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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...

5 Shutdowns to Marijuana Myths Every Cannabis Enthusiast Should Know

Support for cannabis legalization is at an all-time high in America. More than 64 percent of Americans—both Republicans and Democrats—are now in favor of the federal government ending prohibition, according to Gallup’s 2017 numbers. There are still some folks, like West Virginia US Attorney Mike Stuart, touting reefer madness bogus like the Gateway Drug Theory. (In March, he vowed to ‘AGGRESSIVELY’ (in all caps) enforce federal marijuana laws.) But for the most part, people opposing legalization have more nuanced arguments that deserve, well, nuanced rebuttals. Let’s go through the leading marijuana myths, one by one. 1. There isn’t enough marijuana research to prove it’s safe and effective Elected officials who oppose federal legalization often say marijuana shouldn’t be legalized until t...

BREAKING: South Africa Legalizes Cannabis

South Africa’s Constitutional Court, the country’s highest judicial authority, has declared the government’s ban on the personal use and cultivation of cannabis unconstitutional, effectively legalizing cannabis in the country. On Tuesday (Sep. 18), the court decided unanimously to lift the country’s ban on cannabis with Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo declaring in an official statement that, “It will not be a criminal offence for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private for his or her personal consumption.” The ruling will also permit home growing in South Africa. Activists and members of the Rastafari community gathered outside the courthouse in Johannesburg as the decision came down, cheering and carrying signs that read: “Weed Are Free Now.” As part of its de...

Hoosier Seniors Find Success with CBD

Hoosier Seniors Find Success with CBD #Hoosier #Indiana #HoosierIndiana #CBD #Cannabidiol #Cannabis #CannabisIsMedicine #MedicalMarijuana #MMJ #Hemp #Seniors #Diabetes   The transition from prohibition to legalization is a difficult one – not only legislators trying to figure out how to make it work and for patients waiting until their medicine is finally legally available for purchase; but also, for those who may be considering for the first time that maybe, cannabis really is a medicine. Many of those looking at cannabis in a different light for the first time are seniors. The 65 and older age group is becoming more accepting of cannabis as the years go by and legalization spreads from state to state. For many, it is CBD, or cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive compound found in the ca...

Congress Eliminates Medical Marijuana Provision For Veterans

Regardless of how progressive some federal lawmakers believe Congress has become with respect to nationwide marijuana reform, there seems to be less evidence of this everyday. The latest bungle comes at the hands of a congressional conference committee and shows nothing but ill intent toward U.S. military veterans. Earlier this week, a panel connected to the U.S House of Representatives eliminated a temporary provision tucked inside a budget proposal for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs designed to give its doctors the right to recommend medical marijuana to their patients. The concept of allowing veterans access to medical marijuana in states where it is legal has been a hot topic of discussion as of late. It is one that has been tried and failed through the legislative grind year afte...

Older Adults Are Using Cannabis At Higher Rates

A new study is shedding light on the marijuana habits of middle-aged adults and seniors. And the results aren’t that surprising, considering older adults tend to lean on the plant for medicinal purposes. But what isunexpected is that, according to the study, these same cannabis users are more at risk for developing other drug habits. The study, published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal, describes the study as  a cross-sectional analysis of responses from 17,608 adults aged 50 years and older from the 2015 and 2016 administrations of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. It found, “prevalence of past-year marijuana use…estimated and compared between middle-aged adults (age 50–64) and older adults (≥65).” It turns out that, “Marijuana use is becoming more prevalent in this p...

5 Ways Marijuana Can Improve An Active Lifestyle

Feel like taking your physical activities to the next level? Use some weed next time you work out. Before, after, during — they all have their places. Cannabis being the enhancement plant that it is, it’s no wonder that keeping active and using marijuana go hand in hand. For many, pot is part of a well rounded lifestyle that includes nutrition, fitness and a balanced work life. To begin with, no matter how often you work out or eat healthily, an essential ingredient for good health is good rest. Cannabis, especially an indica or indica heavy hybrid, puts us in a state where we can more easily drift off to dreamland. Whether power napping before that crunches class or getting a full night’s sleep before tackling a tough day, marijuana helps. Many yoga studios and private teachers in legaliz...

Study Finds CBD Could Increase Cancer Survival Rates

Study Finds CBD Could Increase Cancer Survival Rates #Study #CBD #Cannabidiol #CannabisIsMedicine #Cancer #CancerSurvival #CannabisAndCancer #MedicalMarijuana #PancreaticCancer Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive types of cancer and most treatments are just a thread of hope fed to patients alongside end-of-life care. For an illness that hasn’t seen a significant improvement in survival rates in nearly 40 years, this new study linking CBD to increased survival rates in mice diagnosed with pancreatic cancer is a newfound hope. A new study was recently conducted in England and funded by the Pancreatic Cancer Research, hoping to determine whether CBD could be useful in the treatment of pancreatic cancer. The study was published in the journal Oncogene and it found that in mice with...

U.S. Approves First Prescription Drug Made From Marijuana

U.S. health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use. The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication, called Epidiolex, to treat two rare forms of epilepsy that begin in childhood. But it’s not quite medical marijuana. The strawberry-flavored syrup is a purified form of a chemical ingredient found in the cannabis plant — but not the one that gets users high. It’s not yet clear why the ingredient, called cannabidiol, or CBD, reduces seizures in some people with epilepsy. British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals studied the drug in more than 500 children and adults with hard-to-treat seizures, o...

Five Funded Studies On Cannabis You Should Know About

Weed’s increasing legality throughout the United States has, undoubtedly, led to a plethora of positive things in weed legal states. Whether it’s financing schools, public safety or even job creation, there’s no questioning the impact the legal weed industry has on society. However, there’s been a few key components that have raised concerns since the inception of medical marijuana. This has, in turn, increased the need for studies on cannabis. Considering marijuana has been labeled a Schedule I narcotic under the federal government, receiving the proper funding for research hasn’t always been easy. But that’s not to say that some of the research hasn’t been effective. Let’s take a look at some of the more prominent funded studies on cannabis, and what, exactly they were looking to accompl...

Keep It Fresh: How to Store Your Cannabis Correctly

Dispensary prices are enough reason to store your cannabis correctly. Then, of course, there are issues of quality and safety. You want to keep it fresh. After all, herbal cannabis does have a shelf-life, a use-by date, so to speak, that varies from strain to strain. So, you want to store correctly and well to protect and prolong its value. Tips to store your cannabis correctly: 1.  Seeds: Everything starts with seeds that people can now raise on their own in an increasing number of states and throughout Canada. Growing your own is a special break for medical cannabis patients. But, those seeds need proper storage. Temperature: Cannabis seeds will store in airtight containers for several years at room temperature. That means you cannot open the containers more than necessary. It’s true tha...

Cannabis, Alzheimer’s And Hope Are On The Horizon

One area of scientific research that deserves much more attention as cannabis is further scrutinized for its therapeutic benefits is that of Alzheimer’s and dementia. There have already been a handful of studies conducted that show some positive results — not in preventing the disease or curing it, but in slowing its progression and improving quality of life. In one mice based study, THC, CBD and other cannabinoids were combined and administered to the subjects while they were experiencing the early symptomatic stage of Alzheimer’s. THC and CBD did the most to “prevent learning impairment,” and there was change in the plaques responsible for building up and causing memory blockages. The anti-inflammatory role of cannabis also played a large role in the experiment, and it was found that the...