Researchers Overwhelm Canadian Government With Marijuana Research Requests

After becoming just the second country to legalize marijuana nationwide, Canada has the potential to lead the world in cannabis research – if they can cut the bureaucratic red tape. September 17, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Marijuana research in Canada stands in stark contrast with what is happening in the United States. With its progressive approach, Canada has more in common with world-leading Israel when it comes to cannabis research. At least, it has that potential. But red tape is currently standing in the way of success. In the United States, a federally funded researcher has sued the Drug Enforcement Administration because of the poor quality of marijuana available for research. Currently, cannabis used for research in the U.S. is grown in only place, the University of Mississippi. In Canada, researchers don’t have an issue with the quality of the marijuana, but […]

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Can Marijuana Help Treat CTE? Former NFL Star Partners With Harvard To Find Out

Calvin Johnson, known to millions as Megatron, has also launched a medical marijuana dispensary in Michigan. September 12, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Former NFL star Calvin Johnson has joined a growing list of former professional athletes who are getting into the marijuana industry. He is a partner in a new enterprise that is set to open medical marijuana dispensaries across Michigan. But Johnson is also taking his part in the industry a step further, giving money to Harvard University to help fund a study on the potential of cannabis treating CTE; which, according to a 2017 study from Boston University researchers, was found in 99% of former football players’ brains studied. Johnson, who spent his career with the Detroit Lions and is making a six-figure donation to the research through his medical marijuana company, Primitive, told ESPN that he believes his company “can […]

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Olivia-Newton John Weaned Herself Off Morphine By Using Cannabis

The ‘Grease’ actress opted for cannabis to help with her Stage 4 cancer treatment. September 10, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When it comes to the many celebrities who have endorsed the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of cancer, few are as powerful as the one from Olivia-Newton John. That’s because John is battling stage 4 cancer. She’s been dealing with cancer since the early 1990s, when she first was diagnosed with breast cancer. It returned in 2013, but she beat it again. It then returned in 2017, when doctors told her it had metastasized and was in her bones.  In short, John, who is now 70 years old, has been there. She’s still there. In a long interview with “60 Minutes Australia,” John talked about death, her battle with cancer and how marijuana helped her battle the disease. It’s of […]

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Gronk Gets Into The CBD Business

Saying the CBD helps manage his pain, ex-NFL star Rob Gronkowski partners with CBDMedic. September 3, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Retired NFL player Rob Gronkowski, a star of the New England Patriots, has inked a deal with Abacus Health Products in Woonsocket, Rhode Island that includes buying a stake in the company and agreeing to promote its products. His decision reflects his belief that CBD products made by the company under the brand CBDMEDIC can help others manage pain the way it has helped him. At a news conference announcing the deal, Gronkowski – known as “Gronk” to legions of Patriots fans – said he used CBDMEDIC and was “blown away with how well it worked. I am pain free, and that is a big deal.” Related: New Study: Adult-Use Cannabis Availability Reduces Opioid Deaths Cannabis is effective in dealing with pain. Although […]

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What Are Cannabis Flavonoids And Why Are Researchers So Interested In Them?

Canadian scientists believe they have unlocked the potential of a natural painkiller 30 times more effective than aspirin. August 22, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Cannabis flavonoid, also called cannflavin, is the next area of study for marijuana researchers. That’s because understanding how cannaflavin works may unlock the secrets to using cannabis as an effective treatment for pain management. The research is still preliminary. But researchers in Canada believe they have developed a process that replicate cannflavin A and cannflavin B, types of flavonoids that may have more strength than aspirin when it comes to fighting pain and inflammation. Related: 5 Essential Cannabis Trends You Can’t Afford to Miss What are exactly are cannflavins? Before understanding cannflavins, it’s important to know about flavonoids in general. Flavonoids are widely distributed throughout the plant kingdom. They provide pigment for fruits and vegetables. They also provide many […]

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Federal-Licensed Researcher Sues Government Over “Sub-Par” Research Cannabis

Scientists in the U.S. are still limited to one source to get weed for research, but an Arizona researcher wants the court to force a change. August 20, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Cannabis companies may burn the midnight oil developing better strains of weed for consumers, but the federal government still forces researchers to use marijuana that is far below the standards of cannabis sold in dispensaries. Very, very far below. Scientists have argued that the weed is so bad it calls to question whether they can reach scientifically valid conclusions using it for studies – especially since the research weed is genetically closer to hemp than cannabis. A scientist in Arizona has decided to force the issue by suing the federal Drug Enforcement Agency to change current rules and allow scientists to use cannabis from other sources than the federal government, […]

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Colorado Joins New York and Illinois in Allowing Doctors to Prescribe Weed for Pain

