CBD Is A ‘Powerful And Promising’ Treatment For Crack Use Disorder—With Fewer Side Effects Than Conventional Therapies, Study Finds

April 17, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A new study aiming to explore the efficacy of CBD as a treatment for crack use disorder found that people who took the cannabinoid had better health outcomes and fewer adverse health events compared to those who took more conventional pharmaceutical treatments. “The main implications of this study point to CBD as a powerful and promising therapeutic tool for people with CUD,” says the report, published this month in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. “CBD seems to… Read more.

Smoking Hemp and Getting High? – Here is Why…Over 90% of Smokable Hemp Products Are Actually Just Weed Says Testing Lab

April 15, 2024 ·

The burgeoning hemp-derived cannabinoid market often faces criticism due to the absence of standardised third-party testing and comprehensive regulation. While many consumers vouch for the efficacy of these products and numerous companies uphold stringent standards, the oversight in the hemp industry pales in comparison to that of the legal cannabis sector. Consequently, consumers using certain hemp-derived products may unknowingly encounter potent psychoactive effects, believing they are solely consuming hemp or CBD. The frequency of THC in goods advertised as hemp is… Read more.

Missouri Budget Bill Would Fund Psilocybin Research With $10 Million In Opioid Settlement Money

April 4, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Lawmakers in Missouri’s House of Representatives have given preliminary approval to a budget bill that would spend $10 million from state opioid settlement funds on research grants to study the use of psilocybin to treat opioid use disorder. The measure, HB 2010, underwent several amendments in the House on Tuesday and is scheduled for a third reading and likely floor vote on Thursday. An addition made in a House committee last week would have put the $10 million toward studying… Read more.

Teen Marijuana Use Has Declined In Washington Since Legalization, New State Research Shows

April 2, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Newly released data from a Washington State survey of adolescent and teenage students show declines in both lifetime and past-30-day marijuana use in recent years, with striking drops that held steady through 2023. The results also indicate that perceived ease of access to cannabis among underage students has generally fallen since the state enacted legalization for adults in 2012—contrary to fears repeatedly expressed by opponents of the policy change. About 8.4 percent of Washington 10th graders said in 2023 that… Read more.

New Study Reveals THC Potency Inflation in Colorado Weed

March 28, 2024 · High Times

A majority of cannabis flower products purchased at licensed retail pot shops in Colorado contained less THC than indicated on the label, according to a study performed by a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder. The study showed that THC levels indicated on the label of approximately 70% of products tested were at least 15% higher than those reported by a third-party lab after purchase. The research was conducted by Anna Schwabe, an associate lecture professor of modern cannabis… Read more.

A Citrusy-Smelling Terpene In Marijuana Can Reduce Anxiety And Paranoia Caused By THC, Federally Funded Study Finds

March 25, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A new study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has found that a citrusy-smelling terpene in marijuana could help ease anxiety and paranoia associated with THC. The findings, researchers say, could help unlock the maximum therapeutic benefit of THC and protect public health. Published in the latest issue of the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the new paper says that subjects who vaporized the terpene D-limonene along with a dose of THC experienced less anxiety and paranoia… Read more.

Psychedelic therapy program to launch in Utah

March 25, 2024 · Green Market Report

Starting in May, Utah hospitals will be allowed to administer psilocybin and MDMA to select patients under a new pilot program, after Gov. Spencer Cox allowed a bill authorizing the move to become law without his signature. For the next three years, any privately owned nonprofit Utah hospital system with at least 15 hospitals, or any higher education medical program, will be permitted to administer the two psychedelic substances to patients for “behavioral health treatment,” Marijuana Moment reported. But the temporary program… Read more.

Organ Donations From Marijuana Users Pose No Significant Infectious Risks, Study Finds

March 21, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A new federally funded study examining the possible risks of organ donation by marijuana users found no indication that recent cannabis use increases the likelihood of significant side effects in the year immediately after a transplant—even as many healthcare providers continue to restrict transplants to cannabis consumers. Findings of the research, which looked at rates of infections, transplant failures and deaths among recipients, “suggest that organs from donors with a history of recent marijuana use do not pose significant infectious… Read more.

Study: Vape Pen Liquids from Legal and Illegal Markets Contain Nano-Sized Metals

March 21, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Cannabis vape pen liquid in both legal and illegal markets contains nano-sized metals, including nickel, chromium, lead, zinc, and copper, according to a study conducted by researchers from Health Canada and the National Research Council of Canada. The study included 41 samples of cannabis vape liquids – 20 legal, regulated samples from the Ontario Cannabis Store and 21 samples from the illicit market provided by the Ontario Provincial Police. The liquids were analyzed by mass spectrometry to look for the… Read more.

Congressional Leaders Again Seek To Block D.C. Marijuana Sales, While Funding Psychedelic Studies, In New Spending Bill

March 21, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Congressional leaders have unveiled a second package of spending legislation to keep the government funded, with provisions included that would continue to block Washington, D.C. from legalizing marijuana sales, fund psychedelics-related clinical trials and more. House and Senate appropriations leaders released the bill on Wednesday after reaching an agreement on the remaining Fiscal Year 2024 spending that wasn’t included in separate legislation enacted earlier this month. The plan is to pass the package ahead of a Friday deadline when the… Read more.

8th Grade Sober – Legalizing Weed Does Not Lead to an Increase in Middle School Cannabis Use Says New Study

March 20, 2024 ·

An enduring argument against the legalization of cannabis suggests that legalizing access might prompt a rise in cannabis use among youth. However, as states nationwide forge ahead with reform efforts, ongoing research sheds light on the validity of this claim. Fresh from a recent study revealing the prevalence of Delta-8 THC usage among high school seniors—a hemp-derived cannabinoid readily available beyond the legal cannabis sector and in states both with and without cannabis programs—some may ponder the extent of teen cannabis… Read more.

Do Animals Get High and Like Weed? – Mice, Bears, Dogs, Goats and Wolves Seem to Be Enjoying the Green Wave

March 17, 2024 ·

If you are wondering if animals are into weed and shrooms, more and more stories are coming out about animals taking a "walk on the wild side" and getting a taste of legalization.  From bears and wolves tripping balls as campers leave their stashes unprotected at their camp sites, to mice eating weed in police evidence rooms around the world. Remember when rodents supposedly at over 580 kilos of cannabis in an Indian evidence room?  It appears the mice of America now like weed… Read more.

Over 10% of High School Seniors Say They Have Tried Delta-8 THC, But Is It Keeping Them Away from Booze?

