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October 3, 2019 administrator

Your sleep is important and can change the way you act. That is why this month we have a guest blog from Chrissy Calain aka Cann Chrissy outlining all THC/CBD night time products we have to offer. 

Today I’m featuring all my favorite sleepy time products! Indica’s are my absolute favorite so whether you’re an indica gal like me or just want some help with unwinding at the end of the day these products are for you!

1906 Midnight chocolates are first on my list because who doesn’t love a good 1:1 chocolate. 1906 states that their Midnight chocolates are, “an all-natural sleep aid. It is 1906’s best-selling product, and there is a good reason: it really works. It’s become legendary among cannabis-industry professionals as the best sleep aid on the market, both in dispensaries and mainstream pharmacies. Midnight is a highly targeted blend of sleep-inducing plant medicines and relaxing cannabis that promotes deeper and more restful sleep. The best part is that it’s non-habit forming and does not have the drowsy hangover effects of other sleep aids. We put exhaustive research and refinement into this formulation because sleep issues are one of the most prevalent health problems Americans face, and frankly, we felt that the options widely available were just not good enough”.

1906 continues, “Midnight’s key ingredient, corydalis, has been used for millennia and works in several crucial ways. It helps you fall asleep because of its sedative properties, and it helps you stay asleep because it targets body pain and tension, including acute, inflammatory, and neuropathic pain. We receive letters every week from people who have had their lives transformed by Midnight. If you suffer from insomnia, please have faith, and give this a try. When taking Midnight, it’s very important to be READY FOR BED. Within 15 minutes, you will feel the effects. Take no more than two chocolates (please start with just one), relax, and let Midnight gently carry you into dreamland”.

Also, Magnetic Magazine claimed the 1906 Midnight Chocolates were so amazing they, “…quickly drifted off to sleep in minutes, much less than 15. For someone with occasional insomnia, midnight definitely helped”.

Pulled taffy and Saltwater Taffy are my favorite and I am a huge fan of the Dixie Pulled Taffies so this was an obvious Indica grab.

Dixie states their Bursts, “are an assorted pack or three fruity flavors that are sure to make any situation shine a little brighter. The mango, blue raspberry, and strawberry taffies are bursting with flavor and are the ultimate discreet dosing edible. Individually wrapped, you can take them anywhere your adventure takes you.”

Lemon Lime is a rare flavor for Indica gummies but is definitely my favorite type of gummy to consume, so when I saw these I had to give them a try.

iHeartJane claims that the “district edibles [are] a quality, artisan crafted edible line. All edibles are created in small batches, with Ultra-premium CO2 extracted cannabis oil. Consumers will feel the difference in the quality and consistency of our products so you can really redefine your high!”

Escape Artist is not only one of my favorite brands but one of my favorite sleepy time products from Euflora. The Lavender relief cream is not only fast acting and absorbing but also has an extra relaxing component from the lavender scent. Lavender is known for its linalool terpenes that are often found in many calming cannabis strains.

The NYT explains how in a study where, “they exposed mice to linalool vapor, wafting from filter paper inside a specially made chamber to see if the odor triggered relaxation. Mice on linalool were more open to exploring, indicating they were less anxious than normal mice. And they didn’t behave like they were drunk, as mice on benzodiazepines, a drug used to treat anxiety, or injected with linalool did.”

The NYT Continues on how, “the linalool didn’t work when they blocked the mice’s ability to smell, or when they gave the mice a drug that blocks certain receptors in the brain. This suggested that to work, linalool tickled odor-sensitive neurons in the nose that send signals to just the right spots in the brain — the same ones triggered by Valium.”

Escape Artists states their, “Fast Relief Cream is a concentrated, highly bioavailable formula designed to deliver our blend of pure cannabinoids quickly to areas needing relief”.

I’ve been eyeing these beauties for some time now and I thought this blog would be the perfect excuse.

Stratos explains how their, “sleep tablets are thoughtfully formulated with the highest quality Indica strain-type THC to provide a calm body high.  When the winks won’t come, simply reach for STRATOS and dream a little dream. The only active ingredient in each tablet is cannabis oil. The effects are derived using the whole plant, strain-type specific CO2 oil extraction. Stratos tablets are formulated to maximize the absorption of the cannabinoids into the body quickly and effectively. On average, the user’s experience is felt within thirty minutes and often lasts between six and eight hours. Available in medical bottles of 300mg, and 500mg. Available in recreational bottles of 75mg and 100mg”.

I was pleasantly surprised by how quick they kicked in to end my night. They’re super subtle and not too, “in the couch” but it was like a nice warm blanket to add to your evening to make everything extra cozy and calming. 

 


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August 7, 2019 administrator

CBD stands for cannabidiol which happens to be one of the main active ingredients in cannabis. CBD is derived from hemp plants whereas traditional flower you buy in your Euflora dispensary comes from a cannabis plant.

One of the common misconceptions with CBD is that it gets you high. CBD is completely nonpsychoactive; psychoactive means a substance that affects the mind. The World Health Organization, states “in humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”1 Another thing that is unlike your typical flower is that it is legal in all 50 states. While cannabis is still in the process of being nationally legalized, CBD is legal in all 50 states; with individual laws per state so be sure to check them!

