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UK farmers group endorses hemp products to reduce global warming

Hemp-derived construction components could help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and should be promoted by the government, according to a new report from an English farmers association. The National Farming Union, a group of about 50,000 farmers in England and Wales, touted hemp construction in a plan detailing ways to get England’s and Wales’ farming industries to […]

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California hemp and cannabis testing lab raises $22.6 million

Cannalysis, a hemp and cannabis testing lab based in California, raised $22.6 million that it said will fund its expansion in the state as well as helping it to move into other marijuana markets in the U.S. The Santa Ana-based company raised the money from Canlab, a cannabis, hemp and CBD testing laboratory network. The […]

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USDA: National THC test for hemp ‘as challenging as you think it is’

Federal agriculture authorities are struggling to craft a nationwide THC testing standard so that state and local regulators can tell hemp from marijuana, complicating the release of standardized production rules, according to an official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). William Richmond, head of the Specialty Crops Program in the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, […]

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Hemp, CBD companies lining up university research to validate anecdotal evidence

A surge in academic research about hemp-derived cannabinoids is giving CBD companies new opportunities to find university partners to validate mountains of anecdotal evidence about cannabidiol’s health benefits. The research boom is enabled by hemp’s new legal status and funded by cannabis entrepreneurs who see an opportunity to bring a stamp of authority to an […]

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What they’re saying: 10 highlights from the FDA’s query on how to regulate CBD

In its open call for suggestions related to how cannabis extracts should be regulated, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received more than 4,000 responses. Respondents ranged from state and local health departments to CBD manufacturers to the American Medical Association. The agency is looking at cannabis extracts from both marijuana and hemp varieties […]

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To address lack of regulatory standards, NGOs test CBD products in Europe

The CBD market in Europe faces a challenge that would look familiar to many U.S. producers: Its popularity is on the rise, despite lack of clear rules and industrywide standards. For consumers, this means legitimate products can often be found right next to others with significantly less CBD than advertised or with potentially harmful contaminants. This is especially […]

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Canadian investors see hemp as way into US markets

The hemp industry continues to be a top investment target for well-capitalized Canadian cannabis companies. But that doesn’t mean they’re all looking to grow the plant. Organigram CEO Greg Engel, whose New Brunswick-based company began trading this week on the Nasdaq, says CBD offers a big opportunity to enter U.S. markets. However, he added his […]

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FSD Pharma reveals hemp purchase agreement after Auxly deal collapses

Ontario-based FSD Pharma has agreed to buy 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of hemp on a contractual basis from a farmer in the province for CBD extraction at the company’s Cobourg facility. The move comes after the breakdown last week of an agreement between FSD and marijuana company Auxly for the purchase of 49.9% of the […]

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