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If you’re interested in using cannabis, you should know certain things like its benefits, differences between THC and CBD and consumption methods/cannabis products that you might want to choose from to find what is best for you.  Keep reading below and discover.

Why We Need To Use Cannabis?

You may be wondering why you need cannabis. What are its benefits waiting for you? Check out the following for an idea on the reasons people are using cannabis.

Glaucoma

One of its potential benefits is on glaucoma treatment. Researchers are looking into deriving a drug from cannabis for its treatment.  After all, glaucoma treatment is one of the reasons that states where it is legal to allow for medical marijuana use.

According to the National Eye Institute, marijuana can reduce inside of the eye pressure. In fact, certain studies had it that cannabis could lower intraocular pressure for people with or without glaucoma (the 1970s).

But then, the studies are not conclusive and are in their initial stages for now.  Cannabis may also be for the short-term not for the long-term relief glaucoma.

Chronic pain

Treatment of chronic pain is another benefit of using cannabis, according to

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Presidential candidate and former Texas Congressmember Beto O’Rourke announced today that he supports a program in which the federal government issues “Drug War Justice Grants” for those who were formerly or are currently incarcerated for nonviolent marijuana-related offenses.

The program is part of O’Rourke’s plan to legalize marijuana: It would be funded by the taxes he would place on marijuana sales.

Although O’Rourke certainly isn’t the only candidate to support legalizing marijuana, he is the first to support a grant program for those affected by the failing war on drugs, particularly marijuana.

As noted by Politico, if elected O’Rourke pledges to use clemency power to release people now serving sentences for marijuana possession, and he called for expunging the records of those convicted of possession. He also proposed removing cannabis-related charges as grounds for deporting people or denying them citizenship.

“We need to not only end the prohibition on marijuana but also repair the damage done to the communities of color disproportionately locked up in our criminal justice system or locked out of opportunity because of the War on Drugs,” O’Rourke said in a statement. “These inequalities have compounded for decades, as predominantly white communities have been given

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The use of CBD has skyrocketed amongst everyday Americans. With CBD therapy becoming less taboo and more commonplace, even people in lower levels of companies have started reaping CBDs benefits. Everything from CBD flowers to CBD-infused bottled water has become readily available in various locations from gas stations to head shops to high-end stores. Now that CBD is more widely distributed quality and standards are very important to professionals. Many companies are providing training through CBD certification courses to ensure their employees are educated on the subject.

Looking forward to the industry, more people are going to wonder, “Are the products being sold what is really advertised?” You can find more information on at CBD Education Online, a website dedicated to providing the latest and greatest CBD knowledge. With standards rising, one can only assume the social makeup of people who might not have tried CBD in years past is changing as well. So with so many things being infused with CBD, who are the people really innovating the industry?

When it comes to vast fortune 500 companies, some have become industry forerunners Alki David the Coca-Cola business mogul. He has been so involved with CBD that he

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Almost exactly a year ago, a small Canadian cannabis company was generating a lot of buzz (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun). Despite trifling quarterly revenue of US$9.7 million, Tilray Inc.’s (TLRY:UN) market capitalization got so high (sorry again, I’ll stop) that it briefly eclipsed that of major companies people have actually heard of, such as American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL:US).

The boom quickly faded — not surprising, given how senseless it looked even in the moment — and Tilray’s stock has continued to decline. And the cannabis sector has also stumbled recently.

But this dampened enthusiasm for marijuana stocks does not necessarily reflect fading prospects for the marijuana market, which still has promise. Instead, it is related to short-term challenges associated with a bumpy rollout of legal marijuana in Canada, which are making it hard for winners to quickly emerge.

– Read the entire article at BNN Bloomberg.

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According to a new, detailed report by the Associated Press, a significant number of CBD vaping oils on the market also contain synthetic marijuana, and some contain no CBD at all.

Jay Jenkins tells the AP that he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. “It’ll relax you,” the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn’t relax him, and after two puffs he ended up in a coma.

That’s because what he was vaping didn’t have any CBD. Instead, the oil was spiked with a powerful street drug. Some operators are cashing in on the CBD craze by substituting cheap and illegal synthetic marijuana for natural CBD in vapes and edibles such as gummy bears, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The practice has sent dozens of people like Jenkins to emergency rooms over the last two years. Yet people behind spiked products have operated with impunity, in part because the business has boomed so fast that regulators haven’t caught up while drug enforcement agents have higher priorities.