State lawmakers are starting to catch up with what medical marijuana users have advocated for years: Cannabis is good for pain management August 15, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Marijuana advocates have long supported the use of cannabis for the treatment of pain. State lawmakers, at least in Colorado, New York and Illinois, have finally decided to give the people what they want giving the green light to doctors to prescribe marijuana for the management of pain. Doctors can do the same in Illinois through a state pilot program that focuses on using cannabis to lower opioid use. It’s a substantial change from the laws in most states, which allow medical marijuana use for a narrow list of conditions. Typically, they include epileptic seizures and the discomfort and pain associated with treatment for cancer or AIDS.  One of the main drivers behind the change […]

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Florida and Texas Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Officials in both states have voiced their intention to stop prosecution of low-level marijuana cases. August 13, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When members of Congress voted to legalize hemp late last year, they likely did not envision that it would make it harder for law enforcement in places such as Florida and Texas. But that’s exactly what has happened. Officials in both Florida and Texas have voiced their intention to stop the prosecution of low-level marijuana cases. That’s because no reliable field test exists that can tell the difference between the presence of hemp, which won’t get you high, and cannabis, which will. The nose doesn’t know A state attorney in Florida recently announced he is done prosecuting some marijuana crimes until a reliable field test is developed. He also said he will not authorize search warrants in cases where officers or […]

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Candy, Snack Sales Going Up Where Marijuana Is Legal

Surprise, surprise. A study finds that snacking is most popular in weed-friendly states. August 6, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. One of the most famous side effects of using marijuana is getting the munchies. To the surprise of exactly zero people, a new study has found that sales of munchie favorites such as snack food and candy have increased in states where marijuana is legal. The study, conducted by Nielsen, found that over the course of 52 weeks, snack and candy sales increased across the United States. But the increase was greater in legal states. According to Nielsen, “Marijuana consumption has been clinically and anecdotally shown to increase a consumers’ appetite and enjoyment of food. Sales data from within the U.S. Census divisions where cannabis has been legalized for recreational use support the munchies’ effect.”  Related: Cannabis Lounges Are Popping Up Across the Country […]

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Pennsylvania Green Lights Medical Marijuana For Anxiety

The measure brings the number of conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana in Pennsylvania to 23. July 30, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Pennsylvania medical officials have given the thumb’s up to doctors to prescribing medical marijuana for patients with anxiety disorders. This decision happens just one month after Ohio officials refused to do the same. The new regulation from the Pennsylvania Department of Health went into effect this month. While the measure allows for prescribing marijuana, it also mandates that cannabis not be the first choice, but rather used in tandem with traditional treatments.  In the same measure, the state is allowing medical marijuana to be used by those with Tourette’s Syndrome. That brings the number of conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana in Pennsylvania to 23, including cancer, epilepsy, intractable seizures, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis. post-traumatic stress […]

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The New, Cool Term For Cannabis? It’s Still Up For Grabs.

The industry is looking for a new name without negative and dated connotations. ‘Cannabis’ may just have to do. July 23, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Once upon a time, people called it marijuana. Or, if they didn’t want to use the “official” term, they referred to it as pot, weed, or grass. It was a pretty straightforward proposition. But times have changed. With legal-use cannabis now available in 11 states and medical-use in 30, businesses in the legal cannabis industry would rather not have you call it pot. Weed is slightly better, but not perfect. And Grass is something that you mow, not smoke.  Forget about the word marijuana. Given its hateful and racist roots, most would rather leave it to the dustbins of history.  Related: Why the Word ‘Recreational’ Should Be Retired However, after several years of legality, marketers still have not hit upon a […]

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Jim Belushi Is Launching a Blues Brothers Cannabis Brand in Illinois

He’s an Illinois native who has been growing pot in Oregon. Not that Illinois legalized he’s bringing what he’s learned back home. July 18, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Jim Belushi has been building a cannabis business in Oregon for several years but now that his home state of Illinois will allow sales of recreational pot in 2020 he’s expanding where his roots are. Belushi plans to bring a new strain, named The Blues Brothers after film and band that his brother, comedian John Belushi, made famous along with comedian Dan Ackroyd, first to the market in Illinois. Belushi, who has performed in the band, wants to use the Blues Brothers brand when he takes his product national.  “Illinois is going to be a huge market,” Belushi told Advertising Age. “I want to be on the shelves come Jan. 1.” Illinois lawmakers voted to […]

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Pot Smokers in Nevada No Longer Need to ‘Study’ for That Pre-Employment Drug Test

A new law in Nevada prohibits employers from denying a job merely because the applicant tested positive for marijuana. June 27, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While some employers have said they will no longer base hiring decisions on whether a job applicant uses marijuana, state lawmakers in Nevada have taken the extra step of making doing so against the law. In a bill recently signed into law, the Nevada State Legislature made it illegal for employers to reject a job applicant because they failed a marijuana test. The law, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, includes “common-sense exceptions for public safety and transportation professionals,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said, according to Newsweek. Related: Colorado Has Collected More Than $1 Billion in Marijuana Tax Revenue Cannabis in Nevada Lawmakers, most notably in New Jersey and New York, have agonized but failed to create a regulated marijuana sales […]

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Colorado Has Collected More Than $1 Billion in Marijuana Tax Revenue