March 15, 2024 ·

ust in is data analysis from the 2023 Monitoring the Future survey, led by researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). It reveals that about 11% of 12th-grade students nationwide reported using delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (commonly known as delta-8-THC or delta-8) within the past year. According to Dr. Nora Volkow, director of NIDA, this percentage signifies a significant portion of high school seniors, with at least one or two students in… Read more.

Study Shows 11% Of High School Seniors Use Delta 8 THC

March 14, 2024 · High Times

More than one in 10 high school seniors reported recent use of products with delta 8 THC, according to the results of a study published this week. The study found that approximately 11% of 12th-grade students said that they had used delta 8 during the past year, reflecting the widespread availability of the hemp-derived cannabinoid that is sometimes referred to as “diet weed” or “light THC.” The new research analyzed data from the Monitoring the Future survey, an ongoing study of the behaviors,… Read more.

Congressional Leaders’ Bill Extends State Medical Marijuana Protections And Calls For Studying Legalization Models

March 4, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Bicameral congressional leaders have released a spending package that contains a number of marijuana-related items—including bill provisions preserving protections for state medical cannabis programs and report language that calls for the federal government to study state legalization laws and expand scientists’ access to commercially available cannabis for research. The legislation covering Fiscal Year 2024 was posted on Sunday by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, with bipartisan legislators aiming to pass the package this week before the latest continuing resolution… Read more.

How is the US Government Studying the Health Benefits of Cannabis? Your Instagram and Facebook Posts, No Joke!

February 27, 2024 ·

New FDA Report Shows Marijuana Rescheduling May Come Down to Your Social Media Posts about Weed! Marijuana Moment reported a piece on FDA research that you thought was from The Onion. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is drawing attention to its scientific examination of marijuana, which prompted the agency to propose rescheduling. This involved a thorough analysis of research findings, as well as the examination of numerous social media posts to understand how consumers perceive the therapeutic effects of cannabis. Wait,… Read more.

Smoking Surpasses Injection as Leading Ingestion Method in Overdose Deaths

February 21, 2024 · High Times

More Americans are overdosing and dying by smoking illegal drugs as opposed to injecting them. Of the 109,000 recorded overdose deaths which occurred in 2022, almost 70 percent involved fentanyl and a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that fentanyl users are beginning to favor smoking as their preferred method of ingestion, surpassing those who favor injection.  “From January–June 2020 to July–December 2022, the percentage of overdose deaths with evidence of smoking increased 73.7%, and the percentage… Read more.

Dogs Given CBD See ‘Significant Reductions’ In Stress And Anxiety Related To Riding In Cars, Study Finds

January 23, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Dogs who receive daily doses of CBD see “significant reductions” in stress and anxiety related to car travel, according to a new study. To investigate the issue, researchers at the Waltham Petcare Science Institute in the United Kingdom compared the behavioral and physiological stress response of dogs who received THC-free cannabis with a placebo group before, during and after drives. The 20 dogs involved in the study, published in the Journal of Animal Science, all exhibited signs of stress and… Read more.

Study Examines Cannabis as Treatment for COVID-19

January 16, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

In a comprehensive review, a group of scientists have brought forth intriguing insights into the potential role of cannabinoids in the battle against COVID-19. The study, titled “Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System in Early SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Long COVID-19,” was authored Cassidy Scott, Stefan Hall, Juan Zhou, and Christian Lehmann. It was published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine. By analyzing data from numerous past studies, the review explores how components of the cannabis plant could be key in both preventing… Read more.

Trichomes Are the Key to Most Potent Cannabis Flowers

January 11, 2024 · Cannabis Now

For the diehard cannabis connoisseur, one whose only mission in life is the quest for the eternal buzz, tracking down that one marijuana strain that really kicks them in the boo-boo can be tough. It means visiting one dispensary after another, where, often, none of the staff ever seems willing to break out the secret stash from the back. And we know they’ve got one! So there is a lot of trial and error in this process. And this search… Read more.

Scientific Study Finds Cannabis Makes Exercise More Enjoyable

January 5, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

The long-standing stereotype that cannabis use leads to inactivity is being challenged by new research suggesting that cannabis might actually make working out more enjoyable. The study, titled “Acute Effects of Ad Libitum Use of Commercially Available Cannabis Products on the Subjective Experience of Aerobic Exercise: A Crossover Study” conducted by researchers Laurel P. Gibson, Gregory R. Giordano, L. Cinnamon Bidwell, Kent E. Hutchison, and Angela D. Bryan, sheds light on the relationship between cannabis use and exercise, potentially changing the narrative… Read more.

What Ever Happened to the Elephant That was Given 300mg of LSD as Part of a Science Experiment?

January 4, 2024 ·

Tusko the elephant was recently honored in a tribute by Guinness World Records, the official repository of amazing human feats and natural world extremes. Tusko, a male Indian elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo, died as a result of a sad experiment involving an extremely high dose of LSD undertaken for scientific purposes in the early 1960s. During the 1950s and 1960s, researchers investigated LSD's effects on animals such as dolphins and cats, with goals such as mind control and improved animal… Read more.

Wait, Smoking Weed Makes You Skinnier and Have a Lower BMI, Now? – New Study Sheds Light on Why That Is True!

January 3, 2024 ·

In a recent study featured in the International Journal of Obesity, researchers investigated the impact of cannabis on anthropometric measures. This exploration gains particular significance against the backdrop of the escalating global obesity crisis, affecting approximately 650 million adults, as per the World Health Organization (WHO). The profound health implications of obesity are underscored by its association with metaphysical changes and the development of chronic conditions that significantly curtail life expectancy. The repercussions of excess body fat extend to inflammatory processes that… Read more.

The US Federal Government is Spending $10 Million to Study the Effects of Medical Marijuana on People

January 2, 2024 ·

In a pioneering effort, Johns Hopkins University is initiating a thorough study to delve into the complexities of medical marijuana usage. As a crucial component of the Cannabis and Health Research Initiative, this expansive research project intends to monitor 10,000 medical marijuana patients for a year. It systematically gathers data on dosage, consumption methods, product composition, drug interactions, and treatment specifics. The overarching objective is to advance our comprehension of the effectiveness and impact of cannabis therapy across diverse health conditions. The… Read more.

Johns Hopkins University To Spend $10 Million Studying Medical Cannabis

January 2, 2024 · High Times

A new multi-million dollar study at Johns Hopkins University aims to analyze how patients nationwide respond to medical cannabis treatments.  Johns Hopkins University, which championed one of the largest and most widely referenced studies on medical applications of psilocybin mushrooms, announced the launch of a medical cannabis study in the winter edition of their Brainwise newsletter.  According to the newsletter, the study will take a nationally representative sample of about 10,000 medical cannabis patients in an attempt to “fill information gap”… Read more.

