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Kroger’s Houston-area stores start selling CBD products

8/22/19--As part of a broader company rollout, supermarkets in The Kroger Co.’s Houston division have begun the sale of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) topical products. Kroger said yesterday that CBD lotions, balms, oils and creams are now on shelves at 88 stores in Houston and the surrounding area, as well as online via the Ship.Kroger.com direct-to-customer service and the retailer’s Vitacost.com e-commerce unit. Read

Research Brief: High fat foods can increase CBD absorption into the body

8/12/19--A University of Minnesota study examined whether eating high-fat foods after taking CBD increased the body’s absorption of CBD. The study tested whether fasting or a high fat meal has an effect when cannabidiol oral capsules were taken by patients. The study found CBD exposure is vastly increased when CBD is taken with high fatty foods; when compared to fasting, taking CBD with food increased the amount of CBD in the body by four-times and the maximum amount recorded in the participants’ blood by 14-times. Read

14% of Americans say they use CBD products

8/7/19--One in seven Americans say they personally use cannabidiol- (CBD-) based products, which have proliferated since last year's passage of a federal law legalizing this hemp form of cannabis. Younger Americans and those in the Western U.S. are most likely to report using these products, which are widely touted for their therapeutic benefits without any psychoactive effects because they contain a low level of THC. Read

Tom Hanks denies fake quote promoting CBD company

7/11/19--In a tweet posted on Wednesday morning, Hanks denied a quote attributed to him that described advances in the CBD industry as “remarkable” and stating that he was “feeling like a new me” after using a cannabidiol product from a company called Cali Naturals. For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, Hanks has been featured in several dubious articles in recent years casting him as a champion of the non-intoxicating cannabis compound. Read

Marijuana or hemp: FDA says beware of CBD for these reasons​

7/7/19--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants the American public to know that cannabidiol (CBD), the non-intoxicating component of the cannabis sativa plant, might not be as safe and effective in the grand scheme of their overall health and wellness as they are being told. The agency wants to clarify a couple of critical points surrounding CBD before more of the public jumps on the bandwagon. Read

Hepatotoxicity of a cannabidiol-rich cannabis extract in the mouse model

4/30/19--The goal of this study was to investigate Cannabidiol (CBD) hepatotoxicity in 8-week-old male B6C3F1 mice. CBD exhibited clear signs of hepatotoxicity, possibly of a cholestatic nature. The involvement of numerous pathways associated with lipid and xenobiotic metabolism raises serious concerns about potential drug interactions as well as the safety of CBD. Read

New medicinal marijuana bill gives many families hope

4/24/19--Governor Kemp has made it legal for up to six private entities to grow marijuana in the state of Georgia for medical purposes only. The bill also signs off on two research centers. Under this new law, medicinal marijuana cannot be advertised, smoked or vaped, and can only be recommended for sixteen different conditions. According to State Representative and doctor, Mark Newton, this law could make a difference for some Georgia families. Read

CBD oil is the new rage among millennials. But, as a doctor, here’s what I worry about

3/23/19--Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is the new rage among millennials and is gaining popularity with all generations, especially in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. According to practicing physician and Fox News medical contributor Nicole Saphier, MD, one of her biggest concerns regarding CBD and many other holistic remedies is that there are some disease processes that require science-driven treatment. Saphier urges everyone to follow their medical doctors’ recommendations regarding treatment of ailments. Read

Medical marijuana in Georgia: legal to have, but illegal to get

3/20/19--The Georgia House approved a bill earlier this month that would allow medical marijuana to be sold to registered patients. Yet, as for getting it from a legal source, patients are on their own. You can’t legally buy it, sell it or bring the drug into Georgia from another state. That could change in the coming weeks if legislators make medical marijuana available not only in theory, but practice too. Read

Texas-based marijuana companies facing flood of cannabis competitors playing under different rules

3/9/19--A flood of unregulated marijuana products is one of the challenges facing Texas’ three medical marijuana companies pioneering a new state industry and trying to turn a profit. The companies want the state to expand the program and crack down on unregulated marijuana products they see as threatening their businesses and the public. According to Heather Fazio, director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, if lawmakers don’t make changes they risk putting Texas’ fledgling medical marijuana industry out of business. Read

