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6 ways marijuana affects men and women differently

Marijuana interacts with a variety of hormones, producing different effects in men and women. Here are 6 differences that researchers have noticed.

Men and women are very similar, yet there are key differences in their systems. Like many other substances, marijuana affects them in different ways. While some differences can be explained due to different body types and sizes, cannabis has an interesting relationship with a variety of hormones, including estrogen, thus producing different responses in people.

Due to a lack of research, there’s a lot we don’t know about marijuana’s effect on the body. When it comes to the differences in its effect on men and women, there’s even more we don’t know, with researchers historically putting an emphasis on men. Here are six ways in which cannabis affects men and women in different ways:

THC sensitivity

Research from Washington State University found that, due to their estrogen levels, female rats that were ovulating had a significant spike in THC sensitivity.

Psychology professor Rebecca Craft said she and her team “routinely manipulate hormones and follow females across their cycles to see if their drug sensitivities change along with their hormones. And they do…very frequently.”

Said Craf, “What we’re finding with THC is that you get a very clear spike in drug sensitivity right when the females are ovulating – right when their estrogen levels have peaked and are coming down.”

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What happens if you try to sneak edibles onto a plane?

You cannot bring edibles or any form of cannabis on a plane. Even a legal prescription from a licensed medical practitioner might not be accepted.

The full resumption of commercial flights after the long pause across the world means many people plan to get into the skies soon.

We can all admit that the acceptance of cannabis and its derived products soared throughout the pandemic. So, it is expected that thousands of cannabis lovers are unaware of the laws regulating the use and possession of cannabis in United States airports.

The widespread cannabis legislation across the country has many people asking whether or not they can carry their cannabis products with them on their next flight. Some have even tried sneaking food products containing cannabis with them on interstate travels. The simple truth is that cannabis is a federally illegal substance. According to the CSA, they’re regarded as schedule 1 drugs.

Edibles In Airports

Edibles are consumables with varying levels of THC infused in them. These food products can be created at home or bought in cannabis dispensaries in legal states. It can be any food product as long as it contains cannabinoids.

A majority of the states in the country approve of medical cannabis or drugs. So people generally assume that they would be permitted to bring their cannabis for interstate travel from one legal state to another. However, federal legislation makes it impossible to do so. Regardless of whether it is medical cannabis or adult-use cannabis.

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4 anti-cannabis myths (and how to bust them)

The cannabis narrative may be changing at a rapid pace worldwide, but here in the UK, we’re seriously lagging behind. Even with the public backing of cannabis legalisation reaching new heights, the same old rhetoric claiming the apparent dangers to health and society reign supreme in our national press and in conversation. 

In a recent article, we covered ways you can help end the stigma surrounding cannabis. One of the points made (perhaps the most important point) was about education – educating yourself so that you are able to educate others on what is true and what is misinformation.

It’s very hard for those who aren’t knee-deep in fighting for wider NHS access to medical cannabis, or fully involved in cannabis advocacy and activism, to comprehend the scale at which we have all been lied to about cannabis. This might sound extreme and heavy handed (really? Our newspapers and governments and health regulation bodies are lying to us?) but that is the sad truth that is devastating lives every single day.

Only last week, I had a cannabis patient contacting me to say they are suicidal because they are being pushed back towards pharmaceutical drugs, rather than cannabis that actually helps them. I’ve had a mother of a seriously ill child, who lives a happy healthy life with cannabis, tell me she has no support from his doctors. They’d rather give him brain surgery that will leave him paralysed than prescribe his whole plant oil on the NHS. I’ve had a mainstream newspaper take my words and turn them into more support for the inaccurate ‘not enough evidence’ line. 

The war on cannabis is very real, as are the (sometimes very strong) anti-cannabis opinions of those who don’t simply don’t know any better. So, to help, here’s a list of some of the most common arguments against cannabis and how you can deftly refute them.

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Illicit vs. legal: What are the real benefits of buying weed from a licensed dispensary?

If you buy from a dealer or someone that you don’t know very well, there’s no real way of telling if the pot you’re about to smoke was synthetically produced.

Many of us have had a close relationship with our cannabis dealers especially before weed was legalized. Dealers are often the first point of contact in buying pot from someone that you have known for a while. Even better, if you’ve had a long relationship with them, then they are probably giving you good prices for decent weed — even if you already have several dispensaries in your area and access to online cannabis deliveries.

