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Uruguay May Soon Become The World’s Medical Marijuana Hub

Uruguay made history by becoming the first country to legalize cannabis in 2013, with former President Jose Mujica signing legislation to allow for recreational use of the plant. Now, investors are hoping the country can become an export hub for medical marijuana as the industry continues to expand globally.

There is serious money to be made off medical marijuana and investors want in on it.

Uruguay has been at the forefront of regulating and cultivating medical marijuana but a new investment group wants to capitalize on this. Silverpeak Life Sciences Uruguay Inc, one of the companies in the Uruguay’s growing medical marijuana industry, is working with investors to raise $35 million to increase production and build a larger extraction lab next year.

According to Silverpeak Life Sciences CEO and U.S. cannabis investor Jordan Lewis, the company expansion is expected to increase revenues by the millions.

“Our planned and desired expansion would be about 25 tons next year and that should push us above $100 million in revenue,” Lewis said told Bloomberg.

According to a report released in 2018 by Arcview Market Research in partnership with BDS Analytics, Legal marijuana sales in certain South American market are expected to jump from just $125 million in 2018 to $776 million by 2027.

“While Brazil and Argentina will far outweigh other countries in terms of spending, Uruguay is the clear leader in early liberalization of its cannabis regulations,” the report said. “Any adult citizen/legal resident of Uruguay can now legally purchase cannabis from pharmacies at government-controlled prices intended to undercut illicit market rates and starve out cartel operations there.”

Despite getting a head start in terms of legalization, Uruguay’s weed economy hasn’t fully developed.

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Uruguay had a head start in terms of the legalization of marijuana compared to countries like the U.S. and Canada. But that hasn’t translated into a profitable economic source for the country.

Instead, various investors have tapped money into the U.S. and Canada in hopes of taking advantage of the relaxed marijuana regulations the countries now have. The inflow of investment in those countries has created a very promising legal marijuana market that comes after the drug was vilified for decades.

Uruguay hopes to see this type of revenue flow as Fotmer Corporation SA, Silverpeak’s subsidiary headquartered in Uruguay, has asked the country’s cannabis regulatory agency Ircca, to increase its allowed annual production to 400 tons of cannabis plants.

There are a handful of companies that have invested in Uruguay by building greenhouses and extraction laboratories. They have done this in order to supply medical marijuana to other countries in Latin America Canada and in Europe.

With enough investment and support, Uruguay could become one of the world’s leading medical marijuana producers.

Since 2015, Ircca has approved cannabis projects that are worth $57 million and is currently looking at other permits for 21 projects worth approximately $40 million. Their goal is to increase the number of licensed marijuana producers that supply recreational weed to pharmacies from two to as many as five by the end of the year.

By the current pace of investments in Uruguay, all this numbers might change as U.S. and Canadian cannabis producers start to look at the country as a pot destination.If there is enough government support, Uruguay could become the first country to reach $1 billion in annual medical marijuana exports in as soon as five years.

Lewis says that based on early projections, Uruguay’s cannabis industry could become a $100-million-plus industry as soon as 2020. Either way, the country of 3.4 million people is sure to reek some of the benefits of what is expected to bring a millions of dollars in revenue.

READ:Uruguay Legalized The Sale Of Marijuana But The Banks Are Not Dealing With Pharmacies That Sell It

America’s First Marijuana Cafe Opened In LA And The Reviews Are Sky High

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America’s First Marijuana Cafe Opened In LA And The Reviews Are Sky High

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This week, West Hollywood’s first Cannabis Café opened up for business. Marijuana retail giant, Lowell Farms, is opening up it’s doors in WeHo as a restaurant and bar, slash lounge, and shop, that offers the country’s first “farm-to-table experience for both cuisine and cannabis”. 

Unfortunately, none of the food will be infused with cannabis —but you’ll be able to smoke it or vape it.

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There won’t be any cannabis in the actual food, because state laws prohibit the sale of food infused with cannabis. Instead, the dishes on the menu will complement the various strains of cannabis that will be for sale. You’ll be able to smoke your weed or vape it, and mix it with the food on the menu, kind of like you pair food with wine. Lowell Farms is a functional restaurant with servers and a special air-filtration system that sucks up and filters the smoke from the weed people will be smoking everywhere. 

Upon arrival you’ll be greeted by a “budtender”, who will be your cannabis guide.

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The budtender will help you on your cannabis experience and will help personalize your order. Additionally you will also have a server who will get your food and nonalcoholic beverages—there’s no booze for sale because of state laws. The menu has all the classic café offerings; salads, sandwiches, avocado toast, mac n cheese bites and vegan nachos to name a few options. Chef Andrea Drummer was inspired by the different flavor profiles in the strains of cannabis, so each dish will be accompanied by a suggested product to smoke or vape.

According to the LA Times, the opening menu includes “miso-glazed pork belly, jalapeño mac and cheese bites, vegan nachos, sticky tamarind wings, house-made pickles and avocado and white bean hummus.”

The cannabis menu though, is much more extensive. 

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Restaurant director Kevin Brady compared the cannabis menu with a wine list, in that all products are seasonal and rich in their own way. Most of them will be supplied by the Lowell Farms organic cannabis farm in Santa Barbara—the parent company behind the restaurant, and they’re not cheap. A single-strain pre-roll can set you back between $18 and $30. And if you’re looking for something a little stronger, there’s also a “Dab Bar” which is essentially where you’ll find stronger weed for the experienced consumer.

The Do’s and Don’ts at Lowell Farms Café.

