Nevada Will Use Money from Weed Businesses to Fight Homelessness


Commissioners in Clark County, Nevada have passed a resolution allocating almost $1.8 million from the local commercial cannabis industry to help subsidize programs dedicated to providing assistance to the homeless.

A little more than $930,000 of the earmarked money will be provided to HELP of Southern Nevada’s rehousing services “for medically fragile, non-chronically homeless households after leaving local hospitals,” according to KTNV in Las Vegas. The station reported that a little more than $855,000 will be given to HELP “to assist the program costs” associated with a homeless youth center.

Nevada legalized recreational marijuana use in the 2016 election, one of four states to pass such measures during that cycle. Recreational dispensaries opened up for business in Nevada in the summer of 2017, enabling adults to buy as much as an ounce of marijuana flower, as well as an eighth of pot concentrates.

Earlier this year, commissioners in Clark County hit pause on efforts to open cannabis lounges in Las Vegas, opting at the time to defer to state lawmakers. But the Las Vegas City Council voted earlier this month to allow dispensaries to apply for permits to open such establishments, where customers are free to use marijuana products.

In December, Clark County commissioners placed a moratorium on recreational dispensary licenses, saying that medical patients had been snubbed by the industry. But by the end of 2018, the county had already racked up millions of dollars in licensing fees for dispensaries where customers can purchase the products.

The end of prohibition has city leaders fantasizing about Las Vegas becoming a true mecca for weed tourism; it has also been seen as a potentially huge revenue source to alleviate some of the community’s problems.

To that end, the effort to use funds to support homeless programs began in January, when the Clark County commissioners approved earmarking the feeds to support the thousands of homeless individuals in the area. The amount of money directed from the marijuana fees was capped at $12 million annually.

When the commissioners took up the measure in January, there was debate over where to invest those funds, with some lawmakers favoring a strategy that prioritized housing. Others advocated a more flexible strategy that would avail funds for other services, such as financial assistance.

In 2016, a majority of voters in Nevada (54%) approved Question 2, also known as the Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative, which legalized the drug for individuals aged 21 and over. California, Massachusetts and Maine passed similar measures that same year.





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Licensed Medical Cannabis Sales Begin In Arkansas – Weed News


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Qualified patients now have limited access to medical cannabis products, after the state’s first licensed dispensaries began making sales this week. Voters initially approved medical cannabis access by passing a statewide initiative in November 2016.

Under the law, qualified patients may obtain both herbal preparations of cannabis and infused cannabis products from state-licensed dispensaries. Products must be derived from plants harvested by one of five state-licensed cultivators. To date, only one cultivator is operational. Two additional cultivators are expecting to harvest their initial crops this summer.

Nearly 12,000 patients are licensed in the state to participate in the medical cannabis access program.

Arkansas is one of 33 states that legally permits medical cannabis access.

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Grateful Dead Drummer Mickey Hart Announces Launch of Cannabis Brand


Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart has officially joined the Green Rush by announcing his new line of 1/3 gram mini-joints stuffed with a strain whose history is inextricably intertwined with the famed traveling jam band. Such is the debut of Hart’s brand Mind Your Head, which will be available for purchase at various Northern California dispensaries.

To celebrate the release of his new single serving joints, the drummer did an interview with music magazine Relix in which he waxes poetic about his debut product. Dead aficionados will no doubt find exciting the tin boxes of 10 of the mini-joints, decorated with a percussion-minded skeleton created by the musician himself.

But surely the most exciting aspect of the release is that the strain packed in the joints holds special significance for the Grateful Dead’s legions of fans. Chemdog is an indica-dominant, high (21 percent) THC flower that clocks in at 1.5 percent CBD. Legend has it that the strain was discovered by a man named Chemdog in 1991 outside of a Dead show at the Deer Creek Amphitheater (now known as the slightly less-poetic Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center) in Noblesville, Indiana. From then on, Chemdog the dealer could often be found in the Shakedown Street vendor area located outside Grateful Dead concerts, and Chemdog the flower became a popular high among the impassioned adherents of the jam band. It’s even rumored to have spawned today’s beloved Sour Diesel, and there is less substantiated evidence that says Chemdog spawned OG Kush as well.

