The 7 Most Potent CBD Strains

If you’re looking for a higher-CBD cannabis strain, you might want to give these a try. September 11, 2019 8 min read Brought to you by Weedmaps CBD. You’ve seen these three letters advertised at your neighborhood cafe, fused within the topical your aunt has been boasting to the family about, even on the shelves of your local pharmacy stores. What you might not be aware of, however, is which cannabis strains contain the highest levels of cannabidiol (CBD), the non-intoxicating cannabinoid that has taken the health and wellness market by storm. Similar to the way cultivators try to maximize the production of THC, there are also high-CBD strains specifically bred to offer therapeutic benefits without intoxicating levels of THC. This has made it possible for children suffering from seizures to be safely treated with medical cannabis. A number of studies on CBD suggest that it offers potential therapeutic value in the treatment of various […]

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Curaleaf and Surterra Are Top Spenders On Federal Marijuana Lobbying

A look at which companies are investing the most on The Hill. September 11, 2019 7 min read Brought to you by MJBizDaily The marijuana industry has spent about $2 million so far this year lobbying for federal cannabis reform in Washington DC, and more than half that money has come from individual MJ-related companies. Businesses and lobbying organizations said the investments are critical in helping lawmakers and federal regulators understand the importance of cannabis-related issues. They are focusing on vexing industry problems such as banking, as well as broader reform and legalization efforts. The payoff comes when reform occurs or public policy becomes clear, and companies can plan and operate accordingly. RELATED: Marijuana Lobby Grows As Legalization Spreads Throughout Country “Markets do not do well in situations of uncertainty,” as is the case with marijuana currently, Richie Thorne, chief risk officer of Dama Financial, wrote in an email to Marijuana Business […]

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Looking To Enter The Cannabis Biz? Professionals From The Industry Give Top Advice

Before you dive into the world of cannabis, take note of these tips from professionals within the industry September 9, 2019 7 min read Brought to you by Weedmaps With more states legalizing cannabis for medical or adult use, the industry is rapidly growing, with employment predicted to rise by 34% in 2019, according to Marijuana Business Daily’s 2019 Marijuana Business Factbook. So, it’s no surprise that increasing numbers of people in other industries are looking to work in cannabis. Cannabis companies require all sorts of skills, from marketing and accounting to research and political lobbying, so you don’t need previous experience or training specifically in the cannabis industry to enter it.  “Cannabis legalization is as game-changing as the invention of the internet, and the trajectory will be much the same,” said Lisa Weser, who founded the cannabis communications firm Trailblaze after working as head of U.S. Marketing Communications for Anheuser-Busch. “Like the internet, […]

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Is Your Vape Cartridge Safe? This Is How To Make Sure

September 9, 2019 9 min read Brought to you by Weedmaps After dozens of people across the Midwest and California were sickened as a result of vaping cannabis or e-cigarettes, consumers, vape makers, and retailers alike have to be aware of how products are made and where they were made. Vape pens have surged to new heights on the marijuana mountain by offering a portable and discreet way to consume THC or cannabidiol (CBD)-heavy concentrates.  The proof: Vape oil products made up a whopping 86% of the concentrate market in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon in 2018, and 71% of the concentrate sales in California, according to a May 2018 report by BDS Analytics.  But there have been serious health and safety concerns associated with vaping technology, first in the e-cigarette industry and later in the cannabis industry. Nearly three dozen young people in the upper Midwestern U.S. and California were hospitalized for severe respiratory problems after vaping […]

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Aster Farms Rises Again From the Ashes

The company’s California complex burned down a year ago, but they were able to build themselves back up-thanks to CEO Julia Jacobson September 3, 2019 2 min read Brought to you by Green Market Report As CEO of Aster Farms, Julia Jacobson brings an expertise in entrepreneurship, supply chain management and business development to the Aster team. Her personal interest in cannabis is rooted in her battle with chronic migraines, incorporating the plant with her prescribed routine to mitigate symptoms, balance equilibrium and chart a healthy course. Julia develops Aster’s high-level vision, ensuring the team is two steps ahead as the company scales. Prior to Aster Farms Julia was co-founder and CEO of NMRKT, an affiliate marketing platform for content providers. She led the company through Techstars and it’s acquisition by XO Group in 2016, where she went on to become the Director of National Revenue Products. Julia’s career began […]

