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Quirks of Cannabis tax formula mean Heavy burden for Nevada Cultivators as Prices drop

In Reno cultivator Sarah Rosenfeld’s recent experience, the top dollar a pound of marijuana bud or flower might fetch at wholesale prices is about $1,800 to $2,000, and that’s if it’s packaged and has a high concentration of the active ingredient THC.

Something in bulk with less potency might be closer to $900.

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Vermonters prepare for Retail Cannabis Shops to open this Fall

The Cannabis Control Board will be reviewing its first retail applications next week

SHELDON - The Lanza Family has been focused on growing a lot of green crops on their parcel of land, tucked away in Sheldon, Vermont.

"We've been growing hemp here going on three years now, going on four. Now we're also licensed for adult use cannabis," Jane Lanza said.

Jane and Ben Lanza, who own the Family Tree Cannabis Co. and Family Tree Hemp Co., are thrilled to have received their cannabis manufacturing license from Vermont's Cannabis Control Board just in time to get their products ready to sell in retail stores when they begin to open this fall.

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Documentary film Crew visits Pennsylvania Hemp Farms

AVONDALE - A band of Tennessee filmmakers passed through Pennsylvania this week, visiting hemp farms and interviewing farmers for a documentary film series about industrial hemp called “One Plant.”

“A lot of the people that we’re trying to talk to are right here in Pennsylvania,” said filmmaker Jordan Berger, co-owner of the film company Sunflower.

The first stop the crew made was at Cedar Meadow Farm in Holtwood, Lancaster County, where cover crop coach Steve Groff has been growing hemp since 2019.

“We talked a lot about regenerative agriculture...and how hemp works into all of that,” Berger said of his interview with Groff.

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What works best with your Workout: Edibles, Tinctures, Vapes or Flower?

Believe it or not, smoking is currently the most common method of use for those who incorporate weed into their workouts. Here’s why it may not be right for you.

Infusing marijuana into workout routines is not a new concept, but it certainly is growing in popularity. In fact, a recent study from the University of Colorado, Boulder surveyed cannabis users in legal states and found that 81.7% of participants endorsed using marijuana at the same time as exercising. Clearly marijuana has started to find its footing among the fitness community, at least among those who enjoy both fitness and cannabis.

With more states legalizing recreational weed this trend is only likely to grow more and slowly find its way into the mainstream. While the science is inconclusive about whether you perform much better or worse while under the influence of a bit of THC, it isn’t stopping people from trying it out. But when you decide to add some THC into your fitness regimen, what is the best way to consume it for the best experience?

Smoking Wins the Popular Vote

When you think about the best habit to help your workout, inhaling smoke is probably at the bottom of the list. Still, believe it or not, it is currently the most common method of use for those who incorporate weed into their workouts. At least that is what the results of a recent FitRated study suggest.

The majority of participants in the study (61.1%) opted for a smoking method, with the most popular choice among those methods being a pipe (25.3%). This is compared with 14.3% of participants opting for vaping, 11.8% popping edibles, and only 3.7% went with tinctures.

If you just went by these numbers and what is most popular among those already getting high and exercising, smoking would be the clear winner. Keep in mind there are many factors involved. Flower is often much easier to come by than edibles, vape cartridges and tinctures.
 

While all the participants in the study enjoyed cannabis, they may not all have had the same access to diverse dispensary offerings. Still, if you were wary about smoking a little weed before working out, perhaps these numbers will put you at ease.

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Cannabis users’ ‘lazy stoner’ Stereotype is ‘Unfair’: Scientists

The “lazy stoner” stereotype just went up in smoke.

We all know the cliché: potheads are called spaced-out, lethargic and unmotivated. But a new study has revealed that isn’t always, or even often, the case with cannabis users.

Researchers in the UK found that those who consume cannabis regularly are no more loafing than non-users — and no less likely to enjoy life’s pleasures, either.

“We’re so used to seeing ‘lazy stoners’ on our screens that we don’t stop to ask whether they’re an accurate representation of cannabis users,” said University of Cambridge neuroscientist Martine Skumlien, an author of the study, in a statement Thursday.

“Our work implies that this [term] is in itself a lazy stereotype, and that people who use cannabis are no more likely to lack motivation or be lazier than people who don’t,” Skumlien continued.

