A breaking story! Twitter is allowing cannabis ads!
In a huge development for the cannabis sector, Twitter has declared that starting in 2023, cannabis advertisements will be permitted on its platform. This choice was made at a time when the marijuana business is expanding and numerous states in the US have legalized marijuana use for either medical or recreational purposes.
Prior to recently, cannabis businesses frequently faced constraints from several platforms and regulatory authorities that hindered their capacity to promote. Twitter’s move to permit these ads might revolutionize the market by giving businesses a huge new channel for connecting with prospective clients.
It’s crucial to remember that Twitter’s new policy will have some restrictions. The platform will only permit advertisements from legal cannabis businesses, according to the company’s amended advertising policy. Additionally, advertisements cannot target people under the age of 21 or advocate cannabis usage in a way that promotes risky or reckless behavior.
Given that social media platforms are increasingly regarded as important marketing tools for companies, Twitter’s move to permit cannabis advertisements may have significant ramifications for the sector. Although the cannabis industry has had a difficult time promoting and marketing its goods, this move by Twitter may herald a new era in which the sector is better able to connect with potential clients and expand its clientele.
Overall, Twitter’s decision to let cannabis advertisements is a huge move for the sector and one that might have substantial effects on its development and success in the years to come. It’s conceivable that additional platforms and regulatory authorities will follow Twitter’s example and open up new chances for firms in this sector as more states continue to legalize the use of cannabis.
Twitter is allowing cannabis advertisements to run on its platform in Canadian and U.S. jurisdictions where cannabis is legal.
After updating its advertising guidelines on Wednesday, Twitter became the first social media platform in the US to permit cannabis advertising.
In a policy change made last month, Google now permits ads in California, Colorado, and Puerto Rico for topical CBD products derived from hemp with a THC concentration of less than 0.3% and medications using CBD that have received FDA approval. In the United States, Reddit and Meta both permit adverts for “topical and non-ingestible hemp-derived CBD products.”
The Twitter blog article announcing the new rules states that “the cannabis area on Twitter is exciting and engaging with individuals Tweeting about their experiences using cannabis – whether medicinally, for wellness, or for recreation – as well as suggesting brands, products, and retail locations.”
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The discussion also represents the direction that the cannabis sector is currently taking in terms of governmental and policy reform, company growth, and community impact.
According to Twitter, the policy’s relaxation will increase prospects for “ethical cannabis promotion.”
Advertisers must be pre-approved by Twitter and licensed by the appropriate authorities in both the United States and Canada. Customers under the age of 21 may not be their target market.
According to Twitter, advertisers can only choose the countries in which they have a valid online advertising license. Additionally, according to federal restrictions, commercials cannot actually advertise or advocate the sale of cannabis or CBD in the United States unless they are for topically applied, non-ingestible CBD products derived from hemp that contain less than 0.3% THC.
The updated policy also includes a number of other restrictions, such as the ban on using characters, athletes, celebrities, or images/icons that might appeal to children in advertisements, the ban on using children or pregnant women in advertisements, the ban on making false or deceptive health claims, and the ban on showing people smoking fatties.
Given who is in charge of the ship, it is not unexpected that Twitter was the first social media site to introduce marijuana advertisements. Elon Musk, the CEO, has openly acknowledged using marijuana. He even done so in an interview with Joe Rogan for a podcast.
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Additionally, Musk has pushed for Twitter to have fewer content controls. Soon after Musk took over, the firm reversed its COVID-19 misinformation policy.
CTU, being a cannabis business, is overjoyed to learn of this information. We hope that it prompts Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram Tiktok, Snapchat, and other platforms to act similarly as soon as possible! Check out the Cannabis Training University Twitter page and follow us for industry developments and cannabis fun!
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When people buy products, especially in a developed country like the US or UK, they have the logical expectation that the product will contain, or not contain, certain ingredients, based on the product labeling. But lately we’re seeing a rise of mislabeled or contaminated products that are causing issues for consumers. The most recent story to hit the airwaves – nicotine-free vapes sold on Amazon that do contain nicotine. Let’s take a closer look.
What’s the news?
Recent investigation by The Guardian (a British daily newspaper) found that “nicotine-free” vapes sold on Amazon were found to actually contain quite a bit of nicotine. They tested seven products sold through the marketplace by third-party sellers that claimed to contain no nicotine at all, and six did in fact, contain the addictive stimulant.
