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This Week in Review: New Veteran Bills, Hemp Seeds in Space, Microdosing with Cannabis, Eurovision ban and more

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Written by Alexandra Hicks
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We at CBD Testers have had the pleasure of covering some very exciting cannabis-related topics this past week.

New medical bills for Veterans, hemp seeds being launched into outer space, a lawsuit against a well-known company, and the list goes on. Continue reading to get fully informed on the most interesting stories from the last seven days.

Hemp seeds leave earth for special space station analysis

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That’s right, hemp seeds are on their way to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX 17 from Cape Canaveral. The plan is to observe how the seeds react to being in zero gravity and to find improvements for better cultivation here on Earth. The mission was organized by Space Tango and while it may sound completely out of this world – pun intended – it’s not the first time seeds have been sent into orbit for research. Click here to read the full story.

Veterans move towards medical cannabis, but the VA opposes it

The health subcommittee of the Veterans Affairs recently heard testimony on three medical cannabis bills, all of which garnered strong support from multiple organizations. However, the VA itself has openly opposed the bills, citing the federal status of cannabis as a reason. The bills are titled: the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2019 (H.R. 712), Veterans Cannabis Use for Safe Healing Act (H.R. 2191) and the Veterans for Equal Access Act (H.R. 1647). Click here to read the full story.

UK firm backed by Star Trek star and Snoop Dogg to raise $50 million

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U.K. company Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies is trying to raise $50 million to study different combinations of cannabinoids for the treatment of various conditions including pain, inflammation, neurological disorders, and cancer. The company is backed by Snoop Dogg’s venture firm, Casa Verde, and Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart just to name a couple. According to Oxford Chairman Neil Mahapatra, the plan is to “unravel the secrets of a plant that has been stigmatized for decades”. Click here to read the full story.

Koi CBD faces lawsuit after Pennsylvania woman fails drug test

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A Pennsylvania woman failed a drug test after using Koi CBD vape juice that she purchased at a local mall, and now, she is taking legal action against the company. The plaintiff, Bianca Thurston who was using CBD products to manage pain, was fired from her job of 1 year after testing positive for “cannabinoids”. She filed the case in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County where Koi CBD is based out of. Click here to read the full story.

Microdosing: The ideal way to manage cannabis and CBD

Some people like to get heavily medicated from their cannabis, while others prefer a milder experience. If you’re the latter, microdosing might be the way to go. Initially, it was psychoactive mushrooms that people were using to microdose after a doctor discovered that very low doses of psilocybin can effectively treat anxiety and depression. Now, some people are choosing to microdose with their cannabis to achieve the medicinal effects and relaxation without the high. Click here to read the full story.

CBD companies benefit from celebrity endorsements and influencer marketing

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Advertising has been notoriously complicated for CBD businesses, especially since Google and Facebook are reluctant to allow ads from companies in the industry. To mitigate this problem, CBD companies often rely on celebrity endorsements and influencer marketing, which has proven to be a smart move. Click here to read the full story. 

Israeli police warn Eurovision visitors against CBD

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This month, the world-renowned Eurovision Song Contest will be in Israel for the first time ever. Typically, people are able to travel with their prescription medications, and this has many tourists wondering if they’ll be allowed to bring their CBD products with them. We reached out to Israeli police for a comment. Click here to read the full story. 

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About the author

Alexandra Hicks

Alexandra is the managing editor at CBD Testers. She has always been interested in alternative and natural remedies, and the versatility of cannabis as a healing plant is something that greatly appeals to her. It's for this reason that she decided to work as a cannabis industry journalist and editor, to help spread accurate information about the benefits of this plant.

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