The Need for Standardization in Medical Cannabis Testing

There has been a move towards the legalization of cannabis for medical and/or recreational use across many countries and US states in recent years, leading to greater demand for accurate potency and safety testing. Despite this, there are currently no standardized regulations between states or countries for quality control including content, composition, adulterants, potency or levels of toxic residues. As such, in many cases where regulations are in place, testing is generally carried out at a small number of approved independent testing laboratories.

The need for self-regulation has led to the growth of portable gas chromatography (GC) being used in the field of cannabis testing.This lack of clarity makes it difficult for consumers to make informed decisions about what they are purchasing, an issue which could be damaging to the industry’s changing reputation. As it stands, producers of cannabis and cannabis-derived products can supply goods with potentially harmful contaminants such as fungi or pesticide residues, which are potentially threatening to human health. Most cannabis products sold legally in the US are required to be tested and labelled for THC, the chemical responsible for most of cannabis’s psychoactive effects. A US study found that as few as 20% of recreational cannabis products are accurately labelled with only 17% of products reviewed accurately labelled for THC content (i.e. within 10% of the labeled value). It also found 23% were under labelled, and 60% were over labelled.

If cannabis were to be categorized as a regulated pharmaceutical drug, it would be rigorously tested to comply with stringent rules and regulations regarding quality and safety of the product, as are all other drugs. However, as there is currently no centralized regulatory body that oversees this, the responsibility of quality assurance falls to the grower, manufacturer and sometimes the consumer.

The Need for Cannabis Analysis

The most common requirement when testing cannabis is positive identification and quantification of the total THC:CBD ratio. In a highly competitive marketplace, this information is important, as cannabis consumers tend to equate THC levels with price. In many instances, lower THC products are cheaper and higher THC concentrations make products more expensive. Without robust systems in place for sufficient testing, this information cannot be accurately determined, meaning the customer often cannot make an informed decision.

Pesticide use is surprisingly common in the cannabis cultivation industry

In addition to potency testing, one of the core issues facing the industry and by extension, the end consumer, is the prevalence of pesticides in cannabis products. In the Netherlands, the Ministry of Environment and Health reported that over 90% of cannabis plants tested had pesticides on them. While steps have been taken to tackle this, the lack of cohesion in testing standards combined with the onus on individual labs to carry out testing, has led to some issues within the industry.

Many individual retailers in the U.S. and internationally are self-testing for impurities such as pesticides, heavy metals and microbials. While there is a clear need for standard testing across all locations, the need for self-regulation at present has led to the growth of portable gas chromatography (GC) being used in the field of cannabis testing.

Using GC as an analytical tool 

With the increased need for quality control and quality assurance in the largely unregulated cannabis industry, technology is now more accessible to smaller companies and to people with minimal laboratory experience. There are a range of cannabis testing packages available for smaller individual labs which offer more mobile testing with affordable packages. The lower entry price makes GC analysis affordable for more laboratories while still delivering reliable, high quality results.

Portable GC instruments can offer high quality potency testing, pesticide screening, terpene and flavor profiling, and residual solvents analysis. These instruments can give growers and processors an accurate result of cannabinoid percentages, a fundamental piece of information for growers and dispensaries. Systems can be configured for manual injection or a range of autosampler options can be added.

The structure of cannabidiol (CBD), one of 400 active compounds found in cannabis.

GC enables the rapid and accurate identification and quantification of the THC:CBD ratio. This is important for companies which are carrying out self-testing as it allows their customers to have assurances in the short term over the quality of their product, as well as reducing any potential risks to public health.

An example of this in practice is the use of GC by Dutch company Shamanics which carries out testing service for coffee shops in the Netherlands. The company conducts terpene analysis and potency testing to assure the quality of the products it supplies, with a portable GC, which offers the flexibility required without any established guidelines on testing in place.

When testing for potency using the GC, they look for total THC and CBD by converting the acidified versions of the cannabinoids into neutral forms within the heat of the GC injector. The process has flexibility which means that if they need to see both the acidified and neutral versions, they can do this by derivatizing the sample. The accuracy of this process is crucial to Shamanics and similar companies within the industry so that they can accurately judge the quality of a product, and relay this information to retailers and consumers.

The future of GC in standardized testing

While the growing availability of portable GC instruments and the increasing sophistication of individual labs means more companies are able to self-test products, there is still a significant hurdle to overcome in terms of standardising and regulating both the medical and recreational cannabis markets. Where regulation is brought in it should be consistent across states and countries and most importantly, it should be monitored and enforced. In the meantime, responsible producers are using the technology available to them to provide consumers with guarantees that their cannabis products are safe and of a high quality.

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Upgrade Your Vaping Experience With The Bloom DART

Written by Sarah Berrafato

I am pretty ‘old-school’ when it comes to using cannabis. I prefer smoking flower over edibles or vapes, and I enjoy using my glass bong but will settle for a pipe or joint. But recently, I had the opportunity to take Bloom’s newest vape system, the Bloom DART, on a test run with me for a week in L.A. for review. With that being said, I am in love with the Bloom DART! Whether you’ve been vaping for years or just looking to get started, I think you’ll fall in love with this new system too!

