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The 8 Most Common Cannabinoids and How They Benefit Humans

Cannabinoids

Whether you are new to the marijuana world or a connoisseur, it’s always fun and beneficial to learn more about marijuana.

Science has already identified nearly 100 cannabinoids in marijuana – from stem to leaf to flower. Among them are 8 commonly known cannabinoids that oftentimes are promoted at dispensaries and found in scientific literature.

Cannabinoids provide numerous physical and cognitive effects which can be for either medicinal and/or recreational purposes. Here are descriptions of the 8 most common cannabinoids:

Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA)

CBDA is the main component in marijuana, and when heated or catalyzed (decarboxylation) can achieve higher CBD levels. CBDA, like CBDs, are non-psychoactive, meaning you won’t feel “high.” This compound is great for achieving anti-inflammatory effects.

Cannabichromene (CBC)

CBC has been studied for its relief factors, including reducing inflammation, promoting bone growth, relieving pain and inhibiting cell growths in cancer and tumors cells. Research also suggests it has possible antidepressant properties.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD gets a lot of media attention for being a non-psychoactive medicine that aides many ailments. CBD can also be used to counteract the psychoactive effects of THC, or you can pair the two for a melody of medical benefits.  Acting as an antagonist for both the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our body, this suggests that the actions of CBD is mediated by other receptors in our body and brain. CBD is great for achieving a wide verity of relief including; anti-inflammation, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, seizures, MS, diabetes and so much more!

Cannabigerol (CBG)

Another non-psychoactive component in marijuana, CBG is known to reduce inflammation, inhibited cell growth in tumor or cancer cells, act as an antibacterial, and promote bone growth.

Cannabinol (CBN)

A mild psychoactive component of marijuana. This is found through the degeneration of THC, but not commonly found in most plants. CBN antagonizes immune cell (receptors) CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain that give this component a sedative effect. This component is known for its anti-insomnia, chronic pain relief, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Cannabidivarin (CBDV)

CBDV is still in the early stages of research, though recent studies show that it can help in the management of epilepsy. This is because it interacts with the brains TRPV1 receptors and modulates gene expression.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

THC is most commonly known as the psychoactive component in marijuana, acting as a partial antagonist for the immune cell receptors CB1 and CB2. This is also an effective pain killer, and research shows it could be an antioxidant.

Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA)

THCA by itself as a raw compound is non-psychoactive, but as decarboxylation occurs (when burned, heated or vaporized), it slowly converts to THC, a psychoactive compound.  THCA, along with many other marijuana compounds, interacts with COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes which can act as an ant-inflammatory, neuroprotectant, anti-insomnia, muscle spasm relief and more.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)

Only found in a few marijuana strains, THCV is known for a higher psychoactive effect. The presence of propyl (3 carbon) in THCV is the only difference between THC as a pentyl (5 carbon). Even with a little variation between molecules, THCV produces a very different effect than THC. THCV is known to reduce panic attacks, promotion of bone growth, may help with Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and much more.

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FDA Asking for Public’s Comments Regarding CBD’s Safety

FDA CBD

The FDA is finally acknowledging that cannabidiol (CBD) has medicinal benefits. It’s currently seeking public comments to help the United Nations figure out how to schedule CBD.

Cannabidiol, along with 16 other drugs, is on the list for rescheduling, according to Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society. The World Health Organization (WHO) is going to look at the abuse liability of the 17 substances, including dangerous drugs such as fentanyl analogues and tramadol. Cannabidiol, although known to be completely harmless, is also on that list.

It’s listing in the review documentation reads: “Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the active cannabinoids identified in cannabis, and in the US, CBD-containing products are in human clinical testing in three therapeutic areas, but no such products are approved by FDA, the notice says. CBD is a Schedule I controlled substance.”

Public comments can be submitted via Regulations.gov. The deadline is Sept. 13.

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Colorado’s Marijuana Sales in 2017 Have Already Surpassed $750M

Colorado Marijuana Retail Sales

In the first half of 2017, Colorado reports marijuana sales of over $750 million, with recreational sales bringing in $531 million and medical sales $220 million. That is a 25.7% increase in comparison to the first half of 2016.

So far this year, Colorado has generated close to $116 million in sales tax revenues and licensing fees combined, according to Washington Examiner.

Bethany Gomez of Brightfield Group said, “What you’re seeing in Colorado is similar to the other industries, we’re starting to see lower double-digit growth rates, rather than the triple-digit growth rates. That time of massive growth expansion in Colorado, I think, is over.”

