Early pregnancy is rife with postpartum depression and other mood problems. We realize it's an overstatement, but those first few days, weeks, and months are HARD. Sleep deprivation, aching, leaking, or engorged breasts... throw in mental health difficulties, and you have a recipe for total exhaustion. Fortunately, there is less stigma associated with postpartum depression (PPD) than formerly. PPD is being discussed more frequently, and there is a better awareness of new parents' symptoms and many remedies. Many moms are finding success… Read more.
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The Justice Department is standing by the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) decision to terminate a "distinguished" special agent who had served for 16 years. The agent, Anthony Armour, was dismissed due to a positive THC test result after using a CBD product for pain relief, believing it to be legal hemp. In May, Anthony Armour initiated legal action against the DEA, seeking to overturn his termination on various grounds, including insufficient "substantial evidence" of his use of an illegal substance and considering his exemplary professional… Read more.
Representatives of multiple federal agencies participated in a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) meeting on Friday for a wide-ranging discussion about cannabis policy, with experts sharing their perspective on issues such as marijuana research barriers under prohibition, efforts to create a regulated pathway for CBD, state initiatives to promote social equity and more. At the NASEM Committee on Public Health Consequences of Changes in the Cannabis Policy Landscape meeting, agencies made a series of presentations to share… Read more.
A recent ruling by a federal judge has raised questions within the industry: Has this judge effectively legalized hemp-derived cannabinoids such as HHC, Delta-8 THC, THCa, and THCP flower? In summary, the judge in Arkansas determined that the 2018 Farm Bill holds greater legal authority than a state ban on hemp-derived cannabinoids, potentially setting a precedent for future legal actions in other states. The U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson, on Thursday, issued a ruling to halt the enforcement of Act 629 of 2023, a law enacted during… Read more.
The Justice Department is defending the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) decision to fire an “outstanding” special agent after 16 years of service because he tested positive for THC after taking a CBD product for pain that he said he believed to be legal hemp. That agent, Anthony Armour, filed a lawsuit against DEA in May, seeking a reversal of the termination on several grounds, including a lack of “substantial evidence” that he used an illegal drug, as well as mitigating factors such… Read more.
Each unique cannabis strain contains varying concentrations of cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), alongside other compounds. Over time, cultivators and agricultural experts have dedicated themselves to cultivating distinct varieties with specific traits, often resulting in hybrids and specialized strains. Historically, the primary goal of growers has revolved around developing cannabis strains with the utmost THC levels, a mindset that persists for many. Elevated THC levels lead to potent psychoactive effects, regardless of whether the strain is categorized as sativa, indica, or… Read more.
Back in the regulated marijuana industry’s more heady days, a U.S. hemp-derived CBD subsidiary seemed like the must-have accessory for any Canadian cannabis company worth its bud. Canopy Growth Corp. owned a hemp farm in Springfield, New York, and planned to build a $150 million industrial park in Kirkwood, New York, to produce hemp products. Aurora Cannabis bought Reliva – a Massachusetts-based producer of hemp-derived CBD products – in a $40 million deal that included potential earnouts. And Cronos Group spent hundreds of millions of… Read more.
As Congress considers creating a framework to oversee the nation’s cannabis market, a major alcohol association is offering federal lawmakers advice on regulating hemp-derived cannabinoids, including CBD and delta-8 THC. Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA)—which came out in support of federally legalizing marijuana earlier this year—sent a letter to House and Senate committees on Friday in response to the panels’ recent requests for information on navigating CBD and other emerging cannabinoids. “The transition from Prohibition to legal status for alcohol has… Read more.
These daily consumables have been proven to effectively combat various fitness challenges and aid in quitting smoking. CBD gummies consist of a distinctive blend of natural and organic ingredients that protect against numerous illnesses and injuries. These soft, chewable CBD candies have garnered significant attention for their remarkable efficacy and positive outcomes. Recently, health professionals have introduced CBD gummies as a natural and enduring solution to counter smoking habits and tobacco cravings. These delectable treats offer a soothing effect on the… Read more.
If there were any lingering questions about the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) position on the scheduling status of delta-8 THC, an attorney recently dug up an email from a top official that makes it perfectly clear: when synthesized from legal CBD, the agency considers delta-8 THC to be a prohibited controlled substance. The market for delta-8 products has expanded rapidly in recent years following the federal legalization of hemp and its naturally extracted derivatives like CBD. The intoxicating cannabinoid is… Read more.
