Maltese Youths Split Down The Middle Over Cannabis Legalisation

A newly published study has revealed how Maltese youths feel about recreational cannabis, with key insights that show how one’s age, gender and even the region of Malta where one comes from impacts their view on cannabis. The study, ‘Young People’s Views on the Use of Cannabis’, was commissioned by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ and the National Youth Council and undertaken by MISCO. 350 randomly-chosen Maltese youths between the ages of 16 and 33 answered a 10-minute questionnaire via telephone to complete the study. Among the key findings are the insights that Maltese youths are nearly split down the middle on whether the country should legalise, how they would prefer to access cannabis if legalised, and the differences between Gozitans and Maltese people’s perception of cannabis. Cannabis ready to be consumed. KNŻ had six recommendations should cannabis be legalised in Malta. 1. Consumption of cannabis should be restricted to designated public areas, on private property and in the presence of individuals who are of the proposed age. 2. The age restriction should be no younger than 21 years. 3. The Maltese Authorities should set up an app or website with relevant and correct information on the consumption of cannabis. 4. The Ministry for Health should provide the correct information to medical professionals, whilst training them to impart the correct information to individuals who wish to consume Cannabis on a recreational basis. 5. The selling of cannabis should take place through specially licensed private providers. 6. Cultivation of cannabis plants on a personal basis should be restricted. The cannabis plant. Beyond KNŻ’s recommendations, the study has revealed some interesting insights into how Maltese youths view cannabis. 1. 47 % of young Maltese people are in favour of legalising for recreational use, with 49 % against it With 4% of people not responding, this shows how Maltese youths are practically split down the middle on legalisation, with just 2% more of people disagreeing with legalisation. Women were less in favour of legalising, with women in the southern region most against legalisation. 2. 83% of young people agreed that when it comes to selling cannabis, sales should be under the same restrictions as tobacco and alcohol The majority of youths were very much in favour of treating cannabis like tobacco and alcohol is treated. 3. 96% of people agreed that the age of access should be to people aged 18 or over Similarly to what ReLeaf had proposed over two years ago, the majority of people believed the age of access should be over 18. 4. 83% of people agreed that young people should have access to information on cannabis The Maltese education system is notorious for having little information on cannabis, with what is offered generally written from a conservative standpoint, so it is no surprise that many students are opting to find more balanced information online. However, when asked where they would like to get information from, the majority of respondents still desired their educational institutions to provide them with accurate knowledge. 5. 55% of respondents said they expected to have information on “responsible recreational cannabis use” given to them by their educational institutions The government recently rolled out a new education campaign that was billed as a cannabis education campaign aimed at 9000 students. However, the new booklet is more focused on coping skills when it comes to bullying and peer pressure, and only mentions cannabis a couple of times briefly in the entire booklet. Hence, it is no surprise that such a large majority would like to have more access to information. 6. 54% of people believed that after legalisation, cannabis use would rise before eventually stabilising Do you think that cannabis should be legalised in Malta? READ NEXT: Cannabis For Your Canine: Malta Looking Into Developing Medicine For Pets

Trade of the Day for November 22, 2019: Cronos Group, Inc. (CRON) | InvestorPlace

