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Texas County Prosecutors Dismiss Hundreds of Marijuana Misdemeanors

Earlier this month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill that will legalize industrial hemp and CBD products.

Now, some county prosecutors are grappling with the fallout with the new law—namely, what to do with more than 200 pot-related offenses.

The district attorney’s office in Tarrant County, Texas has dismissed 235 marijuana misdemeanors that have been filed since June 10, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 

Those misdemeanors now require lab tests. But there’s one massive dilemma: under the new law, most labs in the state are unable to differentiate between marijuana, hemp and hemp-related products. The new law in Texas, signed by Abott on June 10 and went into effect immediately, allows farmers in the state to cultivate hemp for industrial purposes, while also clarifying which CBD products are legal.

The signing of the law came on the heels of Congress’ passage of the 2018 Farm Bill in December, which removed a huge obstacle for states by making hemp legal on the federal level. But both the federal law and the new state law in Texas complicated longstanding legal definitions of what constituted marijuana and hemp. Under the new laws, the concentration of THC would be the chief factor distinguishing the two.

In testimony before the Houston Forensic Science Board earlier this month, James Miller, a seized drug analyst, said the new laws — which define hemp as containing less than .3% THC and marijuana as anything above that threshold — “caught a lot of us by surprise.”

In order to conduct the necessary testing, Miller said, laws will require additional equipment.

As such, Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that a “lab report in our estimation is now a requirement of the crime because it’s the only way you can tell legal from illegal.” Most of the dismissed cases, according to Wilson, were for possession of two ounces or less of marijuana. 

Those tests “could be quite expensive because it’s rare,” Wilson said, adding that her office is close to finding a viable lab.

“We think we found two,” Wilson said. “I’ll be communicating with our police agencies about what those labs are so that they can get that needed lab result and refile the case.”

The bill to legalize industrial hemp drew bipartisan support in the Texas state legislature, with both Democrats and Republicans alike applauding what they said could be a boon for local farmers.

Sid Miller, the state’s agriculture commissioner, said that “Texas will be a leader in hemp production.”

“This will be another tool for farmers that are looking to diversify their farming operations,” Miller said.

More than 40 states have laws allowing for industrial hemp.

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Arrested for Cannabis – Is America Really the Land of the Free?

Arrested for Cannabis – Is America Really the Land of the Free?

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Land of the free?

25 percent of the entire world’s prison population rests within the borders of the US. Out of that astronomical percentage, more than four/fifths of drug law violations are for possession. According to the ACLU, 88% of those possession arrests were for possession of cannabis. 

Nearly 600,000 people each year are arrested for cannabis possession. That’s one person, every minute, every day of the month, for the totality of the 365 days that make up a year. 

Land of the free? Depends on who you ask.

People like Patricia Spottedcrow might not be so quick to cross their hearts and pledge allegiance to this land of the free.

Patricia Spottedcrow is an Oklahoma mother of four that received a severe prison sentence for selling 31 bucks worth of pot. After unknowingly selling the paltry amount to an undercover cop, the Native resident was hauled to the slammer. Being her first offense, Sheryl decided to take her chances with the judge, after all, why wouldn’t she? 31 dollars worth of cannabis? I’m surprised the cop even bothered to take her in. In many of these instances, when the amount the offender possesses is so small, judges will choose to DEFER the charge. Being her first ever offense, she had good reason to suspect  that this was exactly what would happen. She dismissed a plea deal and decided to go before the judge. 

Unfortunately for Spottedcrow and her children, the judge felt an example needed to be made. Patricia Spottedcrow was given a 12 year sentence.

Bernard Noble. In 2010 the 49 year old father of seven was sentenced to 13 years without the chance for parole. Must have been carrying some serious weight, flying loaded planes on over from Mexico or something? 

Think again.

Mr. Noble was busted with the equivalent of two joints worth of weed. (Slightly less than 3 grams.) “He was probably doing something pretty suspect to be pulled up by the police and given such a harsh sentence though,” some may be thinking at this point. If being a black man riding a bike is a crime, then yes, Bernard Noble was a serious criminal…  

These two examples of extreme sentencing against such paltry offense raises a serious question. 

Is the cannabis prohibition just another way to oppress people of minority? 

Out of all the stats mentioned at the beginning of this article what I failed to mention was that people of color are 4 times more likely to be arrested than whites, despite having similar rates of use. The racial disparity is so severe that one ACLU report  states that, “in over 96% of counties with more than 30,000 people in which at least 2% of the residents are Black, Blacks are arrested at higher rates than whites for marijuana possession.” According to the report, in the worst offending counties across the country, Blacks were over 10, 15, even 30 times more likely to be arrested than white residents in the same county. 

The 13th amendment was introduced at the end of the civil war. It was penned into our constitution to ensure slavery would be abolished forever under the unchangeable right every citizen of this country should inherently possess. It states, “ Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Except as punishment for a crime? 

Some people may think this fair. Criminals should be required to pay their debt to society, and you know what? I agree. They should. The problem is that after the 13th Amendment was introduced to the Constitution a sudden influx of criminals began to fill jail cells. 

Some scholars say all the 13th amendement really did was legalize slavery by creating a loophole in which “criminals” had to repay their debt by not only incarceration, but forced labor. “To talk about how we got where we are today, we have to start with slavery and see how the justice system took over as a system of social control,” states Ngoze Ndulue, senior director of criminal justice programs at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in one New York Times article. Following emancipation Blacks would be arrested for loitering, speaking to whites in the wrong way, or even looking at a white woman in the wrong way. 

Once slavery had been “abolished,” conveniently, Southern states decided to devise a system known as “convict leasing.” What the convict leasing arrangement meant was that private parties, (plantation owners and other corporations), could be provided with free labor so long as the lessee provided food, clothing and housing for the prisoners. If there was a shortage of workers local authorities would just make more arrests, regardless of whether a crime was being committed or not. Those who had become rich off of whip-driven bodies had figured out a system of perfectly legal mass incarceration that could make them even more money than before. Prior to the “abolition of slavery” slave owners could pay up to 2,500 dollars each. After 1865 prisoners could be purchased for pennies on the dollar.  

Things haven’t really changed that much either. These days prisoners are forced to do all kinds of things. 

Companies like Starbucks, UPS, Wendy’s, hell, even Bank of America is getting in on the trade of slave labor provided by the prison industrial complex. 

