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6 Ways To Consume Cannabis Without Smoking It

Ask anyone who’s thought about trying cannabis for the first time how they imagine themselves using it. They’ll all probably say something similar. Whether it’s a bong, a blunt, a joint, or a bowl, most newbies who think about using cannabis think about smoking it. But today, smoking represents just a fraction of the methods available for getting cannabis into your system. And compared to those other techniques, smoking is, unfortunately, one of the unhealthiest ways to do it. But besides the health concerns, there’s the stigma of the look. The perception of toking turns off some adults who are new to weed or want to do it on the sly. They just aren’t down with the idea of ripping a bong or passing a blunt. It doesn’t match their lifestyle or their self-image. Fortunately, the fast-expanding cannabis market offers many reliable alternatives. So keep your lungs healthy (or your image intact) with these 6 smoke-free ways to consume cannabis.

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Even moms are likely familiar with the phrase “special brownies.” And homemade or store-bought edible treats are among the most popular ways for getting high. Since the active components of cannabis easily dissolve into fatty acids, you can put THC or CBD in basically any food that calls for butter, milk, or oil.

You can put cannabis oil in or on just about anything you can eat. But why stop there? Chewing gum, lemonade, coffee and tea: you can spice all of these up with a kick of the special herb. Dispensaries and retail shops are making a killing selling all kinds of edible goodness. In fact, the options might be too varied for a newbie!

Read more HERE.

Cannabis farmers seek legal way to grow

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San Diego County has farmers who have worked in the region’s rural residential and commercial agricultural zones for generations. Many of these residents would like to continue this tradition — not by growing avocados or tomatoes — but by lawfully growing cannabis and hemp on their existing properties.

This may prove difficult given that upcoming actions by the county Board of Supervisors may ban local cultivation altogether or relegate it solely to medical dispensaries. Either of these actions would leave independent farm-to-market businesses literally out in the weeds.

Recently, California enacted two laws that chart a legal path forward for outdoor commercial cannabis farming — with the state slated to begin issuing licenses in January 2018.

Under these laws — the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, enacted in 2015 and the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, approved by voters in November — farms that receive zoning approval from local jurisdictions can then apply for a state license.

Those without local permits will have to leave their land untilled.

The problem is that navigating this politically charged process is far from clear — and, as of today, no local communities have allowed outdoor cannabis farms to take root.

Click HERE to read more.

Cannabis farmers seek legal way to grow

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San Diego County has farmers who have worked in the region’s rural residential and commercial agricultural zones for generations. Many of these residents would like to continue this tradition — not by growing avocados or tomatoes — but by lawfully growing cannabis and hemp on their existing properties.

This may prove difficult given that upcoming actions by the county Board of Supervisors may ban local cultivation altogether or relegate it solely to medical dispensaries. Either of these actions would leave independent farm-to-market businesses literally out in the weeds.

Recently, California enacted two laws that chart a legal path forward for outdoor commercial cannabis farming — with the state slated to begin issuing licenses in January 2018.

Under these laws — the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, enacted in 2015 and the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, approved by voters in November — farms that receive zoning approval from local jurisdictions can then apply for a state license.

Those without local permits will have to leave their land untilled.

The problem is that navigating this politically charged process is far from clear — and, as of today, no local communities have allowed outdoor cannabis farms to take root.

Click HERE to read more.

There are some important differences between hemp CBD and cannabis CBD.

Hemp plants have significantly fewer cannabinoids than cannabis. That means that to get enough CBD, producers have to process many more hemp plants than they do when they get CBD from a cannabis plant. Some experts have said that hemp CBD could, therefore, introduce contaminants and impurities into the final product.

Others have argued that CBD is most effective when it interacts with other cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis plants. And since hemp plants are so low in these other, complementary chemicals, hemp CBD might not be quite as potent.

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But on the plus side, hemp-derived CBD has historically been easier to get onto the legal market. That’s because although cannabis is illegal at the federal level, many farmers can legally grow hemp as an industrial crop. This means that it’s usually easier to produce CBD products from hemp than it is from cannabis plants.

But the laws that govern CBD in the U.S. could be getting a little bit trickier. Last month, the DEA made some slight changes to its rules about cannabis and CBD.

Know more about it HERE.

There are some important differences between hemp CBD and cannabis CBD.

Hemp plants have significantly fewer cannabinoids than cannabis. That means that to get enough CBD, producers have to process many more hemp plants than they do when they get CBD from a cannabis plant. Some experts have said that hemp CBD could, therefore, introduce contaminants and impurities into the final product.

Others have argued that CBD is most effective when it interacts with other cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis plants. And since hemp plants are so low in these other, complementary chemicals, hemp CBD might not be quite as potent.

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But on the plus side, hemp-derived CBD has historically been easier to get onto the legal market. That’s because although cannabis is illegal at the federal level, many farmers can legally grow hemp as an industrial crop. This means that it’s usually easier to produce CBD products from hemp than it is from cannabis plants.

But the laws that govern CBD in the U.S. could be getting a little bit trickier. Last month, the DEA made some slight changes to its rules about cannabis and CBD.

