5 CBD Oil Products to Ease Pain

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A 2017 study attested that CBD is effective in treating chronic neuropathy pain and in reducing inflammation. According to the study, patients involves who received selective cannabinoids claimed to have felt a significant reduction of pain as what is said in their pain scores. Since the legalization of CBD in 2018, there has been a growing interest in CBD and more studies were conducted concerning its efficacy in alleviating pain.

Another study published in the European Journal of Pain stated that the substance had helped people in managing their arthritis. Tested on rats, the topical CBD gel has caused a significant drop in inflammation and pain without side effects. The substance was also found to be effective in reducing muscle spasms among patients with Multiple sclerosis (MS). These studies are also backed with anecdotal evidence from patients who felt relieved after seeking relief from CBD.

Here are 5 CBD oil products that received good reviews from its users in its effectiveness and potency in alleviating muscle pain.

Pure Kana Natural CBD Oil

Pure Kana is one of the leading brands of CBD oil that has been famous all over the US. This is because PureKana’s oil extraction is uniquely done and aims to come up with 99% pure concentration of CBD oil. It has no pesticides, solvents or chemicals and has been tested by a third party laboratory. This CBD oil works best in treating chronic pain, inflammation, swelling, anxiety and sleep disorders.

Green Roads CBD

Garnering a total of 9.7 ratings from votes, this premium CBD oil is manufactured by a powerhouse company in the CBD industry with its line of effective products proven to provide immediate relief. The 350mg variant of the Green Roads CBD a sublingual and vapeable oil that is vegetable glycerin based, infused with pharmaceutical-grade cannabidiol (CBD). This dosage has been a staple among consumers with epilepsy, addiction, anxiety, depression, stress, lack of focus, and pain for its maximum potency. And, it is guaranteed safe as it is compounded by a Licensed Pharmacist.

Premium Jane CBD Oil

Premium Jane CBD oil had already captured the hearts of CBD enthusiasts even from the release of its first batch up to the time when it is fully available in the market. Its 1,000 mg full-spectrum oral tincture has been lauded for its premium, long-lasting effect in decreasing chronic back pain. Plus, one can guarantee that this CBD product is meticulously-grown under the e Kentucky Pilot Research Program. This CBD oil will also amaze you with its incredible natural flavors to choose from.

CBD Pure

Despite not receiving a lot of accolades, CBD Pure is still a trusted brand of CBD tinctures for pain relief. And despite being a small-scale company, CBD Pure strives to manufacture CBD that underwent a third-party lab testing that makes sure that every cannabinoid product is free of pesticides, harmful microorganisms, pathogens and fungi that may hamper in giving maximum effect.

It is available in 100 mg, 300 mg and 600 m Hemp oil extract variants.

Hemp Bombs CBD

Hemp Bombs max-strength sublingual tinctures provide amazing effects in its 60 mg dose in a single dropper. Despite being applied in limited amounts, this CBD oil is more than sufficient enough to relieve symptoms of generalized anxiety and pain. Its manufacturer is based in Tampa, Florida and has a goal of being the top CBD-producing company with the therapeutic effectiveness of their products.

Hemp Bombs also have other products in its CBD line. Its CBD vape oils are one of the most sought-after products that have received good reviews from its users.

Suffer no more, and seek refuge from these CBD products. As a note of caution, only Epidiolex got the FDA’s approval in the treatment of two rare forms of epilepsy. However, this should not be a turn-off, and to be very sure with your CBD product choices, consult a physician regarding its ideal dosage. The physician can also explain to you possible side effects of CBD that you have to prepared of.

Arizona Farmers Discard Spinach; Prefer to Invest in Hemp Farming

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Farmers in Arizona are filled with excitement as the Arizona Department of Agriculture is gearing up and setting up rules and licensing for those interested to grow the crop. As a new crop that has been the source of CBD, hemp holds a lot of promise to the state as farmers and business entrepreneurs alike can take advantage to earn from flashy dispensaries, hemp farming and selling hemp products.

This enthusiasm for hemp, however, took higher grounds as equity firms would like to prioritize the cash crop over other staple crops like spinach and lettuce.