In many cases, dispensary cannabis is slightly or much more expensive, depending on the variety. So why should you buy weed from one?

Quality control: A licensed cannabis dispensary gives consumers peace of mind knowing that you can buy not just flower, but a whole range of cannabis products that have met certain safety and quality standards.

Many dispensary products are required to undergo lab testing, and even indicate potency as well as other helpful information such as cannabinoids and terpene content in its label. This way, you don’t have to second-guess how much THC or CBD is in your pot, which is crucial especially for medical patients who need cannabis to treat symptoms of a variety of illnesses.

Cannabis dealers don’t typically grow their own pot – they are merely middlemen who profit from the sale. That means that they don’t provide their clients or patients with important information or guarantees regarding safety and potency. Meanwhile, licensed dispensaries have to adhere to state regulations so they can give you quality assurances. They have to comply to state standards to continue running their business and make a profit honestly.

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L.A. cultivators, Jungle Boys, raided over bogus late fees

TLC, home of the Jungle Boys, was raided by law enforcement over $66,000—which the collective had already disputed, and had a hearing date for.

Tuesday night saw one of Los Angeles’s most storied dispensaries have a rough run-in with law enforcement and The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.

TLC is famously the headquarters of the Jungle Boys. They are one of the premier examples of urban farmers bootstrapping their way to success in the modern cannabis industry, which has seen so many tragically fall short and have to sell a piece, or sell out completely. So as one of the culture’s best success stories in a world of corporate dogs, the community was pissed to see what they had to go through last night. 

Why? Because we’ve watched them jump through every hoop that’s ever existed for the legal cannabis market in L.A. and maintain a quality that is better than most. While some would say, “Well, this is legal cannabis,” in regards to the raid, and wouldn’t be wrong, those with a bit more hope in their hearts would be pissed to see someone who’s done so well up to this point be treated like this.

So what happened? We talked with Ivan from the Jungle Boys to find out. 

“At five o’clock in the evening, we’re all sitting inside of the shop. It’s the first of the month so we’re paying all our bills,” Ivan told High Times.

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How cannabis has been used in times of war

The relationship between the U.S. military and weed seemed to diminish completely with the prohibition of marijuana in America. But this all changed during the Vietnam War.

The United States Armed Forces and cannabis have had an adversarial relationship since the two met more than a century ago. Still, even with current zero tolerance rules within the military, there are some strides being made to make cannabis accessible on a medical level to those who have previously served. 

While the military is intolerant towards weed, cannabis has popped up through the cracks on more than one occasion in times of conflict. From medical use for horses and soldiers to reports that nearly half the armed forces were getting high in Vietnam, weed has found its way into times of war on more than one occasion.

The earliest links to the U.S. military and cannabis can be found in the published manual for army horses called “The Army Horse in Accident and Disease.” There was, in fact, a time that the United States military openly supported the use of cannabis as a medicine for horses. The manual indicated that cannabis indica could be used as medicine to assist horses’ abdomen issues “as it relieves pain without causing constipation.”

Horses weren’t the only beneficiaries of cannabis in the early 1900s. According to National Botanicals, “before the 1920s, medics of the American Expeditionary Force were taking medical cannabis to Europe to treat troops overseas.” Cannabis, in these circumstances, was used to elevate headaches, cramps and insomnia. This was a short-lived situation as cannabis was soon vilified in the U.S., and eventually became completely illegal on a federal level in 1937.

Other than some testing of soldiers who used marijuana in Panama in 1931, the relationship between the U.S. military and marijuana seemed to diminish completely with the prohibition of marijuana in America. This all changed, however, during the Vietnam War.

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Is there really any difference between cannabis grown indoors vs. outdoors?

The debate about outdoor, indoor, and greenhouse-grown marijuana will always be inconclusive, because they’re all winners in their own right.

Cannabis plants grow in many sizes and shapes. They also come in various colors, contain differing cannabinoids, and are processed into a wide range of products. The plants are commonly distinguished by their strains, modes of cultivation, and even consumption methods. There are three methods of growing cannabis plants, namely indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse cultivation.