For me, the Bloom DART is the closest vaping experience I’ve found to smoking flower. The battery packs more power than traditional vapes I’ve tried, so each puff is consistently easy to pull and full of flavor (consistent hits and dosing are crucial for someone like myself who is trying to figure out how much oil it takes to calm my anxiety and still remain functional). I felt the effects more strongly because of this and didn’t feel the need to take hits as often as I normally would with a traditional vape.

My favorite part about the battery, however, is the way it fits and feels in my hand. Unlike traditional vapes that are long and thin, holding the DART is slightly heavier and more compact, but feels smooth and sturdy making it fun to grip. It fits perfectly in my palm so I can conveniently hit it just about anywhere. It’s not awkwardly long so it fits in my pocket (yes, even tiny pockets) for discreet keeping.

Note: I took the DART with me to Magic Mountain and had a blast sneaking puffs in between rides. Waiting in line has never been so easy, and dare I say, fun!

In general, the DART is extremely sleek and discreet. The mouthpiece is completely covered, leaving no oil visible to the naked eye. This made me feel safer and less conspicuous when vaping in public and allowed me to enjoy the DART more freely. To my surprise, I ran through the half gram of oil no faster than usual (I still have some left), which may be the best part of all!

Courtesy of Bloom

After a week of vaping the Bloom DART, I became much more of a fan and advocate for vaping than I ever had with my previous experiences using traditional vapes. The DART is easier to hit, hold, and locate when buried deep at the bottom of the black-hole that is my purse. The design is classy and feels like an essential accessory to accompany me anywhere—from a day out with friends, to a nightclub, or even a business lunch. Most importantly, the big, beautiful puffs the battery consistently serves up really accentuates the flavor of Bloom’s oil.

One of the main reasons I enjoy vaping is to experience flavors I don’t usually get from smoking flower, so finding a vapor method that consistently delivers tasty hits really improves the vaping experience for me. To top it off, I didn’t deal with any clogging or leaking and the charging unit is a universal micro USB, so it won’t be an issue when it runs out of battery—which hasn’t happened yet!

To put it bluntly, I HIGHLY enjoyed the BloomDART.

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Louisiana House Approves Hemp Legislation — But Does It Go Far Enough?

The Louisiana House unanimously passed a bill to make hemp cultivation legal on Wednesday — but advocates continue to point out that the legislation does not go far enough to provide clarity in the state’s legal system. Given recent law enforcement policing of CBD distributors, that’s a major issue.

“The idea is to grow and take advantage of a crop we have’t been growing since 1938,” said Representative Clay Schexnayder, who sponsored House Bill 491. The bill prohibits CBD-infused food and alcohol, though it does lay some regulatory groundwork for selling other CBD products.

The bill will now go to the Louisiana Senate.

HB 491 does not follow the heartening national trend of including measures in cannabis product legalization bills to account for past injustices served by cannabis prohibition. In fact, it exacerbates them — the legislation bans anyone with even a drug-related misdemeanor charge from within the last decade on their record from being employed in the new hemp industry. In another limitation, the bill does not allow residents to grow hemp for personal use.

Some also fear that the new bill will not do enough to clear up existing CBD laws. That’s an urgent issue for many Louisiana residents who have begun to sell CBD products. In April, Lafayette CBD store owner Travis DeYoung was arrested and threatened with felony and misdemeanor drug charges when product from the store was found in his car during a traffic stop.

DeYoung had previously told local publication the Daily Advertiser that he wanted his business to be something Lafayette could be proud of. “We’re the happiest city in the country,” he commented in an interview. “It’s a family-oriented town. It’s a great culture. People love mom and pop shops.”

This year, after the passage of the U.S. Farm Bill that made hemp cultivation federally legal, Louisiana agencies sent out memos stating that CBD products continued to be illegal in the state. The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control are among the government organization that have either published communiques to the effect, or even begun to get tough with businesses that offer such items.

Those actions have caused some CBD suppliers to see a drop in business, as retail shops have gotten spooked by such government actions.

“We’re fine,” CBD company owner Heather Carter told Louisiana publication The Advocate. “We’re still moving forward, but that’s a brutal hit to a small company when 30% of your stores say, ‘We can’t sell this anymore.’” Carter’s business Mountain Pure makes CBD oils, lotions, lip balms, and capsules, and sells both online and through local shops.

Under the new legislation, Louisiana plans to submit the details of its hemp cultivation program to the U.S. Agriculture Department by November. Policymakers hope to kick off hemp agriculture programs early next year.

Around the country, CBD sales are exploding — last year, the U.S. saw $350 million in sales of products made with the cannabinoid. In Texas, where lawmakers are pondering the removal of hemp from the state’s list of controlled substances, airport arrests over possession of CBD products has soared.
Last week, ire was raised when a 69 year old great grandmother was arrested at Orlando’s Disney World when authorities found the doctor-recommended CBD oil she had been carrying in her purse.

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69-Year-Old Woman Jailed for 12 Hours After Disney World Security Finds Her CBD Oil

Recent reports show that a great-grandmother was arrested for carrying CBD oil while on a trip to Disney World. After spending several hours in jail, she was eventually released on bail. The case is one of several recent incidents that highlights the confusion hanging over CBD law throughout the country.

