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London firm gets approval to study effects of ingesting pot

A London-based clinical research company is one of the first to get the green light from Health Canada for a human trial of cannabis, research that is expected to help gauge the impacts and safety of weed when eaten.

KGK Science is recruiting dozens of Londoners to test the effects of an American-made cannabis oil produced by a company called New Age Nanotech.

It’s good timing, as edibles – candies and other food infused with marijuana – are set to arrive on the legal market in Canada in the coming months, what KGK Science’s marketing directly Lauren Redman called “legalization 2.0.”

“The trial will look at the absorption rates of THC and CBD in participants,” Redman said of the marijuana components to be tested in the oral product.

Mon
16
Sep

Legal edibles, other derivatives should add 3 million consumers to cannabis market

The second great Canadian cannabis rush is nearing the starting line, with pot entrepreneurs looking to stand out amid an onslaught of soon-to-be-legal edibles on the market.

Legal cannabis edibles and other derivatives are expected to grow Canada’s cannabis market by three million consumers, or 65 per cent, according to a poll commissioned earlier this year by a leading industry data collector.

The survey, conducted with 3,000 respondents last May by Lift & Co. and Ernst and Young, suggests the country’s 4.6 million adult cannabis users will grow to about 7.6 million after a wider variety of non-smokable licensed products go on store shelves at year’s end.

Mon
16
Sep

Manitobans weigh in on debate over flavoured e-cigarette ban

As health professionals try to understand how vaping products might trigger severe lung injuries, there are new calls for a ban on thousands of candy and dessert-like e-cigarette flavours that attract young people.

It's something Josh Halpern understands. He started vaping several years ago and his favourite flavour is lime.

"They just taste good, they don't taste like a cigarette, you know?" the 33-year-old Winnipegger said.

"If there was no flavours or nothing that tasted good, I'm sure kids wouldn't want to do it in the first place."

A 2015 study found more than 80 per cent of underage teens who use e-cigarettes started with flavoured vape juice.

Mon
16
Sep

How consumers can avoid dangerous vape cartridges

Hundreds of people across the country have taken ill over the past weeks with a severe pulmonary affliction apparently linked to the vaping of cannabis products and nicotine-filled e-cigarettes. The victims are now said to number over 450 — and many were otherwise healthy young people, in their teens or early 20s. State and federal health authorities are investigating, and have just issued preliminary findings naming a particular additive found in vape cartridges. While the additive appears most common in illicit market vapes, many states have not banned the substance in their legal products.

Fri
13
Sep

Hemp 101: Everything you need to know about hemp

Canadian farmers have been growing hemp, an industrial variety of cannabis, for food like seed and fiber for clothing for two decades. But until last October, cannabidiol (CBD) — a cannabinoid compound found in the flowering portion of the plant that has been touted as an anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety agent and other cure-all — couldn’t legally be extracted, processed or sold to consumers.

Canada’s Cannabis Act changed that last year, making it legal for hemp farmers to sell CBD-rich biomass to licensed processors and add to Canada’s inventory of CBD, which was previously supplied solely by medical cannabis cultivators.

Fri
13
Sep

Amazon removes vape packaging following vaping hospitalizations and deaths

Without making an announcement or statement of any kind, online retail giant Amazon has removed a range of products for assembling and packaging THC vape cartridges. Such products, which include everything from branded boxes and labels to warning stickers and compliance tabs, are often used to produce counterfeit vape cartridges for the unlicensed cannabis market. Often, the materials are so exact that it would be impossible for the average buyer to tell the difference between an untested counterfeit and a regulated, tested cartridge. Amazon hasn’t explained the move. But the company’s decision to remove the vape products comes as the U.S.

Fri
13
Sep

Mixed reactions to U.S. move to ban flavoured e-cigarettes

A potential ban on flavoured e-cigarettes in the U.S. is a welcome step towards greater regulation of vaping products, says the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

“It’s encouraging to see federal governments start to have those types of conversations,” said Eric Nadalin, a manager in the WECHU’s health promotion department.

“Certainly, the concern with flavoured e-cigarettes is their attractiveness to youths. It’s something that we do want to acknowledge and develop protections against.”

On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced a proposal for new enforcement policies by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would effectively remove flavoured e-cigarettes from the U.S. vaping market.

Thu
12
Sep

Is Your Vape Cartridge Safe? This Is How To Make Sure

After dozens of people across the Midwest and California were sickened as a result of vaping cannabis or e-cigarettes, consumers, vape makers, and retailers alike have to be aware of how products are made and where they were made.

Vape pens have surged to new heights on the marijuana mountain by offering a portable and discreet way to consume THC or cannabidiol (CBD)-heavy concentrates. 

Thu
12
Sep

Complaints Prompt Canadian Company to Develop Odourless Cannabis Product

While pot maybe legal in Canada, the skunky, funky stink that comes from cannabis is something that still draws complaints from condo dwellers and residents living nearby legal grow operations.

Thu
12
Sep

Facebook and other marketing platforms continue to stifle cannabis ads

Cannabis can’t seem to catch a break online. 

Enthusiasts, brands, influencers, and plenty of others seem to run into myriad headaches when dealing with Facebook and other popular online marketing platforms. Whether marketing their product or just talking about the plant, many have seen their content conflict with some of the most popular platforms of today.   

The stance taken by Facebook and others in the space has often been one of little acceptance. Companies often cite company policy that tends to coincide with federal regulations for such bans. 

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