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Another Study Finds CBD Does Not Convert to THC in the Body

Cannabidiol (CBD) is extremely popular right now.

In fact, it is so popular that Google search data for the last few years shows that CBD is searched more often than THC.

For many decades THC was the cannabinoid that most scientists and cannabis enthusiasts focused on, however, that has clearly changed.

Products containing CBD are far more legally available in the global marketplace compared to products containing large amounts of THC.

That, combined with a growing body of peer-reviewed studies that find CBD to be an effective medicine, has resulted in exponential growth in the use of CBD worldwide.

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Hong Kong teens are importing cannabis products at alarming rates

Customs officials in Hong Kong are sounding the alarm about teenagers importing cannabis and cannabis products into the country, reports South China Morning Post.

Over the past four months, several teens have been arrested in connection to HK$45 million ($7.6 million) worth of illicit drugs that were brought into the country by air.

By weight, 380 kilograms of drugs have been seized over the past four months, which is a 211 per cent increase from the first half of the year, a senior customs official told SCMP.

During that same time period, five secondary students, aged 15 to 17, have been arrested. Custom officials posed a couriers and made deliveries to the teens, who were arrested after allegedly collecting the illicit parcels.

Acting senior superintendent Rita Li Yim-ping of the department’s syndicate crimes investigation unit called the trend “worrying.”

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EU youth drinking less, swapping tobacco for cannabis: study

Young Europeans are drinking less alcohol and also smoking less—but are increasingly dabbling with cannabis, a continent-wide study showed Thursday.

"Smoking and drinking among 15-16-year-old school students are showing signs of decline, but there are concerns over potentially risky cannabis use and the challenges posed by new addictive behaviour," according to the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD).

ESPAD interviewed close on 100,000 15- and 16-year-olds across 2019 in 35 countries on teen attitudes towards addictive forms of behaviour in its seventh study since 1995.

The study, in conjunction with EU drugs agency EMCDDA, showed a decline in drinking in the wake of recent toughening of legislation on alcohol sales to minors.

The study found more than three-quarters of those questioned had used alcohol and 47 percent had consumed in the past month—but the trend is down on 91 percent and 63 percent in 2003.

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Argentina legalises growing of cannabis for medical use by individuals

Argentina’s government on Thursday legalised the growing of cannabis for medical use by individuals and networks, as well as the sale of creams and oils made from the plant in pharmacies.

The move was made official via the publication of a decree published in the Official Gazette. The new rules are revisions to a law first approved back in March 2017 that authorised the medicinal use of cannabis oils, but maintained an existing prohibition on the cultivation of the plant and the possession of seeds by individuals or groups.

The new decree, signed by President Alberto Fernández, seeks to allow "timely, safe, inclusive and protective access for those who need to use cannabis as a therapeutic tool," according to its text.

"It is urgent to create a regulatory framework that allows timely, safe, inclusive and protective access for those who need to use cannabis as a therapeutic tool," reads Decree 883/2020. 

The new rules state that the sale of cannabis oils and creams in pharmacies and the personal and organised cultivation of the plant is authorised for users, researchers and patients who are registered under the Reprocann programme (“National Cannabis Programme”), a scheme that was created by the 2017 law but is not yet fully operational.

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Montana State says recreational marijuana license won't be available for a year

State says recreational marijuana license won't be available for a year

If you thought Montana's approval of recreational marijuana means you can start legally selling pot right away, the state says not so fast.

Voters approved a pair of initiatives on Election Day, a step which most have seen as opening the door to legal and possible legislative challenges which must be resolved first.

And now the Montana Department of Revenue is saying even absent any legal roadblocks, there's a "lot of work to do" before the state will make licenses available to legally sell non-medical marijuana.

Director Gene Walborn said the state is starting the process of setting up that system, but he doesn't expect the first licenses will be issued until October 1st next year.

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Colorado Now Allows Marijuana Ads on Billboards, but Denver Doesn't

Denver hasn't adopted a new state law allowing marijuana industry billboards in Colorado, but that could change soon.

State laws implemented in January let marijuana companies advertise outdoors using billboards, but as with many new pot freedoms, local jurisdictions have to opt in first. And so far, Denver hasn't.

Colorado’s current marijuana advertising laws, created by the State Licensing Authority, follow voluntary advertising restrictions similar to those used by the alcohol industry to prevent the sale or diversion of marijuana to minors. However, the plant's federal status led to a more restrictive advertising landscape for pot than for alcohol.

