Understanding how cannabidiol (CBD) exerts its myriad effects on human physiology is a work in progress. Thus far, scientists have identified more than 60 different molecular pathways through which CBD operates. It is known, for example, that CBD acts through multiple receptor-independent channels and it also binds to various receptors in the brain, including serotonin 5HT1A (which contributes to CBD’s antidepressant effect), TRPV1 (which contributes to CBD’s anti-psychotic effect), the nuclear receptor PPAR-gamma (regulates gene expression), and the orphan receptor GPR55, among others.
Professor Greg Gerdeman on brain science, the neurobiology of stress, and how the discovery of the endocannabinoid system has liberated cannabis from the drug abuse paradigm. Here is a wonderful interview with Professor Gerdeman with Project CBD:
Employers across the country are finding it difficult to hire potential job candidates who are willing and able to pass drug tests, according to a New York Times report by Jackie Calmes.
While the problem hits unskilled or low-skilled workers more, it also impacts higher-skilled jobs, Calmes said. She said marijuana remains the biggest culprit for candidates not passing drug tests.
We have a pesky, non-organic thorn in our side. Our current agricultural system is not based on sustainable means of cultivation and, unfortunately, this also applies to much of cannabis farming today. While the “organic” marijuana movement is gaining momentum, the vast majority of cultivators grow cannabis as a monocultural crop, which often entails the use of toxic pesticides and plant growth boosters to maximize profit.
Coffee, tea, and alcohol are probably the most socially-condoned addictions in the Western world. But as smoking a J rapidly becomes almost as normal as a morning cup of joe, many people are doubling-on and combining their low-level vices.
Using THC and caffeine in tandem doesn’t cause the wooziness many people get when they drink and smoke at the same time. But caffeine and THC still work together in surprising, if less-intense, ways.
Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act: Executive Summary
– The Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Adult Use of Marijuana Act) is designed to allow nonmedical marijuana for responsible adult use, and establish a strict regulatory system, modeled after the medical marijuana legislation passed with bipartisan support and signed into state law in 2015, to facilitate the transition to a legal market.
– The Adult Use of Marijuana Act proposes the toughest regulations of any adult-use marijuana proposal submitted to date — in the interests of protecting children and preventing diversion to the illegal market.
– The Adult Use of Marijuana Act addresses five main components: adult use of nonmedical marijuana, medical marijuana, regulation of nonmedical marijuana, taxation, and criminal penalties. Revenue raised from levies on marijuana will be dedicated to three sources: Youth Substance Abuse Education, Prevention and Treatment; State and Local Law Enforcement; and Environmental Restoration and Water Protection.
In order for the cannabis industry to join the ranks of the 21stCentury consumer marketplace, quality control that establishes consistency and accuracy in analyzing cannabis is key. Here are four reasons why.
1. For the safety and satisfaction of the consumer: Cannabis consumers deserve to know exactly how potent their cannabis is when they purchase it. Getting the dosage and ratios of THC to CBD just right is important for medical marijuana patients in particular who are Continue reading