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Stoned or celebrated: How cannabis is viewed in different cultures around the world

For decades, myths and tales have surrounded cannabis like no other plant

Opponents demonise it, supporters praise it as a universal remedy: for decades, myths and tales have surrounded cannabis like no other plant. Here is how cannabis is viewed around the globe.

Mythical plant

This is the hemp plant of legend. Intoxicating cannabis can be obtained from certain varieties, so its cultivation is strictly regulated in Germany. Unlike 200 years ago, hemp plants in the country are completely out of the public eye, paving the way for myths generated from the camps of supporters and opponents alike.

French troops brought home hashish

The use of hemp as an intoxicant has a comparatively recent history in Europe. French soldiers, who took home hashish made from the resin of female cannabis plants from Napoleon's Egyptian campaign in 1798, played a key role in spreading it. While Napoleon banned hashish in Egypt, it became popular in Paris.

Prescribed for menstrual cramps

Since the 1990s, the UK has been discussing the legalisation of cannabis. There was a rumour at the time that Queen Victoria was prescribed cannabis for menstrual cramps. The only evidence: in 1890, her personal physician John Russel Reynolds noted in a medical journal the "great value" of cannabis in treating an array of conditions.

Parchment or hemp?

Urban legend has it that the American Declaration of Independence was written on paper made from hemp. That's not quite true: the document, vacuum-sealed and behind thick panes of glass at the National Archives in Washington, DC, was written on parchment paper. The first two drafts, on the other hand, were probably written on hemp paper.

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7 ways to use hemp oil in body care

Hemp oils are often used as a dietary supplement, but many people do not realize that they can also be used externally as a skin and body care product. There are actually many ways that hemp seed oil can be used to care for and improve skin, hair, and nails.

Here are some of the best ways to use hemp oil in body care and make the most out of every drop of oil.

#1 Tackling Acne

People are increasingly turning to hemp oil as a way of treating and reducing the signs of acne. This might sound counterintuitive as acne is caused by a buildup of oil on the skin, but it may be useful for people with extremely dry skin. 

Gently rubbing a small amount of hemp oil on to clean skin at least once a day may help protect the skin’s lipid layer and hydrate.

Additionally, hemp oils may be helpful for cleansing and removing makeup. They have the advantage of providing the skin with additional vitamins and minerals. Hemp oil works by dissolving the oils and waxes in makeup and can be particularly useful when dealing with stubborn waterproof eye makeup.

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Courteous cop completes food delivery after driver busted for outstanding warrants

Serve, protect and deliver?

A homeowner in Tea, South Dakota was more than a little surprised after opening her door for an anticipated food delivery and finding a police officer instead.

Captured on a Ring door camera and shared on the HumanBeingBros Reddit page, the now-viral video from about 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 26 shows an officer believed to be with the Sioux Falls Police Department (SFPD). Holding what looks to be an Arby’s beverage in one hand and two food bags in the other, the officer rings the doorbell.
 
With an easy smile, the officer tells the resident opening the door, “I know I’m not who you were expecting,” before he begins to laugh.
 

“But your driver got arrested for stuff he didn’t take care of, so I figured I’d complete the Door Dash for you,” he continues, handing off the food to the woman, whose surprise has by now turned to outright laughter.

“Take care,” the polite police officer says as walks back to his cruiser.

“Thank you so much,” responds the still-laughing woman.

A Facebook post by Tea Storm Chasers notes the driver was arrested. According to New York Post, the non-profit group that describes itself as a media outlet monitoring police scanner calls and chases storms uploaded the video.

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A BA In MMJ? How American universities are attracting new students with marijuana degrees

At the current growth rates, the cannabis industry will support over 400,000 jobs this year, so it is best to fill these positions with competent individuals who have been appropriately trained.

Thousands of students across the United States of America are looking to study cannabis-related programs in top universities across the country. To some, graduating with a degree in cannabis may seem strange, but the truth is that cannabis job openings are opening up faster than ever. Recently, it was reported that cannabis jobs would increase by 161% in the U.S. by 2029.

With everything going on in the world, this development is not a surprise. The cannabis industry is one of the mature industries growing quickly. From 2019 till this moment, the sector has increased by 47%. It is also looking to be an economic driver in many emerging markets around the world today. In 2020, the total annual sales were about $18 billion. The U.S. cannabis industry is worth over $60 billion now and is projected to be worth at least $100 billion by 2030.

