Monthly Archives: March 2019

Macy Grey Talks About the Evolution of Music: Our Video of the Week

Title: Dope Life | Macy Gray

Creator: Dope Magazine

Description: Grammy Award winner Macy Gray sits down to discuss the evolution of the music industry, her new album, travel as an influence and cannabis as a medicine.

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Should You Pay a Higher Cannabis Tax for Higher THC Content?

Canada Is Going To Tax Edibles Based On THC – And You Might Be Getting Tasteless Edibles

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The Liberal government of Canada has mandated a tax rate for edibles and topicals that will be based on its THC content, for the 2019 budget which will take effect May 1st.

The recommendations are endorsed by the country’s cannabis task force. “Budget 2019 proposes that edible cannabis, cannabis extracts (including cannabis oils) and cannabis topicals be subject to excise duties imposed on cannabis licensees at a flat rate applied on the quantity of total tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis, contained in a final product,” states the budget.

In other words, the higher the THC content is of a product, the more taxes it will bear. This decision was made for easier compliance by manufacturers of cannabis oils, though the taxes will be applicable to both recreational and medicinal cannabis.

Currently, the excise tax for cannabis oils and dried cannabis flower, which were legalized last October 2018 for recreational use, is capped at 10% per gram or a gram-equivalent; translating to $1 a gram whichever is more.

However, products that contain cannabidiol (CBD), the other major constituent in the plant that doesn’t get you high, are exempt from the excise tax.  For this reason, most producers are focusing their business plans on CBD products for the coming fall.

Not everyone is happy about this decision, clearly. Licensed producers maintain that cannabis products marketed to medical patients shouldn’t be subject to excise taxes.

It’s in the best interest of Canadian cannabis edibles and oils producers to consult their lawyers so as to avoid any legal issues later on. “Cannabis oils are treated slightly differently under the current regime, where the flat-rate tax is based on the amount of cannabis material used in the production process,” explains Whitney Abrams, associate at Toronto’s Minden Gross LLP. “Lawyers who are advising licensed producers or anyone looking to get into the cannabis edible, topical or extract market, once available, should be aware of these changes and know hwo to advise their clients accordingly on this aspect,” she tells Legal Feeds in an email.

Canadian Edibles Industry May Have Questionable Taste

Aside from potentially high taxes depending on its THC content, there are also concerns that when edibles hit shelves of Canada’s licensed retailers by fall, that they might not even taste good.

By October 17, 2019, edibles will finally be legal in Canada although infused-goods producers are facing serious obstacles. Even if the Canadian government has already given them the green light for making space cakes and other edibles, they aren’t able to let possible customers do a taste test. In order to do this, edible producers need to get a specific research license from the government prior to letting customers come in and do a taste test.

Experts say that the application for getting one license can take as long as four months, while many other companies are still waiting for feedback.

“People are certainly interested in doing tast testing, but the research licenses to do so haven’t been issued yet,” said Brenna Boonstra, Director of Quality and Regulatory at Cannabis Compliance Inc, to CTV News.

Though this doesn’t necessarily mean that all edibles to hit the shelves by October will taste disgusting. There are a handful of companies that have succeeded with getting people to sample their goods prior to launching.

“It’s a challenge. Everyone is running for the October deadline, and we’re trying to develop multiple products at the same time. The more certainty you have, the easier it is to innovate products,” said Jeff Zietlow of CannTrust Holdings Inc.

BDS Analytics estimates that the edibles market in the United States in Canada will be worth $1.4 billion by 2022, but Canada still needs to iron out many issues with regards to their supply as well as edibles regulations.

Until October, Canadians can legally make their own infused food and beverages at home but it’s still illegal for people to buy or sell them.  Canadians also shouldn’t expect to get any potent edibles once available, because the proposed federal regulations will limit one serving of edibles to 10mg of THC.

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Georgia Senate Votes in Favor of Medical Marijuana Access Bill

The Georgia Senate voted to approve a bill on Friday that would give medical marijuana patients a legal avenue to obtain their medicine. Under the bill, HB 324, a regulated system for growing, processing, and distributing cannabis oil would be established. Georgia’s medical marijuana program only permits the use of cannabis oil with no more than 5 percent THC by registered patients with one or more of 16 qualifying serious medical conditions. However, current regulations do not allow for medical marijuana cultivation, processing, or sales, which leaves patients with no way to legally obtain cannabis oil. The bill was approved by the Georgia House of Representatives earlier this month.

