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Is Industrial Hemp the New Energy Crop?



With the November 2018 midterm elections, the buzz surrounding the cannabis plant has been revived, and talks on the uses of CBD Oil and cannabis varieties such as marijuana and hemp have once again been ignited. In light of this, it is important to look into one of the most essential potentials of the cannabis plant, which is hemp as an energy crop.

What is Hemp?

Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant that is highly fibrous. It is a variety of Cannabis sativa, scientifically known as Cannabis sativa L. It is different from sativa in that it has a low THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the highly psychoactive compound) content, but high levels of CBD (cannabidiol, the medicinal component). Historically, the ancient Chinese used this plant to make clothes, bowstrings, and parchment and Europeans, in the 16th century, were also reaping the benefits of this strain for food and textiles. With its fiber-rich stalks and stems, this plant is currently used in various industries to make plastics, paper, ropes, and textiles. In fact, it is used in major areas in modern plumbing. One of the most significant developments in studying the benefits of hemp is its contributions to the biofuel industry.

The Benefits of Using Hemp for Biofuels

There was a push towards using this plant as an alternative to traditional fuel sources. However, with legal limitations restricting the use of the cannabis plant in the U.S., this vision was not fully realized. However, more and more experts are vouching for the use of this strain as a good source of biofuels and here are some of the benefits of using it:
  • It Has Minimal Environmental Impact
One of the best things about using this crop is its environment-friendly attributes. Keep in mind that traditional fuel sources are getting depleted. Moreover, burning fossil fuels such as coal and oil has proven to be detrimental to the environment and is the number one cause of global warming. With hemp biofuel as an alternative, we can reduce the damage caused by hydrocarbons (extracted from old and non-renewable animals and plants). This is because this crop offers a carbohydrate alternative, which can be obtained through new and renewable plants.
  • Industrial Hemp is more Sustainable
If you are thinking that hemp is the only energy crop available, you are wrong. There are many other crops that can be used to replace traditional fuels. However, this was deemed unsustainable because the production of biofuel from these other crops has a negative environmental impact primarily because they use too much water and land while yielding very little. Cultivating this cannabis strain can be the answer to the problem. Keep in mind that this crop is easy to grow and, when it comes time to harvest them, they have high yields. To further illustrate the advantages this crop has to offer, we need to take note that this crop is high in fiber. To extract biodiesel and ethanol/methanol, large amounts of grains, starches, waste paper, and pulp are needed. Because of the high fiber content, it is a perfect alternative to traditional and other energy crops.
  • Hemp in the Automotive Industry
Automobile makers have been using plastics made from hemp for a while now. In fact, almost all European manufacturers use hemp-derived materials for their cars. Some of the car parts that are made from this crop include interior and exterior door panels, trim pieces and card doors. This shows the usefulness of this plant in one industry alone. These developments in the use of the cannabis plant can help industries to reach new heights. With the many benefits of hemp to offer in the fuel and energy industry, there is no denying that it is the new energy crop.
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Why Buying Weed Online Isn’t So Simple In Ontario



Why Buying Weed Online Isn’t So Simple In Ontario

With the legalization of cannabis in Canada and the safety protocols brought on by COVID-19, more and more people began ordering their marijuana online. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the AGCO temporarily authorized licensed cannabis retail stores to provide cannabis delivery services and curbside pick-up.

However, when lock-down restrictions are lifted, delivery will most likely not continue. So, what happens next, and will these restrictions be lifted?

While brick-and-mortar marijuana dispensaries are closely monitored by official entities, it’s harder for governing bodies to track who is selling weed online.

So far in 2021, the Better Business Bureau has received over 75,000 complaints about online weed sales across North America – this is compared to the 50,000 complaints they received for all of 2020.

The problems lie in unlicensed retailers selling cannabis online with no one able to hold them accountable for the quality and quantity of what the customer is supposed to receive.

That’s not to say that you can’t buy cannabis online. If you’re interested in purchasing weed from an online dispensary during a lock-down in your city, here’s what you should look out for:

  • Make Sure the Company is Regulated

You can check to see if an online dispensary is registered by checking the Canadian Government website.

A federal license is required in order to cultivate, process, and sell cannabis for both medical or non-medical purposes.

  • Check Out the Business Address

Make sure you check out the company’s address to see if they are really there. 

One online dispensary based in Canada, which has received many negative reviews through the Better Business Bureau, states they have a business address but they do not. In fact, a beauty salon exists in that location.

If you are looking at a company outside of your location, this may be more difficult. To be extra careful, try calling another business in that area to verify if the online retailer exists there. 

  • Call the Contact Number

You can even call any contact number provided by the online dispensary for cannabis. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their business.

If the contact number is fake, stay away from the company.

  • Look at the Website

Check to see if the website looks professional. Are there broken links? Broken images? Typos? These can be signs that the website was created in a hurry. Here’s an example of a legitimate cannabis store.

Also pay attention to the information they offer such as return policies, and privacy policies.

  • Compare Prices

If the prices offered when buying marijuana online seem too good to be true, they probably are. Compare the site’s prices against other retailers to see if they are really low or steeply discounted.

A man in British Columbia ordered cannabis online from a company based out of the United States. They offered a 25% discount on large orders, so he spent thousands of dollar’s worth of cannabis products. The package never arrived.

  • Check the Business’s History

Lastly, you can always run the company through the Better Business Bureau’s site to check its history and find any complaints from dissatisfied customers.