Looking at the available stats on the industry right now, cannabis could be the new gold in a few years, so why not get on top of it and get an education in cannabis before then?
 

The Legality of Cannabis Degrees

The absence of federal legislation for cannabis substances has cast doubt on the legitimacy of these programs. Not to mention the lack of federal accreditation agencies for cannabis degrees. The ANSI National Accreditation Board’s Cannabis Testing Lab Accreditation Program has accredited laboratories across the country to investigate important cannabinoid and terpene properties. Relevant tests on pesticides, microbial contaminants, heavy metals, and residual solvents can also be performed by these labs.

Cannabis degrees are not limited to only research; the space has prepared students for opportunities in engineering, math, technology, chemistry, and engineering. The industry still has a lot of expansion to do. Students passionate about the plants need to be equipped with knowledge of lucrative business opportunities in the industry, as well as how they can focus on medical cannabis innovations.

This means that colleges have rules and regulations guiding the degrees. As soon as federal legislation is quickly passed, proper accreditation agencies will be established and funded.

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Surprising side effects of marijuana, say studies

Science continues to uncover new information about marijuana's effects on the body.

In recent years, marijuana has seen major gains in mainstream acceptance. Today, pot is legal in 18 states, and more Americans report getting high than at any point in almost 40 years. Marijuana is now known to be a relatively safe drug. But, like any substance, it's not completely understood, and science continues to uncover new information about its effects on the body. These are some of the surprising side effects of marijuana, according to recent studies. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.

1. May Help You Lose Weight

Seriously? Given pot's propensity to cause "the munchies," perhaps the most surprising recent discovery about marijuana is a 2019 study that suggests regular users are more likely to maintain a healthy weight. Researchers from Michigan State University looked at health data from 33,000 people and found that marijuana users are less  likely to be overweight or obese than non-users. Only 15% of "persistent" pot users were considered obese, compared to 20% of nonusers. "Over a 3-year period, all participants showed a weight increase, but interestingly, those who used marijuana had less of an increase, compared to those that never used," said the study's lead author, Omayma Alshaarawy, Ph.D., who acknowledged the findings are somewhat counterintuitive: "Our study builds on mounting evidence that this opposite effect occurs."

2. May Impair Your Pancreas

Chronic marijuana use—defined as at least four times a week for more than three years—may reduce the ability of the pancreas to function normally, according to a study published last November in the journal PLoS One. Some people who use pot daily have developed without having risk factors for the condition. 

3. May Make You Sick to Your Stomach

Marijuana is sometimes prescribed to relieve nausea, but some heavy users might experience the exact opposite effect. In cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS), using cannabis can cause stomach pain, nausea and vomiting that can be severe. Experts estimate 2.7 million Americans experience the condition, which is frequently misdiagnosed. (CHS is so obscure that last year it was the subject of a "Medical Mysteries" column in the Washington Post.)

"CHS went from being something we didn't know about and never talked about to a very common problem over the last five years," said Dr. Eric Lavonas, a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians, in the New York Times. 

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Is CBN going to give melatonin a run for its money?

There are CBN supplements already on the market which have been designed to help consumers fall asleep or relax quicker, with an onset time of an hour or less.

Melatonin is one of the most widely used supplements worldwide. It’s an over-the-counter supplement that adults rely on to help treat insomnia.

Melatonin is natural, because it’s a hormone that the body already produces when we are exposed to darkness. It assists in regulating the circadian rhythm to ensure that we are getting proper sleep, and it is effective even at small doses to help you get some shut-eye.

There are also many benefits to taking melatonin. Aside from it being accessible and affordable, this popular sleep aid also has antioxidant properties, can help reduce the production of cortisol — the stress hormone, regulate blood pressure, and improve the immune system.
 
However, many people have found relief from using cannabis. There are numerous cannabinoids within the cannabis plant that offer the same benefits as melatonin, some even more. Enter CBN.

Meet CBN – Cannabinol

CBN is one of the newer cannabinoid compounds from cannabis, though lesser known compared to its other cousins, CBD, CBG, and of course, THC. However, it’s been getting some attention recently because of its ability to induce sleep and relax. This is possible because it’s created when Delta 9 THC is degraded, which can be done in the lab.

