Marijuana News – 5 Amazing Versatilities Of CBD You Must Know – Caribbean and Latin America Daily News – News Americas

cbd-usesA display of CBD infused foot cream, vape pods and massage oil products from Medical Mary are viewed at the 6th Annual Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on September 26, 2019. (Photo credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. June 1, 2020: In the UK, CBD was legalized for medical and recreational use back in 2018. Since then, many new CBD products have become available, and new uses and applications of CBD are being discovered every day.

While many are under a misconception that CBD is psychoactive and popular only among casual marijuana users, it has numerous health and nutritional benefits that can improve quality of life.

So far, research has suggested that CBD is a superior treatment for chronic pain, epilepsy, anxiety, cancer symptoms, and more. It’s packed with essential minerals, vitamins, and nutrients that promote better health and overall wellbeing.

It’s a versatile hemp-derived product, and its effects are often noticeable right after the first use. So, let’s see some of the most common ways that CBD is used and divulge into their benefits.

CBD for Vaping

Vaping has grown in popularity over the last few years, and it’s become a preferred substitute for smoking cigarettes. While vaping in itself might not be the healthiest of habits (although still better than smoking), it can be beneficial if you need a quick and efficient way to deliver CBD into your body.

There are many flavoured and unflavoured CBD e-liquids and CBD vape additives, which you can readily find on cbdoil.co.uk, that can be used every day.

CBD enters your bloodstream very quickly when it’s inhaled. Since it goes straight to your lungs, and then into your bloodstream, the effects can kick-in almost instantly. This is why over a third of cannabidiol users prefer to take it through a vaping device.

CBD has excellent analgesic properties, so if you’re suffering from chronic pain, inhaling it through a vaping device can be the quickest way of relieving the pain.

CBD for Eating

If you’re not much of a vaper, you can still receive all the benefits of CBD in the form of edibles. They come in all shapes and sizes, and you can opt for CBD gummies, CBD-infused tea, CBD honey sticks, and more.

While both vaping and ingesting CBD can bring the same benefits, there are big differences between these two methods of consumption.

When CBD is ingested, it needs to go through your digestive system and be processed there. What this means is that it doesn’t enter directly into your bloodstream and your endocannabinoid system. So, it takes a while before its effects kick-in. Typically, it will take between 20 and 30 minutes before you start feeling the effects of CBD.

Since it’s processed a bit more slowly, its effects can be felt for a more extended time. CBD can stay in your system for up to 32 hours upon ingestion. This method of CBD consumption can be a good choice for those who microdose and need long-lasting effects.

CBD for Skin Care

You can receive many of the benefits of CBD through your skin as well, and you have many CBD skincare products you can choose from. Lip balms, lotions, moisturizers, and more are all at your disposal.

You should know that when applied to the skin, CBD needs much more time to take effect, going up to 45 minutes. However, you’ll receive more than pain-relief this way.

CBD is an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-oxidant agent. As such, it can help you fight common skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne. It moisturizes and rejuvenates your skin, helping it improve its elasticity and shine.

CBD Oil Massage

There aren’t many things that are as relaxing and soothing as a gentle massage. But a massage can be significantly improved with the use of CBD oil.

Together, CBD oil and massage can help you relieve chronic pain, reduce muscle tension, and fight joint stiffness. CBD oil will be slowly absorbed through the skin, offering it many of the same benefits as the CBD skincare products, and a massage is always welcome after a stressful day.

CBD for Pets

CBD can even be given to pets. Due to its numerous beneficial properties, CBD has a very similar effect on common pets as it has on humans. Studies have shown that CBD can be used for pain relief in dogs, and it can help them deal with separation anxiety.

It’s best to talk to your veterinarian to determine the exact CBD dosage that your pet may need.

The Bottom Line

CBD is one of the most versatile products available on the market. With its numerous nutritive and beneficial properties, it can help fight anxiety, chronic pain, stress, and so much more. There are many different ways to deliver CBD in your body, and the best method is up to you to choose. 

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What’s The KandyPens Rubi Vaporizer (And Why People Are Digging It) – Benzinga

By WeedMaps‚ Lindsay MaHarry, provided exclusively to Benzinga Cannabis.

California vape brand KandyPens is known for creating well-made, affordable alternatives to some of the hottest vaporizers on the market. With an attention to detail informing their designs, KandyPens maintain their reputation as a leading vape brand by consistently producing devices that are simple, sleek, and tech-forward. Their recently released oil and e-liquid vape, the Rubi vaporizer, is no exception. 

