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NZ’s Rua Bioscience Good To Go For GMP

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Another Kiwi medical cannabis company has been awarded GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certification.

Following Helius Therapeutics in early August, Rua Bioscience has also received GMP certification from Medsafe, the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority; which is run by the country’s Ministry of Health.

Rua Biosciences emerged from Hikurangi Enterprises, the first company to secure a license to cultivate medicinal cannabis plants in New Zealand.


Your smartphone has enough data to potentially detect cannabis intoxication, study finds

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Researchers from Rutgers University in New Jersey say smartphone sensor data combined with machine learning could detect whether someone is under the influence of marijuana.

The researchers set out to develop a proof-of-concept way to passively detect cannabis use as an alternative to existing detection measures, such as blood, urine or saliva tests. Their findings were published in September in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

"Adverse effects of acute cannabis intoxication have been reported by young adults, with associated consequences such as poor academic and work performance, and injuries and fatalities due to driving while 'high' on cannabis," the authors wrote in the study.


Cannabis store expansion in Canada strongly linked to sales growth, but weakly related to prevalence growth

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The growth in cannabis retail stores between 2018 and 2020 was driven by more than just the move to legalize recreational weed three years ago, suggests a new Canadian study.

“From 2018 to 2020, Canada’s rapid cannabis retail expansion was strongly related to legal sales growth, but only weakly related to prevalence growth,” reports Michael Armstrong, an associate professor of operations research in Brock University’s Goodman School of Business.


Hemp Plastics Startup Crowdfunds

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A North American company has turned to the crowdfunding scene to raise cash for its hemp bioplastics venture.Canadian Industrial Hemp Corporation (CIHC) has so far raised more than $1 million of a $5 million dollar target that will go towards building a factory to mass-produce plastic pellets made from agricultural waste – including hemp.The company says it has patent-pending technology featuring artificial intelligence to reduce cost and improve quality compared to existing global competitors, but that it would use high-throughput automated equipment already in use across Europe and Asia.

What would be North America’s first hemp plastic pellet production facility would replace imports from Europe and the facility will also produce hemp fiber.


The Lift & Co. Expo is back helping Canada build responsible, prosperous cannabis and psychedelics businesses

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The Lift & Co. Expo Toronto, November 18-21, 2021, being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, is much more than a tradeshow that accelerates cannabis and psychedelics brands. It is an educational conference series that offers delegates the opportunity to choose the professional learning that suit them best.Whether it is the Lift Cannabis Business Conference, Nov. 18, Lift & Co. Expo’s Industry Day or Consumer Days, Nov. 19-21, or the new Lift Psychedelics Business Summit, Nov. 19, these events are where Canada’s cannabis and psychedelics professionals come to elevate their business strategy, refresh their perspectives, renew their energy, and collaborate with their peers.


Niagara College Obtains Health Canada Licence To Cultivate Industrial Hemp

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Niagara College's Commercial Cannabis Production program now has a licence from Health Canada to cultivate industrial hemp.

Students will be studying plant genetics, seeding and germination, flower identification, harvesting, and drying hemp.

Dean of Business, Tourism and Environment Alan Unwin says,  "The uses and the industries for the hemp plant and the cannabis plant are quite different so this will help them when they graduate. It's staying on top of things that we're seeing in the industry."

Production is already underway after students grew a small field in the college's hop yard over the summer.


How a cannabis-focused AI platform helps growers predict yield

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FolioGrow isn’t a flip-of-the-switch solution—it takes time, standardized processes, and good data to build an AI model for cannabis cultivation.

Agtech, agritech, farmers with self-driving tractors—however you typically refer to it, the agricultural tech industry is expanding quickly. Worth an estimated $17.4 billion in 2019 by a Research and Markets report, it’s projected to more than double by 2027, surpassing $41 billion. 

Artificial intelligence is a key ingredient in the agtech boom. And, increasingly, it’s making its way into the $20+ billion cannabis market. 


Do You Know What GMP and cGMP Are? You Should.

Walking into a grocery store, do you question whether or not the meat at the deli is safe to eat or if the frozen meals were prepared in a clean environment? Chances are, you've probably never thought twice about it. But when stepping into a medical or recreational cannabis dispensary, you may be less confident about the safety of the products on the shelves.

Herein lies the difference between an established, well-regulated industry (food) and a brand new emerging industry with no federal regulation or guidance (cannabis).

Most consumers assume that products sold on grocery store shelves are safe. For good reason—the current regulations enforced by the FDA or the USDA on the food industry ensure the quality, safety, and efficacy of the products you purchase.


Making Delta-8 THC From CBD – How It’s Done

Delta-8 THC is a popular cannabis product which offers slightly different benefits from its half brother delta-9. Though delta-8 is a product of delta-9 in nature, it’s also quite possible to source delta-8 THC from CBD. Read on to find out how its done.


Study shows cannabis terpenes provide pain relief, contribute to ‘entourage effect’

Regarding the medicinal properties and therapeutic properties of Cannabis sativaThe unsolved mystery is whether there is a “encouragement effect” that relieves the pain of the whole plant more than any of its individual parts. A new study of the University of Arizona Health Sciences supports the theory of aide effects and is promising for pain treatments that require lower doses and lower doses of cannabis terpenes, which are part of the plant that provide flavor and aroma. We have found evidence to position it as a new target for side effects.


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