420 with CNW – What is CBD, and what is its Relationship with THC?

People who have heard about CBD-infused drinks, cosmetics and pet food may be wondering why that cannabis extract isn’t attracting as much polarized attention as THC. Read on and learn everything that you need to know about CBD and THC, and why CBD is gaining in popularity in nearly every industry.

A Brief Primer on Cannabinoids…

The cannabis plant has more than 100 different compounds within it. These are called cannabinoids and terpenes, so you should therefore not imagine that the cannabis plant has only two compounds. However, two of the most abundant cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that makes cannabis consumers “high” while CBD isn’t psychoactive.

Marijuana vs. Hemp?

Cannabis is a general term used to refer to a family of plants that have similar compounds (cannabinoids). Marijuana and hemp are therefore members of the same family.

However, hemp has a very small amount of THC in it. The U.S. federal government describes a given plant in the cannabis family as hemp if that plant has less than 0.3 percent concentration of THC. By the same token, marijuana is the other member of the cannabis family that has THC levels that are higher than the threshold for the hemp plant.

Remember, “hemp” and “marijuana” are arbitrary terms given to the same plant only that the level of THC determines which of those two words you will use to refer to the plant you are looking at.

Why is CBD Readily Available Yet Marijuana is Illegal?

As already mentioned, CBD is one of the non-psychoactive compounds found in the cannabis plant. This cannabinoid has several medicinal properties, such as anxiety, pain and insomnia relief.

Recently, President Trump signed into law the Farm Bill of 2018 and this law changed the legal status of hemp to an agricultural product (just like soy, corn or any other plant). Consequently, extracting CBD oil from hemp doesn’t break any U.S. law.

In contrast, marijuana is a Schedule 1 controlled substance that is illegal at the federal level. However, dozens of states have legalized medical marijuana and nearly a dozen have legalized adult-use marijuana.

The laws and attitudes surrounding marijuana haven’t affected the reputation of CBD and that is why it is widely available.

Do Consumers of CBD Face Any Safety Risks?

Interestingly, nearly all the literature available on CBD says that it is safe for consumption. However, little is known about how this compound may interact with other substances, such as conventional medications, in the body.

Additionally, CBD extracts haven’t been used for a long enough time to assess their effects on pregnant women and their unborn babies. Caution is therefore recommended for people in high-risk categories (expectant mothers and babies, for example).

As you can see, CBD seems set to continue on its forward march now that hemp is an agricultural product that can be widely cultivated for various purposes. Cannabis industry players like Marijuana Company of America, Inc. (OTCQB: MCOA) and Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) would like to see a time when marijuana is accepted the way hemp is now accepted.

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Outside Investment, New Technology Support Growing Cannabis Industry

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: Revolutionary innovations and advancements within the cannabis industry are drawing significant investment from big corporations.

  • Technology currently in development will make it easier to consume active ingredients in cannabis.
  • Advances have attracted investment for the technology’s use in tobacco as well as cannabis.
  • These improvements could move consumers to healthier forms of consumption than smoking.

Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) (LXRP Profile) has benefited from recent investment by Altria to support its innovative research and design work. Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE: CGC) (TSX: WEED) has received substantial investment from a beverage company, which will support the development of cannabis drinks. Within the sector, Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) (TSX: ACB) is in the process of acquiring an organic grower. Outside investment is bolstering Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON), a cannabis company with global reach. And another innovator, GW Pharmaceuticals Plc (NASDAQ: GWPH) (OTC: GWPRF), has run successful trials on…

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420 with CNW – Oklahoma City School Board Passes Marijuana Policy

Voters in Oklahoma approved a ballot measure last year in June making medical marijuana legal in the state. Recently, the school district in Oklahoma City passed its own medical marijuana policy to clarify what employees and students could or could not do now that medical marijuana is legal in the state.

On Monday this week (January 14), the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board released its marijuana policy in which the district asserted that it would not take any action against any employee who holds a medical marijuana license.

However, the same policy also had a clause that barred employees from possessing marijuana within school premises or during office hours even if such an employee is licensed to use medical marijuana.

