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A Quick Guide on How to Succeed in Marijuana Stocks

Jordan Webber

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For many investors, the emergence of cannabis is a blessing. This “green gold” is fast becoming the hottest form of investment today, even surpassing the popularity of cryptocurrency. Many wealthy business leaders, celebrities, and investors have hopped on the medical marijuana investment bandwagon.

Welcome to the Green Gold Rush

And why not? Even market analysts are extremely bullish on the cannabis market. A recent study by Market Study Report, LLC showed the medical marijuana market is seen to skyrocket by a CAGR of 16.82% within 2019 and 2024. Another report, this time by ArcView Market Research and BDS Analytics, projected that the weed market is poised to reach $32-billion mark as early as 2022. No wonder investors are scrambling to take part in the meteoric rise of the cannabis industry.

Aside from buying marijuana stocks products from various IPOs and already established marijuana companies, entrepreneurs have devised multiple ways to draw investors in anticipation of the boom in this sector. With the recent launching of AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF, there are now two cannabis-focused exchange-traded funds in the market today. Also, there are now apps like Stash that allow people to buy and trade marijuana shares for as little as $5. Programmers have even developed a cryptocurrency named Potcoin which is exclusive to weed investors.

Cannabis Investment  – Marijuana Stocks

Excited to invest in marijuana stocks? Not so fast, advised analysts. Even as many prominent and ordinary people are pouring their money on the wonder plant, experts caution investors, especially newbies, to take a more in-depth look at the stocks they are buying. Market experts have identified some steps that you should take note of if you want your cannabis investment to succeed.

1. Study the types of marijuana products

Cannabis products as classified under two broad categories: medical marijuana and recreational marijuana.

Medical marijuana currently is legal in 33 U.S. states as well as in many countries across the world. People who want to buy these products need to present a prescription from an authorised doctor or healthcare provider. Most doctors prescribe cannabis products such as CBD oil for anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and stress. Other states require buyers to show a Medical Marijuana Card.

On the other hand, recreational marijuana is only legal for adult use in nine U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Smokers of marijuana products prefer to experience the psychoactive attributes of THC.

2. Know the Different Types of Marijuana Stocks

Stocks are divided into three types:

  • Pot growers – These are companies that cultivate the crop, harvest it and distribute the end products to consumers.
  • Weed-focused biotechs – These are firms dedicated to developing medicine and other products from cannabinoids.
  • Suppliers of ancillary products and services – Some enterprises provide products and services to support marijuana growers

3. Know the Risks Involved

Even though the cannabis industry is proliferating, it does not mean it is already immune to huge losses. Like any investment, you need to prepare the risks, including:

  • Legal and political issues – Debates about the legal status of cannabis among U.S. politicians are still ongoing. And even as medical marijuana has been legalized in many states, pressures and decisions from the White House have an enormous impact on the weed industry.
  • Imbalances in supply and demand – Prices of marijuana stocks can change depending on the supply of the plant and the number of people who are willing to buy them. Developments within the U.S. and around the world can change the supply/demand balance. So as an aspiring investor, you should monitor the overall market.
  • The performance of the company – Generally, established companies with high market capitalization pose a lower risk than newcomers. But since the cannabis industry is relatively new, even the established ones can be threatened by start-ups. Hence, you need to constantly monitor the developments of the market or seek help from analysts and experts.

Given its media exposure and impressive growth, investing in marijuana can be a boon for your finances. But if you are not doing your homework, you might lose your hard-earned money in an instant. So, study the market intensively to get good returns.

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How to Use CBD Crystals – Beginners Guide

Carissa Stevens

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Ever heard of CBD Crystals? Learn more about this interesting CBD product and how to use it.

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Cannabis Is In A Situation Of Change

Carissa Stevens

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Cannabis is in a situation of change. Although the recreational use of marijuana is still far from being well seen but more are preparing joints over a weed rolling tray and, even more, legalized, in most societies around the world the use of medicinal cannabis to fight different diseases and ailments is increasingly accepted; and there are already many countries that have legalized marijuana for this type of use. Even so, as it is a new paradigm, the number of studies on cannabis is still small, and research is needed to guarantee its use and convenience depending on each case.

The CBD Craze

At this point, the medicinal properties of CBD (cannabidiol), the second main component of cannabis after THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), is already well known. This substance is used to stabilize the endocannabinoid system of the body, combat stress, facilitate sleep, alleviate muscle and joint pain. Despite many of CBD properties seem indicated for the classic symptoms during this period, it seems that there are unknown consequences on its use.

CBD for nausea, pains and sleep problems

First of all, to consume marijuana to fight nausea, pains and sleep problems, you have to make sure it is without THC. There are many cannabis derivatives in the market with concentrated CBD that, in small doses, could help to cope better with the upbringing of a baby, but the few studies carried out in this regard discourage exposing the fetus to new substances to which it may not be prepared.

It is possible that in the future consuming CBD is completely safe and helps to alleviate the side effects of it, but for now the lack of studies invites to avoid cannabis use during this phase of life. However, in cases of extremely complicated issues, CBD oils or other derivatives could be more effective and natural than any other pill. In any case, it is a personal decision.