Standing at a mere 4 inches tall, and coming in at just under $50, this chic little vape offers an alternative to the expensive pod systems utilized by similar brands. Whereas Pax offers expensive pods that come prefilled with oil from big canna-brands, KandyPens’ Rubi vaporizer is an open system, meaning the pods come empty, ready to be filled with whatever oil or liquid you want. 

In the e-cig world, the practice of breaking open pods to refill with your own oil is called “Juul Hacking,” and is common among the techie vapers that frequent online message boards. By formalizing this kind of anarchist approach to hacking the pod system in a cannabis vape, KandyPens carved out an untouched niche in the pod system matrix. And when it comes to cost-effectiveness, it’s a DIY system that can’t be beaten.

Whether you’re in the market for a new vape pen or are just curious as to what all the buzz is about, here’s our take on the KandyPens’ Rubi vaporizer. 

What is the Rubi? 

The open system design of the Rubi vape riffs on pod vaping platforms like Pax pods. By allowing users to fill an empty cartridge with the oil or e-liquid of their choosing, instead of being forced to purchase expensive pre-filled pods, they’ve created a much more affordable way to enjoy the convenience of pod vape products. 

Complete with OCELL Ceramic Coil Technology and a 280mAh battery, one of the strongest e-cig batteries on the market, the Rubi is good for about 50 draws per charge. Strong and simple, the Rubi vaporizer is also temperature regulated and air-powered (no power button), meaning all you need to do is load the refillable 1ML capacity pod, and inhale. KandyPens even offers a lifetime warranty on the device.

How do you use the Rubi vaporizer?

Now that we’ve been over what the Rubi vaporizer is, why it’s cool, and what it can do, here’s how it works. 

How to charge the Rubi vaporizer

To charge the Rubi, simply use the micro-USB port with any USB cable, no proprietary charger necessary. The LED indicator light will turn from red to green when the device has charged completely. While the battery lasts a while, it also charges extremely fast, about 30 minutes for a full charge. 

Loading the Rubi Pod

This is far and away the most complicated step to using the Rubi, but it’s still pretty simple. For this device, you’re going to want to think thin when it comes to oils, like distillates sold in syringes at the dispensary. Each pod holds about a half gram of liquid, and you’re going to want the liquid to be at least body temperature to make dispensing it into the cartridge as seamless as possible. 

Steps to load the Rubi vaporizer:

  1. Remove the mouthpiece from the Rubi.
  2. Remove pod.
  3. Open the pod and press the syringe into the opening, filling the pod with oil. Start by filling the tank halfway, as not to overfill it. Replace rubber pod stopper.
  4. “Prime” the Rubi pod by inhaling from the mouthpiece 3—5 times (only needed upon first use of Rubi pod).
  5. Replace mouthpiece into the Rubi.
  6. Take a draw and enjoy.

How to clean the Rubi 

Because there are so few pieces to disassemble, cleaning the Rubi itself is easy. Just remove the pod, and use toothpicks or q-tips to clean in and around the mouthpiece. 

Due to the Japanese cotton around the ceramic coil, the pods can’t be soaked and are thus kind of difficult to clean. According to message board research, some users use white vinegar to clean the pods. While most seem to agree that each pod can last for weeks to months, and three pods only set you back $20, it makes more sense to toss an old one if it’s gross or starts acting funky.

What’s the appeal?

The appeal of KandyPens’ Rubi vaporizer comes down to three factors: discretion, affordability, and versatility. This device could easily pass as a flash drive or Juul and is small enough to hide in a pocket undetected. Its affordability is two-fold: The device only costs $50 and comes with a lifetime warranty. Because of the open pod system, users will save countless dollars on expensive prefilled cartridges over the years. The vape can become whatever you want based on what oil you put on it, even an e-cig.

Bottom line: If you’re into filling your own cartridges to save money, this is the pen for you. If you’re a more casual user, someone new to cannabis, or someone with access to expendable income, I would go with the pre-filled set up as it’s an overall more streamlined product. You can find the KandyPens Rubi vaporizer on their website.

