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The First Marijuana Store in a Major East Coast City Now Open

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 12:47

On Monday Pure Oasis, a legally licensed marijuana retail outlet in Boston, opened its doors. Not only is Pure Oasis the first recreational marijuana store in Boston, its the first in any of the major East Coast cities.

“This is only the beginning,” Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, told the Associated Press. “The fact that this is just the first in Boston shows how this is such an early market on this coast.”

The store’s opening also underscores how minority entrepreneurs are already falling behind in the national industry, despite promises they would be prioritized, said Kayvan Khalatbari, a Denver-based marijuana consultant and former board member for the Minority Cannabis Business Association.

“It’s worthy of acknowledgement, but at the same time, it’s nothing to celebrate,” he said. “We’ve got a long way to go before creating equity.”

Few of the 11 states that have legalized marijuana track how many people of color own cannabis companies, Khalatbari said, so industry groups have turned to their own surveys.

In Colorado, in 2012, less than 1% of all marijuana operations are owned by people of color, the Minority Cannabis Business Association has estimated. In California, which legalized recreational marijuana use in 2016, about 20% of cannabis companies have some degree of ownership stake from a person of color, according to a recent survey by Marijuana Business Daily.

Khalatbari and other advocates. Minority and disadvantaged communities should also benefit through more jobs for residents or other community investments.

According to the AP, Pure Oasis owners Kobie Evans and Kevin Hart say they picked Dorchester, a dense and diverse neighborhood about 4 miles south of downtown Boston, with those needs in mind.

Among their 30 or so staffers are residents who live within walking distance from the shop, as well as people with prior criminal records, said Evans.

“The war on drugs had a very detrimental impact on neighborhoods like this,” Evans said after letting in the store’s first wave of 50 or so customers. “We’re here to try and remedy some of those negative effects. We’re trying to give people second changes and create new opportunities.”

Niambe McIntosh, who is the daughter of the late Jamaican reggae star Peter Tosh and grew up a few blocks from the storefront, said its opening is a “victory” for families like hers that have been harmed by the war on drugs. McIntosh’s father was a cannabis activist famous for the song “Legalize It,” and her brother, Jawara McIntosh, suffered severe brain injuries after being attacked by another inmate while serving a sentence for marijuana-related charges in 2017.

“This moves the needle towards justice,” said McIntosh after making the first official purchase at the store.

Renee Brown, a 52-year-old Dorchester resident who was among those waiting hours before the store opened Monday, agreed.

“Hopefully this brings in new money and investment and helps build up this neighborhood,” she said after purchasing some marijuana patches that she hopes will help with her persistent knee and back pain.

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Study: Cannabis Reduces Opioid Use in Cancer Patients

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 14:24

According to a new study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, the adjunctive use of marijuana is associated with opioid-sparing effects and overall improvements in symptom management in those suffering from cancer pain. The study is titled The efficacy of medical marijuana in the treatment of cancer-related pain.

For the study, researchers examined trends in opioid consumption and symptom control in cancer patients who did and did not consume marijuana for medical purposes. Their objective states: “We sought to characterize MMJ’s role on symptomatic relief and opioid consumption in the oncologic population.”

Researchers reported that those who use medical marijuana were more likely to report improvements in mood and experience a delay in the dose escalation of opioid use.

“Our study found that the addition of MMJ (medical marijuana) to patients’ palliative care regimen withstood the development of tolerance and reduced the rate of opioid use, over a significantly longer follow-up period than patients solely utilizing opioids”, states the study. “MMJ(+) improved oncology patients’ ESAS scores [a measurement of pain, nausea, and anxiety) despite opioid dose reductions and should be considered a viable adjuvant therapy for palliative management.”

The full abstract of the study can be found below:

Background: The opioid epidemic has spurred investigations for nonopioid options, yet limited research persists on medical marijuana’s (MMJ) efficacy in managing cancer-related symptoms.

Objective: We sought to characterize MMJ’s role on symptomatic relief and opioid consumption in the oncologic population.

Design: Retrospective chart review of MMJ-certified oncology patients was performed. Divided patients into MMJ use [MMJ(+)] versus no use [MMJ(−)], and Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS)-reported pain cohorts: “mild-moderate” versus “severe.”

Measurements: Medical records were reviewed for ESAS, to measure physical and emotional symptoms, and opiate consumption, converted into morphine milligram equivalents (MME). Minimal clinically important differences were determined. Wilcoxon signed-rank tests determined statistical significance between MMJ-certification and most recent palliative care visit.

Results: Identified 232 patients [95/232 MMJ(−); 137/232 MMJ(+)]. Pain, physical and total ESAS significantly improved for total MMJ(−) and MMJ(+); however, only MMJ(+) significantly improved emotional ESAS. MMJ(−) opioid consumption increased by 23% (97.5–120 mg/day MME, p = 0.004), while it remained constant (45–45 mg/day MME, p = 0.522) in MMJ(+). Physical and total ESAS improved in mild-moderate-MMJ(−) and MMJ(+). Pain and emotional symptoms worsened in MMJ(−); while MMJ(+)’s pain remained unchanged and emotional symptoms improved. MMJ(−) opioid consumption increased by 29% (90–126 mg/day MME, p = 0.012); while MMJ(+)’s decreased by 33% (45–30 mg/day MME, p = 0.935). Pain, physical, emotional, and total ESAS scores improved in severe-MMJ(−) and MMJ(+); opioid consumption reduced by 22% in MMJ(−) (135–106 mg/day MME, p = 0.124) and 33% in MMJ(+) (90–60 mg/day MME, p = 0.421).

Conclusions: MMJ(+) improved oncology patients’ ESAS scores despite opioid dose reductions and should be considered a viable adjuvant therapy for palliative management.

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Nearly $75 Million in Marijuana Sold During First Two Month of Legal Sales: Illinois

Sun, 03/08/2020 - 03:36

There has been around $75 million in marijuana and marijuana products sold in Illinois in January and February, the first two months of legal sales.

In January, the first month of legal sales,  there was $39,247,840.83 in marijuana sold, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation said that marijuana generated $39,247,840.83 worth of sales. This is based on the sale of over 970,000 different marijuana products. Of the $39 million, $9 million came from tourists while $30 million came from those living in the state.

In February, sales dropped slightly (not surprising given the novelty of sales beginning last month) to $35 million, bringing the two-month total to around $74 million.

“The successful launch of the Illinois legal cannabis industry represents new opportunities for entrepreneurs and the very communities that have historically been harmed by the failed war on drugs,” said Toi Hutchinson, senior advisor for cannabis control to Governor J. B. Pritzker. “The administration is dedicated to providing multiple points of entry into this new industry, from dispensary owners to transporters, to ensure legalization is equitable and accessible for all Illinoisans.”

Bethany Gomez, managing director of cannabis research firm Brightfield Group, told the Chicago Tribune that despite the slight dip in sales, it still signals a strong market.

“There is definitely sustained demand here,” said Gomez. “This is not just a novelty thing. … People are willing to wait in line for hours consistently for this, despite a terrible retail experience and terrible product selection.”

On New Year’s Eve, the governor issued more than 11,000 marijuana pardons that were sent to the attorney general’s office.