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For the launch of Mind Your Head, Hart partnered with Oakland-based cannabis company IC Collective, and the brand tapped the legendary dealer for a quote in the press release for Mind Your Head; “As a loyal Deadhead, I’m proud to see Chemdog featured in the first product from Mickey Hart,” commented Chemdog. “[The Chemdog strain] plays an important role in Grateful Dead history and I think it’s exciting that Mickey is bringing it full circle to fans and cannabis enthusiasts in Mind Your Head.”

“You’re able to function well on it,” said Hart of the cannabis in his mini joints. “You can do your work. And it’s a lot of fun! It allows your mind to travel. It’s really about adventure and exalting the consciousness. Like a superhighway of the senses. That’s what this whole thing is about. It’s about consciousness raising. Just like the Grateful Dead is. We raise consciousness. We move minds.”

The announcement comes amidst a flurry of celebrity weed announcements — even pop hip hop artist Post Malone and white collar criminal slash domestic diva Martha Stewart are getting in on marijuana money these days.

But of course, Hart’s claim to the industry is somewhat unique. After all, few other famous people can lay claim to being a member of a band that may have popularized the term “420” to refer to reefer, whose lyrics soundtracked the highs of several generations, and whose 1970 Haight-Ashbury drug bust (which Hart was not present for) is the stuff of San Francisco legend.





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MERRY JANE Co-Founder Launches Global Cannabis Agency ‘Gram By Gram’ – Weed News


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Ryan Archibald, former president and managing director of VICE Canada, today announced the launch of Gram By Gram, a first-of-its-kind global agency devoted to helping cannabis brands grow – from seed to scale. Co-founding this new creative venture is Los Angeles-based media entrepreneur Ted Chung.

During his 14-year tenure at VICE, Archibald established VICE Studio Canada, a thriving multi-platform media business, and oversaw the build of VIRTUE in Canada, the media company’s award-winning global creative agency headquartered in Brooklyn. Lead by Badr El Fekkak, VIRTUE Canada developed content programs and launched platforms for some of the world’s largest brands, most recently Google, Canon, and Sephora. El Fekkak rejoins Archibald at Gram By Gram in the role of Chief Strategy Officer.

Said Chung, “I’ve known Ryan Archibald for years, and his unique combination of experience, knowledge, tenacity and ability to execute at lightspeed is extremely rare to find. Ryan has an innate understanding of culture that allows him to connect the dots between insights, trends, brands and audiences in disruptive and groundbreaking ways.”

With offices in TorontoLos AngelesMexico City and London, Gram By Gram is the world’s first global cannabis agency, offering brand strategy, innovative marketing solutions, B2B services and culturally relevant content approaches for a burgeoning industry.

According to Archibald, “No other cannabis agency offers this combination of footprint and experience. Our team has spent a decade successfully connecting a subculture with the mainstream, bringing unprecedented levels of access, knowledge and expertise to the table.”

Gram By Gram is an agnostic creative division of MERRY JANE, a digital media platform devoted to cannabis culture, co-founded by Chung. Chung also founded Stampede Management, a premiere talent and brand management company.

The agency launches with an all-star client roster of cannabis and non-endemic brands, from Canopy Growth Corporation’s portfolio brands such as Tweed and LBS to Jack in the Box.

The launch of Gram By Gram is well-timed, with both consumers and companies rapidly entering the category as legalization accelerates globally. Canada legalized adult-use cannabis nationwide in 2018, and in the U.S., cannabis is legal for medical use in 33 states and for recreational adult use in 10 states. In Mexico, private, personal use of recreational marijuana in amounts 5 grams or less has been decriminalized, with a bill outlining broader legalization on the docket this year. Spending on legal cannabis is expected to hit $57 billion by 2027, according to Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics.

Gram By Gram has plans to expand to additional markets rapidly. Said Chung, “We’re building a structural foundation now to support a not-so-distant future when cannabis is fully legalized and accessible to all adults, worldwide.”

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With offices in TorontoLos AngelesMexico City and London, Gram By Gram is the first global cannabis agency with over a decade of experience working in cannabis culture, and providing overall brand strategy and B2B services to some of the world’s leading cannabis companies. As the agnostic creative division of MERRY JANE, Gram By Gram was founded by media entrepreneur Ted Chung and agency veteran Ryan Archibald to provide innovative brand and marketing solutions and impactful content programs leveraging their unprecedented access, knowledge and seed-to-scale experience in the cannabis category.