CBN also forms naturally when THC is exposed to light and heat, that’s because it naturally oxidizes in these situations. That’s why if you have left your weed out for a long time, or exposed to air, it might not get you as high as you wanted though it can make you sleepy – because the THC has already turned into CBN.

Once we consume CBN, it binds to the CB1 receptor though not as tightly as THC would. For this reason, CBN is often referred to as the THC but without the high.

While CBD does relax, it’s not as powerful as taking CBN. There are CBN supplements already in the market which have been designed to help consumers fall asleep or relax quicker, with an onset time of an hour or less. There are numerous anecdotal reports of CBN helping people fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer, though there are very few studies that document its ability to do that. But that hasn’t stopped people from trying and buying CBN supplements.

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Sisters of the Valley plan to mail 13,000 hemp seeds to 1,000 customers

Spread the love and support local hemp farmers with The Sisters of the Valley’s new CBD-rich strain.

Perhaps due to fate, The Sisters of the Valley—the nun-like hemp bearers of Central Valley, California—are mailing approximately 13,000 high-CBD hemp souvenir seeds to 1,000 customers under a new program designed as a “thank you” to their customer base.

The Sisters are pulling a list on February 1 from their store of the last 1,000 customers who purchased from them, and each of them will receive a thank you card and a packet of hemp seeds in the mail this spring. They expect to send out 500 in February and another 500 in March.

The Wee Bairn seed strain was “born of adversity,” as the Sisters were under the threat of having their crops pulled out due to a sudden local law change that appeared to impact their farm. The Sisters let the males live, go to seed—and ended up with their own proprietary CBD-rich seed strain. The seeds are not guaranteed feminized, nor are they guaranteed anything else, but customers report decent cannabinoid levels from the seeds.

“For a brief moment in time—2018 to 2019—they made it illegal to grow on anything less than 20 acres,” Sister Kate told High Times.

“So when they first opened the hemp laws they said, ‘Okay, but you have to have 30 acres.’ So here we were, and we’ve already three to four years into operating, and every year growing a big crop in our backyard—a one-acre farm, so we can’t grow more than like an eighth of an acre outside. So it’s not a lot of plants.”

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Delta-8 THC is legal in Texas… for now

The legal status of Delta-8 THC, the popular cannabis derivative sold in smoke shops and CBD stores all over Texas, has been on a rollercoaster over the last few months. As of now, though, it's legal. Delta-8 is the milder cousin of definitely-illegal-in-Texas weed. It's consumed mostly in the form of edibles and vape cartridges.

Why it matters

If Delta-8 THC is criminalized, countless Texans could face felony charges, jail time and fines up to $10,000 for selling or possessing a product that consumers believe is legal.

Driving the news

The Texas Department of State Health Services "Consumable Hemp Program" webpage was updated this month. It specifically mentions that legal products must contain less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC, but makes no mention of Delta-8.

Manufacturers, retailers and consumers — not to mention law enforcement agencies and prosecutors — are anxiously waiting for more clarity from the Texas government.

Context: Delta-8 is naturally occurring and extracted from hemp, which was legalized as part of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Legal hemp and products derived from hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive compound that gives people the euphoric high.Legislation that aimed to ban Delta-8 in Texas failed during the state's most recent legislative session.More than a dozen states have restricted its sale or use.

What's happening

Last fall, DSHS abruptly specified that Delta-8 is a Schedule I controlled substance, therefore, illegal in Texas.

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How long do marijuana edibles stay in your system?

If you think you can’t do without your regular dose of edibles, then you might be interested in the following information on how to work around your cannabis drug tests.

Many people prefer edibles to other forms of cannabis. Some people like it because of its regular appearance, while others don’t because they can’t stand the harshness of smoking flowers.

Edibles are one of the top five preferred methods of consuming cannabis. It is safer and tastier than most methods. Additionally, cannabis edibles are legal to consume in most public spaces, but this does not remove their negatives.

Like every consumable, edibles also have health risks. They can be detected in the blood, urine, and saliva, just like other cannabis products. The upside is that it takes more time for its effects to subside, so the user gets to feel suitable for a long time. With the increasing cannabis reforms blitzing through the U.S., cannabis retailers are developing edible products for sales.
 

What Are Cannabis Edibles?