“We are ending the 50-year-long war on cannabis,” Pritzker said. “We are restoring rights to tens of thousands of Illinoisans. We are bringing regulation and safety to a previously unsafe and illegal market. And we are creating a new industry that puts equity at its very core.”

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Does CBD affect men and women differently?

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 13:20

Specific differences mark a distinction between the two sexes.

Since the basic ones are body, size, and shape, other differences between are a bit more subtle and appear only when we take a chemical and biological look at the two. Such variations make a direct impact with regards to how CBD interact within their bodies. Although hormonal levels are responsible for building the contrast, we shouldn’t forget how hormones of men and women can influence other cannabidiols’ and CBD’s interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

For women, the natural cycle of decreasing and increasing estrogen production levels play quite a vital role in the powerful effects of CBD. Likewise, CBD may affect men’s hormonal levels by making a considerable impact on libido and testosterone levels. In order to understand how CBD affects men and women, let’s dig deeper.

CBD’s impact on men

The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is found in several integral parts of the body, one of which is the male reproductive system. Cannabinoid receptors are located in testicular tissue and sperm. These are also present in the brain’s region, which promptly helps in the release of pre-reproductive pituitary hormones.

Testosterone Levels

In simple terms, the consumption of CBD products helps in contributing to the reproductive health of men. Evidence shows that CBD can cause a significant increase in testosterone levels. CBD impacts emotion and libido, which in the process, may help some men bond emotionally amidst relationships and also during sexual encounters.

 

The 2009 article of Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences journal shows that ECS receptors have been found in sexual reproductive organs like testicles. These receptors are also present in the brain. Since anxiety and overthinking reduces sexual drive and performance, CBD can help in reducing anxiety, which in turn, may increase libido. You can simply look for CBD capsules for anxiety to help the body tackle anxiousness.

In different circumstances, the utilization of CBD may provide significant relief from pain. Not only does it help you manage pain, but it also lifts your spirits. Consequently, for men who suffer from the issues mentioned or have a low sex drive, CBD can be a perfect solution.

Men, however, are known to be less reactive to the cannabis plants and the associated cannabinoids. So, in order for men to experience CBD’s outcomes, they require a higher dosage. In such a case, metabolic differences and metabolism play a considerable role. Due to men’s faster metabolism, CBD gets processed and excreted quicker than that of women. It merely means that males would experience CBD’s effects faster but not much longer than their counterparts.

CBD’s impact on females

As compared to men, there are different ways through which CBD may affect women. Due to CBD’s painkiller properties, it can relieve back pain, menstrual cramps, and headaches. CBD can also have positive effects on estrogen levels.

Affects Estrogen Levels

Endocannabinoids work with estrogen in order to steady emotional responses and mood swings of women. When estrogen levels drop, it could also result in the decreasing levels of endocannabinoids, which in turn leads to feelings of depression, anxiety, and gloom. However, CBD can play a huge role in causing positive impacts on this hormone.

Improves Mood Swings

It’s not a normal process for a woman to suffer from depression or anxiety during menopause. Progesterone and estrogen make a direct impact on a woman’s neurotransmitters and serotonin levels in the brain. This directly affects their mood. While hormonal levels become erratic and plummet, the neurochemistry of a woman’s brain tends to change. Supplementing such a treatment with CBD oil might result in activating the serotonin receptors. Serotonin has a minimum of 14 receptors, but CBD helps in binding to 5-HT1A, which can be quoted to have a huge role in anxiety disorders.

Promotes Healthy Skin

A woman often spends quite a lot of effort, money, and time to preserve her skin in order to look youthful. Since there are several promising products on the market that would help a woman in promoting hydration, hide wrinkles, keep skin taut, and reduce irregular skin pigmentation, CBD-infused cosmetic products happen to possess antioxidant properties that may help in reducing the visible signs of aging skin and wrinkles. You can check out products at Herbonaut.com to utilize this benefit of CBD.

Bottom Line

Both men and women’s bodies work in different ways, as a result of which both of their bodies’ requirements and results will be different from one another. While CBD can affect in decreasing one’s libido, it may end up increasing their counterpart’s. Since CBD works as a stimulant, not only does it provide help in reducing anxiety levels, pain, and increasing happiness, but it also paves the way for healthy sex life. But before you plan on including CBD-infused products into your medication regime, consult your respective doctors for the right dosage and implementation.

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Smoking Marijuana Remains Most Popular Consumption Method By Far, Finds Survey

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 13:19

Among those who use marijuana on a regular basis, smoking remains their top consumption method of choice. This is according to a new study conducted by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence: It was also published by the National Institute of Health.

For the study researchers examined data from over 6,100 adults in twelve states, all who use marijuana. Of these, 91% say that they regularly smoke marijuana: 59% state that smoking “was their only mode of marijuana use.”

The study found that just 25% have ever used a marijuana edible, and only 20% have ever vaporized marijuana. This may come as quite a surprise to some, given this means that three fourths of marijuana consumers have literally never had an edible, and four fifths have never used a vaporizer.

According to researchers 5% reported using marijuana edibles exclusively (as in they don’t also smoke, vape, etc.), and 2% vape exclusively.

The study is titled Modes or marijuana use: Smoking, vaping, eating, and dabbing – Results from the 2016 BRFSS in 12 states.

The study’s full abstract can be found below:

BACKGROUND:

The prevalence of modes of marijuana use (e.g., smoked, vaped, eaten, dabbed, etc.), and of multi-modal use has not been assessed across multiple states, and can inform marijuana prevention and education work, given that certain modes of use are associated with specific public health risks. This study aimed to assess the prevalence of different modalities of reported marijuana use among adults in 12 states.

METHODS:

Data came from 6174 adult marijuana users age 18 and older who responded to questions about past month and mode of marijuana use on the 2016 BRFSS surveys in 12 states with varied state marijuana policies. We used weighted frequencies for descriptive analyses, and logistic regression to identify correlates of multi-modal use.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of past month (current) marijuana use among adults in these states was 9.1 % (males = 12.0 %, females= 6.3 %). Among current marijuana users, 33.7 % reported multiple methods of marijuana use, 90.1 % reported any marijuana smoking (e.g., joints, blunts, bongs, bowls), 58.3 % reported only smoking (no other modes of consumption), 24.5 % reported any edible use, 4.5 % reported using only edibles, 19.4 % reported any marijuana vaping, 2.1 % reported only vaping, 14.5 % reported any dabbing (flash vaporization/inhalation of highly concentrated marijuana), and 0.4 % reported only dabbing. Correlates of multimodal use are also examined.

CONCLUSION:

Multi-modal use of marijuana is common, and use of non-smoked marijuana (edibles, vaping, dabbing) often occurs in conjunction with other modes of marijuana use. Ongoing surveillance of marijuana modes of use and multi-modal use is warranted to inform public education and prevention.

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American Bar Association Passes Marijuana Resolutions

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 13:20

The American Bar Association (ABA), which was founded in 1878 a voluntary bar association of lawyers and law students, has approved two marijuana-related resolutions during its mid-year meeting.

Specifically, according to the Marijuana Moment, the group’s House of Delegates voted in favor of a proposal endorsing pending federal legislation to protect banks that provide services to state-legal marijuana businesses, as well as a proposal calling for a clarification of rules to ensure that lawyers will not be penalized for representing clients in cases concerning state-legal marijuana activity.