This morning, I am recommending a bearish trade on Cronos Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRON), the vertically integrated cannabis company. Despite the major indices hitting a series of new all-time highs earlier this week, my indicators are giving bearish readings — pretty strong ones — for the second week in a row. The S&P 500 has ended lower for three consecutive sessions, yet it is only off of its recent high by less than 1%. So far, it has been able to hold above very short-term support near the 3,100 level. With futures pointing higher this morning, it’s possible that we’ve seen the entirety of the pullback I’ve been expecting for a few weeks now. But I think it’s more likely that the index may consolidate at current levels for a bit before pulling back further to the 3,000 level. Daily Chart of S&P 500 Index (SPX) — Chart Source: TradingView As you can see in the chart above, if short-term support at 3,100 fails to hold, a drop to the July and September peaks becomes more likely. The rising 50-day moving average (red line) at 3,015 should also provide support on a pullback. Now, this wouldn’t be the end of the bull market. In fact, such a pullback would only amount to a drop of about 2.5%. I think that would be a healthy development that could allow the bulls to “pause and refresh” before heading higher again. Keeping that possibility in mind, I don’t want to recommend a bullish trade, and I am turning to CRON because of some misplaced optimism in the cannabis sector. One Step Closer to Legalization? A U.S. congressional committee passed legislation to decriminalize cannabis, and cannabis stocks soared. Decriminalization on the federal level would be undeniably beneficial for the industry, but traders and investors should temper their enthusiasm. The U.S. House of Representatives is controlled by the Democratic Party, which means this legislation could make it to the Senate. But that is the primary roadblock. The Senate is still controlled by Republicans, and the GOP is unlikely to approve decriminalization measures. CRON is a great way to play this situation because it has generally performed poorly in 2019. Falling Since February CRON has continuously posted earnings losses, even when it beats expectations, and its poor performance has hurt its share prices. Since reaching its 52-week high of $25.10 in February of this year, it has dropped by nearly 70%. Daily Chart of Cronos Group, Inc. (CRON) — Chart Source: TradingView CRON bounced off support at the $6.00 level, and it started to head higher on the positive news from Congress. But realistically, that optimism will fade once traders remember who controls the Senate. Even if that isn’t enough to push the stock lower, a broader pullback on the market might be. Buy to open the Cronos Group Inc. (CRON) Jan. 17th (2020) $7.50 Puts (CRON200117P00007500) at $0.93 or lower. To receive further updates on this trade, as well as an alert when it’s time to take profits, sign up for a risk-free trial of Power Options Weekly today. InvestorPlace advisor Ken Trester brings you Power Options Weekly, which delivers 5 new options trades and his latest trading advice to you each Friday. Trester has been trading options since the first exchanges opened in 1973 with a winning streak that goes back to 1984 with money-doubling average annual profits since 1990.

Bill legalizing marijuana passes House Committee – 47abc

November 22, 2019 47ABC- Legalization of marijuana at the federal level may be gaining traction after a House bill was passed out of committee Wednesday. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019 was passed out of the House Judiciary Committee. The bill calls for removing cannabis from the list of controlled dangerous substances and also for all convictions and arrests to be expunged. This is the first time a congressional committee passed a bill in favor of legalizing marijuana at a federal level. “If we can finally get a federal discrimination bill passed, it will have momentous effect for everyone. The social justice impact of something like that is huge when you look at how different social groups are impacted with cannabis laws,” Anthony Darby, CEO of Peninsula Alternative Health, said. Darby said even though this is an exciting moment, there’s still hurdles we need to face to make it happen, such as passing the full House and the Senate. Tags: anthony darby, committee, house bill, house judiciary committee, house of representatives, legalization, legalizing marijuana, marijuana, peninsula alternative health, senate, The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Facebook Twitter

Cannabis Is New Industry for Native Tribes, but Opportunity Is Not Equal | Cannabis Now

