Your cannabis blog makes you a partaker of one of the fastest growing industry in North America (and the world) today.
So how do you get your piece of the pie? Let’s explore your options.
In North America, cannabis sales climbed 30 percent to reach $6.7 billion. By 2021, the marijuana market would have reached $20.2 billion at a CAGR of 25 percent. Meanwhile, Greenwave Advisors project the cannabis market to reach $30.1 billion by 2021.
With the growing market for cannabis, cannabis products, and services, businesses are using content marketing to reach their target audiences. You can offer designs, web development, app development, VA, writing, and other services on your site to businesses and websites in the cannabis space.
Contrary to popular opinion, advertising is NOT dead. Retargeted ads are popular these days – because they work! In fact, retargeted persons have a 70 percent chance of converting.
You can generate revenue by running ads on your cannabis blog. Norml, one of the most prominent advocates of medical cannabis use, makes money from advertising. High Times is another cannabis news site that makes money from simple banner ads.
You can run ads on your cannabis blog using any of these channels:
- Video advertising (and this can be featured on your social media handles as well)
- Site Sponsorships
- Newsletter advertising (you run ads on your newsletters)
- Ad networks
- Text links
- RSS advertising
- Podcasting advertising
- Job boards
Of course, you can use a combination of these adverting options. However, it’s best to keep ads as minimal as possible to avoid offending or distracting your site visitors.
Partnerships with Offline Businesses
This type of monetization tactic is a form of referral business. You could refer people cannabis farmers or other offline companies. Just like Norml, you can get businesses and organizations that support your course pay you monthly in exchange for keeping a profile on your site.
Only 17 percent of small businesses in the U.S. are selling their products online. Meanwhile, over 80 percent of internet users buy things online. You have an advantage here of earning money by recommending businesses.
Sell Merchandise for Your Cannabis Blog
If you have T-Shirts or stickers or some other merch, you can make money selling them on your blog if you have a large audience base. High Times gives their shirt for free if you subscribe to their magazine.
You don’t have to spend money creating your merchandise! Use services like CafePress and Zazzle to sell your merch. You’d find merchants selling mugs, t-shirts, pendants, curtains, and more on CafePress. Master Bong sells merch to his readers.
Sell Tickets and Organize Events
High Times organizes events. You can host your events or sell tickets and bookings for other people who hold events that are contextual to your cannabis blog contents.
Your events don’t have to be physical. You can organize webinars, and this can be held live, or you’d record and avail it on your site. Most webinars are free.
Luckily, you can monetize your event in many ways. You can sell the recording of the webinar (video, audio or transcript). You can sell access to an exclusive webinar to discuss topics that your audience want to hear more about, after the free webinar. You can also offer your products, merch, and services after the free webinar.
Physical events have many benefits. You can build long-term relationships with attendees and connect people with like interests. Meetups are great if you like bringing people together.
Sell Cannabis Products
In 2016 alone, pot consumers spent $6.9 billion on legal cannabis products, and that number is expected to climb to $20 billion in 2021. In fact, nearly 60 percent of all U.S. population reside in cities where cannabis use is legal – that’s over 180 million people.
You have a market!
If you have a product made from or for cannabis, then sell that on your blog, but if you don’t have a product of your own, sell other merchants’ products. You could sell products as an affiliate marketer or have a JV partnership agreement.
Natural and non-GMO cannabis products, like CBD Oil from Try the CBD, are coming to market now. These cannabis products need marketing and awareness, and many of them are offering reseller opportunities.
The estimated size of the hemp market stood at $688 million in 2016, a 20 percent increase over 2015 figures. Personal care products valued at $163 million, CBD products at $130 million, and foods at $129.3 million.
Sponsored Posts, Videos, and Podcasts
You can get paid to write posts, reviews, or press releases on your cannabis blog. Depending on how large your site is, you could charge anywhere from $500 to over $5,000 to write sponsored posts.
Even for a small site with a tiny audience, you can get paid some money to post on your blog. As long as you get targeted traffic to your blog, you can command $50 to $200 to post on your site.
Master Bong runs reviews on his blog. He covers cannabis products of different kinds from different makers and gets paid to write exclusive posts about them.