Some inmates are even forced to put their lives on the line working as firefighters at the stellar rate of .45 cents an hour, and it’s still African Americans and other races of shaded melanin that make up the majority of our prison systems, many of them finding their way there as did Bernard Noble and Patricia Spottedcrow. 

The War on Drugs? It would seem to this writer that the war on drugs is nothing more than a red herring which serves as a vehicle for law enforcement to target communities of color and keep the pockets of Big Business fat and happy from the booming benefit of the legal slave trade.

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Ireland Greenlights Medical Cannabis Pilot Program

Ireland on Wednesday launched a scheme that will allow its citizens to use cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Simon Harris, the country’s health minister, signed legislation that establishes a program to give patients access to marijuana for treatment purposes. “The Medical Cannabis Access Programme” will be maintained for five years until 2024, at which time it will undergo a review. Previously, medical marijuana was available only to select patients in the country. Recreational marijuana remains illegal there.

Ireland is just the latest European country to greenlight medical marijuana, as more and more governments across the continent reconsider anti-pot laws. In February, the European Union passed a resolution encouraging member states to ease restrictions on medical marijuana. Portugal approved a measure legalizing medical marijuana earlier this month, while Italy, Germany, and Great Britain have enacted similar laws. On Wednesday, the Swiss government announced plans to make it easier for patients to get prescriptions for medicinal cannabis.

In Ireland, the effort has been marked by a series of fits and starts. Harris proposed the program two years ago, but its ultimate enactment was delayed by an inability to find a supplier that could export the products into the country. That hurdle was finally cleared earlier this month, allowing Harris to turn the program into a reality on Wednesday.

The program will allow medical cannabis treatment for patients suffering from various conditions associated with multiple sclerosis, chemotherapy and epilepsy—as long as those patients have failed to respond to more conventional treatments. The legislation comes a month after a group of doctors, calling themselves the “Cannabis Risk Alliance,” penned an open letter voicing their concerns about the effects of marijuana. In the letter, which was among others signed by Dr. Ray Walley, the former president of the Irish Medical Organisation, the doctors lamented what they called a “one-sided discussion about cannabis.” 

“Most of the people taking part in these discussions are sincere and well-intentioned,” they wrote in the letter. “However, as doctors, we are concerned that Ireland is being led down the path of cannabis legalisation. We are opposed to such a move as we strongly feel that it would be bad for Ireland, especially for the mental and physical health of our young people.”

On Wednesday, Harris seemed to address those concerns, saying that, “It is important to state that there are no plans to legalise cannabis in this country,” as quoted by the Irish Post. 

“The purpose of this programme is to facilitate compassionate access to cannabis for medical reasons, where conventional treatment has failed,” Harris said. “Ultimately it will be the decision of the medical consultant, in consultation with their patient, to prescribe a particular treatment, including a cannabis-based treatment, for a patient under their care.”

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The Cannabis Cannonball Run – Illinois Becomes 11th State to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

Illinois Becomes 11th Recreational Cannabis State – The Cannonball Run is Close!

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With all the news this week about Governor Pritzker signing into law the recreational cannabis bill, making Illinois the 11th state to approve a recreational cannabis program, one interesting fact that people are missing is that we are very close to land-locked route to be able to travel from California to Maine only through medical or recreational legal states.

The new law allows Illinois residents age 21 and older to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower or bud, 5 grams of concentrate and 500 milligrams of THC in products such as edibles.  It also will expunge the records of 800,000 people with criminal records as a result of purchasing or possessing 30 grams or less of marijuana. It earmarks a quarter of the tax revenue from the sale of cannabis to redevelop impoverished communities in the state and gives vendor preference to minority owners.

Illinois going recreational is a huge “get” for the cannabis industry as it is the 6th most populous state in the country with close to 13,000,000 people.  Chicago, the hub of the Midwest, has close to 2,800,000 people alone.  Why did Illinois move so quickly on getting recreational cannabis approved through its legislature and not a common vote?  Debt.  Illinois has massive public debt in the form of underfunded public pension funds.  Their state debt grade is closing in on junk ratings and they are in desperate need of some form of new taxes and revenue to help stop the massive debt overload.  Legal cannabis is one way to find some tax revenue as Colorado just went over the $1 billion mark in tax revenue since cannabis become legal there a few years ago. Cannabis consumers would pay up to 34.75% tax on their purchases in Illinois, depending on potency. 

Chicago, one of the largest cities in the US, also holds out hope as a good central location for a weed hub in America.  You have a large central transportation system with railways and the Great Lakes.  You have strong intellectual properties in the city with schools such as U. Chicago on the South Side and Northwestern on the North Side.  The city itself has made push into being a startup center with heavy funding for projects such as The Mart in downtown Chicago.  Three major incubators now call Chicago home or have offices in the city.  The southern part of the state, as you head to the University if Illinois, is all farmland, farmland that could grow hemp and marijuana.  The University of Illinois has a very strong agricultural program and with lower incomes in the southern part of Illinois, a cash crop like hemp and cannabis could be a boom for the local economy.

Is the Cannonball Run Next?

One interesting tidbit with Illinois going recreational is that we are getting very close to a cannonball run course from California to Maine where you can almost make the whole trip through legal cannabis states.  Missouri and Indiana being the last real worrisome areas.  Does that mean it is legal to transport your medical marijuana across each state line or that you can now legally drive THC products across the country without a problem?  Absolutely not, but it does open the door to a less threating route to travel with cannabis, whether with your own medicine or a huge U-Haul full of weed.  It also raises the tolerance level of those states if you do happen to get pulled over and checked.  As we have mentioned in a few other articles, we may not be closer to Federal legalization but the repercussions or “negative incentives” for selling cannabis on the gray and black market are dropping off by the day.  Creating corridors through the US that you could travel somewhat legally with weed will only encourage the cannonball runs that have been documents on TV, where the illegal cannabis market drives herb from California to NYC in a 36-hour run and then drives back.  The risks around that drive are slowly diminishing and can almost all be done through states that have some form of legal marijuana.

Does that mean you can take 75 pounds of cannabis and drive it from the Emerald Triangle to the Bronx and not have any worries?  No, we are not saying that, we are just showing on a map of how there is a now almost a continuous land route to cross the country is all legal cannabis states.  Does that make crossing a state line legal, no.  Does it mean your medical card will be honored in all states you are driving through in the US that have a medical program.  No, but some states do have reciprocity rules where an MMJ card from one state is valid in another, states such as Nevada and Maine have laws on the books like this as well.

