Dispensary News

This past weekend, we traveled abroad to the Netherlands for this year’s Amsterdam Cannabis Cup. The competition brought attention to dozens of hard-working and inspiring people—growers, innovators, and company owners. Here are the seed companies that are the winners of the 2018 Amsterdam Cannabis Cup:

Hash

1st Place: Gelato 41 by Field Extracts x Connected Canabis

2nd Place: Headbanger by Nature Boyz x Karma Genetics

3rd Place: Sour Power OG by Karma Squad x Flawless Extract

Hybrid Flower

1st Place: Biscotti by Connected Canabis

2nd Place: Rainbow Rider by Karma Squad

3rd Place: Smarties by Kush for Breakfast

Indica Flower

1st Place: Wedding Cake by PhenoFinders Seeds

2nd Place: Spumoni by The Plug Seed bank x Alien labs

3rd Place: Gelato 41 by Connected Canabis

Sativa Flower

1st Place: Gelonade by Connected Canabis

2nd Place: Purple Strawberry Sherbert by PhenoFinders Seeds

3rd Place: Purple Lemon Punch by The Plug Seed Bank

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CBD may be a useful treatment for various breast cancer subtypes, according to a new study published by the journal The Breast.

“Studies have emphasized an antineoplastic effect of the non-psychoactive, phyto-cannabinoid, Cannabidiol (CBD)”, begins the study’s abstract, which was epublished ahead of print by the National Institute of Health. “However, the molecular mechanism underlying its antitumor activity is not fully elucidated. Herein, we have examined the effect of CBD on two different human breast cancer cell lines”.

In both cell lines, “CBD inhibited cell survival and induced apoptosis in a dose dependent manner as observed by MTT assay, morphological changes, DNA fragmentation and ELISA apoptosis assay.”

The results “suggest that CBD treatment induces an interplay among PPARγ, mTOR and cyclin D1 in favor of apoptosis induction in both ER-positive and triple negative breast cancer cells, proposing CBD as a useful treatment for different breast cancer subtypes.”

The full study, conducted by researchers at Alexandria University in Egypt, can be found by clicking here.

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Allowing cannabidiol harvest could generate $10 billion in economic activity over the next 10 years, government estimates.

While the federal government is legalizing marijuana to regulate and tax the psychoactive drug, Prairie farmers growing non-smokable hemp appear set to become major beneficiaries of the new regime.

The updated industrial hemp regulations, released this week alongside Health Canada’s recreational cannabis rules, will allow hemp growers to harvest the flowers and leaves from their crop for non-psychoactive compounds such as cannabidiol (CBD).

– Read the entire article at Financial Post.

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Toma Giuffre has binders full of newspaper clippings, personally annotated doctor’s notes, letters from lawmakers — all pieces of a puzzle she’s been trying to solve for decades: How to make the pain go away.

For the last year, Giuffre, 74, has been collecting every published scrap of information on medical cannabis she can find, underlining the articles in different colors as she’s studied them time and again. When the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened in Bethlehem in January, she went to Keystone Canna Remedies’ informational sessions on every topic.

“I researched this marijuana like I was paid by the hour,” she said.

Like millions of Americans, Giuffre takes opioids such as Vicodin and morphine to reduce her chronic pain. And until recently, she had a prescription for fentanyl, the powerful opioid responsible for a surge in overdose deaths across the country.

– Read the entire article at The Morning Call.

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The power of simulated sunlight is showing remarkable results in growing cannabis.

A high-tech lighting system that mimics the huge variety of sunlight — manufactured by Edmonton company G2V and developed in a University of Alberta lab by research scientist Michael Taschuk — is now being tested in four cannabis grow operations across Canada.

The results have been astonishing, so much so that this lighting system could have numerous beneficial applications for food and plant growing.

Travis George of Endless Sky cannabis in British Columbia has been testing high-end lighting systems for three years but found the G2V lights grow cannabis plants much faster. “It’s an Alberta-manufactured product that exceeds all other lighting on the market … It kicked their asses.”

– Read the entire article at Edmonton Journal.

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