Month: September 2020

Ticker: Pot delivery rules open for comment; Satanic temple sues over rejected billboards; Fitch affirms UMass rating

Now that they’ve settled on a framework for home delivery of marijuana, regulators on the Cannabis Control Commission want the public’s input on the draft rules.

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Largest California wildfire threatens marijuana growing area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s largest wildfire is threatening a marijuana growing enclave, and authorities said many of the locals have refused to evacuate and abandon their maturing crops even as weather forecasters predict more hot, dry and windy conditions that could fan flames.

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Marijuana Use in Older People Associated With Positive Effects on Sleep: Study

According to a newly released study, daily marijuana use by older adults is associated with improved sleep duration. The study was published in the journal Cannabis, and was first reported on by NORML.

For the study – titled Cannabis use is associated with greater total sleep time in middle-aged adults with and without HIV: A preliminary report utilizing digital health technologies – researchers with the University of California at San Diego examined the relationship between daily cannabis use and sleep quality over a 14-day period in a cohort of older adults (ages 50 to 70) with and without HIV. “Participants wore actigraphy watches during the study period to objectively assess their quality of sleep.”

The study found that cannabis use was associated with, on average, some 30 minutes of increased sleep time per evening.

They concluded: “In our small sample, findings showed cannabis use was associated with longer sleep duration. … [F]uture studies with larger sample sizes that assess cannabis use in more detail are needed to further understand this relationship.”

The full text of the study, “Cannabis use is associated with greater total sleep time in middle-aged adults with and without HIV: A preliminary report utilizing digital health technologies,” appears in the journal Cannabis.

The full abstract of this study can be found in its entirety below:

Current literature on the effect of cannabis use on sleep quality is mixed, and few studies have used objectively-measured sleep measures or real-time sampling of cannabis use to examine this relationship. The prevalence of cannabis use among older adults and persons living with HIV has increased in recent years, and poor sleep quality is elevated in these populations as well. However, research examining cannabis-sleep relationships in these populations is lacking. Thus, we aimed to examine the relationship between daily cannabis use and subsequent objectively-measured sleep quality in middle-aged and older adults with and without HIV. In this pilot study, seventeen (11 HIV+, 6 HIV−) adults aged 50–70 who consumed cannabis completed four daily smartphone-based surveys for 14 days, in which they reported their cannabis use (yes/no) since the last survey. Participants also wore actigraphy watches during the 14-day period to objectively assess sleep quality (i.e., efficiency, total sleep time, and sleep fragmentation). In linear mixed-effects models, cannabis use was significantly associated with greater subsequent total sleep time (β=0.56; p=0.046). Cannabis use was not related to a change in sleep efficiency (β=1.50; p=0.46) nor sleep fragmentation (β=0.846, p=0.756) on days with cannabis use versus days without cannabis use. These preliminary results indicate cannabis use may have a positive effect on sleep duration in middle-aged and older adults. However, future studies with larger sample sizes that assess cannabis use in more detail (e.g., route of administration, dose, reason for use) are needed to further understand this relationship.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Start Drinking Hemp Tea

Cannabis has been an essential part of medicine and culture for centuries. However, in recent years, the plant has gained much popularity due to its plethora of medicinal and other benefits for the body.

While these studies have encouraged some extraordinarily creative and new ways of enjoying the compound, nothing compares to the comfort of a fresh cup of traditional hemp tea that can offer several benefits.

What Exactly is Hemp Tea?

Hemp tea is simply a hot infusion of several parts of the Cannabis Sativa plant, also known as hemp. The infusion uses various parts of the plant, including the crushed flowers, seeds, and leaves. The plant contains higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD) with minimal presence of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which ensures that it doesn’t initiate any psychoactive properties while providing powerful therapeutic benefits.

Hemp is a nutrition-rich plant brimming with powerful antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins to improve overall health. It also contains a spectrum of terpenes and cannabinoids that combine to induce several health benefits.

