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Thu
08
Aug

Asparagus makes way for marijuana in Canada's fields

Despite a cool, wet start to the growing season, the pot plants were already chest high by mid-July at WeedMD Inc.’s (WMD.TO) farm in southwestern Ontario, a region better known for producing fruit and corn than cannabis.

WeedMD is one of 13 Canadian pot companies that have been granted outdoor cultivation licenses in an industry that predominantly grows in greenhouses or warehouses. It has planted 21,000 plants on 27 acres that formerly grew asparagus, and expects to harvest more than 25,000 kilograms (55,000 pounds) of dried pot from its outdoor operations this year, more than half its total production.

Thu
08
Aug

Let’s Laugh Together At Canada’s New Anti-Marijuana PSAs

Educating Canadians on the dangers of “high” driving is important, but these PSAs make us laugh, too.

Something about anti-marijuana ads just makes us giggle. Portraying people inebriated by cannabis in an exaggerated manner inherently leads to goofy characterizations and metaphors. Even as a teenager, watching those “Above the Influence” commercials on TV didn’t teach me anything. Instead, I just laughed at the preposterous notion that smoking weed would transform a girl into a literally flat human being.

Poor Flat Sara.

Thu
08
Aug

Potable pot: Cannabis infused beverages

Beer has had a long ride as the unofficial drink of St. Patrick’s Day, but proponents of cannabis-infused beverages think that change is coming.

Last October, Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter estimated that the cannabis market could total $7 billion to $10 billion in Canada alone, and that nonalcoholic cannabis-infused beverages could account for as much as $3 billion, or 30 percent of that total market. Molson Coors had already struck a joint venture two months earlier with the Quebec-based cannabis brand HEXO.

Thu
08
Aug

Unfair social media restrictions for cannabis brands

If you’re a company/brand on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve likely been tempted by these platforms at some point to promote or “boost” your post for more exposure. Admittedly, we weren't confident that we’d be able to promote ourselves on these platforms. Marketing restrictions on Cannabis are strict, allowing only ‘brand elements’ to be shown to the public unless sufficient measures have been taken to prevent them from being seen by minors. If said measures have been taken, Cannabis brands are permitted to include ‘informational promotion’ and ‘brand promotion’ as well.

Thu
08
Aug

What you need to know about cannabis incubators

Unless you’re a wealthy business genius who fully understands every aspect of the cannabis industry, you probably need some advice -- and a little funding -- to get your company off the ground. In the tech industry, this assist often comes in the form of an incubator, like Y Combinator or Techstars. These groups work with companies they believe have potential and help take them to the next level.  

Thu
08
Aug

Five ways to reduce the cannabis industry's environmental impact

The cannabis industry has a packaging problem. In fact, more broadly speaking, it has a sustainability problem. Regulations in legal states, aiming to childproof cannabis products, have had the side effect of creating massive waste, while cultivation can be energy and water intensive, writes Madison Margolin.

For the cannabis industry to be sustainable — whether from the perspective of greening the cultivation process or cutting back on packaging waste — consumers need to hold their favorite brands accountable, and support only those that do their part to reduce their environmental impact.

Wed
07
Aug

Lactones, ketones, and phenols: The new language of cannabis aroma

Nearly everyday, we're learning something new about the cannabis plant as science digs deeper into its biology, chemistry, and the myriad ways it can be used medicinally. Though not yet fully mapped, the hundreds of compounds produced by the whole cannabis plant are consistent in one thing: each new discovery brings with it the potential for not only a greater understanding of the plant, but the potential of new modalities for human use, writes Danielle Guercio.

Wed
07
Aug

Thailand is betting big on cannabis. Visit its first legal lab.

The unraveling of harsh anti-pot laws across the world is finally coming to Asia.

In East and Southeast Asia, democracies and dictatorships alike have long skewed toward severe penalties for marijuana users. Thailand, a key ally in America’s global war on drugs, has been no exception.

But the perception of cannabis has begun to change with astonishing speed. Thailand’s right-wing government recently legalized medical cannabis — and identified the creation of a homegrown marijuana industry as a “top priority.” 

Tue
06
Aug

Priority licencing for some Australian medical cannabis projects

Australian Minister for Health Greg Hunt announced last week the Federal Government will prioritise medical cannabis projects granted Major Project Status.

So, what does this mean? According to Minister Hunt, projects with this status will be given priority for medicinal cannabis licences through the Office of Drug Control (ODC) from the beginning of September. However, they’ll still need to meet all the criteria that other applicants must.

Tue
06
Aug

Can CBD help supercharge athletic performance?

In recent years, more people are searching for alternatives to traditional pharmaceutical painkillers and opiate drugs. Now, they are reaching for natural, non-pharmaceutical products like CBD, the non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis.

One of the greatest supposed benefits of CBD is its potential to manage pain. For world-class athletes, this is proving to be a game-changer.

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