Successful in business, the Las Vegas Paiutes are sometimes called “city Indians.” A tease, as the tribe’s ex-chairman, Benny Tso, recently explained to the Guardian, borne out of at least some jealousy.The Paiutes are one of the more than 500 federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States and one of about a few dozen involved in the cannabis industry. Like other tribes in other states, the Paiutes in the past have turned to tobacco or gambling for income. But in 2019, the Vegas Paiutes have something nobody else in Las Vegas, tribal or otherwise, can match: For the next 18 months at least, they have Sin City’s only legal cannabis lounge. In 2017, the tribe opened up the NuWu Cannabis Marketplace, about a mile away from the Fremont Street Experience in revitalized downtown Las Vegas. NuWu, “the people” in the Southern Paiute language, boasts a drive-through window, unique among Vegas’s very many and very large weed stores. And, because they have tribal sovereignty, they’re also exempt from a law prohibiting cannabis use in public. Thank you @CouncilmanCrear @LawrenceWeekly and @tsegerblom for coming to the announcement of the @NuwuCannabis Nuwu Tasting Room. The first legal space to consume cannabis in Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/wOR1NGPcUf — Nuwu Cannabis (@NuwuCannabis) October 3, 2019 With that unique opportunity supplementing the tribe’s proven business acumen, legal weed have may have “prolonged our tribe by three to four more generations,” Tso told the Guardian. The problem is the Paiutes’s story is newsworthy and it is newsworthy because it is rare. One of cannabis legalization’s most hoary selling points is economic. Legal weed, or at least the capture by the legal market of demand for the world’s most popular illicit drug, means jobs and tax revenue. At least that was the promise. But similar to the communities of black, brown and other working-class people of color who suffered the most under prohibition, other tribes in other states have been left out of their share in any cannabis bonanza. Under federal law, reservations are supposed to be “sovereign nations,” meaning tribes are free (with some exceptions) to pass and enforce their own laws. Like the Paiutes, tribes are allowed to open casinos or sell cheap tobacco under “compacts” with the states within which their “states” exist. But as KQED pointed out last summer, California has yet to make any law that would allow its more than 100 tribes, 35 of whom have expressed some interest in entering the cannabis business, to comply with strict state cannabis regulations. Thus, while tribes are able to cultivate and sell cannabis on reservations, they aren’t allowed to participate in the statewide legal market — and not every interpretation of convoluted reservation law even allows them to conduct business on the reservation. In the past, former Gov. Jerry Brown demanded that Indian tribes interested in cannabis waive their “sovereignty” before being allowed in, meaning that state environmental laws, building codes, and other onerous regulations would have to apply. The tribes refused. Other disincentives have come in the form of actions from law enforcement. Prior to Proposition 64’s passage in Nov. 2016, the Pinoleville Pomo Nation, in Mendocino County, attempted to enter the cannabis game by growing on its reservation. Those efforts were squelched when Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman raided the grow, declaring it illegal, and eradicated 400 plants. The California Native American Cannabis Association, a would-be trade group representing the 35 California tribes with cannabis interests, has mailed repeated letters to Gov. Gavin Newsom, requesting either outreach or at least acknowledgment that the state is freezing out its Native people. But “[i]n spite of repeated overtures, state cannabis regulatory agencies have refused to interact with tribal cannabis regulatory agencies for the benefit and consumer protection of California’s cannabis consumers,” the CNACA wrote in a memo submitted to the state Bureau of Cannabis Control last summer. Without cannabis, some tribal leaders say, native tribes, with their support from the federal government reduced and income from gaming similarly diminishing, don’t have a chance on a modern economy. “You have a lot more third-world situations right here in California than you know, and it is in tribes,” said Richard Almaraz, a member of the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians, a 130-person tribe in Riverside County. Almaraz’s tribe does not have casinos. At least one tribe has defied state regulators and opened a dispensary. The Mountain Source Dispensary, on the lands of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel in northeastern San Diego County, has operated a dispensary on tribal lands since early 2019. Located in the building that used to house a failed casino, the dispensary attracts about 60 customers a day despite a remote location, the Washington Post reported, but if it could produce cannabis for the entire California marketplace, it might mean dozens of tribe-sustaining jobs, not just curious customers. Until such allowances are made, they won’t. Meaning cannabis, rather than an economic boon, is another reminder of the ills heaped upon the U.S.’s indigenous people. TELL US, have you ever visited tribal lands?

Why Are People Turning to CBD For Help with Their Health?