Catoosa Sheriff: Go to Colorado and enjoy marijuana

3/9/19--During a press conference, several Northwest Georgia sheriffs agreed that the Georgia House is “rushing” to pass House Bill 324, allowing for manufacturing of cannabis for production of low-level THC oil. Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk supports their position on being strictly against the bill’s approval. Some of the sheriffs’ concerns stemmed from the opinion that the passing of this bill would be a gateway for legalizing recreational marijuana. Read

Georgia House committee passes medical marijuana bill

3/1/19--A bill proposed by Republican Rep. Micah Gravley of Douglasville moved through a House committee that would that would allow the production and sale of low-potency medical marijuana oil within Georgia. To survive, the bill must pass the full House by Thursday, the deadline for bills to pass out of one legislative chamber. Bills that don't make it past this point are generally considered dead. Yet, the measure's main supporter remains optimistic. Read

KCCI reporter’s mom makes progress with medical marijuana

2/14/19--A car accident gave Terri Clark a lower backache years ago, and she’s been on oxycodone ever since. According to Clark, her doctor noticed how she was scared of being addicted to it, so when it was legalized, her doctor suggested she try legal marijuana, and so far, it has changed her world. At first, she said she didn’t like the feeling that medical marijuana gave her, but that has since gone away. Read

Police give warning on ‘marijuana-like’ CBD flowers

2/15/19--Police are asking retailers to pull products called CBD flowers, focusing on two in particular that are distributed by Indy Hemp Company and Aspen Valley. Both gave positive results in a THC field test. Representatives from both Aspen Valley and the Indy Hemp company told Eyewitness news that, despite the look and smell of their products, everything they sell is in accordance with Indiana’s CBD law. Read

Top states for CBD retail shops?

1/11/19--As legal marijuana is slowly but surely finding its way into the mainstream, the modern pot shop has begun to provide a full-blown brand experience. And while the adoption of pro-marijuana legislation is still in its infancy in the U.S., cannabidiol (or CBD) is essentially available in all 50 states. Remedy Review combed Yelp Reviews to identify 1,000 most populous cities in America with the best-rated shops, the cheapest products, and the markets on the horizon. Read

How recommendation for cannabis oil production could benefit local families

1/4/19--Access to marijuana for medical use in Georgia has remained elusive for families in need. In fact, some patients and their families say they felt forced to break federal and state laws by acquiring the drug in places like California and Colorado, and transporting it back home. The legislative Joint Study Commission on Low THC Medical Oil Access have convened a number of meetings in 2018 to explore how to open access in Georgia to the drug for thousands of registered patients. Read

Hemp seed oil is not CBD oil but tricky marketing fuels consumer confusion

12/12/18--There is a lot of confusion for consumers when shopping for pure CBD oil products. Retail powerhouses, in particular, sell a variety of hemp seed oils, but hemp seeds contain little or no CBD although the marketing for many hemp seed oils often implies otherwise. Therefore, consumers should take the time to do some research since there are only tiny amounts of CBD, if any, present. Hemp seed oil is frequently used for cooking, skin-care products and bio-fuels much like corn oil or other vegetable oils. Read

Iowa’s first medical marijuana dispensary will begin selling products Dec. 1

11/7/18--Iowa’s first medical cannabis manufacturer and dispenser, MedPharm Iowa, is slated to begin selling products on December 1. Upon opening, MedPharm Iowa will offer a total of 14 different products from two dispensaries in the state, one in Sioux City and one in Windsor Heights. Read

Why Is CBD everywhere?

10/27/18--Cannabidiol is being touted as a magical elixir, but according to a New York Times article by writer Alex Williams, it’s hard to say the precise moment when CBD turned into a mainstream panacea. With its proponents claiming that CBD treats ailments as diverse as inflammation, pain, acne, anxiety, insomnia, depression, post-traumatic stress, and even cancer, it’s easy to wonder if this all natural, non-psychotropic and widely available cousin of marijuana represents a cure for the 21st century itself. Read

Concerns raised over lack of guidelines for medics regarding use of substances like cannabis oil

9/13/18--The lack of guidelines to assist medical and nursing staff with the safe use of potentially psychogenic substances, like cannabis oil, has been highlighted by the authors of the Irish Medical Journal (IMJ). Read

Marijuana comes to your coffee and candy—but is it legal?

