Effects of smoking weed on your body

Effects of smoking weed on your body

You may be wondering why some countries ban the use of weed completely, while others are legalizing it. The issue here is due to the negative and positive effects of weed on users.

Marijuana is known to have some benefits, but it may also have some undesirable effects. The harmful effects mainly depend on an individual and the reason why they are using marijuana.

The benefits of using weed are so many that they may outweigh the negative ones. Weed has several medical benefits that could lead to a healthy life; however, improper and irresponsible use can lead to many negative effects.

If you have to use marijuana, vapor is considered the best and safest. Do not lead yourself to addiction; instead, have some limits, and help your body adjust to a small amount of weed intake. 

To guide you on how to control the use of weed, let's look at both the negative and positive effects of smoking weed on your body.

Positive Effects

1. Stress Relief

Smoking marijuana makes you forget things that could be bothering your mind. As a result, you may feel stress free. 

2. Pain relief

Doctors may recommend the use of marijuana due to its ability to relieve pain. It can be used on cancer and diabetic patients. 

3. Weight loss

Smoking weed can help you lose weight in case of obesity. Although weed increases the appetite, research has shown that weed users experience weight loss. 

4. Treatment of inflammatory diseases

Marijuana may help in cases of inflammation of body parts. The drug blocks off bacteria and other compounds that cause inflammation. 

5. It helps control the abuse of other drugs

Cannabis is considered safer than alcohol. The use of marijuana can help you fight alcoholism. 

6. Prevention of diseases 

Weed can protect your body from acquiring diseases such as diabetes. 

7. Protection from bloating

Smoking weed will help your body eliminate cases of inflammatory bowel. Weed products decrease intestinal permeability blocking the entry of bacteria.

8. Increase in appetite

Loss of appetite can be a great danger to you. Smoking weed increases the urge for food and may help you solve your appetite problems. 

9. If used medically, it can help with glaucoma

In case of glaucoma, weed can be used to relieve the pressure on the eyeballs. 

10. It gives you a good feeling

Weed can make you feel relaxed and happy when doing things. These things include playing games and having sex. 

Conclusion

If you are a beginner, do not make quick decisions. First, think critically about the effects that weed could have on your body. It could be harmful to your health. 

Secondly, let not peer pressure lead you to the trap of being an addict. If you have to use weed, do it responsibly, do not have others to blame. 

Weed could have several health benefits as it could help with various diseases. In case the doctor prescribes weed to you, you can go ahead and have it. 

References

https://www.healthline.com

https://www,businessinsider.com


Marijuana Businesses in Colorado Close Shops Over the Coronavirus Outbreak Concerns

Marijuana Businesses in Colorado Close Shops Over the Coronavirus Outbreak Concerns

March/16/2020

Organic
Alternatives is a vertically integrated company based in Fort Collins,
Colorado. On Monday, the company closed its shop voluntarily over fears about
the spread of coronavirus. Other marijuana shops might follow suit and close
their shop irrespective of the losses in sales they would incur.

There
are also worries that people might make a run for marijuana stores to stock due
to fear of business closures. 

This
could lead to a hike in the cost of marijuana and a lack of medical marijuana
for patients.

Speaking
to Marijuana Business Daily, the director of sales and marketing for Organic
Alternatives, Maka Kala’i said that since the store will be closing
indefinitely, the company will incur a significant financial loss.

Organic
Alternatives is the first marijuana company to announce that they will be
closing their store voluntarily. However, their cultivation facility and
marijuana infused-operations are still operational. 

According
to Kala’i, for the past few weeks, the store has been getting over 500
customers. Closing the shop entails a significant loss in sales for the safety
of its workers and community at large.

The CEO
of 3C Consulting, which is based in Denver, Nic Easley, said that if more
companies shut down their establishments, the cost of marijuana products will
skyrocket. The high prices will affect not only recreational consumers but also
medical marijuana patients who are in dire need of medical cannabis.

Runs
for marijuana products at the retail outlets have already begun, said Easley,
and he expects them to persist.

Kala’i
likens the recent crowd activities at the retail marijuana outlets to 4/20. And
with the high influx of customers, they felt the need to protect their staff
and anyone else in their lobby.

