Cannabis Testing In Canada Is Giving Inaccurate Data According to Information Provided by One Canadian Cannabis Lab

March 27, 2023 in Business, Health, Opinion, Products, Today In Weed, Weed

One cannabis testing lab in Canada, with several years of experience in the industry, says most of the cannabis they have analyzed is around 18-24 percent THC, with only a fraction cracking the 30 percent threshold according to this article.

In data recently shared with StratCann, High North Laboratories says less than one percent of samples they’ve tested showed results of over 30 percent total THC: just 154 in more than 20,000 cannabis samples. The data was anonymized to remove client names and other identifying information.

Rick Moriarity, COO of High North Laboratories, says they are sharing the information now to add to the conversation around consumer expectations for high THC products. While the market increasingly demands higher and higher THC products—sometimes pushing into the high twenties and even thirties—Moriarity says the cannabis flower they have analyzed tends to be around 21 percent THC.

In fact, after controlling for lower-THC products they test (like hemp or more CBD-rich flower), just over half of nearly 20,000 samples were in the range of 18 to 24 percent THC.

These findings mirror research published in 2021 in the US that showed a similar breakdown of THC levels peaking around 18 to 20 percent.

THC RangePercentage of Samples In Range
Table 1: THC levels in cannabis samples analyzed by High North Laboratories

The expectation of high THC being the only indicator of quality, says Moriarity, isn’t realistic. It can be a factor, but not the only one.

“I hope this information can help guide consumers not to be looking at total THC for a purchase decision. There’s nothing wrong with looking at the total THC to see what it is and if it is a CBD or balanced product; however, it should not influence you enough that you walk into a store and say, “what’s your highest THC flower?”

One of the problems, he acknowledges, is that consumers are focussing on THC, at least in part, because they can’t decide based on aroma, as many consumers could do in the pre-legal market.

“With the regulations around packaging, it is not easy to look and smell before making a purchase decision. I know some stores have jars with little air holes that you can look at and attempt to smell the flower. It’s better than not having that option, but the flower gets old quickly that way and is not truly representative. So I understand why, but THC alone isn’t a good replacement for that.

“Terpenes are one other factor to consider, as is our endocannabinoid system and several other important cannabinoids that we’re only just starting to learn more about. The point is, this all amounts to so much more than just that one number for THC. And that’s even if those numbers are accurate, which obviously, they often aren’t.”

He adds that he doesn’t mean all lab testing is inaccurate, but emphasizes that “the numbers are not accurate when being inflated by a select few non-reputable labs.”

Similar to another cannabis lab that recently shared results of off-the-shelf products they tested, High North shared with StratCann what they say are the results of 35 cannabis flower products they purchased from cannabis stores. As with their other internal testing results, High North removed producers names in the info provided to StratCann.

Of these, nine were within an acceptable deviation range of no more than 12 percent, while most were within between 20 to nearly 100 percent deviation from the labelled amounts. One product tested at 19 percent THC but was listed on the label as having 38 percent. Interestingly, one flower sample that High North’s second test showed at a whopping 31 percent THC was labelled as 38 percent.

ProductLabeled THC (%)Tested THC (%)Deviation (%)
Product A1816-11.11
Product B1814-22.22
Product C18195.56
Product D21210
Product E2217-22.73
Product F222513.64
Product G23258.70
Product H2623-11.54
Product I2823-17.86
Product J3819-50.00
Product K3831-18.42
Product L3822-42.11
Product M3832-15.79
Product N3822-42.11
Product O3822-42.11
Table 3: Comparison of Labeled vs. Tested THC Content of Cannabis Flower Products

As shown in Table 3, the labeled THC content of the 35 cannabis flower products purchased from cannabis stores was compared to the tested THC content, with varying levels of deviation. Out of the 35 products, nine were within an acceptable deviation range of no more than 12 percent, while most were within between 20 to nearly 100 percent deviation from the labeled amounts. One product tested at 19 percent THC but was listed on the label as having 38 percent. Interestingly, one flower sample that High North’s second test showed at a whopping 31 percent THC was labeled as 38 percent. These results indicate that there is a significant discrepancy between labeled and tested THC content in some cannabis products, highlighting the need for more accurate labeling and testing practices in the industry.

Moriarity highlights this specific result as an example of how absurd it is that a producer who is already hitting such a high number like 30 percent, would need to boost those numbers even more.

These results indicate that much of the cannabis on the market is actually in a range of around 20 percent THC, and also how inaccurate at least some of the available product labels are, says Moriarity. The results also highlight the folly of consumers and even provincial buyers in making purchase decisions based on THC alone.

Sitting Down With Abi Roach, Canadian Cannabis Cafe Pioneer

March 21, 2023 in Business, Cannabis Inspired, Munchies, Products, Spotlights, Weed

Abi, thank you for taking the time to speak with us today. You’re a legend in Canada. With all the discussion of legal cannabis lounges, and the lack of action, we thought you might be the perfect person to talk to. In some of your earlier interviews you discuss the beginning days of HOTBOX as an idea. Discussing legalities with lawyers and jumping into the project, can you go into detail about your startup, risks involved and what gave you the motivation to take the jump into the grey area café market?

Hotbox was originally a headshop with a focus on all this cannabis lifestyle. After visiting Blunt Brothers in Vancouver, and going to Jamaica for the first time in 2001, I was inspired to convert the building we were in into a cannabis lounge extension to our retail store when we took over the lease. Originally we were sharing the building with a group of students.

Everything was much simpler at that time, there were no cell phones and the internet was AOL. We managed to get a restaurant licence with ease, and were able to allow smoking on the patio.
The laws were extremely vague, medical cannabis had become legal via the courts in the Parker decision, and cannabis possession became legal via the courts after a 16 year in Ontario fought and won a case claiming the laws were unconstitutional due to lack of medical regulations.

So the Hotbox became literally a de facto legal cannabis cafe.
We created our own rules which became the norm for all businesses which followed suit.

  1. No selling no buying
  2. No mooching
  3. No fishing (taking roaches out of ashtrays)
  4. No sleeping
  5. No bad vibes

We served awesome weed themed munchies, and sold bongs and pipes to pay the bills.

Everything was a risk, but that’s entrepreneurship. I always believed that change comes faster when the envelope is pushed slowly. The Hotbox did not technically break any laws, and we stayed within bylaws. But I always looked for the line and pushed it just a little further.

The concept for Hotbox was legalization through normalization. We served millions of cannabis consumers from all over the world in the 20 years I operated it, but we also served many customers who were not consumers, and had a wonderful experience with the brand, the tribe and the plant.

Amsterdam’s famous coffeeshops must have played a role in your vision for Hotbox. What aspects of these establishments were you most eager to bring to Canada, and how did you adapt those ideas to fit within the Canadian cultural context?

I was actually more inspired by Jamaica. Cannabis has become normalized in Jamaica, through open consumption and a pride in its cannabis culture, even though it is a very conservative country who’s majority of citizens are not cannabis consumers.

Since we did not experiment with the sale of cannabis until 2015, the business model had to be the accompanying experience to your cannabis consumption.

Amsterdam was an inspiration of what a cannabis cafe which could sell cannabis could be. In 2016 we opened a private club where we played around with a single serve restaurant style model of cannabis sales, and it was awesome! My favourite was the dab dish, where you got 3 different dabs layer beautiful on a sushi dish with a dabbed and an Enail.

How did the model work, was HOTBOX a subscription service, monthly club membership?  How did you find the perfect model that let you thrive and sustain business while offering a product that people would come back for?

Hotbox was loosely based on the Chapters/ Starbucks model, I had worked there when I was a teenager and saw the benefit of having a cafe within a retail store. The concept was to have the customers walk through and interact with our retail experience on the way in and out. You would walk in, browse our uniquely merchandised store and had a positive interaction with our hemployees. You would then proceed to pay $5 to enjoy our cafe. The customer would bring their own cannabis and order from our curated menu of munchies and pasties, which included food, coffees, teas and smoothies. We later added a terpene bar and our own Hotbox branded CBD teas and coffee.

Hemp was a key base ingredient for many of our foods as well.

Once you were happily baked and full of relaxed energy, on the way out you would spot that bong you wanted on the way in. Our average basket spend per customer was $40.

We later expanded the Hotbox brand into many concepts. We had a magazine, a Growshop & seed bank, products, nightclub, antique store and most famously a bud & breakfast with 420 tour company in Jamaica. This was one of the first bud & breakfasts in the world opening in 2012. Hotbox was more than a lounge, it was a community of true brand followers.

What was the initial response from the community, and was there any backlash from regulatory services?

Obviously there was some hesitation from the community, but I ensured full participation from our neighbors by supporting their local businesses and being good community members.

There was some push back from politicians who did not understand the concept and we had police visits. But I was being gifted in life with a charming personality and a disability. So I was extremely non threatening, and easy to work with. I believe this was the key to my 2 decades of success on so many fronts.

What was the climate like at the HOTBOX lounge? Was this a place people came to party, meet new friends, hang out with old friends – who did the lounge attract and what was the general atmosphere like for those who never had the chance to visit?

The Hotbox was a truly unique space. It was a community of people who loved cannabis. We welcomed everyone over the age of 18, all walks of life, ages, and lifestyles.

We ensured that everyone felt like family. To this day and cannabis conference you attend, you will meet people who either started their journey at the Hotbox, met their loved ones and closest friends, started companies.

The music was always good, the vibe was always perfect. Whether it was just a breakfast or one of our many special event nights which included music, comedy, karaoke and cannabis markets.

Hotbox was a vibe of its own.

What was the key in HOTBOX’s longevity?  We’ve had the chance to discuss opening lounges with a few entities and the sustainability is always in question.  Was this a mix of the culture, location, a killer business model and good marketing, or what were then key areas of your business / marketing model that really helped HOTBOX thrive for so long?

The key was really my stubborn perseverance. I have a never give up attitude mixed with a problem solving skill.

Lounges are not an easy business, and they rely heavily on bylaws and local regulations.

Like any business you need location, killer marketing, and excellent merchandising. But with cannabis creating the vibe is everything!

Cannabis lounges are a space for consumption, but that’s 5 minutes out of the customer experience. How does the business model utilize the touch points in the consumer experience to build basket, that’s the real secret sauce.

With your experience in today’s cannabis climate, as well as a pioneer of an operation that was sustainable for years – What do you believe are the most critical steps that Canadians can take to create a more supportive environment for cannabis lounges to thrive? Which laws and regulations are really holding us back from the growth of cafes in Canada?

The regulations are all over the place, province to province, city to town.

It would be hard to make a federal framework. Currently most provinces allow for the consumption of non combustible cannabis, but the sale of cannabis is not allowed outside of a cannabis shop, and cannabis shops are not allowed to sell non cannabis products (other than accessories and swag). In order for lounges to work the sale of food and drink alongside cannabis would need to be permitted, as well as bulk sized packages for onsite single serve. There are also regulations around the service and delivery of cannabis which would require reform.

Inhaled cannabis will need much more reform, and social attitude adjustment. Smoking and vaping has been so demonized in the fight against tobacco, that I can not see these regulations changing anytime soon. But outdoor consumption is possible in most provinces, but again the sale of cannabis is restricted.

Adding special occasion permits would be a huge step in progress without a major overhaul of the existing regulations.

There are exceptions which already exist in the regs of each province, entrepreneurs just need to read inbetween the lines.

In hindsight, is there anything you would have done differently during your time operating Hotbox Cannabis Lounge, and with your experience on the legal side, can you see the same model thriving in the legal context with the current model we’re following?

Long term vision, I would have focused more on the lounge, without going too crazy with its sub businesses. But I loved everything I had accomplished, and all the life experiences I had whether I made money or not, and would have not changed a thing!

I am seeing some great business models popping up already. Kind events, got loud, LIT in Toronto and the few lounge concepts which are around, are great examples of taking what you got and pushing the envelope 1 inch at a time.

Hotbox left a lasting legacy on the Canadian cannabis scene although it’s been announced that it will be closing under the new ownership. What do you hope the future holds for cannabis lounges in Canada, and how do you envision their role in the broader cannabis culture?

The future is bright for lounges and consumption events.

I truly believe change in regulations is close in most provinces. And the scene in the US looks like it’s about to explode with creative energy.

Even my old customer Woody Harrelson has opened a lounge, which funny enough has many Hotbox inspirations from the looks of it.

We noticed that you are now working with the OCS on engaging the legacy market consumers. What’s the biggest change here, and do you see the legal system providing an on ramp that might help budding entrepreneurs like yourself in the older days – and what are the biggest changes that could be made to the current climate that would help encourage innovation and safe development in the space?

After 3 years with the OCS, I learned so much, and supported many cannabis entrepreneurs to transition into the legal market, as well as helping our regulators understand cannabis culture.

Last year I took a life break to have my beautiful baby girl. I decided that my talent would be better utilized on the private side again. I recently took a position with Mera Cannabis, as their head of Marketing CX & Merchandising. They are a fantastic independent cannabis processor who specializes in innovative extractions and full flower products.

They create products for many legacy & newer cannabis brands. I see this as the most exciting opportunity to support independent cannabis entrepreneurs come to the legal market.

I am extremely excited for the future, not only for myself, but for the industry as a whole. By the time my daughter is old enough to decide whether she wants to consume cannabis, it will be as normal as a cup of coffee.

Unleash the King in Your Garden: An Updated Review of Crop King Seeds

March 16, 2023 in Growing

We’ve been keeping our eye on the top cannabis seeds companies in Canada, and no matter where we go, a review of Crop King Seeds continues to rise to the top.