Trade routes have been very important through history for industry and countries to establish markets, the British were the first with the tea trade and with oceanic shipping, the US cannabis industry is very quickly getting a road map for trans-continental cannabis shipping lanes.

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Your Guide to the Best Inexpensive Vapes

We look at the best affordable vapes under $50 for dry herbs, botanical extracts, and vape liquids and oils.

Vaporizers make it easier than ever before to enjoy your favorite dry herbs and botanical extracts, but higher end vapes with all the bells and whistles can often run into the hundreds of dollars, putting them out of reach for many budget conscious vapers.

If you are new to vaping and don’t want to invest too much in getting started or just want to vape without spending a lot of money, then we have you covered. Here are the best vapes under $50 in each of our vape categories: dry herb vapes, wax vapes, liquid/oil vapes.

Best Affordable Dry Herb Vape: Atmos Jump

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best cheap dry herb vape

When shopping for an affordable dry herb vape, you can’t go wrong with the Atmos Jump. Designed for simplicity, the Atmos Jump has a single optimized temperature for dry herb vaping, while single-button functionality makes it easy to control your vape session. The Jump’s super slim pen-style body allows you to take it anywhere.

The Atmos Jump’s coilless anodized heating chamber evenly vaporizes the active compounds in your dry herb without burning it. The vape’s removable mouthpiece makes it easy to load and empty its chamber. The Jump comes packaged with a USB charger, packing tool, and brush to keep your vape working its best.

Different from the clunky, expensive dry herb vapes that dominate the market, the Atmos Jump combines affordability with portability, making it a versatile choice for any vaper.

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Best Affordable Wax Vape

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best cheap marijuana wax pen

If you are looking for an inexpensive vape for your botanical wax or similar extract, then the KandyPens K-Stick Supreme wax vape should be your first choice. The K-Stick Supreme features a single rod atomizer made of high quality quartz crystal with a titanium coil. It heats quickly and evenly upon activation, so you can enjoy fast puffs without slowing down.

About the size of an ink pen, the K-Stick Supreme slides easily into your front pocket, purse, or laptop bag, so you can take it with you and vape your botanical extracts on the go. Because, it uses standard 510 threading on its battery, it is easy to swap and replace parts.

Despite its affordable price, the K-Stick Supreme offers variable vape temps with three preset temperature options. This feature allows you to customize your vaping session, with lower temps providing more flavor, while higher temps create larger clouds of vapor and stronger effects.

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Best Affordable Liquid/Oil Vape

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Want to get the most bang for your buck? Then the tiny, but powerful HoneyStick Elf if perfect for you. The ultra small 3.7 volt battery has a single, optimized vaping temperature for vape liquids and oils. Autodraw activation makes vaping easier than ever. Simply inhale or “draw” from the mouthpiece, and the Elf vape will automatically activate, creating a smooth, full vapor.

Fitting in the palm of your hand, the HoneyStick Elf is one of the most discreet vapes on the market. The entire vape is around just 3 inches tall, so portability is also a consideration. The Elf is able to slide into pockets and purses that can’t hold larger vapes.

The Elf comes with a refillable vape cartridge to add your own favorite vape oils or liquids. However, the magnetic adaptor that holds the vape cartridge in place uses universal 510 thread, so it is easy to swap out for your favorite pre-filled vape cartridges. All you need to do is unscrew the circular magnet and attach it to any 510 threaded cartridge.  

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Does Feeding the Endocannabinoid System Make Us Healthier?

What if cannabis is more than a recreational drug, or medicine, but a nutritional supplement that can prevent deficiencies that may be responsible for everything from neurological pain to insomnia? You may have heard of the endocannabinoid system, and know that ingesting cannabis binds to ready-made receptors within our body. In addition to helping us feel happy and high, the consumption of cannabis can treat everything from nausea to PTSD and is hailed as a medicine by many. But do these illnesses stem from a deficiency of our body’s own cannabinoids? Should everyone be consuming cannabis? Read on to learn what the experts have to say about this controversial, but potentially awesome, theory. 

What is the endocannabinoid system?

“The endocannabinoid system is the homeostatic regulator for the central nervous system,” says Dr. Matt Montee, PhD., PA-C. “The name comes from the plant.” We discovered the endocannabinoid system in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. How did humans exist for so long without researching such an important biological system? While the motor system is rather apparent, the ECS works subtly. “The endocannabinoid system is more of a control system. It’s responsible for the cross-coordination between those other primary systems,” explains Harvard cannabis specialist and CEO of Inhale MD, Jordan Tishler, MD. “It’s hard to see it in action, but really what it’s doing is keeping all of those systems functioning at peak levels.” 

Cannabinoids from plants, such as THC and CBD found in cannabis, are known as phytocannabinoids. Our body makes its own cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids, which are fat-soluble enzymes. They bind to the two primary receptors, CB1 and CB2. While both exist throughout the body, CB1 receptors are the most highly concentrated in the brain. CB2 is primarily found in the immune and hematopoietic system (which regulates the production of blood). Phytocannabinoids bind to these same receptors. “In particular, its THC that interacts with the receptors,” says Tishler, MD. “CBD can interact with those same receptors, but they don’t stimulate those receptors the way that THC does. Rather they change the way those receptors react to the THC.”

While THC and CBD are the most famous phytocannabinoids, there are over 100, and we are just beginning to identify and understand them. Evidence suggests that cannabinoids help our body maintain homeostasis. Therefore, some medical practitioners and cannabis advocates speculate that just like a serotonin deficiency leads to depression and is treated by stimulating serotonin production, humans can have an endocannabinoid deficiency. Hypothetically, this deficiency is the underlying cause for neurological pain, mood and anxiety disorders, and even cancer. The controversial solution? Consume cannabis. Some advocates say everyone should take marijuana. 

Should we all be feeding our ECS with cannabis?

The endocannabinoid system regulates the immune and the endocrine system. “Those are the two culprits for most chronic degenerative and terminal illness,” says traditional naturopath and registered herbalist Dr. Lakisha Jenkins. “We will literally see a healing of the nation if we start to support ECS.” According to Dr. Jenkins, we should view phytocannabinoid supplementation like a nutritional supplement. Rather than view it as strictly recreational or medicinal, it can be a nutritional tool to prevent the development of conditions cannabis currently treats. Your friend who doesn’t smoke weed likely consumed the wrong type, at the wrong time, in the wrong amount. 

