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Important Questions about CBD Tolerance

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Questions About CBD Tolerance

Because of the predominantly negative perception of cannabis, there are numerous misconceptions attached to this plant and its cannabinoids. Luckily, the public’s view of this is changing. One of these misconceptions is that the cannabinoid CBD is linked to tolerance. In finding out whether it is true or not, we need to know what exactly this occurrence is on a scientific level.

The Science of Tolerance

According to experts, tolerance to substances is basically the decreased response when exposed to these substances. This can manifest in the cellular, metabolic and behavioral level. In the cellular level, this occurs when receptors frequently interact with the substance, resulting in lessened effects to the body. Meanwhile, when there are decreased effects due to fewer amounts of the substance reaching the receptors, it is called metabolic, while behavioral occurrence is the person’s reduced ability to feel effects of the chemical due to constant use.

Now that you know the different levels of tolerance, you may be wondering whether this applies to CBD. Well, let’s find out! Here are questions that can help clarify the matter:

Are there people who are immune to cannabidiol from birth?

The first question that may come to your mind is whether or not there are people who are tolerant to CBD the moment they were born. Keep in mind that cannabinoids target the human body’s endocannabinoid system. This system is in charge of pain, pleasure and immune system functions of the body. So, a person with a healthy endocannabinoid system will be able to receive cannabinoids properly.

If a person has problems with this system, then they may have trouble processing cannabinoids such as CBD. So, it possible that there may be people who are immune to this cannabinoid. In fact, there are individuals whose endocannabinoid receptors unfortunately lacks the ability to process cannabinoids from external sources. This makes them immune to the effects of cannabidiol and other cannabinoids.

Can you develop CBD tolerance?

One of the myths tied to CBD is that it can cause tolerance because some people tend to develop the need to increase their dosage. Take note that this can occur at a behavioral level, so it depends on the person and their perceived need to increase their dosage. This is because some people learn to adapt to the stimulation caused by CBD.

However, keep in mind that only THC is observed to cause immunity in some people. On the other hand, users of CBD have not reported any symptoms of molecular and cellular occurrence and studies have not observed this, as well. In fact, cannabidiol users even exhibit signs of reverse tolerance.

What is reverse tolerance?

If you think this only works one way, think again. Studies show that people develop the need to consume smaller and smaller amounts of cannabidiol overtime. The best thing about this is that long-term use leading to the need to consume lower amounts does not affect the effects it has on the body. So, this means that when you build reverse tolerance, you will need a lower dosage to achieve the same effects as when you have started your larger CBD intake. This is because this particular cannabinoid facilitates increased activity in the endocannabinoid system’s receptors, making it work more efficiently as compared to THC, which decreases the effectiveness of these receptors.

Nothing beats information dissemination and knowledge when it comes to dispelling myths. Now that you know that CBD does not cause immunity, you can consume this wonderful cannabinoid without any worries. You can even save up on your consumption in the future with reverse tolerance!

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Columbia Care Kicks Off First Cannabis Credit Card

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Columbia Care Cannabis Credit Card

Columbia Care announced the launch of its National Credit program with its CNC Card.

The medical marijuana company licensed to operate in the U.S. and 15 jurisdictions in the European Union said the launch of the card follows a successful test run in New York in the second half of 2018. The introduction of the card led to an 18% increase in the number of in-store purchases. Moreover, the card also helped boost repeat visits and home delivery orders.

With the card, people in the U.S. can now get a credit card for buying medical cannabis.

From New York, the Columbia Care will offer the program to its Delaware and Pennsylvania markets. Later, the company’s Illinois and Arizona customers can apply for the card. The firm aims to expand the reach of its program to all its locations by the end of 2019.

Cannabis Credit Card

Available initially only at Columbia Care dispensaries, the firm is looking into opportunities for expanding the availability of the card across the country through targeted partnerships.

Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care, said the firm aims on expanding the cannabis market in the country. Through the launching of the first cannabis credit card in the country, the company allows consumers and participants in the industry to purchase cannabis products.

He also said the card would act as a starting point of the company’s nationwide growth initiatives, including home delivery, the launching of an e-commerce site, and automatic fulfillment.

In addition to having a tool for an electronic form of payment, CNC cardholders can also be eligible for other benefits including discounts, cash back affinity programs, educational seminars, privileged access to new products and other exclusive offers.