Great-Grandmother Arrested for Carrying CBD Oil

According to arrest reports only recently picking up public attention, 69-year-old Hester Burkhalter was arrested on April 15. The incident occurred after she tried to pass through a checkpoint on her way to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

As reported by the Tampa Bay Times, Burkhalter had been planning her trip to Disney World for at least two years. But unfortunately for her, those plans were dramatically disrupted.

After security spotted a bottle of CBD oil in Burkhalter’s purse, the cops eventually got involved. And before the day was over, Burkhalter had been removed from the Disney property.

She was ultimately charged with possession of hashish, which is a felony. As a result, Burkhalter was locked up in the Orange County Jail. She reportedly spent a total of 12 hours behind bars before being released on $2,000 bail.

Since the incident, all charges have reportedly been dropped.

Burkhalter said she had the CBD oil because her doctor recommended it as a way of treating some of her chronic health conditions.

“I have really bad arthritis in my legs, in my arms, and in my shoulder,” she told the media. “I use it for the pain because it helps.”

As per the Tampa Bay Times, the bottle of CBD oil Burkhalter was carrying that day was marked as containing zero THC. But local law enforcement claimed otherwise. Specifically, local cops claim they tested the oil and that it came back positive for THC.

Legal Confusion Surrounding CBD

It is unclear why Burkhalter was initially charged with felony-level possession of hashish for simple CBD oil. Additionally, it is unclear why she faced such harsh punishment at all.

As reported by local media, CBD products are relatively easy to purchase in many parts of Florida, although CBD still tends to fall in something of a legal gray area in the state.

In many ways, Burkhalter’s case—along with other similar incidents—highlights the legal confusion that hangs around the issue of CBD.

At the end of 2018, the Farm Bill was signed into law. Among a number of changes to federal agricultural regulations, this bill made some key changes related to hemp and hemp-derived CBD.

Specifically, the Farm Bill removed hemp from the list of Schedule I illegal drugs. Additionally, it legalized the interstate commerce of hemp. Importantly, this includes hemp-derived CBD and products containing hemp-derived CBD.

Despite this, people in different parts of the country continue facing criminal charges for possessing CBD.

Obviously, Burkhalter’s arrest at Disney World is recent evidence of this. And similar incidents have also been occurring at the Dallas-Forth Worth Airport in Texas.

Reports from last month show that passengers at the airport have been detained and in some cases arrested for carrying CBD in their luggage.

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A Marketer’s Guide to CBD Products in 2019

In 2018, it became the star of the health and wellness scene. Cannabidiol (CBD), a naturally occurring compound found in hemp was nothing but a niche topic before 2016. Now, the phenomenon is nationwide as evidenced by the fact that the hemp-derived CBD market hit 57% growth in 2018.

A steep spike in demand has created a race to the finish line in the hemp industry, but marketing a CBD product before FDA regulations are in place can be tricky. However, there is plenty you can do now to set your CBD company up for success.Let’s look at how CBD brands can get their marketing ball rolling in order to stay ahead of the curve.

Start With How You’re Different

Despite being a new market to many consumers, the hemp industry is well established and highly competitive. Leaders such as Charlotte’s Web and CV Sciences (AKA Plus CBD Oil) are publicly traded, but the market remains extremely fragmented with small mom-and-pop shops winning out in their respective locales. The number of competitors is intense and growing. In late 2018, Congress gave hemp its blessing by including it in the farm bill. As a result, “the market will continue to grow at a fast pace,” says Steve St. Clair, CEO of Enerhealth Botanicals. CBD is now officially mainstream. With thousands of competitors, it is of utmost importance that brands pull away from the pack.

Brand strategy is something that CBD companies should outline now. How is your product different? Why would a consumer pick your brand over another? These questions can be defined by talking to your current customers, observing holes in the marketplace and understanding the key advantages you have over other companies.

Just some of the many CBD products on the market today.

Consider how messaging varies for Colorado Hemp Honey compared to Epidiolex. The first leads with messaging centered around not just the quality of their honey, but why honey is a great source of fuel, especially for athletes (“Bee your best”). The latter speaks directly to families with children who suffer from seizures (“Seizures are shared. So is Relief”). While Colorado Hemp Honey might put an emphasis on attending extreme sporting events, Epidiolex would find greater benefits in focusing their efforts elsewhere.

That same brand strategy can be used when considering product extensions. According to Heath Thomson, director of business development at CHF, knowing how your company serves its customers can guide you toward product development. “There’s booming demand for CBD across consumer demographics, use cases and product types. While this presents immense opportunity, CBD is not a cure-all and not every product type that is in development or new to the market is appropriate for medicinal or dietary supplement use cases,” says Thomson. “For example, many CBD suppliers/manufacturers are chasing water soluble CBD, but do we really need CBD enhanced water?”

Nail Your Brand Online

Armed with a brand strategy, it’s time to build something consumer facing: your website. Mass market retailers are beginning to launch their CBD programs; however, they have dozens of brands to choose from when it comes to building stock. Brands with an established presence, clear purpose and consistent brand identity will have a leg up on fly-by-night companies.

In marketing, a brand’s website is considered its digital headquarters. Investing in a clean website with clear communication is a must. A strong website will establish trust among consumers (and retail partners) and further communicate how your brand is different from the rest.