In 2017 publishers will generate more than $6 billion from branded content (i.e., sponsored content), and that number is predicted to hit $20 billion in 2021. Sponsored content has a 35 percent growth rate covering the five-year period concerned.
Sponsored content is succeeding because it removes the resistance people have against traditional advertising.
If you produce a lot of valuable content that helps your readers they’d feel compelled to donate. If your cannabis blog promotes the legalization of pot and educates people on its use, you can ask for a donation as Norml does.
When implementing this monetization tactic, remember to ask for a specific reason. Giving a particular reason for asking your donation raises your chances of getting the money by 200 percent. You can collect donations using PayPal’s Donate button.
A word of caution here, do not give prod your readers for donations. This monetization option is an excellent supplement to other monetization avenues.
To Wrap It Up
A functioning cannabis blog is no mean feat. From the sweat that goes into setting it up and running the blog, to the social resistance you might face initially, this isn’t some soft work.
However, once you’ve done the heavy lifting, you can monetize your blog in many ways. You can sell more than one thing, and you can even make money with a combination of the monetization options I discussed here.
Even if money isn’t enough to motivate you to start your blog, you have other reasons to launch your cannabis blog.
The FBI statistics shows law enforcement is spending less time on marijuana arrests, yet it still works out to more than one arrest every minute
Arrests for simple marijuana possession in the United States fell to nearly a two-decade low last year, according to new statistics released Monday by the FBI.
The number of arrests for marijuana possession in 2015 — 574,641 — is the lowest number since 1996. It represents a 7 percent year-over-year drop, and roughly a 25 percent drop from the peak of close to 800,000 marijuana possession arrests in 2007.
The FBI data suggest that, in aggregate, law enforcement officers are devoting less time to marijuana enforcement relative to other drugs. In 2010, for instance, marijuana sales and possession together accounted for 52 percent of all drug arrests. By 2015, that number had fallen to 43 percent. By contrast, the numbers show police have been making more arrests for cocaine and heroin, and for other non-narcotic drugs.
Still, the marijuana possession arrest rate works out to more than one arrest every minute.
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Advocates of drug policy reform have long criticized the high rate of marijuana arrests as misplaced criminal justice priorities. The Drug Policy Alliance calls marijuana arrests “the engine driving the U.S. war on drugs” and says that “the huge number of marijuana arrests every year usurps scarce law enforcement, criminal justice and treatment resources at enormous cost to taxpayers.”
A widely-cited 2013 ACLU report estimated that the total cost to taxpayers of marijuana possession enforcement in the U.S. was $3.6 billion. It also found that while whites and blacks use marijuana at similar rates, black users were four times more likely than whites to be arrested for it.
Arrests can be devastating on their own, however. Most people arrested for marijuana use held in jail for at least a day and receive a criminal record that can affect their employment, according to a Drug Policy Alliance report from earlier this year.
The criminalization of marijuana use can also lead to police encounters that turn out to be fatal. Police officers in Charlotte, North Carolina say they confronted Keith Lamont Scott earlier this month after allegedly observing him in a car with a suspected marijuana blunt and a handgun. Scott was ultimately shot and killed in the encounter.
This fall, five states will vote on whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Four more will vote on medical marijuana.
With the legalization of cannabis comes a host of new concerns.
Both legal and public opinion of cannabis is changing in America.
Today, in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, the possession and sale of cannabis for medicinal and non-medicinal purposes is legal.
Alongside these four states, another 15 are considering legalizing recreational cannabis use.
Washington, DC, legalized the personal use (but not commercial sale) of cannabis in 2015.
And a national survey conducted in 2013 found that 52% of Americans thought marijuana should be made legal.
As the law steadily softens across the country, research into the long-term effects of cannabis is more important than ever.
Cannabis research on the rise
There are few areas of medical investigation as controversial as cannabis research, but previous studies into the social impact of cannabis have yielded contradictory or unclear findings.
Despite these controversies, a study team, led by Magdalena Cerdá at the University of California, recently conducted a thorough investigation into the social and economic aspects of heavy cannabis use.
