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Endocannabinoid Discovery Timeline

Endocannabinoid Discovery Timeline Martin A. Lee | July 01, 2020 Ancient peoples attuned to ecological subtleties referred to certain consciousness-altering plants and fungi as “teachers.” What has cannabis taught humankind? Long before the written word, cannabis figured prominently in the shamanistic traditions of many cultures, which found uses for virtually every part of the plant. The stalk provided fiber for cordage and cloth; the seeds, a rich source of protein and essential fatty acids, were eaten as food; and the roots and resinous flower tops were used in medicinal andRead More

Cannabis May Reduce Deadly COVID-19 Lung Inflammation: Researchers Explain Why

Cannabis May Reduce Deadly COVID-19 Lung Inflammation: Researchers Explain Why Emily Earlenbaugh | Jul 6, 2020, As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, researchers have started to look for solutions in an unlikely place – the cannabis plant. Cannabis’ active compounds have a number of properties that make it appealing as a potential adjunct treatment for infections from the novel coronavirus, and recently scientists have begun looking at its potential for reducing susceptibility to the disease, and even discussed whether it could be used as an antiviral medication. This month, researchersRead More

The Marijuana Superweapon Biden Refuses to Use

The Marijuana Superweapon Biden Refuses to Use Edward-Isaac Dovere | July 6, 2020   Democratic political consultants dream of issues like marijuana legalization. Democrats are overwhelmingly in favor of it, polls show. So are independents. A majority of Republicans favor it now too. It motivates progressives, young people, and Black Americans to vote. Put it on the ballot, and it’s proved a sure way to boost turnout for supportive politicians. It’s popular in key presidential-election states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, and Virginia. There’s no clear political downside—although marijuanaRead More

Scientists believe cannabis could help prevent and treat coronavirus

Scientists believe cannabis could help prevent and treat coronavirus Lee Brown | May 21, 2020 They have high hopes for a coronavirus breakthrough. A team of Canadian scientists believes it has found strong strains of cannabis that could help prevent or treat coronavirus infections, according to interviews and a study. Researchers from the University of Lethbridge said a study in April showed at least 13 cannabis plants were high in CBD that appeared to affect the ACE2 pathways that the bug uses to access the body. Scientists believe cannabis couldRead More

Study: Prolonged Cannabis Treatment Associated with Reduced Migraine Frequency

Study: Prolonged Cannabis Treatment Associated with Reduced Migraine Frequency   NORML | June 18, 2020 Patients who engage in cannabis inhalation for extended periods of time are likely to report reductions in migraine frequency, according to clinical data published in the journal Brain Sciences. A team of Israeli researchers assessed the impact of prolonged cannabis use (median treatment duration = three years) on the frequency of monthly migraine attacks. The majority of subjects (61 percent) in the cohort reported a greater than 50 percent reduction in monthly migraine attacks following theRead More

Portland Plans To Stop Using Marijuana Tax Revenue To Fund Police

Portland Plans To Stop Using Marijuana Tax Revenue To Fund Police Brendan Bures | June 11, 2020 Police benefit from marijuana legalization in ways you probably don’t expect. Research shows no longer enforcing marijuana policies allows cops to redirect their attention to solving more pressing crimes, including burglary, theft, and property crimes. But multiple states and municipalities also allocate legal marijuana tax revenue to police budgets. That could change following nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism. This week Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler announced the city would redirectRead More

Lavish Parties, Greedy Pols and Panic Rooms: How the ‘Apple of Pot’ Collapsed

Lavish Parties, Greedy Pols and Panic Rooms: How the ‘Apple of Pot’ Collapsed BEN SCHRECKINGER and MONA ZHANG | 05/24/2020 The warm California sun shone down on Adam Bierman as he stepped up to the ceremonial ribbon strung across the entrance of his latest triumph: a new store on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, the hottest retail strip west of the Mississippi. Bierman stood facing a pack of clamoring photographers. Behind him, inside the shop, were besuited politicians, including Congressman Ted Lieu, who had come out to show their support.Read More

COVID-19 delays mandatory pesticide testing for Washington state recreational cannabis

COVID-19 delays mandatory pesticide testing for Washington state recreational cannabis May 14, 2020 | Bart Schaneman The coronavirus pandemic has scuttled government efforts in Washington state to require pesticide testing for recreational marijuana, dealing a setback to an idea that has been kicked around for several years by local industry officials and regulators. The pandemic has made it impossible for state lawmakers to conduct public hearings, so the issue has again been tabled until further notice. Some cannabis companies have taken matters into their own hands, however, and are testingRead More

Marijuana giant Acreage cuts 120 jobs, ends deals in light of COVID-19

Marijuana giant Acreage cuts 120 jobs, ends deals in light of COVID-19 April 3, 2020 New York-based Acreage Holdings on Friday announced it is furloughing 122 employees and taking other cost-cutting measures, becoming the latest multistate marijuana operator to slash costs in response to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of its efforts, Acreage also disclosed in a news release the resignation of a top executive and announced it is: Acreage CEO and Chair Kevin Murphy said that, as “result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the very difficult decisionRead More

Oregon Cannabis Regulators Approve Random Product Testing

Oregon Cannabis Regulators Approve Random Product Testing Apr 20th | TG Branfalt The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced last Friday that it will begin random testing of the state’s cannabis products for undisclosed ingredients and additives. The agency said the change stems from last year’s vaping crisis. “During the vaping crisis OLCC took the position that specific additives suspected of being contained in nicotine and cannabis vaping products were adulterants and based on existing OLCC rules should not to be contained in marijuana products. But the OLCC lacked specific authority toRead More