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Supreme Court Rules Police Need Probable Cause Before Using Drug-Sniffing Dogs


In many ways, the legalization of marijuana is an ongoing project, even in states where possession has already been made legal. That’s because after weed is legal, there are all sorts of other legal questions and implications that arise.

The legality and role of drug-sniffing dogs is one example. Prior to legalization, K-9 units were typically trained to detect a broad range of illegal substances. And that included cannabis.

But when weed becomes legal in a state, the legal system must suddenly figure out what to do about these dogs. Specifically, state legal systems must determine if it’s still legal to have dogs alert cops to the presence of legal amounts of marijuana.

These are questions being asked in Colorado. And now, the Colorado Supreme Court has made its decision. In a new ruling, the state’s courts have decided that drug-sniffing dogs can no longer be used by cops if they don’t have probable cause for a search.

Colorado Supreme Court’s New Decision

The new decision states that cops can’t use pot-sniffing dogs before they have first established probable cause that a crime has been committed.

This is a big break from the past. Prior to this decision, drug-sniffing dogs were often the mechanism through which cops created probable cause. Basically, if a dog alerted cops to drugs, that in itself authorized a search.

But cops in Colorado can’t do that anymore. At least not with dogs that are trained to detect cannabis. From the sounds of things, cops will still be able to use dogs as long as they are not trained to detect weed.

The main reason for the new decision is that K-9 units are trained to signal if they detect illegal substances. But the dogs don’t distinguish between weed or anything else. As a result, dogs trained to smell weed pose a threat to peoples’ right to possess marijuana.

“The dog’s sniff arguably intrudes on a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy in lawful activity,” Supreme Court Justice William Hood wrote in the majority’s decision. “If so, that intrusion must be justified by some degree of particularized suspicion of criminal activity.”

It seems likely that police dogs will not be trained to detect cannabis anymore. But it’s unclear what will happen to dogs already trained to smell weed.

According to the Canon City Daily Record, approximately 20 percent of Colorado’s police dogs are currently trained to alert cops to the presence of weed.

A Tight Decision

Interestingly, the court’s decision was a close call. Specifically, the decision won by a narrow 4-3 margin.

Much of the minority’s dissent came down to concerns over federal law. Namely, the conflicts between federal and state law. Under federal law, dogs can still be used to sniff out weed. But now, that’s no longer the case in Colorado.

“I believe the most significant aspect . . . today concerns the question of federal supremacy,” the minority opinion said.

Colorado’s new ruling will not apply to federal agencies operating in the state. In many ways, all of this highlights the ongoing tensions between federal and state cannabis laws.





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Washington Lawmakers Pass Legislation Facilitating Expungement Of Past Cannabis Convictions – Weed News


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Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has signed legislation, Senate Bill 5605, facilitating the expungement of past low-level marijuana convictions.

The measure states:  “Every person convicted of a misdemeanor marijuana offenses, who was 21 years of age or older at the time of the offense, may apply to the sentencing court for a vacation of the applicant’s record of conviction for the offense. … If an applicant qualifies under this subsection, the court shall vacate the record of conviction.”

Governor Inslee said: “This is a matter of fairness and justice. We should not be punishing people for something that is no longer illegal in this state.”

The new law takes effect on July 27, 2019.

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Descubriendo el boom del Cannabis en Colombia • High Times


Si estás al día con el estado de la industria internacional del cannabis, probablemente hayas escuchado que Colombia se está posicionando como el próximo centro importante para las exportaciones de cannabis.

Con el clima y la geografía perfecta para el cultivo, los bajos costos de producción, una vasta red de profesionales con experiencia en el campo, y la luz verde de la Junta Internacional de Control de Narcóticos (INCB, por sus siglas en inglés) para crecer y exportar 25% de la cuota de producción total del mundo (40,5 toneladas), Colombia tiene a los inversionistas babeando sobre la posibilidad de irrumpir en la próxima estrella del mundo en el ámbito del cannabis legal.

“Hasta la fecha, la industria legal del cannabis gira entorno a los cultivos  de interior, como las flores de alta gama que son hoy por hoy una categoría de producto clave. En el futuro, el crecimiento de concentrados, productos comestibles y productos farmacéuticos significarán que esto sea cada vez menos el caso “, dijo Tom Adams, director gerente y analista principal de BDS Analytics. “Las ventajas de Colombia como lugar de crecimiento al aire libre y de bajo costo colocarán a los cultivadores del país en una buena posición en los mercados mundiales”.

