There are hundreds of cannabis dispensaries nowadays. Some are running online stores while some operate brick and mortar stores. It is important to know what to look for when you want to choose a cannabis dispensary. It doesn’t matter whether it is for recreational or medical use, the factors to be considered are still the same. In Canada, online dispensaries are taking over the trade. Find the best weed delivery Toronto, after considering the tips below.

Location

This is very important when choosing a cannabis dispensary. A cannabis dispensary is not different from a fast-food café or casual restaurant. Keep in mind that the location of the is going to have a big impact on convenience. Parking, proximity, and convenience are very important when it comes to choosing a cannabis dispensary.

Cannabis consumers tend to visit more than one dispensary. For example, you might need one close to your office and one close to your home. Keep in mind that cannabis dispensaries are not allowed to be located near educational institutions.

Cannabis Quality

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A few times a day, someone from out of town will walk into one of Paulson Palmer’s three dispensaries in northwest Montana asking if they can buy marijuana. The answer is almost always no.

While Palmer’s Fruit Factory can sell cannabis to Montana residents with a medical marijuana card, it will not be legal to sell it for non-medical adult use until Jan. 1, 2022 — a message that might not be clear to out-of-state tourists who may have heard that weed has been legalized in Big Sky Country but haven’t closely followed the new law.

For adult-use marijuana advocates, the fact that customers are already trying to buy is a sign that their forecast of legalized cannabis becoming a multi-million-dollar industry in the state was correct. But pent-up demand also brings up another concern: Will Montana’s dispensaries be able to meet that demand come January?

 

“I think we’re going to run out of weed in less than a week,” said Pepper Petersen, president and CEO of the Montana Cannabis Guild. “That’s what happened everywhere else when the recreational market opened up. We’re barely keeping up with demand [for medical marijuana] right now.”

Within days of recreational cannabis becoming legal in Illinois last year, some dispensaries in Chicago ran out of product and shortages persisted for weeks and months. The same thing happened in New York and New Jersey this year.

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Delaware was getting ramped up for possible legalization this legislative session. The possibility seemed promising, especially considering we’ve been watching the progress in Virginia, Connecticut and other newly legal states unfold. Now, however, it is not to be, as amendments have delayed any legal cannabis progress until at least 2022.

HB 150, the bill that would have legalized adult-use cannabis in Delaware, already passed 10-5 in the House and Human Development Committee back in March. The Wilmington City Council also passed a resolution that would back this decision, and polls show there is a lot of support in Delaware for this bill.

So, it looked like things were going to move forward, as the House was prepared to vote on legal cannabis as of June 10. But the bill was removed from the agenda just hours before the vote was to take place. Now, activists have not given up hope and are speaking out on the next steps.

Disappointment in Delaware

“Part of our effort has been to level the playing field for those most impacted by the failed War on Drugs. However, including our proposed social equity fund would make House Bill 150 a 3/4 majority bill, per the Delaware Constitution,” said Representative Ed Osienski, a Democrat and the primary sponsor of the bill. “Simply put, we do not have the 31 votes necessary to pass the bill in its current state.

“However, removing the fund—which would restore the original, attainable 3/5 majority—would create other concerns about our commitment to those communities. My charge at this stage is to find a compromise that all supporters can rally behind. When we reach that compromise, I will bring HB 150 forward for consideration. I am committed to continuing to work with all parties to find a solution that allows Delaware to become the next state to legalize adult recreational marijuana.” 

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People who use marijuana are more likely to have suicidal thoughts. That’s the latest round of anti-pot propaganda coming from a couple of bodies of research published over the last two months.

It’s enough to scare parents worried about their kids getting wrapped up in the novelty of weed and then being carted off to a very dark place. However, health professionals say the link between the consumption of cannabis and increased suicidal behaviour is not that cut and dried.

 
 
 

Two recent studies show a connection between marijuana use and suicide. The first comes from Stanford University, where researchers found an uptick in suicides where cannabis was legal. The study points a finger at the potency of legal pot products.

The next study is from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which found that people who use cannabis are more likely to experience suicidal thoughts. Findings note that weed users are at a higher risk for mood disturbances and self-harming attempts.

So, watch out, right? Well…

“As we better understand the relationship between cannabis use, depression and suicidality, clinicians will be able to provide better guidance and care to patients.” /

More study is needed, but a new U.S. review indicates topical capsaicin helped to provide relief for individuals with cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) who visited both paediatric and adult emergency departments (EDs).

