Cannabis may be a gateway to an opiate solution

Every other time you pick up the paper, it seems, you read the grim statistics of the opioid epidemic. The latest was research that showed 1.5 percent of all American deaths in 2016 were caused by opioids, which was worse … Continued

Green goes silver

Seniors are discovering — or rediscovering in many cases — the benefits of cannabis usage. Crystal Plotner, general manager and co-owner of local dispensary Pharm to Table, is experiencing the senior boom firsthand. She has crunched the numbers at Pharm … Continued

Can cannabis be used to heal the planet

The planet is in big trouble from greenhouse gases that warm and change the climate. Ashland resident Paul J. von Hartmann proposes a cure you might not expect. It’s cannabis. Von Hartmann has been a “cannabis scholar” and speaker for … Continued

Cannabis testing: Labs critical for cannabis R&D

Cannabis labs have been busier than ever as new marijuana-related products go through significant research, development and testing before they hit the market. “It’s a similar system to pharmaceutical labs,” said Anthony Smith, chief science officer for Evio Labs, based … Continued

Cannabis growers turn to hemp as market for CBD explodes

  A glut of legal weed is driving Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to buzz-free hemp to make ends meet. “Word on the street is everybody thinks hemp’s the new gold rush,” … Continued

A look inside a cannabis testing lab

When you get high, you don’t want to get poisoned. And the only way to make sure you’re not sucking up any toxic pesticides or solvents is to have cannabis tested. MW Labs, at 724 S. Central Ave., Medford, is … Continued

‘Entourage effect’ doesn’t refer to the HBO show

The term “entourage effect” has been bandied about in medical marijuana circles in recent years, referring to the interaction of all the many compounds in cannabis. Many people use cannabis for its medical benefits, but they don’t want any mood … Continued

Sun Breeze combines herbs with cannabis in myriad products

What started out as a farm selling its own herbal teas at growers markets has turned into a major seed-to-sale cannabis company with several entities under its umbrella. Sun Breeze Inc. sells herbal tea products in Oregon, Washington and California. … Continued

Getting small Micro-dosing gains in popularity

As the cannabis market matures here in Oregon, consumer trends continue to evolve. Stereotypes and the traditional caricature of cannabis enthusiasts are changing — as well as their chosen consumption style.   “There are a very wide range of cannabis … Continued

Weed gets weed

The town of Weed, California, has been in on the joke for years. After all, the motto of this city of 6,000 is: “Weed like to welcome you.” Tourists might think this is a pot-friendly area when they see T-shirts … Continued