Massachusetts Impose its Ban on All Vaping Products, Including both Nicotine- and Cannabis-Based Products

The 32-year-old massage therapist has a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from childhood trauma

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FILE - Vaping pen devices are displayed at The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) trade show in New York City, New York, May 30, 2019. VOA

In the first few days of the four-month ban on all vaping products in Massachusetts, Laura Lee Medeiros, a medical marijuana patient, began to worry.

The 32-year-old massage therapist has a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from childhood trauma. To temper her unpredictable panic attacks, she relied on a vape pen and cartridges filled with the marijuana derivatives THC and CBD from state dispensaries.

There are other ways to get the desired effect from marijuana, and patients have filled dispensaries across the state in recent days to ask about edible or smokeable forms. But Medeiros has come to depend on her battery-powered pen, and wondered how she would cope without her usual supply of cartridges.

“In the midst of something where I’m on the floor, on the verge of passing out, my pen has been very helpful for me to grab,” she said. She carries her vape pen in her purse in case of an emergency, but has only one cartridge left.

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FILE – Marijuana edibles are displayed for sale at the MedMen store in West Hollywood, California, Jan. 2, 2018. VOA

Massachusetts imposed its ban on all vaping products, including both nicotine- and cannabis-based products, in response to mounting concern about the potential serious health risks. Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, said the ban would last at least four months while new legislation and regulation is explored.

More than 800 cases of a vaping-related lung disease and 12 deaths across 10 U.S. states have so far been reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those numbers are expected to climb.

More than three quarters of those with the respiratory illness reported vaping THC, the main psychoactive ingredient of marijuana. Many of them used small e-cigarette cartridges, or “carts,” bought on the black market, where the risk of adulterated products is high.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, but a growing number of states allow it for medical or recreational use.

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Massachusetts is one of 10 U.S. states that allows both uses, along with the District of Columbia.

Some marijuana users had long eschewed vaping even before the ban, often on the advice of doctors who saw the cocktail of compounds being inhaled into lungs as risky.

“I have advised against the vape carts for my patients for a long time exactly out of suspicion of basically what just happened,” said Dr. Ryan Zaklin, a doctor in Salem, Massachusetts. “Who the hell knows what they’re putting in them?”

Some patients like vaping because it is more discreet than traditional burning of marijuana “flower.” The devices are small, produce a relatively odorless “vapor” and is fast-acting: a handheld device rapidly heats liquid compounds into an aerosol that can be inhaled into the lungs.

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In the first few days of the four-month ban on all vaping products in Massachusetts, Laura Lee Medeiros, a medical marijuana patient, began to worry. Pixabay

Many of those patients are now asking their doctors or dispensaries about edible forms of marijuana, liquid tinctures that can be dropped under the tongue or old-fashioned flower buds and pre-rolled joints for smoking.

For Medeiros, who lives in the small coastal city of Peabody, other methods are a poor substitute. She found that edibles take time to take effect, typically about an hour.

Tinctures seemed to her similarly slow-acting. And rolling a joint while her vision is closing in and she is hyperventilating from a panic attack is nearly impossible, she said.

Unexpected blessing

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Medeiros wishes medical marijuana patients had been given time to stock up on the products they use before the ban went into immediate effect.

Pressed on such concerns, the governor has not been swayed to change his decision over what he said was a public health emergency.

“There are many alternative uses available to people who currently have prescriptions for medical marijuana and they should pursue those,” Baker told reporters last week, according to local media.

But some public health experts have warned the ban may drive more people toward riskier black-market, totally unregulated vape products.

At the New England Treatment Access (NETA) dispensary in Brookline, near Boston, which has become one of the biggest suppliers of medical marijuana since the drug became legalized in the state in 2012, several patients said they view the ban as an unexpected blessing.

Denise Sullivan, 62, uses medical marijuana to treat symptoms of her leukemia. She had vaped for more than a year, but stopped after she heard about the ban. During the period she vaped, she contracted pneumonia five times, she said, and now believes that might have been vape related.

“I can tell when I vape I am more congested not in my lungs but in my sinuses,” she said. She plans to use edibles, which she said kick in with enough time to treat her pain.

Kate LeDoux, 49, had a similar experience. She is a runner and used medical marijuana to help recovery from recent foot surgery. LeDoux stopped vaping a few weeks ago after seeing the news about the lung disease, turning instead to edibles and smoking.

Almost immediately, her “weird cough” cleared up and her running times improved, she said. “Now I know it was 100 percent the vaping.” (VOA)

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Xiaomi to Unveil Mi Notebook on June 11 in India

The launch event is all set to kick off at 12 noon IST

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Xiaomi is all set to launch exclusive Mi Notebook in India on June 11 via an online event. Wikimedia Commons

Xiaomi on Monday said it is going to unveil an India exclusive Mi Notebook on June 11 via an online event.

The launch event will kick off at 12 noon IST and will be streamed across Xiaomi’s social media platforms and Mi.com as well.

In a tweet, Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India, confirmed that upcoming Mi Notebook model is exclusively made for the Indian consumers.

