This New Beer Replaces Alcohol with Cannabis & We Need This At Every Event [Details]
Heineken’s Lagunitas brand is the newest company to dive into the cannabis industry. Their latest brew “Hi-Fi Hops” contains absolutely no alcohol, but is rather made with THC, the main psychoactive component in marijuana.
The company is branding the new beverage as “hoppy sparkling water” and is made to taste like regular beer, giving cannabis users an alternative social drink.
This follows suit with the latest trend of larger established companies jumping into the marijuana industry, according to Business Insider. Not only have they released a THC brew, the “beer” is available with CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabis component that can be helpful with pain and anxiety among a list of potential health benefits. Business Insider reports that the CBD industry is worth roughly $1 billion.
The THC version of the drink contains 10mg per can, the recommended starting dose for most edibles. The second “hybrid” version contains 5mg of THC and 5mg of CBD, and is crafted to have a more relaxing and subtle effect.
The brew recently launched on July 30th and is only available in a few California dispensaries, where marijuana is now legal. The drink runs for about $8 for a 12oz can which is in line with other specialty drinks, but the catch is you can’t drink them at a normal bar like you would a “traditional” beer.
The move by Heineken is strategic as marijuana becomes more mainstream, and could potentially save the “struggling beer and soda industry.” According to Business Insider, the cannabis industry is expected to reach roughly $75 million in sales by 2030.
Business Insider visited a dispensary in Oakland, California where they tested the drink for themselves. They noted the special cans the company has produced, including a safety lid that isn’t necessarily easy to open, but can be resealed for travel and multiple consumptions.
You can find more about the product and where to find the new beverage here.
Outside Lands Introduces New 420 Friendly Experience, "Grass Lands"
With the legalization of marijuana occurring in many US states, people have wondered when music festivals would begin incorporating 420-friendly events. State laws and regulations likely make it complicated, but one music festival has rolled out a 420-friendly experience: Outside Lands.
Outside Lands has announced the Grass Lands experience, coming to the festival when it takes place in San Francisco in August. Grass Lands marks the first time a major US music festival has hosted a 420-friendly event of this scale. The 21+ experience will be held south of the Polo Field at the Golden Gate Park and will include a wide variety of vendors.
Grass Lands vendors will unable to sell products with THC, nor will attendees be able to consume or use such products on the festival grounds. Instead, Grass Lands is being held to educate attendees about the benefits of THC, CBD and other marijuana products. Attendees will be able to smell different strains of marijuana at the Smell Wall, learn from so-called “budtenders” at The Greenhouse and enjoy a farmers’ market among other activities.
Outside Land attendees, you all are a lucky bunch. Head to the OSL website to learn more details.
Wiz Khalifa Previews Smoke-Fueled Take On "Who Run It" Challenge
Like Victor Frankenstein before him, G Herbo has unleashed a monster upon us. Instead using galvanism and spare cadaver parts to birth his creation, Herbo has opted for the classic production Juicy J & DJ Paul. After releasing a studio version his Drake-approved "Who Run It" freestyle, the move seemed to spawn a challenge not unlike last year's "For The Dick/Pussy." Luckily, this one has led to some actual fire. Countless have stepped up to deliver their own rendition, from the divisive Bhad Bhabie to Juicy and Paul themselves, to the most recent contributor, Wiz Khalifa.
Taking to Instagram to preview his take, Wiz lights a blunt to the dulcet sounds his cannabis imbued flow. Claiming he simply "had to cuh," it's clear that Wiz' rendition the track will prove a fan favorite. "I ain't got no Grammy awards," raps Wiz, "but I got more money than grandaddy, kk we smoking on grandaddy." As they say, real recognize real; there's something refreshing (and appropriate) about hearing Wiz reference the iconic stoner duo Method Man and Redman. In some ways, the Blackout pair were the predecessor to Wiz' marijuana centric lifestyle.
From the sound it, Wiz actually hit the studio to lay down some ficial vocals, so it wouldn't be surprising to see the full version surface in the imminent future. In the mean time, how do ya'll feel about this ongoing challenge?
