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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Hemp Advocates Secure Major Win In New House Government Funding Measure (Marijuana Moment)

// Texas Ban On Smokable Hemp Lifted Until 2021 Judge Rules (Marijuana Moment)

// Scott says lawmakers have ‘come a long ways’ on retail pot bill (Valley News)


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// New York Launches Process For Destroying Marijuana Conviction Records (Marijuana Moment)

// Cannabis Subscription Boxes Grow By 550% (Green Market Report)

// Canadian Cannabis Sales Accelerate in July to $232 Million (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Study: Recreational Marijuana Could Bring Connecticut $100 Million Over 4 Years (WSHU Public Radio)

// Legal Marijuana Now Party turns in signatures for official recognition in Nebraska (Cherokee Tribune & Ledger News)

// Marijuana seller’s story of ‘badass’ Mexican sisters was a cultural misstep Latinas say (Herald Mail (AP))

// Millennials Prefer Smoking Their Cannabis (Green Market Report)


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Thursday, August 20, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Thursday, August 20, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Canada accused of cannabis ‘protectionism’ by blocking imports – even as exports soar (Marijuana Business Daily)

// USDA Asks Six States To Resubmit Hemp Regulatory Plans With Federal Edits In Mind (Marijuana Moment)

// Vermont Marijuana Sales Legalization Bill Caught Up In Spat Over Seat Belt Provision (Marijuana Moment)


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// Federal Court Denies DEA Request To Dismiss Marijuana Rescheduling Case (Marijuana Moment)

// Second lawsuit targets OK residency requirement for cannabis businesses (Marijuana Business Daily)

// US marijuana companies outperform Canada’s to erase discount in second-quarter earnings season (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Red White & Bloom Raises $15 Million Selling Units at $0.75 (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Florida medical cannabis company told to recall moldy flower (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Top State Cops Tell Congress To Legalize Marijuana As New Poll Shows Strong Voter Support (Marijuana Moment)

// Texas Ban On Selling Smokeable Hemp Temporarily Lifted By Judge (Marijuana Moment)


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Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Presidential Candidates Clash Over Marijuana Legalization At Democratic Debate (Marijuana Moment)

// Massachusetts Regulators Warn That More Pot Shops Mean More Weed on the Streets (Merry Jane)

// Smokable Hemp Bill Heads To Virginia Governor’s Desk And Lawmakers Approve Legal Marijuana Study (Marijuana Moment)


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// Mexican Senate Committees Meeting This Week To Finalize Marijuana Legalization Plan (Marijuana Moment)

// Eaze Raises $35 Million As Company Pivots To Plant Touching (Green Market Report)

// Paraguay issues first 12 medical cannabis production licenses (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Chart: Montana medical marijuana patient count continues rapid growth (Marijuana Business Daily)

// How old do you need to be to legally sell cannabis? In Canada it depends on where you live (Growth Op)

// Pennsylvania approves four firms to grow cannabis for research (Marijuana Business Daily)

// GW Pharma Generates $109 Million Revenue in Q4 (New Cannabis Ventures)


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Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Presidential Candidates Clash Over Marijuana Legalization At Democratic Debate (Marijuana Moment)

// Massachusetts Regulators Warn That More Pot Shops Mean More Weed on the Streets (Merry Jane)

// Smokable Hemp Bill Heads To Virginia Governor’s Desk And Lawmakers Approve Legal Marijuana Study (Marijuana Moment)


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// Mexican Senate Committees Meeting This Week To Finalize Marijuana Legalization Plan (Marijuana Moment)

// Eaze Raises $35 Million As Company Pivots To Plant Touching (Green Market Report)

// Paraguay issues first 12 medical cannabis production licenses (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Chart: Montana medical marijuana patient count continues rapid growth (Marijuana Business Daily)

// How old do you need to be to legally sell cannabis? In Canada it depends on where you live (Growth Op)

// Pennsylvania approves four firms to grow cannabis for research (Marijuana Business Daily)

// GW Pharma Generates $109 Million Revenue in Q4 (New Cannabis Ventures)


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How To Grow Smokable Hemp Flowers In Your Home

Smokable hemp is very similar to marijuana. In biology, both plants are closely related. They even share the same Cannabis genus.

However, hemp is differentiated from marijuana through the amount of THC it contains. Legally, a hemp is defined as any Cannabis strains with dried flowers that contain less than 0.3% THC. Among fans, smokable hemp is prized for its high content of other active compounds including higher concentrations of CBG, CBN, and CBD. Learn more about different strains of cannabis here.

In the United States, production of smokable hemp flower and smokable hemp products has been federally legal since 2018. However, farmers and traders are specifically compelled to abide by various agricultural laws on the state level and the 2014 U.S. Agricultural Act.