Alcohol abuse is more likely than cannabis to play a role in events such as traffic accidents and violence. However, when cannabis and alcohol’s effects on relationships, delinquency and education are measured, results are less conclusive.
The number of potential factors to consider are vast, making results difficult to analyze and interpret. These factors include the likelihood of cannabis and alcohol users to abuse other drugs; also, the illegal status of cannabis means that users might be tied to other illegal activities, or incarcerated, both of which have negative consequences unrelated to cannabis itself.
Additionally, heavy cannabis use from an early age might have its roots in underlying psychopathology or preexisting social or economic problems at home.
Cerdá’s research attempts to head off as many of these confounding variables as possible.
A fresh look at the impact of cannabis
The study, published in Clinical Psychological Science, uses data from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study that followed 1,037 New Zealand children from birth until the age of 38.
The financial consequences of cannabis abuse might be worse than alcohol.
The group represented a cross-section of the population and received a maximum of 11 follow-up assessments over the years.
For the current study, the researchers utilized data from 947 individuals.
In total, 18% of participants were considered marijuana-dependent in at least one of the assessments, and 15% were classified as regular cannabis users in at least one assessment.
According to Cerdá, the team found that “regular cannabis users experienced downward social mobility and more financial problems such as troubles with debt and cash flow than those who did not report such persistent use.”
“Regular long-term users also had more antisocial behaviors at work, such as stealing money or lying to get a job, and experienced more relationship problems, such as intimate partner violence and controlling abuse.”
These findings remained constant even after controlling for factors such as childhood socioeconomic problems, lower IQ scores, depression and antisocial behavior in adolescence, lower motivation to achieve, higher levels of impulsivity, criminal convictions and the abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
Alcohol, lesser of two evils?
The results showed that both alcohol and cannabis abusers experienced similar declines in social class; they were both more likely to carry out antisocial behaviors in the workplace and to have relationship problems.
However, the heavy cannabis users were more likely than the alcohol abusers to have severe financial difficulties; for instance, they more regularly reported difficulty finding enough money to enable them to eat.
Moffitt, a psychologist at Duke University and the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, UK, sums up the findings: “Cannabis may be safer than alcohol for your health, but not for your finances.”
These results and others like them are increasingly important as the legal status of cannabis shifts. As Cerdá says:
“Alcohol is still a bigger problem than cannabis because alcohol use is more prevalent than cannabis use. But, as the legalization of cannabis increases around the world, the economic and social burden posed by regular cannabis use could increase as well.”
The researchers are quick to remind readers that their research “does not support arguments for or against cannabis legalization,” their results simply show that “cannabis was not safe for the long-term users tracked” in their study.
Although results from previous investigations have been contradictory, this study has paid particular attention to the detail and offers a deeper insight into the long-term social and financial implications of cannabis abuse.
Further research is sure to follow, and the picture will grow clearer with time. Medical News Today recently covered research investigating cannabis’ effect on the processing of emotions.
Dawn Darington is a pioneer in the medical cannabis community. She has spent the last couple of decades dedicated to the Washington State medical movement, healing a multitude of patients with cannabis. With the medical marijuana system on the rocks in Washington State, Dawn’s primary mission now is education. Buy medical cannabis here for special price discount.
A couple of months ago, as I was shuffling through education panels during CannaCon in Seattle, I heard a panelist make a claim that instantly grabbed my attention among all the loud, distracting vendors. “I can cure skin cancer with cannabis in 30 days.” This intrigued me so much that I began a journey to track the panelist down. Luckily, a short chase led me to the cannabis freedom fighter, also known as Dawn Darington. Dawn has always been a passionate voice and friendly face in Seattle’s tight-knit cannabis community, and I actually interviewed her for an in-depth patient profile a couple of years ago for my book, As The Grass Grows. When I reached out to see if she would be willing to share her regimen for healing skin cancer with Marijuana.com, she was enthusiastic to share this information and educate people in need all over the world. I sat down and talked with Dawn after a Seattle Cannabis Alliance meeting, and she walked me through. Buy medical cannabis here for special price discount.
