What You Should Know Acquiring Marijuana Seeds

Planting and harvesting are difficult, even leisure gardening can be confusing for first-timers. So it is not surprising if you are having a hard time growing marijuana. Growing marijuana is difficult because the first step, getting the seeds, is already daunting.  Marijuana is already a tough topic all over the world so it is not […]

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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// Three US senators announce plans for major federal marijuana reform (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Virginia Marijuana Legalization Bills Sail Though Committees As Key Friday Deadline Nears (Marijuana Moment)

// Black entrepreneurs are underrepresented in Michigan’s recreational marijuana industry (Detroit Metro Times)


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// Arizona’s new recreational cannabis firms see strong sales possible supply issues on horizon (Marijuana Business Daily)

// New Jersey Lawmakers Approve Clean-Up Marijuana Bill To Resolve Governor’s Underage Concerns (Marijuana Moment)

// Idaho Lawmakers Approve Resolution That Would Quash 2022 Marijuana Legalization Initiatives (Marijuana Moment)

// Oregon first U.S. state to decriminalize possession of hard drugs (CTV News (AP))

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Hemp seed oil and hemp soap: should you try it?

If you’ve ever eaten hemp seeds, worn a hemp bracelet, or used body care products with hemp as an ingredient, you might find it hard to believe that cannabis’s non-intoxicating cousin was’t legal in the U.S. until 2018, when lawmakers finally made hemp legal as part of the 2018 Farm Bill after more than 80 years of prohibition. Prior to hemp’s legalization, and because of arcane FDA rules about the harmless crop, US farmers were not allowed to grow it on US soil. 

Prior to 2018, some parts of the hemp plant, primarily textile made from hemp fiber and seeds from the aerial parts of the plant, could be imported to the US as long as the product contained less than 0.3% THC. This shortsightedness turned out to be a big financial loss for US markets since prohibition on hemp didn’t discourage consumers from seeking it out. 

In 2017, US consumers spent $553 million on hemp food, supplements, and body care products, all of which were made with hemp seed oil from foreign countries — primarily China, as China, Hungary, and Romania are the top producers of hemp in the world. 

American consumers love body care products, and are eager to try new cannabis-infused goods judging by the explosive growth of the CBD market, expected to expand by nearly 16% and become a $1.8 billion industry by 2022. With that being said, is investing in hemp body care products good for your skin and are they worth the price?

What is hemp soap?

Hemp soap is exactly what it sounds like: a cleansing agent, typically found in either liquid or bar form, that contains hemp seed oil as one of its primary ingredients. But not all hemp soaps are created equal. Soap in general is made by mixing fat and oil with a base. Ingredient labels are required to list ingredients in descending order, so the ingredient with the highest concentration will be listed first, and those with lesser ingredients follow down the line. If hemp is toward the bottom of that list, there probably isn’t enough hemp seed oil in the soap to provide any of its myriad benefits. Other ingredients often in hemp soap typically include moisturizing oils like jojoba or coconut, and essential oils such as peppermint or lavender to sweeten the smell. 

Both hemp and soap have been used by humans for thousands of years. The first known formula for the making of soap-like materials — water, alkali, and cassia oil — was found on a Babylonian clay tablet that dates back to approximately 2800 BCE. It is not known for certain whether prehistoric people used hemp for food but it is assumed, and we know for sure that pieces of hemp cloth have been dated to 8000 BCE

Far from their primordial roots, hemp and soap have come a long way. In addition to hemp’s explosive growth, the size of the bath soap market in 2020 reached $20.5 billion and is expected to expand to $27.5 billion by 2026.. 

Keep in mind that hemp soap and CBD soap are not the same. CBD is the non-intoxicating cannabinoid sometimes added to body care products, often at an inflated cost to consumers. Make sure to read the label to ensure that the product a company is selling as CBD is not actually hemp seed oil. 

What is hemp soap good for?

Arguably the most well-known hemp soap on the market, Dr. Bronner’s All-One! Hemp Soap, was founded in 1948 by Dr. Emanuel Bronner — who wasn’t actually a doctor. You’ve probably seen the large sixteen ounce bottles with the eye-catching labels full of tiny text sharing Emanuel’s All-One vision on the shelves at your local natural grocer. 

