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COVID-19 Update

As you are probably already aware, the COVID-19 Coronavirus strain is making its way around the world. We want to inform you of the steps we’re taking at Lotus Toronto to maintain a healthy and safe environment.

What We’re Doing:

  • Increasing how often the warehouse area and dispatch center are being cleaned. This includes wiping down all surfaces, door handles, computers, etc.with an effective cleaner.
  • Ensuring that all product, parcels & packaging are handled with the least amount of contact possible
  • Stocking up on disinfecting products and making them readily available to our staff and couriers
  • Staff have been instructed to ensure all protective gear (mask, gloves, etc) is worn during the packaging of all product and orders
  • Monitoring the situation and adjusting protocol as recommended.

What You Can Do:

  • If you are feeling at all unwell, or you have travelled outside of Canada, we respectfully ask you to request a contactless delivery & our couriers will leave your parcels in a safe place for your retreival.
  • Limit cash on delivery transactions to prevent spreading the virus
  • Do not share your joint/bong/vape etc – not sharing IS caring
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • As much as possible, avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • If you find yourself sneezing or coughing, please do it into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Eat healthy, sleep well and exercise.
  • Stay Calm & Smoke Weed

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‘The legal stuff is garbage’: why Canada’s cannabis black market keeps thriving

North America’s biggest companies have seen their market values lose billions, prompting comparisons to dotcom bust

Cannabis may be legal in Vancouver but visitors looking to score are likely to run into a seemingly counterintuitive suggestion: try the black market.

Recreational marijuana was legalised across Canada in October 2018. And yet on Reddit, the specialist forum website used by millions every day, many of Vancouver’s cannabis connoisseurs still swear by their underground supply.

This is one of the major issues facing North America’s marijuana companies, which experts say are in the midst of a dotcom-style market crash.

Canada and 11 US states have legalised recreational use of the drug, and a little over a year ago companies that cultivate and sell cannabis were seen by investors as one of the hottest tickets in town. Now billions of dollars have been wiped off the market values of the industry’s largest companies.

The North American Marijuana Index, which tracks listed firms in the sector, has plummeted about 80% in the last year and is at its lowest value since 2016, before much legalisation had taken place.

The market capitalisation of Canopy Growth, the biggest firm in the sector by value, has fallen from $24bn in April last year to just over $6bn now, according to figures from the financial data firm Y Charts.

Around $2bn of that loss has come in the last week. Coronavirus fears, which have dragged down stocks across the globe, have not helped. But a large part of Canopy’s latest share price drop came after the firm was forced to admit that it was struggling in Canada.

The company announced last Wednesday that it would be closing two cultivation greenhouses in British Columbia – the western Canadian province where Vancouver is found – leading to 500 job losses. Canopy, which will be focusing on more cost-effective outdoor cultivation, also cancelled plans for a third greenhouse in Ontario.

Bosses blamed the cutbacks on Canada’s recreational market, which they said had “developed slower than anticipated”.

The consensus on Vancouver’s cannabis-focused Reddit feeds is that the legal market is struggling to attract buyers because its product is more expensive but lower in quality than the black market alternative.

“The government’s pot is too expensive. The government doesn’t show you a picture of what you’re buying before you buy it, so you cannot be informed as a consumer. The government weed has been full of bugs, mouldy or too dry in some cases, and often takes too long to get there,” one user said.

“The legal stuff is garbage,” said another Reddit user. A third said: “Friends don’t let friends smoke government weed.”

The sentiment is not confined to the realms of Reddit. Canadian government survey results released last month found that 40% of the country’s marijuana consumers admit to having obtained the drug illegally since legalisation.

Omar Yar Khan, national cannabis sector lead at the consultancy firm Hill & Knowlton, says legal sales have fallen short of expectations for a number of reasons. Legal prices – driven up by taxes – have been a factor in helping keep the black market “as rampant as ever”, he says.

But Khan, who advises several cannabis companies on public affairs, also believes firms have suffered in Canada at the hands of regulations that restrict their ability to develop brands.

