In 2017, voters from California approved of Proposition 64. The proposition legalized cannabis consumption for adult use. Now, things have changed in the illegal cannabis market. The legal cannabis market has not yet emerged as the top market seller for cannabis due to some issues. It is because around 70 percent of California’s city and county administration still does not allow the sale of cannabis under their laws.
Higher taxation is an economic trick
Economics also play a crucial role in defining the momentum of the industry in California. The cannabis taxation is above average, and this is declining the growth of the legal cannabis market in the state.
With ongoing taxation rates, entrepreneurs, business persons, and the general public are under pressure to turn to the black market. This is especially a serious case for patients who heavily rely on cannabis for their treatments. Taxes are high to degrade the consumers from getting cannabis.
Whenever taxes on a certain item are high, people tend to purchase that item less often. This, in return also hinders the growth of the market. There are a lower employment rate and even lesser profits. This factor applies to the otherwise emerging industry.
Ironically, the state offering high taxation rates belongs to a country that imposes the meager taxation rate among developed countries. Other businesses that are crucial for the economy rate are getting more profit from imposing low tax rates. These mainly include oil companies and tech giants.
Some companies are taking advantage of the deformed country tax code
With some loopholes in the taxation system in the country, there are some companies that pay zero taxes. The morphology of the tax code has a big role in this unfair play.
In the legal market, the tax code is inverted. Brands and consumers have to pay a high amount of taxes for the product. Furthermore, people from California state have to pay up to a huge percentage of 45% tax on every cannabis product they buy. This is a huge increment from the state sales tax of 6 percent.
There are certain elements that hinder cannabis entry into the market. For instance, the legal cannabis market in California is close to stagnant. Total sales of cannabis in California summed up to two and a half billion dollars last year. This is around $500 million less in comparison to total sales in 2017.
Despite inflation, the state market is driven to struggle
California shows a desire to expand the legal cannabis market. However, the cannabis consumers and entrepreneurs are not efficiently coping up with the fast track. Besides, there is more profit in buying and selling the substance in the illegal cannabis market. The black market of the state is double broad in comparison to the legal one.
Due to high cannabis taxes, there is a lack of competition that hinders the market growth. Huge taxes are also affecting the people who depend medically on the substance. It is also nerve-wracking for the business persons to run a cannabis brand dedicated to medical cannabis.
There is a bipartisan momentum in the Californian cities regarding encouraging legal entrepreneurship and usage. This effort is going on despite the painstakingly high taxation movement. Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other prominent cities realize the inflated taxation drive big companies to flourish. However, it hinders the progress of budding cannabis companies.
Can CBD benefit your hair and scalp?
People prefer using cannabis for its medical benefits. It’s also a natural way of treating many diseases without any side effects. Different cannabinoids in cannabis have been used for thousands of years for therapeutic purposes. Most commonly for treating chronic or psychological pain. The recent researches have also shown that we can use CBD in the development of thick and strong hair, so CBD can benefit your hair.
Experts say that CBD can be the main ingredient in shampoos to maintaining healthier and strong hair. As many shampoos and other hair products contain CBD. But still, a lot of research is needed for a better understanding of the benefits of CBD in this field.
CBD and hair
A lot of properties of CBD can help in the growth of strong and healthy hair.Researchers recommend using CBD oil as a starter for hair treatment. CBD oil is clinically proven for its medical benefits. It can improve the strength of human hair. Because it is rich in fatty acids, amino acids, and antioxidants.
Proteins are very important for the strength of hair. Amino acids present in the CBD are the main building blocks of proteins. The proteins in CBD can protect the hair follicles and strengthen them. Moreover, CBD can also moisturise the hair. Especially protecting the hair from drying out. Its a total lifesaver in winter when the hair strands dry out. Most of the women also face the problem of hair damage and hair breaks. CBD oil can prevent these problems by diminishing friction.
The antioxidants in CBD such as vitamins E, C, and A are also very advantageous for hair strength and growth. Moreover, CBD oil contains minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium and other fatty acids like omega-9, omega-6, and omega-3. All these components of CBD oil promote hair growth and make it better than any other oil of hair-care.
Psoriasis and dermatitis, conditions of skin and scalp, can also be treated by CBD oil. An investigation also found that CBD oil can treat a wide range of skin conditions. Experts believe that it also has the potential to treat a similar type of scalp conditions.
Is CBD efficient for hair loss?
Still, a lot of investigations are going on to find the efficiency of CBD oil for hair loss. Researchers believe that CBD oil can help in preventing hair loss as it contains vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and amino acids. CBD can also work as a moisturising agent for the scalp in case of hair loss.
It also plays a vital role in managing the scalp’s production of sebum due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Experts say that CBD can only help with some types of hair loss. In case of severe hair loss, you need to concern your doctor and undergo therapy.
Doctors consider CBD because it does not has any side-effects and is a natural way of treatment. Moreover, it can cure damaged cells. So it may help with balding.