After
Colorado governor Jared Polis announced that all ski areas in Colorado would
close and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that all
events or gatherings involving more than 50 people should be suspended for the
next two months, the Organic Alternatives decided to close their retail outlet.

According
to The New York Times, on Monday, the Trump Administration announced new
guidelines that would help mitigate the spread of the virus, such as avoiding a
place where more than ten people have gathered.

Point
to note is that Organic Alternatives was tending to more than 50 people each
day.

In an
email publicizing the closure of the store, Kala’i said that it is their
responsibility to do what they can to stop the spread of the virus. And the
first step would be to close their business until better methods of managing it
have been put in place.

In the
meantime, some Colorado regulators are including dispensaries in their list of
essential businesses that should not be shutdown. 

Colorado
Sun reported that in an emergency session, which was held on Sunday, The
Crested Butte Town Board suggested closure of all businesses in the exception
of grocery stores, gas stations, liquor stores, dispensaries, medical offices,
and hardware shops. 

According
to Easley, some businesses might close their doors without being forced to;
however, those that close early are risking the loss of market share, which
will be difficult to recover. 

Easley
said that it is difficult to lure back a customer who has already left your
store and found another. Notably, customers will remember a store if it tries
to extort them during their time of need. This presents an opportunity for
marijuana retailers to determine how they will price the products.


Wholesale Marijuana Flower Prices in Massachusetts Skyrocket Amidst the Growing Demand and Shortage Supply

March/16/2020

In the U.S., Massachusetts has one of the highest wholesale
prices for wholesale marijuana flowers, and the producers are working to
increase production to meet the ever-growing demand. As the regulators approve
more stores, the supply is becoming more strained. It will take a while before
production facilities are built out to tend to the demands of the recreational
market, and the prices are going to continue rising.

Currently, marijuana
business owners in the state are selling wholesale cannabis flowers for:

  • Premium quality indoor grown: $4,200. In
    2019, it was sold for $3,500.
  • Average-quality indoor-grown: $3,800. In
    2019, it was sold for $2,800.

Theory Wellness director
of marketing, Thomas Winstanley, said that the wholesale marijuana flower
market is very competitive. Theory Wellness is a vertically integrated
marijuana company based in Great Barrington.

The prices for wholesale
marijuana flowers are determined by the trimming methods as well as the THC
results. The flowers that are trimmed by hand and has a THC concentration of
20% and above attract higher prices.

The high cost of
marijuana flowers is passed on to the consumers, as an eighth of an ounce of
adult-use flowers are going for $60 to $70 in Massachusetts.

The vertically integrated
companies have the advantage of reaping all the benefits if they choose to sell
their flower at their retail outlet or produce more in order to sell to the
wholesale market.

The summer the prices for
wholesale marijuana flowers are expected to be high, but when the outdoor
harvest hits the market in fall and more indoor cultivators have built out
their facilities, the prices are expected to start slowly falling.

The CEO and co-founder of
Manna Molecular, Nial DeMena, said that currently, demand for marijuana flowers
outpace the supply. Manna Molecular is a company that specializes in the
production of marijuana-infused products, and it is based in Mansfield.

DeMena further said that
when there is a supply shortage, vertically integrated companies have a
significant advantage over buyers. For example, when a vertically integrated
company sells m20 pounds of marijuana flower to the purchaser; however, they
have a clause saying that he must also but $150,000 worth of marijuana-infused
products.

This proves to be a
challenge when it comes to keeping up with demand, said Patrick Johnson, the
president of Curaleaf, which is a vertically integrated marijuana company based
in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

Johnson further said that
apart from lack of quality cannabis, there is also a shortage of a wide variety
of sativa, indica, and hybrid strains. Curaleaf is buying from other marijuana
flower growers to increase its selection for the consumers.

It will take several
months before supply and demand can even out. More retail marijuana outlets
will open irrespective of where the supply is enough, and this will increase
access and demand, marijuana executives in Massachusetts predicted.


Lack Of Community Approval Leads to Tight Supply of Marijuana Flower Wholesale Prices in Michigan

Lack Of Community Approval Leads to Tight Supply of Marijuana Flower Wholesale Prices in Michigan

March/03/2020

Michigan has one of the youngest recreational marijuana markets in the U.S., and the tight supply of adult-use marijuana flowers is causing an increase in prices as producers struggle to keep up with the rise in demand.