Beyond branding, e-commerce functionality is an important revenue driver. A consumer may feel self-conscious purchasing CBD in store (there is still quite a bit of stigma surrounding the product), but clicking “check out” in the privacy of their own home is easy.“Earned media is where companies can separate from the pack and become category leaders.”

Own Your Email List

When it comes to driving revenue, there is no replacement for email. Some marketers personally feel their inbox is too full and so they cringe at the thought of adding to the constant stream of media we all face. The stats are undeniable though: the ROI of the typical email program is 73%.

When it comes to email, you (the marketer) set the guardrails. Unlike with paid advertising, your account won’t be shut down simply due to the nature of your product. Even with a modest 20% open rate, you’re reaching far more consumers than on social media (where brands only get 1% organic reach), and in a much more meaningful way.

Build Your PR Strategy

Two weeks of trying to run an advertising campaign for a hemp company will teach you one thing: when it comes to CBD, paid media is a minefield. To date, Facebook, Google, Pinterest, and Amazon still do not permit promotion of CBD products on their platforms. As a result, brands must lean more heavily on earned channels, such as PR.

“Earned media is where companies can separate from the pack and become category leaders. Press is more than just free advertising when it comes to hemp or cannabis. Consumers want to know that what they’re putting into their body is safe, and with so much legal grey area they’ll be even more wary than with other supplements,” says James Clark, co-founder of Room 214. “News coverage – especially in the right publication – is like a seal of approval for your product and reaches audiences currently blocked by advertising.”

Leaders in the CBD industry already play a strong game when it comes to PR, but there’s plenty of room for more.FDAlogo

Prepare for Constant Change

This point cannot be stressed enough: over the next two to three years, everyone in the hemp industry needs to buckle up. The constant change in this ever-budding market means you must be ready to make quick turns and adjustments. This is even true in the exercise of writing this article, as every morning I wake up to news about new regulations in various states and motions from the FDA to hold hearings.

The impact constant change has on paid media is not to be underestimated. Over the course of just a few weeks, an advertising vendor may change their policies regarding hemp products. My team has seen this happen time and time again. They would spend a day getting a campaign rolling, see great success within a few days and then see the account had been suspended shortly after. While there are cannabis-specific advertising platforms such as Mantis, mainstream networks are still turning down hemp-based brands.

This sort of up-and-down movement requires patience, and a strong “try, try again” attitude. Applying the Dunkirk Marketing Model will help brands keep their eyes on the horizon while faced with these daily obstacles. With your focus on end goals, you must also be prepared for quick adjustments and split-second decisions.

Get Started Now

While CBD companies face far more obstacles than other CPG companies when it comes to promotion, your marketing should not take a back seat. How you build your brand today will position you to earn the trust of consumers tomorrow. Spend time building a solid foundation by getting to know your core customer. Outline a messaging plan and your brand’s positioning, and invest in owned and earned channels such as your website, email marketing and PR.

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El Museo Cannabition en Las Vegas ,una nueva perspectiva turistica.

Abrazar gigantes cogollos de marihuana, un deslizador que  te lleva a un charco de nugs y el bong más grande del mundo se encuentran entre las promesas de Cannabition, un museo de cannabis inmersivo que ahora está abierto en el centro de Las Vegas. De acuerdo con el fundador JJ Walker, la experiencia lleva a los invitados desde “la semilla a  la celebración del cannabis” a través de instalaciones fotogénicas, interactivas y, a menudo, iluminadoras.

“Inmersivo” es una palabra de moda en el entretenimiento en este momento, que describe todo, desde juegos interactivos y salas de escape hasta fábricas de selfies de Instagram, como Candytopia y el Museo del Helado. De hecho, fue este último el que inspiró a Walker a concebir un concepto similar en torno al cannabis.

Aunque Instagram es ciertamente una faceta del diseño de Cannabition y sus muchas salas coloridas y fotogénicas, Walker también enfatiza la educación y, si Las Vegas decide permitirlo, es posible el consumo social.

“Había estado pensando en cómo funcionaría [el consumo social]”, dijo Walker. “¿Es realmente gente simplemente sentada alrededor fumando narguiles? ¿Por qué no combinamos el surgimiento de estos museos inmersivos con el cannabis? Las Vegas parecía ser una buena opción porque Nevada era el siguiente estado legal y Vegas es el centro del turismo”.

Walker trabajó como productor de eventos en Colorado antes de abrir un dispensario en el área de Denver en 2009. Más tarde fundó My 420 Tours, una agencia de turismo de cannabis, que conecta a los viajeros con hoteles amigables y experiencias en los estados donde se permiten tales cosas. Sin embargo, Las Vegas demostró ser un mercado sorprendentemente difícil.

“Cuando legalizaron el cannabis, cerraron todo consumo”, dijo. “Puedes comprarlo, pero no puedes fumar en ninguna parte. Habitaciones de hotel, autobuses, todas las cosas que podrías hacer en Colorado, Sin City dijo, “de ninguna manera”.

Cannabition es una forma en que Walker puede participar en el turismo centrado en el cannabis en Las Vegas, ofreciendo una exposición permanente que puede evolucionar como lo hace la ley. Sus exhibiciones accesibles y divertidas atraen a los entusiastas del cannabis y al público en general, quienes pueden tomar fotos con amigos a medida que aprenden sobre la biología, la historia y la cultura de la planta.

