Cannabis Influencers? Indeed. Here Are The Top 5

 

Not a big fan of this as you all know but it’s undeniably one of the major culture shifts of the decade…..most popular with Millennials but Boomers aren’t far behind!

 

A recent Gallup poll found that one in four Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 “regularly” or “occasionally” consume cannabis versus 13% of the rest of the population. On top of that, a 2019 Consumer Report found that, in the past two years, 26% of Americans have tried CBD.

No wonder Cannabis Influencers are getting in on the action. Per greenmarketreport, the top 5 influencers in the category are:

#1: Seth Rogen

Comedian Seth Rogen star of stoner comedies like Pineapple Express and This Is The End, has 6.7 million followers on Instagram.

  • Hoping to capitalize on his reputation as a cannabis connoisseur, Rogen has teamed up with the world’s largest cannabis company, Canopy Growth, to launch a new hemp and cannabis company called Houseplant. Rogen announced the brand by leaving a cryptic message asking people to follow Houseplant’s Instagram page.

#2: Mike Tyson

Tyson has partnered with Vegas’ Planet 13 to be the exclusive launch partner of his 40-acre cannabis resort, dubbed Tyson Ranch.

#3: Dan Bilzerian

Dan Bilzerian, owner of the cannabis brand Ignite, is one of the biggest influencers in the cannabis industry.

  • His social media pages are filled with bikini-clad models, exotic locations, and firearms. He has more than 26 million followers on Instagram.
  • Before dedicating himself to building his cannabis brand (“to live the Ignite lifestyle“), Bilzerian was one of the world’s most successful professional poker players, winning over $50 million in a single year.

#4: Big Mike

Michael Straumietis, also known as Big Mike, is the CEO of the cannabis fertilizer company Advanced Nutrients. He has leveraged that fame into an Instagram following of almost 3 million.

  • Advanced Nutrients is the maker of the #1 selling cannabis-specific nutrient line in the world, with over $110 million a year in sales from 93 countries.
  • Advanced Nutrients also lends seed money to individuals in developing countries who dream of starting a small business, but lack the means to do so.

#5: Charlo Greene

Charlo Greene is a former journalist turned cannabis entrepreneur who gained overnight fame after she announced live on television that she was quitting her job to pursue a career in cannabis.

 

On a less cheery note, read on below for my scary experience with a CBD cocktail. Now it turns out my experience was not so rare as more consumers of CBD edibles end up in emergency rooms.

 

I’ve only had one experience with CBD and it was awful. It gave me heart palpitations, my blood pressure went through the roof, I couldn’t sleep, I felt nauseous. Everyone I’ve mentioned this to, tells me they’ve never heard of this kind reaction – but doctors have.

 

In Colorado, where recreational use of marijuana is legal, researchers reviewed more than 2,500 cannabis-related emergency room visits from 2012 through 2016 and found that those using edibles were more likely to have psychiatric and cardiovascular problems.

  • In a 2015 study, researchers found only 17% of marijuana edibles were accurately labeled.
  • The general public is unaware that the way the body responds to cannabis when it is inhaled is entirely different than the way the body responds when it is consumed orally.
  • With marijuana edibles, it takes longer for the drug to take effect. And once it does, you feel the effects longer.
  • When a marijuana edible is eaten, the blood level of THC peaks in about 3 hours, compared to 30 minutes when inhaled.
  • Symptoms include vomiting that is hard to control, a heart rate that’s too fast, and anxiety.

In Salt Lake City, since 2017, patients have been brought into emergency rooms unconscious, having seizures, agitated and confused after ingesting a product labeled Yolo CBD.

  •  With the help of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it was determined that the culprit was counterfeit CBD.

In California, patients have ended up in emergency rooms because they had vaped liquid containing a dangerous form of synthetic cannabinoid that can trigger paranoia and panic attacks, increase heart rate and blood pressure, and cause convulsions, organ damage, and even death, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

A new study from Europe suggests that people who use marijuana on a daily basis may be at increased risk for developing psychosis, particularly if they use high-potency marijuana.

  • The study analyzed information from more than 1,200 people without psychosis and compared them with 900 people living in the same cities who were diagnosed for the first time with psychosis. (Psychosis means a person experiences a loss of touch with reality.)
  • The researchers found that people who reported using marijuana daily were 3X more likely to have a diagnosis of first-episode psychosis, compared with people who reported never using the drug.
  • What’s more, those who reported using high-potency marijuana on a daily basis were 5X more likely to have a diagnosis of first-episode psychosis, compared with those who never used it.
  • The study is the first to suggest that the pattern of marijuana use in a given area may contribute to the rate of psychosis in the population. For example, in Amsterdam, where high-potency cannabis is widely available, those who reported using high-potency cannabis on a daily basis were 9X more likely to develop psychosis, compared with those who didn’t use marijuana. (In the U.S., high-potency marijuana is also much more common today than several decades ago.)  Source: WebMD

 

Bottom Line.

“Buyer beware” is all I can say. People don’t know what they’ve buying and ingesting and now everyone can go to work or to school stoned, drive cars stoned, operate construction equipment stoned, work in the operating room stoned, babysit kids while high, walk dogs while stoned, probably fly planes while high.

Another issue I have amidst this love fest we’re all having with cannabis and CBD, is who are these companies that are suddenly raising huge amounts of cash and getting listed on the stock market. Isn’t this just Big Pharma 2.0? Why is everyone so keen to believe the products these guys are pushing at us are miracle cures? A little skepticism is called for I think.

I know I’m out of step with popular opinion on this. But I have a bad gut feeling about this wholesale acceptance of medicating away our problems. And these new drugs that are being touted based on nothing more than word of mouth are especially troublesome to me. The fact that NYC will shortly be banning work place testing for drugs is even more worrisome. If you’re worried about somebody working for you at your office or in your home e.g. taking care of your kids, there’s nothing you can do to test them or presumably fire them.

And that is progress in 2019.

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