Characterized by recurrent nausea, vomiting and severe abdominal pain, CHS symptoms “are frequently unresponsive to standard antiemetic therapy,” notes the study published online in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

 
 
 

Research published in 2017 agreed topical capsaicin — a chemical compound first isolated from chili peppers — “was associated with improvement in symptoms of CHS after other treatments failed.” Although research involved only 13 patients, all “experienced symptom relief.”

In the latest study, U.S. researchers found that “significantly more patients in the capsaicin group experienced efficacy” compared to patients who were not administered the treatment.

Of the 201 patients with suspected or confirmed CHS, applying the topical to the abdomen resulted in shorter periods between the treatment and discharge from the emergency department (ED) than for those who didn’t receive the treatment.

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Lately, there’s been quite a bit of ‘buzz’ about the notion of cannabis tourism and its potential impact on global tourism generally.  

I have attended several webinars and information sessions over the past year or two directed at tour operators, restaurateurs, and innkeepers on how to prepare for and engage potential audiences.  

It appears that operating cannabis tourism space will never be easy.  

Even if one thinks they may have the audience part figured out, operating such a business can be difficult to manage, and is dependent upon what region of the world one occupies.  

Light up a joint in some parts of the world and we might never hear from you again… 

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Move over hot dogs, beer, and fireworks. Weed officially has a seat at the Fourth of July picnic table.

Sales for legal cannabis are projected to skyrocket for the holiday weekend, with Friday, July 2, being the biggest day for purchases across the country. According to Akerna Corp., a regulatory compliance technology company that tracks worldwide cannabis sales, data shows that the retail spike will top $206 million, with nearly $91 million on Friday alone — the second highest sales day for 2021 (after 420, of course). 

“Year over year, we’ve seen a 23% increase in the number of products consumers and patients are purchasing for the 4th of July holiday weekend,” said James Ahrendt, business intelligence architect at Akerna. “With the holiday falling on a Sunday this year, dispensaries should be evaluating staffing and preparing inventory ahead of the weekend to ensure they are ready to accommodate these increases in both traffic and sales.”

Saturday, July 3rd, should bring in another $72 million of cannabis sales, and Sunday, July 4th is predicted to garner an additional $43 million. Sundays are historically the lowest sales day of the week, but it will be elevated because of the holiday.

With more states permitting adult-consumption or medical cannabis programs, it’s clearly as American as the holiday itself. Connecticut is the most recent state to legalize, with legal use and possession laws going into effect in two states — New Mexico and Virginia — this week alone.

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The legalization of cannabis officially going into effect today in Connecticut, which includes provisions and mandates that set aside designated marijuana smoking zones in larger towns and cities that choose to regulate smoking pot.

State lawmakers passed the comprehensive legislation earlier this month, and the bill was signed by Democratic Governor Ned Lamont on June 22 and officially became the law of the land. Possession and use of recreational marijuana will become legal for adults on July 1, although regulated sales of adult-use cannabis products are not expected to begin until next year.

As cannabis legalization has spread across the nation, regulations in states early to adopt reforms have been criticized by some advocates for failing to include provisions for legal use in public and measures that address the impact of the War on Drugs on communities of color. Before signing Connecticut’s bill, Lamont praised the social equity measures in the legislation.

“We had a chance to learn from others, and I think we got it right here in the state of Connecticut,” Lamont said last week. “We weren’t the first but we were the first to show we can get it right.”

To provide more adults the opportunity to consume cannabis legally, the legislation includes language and mandates that require larger municipalities that regulate smoking cannabis in public to provide a designated area for smoking marijuana. The provision applies to cities and towns with a population of at least 50,000. Smaller towns are permitted to ban smoking in public without making such accommodation for cannabis smokers.

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Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound found in the cannabis sativa plant. When applied topically or consumed through smoke inhalation or edible consumption, CBD interacts with neuroreceptors in your endocannabinoid system, which sends signals between your cells to help regulate your movement, mood, homeostasis and immune system.

CBD is often extracted from the cannabis sativa plant in oil form and mixed with an inert carrier oil like hemp seed oil for consumption. In recent years, CBD oil has skyrocketed in popularity thanks to its purported calming effects. It can now be found in a range of products from simple oil tinctures to CBD-infused potato chips.

CBD research is growing, too. Here are nine ways studies suggest CBD oil could benefit your health.

