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Leo Bear-McGuinness

Science Writer & Editor

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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

Virginia Legalizes Recreational Cannabis, But Sales Won’t Start Until 2024

The legalization bill would allow adults over 21 to possess up to 1 ounce (28 grams) of cannabis from January 1, 2024.


High-CBD Hemp Crops Are Mostly Marijuana, Genetic Study Finds

Hemp crops may have more in common with recreational, “drug-type” varieties of cannabis than previously thought, according to new research from the University of Minnesota.


The Primary Terpenes in Cannabis

Which terpenes does cannabis contain? And what properties do they give the plant? Download this Analytical Cannabis infographic to find out.


Kaycha Labs to Open Three New Labs in Massachusetts, Nevada, and Oregon

Two of the new facilities, based in Oregon and Nevada, have been acquired by Kaycha. The other, based in Massachusetts, was built for the company.


One Month Until the Deadline, There’s Still Some Confusion Around CBD Novel Foods Applications in the UK

Regulation is incoming for the UK's CBD industry. But are companies clued up on the new requirements? Not always, say CBD analysts, and the confusing guidance may be partly to blame.


Michigan Regulator Pauses Cannabis Mold Test

A group of Michigan-based lab analysts say the qPCR method is unsuitable for detecting mold. Other lab analysts disagree, yet the state regulator has still temporarily banned the test.


Analytical Cannabis February 2021 Digest

Download this monthly resource to stay up to date with the latest developments in the cannabis industry.


Cannabis Use Can Lower Pregnancy Chances, Study Finds

The reasons behind this reproductive difference aren’t yet clear, but the researchers believe cannabis could affect the levels of luteinizing hormone, which helps regulate ovulation.


MCR Labs Opens its First Facility Outside of Massachusetts

The new facility marks the company’s first expansion outside of Massachusetts.


Maine Cannabis Regulator Approves Second Testing Lab

The Portland-based lab received the green light from the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy on Friday, January 22.