Farming
smokable hemp flower does not require any specialized machineries. Most of the
time, the required machines are equipment that are commonly required in farming
of other crops. Smokable hemp is farmed similar to how vines and other
perennial types crops are cultivated, which also calls for both orchard type of
cultivation.

In this article, we hope to equip you with the basic knowledge to how to cultivate smokable. Hopefully, if this is your first time embarking in smokable hemp cultivation, this article can help you start your business.

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How to plant your smokable hemp

In case you decide to plant your smokable smokable hemp indoors like in a greenhouse or purely inside a building with artificial lights, you have an incredible freedom to choose whatever season to plant your crops. However, for people who choose to set up a backyard garden, learning about the right season to plant your smokable hemp seeds is an essential knowledge to have.

The
ideal outdoor temperature for smokable hemp to grow is between 60–80 °F (16–27
°C). As such, the best time to plant smokable hemp seeds is in late spring,
just after the last frost has melted. Before planting your seeds, measure the
temperature of the soil at 1 inch (2.5 cm) deep with a soil thermometer. Plant
your seed only when you are sure that it is above 50 °F (10 °C). Measure at
consecutive days to determine if the temperature has been consistent for a few
days. Only then can you plant your smokable hemp seeds.

Smokable
hemp has specific needs when it comes to the soil. As such, before planting
your pant, it is important that you prepare your soil. If you can find a place
that already has the requirement of to grow healthy crops, then this is much
better since it is easier to locate a garden with optimum soil conditions
rather than trying to correct an existing soil that has the wrong consistency,
mineral content and pH for smokable hemp to grow.

Smokable
hemp is the type of plant that grows well with well-aerated soil. You can
introduce aeration into your soil by breaking up the chunks of soil on the
surface. You can do this using a hoe or tiller.

Make sure also that soil is well drained. Soil that does not drain well can cause damage to the root system and the trunk of your plants. You can examine how well or poorly drained your soil by digging a 1 × 1 × 1 ft (30 × 30 × 30 cm) hole on the surface. Filling this up with water and time the length of time it takes for the water to completely drain. A soil that keeps the water longer than 1 hour is not a poorly drained soil. You can correct the soil drainage by replacing the top soil with copious amount of well-drained soil. If you cannot do this, perhaps it is cheaper to relocate your garden.

Lighting, temperature, and humidity are important things to consider when setting up your grow space.

The
seeds should be planted in 3⁄4–1 1⁄4 inches (1.9–3.2 cm) deep of soil. You can
use your hands or seed drill attached to a lawnmower or tractor to properly
plant and space the crops. Just follow how the equipment is used and you should
be okay.

To guide you in the spacing of seeds, please remember that for hemp that are planted for their fiber planting the seeds closer together is the norm. The close proximity of the plants will force your crops to grow taller as they compete for the plant. This way, you will be able to harvest longer fibers. For smokable hemp crops that are planted for their seeds, it is best to spread the seeds farther apart from each other. Doing so will induce the smokable hemps to widely branch out. They also tend to grow shorter when you do this.

Make
sure to water your crops throughout their growing season. However, keep in mind
to always check the moisture of the soil. You can do this by sticking your
finger down to the first knuckle into the soil. If the soil feels dry when you
do this, you can water you’re the soil until it is damp at around 1–2 inches
(2.5–5.1 cm) deep. Watering is crucial during the first 6 weeks of growing,

Use
fertilizers if necessary. When choosing fertilizers, choose something that is
high in nitrogen. It is advisable to apply fertilizers when the weather is warm
and dry, in this kind of weather, fertilizers do not stick to the plants. Never
apply fertilizers to the seed. Apply fertilizers once just as soon as when the
seeds have germinated.

You can add fertilizers in between the rows of smokable hemp. Avoid directly applying them on the plants. Make sure to water your crops as soon as you stop with the application of the fertilizer. This way, the soil absorbs the fertilizers better.

How to harvest the fibers from your crop

The
flowers are not the only things you can harvest from your smokable hemp. You
can also get strong natural hemp fiber from your crops. After harvesting the
buds, what is left are the stalks that have been removed with their buds. These
stalks are not completely useless. You can still harvest and process these for
their natural fibers. The fibers are excellent for making various things like
rope, hats, and other items at home. You can also sell them to various
companies.

As soon as your crops begin to develop their own seeds, you can cut the stalk using a sickle. Make sure to cut the stalk as close to the ground as possible. This way, you can get the most fibers from your crops. For people with smaller gardens, a handheld sickle is enough.

Don’t forget to harvest your hemp fiber

Fiber
is taken directly from the fiber. But you cannot get the fiber as soon as you
have harvested your crops. What you need to do is to leave the stalks of your
harvested crops in the field for a maximum of 5 weeks. The stalks should be
laid on top of each other. Doing this will allow both the natural moisture of
the plants and microbes to destroy the hard shell of the trunk. The moisture
and microbes will separate the bonds between the individual fibers of the
smokable hemp. This could take up to 5 weeks until the plants are slightly
rotten. This process is called retting.

