Science

An elusive pathogen is damaging cannabis crops…

Viroids are not viruses but, rather, a plant-specific pathogenic RNA. HpLVd was first publicly announced in cannabis in California in 2019… testing for HpLVd is still not common practice in the marijuana or hemp industries. The biggest challenge in controlling hop latent viroid is the “latent” nature of the viroid. It is possible for the…

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Science

…study shows cannabis reduces inflammatory ‘storms’…

…offers data that some cannabis strains help reduce a specific type of inflammatory distress – called a “cytokine storm” – that proceeds severe cases of acute respiratory distress… One of the studies’ main researchers, University of Lethbridge’s Department of Biological Sciences’… team has studied the anti-inflammatory potential of cannabis for years. Were they surprised by…

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Psychology

Follow one gram… along… twisted path from seed to sale

Occam’s razor tells us that the actual answer is usually the simplest one and that is they likely just got too greedy at all of our expense. [A naturally-occurring psychoactive example related to psilocybin mushrooms, is cannabis]; when you add it all up, our sample gram of cannabis will be taxed up to 45% of…

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Politics

The push to diversify Colorado’s cannabis industry

The disparity is frustrating… because before Colorado OK’d marijuana, Black and brown Centennial Staters bore the brunt of drug enforcement efforts. In fact, according to data from the American Civil Liberties Union, Black people are nearly four times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana possession nationally. Legislation matters, says Woodson, who promotes a…

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Psychology

Does smoking cannabis make you dumber?

Although I could start with some of the typical effects people usually experience from smoking cannabis, I think that, at this point, it is more important to note what the science says – both in the short and long run… Yes, cannabis affects your brain, but nobody knows how exactly. Basically, there is evidence to…

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Politics

Advocates… Federal marijuana legalization bill’s House passage

…its chances of becoming law this session are low… Senate isn’t expected to take up the legislation before adjourning early… To advocates, however, this is long overdue progress on an issue that has been sidelined in Congress for years. Reactions to the vote largely differ across partisan lines, but the passage of the MORE Act…

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Politics

UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs removes cannabis from strictest category

The U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted Wednesday [12/2/20] to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs, which could impact the global medical marijuana industry. The Vienna-based U.N. agency said in a statement that it had voted 27-25, with one abstention, to follow the World Health Organization’s recommendation to remove…

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