The Food and Drug Administration plans on expediting CBD rules and regulations, potentially by the end of summer or early fall. The previous update provided by the agency last month offered no insight into the FDA’s plans to regulate the cannabinoid but said they would apply a “rigorous and science-based approach” in crafting the rules […]

Why does marijuana cause one person to experience a pleasurable high, and another to experience paralyzing paranoia? A July 5 study out of Western University in Ontario, Canada, may bring us one step closer to an answer. Published in Scientific Reports, the study is one of the few to explore what it deems the “divergent […]

Anonymous gardeners have planted more than 30 cannabis plants in the Vermont Statehouse official gardens. Police say the plants will be removed but they will not pursue a criminal case. Vermont Capitol Police Chief Matthew Romei indicated that this isn’t the first time cannabis plants have been discovered among the Statehouse flowers. See the original […]

The U.S. government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. Scientists have asked for weed that more closely matches what’s sold in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana, the National Institute on Drug Abuse said in an […]

Statistics Canada has released their latest report on the state of cannabis prices in Canada, and things aren’t looking too hot for the legal market. Using data crowdsourced between April 1 and June 30, StatsCan found that the average price of a gram of legal pot rose from C$10.21 in the previous quarter to C$10.65 […]

Organigram, a Canadian licensed cannabis producer, will soon release a cannabis powder that can be dissolved in any beverage. The new powder dissolves in liquid just like Kool-Aid or Tang, but unlike those products, Organigram’s new invention is completely taste-free. See the original article at Civilized

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Today, one particularly interesting economic experiment is playing out in Illinois. The state is going to tax cannabis products based upon their THC percentage, not upon their weight, as most states with adult-use cannabis do today. Cannabis products with less than 35% THC will face a 10% excise tax. Cannabis products with more than 35% […]

Smoked cannabis and tobacco do not differ immensely from the compounds they emit when combusted, despite some folklore. Agreeably, organically grown cannabis does not contain some of the more frightening additives of cigarettes. For example, acrolein (or tear gas), is found in cigarettes to increase the availability of nicotine. The smoke of cannabis, defined as […]

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed the medical cannabis expansion bill which will increase the number of industry licenses in the state, allow for home delivery, and lowers the threshold for patients to qualify for the program. The reforms will allow patients to buy 3 ounces of cannabis per visit 18 months after the […]

After Illinois legalized recreational cannabis last month, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has doubled down on her opposition to bringing legal weed to the Hawkeye State. “I do not support recreational marijuana. I don’t,” Reynolds said. “I won’t be the governor to do that.” However, Reynolds did say she’d be open to bringing medical marijuana to the […]

The Israeli pharma-tech company Syqe Medical has unveiled the world’s first metered-dose medical marijuana inhaler. The inhaler can reportedly be tuned exactly to a patient’s individual needs allowing for “unprecedented dosing precision [which] achieves maximum relief while avoiding any undesired psychoactive effects.” See the original article at Civilized

There are currently 25 candidates running in the Democratic primaries. Their views can be broken down into two basic categories: ‘Legalize It’ or ‘Let the States Decide.’ The ‘Legalize It’ group actually contains the majority of Democrats running in the primaries, with the ‘Let the States Decide’ list comprising a much smaller number of Democratic […]

“Already vaped bud,” or AVB for short, is the brown, crispy flower that’s left over after vaping cannabis. Although much of the THC in cannabis will be vaporized, the flower isn’t turned to ash (unlike smoking) and retains some of its cannabinoid content. That said, the potency of your AVB will vary depending on not […]

There’s nothing worse than going through the months of time and labor to grow your own cannabis only to discover mold on it. But identifying mold on your cannabis can be harder than you think. It’s important to protect your own health and the health of those who might be consuming your product, to ensure […]

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the state’s historic cannabis legalization and regulation bill today, making Illinois the 11th state to end cannabis prohibition. Illinois’ legalization law — which was passed by state lawmakers on May 31 — goes into effect starting January 1, 2020. Under the law, Illinois residents aged 21 or older will be […]

Researchers have found that the number of women in the United States who use cannabis during pregnancy is increasing, according to a study published this week in the medical journal JAMA. The percentage of pregnant women who had used cannabis the month prior to completing the survey increased from 3.4 percent in 2002 to 7 percent in […]