Aquí está el pronóstico de BDS para Colombia, con líneas de gastos internacionales y globales:

– Gastos internacionales: cuentas para gastos legales en países fuera de América del Norte (EE. UU. y Canadá).
– Gasto global – Cuentas del gasto en todos los mercados legales.
– Todas las estimaciones de gasto están en millones de dólares estadounidenses.

Sin embargo, los escépticos pueden mirar con frialdad todo el alboroto para preguntarse si el supuesto rol de Colombia como un proveedor importante para el mercado legal de Canadá no es más que una exageración, creado por la especulación en torno a las regulaciones favorables y la cobertura mediática de la creciente estrella sudamericana de las empresas canadienses que invierten en su suelo.

Entonces, para determinar si la escena del cannabis en Colombia es todo eso, tuvimos que verlo para creerlo. Con nuestras bolsas llenas de pares de pantalones cortos, una colección de gafas de sol y los restos de protección solar del verano pasado, nos dirigimos hacia allá para conocer de primera mano la situación.

Aterrizamos en un aeropuerto junto al mar en la ciudad caribeña de Santa Marta, donde íbamos a ver un par de fincas de propiedad y operadas por Avicanna, una compañía canadiense de investigación de cannabinoides que recientemente se asoció con una de las compañías agrícolas más grandes del mundo. Hasta la fecha, también es la única empresa enfocada en el cannabis que ha sido aceptada en la incubadora de Johnson & Johnson, JLABS @ Toronto, según informó High Times en 2017.

Dejando de lado todos los detalles, la finca extinguió cualquier duda que quedara en nuestras mentes sobre el cannabis en Colombia: ¡La tierra de Shakira y Carlos Vives está explotando con algo más que música pop!

Un poco de contexto

El mes pasado, la empresa colombiana Ecomedics S.A.S. ( quien tiene negocios como Clever Leaves) se convirtió en la primera empresa en enviar legalmente cannabis a Canadá, en lo que se convirtió en la primera exportación en recibir una autorización tanto de Health Canada como del Fondo Nacional de Estupefacientes de Colombia para exportar.

Otras grandes empresas que cotizan en bolsa, como Khiron Life Sciences, Pharmacielo, Aphria, Wayland Group, Chemesis International, Cronos Group, Canopy Growth y Aurora Cannabis también han realizado inversiones multimillonarias en el país.

En realidad, Colombia comenzó a trazar un camino hacia la legalización hace casi 30 años, cuando se aprobó la Ley 30, que legalizó la producción médica. Sin embargo, no fue hasta 2015 que se estableció un conjunto de regulaciones y la producción de cannabis se legalizó oficialmente.

Hoy en día, las formas psicoactivas y no psicoactivas de cannabis son legales, siempre que se sean con fines médicos y científicos. El uso recreativo para adultos sigue siendo ilegal, pero la Corte Suprema despenaliza la posesión de hasta 20 gramos y el cultivo de hasta 20 plantas.

Las regulaciones que rigen las exportaciones de cannabis siguen evolucionando: el informe 2019 de New Frontier Data sobre el mercado latinoamericano de cannabis establece que solo se permite la exportación de productos derivados del petróleo. Incluso el envío hito de Clever Leaves es aún más prometedor que un hecho, ya que el primer lote exportado está destinado solo para pruebas de laboratorio, en lugar de para la venta.

De cero a cien en segundo

Primero visitamos las instalaciones de cannabis de Avicanna en mayo de 2018, como parte de un viaje que giró en torno a un simposio sobre cannabis medicinal en Santa Marta.

El equipo de Avicanna mencionó que estaban construyendo uno de los primeros cultivos de marihuana legal en Colombia y se ofreció a darnos un recorrido. Nos advirtieron que aún no había mucho, a excepción de algunos edificios y algunos trabajadores. Sin embargo, el paisaje de ensueño de un próximo sitio de cultivo montañoso, a pocos kilómetros de las playas de arena blanca y los picos nevados aún más blancos, fue definitivamente un espectáculo digno de contemplar.

Sin tener idea de la magia que nos esperaba en los terrenos de Avicanna, visitamos el mismo día, cuando resultó que, las primeras plántulas pequeñas de la compañía llegaron desde sus instalaciones de enfermería y propagación. Cuando el equipo se preparó para plantar cuidadosamente cada pequeño clon en su maceta, nos dimos cuenta de que esto se convertiría en un gran anochecer: las plantas tenían que estar en el suelo antes de que saliera el sol de nuevo para que sus ciclos permanecieran sin cambios.