Cannabis Edibles are regular food products that have been prepared with cannabis. These foods contain a significant amount of cannabis, enough to induce an intense “high” effect on the consumer. Some edibles have less THC than cannabis flowers, while others have equal levels or more THC than smokable cannabis. Edibles can be in the form of cookies, gummies, candies, capsules, or beverages. Medical marijuana edibles may be more restrictive on selection due to the high dosages needed for things like chemotherapy.

Simply put, edibles are food products that contain cannabinoids.
 
Edibles are best consumed at home; however, they are occasionally served at parties and cannabis establishments. They are sold in recreational cannabis dispensaries and can be made at home with recipes on the web. New edibles consumers are advised to start with about 2 mg of THC products and then build up from there. It’s better to consume edibles in low doses because they tend to induce very intense highs, even more severe than vaping or smoking.
 

Breakdown of Edibles in The Body

The body doesn’t process edibles the same way it processes inhaled cannabinoids. Once a person eats an edible, it goes through the digestive tract and is broken down by the body organs involved in the normal digestion process. The liver also processes these digested materials.

The THC components in the digested materials are converted to 11-Hydroxy THC. This conversion is responsible for the highly intense psychoactivity the consumer feels a few minutes after consumption.

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Can Girl Scouts sell cookies outside marijuana dispensaries?

A mom and a daughter were reportedly seen selling cookies outside a Tempe dispensary on Thursday, Girl Scout Arizona Cactus-Pine said that's not allowed

Are Girl Scouts allowed to sell cookies outside of pot dispensaries? 

The Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine, which oversees the troops in Central and Northern Arizona, said that practice is not allowed.

“Our policy is that girls cannot sell in or in front of any establishment that they themselves cannot patronize or enter,” said Felicia Thompson, Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications.

On Thursday, a mother and daughter were allegedly selling cookies outside a Tempe dispensary, said Danielle, who asked us not to use her last name.
 

“I was a little surprised to see them,” she said.

“But I think it’s genius; you can make a lot of money.”

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Vaping cartridges vs. dry herb: 4 differences between the highs

There are a number of variables that have an impact on the vaping experience, none more vital than the substance being vaped and the device itself that’s being used.

Given how popular vaping has become in the cannabis community, it’s easy to assume that vaping is a one size fits all proposition, and that the end result is the same regardless of how you go about it. The reality is that while this may be a common thought process, it couldn’t be further from the truth.

There are a number of variables that have an impact on the vaping experience, none more vital than the substance being vaped and the device itself that’s being used. Having an understanding of how vaping cannabis cartridges is different from vaping dry herb can save you money and provide the framework for knowing how to achieve the exact sensation that you desire.

Cartridges Are Cut With Chemicals Which Alter Effects

Since cannabis cartridges are made with flavoring additives, along with a myriad of other chemicals naturally, it provides different effects from vaping dry herb cannabis.

Dry herb cannabis vaporizers allow users to only load finely grounded cannabis buds into devices. This means cannabis consumers who use them are likely going to consume more THC than they would with cartridges. That caveat could explain why dry herb vaporizing provides such a different sensation from consuming cartridges.

Cartridges Reduce Amount Of Cannabinoids And Terpenes Consumed

Another factor that explains the difference between vaping cartridges and dry herbs is the lack of cannabinoids and terpenes that are consumed when people choose to vape cannabis cartridges.

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European cannabis legalisation has had no effect on the level of recreational use in young people

Researchers in Sweden have published results of a study that set out to determine if changes in cannabis laws lead to an increase in recreational use in adolescents and young adults. Their findings showed that there was no support for the claim that cannabis legalisation increases the prevalence of cannabis use in people aged 15 to 34 years old. Cannabis is the most used illicit drug in the world, with approximately 90 million people in Europe alone having used cannabis at least once in their lifetime, and nearly one in ten young people reporting to be monthly users in 2019.  Critics of cannabis legalisation often raise the concern that allowing free and legal access to cannabis would make it more attractive to teens and young adults, which they assume would inevitably result in increased use. With a swathe of varying degrees of legislation changes in Europe currently underway in countries such as; Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Malta, Italy, UK, Estonia, Czech Republic and others, researchers thought it important to address people’s concerns around the social harm that may come from cannabis legislation changes. 

