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Cannabinoid Activation And The Metabolism


The use of cannabis for medical or recreational purposes is becoming a widespread phenomenon, as more and more countries throughout the world legalize its use. That makes sense. Simply trying cannabis once is enough to convince many people of its ability to make an impact on pain, sleep, mood, hunger and an array of other bodily functions. Still, even among cannabis consumers, few understand exactly how or why this plant can produce such a large…

Winning the Battle over Opioids: From Tragedy to Wellness


CANNABIS CULTURE – “I lost that enthusiasm for life, that passion.. I don’t know where either of us would be if I was still on this path.”Garin and Kelly were successful real estate agents in Washington.  They fell in love, married, and started their own company, working passionately 6-7 days a week to reach their dreams, and becoming the top 1-2% realtors in the area.  They regularly exercised, ate healthy, and were active in their…

Cannabis for Restless Leg Syndrome


A potential way to control dopamine dysfunction. No one fully understands how the myriad blend of chemicals in the cannabis plant acts within the brain. One way to advance our knowledge is to examine what happens when our brain’s endogenous cannabis neurotransmitter system dysfunctions. One particular condition of interest is Restless Leg Syndrome. Restless Leg Syndrome generally worsens with age and often disrupts sleep. The main symptom, as the name suggests, is a nearly irresistible…


Cannabis-Infused Sex Spawns Niche Industry


CANNABIS CULTURE – “To find out which cannabis products work best for you, the optimal way, is through masturbation”. These were some of the opening statements made at The Business of Pleasure webinar “Using Cannabis to Spark Intimate Exploration”, part of the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo. series was held on June 17, 2020. Perhaps a reflection of the direction in which events are taking, the virtual session was hosted by Kaiko Beatie of…


5 Ways To Enjoy Cannabis During The Summer


Inhaling hot smoke during the summer is not the most pleasant of activities. Here are 5 things you can do to get high while battling the heat. While in the midst of a pandemic, summer has become even more special, providing some much needed escape for people who want to leave their homes and hang out in the open air without fear of cluttered spaces with poor ventilation that facilitate stress and the spread of…

7 Common Misconceptions About Cannabis


Cannabis has become so mainstream these past several years that truly misguided misconceptions like “cannabis is a gateway drug” has been rebutted and universally accepted. That being said, there are still some common misconceptions that continue to circulate amongst cannabis newbies and experts. This week at NisonCo, we’ll explore some of the most common misconceptions surrounding cannabis and CBD. Let’s start with one of the most controversial misconceptions of them all. You can overdose on…


Second Cannabis Store Opens Doors in Brampton, With More Coming


The number of legal retail cannabis stores in Brampton has doubled – to two. Hobo Cannabis opened its doors on Thursday (July 23) at its new Brampton location on 14 Lisa St., making it only the second retail cannabis store to open up shop in Canada’s ninth-largest city since April 2019. “Hobo Cannabis Company is the city’s second cannabis retailer and marks an important shift, as residents gain access to an additional, and much-needed, legal…


7 States May Be Voting on Marijuana in November


Despite the chaos, 2020 could be a banner year for state-level cannabis legalization. Despite it being a crazy year, Americans can’t lose sight of the fact that Election Day is a little over three months away. At stake are 435 seats in the House of Representatives, roughly a third of all seats in the Senate, and, of course, the Oval Office. But it’s an equally important election at the state level. No matter what happens…


‘I’ve Put Everything I’ve Got Into This’


Cannabis farmers in a poor California town want to go legit, but the raids keep coming. Ronnie Bell’s prized possessions aren’t the collectible toys or bongs that clutter his ranch-style house. What the 65-year-old values most is his extensive indoor marijuana grow. Bell’s “bachelor pad” features a guest-bedroom-turned-nursery with a reflective grow tent. There are racks of marijuana plants in the next room. This farmer, who served 21 years in the U.S. Marines and 21…


Ontario to Take $180M Economic Hit From Ending Pot Shop Delivery, Pickup Services


Province to take $180M hit on ending pot delivery, pickup: Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Ontario is primed to take a steep economic hit after deciding to stop allowing privately-run cannabis stores to provide delivery and curbside pickup services to customers. The services, which end on July 29, will cause the province to miss out on about $180 million in economic activity, according to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. That figure balloons to nearly $1 billion…

CCSF Raises Bar on Higher Learning by Offering Cannabis Studies Degree


In addition to smoking marijuana, college students can now major in it. City College of San Francisco announced on Thursday it is planning to offer a degree in cannabis studies, which it says is the first of its kind in the United States. “The degree is as an introduction to the complex biopsychosocial relationship of humans to cannabis in multiple cultural, institutional and interpersonal contexts,” CCSF officials said in announcing the cannabis studies associate of…