9/12/18--Companies are selling a growing number of products that contain cannabidiol, or CBD, a chemical found in hemp. It’s being added to everything from gumdrops to beverages, as marketers claim benefits such as pain relief and stress reduction. Read

Underground network brings medical marijuana to Georgia residents, and it’s legal

9/9/18--Georgia is one of the few states that has not provided patients a legal way to access it. Shannon Cloud is part of a quiet network of volunteers meeting in parking lots and fast food restaurants throughout Georgia to legally pass out medical cannabis to those in need. So far, the group’s effort has helped more than 700 patients, but they’re having to start turning people away due to an increase in demand. Read

His seizures stopped when he smoked marijuana. Then he was taken into state custody

9/9/18--While smoking marijuana, David Ray Brill's parents say he went 71 days without a seizure, before one of his doctors alerted DFCS. They immediately made him stop. Shortly thereafter, David was back in the hospital, and his parents were arrested and charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct. In Georgia, patients with nearly a dozen different conditions can get a medical card to take an oil derived from cannabis, but evidently none of his doctors would approve it. Read

CBD company Charlotte’s Web debuts IPO

9/10/18--Colorado-based cannabidiol company, Charlotte’s Web completed its Initial Public Offering in Canada on August 30, 2018. The company’s shares trade on the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”) under the ticker symbol “CWEB” and debuted at C$7.00 (US $5.40) per share. Read

CBD oil helping fight the opioid crisis in Georgia, users say

9/3/18--According to a WSB-TV investigative report, the marijuana product CBD oil is helping Georgians get rid of prescription pain pills because the opioid epidemic is killing people. Currently, cannabis oil is legal for some patients in Georgia, but it is illegal to grow or bring it across state lines. Editors note: Please see Fact Check on this story (fifth story in the September 5, 2018 TMR e-newsletter) hereRead    

Charlotte’s Web and the $100 million IPO

8/31/18--Charlotte’s Web, the producers and distributors of the hemp-based wellness products, went public August 30 with a projected $100 million initial public offering in the Canadian exchange (CWEB). Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. is the producer of Charlotte’s Web, created by Stanley Brothers. While it is certainly not the only high-CBD breed of cannabis on the market, it is the one that’s best known and has garnered a sort of infamy. Read

Families turn to black market; organizations urge better access

8/30/18--Patients who are registered with the state are allowed to possess and use oils that contain ingredients derived from marijuana, including cannabidiol (CBD), THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and THC-acid. Yet, patients have been told by doctors that they can’t help them get the oil, and they want to know how they can get the oil. Rep. Alan Peake, who supports expanded access to marijuana for medical use in Georgia, says patients can go to a legal state, such as Colorado, and smuggle the oil back, but for many, that’s not practical. Other patients or their family members buy marijuana on the street and make the oil at home. Read

Without legal way to buy medical marijuana, Georgians turn to CBD

8/14/18--It’s against the law to buy medical marijuana in Georgia, but customers can buy cannabidiol droplets, capsules, or creams to treat minor aches and pains. Meanwhile, there’s no way for patients suffering from severe seizures, intractable pain or deadly cancer to legally purchase a more potent cannabis product, low THC oil, in the state even if they’re registered through Georgia’s medical marijuana program. Without access to medical marijuana, business is booming in Georgia for cannabidiol — also called CBD — to find relief for anxiety, arthritis and back pain. Read

Soured CBD deal highlights need for ‘persnickety’ due diligence

8/23/18--A tantalizing innovation in the CBD market has turned into a nasty contract dispute that spans the globe. Bomi Joseph, a California plant breeder, is suing CBD Naturals, a company that has been associated with Canadian CBD manufacturer Isodiol. Isodiol once held distribution rights to Joseph’s self-proclaimed innovation – a cannabidiol product derived from a hops variant. Read