Currently, there are a ton of misconceptions and misinformation about CBD; for good reason. The CBD market at the moment is fairly unregulated, but since being federally legalized the FDA has made an effort to regulate it. Now, this takes time so when you choose to buy CBD make sure you’re getting it from a reputable source or dispensary to assure you’re getting pure CBD oil rather than some random extract.

So what does CBD do for the body? To give one example the FDA just approved a medicine called, “Epidiolex” which is an “oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older.” Other than that CBD may be used for insomnia, loss of appetite, pain management, etc but this has yet to be backed by any major organization with the credibility of any human studies.

In conclusion, there is still a lot of work and research to be done for CBD but, the good news is that scientists have already found so many benefits for those with seizures, which will hopefully soon open doors for further research. Also, always be sure to do your research and never hesitate to ask your budtender about any products in our stores that contain CBD!

https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476

https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-drug-comprised-active-ingredient-derived-marijuana-treat-rare-severe-forms

 


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August 2, 2019 administrator

Euflora Recreational Marijuana has expanded into their first California venture with an
adult use/recreational location in Long Beach. Open now, the new Euflora location is
situated at 1147 E South St. boasting a unique cannabis shopping experience.

Over $5 Million has been spent with over $5.4 Million in licensing and a $1 Million
dollars in renovation costs, the space has been transformed into a cannabis oasis for
your shopping pleasure.

With 6 locations in Colorado, Euflora has been dubbed the “Apple Store of Cannabis” by
CBS, showcasing their technology driven business model in every aspect of shopping.
IPads accompany all strains and report on their potency, genotype and parent clones as
well as allow the customer to receive text messages when a special is running on their
favorite edible. Euflora has sold over $100 Million in cannabis products in Colorado
since its conception in 2014.

Providing a plethora of greenhouse grown cannabis, concentrates and edibles of all
kinds, the new Long Beach location will provide the same customer service and support
Euflora lovers have come to know and love. All who are 21+ are welcome to browse
seven days a week form 9 am to 10 pm. Delivery will soon be available to Long Beach,
Lakewood, Paramount, Signal Hill, Seal Beach, Bellflower, Cerritos, Los Alamitos,
Downey, South Gate. Lynwood, and Norwalk.
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Contact:
Euflora LLC
(314) 629-4502
EufloraLongBeach@gmail.com
EufloraCA.com


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May 19, 2019 administrator

The past few years have shown a remarkable increase in tolerance to medical marijuana. It’s something that’s been made legal in more and more states, and we’ve seen plenty of new things added to the MMJ conditions lists. In April 2019, there was some big news for everyone in Colorado. Governor Jared Pois signed a bill that officially meant medical marijuana was approved for autism. In essence, patients suffering from this disorder can now use medical marijuana to treat it. 

This move came on World Autism Awareness Day, which was a very fitting way of marking the occasion. If you, or someone you know and care about, suffers from autism, then you know all too well how hard it is to treat. Traditional medication doesn’t do a whole load of good, which means many people are left to suffer in silence. Thankfully, things are going to change for anyone with autism in Colorado thanks to this new bill. 

How can autism patients use medical marijuana?

Naturally, the approval of medical marijuana for autism means that people can head to a licensed dispensary and get their hands on the good stuff.  Of course, smoking medical marijuana is not recommended for children suffering from this condition. But, for adults, it’s seen as a good treatment option – and we’ll talk more about how it helps later on. 

Moreover, the move to approve medical marijuana means that a range of cannabis products can now be accessed with ease as well. Parents of children with autism have long been campaigning for this bill as they believe cannabis oils and other products are proven to treat lots of symptoms and help stimulate their child’s brain patterns. It gives them access to an alternative treatment idea that doesn’t include harmful chemicals or drugs that can cause other problems for autism patients.

What are the main benefits of this bill?

Previously, gaining access to medical marijuana products was harder for people wanting to use them to treat autism. It wasn’t impossible, but it was often very costly. The underlying problem is that autism can’t ever be cured. It’s not a condition like chronic pain that could go away after supplementing medical marijuana and trying other treatments as well. So, it’s something that requires constant treatment. As such, this makes it incredibly expensive for anyone that wants to enjoy the benefits of medical marijuana. 

However, the new bill that’s approved medical marijuana for autism is changing that. Now, people can actually go to their doctor and get a Medical Cannabis Card. Autism is now an approved condition in Colorado, so you can now get this card – which you were unable to have access to before. 

How does this benefit you? Well, it benefits children with autism first and foremost.  Any autism patients below this age wouldn’t have access to this treatment until now. With a Medical Cannabis Card, it allows dispensaries to provide medical marijuana to people under the age of 21. As such, it opens the door to treatment for people who previously couldn’t get it. 

Not only that, but it makes medical marijuana and cannabis products more affordable as well. Here in Denver, we get the benefit of tax breaks offered by the state. This means that anyone with a Medical Cannabis Card won’t have to pay the 10% retail marijuana tax or the 15% excise tax. That’s a total of 25% of taxes that you no longer need to pay, which adds up to lots of savings over time. In essence, healthcare becomes more affordable for people suffering from autism in this state. 

Lastly, by having one of these cards, it also allows patients to access higher potency limits as well. You can now get stronger stuff that might elicit a better response. Before medical marijuana was approved for autism, there were restrictions in place. But, now that it’s on the MMJ list in Colorado, you can get your medical card and enjoy stronger strains! 