The Senate voted 44-8 to pass the measure on Friday, but only after significant changes were made by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee on Wednesday. Under the Senate version, only two cultivation licenses would be issued by the state, one for a large operation and one for a small grower, instead of the 10 licenses in the House bill. Amendments also reduced the number of retail dispensaries for the state’s 8,400 registered patients from 60 to 10. The Senate’s amendments also would allow two universities to create cannabis research and manufacturing programs. Another change made by the Senate committee would create a commission to regulate the sourcing of cannabis oil from other states.

“That will be the fastest way — for sure— to get products our citizens need,” said Sen. Bill Cowsert.

Mom Seeks Support of Lawmakers

Before the bill was approved by the committee on Wednesday, a tearful Shannon Cloud pleaded with senators for their support of the measure. Her 13-year-old daughter has a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome, which can cause dozens or even hundreds of seizures per day.

“Every morning, when my daughter wakes up, I wait to see when I go into her room: is she going to be breathing or am I going to find her face down in her pillow?” Cloud said. “If that one seizure can be prevented and that’s the one that can take her life, then that’s why we need access to this medicine.”

Rep. Micah Gravley, the bill’s sponsor in the House, addressed concerns that cannabis oil would still be illegal under federal law, saying the bill would send a message to residents of Georgia that “your state is going to give you immunity to treat your loved one with something you know works when all the other prescriptions have not worked.”

Gravley emphasized that the bill “is not tied to legalizing recreational use for kids and adults.”

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan apparently believes otherwise, however, saying after the vote that “there is no part of me that wants any steps toward recreational marijuana.”

Sen. Matt Brass argued for passage of the bill, saying that it would allow families with sick children to more easily access cannabis oil.

“Some may argue that this is not medicine,” Brass said. “But we had testimony of children having 80 to 100 seizures a day, but after taking the oil are having just one a week.”

HB 324 will now head back to the House for consideration of the Senate’s amendments. To pass, both bodies will have to approve a compromise measure before the end of the legislative session on Tuesday. Without elaborating further, Gravley said that there are “many, many problems” with the Senate’s version of the bill.

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Cannabis Makes the Elderly Stronger and Keeps Them Employed Longer Says New Study

Cannabis Makes The Elderly Stronger And Enjoy Greater Employment Participation, Says Study

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Most people dream of an early retirement.

But for those who need to work later on in life, cannabis can help.

A brand-new study published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management’s spring 2019 issue revealed that in states that have medical cannabis laws, older adults experience less pain and are able to work longer hours.

The study, conducted by researchers from the John Hopkins University School of Public Health in Baltimore as well as Temple University in Philadelphia, involved analyzing individuals aged 51 and up and medical marijuana laws.

“Three principle findings emerge from our analysis,” says the study authors. “First, active state medical marijuana laws lead to lower pain and better self-assessed health among older adults. Second, state medical marijuana laws lead to increases in older adult labor supply… Third, the effects of medical marijuana laws are largest among older adults with a health condition that would qualify for legal medical marijuana use under current state laws.”

The findings are significant because for the elderly who have a health problem and qualify for state medical cannabis, they found a 4.8% reduction in pain levels, but a 6.6% spike among those who reported excellent or good health. Additionally, the researchers discovered that there was a 7.3% increase in those who work full-time and have a medical marijuana card.

“Medical marijuana laws increased hours worked by those who were already working… and increased the share of older adults who were working full time versus not working or working part-time,” says Bloomberg’s School’s Department of Health Policy and Management assistant professor Lauren Hersch Nicholas. She also adds that there was “no change in movement in and out of the labor force, so medical marijuana laws didn’t seem to delay retirement to return to work if they had already stopped working.”

“These findings suggest that access to medical marijuana through MMLs (medical marijuana laws) allows at least some older adults to better manage symptoms associated with health conditions that can interfere with productivity and quality of life,” write the authors. “Our findings suggest that there are potentially important social benefits to MMLs that must be considered in policy decisions regarding medical marijuana regulation.”

Though the findings of the study don’t necessarily mean that medical marijuana laws alone result in positive changes in the labor force, it does suggest that accessibility to medical cannabis is key in increasing the elderly’s ability to work longer.

“We think that the increase in hours worked reflects 3 factors: 1) better symptom control, such as less pain for some users; 2) fewer work-precluding side effects for users switching from other treatment regimens such as opioid pain management; 3) reduced need to supply caregiving for family members who can now use medical marijuana for symptom relief,” Hersch Nicholas explains.