Xiaomi’s Mi last week announced that it will enter the Indian laptop market in June.

“We are ready to introduce the next big category in India with the Mi Notebook series. We will broadly have two series under Mi Notebook that we are going to launch. It will be a minimalistic design, a power-packed device with latest technology to fulfill the requirements of our Indian users,” Raghu Reddy, Chief Business Officer, Xiaomi India, told IANS in an interaction.

He also said the company also intends to introduce more products under the Mi brand, like Internet of Things (IoT) products and Smart TVs.

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Xiaomi RedmiBook 13 features a 13.3-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution anti-glare display. (Representational Image). Pixabay

According to a recent report, Mi’s first Notebook will be a rebranded version of RedmiBook 13 which launched in China in December last year.

Xiaomi RedmiBook 13 features a 13.3-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution anti-glare display with narrow 4.65mm bezels on three sides.

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The display offers 178-degree wide-viewing angle with 250 nits maximum brightness. It is 16.3 mm thin and weighs around 1.23 kilogrammes.

The laptop comes in two sets of configuration options– with 10th gen Intel Core i5-10510U processor and 10th gen Intel Core i7-10510U chipset

The RedmiBook 13 comes fitted with a chiclet keyboard with a 1.3 mm keystroke travel along with Microsoft PTP supported trackpad. (IANS)

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Lockdown Diaries: Online Sales of Gardening Products Shoot Up

Online sales of gardening products hint at home-gardening bloom in lockdown

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Many Indians have turned into gardeners during lockdown. Pixabay

By Siddhi Jain

Two months of lockdown has turned many Indians into avid gardeners. As people explore their green side by growing a variety of plants, sales of gardening products on an e-commerce site seem to have shot up notably in this period.

As per Snapdeal, the overall sale in the gardening category for mid-March and mid-May 2020 is more than double the sale in the same time-frame last year.

“Over the last two months, users have bought seeds to grow a range of vegetables including brinjals, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, chilli, coriander etc. Seeds of everyday-use items like lemon and tomato were the most searched for seeds on Snapdeal. Combo vegetable seeds pack with multiple varieties of seeds priced under Rs 300 was another popular pick amongst Snapdeal shoppers,” the online marketplace told IANSlife.

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People have bought a variety of seeds amid lockdown. Pixabay

What made it to e-carts and search bars?

As kitchen gardens blossomed, so did a collective desire to build immunity against the novel Coronavirus.

Since late April, Moringa (drumstick) seeds remained high in demand for immunity-boosting properties.

For those looking at summer flowers, Roses, Zinnia, Petunia and Marigold have been a top pick, since they grow well in summers.

Enthusiastic gardeners also bought a range of supplies including garden tool kits comprising trowels (‘khurpi’), clippers and weeding forks, green net to save plants from birds, spraying can, and seedling trays, Snapdeal shared.

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Many enthusiastic gardeners also bought a range of supplies including garden tool kits. Pixabay

Apart from greening lawns and balconies, people also bought indoor plants like money plant, areca palm, rubber plant, and fiddle-leaf fig. Succulents were also widely searched and liked but seldom bought due to its high maintenance nature and difficulty to survive Indian weather conditions, the e-commerce platform said.

When it came to pots, plastic pots in a variety of shapes, colour and sizes were in high demand and the popular price range of these were Rs 50-250. Most users bought multi-packs of 4-12 pots. Traditional terracotta pots were also searched for but were not available due to difficulty in transporting the same. Grow bags which are a cheaper alternative to pots were a hit too, Snapdeal said.

“Gardening is a fun and relaxing way to get in touch with nature. In the lockdown period, we saw increased interest from our shoppers in this category, as they spent more time at home. From the nature of buying, we can infer that users are attempting to grow everyday use fruits and vegetables at home. Our sellers also received queries for bulk supplies from those users who intend to grow organic produce for regular commercial sale. Seeing the demand, we have onboarded new sellers in this category to ramp up supplies,” a Snapdeal spokesperson told IANSlife.

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Regional demand

Seaweed solution bottles were popular gardening picks among the metro audiences to save the trouble of keeping packets of compost. The non-metro audience, on the contrary, continued to buy compost. Cocopeat, which can absorb water for longer than normal soil, was widely bought in north India to beat the sun.

Shoppers from Tier 2 cities bought most of the gardening supplies. Most orders came from Bhopal, Chandigarh, Nagpur, Dehradun, Gurgaon, Jamnagar, Lucknow, Mysore, Ranchi and Raipur.

Orders for some of these items were placed mostly when deliveries of these products were prohibited and are now being delivered post the lockdown restrictions being removed, the brand said. (IANS)

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Why You Should Avoid Gas Station CBD

Wondered why you shoud avoid buying CBD from gas stations? Here is the answer

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Here’s what you need to know about gas station CBD items and why you should avoid them. Pixabay

Shopping at a gas station is convenient. You can run in, grab a drink and a few snacks. Just as gas stations sell cigarettes, these mini stores have also started to stock other convenience items, including CBD products.

