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Leo Bear-McGuinness

Science Writer


Leo joined Analytical Cannabis in 2019. From research to regulations and analysis to agriculture, his writing covers all the need-to-know news for the cannabis industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Newcastle University and a master's degree in science communication from the University of Edinburgh.

Latest Content From Leo Bear-McGuinness

Analytical Cannabis February 2020 Digest

Download the latest edition of this free monthly resource to stay up to date with developments within the cannabis industry.


The FDA Wants the Public’s Data on Vaping-related Lung Injuries

To bolster its investigation into the recent EVALI outbreak, the administration is looking for unpublished reports or information on the specific chemicals, compounds, and ingredients of suspected vaping products.


New Regulations Could Take CBD Products Off UK Shelves in a Year

Oils, drinks, and treats containing cannabidiol (CBD) in the UK will be “taken off the shelves” by March 2021 if they haven’t gained regulatory approval.


Cannabis Can Help Implant False Memories, Study Finds

Memories aren’t always trustworthy, especially, it seems, when cannabis is involved.


Legal Cannabis Stores in California Will Soon Require QR Codes

Piloted by the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control this January, the QR code initiative allows consumers to scan dispensary storefronts to verify if they’re licensed or not.


Why This ‘Hemp Task Force’ Is Out To Standardize Sampling Methods

Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, everyone involved in hemp can now agree on its legal status as an agricultural crop. But the more practical issues have got activists scrambling for a consensus.


Scientists Locate the Brain Areas CBD Affects To Reduce Psychosis

The new study is the first to demonstrate that a single dose of CBD may partially boost activity in two parts of the brain in people with established psychosis.


Hemp Is Helping Bee Populations, Study Finds

Given the loss of bee habitats across the US, researchers believe the cannabis crop could become vital to the insect’s future survival.


Cannabis Extracts Don’t Effectively Relieve Cancer Pain, Review Finds

The validity of medicinal marijuana’s most celebrated benefit, pain reduction, has been called into question by a new review.


More Than 2 Million Cannabis Consumers Are Living With Heart Disease, Experts Warn

The researchers are urging health professionals to inform any patients at a high-risk of cardiovascular events, and perhaps even wean them off marijuana.