420 with CNW – Study Finds Cannabis Flower Tops Other Cannabis Products in Providing Pain Relief

A study whose findings were published towards the end of July has found that dried marijuana flower provides the highest level of pain relief when compared to other marijuana products. This conclusion was made after analyzing the data collected by an app which allows medical marijuana users to track the effects of the different medical marijuana products and dosage for different health conditions.

The New Mexico University researchers wrote that higher THC concentrations in marijuana flower and other cannabis products were associated with better pain relief outcomes among the patients who used the Releaf App to track their medical cannabis usage.

In contrast, CBD showed pain relief effects only up to a certain level, while the additional concentration was associated with no additional benefit yet gastrointestinal complaints increased among the patients who used products with higher concentrations of CBD. This is in line with research that shows the benefits of CBD start leveling off when patients consume higher doses of the compound.

Overall, the study looked at 20,513 sessions of marijuana use logged in the app by 2,987 patients for more than two years (June 6, 2016 to October 24, 2018). 95 percent of all the patients reported marked relief from pain and the average reduction was 3.1 points on a self-reported pain scale ranging from 0-10. The starting level of pain was an average of 5.87 and this average dropped to 2.77 after the patients had used marijuana for their pain.

Another highlight of this study was that cannabis concentrates were linked to more side effects than dried cannabis flower. The researchers suspect that those negative side effects could have been caused by the residues of the solvents used to extract the concentrates, or because other cannabis compounds, such as terpenes and flavonoids, are lost during the extraction process.

The research also revealed that marijuana products which were hybrids of sativa and indica marijuana strains exhibited better pain management when compared to those that were either purely indica or purely sativa in nature.

It was also noted that the patients who said that they had pain in the stomach or gastrointestinal system benefited most from products with lower concentrations of THC than from products high in THC.

Interestingly, the patients who used marijuana tinctures, pills and edibles reported less relief from pain when compared to those who used cannabis concentrates, dried flower and topical products.

This research done on a large population of medical marijuana users provides some of the best proof so far available regarding the role of THC in pain management. Industry watchers are eager to see how different entities like Therma Bright Inc. (TSX.V: THRM) (OTC: THRBF) and TransCanna Holdings Inc. (CSE: TCAN) (FRA: TH8) will make use of these research findings in their products.

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Hemp Industry Benefiting from U.S.-Chinese Trade War

CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage: While the huge increase in U.S. consumer demand from hemp extracts and hemp product is largely credited as the reason for the boom in the number of hemp acres under cultivation, there is a significant additional part of the hemp-growth story to tell.

With a pending acquisition in the cultivation supply market, Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) (SGMD Profile) appears to be well poised to become a strong pick-and-shovel provider to the hemp industry. Even the large cultivators and suppliers are now getting in the hemp market. One of the first companies of the larger players to make the move into hemp cultivation was Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON), which just a few days ago announced that it would invest $300 million to enter the hemp market. Not to be outdone in the hemp gold rush, Greenlane Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: GNLN), which began trading on the NASDAQ, and The Green Organic Dutchman (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) (TGOD Profile) have both entered the fray. KushCo Holdings Inc. (OTCQX: KSHB), another industry supplier, is also seeming to benefit for the strong growth in the hemp marketplace.

  • USDA reports indicate that hemp is by far the crop with the fastest growth in acres, planted at nearly a 400% increase.
  • Many in farming communities now see hemp cultivation as an economic necessity.
  • Consumer demand for hemp extracts continues to grow with little letup in sight.

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Mainstream Acceptance

An increasing number of U.S. farmers affected by low prices and reductions in Chinese agricultural purchases are now seeking economic refuge by planting hemp. And in many cases, hemp is saving farmers from bankruptcy.

In many farming areas — in particular Western Kentucky and Tennessee — the movement to hemp will restore many farmers to economic viability. Not only is there a strong demand for hemp biomass, but prices are significantly higher compared to other crops with many Kentucky farmers last year realizing tens of thousands of dollars in profits per acre compared to well less than $1,000 per for other crops.

The numbers are in from the U.S. Department of Agricultural on the number of acres of hemp planted this year. At 128,320 acres, those numbers are up from only 27,424 acres last year, with even more growth expected next year. With such growth, it is no wonder that both supply and cultivation companies are realigning their businesses to take advantage of the huge market growth.

In part, this growth stems from the hemp industry making rapid headway into mainstream acceptance. Recent reports indicate that two-thirds of all Americans now favor legalizing recreational cannabis use, up from 25% support two decades ago. And what may be most telling is that support for the crop is increasing among seniors (aged 55 and older) as well as the Republicans — both traditionally known for their conservative views regarding hemp.

