Medical Cannabis News

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Jun

Skyrocketing medical cannabis patient numbers outpacing physician support, supply: doctor

The rapidly swelling number of medical cannabis patients is outstripping Canadian health care’s ability to handle them, a Calgary physician who prescribes the substance said Friday.

The legalization of recreational pot has lessened the drug’s stigma, sparking a huge boom in the number of Canadians registering as medical marijuana patients with the federal government, said Dr. Sana-Ara Ahmed, an anesthesiologist and chronic pain specialist.

A year ago, there were 250,000 people registered and by last December there were 350,000, she said.

“I think the number now is more like 400,000 — it’s a startling increase,” she said.

Fri
31
May

Less packaging, more recycling, means greener weed for New Brunswick

When cannabis was first legalized in Canada, customers immediately criticized the excessive plastic packaging that came with it. 

Some products generated as much as 70 grams of plastic and cardboard for one gram of marijuana. 

But that is starting to change. 

Some products, offered in pill containers, have shed the outer cardboard boxes and shrink-wrapped plastic seal. 

Others, such as a gram of cannabis from Ontario producer Aphria, come in sealed brown envelopes. 

"We are certainly mindful of the concerns raised around the amount of packaging used industry-wide, which was largely the result of ensuring compliance with the regulations under the Cannabis Act," said Andrew Swartz, a spokesperson for Aphria. 

Thu
30
May

Sask. school board questions trustee over use of medical cannabis during board meetings

A former trustee who used prescription medications, including cannabis, during school board meetings has made a complaint about the division asking for his personal health information after his disclosure.

In a report issued this month, the Sask. Information and Privacy Commissioner said he didn't find there was a breach of privacy, but recommended Prairie Spirit School Division clarify its policies around issues like medical cannabis use.

The division, which has its main office based in Warman, Sask., put a medical marijuana policy into effect last November for its employees.

Thu
30
May

WeedMD revamps Ontario facility into cannabis oil extraction site

WeedMD Inc (TSX-V:WMD) (OTCQX:WDDMF) (FSE:4WE), the medical-grade cannabis producer, is converting its 26,000-square-foot Aylmer, Ontario facility into a cannabis extraction and processing plant.

The fully licensed oil extraction facility is expected to be operational this summer with the capacity to process 200,000 kilograms of biomass per year. The company has processed oils at the Aylmer site since June 2017.

Wed
29
May

Can cannabis help with treating multiple sclerosis symptoms?

Worldwide, more than 2.3 million people are living with multiple sclerosis (M.S.). Can using cannabis help manage their symptoms?

Canada is one of the countries with the highest proportion of people who have M.S. Canada’s MS Society reports that one in every 385 Canadians lives with this condition.

Wed
29
May

Canadian medical marijuana company partnering with Harvard medical school

Alberta-based medical marijuana company, Atlas Biotechnologies Inc. and its subsidiary Atlas Growers Ltd., is partnering with Harvard University to research the effectiveness of medical marijuana, with a focus on pain and other neurological conditions.

Tue
28
May

Canntrust teams up with Well.ca for cannabis education portal

Looking to expand awareness about medical uses for cannabis and help potential patients navigate the registration process, CannTrustHoldings Inc. (TSX: TRST; NYSE: CTST) just launched a new web portalfor Ontario residents. 

That portal was launched in conjunction with online pharmacy resource Well.ca and nurse practitioner-led clinic O Cannabis. 

Currently restricted for potential patients in Ontario, CannTrust and Well.ca stated the service is expected to roll out for more provinces in the near future. For now, interested Ontario residents can setup a video consultation with a nurse at this location. 

Tue
28
May

No documented Canadian cases of cannabis laced with opioids: Ontario Harm Reduction Network

Despite the discovery of a "product resembling cannabis" that was actually carfentanil, there are no documented cases of opioids being found in marijuana in Canada, according to the Ontario Harm Reduction Network (OHRN).

Some public health organizations and police forces have issued the warnings after the substance — which, despite looking like cannabis from a distance, actually contains no marijuana — was discovered in southern Ontario.

However, Thunder Bay Drug Strategy coodinator Cynthia Olsen said the OHRN has issued a statement about the substance out of concern that the warnings are giving the impression that cannabis containing opioids has been found in Canada.

That has not been the case, Olsen said.

Tue
28
May

Square launches pilot program for CBD products sales

The use of CBD as an ingredient in many treatments and even foods have become an unstoppable trend. Although, various companies were unwilling to sell CBD and related products due to its legal implications, according to Forbes, the financial services company, Square have started to take a slightly different approach. A Square representative spoke to Forbes about how the payment processing service has started to accept payments for specific CBD products.

Mon
27
May

Can you take cannabis to hotels in legal states?

Legalization in North America has raised many questions. For example, can you take cannabis to your hotel room when on vacation? The age of cannabis legalization is most certainly upon us, with Canada being the most recent on the list to legalize the herb for both medical and recreational. However, in most states where cannabis is legal, on whatever level, consumption is limited to private spaces; usually at home.

Even in states where cannabis is legal, it’s not alright to light up a joint in a club, bar or restaurant, or any similar public space. This doesn’t apply across the board, but for the most part, people enjoy their cannabis in the comfort of their own home.

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