Previous research has been conducted on the impact of cannabis legislation changes on the prevalence of use, however, findings were inconclusive. Researchers realised that there is knowledge they attribute to several factors including the inaccuracies of self-reporting cannabis use due to societal stigma, difficulties in the collection of data, and the inconsistencies in drug laws that different countries across Europe enforce. 

The research team from the Department of Global Public Health at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm analysed data from several European countries that were collected by the (EMCDDA). This data contained self-reported rates of cannabis use in 15 to 34 year olds from 11 European countries between 1994 and 2017, and information on the cannabis policy changes (categorised into ‘more-lenient’ and ‘less-lenient’) implemented by eligible countries.

The data was analysed using a time-series linear model to assess the changes in country-specific trends over the specified time and in relation to policy changes.

Researchers found that, on average, cannabis use was stable or only increasing weakly in countries where legislation had not changed (or if legislation was changed at the extremes of the study period). In contrast, the average use decreased after changes in legislation, regardless of the change being categorised as less-lenient or more-lenient. 

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U.S. grapples with how to gauge just how high cannabis users are

Impairment tests are becoming big business

“Walk a straight line” isn’t going to cut it anymore as police and employers grapple with growing use of marijuana.   

Earlier this month, a study in a peer-reviewed journal became the latest sign that there’s a paradigm shift going on in the nascent business of detecting impairment levels. The article, which appeared in Neuropsychopharmacology, showed that an imaging technique can detect cannabis impairment with 76% accuracy. That’s better than the 68% accuracy of field tests that employ traditional law enforcement protocols such as walking a straight line and examining a subject’s pupils. 

The technique, called functional near-infrared spectroscopy, measures changes in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. It shows that impaired brains look different than non-impaired brains in a way that doesn’t necessarily correlate with the amount of THC in a person's system. THC detection in saliva or on the breath has so far been the main focus of tests. The study was carried out on 169 people at Massachusetts General Hospital, which is part of Harvard Medical School.

The study is a big deal for the cannabis industry, since the lack of a clear test to gauge intoxication has become a stumbling block for federal legalization. Though links between marijuana and accidents have been hard to draw due to factors such as the frequent mixing of alcohol with drugs, the study estimates that THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, at least doubles the risk of fatal motor vehicle crashes.

The research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice has acknowledged that field sobriety tests and THC levels are unreliable measures of marijuana intoxication. Methods like the “one-leg stand” and “walk and turn”  weren’t affected by marijuana highs, and some people had poor functions even when their THC levels were low.  

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Cannabis, marijuana and hemp: What’s the difference, exactly?

 

Cannabis is an umbrella term of sorts.

There are many names attributed to the plant that is scientifically known as cannabis sativa. From weed to hemp, cannabis and marijuana, this seven-pointed leaf plant has a list of aliases that seems to grow as quickly as the plant itself.

Many names linked to cannabis sativa refer to the same type of plant or product, but not all of these terms should be used interchangeably. In fact, cannabis, hemp and marijuana all refer to different products.
 
It is critical to understand the differences as some of these products are fully legal in the U.S. while others are associated with possible felony offences.
 
Many cannabis enthusiasts understand the difference between cannabis, hemp and marijuana, but a third of Americans think hemp and marijuana are the same thing, according to the National Institutes of Health. Indeed, many people still search Google to find out whether cannabidiol — a cannabis derivative known as CBD — will get them high,” per The Conversation.

 

Cannabis

Cannabis is an umbrella term of sorts. The word cannabis is an abbreviated name that comes from cannabis sativa, its scientific plant name.

“The word ‘cannabis’ refers to all products derived from the plant, cannabis sativa,” reports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This means hemp is a form of cannabis, and marijuana is also a form of cannabis.

Cannabis is a term that can be used scientifically, and is also used often when referring to the cultivation of both hemp and marijuana. When it comes to using the terms hemp and marijuana, though, there are more specific criteria involved.

Hemp

By definition, hemp is a form of the cannabis sativa plant that is cultivated for its tough bast fibre, as well as its edible seeds and oil. This fibre is what the term hemp often refers to.

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Do you know the difference between cannabis strains, phenotypes, and cultivars?

Once you’re armed with this information, you’ll be ready to start experimenting with growing your own cannabis or perhaps trying a new cannabis cultivar.