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American Cannabis Operator Stocks Soar 35% in May – New Cannabis Ventures


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Following  twelve consecutive monthly declines and then a modest gain in April, the American Cannabis Operator Index extended its rally off of its all-time low set in March, increasing  34.7% to 30.20 during May:

The index, which launched at the end of October 2018 with a value of 100, reached a closing high of 124.16 a week later before declining to 70.64 in late December 2018. It then rallied as high as 119.53 in early April 2019 before selling off over the balance of the year, ending 2019 at 43.27. The index has now dropped 30.2% in 2020. After posting an all-time closing low on March 18th at 14.50, the index has now bounced by 108.3%:

During May, the index included 14 companies, including 11 multi-state operators (MSOs) and 3 focused solely on CBD extracted from industrial hemp. Ten companies posted double-digit percentage gains, and each of the stocks advanced during the month:

The four best performing stocks included TILT Holdings (CSE: TILT) (OTC: TLTFF)  CV Sciences (OTC: CVSI),  cbdMD (NYSE American: YCBD) and Acreage Holdings (CSE: ACRG) (OTC: ACRGF). TILT Holdings, which is now up 60% in 2020 after its almost 119% gain in May, didn’t release any news during the month and has delayed filing its year-end financials. CV Sciences had pulled back after its Q1 financials were released but rallied explosively late in the month along with the CBD sub-sector. It is now down about 8% in 2020. Similarly, cbdMD, which is now down 35% year-to-date, lifted along with other CBD companies in the back half of the month. Acreage, which was one of the worst performers in both March and April, rebounded in May but remains down over 44% year-to-date.

The four worst performing stocks all posted gains. Liberty Health Sciences (CSE: LHS) (OTC: LHSIF), which will report its fiscal year-end financials in June, didn’t release any news. The company had 9.7% share of the flower market and 5.6% of the medical cannabis THC market in Florida during the last week of May compared to 13.5% and 4.6%, respectively, in late December. That market has seen the volume of flower increase dramatically since late December, with the volume increasing 81%, while THC derivatives have increased by 26%.  The stock is down almost 22% year-to-date, in line with the cannabis sector. Harvest Health and Recreation (CSE: HARV) (OTC: HRVSF), a big winner in April, held onto some of the gains despite pulling back after it filed its financials mid-month.  The stock is down over 55% year-to-date. TerrAscend (CSE: TER) (OTC: TRSSF), which is up almost 6% year-to-date, reported its Q1, in line with its pre-announcement, and guided Q2 revenue to increase 29% to C$45 million. The company also raised US$37 million through the sale of convertible preferred units.  Planet 13 Holdings (CSE: PLTH) (OTC: PLNHF), which will report its Q1 on June 1st, has declined over 35% this year as the Las Vegas tourism market has shut down due to the pandemic. The company moved forward on a deal it renegotiated to acquire a dispensary license in Santa Ana, California.

For June, the number of names in the index will will increase to 18 with the returns of iAnthus Capital (CSE: IAN) (OTC: ITHUF) and MedMen (CSE: MMEN) (OTC: MMNFF), both of which had fallen below the minimum price and had been removed in May, the return of 4Front (CSE: FFNT) (OTC: FFNTF), which had been removed at the end of September for not meeting the minimum daily trading value, and the addition for the first time of Columbia Care (CSE: CCHW) (NEO: CCHW) (OTC: CCHWF).

In the next monthly review, we will summarize the performance for May and discuss any additions or deletions. Be sure to bookmark the page to stay current on American cannabis operators stock price movements within the day or from day-to-day.

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CBD products banned from schools due to unreliable testing, Aiken superintendent says – Aiken Standard

The recent revisions made to the Student Code of Conduct for Aiken County’s public schools includes a new item on the list of illicit substances: CBD oils and products.

While CDB products that contain less than 0.3% of 9-delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are legal under South Carolina state law, the Aiken County School Board voted Tuesday that such products would no longer be allowed on school premises.

Aiken County Schools Superintendent King Laurence said the decision to ban CBD is primarily centered on the issue of vaping in schools. 

„We have a committee that is made up of administrators, community members, teachers, parents … they had a considerable discussion about CBD,” Laurence said. „They recognize there are a lot of uses for it, but the issue that we have is generally with vaping.”

The National Institute of Health has stated an „alarming rise” in teen vaping has occurred over the past few years.

Though vaping is banned on Aiken County school property, special attention has been given to THC vaping products after the CDC linked them to the outbreak of a lung illness that peaked last September.  

Laurence said the school system does not have a „reliable” test to determine whether vaping products contain illegal levels of THC. 

„We have to err on the side of not allowing those products (CBD) at all,” Laurence said. 

Having CBD products on school property will now result in a level three infraction after the changes made to the Student Code of Conduct were voted into action. This entails a recommendation for alternative placement on first offense and recommendation for expulsion on the second offense. 

