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Tue
11
Jun

London researchers sound alarm over marijuana's toll on fertility

Western University researchers are trying to set the record straight about how marijuana may affect fertility, rounding up the latest research findings in a podcast episode and article for the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

“The general public’s knowledge about the effects of marijuana on fertility is limited.

This is equally true of health care providers’ knowledge,” said Sara Ilnitsky, a reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellow at Western’s Schulich school of medicine and dentistry.

She also practises at London Health Sciences Centre’s fertility clinic.

Tue
11
Jun

How Alberta is poised to become a hub of the hemp industry

When he decided to take up farming part-time six years ago, Roy Renneberg (Welder ’90) did a very Alberta thing and planted hay.

Still employed in the construction industry, the native of Cudworth, Sask. grew up on a farm and hay seemed like a comfortable choice. But when Ottawa announced plans to legalize cannabis and update rules around industrial hemp, its non-stoner sister plant, a seed of inspiration was planted.

Hemp was an unknown, but after doing some research Renneberg was intrigued with the prospect of a crop that could produce revenue from every part of the plant – seeds, flowers, leaves and stalks.

“I thought, this could get very interesting and that’s where we went with it,” he says.

Fri
07
Jun

Spectrum Therapeutics issues two year medical cannabis research plan

With medical cannabis usage now legal across Canada and in 33 US states, licensed producers have been engaging in lab work, clinical trials, and scientific studies to determine the specific uses for cannabis in the medical field. 

Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED; NYSE: CGC), through the company’s medical division Spectrum Therapeutics, today outlined a two year research plan to find new uses for cannabis and new ways to market products towards specific ailments. 

Thu
06
Jun

Real reasons CBD products are projected to outpace marijuana

Today, many marketers and retailers, seem to think that their brand(s) can become supercharged just by adding two words to their brand(s) name. More awareness. More sales. Significantly increased revenues! All they have to do is to add the following: "CBD infused (insert the brand name here)". Beer, alcohol, candy, foods, lotions… pet food! Recent market reports, however, back up this phenomenon. Recent predictions for the CBD infused products market have created much enthusiasm and the optimists not only see the glass as half full… but they see it as overflowing!

Thu
06
Jun

WeedMD launches Color Cannabis adult-use brand

 WeedMD Inc. (TSX-V:WMD) (OTCQX:WDDMF) (FSE:4WE) (“WeedMD” or the “Company) a federally-licensed producer and distributor of medical-grade cannabis, is pleased to announce the launch of ColorTM Cannabis (“Color”). ColorCannabis products include a variety of strains, in multiple formats, developed with the same high-quality cannabis that consumers have come to expect from WeedMD.

Wed
05
Jun

Is cannabis safe for dogs? Pet marijuana poisoning is rising exponentially as more edibles are available

If you have a furry friend at home, you probably know that just about anything left on the floor, the coffee table, or in the garbage can pique your pet’s interest as a potential treat.

But what happens when they start wobbling around, showing clear signs of disorientation? Or, you look into Fido’s eyes and realize they look glassy, rather than playful? That’s what happened to Jen Gunter, a resident of Marin County, Calif. Her energetic three-year-old Labrador retriever, Hazel, wasn’t acting like herself.

Mon
03
Jun

Triple green threat: Why cannabinoids are synbio’s next big market

The first year I could vote, in the early 2000’s, medical marijuana was on the Michigan ballot. I voted yes, even though I didn’t know nearly as much as I do now as a PhD-trained research scientist. I was aware even then that marijuana could have many more uses than just giving someone a good time. While many conservatives laughed at the word “medical” tacked to the front of it, viewing it as a ploy to legalize bad behavior, this conservative placed her bets on the future of medical marijuana in the clinic.

Mon
03
Jun

Canadian cannabis shortages resolving more quickly than expected: BMO analyst

The Canadian cannabis industry is beginning to solve the supply shortages that have plagued it since legalization came into force, according to an analyst at Bank of Montreal (BMO). Tamy Chen, an equity research analyst for BMO Capital Markets, says the chronic issues are being resolved more quickly than projected. “It appears that the industry supply is improving sooner than we had anticipated,” Chen wrote in a letter to clients on May 30.

Mon
03
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. 

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