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Alejandra Villagra, CBD, 360 MAGAZINE

High Times × Trading Symbol

HIGH TIMES ANNOUNCES TRADING SYMBOL AHEAD OF PLANNED LISTING

Hightimes Holding Corp., the owner of High Times®, the most well-known brand in cannabis, has announced that it has been approved for trading and has received its ticker symbol from FINRA. Upon completion of certain regulatory formalities, Hightimes will trade under the symbol “HTHC.”

The company, which is presently conducting a Reg A+ IPO, has garnered over $20,000,000 in investments from more than 25,000 shareholders. The High Times organization believes the ticker HTHC, an acronym for Hightimes Holding Corp., best identifies the company’s next chapter. The company polled its investors to decide the company’s ticker, receiving over 82% in support of the HTHC symbol.

“We’re extremely excited to shortly complete our Regulation A + process and commence trading – this approval for trading has been a long time coming! The support from our shareholders has been overwhelming, and this was really a decision which we sought input from our over 25,000 investors,” said Adam Levin, Hightimes Holding Corp.’s Executive Chairman. “We have an incredible community of investors who are actively engaging with our brand, and our community is growing by the day!”

“What better way to enter the public markets than crowdsourcing our ticker? This was truly a community decision. We wanted to open this up to our shareholders as this will be a symbol that defines us all for years to come,” Hightimes Chief Executive Officer Stormy Simon noted. ”

Mr. Levin continued, ”We believe that the Hightimes Regulation A+ investment campaign has proven to be one of the most successful offerings of its type – across any industry.”

This marks the last opportunity to become a shareholder ahead of the company’s listing on the public markets.

Interested investors are encouraged to visit hightimesinvestor.com to view the High Times offering circular. You can also email investor@hightimes.com or call 1 (833) BUY-HTHC (833-289-4842). View our latest Regulation A+ offering circular and our SEC filings HERE and HERE.

About High Times
For more than 45 years, High Times has been the world’s most well-known cannabis brand – championing the lifestyle and educating the masses on the benefits of this natural flower. From humble beginnings as a counterculture lifestyle publication, High Times is evolving into a cannabis retailer, hosting industry-leading events like the Cannabis Cup and the High Times Business Summit, while providing digital TV and social networks, globally distributed merchandise, international licensing deals and providing content for its millions of fans and supporters across the globe. In the world of Cannabis, High Times is the arbiter of quality. For more information on High Times visit hightimes.com

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Shango x Moreno Valley

Shango Is the City’s First Licensed Retail Cannabis Facility

The dreams of two Southern Californians will come true when the new Shango Moreno Valley recreational cannabis dispensary opens on March 5, 2020.

Shango founder and CEO Brandon Rexroad, and former NFL All-Pro offensive lineman Kyle Turley are the ownership group that is bringing the Shango brand to California.

Rexroad, a longtime resident of Orange County, is a close friend of Turley who grew up in Moreno Valley.

“Opening a dispensary in Southern California has been a personal goal of mine since I started in the cannabis industry nearly 24 years ago,” Rexroad said. “We’re excited to be the first licensed dispensary in Moreno Valley and we’re planning on making a positive impact on this community.

“Shango Moreno Valley has an exceptional location,” Rexroad said. “Shango will offer the best cannabis shopping experience in the Inland Empire. Our customers are going to be amazed.”

The official Grand Opening celebration for the public will take place on March 13, 2020 at 10 a.m. with a Moreno Valley Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring local government and business leaders and media. Representatives of Shango’s ownership group and management will be available for Interviews before and during the event.

The first 50 people in line for the Grand Opening will receive complimentary Shango merchandise and deep discounts on cannabis products and accessories. Other special offers and raffles will be available to all customers throughout the Grand Opening weekend.

