How Medical Marijuana Can Help Those With ADD and ADHD Focus

Step aside, powerful amphetamines like Adderall, and other pharmaceutical Central Nervous System stimulants like Ritalin– according to the current research into the effects of medical marijuana on treatment resistant ADD and ADHD, medical marijuana promises to be a more gentle solution to a persistent problem.

Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) are both chronic mental conditions with symptoms that vary and range from hyper activity, to impulsive behavior, to an inability to focus on one task or sensory input for the amount of time that an average, healthy person can.

These mental deficits affect children most commonly, but can certainly persist into adulthood as well, afflicting over three million people in total every year.

As they are chronic conditions, ADD and ADHD are not curable, although they are treatable and sometimes treatment can help provide relief from the symptoms of ADD and ADHD so that patients who suffer from one or the other can live a normal life and not suffer negative impacts at work or at school

Unfortunately for many people, the typical pharmaceutical ADHD drugs, powerful stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin, haven’t been effective at treating ADD/ADHD or come with unwanted side effects.

So what’s the next best treatment?

Medical marijuana is a promising treatment for treatment-resistant ADD or ADHD according to the scientific research that’s been done.

For example, one 2013 study published by the Journal of Substance Use & Misuse discovered that many people are self-medicating with medical marijuana, helping themselves to cope with and manage two of the major problems faced by sufferers of ADD/ADHD: hyperactivity and impulsivity.

The scientific survey was conducted with nearly 280 respondents and the salient finding of the study was that a significantly high number of medical marijuana consumers reported experiencing worse ADD/ADHD symptoms when they stopped self-medicating with the plant or its byproducts.

This discovery opened the door for researchers to begin studying the possible link between the cannabinoid receptors in the brain and ADD/ADHD more closely.

Because of the results of the Journal of Substance Use & Misuse study, medical researchers in Germany decided to more rigorously examine the relationship between cannabis consumption and ADD symptoms in 30 patients. In this 2015 study, the German researchers selected treatment-resistant patients from 2012 to 2014.

In all 30 patients, medical marijuana use resulted in reported improvements in a number of ADD/ADHD symptoms, including the ability to concentrate and impulsivity.

Although the sample size was small, the researchers confidently concluded that medical marijuana is “an effective and well-tolerated” method of treatment— especially for ADD/ADHD patients for whom traditional pharmaceuticals aren’t effective or are not ideal.

Which Marijuana Stock Could Be The First to $1 Billion?

There are already several high-performing marijuana stocks on the NASDAQ today, and some investors are already wondering, which will be the first to reach $1 billion in market capitalization?

Over the last couple years the marijuana industry has been growing like a– well– growing like a weed!

According to Forbes Magazine, at the marijuana industry’s current rate of phenomenal growth (even faster than the dot com boom of the 2000s), we can expect to see legal marijuana business sales north of $20 billion by the year 2021 just five years from now.

U.S. public opinion in favor of legal marijuana is more robust than ever and on an upward trend while 29 states have legalized medical marijuana and several of them like California, Colorado, Alaska, and Washington have legalized it for recreational consumption.

As the inevitability of legalized marijuana businesses nationwide becomes more and more apparent, and as marijuana business sales take off into the stratosphere in 2017, there’s already chatter out there about which marijuana business stock will be the first to top a $1 billion valuation.

The Motley Fool, a multimedia financial services company that employs 300 people in Alexandria, Virginia, providing financial and investment advice since 1993, has raised the question and says the five marijuana stocks most likely to hit that big triple comma stock valuation are:

1. GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH) – A cannabinoid-based drug developer that currently has the highest market cap by far of any marijuana stock.

2. Corbus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CRBP) – It’s more of a high-risk, high-reward stock than GW Pharmaceuticals, because if one specific clinical trial for a synthetic oral endocannabinoid-mimetic drug goes its way, Corbus could leap to $1 billion in annual sales with a medical marijuana treatment for cystic fibrosis, which is notoriously difficult to treat.

3. Canopy Growth Corp. (NASDAQOTH:TWMJF) – A Canadian producer and retail seller of medical marijuana products and oils. (Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001.) Canopy just completed its acquisition of Mettrum Health earlier this year, and got a 472,000 square foot facility for it that includes its current corporate headquarters, plus access to more medical marijuana patients.

4. Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF) – Aphria is one of Canopy’s biggest competitors, and holds the distinction of being one of the most consistently profitable marijuana stocks after reporting five consecutive quarterly profits.

5. Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF) – Aurora Cannabis has been light on profits lately, but only because of an aggressive round of expansion-based spending, which it says will increase its marijuana plant production capacity nearly ninefold, after investing in creating the most technologically advanced automated cannabis-grow facility in the world.

States Are Taking Steps to Encourage Minority Marijuana Entrepreneurs to Enter The Marijuana Industry

States have taken it a step further than legalizing marijuana: some are actually encouraging minority marijuana entrepreneurs to enter the market for legal marijuana sales and start their own marijuana businesses! Could we be living in better times for the cultivation, sale, and us of marijuana?

The kind of healing of old wounds and restitution for past injustices inherent in these policies is incredibly encouraging for the burgeoning legal marijuana industry. This is especially true after decades of drug prohibition laws that were enforced with a disproportionate effect of violence and repression on black and Hispanic communities in the United States.

In the Associated Press report on this welcome development for minority marijuana entrepreneurs, the AP featured a photograph of Andre Shavers and told his story.

Shavers, a black minority marijuana entrepreneur who runs a marijuana delivery business in Oakland California, is a living, personal example of the positive changes that have been set in motion by the ascendancy of the legal marijuana movement in American politics.