November 22, 2019 Posted by: Shane Dwyer Category: CBD Oil CBD is just one of the 104 chemical compounds found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. Unlike other compounds of the plant, CBD is non-intoxicating and non-hallucinogenic. It is believed to have many therapeutic benefits that promote health and wellness in the body and mind. CBD products have no intoxicating effects on the mind. It does not cause a high or euphoric feeling making it safe to use on a regular basis. The therapeutic effects of CBD have been studied by researchers and have been corroborated by consumers who swear that it helps them with everything from chronic pain to insomnia and anxiety. There is an uptrend to using CBD nowadays, and people are making the CBD choice. The following are just some of the reasons why people are turning to CBD for help with their health. 1. CBD Provides Relief from Chronic Pain and Inflammation Fibromyalgia is a condition wherein there is widespread muscle pain. Along with the pain are fatigue, memory, and mood issues. People who use CBD find that they get massive relief from fibromyalgia. CBD also helps keep the nervous system from further degeneration. Chronic inflammation is bad for the body, and it can promote the development of more serious diseases such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and type 1 diabetes. CBD decreases inflammation and can be seen as giving the body protection against serious illnesses. 2. CBD is seen as an alternative to Ibuprofen People who do not use CBD Oil use NSAIDs for their pain management. NSAIDs are also called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and are available without a prescription. Examples of NSAIDs are Ibuprofen and naproxen sodium. However, NSAIDs have side effects. Regular use of NSAIDs can damage the kidneys and can cause heart attacks and strokes. CBD has the same effects as NSAIDs in relieving pain symptoms but without the negative side effects. 3. CBD is an effective cure against epilepsy Some people have drug-resistant epilepsy, and CBD is seen as an alternative medication that can help control seizures. In 2018, a drug, Epidiolex, was prescribed to people who are suffering from two particular types of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) and Dravet Syndrome (DS). These two types of epilepsy don’t respond well to anti-seizure medications, but CBD has been proven to help control it. 4. CBD helps treat mental and behavioral disorders Anxiety and other neuropsychiatric conditions is a growing health problem worldwide. Many health professionals will advise against the use of cannabis to treat mood and mental disorders because it will only exacerbate it. However, CBD has non-psychoactive properties and is non-hallucinogenic, making it safe to use. CBD can be used to treat a lot of mood and behavioral disorders such as Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), General anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, Social anxiety disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and Substance-abuse disorders. 5. CBD can help treat heart ailments Heart disease is a global problem and is one of the main causes of death. Having a healthy lifestyle, which includes proper diet and adequate exercise, can help stave off this disease. CBD is also an effective therapy against heart disease, according to studies. CBD has preventive factors against the buildup of oxidative stress and inflammation, which is the main cause of heart diseases. In a study, a group of participants was given a placebo while the other group was administered with cannabidiol. The cannabidiol group had significantly lower blood pressure compared to the placebo group prompting researchers to conclude that CBD’s stress-fighting features are effective. 6. CBD helps with skin conditions The beauty world has embraced CBD and has infused it in various creams, serums, and gels to help promote healthy skin. CBD is known to treat acne because of its anti-inflammatory properties as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles due to its antioxidative properties. CBD also helps in treating serious skin conditions such as eczema. CBD regulates oil production on the skin by lowering the production of sebum. 7. CBD can help people with withdrawal symptoms People who have been addicted to a substance will have withdrawal symptoms, which include nausea, pain, insomnia, and mood disorders. People who have opioid, cocaine, and other psychostimulant addictions will find that using CBD can vastly improve their recovery. Smokers who smoke regular nicotine are also smoking less when they use inhalers with CBD. Final Thoughts CBD is a safe and natural way to heal many ailments, and its popularity has a reason: it does work. Unlike other medications, CBD is said to have fewer side effects. CBD has many therapeutic benefits, and more research should be done to exploit the many features and benefits of CBD further so people can use this substance not only for recreational but also for medicinal use. Author: Shane Dwyer Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn't afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

