Category: Culture

Study Finds Cannabis is Effective for Treating Tourette’s Patients

AP In many states where medical marijuana is legal, one of the many listed qualifying conditions is Tourette Syndrome. The illness is a neurological disorder that causes tics, OCD, and ADD-like tendencies among other issues. While there is no cure for Tourette’s, there are some therapies that prove effective in minimizing symptoms – and one of the most effective treatments with the fewest side effects appears to be medical marijuana. A recent study published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences found that Tourette’s patients who used marijuana found a reduction in their symptoms – so the clinic started...

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Legal Marijuana Already Generating Jobs On Par with Large Mainstream Industries

Getty Over the last several years, there has been an avalanche of data that shows the degree of success the legal cannabis industry has achieved thus far. But perhaps none show the advancement of the industry more than job numbers. Since the industry is new and legality is still fluid in many states, exact numbers are harder to come by. But according to a new estimate by Marijuana Business Daily, the number of people working in the legal marijuana industry – “retailers, wholesale grows, infused products/concentrates companies, testing labs and ancillary firms” – is anywhere between 165,000 and 230,000....

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How Has Legalization Really Impacted the Rate of Car Crashes?

Getty Recently, two very different studies were published on very similar subjects. The first looked at whether or not car collisions had increased in states with recreational cannabis after legalization and was published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The second study looked specifically at whether or not there was an increase in fatal car crashes in states with recreational cannabis laws and was published by the American Journal of Public Health. Oddly enough, the results of the two almost seem to contradict one another – but varying data points is probably the cause of this. The first...

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Long Lines Greet The Start of Adult Use Marijuana Sales in Nevada

Getty After announcements, court battles and the possibility of delays, recreational sales have finally begun in Nevada. Just after midnight on Saturday morning local time, some medical marijuana dispensaries in the state opened their doors and began selling marijuana to adults for any reason, a result of the passage of Question 2 by Nevada voters last November. Most of those that opened Saturday morning did so to very long lines, like the 250 to 300 people that were waiting outside Oasis Medical Cannabis in Las Vegas. The Source medical marijuana dispensary had a notable customer leading a long line...

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Startup Creates App Using Artificial Intelligence to Find Your Perfect Cannabis Strain

Getty Technological advancements have the capability to improve the quality of the customer experience in just about any industry – and the cannabis niche is certainly no different. Specifically, artificial intelligence (AI) has increased the efficiency of operations in banking financial services, marketing and sales, and sports and entertainment. Now, a startup called PotBot is utilizing AI to help select the perfect medical cannabis strain for patients. The PotBot app starts off by asking the user/ patient to provide it with their specific condition and symptoms. Within seconds, the app searches through peer-reviewed medical journals in order to give...

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California Bill Would Ban Advertising and Branding by Cannabis Businesses

Getty One of the most controversial subjects in states that are preparing to implement a newly legalized cannabis industry is how to handle restrictions on advertising. The idea is to restrict the potential of inadvertently advertising to minors, while still allowing businesses reasonable ways to market their products and brands. In California, a bill was introduced last month that would severely restrict small cannabis businesses’ ability to advertise or brand themselves at all. The bill was introduced by Senator Ben Allen, and has unfortunately received complete support from lawmakers so far. Senate Bill 162 has already received a unanimous...

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