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CBD is a new and rapidly growing phenomenon, with sales tripling in the last three years. Despite the public perception of its benefits, CBD manufacturers are unauthorized to make medical claims on its effects. Because of lax regulations, low quality and low strength CBD oil is marketed for high prices.


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For now, the CBD market is “a global Wild West, a Goldrush, you name it”, in the words of Valentina Vaguengueim of the Canadian consultancy firm Cannabis Compliance Inc. This means opportunities for companies and farmers, but also risks. What if you want to cross boundaries with your products?

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Hemp-Based CBD Oil versus Medical Marijuana

There is a lot of confusion and controversy surrounding CBD products and the distinction between CBD and medical marijuana. If you’re someone who is suffering from chronic pain or has some other condition which may be helped by the use of CBD or marijuana, then you may be wondering which is the best choice.

In effect, the choice comes down to CBD only, vs CBD with some THC.

Medical marijuana is used where pain relief is required, and it can be a good option for those who need long term assistance because it is thought to be easier on the body than traditional pharmaceuticals. Many synthetic drugs produce by-products which are toxic to the body, and filtering out those substances puts a strain on the kidneys and liver. Medical marijuana has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which means that it is easier on the body in general. It is understandable that there generally few problems which come along with using CBD products over time such as getting addicted to them, which is why If you do not trust CBD infused products then try one of these products for quick nerve damage regeneration.

Medical marijuana is designed to contain CBD, which has a lot of potential health benefits, and THC, which is another cannabinoid and the one that cannabis is most famous for. THC is the part of cannabis that gets you high, and it is the part that most people look for when they are buying recreational marijuana. There are 70 known cannabinoids, and each has its own unique properties What makes THC of interest, in particular, is both the psychoactive effect and the way that it interacts with CBD.

Medical marijuana’s THC content makes it a useful choice for people who are suffering from severe pain and from people who have conditions which cause spasms, such as multiple sclerosis. THC can relieve pain by both controlling the spasms and by producing a relaxed mental state. The issue is that some people may not want the ‘high’ feeling, because it affects their concentration and their ability to function in certain situations. Some people experience only a mild buzz when they are high but others find that it is not a sensation they enjoy.

CBD for a Milder Form of Relief

CBD, on the other hand, is not psychoactive. It does not get people high. Rather, CBD is an anti-inflammatory agent with anti-carcinogenic properties as well, which can help to suppress pain receptors without giving the same high. CBD is also thought to help boost the immune system and can act as a mild mood booster because it helps to reduce the feeling of anxiety that often comes from chronic pain.

CBD is not suitable for everyone. It may help with arthritic pain or with pain following a mild injury, and it can help athletes to recover from intense exercise and fatigue, but it may not be sufficient to offer pain relief for those with multiple sclerosis or cancer patients. For those, the additional benefits of a small amount of THC as found in medical marijuana may be helpful.

It is a good idea to discuss your needs with your doctor, and remember that commercial full-spectrum CBD, while useful, is not the same as medical marijuana. The major benefit here is that you can easily get cbd online. Medical-grade products are carefully tested, vetted and quality controlled. Supplements that are sold over the counter may not be subject to such stringent controls. This means that it becomes very important to do your homework on sellers and to buy only from trusted vendors. It is easy to waste money on products that are little more than a ‘carrier oil,’ and that contain no CBD at all. Your doctor may be able to recommend products that will help with the type of pain that you are experiencing and ensure that you are getting what it is that you think you are paying for.

What Is CBD Oil And How Did It Become A $1 Billion Industry?

You might have noticed a lot of products lately that are infused with CBD. But what exactly is CBD? CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it’s part of the cannabis plant from which we also get marijuana. We spoke with Martin A. Lee, author of “Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific” and the director of Project CBD to find out what exactly CBD is.

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Following is a transcript of the video:

Narrator: With all the weed trucks and imagery all over New York these days, you might think to yourself, “Hey, is marijuana legal now?”

Not quite.

What these companies are selling is actually something called CBD. It’s found in everything from lollipops to lattes.

And business is booming.

CBD products are part of what is estimated to be a roughly one billion dollar industry in the United States. And it’s perfectly legal.

So, what does CBD have that marijuana doesn’t?

Martin Lee: The fact of the matter is we’re kind of in the midst of a CBD craze right now.

Narrator: Martin Lee is the director of Project CBD, an educational platform that focuses on cannabis science and therapeutics.

Lee: CBD stands for cannabidiol. That’s a component of the cannabis plant that has significant therapeutic properties, but it’s not intoxicating. It doesn’t get you high like THC.

Narrator: As it happens, not all cannabis plants are created equal. Take a look at these two varieties. One is marijuana, the other is hemp. One gets you high, the other doesn’t. The key difference is what’s on the inside.

Lee: THC and CBD are the main components of the cannabis plant.

Narrator: THC is what makes you feel high, and marijuana plants are loaded with it.

Dave Chappelle: I don’t know about y’all, but I can’t even move.

Narrator: Hemp, on the other hand, has hardly any THC at all. But what it lacks in THC it makes up for with higher amounts of CBD. Now, CBD won’t get you high, but it does have a redeeming quality: it’s legal. And at least according to the marketing, it has a relaxing effect. So since this stuff is all the rage, let’s see how it’s made.

So, once you have a cannabis plant, one simple way to make extract can be done in your own kitchen.

Lee: As simple as using olive oil or butter and heating the trim from the plant or a little bit of the green material from the plant. Obviously that’s not very useful for mass industrial production, to be cooking up something in your kitchen with butter and cannabis.

Narrator: But the more common way involves a specialized, complex machine.

