Through surveys, anecdotal reports and several studies, it has been shown that the cannabis plant and its components, THC and CBD, may help manage both motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. A challenging neurodegenerative disorder, Parkinson’s causes a combination of motor and non-motor symptoms — such as tremors, weakness, stiffness, dizziness, anxiety and sleeplessness […]

As the 2020 Presidential election starts to heat up, more Democratic hopefuls are throwing their hand into the ring. The most recent addition to the rapidly growing field of nominees is New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand. Where does Kirsten Gillibrand stand on cannabis legalization? See the original article at Civilized

Cannabis breeders typically breed to purify and strengthen strains, combine strain traits, or enhance specific characteristics like higher yields, specific aromas, potency, and many other things. When growing and breeding, it’s important to know where your seeds come from and what kind of genetics they have. See the original article at Leafly

U.S. states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes “can expect a moderate increase in birth rates,” according to researchers from the University of Connecticut. Researchers found that states with medical marijuana saw an increase of four births per 10,000 women. We just see more people having more sex and more kids,” said Professor David Simon, who with […]

A donation on behalf of a late cancer patient has been rejected by the Alberta Health Services because it came from the Calgary Cannabis Club. The donation was made on behalf of former Calgary Cannabis Club member Rick Beaver, who passed away from esophageal cancer. It was the 65-year-old’s dying wish that proceeds of a […]

Many pregnant women are touting the benefits of taking CBD while pregnant, from relieving nausea to reducing pain. But, is it completely safe? The World Health Organization (WHO) has found no adverse health outcomes but rather several medical applications for CBD. CBD can be used to treat common pregnancy pains and discomforts, including morning sickness, insomnia, anxiety and […]

Vermont’s Supreme Court ruled last week that the smell of burned or burning cannabis is not legal grounds for police to initiate a search. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit against the state for the actions of a Vermont state trooper in 2014. After the ruling — passed down by Associate Justice Harold E. Eaton, […]

Cannabis market research company Brightfield Group surveyed 1,200 cannabis users and found that 39% of millennials use some form of the product daily. Additionally, millennials currently make up about half of all medical cannabis users, with the majority of users spending up to $100 a week on cannabis products. But, just what are the elusive millennials […]

An end-of-year report by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts indicates that federal prosecution for cannabis crimes declined 19 percent in 2018. The news from the Supreme Court follows last week’s report that cannabis smuggling has declined significantly since the start of the cannabis legalization movement in the U.S. See the original article at Ganjapreneur

As of October 2018, legal cannabis retailers had distributed nearly $6 billion worth of cannabis and the state collected $883,885,907 in cannabis tax revenues. In Denver alone, cannabis taxes have created $12.8 million in education funding. This has led to eight different youth diversion programs, training programs in 15 different Denver public schools, and the “High Costs” youth education and prevention […]

President Trump insists that a border wall would inhibit drug smuggling from Mexico into the US, but the statistics don’t support his claim. However, legalizing marijuana would take a huge bite out of the illicit drug trade, according to a recent report published by the Cato Institute—a conservative think-tank based in Washington, DC. See the original article […]

Massachusetts State Senator Elizabeth Warren, best known for her ardent resistance against financial corruption and income inequality, has announced that she is running for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential election. But where does she stand on cannabis? Despite her vocally progressive stance on most issues, Warren’s opinion on cannabis legalization is slightly more muddled. […]

Cannabis potency has doubled across Europe in the past decade, according to the first study to track changes in the drug across the continent. The study found that both cannabis resin and herbal cannabis have increased in strength and price with potentially harmful consequences for users. See the original article at The Guardian

Most of the businesses growing, processing and selling cannabis across the United States are small independently-held entities. That may change in 2019 which looks like a big year for industry mergers, acquisitions and expansion. Large companies, like those in the food, tobacco and pharmaceutical industries have mostly stayed on the sidelines, held back by regulatory […]

Federal, provincial and municipal legislators have made many mistakes when it comes to cannabis regulations. These mistakes have hindered consumers when it comes to price, supply and access. All of these issues come from legislators and government officials who fail to understand the versatility of cannabis as a consumer product. Cannabis isn’t just a recreational […]

Ten states have now legalized cannabis for adults, following the mid-term elections. 33 allow medical use. The tally of states that allow the use of marijuana is poised to jump in a big way again in 2019, largely because a slew of pro-legalization candidates for governor. The states most likely to legalize marijuana is 2019 are Connecticut, […]

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that the organization is beginning the process of creating a regulatory framework for the marketing and interstate sales of CBD products. The 2018 Farm Bill, signed by President Trump last week, placed CBD products under the FDA’s jurisdiction. See the original article at Ganjapreneur