The dispensary is located at 11875 Pigeon Pass, Unit C1 in Moreno Valley, in the Stater Bros shopping center at the corner of Pigeon Pass and Ironwood, near California Highway 60. Hours of operation are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Shango holds a total of 29 cannabis licenses in state markets across the country, including 10 for dispensaries in Oregon, Nevada, Michigan, California and Missouri. Moreno Valley is the first of several planned Shango dispensaries in California. The company will also be opening its first distribution facility in California in summer of 2020.

For Turley, being part of a business in his hometown, where he was a multi-sport athlete at Moreno Valley High School, is a highlight in his post-NFL career.

“I’m so proud to be bringing a game-changing business to my hometown,” Turley said. “It’s pretty exciting and it kind of feels like I was destined for this.”

As a high school and college athlete, Turley never used cannabis until he sustained painful injuries and numerous concussions while playing in the NFL.

“I had friends who lost their college scholarships because they tested positive for marijuana, but I never needed it,” Turley recalls. “It’s ironic that now I’m a huge cannabis advocate and living proof that it can change your life and even save your life. This plant is shifting the conversation from being on drugs to getting off drugs. This is supposed to happen.”

Rexroad and Turley are the ownership group operating as SMV GROUP INC. The Moreno Valley facility contains 5,000 square feet of retail space.

The Shango Moreno Valley phone number is (866) 4SH-ANGO, (474-2646). The email address is socal.info@goshango.com.

Shango Moreno Valley is a member of the Moreno Valley Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about Shango and Shango Moreno Valley, visit www.goshango.com.

About Shango
Shango is an established, vertically integrated cannabis brand offering a full range of award-winning products, including flower, extracts and cannabis-infused edibles, in Oregon, Michigan and Nevada. The Shango brand has multiple full-service recreational and medical cannabis dispensaries in Oregon and Nevada along with a medical cannabis provisioning center in Michigan.

Shango will soon open a provisioning center in Bay City, Michigan, and a state-of-the-art cannabis distribution operation in Southern California. In Q2 2020, Shango’s Michigan operations will add a provisioning center in Hazel Park, as well as two extraction facilities, a commercial kitchen and an indoor cultivation facility.

A recognized leader in the cannabis industry, Shango sets the standards for product quality, consistency and business conduct. Shango is committed to cannabis education and is a fierce advocate of the safe and responsible use of cannabis products. For more information, go to www.goshango.com.

More About Brandon Rexroad
Brandon Rexroad has been dedicated to the cannabis industry since 1996 when California permitted the production and sale of medicinal cannabis. He is the Founder and CEO of Shango Cannabis, a recognized and respected leader in the cannabis industry and marketplace.

Rexroad leads the development and growth of the Shango brand in Oregon, Nevada and Michigan, as well as upcoming expansions into California, Arizona and emerging markets throughout the country.

In addition to his extensive cannabis industry knowledge and experience, Rexroad has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of commercial, industrial and residential real estate, construction and
development.

He is responsible for building and managing Shango’s state-of-the-art cannabis cultivation facilities, as well as its cannabis research and development center. These facilities produce the full range of Shango medical and recreational cannabis products. They also produce flower, extracts and edibles for other select cannabis brands.

Rexroad also is the Co-Founder of Factory Direct Garden Supply, an importer and manufacturer of hoods, lamps, ballasts and other specialized equipment for the hydroponic gardening industry.

More About Kyle Turley
Turley played nine seasons in the NFL, selected 7th overall in the 1998 draft. He played five seasons for the New Orleans Saints and a year with the St. Louis Rams before a serious back injury sidelined him for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He returned in 2006 as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, where he spent the last two years of his career before retiring in 2007. He was All-Pro offensive tackle in 2000 and was invited to the Pro Bowl in 2001.

He has been involved in a number of player health issues post-retirement, particularly neurological problems resulting from his football career. He also is a board member of the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.

Turley was featured in CNN’s “Weed 4: Pot vs Pills” hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, which focused on medical marijuana and CBD. He endorsed the use of cannabis and hemp products as a way to escape the addiction to opioids.

Diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) as a result of more than 100 concussions he received during his 10-years NFL career. Turley struggled with an addiction to painkillers, violent thoughts and suicidal tendencies until he started using medical marijuana.

“It saved my life,” he says. “I wouldn’t be where I am today, I would not have my family, my kids, my house, everything I have right now, if not for cannabis.”

To help save other lives, Turley founded the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition to use his story and those of other players to advance the use of marijuana as a valid medical treatment for neurological conditions and other athletic injuries.

“This plant has to be set free,” he says. “We have people committing suicide in football and other sports. How far do we have to go? Cannabis has played an important role in allowing me to personally manage pain, cope with CTE, improve my overall health and eliminate the need for prescription opioids that nearly cost me my life. If we can allow players and veterans to recover naturally with proper dietary and organic therapies, we should be doing so.”

Cbd, health, cannabis, 360 MAGAZINE, Alejandra Villagra

HIGH TIMES GOES PUBLIC

High Times, the most well-known brand in Cannabis, announced today that it received notification from FINRA that it was granted a trading symbol, clearing a final hurdle to begin trading. Company trading will commence with a planned listing date to be determined in the near future. The approval provides Hightimes Holding Corp. the ability to list on the public markets which will culminate the brand’s highly successful Regulation A + campaign.

“This is a big step for the company and the High Times brand. The listing of the company’s stock will give us a trading currency that will assist us in furthering our acquisitional goals. There is no better time to roll out this next evolution as we enter the cannabis retail space,” Adam Levin, Executive Chairman of Hightimes Holding Corp., noted. “With the lessons we’ve learned from other operator’s mistakes, great management, and the current state of the industry, now is the time for High Times to thrive!“

“With over 23,000 investors, this has been one of the most widely subscribed to offerings in history – across any industry,” Levin continued. “We’ve proven the strength of our brand, and of the community we represent. We’re excited for this next step.”

High Times is committed to continuing to connect cannabis to consumers with trusted products, across price points, and has introduced several plans this year to support that. High Times aims to cement its place as the largest name in cannabis and become the ultimate destination for all consumers from the canna-curious to marijuana lifers – both in-store and in person. The continued expansion in licensing and e-commerce, and now into retail stores, allow the globally recognized brand the unique opportunity to reach consumers wherever they may live. With the first two retail stores launching in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, High Times’s digital presence provides worldwide reach.

“This feels just like my early days in ecommerce – except in this case we already have audience, and we’re dealing with the most well-known brand in Cannabis,” Stormy Simon, the brand’s Chief Executive Officer, stated. “My history in ecommerce should help the company as we develop both our retail business as well as our direct to consumer delivery options in markets across the globe.”

Alejandra Villagra, CBD, 360 MAGAZINE

How CBD Oil is made: The Ultimate Ethanol Extraction Guide

Recent medical research shows that Cannabinoid (CBD) has the potential to ease symptoms of various ailments such as cancer, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis and more. CBD, which is one of the 85 different compounds that naturally occur in a cannabis plant, is growing in popularity for its medical applications. 

CBD products act as:

  • Antioxidants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Anti-inflammatories

The users cannot gain these benefits from just buying a hemp plant from a supplier. The compound that offers these excellent benefits must be extracted and transformed into a consumable product by a professional. 

Ethanol extraction is one of the best methods to extract CBD oils. 

How Ethanol Extraction Process Works

The ethanol extraction method involves introducing a solvent (ethanol) to the hemp plant to extract the cannabinoid. Ethanol then helps dissolves the natural chlorophyll of the hemp plant along with essential oils and cannabinoids. This results in a green-colored CBD oil. A simple filtering process helps remove the green discoloration. 

Additional steps after extraction

The CBD extract must pass through a few other processes before it is ready for pet and human consumption. 

  • Decarboxylation

This is the process that helps activate CBD oil. Before this process is done, the extract is still in an inactive form, and the CBD and THC present in the plant haven’t reached their full potential. 