Observamos como el legendario productor Sergio Puerta (que tiene más de 30 años de experiencia en el cultivo de hierba) sonreía al ver sus bebés plantados legalmente, por primera vez.

Puerta ha perdido amigos, sueño y cosechas enteras debido a políticas de prohibición sin sentido; por lo tanto, la perspectiva de cultivar cannabis a cielo abierto fue un sueño hecho realidad. Incluso sus padres y su esposa estaban allí para presenciar el momento histórico.

Después de nuestra visita a Avicanna, pasamos el resto de la semana en el simposio, hablando con científicos, ejecutivos y productores de cannabis sobre el destino de Colombia para convertirse en un productor de cannabis de clase mundial. Sin embargo, a pesar de lo interesantes que fueron estas conversaciones, nos dejaron un tanto decepcionados: el concepto de campos de cannabis que se extendían por kilómetros parecía ser más una charla que una realidad.

En ese momento, las plantaciones de “cannabis” de Colombia estaban vacíos, a excepción de algunas excavadoras recorriendo los campos. Luego nos enteramos, que las empresas que poseen licencias en este momento apenas estaban comenzando a plantar, ya que en ese entonces el estado sólo había comenzado a emitir permisos.

Regreso al Imperio del Cañamo

A medida que pasaban los meses, nos preguntábamos qué podría pasar con el potencial de Colombia para convertirse en uno de los mayores productores de cannabis del mundo. Calculamos que el potencial estaba destinado a realizarse más temprano que tarde, especialmente considerando que se necesitan cinco centavos para producir un gramo de cannabis en Colombia, frente a $ 1.50 en Canadá.

Pero si bien había mucho que decir sobre el potencial de Colombia, aún teníamos que presenciar pruebas materiales de que realmente se había convertido en esta tierra prometida. Por lo que sabemos, esto podría ser fácilmente un fracaso.

Luego, a principios de enero, más de seis meses después de nuestra última visita a Colombia, recibimos una llamada de Aras Azadian, CEO de Avicanna que trabaja en la sede de la compañía en Canadá, y Lucas Nosiglia, el presidente de la firma para América Latina.

“Estamos a punto de comenzar la cosecha”, nos dijeron, y saltamos ante la perspectiva de llegar a ver la primera cosecha comercial de cannabis en Colombia. Dos semanas más tarde, abordamos un avión en Miami (con temores injustificados de demoras en los aeropuertos causadas por el cierre del gobierno de los Estados Unidos) y en pocas horas regresamos. Después de haber escondido nuestros suéteres en nuestras bolsas, ahora estábamos tomando el sol del Caribe.

Un conductor que llevaba un cuello en V de la compañía nos estaba esperando afuera del aeropuerto junto al mar. Nos reunimos con él en la parte trasera de una enorme camioneta y nos alejamos. Se sentía como si fuéramos personajes de una vieja película del cártel de la droga, a punto de encontrarnos con el poderoso narcotraficante para llegar a un acuerdo. Pero no, negamos con la cabeza, eso era un paradigma del viejo mundo.

Colombia se estaba volviendo legal, y todo lo que estábamos haciendo allí estaba estrictamente dentro de la ley. Nos acomodamos en una sensación de comodidad, con emoción, mientras esperábamos ver lo que estos muchachos habían logrado en solo seis meses.

De los sueños a la realidad

Nuestro recorrido comenzó en un laboratorio y un cultivo interior. Todo se veía bien, inesperadamente de alta tecnología (especialmente teniendo en cuenta que estábamos en medio de las montañas en el Caribe), pero totalmente en línea con lo que habíamos visto antes en nuestros muchos recorridos por las instalaciones de cultivo de los Estados Unidos.

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Las personas que nos guiaban sonrieron. Sabían que era lo que más esperábamos ver, pero, por supuesto, los colombianos saben cómo mantener lo mejor para lo último.

Mientras caminábamos por la colina, cada paso se sentía como un latido. Sabíamos que estábamos a punto de ver crecer a los mismos bebés, pero no esperábamos que la escena se pareciera tanto a nuestra fantasía: un vasto campo de cultivos al aire libre, enraizado en el suelo, y protegido solo por un techo de lienzo delgado.

Las imágenes hablan el resto.

