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Scientists and researchers have found that marijuana has numerous health benefits, including easing chronic pain, as well as some terminal and mental conditions. With more and more countries legalizing the use of medicinal marijuana, the wellness world is finally catching on.

There are regulations that allow for the consumption of this plant which means that hemp-infused products could become a staple food in the future.

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Cannabis Infused Beauty Products

Scientists and researchers have found that marijuana has numerous health benefits, including easing chronic pain, as well as some terminal and mental conditions. With more and more countries legalizing the use of medicinal marijuana, the wellness world is finally catching on.

There are regulations that allow for the consumption of this plant which means that hemp-infused products could become a staple food in the future.

Aside from marijuana’s nutritional value, it is also good for the skin and hair. What’s on trend today are beauty products formulated with hemp seed oils that can do wonders for your face and body. These oils have been proven to be rich in omega, and amino acids, as well as vitamins C, A, and E.  The hemp oil works wonderfully as a rich, topical moisturizer.

Before you contest that these products can get you ‘high’, know that manufacturers only use the non-psychoactive extract from the plant, which is called the cannabidiol or CBD. Scientific research paves the way and claims that CBD is able to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms as well as lower inflammation, lift the mood and improve the skin’s overall moisture.

Should you be looking to discover different products that can help you achieve healthy and glowing skin, here’s a list of CBD-infused beauty products for you to try:

  • Vertly Relief Lotion

Would you like soft baby skin? Try this all-over body lotion made from cannabinoid extract. It has other ingredients too that can remove dead skin cells and improve the overall texture of your skin. By combining hemp seed oil, aloe vera, arnica and peppermint, the Vertly Relief Lotion truly is the holy grail in skin care.

This product can also be used to treat inflammation on several parts of the body and relieve aching muscles. Vertly Relief Lotion (150mg) retails at $45.

  • Pure CBD for Life Rub in Lavender

Do you suffer from tired muscles and migraines? This CBD lavender rub helps relieve throbbing pain in the head and temples, for a more relaxing feeling. Life Rub in Lavender is made from pure CBD extract, Melissa essential oil, eucalyptus, and lavender.  It can remove itchiness in the skin by rubbing the product into the affected area to prevent yourself from constantly scratching the skin.

The Pure CBD for Life Rub in Lavender (120mg) is priced at $25 per unit.

  • Pekar Tissue Repair Serum

Sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles and makes skin feel dry and oily. To treat sun damage, you will need an extra hydrating and rejuvenating serum to repair tissue and make the skin radiant. The Pekar Tissue Repair Serum is formulated with CBD-rich extract, combined with vitamins C, B3 and hyaluronic acid for softer, moisturized skin. Use the product at night after washing your face to wake up with clear and smooth skin.

This Pekar Tissue Repair Serum (250mg) retails for $148.

  • Nooks + Crannies CBD Soap

To fully remove excess oil and dirt from the skin, you need to use an activated charcoal ingredient. The good news is that Nooks + Crannies CBD Soap is a combination of cannabidiol, coconut milk, activated charcoal, chamomile, and botanical oils. It makes the skin feel soft and fresh after every wash. For only $22, you can enjoy a 140g bar of soap that is safe to use on your face, and your body.

  • Speakeasy Lip Balm

Before applying lipstick, be sure to apply lip moisturizer first to achieve a chap-free pout. Get the Speakeasy Lip Balm for an ultra-moisturizing balm with a taste of pomegranate and spearmint. This is a good everyday lip balm that you can use without the sticky feeling. This product retails at $6.

These are just some of the best CBD-infused beauty products you can try. Discover more and see the difference of using CBD to combat allergies, skin discoloration, acne and more.

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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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