When shopping for cannabis strains, you will notice that there are many other terms that are used to describe them. These include phenotypes, chemotypes, genotypes, and cultivars. These are also important terms to know if you want to grow your own cannabis.

Here’s a guide for everything you need to know about the many names used to describe cannabis varieties.

Cannabis Strains and Cultivars

Cannabis strains are the variation names formed by cultivars, and any offspring that has resulted from these modified plants. They can be produced through regular breeding or other more modern methods, sometimes they can also occur through genetic mutations.

A cannabis strain name, such as Blue Dream, Afghan Kush, or Sour Diesel refers to the characteristics retained by the strain. There are almost 1,000 cannabis strains known today, which are further classified into one of three categories: sativa, indica, or hybrid. Generally speaking, sativa cannabis strains are known for their energizing and uplifting qualities when consumed, while indica strains are more sedating and relaxing – suitable for nighttime use. Meanwhile, hybrid strains combine effects of both.

With cannabis use becoming more widespread around the world, there is always a new strain to try and look forward to as breeders explore making their own.

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Vegan CBD: What you need to know about this new niche

Reputable vegan CBD product manufacturers tend to use better quality ingredients overall compared to the artificial ingredients found in most cheap CBD items.

The rise of veganism is widely spreading all around the world. Surveys suggest in 2020 alone, there was an increase of 40%, though it’s hard to pinpoint the exact number.

It’s not just a fad; veganism is more than a plant-based diet as more and more people see the value in completely eliminating all forms of animal products from their lifestyle. Whether it’s for environmental reasons, health, or for the animals, there’s no doubt that there are certain benefits to going vegan.

What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD), is one of the two primary compounds in the cannabis plant. The other being tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is famous for its psychoactive effects and therapeutic benefits. On the other hand, CBD doesn’t get you high but it has it’s own health benefits especially when it comes to anxiety, stress reduction, seizures, sleep management, pains, and aches. CBD can be taken in a wide variety of forms: it can be vaped, consumed as an edible or in gummies, or in capsule form and so much more. But some vegans probably wonder if CBD is vegan.

Vegan CBD Products

CBD in itself is vegan, because it’s derived from the hemp plant, which is rich in amino acids. Vegans can enjoy a range of health benefits from consuming vegan CBD products because they can help increase energy, improve brain function, contribute to overall emotional and mental wellbeing, aid in metabolism, and much more. In addition, it’s also rich in antioxidant contents.

However, not all CBD products on the market are vegan. The whole point of going plant-based means that one eschews all forms of animal byproducts including cosmetics, supplements, and actual food. And when it comes to manufacturing CBD products, the same rules apply. For example, there are many CBD edibles out there are that are not made with vegan ingredients, such as milk or honey as well as flavorings, so it pays to look out specifically for vegan CBD products that are better for you and the environment, which are also more aligned with your own lifestyle choices.

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First time smoking pot? These are the things you need

Everything you need to get high fun and safely.

With all but a few dozen decidedly nerdy states embracing legal cannabis, it looks as though we’re heading into a cultural renaissance with a big old dank nug at the helm. 

As the stigma trailing weed continues to dissipate, a whole new generation of cannabis consumers is getting ready to acquaint themselves with a drug most grew up being told was pure evil by groups like D.A.R.E., the U.S. government, and those meddling kids from Bayside High. For the budding stoners, medical cardholders, and recreational users alike, this gear should help you master this misunderstood drug called cannabis. 

Pardon the trite expression, but what you’re shopping around for these days “ain’t your grandpa’s weed.” We’ve entered a whole new phase in cannabis cultivation, extraction, and infusion technology that is totally changing the way we get high. Let’s worry about that stuff later and stick to the methodology that has satisfied the human species for something like 2,500 years. 

Let’s start with the basics

Theoretically, the only tools you need to roll a great joint are your hands, some flower, and rolling ZIG-ZAGS. Grinding your weed into a uniform and even consistency not only improves the airflow within your joint (or bong or bowl) but promotes an overall cleaner smoking experience. Sackville’s 4-Tier Signature Grinder ($40) features diamond-sharp teeth that transform your bud into fluffy fresh cannabis while a mesh kief screen & bowl gives you something to stick into your bowl when you’ve run out of product. 