Primero nos llevaron a través del área de caracterización e investigación (o “barco”, como se les llamaba), donde se encontraban aproximadamente 60 variedades diferentes de cannabis, todas maduras y listas para cosechar. A continuación, fueron los barcos comerciales. Allí, todas las plantas se veían exactamente iguales, y por una buena razón, ya que la empresa solo está cultivando dos manchas de cepas con bajo contenido de THC y dominantes de CDB con fines comerciales, tanto para el mercado médico legal de Colombia como para las exportaciones.

Pero lo que vimos allí fue mucho más que una hermosa cosecha de cannabis. Fue el presagio confirmador del futuro de Colombia. La tierra del cannabis. Legal, y para el mundo.





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CBD Administration Reduces Heroin Cravings – Weed News


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The administration of oral CBD reduces cue-induced cravings and anxiety in subjects with a history of heroin use, according to clinical data published in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

Investigators at The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City assessed the effect of CBD versus placebo in 42 drug-abstinent participants with a history of heroin use. In contrast to placebo, CBD dosing of either 400mg or 800mg “significantly reduced both the craving and anxiety induced by drug cues … in the acute term. CBD also showed significant protracted effects on these measures seven days after the final short-term exposure.”

Researchers concluded, “CBD’s potential to reduce cue-induced craving and anxiety provides a strong basis for further investigation of this phytocannabinoid as a treatment option for opioid use disorder.”

In observational models, patients with legal access to cannabis typically reduce or eliminate their use of opioids. In clinical models, CBD administration has been shown to reduce cravings for tobacco. CBD dosing has also been associated with reduced cravings for methamphetamine in preclinical models.

Commenting on the study’s findings, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said, “These conclusions add to the growing body of evidence that cannabis and its constituents represent an exit away from the use or abuse of other controlled substances rather than a supposed ‘gateway.’”

The abstract of the study, “Cannabidiol for the reduction of cue-induced craving and anxiety in drug-abstinent individuals with heroin use disorder: A double-blind randomized placebo controlled trial,” appears online here. Additional information is available in NORML’s fact-sheet, “Relationship between marijuana and opioids.”

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New Study Finds CBD Significantly Reduces Opioid Cravings in Addicts


Coming off of a heroin addiction is notoriously difficult. But a new study suggests CBD can make it much easier. According to a study published Tuesday in the American Journal of Psychiatry, cannabidiol (CBD) can significantly reduce cravings in people addicted to opioids and manage withdrawal symptoms. Cravings and abstinence anxiety are two of the most critical features of addiction, and triggering them often contributes to relapses and continued drug use.

Exploratory Study Highlights How CBD Can Help Beat Addiction

The consequences of the United State’s ongoing opioid epidemic have been staggering. Yet there has so far been little effort to develop treatment options for opioid addiction that are themselves not opioid-based—e.g. buprenorphine and methadone. Some states have tried to address this problem by adding opioid replacement qualifications to their medical cannabis programs.

In New York, for example, patients are automatically eligible for medical cannabis if a doctor prescribes opioids as a treatment for their condition. And multiple studies attest to the anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties of THC and CBD.

But cannabis may not only be a safer alternative to opioid painkillers; it may also be the safer, more effective way to ween people off of their addiction to opioids.

A just-published study titled “Cannabidiol for the Reduction of Cue-Induced Craving and Anxiety in Drug-Abstinent Individuals with Heroin Use Disorder” investigated CBD’s potential to help people beat their addiction. Using a double-blind, randomized and placebo-controlled trial, researchers assessed the results of acute, short-term and protracted CBD consumption on drug cue-induced craving and anxiety in individuals trying to quit heroin.

Results: CBD Significantly Reduced Cravings and Anxiety with No Serious Adverse Effects

Participants in the study received Epidiolex, the first FDA-approved cannabis-based medication, to dose 400 mg or 800 mg of CBD once daily for three consecutive days. Researchers then exposed the participants to drug-cues designed to stimulate physiological responses to addiction. Then, they measured the results at different stages after participants dosed with CBD.

What researchers found was that “acute CBD administration, in contrast to placebo, significantly reduced both craving and anxiety induced by the presentation of salient drug cues compared with neutral cues.”