Gwinnett father’s medical marijuana made baby sick

8/9/18--When a 6-month-old's test results indicated positive for marijuana, warrants were issued for the child's father, Thomas Looby, alleging the medical THC oil he used likely seeped into the baby’s skin. Looby turned himself in to authorities on charges of reckless conduct and possession of a schedule I controlled substance, Gwinnett County jail records indicate. Read

Wyoming threats force Kroger affiliate, another local grocer to pull CBD products

8/3/18--Boulder, Colorado-based Lucky’s Market, a company that partners with Cincinnati-based Kroger and Jackson Whole Grocer & Cafe, took the CBD off their shelves in Jackson Hole after they were threatened with criminal penalties if they continued selling them. The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation told the stores the products were illegal, and state regulators argued that some of the products tested positive for THC, marijuana’s intoxicating cannabinoid. Read

Week in Review: Arizona’s defiant marijuana firms, California deadline & big cannabis investment in Iowa

7/6/18--Marijuana Business Daily presents closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry over the past week, including but not limited to a Arizona cannabis companies defying a court decision banning the sale of extracts, California marijuana businesses deal with the state’s July 1 transition, and an emerging player in the MJ industry planning a large indoor grow in Iowa. Read

Charlotte’s Web’s secrets revealed as parent company plans to go public in Canada

6/29/18--Stanley Brothers Holdings plans to go public in Canada, the latest in a growing list of U.S. businesses looking north of the border to raise capital. The firm is the parent company of CW Hemp, the manufacturer of Charlotte’s Web CBD products, that was catapulted into the media spotlight in 2013 when it was featured in the CNN documentary “Weed.” According to the firm’s preliminary prospectus Stanley Brothers, the company has been steadily posting an annual profit since 2016. Read

Why the FDA is high on a marijuana drug

6/29/18--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a prescription drug for children with severe epilepsy on June 25, making it the first prescription medicine derived from cannabis permitted to be sold in the U.S. The decision is a boost for the U.K.’s biotech industry and bolsters the nation’s position, according to the United Nations, as the biggest producer of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes. Read

A tiny Texas town takes a chance on medical marijuana

1/10/18--Last September, a farm near Schulenburg, Texas, a quiet, conservative town of fewer than 3,000 people, became a medical-marijuana dispensary. Knox Medical, based in Florida, owns the farm and is one of the three newly licensed cannabis outfits in Texas to start selling cannabidiol, or CBD, a substance derived from low-THC marijuana. Read

World Health Organization clashes with DEA on marijuana compound CBD

12/15/17--The US Drug Enforcement Administration has long held that the non-psychoactive component of marijuana, cannabidiol, is a schedule I drug. That is, a drug that has no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. But, according to a preliminary report embraced by the World Health Organization, clinical and pre-clinical studies of CBD show no evidence of a potential for users to abuse the drug or suffer any harms. Read

CBD store to open soon in metro

11/26/17--CBD, a Cannabinoid, has grown in popularity throughout OKlahoma, and now OKC American Shaman, a store in metro, will sell it in the form of creams, oils, and sweet treats. OKC American Shaman CBD oils are supposed to help with conditions such as OCD, Lupus, PTSD and Arthritis. Read

Study: Nearly 70% of online CBD marijuana extracts tested were mislabeled

11/7/17--According to a study of 84 CBD products sold by 31 companies online, blind testing found that only about 31 percent of them contained the amount of CBD listed on the label (within +/- 10 percent). Some of the products contained other components of marijuana that were not listed on the label, including Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabibolic acid (THC), the psychoactive component of marijuana that does generate an intoxicating high. Read

FDA warns companies against claims that marijuana cures diseases

11/1/17--Four companies  — Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises, Green Roads of Florida, That’s Natural, and Natural Alchemist — each sell products that falsely claim to cure cancer, Alzheimer’s disease or other illnesses, according to the FDA. They have been warned by the agency to stop pitching their products as cures for cancer, a common but unproven claim in the industry. The companies sell CBD in a wide range products on their websites featuring endorsements from people who claim that they or their loved ones have been miraculously cured of terminal diseases and other illnesses. Read

