first heart attack before the age of 50. Researchers think THC may cause inflammation in blood vessels, raising that risk.

3. Stomach upset

Marijuana is occasionally prescribed to relieve nausea, but it can also cause stomach problems itself. For people with cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), using marijuana can lead to stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting, sometimes severe. And it's surprisingly common—experts estimate 2.7 million Americans experience the condition. According to the Cleveland Clinic, you have a higher risk of developing CHS if you use marijuana at least once a week, and if you've used marijuana since adolescence.

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Jointly app helps canna-curious figure out what works for them

According to the Jointly: Cannabis Wellness app, nearly one out of three Arizonans who logged into the free app consumes cannabis to "relax and refresh." Those are the biggest reasons people consume marijuana in this state, according to the experience-based cannabis product rating platform.

The app solicits consumers to ask themselves, "What kind of experience am I after?" The self-analysis demonstrates to cannabis users "purposeful cannabis consumption," which is broken down into 11 experiences that "is the key to unlocking a new level of well-being."

The second-most popular reason Arizona Jointly subscribers consume cannabis is to "relieve everyday stress," which accounts for one of four participating Arizonans.

The remaining nine choices are: to focus and create; improve sleep; ease everyday pain; enjoy social experiences; energize and uplift; replace other substances; enhance intimacy; recover from exercise; and stimulate appetite, which was the experience with the lowest percentile among the Grand Canyon State's subscribers.

Jointly has more than 200,000 unique cannabis experiences from worldwide users in its database. Many live in metro Phoenix. On the app, which can be downloaded onto IOS or Android devices, users rate the cannabis products they consume, which helps fellow-valley cannabis users determine the best outcome for their needs. But unlike Yelp and Google Reviews, where almost anybody with a device can instantaneously key in on their experience about a product and service — a single Jointly rating takes a few minutes to input into the cannabis product database.

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Research chemicals provide dangerous, experimental highs to desperate users

In a country where over 1 million people get arrested for drug-related crimes every year, a legal loophole exists that makes ordering thousands of different drugs so accessible you can purchase them with your debit card.

Research chemicals are newly-synthesized drugs that have not yet been scheduled by the FDA, making them very easy to order online under the guise of “not for human consumption.” Every year, teams of shadowy scientists from all around the globe create oodles of new chemical compounds that are relatively similar to drugs people already take recreationally, but completely different chemically speaking. This is super dangerous because minute differences in chemical composition could mean the difference between a killer high and a high that kills you, as Cal Poly Humboldt Chemistry professor Joshua Smith reminded me.

“The most infamous drug you should learn about is thalidomide,” Smith said.

“One version of it was an anti-nausea drug for pregnant women. One very small change to it created horrible birth defects.”

That’s a very succinct way of saying just because a drug is similar to another drug in terms of chemical composition, it should not be considered safe to take by any stretch of the imagination. 25i is a well-known example of this. It gained popularity as a cheap replacement to LSD for a while until people started overdosing and dying because it was much more toxic than LSD and very poorly understood. Many of the thousands of different novel compounds available for purchase online have never been tested on humans but are still sold under catchy names like “Dr Buzz pellets” or “Mitsubishi capsules,” leading one to assume that there are people taking gross advantage of this legal loophole to lure addicts and dealers into buying knockoff drugs.

I posted something on my personal social media accounts asking if anyone I knew had tried these drugs, I received no less than 30 firsthand accounts of awful terrible no good very bad experiences with “liquid Xanax” or “fake acid” and the like. I received a fair amount of feedback from a handful of people who knew all about research chemicals and had personally ordered several, sometimes with mild or nonexistent consequences but more often to the tune of a very bad trip. There are also Reddit threads dedicated to the research chemical lifestyle with thousands of members. Out of all those people, two agreed to speak with me on the record.


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Rhode Island lawmakers approve weed legalization bill

The Rhode Island General Assembly passed legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis on Tuesday, making the state the 19th in the nation to end the prohibition of recreational pot.

The Rhode Island General Assembly approved legislation to legalize recreational pot on Tuesday, culminating years of work by lawmakers and activists to reform the state’s cannabis policy. Democratic Governor Dan McKee is expected to sign the legislation Wednesday afternoon, according to media reports, making Rhode Island the 19th state in the nation to legalize cannabis for use by adults.

After lawmakers passed the bill, Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey thanked his colleagues for their work on the issue, which has resulted in a recreational pot legalization bill to be introduced in the General Assembly every year since 2011.

“This is a truly momentous day for Rhode Island. I’m deeply grateful to Senator Miller for his years of hard work and leadership on this issue, and I’m incredibly proud to have been part of reaching this point,” McCaffrey said, as quoted by the Providence Journal.