One of the fundamental questions for cannabis consumers is differentiating between indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse-grown weed. There are a few differences between each plant, although some are more obvious than others.

New operators in the cultivation scene ask what form or method produces the best yield. There’s no direct answer because each has its own unique advantages and liabilities. The plain truth is that there is no general best growing option.

Here are comprehensive details of the three cannabis cultivation methods and the differences between them. We’ll also review the impact of each growing method on the plants.

Outdoor Cultivation

This involves the production of cannabis in open spaces. These cultivation methods tend to produce giant cannabis plants. These plants have wider and taller appearances, with bigger buds. However, this does not necessarily mean that they have better cannabinoid content. This method has been around since the dawn of agricultural cultivation.

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Few subjective differences between LSD and psilocybin trips, study finds

Subjects in a study had trouble telling LSD and psilocybin apart, when taken in common doses.

A new study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology provided results from one of the first modern clinical investigations of its kind to compare the effects of psychedelic drugs lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and psilocybin. Researchers recorded few qualitative subjective differences between the two drugs, as test subjects had trouble distinguishing them.

While LSD is much more potent than psilocybin and other psychedelic compounds at lower doses, comparable common doses of the two drugs caused similar effects, as participants had a tough time separating the two from one another. Nor were they able to easily distinguish between medium and higher doses.

The only thing participants were good at identifying, in fact, was which sample was the placebo.

The study was led by the University of Basel’s Matthias Liechti. Researchers observed 28 healthy participants—and about half of the participants had never even taken a psychedelic drug before.

The effects of psilocybin typically last 4-6 hours when taken orally, while LSD effects stretch out up to 12 hours or more. Before going into the data, researchers assumed that participants would be able to separate the two drug experiences fairly easily, as LSD is known to last much longer, but that wasn’t exactly the case.

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Americans are choosing marijuana over alcohol

As experts and advocates have pointed out, liquor is strongly associated with negative long-term health issues, such as deadly alcohol poisoning.

Despite marijuana still being a Schedule I drug, while alcohol is legal for adults over 21, nearly one-third of over 10 000 Americans said they think it would be ideal if people used more marijuana and less liquor, a new poll suggests.

The results of the YouGov survey also showed that 20% of those questioned think that would be a bad idea, Marijuana Moment reported.

Most respondents (38 %) agreed that it would be neither good nor bad, while 15% were undecided.

The poll also found Democrats were more likely to say that switching to marijuana from alcohol would be good (34%), compared to 18% of Republicans and 27% Independents.

Moreover, 34% of those aged 30-44 said that substitution would be good, whereas only 17% of those over 65 held the same opinion.

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Clones versus seeds: What's the best way to grow a cannabis product?

Wondering whether a clone or a seed produces the best harvest is likely not a thought that occurs to the layperson, but it’s one that cannabis producers spend significant time considering. (Click for Benzinga article)

Picking between seed and clone affects almost everything about the final cannabis product. The source of the cannabis plant affects the potency of the flower, the quantity and size of the buds, and the growth-to-maturity process, all components crucial to creating a quality cannabis product. 

Despite decades of cannabis cultivation, debate on which of the two is “the best” source remains heated. Many seed growers, for example, argue that their plants are more pest resistant and have larger buds than their clone-grown counterparts, and some clone-growers argue the exact opposite. 

On a commercial scale, the divide is smaller. The majority of cannabis producers employ clone-based cannabis production and use seeds to pick strong “mothers.”

Marijuana Company of America Inc. 

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Over a third of parents believe CBD and marijuana are the same, a new report says

Some 80% of parents say they know little to nothing about CBD products, according to a new poll by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan Health.

The term CBD stands for cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in marijuana and hemp, the report said. Unlike marijuana, CBD only has 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. The THC is the psychoactive part of marijuana that makes people feel high.
 
Of the 7% of parents who gave or considered giving a CBD product to their child, only 29% said they talked with their child's pediatrician about using it.
Of the 1,992 parents polled nationwide, 35% thought CBD and marijuana are more or less the same thing. The parents had children who ranged from newborns to 18 years old.
"I think that people who fall into that camp would be surprised if they strolled down the aisles of their neighborhood drugstore," said Sarah Clark, co-director of the poll. She is also a research scientist in the department of pediatrics at the University of Michigan's Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation.
 