In addition, medical marijuana is now legal in 33 states, with 10 of those states actually legalizing recreational use as well. And Canada overturned an almost century-old tradition when it legalized use of the drug countrywide last year. The trend is clear, and the continued increase in positive public acceptance seems inevitable.

Savvy companies in the sector, including brand-development company Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD), are seeing the window of opportunity and are positioning themselves to make the most of their areas of expertise. For Sugarmade, that area is hydroponic systems, which give cannabis cultivators greater control over how their plants are grown.

Sprouting hemp indoors provides an array of benefits, including protection from changing weather, such as sudden frosts or unseasonal heat, which can harm crops. Indoor cultivation also protects crops from contaminants, infections and chemicals.

Hydroponics offers even greater advantages. When farmers feed their plants with carefully balanced nutrient baths instead of soil and fertilizer, they harvest a cannabis crop with higher CBD content, making their plants more valuable.

In addition, when hydroponics are used, hemp often more easily passes the stringent quality tests that are applied to plants in this sector, tests that are likely to become even firmer now that the federal government is officially allowing and regulating hemp production in the United States. This is yet another reason hydroponic experts such as Sugarmade may see significant benefits as the hemp industry grows.

Forecast Growth

And the hemp wave doesn’t appear to be ebbing anytime soon. Industry forecasts differ, depending on which source is cited. Grand View Research says the global legal market is expected to reach $66.3 billion by the end of 2025, with an anticipated CAGR of 23.9% during the forecast period, while Business Wire projects the market will reach $89.1 billion by 2024, with a CAGR of 37% during the forecast period.

While the numbers may differ a bit, everyone appears to agree that growth seems certain. And that growth may indicate that companies involved in the sector are almost certain to grow as well. At least a portion of the growth for some of those companies, including Sugarmade, will come from careful and strategic acquisition within the industry.

Last year Sugarmade announced the creation of the industry’s largest publicly traded cannabis and hydroponics supply company.

The announcement was made after the signing of a master market agreement with industry leader BZRTH LLL, a highly successful manufacturer and distributor to the hydroponics and cannabis markets. The acquisition is expected to be highly accretive for common shareholders.

Sugarmade is also in the process of acquiring Sky Unlimited, LLC, which through its AthenaUnited.com operations and website offers several popular hydroponic brands to a variety of growing agricultural cultivation sectors. This planned acquisition has prompted Sugarmade to raise its revenue guidance for calendar 2019 from $30 million to $70 million.

Moving to the Majors

With such impressive growth, it’s little wonder that hemp companies are eager to uplist to either the NASDAQ or NYSE exchanges. Such a move can mean reduced volatility, added trading volume and improved liquidity, along with the simple credibility that comes from being listed with alongside major players from a wide range of industries.

For many companies, that credibility translates into increased awareness and investment opportunities. Since not all financial institutions are allowed to invest in or cover companies that trade on the OTC exchange, uplisting may increase investment opportunities for companies moving their way forward in the burgeoning hemp space.

The fact that the major exchanges are approving cannabis companies’ uplisting applications is another strong indication that the industry has arrived. Since February 2018, 8 of the 11 pot stocks that now list their common stock on either the NYSE or NASDAQ have uplisted from the OTC exchange. The acceptance of these initial companies may clear the path for subsequent hemp movers and shakers, such as Sugarmade, which are hoping to follow suit.

Not all hemp companies are eligible to make the uplisting move, however. Because U.S. federal regulations still categorize marijuana as a schedule I drug, companies that directly deal in the U.S. cannabis industry are ineligible to list their shares on either of the major exchanges. In addition, both the NASDAQ and NYSE have a fairly stringent list of requirements —based on trading, average daily volume and minimum share price— that must be meet before a company’s application for uplisting is accepted.

The stringent application and approval process mean that companies currently trading on or exploring the uplisting option should be some of the most viable in the industry. Sugarmade is committed to meeting that standard. In only a few years, the company has moved from being a small, innovative supplier to the quick-service restaurant industry to its current status as a multi-divisional, multi-product company in various market sectors, with a special focus and presence in the world of cannabis.

Value of Trading Up

Sugarmade isn’t the only company that recognizes the significant value of trading on the major exchanges.