Everything You Need to Know About Premium CBD Flower

November 22, 2019 Posted by: Shane Dwyer Category: CBD Oil CBD flower is the short form for cannabidiol flower. It is a crucial phytocannabinoid that is revealed in the hemp and is famous to help the body and the mind in various means. CBD products in the shape of Cachets also contain cannabinoids, which have CBD extracts. What makes CBD flower work? How does CBD flower commence work? Human body comprises of a large network of constituent receptors, the system of endocannabinoids, which is crucial to keep the overall well-being, as well as, helping the support systems for many of the physical processes in our body. CBD fit inside these receptors that help the human body with its efforts in keeping good health. Get better health with the help of CBD Flower You will enjoy a sense of serenity and more attention. CBD influences learning positively and it also drives learning. It is also helpful in inverting the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. You can get a heart which is healthier by the use of the CBD Flower. CBD has a lot of uses that it elevates to the heart, these include the ability of reducing high levels of blood pressure. You also get relief from the stresses that are part of your daily life. CBD Flower has been known to give therapeutic cures for symptoms like anxiety and stress, and helping in lowering psychological levels of anxious action. It also assists in lowering the feeling of anxiety as well as depression. The miracle of CBD Flower CBD flower is just a molecule, not any panacea. Many people can harvest the major benefits if they are given access lawfully to these wide range of cures of cannabis, not only to no THC or low THC products. CBD by itself might not be enough to get the trick to work. There are many compelling evidences to show that CBD functions finest when it is combined with the likes of THC and the entire spectrum consisting of other components of cannabis. To be able to find out how to go about improving your therapeutic application of cannabis has been the main factor that is behind one of the largest tests in the days of democracy. The result of this finding is called medical marijuana and it has been observed from one state to another and one country to another in the last few years. The coming up of the very potent oil concentrates of cannabis, CBD Flower rich non intoxicating products and highly innovative and smokeless systems of delivery have changed the therapeutic area. This has also led to a huge change in the public conversation around cannabis. This is not any more a subject of debate if cannabis has enough merit as a potent herbal medication – as of today, the main challenge is in understanding the utilization of cannabis to get maximum therapeutic benefits. What Are the Top CBD Flower Effects? Vaping or smoking CBD flower won’t make you feel high or paranoid  as smoking pot. But, this CBD administration method might have many instantly visible effects or effects that you bit by bit notice over a matter of a few minutes. Right after smoking or vaping CBD hemp flower, you may feel a sense of relief. You might also observe less levels of anxiety and depression, and your temper might improve gently but significantly. Smoking CBD flower bud will help you reduce your pain levels. While your enhanced relaxation and mood might cause a temporary decrease in fatigue, be aware that one of the side effects of CBD flower is tiredness. Hence, you might start to feel exhausted after smoking CBD bud. What Is the Ideal CBD Flower Concentration? The ideal CBD concentration in CBD flower relies on your requirements. If you want a soft hit of CBD anytime you smoke or vape, you might choose a CBD hemp flower strain having less than 10% of CBD. If you would pick to get the effects of CBD at full choke, but a stress with more than 10% would be suitable. Take into account that the maximum CBD concentration in any CBD flower strain is approx. 18 to 20%. Author: Shane Dwyer Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn't afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