These phytocannabinoids are in an acidic state, which is better known as cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA). The elements must pass through the decarboxylation process to make the inactive components active and get a high-quality end-product.

  • Winterization

Winterization is the process used to remove unwanted fatty acids, chlorophyll, plant materials, terpenes, and cannabinoids found in the CBD extract. This act helps dissolve non-polar substances (such as hash oil) into a polar substance (in most cases, ethanol) at sub-zero temperatures. 

The process forces lipids (fatty acids) and waxes from the crude extract to the uppermost part of the mixture. Then, they are removed through a simple filtration process.

Downsides of Ethanol Extraction

Ethanol readily mixes with water which breaks down water-soluble molecules such as chlorophyll. Unfortunately, chlorophyll is one major “undesirable” ingredient. The ethanol extraction method can produce a green, grassy product which is also undesirable. 

Some industry leaders like Capna Sytems have invented ways to reduce the need for additional processes during the ethanol extraction method. For example, by using multiple ethanol extractions, they mitigate the presence of chlorophyll among other undesirables.

Why Ethanol Extraction is the Safest Method

According to the FDA, ethanol is the safest method of extraction and is already being used in the extraction of many other conventional medicines and foods. 

The main aim of extraction is to produce cannabinoids that are not just pure but also highly concentrated for pet and human consumption. Unlike other methods of extraction, ethanol extraction provides a high-quality end product with up to 99% purity. Also, it is one of the cheapest and most efficient methods available.

Caroline Hodge, 360 MAGAZINE, cannabis, unions

How to decarb cannabis to release its psychoactive ingredient

What is the process of decarboxylation or decarbing cannabis? Learn about the active elements of cannabis.

When you’ve ever thought about how to decarb wax; have you been aware that the cannabis plant in its natural form is not psychoactive? As it naturally grows, there is no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive element of weed, in the cannabis plant.

It is only when it is heated, during a process of decarboxylation that it becomes ‘active’. Heating converts inactive THCA into active THC. Get this bit right and you’re on your way to ‘how to decarb wax’.

But, what if you are not going to burn your weed to get high? You will have to carry out a separate process of decarb by putting your weed in the oven; even before you use it in cannabis edibles.

How does this work? Well, the heat removes carboxyl from the THCA which then transforms into psychoactive THC. The same process is carried from CBDA to CBD.

What’s Best; Decarbed to Raw Weed?

You want to use decarbed cannabis to get the benefits of THC and CBD. However, there are benefits also from the non-active THCA and CBDA. These both have anti-inflammatory properties that can be of benefit for medical purposes.

To enjoy these benefits you need to take your weed directly from the fresh plant. Do not dry or cure them and, if you want to store them for a few days, you can put them in a fridge. You should not refrigerate them for more than a few days, however. So, it is best to mix it up as a smoothie or tea. If you are going to mix it with a tea or hot drink, be careful as decarbing can occur with the high temperature.

As well as THCA and CBDA, raw weed contains terpenes and phytonutrients which are both healthy and provide non-psychoactive benefits. Because of this, they can be used in treating illnesses or ailments in children.

In its raw form, cannabis contains hundreds of non-psychoactive cannabinoids, the most abundant of which is THCA. For this reason, many people prefer actual cannabis to synthetic THC in some medications. These tend to have just THC, without the other beneficial elements of fresh weed.

Decarbing not only activates THCA to THC; it also transforms CBDA into CBD and carries out a similar process with other cannabinoids.

What Temperature Does Decarboxylation Take Place In An Oven?

The required temperature for decarbing in an oven depends upon the time you want to spend on the process. It also depends on what sort of flavour you want from your decarbed weed.

Decarbing at lower temperatures for a longer time will preserve terpenes, making your weed smell and taste better.