DEA Calls For Even More THC, Psilocybin And DMT To Be Produced For Research In 2024

January 1, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is now calling for the production of even more THC, psilocybin and DMT for research purposes than it initially proposed for 2024—raising its quotas for those drugs while maintaining already high production goals for marijuana and other psychedelics. In a notice set to be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, DEA said it received comments from registered manufacturers requesting increases to previously proposed 2024 quotas for the Schedule I substances in order to “meet medical… Read more.

Johns Hopkins Researchers To Follow ‘Nationally Representative Cohort’ Of 10,000 Marijuana Patients In Federally Funded Study

December 28, 2023 · Marijuana Moment

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University will track 10,000 medical marijuana patients over a year or more in an effort to better understand the efficacy and impacts of cannabis therapy. Funded with a five-year $10 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the research team will work with federal researchers and the nonprofit Realm of Caring, among others, to collect data around dosing, delivery methods, the chemical composition of products, possible medication interactions and… Read more.

Despite Widespread Legalization, Fewer Young People Find it ‘Easy’ To Get Pot

December 27, 2023 · High Times

The number of legal cannabis retailers has exploded in North America the last decade, but that hasn’t resulted in easier access for kids.  That is the takeaway from newly published survey data that examined perceptions of cannabis among youth in Canada. “Very little research has examined how perceptions of cannabis access among underage youth in Canada have changed since cannabis was legalized and since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, this paper examines the effect of the early and… Read more.

Cannabis Researchers Have Published 32,000+ Studies In Last Decade

December 26, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

In the last 10 years, researchers around the world have published more than 32,000 inquiries into the science of cannabis and cannabinoids, NORML reports. Additionally, 2023 was the third consecutive year in which scientists published more than 4,000 papers specific to cannabis, cannabinoids, and their varied effects. NORML says the claim is based on a keyword search of the National Library of Medicine and The development stands in stark contrast to the majority of political arguments against cannabis policy reforms, which typically claim that more… Read more.

Sports Medicine Doctors Have ‘Favorable’ Attitudes Toward CBD And Marijuana, Study Finds

December 22, 2023 ·

Sports medicine providers “generally have favorable views toward CBD and cannabis,” and most believe marijuana should be removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) list of prohibited substances, according to a new survey of 333 doctors published this month. The study also found that most sports medicine physicians who participated support legalizing marijuana for recreational and medical use. That said, there are still “varying views” about cannabis within the field, authors found, and those “appear to be significantly affected by… Read more.

New Study Finds Prohibition Promotes Unregulated Cannabis Use

December 16, 2023 · MG Magazine

Prohibition may unintentionally promote the use of delta 8 THC in states without medical or adult-use cannabis laws, according to a new federally funded study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Cannabinoids synthesized from hemp have not-so-quietly moved from the shadows into a glaring multi-billion dollar market, but their safety and legal status have raised serious concerns within the federal government. “Higher delta 8 THC use in states without medical or adult-use cannabis laws suggests that cannabis… Read more.

Ohio Doctor Debunks Fentanyl-Laced Pot Myth Perpetuated by Governors

December 13, 2023 · High Times

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine claimed last week that fentanyl-laced pot is a threat to the state as he urged last-minute changes to the law Ohio voters approved last month, but one doctor—trained in the field of overdose prevention—said those stories have been debunked and shouldn’t be perpetuated by leaders. Instead, they should focus on real issues such as fentanyl that’s administered in other ways. On Nov. 7, voters in Ohio approved a ballot proposal, Issue 2, to legalize adult-use cannabis,… Read more.

All Natural Cannabis Pesticides Made from….Cannabis? – CBDA and CBGA Could Repel Bugs Says Cornell Study

December 11, 2023 ·

A recent study conducted by researchers at Cornell University revealed the potential use of cannabinoids from hemp as a foundation for natural pesticides. Published in the October issue of Horticulture Research, the research, led by Larry Smart, a plant breeder and professor at Cornell's AgriTech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, demonstrated that higher concentrations of cannabinoids in hemp leaves correlated with reduced damage from pests. Funded by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets through Empire State Development, the study focused on… Read more.

Psilocybin’s ‘Efficacy And Safety’ For Bipolar II Depression Demonstrated By American Medical Association Study

December 7, 2023 ·

Results of a new clinical trial published by the American Medical Association “suggest efficacy and safety” of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy for treatment of bipolar II disorder, a mental health condition often associated with debilitating and difficult-to-treat depressive episodes. “The 15 participants in this trial had well-documented treatment-resistant BDII depression of marked severity and a lengthy duration of the current depressive episode,” authors wrote. After seven psychotherapy sessions, one involving a single dose of psilocybin, the paper says, study subjects “displayed strong… Read more.

University of Utah Health Launches Center for Medical Cannabis Research

November 30, 2023 · ganjapreneur

The University of Utah Health is partnering with the state to launch the Center for Medical Cannabis Research (CMCR) which aims to “advance scientific understanding of medical cannabis and help patients and providers make informed health decisions about this increasingly common medication.”    Valerie Ahanonu, B.S., senior manager of the CMCR, said in a statement that the center’s overall aim is to “look at the methodology behind how people are using cannabis, and to create a translational approach to understanding its benefits… Read more.

Arizona Psilocybin Council To Hold First Meeting This Week As Officials Prepare To Distribute $5 Million In Research Grants

November 28, 2023 ·

An Arizona Psilocybin Research Advisory Council will meet for the first time on Tuesday to start the process of providing millions of dollars in grant funding to support research into the therapeutic potential of psychedelic mushrooms. The council—which was established under the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) as part of large-scale budget legislation that the governor signed in May—is meeting about a month before officials plan to open an application period for potential grant recipients. The legislature has appropriated $5… Read more.

Young Adults Report ‘Significantly’ Lower Rates Of Alcohol And Tobacco Use Following Marijuana Legalization, Study Finds

November 28, 2023 ·

Another federally funded study is suggesting that marijuana legalization may be linked to a “substitution effect,” with young adults in California “significantly” reducing their use of alcohol and cigarettes after the cannabis reform was enacted. What’s more, the research appeared to contradict prohibitionist arguments about the potential impact of legalization, as the data also revealed no significant increase in marijuana use among young adults who were still not of age to access retail dispensaries—though there were interesting changes in certain… Read more.

Swedish Researchers Study Effects of LSD, Ketamine on Rats

November 24, 2023 · High Times

Researchers at a university in Sweden are using acid and ketamine to better understand the workings of the brain, which would then lead to the development of artificial intelligence. The researchers, based at Lund University in Lund, Sweden, “have developed a technique for simultaneously measuring electrical signals from 128 areas of the brain in awake rats,” the school said in a press release earlier this year.  The study has drawn recent media coverage from both Reuters and the British tabloid Metro. The university said that… Read more.

