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Medical Cannabis alleviates Neurological & Pain-Related ailments, new study shows

Of the 808 study respondents, 77% reported positive effects — with 28% citing reduced pain, 18% noting improved sleep, and 22% experiencing reduced anxiety. (Benzinga)

An online study conducted by Realm of Caring, a cannabis nonprofit advocacy organization, and researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that “medical cannabis consumption can improve the quality of life for those who could not find reprieve from traditional methods.”

Study results, published in Frontiers in Pharmacology, showed that medical cannabis helped mitigate various neurological disorders and pain-related ailments that were impacting participants.

“Realm of Caring takes part in IRB-approved (Institutional Review Board) research to ensure we are truly helping individuals to improve their quality of life,” said Sasha Kalcheff-Korn, executive director for Realm of Caring.

Method: Study participants who consumed medicinal cannabis were invited to complete anonymous surveys to provide feedback about their experiences. “Of the 808 study respondents, 77% reported positive effects — with 28% citing reduced pain, 18% noting improved sleep, and 22% experiencing reduced anxiety.

“This research spotlights several concerns that we actively address, such as providing information to the medical community, partnering with quality product companies for more affordable options, and providing free one-on-one support to alleviate unwanted side effects. Realm of Caring will continue to collect and publish data to ensure we fulfill our mission,” Kalcheff-Korn added.

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Cannabis Startups should have the same Opportunities as other Businesses

It's time to align federal law with state actions on cannabis by legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana sales, use and possession.

When veterans Wanda James and Scott Durrah of Denver wanted to start their business, they couldn't go to the Small Business Administration to apply for a loan.

That's because they are in the cannabis industry, and cannabis entrepreneurs are locked out of traditional sources of capital, including capital from the government, such as SBA loans, because, under federal law, marijuana is still illegal.

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Cannabis Public Policy Consulting forms partnership with California Cannabis Authority

SACRAMENTO - Cannabis Public Policy Consulting (CPPC) and California Cannabis Authority (CCA) have launched a partnership to bring expert consulting, the most advanced data analytics, and the most comprehensive and current datasets to cannabis regulation in California.

CPPC is the only independent consultancy in cannabis-focused exclusively on data-informed development and implementation of legalization policies that are designed to create safe, equitable, and efficient markets that promote economic opportunities and protect public health and safety.

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Marijuana Industry moves to become more Sustainable

Cannabis in America is estimated to be worth anywhere $28 billion in 2021 to roughly $197 billion currently as more states and the federal government are expected to legalize marijuana.

However, the cannabis industry is often associated with a negative environmental impact.

Indoor cannabis grows tend to consume a lot of energy because of their heating and cooling needs; cannabis plants require a lot of water, and they often emit aromatic compounds. The cannabis industry has also been criticized for generating a lot of waste, including plastic and paper consumer packaging as well as electronic waste from vapes.

Even so, the sector is still keen on becoming more sustainable.

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This is how much Tax New York State places on Marijuana sales

Let's be honest; the real reason New York State legalized adult-use recreational cannabis is due to the potential tax revenue it will produce.

Although marijuana was decriminalized, the state fast-tracked approval of the legalization of marijuana after COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the budget. So much money was provided for COVID-19 relief and to protect residents, that the state had few options to recoup the money. Then those in power realized that cannabis (and online sports betting) were the answer. Vices usually are, lol. People spend a lot of money on things like gambling, alcohol, tobacco, sex, drugs, and marijuana.

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Children step up to raise funds for Medical Cannabis Prescriptions

Two children, who have seen ‘life-transforming’ results from medical cannabis, will walk four miles to help raise money for private prescriptions.

Murray Gray, age 10, and Ben Griffiths age 13, who both have severe, treatment-resistant epilepsy, will walk the distance of Morecambe Bay, in Lancashire this October, to raise funds for medical cannabis charity Intractable Epilepsy.

Both Ben and Murray have seen life-changing results since being prescribed cannabis privately.

But many families are struggling to fund the costs of the medication, which in some cases can cost more than £1,000 a month.

The boys’ mothers, Karen Gray and Joanne Griffiths, have been prominent campaigners for NHS access, since medical cannabis was legalised almost four years ago in November 2018. 

Since then only three prescriptions have been issued through the health service, while around 90 children are accessing cannabis privately in the UK.

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Legalisation of Cannabis leads to huge Market Growth across Europe

Once all but unthinkable, a wave of legislation legalising the consumption and sale of cannabis is now rolling out across Europe – and with it comes a plethora of business opportunities.

While currently only legal for recreational purposes in Luxembourg and Malta, that number is soon likely to grow, with countries where cannabis consumption is already legal for medical purposes the most likely to break through the next barrier.