Hemp tea contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes that supports the entourage effects for extraordinary benefits. The raw cannabinoid-rich elixir of the plant releases into the water and works best with fat-rich milk. This is because cannabinoids are fat-soluble compounds and are best absorbed in the mixture.

How to Brew Hemp Tea?

The growing popularity of hemp and its derived products has encouraged several brands to launch some enchanting hemp tea varieties. These teas infuse the goodness of the cannabinoids from the plant’s various parts combined with other ingredients, including chamomile and ginger, to add flavors and elevate the properties. You can purchase hemp tea bags and brew a fresh cup easily at home within minutes.


Simply add some dry hemp leaves to 1 cup of boiling water. Let the mixture steep for about five minutes, and your hemp tea is ready. You can also include the crushed dry flowers and pure CBD tincture in the mix.

Why Hemp Tea?

Hemp tea is truly a miracle food to include in your diet. Are you wondering what health benefits this delicious earthy tea can offer? Well, here are five amazing benefits of enjoying a warm cup of hemp tea.

1. It Can Help With Anxiety

Anxiety and depression are among the most common mental health ailments suffered by millions across the globe. The research for natural and safe alternatives to prescription drugs is underway to treat these ailments, and hemp tea could be the ideal perfect choice.

The advantage of hemp tea is the dominant presence of CBD that has powerful anti-anxiety benefits and helps to regulate mood and induce a sense of euphoria.

anxiety and hemp

Hemp tea also contains cannabidiolic acid or the precursor to CBD. While most forms of CBD edibles do not have this compound, the natural infusion in the drink is rich with it.

Like CBD, the acid has potent anti-anxiety benefits that can be useful to treat users suffering from social anxiety without any side effects. It helps to make them feel relaxed, calm, and happy by interacting with several enzymes.

The brew contains lower than 0.3 percent of THC – a compound known to elevate anxiety in users. It helps to relax the mind and body and feel rejuvenated without inducing sedative effects, making it ideal for enjoying any time of the day.

2. It Can Ease Nausea, Vomiting, and Bowel Problems

Nausea is a bothersome symptom associated with pregnancy and select severe illnesses. Some treatments, such as chemotherapy for cancer, induce nausea. Suffering from nausea or vomiting for prolonged periods can lead to appetite loss, pain, and severe discomfort. It can even lead to weight loss and weakness.

Cannabis shows potential for treating nausea and vomiting. Hemp tea and hash oil are some of the most potent forms of the plant to help with these problems. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to ease stomach cramps and pain in the digestive system that helps to relieve the nauseous feeling. The hints of THC in the tea induces a healthy appetite to overcome the weakness of these ailments.

Hemp tea also comes in handy to treat bowel problems. Its effective interaction with the digestive enzymes and anti-inflammatory properties can help treat individuals suffering from the irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease. The compound aids in relieving diarrhea, constipation, cramps by easing muscle spasms and pain in the digestive tract.

Utilizing hemp tea has an advantage over other forms of CBD edibles as the warmth of the drink helps to calm an unsettling stomach. It relieves problems such as bloating and indigestion and offers a soothing and warm feeling in the stomach.

3. It Can Aid In Good Sleep

If you are struggling with not being able to get enough shut-eye, hemp tea is the perfect natural remedy for some well-deserving rest. Sleep is crucial for your body to divert energy towards healing and rejuvenation. Having enough rest for at least seven to eight hours every night is essential for your mind and body to feel fresh, active, and motivated. But several reasons, including lifestyle choices, eating habits, and working hours, disrupt your sleep pattern and can harm your brain and body.

CBD from hemp tea contains extraordinary relaxation and calming benefits. The compound can also ease muscle pain, soreness, and relax the body and mind to put you to sleep comfortably. It ensures that you wake up feeling refreshed and in a happy mood.

Hemp and sleep

Including some powerful sleep aids such as chamomile and hemp in your tea can improve the quality of sleep by reducing the REM cycle. It can also help you manage chronic problems such as insomnia and related symptoms.