The cannabis windfall has become an annual event in Colorado. June 25, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Colorado reached a milestone in June when it reported collecting a cumulative $1.02 billion from marijuana taxes, licenses and fees since the state started collecting them in 2014.   What’s more, sales in the state have accelerated. In March 2019, dispensaries across the state reported record sales for a one-month period, according to numbers from the state’s Department of Revenue. Total sales of marijuana products that month alone were $142.4 million. Overall, there have been $6.5 billion in total marijuana sales in Colorado since recreational cannabis sales began in January 2014. Related: Recreational Weed States of America Growing the economy. The injection of cash into the state treasury, as well as the explosion of jobs and businesses in the cannabis industry, have made Colorado the model for the rest […]

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Most States Provide No Legal Protection If You’re Fired for Using Medical Marijuana

There are 33 states where medical marijuana is legal but only 13 where you have recourse if you’re fired for it. May 28, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The idea of states’ rights is what opened the door to marijuana legalization around the country. But here’s the thing about states’ rights for both employees and employers: You better know exactly what those rights are in the state where you live. That’s especially important for marijuana users who want to hold on to their current job. Cannabis is now legal for medical use in 33 states. Doctors can, and do, prescribe it to patients for issues such as chronic pain. But all that is meaningless in many states when it comes to the relationship between you and your employer. Depending on where you live, you can still get fired for using legal medical marijuana. “The […]

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Study Finds Marijuana Users Have Better Chance of Surviving Heart Attack

May 21, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A new study involving millions of medical records and analysis of patient outcomes has found that those who use marijuana have a better chance of surviving after being hospitalized with a heart attack. While researchers from the University of Colorado said further study is needed, they also wrote that they “would strongly suggest that marijuana use is associated with a significant decrease in in-hospital mortality” for those admitted with a heart attack. It’s yet another in a growing list of potential medical uses for cannabis that is being stymied, at least in the United States, by the continued illegal status of marijuana at the federal level and the lack of quality cannabis for research purposes. Related: Researchers Find People Who Use Cannabis Are More Motivated to Exercise The Impact of Heart Disease How cannabis could impact heart […]

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Researchers Find People Who Use Cannabis Are More Motivated to Exercise

Millions of Americans who never use marijuana have worse couch lock than those who do. May 16, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Turns out guys like Ricky Williams and the people who participate in the 420 Games might have been onto something this whole time. A new survey of marijuana users has found that 81 percent of respondents use marijuana just before or after exercise. Many report that cannabis motivated them to work out, improved their recovery after exercise and helped them to enjoy exercise more. The researchers in the study wrote that motivation, recovery time and enjoyment are all significant. “Given that these are all recognized barriers to exercise,” they wrote, “it is possible that cannabis might actually serve as a benefit to exercise engagement.” Related: Why Athletes Are Using Cannabis for Training and Recovery Turning around the stereotype. The survey findings fly in […]

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Harvard, MIT Receive $9 Million Donation to Conduct Marijuana Research

The donation from an alum of both schools will use the cannabis legally available in Massachusetts. May 14, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The rapid spread of marijuana legalization has been coupled with concerns among medical researchers about gaps in knowledge on what cannabis can and cannot do in terms of health benefits. Unfortunately, with the United States federal government continuing to list cannabis as an illegal drug, it’s been hard to get funding for research. It also doesn’t help that what little marijuana is available for research is of far worse quality than what people routinely purchase at the local dispensary (or on the black market, for that matter). However, cannabis research in the U.S. got a shot in the arm this month when Charles Broderick, head of a New York-based global equity firm, dontated $9 million for cannabis research to be […]

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Ohio Medical Marijuana Committee Rejects Use of Pot for Depression but OKs It for Anxiety

May 13, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Those hoping for a state to approve the use of marijuana to treat depression and insomnia will have to wait longer. After considering the idea, a state medical board committee in Ohio has decided not to recommend pot use for either condition. They did, however, decide to recommend marijuana use to treat anxiety and autism. None of this is cast in stone. The committee’s recommendations must first get approved by the medical board in June, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Part of the reason for the rejection of marijuana treatment for depression is because there has been so little research done in the United States. Committee members felt not enough “high-quality research” had been done, according to the Enquirer. To make its decision, the committee had to bring in doctors and other medical professionals to testify, including […]

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Early Research Is Hopeful About CBD and Depression

Scientists in Brazil have found that CBD interacts positively with serotonin receptors in the brain. May 7, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Just one dose of CBD helped mice and rats experience “acute antidepressant effects” due to increased levels of proteins in their brains’ medial prefrontal cortex and hippocampus. In other words, it made the mice feel much less behavioral despair when put through certain tests. That’s the findings of a study published this year in the journal Molecular Neurobiology by researchers from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. They are using CBD in animal studies as a first step toward eventual human tests. The researchers wrote, “The main finding of the present study is that CBD induces not only a robust acute, but also sustained, antidepressant-like effect in different species and distinct animal models.” […]

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