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Some Illinois Pot Shops Closing Up Voluntarily During Coronavirus Pandemic

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The state hasn’t required them to do so, but a handful of marijuana businesses in Illinois have voluntarily closed up shop in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation said this week that it is aware of at least eight adult use recreational marijuana businesses across the state that have suspended sales, a decision made of their own volition. Other businesses, meanwhile, have imposed patient-only hours, according to the agency.

One such business, Dispensary 33 in Chicago, said that it would only serve medical cannabis patients for the time being.

“We do understand that not everyone with a medical need has a medical card, but until further notice we can only serve medical patients,” the dispensary said, as quoted by NBC Chicago.

Another Chicago-based shop, Moca Modern Cannabis, said it was restricting sales to online order pickup for medical patients only, according to NBC Chicago.

The Effect on Illinois’ New Adult-Use Market

The pandemic may disrupt what has been a booming start for Illinois’ fledgling recreational marijuana market. Earlier this month, the state said that the market had generated $74.2 million during the first two months of operations, a figure that shows steady demand so far. 

In January, the first month weed was sold legally for recreational use, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation said that marijuana generated $39,247,840.83 worth of sales. Nearly $9 million worth were sold to visitors from outside the state, while more than 970,000 marijuana products were sold in those 31 days. On New Year’s Day, when the marijuana market opened for business in Illinois, sales reached nearly $3.2 million. Sales in February dipped slightly, totaling nearly $35 million. 

“The successful launch of the Illinois legal cannabis industry represents new opportunities for entrepreneurs and the very communities that have historically been harmed by the failed war on drugs,” said Toi Hutchinson, Pritzker’s senior advisor for cannabis control. “The administration is dedicated to providing multiple points of entry into this new industry, from dispensary owners to transporters, to ensure legalization is equitable and accessible for all Illinoisans.”

Source: https://hightimes.com/news/some-illinois-pot-shops-closing-voluntarily-during-coronavirus-pandemic/

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CBD for IBS

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Central to the efficacy of CBD for pain or inflammation relief is the dosage that you use. Unlike a standard pain relieving or anti-inflammatory medication, where the dosage is clearly spelled out on the back label, using CBD can be much more tricky. 

Truthfully, it is hard to prescribe a “one size fits all” for CBD dosing. General CBD dosing guidelines state that it is best to start small (i.e. 5mg) and make note of how it affects your body. If you do not find it is sufficient, then you can begin to gradually up the dosage. 

If you are using an edible gummy, measuring 5mg will be easy. However, if you are using CBD oil for IBS, it can be a bit more complicated to measure out 5mg. You can use this as a guideline: most CBD oil bottles will come with a dropper that can hold 1 ml of liquid. If your CBD bottle contains 500 mg of CBD, for example, then you can estimate that there are 0.05 mg of CBD per drop. This number, of course, will vary depending on the amount of CBD that is in your particular bottle, but you can base your dosage off of this mathematical formula.

There are other factors that will affect what is the correct CBD dosage for you, such as your age, weight, and even your body chemistry, which can be a rather abstract thing to measure. This means that discovering the correct dosage for you really comes down to a matter of trial and error.

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Colombia Joins International Cannabis Market

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Colombia is a country that’s been at the forefront of drug markets for quite some time, with a government ready, willing, and able to make updates to laws as needed. In its newest turn, Colombia is building its international cannabis export market, and creating new legislation to bring in more revenue.

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Cannabis and Colombia

Colombia has been one of the more lax countries when it comes to cannabis use, partly because the country has had so many drug issues and drug violence, that it has made laws specifically to try to combat these issues. One of them was to decriminalize most drugs in 1994. This decriminalization wasn’t as precise as it should have been, and in 2012, a specification was made to clarify just how much a person could have for personal use and/or possession without being arrested. The amount was set at 20 grams or less to avoid prosecution. This was still only intended for private use, and did not decriminalize public use.