A majority of Michigan
municipalities are still opposed to allowing recreational marijuana businesses
to operate within their jurisdiction as well as the stringent testing standards
that are causing challenges in the supply chain. And these challenges are
worsening the marijuana flower shortage as farmers bring cultivation facilities
online.

Marijuana business owners
said that currently in Michigan, a pound of marijuana flower is going  for:

  • Low-quality marijuana grown indoors costs
    ranges from $3,400  -$3,600 while last
    year it  was selling  for $2,400 - $2,600
  • High-quality marijuana grown indoors costs
    ranges from $4,500 - $5,000 while in 2019 it was going for $3,500 - $4,000.

The president and CFO of
C3 Industries Vishal Rungta said that it is a perfect time to be a producer
because the prices are high, and the demand for all products is also high. C3
Industries is a vertically integrated marijuana company based in Ann Arbor.

Michigan recreational
marijuana sales began on 1st December 2019, and the first month of
marijuana sales, the state sales total amounted to about $6.5 million, and
since then, there has been increased production.

Marijuana Business Daily
estimates show that adult-use marijuana sales could go up to $1.4 billion -
$1.7 billion annually when the market matures.

It is predicted that the
market would find its footing and increase supply; however, that could be
several months away because production facilities take time to construct, and
farmers will take time dialing in the growing methods.

Rungta added that the
marijuana market is undersupplied, and the demand is still more than than the
supply.

Michigan has licensed
caregivers to cultivate marijuana for their patients, and they make up a
significant portion of the flower supply and are in competition with
cultivation companies that supply both medical and adult-use markets.

The president of
Exclusive Brands, Omar Hishmesh, said that the caregiver marijuana markets play
a huge role because, without it, the shortage would be more robust. Exclusive
Brands is a vertically integrated marijuana company, which is based in Ann
Arbor.

Although the state of
Michigan did not limit the number of marijuana businesses, it gave the
municipalities the option of choosing whether to allow businesses in their
jurisdiction or not.

The majority of cities
and towns in Michigan ( about 1,400) had opted out of allowing marijuana
businesses in their regions.

For instance, in Detroit,
the ban for recreational marijuana sales has been extended to March 31. This is
until the regulators develop social equity program. Detroit is vast, and it could
accommodate about 50 marijuana retail locations.

The purchasing director
for Utopia  Gardens Matt Ruhle said that
in the coming years, more municipalities would start allowing marijuana
businesses in their regions.  Utopia
Gardens is a vertically integrated marijuana company based in Detroit. And
until that happens, the prices will continue rising.

The strict testing
requirements for marijuana are also contributing to the marijuana shortage.

The owner of the Michigan
Cannabis Business Development Group Rick Thompson said that regulators have
moved the testing standard requirements, where it added a test for vitamin E
acetate due to the vaping outbreak in 2019, as it led to a recall of more than
9,000 vape cartridges from one dispensary in Detroit.

It also included a test
for heavy metals.

Ruhle said that several
growers, both large and small, have failed the testing standard, which led to the
destruction of their marijuana products. This because Michigan has a low limit
for acceptable pesticides, and the growers are still learning to comply with
the testing regulations.

Although the industry is
appealing to the regulators to loosen the limits, the process is still ongoing.

Ruhle said that once your
products pass the testing standard, the company is bound to make profits that
are unheard of due to the high prices for flowers.

Hishmesh noted that the
strict testing requirements have caused some investors to fear from building
more extensive growing facilities. He said that it took him more than three
weeks to get products through testing. Getting marijuana products right now is
a challenge, he added.

In the future, Thompson
said that he expected more of the cannabis-themed parties and festival, which
Michigan is famous for throwing this year. Of which the events could add more
strained to the already struggling marijuana market.

Hishmesh said that his
company added its workforce from 60 to 175 in 60 days because of the increased
demand for manufactured products. He also added that his company is adding  22,000 square feet facility for processing
and manufacturing to meet the demand.