There are strict rules around advertising for cannabis companies. Khan said: “It’s very hard to draw loyal consumers away from the illicit market to a legal market when there is very little brand identity amongst the consumer groups.”

Companies have also been held back in their efforts to open stores, often by local authorities that are against cannabis being sold in their areas.

“There just aren’t enough legal licensed points of sale across the country,” Khan said. “I think in Ontario now we’re up to about 30. But there are over a thousand beverage alcohol points of sale. So if it’s not convenient for consumers to access the product through the legal system, why would they ever leave the legacy illicit market?”

Anthony Dutton, a co-founder and former chief executive of Cannex – a US-focused marijuana firm that is listed in Canada and was recently renamed 4Front following a takeover – believes share prices in the sector have been driven down by certain firms overpromising to investors. He believes some of these companies are likely to collapse or be taken over by stronger rivals in the future.

Dutton, who remains a shareholder in 4Front and still advises the firm, likens the current woes of listed cannabis companies to the dotcom crash of the early 2000s.

“The market got ahead of itself, started to drink its own Kool-Aid, and it was a classic example of any bubble,” he said. “So what we’re seeing now, thankfully, is a lot of the companies that probably should never have been financed – and probably should never have gone public in the first place – are slowly withering on the vine and they’ll just disappear.

“Now there will be a consolidation around half a dozen strong operating companies, including 4Front, and those will be the companies that will take it into the next cycle.”

He added: “It’s just like in the dotcom boom. Oracle, Microsoft and other big companies were all around then, and they were profitable. And when the little companies began to fail, Microsoft and Oracle and the others picked up the ones they wanted, and the others they just let die.”

Kevin Sabet, the head of Smart Approaches to Marijuana – a campaign group that opposes lifting laws on the drug – says the legalisation of cannabis has been a “boon” to the black market in many areas because it means consumers are less concerned about trying the product.

Sabet, who has advised White House administrations on drug policy, also believes cannabis companies have misled their investors and politicians about the societal and financial benefits of legalisation.

“The cannabis business has been oversold to investors as a sure thing to get a great return,” he said. “I think there was a big hype over cannabis that has ended up being a reputation it could never live up to.”

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Craft vs. Commercial Cannabis

Smaller craft cannabis growers could be better positioned to offer higher-quality cannabis products than larger-scale operations.

Much has been made of the benefits of large-scale operations by major cannabis producers. The largest players in today’s cannabis industry love to talk about their massive facilities and their capacity for supplying national markets from coast to coast. In a quickly evolving legal cannabis industry, however, the future could hold a place for a very different (and much smaller) kind of cannabis producer. As the industry matures and cannabis consumers realize they are spoiled for choice, those with discerning tastes are expected to seek out quality wherever they can find it. Due to the logistical challenges facing large-scale cannabis operations, these consumers could look to smaller craft cannabis producers.

What is craft cannabis?

Craft cannabis can be defined as small-batch cannabis that is grown by smaller producers that use highly optimized growing techniques that are difficult to replicate at scale. Consumers expect a higher quality from craft cannabis products, as smaller operations enable optimal growing conditions, which in turn results in a superior product.

Craft cannabis follows the craft brew model

Major cannabis companies like Aurora Cannabis (TSX:ACB,NYSE:ACB) and Canopy Growth (TSX:WEED,NYSE:CGC) have already emerged as titans in the legal cannabis industry, but the North American cannabis market remains in its early stages. Craft cannabis producers are expected to challenge major players in the North American cannabis market in the same way craft beer producers have begun to eat away at market share from majors like Heineken (OTCQX:HEINY) and Molson Coors (NYSE:TAP). While the overall beer market shrunk slightly in 2018, the craft segment of the market grew by nearly 4 percent.

