Study: Kids with High Academic Scores More Likely to Use Cannabis, Less Likely to Smoke Cigarettes

New research has found that adolescents with high academic scores are considerably more likely to consume cannabis than those with low scores.

The study was published by the British Medical Journal. According to its abstract, the study’s aim “was to determine the association between childhood academic ability and the onset and persistence of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use across adolescence in a representative sample of English schools pupils.” Researchers wanted to conduct the study because “Previous research has produced conflicting findings.”

For the study, data from “7 years of the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE)” was used; in total there were 6,059 participants “with information on academic ability around age 11 and health behaviours from age 13/14 to 16/17 (early adolescence) and from age 18/19 to 19/20 (late adolescence).” Researchers used “Self-completion questionnaires during home visits, face-to-face interviews and web-based questionnaires” to determine the results.

In “multinomial logistic regression models adjusting for a range of covariates”, the high (vs low) academic ability “reduced the risk of persistent cigarette smoking” in early adolescence. On the contrary; high academic ability was “positively associated with occasional and persistent cannabis use in late adolescence.” High academic scores were also found to be associated with ncreased alcohol consumption.

Researchers conclude; “In a sample of over 6000 young people in England, high childhood academic at age 11 is associated with a reduced risk of cigarette smoking but an increased risk of drinking alcohol regularly and cannabis use. These associations persist into early adulthood, providing evidence against the hypothesis that high academic ability is associated with temporary ‘experimentation’ with substance use.

The full study can be found by clicking here.

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Online Marijuana Design Wins “Best Branding Agency” Category at DOPE Industry Awards Washington

By Jeremy Kossen

Online Marijuana Design was selected as the first-place winner in the “Best Branding Agency” category at the 2016’s DOPE Industry Awards (DIA) – Washington State.

The annual awards event, presented by IONIC, is the industry’s most glamorous and prestigious event.

Each year, DOPE Magazine brings together the industry’s best of the best, including brands, marketers, budtenders, dispensaries, and buds, to host the cannabis industry’s most prestigious awards event. The industry awards honor over 100 Washington cannabis businesses and industry professionals across 25 different categories ranging from “Activist of the Year” to “Best Cannabis Design Firm.”

Other notable winners at the “White Winter Wonderland”-themed event included:

  • Best Tech Product: Leafly
  • Best Cannabis Association: NORML Washington
  • Cannabis Store of the Year: Satori
  • Activist of the Year: Danielle Rosellison
  • Best Edible Company: Honu

The annual “Emery Award,” recognizes an individual in the industry who has dedicated their life’s work to advancing the industry. The award went to Vivian McPeak, co-founder of the legendary ‘protestival’ Seattle Hempfest (which last Summer celebrated its 25th anniversary).

“We’ve been a part of this vibrant and ever-changing industry since its inception here in Washington State, so we’re honored for the recognition” said Jared Mirsky, Online Marijuana Design’s CEO and founder. “We take pride in providing innovative, out-of-the box marketing and branding solutions to our clients, so we’re especially proud to be acknowledged by the industry we love.”

This year’s title sponsor was IONIC. Supporting sponsors included Bare Naked by Suspended Brands, CannaCon, Evergreen Market, Greenside Recreational and Wikileaf.

Online Marijuana Design Agency Nominated For Upcoming DOPE Industry Awards Oregon – Voting Open Through Feb 27

Online Marijuana Design was also nominated for the DOPE Industry Awards Oregon. IONIC will present the awards on Feb 27, 2017. Voting is currently open to anyone through Feb 21.

  • Anyone (of legal age) is eligible to vote for one company or person in each category.
  • The top five companies and individuals in each category will earn a nomination.
  • Individuals can vote once per day through Feb 21st.

“The DOPE Industry Awards recognizes the top brands in the industry,” said Jared Mirsky. “We’re not only humbled and honored to part of this elite group, we’re proud to be a part of the process of building cannabis brands from the ground up.”

Online Marijuana Design provides branding, marketing, advertising and strategy solutions to some of the most recognized brands in the industry serving a diverse clientele, including Elevate Cannabis Company, Rebel Spirit Cannabis, Top Shelf, and Dose.

To show your support for Online Marijuana Design, be sure to vote before Feb 21 on the Dope Industry Awards Oregon website.

Jeremy is a contributing writer at The Joint Blog. He is a best-selling author, podcaster, and entrepreneur.

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Florida Officials Begin Issuing Medical Marijuana Cards to Patients

Florida’s Office of Compassionate Use has officially started issuing medical marijuana cards to patients and caregivers.

According to Mara Gambinieri, spokesperson for the state’s Department of Health, their Office of Compassionate Use began processing patient applications once the state’s new medical marijuana rules took effect on February 19th.

Under the state’s law, those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician to use medical marijuana can apply with the department to do so. Qualifying conditions include HIV/AIDS, cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, chronic muscle spasms, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Crohn’s disease.

For those in Florida who meet these requirements, you can click here to download the patient application. The application must be dropped off or mailed to the Office of Compassionate Use at 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee (32399).

According to Gambinieri, the department should soon be able to accept applications online.

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Red Headed Stranger Marijuana Strain Overview

A beautiful mix between Haze and William’s Wonder, Red Headed Stranger should be no stranger to your stash.

Red Headed Stranger is an uplifting sativa-dominant strain with an absolutely energetic, body-buzzing type of high. Perfect for daytime use and wake-and-bake sessions, this strain is great to help you tackle whatever you might have going on that day. Many college students find its high to allow for greater focus when taking tests; musicians report the same thing when performing. Thankfully, the unique yet pleasant taste and smell make this an overall excellent strain.

Red Headed Stranger is great for helping with pain, depression and stress, among many other ailments.

Smell and taste:

  • Strong pine
  • Various herbs
  • A subtle peppery note


At the time of publication Red Headed Stranger has 51 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.6 out of 5.

Highlighted quote (from one of the Leafly reviews):

“A great sativa! Uplifting, very cerebral effects thanks to the Haze heritage, but the Willy’s Wonder balances it nicely. A perfect day smoke. Not overly pungent, lightly citrus with earthy hints. Dense fluffy buds that glisten, it never disappoints.”

Where to find it

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, Leafly has a strain finder that can use your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying then Red Headed Stranger marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for this strain finder.

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Giant Tobacco Producer Quitting Tobacco, Switching to Hemp

A major producer of tobacco has decided that they’re quitting the industry to instead grow hemp.

The 22nd Century Group has helped design over 50 varieties of tobacco, all of which have been modified to be less addictive; certain brands of their tobacco contain up to 97% less nicotine than most cigarettes. Currently the New York-based biotech company is valued at over $60 million.

Now, after years of working with tobacco, the company is switching gears; going forward they will be growing and producing hemp for industrial and medical use. The company plans to use the tools at their disposal to help produce hemp that consistently grows without tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in cannabis (hemp plants also tend to have THC, but minuscule amounts).

The company also plans to produce hemp that contains larger-than-normal quantities of various medical compounds, such as CBN (cannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol), and CBC (cannabichromene), all of which have medical properties.

More information about the 22nd Century Group can be found on their website by clicking here.

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