Topical Cannabis Found To Be Beneficial For Alopecia Patients Alopecia is an autoimmune disease of the skin that affects around 2% of the global population. The main symptom of alopecia is hair loss; though there are different kinds of alopecia areata, they are all characterized by hair loss of some kind. That said, hair loss will present itself differently to people with this condition. It commonly involves losing hair in the scalp and face. Alopecia areata can also be characterized by hair regrowth and loss… Read more.
A recent lab study conducted by CBD Oracle has brought alarming revelations to the forefront of the cannabis industry. According to the survey, 26% of hemp delta-9 THC products in the market are not as innocent as they claim to be. Instead of being sourced from legally compliant hemp plants, a significant portion of these products is derived from federally-illegal marijuana plants. The findings, published on August 1, 2023, have raised concerns about the safety and transparency of consumer hemp products. The Regulatory Conundrum… Read more.
Today, August 8, marks National CBD Day, a day where CBD enthusiasts can take an extra moment to appreciate this special cannabinoid that’s gained so much popularity over the past five or so years. With CBD’s wide range of applications, you can get creative with how you choose to celebrate its existence. As a beauty and skincare expert, I personally am showing up for this “holiday” by spending a little extra time on my self-care routine, which incorporates some of… Read more.
Bipartisan leaders of key House and Senate committees are soliciting information from experts about best practices for developing a regulatory framework for CBD. As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues face pressure to create rules so that the hemp-derived cannabinoid can be lawfully marketed as food items or dietary supplements, bipartisan lawmakers have put out a Request for Information (RFI) to gather relevant information from subject matter experts. The chairs and ranking members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor,… Read more.
A first-of-its-kind congressional committee hearing took place on Thursday, with lawmakers examining the impacts of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inaction on developing regulations to allow for the sale of hemp-derived CBD as food items or dietary supplements. The House Oversight and Accountability Subcommittee on Health Care and Financial Services announced the scheduling of the hearing—titled “Hemp in the Modern World: The Years long Wait for FDA Action”—last week. “FDA announced earlier this year that it’s needs a new regulatory framework… Read more.
A group of federal lawmakers last week introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation aimed at updating federal hemp rules to ensure hemp-derived CBD products are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) like other legal products used in dietary supplements, foods, and beverages. In a press release, the lawmakers – Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) – said the Hemp Access and Consumer Safety Act “is essential to protecting consumer safety and treating hemp producers fairly.” The legislation… Read more.
The new and continuing science of plant-derived substances like cannabis, hemp and kratom is providing a market of products that goes beyond traditional dispensary options. What if there was a one-stop resource to learn and shop quality, plant-based products that meet your unique health and wellness needs? Enter CBD Kratom, the largest privately-owned CBD and kratom retailer in the US. With over 60 retail locations and an online dispensary shop, CBD Kratom is committed to helping customers lead healthy and fulfilling lives… Read more.
Hemp and CBD product manufacturers and sellers are blocked from three fewer advertising channels after Meta Platforms Inc.—parent company of social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, and Threads—updated its advertising policies. But don’t get too excited. Significant restrictions still apply. Under the new policy, advertisers need written permission from Meta to promote or sell noningestible CBD products that contain less than 0.3 percent THC. Products containing more THC than allowed under federal law, those with psychoactive properties (i.e., delta-8), and ingestibles (edibles, tinctures, capsules,… Read more.
The National Football League (NFL) and its players union announced on Thursday that they are jointly awarding another round of funding to support independent research on the therapeutic benefits of CBD as a pain treatment alternative to opioids for players with concussions. A total of $526,525 is being granted for two studies, including one that will be led by the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN) to explore cannabidiol and non-invasive vagal nerve stimulation (nVNS) as alternative treatments for… Read more.
Researchers from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) have made a significant discovery in Brazil. They have found cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found in cannabis, in a common Brazilian plant. This finding presents new possibilities for producing CBD, which is becoming increasingly popular. The scientists have specifically identified a native Brazilian species called 'Trema micrantha (L.) Blume', which belongs to the 'Cannabaceae' family. This shrub, often regarded as a weed, is widely distributed throughout South America and contains only… Read more.
High prices and a lack of noticeable effects have stopped nearly 20 percent of consumers from continuing their cannabidiol (CBD) regimen. However, savvy brands are still finding ways to attract new customers in an environment plagued by regulatory uncertainty that makes it difficult to plan for the future with confidence. Brightfield Group’s recent market research report, Striving to Thrive in U.S. CBD, dives into two forecast possibilities for the industry: one with increased federal guidance and regulation, and one without. While… Read more.