Sales peaked in March, raking in $131 million. Sales are expected to slow to around $100 million per month over the next year.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper had a discussion with Attorney General Sessions recently. Regarding that conversation, Hickenlooper said, “He has higher priorities. Marijuana’s not the same threat to this country as heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine – and he recognizes he has limited resources. He said, ‘Listen, we’re not going to come in and shut everything down.’ We have not seen any crackdown. He really said he didn’t plan on having a crackdown.”

Top 5 Health Reasons Why Women Should Use Marijuana

PMS Marijuana

There are ample health benefits that marijuana provides for women, and listed here are 5 of the most important:

Mood Regulator
Mood swings, whether it’s “that time of the month” or not, happen. Pharmaceuticals often make women feel numb and unable to function normally. However, marijuana is known to work with the central nervous system to calm aggravation, which controls the body’s different moods. Furthermore, several marijuana strains are designed to promote uplifting, happy effects and reduce depression, anger and other negative moods.

Balance Hormones
Women’s hormone levels change frequently. Fluctuations in hormone levels can lead to weight gain, increased stress, depression and other mental issues. The cannabinoids found in marijuana help balance hormone levels to help the brain and central nervous system keep hormone levels on an even, balanced level.

Reproductive System 
Cannabinoid receptors exist in female reproductive organs. However, the endocannabinoid system doesn’t naturally produce enough cannabinoids to regulate this system, so supplementation can help. Cannabidiol (CBD) can actually help improve the health of the female reproductive system, and for women who have difficulty conceiving, this may be a great option.

Menstrual Cramps 
For women who are still menstruating, cramps aren’t just every now and then. A majority of women experience menstrual cramps with every cycle, so it’s a chronic pain issue. Most women don’t realize that menstrual cramps that are severe and aren’t remedied by pharmaceuticals can be considered a chronic pain disorder for which they can get a medical marijuana card.

 Severe PMS  
The varying symptoms of PMS can make some women feel crazy during their menstrual cycle. Some women experience PMDD (Pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder), PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), or severe mental health events during this time of the month. Cannabinoids can help reduce inflammation and pain. Some strains may even help reduce heavy blood flows if a terpene called Delta3Carene is present.

4 Cool Vaporizers That Heat up Fast

Kandypens
It’s a fast-paced world and technology needs to keep up. That’s why vaporizers with fast heat-up times are imperative.

Some vapes can take over 30 seconds to heat up, which leaves consumers sitting and waiting. But we’ve found 4 awesome vaporizers that take just 5 seconds or less to heat up, so you can quickly take a hit and continue your day.

Here are 4 vaporizers that heat quickly:
Herbalizer

The Herbalizer

Firefly

The Firefly 2
Kandypens

The KanydPens Elite
R2

The R2 RiG Edition

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Politicians Are Wrong: New Study Finds Marijuana Doesn’t Lower IQ

IQ Marijuana

For decades, it’s been said that using marijuana will lower one’s IQ. But science has just found that there’s no factual basis for this contention. A recently published study concluded that “short-term cannabis use in adolescence does not appear to cause IQ decline or impair executive functions.”

Investigators from the U.S. and UK have studied neuropsychological performance in adolescent twins, according to The National Memo. The authors of the study reported that “family background factors” impacted cognitive performance, not marijuana use. Researchers at the University of California – Los Angeles and University of Minnesota performed similar analysis in 2016 and found the same results.

In the 2016 study, the longitudinal analysis concluded that there was “no significant differences in performance among those who used marijuana and their non-using twins.”

Furthermore, investigators concluded that, “In the largest longitudinal examination of marijuana use and IQ change… we find little evidence to suggest that adolescent marijuana use has a direct effect on intellectual decline…[T]he lack of a dose – response relationship, and an absence of meaningful differences between discordant siblings lead us to conclude that the deficits observed in marijuana users are attributable to confounding factors that influence both substance initiation and IQ rather than a neurotoxic effect of marijuana.”

Earlier this year, researchers in Florida also explored the issue and said, “Our findings did not reveal a significant association between cumulative marijuana use and changes in intelligence scores.”

Political opponents of marijuana reform continue to argue that marijuana use reduces IQ. For instance, Ann Coulter recently commented: “Marijuana makes people retarded, especially when they’re young.”

Vaping Is Quickly Overtaking the Marijuana Industry (And for Good Reasons)

Vaping

Vaping is a convenient, discreet, cleaner and easier way to use marijuana than smoking, which is why it’s popularity is increasing so rapidly.

The legal marijuana industry is now estimated at nearly $7 billion, and vape products make for a big chunk of it. In 2016, in California, almost 25-percent of sales in the industry were for vape cartridges, according to Business Insider.

