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JADEO Events and Education 11 hours ago / Toronto, Ontario


What's The Buzz? Lift & Co Conference Edition: Jan 15

While the temperature dipped well below freezing in Toronto, our editor chased the west coast sunshine to Vancouver this past weekend for a packed 3-day Lift + Co expo. She laughed: "I got lucky with the weather but overall it was a great opportunity to take in the who’s who of the Canadian cannabis scene and report back to our JADEO members who couldn’t make the show."

Here’s her recap:

Boasting over 20-panel discussions and some 200+ vendor booths spread across the Vancouver convention center, 3 days was just enough time to take it all in. As the first large Canadian convention since cannabis legalization, it afforded guests the opportunity to get an intimate sense of legal companies in the space from across the country and other parts of the world.

The show was a dizzying playground of cannabis companies to take in, with a new panel discussion every hour to compete with one's time discovering the show floor. Upon entrance guests were immediately confronted by high profile brands using an array of tactics to attract them for a longer look; from free scoops of ice cream to comfortable chairs to lounge in, to free pineapple decal grinders, there were many new faces and brands poised to make a lasting impression.

These were a few of the highlights:

Alberta’s Fire + Flower stopped visitors at the door with an invitation to suss out their wall of “LP agnostic” flower strains. Each hexagonal card was named after a strain they offered in their Alberta dispensaries with the name of the parent LP, price, terpene profile, and THC / CBD content.

Major LP's

Canntrust’s booth impressed guests with 3D strain prints on iPads and VR goggles that offered up a virtual grow-op tour. By putting on the goggles, guests entered a virtual tour of their Niagara based greenhouse - which coincidentally made headlines on Bloomberg news this week. Complaints stirred by local residents are raising an issue with the LP’s expansion plans due to its wafting terpene profile filling the air in the adjacent town of Pelham. Read the full story on Bloomberg News.

Aurora Hosted a stage where the public was entertained with programming that ranged from X to a joint rolling competition. Just after Lift + Co Aurora made the news for its pending acquisition deal of Whistler Medical for $175 million US. The 2nd largest global cannabis brand parents 16 companies worldwide.

Another well known LP, Cronos, surprised the crowds with a new brand concept for the rec market called Spinach. That’s right: plastered with the slogan “farm to bowl,” the installation could not go unnoticed, with its seeming adult playground of gak green bean bag chairs and 4.20 dollar bills blasting in an air machine. Brand launches like Spinach’s display the largely uncertain territory about consumer adoption and staying power in the new legal space.

Hexo places great emphasis on their “smoke free revolution,” which introduces the concept of microdosing oil, through products such as their sublingual spray. Presentations around the popularity we see in the US legal states around vaping begged questions of forthcoming vaping regulations and the safety of consuming cannabis in this new popular way.

San Rafael boasted a smaller, more intimate set up with nostalgic branding and a retro living room style setup which wooed guests to take a pause and get to know them.

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GTA based Pineapple Express gave away free pineapple grinders and pipes in exchange for email addresses, bringing awareness to their delivery service for medical marijuana patients.

Edibles

Edibles were not yet introduced at this event but companies cleverly positioned products to align them with items that conjure up the sense of what’s to come. BC-based LP Indiva gave away non-THC chocolates, while another auxiliary company showcased DIY gummy mixes. On the Aurora Demo Stage, Chef Cody Lindsay of The Wellness Soldier demonstrated basics of making your own edibles and how to get comfortable with calculating THC conversions.

Tech

One of the show’s innovative tech highlights was a small, compact machine that can determine the THC + CBD levels in a bud of flower from BioFloral. Visitors watched in amazement as their Bluetooth operated machine performed strain testing in the vein of the easy-bake oven. The team, who had flown 18 hours from Israel to be at the expo, explained that the size of the show gave guests an intimate acquaintance to their business than the MJ Biz Con in Vegas last fall, where over 1100 vendors filled a massive conference center. By contrast, Lift + Co was a nice steady flow of guests but not an overcrowded bazaar. A few beautiful January days for the west coast may be to blame for a quieter than expected consumer turnout after a packed house on Friday’s industry-only day, but after selling 5 of their machines at a $5,000 price point on Saturday alone, the team had no complaints about the turn-out.