A nice rolling tray keeps all your odds, ends, and stems in one place and can generally be found at any headshop across the country… except maybe Utah? I get the impression they don’t like weed. Z’s Life Pearl ZTray ($100)  is a bit pricier than the stuff you’d find on Etsy, but it’s a lot more enticing than the infinite amount of Bob Marley-branded trays you see for a fraction of the price. LEUNE’s bougie velvet toiletry bag ($18) and ceramic ashtray ($14) are a must-have if you’re trying to escape that cringe-y 90s weed culture in lieu of one that has a bit more class. 

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Young people who use cannabis report having better orgasms

Study of 18- to 30-year-olds shows weed and alcohol make for improved sex lives.

Spanish researchers exploring how cannabis and alcohol use influences sexuality found that young people partaking in both seem to be more than happy with their sex lives.

“Sexual function in young people who use cannabis and alcohol more frequently was shown to be better than in those who do not use either,” notes the study published online in the most recent edition of Healthcare.

Per Marijuana Moment, “cannabis users scored higher than non-users on both the overall sexual functioning scale and the subscales of arousal and orgasm.” There was also the matter of the difference between heavy and moderate weed use.
 
“Those who used cannabis the most were found to report higher sexual functioning and arousal scores than the moderate users,” it notes.
 
With regard to the study’s sexual function and arousal subscales, these “were higher among severe cannabis consumers compared to non-consumers,” the authors write in the study. But “no significant differences were found in the desire and orgasm subscales based on the amount of cannabis consumed by the participants.”
 
With regard to alcohol, “participants who reported heavy drinking scored higher on the total sexual function questionnaire and the arousal subscale than those who did not drink. Moreover, high-consumption participants had significantly higher total questionnaire and orgasm subscale scores than moderate-consumption participants,” the study shows. Researchers conducted the observational study of 274 participants — two-thirds female; one-third male — who were between the ages of 18 and 30, were from Almeria, Spain and who provided input from January to June of 2020.
 
In terms of sexual function, the study reports only four per cent of participants indicated sexual dysfunction, while 96 per cent reported none.
 
“Sexual function is improved in young people who are high-risk cannabis consumers with a moderate risk of alcohol use, resulting in increased desire, arousal and orgasm,” study authors explain.
 
“This improvement is usually associated with a reduction in anxiety and shame, which facilitates sexual relationships,” they add.
 
While those findings are surely nothing to complain about for study participants, investigators suggest they would feel more comfortable if young people received additional information on the possible implications of high weed use.
 
The results highlight “the need for more information aimed at the young population,” they write.
 
“The use of addictive substances, primarily for recreational purposes, such as alcohol, tobacco and cannabis, remains a major health issue among young people, with significant short- and long-term health implications,” the authors emphasize. These implications include dependence, cardiovascular disease, respiratory changes, emphysema and cancer.
 
Looking at weed specifically, the authors point out that cannabis consumption before sexual interaction has been found to enhance desire, improve orgasm and reduce discomfort in women, while frequent use in men renders it difficult to reach orgasm.
 
Despite booze and bud being the top two drugs used when it comes to bolstering bedroom activity, findings to date have been inconsistent.
 
Researchers further point out “it is important to keep in mind that drug use is associated with risky sexual behaviours such as unprotected sex and the appearance of sexually transmitted infections, leading to careless and unsafe sexual encounters.”
 
Given that, “further information and training on the sexual risks involved with the use of substances such as cannabis and alcohol is required, particularly for young people, who are the population most vulnerable to sexual risk behaviours and health-related problems associated with drug use.”
 
A study published in 2019 found that having a puff before sex seemed to help the approximately 80 to 90 per cent of women reporting difficulty achieving orgasm via vaginal intercourse alone. Indeed, two-thirds of respondents reported that sex post-cannabis was “more pleasurable” and 52 per cent said they experienced an “increase in satisfying orgasms” after a toke.
 
Another 2019 study looking at how cannabis alters sexual experience showed that many participants reported the plant helped them relax, heightened their sensitivity to touch and increased intensity of feelings. Still, others noted that “cannabis interfered by making them sleepy and less focused or had no effect on their sexual experience.”
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What is Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) and is it legal?

Due to rising confusion about its legality, HHC is being sold across the U.S. Here’s what you should know about this synthetic cannabinoid.