The researcher added, “Unfair assumptions can be stigmatizing and could get in the way of messages around harm reduction. We need to be honest and frank about what are and are not the harmful consequences of drug use.”

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This Hemp Dealer is fighting The State over ‘Fundamental Fairness’

The case raises questions about the extent to which government officials can make new laws with little public notice, then shut down businesses not in compliance.

October, Mark White came to Hawaii with the dream of setting up a business under a new state law allowing people to sell products derived from hemp, such as cannabis oil.

Nine months later, the rules on hemp were changed, White’s business, Pinky’s Hempire, was shut down by state officials, and his inventory was seized by state health officials and turned over to police.

“It crushed me,” White said of the June 24 raid by Department of Health officials. “It crushed me and my family.”

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How to Have a Weed-Fueled adventure in Phoenix, Arizona

The cannabis scene in Arizona is poppin’.

There may not be the flash of Las Vegas dispensaries, but there’s unique destinations like the cannabis consumption-friendly Clarendon Hotel and a Scottsdale-Tempe location of Sunday Goods dispensaries that offers complimentary kombucha, cold brew, and drive-thru service.

Phoenix event producer Cloth + Flame throws beautiful gourmet cannabis dinners in the desert, The state is booming in itself—multiple Arizona cities and towns are among the fastest growing in the nation.

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The New Mexico State Fair will have its first ever Cannabis Exhibit

ALBUQUERQUE - The New Mexico State Fair often introduces something new that will catch the attention of fair-goers.

This year is no exception, they are introducing the first ever cannabis exhibit. “Discovering Cannabis” will only be open to people 21 and up.

“There’s no consumption, we’re not having any of that here at the fairgrounds. There’s nothing like that this is purely educational so that you understand how this industry works,” said Dan Mourning, State Fair General Manager.

The exhibit will be hosted by Verdes Cannabis, one of the longest-operating dispensaries in the state. “There will be talks about different delivery methods in your body and how cannabis works on your body, there’s going to be talks about how to grow your own cannabis at home now that it’s legal,” said Celeste Melchor, Verdes Cannabis Marketing Manager.

The exhibit will be located inside the Manuel Lujan building on the fairgrounds and it’ll be monitored by security at all times. People KRQE News 13 spoke with thought having an exhibit like this could be helpful.

“So I think it’s super educational and I think it’s great that they’re talking about the different uses of cannabis to people so that they know the benefits,” said Annaliese Durant. “At least they’re going to getting real information and facts from people who have studied cannabis and know the benefits and things like that.”

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N.J. legal weed: An introduction to Cooking with Cannabis

We have all heard stories about weed edibles even if we have never seen or tried them. You may be wondering how they are made and why you can’t get high off simply eating a bud or two.

Cannabis is a plant with hundreds of complex chemicals that need to be treated just right to get the most benefit out of them. When seeking to get intoxicated from weed though, there is only one to be concerned with: THC.

Here’s our quick guide on how to get cooking with cannabis.

First, you must convert

If you have ever just straight up ate some weed out of curiosity or on a silly dare, then you are probably aware that it will not get you lifted by itself. As a matter of fact, you can’t even properly taste or smell the weed by just eating it.

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid that gets you high isn’t there yet — it’s still in its inactive state, called THCa. To convert it, you need controlled heat over time. This is called the decarboxylation process.

When smoking or vaping, this process happens right in the joint or pipe, but for edibles, there’s a more drawn out process. Temperatures of 300 degrees Fahrenheit or higher can destroy the cannabinoids and terpenes, rendering the weed itself useless for getting high.

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Hemp-based spirit The Pathfinder promises no booze and no bad vibes

Alexa M. stopped by Art in the Age in Old City last weekend to pick up a gift for a friend, and came across this non-alcoholic spirit distilled from fermented hemp.

The alchemy alone left my brain in a pretzel. Curiosity — coupled with the bottle's promise to destroy "bad vibes" and its ranking at the top of best zero-proof drink lists — left me thirsting for a taste.

Why it matters: For anyone looking for more non-alc options in the Philly metro, The Pathfinder might be for you.

Tastes like: Cola with bitter and floral notes, similar to an amaro. Ingredients include wormwood, angelic root, ginger, sage, juniper, saffron and orange peel.

Thought bubble: The Pathfinder on its own packed too large a punch for my liking. But I loved how refreshing it was when I turned it into a fizzy spritz.

