Cannabis is giving Cabernet a run for its money in the United States and Canada. A new report from Arcview Marijuana Research shows the numbers are neck and neck when it comes to sales of both legal and illegal marijuana versus retail wine sales. Many factors seem to be behind the shift, the least of which, strangely enough, are all the new legal cannabis laws across the United States.
No, you won’t be able to check your email or buy an Apple Watch at your favorite dispensary any time soon. But with new medical and recreational laws — and a fresh clientele — long-standing stores are seeing the value of upgrading to a more modern aesthetic à la Starbucks, Whole Foods, and the Apple Store. It’s a new upscale revolution that aims to destigmatize the cannabis industry and market to a more contemporary demographic.
We talk a lot about cannabinoids, but we don’t often mention endocannabinoids. These cell membrane receptors occur naturally in your body and mediate the psychoactive effects of cannabis, as well as appetite, memory, and more. New research from Oregon Health & Sciences University has found that drugs targeting the endocannabinoid system can act as analgesics, but with fewer side effects than opioids. Three cheers for science!
The top minds from the top universities around the country have really gone whole-hog this time. A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has dived deeper into cannabis research than anything in recent memory. Some of the findings are alarming (though not surprising), but most suggest that cannabis does far more good than bad. Perhaps the most striking conclusion? A lot more research still needs to be done.
If you’re shipping up to Boston this year, you might want to take a detour through Freetown, Massachusetts. Colorado company AmeriCann has announced plans to build the largest grow facility in the U.S. starting in March. At a projected one million square feet, the colossal cannabis business park (cannabusiness park?) will be 10 times the size of the country’s next-largest facility. Seems the only problem with having a complex that big is employees trying to remember where they pahked their cahs.