Studies have shown that CBD oil does have some medical benefits, especially in treating some forms of child epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome – an illness that often doesn’t respond to anti-seizure medications. A study from European Journal of Pain showed that CBD, when applied to the skin of animals, could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. 

Many scientists agree that more studies are needed to determine CBD’s potential benefits or side effects for treating issues like insomnia, anxiety and pain in humans. 

Laurence said the school district would „certainly” work with students who take CBD at the recommendation of a physician for health conditions.

Other substances and medications that are not meant to cause severe intoxication are also banned from schools, Laurence pointed out. 

„You wouldn’t think Advil would be an illicit substance, but that’s not generally allowed for use in schools, either,” Laurence said.  

Although the school system doesn’t have a reliable way of testing for THC, law enforcement does.

Laurence said law enforcement has been called to schools in the past to conduct such tests on students who appeared to be intoxicated or under the influence of illicit substances. 

„We’ve had a number of cases where EMS has been called to the school because of students becoming very severely affected by these products (illicit substances),” Laurence said. 

However, the Student Code of Conduct is reviewed annually. Changes made this year may not be permanent, Laurence said. 

„We revise and review our code of conduct every year,” Laurence said. „So, as science changes … that (ban) could change, as well.”

Aurora Cannabis Was the Hottest Big Marijuana Stock in May — but Will Its Sizzle Soon Fizzle? – The Motley Fool

It might not quite be summer officially yet, but several pot stocks are already hot. And only one of them with a market cap of greater than $500 million skyrocketed nearly 70% in May — Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB)

Aurora ranks as arguably the hottest big marijuana stock on the market right now. But could its sizzle soon fizzle? There are three reasons why the answer could be „yes.”

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1. Squeeze freeze

Aurora surprised investors with its better-than-expected Q3 results a couple of weeks ago. Its revenue soared 18% quarter over quarter. Its cash burn was lower than in the past. Put simply, there was a lot to like for most investors. But not for everyone.

At the time of its Q3 update, over 19% of Aurora’s outstanding shares were sold short. When Aurora beat expectations, it’s a near-certainty that some of the short-sellers quickly moved to cover their losses by buying Aurora stock. This created greater upward pressure on the cannabis producer’s share price, which increased short-sellers’ anxiety even more. The huge jump for Aurora’s shares over the past two weeks looks like a classic short squeeze.

However, short squeezes don’t last forever. It’s only a matter of time before all of the short-sellers who are going to cover their positions have done so. The end of the short squeeze will also likely mean the end of Aurora’s impressive run.

2. Dilution solution

It’s no secret that Aurora has been notorious about issuing new stock to raise cash over the last few years. The company’s market cap has risen over 16 times more than its share price as a result of the massive stock dilution. But Aurora needed the cash, so taking this route was a necessary evil. Unfortunately, the necessary evil could linger around for a while. 

Aurora maintains that it should generate positive adjusted EBITDA in the quarter ending Sept. 30, 2020. However, interim CEO Michael Singer said in the company’s Q3 call that there’s still considerable uncertainty related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. He acknowledged that Aurora might have to access its at-the-money (ATM) facility to issue more shares. If that happens, more dilution will be on the way — and so will falling share prices.

Keep in mind, also, that positive adjusted EBITDA isn’t true profitability. The „I” in EBITDA stands for interest. Aurora has a huge debt load and will have to pay a lot of interest. The „T” in EBITDA (taxes) will also rear its ugly ahead if and when the company begins to make a profit.

3. The curse of rising expectations

I couldn’t think of a rhyme for the third reason why Aurora’s sizzle could fizzle. But this final factor could be just as problematic for the company as the potential end of the short squeeze and the prospects for more dilution.

After a long period where no one expected much from Aurora, expectations are now rising for the cannabis producer. Analysts are looking for better numbers in Aurora’s future quarterly updates. The company is now at long last jumping in the U.S. cannabis market with its acquisition of Reliva

However, there can be a curse associated with rising expectations. Aurora now has a higher bar to jump. And there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Retail cannabis stores in Canada might take longer to open than anticipated. Consumers could tighten their belts and spend less on recreational cannabis products. Any failure by Aurora will translate to a harder fall for its stock. 

Greater later?

There’s one final observation (and rhyme) that I’d like to make about Aurora Cannabis. I think that it’s quite possible that the company will be a big winner over the long run despite its current challenges. Yes, Aurora could be greater later.