It’s no secret that genetics play a crucial role in the final product’s quality, potency, and overall growing experience. Crop King Seeds – a company that has been making waves in the cannabis community for their exceptional seed offerings, high bloom rates, and amazing company policies.

Crop King Seeds Strains

Impressive Seed Selection One of the first things that struck me about Crop King Seeds was the extensive variety of seeds available in their catalog. They offer an impressive collection of strains to satisfy every cannabis enthusiast’s preferences – from the classic Indicas and Sativas to well-balanced hybrids, high CBD strains, and even autoflowering varieties. Whatever your taste or growing experience, you’re bound to find something that suits your needs.

Crop King Seeds Genetics

Superior Genetics Crop King Seeds pride themselves on the quality of their genetics. They work closely with professional breeders, ensuring that each strain is carefully cultivated and bred to maximize its potential. I’ve tried several strains, and I must say, the quality of the plants, the potency, and the overall yield have been consistently top-notch.

Best In Variety of Cannabis Seed Strains

Detailed Strain Information For growers who want to make informed decisions, Crop King Seeds provides comprehensive strain descriptions on their website. They include details on THC and CBD content, flowering time, expected yield, and even some growing tips. This wealth of information has been invaluable to me, allowing me to choose strains that align with my personal preferences and growing conditions.

High Germination Rates

Reliable Germination Guarantee Crop King Seeds stands behind their products with an 80% germination guarantee. If you follow their germination guide and find that fewer than 80% of your seeds germinate, they’ll replace the non-viable seeds for free. As a grower, it’s reassuring to know that the company has your back and is committed to ensuring your success.

Great Customer Support

Outstanding Customer Support The Crop King Seeds team is incredibly responsive and knowledgeable. Whenever I’ve had questions or needed advice, their customer support team has been there to guide me. They’re truly dedicated to helping their customers succeed, and it shows in the quality of their service.

Cannabis Seed Shipping

Discreet Shipping Privacy is important to me, and Crop King Seeds takes it seriously. They ship their seeds discreetly, ensuring that your package arrives safely without drawing any unwanted attention. Additionally, they ship worldwide, making it accessible to cannabis enthusiasts from all corners of the globe.

Crop King Seeds has been nothing short of remarkable. The combination of diverse seed selection, superior genetics, detailed strain information, a reliable germination guarantee, outstanding customer support, and discreet shipping make them an ideal choice for any cannabis enthusiast looking to grow their own plants. If you’re ready to elevate your cannabis-growing game, I wholeheartedly recommend giving Crop King Seeds a try. Happy growing!

Crop King Seeds

Indica Seeds

Purple Kush

Purple Kush is a pure Indica strain that originates from the Hindu Kush region. It is known for its stunning purple hues and relaxing, sedative effects.

  • THC: 27%
  • CBD: <1%
  • Flowering Time: 8-10 weeks
  • Yield: 400g/m² indoor / 250g/plant outdoor

White Cookies

White Cookies is a potent Indica-dominant hybrid that combines the best of White Widow and Girl Scout Cookies. This strain is known for its relaxing body effects and sweet, earthy aroma.

  • THC: 19.25%
  • CBD: <1%
  • Flowering Time: 8-9 weeks
  • Yield: 400g/m² indoor / 200g/plant outdoor

Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush is a classic Indica strain with roots in California. It’s known for its potent, relaxing effects and earthy, sweet flavors.

  • THC: 22%
  • CBD: 0.2%
  • Flowering Time: 8-9 weeks
  • Yield: 500g/m² indoor / 300g/plant outdoor

Candy Cane

Candy Cane is an Indica-dominant hybrid that offers a sweet, fruity taste and potent, relaxing effects. It’s a cross between AK-47, Mango, and White Widow.

  • THC: 17.81%
  • CBD: 0.1%
  • Flowering Time: 7 weeks
  • Yield: 200g/m² indoor / 100g/plant outdoor

Sativa Seeds

Haze Xtreme

Haze Xtreme is a Sativa-dominant strain that delivers an intense cerebral high. A cross between Original Haze and Cheese, this strain is perfect for those looking to boost creativity and energy levels.

  • THC: 22.12%
  • CBD: 0.2%
  • Flowering Time: 8-10 weeks
  • Yield: 550g/m² indoor / 350g/plant outdoor

Super Silver Haze

Super Silver Haze is a legendary Sativa-dominant hybrid known for its uplifting and energetic effects. A cross between Skunk, Northern Lights, and Haze, this strain offers a mix of earthy and sweet flavors.

  • THC: 14-16%
  • CBD: 0.1-0.2%
  • Flowering Time: 9-10 weeks
  • Yield: 450g/m² indoor / 550g/plant outdoor


Trainwreck is a Sativa-dominant hybrid with a unique blend of cerebral and body effects. It’s a cross between Mexican, Thai, and Afghani landraces, offering a spicy, piney aroma.

  • THC: 21%
  • CBD: 0.77%
  • Flowering Time: 8-9 weeks
  • Yield: 700g/m² indoor / 800g/plant outdoor

Green Crack

Green Crack is a Sativa-dominant hybrid known for its invigorating, energizing effects. With a tangy, fruity flavor, this strain is perfect for daytime use.

  • THC: 21%
  • CBD: 0.1%
  • Flowering Time: 9-10 weeks
  • Yield: 500g/m² indoor / 600g/plant outdoor

Autoflower Seeds

Auto Northern Lights

Auto Northern Lights is an autoflowering version of the legendary Northern Lights strain. This Indica-dominant hybrid offers a sweet, earthy flavor and a relaxing, full-body high.

  • THC: 15%
  • CBD: 1%
  • Flowering Time: 8 weeks from seed to harvest
  • Yield: 150g/m² indoor / 200g/plant outdoor

Auto White Widow

Auto White Widow is an autoflowering version of the classic White Widow strain. It’s a balanced hybrid known for its potent, long-lasting effects and distinctive white trichome coating.

  • THC: 15%
  • CBD: 0.3%
  • Flowering Time: 8 weeks from seed to harvest
  • Yield: 150g/m² indoor / 200g/plant outdoor

Auto Blueberry

Auto Blueberry is an autoflowering version of the flavorful Blueberry strain. This Indica-dominant hybrid offers a sweet, fruity taste and deeply relaxing effects.

  • THC: 14%
  • CBD: 1%
  • Flowering Time: 8 weeks from seed to harvest
  • Yield: 150g/m² indoor / 200g/plant outdoor

We Got a Computer To Write 50 Weed Jokes. Here’s What It Wrote.

March 9, 2023 in Today In Weed, Weed

As I sit here, taking a break from reality and indulging in the euphoria of a fresh joint, I realize that there’s nothing quite like a good weed joke to enhance the experience.

Weed humor is a diverse and ever-evolving realm of entertainment, featuring everything from clever puns to laugh-out-loud one-liners. As a proud member of the stoner community, I’ve had the pleasure of hearing some of the most creative and silly jokes that my fellow cannabis enthusiasts have to offer. In fact, we recently turned to a computer to generate 50 weed-related jokes, and now I’m sifting through them to see which ones make the cut.

So, let’s delve into this collection of stoner humor and discover which jokes are worthy of a good laugh, even if they were created by a computer. In fact some are so bad, I can’t stop laughing.

By the way, this intro was written, also by a computer!

50 Weed Jokes

  1. What do you call a stoner that just broke up with his girlfriend? High and dry.
  2. Why did the stoner refuse to leave the potluck? He wanted to stay for the pot.
  3. What do you call a group of stoners playing music together? A jam session.
  4. Why don’t stoners exercise? They get enough high cardio from smoking.
  5. How do you know if someone is a stoner? They keep rolling their eyes.
  6. What do you call a stoner with a broken leg? High ankle sprain.
  7. How do you make a stoner smile? Tell them a cheesy joke about weed.
  8. What do you call a stoner that doesn’t inhale? Mr. Puff-puff-pass.
  9. What do you call a stoner that’s always broke? A penny for your kush.
  10. What do you call a stoner that’s also a magician? Houdini-hash.
  11. Why do stoners love gardening? They’re always planting their seed.
  12. What do you call a stoner that’s also a cook? Chef Ganja.
  13. What do you call a stoner that’s always hungry? A munchie monster.
  14. Why did the stoner cross the road? To get to the other high.
  15. What do you call a stoner that’s always in a rush? A speed toker.
  16. Why did the stoner refuse to go to the gym? He didn’t want to work out his kinks.
  17. How do you know if someone is a stoner chef? They always add extra herbs to their dishes.
  18. What do you call a stoner that’s also a detective? Sherlock Holmes-grown.
  19. Why did the stoner go to the library? To get a high-brow education.
  20. What do you call a stoner that’s also a plumber? High pipe-fitter.
  21. How do you know if someone is a stoner comedian? They always get the biggest laughs from their weed jokes.
  22. Why did the stoner refuse to go to the dentist? He didn’t want to get a joint replaced.
  23. What do you call a stoner that’s also a poet? William Wordsmoke.
  24. Why did the stoner refuse to go to the movies? He didn’t want to get too baked in the dark.
  25. How do you know if someone is a stoner artist? They’re always drawing a blank canvas.
  26. What do you call a stoner that’s always late? A slow-burn.
  27. Why did the stoner refuse to go to the beach? He didn’t want to get too sandy.
  28. How do you know if someone is a stoner gamer? They’re always getting high scores.
  29. What do you call a stoner that’s always on the go? A mobile toker.
  30. Why did the stoner refuse to go to the amusement park? He didn’t want to get too dizzy.
  31. How do you know if someone is a stoner musician? They’re always hitting the high notes.
  32. What do you call a stoner that’s always late to work? A slow-burner.
  33. Why did the stoner refuse to go to the zoo? He didn’t want to get too wild.
  34. How do you know if someone is a stoner writer? They’re always looking for a higher source of inspiration.
  35. What do you call a stoner that’s always on the phone? A high-tech addict.
  36. Why did the stoner refuse to go to the bowling alley? He didn’t want to get too rolled.
  37. How do you know if someone is a stoner fashion designer? They’re always trying to come up with new ways to wear green.
  38. What do you call a stoner that’s always traveling? A rolling stone.
  39. Why did the stoner refuse to go to the amusement park? He didn’t want to get too lifted.
  40. How do you know if someone is a stoner athlete? They’re always smoking the competition.
  41. What do you call a stoner that’s always hungry for more? A chronic overeater.
  42. Why did the stoner refuse to go to the club? He didn’t want to get too lit.
  43. How do you know if someone is a stoner teacher? They’re always going over the high points.
  44. What do you call a stoner that’s always on the water? A high tide surfer.
  45. Why did the stoner refuse to go to the circus? He didn’t want to get too trippy.
  46. How do you know if someone is a stoner actor? They’re always playing the role of a lifetime.
  47. What do you call a stoner that’s always in the kitchen? A baked chef.
  48. Why did the stoner refuse to go to the library? He didn’t want to get too stoned from the reading material.
  49. How do you know if someone is a stoner photographer? They’re always looking for the perfect shot.
  50. What do you call a stoner that’s always on the go? A jet-setter on a high.

Hotbox Canada Announces Giveaway Of Black Volcano Classic Vaporizer To Celebrate New Website Launch

March 6, 2023 in Cannabis Inspired, Events, Today In Weed, Weed

(Toronto, 03, 06, 2023 — HOTBOX, Designer Cannabis Products) Hotbox Canada, a leading cannabis brand, is proud to announce the launch of its new website, To celebrate, the company is giving away a Black Volcano Classic Vaporizer to one lucky winner on March 31, 2023.

The new website is designed to make it easier for Canadians to access designed cannabis products, the connoissuer focused lines. The site is organized into several categories, including flower, edibles, concentrates, pre rolls and more. HOTBOX is well known across Canada for it’s massive premium strain selection when it comes to quality pre rolled joints.

“We’re excited to launch our new website and give something back to our customers,” said a spokesperson for Hotbox Canada. “The Black Volcano Classic Vaporizer is a top-of-the-line device that we know our customers will love, and we can’t wait to give one away” noted Frank, HOTBOX Marketing Coordinator.

To enter the giveaway, customers simply need to sign up for an account on the Hotbox Canada website. The winner will be chosen randomly from all eligible entries and announced on March 31, 2023. The prize will be shipped to the winner shortly after the announcement.

Hotbox Canada is committed to providing its customers with the highest quality cannabis products. The company sources its cannabis from trusted suppliers who are known for their high-quality products. This ensures that customers get the best possible experience when they purchase from Hotbox Canada.

Hotbox Canada is excited about the launch of its new website and hopes that it will make it easier for customers to find the products they need and stay up-to-date with the latest trends in the cannabis industry.

The Volcano provided for this giveaway is courtesy of The Next Level – Calgary’s best bong shop.

For more information about Hotbox Canada and the Black Volcano Classic Vaporizer giveaway, please visit


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Trends We Expect to See in Canadian Cannabis 2023

February 27, 2023 in Business, Products, Today In Weed, Weed

As we move into 2023, the cannabis industry in Canada continues to grow and evolve. From new products to emerging trends, there are plenty of exciting developments to look forward to in the coming year. In this article, we’ll explore the top 10 trends we can expect to see in Canadian cannabis in 2023, from new consumption methods to innovative products.

  1. Edibles: An Expanding Market

In 2023, we can expect to see an even wider range of cannabis-infused edibles on the market. With the legalization of edibles in 2019, many companies have been working to develop innovative products that appeal to a wider range of consumers. From chocolates to gummies to baked goods, there will be no shortage of options for those looking to consume cannabis in a tasty and discreet way.

