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A Short (Long) History on Hemp

Because of hemp’s prevalence in human society as being a multi-purpose crop used for food, fiber, and medicine, it’s origins have always been a subject of interest. Common knowledge stated that cannabis plants, hemp included, originated from Asia. According to a 2019 study, the plant’s origins have been safely traced […]

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Because of hemp’s prevalence in human society as being a multi-purpose crop used for food, fiber, and medicine, it’s origins have always been a subject of interest.

Common knowledge stated that cannabis plants, hemp included, originated from Asia. According to a 2019 study, the plant’s origins have been safely traced back to the Tibetan Plateau almost 28 million years ago. At around this time, cannabis plants diverged from the Humulus genus (hops) – one of the key ingredients in beer. But due to their close relation and similarity in seeds, it is difficult for scientists and archeologists to pinpoint the exact origins of hemp until now.

The scarcity of plant fossils also didn’t help the situation. John M. McPartland, an author of the study mentioned above, said that “Despite a voluminous literature emerging in the last three decades, the classification of cannabis and its center of origin remains under debate.”

The researchers overcame the problem by collating the entire database of existing fossil pollen studies, helping them identify ancient records of the plant across Asia and other regions. By also using precise geographic coordinates and Google Earth, where needed, the research eventually brought them to the Tibetan Plateau. “These data converge on the northeastern Tibetan Plateau, which we deduce as the cannabis center of origin, in the general vicinity of Qinghai Lake,” said the team.

Hemp Spreading Through the Old and New Worlds

From Tibet, cannabis plants slowly made their way into present-day Russia and Europe roughly 6 million years ago, while moving eastwards into China some 1.2 million years ago. This transition has made it possible for humanity to take advantage of the plant’s many uses as soon as the First Agricultural Revolution started in Eurasia.

In fact, hemp is considered to be the oldest example of human industry. China appears to have the longest, continuous hemp cultivation of over 6,000 years. They were also the first to introduce hemp in the paper-making process around 150 BCE. In Europe, Russia, France, Spain, and others have been growing hemp for centuries. Hemp-based remedies on both continents are known to have been in existence since at least 150 BCE.

With the arrival of the Europeans in the Western Hemisphere, hemp found a new home. In Canada, hemp was the first crop to be subsidized by the government and played an incredibly major role in the development of post-colonial North America.

During the Middle Ages and up until the early 20th century, hemp played a crucial socio-economic role, supplying much of the need for both food and fiber. Hemp rope, for instance, was three times stronger than cotton rope and more resistant to salt water. The word canvas literally translates to “made of hemp.” And by the 1920s, roughly 80% of clothing was made from hemp.

Its decline, however, began with the invention of the mechanical cotton gin in the late 18th century and with the appearance of petroleum-based synthetic textiles during the 1930s. In 1937 and under the influence of the lobbying of synthetic textile companies and others, the US Government banned all hemp production. Canada followed suit one year later.

It would take more than eighty years, in 2018, when hemp became legal again in the United States, retaking its rightful place as a driving force of the economy. If you want to learn more about the benefits of hemp and hemp-based products, please feel free to visit the Root Origins website, follow us on social media or email us at info@rootorigins.com.

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Here Are Some Major Takeaways From The Aphria and Tilray Combined Merger

Earlier this week, Aphria Inc. (APHA.TO) (APHA) and Tilray (TLRY) launched a new website that combined the companies which comes ahead of a planned mega-merger. The development captured the attention of mainstream financial media firms and the combined company has been getting great coverage. Last week, we listened to a segment on CNBC that featured […]

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Earlier this week, Aphria Inc. (APHA.TO) (APHA) and Tilray (TLRY) launched a new website that combined the companies which comes ahead of a planned mega-merger. The development captured the attention of mainstream financial media firms and the combined company has been getting great coverage.