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20 Business Ideas for Stay-at-Home Parents

Herb farms are one of the fastest-growing industries. Medicinal herbs, herbal teas, culinary herbs, and herbs for candles and aromatherapy are just the tip of the iceberg. A solid working knowledge of growing herbs is essential. Flowers used to scent potpourri, soap, candles and fragrant concoctions require just a few square feet of growing space. Most of your product preparation can easily take place in an average-size kitchen equipped with no more than a shelf, stove and counter work space. Becoming a gardening teacher is a creative way to make money from your green thumb. Offer gardening seminars in your backyard, community colleges, recreation centers and local nurseries. Offer a class each month on a different aspect of gardening, including planning flower beds, learning about perennials, preparing the soil, creating an English garden, bulb planting, and the like. Growing orchids can be a lucrative business if you are willing to […]

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Bulletproof Coffee’s CEO Reveals the Simple Skill That Most Entrepreneurs ‘Suck At’

Dave Asprey, the enigmatic CEO of Bulletproof Coffee, wants you to get better at one simple law of performance. July 16, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Are you a coffee addict? If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you probably consume several cups of joe to accelerate your day and boost your performance. If you’re a coffee lover, then you’re likely familiar with the brand Bulletproof Coffee and its enigmatic CEO, Dave Asprey, who is referenced by name in Merriam-Webster’s online definition of “biohacker.” I recently attended the Upgrade Labs 6th Annual Biohacking Conference in Beverly Hills where the attendees were offered meticulously-planned organic meals and unlimited amounts of their now-famous buttered coffee. Yes, mixing the right butter with the right coffee is a pleasantly surprising and delicious experience.  Related: 3 Fundamental Ideas on How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur During the event, I had the chance to talk with Asprey, a […]

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Need to Regain Your Sanity? Learn to Say No.

Don’t feel like you have to take every opportunity that comes your way. But choose wisely. July 12, 2019 4 min read This story appears in the July 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Mary* was doing well as VP of business development at a San Francisco tech company. She’d been hired to create goodwill within the community, and she was a perfect fit. But her work had started suffering. Her CEO had asked her to take on a new project in Brazil, which would require her to spend at least a third of her time there. Her instinct was to say yes; she didn’t want to lose her CEO’s approval, and the opportunity was an honor. But realistically, she couldn’t be in South America and do what she’d been hired to do in San Francisco, too. Related: 9 Common Mistakes Made by New Entrepreneurs When I met with her, I […]

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Microdosing Is How You Learn How Much CBD You Should You Be Taking

Tinctures are ideal for administering a precise dose. July 4, 2019 5 min read Brought to you by A to Z CBD If you suffer insomnia, feel anxious, have chronic pain or have been diagnosed with any of a host of other ailments, you may have heard that “CBD is good for that.” You did some research and bought a CBD product, but how do you know exactly what dogse you should use?  Cannabidiol (CBD) is an extract from hemp flowers that is taking the health and beauty world by storm. Preliminary research suggests that because of its antiinflammatory and neuroprotective effects it may support those suffering from addictions, Alzheimers, concussion, fibromyalgia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders and many other conditions. But this potentially useful supplement does not come with one-size-fits-all dosing recommendations. In fact, you will have to use a little trial and error to find your right dose. […]

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Licensing Cannabis: A Giant Step Forward

Licensing provides smaller brands the opportunity to bring CBD products to market with very little financial risk. June 12, 2019 6 min read Brought to you by PRØHBTD What do you get when you marry one of the largest product trends in recent decades with one of the most respected business growth strategies? Opportunity. For the first time in its 35-year history, Licensing Expo — the world’s largest and most influential brand licensing event, which took place in Las Vegas last week — expanded to include cannabis wellness companies in its lineup. The Hemp & Cannabis Marketplace featured 12 brands in the cannabis wellness space displaying products for ranging from chocolates, skin care and personal lubricants to infused olive oils, healing balms and more, for consideration to further penetrate the mainstream market via licensing partnerships. Allison Ames, CEO and President of Beanstalk, a preeminent brand extension agency says the addition […]