After retting, you can now dry the stalks of the plants in a cold and dry area. You can help speed up the process by separating the individual fibers from each other. Dry the crops until the moisture level is 15% using a moisture meter. The fibers are good for harvesting once they have dried up to 15%. A decorator is commonly used to separate the fibers of the smokable hemp. The fibers from the smokable hemp will come out of the machine ready for selling.

How to induce the crops to flower

The
flowering stage is the phase in your crops’ life cycle when your plants begin
to produce flowers. This is characterized by the development of very aromatic
and soon-to-be-smokable flower buds. This is a crucial stage in the development
of your crops. If you are planting your smokable hemp to produce smokable buds,
it is important for a home grower such as yourself to learn more on how to take
care of your plants through every week of the flowering stage.

The
reason why you choose the late spring to plant your crops is to ensure that by
the time autumn comes, your plant will receive as longer hours of uninterrupted
darkness. This longer light hours induce the plants to enter into their
flowering stage. When you grow indoors, you can induce flowering stage by
switch off the artificial lights for 10-12 hours.

The
flowering period for smokable hemp usually lasts from 7 to 9 weeks, depending
on the varieties that you have.

The first week of flowering cycle is marked by rapid growth in your plants. Expect your crops to grow almost double in height. While growing rapidly, the crops will also grow more new leaves at the top of their main colas. By the second week, white pistils will begin to grow if your hemp are female. The pistils will later become your flower buds. Male hemps will never grow pistils. Instead, expect small pollen sac to grow.

At this stage, you can successfully sex your plants so you can separate the males from the females. The females will be harvested for their buds while the males will be allowed to grow to pollinate some of your female crops so you can have seeds to harvest. Also during this time, you will have to increase the flowering nutrients for your crops. This will help your plants reach their maximum yield potential.

Check
for potential problems in your plant. Discoloration and yellowing of leaves or
loss of leaves may be signs of an underlying problem. Signs of overfeeding,
also known as nutrient burn, is diagnosed through discoloration of leaves.

Your
crops will stop growing by the fourth week. The flower buds grow bigger and
fatter everyday. By this week, you will notice the development of trichomes,
which produces the distinctive odor of your crops. You can lay low in
attentiveness at this time.

Check when your plants are ready for harvesting. A jeweler’s loupe or a small microscope is usually used to check your plants’ trichomes. Find out if your trichomes have turned from clear to a milky white. When most of the trichomes have changed their colors from clear to amber, it means the buds are to be harvested.

How to harvest the seeds

Harvesting seeds is important for the continuation of your crops in the next growing cycle. It is very sustainable to allow some of your crops to continue bearing seed pods way after their flowering period so you can ensure you do not have to buy seeds the next cycle.

Keep your hemp seeds to grow more in the future

At
the 16th week of growing, just after the flowering stage, the seeds of the
smokable hemp plants are ready for harvesting. By this time some of your crops
have been harvested already for their aromatic buds and trichomes.

You
need to ensure that the seeds and seed pods are matured before harvesting them.
If you harvest them too early, the seeds will be too immature that they will
not have chance to grow wen planted. To make sure that seeds are ready for
harvesting, the seed pods near the flowers should be hard to the touch. A good
indication to check the hardness of the crops is when most of the leaves have
already fallen off of the stalk.

To harvest the seed pods, you need to cut the branch just below the lowest seed pod of your hemp. Separate the seeds from the pod by threshing it. With tarp on the ground, you need to hold the stems of your crop with your non dominant hand. Using your dominant hand, hit the seed pods with a stick really hard. This will separate the seeds from the pods. The tarp will act as the catchment area of the seeds. You can easily collect the seeds with the tarp.

Final thoughts

As the market continues to develop and regulate, and prices keep on fluctuating, many people are making the choice to grow their own smokable hemp flowers at home.

Aside from saving money, you can have complete control over what goes into or onto your plants. No pesticides, herbicides, or any nasties if you grow it that way.

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Can You Smoke Too Much Hemp Flower?

The myth that smoking hemp will only result in a headache has been thoroughly dispelled.

In fact, in just a year since its inception, the smokable hemp market has quickly grown to become a multi-million dollar market. Put simply, people are very interested in CBD-rich hemp flower and they are smoking a lot of it. But can you smoke too much hemp flower? 

That’s the question this article will attempt to answer. 

You can smoke hemp flower?

Yes, you can smoke hemp flower. After all, hemp is just cannabis with low levels of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC. Although hemp has traditionally been grown for use in industry, thanks to its strong fibre, and food, thanks to its nutritious seed and seed oil, these days it’s being cultivated for CBD and its resin-rich flower. 