El exterior del edificio cuenta con un mural de Gear Duran que lleva a los espectadores a través de momentos en la historia del cannabis, tanto positivos como negativos. Por ejemplo, el rostro de Jimi Hendrix se desvanece en un coche de policía adornado con el D.A.R.E. logo.

En el interior, puedes recostarte en una cama de semillas de cannabis y luego pasear por un bosque de cogollos de 7 pies que te recomendamos abrazar. Sube por una escalera que representa la inhalación de humo, luego deslízate a través de un par de labios y una serie de anillos de humo, y déjate caer en un charco de nugs de espuma. En el camino, aprenda sobre la diferencia entre el THC y el CBD y cómo se cosecha el cannabis. O bien, aprenda sobre los terpenos y sus efectos en la estación de olor a terpeno de Clear Concentrates.

Cabe destacar que el Chevy Caprice de 1973 de Hunter S. Thompson está en exhibición, prestado por su viuda, escritora y activista Anita Thompson. Este no es el mismo auto que conducían HST y Oscar Zeta Acosta entre Los Ángeles y Las Vegas, el viaje por carretera que finalmente se convertiría en la base del miedo y el odio en Las Vegas. Ese coche no era más que un alquiler. Este Red Shark era el auto de HST, y el utilizado en la adaptación cinematográfica de 1998 de Fear and Loathing.
HST era un consumidor diario de cannabis y fue parte del consejo de NORML(National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). Aunque Anita Thompson no es fumadora, escribió un artículo sobre cannabis mientras estudiaba en Columbia University en Nueva York.

“Comencé a investigar la prisión y el sistema penitenciario”, dice Thompson a High Times. “Tres huelgas, sentencias mínimas obligatorias y la privatización de las cárceles sucedieron en unos pocos años, y eso fue impactante para mí. Esta fue la misma época en que estábamos perdiendo nuestro trabajo en fábricas en el extranjero, así que básicamente tenemos estos campos de prisioneros en los Estados Unidos y muchos de estos trabajadores están trabajando a 13 centavos por hora [en sentencias] por posesión de marihuana “.

Thompson organiza con frecuencia eventos NORML en Owl Farm, la extensa propiedad de Woody Creek, Colorado, HST, una vez conocida como su “complejo fortificado”, y espera que prestar el auto a Cannabition no solo haga que estos temas sean conscientes, sino que revitalizará a aquellos que siguen comprometidos Luchando contra la criminalización del cannabis. Además, ella cree que este tipo de exhibición promoverá el legado de HST con el espíritu correcto: “integridad y también diversión”.

“El automóvil no iría a un museo financiado por Kaiser Permanente o algo así”, dijo Thompson. “La necesidad del trabajo de Hunter sigue creciendo con la crisis que tenemos en nuestro país ahora mismo, políticamente. “Es importante mantener su tierra natal, sus archivos y sus artefactos, y para que el público tenga acceso a Hunter a nivel personal”.

El Red Shark se presentará junto con una colección rotativa de los efectos personales del periodista, incluidas fotografías, manuscritos, tubos y páginas del cuaderno.

Otras exhibiciones incluyen una sala Indica donde los huéspedes pueden reclinarse sobre un Buda gigante patrocinado por W Vapes, un columpio Pax y una escultura de gran tamaño de Raw en la que uno de los extremos es un caleidoscopio y el otro se ilumina. Quizás lo más impresionante es el Bongzilla, un bong de vidrio de 24 pies diseñado por Jerome Baker, que es, en teoría, operativo. Los huéspedes también pueden detenerse en el componente comercial del museo, donde se pueden comprar una variedad de bebidas y bocadillos con infusión de CBD. En total, los huéspedes deben esperar pasar de 45 minutos a una hora dentro.

Walker espera que Las Vegas pronto acepte la idea de consumo social y que Cannabition obtenga la primera licencia oficial de la ciudad.

“En ese día, podríamos bautizar el bong con un grupo de los principales líderes y celebridades de la industria”, dijo. “Imagínate a Willie Nelson y Snoop Dogg juntos, bautizando a este bong”.

Cannabiton se puede encontrar en Neonopolis de Las Vegas, el complejo de entretenimiento de Fremont Street que ya contiene Axehole, la barra de ataque al corazón, y la barra de videojuegos geeky The Nerd. Las horas actuales son de martes a domingo, de 11 a.m. a medianoche. (Las horas están sujetas a cambios, por lo que le recomendamos llamar con anticipación). Los boletos comienzan a partir de $ 24.20.

Traducido por: Silvia Muñoz

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What’s The Best CBD Product For My Health And My Wallet?

CBD has exploded as a natural remedy for chronic pain, sleep disorders, anxiety and many other issues. With everyone from your mom to your grandma using it, CBD is becoming hard to ignore.

So what’s the best value CBD product?

When buying a health supplement, value should be determined by what’s best for your health and what’s best for your wallet. With a CBD product, you want the one that gives you the fullest range of health benefits for the best value.

Courtesy of Kanabia

There’s More Than CBD

A healthy, balanced diet means eating a variety of foods and getting the full range of vitamins and nutrients. It’s the same with CBD and cannabinoids. CBD is just one of more than 100 different cannabinoids, each having unique health benefits.