Pot doesn’t cure cancer and stop saying it does, FDA says

11/2/17--Marijuana doesn’t cure cancer, and it doesn’t somehow explode tumor cells and it doesn’t promote the growth of new brain cells, the Food and Drug Administration stated. The FDA warned four companies to stop making these unproven claims and to stop selling cannabis-based hemp and marijuana products that claim to treat cancer or any other medical condition. Read

FDA sends warning letters to CBD companies, including Colorado’s CW Hemp

11/1/17--The Colorado company known for the “Charlotte’s Web” cannabidiol extract and three other businesses that make CBD products were put on notice by the FDA for illegally making unsubstantiated health claims. In a statement, FDA officials said they’ve becoming increasingly concerned about the “proliferation” of products that claim to treat or cure diseases such as cancer. Read

Why a young mom left Georgia to help her disabled son

10/24/17--Sarah Allen, a single mom, and her son, Aidan, who has multiple health conditions, qualifies under Colorado Medicaid for 24/7 nursing care in the home. Medical benefits under Colorado Medicaid prompted their move from Georgia to Colorado in a bid to gain more coverage for his care. Allen’s situation in Georgia was not much different from that of other families with medically fragile children. Read

Strongest evidence supports use to reduce seizures, side effects of chemotherapy

10/23/17--A systematic review of published studies on the use of medical cannabis in children and adolescents finds a notable lack of studies and a minimal number of the randomized, controlled trials needed to confirm the effectiveness of a treatment. In their paper published in the journal Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators Shane Shucheng Wong, MD, and Timothy Wilens, MD report that their review suggests only two pediatric uses of medical cannabis. One is to relieve chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and the other is to reduce seizures. Both are supported by existing studies. Read

Target pulls the hemp oil product that DEA opposes from online store

10/1/17--Target's online store stopped selling hemp oil containing cannabidiol, a cannabis extract, in the wake of concerns by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency about the products. CW Hemp, makers of Charlotte's Web high-cannabidiol (CBD), low-THC extract oil, announced Thursday morning that its products could be purchased through the retail giant's website. However, by Thursday afternoon, Target's web page that sold the products was updated to reflect the products' removal. Read

Hemp pills and oils make brief appearance at Target.com, get purged from the site

9/28/17--A Minnesota-based Target offered online customers a chance to buy Charlotte’s Web, non-psychoactive hemp-derivative pills and oils, on its website — for about a week. Although some medical marijuana advocates celebrated the appearance of Charlotte’s Web products on Target’s website, the product was quickly made unavailable. Read

Reynolds appoints members to new medical marijuana board

8/30/17--Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed eight people to a medical marijuana advisory board created under a new state law. The board was one of several provisions in a medical marijuana law that went into effect this summer. It expanded Iowa's existing cannabis oil program by allowing the sale and manufacturing of such oil within the state. Read

Fred Levin pledges to make Charlotte’s Web medical marijuana available in Pensacola

8/24/17--Prominent local attorney Fred Levin is pushing to make the medical marijuana strain Charlotte's Web available in Pensacola. A business with connections to Levin, Loop's Nursery & Greenhouses Inc. in Jacksonville, has been approved for a license to grow, process, and distribute medical marijuana. Although it is unknown if the nursery would open a local dispensary in the Florida Panhandle, Levin has pledged to make that happen. Read

Hemp cannabis product sales projected to hit $1 billion in 3 years

8/23/17--Hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) is projected to be a billion-dollar market in just three years, according to a new report by Brightfield Group. The data company estimates that hemp CBD sales have already hit $170 million in 2016 and a 55% compound annual growth rate over the next five years will cause the market to crack the billion-dollar mark. Read