Cannabis Banking Gaining Steam

Aside from having a cannabis credit card, medical marijuana customers may also enjoy the benefits of banking. Earlier this month, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation that kicks off a three-year pilot program wherein cannabis firms could use an online system in sending and receiving digital currency.

Last month, the California State Senate passed a bill allowing financial institutions to offer products and services dedicated to cannabis financial transactions.

If Gov. Gavin Newsom signs the legislation, around 900 bank branches in the state would be allowed to handle cannabis cash, California Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg said.

The federal government is also working on protecting legitimate cannabis financial transactions. Earlier this month, a U.S. House committee approved a bill that includes a provision that would safeguard banks serving legal marijuana businesses from getting penalized by federal financial regulators.

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Church of England Backs Medical Cannabis Use and Investment

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Church of England Cannabis Investments

The Church of England (CofE) has recently given the green light on the use of medical marijuana and cannabis investment.

The investment arm of CofE, the Church Commissioners of England, said it would lift its self-imposed ban on investing in medical cannabis. This reversal takes place at a time when many significant investment funds remain steadfast on so-called “sin stocks” or companies operating in industries facing legal uncertainties.

The CofE investment arm, which manages the church’s £12.6 billion ($16 billion) portfolios, had previously enforced an investment exclusion policy on cannabis. So far, it has not yet invested in companies related to the sector, Church Commissioners head of responsible investment, Edward Mason, said.

Mason said the change in CofE’s stand comes after it has made a distinction between recreational and medical cannabis. After realizing the potency of the plant’s medicinal properties, the church is content with its proper use for therapeutic reasons.

The UK government legalized medicinal cannabis in October 2018. However, only a fraction of British patients received a medical cannabis prescription, citing difficulty in persuading specialists about marijuana as a right medical option as a primary reason. Other reasons include the problems dispensaries face in obtaining licenses for cannabis-based products as well as the trouble in transporting them once they arrive in the country.

The Duality of Marijuana as an Investment

Like the Church Commissioners of England, other ethical investors are also starting to recognise the dual nature of marijuana as an investment. KLP Fund, an Oslo-based firm with $80 billion in assets, has recently sold its stocks in recreational cannabis. But it retains its stakes in medicinal marijuana

The AP Funds in Sweden also recommended the exclusion of recreational marijuana from its $180-billion portfolio. Like KLP, it said, it will still invest in medical marijuana companies. The Swedish fund referred to the recent guidance of the UN on both ethical investment and narcotics.

The CofE said it will not invest in companies that get more than 10% of their revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana. This rate is the threshold the company uses for the majority of its other ethical exclusions, including tobacco, gambling, pornography, and lenders charging at high interests.

The UK’s church is known for publicly voicing its positions in ethical investment issues. It considers factors such as morality, environmental impact, corporate governance, and social good. It the past, the church has challenged ExxonMobil and Glencore by pressuring executives to improve their policies related to environment preservation.

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VA Restricts Veterans’ Access to Medical Marijuana

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VA's Restriction to Medical Marijuana

Veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system are having difficulty accessing medical marijuana for their medical conditions, says US News. The department has policies in place preventing doctors from prescribing medical cannabis to retired military personnel.

The VA has taken this move because of marijuana’s status as a Schedule I substance. The policy applies even in medical facilities in states with legal medical marijuana. Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal cannabis, 10 of which allows recreational use of the plant.

Marijuana laws in these states allow medicinal application for chronic pain, spasms and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) just to name a few. However, Lt. Col. Doug Distaso of the Air Force has not been able to access the plant for therapeutic purposes due to VA’s restrictions. Instead, Distaso was prescribed a ‘drug cocktail’ which causes him to undergo a ‘medicated stupor.’

Aside from Distaso, there are thousands of veterans experiencing chronic pain and treated using opioids. Moreover, these military personnel also retire from service with PTSD. Reports show that there are at least 20 deaths through suicide recorded every day.

According to the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), the Schedule I list is composed of drugs, substances, and chemicals that have nor currently accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse. Marijuana is listed along with heroin, LSD and ecstasy.

The US News reports that the VA has only created two opportunities to discuss cannabis for veteran patients when they request information.

Meanwhile, veteran groups such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, as well as Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America are calling for reforms to VA’s systems. These groups also promote cannabis for pain management and mental health illnesses. They also recognize the plant’s potential to address the opioid epidemic.

 

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