Investing In Cannabis During A Crisis: What To Know About Stocks, Debt, Equity, M&A


Public Cannabis Stocks Cannabis stocks took a severe beating in 2019. In 2019 alone, stock prices we’re down over 35% on average and over 75% from their prior peak in 2018. However, 2020 is showing promise, despite the virus. While the year may have gotten off to a slow start for cannabis pubcos, a number of these stocks are experiencing multi-month highs. Recent earnings reports from companies like Green Thumb Industries, GrowGeneration, and Aurora Cannabis…


Cannabis Cafes, Special Occasion Permits Should Be Priority for Province Says Local Advocate


Before the pandemic began, the Ontario government held consultations on whether to allow cannabis lounges, cafes and “special occasional permits” for pot — which would allow for sales at places like festivals. Premier Doug Ford’s government has stated its ultimate goal for cannabis is an open market, but at this point it continues to control all legal sales through the Ontario Cannabis Store, which has reported an uptick in online purchases during the pandemic. While…


Cannabis Shows Promise for Helping to Treat Sickle Cell Disease


The condition can result in chronic pain for patients, who are typically prescribed opioids. Exact projections remain unknown, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that between 70,000 and 100,000 Americans have sickle cell disease. The disease causes a deficit in red blood cells and blocks blood flow throughout the body. This can result in chronic pain, with patients typically prescribed opioids, despite potential side effects like addiction, constipation and respiratory depression.…

New Research Suggests Terpenes And CBD Work 3X’s Better For COVID-19 Inflammation Than Corticosteroid


In the fight against COVID-19, cytokine storms are one of the most deadly factors that doctors are battling. This symptom in severe cases of the novel coronavirus can lead to excessive inflammation, swelling, pain, and loss of organ function. It can even cause the immune system to ramp up so much that it starts killing the body’s own cells – instead of just fighting the infection. In serious cases, this can lead to death, as…

The Tourist’s Guide To Canada’s Cannabis Culture


This article was originally published on Goldleaf, and appears here with permission. The closing months of 2018 saw Canada legalize the recreational use of cannabis for its citizens. Tourists can also partake in the Great White North’s newly established legal cannabis culture. Before you go out and buy your plane ticket, it’s a good idea to brush up on the specifics of how legalization in Canada works. Canada’s Recreational Market Although cannabis is legal in…


Congress Allows Troops to Use CBD Products


As of Monday, military service members are no longer forbidden to use CBD products. According to Marijuana Moment, the House of Representatives approved a measure that allows troops to use hemp products as well as its derivatives. The measure passed by a vote of 336 to 71. The initiative was led by Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who is also a military veteran. It specifies that Secretary of Defense may not prohibit ”the possession, use, or…


Recreational Cannabis Sales’ Taxes Collects $52 Million


Illinois has collected $52 million in the first six months of the year from taxes on recreational cannabis sales. Legal recreational cannabis sales began since Jan.1, in Illinois. In the first six months of legalization sales, the state has brought in $52 million from taxes on the sale of adult-use cannabis. The state also collected an additional $34.7 million from excise taxes. “Illinois has done more to put justice and equity at the forefront of…

A Doctor And Chronic Pain Survivor Talks About The Benefits Of Cannabis


With over a decade of experience, Dr. June Chin has focused on interactive osteopathic medicine for individuals with epilepsy, cancer, and autism. Practicing medicine in California, Dr. Chin has utilized the state’s legalized medical cannabis access by empowering her patients with knowledge about CBD and marijuana’s benefits. Dr. Chin recently shared an exclusive interview with The Fresh Toast on where cannabis is going and what health practitioners should know. When asked why she was such…


Ontario Won’t Allow Cannabis Cafes — for Now — as Health Officials Raise Concerns


Consultation documents show health officials have serious concerns. There’s a sharp divide between health officials and business groups on whether or not the Ford government should allow cannabis lounges and cafes, and broaden the number of places pot can be sold. CBC Toronto obtained the results of the government’s consultation — conducted earlier this year before COVID-19 forced the province to declare a state of emergency — through a freedom of information request. You can…

Hash Running Bears, The Struggles & Triumphs of Joseph Pietri as Written by his Son