One of these entrepreneurs is Patrick Horsman who previously purchased 10,000 acres in Yuma County in 2016 devoted for spinach and lettuce. His interest in growing the kitchen staples have waned since hemp’s relevance is growing since the start of the 2018 Farm Bill’s implementation. It can be remembered that the bill decriminalized hemp and CBD in the prohibited list of drugs, and thus the two can now be legally grown in 50 states in the US.

“The Farm Bill has caused a craze in hemp-derived CBD startup activity and new brand and new product activity because companies are looking at a new consumer market where there are no existing dominant brands,” Scott Greiper, president of Viridian Capital Advisor, a middleman between investors and cannabis companies said.

Horsman currently has put up $13 million for his startup, Integrated CBD. He is hoping that his money will grow up to $100 million. Horsman partnered with former hedge fund manager Jason Karp, who will act as an investor and strategic adviser.

Currently, Horsman’s company is getting ready to build the 154,000 square foot extraction facility and its 3,000 acres farm which needs 12 million seeds to start the hemp farming. Operations will start later this year.

Aside from Horsman, another Californian businessman, Bruce Perlowin also saw great potential in growing hemp in Arizona, which he considers a ‘goldmine’ for the place that could bring in large sums of revenue.

Perlowin has already started investing in hemp and has already grown the crop in Oregon and North Carolina. He focused on producing industrial hemp in cleaning up oil spills.

And for Arizona, the businessman already purchased about 545 acres of farmland near Kingman. This is where he envisioned to create a ‘hemp village’ and is planning to hire the services of veterans.

Why are veterans working for his farm? Perlowin said that giving them this employment opportunity is a way to give back for their services to the country. He also aimed to help them cope with PTSD by providing additional counseling services as one of the perks in working in his company. He may also give them the chance to own some stocks later on.

Meanwhile, Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP), a global leader in the industrial hemp industry is also eyeing Oklahoma to be its center for commercial production of industrial hemp. This move is in accordance with SB 868 which “authorizes the state Department of Agriculture to take develop and administer a production program under the 2018 federal farm bill.”

This bill will take Oklahoma to the next level from being a participant in the government’s current pilot program to a new and exciting business venture.

The approval of the bill will open the doors for more opportunities for Oklahoma, not just as a site for hemp research b universities and college but also as a source of opportunities for hemp farmers, as well as hemp processors moving into the state to conduct business.

Hemp Incorporated is looking forward to establishing partnerships with Oklahoma locals in establishing a processing center in the state. The company envisions that the state will be a fertile ground for hemp farming. They would also like to provide farmers with the appropriate training to successfully grow hemp.

CBD May Improve Chemotherapy and Anti-Cancer Drugs With Easier Brain Absorption

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CBD’s effect on the brain has been the subject of much controversy as people share anecdotal evidence on how CBD alleviated their anxiety, insomnia, and depression. In recent research, scientists found another importance of CBD as a substance that can effectively help in the faster absorption of other drugs which usually does not gain entry in the brain.

In research published March 13 this year, it was theorized that the addition of CBD (cannabidiol) to drug-carrying lipid nanocapsules can help the latter gain access in the blood-brain barrier. The experiment conducted by researchers from the Complutense University of Madrid and The Open University in the UK, is still on its first stages and is tested on real mice, and using the lab model of the blood-brain barrier.

Initial findings stipulated that adding CBD yields better results than existing methods. This is a significant breakthrough in medicine as doctors have to contend with this challenging obstacle of gaining access in the blood-brain barrier to treat diseases of the central nervous system.

This is also a significant finding as lipid nanocapsules are used as a cancer treatment particularly present in the chemotherapy drugs that have to be injected into the patient’s bloodstreams. These nanoparticles can easily reach most organs of the body except the brain with its blood-brain barrier. When this happens, treating brain tumors or multiple sclerosis can be hard to achieve.