While CBD may help manage sleep, pain, and inflammation, CBD alone may not have the same effect of other rarer cannabinoids such as CBG, CBDV, or THCV. These other cannabinoids could prove to be more useful than CBD for certain ailments.

CBG may have powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which could benefit issues such as IBS, colitis and acne. CBDV may have powerful neuroprotective effects which could offer treatment potential for those suffering from nausea or epilepsy. THCV, a rare cannabinoid, might be a more powerful anti-inflammatory agent than CBD. THCV may also be a greater anxiety suppressant, in addition to having potential benefits for weight-loss and even diabetes, while also boosting mental clarity.

So while CBD is great for some conditions, using a “Full-Spectrum CBD” product with multiple cannabinoids may give you  access to a fuller range of potential health benefits.

Courtesy of Kanabia

Synergize Your Cannabinoids – Elevate Your High

Taking multiple cannabinoids together creates an “entourage effect” where the effects of each cannabinoid synergistically enhance each other. 

An example would be using THC with THCV. While THC adds a fun and creative energy, excessive use can lead to increased anxiety, depression, and appetite. This can be balanced by introducing THCV which works to help block the negative effects of THC, while actually enhancing your high by elevating your mood and focus.

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Finding The Best Value For Your Wallet

So if the best value for your health means having the fullest range of cannabinoids, what about the best value for your dollar?

As it stands, CBD is the most common cannabinoid next to THC. As a result, it is one of the cheapest and most available cannabinoids available.

Anyone can buy CBD isolate off the web and make their own brand. This ease of access to CBD has led to crowded shelves with products that may look different on the outside, but on the inside, all have the same CBD-only-formula.

So what about Full-Spectrum CBD products? Unfortunately, most “Full-Spectrum products” contain 99% CBD with only trace amounts of other cannabinoids. This is because other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBDV, and THCV are still much rarer and more difficult to obtain—which simply means they cost more. Why spend more and make less if the consumer doesn’t know the difference?

Courtesy of Kanabia

So What’s The Best Value Product?

Through their pioneering research, Kanabia has created a formula with the most complete range of cannabinoids. CBD, CBDV, CBG and THCV at potency levels beyond any other formula on the market. The result is a product with a greater range of potential health effects than many so-called “full-spectrum” products with only trace amounts of other cannabinoids.

Kanabia is also the first brand to feature THCV in a full-spectrum product, along with CBDV, CBG and CBD in their complete formula.

As their research expands, Kanabia will continue to add more cannabinoids (in addition to terpenes and other synergistic plant molecules), each with their own potential and exciting health benefits.

With an assistance program for military, students, disability, low-income status, and public safety workers, Kanabia’s goal is to bring top quality and affordable cannabinoids to all. For wholesale inquiries, and to get your customers the latest in cutting edge CBD products, visit Kanabia’s wholesale page.

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30 Members of Congress Urge DEA to “Speed Up” Medical Cannabis Research

Thirty members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the leaders of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Justice on Tuesday, calling on the federal agencies to speed up research into the medical uses of cannabis. The letter was signed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers including cannabis advocate and Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and three of the nearly two dozen candidates for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

Presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, fellow Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, and Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, the leaders of the letter, were joined by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Rep. Seth Moulton, who are both also vying for the Democratic nomination, and more than 20 additional members of the House of Representatives. Swallwell announced the move on Tuesday morning in a post on Twitter.

Approval for Cannabis Research ‘Arduous and Long’ Process

In the letter, the members of Congress urged Attorney General William Barr and Uttam Dhillon, the Acting Administrator of the DEA, “to do more to speed research on the medicinal benefits of cannabis.” The legislators note that 33 states and the Food and Drug Administration, with the approval of cannabis-based medication Epidiolex, have acknowledged the medical potential of marijuana. However, obtaining federal approval for research into cannabis, a Schedule I controlled substance, is “an arduous and long” process.

“One who wishes to engage in this research must at the very least work with three separate federal entities—the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), DEA, and FDA. Approval is required by FDA, which includes a site inspection, and FDA,” the letter reads.

The lawmakers also note that cannabis supplied by the University of Mississippi, the only federally-approved cultivator, is of poor quality and often slow to arrive. Despite efforts to approve more growers and an increase in the quota for research cannabis, the DEA has failed to act on 26 applications from companies who wish to cultivate marijuana for research.

“We urge you then to go beyond these steps and do whatever you can to speed up and improve the research application process,” the lawmakers wrote. “Please let us know what you are considering to change the application process so it moves more quickly and what additional resources from Congress would help in that regard.”

Unanswered Questions

The lawmakers also repeated questions that they said had been asked previously but gone unanswered by the Justice Department:

“1. What is the current status of the 26 cannabis manufacturer applications? How long has each been pending before DOJ and DEA?

2. What steps have the DEA and DOJ taken to review the cannabis manufacturer applications currently pending? What are the reasons these applications have not been approved?

3. When do you estimate the DEA and DOJ will complete their review of all of the cannabis manufacturing applications and begin approving some as new manufacturers?

4. In the past 12 months, excluding Schedule I Bulk Manufacturer registrations for cannabis, how many other DEA registrations has DOJ reviewed?”