Recreational Marijuana to be Delivered in Maine

Recreational Marijuana to be Delivered in Maine

March/01/2020

On March 2, Portland Press Herald reported that lawmakers in Maine voted in favor of allowing licensing of recreational marijuana delivery businesses.

The legislation allowing the
Maine Office of Marijuana Policy to create a recreational marijuana delivery
license was approved by the legislative committee that oversees Maine’s
recreational market, the news outlet reported.

According to the Portland
Press Herald, the sale of recreational cannabis through vending machines,
drive-through, online sites, and delivery services was banned by the lawmakers
during their rewrite of the initiative that was approved by the voters in 2016,
legalizing recreational marijuana in Maine. However, medical marijuana businesses
are always allowed to deliver products to thee patients.

The Portland Press Herald
further reported that when the Legislation (L.D 1621) was first proposed by the
Senate President, Troy Jackson, the opposition argued that the bills approval
would force the Office of Marijuana Policy to amend its regulations governing
licensing, and this would ultimately delay the launch of recreational marijuana
market in Maine.

The news outlet further
reported that the committee vote could signal a change in the issue of
recreational marijuana delivery business. The bill supporters garnered more
votes because it had an amendment that prohibited home deliveries past 7 p.m.
The Legislation was approved in a majority vote of 7-3, the news outlet
reported.


New Medical Marijuana Legislation Introduced in Tennessee

New Medical Marijuana Legislation Introduced in Tennessee

March/3/2020

According to Tennessean,
a new medical marijuana bill referred to as the Clinical Cannabis Authorization
and Research Act to be introduced in Tennessee by the legislators.

The legislation allowing the
use of marijuana oils, tinctures, lotions, and capsules would be introduced
through amendments by Senator Steve Dickerson and Rep. Bryan Terry. However,
the bill does not allow smokable pot, vape and edibles.

According to the news
outlet, the legislation would create a regulatory framework allowing licensed businesses
to cultivate and sell marijuana products before the year ends. The bill would
allow for a maximum of six medical marijuana cultivators and 75 dispensaries.
The Tennessean further reported that the state could also issue a total of nine
vertically integrated marijuana licenses, which would permit the businesses to
cultivate, process and sell marijuana products to a maximum of five
dispensaries across the state.

The legislation also has
a provision allowing the establishment of a new regulatory body known as the
Clinical Cannabis Commission that would be responsible for issuing medical
marijuana cards to patients with a disease that is in the list of qualifying
conditions, and have been recommended a licensed medical practitioner. The bill
allows the patients to buy a maximum of 2800 mg of THC over a duration of 30
days.

In January of this year,
Senator Janice Bowling also introduced new medical marijuana legislation that
would allow qualified patients to access medical marijuana, and license
businesses seeking to grow, distribute, transport, and sell marijuana products
for both medical and research purposes.


Marijuana Impact on the Brain

Marijuana Impact on the Brain

Marijuana use has increased rapidly over the past few years. This is in large part due to the legalization of growing, selling and using cannabis products in many states and countries. Many people have discovered that products made using cannabis have health benefits including better sleep patterns and pain relief.

This has seen the use of weed for
medical purposes spike creating what is now a billion-dollar industry. Every
day new products flood the markets that are used in multiple ways like smoking,
edibles, and even application, for example, skincare products. With that being
said, more research still needs to be done on the effect of pot.

The available information is not
enough to view the whole picture since the industry has taken off faster than
the research conducted. More needs to be done to learn both short term and long
terms effects of weed on your body and mind.

Effects of
Weed to the Brain

Even though it might seem
harmless and more beneficial, there is research that shows that cannabis has an
impact on the brain. This is information no one should ignore for their health
and well-being sake.

Teenage
Brain Development

The long-term effects of using
pot have been documented and show that people that start using weed while in
their pre-teens and teens have slowed brain development. This effect is not the
same for all of them and might vary from one teen to the other. Research
conducted and published in the JAMA Psychiatry Journal on August 2015 shows
that weed has an effect on teenage boys who are susceptible to schizophrenia
genetically.

The research showed that teen
boys with this inclination developed thinning of their frontal brain cortex.
This study was carried out over 4 years and the boys were studied when they
were 15 and again when 19 years old.