Germany, for example, recently announced that the plan to fully legalise cannabis could be drawn up by the end of summer. Indeed, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has stated that he believes the dangers of non-legalisation of recreational cannabis outweigh the risks of legalisation.

Coincidentally, London mayor Sadiq Khan recently launched a commission to examine the effectiveness of the UK’s drug laws, with a particular focus on cannabis. This shift in focus isn’t only important from a justice perspective, putting an end to decades of unnecessary arrest, but is also important for the economic future of each country considering it.

An unmissable opportunity

One need only look at the benefits accrued in places that have legalised cannabis to see how big an opportunity there really is.

Since Canada legalised recreational cannabis use in 2018, for example, the industry has added tens of billions of dollars to the country’s gross domestic product and has created more than 150,000 jobs. Another success can be seen in Colorado, one of a growing number of US states that have legalised cannabis for recreational purposes. In 2021, Colorado collected more than $423m in tax revenue on more than $2bn worth of sales.

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Governor of Bermuda update on Cannabis Licensing Bill

Governor statement, 6 September, on Bermuda Cannabis Licensing Bill 2022.

I previously announced that I had reserved the Cannabis Licensing Bill 2022 for the signification of Her Majesty’s pleasure under Section 35 (2) of The Bermuda Constitution.

I have now received an instruction, issued to me on Her Majesty’s behalf, not to Assent to the Bill as drafted.

The Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs concluded that the Bill, as currently drafted, is not consistent with obligations held by the UK and Bermuda under the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances.

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Cannabis News Week: sales figures, new state protections

Meanwhile, the District of Columbia unleashed its Cannabis Task Force on the city Tuesday to scrutinize the adult-use industry in the city.

The road cannabis legalization has taken in the U.S. has been circuitous to say the least, and with each new piece of state-sponsored legislation, the confusing framework is shown to be even more ridiculous. 

Take California, for example. 

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1954 into law, which would prohibit a physician and surgeon from denying treatment or medication to a qualified patient based solely on a positive drug screen for THC.

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Indica or Sativa: which is Best to treat Anxiety?

A growing body of research evidence shows that marijuana can reduce anxiety symptoms, including separation and social anxiety.

According to the American Psychological Association, anxiety is a major depressive disorder or mental health issue characterized by fear, worried thoughts, and tension. It also causes physical changes, such as increased heartbeat, shaking, trembling, panic attacks, and high blood pressure.

Although each person has different symptoms related to anxiety, the typical signs and symptoms of anxiety disorder are restlessness, emotional distress, feelings of worry, concentration problems, increased irritability, sleep apnea, insomnia, panic disorder, social phobia, behavioral change, mood disorders, etc.

Causes of Anxiety

Causes of anxiety vary from person to person. Many people have a single symptom that causes distress, while some have multiple symptoms. However, the most common causes of anxiety include:

Environmental triggers or external stimuli, such as relationship problems, family issues, financial difficulties, or challenges in maintaining a better work-life balance, can cause anxiety.Studies show that genetics can also cause anxiety. For example, if your father, mother, or grandparents had anxiety, the chances are that you may suffer from the condition.Major depressive disorders such as stress and depression, can increase anxiety levels. Although medications like antidepressants, narcotics, and chronic pain relievers can ease tension, some people have side effects after prolonged use.

While antidepressants are a good option for anxiety, they may also elevate the condition. In addition, hormonal changes during pregnancy, neurological disorders, neuropathic pain, neck and back pain, and chemical imbalances in the brain that increase cortisol production can also cause anxiety.

The Endocannabinoid System

Understanding the endocannabinoid system is essential before using cannabis indica or Sativa strains for anxiety and other depressive disorders. The endocannabinoid system encompasses three critical components: 1). Endocannabinoids, 2). Receptors 3). Enzymes.

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South Africa has what it takes to create Global Cannabis brands

It has been almost four years since the Constitutional Court ruled that South Africans have the right to consume cannabis in the privacy of their own homes, effectively decriminalising the personal use of cannabis.

Since then, there have been important milestones that have enabled the emergence of South Africa’s fledgling cannabis industry.

In 2019, cannabidiol (CBD) was officially rescheduled a level 4 substance, meaning that all CBD containing preparations were rescheduled and fully legal.

In June 2021, the much anticipated Cannabis Master Plan was unveiled, detailing how cannabis can be incorporated into South Africa’s business sector as part of government’s ongoing drive towards legalisation and commercialisation. Government has good reason to want to focus on this industry.

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development estimates that the cannabis industry is worth an estimated R28 billion in South Africa and could create between 10 000 TO 25000 jobs across the sector.