Know more about it HERE.

Two Rivers Water & Farming Company (TURV)

Two Rivers Water & Farming Company (TURV)

rki1q0xapvw_two_riversTwo Rivers Water & Farming Company is a developer of water rights and farmlands in Colorado. It has also started its operations in the marijuana industry, offering infrastructure for growing the cannabis plant.

The company owns water rights in the Arkansas River Basin in the Colorado area. These water rights allow Two Rivers to conduct certain management activities with the water, such as diverting its stream flow, pumping out ground water, and running storage reservoirs. On a long-term historic average, Two Rivers is estimated to divert some 15,000 acre-feet of water annually.

In terms of farming, Two Rivers operates by upgrading irrigated lands, transforming them from being low-value crop areas into farmlands for high-value vegetables and fruits. The company has 7,465 gross acres of farmland located in southeastern Colorado, where it grows crops like cabbage, corn, pumpkin, and oats. It then sells the produce through Dionisio Farms & Produce, its wholly owned subsidiary.

Another subsidiary of Two Rivers is GrowCo, Inc, and this caters to the marijuana industry. It offers leases for cannabis growing and processing facilities, and also provides growers with education on maximizing a modern greenhouse environment. The company projects that in the next four years, it may lease up to 12 such facilities in Colorado.

Two Rivers Water and Farming began in 2002. It was formerly Navidec Financial Services, Inc and then Two Rivers Water Company. It became Two Rivers Water and Farming Company in 2013.

The company is traded as TURV in the OTC markets and has a market cap of USD 18.9 M.

Key executives at Two Rivers are Chairman and CEO John R. McKowen, VP of Operations Kirsty Cameron, CFO Wayne E. Harding III, and COO of Farming Russ Dionisio.

Two Rivers Water & Farming Company

2000 S. Colorado Blvd,
Suite 3100
Denver, CO 80222

Phone: (303) 222-1000
Email: info@2riverswater.com
Website: http://www.2riverswater.com/

Tweed Marijuana, Inc. (TWD/TWMJF)

Tweed Marijuana, Inc. (TWD/TWMJF)

logo1Tweed Marijuana, Inc is one of Canada’s leading providers of medical cannabis. The company is considered the first among the 13 licensed marijuana producers in the country to be publicly traded. Tweed operates through its wholly owned subsidiaries, namely Tweed, Inc and Prime1 Construction Services Corp/Park Lane Farms.

The subsidiary Tweed, Inc operates the company’s foremost cultivation facility, which is located in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Formerly a Hershey chocolate factory, the facility covers some 470,000 square feet, of which 168,000 is for growing the marijuana plant. With this facility, Tweed produces 25 strains of medicinal cannabis, which are made to treat conditions such as chronic pain, muscle spasms, nausea, and loss of appetite.

On the other hand, Prime1 Construction Services Corp is the Tweed subsidiary that operates as Park Lane Farms or Tweed Farms. It operates a 350,000-square-foot facility in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. It has been noted in the industry that Prime1 Construction was a potential rival of Tweed before the latter acquired it in June 2014.

In addition to its current facilities, Tweed Marijuana may be opening more medical cannabis sites where marijuana regulations are loosening, according to Interim CEO Bruce Linton. Some of the possible places are Romania and Czech Republic.

Tweed Marijuana was founded in 2009 and incorporated in 2010. It then obtained in January 2014 its Canadian license as marijuana producer. The following April, the company launched its IPO, and in May, it delivered its first shipment of medical cannabis to registered customers.

Currently, Tweed is listed as TWD in the TSX Venture Exchange and as TWMJF in the US OTC markets. It has a market cap of CAD 76.69 M.

Tweed Marijuana is led by Interim CEO Linton, who is also the company’s Co-founder and Chairman. Other executives in the company are Executive VP and General Counsel Mark Zekulin, CFO Donald G. Gibbs, and Director of Operations Brian Greenleaf.

Tweed Marijuana, Inc.

1 Hershey Drive
Smiths Falls, Ontario
K7A 0A8

Phone: (855) 558-9333
Email: hi@tweed.com
Website: http://www.tweed.com/

AVT, Inc. (AVTC)

AVT, Inc (AVTC)

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While many companies now riding the Green Rush are relatively new, AVT, Inc has the advantage of coming in with a product line that’s considered ready-made for the market. Since its founding in 2001, the company has been producing and developing vending solutions, from conventional vending machines to customized kiosks. In the cannabis industry, the company’s products are being used for storage, dispensing, and selling.

AVT began as a distributor of vending machines, spending years mastering the niche before becoming a manufacturer itself. In 2008, it started to revolutionize its manufacturing by developing patent technologies to produce more innovative machines.

Currently, the company’s roster of technologies includes audio sensing control, wireless control, real-time backend management, and built-in advertising systems. For the legal marijuana industry, the company also provides “biometrically secure marijuana storage and dispensing systems (sometimes referred to as ‘marijuana vending machines’)” and “sleek automated units that sell a variety of e-cigarette vapor pens”, according to AVT CEO James Winsor.