I still think that the global cannabis market will grow much larger than it is now. I expect that the U.S. will change its federal laws to allow cannabis sooner or later. My take is that Aurora could make it past the difficulties of the present and profit in such an environment.

That’s not a resounding endorsement of the stock, mind you. I suspect that Aurora could be successful, but there’s no guarantee. Also, while Aurora could be greater later, there are other stocks to buy that are great now.

10 Cannabis Photographers Who Have Changed the Game – Cannabis Now

Cannabis Now has been keeping tabs on the cannabis photography niche for almost a decade now and there’s no question that since legalization and decriminalization have spread across the nation, the quality within the cannabis photographer community has grown tremendously. We have had the pleasure of working with many of these pros throughout the years and are excited to see the cannabis photography industry expand. 

Here’s our round-up of some of the top cannabis photographers in the game and their unique stories. 

1. Chris Romaine // @kandidkush

READ: Smile, You’re on Kandid Kush

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Chris Romaine didn’t expect to become a prominent cannabis photographer. Better known by the moniker Kandid Kush, Romaine was raised by fairly conservative parents and only took a mild interest in the arts during his youth.

2. Allie Beckett // @canna_obscura

READ: Stunning Cannabis Photography in Book ‘As The Grass Grows’

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“Documentary photography is about capturing what’s there and I want to leave that up to interpretation and be the conduit for that,” says Beckett, who prefers candid photography and avoids composing and posing pictures whenever she can. “When you bring a subculture to light, people are going to have pre-judgments about it that you don’t want to reinforce.”

3. Devin Stein // @thingsfromsteinfarm

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A Photographer’s Journey Inside the Super-Shiny World of THCA Diamonds

Seattle photographer Steinfarm captures the glory of the THCA diamond, a beautiful and potent extract that might not survive in legal cannabis markets.

4. Kristen Angelo // @apotfarmersdaughter

READ: Shooting Shotgun Willie’s Secret Stash

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Cannabis photographer, Kristen Angelo, has seen many facets of the industry. “In the cannabis industry, I’ve met retired teachers, people from the insurance industry,” she said. “Everyone across the board, from conservatives to liberals. And I’ve enjoyed telling their stories.”

5. Jeff Scheetz // @doobieduck

READ: DoobieDuck: Getting Super-Close to Cannabis

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“Macro images take specialized gear. Most use DSLRs and specialized lenses,” says Scheetz aka DoobieDuck. To achieve quality macro shots, he says the most important factors are stability and lighting.

6. Erik Christiansen // @erik.nugshots

READ: A Photographer’s Guide to the Cannabis Galaxy

A Photographer’s Guide to the Cannabis Galaxy

Nugshots founder Erik Christiansen produces cannabis photography that zooms viewers in for a cosmic ride. While there are plenty of excellent cannabis photographers working today, Christiansen’s photos are uniquely technical and motivated by a special scientific curiosity.

7. Wind Home // @windhome

READ: Glass & Grass: The Photos of Wind Home

Four glass bears modeled after cacti stand next to one another in Unparalleled Glass' studios.

With a carefree name like Wind — and hippie parents easy-going enough to name him that — it’s not too surprising to hear this prolific photographer takes such a calm, cool and collected approach to his craft when it comes to capturing his signature sleek images of some of the most beautiful and impressively crafted pieces of glass.

8. Steef Fleur // @greengoldstories

READ: Capturing Cannabis

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Adventurous Netherlands photographer Steef Fleur ventured into the heart of Northern California with a camera and an ambitious plan to capture the experience of cultivating hidden cannabis farms for the book “Humboldt – Green Gold USA.”

9. Dave Tomanovich // @daves_not_h3r3_man

READ: Stacking Shots With Concentrate Photographer Dave Tomanovich

You’d be amazed at how long it can take Dave Tomanovich to post a single picture on Instagram. His latest snap of Holy Hash’s Headband and Stardawg cross spotlights each angular nook and cranny of the live resin, glowing amber like a precious stone.

10. Justin McIvor aka Justin Cannabis

READ: Under the Humboldt Sun

A new book is giving a glimpse into the world of cannabis farmers deep in the Humboldt hills. The book, “Sustainable Sun-Grown Cannabis,” is a celebration of outdoor cultivation from the photographer Justin McIvor, better known as Justin Cannabis. Thanks to McIvor’s photos and emphasis on sustainable cultivation, the book is a visual guide to regenerative growing techniques.