Teen in Canada develops ‘popcorn lung’ after vaping flavors and THC

Kroger is becoming the latest major retailer to stop selling e-cigarettes amid public concern over vaping-related illnesses and deaths. × Teen in Canada develops ‘popcorn lung’ after vaping flavors and THC Kroger is becoming the latest major retailer to stop selling e-cigarettes amid public concern over vaping-related illnesses and deaths. CANADA — A 17-year-old boy in Canada has been treated for a life-threatening popcorn lung-like illness after vaping flavored e-liquids and THC — the main psychoactive component of cannabis. A new report, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Wednesday, details how this case of bronchiolitis appears distinct from other vaping-related lung injury cases identified in the United States because the case might have been vaping-related popcorn lung. Popcorn lung, or bronchiolitis obliterans, is an inflammatory condition that affects the bronchioles, tiny airways in the lungs. The name is in reference to former microwave-popcorn factory workers who developed bronchiolitis obliterans after breathing in vapor from butter flavoring added to the popcorn. “This patient had severe, acute bronchiolitis, possibly related to inhalational injury from vaping, with several features suggestive of subsequent early bronchiolitis obliterans,” the medical team from Lawson Health Research Institute and University Health Network, who were involved in the patient’s care, wrote in the new case report. “This case of acute, life-threatening bronchiolitis resulting in fixed, chronic airflow obstruction in a previously healthy youth highlights the need for further research on the epidemiology of e-cigarette use, its addictive potential, and the short- and long-term risks and mechanisms of injury associated with vaping,” they wrote. A case of possible ‘popcorn lung’ The patient developed a severe cough that caused him to seek medical attention, according to the report. He said he worked at a fast-food restaurant and did not use alcohol or smoke cigarettes, but he vaped daily for the last five months. Some of the flavors he vaped were “dew mountain,” “green apple” and “cotton candy.” As the patient’s symptoms progressed, he eventually had trouble breathing, malaise and nausea. He was admitted to a community hospital where physicians looked at his lungs in a radiograph and found concerning “diffuse micronodular opacities.” His symptoms persisted and he ended up being put on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, machine that helped him breathe. The patient was even transferred on ECMO to a lung transplant center for further evaluation. Following that transfer, he received additional care, was weaned from ECMO and a ventilator, saw improvements in his health and then was discharged home after a total 47 days in the hospital. The report had some limitations, including that although the doctors obtained the patient’s vaping history, no actual samples of the vaping products he used were available for analysis. ‘Our own new generation of lung diseases’ The medical team notes in the report that the case may represent one specific way certain vaping behaviors could impact the lungs. There have been separate reports that popcorn lung may be tied to certain vaping behaviors. In 2016, the American Lung Association warned that popcorn lung could be a “dangerous risk” of flavored e-cigarettes. The new case report comes as no surprise to Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos, director of the Tobacco Treatment Clinic at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore. He was not involved in the report but has examined various types of vaping-related lung injuries. “For me, this case is not surprising, not unexpected and it goes along with the acute toxicity that we see from vaping happening in the most fragile parts of the lungs,” said Galiatsatos, who is also a spokesperson for the American Lung Association. “For popcorn lung, the actual scientific name is bronchiolitis obliterans, and the bronchiolitis obliterans name implies obliterating the bronchioles, the most distal part of the lungs — and that’s what that disease did. It just knocked those completely out,” he said about the case. “I think what we are recognizing now is that these toxins that are in the electronic cigarettes are toxins for a reason.” The vaping-related lung injuries that have emerged in the United States represent a growing group of lung conditions that have not necessarily been seen that often in the past. For instance, “bronchiolitis obliterans is not a common disease,” Galiatsatos said. “This is our own new generation of lung diseases.” ‘This is what scares a doctor like me’ As of Wednesday, there have been 2,290 cases of e-cigarette or vaping-related acute lung injury across 49 US states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Forty-seven deaths have been confirmed in 25 states and DC. The only state without a case is Alaska. Most patients have reported a history of using THC-containing vaping products. These lung conditions can impact the body in different ways depending on the person and their vaping behaviors, Galiatsatos said, adding that the conditions also seem to be linked to the heating of toxins found in electronic cigarette cartridges and certain e-liquids. The CDC has identified vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern among people with e-cigarette or vaping-related acute lung injuries. Vitamin E acetate is used as an additive, most notably as a thickening agent in THC-containing vaping products, according to the CDC. “These are not innocent chemicals that are in the electronic cigarette pods and the health ramifications of what we’re going to be seeing is a lot of rather uncommon diseases,” Galiatsatos said. “Electronic vaping acute lung injury: that’s a whole new novel lung disease that we have now,” he said. “This is what scares a doctor like me.” AlertMe

Scots cops seize over £25million in heroin, 3.5 tonnes of cannabis and laundered cash amid almost 80 arrests