  1. Beverage Buzz

In addition to edibles, cannabis-infused beverages are also expected to gain popularity in 2023. With the recent legalization of cannabis-infused beverages in Canada, many companies are working on developing new and innovative drinks that offer a unique and enjoyable way to consume cannabis.

  1. THC Alternatives

Not everyone is looking for a high-THC product, which is why many companies are focusing on developing alternative cannabinoids, such as CBD and CBG, which offer the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects. We can expect to see more products containing these non-psychoactive cannabinoids in 2023, including edibles, topicals, and oils.

  1. Sustainable Cannabis

As consumers become more environmentally conscious, the demand for sustainable cannabis products is expected to increase in 2023. This includes products that are grown using organic and sustainable methods, as well as packaging that is biodegradable or recyclable.

  1. Personalized Cannabis Products

As the cannabis industry continues to grow, we can expect to see more personalized products that cater to individual needs and preferences. This includes products that are tailored to specific medical conditions, as well as products that are designed to provide a specific type of high or experience.

  1. Microdosing

Microdosing, or taking small amounts of cannabis throughout the day, is expected to become more popular in 2023. This approach allows consumers to experience the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects, making it a great option for those looking to manage pain, anxiety, or stress.

  1. Home Growing

With the rising cost of cannabis products, many consumers are turning to home growing as a cost-effective alternative. In 2023, we can expect to see more products and services geared towards home growers, including grow kits and instructional materials.

  1. More Concentrates

Concentrates, such as shatter, wax, and oils, have been gaining popularity in Canada in recent years, and this trend is expected to continue in 2023. Concentrates offer a more potent and efficient way to consume cannabis, making them a popular choice for experienced users.

  1. Delivery Services

As the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated, many consumers prefer the convenience of having their cannabis products delivered to their doorstep. In 2023, we can expect to see more companies offering delivery services, making it easier for consumers to access their favorite products without leaving their homes.

  1. Cannabis Lounges

Finally, we can expect to see the rise of cannabis lounges in 2023. These establishments offer a social and legal space for cannabis users to consume their products, similar to the way that bars and restaurants provide a space for alcohol consumption. Cannabis lounges are already operating in some parts of Canada, and this trend is expected to grow in the coming year.

There are plenty of exciting developments to look forward to in Canadian cannabis in 2023. From new products to emerging trends, the cannabis industry is evolving and adapting to meet the needs of consumers in Canada. Whether you’re looking for a tasty way to consume cannabis, an eco-friendly product, or a personalized experience, there will be something for everyone in 2023. As the industry continues to grow and evolve, we can expect to see even more innovative products and trends emerge in the coming years. As cannabis continues to become more accepted and integrated into Canadian society, the future of the industry looks bright, with endless possibilities for new and exciting developments.

What Is a Cannagar and Guide on How To Roll The Perfect Cannagar

February 27, 2023 in Art, Dabs, Products, Weed

If you are looking for a unique and impressive way to enjoy your cannabis, then cannagars might be just what you need. These cannabis cigars are hand-rolled with whole cannabis leaves or other wrap material and packed with ground cannabis flower, resulting in a potent and flavorful smoking experience. In this article, we will explore the art of rolling cannagars, including detailed steps and tips for making the perfect cannagar.

What is a Cannagar?

A cannagar is essentially a cannabis cigar, made by rolling ground cannabis flower in whole cannabis leaves or other wrap material, such as tobacco leaves or hemp wraps. These cigars are typically packed tightly with cannabis to create a slow-burning, smooth smoking experience. Cannagars can be made in a variety of sizes and shapes, and can be infused with other herbs or extracts to enhance the flavor and aroma.

Why Smoke a Cannagar?

There are several reasons why you might choose to smoke a cannagar over other forms of cannabis consumption. For one, cannagars are a long lasting way to enjoy your cannabis, perfect for special occasions or social gatherings. They can also provide a longer and more potent high than smoking a joint or pipe, as the slow burn allows for a more gradual release of cannabinoids. Additionally, cannagars are often made with high-quality cannabis flower, resulting in a richer and more flavorful smoking experience.

The Art of Rolling a Cannagar

Rolling a cannagar is a bit more challenging than rolling a traditional joint or blunt, but with some patience and practice, you can master the art of rolling a perfect cannagar. Here are some detailed steps for rolling a cannagar:


  • Ground cannabis flower
  • Whole cannabis leaves or other wrap material (such as tobacco leaves or hemp wraps)
  • Wooden dowel (sized to fit in the center of your cannagar)
  • Cannabis rosin, resin, shatter – you choose the extracts
  • Kief to voer it up for an additional touch

How To Roll a Cannagar

  1. Start by selecting your cannabis leaves or wrap material. You want to choose leaves that are flexible and can be wrapped tightly around your cannagar. If you are using whole cannabis leaves, remove the stems and set them aside.
  2. Take your wooden dowel and wrap it with a small piece of cannabis leaf, using a bit of cannabis resin or honey to hold it in place. This will become the center of your cannagar.
  3. Take a larger cannabis leaf and wrap it around the wooden dowel, overlapping the edges slightly to create a seam. Use a bit of cannabis resin or honey to seal the seam.
  4. Once you have your first layer of cannabis leaf in place, it’s time to start adding your ground cannabis. Pack the cannabis tightly around the wooden dowel, being careful not to leave any air pockets. Use the wooden dowel to push the cannabis down and create a tight, uniform cylinder.
  5. This is where you need to decide if you’re adding extracts and what you’re doing with them. Some people prefer mixing them on the inside, other cover the outside with stick extracts and roll their end product in pure kief. It’s time to get creative.
  6. Continue adding ground cannabis and packing it tightly around the wooden dowel, layer by layer. You can use different strains of cannabis to create different layers and flavors. Be sure to pack each layer firmly to create a dense cannagar.
  7. Once you have added all the ground cannabis, wrap the remaining cannabis leaf around the cannagar, using cannabis resin or honey to seal the seam.
  8. Now it’s time to remove the wooden dowel. Slowly and carefully pull the wooden dowel out of the center of the cannagar, leaving a hollow channel. You can pack the channel with more ground cannabis, or leave it empty for airflow.
  9. Once you have removed the wooden dowel, you can trim the excess leaf and shape the cannagar as desired.
  10. To smoke the cannagar, light the end and draw on the other end to inhale the smoke. You may need to use a torch lighter or a regular lighter with a large flame to light the cannagar evenly.
  11. Once you have shaped the cannagar, you can let it dry for a few hours or overnight. This will help the cannabis and wrap material to bind together more firmly and create a smoother smoking experience.
  12. To enhance the flavor and aroma of your cannagar, you can add other herbs, spices, or extracts. Some popular options include rose petals, lavender, mint, cinnamon, and vanilla and of coure whichever cannabis extracts you desire.
  13. To create a more decorative and eye-catching cannagar, you can add additional layers of whole cannabis leaves or other wrap material, in different colors or patterns. You can also use twine or string to tie the cannagar into a specific shape or design.

Tips for Rolling the Perfect Cannagar:

  1. Use high-quality cannabis flower: The quality of your cannabis flower will greatly affect the taste and potency of your cannagar. Choose a strain that you enjoy and that is known for its high THC content.
  2. Use a wooden dowel: The wooden dowel will help you create a uniform shape and pack the cannabis tightly. Make sure to choose a dowel that is the right size for your cannagar.
  3. Be patient: Rolling a cannagar takes time and practice. Take your time and don’t rush the process, as this can result in a loose or unevenly packed cannagar.
  4. Apply your extracts where neccissary. Rosin is best rubbed into your buds. Shatter is best broken into shards, or rolled into a skinny snake and woven into the roll. Diamonds and sauce tend to be best mixed throughout the joint. Just remember, you want your extracts closer to the tip you light, so they will evently distribute down tha cannagar as it’s smoked.
  5. Experiment with different herbs and spices: Adding other herbs or spices can enhance the flavor and aroma of your cannagar, and make it more unique and interesting.
  6. Store your cannagar properly: Once you have rolled your cannagar, store it in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. This will help to preserve the quality of the cannabis and wrap material.

Rolling a cannagar is a bit more challenging than rolling a traditional joint or blunt, but it can be a fun and rewarding experience. With some patience and practice, you can create a beautiful and potent cannabis cigar to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a unique and impressive way to enjoy your cannabis, or simply want to experiment with different methods of consumption, cannagars are definitely worth trying. Follow the steps and tips outlined in this article, and you’ll be on your way to rolling the perfect cannagar.

Weed and Sleep – How Much Weed Is The Perfect Amount For A Better Sleep?

February 23, 2023 in Health, Opinion, Weed

The cannabis plant contains several active compounds, including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) CBN and CBD, which have been studied for their potential therapeutic effects. One of the most commonly reported benefits of cannabis use is improved sleep. However, the impact of cannabis on sleep is complex and depends on several factors, including the amount and frequency of use, the method of consumption, and individual differences in metabolism and tolerance. This article will review the current literature on the impact of cannabis on sleep, with a focus on the ideal amount of cannabis consumption for improving sleep.

Cannabis and Sleep

Cannabis has been used for centuries as a sleep aid, and recent research suggests that it may have some benefits for improving sleep. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that cannabis use was associated with a reduction in the time it takes to fall asleep, an increase in total sleep time, and a reduction in the number of awakenings during the night. The study also found that cannabis use was associated with a reduction in the severity of insomnia symptoms.

Another study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs found that cannabis use was associated with improvements in subjective sleep quality, although the effects were more pronounced for individuals who reported using cannabis for medical purposes rather than recreational use. The study also found that cannabis use was associated with an increase in daytime sleepiness and a decrease in sleep efficiency, which is a measure of the percentage of time spent asleep during the total time spent in bed.

However, the impact of cannabis on sleep is not entirely clear. Some studies have found that cannabis use can disrupt the sleep cycle, leading to a decrease in the amount of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is important for memory consolidation and emotional regulation. REM sleep typically occurs in the later stages of the sleep cycle and is characterized by rapid eye movements and vivid dreaming. Cannabis use has also been associated with an increase in sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep.

Ideal Amount of Cannabis Consumption for Sleep

The ideal amount of cannabis consumption for improving sleep is difficult to determine, as it depends on several factors, including the individual’s tolerance to cannabis, the method of consumption, and the specific strain and potency of the cannabis. Additionally, the ideal amount of cannabis consumption for sleep may vary depending on the individual’s desired outcome, such as whether they want to fall asleep quickly, stay asleep longer, or improve the overall quality of their sleep.

One study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology found that a low dose of THC (4 mg) improved subjective sleep quality and reduced the time it took to fall asleep in individuals with chronic insomnia. However, higher doses of THC (20 and 30 mg) were associated with a decrease in sleep quality and an increase in sleep disturbances. The study also found that CBD did not have a significant impact on sleep.

Another study published in the Journal of Sleep Research found that vaporizing cannabis with 5.5% THC and 5.5% CBD was associated with an increase in total sleep time and a reduction in the time it took to fall asleep. However, the study also found that higher doses of THC (10%) were associated with a decrease in sleep quality and an increase in sleep disturbances.

CBN and Sleep

Cannabinol (CBN) is a cannabinoid that is produced when THC is exposed to oxygen and light. While CBN is not as well-known as THC or CBD, it has been gaining attention for its potential therapeutic effects, including its impact on sleep. CBN is known for its sedative properties, and some studies suggest that it may be particularly effective for improving sleep.

A study published in the journal Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior found that CBN had a greater impact on sleep in mice than THC or CBD. The study found that CBN increased total sleep time and reduced the time it took for the mice to fall asleep. Additionally, the study found that CBN was more effective than THC or CBD at reducing wakefulness during the dark cycle, which is when mice are most active. The study suggests that CBN may be a promising therapeutic agent for sleep disorders.

Another study published in the journal Current Neuropharmacology found that CBN had a calming effect on the nervous system, which may help to improve sleep. The study found that CBN interacted with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, which are involved in the regulation of sleep and wakefulness. The study suggests that CBN may be particularly effective for individuals who have difficulty falling asleep, as it may help to calm the mind and reduce anxiety.

Cannabis may have some benefits for improving sleep, although the impact is complex and depends on several factors, including the amount and frequency of use, the method of consumption, and individual differences in metabolism and tolerance. Studies suggest that a low dose of THC (4 mg) may be ideal for improving subjective sleep quality and reducing the time it takes to fall asleep, although higher doses of THC may lead to a decrease in sleep quality and an increase in sleep disturbances. It is important to note that cannabis should not be relied upon as a long-term solution for sleep problems, as regular use can lead to tolerance, dependence, and other negative side effects. Additionally, individuals with certain medical conditions or who are taking certain medications should consult with their healthcare provider before using cannabis for sleep. Further research is needed to better understand the complex relationship between cannabis and sleep, as well as to identify the ideal amount and frequency of cannabis consumption for improving sleep.

What’s Most Important To Canadians When Buying Weed?

February 23, 2023 in Cannabis Inspired, Health, Products, Today In Weed, Weed

Cannabis is one of the most widely used psychoactive substances in Canada, with millions of Canadians using it for medicinal or recreational purposes. With the legalization of cannabis in Canada in 2018, the industry has experienced significant growth, with legal sales expected to reach $7.2 billion by 2025 (Deloitte, 2019). As the industry continues to grow, understanding the factors that influence Canadians’ cannabis purchasing decisions is becoming increasingly important. This article will review academic research on the factors that are most important to Canadians when making cannabis purchasing decisions.


To conduct this review, we searched several academic databases, including PubMed, Web of Science, and Scopus, using the keywords “cannabis,” “marijuana,” “purchasing,” and “decision-making.” We focused on articles published in the past five years that focused on the factors that influence Canadians’ cannabis purchasing decisions. In total, we reviewed 25 articles that met our inclusion criteria.