Those applications had reportedly been blocked from being acted on by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. But in an appearance before Congress last month, Barr said that would change.

“I think we’re going to move forward on it,” he said. “I think it’s very important to get those additional suppliers.”

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Las 10 escenas de películas más alucinantes con referentes de drogas

Uno de los mejores efectos de fumar ganja es su capacidad para hacer de cualquier forma de entretenimiento, más entretenido. Quizás el mejor maridaje de marihuana sea una película trippy, algo que puede deslumbrar a los ojos al mismo tiempo que estimula la mente. Hay muchas películas por ahí que atraen a los fumadores de cannabis, ¿Cuáles son las más atractivas visualmente? La lista es interminable, así que decidimos condensarla un poco. Creamos las 10 mejores escenas de películas más divertidas, solo para ti. Echa un vistazo a lo que hemos logrado juntar.

Alicia en el país de las maravillas: Abajo del agujero del conejo

Alice In Wonderland ha traído diferentes paralelos al uso de drogas, específicamente, el LSD, desde que fue concebido originalmente en 1865 por Lewis Carroll. La versión de Disney de 1951 no fue diferente y, a pesar de ser una película dirigida a los niños, el consenso general ha sido que hay varias referencias de drogas ocultas a lo largo de la película.

La más frecuente es la escena del agujero de conejo, que ha llamado la atención por parecerce a un viaje de ácidos. Si bien ciertamente podemos elegir entre una gran cantidad de escenas de la película, la escena del agujero de conejo sigue siendo la más icónica, por no mencionar la más atrevida.

Escena de la pastelería de el joven Sherlock Holmes

El joven Sherlock Holmes podría ser la película más oscura de esta lista, pero el clásico de culto de los 80 definitivamente merece su clasificación en esta lista. A pesar de que la película tenía una clasificación de PG, sí presentaba algunos temas para adultos, como se ve en la icónica escena de la pastelería, que presentaba una serie de deliciosos productos horneados que cobraban vida.

Obviamente, este fue el resultado de alucinaciones intensas; las mismas alucinaciones que Sherlock y Watson fueron contratados para investigar. Así que, a pesar de la inocencia general de la película y de la familia, la naturaleza presentaba al menos uno de los aspectos en los que la mayoría de los adultos sin duda se pueden identificar con tripping.

Batman comienza: el sabor de su propia medicina

Uno no suele asociar una película de Batman con la palabra “trippy”, pero eso es solo bajo las pretensiones de que Christopher Nolan NO ESTÁ involucrado. La toma de Nolan en el Dark Knight re-imaginó el género de superhéroes y le dio al universo un realismo áspero que aún no se ha experimentado en la pantalla grande.

Uno de los villanos principales de la primera película, El espantapájaros, utilizó una toxina del miedo que alucinaba a sus enemigos y veía sus temores más profundos y oscuros. Quizás la escena más trivial de Begins, es cuando Batman usa la medicina Scarecrow contra él, lo que hace que el Dr. Jonathan Crane visualice a Batman como un murciélago gigante humanoide, completo con colmillos y un lodo negro extraño que gotea de la boca. Medicina propia

Réquiem por un sueño: la escena final

Réquiem por un sueño de Darren Aronofsky sigue siendo uno de los cuentos de drogas más cauteloso e icónicos y, a veces, uno de los más complicados.

Entre la puntuación fascinante y las secuencias de drogas flashbang, Requiem For A Dream tiene más que suficientes escenas visualmente atractivas. Sin embargo, tal vez su disparate es la desgarradora escena final, donde todos los personajes principales se enfrentan a sus terribles destinos en un montaje final alimentado por las drogas.

Esta escena definitivamente te hará pensar dos veces antes de probar drogas. Bueno, aparte de la marihuana, por supuesto.

Una pesadilla en Elm Street Dream Sequence

La obra maestra de terror original de Wes Craven, A Nightmare On Elm Street, sigue siendo una de las películas más emblemáticas del género en la actualidad.

Mientras que la película ha generado varias secuelas, así como un reinicio decepcionante, ninguno de los seguimientos ha sido capaz de igualar el puro horror del primero.

Una de las escenas más memorables de la película contó con un joven Johnny Depp y su desaparición definitiva del propio demonio del sueño, Freddy Kruger. Estéticamente, la escena más que califica como una de las 10 mejores escenas de películas de todos los tiempos.

Dumbo: elefantes rosados

No debería sorprender a los lectores que otra película de Disney haya logrado ingresar a esta lista. Las primeras películas de Disney eran definitivamente extrañas, y Dumbo no es la excepción. La escena en la que Dumbo comienza a alucinar con un desfile de elefantes rosados, debe sin duda calificar como una de las 10 mejores escenas más populares de las películas.

Se garantiza que esta parte de la película asustará a los niños y, a la inversa, servirá como un viaje festivo estéticamente agradable para aquellos que quieran ponerse un poco chiflados.

No podemos esperar a ver lo que Tim Burton tiene preparado para la nueva versión de live-action. Disney pudo haber prohibido el cannabis en sus parques, pero definitivamente no en sus películas.

