The Advocate: Breaking Cannabis News

CBG and CBC kill gastrointestinal cancer cells, claims new study

As our cannabis markets evolve, research is slowly beginning to advance.

In Israel, a new team of researchers backed by Cannabis Pharmaceuticals Inc. have announced results from a preliminary study aimed to discover what targeted cannabinoids can be used to help treat Gastrointestinal Cancer.

Led by Dr. Yaakov Waksman, the research team found that both CBG and CBC carry anti-tumor properties; which is significant because unlike many studies based in the US, the researchers were able to use human participants, testing both properties on individuals fighting the cancer.

“We are intrigued by the results we have obtained in the lab, and our aim is to consider placing an emphasis on this organ system, and to further explore the differential anti-tumor properties of cannabinoids,” stated Dr. Eyal Ballan

Breaking records in Arizona; MMJ program continues to soar

In 2019, Arizonans spent more than half a billion dollars on medicinal cannabis, equating to over 82.8 tons of cannabis sold to the state’s growing number of patients, which now sits at over 230,000 residents.

Both of those figures are around a 25% increase compared to 2018’s numbers, a year that brought in more than $46 million dollars in state and local tax revenue.

The increased growth can be attributed to a number of key-happenings in early 2019, all of which largely surround cannabis law reform; including new licenses, extended qualifying conditions, and a raise in the total amount of product patients can purchase and possess.

With one of the most robust MMJ programs in the U.S., many are expecting the Grand Canyon State to be one of the next in line for an adult-use market. In December, the Smart and Safe Act announced it had already collected more than half of the signatures needed to put the legalization of adult-use cannabis on voters November ballots.

Bees and cannabis? New study shows the plant has positive effects on conservation efforts

Since the late 1990’s, due to colony collapse disorder, the population of bees across the globe has steadily dropped, creating potential nightmare scenarios for our environment and food supply.

With populations in decline, scientists and researchers have paired together to find new solutions or alternative methods that could help preserve major colonies.

One of the more recent studies to attack the issue found a surprising, unconventional result; hemp and cannabis. A group of New York researchers found the crops to be ‘beneficial’ to declining bee populations, showing positive results for 16 unique species of bees.

Unlike most plants, insecticides aren’t vital to the crops health, allowing bees to produce an abundance of pollen. It can also potentially provide nutrition, and act as an alternative resource when other flowers are dying or unavailable.

Eco-friendly pilot programs launch in Colorado

Wednesday morning marked the official launch of two new eco-friendly pilot programs intertwined with Colorado’s cannabis market; titled the Colorado Cultivators Energy Management Program and CO2 Capture and Reuse Pilot Project

“We are committed to taking the necessary steps to improve our air quality and reduce harmful emissions, these pilot programs combine a few of the things that Colorado is known for: environmental responsibility, craft beer and cannabis.” said Gov. Jared Polis in a recent statement to the press.

The CO2 project will aim to capture more than 100,000 pounds of greenhouse gasses per year, while the Cultivators program will be geared towards decreasing cultivators energy consumption across the state.

Both programs are considered to be a ‘first-of-their-kind’ in not only Colorado, but the U.S., and could potentially set new standards for the industry if successful.

John Kuster

As Social Media Coordinator, John oversees all things related to getting Revolution Enterprises' unique message out. An Iowa native, John joined the Revolution team to help educate, and inform the public on cannabis and all it has to offer. Prior to joining Revolution, John helped multiple companies grow and expand their reach, ranging from the tech industry to the world of international football. He is thrilled to be working in a rapidly expanding market, and is proud to represent Illinois patients and cannabis advocates across the globe.