How does medical marijuana help people with autism?

Autism is one of the most complex health conditions in that patients can endure different experiences. Various types of autism fit into the autistic spectrum, which is why it’s hard to treat the condition. Different people end up with different symptoms and struggle with various things. Plus, as we mentioned earlier, it’s not a condition you can cure – but it can be treated.

Treating autism will help patients cope with some of their worst symptoms. As a result, it lets them live a better life without certain things holding them back all the time. One of the most common signs of autism is that you struggle to really hold yourself in social situations. But, with the right treatment from an early age, people struggling with autism can find ways to adapt and get more comfortable around other people. 

So, where does marijuana come into all of this?

Well, it’s proven that marijuana can be used to treat a variety of health conditions – many of which are side effects of suffering from autism. For example, a lot of people on the autistic spectrum suffer from severe anxiety. This stems from a lack of social skills, which ultimately makes them feel very anxious and worried about social situations. The effects of anxiety can linger beyond these interactions, meaning someone with autism suffers from it regularly. But, because of the way cannabis interacts with receptors in your brain, this helps calm the symptoms of anxiety. In fact, many parents have proclaimed that their autistic children benefitted from medical marijuana as it really helped tackle their anxiety issues. 

Not only that, but it’s believed medical marijuana and cannabis products can help calm down children with autism as well. There’s a famous case of a boy named Dylan whose parents gave him cannabis oil and saw that his condition improved dramatically. He was a lot calmer, less angry, and easier to talk to and get along with. 

Furthermore, a lot of parents that have autistic children say that marijuana has helped control their behavior. It’s led to a reduction in behavior that causes injuries to the child. This largely comes from its ability to regulate their mood and prevent them from doing rash things that will ultimately cause them harm. 

Lastly, there are strong links between cannabis and sleep regulation. Specifically, it’s shown to help improve the quality of your sleep. The properties of cannabis allow people to relax and drift off into a pleasant and restful sleep. For people with autism, sleep issues are relatively common. A lot of people believe this comes from an overactive mind that keeps them up at night by overthinking about different things. In fact, if we go back to the point about anxiety, then this can also cause sleepless nights. But, using marijuana to regulate sleep can lead to improved moods as well. 

Ultimately, there have been calls for medical marijuana to get approval for autism for many years. Parents were especially adamant that it helps, and they wanted to make it legal and more affordable for their children. By treating this condition from a young age, it allows a child to grow up with more control over it. In essence, they aren’t as adversely affected by it as they would be without any treatment. Perhaps the main reason marijuana is seen to help autism is that it’s very much a condition that affects the brain. People with autism think differently and process things differently to others. This is why a lot of patients exhibit almost genius-level intellect or find it easy to understand complicated things beyond their years. Due to the very nature of cannabis and the way it interacts with brain receptors, it can target the mind and lead to positive results. 

How do you get medical marijuana for autism? 

After hearing the news and seeing that this bill was passed, you’re probably keen to take advantage of it and finally get medical marijuana to treat autism. But, how can you do this?  Yes, you have to book an appointment with your doctor, and yes, you will have to go through the lengthy meeting. But, the good news is that autism is now on the county’s MMJ conditions list, so you – or your child – should be approved. With this card, you will enjoy the tax benefits offered by the state, making marijuana cheaper.

Make no mistake about it, this new bill is huge news in the cannabis world. So, if you live in Denver and need treatment for autism, you can enjoy the benefits of medical marijuana. 


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April 23, 2019 administrator

Experts have done a lot of study on medical marijuana and its uses. With these revelations, cannabis concentrates are gaining popularity because not only are they easy to carry but also convenient to use.

As marijuana has become legal in a lot of states, cannabis concentrates have gained popularity as well. Medical marijuana patients are turning to concentrates for their pain-relief. It is also an economical and fast-acting solution. Cannabis concentrates are more condensed than loose leaf cannabis, which is why medical marijuana patients prefer to use them with a vaporizer. Those patients, who need powerful medicine with pain relief, are recommended to use concentrates as they are much more efficient.

Before we tell you more about the many cannabis concentrates, you need to know more about concentrates.

What Are Concentrates?

Cannabis concentrates are extracts that are derived from cannabis. They contain concentrated amounts of the psychoactive compound THC and other cannabinoids and terpenes.

The concentrate products are extracted from the plant with the help of solvents like CO2 or ethanol. After the completion of the extraction, we are left with a condensed product comprising a powerful dose of medicine.

In short, Cannabis concentrates are the products that have the cannabinoids and terpenes, minus the unnecessary plant material. Small amounts of concentrates have more cannabinoids and terpenes as compared to dried flowers. Most of the flowers have 15-20% of THC, while concentrates contain 80-90% of THC.

Concentrates contain what is within the plant. In case a plant has any pesticides, they will also become concentrated. This is why you should always buy concentrates from a reliable source, a brand that makes concentrates from plants that are pesticide free. Concentrates made from organically grown cannabis are the best, like LotusLand Cannabis Club for reliable cannabis products.

Concentrates exist in a lot of cannabis products including edibles, oils, and tinctures. Cannabis concentrates can be highly potent as they contain strong doses of cannabinoids. You can also consume them in their purest form with dab rigs and vaporizers.