Last week, we listened to a segment on CNBC that featured Aphria CEO Irwin Simon and Tilray CEO Brendan Kennedy. We are impressed with how the transaction has been advancing and want to highlight 11 important announcements from the interview:

  1. Aphria and Tilray have been working together to integrate the business so the transition to being a combined company is more seamless
  2. The companies have been working nonstop on the transaction and the integration process has been steadily advancing
  3. Despite a negative response from the market, Aphria CEO Irwin Simon was pleased with Tilray’s most recent quarterly financial report
  4. Aphria and Tilray have filed a proxy with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and waiting to hear back from the agency. After (if) the SEC approves the transaction, Aphria and Tilray can send out a proxy to shareholders to close the transaction
  5. The combination of Aphria and Tilray would create the world’s largest retail cannabis business and would be the only cannabis company with a global footprint
  6. The combined company will have a leadership position in Canada and in the EU. Aphria and Tilray have a great foundation and the necessary infrastructure to capitalize on what we expect to be a massive market
  7. Although there is no clarity on the legalization or decriminalization of cannabis in the US, the combined company will be ready to capitalize on the market as soon as regulations change
  8. Aphria CEO Irwin Simon would not be surprised if Germany and Portugal legalize recreational cannabis before the US. With Tilray’s EU GMP facility in Portugal and Aphria’s distribution across the EU, especially Germany, the combined company would be a major beneficiary of what happens in the EU
  9. Aphria’s acquisition of SweetWater Brewing Company and Tilray’s acquisition of Manitoba harvest provide the combined company with attractive Infrastructure in the US and the companies plan to look at making additional acquisitions of strategic US cannabis assets
  10. If the SAFE Banking Act is passed, it would be a major catalyst and would bring lots of money to companies that are levered to the US market.
  11. The combined company is well positioned to be a global cannabis leader due to the human capital, expertise, cash, technology, intelligence and brands, that fall under the Aphria-Tilray umbrella.
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Michael Berger is Managing Partner of StoneBridge Partners LLC. SBP continues to drive market awareness for leading firms in the cannabis industry throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Source: https://technical420.com/cannabis-article/here-are-some-major-takeaways-from-the-aphria-and-tilray-combined-merger/

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Balance your immune system with CBD oil

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Having a healthy immune system is so important. The feeling of constantly being sick or feeling under the weather can just get so exhausting! Did you know that when you are stressed your immune system becomes suppressed, making you more susceptible to the flu? At a time where stress levels are high (thanks COVID), we are all striving to keep our immune systems boosted. So, how can CBD oil help boost your immune system?

Immune function

Studies have shown that endocannabinoids control your immune function and play an important role in maintaining balance. Your endocannabinoid system works to maintain balance in your body. It sends signals through your body when a part is not functioning optimally, allowing your body to respond to the potential danger signal and take the steps necessary to bring your body back in balance.

One of the two main receptors used by the endocannabinoid system are your CB2 receptors. These CB2 receptors are found in your immune system. They play a role in helping to moderate inflammation and are involved in how your body responds to unwanted germs. These receptors help regulate the effectiveness of your immune response. They assist in assessing the threat, they then communicate where your body needs to boost its defenses and indicates how strong the defenses must be.

How CBD boosts your immune system

Research shows that cannabis oil has immunomodulating effects. This means that cannabis oil can actively boost your immune system when you are feeling run down, as well as suppressing your immune system when it becomes overactive. When you are stressed your body produces the stress hormone, Cortisol. Cortisol plays a role in suppressing your immune system by reducing your lymphocyte count. Lymphocytes are our white blood cells that help fight off infection. In other words, the lower your lymphocyte level, the less effective your immune system is. CBD oil is known to assist with your body’s ability to cope with stress and has been shown to boost a weakened immune system, therefore helping to defend your body against infection and illness.

Cannabis oil can actively boost your immune system when you are feeling run down, as well as suppressing your immune system when it becomes overactive.

How does CBD help with an overactive immune system?

If you suffer from an autoimmune disease such as psoriasis or Crohn’s disease, your immune system is overactive and it mistakes your healthy cells for foreign cells. In this case you want your immune system to slow down so it stops attacking your healthy cells. 