It’s, however, important to note
that schizophrenia is very rare and even those who are genetically susceptible,
the chances of developing it are very low. Due to this rarity of this
condition, research is still minimal due to the scarcity of people to conduct
in-depth studies.

Memory
Impairment

Continuous use of marijuana from
a young age can have more effects on your brain like memory impairment. This is
combined with poor concentration and attention that can affect your day to day
life. Long term use of weed has an impact on the hippocampus on your brain
affecting how information is processed.

The hippocampus is the part of
the brain that’s responsible for forming all your memories. You start to notice
you’re forgetting things too quickly and can’t seem to concentrate or pay
attention for long periods.

The main culprit in weed is THC
that affects this part of the brain altering its normal functionality. With
time, it only gets worse unless you stop using cannabis completely. This is
observed in heavy marijuana users that are dependent and been consuming it for
a long time.

Increased
Psychosis Risk

Marijuana can be the reason for
the onset or increase of psychosis in an individual. Again, this effect is not
on everyone and can only be observed from one person to the other. Long term
use affects people differently. You are at a greater risk of developing
psychosis after using pot for a long time if you have certain genetic
vulnerabilities that are exacerbated by the THC in cannabis.

The amount of THC in weed
products like edibles can be very high which only makes the levels in your
system higher every time you consume them. It takes time for THC to be flushed
from your body, so its retention and susceptibility to psychosis is not a good
combination. This is a very important point to note, especially if there are
mental health issues in your family.

Increase in
Neural Noises

There is increased neural
activity when you use weed. This is due to the presence of THC in cannabis.
These noises are also known as neural noises and their symptoms are similar to
those of psychosis and hallucinations. This effect happens after consuming pot
after which you experience thoughts that seem distorted, altered perceptions of
reality, and increased discomfort among others.


5 Medical Benefits of Weed

It’s no secret that the increased legalization of weed is largely due to its medicinal value. Some states have only legalized it for medicinal use, and you require a specialized card issued by the local government to purchase it. More people are finding it easier to use marijuana to treat ailments that more conventional medicine has failed to assist.

Cannabis
and cannabis products come in various forms. You can consume them by smoking,
ingesting edibles, and application of skincare products and cannabis oils. The
THC levels in these weed products determine the effect it has on your body. The
other compound found in it is cannabinoids.

Chronic
Pain Relief

More
research needs to be done, but many users of cannabis are finding it the best
solution for their chronic pain. This medical benefit has led to even those who
have ever used the drug before to try weed to at least get some relief from
pain that limits their functionality.

Conventional
medicine is proving to have reduced relief when it comes to treating severe
pain. This has led to many people searching for alternative solutions like
marijuana. The cannabinoids in these weed products are responsible for relief
from severe and even crippling pain, which is why there is an increase in their
medicinal use. 

The
number of senior citizens who use cannabis and its products has spiked over the
years due to this health benefit. They mostly suffer from severe pain due to
underlying chronic ailments, and the relief from using marijuana is very much
welcomed. 

Glaucoma
Treatment

Glaucoma
increases pressure in the eye. This can lead to damage to the nerves of the
eye, especially the option nerve. When it becomes too severe, it can lead to
loss of vision on that eye. The THC in cannabis is responsible for reducing
this pressure to the optic nerve and has been a reason for marijuana use by
many glaucoma patients for years. 

There
is an increased amount of weed-based medication for this ailment as it’s had a
positive impact and helped a lot of patients retain their vision. Glaucoma is
responsible for many people going blind across the world, and it’s not as easy
to treat. This is why many people find relief when cannabis offers some hope of
treating this ailment and helping them retain their vision. 

Nausea
Relief

Cancer
patients who are undergoing treatment through chemotherapy have severe cases of
nausea that can have a severe impact on their health. They find it hard to
retain any food in their system, which leads to weight loss. When you don’t eat
enough and are undergoing such strong treatment, it can weaken your body and
general health. Using weed helps reduce nausea, which means you keep most of
the food you eat. 

It also
helps build up an appetite increasing your food intake too. Cancer patients
find using medicinal marijuana as the better option as compared to medicines
prescribed to them that don’t help that much. 