One of the first cannabis companies to uplist, Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) has traded on the NASDAQ exchange since February 2018. The company recently announced its Q2 numbers, reporting that net revenue was $10.2 million in Q2 2019, a 202% increase from $3.4 million in Q2 2018. The increase was primarily driven by the launch of the adult-use market in Canada. Net revenue increased 58% quarter-over-quarter from $6.5 million in the first quarter of 2019, primarily driven by increased sales in CBD oil. “During the second quarter, Cronos Group expanded its R&D capabilities, innovation expertise and global infrastructure network in what has been a year of tremendous growth,” said Cronos CEO Mike Gorenstein. “We opened Cronos Device Labs, our new global R&D center in Israel, announced the acquisition of our new state-of-the-art fermentation facility and added Dr. Todd Abraham as Chief Innovation Officer to our executive leadership team.”

A leading distributor of premium vaporization products and consumption accessories, Greenlane Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: GNLN) common shares began trading on the NASDAQ exchange in April. Greenlane customers include more than 6,600 independent smoke shops and regional retail chain stores, which collectively operate approximately 9,700 retail locations and hundreds of licensed cannabis cultivators, processors and dispensaries throughout the United States and Canada. Greenlane also owns and operates two of the most-visited North American, direct-to-consumer, e-commerce websites in the vaporization products and consumption accessories industry, VaporNation.com and VapeWorld.com, which offer convenient, flexible shopping solutions directly to consumers.

KushCo Holdings Inc. (OTCQX: KSHB) is another supplier to the growing hemp industry. A premier producer of ancillary products and services to the cannabis and hemp industries, KushCo awaits approval of its application to uplist on the NASDAQ exchange and is eager to satisfy all applicable listing and regulatory requirements. “Listing on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, the highest and most prestigious NASDAQ tier, will raise the company’s profile by diversifying our shareholder base and enhancing share liquidity in support of our company’s long-term goals and objectives,” said KushCo chairman and CEO Nick Kovacevich.

The Green Organic Dutchman (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) is also awaiting a determination by the NASDAQ that it has satisfied all applicable listing requirements. Subject to approval for listing, the company’s common shares will continue to trade on the TSX Exchange (TSX) under ‘TGOD,’ which is also the reserved symbol for the NASDAQ application. “This is an important step in the growth of TGOD, one that will broaden our investor base and increase access for international investors as we build the leading global organic cannabis brand,” said TGOD CEO Brian Athaide. “Our team remains focused on executing our business plan and creating value for our shareholders.”

As more hemp companies make the uplisting move, they may see added benefits from being traded on the major exchanges.

For more information on Sugarmade, visit Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD)

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420 with CNW – Four Key Lessons After Four Years of Recreational Marijuana in Colorado

Last year Colorado marked four years of legal marijuana sales and the data from the state government shows a number of lessons that other states can learn from Colorado’s experience. The following are some of those key lessons.

The Revenue Potential is High

It wasn’t just hype when marijuana legalization advocates campaigned on the promise that legalizing marijuana would be good for the economy. Colorado’s data reveals that cannabis sales amounting to more than $6 billion were recorded between 2014 and 2018. These sales resulted in tax revenue exceeding $1 billion, and the state coffers are the better for it.

States that are considering legalizing marijuana should therefore have no doubt that the industry has the potential to boost their economies if they design appropriate laws and regulations.

Medical Marijuana Declines in the Wake of Recreational Marijuana

Colorado’s experience also shows that the medical marijuana segment tends to register falling numbers if recreational marijuana is legalized. For example, two-thirds of the marijuana sales described earlier were for recreational marijuana. Since legalization, medical marijuana sales have registered a 13 percent decline.

This drop has occurred in spite of the incentives established to boost the medical marijuana segment of the market. For example, Colorado offers tax exemptions and allows patients to buy larger quantities of medical marijuana.

Marijuana is Good for Tourism

The four-year statistics from Colorado also reveal that tourism was boosted as a result of the legalization of marijuana. So far, 3,388,000 “canna-tourists” have been recorded in the state. These are non-residents who have purchased either recreational or medical marijuana in Colorado.

If this number of non-residents has bought legal marijuana in Colorado, they have also spent on other products and services, such as accommodation, food and transportation. This goes to show the extent of the ripple effects of legalizing marijuana.

Innovations Drive a Saturated Market

Four years after the marijuana industry was legalized in Colorado, it is reasonable to say that the industry is almost saturated. At this point, innovations, such as new marijuana delivery systems, social consumption lounges and the development of niche markets are the new frontier of opportunity in the sector.

This means that other states that have either legalized marijuana or are planning to do so must have a robust and responsive regulatory system so that the industry doesn’t stagnate when it nears saturation.