With all of the benefits that you’ve heard about CBD, you may be tempted to pick up a bottle of CBD oil or a bag of CBD edibles in order to get some relief. But, should you buy CBD products from a gas station? While these items are cheap and convenient, chances are that they’re also low quality.

Here’s what you need to know about gas station CBD items and why you should avoid them.

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Lack of Oversight & Regulation

While the 2018 Farm Bill set forth certain rules, requirements, and regulation for hemp-based CBD plants, the fact remains that there is still very little oversight. There’s no federal Agency that is responsible for ensuring that all CBD products that hit the market are high quality, let alone safe.

Because the CBD industry isn’t regulated, chances are that the gas station CBD products you see are low quality, hence the low price. There are many dangers associated with low quality CBD.

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Just as gas stations sell cigarettes, these mini stores have also started to stock other convenience items, including CBD products. Pixabay

First, you aren’t likely to get the results or experience that you want. It takes high quality CBD in order to get high quality results. There is also the risk that the CBD product contains harmful compounds, including a higher dosage of THC than what is allowed.

Risk of Higher THC Levels

Under the 2018 Farm Bill, legal CBD products must contain no more than 0.3% THC. And while a gas station CBD product may advertise that its THC contents are within the legal dosage, there’s no way of fact checking what is advertised.

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While CBD won’t get you high, too much THC can. This means if you buy a CBD product that contains higher levels of THC, you’re at a risk of experiencing the psychoactive effects. A high dosage of THC can cause many negative side effects including:

  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Headache/nausea
  • Impairment
  • Lowered inhibitions

Aside from the side effects, using a CBD product that has a high amount of THC can also cause job issues for some. If your employer requires drug testing, you could fail the test because of gas station CBD. Don’t risk losing your job for the affordability and convenience of these CBD products.

Aside from the side effects, using a CBD product that has a high amount of THC can also cause job issues for some. If your employer requires drug testing, you could fail the test because of gas station CBD. Don’t risk losing your job for the affordability and convenience of these CBD products.

Lower CBD Dosage

Consumers buy CBD for in order to get some relief. Whether you’re interested in trying CBD for pain relief, improved sleep, or to help reduce stress and anxiety, the efficiency of the product all comes down to the dosage of CBD. A product may advertise that it contains a certain amount of CBD, but again, there is no guarantee that what’s on the label is the truth.

This means that you could waste money on a product that doesn’t give you the results you desire because it contains low grade CBD or because it doesn’t contain the specified dosage.

Existence of Harmful Compounds

How and where hemp plants are grown has a huge impact on the quality of the CBD that is used to make oil, edibles, or some other product. There are many companies that use low quality hemp plants that are grown outside of the United States. Other brands source CBD from farms that use pesticides and GMOs, which pose potential health risks.

Inferior CBD is also often extracted using a solvent-based product. Solvents, such as butane, are used to extract the oil from the plant. More often than not, some of the chemicals used seep into the oil, which means you then consume it.

How to Choose a High Quality Product

With this said, the good news is that there are tons of premium, high quality CBD products on the market. The bad news is that you’re unlikely to find it at a gas station or any other kind of convenience store.

If you want to buy superior CBD, your best chance of finding it is online. Of course, there are also low quality CBD products on the digital marketplace as well, so it pays to know what to look for in order to decide if a product is worthwhile or not.

Determine Where CBD is Sourced and How

The top CBD manufacturers are all about transparency. This means when you check out the company’s website, you’re likely to see information about where hemp plants are grown and how they’re grown. You’ll also find information about how the CBD is extracted.

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While a gas station CBD product may advertise that its THC contents are within the legal dosage, there’s no way of fact checking what is advertised. Pixabay

Companies that produce high quality CBD products typically use USA-grown hemp that is farmed using no pesticides and no GMOs. Many CBD brands proudly display USA-grown and non-GMO verbiage on their products.

Aside from learning about where and how the hemp plants are grown, it’s also important to ensure that the company uses a non-solvent extraction process. CO2 extraction is the other process that manufacturers use. CO2 extraction is done inside of a lab in a safe, controlled environment.

Read the Certificate of Analysis (COA)

One of the best ways to determine the quality of a CBD product is to look at the certificate of analysis (COA). A COA is the data that is verified after a product’s contents have been tested by a third party lab.

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A COA will provide all of the information you need, including CBD content, THC content, as well as the existence of other compounds such as pesticides, solvents, and heavy metals. If the product uses full-spectrum CBD, there will also be test results for other naturally occurring compounds in the hemp plant such as terpenes, amino acids, and other cannabinoids.

If a product doesn’t have a COA posted, contact the manufacturer and ask if the product has been lab tested. Products that don’t have a COA are extremely risky, as there’s no guarantee as to what the CBD product contains.

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Conclusion

While it may be cheaper, quicker, and more convenient to buy CBD at a gas station, chances are that you aren’t buying a high quality product. In order to experience the benefits that the best CBD oil offers, you must buy a superior product that uses superior CBD.

When buying your next CBD product, be sure to check where the CBD is sourced and how it’s extracted, and of course read the COA. This way you can buy with total confidence.