Tishler, MD is familiar with the claim that we should integrate cannabis into our diets to treat endocannabinoid deficiencies but is skeptical. “It’s not an unreasonable hypothesis, but I wouldn’t operate under the impression that we have any research to support it,” he says. In particular, he is wary of brands that say we all need cannabis. “It’s sold with claims being made by unqualified people without the science to back that up. It becomes far more about making money than taking care of people,” Tishler, MD says.“Sometimes it doesn’t work; people can’t handle the side effects, just like any other medication. It’s good for some people, and it’s not good for other people.”

What is the best way to consume cannabis? 

So if you’re someone who does react well to cannabis, what method of intake is best to feed your ECS? Dr. Jenkins names sublingual tinctures as it’s systemic; you can feel it through your entire system. Those who truly don’t want a psychoactive experience can opt for a cannabis suppository or the Pechoti method, in which you put cannabis in your belly button (yes, it’s a thing). Dr. Montee agrees that cannabis has nutritional value. “If a patient really doesn’t want THC there’s full-spectrum CBD. I know some people prefer the isolate, but I think the best answer is using full spectrum products, so the entourage effect comes into play,” he says.  

Full spectrum cannabis, as opposed to isolated THC or CBD found in some oil, shatter, and extracts contains all the terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids. The entourage effect assumes that cannabis is most beneficial when everyone gets to come to the party. Most pharmaceuticals are an isolated compound, but the entourage effect takes us back to plant medicine of indigenous cultures. “Traditional medicine is still practiced in cultures that don’t have access to media, electricity, all of the norms that we call comfort in democracy. They still use plants; they still use botanicals. Isolating constituents and making pharmaceuticals is actually what’s new. We’ve only been doing that for less than 200 years,” Dr. Jenkins says. 

While whole plant medicine may take us back to medicine before prohibition, to know if we should consume cannabis to treat an endocannabinoid deficiency, we must look towards the future. More research is the only way to know the true powers, and drawbacks, of the cannabis plant, and that requires the Federal government to reclassify cannabis from a Schedule I substance. “It’s very frustrating that the government is standing in the way of research,” says Tishler, MD. “Cannabis has amazing potential to help people; it’s just that there are no miracle drugs. Everything is going to have pros and cons. The best way we can help those people is to have a rational, nuanced approach.”

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CBD Stocks and Investment Options

CBD Stocks & Investment Options

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How can you invest in CBD in the Stock Market?

           The legal cannabis market is currently one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Global sales of legal cannabis are projected to grow by as much as 38% in this fiscal year alone, to a whopping $16.9 billion. The legal cannabis market, expanding at its current rate, is expected to grow 350% in the ten years from 2017 to 2026. It is projected to be a 20.9 billion dollar industry by 2022. If these numbers are accurate, every investor in America will want to learn more about the cannabis industry, and the related stocks in the coming years. Areas that have already legalized cannabis are seeing higher demand from consumers. As a result, the creation of new cannabis companies, and products has been consistent. Another reason for this unprecedented growth is that legal cannabis has a wide range of applications, and isn’t limited by a single niche use or market. Multiple offshoots and subcategories simply related to cannabis could grow at an even faster rate than the marijuana industry itself over the next five to ten years.

            The main example of this is the CBD market, which is growing even faster. CBD is short for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is one of over 113 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD is closely related to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that causes the high feeling commonly associated with marijuana use. However, unlike THC, CBD doesn’t have the same psycho-active effects. Thus, CBD won’t make the user feel “stoned” when they take it, which makes it appealing for people looking to enjoy the health benefits of cannabis without experiencing mind altering side effects.

            Global CBD sales are expected to grow from the $591 million recorded in 2018, to an incredible $22 billion by the end of 2022. That’s an astonishing annual growth rate of nearly 150%. If these projections are correct, that level of growth would dwarf the general marijuana industry’s growth rate in the same time period. This should certainly interest potential investors trying to capitalize on the budding market.

            Part of the reason why CBD products are so appealing is because CBD is known to potentially treat or prevent a broad list of negative health conditions. In addition to a myriad of online testimonials and some celebrity endorsements, there are a multitude of scientific studies from prestigious Universities that claim CBD can be beneficial for a host of illnesses. It has also been scientifically proven to treat epileptic seizures in some patients. This fact has led the U.S. government, and other governments across the globe, to fund research looking into CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of health problems such as:

  • Neurological disorders such as dementia, Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s disease, MS, stroke and various forms of traumatic brain injury.
  • Autoimmune issues related to inflammation such as rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Skin conditions such as acne, dry skin and psoriasis.
  • Diabetes and metabolic syndrome issues related to obesity.
  • Digestive issues like IBS, colitis and Crohn’s disease.
  • Psychiatric illnesses like schizophrenia, PTSD, ADHD & Autism.

            Some physicians experimenting with CBD in treating some forms of cancer have already found it to be beneficial to cancer patients in relieving the negative side effects of chemotherapy such as decreased appetite and nausea. Even people who aren’t sick can still benefit from CBD, as one of its main selling points is stress relief. These days, Americans seem to be more stressed out than ever. It’s certainly a trend worth looking at when considering CBD’s investment potential.

            With such an extensive list of potential uses, it’s no surprise that people are becoming more interested in CBD. Additionally, products containing CBD are becoming widely available. Consumers are able to purchase hemp derived CBD products online, as well as from physical stores in areas where it’s legal. Several restaurants and coffee shops now offer products like CBD infused lattes, and in some areas, CBD has become so popular, you may even see a kiosk for it at the local mall.

            CBD can also be sold through state-regulated medical cannabis programs. In fact, a big part of the reason cannabidiol has taken off in the past few years is because of the passage of the New Farm Act in December of 2018. This act allowed pilot programs for hemp production in states that allowed it. The law basically states that CBD can be derived from plants that fall outside the definition of industrial hemp, with THC levels above 0.3% of the weight. This currently allows for greater production opportunities, and also greater investment opportunities.

