Modern Dispensaries Adopt the Apple Store Aesthetic
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.
Study Shows Non-Addictive Benefits of Cannabis for Pain Relief
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!
11 Key Findings on Marijuana’s Health Effects
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.
A Million-Square-Foot Cannabis Business Park Is Coming to Massachusetts
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.
Federal Report Finds Lowest Teen Cannabis Consumption Rate Since 1993
Even though cannabis is more widely available commercially than it ever was in the early ‘90s, consumption among middle school and high school students has slowed down significantly. Education and regulation seem to be playing major roles, and teens now say it’s harder than ever to get their hands on cannabis.
Cannabis As An Aphrodisiac? The Evidence Is Mounting
Don’t chuck your Marvin Gaye and Barry White albums yet, because the thrust of a new study revisiting ‘70s and ‘80s research is that cannabis may be the perfect accompaniment to “Let’s Get It On.” Research suggests moderate cannabis use stokes the sexual fire, with 50 percent of surveyed users experiencing an aphrodisiac effect and 70 percent experiencing increased pleasure. But it’s not the size of the puff, it’s how you use it — higher doses make sexual satisfaction more difficult.
Portland, Oregon, Will Allow Delivery-Only Cannabis Retailers
Good news for Portland cannabis users who may not be able to leave home to pick up their products. The Portland City Council unanimously voted to modify the city’s cannabis business regulations to make room for delivery-only retail licenses. The ordinance creates “marijuana retail couriers,” and offers more opportunities for niche companies to enter the cannabis marketplace. Read full story…
Cannabis: The Real MVP?
For Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, cannabis is a slam dunk when it comes to treating back pain. Both basketball legends say they’ve used cannabis to treat their chronic pain, specifically after recovering from back surgery. And both of them hope to see the NBA’s drug policy relaxed to allow current players to take advantage of the plant’s healing properties.
Why Cannabis Is an “Exit” Drug, Not a “Gateway”
A recent report from a superteam of researchers shows how cannabis can be a “reverse stepping stone” for people addicted to harmful substances. In addition to helping those dependent on opioids and alcohol, the team found significant evidence that cannabis may also be beneficial in treating anxiety, PTSD, and depression.
Legal Marijuana a Big Winner in Elections Across the Country
Voters turned up in spades on Election Day, approving cannabis measures across the country. Join us in congratulating California, Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, North Dakota, and Arkansas for passing their respective medical and recreational initiatives! Twenty-eight states down, 22 to go …