Ban on Cannabis Topicals Will Hurt Patients With Chronic Pain, Says Montreal Woman

Samantha Gold would like to see chronic pain sufferers, like herself, consulted. On bad days, Samantha Gold lies writhing on her couch, waiting for her agonizing back pain to pass. With cannabis topical creams set for legalization across Canada this fall, Gold was hoping to try using them to help manage her pain. Those hopes were dashed, however, when the Quebec government announced it would be banning the sale of topicals in the province. -…

Border Guards Who Seized Cannabis Oil ‘Put My Five-Year-Old’s Life at Risk

Legal medicine confiscated at Stansted treats seizures and panic attacks caused by form of epilepsy, says mother. A severely epileptic five-year-old girl risks an “unnecessary death” according to her mother after border guards seized her consignment of medical cannabis oils at Stansted airport. Indie-Rose Clarry, who has Dravet syndrome, a form of epilepsy, suffered severe seizures and panic attacks before using the medication over the past 14 months, said her mother, Tannine Montgomery. However, Montgomery…

Ont. Researchers Hope to Create Pain Relievers From Potent Cannabis ‘Flavonoids’

Researchers at the University of Guelph have unlocked the process of manufacturing two pain-relieving molecules in cannabis that are said to be nearly 30 times more powerful than aspirin. The study, published in the August 2019 volume of Phytochemistry, had professors Tariq Akhtar and Steven Rothstein use biochemistry and genomics to determine how cannabis makes the molecules called cannflavin A and cannflavin B. Known as ‘flavonoids,’ cannflavins A and B were first identified in 1985,…

Could Hemp Seed Oil Be The Key To Strong And Vibrant Hair?

With the rising popularity of CBD for treating things like anxiety and insomnia, there are those who also swear by it when it comes to hair care. Does CBD and hemp oil really make hair shiny and vibrant?

CBD is the compound in cannabis and hemp associated with calm and well-being. It’s also thought to be useful for the treatment of anything from mental anguish to epilepsy, and many things in between. CBD creams, balms and scrubs have been on the market for a while now, and those who love them won’t use anything else at bathtime.

And while most people have been focusing on CBD for anxiety and sleeplessness, some people are walking around with extra shiny and robust hair; apparently. But it’s not exactly down to the CBD specifically, rather it’s thought be due to the remarkable things inside hemp seeds.

According to Kevin Wachs, CEO of Earthly Body, (who also own Emera) “CBD oil contains all 21 known amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein,” he said according to The Zoe report. Wachs, who is proud of the new line of CBD shampoos and hair care products, added, “Because of that, it helps to build up collagen and elastin, which are essential to hair strength.”

And while he is correct that there’s a connection between enough protein and good hair, there’s no scientific evidence that CBD is some wonder remedy for a dry scalp or a receding hairline. Besides, when it’s referred to as CBD Oil, it really means to connote hemp seed oil.

CBD is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E. These vitamins are considered to be the ones that protect from “pollution-induced free radicals,” according to Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, a dermatologist from Miami. It’s also a fact that CBD contains high and balanced amounts of Omegas 3,6 and 9, which helps to moisturize hair and keep it hydrated and potentially looking shiny. There’s also the fact that CBD could help to preserve hair color. According to Ciraldo, “Additionally, one of the amino acids in CBD Oil, tyrosine, helps to maintain hair color,” she said.

CBD and hemp seed oil is certainly not bad for the skin or hair, but how good is it? It is considered to be regenerative for skin, and that helps when the scalp gets dry or irritated. Some doctors even believe that CBD has been proven to stimulate hair growth, although there are no clinical studies to date to that end. One doctor familiar with CBD said it could help with thinning hair. 

“People with receding or thinning hair may benefit from CBD use,” Dr. Eshan Ali, the Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor, said. But not all CBD hair products are the same, and you need to know what you’re looking for before you go spending your hard-earned cash.

Your first port of call should be the ingredients list printed on the label or bottle. If you want to benefit from the alleged benefits of CBD for hair, it will need to contain hemp seed oil. This oil is made from the seeds of hemp and crushed down into an oil much in the same way as olive oil is made. If the product only says it contains hemp extract or hemp, or even just CBD, then it might not contain the hemp seed oil which is where the gold’s at.