A common method of decarbing is as follows:

  • Preheat your oven to 220 – 300F
  • Break up your weed into small pieces
  • Spread the pieces onto a baking tray
  • Heat for 30-60 minutes
  • Remove tray from the oven
  • Allow to cool
  • Grind by hand; with a grinder; or food processor.

Your decarbed weed should now be coarsely ground, but not to a powder. You can now use your THC-laden weed through a variety of consumption methods.

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

Hightimes Announces New President

Hightimes Holding Corp. names former Overstock.com President as new CEO as it readies itself for Commerce

In Preparation For Advancing Cannabis Distribution Model, Company names Stormy Simon Chief Executive Officer

Hightimes Holding Corp., the owner of the most well-known brand in Cannabis, today announced the naming of Stormy Simon, former President of Overstock.com, Inc., as its new Chief Executive Officer. The move comes as the company prepares to develop its physical and virtual distribution businesses. Having spent the last year acquiring Cannabis media publications and websites, High Times now looks to monetize its audience of millions of users across the globe.

“I’m honored to take on this role at such a pivotal time for this iconic brand. The cost of customer acquisition has plagued the cannabis industry thus far, but utilizing the High Times brand’s global audience, we should be able to monetize our traffic by connecting consumers to cannabis products at an unprecedented scale.” Stormy Simon stated.

“Like millions of other people, I have trusted High Times for years and I can’t wait to use my experience to help develop the next iteration of our business: delivering the best products into consumers’ hands.”

Adam E. Levin, Executive Chairman of Hightimes Holding Corp., added, “Stormy Simon, who rose through the ranks at Overstock.com during her 15-year tenure with the company, has extensive international business relations and marketing experience, and is highly skilled at breaking down and rebuilding departments. Stormy revolutionized Overstock.com’s marketing department, and then its customer service department, during an uncharted time in e-commerce history, eventually leading Overstock.com to increase its revenues from $20 million to over $2 Billion. For the past two years, Stormy has served on the Hightimes Board of Directors; in addition to her new role as Chief Executive Officer, she will continue to serve as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.”

Former President and CEO Kraig Fox has resigned as President and CEO of Hightimes. Executive Chairman Adam Levin will remain in his current role.

About High Times

For more than 45 years, High Times has been the world’s most well-known cannabis brand-championing the lifestyle and educating the masses on the benefits of this natural flower. From humble beginnings as a counterculture lifestyle publication, High Times has evolved into hosting industry-leading events like the Cannabis Cup and the High Times Business Summit, while providing digital TV and social networks, globally distributed merchandise, international licensing deals and providing content for its millions of fans and supporters across the globe. In the world of Cannabis, High Times is the arbiter of quality. For more information on High Times visit http://www.hightimes.com.

More About Stormy Simon:

Stormy D. Simon held a number of senior roles at Overstock.com during her fifteen-year tenure with that company. She headed Overstock.com’s Books Music & Video category and was responsible for all offline marketing including television, radio and print, among other roles. She was also a Director of Overstock.com Inc. from 2011 to 2016. Seen as a pioneer in the marketing industry, Ms. Simon was an instrumental player during the formative years of e-commerce. During her 15 years at Overstock.com, Ms. Simon went from being one of 100 employees to overseeing some 1,600 employees while growing the company’s revenue from $20 million to $2 billion. During her tenure at Overstock.com, Ms. Simon was recognized by numerous associations including four consecutive years for Mobile Web Awards and others for customer care including ranking in the top four AMEX/NRF Customer choice awards for the final six years the honor was given. In addition, Ms. Simon was personally recognized as a Customer Champion by Gartner 1 to1 Media. In 2014, Overstock.com was named to Forbes’ list of “Americas 100 Most Trustworthy Companies,” and Ms. Simon was personally named a Power Player by the NRF for 2016 The List, People Shaping Retail’s Future and awarded Top Innovator by Utah Women in Tech awards 2015.

