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We are in the middle of an unprecedented global event.  The key words to highlight are, “we” and “global”.  This is one of the rare moments in human history where together we are fighting the same problem, therefore we are all on the same global team.  Some of us are battling on the front lines, while others are supporting remotely.  What matters most is that we do our part for the good of others and look inward for the betterment of ourselves.

There is a great parable which comes to mind during this time.  It reads, “The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words, and doesn’t do them, will realize what it means to have built a house on the sand.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it”.

Now is the time to refocus and make a positive shift.  A shift to that which is most important or essential to human life.  Take the time to repair, rebuild, or simply make

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High Times Exclusive

New research shows that the amount of cannabidiol found in CBD products can vary dramatically by purchase location, with items from gas stations faring worse and delivering only 40% of the labeled potency. Results of the study performed by the CBD Awareness Project were published recently on the online information resource’s website.

Austin Meadows, the research editor for the CBD Awareness Project, told High Times that the overwhelming presence of CBD products in the marketplace inspired the group to investigate potency claims.

“We were interested in testing potency in CBD products because right now the CBD market is saturated and yet fairly unregulated,” Meadows said in an email. “We have seen so many CBD products in gas stations and grocery stores, and like any product that advertises dosages, became curious as to how much CBD was actually in these infused waters, pain relief creams, lozenges, etc.”

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To conduct the study, researchers purchased 15 CBD projects from various sales outlets throughout South Florida. A variety of products including topicals, edibles, and infused beverages of varying price points were purchased from grocery stores, CBD stores, and gas stations. The products were then

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Unfortunately, in times of crisis and hardship there will always be companies attempting to take advantage of people, playing off of fear and desperation. Earlier this month, the FDA sent out a round of warning letters to companies that were selling fraudulent COVID-19 products. We’ve written extensively about what CBD companies should not do if they want to avoid FDA scrutiny, as well as the scrutiny that CBD companies have already received. And although none of the letters sent out in this round of FDA enforcement specifically referenced CBD products, at least one of the companies targeted does sell CBD products, and we have heard anecdotal reports of CBD companies making dubious statements related to the coronavirus that may or may not rise to the level of medical claims.

In light of the foregoing, we thought it would be helpful to lay out the nature of the claims being made related to COVID-19 that the FDA will not tolerate, and to review the basics of labeling and advertising related to medical claims as they pertain not just to CBD companies, but to any company in the health and wellness space. Here’s what the FDA had to say in its

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The gains cannabis companies were banking on in the lead-up to legalization of recreational sales in October 2018 have not materialized. So, what went sideways?

In February, weeks before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and the stock market was sent into a tailspin, a handful of Canada’s largest cannabis companies were already in layoff mode. In B.C., Canopy Growth was preparing to shutter what was once the world’s largest licensed indoor growing operation, a sprawling 12-hectare greenhouse facility in Aldergrove, along with a smaller one in nearby Delta. The early March closures eliminated 500 jobs. A month earlier, Alberta-based Aurora Cannabis Inc. laid off 500 employees and announced the immediate departure of CEO Terry Booth.

Gone were the heady days of 2018 when the legalization of recreational pot was on the horizon, and cannabis companies were so flush with cash that Canopy Growth chartered planes to fly seedlings from Ontario to B.C. and proudly invited media to watch the deliveries. Freelance photographer Jen Osborne witnessed one of the arrivals and toured the massive Aldergrove greenhouse (one of her photos appeared in Maclean’s).

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Cannabis Cares is a movement started to show the world a different side of cannabis, the successful side, the active side, the side that cares about people of cannabis, not just the plant. For ages cannabis has been seen as a villain in the community despite all the wonders it works for that same community that has criticized it. Now that cannabis business is developing and the world is learning more about CBD and cannabis, Devin and Nichole are pushing the needle. I Love Trees is helping to educate and eradicate the negative stigma wherever possible. Cannabis Cares hosted the second feed the people event, where cannabis, CBD, and related companies gathered in skid row, downtown Los Angeles, fed 2000 people and had clothes for 1800. Shirley and her company @beauty2thestreets came out and gave haircuts for the less fortunate and Lock and Vegas led the Fighters For the World Mc that day helping break the stigma as well. Some of the companies that sponsored this event were:

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A few weeks ago, Hilary Bricken wrote about the proliferation of ketamine clinics in the United States and the logistics and legalities of operating a ketamine infusion clinic. As Hilary explained, the only FDA approved use of ketamine is for the induction and maintenance of anesthesia, though it also used for off-label infusions in the management of psychiatric disorders and chronic pain management.

Ketamine is listed as Schedule III controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Its use is also restricted by various state laws and regulations. But because there is no FDA regulation on the control and oversight of clinics, patient safety protocols may vary and the liabilities (e.g. medical malpractice) for off-label use of ketamine are fairly far-reaching. Perhaps as a result, there have been multiple reports of safety and abuse problems related to the drug.

An example of the kinds of liabilities faced by ketamine clinics, prescribing physicians, hospital systems, pharmacies and others came to light this week in an $8.2 million medical negligence lawsuit filed in Oregon state court. The defendants are a prescriber of a ketamine nasal spray for use in pain management and the pharmacy that produced the spray. Branchflower v. Oregon

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Chemists at some of the biggest legal-weed companies are after an elusive prize; a predictable, reliable product.

The retail showroom of INSA, a farm-to-bong cannabis company in western Massachusetts, is a clean industrial space on the first floor of a four-story brick building in the old mill town Easthampton. When I visited recently, before the coronavirus shut down recreational sales and forbade crowds, the crew of eight behind the glass display cases looked a lot like the staff you’d see dispensing lattes at Starbucks or troubleshooting iPads at the Genius Bar: young, racially diverse, smiling. They were all wearing black T-shirts with the INSA motto, “Uncommon Cannabis.” Standing in line with me were a white-haired couple leaning on canes; a 40-something woman in a black pantsuit, who complained that the wait would be longer than her lunch break; a bald man in a tweed jacket; and a pair of women in perms and polyester discussing the virtues of a strain called Green Crack. We were all waiting at a discreet distance from the counter, as you would at the bank, for the next available “budtender.”

– Read the entire article at New York Times.

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Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday extended an order closing nonessential businesses, including recreational cannabis shops, until early May.

Shannon Venezia hasn’t had a seizure in four and a half years — a fact that she attributes to her decision to treat her epilepsy with cannabis instead of the prescriptions her doctor wrote, which she says would give her mood swings.

After recreational cannabis became available in Massachusetts in 2018, Venezia let her medical marijuana card lapse. With two young kids at home and a full-time job, she didn’t think going to a doctor’s office to be re-approved for the card and then waiting up to two months for it to be processed was worth the hassle.

– Read the entire article at NBC News.

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