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Driving High: Legal Limits Have No Scientific Basis

Driving High: Legal Limits Have No Scientific Basis

The Cannabist reports: Six states that allow marijuana use have legal tests to determine driving while impaired by the drug that have no scientific basis, according to a study by the nation’s largest automobile club that calls for scrapping those laws. The study commissioned by AAA’s safety foundation said it’s not possible to set a […]

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The Unforeseen Impact from a Zero Tolerance Executive Order

The Unforeseen Impact from a Zero Tolerance Executive Order

By Cindy Orser | Chief Science Officer  For those following the now seemingly weekly health and safety bulletins in Colorado recalling cannabis flower and products made from them, one might wonder what is going on?  Certainly the use of pesticides is not a new agricultural practice amongst cannabis growers as knowledge of the use of […]

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What a change in DEA’s pot rules might mean for medical research

What a change in DEA’s pot rules might mean for medical research

Medical Xpress reports: Most doctors approach medical marijuana with a great deal of uncertainty, because drug laws have hindered researchers’ ability to figure out what pot can and can’t do for sick patients. That could soon change. “Any Federal move to loosen the constraints associated with conducting clinical research on cannabis, a Schedule I drug, […]

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Colorado Cannabis Industry Heavily Fighting Pesticide War

Colorado Cannabis Industry Heavily Fighting Pesticide War

MarijuanaStocks.com reports: The cannabis industry in Colorado is increasing its quarrel against Colorado’s efforts to adjust the application of pesticides on marijuana. After passing in the state’s House of Representatives, a bill that would have codified Governor John Hickenlooper’s November executive order was killed in a Senate committee a week ago. The executive order told […]

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Scientists Want To Study Marijuana. Big Pot Just Wants To Sell It.

Scientists Want To Study Marijuana. Big Pot Just Wants To Sell It.

The Washington Post reports: Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week, we’re talking about drug scheduling. Need a primer? Catch up here. David T. Courtwright teaches history at the University of North Florida, where he is presidential professor. He is writing a history of […]

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Is Cannabis an Emerging Allergen?

Is Cannabis an Emerging Allergen?

Although not routinely reported, exposure to cannabis can lead to allergic reactions in certain individuals. An increased observation of cannabis allergic reactions is just one more unanticipated consequence of marijuana legalization and subsequent widespread cultivation across the country. Marijuana, like other plant allergens with peanuts topping the list, can cause a range of allergic reactions […]

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SCIENCE: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Marijuana

SCIENCE: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Marijuana

The Daily Targum reports: Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug among young people in the United States, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Marijuana is commonly found in the form of green-brown dried up parts of the Cannabis sativa plant. The drug includes the bud, seeds, stem and leaves of the plant. People can […]

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Finding Truth In Chromatography

Finding Truth In Chromatography

It takes a good amount of time and effort for an analytical chemist to develop a robust method to separate cannabinoids on an HPLC column as there are at least 104 different cannabinoids that have been isolated from the cannabis plant.  Many of these cannabinoids are similar in structure and only differ in their cyclical […]

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The Future Of Marijuana-Testing

The Future Of Marijuana-Testing

A prominent Morris County physical therapist and entrepreneur is banking his future on the growth of the medical-cannabis testing industry. But rest assured, David Cunic has not gone from fixing joints to smoking them for a living. “Most people say ‘Oh, if you need a tester, I’ll test a joint for you,’ ” said Cunic, a native […]

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Breaking Down The Endocannabinoid System

Breaking Down The Endocannabinoid System

Have you ever been curious about what exactly the endocannabinoid system really is? Whaxy reports: The 1964 discovery and isolation of cannabinoids in marijuana, the therapeutically active components that provide relief for a wide variety of diseases and conditions, has led to research about the endogenous cannabinoid, or  endocannabinoid, system in humans. It turns out that humans produce their […]

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