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Will cannabis stocks revive in 2022?


There's plenty of opportunity for these stocks.

Susan Dziubinski: Hi, I'm Susan Dziubinski with Morningstar. Cannabis stocks took it on the chin in 2021. Does that mean there may be opportunities here? Joining me with his perspective is Kris Inton. Kris is a strategist in Morningstar's equity research team.

Hi, Kris. Thank you for being here today.

Kristoffer Inton: Thanks for having me.

Dziubinski: After doing pretty well in 2020, cannabis stocks really struggled in 2021, with the names we cover ending the year anywhere between 20% to 70% in the red. What happened?


Cannabis use impacts cognitive ability beyond intoxication: study

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A new study has found that cannabis use in both recreational and chronic users can lead to persistent and severe acute cognitive impairments that may continue well beyond the period of intoxication.

The systematic review of 10 papers and more than 43,00 participants, led by Canadian researchers and published Wednesday in the scientific journal Addiction, found that cannabis intoxication can produce small to moderate cognitive impairments in areas such as decision making, suppressing inappropriate responses, and the overall time needed to complete a mental task.

The review also found that the ability to remember what one reads or hears, as well as learning through reading and listening, were also impacted.


Cannabis vs. COVID: What the research is showing

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A study last week from two Oregon universities has generated a lot of buzz, after findings suggested that some cannabis compounds may be able to block the SARS-CoV-2 virus from entering human cells. It adds to a growing body of research on cannabis and the coronavirus, as studies from around the world — including from Canada — have found that the cannabis compound CBD may be effective in helping treat some of the virus’s most deadly symptoms.  


Young people who use cannabis report having better orgasms


Study of 18- to 30-year-olds shows weed and alcohol make for improved sex lives.

Spanish researchers exploring how cannabis and alcohol use influences sexuality found that young people partaking in both seem to be more than happy with their sex lives.

“Sexual function in young people who use cannabis and alcohol more frequently was shown to be better than in those who do not use either,” notes the study published online in the most recent edition of Healthcare.


Cannabis and psychosis: New research


Solving the puzzle of whether cannabis is associated with, or causes, psychosis.

A recent issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry (January 1, 2022) contained new research data and an incisive editorial that advances our understanding of whether cannabis can cause, or is merely associated with, psychosis.

The association of cannabis with psychosis was first noted by the Scottish psychiatrist Thomas Clouston after visiting the Cairo asylum in 1896, where 40 out of the 253 patients had insanity attributed to hashish. Studies since then have conclusively documented cannabis’s association with schizophrenia-like psychosis.


Study Sheds Light On Consumer Delta-8 THC Perceptions

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University at Buffalo and University of Michigan researchers have published papers based on a survey of more than 500 participants’ experiences with delta-8-THC.

Delta-8 THC is cannabinoid that can be created by manipulating cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from legally grown hemp. As with the more commonly known delta-9-thc, delta-8 has intoxicating attributes. It’s a relatively new THC kid on the block and lawmakers in various US states have been grappling with how to deal with its popularity given its sale exploits a perceived loophole in federal laws. Some states have banned it and others have introduced specific regulations; while others are yet to make a move either way.


Cannabis, Marijuana And Hemp — What Is The Difference, Exactly?

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Cannabis sativa is a universal and versatile plant, so it’s no wonder that it has been given so many names throughout history and the world.

There are many names attributed to the plant that is scientifically known as cannabis sativa. From weed, to hemp, cannabis and marijuana, this seven-pointed leaf plant has a list of aliases that seems to grow as quickly as the plant itself. 

Many names linked to cannabis sativa refer to the same type of plant or product, but not all of these terms should be used interchangeably. In fact, cannabis, hemp and marijuana all refer to different products. It is critical to understand the difference as some of these products are fully legal while others are associated with possible felony offenses. 


More Canadians seeking help for cannabis addictions

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At the onset of the pandemic, millions of people found themselves stuck at home, working, taking care of children and older family members, or simply abiding by restrictions and lockdowns due to the then-newness of COVID-19.

While the situation had many benefits — albeit, along with many stresses — there was a dangerous downside for those who suffer from substance use disorders or grapple with mental health issues.


Tilray Stock: The Cannabis “Blue Chip” Jumps After Earnings

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On January 10, Tilray soundly beat second-quarter earnings estimates. Here's why TLRY is on track to become the worldwide weed market leader.

Get Tilray, Inc. Report reported solid numbers in its second-quarter earnings results. The Canada-based marijuana company surprised Wall Street estimates by reporting a reversal from the $89 million net loss recorded in the same period last year to $6 million in net income.

In addition, Tilray grew revenues by 20%, compared with last quarter, and posted its 11th consecutive quarter of positive earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA).


Walmart to sell cannabis products by this Toronto company


Week in Weed: List of most trusted brands, MJBiz's million-dollar acquisition, and stories that went viral

Weekend Dispensary by TGO’s Sam Riche s was launched on January 16 last year. A weekly newsletter,  WD is dedicated to newsmakers and trendsetters in the recreational cannabis and psychedelics space — like this cannabis advocacy group partnering with  one of Canada’s leading HIV/AIDS centers ; and this former NFL linebacker  who became a leading cannabis physician for athletes.

As of Dec. 29, 41 editions of the newsletter have been sent out. Riches rounds up the  top five stories of 2021.  


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