Investing in CBD

            With such massive growth in the market, the number of publicly-traded cannabis stocks is skyrocketing. So, what’s the best way to invest in CBD? In short, do plenty of due diligence. Any savvy investor will tell you there’s no such thing as a risk free investment. It’s very important to thoroughly research a company before investing in it. The opportunities that the legalization of CBD has presented, as expected, has attracted many opportunists. The market has seen an increasing number of companies pop up quickly as a result. It’s important to consider which companies appear to be substantial versus those that might be running a pump and dump scheme. In general, it’s a good idea to find companies with innovative, and proprietary products, as well as those than can offer certified lab results assuring quality and confidence in the products sold.

Here’s a Look at Some of the Major Players:

Trulieve Cannabis (NASDAQOTH: TCNNF)

Trulieve has licenses in four states, however they have remained laser-focused on their home state of Florida. Over 90% of their dispensaries are located in the Sunshine State, in the areas where medical marijuana is legal. By centralizing efforts on their home turf, Trulieve has been able to take the market share lead in the potentially billion-dollar Florida cannabis market, while managing to keep their costs down. Trulieve expects to expand outside of Florida as well in the coming years. Recent acquisitions have given Trulieve the ability to grow medical marijuana in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and California. California alone is expected to reach $11 billion in cannabis sales by 2030.

            Even with the higher costs of building their brand outside of their home state, Trulieve’s success at home should easily keep the company profitable. Growth estimates from the company following its most recent quarter, project that total annual sales should double to $240 million in 2019 from $102.8 million last year. Growth is even expected to reach $400 million in 2020. This forecast is a huge reason why Wall Street’s consensus profit projections for next year have been on the rise.

Planet 13 (NASDAQOTH: PLNHF)

Specialty dispensary operator Planet 13 packs quite a lot of value despite being possibly the smallest stock listed here. Planet 13’s business approach is unique, but their aims are high as they are looking to be the main cannabis experience in the United States. The company’s primary location is just off the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. This superstore currently spans 16,200 square feet, but will hit 112,000 square feet once the current expansion is completed. This flagship mega-complex’s third quarter should feature a coffee shop, pizzeria & bistro, event center, and a consumer-facing processing center with around a dozen windows. Since opening their doors at the beginning of November, the number of visitor per day has nearly doubled, and the average ticket price has already increased by nearly $11 to $90.63 in May due to popular demand. One futuristic feature of this location is a handful of self-checkout kiosks to expedite the shopping experience for regular visitors.

            Planet 13 has also recently announced plans to expand into Southern California with a 40,000-square-foot store just 10 minutes from Disneyland. These factors all indicate that the company’s sales, and value, should begin to rise quickly in the coming months.

Charlotte’s Web Holdings (NASDAQOTH: CWBHF)

Charlotte’s Web currently has the largest piece of hemp-derived CBD market share in the United States. Competition is starting to pick up as every company wants their share of a pie with such massive projections. This company ended 2018 with its products in nearly 3,700 retail stores. Charlotte’s Web finished March with its CBD-based topicals, capsules, and oils in over 6,000 retail locations.

            In the company’s most recently quarterly report, management announced their intentions to more than double their hemp planting and extraction from 300 acres a year to 700 acres in order to meet growing product demand. This explains why Wall Street projects the company will nearly double sales in 2019 and grow their revenue by another 135% in 2020. Right now, Charlotte’s Web has a forward P/E of just under 15, yet full-year sales could more than quadruple between 2018 and 2020. That’s an amazing value to say the least. Being a direct player in the CBD market means Charlotte’s Web is considered a safe investment because it’s one of just a small handful of pot stocks that are profitable on an operating basis. This is a company that’s been profitable without the assistance of one-time benefits for more than a year, and appears to be on track for sales growth of more than 120% in 2019. It’s unquestionably the easiest way to give your portfolio CBD exposure.

KushCo Holdings (NASDAQOTH: KSHB)

If a middle-of-the-road approach is more appealing to you as an investor, consider taking a closer look at KushCo Holdings. KushCo is probably best known for providing packaging and branding solutions to more than 5,000 marijuana growers worldwide. That includes packaging dried cannabis flower. They also provide packaging and branding solutions for different consumption options, including concentrations that contain high amounts of CBD. Although KushCo isn’t the only player when it comes to packaging and branding solutions in the cannabis industry, it is easily the most widely recognized. They have been ramping up agreements with major producers to supply packaging and branding solutions for years to come. Additionally, KushCo’s acquisition of Summit Innovations in 2018 brought the company into the world of hydrocarbon gas and solvent production. This is major because these are both necessary in the production of cannabis oils, and in the manufacturing of cannabis concentrates. Cannabis oils are generally rich in CBD, and they’ve been incredibly popular with consumers throughout North America. So much so, in fact, that according to Wall Street, this company is on track for more than $200 million in sales by 2020.

GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: GWPH)

GW Pharmaceuticals is one of the biggest names in the industry as they created the first FDA approved drug derived from botanical cannabis, Epidiolex. Epidiolex is an oral CBD formula which is used for the treatment of seizures in treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy. Specifically, two rare forms of childhood-onset epilepsy, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. In June 2018 Epidiolex demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in seizure frequency relative to a placebo in multiple late-stage trials. In fact, GW Pharmaceuticals’ work on cannabinoids may have been the catalyst that incited the recent change in the way CBD is viewed by the U.S. government at the federal level.

Green Growth Brands (CSE: GGB) Remember when I mentioned above that you might soon see a kiosk selling CBD based products at your local mall? Enter Green Growth Brands. This company primarily sells online, however they are leading the charge into the retail storefront market. They have already opened several Seventh Sense kiosks, and have a deal with Simon Properties to open 108 locations to sell CBD based cosmetics. Another benefit of CBD cosmetics is that they are less likely to be vulnerable to strict FDA regulations compared to products that are consumed orally. The company also has close ties to the Schottenstein family of American Eagle Outfitters.

Cronos Group (NASDAQ: CRON) announced a partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks in September that will allow the company to use Ginkgo’s microorganism platform, making this company one to watch in terms of new cannabinoid production methods. Cronos and Ginkgo are able to use yeast strains to pinpoint what cannabinoids they want to produce. This means cannabinoids that are rare and have been hard to produce in masse can now be manufactured in greater quantities.