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Governor of Nebraska Weighs In On Legalized Cannabis in South Dakota

Even as historically conservative states have embraced legalization, reefer madness is alive and well in Nebraska.

At least with the state’s governor, Pete Ricketts, who on Tuesday once again sounded the alarm on something that a growing majority of the country is cool with.

“Well, we’ve certainly seen in other states like Colorado when you pass legalization of recreational, as well as medicinal, marijuana that you see an increase in traffic fatalities that are caused by marijuana use and an increase in a number of other things such as young people getting a hold of the marijuana,” Ricketts said, as quoted by Omaha-based television station KETV. “The marijuana has the opportunity to create psychosis in people and that could lead to a number of very bad outcomes as well, so those bad health effects happen when you legalize marijuana.”

Ricketts made the comments in response to last week’s election results in the Cornhusker State’s northern neighbor, South Dakota, where voters approved separate measures legalizing medical marijuana and recreational pot. The results mean that Nebraska will soon border two states where cannabis is legal for adults, with Colorado voters paving the way for an end to prohibition back in 2012. 

Consistency in Ricketts’ Comments

For Ricketts, a Republican currently serving his second term as Nebraska’s governor, the comments are hardly a surprise. In August, ahead of his state’s expected vote on a medical marijuana measure, Ricketts was highly dismissive of cannabis as a treatment for patients.

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Cannabis and a Pandemic: What’s Going On?

In states across America where cannabis is legal, dispensaries and pot boutiques have been deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s a decision that may have baffled those who don’t partake but it made perfect sense, from a public health perspective.

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Another Study Finds CBD Does Not Convert to THC in the Body

Cannabidiol (CBD) is extremely popular right now.

In fact, it is so popular that Google search data for the last few years shows that CBD is searched more often than THC.

For many decades THC was the cannabinoid that most scientists and cannabis enthusiasts focused on, however, that has clearly changed.

Products containing CBD are far more legally available in the global marketplace compared to products containing large amounts of THC.

That, combined with a growing body of peer-reviewed studies that find CBD to be an effective medicine, has resulted in exponential growth in the use of CBD worldwide.

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The Evolving Relationship Between Cannabis & Modern-Day Veterinary Medicine

As more research finds that CBD can be a useful medicine for dogs and cats, the compound has become one alternative medicine that’s being considered much more now than ever before.

In the U.S. and many other countries, dogs and cats alike are adored as loving family members. The ASPCA has estimated that in the U.S., 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats are owned and treated as pets. Similarly, 44% of all American households have a dog as a pet, and 35% have a cat. Due to the abundance of pet dogs and cats, the demand for medical and veterinary services is significantly high, and it keeps growing.

For decades, pharmaceutical medications and traditional treatment methods tended to be the norm. However, in recent years, cannabidiol (CBD) has been making a large splash within the veterinary medicine industry. So, stick around to learn about the unique relationship between cannabis, but specifically CBD and modern-day veterinary medicine. 

CBD Usage and Pet Mammals—What the Research Says

As more research findings are released about CBD’s medicinal properties that can be reaped by mammals including dogs and cats, the compound has become one alternative medicine that’s being discussed and/or considered much more now than ever before.

To date, publications from Colorado State University (CSU) and Cornell University have documented the pharmacokinetics of CBD in dog subjects. The study reported that orally administered CBD (by mouth) is absorbed more effectively than transdermally administered CBD (applied on the skin’s surface). The study also found that orally administered CBD was well tolerated, which supports CBD’s solid safety profile.

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Britain legalised medicinal cannabis - and then left it to stagnate

There's a bill going through the House of Lords which will decide how the country will regulate its medicines after January 2021. It's called the medicines and medical devices bill. Among other things, it will decide how a post-Brexit UK will maintain a high degree of patient access to the best medicines, guarantee patient safety and high manufacturing standards, and ensure British regulators do not stifle global investments into our life sciences industry.

The main sentiment underlying that debate is that Britain must retain its international reputation within the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries.

Brexit represents a step into the unknown. A no-deal Brexit will create abrupt and fast changes to British regulation, threatening the country's attractiveness. But it might at least prompt a shake-up of the regulatory status quo.

One of the industries that stands to greatly benefit from any change to the status quo is the British medical cannabis industry. Since its legalisation in 2018, the sector's environment has stagnated. British patients have barely benefitted: patient access has been sluggish and confined to less than 20 cannabis products being prescribed on the NHS. The 1.4 million patients who currently self-medicate are stuck paying for pricey private prescriptions or accessing their medicine through the black market and risking arrest.