Accessories

There were a plethora of auxiliary companies who service cannabis industry brands. Whether it be for lights, fertilizers or rolling paper manufacturing, we are starting to see a time where innovation is solving many of the pain points of the legacy industry which is the new buzzword for businesses who were around long before the advent of legalization.

Distributors who supply dispensaries with vape products like PAX or Kandy pens made their mark with booths that drew you in and allowed you to ask any questions that may arise about smoke free options. Learning the difference between the array of devices available on the market allowed consumers to have fun shopping at the show, even though flower or oils were not available for purchase.

Start-ups

At the Lift x Leaf Forward Pitch Competition, four cannabis startups were given the opportunity to present a five-minute pitch to a panel of expert judges. Blade Filters Inc. from Markham, Ont. took home the top prize for their sleek elevator pitch selling their carbon filters with replaceable cartridges.

The After parties

If you wondered if the Lift + Co after parties were ‘lit,’ the answer is yes!

B.C. Based Choom, known for its iconic hang loose fist raise, hosted an after party with secret guest Jurassic 5. A sea of west coasters with wide brimmed hats filled the scene, as fans sang out classic tracks with rosey choom-lit glow.

Tokyo Smoke also hosted an unadvertised after party in Vancouver’s Chinatown, with a secret password to get on the invite list.

Concurrent Events

There were also several events planned concurrently in Vancouver during the Lift Expo, such as Van der Pop’s Women & Weed panel-style brunch summit at the Museum of Vancouver. The served up thought-provoking cannabis conversations with the foremost women in the industry along with a build-your-own mimosa bar, nail art bar, and immersive art installations.

Lifford Cannabis Solutions hosted a secret session on Sunday to close down the Lift & Co. Expo called “Lift Après.” The exclusive event featured Token Bitters infused tea cocktails and mocktails by Lifford BC, featuring premium accessories paired with sun-grown unique cultivars from Weedmd.

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Mark your Calendar

Had major Lift + Co fomo? The next expo takes place in Toronto in from June 6-9. See you there!

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  • From Janelle Simone

    Wish I was there! Looking forward to the conference in Toronto this summer.

  • From Natasha Fierce

    Same here!

  • From Shahz

    Seems like a great event!

22 12 hours ago / Caledon, Ontario

https://420intel.com/articles/2019/01/15/rhode-island-governor-include-recreational-marijuana-budget-proposal

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Rhode Island governor to include recreational marijuana in budget proposal

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Rhode Island may be the next state in New England to make recreational marijuana a reality following Governor Gina Raimondo's announcement that she will call for legalization in her budget proposal for 2019.

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    Fantastic news!!
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  • From Burge

    Excellent developments happening south of the border!

  • From Janelle Simone

    Good move!

Janelle Simone 14 hours ago / Scarborough, Ontario

This figure doubled from the previous year. I will definitely be interesting to see the tally at the end of 2019. https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/439kg3/canadians-spent-dollar16-billion-on-legal-weed-in-2018-report

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Canadians Spent $1.6 Billion on Legal Weed in 2018: Report

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Photo via VICE Canadians spent $1.6 billion on legal weed in 2018, more than double the amount that was spent on solely medical cannabis in 2017, according to a new report.

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    Wow that's huge! Makes you wonder what the size of this market would be in 2 years

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      I saw a number like 20 billion in the next few years somewhere today. Don't quote me though!