What Are The Different Types Of Concentrates?

There are different types of concentrates available in the market. We have written down some common cannabis concentrates below.

  • Shatter

Shatter concentrate is probably the most popular form of cannabis extracts. Its consistency is like a colored piece of glass (hence the name shatter), which makes it easy to handle. Shatter is available in parchment paper because of its sticky form. This extraction is not safe for any DIY projects. You need to eliminate the solvent before you can safely consume the concentrate.

Shatter is in a solid form, and that is why it is hard to work with. You can use the final product with the help of dab rigs, vapes, and bongs.

 

  • Crumble

The texture of a crumble concentrate fits its name. You can easily handle it with your hands as it crumbles. It is advised that you keep the crumble in a sealed container at a cool place. However, storing crumble using parchment paper is not recommended. A silicone or a glass jar would be better suited for the purpose.

 

  • Rosin

Rosin doesn’t use any solvents, which makes it a different kind of concentrate. It is also the most natural extract that you will get your hands on. Rosin is created by squeezing the dry cannabis buds with the help of heat and pressure. This process is done with an industrial press but some people make it at home with the help of a hair straightener. A popular method of using rosin is by applying it to the outside of a joint.

 

  • Wax

We all know what wax is. However, we are talking about the wax that is a sticky form of cannabis concentrate. Wax is extremely sticky and is sold in small containers or glass jars. Because of its sticky nature, wax can be messier to handle if you don’t have any dabbing tools.

 

  • Cannabis Oil

Cannabis oil is famous for a lot of benefits. One of them is its effectiveness in body massage as it relieves any muscle pains. Cannabis oil is available in vaporizer pens. The cannabis oil is often made by CO2 or Butane, which makes its texture runny.

 

  • Budder

Budder concentrate is very much like wax but has opaque taffy-like texture. Most of the people opt for budder because of its tasty smoke. It is not as solid as shatter and it is more like wax, which makes it much easier to use. You can use budder by putting it in a bong or a pipe. You can also add it to a joint or blunt, like most of the other concentrates.

 

  • Tinctures

Tinctures use decarboxylated cannabis and are stored in a jar with alcohol. This mixture is stored for many weeks before it is strained and consumed. Tinctures are in a liquid form, in the color green, and have all the good stuff that has been extracted from the plant. Tinctures look like oil but are not the same. Tincture may be a concentrated form of CBD. However, the CBD is added in a small amount of distilled alcohol.

 

 

  • Live Resin

Live Resin is extracted from live plants and contains a higher percentage of terpene profiles as compared to other concentrates. While other cannabis concentrates use dry plants, live resin uses the aroma of living plants and converts it into a flavorful extract. The production process of live resin demands more work, which is why it is also a little bit more expensive.

 

The extraction method of live resin is complicated and as mentioned earlier, requires laboratory equipment. It is not something you can do at home and it is better to get live resin from a dispensary.

  • Hashish

Hashish is the most well-known cannabis concentrate. Hashish, or hash, is a cannabis concentrate that is created by separating trichomes from the plant material. After that, the resin is formed into a coherent mass. Some types of Hashish are Bubble Hash, Lebanese Hash, Super Nepalese Hash and Moroccan Slate Hash.

 

You can either smoke hashish or consume it in the form of an edible. If you don’t want to smoke it, then the latter option would suit you. A very common way of taking it is in brownies, which are called hash brownies. If you want to smoke it, you can roll it into a joint with some tobacco. You can also smoke it with a pipe or a hookah.

  • Kief

Kief is also sometimes called as pollen or dry sift. It is a powdery substance that is made from the resin glands of the cannabis bud. Kief consists of pure trichomes, hence, it is considered super potent. Kief always contains some plant particles, so it is not always 100% pure. Hash is also made from kief. You can sprinkle the kief in a joint or mix it with weed. Apart from that, you can also consume it with a hookah and pipe.

 

We hope this article provided you with everything you needed to know about concentrates! They are safe if used under the administration of experts, like you can find at our newest store in Aspen and they can be used to deal with many health problems like migraines, nausea, body aches, arthritis and more. Stay safe!


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March 15, 2019 administrator

For the second year in a row, Euflora Recreational Marijuana is hosting the Mile High 420 Festival!

On Saturday April 20th , thousands of Denverites, cannabis enthusiasts, and activists will convene in Denver’s Civic Center Park for the biggest 420 Festival yet! After a truly successful 2018 festival, Euflora Dispensaries secured their place to host the 2019 event by teaming up with Osiris Marketing Management and will showcase live music from both local and international acts.

The 2019 Mile High 420 Fest will kick off at 10 am and will reach its pinnacle at 4:20 pm with performances by Jermaine Dupri and Atlanta’s very own T.I. The event will conclude at 6 pm.

Security will be the first priority this year to ensure all guests safety. No bags of any kind will be permitted on site so plan accordingly. Please be sure to plan for any weather as this event is rain or shine.

For more information please visit milehigh420festival.com or the Mile High 420 Festival Facebook or Instagram page.


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February 28, 2019 administrator

While New Year’s Eve is far behind us, it’s still not too late to spark up predictions about and resolutions for our next orbit around the Sun.  As my lovely wife will attest, I’m not keen on making New Year’s resolutions. But, given the fast-growing CBD industry, I think it’s worth it to make some predictions for 2019.