“Our study is important because of the limited availability of clinical trial data on the effects of medical marijuana,” Nicholas says in a statement. “While several studies point to improved pain control with medical marijuana, research has largely ignored older adults even though they experience the highest rates of medical issues that could be treated with medical marijuana.”

The findings are consistent with another study conducted in 2017, also by Lauren Hersch Nicholas together with Johanna Catherina MacLean. They found that in states that have legal cannabis, there’s a higher amount of people over the age of 50 who are still working. They studied data taken from the past 20 years, obtained from the National Health and Retirement Study.

“The enactment of medical marijuana laws was associated with a 9.4 percent increase in the probability of employment and a 4.6 to 4.9 percent increase in the hours worked per week,” they write. They also explained that cannabis was helpful for treating age-related health problems such as sleep issues, depression, pain, anxiety, and nausea.

They also reported that both men and women in the age group studied were more likely to have “very good” or “excellent health” compared to people in the same age group located in states without legal cannabis laws. 

Since the elderly have better access to safe medicines in states with MMJ laws, there’s significantly less burden on welfare and disability programs.

“These effects should be considered as policymakers determine how best to regulate access to medical marijuana,” they write.

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How to Use Cannabis Extracts

Everything you need to know about ways to consume cannabis extracts like oil, shatter, budder, sap, and isolate.

Cannabis extracts are a growing segment of the cannabis market as consumers begin to discover their versatility and health benefits when compared to traditional form of cannabis consumption.

Here, we look at the different ways you can use your cannabis extracts, but first, let’s learn a bit more about what cannabis extracts are and how they are made.

What are Cannabis Extracts?

Cannabis extracts entail a wide category of products that includes any extract of the cannabis plant, including extracts from marijuana and hemp. These extracts contain high levels of cannabinoids like CBD and THC, much higher by weight than the dry cannabis flowers, leaves, or stems. Hemp extracts will contain higher levels of CBD, while marijuana extracts have higher levels of THC. These high concentrations of cannabinoids mean that you can vape less and less often than if you were to smoke.

Cannabis extracts are created by passing a solvent through finely ground cured or fresh cannabis material, including the flower, leaves, and stems. When made with fresh flowers, extracts are sometimes called live resin. Common solvents include safe choices like CO2 or solvents like butane, hexane, and more that can be toxic if not properly purged from the extract.

Marijuana extracts can also be made by hot pressing fresh or dry marijuana buds, allowing the flower’s oil to squeeze out. When created this way, extracts are called rosin.

It is possible to buy pressed rosin commercially, but home rosin pressing kits have made rosin a common DIY cannabis extract. However, all that is needed to make rosin is heat and pressure, so it can be crafted with little more than parchment paper and a flat iron.

Once extracted, cannabis oil can be processed into a number of different forms, like shatter, budder, wax, vape liquid, sap, and more. It can even be filtered down to isolate the cannabinoids, creating incredibly pure THC or CBD crystals.

Because of the various forms they can take, cannabis extracts are versatile enough to be used in ways like vaping, dabbing, making edibles, and boosting the potency of cannabis flower.

Vaporizing

Vaping is a trending way to use cannabis extracts due to the portability and discrete nature of most cannabis extract vapes. The ability to vape cannabis on you own terms is a big selling point for vapes over other forms of consumption.

Vaping cannabis extracts works by heating the extract to its vaporization point, releasing cannabinoid loaded vapor that you can inhale, rapidly absorbing the cannabinoids through the lungs and into the bloodstream.

The heating element in a vaporizer is typically called the atomizer. When exposed to the atomizer, cannabis extracts are heated to vaporization, creating vapor, but not smoke.  

The most common vaporizers for cannabis extracts are vape pens. These highly portable vaporizers combine rechargeable batteries with a heating element and mouthpiece for a discreet, easy to use way to enjoy cannabis extracts.

Some vape pens are designed to be used with cannabis extracts like shatter, wax, sap, isolate, and similar extract forms. Other vape pens are made to use a vape liquid or oil. These pens sometimes come with refillable cartridges or “tanks”. These refillable cartridges can be filled with cannabis extract infused liquids like CBD Vape Liquid from Dixie Botanicals®.