JADEO CBD and Wellness 15 hours ago / Toronto, Ontario


Top 4 Trends In Cannabis And Weight-Loss

What it is that makes cannabis and weight loss seem the most illogically paired ideal duo? It’s the associations we make with two things: the couch and the munchies. But as more of the cannabis community are showing the benefits of cannabis for exercise, we are able to make a new correlation for reasons related to motivation, pain relief, muscle recovery or reduced inflammation to name a few - like we did in our recent Cannabis and Fitness article. When we look at what scientific research is uncovering, there is more to back cannabis as an aid in weight loss.

CBD is Key

CBD is making headway with its stress reducing properties, and is perfectly suited to many, as plenty of people would rather enjoy the relaxing benefits of cannabis without any cognitive impairment. This helps explain the newly-found popularity of CBD-rich strains of cannabis, which chill you out without getting you high. What's particularly remarkable about CBD is that it significantly reduces the stress-increasing effect of the THC in cannabis. While THC can actually raise your cortisol levels, in fact, CBD has the exact opposite effect to THC in that it lowers your cortisol levels, thereby making it easier for you to lose weight and to keep it off.

THC Ain’t All Bad

A 2015 study examined the effects of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol - the most commonly associated in maintaining a healthy weight in mice. The study found that THC causes changes in the gut microbiome (a microorganism connected to weight) that are assumed to contribute to healthy weight. Overall, it showed that the THC treatment, over a period of 4 weeks, reduced weight gain, fat gain, and energy intake in obese mice. Further, a 2011 study from the American Journal of Epidemiology concluded that “people using cannabis are less likely to be obese than people who do not use cannabis.” This is supported by studies showing that cannabis users have trimmer waistlines and lower-cholesterol.

Appetite Suppressing Strains

Munchies are a real thing, but there are actually strains with cannabinoids and terpene profiles that help reduce appetite, rather than make you hungry and grab for anything in the fridge. Strains that contain THC-V (tetrahydrocannabivarin) deliver an energetic and euphoric high along with appetite-suppressing qualities. Strains can also indicate the same appetite suppressing qualities when they are rich in the terpene humulene. Some strains high in humulene include Sour OG, Sour Diesel, Girl Scout Cookies, or Skywalker OG, and are known to offer a similar effect to THC-V with appetite. Strains that combine high levels of THC-V and humulene are said to pack an energetic punch while preventing you from reaching for the fridge.

The Role of Cortisol

While it has been well known for a long time that exposure to cannabis produces an increase of appetite, the sophistication of our strain knowledge can steer us towards humulene rich strains or THC-V strains, but in most cases, it’s hard to know such in-depth insight into the strains we are choosing from. What’s more commonly identified are high CBD strains, offering relaxing qualities that can be beneficial for weight loss and contrary to the ways we’ve stigmatized the plant.

You can minimize your body's production of cortisol by simply by learning to relax, and developing a relationship with CBD medicines can help you do just that. Everyday stressors tend to trigger physiological reactions in cortisol, because when stress is unrelenting, your body is likely to respond without you realizing it, by going into survival mode. This causes your body to hoard fat and burn fewer calories than normal. Why is this? It's merely a biological defense mechanism against famine -- a seriously stress-inducing threat to humankind that was commonplace until a few decades ago. That’s right: cortisol isn't your friend in weightloss, it’s a fat-hoarding hormone that you need to keep it in check.

Excess cortisol can also cause irritability, depression, poor sleep quality and compromised immunity - to name a few. Managing cortisol and insulin levels are both important when trying to lose weight, and with the stress releasing medicinal properties of CBD we can find relief in the properties of the plant that bring about more homeostasis and a peaceful frame of mind.

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    Yes! I compete in a sport with weight classes. I noticed that, while I was cutting, cannabis helped me get to sleep earlier (even when I was craving snacks) and wake up earlier.

Michael Joseph 17 hours ago / Hamilton , Ontario

Hello JADEO members. Fun Fact: Did you know that groups on JADEO are open discussion? This means you do not have to connect with other memebers in order to get conversations rolling, instead groups work like an open chat rooms. Pretty cool, huh. Why not give it a try?

