Kratom vs CBD: The Differences between These 2 “Grey Area” Products

When you embark on researching about health effects of products like Kratom and CBD, most likely you are wondering what the difference between them is. This post sets the record straight by revealing in a clear manner the difference between these two plant-based products.

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3 of the Top Places to Buy Kratom Online

Kratom, scientifically known as Mitragyna speciosa, is not a new herb. Native to Southeast Asia, Kratom is suggested to bring relaxation and motivation effects in the body. In the recent past, the popularity of Kratom has spread to the West. Majorly, the popularity is associated with the emergence of so many online vendors who are willing to supply the herb at pocket-friendly prices.

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New Jersey Continues to Expand Medical Marijuana Program

New Jersey’s Department of Health announced on Monday that it’s expanding the state’s medical-marijuana program.



“The New Jersey Department of Health is seeking new applicants to operate up to 24 additional Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs): Up to 8 in the northern region of the state, up to 8 in the central region, up to 7 in the southern region, and up to 1 “at-large” to be determined during the award process”, says the New Jersey Department of Health. “Three types of permits/endorsements will be available for ATCs: cultivation, dispensing and vertically integrated permits. In total, the Department will seek up to 5 cultivation endorsements, up to 15 dispensary endorsements, and up to 4 vertically integrated permits.”

Vertically integrated permits include “1 cultivation endorsement, 1 manufacturing endorsement, and 1 dispensary endorsement.”  Applicants may seek up to 3 endorsements total, and may only submit one application per region.  Applicants for vertically integrated permits, because they constitute 3 endorsements, may only submit one application total.  Application forms will be posted on or before July 15th and applications will be due on August 21st (Dispensary) and August 22nd (Cultivation and Vertically Integrated).

The applications are due on August 22 and cost $20,000 to apply, though failed applicants will receive a reimbursement of $18,000.

All applicants “must submit a security plan and an environmental impact statement,” and demonstrate “experience in cultivating, manufacturing or retailing marijuana and provide quality control and assurance plans,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. 

According to High Times, the permit expansion was put in motion earlier this month when New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, signed a bill to grant an additional 24 licenses. It’s part of an ongoing effort by Murphy to dramatically expand access to medical marijuana in the state.

“Medical cannabis has been legal in New Jersey since early 2010 when outgoing Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine signed the measure into law on his final day in office. But for years, the program suffered from low enrollment due to the law’s strict requirements. Former Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who succeeded Corzine, was a vocal opponent to medical marijuana, calling it a “front for legalization.”

“What there’s a huge demand for is marijuana. Not medical marijuana,” Christie said in the summer of 2014. “Because when we run a medically based program, you don’t see the demand.”

“But under Murphy, who was elected governor in 2017, the state has made an effort to expand the medical cannabis program, with growing calls to also legalize recreational use”, says High Times. “Earlier this month, Murphy signed bill A20, also known as “Jake’s Law” after seven-year-old Jake Honig who died last year from brain cancer. The law brings a number of changes and expansions to the medical marijuana program, including raising the monthly limit for patients from two ounces to three ounces, and allowing edibles to be prescribed to adults (previously, they were only available to minors). ”

“I am proud to stand with my legislative partners as we break down barriers to ensure this life-changing medical treatment is affordable and accessible for those who need it most,” Murphy said at the signing ceremony.

Study: Marijuana Use Associated With Lower Risk of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

According to a new study, those with a history of marijuana use are less likely to develop the non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) than those who haven’t used cannabis.

The study, titled “Cannabis consumption and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: A three years longitudinal study in first-episode non-affective psychosis patients”, was published in the journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry.

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U.S. Government Increases Marijuana Being Grown for Research

The U.S. government is growing the largest crop of marijuana for research purposes in five years, reports the Associated Press.

The increase is in response to the rapidly growing interest in marijuana strains with high levels of THC and CBD.

As noted by the AP, the government is the only source of cannabis for nearly all research in the U.S., while it still considers it illegal and dangerous. Mississippi, which holds the sole federal contract for producing marijuana. That’s enough for 5 million joints, although the government provides marijuana in different forms.

The crop will be divided between high THC and high CBD varieties with “recent interest (in CBD) as a potential medicine for a number of medical conditions,” NIDA said. The compound THC causes pot’s mind-altering effect; CBD doesn’t get people high.

Last year, a CBD-based drug was approved by federal regulators for two rare seizure disorders and researchers are pursuing research on it for other conditions. Others are focused on THC.

“We want to study what our patients are using,” said University of Colorado Assistant Professor Emily Lindley, who is investigating marijuana with high THC as an alternative to opioids for chronic back pain.

Lindley and other researchers want others besides the University of Mississippi to get federal authorization to grow research pot. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration created an application process for growers, but has not acted on more than two dozen applications. In June, Scottsdale Research Institute in Arizona asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to order the DEA to process the applications.

“We are still working through the process and those applications remain under review,” said DEA spokeswoman Katherine Pfaff in an email Thursday. She declined to comment on the litigation.

In response to questions from the AP, NIDA said there had been no major increase in demand for cannabis by researchers in recent years. Last year, 20 researchers got shipments of government marijuana, much of it from frozen cannabis grown in 2014. Since 2010, the number of researchers receiving government marijuana has ranged from eight to 21.

Researchers should be able to obtain material from the new crop in the fall after harvest and analyses are completed, NIDA said.

Study: Marijuana Consumers Have Lower Mortality, Morbidity, and Hospitalization-Costs Among Pancreatitis Patients

Those with acute pancreatitis who have a history of marijuana use have “lower age-adjusted, mortality, morbidity, and hospitalization-cost than non-cannabis-exposed patients”, according to a new study.

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Hemp Buds 101 – Like Cannabis Flower but Legal!

When the term hemp is mentioned, what comes to mind for many people is a plant that makes you high. This is because hemp is often used interchangeably with marijuana. However, although both plants belong to the Cannabis Sativa family, they are two different subspecies with different properties.

Marijuana is an illegal plant with psychoactive effects that mess your brain. People use this specific type for recreational purposes. However, hemp is a beneficial product. With less than 0.3 THC (the intoxicating compound), hemp is primarily grown for medicinal and industrial purposes. The difference in THC is what actually makes hemp legal across the United States.

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Switzerland May Soon Legalize Medical Marijuana

The Swiss government on Wednesday put forth a proposal to legalize marijuana as prescription medicine.

The proposal would allow prescriptions for marijuana to treat cancer and other serious ailments report Reuters. Separate from a Swiss government push to allow some cities to experiment with recreational marijuana, the proposition would replace the current system in which those seeking medical cannabis must apply for an exception from the Federal Health Office to get what is otherwise an illegal drug.

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