Most CBD products are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, which means that people can purchase the items off the shelf.
 
The only CBD product that's FDA-approved for children is Epidiolex, a prescription drug used to treat some forms of epilepsy, according to Dr. Jennifer Griffith, who was not involved in the study. She is an assistant professor of neurology and pediatrics in the division of pediatric neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and St. Louis Children's Hospital.
Very little has been researched about the effects of CBD on children, but some potential benefits from anecdotal stories say it may help children reduce anxiety, pain and inflammatory diseases, to name a few, Griffith said.
 
According to the poll, 83% of parents thought that the FDA should regulate CBD products, but only 58% said it would be a very important factor in their decision-making process to give their children CBD products.
 
Some potential negative side effects may include diarrhea; fatigue, nausea or vomiting; and decreased appetite, Griffith explained.
 

Speak to your child's health provider

Adults with CBD products at home should treat them like a medication and keep it out of reach of their children, Clark said.
 
"CBD can interact with other prescription medications, in some cases significantly increasing or decreasing the level of medication in the body, which can cause its own problems," Griffith said.
 
Products such as CBD gummy bears, for example, are an easy thing for a kid to see as candy, and they may decide to eat the whole pack, Clark said.
 
If parents are considering giving their child a CBD product, Clark advised that they speak to their child's medical provider before do so.
 
In addition to learning about possible side effects and potential medication interactions, it also alerts the provider to any health issues the child is facing like anxiety, she said. The provider may be able to offer alternatives, Clark explained.
 
About three-quarters of the parents believed CBD products for children should require a doctor's prescription.
 

The bottom line

It's difficult to recommend CBD products for children when there are very few studies showing how they affect young ones, Clark said.
 
"It's not enough to just go on what the manufacturers claims are, we actually need to have some data behind that, and right now we just don't have enough," she said.
 
Griffith is also skeptical of allowing children to use CBD products due to the potential negative side effects kids may face.
"I don't recommend CBD for any condition other than epilepsy because I know that CBD has real risks, and I don't have any evidence of proven benefit," she advised.
 
Griffith also recommended parents and caregivers check the FDA warning list to make sure the CBD product or company isn't on there. The list is a collection of Warning Letters to manufacturers that the FDA says seriously violated FDA regulations. It outlines the violation along with a timeline of when it needs to be fixed.
 
 
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‘Lady Buds’ cannabis documentary inspires two new projects

Keep an eye out for a scripted feature adaptation and a non-scripted series spinoff of the documentary, ‘Lady Buds.’

Lady Buds is a 2021 film that looks deep into the lives of six diverse women in the cannabis industry, and the victories and challenges they have endured as entrepreneurs and members of the community. On February 23, it was announced on Deadline that Lady Buds’ success has inspired two more film projects.

The first project is being produced by Hellcat as a cannabis-related comedy feature, which has been compared to the 2011 film Bridesmaids. Hellcat was founded in 2020 by Pippa Lambert, whose resume also includes roles at Endeavor Content, WME, ICM Partners, and more.

“Women may not be the face of cannabis, but they’ve always been the backbone of the culture. Before legalization, 36 percent of leadership roles in the industry were held by women, and that number is now 22 percent,” Lambert said of the project.

“These growers are as dynamic as they are diverse, and they’re truly inspiring. I’m thrilled to be bringing their story, a true and still unfolding David and Goliath tale for our times, to life on the big screen.”

The second project is a non-scripted cannabis series helmed by Wally Eltawashy for Yoruba Media Labs. This particular project focuses on one of Lady Buds’ featured women, Sue Taylor aka “Mama Sue,” in her daily life as a cannabis business owner, providing cannabis access to seniors and promoting her wellness groups.

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NCAA announces more lenient policies for cannabis use among college athletes

These new policies are the latest in a wave of changes the NCAA has made since the 2020-21 academic and athletic seasons.

The NCAA is loosening its policies as they pertain to THC levels and positive marijuana tests for student-athletes, according to a statement the organization released on Friday.

The current amount of allowable THC has been 35 nanograms per milliliter. Effective immediately, that will be raised to 150 nanograms per milliliter, per the release.

An NCAA student-athlete may test positive for marijuana three times and not lose eligibility. Though if a student-athlete tests positive, the school must provide a “management plan and education” for the player.