It is also possible to purchase prefilled, disposable vape cartridges that fit most 510 threaded batteries. These prefilled cartridges are available in both THC and CBD infused vape oils. THC vapes can be purchased at your local medical or recreational marijuana dispensary if you live in a state where marijuana has been legalized. CBD vape cartridges from Dixie Botanicals® made from hemp are available now for purchase in the Medical Marijuana, Inc. store.

Find your best vaporizer here.

Dabbing

Another way to enjoy cannabis extracts is by dabbing them. Dabbing is a form of vaporizing and works on much the same principle as vape pens in that the extract is applied to a heating element in order to cause its vaporization.

Dabbing is traditionally more popular among more experienced cannabis consumers because it requires a set of specialized hardware to get started. However, anyone can take advantage of the benefits of dabbing, including robust, flavorful vapor and an increased potency that means you can consume less and do so less often.

In order to get started dabbing, you’ll need a few tools, including a torch similar to those used to make creme brulee, a specially equipped water pipe called a dab rig, and a surface that can be heated like a titanium or ceramic nail or a quartz bucket.

To dab your extract, you will first fill your water pipe until the downstem is cover with water. Next, load your dab onto your dab tool. Remember, you won’t need much. It is best to start small until you know how you will be affected. Then, using your torch, you’ll heat your nail or bucket until it just starts to glow red.  Allow it to cool for a few seconds, then carefully dab your extract on the hot surface while inhaling from the dab rig’s mouthpiece.

Although dabbing is usually done with high-THC marijuana extracts, more and more consumers are beginning to dab CBD extracts derived from hemp for their CBD content. You can find CBD extracts that you can dab in the Dixie Botanicals® store.

Learn more about dabbing here.

Adding to Cannabis Flower

Some consumers use cannabis extracts to boost the CBD or THC potency of their favorite cannabis flower or other smokable dry herbs. This can be done in a couple ways.

First, cannabis extracts can be added on top of marijuana flower in a pipe before smoking. When lighting a pipe that has been topped with cannabis extract, be careful, as it may flare up, creating a large flame. Instead, hold your flame just above your pipe’s bowl as you inhale. This will partially vaporize the extract. The rest may melt, coating your flower. Use care as you finish smoking your pipe, as the extract may continue to increase the flammability of your flower.

It is also possible to add cannabis extract to a joint or blunt. Some users will add their cannabis concentrate to their marijuana flower or other dry herb as they roll their joint or blunt. This works best if you have a messy extract like oil or a crumbly extract like honeycomb and isolates. It is also possible to add cannabis extract to the outside of a joint or blunt.

This method works best when you have a sticky extract like shatter or sap that will hold to the paper of your joint or blunt. Like when you add cannabis extract to your pipe, adding it to a joint or blunt may cause it to flare up or burn unevenly, so take care when using this method.

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Infusing Edibles

Cannabis extracts can also be used to infuse foods and beverages with cannabinoids like THC or CBD.

Because cannabinoids degrade when exposed to high heat, it is not recommended that you cook with cannabis extracts using temperatures above 375 degrees F. However, with vaporization points as low as 315 degrees F, some loss of potency can still occur when cooking with cannabis extracts.

For that reason, it is often suggested that cannabis extracts be added to foods and beverages after they are cooked. This will reduce exposure of cannabinoids to high heat and minimize loss of potency.

Remember that it is best to use cannabis extracts that have been decarboxylated if you are looking to consume CBD or THC, rather than their non-carboxylated forms CBDa and THCa. This is especially important when using extracts with THC since THCa is non-psychoactive.

Powdered THC or CBD isolate is exceptionally suited for infusing cannabinoids into your favorite foods or beverages.

You can find RSHO™ CBD Isolate now in the Medical Marijuana, Inc. store.

Getting Started

You can find all the accessories you need to get started in our Accessories Buyer’s Guide or read our detailed, step by step guide to using these accessories.

Want to learn more? Visit our Cannabis 101 page for all the basics.

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Humboldt Farms Handing Out Bouquets To Celebrate Los Angeles Debut

California is in super bloom, a dramatic ramp-up of its wildflower population caused by the state’s recent heavy rain and ideal warmth conditions. Perhaps touring the poppy fields in Antelope Valley or Anza-Borrego Desert State Park’s lilies and primroses is the perfect stoned activity. At any rate, the super bloom has one California cannabis company thinking floral. Throughout the weekend of March 30th, Humboldt Farms is celebrating its products’ arrival to Los Angeles by passing out flower bouquets to dispensary customers.