Where to find: Locally, The Pathfinder is only sold at Art in the Age. But you can also order bottles online.

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Government to source hemp seeds from Canada

The Fijian Government has discussed with Canada the opportunities in industrial hemp.

While highlighting the Economic Benefits of the direct Nadi/Vancouver flight in parliament, Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the United Nations informed them that Canada has some of the best industrial hemp seeds.

Sayed-Khaiyum says industrial hemp is a lucrative and largely untapped resource in the global economy due to misconceptions about what it really is.

“Industrial hemp is obviously quite different to normal marijuana that you smoke with the THC levels that are higher than 1 percent and they were quite keen to assist us in respect of helping us getting industrial hemp seeds.”

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Best CBD Gummies 2022: Top 5 CBD brands selling Hemp edibles for Pain & Inflammation

If you are familiar with hemp products, you are undoubtedly familiar with the benefits offered by CBD. This cannabinoid is popular with cannabis customers for its positive properties that may reduce pain, anxiety and relax you. 

You can now get all these benefits simply through CBD gummies. So stay with us as we introduce you to the best CBD gummies on the market, a popular hemp product that is a favorite among both beginners and traditional users of hemp products.

5 Best CBD Gummies Of 2022

Exhale Wellness – Overall Best CBD Gummies On The Market, Editor’s PickBudPop – Strongest CBD +Ashwagandha Gummies For Sale Hollyweed – Most Potent Cannabis Gummies For Entourage EffectCheef Botanicals – Broad Spectrum CBD Hemp Edibles and Chewables Fab CBD – Popular Online CBD Brand For Gummy Edibles

1. Exhale Wellness -Overall Best CBD Gummies On The Market, Editor’s Pick

Brand overview

After noticing that the hemp market lacked quality and consistency, Exhale Wellness decided to take action. Founded in Commerce, California, this brand recognized the positive benefits that hemp offers and decided to bring those benefits to its customers. 

In this regard, this brand collaborates with local hemp farmers who organically treat the hemp. Therefore, this hemp does not contain pesticides, artificial chemicals, and other inorganic ingredients. 

In addition, Exhale Wellness takes care of the entire production process, which is strictly controlled and adheres to the legal regulations regarding the production and composition of hemp products. Their dedicated work has created quality products that are naturally based and do not contain artificial additives, sweeteners, or colors. 

Their offer includes products with different potencies, such as vapes, pre-rolls, capsules, gummies, oil, flowers, and cigarettes. In addition, this brand pays attention to its products’ quality and natural characteristics. 

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5 Surprising ways Hemp helps the Planet

Long used to treat maladies from anxiety to inflammation, hemp is now being used to build cars, brew beer, and innovate other sustainable solutions.

Hemp already has a good reputation for use in medicine. As a member of the same species as the marijuana plant, Cannibis sativa, hemp contains cannabidiol—a compound more commonly known as CBD. By activating certain receptors in the brain that help regulate the nervous system, CBD is often used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and inflammation. Studies also suggest it can help with epilepsy, chronic pain, and addiction. 

In recent years, however, the plant’s uses have expanded beyond the medical realm. Hemp is now being used to build race cars, brew more sustainable beer, and add a protein boost to any meal. Here’s a look at five surprising new uses for hemp.

1. Microbe killer

CBD kills certain types of bacteria very efficiently, as Australian researchers have discovered. This means that the active ingredient in hemp has advanced to become a candidate for a new type of antibiotic. It is already being used for asthma and pain.

2. Pit stop visitor

Hemp fiber is stable, elastic, lightweight, and biodegradable, making it an excellent replacement for plastic. Batteries add hundreds of pounds to electric vehicles, reducing efficiency, so EV manufacturers are increasingly using hemp as a composite ingredient in car interiors and bodies. In 2019, Porsche even built race car body parts from the fibers. The oil recovered from harvested hemp plants can also be used to make diesel fuel.

3. Wonder textile

Hemp plants are armed against climate change. They are six times more efficient than cotton when it comes to water usage, as researchers from the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy have discovered. In addition, three times more hemp than cotton can be grown in the same area, and their carbon dioxide emissions are similar, when the entire production process is considered.