The factors that make craft beer appealing to a significant subset of beer drinkers run parallel to the factors that will give craft cannabis producers their place in the market. Both craft beer and cannabis products are seen as unique, offering quality products that are not available through major brands. Most importantly, craft cannabis producers are capable of delivering a consistent, quality product their major competitors cannot achieve through large-scale cultivation methods.

Micro-production licenses

The expense and logistics associated with cannabis production often include prohibitively expensive licensing, making craft production difficult in some markets. To address this, a growing number of jurisdictions have set up separate licensing categories for micro production. These licenses cost less while limiting the amount of grow space permitted. Some states like Oregon and Massachusetts have gone so far as to lower the regulatory burdens and reduce license fees for small-scale commercial cannabis production to ensure smaller producers have equal access to the market. These small-scale licensing schemes mirror the regulatory reforms of the 1970s that allowed craft beer production to thrive among the industry giants.

Craft cannabis advantage

The idea that small growers produce a higher-quality product isn’t merely a matter of perception. While large growers generally focus on maximizing yield, craft producers working in smaller facilities tend to focus on quality within their defined grow space. Craft cannabis producers are able to control every parameter that can influence the growth of the plant, ensuring a consistent quality far superior to large-scale greenhouse operations.

Trimming buds by hand rather than using automated trimming machinery, for example, helps to preserve trichomes, but this method is impractical for mass growing operations. Ultimately, craft producers can use their size to their advantage by producing a better looking, tasting and smelling bud that will be more appealing to the consumer than the product offered by large-scale growers.

The major cannabis producers have thus far largely focused on scaling up, building massive grow spaces that allow them to produce cannabis at an incredible scale. This approach does, however, create challenges that often lead to compromises on quality. Large-scale grow spaces are at greater risk from insects and other pests, occasionally leading to a reliance on pesticides or product irradiation to control fungus. Small growers, on the other hand, are able to take more active measures, such as the use of organic pesticides, which are effective but labor intensive.

An evolving cannabis market

Today we’re witnessing the very early stages of the legal recreational cannabis market. As more jurisdictions open up new markets, companies are rushing to produce as much cannabis as possible. While this has been an effective strategy for a new industry, developing consumer preferences could change market dynamics. As new products hit the market and establish consumer preferences, it’s likely that the market could see a sizable contingent of cannabis buyers who are willing to pay a few more dollars per gram for a high-end experience. In general, large-scale cannabis producers are expected to compete below $1 per gram, while craft producers should be able to sell their product for well above $1 per gram. As we’ve seen in the beer and wine markets in recent years, local craft cannabis could rise in market share.

In the Canadian market, we have already seen a few examples of smaller craft growers making a name for themselves. Craft cannabis companies like Broken Coast Cannabis, Supreme Cannabis Company (TSX:FIRE) and Tantalus Labs have all become some of the most talked about brands in the industry while producing small batches, selling at comparatively high price points due to the tangible differences in quality.

Cannex Capital Holdings (CSE:CNNX,OTCQX:CNXXF) is building a vertically integrated network of locally focused boutique brands, providing craft producers under the company’s umbrella with strong operations and experienced management while retaining craft growing methods and brands. The company has firmly established this model in its native Washington State with popular local brands like Northwest Cannabis Solutions. Cannex is now in the process of expanding into the emerging legal cannabis states of Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. From the company’s point of view, localized boutique branding of small-scale craft cannabis production could be the difference maker for successful cannabis brands.

Takeaway

Craft cannabis producers are uniquely equipped to provide the extra attention to detail in their growing practices, creating a premium bud that looks, tastes and smells better while carrying greater potency than the competition. As major cannabis producers race to battle over scale, craft cannabis producers have a unique opportunity to establish brand loyalty in discerning customers.

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Weed Edibles. To smoke or not to smoke?

To eat or to smoke? What’s the difference between eating & smoking weed anyway?

 

To smoke, or not to smoke? That is the question!

Not long ago, if someone wanted to get high from marijuana, he or she would traditionally smoke it—usually in a joint, pipe, or bong.

