The ‘Father of Cannabis Research’ on the Untapped Potential of Marijuana as Medicine

By: By Troy Farah Raphael Mechoulam recently celebrated his 89th birthday, but the “father of cannabis research” isn’t done trying to uncover the secrets of marijuana. In 1964, Mechoulam discovered THC, the cannabinoid most famous for its intoxicating effect. The find in turn led to the discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS likely plays a role in regulating immune function, but it also influences memory, mood, hormone regulation and more. Then, in 1980, Mechoulam showed that CBD, a cannabinoid swept up in the latest wellness trend, could treat seizures in epileptic patients. More than 30 years later, U.K.-based GW Pharmaceuticals took notice and developed Epidiolex, the first plant-based cannabis prescription drug, which was approved for sale in the U.S. in 2018. To read more:

Cannabis Industry Reacts To Biden’s ‘Gateway Drug’ Remark: ‘Prohibition Is The Real Gateway’

By: Natan Ponieman  On Saturday, former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden came out against federal legalization of cannabis. "The truth of the matter is, there's not nearly been enough evidence that has been acquired as to whether or not it is a gateway drug," said Biden, who added that more research needs to be done before he would sign off on federal legalization.  In his 36-year-long career as a U.S. Senator, Biden stood behind a number of bills that supported tough punishment for non-violent possession charges. Biden does support the idea of states regulating the drug independently and has softened his position on possession charges, stating that they should not be considered a crime. His campaign supports revising past convictions, expunging unlawful and racially biased

American Cannabis Nurses Association: providing guidance for patients in need

Dr Carey Clark of the American Cannabis Nurses Association outlines their mission, how they work to promote education, and boost awareness in the nursing community. Cannabis is becoming more available across the US, yet lingering stigma and a lack of education are preventing further progress. Health Europa spoke to Dr Carey Clark, President of the American Cannabis’ Nurses Association who explains the work the organisation are doing to tackle this, and how collaboration could be the key to reaching more professionals for the benefit of patients. How and when did you first become aware of the benefits of medical cannabis? Around 10 years ago, I became aware of using cannabis as a medicine and I lived in an area in California where many

ViaBill Allows Cannabis Companies to Accept All Major Credit Cards

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If you’re in the business of cannabis – be it THC or CBD products – you’ve likely come across some issues when it came to accepting payments. Following the Evalon issues from June, when they announced that their service will no longer accept Visa payments for the cannabis industry, many companies have since been scrambling to find a way to sell their products online. This was a huge hit considering Visa is the largest credit card issuer in the entire world.  But that struggle seems to be coming to an end now with ViaBill. Many major names – especially companies selling CBD flowers like Secret Nature, Plain Jane, and Tweedle Farms – are turning to ViaBill too keep their customers happy and business operations running smoothly. But that struggle seems

3 Key Steps to Securing a Marijuana Manufacturing License

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In recent years, the California adult-use industry has seen a boom in consumer demand, but surprisingly only a blip in manufacturers. As of January 2019, there were roughly 5,000 licensed cannabis-based businesses in California. However, there are only about 400 manufacturers with temporary licenses to service the industry, according to the California Department of Health (CDPH). With more businesses diving into the market and the rise in consumer demand, why are there still so few licensed manufacturers? The issue stems from the rigorous licensing process itself, as well as the unforeseen obstacles manufacturers may face when trying to secure the proper authorizations from state and local municipalities. When looking to set up a manufacturing operation legally, it is important for operators to consider the