For such a leader in healthcare, why have so few British patients and businesses benefited from the industry getting the green light in 2018? A lack of NHS funding into research hasn't helped, and nor has a highly restrictive prescribing regime. There's been an extreme reluctance by the government to approve more domestic cannabis cultivation or allow British businesses to export.

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Drug decriminalization versus legalization: Here’s the difference

There’s a lot of buzz right now on drug decriminalization. Not only did Oregon recently become the first state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of all illegal substances, but President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have made it their mission to do this at the national level with cannabis.

Some Americans believe this means the new administration plans to legalize the leaf in a manner similar to alcohol. They would be dead wrong. There are some subtle differences between decriminalization and legalization. What are they? The devil is in the details.

When Oregon voters approved a measure to decriminalize the possession of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and other hard drugs, it wasn’t doing it so that people could get their hands on this stuff easier. It was a stab at decades of failed drug war policies, dictating that people caught holding this stuff should rot in jail.

However, the new decriminalization law strips away these old-school law enforcement practices, making it so that minor drug offenders (those caught in possession of small amounts of these substances) are simply issued a fine and entered into a drug recovery program rather than being tossed into the criminal justice system.

That said, there is a preconceived notion about what Oregon is preparing to do. Some believe the state is about to launch a fully legal drug market, making every dangerous substance more accessible to addicts and first-time users. But that’s not what is happening.


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Recreational Weed Now Legal in Arizona, but Shops Can’t Stock It Immediately

Cannabis users in Arizona will only have to wait a couple weeks to smoke out legally under a new law passed Nov. 3, but they shouldn’t hold their breath for shops.

Those are several months away.

Proposition 207, the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, which passed by a 60%–40% margin in last week’s election, will allow adults to travel with up to an ounce and grow six plants at home. It will create a recreational market managed by the state Department of Health Services, revamp penalties for illegal possession, reduce penalties for minors, and channel an estimated $166 million annually into public health, safety and education.

Although possession and home cultivation will be legal the day the election is certified — no later than Nov. 30 by state law — retail shops are still months away.

“I’m not putting too much time into the application process yet,” said Mohit Asnani, co-owner of Tucson’s Downtown Dispensary, where medical patients have been buying cannabis products for seven years.

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New York Governor Indicates State Will Legalize Recreational Marijuana This Year

In an interview with WAMC Northeast Public Radio on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that legalizing recreational marijuana in New York is very possible and could even happen soon.

"I think that this year [recreational legalization] is ripe because the state is going to be in desperate need of revenue."

He added, "I think the pressure is going to be on because we are going to need the money so badly, and you have such a [budget] gap now, I think it's going to be an easier conversation."

Cuomo claims he's been an advocate for full legalization in his state for years. In reality, he's waffled. In April, for example, he described legalization as "not likely" before the end of 2020. Since then, however, the coronavirus pandemic has not abated, badly affecting the global economy and battering New York's in particular.

Cuomo is also facing extra pressure from the legalization of recreational marijuana in New Jersey, New York's neighbor and eternal rival. On Election Day, Garden State voters approved the measure by a two-thirds majority. Two other neighboring states, Vermont and Massachusetts, have been fully legal for some time now.

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5 Ways to Incorporate CBD in your Daily Wellness Routine

CBD is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in cannabis plants and the second most abundant active ingredient. Unlike THC, CBD does not have psychoactive effects but is instead used to promote physical relaxation, provide relief from stress and anxiety, and treat several conditions including epilepsy, chronic pain, sleep disorders, and more.

As a daily supplement, CBD can help promote overall health, acting as a powerful antioxidant and pain reliever in addition to supplementing cardiac, brain, metabolic, and digestive health. CBD can provide benefits to users when used topically, orally, or when inhaled, and can easily be incorporated into everyday wellness routines. Here, we’re sharing five easy ways to incorporate CBD into your daily routine to support your wellness journey. Try one, or use all five to support your mind and body throughout the day!

Add CBD to Your Morning Coffee or Tea

If you love a morning cup of tea or coffee, a super-easy way to add CBD to your morning is by adding a few drops of turmeric CBD oil to your morning beverage. This oil from Mana Botanics is infused with both CBD and turmeric, a root with natural anti-inflammatory properties that pair perfectly with the soothing effects of CBD. A few drops of oil can be added to any beverage to infuse it with CBD, so feel free to try this delicious supplement in all your favorite drinks.