How did scientists scientifically found out the effect of CBD in the effective absorption of lipid nanocapsules in the brain? Based on the methodology of the study posted online, the researchers packaged nanocapsules with a fluorescent molecule for easier visibility even when inside the body. During the experiments, it was found that the setup containing CBD-displaying nanocarriers have passed through the blood-brain barrier (BBB) with the presence of more fluorescent molecules that passed through. This still holds true when the CBD-nanocapsules were injected into healthy mice which are seen with the presence of fluorescent molecules in the animal’s brain.

Overall, the CBD-nanocapsules is six times more effective at being absorbed by the blood-brain barrier. This method is compared to G-technology, another kind of nanoparticle delivery system also currently being tested for its effectiveness to gain entry in the blood-brain barrier. 

The researchers credited this development to CBD’s positive reaction to the body’s endocannabinoids, a process that occurs naturally. This is the reason why it has the power to influence biological processes particularly in improving one’s appetite, mood modification, and memory enhancement.

The research still needs further validation but the improvement brought about by plant-based cannabinoids like CBD in the absorption of nanocapsules is one big step that may lead to potential curious for serious brain diseases and cancers. However, future clinical trials may face hurdles as it involves animal testing involving animal cruelty.

Earlier studies confirmed that CBD has anxiolytic properties as it influences the 5-HT1A receptors involved in serotonin transmission. When this happens, anxiety is reduced with the transmission of more serotonin to the brain.

CBD is also eyed to aid opioid addiction treatment. Earlier experiments should CBD disrupts opioid receptors and thus can alter the brain’s reward mechanism when it accepts opium and other drugs. CBD also influences the secretion of happy hormones, dopamine, and Andamadide or ‘bliss’ hormones responsible for human joy.

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the discoverer of Anandamide, claimed that CBD prevents the breakdown of anandamide reuptake and breakdown. With CBD, the person will feel more long-lasting happiness and bliss with an increase of endocannabinoid levels. Other studies also said that CBD can also enlarge the hippocampus and thus helps stimulate the growth neurons that in turn improve a person’s memory and help curb anxiety. 

Carl’s Jr CBD Burgers Receives Warm Welcome

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As part of the Weed Holiday, Carl’s Jr launched its own gastronomic invention, the Rocky Mountain High Cheese Burger Delight with CBD-infused Santa Fe sauce exclusively served in its Denver location. After much marketing, the fast food chain proved that indeed, their CBD burgers are worth every penny and time spent inside the restaurant.

In a report, the restaurant ‘had a full parking lot and (and) people waiting in the drive-thru” just before its store opened at 6 am.

Alex McConnell, Carl’s Jr. district manager shared his story of amazement when the restaurant service crew has to serve 30 people in its opening time. Plus, there were more customers waiting for their turn.

In its first hour, an estimate of around 102 burgers was sold. By 9 am, 274 were sold which led the restaurant to conclude that their allotted 1,000 CBD burgers, made of locally-sourced, hemp-derived CBD, will run out by 4 pm.

The restaurant received a steady flow of customers as people want to eat them around lunchtime. Customers who came to the 1-day inauguration are not just Denver-locals but also tourists like 32-year old Sasha, a New York native but now living in Las Vegas. She was celebrating her birthday by enjoying whatever the 4/20 festivities can offer.

Some felt that the burgers are a must-try not just for its CBD but also for its other natural ingredients.

“I was liking the setup of the burger itself because I like jalapeños and stuff like that on my burgers. When I saw the setup, I was already sold. When I saw CBD I said, ‘You know what, we gotta do it.”,” California native turned Denver resident, Bryan Medina said.

His friend, Ramon has his eye on the CBD and has been planning to have a taste of the Rocky Mountain High days.

“We were talking about it a couple of days ago “saying, ‘Hey, a CBD burger!’ I’ve always been an advocate of CBD. I know that it’s not like THC, doesn’t get you high but still relaxes the body. And I was like, ‘We have…to go…and try it,” he said.

The Rocky Mountain High consists of two 100% charbroiled beef patties paired with Carl’s Jr. signature Santa Fe Sauce infused with hemp-based CBD oil, pickled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese. It also comes along with criss-cross fries for that extra crunch, and the restaurant’s very own CBD-infused Santa Fe sauce at $4.20.

