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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.

Fri
08
Nov

Clinical trials anticipated for treating pancreatic cancer with cannabis

A flavonoid of cannabis – FBL-03G – has been granted Orphan drug status by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

It is anticipated this will now lead to clinical trials with humans for treating pancreatic cancer with cannabis within the next few months.

Fri
08
Nov

1 massive problem for the cannabis industry that needs to be addressed immediately

The cannabis industry has been growing significantly in recent years as legalization has progressed in many states, with 11 having passed legislation for recreational use and more states likely following suit. In addition, the farm bill was passed nearly a year ago which allowed cannabidiol (CBD) to be permitted federally so long as it was derived from hemp. While these are all good developments, they've taken place even though the country may not have been ready for them.

Fri
08
Nov

The ancient history of cannabis edibles

Canada’s cannabis industry predicts edibles will revitalize the market and shake up dropping stocks. But these issues are a far cry from the very first edibles.

Pot edibles have been a part of human history for thousands of years, tied to religious texts and potentially even being used as a way to attract assassins. Here’s a rundown of how it evolved.

Bhang (1,000 BCE)

While history can be hazy, it appears the first form of edibles were in liquid form. Nicknamed ‘Bhang,’ the cannabis-infused drink may have appeared as early as 1000 BCE in India. The drink is popularly served around Holi, a Hindu festival celebrating the start of spring.

Fri
08
Nov

Why Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid classifications mean close to nothing

While poking around your local dispensary, it’s almost guaranteed that you will speak or hear the terms “indica,” “sativa,” or “hybrid,” at least once. These three terms remain, by far, the most common for describing the attributes and effects of cannabis flower — and even products like edibles and vapes lay claim to the categories. 

 For most of us, these labels are shorthand. Indicas are chill, sativas are energetic, and hybrids represent a balance between the two. But are these classifications accurate, and — perhaps more importantly — can they be used to authentically predict a person’s experience when consuming cannabis? 

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