 

Before delving further into the topic, let’s first understand what CBD is and why the buzz surrounding it just keeps getting louder:

 

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

 

Cannabidiol is one of over 115 known naturally occurring cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. It’s different from THC (the mind-altering compound in marijuana) since it has a unique chemical structure.

 

Most importantly, it’s complicated to obtain CBD ONLY from the hemp plant, so most CBD extracts contain a mixture of compounds, all derived from the cannabis plant.

 

Why is CBD all the Buzz Nowadays?

 

The rise in CBD popularity didn’t happen overnight. It’s the outcome of results obtained after consumption of CBD products by the people. Those who were suffering from some serious illnesses got cured, and it made the compound accepted and liked by the people.

 

Some of the huge health benefits of CBD include:

  • Reducing stress
  • CBD creams and lotions provide instant relief from soreness, ache, and pain
  • Curing depression and anxiety
  • Fighting cancer and arthritis
  • Curing sleep deprivation and insomnia
  • Beautifying the skin and reversing the signs of aging

 

These benefits might get credit for the massive growth of this sector. Then again, the use of marijuana, being an illegal activity has kept it in neutral ground. Consequently, the need for medications, which comprises CBD in its pure form with no THC, is a must.

 

Businesses are researching innovative ways to isolate and create CBD infused products in diverse forms at affordable rates. It’ll help in getting more attraction of the CBD users towards them and thus more gains.

 

The legalization of marijuana has already gathered momentum in the recent past owing to the efforts of some individuals. However, irrespective of whether it gets legalized or not, the industry isn’t going to experience the downfall anytime soon.

 

Cannabis Industry Predictions for 2019

 

 

  • Further Mainstream Awareness

 

 

My first prediction is that the increasing interest will continue through 2019 and beyond, with CBD infused beverages and edibles coming into play. We’re also likely to see an increase in seniors who take CBD, thanks to more research being devoted to CBD. Additionally, there will be deals with “outsider” companies and a lot of money will likely be invested in increased research into CBD and cannabis tech.

 

 

  • CBD Standards Surface

 

 

My second prediction is that consumers will start to insist on knowing what they are paying for and what they’re getting.  Rules and Regulation must happen, maybe through a self-governing body or national regulatory bodies in different countries.

 

 

  • True Brands Emerge

 

 

My third prediction is that true brands will emerge. True brands start with product consistency, and it has been tough for the current CBD brands to guarantee consistency across locked borders.

 

In 2019, brands will be capable of tightly controlling, regulating, and reporting on their repeatable processes, allowing product consistency in geographically dispersed regions. Consistency begets credibility, which contributes to the growth of a product to a brand.

 

 

  • More, Big Retailers

 

 

My fourth prediction is that 2019 will see giant retailers such as Amazon join the CBD movement. Back in 2017, you could only get CBD products from small independent retailers like head shops, specialty stores, or natural food stores. Throughout the UK, people have been requesting these products, and the big retailers have been wise to listen.

 

 

  • More Employment Opportunities

 

 

My fourth prediction is that huge developments in the CBD sector will lead to far more jobs. The CBD market will really grow in the following couple of years. Estimates indicate that sales are expected to increase more than 27 percent annually by 2022; this translates to more than $22 billion in sales.

 

Ultimately, that substantial growth in sales also indicates far more labor, so job development will increase by about 21 percent by 2022, which is huge compared to almost any other existing market. The CBD market employs averagely 135,000 workers. By 2022, that number will double.

 

 

  • Increased Cultivation

 

 

To sum up, my sixth prediction is that as sales increase, the demand for CBD products will also increase – large enough to stretch the industry’s present supply chain. Hemp growers will be in high demand, as well as product formulators, lab workers, and extraction pros.

 

According to according to ma CBD oil more hemp acreage will be cultivated in 2019 than ever before. Countries that started pilot programs will experience great success and will decided to expand.

 

Conclusion

 

No one can genuinely predict exactly where the CBD market is headed, but it’s definitely going into brighter and larger locations. We’re as excited as everybody else to see exactly where the road will take us, and we’re hoping for new discoveries along the way.

 


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January 25, 2019 administrator

The end-of-year Farm Bill passed in December of 2018 brought with it the re-legalization of a crop that has not been on the U.S. Government’s approved list since 1937. Hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of the oft-maligned marijuana, has returned to the country’s list of approved substances. The lumping of hemp with marijuana was not an uninformed accident; it was a calculated smear campaign by a number of industries struggling to compete with the hemp market. As we return to using hemp close to a century later, there are potentials for profit estimated to be in the tens of billions by 2025. The first clues on where these profits will lie can be found at this story’s beginning.

Hemp versus Marijuana: What is the Difference?

A bit of an explanation must preface the tale, as the difference between these plants is a major part of the story. Both hemp and marijuana are in the Cannabis family. For those who like Latin names, hemp is Cannabis sativa, while marijuana is Cannabis indica. These species are still considered larger classification groups and are often broken down into further subspecies; anyone who goes to a marijuana dispensary or recreational shop like Euflora will get a variety of subspecies options.