4. Thirst quencher

Swiss researchers have created a beer that replaces three-quarters of the hops, normally used for brewing beer, with hemp flowers, creating a lager indistinguishable from one made with 100 percent hops. This is much more sustainable, they say; in Switzerland, the flowers of the hemp plant are considered a waste product in the industrial production process. Hemp is a hardy plant that needs few pesticides and little fertilizer to thrive, and doesn’t seem to care about the heat and erratic weather conditions climate change is generating worldwide. There are no taste disadvantages to making beer from hemp, a blind taste test showed.

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Why more and more Companies are betting on Cannabis Drinks

Is the U.S. finally ready to give THC drinks a shot? Some industry experts think so.

Now that people are officially smoking more cannabis than tobacco, it’s time for companies to try to make a profit off cannabis drinks. Weed-infused beverages haven’t amassed much success, mainly because THC is difficult to present in liquid form but also because the drinks tend to taste like grass.

Now, there’s a variety of brands hoping to change things by creating THC-infused drinks and providing a new and more accessible method to get high. Still, these products are in their infancy.

CNBC reports that the market is slowly getting crowded, with various companies trying to be the first to crack the formula and deliver the first successful and mainstream THC drink. “The choice for consumers was not as wide in the past but now we’ve seen dozens of companies get involved in the cannabis beverage space,” said Amanda Reiman, VP of public policy research at cannabis analytics firm New Frontier Data.

Some of the biggest beverage companies in America are getting involved in the cannabis drinks space; Pabst Blue Ribbon, Anheuser-Busch, Constellation Brands, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Ceria are some of the biggest names on the list. PBR is selling non-alcoholic cannabis drinks containing 10mg of THC. The drinks are available in pineapple, mango, strawberry, and lemon flavors, and, since cannabis remains federally illegal, are sold online or in dispensaries located in legal states.

While cannabis drinks have been brought up in the past, some experts are calling this moment unique, and the right time for the drink to have its breakthrough. “There have been multiple false starts for anointing beverages as the next big thing,” said Keef Brands CEO Travis Tharp. “But I think we’ve gotten to a point where we are showing that the year over year growth is something that is substantial.”

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Study finds Cannabis Consumers experienced less severe COVID-19 Symptoms

A study that analyzed the hospital patient records of cannabis consumers with COVID-19 reveals new evidence to show that consumers had improved clinical outcomes.

The Journal of Cannabis Research published a new study recently that claims that cannabis can help lessen COVID-19 symptoms. The study, “Cannabis consumption is associated with lower COVID-19 severity among hospitalized patients: a retrospective cohort analysis,” used data collected from two Los Angeles hospitals: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center. A retrospective analysis found decreased severity of symptoms and improve clinical outcomes in relation to COVID-19 patients.

Researchers explained the importance of studying the relationship between cannabis and COVID-19. “In the USA in 2020, an estimated 17.9% of the population (49.6 million people) used cannabis during the past year,” researchers wrote. “Given the magnitude of COVID-19 and the prevalence of cannabis use in the USA, it is important to evaluate how active cannabis usage may affect clinical outcomes in COVID-19 patients.”

Among the 1,831 patients whose cases were analyzed, all were 18 or older. Age among cannabis active consumers was a noteworthy consideration, due to the severity of symptoms experienced differently between young or old patients. “Consistent with known trends, active cannabis users were overall younger than non-users,” researchers wrote. “However, when adjusting for age these outcomes remained consistent. Even more, when adjusting for comorbid conditions, demographics and smoking history we found that cannabis users still had less severe disease progression compared to non-users.”

Cannabis’s unique properties warranted further examination from researchers. “Consistent with our understanding of how cannabis may play a role as an immunomodulator, non-cannabis users were found to have greater elevations in inflammatory biomarkers at the time of admission and during their hospital course,” researchers wrote in their discussion. According to the National Cancer Institute, an immunomodulatory agent is known to suppress the immune system, and assist the body in fighting cancer, infection, and other diseases.

Ultimately, researchers found that cannabis consumption was beneficial for some patients, but more research would be necessary to support that conclusion. “In this retrospective review of 1831 COVID-19 patients requiring hospital admission, current cannabis use was associated with decreased disease severity. This was demonstrated in lower NIH severity scores as well as less need for oxygen supplementation, ICU admission and mechanical ventilation,” they wrote. “While there was a trend toward improved survival in cannabis users, this was not statistically significant. To our knowledge, this is the first study looking at clinical outcomes of cannabis users hospitalized with COVID-19. Further studies, including prospective analyses, will help to better understand the relationship between cannabis and COVID-19 outcomes.”