Cannabinoids are a beautifully fundamental aspect when it comes to consuming cannabis. There are more than 100 known cannabinoids — naturally occurring compounds within the cannabis plant. A handful of major players are found in commercial cannabis products. In the human body, cannabinoids interact with cannabinoid receptors, also referred to as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a complex and important network that works to help regulate pain, appetite and even inflammation. When cannabinoids are used in conjunction with… Read more.
Hulk Hogan is following Ric Flair and Mike Tyson into the cannabis business, brother. WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan was a recent guest on TMZ Sports to discuss a wide variety of subjects. When talking about all of the injuries he’s been through in his career, Hogan revealed that CBD and THC have him feeling better than he’s felt in a very long time. “I always joke about I didn’t get the memo that this stuff was ‘fake’ and after the 10 back… Read more.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will soon be proposing new rules to clarify that synthetically manufactured cannabinoids like delta-8 THC are prohibited controlled substances. At the agency’s 2023 Supply Chain Conference earlier this month, Terrance Boos, chief of DEA’s Drug and Chemical Evaluation Section, said that officials have received “multiple petitions” on the issue and are “in the process of modifying our ” on cannabis constituents based on recommendations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). One… Read more.
There was a 57.7% improvement in the adjusted EBITDA loss over the year. Hemp-based CBD giant Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. (TSX: CWEB) (OTCQX: CWBHF) reported its first-quarter financial results on Thursday ending March 31, 2023. Despite a 12.1% year-over-year fall in net revenue, the company managed to reduce operating expenses by 14%, ending with a solid $61 million cash balance. The financial review for the quarter painted a nuanced picture. While consolidated net revenue was $17 million, down 12.1% from $19.4 million… Read more.
Hemp plantings in the United States were nearly cut in half in 2022, with 28,400 acres dedicated to growing the plant – slightly more than the acreage set aside for Christmas trees. Put another way, at 44.4 square miles, outdoor and indoor hemp cultivation in the U.S. would fit almost entirely on Hilton Head Island, the beach and golf resort area off the coast of South Carolina. Or, for Mickey Mouse fans, most of the nation’s hemp could be grown… Read more.
“Say no to CBD,” federal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is telling its workers—and their family members. The agency recently published an overview of issues related to the non-intoxicating cannabinoid, warning that CBD products remain unregulated and may contain concentrations of THC that could show up in a drug test. CBP isn’t technically prohibiting workers from using hemp-derived CBD products, which were federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, but it’s strongly urging border patrol agents to abstain as a… Read more.
Walk into a gas station or smoke shop and you’ll see them on the shelf, packaged in colorful boxes with flavors like fruity pebbles, magic mango and grape ape gusher. Like marijuana, these cannabis-based products deliver a high. But unlike marijuana, these products are legal in Texas, thanks to laws that allowed the cultivation of hemp. Strawberry flavored gummies are for sale in a smoke shop walking distance from Pascal High School. Sticky amber-colored oil for vaping with a pineapple scent sits… Read more.
Policymakers in the Czech Republic recently expressed a strong desire to legalize cannabis for adult use, building on the momentum occurring across the border in Germany. Germany is trending towards adult-use legalization and the Czech Republic has expressed its own plans for legalization. However, the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Agriculture recently announced that it will be instituting new restrictions on CBD products, which is leaving many international cannabis observers scratching their heads. “The State Agricultural and Food Inspection … is… Read more.
United Kingdom-based CBD and wellness brand Naturecan acquired the IAH Oregon cannabidiol production facility in the U.S. for 8 million pounds (roughly $10 million). Naturecan did not specify how it would satisfy the price of the acquisition. IAH Oregon, headquartered in Medford, previously produced the CBD used in Naturecan products, according to a news release issued Wednesday. “Now Naturecan will ramp up production of its global supplies of CBD oils, snacks, protein supplements, vitamins and balms as well as supplying… Read more.
The hemp industry took a major plunge in 2022, a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows, and stakeholders say the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) refusal to issue regulations for CBD products is largely to blame. USDA’s National Hemp Report shows significant losses in the value and cultivation of the non-intoxicating cannabis crop across every metric that it analyzed for 2022. Last year, “the value of hemp production in the open and under protection for the United States… Read more.
A Republican congressional committee chairman is demanding that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) turn over documents relating to the agency’s decision not to regulate CBD products. Rep. James Comer (R-KY), chair of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf on Monday, announcing an investigation into the agency’s decision and criticizing the “insufficient rationale for inaction” on CBD regulations. FDA said in January that, after years of review since hemp and its derivatives… Read more.
