Cannabis, in all its forms, is more prevalent and accessible than ever before in this country. Still, it often seems that much of its story is mysteriously unknown. Health studies are still very new, and it sometimes may seem that the plant had no relevant history before the 1900s.

As cannabis becomes more prevalent, perhaps it’s time to discover the lesser-known facts about this iconic plant to help understand what exactly makes cannabis so interesting and important. Here are eight fun facts you may not have known about this elusive organism we call weed.

Cannabis Dates Back Thousands of Years

It is easy to assume marijuana cultivation began in fairly modern times. However, the first recorded use of cannabis dates back thousands of years before The United States was even an idea. 

Cannabis was mentioned in the sacred Hindu texts known as The Vedas, estimated to have been produced around 2000 to 1400 B.C. Woven hemp fibers were even discovered at a burial site in Taiwan that date back 10,000 years.

Dispensaries Are Becoming More Popular Than Starbucks And McDonalds

As marijuana becomes legal for recreational use, its retail popularity is skyrocketing. In the last few years, marijuana dispensaries have become more plentiful than Starbucks and even McDonalds in some areas.

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It’s a dream green building material. Why aren’t farmers interested?

Hemp mixed with a lime binder makes green builders drool. Called hempcrete, this insulation material resists mold, fire and pests. It lasts forever (or close enough). It absorbs carbon. It’s commonly used in construction in Europe and Canada. With sustainable building materials worth billions of dollars, it has the potential to take off here, too.

But few farmers in the US grow hemp for that purpose. They grow hemp for CBD, for bioplastics, for food and for mulch. They’ll grow hemp for cat litter. But not for hempcrete, which uses a different crop, known as fiber, from the more popular CBD cannabinoid variety that yields CBD. There’s no market to speak of for hempcrete, and therein lies a dilemma. 

Farmers need reliable customers and economies of scale. They need to live near a processing center—few facilities exist across the country—or else pay a lot for shipping the product. And few construction professionals have embraced hempcrete because it’s so new to the US and, for now, costs more than traditional products. The rare builders that do work with it generally can’t get enough local hemp. So they import from overseas, especially from Europe, where experience has created consistent quality.

“It’s the chicken and egg,” says Rusty Peterson, a Michigan hemp producer.

“Farmers won’t grow at any volume until they have guaranteed processing and a consistent supply chain.”

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If you’re stumped on what to get your canna-buddies, look no further than the dispensary. They’re likely to have everything you need to stuff their stockings (and yours too!). From edibles to dabs, we’ve compiled a list of the top products sold at dispensaries, things you can snag in a hurry when you’re running out of time for the perfect gift.

Edibles

Edibles like THC-infused brownies and gummies make for a fantastic, fun gift. Plus, edible cannabis products are delicious and often used to treat chronic pain and relieve feelings of anxiety or nausea. Just be sure that your giftee lives in a state where marijuana-infused edibles are legal to consume.

Marijuana-infused drinks

If your giftee is cutting back on sugar, they can still enjoy edible cannabis in the form of a beverage. THC-infused beverages are easy to consume, and they’re lower in dietary fat when compared to brownies or gummies (or other canna-sweets). Common cannabis drinks include coffee, carbonated drinks, fruit juices and more.

They’re also becoming increasingly popular amongst cannabis lovers. According to Brightfield Group research agency, cannabis-infused drinks will account for $1 billion in U.S. sales by 2025.

Pre-rolls

Rolling a joint takes talent, and if we’re being honest, many cannabis smokers struggle to do it properly. What’s worse, rolling your own joints wastes time and product (AKA good bud that could be smoked later). Pre-rolls are wrapped and ready to go and contain an exact amount of flower, so you know what you’re getting and how much — perfect for new or occasional smokers. Pre-rolls are also discreet, disposable and cost-effective

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Veterinarians are free to discuss the subject with clients barring any restrictions. However, be careful with therapeutic claims.

