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Lebanon Set to Legalize Medical Cannabis

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Lebanon legislators are poised to vote on a bill that would legalize cultivation of medical and industrial cannabis. The country hopes this would boost its economy and lessen the impact cannabis can have from the black market.

According to Aljazeera, the bill will be voted on by parliament and was already endorsed by committees within parliament. It would only legalize cannabis that contains less than one percent of THC.

Currently, Lebanon is known on the black market as a producer of hashish, despite the illegal nature of the product. It’s a major exporter of illegal cannabis, which is another reason that advocates hope it will be legalized. The bill would seek to replace that market with a regulated one that is geared to support medical patients (which includes less THC-centric medicine).

Yassine Jaber, one of the parliament members supporting the law, said the bill was based on a 2019 report a U.S. company called McKinsey & Company that recommended the country legalize cannabis in order to bring in more money. “We have a competitive and a comparative advantage in the cannabis business,” Jaber told Al Jazeera. “Our soil is among the best in the world for this, and the cost of production is low compared to other states.”

“This law would legalise cultivation without taking into consideration the situation of persons who consume drugs, or those who produce them,” Karim Nammour, a lawyer with progressive NGO Legal Agenda who specializes in drug policy, told Al Jazeera. “It’s an opportunity missed—they have failed to take a holistic approach.”

Lebanon officials have been working on legalizing cannabis for quite a while now, so there could be some more hurdles to passing this through. However, if it happens, the state could make a lot more in revenue. This could be a game-changer for the previously illegal country.

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Two Studies on Cannabis and Heart Disease Reveal New Findings

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Two new studies shed light on the effects that cannabis can have on patients with heart disease.

Presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, which is an annual conference that has since gone digital due to COVID-19, two new studies are helping to fill in the unknown gaps regarding how cannabis may affect those who suffer from heart disease. Some findings were negative, such as increased risk of stroke or bleeding after surgical procedures. However, the studies revealed that those who use cannabis were also less likely to encounter issues with sudden kidney failure as well.

“Marijuana is becoming more accessible, and patients should be aware of the increased risk after [angioplasty],” said Dr. Sang Gune Yoo, an internal medicine resident at the University of Michigan and lead author of one of the studies. “While these are risks to be aware of, they shouldn’t deter patients from obtaining this lifesaving procedure.” Yoo and his team examined information on 113,477 Michigan patients, 3,970 of which said that they consumed cannabis. Researchers paired nearly 3,903 cannabis consumers with non-users to find a pattern regarding which group experienced more bleeding and strokes. Ultimately, results showed that 5.2 percent of cannabis consumers experienced bleeding, and 0.3 percent experienced a stroke (non-users were reported at 3.4 percent bleeding and 0.1 percent strokes, respectively).

The other study analyzed national data from patients who went through artery-cleaning procedures following a heart attack. Researchers found that cannabis consumers had an increased chance of subsequent heart attacks over those who don’t consume cannabis (7.2 percent versus 4.5 percent). However, they also discovered that risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol were significantly lower in cannabis consumers. “I have spent the last 25 years studying the effects of marijuana and THC [the psychoactive component in cannabis], and I think the Yoo study raises some important questions, especially since we’ve seen more and more reports of cardiovascular events occurring in the context of marijuana,” said professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Deepak Cyril D’Souza. “This is an interesting paper.”

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High Times Relaunches Online Store

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If you’re reading this, you know who HIgh Times is. The four-and-a-half decade old cannabis flagbearer—the O.G.. From the front lines to the boardroom, High Times has led the charge for not only legalization, but for the de-stigmatization of Cannabis across the globe. We’ve been fighting for our right to research, our right to heal, and our right to consume, for ourselves and for evangelists all over the world longer than many of our team have even been alive. It’s been a long road to get here, and we’ve had some dark times, but the future is brighter than ever now.

As you’ve likely heard, the United States has now legalized recreational cannabis consumption across 15 states, with an additional 20 states having legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. While we’re still facing federal bans, don’t yet have interstate commerce, and though we haven’t quite cracked cannabis banking yet, it’s important to remember that we’ve come a long, long way.

