Smoking Out The Year’s Top Pot Trends 

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  Smoking Out The Year’s Top Pot Trends 

Posted by CN Staff on April 20, 2019 at 11:50:01 PT
By David Moye 
Source: Huffington Post 

USA -- April 20 aka “420” is considered pot’s biggest day, and it should only get more popular now that 33 states have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. The buzz over 420 isn’t just media hype, according to cannabis industry insiders like Robert Arabian, founder of Pop-Up Potcorn, a line of cannabis-infused microwave popcorn.“These days, 4/20 has turned into the biggest Holiday in the cannabis industry and serves as a day of celebration for the advancements the industry has made in the legal space,” Arabian told HuffPost.
Here’s how the marijuana industry is changing:CBD EverythingCBD or cannabidiol, the nonpsychoactive ingredient in the marijuana plant is popping up in all sorts of products, including face masks, jelly beans and even burgers, despite the lack of evidence of its effectiveness for easing pain, insomnia, anxiety and depression.Michael Christopher, the CEO of Mood33, a California-based cannabis-infused beverage brand, believes CBD will be sticking around for quite a while, though maybe not in its current form.“We are seeing some proliferation of CBD-infused products that are starting to overwhelm consumers,” Christopher told HuffPost. “From $9 CBD-infused donuts to $14 CBD-infused brownie mix, we are unsure of the viability of these new product formats that seem to ‘just throw some CBD in’ and mark up the price point.”More Women Using WeedLast year, baby boomers were seen as the future of sales, but industry experts now see women as the next budding market.Sheena Shirvai, director of consumer communications for Eaze, a cannabis-delivery company in California, says women are now behind 75 percent of orders.Dr. John Oram, the Founder/CEO of NUG, a cannabis company specializing in concentrates, said “soccer moms” are coming into the business in droves and it shouldn’t be a surprise.“It sounds cliché, but there is some truth there, too,” Oram told HuffPost. “Moms generally make the health and wellness decisions in the household. As cannabis becomes a more accepted wellness product (especially CBD products) it is natural to expect women to play a greater role in choosing quality cannabis products.”Budding Beverage BoomRay Landgraf of Island Cannabis, which deals with cannabis production technology, says there’s a thirst for pot-infused drinks.“We’re really early on beverages where people are just figuring out the science that will make cannabis beverages a really unique experience and providing a different answer to what occasions like happy hour really mean,” he said.Dooma Wendschuh of the Canadian-based Province Brands predicts that liquid may replace smoking as the delivery system of choice for potheads. “No one wants to step outside to smoke. Especially here in Canada, where it’s usually pretty cold outside,” Wendschuh told HuffPost. “Excluding cannabis which still isn’t legal in most places there are three legal psychoactives in our world caffeine, alcohol and tobacco. Two of those three are consumed as beverages and the third no one does anymore. People like to drink their psychoactives. It’s just that simple. Give your lungs a break. They’re dealing with enough pollution as it is.”Weed Delivery Is The Future?As more states legalize cannabis, ensuring that people have access to the herb usually falls to dispensaries or delivery services.However, the idea of brick-and-mortar bud shops popping up like Starbucks is one that should be nipped in the bud, according to Brad McLaughlin of, which bills itself as “the largest cannabis social media platform.”“Dispensaries will go the way of Blockbuster Video. You heard it here first,” McLaughlin said. “People don’t want to leave the pad, especially in major metropolitan cities with heavy traffic congestion like New York, LA and places where it’s cold.”Dispensaries Are The Future?However, many industry insiders such as Bryson Bulda, brand manager of LBS Distribution, a California cannabis company, believe dispensaries are crucial to building burgeoning bud businesses.“Delivery is a great option for educated consumers,” she said. “Going to a dispensary and talking to budtenders is the only way to actively learn from products and what you are consuming.”Note: The industry sees beverages, delivery services and a lot more female consumers as the future of the marijuana business.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author:  David MoyePublished: January 4, 2019Copyright: 2019, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #9 posted by Hope on April 29, 2019 at 22:11:53 PT
It is wonderful to experience.
It's absolutely amazing and I, too, am so grateful to see it. So grateful!
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on April 28, 2019 at 05:54:38 PT
I sure do remember. I felt that CNews was just a helpful way to get to the end but I really didn't believe that I would be alive to see it happen. I know the value of being a part of something important but to be blessed to see it happen is really great. I remember writing a letter to the editor back in 73 or 74 in our small town newspaper after someone we knew got busted for an ounce and sentenced to 20 to 40 years. They kept my name off of the article at my request though. I remember thinking if I am lucky maybe when I am older it will happen and it is!
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on April 27, 2019 at 23:34:29 PT
The blessing of seeing it... alive.
Do you remember how so many people used to say to our struggle... "We'll never see it in our lifetimes."I need to ask some of those people, that are still alive, what they think about all this. It's just absolutely great fantastic!
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on April 27, 2019 at 20:11:31 PT
Thank you Hope and you and so many have made quite a mark in bringing change and we are alive to see it finally happening.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on April 26, 2019 at 19:54:47 PT
Wow and a big smile, FoM.
Preachy even? I'm honored to know you, lady!Good job! But then again... you've been doing a really good job at getting the message out there for a really long time.Tim has to be honored at all you've accomplished.You've helped so much to enable a nation of people to step up and object to and change a terrible injustice.Thank you, so much!
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 26, 2019 at 05:35:30 PT
Marijuana Doctors
I had to go to the doctor and it has been almost 9 years since I have seen a doctor except for my surgeries and I asked the Doctor if he was going to be a Marijuana Doctor. He said he doesn't think so because of all the hoops but he is studying up on it. He said that a local pain doctor that they send people to see if they have to have an opiate is trying to get people off of opiates and to use marijuana. I got preachy but he listened and I wanted to share this.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on April 25, 2019 at 23:11:32 PT
The times... 
They finally, really, are a changin!
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Comment #2 posted by Soup Herb on April 21, 2019 at 15:25:44 PT:
Another School of Thought
As pot legalization grows Corporate America embraces 420!!!!
After all it was the vigilance that has brought the reality to light!!!!!
If it were not for each state to individually pass referendums there would be nobody embracing anything...
I am amazed.
The people at least on this issue are demanding a voice.
Ironically, we are being heard.
There, I fixed it. 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 20, 2019 at 11:53:48 PT

Corp America Embraces 420 as Legalization Grows
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