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A June 18 article in Forbes reported that researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences have determined “people that use CBD are at an elevated risk of liver toxicity.”

The article cited the study, “Heptatotoxicity of a Cannabidiol-Rich Cannabis Extract in a Mouse Model,” posted at Molecules on April 30. It concluded:

“CBD exhibited clear signs of hepatotoxicity, possibly of a cholestatic nature. The involvement of numerous pathways associated with lipid and xenobiotic metabolism raises serious concerns about potential drug interactions as well as the safety of CBD.”

Can the popular cannabinoid cause such damage in humans? Project CBD says no, in a rebuttal article published on July 11.

“The breathless article in Forbes focuses on a single, flawed, pre-clinical study and exaggerates it to the point of falsehood,” Adrian Devitt-Lee writes. “A close examination of the Molecules study reveals a Pandora’s box of strange statements, problematic publishing and unreasonable experimental design.”

Beware of High CBD Dosing 

The Arkansas researchers reported that several mice had died due to CBD toxicity. But Devitt-Lee says the mice were mega-dosed with 2.5 grams each, which is 100 times less than the recommended 25 mg dose of the FDA-approved CBD-isloate Epidiolex.

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The tell-tale smell of cannabis smoke has long been law enforcement’s best excuse for questioning and detaining people over suspected cannabis possession. And police often use “marijuana odor” as a pretense for stop-and-frisks and searches, whether they actually detected a smell or not. But in Florida, the mere odor of cannabis will no longer be enough cause to detain and search people suspected of consuming or possessing weed. Not because Florida police departments are relaxing their enforcement of marijuana laws. But instead, because Florida has legalized hemp, and officers don’t have the training or the technology to distinguish cannabis from its non-psychoactive cousin.

Florida’s New Legal Hemp Law Is Changing How Police Enforce Marijuana Laws

After the U.S. federal government legalized hemp late last year, states have been moving to revise their own marijuana laws to carve out space for legal hemp. Under the blanket prohibition of cannabis, many state laws didn’t make a distinction between hemp—now defined as cannabis with less than 0.3 percent THC—and the forms of cannabis people consume for recreational and health reasons.

But in light of the lifting of the federal ban on hemp and hemp products, which range from clothing, food and textiles to

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Lawmakers in Ohio’s House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to approve a bill that would legalize hemp agriculture and CBD products in the state. The measure, Senate Bill 57, was approved by a vote of 88-3 after being passed by the state Senate in March.

Changes to the bill made by the House were also approved on Wednesday. The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Mike DeWine for his consideration. If he approves the measure, it will go into effect immediately, giving farmers in Ohio a new option for their operations.

“This is the best news that’s going to hit farm country this year,” said Rep. Bill Seitz, a Republican from Green Township.

New Option for Ohio Farmers

House Speaker Larry Householder said that in a year that has been tough on Ohio farmers, it was important that the bill was passed before lawmakers went on their upcoming summer recess.

“Farmers are getting hit pretty hard right now with tariffs and weather, I think that it can help them plan a little bit,” Householder said. “Now they know that there’s a path for us to have hemp in the state of Ohio.”

Under current state law, hemp is a schedule

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With $42 million having been announced in medical marijuana revenue during the first four months of sales in Michigan, the state’s policymakers face a distinct challenge. How do you make sure that a decent slice of that money goes to those who have had their lives turned upside-down by Drug War prohibition over the years? The state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency [MRA] made part of its strategy to this end clear this week when it released details for a sweeping social equity program that will support cannabis entrepreneurs in 19 communities.

“We want to provide an opportunity to get into the business to individuals that might not otherwise have that opportunity,” commented MRA director Andrew Brisbo. “And we’re focusing our resources on those specific communities that have been disproportionately impacted.” 

For qualifying applicants, the state has pledged to supply up to a 60 percent discount in application and licensing fees. Individuals will be eligible for more support if they have lived in one of the 19 communities for five years, if they have a marijuana criminal conviction, or if they have been a registered cannabis caregiver for at least two years between 2008 and 2017. Applicants in the program will also

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Smoking a spliff off the balcony of an Airbnb rental is still likely to land a traveller in their hosts’ bad books — even in Canada — but some companies are now catering to tourists who want to take advantage of legalization on vacation.