Though Dr. Bronner’s didn’t add hemp seed oil to their famous castile soap until 1998, according to their website, their hemp soap can be used for anything and everything. I took the company at their word and diluted the soap to do some cleaning around the house and found it worked well on the hardwood floor, but I’ve also used the refreshingly tingly peppermint soap in the shower. Other suggested uses are for laundry, washing the dishes, giving your dog a bath, and even to brush your teeth. 

Most hemp soaps in the space are much more specialized and intended only for bathing, and you certainly wouldn’t want to use a hemp soap infused with CBD for house cleaning tasks like mopping the floor or cleaning the sink.

Is hemp oil good for skin?

Using hemp seed oil can help even out skin’s oil production. It’s also full of omega-6 essential fatty acids which can be a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Many people with conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and acne find some relief when using hemp soap. It may also be beneficial for those who do not have those conditions, but need some relief from sensitive or very dry skin.

In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, hemp seed oil is an excellent moisturizing agent because of compounds like linoleic acid and oleic acid, which are not produced by the body. By using hemp seed oil topically, it may help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging such as redness or dark spots. Hemp seed oil is also ultra-moisturizing and will not pull moisture from your skin, unlike products that contain chemical compounds found in soap like triclosan. 

To add an additional layer to an anti-wrinkle, anti-aging regimen, consider adding hemp seeds or hemp seed oil to your diet to accompany graceful aging from the inside out. 

Can hemp soap cause a false positive on a THC test?

Nope — hemp seed oil is made from pressing non-psychoactive seeds from the hemp plant into oil. In addition, cannabis topicals such as hemp soap are designed to be used at an actual application site — in this case the face or the body — and not internally. 

The dermis is an excellent barrier to keeping out any cannabinoids that could show up on a drug panel. 

Where can I buy hemp soap?

Since hemp became legal in 2018 and the cannabis stigma has worn off a bit, more mainstream consumers are adding hemp soaps to their shelves, but the most reliable sources are those that have been stocking hemp soap for quite a while. Like your local health or natural market. 

While large scale retailers like Target or Walmart can carry hemp soap, they are more likely to advertise soap that is not full of the all-natural ingredient goodness that a natural product store is likely to stock. Mass-produced soaps are often full of chemicals that can reduce the efficacy of topical cannabis products. However, on the large retailer side, Whole Foods Market tends to carry a good-sized offering of hemp soaps. 

For those wishing to put their dollars behind smaller retailers, check out online sellers like Etsy, or better yet, find a co-op or street fair and get behind a local business. 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Biden Taps Marijuana Legalization Supporter To Lead Democratic National Committee (Marijuana Moment)

// New York Governor Releases More Details On Marijuana Legalization Proposal (Marijuana Moment)

// Feds To Send Marijuana And Hemp Samples To Labs As Part Of Large-Scale Testing Accuracy Study (New Cannabis Ventures)


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Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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// Illinois Governor Announces Half A Million Marijuana Expungements And Pardons (Marijuana Moment)

// Illinois Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Surge 15% in December to End First Year at $669 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Incarcerated Patients Have A Right To Use Medical Marijuana New Mexico Judge Rules (Marijuana Moment)


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// Farmers lose hope – and money – in race to build Maine’s hemp market (Portland Press Herald)

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Is Delta 8 THC Legal in Your State?

If you’ve been studying up on the latest cannabis trends, then it’s very likely that delta 8 THC has entered your awareness. 

This cannabinoid is growing quickly in popularity as more and more people are finding ways to incorporate it into their routine.  But still, there are many people, including diehard CBD lovers, who aren’t exactly sure what it is, or whether or not it’s even legal.

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What is Delta 8 THC?

Before we start getting into delta 8, let’s take a quick look at the more familiar Delta 9 THC, the type of tetrahydrocannabinol that is most commonly associated with cannabis. THC is the cannabinoid with psychoactive properties, and thus, the most controversial of the plant compounds.