There have, however, been some frustrations along the way as the enabling legislation has not been forthcoming, and the pace of change has been slower than anticipated. However, from the outset, Goodleaf had a clear sense of the opportunity and acted quickly, launching their CBD wellness and lifestyle brand within a year of the Constitutional Court ruling. In 2019, Goodleaf opened South Africa’s first premium CBD store in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre.

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Despite cannabis now being legal in N.Y., child welfare agencies are still using weed to separate families

“Half of those interviewed at length were parents who said it has felt impossible to extricate themselves from deeply rooted biases in the child welfare system surrounding marijuana use, specifically toward people of colour”

Despite the legalization of cannabis in New York, child welfare agencies continue to cite use of the substance in family courts, with parents sometimes being separated from their children because of marijuana consumption.

It is reported that these parents are often minorities, who were disproportionately adversely affected during the War on Drugs.

When marijuana was legalized earlier this year in New York State, many lawmakers argued that racial equity was one of the main potential benefits behind this decision. But available data doesn’t seem to support the view.

​“Half of those interviewed at length were parents who said it has felt impossible to extricate themselves from deeply rooted biases in the child welfare system surrounding marijuana use, specifically toward people of colour,” the website reported. “Those interviews, along with records from family court cases, suggest marijuana continues to be used both to help separate children from their parents and keep families apart in long-running family court cases,” it added.

New York’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) notes that cannabis is never the sole reason why a child is separated from his or her parents. According to the agency, drug and alcohol claims are often lumped together, thereby making the influence of each issue difficult to determine.

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Higher Education: WPI offering Cannabis Certificate Programs this fall

There are four programs focusing on the industry: Cannabis Healthcare & Medicine; Cannabis Law & Policy; The Business of Cannabis; and Cannabis Agriculture and Horticulture.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is going green for the new semester.

The university in Worcester, Massachusetts, is partnering with cannabis education company, Green Flower, to offer four cannabis qualification certificates for those interested in pursuing a career in the growing industry.

“The Massachusetts market is growing so fast from a cannabis perspective and that really needs well-trained people to be able to supply the industry with high-quality talent,” Green Flower CEO Max Simon said.

According to Simon, his California-based company has partnerships with universities all over the country to offer online curriculum -- but this is the first in Massachusetts.

“We’re very excited about this partnership with WPI though because of the fact that the Massachusetts cannabis industry is really one of the best in the country in terms of economic growth, in terms of career opportunity and in terms of just acceptance within the space,” he said.

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Hemp and Cannabis: the future of Farming

The first Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness: Horticulture and Cannabis degree is now offered at SEMO after many student requests and thanks to Professor of Agriculture, Horticulture, and Cannabis Sven Svenson’s dedication to research.

Hemp is a major crop in the United States, and the industry is growing at an exponential rate. Svenson brought the opportunity to the students at SEMO to explore the benefits of this plant.

Hemp is a type of cannabis plant with less than 0.3% THC-content – the psychoactive component of marijuana – and is used for fiber, food, fuel, and medical purposes. Cannabis is a tall, leafy plant that has serrated leaves and glandular hairs.

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The Wild West of unregulated Cannabis Retailers

Step past the Dick Tracy caricature on the sign advertising Street Lawyer Services and into the business at 409 H St. NE and you won’t find a lawyer. No lawyer’s shingle is visible anywhere, inside or out. 

“They’re upstairs,” the woman who greets customers assures us in the brightly lit room, directing our attention away from the art on the walls, the couch no customer is allowed to sit in and the large-screen TV on the wall blasting out “Without Remorse,’’ and toward an array of marijuana products known in DC’s burgeoning and unregulated weed industry as “flower.” 

For a $60-$90 donation to the lawyers supposedly a floor above – what is known in these shadowy businesses as the “gift” ‒ donors can walk out with a thank-you of 3.5 grams of the flower of their choice. At other similar DC businesses, which may number more than 100, the gift is a kid’s sticker normally costing pennies, a QR code giving ownership of amateurish art, a “counseling”’ session, a tiny tube of CBD topical muscle balm or other meaningless and inexpensive item. 

This sleight of hand allows I-71 cannabis entrepreneurs to skirt DC’s law allowing only personal use and sale of medical marijuana. I-71 refers to Initiative 71, approved by DC voters in 2014, which legalized possession of up to two ounces of weed, cultivation of only three mature plants at a time and a “gift” of no more than one ounce of pot to another person over 21 years of age. Federal law still classes marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance whose possession and sale are a felony. 

A loophole in the law has hindered regulation of DC’s retail marijuana sector and engendered a probably illegal and rapidly expanding drug business that appears to be spiraling out of control. 

