Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Illinois dispensaries sold more than $19.7 million in recreational marijuana the first 12 days of sales (Chicago Tribune)

// FDA Would Be Required To Allow CBD Product Marketing Under New Bipartisan Bill (Marijuana Moment)

// New Hampshire Lawmakers Take New Approach To Marijuana Legalization For 2020 (Marijuana Moment)


These headlines are brought to you by Curaleaf, one of the leading vertically-integrated cannabis operators in the U.S. With legal medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation sites, and processing facilities all over the United States, Curaleaf has served more than 165,000 medical cannabis patients and looks forward to helping many more long into the future. Swing over to Curaleaf.com to learn more about this very cool company!


// Chart: Good – not great – first year of medical cannabis sales in Ohio (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Aphria Reduces Outlook as Q2 Cannabis Sales Increase 9.5% Sequentially to $33.7 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Organigram Q1 Revenue Increases 54% Sequentially to $25.2 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Cannabis Beverages in Canada Won’t Pop (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Leading Marijuana Reform Advocate In Congress Weighs In On This Week’s Legalization Hearing (Marijuana Moment)

// Maine lawmaker calls for cannabis banking, insurance reform (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Bernie Sanders Urges Marijuana Industry Workers To Unionize (Marijuana Moment)


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For Patients with Eating Disorders, Cannabis May be the Right Medicine

It’s morning in New York City, and Jessica Mellow is preparing for a long day. She pours her first of many cups of coffee and steels herself for another day of work — and another day of anorexia treatment. Not only does the body-paint model have a long session booked, she also has an appointment with her psychiatrist, and dinner with a meal-support specialist. She takes some cannabidiol (CBD) oil to help calm her nerves. Her anxiety is ever-present. 

“I’ve found that when I use a bit of pot or take some CBD oil, it helps with anxiety and pain, and helps me get to sleep, sans side effects,” Mellow said. “Treatment for anorexia is trickier than for a lot of mental illnesses, largely because it requires doing the exact opposite of what feels safe and instinctual. If the brain perceives food as a threat, but the only way to get better is to continuously eat, the anxiety increases drastically, and as treatment goes on, often gets worse instead of better.”

Anorexia isn’t a qualifying condition for a medical marijuana certification in New York, even though a review of studies has shown cannabinoids can decrease anxiety and promote weight gain in anorexic patients.

Mellow, for one, is eager for more anorexia treatment protocols. “I think it would be really helpful to have [legal] cannabis as an option,” she said.

Eating Disorders’ Origins

Despite what TV movies depict, eating disorders don’t just stem from a drive to be thin. Some people are born with a genetic predisposition to anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder. Further, the intrusive thoughts that often plague sufferers are similar to those of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), “two-thirds of those with anorexia [show] signs of an anxiety disorder (including generalized anxiety, social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder) before the onset of their eating disorder.” These comorbid conditions are only part of the reason anorexia is notoriously hard to treat.

Restrictive eating disorders such as anorexia and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) can lead to progressive starvation that affects the brain, and therefore the intellect, making treatment for these patients even more challenging. Critically ill anorexic patients may want to eat, and want to recover, but may feel trapped in ritualistic thoughts and behaviors.

Bulimia and binge-eating disorder present a different but similar set of challenges, and symptoms of these disorders often overlap with anorexia symptoms. Binges can last for hours and result in the consumption of tens of thousands of calories. People with bulimia or binge-eating disorder can be of a normal weight or very overweight. Body weight doesn’t change the severity of the disease, but due to the risk of starvation or heart failure, anorexia remains the deadliest of all psychiatric disorders, with an estimated mortality rate of 10%. 

Eating Disorders and the Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a network of receptors, enzymes, and endocannabinoid molecules that maintains homeostasis, or a range of healthy functions in the body. The CB1 receptors, found in the central nervous system, transmit a “calm down” signal to overactive neurons. Because these receptors are plentiful in brain regions that control food intake, clinical evidence suggests that there may be a link between a defective ECS and the development of an eating disorder.

The ECS is involved in the regulation of eating and energy balance, and CB1 receptors — one of the two kinds of cannabinoid receptors in our brains, the other being the CB2 receptors — are plentiful in the brain regions that regulate hunger and control eating behaviors. Because of the way they bind to CB1 receptors, ingested cannabinoids can help reduce patients’ anxiety and increase (or decrease, in the case of high-CBD strains) the amount of food they consume. What stoners have long known to be true turns out to be backed by science: Cannabis can chill you out and give you the munchies.

“Cannabis helps me in two ways. First, it helps with hunger cues,” Cassidy said. “When you’ve been restricting for a while, your body stops asking for food when it needs to. The munchies help with that. Second, [cannabis] helps with the anxiety. It kind of quiets the wave of negative self-talk that often comes with eating.”

Anorexia sufferer Cassidy, whose name has been changed agrees. “Cannabis helps me in two ways. First, it helps with hunger cues,” Cassidy said. “When you’ve been restricting for a while, your body stops asking for food when it needs to. The munchies help with that. Second, [cannabis] helps with the anxiety. It kind of quiets the wave of negative self-talk that often comes with eating.”