According to the banking resolution, the group “urges Congress to enact legislation to clarify and ensure that it shall not constitute a federal crime for banking and financial institutions to provide services to businesses and individuals, including attorneys, who receive compensation from the sale of state-legalized cannabis or who provide services to cannabis-related legitimate business acting in accordance with state, territorial, and tribal laws.”

The groups adds: “such legislation should clarify that the proceeds from a transaction involving activities of a legitimate cannabis-related business or service provider shall not be considered proceeds from an unlawful activity solely because the transaction involves proceeds from a legitimate cannabis-related business or service provider, or because the transaction involves proceeds from legitimate cannabis-related activities.”

A bill that would do just that was approved by the House of Representatives last year, but it’s currently stalled in the Senate.

“Passage of the [Secure and Fair Enforcement] Banking Act or similar legislation will provide security for lawyers and firms acting to advise companies in the industry against having their accounts closed or deposits seized,” a report attached to the ABA resolution states. “This will also foster the rule of law by ensuring that those working in the state-legalized legitimate cannabis industry can seek counsel and help prevent money laundering and other crimes associated with off-the-books cash transactions.”

“Currently, the threat of criminal prosecution prevents most depository institutions from banking clients, including lawyers, who are in the stream of commerce of state-legalized marijuana. This Resolution is necessary to clarify that such provision of legal and other services in compliance with state law should not constitute unlawful activity pursuant to federal law.”

The second marijuana-related resolution ABA adopted on Monday asks Congress to allow attorneys to serve clients in cannabis cases without facing federal punishment.

The Marijuana Moment notes that text of the measure states that the association “urges Congress to enact legislation to clarify and explicitly ensure that it does not constitute a violation of federal law for lawyers, acting in accord with state, territorial, and tribal ethical rules on lawyers’ professional conduct, to provide legal advice and services to clients regarding matters involving marijuana-related activities that are in compliance with state, territorial, and tribal law.”

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ZOHKO CBD Energy Capsules Review

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 02:55

 

Are you looking for a massive energy surge? Perhaps you’ve heard about CBD, and it’s potential health benefits, what about the hype surrounding CBD for energy? Well, CBD can boost your energy insanely without imbibing sugars and the crazy chemicals into your system.

The struggle to find a boost of energy is real if you have busy schedules and many to-do lists. Are you an activity junkie or a sports enthusiast? Great! CBD is a game-changer. Many studies are showing that CBD oil may help reduce fatigue and promote alertness.

But then, how does that work?

Through a complex network known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) – It regulates all the body’s operational functions, including mood, immune system, response to pain, and appetite. Let’s have a look at how CBD works in our bodies.

CBD and the Endocannabinoid System

The ECS is a vast network of endocannabinoids produced naturally by the body. The system plays a significant role in maintaining the body’s balance despite the external disturbance – this is what we call homeostasis. This means your body is self-regulating, offering you what you require for optimum health at any given moment.

The fascinating thing is when you consume CBD – it sparks receptors within the ECS, elevating your energy levels. CBD is known to interact indirectly with the cannabinoid receptors in a subtle manner. For example, the cannabidiol may help boost alertness by interacting indirectly with the serotonin receptors, which stimulates mood and energy levels.

Besides, low serotonin levels are linked with tiredness and weakness. This means higher levels of serotonin will make you feel more energized. Recent studies show that when CBD oil is consumed in small doses, it will boost your energy and focus by evoking an internal synergistic effect that benefits your body.

Now that you know how CBD oil works in our bodies, ZOHKO is a trailblazer for CBD energy!

Here is the thing, if you’re looking for a fast-acting energy boost, CBD oil is alone is not enough. That is why the ZOKHO Company is there for extreme sports enthusiasts with potent capsules infused with CBD, caffeine, and seven energy-packed ingredients.

 

The ZOHKO Company has focused on the needs of sports fanatics and athletes like you, to give you perfect support and the energy you need to blast you into your next adventure.

ZOHKO CBD energy capsules bring you the energy you’ve been craving. With 25mg of full-spectrum hemp oil, this means it incorporates all the natural cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and all the nutritional benefits from the hemp plant. This includes essential fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, and proteins.

Ingredients of the ZOHKO CBD energy capsules
  • Rhodiola

    is otherwise known as king crown or golden root. It is an anti-stress adaptogen that has always been used for decades to increase energy and liveliness. This terrific herb is known to fight fatigue, boost the brain, and burn fats. So, with CBD energy capsules, you’re sure to have elevated energy every day.

  • Spirulina

    is a blue-green algae known to be one of the best nutritious supplements in the word. You can imagine what the CBD energy capsules will do to your health. From sparking energy to supporting the cardiovascular system, the brain, eyes, and the immune system, the ZOHKO product is a gem.

  • Dynamine

    is known for its elevated mood. It is a product found in the Kucha tea leaf, and it works by inhibiting adenosine from binding to receptors, thus preventing fatigue and sleepiness. Dynamine also triggers your dopamine receptors DP1 and DP2, this means more hormones will be released, and you’ll feel good.

    Since the CBD energy capsules have dynamine, your motivation will be high, as well as your drive, focus, alertness, and increased energy without raising your blood pressure.  With this super fantastic product, I’m sure you’ll get the most out of the energy you need without jitters or heart palpitations.

  • 100mg Caffeine

    is a significant ingredient in the ZOHKO CBD energy capsules. Did you know that caffeine is the most potent energy enhancer in the world? The 100mg of caffeine is just like a cup of coffee that will boost your alertness, relieve stress, and improve concentration. With ZOHKO energy, you’ll have a better lifestyle routine.

  • Vitamin B12.

    ZOHKO energy has B12 because it is one of the best supplements in the world. Methalcobalmin B12 is supreme because it works instantly in the body; it doesn’t have to be converted in the liver. This means the CBD energy capsules will help your metabolism, cardiovascular health, and boom! You’ll have an improved memory.

  • Ginseng

    is an ancient root that increases brainpower, alertness, and Stamina. So, with ZOHKO CBD energy capsules, you’ll have support for the immune system and blood glucose levels.

  • MCT Oil

    is a powerful ingredient present in the ZOHKO energy capsules, which are known to assist in digestion. MCT oil is coconut-based so, it will be quickly absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract, and they’re metabolized faster. Furthermore, MCT oil supports a healthy weight.

 

How to consume ZOHKO CB energy

Do you like first thing in the morning instead of coffee to kickstart your day more energized? How about in the evening at 4 O’clock? Are you afraid when you take coffee in the evening, it will keep you up? Well, since ZOHKO CBD energy has cannabidiol in it, you’ll get the energy to perform your daily evening activities like going to the gym – and sleep well throughout the night.

It’s worth trying for 30 days since it has 30 capsules and one (25mg) per serving.

Pros of ZOHKO CBD energy

Here is why you need ZOHKO CBD energy

  • Improved energy
  • Sharp focus
  • Clarity
Cons of ZOHKO energy
  • It may feel overwhelmed when consumed in excess
Verdict

ZOHKO will satisfy your need for energy without jitters. This product is a game-changer. With many potential benefits of CBD, including relieving inflammation, post-workout pain, anxiety, and all the benefits an athlete will need.