In 2016, after her unprecedented success at Overstock.com, and having solidified herself as a trusted businesswoman and innovator in the tech and E-commerce industries, Ms. Simon stepped down as President at Overstock.com to explore the emerging cannabis industry, lend support and advisory services to female owned start-ups, and to serve as an Advisory Board Member for CannaKids, a parent-friendly cannabis oil company that helps cancer patients and those with a variety of diseases. A long-time green supporter, Ms. Simon is passionate about the medicinal benefits and scientific value in marijuana and advocates for user rights.

Caroline Hodge, 360 MAGAZINE, cannabis, unions

How Can The Best CBD Help You?

CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. This naturally-occurring substance helps provide a range of benefits to its users. But, different manufacturers and suppliers mean varying CBD products. The best CBD might provide users with more health benefits than others. 

How to Find the Best CBD?

Opt to find a CBD product with a refined quality. Specific manufacturers may add extra ingredients in their products for added flavor or health benefits. 

Consider buying a full-spectrum CBD as opposed to an isolate. Full-spectrum CBD oil may have a higher potency of the chemical compound in comparison to CBD isolate. Also, search for the best CBD products with components like chlorophyll, proteins, and fatty acids to help improve the health benefits from the oil. 

Also, select a reputable source when searching for the best CBD product. These companies should offer lab results, certifications, and other official documents to avoid buyers from using shady CBD oils. 

After getting the best CBD product from a trusted supplier, it’s time to know what the oil can do for you.

How Can CBD Help Improve Stress?

Stress can pile up and can overwhelm many individuals. Imagine this scenario – you’re trying to complete a project from a major subject in college. Then, another professor decides to hold an exam in the next few days. But, the deadline for the project is also coming soon. 

It would help if you have the focus to complete tasks in order of priority. Otherwise, the pressure might fill your head with unnecessary thoughts, which would make you lose concentration.  

Luckily, CBD can provide the quickest relief from stress, unlike certain over-the-counter medicines. The components in this organic compound help your mind relax after a minute of use. Conversely, certain medications can take hours before you can feel the effects. 

The calmness provided by the substance can help you maintain focus despite the stressful situation. Also, CBD is a natural compound, so it might have fewer side effects than consuming synthetic medications. 

Can CBD Relieve Chronic Pain?

People suffering from chronic pain and inflammation know about the debilitating nature of the disorders. 

For example, you might be on your way to your class when the pain decides to surface. In this scenario, you might consider being absent for today’s lessons as concentrating becomes more challenging than usual. 

The best CBD helps relieve chronic pain and inflammation. Using the right dose can also help provide relief from joint pains. Also, this natural substance’s properties might help in the treatment of inflammation. 

One study from the Journal of Experimental Medicine shows that CBD consumption can reduce chronic pain and inflammation significantly in rodents. The researchers advise readers that this substance may pave the way for new treatment procedures in curing chronic pain. 

Is the Best CBD Essential for Anxiety and Depression Treatment?

Anxiety and depression can negatively affect a person’s thoughts. An anxious or depressed mind causes overthinking. For example, a professor tells you to see him or her after class. Your anxiety might say to you that you did something wrong, which might not be the case.

Conversely, depression lets you lose meaning in life. Hence, extreme sadness can inhibit you from attending class or work. 

Use the best CBD oils to help combat mental health conditions, like anxiety and depression. The cannabinoids found in this organic compound can positively affect the brain’s receptors in producing serotonin. Overproduction of this hormone will cause the person to feel more anxious and sad than usual. 

CBD helps regulate this response to help the brain stop further production of serotonin before it becomes unhealthy. 

Can You Sleep Better with CBD?

Many people reserve their weekends for rest, especially for students. But, Saturday and Sunday nights might become cumbersome if you have insomnia. If you don’t get enough sleep during the weekends, you might acquire additional stress when Monday arrives.  

The calming effects of CBD can help you achieve an undisturbed slumber. Its therapeutic traits can help you sleep for a solid eight hours (or more). With the help of this compound, you should wake up energized and ready to take on the day’s challenges.  