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West Hollywood created eight cannabis consumption licenses. And according to the restaurant, Lowell Farms was granted the very first one —out of more than 300 applicants. Which makes this restaurant, the first business of its kind in the U.S. and as such, there are a few new rules set in place to keep things running smoothly. The café will be open until 2am with a last call for cannabis at 9:50pm —unless pre-ordered and pre-paid, in which case you’ll be able to enjoy your purchases until close. The space is 21 and older, and you’ll need to bring a drivers license, passport or valid ID if you plan on purchasing any weed. Oh, and payment for cannabis will only be accepted in cash —though you can pay for food and drink with credit or debit cards. You may smoke and vape both inside the dining room and the patio but not on any front-facing outdoor area. 

You’ll be able to smoke or consume edibles you bring from your own personal collection for a small “tokage” fee, similar to a corkage fee, of $40. Taking unfinished cannabis products home is not allowed, but you can take your food leftovers though. You can either bring your own bongs or pipes, or you can rent one from the restaurant. And you’ll be able drink beer or wine only on the front patio —once the restaurant secures a license.

If you want to take some products home, there’s even a little shop.

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Resembling a dispensary area that will offer edibles, vapes, concentrates and buds. Another great thing about this café is that Lowell’s has made a policy of hiring people who have served time for nonviolent cannabis-related crimes (as advertised on a billboard on the side of the freeway: “Pot Offenders Wanted“). 

Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe opens on October 1 at 1201 N La Brea Ave, with hours of 10am-2am daily.

Cardi B Says She Has A Secret Concoction To Stop Her Period So She Could Have Sex With Offset

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Cardi B Says She Has A Secret Concoction To Stop Her Period So She Could Have Sex With Offset

Cardi B interviews never disappoint. The Invasion of Privacy artist appeared on Untold Stories of Hip Hop where she dished to iconic The Bronx DJ and host Angie Martinez about some of her and Offset’s “untold stories” (insert wink emoji here). 

The rapper revealed she used a strange concoction to stop her period from coming so she could sleep with Offset early in their courtship. At the time, Cardi was convinced that if she didn’t sleep with him he would lose interest. 

With the clock ticking Sister Period showed up at the most inopportune time, the always resourceful Cardi, or should I say “Dr. Cardi,” came up with a plan to delay her menstruation. But does her recipe really work? 

Some Untold Stories of Hip Hop should go untold

Cardi B built her following by sharing captivating Instagram stories about her life as a stripper. The Carribean rapper from The Bronx was funny, real, and raw. It never felt like she was holding back, and even as she has garnered mainstream success her level of openness hasn’t changed. 

When she appeared on WEtv’s first episode of Untold Stories of Hip Hop, she shared a gasp-worthy story with legendary radio personality and host Angie Martinez. 

The “Money” rapper told Martinez about a little incident that happened when she first began dating Offset. 

“I really wanted to impress him. I [hadn’t] spoke to him in three days and I don’t feel like he liked me as much. I’m trying to impress him and everything, then I got my period,” Cardi recalled. 

She wanted to keep Offset interested and she knew what every person knows about how to keep a man interested. Cardi was ready to smash, but she wasn’t into period sex.

“Damn, I ain’t gonna see [Offset] in another week ’cause I got a crazy schedule but I don’t wanna leave him dry,” the rappers said. 

That’s what she came up with the plan to stop her period using a household recipe. It was simple: two ibuprofens and some gelatin. 

“I drunk like two ibuprofens and I drunk gelatin and that stopped my period,” she said. “It’s like nonflavored Jello. It was so disgusting.” 

Cardi believes this worked. So I only have one question: does it work, Mr. Internet? Here’s what I found.

Does eating gelatin stop or delay your period?

Using gelatin to delay menstruation is so popular I was able to find multiple articles on the matter, all of which to say there is absolutely no scientific evidence to back this method up. It is merely an anecdotal old wives’ tale that likely won’t cause you any harm but probably won’t work. 

According to Healthline, dissolving gelatin in warm water and drinking is believed to be able to delay your period for about four hours. 

“It’s unclear why gelatin is promoted as a natural way to delay the start of your period, and there’s no research to support it. Drinking large amounts of gelatin may have some side effects, such as bloating or digestive distress,” Kimberly Holland wrote. 

Does taking ibuprofen stop or delay your period? 

There is slightly more of a medical basis to the presumption that anti-inflammatory products like ibuprofen and NSAIDs can delay menstruation. Anti-inflammatories reduce the production of prostaglandins which are the chemicals that cause the uterus to contract and shed the endometrium, or uterine lining, every month. 

 These products may be able to delay your period for a day or two, however, the amount required is far above the recommended dose. 

“Stopping a period would require a higher dose than any over-the-counter bottle recommends: about 800 milligrams of ibuprofen, every six hours, or 500 milligrams of naproxen, three times a day. This would have to be done very regularly,” according to Cleveland Clinic. Thus, we cannot emphasis this enough: do not try this at home. 

This isn’t the first time Cardi shared details about her sex life.

Cardi B has extensively spoken about her sex life with her husband Offset. When they announced their divorce, that never happened and many believe to be a PR stunt, Cardi talked about how much she missed Offset’s penis. 

“My gag reflexes are leaving cause I haven’t suck d— in such a long ass time. I miss D,” Cardi said of Offset’s penis while the two were split (or pretending to be split). “Big, fat, black, and heavy. I miss it.” 

She then went on to describe her desire to be demolished by it. During her pregnancy, Cardi lamented the countdown until she could have sex again. 

“I wanna have sex but I [lose] my breath soo fast,” she tweeted during her pregnancy in 2018. 

Cardi B might be a great rapper and your new sex-positive role model, but please do not conduct experiments on yourself without your doctor’s approval.