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Karkubi: What is it and what are its effects?

Karkubi: What is it and what are its effects?

During the last few years, and more especially after the 2020 pandemic, a new drug has become popular on the streets of Morocco and, to a lesser extent, Spain. This is Karkubi, also often called the "drug of the poor", a potent mixture of substances with high psychoactive power that sees its number of users increase day by day.

Produced mainly in areas of Morocco and Algeria with raw materials imported from Spain, the preparation of this drug involves several clearly delimited stages: getting the drugs in Europe (mainly Spain), taking them to North Africa where the mixture is made, and finally distributing it throughout these same areas, including Spain. Today we tell you everything you need to know about this new substance.

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Thailand: the new cannabis paradise

Thailand: the new cannabis paradise

Everyone has heard about the famous Thai Sticks, but also about the severity of the law on cannabis use in Thailand. However, the wheel has turned... and on the good side! Since June 9, cannabis has been removed from the list of narcotics in this beautiful country.

In this article, written together with a collaborator of ours who lives in this territory, we will see the history of cannabis in Thailand, its period of prohibition, as well as the current situation.

History of cannabis use in Siam

In Siam, replaced by Thailand in 1947, the cannabis plant and its derivatives have been used since ancient times to treat many diseases and are a key ingredient in many traditional Thai medicinal remedies.

Thai cannabis is well known for its powerful stimulant effect, produced by its high THC content. Thai landraces are exclusively Sativa (narrow-leaved plants) and have some of the longest flowering times seen in marijuana strains.

The plants look more like a willow than your typical Christmas tree-like hybrid. Instead of long colas, the buds tend to become denser and more concentrated. In the 1960s, Thai strains were thought to contain around 13% THC, which was incredibly high at the time. Among the most well-known Thai genetics are Chiang Mai, the Koh Chang cannabis variety (a euphoric Sativa), not to mention the resinous Meao.

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The days of the year in which more marijuana is sold (USA)

The days of the year in which more marijuana is sold (USA)

With the legalization of cannabis in many states of the US, and even more so taking into account the country we are talking about, the sales of cannabis and its derivatives in the hundreds of dispensaries throughout the territory have become an interesting statistic, an object of study by the marketing managers of the different companies.

As you will see today, the sales figures on certain days of the year are impressive, normally coinciding with already traditional cannabis festivities such as April 20 (4/20) or July 10 (10/7)... It's clear that American stoners like to celebrate their special days in style! However, there is another fact that also seems to trigger sales of marijuana and related products: the eve of days with large family gatherings... Why is it?

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Cannabis social networks

Cannabis social networks

If you are a cannabis lover, you will surely enjoy connecting with like-minded people. While marijuana users use mainstream social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you might consider trying out some of the cannabis-specific networks out there. And is that posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and other platforms can get you accidentally blocked or close your account simply for using a term like cannabis or marijuana. It's not that the terms are illegal, it's that the major social networks have yet to update their algorithms on permitted use based on location, while cannabis-specific social networks are keeping more abreast of changing regulations.

Additionally, the cannabis industry is booming, which means more brands are leveraging social media as a channel to promote their products, share educational information about cannabis use, and advocate for decriminalization, social justice, and destigmatization. However, due to the strict community guidelines of these mainstream social media platforms, and government regulations on promoting marijuana products, many brands are having a hard time building their communities.

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'Operation Oregano': police sell fake weed to fight drug trafficking

'Operation Oregano': police sell fake weed to fight drug trafficking

In 1981, the District of Columbia in the US broke its own record: 86 citizens died from heroin overdoses. To combat the growing drug problem, the city's police launched an all-out crackdown on the narcotics market. A new task force christened under the mantra of "anything goes" was given the green light to disrupt the drug trade throughout Washington D.C., including arrests of more than 200 suspected dealers, the use of video cameras and tanker trucks to intimidate and disrupt buyers and sellers on the street... and even an undercover officer disguised as the Schlitz beer mascot (he was a bull, by the way) to make surprise arrests.

