Weekly News Digest: September 17, 2021

The CBD industry is changing rapidly. That’s why it’s so important to keep an eye on everything that is going on in it. We will help you stay abreast of what’s happening in the field in our new edition of the Weekly News Digest.

Another Friday, another edition of the Weekly News Digest. Today, as usual, we have compiled seven top news stories from the CBD and CBD-related world for you. Are you ready? Let’s get going without further delay!

1. British university initiative receives government funding to develop cannabis growing industry

We traditionally kick things off in Europe. And today’s starting point is the United Kingdom. The HEMP-30 initiative, led by researchers from the University of York and the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), has received government financial backing. The project has commenced with a grant of 200,000 pounds from the UK government’s Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes.

2. Lidl recalls hemp products from its stores in Irish islands over THC concerns

The international supermarket chain Lidl has decided to remove hemp products from shelves in its Irish islands stores due to concerns over the THC levels in them. The decision was made after the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued a revocation notice. Industrial hemp can be legally grown in Ireland with a licence from the Department of Health for various purposes, including fibre, food and feed. Currently, in Ireland, the permitted THC content in products is less than 0.2%.

3. Kansas gives hemp growers respite to process and test their cannabis with new amendments

Let’s move on to the central region of the United States and the state of Kansas. Hemp growers in Kansas will have more time to complete sampling and harvesting, in line with temporary changes approved by the state’s rules and regulations board. The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), which proposed the changes, said the amendments would align the state’s industrial hemp rules with the USDA’s Final Rule on commercial hemp production and would ultimately be permanent. The new rules will also allow growers to restore plants if sampling shows them to be within acceptable levels of the federal THC limit of 0.3%, and give more leeway to define crops that were “negligently” grown.

4. Texas to expand its medical cannabis programme

Our next stop is Texas. According to the source, the state’s medical cannabis programme will be expanded. State law changes will allow patients with any form of cancer to be prescribed low-THC cannabis. Previously, this was restricted to people with terminal cancer. The amended law also authorises patients dealing with PTSD.

5. Study finds 64% of Uruguayan health professionals recommend medical cannabis to patients

In South America, a survey carried out by the Catholic University of Uruguay (UCU) has found that 53% of doctors recommend the use of medical cannabis. A total of 275 doctors participated in the research. The survey also revealed that only 15% of doctors would not recommend cannabis to their patients, while 64% would and 21% were undecided.

6. Argentina to conduct a study on the medicinal use of cannabis to treat health problems not addressed by traditional therapies

The Argentine province of Santa Fe, through the Ministries of Health and Production, Science and Technology, has signed an agreement with the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) to research the use of cannabis for medical purposes. The aim is to provide scientific evidence for various health problems not being addressed by traditional treatments, for which doctors are increasingly prescribing cannabis and its derivatives. In addition, it seeks to thoroughly clarify the therapeutic uses of the cannabis plant as well as its derivatives.

7. Research says young people can be more prone to heart attacks if they use cannabis

Young adult cannabis users can have a higher risk of heart attacks than their sober peers, according to a new study by scientists at the University of Toronto. Among the 33,173 adults aged 18 to 44 who responded to the survey between 2017 and 2018, 61 out of 4,610 cannabis users (1.3%) and 240 out of 28,563 people who did not use cannabis (0.8%) reported having a history of heart attacks. The link between cannabis use and heart attacks that was identified has prompted researchers to call for further studies to explain the chemical and biological actions underlying this link.

Final thoughts

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