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Solemnizing hemp's nutritional properties on World Vegan Month

Solemnizing hemp's nutritional properties on World Vegan Month

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Cannabis NewsNovember 17, 2022

As a source of nutrition, hemp seeds include vitamins, minerals, and other substances that may have important health advantages. Go shopping for beauty products, pet care products or food and wellness items and you will see hemp everywhere on the shelf. As we are almost towards the tail end of

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317,793 people in the U.S. were arrested for cannabis possession in 2020 despite the growing legalization movement

317,793 people in the U.S. were arrested for cannabis possession in 2020 despite the growing legalization movement

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Cannabis NewsNovember 17, 2022

Racial disparities have not changed over the past decade. More than 300,000 people in the U.S. were arrested for cannabis possession in 2020, FBI records show. Meanwhile, the drug is being legally sold for a profit in 19 states. That arrest number may sound high, but arrests have actually been going

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Recreational Marijuana use will be legal in 21 states after ballot measures pass

Recreational Marijuana use will be legal in 21 states after ballot measures pass

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Cannabis NewsNovember 17, 2022

Advocates for marijuana liberalization saw mixed results as legalization ballot measures were counted Tuesday, with Maryland and Missouri voters approving recreational use for adults but Arkansas, South Dakota and North Dakota rejecting the proposal. Maryland and Missouri will bring the list of

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German opposition official lobbies EU to block Cannabis plan

German opposition official lobbies EU to block Cannabis plan

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Cannabis NewsNovember 16, 2022

BERLIN - A senior German opposition official lobbied the European Union executive branch on Wednesday to block the government’s plans to decriminalize the possession of limited amounts of cannabis and allow its sale for recreational purposes. Germany’s health minister unveiled the legalization plan

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3 Common myths about Recreational Marijuana use

3 Common myths about Recreational Marijuana use

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Cannabis NewsNovember 14, 2022

Many people go to therapy wondering if they have an unhealthy relationship with marijuana. They ask questions like: “On the days I don’t smoke, I feel anxious and disconnected from my friends and family. Does marijuana have something to do with this?” “I no longer enjoy the taste of food unless I am

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Casey O’Neill receives Mendocino Cannabis advocacy award!

Casey O’Neill receives Mendocino Cannabis advocacy award!

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Cannabis NewsNovember 14, 2022

Casey O’Neill is a cannabis and food farmer in Mendocino County who has been writing newsletters about his efforts to provide sustainable produce and marijuana. Change does not come easy. Last night, along with advocates Jude Thilman and Hannah Nelson, I received a Mendocino Cannabis Advocacy Award

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Professor presents research on driving under the influence of Cannabis

Professor presents research on driving under the influence of Cannabis

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Cannabis NewsNovember 14, 2022

“You all must be here for the free samples,” joked Ari Kirshenbaum, St. Michael’s professor of psychology. Through Kirshenbaum’s research, he discovered that the effects of cannabis on a driver operating a vehicle is no laughing matter. The McCarthy Arts Recital Hall was busy and lively, with over

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A historical look into Medical, Recreational Cannabis use

A historical look into Medical, Recreational Cannabis use

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Cannabis NewsNovember 14, 2022

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the School of Pharmacy decided that informing students on the history of marijuana, a drug that is currently illegal in the state of Wisconsin, is valuable knowledge to educate students on before they enter the workforce Lucas Richert, an associate professor

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Weed is now legal in Thailand. How long will the high times last?

Weed is now legal in Thailand. How long will the high times last?

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Cannabis NewsNovember 14, 2022

Thailand’s military government is carrying out an experiment: What happens when a country in Asia, a region where drug laws tend to be harsh, essentially legalizes marijuana overnight? In the first few months, lots of people have opened weed dispensaries, and their customers have smoked a lot of

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Smoking Cannabis versus Edibles: Is one better for the brain?

Smoking Cannabis versus Edibles: Is one better for the brain?