AP commissioned laboratory testing of the vape oil Jenkins used plus 29 other vape products sold as CBD around the country, with a focus on brands that authorities

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On Thursday, Beto O’Rourke updated his campaign platform’s position on cannabis with specific, targeted proposals addressing legalization, taxation and social justice. As a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, O’Rourke has continued his long-standing fight to end the prohibition of cannabis. On the campaign trail, O’Rourke has called for federal cannabis legalization as part of a wide-ranging package of criminal justice reforms. Now, we have a clearer picture of exactly what he has in mind.

Beto O’Rourke Proposes “Drug War Justice Grants” for Formerly Incarcerated People

Much of Beto O’Rourke’s cannabis platform resembles other candidates’ proposals to federally legalize cannabis. O’Rourke’s plan would apply a federal tax on the marijuana industry, open up access to banks and financial services, work to elevate minority-owned cannabis businesses and invest in rebuilding lives and communities shattered by the drug war.

But it’s Beto’s plan for “Drug War Justice Grants” that distinguishes his proposal from the pack. Under O’Rourke’s plan, a federal marijuana tax would fund grants to help expunge possession convictions, support re-entry programs and directly provide money to those formerly incarcerated for marijuana offenses in state and federal prisons. Federal marijuana tax revenue would also assist those who have been locked

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One of the bizarre parts about the recent string of vaping related illnesses and deaths is that it has been restricted to the United States. So far there have been 380 likely cases of vaping-correlated lung disease in 36 states and one US territory, but not a peep from the rest of the world.

That changed this week, when officials in Ontario, Canada told the public that they were investigating the severe respiratory problems that had been experienced by a high school student after vaping. They would not release many details about the case, however—we’re still in the dark even as to whether the young person was using cannabis and/or tobacco products.

The reason, the county health department’s medical officer stated, was that authorities did not want to exculpate vaping itself in the situation.

“In order to clarify the health messaging, we’re not going to be releasing the brand related information. Because that would imply that this is something coming from one brand when clearly looking at the international evidence that’s not the case,” said chief medical officer Dr. Christopher Mackie.

He did share that the youth had no other health condition, was showing symptoms that constituted a severe illness,

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CannTrust Holdings Inc. said Thursday that about $1.3 million worth of its products will be returned by the Alberta government’s cannabis wholesaler and online retailer.

The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) agency announced the returns on Wednesday after Health Canada suspended CannTrust’s licences to produce and sell pot.

CannTrust noted Thursday that Health Canada has not ordered a recall in respect of any of the company’s products.

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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The U.S. government will spend $3 million to find out if marijuana can relieve pain, but none of the money will be used to study the part of the plant that gets people high.

Nine research grants announced Thursday are for work on CBD, the trendy ingredient showing up in cosmetics and foods, and hundreds of less familiar chemicals. THC research was excluded.

The federal government still considers marijuana an illegal drug, but more than 30 states allow it use for a range of medical problems, some without good evidence.

The science is strongest for chronic pain, the most common reason people give when they enroll in state-approved medical marijuana programs. But little is known about which parts of marijuana are helpful and whether the intoxicating effects of THC can be avoided.

“The science is lagging behind the public use and interest. We’re doing our best to catch up here,” said Dr. David Shurtleff, deputy director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, which is funding the projects.

THC has been investigated extensively, Shurtleff said, and its potential for addiction and abuse make it unsuitable for treating pain.

Other federal agencies have supported marijuana research, but much of

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A federal judge in Indiana ruled last week that the state’s law banning smokable forms of hemp is unconstitutional and has issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting enforcement of the statute. In a ruling issued on September 13, Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the Southern District of Indiana said that Indiana’s law prohibiting the manufacturing, financing, delivery, and possession of smokable hemp is preempted by federal law.

Barker wrote in her ruling that enforcing the law would cause “irreparable harm in the form of a credible threat of criminal sanctions” without a preliminary injunction.

The federal government legalized hemp and removed the crop and all hemp products from the nation’s list of controlled substances with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill in December. But when Indiana passed Senate Bill 516 earlier this year to regulate hemp agriculture in the state, it included the ban on smokable forms of hemp flower.

Smokable Hemp Confusing Cops

The legalization of hemp has led to a proliferation of smokable products that are generally rich in CBD, including dried hemp flower and pre-rolled joints. But the immense popularity of the products has led some states to ban smokable forms of hemp, arguing that law enforcement cannot readily

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