Medical extracts in the Netherlands: An uncertain tightrope

8/21/17--The Netherlands has one of the oldest medical cannabis laws in the world. However, the sale of any hard drugs in the Netherlands is strictly prohibited. THC and CBD oil are listed as “tetrahydrocannabinol” and “hemp oil” on List I of the Opium Act and are thus considered hard drugs by Dutch authorities. In contrast to most EU countries, toleration is fundamentally possible in the Netherlands in the case of offenses which are “not of public interest” in the opinion of the police and public prosecutor’s office. Read

Compound derived from marijuana interacts with antiepileptic drugs

8/7/17--New research suggests that an investigational neurological treatment derived from cannabis may alter the blood levels of commonly used antiepileptic drugs. Read

Compound derived from marijuana interacts with antiepileptic drugs

8/7/17--New research published in Epilepsia, a journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), suggests that an investigational neurological treatment derived from cannabis may alter the blood levels of commonly used antiepileptic drugs. Read

12 stalls you need to visit at the Welsh Vegan Festival

7/15/17--The Welsh Vegan Festival is returning to the Tramshed Cardiff. Their mission is to educate others on the importance our diet holds in health, the impact on the environment, and what it means for animal welfare. There will be 70 stalls serving food, drinks, clothing, and accessories. Wales Online features 12 of the stall highlights at the festival. Read

Sonny Perdue: Medical marijuana “slippery slope”

7/12/17--Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue thinks it should remain illegal to grow marijuana in Georgia for any reason. However, Perdue backs efforts in some states to produce industrial hemp, but with "very tight rules and regulations... to make sure nothing else untoward happens." Georgia is not one of those states. Read

10 best CBD products on the market

7/12/17--Green Rush Daily features the best CBD products currently on the market for those who are interested in cannabis-based medicine, but don’t want to get high. Read

Op-ed: DEA position statement on CBD, hemp, and Farm Bill “reckless and illegal”

7/7/17--In an op-ed piece published in The Cannabist, Joel Stanley, CEO of Stanley Brothers, addresses an opinion statement released by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration that he says not only contradicts federal law, but its very issuance is also illegal. The statement was released in response to The Cannabist’s ongoing reporting on cannabidiol (CBD). Stanley comments that the statement violates the expressed intent of Congress. Furthermore, the opinions expressed by the DEA in the statement show that the agency is choosing which laws it would like to apply to hemp, CBD, and Charlotte’s Web. Read

Dr. Rasean Hodge prescribes medical marijuana for suffering Atlanta patients

7/7/17--With the advent of Georgia’s new laws regarding the use of medical marijuana, many healthcare providers are looking at this option for their patients; one such provider is Dr. Rasean T. Hodge. He is one of a few Georgia physicians who are eligible and willing to complete the necessary documentation for patients, and he's on a mission to help those whose suffering can be alleviated with medical marijuana. Read

Forbidden medicine: Caught between a doctor’s CBD advice and federal laws

6/20/17--The Cannabist’s special report “CBD, TBD” explores a regulatory and legal landscape pockmarked by federal-state conflicts, national drug policy, pioneering research efforts, and disparate avenues toward the compound’s full legalization. The Cannabist presents the first installment in an ongoing series featuring a man on a quest to help his epileptic sister with cannabidiol who is stymied by the system. Read

Remedy tangerine THC syrup

6/13/17--Dope magazine writer Jesse Perry reports on Remedy Tangering THC Syrup, a natural agave syrup infused with The Clear’s solvent-free distillate oil, and blended with tangerine terpenes to create a truly unique remedy option for cannabis consumers that is effective. Upon applying a dose of Remedy to his tongue, Perry states that he quickly felt a sense of calm with a clear and focused mind as the effects rested in his muscles and behind his eyes. Read

Expanded medical marijuana law grows Georgia program

5/28/17--More than 100 new patients have received permission to use a form of medical marijuana in Georgia this month, bringing the statewide total of people using the product to more than 1800 less than three years after the state began the program. Read

Governor signs bill legalizing marijuana extract

4/17/17--Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law that lets a physician or pharmacy dispense Cannabidiol (CBD oil), a cannabis compound, with a prescription. State law bans possession of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Cannibidiol, however, does not produce a high or psychoactive effect. CBD Oil has been used to treat seizures, pain, anxiety, and other disorders. Read