Cannabiscuits & Gravy
Delicious cannabis content for your consumption
A tasty exploration of cannabis information to share with a friend or two
NJ Invests in the Statewide Cannabis Industry
Earlier this month, the state of New Jersey announced an investment of $12 million in grant funding to 48 recipients. The Joint Ventures grant is designed to expand licensed cannabis businesses across the state while supporting the communities most harmed by the ineffective and deplorable War on Drugs. This funding furthers the growing industry while ensuring access to essential resources for business owners. (Consider this: There has been national coverage of this funding. You're encouraged to review a sampling of this coverage to deepen understanding of the impact and messaging of this grant program. Yes, it's about support for business owners and entrepreneurs, but there's a wider message at work.)
A Bit Relevant, a Bit Random
A fleeting, floating thought: Do the salespeople who deceptively use "Re:" in email subject lines feel guilty about their tricks?
Cannabis will soon be sold in pharmacies in Georgia, a first for the United States. While this is encouraging, this step forward is not without complexities.
The More Evidence, the Merrier
What's more compelling - anecdotal evidence or scientific evidence?
That's a loaded question.
What if scientific evidence is unavailable? In regards to anecdotal evidence, how much is "enough?" When it comes to cannabis, throughout human history, we've amassed a significant amount of anecdotal evidence, but we still lack enough tested and proven scientific and data-based evidence. It's heartbreaking and unjust that decades of opportunities to acquire scientific data have been wasted because of the continued federal prohibition. There's a hefty amount of all kinds of anecdotal evidence out there, but think about how much more we'd know if we had both.
Ask yourself this: What are your go-to steps for verifying information? Are there certain online resources you check? Are there certain people you ask? Have you applied that verification process to cannabis content? If you did, what did you learn?
Click here to read more what "hot breath" evidence teaches us.
Double-Standards for Substances
Earlier in the week, a variety of media outlets reported on the recent publication of the British Medical Journal's study that "ultra-processed foods" (UPFs) are as addictive as nicotine or heroin. In an analysis of 281 studies in 36 countries, scientists found that the "combination of refined carbohydrates and fats often found in UPFs seems to have a supra-additive effect on the brain reward system...which may increase the addictive potential of these foods." The UPF food substances ("ice cream, chips, cheeseburgers, French fries, soda, cake, candy, and cookies"), which have little to no nutritional value, have been linked to a number of detrimental health issues and have been identified as addictive.
Therefore, based on the findings of this study and other similar research, we could conclude that the substances (UPFs) consumed:
- have no accepted medical uses.
- have a high potential for abuse.
It sounds like UPFs meet the criteria for federal Schedule 1 substance classification...
Have a hankering for more Cannabiscuits & Gravy? Sign up to receive our (e)news. Learning Tip:
State regulations and the federal prohibition affect what can and can't be stated about cannabis (informational and promotional messaging in both print and digital).