Improved
Sleeping Patterns

One of
the effects of cannabinoids and THC in weed is increased sleep. It’s very easy
to fall asleep after a few puffs of marijuana, which is why most people with
chronic insomnia are turning to it. You get to sleep better and for the
required amount of time to rest your body. 

Prolonged
insomnia can have severe effects on your general health and productivity
because your body is always tired due to a lack of rest. This can lead to
fatigue and other related ailments. 

Control
Seizures

Seizures
caused by epilepsy can impact how you function on a day to day basis. Weed can
be used to control seizures by reducing their frequency and severity. The THC
in the cannabis helps to control the seizures by binding together the
responsible brain cells that result in excitability. 

Conclusion

Weed
can be used for its medicinal benefits on several ailments as attested by many
users who’ve experienced reduced suffering. 


The Wholesale Price of Adult-Use Marijuana Flower in Alaska is Still Strong Irrespective of the High Tax Imposed on Growers

February/23/2020

Adult-use marijuana flower wholesale prices remain high; however, as the more grower built more grow facilities, and the market expands and matures, the prices have reduced slightly.

Compared to another
adult-use marijuana market, the prices are strong in Alaska irrespective of the
enormous tax burden on growers, which amounts to $800 per pound of wholesale
marijuana flower.

The heavy tax burden has
given the illicit businesses a competitive advantage over the legitimate companies
forcing them to close down their grow facilities. And for licensed marijuana
businesses to succeed, they had to integrate vertically. 

THC potency is the sole
driving forcing behind the strong wholesale marijuana flower sales in Alaska.

According to the recreational
marijuana business owner in Alaska, pounds of wholesale marijuana flowers are
going for:

  • Indoor testing at 30% THC $4,000
  • Indoor testing at 25% THC at $3,500 of
    which last year it was $3,600 to $3,700
  • Indoor testing at 20% THC goes for $3,000
    of which in 2019 it was $3,100 to $3,200
  • Indoor testing under 20% THC goes for less
    than $3,000
  • Outdoor marijuana grown for extraction
    $2,600 to $2,800

According to the co-owner
of Pakalolo Supply Co. Keenan Hollister, the prices for adult-use marijuana
flowers have reduced slightly over the period. He noted that for quite some
time, the rats were highly inflated. Pakalolo Supply Co. is a vertically
integrated business and has a cultivation facility as well as retail stores in
Fairbanks and Anchorage.

Alaska’s recreational marijuana market is dependent on
potency despite it being one of the most mature marijuana markets in the United
States.

Although the cultivators must still pay tax on
marijuana whose THC tests below 18%, they have a hard time selling it.

The owner of Alaska
Harvest Company, which is a cultivation firm based in Kasilof, said that all
recreational marijuana consumers want the Wild Turkey 101 brand of the pot.

Due to the heavy tax
burden, some cultivators have closed their facilities due to strict
regulations. They also claimed that the high taxes imposed on marijuana flowers
were not business-friendly.

In 2018, low-grade
marijuana flowers, grown primarily for extraction, were taxed separately at
$250 per pound.

The COO and owner of
Green Jar Cannabis based in Wasilla, Bailey Stuart, said that the high taxes
have led to the closure of growing facilities because farmers did not review
their permits, and this creates a gap that allows illicit businesses to thrive.
And the taxes have also let to the high cost of wholesale marijuana flowers.

Stuart further said that
unless the tax structure is amended, the wholesale prices of marijuana flowers
are not going to be lowered.

The CEO of Green Jar
Cannabis and a board member of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association
(AMIA), Caleb Saunders, said that the tax system is broken. He also noted that
with the high taxes, the black market is bound to outpace the legal marijuana
market.

The AMIA is suggesting
for the state to amend the cultivation tax in place of a 10% retail tax, and
this would give the Department of Revenue in Alaska reason to go after
marijuana businesses that are not paying tax. Saunder noted that nearly 30% of
farmers are late on tax payments.

Even though Alaska is
vast and has one of the most significant distribution, it is a challenge to
operate as a wholesale marijuana flower distributor within the state.

Transporting marijuana
flowers within the vast state is expensive as some are forced to ship via plane
or by road, and it is only through vertical integration that some businesses
can survive in the market.