ZOHKO CBD energy is a pure health enhancer without sugars. When you want to wind down after a tiresome adventure, ZOHKO CBD energy is the real deal. Get ZOHKO energy today, and you won’t regret it.  By the way, ZOHKO is for anyone looking to avoid three to four cups of coffee or energy sugar drinks.

 

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Utah’s First Medical marijuana Pharmacy Opens in Salt Lake City

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 13:04

15 months after Utah voters passed an initiative to legalize medical marijuana, the state’s first medical marijuana pharmacy opened Monday.

Dragonfly Wellness (711 State St., Salt Lake City) opened its doors early Monday morning, marking the first time a legal distributor of medical marijuana has opened in Utah since the beginning of prohibition decades ago.

“For far too long we’ve been told what we should do and what we shouldn’t do,” Narith Panh, Dragonfly’s chief strategy officer, told reporters at a morning news conference. “And now, finally, we have that option to be able to take back control of our own health, to take back control of our lifestyle, to take back control of how we manage our medical conditions.”

Dragonfly is one of 14 marijuana pharmacies expected to ope this year, says the head of the Center for Medical Cannabis Richard Oborn.

The state began accepting applications for personal medical marijuana cards on Friday.

To become a medical cannabis patient an individual must suffeer from a specific medical condition, such as cancer, HIV, epilepsy, autism or multiple sclerosis, and receive approval from a state-appointed board of physicians.

So far over 80 medical providers have registered with the state to recommend medical marijuana, says Oborn.

Dragonfly Wellness will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Connected to Dragonfly Wellness is a community center where Dragonfly will host events for health professionals and others who want to learn more about medical marijuana.

As noted by the Tribune, after the passage of Proposition 2 in late 2018, state legislators convened in a special session to replace the initiative with a different proposal which was much more restrictive.

“Hopefully, this is a wonderful start to a.. successful program here in Utah,” said Rigby.

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Online Canadian Dispensaries – Boom or Bust Industry?

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 02:00

The world is transforming into all things digital, which also includes products such as cannabis. Canadian citizens, with a valid address over the age of 19 (or 21 in Québec) are legally able to purchase buds over the internet. Additionally, the Canadian Government has recently allowed the online sale of cannabis products including: extracts, lotions and edibles.

While online dispensaries are relatively new in Canada, we wanted to take a moment to shed some light on the opportunities presented by this growing business.

The Opportunities Presented by Online Dispensaries

Because e-commerce has grown to be a large trend worldwide, since it’s humble beginnings in 1991, it’s no surprise how cannabis has begun to carve out it’s own niche in the online Canadian marketplace. Sales from e-commerce alone has the potential to reach 55 billion Canadian dollars by 2023, alone.

Canadians are also quite comfortable making online purchases, and consumer confidence in e-commerce remains high. Younger Canadians tend to be more trusting of online shopping than older citizens, with only 18% of Canadians expressing concerns of sharing credit card info online. While Canadians are more confident buying goods over the internet, online dispensaries have struggled to make a name for themselves.

Are Canadians Afraid of Online Dispensaries?

A recent study suggests that most customers prefer in-person cannabis purchases, from brick-and-mortar stores – the majority of Canadians don’t like or trust the process of buying weed online. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that only 14% of Canadians regularly purchases cannabis through online stores.

What’s the deal with favoring physical dispensaries over online stores? Most people consider themselves to be a connoisseur of sorts, preferring to see, smell and (sometimes) touch various strains before making any purchases. Customers also enjoy the ambiance of visiting a physical dispensary, taking a moment to relax and discuss their favorite strains, etc. These locations often offer events, discounts and deals, further enhancing the social atmosphere, establishing a loyal customer base.

Five Reasons to Try Online Dispensaries

While there may be no possible way to recreate the in-person dispensary experience with an online shop, that doesn’t mean Canadians should dismiss the entire idea. Regardless of any negative opinions, online dispensaries are growing to be a necessary alternative. Buying weed online does have its support – with websites like Online Dispensary Canada – rebranded from Blue+Yellow, having positive reviews to back this support up. However, regardless of any negative opinions, online dispensaries are growing to be a necessary alternative. Here are five reasons to give an online dispensary a try:

  • Simply for Patients with Limited Mobility

    Many medical marijuana patients suffer from conditions such as MS, arthritis, etc., which severely limits mobility. Online dispensaries present a more convenient option to those in need of placing cannabis orders from home – providing an invaluable service unmatched by brick-and-mortar stores.

  • Convenience of Online Shopping

    One obvious benefit of online dispensaries, is convenience. It’s not difficult to locate your desired product on a computer, add it to your cart and complete shipping and payment info. You can easily track your package as soon as it leaves the dispensary, before it even gets to your door, once your order has been placed. Considering the fact that e-commerce shops are open 24/7, there’s no need to be concerned with the operating hours of a brick-and-mortar store – you can place your cannabis order at your own convenience.

  • Less Demand on Mental Health Patients

    Canadians dealing with mental health issues may be presented with undue stress when visiting a physical dispensary – leading to episodes of social anxiety, depression, and more. The possibility of ordering medical marijuana online may be easier for mental health patients, such as returning soldiers suffering from PTSD.

  • Great for Citizens Residing in Remote Locations

    Currently, there is only one physical dispensary location per 100,000 Canadians, according to recent data. While dispensaries continue to crop up throughout the country on a monthly basis, there are too few to continuously supply the demands of Canada’s cannabis customer base.

    This challenging situation could be easily solved by online dispensaries, with something as simple as an internet connection. Even citizens residing in a rural area could receive cannabis goods to their door with ease, minus the hassle of traveling far distances in order to reach a store in person.

  • Shopping Made Simple for the Inquisitive

    Today, more Canadians are interested in trying cannabis than ever before, especially since it has gone mainstream – possibly as much as 25% of all Canadians (according to a recent survey). The majority of these new customers are over 35 years of age, and simply curious about marijuana’s touted benefits (such as analgesic effects).

    As enjoyable as visiting a physical dispensary can be, it can also feel a bit overwhelming for those new to the world of cannabis. What’s better than browsing online dispensaries in the comfort of your pajamas, at your own pace? No rush, no long lines – just you, your computer and e-commerce.

An Uncomplicated Delivery Option: The Online Dispensary
Online dispensaries continue to play a significant role in the evolution of the cannabis market throughout Canada. These dispensaries aid in meeting the high demand of remote areas, playing a vital role in the delivery of medical marijuana to needy patients. Regardless of whether or not you’re currently a fan of online dispensaries, you will be surprised to learn about the sheer variety of weed available online, the simple delivery options, and more.

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How To Get a Medical Cannabis Prescription in Canada

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 01:45

The process for applying for and receiving a license for medical hemp products in Canada is very streamlined and straightforward.

As the emerging market for CBD continues to expand at an explosive rate, medical cannabis prescriptions are growing at an equal pace. This leaves many people who may not be familiar with the process, as well as those who have been subject to the misinformation which is very common surrounding this subject wondering exactly what the correct steps are in order to obtain one.

Acquire Medical Record

The first thing a potential applicant must do is acquire a copy of their medical records from their current physician.

This is a simple process that shouldn’t take much time or effort at all. There should be no hoops to jump through or massive amounts of paperwork to fill out. This is your medical history and you are entitled to it by law, whenever you decide it’s appropriate.