Industry analysts strongly believe that the different cannabis industry players, such as The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) and The Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. (TSX.V: FIRE) (OTCQX: SPRWF), take careful note of the lessons that each market offers and they use that data to fine tune their next moves.

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420 with CNW – Federal Data Reveals Underage Marijuana Use Isn’t Increasing After Legalization

While marijuana legalization opponents often claim that legalizing the drug will cause underage use of marijuana to skyrocket, the data seems to contradict this view. The latest proof that the fears of those opposed to legalization are unfounded is survey data released by the Substances Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-SAMHSA on Tuesday.

SAMHSA released the results of the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showing that the proportion of youth who have used marijuana within the last 30 days was less than the percentage of those who had used the drug according to the survey results of 2002-2004 and 2009-2013. Instead the teen marijuana use rates where similar to those recorded during the surveys done 2014-2017.

Nationally, the survey results show that the rates of teen marijuana use have been showing a downward trend from the time states started legalizing recreational marijuana. For example, the kids aged 12-17 who admitted to using marijuana were 13.5 percent of the respondents in 2012 but that number dropped to 12.5 percent during the 2018 survey.

The highest rate of teen marijuana use was recorded in 2002 when 15.8 percent reported that they used cannabis in the past month.

It should be remembered that Washington State and Colorado were the first to vote to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, and commercial sales started in 2014.

The 2018 survey also shows that cases of cannabis use disorder declined among children aged 12-17. This is the seventh straight year of dropping cannabis misuse by teens.

What makes the findings of this survey interesting is the fact that there is a growing reduction in the number of people who think that the recreational use of marijuana is risky. This flies counter to the view held by legalization opponents that when recreational pot becomes legal, the drug will be normalized and its abuse will skyrocket.

In all, the survey found that there was a general increase in the number of people who use marijuana in all age groups. Individuals who are older than 26 accounted for the largest increase in marijuana consumption with the rate going up to 13.3 in 2018 from 12.2 percent the previous year.

It is believed that the latest federal data may not have come as a surprise to cannabis industry players like Sproutly Canada Inc. (CSE: SPR) (OTCQB: SRUTF) (FRA: 38G) and Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) since the industry has always maintained that adult-use marijuana could actually deter underage use since the market of the drug will be regulated.

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420 with CNW – Maryland Court Rules Marijuana Smell Not Enough to Warrant a Body Search

The winds of change regarding marijuana laws around the country have evoked the lyrics of Bob Dylan when he wrote “The Times They Are a-Changin’” nearly 60 years ago. In fact, a court of law in Maryland quoted those very lyrics during its landmark ruling in a marijuana case in which the police was told they didn’t have “probable cause” to search the appellant just because the officers could smell pot.

This landmark ruling traces its roots to the arrest of Michael Pacheco back in 2016. The 26-year old had been found in his parked car in Montgomery County. The arresting officers testified that they were prompted to act when they sensed the smell of freshly combusted marijuana and they saw a cannabis joint on the car’s console.

These officers then ordered Pacheco out of his car and proceeded to search it. A subsequent body search unearthed some cocaine concealed in one of his pockets.

Pacheco’s legal team argued that the cocaine was found during an illegal search since there was no probable cause to justify the body search. This matter went to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals where Pacheco lost the case and was convicted.

His legal team filed an appeal with the Maryland Court of Appeals and this higher court quoted Bob Dilan as they quashed his conviction. The judges were unanimous (7-0) in their decision to reverse the conviction.

In their ruling, the judges observed that the laws governing marijuana had changed in different jurisdictions. For example, the possession and use of less than 10grams of marijuana has been legal for five years in Maryland. Consequently, the officers needed probable cause to suspect that Pacheco had more than 10grams before they could legally search him or his vehicle. This wasn’t available in this case, the judges observed.

The judges also pointed out that the circumstances that can warrant the search of a car may not be sufficient for the police to conduct a body search. This is because someone’s body enjoys a higher expectation of privacy when compared to when that person is in a vehicle.

Another judge on the panel that overturned Pacheco’s conviction noted that their ruling was limited in nature. He explained that driving under the influence of marijuana is a big concern and this ruling shouldn’t be interpreted to mean that the police cannot arrest an individual that they find sitting in the driver’s seat of a car in which there is no other occupant and that individual is smoking marijuana. In such a case, the police may pick interest in that individual under the presumption that he or she may drive under the influence.

Analysts think that this ruling will be welcomed by the marijuana industry fraternity, including participants like Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTCQB: PLPRF) and SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING). Similar rulings are likely to be made in jurisdictions where marijuana is legal.