The cost of essential
goods and utilities in Alaska is also high, and this makes the cost of living
in the state high.

Stuart further noted that
the small marijuana cultivators within the state are struggling, especially if
they do not own a marijuana retail outlet.

Saunders said that
businesses are building more grow facilities and creating space for more companies
to cater to the growing demand for recreational marijuana as regular customers
buy more marijuana and newbies try marijuana for the first time.

Saunders is not worried
about the market being oversupplied with marijuana because the state has
significantly slowed down the licensing of new growers.

According to Hollister,
Pakalolo Supply Co has expanded its cultivation facility such that now it can
supply all its retail stores and some other retail stores.

Hollister is planning on
opening a consumption lounge within the state, which is a space no other
business has ventured into. However, he noted that before they can get approval
for the consumption venue, they will have to overcome several hurdles.


The Marijuana Sector is Focusing More on Technology, Testing, and Transparency Due to the Recent Vape Crisis

The Marijuana Sector is Focusing More on Technology, Testing

February/23/2020

The vaping outbreak
that happened in the second half of 2019 commanded the attention of the
marijuana industry. 

The vaping outbreak
took a toll on vape-related companies and led to the death of dozens of people,
and more than 2,600 were hospitalized. The cause of the epidemic pointed to the
additive vitamin E acetate, which found in some of the implicated THC vaping
products.

The industry has
overcome the situation, and vape sales are picking up again; however, this
should be a lesson for businesses dealing with marijuana products. 

The epidemic has
influenced the way the public views state-legal marijuana companies. Marijuana company
executives have taken the initiative to review their processes, especially
those related to technology. They are also more focused on testing as well as
their relationships with the consumers. 

The following are some
of the takeaways from the vape crisis the staff from Marijuana Business
Magazine found when they took a deep dive into the marijuana industry, and how
businesses can best operate moving forward.

Determine the
additives that are safe for vape products

Due to the vape
crisis, thee list of additives that companies can use in vaping products has
been reduced. Additionally, the manufacturer can choose to omit additives or
add terpenes. According to the chief product development officer at Cresco
Labs, Matt Ingram, using 100% marijuana products in the vaping products is
safe, because vaping marijuana oil is safe. Ingram also said it is safe to use
terpenes obtained from other plants. However, the CEO of Platinum Vape Cody
Sadler noted that currently, marijuana-derived terpenes are the only safe thing
to use in vaping products. Botanical terpenes are not bad; it's just that we
are not sure if they are meant to be smoked, Sadler added. 

It is vital to vet
hardware suppliers and test the vape components

Although the vaping
hardware was not associated with the vaping outbreak, investigators found that
some THC vaporizers had heavy metals. Therefore, before sourcing any supplier,
the companies should make sure that they are ISO certified and that they meet
all the testing requirements, Ingram said. Vaping products manufacturing
companies should also visit the companies supplying them with vaping hardware.
According to Ingram, Cresco Labs also tests the equipment before dispatching
the products to the retailers. 

Companies should adopt
technology the make the vape products more transparent and help fight the fake
vaping products.

Marijuana vaporizer
companies have adopted new technologies to help instill trust in vaping
products by manufacturing cartridges that encrypted with microchips to help fight
counterfeit vape cartridges. They have also attached QR codes which can be
scanned using a smartphone to help consumers monitor the dosage, use, and
authenticity. Lucid Green provides marijuana vape suppliers with a technology
known as Lucid ID, which scanned using a smartphone; it displays the product's
lab results, dosage guidelines, ingredients, effects, and user reviews.

 How to
navigate the next critical events in the marijuana industry

Since the legalization
of marijuana in the U.S., thee vaping crisis was the first significant national
health emergency to hit the country, and most probably, it is not the last. In
preparation for future marijuana crisis, marijuana industry executives
recommend the adoption of the following six strategies.

  1. Prepare a marketing response that will provide the general public with a clear message.
  2. Consider the food industry’s farm-to-table approach.
  3. Educate the retailers about the content of the product.
  4. Educate consumers about the content of the product.
  5. Manufacturing companies should thoroughly vet suppliers.
  6. Reassess and reevaluate the internal workings of your business.