For non-scientists, these are different species that are closely related (close enough to be cross-bred. They look similar, and it has not been uncommon to refer to hear someone refer to marijuana as hemp. Hemp and marijuana have some growth differences, as one is valued for its leaves and the other the fibers in its woody stalks. The key difference to note here is the lack of THC in hemp. Though not an intoxicant, it does contain other compounds in common with its sister species, like CBD.

The 1937 Marihuana Tax Act and Why it Matters Now

Both hemp and marijuana were originally banned during the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act. This bill was prepared in secret and passed through a series of misinformation campaigns. This bill has been considered to be racist, scientifically baseless, and a power grab to knock hemp competition from several markets. The key players in the tale give us some clues as to the real motivations behind the story.

Prior to the illegal status on the crop, hemp was one of the most important cash crops for U.S. farmers. Today, it is estimated to have over 50,000 uses. Even at the turn of last century, hemp was an incredibly powerful product. The fibers in hemp are stronger than any plant-based material and were stronger than anything else known at the time. It made superior paper that didn’t yellow, rope, and better fabric than cotton (with less labor and maintenance required). The oil in hemp was edible, burnable, and medicinal. It was a staple in diets, pharmacies, and early attempts at combustion engines. The original diesel engine made by Rudolf Diesel burned hemp oil.

The beginning of industrialization also saw the beginning of big business and the attempt to control competition and supply chains to maximize profit streams. In the late years of the Great Depression, these companies needed a competitive advantage to stay solvent. Removing hemp from the marketplace became that win.

There were several key players in this act, all of whom saw to profit from the banning of hemp from the marketplace. A group of business interests that were led by DuPont petrochemical company teamed up with Andrew Mellon, the Secretary of the Treasury under Harding and a major interest in Gulf Oil. The final player was Randolph Hearst, who owned a newspaper empire and a timber company that competed against hemp for paper production.

Though Hearst’s papers, a smear campaign was created. What was then called yellow journalism (named, ironically, for the yellow wood-based paper that was considered substandard to hemp paper) and is now called fake news was sent out to demonize the party drug, marihuana. The name was simply the Spanish word for hemp, and was intentionally used to make it seem foreign and scary as well as to prevent people from understanding the staple crop they would be opposing. No distinction was made between the two products. The ban was successful until its repeal at the end of 2018.

The Return of Hemp: Where are the Profits?

Whether you are a homesteader or an investor, there are savings and investment opportunities available in the hemp market. Here are some of the places where hemp will have a strong showing in the marketplace:

Petrochemical Products

DuPont had good reason to want hemp out of production. At the time of the ban, they were just about to take their patent for Nylon public. Fabric made from hemp was a stronger fiber that was cheaper to produce. It was also biodegradable. They also made a number of chemical additives for petroleum gasoline, which was competing with biomass and plant-oil fuels in the newly created automobile industry.

Hemp will likely have a strong future in biofuel technologies. Compostable bioplastics will also be likely to incorporate hemp. Of course, hemp fabric is another thing that has already returned to specialty markets and is likely to become a more mainstream option in the coming years.

Paper

The paper industry is hurting some thanks to the advent of electronic reading, but a specialty market still exists. However, the surge of online purchases has also made the paper market for packaging materials (think Amazon boxes) make up for some of the profit loss. In addition to creating stronger paper that requires fewer processing chemicals, hemp can be grown on the same plot of land year after year. This requires a smaller land use footprint than that of timber pulp. This is a plus for eco-conscious buyers and wild land advocates alike.

Pharmaceuticals

The use of medical marijuana has been well-documented. Retail stores like Euflora will offer a number of different product options made from marijuana to deal with pain, anxiety, nausea and other ailments. Unfortunately, because marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug federally, these products have so far only been available to those who lived in states with recreational or medical marijuana laws in place. Even then, the cost of these medications are not legally allowed to be covered by insurance, even when they are more effective, less harmful and less expensive overall than other prescription options on the market.

The legalization of hemp, in this industry, will open the door to the use of non-THC compounds shared in both plants. CBD oil, a compound called cannabidiol that has had a lot of press in the years leading up to the return of hemp, is one product found in both plants that will likely see a surge in use. The removal of CBD from the Schedule 1 drug list will also make it possible for distribution across state lines and use in non-dispensary locations like coffee shops, restaurants and health food stores.

The final, and perhaps largest, benefit for the legalization to the pharmaceutical industries is that it opens up the full gamut of funding opportunities for research. Until now, the gray area of being legal in a state but illegal federally has closed the door on grant funding and many business loan opportunities. Businesses looking to create innovative products have had to rely on private, and often expensive, loan sources. Access to the free market of money lending and the lower, more competitive rates that come with it can only help to drive innovation here.

Textiles and Fiberboards

Two of the largest growth opportunities for hemp that are already in process include the textile and fiberboard markets. Auto industries are looking for an alternative to fiberglass, and prototype hemp panels have been found to be strong, durable, and easy to manufacture. Hemp-based fabrics have been shown to be UV-resistant (unlike cotton) and hypoallergenic. As consumers learn more about the unintended consequences of microplastics from plastic clothing breakdowns and the effect of sunscreen chemicals on critical habitats like coral, these fabrics will have even more appeal.

