Weed Weddings Are Now A Thing
You can keep your photo booths, chocolate fountains, and Gatsby-themed weddings. They’re so cliché, especially now that things like smokable centerpieces, cannabis flower boutonnieres, and marijuana “toasts” are getting a warm reception among cannabis-loving couples and their wedding parties. Sounds like vows in legal states should instead read “I take you to be my lawfully weeded husband/wife.”
Survey Finds Most Police Officers Support Medical Marijuana
While certain government officials threaten to roll back cannabis reform laws, at least the fuzz is on our side. Pew Research recently conducted a survey of police officers on a variety of issues. Among those topics was the use of cannabis for medical purposes. A rising trend shows that the men and women in blue favor the use, which could signal a trend toward wider adoption.
North Americans Spend as Much on Marijuana as They Do on Wine
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.
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…