The company is aiming for nature vibes with its product line, which includes flower, resin, and vape cartridges. Lisa Curiel Parker, Humboldt Farms communication and marketing manager, hyped that earthy link when she told High Times about this weekend’s flower giveaway with LA’s The Unlikely Florist, calling the company “completely in tune to the beautiful nature in the state.”

Humboldt Farms was founded in 2016, and puts a focus on sourcing sun-grown cannabis from farmers who have been in the Northern California cannabis industry for upwards of a decade.

“Humboldt Farms is a family business and knows the county’s rich history,” says Curiel Parker. The company likes to hype the fact that indoor cannabis grow ops constitute 3 percent of California’s energy usage — a rather staggering figure in a state with a population of over 39 million.

Fans of sun-grown buds will be pleased to know that Humboldt only recently started selling its products in Los Angeles. Those looking to snag one of its free bouquets in celebration of the SoCal arrival should keep their eyes peeled for The Unlikely Florist’s VW van outside one of the company’s distributing dispensaries (list below).

The marketing ploy is actually a very feasible way for Californian cannabis users to commemorate the super bloom — one that’s possibly even better than going out to see the flowers themselves, speaking in terms of conservation. Some nature reserves have overwhelmed by the record-breaking numbers of park visitors since the phenomenon began. One group even flew a helicopter into the middle of the delicate plants, and were stomping around in the poppies when authorities chased them back into their plane. Better to enjoy a bouquet at home with a joint in hand, if we’re not very much mistaken.

Here’s the Bloom Truck’s tentative schedule — more stops will be added throughout the weekend:

  • 3/30 at 10 AM Sunset Herbal Corner
  • 3/30 at 2 PM Exhale WeHo
  • 3/31 at 10 AM Green City Collective
  • 3/31 at 2 PM LAPCG

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How Cannabis is Paving the Way to Psychedelic Medicine

Cannabis will Pave the Way to Psychedelic Medicine

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For those who have been reading my articles over the years, you know that I’m all in favor of legalizing all drugs. Even the most dangerous ones. This doesn’t mean that you can buy it at Walmart, however, under a legal-regulated market…you can make drug consumption much safer.

The substances I believe should be both medically and recreationally legal are psychedelics. Over the past few decades, places like M.A.P.S have been doing ground-breaking studies on treating mental disorders with psychedelics.

They have done it with psilocybin, MDMA, Ketamine and Mescaline and have found great results. Some of the more notable cases are in relation to depression and PTSD where patients have made remarkable recoveries.

Additionally, psilocybin was used to help people deal with death. It was administered to folks diagnosed with terminal diseases. It should be no surprise to hear that people become anxious and depressed when they are informed that they are going to die. There is an entire branch of psychology that deals with this called thanatology.

When patients with terminal cancer were given controlled doses of psilocybin, they saw a significant reduction in depression and anxiety. More importantly, they saw that the patients were more accepting of their fates.

I could drum on forever about the potential benefits of psychedelics, however let me talk about why I believe that cannabis will be the door-opener to psychedelic medicine.

What once was feared

Cannabis, for nearly eight decades have been feared by society. Political rhetoric maintained this position up until 1997 when California first legalized cannabis for medical purposes. While there was some research on the therapeutic effects of marijuana, a lot of it was still very unknown to the general population.

The initial legalization efforts were focused on providing relief to cancer sufferers and those who suffered from withering syndrome caused by HIV/AIDS.

Fast forward twenty+ years, and now we have a FDA approved cannabinoid medicine known as Epidiolex. Not to mention Sativex and other similar medication based on the cannabis profile.

While we’re still researching the medical benefits of the plant, the fact of the matter remains that cannabis is no longer feared by the general populous. In fact, now we have a large majority in favor of legalizing recreational cannabis.

Psychedelics coming to the spotlight

Similar to cannabis, psychedelics were demonized for many years. We heard stories of people jumping out of windows because they thought they could fly, people going manic and murdering folks and so forth. Of course, this was all part of the “Just Say No” scare tactics used to frighten children from taking drugs.

However, just like cannabis…there are many therapeutic benefits to psychedelics. Most of the benefits currently are all mental. There isn’t enough data available to see if these drugs have physical benefits, however within the psychological realm they are making some serious breakthroughs.

For starters, it has shown great promise in treating depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders and so forth.

But why?