Premium smokable hemp flower is indistinguishable from federally illegal THC-containing cannabis (marijuana). The only difference is that the resin of hemp is rich in CBD and has less than 0.3% THC by dried weight. 

That means you can smoke hemp flower just like regular ‘weed’- you just won’t get ‘high’. CBD is known to be potent anti-inflammatory, however, with strong anti-anxiety effects.  Therefore, you are likely to feel relaxed and clear-minded after a smoke of hemp flower. 

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How to smoke hemp flower

Just ask any weed-smoker; there’re a number of ways to go about smoking dried herbs. Here’s your most common:

  • Joint or Blunt – Grind up your hemp flower and roll it up using a rolling paper or blunt wrap. This is probably the most popular hemp smoking method. Although it can take some time to master, it’s not too difficult to roll up a smokable joint quickly.
  • Pipe – If rolling joints is a no-no for you, using a small hand pipe is even easier. All you need to do is pack the bowl with ground hemp flower, light it up and take a pull. This method is very easy and efficient. A vast number of pipes are available in all different sizes.
  • Bong – Similar to a pipe, only the smoke passes through a water chamber before it is inhaled. This passing through water filters particles from the smoke. It also cools the smoke, making it more pleasant to inhale. 

Other methods of consumption

While smoking may be the most popular way of consuming hemp flower, it’s not the only way. In fact, there are a number of other ways which are healthier and more efficient. 

  • Vaping – Using a dry herb vaporizer is growing in popularity among cannabis consumers as it makes a safer alternative to smoking. It’s considered safer because rather than burn the plant material, a vaporizer allows you to heat herbs such as hemp to a point where the resin evaporates and can be inhaled into the lungs.  
  • Edibles – You can also eat and cook with hemp flower. CBD can be absorbed via the stomach as well as the lungs.

You will need to decarb it first, however. Hemp flower contains CBDa, the acidic precursor to CBD. As with THCa, CBDa needs to undergo a process called decarboxylation to become its ‘active’ form. You do this by heating the hemp at about 230 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours. 

  • Topicals – Many people turn their hemp flower into topicals that are rubbed into the skin. You can get creative with balms, salves, lotions and serums by mixing in other botanical ingredients and oils. 

What happens if you smoke a lot of hemp flower?

Hemp flower contains high levels of CBD, which is considered non-psychoactive. Even in high doses, CBD won’t have too much of an obvious effects. CBD oil has been known to cause stomach upsets in large doses, but that’s presumably down to the carrier oil in the product rather than the CBD.

Smoking a lot of hemp might have you feeling feel slightly tired or sedated. Most people report feeling relaxed and clear-headed after smoking hemp, so large doses will probably enhance this feeling.  

All hemp flower on the market will contain some THC, however (well, technically it contains THCa, which becomes psychoactive THC upon heating). And that means if you smoke enough, you may be able to build up a noticeable dose of THC. 

Let’s say the hemp bud you have contains 0.3% total THC (the legal limit). That’s 3mg per gram. To feel any effects from THC, you need at least a 10mg dose in most cases (possible more or less depending on tolerance and other factors). 

Therefore, about 3 and a half grams will give you an adequate dose. But that’s only if you inhale and absorb every bit of THC in the bud, which you won’t if you smoke it. You see, the act of combustion will burn off some THC, which is why smoking is not the most efficient method of consuming cannabinoids. 

So, you’ll probably need to smoke quite a bit more than 3g  (5/6g is more likely) if you want to get even a little high. And that’s not even considering the fact that CBD has a counteractive effect to THC, meaning it can reduce the intense cerebral effects of THC and possibly make it harder to recognise a THC-induced high. 

Having said that, if you smoke a few big hemp flower joints in succession, or take a few bowls of hemp one after the other, you’ll no doubt feel something. But that’s probably mostly from the chemicals in the smoke combined with a lack of oxygen. 

Health effects of smoking hemp

It goes without saying that smoking anything (i.e. inhaling burnt plant matter and smoke into your lungs) is going to have some negative effects on your body. The process of combustion produces numerous harmful chemicals, including the carcinogen carbon monoxide.

However, the severity of the dangers of smoking hemp is not clear. There is research that says that smoking cannabis is not linked to lung cancer like tobacco is, but can lead to reversible lung damage.  

Summary

So, can you smoke too much hemp flower? The truth is you could probably smoke too much of anything. Smoking just isn’t healthy, and there are so many other more efficient and safer ways of consuming hemp flower. 

On the other hand, it’s almost impossible to overdose on CBD by smoking hemp flower, and levels of THC are generally so low that it would be difficult to notice them. Therefore, there’s not much stopping you from smoking as much as you like. 

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