For now, it remains to be seen whether or not CBD and hemp seed oil really are effective for treating thinning hair, dry scalp, or just for having healthier looking locks. The proteins and Omegas contained in them are considered to be healthy for humans in general and could help with hair issues, but it’s unclear if it works the same for different people as well as the amount of oil in the products.

This and many other factors make CBD hair products sound more like hype and marketing than anything else to many people. Only once more substantial research is carried out on hemp will people have a clearer picture of its health benefits. Until then, it’s really just a case of trial and error for the most part.

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Export Go-Ahead Will Fire-Up Israeli Company

Ambitious Israeli company, Univo Pharmaceuticals, is poised to more than double their production in an efforr to meet demand from the fast-growing European market.

However, the stasis in Israeli politics means they are still waiting for the go-ahead to export home-grown cannabis. Founder and CEO of Univo, Golan Bitton, told CBD Testers it’s a ‘frustrating’ situation but believes their high-quality cannabis medicine is poised to storm the European market.

Speaking to us at the Europe CBD Expo event at the ExCel Centre in London last week he highlighted the dozens of companies exhibiting at the event.

CBD or Medical Cannabis?

‘What is he difference between all of these?’ He posed, ‘Very little, other than branding’ was his own response. 

“With Univo we have cannabis medicine that was made for a headache, or another condition, approved in Israel to GMP standards, and having undergone trials approved by the Ministry of Health that show it is good for headaches.

“That’s not the case with some cannabis products, where were they grown? in Lesotho? or a private garden, somewhere? And where does it say it’s good for headaches, colitis or Crohn’s.

“With Univo, and in Israel in general, we have undertaken the clinical trials and we have the evidence. We are frustrated by the delay in securing export licences, but still excited the prospects that lie ahead.”

In April 2017, Israel gave medical cannabis companies the green light to start exporting their products, but this is still to be ratified into law after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s froze discussions, earlier this year.

European Ambitions

Mr Bitton says when approved it will be looking to export to Germany, Holland and the U.K. where it has customers lined up in all three countries and is keen to talk with other potential partners.

“This is a business that was built to export, we can produce up to 40 tones now, but we have large clean rooms and can easily scale that up to 100 tonnes a year. Hopefully we will be in a position to begin exporting in 2020.”

Univo is a vertically-integrated medical cannabis company with cultivation, manufacturing and distribution facilities. It currently employs 22 people in Israel and has cannabis medication patents in Israel for skin lesions and colitis and is seeking others.

Mr Bitton added: “Our products are fully-tested and approved and it is our obligation to our patients to ensure we can deliver a medicine that will work for them. We like to think of it as a win-win situation for both us and our patients.”

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When You Vape CBD Buds You Get To Use Them Twice

The title of this post is not a trick. CBD Buds – as well as conventional cannabis – are recyclable and can be utilized twice when using a vape.

Vaping is the preferred method for many people who want to get their CBD in a fast and effective way but without the various issues caused by smoking. While smoking tobacco is way worse than smoking CBD Buds, anytime you combust hot plant material into your lungs it irritates them and can cause breathing issues, hence rise in Vape fans. 

That’s not to mention the pungent burning smell of the bud burning with paper in a joint and all the stinky smoke and ash that’s left over even from a bong or pipe. There are also unavoidable amounts of tar which enter the lungs when you smoke dry herbs, and then there’s the cost. Smoking cannabis is no way near as toxic or addictive as smoking tobacco; not even for a moment.

In fact, in many countries pre-cannabis prohibition in the 1920s, two types of pre-rolled cigarettes were sold by tobacconists; tobacco rolls and hemp rolls. The hemp rolls were sold to people who suffered from asthma and and were claimed to assist in opening the airwaves to help with breathing. With that said, there is little question in anyone’s mind that vaping is healthier than smoking and you also get to use your buds twice.

