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Inside Cannabis (Oct 10th, 2017)

A recent study has found that regular cannabis use may make a person less prone to anxiety over time, even when sober. The study, published in the medical journal Psychopharmacology, found that people who use cannabis daily or almost daily had a blunted stress reaction when exposed to a high-stress situation after a period of abstinence from marijuana. While non-cannabis users reported feeling anxious and experienced elevated levels of the hormone cortisol when stressed, chronic cannabis users reported lower levels of anxiety, and their cortisol levels remained the same under high stress as they were under no stress. – LEAFLY

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Unlike many wellness communities, cannabis is 'not just for white women.' At a recent Ganja Goddess Getaway, a cannabis-centric wellness retreat in Southern California, writer Rina Raphael found that nearly 40 percent of the women were minorities, including Latino, African-American and LGBTQ. “Cannabis draws such a diverse crowd,” explains Ganja Goddess Getaway cofounder and CEO Deidra Bagdasarian. “We take an interest in minority groups because as women we know what it's like to be disenfranchised.” – FAST COMPANY

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The Supreme Court has ruled random urinalysis tests unconstitutional. Because there is no breathalyzer equivalent for cannabis, intoxication levels can only be determined by testing a drivers urine. But after three people were arrested in 2015 in Spokane County for driving under the influence and ordered to participate in random urinalysis testing as a condition of their release, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional. – AP

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The wildfires raging through Northern California are endangering cannabis crops. The deadly fires have destroyed some 1,500 structures, including homes and businesses, and prompted California governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency. Many vineyards and wineries were lost, and it is estimated that cannabis crops in the famed Emerald Triangle likely burned as well. “We’re expecting some pretty significant property damage,” said California Grower's Association executive director Hezekiah Allen. “As damage numbers emerge, it’s going to be pretty stunning on all fronts, and certainly our membership has been directly impacted.” – QUARTZ

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Lucky's Market is now selling nearly a dozen brands of hemp-derived extracts rich in CBD. The move is risky in the retail market where the legality of such extracts has been called into question by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Last month, Target quietly began selling CBD products but pulled them when the news spread. Lucky's is not so skittish. “We’re not afraid to be disruptive and pave the path and be pioneers,” said Sindy Wise, Lucky’s director of apothecary. – THE CANNABIST

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U.K. lawmakers joined a 'cannabis tea party' protesting legislation that criminalizes the use of the drug for medical purposes. The tea party was held to draw attention to a motion being submitted by the Labour Party that would allow the production, supply, possession and use of cannabis and resin for medicinal purposes. Three Members of Parliament and dozens of protestors sat down at a table laid out with cannabis-infused cakes and scones, as hemp plants swayed against a Westminster backdrop. – REUTERS

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Several African governments are considering tapping into the economic benefits of cannabis. More than 10,000 tons of cannabis are produced on the continent each year, according to a UN survey, which advocates believe could be worth billions of dollars in a rapidly expanding global market for legal weed. And after Lesotho's recent decision to issue the continent's first legal license to grow marijuana, other countries from Morocco to South Africa are considering legislation of their own. – CNN

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The Dutch government will experiment with sanctioning a small number of official cannabis cultivators. The move aims to get a handle on the huge illegal cannabis industry currently supplying the world-famous Dutch cafes, which are allowed to sell small amounts of pot. Experiments will be carried out in between six and 10 municipalities "to see if and how quality-controlled weed can be delivered to coffee shops." The experiments will then be evaluated before the government decides whether to take further steps. – NYT

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The cannabis reference site Herban Planet has sent pot into space. The organization teamed up with Sent Into Space, a company that specializes in sending stuff into space, to send a pound of the strain Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies into the unknown as a publicity stunt. “We’re just coming to market, so everybody got together and said, ‘What can we do to make a big splash?’" said Tagan Dering, the company's Chief Product Officer. “And somebody had the idea: What if we send marijuana into space?” – LEAFLY

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