Things got a little sticky in 2018, when then president Ivan Duque signed a decree giving law enforcement the ability to confiscate personal use quantities if caught. The decree did not break with decriminalization in that it didn’t threaten criminal sanctions, but it did instate a fine of up to 208,000 pesos. The following year (2019) the Constitutional Court ruled that parts of the decree were unconstitutional and abolished punishments for up to 20 grams, while still allowing law enforcement to confiscate contraband.

Sale, supply, and trafficking crimes are all predictably illegal. Having more than 20 grams can be considered possession with an intent to sell. The maximum prison sentence is 20 years, which is a stricter penalty in the country than for rape. Being caught trafficking can land a person in prison for up to 30 years.

2015, Colombian president Juan Miguel Santos signed a law to legalize medical marijuana, and in 2016 Colombia’s congress passed law 1787 to establish a regulatory framework for a market, which was approved in 2017 with Decree 613. As part of the regulated system, those looking to gain authorizations to take part in the market must obtain the proper licenses, of which there are four.

  • 1) A license for the manufacture of cannabis derivatives for producing cannabis-derived products, domestic scientific research, and exportation.
  • 2) A license for the use of cannabis seeds which allows the sale, distribution, and research of the seeds.
  • 3) A license for the cultivation of psychoactive cannabis which allows the cultivation, production of derivatives, storage, disposal, production of seeds, and research into the plant.
  • 4) A license for the cultivation of non-psychoactive cannabis which is for producing cannabis seeds for planting, industrial uses, manufacturing derivatives, storage, disposal, and research.

Interested parties should check the links for further information on requirements for licenses, and general pricing. According to Prohibition Partners, by the end of 2020, Colombia had handed out nearly 700 licenses for both low and high THC production, as well as seed production. Prohibition Partners went further into data from 2020, saying about 70% of cannabis operations in Colombia are owned by foreign companies, mainly from Europe and North America (Canada and the US).

This goes in line with nearly every country that has opened an international cannabis market, by accepting foreign investments over empowering local businesses. Morocco stands as one of only a few countries to create legislation requiring licenses to go to Moroccans only.

Commercial sales internationally

Having a local domestic market, and joining the global medical cannabis industry, are two different things. In the past year, several companies in Colombia (or companies operating out of Colombian facilities) have begun selling products in the international cannabis market.

Khiron Life Sciences was the first company to export high THC products out of Colombia in early December 2020. The exports went to Peru where prescriptions were filled through Farmacia Universal S.A.C. as part of the deal with Khiron. It is the only Colombian company authorized to export such materials, and the only Colombian company with authorization to fill commercial prescriptions in Peru for high THC products. Doctors in Peru have to acquire a medical cannabis diploma via Khiron in order to participate, which over 100 have so far. Khiron met all import, export and distribution requirements to make this happen according to the Colombian government.

Avicanna is a Canadian-based biopharmaceutical company specializing in cannabinoids. Last July, the company exported 100,000 hemp seeds to Colorado from Colombia via a local subsidiary, Santa Marta Golden Hemp, which met all the requirements for exportation. This was the first hemp seed export made out of Colombia.

The first commercial sale for cannabis oil was made out of Colombia last month when Ikänik Farms Inc. made its first sale of THC oil to Mexico. It is the company’s goal to present cannabinoid solutions particular to patient needs (formula magistral) in Latin America. They intend to target illnesses like insomnia, cancer, and epilepsy. The president of Ikänik Farms, International – Borja Sanz de Madrid – had this to say about the event:

“We are excited to participate in this groundbreaking moment for the cannabis industry and the countries of Mexico and Colombia, as the first Colombian company to export psychoactive cannabis oil to Mexico… We would like to thank both governments for their roles, ensuring this collaborative effort remained a top priority.”