CBD Effectively Treats Dental Pain And Could Provide A Useful Alternative To Opioids, Study Shows

November 17, 2023 ·

The cannabis component CBD can alleviate acute dental pain and may provide an equally effective, far safer alternative to opioids, researchers at Rutgers University and the University of Texas say in newly published research. “Our results indicate that a single dose of CBD is as potent as current analgesic regimens and can manage emergency dental pain effectively,” the authors wrote in the study, published this month in the Journal of Dental Research. They said their work appears to be “the… Read more.

Does Medical Marijuana Work? – 9 Out of 10 MMJ Patients Reduce Prescription Drug or Alcohol Use, or Both, Says New Study

November 15, 2023 ·

According to a survey conducted by EO Care, Inc., 88% of medical cannabis users reported that it reduced their reliance on prescription drugs, alcohol, or both. Additionally, 51% of respondents expressed a likelihood or strong inclination to utilize cannabis if it were offered through their health plan. This survey encompassed 1,027 participants from states where cannabis was legally accessible for either medical or recreational use. It also revealed that 65% of those surveyed would feel more at ease using cannabis for medical purposes if… Read more.

Massachusetts Governor Unveils Veterans Psychedelics Research Bill

November 14, 2023 · High Times

Massachusetts Governor Maura T. Healey last week filed legislation to increase benefits and modernize services for the state’s military veterans that includes a proposal to study the medical benefits of psychedelic drugs. The bill, known as an Act Honoring, Empowering and Recognizing Our Servicemembers and Veterans (HERO Act), was unveiled on November 9 by Healey and Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Veterans Services. The Healey administration said in a statement that the legislation would positively impact the… Read more.

States That Legalize Marijuana See ‘Significantly’ Lower Rate Of Cannabis Use Disorder Cases At ERs Compared To Non-Legal States, Study Finds

November 11, 2023 ·

The odds that a patient visiting the emergency department is diagnosed with cannabis use disorder (CUD) is nearly 50 percent lower in states that have legalized marijuana compared to non-legal states, according to a new study. And researchers say the “counterintuitive” finding could be related to the destigmatization of cannabis use within the medical community as prohibition ends. The study, published in the journal Preventative Medicine Reports last week, looked at emergency department data from 2017 to 2020 in two… Read more.

Federal Health Agency Announces $2 Million In Funding To Develop Psychedelic Treatments For Substance Use Disorders

November 10, 2023 ·

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is soliciting proposals to develop psychedelics into treatments for substance use disorder (SUD), with plans to issue $2 million in grant money toward the research projects during fiscal year 2025. The funding opportunity will support research into a range of substances that might be used treat addiction, including “classic psychedelics” such as psilocybin and LSD, empathogens such as MDMA, dissociatives such as ketamine and other hallucinogens, including ibogaine and its analogues. The NIH listing… Read more.

Study Finds Cannabis Treatments for Autism Improved Patients’ Quality of Life

November 10, 2023 · Cannabis Now

A new study has determined that customized cannabis treatments can improve the quality of life for patients with autism spectrum disorder. The study of 20 patients with autism found that participants who took a customized daily regimen of full-spectrum cannabis extracts showed a significant improvement in their symptoms resulting in an improvement in the quality of life for both the patients and their families. The small study, which was conducted by Brazilian researchers monitored by a University of Brasília ethics… Read more.

Study: Majority of American Psychiatric Association Members Believe Psychedelics Show Promise in Treating Psychiatric Conditions

November 9, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A study published in September in the journal Psychedelic Medicine found a majority of respondents – randomly selected American Psychiatric Association (APA) members – moderately or strongly believed that hallucinogens show promise in treating psychiatric conditions (80.9%) and substance use disorders (60.8%). A majority of those surveyed also moderately or strongly supported research into hallucinogens‘ therapeutic potential for psychiatric conditions (93.9%) and substance use disorders (88.6%), as well as federal funding of associated clinical trials – 84.7% and 80.9%, respectively. The survey was… Read more.

Washington State Unveils $200 Million Plan To Address Drug War’s Racially Disparate Harms

November 3, 2023 ·

The Washington State Department of Commerce released a document this week recommending how $200 million should be spent to address racial, economic and social disparities created by the war on drugs. The 92-page Community Reinvestment Plan was developed by the department, the state Office of Equity and the Harriet Tubman Foundation for Safe Passage, which together worked with community members to advise how the reinvestment money should be spent. The plan, paid for out of the state’s general fund, next… Read more.

DEA Calls For Massive Increases In Psilocybin, Ibogaine And THC Manufacturing This Year To Meet Research Demands

October 31, 2023 ·

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is proposing a dramatic increase in its 2023 production quotas for marijuana compounds and psychedelics like psilocybin and ibogaine to “support research and clinical trials” into the substances. DEA wants to nearly double the amount of psilocybin, psilocyn and delta-9 THC that’s manufactured compared to initial levels set for this year, while quintupling how much ibogaine is produced. It also wants 23 times as much of “other tetrahydrocannabinol,” raising the quota from 15,000 grams to… Read more.

Federal Agencies Fund New Marijuana Research Center To Overcome Study Barriers Imposed By Prohibition

October 27, 2023 ·

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is calling for the creation of a centralized marijuana research center that’s designed to help scientists overcome barriers to studying cannabis under federal prohibition. In a notice of funding opportunity posted on Thursday, NIH said it’s looking for an eligible entity to operate a new Resource Center for Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research through a cooperative agreement in order to “address challenges and barriers to conducting research on cannabis and its constituents.” The center should… Read more.

Federal Health Agency Awards $3.2 Million Grant To Study Impact Of Marijuana On Cancer Immunotherapy Treatment

October 26, 2023 ·

The federal health agency is awarding researchers $3.2 million to study the effects of using cannabis while receiving immunotherapy for cancer treatment, as well as whether access to marijuana helps reduce health disparities. The University of Buffalo (UB) announced that one of its psychiatrists has received the research grant funding from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Cancer Institute, which will go toward a year-long study to assess how the common cancer treatment is affected by patients’ cannabis use.… Read more.

Researchers Identify ‘Previously Undiscovered Cannabis Compounds’ That Give Marijuana Strains Their Unique Aromas

October 25, 2023 ·

While many marijuana enthusiasts believe that components called terpenes are responsible for strains’ distinctive smells, a new study published by the American Chemical Society has identified “previously undiscovered cannabis compounds” that challenge that conventional wisdom of what really gives each variety its unique olfactory profile. The research, conducted by a team of scientists from marijuana extraction and testing companies and published this month in the journal ACS Omega, says that “while aroma is a key property in differentiating cannabis varieties… Read more.