Factors influencing Canadians’ cannabis purchasing decisions:

  1. Price:

Price is a crucial factor for Canadians when making cannabis purchasing decisions. Research shows that Canadians are more likely to purchase cannabis from legal sources when prices are competitive with or lower than those of the black market (Caulkins et al., 2020). One study found that Canadians were willing to pay up to 40% more for legal cannabis than for black market cannabis (Ipsos, 2019). Thus, price plays a significant role in shaping Canadians’ cannabis purchasing decisions.

  1. Quality:

Quality is another critical factor that influences Canadians’ cannabis purchasing decisions. Canadians prioritize cannabis that is free from contaminants and has a consistent potency (Potter et al., 2020). Legal cannabis is subject to rigorous testing and quality control measures, which can assure Canadians of its safety and potency. Therefore, legal cannabis is often perceived as being of higher quality than black market cannabis.

  1. Convenience:

Convenience is a vital factor for Canadians when making cannabis purchasing decisions. Canadians are more likely to purchase cannabis from legal sources when they are conveniently located and offer a broad selection of products (Caulkins et al., 2020). Additionally, online delivery services have become increasingly popular among Canadians, with one study finding that 39% of Canadians who had purchased cannabis in the past year had used an online delivery service (Ipsos, 2019).

  1. Branding and Marketing:

Branding and marketing also play a role in shaping Canadians’ cannabis purchasing decisions. Legal cannabis companies have invested heavily in branding and marketing, with the aim of differentiating their products from those of their competitors (Lu et al., 2020). One study found that Canadians were more likely to purchase cannabis from brands they recognized, with branding and packaging playing a significant role in shaping their perceptions of quality (Mair et al., 2019).

  1. Product Variety:

Product variety is an essential factor for Canadians when making cannabis purchasing decisions. Legal cannabis dispensaries and online delivery services offer a broad selection of products, including various strains, edibles, and concentrates (Ipsos, 2019). This product variety allows Canadians to choose products that meet their specific needs and preferences.

  1. Trust and Safety:

Trust and safety are crucial factors for Canadians when making cannabis purchasing decisions. Legal cannabis companies are subject to strict regulations and quality control measures, which can assure Canadians of the safety and quality of their products (Caulkins et al., 2020). Additionally, legal cannabis companies are more transparent about their production processes and ingredients, which can build trust with consumers.

The importance of each factor in Canadian cannabis purchasing decisions may vary depending on the individual consumer and their personal preferences. However, research has shown that price and quality are generally the most important factors for consumers when choosing a cannabis product.

In a survey conducted by the Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), 45% of respondents ranked price as the most important factor when purchasing cannabis, followed closely by quality at 43%. The survey also found that strain type and potency were important to 33% and 30% of respondents, respectively, while brand reputation and customer service were less important at 17% and 11%.

Other studies have also highlighted the significance of price and quality in cannabis purchasing decisions. A survey conducted by Lift & Co. in 2019 found that 43% of Canadian cannabis consumers ranked price as the most important factor when selecting a product, while 38% cited quality. Convenience and brand reputation were also important to 12% and 7% of respondents, respectively.

Strain selection and potency are also important factors for some Canadian cannabis consumers. While research has shown that price and quality are generally the most important factors, strain type and potency were still found to be significant factors for a considerable portion of Canadian cannabis consumers.

In the CCSA survey mentioned earlier, 33% of respondents stated that strain type was important when selecting a cannabis product, indicating that some consumers may be interested in specific strains that are associated with certain effects or benefits. Additionally, potency was important for 30% of respondents, suggesting that some consumers may prioritize products with higher levels of THC or CBD.

Medical use also plays a significant role in cannabis purchasing decisions. A survey conducted by Health Canada in 2018 found that 64% of medical cannabis users reported using cannabis for chronic pain, while 11% reported using it for anxiety and 8% for sleep disorders. The survey also found that medical cannabis users tended to prefer products with higher levels of CBD, as well as strains that were specifically recommended by healthcare professionals.

Overall, while the importance of each factor may vary, price and quality consistently emerge as the most significant factors for Canadian cannabis consumers.

Canadians’ cannabis purchasing decisions are influenced by a variety of factors, including price, quality, strain type, brand reputation, and convenience. Understanding these factors can help producers and retailers better cater to the needs and preferences of Canadian cannabis consumers. Additionally, continued research into the evolving attitudes and behaviors of cannabis consumers will be crucial for the development of effective marketing and sales strategies in this rapidly growing industry.

5 Reasons Cannabis Cafe’s Need To Be A Thing In Canada

February 23, 2023 in Business, Opinion, Today In Weed, Weed

Canada made history in 2018 when it legalized recreational cannabis nationwide. The move allowed adults across the country to legally purchase and consume cannabis products, but it also raised some important questions about where and how people could use them. While cannabis consumption is legal, it is heavily regulated, and in many areas, smoking or vaping cannabis in public is prohibited. This has led to a growing interest in the concept of cannabis cafes, which would provide a safe and legal space for adults to consume cannabis products.

What are Cannabis Cafes?

Cannabis cafes are establishments where people can legally consume cannabis products in a social setting. They are similar to traditional bars or cafes but allow for the consumption of cannabis in various forms, including smoking, vaping, and edibles. Cannabis cafes typically have designated areas for consumption, as well as knowledgeable staff who can assist with product selection and safe consumption.

Cannabis cafes are not a new concept; they have been operating in countries like the Netherlands for decades. However, they are a relatively new idea in Canada, and the legal framework around them is still developing. While some Canadian provinces, like Ontario and Alberta, have expressed interest in allowing cannabis cafes, others have been more hesitant.

Why Canada Needs Cannabis Cafes

There are several reasons why cannabis cafes would be a positive addition to Canada’s cannabis landscape. Here are a few:

  1. Safe and Controlled Environment To Consume

Cannabis cafes would provide a safe and controlled environment for adults to consume cannabis products. Unlike smoking or vaping in public spaces, cannabis cafes would have designated areas for consumption, ensuring that secondhand smoke or vapor exposure to non-consenting individuals is minimized. They would also be staffed with knowledgeable personnel who can provide guidance on product selection, dosage, and safe consumption methods.

  1. Reduction in Alcohol Consumption

Cannabis cafes could provide an alternative to alcohol consumption, which can have harmful effects on individuals and society. Studies have shown that cannabis use may be a safer and less harmful alternative to alcohol, and cannabis cafes would give people the option to choose a safer alternative when socializing or relaxing.

  1. Economic Benefits

Cannabis cafes could provide economic benefits to the communities where they are located. They would create jobs and stimulate local economies, as people would visit the cafes to purchase cannabis products and participate in the social atmosphere.

  1. Tourist Attraction

Cannabis cafes could be a draw for tourists, particularly those interested in cannabis tourism. Countries like the Netherlands have seen a significant increase in tourism due to their cannabis cafes, and Canada could see similar benefits.

  1. Normalization of Cannabis Use

Cannabis cafes would help to normalize cannabis use and reduce the stigma surrounding a less harmful substance in comparison to most recreational drugs. By providing a safe and legal space for consumption, cannabis cafes could help to change public perceptions of cannabis use and promote responsible consumption of less harmful substances.

A study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy found that cannabis cafes in the Netherlands had a positive impact on public health and safety. The study found that the prevalence of public cannabis use decreased after the opening of cannabis cafes, and there was no increase in crime or violence associated with the cafes.

Another study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs found that cannabis use was associated with a decrease in alcohol consumption. The study found that people who consumed cannabis were less likely to drink heavily or engage in risky drinking behaviors.

Cannabis cafes have the potential to provide a safe and controlled environment for adults to consume cannabis products. They could reduce the harms associated with public cannabis consumption, provide an alternative to alcohol consumption, and provide economic benefits to local communities.

5 Cannabis Lounges around the world to check out:

  1. The Bulldog Palace – Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. The Greenhouse – Amsterdam, Netherlands
  3. Moe Greens – San Francisco, USA
  4. La Kava Bongos – Barcelona, Spain
  5. The Grey Area – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Please note that laws and regulations regarding cannabis cafes can vary widely by location, and it’s important to research and follow local laws and guidelines.

Josh Kesselman of RAW Brands Responds to the Republic Brand’s Claims

February 14, 2023 in Business, Products, Today In Weed

Republic Brands Obtains Injunction; Federal Court Orders HBI International to Change its RAW® Organic Hemp Rolling Paper Packaging and Promotions

February 13, 2023 in Business, Health, Products, Today In Weed, Weed

GLENVIEW, Ill., Feb. 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Republic Brands, a leading distributor of rolling papers and premium smoking accessories, has obtained a permanent injunction in a federal lawsuit against Defendant HBI International requiring HBI to cease making claims about its RAW® Organic Hemp rolling papers.

On January 31, 2023, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois permanently enjoined HBI from making certain claims about its products and ordered HBI to “immediately” cease manufacturing, ordering, or replenishing its inventory with goods that fail to conform to the Court’s order. The injunction order follows a jury’s verdict that HBI, the distributor of rolling paper brands RAW®, Elements®, Juicy Jays®, Pay-Pay®, and Skunk®, engaged in unfair competition and violated the Illinois Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act through its packaging and promotional activities.

The Court enjoined HBI from continuing to state, imply, or suggest that it operates or contributes funds or sales proceeds to a charitable entity or foundation referred to as the “RAW Foundation” or making reference to the “RAW Foundation” in text or images because in its December 6, 2022 ruling, the Court found that no such foundation even existed despite HBI’s prior promotional claims.

Additionally, HBI for more than a decade has marketed its papers as having been made by artisanal craftsman in “Alcoy, Spain” and referring to Alcoy as the “birthplace of rolling papers.” HBI claimed that its RAW® papers receive the “Spanish Alcoy Paper Blessing” and affixed an “Alcoy stamp” to some of its products.

However, in a January 19, 2023 ruling, the Court found that “HBI makes no rolling paper in Alcoy, Spain whatsoever.” In its permanent injunction order, the Court enjoined HBI from stating or implying that its RAW® Organic Hemp booklets or cones are made in Alcoy and further ordered that “HBI shall not use on its packaging a ‘stamp’ including the use of the word Alcoy or referring to Alcoy.”

The order permanently prohibits HBI and its personnel from making any statement or communication, or engaging in any promotion or advertising activity that states, implies, or suggests:

  • That HBI and/or RAW operate(s) or contributes its funds or sales proceeds to a charitable entity or foundation of any kind referred to as the “RAW Foundation” or making reference to the “RAW Foundation” in text or images;
  • That RAW Organic Hemp rolling papers are “unrefined;”
  • That RAW Organic Hemp rolling papers are made with natural hemp gum, or that the adhesive used in RAW Organic Hemp rolling papers is made from or contains hemp;
  • That RAW Organic Hemp rolling papers are, or ever were, the world’s first or world’s only organic (or organic hemp) rolling papers;
  • That RAW Organic Hemp rolling paper booklets are made in Alcoy, Spain;
  • That RAW Organic Hemp pre-rolled rolling-paper cones are made in Alcoy, Spain;
  • That the bulk paper (“bobbins”) used to make RAW Organic Hemp rolling paper products is made in Spain;
  • That RAW Organic Hemp rolling papers are made in Alcoy Spain, the birthplace of rolling papers; and
  • HBI shall not use on its packaging a “stamp” including the use of the word Alcoy or referring to Alcoy.
  • That RAW Organic Hemp rolling papers are made using wind power or are powered by wind;
  • That HBI uses or used the center of the hemp stalk for its RAW Organic Hemp rolling papers;
  • That HBI or Joshua Kesselman invented rolling paper pre-rolled cones;
  • That the OCB Organic Hemp papers are knock-offs, “RAWnabees”, copies, or fake versions of RAW.

In its January 31, 2023 permanent injunction, the Court ordered HBI to cease promoting, selling, distributing, shipping, or delivering products that contain the statements after March 2, 2023 for RAW® Organic Hemp. In addition, after May 31, 2023, HBI may not promote, sell, distribute, ship or deliver products under its other brands (e.g., Elements®, DLX®, Skunk®, Pay-Pay®, and Juicy Jays®) sold in packaging including an Alcoy stamp.

About Republic Brands
The world’s leading rolling company, Republic Brands holds the most extensive portfolio in the category including OCB®, JOB®, e-z wider®, DRUM®, Premier®, Gambler®, and TOP® brands. Republic Brands is part of a family-owned company that is known for innovations such as sustainable bamboo, hemp and flax fiber papers and cones, its natural acacia gum, and internationally-recognized ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001 and GMP standards.

Republic Brands remains committed to a level playing field where all parties act in good faith and engage in honest marketing to customers and consumers.

For more information about Republic Brands, please visit

Republic Brands Media Contact:
Lisa Weser

Republic was represented at trial by Charles S. Bergen (, Peter S. Roeser ( and Matthew D. Tanner of Roeser Tanner & Graham LLC.

SOURCE Republic Brands

Free Weed Calgary – Sparking The Discussion About Calgary’s Cannabis Consumption Regulations

February 5, 2023 in Events

Sunday Febraury 5th, find the Calgary Cannabis Club downtown Calgary on 17th Ave SW in Tomkins Park giving out joints as a means to spark the discussion on Calgary’s ban on public cannabis consumption. The discussion starts at 2pm.

What Budtenders Want

January 18, 2023 in Business, Today In Weed, Weed

Budtenders are the heart of the cannabis industry, they influence purchases and help to establish brand loyalty to both the retailer and LP brands. Tether, Canada’s budtender community, surveyed 300 budtenders from across Canada. Here’s what budtenders had to say about their jobs, and what they want from the industry.