Why Psychedelics seem to Fix the Mind

While it’s not as simple as taking acid and curing depression, there is something about the psychedelic state that creates the opportunity for significant growth. When one enters into a psychedelic state, one feels a sense of connection with the universe. Immediately, trivial concepts of the ego melt away. No longer does race or religion matter.

You are allowed to observe your inner workings from an external perspective. You are no longer subjected to your own problems. It’s simply easier to deal with what’s going on inside.

Unfortunately, many people who take psychedelics recreationally do not understand the mental preparation required to have a significant paradigm shift. They simply take the drugs for the sake of getting high.

Within medical psychedelics, the experiences are supervised. The therapist merely guides your thoughts to help you get closer to a significant breakthrough.

We still don’t understand the mechanisms behind it all. We don’t understand why people see geometric patterns and converse with entities from different realms. We are completely ignorant to the majesty of the potential of psychedelics.

Nonetheless, it is my firm belief that between five to ten years post the legalization of cannabis, we’ll be seeing psychedelic-based drugs hit the market.

There is no Going back now

The proverbial genie has been let out of its lamp. Cannabis blew open the minds of people and with more people consuming it than ever before in history, it is only a natural progression towards psychedelics.

Don’t think this is a “Gate Way” argument. Rather, it’s a matter of, “If this Schedule I Substance (cannabis) could provide so much therapeutic benefits, what about mescaline, psilocybin and LSD?”

This line of question will inevitably discover some amazing medicinal properties. It’s going to take a few years for cannabis to work on the collective psyche of society to create a space for psychedelic exploration, however it is my humble opinion that psychedelics are coming.

In the meanwhile, I’ll still continue to explore the mental plateaus that psychedelics have to offer. Hopefully one day, exploring the possibilities of your own mind will no longer be considered a crime. 

 

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Tips for Storing Your Cannabis Extracts

Protect your cannabis extracts by storing them properly, extending their shelf life and protecting its flavor and potency.

Just as with cannabis flower, proper storage of your cannabis extracts is important for preserving the characteristics your prize, like its strength and flavor. While your cannabis extracts will come from the dispensary in some form of storage, like parchment paper or glass jars, following the tips included here, you are sure to get the most out of your valuable cannabis extracts.

What are Cannabis Extracts?

This category of cannabis product includes all extracts of the cannabis plant, especially those that contain cannabinoids, the main active compounds in the cannabis plants.

Cannabis extracts can be made from both the marijuana and hemp forms of the cannabis plant. When made from marijuana, cannabis extracts will contain high levels of THC. When extracted from hemp, extracts will contain high levels of CBD.

Cannabis extracts are created by passing a solvent, such as butane, hexane, isopropyl, or CO2, through cured or fresh cannabis material that has been thoroughly ground. This produces a thick green or amber-colored cannabis oil, depending on the solvent and extraction method used, that is full of the plant’s active chemical compounds.

Next, when appropriate, the solvent is purged from the cannabis oil using heat and vacuum. The resulting cannabis concentrate is then processed into one of a number of potential forms, including wax, crumble, honeycomb, sap, budder, live resin, shatter, and even isolate.

These concentrates are then vaporized or “dabbed” by consumers from a vape pen or specially equipped water pipe called a dab rig. With a potency ranging between 50-90 percent cannabinoids by weight, extracts like shatter are a fast, efficient, smoke-free way to consume cannabis.

Cannabis extracts can also be formulated into products like edibles, tinctures, skin care products, and more.

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What Should I Look for in Cannabis Extract Storage?

You can protect your cannabis extracts from the outside world by storing them conveniently in easy to use non-stick silicone.

Silicone containers should be your first choice in cannabis extract storage because they are sturdy and durable, so you can take your extracts with you when you are on the go. Since silicone is impact resistant, it will stand up to the most rugged use while protecting your cannabis extract inside.

Cannabis extracts purchased from a dispensary, it will often come wrapped in parchment paper slid into a small cardboard square. It is important to note that extracts should not be stored in wax paper because they will stick. Your cannabis extracts might also come in plastic or glass containers. These also won’t be as non-stick as a silicone container.

For that reason, it is a good idea to transfer your cannabis extracts from the glass, plastic, or parchment paper that it came in when you purchased it to a silicone container. One reason for this is the potential stickiness of some forms of herbal extracts. While your extracts may stick to a glass or plastic container, especially if allowed to melt or get soft, causing a loss of your valuable herbal extracts. Your cannabis extracts, however, won’t stick to quality silicone material, so you will be able to use all of your extract.

