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With the lockdown restrictions easing, COVID-19 remains a very serious health threat worldwide. Dozens of coronavirus vaccines are in development across the world in combined global effort with high hopes to bring one to the market in record time to ease the global crisis.

One interesting candidate is cannabidiol or CBD. Recent research shows it may help fight COVID-19.

What the research says

According to a study conducted at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, those with raised CBD levels could reduce the adverse effect of coronavirus on the human body by examining hundreds of cannabis strains. Cannabis Sativa strains are high in CBD, and scientists could develop this core cannabis component to develop preventative treatments such as mouthwash products for both clinical and home use.

The research was carried out by Drs. Olga and Igor Kovalchuk, professors at the University of Lethbridge’s Department of Biological Sciences, along with researchers from Pathway RX, under a research license from Health Canada at the University of Lethbridge, which continues to actively pursue partnerships to conduct clinical trials.

Results from the study show that that hemp extracts high in CBD could potentially act as a barrier against the protein that provides a gateway in certain tissues for COVID-19 to enter host cells by balancing levels of angiotensin-converting enzyme II (ACE2). The virus can enter the host cells via ACE2, and inflecting those levels in the lung, kidney, gastrointestinal tract, nasal mucosa, and testes would reduce the host's susceptibility to COVID-19 significantly.

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Despite the recent success of low-THC cannabis flowers, there are still many skeptics of the smokable hemp “fad.” Many of these critics fail to distinguish between industrial-grade and premium high-CBD smokable hemp. Examined closely, there is a world of difference in flower quality between these two hemp variants.

Put bluntly, industrial hemp is grown for mass not quality. Therefore farmers produce industrial hemp for…well, industrial purposes. From plastic and paper to concrete and car fuel, hemp has many uses across various sectors. So understandably industrial farmers are most concerned with producing plants that yield the highest quantity of hemp imaginable for those purposes.

But when hemp is produced for human consumption, professional cultivators are more concerned with producing the highest quality hemp flower for a growing number of consumers. Unlike tightly-packed industrial hemp fields, expert cultivators give high-CBD hemp the space required to grow profound buds with complex and fragrant aromatics. Essentially, hemp flower is being cultivated with all of the same care and attention of it’s higher THC cousins. Online companies like Cannaflower’s are forging a whole new low THC market for cannabis consumers in all 50 states with buds that impress on the eyes and the nose every bit as much as medical grade cannabis. 

Although hemp is often associated with its industrial uses, it’s important to remember that botanists didn’t create the term “hemp.” Indeed, the distinction between “hemp” and “marijuana” is primarily a matter of legalese. Essentially, the genetics all come from 

By law, hemp must contain less than 0.3 percent THC. But in reality, both marijuana and hemp are cannabis plants where when professional farming techniques are applied, produce high-quality buds.

The fake cannabinoids are coming. And, like the artificial meat popping up on fast-food menus and grocery shelves across the country, they could disrupt multiple industries.

As CBD has become more popular, a growing number of companies are scaling up efforts to produce lesser-known cannabinoids such as CBG and CBN. Although the compounds can come from the plant itself, some biotech firms are finding it’s cheaper to engineer them synthetically.

Now, the race is on to improve production and bring down costs as demand grows for cannabis-derived treatments for sleep, pain relief, relaxation and more. That could open new opportunities for consumer goods and pharmaceuticals.

While CBD has gotten all the attention lately -- with help from big names like Martha Stewart, who recently launched gummies, and Molson Coors Beverage Co., which has a partnership for CBD drinks -- more than 100 other compounds can be extracted. As consumers familiarize themselves with the alphabet soup of options, one increasingly popular one is cannabigerol, or CBG, which is used to treat pain and nausea -- and, like CBD, doesn’t have the psychoactive effects of THC.

Willow Biosciences said last month that it’s working with manufacturer Albany Molecular Research to achieve large-scale production of CBG by the middle of next year. Willow, based in Calgary, Alberta, sold out of its first batch of the compound, and about 17 more companies have said they want to buy the next samples when they become available, said Chief Executive Officer Trevor Peters.