Afraid of getting high? The Rocky Mountain High does not contain THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), a psychoactive substance found in marijuana responsible for the high. On the other hand, CBD is known for its calming, relaxing effect.

In an earlier interview, Patty Trevino, Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing of Carl’s Jr said that the product is not just a publicity stunt but a test on whether the product deserves a permanent spot in their menu.

“The new Rocky Mountain High: CheeseBurger Delight ties back to our core strategy of being the first to bring bold and unexpected flavors that are at the forefront of hot restaurant trends to a quick service menu,” he said.

Further, this is part of its continuing discovery of new flavors for its customers.

“From our early introduction into plant-based options to bringing the rare indulgence of truffles to our menu with the new Bacon Truffle Angus Burger*, our customers have come to expect innovative and unique menu offerings, and we’re thrilled to be the first quick service restaurant to be testing CBD infused options.”

Other restaurants which embraced the 4/20 wave include Ben & Jerry’s who was giving a free pint of Half Baked ice cream in California for those who purchased products from its partner, San Francisco-based marijuana dispensary Caliva. Dos Toros told their customers to blurt out the secret code ‘half baked’ to get their munchies. Insomnia cookies also offered 1 FREE traditional cookie who come and buy their products. Others also include the 4/20 keyword on social media to promote their products.

Hundreds of CBD Comments Bombard FDA as Public Hearing Draws Near

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The Federal Hundreds of comments have bombarded the FDA (Food of Drug Administration) as its first hearing on the legalization of CBD-infused foods and drinks draws near.

A report said that more than 400 people have sent their comments regarding CBD, which is published on Regulations.gov. Most of them are suggesting that regulations should be light and the FDA should allow companies to market CBD products in a legal way. Others also aired their opinions regarding the legalization of marijuana, a topic that is beyond the scope of the discussion.

FDA, through Amy Abernethy, principal deputy commissioner of the agency, provided a link where interested parties can register and participate in the hearing on Wednesday.

“Register now to participate in FDA’s May 31 public hearing on products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds like cannabidiol (CBD). We want to hear from stakeholders with diverse perspectives on these products: https://go.usa.gov/xmTR8,” she tweeted.

The FDA aimed to organize the comments by posting several questions concerning the safety of cannabis-derived products and the public’s opinion on how to improve the quality control measures, particularly on the kind of ‘validated analytical testing’ is needed to guarantee consistency of their service.

Some commenters raised their concern about product consistency of CBD products in different companies. Some offered possible options to allow hemp-derived CBD as part of food products and dietary supplements.

Earlier this month, the institution set the date of a public hearing regarding the regulation of CBD products, particularly on CBD-infused foods and drinks. Part of that announcement is the institution’s acceptance of oral presentations, as well as public and written comments about CBD products that will be accepted until July 2.

The announcement came out in the midst of the increasing number of restaurants serving CBD-infused foods and drinks all over the US. Another event that prompted this development is the shut down of three online CBD shopping sites– Advanced Spine and Pain’s Relievus, Nutra Pure LLC and PotNetwork Holdings Inc promoting ‘false marketing’ of the substance, as they claim that their CBD products can cure serious illnesses like cancer. Some of them also marketed them as food supplements.

“It’s critical that we address these unanswered questions about CBD and other cannabis and cannabis-derived products to help inform the FDA’s regulatory oversight of these products — especially as the agency considers whether it could be appropriate to exercise its authority to allow the use of CBD in dietary supplements and other foods,” Outgoing FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced on Tuesday this week.

The FDA will hold meetings at its headquarters near Washington, DC. These meetings involve group plans and sharing of findings regarding CBD-infused foods and drinks. Gottlieb told the public that these meetings for such a ‘complicated topic’ may take some time, but his team assures stakeholders their commitment to finding resolutions on this issue.

