More Mergers Expected as Cannabis Sector Heads into New Year of Growth

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: Several years of impressive growth are expected to continue in the cannabis sector in 2019, and companies are making the most of it through mergers and acquisitions.

  • The cannabis industry has seen growth in acquisitions over the past two years.
  • A large part of this comes from the emergence of the hemp/CBD market.
  • Industry commentators expect these trends to continue.

SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) (SING Profile) is tapping into this exciting potential through a strategy of well-financed acquisitions and investment in other cannabis companies. PotNetwork Holdings Inc. (OTC: POTN) has built up a series of subsidiaries and is now reaching out to mainstream markets with its products. KushCo Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: KSHB) has recently established new supply arrangements that will increase its already growing profits. Following the legalization of hemp farming, CV Sciences Inc. (OTCQB: CVSI) has become one of the United States’ first certified hemp producers. And The Green Organic Dutchman (OTCQX: TGODF) (TSX: TGOD) (TGOD Profile) is building improved…

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420 with CNW – Marijuana Linked to Higher Sperm Concentrations

New research has revealed that men who smoke or have ever smoked cannabis have a higher concentration of sperm when compared to those who have never smoked marijuana. This study was conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The team of researchers, led by a group based at Harvard Chan School of Public Health, based their work on a hypothesis that smoking marijuana would have an adverse effect (poor quality sperm) on the reproductive health of men.

They selected that hypothesis because some previous research seemed to suggest that smoking marijuana was detrimental to male reproductive health. However, those previous studies may have been flawed because they focused on men with drug abuse problems or the research was conducted on mice.

Nevertheless, this research sought to dig deeper into the link between smoking cannabis and sperm health.

To this end, the researchers obtained semen samples from 662 men. These samples (totaling 1,143) were collected for nearly two decades from 2000 to 2017. The men were approximately 36 years old and they were largely white with college degrees.

317 men from that group of participants also provided blood samples to the researchers. These blood samples were analyzed to check for the presence of reproductive hormones.

Additionally, the study participants were asked to fill a questionnaire about their use of marijuana. The questions included whether those men had ever smoked a total of two or more marijuana joints in their lives, and whether they were current cannabis smokers.

55 percent (a total of 365 of that group) of the study subjects admitted that they had ever smoked cannabis. From this number, 11 percent said they still smoked cannabis while 44 percent said they no longer did.

The researchers discovered that the men who smoked or had ever smoked cannabis had approximately 62.7 million sperms in each milliliter of ejaculate. The average sperm concentration for those who said they had never smoked cannabis was 45.4 million in each milliliter of ejaculate.

The World Health Organization puts the threshold for normal sperm concentration at 15million/mL of ejaculate. Interestingly, only 5 percent of the men who smoked cannabis had concentrations lower than this threshold while those who had never smoked had 12 percent of their members registering sperm concentrations that were below this threshold.

Serum testosterone was also higher among men who smoked or had ever smoked cannabis when compared to those who had never done so.

Feiby Nassan, the lead author of this research, warned that their findings should be taken with some caution because the researchers were aware that there is so much that may be going in the bodies of the study participants to explain why the results came out the way they did.

For example, the compounds in cannabis may work with the endocannabinoid system, thereby boosting male fertility.

On the other hand, one can also claim that men who have higher testosterone may be more likely to smoke cannabis since this hormone makes them more likely to indulge in risky behavior.

All in all, the researchers appealed for more research to be conducted on how marijuana affects the reproductive system and the entire body. This is exactly why cannabis industry players like Redfund Capital Corp. (CSE: LOAN) (OTC: PNNRF) (Frankfurt: O3X4) and SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) have been hoping that the U.S. federal government eases its restrictions on cannabis so that American researchers can add onto what researchers elsewhere are doing to increase the available knowledge about cannabis.

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420 with CNW – Why Suppositories will be Big in the Medical Marijuana Industry

Many people may feel rather squeamish about sticking a cannabis suppository up their backside, but this method of administration is beginning to attract widespread attention as a way to administer medical cannabis. Several reasons can explain their growing popularity.

Better Absorption Rates

The most common ways to take medical cannabis are by eating or smoking the substance. However, these two methods of administration don’t allow enough of the cannabis consumed to be absorbed into the bloodstream.

For example, the acidic environment inside the stomach and the entire gastrointestinal tract destroys most of the therapeutic ingredients in cannabis before those compounds have a chance to enter the bloodstream and do their work.

Smoking also comes with its own risks of damage to the lining of the lungs, among other dangers. Furthermore, not enough cannabis can be absorbed through the lungs since some is exhaled along with the air one breathes.