AVB (Already Vaped Bud)

already vaped bud

AVB is basically just recycled bud

AVB is known by a couple of names, but none of them are very sophisticated and could even be called crude. Some people call it AVB – Already Vaped Bud – while others prefer the old school term – Vape Pooh. Whatever you call it, AVB is the nicely toasted dry herb that’s left in the bowl of your vaporizer after you’ve extracted the majority of the active cannabis compounds. Depending on how many puffs you’ve taken and how hot the oven was pre-set to, you’ll be left with toasted herb that still has some life in it.

How to Use AVB

One you vape your CBD or cannabis buds in your vaporizer and taken them to the extraction level that you want, it’s time to empty the bowl and give it a quick brush and clean. Many people have a special container handy that they empty their AVB into. Once this container has filled up nicely it’s time to recycle those high-grade herbs, but this time to ingest them via the stomach.

Simply sprinkle around 0.5-1 gram of AVB onto a piece of bread with some chocolate spread on it, or add a generous sprinkling to a PB&J sandwich. You can ingest AVB in many ways, adding it to milkshakes, chicken or roast potatoes. Now, this writer isn’t suggesting for a moment that AVB smells or tastes good (as you’ll see when you try to eat it for the first time.) And while the taste isn’t great, it is bearable, and you get used to it quickly enough. But what are the advantages of eating AVB?

Advantages of AVB

People use Already Vaped Bud in a variety of different ways and for various reasons. The main advantage of recycling your buds is that when you ingest herbs via the stomach, it offers slightly different effects than when you smoke them. As there are still some active compounds inside the AVB, even if most of them were extracted during vaping, they enter the bloodstream via the stomach and offer effects.

The main difference is that when you take dry herbs via the lungs, the results are felt almost instantaneously due to immediate entry to the bloodstream. When you eat dry herbs, it takes the stomach up to two hours to process them, and effects are usually felt up to this time.

Recycling AVB is a fantastic, self-sustaining way to enjoy CBD or cannabis. While you remove dense smoke and ashtrays from your life, you replace that with whispy but potent vapor and the option to reuse your herbs at a time that suits you. AVB is also much-loved by people who run out of flowers and find themselves in a fix late one night. Nothing a yummy AVB sandwich can’t fix, and that is a huge advantage in itself.

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People Who Bring Medicinal Cannabis Into the UK Should Not Have the Drug Confiscated, MPs Say

People who bring medicinal cannabis into the UK should not have it removed by the Government on arrival, MPs have said. Parliament’s Health Select Committee today urges the Home Office to stop confiscating cannabis from the parents of sick children. The parents of Billy Caldwell, 13, and Teagan Appleby, 9, have had medicinal cannabis confiscated at the airport and later returned. Both use the drug to control their severe epileptic seizures. – Read the entire…

Cannabis Oil Can Reduce Seizures in Kids, University of Sask. Study Suggests

Report co-author says results are preliminary but promising. Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan say preliminary results suggest medicinal cannabis oil can reduce or completely stop seizures in children experiencing severe and drug-resistant epilepsy. The study, funded by Jim Pattison’s Children’s Hospital Foundation, monitored seven children with severe pediatric epilepsy, a debilitating condition that can cause children to suffer as many as 1,200 seizures a month. Dr. Richard Huntsman, a pediatric neurologist at the university’s…

If You’re Curious About CBD, Give This Comprehensive Guide a Read Before You Try It

Whether you’re a CBD newbie or you’ve been (literally) bathing in it for years, figuring out your ideal dose is incredibly confusing—until now. CBD oil is unquestionably the most buzz-worthy ingredient right now. It’s so popular, in fact, that revenue from products made with CBD—the naturally-occurring compound present in the flowers and leaves of cannabis plants (there’s no THC, which means it can’t get you high)—are projected to grow to $20 billion by 2024. Why?…

CannTrust, ‘Leading’ Medical Cannabis Provider, Halts Sales Amid Health Canada Probe

CannTrust, which describes itself as a “leading” provider of medical cannabis, has voluntarily halted all sales and shipments of its product after Health Canada found that it was growing cannabis in five unlicensed rooms and after the ministry received inaccurate information. The company has also set up a special committee to investigate the matter. CannTrust is doing this as a “precaution” as Health Canada investigates the company’s facility in Vaughan, Ont., a company release said…