The 2018 Farm Bill federally legalized hemp and hemp-derived products and removed CBD in the prohibited list. This, however, has limitations as the government still put CBD under further supervision. For now, the FDA only approved the prescription medication Epidiolex. The drug, however, was not previously introduced as part of the food supply, and rules concerning the distribution of CBD products remained complicated. Despite this, the institution hopes to provide an alternative pathway including the hearing that will take place on May 31 in hopes that this is the first step to the rulemaking process of CBD.

“FDA does not intend for this hearing to produce any decisions or new positions on specific regulatory questions, but this hearing is expected to be an important step in our continued evaluation of cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds in FDA-regulated products,” according to Gottlieb.

5 Benefits of CBD To Seniors

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Life does not and should not stop when one becomes a senior. Life may not be perfect anymore—some friends and family members may have left us behind, or we may have felt some health issues that hinder us from doing the things we used to love. Despite these, being a senior should not stop you from living and enjoying life.

As said, the senior years of an individual are marked by a rapid decline of health and vitality, and thus investing for one’ health–through proper exercise, nutrition and medical advice is crucial. Some seniors may resist traditional Western medicine fearing for its side effects and the extravagant costs of doctor’s consultations and hospital bills. This is very normal. Fret not, as Cannabidiol (CBD) may help you in this area.

CBD is generally safe and is a much better alternative to other medical options like the use of pain killers. CBD is more natural and has very few side effects. Some people even testified that CBD has no side effects at all!

As a senior, you may think that CBD is not good for you as it comes from marijuana. This is simply not true. Marijuana consists of a lot of chemical compounds, and the only one that mainly gives you the psychoactive effect is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). Still not sure yet, the number of seniors switching to CBD is growing in number with most of them enjoying the health benefits of the substance without side effects.

Despite this, a lot of seniors are still not aware of the possible health benefits that CBD can bring to them. Here are five reasons that seniors need CBD in their life.

An effective pain reliever

Cannabidiol binds with our brain’s endocannabinoids and alters our moods and sensation, turning negative, painful stimuli to positive ones. It helps generate pain-resisting responses from cells, thus increasing our pain threshold. This is the very reason why athletes like UFC champion TJ Dillashaw included taking CBD in their daily routine to alleviate muscle pain and stress.  Moreover,  Marijuana has been proven to treat arthritis, and thus taking CBD without feeling the high of the THC compound is plainly a blessing!  

Better Sleeping Patterns

Insomnia and irregular sleeping patterns are one of the common problems associating with aging. Sleep is very important as without it, our body’s ability to replenish weak, damaged and dead cells will slow down. If sleeping problems persist among seniors, there is a danger of getting age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease in the long run. It may also cause heart disease and significant weight gain which may lead to more complicated problems. CBD oils, CBD sleeping tabs are very popular these days. And with supervision from a doctor, you can get the appropriate product to aid you in achieving optimum sleep.

Stimulates appetite

As one’s health declines, one may feel a loss of appetite due to failing senses, or as a reaction to certain medicines. CBD is proven to help improve appetite. Studies have proven that it activates our CBD and CB2 receptors to promote relaxation, altered consciousness, fatigue, and hunger.

Fighting Glaucoma

Studies revealed that CBD is effective in treating glaucoma, a neurodegenerative disease that affects the sight among seniors. There is evidence that CBD can reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) by up to 25%. Also, the substance helps patients with glaucoma cope with the pain that comes with it. The amount of CBD for glaucoma patients, however, should be supervised with a doctor, especially those products with THC content as the latter substance may pose a threat to patients.

Delays Alzheimer’s and Dementia

CBD may act as a neuroprotectant and protect, nourish and enrich the brain as it encourages the formation of new cells and neurons. Multiple studies also proved that cannabinoids, particularly CBD, can help eliminate a toxic protein that may cause Alzheimer’s.

5 Most Anticipated CBD Products in 2019

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Since the approval of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD has gained massive support and popularity among stakeholders who believe in its potency in healing diseases without negative side effects. A few months after it became legalized, CBD continued to invade the market and is projected to hit a $22 billion revenue by 2022 in the American market alone.