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Love strain-specific edibles but have a hard time finding them? You are not alone! As people learn more about the variety present in cannabis’ many strains, many find that only some of these options give them the effects they are looking for. For those strain-sensitive patients who prefer edibles, this can present a challenge. It’s not always easy to find the strains you need locally, but it can be almost impossible to find them in edibles. Since most edible companies leave the strain a mystery (or mix many strains together) it is hard to find specific strains when you need them.

Making edibles at home is a great way to bypass the problem but edible recipes can get complicated. Most people don’t want to labor over a pot for hours, constantly checking that the temperature is still in the perfect zone. If you have had a hard time making edibles at home, here are five shortcuts simplify this tasty task:

Use a Magical Butter Machine

Edible bases can be tricky to make, and usually involve a long infusing process where the temperature needs to be just right. The Magical Butter machine really simplifies this process. You put your decarboxylated marijuana and your butter into the machine and push a button. Two hours later, your perfectly infused butter is ready to go. Since it can help make many common bases like butter, oil, glycerin, honey, and alcohol, the Magical Butter machine can simplify almost any edible recipe.

Cook the Weed Right In

Infused oils aren’t the only way to make an edible. If you want to skip the process of making a base and get right to making your edibles, try these recipes that use the flower itself. Do you ever vape your favorite strains? This delicious pesto recipe turns the left over flower in your vape into a culinary experience. Or try turning your cannabis into canna-flour, with this zucchini bread recipe. The recipe teaches you how to grind up your preferred pot into a powdered form that can be baked right into your favorite treats.

Eat it Fresh

You can skip the cooking altogether by eating raw cannabis fan leaf. This not only simplifies your process, but you can also gain the benefits of the plant’s unaltered natural compounds like THCA. The most popular method for consuming the raw plant is juicing it. The juice can be mixed with other fruit or veggie juices for flavor and can be frozen in ice trays to preserve for later. Still, some skip the juicing all together and put the leaf straight into their salad. The high is fairly different from infused and decarboxylated edibles so you might also find that different strains work well for you fresh than when consumed other ways.

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These encouraging results indicate medicinal cannabis can help improve quality of life for chemotherapy patients.

Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) announced that Australian researchers have published preliminary results finding that one of the company’s GMP-produced products is showing promise reducing nausea and vomiting for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy in a clinical trial.

The results were published in the Annals of Oncology which found a significant improvement in the control of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. A quarter of the patients taking medicinal cannabis experienced no vomiting and nausea, compared to 14 percent of people who took a placebo. The pilot phase of the study ran for two-and-a-half years with 81 participants enrolled. To be included in the study, patients had to have already experienced nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy despite having taken nausea prevention medication.

“The side-effects associated with chemotherapy are some of the primary causes of treatment discontinuation”, says Philippe Lucas, Vice President of Global Patient Research and Access at Tilray, “so improving the control of nausea and vomiting can not only improve the quality of life of patients but by allowing those affected by cancer to complete their treatment it can also potentially save lives.”

While cannabis has been used before as a remedy for chemo nausea, the most prescribed medicine is Marinol, which is owned by the biotech company AbbVie (NASDAQ: ABBV). However, Marinol is a synthetic drug and patients typically quit renewing their prescriptions based on the side effects and general displeasure with the drug.

Wearing hemp clothing is no longer a fringe, hippie fashion statement. In fact, big brands and high end boutiques alike are embracing the sustainable material.

Levi’s and Nike have both recently released ranges made of hemp. While Levi’s has long been the leader in denim, they’ve admitted their products aren’t the most eco-friendly, with the production of a pair of jeans and a t-shirt requiring approximately 20,000 litres of water. Using cottonised hemp and their patented “Water

In a time marked by shuttered business, depressed consumer shopping, and plunging retail spending, not many markets can claim the victory that the CBD (cannabidiol) market has done so far. Back in 2018, sales of CBD products in the United States alone harvested a generous $600 million-$2 billion. Sales of CBD have actually grown slightly from those impressive numbers in 2019, as more consumer concerned about their health have switched their shopping habits, and now buy full-spectrum CBD online directly from the manufacturers. This is according to a report published by Forbes, which also foresees the figure inflating upwards of $16 billion by 2025.

As a cannabis-derived compound that harbors numerous pharmacological actions, such as antiemeticanti-inflammatoryanxiolytic and antipsychotic properties, it is understandable why the market has such promising prospects. 