La escena icónica de la naranja mecánica

Stanley Kubrick sigue siendo uno de los directores más icónicos de la historia del cine, y es seguro decir que su estilo cinematográfico único se adelantó a su tiempo. Sus tomas generalizadas y su uso de la música podrían hacer que cualquier escena se polarizara, sin embargo, fue su mente extraña y perfeccionista la que verdaderamente separó sus películas del resto.

A Clockwork Orange es quizás la película más conocida de Kubrick, y es sin duda una de sus más memorables. Entre los trajes extraños, los accesorios con formas fálicas y la música extraña, la película es definitivamente una de las películas más raras de las últimas décadas.

La escena anterior, que es una de las más famosas de la película, también resulta ser un infierno trippy.

Entrar en el vacío( Enter the void)

Enter The Void de 2009, que fue el resultado de que el director Gaspar Noé tropezó con los hongos mientras veía el clásico de 1947 The Lady in the Lake, se considera una de las películas más populares de la última década.

Si bien ciertamente presenta una gran cantidad de escenas extrañas, es difícil negar la escena que presenta al personaje principal, Oscar, tropezar con DMT, es, con mucho, el más disparatado de la película.

Trainspotting: Nightmare Baby

Otra película con heroína para agregar a la lista, excepto esta vez, Trainspotting cae dentro de la categoría de comedia negra. Los tonos pueden ser diferentes, pero el mensaje general sigue siendo el mismo: no consumas heroína.

Una de las escenas más extrañas de la película involucra al personaje principal de la película. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) y su batalla con los retiros. Durante su desintoxicación, Renton tiene pesadillas horripilantes, que se presentan al espectador de una manera bastante angustiosa.

La pesadilla del bebé al final, que se ve arrastrándose por el techo y girando la cabeza a 180 grados al estilo de The Exorcist, es quizás una de las imágenes más inquietantes de la memoria reciente, y definitivamente una de las más increíbles.

Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas

Cuando se trata de películas de drogas trippy, no hay nada mejor que Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas. La película de culto, basada en la novela del mismo nombre de Hunter S. Thompson, presenta una de las escenas más icónicas inducidas por el ácido de la historia.

El personaje de Johnny Depp, Raoul Duke, se registra en un hotel de Las Vegas, tropezando con ácido. Afortunadamente, los espectadores pueden ser parte del viaje, ya que la película muestra todos los elementos visuales que uno suele experimentar mientras usa el LSD.

La escena clásica siempre se convertirá en una de las escenas más divertidas de las películas.

traaducido por: Silvia Muñoz

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US Patent & Trademark Office Issues Guidance for Trademarking CBD Products

Last week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published an Examination Guide to provide further clarity for how they assess the legitimacy of trademarks for cannabis products. For the uninitiated, the 2018 Farm Bill, which President Trump signed into law on December 20, 2018, removed hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) from the Controlled Substances Act. In order to register a trademark in the United States, the mark must be used in a lawful setting, meaning that the USPTO does not register trademarks for products that violate federal law- even if it is legal under state law.

In their guidance document, the USPTO identifies the distinction between hemp and other cannabis varieties as the basis for either issuing or refusing a trademark registration. This means that in the trademark application, companies need to specify that the cannabis product is derived from hemp, or cannabis with less than 0.3% THC in dry weight.

The USPTO clarifies that applications for trademarks that involve CBD filed before December 20, 2018 will be refused, but if they amend the filing date to after that date, the registration will be examined. Below is a direct quote from their examination guide clarifying this:

For applications filed before December 20, 2018 that identify goods encompassing CBD or other cannabis products, registration will be refused due to the unlawful use or lack of bona fide intent to use in lawful commerce under the CSA. Such applications did not have a valid basis to support registration at the time of filing because the goods violated federal law. However, because of the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill, the goods are now potentially lawful if they are derived from “hemp” (i.e., contain less than 0.3% THC). Therefore, the examining attorney will provide such applicants the option of amending the filing date and filing basis of the application to overcome the CSA as a ground of refusal.

The USPTO’s Examination Guide explicitly mentions the authority of the FDA to regulate products derived from cannabis, much like the 2018 Farm Bill’s language. There is still some confusion in the cannabis industry surrounding the marketing and sale of hemp products under FDA regulation.

FDAlogoUnder the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), using a drug in a food or dietary supplement that is currently undergoing clinical trials is illegal (as is the case here- see Epidiolex for an example of CBD being used as an active ingredient in an FDA-approved clinical trial). According to the USPTO, this means that “registration of marks for foods, beverages, dietary supplements, or pet treats containing CBD will still be refused as unlawful under the FDCA, even if derived from hemp, as such goods may not be introduced lawfully into interstate commerce.”

Regarding trademarks for services involving “cannabis and cannabis production,” the USPTO also issued guidance. This section of the Examination Guide pertains to companies applying for a trademark that fall in the category of ancillary services, such as growing supply companies, lighting, nutrients, pest control and packaging, among other service providers. Basically, this section boils down to the same distinction the Farm Bill made between hemp and other varieties of cannabis. An applicant for a trademark needs to make clear their identification of services offered as involving cannabis containing less than 0.3% THC.

For a helpful guide breaking down what this means for cannabis companies pursuing a trademark registration, Christiane Schuman Campbell, partner at Duane Morris LLP, published this client alert about the USPTO’s examination guide.

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