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Aug

Has the moment for cannabis banking reform finally arrived?

The multi-billion-dollar cannabis industry in the U.S. is largely restricted to cash-only transactions. Will Congress or technology companies be the first to provide a solution for this growing industry?

I was attending the closing party for the Green Market Summit in Chicago, when a colleague handed me a translucent tube that looked like the hybrid between a flux capacitor and a graduated cylinder from high school chem class. It was a cannabis concentrate dabbing device—the kind you press a button, take a hit, and strong cannabis vapors flow through you.

Fri
09
Aug

Here’s why cannabis terpenes are so very important

For pot in particular, terpenes serve several purposes, acting as a natural defense system against pests, bacteria and UV rays, to name just a few potentially damaging environmental factors.

Terpenes are most often associated with marijuana, but the reach is far more broad. Yes, they hold the key to why our senses of smell and taste can distinguish between different types of cannabis, but these versatile compounds also play a far more important role. We’ll get to all of that a bit later, as we need to first understand what these terpene molecules are, and what their function is within the plant.

Terpenes can be found in almost all plant life, including fruits and vegetables, but they’re also present in some species of the animal kingdom, although that’s extremely rare.

Fri
09
Aug

Burnout redefined: Does cannabis have a role to play in addressing millennial exhaustion?

Not to be confused with the 1990’s common stoner reference, the “burnout” alluding to heavy drug use, millennial burnout seems to be a growing issue of concern.

Burnout is hardly new. In fact, it is recognized by the World Health Organization as an occupational condition, listed in the International Classification of Diseases. A type of chronic stress related specifically to work conditions and stressors, burnout can present as exhaustion, increased cynicism on the job and reduced personal efficiency.

Fri
09
Aug

CBD dosage – How much CBD oil should I take?

When getting into CBD for the first time, a common question newbies often have is: “How much CBD oil should I take?” The short answer is that it depends on a number of factors. There’s no single dosage that’s going to be useful for every person. 

Just like normal medicine that depends on age, weight, gender, and so on, CBD also has several factors that might need to be considered before settling on a dosage.

Important things to consider

The most important factors to consider when deciding the amount of CBD are as follows:

Fri
09
Aug

What you need to know about the cannabis patch

If you want to get the benefits from marijuana without the negative effects of smoking there may be a new technology for you, called a cannabis patch. There are many hurdles to cannabis being accepted by the scientific community as a treatment for diseases. This includes issues of strength, purity, dosage, administration route, contamination, and other related factors. In order to develop the industry as a true medicine, there must be standardization and safeguards to ensure proper dosages, which is impossible when it comes to smoking cannabis. As such, researchers are attempting to develop new methods of administering THC and other cannabinoids, one of which is the use of transdermal patches.

Fri
09
Aug

New report: CBD consumers don't inhale

Three little letters have landed a spot in the everyday lives of millions of people: CBD. 

The popularity of the cannabis compound is at an all-time high, with no signs of hitting a plateau. A Google Trends graph of searches for “CBD” shows a massive increase in interest over the last two years. The most significant spike lines up neatly with the increasing availability of hemp-derived CBD.

The mainstream wellness community has also accepted CBD into that circle over the past two years. Major chains such as Walgreens and CVS are beginning to carry CBD products.

Fri
09
Aug

Should you tell your Anesthesiologist about your marijuana use?

Medical professionals must adjust their operating procedures for marijuana users, especially if your procedure involves anesthesia.

Doctors from Colorado are advising patients to disclose their cannabis use before undergoing surgery, regardless if it’s a routine or major procedure. As marijuana use becomes more widespread in legalized states, doctors, nurses, and anesthesiologists must adjust their practice to safely accommodate the needs of patients.

Fri
09
Aug

Researchers unlock what gives cannabis its anti-inflammatory qualities

A new study deciphers for the first time the cannabis plant's biological blueprint for producing two molecules thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, a discovery that could pave the way for expanded use of cannabis as medicine.

That study, which is published in the August 2019 issue of the journal Phytochemistry delineates for the first time the biosynthesis pathway outside of the actual cannabis sativa plant that allows reproduction of the molecules cannflavin A and cannflavin B.

Fri
09
Aug

Selling your cannabis business? Here's what you need to know.

Is your business special? Sure it is! Just like a homeowner who puts his or her house on the market and expects that it will achieve a premium value because it is “special,” almost every business owner thinks their business should achieve a multiple of value in excess of the averages being paid. That’s not necessarily a bad position to hold; it shows that you, the owner, take great pride in what you’ve achieved over many years of hard work building up the business. That said, in preparation for the sale of your business, it is important to understand the valuation process and have a realistic expectation of the valuation range.

Fri
09
Aug

Want to survive a heart attack? Use cannabis, say researchers

Last year, after filming his new comedy special “Silent But Deadly”, Kevin Smith suffered a major heart attack. He stayed calm and cool under the circumstance because he was…well, Kevin Smith was high. As Smith relayed on “The Late Show”, doctors told him that marijuana potentially saved his life.

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