4. It Can Relieve Pain and Inflammation

In regard to pain relief, there is no better natural remedy compared to cannabinoid-rich hemp. While THC also exhibits pain and inflammation-relieving properties, CBD’s advantage is it increases the endocannabinoid levels in the body to treat these ailments. Doing so brings balance to the system and uproots the problems instead of providing just a temporary relief.

The compound interacts with the inflammation response centers to reduce the associated intensity of pain. Additionally, It also interacts with the serotonin receptors to influence euphoria that eases the perception of pain.

Hemp tea is best utilized by individuals suffering from chronic inflammatory and pain conditions such as arthritis. Chronic inflammation can cause severe complications due to increased stress on the immune system.

Hemp tea, enriched with a spectrum of cannabinoids, can naturally ease the intensity of inflammatory response initiated in the presence of harmful stimuli. It helps to reduce the chance of chronic inflammation for a chance to have a better lifestyle.

5. It Can Cleanse and Refresh Your Body

The phytocannabinoids of hemp tea can have cleansing properties towards the body. Using ingredients such as rosehip or lemongrass, a sip of hemp tea every day can eliminate the toxin deposits that can damage the liver.

Hemp and lavender

It helps you feel happy and relaxed after facing the stress of everyday life. Substituting it for your regular hot beverage can even raise your energy levels in the morning and keep you active and refreshed throughout the day.


Apart from these incredible benefits, hemp tea exhibits benefits for heart and lung health. It can reduce pressure on the arteries and the risk of developing heart ailments.

Hemp tea is a tasty and fun way of utilizing the power of cannabis. It is a caffeine-free, diuretic, hydrating drink that can influence good health and wellness. Apart from the traditional recipe, experiment with innovative infusion ideas such as hemp ice tea to relish the ingredient every day.

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Vermont Legislature Approves Bill Legalizing Marijuana Sales

Vermont is the most recent state to legalize marijuana: They did so in 2018. However, the state is the only one of 11 with legal marijuana to not allow legal marijuana retail outlets. The state allows people to possess, use and grow marijuana, but not buy or sell it. A bill to change that is nearing final approval.

Yesterday Vermont’s House of Representatives approved a measure – Bill 54 – to legalize and tax the regulated sale of marijuana and marijuana products. The measure was passed 92 to 56. The measure has already passed the Senate and will now go to the governor for final approval. The measure would place a 14% tax on marijuana which would be in addition to the state’s 6% standard sales tax. A newly-created Cannabis Control Commission would be the ones to handle licenses for retailers, growers, manufacturers, wholesalers and labs.

“It’s exciting to see that Vermont is on the cusp of ending cannabis prohibition for adults,” says Matt Simon, New England political director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “Most Vermonters are not interested in growing their own plants, and many are unable to do so because it is prohibited by their rental agreements, so the only sensible policy is to create a regulated market for adult-use cannabis in Vermont. Governor Scott should recognize the merits of this bill and sign it into law after it passes the Senate.”

The measure includes equity provisions that prioritize marijuana business licenses for minorities, women and other people disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs.

A new Cannabis Control Commission would be responsible for issuing licenses for retailers, growers, manufacturers and labs.

“Why do we tax and regulate and control particular substances? We have several reasons,” said Rep. Tommy Walz (D). “One, of course, is that we can get revenue out of it. But also because we can provide some harm reduction. It can provide some protections.”

Unfortunately the measure places a 30% THC limit on dried marijuana and a 60% limit on concentrates.

“Why do we want a tax and regulate sales system for marijuana in Vermont? I think we have a list of pretty good reasons,” said Rep. Anne Donahue. “We began with the acknowledgement that this is something that people are using and, in fact, are using legally in Vermont. We want to divert it from the black market. The only way to do that is to create a tax and regulate legal market.”

With the passage of this measure there are now nearly a dozen states in the U.S. that allow for legally licensed marijuana retail outlets to distribute marijuana and marijuana products to those 21 and older.

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