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How to Use Cannabis to Reduce Opioid Dependence

The overuse and misuse of opioid medications is major public health problem for which we don’t currently have an effective solution. Nearly 2.5 million Americans struggle with opioid addiction and over 100 people die every day from opioid overdose. Though controversial, more and more evidence is showing that medical cannabis could be a lifesaving component of a strategy to solve to this epidemic. I recently had the opportunity to work with Sanjay Gupta on the fourth installment of his groundbreaking series on CNN, Weed 4: Pot vs. Pills, which aired last month, helping to explain how cannabis can be a solution to this epidemic. How Cannabis Reduces Opioid Dependence Thousands of people have used cannabis to help them reduce and replace opioid medications, as demonstrated in numero...

Can CBD Assist Muscle Recovery?

Athletes, therapists, clinicians, and average folks report significant benefit from CBD in treating muscle spasms, cramps, and pains. Much of the current popularity is promoted by producers of hemp-derived CBD. Their extensive marketing press is leading to Federal concerns with the efficacy of CBD, and that should concern anyone enjoying the medical benefit. This contribution hopes to clarify and differentiate science and propaganda. I also want to stress the benefit of cannabis-derived CBD treatments. Having said that, let’s look at the science. Mechanism of action CBD (cannabidiol) is the non-psychoactive element (THC) in the sativa and Indica cannabis strains we know. Because hemp is a sub-species of the cannabis family, it contains CBD and a minimal amount of THC. In the early 1960s, I...

With CBD, Cannabis Wellness Market Goes Big

Before Melissa McCarthy stepped out on stage last week at the Academy Awards wearing a bunch of stuffed rabbits, she reportedly took a moment to rub her feet with CBD oil to help with the pain associated with the fashionable, but distinctly uncomfortable, ultra-high heels worn by celebrities. McCarthy isn’t alone in turning to CBD-infused products to treat minor aches and pains. In fact, this year’s Oscars gift bag was full of CBD products. Sales of CBD are predicted to hit $22 billion in three years. Much of that projected growth is coming from CBD’s newly minted status as a health and wellness product, where it’s treated as a lifestyle oil that relieves pain, fights inflammation and provides consumers with a general sense of well-being, all wi...

America Collected Over $1 Billion in Taxes From Cannabis Retail in 2018

As American continues to embrace cannabis reform, it’s abundantly clear that legalization makes the grass greener for everyone in this country — including Uncle Sam and the IRS.  According to new data released by the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy, things are on the up and up when it comes to taxes collected from legal weed. In 2018, state and local excise taxes garnered from marijuana retail sales exceeded $1 billion — a milestone for the nascent industry.  Compared to 2017, this represents a 57 percent increase, in no small part due to California opening up its adult-use cannabis market. The report also suggests that there was “rapid growth in cannabis tax revenues” in Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington State. Plus, state-specific sales taxes ...

How Long Does It Take for CBD to Wear Off?

Cannabidiol is one of the main ingredients in hemp-based CBD oils and a popular alternative medicine. CBD oils can be used for a variety of different illnesses and disorders, with some of its most popular uses being for anxiety, depression, as an anti-inflammatory, for pain relief and as an acne treatment. Research into CBD oils is still ongoing, but from the current studies, we do have a strong basis to say that CBD certainly has the potential to be an effective medicine. But if you want to use CBD oils, how long will their effects last? This will actually depend on a number of different factors, and the type of CBD oil you use will play a big part in it. CBD oils are available in numerous different forms including tinctures, creams, capsules, and vapes,  for starters. Let’...

Despite CBD’s Popularity, Americans Still Don’t Understand Its Effects And Capabilities

There’s always been some confusion when it comes to the differences between CBD and THC. The latter, and much more famous compound, has been the subject of dozens of pop culture references and discussions; the former is only now acquiring some recognition. On the most basic level, the difference between THC and CBD is the fact that one gets you high while the other one doesn’t. CBD or cannabidiol, produces relaxing and therapeutic effects without producing that high feeling, an element that has allowed the compound to be used in many products with manufacturers not having to worry over the legal aspects that tend to cripple cannabis. CBD’s rise over the past year has been well documented. Experts say its business could be valued at $22 billion by the year 2022. The New York Times ...

The Top 10 Democratic Contenders of 2020 Who Support Legal Weed

In the lead up to the 2020 Presidential election, there are a lot of important issues that warrant debate. Everything from healthcare to net neutrality will be discussed during campaign season, but there’s one issue of particular importance: the legalization and decriminalization of cannabis. Legal weed isn’t really a wedge issue that causes people to shift their party allegiance. But it’s still important to know what major politicians think about its status, as we buildup to the next election. This look into ten Democratic contenders (only some have announced their exploratory committees while the rest have coyly voiced their interest in running) will explore how their views have changed and how they interacted with the so-called War on Drugs in the past.   Elizabeth Warren (Katherin...

You Might Know It Doesn’t Get You High, But How Does CBD Make You Feel?

For years, I was a concentrate-loving, daily herbivore. But, perhaps due to age or simply a change of interest, I found myself consuming cannabis more sparingly and opting for very different products. The newest go-to in my household stash? Cannabidiol (CBD). CBD products, like Elixinol CBD extract, are available in local stores and online as tinctures and oil infusions. These infusions can be taken like a dietary supplement, enjoyed by consumers in low to moderate doses either regularly or as-needed. But how does CBD make you feel, really? The subtle effects of the cannabinoid may surprise you. Unlike its more famous relative, THC, CBD does not produce intoxication. That doesn’t mean, however, that the compound won’t have affected your mind. The experience that CBD provides is far more su...

Top 10 Retreats for Cannabis Lovers

It’s nice to get away for a weekend or longer with a loved one or special friends. There are beach people, mountain sorts, and destination planners. The time away is meant to get some rest, rejuvenate, and rejoice. We all do it in different ways at different locations. But, these days such trips are built around cannabis, its industry and origins. We thought you might be interested in these 10 cannabis retreats: 1.  420YogaRetreats.com hosts weekend yoga and cannabis events at the Cliff House Lodge in Morrison, CO. Charges include lodging, meals, and goodie bags. Yogi D leads events with traditional yogi discipline. But, he also likes to bring in music and fun. He counsels on cannabis use from personal experience emphasizing laughter, restorative massage, and flow and partner yoga. The Cli...

This Newspaper Handed Out Joints To Celebrate Michigan Legalization

The journalists at Lansing’s City Post were heroes on Thursday morning. Laden with kind joints, the paper’s employees gave friendly greetings to those passing by City Hall and offered them the gift of free cannabis. It only took an hour to run out of jays, but not everyone was accepting the offer. More than half (56 percent) of Michigan residents voted yes on the cannabis legalization law and that’s presumably in the ballpark of people taking free weed from the alternative newspaper. “We wanted to do something to celebrate this occasion,” said City Pulse reporter Kyle Kaminski to the Lansing State Journal, adding that his view that fewer people getting arrested and prosecuted or even incarcerated for cannabis offenses was a good thing The new law says that if you are 21 or over, you may no...

Cannabis is America’s Next Wellness Obsession

The 2018 midterms made Michigan the tenth U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana. With the vote, the state enters a cannabis market thriving in states like Colorado, Washington and, most notably, California, which has surpassed the UK as the 5th largest economy in world. People are quitting their jobs and feverishly moving across the country for the “the green rush”—it’s literal reefer madness. To some, the legalization of pot was a formality—license to smoke up without that nagging cop-phobia to ruin the high. But this reaches far beyond the stoner community: America finds itself in a full-on cannabis revolution. It’s no longer about graduating from a dealer to a budtender—the entire consumer market is pivoting to cater toward buyers who aren’t really “pot people.” First came “Lega...

8 Ways to Save Money When Buying Cannabis at Dispensaries

The price of cannabis at dispensaries shouldn’t surprise you. Word of mouth has spread the problem since the first legal dispensaries opened. The prices include huge tax burdens, but there’s nothing new about that. In the runup to legalization, the cost issues filled the news and political debate. With more states authorizing sales, more customers are hitting the wall of high prices, and they’re looking for ways around the problem. As more states authorize sales, some of the pricing issues will shake out. Suppliers will merge, acquire, or sell out. And, the largest producers will make deals where economies of scale make sense. Evolving farm and production methods will lower the wholesale price. And, heartier breeding will create cost-efficient cannabis strains at the risk of homogenization...

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