But they also found that those results lasted. “CBD showed significant protracted effects on these measures 7 days after the final CBD exposure,” researchers wrote in the study’s results. In other words, CBD worked, and kept working, to reduce opioid cravings in people with addiction. And it did so without any adverse or negative side effects, researchers say. “There were no significant effects on cognition, and there were no serious adverse effects.”

Comparing the 400 mg and 800 mg groups to the placebo group, CBD even reduced the amount of cortisol, the “stress hormone,” in people recovering from heroin addiction.

As a result, researchers concluded that “CBD’s potential to reduce cue-induced craving and anxiety provides a strong basis for further investigation of the phytocannabinoid as a treatment option for opioid use disorder.”

With barriers to cultivating and researching cannabidiol finally falling across the country, that research should be just around the corner. And for now, this important study into CBD’s effectiveness against opioid addiction adds to the growing pile of research supporting the myriad health wellness, and indeed life-saving benefits of CBD.





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Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart To Introduce ‘Mind Your Head’ Cannabis Brand – Weed News


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Today, three-time GRAMMY® winner and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart announces the launch of Mind Your Head™, an innovative cannabis brand produced in California in partnership with Left Coast Ventures™. Mind Your Head is inspired by the groundbreaking culture of creativity and community that Hart helped create and continues to foster through his art and his band, Dead & Company, which launches their summer tour on May 31st at Shoreline.

The Mind Your Head brand’s first product offering is Magic Minis, pre-rolled whole-flower joints packaged in a tin adorned with Hart’s celebrated artwork. These collectible tins are available in select Bay Area dispensaries:

  • Urban Pharm (San Francisco)
  • Sparc (San Francisco)
  • Berkeley Patients Group (Berkeley)
  • Hi-Fidelity (Berkeley)
  • Airfield Supply Co. (San Jose)
  • Mercy Wellness (Cotati)

With the Mind Your Head cannabis brand, Hart is seeking to share an essential part of the inspiration behind his work as a musician and artist that created a cultural phenomenon with The Grateful Dead.

“Cannabis is about opening the mind by inspiring intellectual curiosity and breaking free from ordinary thinking,” Hart said. “Throughout my life, cannabis has played an important role in inspiring creativity and I hope that Mind Your Head cannabis activates others to find their own dimension of creativity. It’s about transporting your mind, connecting with the rhythm of your body and getting into the zone.”

Mind Your Head Magic Minis feature Chemdog, a legendary strain discovered outside a Grateful Dead show on Shakedown Street in 1991 by a loyal fan now known as ‘Chemdog.’ The namesake strain of cannabis is renowned for boosting artistry and mindfulness. True to Hart’s vision, the Chemdog strains produced for Magic Minis were mindfully grown, pursuing kindness and care in cultivation practices.

“As a loyal Deadhead, I’m proud to see Chemdog featured in the first product from Mickey Hart,” said Chemdog. “It plays an important role in Grateful Dead history and I think it’s exciting that Mickey is bringing it full circle to fans and cannabis enthusiasts in Mind Your Head.”

Left Coast Ventures is a diversified cannabis and hemp company working to shape the future of the legal cannabis industry in the United States — starting with California, the world’s largest legal cannabis market. Left Coast’s portfolio of brands has grown through acquisition, investment and incubation, covering the spectrum from cultivation to distribution and retail.

“We are proud to introduce California enthusiasts to a premium cannabis brand rooted in a global movement that spans generations,” said Left Coast Ventures CEO Brett Cummings. “It’s a true honor to work with a legendary musician and activist who has inspired millions of individuals and shares our values and passion to legitimize the future of cannabis.”

About Mind Your Head

Mind Your Head is a cannabis brand from legendary Grateful Dead drummer and visual artist, Mickey Hart. The brand is founded on the belief that cannabis grown with care can transport minds by inspiring creativity and mindfulness. Mind Your Head operates using sustainable, just and innovative practices. It is currently available in select Bay Area dispensaries, with plans to expand distribution in 2019. Learn more at mindyourheadcannabis.com.

About Left Coast Ventures

Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Left Coast Ventures is a diversified cannabis and hemp company specializing in cultivation, manufacturing, brand development and distribution. Left Coast Ventures and its subsidiaries are working to shape the future of the legal cannabis industry in the United States through acquisitions, investments, and incubation while building a respected portfolio of top shelf brands. Wholly owned, licensed, and distributed brands in Left Coast Venture’s portfolio include: Marley Natural™, Mind Your Head™, Headlight™, Dutchy, and JEF™.

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