Thailand’s ‘father’ of cannabis wants small-time growers to be part of medical marijuana industry

ByJitsiree Thongnoi

When Aram Limsakul’s son and daughter came down with dengue fever two years ago, he gave the children, then aged five and four, a vaporiser to inhale the smoke from his own home-grown marijuana.

Within a few days, “their fever reduced, they stopped vomiting and ate for the first time in days”, he said.One of Thailand’s most prominent marijuana advocates, Aram grew up with cannabis in his backyard in the south of the country, and has been growing the plant since 1991. People far and wide have for decades been seeking his advice on using cannabis for a range of ailments.

To read more:

Canopy Growth to acquire Supreme Cannabis in latest tie-up in busy weed sector

By Ciara Linnane

Canopy Growth Corp. said Thursday it has reached an agreement to acquire Toronto-based Supreme Cannabis Co. Inc. in the latest M&A deal in a cannabis sector that is seeing a burst of activity amid hopes for reform of strict U.S. laws.

Canopy CGC CA:WEED said the stock-and-cash deal is valued at about C$435 million ($345.6 million). Supreme Cannabis SPRWF CA:FIRE shareholders will receive 0.01165872 of Canopy stock for each share owned, plus C$0.0001 in cash. That is equal to a premium of about 66% for Supreme Cannabis shareholders based on the closing prices of both stocks on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday.

To read more:

Crypto Lobby Forms to Shake Reputation as Criminals’ Currency

By Joe Light

Even as cryptocurrencies steadily gain support on Wall Street, they’re still regarded by regulators as a tool for criminals to conceal shady transactions — posing a challenge to the nascent industry as it seeks to win wider respect.

That’s creating a potentially lucrative opportunity for new groups in Washington advocating for digital currencies. Some prominent crypto lobbying organizations say they’ve increased their membership and raised millions of dollars to help improve the industry’s image.

To read more:

CBD, marijuana and hemp: What is the difference among these cannabis products, and which are legal?

By Brandon McFadden

New York recently became the 15th U.S. state to legalize cannabis for recreational use.

While 67% of U.S. adults support marijuana legalization, public knowledge about cannabis is low. A third of Americans think hemp and marijuana are the same thing, according to the National Institutes of Health, and many people still search Google to find out whether cannabidiol – a cannabis derivative known as CBD – will get them high, as marijuana does.

To read more:

Options Market Shows Call Bias as Bitcoin Prepares for New Price High

By Omkar Godbole

Options skew, which measures the difference between the call implied volatility and put implied volatility for all options, is creeping up, as tweeted by the options analytics platform Genesis Volatility.

In plain English, that call options are again drawing greater demand or premium than puts in a sign of bullish bias.

Implied volatility refers to investors’ expectations for price turbulence over a specific period and positively impacts the option’s price. Hence, an uptick in the call-put implied volatility spread is considered a sign of bullish positioning.

To read more:

Join TJF – Tech Jobs Fair: One of the largest virtual recruiting & branding events! (Sponsored)

By Thomas Ohr

With global digitalisation having sped up over the last year, it’s no surprise that more companies are going digital – not only in terms of the way they work internally, but also regarding more startups and corporates working on digital products and services. Sectors like edtech, medtech, e-commerce, gaming and others are on an upward trajectory, with more tech-driven positions being created than ever before.

TJF – Tech Jobs Fair, founded by Ashok Dudhat, is a platform to empower brands and companies by matching them with the talents they are looking for. It has a strong emphasis on IT and Digital domains and its mission is to provide companies with an opportunity to enhance their brand equity, recall and recognition by providing cost-effective hiring and branding solutions. TJF held its first edition in 2017 in Berlin, and in 2019 made its mark in three other commercial hubs in Europe: Vienna, Zurich and Lisbon. TJF operates with a core team in Berlin as well as with event-based local professionals in the various cities pertaining to the job fairs.

To read more:

Clinical Management of Cannabis Complications

By Psychiatric Times

The first piece highlights the use of cannabinoids among the geriatric population. Cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) use in older adults has become more prevalent as a result of reduced stigma; leniency in state restrictions on possession and sale; and advertisements touting benefits for chronic pain, peripheral neuropathy, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, and the adverse effects of chemotherapy. Medical marijuana use by individuals 65 and older has increased more than 8-fold in recent years. The article nicely summarizes how heavy marijuana use can cause mild functional and structural brain impairments, affecting attention, processing speed, motor coordination, verbal memory, and executive function.

To read more: