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on September 28, 2017 in Cannabis News United States World News

Study: California Weed Sales to Hit $2.68 Billion by End of Year

By Ab Hanna    According to a new study, California weed sales are expected to reach $2.68 billion by the end of the year. Sales have gone up since last year when the state made about $2 billion from legal pot. The cannabis market research firm Arcview Group found that California alone accounted for 27 percent of the 2016 legal cannabis market in North America. California Weed Sales The most recent study on improving California weed sales was an analysis conducted by the University of California Agricultural Issues Center at UC-Davis. Researchers estimated that recreational marijuana will account for about...

By Ab Hanna    According to a new study, California weed sales are expected to reach $2.68 billion by the end of the year. Sales have gone up since last year when the state made about $2 billion from...

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on September 28, 2017 in Cannabis News United States World News

Michigan Pushes to Protect Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

By Chloé Harper Gold    Despite attempts to shut them down, Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries are safe. For now, anyway. In light of recent legislation regarding cannabis dispensaries in the state, lawyers are stepping in and stepping up to protect not only the businesses, but also the patients and caregivers who rely on them. And it’s not only lawyers who have their backs. State senators are also getting involved in the fight. Medical Marijuana in Michigan In 2008, Michigan residents voted to establish a medical marijuana program in their home state. Ever since this approval, a huge amount of cannabis-loving...

By Chloé Harper Gold    Despite attempts to shut them down, Michigan medical marijuana dispensaries are safe. For now, anyway. In light of recent legislation regarding cannabis dispensaries in the state, lawyers are stepping in and stepping up to protect...

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on September 28, 2017 in Cannabis News United States Featured World News

What Is the Endocannabinoid System and What Is Its Role?

by Nick Jikomes Some of us consume cannabis for its mind-altering effects, while others seek symptom relief. But cannabis wouldn’t get us high or have some of its therapeutic benefits if our bodies didn’t already contain a biological system capable of interacting with its active chemical compounds, like THC. Our endocannabinoid system does just that. But it isn’t there just to allow us to enjoy the effects of our favorite strain. It serves a vital purpose for our health and well-being because it regulates key aspects of our biology. So, what’s it doing, and how does it work? Homeostasis: Staying...

by Nick Jikomes Some of us consume cannabis for its mind-altering effects, while others seek symptom relief. But cannabis wouldn’t get us high or have some of its therapeutic benefits if our bodies didn’t already contain a biological system capable...

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on September 28, 2017 in Cannabis News United States World News

Cannabis Study: How THC Affects Learning and Memory at Different Ages

by Nick Jikomes “All diseases run into one, old age.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson   A recent study in mice sparked eye-catching headlines like, “Memory Loss From Old Age Could Be Reversed By Smoking Marijuana.” The idea is alluring, especially given the toll cognitive decline takes as we age: instead of leaving you dazed and confused, THC might actually help restore cognitive function in older individuals. While the study made interesting observations about how THC affects learning and memory in young vs. older mice, it didn’t involve smoking or cannabis consumption. What did the study find, how did it work, and...

by Nick Jikomes “All diseases run into one, old age.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson   A recent study in mice sparked eye-catching headlines like, “Memory Loss From Old Age Could Be Reversed By Smoking Marijuana.” The idea is alluring, especially given...

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on September 28, 2017 in Cannabis News United States Featured World News

CBD vs. THC: Why Is CBD Not Psychoactive?

by Bruce Barcott Why is THC psychoactive and CBD is not? How can one cannabinoid alter the mind so profoundly, and the other seemingly not at all?  When we’re talking about cannabis and psychoactivity, we’re dealing exclusively with CB1 receptors, which are concentrated in the brain and the central nervous system. The difference between CBD vs. THC comes down to a basic difference in how each one interacts with the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptor. THC binds well with CB1 cannabinoid receptors. CBD has low binding affinity for CB1 receptors. That’s where the two diverge. Think of it like an electrical plug...

by Bruce Barcott Why is THC psychoactive and CBD is not? How can one cannabinoid alter the mind so profoundly, and the other seemingly not at all?  When we’re talking about cannabis and psychoactivity, we’re dealing exclusively with CB1 receptors,...

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on September 28, 2017 in Cannabis News Europe World News

These Dutch Tips on Responsible Cannabis Use Are Downright Charming

by Lisa Rough It’s funny how even the most well-meaning of advice can sometimes come off as condescending, patronizing, or even rude. This is especially true when it’s cannabis advice. So imagine our surprise here at Leafly when a list of helpful, friendly and nonjudgmental advice popped up on Reddit via Amsterdam’s cannabis coffeeshop circuit. The list, which appeared on the back of a package of pre-rolls spotted by redditor BigWaveSmallOcean, is meant as a guide to avoid overconsumption and generally have a good time. It’s well-intentioned without being snooty, reminiscent of your best bud who helped ease you into...

by Lisa Rough It’s funny how even the most well-meaning of advice can sometimes come off as condescending, patronizing, or even rude. This is especially true when it’s cannabis advice. So imagine our surprise here at Leafly when a list...

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on September 28, 2017 in Cannabis News Europe Featured World News

10 Best Amsterdam Cannabis Coffeeshops to Visit

by Karina Hof Early this year, news on the shuttering of Amsterdam’s oldest coffeeshop spooked smokers round the world. Many feared the fate of Mellow Yellow, established in 1972, would befall more Dutch cannabis dispensaries. Evolving national legislation has indeed forced closures, though often in connection to specific circumstances, such as proximity to a school. According to a report published in June by independent research bureau INTRAVAL, Amsterdam had 288 coffeeshops in 1999 and by 2016, only 173. While the Netherlands was ahead of the curve in decriminalization and the fostering of an open, informative environment—coffeeshops often have signs and...

by Karina Hof Early this year, news on the shuttering of Amsterdam’s oldest coffeeshop spooked smokers round the world. Many feared the fate of Mellow Yellow, established in 1972, would befall more Dutch cannabis dispensaries. Evolving national legislation has indeed...

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on September 27, 2017 in Cannabis News South America World News

Uruguay’s legal marijuana business faces challenges by banks

Two months ago Uruguay became the world’s first country to legalise the production and sale of marijuana throughout the entire country. More people than expected registered as official buyers, and sales have shot up. But the new industry is now facing a threat no-one predicted. Al Jazeera’s Daniel Schweimler reports from the capital, Montevideo.Daniel Schweimler Check out the video on the link below Source: Uruguay’s legal marijuana business faces challenges by banks | Uruguay News | Al Jazeera

Two months ago Uruguay became the world’s first country to legalise the production and sale of marijuana throughout the entire country. More people than expected registered as official buyers, and sales have shot up. But the new industry is...

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