This all started with concerns raised by a consumer. He contacted Amazon directly in July and August, and was told to contact the seller directly (which we all know can be rather difficult sometimes). Now that the story has been picked up by the media, Amazon has since removed the products and said It would “take enforcement action against any third-party sellers who violate their policies”.
The customer, who wished to remain anonymous, said he had been using the disposable vape pens for quite some time before he realized something was amiss. “I have been trying to give up vaping so I bought no-nicotine ones,” he said. “I have bought them about 20 times and spent hundreds of pounds on them.”
“When I first got them I trusted they did not contain nicotine, so thought I was getting off [the substance]. But when I stopped using the vapes I got withdrawals. I looked at the reviews and loads of people were saying this product actually has nicotine in it. They were saying it is a fraud,” he said. He contacted Amazon customer service and stated that “as per the description we believe it [the product] contains no nicotine”. He replied asking: “So no tests were done on the product? Even though myself and other people in the reviews have said it probably contained nicotine.”
Not only was there nicotine in the nicotine-free vapes, but many of them came back as having more than the legal capacity of 2ml, with a strength no more than 20mg/ml. So not only did they have nicotine when they were not supposed to, but some of them had more than the legal limit for vapes that actually do contain nicotine.
According to The Guardian, “One vape was marketed as being zero-nicotine but actually had 12.27mg/ml of nicotine and a fill volume of 6ml. Another vape had 13.58mg/ml of nicotine and a similarly large fill volume.”
In the UK, where this problem was discovered, there is a pending ban on disposable vapes, after growing calls for action from healthcare professionals and advocates. An announcement is expected soon as to whether the ban will be implemented or not, and this story might be enough to push regulators in a certain direction.
What are the implications here?
The obvious problem here is that stories like this make it impossible for consumers to trust what they’re buying. It’s terrible to think about how many people out there are trying to get off nicotine, thinking they are purchasing vapes that will help there in their journey to fight addiction, only to be deceived by a shady company who may not even face any consequences for their actions.
Ultimately, it shows us that as much as we crave less government regulations, unfortunately, it seems that these industries just cannot seem regulate themselves, as we keep seeing issues like this with mislabeled and contaminated products in all the markets that sell smokables like cannabis and nicotine vapes.
But on the flip side, we have this problem in regulated industries as well. How often do we see product recalls in the news? Chicken strips with pieces of plastic in them, undeclared dairy in vegan products at trader joes, cookies containing rocks, soup with dead insects in it; the list goes on. Medications are often recalled also. A recent study found that over the last 10 years, an average of 4 medications are recalled every single day in the United States.
And the recalls don’t stop at consumable products. Ford recently issued a recall for 42,000 trucks over a defect that “may cause crashes”. Electrolux Group recently recalled 80,000 gas cooktops for gas leaks and fire hazards. And possibly the most terrifying, nearly 60,000 car seats were recalled earlier this year because the “models may fail”, according to records.
Are we simply not safe from sh***y products, regardless of whether the government steps in to oversee the industry or not? Honestly, it’s starting to seem that way. And this recent drama with Amazon and their nicotine vapes put the spotlight on this issue once again.
Although some of these fringe industries have been requesting some help from the government lately, it’s hard to say if that will even work. When it comes to all the off-label vape products, it’s a high possibility that they will be responsible for the illegalization of certain items in many countries. If the UK moves forward with a ban on disposable vapes, it’s very likely that more countries will follow suit… and this recent buzz about nicotine in nicotine-free vapes does nothing to help.
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Today, the business website Benzinga gave us all a nice compliment—Leafly took home an award for best consumer platform as part of the annual Benzinga Cannabis Awards.
Thanks, Benzinga, for calling us the “Best Cannabis Tech Platform: B2C.” We’re proud to serve the millions-strong Leafly Nation. We’re working every day on the 6,000-strain database, our 11,000-plus articles, the thousands of store menus you shop, and so much more.
Yoko Miyashita, CEO of Leafly, shouted out how slick it is on Leafly in 2023. Look up a strain, shop it nearby, put it in the cart, and even get it delivered. What a time to be alive.