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS)

To clarify, this is a different kind of CBD business. Comparing Charlotte’s Web to CVS Health, for instance, is a little like comparing apples to oranges. Charlotte’s Web relies on CBD for every cent of their sales, CVS Health will only be generating a small fraction of sales (far less than 1%) from CBD products. CVS Health announced that they would begin carrying hemp-derived topicals in roughly 800 stores in a total of eight states. Although, if you’re buying into CVS Health, you’re buying into a long list of growth initiatives beyond just CBD products. Keep in mind that CVS stores have thousands of over-the-counter products for sale, not to mention their pharmacy revenue. This might be a great stock to buy if you’re counting on an aging U.S. population needing prescription medicines in the years and decades to come. You’re also betting on a decent amount of foot traffic for regular products in their stores. With CVS Health’s forward price-to-earnings ratio at its lowest point in a decade, this appears to be a low risk way to participate in at least a piece of the CBD movement.

Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ: WBA)

Walgreens Boots Alliance made a similar announcement just days after CVS stating it would also be adding CBD products to approximately 1,500 stores. One can look at Walgreens Boots Alliance in the same light as CVS as the two companies are extremely similar in terms of services, products, and general business operations. 

            Another benefit of the CBD industry is high margins. High margins are incredibly attractive to investors. Since most CBD products are created from dried hemp flower. Most growers throughout North America have turned their attention to CBD oils and other products to keep these margins high. Products containing CBD (including oil, topicals, vapes, edibles and capsules) typically have higher price points than traditional dried hemp flower or isolate, and most consumers are often willing to pay a higher price to avoid the hassle of the manufacturing process.

            Another important factor to consider when selecting a CBD stock is that local and state government crackdowns are still possible. Although the passage of the farm bill opened doors for CBD companies and products, there are still states and counties where CBD is considered illegal, despite being legal at the federal level. It’s worth noting that President Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget request also asked Congress to revert to less-restrictive language. This would loosen legalization restrictions in Washington, D.C. with other states sure to follow suit, however, in the meantime one should think about shutdowns as a possibility among companies operating in areas where the law isn’t clearly defined. In conclusion, here are some basic rules to follow when investing in cannabis stocks:

  • Research the company. As stated previously, it’s always a good idea to start by researching the company or companies you’re considering investing in. Check SEC filings. If a company isn’t listed there, it might not be worth your investment consideration.
  • Carefully consider the amount you’re investing. As a general rule of thumb, consider investing like gambling. Never risk more than you’re willing to lose. Good research can often lead to strong returns, but nothing is guaranteed. CBD stocks, like all other stocks, are volatile and can be unpredictable as environmental factors change.
  • Timing is everything. Every good investor knows timing is critical. When to buy and when to sell can be the sole difference on whether a stock will be a profitable investment or not. It’s important to have a timeline set up when investing. For instance, if stock X drops below a certain margin, I’ll sell. It’s a good idea to base this on your initial investment after you have hopefully seen some growth.
  • Select a stockbroker you are comfortable with and understand as much as you can about them. This step is for when you are ready to buy your shares, but doing research on a broker can be as important, if not more so, than researching the stocks themselves.

            Successful trading requires information and active engagement. There are several publications that can help you achieve this goal, and it’s highly recommended to read up on current market trends and world events often as you follow your investments. This will, hopefully, allow you to see patterns in the market and allow you to make informed decisions when selecting stocks to buy or sell, as well as the best time to do so. All of the advice and tips on investing in CBD stocks, as well as the stocks themselves listed in this article, are meant to serve as examples, and not to be taken as concrete financial advice. One thing I can tell you for sure, however, is that the potential for profit based in cannabis stocks as the market continues to emerge in various places around the United States and the world is palpable. We wish you the best of luck with your investments in this exciting new market space, and hope you will tell your friends and family about CBD and the potential benefits it holds as you watch your portfolio change and grow with cannabis stocks.

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How to Choose the Right Vape

Need help finding your perfect vape? Our complete vaporizer shopping guide will ask the right questions and make the right suggestions from among our best vapes, so you can find your new favorite vape.

Medical Marijuana, Inc. offers dozens of vaporizers in our store. This wide range in choice means that we likely have the perfect vape for you, but it can also make it difficult to find the right one from among the many vapes we sell.

This nuanced guide will help you to navigate the vaporizers in our store to find the one that works best for you. First, though, let’s look at the parts of the vape. We will be referencing these terms while we help you shop.

What are the Parts of the Vape?

Regardless of the vape you choose, it will have the same general parts. We will reference these parts regularly in this guide to help you best choose the options you want in your vape.

Battery or Power Source: All vaporizers will need a power source in order to work. Vapes turn this electrical power into heat in order to bring your vape material to its vaporization point. Most vapes use a battery, but some tabletop models use a cord, meaning you’ll be tied to a wall outlet when you vape.

Atomizer or Heat Source: As we mentioned above, your vape will turn electrical power into heat. This is done by a heating source like an atomizer or coil for example. This heat is then applied to your vape material (dry herb, wax, oil, liquid, etc.) to heat it to its vaporization point to create vapor you can inhale.

Tank or Chamber: Your vape will also a place for you to load your vape material to be vaped. This is often called a tank or chamber. In some cases, the tank is combined with the atomizer in a single unit. These are typically called cartridges. They are sometimes available prefilled with vape material and can be thrown away once the prefilled material is gone.

Mouthpiece: This is the part of the vape that you will use to inhale the vapor. It will extend out from the vape so that you can put it to your lips and inhale. In larger tabletop models, this might be a long rubber tube.

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What Do You Want to Vape?

To choose your perfect vaporizer, first you’ll need to decide what you intend to vape. Vape material falls into one of three categories: dry herb, waxes and similar concentrates, and oils and liquids.

Dry Herbs

Are you interested in vaping dry herb with your vape? These vapes work by heating a chamber to bring the active compounds in your dry herb to their vaporization point without combusting the material. Here are three great vapes to get you started vaping dry herbs.

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Pulsar Apx V2:

  • 5 preset temperature settings
  • Single-button functionality
  • 30 second warmup time
  • 4 inches tall

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Grenco Science G Pen Elite:

  • Precise temperature control
  • All-ceramic heating chamber
  • Digital LCD display
  • 30 second warmup time

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DaVinci IQ:

  • Offers both preset and customizable vape temperatures
  • Smartphone app compatible
  • Standby mode prevents wasting your dry herb
  • Pass through charging allows use while powering battery

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Wax and Similar Botanicals Extracts

Vaporizers have become a popular way to use botanical extracts like wax, shatter, budder, crumble and more because they offer a portable way to use these concentrated products. Wax vapes use an exposed atomizer to flash vaporize your botanical concentrate, creating a pure vapor.