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First, Dawn wanted to make it clear that she’s not a doctor. This regimen is based only on what she has personally experienced by treating medical marijuana patients through her safe access point, Choice Wellness. She also wanted to make it clear for this article that she can’t help you get cannabis or cannabis oil, but “if you can get your hands on it, I will teach out what you need to do for your situation.” Buy medical cannabis from our cannabis online store.
Buy medical cannabis online. There are two types of cannabis oil you can use to treat skin cancer, and both can be made at home. Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is a hot-search topic and if you scroll through Youtube, you’ll see several claims that it has cured some severe cases of skin cancer. However, RSO is traditionally made with isopropyl alcohol, or Naptha, which is a combustible petroleum product found in lighters and napalm. In other words, it’s not the cleanest alcohol solvent on the market, and when we’re trying to eradicate cancer, we want the purest medicine possible. This is where full-extract cannabis oil (FECO) steps in. FECO follows the same steps as RSO, but rather than using iso or naptha, it is made with 190 proof grain alcohol. You can make your own FECO at home by soaking cannabis (preferably high-THC buds) in 190 proof grain alcohol for 30+ days. Some states prohibit the sale of 190 proof alcohol, so in this case you are limited to making RSO. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some states have medical marijuana safe access points where you can purchase cannabis oil and not have to worry about making it yourself. Buy medical cannabis from us for best price available to all first time customers.
Dawn begins by explaining that each patient’s situation is incredibly unique. The treatment regimen depends on what kind of cancer the patient has, if they have been subjected to any western treatment, and of course their unique personal biology. I learned there is a wide range of different cancers that actually require various forms of treatment. Dawn made me realize how difficult it is to cure your cancer with cannabis if you don’t have access to an educated guide. Buy medical cannabis from us for best price available to all first time customers.
Western treatment for cancer, such as chemo and radiation, can cause some serious damage that needs to be repaired before cannabis treatment can begin. If you have been subjected to radiation or chemotherapy, Dawn recommends a high-CBD cannabis oil suppository to eradicate all the radiation in your body. This may not be the most pleasant experience, but it’s a necessary step if you have been subjected to radiation, or else the cancer will just keep stubbornly coming back.
Buy medical cannabis from us for best price available to all first time customers. Here is Dawn’s basic procedure for curing skin cancer with cannabis oil. Please notice that it doesn’t include dosages because each person’s situation is unique. Since this is a topical application, dosage doesn’t need to be as precise as it does when it is taken orally. Some people feel relaxed after applying the cannabis oil on their skin, but you will not get ‘high’ from this regimen.
What You’ll Need:
- High-THC Full-Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO) or Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)
- Calendula Oil
- Place a drop of Calendula oil on a small piece of gauze. (The Calendula oil helps push the cannabis oil into your skin)
- Apply the high-THC cannabis oil directly on your affected skin so that you cover the cancer spot completely with the oil.
- Cover the cannabis oil with the calendula-infused gauze and slap the band-aid on top.
- Change out and replace every 1-3 days.
In 3-4 weeks, Dawn claims your skin cancer will have disappeared! Buy medical cannabis from us for best price, available to all first time customers.
Dawn has seen this procedure heal countless skin cancer patients without exposure to destructive procedures such as radiation. Through her patient trials she has found some treatments that don’t work, which I want to go through, briefly. Dawn has experienced that CO2 oil, a more expensive option to RSO or FECO, does not have the same healing effects as alcohol-based extracts. Buy medical cannabis from us for best price, available to all first time customers. She wasn’t sure why she wasn’t getting the same results until she looked into the chemistry behind CO2 oil production and found that the process actually changes the molecular structure of the THC cells. “Essentially, it’s not pulling the same package off of the plant,” Dawn says. She also warns of the hemp-based CBD products you can find online. Dawn, like many medical marijuana experts, believe wholeheartedly in the entourage effect – meaning the medicinal qualities of marijuana are most powerful when working all together. In other words, CBD alone is not as effective as CBD working together with THC.
Cannabis is a powerful medicine and this is just one example of it’s many healing properties. It’s easy to feel trapped in a corner with the treatment options that western medicine offers but from Dawn’s experience with a little weed, some grain alcohol and a bit of patience, you can eradicate skin cancer with a plant in a safe, natural way. Buy medical cannabis from us for best price, available to all first time customers.
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