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Thu
17
Jan

Teen brain volume changes with small amount of cannabis use, study finds

What the increased brain matter volume means is unclear.

"The implication is that this is potentially a outcome of cannabis use", commented senior study author Hugh Garavan, PhD, a University of Vermont (UVM) professor of psychiatry. She is a lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr Orr's research has also shown there is a range of effects within the group of cannabis-using teens, which could be related to cognition and emotion.

"In our sample of cannabis users, the greater volumes in the affected parts of the brain were associated with reductions in psychomotor speed and perceptual reasoning and with increased levels of anxiety two years later", Orr said.

Thu
17
Jan

B.C. Cancer to lead first national cannabis clinical trial for symptom relief

Recruitment for the 48-day trial in 150 patients will begin soon after the expected Health Canada and ethics approval is obtained. Patients in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Prince George, Victoria, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto will be enrolled in the trial investigating whether cannabis properties reduce cancer-related symptoms including pain, sleep disturbance, anxiety and nausea.

Thu
17
Jan

Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp. sells in deal worth up to $175M

One of the world’s largest cannabis companies has inked a deal worth up to $175 million to acquire Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation (WMMC), the resort’s first, and so far only licensed cannabis producer.

Edmonton-based Aurora Cannabis announced on Monday, Jan. 14 that it had entered into an all-stock deal, including certain milestone payments, to acquire WMMC.

In a release, Aurora CEO Terry Booth said the deal “adds an iconic, organic certified BC-based brand with exceptional traction and a significant price premium in both the medical and retail markets.”

Wed
16
Jan

Is cannabis research on the way up?

The marijuana market has undoubtedly seen a massive boom over the course of the past few years. One of the major benefits of this has been the changing of legislation across the board in places like Canada and various states throughout the U.S. Although it is still federally legal in the U.S. and many places around the world, the new market has opened up a large amount of opportunity for those looking to research the substance.

One of the issues with lacking laws to allow marijuana’s use is the fact that it makes it extremely difficult to study. For a drug with so much potential to treat everything from cancer to insomnia, one would think that research would be one of the priorities.

Wed
16
Jan

Here’s every cannabis college course you can take in the US and Canada

It turns out if you’re interested in starting a career in the cannabis industry after graduation, you can jump on a path at many schools that’ll help you land a suitable position in the industry while giving you valuable experience. If you live in Canada or the U.S., there are various major cities that offer cannabis courses and programs.

Keep reading to find out where you can study cannabis and get legitimate college credit for it.

Wed
16
Jan

Canadians spent $1.6 billion on legal weed in 2018: Report

Canadians spent $1.6 billion on legal weed in 2018, more than double the amount that was spent on solely medical cannabis in 2017, according to a new report.

The State of Legal Marijuana Market, released Tuesday by Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics, found that despite pushing legalization back from the summer until October, Canada still managed to increase its spending on legal weed from $755 million to $1.6 billion, making it the number three legal weed market in the world. According to Statistics Canada, Canadians spent $5.7 billion on weed in 2017, the vast majority of which came from black market.

Tue
15
Jan

Pot and Pitas: WeedMD, Pita Pit create adviser for pot retailers

A Southwestern Ontario marijuana grower and a fast-food chain have teamed up to open dispensary franchises across Canada, a deal marking the second partnership between a Canadian cannabis company and a restaurant operator.

WeedMD, a licensed pot producer with operations in Strathroy and Aylmer, and Pita Pit Canada, a franchise with more than 600 locations across the globe, have launched Pioneer Cannabis Corp.

“This is a very capital-efficient partnership whereby we leverage our individual expertise into the cannabis space,” WeedMD chief executive Keith Merker said Monday.

Tue
15
Jan

Health Canada has awarded sales licence to Pure Global Cannabis

Pure Global Cannabis Inc. through its subsidiary PureSinse Inc., has announced Health Canada has issued the latter a sales licence under the Cannabis Act.

Eligible and pre-registered Canadian medical patients can soon select from two dozen premium cannabis products offered by PureSinse, via its newly launched eCommerce website at PureSinse.com.

Tue
15
Jan

Legalization sparks boom in once-stigmatized field of marijuana research

Dr. Mark Ware has devoted the past 20 years of his career to studying marijuana, and he can remember some "dark, lean" periods when he had to fight for meagre funding.

"There were times when I was told you couldn't even use 'cannabis' and 'research' in the same sentence," he recalled.

Now, Ware is the chief medical officer of one of Canada's largest pot companies, Canopy Growth Corp., which is conducting millions of dollars worth of research on the use of cannabis to treat conditions including anxiety, insomnia and pain.

Mon
14
Jan

Pot producers face pushback over odour, smell in Canadian farming town

David Ireland is frustrated by the “skunk smell” of pot that wafts down from two cannabis cultivation facilities roughly five kilometres away and lingers outside his home, even in the winter.

“On hot humid days, it’s worse because they have to vent more often … You wouldn’t be able to open your windows,” he said.

The town of Pelham, Ont., where Ireland lives — an hour away from Toronto, near Niagara Region wine country — has become a hotbed for legal commercial pot growers who have snapped up greenhouses and converted them from flowers and vegetables to the more lucrative crop.

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