Make Their Job Easier

Budtenders want to help develop a better future for the industry, and they want their expertise heard. As we get further into cannabis legalization budtenders have increased experience and want to be treated as such. Here are some changes budtenders want to see:

●     In-Store Education – Budtenders want to get their information from a reliable, trusted source, 40% of budtenders surveyed want to be educated by their store management team and 92% of budtenders want to connect with brand reps and ask questions face to face.

●     Sampling – Many budtenders pointed out they don’t know if they haven’t tried, 75% of budtenders indicate sampling is their preferred way to learn about new products and a big chunk of their paycheck goes to trying product. Make it easier for them and set up sampling programs and opportunities.

●    Community Not Competition – Hostility with other stores creates a tense work environment and can lead to challenging situations. 86% of budtenders want to connect with other budtenders locally and learn from each other versus being competitive with one another.

Budtenders have the desire to become more involved in the industry, they have a passion for cannabis knowledge and a genuine fire lit under them to advance their careers in cannabis.

Industry Inclusion

Budtenders want to be connected in the industry and more than 50% are looking to pursue higher-level positions within the cannabis space.

●     Regulations, Packaging and Sustainability – It’s no surprise budtenders are looking for change when it comes to cannabis regulations, particularly around packaging. Tight regulations make a budtender’s job difficult with just under 80% saying there needs to be improvement and 86% citing packaging regulations specifically.

●     Management Training – Offer management training programs and work with your budtenders to prepare them for store management; 23% of budtenders want to move into cannabis retail management positions.

●     Be The Best Employer – Wages are a pain point for many budtenders. Only 55% of budtenders agreed they felt their pay was fair based on their responsibilities and under half of budtenders get health benefits. With almost half of budtenders surveyed feeling they aren’t properly compensated, retailers are at risk of losing talent. Consider what your competition offers and beat it to ensure your budtenders grow with you.

●     Events, Events, Events – 86% of budtenders want to be more connected with budtenders in their area and feel more connected to the greater cannabis community. With events primarily happening in big cities many budtenders have to travel hours if they want to participate. Hosting budtender events in smaller markets is a great way to connect with a passionate, engaged audience. Want to plan a budtender event? Connect with Tether!

●     Keep Things Cannabis-Focused – Cannabis experiences are what most budtenders are interested in doing together; cultivation tours, sommelier sessions and education sessions rank highest and the overwhelming majority of budtenders think it’s important or very important to be able to consume at events. Less than half of budtenders consume alcohol frequently or socially so it shouldn’t be a priority when developing budtender experiences.

Tether, created by Marigold PR, is celebrating the contribution of budtenders during the second annual Budtender Appreciation Week, March 20-26, 2023. Over 86% of budtenders said they are looking for community, B-Week aims to engage budtenders across the country. Learn more about the budtender survey and B-Week at

TRASH PANDA: How One Canadian Artist is Turning Cannabis Waste Into A Beautiful New Opportunity

January 3, 2023 in Art, Spotlights, Today In Weed, Weed

Nearing the end of 2022 we came across a cannabis inspired artist from Eastern Canada that’s putting all that cannabis waste (that we’re used to throwing in the bin) – to good use. A hot topic in legal cannabis has always been focused around packaging inefficiencies, and the artist Spencer Charlton is converting cannabis cases and boxes into beautiful animals with a story and a cause.

Spencer has a history of employment within the legal cannabis ecosystem. Highly educated with herbal wisdom, he uses cannabis to inspire his creative designs as well as in the production phase of turning these dreams into realilty.

We sat down with Spencer to chat and learn about the motivation behind this cool project and get in touch with Spencer at @cratercreater on IG and @crater.crater on TIKTOK.

We came across your artwork shared on Linkedin.  Our goal is to share the cool projects in the cannabis space, the people behind them and give a look into the lives of creatives inspired by cannabis.  What’s your background as an artist and what’s your background in cannabis?

Yes, BIG shout out to Hanna aka lilmisshannabis for that initial LinkedIn share. It’s surreal to get this kind of attention on something that started out as a hobby. As far as my artistic background, it consisted of a lot of exploration of materials and styles. When I was a kid, my introduction to building and creating came about through playing with oven bake polymer clays and toys that required assembly like Lego kits and Gundam models. Through high school, I developed my fundamental fine art skills in drawing and painting through the school curriculum. The most formative years of my artistic journey came in 2010 when I enrolled in the Sculpture and Installation program at OCADU in Toronto. I spent most of my time in the school’s fabrication studios learning how to create with different materials like metal, wood, plaster, rubber, and ceramics. After OCADU I started a few practices out of a workshop I built in the garage. I made and sold woodcut signs, tables and chairs, and guitars. I had to get rid of all of my tools in 2020 when I moved into a condo. Because of my new space and noise restrictions, I returned to drawing and painting, and now papercraft.

My cannabis background began on New Year’s Eve of 2006, the first time I smoked a joint. I don’t remember how it affected me but I do remember it was a positive experience because I was surrounded by friends. I became a daily consumer in 2010, when I was in university. Grey market storefronts were opening up in the city making bud readily available to me. Weed became a very important part of my creative process. My prefered method of consumption has always been smoking a joint but I do enjoy taking bong rips from time to time. I am relatively new to concentrates and have only consumed them through the legal market. 

We read that you’re a Budtender in another interview – How has the budtender life inspired the modern art you’re designing today?

As a Budtender I was in front of the variety of branding styles that exist for cannabis products. I found interest in the uniformity of the products due to the government’s label requirements. I also saw first hand the amount of packaging that would leave the store every day and the litter outside of the shop that I would have to clean each night.

We had a recycling program at the first shop I worked at but the program became obsolete. I collected the packaging with the intention of using it to create art but was unsure about what I wanted to make. It was a couple of years until I came up with the papercraft animals idea during a brainstorming smoke sesh.

It was the Trash Panda that originally caught our eye on so many levels. A topic of discussion in legal cannabis is the excessive packaging and the waste and for an art project that recycles the waste, a Racoon couldn’t be any more symbolic. What was the inspiration behind this piece?

The racoon is the unofficial mascot of my home town of Toronto. I thought it was only right that it would be the first project. During the construction process I realized the importance of the racoon imagery and its relation to trash and waste. The final product ended up being effective in conveying the message that I wanted to express.

How many of these packages were empty because you puff the herb, and how did you get the rest?

I’d say 70% of the packaging used in the Trash Panda project came from products that I consumed. I was saving my packaging as relics of the early years of legalization and for the purpose of tracking what I’ve smoked. The rest of the packaging was sourced through my friends and from digging through recycling bins at dispensaries. 

How much weed do you smoke / art piece on average, and if we took your weed away tomorrow, how would this impact your ability to imagine and create these beautiful pieces?

That’s a good question, never really kept track. For a piece the size and complexity of Trash Panda, I probably smoked at least a half-ounce by way of joints and bowls. The weed helps me zone out and focus when preforming the repetitive steps in the process. I don’t even want to joke about taking my weed away!

But if it happened, not much would change except I’d probably get burnt out faster and pieces would take much longer to complete. When it comes to my art practice, weed has always been a performance enhancing drug.

How many animals are in the pack now, and what’s the name of this collection?

There are 8 animals and counting. The collection is currently untitled but I could use some help coming up with a name.

What is next and how many cute little creatures can we expect to see in the future? 

I’ve got some reptiles an aquatic animals in progress. I want to do a couple of large scale projects in this style once I secure enough labels and funding. I’ll make these creatures as long as I can source the materials. It’s shaping up to be a never ending project. 

Extract wants to adopt the Trash Panda tomorrow. What do we owe you and where do we sign?

The original Trash Panda can be yours for $1200. There could be smaller scale reproductions in the future if there is interest. 

The FLOW STATE. This is when you’ve smoked the perfect amount of weed to maximize creativity and productivity – and it’s rare, but it happens. Do you have a happy spot of being “stoned” that helps boost your creativity to it’s maximum potential?

Definitely! This concept is integral to my fabrication process. I enter my flow state when I’m at around a 7/10. I know I’m at the perfect level when I’m coasting through each step of the process and quickly solving problems as they arise. Then there’s the opposite side of things. When I’m making consecutive errors and getting frustrated, I know it’s time to spark a J and regroup.

Is this defined by any types of weed indica vs sativa, or families of strains, or how do you gauge what’s going to be good for your vibe?

I am lucky that I vibe well with all types of good quality weed. If it’s potent, burns well and tastes good then it’s for me. I’m pretty open minded and always down to try a new cultivar.

Does the weed help you in the inspiration and ideas, the process of putting together the art or the whole damn process from start to finish?

Weed plays a role in the entire process! I like to go on long walks through my neighborhood with headphones on and a tube of joints when I’m brainstorming for ideas. I prefer weed that provides more energetic and cerebral effects for this step. During the actual fabrication process I smoke to clear my head and relax to get into that flow state we talked about. 

Is this the first art project you’ve brought to the Canadian cannabis space and what’s coming next from your inner artist?

Yes it is! I’m going to continue creating art in the Canadian cannabis space because the community has been overwhelmingly supportive from jump. Also, working in this industry has given me a lot of ideas that I am excited to express visually. I still have all of the plastic jars and preroll tubes that I peeled the labels off of. Expect to see them featured in upcoming projects.

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Wake and bake or 420 sessions, which is the best?

Wake and bake with a coffee.

Eat it or smoke it?

Smoke it because it hits faster.

Staple strains or try something new?

Something new.

THC or terps?

Terps all day.

Legal or legacy?

Currently legal because I’m familiar with the market and it’s more readily available to me but legacy built my lungs and tolerance. 

Rosin or resin?


What are your top 3 brands / products in any cannabis market across Canada right now?

My top 3 go to brands would be Simply Bare and Carmel for dried flower and Persy for my concentrates.

What is 1 thing the government has right with legal weed?

I appreciate the restrictions that are in place to prevent brands from providing deceptive or misleading information about products. 

What is 1 thing the government needs to change about legal weed?

There is too much waste created by cannabis packaging and promotional materials from brands. I would like to see limits put in place on the amount of plastic that is produced by each company.

Where can you get in touch:

Get in touch with Spencer at @cratercreater on IG and @crater.crater on TIKTOK.

Top 3 Calgary Weed Delivery Services

November 12, 2022 in Weed

Calgary weed delivery is a competitive space when it comes to price, quality, same day weed delivery, promotions and signup bonuses. As Canadian provinces phase in weed delivery regulation, Alberta was a quick mover in regards to framework for delivery services and adding a layer of convenience for cannabis consumers that don’t want to leave their house, especially with winter coming up!

We tested a number of retail and legacy cannabis delivery dispensaries in Calgary and rated them for a number of areas that you’re going to love. Check out the chart below to find out which weed delivery services are leading the pack in Calgary, Alberta Canada.

Here’s our top 3 cannabis delivery services in Calgary.

Supherbs –  Calgary’s best quality weed delivery service

Supherbs is a Calgary weed delivery service that delivers your weed in 90 minutes or less 7 days a week. This online dispensary focuses on delivering high quality or top shelf cannabis at fair rates for customers in Calgary, and mail order to those across Canada. Supherbs cannabis dispensary boasts a massive selection of products mainly focused on high THC indica strains, connoissuer strains, high THC edibles and a massive variety of pre rolled joints.

When we say high THC edibles, these guys have some pretty strong stuff. 1250mg of THC, 1080mg of THC and that’s in 1 package of gummies. We tried the 1250mg Ganja Leaf edible and it knocked us on our ass.

The team at Supherbs is large, educated and they are standing by during business hours to take your order by phone or text, and help with all of your product based questions. When deliveries come at an extended length the customer service is quick to respond and let you know the estimated wait times. From all our experiences, the staff here is knowledgeable, eager to help you find the best products, and more than willing to go the extra mile to help you enjoy your order to it’s max potential.

    • Signup Deal: 20% off your first order
    • Affiliate Program: Earn 15% on all affiliate sales, paid out once monthly via Paypal or Interac email transfer
    • Referral Program: Give $10, get $10 off your next order.
    • Ounces Starting at: $99 ounces +
    • Product Categories: Weed, top shelf weed, THC and CBD disposable vapes, mushrooms, edibles, extracts, moonrocks, pre rolled joints, tinctures, cannabis accessories.
    • Delivery Fee: $15 on orders under $100. Free delivery on orders over $100.
    • Same Day Delivery: Get your weed in 90 minutes or less.
    • Regular Promotions:
      1. Bulk Pricing
      2. Earn points you can redeem for discounts on your next purchase in cart
      3. Bundles to save on weed, pre rolled joints, shatter, edibles and more
      4. Free shipping on orders over $100 across Canada
      5. Free joint with every order
      6. Birthday gifts
      7. Free prizes with different levels of spending inc;luding rolling trays and papers.

    The Best Dispensary For: Supherbs is the best option in Calgary for top shelf weed delivered to you in the same day. If you are looking for a premium cannabis experience, Supherbs is bringing you the quality cannabis at reasonable rates for less than the other dispensaries we’ve tried.

    Exotic strains and a consistently changing product selection means there is something for everyone, but Supherbs defintely leans towards the seasoned stoners with their HIGH THC edibles and strains.

    Anyone who needs a high dose of THC but isn’t interested in smoking or dabbing should check out Supherbs selection of tinctures, THC capsules and potent edibles.

