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Thu
17
Oct

Pot use admission at U.S. border snagging Canadian boomers, says lawyer

Canadians wanting to cross the U.S. border are being asked different marijuana questions than they were before cannabis was legal, says an American immigration lawyer who represents numerous aging baby boomers denied entry to America for past pot use.

Recreational marijuana will have been legal for a year on Thursday, but any celebrating still stops at the U.S. border, said Len Saunders, a Canadian-born lawyer based in Blaine, Wash.

“They are not asking questions of recent use because they know they can’t deny the person because it’s legal in Canada,” he said. Instead, he said they’re asking Canadians if they have ever smoked marijuana and that’s what’s been keeping him busy.

Wed
16
Oct

Medical cannabis belongs in pharmacies, says Arthritis Society

Canada's Arthritis Society is taking advantage of the federal election to lobby the federal parties to change some of the ways medical marijuana is handled.

They're asking the parties to commit to lift the $1 a gram federal excise tax, and have medical cannabis dispensed only at pharmacies.

"Just like other prescription medications," said Jone Mitchell, the society's executive director for Atlantic Canada.

"That will ensure that patients receive reliable education from trained health care professionals on the safe and effective use. And they also have an understanding of the other medications their patients may be taking."

Tue
15
Oct

Researchers study how to treat cannabis addiction with more cannabis

The solution to cannabis dependency might simply be more cannabis. That’s according to a new study from researchers at University College London, which found that cannabidiol (CBD) can help people reduce their consumption of THC.

Wed
09
Oct

A year after legalization, some Atlantic Canadians struggle for access to medical cannabis

Lindsay laid on the couch at her Nova Scotia home, hours after receiving her monthly cancer treatment, and waited for the side effects to kick in. 

Aches, pains, upset stomach, nausea and cramps are just some of her symptoms from the hormone suppressant. 

Normally Lindsay, who asked to be identified by only her first name for legal purposes, would place a drop of cannabis oil under her tongue and go about her day. 

But Lindsay has been left to find her own supply or suffer through the pain after CannTrust, her medical cannabis provider, placed a voluntary hold on its products in early July while undergoing a review by Health Canada. On Sept. 17, Health Canada suspended CannTrust’s licence. 

Wed
09
Oct

What is the functionality of CBD in skincare products?

The demand for topical cannabis products has risen in the U.S., especially products that contain only cannabidiol (CBD). But what, exactly, does it do for skincare?

Tue
08
Oct

Marijuana can be effective in treating pain and insomnia: Study

Cannabis can treat both pain and insomnia in people who want to avoid prescription and sleep medications, a study has found.

The study, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, looked at 1,000 people taking legalised marijuana in an American state.Researchers in the US found that among the 65 per cent of people taking cannabis for pain, 80 per cent found it was very or extremely helpful.

Eighty-two per cent of these people were able to reduce, or stop taking over the counter pain medications and 88 per cent were able to stop taking opioid painkillers.

The study suggested that cannabis could lower opioid use. However, the researchers noted that more needs to be done to understand the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis.

Fri
04
Oct

Cannabidiol still off WADA prohibited substances list

The cannabinoid cannabidiol has again been explicitly left off the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.

The Prohibited List details substances and methods that are banned in sport. The list is updated annually based on scientific and medical research, trends, and intelligence sourced from law enforcement agencies and pharmaceutical companies.

In order for a substance or method to be added to WADA’s ban list, it needs to meet at least two of the following three criteria:

Fri
04
Oct

To think marijuana will have a net positive effect is 'magical thinking,' says cardiologist

A Kingston cardiologist and former president of the Canadian Medical Association will be sounding the alarm on Friday at a major meeting of stroke experts over the link between marijuana and heart attacks and stroke.

“I’m not here to demonize cannabis. We don’t need to go back to reefer madness. But we can’t say it does not harm,” said Dr. Chris Simpson, who was president of the CMA in 2014 and 2015 and made the public health implications and possible medicinal uses of marijuana one of the focal points of his term.

“If we have several million people smoking marijuana every day, we want to know what the effects are,” said Simpson, who will be addressing researchers, health professionals and policy-makers at the Canadian Stroke Congress.

Thu
03
Oct

What top cannabis brands are saying about counterfeit products

Big-name brands, such as Nike and Louis Vutton, are constantly counterfeited, but none have spurned a crisis quite like counterfeit vape cartridges. 

Wed
02
Oct

Medical cannabis use amongst older Canadians increasing

According to research by Oxford University, older adults are the fastest growing demographic of Canadian cannabis users.

The implications, however, of medical cannabis use for older adults are largely unknown. Despite this, there are a number of suggested mechanisms for this increase, including greater medicinal use and decreasing stigma associated with usage.

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