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Cannabis was used in ancient Israelite ceremony, researchers find – The Jerusalem Post

The first evidence of cannabis being used by ancient Israelites has been discovered after researchers found well-preserved cannaboid residue on an altar of a shrine in an ancient Israelite temple, according to a study published in the Journal of the Institute of Tel Aviv University
The cannaboid residue is indicative that Israelites used cannabis for religious ceremonies. Researchers recently discovered this after analyzing „unidentified dark material” found on one of two altars of the Judahite shrine in the ancient temple of Tel Arad in the Negev.
On the smaller of the two altars, residues of cannaboids teterahydrocannabinol (THC); cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN) were found, together with residues attributed to animal dung, suggesting that the cannabis resin had been mixed with the dung to enable heating. 
The presence of animal fat also found in the material implies that it was mixed with the cannabis resin to facilitate evaporation. On the second, larger altar, derivatives of frankincense were found. Although frankincense is well known as one of the key components of biblical incense, it had not been scientifically identified in a Levantine archaeological context.
The fortress mound of Tel Arad was originally excavated by Yonahan Ahroni on behalf of the Department of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the early 1960’s. Excavations found fortresses that dated from the 9th to the early 6th centuries BCE that guarded the Judahite kingdom’s southern border, the era when the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the First Temple. 
While the excavation of the temple began in the 1960’s, it wasn’t until recently that one of the residues found on the smaller alter was re-analyzed and identified as cannabis. In the 1960’s the dark material found on the altar was submitted to the Hebrew University’s Biochemistry Department, but results remained inconclusive. Gad Avigad, who analyzed the material during the initial discovery, suggested that the material contained animal fat, implying that the altars could have been used for small-animal sacrificing. Most scholars assumed that the altars were used for incense burning, though no positive evidence of incense was ever found. 
When the Arad shrine was excavated in 1963-1965, it was transferred to the Israel Museum. In 2007-2010, the archaeology wing of the museum was renovated, sparking a renewed interest in the shrine. These changes encouraged the new analysis of the organic material found on the altars with the hope that improved techniques would give a greater understanding of the materials used, as well as perhaps the rituals performed at the time.  A very small sample from each shrine was taken and preserved in aluminum foil. To ensure true results and minimize the possibility of cross-contamination during the process, sampling was independently repeated and analyzed both at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Givat Ram.

The well preserved residues shed new light on the use of the Arad altars and on offerings in Judah during the Iron Age. 
 
Researchers were surprised to discover the cannabis found on the altars. Arad provides the earliest evidence for the use of cannabis in the Ancient Near East. Hallucinogenic substances are known from various neighboring cultures, but this is the first known evidence of a hallucinogenic substance found in the Kingdom of Judah. It seems likely that cannabis was used at Arad as a deliberate psychoactive.

Precautions in place to avoid coronavirus spread as Cannabis P.E.I. stores reopen – The Journal Pioneer

Customers line up outside Charlottetown’s cannabis store on May 17 when the province’s Chief Public Health Office announced liquor and cannabis stores would be closed the next day due to COVID-19 health measures. – Jim Day



As P.E.I.’s cannabis stores reopened one week ago, customers would have noticed a few changes meant to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19 strain).

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Zach Currie, director of cannabis operations for the P.E.I. Cannabis Management Corporation, said the reopening was going well.

“We’re just so fortunate and happy to be able to welcome our customers back into our stores after a long stint of being closed,” he said.

When the province implemented public health measures to help control the spread of the coronavirus in P.E.I., cannabis stores were among the businesses that closed.

Currie said the reopened stores will operate under reduced hours to start and there will be “very apparent” restrictions in place inside.

Those include installing Plexiglas barriers at the checkouts, following social distancing guidelines and allowing only one customer per open cash in each store.

Currie said sensory pods that contained sample product have been emptied and iPads used in the stores to view the selection have also been turned off.

“We’re just fortunate to be back,” Currie said.

The cannabis management corporation has still been selling marijuana during the store shutdown through home delivery, which was already an option for customers before the pandemic hit.

Currie said delivery fees were waived while the stores were closed. Now that they are reopened, the fees are back for any orders of less than $100.

During the store closures, cannabis sales were down to about 30 per cent of what they were prior to the pandemic, Currie said.

“It’s been certainly hard on our business.”

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With each passing birthday, it feels like your jeans are suddenly a bit tighter. No matter what you try to do, it seems impossible to combat age-related weight gain. Whether you are in your 50s or 80s, age-related weight gain can be a major problem. If you start gaining just a pound a year when you are 50 years old, you will end up weighing 30 pounds more by the time you turn 80.

