The Top 5 Shatter Instagram Accounts

The Top 5 Shatter Instagram Accounts

Instagram has quickly become the major social media platform of choice for sharing cannabis. You can readily find 420 friendly model accounts filled of scantily clad women with hundreds of thousands of followers to low level ‘I’ll ship you weed’ profiles spamming any comment chain they can.

Recently Venture Beat called Instagram out in a piece titled “Instagram has a Drug Problem,” bringing to to light the amount illicit drug activity that happens on their app. Since that article has posted there have been a number of high profile cannabis centric accounts shut down or made private in an attempt to prevent their account from being closed. Coincidentally this has helped niche cannabis specific applications like MassRoots gain quick popularity and effected the outcome of this list. (You can’t embed pictures from accounts that are private.)

Illegal drug sales aside, Instagram has become a effective platform for legal cannabis businesses, concentration extraction labs specifically, to promote their businesses. Because the labs themselves do not have store fronts, there are limited marketing opportunities for them to reach the end consumer. Instagram allows them to easily show what’s under the hood, a process that is normally behind the scenes. Followers get detail on specific steps in the extraction process, from the garden to finished product. Below are some of our favorites at the Whaxy HQ.

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Ode To Marijuana Song Premiered Ft Travis Barker

Ode To Marijuana Song Premiered Ft Travis Barker

Marijuana continues to make it’s way out of the shadows and into the main stream. Yesterday, Mod Sun released a marijuana centric tune featuring Travis Barker titled ‘Never Quit’. The song is pretty simple as Mod Sun happily raps throughout the song, “I’ll never quit, never quit smoking,” referring to marijuana. While I appreciate his commitment, the song tends to become a bit chanty after a while.

Personal thoughts on the song aside, it’s nice to see storied, successful music figures like Travis Barker openly associating himself with marijuana. While the Snoop’s and Willie Nelson’s of the entertainment world will always carry the cannabis friendly torch in Hollywood, it’s important to have other respected entertainers join the party.

Mod Sun’s new album Look Up comes out March 10.

$8 Million For Marijuana Research Grants in CO

$8 Million For Marijuana Research Grants in CO

In a regular scheduled meeting held late last week the Colorado Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council, chose eight research grant proposals for the Board of Health to consider for approval at its Dec. 17 meeting. Proposed studies are wide ranging and focused on targeting specific diseases and groups of people.

“Colorado is leading the way in devoting significant resources to study medical marijuana,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “We hope the studies will contribute to the scientific research available about the use of marijuana in effectively treating various medical conditions.”

In 2013 during the formation of Amendment 64, the Colorado General Assembly (SB14-155) formed an advisory council and appropriated $10 million from the medical marijuana cash fund to be used for “objective scientific research regarding the efficacy of marijuana and its component parts as part of medical treatment.” It’s important to note $1 million of the total $10 million is to be used for costs to administer the program.

The advisory council reviewed a total of 57 proposals, 10 of which didn’t meet initial requirements. Of the 47 remaining proposals, the eight list below have made the ‘final cut.’ Each of the proposals is a 2-3 year study. In the event there is unallocated funding, the board may dictate the department and advisory council regarding the funding of additional research proposals.

Applicant:
University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus
Project:
Do Adolescents and Young Adults with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Benefit from Use of Marijuana?
Primary Investigator:
Edward J. Hoffenberg, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Grant Amount:
$1,191,329.00

Applicant:
University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus
Project:
A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Crossover Study of Tolerability and Efficacy of Cannabidiol (CBD) on Tremor in Parkinson’s Disease
Primary Investigator:
Maureen A. Leehey, Department of Neurology, University of Colorado
Grant Amount:
$831,801.00

Applicant:
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Project:
Treating PTSD with Marijuana: Clinical and Functional Outcomes
Primary Investigator:
Marcel O. Bonn-Miller, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, and VA National Center for PTSD
Grant Amount:
$1,100,040.00

Applicant:
University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus
Project:
Cannabidiol (CBD) and Pediatric Epilepsy
Primary Investigator:
George Sam Wang, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital Colorado
Grant Amount:
$523,955.29