“Ending cannabis prohibition helps us right past wrongs while creating new opportunities for all Rhode Islanders. This is the right move, at the right time, for our state.”

The legislation legalizes possession of up to one ounce of cannabis by adults aged 21 and older. Possession by adults of up to 10 ounces is permitted in a private home, as is the cultivation of up to three mature and three immature cannabis plants.

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Patients who use marijuana may need more sedation during endoscopies

If you use pot, you may need more sedation than normal during a gastric endoscopy, according to a new study.

"Patients didn't have increased awareness or discomfort during procedures, but they did require more drugs," lead author Dr. Yasmin Nasser said in a news release from the American Gastroenterological Association. Nasser is an assistant professor in the Institute for Chronic Diseases at the University of Calgary School of Medicine in Canada.

With increases in marijuana legalization and use, doctors need to be aware of patients' use of the drug and prepare themselves and their patients for the possible need of increased sedation and associated risks, the study authors said.

In an endoscopy, a tube with a camera is inserted down the throat to examine the upper digestive system. Patients typically receive conscious sedation, meaning they're partially conscious but relaxed during the procedure.

In this study, researchers assessed the link between marijuana and sedation in 419 adult outpatients undergoing gastric endoscopy or colonoscopy at three centers in Canada.

The patients were asked about their pot use and their awareness and comfort level during the procedure. The researchers analyzed the use of the sedatives midazolam, fentanyl and diphenhydramine during the patients' procedures.

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Revoltech closes seed round for LOVR Alt leather made of upcycled hemp waste materials

German startup Revoltech announces it has closed a seven-figure seed round for leather substitute LOVR, made of hemp fibres from the leftover residues of CBD products. The funds will bring the 100% biodegradable, plastic-free and climate-neutral material to market.

LOVR stands for “leather-like-without plastic-vegan-residue-based” and was developed with the goal of transforming the leather industry by introducing a truly sustainable material made from agricultural waste. Its production is based on the principles of the circular economy and does not involve the use of chemicals.

Revoltech, founded in 2021 by Lucas Fuhrmann, Julian Mushövel and Montgomery Wagner, has signed a joint investment agreement with b.value AG, BMH Beteiligungs-Managementgesellschaft Hessen mbH and HEAG. The seven-figure seed investment will be used to develop operations and expand production of the sustainable textile.

Revoltech says, “We make use of waste materials and turn them into something new. The journey of LOVR starts on a field, more specifically with a hemp plant. It is grown for CBD products. We use the crop waste as the base for LOVR. Our trusted agricultural partners supply us with their by-products. This is how LOVR promotes a transparent, regional, and sustainable circular economy. Free from global supply chains, and full of appreciation for people, materials and nature.”

Says Julian Mushövel, Co-Founder & CTO: “Our breakthrough technology ensures that we can produce LOVR with a minimal carbon footprint. Our material will play an important role in fighting climate change and preserving our ecosystems.”

Financing market entry

“The seed funding is a big step for LOVR. I am very happy that we have found partners who share and support our vision of a sustainable circular economy,” says Lucas Fuhrmann, Co-Founder and CEO.

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Hemp for weight loss? “Diet weed” THCV takes fitness world by storm

CBD from hemp and THC from cannabis have been rising in popularity for years, but have you heard of THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin)? THCV gummies and oils are taking the fitness and diet world by storm. This is because THCV effects include increased energy and focus as well as appetite suppression. This stimulating rare cannabinoid has been referred to as “diet weed” or “skinny pot” due to its THCV weight loss potential. In this article, we’ll answer your questions about this unique hemp compound: What is THCV? What are THCV benefits? Does THCV weight loss work?

If you want to try THCV for yourself, Rare Cannabinoid Company was the first company in the world to formulate a purified THCV oil tincture and THCV with CBD blend. They also sell the strongest THCV gummies on the market. With the largest selection of non-psychoactive cannabinoids, the premium brand also sells full spectrum Hawaiian CBD, CBDA, CBGA, CBDV, CBC, CBG, CBN and terpenes. Their high-quality products are produced in a cGMP-certified facility and undergo multiple third-party lab tests with results online and via QR code. Buy THCV gummies and oils here.

What is THCV?

THCV cannabinoid is found in cannabis and hemp plants. Cannabinoids are compounds that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system helps to regulate various functions in the body including pain, inflammation, mood, and appetite. THCV specifically turns off the CB1 receptor. This suppresses hunger. Conversely, THC (the main psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis) turns on the CB1 receptor causing the munchies.