From the ages of 29 to 39, women gain an average of 7 pounds. During the same time period, men gain an average of 15 pounds. Unfortunately, it is harder for people to lose weight in their 30s and 40s. By the time you get to call yourself a senior, you probably have a dozen pounds or more that you want to get rid of.

Part of the problem is because your muscle mass changes. Starting in your 30s, you lose muscle mass with each passing decade. Your muscle mass is then replaced by fat. Even if you work out frequently, you will still deal with this problem. Since muscle burns more calories than fat, this change causes your metabolism to slow down.

Changing hormones also leads to weight gain. Because of estrogen changes, women typically gain about 15 pounds during menopause. Meanwhile, men lose testosterone. This leads to less muscle mass and potential weight gain.

Once you reach retirement age, you finally have time to get in shape and lose weight. Your kids have moved out, so you no longer have so many family responsibilities getting in the way of your health. If you are still struggling to get in shape, CBD for weight loss may be able to help. CBD uses the cannabinoid system to help you treat some of the problems that keep you from having a healthier, thinner body.

How Does CBD Work?

Your body already has a cannabinoid system that uses the chemicals your body naturally produces. CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) both work by using this natural system. In total, there are at least 113 cannabinoids that have been discovered in cannabis. THC is the most famous one because it is the component in cannabis that gets you high. Unlike THC, CBD and other cannabinoids do not have psychoactive properties.

Instead of causing a sense of euphoria, CBD helps with problems like stress, pain and anxiety. Many people take CBD for insomnia, arthritis and similar conditions. CBD targets the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain to alleviate different medical problems.

Because of the 2018 Farm Bill, farmers can now grow and sell hemp. Unlike other strains of cannabis, hemp does not contain high levels of THC. This means that CBD can be legally produced and sold under federal laws. Many states also have laws that legalize CBD production. Because of the legality of CBD, many researchers are now looking into the different therapeutic effects of this cannabinoid. Investment and research in this field are only beginning, so there is still a long way to go before researchers discover all of the conditions that CBD can treat and the correct dosages.

At the moment, research trials have found success in using CBD to treat schizophrenia, autism, alcoholism and skin conditions. There are more than 150 trials taking place around the world that are looking into other conditions as well. Right now, the Food and Drug Administration has actually approved a CBD-based drug known as Epidolex to treat a kind of epilepsy. From trials focused on sleep disorders to pain management, scientists have already found that CBD can help with a number of different problems.

How Does CBD Affect Weight Loss?

If you plan on taking CBD for weight gain, you may be on the right track. Like any diet plan, you also need to adopt a healthy lifestyle as well. Other than taking CBD, it is also important to eat a healthy diet and start working out.

Researchers have already found several ways that CBD can support weight loss. In a 2011 study in Neuroscience Letters, researchers found that laboratory rats had a significant drop in body weight after they were given CBD injections for 14 days. During the study, the rats received 2.5 to 5 milligrams of CBD for every kilogram of their body weight. The rats that received 5 milligrams of CBD had the most pronounced weight loss. Because of this study, researchers believe that CBD can alter how the body gains weight.

At the moment, scientists think that CBD supports weight loss because of the way it works in the human body. Your body has had an endocannabinoid system since the moment you were born. This cannabinoid system produces different responses to compounds using two receptors known as the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB2 receptors exist throughout your body. Meanwhile, the CB1 receptors are primarily located within your central nervous system and brain.

People who suffer from obesity have a weird distribution of CB receptors. For whatever reason, the CB1 receptors travel to other parts of the body that they are not supposed to be in. They become especially prevalent in fatty tissue. Because of this strange distribution, scientists now believe that there could be a link between obesity and the activation of CB1 receptors.

CBD influences the way your body’s natural cannabinoids work. This can lead to the shutdown or activation of different receptors, which can influence your body’s metabolic system. Because of this, some evidence seems to indicate that using CBD can help you lose weight. It may also help you combat weight gain that stems from metabolic disorders.

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The Benefits of Using CBD for Losing Weight

Scientists have discovered that CBD can help a variety of different health problems. Other than alleviating chronic pain, it is useful for treating depression and anxiety. The following benefits help CBD to successfully support a diet and exercise plan for losing weight.

CBD Supports the Browning of Your Fat Cells

In recent years, scientists have discovered that the human body contains white and brown fat. White fat is the main form that exists in the body. It is used to cushion and insulate your organs. White fat is also responsible for storing energy.