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Janelle Simone 1 day ago / Scarborough, Ontario

Another cannabis recall issued by the Canadian Government. Thoughts on the recent recalls? https://www.narcity.com/news/the-government-of-canada-is-recalling-another-brand-of-dried-cannabis-after-discovering-it-may-contain-mould

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The Government Of Canada Is Recalling Another Brand Of Cannabis After Discovering It May Contain Mould

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As of January 11, 2019, the Government of Canada announced that it has recalled Eldo dried cannabis after discovering that it may actually contain mould. Eldo dried cannabis is a product that is created by Up Cannabis Inc. and is sold through the Alberta Gaming Liquor & Cannabis Commission.

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    Super glad Health Canada

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      Yup! So great seeing the system working!

JADEO Diabetes 1 day ago / Toronto, Ontario


Is Cannabis A Viable Option For Treating Diabetes?

As growing research investigating cannabis use and its effects on diabetes, we are learning the potential powers of the plant in helping a massive percentage of the Canadian population. Currently, one in four Canadians lives with diabetes, undiagnosed diabetes, or pre-diabetes, and this is expected to rise to one in three by 2020 if current trends continue. Studies are now revealing that cannabis can be considered as an effective treatment for diabetes or even play a role in prevention, with the potential to make some headway in the field of diabetes.

Possible benefits of Cannabis

For the most part, research investigating the relationship between cannabis use and diabetes has shown promising results. Research by the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) has suggested that cannabis can help do a number of things that play a positive role for diabetics. One key benefit is its ability to stabilize blood sugars. A large body of anecdotal evidence is building among people with diabetes to support this. See, for people with diabetes, it is critical to manage blood-glucose levels and manage the associated symptoms of the disease to avoid the worst outcomes, including vision loss, kidney damage, and limb amputations.

While blood sugar stabilization may be the most obvious benefit to diabetics, there are many more, so we took a closer look into the medical research to look at the vast array of relief it may offer.

Stress Relief

Yes, that’s right. To begin with - cannabis is helpful for stress! For many type 1 diabetes patients, stress and anxiety are a common problem (like the rest of us) that can aggravate the blood glucose level fluctuation. CBD and THC can help make stress much more manageable while boosting an individual’s overall energy level. Keeping stress in check is paramount to keeping a myriad of other troubling symptoms at bay.

Insulin Management

CBD has been found to reduce the inflammation of pancreatic cells and THCV has shown to improve glucose tolerance and increase insulin sensitivity for type 1 diabetic individuals. This means that there is a possibility that less insulin is needed for the management and the fluctuation of the blood glucose level is more manageable with the use of CBD.

To confirm these findings, another research was conducted in 2012 where obese rats lost significant weight and experienced an increase in pancreas weight after exposure to organic cannabis extract. The increase in the weight of the pancreas indicates that the insulin producing pancreatic cells (known as beta cells)are protected by the presence of cannabinoids in type 1 diabetes.

A 2016 study found that THCV and CBD decreased blood glucose levels and increased insulin production in people with type 2 diabetes, indicating a“new therapeutic agent for glycemic control”. Previously, tests in mice have shown the compounds boosted metabolism, leading to lower levels of cholesterol in the blood and fat in the liver. A separate 2017 study found that cannabis use was linked with lower insulin resistance in a cohort of people with and without diabetes. [357]

Neuropathic Pain

The most common complication of diabetes is neuropathic pain. Studies are available showing cannabis playing a big part in better managing neuropathy symptoms. Prevent nerve inflammation and ease the pain of neuropathy, which is by stimulating receptors in the body and brain. Cannabis can be used to make topical creams to relieve neuropathic pain and tingling in hands and feet. Peripheral neuropathy is another complication reported to be eased by cannabis. This is due to cannabis's role in affecting our endocannabinoid system. As a result, cannabis works as a painkiller, giving relief from the recurring pain or numbness associated with neuropathic conditions. Neuropathy is a very painful experience for diabetics, making cannabis a wonderful alternative than more typical treatments like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Some patients are even prescribed morphine, which is loaded with dangerous side effects.