Not only that, but there is also no requirement that you even discuss the reasoning behind the request with your doctor, unless you choose to do so. Simply follow the protocol at your doctor’s office or clinic, which will probably be submitting a formal request and possibly signing a waiver stating that they are not responsible should your records be lost or stolen. After that is completed, you should receive a copy of your file.

Set up An appointment

Once that is complete, the next step is to set up an appointment with a health facility that offers treatments for patients with a medical cannabis prescription. The best option is to deal with one of the specialty centres which work exclusively with this method of therapy as they offer the entire spectrum of services, including actually helping you acquire your license.

How it works is that you will first make an appointment for your initial consultation. And one of the most incredible perks about these specialty clinics is the fact that some of them offer a “virtual house call” where you can actually meet with the doctor via an online web chat.

From there the doctor will go over your medical history with you and discuss your current health condition. If it is decided that you are a good candidate for cannabis treatment, the helpful staff will then assist you with filling out the proper paperwork, gathering up the necessary documentation, and sending it off for approval.

The process couldn’t be simpler.

 

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DEA Testing Requirement for Hemp Removed by USDA

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 13:48

The United States Department of Argiculture says it will delay the requirement that all THC testing on hemp crops must be performed at laboratories registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, reports the Hemp Industry Daily. In addition, officials say it’s a “fool’s errand” to get people to stop taking over-the-counter CBD.

According to the Daily, the testing delay comes after farmers and states alike complained there wouldn’t be enough DEA labs to handle demand. The U.S. Department of Agriculture acknowledges the complaints in an update Thursday.

“We now better understand how the limited number of DEA-registered labs will hinder testing and better understand the associated costs with disposing of product that contains over 0.3% THC could make entering the hemp market too risky,” USDA wrote. “We were able to reach an agreement (with DEA) that we are going to be able to provide some relief from the laboratory certification process for this crop year,” Greg Ibach, undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, told members at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) meeting this week in Arlington, Virginia.

“DEA will still expect states to work with their laboratories to try to achieve certification for the 2021 crop year,” he added.

“This about-face by the USDA means that farmers can continue to use their trusted local and regional analytical testing labs to ensure compliance with USDA rules,” Josh Schneider, CEO of San Diego-based young plant producer Cultivaris Hemp, told Hemp Industry Daily. “Getting rid of this ridiculous DEA testing requirement is a step in the right direction by the USDA,” he added. “Hopefully this means that the USDA has come to their senses and will be making better and smarter rules going forward.”

Dr. Stephen Hahn, the newly appointed commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, acknowledged this week that American consumers want CBD, saying that the agency is working to move forward with regulations.

“We’re not going to be able to say you can’t use these products. It’s a fool’s errand to even approach that,” Hahn said told NASDA attendees. “We have to be open to the fact that there might be some value to these products, and certainly Americans think that’s the case. But we want to get them information to make the right decisions.”

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Study: THC May Reduce Opioid Use in Trauma Patients

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 15:03

According to a new study published in the journal Trauma Surgery & Acute Care, trauma patients who are administered THC capsules consume fewer opioids than do similarly matched control subjects. The study is titled Matched pilot study examining cannabis-based dronabinol for acute pain following traumatic injury.

For the study researchers examined the off-label use of dronabinol (which is an FDA-approved synthetic oral THC) on opioid consumption patterns in trauma patients with acute pain. 66 patients participated in the study: Half received THC, and the other half did not.

According to researchers, patients who were administered oral THC experienced a “nine-fold greater reduction in opioid consumption” compared to controls. These effects were most pronounced among participants who had prior marijuana experience

The study concludes by stating that “The addition of dronabinol resulted in reduced opioid consumption, … suggesting a beneficial opioid-sparing effect of dronabinol in acutely painful conditions.. Because our study showed that the opioid-sparing effect of dronabinol may be greatest in patients who use marijuana, use of dronabinol adjunctively may benefit nearly half of [Colorado’s] population.”

Below is the study’s full abstract:

Background To determine whether adjunctive dronabinol, a licensed form of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, reduces opioid consumption when used off-label for managing acute pain following traumatic injury.

Methods This matched cohort study included patients who were admitted with a traumatic injury between 1 March 2017 and 30 October 2017. The hospital pharmacy database was used to identify patients who received dronabinol (cases), and they were matched 1:1 to patients who did not receive dronabinol (controls) using age, cause of injury and hospital length of stay. The primary outcome, change in opioid consumption, was calculated using morphine milligram equivalents (MME). The change in MME was calculated for cases as total MME over 48 hours with adjunctive dronabinol minus 48 hours prior to dronabinol, and for controls as total MME 48–96 hours from admission minus 0–48 hours from admission. Data are presented as mean and SE or median and IQR. Statistical analysis was performed using paired t-tests and McNemar’s tests.

Results There were 66 patients included: 33 cases and 33 matched controls. Dronabinol was initiated 55 (28–107) hours from admission. Cases and controls were well matched. Cases had a significant reduction in opioid consumption with adjunctive dronabinol (−79 (20) MME, p<0.001), while opioid consumption was unchanged for controls (−9 (20) MME, p=0.63). This resulted in a ninefold greater reduction in opioid consumption for cases versus controls that was statistically different between pairs (p=0.02). Nineteen (58%) cases reported using marijuana; in this subset, opioid consumption was reduced with adjunctive dronabinol (−97 (24) MME, p<0.001) versus a non-significant increase in opioid consumption in matched controls (11 (29) MME, p=0.70); difference between groups, p=0.01.

Conclusions The results of this study suggest adjunctive dronabinol reduces opioid consumption following traumatic injury. The opioid-sparing effect of dronabinol may be greater in patients who are marijuana users.

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Vermont House Passes Bill to Tax and Regulate Marijuana

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 14:38

The Vermont House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation to tax and regulate marijuana sales in the state: The Senate passed similar legislation in the spring.

Current Vermont law, which took effect in 2018, allows for those 21 and older to legally possess and use personal amounts of marijuana – and they can also grow the plant – but it’s not legal to sell it, meaning marijuana stores don’t exist. The House approved the measure to change this by a vote of 90 to 54 through its second reading. If passed through a third and final reading, as expected, it will be sent to the state’s governor for consideration.

Rep. John Gannon, a Democrat from Wilmington, called Vermont’s existing law “awkward” because it legalized recreational pot but did not create “safe and legal access to it.” He told lawmakers that the question before them was whether cannabis, which was already legalized in Vermont, should be regulated.

“The goal of this bill is the elimination or near elimination of the black market, delivery of product of a certified purity and known potency while minimizing the growth of heavy or hazardous use and use by children,” said State Representative John Gannon,

According to the Associated Press a House amendment has proposed a 14% excise tax on retail sales of marijuana products and a 6% sales and use tax for a total rate of 20%. The bill establishes a license for current medical dispensaries to start selling marijuana in February of 2022. Other retailers would need to apply for licenses and could start selling it in July of 2022. Cultivators, wholesalers and product manufacturers would need to apply for other licenses available.

The program for licensed cannabis establishments would be administered by an independent Cannabis Control Board within the executive branch, which would be responsible for establishing rules, compliance and enforcement.

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Medical Cannabis Legalized in Malawi

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 14:36

Malawi has legalized the growing and licensed distribution of medical cannabis, making them the latest country in southern African to relax their marijuana laws. The law also legalizes industrial hemp, reports Reuters.

