Analysis Suggests Cannabis Users Consume Less Alcohol, Fewer OTC Meds

According to a High Yield Insights report, recreational cannabis users report sharp decreases in over-the-counter medication use, sleep aids, and alcohol use. By the numbers: 27 percent of recreational cannabis users reported using fewer over-the-counter medications, 22 percent reported using fewer sleep aids, 21 percent indicated they consumed fewer spirits, and 20 percent said they […]

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Ontario Government Awards $300K Grant for Cannabis Beer Project

The Ontario, Canada government has awarded a $300,000 research grant to Province Brands of Canada to help them develop a beer brewed with cannabis, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The Toronto-based company will work with Loyalist College to develop the beer. Edibles are not included in the federal legalization plan but lawmakers have indicated they would […]

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Blue Moon Developer Planning THC-Infused, Non-Alcoholic, Beer

A 32-year veteran of MillerCoors – and the developer of Blue Moon Belgian Wheat – is launching a THC-infused, non-alcoholic beer in Colorado this fall, USA Today reports. Keith Villa is partnering with Colorado-based ebbu and the team plans to develop three kinds of THC-infused beer: a light beer, a wheat beer, and a stout. […]

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Massachusetts Alcohol Regulators Block CBD Beer Claiming FDA Rules Violation

The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission will not allow a local brewer to move forward with plans to roll out a CBD-infused beer, arguing that the cannabinoid is a Schedule I drug and the infusion would violate the Food & Drug Administration’s Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Boston Business Journal reports. “Even though retail […]

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Study: CBD Could Prevent Drug and Alcohol Relapse

According to new preclinical research by Scripps Research Institute, CBD could be used to reduce the risk of relapse among recovering cocaine and alcohol addicts, Science Daily reports. The study on rats with a history of voluntary daily alcohol and cocaine self-administration found that CBD reduced relapse induced by stress and drug cues, and anxiety […]

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Cannabis Retail Sales Outpace Alcohol Retail Sales in Aspen, Colorado

Last year’s retail cannabis sales in Aspen, Colorado outpaced retail alcohol sales by nearly a million dollars, according to Aspen Finance Department figures outlined by the Aspen Times. The city’s legal cannabis industry brought in $11.3 million, while booze revenues reached $10.5 million. This marks the first time legal cannabis sales outpaced retail alcohol sales […]

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Study: Alcohol Sales Decreased 15% in Counties with Legal Cannabis

A new study suggests that monthly alcohol sales in U.S. counties where cannabis is legal for recreational use cumulatively dropped 15 percent. The researchers, from the University of Connecticut, Georgia State University, and Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, measured alcohol sales in states with legal cannabis access and compared them to alcohol sales in states […]

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Alcohol Distributor Constellation Brands Buys Stake in Canopy Growth

Constellation Brands, the U.S. distributor of Corona beer and Svedka vodka, has agreed to take a 9.9 percent stake in Canopy Growth Corp., a Canadian medical cannabis company, for about US$191 million (C$245 million) the company announced in a press release. The announcement comes less than one year after Constellation CEO Rob Sands told Ad […]

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Vermont Brewers Partner with Hemp Farm for CBD-Infused Beer

Vermont-based Long Trail Brewing Company is partnering with local hemp cultivators Luce Farm on an infused beer using the farm’s CBD-infused honey. The yet-to-be-named small-batch brew is set for a Labor Day weekend release. Ian Harbage, co-head brewmaster for Long Trail, said that while “there might be a bit of public learning curve” around the […]

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Lagunitas Brewing Company Releases One Batch of Cannabis Terpene-Infused Beer

Lagunitas Brewing Company has unveiled Supercritical IPA – a brew infused with cannabis terpenes from CannaCraft, the California-based producers of vape cartridges called AbsoluteXtracts, the Washington Post reports. The terpenes used are extracted from cannabis plants but the brew is not infused with THC or CBD. Kial Long, vice president of marketing for AbsoluteXtracts, said […]

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Cannabis and Alcohol: It’s Complicated

The business relationship between the cannabis and alcohol industries remains strained and detached. In states permitting adult use, the sectors’ overlap is only provided by the state boards that regulate both; however, nowhere are the two legally bought, sold, or consumed at the same location. Big Alcohol and prohibition During the previous election cycle, the […]

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