While emerging research is highlighting the benefits of this non-psychotropic cannabinoid, a handful of studies have also spotlighted how CBD lacks the non-toxic properties to cause negative changes on food intake, blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, gastrointestinal transit, psychomotor and psychological functions.

But just how safe is it and should you be wary of introducing CBD into your lifestyle? Read on to find out.

CBD Research Has Been Suffocated by Classification Standards 

Due to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifying the cannabis plant as an illegal substance since the 1970s, strict restrictions have been imposed on CBD research for the past decade. Anyone who wishes to study the plant-derived compound is welcome to do so, buy only if they have obtained the necessary license.

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Buying CBD products can be confusing to say the least. One thing that often perplexes CBD consumers is the difference between broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD.

With thousands of CBD products on the market, different brands are struggling to stand out. One major difference between CBD oil tinctures is whether they contain broad spectrum or full-spectrum CBD. It doesn’t help that products are also frequently mislabeled, too.

In brief, the hemp plants has hundreds of natural chemicals in it, including the “cannabinoids” that cause its beneficial effects. The most well known cannabinoids are CBD, the popular supplement, and THC, which is the main “active” ingredient in psychoactive cannabis (a.k.a. “marijuana”). But many other cannabinoids exist.

Both broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD products contain a variety of these natural cannabinoids, but differ in one key ingredient. While neither type of CBD will make you “feel high,” full spectrum CBD has tiny amounts of THC in it while broad spectrum doesn’t have any at all.

But there’s a lot more to learn, so read on to understand more about the different types of CBD oil and why it could matter to you.

A dropper of broad spectrum CBD oil held over a drinking glass of water, with droplets falling into a beverage.

Resource Innovation Institute Executive Director Derek Smith highlights the importance of tracking resource consumption in cannabis production.

As the global COVID-19 pandemic provides a window into cannabis’s increasing revenue potential, the industry’s Achilles heel on production scalability is being laid bare. Global brands with cultivation assets in various parts of the world are generally incapable of achieving consistent quality from site to site – and their stock prices reflect it.

Saddled with high operating expenses resulting from hasty decisions on geographies, building types, lighting solutions and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, executives are forced to identify cuts, yet have very limited ways to assess the operating capabilities of their master growers. With energy and water costs comprising up to 50% of total operating expenses, resource efficiency is paramount.

At the same time, savvy investors with experience in more mature sectors are beginning to concern themselves with Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) performance; and, of course, consumer interest in corporate action on climate change and other pressing social and environmental matters is on the rise.

What gets measured gets done

All of this points to the urgent need for producers to become more operationally efficient. In order to begin a journey down the efficiency path, a producer must first know how efficient their operation already is. From this, they can establish a baseline from which to measure and report performance.

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Cannassure Therapeutics Ltd (TASE: CSURE) (“Cannassure”), an Israel based developer and producer of innovative medical cannabis products, announces today the successful completion of a feasibility study for the development of IP protected, homogeneous, topical medical Cannabis products for the treatment of skin inflammation, including psoriatic lesions. (PRESS RELEASE)

Product development of such topical medical Cannabis products based on AKVANO® is being conducted under a collaboration between Cannassure and Lipidor AB (“Lipidor”), a Swedish topical drug development company, owner of the proprietary drug delivery platform technology AKVANO, which was signed in December 2019. The development project budget is partially funded by the Israeli Innovation Authority, by a non-dilutive grant.

The product under development is an incorporation of cannabinoids with AKVANO®, a topical drug delivery platform. Successful development of the product will allow localized administration of a precise dosage of cannabinoids using a spray, in a technology that allows for prolonged contact and optimal penetration of the active ingredient into the skin.

As part of the feasibility study, AKVANO® technology and cannabinoids were tested for compatibility, and it was found that the cannabinoids can be successfully combined in the AKVANO® system for a homogeneous, uniform and stable formulation. Cannassure tested the degree of product penetration into the skin by using known and acceptable models and found significant penetration of active ingredients into the skin tissue. This enhanced penetration may increase the therapeutic potential of the product. Based on these results, Cannassure will proceed to accelerated development stages and more advanced testings.