The policy also stipulated that while students would be allowed to have access to, and consume medical marijuana, employees in the schools aren’t allowed to administer that marijuana to the students.

Instead, the policy states that a private location would be provided so that the caregiver of a student can administer the medical marijuana from that location. Caregivers would also be solely responsible for bringing the medical marijuana and taking it away after the student has used or consumed it.

The policy warns that disciplinary action would be taken against any student or employee who violates the school district’s marijuana policy.

Additionally, the policy states that the school district will be free to alter the policy if the federal funding of the district is jeopardized in any way by the marijuana policy or its implementation. Ultimately, the school district will adhere to any restrictions or instructions given by the federal government regarding medical marijuana.

These provisions in the policy show how large the shadow of the federal government hovering over the entire country is on matters of marijuana.

So far, more than 30,000 people have applied for medical marijuana licenses since August when residents were allowed to start applying for the cards. A patient whose application is approved has to pay $100 in order to receive their license from the Department of Health. People who are at least 18 years old are eligible to apply for a medical marijuana license if a doctor recommends them to apply for one.

The action taken by the school district is a step in the right direction because it clarifies what employees and students should expect if they want to consume medical marijuana. Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP), Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) and the entire marijuana industry welcome the positive action taken by the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board.

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420 with CNW – Ohio Residents Petition for More Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

Toward the end of this month, a special committee will sit to assess the different petitions that Ohioans submitted calling for additional conditions to be included on the list of ailments for which one can obtain a medical cannabis card.

The meeting this month comes after the end of a window within which people could send in their requests for the conditions they want to see on the qualifying list for access to medical cannabis.

Medical marijuana became legal in 2016 and 21 qualifying conditions were listed in that law. However, the law also granted the Medical Marijuana Board permission to review that list and add more conditions once each year.

The sale of medical marijuana is scheduled to start sometime this month and already more than 4,000 residents have secured medical marijuana cards. According to estimates, three in 10 Ohioans could qualify for a medical marijuana card even if the list of qualifying conditions stays as it was when the enabling law was passed.

The window within which interested parties could submit their petitions for additions to the list of qualifying conditions started on Nov. 1 and ended at the stroke of midnight on December 31. By the close of the window, 110 petitions had been submitted.

Those 110 petitions are now with a committee of lawyers advising the medical board. The lawyers will select some conditions indicated in the petitions and submit their shortlist to a committee that will meet tomorrow (January 9).

That committee will decide which of the conditions on the shortlist can be forwarded to medical experts for additional review and benchmarking in other states where medical cannabis programs exist.

The experts will then report back to the committee so that a report is presented to the full Medical Marijuana Board for a final vote. The Medical Board should have made their final decision by June 30, 2019, so that the list of qualifying conditions can be updated thereafter.

Some of the conditions in the petitions received include insomnia, depression and anxiety. Others are opioid addiction, acne, fibromyalgia and chronic pain. However, it should be noted that some of the petitions mentioned conditions that already appear among the 21 qualifying conditions listed in the 2016 law.

Currently, 33 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. That notwithstanding, cannabis remains a Schedule 1 substance under federal law, so it is hard for scientists to study the plant and its derivatives in this prohibitionist legal environment.

Nonetheless, there are signs that the stringent controls will ease up a bit because already, the FDA has licensed a drug derived from cannabis, and permission was granted to a group of researchers at UC San Diego to import cannabis capsules from Canada for research purposes. Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) hope that the environment will become conducive soon enough at the federal level so that the industry in the U.S. can grow based on the findings of scientific studies.

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420 with CNW – New Zealanders to Vote on Cannabis Legalization in 2020

New Zealand is likely to be the first Asia-Pacific country to legalize recreational cannabis if the expected vote in 2020 goes in favor of legalization. Such a development will make New Zealand the third country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana.

The next general elections in 2020 will have a binding referendum spelling out how exactly the industry will be regulated and managed in case voters approve legalization.

The government announced this approach in order to avoid a situation in which voters approve legalization, and then different parties disagree on how to implement the decision of the voters. A clear example of such a situation is the Brexit issue over which Britons are divided regarding what exactly they approved when they voted to leave the EU.