The BBB will list any patterns of complaints as well as alerts based on bad business practices.

They also provide a letter rating based on these metrics.

  • Trust Your Gut

Overall, it’s important to trust your gut instincts when it comes to buying your marijuana online. 

For example, if the retailer asks you to send the payment to a generic email address (Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail), it’s likely that the business is not legit. Also, if you’re seeing a lot of bad product reviews, it’s best to stay away.

You can always reach out to other cannabis users for their recommendations on buying cannabis products online. They can share their first-hand experience when it comes to pricing, delivery, and product quality.

  • How Buying Weed Online Works

Now that you know what to look for when it comes to an online cannabis retailer, here is how the process of buying weed online works:

  • You will be asked to verify your age. In Alberta, you must be 18+, 21+ in Quebec, and 19+ everywhere else.
  • Your purchase will be made online through a secure website.
  • The retailer then processes the order and packages the cannabis according to Canada Post’s regulations.
  • You will receive your cannabis in the mail.

In all provinces, you can purchase your marijuana online through government-owned websites and have them delivered to your home. Otherwise, you can order online through local dispensaries and have them shipped through regular mail if your region permits delivery services.

However, in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, you can have purchases made through privately-owned dispensaries delivered via a private delivery company. 

  • Mail Order Marijuana: Safety First!

It’s important to proceed with caution when it comes to buying your weed online. Many retails have wonderful products and reputations, but of course, you must complete your due diligence.

You must take the right steps so that you are not going to lose out on money or receive cannabis products that are unlicensed and potentially dangerous to your health.

Many local dispensaries are committed to ensuring your online shopping experience is as pleasant as the products you enjoy! Use the tips above when choosing an online cannabis dispensary and enjoy the convenience of having quality cannabis delivered straight to your door. If you have any questions concerning cannabis purchases, please get in touch with your nearest retailer.

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What is the Legal Status of Medical Cannabis in Portugal? What You Should Know



Medical Marijuana Now Free in Sicily

Cannabis is not legal in Portugal, but it is not illegal either. This means that the use and possession of cannabis are still considered a criminal offense, but there are no penalties for personal amounts (amounts under 10 grams). It also means that those who possess more significant amounts of marijuana will avoid jail time by paying a fine instead. The Portuguese government has decriminalized drug use because they believe it is more effective than imprisonment for reducing addiction rates and improving public health. In addition, they have recognized the benefits of medical cannabis. Therefore, they have legalized its use in some cases with a prescription from your doctor. As a result, Portugal medical cannabis has continued to rise with no signs of slowing down.

What is medical cannabis, and how does it work?

Cannabis is a plant that can and has been used for medicinal purposes worldwide. It’s been shown to help with pain relief, anxiety, and other medical conditions. Medical cannabis includes dried flowers or extracts from the marijuana plant and products made from oils, edibles, or skin creams. Research on how cannabis affects our bodies continue, but in states where it’s legal, people use it to treat symptoms of AIDS/HIV; cancer; Crohn’s disease; epilepsy and seizures (especially among children); glaucoma; muscle spasms due to multiple sclerosis; PTSD and chronic pain. There are also conditions like anorexia nervosa, which might benefit from the effects of cannabis’ appetite stimulant properties. 

The history of Portugal’s legal status of medical cannabis

Medical Marijuana

The history of Portugal’s legal status of medical cannabis is a long and winding one. It started with the Portuguese government recognizing that marijuana was not as harmful as other drugs, like cocaine, regarding its addictive properties. This began to change around 2001 when Portugal became a signatory to the United Nations’ Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs from 1961. They were then legally obligated to criminalize possession for personal use and consumption. So what changed? In 1999 there was an increase in HIV/AIDS-related pneumonia where patients had complications because they were smoking too much weed instead of eating it or taking pills. After this incident, doctors asked for more leniency on behalf of their patients suffering from AIDS-related diseases or those recovering from other conditions.

Current status of cannabis in Portugal

Cannabis in Portugal is currently legal for medical and recreational purposes. It’s been decriminalized since 2001, with the punishment being either a fine or community service rather than jail time. In 2013, laws were passed to regulate its production, distribution, and sale. The law allows up to five grams of cannabis per person – which must be used privately in places not accessible by others – and growing up to two plants at home without any risk of criminal prosecution. Smoking cannabis in public is still illegal and punishable by fines ranging from $50-$250 (or 10-30 days imprisonment). Cultivation outside the private sphere carries a penalty of six months to three years imprisonment plus fines ranging from $1,000-$2,500.

How to get a prescription for medical marijuana in Portugal

In Portugal, you can get a medical marijuana prescription if you have one of the following conditions: cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. To receive this medication from pharmacies, you must be at least 18 years old and provide a certificate of diagnosis from your doctor. Additionally, cannabis is only available for purchase through pharmacists registered with the Portuguese Health Ministry to distribute medical products. 


Portugal has shown a progressive attitude towards cannabis and its usage for medical purposes. If you are looking to travel abroad, be sure to research the legal status of medical cannabis in other countries before heading overseas.

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Cannabis & Pets

How Cannabis Oil Can Treat Anxiety in Dogs [VIDEO]



Cannabis Oil Can Treat Anxiety in Dogs

How do you use cannabis to treat dog problems, and what kind of problems can it treat? VICE talks to a pet owner on their experience in using cannabis for treating their dogs anxiety.

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