Silicone containers work best with drier extracts like waxes, shatters, and budders and tackier extracts like sap. They are also perfect for your homemade rosin. If your cannabis extract is in liquid form, it may leak out of the container.

How to Use Cannabis Extract Storage

When used correctly, it won’t take long for your silicone storage container to become an integral part of your cannabis routine.

To open your silicone storage, find the seam for the lid and pry open, separating the lid from the base. You can then use your dab tool to transfer your extract from its original container to your silicone storage. If your silicone storage is already loaded with your cannabis extract, be careful not to let it fall out when opening.

Once your storage container is open, you can use your dab tool to load up your desired size dab. If your cannabis extract is difficult to work with, it sometimes helps to gently heat your dab tool first. Because the silicone is heat resistant, your hot dabber won’t damage it. That means you can also rest your dabber on your silicone storage between or after dabs.

To close your silicone storage, place the lid back on the container, being careful not to allow any of your cannabis extract to fall out, and press the sides together until it tightly seals.

Finding the Best Cannabis Storage

Check out our complete guide to cannabis storage, including tips for finding the best cannabis storage for you. Learn more by visiting our Cannabis 101 page.

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Kansas House Approves Bill to Allow Use of CBD With Small Amounts of THC

The Kansas House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would allow the use of CBD oil with small amounts of THC by people with debilitating medical conditions. The measure, House Bill 2244, was passed by a vote of 89-35 early on Wednesday morning. The bill will now head to the state Senate for consideration.

HB 2244, also known as “Claire and Lola’s Law,” would give a legal defense to adults with debilitating medical conditions who use CBD oil containing up to 5 percent THC or the parents of seriously ill children who do so. Rep. Susan Humphries, a Republican from Wichita, said that sick people in the state should have the option to use cannabidiol medicinally.

“CBD oil is a remedy,” Humphries said. “It’s a medical treatment that many families in Kansas would like to use for their children with debilitating diseases or their selves.”

The bill is named for Claire and Lola Hartley, two sisters with a rare condition known as microcephaly which causes children to be born with underdeveloped brains and abnormally small heads and can lead to a host of other serious medical conditions.  The girls’ parents, Gwen and Scott Hartley, say that CBD oil could help save 12-year-old Lola’s life. Claire, who had cerebral palsy and epilepsy, died in December of last year at the age of 17.

“I guess the most disappointing thing for me is that we weren’t able to try the low THC CBD oil with her,” Scott Hartley told members of a House committee two weeks ago. “I know it would have helped her with some of the struggles in her life and it would help so many other kids, too.”

Another parent, Brianna Baskerville, said that she believes CBD oil with THC could also help her child, who has muscular dystrophy and an autoimmune disorder.

“We’re really excited and I think that this bill is going to impact a lot of people on a huge level,” said Baskerville after the House approved the measure.

Not a Legalization Bill

HB 2244 would not legalize cannabis cultivation or the production or sale of CBD oil, leaving no way for patients to legally obtain their medicine. Instead, the bill only provides an affirmative defense in court for someone who can prove that they or their child have a debilitating condition that they were treating with CBD oil. A letter from a doctor indicating a diagnosis would be required. The measure would also prevent the Kansas Department of Children and Families from attempting to remove a child from a home solely because of CBD oil use by a parent or child.

House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins, also a Republican from Wichita, said that the bill does go far enough and voted against it, saying that it  “doesn’t really move the needle” to only allow an affirmative defense in court.

“That’s all it did,” said Hawkins. “So why wouldn’t we have done something that’s actually a solution to the problem instead of something that’s just a band-aid or something.”

Predictably, Claire and Lola’s Law is opposed by the Kansas Medical Society, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and law enforcement groups, who plan to lobby against the bill’s passage in the state Senate.

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The SEO War for CBD and Cannabis Traffic Gets Expensive

Marijuana.com sold for $4.20 million.

Cannnabis.com sold for $5.2 million.

Kush.com sold for $500,000 just months ago.

Today, the announcement of CBDOIl.com selling for a cool $500,240 to Joe Vargas of Las Vegas, who owns dispensaries and the website BuyLegalMeds.com was a stunner.