According to the agreement, Cannassure has informed Lipidor on its intention to start negotiating an exclusive global license for the use of Lipidor’s technology for the development of cannabinoids based topical therapeutics products for the treatment of indications to be chosen by Cannassure.  

To some, artificial intelligence (AI) may be categorized next to the likes of Bitcoin and blockchain: it’s just another techie buzz word.

For others, artificial intelligence could conjure up images of sentient robots hellbent on world domination.

While artificial intelligence, in some ways, can be those things, what it is in practice often looks much different.

The artificial intelligence that many people talk about today can also be referred to as machine learning, or the process by which software takes in data, learns patterns, and makes whatever adjustments it needs to make to achieve its goal.

The goal in our case?

Marijuana edibles are not for children — yet they look often look like candy, which is. Unsurprisingly, since many states legalized marijuana sales and consumption, there’s been an uptick in the number of children getting into their parents’ stash of edibles, and eating them like, well, candy.

Here in Massachusetts, South Shore Health reports that its pediatric emergency department has seen a rise in cases involving kids who’ve become ill after eating candies, chocolates, sours and “gummies” that contain THC over the past few months.

The health system told NewsCenter 5 that a teenager was treated in the emergency department last week after having consumed five fruit-flavored candies that each contained 600 mg of THC.

A spokesperson added that South Shore Hospital has treated patients as young as 6 who have ingested THC-laced candies and treats. 

“Children often can’t tell the difference between a food product laced with THC and one without. Edible laced with THC, and intended for adult consumption and dosages, have a greater clinical impact on children based on their smaller size due to the child’s larger ‘volume of distribution,'” reads a statement from Dr. Mark Waltzman, the chair of pediatrics at South Shore Hospital.

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Consumers test a plethora of all-natural products that address health conditions. Marketers provide details about the products and rave about them for all their health benefits. It is important for the individuals to review all the uses for the products and the ingredients of each selection.

With hemp extract, the products come from the cannabis plant, but they do not include THC or marijuana-based properties. It is an all-natural treatment for a multitude of conditions and could improve the person’s health dramatically. Reviewing all the amazing health benefits of hemp extract and oils shows consumers why trying the products could be beneficial.

Decreasing Sebum and Preventing Breakouts

Sebum is the oil that develops on the face and causes clogged pores. People with acne-prone skin have oily skin because they produce far too much sebum. Controlling the production of sebum helps the individual clear up their skin and prevent acne-related breakouts. Hemp extracts slows sebum production and makes the skin oil-free. This improves the skin and prevents acne and scars that are left behind by the pimples. Consumers can find out more about hemp extracts and oils by visiting Terra Origin now.

INTERVIEW: Carl Martel is an independent scientist who has been researching industrial cannabis for over a decade. Formally trained as a geo-archaeologist with degrees in interdisciplinary science, Martel’s areas of research include plant carbons for energy storage, green extraction solutions and harvest/processing innovations. Co-inventor of a Canadian developed grain disinfection system. he continues to explore and develop quality post-harvest management systems. Martel’s passion is developing processing solutions and products that encourage whole plant utilization including value added products from plant biomass and agricultural waste.  He is co-founder of the Advanced Botanical and Biomass Research Institute.

HT: You’ve developed one of the most extensive maps for the potential of cannabis we’ve ever seen. What’s still out there on the frontier?

CM: If you have an idea, it can probably be made from industrial hemp. The sky’s the limit, so to speak. I have heard they have taken cannabis seeds up to the space station. 

HT: What’s still needed along the value chain to fulfill the rich possibilities for whole plant production?

CM: Innovation, research and development. We are not lacking consumer demand for products, and farmers want to grow industrial hemp. We need to focus on the development and processing of useful consumer products that incorporate hemp and its many benefits. Food and fiber prices need to reach a point where they can be competitive with other commodity crops such as timber. Through innovation we will find ways to become more competitive.

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October usually heralds the harvest of outdoor cannabis plants, affectionately known as “Croptober.” But this fall, something more serious is in the air: smoke from the wildfires that are ravaging California and Oregon.