    Calgary Weed Delivery (CWD) – Calgary’s quickest same day weed delivery service

    Calgary Weed Delivery is one of Calgary’s newest and quickest cannabis deliver service to lunch in the city. Claiming lower delivery fees than the industry standard, Calgary Weed Delivery aka CWD offers Calgarians a chance to get their weed delivered in the same day within 1.5 hours.

    CWD offers budget buds and quality cannabis strains at some of the lowest prices in Calgary. The real kicker is their minimum for same day deliveries. Enjoy free delivery at Calgary Weed Delivery on all orders over $50, making this the perfect dispensary for those purchasing other product lines like edibles, pre rolls or shatter. Calgary Weed Delivery caters to all type of cannabis consumers offering high quality and budget buds at extremelly fair rates, with a massive selection of edibles, pre rolled joints, vapes and more.

    Customers looking to save regularly will love the points system at CWD. Free gifts and bonuses are usually rewarded through a loyalty based system for each dollar spent. Customers can trade points in for free weed ranging from an 1/8th all the way up to a free 1/2 pound of weed.

      • Signup Deal: Free 1/8th with your first order
      • Affiliate Program: Earn 15% on all affiliate sales, paid out once monthly via Paypal or Interac email transfer.
      • Referral Program: Give a free 1/8th, recieve 1500 points to exchange for a free 1/8th
      • Ounces Starting at: $79 ounces +
      • Product Categories: Lower amounts of weed (1/4s +), mushrooms, tinctures, disposable and 510 thread vapes, shatter, lots of pre rolled joints in 3 and 7 packs.
      • Delivery Fee: Free 90 minute delivery on orders over $50.
      • Same Day Delivery: Free same day 90 minute delivery in Calgary, Okotoks, Chestermere, Chochrane and other cities close to Calgary.
      • Regular Promotions:

            1. Take $25 off orders of $250+ every day
            2. Free joint with every order
            3. Earn points you can exchange for free weed up to 1/2 pound

          The Best Dispensary For: Calgary Weed Delivery is a newcomer in Calgary and one of the best dispensaries we’ve encountered for promotions and loyalty. They offer incentives for bulk purchases and customers buying smaller amounts of pre rolls or edibles are still subject to earn points.

          If you’re looking for an awesome shopping experience with an interactive point system, and new cool weekly promotions, this is the site for you. Enjoy access to smaller quantities and lower fees for delivery but still the same quick same day delivery times anywhere in Calgary. These guy were the fastest.

          My28Grams – Calgary’s weed delivery service with the best price on quality ounces

 is a Calgary original that’s been around for years servicing most Calgarians at this point. Their brand recognition within city limits is massive and they’re active in up to date inventory, promotions and a great overall shopping experience. With improved loading times and a website facelift, My28Grams is a site that helps users find and purchase cannabis easier and quicker than most websites.

          This is one of the top delivery services in Calgary for the last near decade and really a company who is leading the way for creative promotions and involvement within the Calgary cannabis community.

 was the first online dispensary to bring $59 ounces to Calgarians and offers a badass line of nearly every cannabis product you can imagine. The team at My28Grams is very focused on going the extra mile with customer service and customer relations in general, releaseing a number of annual surveys to gather feedback in exchange for big rewards. It’s nice to shop at a dispensary that cares what I think and that’s a model that works with me.

            • Signup Deal: None
            • Affiliate Program: Earn 15% on all affiliate sales, paid out once monthly via Paypal or Interac email transfer
            • Referral Program: Give $15, get $15 off your next order.
            • Ounces Starting at: $59+
            • Product Categories: $59, $79, $99, $129, $149 ounces, pre rolled joints, moonrocks, shatter, disposable vape pens, 510 thread vape pens, tinctures, magic mushrooms, THC diamonds, edibles and more.
            • Delivery Fee: $15 on orders under $100. Free deliver on orders over $100.
            • Same Day Delivery: Get your weed in 90 minutes or less.
              • Regular Promotions:

                  1. A brand new points system that offers users a variety of rewards and 5 points / $1 spent

                The Best Dispensary For: is one of our favorites for their simple website, easy to find high THC strains and their pricing structure. The price tiers really makes it easy to find what your’re looking for based on what you want to spend, and surprisingly i feel like this is one of the best ways, and most accurate to sepeate strins on a website.

       is for the more seasoned stoner as they solely sell ounces. In exchange for a volume model, My28 saves you money on higher priced buds by keeping their minimum order to ounces and above. It really is a model that works out best for those who consume daily cannabis, and at the end of the day is a serious consideration.

                The Best YouTube Alternative For Weed Content – Checking In With The Internets Best Cannabis Media Sharing Network

                October 20, 2022 in Business, Cannabis Inspired, Spotlights, Tech

                For the people that are new to your cannabis media streaming platform, give us the rundown of what WeedTube is and your mission in 2022.

                WeedTube is the video-sharing platform developed in response to the social media censorship of cannabis on major platforms, namely YouTube and Instagram. In 2018, YouTube deleted the channels of cannabis enthusiasts and influencers at an unprecedented rate, so a group of deleted creators crowdfunded from their community to create a platform that embraces cannabis. Since then, millions of people have joined WeedTube to watch, sesh, and share with their favorite cannabis content creators. The mission of WeedTube has always been to provide a safe space for cannabis content and advertisements. 

                In addition to long form content we’re also thrilled to announce that WeedTube has expanded the User Experience to include a full social media suite in an update and rebrand called Pipeline. Pipeline is a social network where users can post pictures, short videos, text updates, links or articles without the risk of deletion. Pipeline allows users to post quick updates with the ease of big platforms like Twitter and Instagram. And as Instagram continues to shut down cannabis accounts (even Berner is getting silenced!) we know that the market needs this platform now more than ever! Finally users are able to enjoy a full suite of social networking features while talking and learning about cannabis.

                The look is completely different from the last time we chatted. What are the new updates and features your team has added over the last year or two?

                In addition to offering users a full social media suite in our mobile app, we’re targeting an audience that wants to take back control of their digital footprint and time spent online. Pipeline offers a solution that makes online interactions more authentic and gives users their power back in terms of posting content. Anything from a link to your favorite products at a dispensary to showcasing the function of your glass, Pipeline can house it all!

                Cannabis and media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, YouTube are arguably worse than ever for censorship.  Why is it important to your team to get creators to come share their channels and upload cannabis content to WeedTube as well and what’s the benefit to creators spreading their wings to newer less traditional media sharing platforms?

                Well let’s take our girl Chrissy Harless for example. Chrissy is an awesome working mom who has become an influencer to destigmatize moms who utilize cannabis. She built a massive following across Instagram and YouTube, in addition to her WeedTube uploads. Her husband even quit his job so that she could focus on running her content creation empire. But unexpectedly and without warning, her accounts get flagged and deleted. Her content, which became a primary source of income for her family, was suddenly gone. But because of WeedTube, Chrissy has all her files backed up and is able to maintain her connection with her followers through us! We’re so happy to have her as we launch Pipeline, and we hope that other creators who have had their income affected in the same way will find relief when uploading content!

                I see a lot of cannabis content but also a lot of lifestyle content like music and other activities that we all like to do when we’re stoned. What would you say the ratio is for cannabis direct content vs cannabis lifestyle these days?

                Great question! It’s a pretty even split and with the subtlety of the name “Pipeline” versus our old name WeedTube, we hope to attract other users who are being censored online. Meme accounts, for example, are often deleted on Instagram, so we hope that content creators looking to make people laugh will join Pipeline. In addition to cannabis content, more and more users are sharing their experiences with other substances that have been proven to assist with mental health challenges like Psilocybin and Ketamine. As people continue to try alternative methods of healthcare, we want them to have a safe space online to share their experiences (the good and the bad!) and learn from one another. 

                How can creators earn by posting on WeedTube?

                We are a safe space for creators to share content without fear of deletions! Any brand deals or promotional content they are posting will not be flagged, deleted or demonetized. They can also link directly to a product, website or brand they are promoting- unlike YouTube!

                Does your team have any success stories with advertisers and how can companies get their ads running on WeedTube?

                We’ve worked with so many incredible companies it’s hard to highlight just one! Our friends at Alien Outfitters expanded their brand and had this to say about our advertising services:

                “Advertising with WeedTube (WT) has immensely fueled the growth of our business, with cannabis related products generally violating advertising policies on major platforms, WT has created an opportunity for our website to finally reach our target audience. Through WT advertising opportunities, we have seen a high CTR leading to conversions and return customers. Working with WeedTube is like working with family.” – The Horny Stoner

                If anyone is looking to run an advertising campaign we strongly encourage them to check out our offerings here: and reach out to with any questions! Companies can also use their WeedTube profile to market and promote their products and offerings on Pipeline for FREE. 

                The app is available on both ios and android correct?

                Correct, you can download the app on IOS or Android via their respective app stores, for free!

                Is there anything else you would like to say to cannabis businesses or creators that should consider WeedTube if they haven’t already?

                With Biden getting the ball rolling on sweeping national cannabis reform, now more than ever do we need a community to welcome and educate adult cannabis consumers, new and old. There is so much misinformation online and social stigmas that persist regarding this plant, so we want to offer people a community where they can educate and share their experiences in an organic and authentic way. We hope to see you on Pipeline!

                Visit the best YouTube alternative for weed content here.

                Uber Eats and Leafly partner to bring cannabis delivery to Torontonians

                October 17, 2022 in Business, Tech, Today In Weed, Weed

                TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Starting tomorrow, Monday, October 17, Torontonians can order safe, legal cannabis and get it delivered straight to their homes thanks to a partnership between Uber Eats (NYSE: UBER), a global leader in ecommerce and delivery technology, and Leafly (NASDAQ: LFLY), a leading online cannabis marketplace and information resource. Torontonians 19+ can place orders from local licensed cannabis retailers in the Uber Eats app, and have it delivered to their door by the retailer’s CannSell certified staff. This is the first time cannabis delivery will be available on a major third-party delivery platform in the world.

                “We are partnering with industry leaders like Leafly to help retailers offer safe, convenient options for people in Toronto to purchase legal cannabis for delivery to their homes, which will help combat the illegal market and help reduce impaired driving,” said Lola Kassim, General Manager of Uber Eats Canada. “Over the last few years, we have invested heavily in our delivery business and selection has expanded tremendously. Uber Eats has grown quickly to become a versatile platform usable by diverse businesses large and small.”

                “Leafly has been empowering the cannabis marketplace in Canada for more than four years and we support more than 200 cannabis retailers in the GTA. We are thrilled to work with Uber Eats to help licensed retailers bring safe, legal cannabis to people across the city,” said Yoko Miyashita, CEO of Leafly.

                “Hidden Leaf has been providing safe, legal cannabis to Torontonians at three locations over the last year and a half,” said Marissa and Dale Taylor, owners of Hidden Leaf, one of three currently participating retailers in Toronto. “We are a small business and this partnership is a great way for us to expand our reach and grow our business across the city. Just like the in-store experience, our CannSell certified delivery staff understand and comply with local regulations around cannabis transactions, including checking ID.”

                How it works:

                • Head to the Uber Eats app and select the “Cannabis” category or search for one of the licensed cannabis retailers. You will see a warning that you must be of legal age to enter the virtual storefront.
                •  After this, you navigate the menu of the retailer to place an order. You must be within the delivery radius of the licensed cannabis retailer in order to be able to place an order.
                • Just like ordering takeout or other items using Uber Eats, you will be notified when the licensed retailer accepts the order and the estimated time of delivery.
                • In accordance with provincial regulations, the order will only be delivered by the licensed cannabis retailer’s own CannSell certified staff. Independent third-party delivery people will not deliver cannabis.
                • When the delivery person arrives, your age and sobriety will be verified as required by regulations.

                This partnership will help combat the underground illegal market, which still accounts for over 50% of all nonmedical cannabis sales in Ontario. Further, recent research from Public First shows that some cannabis users drive after consumption with 1 in 7 (14%) of cannabis users admitting to having driven a vehicle within 2 hours of consuming cannabis. Delivery options like those available through Uber Eats are expected to help decrease impaired driving and improve safety on the road.

                The first three cannabis retailers are:

                About Uber Eats
                Uber Eats is an on-demand app and website that helps bring millions of people around the world the things they want, at the tap of a button. We partner with over 825,000 restaurants and merchants in more than 11,000 cities across six continents. From specialty local favorites to national brand names, groceries to household essentials and more, Uber Eats has what you want when you want it.

                About Leafly
                Leafly helps millions of people learn about cannabis each year. Our powerful tools help shoppers make informed purchasing decisions and empower cannabis businesses to attract and retain loyal customers through technology services. Learn more at or download the Leafly mobile app.

                For media inquiries:

                Josh deBerge

                SOURCE Uber

                High Times – A Space Inspired Photoshop Series

                October 12, 2022 in Art

                Cannabis infused space! A photoshop series of high times photoshopped into space themed art.

                THC Castles – A Photoshop Art Series Inspired By Cannabis Infused Sandcastles

                October 12, 2022 in Art

                Sandcastle made with keif. This is a photoshopped collection of keif castles, cannabis inspired sandcastles photoshopped into cannabis busters and grinders.

                Weed In Nature – A Photoshop Series of Cannabis Inspired Landscapes and Cityscapes

                October 12, 2022 in Art

                Weed in nature is a photoshop series of landscapes and cityscapes with cannabis infused into each unique piece.

                Cannabis In Sport – A Photoshop Series

                October 12, 2022 in Art

                Here’s some cool cannabis inspired sports photo ops, photoshopped by an anonymous artist for the team at Extract!

                Not All Canoes Are Bad Canoes – A Photoshop Series of Canoeing Joints

                October 12, 2022 in Art

                Here we have a series of canoes photoshopped into joints for the team at Extract. Not all canoes are bad canoes. Artist anonymous.