What we started tracking this year was an explosion — face mask, bug bites, skin care, topicals. It’s being used for everything you can think of — sports, triathlons. People want to buy it for their grandma, for arthritis. Women get it for PMS and endometriosis — common things that people have been using over the counter medications,”  Bethany Gomez, director of research for the Brightfield Group, who shared the analysis once said in an interview.

Here are five CBD products predicted to make an impression this year.

CBD Skin Products

Due to its anti-inflammatory and relaxation properties, CBD is eyed to be added in a lot of skin products to be launched this year. Jennifer Miles, Barneys’ senior vice president, divisional merchandise manager of the cosmetics department, shared the growing interest of the department store chain to CBD. According to her, a CBD skincare line has already been available in Barneys store locations like New York, Chicago, and Beverly Hills. They are also sold in Barneys.com. She is also confident that as CBD is becoming more mainstream, it can easily fit in the public’s wellness routine and eventually, previous misconceptions about the products will be changed.

CBD products for pets

Yay! More healthy treats for our pooches this year! That’s right, Tim Moxey and Chriss Abbott, founders of BotanicaSeattle in 2012 came up with a special line of CBD products for pets. This includes MR. Moxey’s CBD Mints, cannabis-infused chocolates, and Austin & Kat products that include biscuits and oils. Moxey and Abbott’s CBD products were well-received and had reached $7 million last year. Its sales are expected to increase and hit the $20 million target by the end of this year.

“As we educate people about our products and as research continues, our long-term goal is to make products that bring the cannabis plant into people’s lives in a meaningful way,” Moxey said in an interview.

CBD gummies

CBD gummies have reached the No. 3 spot in Google in terms of popularity and frequency of being searched online. CBD is a natural remedy for chronic pain, insomnia, and depression. No wonder, CBD gummies, with its fun flavors as well as its therapeutic and relaxing abilities, are one of the most sought-after medicine in the market recently.

Fighting off a bad case of anxiety due to stress at work and family? You can self-medicate using fun, sweetly-flavored gummies and feel a sense of relief afterward. As a rule, start with minimum dosages and increase it in time, under the supervision of a physician. One of the most well-endorsed CBD gummies includes CBD’R Us Watermelon Wedges, Infinite CBD Asteroids Gummies, and CBD’R Us Apple Drops.

CBD-infused foods and drinks

In a previous survey, 77 percent among 650 professional chefs would like to explore in coming up with their own CBD-infused foods and drugs. During the Weed Holiday on April 20, a number of restaurants and fast food chains showcased their own CBD-infused foods and drinks. One of these is Carl’s Jr. Rocky Mountain High CBD burger that sold at least 1,000 burgers before their closing time. In a press release, the restaurant announced that the Rocky Mountain High might have a special place in the menu in the future.

CBD oils

Are your muscles tired and sore from prolonged standing up or sitting down in the office the whole day? There is a CBD oil just for you. CBD oils have proven therapeutic properties to alleviate muscle pain and spasm. One can also ingest the oil in alleviating depression, insomnia and anxiety.

10 Important Legal Cannabis Facts and Stats

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Cannabis and its derivatives are popular and are getting more popular by the day. Recently, there has been a growing interest in the health benefits and healing potential of the plants as the governments in the United States and Canada have legalized hemp since December 2018 through the Farm Bill Act. What are the facts we need to know about medical cannabis? Here are some of them.