Personal Care Products

Hemp oils have been a staple of natural beauty products for some time. Prior to legalization, it was possible to import sterilized seeds, oils, and processed hemp products in the U.S. as manufacturing products but not to grow them domestically or process anything on U.S. soil using stems, leaves, or non-sterilized seeds. The repeal of the rule means that the import cost of hemp oils has disappeared, and the market for small cottage industries will grow. Expect a large farm-to-beauty upswing in farmer’s markets and buy-local venues nationwide when it comes to hemp-based beauty markets.

Agriculture

With tariffs on corn and soybeans hurting the U.S. Agricultural market, the boon to farmers was one of the main reasons that hemp legalization was given bipartisan support in congress, even from those who still oppose legal marijuana use. As a plant that doesn’t have tariffs and that requires fewer resources to grow compared to other products, there is a lot of upside for the farmer.

Hemp has a high product-to-acreage ratio, which means that you get a large crop compared to the amount of land that you farm. Cotton requires about twice the land, for example, as hemp to produce the same amount of textile product. Cotton takes twice the water to grow compared to hemp, which needs 20-30 inches of rain during the growing season to forego irrigation completely. When you factor in the water requirements of processing, hemp’s advantage over cotton only increases. You can go from seed to shirt with a mere quarter of the water consumption. Similar studies are sure to come soon when comparing it to corn and soybean products.

Homesteading and Hemp: Saving through DIY

A lot was said about the investor marketplace and production side of hemp as the bill gained popularity. There is, however, another money-saving reason that this plant will be a cost-saver. For the DIY and homesteader sets, hemp is a triple threat. It is easy to grow, it has multiple uses, and many of the products are simple to manufacture yourself. This is one of the major reasons why it was a staple crop on farms nationwide prior to the ban.

Fibers

Fibers from the woody hemp stems can be dried and pounded. Wool and hemp clothing were more common than cotton in pre-manufacturing days because neither required a factory to produce with some efficiency. A return to hemp fiber processing will likely bring with it some innovative new products for home fiber extraction and weaving and a slew of DIY tutorials.

Food

In addition to the manufacturing and medicinal advantages of hemp seed and hemp seed oil, both are edible sources of Omega-3. This allows for a nutrient-rich diet source that is easy to grow and use. While the levels of beneficial alkaloids like CBD are not distilled and purified, there is an underlying level of the chemical in any hemp food product. Hemp milk, a favorite newcomer to the latte shops, is also easy to make at home with some cheesecloth and a YouTube video.

Energy

For those who want to live electrically off the grid, hemp oil continues to be a good way to generate your own electricity. Diesel generators can be fitted to run off hemp oils grown in your own backyard. They can also be burned as candles or in oil lamps for light. This not only offers a home-grown fuel source, it means cleaner air with fewer combustion byproducts.

Just the Beginning

Now that hemp has the green light for product development, manufacturing and distribution, there is little doubt that markets for hemp products will explode. In addition to the places where hemp once dominated the market and likely will again, there are a lot of promising new technologies that may not have been considered. Best of all, this is a product that has benefits for both big business and small cottage industries. There is no better time for the tragic tale of the hemp ban to get its happy ending.


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January 4, 2019 administrator

In 2016 the cannabis market in the United States was estimated to be worth over 7.6 billion dollars. Based on current trends from the US Bureau of Labor, this industry is expected to add over 300,000 jobs to the United States by the year 2025. This is especially important in this day and age–where automation is replacing workers at an alarming rate.

The legalization of cannabis is expected to create a wide variety of new economic opportunities. This industry is one of the fastest growing in the United States and it is predicted to employ more people in 2020 than the entire manufacturing industry. Some of the jobs will be for positions that are directly related to the industry–such as growers, harvesters, technicians, quality control managers, and chemists but there will also be job growth in related industries that are impacted by the industry. This includes jobs such as truck drivers, cashiers, marketers, accountants, human resource professionals, accountants, general managers, and web developers.

Due to this increased demand, there has been a recent surge in training programs that are tailed to finding a job in the cannabis industry. Many states now offer a marijuana worker license for professionals who want to work in the industry. Because of the wide variety of jobs that are related to this industry, it will be easier for someone to find a position that is well suited to his or her unique skill set. This can help to benefit new job seekers who are looking to get established in a growing field.

Besides the creation of new jobs, the legalization of cannabis for recreational usage in more states is also expected to impact the economy in several other ways. With less resistance against legalization, there is expected to a bigger push to have cannabis legalized nationwide. This is expected to create a significant increase in investment opportunities as more companies are allowed to be registered on the public stock exchange. Investment in weed stocks is predicted to grow faster than average due to how new this sector is compared to other sectors in the market. When they first became public, many Canadian weed stocks had a trading volume that was higher than average when compared to other industries during their opening week. It is likely that there would be high interest in US cannabis companies if they were ever able to follow suit.

Along with creating more investment opportunities–another significant contribution to the economy from the cannabis industry would come through the tax revenue that is generated from sales. One reason why this would be such a big deal is because people would now be able to buy cannabis from a legal source instead of purchasing it off the black market. California alone collected over 3 billion dollars from sales taxes during 2017. If marijuana was legalized nationwide the taxes from sales are estimated to amount to over 138 billion dollars.

