Here at Seedsman, we’re always curious about what’s happening in the world, especially when it relates to marijuana. There have been some major changes in the legalization of cannabis over the last few years across many states in the USA.
That’s generally led to more openness and interest, particularly relating to the use of cannabis for medical purposes.
Here we take a look at the latest marijuana news, pooling together resources from around the world to let you know exactly what is going on. From the Pacific to Luxembourg, there are plenty of changes taking place.
Vanuatu Legalizes Cannabis
If you don’t know where Vanuatu is, it’s in the Pacific, just off the coast of Australia. It seems that legalization of cannabis is beginning to spread beyond states in the US as more countries consider the long term future.
So far it’s just cultivating and using cannabis for medicinal purposes and you will need a license to do so. That’s led to some American companies to apply to the Vanuatu government to obtain said license. The bad news is there are only currently five on offer. This may seem like just a small change but it is symptomatic of how things are changing across the globe.
Many countries, for example, are looking closely at how legalizing cannabis works in Canada as well as the US. Some are starting to see the positives, especially when it comes to medicinal marijuana.
Cold Start Dabs are a Thing
In more marijuana news, cold start dabbing is becoming popular. If you’ve never heard of it, you’re not alone. Dabbing is a method of vaporizing a small amount of cannabis concentrate and the cooler you can do it the more flavor and other benefits such as higher levels of terpenes and cannabinoids you get.
Cold start dabbing is also known as reverse dabbing. How does it work? It’s where you put your concentrate on the nail and begin heating it up from below rather than adding it to an already hot surface. This has proved to maintain the flavor of the concentrate even when using a blunt tool like a blow torch. You’re also subjecting the nail to less heat which helps protect it in the long-term.
The big downside, however, is that it can end up wasting concentrate and you have to clean off the nail once you’ve finished a hit. We don’t know whether it’s going to catch on but plenty of people are trying it out. Maybe one for connoisseurs rather than occasional users.
New Zealand to Vote on Cannabis Legalization
The path to legalization for recreational use generally involves some form of referendum, at least in many countries. The good news is that New Zealand is set to have one by 2020. They have already passed use for medical purposes and the new referendum will be binding if it recommends legalizing for recreational use.
Change in public opinion and with governments is leading to big, big changes around the world. Mexico has plans to legalize recreational cannabis as does the government in Luxembourg. In the UK recently, doctors have been allowed to prescribe cannabis products for medicinal purposes while South Africa recently went to court to allow use in private.
It’s not all good news, however. In Malaysia this year a man selling cannabis oil faced a death sentence after he was arrested, although this has led to a potential rethink on the current hardline laws in the country.
Beer and Cannabis Could Be Coming Your Way
It’s probably no surprise that, at some point, brewers were going to look at ways at making cannabis infused products. It’s not just small craft brewers that are starting to get the bug, according to a marijuana news article in the Independent recently. Big companies are looking at the possibilities of introducing hemp and cannabis derivatives into their beers.
Most of this, of course, has been driven by the legalization of cannabis in many US states and more recently by changes in the law in Canada. It’s not about creating a high, either. Brewers are convinced that derivatives such as terpenes can enhance the flavor of their beers and produce novel products with plenty of taste that will appeal to their customer base.
The truth is that brewers have been experimenting with cannabis for some years now but have kept it under wraps in many cases. Expect more flavorsome brews to hit the market in the years to come. And maybe a few that will get you extra high.
CBD Oil Could Treat Psychosis, Study Shows
A lot has been written in recent times about the medical benefits of cannabis. This is the area where legalization in many countries first takes place. Now a new piece of research from Kings College London suggests that CBD oil could help in controlling the symptoms of psychosis.
Cannabis strains with abnormally high levels of THC have been shown to cause harm and psychosis like reactions in many people. The researchers at Kings College, however, found that administering a single dose of CBD could actually reduce the abnormal activity in the brain that causes the effects. According to Dr Sagnik Bhattacharyya:
“One of the main advantages of cannabidiol is that it is safe and seems to be very well tolerated, making it in some ways an ideal treatment.”
Research into the impact and effects of cannabis are still at a very early stage but has been on the increase in recent years.
Cannabis May Affect Men and Women Differently
Did you ever think there were gender differences in cannabis use? If you did, recent research from Italy may just confirm you suspicions. While there is some evidence that there are social differences, there could also be biological ones as well.
The team at the National Research Council of Italy found that men are nearly four times as likely to try cannabis and experiment with high doses than women. This could well be down to male sex steroids that increase risk taking behavior.
Women, once they have used cannabis for the first time, however, develop more quickly into regular users than men, something which could be down to their own hormones.
The study found that the pleasure and reward systems in males and females react differently when it comes to the endocannabinoid system. It must be noted that this research has mostly been carried out in rats so far but there have been studies on humans that seem to back up the notion of biological sex differences when it comes to cannabinoid use.
Cannabis Can Affect Sperm?
More worrying than sex differences in the latest marijuana news is that cannabis could well impact on the genetic makeup of sperm. According to Duke Health, it’s all down to the THC component. An experiment in rats and a study involving a small number of male cannabis users found that it can change DNA methylation which is important for normal development.
While this may sound worrying, the researchers don’t yet actually know what it means in reality. The higher the THC level, however, the more pronounced the change seems to be. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to be affected but you may want to lower those levels just to be on the safe side.
Should You Be Investing in Marijuana Stocks?
There’s no doubt that stock markets have been a bit turbulent in recent times. But if you’re looking at a new area to put your money into, should you consider back cannabis companies? While it’s a relatively new industry, projections show that it is potentially going to be big over the next decade. The problem is choosing the right companies to invest in.
With any burgeoning market, according Nerd Wallet, there are going to be winners and losers. The trouble is that many investments still fall into the risky category of penny stocks with startups at a higher risk of failing than established companies. Scams are also likely to be prevalent and the Securities and Exchange Commission has already issued some warnings in this area.
While betting on cannabis stocks shouldn’t be all of your portfolio, there is room for some engagement, particularly now that Canada has legalized it. Most experts are suggesting focusing on companies that produce medical cannabis rather than ones dedicated to recreational use.
Man Tries to Pay For Fast Food With Cannabis
Finally, the legalization of cannabis can be confusing, especially if you are high. A Florida man went to MacDonald’s and tried to pay for his food with a bag of marijuana. The man was refused but returned later for a second try at which point he was arrested by local police and charged with possession and driving under the influence.
It probably highlights the different approaches to cannabis use in many states around the US and across the globe.
That’s our rundown of the latest marijuana news. We hope you enjoyed it.