Scientists in Australia found that CBD killed all the strains of bacteria they tested in a lab, including some which are highly resistant to existing antibiotics. What’s more, the bacteria did not become resistant to the drug after being exposed for 20 days: the period when bacteria can survive currently used drugs. The team tested […]

Cannabis is barred from advertising platforms open to alcohol and prescription drugs with long lists of scary side effects. It’s hard to build a national brand under any circumstances. But the cannabis industry is forced to market with one hand — and a foot — tied behind its back. There are two main problems when […]

A recent study from the University of Arkansas, where mice died after being given CBD, may change the public’s perception of CBD. But it shouldn’t. The study dosed mice on CBD to see what would happen to the little guys’ livers. Because mice are much smaller than humans, the researchers “allometrically scaled” the doses so […]

The total number of suicides in California per year, including those committed with firearms, declined after the state legalized marijuana use for medical purposes, according to a new study. Researchers observed a notable decline in intentional deaths in the years after Prop 215 was approved. “Our results demonstrate that California’s 1996 intervention led to an […]

Columbia Care, a New York-based cannabis company with a presence in 12 U.S. states, launched the Columbia National Credit program to broaden payment options for customers. For now, the card is only accepted at Columbia Care dispensaries, though the company is “evaluating opportunities” to extend to the program to other businesses through partnerships. See the […]

The U.S. Postal Service has updated its Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail regulations to clarify that hemp and CBD products are legal to mail so long as the products comply with local laws. The USPS changes come as federal agencies begin to reassess their policies in the wake of last year’s Farm Bill, which removed […]

A compound called delta-8-THC is becoming increasingly common in concentrated extracts at marijuana dispensaries. But from where did this long-lost sibling of delta-9-THC seemingly suddenly appear? See the original article at Cannabis Now

Colorado’s total tax and fee revenue from the sale of legal marijuana has exceeded $1 billion since the state legalized the drug in 2014. Total marijuana sales within Colorado have passed $6.56 billion since legalization, with the state collecting more than $1.02 billion in taxes, licenses and fees, the state’s Department of Revenue said. Currently, […]

New industrial innovations in the cannabis space are cropping up all the time. While many of those innovations, such as agri-tech extraction machines and BiFarm automated grow boxes, exist primarily on the commercial B2B plane, the sleek and streamlined greenbox and marinabox robotic retailers are currently disrupting retail dispensaries and even festivals. Using artificial intelligence (AI), greenbox […]

Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak of Nevada signed a bill on Friday that prohibits employers from denying jobs to applicants because of their legal marijuana use. Under the measure, Assembly Bill 132 (AB 132), employers would be banned from discriminating against prospective employees based on a positive result for marijuana use in a pre-employment drug screening or an […]

A recent U.S. survey found that if cannabis were made federally legal, 85% of consumers would use it as a treatment option for specific ailments, not necessarily just for recreation. The survey found 67 percent of respondents believed cannabis was “healthier” than their over-the-counter and prescription drugs. 69 percent said they believed cannabis was “more […]

Researchers at Washington State University have mapped the gene networks that regulate the production of cannabinoids and terpenoids found in cannabis trichomes. By creating unique genetic fingerprints for each strain, the researchers say improved breeding techniques, proper strain identification, and the testing of various CBD health claims and the validity of the synergistic entourage effect […]

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams recently told The Hill, “The marijuana of even 10 years ago was less than 5 percent THC, which is the product that causes you to get high, which can cause addiction, which can cause problems.” He went on to say that not only is today’s weed stronger, but modern […]

Ever wonder which country has the largest population of cannabis consumers? You might assume that it’s Canada, which legalized recreational cannabis last October. Or America, where 11 states have legalized recreational use and another 22 allow medical marijuana. But both of those guesses are wrong. The country that smokes the most cannabis is the African […]

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is proposing adding nearly 100 medical cannabis dispensaries in the state as part of his industry expansion plan after the legislature failed to pass adult-use legislation. The plan would see a total of 108 dispensaries in the Garden State, up from just the six that are currently active and another […]

Illinois is poised to become the 11th state to legalize recreational cannabis. The Illinois house approved a bill with a vote of 66-47 and now only needs a signature from Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, who campaigned on a promise to legalize weed. See the original article at Retroworldnews

Tech giant Google has announced a ban on cannabis transaction apps from its Google Play store on Wednesday “regardless of legality” according to its recently updated policy section. The new rules prohibit apps that allow users to order cannabis through “an in-app shopping cart feature,” assist “in arranging delivery or pick up” of cannabis products,” […]