The veterinary and pet owner communities’ growing interest in cannabinoids builds upon thousands of years of cannabis cultivation and medical applications. Cannabinoids have illustrated their substantial potential to improve the health and well-being of pets and people, but the use of cannabinoid products must be done safely and effectively. To do so, a veterinarian must examine the endocannabinoid system, the many cannabinoids, the available and impending products, the implications for their use, the potential side effects, the regulatory issues, and the scientific literature. This article is intended as a primer for veterinarians.

The Endocannabinoid System

Humans and animals are born with an endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps the body maintain homeostasis. The ECS has two key components: neurotransmitters and receptors. Neurotransmitters are chemical substances created by cells to transmit a message. These messenger molecules bind to the second key element of the ECS, the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Endogenous molecules, which occur naturally in the body, and phytocannabinoids or cannabinoids, which are found in hemp plants, can bind to either CB1 or CB2 receptors to regulate the ECS. The ECS requires regulation to combat environmental and internal stressors, and this is where cannabinoids play an essential role. The ECS plays a part in sleep, emotion and mood, appetite, memory, digestion, immune function, reproduction and fertility.

Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids refer to any naturally occurring, biologically active chemical constituents of the flowers, leaves and stalks of cannabis plants. The cannabinoids found in plants, called phytocannabinoids, mimic endogenous neurotransmitters to exert their effects on the ECS. While CBD is best known, it is one of 120 identified cannabinoids, each with unique properties and effects within the ECS. This fact opens a world of targeted cannabinoid applications for animal and human use. The number and actions of individual cannabinoids underscore the importance of being certain about which cannabis product is selected and for what purpose. All hemp/cannabis products are not the same. The plants yield different concentrations of the various cannabinoids based on the breeding and selection of cannabis varieties, growth conditions, harvesting practices and extraction processes. Most broad- and full-spectrum CBD products are formulated by processing the hemp such that the cannabinoid content is whatever cannabinoids happened to be in the harvested plants. The resulting varied concentration of cannabinoids is one explanation for the inconsistent responses among animals. Other bioactive compounds in cannabis plants can influence bioactivity, and the method of administration affects a body’s response. One company (Chou2 Pharma), which the authors advise, employs a proprietary technology known as the cannulation purification system to separate individual cannabinoids. The process allows the intentional formulations of known quantities of preferred cannabinoids for various targeted uses, with greater bioavailability and the likelihood of surviving the upper gastrointestinal tract. Here are examples of cannabinoids and their functions:

CBD (cannabidiol) exerts diverse pharmacological effects, such as improving sleep and reducing stress, anxiety and inflammation. In addition, it serves as an analgesic, an anti-inflammatory agent, a potent antioxidant, an antiemetic, an anticonvulsant and a cardioprotective agent.CBG (cannabigerol) exerts analgesic, inflammatory, antibacterial and muscle relaxation effects, and it has benefits in inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s disease.CBC (cannabichromene) aids in neurogenesis and neuroplasticity to improve brain health.CBN (cannabinol) has been used as an appetite stimulant and analgesic, for immune support, and as a sleep aid.CBE (cannabielsoin) has not been studied fully. CBE appears to lower blood pressure and improve capillary strength. It has potential use with neuropathies.CBL (cannabicyclol) is derived from CBC and has not been sufficiently studied.

Cannabinoids, because of their many positive physiologic properties, have numerous applications in enhancing the health and well-being of pets and humans. In the face of the opioid crisis in veterinary and human health care, cannabinoids offer an attractive alternative in managing pain and inflammation. In addition, cannabinoids might be used for their anxiolytic properties, such as for separation anxiety, avoiding the oversedation and tranquilization of pets. Hospice care offers an appealing application as well.