Nine months after the federal government legalized recreational cannabis, the hospitality sector is slowly gearing up to accommodate tourists who want to consume, though it isn’t clear how many of these travellers are coming from outside Canada, or are coming specifically to use cannabis. Weed-oriented hikes, tours and even yoga retreats are nonetheless popping up from coast-to-coast.

Still, there are relatively few options for tourists if they actually want to smoke or vape weed during their travels. Most hotels and bed-and-breakfasts across the country are smoke-free. Some tourist destinations such as Banff forbid it anywhere except a private residence.

– Read the entire article at The Star.

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Vars-based apollogreen has received the Health Canada licences it needs to starting using industrial-scale tissue culture to produce millions of starter plants for cannabis growers, the firm announced Thursday.

The company will start work on a 5,000-square-foot facility and begin securing financing for a 70,000-square-foot building.

It’s “open for investment” with “one of the largest cannabis genetic catalogues in the world” totalling more than 350 varieties, the firm says in a release announcing that it has received licences for cultivation, processing and medical sales.

– Read the entire article at Ottawa Citizen.

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A trio of top officials overseeing the fledgling medical cannabis program in Missouri have been subject to questioning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that the three officials, all members of Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s administration, described the interviews, which took place over the last several months, as “not investigative in nature,” but rather “routine meet-and-greets the FBI requested to get to know the people in charge of the new — and potentially lucrative — industry.”

Missouri voters approved Amendment 2 last November to legalize medical marijuana by a massive 66%-34% margin, joining more than 30 other states that have legalized the treatment. Under the new law, physicians can prescribe cannabis to patients suffering from 10 different medical conditions, which include cancer, epilepsy and glaucoma, among other debilitating illnesses. Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) began accepting applications for such prescriptions late last month. Qualifying patients will receive an identification card, which will enable them to purchase up to four ounces of marijuana per month.

Although the interviews between the FBI and the Missouri officials were routine in nature, they do underscore the unique status of marijuana in the country. While cannabis

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When you embark on researching about health effects of products like Kratom and CBD, most likely you are wondering what the difference between them is. This post sets the record straight by revealing in a clear manner the difference between these two plant-based products.

Their Origins

CBD oil is derived from a hemp plant, which is usually abundantly found in countries like Central China and several parts across Mediterranean Europe. On the other hand, Kratom is extracted from a tropical tree that belongs to the coffee family. The tree is most commonly found in South East Asia and especially in countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and Myanmar.

Active Ingredients

CBD (or cannabidiol) is a health-promoting substance commonly present in the hemp plant, and it’s the main active ingredient in the CBD oil products. It works primarily to create a perfect equilibrium in our body by interacting with the endocannabinoid system. The good majority of CBD oil products are full-spectrum, which simply means that they are composed of all compounds present in the hemp plant. All these compounds work synergistically in enhancing their effects. They include the following:

CBDA (or cannabidiol acid): Turns to CBD when

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Kratom, scientifically known as Mitragyna speciosa, is not a new herb. Native to Southeast Asia, Kratom is suggested to bring relaxation and motivation effects in the body. In the recent past, the popularity of Kratom has spread to the West. Majorly, the popularity is associated with the emergence of so many online vendors who are willing to supply the herb at pocket-friendly prices.

However, we understand that not every cheap vendor is reliable and can qualify as one of the best. So, we’ve taken up the task of researching the vendors to help you know where you can buy Kratom.

How Did We Come Up with the Top Online Vendors?

We understand that there are several top Kratom retailers today who are quite reputable. But to ensure we only recommend the top, we consider two important factors; transparency and quality of service. About brand transparency, we believe that a top Kratom vendor needs to be honest with its customers. This is concerning the identity of the ingredients, possible effects, and potential side effects.

For the quality of service, we decided to place orders on a number of the top sites to assess the general customer experience. This allowed

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The University of Sciences in Philadelphia announced Tuesday the launch of a Master of Business Administration option for students looking for opportunities in the cannabis industry.

“We’ve seen rapid growth in an industry that needs business leaders,” said Andrew Peterson, executive director of the USciences Substance Use Disorders Institute. “Our MBA is concentrated on the pharmaceutical and health care industries, where medical cannabis fits very nicely.”

Though many schools across the nation offer courses that touch on the burgeoning marijuana trade, USciences’ MBA is believed to be the first of its kind with a focus is on the commerce of cannabis, hemp, and dispensary operations.

– Read the entire article at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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