But one of the police methods of disrupting marijuana sales was not intended to arrest anyone. In an idea that was at the very least bizarre, undercover officers posed as dealers in the city's most reputable weed area. Dubbed 'Operation Oregano Scam', the aim was to sell fake ganja to unsuspecting customers, giving the area a 'bad name' that, they thought, would scare off potential buyers.

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Biden to pardon federal cannabis possession convictions

Biden to pardon federal cannabis possession convictions
Joseph Biden, the 46th president of the USA (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Yesterday, in a somewhat surprising announcement yesterday, Joe Biden, president of the United States of America, pledged that the government will pardon thousands of Americans that have been convicted of simple marijuana possession under federal law. He also announced several other moves towards the federal decriminalisation of cannabis, asking both the Department of Health and the Department of Justice to review how the plant is scheduled under federal law as well as encouraging state governors to take similar measures with those convicted of possession.

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Cannabis legalisation will cost Big Pharma billions

Cannabis legalisation will cost Big Pharma billions

A study by finance and economics experts at California Polytechnic State University and the University of New Mexico has concluded that legalising cannabis will reduce sales of conventional pharmaceuticals by billions of dollars. Previous studies have found that access to cannabis reduces the use of specific types of medication, but this is the first study to look at the overall effect of cannabis on pharmaceutical companies across products and types of patients.

With recreational and medical marijuana now becoming legal in many states, the newly formed legal cannabis industry is impacting on the stock value of many pharmaceutical companies. The researchers argue that their findings highlight the market's recognition of cannabis as an alternative to conventional medicines, also pointing to the need for further research into the therapeutic potential of this plant.

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Salaries in the cannabis industry

Salaries in the cannabis industry

Barely a month ago we heard the news that the American artist Snoop Dogg had raised the salary of the full-time employee he hired to roll the joints he smokes. Knowing the rate at which the rapper consumes them (he said in an interview in 2012: "I smoke 81 joints a day") and adjusting the salary to the runaway inflation of this year, good old Snoop has established his joint-roller's remuneration at between 40,000 and 50,000 dollars a year, which is not bad at all for a job as specialised as this. Who can match that around here?

But it's also a fact that shows that, as cannabis continues to be legalised or decriminalised in a growing number of states, industry wages are rising at a comparable rate. The competition for talented and experienced workers is increasing, which has led to considerable salary increases in various fields over the last year.

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Snoop Dogg trolls Joe Biden with 'Sleepy Joe OG'

Snoop Dogg trolls Joe Biden with 'Sleepy Joe OG'

Cannabis brand mocks the president's lucidity

US rapper Snoop Dogg took Instagram by storm over the weekend by posting a photo of a weed strain dubbed 'Sleepy Joe OG', mocking President Joe Biden for his frequent mental lapses. The premium cannabis packaging features an image of Biden, along with the phrases "Where am I?" and "You won't even remember what country you are in!", accompanied by an inscription claiming that the weed is reportedly grown in Ukraine, Russia and China.

Snoop Dogg posted the photo on Sunday on his Instagram feed, which is followed by 74.6 million people, amassing more than 565,000 likes and nearly 10,000 comments at the time of writing. People had a lot of fun with the post, pouring in comments such as "If I smoke it do I get my vote back?" or "Don't ride a bike after drinking this," as another wrote in reference to Biden recently falling off a bike near his home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

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RIP Ann Shulgin, pioneering psychonaut

RIP Ann Shulgin, pioneering psychonaut
Ann Shulgin at a book signing in 2011 (Photo: Jon Hanna)

World-renowned American writer, activist and psychonaut Ann Shulgin, widow of Alexander Shulgin, died at the age of 91 this past Saturday, July 9th 2022. She was most famous for co-authoring, along with her late husband, two of the most important and influential books on psychedelic substances: PiHKAL and TiHKAL, which had an immense impact on the worlds of psychedelia and science.

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Cannabis World Records

Cannabis World Records

Setting a world record is something that many strive for, but few succeed in achieving. One only has to look at the Guinness Book of World Records to see that people have thought of every possible way to get their names in this Olympus of incredible achievements. Cannabis users are no different, and while some of these categories may never appear in the famous beer-sponsored book, they are well documented and set a very high standard for cannabis lovers who wish to beat them.

