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Wed
18
May

'He was a totally different kid': The impact of cannabis oil on the health of children

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A Manitoba mother says the use of cannabis oil has had a profound impact on the health of her child.

Dr. Jenn Anderson’s son, Nicholas, has epilepsy and is non-verbal. In 2016, he has having multiple seizures each hour.

She said she tried a bottle of cannabinol, or CBD oil, which doesn’t have psychoactive effects. Within two weeks, there has been a change.

“He was alert and alive and able to participate,” Anderson said.

“He was a totally different kid.”

Tue
17
May

Smoking dope linked to heart disease: Study

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There’s a bit of bad health news on the horizon for dope smokers.

A study published shows a strong correlation between smoking marijuana and heart issues.

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component of marijuana that makes you high) binds to cannabinoid receptors in the vasculature and is implicated in cardiovascular disease.

NBC News reported that the study, done among close to 160,000 people (courtesy the UK Biobank), compared the health of 11,000 who smoke marijuana at least once a month to two other groups: 122,000 in the same age group (40 to 69) who do not smoke cannabis at all and 23,000 who smoke it less than once a month.

Age, gender and body mass index (things that also affect heart disease risk) were taken into account.

Mon
16
May

Cannabis may have a beneficial effect in sleep disorders: Canadian study

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The study’s findings are in line with previous research that has found cannabis consumption can improve sleep outcomes.

A new study published in the Canadian Pharmacists Journal offers further evidence that individuals with sleep disorders, including insomnia, may benefit from cannabis treatment.

A retrospective chart review was conducted at Hybrid Pharm, a community pharmacy in Ottawa, and included patients who were interested in, or already using, medical cannabis for sleep disorders, according to the study’s abstract.

Thu
12
May

Children hospitalized near Montreal after eating suspected cannabis candy

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A Montreal-area mother is warning other parents to talk to their kids after her daughter and two other elementary school students were hospitalized after eating drug-laced candy they found on the floor of their school bus this week.

The three young students, ages six and seven, are in Grade 1 at Franklin Hill Elementary School in the off-island suburb of Repentigny.

"It's very scary what I went through. It was awful to see her like that," said Alexa Pando, whose six-year-old daughter, Zarah, ate the candy.

"I saw her not feeling good -- she cried and cried, and I said 'Zarah, what's wrong?'" Pando told CTV News in an interview Wednesday.

"She says 'Mommy, I don’t feel good and I have voices in my head.'"

Thu
12
May

Canadian cannabis: Greenway Greenhouse provides medical access to cannabis through North 40 cultivators

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Greenway Greenhouse Cannabis Corporation announced it has several new cultivars available such as Captain Kush and Blackberry Gelato, on the North 40 medical cannabis platform, under the Red Barn brand. (Benzinga)

There's more than wheat and canola growing in Saskatchewan

North 40, a cultivator of premium cannabis and processor of industry-leading cannabis products, is based in Nipawin, Saskatchewan where they’ve been providing medical access to their products since August of 2021 via a self-managed platform that serves hundreds of patients. 

Fri
06
May

Teen cannabis vaping doubled in 7 years across US and Canada

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A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics, reported that between 2013 and 2020 the prevalence of cannabis vaping amongst teens has doubled, with approximately 1 in 3 grade 12 students vaping the substance in 2018 alone.

Thu
05
May

The risks of low birth weight, preterm birth and other complications are enough for OB/GYNs to counsel against smoking weed while pregnant.

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Smoking weed during pregnancy significantly can increase the risk of low birth weight, preterm delivery and requiring neonatal intensive care, according to a recent study published in JAMA.

The tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, in marijuana will pass through your system to your baby and may harm your baby’s development. If you are planning to get pregnant, have learned you are pregnant or are breastfeeding, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends stop smoking weed, using marijuana edibles or exposing yourself to secondhand marijuana smoke.

Thu
05
May

Psilocybin mushrooms considered relatively safe, with serious incidents rare and short lasting: study

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"No drug is entirely risk free, but relative to most recreationally used drugs, psilocybin mushrooms demonstrate a good safety profile based on the rate of emergency medical treatment seeking in this sample"

A new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology has found that psilocybin mushrooms are a “relatively safe drug.”

That conclusion was reached after an analysis of more than 9,200 respondents who had participated in the 2017 Global Drug Survey. Specifically focusing on those who had consumed mushrooms in the past year, researchers found only 0.2 per cent of respondents sought emergency medical treatment following use.

Wed
04
May

Cannabis ‘highly effective’ against MS symptoms, some users report

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More than half of Canadians with multiple sclerosis (MS) report using cannabis to help manage their symptoms, according to a new study.

The study, “Medical cannabis use in Canadians with multiple sclerosis,” was published in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.

Humans have used the cannabis plant for millennia, both as a recreational intoxicant and as a medicine. Although its potential benefits for MS remain unproven, emerging research suggests it can help reduce spasticity, improve sleep, and ease pain.

Medical cannabis use was legalized in Canada in 2001. Recreational use was legalized nationwide nearly two decades later in 2018.

Mon
02
May

Over half of Canadian patients with MS report consuming cannabis

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Most Canadians diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) report using cannabis to mitigate their symptoms, according to data published in the journal Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.

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