However, the lining of the rectum provides an excellent medium through which cannabis can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Consequently, a patient will not need to use a large dose in order to get the desired effects.

It’s Ideal for Seriously Ill People

Some patients, such as cancer patients, are in such a bad state that it is nearly impossible for them to smoke or consume cannabis edibles. How can such people get medical cannabis into their bloodstream?

Cannabis suppositories are an excellent option in such situations. Remember, all lists of conditions for which one can access medical cannabis include chronic or debilitating illnesses. No wonder doctors are increasingly recommending that patients use marijuana suppositories.

They Have a Track Record

Suppositories aren’t a new invention. They have been used in conventional medicine for decades. These items are therefore getting a new lease of life by being used in the medical cannabis industry.

Additionally, it is possible to standardize the dosing of cannabis products if patients are going to use suppositories. This is much better than telling someone to smoke “a thick wad of cannabis when the tremors start.”

Such standardization can go a long way in removing the stigma that has sometimes been directed at cannabis as something for reckless people who have nothing to do except getting high.

Less THC Is Absorbed in This Way

Another key advantage of cannabis suppositories is that they are likely to silence the critics who say that patients are using medical cannabis in order to get high.

Research has it that THC (the psychoactive element in cannabis) isn’t as readily absorbed into the bloodstream through the rectum, unlike CBD that is readily absorbed. Thus, there is a lower risk that patients will get addicted to cannabis while taking it anally.

As you can see, cannabis suppositories seem poised to stake their claim in the medical cannabis sector. The cannabis industry, including SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) and Redfund Capital Corp. (CSE: LOAN) (OTC: PNNRF) (Frankfurt: O3X4), welcomes all avenues through which patients can get relief from their conditions.

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420 with CNW – About 60 Closed Cannabis Dispensaries May Reopen in Michigan

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Board has voted to allow more than 60 medical cannabis dispensaries to reopen at least until March 31 as their license applications are processed.

The decision was announced after there was an outcry that patients would find it hard to get medical cannabis if that large number of dispensaries is closed pending the processing of their license applications.

The reprieve given to the closed businesses is subject to a number of conditions. First, the local government of the area should have granted the business approval to operate in their jurisdiction. The business should have also submitted its license application within a certain timeframe, in addition to meeting the other conditions before it reopens.

This decision was met with some reservations by a section of the members of the licensing board. These individuals felt that letting these closed businesses to reopen would be unfair to those dispensaries that had done everything possible to acquire a license.

By reopening unlicensed dispensaries, the board may be setting a precedent that it makes no difference whether you comply with regulatory requirements in time or not.

These concerned board members were of the view that the 50 licensed dispensaries should have been given a chance to see a boom in their sales as a reward for taking timely action to get licensed. The unlicensed dispensaries are 72.

In a related development, medical marijuana products that haven’t been tested and approved can still be sold at the different dispensaries within Michigan as long as the dispensary gives the patient an acknowledgment form to sign confirming that the patient is aware that the product hasn’t met all the testing requirements of the state.

The previous Governor of Michigan, Rick Synder, had tried to close all the medical cannabis dispensaries that were still using the emergency rules as the basis of their operation before they get licenses.

However, those attempts to close the dispensaries were thwarted by court rulings and the desire to protect patients’ interests regarding ease of access to medical marijuana. This recent reprieve by the licensing board is yet another speed bump on the journey to accept only licensed dispensaries to operate in the state.

All in all, it is good that the interests of the patients have been given precedence by the medical marijuana licensing board in Michigan. Sproutly Canada, Inc. (OTCQB: SRUTF) (CSE: SPR) (FRA: 38G) and SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) urge the affected dispensaries to comply with all the regulatory requirements so that their operations aren’t disrupted once the deadline reaches.

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New Laws Set Up US Cannabis Industry for Explosive Growth

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill changes the way that CBD-based products are legally classified. If the federal government permits the sale of cannabis-sourced products online, established companies in the space could reap huge rewards.

  • The legalization of cannabis in Canada and some U.S. States has demonstrated the latent demand for cannabis-based products.
  • CBD is used to make numerous products and its potential uses are growing.
  • Research suggests that the market for CBD products could grow to an estimated $22 billion over the next four years.

SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) (SING Profile) is in a good position to take full advantage of the changes in how CBD products are regulated. Major producers such as Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON), Aphria Inc. (NYSE: APHA) (TSX: APHA), Medical Marijuana Inc. (OTC: MJNA) and OrganiGram Holdings Inc. (OTCQX: OGRMF) (TSX.V: OGI) are also well-placed to expand into…

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420 with CNW – Cannabis Concentrates Could Be Bigger than Edibles in Canada

Canada is slated to legalize cannabis edibles sometime this year and the population is filled with excitement regarding these products. However, if the trend in the U.S. states where edibles are legal is anything to go by, then edibles will not be the biggest moneymaker. Something else, concentrates, will be king of the market.

