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“Indica” and “Sativa” May Not Mean What You Think

Obama KushAs discussed in The Cannabist, strains are generally lumped into two categories: Sativas, which are better suited to daytime use and are more energetic; and Indicas, which are better for nighttime use and are more sedative. Most strains are hybrids of the two, but will still tend to fall more on the indica or sativa side. Max Montrose from Trichome Instutute came on The Cannabist Show to discuss the chemistry behind different kinds of highs. Because of the high degree of hybridization, terpenes may play a bigger role in what kind of cannabis high people experience, at least according to Montrose: “It’s terpene-dependent. It’s the terpenes that will dictate the psychoactivity that we’ll experience from cannabis, not really the cannabinoids.” Some terpenes are more common in indica than in sativa, however. Each strain is a unique experience, which is why having a knowledgeable budtender is indispensable when choosing the correct strain.

Read the full article on The Cannabist.

CBD Classed as Medicine in UK

medicineIn stark contrast to the DEA’s recent ruling that CBD should be included as a Schedule I drug, the UK’s Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has decided to class CBD (cannabidiol) as a medicine. CBD will now be regulated and must meet safety and quality standards. The MHRA director of inspection and enforcement told Sky News: “The change really came about with us offering an opinion that CBD is in fact a medicine, and that opinion was based on the fact that we noted that people were making some quite stark claims about serious diseases that could be treated with CBD.” Cannabis in the UK will continue to be criminalized and is not currently recognized as having any medical benefits.

Read the full story on Sky News.

Retired NFL Player Speaks Out About Cannabis

National Football League logoFormer Philadelphia Eagles lineman Todd Herremans recently opened up about his use of cannabis during his NFL career. As reported in Ganjapreneur, Herremans used it to manage pain as an alternative to opioid painkillers, which are highly addictive. “I saw a lot of friends of mine throughout the years that I played that would end up with opiate addictions and it was kind of a scary thing,” Herremans said. Many athletes share the view that cannabis may be a safer alternative to opioids. This admission comes on the heels of the NFL’s announcement that they will spend $100 million to explore new ways to protect their players. A coalition of physician-advocates led by Dr. David Nathan think the NFL should consider cannabis as a part of that plan: “I think that that’s a moral obligation on the part of the NFL. I don’t believe that any of us at this point really think that marijuana is a drug without some medical use,” said Nathan.

Read the full article on Ganjapreneur.

DEA’s Ruling on CBD May be Illegal

cannabis leafBruce Barcott recently penned an article for Leafly that investigated the legality of the DEA’s decision to establish a new drug code for cannabis extracts that includes the non-psychoactive substance CBD (cannabidiol). This ruling will not affect states that have already legalized cannabis, as technically these states are already ignoring cannabis’ status as a Schedule I drug. It is a concern for states that allow for hemp-derived CBD products, however. There are 16 states that allow for THC-free CBD products as long as they’re not derived from “marijuana,” but instead made from hemp, which is not a controlled substance. The DEA cannot create regulations for substances that are not within their domain, and they don’t have the authority to decide what is and isn’t a “drug.” That would be a legislation issue and falls to Congress. The DEA isn’t allowed to create acts of legislation. Not only that, but this isn’t the first time the DEA has tried to do something like this. In 2001, the DEA created a rule for hemp that would have banned hempseed and hempseed oil products, which is a popular ingredient in myriad food and cosmetic products. The ruling was successfully challenged in court, led by Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. The judges determined that if the substance is not already scheduled by Congress, then the DEA has no authority to try to regulate it. The legal precedent has been set, now we wait.

Read the full article on Leafly.

Early Rec Sales Ending December 31st

January 1st, New Years DayRecreational customers in Oregon may soon need to find new pot shops, depending on what their store of choice is planning to do on January 1st. Medical dispensaries have been allowed to sell to recreational customers since October of last year, but this allowance will end on December 31st. All dispensaries in Oregon will then have to choose whether they will be medical or recreational, carrying licenses from the OHA (Oregon Health Authority) or the OLCC (Oregon Liquor Control Commission). Medical patients that shop at recreational dispensaries will still be able to make purchases, however. All medical dispensaries that have been participating in early rec sales are currently OHA licensed, but a few dispensaries have already made the switch to OLCC (including Satchel). Do you know if your favorite pot shop will flip to rec in January?