1. Offset Anxiety and Depression

CBD’s ability to calm is perhaps its most popular effect and the reason its use is so widespread. A 2017 study in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry tested the anxiety levels of 57 men in a simulated public speaking test. Some received a placebo while others received either 150 milligrams, 300 milligrams or 600 milligrams of CBD before their speeches. Those who received 300 milligrams of CBD experienced significantly reduced anxiety during the test compared to those who received the placebo. Interestingly, participants who received either 150 or 600 milligrams of CBD experienced more anxiety during the test than the 300 milligrams group.

Meanwhile, at least one study in mice revealed CBD had effects similar to the antidepressant imipramine. Human trials are needed, though, to confirm whether CBD can induce this same antidepressant reaction in our bodies.

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While cannabis is legal for medical or adult-use in 36 states and 4 territories, it’s still classified as an illegal, Schedule I drug at the federal level. As a response to these varied political frameworks, states have defined their own respective paths for governing cannabis, and the industry has become one of the most nimble sectors in the United States today.

 

The conversation around federal legalization is gaining momentum and has Americans on the alert for what it might look like in its initial form. On one hand, the conflicted status of cannabis in America makes policymaking challenging for state and local governments, and oftentimes can put undue burden on patients and consumers. On the other hand, federal legalization could disrupt existing state frameworks and leave local and tribal concerns unresolved.

Our nation’s capital has had one of the more challenging paths towards legalization. Washington, D.C.’s regulated industry is a microcosm of how cannabis policy is impacted by the federal government’s engagement in legalization. When D.C. passed an adult-use legalization initiative in 2014, Congress put language in its Appropriations bill to all but prohibit the District from setting up its own legal cannabis market. Congress was able to maneuver this because, as a federal territory, D.C.’s funding comes from the federal budget that Congress controls.

Federal legalization could make local oversight easier in D.C. It could also allow for states – and D.C. – to implement their own regulatory schemes and give the District more support from Congress during the budgeting process. Overall, District officials estimate they’re missing out on up to $20 million in revenue each year.

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Mould is gross and easy to spot, particularly when it comes to food. In the case of weed, it’s very different (but still gross). If a person finds an old joint under the couch, should he or she toss it out? Are there risks to smoking moldy weed?

Sadly, mould is never a good thing to inhale, no matter how much a person is jonseing for a puff. Inhaling mould could pose some health hazards to the lungs, increasing the odds of coughing and perhaps then developing a lung infection.

 
 
 

For people who are allergic to mould, smoking could result in inflamed sinuses and lungs. This, in turn, could produce symptoms such as sinus pain, wheezing and congestion.

In rare instances, people who are sensitive to mould could experience a fungal infection in their lungs or throats, which could be far more serious, particularly if the affected individual is immunocompromised.

Recognizing mould in weed isn’t as easy as recognizing it in food. In marijuana, it usually appears as a greyish or white coating, which some might confuse with trichomes. Upon closer examination, however, mould can look like fuzz, spots or even slime.

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1. Hemp will diversify 

The hemp business is set to continue tremendous growth throughout the year and beyond. While hemp-derived products like CBD gummies and oils are currently all the rage, there is likely to be new uses of the fibrous portion of the plant, such as biodegradable plastic alternatives, textiles, paper products, and more.

As we look to the future, the usages of hemp will continue to be far more mainstream and distributed than ever before, and we'll likely even see it expand into insulation and geotextiles in building materials. 

To prepare for this anticipated new wave, hemp farmers and cultivators should put themselves in the customer's shoes. Ask what products can you create based on customer needs and what are they looking to buy? 

To keep a pulse on where the industry is headed, plan to engage with customers often. This is a young industry, so it's essential to know where and who everything comes from. Farmers and cultivators should give themselves time to learn, allowing room for failures here and there. It will be crucial to be extra conscious of the genealogy of seeds, asking questions, analyzing lab reporters, and being diligent. The higher quality seeds a cultivator can start with, the more likely it'll produce higher quality plants.

2. More Millenials and Gen Z will become customers

Over the last year, our data strongly suggest that sales (e.g., average order value, number of orders placed) from every single age group – from baby boomers to Gen Z – and every demographic is growing. That said, the two fastest-growing age groups year-over-year are millennials and Gen Z. These generations have grown up in an era in which the stigmas surrounding cannabis have been lower for most of their lives, so the mental barriers that they have to overcome to become consumers are much lower in comparison to baby boomers and Gen Xers.