Final Thoughts

CBD helps promotes different health benefits for its consumers. But, the best CBD might deliver more health advantages than other similar products. 

Remember to get this naturally-occurring substance from a reliable source, do your research on the best CBD oils. Otherwise, you might put yourself at risk of gaining more potential adverse effects than initially intended.

Caroline Hodge, 360 MAGAZINE, cannabis, unions

Why MCT Oil Is Used in CBD Products

Like many people around the globe, you may have heard a lot of good things about CBD oil over the recent years. A rising number of people have come to learn about CBD because of the increased level of interest from the press, the positive results of research and studies, and the changes in legislation that have taken place in various states and destinations.

If you are new to the world of CBD oil products, you naturally want to learn more about the product before you decide whether it is something that is right for you. This includes looking at the benefits of using CBD oil such as combatting anxiety and stress, looking at how CBD oil could help you to improve your quality of life, and finding out more about the different methods of using CBD oil. You may also be interested in specific questions such as why MCT oil is used in CBD products. This is something we will look at a little more closely in this article.

The Role of MCT Oil

The speed at which CBD is absorbed can depend on various factors such as the method you decide to use in order to take CBD oil. There are various different methods you can choose from such as a CBD oil tincture, CBD supplements, and CBD capsules. Naturally, those who use CBD oil products want to make the most of them and one of the things that can help with this is the use of MCT oil in CBD products.

MCT oil can be very useful in terms of increasing the benefits and absorption rate of CBD oil products, particularly when you are using products such as supplements and capsules. So, why is it used in products such as these? Well, the presence of MCT oil helps to boost the bioavailability of the CBD and means that more of the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream. This then means it increases the benefits, as you will feel the effects of the CBD more quickly.

MCT oil has enjoyed increased popularity over recent years among the health-conscious. They are made up of chains of saturated fatty acids that are known as triglycerides. There are various different sources of MCTs such as palm oil and coconut oil. In fact, MCT oil is often used in dressings, smoothies, and recipes because of the health benefits it offers.

In terms of being used in CBD oil products, MCT oil can help to ensure faster delivery and stronger effects. As mentioned earlier, the rate at which CBD oil is absorbed into the body depends on the method used, and some methods, such as supplements and tablets, can be slower than others. Using MCT oil helps to combat this issue as it becomes a form of carrier for the CBD oil, so more of it gets into the bloodstream.

So, as you can see, MCT oil can play a vital part in CBD products, which is why it is considered a valuable addition to many CBD products.  

Caroline Hodge, 360 MAGAZINE, cannabis, unions

Cresco Workers are Fighting for a Union on Legalization Day

Cresco Labs employees who are fighting for a Union alongside Local 881 UFCW will flyer outside of Cresco’s Wrigleyville dispensary on the 1st day of legal recreational sales to waiting customers. They’ll be there to inform those waiting in line about their campaign for a Union in Joliet, IL and Cresco’s retaliation against their own employees who are standing up for better wages, benefits, schedules, and dignity on the job.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 1, 2020 (6:00am-9:00am)

WHERE: Sunnyside Dispensary – Lakeview (3812 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613)

WHY: Anti-Union Cannabis Lab is Growing Disappointment for Workers

Workers at Cresco Labs, one of the largest cannabis companies operating in Illinois, are organizing to be represented by Local 881 United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). Cresco owners rejected the request to recognize Local 881 at their grow facility in Joliet, IL. In response, Local 881 has filed a petition for election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Workers at Cresco in Illinois report that the Company initiated a full anti-Union campaign against them the moment they started their organizing campaign. Local 881 has charged Cresco with committing numerous violations of federal labor laws. The unfair labor practices committed by Cresco are intended to intimidate and coerce the workers from exercising their federal right to organize. Charges filed by Local 881 has filed a petition for election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