For example, edibles fetched $685 million from the start of 2018 to October the same year in Oregon, Colorado, California and Arizona. However, the same period saw consumers spending approximately $1.4 billion on marijuana concentrates.

The bulk of that money spent on cannabis concentrates was for marijuana vape pens and cannabis oil cartridges. These items alone accounted for $972 million in the months referred to earlier as captured in the statistics collected by BDS Analytics.

In the cannabis industry, vape pens are the modern or better version of cannabis joints in the same way that electronic cigarettes provide a better way to get your nicotine hit when compared to smoking a combustible cigarette.

Cannabis vape pens are discreet, not smelly and they are user-friendly when compared to the hassles that one has to go through to roll and light a joint.

The other cannabis concentrates on which Americans in the states named earlier spent money were hash oil, wax and shatter. These particular kinds of concentrates are intended for “dabbing.”

Thus, the evidence from the U.S. shows that cannabis concentrates are likely to fetch more money than the edibles that everyone is excited about.

These findings are given further credence when one considers the responses of ordinary people to different cannabis products. Many people will be more willing to try a vape pen rather than taking a puff on a joint if those people haven’t consumed cannabis before.

Interestingly, data from Canada shows that people have been consuming marijuana concentrates for a while. For example, a 2018 survey of approximately 13,000 cannabis consumers revealed that 26 percent had ever used hashish while 19 percent admitted that they had ever used a solid form of marijuana concentrate.

People opposed to cannabis edibles claim that these products will dominate the market and open the gate to the misuse of cannabis. However, the data collected over time shows that even if edibles grow in popularity, they will always fall behind concentrates and the dried bud in terms of market share.

Industry watchers and participants like Sproutly Canada, Inc. (OTCQB: SRUTF) (CSE: SPR) (FRA: 38G) and SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) are waiting to see how events play out once edibles become legal throughout Canada.

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420 with CNW – Oregon Eases Access to Medical Marijuana

The authority in charge of overseeing cannabis in Oregon (the Oregon Liquor Control Commission) has released new rules that will make it easier for patients to access medical marijuana.

The new rules that are set to take effect tomorrow (December 28) will allow marijuana to be delivered to those areas where the local authorities have passed ordinances banning any marijuana-related business activity within their jurisdictions.

The new provision of the rules is welcome news to patients and caregivers because they will no longer have to travel long distances in order to replenish their medical cannabis supplies.

Additionally, the new rules have also increased the limit on how much cannabis one can buy at a go. Previously, a patient holding a medical cannabis card was only allowed to buy an ounce (28.3 grams) of cannabis.

This limitation was particularly hard on patients or caregivers from the areas where medical cannabis was prohibited. This is because such people would be compelled to make frequent trips to distant medical cannabis dispensaries.

The new rules now allow a patient or caregiver carrying a valid medical cannabis card to purchase up to 8 ounces (226.4 grams) of cannabis. This higher cap means that patients will now reduce how frequently they go to purchase replenishments.

Why the change of heart on the quantities?

It was previously feared that allowing medical cannabis cardholders to buy larger amounts of cannabis would create opportunities for the medical cannabis program to be used as a supply source for the recreational use of marijuana. However, this may have proved to be an unfounded fear.

Secondly, the inconvenience of having to go to a dispensary so frequently was burdensome to many patients and caregivers, so a concession on how much could be purchased was an inevitable compassionate step to take.

It is estimated that Oregon has approximately 50,000 people registered to access medical marijuana. The state legalized medical marijuana in 1998, and it has been updating its regulatory framework periodically, based on the changing realities within the state, and borrowing from the experiences of other states where medical marijuana has since been legalized. It is in this same spirit that plans are underway to pass permanent rules regulating CBD products and hemp in the wake of the passing of the Farm Bill 2018.

SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) and other industry participants like Redfund Capital Corp. (CSE: LOAN) (OTC: PNNRF) (Frankfurt: 03X4) welcome the changes Oregon has made in response to the persistent problems that patients and their caregivers were experiencing.

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420 with CNW – Study Finds Proximity to Cannabis Dispensaries Increases New Home Prices

A recent study whose findings were published in the Contemporary Policy journal shows that prices of new homes jump by up to 7.7 percent in case a cannabis dispensary opens close to those homes.