State regulators ordered the recall of marijuana products from 29 cannabis companies after a Sacramento laboratory was caught falsifying test results for pesticides. The California Bureau of Cannabis Control sent out recall notices this week to all businesses that had contracts starting in July with Sacramento-based Sequoia Analytical Lab to test their products. See the original […]

President Donald Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill Thursday afternoon, officially legalizing industrial hemp—a moment long-awaited by the cannabis industry. The Drug Enforcement Administration will no longer be able to interfere with the interstate commerce of hemp products, which will open the doors for banks, merchant services, credit card companies, e-commerce sites and advertising platforms to do business with hemp […]

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released the latest update of its Monitoring the Future survey, which evaluates the drug habits of American eighth, tenth and twelfth graders. This newest survey shows that teen cannabis consumption has actually dropped since states began legalizing the substance in 2012. And while teens are more likely […]

The opening of marijuana retailers is positively associated with rising neighborhood home values, according to data published in the journal Contemporary Economic Policy. They reported: “[A] new dispensary opening increases house prices by 7.7 percent for houses within a 0.25-mile radius of a dispensary relative to a control group. For houses within a 0.25 – 0.5-mile radius, the […]

Following heavy push back from the cannabis industry, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) will reverse a planned policy change that would have banned cannabis-infused gummies and hard candies. Instead of an outright ban — which was first announced in October — the LCB will instead pass new regulations restricting such products’ colors and shapes. See the original […]

The safest way to consume cannabis is through edibles, according to the average American. That’s what researchers found after a recent survey 9,000 respondents across the United States. The study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, discovered that 25% of respondents picked cannabis-infused edibles as the safest form of marijuana consumption. See the original article […]

Ontario-based biopharmaceutical company Scientus Pharma commissioned a study of Canadian cannabis oils through the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, the goal of which is to show that most of the cannabis oils being sold on the Canadian market essentially have no medicinal juice. The study has found that the majority of these products are tantamount […]

Agriculture technology companies are competing to develop new strains of cannabis plants that can produce consistent cannabinoid levels and thus offer consumers repeatable, predictable effects. While this goal is far from new, top plant scientists are now working toward it in multi-million dollar labs for massive retail cannabis companies, instead of underground breeders. See the original article at […]

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said that cannabis’ federal Schedule I classification should be reconsidered. “We need to look at the way we schedule different medications across the board, because one of the concerns that I have with marijuana is the difficulty that the folks have to do research on it, because of the scheduling […]

A group of researchers from the University of Florida recently published a study showing that smoking marijuana may actually improve working memory. Despite a number of studies that show cannabis consumption may damage your memory, this study, which tested the working memory of 32 cannabis-smoking rats, suggests the opposite is true. See the original article […]

Tobacco giant Altria has invested $1.8 billion in Canadian cannabis company Cronos. Under the terms of the deal Altria, the parent company of the Marlboro cigarette brand, will acquire a 45 percent ownership stake in Cronos. Cronos Group shares soared by 30 percent and Altria rose 2 percent in early trading after news of the deal was […]

Last month voters in Utah approved a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana, only to see the state legislature pass their own bill that removed many aspects of the initiative. Pro-marijuana advocates have filed a lawsuit against the Utah government claiming that the Utah Medical Cannabis Act represents a violation of the separation of church and state […]

A cannabis pharmaceutical consortium says it has discovered a strain of cannabis that produces useful levels of a rare cannabinoid that may help in the treatment of diabetes. The strain known as “Black Beauty,” however, appears to contain an abundance of the cannabinoid THCV, found in tiny amounts in most strains. THCV affects the way […]

For people with psoriasis, the body overproduces skin cells that develop into painful, itchy and often embarrassing rashes. As wish many other autoimmune disorders, researchers and afflicted individuals are exploring whether cannabis can provide relief. “Cannabis, through the cannabinoid CBD, has the properties of being both an anti-inflammatory and an autoimmune inhibitor,” Dr. Bodo Schneider of Pied […]

A recent study has shown that vaporizing cannabis delivers more THC to the bloodstream than smoking. Subjects who vaporized weed had significantly higher amounts of THC in their blood compared to those who smoked an equal dose. Results from the impairment questionnaire also showed increased effects, as those who vaporized not only self-reported more side […]

Normally, statisticians use polls to collect data, but since cannabis is still highly stigmatized, Stats Canada couldn’t rely on people being forthcoming about their cannabis use. So instead, the Stats Canada team turned to the nation’s toilets. From March through August of 2018, Stats Canada analyzed the wastewater of five cities: Halifax, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and […]