Anyone who pays at least a little attention to the news can’t get away from the fact that cannabis is becoming a world-wide topic as legalization just took place in Canada and more and more states are giving the green light to recreational use. As if that wasn’t enough, weed just may be entering into space thanks to a bioengineering company based in Kentucky: Space Tango.
Space Tango has designed modules called CubeLabs, and in these labs, they explore the effect of zero-gravity on a range of plants with the aim of identifying information that can be useful on Earth. It’s in one such CubeLab that hemp plants will take their inaugural trip into space.
It’s been well-documented that one of the hundreds of compounds in the cannabis plant, CBD, has amazing pharmaceutical capabilities. Just recently, CBD was actually reclassified by the DEA after a new medication was approved – one that uses CBD and even received approval by the Food and Drug Administration.
Given that CBD has become such a powerful mainstay for so many individuals on our planet, scientists at Space Tango want to see if a zero-gravity environment will have any positive effect on the plant’s cultivation and potency. Imagine if new medications could be produced with ease in space!
Making Way For Hemp
The timing of this next Space Tango mission couldn’t be better, as hemp has made recent headlines in part due to Senator Mitch McConnell’s 2018 Farm Bill which frames hemp in an agricultural light. If this legislation passes, it could significantly change the way that hemp and marijuana plants are viewed and, coupled with the data gathered from the space experiment, could mean big things for cannabis lovers down the line.
Rather than taking cannabis up into the outer realms of our world, the crew is legally required to only travel with hemp as it contains less than .03% THC, yet as the plant is so similar to cannabis, there’s no doubt that the observations made will be monumental.
What’s Next for Space Tango?
Space Tango’s track record is solid, having partnered with the Anheuser-Busch Company in 2017 to test the growth of barley in a zero-gravity environment, and successfully creating sustainable gardens that allow astronauts to consume fresh and nutritious produce during their missions. Another company based in Kentucky, Atalo Holdings, will be providing the hemp seeds along with their expertise, and it’s said that online CBD retailer Anavii Market will be added into the mix for the February 2019 launch.
With all of the momentum that’s building around hemp, it’s easy to see that one victory could create a domino effect across the industry in all parts of the world. The ability to tap into hemp’s resources echoes a wider acceptance of CBD use, both of which mean that federal legislation, as well as social stigmas about cannabis, could loosen up a great deal.
Who knows – perhaps we’ll all end up living in space soon enough and won’t we be thankful that people already figured out how to grow weed inside of a rocket ship?
Tyson 2.0 Launches New Mike Bites Cannabis Gummies
Nearly 25 years after he was disqualified from the World Boxing Association Heavyweight Championship for biting his opponent’s ears, Mike Tyson’s Tyson 2.0 cannabis brand has just released ear-shaped edibles, Mike Bites.
The new ear-shaped edibles are complete with a missing chunk where Tyson removed a portion of Evander Holyfield’s cartilage in what became known as The Bite Fight. After Tyson bit off a chunk of Holyfield’s ear, the 1997 match resumed. However, after attempting to snack on Holyfield’s second ear, Tyson was disqualified and his boxing licence was withdrawn. The Nevada State Athletic Commission handed Tyson a a $3 million fine for his actions and he didn’t fight again for over a year.
Wiz Khalifa Debuts New Taylor Gang x Stündenglass Collab
Wiz Khalifa and his entertainment company Taylor Gang Ent. have collaborated with Stündenglass, the world’s first gravity-powered infuser, to introduce the iconic gold and black Taylor Gang x Stündenglass.
“I’m honored to have collaborated with long time friend Wiz Khalifa, who is as passionate about this product as I am. Our mutual admiration for Stündenglass made it a natural collaboration,” Stündenglass CEO Chris Folkerts said via a press release.
Taylor Gang x Stündenglass is an authentic collaboration developed after the multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-winning, Golden Globe-nominated Khalifa discovered Stündenglass and began enjoying it regularly as seen on his Instagram.
“I love my Stündenglass, and I’m pumped everyone gets to experience this with me now,” Khalifa.
The infuser features a patented 360-degree gravity system that elicits a powerful and immersive experience. It generates kinetic motion activation via cascading water, opposing airflow technology and the natural force of gravity.
The Taylor Gang gravity bing comes in an exclusive black and gold colorway and features two glass globes on a metal base made of aircraft-grade aluminum, surgical grade stainless steel, and high-quality Teflon seals.
Taylor Gang includes artists Ty Dolla $ign, Juicy J, and Berner among others — the former of which has his own line Stündenglass collab with his Cookies brand.
“We’re very excited to launch the official Taylor Gang x Stündenglass. We use glass in our everyday lives, so it only made sense to team up and create an exclusive Taylor Gang collaboration for the fans,” Taylor Gang said.
No Super Bowl for Brock Ollie
With medicinal marijuana being legal in 37 states and recreational cannabis allowed in 18, we should be seeing commercials for companies, products, and services almost as frequently as commercials for sports betting, which is permitted in 30 states in some form.
However, mainstream cannabis advertising continues to be non-existent, as demonstrated in the recent news that NBC has rejected an ad by cannabis e-commerce and advertising platform Weedmaps from being shown during the Super Bowl LVI event his coming Sunday.
Weedmaps reportedly approached the network late last year about airing a Super Bowl commercial that would be “similar to a PSA,” according to reports. Execs volunteered to present some of their earlier educational-based programming, assuring NBC executives that it would not contain any direct-sell messages, which are still forbidden under federal law.
“The answer was a hard no — they wouldn’t even entertain the conversation,” Weedmaps Chief Operating Officer Juanjo Feijoo told Adweek. “We see ourselves as trying to be trailblazers in the industry and making new inroads where others haven’t gone before in cannabis advertising. So it was disappointing.”
The contentious ad personifies cannabis as Brock Ollie, a head of broccoli, the veggie emoji commonly used as a visual representation of cannabis in marketing. The 30-second ad takes viewers through a day in the life of Brock Ollie, whose superfood identity is in jeopardy as he is repeatedly misidentified as cannabis. The ad offers a lighthearted take on the industry’s issues, such as social media censorship and a lack of clear advertising standards, which limit cannabis-related commercials during nationally televised events like the Super Bowl.
“Despite three quarters of the country having legalized cannabis and the bipartisan enthusiasm we continue to see in support for change at the federal level, the industry continues to face roadblocks that inhibit competition in the legal market and stifle opportunities to educate,” Chris Beals, CEO of Weedmaps said. “There’s an irony in the fact that the biggest night for advertising will feature an array of consumer brands in regulated industries, from beverage alcohol to sports betting, yet legal cannabis retailers, brands and businesses have been boxed out.”
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