  1. California has shown great interest in legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in 1996 but has only gained legal approval in November 2018 applicable to 33 states in the US. It is primarily aimed at treating diseases like AIDS, cancer, and glaucoma.
  • Regulations concerning the use of medical marijuana and its number of dispensaries vary from state to state. Some states are more open to its use while others kept stricter rules. Currently, Mexico had a legal medical marijuana patient rate of 25 per 1,000 residents in May this year. Illinois, on the other hand, had a rate of under two per 1,000 residents.
  • In terms of public approval, a recent survey said that medical marijuana gained above 77 percent since 2011 owing to the satisfactory feedback of its clients, most of them usually refer the service to their family members and friends to avail the treatment in the future. In general, 62% of Americans are also in favor of the drug.
  • In terms of approval rate, it was reported that hundreds of thousands of American are in favor of marijuana. Some 270,000 of these votes come from Michigan as of May 2018. California still has the highest support, Michigan comes second. Meanwhile, recreational marijuana got an acceptance vote in November last year. The substance became legal under the state’s law with some restrictions concerning substance use and cultivating for personal use.
  • Currently, sales of medical marijuana have reached an estimate of nearly $10 billion in 2018. This is estimated to increase with its largest segment estimated to be valued at USD 100.03 billion by 2025. Its global market is expected to increase up to USD 146.4 billion by the end of 2025.  Its legal sales could reach up to $22 billion by 2022.
  • By-products of marijuana have also been getting in demand since 2016 with a revenue share of  62.9%. It is estimated to grow and be valued at  USD 82.9 billion by the end of 2025.
  • Ever dreamt of owning a regulated cannabis dispensary? You need an approximate startup cost of $775,000. The business is also expected to yield an average of $3 million per year. To maintain its operations, you need approximately $1.92 million annually for its operating costs. To date, there are 9,397 active licenses for marijuana businesses as of 2017.
  • An estimate of 55 million Americans use cannabis, and about 18% of these consumers are in between 18-29 years old. Most people spend an average of $25 to $50 each time they go to a marijuana retailer. Meanwhile, the average price for an ounce of high-quality marijuana in the U.S. is $320
  • Because marijuana is getting more acceptance, marijuana-related jobs may increase up to an average of  21% a year through 2022. Currently, women occupied around 36% of executive positions in the cannabis industry. This statistics is higher compared to positions occupied by women in other industries, which accounts only up to 15%
  • In a particular study in Michigan regarding respondents’ driving habits in the last six months, it was found out that 56% of them have driven their vehicles under the influence of cannabis. Fifty-one percent reported they were a ‘little high’ while driving, and 21% were ‘very high’ while driving.

Trump May not Grant Citizenship to Legal Immigrants in the Medical Cannabis Industry

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participates in the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, April 17, 2017, in Washington, D.C. This is the first Easter Egg Roll of the Trump Administration. Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Immigrants working in the cannabis industry may be denied US citizenship because of their jobs. This comes after hemp was legalized since December last year through Farm Bill 2018, and 10 states broadly allowing its use and sale.

The Trump administration released an announcement this week that marijuana users and workers in the cannabis industry ‘may not be fit’ to be granted a Green card even if marijuana use is legal where they live.

“We issued policy guidance clarifying that naturalization applicants must comply w/federal controlled substance laws, including those pertaining to marijuana, to establish good moral character during the naturalization application process,” as stated in some parts of the announcement.

 As per clarification of a federal immigration agency on Friday, pot use or any other cannabis-related ‘activities’ is an ‘immoral offense’ that is sufficient grounds for the applicant’s ineligibility for citizenship. This concept has been criticized by scholars and civil rights advocates as the latter argued that morality and immorality are vague and subjective. 

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) further reinforces a previous idea claiming that ‘good people don’t smoke marijuana,’ a sentiment expressed by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

This announcement was released amidst a separate report that two immigrants from Colorado and Denver, both working in the cannabis industry were denied citizenship because of their work.

Thirty-year-old Oswald Barrientos from El Salvador and another unnamed applicant were just two of the others who are said to have accomplished all requirements and have met all characteristics fit for immigration but were denied citizenship because of their participation in the cannabis industry or use of the substance.

Barrientos said that he had been in the US since 13, and did not anticipate problems with his application as he is fluent in English, has no criminal records, a legal taxpayer and a high school graduate.

However, developments in his citizenship application took a different direction during his interview on November when an immigration official focused more on his job in a state-licensed marijuana grower.

“I was shocked, appalled, sad. It was a mixture of emotions. I had no idea I was going to be in this situation,” he shared remembering how he felt upon receiving a letter rejecting his citizenship application.

Kathy Brady, a senior staff attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center confirmed that Barrientos is just one of a number of legal immigrants working in the marijuana industry who were denied citizenship even in Colorado and Washington state where marijuana is legal.

“Even if you have had a green card for 20 years, you had better not work in any aspect of this industry and you better not use marijuana,” Brady said.

