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The looming human catastrophe of Israel's war in south Gaza

Following a week-long ceasefire in Gaza, Israel resumed its military campaign on 1 December, killing 700 Palestinians in just 24 hours. The long-anticipated second phase of Israel’s war saw a ground invasion of south Gaza begin over the weekend, with dozens of Israeli tanks, together with armoured personnel carriers and bulldozers, entering the southern besieged enclave on Monday as the operation expanded. As fighting persists in the areas previously occupied by Israel, their strategy for civi

What to expect from an Israel-Hamas tunnel war in Gaza

While an expected four-day cessation in hostilities and the release of 50 Israeli hostages in exchange for 150 Palestinian prisoners might be a breakthrough in the six-week conflict, Israel has been clear that it will continue its deadly war on Gaza afterwards. “The war continues,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a press conference on Wednesday. “We continue until we have achieved complete victory … Eliminating Hamas, liberating our captives and making sure that post-Hamas th

Does Smoking Cannabis Long-Term Have the Same Effects as Smoking Cigarettes?

Since cannabis has been part of civilization, people have consumed its flowers by smoking it. Today, even though cannabis can be consumed in different ways, smoking remains the primary method. 90.1% of adult users who consume cannabis are most likely to smoke it. In contrast, according to a 2020 survey by US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the remaining respondents consume it through vaping, dabbing, or edibles. Historically, health c

Good Night Insomnia, How Cannabis Helps With Sleep

Although very common, insomnia can be very annoying. Around 16 million people suffer from sleepless nights or insomnia in the United Kingdom[1], and nearly 70 million Americans[2] have a sleep disorder. Insomnia can be recognised very easily. People find it hard to go to sleep, wake up several times during the night, feel tired when you wake up and struggle to nap during the day even though you feel tired. Not all insomnia is the same. People can experience it in different ways, as there are m

Ohio To Vote On Marijuana Legalization With Potential $260 Million Economic Boost

Ohio voters will once again have the chance to legalize adult-use marijuana eight years after a proposed constitutional amendment that would have made it legal was rejected. On Tuesday, November 7, there will be a vote on two ballot issues. One, Issue 1, concerns the right to abortion and reproductive health care, aiming to include these rights in the state constitution. The other, Issue 2, is an initiated statute seeking to legalize adult-use marijuana for adults aged 21 and older. If it pass

Decoding Nasrallah: Hezbollah's strategy on the Gaza war

The first speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah last Friday since the start of the war in Gaza between Hamas and Israel could be condensed into one phrase: "All options are on the table". But among the key takeaways of his speech, which lasted about one hour and twenty minutes, were useful indicators of Hezbollah’s strategy regarding its actions on the Israeli-Lebanese border and response to Israel’s ground invasion. Nasrallah claimed that Hezbollah wasn't involved in Hamas' Operation al

The Importance Of Cannabis Terpenes Is Overemphasized, Study Suggests

Terpenes may not be the only ones responsible for the distinctive aroma of cannabis, and labeling products may mislead consumers or producers to think so, according to the findings of a new study. In a recent publication in the American Chemical Society's journal Omega, researchers from Abstrax Tech, a U.S. company focused on aromatic compounds from cannabis and other plants, argue that although terpenes play a role in defining the distinct aroma of cannabis strains at a general level, their im

Switzerland To Establish First Legal Cannabis Dispensaries In Europe Amid Pilot Project

Switzerland's health authority has been granted approval to establish the first legal adult-use cannabis dispensaries in Europe amid a pilot project. Germany-based cannabis company Sanity Group and the Swiss Institute for Addiction and Health Research (ISGF) obtained this week the final approval from the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG) to launch a cannabis pilot study in Basel-Landschaft (Baselland). This approval comes after receiving the green light from the Ethics Committee Northwest a

Bank Of America, NRA, And Mastercard Are Lobbying On Marijuana Banking

Bank of America, the National Rifle Association, and Mastercard are among the entities that are currently lobbying on the marijuana banking act. As first reported in an article published on Cannabis Wire on October 20, Bank of America, the National Rifle Associaton, and Mastercard included the Secure and Fair Enforcement Regulation, also known as the SAFER Banking Act, in their lobbying disclosure for the third quarter of 2023. The bill, which has recently been voted in the Senate Banking Comm

Australia's Victoria State To Launch A Medical Cannabis Driving Trial

Medical cannabis patients in the Australian state of Victoria may soon have the opportunity to participate in a cannabis trial to evaluate their ability to drive without impairment. The state's government introduced legislation into Parliament this week to develop and implement a cannabis trial to assess the effects of consumption of medical cannabis on driving behavior. It's essential for legislators to understand the potential consequences of using THC while driving, as impaired driving coul

Why dismantling Hamas won't end Palestinian armed resistance

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pledge to 'destroy' Hamas has raised fears in the region, and internationally, about the scope of Israel’s anticipated ground invasion in Gaza. Hamas’ brutal attack on 7 October killed over 1,400 Israelis, both civilians and soldiers, wounded thousands, and saw around 200 hostages taken into Gaza. The first phase of Israel’s response has been an 11-day bombing campaign in the densely populated Gaza Strip that has killed over 3,000 Palestinians, mostl

How Long Does THC Stay in the Human Body?