The decision to include a binding referendum in the next polls was made after the government and the Green Party agreed to work together to take the matter to voters.

The Green Party was particularly vocal in the campaign to legalize recreational cannabis. They argue that it is hypocritical for members of parliament to sit quietly while a law that criminalized marijuana was in force and yet many of them confessed that they had consumed cannabis in the past.

A recent poll conducted by the New Zealand Drug Foundation found that one in three New Zealanders supports the legalization of cannabis.

However, cannabis law reform advocates are unhappy that the government hasn’t revealed what exact question will be put to voters when that binding referendum is held. The Cannabis Reform Coalition suggests that the referendum question should have two parts.

According to them, the first part of the question should be designed to ask voters whether they want adults to grow and possess cannabis for personal consumption. The second part of the question can then ask the voters to state whether they are in favor of letting adults buy cannabis from authorized/licensed premises.

Such a two-part question can help voters indicate which specific form they would like cannabis legalization to take.

It is interesting to note that cannabis may not be the only subject upon which a binding referendum will be conducted come 2020. The New Zealand government is still mulling over the possibility of including a referendum on euthanasia and another on reforming the electoral laws.

Marijuana advocates are hoping that the outcome of the binding referendum is a favorable one, since the country has a history of having voted against changing the flag of the country two years ago (2016). That particular referendum cost the country upwards of $17 million.

Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) and other industry players like Marijuana Company of America Inc. (OTCQB: MCOA) can only hope that the voters in New Zealand will be given accurate and detailed information upon which to base which way they vote come 2020.

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420 with CNW – Study Shows Your Working Memory May Improve After Smoking Cannabis

One of the stereotypes that surround marijuana consumers is that they become forgetful when high on cannabis. However, a new study at the University of Florida has established that such a stereotype is just a myth.

The researchers designed the study in a unique way that involved exposing rats to cannabis smoke so that they inhale it. The rats were first taught to perform a number of delayed response tasks, such as poking the nose into a feeding trough a defined number of times before getting a reward of food pellets.

Alternatively, the rats in the study were required to look for, and press a lever several times before getting their reward.

The rats were divided into two groups based on their gender. In total, 32 rats took part in this study. Females tended to have lower working memory scores when compared to the scores of the males before cannabis smoke was introduced.

The researchers compared the working memory scores of the two groups when the rats were sober and how they performed after being exposed to cannabis smoke. The results showed that there appeared to be no difference in the scores obtained by the male rats when sober and after inhaling cannabis smoke.

However, there was a marked improvement in the working memory of the female rats when they performed the delayed response tasks after being exposed to the marijuana smoke. Remember, the female rats had lower scores in the working memory tasks performed prior to the introduction of cannabis smoke.

The placebo smoke used as a control in the study didn’t trigger any changes in the cognitive performance of either the male or female rats. This leaves the only logical conclusion for the better working memory as attributable to the cannabis smoke to which the rats were exposed.

The researchers also experimented with the dosage, the timing and the route of cannabis administration. Each of these variables triggered a difference in the working memory of the rats in the study.

Consequently, the researchers concluded that the cognitive outcomes observed will vary based on the specific route, dosage and duration of cannabis administration. They called for additional research to be done on this subject so that a better understanding of the effects of cannabis on cognitive function can be attained.

Stakeholders in the cannabis sector, such as Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) and Marijuana Company of America Inc. (OTCQB: MCOA) welcome all scientific studies that help to separate fact from myth on the subject of marijuana.

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420 with CNW – Consuming Legal Marijuana in Massachusetts Could Still Get You Fired

In one of the ironies surrounding recreational marijuana, anyone who tests positive for the substance can legally be fired even if state law permits the consumption of cannabis by adults. Several employers polled in Massachusetts admitted that they would continue random drugs tests. They cite a number of reasons for this.

First, many employers revealed that testing employees and firing those who test positive for the metabolites of THC helps those employers to pay lower insurance premiums. This is especially true for companies that involve the use of heavy machinery. Lower premiums mean more savings for company owners.