Capital Community News, publishers of the Hill Rag, East of the River and MidCity DC newspapers, supported by Spotlight DC, a nonprofit supporter of local investigative journalism, has identified 60 of these storefronts, 31 of which appear to be operating without a Basic Business License (BBL), which enables consumers, employees and governmental officials to identify business owners. 25 are operating without a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), which assures consumers the business has been certified as safe and can legally do business at its location.

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Cannabis legalisation will cost Big Pharma billions

Cannabis legislation is threatening to reduce pharmaceutical stock value by billions of dollars as more people are predicted to opt for weed over opioids

What would be the impact of making cannabis legal? According to research, it turns out that the legalisation of cannabis would reduce conventional pharmaceutical sales by billions of dollars.

Researchers from California Polytechnic State University and The University of New Mexico published their findings “U.S. Cannabis Laws Projected to Cost Generic and Brand Pharmaceutical Firms Billions,” in PLOS One.

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Study: Regular Cannabis use not linked to Anhedonia (What Is Anhedonia?)

Researchers found that those who didn’t use cannabis or didn’t use it regularly had higher levels of anhedonia than those who consumed cannabis regularly.

The relationship between anhedonia (the inability to derive pleasure from things or activities) and regular cannabis use has been controversial as previous studies have produced conflicting results. It doesn’t help that every negative psychosocial trait that was ascribed to reefer madness during the dark era of cannabis prohibition still lingers on.

If you grew up in 80s and got to watch “Your brain on drugs,” you can possibly relate. For many decades, marijuana has been “guilty as charged” when it comes to every negative social and psychological trait. But a new study has shown otherwise.

The study, published in The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, showed a null relationship between anhedonia and regular cannabis use. The researchers used data from an earlier study that had investigated cannabis use in teens, called the “CannTeen study.”

Researchers examined 274 participants including adults (26-29 years) and adolescents (16-17 years). The participants were regular cannabis users who had used cannabis in the last three months, with an average use of four times per week. The Snaith Hamilton Pleasure Scale was used to measure anhedonia while the Apathy Evaluation Scale was used to measure apathy.

The results showed that the control group (those who didn’t use cannabis or didn’t use it regularly) had higher levels of anhedonia. This was quite surprising and contrary to the widely held belief that regular cannabis use diminishes one’s enthusiasm for life.

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Is there a lethal dose of Cannabis?

There is no lethal dose of marijuana, however, marijuana can contribute to deaths when consumed irresponsibly and/or there is an underlying health condition.

To “die” from a drug, one must overdose, which has never been observed with cannabis. Weed contains no chemical that has been shown to cause people to overdose and die.

So the answer to the question “Can you die from weed?” is definitive: “No, you can’t die from a weed-induced overdose.” However, weed can contribute to death due to:

IntoxicationAn underlying health condition such as a heart condition

Cannabis has been a contributing factor in fatal car accidents. Research has found that from “2000 to 2018 the percentage of crash deaths involving cannabis increased from 9 percent to 21.5 percent.” 

When a person consumes cannabis, chooses to drive, gets in a car accident, and dies, the cause of death is driving while under the influence. Cannabis is a contributing factor, but the individual’s choice to unsafely drive a car after consuming cannabis is the cause of death.

Persons with underlying cardiac conditions must be mindful not to consume substances that can increase their heart rate (such as caffeine or cannabis). Research has found that for people with certain heart conditions, cannabis consumption can increase the chances of having a heart attack by around 4.8 times. When you have any health condition it is important to speak with your doctor about what you consume.

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Local dispensaries hesitate to apply for Medical Marijuana Licenses

HUNTSVILLE - While some dispensary businesses are eager to put in an application for a medical marijuana license, others are not. With heavy financial regulations, some CBD businesses are taking a second thought at providing the alternative.

With the possibility of paying $40,000 in annual fees regulated by the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) to keep up with a license to sell medical marijuana, some CBD dispensaries are a little hesitant to fill out an application.

“We’re a little reluctant to jump on just due to the $2,500 application fee that’s non-refundable whether you get the license or not and then the license fee and the annual renewal fees as well,” said Jason Rodgers, a budtender at The Green Lady CBD Dispensary.

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Charlottetown craft micro producer and Atlantic Canada Clothing Brand team up to introduce new CBD oil

Charlottetown-based Retro Cannabis & Hemp Extracts, a craft micro producer, has partnered with the region’s largest clothing brand to launch East Coast Lifestyle CBD Oil.

Now available in select Maritime provinces and the Yukon, the oil is made with organic extra virgin olive oil and using and boasts a clean extracted formulation, notes a statement from the Retro.

The company’s “state-of-the-art supercritical carbon dioxide extraction process provided by Advanced Extraction Systems (AES),” a sister company also located in Charlottetown, helps to keep products clean.

“All systems meet and exceed safety and design requirements for all pressure and electrical codes for Canada, the United States and Europe,” notes the AES website.

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