Author: Michelle Janikian

Cannabis Taxes are Sending Bright Young Coloradans to College

Colorado has been at the forefront of legal cannabis since it legalized adult use in 2012. Now, the state continues to lead to the way by using its cannabis tax revenue to fund higher education for its students. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Pueblo County, CO, is breaking the mold with its initiative to provide higher education scholarships using tax income from the region’s cannabis growers. Starting in 2016, the predominantly agricultural county successfully trialled a scheme to provide scholarships to over 300 students. On the back of this success, the program was expanded the following...

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How Cannabis Concentrates Can Help Those with Epilepsy

Cannabis has been used to treat epilepsy for millennia. While 20th century prohibition stopped its use and hampered research, a recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine has finally proved what has been known anecdotally to medicine since at least the 1800s, that cannabis is effective in treating epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by repeated seizures. These episodes can be brief and infrequent, or in chronic and extreme cases, can last for hours and occur multiple times a day. Cannabis, in particular the cannabinoid CBD, is effective in alleviating both the severity and frequency of...

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Cannabis in Colombia: Q&A with the Owner of Tienda Blonsh

  Felix Llanos (second from left) is the owner of Tienda Blonsh, a grow shop and head shop in Cali, Colombia. He’s been serving the cannabis community in Colombia for years with all things weed-related, from dab rigs and cultivation equipment to Rosin Tech Products like the Twist™, Smash™,  Go™. Mr. Llanos is passionate about our favorite plant, especially introducing new cannabis products to Colombia and helping to change the stigma in his country. We interviewed him for the inside scoop on cannabis and dabs in Colombia. How long have you owned Tienda Blonsh? Feilx: I’ve been the owner of...

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4/20 Then and Now: Origins and 2018 Events

  April 20th, or 4/20, is right around the corner. But where does 420 come from? Many believe it was the police code for smoking marijuana in public, but that’s actually not true. The Huffington Post did an investigative piece on the origins on 420 back in 2010 that is supported by many, including the folks at Oaksterdam University. As this legend has it, 420 originated at San Rafael High School in 1971. Five friends who called themselves the “Waldos” heard a rumor that there were some unattended cannabis plants ready for harvest near the Point Reyes Peninsula Coast...

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Latin America: Leading the Way on Cannabis Reform

  You might be surprised to learn that Latin America has been passing some progressive cannabis reform recently. Many countries have decriminalized personal use possession of weed and other drugs as a way to treat drug use as a public health issue rather than a criminal one. That’s more progressive than the stance the U.S. federally has on cannabis. The U.S. and many Latin American countries, particularly Mexico and Colombia, have a long history of drug trafficking, cartel violence, and a military and paramilitary fueled War on Drugs. But, in recent years, many Latin American nations have realized these...

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