One of AVT’s better-known endeavors is its partnership with Medbox, Inc, a leading medical dispensing company. AVT helped modify Medbox’s products to make them better suited for use in marijuana facilities, and Medbox has praised AVT for the work it has done.

Outside the cannabis industry, AVT kiosks and machines – such as the Burritobox and Marley Coffee Kiosk – have also gained positive attention.

AVT, Inc is a public company that trades as AVTC in the OTC market and is valued at USD 23.64 million. It is based in Corona, CA. Alongside Winsor, the key executives in the company are Shannon W. Illingworth, Founder and Chairman of Board; Natalie Russell, Chief Financial Officer; Amir Dekel, President; and Ben Wheeler, Director of Sales and Marketing.

AVT, Inc.

341 Bonnie Circle #102
Corona, CA 92880

Phone: (877) 424-3663
Fax: (951) 737-7646
Website: http://www.autoretail.com/ or http://www.avtinconline.com/



Nuvilex, Inc. (NVLX)

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Nuvilex, Inc is one of the biotech companies that have recently forayed into the medical marijuana space. With its trademarked Cell-in-a-Box technology, the company aims to use cannabinoids, a chemical constituent of marijuana, to develop a “green” approach to treating certain deadly diseases.

Cell-in-a-Box is a type of live-cell encapsulation technology. Live-cell encapsulation is a process wherein living cells are wrapped together in a “capsule” and then implanted into a patient’s body to either activate disease-fighting drugs or fight the disease themselves. Nuvilex’s capsules are touted as different from those of others because the company uses cellulose to enclose cells. This makes the capsules more efficient to be stored, implanted, and used in the human body.

Nuvilex is clinically developing live-cell encapsulation for pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, and diabetes. For the cancers, the technology is made to activate the common cancer-fighting drugs ifosfamide and cyclophosphamide in patients’ bodies. For diabetes, the cells being encapsulated are pancreatic islet cells, which can reduce insulin dependence.

More recently, the biotech outfit has started testing cannabinoids in place of conventional drugs for cell-activated cancer treatment.

Aside from its medical research and development, the company also sells its names, nutraceutical formulations, and information technology to other companies.

Nuvilex has been in healthcare since its founding in 1996. It was formerly known as eFoodSafety.com until it changed to its current name in 2009. In 2013, it created the subsidiary Medical Marijuana Sciences, Inc to focus on its development of cannabis treatments.

The company now trades as NVLX in OTC markets, and is valued at USD 171 M. Its key executives are Patricia Gruden, Chairman and CFO; Kenneth L. Waggoner, CEO and President; Dr. Gerald W. Crabtree, COO and Director; Dr. Robert F. Ryan, Chief Scientific Officer; and Timothy Matula, President of Medical Marijuana Sciences, Inc.

Nuvilex, Inc.

12510 Prosperity Drive
Suite 310
Silver Spring, Maryland 20904-1643

Phone: (917) 595-2850 and (877) 958-7616
Fax: (917) 595-2851
Email: info@nuvilex.com
Website: http://www.nuvilex.com/

CannaVest, Corp. (CANV)

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One of the rising stars of the marijuana/hemp industry, CannaVest, Corp develops and sells end-consumer products based on industrial hemp. Though industrial hemp is often known as a material for manufacturing, CannaVest focuses on the plant’s substance called cannabidiol (CBD), using it for food and wellness products.

Among CannaVest’s main ventures is CannaVest Laboratories, a leading biotechnology company that develops hemp-based pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products. The labs also provide other services like seed-to-sale inventory systems and IP and technology development.

CannaVest has also trademarked US Hemp Oil, a nutritional brand that procures, processes, markets, and distributes wholesale hemp seed and hemp wellness products.

In addition, CannaVest acquired PhytoSphere Systems, LLC and KannaLife Sciences, Inc, both phytomedical companies delving in research and development.

Over the years, CannaVest has produced and marketed various end-consumer hemp products. It previously presented products under the trademark Real Scientific Hemp Oil. Its current roster includes a non-psychoactive wellness oil line called PlusCBD, a nutritional and supplement line (focusing on protein) called HempFit, a skincare/personal care line called Cibaderm, and a CBD health line called Cibdex.

CannaVest’s primary target customers are end-consumers, which it reaches through internet sales, health and wellness stores, affiliates, and distributors. However, it also looks to market to manufacturers and retail stores.

Founded and incorporated in 2010, the company formerly operated as Foreclosure Solutions, Inc until January 2013, when it changed its name to CannaVest, Corp. It currently trades in the OTC market as CANV, in the Healthcare sector and under the Generic Drugs industry. Its market cap is at USD 111.27 M.

CannaVest, Corp is based in Las Vegas, Nevada and is led by Michael J. Mona, Jr, CEO and President; Michael Mona III, Vice President of Operations; Joseph Dowling, Chief Financial Officer; and Allen E. Shubat, Treasurer and Secretary. Its board members include Bart MacKay and Theodore R. Sobieski.

CannaVest, Corp.

2688 South Rainbow Avenue, Suite B
Las Vegas, NV 89146

Phone: (866) 290-2157
Website: http://cannavest.com/