The OCD Connection 

The American Psychiatric Association’s “Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Eating Disorders” states that eating disorders are often comorbid with other psychiatric conditions, particularly OCD, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders. And according to the International OCD Foundation, 64% of people with eating disorders also have an anxiety disorder, and 41% of those have OCD.  

What all these statistics mean is that people with eating disorders — especially the restrictive type – often operate according to a strict set of rules that may not make sense to  people without eating disorders. For example, a person with anorexia may deem foods “safe” and “unsafe” based on reasons other than calories or nutrient content, or develop rituals around how they cut food and where they place it on the plate. It’s not so different from having to turn the lights on and off a certain number of times before leaving the house, or having to wash one’s hands a certain number of times before going to bed, behaviors typically associated with OCD. 

In a 2019 study published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, researchers from the New York State Psychiatric Institute at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry found preliminary evidence that suggests the body’s endocannabinoid system may play a role in OCD, and cited case reports from three patients for whom the cannabinoid drug dronabinol reduced compulsive behaviors. One patient, who displayed treatment-resistant OCD symptoms following a thalamic stroke, was able to participate in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) after using dronabinol. While more research is needed, this preliminary evidence suggests that cannabis-based treatments may allow patients struggling with compulsive behaviors to more effectively participate in talk therapy. In addition, a 2005 study showed that rates of the endocannabinoid anandamide are increased in patients with anorexia and binge-eating disorder, but not in patients with bulimia. The possibility of modulating the endocannabinoid system to treat certain eating disorders deserves more research.

Future of Eating Disorder Treatment

Scientific studies of patients with HIV and cancer show that cannabis increases appetite and can lead to significant, life-saving weight gain. However, established eating-disorders treatment programs have been slow to accept the medical efficacy of cannabis. 

Fortunately, clinicians such as Dr. Ziv Cohen, a psychiatrist in New York City licensed to certify patients to the state medical-marijuana program, think it could be a helpful addition to eating disorder treatment protocols.

“I think that there is a lot of promise in cannabis-based products for restrictive eating disorders in the same way that cannabis products are very helpful for cancer patients who have problems with their nutrition,” Cohen said. “Anxiety is reduced and appetite is increased, and that combination can kind of push patients over the hump and get them to eat things that they wouldn’t normally eat, or that they’re phobic about.”


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Cohen stressed that not all patients with eating disorders are good candidates for cannabis medicine; comorbidity is an important consideration. Inducing uncontrollable munchies in patients who purge has obvious consequences, but for patients with trauma histories who restrict or binge in response to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) triggers, Cohen said cannabis could be helpful. 

“We want to make sure we’re not conditioning the patient to only be able to eat when they’re using a cannabis product; just like with other medications, we would want [cannabis] to facilitate developing regular eating habits, not to become a ritual that is necessary [in order] to eat,” Cohen said. “Cannabis treatment could be very helpful, as long as it’s within the context of a good multidisciplinary team.”

Mellow agreed, and stressed the importance of her treatment team and the need for alternatives to psychiatric medications.

“Malnutrition can prevent psychiatric medications from being effective, so having [cannabis] to help with the anxiety could potentially make a treatment that often feels punitive much more tolerable and effective,” Mellow said.

“I don’t believe there’s any miracle cure,” Mellow said, “but if cannabis can reduce some of the biggest barriers to treatment — exhaustion, anxiety, physical discomfort — that leaves more room to focus directly on recovery, and I don’t see how that could be anything but positive.”

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Monday, October 7, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Monday, October 7, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Statement on consumer warning to stop using THC vaping products amid ongoing investigation into lung illnesses (Food and Drug Administration)

// Oregon imposes temporary ban on some vaping products (Boston Globe)

// U.S. judge keeps intact Massachusetts’ toughest-in-nation vaping ban (Thomson Reuters News)


Today’s headlines are brought to you by our friends over at Eaze.com, California’s top one stop website for legal marijuana delivery. If you live in the golden state, swing over to Eaze.com to see if they are active in your area. With deliveries taking place in less than an hour, it’s never been easier to get legal California marijuana delivery. And of course, if you don’t live where Eaze delivers, you can still benefit from all the useful bits of industry insight and analysis they’ve developed using their properly aggregate and anonymized sales data stream.


// Nevada’s First Weed Cafe Will Feel Like a Microbrew’s Tasting Room (Merry Jane)

// Youth Marijuana Use Declined After Washington Legalized, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

// Marijuana testing labs: Will Maine have enough? (Central Maine)

// Oldest operating dispensary marks 20th year with charity (Leaf Online)

// National Academies To Host Forum On CBD Science This Month (Marijuana Moment)

// These robots are learning to grow weed. Yes, they’re ‘pot bots.’ (NJ.com)

// California vape maker Kushy Punch caught making illegal products (Leafly)


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Thursday, August 29, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Thursday, August 29, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// 10,872 New Yorkers to See Their Marijuana Convictions Disappear (New York Times)

// Washington State Bans CBD in Food and Beverages (Leafly)

// Bodycam Footage Shows Police Killing Unarmed Suspect in Black Market Weed Raid (Merry Jane)