What are THCV effects? THCV benefits?

THCV weight loss potential is just one of the THCV benefits that are gaining popularity. THCV effects also include increased energy and focus as well as appetite suppression. This mix of appetite suppression and increased energy may also help type 2 diabetes. A scientific study also found that THCV reduced nicotine cravings in rodents and THCV may be helpful for addictions to other substances.

Does THCV weight loss work?

“In rodent studies, THCV decreases appetite, increases satiety, and up-regulates energy metabolism, making it a clinically useful remedy for weight loss and management of obesity and type 2 diabetic patients,” says the The U.S. National Library of Science.

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Busted grow houses converted to Habitat for Humanity homes under Sacramento plan

Habitat for Humanity considers it a win-win situation for both affordable housing and busted growers.

The City of Sacramento and Habitat for Humanity whipped up a plan to kill two birds with one stone—offering people busted with grow houses to donate their house to a worthy cause instead of paying high penalties.

Since busted growers already face six-digit amounts of money in administrative penalties, this program would simply allow them to put their properties to good use instead, perhaps reducing costs in the process. Under the program, property owners who get cited for illegally running cannabis grow operations can choose to donate their property directly to Habitat for Humanity. The program is called Justice for Neighbors (JFN).

NBC affiliate KRCA 3 profiled the story, including two houses that have already opted to be converted to Habitat for Humanity homes.

“This program is a great example of the city thinking outside the box,” City of Sacramento Senior Deputy City Attorney Emilio Camacho said.

The JFN program is run through the Sacramento City Attorney’s Office. JFN was launched in 2006—targeting what they call “major physical and criminal nuisances that degrade the quality of life in the City’s neighborhoods.” Cannabis grow houses are considered one of many types of nuisances that make people say “not in my neighborhood.” This also involves drug trade, human trafficking, and other security hazards.

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Busted grow houses converted to Habitat for Humanity homes under Sacramento plan

Habitat for Humanity considers it a win-win situation for both affordable housing and busted growers.

The City of Sacramento and Habitat for Humanity whipped up a plan to kill two birds with one stone—offering people busted with grow houses to donate their house to a worthy cause instead of paying high penalties.

Since busted growers already face six-digit amounts of money in administrative penalties, this program would simply allow them to put their properties to good use instead, perhaps reducing costs in the process. Under the program, property owners who get cited for illegally running cannabis grow operations can choose to donate their property directly to Habitat for Humanity. The program is called Justice for Neighbors (JFN).

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Justice Department reports federal arrests for marijuana declined as the more states legalize it

The US Department of Justice reported that federal marijuana arrests continue to decline as more states move to legalize cannabis.

Cannabis busts dropped an average of 11 percent each year since 2010 when the DEA made 8,215 arrests,” reported Marijuana Moment. (Benzinga)

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, several factors generate a decrease in arrests, including the coronavirus pandemic which drove an "81% decline in arrests and a 77% decline in the cases charged from March to April 2020."

Furthermore, the federal U.S. Sentencing Commission (USCC), a bipartisan, independent agency located in the judicial branch of government, released a report in March, which found that federal prosecutions over marijuana dropped in 2021, with fewer than 1,000 people charged with cannabis trafficking cases.
 

Marijuana reforms reduce racial injustice

A study published by the American Medical Association in November 2021, revealed that states with legalized or decriminalized cannabis have seen large reductions in race-based arrests among adults. Researchers from Eastern Virginia Medical School and Saint Louis University analyzed data from 43 states and recognized a specific pattern indicating that removing or loosening laws around marijuana is connected to notable decreases in arrest rates compared to states that have kept cannabis illegal.

 

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Sananbio provides the perfect spectrum to help your plants grow

Sananbio has been devoted to maximizing the nutrition absorption rate for cannabis plants during their growth for higher THC/CBD content.

Say hello to Sananbio! The rising legalization and growing use of cannabis for medical purposes in North America are expected to further propel its market growth. Countries in the region are actively liberalizing laws related to cannabis, especially for adult-use, which has driven the product demand in the recreational use application segment. Furthermore, an increase in the preference for Cannabidiol (CBD)-based products, such as food and beverages, cosmetics, and wellness products in the country also supports the market growth of cannabis. The U.S. House of Representatives just recently passed the MORE Act, a bill that would end the federal prohibition on cannabis, meaning that the U.S may have full entry of cannabis on a national level.

As we all know, cannabis requires a fair amount of light, that’s why it’s usually grown in a field where it has a long day of sunlight. Recently, the demand for medical cannabis has greatly increased, and more growers have started to try out greenhouse and indoor cultivation due to the regulations regarding the CBD/THC content. Replacing sunlight with artificial light provides indoor cultivation more certainty with steady yield. Sananbio’s PHX series was born upon the request.