Fires are clustered in Northern California’s “Emerald Triangle” and a pair of Oregon counties, areas that are among the nation’s most important for cannabis production. Even if crops aren’t destroyed in the more than 5 million acres of wildfires, massive amounts of smoke and ash will take a toll. Darkened skies can stunt the plants’ growth, said Jill Ellsworth, chief executive officer of Denver-based Willow Industries, which cleans marijuana flower for mold in California and other states.

“We’re hearing that some cultivators are starting to harvest early, because it’s prematurely flowering, and they don’t want that,” Ellsworth said.

In a normal year, around two per cent to five per cent of California’s marijuana crops would fail mold tests, Ellsworth said. This year, she estimates it could be double that percentage as sunlight-blocking smoke weakens plants’ resistance to mold, disease and other pests. Even crops inside greenhouses could be affected.

The impact is expected to extend beyond the flames and haze. The fires will likely hit supplies and cause ripple effects across the country.

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Today’s cannabis market is experiencing unprecedented growth.

At the same time, consumers expect a consistent product while also demanding diversity.

Technological advancements in breeding programs are helping cannabis producers meet both of these needs.

By engineering and cultivating a base product that is perfectly aligned with specific goals, producers can now satisfy unique objectives of cannabis organizations throughout the industry.

Innovative new techniques in artificial selection, genetics optimization, and data analytics are making it possible for producers to strike a balance between diversity and consistency.

Some people report a dramatic change after just one serving of raw cannabis juice, while others may take four to eight weeks to see full results. 

Cold-press juices enable one to partake of the nutrients present in raw fruits, vegetables, and herbs that get lost once the products are heated or cooked. In a similar vein, consuming raw cannabis leaves and buds as a dietary aid increases the anti-oxidant and neuroprotective properties of this plant.

Raw cannabis can contain 500mg to 1,000 mg of non-psychoactive THCA, CBDA, and CBGA. In comparison, the same amount of cannabis once heated contains 10 mg THC. Also, as the THC in cannabis only becomes psychoactive when heated, consuming raw cannabis allows one to get the benefits of the plant in a non-intoxicating way.  

In particular, raw cannabis appears to be particularly beneficial in treating inflammation and autoimmune disease. As reported by Project CBD, “Unheated CBDA and unheated THCA (THC-acid) both have medicinal attributes, but there has been comparatively little scientific research into cannabinoid acids.” Hence, while the anecdotal accounts about cannabis’s benefits as a dietary supplement look very promising, further scientific research is needed. 

As with any other cannabis product, results vary according to an individual’s unique endocannabinoid system. Some people report a dramatic change after just one serving of raw cannabis juice, while others may take four to eight weeks to see full results. 

For many decades THC was the most popular and well-known cannabinoid.

That has changed in recent years to some extent.

THC is still very popular, however, other cannabinoids have seen their popularity increase recently, with CBD seeing the most dramatic increase in popularity and awareness.

Google search trends show that CBD is queried more often than THC, and that has been the case for a few years now.

Interest in CBD is clearly on the rise, but what about actual use? 

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Cannabis is safer than alcohol.

How much so?

According to at least one peer reviewed study the cannabis plant is 114 times safer than alcohol.

In fact, the cannabis plant is safer than many substances that are common around households across the globe.

With that being said, that is not the same as saying that cannabis does not have any side effects.

The most lenient states permit consumers to purchase almost every CBD type irrespective of its source or intended use.

As of 2018, all 50 states have officially legalized the use of hemp-based CBD products. In the United States, governing officials initially classified CBD, hemp, and marijuana as harmful substances. However, recent medical insight encouraged federal authorities to legalize industrial hemp and CBD on a national level.

For routine CBD consumers, legalization may be good news. Though CBD-based products are manufactured and distributed throughout the United States, you’ll need to remember that each state has set its own rules regarding CBD use.

If your state allows its citizens to use CBD products, it doesn’t mean that a neighboring state has implemented the same rules and regulations. Put simply, federal laws are mostly for legislation purposes and will only override the provisions of state law in rare circumstances. With this in mind, pay close attention to any exceptions to the nationwide legalization.

Before answering the question of which states allow CBD and pinpointing what CBD products you can use, you should gain an understanding of how CBD’s source and intended use impact legislation. Studying the relationship will make it a lot easier for you to differentiate between CBD’s legal and illegal use.

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