Malawi’s full parliament passed a bill on Thursday that makes it legal to cultivate and process cannabis for medical use or for hemp fiber. The measure, which was tabled by Agriculture Minister Kondwani Nankhumwa, would not legalize recreational marijuana.

As noted by Reuters, a growing number of countries around the world are either legalizing or relaxing laws on cannabis, including several in southern Africa – most recently Zambia which legalized marijuana production for import in December.

“They follow Lesotho, which became the first country in the region to legalise cannabis, for medicinal purposes, in 2017, and Zimbabwe”. South Africa meanwhile has decriminalized domestic personal use, and is in the process of lifting a ban on commercial cultivation of the plant.

“We are very happy that finally we’re taking the right steps to move the country’s economy forwards,” Chauncy Jere, a director of Ikaros Africa, one of the two companies conducting industrial hemp trials in Central Malawi, told Reuters.

“There’s no denying that cannabis would be a lucrative industry and its demand is huge,” said Jere, who is spokesman for the Hemp Association of Malawi.

Tobacco, a drug scientists say is far more addictive and ruinous to health than cannabis, has been Malawi’s chief foreign currency earner since independence from Britain in 1964.

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Overcoming Negative Stigma: Why CBD is Gaining Popularity

Sun, 03/01/2020 - 22:36

It can sometimes be confusing to figure out just what most of the world thinks of cannabis. While it indeed has a negative reputation – and not without cause – there are plenty of positives about cannabis that have surfaced over the years. It has resulted in many places legalising marijuana, but it is still understandable to be hesitant when it comes to the use of such a drug. Anything with the ability to intoxicate is worth erring on the side of caution.

That said, there are some products that end up inheriting a negative stigma they might not necessarily deserve. For example, cannabidiol is a compound found within cannabis, which means that many people see it as one and the same. However, there are plenty of differences that make CBD in all of its forms worth utilising. Here are just a few reasons why CBD is rapidly gaining popularity.

First and foremost, cannabidiol cannot intoxicate the user

It is understandable to be hesitant when it comes to the use of cannabis, but it is still quite different when compared to cannabidiol. While the latter might share similar qualities, it is not responsible for the drug’s ability to intoxicate. It means that there is no way to get high when using any form of CBD, making it safe to use no matter the scenario.

Such a reason is often more than enough for most people to give it a try, but the persisting misconception that CBD can intoxicate users is slowing its popularity. That said, just because plenty of people still believe that cannabidiol can intoxicate has not stopped many others from giving it a try.

On the topic of dealing with stress

One of the most significant reasons why people purchase CBD in different forms is due to its ability to help deal with stress. While there are many ways to try to keep stress levels low, there are often plenty of variables that make achieving success much trickier than it has to be. Dealing with stress is not as clear cut as it seems, which often results in people suffering the negative effects of stress without knowing. It is a silent killer, especially when it comes to those who are too busy to worry about their physical and mental state.

Soothing the nerves and lowering anxiety levels

Cannabis is a drug well-known for providing a state of calm and relaxation in the right set of circumstances. Cannabidiol is one of the compounds responsible for such an effect, which is why CBD is the way to go when it comes to soothing the nerves. It can be hard enough to deal with stress, but things can get much worse when anxiety gets into the picture. When you consider how many people suffer from anxiety and stress every day, every little bit counts. Even if it might not guarantee that you will no longer feel stressed or anxious, the option of having CBD in forms such as CBD vape liquid can make a monumental task a little easier to manage.

Dealing with potentially dangerous conditions such as depression

Considering that CBD can help lower stress levels and alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, it is no stretch to say that cannabidiol can also help keep depression at bay. Depression is often the result of a long road of stress and anxiety with little to no treatment. Those who have depression find it extremely challenging to treat, as it can affect the mind in many ways. After all, it can be difficult to find the strength to overcome depression when the condition makes it next to impossible to look forward to anything.

CBD oil might not be able to guarantee that you will fight off depression, but it is more than capable of nudging you in the right direction. By dealing with stress and anxiety, it simultaneously helps you avoid depression.

It can help deal with acne

Considering what was stated above, it might seem strange to count acne treatment as one of CBD’s most significant benefits. However, it might surprise you just how challenging it can be to treat acne. For young adults, appearance matters more than for most people, and it is also the age where acne is at its most prolific. There are even some unfortunate individuals who grow into adulthood never fully recovering from the effects of acne – particularly on their face.

Not only can cannabidiol help with anxiety and depression, but it can also help clear an acne problem more effectively than most types of conventional treatment. For those who have an acute case of acne, it is not a minor issue. Most who suffer from a serious acne problem will be happy to know that the use of CBD oil can have surprising effects.

Cannabidiol is used as an effective means of pain relief

As if the benefits above were not enough, cannabidiol can also help alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain. The problem with pain is that it is not easy to quell when it hits a specific threshold. At some point, the pain will make it challenging to sleep, which can further hurt the odds of a quick recovery. Chronic pain is also something that can affect the quality of life, which is not something to be taken lightly.

Once again, CBD oil cannot guarantee that its use will eliminate the pain altogether, but it can act as an excellent painkiller when paired with other forms of treatment. While typical painkillers might have side-effects that can hurt you in the long run, CBD oil is special.

As an all-natural product, there is little to no chance of harmful side-effects

One of the benefits of being an all-natural product is that side-effects are typically non-existent. While an unlucky few might suffer from a loss of appetite or nausea, the odds of experiencing any side-effect from CBD oil are close to zero. It might not seem like such a big deal, but most types of conventional treatment will have side-effects. It is the reason why if someone is experiencing pain but can handle it without suffering from too much stress, it is recommended that you avoid painkillers due to the side-effects. On the other hand, cannabidiol can help act as an excellent painkiller without any potential side-effects.

On the topic of mental disorders

For the most part, mental disorders stem from stress and anxiety. While it might not seem like too big a deal to suffer from stress every now and then, when you consider the amount of time you might collectively feel stress throughout your life, it will add up. Conditions such as Alzheimer’s can be the result of less than adequate lifestyle choices – something that CBD oil can help alleviate. The best part is that the likelihood of suffering from a slew of mental disorders is impacted by the use of CBD.

While it is reasonable to err on the side of caution when it comes to the use of cannabis, there is no reason to be cautious with cannabidiol oil. It offers plenty of health benefits without any of the side-effects, and it is reasonably priced to boot!

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6 CBD-Infused Health Drinks You Must Try In 2020

Sat, 02/29/2020 - 20:35
What’s A CBD-infused Drink?

As the name suggests, a CBD-infused drink is a special beverage that contains cannabidiol (CBD) as one of the main ingredients. These drinks make it easy to add CBD into your lifestyle while helping you benefit from the compounds’ immense medicinal properties.

With the growing legalization of cannabis, it’s becoming a lot easier to find CBD-infused drinks. But that presents one significant challenge – finding safe and quality products. Well, no need to fret, as we’ve done the research for you and prepared a review of the top 6 CBD-infused health drinks that you must try in 2020.

1.      Aurora Elixir

Aurora Elixir is a non-alcoholic drink that’s made of all-natural ingredients as well as high-quality hemp and other cannabis extracts. The fact that this drink features full-spectrum cannabis compounds is important for those looking to take advantage of the synergistic benefits of cannabis.