Combined with experiences in real cultivation, Sananbio’s PHX 1.1 has different model types that are specialized for the vegetation, transformation and flowering period based on the results collected from the research on the spectrum and light intensity.

In the vegetative period for the cannabis, Sananbio’s LED panel provides the spectrum that balances well between double wave crests of blue, green, and red light, helping cannabis to grow rapidly with the robust stem in a controllable height. When the plant is healthy and robust, it won’t fall down easily during the flowering period, which will significantly boost the THC/CBD content. 

Red light is included in the transformation and flowering period while the ratio and intensity of other lights in the spectrum is also adjusted for better growth of the plant. The endorsement of this optimized spectrum and ultra-uniform light intensity propels the pre-flower period to vegetation without plants being burnt, withered or yellowing. With a good-quality nutrition solution and gradually-increased intensity, the plant will grow stronger and bloom faster during the flowering period. Long and lush clusters of flower heads also can be easily achieved under this circumstance, most varieties are very productive, averaging one pound per flower and 10% more THC/CBD content.


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Psilocybin causes ‘significant reduction’ in symptoms of depression, largest of its kind study shows

 

COMPASS Pathways psilocybin study shows a significant improvement in treatment-resistant depression symptoms.

At the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2022 Annual Meeting that began on May 21 in New Orleans, Louisiana, COMPASS Pathways unveiled the “largest randomized, controlled, double-blind study of psilocybin therapy ever completed,” according to a May 24 press release, and the data shows “significant” improvements to treatment-resistant depression (TRD) symptoms.

Participants were given a single dose of investigational COMP360 psilocybin, in doses of 25 mg or 10 mg, compared to 1 mg in patients with TRD. For the study, 233 patients with TRD received either 1 mg, 10 mg, or 25 mg COMP360 psilocybin, along with psychological support from therapists. Symptoms of depression were calculated using the Montgomery-Åsberg depression rating scale (MADRS).

The MADRS system has been used in the world of psychiatry since 1979 and measures apparent sadness (despondency, gloom), reported sadness, inner tension (discomfort, turmoil, dread), reduced sleep, reduced appetite, and concentration difficulty, typically in a ten-item questionnaire.

The people who received a 25 mg dose of COMP360 psilocybin with psychological support experienced a “highly statistically significant reduction in symptoms of depression after three weeks.” The difference between the group that received 25 mg and the group that received 1 mg was -6.6 on the MADRS depression scale at week three.

The effects also lasted very long—for three months, in some cases. The findings show that psilocybin provides “a rapid and durable response for up to 12 weeks.”

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North Carolina lawmaker introduces legalization bill

 

The North Carolina legislation faces long odds in the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

A Democratic lawmaker in North Carolina on Monday introduced a bill that would legalize the sale and possession of recreational cannabis for adults in the state.

State Sen. Toby Fitch’s proposal focuses primarily on “the sale, possession and use of marijuana,” according to the Winston-Salem Journal, “although a section covers the legal use of industrial hemp.”

As in other states and cities that have lifted the prohibition on pot, Fitch’s bill would apply to individuals who are 21 and older.

Under the proposal, those adults could “possess up to two ounces of marijuana on their person,” the newspaper reported, but there would be restrictions and penalties tied to consuming pot in public.

According to the Winston-Salem Journal, anyone “who possesses more than two ounces on their person in a public setting could be subject to a civil penalty of up to $25,” but “anyone possessing more than one pound of marijuana—not including a marijuana licensure—could be found guilty of a Class F felony and face a fine of up to $250,000.”

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Delaware Gov. John Carney vetoes popular marijuana legalization bill

 

He said he was going to do it, and on Tuesday, Delaware Gov. John Carney vetoed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. His decision disappointed many, including those in the Democrat’s own party.

To legalize marijuana or not? It’s a decision that’s creating a lot of buzz in Delaware.

“For being the first state, I feel like we’re always the last in everything,” Delaware resident Caitlyn Scully said.

On Tuesday, Gov. John Carney vetoed a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana for up to one ounce for adults.

“Very surprised. Very, very,” Delaware resident Liam Dinan said.

“I don’t know what to say for a Democratic governor to do that is just, I’m speechless.”