Experts recommend that before trying CBD oil for your hair or scalp you need to concern the specialist first. Because oils can be sensitive to the scalp. So the doctor will recommend you after diagnosing you.
More people from U.K are supporting marijuana legalization
Almost half of the British adults support the legalization of marijuana, according to the YouGov survey. The results of the survey reveal that public opinion is opposed to the laws of legalization of marijuana in the U.K. 48% of people are in favor of legalizing recreational use of marijuana. While only 24 percent of people are against the legalization of marijuana.
On the other hand, more voters are in the support of medicinal cannabis. Seventy-seven percent of the people say that it should be legalized. These voters also added that they will definitely use cannabis for medical purposes if there is a confirmation that it could benefit them.
What needs to be changed?
This survey indicated that there’s a need for changing policies of the United Kingdom. Especially the policies that are in the favor of legalization of marijuana. Rob Wilson, the Chief Executive of the group who conducted the survey said that government and politicians are totally unaware of the public’s thinking. He added that they are far behind the expectations of the public.
Moreover, he said that the decade-old policies of the U.K need to be changed according to the perception of the voters. Their perception will not harm anyone. As most of the people of Britain are in favor of medical cannabis. This clearly shows that voters want to use cannabis for its medical and healthcare benefits.
The results of this survey come after the legalization of a few cannabis-based medicines in November 2018. In those legalization laws, only some of the doctors had given the power to prescribe. But the implementation of the law was not according to the expectations. Still, not a single NHS prescription had issued to date. So people only had the option of private expensive prescriptions. And many families couldn’t afford them.
What respondents had to say about cultivating cannabis?
A lot of voters were also in the favor of cultivation of cannabis. 1,690 voters said that the government should allow the cultivation of cannabis to the patients who have been recommended cannabis by their doctor. While 22 percent of the respondents thought that everyone should have the right to cultivate marijuana. Of all these voters, 31% of them admitted trying cannabis.
Who is strongly supporting the legalization of marijuana?
Adults were in a huge number to support the legalization of marijuana. People aged 18 to 49 mostly voted for the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana. People living in London were also in large amounts to support the legalization.
It shows that the mindset of the adults of the U.K is in favor of legalization. Experts say that it’s better for the Government to change its policies. So that the adults won’t buy the marijuana from dealers or other sources. Legalization of marijuana has great positive impacts on adults. It will force people to buy the drug from pharmacies by specifying their age. And hence the marijuana will be used for its medical benefits.
Moreover, people have also understood the benefits of consuming marijuana. So they want to use legal marijuana that will benefit them.
The effects of cannabis on fertility
With more cannabis becoming legal in the states, cannabis consumption is on the rise, especially among the people of reproductive age. Therefore, it’s essential to understand the effects of cannabis on fertility in men and women. Although, the link between fertility and marijuana is not straightforward. As a lot of cannabis smokers are getting pregnant and getting their partners pregnant.
As most of the people already know that smoking marijuana is not so beneficial for sperm health. But researchers still want to investigate how accurate this saying is and what is the impact of consuming marijuana on pregnancy.
An article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal mainly highlighted the four points, that can help to understand the relationship between fertility and marijuana. The points are:
Interference of marijuana with ovulation
Its very difficult to study the effects of cannabis on female fertility as there is no direct measure to observe. But there’s a study that explains that consuming marijuana can delay the ovulation cycle by a few days.
According to Doctor Felice Gersh, high amounts of THC in marijuana can delay the production of estrogen. And when the amount of estrogen is very low then ovulation does not occur. So if there’s no ovulation then there’s no chance that an egg will be fertilized.
Reduces sperm count
The use of marijuana can also affect the sperm count in men. In research, it was found that there’s a 29 percent drop in sperm count of the men who smoke marijuana regularly. But there’s also research that shows that people who have smoked marijuana have more sperms than the people who never smoked marijuana.
It clearly shows that more research is needed. Some researchers say that the dosage of marijuana matters a lot. If a person takes a high dose of marijuana regularly then it can drop the sperm count. On the other hand, if a person takes a normal amount of marijuana then it can increase the sperms in men.
Effect of THC on the endocannabinoid system
The receptors of the endocannabinoid system help in communicating with the brain, immune system, and endocrine tissues. These receptors are present throughout the body. Endocannabinoid system is also very prevalent in the reproductive organs of both males and females.
It also has a very important role in managing hormones and human reproduction. The important compound of marijuana-THC-reacts with the endocannabinoid receptors. Due to its psychoactive impacts, it has a wide range of biological effects.
THC can interrupt many of the functions of the reproductive system. It also disturbs the balance of the whole system.
The need for more research
Researchers say that still a lot of research is needed to understand the effects of marijuana on fertility. Experts also want to know what happens if you stop using marijuana for its medical benefits.
Moreover, as marijuana has positive impacts on sleep and relieving stress. Then it’s also possible that a specific amount of marijuana can improve fertility. But till now researchers are not sure about it so they don’t recommend using marijuana for people of reproductive age.
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