Texas University Awarded USDA Grant to Study Hemp as Animal Feed

October 25, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Agricultural scientists at Texas’ Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) have received a $299,162 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to study the use of hemp as animal feed.    The three-year study will be conducted by research scientists from the university’s Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Human Ecology and will focus on the nutritional profile of industrial hemp plant biomass byproducts, and their impact on goats, to determine if hemp biomass can… Read more.

Study: Psychedelic Users Had Better Mental Health Outcomes During Pandemic

October 24, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A study published last month in the journal Scientific Reports suggests that individuals who use psychedelics tended to have better mental health outcomes during the coronavirus pandemic than non-users.    The researchers concluded that “users of hallucinogenic drugs scored better on various dimensions that were clearly affected by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, like psychopathology, wellbeing, and post-traumatic growth. This was even clearer in the case of regular users of these drugs.” For the study, researchers recruited a sample of 2,971 participants for… Read more.

Cannabis Improves Mental Health Disorders? Admissions Drop In Recreationally Legal States

October 22, 2023 · The Dales Report

A recent study found that when states adopt recreational cannabis laws, admissions for mental health treatment drop.  The study, published in the journal Health Economics, is notable given growing questions about cannabis’ impact on mental health. Over the past two decades, numerous states have legalized cannabis use for adults. Unfortunately, research on how cannabis impacts mental health is mixed.  Some studies have found cannabis helpful for some mental health conditions, while others suggest cannabis’ potential to worsen certain conditions. Because of this complex picture, some have worried that cannabis… Read more.

Harvard To Create Psychedelics Program

October 17, 2023 · Green Market Report

The Harvard Gazette announced that the venerable Ivy League University will create a Study of Psychedelics in Society and Culture with a multi-million dollar gift from the Gracias Family Foundation. According to the announcement, the study will be interdisciplinary across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Divinity School. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring students, faculty, and researchers together around the important issue of how psychedelics impact our society,” said Robin Kelsey, Shirley Carter… Read more.

Study: Cannabis Consumers See Reduced COVID Mortality & Better Outcomes Than Non-Consumers

October 17, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Cannabis consumers who contracted COVID-19 had reduced mortality and better outcomes compared to non-consumers, according to a study published this month in the CHEST Journal. The study, using the National Inpatient Sample Database, suggests “the beneficial effect of marijuana use may be attributed to its potential to inhibit viral entry into cells and prevent the release of proinflammatory cytokines, thus mitigating cytokine release syndrome.”   According to the study, titled “Exploring the Relationship Between Marijuana Smoking and Covid-19 Outcomes,” cannabis consumers that had… Read more.

Study: Hemp Could Be Beneficial Cover Crop for Wine Vineyards

October 13, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Planting hemp as a cover crop in wine vineyards could be beneficial, according to a study conducted by New Zealand researchers outlined by New Zealand Wine Grower. The research, conducted over three years in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc vineyards by grape grower Kirsty Harkness and viticulture researcher Dr. Mark Krasnow, found the hemp did not compete with the vines and beneficially affected the soils and wines.  Additionally, the hemp became established without supplemental irrigation during an exceptionally dry season when other cover crops failed… Read more.

New Research Paper Showcases History of Cannabis Use, Including Necromancy

October 12, 2023 · High Times

A recent paper published in the European Journal for Chemistry explores the historical use of cannabis and its versatility. Entitled “From ancient Asian relics to contemporaneity: A review of historical and chemical aspects of Cannabis,” researchers Gabriel Vitor de Lima Marques and Renata Barbosa de Oliveira from the Brazil-based Federal University of Minas Gerais’ Department of Pharmaceutical Products, submitted the paper earlier this year in April, and it was printed in the journal in late September. “From the Himalayan mountains to the… Read more.

California Campaign To Put $5 Billion Towards Psychedelic Research Begins Gathering Signatures For Ballot Measure

October 10, 2023 ·

Signature gathering has officially kicked off to qualify an initiative for California’s 2024 ballot that would spend $5 billion to create a state agency focused on advancing research and development of psychedelic therapies. Known as the TREAT California Act, the measure would not itself change the legal status of any substances. Rather, it would establish a state agency called the Treatment, Research, Education, Access and Therapies (TREAT) Institute, which would identify opportunities for advancing scientific research and development into the therapeutic… Read more.

Study Offers New Evidence of Cannabis Entourage Effect

October 7, 2023 · Cannabis Now

A new study shows that the effects of whole-plant cannabis products produce stronger psychoactive effects that last longer than products that are nearly pure THC. The research gives additional evidence for the so-called entourage effect, a hypothesis that cannabis compounds other than THC work synergistically to modulate the overall effects of the plant. Long an element of cannabis lore, the entourage effect holds that cannabis provides the most benefits when used as a whole-plant extract, incorporating all its cannabinoids, terpenes… Read more.

Does Cannabis Use Increase or Decrease Men’s Sperm Count?

October 4, 2023 ·

Due to the growing acceptance of cannabis, particularly for medical purposes, scientists are increasingly eager to delve into its impact on health. A particular area of interest lies in exploring how marijuana might affect fertility. Researchers are actively investigating the potential consequences of smoking marijuana on male fertility. Recent studies have revealed concerning trends, indicating that men in Western nations grapple with a fertility crisis. Specifically, the sperm count among males of reproductive age decreased by more than half between 1973 and 2011.… Read more.

Ditch Weed for Shrooms? – Israeli Startups Shifiting Gears to Psychedelic Research and Monetization

October 4, 2023 ·

What The Israelis Are Currently Studying In The Psychedelic Field For several decades now, Israel has been a global leader when it comes to scientific marijuana research. It was also Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, an Israeli chemist, who was responsible for first isolating THC and labeling it as the primary psychoactive compound in the plant back in 1965. Israel is far more advanced compared to any country in the world when it comes to cannabis research, even the US. That’s because the federal government still… Read more.

Federal Officials Talk Psychedelics Research Challenges At Workshop Hosted By Top Health Agency

September 29, 2023 ·

At a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) workshop about psychedelic medicine earlier this month, the director of mental health for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) said she thinks research into psychedelic-assisted therapy needs to more closely resemble real world scenarios. Requiring subjects to have specific diagnoses and pass strict screening protocols, she said, makes it impossible to accurately generalize the effects of such treatment on patients. “There has been great interest in this,” said Rachel Yehuda,… Read more.