Secondly, employers are concerned about the safety of their customers. For example, would you be comfortable allowing someone who is under the influence of cannabis to service your pool at home?

Another reason given by employers who insist that they will continue testing their employees for drugs (and making hiring decisions based on the test results) is that those employers have a duty to ensure that their employees are safe at the workplace. Maintaining a drug-free work environment is one of the ways to protect employees from many avoidable hazards.

However, recruiters say those who conduct pre-employment drug testing are increasingly becoming the minority among employers in the state. This is because such a procedure tends to eliminate a significant fraction of job applicants because marijuana is widely consumed ever since it became legal.

Mayo Clinic reveals that anyone who consumes marijuana just once can have the metabolites of the substance in their urine for up to three days. The duration within which these metabolites can be detected increases based on how often one consumes cannabis. For instance, daily users peak at more than 30 days within which cannabis can be detected after the last time they consumed the substance.

The law legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts calls on employers to implement reasonable protections for employees who have a medical marijuana card issued by the state. Those are the only employees who may escape punitive action if they tested positive for THC metabolites during pre-employment screening or random testing once they are on the job.

But, why is there such a contradiction in the law? Federal law takes precedence over state law on many employment issues, such as the laws regarding an employer’s liability for the welfare of his or her employees. Consequently, state law permits people to consume recreational marijuana but leaves the door open for employers to take action against workers who test positive and create risks for the company.

These contradictions will only end once the federal government finally decides to legalize marijuana. How far off will that be? Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP), Marijuana Company of America Inc. (OTC: MCOA) and other industry players can’t wait to see the end of prohibition at the federal level.

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Booming Cannabis Consumables Space Continues to see Product Innovations

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: The North American Marijuana Index of leading cannabis stocks continues to hold onto the 250 range that it meteorically climbed into at the start of the year.

  • Growing acceptance of cannabis is setting the stage for a consumable cannabis boom.
  • Major companies have begun to throw their hats into the ring.
  • North America is steadily headed towards broad legalization.

Canada is legalizing cannabis across the board, Mexico is fast-tracking legalization, and industrial hemp appears to be headed for legalization in the United States thanks to landslide approval in the Senate (86 to 11) of its version of the new hemp-friendly Farm Bill. Prospects of a shift in the reluctant attitude of the House as Democrats prepare to take majority there have also had a positive impact. The global cannabis market is on track to hit $146.4 billion by the end of 2025, and the industry hasn’t even seen the first real breakout commercial product in the fastest-growing CBD (cannabidiol) and beverages/edibles markets. Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) (LXRP Profile) is a contender for that recognition with bio-absorption-enhancing technology and a growing line of hemp oil CBD products. GW Pharmaceuticals Plc (NASDAQ: GWPH) continues to be the leading name in cannabinoid prescription medicines with its FDA-approved, oral CBD anti-seizure solution, Epidiolex. WeedMD Inc. (OTCQX: WDDMF) (TSX.V: WMD) ranks as one of the top licensed Canadian producers, with a multichanneled distribution strategy and 70,000 square feet of production space already online. HEXO Corp. (OTC: HYYDF) (TSX: HEXO) is another Canadian producer with a track record for low-cost production that currently has around 310,000 square feet of space with plans to tack on a whopping 1 million square feet by the end of the year. Los Angeles-based MedMen Enterprises, Inc. (OTCQX: MMNFF) (CSE: MMEN) is a rapidly expanding U.S. cannabis company with 19 licensed facilities in four…

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420 with CNW – First Cannabis Restaurant in the UK Set to Open

A restaurant that will offer meals infused with cannabis is due to open in the UK on December 1. The vegetarian and vegan dishes served at this Brighton restaurant will be infused with CBD compounds extracted from the cannabis plant.

The Canna Kitchen aims at changing the way people look at marijuana. The range of vegan and vegetarian dishes infused with CBD will show that marijuana isn’t just for recreational use. The restaurant wants to show the different fragrances, flavors, therapeutic and nutritional benefits inherent in the cannabis plant.

However, a client will first place an order to have his or her meal infused with CBD. This means that vegans or vegetarians who aren’t interested in sampling the cannabis-infused offerings can still dine at the restaurant.

