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Wed
20
Nov

Welcome to my lightweight, fire-resistant, insect-repellent… hemp house

Humans have utilized many materials for their homes throughout the ages, from wood to metal to concrete. But what about hemp?

Just BioFiber Structural Solutions, an Airdrie, Alberta-based company, has been utilizing hempcrete blocks made primarily from hemp hurd, lime and water. Hemp hurd comes primarily from the woody inner parts of the stalk of industrial hemp. While there are a few other forms of hempcrete, BioFiber is currently the only company in the world using insulated blocks.

The company has built a handful of hempcrete houses in British Coumbia, and currently is in the process of finalizing engineering tests to be listed in the National Building Code of Canada.

Tue
19
Nov

Saskatchewan hopes new body scanner will curb drug smuggling at Regina jail

The director of the Regina Provincial Correctional Centre believes its new body scanner will help block drugs from entering the jail, but admitted not a lot of potential smugglers know about it — yet.

“Having this tool buried deep in our facility does little to deter people on the street knowing that they shouldn’t be packing stuff when they come to our facility,” Julien Hulet said shortly before a show-and-tell for the media at the jail.

By offering media a chance to photograph the scanner up close at Monday’s news conference, Hulet hopes to get the word out to anyone thinking about smuggling drugs into the jail.

Tue
19
Nov

THC-infused edibles and CBD-infused edibles

With edibles coming to brick-and-mortar shops in mid-December, users are looking to get high without the smoke.

But when choosing edibles, users will want to pay attention to whether the product has CBD or THC, two compounds with very different effects.

CBD

CBD, the non-psychoactive component within cannabis has been widely touted for its medical benefits to help people with, among other conditions, chronic pain. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports CBD is not physically addictive.

Tue
19
Nov

Is a cannabis policy change in New Brunswick good news for tech innovators?

A little over a year ago Canada legalized cannabis nationwide. Canada became the first G-7 nation to legalize cannabis for adult-use.

Uruguay is the only country to have legalized cannabis for adult use prior to Canada doing so, however, Uruguay’s model differs from Canada’s model.

Each province in Canada adopted its own regulatory framework in some aspects, with some provinces allowing robust competition between cannabis companies.

New Brunswick took a different approach.

The Monopoly New Brunswick Model

For the past year, a Crown corporation has served as the sole legal cannabis industry entity in New Brunswick.

Thu
14
Nov

Buds and suds don't mix — cannabis edibles cannot be associated to alcohol

You can have your pot-infused cake and eat it too, but Canada’s regulations on edibles and the new wave of cannabis products coming mid-December won’t let producers mix buds and suds.

Health Canada’s regulations for edible drinks include the stipulation that alcohol-related terms like “beer” and “wine” can’t be used to market pot drinks as officials warn alcohol and cannabis should never be consumed together.

“You’re going to have to call it a cannabis-infused yeast extract,” Darrell Dexter, executive director of the Cannabis Beverage Producers Alliance and former premier of Nova Scotia, joked in a panel discussion.

While cannabis beer won’t be allowed, the industry’s largest companies are still striking deals with breweries.

Thu
14
Nov

Majority of Canadians support temporary vaping ban: poll

A majority of Canadians support a temporary ban on e-cigarettes following a rise in serious lung damage, a new poll suggests.

The Research Co. survey found 74 per cent of those polled would agree with their province implementing a temporary ban on vaping products like a controversial one that has been implemented in Massachusetts.

Health agencies in North America are investigating the potential harms caused by vaping following a mysterious lung illness related to e-cigarettes.

Wed
13
Nov

Solar panels energize Edmonton cannabis facility

Edmonton-area Freedom Cannabis will be growing cannabis using energy partly generated from what it claims is the biggest rooftop solar panel installation in the country.

“It’s an exciting time for all of us to see all our work come to fruition and to be sharing this milestone together,” said Troy Dezwart, executive director and co-founder of Freedom Cannabis, who will flip the ceremonial switch on Tuesday.

A total of 4,574 solar modules energized in the next few weeks will produce a maximum capacity of 1,830 kW for the company’s 126,000 square foot facility in Acheson, 20 kilometres west of Edmonton. It cost $2.6 million, and took about 2-1/2 months to install.

Wed
13
Nov

The race to create faster-acting edibles

A few years ago, edibles started showing up in the last place anyone wanted to see them. The obituaries. 

First, 19-year-old student Levy Thamba Pongi visited Denver during spring break of 2014 and jumped off a motel balcony after eating a marijuana cookie. Less than a year later, also in Colorado, a seemingly happy 23-year-old named Luke Goodman died by suicide on a ski vacation in Keystone -- a tragedy his family blames on cannabis candy. Earlier that day, he’d tried a couple of pieces, and when he didn’t feel anything, popped a few more -- four peach tarts and one red velvet in all, five times the recommended dose.

Mon
11
Nov

CDC identifies Vitamin E Acetate as common factor in vape-related illnesses and deaths

The vaping crisis is a major concern within the cannabis industry, and as news of more illnesses and unfortunate deaths continue to make headlines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has finally released a study detailing what might be causing all the problems. And it's what many in the cannabis industry have been saying all along.

Mon
11
Nov

Everything you should know about CBD lip balm

The properties of CBD are a good match for lip balms, specifically for people who have sensitive lips or spend lots of time exposed to harsh weather.

Over the past couple of years CBD has become a huge draw for the beauty and wellness industries, being added onto make up, lotions, oils, serums, and more. Now, it’s being added onto lip balms, providing anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that do a great job of keeping your lips healthy and looking good.

Although it can be argued that CBD is being added into all sorts of products nowadays because it’s trendy and it’ll sell, the properties of the compound are a good match for lip balms, specifically for people who have sensitive lips or spend lots of time exposed to harsh weather.

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