Lee: One very widespread way is using what’s called a supercritical CO2 extraction. It’s ground up to have the texture initially of like a coffee grind. And it’s poured into vessels, literally, of a supercritical CO2 machine. It will stay in that machine for upwards to 24 hours under different pressures and temperatures at different times of the extraction process. And ultimately you’ll end up with a thick, golden oil that’s very waxy in texture.

Narrator: You can also extract it using ethanol and hydrocarbons.

You can find this oil in a number of different products these days.

Lee: It can be administered in various different forms. It might be ingested, it might be applied topically.

Narrator: They even have CBD oil products for your pets. I stopped by a cafe in New York which sells all sorts of CBD-infused products. I tried a CBD matcha latte and a CBD macaroon. These snacks tasted great, and I felt a little more relaxed after, but it was hard to tell if the CBD was actually doing anything for me or if it was all in my head.

Scientists are actually still trying to figure out exactly how CBD affects the body.

Lee: So, there really is a scientific basis for understanding why CBD can work, but we’re still really a long way of mastering the hows.

Narrator: Still, CBD may have more benefits than just a relaxing afternoon. Some initial studies have shown that CBD can help with a number of different medical conditions. In fact, in June 2018, the FDA approved the first CBD drug, Epidiolex, which is used to treat epilepsy.

So, who knows?

Perhaps we’ll be seeing CBD in more places than just cannabis-decorated vans in the future.

It’s Darkest before Dawn | Cannabis News Network

Medicinal cannabis is becoming more accepted around the world and various countries are moving towards a health approach instead of a criminal approach. Good news for patients, you would say. But as we’re approaching the point of (semi) legalization of (medicinal) cannabis, the fight isn’t over yet as shown in our latest report It’s Darkest Before Dawn.


The name, use and benefits of CBD is making headlines and for good reason: CBD oil is scientifically proven to be beneficial for mankind.

Even in countries where the use of cannabis is strictly forbidden, CBD oil can be obtained legally. Sadly enough, that’s not the case everywhere. One of those countries is Ireland, where Vera Twomey (featured in our report on medicinal cannabis in the European Union) has been fighting for CBD oil access for her daughter with Dravet Syndrome.

Licensed Producers

Meanwhile, countries like Canada, Colombia and Germany are moving towards controlled medicinal cannabis programs, handing out licenses to big companies like Tilray in Canada. Or Pharmacielo in Colombia, whose board of directors include former executives from Philip Morris and Bayer. In Germany, their medicinal cannabis program is now up and running. But prices have already doubled since. Because of that, well-known MD Franjo Grotenhermen went on a hunger strike to confront the government with a broken promise. They promised to keep the price of medicinal cannabis affordable.


But as countries move forward on a national level, raids continue on patients and renowned activists like Jodie and Marc Emery, who are being harassed by law enforcement, seeing their dispensaries closed and having to distance themselves from the Cannabis Culture brand.

In Belgium, hundreds of patients relied on the first Cannabis Social Club of the country Trekt Uw Plant. But after winning in court twice before, they’ve had to endure being tailed, their homes bugged, phones tapped and being GPS-traced for more than one year. This lead to a raid with excessive force by the Belgium Police, raiding 18 homes and making 3 arrests. Two members were finally released after 2 weeks imprisonment. The third was recently released during production of this video. A petition is now making rounds on the internet, demanding a public debate about drug policy in Belgium.

In The Netherlands, famous for it’s liberal drug laws, a successful business man and philanthropist without criminal record, is prosecuted for having 5 cannabis plants in his garden. No longer being able to run his business, Hans Kamperman is losing millions, his faith in society and thus destroying his life.

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CBD: Medicine or Food?

In this fourth installment of our Irish mini-series, we talk to Joel Stanley, one of the founders of Charlotte’s Web, who attended the Global Medical Cannabis Summit in Dublin last month. At the Dublin Hemp Museum, he shares his story with us.

For those who don’t know Joel Stanley, he’s one part of the Stanley brothers, who gained attention by developing Charlotte’s Web: a high CBD strain with very low THC, named after Charlotte Figi. Charlotte suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy.

Featured in a number of documentaries, including CNN’s ‘Weed: Dr Sanjay Gupta Reports’, they quickly became famous and their strain has since been in high demand.

Only very recently, news broke in the UK Cannabidiol (or CBD), will be scheduled as a medicine. Good news considering cannabis is illegal in the UK, classified for no medical benefits. Is this the first step towards reclassification and regulation of medicinal cannabis?

The removal of CBD retailers from the market will result in patients and consumers being forced to buy CBD from other sources, illegally or via prescription by corporations such as GW Pharmaceuticals.

We find out in this report, talking to Stanley and taking also a closer look at GW Pharmaceuticals and their monopoly on medicinal cannabis in the UK.

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Weed-growing nuns smoke & sell marijuana to ‘heal the world’

Despite coming under threat from Californian authorities, two weed-growing nuns known as the ‘Sisters of the Valley’, continued to cultivate marijuana, which they use to make medicinal salves, tinctures and oils, at their abbey in Merced, Sunday.

Sister Kate and Sister Darcy, who began their business last year, have developed their own formula of topical cream containing drops containing Cannabidiol (CBD), which is a non-psychoactive ingredient unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).




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The CannaTest, first ever streettest of cannabis.

Cannabis News Network presents The CannaTest.

On the 9th of March 2015 we published the video ‘Street dealers show failure of Dutch drugs policy’. Today we release the first test of all the cannabis we purchased on the streets in order to get a better idea of its quality.

Lots is being said about the quality of cannabis around the globe. THC-levels, lack of CBD especially for medicinal use, the presence of pesticides and other contaminants, some used to increase weight.

Cannabis News Network is introducing the CannaTest, a test which shows which compounds are present in the plant. Reporters from all over the EU will gather weed from street dealers which will be tested in one testing facility.

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