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Can Crypto save the Cannabis Industry?

The legal cannabis industry’s problems go much deeper than a lack of access to banking. This piece is part of CoinDesk's Sin Week.

Cryptocurrency has long been held up as a panacea for the U.S. cannabis industry’s well-publicized banking problems.

Despite being legal in a growing number of states for either medical or recreational use, cannabis is still illegal under federal law. The resulting regulatory uncertainty has effectively locked the industry out of the traditional financial system. Dispensaries and other cannabis companies have largely been shunned by federal banks and credit card networks, forcing them to hoard cash on-site – a practice that has made them a growing target for violent robberies – or pay exorbitant fees to bank at state-chartered institutions.

This feature is part of CoinDesk's Sin Week.

To many, crypto seems like the natural solution. Cannabis companies could, in theory, bypass the legacy financial system by accepting crypto payments and storing the money in crypto wallets rather than store stacks of cash (although that would likely attract a different sort of thief).

But theory doesn’t always match reality.

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Cannabis Lounges could become a reality in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO - City leaders are working to expand on-site cannabis consumption. 

The state does allow for limited on-site consumption with permits and city approvals, and until now, the city of Sacramento has not adopted a policy of its own.

It took decades for Californians to be able to walk into a store, buy cannabis legally, go home and consume it. Now, the city is trying to figure out the rules and regulations to allow people to consume their marijuana inside a place of business. 

Some cities across the state and the country are offering licenses for lounges where people can consume cannabis safely and legally. Sacramento is trying to make it work in the city. 

The number of catalytic converter thefts in California rose more than ten times in three years, according to Carfax

“Not everybody has the luxury of using cannabis in their home. And some people might be away from their homes. They might be at the Golden 1 Center or they might be at a hotel visiting, and our consumption lounge will give these people the freedom to actually go into a safe space to actually consume, legally,” Isaac Altamirano, local cannabis expert said.

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BC bought $420 million worth of Legal Cannabis last year

British Columbians purchased nearly 85 thousand kilograms of legal cannabis last year, spending more than $420 million.

The BC LDB’s newest annual report—dated July 26, 2022 but released this final week of August—attributes this 28% increase in cannabis sales from the past year to an increase in retail outlets, increased product selection, and a declining consumer price. 

From March 31, 2021—March 31, 2022, the province added 98 new private cannabis stores and eight new public BC Cannabis Stores (BCCS).

Cannabis sales continue to be dominated by dried flower, pre-rolls, and extracts and concentrates, accounting for 91.5% of all cannabis sales in the province. 

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Western Michigan University to launch Cannabis Marketing class in the spring

KALAMAZOO - A new class at Western Michigan University beginning in the spring is set to be the first of its kind in the state — cannabis marketing.

The joint effort between the university and several local titans of the cannabis industry is a chance for potential future dispensary owners to learn the ABC's of THC.

WMU has always had a strong food marketing program, but in recent years, its graduates have taken on a new, greener venture.

"In the last couple of years, we've been landing a lot of our students in the cannabis industry," says Dr. Russell Zwanka, associate professor of food marketing at WMU.

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Marijuana with high THC levels can cause ‘cannabis use disorder’

Ethan Andrew started smoking marijuana during his sophomore year of high school in Colorado to help with his anxiety. 

Like many teens, he said he thought it was “just weed” and did not see the harm in smoking the popular drug containing THC, the active chemical found in cannabis that produces a “high.”

His causal marijuana use turned to smoking potent cannabis flower and concentrates, known as dabs, which contain high levels of THC. Andrew said he smoked every day from morning to night. 

“I couldn’t think or sleep without it,” the 23-year-old told Fox News. “When you’re a stoner, you think, ‘I’ll be fine. In the future, I’ll clean myself up.’”

However, it was too late. Two years after becoming an avid marijuana user, Ethan was only 18 when he developed cannabis-induced psychosis, a condition including severe hallucinations, delusions and paranoia.

“I had to quit my job because the voices in my head were so distracting,” Ethan said, adding that the worst symptom was confusing dreams with reality. “I’d wake up and tell my friends, ‘Yeah, remember when we hung out and did that?’ And they would have no idea what I’m talking about.”

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