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Cannabis NewsNovember 14, 2022

Each way of consumption has a high that kicks in a little differently and comes with its own set of pluses and minuses. Everyone who enjoys cannabis has their preferred method of consumption, from vaping to eating, drinking and even good old-fashioned smoking. Each way of consumption has a high that

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Oxford approves Medical Cannabis dispensaries

Oxford approves Medical Cannabis dispensaries

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Cannabis NewsNovember 14, 2022

OXFORD - Oxford City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday night allowing for medical cannabis dispensaries to operate within the city. However, council members added two provisions to the ordinance, one of which tightens up the requirements for setting up operations and the other earmarking any tax

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Cannabis-themed metaverse creates ecosystem for Cannabis enthusiasts

According to BDSA, a worldwide leader in cannabis data analytics, the United States cannabis industry’s total economic impact is expected to grow from $8 billion in 2021 to $158 billion by 2026.

CannaVerse aims to be at the forefront of this movement by offering an all-encompassing hub for people who want to get involved with cannabis or are already part of the industry — called Cannaland.

Created by CannaVerse, Cannaland is the world's first cannabis-themed metaverse that features a dedicated business-to-business (B2B) strategy in addition to its business-to-consumer (B2C) services. Unlike other players who singularly focus on the consumer experience, Cannaland has been designed to help both consumers and businesses make the most out of the budding cannabis industry.

Cannaland also strives to dispel the traditional boundaries and constraints that blunt the potential of the cannabis industry. Its solution? One unified ecosystem to empower cultivation, extraction, consumption, community, infrastructure, globalization and so much more for consumers and businesses alike — all through the virtual frontier!

A deeper dive into Cannaland

It's not always easy to weed out the good from the bad, but when it comes to Cannaland, it's an unmistakable virtual paradise for cannabis enthusiasts. It’s the world's first dedicated platform for cannabis enthusiasts and canna-curious people to come together in the digital world from the comfort of their homes.

Cannaland will be a platform for users to socialize, collaborate and transact — all in a single place. Not only that, but Cannaland will offer virtual experiences that will let users experience the world of cannabis like never before. Interactive concerts, comedy shows, festivals and sports events are just a few examples of how Cannaland plans to reward cannabis enthusiasts.

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Professor presents research on driving under the influence of Cannabis

“You all must be here for the free samples,” joked Ari Kirshenbaum, St. Michael’s professor of psychology.

Through Kirshenbaum’s research, he discovered that the effects of cannabis on a driver operating a vehicle is no laughing matter.

The McCarthy Arts Recital Hall was busy and lively, with over 40 attendees filling the auditorium for Kirshenbaum’s presentation of “Weed and the Wheel.” Among many notable awards and publications, he also receives funding from the National Health and Science Foundations for his research.

Throughout his presentation, Kirshenbaum explained how cannabis affects people, especially when driving cars. He also discussed the decriminalization of cannabis in Vermont, as recreational dispensaries in Vermont opened in the state on Oct. 1.

Kirshenbaum quotes the actor Bill Murray’s famous quote on the decriminalization of the drug, “I find it quite ironic that the most dangerous thing about weed is getting caught with it.” He noted that critical thinking is crucial when encountering quotes like these. Cannabis is dangerous, but there are legal drugs that are far more harmful. What Kirshenbaum believes is that there is a lack of knowledge of the addictive nature of weed. “People don’t have an accurate understanding of the risks. Many people misunderstand the differences between fact and opinion when dealing with the effects of cannabis,” Kirshenbaum said. He hopes that one day “smoking and driving becomes as taboo as drinking and driving.”

Kirshenbaum’s work focuses on the ability to detect if a driver is impaired after smoking weed. He created an app called Indicator. The app is a series of games, mainly reaction based, that determine how cannabis affects the user’s cognition.

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3 Common myths about Recreational Marijuana use

Many people go to therapy wondering if they have an unhealthy relationship with marijuana. They ask questions like:

“On the days I don’t smoke, I feel anxious and disconnected from my friends and family. Does marijuana have something to do with this?”“I no longer enjoy the taste of food unless I am high. Why is this happening to me?”“I’m starting to spend more time and money on marijuana than I am comfortable with. How can I dial it down?”“I used to get high because it made me more creative. Lately, every time I get high, I just feel lethargic and unmotivated to create anything. How do I get my drive back?”“I can’t seem to fall asleep unless I’m high. Is there anything wrong with smoking or taking an edible before I go to sleep?”

