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Tue
26
Nov

On the rise: Ryerson students look to replace grow-ops with cannabis-producing yeast

Five Ryerson PhD students are hoping to change the way the world produces marijuana.

Instead of planting seeds and pouring time and money into costly grow-ops, Biofect Innovations, the company formed by the students, wants to use baker’s yeast to produce THC, CBD or any number of other cannabinoids found in cannabis.

The idea is to modify yeast at a genetic level to make it capable of producing the chemicals needed to produce cannabis in a lab. If they are successful, cannabis could be produced in a fraction of the space currently required — a single factory could replace hundreds of acres of crops

Tue
26
Nov

Same-day cannabis delivery available in some parts of Toronto

The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) is offerings same-day and next-day shipping in some areas of Toronto.

According to the OCS website, if a customer lives within the postal code areas chosen for the pilot, the new delivery options will appear at checkout.

To have an order delivered on the same day, the order must be placed before 1 p.m. For those wanting next-day shipping, the order must be placed before midnight the day before.

In both cases, the delivery will be made between 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Customers will need to show identification at the door to prove they are 19 years old or older.

Mon
25
Nov

Caryophyllene: Rising star of cannabis research

If we can say that CBD and THC are the stars of cannabis research, beta-caryophyllene (BCP) can be viewed as a silent agent behind the curtains that doesn’t make all that noise.

But things are changing for this terpene.

The stats from scientific research say it all.

Even though it was first synthesized in 1964, it didn’t seem to present an interesting challenge for scientific examination.

Mon
25
Nov

Cannabis edibles preview: What to expect come mid-December

Edibles are on the way.

The 60-day Health Canada review period for cannabis edibles, extracts and topical products began counting down after the second wave of cannabis legalization across Canada came into effect Oct. 17.

With that review period set to end in mid-December, it won’t be long now before consumers can purchase and try all the new cannabis products licensed retailers are set to offer.

The Toronto Sun spoke with Sarah Gillin, COO of Etobicoke-based cannabis producer Olli Brands about what they have in store for customers.

Fri
22
Nov

Cannabis edibles facility being built in Winnipeg

Work is currently underway at an as-yet undisclosed location in Winnipeg that is designed to become one of the largest cannabis edibles manufacturing facilities in North America.

Vancouver-based AgraFlora International Inc. has partnered with a Winnipeg confectionery company in an 80-20 joint venture called Edibles & Infusion that is retrofitting a 51,000-square-foot building that will create significant production capacity for the upcoming edibles market.

Brandon Boddy, chairman and CEO of AgraFlora, said capacity at the plant will be large enough that Edibles & Infusions will supply to other cannabis licensed producers. He said arrangements with other licensed producers are currently being negotiated.

Fri
22
Nov

U of S research looks into health benefits of cannabis for pets

A team at the University of Saskatchewan is setting the stage for future research into the potential health benefits of cannabis for pets.

While the project is still in its early stages, researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are looking into whether cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive chemical in cannabis, could be used as a long-term therapy to treat chronic vomiting in animals. 

In August, a team led by Dr. Al Chicoine and Dr. Kevin Cosford started preliminary work that must occur before any clinical trials can take place. Low doses of a CDB-rich extract were administered to 12 dogs from the WCVM’s teaching population. 

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.

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