Looking for an excuse to drink? This vodka could fight climate change!

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Is it possible to drink away the climate crisis?

 

Air Company is attempting to find out. The company has developed a way to transform carbon dioxide into impurity-free alcohols, including vodka.

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“We work with partners that capture that carbon dioxide before it’s emitted into the atmosphere, and then we use that CO2 in our process in creating the alcohols that we create,” Air Company CEO and co-founder Gregory Constantine told CNBC Monday. “It’s obviously far better for the planet in that we’re removing CO2 for every bottle that we’re creating.”

 

The company was founded in 2019 by Constantine and Dr. Stafford Sheehan, according to its website. It uses a patented and proprietary technology that mimics the process of photosynthesis by capturing carbon dioxide and transforming it into pure alcohols that only leave oxygen and water behind.

 

These alcohols are then used by the company to make eau de parfum, hand sanitizer and vodka. The process is not cheap, and the vodka retails for around $65 per bottle, according to CNBC.

 

Sheehan, who serves as the company’s chief technology officer, told Fast Company in 2021 that the decision to make vodka was a serendipitous one.

 

“We ended up targeting premium spirits because the ethanol that we were making was really, really high purity, and the place where you can recognize the benefits of that really high purity is in a really premium vodka,” he said.

 

The average bottle of vodka emits greenhouse gas emissions to produce, around 13 pounds of them.

 

But a bottle of Air Vodka actually helps remove about a pound of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

 

The vodka was released in New York right before the pandemic; when the first lockdown was announced, the company used its technology to make hand sanitizer.

 

“During the pandemic, we put out a sanitation product — a hand sanitizer that we’ve donated throughout New York and across the U.S.,” Constantine told TechCrunch.

 

Now, the vodka is on tap at New York bars like Bathtub Gin, where it is attracting positive attention, CNBC reported.

 

“Once we tell them, ’hey, this is how it’s made and it’s got a negative carbon footprint, all those really beautiful things, is what happens to make them want it even more,” Bathtub Gin beverage director and head bartender Brendan Bartley told CNBC.

 

The company recently raised $30 million in Series A funding from companies including Toyota Ventures, JetBlue Technology Ventures and Parley for the Oceans, TechCrunch reported. The funding will go towards building a third facility with the company’s largest carbon utilization system so far.

 

“Our immediate goal at Air Company is to further improve and scale our technology that converts carbon dioxide into the cleanest, lowest carbon intensity alcohols for consumer products, on the path to industrial applications,” Sheehan told TechCrunch. “Ultimately, we aim to truly have an impact toward addressing climate change by utilizing waste and atmospheric carbon dioxide to displace fossil fuels at-scale; replacing the carbon that we currently extract from the ground, with carbon removed from the air.”

 

Constantine said that the funding would help make more of Air’s carbon negative products available.

 

“The funding that we’ve brought on is to really help scale those products to meet demand because we’re constantly selling out of all the products that we produce,” he told TechCrunch.

 

This article originally appeared on Ecowatch.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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Cannabis is a booming business in states where legalization has been in effect for years and the trend seems on pace to continue.

In fact, more
and more U.S. states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational uses. In fact, most
states
have some form of legalization.

So
with so much talk of marijuana out there, it’s time to separate the
facts from the fiction. Here are 39 of the most surprising and unusual
facts about marijuana that you may not know:

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According
to a study,
“9 percent of those who try marijuana develop dependence.”
Compared to other substances like cocaine and heroin, marijuana
dependency is low. However, marijuana is also much more widely used
than other substances.

 

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Even
with all the confusion around laws and its history of illegality,
researchers
say that 42% of Americans have tried marijuana.

 

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Multiple
studies have found that marijuana is safer than alcohol.

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We
tend to think of Colorado and Washington when we think about legal
weed, but both Alaska and Oregon legalized recreational marijuana use and possession just a few years later.

 

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Scientists
at California Pacific Medical Center studied a compound derived from
marijuana and discovered that it may
prevent metastasis in some aggressive cancers
. The scientists
were studying CBD, the substance in marijuana that is non-psychoactive.

 

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Despite
pushes for legalization, there are still a
lot of arrests
made in the U.S. for marijuana possession. In
2015, 650,000 people were arrested because of violations related to
marijuana. That’s 40% of drug arrests in the country and one arrest
every 50 seconds! And these arrests are still disproportionately
focused on black and Latino communities.

 

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Illegal
marijuana tends to be stronger
than legal marijuana
. This is partly because legal marijuana is
more carefully measured for consistency and potency.

 

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While
there are conflicting reports on the effect of marijuana on
teenagers, in adults negative cognitive effects like changes in
memory, perception and thoughts tend to be temporary. There is
currently no evidence that marijuana
use
, even among heavy users, will permanently damage an adult’s
memory or cognition.

 

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Despite
North Korea’s strict stance on other drugs, marijuana is not
even considered a drug
in the country.

 

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In
the 1700s, both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew
hemp
and in the 1800s marijuana was sold in some drugstores for
relief of migraines and menstrual cramps.

 

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Marijuana
started
to get banned
in the U.S. in the early 1900s. The 1930s saw the
country’s first drug czar, Harry Anslinger, who started to make
claims that marijuana turned youth into homicidal maniacs.

 

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In
2013, Uruguay
became the first country in the world to allow its citizens to grow,
sell and consume marijuana legally.

 

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The
ACLU
has tracked multiple cases where people were sentenced to
life in prison without parole for marijuana possession. In one case,
the person possessed 32 grams of marijuana (that’s just over an ounce). In another, they acted as
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In
2010
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marijuana dispensaries outnumbered Starbucks stores by a ratio of 3
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In
2015, legal marijuana was the fastest-growing
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in the U.S., with a market of $2.7 billion.

 

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James
Munch served as the U.S. Official Expert on “Marihuana” from 1939 to
1962. During that time he testified under oath that marijuana had
turned
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The
earliest
recorded use
of cannabis is from China in 6,000, B.C., when
cannabis seeds were used for food.

 

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The
oldest stash of marijuana ever found also came
from China
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“cultivated for psychoactive purposes” in a 2,700-year-old
tomb in China.

 

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In
India, Bhang shops
sell cannabis-infused drinks like bhang lassi and bhang thandai,
particularly during the celebration of Holi.

 

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In
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online transaction
happened, well before Amazon or eBay. What was
it? Marijuana sold between students at Stanford and MIT.

 

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Bob
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buried
on May 21, 1981, along with his red Gibson Les Paul
guitar, a Bible open to Psalm 23 and a stalk of marijuana.

 

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Overdosing
on marijuana
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unlikely. In theory, a person would have to consume almost 1,500
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In
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Girl Scout cookies
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the rise
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By
2022, yearly
marijuana sales
in the U.S. could hit $22 billion. This is partly
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After
California changed its marijuana laws in 1976, prankster Danny
Finegood hung curtains over the Hollywood sign to change it to
Hollyweed.” It happened again on New Year’s Day, 2017, when another prankster scaled Mount Lee to change the sign.

 

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In
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Irvin Rosenfeld, sued the federal government for access to marijuana
medicine
– and won, paving the way for others with qualifying
conditions. Today, he gets his marijuana from the federal government,
picking up 300 joints every 30 days.

 

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A study of pipe fragments from William Shakespeare’s garden revealed traces of cannabis.

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On
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In
2017, farmers in Italy started cultivating
cannabis
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As of
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The
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Estrogen
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