As of today, 19 U.S. states have legalized recreational marijuana and as many as half of all young adults in the country have used cannabis. With the stigma around recreational use crumbling, it’s important to talk about the mental-health consequences of marijuana use.

The main psychoactive cannabinoids found in marijuana, THC and CBD, are intoxicants. These compounds interact with your brain and body chemistry in complex ways to induce feelings of pleasure, relief, and well-being. Along with its positive effects, marijuana can also stir up negative feelings like anxiety and paranoia.

Moderation is the key to maintaining a healthy relationship with marijuana. Consider these 3 false but widely-held myths you need to stop believing to have a healthy relationship with marijuana.

1. "Marijuana is not harmful to your mental health."

The science is conclusive: The THC concentration in marijuana is on the rise. A recent study published in The Lancet found that this increase in potency brings a slew of serious mental health risks for marijuana users. The study revealed that high-potency cannabis use was associated with a fourfold increase in the likelihood of addiction when compared to low-potency cannabis use. The research is in line with real-world trends in cannabis addiction treatment, which, in the past decade, has seen a 76% increase. According to CDC estimates, around 30% of all marijuana users in the U.S. meet the criteria for cannabis use disorder.

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In addition, those who use high-potency cannabis were found to be at higher risk for developing cannabis-induced psychosis, a serious mental health condition characterized by hallucinations and delusions.

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Weed is now legal in Thailand. How long will the high times last?

Thailand’s military government is carrying out an experiment: What happens when a country in Asia, a region where drug laws tend to be harsh, essentially legalizes marijuana overnight?

In the first few months, lots of people have opened weed dispensaries, and their customers have smoked a lot of weed.

Thailand’s marijuana industry has a joyful, freewheeling vibe on a street level. Some dispensaries offer workshops on rolling joints and brewing “weed tea.” Next week, one is holding “yoga on high” class; the ticket price includes a joint, a beverage, a snack and a yoga mat rental.

“It’s good because you can just go out and buy it whenever you want,” said Ak Sudasna, 50, who owns a real estate company in Bangkok and typically purchases about 40 grams of marijuana per month, for about $15 a gram, from shops near his home.

“It’s nice for the tourists,” he added. “It’s nice for the country.”

But the high times may not last. Sprawling draft legislation, which is expected to move through parliament in the coming weeks, will seek to regulate legal gray areas around the cultivation, sale and consumption of the drug. It could become law as early as next year.

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Smoking Cannabis versus Edibles: Is one better for the brain?

Each way of consumption has a high that kicks in a little differently and comes with its own set of pluses and minuses.

Everyone who enjoys cannabis has their preferred method of consumption, from vaping to eating, drinking and even good old-fashioned smoking.

Each way of consumption has a high that kicks in a little differently and comes with its own unique set of pluses and minuses.

While many of the pros and cons associated with how a person consumes weed are minor, others are a bit more substantial.

In fact, the way in which marijuana is consumed can even affect how healthy (or unhealthy) the substance is for one’s body — even the brain. After all, all the organs that interact with THC eventually lead to the brain in one way or another.

When it comes to eating or smoking weed, which is better for brain health?

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First cannabis clinical trial takes off in South Africa

The Cannabis Research Institute of South Africa (CRI) has sponsored a year-long study that examines the effectiveness of medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids for chronic pain management.

In addition to demonstrating therapeutic efficacy and pain relief, the objective is to provide credible, reliable, and verifiable data to the relevant authorities to regulate the availability of medicinal cannabis.

A global crisis continues to arise as a result of opioid misuse, which is responsible for thousands of deaths every year.

Overdose deaths from drugs in the United States numbered 91,799 in 2020, with opioids accounting for 68,630 (74.8%). According to estimates by the World Health Organization focused on opioid overdose, approximately 115,000 people died of opioid overdose in 2017.

Medications such as morphine, fentanyl, and tramadol are commonly used as opioid pain relievers.

The WHO further states that it is possible to become dependent on opioids if non-medical use, prolonged use, misuse, and use without medical supervision are involved. Overdoses caused by opioids can be fatal due to their pharmacological effects.