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Why the EU Is Wrong About CBD

The EU has categorized CBD as a “novel” food because regulators don’t understand the plant. May 10, 2019 3 min read Brought to you by A to Z CBD With CBD’s meteoric rise in popularity, regulatory bodies around the world are struggling to figure out how to regulate this seemingly new substance. In the United States, outgoing FDA Scott Gottlieb has admitted that there is no straightforward path to regulating CBD. European regulators are facing similar struggles. Recently, the European Food Safety Authority issued a memo declaring that it considered CBD a “novel food” additive and that any product containing CBD must gain approval before being sold in the European Union (EU). Although regulatory agencies are cautious by nature, the decision by the EU to classify CBD as a novel food was a mistake, and here’s why. First, it is important to understand what the EU considers a “novel” food. […]

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6 Immediate To-Do Items for Instagram Influencers

Are you an Instagram influencer? Are you working to become one? These six to-do items are key for success! May 10, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Building and maintaining status as an Instagram influencer requires a lot of work. After all, your ability to achieve high engagement rates and find new followers depends on your ability to provide engaging content day after day. But beautiful photos aren’t the only way you are going to build a large following and a successful career as an Instagram influencer. Taking care of some additional to-do’s will help your profile and posts deliver the results you need. 1. Use hashtags wisely. As an influencer, hashtags are a crucial addition to your posts, as they enable your content to show up in searches conducted by other users. It’s a simple addition that can lead to significant growth for your […]

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IS CBD Better Than Big Pharma? Patients Seem to Think So.

CBD is far less expensive, has practically zero side effects and often has the same or better efficacy. May 1, 2019 3 min read Brought to you by Everything Hemp USA It is no secret that Americans are overmedicated. According to one 2017 study, approximately 55 percent of Americans take prescription medications regularly. Of those who take prescription medication, 53 percent get their medicine from more than one healthcare provider, which increases the risk of adverse side effects. With the advent of cannabidiol (CBD) as a form of medication, many are wondering whether it might serve as the solution to America’s pharmaceutical blues. Here’s a quick rundown on why CBD just might be better than Big Pharma. What patients say about CBD. Partnering with HelloMD, the data research firm Brightfield Group conducted an in-depth survey of over 2,400 patients comparing CBD to pharmaceuticals. When asked about the effectiveness of CBD […]

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Hemp Could Be the Solution to Our Plastic Pollution Crisis

Bioplastics made from hemp are a viable alternative to petroleum-based plastics that have become the scourge of the ocean. April 24, 2019 3 min read Brought to you by Everything Hemp USA Plastic is a significant source of pollution. It’s with harmful additives, made from oil and takes hundreds of years (or longer) to degrade. A patch of plastic and sludge the size of Texas is floating in the Pacific Ocean right now, killing ocean life in untold numbers. By 2050, the United Nations estimates there will be more plastic, by weight, than fish in the ocean. Our planet is choking on plastic and people are desperately looking for an alternative that won’t pollute the Earth. Hemp just might be the solution to our plastic problem. Related: The Next Big Thing in ‘Green’ Packaging Is Hemp Bioplastic Hemp plastic is biodegradable. One of the biggest selling points for hemp plastic is that it is biodegradable. While your […]

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You’re Blogging All Wrong, Startup CEOs

Whatever you’re writing, be sure to offer readers a ‘why you should care’ statement at the top. April 11, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. These days, most startup companies understand the value of content marketing for driving revenue and generating sales leads. According to the Content Marketing Institute, the tactic can result in three times as many leads compared to search advertising — and cost far less. Related: 5 Steps to Take to Start Your Small Business Blog Today Content marketing is, after all, less intrusive, more educational and often more authentic than advertising or a cold hard sales pitch. No wonder it’s so effective. But content marketing in a slightly different form — often euphemistically called “thought leadership” — can also be extremely useful for small-company executives. It can help them build their personal and company brands; connect to potential customers and partners; and […]

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Read Jeff Bezos’s 2018 Letter to Amazon Shareholders