Aurora Elixir doesn’t come with any artificial flavors or sweeteners.

Another strong selling point of this CBD-infused drink is that the hemp tonics used are well-balanced. That enables you to savor the powerful flavors of each of the cannabis strains used.

The ingredients include:

Water
  • Pure Cane Sugar;
  • Gum acacia;
  • Hemp extracts
Ester gum;
  • Natural flavors, such as Lavender Spice, Grapefruit Rosemary, etc., and;
  • Citric acid.

The list of ingredients speaks volumes about the potential curative properties of Aurora Elixir. Plus, you can experiment with a vast collection of natural flavors, depending on your taste buds. The drink is non-psychoactive, making it not only legal to acquire but also convenient to use. If you are a party animal but don’t use real booze, Aurora Elixir is the drink for you.

The bottles come in multiple sizes, each containing 15mg of CBD. What’s more – there are numerous ways to enjoy Aurora Elixir, from drinking it over ice to blending it into a cocktail featuring other healthy herbs and beverages.

2.      Lemonade CBD Chill Shot

The name of this CBD-infused drink gives it all away. The drink packs the refreshing flavors of lemonade, skillfully blended with CBD-rich hemp extract. But that’s not everything there is to love about Lemonade CBD Chill Shot.

The drink is prepared by one of the leading brands in the CBD industry – CBDfx. It contains organically-framed, full-spectrum CBD. In layman’s terms, Lemonade CBD Chill Shot is formulated with numerous other cannabis compounds that strengthen the effects of CBD.

The ingredients include;

Natural citric acid
  • Sucralose;
  • Sodium chloride;
  • Sodium benzoate;
USP water
  • Soy lecithin;
  • Gellan gum;
  • L-Theanine;
  • Food-grade ethanol and;
CBD rich hemp extract.

Lemonade CBD Chill Shot is among the few CBD-infused drinks that pack natural vitamins and mineral salts. The drink features plenty of terpenes, which bolster the effects of the cannabinoids used. Also, it’s non-GMO, so you don’t have to worry about experiencing any long-term adverse effects.

Whether you’re suffering from pain, inflammation, anxiety, or just looking for a refreshing drink, this is the drink to look out for. It takes between 2 – 3 hours to kick in, but the effects can last for several hours.

Each bottle contains 20 mg of CBD, as well as 200 mg of the amino acid L-Theanine. To best enjoy lemonade’s serenading flavors, you should consider tryingLemonade CBD Chill Shot cold.

3.      Recess 

 

Recess is another popular CBD-infused drink that you’ll bump into when you’re trying to buy weed online. It’s available in three different flavors, including Blackberry Chai, Peach Ginger, and Pom Citrus. Recess is one of the few CBD-infused drinks that you can enjoy just for its flavors alone. That makes it a perfect fit for people who are struggling to incorporate CBD into their lifestyles but can’t seem to find the right flavors.

One noteworthy thing about Recess flavors is that they’re packed with different calories, depending on your requirements. The Blackberry Chai and Pom Citrus flavors come with 25 calories each, while Peach Ginger packs 15 calories. If you’re averse to the idea of sugar in your CBD-infused drink, you can always go for the sugar-free Peach Ginger flavor. Overall, all the three flavors feature a crisp, fruity taste, with a light touch of ginseng.

The fact that the drink is formulated using hemp-based CBD means it doesn’t present any of the mind-altering or intoxicating effects associated with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

The ingredients include;

  • Hemp-based CBD;
  • Concentrate juices;
  • Ginseng;
  • Schisandra;
  • L-Theanine, and
  • Three flavor options.

Recess is also formulated from full-spectrum hemp extract, which allows you to enjoy the compounded effects of the different cannabinoids included. Each bottle contains 10 mg of CBD, 130 mg of L-Theanine and 200 mg of American ginseng.

4.      JOYBIRD Hemp Beverage – Berry Mash-Up

Joybird Hemp Beverage Berry Mash-Up is a mix of refreshing flavors blended into fast-acting CBD isolate, and primarily used to relieve anxiety and enhance focus.

The CBD-infused drink is formulated with all-natural ingredients. It contains no sugars, so you don’t have to worry about experiencing spikes in your blood sugar levels. Joybird Berry Mash-Up also doesn’t contain soy, dairy, or gluten, making it one of the most recommended CBD-infused drinks for people with gluten and lactose intolerance.

And since it doesn’t include any GMO or preservatives, the drink does not pose any long-term adverse risks to your system.

The ingredients include;

  • Purified water;
  • Juice concentrates, including Strawberry and Blueberry;
  • Citric acid;
  • Erythritol;
  • Vitamin E;
  • Potassium Citrate;
  • Sodium chloride;
  • Natural Mixed Berry Flavor;
  • Stevia extract, and
  • Full-spectrum hemp oil.

Joybird Berry Mash-Up comes in three flavor options: Orange Tangerine, Mixed Berries, and Apple Cranberry.

Each 340 gram bottle boasts 45 calories, and is formulated with juice concentrates, fruit flavors, and sweetened with stevia and erythritol. The inclusion of juice concentrates allows you to savor the essence of the fruit juices included in the drink.

The company uses 8 grams of microencapsulated cannabidiol from Ojai Energetics, which is thought to be up to 20 times more bioavailable (more readily absorbable by the body) compared to regular CBD.

5.      Oleo

From Oleo’s slogan “Perform better, recover faster”, it’s clear to see who their CBD-infused drinks are intended for. Oleo drinks boast incredible calming effects while also relieving pain and irritation, making them the ideal sports and workout supplements.

Like most CBD-infused drinks that we’ve reviewed, Oleo comes in a variety of flavor options, including Coconut, Passion Fruit, Raspberry, and Tangerine. The coconut mix is made from real freeze-dried coconut water and formulated with vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes.

Oleo slightly differs from other CBD-infused drinks in that it comes in  powder form, arranged in single-serve packets. The packets come with the extra convenience of carrying them for use anywhere. To use, you only have to dissolve one of the powdered packets into the right quantity of water and you’re ready to go.

The ingredients include;

  • Hemp-based Micro-Encapsulated CBD;
  • Four flavors – Coconut, Tangerine, Passion Fruit, and Raspberry; and
  • Water

Each packet of Oleo boasts 25 mg of micro-encapsulated CBD. The company prefers micro-encapsulated CBD as it enhances the bioavailability of the compound. As soon as you mix the powder into water, the CBD readily dissolves for ease of absorption by the body. Needless to mention, Oleo doesn’t contain any GMO, gluten, preservatives or artificial colorings and sweeteners.

6.      Vybes

One of the most outstanding qualities of this drink is its rich blend of delectable flavors. Vybes is available in 5 flavor options, though Strawberry Lavender, Blueberry Mint, and Peach Ginger are the most popular.

The drink is formulated with hemp-based CBD, so it doesn’t produce any euphoria. The best part is – Vybes uses full-spectrum CBD, with other flavors packing additional ingredients, such as green tea. The ingredients work synergistically to deliver compounded benefits to your body and mind.