KandyPens dry herb vape

KandyPens dry herb vape

KandyPens Crystal:

  • Single-button functionality
  • Four preset temperature settings
  • All quartz crystal glass atomizer
  • Pass through charging allows use while powering battery

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Thisthingrips Roil Gen 3:

  • Single-button functionality
  • Coilless ceramic atomizer
  • Variable voltage battery for multiple heat settings
  • Smart battery technology remembers the last heating setting

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KandyPens Prism:

  • Single-button functionality
  • Four preset temperature settings
  • Uses both a dual quartz rod atomizer and a ceramic coil-less atomizer
  • Just 4 inches tall

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Oils and Liquids

Some vape pens were designed to vape thinner consistency oils and liquids, like the CBD Vape products from Dixie Botanicals®. These three compact refillable vapes are perfect for liquid vape products.

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KandyPens Feather:

  • Autodraw activation
  • Flat, pocket-friendly design
  • Just 3 inches tall
  • 2 ml refillable tank

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KandyPens Special-K:

  • Single-button functionality
  • Three preset temperature settings
  • Two refillable 1 ml glass tanks
  • Supports standard 510 threading

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KandyPens RUBI:

  • Autodraw activation
  • Uses OCELL Ceramic Coil Technology
  • Just 3 inches tall
  • 1 ml refillable tank

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Multi-Use Vapes

Some vapes, like the ones below, were designed to be compatible with more than one type of vape material. These vapes allow you to vape both dry herb and botanical extracts, seamlessly switching between the two. Get the most out of your vape with these multi-use options.

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Boundless CFX:

  • Compatible with dry herb and wax
  • All ceramic heating chamber
  • Precise temperature control
  • 20 second warmup time

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KandyPens MIVA 2:

  • Compatible with dry herb and wax
  • Two preset temperature settings
  • Hybrid ceramic conduction/convection oven
  • OLED Digital Display

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Storz & Bickel Crafty:

  • Compatible with dry herb and wax
  • Smartphone app compatible
  • Just over 4 inches tall
  • Precise heating control

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How Important Is Size/Portability?

Another way to think about it is this: where do you plan to use your vape? Knowing where you will use your vape most helps you decide how important size will be when choosing a new vaporizer. Will you use it mostly at home or will you be taking it with your wherever you go?

Tabletop

If you will be vaping only at home, then a tabletop vape will work well for you. These sturdy units will usually need an electrical outlet to plug in to, making them hard to move around, but if you won’t be taking your vape with you, then the power, convection heating, customizable temperature, and capacity of these larger vapes make them stand out against smaller vapes. When shopping for a tabletop vape, the Volcano is a smart choice. One of the first vaporizers on the scene, it remains the gold standard in at home vapes.

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Storz & Bickel Volcano:

  • Works with dry herbs and botanical concentrates
  • Customizable heat settings
  • Hot air convection heating
  • Large LED display

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Handheld

Not as large as tabletop vapes, these handheld units combine many of the high end features common in tabletop vapes with a more manageable size. While handheld vapes are more portable than tabletop vapes, they aren’t nearly as discreet as vape pens. However, they offer a balance of size, features, and customization that can’t be found in tabletop or pen style vapes. The Apollo Airvape, about the size of a larger smartphone, is fully customizable and comes with interchangeable parts to shift between dry herb and extracts.

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Apollo Airvape X:

  • Works with dry herbs and botanical concentrates
  • Precision temperature controls
  • Hybrid conduction and convection heating method
  • Thin half inch thick design.

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Mini

Once you get down to pen style sized vapes and smaller, portability becomes the main feature. These mini vapes can slide into nearly any pocket or purse, and because they are so small, they are easy to use when on the move. For consumers looking to use waxy extracts, the KandyPens Galaxy makes “dabbing” on the go a reality. The Galaxy vape uses standard 510 threading, so you can also swap out its wax atomizer for prefilled oil cartridges seamlessly.

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KandyPens Galaxy:

  • Designed for botanicals extracts and wax.
  • Three temperature settings
  • Dual coil quartz crystal atomizer
  • Single button functionality

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Micro

Finally, some vapes are so small, that they provide unrivaled discretion and portability at the sacrifice of some features. These super small vapes often have a single optimized vape temperature and may forgo buttons for autodraw activation. Micro vapes usually work with vape oils and liquids stored in slim tanks and cartridges that work best with small vapes. One of the smallest vapes we sell is the innovative HoneyStick MiniMax. Designed to look like an auto key fob, the MiniMax can be attached to your keyring for fast use anywhere vaping is allowed.

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HoneyStick MiniMax Fob:

  • Universal 510 thread
  • Single button functionality
  • Contains smart chip technology for optimal temperature
  • Battery only – doesn’t come with a tank

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How Much Do You Want to Spend?

The final consideration for many consumers – and often the most important – is price. Vapes can range in cost from under $20 to several hundred or more, depending on size, options, and construction materials.

Price is No Concern

If you want the vaporizer with the most customization, best features, and highest power, it is hard to go wrong with the Storz & Bickel Volcano featured above.

Want these same features in a handheld unit? Then the Storz & Bickel Mighty is the vape for you. Like all Storz & Bickel products, the Mighty justifies its cost with unrivaled quality and innovation.

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Storz & Bickel Mighty:

  • Works with dry herbs and botanical concentrates
  • Precise temperature control
  • Patented combined convection and conduction heating
  • Digital display

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Well… It’s Some Concern

You don’t need to spend a ton to get a quality vaporizer. Many of the vapes we mentioned earlier are priced under $150. The Boundless CFX offers the ability to vape dry herb and extracts with the same vape, and features high end options like an all ceramic chamber and precise temperature control. If you are only looking to vape dry herb, then you might try the DaVinci MIQRO. The little brother of the DaVinci IQ, the MIQRO offers many of the same features in a smaller package.

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DaVinci MIQRO:

  • Designed for botanical herbs
  • All ceramic air path
  • Four preset vape temperature ranges
  • Smart Path Technology gradually increases temperature over your vaping session

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I’m Vaping on a Budget

You can skip the big investment altogether with affordable vape options from Medical Marijuana, Inc. You can begin vaping either botanical waxes or liquids and oils for under $20 with vapes like KandyPens Feather and the Atmos Nano. These no nonsense vapes simplify vaping to its core, relying on optimization rather than customization for the perfect vaping session.