Your immune system cells use communication molecules called cytokines to regulate your immune system’s response. When your immune system picks up on a threat, your cytokines send a message to activate your body’s innate immunity for immediate protection from the threat. In the case of an auto-immune disease, your body mistakes your healthy cells as a threat.

What does CBD oil do in this case?

CBD binds to your body’s cytokines where it reduced the number of messages sent out to your immune system for help. This decreases the production of fighter cells your immune system produces in response to the threat. Slowing down your immune system’s mistaken attack on your healthy cells. 

Many of the over the counter medications that assist with autoimmune conditions, are synthetic and function only to suppress your immune system, which could leave you more vulnerable to infections.

Studies show that CBD manages these autoimmune conditions by only suppressing specific parts of the immune system. These effects are also not permanent, which means that when it needs to, your body can overcome the suppression effect of CBD to ramp your immune system back up if a new threat is detected. 

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Boozy Shamrock Shake with Cannabis Milk

Just in time for St.Patrick’s Day, let’s get shaking in the kitchen and make Boozy Shamrock Shake with Cannabis Milk. While some of us around the world may be able to partake in a little social activity, the chances of many are slim to none. In light of that, let’s make the most of it […]

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Just in time for St.Patrick’s Day, let’s get shaking in the kitchen and make
Boozy Shamrock Shake with Cannabis Milk.

While some of us around the world may be able to partake in a little social activity, the chances of many are slim to none.

In light of that, let’s make the most of it and enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day at home.

March 17th falls on a Wednesday this year, and to celebrate you should probably know the history right?

It’s believed that St. Patrick’s Day started in 1631 when the Christian Church established a Feast Day honoring St.Patrick. He had been the patron saint of Ireland, and died in the 5th century.

His apparent death on March 17th remained a celebration day for years and is now enjoyed in a much different way – green beer, lots of fun, dancing and more!

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How Do I Make Cannabis Milk?

Easy! Follow our recipe below. This weed-infused milk pairs perfectly with cereal, coffee, or hot chocolates!

Cannabis infused milk (cannamilk)

4.45 from 9 votes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Cuisine: European

Keyword: Cannabis, Milk

Calories: 200kcal

THC: 700mg THC

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Decarboxylate your weed by spreading your cannabis evenly on an oven tray And coat with aluminum foil.

  • Place in the oven on 240F/115C for 40 minutes, and then let it cool.

  • Grind your cannabis or chop it fine

  • Place 4 cups of whole milk in a pan on low heat. Add cannabis and let simmer on low heat for 60/90 minutes without it ever coming to a boil.

  • Strain through a cheesecloth

  • Let it cool

Nutrition

Calories: 200kcal | Fat: 20g


Truly, Saint Patrick’s day is one of those holidays that is so much fun for everyone.

With all things green, kisses for the Irish, and that annoying (or fun) tradition of pinching people, you can really get green this year – but the right way! With weed!

This year is for the grown-ups looking for something festive.

Here’s a boozy twist on the traditional shamrock shake.

It’s the perfect pot-treat to celebrate!

Ingredients For This Boozy Shamrock Shake with Cannabis Milk:

  • Vanilla Vodka
  • Crème De Menthe
  • Whipped Cream
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Cannabis Milk
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Great for St.Patrick’s Day Celebrating!

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Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Cuisine: Irish

Keyword: Cannabis Milk

Servings: 2 people

Author: Steph Van De Ven

Cost: 20+

Equipment

  • A Blender

  • Fancy Glasses or Cups

Ingredients

  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup Cannabis milk
  • 2 oz Creme de Menthe
  • 2 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 3-4 dashes Green food colouring
  • 1 dollop whipped cream

Instructions

If you’re looking to up-level your canna-cooking game, you may want to start here.

For more recipes like this one, check out our recipe index here.

Share our post and comment below! We’d love to hear from you.

As always, happy canna-cooking!

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