Smoke Weed to Get Skinny? – Why Cannabis Users Gain Less Weight than Non-Users

September 29, 2023 ·

One of the most prominent effects of marijuana use is the undeniable craving for food that often ensues, commonly referred to as "the munchies." When this sensation takes hold, no bag of chips, pack of Oreos, or any other sugary, salty, or fatty indulgence is spared. Interestingly, one might assume that all this snacking would lead to users piling on extra pounds. However, a recent study suggests that the opposite might be true. In this study, researchers scrutinized Body Mass Index… Read more.

Does Smoking Cannabis Kill Your Brain Cells, Yes or No? Science Speaks!

September 24, 2023 ·

As the legalization of recreational marijuana spreads across the United States, there is growing curiosity about its impact on the brain, including concerns about potential harm to brain cells. Just as the prolonged use of alcohol, methamphetamine, and heroin can lead to irreversible brain damage, excessive and extended marijuana use can disrupt the normal functioning of brain cells. This ultimately affects their ability to transmit messages (a process called brain activity). Using marijuana can damage brain cells, which in turn can manifest… Read more.

Cannabis Can Treat Some of Autism’s Core Symptoms and Marijuana Extracts May be the Key Says New Medical Study

September 20, 2023 ·

New Study Shows That Cannabis Extracts Are Useful For Autism - Promising Benefits Of CBD For Autism According to the World Health Organization, 1 in every 100 children have autism. While the symptoms of autism vary greatly, kids who grow up with autism can struggle with many aspects of life. These include challenges in communication, learning, socialization, and behavior. As a result, this can affect their families, personal relationships, and work. Medical professionals now have a wide range of treatments available for autism, ranging… Read more.

Kids Going to College Smoke Less Weed Than Non-College Bound Kids Says New Medical Study

September 3, 2023 ·

According to a study conducted by scholars from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Oregon State University, utilizing national data, it was discovered that in states where recreational marijuana had been legalized, non-college-bound young adults exhibited a higher propensity to become frequent marijuana users compared to their counterparts in states where it remained illegal. These research findings have been documented in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Following the legalization of marijuana at the state level, it was observed that… Read more.

Is Determining a Standard Cannabis Dosing Unit Possible?

September 1, 2023 · Cannabis Now

It’s Friday afternoon and you’re leaving work early. You’re ready to ease into the weekend slowly and steadily, opting for mindful relaxation over nihilistic raging. Instead of heading over to a happy hour, you decide to unwind with some cannabis.  You want enough for the whole weekend. Knowing from experience, at least one other person (who never seems to have any of their own) will ask you to share. So, while your housemate or partner heads into the shop for… Read more.

Study: Companies Misstate Hemp-Derived THC Dosages & Don’t Actually Test for Impurities

August 29, 2023 ·

A study published last month in the Journal of Cannabis Research suggests that the majority of hemp-derived delta-9 THC products do not state the product’s correct dosage of the cannabinoid on the package and that most of the companies that provided laboratory reports did not actually check for impurities.   The study included 53 hemp-derived delta-9 THC products. The products were sent to InfiniteCAL laboratory which tested potency, the presence of impurities, and whether the delta-9 THC present was natural or converted from CBD.   The presence… Read more.

States That Legalized Medical Marijuana Saw Nearly 20 Percent Drop In Foster Care Cases For Parental Drug Misuse, Study Finds

August 29, 2023 ·

States that legalized medical marijuana saw a nearly 20 percent drop in the number of children entering foster care due to parental drug misuse after three years of the reform, a new study found. Legalizing for adult use, meanwhile, was not associated with any statistically significant change in foster care entries. Researchers at Georgia College and State University set out to learn whether legalization would “lessen stigma, permit proper use, and reduce the chance that a child will be removed”… Read more.

Obscure Cannabis Components ‘Hold Therapeutic Promise’ For Treating Skin Problems Like Acne and Psoriasis, Study Finds

August 25, 2023 ·

A new study suggests that some lesser-known cannabinoids produced by hemp and marijuana—with names like THCV, CBDV, CBC, CBM and CBN—may help treat dermatological diseases such as psoriasis, eczema and acne. “The findings of this review suggest that minor cannabinoids hold therapeutic promise in the management of dermatological diseases,” says the study, published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Molecules. “Incorporating minor cannabinoids into dermatological therapies could potentially offer novel treatment options of patients and improve their overall well-being.” To… Read more.

Study: Cannabis Doesn’t Increase Heart Attack Risk

August 24, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Middle-aged adults with a history of cannabis use over the previous year did not have a higher risk of suffering a heart attack, according to the results of a recent study by researchers at the University of California in San Diego. The new study, “Associations Between Monthly Cannabis Use and Myocardial Infarction in Middle-Aged Adults: NHANES 2009 to 2018,” was published on August 7 in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Cardiology, found that a history of cannabis use over the previous… Read more.

A New USA Record! – Government Survey Finds The Highest Level of Adult Cannabis Use Ever Recorded in US History

August 21, 2023 ·

NIH Survey Finds Cannabis Use Among Adults Highest Ever Recorded by Agency In 2021, the Monitoring the Future (MTF) panel study revealed noteworthy shifts in substance use patterns among young adults aged 19 to 30. Notably, the utilization of marijuana and hallucinogens within the past year experienced a significant surge compared to data from five and ten years prior. This surge marked a historic pinnacle for this age group since 1988. Simultaneously, the prevalence of nicotine vaping in the past month… Read more.

Magic Mushrooms to Help Quit Your Gambling Addiction? New Medical Study to Launch This Fall

August 15, 2023 ·

Psilocybin therapy's role in addiction treatment is not a recent exploration. Recent studies have notably illuminated the burgeoning potential of this emerging psychedelic therapy. It exhibits promise in aiding individuals contending with substance use disorders, spanning the realms of alcohol and nicotine addiction. These studies underscore the growing interest in harnessing psilocybin's therapeutic effects to address the complex challenges of addiction, potentially opening doors to innovative and effective approaches for those in need. Originating from the appropriately labeled "magic" mushrooms, this compound's extensive… Read more.

States With Legal Medical Marijuana See ‘Significant And Sizable’ Reductions In Health Insurance Premiums, Study Finds

August 15, 2023 ·

A new study in the International Journal of Drug Policy found that states with legal medical marijuana enjoyed significant reductions in health insurance premiums compared to states where cannabis remained completely illegal. Analyzing a decade’s worth of private health insurance data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, researchers determined that in the years following a state’s implementation of a medical cannabis law, premiums dropped dramatically. While the reductions were modest immediately following implementation, the study found that by seven… Read more.