As you also may have heard, this new future has provided some exciting new opportunities for our brand. We’re in the process of going public, we now own several cannabis dispensaries, and we have launched a delivery service in California that is quickly picking up steam. As we near our 5th decade of existence, we’re moving into a time when the oldest brand in Cannabis can FINALLY sell weed. It’s really quite amazing. 

However, that’s not the only news we’ve got up our sleeves.

On November 20 we’ll be adding another new addition to our site; a reimagined and redesigned shop for all our loyal fans. This shop aims to be your solution for three main needs:

First off, we are pleased to introduce our new CBD line. Sure you’ve seen a million of these types of products flood the market since the 2018 Farm Bill passed, but rest assured, there was a reason we took our time with our formulations. The result is nothing short of spectacular, and what will surely be the LAST product you’ll need to try out—because this actually works. We are excited to bring to you the BEST CBD products on the market, hard stop. From flavors you will love, to effects you won’t only feel, but that will last, and all from the brand that you’ve trusted to provide you with the best in the space for over 46 years.

High Times new CBD line

Next up is our reimagined and plushed-out new merchandise line. Featuring iconography that’s been with us since the early days, tour posters from some of our most memorable events, and even the face of our founder—the original Zippy—Thomas Forçade, it’s never been easier (or more comfortable) to rock your favorite brand. In fact, when we say comfortable, we’re not just talking free slippers at the hotel, we mean full-blown head in the clouds, hugging strangers type comfort—not your typical run-of-the-mill steeze. From marshmallow-feeling hoodies to buttery soft T’s, we’re about to make your wardrobe as loud as your smoke.

Finally, we’re not ignorant enough to believe we can do everything, so we called in some of our favorites to help round out this new site. As the voice of the counterculture, we’ve tried it all, and we know that not all products are created equal, especially when it requires risking your buds. We’re not about to let any of our friends get taken for a ride, so we’ve recruited the best the industry has to offer—from top of the line infusion machines, to unique and handmade pipes, to an actual machine that will pack your cones for you for all the lazybones out there. Some of it is handmade, lots of it is made here in the USA, but all of it is guaranteed to take your sesh to the next level no matter where you happen to be.

Top of the line products are also featured on the High Times Store.

It’s been a long road friends, but we’re not slowing down. Now stop reading and let us bless you with the best! All of our selections are all available NOW at our totally revamped and redesigned counterculture destination: hightimes.com/shop

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Strain of the Week: Gifted OG

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This week, everyone is gearing up for Thanksgiving—and by gearing up, we mean people are sighing in relief that they finally have a valid excuse to skip a family gathering. No unwarranted talk about election stances, jokes about not having kids or being married, and certainly no scoffing at cannabis consumption. This year was far from spectacular, but in this one instance, it’s a gift. This week’s Strain of the Week is a feature on Gifted OG, the perfect stay-at-home accompaniment for upcoming holiday festivities.

CULTURE reviewers really played with this “gift” pun, stating that it’s probably one of the best gifts they’ve received in a long time. The lineage of Gifted OG is unknown, but there are certain telltale signs of its origin. The orange-haired and dense nug resembles a classic OG Kush strain. OG Kush strains are commonly praised for their ability to produce cerebral body effects, and tend to exude a lemony, kushy aroma. Gifted OG hasn’t inherited the lemon scents, but it does smell of kush, earthy pine and a slight hint of black pepper—one whiff of this and you’ll be enveloped by images of a tranquil terpene forest.

Gifted OG has plenty of potency to go around, with a slowly creeping body effect that relaxes muscles and brings on feelings of peace amidst this chaotic world. However, reviewers reported a surprise in their consumption adventures—Gifted OG had a little sativa-esque kick that allowed them to get up and move around. That kind of motivation is most welcome, as it’s necessary to get a little bit of exercise while celebrating the holidays social-distance style—especially if you’re going to be couchlocked over the long weekend because you were lucky enough to get your hands on a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X or S earlier this m

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