The Ohio state government has bestowed Grow Ohio with the state’s first medical marijuana processor certificate.
With this, the medical marijuana patients in the state will now have a wide variety of options to choose from viz. topical creams, edible oil, tinctures, etc. Earlier, the patients were restricted to only the marijuana flower as no other variant was available at the dispensaries, which opened in January.
Unlike the majority of US states, Ohio is still struggling to set its foot in the legal marijuana market. The state had legalized cannabis for medical use in 2016; however, even after three long years, not much has changed. The reasons for the delay were numerous- poor licensing process, lethargy in announcing the dispensary locations, lawsuits, etc.
As January came, patients had to go through a lot of setbacks, including dealing with aggressive law enforcement, limited access to dispensaries, confiscations and interference from healthcare providers.
Now with Grow Ohio in the picture, things should get easier for both patients and businesses alike. However, this was just the first processor permit; state regulators are now looking to award 39 more certificates at the earliest.
Being a licensed processor, a company has the authority to convert its own harvested buds into a number of forms, like oil, tinctures, capsules, edibles, ointments, etc. Grow Ohio, through an official statement, stated that it will first produce edible oil, and tinctures, and later it will move its focus to topical creams and capsules.
Ohio, just like most of the other states, does not allow patients to smoke their medical marijuana. Since it was, so far, available only in the flower form, patients were left with no other option than to buy expensive herb vaporizers. Although smoking cannabis can hamper with the respiratory system, it still remains the most inexpensive method of consuming cannabis- whether medical or recreational.
Employing around 80 people, Grow Ohio boasts a 60,000 square feet indoor cultivation and processing facility. After receiving the state’s first medical marijuana processing certificate, the company is now looking to quickly expand its business.
Study Links Potent Cannabis to Psychosis
A new study conducted at eleven sites in five countries across Europe, as well as one in Brazil, has found that consuming cannabis daily triples the chances of a person developing psychosis. The risk reportedly becomes five-fold if potent cannabis (with high levels of THC) is taken every day.
Researchers found that the link with psychosis was strongest in cities like Amsterdam and London, where one can easily get high-potency cannabis.
For the study – which took place in England, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and BraziI – researchers looked at the drug use history of around 900 patients experiencing a first psychotic episode between 2010 and 2015, and 1,237 healthy individuals.
It was concluded that nearly 29.5% of the patients had a habit of consuming cannabis daily, while only 6.8% of the healthy lot were accustomed to the same. In addition, over a fifth of the psychosis cases were thought to be linked to daily cannabis use across the 11 sites, according to the journal The Lancet Psychiatry.
Lead researcher Dr. Marta Di Forti, from King’s College London, asserted that her findings are consistent with previous studies showing that the use of cannabis with high levels of THC has more harmful effects on mental health than the use of weaker forms.
Notably, strong forms of marijuana – commonly known as ‘skunk’ – containing as high as 14% THC now account for 94% of the drugs being sold on the streets of London, reports Rte(.ie).
The legalization drive of medical (and recreational) cannabis is gaining a lot of speed in 2019. In the U.S., recreational cannabis is now legal in 10 states.
However, before passing any legalization bill, the lawmakers should also consider the effects of long-term use of daily cannabis, especially the ones containing high amounts of THC, which may do more harm than good.
Indianapolis CBD expo: From CBD infused bath bombs to dog treats
Scores of vendors at the Indianapolis Marriott East showcased their CBD-infused products, including beard oil, lip balm, ice-cream, bath salts, dog treats, etc.
The sellers, of course, lauded the health benefits of CBD present inside their products; however, many skeptics and scientists doubted if the things being showcased would really do what they are being sold for.
For those who are not yet friendly with the acronym CBD, please note that Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the chemicals extracted from the cannabis plant. A number of studies have shown that CBD can help treat or relieve the symptoms of a number of diseases/conditions including seizures, pains, autism, etc. And the best part is that it is non-psychoactive. So you won’t be ‘high’ after consuming it.
Here are a few products that were available for purchase at the expo:
There were a plethora of options to choose from viz. ice-cream, gummies, chocolates, popcorn, nuts, coffee, honey sticks, etc. Consuming CBD via edible food may not be a concern, but if you are looking to see faster results, try some other CBD-ingestion method.
CBD-infused bath bombs
The majority of people were buying these bath bombs at the expo because of the anti-bacterial properties of the CBD, a ‘fact’ which the vendors were repeating again and again. Notably, CBD may help relieve the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.
This should perhaps be the last thing that you should be looking at an expo. The problem with CBD flower is that although it is not marijuana, it may still look like the latter to law-enforcement authorities and sniffer dogs, and you might even get arrested as marijuana is still illegal under the Indiana state laws.
CBD-based dog treats
Many pet-guardians were rejoicing at the fact that maybe now their ailing friends might have some resort. Just like humans, dogs too have an endocannabinoid system; thus, even they may find some help to tackle pain and anxiety. Although, the American Kennel Club maintains there is no definite scientific data on how CBD oil affects dogs.
If you also happened to be at the Indianapolis CBD expo 2019, feel free to share your views about the event in the comment section below.
Washington: The hub of most affordable cannabis
In a first, Cannabis data firm Headset has drawn a detailed comparison between the prices of a number of cannabis products available across 4 states viz. Colorado, California, Nevada, and Washington.
Of the four states in question, Washington has emerged as the state with the lowest average price per cannabis product. Be it concentrates, vape-pens or pre-rolls, no state does it as well as Washington. Given below is the average item price across all categories as calculated by Headset for each state:
- California- $30.90
- Nevada- $26.94
- Colorado- $23.95
- Washington- $15.33
However, there is one aspect where Colorado has beaten Washington, that is, the average price per gram of flower, which is $4.90 in the latter while $4.60 in the former state.
Notably, the same gram of flower that now costs an average $4.9 in Washington was as high $30 when marijuana was first legalized in the state.
However, a question that might arise in your mind is-
Why is the average price of cannabis products in Washington so low as compared to the other three, especially when Washington’s 37% cannabis excise tax is one of the highest?
Courtesy of the ‘tiered house’ market system featuring thousands of different cannabis brands, the retailers in Washington gets a lot of power to push back on price. Meanwhile, states like Colorado may never see such prices because of the less competitive brand market.
The Most Expensive
Nevada is the most expensive state of the lot as far as a flower, concentrates, pre-roll and vape-pens are concerned. Another reason that adds to Nevada’s premium pricing is its tourism.
Vape pens, which are particularly popular among tourists and casual consumers, are more expensive in Nevada than in any other state. The average price per gram for vape carts in Nevada was $96—almost triple Washington’s average of $36, reports Headset.
California, on the other hand, is even ahead of Nevada when it comes to average product price. Also responsible for such high average item price is the increased compliance costs that came with California’s transition to a regulated market of late.
Read Headset’s full report here
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