                Cannabis Inspired PlayStation + XBOX Controllers

                October 12, 2022 in Art, Gaming

                Here’s a few cool cannabis inspired concepts for PlayStation and XBOX controllers.

                A New App Is On It’s Way To Help Canadians Share Cannabis Strains & Genetics: Interview With Grow & Share

                September 30, 2022 in Business, Growing, Tech, Weed

                Let’s get started with the basics – What is Grow and Share?

                This mobile-friendly web application allows cannabis enthusiasts to learn, meet like-minded individuals, and find the best prices for cannabis, cannabis accessories, and cannabis lounges. In addition, Grow and Share is the first and only free way for cannabis enthusiasts, including growers and consumers purchasing from legal dispensaries, to share and acquire strains.

                Is this a website, mobile phone app – where can Canadians download it?

                The app is currently a mobile-friendly web application, all members need to do is create a free account at  We are in the process of developing a mobile application which will be available on the IOS and Android app stores.

                I feel like if you want to share your craft today as a home grower you really need to connect with people on Instagram, maybe reddit, but there’s not really a central community.  Why do you think it’s important to provide a place where people can share their craft in Canadian cannabis?

                In addition to allowing growers to share their strains, Grow and Share allows consumers to share strains they legally purchase from dispensaries. Since growers often have a surplus of one or two strains and buyers do not wish to be locked into one strain, Grow and Share was developed so enthusiasts can try new strains for free.

                Finding cannabis enthusiasts willing to share their various strains via social media can be challenging. Additionally, it can be a daunting task to ensure the strain you receive is advertised correctly, the quantity is accurate to what is being offered, and the the person you are receiving the strain from will not keep you waiting. 

                The community review system built into Grow and Share will assist in qualifying members as reputable sharers. 

                Grow and Share is a creative twist that adds value to the cannabis connoisseur and cultivar community.  It really seems to be a good platform to connect with other cannabis lovers who are looking for a little more about their cannabis.  Tell us how long ago you got started, where the idea came from and how it came to flower into what it is today?

                Growing, acquiring, and advocating cannabis as well as being a serial entrepreneur, it became evident to me that Grow and Share platform was required.

                 I became increasingly frustrated with the difficulty and inability of finding cannabis connoisseurs through social media to share my strain and acquire the strain I desired. As all cannabis enthusiasts know, having our favorite strain is wonderful, but sometimes we need something different, and why should we be required to spend more money to acquire it? 

                With almost three years of hard work, endless hours of research, and AB tests, I realized I wasn’t the only person feeling this way. I launched my business in early September and have been promoting my business through social media, street advertising, and search engine optimization.

                This gives me the feel of a hybrid between Facebook Groups and Leafly.  Give us the breakdown of what exactly the app is and what users can do on it and it’s core value for Canadian stoners?

                Grow and Share has created a community for cannabis growers and enthusiasts to communicate, interact and perhaps even bond over their shared love of the herb.

                People who sign up for the Grow and Share community can link and share strains and knowledge with other cannabis enthusiasts and find cannabis retailers, including dispensaries, head shops, seed stores, and cannabis lounges.

                The App/website will also assist cannabis retailers in reaching their target market and share knowledge with consumers to improve their understanding of cannabis and the culture.

                very few places are wholly dedicated to discussing cannabis, fewer to providing free marketing for retailers, and none offer cannabis sharing. 

                Apart from learning about cannabis and connecting with like-minded individuals, there are plans to hold various cannabis-related events. Moreover, we have launched the first of many subsidiaries, called TokandTalk. It allows members of the community to discuss cannabis, ask questions, and form private groups.

                Which types of cannabis consumers are going to benefit the most from using Grow and Share?

                Grow and Share does not discriminate against cannabis enthusiasts as a community-based application. Whether you are a grower or a buyer, we are confident that Grow and Share will benefit you. 

                This seems like a good way to connect cultivars to exchange genetics and get access to sought after strains without paying an arm and a leg, is this a use case that’s been popular thus far?

                As a result of the recent launch, many shares have occurred, not only between cultivators but also between cultivators and buyers, as well as buyers to buyers.

                Is there an option for home cultivars or small batch growers to connect with larger growers and form relationships in which strain hunters can make some passive income licensing out new genetics?

                Without giving too much away, we have major plans for home cultivators and small-batch growers to become recognized by large licensed producers. 

                Is this more of a local exchange focused platform, or does it encourage users to share strains that might not be available in their province, and how can you see this adding value for producers trying to get a feel for demand in specific regions?

                Grow and Share is currently working on helping cannabis enthusiasts acquire strains from like-minded connoisseurs within their cities and nearby cities. Having said that, members may decide to share strains with individuals outside of their province, and this is another reason for the community review system, ensuring members are dealing with a reputable sharer. 

                Members can search within a different location to find strains that they may not be able to find locally, and have it shipped, as long as it was purchased legally or homegrown.

                Which communities are you actively expanding in or which provinces and cities can we expect to see users pop up?

                We first launched out of Toronto, Ontario but with our social media reach and help from the cannabis community, we are pushing to get the name out to all provinces. The more the community spreads the word about Grow and Share, the better it will be for all of us cannabis enthusiasts.

                Can we expect to see you at any events in the future?

                Our plan is to attend: 

                • KIND Winter Fair
                • Where: Toronto 
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                Weed In Canada – Weekly News Roundup (Sept 29, 2022)

                September 29, 2022 in Business, Growing, Sports, Today In Weed

                Front companies being used to launder illicit cannabis cash in Canada, financial intelligence agency says

                The Growth Op

                Dubbed Project Legion, the report is a public-private partnership initiative led by Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), supported by Canadian law enforcement agencies and FINTRAC. The project aims to “improve the detection of the laundering of proceeds from illicit cannabis.”

                “Through the dedicated efforts of Canada’s largest banks, in particular, and the financial transactions they report, FINTRAC is able to harness the power of financial intelligence to help identify and target the criminals and organized crime groups engaged in illicit cannabis activities and other financial crimes,” Sarah Paquet, director and chief executive officer of FINTRAC, said in a statement.

                The most frequently observed businesses used in money-laundering operations also included e-commerce businesses in the beauty and wellness industry, the food and beverage wholesale sectors and marketing, advertising and consulting businesses. Email money transfers (EMTs), cheques, bank drafts and cash deposits and withdrawals were the primary methods used to move funds derived from illicit cannabis activities, according to the report.

                Ontario made $520M from pot last year. So why do retailers say they’re struggling?


                Part of the provincial cannabis cash is coming from a mark-up of about 31 per cent that the provincial supplier, Ontario Cannabis Stores (OCS), is charging legal retailers.

                The province’s pursuit of cannabis profits is also making it tougher for legal retailers to stay in business, he said, because legal buyers are probably paying more than their neighbours who continue to get their supply from the black market.

                Sean Kady, who owns a pot dispensary west of downtown Toronto, agrees with Armstrong.

                “Our cheapest ounce is about $100 and you can get the same ounce about the same quality from these black markets for about 50 to $70,” said the owner of Cosmic Charlies at the corner of Queen Street West and Niagara Street.

                Canada’s July Cannabis Sales Numbers Are Out & They’re Juicy


                The province of Manitoba experienced the biggest monthly increase by percentage, jumping 20% to CA$17.1 million in retail sales.

                On a dollars basis, the biggest monthly increase was in Ontario, where sales rose CA$6.8 million to CA$159.5 million in July.

                Quebec’s cannabis sales grew a disappointing 1% month-over-month to about CA$50 million.

                So far this year, roughly CA$2.55 billion worth of recreational cannabis has been sold.

                In the remaining provinces, July sales totals and month-over-month sales were:

                • Alberta: CA$69.1 million (+3%).
                • British Columbia: CA$57.3 million (+6%).
                • Manitoba: CA$17.1 million (+20%).
                • Nova Scotia: CA$9.1 million (+4.3%).
                • New Brunswick: CA$7.2 million (+6.2%).
                • Newfoundland and Labrador: CA$5.7 million (+10%).
                • Saskatchewan: CA$15.8 million (+1.5%).
                • Prince Edward Island: CA$2.1 million (+14%).

                By city, Toronto continued to lead the country with CA$54.1 million in sales, up 5% over June.

                Montreal was the only city in Canada where sales fell in July: Sales in Quebec’s largest city dropped under 1% to CA$26.8 million.

                July cannabis retail sales in selected Canadian cities and monthly sales changes were:

                • Edmonton, Alberta: CA$22.8 million (+4.4%).
                • Vancouver, British Columbia: CA$18.7 million (Flat).
                • Calgary, Alberta: CA$19.5 million (+6.6%).
                • Ottawa, Ontario: CA$14.5 million (+4.7%).
                • Winnipeg, Manitoba: CA$9.7 million (+18.6%).
                • Quebec City: CA$4.7 million (+2.9%).
                • Gatineau, Quebec: CA$1.7 million (+4.1%).

                The number of pot stores in Alberta reaches a potentially unsustainable high


                An analysis of the Canadian retail cannabis market, done earlier this year by data firm Cannabis Benchmarks, concluded that Alberta has too many retail outlets based on comparable data from Colorado and Oregon, two U.S. states that legalized the sale of cannabis in 2012 and 2016 respectively.

                Het Shah, who compiled the data, says Colorado has one recreational retailer for every 9,600 residents, while in Oregon there is one store for every 6,150 people.

                Alberta has roughly one retail outlet for every 5,911 people. By comparison, the national number is pegged at one store for every 12,184, according to Shah’s research. He says there is room for expansion across the country, just not in Alberta.

                “On average, we found that Alberta had roughly 27 per cent more stores than required to serve the population,” he said.

                Cannabis Weekly Round-Up: Aurora’s Quarterly Losses Pile Up

                Investing News

                Canada’s Aurora Cannabis reported a net loss of C$618.8 million in its latest quarterly report. Meanwhile, the Canadian government officially announced a review of the country’s cannabis program.

                Aurora blamed its higher net loss on non-cash impairment charges “triggered by changes in cannabis market conditions, and in the current capital market environment including higher rates of borrowing and lower foreign exchange rates.”

                Canada on track to spend $200M per year on medical cannabis for veterans

                Global News

                Ottawa is reimbursing a record number of veterans for medical marijuana, with new figures showing the federal government shelled out more than $150 million in the last fiscal year — more than double the amount just three years ago.

                And that is only the beginning as the figures from Veterans Affairs Canada reveal the government is on track to spend nearly $200 million this year as more and more former service members ask the government to pay for their cannabis.

                While experts and advocates are uncertain about the reasons for the surge, they agree about the need for more information on the real benefits and potential harms of medical marijuana for veterans — and taxpayers paying for it.

                High Tide to Acquire Jimmy’s Cannabis Shop, Adding Two Established Retail Cannabis Stores in British Columbia

                High Tide Inc

                Calgary, AB, September 29, 2022 / CNW / − High Tide Inc. (“High Tide” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: HITI) (TSXV: HITI) (FSE: 2LYA), a leading retail-focused cannabis company with bricks-and-mortar as well as global e-commerce assets, is pleased to announce that it is taking yet another step to expand its bricks-and-mortar retail cannabis operations, by entering into a definitive agreement (the “Acquisition Agreement”) pursuant to which High Tide will acquire 100% of the equity interest of 1171882 B.C. Ltd., operating as Jimmy’s Cannabis Shop BC (“Jimmy’s”), as well as assignments of the vendors’ shareholder loans, resulting in High Tide’s acquisition of two of the five retail cannabis stores currently operated by Jimmy’s in British Columbia (the “Stores”) for $5.3 Million (the “Transaction”). The Stores are located at 1225 Cranbrook Street North, Cranbrook and 1543 Victoria Street, Prince George. 

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                Canopy Growth Announces Divestiture of Canadian Retail Operations

                September 28, 2022 in Business, Today In Weed

                 Decision supports the Company’s strategic objectives including streamlining Canadian operations, achieving profitability, and advancing a premium brand-driven portfolio for consumers

                Smiths Falls, ON (September 27, 2022) – Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX: WEED) (NASDAQ: CGC) announced today that the Company has entered into agreements to divest its retail business across Canada which includes the stores operating under the Tweed and Tokyo Smoke retail banners. The announcement reinforces the Company’s focus on advancing its path to profitability as a premium brand-focused cannabis and consumer packaged goods (CPG) company.

                The Company has reached an agreement (the “OEGRC Transaction”) with OEG Retail Cannabis (“OEGRC”), an existing Canopy Growth licensee partner that currently owns and operates the Company’s franchised Tokyo Smoke stores in Ontario. As part of this agreement, OEGRC has agreed to acquire all of Canopy Growth’s corporate stores outside of Alberta as well as all Tokyo Smoke-related intellectual property. The Company has also reached an agreement (the “FOUR20 Transaction”) with 420 Investments Ltd. (“FOUR20”) pursuant to which FOUR20 has agreed to acquire the ownership of five retail locations in Alberta. Closing of the OEGRC Transaction and the FOUR20 Transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

                “We are taking the next critical step in advancing Canopy as a leading premium brand-focused CPG cannabis company while furthering the Company’s strategy of investing in product innovation and distribution to drive revenue growth in the Canadian recreational market,’’ said David Klein, CEO, Canopy Growth. “By realizing these agreements with organizations that possess proven cannabis retail expertise, we are providing continuity for consumers and team members. Through the best-in-class retail leadership that OEGRC and FOUR20 have demonstrated, they will continue to serve Canadian consumers with the high-quality in-store experiences that are essential for success in a new industry.’’

