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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

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 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

New York To Open Adult-Use Marijuana Licenses To Multistate Operators

New York's adult-use marijuana regulators have decided to expand their licensing program, making it accessible to a broader range of applicants. This move would enable major multistate operators to enter a market currently dominated by unlicensed dispensaries and a limited number of small entrepreneurs, following regulators' efforts to prioritize social equity applicants in launching a legal marijuana market. New York's Cannabis Control Board voted on Tuesday, September 12, in favor of allowin

Colombian President Proposes Latin Alliance To Shift War On Drugs Towards Public Health Approach

It's not an everyday event to hear the leader of a country describe the war on drugs as a failure and suggest moving away from the current drug policy. But this is what Colombian President Gustavo Petro did in Cali on Saturday, September 9, during the Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Drugs in front of the representatives of other countries of the region. Petro suggested forging an alliance among Latin American nations to present a united front in addressing drug trafficking. This str

Is Vaping Cannabis Safe?

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

What Would The Reclassification Of Marijuana Mean For The Industry?

The announcement of the call for the reclassification of marijuana's current status has excited industry players, but it hasn't escaped criticism either. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sent on August 29 a letter to Anne Milgram, the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency, calling for the reclassification of marijuana as a Schedule III substance within the framework of the Controlled Substances Act, as first reported by Bloomberg News on Wednesday, August 30. The DEA con

Cannabis and Work

As the use of cannabis is catching on in our society due to legalization, many consumers wonder how it could affect work performance. All US legal cannabis states and countries where cannabis is legalized prohibit people from working under the influence of cannabis. However, science does not have a clear position on how cannabis affects work performance, as there is a lack of enough studies on this topic.The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) says1 that cannabis negatively affects attenti

Residents Of Danish Hippie Enclave Christiania Call For End Of Cannabis Sales Amid Rising Violence

Once a paradise enclave for hippies, Christiania Freetown has turned into a battleground where gangs vie for control over the illegal drug trade. The residents now want the cannabis sale to stop. In the wake of a fatal shooting incident that occurred last week, residents of Freetown Christiania, a commune in Denmark's capital, Copenhagen, which has become one of the main tourist attractions of the city for cannabis consumers, want to stop cannabis sales along its main street. The shooting occu
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