In addition, and perhaps more importantly, student-athletes who are part of the NCAA would no longer automatically lose their eligibility to play following a positive marijuana test under rules that are being recommended by a key committee, according to the statement, reported by Saturday Tradition.

If the student-athlete continues to follow the plan and is in compliance, they may test positive two more times without repercussions of lost eligibility. If the student-athlete is not in compliance and tests positive, a consequence of lost eligibility for a portion of the season is possible.

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How to make your weed taste better

 

While there are many ways you can enhance the taste and flavor of your weed, there are some things that you should avoid.

 

 

Sometimes, cannabis just doesn’t taste great.

Maybe you don’t have access to top shelf product, find it too expensive, or are trying to grow your own and still haven’t figured out how to improve taste and flavor. Or perhaps you’ve already got delicious bud but want to experiment with flavor enhancing tips and tricks. No matter what your reason is, there’s a handful of effective ways you can improve the flavor and taste of cannabis.

Making Your Pot Taste Better 

After cannabis has been harvested, there’s still a couple of things you can do to improve its taste. (You’ll need an air-tight glass jar such as a mason jar to carry out some of these tips.)

Food-grade essential oils: If you want to try using essential oils, be sure that you are using only high-quality essential oils or food-grade essential oils that were made to be consumed by humans. Others are only meant to be diluted or applied topically. When it comes to flavor, look for lemon, peppermint, lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, or orange.

With a quality essential oil, you can place a few drops on a cotton ball then stick it on the lid of the jar. Place your stalks in the jar and leave it there for a few hours, ensuring that the ball will not touch the flower at all. Check the jar occasionally for signs of condensation or moisture since this can cause the bud to rot, though it is best practice to also air the jar once in a while during this process to reduce the risk of mold.

Food extracts: Convenience stores will usually already carry some type of food-grade extracts, which are a great and inexpensive way to make your weed taste better. Vanilla extract is one of the most popular and widely used extracts out there, though you can also try strawberry, rum, and almond extracts.Alcohol: If you have a favorite alcoholic beverage, perhaps a great-tasting whiskey or wine, you can also try to imitate its flavor in your bud. Soak up a cotton ball with your favorite drink and then stick it to the cover of a mason jar for a few hours.Fruit peels: For those who want to infuse pot with a taste of fruits or spices, the good news is that it’s so easy to do. Lemon, orange, or grapefruit rinds can lend a delicious flavor to cannabis when you smoke it, but it’s best to dehydrate the peels first. Doing so would reduce the risk for the growth of mold.Other dehydrated aromatics: There are a variety of other dried aromatics you can add to the jar, such as flower petals, dried spices including cloves, cinnamon, and rosemary. The best way to do this is to fill the loose material into an unused tea bag that has been emptied out of its contents. This way, the flavorings and the cannabis are separated.Flavored drops: If your favorite neighborhood dispensary sells flavored drops, go check them out. These drops were formulated specifically to add a great flavor and taste to cannabis when smoked. Just add a few drops either to the rolling paper or directly to the cannabis. There are so many delicious options out there including blueberry, chocolate, cinnamons sugar, and so much more. This is the easiest way to add flavor!Tea leaves: Tea lovers, rejoice! You can infuse cannabis with the flavor of your favorite teas. Make a tea joint by emptying out a tea bag and putting some of them into your joint or bowl. Tea leaves are a fantastic flavoring alternative since the tea leaves are usually uniformly cut, so it will burn at around the same time your weed does.

However, keep in mind when experimenting with flavorings on cannabis that various strains will have a different absorption rate for these enhancers. We recommend experimenting with small amounts first until the outcomes are more predictable and easier for you.

What To Avoid

While there are many ways you can enhance the taste and flavor of your cannabis, there are some things that you should avoid, such as using sugary ingredients. Sugar is not an ideal companion for anything smokeable including pot. So stay away from flavorings that have a lot of it. Not only does it smell bad, but sugar burns extremely easily. Other sugary ingredients to avoid include molasses, soda, maple syrup, and honey.

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9 pros and cons of weed subscription boxes

Because we can buy cannabis paraphernalia from the internet very quickly, people are wondering if smoking subscription boxes are a worthwhile investment.