Eaze, a marijuana delivery service in California, tracked sales of various marijuana products and, from 2015 through 2016, flower sales dropped by 21-percent, while vape products quickly grew. In 2015, vaporizer cartridge sales were just 6-percent of products sold in the industry, but in 2016, that number grew to 24-percent, a 400% increase.

In Colorado, Washington and Oregon, vape cartridge and concentrate sales also increased.

Concentrate sales growth in 2016:

  • Colorado – 57%
  • Washington State – 194%
  • Oregon – 105%

Edibles and pre-rolls are close behind vaping’s popularity.

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Natl Conference of State Legislatures Wants Marijuana Descheduled

NCSL Marijuana

This week, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) approved measures urging for the removal of marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. This would open the door for banks to work with marijuana businesses. States could also determine their own approach without concern of federal interference.

Passage of resolutions requires 75-percent support from states represented at a general business meeting, according to Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).

In the resolution, it reads, “NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Conference of State Legislatures believes that the Controlled Substances Act should be amended to remove cannabis from scheduling thus enabling financial institutions the ability to provide banking services to cannabis related businesses; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the National Conference of State Legislatures acknowledges that each of its members will have differing and sometimes conflicting views of cannabis and how to regulate it, but in allowing each state to craft its own regulations we may increase transparency, public safety, and economic development where it is wanted.”

In 2016, a resolution to reschedule marijuana to a lower classification was approved by the NCSL. Prior to that, in 2015, the NCSL passed a resolution saying that, “federal laws, including the Controlled Substances Act, should be amended to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana and hemp policies without federal interference.”

Congress is mulling over several marijuana-related bills hoping to fix banking issues and aid in fixing tax codes relating to state-approved marijuana businesses.

Karen O’Keefe of MPP said, “State legislators and the vast majority of voters agree that marijuana policy should be left to the states. Legitimate, taxpaying marijuana businesses should not have to ace the difficulties of operating on a cash-only basis. Allowing banks to offer them financial services will be good for the industry and benefit public safety. Even more so, states should not have to worry about the federal government interfering with their marijuana policy choices.”

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Wildly Popular Adult Card Game Launches a Marijuana Version

Cards Marijuana

Cards Against Humanity, the popular adult card game, has partnered with the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) to create a new “Weed Pack.” The new set includes 30 cards and can be purchased on the Cards Against Humanity website. The proceeds from sales of the Weed Pack are donated to the Marijuana Policy Project to help with marijuana legalization efforts in Illinois, where the card game maker is headquartered.

MPP received $70,000 in donations from Cards Against Humanity, according to NBC Chicago, who has also donated to multiple organizations including the Wikimedia Foundation, DonorsChoose and the Sunlight Foundation.

Jo Feldman, head writer for Cards Against Humanity, said, “We’re proud to support the Marijuana Policy Project because our current marijuana laws are failing. Nationally, there are more arrests for marijuana possession each year than for all violent crimes combined. The MPP has been at the forefront of changing marijuana laws for the better, in Illinois and nationwide.”

The card company isn’t afraid of drawing attention to itself. For instance, it recently tried to obtain Barack Obama as its new CEO, and mentions of it publishing the browser histories of all members of Congress have also circulated lately as a means of stopping a rollback of some net neutrality protections.

If you are interested in the “Weed Pack” and supporting marijuana legalization efforts, the pack costs just $5.

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Puerto Rico Gambles on Medical Marijuana to Fix Economic Crisis

Pureto Rico Marijuana

Puerto Rico is experiencing an economic crisis. Luckily, the island’s medical marijuana program is expanding and helping with job creation and revenue from taxes.

Medical marijuana was legalized on Puerto Rico two years ago, but Governor Ricardo Rossello signed a bill just last month that will really help the improve the industry, according to CT Post. The new bill will help expand the program, including more cultivation capabilities.

Jesus Aponte, a biologist and chemical engineer, oversees 2,000 medical marijuana plants growing at Nature Ventures on Puerto Rico. He said, “This is an economic niche that we can grab onto.”

Goodwin Aldarondo of Puerto Rico Legal Marijuana said, “A lot of people were waiting for this law. It’s the only viable alternative we have to solve the economic situation. It’s been many, many years since Puerto Rico has had a new industry.”

David Quinones of Natural Ventures said, “Name one new industry in Puerto Rico capable of generating millions and billions in capital and improving an economy in a mega-crisis. There is none.”

On Puerto Rico, a typical gram costs around $20. Specials do exist where some dispensaries are able to offer $10 grams. There are 27 dispensaries and 11 grow facilities on Puerto Rico. The island also has two labs and five manufacturing centers. There are now almost 300 certified doctors to recommend medical marijuana, all of them pay $1,500 every three years for eligibility to certify patients to use medical marijuana.