“We are proud to have built and been recognized for a platform that provides an easy, end-to-end shopping experience from discovery to checkout; one that empowers both consumers at every experience level and retailers in neighborhoods nationwide.”
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Cooler stuff on the way
When Leafly started in 2010, zero states had legalized weed. Now there’s 23 of them. Just this week, Leafly became even better —with online ordering live and available in New York. Here are the stores that have ordering enabled, as of press time.
New ones come online regularly. This year, living that weed life got even easier with the addition of Leafly on Uber Eats in Canada.
And we’re not done. We’re accelerating our work on cool stuff to help you on your weed discovery journey.
Like what? Well, we’re adding 1,000 new strains to the database this year, an increase of 20% in year 12 of the company. Plus, more accurate strain photos on top strains.
Benzinga’s CEO Jason Raznick loves how we connect with our canna-fam.
“Leafly does this at the highest level by providing users with invaluable insights, research, and more,” he said.
Look for those insights in the monthly columns Leafly Buzz, and Leafly HighLight, and upcoming Strains of Harvest in October, and Strain of the Year 2023 in December.
Budtenders chose on Leafly
Speaking of family, our national Leafly Strain of the Year 2023 this year includes a first-ever Budtenders’ Choice Awards for top cultivars and flower brands in over 12 legal states.
Budtenders can take our 1-minute survey of the best strain and flower brands in their state. Survey respondents get entered to win a $1,000 check from Leafly. We announce the three budtenders who get a fat check on International Budtender Day on Oct. 20.
We got a lot more cookin’ for our readers, growers, budtenders, and stores. Just this week we turned on our new API so any shop can plug into the Leafly grid.
When it comes to plant drugs, you often have the option of the plant, or manufactured products. Which is better? Read on…
Not every drug is a plant. Though some like LSD and MDMA are based on plants or are synthesized using plants (ergot fungus and sassafras, respectively), some popular drugs, are nothing but a plant. Think of weed. We call it by this word because it’s literally a weed that grows by roadsides in many places. It doesn’t require any preparation beyond heating it; and plenty is gained without heat at all. Magic mushrooms are another great example of a basic plant drug that can be pulled from the ground and ingested, with no further preparation.
Beyond this, we have a range of drugs that started as natural, but were then processed into something stronger. Like heroin. Heroin is morphine processed with ascetic acid. Or cocaine, a processed form of coca leaves that involves nitric acid. In these cases there’s a certain amount of processing that goes on, but its done around the basis of the original plant. However, due to the processing; the results are a much more intense product. Cocaine is even processed further to make crack, a more intense version of cocaine.
Plant drugs have been used for thousands of years, long past recorded history. Some of what we know comes from fossilized findings, and carbon dated remnants. In terms of recorded history, from medical books to scripture; plants factor in as far as recordings go back. Different locations of the world worked with what they each had available. And they often came to the exact same understandings of a plant, in differing periods and locations; for which there would have been no communication or ways to share ideas.
Plants were (and are) widely used for spiritual purposes by many indigenous tribes the world over; as well as for medical treatments, and recreational use. Sometimes they are used so much, and so entrenched in culture; that modern governments allow them. Peyote is a great example. It’s used so widely by native cultures in the US, the federal government finally legalized the plant for spiritual use; a law that applies to anyone who wants to use the plant for this purpose, even beyond native tribes.
The other side in plants vs manufactured products, is the manufactured products. These fall into two categories in my mind: products that are made from a plant, but produced in a different form; or completely synthesized, lab-made drugs. In either case, these products don’t grow directly out of the ground.
When it comes to products made from the plant, without creating a new drug; one of the best examples is vape products for cannabis and tobacco. And by this I specifically mean oil vapes, since dry herb vapes don’t require any level of production for the weed used. Oil vapes are vapes that use oil cartridges, and these cartridges contain compounds from the plants, that are leached into the oil. Instead of dealing with the plant, the user just deals with an oil cartridge and a battery.
Edible products are also included here. A brownie is not directly weed, and a gummy is not directly a mushroom. The drugs must be processed to some degree to create an edible form. This is something the average person can do in their kitchen with the right setup; but something for which there is a large and growing sales market, as well. Whereas you can choose what to put in when cooking at home; store-bought products include whatever ingredients the given company chose for their recipe.
