Know Your Cannabis: What Is Live Resin?

Live resin is a type of butane hash oil that is extracted from fresh cannabis plants frozen immediately after harvest. Cannabis plants that are still fresh contain a different collection of terpenes than traditionally dried cannabis. This freezing of fresh plant matter results in more water content than is typical of concentrates made from dried […]

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BIG3 Basketball First Professional Sports League to Allow CBD Use

Last week, the 3-on-3 basketball league BIG3 announced it would be the first U.S. professional sports league to allow athletes the use of CBD for pain management, USA Today reports. BIG3’s athletes are typically former NBA players. Earlier this year, CBD was removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) list of prohibited substances. CBD remains banned, however, […]

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FDA Approves CBD-Based Epidiolex

The Food and Drug Administration approved GW Pharmaceuticals’ cannabidiol-based medication Epidiolex on Monday, according to the Washington Post. It is the first cannabis-based medication to be federally allowed in the United States. Epidiolex is an oral solution that utilizes CBD and was designed to treat two severe but rare forms of epilepsy. The drug was approved for […]

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French CBD Coffee Shops Subject of Official Investigation

The Paris prosecutor’s office has tasked French narcotics investigators with checking out coffee shops selling low-THC, high-CBD cannabis products, according to The Local. The coffee shops selling the CBD-rich cannabis opened last week, taking advantage of a gray area that does not define restrictions on CBD. The primary target of the investigation is the shop […]

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2018 Farm Bill May Fully Legalize Industrial Hemp

The Senate Agricultural Committee unveiled its version of the 2018 Farm Bill last Friday, which includes a push to fully legalize industrial hemp, according to a Harvest Public Media report. The Senate’s Farm Bill has so far this year been a bipartisan project spearheaded by committee chairman Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and ranking minority member Sen. […]

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Coffee Shops Selling CBD-Rich, Low-THC Cannabis Now Open in Paris, France

The first two coffee shops serving high-CBD cannabis products in Paris, France opened last week, according to a Telegraph report. The openings follow a softening of French drug laws to allow the sale of cannabis containing less than 0.2% THC, and Parisians lined up outside the businesses to make their purchases. Controversially (considering scientific support for the […]

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Non-Cannabis Sourced CBD Cafe Opens in Portland, Oregon

A cafe serving drinks and chocolate infused with CBD not extracted from cannabis plants has opened in Portland, Oregon, according to local news outlet KATU. The cafe is owned and operated by Grön Chocolate, an existing licensed edibles manufacturer in Oregon. The cafe sources CBD from evergreen tree bark from southeast Asia — not from cannabis or […]

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Federal Alcohol Regulators: No CBD in Beer

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has made it official: the agency will not approve any alcohol formulations containing CBD or THC. The announcement coincides with a report last week that the agency ordered a California brewery to cease production of its CBD infused brews. But isn’t CBD legal in all 50 states? No, […]

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7-Eleven Denies They Have Any Partnership with CBD Company

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven has rebuked the news that they will sell CBD products by the end of the year, calling Tuesday’s announcement false, Huffington Post reports. Denver, Colorado-based CBD company Phoenix Tears made the announcement in a press release earlier this week – and while it notes that the company’s agreement was made with […]

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Feds Tell California Brewer to Cease CBD Beer Production

The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau have ordered a California brewery to cease production of their CBD-infused beer because hemp is a non-standard beer ingredient, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Black Hammer Brewing unveiled Toke Back Mountain on Apr. 20 and released eight more CBD-infused beers, which owner Jim Furman said became […]

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North Carolina Tire Retailer Transitions Into CBD Sales; Offering Product Trial Bundles

Pure Relief is a North Carolina-based CBD dispensary founded by entrepreneur and former tire retailer Mike Melton. The company, having transitioned from Melton’s former tire business into a holistic CBD center, may have a curious history but it has made big waves both online and in its local community via CBD product trial bundles. The […]

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7-Eleven Stores to Carry CBD Products by Year’s End

Editor’s update: Since this news broke, 7-Eleven has denied having a partnership with CBD company Phoenix Tears and claims that the press release cited in the below article is false. 7-Eleven stores across the country will begin carrying CBD products by the end of 2018, CBD company Phoenix Tears announced today in a press release. […]