Drug testing can be conducted for various purposes, such as in the workplace, diagnosing or monitoring substance abuse in hospitals, in athletic competitions, and for legal reasons. A concern for cannabis users who may be required to undergo drug testing for various reasons is how long THC, the primary psychoactive compound found in cannabis, stays in the human body. The answer to this question is not as simple as it can appear because multiple factors exist. But before trying to answer this qu

Is CBD Safe for your Pets?

CBD has overwhelimingly entered our life over the last few years. Unlike THC, it has non-intoxicating effects on us but also because several studies have demonstrated its benefits in multiple treatments, including reducing anxiety, pain, and inflammation. Unsurprisingly, the CBD market has expanded recently, offering a wide array of products destined for human consumers and pets.Many pet owners have reported positive results after giving their animals CBD, including improved mood, increased app

Why Cannabis Works So Well For PTSD

Smoking is undoubtedly the most popular way to consume cannabis. However, cannabis consumers have developed new methods to consume it over the years. Edibles, tablets, gummies, tinctures, and topicals are just a few examples that cannabis businesses have created to diversify the offer in the cannabis market. Besides, even the method of smoking cannabis has experienced an upgrade recently. For instance, vaping liquids containing THC and vaporizing cannabis dried flowers and leaves have become

Thailand To Reconsider Cannabis Decriminalization Amid Thriving Market

Thailand's new government is reconsidering ending the ongoing decriminalization of cannabis almost two years after it became the first Asian country to do so. Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has recently vowed to roll back 2022 cannabis legislation amid a hardline anti-narcotics campaign pledged during the latest election campaign. In an interview with Bloomberg Television in New York while attending the UN General Assembly, Srettah made clear that cannabis in the country will be used for medi

What Would The SAFER Banking Act Mean For The Marijuana Industry?

The marijuana industry in the United States writes a new chapter of its history with the vote of the Senate Committee on the bill that would secure access for businesses to financial institutions. The Senate Committee passed The Secure and Fair Enforcement Regulation Banking Act with a 14-9 vote on Wednesday, September 27, after weeks of negotiations and revisions to reach a bipartisan agreement. The SAFER Banking Act replaces the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Act, a bill that has never r

Online Marijuana Shops Lack Proper Age Verification System For Minors, Study Finds

A new study has revealed that numerous online dispensaries have inadequate age verification security systems, potentially allowing children to purchase marijuana without undergoing proper and secure age verification processes. As both medical and adult-use marijuana are legal in more than 30 U.S. states, ensuring that children are prevented from purchasing is one of the core values of most state marijuana legislations. However, several marijuana shops still lack proper age verification systems

The Netherlands Set To Launch Cannabis Legalization Pilot Program In December

The Netherlands is to officially launch its pilot program to legalize the sale of adult-use cannabis in the country in December. The program aims to assess whether coffee shops in the participating municipalities will receive authorization to legally sell cannabis. As announced in February, the Netherlands is to launch a pilot program to explore the legal sale of cannabis. This initiative, which has experienced multiple delays since receiving Senate approval in 2019, has now been officially co

Square Enters Canada’s Cannabis Industry With A Partnership With Jane Technologies

Financial services platform Square has entered Canada's cannabis market in partnership with online ordering platform service for cannabis dispensaries Jane Technologies. The partnership involves Jane enabling cannabis dispensaries to use Square to supplement their brick-and-mortar business with an online store, allowing customers to browse through an updated product list and place orders for either pickup or delivery. This marks a significant advancement in the joint effort of the two companie

California Set To Launch Amsterdam-Style Cannabis Cafes Starting Next Year

Californians will soon have the opportunity to enjoy their favorite snacks alongside their cannabis, thanks to a new bill that aims to introduce Amsterdam-style cannabis cafes in the Golden State. A proposed bill that sought to legalize cannabis cafes in California, mirroring the successful model established in Amsterdam to expand and diversify the marijuana industry in the state, finally arrived on the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom this week, who also has to sign a bill that would legalize certain
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