Legal and Regulatory Issues

The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill legalized hemp extracts, including CBD. In September 2018, California became the first state to legally protect veterinarians who discuss the use of medicinal cannabis for their animal patients. Legally speaking, cannabis plants that naturally produce greater than 0.3% THC are labeled marijuana and considered illegal drugs under federal law. Plants producing less than 0.3% THC are considered hemp, and the Farm Bill classified them as legal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration maintains the authority to regulate food and drug products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabinoids. To date, the FDA has approved only one drug derived from the cannabis plant: Epidiolex, from Greenwich Biosciences Inc., for the treatment of certain epileptic conditions. Chou2 Pharma is beginning the multiyear process of pursuing FDA approval for prescribed pet cannabinoid products. Oregon, Florida and California legalized the sale of hemp and CBD pet food for intrastate commerce. Oregon authorizes the manufacture, distribution and sale of hemp-CBD pet food if it contains no more than 0.3% THC. Such pet food is limited to dogs and cats. Florida allows pet food and treats to contain hemp extract of less than 0.3% THC. California is the latest state to allow the sale of hemp-derived ingredients in pet food. The FDA recognizes the potential opportunities of cannabis and supports the rigorous scientific testing of cannabis-derived drugs. The agency looks more favorably on companies whose products are produced by good manufacturing practice (GMP) and come with pharmacokinetic data, safety and efficacy studies, full traceability and a certificate of analysis.

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Bobby Shultz, owner of the CBD American Shaman in Warren, explains why pet owners are turning to CBD for their pets

While many people use CBD products for personal reasons, CBD pet products are starting to become more and more common. According to Bobby Shultz, manager and owner of the CBD American Shaman in Warren, their pet products are quite popular.

“People love their pets so they are purchasing products they think their pets will benefit from,” he says.

Before jumping in, pet owners should follow a few steps to find the right product and serving size for their furry friends.

First Step: Consult with a vet

Before pet owners introduce CBD products to their cats and/or dogs, it is important that they speak with their pet’s veterinarian. The pet’s doctor will be able to offer advice based on each pet’s own specific medical history. They can also recommend an appropriate serving size to start with and the best product types to try.

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We’re now armed with more facts about marijuana than ever before, but a lot of misinformation continues to circulate. Here are some untruths you should be aware of.

As marijuana becomes more mainstream, so do   myriad myths and legends. Fallacies and untruths about marijuana have existed as long as its opponents have. The main difference between then and now, however, is legalization and popularity.

Increased data and newly-funded research have given birth to scientific findings that help shed light on how marijuana actually affects people and society. As weed becomes legal and the states that legalize it continue to operate normally, many skeptics are starting to realize some of the great myths of marijuana are just that — myths.

Marijuana Use Causes Cancer

The research and study of how marijuana affects or contributes to cancer is still very new and inconclusive overall. Although marijuana has proven to be a helpful therapy for those undergoing cancer treatment, whether or not marijuana causes cancer is still up in the air.

A 2006 UCLA study concluded that marijuana can not conclusively be linked to causing cancer. In fact, this and other studies suggest that pot can actually inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors.”

 

Weed Is Not as Potent as It Used to Be

There is a common rumor, sometimes spoken among more senior generations, many of whom are reformed marijuana users, claiming the potency of marijuana has decreased. There is no denying the way cannabis is grown in this country has changed a great deal. 

Marijuana was illegal and often farm-grown in the 1960s, and today it is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States.

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In hopes that it clears up inconsistencies across the board

In an attempt to deal with cannabis testing issues and laboratory inconsistencies, California is standardizing the process throughout the state's approximately 40 active weed testing facilities.

The initiative comes under the new state law – Senate Bill 544, signed in October by Governor Gavin Newsom, which demanded that the Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) create strict criteria and guidelines for testing a plethora of microbiological contaminants, pesticides, residual solvents and cannabis compounds, reported Marijuana Business Daily.

Why this matters

Cannabis advocates praise the move saying that it will help raise the quality and reliability standards in the industry, protect consumers and also minimize  false test results.

 “This will bring additional consistency and accountability among licensed cannabis testing laboratories,” DCC spokeswoman Christina Dempsey said.

“With a standardized method, laboratories can more easily identify and correct problems, and it will serve as an additional mechanism to ensure integrity.”

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Newly identified sulfur compounds in cannabis flowers give the plant its telltale funky odor

Scientists have finally sniffed out the molecules behind marijuana’s skunky aroma.