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Texas Health Officials Backing Off Retail CBD Confiscations, For Now

The Texas Department of State Health Services is backing off a plan – for now – to remove CBD products off retail store shelves, the Austin American-Statesman reports. The agency proposed an inspection protocol in April that would have subjected CBD products to confiscation during inspections. Health regulators are holding off on the action while […]

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Michigan to Regulate CBD as MMJ

Michigan regulators have announced that CBD products – even those derived exclusively from industrial hemp – are subject to regulation under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. “Cannabidiol (CBD) comes from the marihuana plant. Based on the statutory definitions related to “marihuana” found in the Michigan Public Health Code […]

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Likely Outcomes of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Siding with the DEA

The Federal Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in an unpublished Memorandum of Disposition this week that the Drug Enforcement Administration’s December 2016 Marijuana Extract rule change stands. The rule change added a new code number to the DEA rules for “Marihuana Extracts” to make it easier for the DEA to track and trace […]

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Court Rules in Favor of DEA in CBD Lawsuit

Ninth Circuit appeals court judges have ruled against the Hemp Industries Association in their bid to overturn a move by the Drug Enforcement Agency to classify CBD as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act. The new rule took effect Jan. 13, 2017. In the April 30 ruling, the panel of three judges […]

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University of California, San Diego Nets $4.7M Grant to Study MMJ for Autism

The University of California, San Diego has received a $4.7 million grant to study the efficacy of medical cannabis on autism spectrum disorders. The gift to the Center for Medical Cannabis Research to conduct the first-of-a-kind study is the largest private gift to date for medical cannabis research in the U.S. The award was given […]

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McConnell’s Bill Would Normalize the Hemp Industry

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the chamber floor and laid out his case for the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, calling hemp a cash crop for the nation’s struggling farmers, a modernization of federal law, a “new spark” for the U.S. economy. McConnell was also the driving force securing the […]

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Epidiolex Receives Initial Recommendation from FDA Committee

Epidiolex, a CBD-based pharmaceutical medication created by GW Pharmaceuticals in the United Kingdom, has received a unanimous recommendation from an FDA advisory committee. The committee’s recommendation sets Epidiolex up to potentially receive FDA approval for U.S. distribution by June, CNN reports. According to GW’s website, Epidiolex is a “proprietary oral solution of pure plant-derived cannabidiol.” It was developed […]

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Texas Health Department Considering Crackdown on CBD-infused Foods

The Texas Department of State Health Services has proposed an inspection protocol that would likely lead to a crackdown on CBD-infused foods in the state. Lara Anton, spokeswoman for the agency, told the Dallas Observer that any foods with “a statement on the label, in the ingredient statement, or any other material indicating that the […]

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Every Day Optimal Brings Legal CBD to Every State

The demand for CBD products is growing in popularity. Just a few short years ago almost no-one knew what CBD stood for. We are seeing a movement in today’s society where CBD is becoming a heavily discussed item. The reason for this is that CBD products help to promote the overall health and wellness of […]

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Iowa Awards First CBD-Only Dispensary Licenses

The Iowa Office of Medical Cannabidiol has awarded its first dispensary licenses to three companies to operate five locations throughout the state under the CBD-only law passed by the Legislature in 2017. Licenses have been offered to: HAH IA LLC, which will operate dispensaries in Council Bluffs and Davenport as Have a Heart Compassion Care […]

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Kansas House Rejects MMJ Bill; Advance CBD Measure

The Kansas House has rejected legislation to legalize broad medical cannabis use, instead opting to advance a measure to legalize CBD products and remove kratom from the state list of illegal drugs, according to a KCUR report. The broad medical cannabis measure failed 54-69 in the House. Kratom is a supplement made from a plant […]

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Massachusetts Alcohol Regulators Block CBD Beer Claiming FDA Rules Violation

The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission will not allow a local brewer to move forward with plans to roll out a CBD-infused beer, arguing that the cannabinoid is a Schedule I drug and the infusion would violate the Food & Drug Administration’s Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Boston Business Journal reports. “Even though retail […]

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