SCOTS cops have seized £25million worth of hard drugs and laundered cash in a crackdown on organised crime. New stats have revealed the extent of work the force has been undertaking as they seek to disrupt cons operating across the country. 2 Cops have been cracking down on organised crime And the seized drugs, including heroin and cannabis, come amid almost 80 arrests in the last three months. Police Scotland's latest quarterly Performance Report will be published today by the Scottish Police Authority. Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor said: “Tackling serious organised crime remains one of our key priorities. "Our Performance Report describes how we are continuing to make progress and have an impact on those involved. “By working with a wide range of partners, such as colleagues in the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce, we are absolutely committed to keeping our communities safe by disrupting the activities of these groups. Mum of toddler who died after contracting bug at Glasgow superhospital says no-one helped her get answers “This report also sets out our work as part of the Scottish Government’s Drug Death Taskforce to seek long-term, sustainable solutions to the complex issues behind substance misuse, which will not be tackled by enforcement action alone.” Operation Shoreditch targeted an international crime group, based in the West of Scotland, alleged to have been involved in laundering millions of pounds of cash. Three and a half tonnes of drugs, believed to be cannabis, worth in the region of £20 million were also recovered. 2 Tonnes of cannabis were seizedCredit: AP:Associated Press Eleven men have been arrested and charged in connection with these alleged activities and reported to the Procurator Fiscal. Over 20 people from across Glasgow and Lanarkshire were arrested and charged after heroin with a street value of almost £1.5 million was recovered as part of Operation Demolish. In Glasgow Operation Track targeted organised criminals and resulted in 46 people being arrested. Cops also seized £280,000 of cash and drugs including heroin, cocaine and cannabis. REJECT 'Attractive' carer who engaged in sexual activity with boy, 16, has appeal rejected Graphic warning BRUTAL ATTACK Scot told 'lose a finger or have your hand smashed with hammer' by brute DESPERATE PLEA Glasgow cops renew appeal in Billyjoe Bates killer hunt 1 yr after death behind bars East Kilbrde thug jailed for smashing glass bottle over girlfriend's head Latest ROAD SMASH Man taken to hospital after A89 crash between school bus and car in West Lothian CLUB TOGETHER Glasgow nightclub makes entry fee 'warm clothing donations' to help homeless The latest Management Information, also published today, shows 43 Serious Crime Prevention Orders have been granted, 12 Serious Organised Crime Groups have been disrupted and in July, four individuals from Glasgow were sentenced to a total of 32 years in prison after being found guilty of being involved in serious organised crime. The documents contain crime figures and detection rates, along with case studies and user satisfaction survey results, providing a great deal of information on the varied activities of policing. They report that overall Groups 1 to 5 detection rates increased from 50.6% to 51.1% and confidence in policing had gone up 0.8% year on year, with 81.8% of those surveyed between April and September reporting very high or high confidence in policing. Universities in the US are rolling out cannabis degrees We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at scoop@thesun.co.uk or call 0141 420 5300

mood33 launches hemp-infused herbal tea range in US

mood33 launches new line of hemp-infused herbal teas in US. Credit: mood33. US-based cannabis beverages producer mood33 has launched a line of Hemp-Infused Herbal Teas in the US. Six tea variants that will be launched by the company include joy, energy, peace, wellbeing, calm and passion. The joy variant offers a combination of peach and yerba mate, while energy contains a mixture of raspberry lemon, guayusa and green tea and peace delivers a blend of watermelon, mint and basil. Furthermore, wellbeing is a mix of blueberries, reishi shrooms and hops, while calm offers a combination of lavender and chamomile and passion variant is a blend of passionfruit, hibiscus and lime. The tea line will be available in six different flavours and are claimed to have been produced using a full-spectrum hemp extract, botanicals and real fruit juices. mood33 added that each bottle of its herbal tea contains 33mg of hemp to support the human body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). All tea products are claimed to be non-intoxicating, vegan, non-GMO and free of preservatives, artificial sweeteners or colours. mood33 co-founder Steven Kessler said: “Our latest hemp tea product launch provides more inclusive mood-boosting options for customers nationwide. “We have invested a significant amount of R&D into creating a clean tasting and fast-acting hemp product that can be easily incorporated into a variety of dynamic and wellness-focused lifestyles.” To ensure that the extracted hemp is soluble in water, mood33 used its proprietary CBD microencapsulation process. Packaged in a resealable aluminium bottle, the tea product will be available New York at select grocery outlets and will be rolled out across the US market from January 2020. Free WhitepaperSix essential ways to improve your pharmaceutical quality system Enter your details here to receive your free whitepaper. Close survey Close