The researchers compared the data for new homes in Denver, Colorado that were within quarter a mile, half a mile and three-quarters of a mile from a newly opened dispensary. The researchers discovered that the biggest increase (7.7 percent) in price occurred in the price of homes that were within quarter a mile from the cannabis dispensary.

The homes that were within half a mile (but beyond the quarter mile mark) had modest price increases of about 4.7 percent. However, these price hikes fizzled out as the distance between a new home and the cannabis dispensary increased.

It is also interesting to observe that the effect of cannabis dispensaries on housing prices mirrored the effect of new groceries or shopping malls in neighborhoods. However, the researchers refrained from trying to explain why the opening of a cannabis dispensary had such an effect on the price at which homes were sold. They could only guess that it may be due to the convenience of accessing the marijuana dispensary, especially when the public is positive towards marijuana in general.

Another study conducted thousands of miles away in the Netherlands seems to confirm that the findings in Colorado are valid. Igor Goncalves Koehne de Castro, a doctoral student, wrote a master’s dissertation about what happens when a cannabis coffee shop closes in a neighborhood.

He discovered that the rents paid by Airbnb clients reduced by approximately 3 percent in case a cannabis coffee shop closed within a radius of 250 meters from a facility registered on Airbnb.

Locations that were further than 250 meters from the closed coffee shop didn’t register any change in rents.

De Castro had plenty of case studies to follow since lots of coffee shops had closed within the four-year window he examined (2014-2017). Various factors, such as the enactment of laws barring cannabis coffee shops from operating within a certain radius from a school, compelled different marijuana coffee shops to close.

The statistical models from which he gathered his findings reveal that the coffee shops may be an attraction since Amsterdam is a tourist destination and visitors want to be within walking distance from a cannabis coffee shop.

This pair of studies in different geographical locations proves that cannabis legalization has widespread benefits beyond the ones immediately noticeable (taxes and direct jobs in the industry, for example). This also gives further justification that the Colorado jury which dismissed a claim that a marijuana grow facility depressed the value of a nearby property made a correct decision to throw out that claim.

Redfund Capital Corp. (CSE: LOAN) (OTC: PNNRF) (Frankfurt: O3X4) and other industry participants like SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) welcome this piece of additional positive news about the effects that cannabis is having upon the lives of people.

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420 with CNW – Marijuana Could Improve the Memory of Older People, Study Finds

Researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany and Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Israel) have done a study to investigate whether cannabis can improve brain function once endocannabinoid system (ECS) activity is increased by administering cannabis.

Lead researcher Andreas Zimmer and his team got three categories of mice for this study. The first group of mice was two months old while the second group was 12 months old. The third group of mice was 18 months old. These three groups represented the young, mature and old age-groups respectively.

The mice in each age group either received a placebo or had an implant that released THC slowly into the bloodstream. This was done consistently for 28 days after which several days were allowed to elapse with no THC being administered. This abstinence period was referred to as the washout period.

Additionally, all the mice (whether they got THC or a placebo) took part in memory and behavioral tests. For example, one activity involved testing whether the mice recognized other mice to which they had been exposed prior to receiving the placebo or THC.

Another test required the mice to locate a safe platform in a pool of water. The time taken during this activity was recorded for all the mice in the study.

The results of the study were eye-opening. For example, the young mice (the group which was two months old) showed a deterioration in their memory function after receiving THC. In contrast, the mature (12 months old) mice showed an improvement in their memory function. How could this be?

The researchers studied the brain structures of these mature mice and discovered that the brains suddenly looked young (comparable to those of the two-month old mice). Specifically, the hippocampus acquired new synaptic spines, a sign that brain neurons could now communicate more effectively with each other, and thereby heighten brain activity.

In other words, the THC had rewritten the genetic programming of the brains of the mature mice. The researchers used the elimination method to discount any other factor which could be responsible for the improved brain function and the result was that the THC reversed the aging of the brain cells.

What do these results mean for humans? The work done by Zimmer and his team shows a high likelihood that older humans can see improvements in brain function if they consume cannabis. However, this isn’t a certainty until human trials are done and documented. The good news is that Zimmer has already secured funding to study how THC affects memory function in humans.

The study involving human subjects will paint a clearer picture of how cannabis can be used to combat mental decline with age, especially dementia. Redfund Capital Corp. (CSE: LOAN) (OTC: PNNRF) (Frankfurt: O3X4), SinglePoint, Inc. (OTCQB: SING) and the entire cannabis industry wish Zimmer and his team of researchers all the best in their bid to broaden how much we know about cannabis and its medicinal value.

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CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: Years of steady growth in the cannabis industry are expected to continue.

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