Smoking cannabis has recently become one of the most popular hobbies in many states. Like any hobby, equipment and accessories are necessary to enjoy cannabis use thoroughly.

This is particularly true if one wants to smoke cannabis outdoors, at a friend’s house, or even on the go. Unfortunately, as the industry is still growing, obtaining cannabis paraphernalia can be a hassle, and that’s precisely why there’s such a thing called smoking subscription boxes.

 

What Are Smoking Subscription Boxes? 

Smoking subscription boxes, or stoner boxes for short, are packages that consist of various smoking supplies. These may range from disposable rolling papers and snacks, to expensive, high-quality equipment like bongs and grinders. As you might imagine, the idea of receiving everything you need in one delivery seems very convenient and hassle-free, and indeed it is.

However, convenience is not the only advantage of smoking subscription boxes. The following are some other benefits of opting for stoner boxes over buying smoking supplies individually:

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Tennessee’s first-ever cannabis bar and restaurant will open this spring

Buds & Brews will open this spring with legal THC-infused condiments, cocktails, and desserts

Nashville is preparing to open its first cannabis restaurant in Germantown this spring. According to the Nashville Business Journal, Music City-based seed-to-shelf Craft Cannabis company is set to open Buds & Brews at 1246 3rd Avenue in North Germantown. Expected to open in late April or early May, Buds & Brews is the first business of its kind in Tennessee, but owner Michael Solomon said he certainly does not think it will be the last.

The menu at Buds & Brews will pair elevated American dishes with legal, hemp-derived THC-infused condiments from Craft Cannabis, plus ample televisions for game day. The 21-and-older restaurant and bar’s kitchen will be led by chef Sam McGee — a name recognizable from Nashville staples Urban Grub and 5th & Taylor. Of note, the dishes here won’t be infused THC, just the sauces, which will come with dosing spoons. Buds & Brews also plans to sell edible dessert options plus drinks infused with hemp-derived THC. All items sold will be only allowed for restaurant consumption and not sold for outside use.

Craft Cannabis has nine retail locations in Middle Tennesse under its brand The Holistic Connection. Solomon launched the cannabis brand in 2019 after spending a decade learning about legal cannabis and becoming a licensed medical cannabis grower in California. Now back in Nashville since the Farm Bill passed back in 2018, Solomon’s plants are all grown and extracted under one roof. The Farm Bill legalized cannabis with 0.3 percent of THC or less, and since then, the cannabis industry has grown exponentially in Tennessee.

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Are CBD oil benefits too good to be true?

It has been met with scepticism, and rightfully so, but as time has moved on, it might be time to reconsider the benefits of CBD oil...

It’s only been a few years since CBD became a household name. At the time, it faced three significant obstacles. The first was scepticism, and rightfully so. Many supplement vendors and enthusiasts made several health claims before preliminary research had a chance to address them. Complicating matters was the lack of quality control, which fortunately improved as companies became more competitive.

CBD’s second barrier was its stigma. CBD comes from the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa L.), often used interchangeably with “marijuana” (cannabis exceeding 0.3% THC). But with cannabidiol reaching mainstream use, most people now understand that “hemp” CBD (cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) isn’t intoxicating.

Finally, there was——and still is——a regulatory concern. While some states, like New York, will regulate the hemp CBD industry following legalisation, these supplements are still unregulated at a federal level. Consequently, the medical and scientific communities are hesitant to give CBD its due credit.

So are CBD oil benefits too good to be true, or are the naysayers right? The simple answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ Let’s see what the long answer tells us.

Proven CBD Benefits

In most cases, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) frowns on CBD supplements. However, they broke new ground in 2018 when they approved Epidiolex – the first prescription CBD drug.

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Top 10 reasons to start eating nutritious superfood hemp today

Planet Based Foods highlights why this sustainable, nutrient-rich, superfood is gaining popularity and popping up on restaurant menus

As more people warm up to the idea of a plant-based diet, this plant is not only good for you, it’s also good for the planet. Packed with nutrients and easily harvested, hemp is poised to become a meal-time game changer.