The ingredients include;

Hemp extract
  • Fruit juice;
  • Stevia;
  • Erythritol;
  1. 5 flavor options – 3 still and 2 sparkling, and
  • Green tea (in some flavors),

Each 397 gram bottle contains between 15 and 25 mg of hemp extract, a ratio that some people might consider to be on the higher side. However, the strong flavors used ensure that Vybes doesn’t leave your mouth with an unsavory hemp aftertaste.

The bottles also pack 25 calories as well as 4 grams of sugar, though there’s no added sugar. Instead, the drinks are sweetened with fruit juice, erythritol, and stevia. And while Vybes comes with numerous sweeteners, the concentration of those sweeteners is rather mild and refreshing. The Peach Ginger and the Blueberry Mint flavors also contain green tea which not only complements the flavors, but also packs a cocktail of other health benefits.

 

The CBD market is awash with many CBD-infused drinks. However, always research a brand before buying. Carefully study the ingredients’ list to ensure that the drink is formulated with the right quantity of CBD, and doesn’t contain any preservatives or additives. If possible, only buy products from reputable brands that offer third-party lab reports on their websites.

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Study: Senior Marijuana Use on the Rise

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 15:47

The use of marijuana is increasing at a rapid pace among those aged 65 and older, according to a new study published on February 24, 2020 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

“With the legalization of cannabis in many states for medical and/or recreational purposes, there is increasing interest in using cannabis to treat a variety of long-term health conditions and symptoms common among older adults”, states the study. “The use of cannabis in the past year by adults 65 years and older in the United States increased sharply from 0.4% in 2006 and 2007 to 2.9% in 2015 and 2016.”

Researchers state that “This study examines the most recent national trends in cannabis use to determine whether cannabis use has continued to increase among older adults and to further examine trends in use among subgroups of older adults.”

You can find the full text of this study by clicking here.

The study’s full abstract can be found below:

With the legalization of cannabis in many states for medical and/or recreational purposes, there is increasing interest in using cannabis to treat a variety of long-term health conditions and symptoms common among older adults. The use of cannabis in the past year by adults 65 years and older in the United States increased sharply from 0.4% in 2006 and 2007 to 2.9% in 2015 and 2016.1,2 This study examines the most recent national trends in cannabis use to determine whether cannabis use has continued to increase among older adults and to further examine trends in use among subgroups of older adults.

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Those with Sickle Cell Disease Who Consume Cannabis Daily Less Likely to be Hospitalized

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 15:41

Those with sickle cell disease (SCD) who consume cannabis on a daily basis have lower rates of hospital admissions than do similarly matched individuals who don’t use cannabis. This is according to a new study published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.

For the study, researchers from Yale School of Medicine and the Medical College of Wisconsin “performed a cross-sectional study of adults with SCD and compared daily users of cannabis with others using validated patient-reported measures of pain and quality of life as well as opioid and health care utilization.”

According to researchers, “Daily cannabis users with SCD had worse pain episode severity scores than others (56.7 vs. 48.8, p=0.02) yet had 1.8 fewer annual admissions (p=0.01) and 1.2 fewer annual emergency room (ER) visits (p=0.01), and similar amounts of opioids dispensed to others after matching for age, gender, SCD genotype, hydroxyurea use, and pain impact scores.”

The study concludes by stating: “We show that people with SCD with more severe pain crisis are more likely to use daily cannabis, yet have lower rates of hospital admission and ER use as compared with others with similar disease severity and pain impact.”

The study is titled  Daily cannabis users with sickle cell disease show fewer admissions than others with similar pain complaints.

Below is the study’s full abstract:

Introduction: Previous studies have shown that cannabis use is common in adults with sickle cell disease (SCD), and that many patients report using cannabis to treat pain.

Methods: We performed a cross-sectional study of adults with SCD and compared daily users of cannabis with others using validated patient-reported measures of pain and quality of life as well as opioid and health care utilization.

Results: Daily cannabis users with SCD had worse pain episode severity scores than others (56.7 vs. 48.8, p=0.02) yet had 1.8 fewer annual admissions (p=0.01) and 1.2 fewer annual emergency room (ER) visits (p=0.01), and similar amounts of opioids dispensed to others after matching for age, gender, SCD genotype, hydroxyurea use, and pain impact scores.

Conclusions: We show that people with SCD with more severe pain crisis are more likely to use daily cannabis, yet have lower rates of hospital admission and ER use as compared with others with similar disease severity and pain impact. Randomized controlled trials should be performed.

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Kansas Committee Rejects Lower Penalties for Marijuana Possession

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 14:04

In a disappointing and borderline archaic move Kansas’ House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee voted 7 to 4 to reject a bill that would have simply made marijuana possession a misdemeanor regardless of how many times someone is caught with it, rather than a felony as it is current for third convictions (punishable by up to 14 months in prison). The move would not have legalized or even decriminalized possession, just prevented the personal possession of small amounts from being a felony.

The bill initially said offenders now in prison for marijuana possession would be released, but the committee removed that provision from the measure. Still, the committee rejected the measure. Chairman Russ Jennings (R) said the debate on the idea is over for the year.

Jennings supported the bill and said continuing to make marijuana possession a felony is “pretty harsh.”

“I still don’t believe that marijuana should be legalized,” said GOP Representative Stephen Owens. “I believe this was a step in that direction.

“I thought this was mild enough that it might get through the committee,” said Representative Boog Highberger (D). “I can’t explain it.”

And Ed Klumpp, a former police chief in Topeka who is now a lobbyist, told the committee that current state law is “reasonable” because people convicted a third time of marijuana possession typically don’t go to prison for marijuana possession unless they’ve committed another felony (he specifically mentions aggravated assault).

This is despite data showing that there are numerous people in Kansas prisons for nonviolent marijuana offenses.

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Ohio Group Looking to Place Marijuana Legalization on the Statewide Ballot

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 14:00

A new coalition of medical marijuana growers, activists and community leaders is working to place an initiative to legalize marijuana to a vote of the people in Ohio, reports Fox19 Now.

The initiative, which is a constitutional amendment, would allow anyone 21 and older to purchase, possess and consume up to an ounce of marijuana, and they would be allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants.

 

The initiative makes it so that Ohio’s existing medical marijuana businesses would have first dibs on the recreational market, which would begin on July 2021 if the measure passes. State officials could then decide to issue additional licenses.

Tom Haren, a Northeast Ohio attorney who has represented several Ohio marijuana businesses, and Mike Hartley, a Columbus-based Republican consultant, are two of the individuals leading the effort.

“We will have more to share when we file petitions with the attorney general’s office this week,” Haren said, saying they planned to officially file the initiative by Friday. Once filed, the group must collect 442,958 signatures from registered voters by July 1st to qualify for the November, 2020 general election ballot.

According to Fox 19, not all Ohio medical cannabis businesses are backing the measure. The Ohio Medical Cannabis Cultivators Association, which represents 15 businesses, does not support the plan.

“OMCIA is entirely focused on bettering the medical program for patients and we are not at the time supporting an adult use initiative,” Associate Director Thomas Rosenberger told The Enquirer.

If Ohio voters do place the initiative on the ballot and pass it, they would make their state the 12th in the U.S. to do so, although legalization could be on the ballot this November in several other states.

In 2015 Ohio voters largely rejected a marijuana legalization initiative, though a large part of that was due to the fact that it established a monopoly on marijuana business licenses which would have been spread out among the biggest campaign contributors.

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