Recommendation

Be that as it may, there are a number of recommendations for consuming CBD. It is crucial to ensure that it comes from organic crops, without the use of pesticides or other chemicals. Also, that the product has been tested by a trusted laboratory. The consumption of THC and the pulmonary route is totally inadvisable, although vaporizers are not a bad option.

The THC Hype

If you are a cannabis smoker or if you have ever consumed it, it is likely that you have experienced a temporary memory loss or have felt more forgetful. There is a scientific reason that explains this phenomenon, and is directly related to the different types of memory of the human being.

There is a single neurotransmitter that intervenes in all types of memory, from short-term memory, through verbal or spatial memory. It is acetylcholine, which intervenes, for example, in diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, or others related to memory loss.

THC for memory

All memory problems are related to the number of acetylcholines. Whether it is higher or lower than optimal levels, it can lead to memory problems such as those mentioned above. To maintain these levels stable there is an enzyme, acetyltransferase.

Cannabis THC inhibits acetyltransferases, interfering in its work as stabilizers and causing an increase in the number of acetylcholines. This is positive in the cases of those people who need an increase of these neurotransmitters, but harmful if you do not need more. That’s why THC can affect negatively in the short-term memory, specifically.

However, no study so far has concluded that THC consumption has an impact on long-term memory. That is, you will only experience a small loss of memory while you are high, not after. This is due to CBD, which counteracts the effects of THC and stabilizes the level of acetylcholine.

Side Notes

A research was conducted and has analyzed the brains of mice that began to administer THC chronically during the considered critical period for the development of their brain, which in people corresponds to adolescence. In the study of the cerebral cortex of these mice, researchers have detected alterations in the serotonin 2A receptor, the main responsible for the hallucinations characteristic of psychosis and schizophrenia. In particular, researchers have found that this receptor increases its functionality after chronic treatment with cannabis products.

The researchers have discovered the alterations that occur in the neurons of the cerebral cortex of mice treated chronically with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). This study opens ways to generate prevention strategies, as well as the design of drugs and therapies to improve the lives of people with schizophrenia.

The final aim of the study is to identify the existence of similar molecular changes in people who use cannabis to be able to relate them to the development of psychosis or schizophrenia. On the other hand, this research opens the way to the creation of new drugs that improve the symptomatology of patients with schizophrenia.

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What is Kratom: A Quick & Dirty Guide

Stacey Wellington

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More and more individuals are looking for healthy and natural alternatives to medications. While this does not mean that such options will replace medicines, the presence of naturally occurring substitutes can benefit patients. Just look at the impact of cannabis is the medical community, which is now being studied as a safer and less addictive replacement to opioids.

Kratom is one of the naturally occurring options to some medications. Those who are in search of healthy and safe alternatives but are not familiar with this plant should take a look at the guide below:

Introducing the Plant

Kratom or Mitragyna speciosa, is a tropical tree found in parts of Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. It belongs to the botanical family Rubiaceae. There are three varieties of this tree such as those with white, red and green leaf veins. Each type contains varying levels of chemical compounds that gives it psychoactive effects.

Those with green leaf veins are known to give uplifting effects, which offers a boost of energy. Meanwhile, those with red veins are known for is sedating property. In some Southeast Asian cultures, this plant Is consumed as an intoxicant or as medicine. It can be consumed fresh or dried. Its leaves can be chewed fresh or it can be brewed into teas. It also comes in pill or tablet form.

Aside from its activating and sedative effects, these leaves are also known for being an analgesic and mood enhancers. When used for its medical properties, it can help in relieving pain and addressing sleep issues.

Kratom and other Similar Plants

Now that you know what this plant is and its effects, you might be wondering how it compares with other plants such as cannabis. Like cannabis, kratom is known for its psychoactive properties. Both are also used in folk medicine in various cultures because of their pain-relieving, uplifting and sedative effects. They also come from a family of flowering plants, and they have varieties that are valued for their respective medicinal and recreational effects.

However, they share some differences. The most obvious is that cannabis is becoming more mainstream and is even incorporated in federal and state legislations. Moreover, cannabis comes from the family cannabaceae, while kratom belongs in the family rubiaceae.

Speaker of families, did you know that kratom and coffee are related? They both belong in the family rubiaceae. They both have energy boosting and mood-enhancing attributes. Both are also rich in anti-oxidants. Kratom, however, has a sedative property. It also has a pain-relieving attribute, which coffee also has but to a limited extent.

Legislation Regarding Kratom

We all know that cannabis is federally a Schedule I drug as per the Controlled Substances Act. It has also been legalized for medical use in more than 30 states and for recreational use in 11 of those, including DC.

Kratom is legal in almost all states except Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin. In some states, it is fully legal, but in some prohibit it in some counties and cities. However, some are proposing that it should be included in the list of Schedule I drugs.

Internationally speaking, the legality of this plant varies. Some countries such as Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Russia and Poland do not allow the consumption of this plant.

Conclusion

Kratom can be the next big thing when it comes to naturally occurring alternatives. While no significant researches have been conducted, unlike in the case of cannabis, it might be worth considering, especially for scientists and those who are looking for natural options.

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