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Atmos Nano:

  • Designed for botanical wax
  • Single button functionality
  • Quartz rod atomizers
  • Slim pen style shape

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What to Look for in a Vape

Regardless of what type of vaporizer you are looking for, you will want to purchase one that you can trust. Quality construction and high end materials like titanium, quartz, and ceramic ensure that your vape will be around for years to come.

But in case something does happen, shop for vaporizers that come with manufacturer warranties. Some vapes, like the Firefly, have a limited warranty, while others, like KandyPens and Arizers, back their batteries with a lifetime guarantee.

Medical Marijuana, Inc. has carefully cultivated the selection of vapes we offer in our store, choosing those with quality you can trust. Shop our complete line of vapes here.

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University of Maryland Launching Master’s Program on Medical Cannabis

The University of Maryland is launching a master’s degree program to instruct students on the science and regulation of medical marijuana. The new Master of Science (MS) in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics will “provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to support patients and the medical cannabis industry, add to existing research in the field, and develop well-informed medical cannabis policy,” according to a press release from the university.

The new degree is the first graduate program in the United States dedicated to the study of the medicinal use of cannabis. The two-year program will be based at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland and is designed for health care practitioners, scientists, regulators, dispensary owners, and other cannabis industry professionals.

“The MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics is an incredibly unique program,” said Dr. Leah Sera, an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and director of the new program. “Faculty from the School of Pharmacy who lead courses for the program are experts in both basic and clinical sciences related to the study of medications, and are dedicated to making coursework both interesting and accessible to all students.”

“There is truly no other educational program that offers the in-depth instruction on the science, policy, and therapeutics of medical cannabis that students who are accepted into our program will receive,” she added.

Most Coursework Completed Online

The curriculum for the program will be a mix of online coursework and “face-to-face” experiences, according to the university. Dr. Natalie D. Eddington, dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy, said that the program will train professionals for a rapidly growing field.

“Medical cannabis has been legalized in 33 states, including Maryland, as well as in Washington, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico,” Eddington said. “This number is only expected to increase in the future, fueling a demand for an educated workforce that is well-trained in both the science and therapeutic effects associated with this medicinal plant. Our MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics has been critically designed to prepare students to meet this demand. Innovations in instructional design throughout the curriculum will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive impact on communities across the United States.”

Is the Program for You?

The program is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree who work or wish to work in the medical cannabis industry. Students must be able to travel to the university’s campus outside Washington, D.C. once per semester for required symposia.

“Students who complete our program will have an unparalleled competitive advantage when it comes to pursuing or advancing a career in the medical cannabis industry,” Sera said. “These individuals will be well-prepared to support patients and the medical cannabis industry with the knowledge and skills gained from their coursework. They will also be able to add to existing clinical and scientific research on medical cannabis, and will be able to contribute to well-informed policies related to medical cannabis.”

Applications from students wishing to enroll in the program are due by August 15 for classes beginning on August 26.

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Can You Overdose on CBD? (What if take too much?)

Can You Overdose On CBD?

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is already so mainstream these days that you can easily purchase it at your neighborhood drugstore or over the internet.

Thousands of people rely on CBD as opposed to cannabis products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in cannabis. Since THC tends to result in anxiety and paranoia in some people, whereas CBD can provide great relief for many things without these feelings, it’s no surprise that CBD has become as common as sliced bread.

However, there’s been a lot of debate about the “right” CBD dosage.

The truth is that, there is no standard for the right CBD dosage just yet. There are many things to consider – all of which have an effect on what an optimal dose actually is: body fat, body type, tolerance for CBD, and your own level of discomfort or pain.

Generally speaking, starting at 10mg of CBD upwards is a good place to start if you weigh under 130 pounds. For those that are 130-200 pounds, 25mg to 30mg; and for those that are over 200 pounds, 30-45mg of CBD may help.

Now, some people wonder if it’s actually possible to overdose on CBD. Though overdose on cannabis really just isn’t possible, there is still a big misconception going around since many consumers are still wary because they think it’s possible to overdose on CBD.

Developing A Tolerance

Over time, taking CBD regularly, just like any substance, will result in an increase in your tolerance. For this reason, prescription and illegal drugs have killed people since it comes natural for us to increase our dosage in such a way that we reach fatal levels, because we no longer can achieve that high that we initially felt with a smaller dose.

It’s also virtually impossible to grow a dangerous tolerance for CBD because it doesn’t get us high or make us feel euphoric. Heck, why don’t you think people take CBD for recreational reasons? If they do, then it’s CBD laced with some potent THC. Because medicating with hemp-based CBD is always for some kind of relief and never for any high. At most, people take it to relax, take the edge off, or become sedated enough to go to sleep.

If you do notice that your CBD medication isn’t working as well as it did before, then the best thing you can do is to take a short tolerance break from it. Alternatively, you can also experiment with other forms of administering CBD. For example, if you’ve been taking it in capsules but after a few months no longer get the same relief, it may be time to try tinctures, edibles, concentrates, or vaping.

You Just Can’t Overdose On CBD!

Unlike other drugs or substances like alcohol, consuming too much of CBD is nothing more than an uncomfortable experience. The World Health Organization has even gone as far as publishing a report with all the scientific evidence backing up the safety of CBD. That’s why we can conclude with confidence that overdosing on CBD just isn’t possible.

The National Cancer Institute also says: “Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.”

Having said that, cannabis and all its compounds affect people differently. What can be considered an appropriate dosage for me may not be the same with others. For this reason, some people can end up experiencing mild side effects after consuming doses of CBD that is far too high for them. This may include dizziness, dry mouth, and lethargy. The worst case scenario is that you might have diarrhea.

Obviously, these effects are far from fatal, but that’s why it’s so important to find the right dose by starting small.

It’s also important to note that you shouldn’t be driving heavy machinery if you are only in the experimental phase with CBD.

Cannabidiol, unlike opioids and man-made drugs, is completely all natural. There is just no evidence whatsoever that it’s toxic whatsoever, and there has not been a single overdose or death recorded ever when taking this drug. Just make sure that what you are ingesting is hemp-derived CBD, and buy products that have been tested or vetted by a third party.

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