The heady bouquet that wafts off of fresh weed is actually a cocktail of hundreds of fragrant compounds. The most prominent floral, citrusy and piney overtones come from a common class of molecules called terpenes, says analytical chemist Iain Oswald of Abstrax Tech, a private company in Tustin, Calif., that develops terpenes for cannabis products. But the source of that funky ganja note has been hard to pin down.

Now, an analysis is the first to identify a group of sulfur compounds in cannabis that account for the skunklike scent, researchers report November 12 in ACS Omega.

Oswald and colleagues had a hunch that the culprit may contain sulfur, a stinky element found in hops and skunk spray. So the team started by rating the skunk factor of flowers harvested from more than a dozen varieties of Cannabis sativa on a scale from zero to 10, with 10 being the most pungent. Next, the team created a “chemical fingerprint” of the airborne components that contributed to each cultivar’s unique scent using gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy and a sulfur chemiluminescence detector.  

As suspected, the researchers found small amounts of several fragrant sulfur compounds lurking in the olfactory profiles of the smelliest cultivars. The most dominant was a molecule called prenylthiol, or 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol, that gives “skunked beer” its notorious flavor.

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Getting stoned before hitting the gym may not sound like the most sensible idea, although a number of recent surveys have revealed that many people actually prefer to work out while high. Among the supposed benefits are improved focus, greater enjoyment, and enhanced recovery – although, with no major studies on the subject, it’s hard to say with any certainty how smoking weed influences exercise.What we can say for sure, however, is that it’s a good idea to be cautious when mixing cannabis with gym equipment. A number of studies have revealed that getting high impairs coordination and decision-making while also increasing reaction times, and it goes without saying that lifting heavy weights while intoxicated can be highly dangerous. Plus, research has indicated that cannabis influences the cardiovascular system, for example dilating blood vessels and increasing heart rate. While these effects are usually harmless, they can pose problems to those who have heart conditions – especially if weed is mixed with exercise. Nevertheless, it appears that getting stoned while getting toned is gaining popularity. A survey of over 600 people in US states where recreational cannabis is legal revealed that 81.7 percent endorsed using cannabis while working out, with young men being particularly fond of this combination.

“The majority of participants who endorsed using cannabis shortly before/after exercise reported that doing so enhances their enjoyment of and recovery from exercise, and approximately half reported that it increases their motivation to exercise,” wrote the study authors.

They also noted that those who worked out while stoned tend to engage in more minutes of both aerobic and anaerobic exercise per week than those who prefer not to use cannabis at the gym.

Another recent survey involving 231 online respondents found that 45 percent of participants smoke weed before working out for psychological reasons, while only 14 percent claimed to gain a physical boost from cannabis. Of those who prefer to spark up after the gym, 36 percent said that doing so provided psychological benefits, with 28 percent saying it aided their recovery.

While observational studies like these provide food for thought, a lack of proper trials makes it difficult to say whether cannabis really does enhance exercise, and what mechanisms may underly this effect. It is possible to speculate, however, that cannabinoids like CBD and THC may aid with recovery from exercise due to their ability to reduce inflammation and dampen pain, although such a theory would need to be studied in depth before any firm conclusions can be drawn.

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Over the course of the past decade, the public perception of adult recreational cannabis use has shifted dramatically.

Ever since Colorado legalized marijuana for recreational use back in 2012, it’s been no secret that it could create a financial windfall for both cannabis businesses and the state itself.

A decade later, multiple other U.S. states have followed in the footsteps of the Centennial State in allowing their citizens to purchase cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol or liquor.

Although the assumption was that recreational marijuana sales would start off strong, experts couldn’t have predicted its demand would be as high as it has been. Here are a few key indicators that indicate alcohol is no longer ruler of the vice kingdom.

 

People are seeking new alternatives to alcohol

No one has been caught more off guard by the high demand for cannabis products than beer, wine and liquor companies. Sales tax revenue for alcohol has been surpassed by those of recreational marijuana.

According to David Feldman, CEO of Skip Intro Advisors, a strategic consulting firm for up-and-coming cannabis brands, there are numerous reasons why tax revenue for cannabis has surpassed alcohol.

