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Wed
29
Sep

Psychedelic Companies Hope At-Home DNA Tests Bring Better Highs

Spit into a tube and pop it in the mail, and the lab results may lead to a better high—or at least a safer one. That’s the premise of a home saliva testing kit sold for $199 by Endocanna Health Inc., which looks for 57 genetic traits that could influence a customer’s response to marijuana, so they can select the best strain and correct dose. The company also plans to look at similar factors for a range of psychotropic drugs.

“Your DNA is your blueprint,” says Len May, chief executive officer of the Burbank, Calif.-based startup. “It gives you a GPS that can guide you to an experience that is more optimal and helps you avoid sharp corners.”

Tue
28
Sep

One Year in, How's Arizona's Cannabis Testing Program Doing?

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Arizona's medical marijuana market has been around for more than a decade, but it wasn't until a year ago that the state started requiring dispensaries to test their cannabis for safety.

The law that kicked testing off, SB 1494, was passed in August 2019 and went into effect on November 1, 2020. The rule requires medical marijuana products to be tested for potency and several contaminants, including microbial contamination, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, growth regulators, and residual solvents, before hitting the shelf.

Mon
27
Sep

Smartphone Sensor Data Has Potential to Detect Cannabis Intoxication

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A smartphone sensor, much like what is used in GPS systems, might be a way to determine whether or not someone is intoxicated after consuming marijuana, according to a new study by the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. 

According to the study, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, which evaluated the feasibility of using smartphone sensor data to identify episodes of cannabis intoxication in the natural environment, a combination of time features (tracking the time of day and day of week) and smartphone sensor data had a 90 percent rate of accuracy.

Mon
27
Sep

Levi’s Targets More Hemp, Sustainable Cotton in Jeans

Levi's Jeans

Last year, it introduced jeans made with textile technology startup Re:newcell’s breakthrough recycled Circulose fiber, increased cottonized hemp use throughout its product assortment and continued to work towards developing water-saving, regenerative and pesticide-free cultivation methods. By the end of 2020, 83 percent of its cotton came from more sustainable sources, including organic and recycled cotton and the Better Cotton Initiative, and the company plans to reach 100 percent more sustainable cotton by the end of 2025.

Fri
24
Sep

How Hemp Is Helping Fight Climate Change

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Hemp is easily one of the most valuable crops in the world today.

Not only does it produce the versatile healing compound cannabidiol (CBD) in larger doses than cannabis, but it also has several eco-friendly uses. Scientists around the world already recognize its potential in helping fight the seemingly uphill battle against climate change. It can be used to make a wide variety of things from construction materials to paper, cotton, food, and more but it has such a high value for both the economy as well as the ecosystem.

Here’s how hemp can help fight climate change.

Fri
24
Sep

Projects Aim to Manage Weeds in Organic Fruit, Hemp Farming

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Weed control is a problem as old as agriculture itself, but two projects from a Cornell AgriTech researcher aim to cultivate new methods for zapping the pesky plants, benefiting organic apple and grape growers and hemp producers in New York state and around the country.

Lynn Sosnoskie, assistant professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, is collaborating on a $2 million project to study electric weed control in perennial fruit crops. She is also leading a $325,000 weed management study for hemp. Both studies are multi-institution, multistate undertakings that aim to provide growers with evidence-based, location-specific recommendations to suppress weeds and maximize yields.

Fri
24
Sep

NY’s pot leaders need to consider environmental impacts now

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Investors and politicians are salivating at the potential size of the new recreational marijuana industry in New York. The state estimated the industry could bring in as much as $350 million in tax revenue annually, which would make it one of the largest cash crops in the state.

And while marijuana is projected to be an economic panacea, we are wholly unprepared for its environmental effects.

When New York passed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act earlier this year, it was more mindful of its reparative potential – including specific provisions for those harmed by the war on drugs – than other states, but the law still has room for improvement when it comes to environmental justice.

Thu
23
Sep

Innovations Pushing Growth in the Cannabis Industry

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In terms of technology and development, the world has unquestionably progressed significantly. As time progresses, people discover new ways to improve a variety of existing technologies. Also, a significant amount of progress has been made in the cannabis industry as a result of legalization and technological advances. People are putting their creativity and inventiveness into many initiatives inside the cannabis business, which is why it is poised to grow even further. If you’re interested in learning more about these advancements and innovations, make sure that you keep scrolling because we will be providing you with a list below.

Wed
22
Sep

2 Arizona companies collaborate to bring new cannabis technology to market

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A Payson-based biotech company has entered a manufacturing partnership with a cannabis operation also based in Payson as it brings a new way to ingest THC into the Arizona market.

Ally Biotech says its patent-pending Lipofusion technology will be used in oral-delivery products manufactured under the license of Desert Medical Campus Inc., which does business as Uncle Herbs Medibles.

Ally has used its exclusive nanotechnology to develop liposomes — tiny containers holding bioactive payloads that can be delivered in liquid or powder form — made of raw material that protects bioactive products from degradation in the digestive system and improves absorption on the cellular level.

Tue
21
Sep

Many Golfers Say CBD Is A Hole In One For Their Game

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Professional golf is one of, if not the most, cannabis-friendly globally played sports today. While Olympians and athletes in other sports continue to be suspended for cannabis use, several pro golfers and the Professional Golf Association (PGA) have largely embraced CBD and its $2.8 billion global market value.

Still, skepticism remains as the bond between pro golf and CBD seems to forge stronger over time.

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