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I recently read Charles Warner’s intro for the spring issue of Cannabis & Tech Today titled, “Cultivating Change.” Warner, Publisher of the magazine, makes a seminal point in the intro providing actionable insights to drive change, inclusion, and social equity in the cannabis industry.
This is a righteous cause that will succeed because these insights are backed by real-world stories that not only illuminate the issue but showcase the successes. Warner speaks of Berner and his commitment to equity as being “a shining example of what it means to truly create change.”

He also shines a light on Dr. Chanda Macias and her life’s work which centers around alternative medicines. She too is a champion for human rights and social equity in the cannabis world.

So, what’s the “Be the Change” connection?

It is no secret that the cannabis industry is not the greenest when it comes to sustainability. A recent study analyzed the energy and materials required to grow cannabis indoors and quantified the corresponding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

This study spanned the entire United States taking variables into account, and the resulting GHG emissions range varied from 2,283 to 5,184 kg CO2-equivalent per kg of dried flower.

Easier said, Haley Summers, one of the authors of the study, summed it up by saying, “when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, our results show that smoking one cannabis joint comprised of indoor-grown marijuana is worse than eating a hamburger!”

Summers, a Sustainability Leadership Fellow and Ph.D. student at Colorado State University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering notes that consumers are largely behind the push to better understand a product’s impact on the environment, which often involves greenhouse gas emissions.

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The cannabis seen in stores today isn’t like what the hippies rolled in the 1970s. Anyone who follows cannabis news has likely heard a public health official express some version of that sentiment.

In 2019, then U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams claimed that today’s cannabis “ain’t your mother’s marijuana,” but was, in fact, three times stronger than weed in the 1990s.

 

Weed advocate and Canadian author Dana Larsen has actually calculated how strong today’s cannabis would be if similar lawmaker sentiments throughout history were accepted. That includes claims by 2002 White House Drug Czar John Walters, who said cannabis at the time was 30 times stronger than what baby boomers smoked.

President Joe Biden, for his part, once argued that comparing 1990s weed to cannabis in the 1960s was like “comparing buckshot in a shotgun shell to a laser-guided missile.”

Using all of these historical statements would mean that today’s cannabis is 12,600 times stronger than it was in the 1960s, according to Larsen’s calculations. And while that is highly unlikely, how and why cannabis potency has changed in the past decade or so should not be discounted.

Previous research found that THC levels in medical marijuana products were two to three times stronger than what doctors recommended for pain relief patients.. /

Go get your chef’s hat and apron because today, we’re cooking with concentrates. At Cali Vali, one of our favorite ways to consume hemp products is through food and drink. We also use our full-spectrum CBD Diamonds for dabbing and vaping, but we have a special soft spot for consuming diamonds in food and drink. Let’s dive into the kitchen and learn how to transform any old dinner into a hemp harvest feast.

WHY EXTRACTS MAKE FOR SUCH GREAT INGREDIENTS

Even outside the world of hemp, recipes usually call for a small amount of extract to make things taste even more like themselves. Take vanilla extract, for instance. You add just a tiny bit of vanilla extract and it adds dimension and depth to cookies and cakes.

Chopping up the same amount of raw vanilla plant and adding it to your baked goods wouldn’t work the same way. Plus then you’d have crunchy plant bits in your cookies—not quite what you’re going for when you make a dessert.

Vanilla extract works because it’s a concentrate of vanillin, the flavor component in vanilla beans. It’s made with a solvent, alcohol, that draws out all the essential vanilla-ness of vanilla beans.

The same is true for hemp extracts. We use solvents to soak up all the great trichomes, terpenes, and cannabinoids in hemp and bring them to you in their most concentrated form. That way you can add just a little bit to your food and get maximum effect, without also chewing on leaves and stems.

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Historical data shows cannabis sales typically spike the weekend before the Fourth of July and Friday, July 2nd is expected to retail nearly $91,000,0000 — up 60% from an average Friday.

Cannabis software and intelligence company Akerna (NASDAQ: KERN) released a new flash report this morning, predicting the 4th of July, 2021 will bring in over $206,000,000 in legal cannabis sales across the United States.

With Connecticut being the most recent state to legalize, 38 states now have legislation permitting an adult-consumption and/or medical cannabis program. Not everyone has dispensaries up and running yet, so this data doesn’t reflect sales in all 38 legal states.


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2021 Fourth of July Sales Predictions

According to the flash report, historical data shows cannabis sales typically spike the weekend before the Fourth of July and Friday, July 2nd is expected to retail nearly $91,000,0000 — up 60% from an average Friday. The report predicts July 2nd to be the second highest sales day of the year, just after 4/20. Saturday, July 3rd, is forecasted to generate $72,000,000 in cannabis sales, with Sunday, July 4th, expecting to see $43,000,0000. Sundays are typically the lowest sales day of the week when you look at historical data, but dispensaries will still see more sales than normal because it’s a holiday.


New Mexico’s adult residents can now legally possess, use and grow recreational cannabis starting Tuesday. As the law takes effect, each adult will be allowed to grow six plants or up to 12 in a household with more than one adult.

Under the Cannabis Regulation Act (CRA), legalization of personal use of cannabis comes months ahead of the complete formation of the legal industry that will eventually entail production and sales of recreational cannabis.

Purchasing and selling cannabis for adult use will not be legal until at least April 1, 2022.

Mind the gap

The gap between illicit sales and legal use is one of many unresolved issues in the state’s still-developing recreational cannabis industry.

Some legalization advocates say those who are eager for legal marijuana sales will turn to black markets in the meantime.

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Mexico’s highest court struck down the nation’s laws against consumption and personal cultivation of marijuana on Monday, more than five years after a limited ruling that declared the prohibitions against recreational cannabis unconstitutional. Under the court’s decision, all adults ages 18 years and older will be able to apply for a permit allowing them to possess and cultivate small quantities of marijuana for personal use.

“This is a step forward for the rights of cannabis users,” said Zara Snapp, co-founder of the think tank Instituto RIA. “But there’s still work to be done in congress to be able to regulate the market in a socially just way.”

In its 8 to 3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that citizens can apply for a permit from the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris), the nation’s health department, to legally obtain cannabis. With the permit, adults will be allowed to possess up to 28 grams (about one ounce) of marijuana for personal use. The court also ruled that adults could apply for a permit to cultivate and harvest small amounts of cannabis for personal use. 

Those who obtain permits to possess or cultivate marijuana would be required to abstain from using cannabis in the presence of children and refrain from operating a motor vehicle or engaging in other potentially dangerous activities while under the influence of the drug. 

Mexico Prohibition Originally Ruled Unconstitutional In 1995

Mexico’s Supreme Court first ruled that laws prohibiting personal cannabis use were unconstitutional in 1995 in a decision limited to four people who had petitioned the court. The decision held that such laws violated the “right to the free development of personality” and are therefore unconstitutional. The court allowed the four members of the activist group Mexican Society for Responsible and Tolerant Self-Consumption (Smart) to grow, transport and smoke marijuana for recreational use.

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“It doesn’t have to start with ‘don’t smoke,’ but rather the fundamentals of what cannabis is, as a plant within a legal framework.”

As more and more states barrel through cannabis legalization (18 states are recreational, 36 have medical programs), it’s become easier for adults, namely parents, to open up about their use. There’s now even a brand called Dad Grass.

A quick Google search for Father’s Day shows an increasing number of recommendation lists that include cannabis products for dads, but not how to bridge that conversation with their kids. Studies indicate more and more parents are using cannabis and working in the medical and/or recreational industry, and the conversation around cannabis in the home is changing.

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Don’t Deny It

Roger Bloss, interim CEO of MJ Holdings, started using medical marijuana after a car accident left him with chronic pain back in 2009. When he decided to tell his children, they were around 10 and 13-years-old. In his words, he just came out and said it, emphasizing that it was medicine that helped him not only work, but remain a present, doting father.

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For many people, the task seems daunting and I’m not going to sugar coat it. The first time you attempt it by yourself you’ll be questioning your actions every step of the way.

When you decarboxylate cannabis, you’re essentially applying heat to activate the cannabinoids and convert them from their acid form into their psychoactive state. For example, turning THCa into THC.

If you were to skip the step of decarboxylating your cannabis, your infusion would lack in potency and would in most cases not live up to your expectations. But what’s the right time, method, and heat settings to get the perfect decarbed weed?

That’s what we’re about to find out in this article right now. Not only are we going to be talking about the right temperature and time, but also providing you with different methods of decarbing your weed. This should provide you with everything you need to know to start experimenting with cannabis infusions. Let’s get ready to bake!


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