Nowadays, due to the proliferation of weed edibles, people no longer have to smoke pot but can instead nibble on a piece of cake, candy, or even a spoonful of hummus.

If you are wondering if there is any difference between smoking weed and eating edibles—for instance, in relation to an edible high versus a bong high—consider the following:

Which One Is Stronger, Smoking or Eating Edibles?

In the edibles versus smoking debate, most people have one key question: Which one will get you higher? Edibles certainly seem to be stronger than smoking pot, in terms of how your body feels and how they are processed. To get technical for a minute, when you eat something with marijuana in it, half of the THC will be converted into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is a more powerful version of THC. So if you are wondering if you can get high from eating weed, the answer is a definite “Yes.”

How Long Do Edibles Last?

In general, when you smoke pot, the effects will be felt fairly quickly and the high will be over and done with much faster than with edibles. Because of the way edibles are metabolized in the body, the effect may take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to be felt, and then you will feel high for several hours. Of course, your results may vary based on what types of edibles you are eating, but most people report a much stronger effect from eating weed.

Because the effects of edibles can take so long to kick in, you might be tempted to think, “This candy isn’t doing anything for me” and consume more. However, it is crucial to refrain from consuming extra pieces until you feel the effects of your first dose. Accidentally consuming too much can lead to a very overwhelming high that is incredibly unpleasant. It would be wise to exercise both caution and patience when eating edibles.

Are Edibles Healthier Than Smoking Weed?

Even if you like the faster and shorter-lasting high that usually comes with smoking pot, you can’t argue with the fact that smoking anything is bad for your health. Granted, you can now choose an alternative like vaping that may be a bit healthier, but you are still introducing something other than fresh air into your lungs.

If you are concerned about the health effects smoking can have on your body, edibles are probably the safer option. Also, for health-conscious people who are trying to cut back on sugar, you don’t have to rely on the stereotypical pot brownie or cookie to get high.

These days, it is quite possible to transform a number of tasty and low-carb healthy dishes into an edible—everything from the aforementioned hummus to quinoa salad or cannabis butter that is melted and poured over popcorn. As a side note, for those who wish to enjoy their cannabis without their roommates or family members knowing, edibles are probably the best option.

Buy your edibles with us today at www.shoplotus.ca! We offer a wide array of edibles and have new product in stock! Don’t forget, we offer same day delivery in the GTA and 1-2 day delivery all across Canada on all of our weed products.

We are Toronto’s #1 reliable, same-day source for cannabis & edibles. In fact, here is a direct link to our edibles section.

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20 Health Benefits of Cannabis that Everybody Should Know

Cannabis can be found in various forms, and the health benefits of cannabis is ever growing.

In this great article, Tara Leo explains the reported benefits of Cannabis. Cannabis contains CBD which is a chemical that impacts the brain, making it function better without giving it a high along with THC which has pain relieving properties. Both substances can be extracted and enhanced for use through short path distillation. Users can get the following health benefits of cannabis (before the use of any health supplement, consult with your local medical practitioner):

Relief of chronic pain

There are hundreds of chemical compounds in cannabis, many of which are cannabinoids. Cannabinoids have been linked to providing relief of chronic pain due to their chemical makeup. Which is why cannabis’ by-product such as medical cannabis is commonly used for chronic pain relief.

Improves lung capacity

Unlike smoking cigarettes, when smoking cannabis in the form of cannabis your lungs aren’t harmed. In fact, a study found that cannabis actually helps increase the capacity of the lungs rather than cause any harm to it.

Help lose weight

If you look around, you will notice that the avid cannabis user is usually not overweight. That is because cannabis is linked to aiding your body in regulating insulin while managing caloric intake efficiently.

Regulate and prevent diabetes

With its impact on insulin, it only makes sense that cannabis can help regulate and prevent diabetes. Research conducted by the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) has linked cannabis to stabilise blood sugars, lower blood pressure, and improve blood circulation.

Fight cancer

One of the biggest medical benefits of cannabis is its link to fighting cancer. There is a good amount of evidence that shows cannabinoids can help fight cancer or at least certain types of it.