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WM Technology, Inc. announces participation at Jefferies 2022 Cannabis Summit and Stifel 2022 Cross Sector Insight Conference

WM Technology, Inc. (“WM Technology” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: MAPS), the leading marketplace and technology solutions provider to the cannabis industry, today announced it will be presenting and taking investor meetings at the following upcoming conferences:

Jefferies 2022 Cannabis Summit
On Thursday June 2nd, 2022, WM Technology will be taking institutional investor meetings at the Jefferies 2022 Cannabis Summit.Stifel 2022 Cross Sector Insight Conference
On Thursday, June 9th, 2022 at 10:20am EST, WM Technology management will be hosting a fireside chat for institutional investors at the Stifel 2022 Cross Sector Insight Conference. The company will also be taking institutional investor meetings.

WM Technology’s conference presentations are expected to be available via webcast on the Investor Relations section of the company’s website.

About WM Technology

Founded in 2008, WM Technology (Nasdaq: MAPS) operates the leading online cannabis marketplace, Weedmaps, with a comprehensive set of eCommerce and compliance software solutions, WM Business, sold to retailers and brands in the U.S. state-legal and Canadian cannabis markets. The Company’s mission is to power a transparent and inclusive global cannabis economy.

The Company’s technology addresses the challenges facing both consumers seeking to understand cannabis products and businesses who serve cannabis users in a legally compliant fashion. Over the past 14 years, the Weedmaps marketplace has become the premier destination for cannabis consumers to discover and browse information regarding cannabis and cannabis products, permitting product discovery and order-ahead for pickup or delivery by participating retailers. WM Business is a set of eCommerce-enablement tools designed to help retailers and brands get the best out of the Weedmaps’ consumer experience, create labor efficiencies, and manage compliance needs.

WM Technology holds a strong belief in the power of cannabis and the importance of enabling safe, legal access to consumers worldwide. Since inception, WM Technology has worked tirelessly, not only to become the most comprehensive platform for consumers, but to build the software solutions that power businesses compliantly in the space, to advocate for legalization, social equity, and licensing in many jurisdictions, and to facilitate further learning through partnering with subject matter experts on providing detailed, accurate information about the plant.

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Cannabis strain labels are misleading, research suggests: Authors call for labeling similar to FDA for food

Do you know what kind of weed you're smoking? 

Have you ever wondered how useful labels on cannabis products are, or not? (Benzinga)

According to a new study that examined almost 90,000 samples across six states, they're not very useful. While most cannabis enthusiasts rely on labels like Indica, Sativa and Hybrid to help them distinguish one marijuana category from another, the new study suggests this is somewhat misleading, reported CU Boulder Today.  

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Doctors wary of cannabis as a medicine

Doctors seem wary of prescribing approved cannabis products ahead of substantial clinical trials, and patients are missing out, writes Dr Karen Oldfield

Awareness of cannabis as a medicinal product has been rising significantly. Doctors in Aotearoa New Zealand report more patients are asking about the use of cannabis as a medicine—and patients report they’re comfortable discussing the drug with their doctors.

But there are still obstacles facing those who want to use cannabis for medicinal purposes. My research found many patients who had spoken to their doctor about it did not receive a prescription.

In a survey of 153 neurology patients, 45 (29 percent) said they’d discussed medicinal cannabis use with their GP but just seven were prescribed a cannabis product.

The results were similar when patients raised the drug’s use with their specialist: of 43 patients who had discussed it, just nine were prescribed a product.

With prescriptions hard to come by, one in three were instead using illicit or recreational cannabis, either smoking or ingesting products to treat symptoms.

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Is cannabis effective in managing bipolar disorder symptoms?

Debate surrounding the legality of medical cannabis in Malaysia re-emerged recently following the arrest last month of nasyid singer Muhammad Yasin Sulaiman, who has bipolar disorder.

On March 31, the 47-year old Yasin, who is also a composer, was charged with drug trafficking after officers found 17 cannabis plants and 214 grams of dried plant material at his home in Kota Damansara, near here.

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mental illness that brings severe high and low moods and changes in sleep, energy, thinking, and behaviour. It affects work, school, relationships, physical health and many other aspects of everyday life.

To date, scientists have neither identified the actual cause of bipolar disorder nor found a cure. However, it can be treated using a combination of different treatments such as medicine to prevent episodes of mania and depression and these are known as mood stabilisers.

Others include psychological treatment such as talking therapies, which help the individual deal with depression; and also lifestyle advice, such as doing regular exercise. But, there are those who resort to alternative treatments such as the use of cannabis or ganja.

Legalizing medical cannabis

But is cannabis actually effective in managing bipolar disorder symptoms? Or could it make it worse? Existing evidence suggests severe side effects of cannabis use, including symptoms of psychosis in some instances.

Yasin's arrest sparked nationwide debate on the medical legality of cannabis, with various quarters urging the government to consider legalising the use of medical cannabis.

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