It should be remembered that cannabis is a restricted substance in the UK and only became legal for medicinal use on November 1 this year. Those found in possession of cannabis may be jailed for five years while those found distributing it can be imprisoned for 14-years or face huge fines.

So, how will “The Canna Kitchen” operate legally? The laws in the UK permit the use of the non-psychoactive compounds in the marijuana plant. This means that the restaurant can freely use CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids in its dishes without contravening any existing laws.

Cannabis is still highly restricted across the world. Only a few countries, including Canada and Uruguay, have legalized recreational marijuana. Ten states in the U.S. have permitted recreational marijuana and there are campaigns to end prohibition in more states.

Medical marijuana has fared better across the world with more countries making it legal nearly every month. This growing interest in cannabis has prompted many huge multinationals like Coca Cola to explore avenues of making cannabis-infused drinks so that the companies cash in on the wave of popularity that has engulfed marijuana. That wave of popularity is projected to be worth approximately $75 billion by 2030. That is such a huge magnet to anyone looking for a money-making opportunity.

Against that backdrop, the idea behind The Canna Kitchen is likely to trigger other entrepreneurial ventures all geared at bringing more cannabis-infused products to the market. After all, marijuana is now the new “cool” and even politicians are falling over each other to show support for legalization.

Existing industry players like GreenBox POS, LLC (OTC: GRBX) and Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) welcome the initiative taken by the brains behind The Canna Kitchen. Such efforts will be remembered when the cannabis industry becomes fully established around the world.

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420 with CNW – Mexico Could Soon Legalize Recreational Marijuana

As the U.S. is still grappling with how to deal with the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, its challenges are likely to increase if what is happening in its other neighbor’s legal system results in the legalization of recreational pot.

Last week, the Supreme Court in Mexico made two rulings to the effect that it was unconstitutional to prevent adults from consuming marijuana if they so wished. The cases that resulted in those rulings had been filed by individuals who were challenging the constitutionality of stopping them from consuming recreational marijuana.

The court observed that adults have the right to choose whether or not to consume cannabis, so it is improper to deny them that right.

Between 2015 and 2017, three similar rulings were made by the Supreme Court, which is the highest court in Mexico.

The court ruling also indicated that the right isn’t absolute, so the state still has the mandate to restrict the exercise of that right. Individuals must therefore argue their case before the judicial system in order to get express permission to consume a restricted substance.

However, the previous three rulings on the subject now bring the total number of similar rulings by the Supreme Court to five. Under Mexican law, any subject that accumulates five similar rulings in the Supreme Court sets a precedent which all the other courts must follow.

In effect, that means that no court will be able to object to anyone who applies to start consuming recreational marijuana. The bigger implication is that the way has been cleared for recreational marijuana to be legalized since the legislators cannot leave such an issue unregulated now that the Supreme Court has made five rulings in favor of the complainants who challenged the constitutionality of the criminalization of adult-use marijuana.

A similar scenario played out over same-sex marriages. The Supreme Court made five rulings allowing gay couples to wed so it was no longer possible for such a marriage to be blocked through judicial means. However, no law has been passed as yet to regulate same-sex marriages.

Recreational marijuana is different in that the way may have been opened for thousands or even millions of people to apply to the courts of law in order to be allowed to consume recreational marijuana. Such a possibility can choke the legal system, not to mention the public health and safety concerns that may arise when such a large number of people is allowed to consume recreational marijuana in the absence of any laws to regulate such consumption other than the requirement that the individuals don’t sell the substance.

It is therefore likely that the country’s legislative body (congress) will soon draft a law to regulate recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana became legal in 2017, so it isn’t as though drafting laws on marijuana will be a new thing for the legislators.

It remains to be seen how the U.S. will respond to the legalization of recreational marijuana by all its neighbors. Already, the government has been fighting the smuggling of marijuana from Mexico. Companies with interests in the marijuana industry, such as GreenBox POS, LLC (OTC: GRBX) and Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE: LXX) (OTCQX: LXRP) may be pleased that additional markets will soon open and increase their opportunities.

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