Cannabis is emerging from the shadows of prohibition. Every week, there are advancements in many fields related to cannabis. Cannabis Reports will be re-capping the weekly events of the cannabis community and industry, so that you can stay up-to-date on the latest developments.

Study Shows Cannabis Reduces Alzheimer’s Symptoms

In a recent study published by The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Israeli researchers found evidence that THC is a potential treatment for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The trial examined eleven patients over a four week period, ten of whom finished with major decreases in delusions, agitation, irritability, apathy, and sleep distress.

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Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board Sends Shutdown Notices to Dispensaries

Seattle dispensary owners are once again facing closures. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) delivered letters last week giving two weeks notice that 5 of the 47 recreational cannabis retailers will not be receiving a license for operation.

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Washington is very concerned with eliminating the  gray areas of the industry, and has imposed limits to the number of retailers that can receive licenses.

All of the 47 retailers with licenses or awaiting licensing approval received the notice from the state, and even Seattle’s mayor Ed Murray sees harm in forcibly closing dispensaries who have already withstood several rounds of closures.

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The fact that many of these retail organizations have been operating in compliance for years does not guarantee whether they may remain in business.

Media Incorrectly Associates Cannabis with Drug Trial in France

Last week, the general media had a field day. Cannabis had finally been the direct cause of brain death. Every major new outlet jumped on this news, each article adding more fuel to the flames.

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In their haste, each one of these organizations rushed to publish gripping headlines without any due diligence that responsible journalism requires. Worldwide media organizations later blamed the French media agency i-Télé for the erroneous story, but only after they had retract their own articles.

The confusion all originated because the pain-killing drug being tested was an FAAH inhibitor, which acts on the body’s endogenous endocannabinoid system.

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The drug trial was in Phase I when the adverse effects became clear. The trail was immediately shut down, and the Portuguese drug company Bial were quickly suspended.

Major United Kingdom Study Shows Cannabis Does Not Necessarily Decrease IQ

A major study out of the United Kingdom has produced some very interesting findings that highlight society’s desire to blame negative health on a single cause.

The study in this case examined the IQ of 2,235 teenagers when they were 8 and again when they were 15. Roughly 24% of participants reported having tried cannabis, and just over 3% reported having used cannabis more than 50 times.

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Those teenagers who regularly used cannabis did have lower IQ scores and generally poorer educational performance. However, the researchers found no evidence that cannabis was responsible for this correlation.

“Our findings imply that previously reported associations between adolescent cannabis use and poorer intellectual and educational outcomes may be confounded to a significant degree by related factors.”

-Authors of the study: Are IQ and educational outcomes in teenagers related to their cannabis use? A prospective cohort study.

Cannabis Health Summit

On January 23rd and 24th, Green Flower will be hosting the first virtual Cannabis Health Summit. This online event is free and will be featuring over twenty medical cannabis experts and industry leaders.

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Cannabis Reports will be covering the event both days on our blog and throughout our social media platforms. You can engage with our team both days that weekend between 9am and 5pm on our Facebook pageTwitter, and Instagram.

Upcoming Cannabis Events

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Hempcon – (San Francisco, CA: Jan 22-24)

Hempcon is back in San Francisco for another round of fun and excitement. This event brings patients in contact with their favorite producers and retailers. Music, games, freebies, and discussions are just a few of the things to look forward to when attending Hempcon. This event will take place at the San Francisco Cow Palace.

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Shades of Green: The State of Cannabis in California for People of Color – (Oakland, CA: Jan 26)

Supernova is pleased to present a FREE seminar for the POC community focused on subjects relating to medical cannabis, legalization, and prison reform. The evening was created in response to the clear need for involvement of communities of color in the legislative efforts regarding cannabis and how to participate in the cannabis market being created in California.

The event will have two panels: one focused on the current state of affairs with an overview of the relevant legislation, regulations, and local politics, and the other will center on the future: the industry opportunities here in California, and how to get involved.

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High Times Cannabis Cup – (San Bernardino, CA: Jan 30-31 and Feb 5-7)

This two weekend event will be the largest High Times Cannabis Cup ever held, with thousands expected to attend. Due to ticketing issues from a previously cancelled cannabis cup, High Times is offering full transfers of previously purchased tickets for cancelled events.

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Indo Expo Trade Show & Conference – (Denver, CO: Jan 30-31)

The Indo Expo Trade Show and Conference looks to assist in building relationships between growers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and the public. This show will provide a safe business environment as well as a forum for constructing business relationships and exchanging ideas and information. In addition, the Indo Expo will support the growth of the industry both locally and nationally by bringing together industry professionals from around the country.

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Alaska Cannabis Institute Business Forum – (Anchorage, AL: Jan 30-31)

ACI weekend seminars feature two intensive days of learning and are offered only 2-3 times per calendar year. If you’re looking to be one of the first marijuana business license holders in Alaska… this is the course for you. Attendees will receive 12+ hours of live instruction from 10 different industry leaders coming from Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska.

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