Smoking Marijuana Increasingly Seen As Safer Than Cigarettes, American Medical Association Journal Study Finds

August 13, 2023 ·

People increasingly view smoking marijuana or being exposed to secondhand cannabis smoke as safer than smoking or being near tobacco smoke, according to a new study published by the American Medical Association (AMA). Researchers surveyed 5,035 U.S. adults three times—in 2017, 2020 and 2021—about how they perceive the risks of both substances, and they found a “significant shift” over time as more people expressed that they felt cannabis smoke was generally safer than tobacco smoke. The survey—results of which were… Read more.

New Hampshire to Study State-Owned Cannabis Retail System

August 11, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) on Tuesday signed the bill to create a cannabis legalization study commission, the New Hampshire Bulletin reports. The commission will evaluate how, and whether, cannabis could be sold through state-owned shops rather than private retailers.  Cannabis use and possession is currently not legal in New Hampshire. In 2017, the state decriminalized possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce and anyone caught with less than that may be fined but not arrested.    Sununu, who is not running for… Read more.

States with Recreational Cannabis See a Reduction in Mental Health Treatments Says New Study

August 11, 2023 ·

States With Legal Recreational Weed See A Reduction In Mental Health Treatment New Study Shows Other Positive Benefits Of Adult Use Laws Marijuana is not only a safe drug, it benefits society as a whole. There have been several studies pointing to the societal benefits of cannabis because the truth is that – it is simply not harmful to families and society, the way prohibitionists say it is. In fact, the opposite is true: studies have been showing that legalizing cannabis makes cities… Read more.

Atai Looks To Step Away From Ketamine Study After Posting Positive Results

Atai Life Sciences (NASDAQ: ATAI) announced results from Perception Neuroscience’s Phase 1 intravenous-to-subcutaneous bridging study of PCN-101 (R-ketamine). The small study seemed to deliver positive results, but it also looks as if Atai needs a partner before moving forward with the drug. The study enrolled 16 healthy volunteers, each into one of four sequences of administration. The Phase 1 open-label, 4-period crossover study assessed the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetic profile of 60mg, 90mg and 120mg of PCN-101 delivered subcutaneously as compared to 60mg of… Read more.

Wayne State University Launches Cannabis Chemistry Undergraduate Certificate Program

August 3, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Michigan’s Wayne State University this fall semester will begin offering a cannabis chemistry undergraduate certificate. The 15-credit hour program will focus on instrumentation, standard operating procedures, business and law practices, and science behind the testing and regulation of cannabis. The certificate program will be housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and administered by the Department of Chemistry. It will require five classes and a research course. In a statement, Andrea Matti, assistant professor of teaching in the… Read more.

Choice of industry professional to oversee Massachusetts marijuana testing raises questions

July 27, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

The cannabis business background of Massachusetts’ director of marijuana testing is raising eyebrows among industry watchers already concerned about the way state regulators are treating MJ companies. James Kocis became the director of testing for the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) last October after years of working in the marijuana testing industry. At a legislative hearing last week, a lobbyist representing local testing labs called the CCC “unpredictable” and “unaccountable.” A testing industry executive, meanwhile, alleged that Massachusetts faces “a… Read more.

House Approves Veterans Medical Marijuana Access And Psychedelics Research Amendments As Part Of Spending Bill

July 27, 2023 ·

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved amendments to a large-scale spending bill that would allow U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors to recommend medical cannabis to military veterans and promote research into substances like psilocybin and MDMA. Just one day after the House Rules Committee made the measures in order for floor consideration, they passed on the floor on Wednesday and are advancing as part of appropriations legislation covering Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies (MilCon/VA). The medical… Read more.

Over 90% of Veterans Say Cannabis Improves Their Quality of Life, So Why Won’t the US Government Let Them Have It?

July 27, 2023 ·

A recent study revealed that more than 90% of U.S. military veterans using medical marijuana reported significantly improving their quality of life. These veterans have turned to cannabis as a substitute for over-the-counter and prescription medications. Details Of The Study In a comprehensive study conducted by researchers from the University of Utah, the University of Massachusetts, and various cannabis research institutes, a group of 510 veterans who use marijuana participated in a self-reported survey to gain deeper insights into their usage patterns… Read more.

Medical Marijuana Improves Military Veterans’ Quality Of Life And Reduces Prescription Drug Use, Study Finds

July 18, 2023 ·

Over 90 percent of U.S. military veterans who use medical marijuana say that it improves their quality of life, with many using cannabis as an alternative to over-the-counter and prescription medications, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, University of Utah and cannabis research institutes looked at self-reported survey data from 510 veterans who said that they consume marijuana, seeking to better understand the purpose and experiences of their usage. A majority of the respondents (67… Read more.

Gen Z Fuels Rise in Cannabis Over Alcohol

July 14, 2023 · Green Market Report

Cannabis continues to emerge as a substitute for alcohol among consumers, particularly for the Gen Z demographic, according to a report by data firm Brightfield Group. The findings show that an evolving social landscape and heightened health consciousness are influencing consumers to adjust their drinking habits. Since 2021, there has been a notable shift in alcohol consumption trends, with Brightfield Group’s research indicating that 60% of alcohol consumers are drinking less as of the first quarter of 2023, a 3% rise from when… Read more.

Study Shows Cannabis Use During Pregnancy Doesn’t Affect Neurodevelopment of Children

July 14, 2023 · Cannabis Now

A new study has shown that cannabis use during pregnancy is not associated with differences in the neurodevelopment of children exposed to cannabis in the womb. The study, which was published last month in the peer-reviewed journal Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology last month, found that prenatal cannabis exposure was not associated with lower scores on neuropsychological tests in children or with autism among young adults. “Prenatal marijuana exposure was not associated with secondary outcomes or risks of clinical deficit in any neuropsychological… Read more.

States give marijuana data to Biden administration for rescheduling review

July 13, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

At least five states with medical marijuana programs have shared key data – including the products patients are using and how they are affected – with U.S. health regulators as part of the Biden administration’s review of whether to remove marijuana from the federal government’s list of the most dangerous drugs, MJBizDaily has learned. The state data sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers federal researchers a wider and deeper look… Read more.

UC San Diego Researchers Gifted $1.5M to Study Effects of DMT on the Brain

July 13, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The University of California, San Diego Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative has received a $1.5 million gift to study the effects of DMT on the brain. Philanthropist Eugene Jhong gifted the funds to the university for the research. Jon Dean, PhD, a postdoctoral scholar in the UC San Diego Department of Anesthesiology and director of the Division of DMT Research at the UC San Diego Psychedelic Health and Research Initiative, is one of the principal investigators of the study. In… Read more.