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// Green Thumb Revenues Grow 228% to $44 Million (Green Market Report)

// Crime Rates Drop After Marijuana Dispensaries Open Nearby, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

// Michigan medical marijuana operator faces prison time (Marijuana Business Daily)

// We know Mayor Buttigieg’s drug decriminalization plan works – ask Portugal (The Hill)

// Statistics Show Accidental Cannabis Consumption is Insignificant (Cannabis Now)

// Counterfeit Weed Vape Cartridges Are Everywhere – and They’re Making People Sick (Rolling Stone)

// Florida medical cannabis licensing issue heads to state Supreme Court (Marijuana Business Daily)


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New Technique Improves Uptake of Cannabis-Infused Liquids

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Friday, August 2, 2019 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Friday, August 2, 2019 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Marijuana firm CannTrust faces probe by Ontario regulators, police (Marijuana Business Daily)

// California’s enforcement efforts against illicit marijuana market having a so-so impact for legal businesses (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Immigrant Families Were Separated For Marijuana Possession Alone, ACLU Says (Marijuana Moment)


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// Tribune Publishing Enters Agreement With The Fresh Toast For Cannabis News (Green Market Report)

// Tennessee treasurer orders state pension fund to sell marijuana investment (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Aphria latest major Canadian cannabis company to turn a profit (Marijuana Business Daily)

// NAACP, ACLU, And Allies Demand Congress Pass Marijuana Bill With Justice Focus (Forbes)

// CBD foods sold in Maine must be made with locally grown hemp (Central Maine)

// Owner of High Times mag loses CFO during rocky IPO process (New York Post)

// Cannex, 4Front complete cannabis merger; trading starts next week (Marijuana Business Daily)


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Weedmaps and Afters are Giving Out Free Ice Cream at Smorgasburg

Just in time for your summer haze, Weedmaps is collaborating with Afters Ice Cream to bring you two cannabis-themed ice cream flavors available in downtown Los Angeles starting on National Ice Cream Day, July 21, 2019. Be sure to prime your taste buds accordingly.

Weedmaps and Afters — Bringing You the Good Stuff

What do Weedmaps and Afters Ice Cream have in common? For starters, an unwavering dedication to hooking peeps up with the good stuff, be it dank weed deals or delicious ice cream. This collaboration between Weedmaps and Afters is about celebrating a shared capacity to connect customers with the flavor profiles, quality products, and prices they’re looking for.  

Afters Ice Cream brings a unique ice cream experience to Southern California. Offering a bevy of creative flavors of handcrafted, small-batch ice cream, including its signature Milky Bun, a glazed bun stuffed with the ice cream of your choice. 

The Good Stuff: salted caramel swirl, toffee chunks and crushed graham crackers. (Photo by Sabrina Seguin)

Afters will apply the company’s palate-pleasing expertise to a limited pair of delectable cannabis-themed flavors, The Good Stuff and Tangerine Dream. The Good Stuff will be the color of the iconic Weedmaps teal with a salted caramel swirl, toffee chunks and crushed graham crackers. Tangerine Dream will be a vegan sorbet with a tangerine zest and coconut swirl. The best part — you can get them for free on National Ice Cream Day. 

Tangerine Dream: a vegan sorbet with a tangerine zest and coconut swirl. (Photo by Sabrina Seguin)

Note: Neither ice cream flavor will contain THC, cannabidiol (CBD), or any other cannabis derivative.

When and Where Is This Ice Cream?

Afters will be offering these limited-time Weedmaps x Afters ice cream flavors from its ice cream truck at Smorgasburg, the largest open-air food market in the U.S., at the Alameda Produce Market, 777 S. Alameda St., in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles, starting July 21, 2019 through August 8. Smorgasburg’s “Ice Cream Alley” hours run Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Look for an Afters Ice Cream truck like this at Smorgasburg, at 777 S. Alameda St., in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District to try a free mini-cone of The Good Stuff or vegan-friendly Tangerine Dream, flavors made in collaboration with Weedmaps. (Photo by Christian Prollamante)

How do I Get the Ice Cream?

Here’s a quick step-by-step on how to claim your ice cream cone for $0 — that’s right, for free — by going to Weedmaps, finding the Afters Ice Cream listing, and claiming the deal:

    1. Download the Weedmaps App on site. The deal for free ice cream must be claimed while onsite at Smorgasburg. Already have the app? Good for you!
    2. Sign up and create a Weedmaps account user name. Also already have an account? Amazing!
    3. Find the Afters Ice Cream truck listing on Weedmaps. The name of the listing will be “Smorgasburg LA – Weedmaps x Afters Ice Cream.” This will be listed among a typical dispensary, but it should be noted that this is not a real dispensary. But it should also be noted that Afters is a real ice cream truck. 
    4. Claim the Afters x WM Special DEAL: LIMITED EDITION Ice Cream cone. Show this deal on your mobile screen to the budtender at the Afters ice cream truck at Smorgusburg, and you’ll receive a free ice cream mini-cone of your choice between two Afters x Weedmaps flavors. Note: the deal is only available to claim on the Weedmaps listing on Sundays. 

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