When it comes to synthesized lab-made drugs, some examples are drugs like LSD, MDMA, antidepressants, synthetic opioids, Tylenol, and methamphetamine. There is no original form of any of these, so the only way they exist, is as lab-made products. Whether they’re synthesized using a plant is not important; as the drugs themselves are too different from the plants that they’re made from, to be associated with them in terms of effects.
Plants vs manufactured products – when manufactured is better
Some drugs only exist as one or the other. There is no natural form of methamphetamine, but there is also no lab-made version of salvia. Others exist in both realms. You can eat amanita mushrooms, or buy the gummy version; and same with cannabis. Both of these plants, and their accompanying industries, are great examples of the difference between plants and manufactured products.
Which is better? This is a matter of opinion. When it comes to weed, some manufactured products, like vapes, provide a more intense high than the plant itself; because they’re a more concentrated version. This is a useful concept for medicating; when often a very strong version of something is needed to get a medical effect. The weed industry provides both options, plants and manufactured products; and either can be decent in terms of effects, with manufactured products often offering a more intense experience.
Amanita mushrooms are another plant drug that has a good reason for manufacturing. These mushrooms come with a main compound that can make a person sick; though not enough to die. This compound, ibotenic acid, can be processed out through the decarboxylation method of boiling. This can be done by the individual who wants to use them; or by manufacturers who produce gummies or other edible products. In the latter case, all the user must do, is eat the product.
Manufactured products also come with the upside of dosing. We don’t all want or need the same amount, but its hard to know how much of the active compounds (or dangerous compounds) we’re taking in, when consuming plant material. Manufactured products generally have measured levels of compounds, creating a consistent experience; and making it easier for those who are less familiar with something, to get it right. This idea of consistency promotes the API market for pharmaceuticals.
Plants vs manufactured products – when plants are better
There are some issues, however, with manufactured products. Just like they can sometimes be more potent than their plant counterparts, sometimes it’s the opposite. Amanita mushrooms are once again a an applicable example. They’re newer to American culture, and don’t have a history of use as a plant. But they’re also hallucinogenic mushrooms (though different from psilocybin, as they work mainly off the compound muscimol). Producers seem generally afraid to create products with full-blown effects, which creates a market of products that don’t do much, even though the mushrooms themselves, do.
In terms of products being too strong, this is also an issue. A newer rise in emergency room visits is connected with very high THC products, which have become the norm. Whereas plants don’t generally have more than 20% THC (although this amount is incredibly inflated from earlier decades), manufactured products boast numbers like 90% THC. This is no longer in the standard realm of today; and its not shocking that more people get sick. Luckily, THC overdoses are not deadly, just uncomfortable.
Another issue is companies adding toxic substances. Not only does weed not need a lot of pesticides or other chemicals, it wasn’t an industry associated with them as a black market. Yet now with mass legal production, we’re suddenly dealing with sprayed weed, and overuse of agricultural chemicals. What once was a clean black market, is now a grossly dirty legal market; yet its the legal market that always brags about testing. Even though those tests back up just how dirty legal production is.
And then think about vapes. Weed might be sprayed with chemicals, but it doesn’t have to be. A vape cart doesn’t exist without the addition of some chemicals. Some are used that don’t have to be, like flavoring or colorants. But other things are necessary since its not a standard state for weed to be in, and it has to be preserved for transport. As such, things like stabilizers and preservatives (vitamin e-acetate) come into play. And this is beyond whatever other tinkering a manufacturer might do.
The same can be said for gummies, and other edibles. The US food market is not a pretty place, because regulation allows for tons of dangerous chemicals in food production. Sure, its possible to make a clean cannabis or mushroom edible, just like its possible to grow organic vegetables, or produce clean meat. However, just because something can happen, doesn’t mean it will. Edibles are food products; and liable to have a list of chemical ingredients, that only people with high level science degrees can pronounce.
The reality is that for some drugs, both a plant option and a manufactured option, exist. It comes down to a buyer’s personal decision as to what is better. If you want the most basic, unadulterated form; the plant is best. But if you need a stronger product, want the convenience of vapes or edibles, need specific dosing, or have more trust in manufactured products; then this is probably the better option. Either way, if its well made/grown, you should definitely catch a buzz.
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