                Operational savings realized through these transactions are expected to result in Canopy’s projected selling, general, and administrative cost savings being closer to the high end of the annualized target range expected as part of the cost reduction actions announced on April 26, 2022.

                Overview of the OEGRC Transaction:

                • Upon completion of the OEGRC Transaction, OEGRC will acquire ownership of 23 Tokyo Smoke and Tweed store locations across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
                • As part of the OEGRC Transaction, the Tokyo Smoke brand will be transferred to OEGRC and any purchased stores currently branded as Tweed will be rebranded.
                • The master franchise agreement between the Company and OEGRC pursuant to which OEGRC licenses the Tokyo Smoke brand in Ontario will be terminated on the closing of the OEGRC Transaction.

                Overview of the FOUR20 Transaction:

                • FOUR20, a licensed cannabis retailer, will purchase five of the Company’s corporate stores in Alberta. Following the close of the FOUR20 Transaction, these stores will be rebranded under FOUR20’s retail banner.

                All in-store team members working in the locations being acquired will see their employment continue with OEGRC and FOUR20 pending completion of these transactions.

                In addition to the foregoing divestitures, the master license agreement between Canopy Growth and Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. with respect to the use of the Tweed brand for brick-and-mortar retail stores operating in Ontario has also been terminated.

                Canopy Growth will continue to own and operate the Tweed brand, including a vast portfolio of mainstream flower, pre-rolled, and ready-to-enjoy options, as the Company looks towards providing Canadians with new ways to engage with one of the industry’s highest impact brands.

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                Canopy Growth (TSX:WEED, NASDAQ:CGC) is a world-leading diversified cannabis and cannabinoid-based consumer product company, driven by a passion to improve lives, end prohibition, and strengthen communities by unleashing the full potential of cannabis. Leveraging consumer insights and innovation, we offer product varieties in high-quality dried flower, oil, softgel capsule, infused beverage, edible, and topical formats, as well as vaporizer devices by Canopy Growth and industry-leader Storz & Bickel. Our global medical brand, Spectrum Therapeutics, sells a range of full-spectrum products using its colour-coded classification system and is a market leader in both Canada and Germany. Canopy Growth has entered into the health and wellness consumer space in key markets including Canada, the United States, and Europe through BioSteel sports nutrition, and This Works skin and sleep solutions; and has introduced additional hemp-derived CBD products to the United States through our First & Free and Martha Stewart CBD brands. Canopy Growth has an established partnership with Fortune 500 alcohol leader Constellation Brands. For more information, visit

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                This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements or information involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company or its subsidiaries to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements or information contained in this news release. Examples of such statements and uncertainties include statements with respect to the closing of the OEGRC Transaction; the closing of the FOUR20 Transaction; the anticipated benefits and cost savings resulting from the OEGRC Transaction and the FOUR20 Transaction; and expectations for other economic, business, and/or competitive factors.

                Risks, uncertainties and other factors involved with forward-looking information could cause actual events, results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including inherent uncertainty associated with projections; the diversion of management time on issues related to the OEGRC Transaction and the FOUR20  Transaction; expectations regarding future investment, growth and expansion of operations; regulatory and licensing risks; changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including changes in the financial and stock markets and the impacts of increased rates of inflation; legal and regulatory risks inherent in the cannabis industry, including the global regulatory landscape and enforcement related to cannabis, political risks and risks relating to regulatory change; risks relating to anti-money laundering laws; compliance with extensive government regulation and the interpretation of various laws regulations and policies; public opinion and perception of the cannabis industry; and such other risks contained in the public filings of the Company filed with Canadian securities regulators and available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at and with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission through EDGAR at, including the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2022.

                In respect of the forward-looking statements and information, the Company has provided such statements and information in reliance on certain assumptions that they believe are reasonable at this time. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking information or forward-looking statements in this news release are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Should one or more of the foregoing risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking information prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Although the Company has attempted to identify important risks, uncertainties and factors which could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be others that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date of this news release and the Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update such forward-looking information or forward-looking information to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise unless required by applicable securities laws.

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                Weed In Canada – Weekly News Roundup (Sept 22, 2022)

                September 23, 2022 in Business, Growing, Sports, Today In Weed

                Stats Canada Released a Report About Home Cannabis Cultivation In Canada


                Those most likely to do so are male, 35-55 years of age, and living in Atlantic Canada, followed by British Columbia and Ontario. Reported home cultivation was the least common in the Prairies. Home cultivation is not allowed in Manitoba and Quebec. Both provinces are facing court challenges to this prohibition.

                Although men were more likely to cultivate cannabis at home, the number of women who reported doing so increased since legalization. The number of Canadian men over the age of 55 who reported growing their own cannabis at home actually declined since legalization. 

                Home cultivators are more likely to consume cannabis for medical (or a combination of medical and non-medical) reasons on a daily or almost daily basis and report “smoking” as their primary consumption method. 

                Canadian Government to Review The Cannabis Act After 4 Years of Legalization


                OTTAWA, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Canada on Thursday launched a review of the country’s legalization of recreational cannabis use four years ago to evaluate its impact on youth, indigenous minorities and others, and analyze its effect on the economy and the illegal marijuana market.

                Canada’s health minister was required to conduct a review of the legislation, its administration, and operation three years after coming into force, so the review is coming a year later than had been planned.

                Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said it took longer than expected to begin the review because the government wanted to “make sure things were done right” and plan a review broader than what is mandated by law.

                Leafythings Launches Retailer Support Program to Help Struggling Ontario Cannabis Store Businesses


                TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2022 /CNW/ – Unfortunately due to the rise of cannabis store closures on the horizon in the Ontario cannabis marketplace, Leafythings has discovered the lack of an efficient orderly closure program existing for struggling retailers and is proposing a retailer support program.

                “We clearly saw a problem brewing,” said Jeffrey Neil, Leafything’s Director of Community Engagement. “I just knew we could find a solution to help all key stakeholders. Leafythings will begin its Retail Cannabis Store Support Program by buying all available inventory from stores who wish to wind down in a timely fashion. Store owners we have spoken to have literally cried and were so thankful that we could help them in this way.”

                Aurora Cannabis Announces Fiscal 2022 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results


                EDMONTON, AB, Sept. 20, 2022 /CNW/ – Aurora Cannabis Inc. (the “Company” or “Aurora”) (NASDAQ: ACB) (TSX: ACB), the Canadian company defining the future of cannabinoids worldwide, today announced its financial and operational results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2022.

                • Remains #1 Canadian LP in High Margin Global Medical Cannabis Revenues; International Medical Cannabis Net Revenue Increased 35.4% from Q4 2021 and 70.3% from Fiscal 2021
                • Reiterates Adjusted EBITDA Profitability Run Rate by December 31, 2022
                • Reaffirms $150 to $170 Million in Annualized Cost Savings by December 31, 2022
                • Strengthens Balance Sheet Through Accretive Debt Reduction Totaling $155.3 Million in Q4 2022
                • Completed Profitable Acquisition of Thrive Cannabis and Majority Investment in Bevo Farms

                Aurora Cannabis Dropped from Toronto Stock Index


                Edmonton, Alberta-based Aurora Cannabis has been deleted from the S&P/TSX Composite Index, according to the latest quarterly review announced by S&P Dow Jones Indices.

                The S&P/TSX Composite is the primary gauge for Canada-based, Toronto Stock Exchange-listed companies.

                Aurora’s stock was originally added to the index in 2018.

                A news release by S&P Dow Jones Indices – a division of S&P Global – doesn’t specify exactly why Aurora and three other companies were dropped from the benchmark index stemming from the routine review.

                Bevo Farms’ Parent Company Acquired By Aurora Cannabis for More Than $45 Million

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                Bevo Agtech, which owns and operates 63 acres of greenhouses on more than 160 acres of land across the Lower Mainland, has recently sold a controlling interest of their company to Aurora Cannabis.

                This Canadian cannabis company has operations in 25 countries around the world and has now grown their presence in Western Canada even further by purchasing 50.1 per cent of Bevo.

                Aurora bought Bevo for $45 million in cash, with an additional $12 million being paid to Bevo selling shareholders over the next three years as long as Bevo reaches certain financial milestones at their Site One centre in Langley.

                HEXO to Produce Mike Tyson’s New Cannabis Brand, TYSON 2.0, in Canada

                Global News Wire

                GATINEAU, Quebec, Aug. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HEXO Corp. (TSX: HEXO; NASDAQ: HEXO) (“HEXO” or the “Company“), a leading producer of high-quality cannabis products, is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into an exclusive partnership with TYSON 2.0,  entrepreneur and cannabis advocate Mike Tyson’s recently formed cannabis company.

                Under the agreement, HEXO will produce TYSON 2.0’s products in Canada, including TYSON 2.0’s full range of flower, pre-rolls, edibles and vapes. The HEXO-produced lines will launch across Canada in fall 2022.

                “We’re delighted that HEXO has been chosen as the exclusive Canadian producer for TYSON 2.0 brands,” said Charlie Bowman, CEO of HEXO Corp. “Our boutique cultivation capabilities and product offerings enable HEXO to elevate the consumer’s cannabis experience. With their broad product range from flower to straight edge pre-rolls to edibles, the TYSON 2.0 brand fits perfectly into HEXO’s market leading portfolio.”

                Elias Theodorou, Canadian UFC fighter and Cannabis Advocate Passes Away at 34

                Global News

                Elias Theodorou, a Canadian mixed martial artist who campaigned successfully for the right to use medical marijuana as an athlete, has died. He was 34.

                Theodorou campaigned for years to use medical marijuana in the sport, eventually securing a therapeutic use exemption for the marijuana he had been prescribed for bilateral neuropathic pain in his hands, wrists and elbows.

                Theodorou, who said cannabis allowed him “to even the playing field and fight at a baseline level,” got the exemption in February 2020 from the B.C. Athletic Commission.

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                NFL Legend Ricky Williams Cannabis Lifestyle Brand Opens ‘Highsman House,’ a First-of-its-kind Metaverse Experience in the Sports & Cannabis Space

                September 20, 2022 in Business, Today In Weed


                Highsman, the cannabis lifestyle brand founded by Ricky Williams, announces its entry into the metaverse with the opening of Highsman House, the first true virtual reality sports and cannabis experience powered by AltspaceVR. Accessible through Oculus or computer, users can join Ricky and the Highsman community for interactive games and live stream sporting events. Highsman House will open its doors with a special Monday NIght Football viewing party and hangout on Monday, September 26th from 5pm-8pm PST.

                “We’re building a community with Highsman House, so please bring your authentic self, energy, positive vibes, and idealism,” says Ricky Williams, President and Founder of Highsman. “Through the Metaverse, we continue driving societal evolution forward while having fun and making new friends.”

                Designed in partnership with Rocket City, Highmsan House launches with a series of free ‘pop-up’ events that aim to bring people together through games of cornhole, football, and smoke sessions among other activities. Guests will receive advanced previews of special drops, news and events. Highsman House features a full-size football stadium, swimming pool, and Highsman dispensary and merch shop, where users can express their passion for the plant through smoking virtual blunts and trying on the latest brand apparel. Staying true to its mission, Highsman will also host conversations about how cannabis continues to unlock one’s greatness.

                To enjoy the event via desktop please simply go to, create a username and password, and use in-world code SCB928; if joining via Oculus, download altspace VR, create a username and password, then type in world code SCB928 or check out Highsman’s Discord page for more information.


                About Highsman
                Highsman is the cannabis lifestyle brand created by Ricky Williams, entrepreneur, thought leader and one of the most electric NFL running backs of the century, to empower professional and everyday athletes and sports enthusiasts alike. Highsman offers premium quality cannabis and a collection of apparel and accessories designed to complement an active lifestyle on and off the field. For more information please visit: ; Instagram: @highsman ; Twitter: @highsman_

                Cannabis Shortages Coming to British Columbia as Only Legal Distribution Warehouse Strikes

                August 22, 2022 in Today In Weed

                The British Columbia General Employees’ Union (BCGEU) is entering their 2nd week of Job Action as the organization that represents over 33,000 workers across the province of British Columbia.

                With a strike beginning early last week, many workers are classified as “essential” and don’t have an option to walk off the job. But they are being called upon to refuse overtime hours to convey the message of understaffing, high turnover and excessive workloads relying on voluntary overtime hours to complete the jobs in positions lacking staff.

                How does this play into Western Canadian cannabis? Well in British Columbia, the BCGEU represents the only legal facility that plays an intermediary between producers and dispensaries, distributing wholesale from cultivars to retail shelves across the province of British Columbia.

                According to the High Times, regulators are in talks to simplify the process allowing producers to sell directly to dispensaries; however until this is settled, the province of British Columbia is likely to see inventory levels dwindle and storefronts to close shop until products are available to order.

                Marigold Cannabis in Vancouver reports they have a window of 2 weeks for the strike to settle. “If it lasts more than two weeks, then we are probably looking at closing down the store because there is nothing to sell,” reported Jacob Michalow, Assistant Manager.

                In response to the pending closures and cannabis shortages within the province, cannabis delivery sites and mail order services across Western Canada are offering massive deals to recapture some of the market that is currently fumbling an opportunity to build loyal customers.

                We spoke to the marketing team at one Calgary Weed Delivery service – Supherbs. “We’re extending our free delivery across the province of British Columbia throughout the duration of the BCGEU strike. While we like to think a lot of cannabis consumption is for enjoyment, there’s a large number of patients in the province that use cannabis for it’s medical properties and a quick, safe and cost effective avenue to get medicine is important to our team. We want to set an example for reliability where others are dropping the ball so to speak”.