Are High-CBD Hemp Flowers the Next Big Thing in Cannabis?

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Pirate (not his real name) has been working with cannabis his entire adult life, a trajectory that took him from getting his fingernails dirty at a clandestine outdoor grow in the underground economy to serving patients as part of California’s gray market in medical marijuana, and then on into a job at a state-licensed cannabis dispensary.

So he’s kinda seen it all.

Except now he’s in a whole new field—an Oregon hemp field to be exact—working for a company that grows, markets, and distributes a product you probably haven’t encountered yet. But you may soon, because 2019 is going to be a bumper crop for high-CBD hemp flower.

“It’s mind-blowing,” Pirate tells me. “Some of my mentors from when I was an outdoor grower are now asking for advice on how to set themselves up as CBD hemp farmers.”

Now, no doubt you’ve heard plenty about CBD by now. It’s trendy! It’s helps children with severe seizure disorders. It’s in capsules, oils, vape pens, gummies, coffee, salves, rubs, and lotions. Hell, it’s even been infused into a corporate hamburger!

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State-By-State MMJ Qualifying Conditions

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Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Marijuana Card by State

Although cannabis remains federally illegal in the United States, many states have legalized cannabis for valid medical purposes (and several states have legalized cannabis both medically and for adult use). In order to qualify for medical marijuana, patients must have a diagnosed ailment that is on their state’s list of qualifying medical marijuana conditions. With the recommendation of a local physician, a qualified patient can obtain a medical marijuana card or authorization to visit dispensaries and purchase medical marijuana products. (In states where recreational cannabis has been legalized, adult consumers do not need a medical marijuana card, but may not have access to the same medical cannabis products that are available for patients.)

Here’s a list of which states authorize medical marijuana for valid, qualified patients. Each entry includes a link to the state’s qualifying conditions, as well as a rundown of which medical conditions and symptoms must be verified by a physician in order to get authorized as a valid medical marijuana patient. Please note that some states allow physicians to approve other medical conditions not listed on a case-by-case basis, so check with your doctor.

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Game Of Genomes: The Battle For The King Of Cannabis Strains Is Just Heating Up

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“Juicy Fruit.” “Obama Kush.” “Zkittlez.” Dispensaries are selling dozens and dozens of creatively named cannabis “strains.” But they’re not necessarily the same even if they’re named that way. In both the cannabis consumer and scientific worlds, that’s causing problems.

Check-In: If you’re already confused on what I’m talking about, have a look at this awesome cannabis plant breakdown by Marijuana Break for a primer  I keep it bookmarked for the bucket list of strains to try.

The popular term “strain” is commonly, although mistakenly, used to describe a variety, breed or specific type of cannabis, but it’s incorrect. “Most people in the scientific community would agree that the word ‘strain’ refers to a specific type of bacteria or virus,” Autumn Karcey, CEO of Cultivo, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in pharmaceutical grade agricultural products, told me. “In botanical nomenclature in the cannabis industry, the correct terminology is ‘cultivar’, which more accurately describes a plant variety that has been produced in cultivation by a selective breeding process.”

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5 Cannabis Moms Who Changed the Game

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Like every other mother on this list, Dr. Marsha Schuchard, PhD, never set out to become a cannabis activist, never mind one capable of changing the game. Her call to action came in the form of a birthday party that she and her husband hosted at their suburban Atlanta home in 1976. The guest of honor was their thirteen-year-old daughter, who’d lately been “moody” and “indifferent” towards her parents—both liberal-leaning English professors.

Other parents stepped forward, at great personal risk, to tell a different story about cannabis and children, one about profound healing.

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A Physician’s Perspective on Optimal Cannabis Dosing

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Dosage is the key factor in achieving the most benefits and least adverse effects of cannabis. After following thousands of patients using medical cannabis for eight years, I’ve observed that dosing cannabis is unlike any therapeutic agent to which I was exposed in my medical training. A basic understanding of the key characteristics of cannabis dosing can empower you to make the most of this incredibly versatile, safe, and effective herb.

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No Brainer: CBD & THC for Head Injuries

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  • According to a U.S. government-held patent pertaining to “cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants,” CBD and THC can limit “neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke or trauma.”
  • A 2014 study found that traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients who tested positive for THC were more likely to survive with less impairment than TBI patients who abstained from marijuana.
  • Preclinical research and anecdotal accounts indicate that CBD is highly active against brain ischemia, modulating many of the molecular hallmarks of TBI pathology.
  • CBD normalizes post-ischemic heart arrhythmia and limits the size of damaged brain tissue in mice when administered shortly before or after a closed head injury.
  • CBD produces no intoxicating effects, no THC-like high, and its use does not lead to tolerance.
  • As yet there have been no FDA-approved clinical trials to determine the efficacy of CBD-rich cannabis oil extracts for traumatic brain injury.

What Is Caryophyllene and What Does This Cannabis Terpene Do?

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Terpenes provide a wide variety of aromatic properties ranging from floral and earthy notes to musky and citrusy ones. When it come to the spicier side of the spectrum, caryophyllene holds the trophy for the most flair.

The terpene caryophyllene is present in many herbs and spices, including black pepper, basil, and oregano, and cannabis strains with high levels of it deliver a spicy, funky warmth to the nose, similar to cinnamon and cloves.

What makes caryophyllene an intriguing terpene is its relationship with our endocannabinoid system, particularly, its ability to bind to CB2 receptors. Because of this, it comes with a host of potential medical benefits.

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A Patient’s Guide to Using Cannabis for Cancer

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The cannabis plant contains a number of compounds with research-backed benefits for cancer patients. The science-based case that it is a safe and effective medicine will be made below, with plenty of links to double-blind studies, authoritative sources, and leading experts. The takeaway being that the plant and preparations derived from it can provide relief of cancer-related symptoms like pain, nausea, and inflammation. Some research has even shown that some cannabis compounds may slow cancer growth and shrink tumors.

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