Because you have full control over your dosing when you use a CBD oil or tincture, you are able to choose just how strong you want your morning CBD coffee or tea. Mana Botanics recommends using 5-15 mg of their turmeric CBD oil for general wellness and prevention, 15-30 mg for relief of moderate discomfort, and 30-60 mg for long-term relief of intense discomfort.

Use CBD Pain Relief Cream after Your Workout

A natural pain reliever, CBD can be used both orally and topically to address aches and pains. After a good workout in the gym, you need something to help yourself relax and soothe your muscles. Adding a CBD pain relief cream to your post-workout routine can help you to recover more quickly and reduce discomfort, helping you to get back to the gym without the strain of tight and sore muscles. Rub CBD pain relief cream thoroughly into muscles, targeting painful areas 3-4 times daily using 1-3 pumps for each application.


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Did this cannabis site expose the records of more than a million users?

The passwords and private information of 1.4 million users in an online cannabis growing and journaling platform may have been exposed.

So alleges Volodymyr “Bob” Diachenko, an independent cybersecurity consultant, who posted a blog about his findings on LinkedIn.

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Australia: Has legalising medicinal cannabis made a difference?

The University of Sydney is launching CAMS20 – an online survey of Australian medicinal cannabis use over the past 12 months. This survey will provide an updated snapshot on how Australians are currently using cannabis medicinally.

Researchers predict that 600,000 Australians are using cannabis for medicinal reasons. However, the previous Cannabis As Medicine Survey (CAMS18) revealed that the vast majority of people using cannabis as medicine were still sourcing their cannabis illicitly, despite medicinal cannabis being legalised in 2016.

Researchers from the University of Sydney are launching the latest edition of the Cannabis as Medicine survey “CAMS20” this week.

This online study, which runs every two years, surveys Australian who have used medicinal cannabis in the past 12 months and provides a snapshot of patterns of use, symptoms and conditions treated, methods of administration, where it is being sourced from, and effects on health and driving.

Professor Iain McGregor, academic director of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre said: “The CAMS20 survey will allow us an important understanding of how medicinal cannabis use is evolving in the community as it becomes more mainstream. This is a particularly exciting and dynamic time in patient access to products and it is important for Australians to be able to confidentially share their experiences around medicinal cannabis, both legal and illegal.”

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Indiana farmers now allowed to grow commercial hemp

Devin Crispin began growing hemp in 2019 in hopes of producing CBD oil.

He said the new plan provided by the government allows farmers to have clearer picture of what to expect before they begin the process like when to harvest and how to test their plants’ THC levels.

“We have a pretty good handle on what the new regulations will be. I think the benefit will be having a firm rule in place so that people can make investments and decide what they’re willing to risk without changes coming down that could affect their businesses.”

USDA approves Indiana’s plan for commercial hemp growing 

Prior to 2020 hemp farmers had to have a research license through a university to grow hemp.

Under Indiana’s new plan, farmers can now apply for a license independently to produce commercial hemp.

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Was New Zealand's ‘no’ vote on cannabis legalization a result of misinformation?

Dr. Fiona Hutton, an associate professor in the Institute of Criminology at New Zealand’s Victoria University, says the ‘no’ vote on the country’s cannabis referendum is a victory for those who traffic in fear-mongering and misinformation.

Writing in The Guardian, Hutton says she been reduced to tears in the aftermath of the close vote, where 50.7 per cent of voters said ‘no’ to legal weed.

“I have been receiving heartbreaking emails from people thanking me for my work to try and get the evidence out there, to try and stem the tide of fear-mongering and misinformation about cannabis and those who use it,” she writes.

One of the loudest critical voices against the referendumbelonged to the ‘Say Nope to Dope’ campaign, which was provided information by U.S. organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM). SAM is led by Kevin Sabet, an advisor to the White House Office of National Drug Control.

“We’re 100 per cent funded by concerned Kiwi families, we’ve got nothing to hide,” Aaron Ironside, leader of the SAM-NZ campaign, told RNZ in July, after allegations of receiving U.S. funding surfaced.

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Did this cannabis site expose the records of more than a million users?

The passwords and private information of 1.4 million users in an online cannabis growing and journaling platform may have been exposed.

So alleges Volodymyr “Bob” Diachenko, an independent cybersecurity consultant, who posted a blog about his findings on LinkedIn.

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