Mother Admits To Placing A Blunt In Her 1 Year-Old Daughter's Mouth
Recently, a video an infant smoking what appeared to be a blunt went viral over social media. The perpetrator the heinous act was the child's mother, and has been the subject a search warrant after some concerned citizens took to local authorities in state bewilderment.
Police have found Brianna Ashanti Lton, who has admitted to her questionable parenting skills. The issued warrant will allow investigators to photograph her Raleigh apartment, the site where her unlawful behaviour occurred.
As a result, Lton is being charged with child abuse, marijuana possession, as well as contributing to the delinquency a minor. Her lawyers have refused to comment on the situation.
The video, which has received millions views on Twitter and other forms social media, depicts an adult's hand holding the blunt to the child's lips. The infant appears to take a drag from it, then proceeds to exhale a cloud smoke.
In a day and age when very little stays private when shared on social media, it is baffling that a woman who videotaped her infant daughter smoking weed would think that she would not bear any repercussions for her actions.
Jordan Peele Says Weed Helped Him Write “Get Out”
Writer-director Jordan Peele talked to the African American Film Critics Association Awards gala about the journey leading up to his Oscars win for “Get Out.”
“It started as a fun project… I didn’t know it was ever going to get made. I’d go home, smoke a little bit weed and I would write. I would watch this movie in my head, this movie that I wish somebody would write for me to watch and that was it.”
But then he wrote the now-famous sunken place scene where Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is hypnotized by Rose’s mother (Catherine Keener). “I knew that something scary needed to happen.”
“I knew that in some ways my movie was an allegory for slavery. But I also I knew that at this point, the structure the film, it needed to take us on a ride because it’s the horror genre. I wrote this scene in a very vulnerable state. I put my worst fears out there and onto the page, and when I was finished writing that scene, the experience writing this movie changed.”
Russia Will Reportedly Allow Weed, Cocaine & Heroin At World Cup
Soccer fans across the globe are some the most passionate any sport. It's not uncommon to see a stadium full fans brandishing their team's colors, singing their team's fight songs in unison, or lighting f fireworks in the upper deck.
Like anything else, when you add alcohol into the mix things get kicked up a notch. And that goes double when it's the World Cup.
At this year's World Cup in Russia, fans will not only be permitted to drink to their heart's content at the various stadiums, but they will also be allowed to bring weed, cocaine and even heroine into the stadiums. According to reports, certain narcotics, including the aforementioned, will be legal provided you have proper prescription papers.
"The Moscow-based Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), a joint economic trade bloc countries including Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia, allows for certain banned narcotic and psychotropic drugs to be brought into the country with supporting medical documentation. The Russian-led union nations gives foreign travelers the right to carry drugs including cannabis and cocaine with the proper prescription papers."
"The full list substances allowed into Russia as it hosts the World Cup events between June 14 to July 15 will allow for cocaine, codeine, morphine, amphetamines and cannabis."
In other words, if you can get the drugs into Russia FIFA rules permit you to bring them into the stadium provided you can produce a prescription. However, according to Sports Illustrated, FIFA’s stadium regulations instruct stewards to remove fans who “present a risk due to consumption alcohol and/or drugs.”
The 2018 World Cup is scheduled to get underway on June 14th and will conclude on July 15th.
A Canadian Weed Company Makes The U.S Stock Exchange For The First Time
Weed is continuing its steady ascent into the mainstream, as it has been announced that a major Canadian licensed marijuana producer has recently been granted approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission to begin trading on the NASDAQ. This is the first time a company that deals marijuana has been listed on the U.S. stock exchange.
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Cronos Group, which has already become a staple on the Toronto Stock Exchange, is expected to begin trading its shares on the NASDAQ under the symbol 'CRON' as early as today.
While marijuana is still mostly illegal in throughout the United States, Cronos was fered its spot on the NASDAQ because the company is a licensed Canadian business producing marijuana for the country's impending legalized recreational market. This effectively means that Cronos is not technically barred from trading on the U.S. stock exchange.
While there may be a overarching stigma surrounding an American investor owning weed stocks, they are legally permitted to invest in Canadian cannabis companies who trade on a national exchange.