The Chicago Cubs are expected to be the first Major League Baseball (MLB) team with a CBD sponsor and sell CBD drinks at its stadium, Front Office Sports reports. The Cubs are working with Chicago, Illinois-based MYND Drinks on the partnership, which received the NSF Certified for Sport designation required to work with MLB teams. MLB, in June 2022, approved plans to allow teams to work with CBD brands. In October, the league named Charlotte’s Web the “Official CBD of… Read more.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) is proposing a CBD carveout to a proposed state law that would enact strict regulations on hemp-derived THC products, the Virginia Mercury reports. Under the governor’s plan, hemp products that contain a 25:1 ratio of CBD to THC would not be affected by the broader hemp industry reforms being considered by lawmakers. Youngkin spokeswoman Macaulay Porter told the Mercury on Tuesday that the amendment continues the governor’s “efforts to crack down on dangerous THC intoxicants including synthetic products such as… Read more.
A chemical found in cannabis could be the most effective way to prevent an opioid overdose, scientists believe. Scientists at Indiana University have identified 15 chemicals derived from cannabidiol (CBD) — one of the primary compounds in cannabis — that can reverse the deadly impact drugs such as fentanyl can have on the brain. They found that it was even more effective than Narcan, designed to combat these type of overdoses, at stopping fentanyl in the brain. The finding could be a… Read more.
With New Jersey’s legal marijuana market off to a slow start, state officials announced Wednesday they would eliminate the cap on the number of companies allowed to grow weed and make $10 million in grants available to people opening a cannabis business who have been convicted of marijuana offenses or come from poor communities. The state Cannabis Regulatory Commission agreed to let lapse the 37-license limit on cultivators, a rule that would have expired later this month. New Jersey is nowhere near that… Read more.
As if the marijuana industry isn't reeling enough with $75 ounces in multiple states, NASDAQ listed Akerna going under, and MSO Curaleaf pulling out of competitive markets like California and Colorado, more bad news hits the industry, this time, on the government side. It is devastating news for those who love CBD products. The Food and Drug Administration has declared that these items, made from cannabis or hemp, may not comply with federal safety regulations. These safety regulations will affect a… Read more.
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday denied three petitions to allow the marketing of CBD products as dietary supplements and said that the agency would “work with Congress” on a regulatory pathway for the cannabinoid. The statement was issued by Principal Deputy Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock. Woodcock said the decision would allow policymakers to develop “a new regulatory pathway for CBD … that balances individuals’ desire for access to CBD products with the regulatory oversight needed to manage risks.” Woodcock also said there… Read more.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s announcement Thursday that it won’t regulate products containing CBD and will instead pass that buck to Congress means the preservation of the current, uneasy status quo for now. It will also mean more work for an increasingly fractious Congress – and further uncertainty for companies deciding whether to enter the $4 billion-plus CBD business. In addition to grappling with broader marijuana policy reform – including access to banking, tax relief and the question of federal… Read more.
The agency called on Congress to develop a better regulatory framework for CBD The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week announced that it would deny a trio of petitions that requested authorization for cannabidiol (CBD) to be used as a dietary supplement. The agency also advised that Congress needs to establish a better regulatory framework before such a classification is allowed. Based on existing research and data, the FDA found that the current standards for adding supplements to foods or beverages… Read more.
Why It Isn’t Too Early To Use CBD For Preventing The Detrimental Effects Of Aging Realizing that you’re getting old can be a tough process. For some, it comes with cracks and pains with even the slightest movements. For others, it’s the sign of wrinkles where taut skin once was, and the lack of energy. We all want to age as gracefully as possible, but it’s harder than it sounds. After all, how do we fight gravity and time? While… Read more.
Major League Baseball (MLB) is partnering with Charlotte’s Web Holdings Inc. in an exclusive multi-year deal to make the brand the “Official CBD of Major League Baseball,” CNBC reports. It is the first deal between a CBD company and one of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues. MLB announced in June it would allow teams to begin selling sponsorships to CBD brands. Previously, only Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and NASCAR allowed CBD sponsorships. Under MLB rules, all products considered for sponsorships must first pass… Read more.
Mushrooms are having a moment. Well, perhaps much more than a moment. Foraging for fungi is an ever-popular pastime. As more folks go meat-less, they’re turning to the little forest sprouts for sustenance. We’re even seeing them in cocktails. And as states and cities decriminalized psilocybin, the psychedelic compound naturally produced by hundreds of fungi, more people are learning how they might benefit from hallucinogenic therapy. In the wellness world, functional mushrooms are showing up everywhere. This group of 15 ’shrooms within the estimated 2,000 edible species… Read more.