‘A builder’s mentality helps us approach big, hard-to-solve opportunities with a humble conviction that success can come through iteration.’ April 11, 2019 15 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. To our shareowners: Something strange and remarkable has happened over the last 20 years. Take a look at these numbers: 1999                3%2000                3%2001                6%2002              17%2003              22%2004              25%2005              28%2006              28%2007              29%2008              30%2009              31%2010              34%2011              38%2012              42%2013              46%2014              49%2015              51%2016              54%2017              56%2018              58% The percentages represent the share of physical gross merchandise sales sold on Amazon by independent third-party sellers — mostly small- and medium-sized businesses — as opposed to Amazon retail’s own first party sales. Third-party sales have grown from 3% of the total to 58%. To put it bluntly: Third-party sellers are kicking our first party butt. Badly. And it’s a high bar too because our first-party business has grown dramatically over that period, from $1.6 billion in 1999 to $117 billion this past year. The compound annual growth rate for our first-party […]

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Want to Save the World? Kristen Bell Can Tell You How.

Bell and the other founders of This Saves Lives answer burning questions from budding social entrepreneurs. April 9, 2019 6 min read This story appears in the April 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Building a company is hard, but building a mission-driven company is really hard. With the help of social enterprise platform Classy and the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy, Entrepreneur collected burning questions from up-and-coming social entrepreneurs and asked the founders of This Saves Lives — Kristen Bell, Ryan Devlin, Todd Grinnell and Ravi Patel — for answers.  Social entrepreneurs are passionate about making a difference, but the actual building of a business can be very challenging. Where did you find like-minded communities to support you on your journey? — Michelle Martin, founder and CEO, Travara Ryan Devlin: We didn’t know anything about starting a social impact enterprise. We literally googled “How to make granola bars for retail” and then started sending emails […]

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Technology for Growth, Productivity, and Customer Experience

In honor of Small Business Week 2019, join us for a webinar to discuss the impact of smart technology on small business growth, productivity, and customer experience. April 5, 2019 2 min read Brought to you by Comcast From boutiques and consultants to neighborhood coffee shops and everything in between, many business owners have similar challenges and pain points when it comes to growth. They want to scale their businesses, keep customers happy, and have more time the day. While we can’t create more time in the day, we can make how you use the time you have more efficiently. Taking the time to learn from others can be a great way to start and, often, technology can be a great way a great way to enhance what your business is doing. Join us for a live broadcast, from any device, to learn some of the more surprising benefits from […]

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Why Will Health Insurers Reimburse You for Opioids but Not for Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana is widely prescribed as an alternative to addictive opioids but patients must pay out-of-pocket. March 29, 2019 3 min read Brought to you by Cannabis & Tech Today The opioid epidemic in the United States has gone on far too long, impacting countless families and individuals along the way. For years, physicians prescribed opioid-based treatments, only to convert countless Americans into addicts all because they sought treatment for common medical conditions and ailments. For some, they now pay more for addiction treatment than they ever did for the medicine that got them addicted. With reports that we may have reached a turning point in the epidemic, one has to wonder how much credit should go to medical cannabis in states that have expanded their medical cannabis programs to include any person prescribed an opioid-based prescription. Yet, with states warming to cannabis as a viable medical treatment, insurance companies still […]

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Curaleaf Signs Distribution Deal With CVS for Hemp Products

The long anticipated move of cannabis products into mainstream stores is underway. March 22, 2019 2 min read Brought to you by Marijuana Business Daily Massachusetts-based Curaleaf has inked a deal with the CVS pharmacy chain to begin selling hemp products at 800 stores in 10 states. The distribution deal was announced during Curaleaf’s investor and analyst call to discuss its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings. Curaleaf Hemp lotions and transdermal patches will start hitting store shelves this week, company executives said. “All large retailers are figuring out their hemp strategy and will address that in 2019 because there is such a huge product demand,” Curaleaf CEO Joseph Lusardi said on the call. CVS has more than 9,800 stores in the United States. Curaleaf’s fourth-quarter revenue totaled $32 million, up from $6.3 million for the same period a year earlier, while full-year sales nearly tripled year-over-year to $77 million. Net losses totaled $16.5 […]

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