The global cannabis export market is dominated by a handful of Canadian, Dutch and British companies. Over 90% of all legal cannabis sales today take place in the USA. Will the world’s traditional cannabis-producing countries get an opportunity to compete in this arena?
The cannabis seed industry evolved in an inconsistent manner over the last few decades, and throughout its development, methods and approaches to breeding have varied widely. Many breeders work for years to stabilize strains, and keep meticulous records documenting every single generation and its characteristics, the results of each cross and backcross.
Cannabis can grow in a remarkably wide range of environmental conditions, and naturalised populations have sprung up all over the world. Now, seed companies have developed outdoor strains that are not only able to grow and thrive in specific habitats, but that are also able to consistently produce cannabinoids.
Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CEDC) is a proposed spectrum disorder that has been implicated in a range of illnesses, including fibromyalgia, migraine and irritable bowel syndrome. So far, very little research has been conducted on this speculative disorder, but if it is found to exist, it could be responsible for these very common conditions as well as many related ones.
Although much of our early history of hemp use has been lost in the mists of time, we still find odd echoes of it every now and then – in old medical texts, in archaeological digs, or even in a folk song or poem that has survived the passage of time to remain essentially intact. Here, we take a look at some of history’s finest and best-preserved examples!
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is one of the most medically important of the known cannabinoids. It is thought to act as an antagonist of the cannabinoid receptors at low doses, but surprisingly, it may act as an agonist at high doses, giving effects similar to THC. Since its discovery in 1973, THCV has gradually grown in importance within medical circles.
Cannabidivarin (CBDV) is a naturally-occurring phytocannabinoid that occurs in small traces in certain strains of the cannabis plant. Although less studied than its more famous counterparts such as THC and CBD, research is beginning to uncover the medical potential of CBDV to treat epilepsy and other neurological conditions.
Cannabicyclol (CBL) is a little-studied phytocannabinoid that occurs naturally in the cannabis plant. Very little is known about CBL or its potential in medicine. Most existing research into CBL has focused on the structure and biosynthesis of the molecule itself, and the few studies that have looked into its use in specific medical applications have not yielded promising results.
There are thousands, if not tens of thousands of cannabis-related apps available today for use on smartphones and tablets. Many of them are buggy, poor imitations of better products, or just downright useless! But there are some incredibly useful and valuable apps if you know where to look – so let’s see what we can find.
All over the world, we can see the historic importance of hemp in society, recorded in novels, administrative texts, poems, plays, and songs. Yet another way we see hemp’s importance through history is in place names – in towns and villages that were widely known for having a local hemp industry, of cultivation, textile production, and so on.
As a result of the Anthropocene mass extinction event, scientists estimate that 68 percent of plant species are threatened with extinction. Across the world, a pitched battle is being fought against the twin forces of climate change and habitat destruction to save the world’s plant species – and seed banks and repositories are a crucial part of the effort.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, how can you plan the perfect, cannabis-related day with your special someone? Here’s a look at some of the best and cutest ideas and products out there!
We call locale-specific varieties of cannabis “landraces”, and they are the backbone of modern commercially-bred cannabis seeds. But these landraces are under threat from habitat loss, government eradication programs, and invasion of foreign varieties. Let’s take a look at how this occurs, and what we can do to preserve our remaining landrace genepool.
The international movement to legalise and regulate cannabis has achieved such staggering success in recent years that the cause has now become mainstream, and an increasingly significant political issue in dozens of countries worldwide. After the successes of last year, what does 2017 hold for the cannabis industry?
For certain conditions, cannabis and cannabis-based medicines may be safer and more effective than current standard treatments. Medicinal cannabis patients in the US and elsewhere are beginning to replace or supplement conventional pharmaceuticals with cannabis, with very promising initial results.
In breaking news, the Dutch company Bedrocan has been recognised as compliant with the European Medicines Agency’s good manufacturing practice (GMP) standards. This is the highest level of compliance ever achieved by a medicinal cannabis company.
During winter, coughs and colds affect most of us. Although the simple, ubiquitous viruses that cause these common illnesses are very hard to “cure” outright, there are various ways that cannabis can be used to ease their symptoms. Read on to find out how to incorporate cannabis into your diet and health care regime to prevent and treat colds!
Cannabis cuisine has advanced dramatically in recent years. More people are cooking with cannabis, and techniques and results are becoming increasingly spectacular. Read on for a basic overview of important “do’s & don’t’s” to consider when hosting your cannabis dinner party!
How the Global Economy Depends on Illegal Drug Money – Part II: Trade Routes, Empire, & the “Narco-State”
Drugs have been traded between countries for centuries, and laws have been passed banning their sale or consumption for perhaps as long. The early history of the drug trade is patchy, but from the 17th century onwards there is plenty of evidence of a flourishing international trade – as well as plenty of efforts to stamp it out.