Portfolio Category: Portfolio: Medical Marijuana

New Congressional Legislation Would Lift Restrictions on Important Cannabis Research

In a move that should expand scientific research efforts into the medical benefits of cannabis, on September 9th, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee sent new marijuana-related legislation to the House floor for further debate and consideration. H.R. 3797, labeled “The Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2019,” would permit certified scientists to…
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Technology Easing Security Concerns in Cannabis

Whether they are growing, processing, manufacturing, distributing, or selling, businesses handling cannabis, and the cash exchanged for it, are highly vulnerable to theft. They deal with valuable products sold in thriving illicit markets, creating temptations some people with bad intentions might find hard to resist. Consequently, security is a vital issue at cannabis facilities. Potential…
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Pakistan to Legalize Hemp Cultivation and Production

Despite starting its hemp industry nearly from scratch, Pakistan still expects to reap significant economic rewards in short order. They will fund intensive scientific research to diversify their hemp-based product lines as quickly as possible and forecast profits of at least $1 billion in the first three years after the initial hemp crops are planted.…
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Scaling Up: Commercial Hemp Oil Extraction Machines

The demand for CBD products is booming. Even the COVID-19-induced economic contraction has not been enough to slow the explosive growth of the hemp industry, which hopes to ride the coattails of cannabidiol to the Promised Land. The cannabis research firms, BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research, estimate that by 2024, U.S. consumers will spend…
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Toxic Contaminants in Cannabis Extracts: What are the Dangers?

Chemical substances are sometimes added to cannabis extracts used in vaporizers. Some of these substances increase vaporization efficiency by diluting the thick, gooey cannabis extract. Others are used to change the appearance of the extract, to make it appear unadulterated if a fluidizing agent has been used. Pine Rosin Earlier this year, researchers from Portland…
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CBD Marketplace Plagued by Labeling Inaccuracies, Still

The market for cannabidiol (CBD) products is growing, driven by the public’s insatiable demand for anything that includes the letters ‘CBD’ on its label. CBD is highly attractive because of its innumerable health benefits, and its ease of availability is an added convenience. Unfortunately, the demand for CBD products has grown so fast that quality…
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What is a Trichome?

Cannabis and hemp plants are fertile producers of a dazzling array of chemical compounds, many of which have therapeutic effects in the human body. At the heart of this production system are the trichomes, which cover the surface of female cannabis plants throughout their blooming stage. Trichomes are tiny, translucent, crystalline structures with bulbous heads…
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New Federal Initiative Promises Better Quality Control in Cannabis Testing

Most legitimate cannabis and hemp companies form relationships with third-party testing laboratories. Independent chemists test their products for cannabinoid content, terpene content, and contamination levels, and the data collected is made available to retailers and consumers. In theory, independent labs should offer an additional degree of transparency to the industry, guaranteeing that product labels are…
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Staying Compliant—and Profitable—with Fyllo

Cannabis is regulated more tightly than most businesses. Regulations issue from cities as well as states, and constant changes are the exception rather than the rule. This was the case even before the Covid-19 pandemic, and the situation is even more volatile now: more than 500 regulatory updates have been posted since lockdowns and quarantines…
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Hash Making Process and Equipment

Hash is produced when the trichomes (resin glands) of the cannabis plant are separated and concentrated, with little or no contamination that can reduce potency and quality. Inside the juicy organic factories of the trichomes, THC, CBD, and multiple terpenes are produced in abundance. Solvents (usually butane) are routinely used to complete the hash extraction…
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