Clever Leaves is another interesting story. The US-based multinational company making pharmaceutical grade cannabinoids, announced a couple days ago that the Colombian government (through the Colombian Technical Quotas Group) gave Clever Leaves’ Colombian facility authorization to manufacture just under 60,000 kilos of cannabis into dried flower derivatives. This, according to the International Narcotics Control Board (an independent body that monitors substances as per the three UN scheduling treaties), comprises 50% of Colombia’s quota for the year, and 18% of the global allowable medical cannabis production for 2021.

In July of 2020, the Clever Leaves facility in Colombia won an EU GMP certification, making it the only Latin American country to gain this certification. The authorization allows Clever Leaves to import medicinal cannabis products to the EU, as well as the ability to produce ‘active pharmaceutical Ingredients’ (APIs), finished, and semi-finished products for distribution in Europe. The Clever Leaves Colombian facility, besides its EU GMP certification, also has a GMP certification from the Colombia National Food and Drug Surveillance Institute, and a GACP – Good Agricultural and Collecting Practices Certification. The company was also granted a provisional license from Infarmed in Portugal.

Last month, Clever Leaves gained approvals to legally ship cannabis to Canada from Colombia for the first time. The cannabis was authorized to be shipped for research purposes only, and required six authorizations to happen. The cannabis shipment was approved for lab testing and analyzation, with the move showing that Colombia stands behind the quality of its products. This is the first time Colombia made such an authorization for its products.

PINE. Having the PINE designation shows the government’s support, as well as a recognition of the company’s contributions economically to the country. A PINE designation also comes with the ability to simplify certain administrative processes, and to get through them quicker.

Not only that, this past February, Colombian parliament put forth a bill that would enable the exportation of cannabis flowers to be sold in international markets. Right now, oils and other products can be exported internationally from Colombia, but not actual buds. As of last October, Colombia’s exported cannabis amounted to $5 million in sales, a rather small number, with most of it being CBD products shipped to the US. The inclusion of dried flowers is noted as a way to bring up revenue, and the government agency responsible for fair business practices in Colombia – the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce – recently sent a letter to the Ministry of Health to recommend an update in legislation to make this happen.

According to Prohibition Partners, the Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection published a new draft law which is related to Decree 613 and Law 1787, both passed in 2017. The new bill would allow companies in Colombia to export dry flowers internationally in the global cannabis market.

Conclusion

Besides trying out this new bill for the exportation of dry flowers, Colombia has also recently visited the ideas of both legalizing a recreational market for cannabis, as well as legalizing cocaine. For now however, Colombia will continue working to expand its growing medicinal cannabis market. One thing for sure is, when it comes to drugs, Colombia always finds a way to be on top.

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CBD for High Blood Pressure

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Yes, because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD has the potential to assist the cardiovascular system and specific heart conditions. Studies discuss these health properties, but more shockingly a U.S. Patent granted in 2003 already discovered this about CBD. It reads:

“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties….This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of a wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.”

Many diseases, including those that affect the heart, stem from excess inflammation. In particular, inflammation can lead to high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and stroke. So, taking in the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD can be very beneficial. Also, antioxidants from high-quality CBD oils can fight free radicals and can lower the risk of developing heart disease.

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If It Looks And Smells Like Marijuana, It Must Be >>> CBD Hemp Flowers?!

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Cannabis is a popular topic of discussion and actually proved a favorite subject for centuries relating to its varied properties. The plant’s current compound in the spotlight is cannabidiol or CBD from the hemp species with its buds. 

Read why cannabidiol is just beginning to evolve. If you happen to follow the highlights relating to the hemp CBD flower, you must be aware that these are near doppelgängers to the marijuana species. With the appearance being so uncanny, the initial thought would have to be whether the smell would compare. 

With the hemp and marijuana plants deriving from cannabis, the guess would be that both would offer what many describe as a skunk-like, earthy, pungent aroma that accompanies the marijuana side. As a matter of fact, CBD strains’ smell can be very similar to that of marijuana strains. Still, it’s dependent on preservation techniques, variety, terpenes, ripeness, and other factors not so clear-cut as a blatant comparison would provide.