Applicant:
University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus
Project:
Medical Marijuana in the Pediatric Brain Tumor Population(palliative care)
Primary Investigator:
Nicholas Foreman, Dept. of Pediatrics, Pediatric Neuro-oncology, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Grant Amount:
$1,041,256.00

Applicant:
University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus
Project:
Use of Medicinal Cannabinoids as Adjunctive Treatment for Medically Refractory Epilepsy (pediatric epilepsy)
Primary Investigator:
Kelly Knupp, Dept. of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado School of Medicine
Grant Amount:
$472,577.00

Applicant:
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
Project:
Placebo-controlled, Triple-Blind, Randomized Crossover Pilot Study of the Safety and Efficacy of Four Potencies of Smoked Marijuana in 76 Veterans with Chronic, Treatment- Resistant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Primary Investigator:
Marcel O. Bonn-Miller, University of Pennsylvania and VA National Center for PTSD
Grant Amount:
$2,000,000.00

Applicant:
University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus
Project:
A Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled Cross Study Comparing the Analgesic Efficacy of Cannabis versus Oxycodone
Primary Investigator:
Emily Lindley, Dept. of Orthopedics, University of Colorado
Grant Amount:
$472,398.10

Total: $7,633,356.39

Pot Helping Peyton’s Profits

Pot Helping Peyton’s Profits

Who knew legalizing marijuana would lead to more pizza sales? (sarcasm) According to TMZ, the 21 Denver area Papa John’s franchises Peyton Manning purchased in recent years are doing pretty well since January 1st. TMZ claims they called each of the locations and all of them reported much higher sales on the same day than in previous years.

“There’s some different laws out here in Colorado,” Manning stated. “Pizza business is pretty good out here, believe it or not, due to some recent law changes. So when you come to a different place, you’ve kind of got to learn everything that comes with it.”

To put that in numbers, in 2013 daily average gross sales were between $3,000-4,000 compared to $5,000-$6,000 in 2014, a ~50% increase. One store even reported a total sales increase of 25%. What’s strange is that non Peyton owned stores in the area are not seeing the same increases. In Denver it’s extremely easy to spot a Peyton owned location with all of the stores featuring cardboard cut outs of Peyton, his laser rocket arm, and Papa John himself.

A product of Peyton’s strategic acumen, it’s been reported that Peyton made the actual purchase of the franchises two weeks before legal marijuana went live in CO.

Chile Government Starts Medical Marijuana Research

Chile Government Starts Medical Marijuana Research

Marijuana reform is sweeping across South America. Even before Uruguay legalized recreational marijuana, momentum to legalize medical marijuana in the region was growing. Chile recently announced that it has approved it’s first medical marijuana farm to grow marijuana for research. Per Latino Fox News:

Times are changing in South America quickly when it comes to marijuana. Following Uruguay’s recent move towards legalization, Chile has announced plans to start growing medical marijuana for research purposes. There have been several reports of the recreational legalization drastically hurting the bottom lines of cartels, furthered legislation in cartel homelands could only help this one would think.

From Fox News Latino:

The governor of Metropolitan Santiago, Claudio Orrego, announced on Monday the approval by Chilean authorities of the first farm in this capital to grow marijuana for medicinal and research purposes.

The initiative, presented on May 23 before the Agricultural and Livestock Service, or SAG, is being sponsored jointly by the Daya Foundation and the Santiago municipality of La Florida to produce cannabis oil for use in the treatment of cancer patients.

Having marijuana recognized as a legitimate and permitted form of medicine is crucial for future legislation in emerging markets. It’s exciting to see the Chilean government is moving quickly on the topic, passing the initiative less than four months after it was initially presented.

This is, without a doubt, a historic milestone. We’re starting to build a road toward alleviating the suffering of many people, we’re starting to build a friendlier society,” emphasized Daya Foundation president Ana Maria Gazmuri upon learning the news.

Current marijuana laws in Chile are rather confusing. While it’s not illegal to consume marijuana, it is illegal to cultivate or sale it. It’s a great day for Chile!

photo credit: Thomas Huston

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