Delta 9 THC is derived from THCA – or Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid – which is found in raw plants before heat is applied and it loses its carboxyl acid group, or CO2 molecule, creating the chemical formulation (C21H30O2), and then turning into Delta 9 THC. This process is known as decarboxylation.

From this point, a small percentage of Delta 9 will oxidize to become Delta 8 THC – a delta 9 analogue that is only found in trace amounts in the finished/cured flower. This is because delta 8 is only a slightly altered version of delta 9. More specifically, Delta 8 has a double bond on the 8th carbon atom whereas Delta 9 has it on the 9th one.

Much like other cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD), cannabichromene (CBC), and cannabinol (CBN), which appear in small amounts in the cannabis plant, delta-8 THC must be isolated and extracted to produce concentrations than what could be achieved via smoking or vaping. As far as medical benefits of Delta 8 THC, there are quite a few that are of particular interest.

Why is it important?

Numerous studies dating back to the 1970s, most of which come from Israel and were conducted by Professor Raphael Mechoulam and his associates, found Delta 8 to be associated with a number of different health benefits. As with other cannabinoids, it stimulates the endocannabinoid system can be used very diversely.

Delta-8 is already associated with a number of health benefits. The National Center for Biological Information (NCBI) describes delta-8 THC as follows: “An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties.” It goes on to say: “This agent exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC), the primary form of THC found in cannabis.”

Most notably is this cannabinoid’s ability to fight cancer and treat associated side-effects. This was first observed in a 1974 study that found delta-9 was able to slow tumor growth after a number of days, while delta-8 combined with CBN actually caused tumors to shrink after 20 days. Another study in 1995 on children with leukaemia, showed a high rate of efficacy for treating the cancer, while also controlling nausea and vomiting induced by other therapies.

What remains unknown, on a scientific level anyway, is exactly how the psychoactive effects of Delta 8 THC compare with those of Delta 9. According to another study from the 1970s, they found Delta 8 to have 2/3 the psychoactive effects of Delta 9, which is substantial, but still enough that a user will feel some noticeable effects.

Federal laws regarding Delta 8 THC

There was recently some controversy whether Delta 8 would be added to the DEA’s list of controlled substances, with many in the industry believing it would be prohibited under the Interim Ruling regarding “synthetically-derived” cannabinoids. This turned out not to be the case.

Although a few changes were made, the final result is this: if the end Delta 8 product is derived from hemp and has less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC, then it’s likely legal. The DEA does included Delta 8 THC on its list of controlled substances which was just updated in August 2020. But since the 2018 Farm Bill expressly exempts “tetrahydrocannabinols in hemp”, this means that any form of THC derived from hemp that falls within the already established limits will remain legal.

State-by-State legality

So yes, Delta 8 THC is federally legal… however, states can override federal laws if they choose to. It happens all the time with industries like alcohol, tobacco, and gambling. So, while Delta 8 may be federally legal, that doesn’t mean it’s legal in all 50 states.

What’s also interesting about this, is that the laws surround Delta 8 are not based on whether recreational cannabis is legal or not. Quite a few states with legal cannabis, including Arizona and Colorado, have banned the manufacture, sale, and possession of Delta 8 THC.