Helps treat depression

Depression is fairly widespread without most people even knowing they have it. The endocannabinoid compounds in cannabis can help in stabilising moods which can ease depression.

Shows promise in autism treatment

Cannabis is known to calm users down and control their mood. It can help children with autism that experience frequent violent mood swings control it.

Regulate seizures

Research conducted on CBD has shown that it can help control seizures. There are ongoing studies to determine the effect cannabis has on individuals with epilepsy.

Mend bones

Cannabidiol has been linked to helping heal broken bones, quickening the process. According to Bone Research Laboratory in Tel Aviv, it also helps strengthen the bone in the process of healing. This makes it tougher for the bone to break in the future.

Helps with ADHD/ADD

Individuals with ADHD and ADD have trouble focusing on tasks at hand. They tend to have problems with cognitive performance and concentration. Cannabis has shown promise in promoting focus and helping individuals with ADHD/ADD. It is also considered a safer alternative to Adderall and Ritalin.

Treatment for glaucoma

Glaucoma leads to additional pressure on the eyeball which is painful for individuals with the disorder. Cannabis can help reduce the pressure applied on the eyeball providing some temporary relief to individuals with glaucoma.

Alleviate anxiety

While Cannabis is commonly known to cause anxiety, there is a way around that. Taken in monitored dosage and in the proper way, cannabis can help alleviate anxiety and calm users down.

Slow development of Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is one of many that is caused by cognitive degeneration. As we age, cognitive degeneration is almost unavoidable. Cannabis’s endocannabinoid contains anti-inflammatories that fight the brain inflammation that leads to Alzheimer’s disease.

Deal with pain linked to arthritis

Cannabis is now commonly found as creams and balms which are used by individuals that have arthritis. Both THC and CBD help sufferers deal with the pain.

Helps with PTSD symptoms

PTSD doesn’t just affect veterans but any individual that goes through a trauma. As cannabis is legalised the impact it has on helping treat individuals with PTSD is being studied. Cannabis helps control the fight or flight response, preventing it from going into overdrive.

Helps provide relief to individuals with multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis can be painful, and cannabis is known to provide relief for it. Multiple sclerosis leads to painful muscle contractions and cannabis can help reduce that pain.

Reduces side effects linked to hepatitis C and increase the effectiveness of treatment

The treatment for hepatitis C has numerous side effects that include nausea, fatigue, depression, and muscle aches. These can last for months for some hepatitis C sufferers. Cannabis can help reduce the side effects caused by the treatment while making it more effective at the same time.

Treats inflammatory bowel diseases

Individuals with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis can find some relief with the use of cannabis. THC and cannabidiol are known to help enhance immune response while also interact with cells that play a vital role in the functioning of the gut. Cannabis helps block off bacteria and other compounds that cause inflammation in the intestines.

Helps with tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease

For those that have Parkinson’s disease cannabis can help reduce tremors and pain while also helping promote sleep. It has also shown to improve motor skills in patients.

Helps with alcoholism

Another one of the many health benefits of cannabis is that there is no doubt cannabis is much safer than alcohol. While it may not be 100% risk-free, it can be a smarter way to curb alcoholism by substituting it with cannabis.

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CBD Oil Canada

Potential Health Benefits of CBD Oil – Uses, Benefits & How to’s

CDB Oil & Reported Health Benefits

First off, we receive many questions about CBD oil and how it can potentially help soothe a variety of ailments. As a responsible, and ethically driven business, we must first state that before consuming any new products, you consult with your health practitioner.

Many people use CDB oil for a variety of illness & ailments, and though we cannot speak to the truth of these claims, we’d like to shed some light on the varied uses & purported benefits.

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a product that’s derived from cannabis. It’s a type of cannabinoid, which are the chemicals naturally found in marijuana plants. Even though it comes from marijuana plants, CBD doesn’t create a “high” effect or any form of intoxication — that’s caused by another cannabinoid, known as THC.