⁃ Interrogating workers who are pro-Union

⁃ Unlawful coercion of workers by conferring benefits

⁃ Soliciting workers grievances

“The cannabis industry is about to grow enormously in Illinois,” said Steve Powell, Local 881 President and UFCW International Vice President. “it is very disappointing to see Cresco lowering the standards and expectations of jobs in this industry.” The workers at Cresco Labs in Illinois believe joining the Union will help improve their working conditions. Many of the workers compare the conditions at Cresco to a bad factory. “I would like to unionize Cresco for better pay, a voice at work, better benefits and a better work environment,” said Natajsha, a Cresco employee, “Just because you work in an industry that you are passionate about doesn’t mean you should to be paid less!” Workers will no longer tolerate Cresco’s second-rate working conditions, including:

⁃ Low wages

⁃ Inadequate health plan

⁃ Unpredictable schedules

⁃ Ignored PTO requests

⁃ Lack of respect

“We worked very hard to pass legislation for medical use and worked even harder to pass recreational use,” said Representative Lawrence Walsh Jr. of the Illinois 86th District. “It is a betrayal to all of us that believe in the opportunities of the cannabis industry, when we hear that Cresco has engaged in anti-union activity and refused to recognize the wishes of their workers.” The workers want to address and fix these issues with their employer as the industry grows. Local 881 is committed to helping Cresco workers organize and improve their working conditions. Local 881 will fight to ensure that their rights and dignity are respected.

MORE INFO HERE

HELLOMD, gaming app, tech, app, cannabis, 360 MAGAZINE

HelloMD Gaming App

HELLOMD LAUNCHES FIRST CANNABIS GAMING APP WITH $420 JACKPOT PER GAME

Daily Bonfire app invites legal age players nationwide to donate winnings to fight the war on drugs or cash out at local, regulated dispensaries 

HelloMD, the world’s largest online community of cannabis consumers, lifestyle experts, best-in-class CBD products and medical professionals, today announces the launch of Daily Bonfire, the first cannabis gaming app. Hosted by cannabis comedians, including the star of Netflix’s “Cooking on High,” Ngaio Bealum, Daily Bonfire not only offers iPhone and Android users the chance to win $420 per live game but also the opportunity to help fight the war on drugs and support regulated retailers throughout the country.

“Technology always sets out to solve a problem, and that’s what inspired Daily Bonfire,” explains canna-tech entrepreneur and HelloMD co-founder Mark Hadfield. “In an effort to ‘normalize’ cannabis, the trend has been to downplay the recreational benefits of cannabis and showcase its medicinal properties. Now that we’ve achieved mainstreamification, Daily Bonfire is here to bring cannabis back to its playful roots by celebrating the plant’s monumental contributions to pop culture, science and history. We’ve also designed the app to incentivize users to play an active role in combating today’s illicit retail marketplace while giving back to organizations that are tirelessly working to right the wrongs of prohibition,” says Hadfield.

Available for download on iPhones at the Apple App store for (Android will soon follow in 2020), each Daily Bonfire game begins with a collective vote to donate 5% or 50% of the winnings to one of three non-profits:  ACLU, NORML, or MAPS.  The comedic host then challenges players to test their cannabis IQ by answering a round of 12 multiple choice questions with each successful response moving players to the next question. The final winner(s) can decide to immediately cash out or visit a local partner dispensary where their Daily Bonfire dollars unlock exclusive discounts. 

“I hella look forward to hosting Daily Bonfire each week,” says local Bay Area host Ngaio Bealum, who also regularly hosts High Times events and has appeared on “The Sarah Silverman Program.” “I get to encourage consumers to get lit and profit and learn compelling facts about cannabis.  Who knew that it was the first product ever sold over the internet in 1971… between MIT and Stanford computer science students? Weed makes you smarter. It’s science.”

Daily Bonfire was recently named one of the “Top 5 cannabis brands to dominate 2020” by Merry Jane. 

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