High CBD Hemp Flower Strains And Their Distinct Aromas

A CBD flower strain is a hemp bud offering substantial cannabidiol levels but traces to negligible THC. When hemp breeders learned of the scientific discovery of CBD and its massive appeal, they began to cultivate plants with a greater abundance of the cannabinoid to the point there is currently a vast array of strains comparable to marijuana without the mind-altering effects from THC.

The determining factor for the smell in each strain is compounds referred to as terpenes. These are not only found in cannabis but rather most herbs, vegetables, and fruits. These are naturally occurring chemical compounds meant to protect vegetation against attack from predators, instead, welcoming pollinators. The ecosystem relies on terpenes as a necessary resource. 

With the bud itself, CBD and the other chemical components look to the terpenes as an essential element responsible for strengthening the other individual compounds’ properties.

There is a broad range of terpenes, each with distinct odors, such as pinene with an aroma of pine or limonene known for its scent of citrus. The individual hemp buds will breed and grow with unique sets of terpenes in varying concentrations based on their profile. Because of this, each CBD flower will have a one-of-a-kind smell based on that profile. Find out what to look for when select buds at https://www.traveldailynews.com/post/three-things-to-consider-when-choosing-your-cbd-hemp-flowers.

Terpenes And The CBD Hemp Flowers Aromas

Nature comprises over 200 various terpenes, with some more common within the cannabidiol flowers than others creating specific smells for the hemp buds. There isn’t a universal smell that comes with the product. 

Each will be unusual to itself because each will have a distinctive profile, unlike another. Even if the terpene is the same as another plant, there will be a slight distinction in levels. Some terpenes and the aromas they present include:

  • Most Abundant: Myrcene is among the most common found in hemp strains, responsible for that earthy smell all too familiar for many users. Also described as skunk-like and musty, this is the one that would most compare to the odor of marijuana.
  • Second On The List: Limonene is a pleasant compound boasting a citrus scent reminiscent of oranges or tangerines, exceptionally fresh and vibrant.
  • Like A Bouquet: Linalool is one that offers a bouquet of flowers in specific strains of hemp buds, and you can also find the terpene in herbs with an incredible aroma like lavender.
  • Hot And Spicy: Caryophyllene provides a robust spicy odor reminiscent of what you would find in black pepper, cinnamon, basil, or rosemary, very apparent and emphatic.
  • Like Your In The Forest: Pinene, either beta or alpha, merely smells like a pine tree. That’s an aroma that can be especially enjoyable in the winter or around the holidays.
  • Rare Beauty: Terpineol is a rare find, but if you do, you will enjoy the scent of lilacs. 
  • For Those Who Smoke: There are smokers anxious to quit tobacco or nicotine. Geraniol is an option that has a tobacco aroma. While smoking a strain with this smell, you will psychologically fool yourself into believing you’re indulging in cigarettes. These are perhaps an ideal way to break a nasty habit. What the mind believes is so.

For those who choose to smoke the hemp buds, smells intensify with this consumption. The aroma you achieve is a tell as to the quality of the product. Once pressed, a good bud will release a potent flavor allowing the user evidence of its integrity.

Final Thought

If you find hemp CBD flower strains that have no smell or offer an odor of grass or hay, you don’t want to purchase these. A good quality offering will exude an essence that will help you make an appropriate choice between the different options. 

The aroma is genuinely a sign of a high-grade product. A flower’s terpenes should be intense and have characteristics separating the buds one from another like earthiness, floral, fruity, citrus, or other designations to make each a distinct selection from another.

When you smoke different strains to see which one you prefer, you will recognize why terpenes considerably contribute to the pleasure of the experience. But more notably, their therapeutic attributes combine with the other chemical components of the plant to enhance the effects of CBD, making the cannabinoid that much more beneficial for the user.

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