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The deadline is today for anyone who wants to grow hemp legally in Alabama. The plant was decriminalized in Alabama back in 2016. It has to have less than 0.3% of the marijuana-type chemical that makes you high in order to be legal. All hemp growers must apply annually to receive a hemp license. Hassey Brooks is the Deputy Commissioner for the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industry. His department collects and reviews all hemp grower applications.

“Since we started the program in 2019, year one we had about 140 growers. That number drastically increased in 2020," he said. "We had over 400 licensed growers, and then in 2021 we have had less than 200.”

Brooks said industrial hemp is an effective alternative crop.

“At the end of the day, hemp is now considered an agricultural commodity. But this is a decision based upon the grower if they want to use hemp in their operation.”

Just over 110 applications have been submitted so far.

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Concentrates should certainly be handled carefully. Just like with any form of THC, one should carefully research and monitor their consumption.

As marijuana business continues to explode in its growth, the methods of its consumption seem to evolve just as quickly. Flower cannabis represents only a small portion of most dispensary retail operations. And as time goes on, concentrates are becoming more popular and diverse.

As this niche market begins to outsell other marijuana products, it is important to understand exactly what marijuana concentrates are.

What Are Marijuana Concentrates?

Concentrates are just that, concentrated forms. There are several methods, but every form of concentrate represents much more potent THC or CBD content than its flower predecessor. Flower normally has a THC content that ranges from 10% to 25%, but concentrated products can exceed 80%. 

The way a concentrate is extracted or made affects the final product. This also affects how it is consumed. Some concentrates are smoked while others are vaporized. Some can be applied to the skin while others can be eaten or even drunk.

Common Forms of Concentrates

There is a long list of concentrates on the market currently, and the list will likely continue to grow as other niche markets continue to form.  There are several concentrate varieties that are popular and worth noting as a starting point of knowledge for those who want to learn more.

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Happy Marijuanukah! (Yes, we just wrote that.)

Believe it or not, weed and Chanukah are a great fit together. Cannabis sales soar over the holiday season, and reports show an increasing number of Jewish cannabis enthusiasts are lighting up more than just menorahs during their celebrations.

Plus, cannabis is Kosher, and it seems the Jewish forefathers knew it. According to Smithsonian Magazine, archeologists discovered traces of burnt cannabis in an ancient Jewish shrine. They later deduced that it was used for ceremonial purposes in the ancient kingdom of Judah.

Whether you’re looking to honor this ancient… erm… ceremony, or just want to add something different to this years’ festivities, we rounded up a few ways to keep your Chanukah celebrations “lit.”

1. Smoke a Shofar Pipe

If you’re Jewish, you’re likely familiar with the Shofar, the ritual musical instrument made from a ram’s horn used for religious purposes by the Jewish people for centuries.

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One of Thailand's major fast food chains has been promoting its "Crazy Happy Pizza" this month, an under-the-radar product topped with a cannabis leaf. It's legal but won't get you high.

Veterans of the backpacker trail, familiar with the legendary pizza parlors of neighboring Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh that offer powerful marijuana as an optional condiment, might feel downright cheated.

"Of course, they cannot get high," Panusak Suensatboon, general manager of The Pizza Company, said in an interview this week. "It's just a marketing campaign. and you can taste the cannabis and then if you have enough, you maybe get a bit sleepy."

The Crazy Happy Pizza is a mashup of toppings evoking the flavors of Thailand's famous Tom Yum Gai soup along with a deep-fried cannabis leaf on top. Cannabis is also infused into the cheese crust and there's chopped cannabis in the dipping sauce. A 9-inch pie costs 499 baht (about $15). Customers preferring a do-it-yourself variety can choose their own toppings, with a 100 baht ($3) surcharge for two or three cannabis leaves.

The cannabis plant has been used for two major purposes: as hemp for making rope and clothing, and as an intoxicating drug, known as pot, ganja and dagga.

In recent years, a kind of middle-ground product has emerged: cannabidiol, or CBD, a chemical found in cannabis that can be processed into what is touted as a cure-all medicine. CBD can be separated out from tetrahydrocannabinol — THC — the chemical in cannabis that produces marijuana's high.