Unfortunately, white fat is also linked to a number of chronic illnesses. If you have heart disease or diabetes, you are more likely to have excessive amounts of white fat. This kind of fat is generally considered unhealthy.

Brown fat is the kind of fat your body actually burns for energy. When you are running low on energy, your body turns to brown fat before it uses white fat. People who are at a healthy weight tend to have more brown fat than overweight or obese individuals. To transform white fat into brown fat, you need to make sure to get enough sleep, exercise and expose your body to cold temperatures.

It turns out that using CBD may also help your body turn white fat into brown fat. This browning of fat cells has been shown to happen in laboratories. Scientists used CBD and test tubes to see what would happen to white fat cells. The presence of CBD helped to create the proteins and genes needed for creating brown fat.

CBD Could Help Improve Your Metabolism

While most people associate cannabis with getting the munchies, CBD may actually help you reduce your food intake. Recent research seems to suggest that using CBD can help you lower the amount of food you eat. It can also increase your metabolism. As a result of these two mechanisms, you could enjoy a higher level of weight loss.

In animal studies, CBD affected an animal’s weight by targeted CB1 and CB2 receptors within the brain and lymphoid tissue. Over the course of two weeks, rats were given daily injections of CBD. They received 2.5 to 5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. The higher dose was connected to more weight loss, but both doses actually led to a reduction in body weight.

CBD Can Reduce Your Body Weight

In population studies, marijuana is actually connected to having a lower body weight. Researchers looked at 50,000 people and surveyed their cannabis use. Among people who used cannabis at least three days a week, there was a 14 to 17 percent incidence of obesity. Meanwhile, people who completely abstain from marijuana use for the last 12 months had a 22 to 25 percent obesity rate.

It should be noted that this study looked at marijuana use and not CBD use. Some researchers have proposed that the different cannabinoids in marijuana have a synergistic effect on appetite and metabolism. Because of this, some people use full-spectrum products so that they get other cannabinoids as well as CBD.

CBD May Alleviate Metabolic Disorders

There is also some research that shows how CBD can affect metabolic disorders. Researchers have found that metabolic disorders like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol are linked to higher obesity rates. This may be due to having too many CB receptors activated in the body. CBD helps to block the CB1 receptors, which may be why it seems to reduce an individual’s risk of becoming obese.

Previous studies show that CBD can have a remarkable impact on metabolic disorders. In one study, obese rats were given CBD treatments. The treatments led to lower blood sugar levels and better liver health. In addition, these rats had a 25 percent lower rate of high cholesterol than the rats in the control group. While rats are obviously not human beings, studies like this do show promise in using CBD to treat weight gain.

Does THCV Help You Lose Weight?

Other cannabinoids like THCV may be able to help with obesity as well. THCV is a minor cannabinoid that is an antagonist for CB1 and CB2 receptors. This means you can take THCV for weight loss. While THC increases your appetite, THCV lowers your appetite because it is an antagonist.

Basically, THCV is a natural appetite suppressant. It can help to reduce glucose intolerance, which is helpful for people who have type 2 diabetes. THCV can also increase your calorie expenditure, which supports natural weight loss.

How Can You Take CBD?

Since a great deal of CBD research is still ongoing, there is no recommended dosage at the moment. The right dosage can vary based on your personal body chemistry, your health conditions and what you are using CBD for. In general, it is a good idea to start with the lowest dose possible and gradually increase your intake from that point. Many people begin by taking 25 to 30 milligrams of CBD each day. If this dosage does not seem to work, you can try increasing it.

Other than choosing the right amount, you can also select different consumption methods. Many people choose one of the following options for using CBD.

  • Edible products.
  • Capsules and pills.
  • Oils.
  • Vaping liquids.
  • Topical products.

If you use edibles, it will take your body longer to absorb the CBD. Once the body does absorb the drug, the drug will actually last for longer. Meanwhile, vaping CBD will allow you to enjoy the effects faster. There are risks associated with inhaling CBD, so many people use edibles, capsules or topical products instead.

Any medication you use will always carry a risk of side effects, so keep this in mind before you try any drug. In general, CBD is considered relatively safe when compared to other medications. There is a minor risk of side effects like drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth and low blood pressure. In very rare cases, there have been signs of liver injury.

CBD can potentially interact with other medications, so it is important to be aware of that before you use CBD. You should always talk to your doctor before starting any diet and exercise plan. In addition to discussing CBD, you can also ask your doctor about different diet and exercise plans that can support your ongoing weight loss.

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