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"I grew up in the U.S. and most our investor base is in the U.S., but I still get calls from American investors who are unsure as to whether they can buy Canadian weed stocks," admits Mike Gorenstein, the CEO Cronos Group. He further admits how "it’s complicated and intense because their securities rules. We started building a relationship with the NASDAQ sometime last year, and we had to go through many audits and reviews by different independent committees to make sure that our governance was up to snuff. It’s more than just getting on the exchange. We wanted to be the first company that went about this the right way."
Las Vegas Changes Up Its Airports Thanks To Weed Legalization
Since last year, recreational marijuana has been legal in the State Nevada – except for in one place that is, Las Vegas Airport! Visitors to Las Vegas are more than welcome to indulge in some mother nature’s finest, but once they’re f back home they’re expected to get rid it before they walk into the airport.
The airport falls under the jurisdiction Clark County which actually banned marijuana possession and advertising to comply with federal law. Similar situations exist in Colorado and Washington at the moment.
To allow for trouble-free disposal, “amnesty boxes” were set up last week outside McCarran International Airport. These boxes are big green mailbox-sized boxes that are bolted to the ground and monitored for its contents which can also include prescription drugs. To CNN, McCarran airport’s public information adminstrator described what you might find in one the bins. “We’ve had a variety other things disposed in the bins. For example, I was sent a picture one the bins containing pills, vape pens, rolled tobacco-looking products, prescription bottles and marijuana-infused drinks.”
For all you readers heading out to EDC Las Vegas later in the year, feel free to indulge in some marijuana at your own pleasure (if you’re age course), but don’t forget to properly dispose what’s left on your way out!
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Study Reveals Teens Don't Smoke More Weed Amid Medical Marijuana Legalization
While medical marijuana has had some setbacks in being legalized, a new study may help squash and qualms about its effect on teenagers. The findings broadly concludes that legalization does not have a significant influence over how many youngsters smoke or don't smoke weed, according to Live Science.
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Deborah Hasin, the senior author who conducted the study and teaches epidemiology at Columbia University reveals how "there appears to be no basis for the argument that legalizing medical marijuana has increased teens' use the drug." However, Hasin does note that further research may help nuance this data as medical marijuana becomes more commercialized and as more states begin to legalize recreational use the drug.
This specific scientific investigation pulled from eleven other queries conducted between between 1991 to 2014, which tracked teen marijuana use. The results were then compared to use the drug within the last month to find any significant differences, which resulted in researchers concluding that teenagers did not smoke more weed after legalization laws were passed in each respective state. While the study was focused on overall use, further research may help reveal patterns in daily use, dependency, as well as any possible future effects once more states legalize marijuana.
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Hasin does admit that there's significantly less statistical attention centred around adult weed consumption, detailing how "although we found no significant effect on adolescent marijuana use, existing evidence suggests that adult recreational use may increase after medical marijuana laws are passed. The $8 billion cannabis industry anticipates tripling by 2025. Obtaining a solid evidence base about harmful as well as beneficial effects medical and recreational marijuana laws on adults is crucial given the intense economic pressures to expand cannabis markets."
The Cannabis Industry Racked Up $1.2 Billion in January
According to new reports, the weed industry is going up in a major way (as if it wasn't already a fact). Within the first five weeks 2018, the cannabis industry has managed to reel in $1.23 billion in investments as indicated by Viridian Capital Advisors. This news indicates a growth at least 600 percent from January 2017 when investments were recorded at $178 million. Even more impressive is the fact that January's numbers almost surpassed 2017's total figure $1.29 billion.
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Viridian Capital Advisors suggests that the reason for this sudden rise can be credited to cultivation and retail companies that have been predominately driven by players in Canada. "We are seeing a steady maturation the capital markets around the cannabis industry," Viridian Capital Advisors’ Vice President Harrison Phillips told Benzinga. "Early on, it was almost entirely high net worth individuals — and maybe a few family fices — investing in the cannabis space. Now, we are seeing more family fices getting involved, more high net worth individuals, more pressional investors getting involved."
Phillips went on to add to compare this recent surge in investors to the boom that the industry saw earlier on with entrepreneurs. “Similar to how entrepreneurs get into the cannabis space and get involved in businesses that are similar to those they were working in, outside the cannabis space, we are seeing the same on the investment side."