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If you’re unsure about a new blend or want to try a new strain, it’s better to opt for a gram or so. This way, you’ll consume the weed quickly, just giving it a try without paying too much for something you might not like.

Those new to buying and smoking marijuana may at first get confused about the weed sizes terminology. Some dispensaries sell marijuana in grams, while others have weed prices denominated for ounces. So, how to determine which amounts of weed you’ll get if you buy, for example, a quarter? What are the weight and dimensions of an eighter?

As the cannabis culture is rich and long-standing, dozens of slang terms emerged to designate this or that quantity of weed you’re buying. Marijuana sales have for a long time been illegal, so dealers and buyers have developed a sophisticated vocabulary to denote different portions without risks of being understood by unwanted people.

Thus, don’t be surprised to hear weird words like “a dime bag,” “an eighter,” or “a zip.” Even though the industry has been legal for some time now, the culture of calling weed portions the old-school way is still alive. Knowing the terms will save you the trouble of confusing things or overpaying for weed. We’re here to clear all the weed measurements intricacies to help you out.

How Much is a Gram of Weed?

The minimum with which you can start is a gram of weed. As a rule, it’s the smallest size dispensaries can sell, and users acquire such quantity for a test of a new strain or quick, one-time use.

How much is a gram of weed? There is nothing complicated here – a gram equals 1g in standard weight measurements units, so you’ll hardly be mistaken.

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Health officials in Connecticut are issuing a warning about fentanyl-laced marijuana which is being eyed in a rash of overdoses throughout the state.

Since July, 39 overdoses requiring the use of naloxone for revival have been reported. In each of the cases, the person involved said they had only smoked marijuana, but officials said they exhibited opioid symptoms.

A cluster of cases was reported in October in Plymouth, though officials say incidents have been dispersed across the state. A lab test of some of the marijuana used in one of the Plymouth cases confirmed the presence of fentanyl, a potent and potentially deadly opioid.

“This is the first lab-confirmed case of marijuana with fentanyl in Connecticut and possibly the first confirmed case in the United States,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani.

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A new cannabis film documentary entitled Lady Buds, releasing this weekend, explores the lives and challenges of female business owners.

The cannabis industry has heavily benefitted from niche documentaries, which present a professional way to educate viewers about the stigma of cannabis, its history on the War on Drugs or its effectiveness as a medicine. Films such as WEED (2013), featuring CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta, who opened up the conversation about medical cannabis to the nation. Weed the People (2018) explores the effectiveness of medical cannabis for children. Grass is Greener (2019) examines the history of music and its depiction of the War on Drugs.

Now it’s time to enjoy a new cinematic adventure in the form of Lady Buds—a unique perspective about female cannabis business owners from all walks of life.

Lady Buds recounts the lives and businesses of a diverse cast of individuals in Northern California, varying in race, age and sexual orientation. Seven women, who represent six cannabis businesses, are featured in Lady Buds: Sue Taylor, Chiah Rodriques, Felicia Carbajal, Karyn Wagner and The Bud Sisters (Pearl Moon and Dr. Joyce Centofanti). From cultivation to dispensary ownership and topical creation, these women all faced numerous challenges during the 2017-2019 window when the documentary was filmed. Lady Buds presents an intimate look at the lives of each subject, but also challenges the stereotypes both of “stoners” in general, as well as those of women in the industry.​

 

High Times conducted an exclusive interview with Director, Producer and Writer Chris J. Russo in the High Times’ November Issue, aka the Women’s Issue, where she offered an inside look at her film and what kind of experience it presents to audiences. According to Russo, Lady Buds is the first of its kind—and it all began with a statistic about women in the industry that stuck with her. A few key studies have produced some shocking data about women in the industry, or lack thereof.