CANNABIS CULTURE – Joe’s hash running business had successes and failures with dogs, if you can call a hundred pound Tibetan Mastiff a dog and not a bear, but it all ended with the bears and a worker’s rookie move. Joseph Pietri, author of The King Of Nepal, The King of Nepal: Ice Wars Edition, and The 15-Ounce Pound, Big Pharma’s Plan to Patent Pot, recants the wilder years before the War on Drugs. For…


Low Pricing Is Key in the Lure to Legal Markets


Low-priced cannabis products will be key to converting consumers from the illicit market to the legal market, but once that’s done they’ll be willing to spend more on pricier items like vape pens and edibles, according to Aurora Cannabis Inc.’s new chief commercial officer. Cannabis is “unlike tobacco or alcohol because of the presence of this massive black market,” said Miguel Martin, who joined Aurora with its acquisition of U.S. CBD company Reliva LLC in…


Covid Desert Blues – How Lockdown Impacts Medically Fragile Cannabis Patients


CANNABIS CULTURE – “I very often approach my diagnosis with humor, but there are days when it overwhelms me. Sometimes there are days when all you can do is cry, be exhausted by the excruciating pain and never-ending battle. This illness is not just my demon.” This dilemma is exactly what Jessica, a 34-year-old woman from Southeast Pennsylvania, found herself facing. Love, support, and feeling understood are the most valuable thing to someone fighting this battle,…


Indigenous Cannabis Cultivation Facility to Supply Over 60 Private B.C. Stores


An emerging Indigenous cannabis cultivation company in Burns Lake will be supplying its product to 65 private B.C. retail stores, marking one of the first partnerships of its kind in the province. Nations Cannabis announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with 26 members of the Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers (ACCRES), according to a joint news release issued Wednesday (July 15). “It’s exciting that ACCRES wanted to work with us,” said company founder…


Cannabis Canada: More Than 1,000 Legal Pot Shops Open in Canada Right Now


There are now over 1,000 licensed cannabis stores in Canada, as new stores in B.C. and Ontario push the store count into quadruple digits. Alberta continues to lead the country with nearly 500 cannabis stores in the province, although several analysts have said the market is saturated and that some stores recently had to close due to challenging conditions. There are also nearly 500 cannabis stores in Ontario waiting to be fully licensed by provincial…


Psychedelics For Seniors: A New Sublingual Option


Psilocybin and other psychedelic drugs may still be federally prohibited, Schedule-1 Controlled substances, ostensibly with no accepted medical use. But gold-standard research demonstrating the impressive efficacy and safety of these substances for treating intractable mental health disorders has changed minds even in the FDA. And while far from being a done deal, many expect that the rescheduling of certain psychedelic compounds, and their introduction into routine standard of care, is now just a matter of…


Seth Rogen Says Racist Cannabis Policing Harms Black Community, But Expungement Can Help


Actor, comedian, filmmaker and cannabis entrepreneur, Seth Rogen shared support for expungement of criminal records for cannabis crimes in a recent panel discussion at “Reimagining Justice: Race, Cannabis, and Policing.” The online event was organized by Marijuana Policy Project and sponsored by Pax and Rogen’s cannabis brand Houseplant, and it brought together a variety of guests to discuss topics surrounding cannabis policing and race. During the event, many speakers pointed to how the war on…


Grow & Tell (Website Seeds Info with Big Bud Energy)


CANNABIS CULTURE – These guys are growers and show-ers and they will tell you how to do the same.  Green Bud Guru will give you everything you need to know to get your jaw dropping big buds. Stun your on lookers with an impressively large grow this season with help from the Gurus.  The easy to navigate website will provide you with all you need to start and set up your grow. From the equipment…


Putting Their Money Where Their Mouths Are: Meet 6 Ladies Behind This Women-Only Cannabis Fund


As cannabis really penetrates the mainstream, an increasing number of highly skilled, intelligent people are getting into the industry. And, while most of these characters generate the utmost respect, very few are really, really impressive – at least in my book. Two ladies who have certainly earned the latter description are cannabis-focused investment managers: Tahira Rehmatullah, president of T3 Ventures, and Emily Paxhia, co-founder and managing partner of Poseidon Asset Management. Another group of impressive,…


Cannabis Retailer Aims to Break Down Stigma by ‘Normalizing’ Cannabis


Normalizing cannabis has been Mark Passerini’s goal since the 1990s. In 1993, the Om of Medicine owner learned cannabis was decriminalized in Ann Arbor after he and his friend were pulled over by a local police officer. It led him to pursue his passion in the area. He wanted to normalize and educate others on the plant that he spent years consuming, so he did some research on California’s model, promoted health care studies on…