Medical marijuana advocates have celebrated cannabis as a non-toxic, non-addictive alternative to a wide range of prescription drugs. But while scores of patients have had success using cannabis as a substitute for pharmaceuticals, it’s not for everybody.
For one, not every patient responds to cannabis in the same way. Though many have reported using cannabis to alleviate anxiety, for example, others experience heightened anxiety and paranoia when they smoke weed.
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The first piece of cannabis reform legislation introduced in the 116th Congress is H.R.127– Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act of 2019. Sponsored by Cannabis Caucus Chair Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), this year marks the third time that the CARERS Act has been filed since its first introduction in 2015. The bill includes several provisions: it protects cannabis patients and businesses in compliance with their state laws from federal prosecution; excludes cannabidiol (CBD) from the federal definition of ‘marijuana’; compels the Attorney General and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to license additional medical cannabis cultivators and researchers; and authorizes doctors in the Department of Veterans Affairs to recommend medical cannabis to veteran patients in-line with respective state law.
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A veteran executive of both the biomass and hemp industry blasted the use of the term “biomass” by the nescient hemp industry during an interview with Cannabis Tech Media.
“Increasingly, I see companies refer to the dried hemp flowers as ‘biomass’ as they seek to buy or sell hemp bud, but the correct definition of biomass is the stalk and potentially spent bud (post extraction),” noted Ask A Hempster host Carell, also known as Carl Lehrburger. “Typically ‘biomass’ refers to non-food plant matter, including hemp and corn stalk residues, straws like wheat straw, coconut husks and seed hull, and woody biomass, which are all distinguished from the hemp flower and hemp seed, corn, and wheat kernels”, he continued.
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Many of cannabinoids have therapeutic value and CBD is no exception.
Scientists are rapidly discovering more and more about the rather amazing abilities of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Most of them have shown therapeutic value, as have the terpenes, which give the plant its distinct odors. There are over 125 terpenes and over 80 cannabinoids in cannabis and each strain has its own unique blend that create its distinct effects.
CBD is just one cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are 21-carbon molecules that block or stimulate endocannabinoid receptors. It’s known that other cannabinoids, such as THC, THCV, CBN and CBD, bind to CB1 and/or CB2 receptors, just as do the brain’s own naturally occurring cannabinoids – AEA and 2 AG.
Many of these cannabinoids have therapeutic value and CBD is no exception. It is a non-psychotropic cannabinoid, meaning it does not contribute to the euphoria associated with certain strains of cannabis. It is, however, psychoactive, because it crosses the blood-brain barrier. Unlike THC, CBD can be administered at relatively high doses without undesired psychological side effects.
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You just picked up a new strain that you’ve been waiting to try. The moment you get home, you rip into the package and take in its smell. When you dive in deeper, you spot something buried within the bud. It’s small, round, and has an outer casing.
Congratulations, you’ve found a seed. More specifically a bagseed, as the seeds found in packaged or bagged flower are commonly called.
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SB 116 (Sen. Jose Menendez) — Relating to industrial hemp; requiring an occupational license; authorizing fees.
Head on over to https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00116I.htm to view Texas Bill 86(R) SB 116