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420 with CNW – New Zealand Study Concludes Teens Are Losing Interest in Marijuana

A study whose findings were published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday suggests that marijuana use among high school students is exhibiting a downward trend. This study comes to the same conclusion as another study that was conducted in the U.S.

According to the New Zealand study, the proportion of high school students who admitted that they tried using marijuana dropped to 23 percent in 2012 from the 38 percent recorded in 2001. The proportion of students who admitted to using marijuana on a weekly basis also reduced from approximately 6 percent in 2001 to 3.1 percent in the figures for 2012.

The data used to arrive at these findings was taken from a total of 2,000 national surveys done in 2001, 2007 and 2012.

Jude Ball, the lead author of the study, admitted that while his team’s findings were five years old, they were still a valuable indicator of teen behavior with regard to marijuana use.

Brad Olsen, a 22-year old New Zealander, talked about his age cohort in response to questions about marijuana use among teens and young adults. Olsen revealed that social media has increased teens’ awareness about different global issues, such as alcohol and drugs. This has made young people to become more careful regarding what they do, and most had resorted to seeking out better experiences (travel and concerts, for example).

Olsen’s views seem to hold water given how often posts and images about travel show up on the social media accounts of teens and young adults.

It is also possible that as people start joining the workforce earlier in life, their priorities change and they are less inclined to get involved in risky behavior that can jeopardize their day-to-day pursuits.

The findings of this study in New Zealand have come at a critical time when the country is gearing up to vote (during the 2020 general election) on whether recreational marijuana should be legalized in the country.

The study findings almost mirror the results of a similar study that was conducted this year in the U.S. The researchers found that there was an 8 percent reduction in the number of high school students who use marijuana ever since the drug was legalized for medical use.

The authors of that study concluded that there was no proof to show that when marijuana is legalized, more teens use the drug.

Analysts believe that industry players like Neutra Corp. (OTCQB: NTRR) and Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX.V: OGI) (NASDAQ: OGI) may feel vindicated by these research findings since the industry has always insisted that legalizing marijuana doesn’t trigger a rise in teen use of the substance.

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420 with CNW – Canadian Startup Makes Headway in Developing Marijuana Breathalyzer for US Police

Y-Combinator, a startup accelerator based in California, has picked interest in an Ontario-based startup which is developing a breathalyzer that can detect both alcohol and marijuana on the breath of drivers. Y-Combinator is known for having worked with Airbnb, Dropbox and Reddit, so the Canadian startup should be given ample attention if it has caught the eye of this startup accelerator.

SannTek Labs Inc. is the company behind the breathalyzer. This company was founded by two engineering graduate students at the University of Waterloo. The duo plan to develop a testing device which is more robust, more accurate and less invasive than what is currently available on the market. The current THC testing equipment on the market requires a saliva or blood sample.

According to survey data released by Statistics Canada, the Canadian federal government agency responsible for collecting data, approximately 1.4 million Canadian residents in 2018 reported that they had ever travelled in a car driven by someone who had used cannabis within the previous two hours. Such statistics underscore how important roadside marijuana testing equipment is, and the nanotechnology-driven SannTek 315 breathalyzer is an answer to that need.

However, the authorities have to contend with the reality that while it is easy to detect alcohol, marijuana presents numerous challenges since it is fat-soluble. The THC in marijuana may remain in someone’s muscle tissues without that individual showing any sign that they are intoxicated by the drug.

Consequently, it is harder to prove cannabis intoxication when compared to proving that someone is intoxicated/impaired by alcohol.

This is where the SannTek 315 device comes in. The makers of this device claim that their invention has the capability of making an accurate determination of how much THC a person consumed within the past 3-4 hours. Based on these findings, the police can decide whether the person can be prosecuted or not.

This claim may be questionable, given that the scientific community is yet to agree on how much THC can impair a person. To compound matters further, tolerance levels vary, so what can impair one person may not have any effect on another person who uses marijuana more regularly or heavily.

Nevertheless, the innovators at SannTek Labs Inc. hope that their device will attract the attention (and money) of police departments in the U.S. For that to happen, the U.S. NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has to first test and approve the products for use. Each device is estimated to cost between $800 and $1,000 although the products aren’t on sale as yet.

Industry watchers are of the view that the cannabis industry, including actors like MustGrow Biologics Corp. (CSE: MGRO) and Nabis Holdings (CSE: NAB) (OTC: NABIF) (FRA: 71P), may be looking to innovators like the ones at SannTek Labs Inc. for solutions to some of the nagging questions about cannabis use by drivers.

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