The biggest weed brownie in the world

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Two Spanish universities, pioneers in Europe in offering official cannabis studies

Two Spanish universities, pioneers in Europe in offering official cannabis studies

The cannabis industry has changed dramatically over the last decade, with dozens of companies directly or indirectly related to the plant operating completely legally in a number of countries, creating thousands of jobs in this emerging sector. This is a great opportunity for the plant's scholars and fans, who have gone from operating clandestinely to being a key player in the industry.

Naturally, this fact has not gone unnoticed in the academic sphere, where several US universities have been offering courses, seminars, postgraduate courses and even degrees aimed at future cannabis professionals. Cases like those of these educational centres are becoming increasingly common, in a trend that - fortunately - seems to have crossed the pond and can now be seen in Europe, as is the case of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche. Let's see what they have to offer!

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RIP Éric Chapel, a pioneer of cannabis activism in France

RIP Éric Chapel, a pioneer of cannabis activism in France

The close relationship between Éric Chapel and weed began in the 1980s when, in his late teens, he started smoking. A gardening enthusiast who wanted to produce his own crop, and at a time when there were no - or almost no - sources of information on cannabis cultivation, he discovered the books of Jean Pierre Galland of the CIRC, a collective he quickly joined before creating his own association in 1994, PAKA, dedicated to promoting hemp and its derivatives.

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Bud Porn: Who's got the biggest?

Bud Porn: Who's got the biggest?

When it comes to how the five senses perceive cannabis, the nose will always be king. However, the eyes are not far behind and are extremely important for finding flaws in your buds, such as mould, mites and other undesirable characteristics. Then, after analysing the overall health of the plant and its harvest, you will find vivid shades of violet, blue or scarlet, milky or amber trichomes, and rusty cinnamon-coloured pistils that can remind you of anything from a sunset to a snow-covered Christmas tree. Eyes help users see what all the beauty of this plant really is! And the ongoing legalisation that is spreading around the world has made 'Bud Porn' a key marketing strategy in the cannabis industry.

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Thailand is giving away a million cannabis plants for home cultivation

Thailand is giving away a million cannabis plants for home cultivation

Thailand likes to do things in a big way. And next June 9 is the day that the legalisation of medical cannabis in the Kingdom comes into effect. To celebrate, Thailand's Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul of the Bhumjai Thai Party, a major partner in the coalition that spearheaded the country's campaign to decriminalise marijuana, recently announced that the government will distribute 1 million free cannabis plants so that “anyone can grow them at home”, once most of the legal restrictions on the production and possession of cannabis are lifted.

The strictly regulated use of medical cannabis was legalised in 2018, making Thailand the first country in Southeast Asia to do so, and various restrictions have been gradually eased since then. In fact, in February of this year, Charnvirakul signed an act officially removing cannabis from its list of controlled drugs. And now the minister has added that people will be able to grow “as many cannabis plants as they want” in their homes. However, it can only be therapeutic grade cannabis and must be used exclusively for medicinal purposes.

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Why doesn't the USA legalise cannabis at the federal level?

Why doesn't the USA legalise cannabis at the federal level?

In 2012, Colorado and Washington made headlines when they became the first two US states to legalise cannabis for recreational use. Since then, 18 more states, as well as the District of Columbia, have followed suit by passing laws for distribution and recreational consumption.

Classified as a Schedule I drug by the Controlled Substances Act, just like methamphetamine or cocaine, cannabis remains illegal at the federal level. However, as more state legislators pass legislation to legalise recreational use, federal cannabis trafficking cases and charges have steadily declined year over year.

According to the US Sentencing Commission's 2021 Sourcebook, in 2012, the same year that Colorado and Washington first passed their legislation, federal prosecutors charged approximately 7,000 people with marijuana trafficking. Cannabis accounted for 27.6% of all drug trafficking charges that year, the most of any substance category.

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