Increased Circulation

Using cannabinoid therapies can help a diabetic lower blood pressure over time, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease and other diabetes complications. CBD has been proven to help keep blood vessels open and improve circulation.

Treatment for inflammation

CBD has actually long been known to possess anti-inflammatory properties, and because chronic inflammation is known to play a role in the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, research is investigating its efficacy in reducing inflammation in diabetes.

A 2017 study by the Medical College of Georgia revealed that CBD treatment reduced inflammation in animal models of diabetes, concluding “the non-psychotropic CBD is a promising candidate for anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective therapeutics”.

In 2015, Israeli researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem reported that the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD could treat different illnesses such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease.

Relief for eyes

It may not be a commonly thought of symptom of diabetes, but glaucoma is a type of eye disease that is caused by conditions that severely restrict blood flow to the eye, such as severe diabetic retinopathy. Cannabis compounds have also been shown to reduce intra-ocular pressure (the fluid pressure within the eye) considerably in people with glaucoma. Furthermore, the eyes can suffer problems leaving them less sensitive to changes in light.

Promise for the future

As we see more and more states and countries legalizing medical marijuana, we are going to find more patients with diabetes be given options alternative to harmful pharmaceutical drugs which are the most widely prescribed treatment for symptoms associated with diabetes. While medical research has shed new light on the usefulness of cannabis for diabetics, it’s expected that we will uncover more and more evidence to back its use in healthcare.

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JADEO 1 day ago / Toronto, Ontario

The results are in, here are the 25 winners of Ontario's Cannabis Retail License Lottery! https://www.agco.ca/cannabis/expression-interest-lottery-selection-results

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Expression of Interest Lottery Selection Results | Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

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Cannabis Retail Store Licensing Expression of Interest Lottery Selection Results As set out in Ontario Regulation 468/18, the Government of Ontario gave the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) the mandate to hold a lottery to determine who may apply for Retail Operator Licences.

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    Now to see how many actually open on April 1st, and who gets hefty fines!

Lindsay Le Blanc 2 days ago / Toronto, Ontario

The show floor at Lift + Co is a great place for consumers to be introduced to brands. The PAX booth has an impressive array of flower vaporizers that can be customized with engravement. So posh!

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    Ooooooh an engraved PAX sounds really cool!

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    Excellent!

Lindsay Le Blanc 2 days ago / Toronto, Ontario

Here's a shot from Lift + Co on the 3rd day of inspiring panel discussions with industry professionals. What an incredible turn out!

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Janelle Simone 2 days ago / Scarborough, Ontario

This made me smile. Such a great initiative for seniours to be educated on the subject, and even more amazing how many of them are so receptive. Would love to this locally! https://www.forbes.com/sites/abbierosner/2019/01/13/rossmoor-cannabis-club-fills-the-info-gap-for-california-seniors/#13b8d4ad7a44

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Rossmoor Cannabis Club Fills The Info Gap For California Seniors

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At the Rossmoor 50 Plus Community, the popular Medical Marijuana Club provides essential information to local seniors. With the growing acceptance of medical marijuana by elder adults, and the dearth of information available to them, Rossmoor offers a compelling model for other communities.

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Janelle Simone 2 days ago / Scarborough, Ontario

I myself am extremely interested to see how this will play out. To be up and open for business in 2 ½ months and hefty fines if you're not could be a massive risk for many. I'll be monitoring this closely. https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/cannabis-retail-lottery-winner-may-not-be-prepared-industry-insiders-warn

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Cannabis retail lottery winners may not be prepared, industry insiders warn

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The overwhelming success of individuals who won a chance at opening one of Ontario's first cannabis dispensaries could mean that few of these aspiring retailers will be able to open by the April deadline, say marijuana industry insiders.

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