Deborah Cannon, a spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services defended the agency saying that it must follow federal laws that prevent cannabis use or sale.

In an interview, Drug Policy Alliance’s Michael Collins said that USCIS is “using the war on drugs to go after migrant community and that’s what they’ve been doing since day one.”

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There is only one exception to this rule. Based on an updated policy, immigrants who had a history of “a single offense of simple possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana,” or those involved in “paraphernalia offenses” might be granted neutralization.

USCIS considered the announcement as a ‘policy guidance’ for immigrants and immigration standards by the Trump administration. It contains ‘immigration consequences’ that may be applied to people involved in immigrant possessing, distributing, dispensing, or the manufacturing of cannabis.

The ‘policy guidance’ also defines good moral character as something measured “up to the standards of average citizens of the community in which the applicant resides.”

Oklahoma Governor Approves Hemp Bill

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Oklahoma is getting ready for commercial hemp farming!

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a legislation bill establishing guidelines for producing commercial hemp in the state. This came amidst the growing enthusiasm of farmers, entrepreneurs and companies to start engaging in the cannabis business.

The bill mainly states the role of the Department of Agriculture in developing and managing operations involved in the hemp production program incognizant to the 2018 Farm Bill.

The bill received bipartisan support granted by the House and Senate, as well as officials saying that the rules should make sure that Oklahoma’s plans are in accordance to the planting of industrial hemp in the 2020 crop year.

This development came on the heels of a recent report stating the interest of Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP), a global leader in the industrial hemp industry to invest in Oklahoma in the commercial production of industrial hemp.

Under SB 868, The Department of Agriculture will lead and administer the hemp production program following what is stipulated in the 2018 Farm Bill. The move to cultivate farmlands in Oklahoma for hemp production is a ‘critical step’ elevating Oklahoma’s status from being a participant in the current pilot program of the government to a new era of commercial hemp production.

Hemp Inc is looking forward to establishing a local processing center in Oklahoma, as well as training farmers, equipping them with the right knowledge in growing the crop. Hemp production is like a dream-come-true for farmers who have been urging public officials to implement ways that can invigorate local farming.

Last year, President Donal Trump legalized hemp identifying it as a plant that is identical to marijuana but does not contain THC, a psychoactive compound responsible for the ‘high’ in recreational marijuana. This agreement was done officially through bipartisan Farm Bill last December.

To date, ten states have made marijuana for recreational use, while 33 states made medical marijuana legal.

Michigan is the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana. Utah and Missouri, on the other hand, gave a go signal for medical marijuana. Oklahoma voted to legalize marijuana together with other states.

Vermont also legalized marijuana through its Legislature and not through a ballot initiative.

Marijuana has been prohibited for 80 years now with the government stipulating and implementing strict rules concerning the banning of sales, cultivation, and use of the plant. It was only until very recently, in 2016 when federal laws legalizing it were proposed.

Statistics said that some 62% of Americans and 74% of millennials supported legalizing marijuana.

Canada moved forward in their intention to legalize marijuana federally since October last year. It is a milestone for them being considered the first G7 country to legalize the plant. Meanwhile, Mexico, with its new leader Andrés Manuel López Obrador, followed Canada’s stance in legalizing marijuana federally with its Supreme Court ruling out that its prohibition is unconstitutional.

Meanwhile, New Hampshire draws attention with its ambiguous and debatable rules in marijuana acceptance. The state is said to have initiated cannabis crackdowns while implementing laws signifying its marijuana acceptance. Currently, lawmakers are cooking House Bill 481, a bill legalizing marijuana in the state, but with many limitations. It was said that Gov. Chris Sununu will most likely veto the bill.

The state is currently scheduling an annual 420 smoke-in at the State House in Concord. The code ‘420’ stands for marijuana, a hot topic of debate in the state.

Other states to legalize recreational marijuana include Maine and Massachusetts, states that allow it for people age 21 and older. Only Massachusetts has stores that sell recreational hemp. One should also consume cannabis in the state where it came from, and should not be brought across any state line.