There’s some controversy around cannabis products like CBD oil because of recreational marijuana use. But there’s growing awareness about the possible health benefits of CBD oil. Here’s what you need to know about six potential medical uses of CBD and where the research stands:

1. Anxiety relief

CBD may be able to help you manage anxiety. Researchers thinkTrusted Source it may change the way your brain’s receptors respond to serotonin, a chemical linked to mental health. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical messages and help your cells respond to different stimuli.

One studyTrusted Source found that a 600mg dose of CBD helped people with social anxiety give a speech. Other early studies done with animals have shown that CBD may help relieve anxiety by:

  • reducing stress
  • decreasing physiological effects of anxiety, such as an increased heart rate
  • improving symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • inducing sleep in cases of insomnia

2. Anti-seizure

CBD has been in the news before, as a possible treatment for epilepsy. Research is still in its early days. Researchers are testing how much CBD is able to reduce the number of seizures in people with epilepsy, as well as how safe it is. The American Epilepsy Society states that cannabidiol research offers hope for seizure disorders, and that research is currently being conducted to better understand safe use.

studyTrusted Source from 2016 worked with 214 people with epilepsy. The study participants added oral doses of 2 to 5mg of CBD per day to their existing anti-epilepsy medications. The study’s researchers monitored the participants for 12 weeks, recording any negative side effects and checking on the frequency of their seizures. Overall, participants had 36.5 percent fewer seizures per month. However, severe adverse effects were recorded in 12 percent of the participants.

3. Neuroprotective

Researchers are looking at a receptor located in the brain to learn about the ways that CBD could help people with neurodegenerative disorders, which are diseases that cause the brain and nerves to deteriorate over time. This receptor is known as CB1.

Researchers are studying the use of CBD oil for treating:

CBD oil may also reduce the inflammation that can make neurodegenerative symptoms worse. More research is needed to fully understand the effects of CBD oil for neurodegenerative diseases.

4. Pain relief

The effects of CBD oil on your brain’s receptors may also help you manage pain. Studies have shown that cannabis can offer some benefits when taken after chemotherapy treatments. Other pre-clinical studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health are also looking at the role of cannabis in relieving symptoms caused by:

Nabiximols (Sativex), a multiple sclerosis drug made from a combination of TCH and CBD, is approved in the United Kingdom and Canada to treat MS pain. However, researchers think the CBD in the drug may be contributing more with its anti-inflammatory properties than by acting against the pain. Clinical trials of CBD are necessary to determine whether or not it should be used for pain management.

5. Anti-acne

The effects of CBD on receptors in the immune system may help reduce overall inflammation in the body. In turn, CBD oil may offer benefits for acne management. A human study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigationfound that the oil prevented activity in sebaceous glands. These glands are responsible for producing sebum, a natural oily substance that hydrates the skin. Too much sebum, however, can lead to acne.

Before you consider CBD oil for acne treatment, it’s worth discussing with your dermatologist. More human studies are needed to evaluate the potential benefits of CBD for acne.

5. Cancer treatment

Some studies have investigated the role of CBD in preventing cancer cell growth, but research is still in its early stages. The National Cancer InstituteTrusted Source (NCI) says that CBD may help alleviate cancer symptoms and cancer treatment side effects. However, the NCI doesn’t fully endorse any form of cannabis as a cancer treatment. The action of CBD that’s promising for cancer treatment is its ability to moderate inflammation and change how cell reproduce. CBD has the effect of reducing the ability of some types of tumor cells to reproduce.

How to use CBD oil

CBD is extracted from marijuana plants as either an oil or powder. These can be mixed into creams or gels. They can be put into capsules and taken orally, or rubbed on your skin. The multiple sclerosis drug nabiximols is sprayed as a liquid into your mouth. How CBD should be used depends largely on what it’s being used for. Talk to your doctor before using CBD oil. It hasn’t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for any medical uses, and it can have side effects.

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