A lot of money would also be saved from the costs that are associated with the criminalization of using cannabis. Several billion dollars could be saved every year from the costs and fees of imprisoning people who are issued drug charges for using cannabis. Several countries, such as Canada, have changed the law to make illegal possession or usage of marijuana to be a civil crime rather than a criminal charge. This helps to generate money in fees and it eases the burden on the criminal justice system because it decreases the amount of people who are jailed for minor offenses. This also helps many people to avoid having a charge on their criminal record–which can make it more difficult for people to find jobs years after they are charged with the offense.

There have been statements from many police officers who support the legalization of marijuana because they feel like there is too much time and effort that is wasted on nonviolent crimes. Some officers have said that this wastes taxpayer money and that it can hinder them by preventing them from focusing on more serious crimes.

As of late, cannabis has been legalized in over 25 states. This includes the use of medical marijuana in 33 states and the recreational usage in 10 states. It is expected to become legalized in more states as the push to decriminalize weed has grown among the younger generation. At least 7 more states are projected to legalize at least partial use of the drug and more are expected to allow more casual usage of the drug.

Legalization of cannabis has become a more popular topic recently after Canada became the second G2 nation after Denmark to legalize marijuana. But despite how well-known Denmark is as a tourist spot for cannabis users, the first nation to legalize the use of cannabis was actually Uruguay.

Under the initial law that was passed in Uruguay, pharmacies were allow to sell marijuana to citizens who were of legal age for purchase. Citizens were also allow to register to a cannabis club and were allowed under certain restrictions to grow their own marijuana. There have been issues with demand for the drug outpacing the supply. This has pushed the prices of cannabis in Uruguay up to about $2.50 per gram. Part of the problem is that the distribution methods were limited to pharmacies rather allowing cannabis to be sold in more general stores.

In Canada the sale of cannabis is limited to specific stores and the legal age to buy the drug is dependent on the territory where it is bought. Lawmakers hope that legalization will help to curb the use of the drug among minors by making it more normalized and less like a forbidden fruit. Another major reason for the legalization of cannabis for casual use is that it will make help regulate the production of the drug in order to make sure that the quality of the drug is up to standards. This would help reduce the risk that comes with buying the drug off the streets because it would now come from a known source.

In 2014, Colorado became the first state in the US where cannabis was legalized for recreational use. Purchase of marijuana within the state is restricted to adults who are 21 or over and is limited to 28 grams within a single transaction. The store hours for which cannabis is allowed to be sold are dependent upon which county the store operates in. Any store that is planning on selling marijuana must be licensed to do so. There are currently many restrictions on how cannabis can be advertised. In most states ads for cannabis are limited to specific forms of media and are not allowed to be shown on public television or radio stations. This is done in order to prevent companies from trying to target minors.

Along with the sale of marijuana, there are laws that restrict the concentration of THC that can be found in your blood when driving. Because of this, it is best to be remain aware of when you lasted smoked or injected a substance whenever you plan on operating a vehicle. It is illegal to transport cannabis across state borders in the United States so be aware of each states laws on weed. In Colorado, minors who are caught in possession of cannibals are given a civil charge instead of a criminal charge.

But Colorado is not the only state that is known for this industry. Recreational usage of weed is currently legal in 9 other states. These include Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Michigan, and Alaska. One big push for the legalization of cannabis occurred in December of 2018, when the bipartisan farm bill was passed. This allowed for the production and usage of marijuana that did not contain THC.

Along with creating more economic opportunities–the legalization of marijuana has created the demand for entertainment facilities that are catered to cannabis usage such as coffee bars, lounges, and nightclubs. This has helped to create new local businesses, each with their own rules for what is permitted. Some of them only allow smoking indoors while others have an outdoor space that is set aside for cannabis users. These hangout spots have helped to provide jobs and many of them cater to tourists that come to the city. A relatively high amount of cannabis purchases in cities like Denver still come from people who are from out of state.

There has recently been more debate about whether or not cannabis delivery services should be permitted in cities where the recreational usage of marijuana is legal. The largest barriers to this are uncertainties over how delivery companies would be regulated and concerns over the verification process of sales that are made from door to door. Proponents think that this would make it easier for people who have a difficult time leaving the house to have easier access to cannabis products. This could help people who rely on marijuana for pain relief such as older consumers or people who have a chronic illness that restricts their mobility. It would also help to create new jobs for delivery drivers. Jobs like this would be great for people who need flexible part-time work.


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December 14, 2018 administrator

With the ever expanding use cases of cannabis, from medical to industrial, a company in the Netherlands has built a prefab house… entirely out of cannabis!

The company, Dunagro,  has been developing a house made from hemp concrete (a mixture of hemp wood, natural glue and water), since 2009. Hemp, the non-THC variety of the cannabis plant has long been known to be useful in a myriad of applications that are both environmentally sustainable, fast growing, and cost efficient. From food to clothing to bio-fuel hemps uses continue to develop and that pace should speed up exponentially since it’s recent legalization in the USA.

 

Last November, Dun Agro put its hemp home on display. The company has already completed its second hemp home and has plans to build and sell more in the near future. In fact, with the present output of hemp in the Netherlands, the company estimates it can produce up to 500 hemp houses per year. If the demand increases, that number can easily be scaled up.

According to the company (translated to english):

“With this hemp house we show that, among other things through the use of innovative techniques, hemp building is a serious alternative to the sustainability of regular housing, also in terms of costs.”

 


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