CBD – Your questions answered

© Feelgoodsk | Here, Keeley Berry, Nutritional Expert and Product Developer at BetterYou, answers the most commonly asked questions about CBD What is CBD? CBD is one of at least 113 known cannabinoids derived from the hemp plant. These plant-based cannabinoids are similar in structure to the body’s own cannabinoid system, called the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system in the body is responsible for regulating sleep, appetite, anxiety and pain. CBD binds to part of the body’s endocannabinoid receptors to boost the body’s production of its own cannabinoids. Can you get ‘high’ from CBD? The specific cannabinoid substance found in marijuana that makes you high is called THC –  the psychoactive part of the drug. The industrial hemp production is grown to have significantly lower THC levels and higher CBD yields. In the UK, THC is highly-regulated to ensure there is no more than 1mg of THC per bottle of product and therefore it will not induce psychoactive effects. Is CBD oil safe or addictive? As long as you buy from a reputed supplier who can produce certification of the CBD products’ safety and ingredients it should be safe. A World Health Organisation report on CBD confirmed that “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile. Reported adverse effects may be as a result of drug interactions between CBD and patients’ existing medications.” Controlled human studies have not found any potential for physical dependence, withdrawal or tolerance.  Due to the extremely low levels of THC, there’s no reason why CBD oil should be addictive when used responsibly. Not all CBD products are the same quality so it’s important to look out for trusted brands who can provide analytical results for their products. Any company who makes a CBD product should be able to supply a consumer with a certificate confirming its safety, the amount of THC it contains and any residual solvents leftover from the manufacturing process. Can you overdose on CBD? It’s always best to stick to the manufacturer’s instructions on the product purchased but if you notice any adverse effects such as dry mouth, low blood pressure and drowsiness, discontinue use and consult your GP. Are CBD oil and hemp seed oil the same thing? Hemp seed oil is made from the seeds of the hemp plant that are rich in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids – they tend to be used in cooking and cosmetics. Hemp seeds are a food, but when you start growing the plant and extracting CBD oil from its leaves and stalks, then you’re talking about a CBD oil supplement and the manufacture of these is strictly regulated in the UK. CBD oil can also be known as ‘hemp extract’ and is derived from the industrial hemp process that results in high CBD and lower THC containing crops – this is what you find in CBD oil supplements. How and where is CBD grown and harvested? Most CBD products that are available in the UK come from industrial hemp grown within the European Union, adhering to strict guidelines. There are three ways CBD oil can be extracted from the hemp plant. Firstly, and most commonly, ethanol is used to extract the CBD from hemp. Alternatively, carbon dioxide is used to heat up the hemp and the resulting oil is then extracted – this is called ‘supercritical Co2 extraction’. At BetterYou, we are currently investigating the method of extracting CBD oil using water, but it may be a while before this is commercially available. What dosage do I need and how long does it take to feel the benefit? The effects of CBD oil will vary from person to person. With an oral spray or dropper, the effects are usually noticed within 30 minutes to an hour and can last up to six hours, depending on the dose administered. It’s important to start with a lower dose and build up to a comfortable level that is right for you. We know that delivery via an oral spray can be much more effective as it delivers nutrients directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system where absorption can be lost or may vary from person to person. Editor's Recommended Articles