The war has started for online traffic for the words “cannabis”, “marijuana”, “cbd” and “cbd oil”.  Actually, let me re-phrase that, the war for traffic has been going on for years in the cannabis space, but is it getting much fiercer, and expensive.  Today’s announcement just adds fuel to the CBD craze as Joe Vargas, already experienced at selling CBD and cannabis, jumps into the online ranking game with one of the best URL’s you could ever own in the CBD space.  In my opinion, behind CBD.com and CBD.net, this would be the 3rd most desirable CBD on the planet earth.

Why put it behind the .net you may ask?

Many people are just hearing about CBD now and some will have no idea that you can take it in oil form.  The term oil could scare some new users away in the sense, how do I ingest oil?  Either way, it is a close 3rd place and maybe a second-place term due to the .com ending.

For those that are new to the domain game and URL brokerage system, Google values “exact match domains” as part of their algorithmic ranking system.  What is an exact match domain?  An exact match domain is a domain that has the main keyword you are looking and then followed by the extension ending like .com, .net, org, etc.  For example, cannabis.com and cannabis.net would be the two most valuable exact match domains for the word “cannabis”.  The same can be applied to any field, not just cannabis, so “icetea.com and icetea.net”, “shoes.com and shoes.net”, etc. 

Within the domain name game, the .com is generally still considered the most valuable, followed by .net and then .org.  The other nice aspect of exact match domains is that they are very brandable and user friendly.  Instead of telling someone to go to “cbd oil marketplace online dot com”, it is very easy and memorable to say, “go to CBD oil dot com”.

So exact match domains have multiple benefits from Google giving them an edge in ranking, if all other things were equal, as well as being very brandable and easy to remember.

What does Joe plan to do with the domain he just picked up for a cool $500,240?  Joe says he will set up the “Amazon of CBD” and will combine it with educational articles about CBD.  “We look at the domain as an authority to the entire industry and the CBD oil industry is worth billions.  We think we got a great deal. This domain is worth a hell of a lot more to us and I didn’t want to lose the opportunity to someone else,” Vargas said.

The seller reached out to Joe’s social media team and eventually got through to Joe.  Joe’s initial offer was $100,000.  When the owner said no, he raised his offer to $300,000.  The seller said he had a hard line of $500,000 so Joe ponied up the $500,000.

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What does this mean for the battle for SEO ranking and traffic for CBD, as well as cannabis? 

People and companies are making big bets now that the real story in the cannabis and CBD space will be about demand down the road, NOT supply.  We have covered this in a few articles here on Cannabis.net, but in the end, the winners and losers in the industry will be determined by who can create orders for the plant, not the ones who can grow the plant.  Remember, the cannabis plant can be grown in 10 to 12 weeks, 16 at most.  There will be an endless supply of cannabis on the legal and black market as the entire world begins to grow cannabis legally at home and in large operational grows.  Once the laws are changed and the market can become efficient (i.e. sent in the mail, cross a state line, etc.) the problem will never be supply, it will be getting orders.

For example, Oregon has a massive oversupply, but can’t ship it to states like New York or Massachusetts due to the Federal laws surrounding a Schedule 1 drug, which cannabis is currently listed as at the Federal level.  So, while prices plummet to $100 a pound in some southern Oregon locations, people are still paying $2.500 a pound in states like New York and Massachusetts.  This is an inefficient market and temps many people to break the law in order to play the arbitrage game.  Once the laws are rectified, the legal “moat” around cannabis will be gone and supply and demand will be efficient.

What do pizza shops worry about?  Do they worry about not being able to get tomatoes sauce and mozzarella cheese?  No, their biggest worry is how to sell more pizzas, and how to get more orders.  Yes, there will be price fluctuations in tomatoes and cheese over time, but there will never be a point where they can’t get tomato sauce.  The price may shoot up if there is a bad tomato season somewhere, but it will be temporary.

The Ghost Group that runs Weedmaps was well ahead of their time in scooping up Marijuana.com over 10 years ago when legalization like we see today was just a dream.  They also bought Cannabis.net and marijuana.net to basically own “3 of the 4 crown jewels in the cannabis industry”.  What they have done is created a “Google moat” on page #1 for cannabis and marijuana terms.  Those domains are very powerful and rank well, and since there is no advertising allowed in the cannabis space yet, guess who all the dispensaries and brands have to go through to get traffic?  It was a brilliant move and gives the Ghost Group 3 valuable assets in a future IPO or sale.

So, would you have done it if you had the money?  Would you invest in an exact match or high-profile domain in the cannabis space, hoping that over time the domain becomes more and more valuable as countries around the world legalize the cannabis plant?

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