  • Alabama: Legal
  • Alaska: Delta 8 is illegal in the state of Alaska
  • Arizona: Delta 8 is illegal in the state of Arizona
  • Arkansas: Delta 8 is illegal in the state of Arkansas
  • California: Legal
  • Colorado: Delta 8 is illegal in the state of Colorado
  • Connecticut: Legal
  • Delaware: Delta 8 is illegal in the state of Delaware
  • Florida: Legal
  • Georgia: Legal
  • Hawaii: Legal
  • Idaho: Delta 8 is illegal in the state of Idaho
  • Illinois: Legal
  • Indiana: Legal
  • Iowa: Delta 8 is illegal in the state of Iowa
  • Kansas: Legal
  • Kentucky: Legal
  • Louisiana: Legal
  • Maine: Legal
  • Maryland: Legal
  • Massachusetts: Legal
  • Michigan: Legal
  • Minnesota: Legal
  • Mississippi: Delta 8 is illegal in the state of Mississippi
  • Missouri: Legal
  • Montana: Delta 8 is illegal in the state of Montana
  • Nebraska: Legal
  • Nevada: Legal
  • New Hampshire: Legal
  • New Jersey: Legal
  • New Mexico: Legal
  • New York: Legal
  • North Carolina: Legal
  • North Dakota: Legal
  • Ohio: Legal
  • Oklahoma: Legal
  • Oregon: Legal
  • Pennsylvania: Legal
  • Rhode Island: Delta 8 is illegal in the state of Rhode Island 
  • South Carolina: Legal
  • South Dakota: Legal
  • Tennessee: Legal
  • Texas: Legal
  • Utah: Delta 8 is illegal in the state of Utah
  • Vermont: Legal
  • Virginia: Legal
  • Washington: Legal
  • West Virginia: Legal
  • Wisconsin: Legal
  • Wyoming: Legal 

Final Thoughts

To summarize, Delta 8 is illegal in 11 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, and Utah.  In all other states, it is legal, but keep in mind that this is subject to change if state legislators determine that it should be classified as a controlled substance.  Therefore, before taking delta 8, you should always check with state laws, as laws regarding cannabis are prone to sudden change.

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Merry Cannabis! Christmas and Marijuana

Christmas has come and gone for the year 2020, and New Year’s is right around the corner. The holidays are undoubtedly a time for friends to get together and toke, but such traditions go back way farther than recent history. All throughout history, cannabis has been used as part of our favorite holidays. So, let’s take a look at the connection between Christmas and marijuana.

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Pagans and Christmas

Christianity didn’t just happen overnight, and as it passed through into different areas in the world, it incorporated into local traditions. Before Christmas was known as the holiday that marked the birth of Jesus Christ, it was known for representing the winter solstice, which is the shortest day of the year, and the longest night. The parties of that time of year were called ‘Yule’, which is the Germanic term used for the winter solstice. Yule essentially marked the end of the days shortening, and was a celebration of the coming months of greater sun. Though it isn’t one of the plants generally associated with Christmastime, Christmas and marijuana go together traditionally, right along with more known plants like evergreen trees, mistletoe, cloves, holly, and cinnamon.

One story goes as follows: Before the time of the 12 days of Christmas, those days were known as the 12 Raw Nights. As the story goes, the pagan god Woton (aka Odin), galloped across the sky with his army to fight the battle of light versus dark, called the Wild Hunt. Woton and his army, by folklore, were known to pick up unsuspecting victims from the ground, and were often accompanied by other demons which came out during these nights. One of the traditions to ward off evil at bedtime was the use of nine herbs, one of which was likely cannabis. The story of Woton and his flying army is thought by some to be the basis for the Santa Claus story, and draws an early connection between Christmas and marijuana.

Christmas and marijuana

A cool Yule tradition that is carried on today has to do with beer. It was customary among German pagan traditions to brew special beers during Yule called Julbeers and Wodelbeers. Though there were actually strict brewing laws at the time to ensure pureness, these rules were often ignored during this time, and extra ingredients were often put in to increase the intoxication. Plants like wormwood, black henbane, and cannabis were used for this purpose.

Why was Santa so jolly?

Another story about Christmas and marijuana implies that our good old Santa Claus might have stayed so jolly because of what was in his pipe. In the poem A Visit From St. Nicholas (or, the Night Before Christmas), there is a line specifically speaking about Santa smoking his pipe and smoke encircling his head. Back then, along with regular tobacco, something else called ‘baccy’, which was a mix of different herbs including cannabis, was used. There was even a specific word used for the cannabis seeds in this herbal mixture: knastert.

But it might not have been cannabis that really made Santa jolly. In fact, psychedelics seem to have their place in the Christmas story too. Many Christmas traditions come from shamanistic traditions of Northern Europe in pre-Christian times. People of this region had a sacred mushroom called the ‘fly agaric’, or the amanita muscaria mushroom, which is red and white, and grows under fir trees and evergreens. Since they contain a potent hallucinogenic, they’re often associated with magic and fairies. The harvest and use of these mushrooms is associated with the idea of Santa Claus, flying reindeer, gifts, and Christmas trees.