So why make hemp part of your diet?
1.    Hemp seeds contain heart healthy omega-3s and omega-6
2.    High in protein
3.    High in fiber
4.    Rich in phytonutrients
5.    Gluten free, soy free and easily digestible
6.    Contains more essential fatty acids than flax or any other nut or seed oil
7.    Contains essential Amino Acids
8.    Hemp replenishes the soil with more nutrients than it takes to grow
9.    Hemp plants are naturally pest-resistant so there’s no need for pesticides or herbicides
10.    Hemp plants mature within months and can produce crops year after year

Since 2019, Planet Based Foods, has been focused on transforming hemp protein into plant-based meat. The company recently announced the US debut of the first plant-based meat featuring hemp as the primary ingredient.

“Our mission at Planet Based Foods is to educate the world about the incredible potential hemp has as a food source. It’s an untapped natural resource that delivers unmatched nutrition,” said Braelyn Davis, CEO and co-founder of Planet Based Foods.

“Many meat alternatives on the market are high in sodium, saturated fats and are highly processed negating their nutritional value. We’re different. Planet Based Foods offers unmatched nutrition that’s as delicious as it is healthy.”

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A tribe in Maine is using hemp to remove 'forever chemicals' from the soil

Can it work for PFAS-contaminated farms?

The pair was hardly dressed like typical farmers, but this was no typical farm. Sporting white hazmat suits and respirators, Chelli Stanley and Richard Silliboy lugged 5-gallon jugs of water toward bushy plots of hemp, each 30-by-30-foot patch a stark sign of order in the otherwise overgrown field. It was a warm September day in Limestone, a small town on the edge of the Maine-Canada border, and the pair struggled to breathe in the head-to-toe protective gear. Stanley, a founder of the environmental organization Upland Grassroots, recalls telling Silliboy, vice chief of the Aroostook Band of Micmac Nation, “This will be worth it someday.”

For Stanley and Silliboy, the focus was not so much the hemp they were growing as what it was doing. Their farm, once part of the Loring Air Force Base, is also a Superfund site — an area so polluted it’s marked high-priority for federal cleanup. Later, when the Aroostook Band of Micmacs took over the site’s ownership, they found its soil was rife with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS, cancer-causing compounds that are so difficult to break down they’re commonly known as “forever chemicals.” 

Because of their ability to bind to proteins, PFAS tend to bioaccumulate — building up in soil, water, and even human bodies. Under typical environmental conditions, they can persist for hundreds, even thousands of years. But there is hope at Loring: In 2020, researchers discovered that the Micmacs’ hemp plants were successfully sucking PFAS out of the contaminated soil. This practice, known as phytoremediation, could guide farmers across the country who have had to shut down after discovering their soil is tainted with the ubiquitous class of chemicals. 

Sara Nason, one of the project’s lead researchers from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, called their results “conservatively promising.” Other researchers see the potential too. David Huff, a senior scientist at the environmental consulting firm Nutter & Associates Inc., said, “At the end of the day, the data support phytoremediation as a viable approach and definitely established proof of concept.”

PFAS were once considered to be human-made miracle compounds. Due to their oil- and water-repelling properties, they were long used in all kinds of products from firefighting foam to stain-resistant carpets to nonstick pans. They’ve been linked to a host of health problems, including kidney and testicular cancer, liver damage, and suppressed immunity. 

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Top 5 workouts to pair with weed

If you’re someone who enjoys getting high, but can’t seem to find the ambition to start a workout routine, perhaps it’s time to try one of these popular exercises proven to pair perfectly with a little pot.

As marijuana stigmas slowly fall away, the act of lighting up a joint or popping an edible is becoming as acceptable as opening a bottle of wine. Getting stoned is now an after-work nightcap equivalent, and “high” is the preferred mental state for many travelers. You might even have noticed that THC is becoming infused into some of America’s favorite workouts.

Colorado University recently published a study in which “results indicated that the majority (81.7%) of participants endorsed using cannabis concurrently with exercise.” That number is very telling, even for a state that has legalized recreational marijuana and has a thriving cannabis industry.

The same study went on to state that “approximately half reported that it increases their motivation to exercise.” So, if you’re someone who enjoys getting high but can’t seem to find the ambition to start a workout routine, perhaps it is time to try one of these five popular exercises that are proven to pair perfectly with a little pot.

 

Yoga

Yoga and marijuana have been friends for a long time. Many yoga practitioners speak to the mellowing qualities of THC and how they can greatly enhance a guided yoga practice. 

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