The newest cannabinoid and, I must say, “another worthy addition” swaying the market right, left, front, and back is hexahydrocannabinol (HHC). Rising to prominence after regulations banned the sales and use of delta-8, this compound has been referred to as an intriguing analog of THC. Whether or not to agree with this description cannot be decided now, as there are several misconceptions about HHC cannabinoids.

The cannabis community certainly has to be working overtime at this point, discovering cannabinoids after cannabinoids. Fortunately for the community and related groups, perceptions about cannabis are changing around the world and are being backed by appropriate legislation. This has accelerated studies aimed at learning more about cannabis and its cannabinoids. Almost every week, science blogs and conventional media outlets have something new to say about cannabis.

Taking your focus back to hexahydrocannabinol, this article tries to clear up some misinformation making waves about the newly discovered HHC. Even when attempting to draft this piece, I encountered dozens of contradicting information about the compound’s origin, effects, safety, and legality.

What Is HexahydroCannabinol (HHC)?

Many headlines across the world define the compound as a naturally produced cannabinoid found in trace quantities in pollen. In contrast, HHC is a synthetic cannabinoid compound prepared in a laboratory with selected cannabis extracts. These compounds are in league with the less common cannabinoids pushed aside until recently by the big guns — THC and CBD.

Due to rising confusion about its legality, the synthetic cannabinoid is being sold in all parts of the U.S. In recent months, HHC has undergone its fair share of human trials and processing. The unavailability of HHC in cannabis plants has, in a way, reduced its availability to folks around the country.
 

History of Hexahydrocannabinol (HHC)

Hexahydrocannabinol was first developed in 1944 by a scientist named Roger Adams. He created the compound through the hydrogenation process by mixing hydrogen molecules with delta-9-THC. This compound has stayed in the shadows since then until it started receiving attention recently. Cannabis retailers are selling the product for consumers to use as a substitute for THC.

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3 Recent Cannabis Trends That Are Here to Stay

Even though there have been trends that have taken hold within the world of cannabis in the past, it’s hard to imagine them having a bigger impact than ones that have taken hold in the early 2020s.

To say that the world of cannabis is much different than it was just a decade ago would be a drastic understatement. In years past there haven’t been as many developments around cannabis due to tight restrictions. Now, as those restrictions fade away in many locations, developments in the world of cannabis are coming constantly.

The developments that have transpired within the recreational cannabis space during the 2020s have taken off in very little time, and it’s hard to tell which are here to stay. These trends from the current decade will have a lasting impact on the realm of cannabis.

Association With Health & Wellness Sector 

Cannabis brands aligning themselves with the health and wellness verticals is smart business for numerous reasons. The health and wellness vertical is worth a total of $4.2 trillion globally. Additionally, by aligning with brands focused on self-improvement it’s easier for unfamiliar shoppers to get an understanding of cannabis products outside of the guise of just “getting stoned”.

Given how robust the health and wellness sector is, and the sales potential it has, it’s no wonder so many cannabis brands are approaching sales with pitches based on self-improvement. By boasting the positive effects CBD oils, tinctures and topicals can have, it’s easier to make inroads with shoppers who are curious about trying cannabis but have reservations. Because of this, cannabis consumers can expect to see cannabis brands align themselves with the health and wellness industry for years to come.
 

Synthetic Cannabinoids Gaining Traction

People that have been into a vape store or headshop lately have likely come across products that look like regular marijuana products under the category of THC-O, or Delta-8 THC. Synthetic cannabinoids like these are becoming increasingly common in states where hemp-derived CBD products are legal.

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the production of hemp-derived products not limited to CBD, but synthetic types of THC, too. This has led to the development of new businesses based on sales of these synthetic cannabinoids both in-person and over the web. While shipping CBD and hemp-based synthetic cannabinoids isn’t legal in every state, it is widespread enough for cannabis consumers to have enough variety to choose from, as far as product and manufacturers go.
 

Cannabis Businesses Adopting The Latest Technology

Given the many challenges that the cannabis industry has faced in the early goings, many businesses have been forced to adapt. No asset has been more helpful in helping businesses in the marijuana industry overcome their challenges than rapidly-developing modern technology. From advanced DNA-based product personalization, to app-based retail businesses are able legally to cater to the needs of their customers in ways that were previously unimaginable.

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