He was once sentenced to five years of probation on felony charges after police authorities broke into his house (in an area of Oakland with some of the most heavy-handed police enforcement) and found a quarter ounce of the harmless plant.

Now Oakland and other cities and states with legal marijuana laws presently on the books are making an effort to make amends to minorities for the damage marijuana prohibition has done to their families and communities.

According to statistics gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, African-Americans accounted for 5.6 percent of the Golden State’s population, but made up a disproportionate 16 percent of marijuana arrests in 2015.

Oakland officials have now approved a policy that sets aside half of the city’s marijuana licenses for low-income residents who have been convicted of a marijuana crime or who live in a neighborhood ravaged by the fallout from the heavy handed prohibition enforcement.

In Washington state, where recreational marijuana businesses were legalized by ballot proposition in the 2012 election, Brian Smith, a spokesman for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, said the board is looking at ways to ensure minorities are well represented among licensees, including the use of targeted outreach to ethnic communities to diversify the licensee pool.

Just about 3 percent of retail marijuana license holders in Washington are African-American, roughly tracking the percentage of the population in the state where 3.5 percent of Washington residents are black. Like California, in 2015 African-Americans made up a disproportionate share- 11 percent- of marijuana arrests.

Recreational Dispensaries in Nevada Set to Legal Sell Marijuana in One Month

If everything proceeds without any delays, recreational dispensaries in Nevada are about to join a select few other U.S. states in which retailers are legally selling marijuana to customers for recreational purposes, to be used the way millions of Americans use alcoholic beverages on a daily basis.

People in Nevada, both residents and the Sagebrush State’s many tourists, without fear of sanction from their government or marginalization from their society will be able to freely make a choice about their own body and consciousness, and utilize the uncanny effects, of a marvelous molecule, in a notorious and highly valued plant to unwind, relax, enhance their social interactions, increase their creativity levels or ability to gain deep insights, or even improve their ability to appreciate music or food.

That’s just on the consumer side. Meanwhile planters, distributors, vendors, advertisers, and enterprising small business startups will be able to freely and openly engage in peaceful commerce in the trade of this highly sought after plant. It’s a monumental sea change in how our society is constituted, and if the examples of Colorado and other states who are further along this path now are any indication, it’s a change that will enrich and enliven our world.

Even though it became legal to possess and use marijuana in Nevada on January 1st after the passage of Question 2 last Fall, opening up retail marijuana businesses and recreational dispensaries in Nevada will not be legal until a month after the application deadline has elapsed.

The CEO of one medical marijuana dispensary in Nevada said of the new change which will soon see recreational dispensaries in Nevada spread like wildfire: “I think we have the potential of being the new marijuana hub of the country, taking that crown off Colorado and putting it on Nevada, namely Las Vegas,” adding:

“We have the best nightclubs, the best hotels, the best restaurants, the best shows and now we’ll have hopefully the best cannabis experience as well. I’m really excited to see… in a year or two how much that [tourism] number grows. I think it’s had a positive effect on Colorado and Washington that don’t have the allure that Las Vegas has.”

The impact of legal marijuana on tourism in Nevada, and the impact of the state’s vibrant tourism industry on recreational dispensaries in Nevada will be closely watched. It seems to be the perfect storm for a lot of enterprising individuals and businesses to make a lot of money, while making Nevada a “greener” place to live and visit.

Florida Marijuana Company Invents Way to Grow Marijuana Faster, Without Soil

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In the context of marijuana growing or not, you may have heard of hydroponic gardening, but a marijuana company in Florida is growing marijuana plants out of thin air in a process called “Aeroponics.”

A local Florida news affiliate is reporting that Tampa Bay is home to an agricultural revolution: growing plants without soil, sand, gravel, liquid, or any other substrate.

Although Aeroponics as a plant growing technique has been around for a while, used to grow lettuce and wheat with the plant suspended in mid air, roots exposed and everything, and nourished and watered with a nutrient rich mist, the St.Petersburg marijuana company has mastered growing the marijuana plant in record time using this technique.

Doug Fyvolent of Solaridy says aeroponics are have resulted in “Growing the plants 10 percent faster.” The marijuana company uses a ten-foot-tall proprietary “CropTower,” which makes good use of space as well, growing upward and not outward. Doug says they got the idea from NASA scientists researching methods of gardening in space and improved on their techniques.

Fyvolent masterminded Solaridy after researching the marijuana industry and learning that having enough space was a major problem for cannabis growers. Fyvolent touts the space-saving, square-footage maximizing benefit of his product:

“It allows you to maximize the square footage you already have, saving you the headaches, costs and time of looking for a bigger warehouse.”

The CropTower comes equipped with special cups that prevents the suspended plants from falling out. The custom design for the waterfall system for keeping the plants hydrated and nourished took two years to develop: “We will pump the water in and it will rain over the roots, then we recycle the water into a tan.”

The CropTower can really maximize square footage for a small marijuana company that grows its own plants. Taking three square feet as an example, a grower should be able to grow about nine cannabis plants on the ground, which should yield around two pounds of viable marijuana plant matter.

Using the CropTower, however, a marijuana company can grow 104 cannabis plants in the same amount of space, yielding around 30 pounds. The way the CropTower works is by keeping the roots of the plants moist. The company says it allows pesticide free growing as well and fewer worries about bugs.

Presently the Solaridy crop tower is being leased for use by cannabis growers in Denver, Colorado but Fyvolent hopes that future changes to marijuana laws in Florida will open the door to using the product in his own state.