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New Missouri River entertainment district includes areas for Marijuana consumption

KANSAS CITY - One day after Missouri approved recreational marijuana, developers are already rolling out ambitious plans to create a new entertainment district that allows people to consume marijuana.

It’s called the Smokey River Entertainment District and the plan is for it to be built in the small village of River Bend, Missouri along the Missouri River, north of Independence.

“You go to any music venue throughout the United States, cannabis has been a part of it whether you know it or not, whether it was legal or illegal,” said Besa Hospitality Group VP of Operations Marketing Joey Pintozzi.

That’s why Pintozzi says it makes sense to turn the mostly unused land north of the Missouri River into a massive entertainment district with wedding venues, an amphitheater, clubs, restaurants, and spots for people to consume recreational marijuana.

“It’s normalizing cannabis in everyday life,” Pintozzi said.

Pintozzi and entrepreneur Jack Mitchell are already involved in Missouri’s medical marijuana industry. After Missouri approved the transition to recreational use, they’re pushing this massive project on an ambitious project, trying to complete small developments by Spring 2023.

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Could Germany’s Cannabis legalization plans be blocked by the UN?

Has Germany’s traffic light government attempted to run before it could walk when it comes to possible cannabis legalisation?

On 19th October, key aspects of Germany’s plans to legalise cannabis were leaked, sparking widespread discussion regarding the direction of the final paper and the efficacy of the plans.

The Federal Cabinet has since decided on the key points of the law and presented them at a federal press conference. If successful the new law would allow possession of cannabis up to 30g for personal use, the home cultivation of up to 3 plants and the sale of the drug via licensed shops and pharmacies. 

Of course, sale and possession are only permitted for those over the age of 18, with the government considering an upper limit on the THC content of products sold to under 21s. There would also be a complete ban on advertising, as well as a graduated tax based on THC levels.  

It was rumoured that the plans could come into force as early as next year, however Burkhard Blienert, Federal Drug and Addiction Commissioner, stated it would be unlikely for cannabis to be legalised before 2024 at the earliest.

But, it appears the EU will have the final say on the future of the law… 

The Federal Health Minister has already warned that this is not yet a breakthrough for German drug policy, as concerns have been raised as to whether the plans for legalisation can be enforced at all. Numerous lawyers have pointed out that the way Germany has planned to legalise cannabis would violate various UN agreements and, most importantly, European law. 

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Smoking Weed vs. Edibles: Which is better for your brain?

Reducing the smoke you inhale, as well as controlling your dosage are both ways to ensure your body and brain enjoys the benefits of weed without the potential downsides.

Everyone who enjoys marijuana has their preferred method of consumption. In these advanced and semi-legal times, that can be anything from vaporizing to eating to drinking or even good old fashioned smoking. Each way of consumption has a high that kicks in a little differently and comes with its unique set of benefits and downsides.

While many of the pros and cons associated with how you consume your weed are minor and superficial, others are a bit more serious. In fact, the way you consume your marijuana can even affect how healthy (or unhealthy) the substance is for your body — even your brain. After all, all the organs that interact with THC eventually lead to the brain in one way or another. When it comes to eating or smoking your weed, which is better for your brain health?

Why Smoking Weed Is Both Better and Worse for Your Brain

People prefer smoking weed instead of eating it for many reasons, but one of the main ones is the speed in which weed hits you when you smoke versus when you eat it. As we previously reported, smoking weed kicks in much faster than edibles. This not only allows you to get high quicker (which is often the goal), but it also prevents you from consuming too much THC at once. It is much easier to control your dosage and prevent overdoing it, which is great since overdoing it can have negative effects on the brain, including memory issues and paranoia.

Smoking weed, however, can do some real damage to your lungs. As we previously reported, cannabis can cause all sorts of lung issues over time. While these lung issues might seem bad enough to steer you towards a different consumption method, there is also evidence that suggests poor lung health can even affect your brain. According to the book An Overview and Management of Multiple Chronic Conditions, “Lung disease and impaired lung function were associated with greater risk of dementia and mild cognitive impairment through both Alzheimer’s disease and cerebrovascular aetiologies.”

While it might be easier to dose and get high quickly, the potentially compounding health issues with consistently smoking your weed might be why many consumers prefer to eat their THC.  

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