Many of these ancient peoples believed in a ‘world tree’, which acted as a cosmic axis, with roots going down to the underworld, and branches reaching up into heaven. These peoples also revered the North Star, as they thought all other stars revolved around it. This star went together with the world tree, and the general center axis of the whole universe, with the top of the tree reaching the North Star. It was said that the spirit of the shaman would climb the tree to pass into the realm of gods. This explains the star traditionally put atop the tree, and perhaps where the idea of the north pole comes from.

santa smokes cannabis

Another aspect about these traditions, the people who celebrated them thought that the mushrooms grew without an actual seed, meaning a virgin birth. They saw this as a result of dew left on the ground which acted as semen. Tinsel put on trees is meant to represent this perceived seminal fluid.

A last note about reindeers

In what is an exceptionally weird story that I can only hope is true, it’s said that the active ingredient of the amanita mushrooms doesn’t actually get broken down by the body when consumed, and passes out in the urine. It is even considered safer to access the psychoactive ingredients by drinking the urine of someone who has already eaten them, since some of the more toxic chemicals would be processed out at that point. Anyway, this actually made it a practice to drink the urine of those who had already consumed mushrooms, with the active compound supposedly lasting through about six passes through.

Where do reindeer come into this kind of weird practice? Well, turns out, reindeer were not only a highly regarded animal by these ancient peoples, but also liked consuming the mushrooms, which led them to prance around in a high state. People often drank the reindeer urine to access the psychoactive effects.

To take this story up a notch in weirdness, reindeer also liked to drink the urine of people who consumed the mushroom, leading tribesmen to carry around containers of their own mushroom-enhanced urine to attract back reindeer which had strayed away from the rest of the herd. One of the main effects of amanita mushrooms is to give the user the sensation of flying, which could explain the folklore around Santa and flying reindeer.

reindeer and mushrooms

A little about caroling

Another Christmas and marijuana (or rather, cannabis) tradition which is still practiced in Poland and Lithuania today, has to do with hemp soup on Christmas eve. Called ‘semieniatka’, the soup is actually offered to dead family members who come back for holiday visits with the fam. This, in turn, could go back even further to ancient Scythians, a culture that used cannabis heavily in death rituals and funerals.

In what is currently Russia, Germany, Lithuania, and Poland, the people of these areas during pagan times celebrated a Slavik holiday called Koleda. The holiday was in reverence to the god Koliada, who is represented by the weak, but growing, winter sun which is considered reborn after the winter solstice. According to this tradition, a sacred rite called Koleduvane was practiced on the evening of Koleda, in which single men would dress up as ‘Koledari’ which meant wearing a costume from one of three categories: anthropomorphic, zoomorphi, or anthropo-zoomorphic, which were represented by different animals. The group was led by a ‘grandpa’, meant to be an older, wiser character.

One character in the group was called ‘bride’, and symbolized the birth of the new moon, and the death of the old one. The ‘bride’ sat atop a wooden hemp breaker, which was carried by the other members, and at the same time spun hemp. At midnight, the whole Koledari group would head out, going house to house, singing out front, and then going through the house to investigate for evil spirits. Any spirits found would be duly chased from the house to help ensure a good harvest the following year. The patrons of the house, glad to have spirits removed, would pay for the service with heckled hemp fiber, which was then made into thread by the ‘bride’. The thread specifically symbolized fertility and was meant for newborn clothing. This tradition of going house to house and singing (and removing evil spirits) is thought to be the basis for Christmas caroling today.

Conclusion

Further investigation turns up even more stories to explain the Christmas stories of today, with different connections to drugs like hallucinogens and cannabis. One thing is for sure, in the year 2020, Christmas and marijuana sure go together, and it seems they have for quite some time.

One last note – all of this is folklore. I stand behind none of it as actual history, but find it interesting how these old stories weave into the traditions of today. Perhaps some stories are true, or partially true, perhaps we won’t know. But it sure makes Christmas more fun to think that these stories might be real.

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