FDA Issues Guidance for Psychedelics Clinical Trials

July 8, 2023 · Cannabis Now

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new draft guidance that highlights key considerations for researchers conducting clinical trials of psychedelic drugs for the treatment of medical conditions. The move, which was announced by the agency on June 23, marks the first time the FDA has issued guidance for investigating psychedelics, including psilocybin, LSD and MDMA, which have shown potential as possible treatments for serious mental health conditions. The guidance “describes basic considerations throughout the drug development process including… Read more.

Report: High-Frequency Cannabis Consumers’ Habits Evolving

July 5, 2023 · Green Market Report

Savvy consumers have become less common across cannabis users. Cannabis consumer behavior is shifting – and with it the future of the cannabis industry, according to a new report from cannabis firm New Frontier Data The report, “Cannabis Consumers in America 2023 Part 2: Exploring the Archetypes,” scrutinizes the shifts by examining nine cannabis consumer archetypes, updated with the firm’s latest 2023 consumer survey data. Frequent Users Savvy Connoisseurs, which account for 13% of consumers, use cannabis multiple times per… Read more.

Study: Teen Binge Drinking Declined Following Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization

June 30, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A recent study suggests a decline in teen binge drinking follows the passage of adult-use cannabis laws, but researchers also noted an increase in binge drinking among adults 31 and older. The study, “Recreational cannabis legislation and binge drinking in U.S. adolescents and adults,” used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2008-2019.  The researchers found that, during that period, binge drinking declined overall among people aged 12-20 (17.54% to 11.08%), and those aged 21-30 (43.66% to 40.22%), but binge… Read more.

FDA Releases Draft Guidance for Psychedelic Drugs Research

June 29, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released its Draft Guidance for research of psychedelic drugs. The guidance covers psilocybin, LSD, and substances such as MDMA. The guidance mirrors the good practices required by other drug and therapeutic companies, including compliance with the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act and that non-clinical investigations should follow 2010’s Nonclinical Safety Studies for the Conduct of Human Clinical Trials and Marketing Authorization for Pharmaceuticals. The guidance also details which psychedelic drugs would be considered botanical… Read more.

Paraquat and Pot: How the Herbicide Impacted Cannabis Legalization in the ’70s

June 26, 2023 · CelebStoner

Upset with the predicament he's in, The Dude in The Big Lebowksi, played by Jeff Bridges, accuses the man who shares his namesake, played by Davis Huddleston: "You human paraquat!" In 1998, that was quite the nonsequitor. But fans of the movie know Jeff Lebowski (a.k.a. The Dude) was a '60s student radical who would've been awae of the paraquat controversy in the '70s. These days, paraquat – a chemical pesticide – is best known as a cause of Parkinson's disease. Ads run regularly on… Read more.

Cannabis Coalition Makes Case for Descheduling in New White Paper

June 26, 2023 · Green Market Report

Federally legalizing marijuana is both doable for the Biden administration and relatively easy, according to a new white paper that makes the case for reform. The paper, released Monday by the Coalition for Cannabis Scheduling Reform, prioritizes “de-scheduling” – or removing marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances altogether – but also acknowledges that “rescheduling” marijuana to Schedule 3 or lower would be “a historic step along the path to necessary reform.” The white paper was issued in the midst… Read more.

Congress Should Force VA To Study Medical Marijuana For Military Veterans After Years Of Inaction, Lawmaker Says At Hearing

June 24, 2023 ·

A Democratic congressman says that it’s time for Congress to give the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) a mandate to study the benefits and risks of marijuana for military veterans. At a Member Day hearing before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Thursday, Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) urged the panel to advance his bipartisan bill, the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act. Back when he was serving in the California legislature, Correa said veterans started approaching him—”slowly, gradually but firmly”—and describing… Read more.

Steve Cohen Donates $5M for MDMA’s Push to Go Mainstream

June 24, 2023 · Green Market Report

A significant player in the psychedelics industry has received a $5 million infusion from hedge-fund billionaire and New York Mets owner Steve Cohen and his wife, deepening the couple’s efforts to bring mind-altering therapies into the mainstream. The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is donating the funds to MAPS, or the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelics Studies, a nonprofit that has pushed for more research on psychedelic drugs since 1986. The organization is engaged in a financially-intensive push to get the… Read more.

Congressional Committee Approves GOP-Led Marijuana ‘Pilot Program’ And Psychedelics Study Amendments To Military Bill

A congressional committee has approved a large-scale defense bill that includes GOP-led provisions to create a medical marijuana “pilot program” and require a study into the therapeutic potential of psychedelics for active duty military members under the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The House Armed Services Committee held a markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Wednesday, approving the legislation with drug policy reform amendments from Reps. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Morgan Luttrell (R-TX), which were both adopted… Read more.

NFL Is Putting More Money Into Research On CBD As An Opioid Alternative For Players With Concussions

June 23, 2023 ·

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.

Survey: Cannabis Less Harmful than Cigarettes, Vapes, Alcohol, & Opioids

June 17, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A survey by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Morning Consult found Americans believe cannabis is less harmful than cigarettes, vapes, alcohol, and prescribed and non-prescribed opioids but more harmful than technology. The survey also found that respondents believed that cannabis was less addictive than cigarettes, vapes, alcohol, prescribed and non-prescription opioids, and technology. In a statement, APA President Dr. Petros Levounis said the survey showed “It is clear that we have gotten the message through that cigarettes are dangerous and addictive.”… Read more.

PharmAla, Psyched Wellness Raise Funds

June 14, 2023 · Green Market Report

Both companies plan to use some of the proceeds to further their research. While funding for psychedelics companies may be becoming more scarce, at least two firms have managed to successfully initiate rounds recently. PharmAla Psychedelic drug company PharmAla Biotech Holdings Inc.  (CSE: MDMA) (OTC: PMBHF) announced a non-brokered private placement of a minimum 3,333,333 units and a maximum 16,666,666 units of the company at a price of $0.30 per unit for gross proceeds of a minimum of $1 million and a maximum of… Read more.

Legal Cannabis is More Expensive But Is Lab-Tested and Safe, NOT! – Colorado Sees Tons of Cheating on Weed Contaminant Testing

June 13, 2023 ·

According to the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED), state investigators have uncovered numerous instances of marijuana product adulteration by businesses attempting to manipulate contaminant testing. Since the commencement of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado, contamination from mold or illegal pesticides has persisted as a significant issue. As reported by MJ BIZ, in 2021, the MED approved decontamination and remediation methods for failed marijuana batches; however, these approaches can be expensive and do not guarantee the successful salvage of the harvests. In a memo dated… Read more.