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Green Wednesday, Black Friday’s cannabis counterpart, is expected to bring the U.S. $90 million in marijuana sales the day before Thanksgiving, a 78% spike from daily averages, according to a recent report. For the first time last year, Green Wednesday beat out Black Friday in cannabis sales, confirming its title as the second-highest sales day of the year after April 20 (420). And this year is no different as experts predict that U.S. cannabis shoppers will spend $251 million between Wednesday and Saturday, according to an Akerna flash report. Consumers reach for cannabis for several occasions and the holidays are no different. Almost half of the adult U.S. population has tried marijuana, up from 45% in 2017 and 2019. More than 50 years ago, it was only 4%. While a much smaller population of U.S. adults, 12%, describe themselves as regular smokers, a steady increase in recent years. In short: cannabis consumption is a popular pastime and it’s expected to make the U.S. a lot of money over the next couple of days. Thanksgiving Day is predicted to bring $4.6 million, the lowest in this week’s sales predictions, partly because of the shortened hours and closures of dispensaries and retail locations. But Black Friday might garner around $88 million, up 71% from daily average sales — and probably become another top 10 sales day for cannabis this year. Saturday is expected to gross $68.4 million in sales. Men are expected to bring in more than half of the U.S. cannabis sales, while those between the age of 30 to 40 are expected to be responsible for buying the most product at 31%, according to the report. Those under 30 are expected to trail behind by only 3%.

 

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Want some educational engagement over the holidays? Look no further than these weed documentaries that exhibit the bigger picture of the complicated relationship between the U.S. and cannabis.

Part of the process of becoming a conscious stoner is to be aware of how the 2010s were a decade of enormous victories for the free marijuana movement worldwide. This is especially true in the U.S., the biggest sponsor of the War on Drugs in the 20th century. To understand this victory, we must understand the social cost it took to get us where we are now, even though the fight isn’t over.

These 10 informative documentaries show the bigger picture of the complicated relationship between the U.S. and cannabis. Every aspect of the impacts of marijuana on social life is approached in these documentaries.

1. Grass Is Greener (2019)

Year: 2019Duration: 1h 37minIMDb: 7.1/10Director: Fab 5 FreddieStars: B-Real, Steven Hager, Damian Marley, Snoop DoggWhere to watch: Netflix

Available on Netflix, Grass is Greener is a masterpiece directed by Fab 5 Freddy, about the origins of marijuana in the U.S. and the contradictions developed from there. It reveals the American history of cannabis through legends like Bob Marley, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Snoop Dogg, and many others. It’s a celebration of the greatness of marijuana’s legacy to jazz, hip hop, and World music. Put your headphones on because music is a critical element of this documentary.

The film also examines the war on drugs. Marijuana’s prohibition was a critical component in the oppression of people of color, women, and anti-war movements throughout the 20th century. It reveals the injustices made under the name of prohibition until today and how  ‘reefer madness’ took the U.S. by storm.

 

2. Rolling Papers (2015)

Year: 2015Duration: 1h 19 minIMDb – 6.2/10Director: Mitch DickmanStars: Whoopi Goldberg (archive), Ricardo Baca, Ryan ClendeninWhere to watch: Netflix

Directed by Mitch Dickman, Rolling Papers covers The Denver Post and their innovative stance of creating a cannabis journalism section under the leadership of Ricardo Baca. This documentary reveals how a shrinking journalism economic niche is turning its fortunes around with the force of the free marijuana movement.

This documentary explores the  journalists’ personal life, reflecting on polarized themes such as parenting and cannabis, and the lingering preconceptions about the war on drugs.

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Mike Tyson has accepted an invitation to become Malawi's official cannabis ambassador.

The former world heavyweight champion, 55, has been selling cannabis products since 2016 through his Tyson Holistic label.

But now he is set to become the face of the drug in Malawi after agreeing to the offer from Agriculture Minister Lobin Low.

Low said: "Malawi may not go it alone as the industry is complex [and requires] collaboration.

"I would therefore like to appoint you, Mr Mike Tyson, as Malawi's Cannabis Branch ambassador."

The deal is being facilitated by the United States Cannabis Association and the head of the Malawi branch, Wezi Ngalamila, confirmed to the BBC that Tyson had accepted the proposal.

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