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Program giving out free cannabis to help opioid users in London, Ont., met with skepticism

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Cannabis Substitution Program in London since April, similar initiatives in Halifax and Vancouver

Every Tuesday, Mary McCarty and a group of volunteers sets up a small table outside a London, Ont., church to hand out free cannabis and cannabis edibles to a line of people that often runs well down the block. 

She's part of a group called the Cannabis Substitution Program, a volunteer-run organization that hands out free cannabis and cannabis edibles to people who use drugs.

The group claims "high-dose" edibles — as much as 100 mg of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) served in baked goods — can serve as a treatment and replacement for opioids and other drugs. 

The cannabis is donated and paid for by private citizens, it says.


The Cannabis-COVID Connection: What We Know And What We Don’t Know

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Though little to no medical research links cannabis use with COVID-19 relief, that is definitely not the case in business where the pandemic proved to be a boon for the industry.

As the world continues to contend with COVID-19, much about the virus remains uncertain, including its interactions with cannabis. (original article appeared on Benzinga)

In the early months of the pandemic, various studies linked pot to both adverse and beneficial results. The trend continues today, with little conclusively known about the cannabis-COVID medical connection if indeed there is one.


Aqualitas partners with Veterans for Healing to deliver medical cannabis program to Canadian veterans

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"They have served their country, and we are proud to serve them."

Aqualitas Inc., a Nova Scotia-based licensed producer, is launching a new service aimed at educating, assisting, and onboarding veterans from across Canada into the company’s online medical cannabis platform.

In partnership with Veterans For Healing, a Cape Breton-based organization founded and run by veterans, the program will offer personalized services and a curated line of medical cannabis products that may be beneficial in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pain and other conditions that disproportionately impact veterans.


These May be Some of the Top CBD Skincare Stocks to Consider for 2022

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The global CBD skincare market is booming. According to Grand View Research, the market was valued at $234.1 million in 2018, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 32.9% from 2019 to 2025. That’s a strong catalyst for companies such as Ayurcann Holdings Corp. (CSE: AYUR)(FSE:3ZQ0), The Valens Company (TSX:VLNS)(OTC:VLNCF), Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (OTC:CBWTF)(TSX:XLY), Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ:TLRY), Medipharm Labs Corporation (OTC:MEDIF) (TSX:LABS). In addition, Grand View Research notes, “CBD is considered safe and effective for all skin types but is particularly useful for people who struggle with sensitivity, inflammatory conditions, acne, and dryness related to skin.


Canada House: Where Veterans Are Helping Veterans Gain Access To Medical Cannabis

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In North America, it is estimated that between 10 and 20 percent of veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in any given year, a mental health condition for which there are very few treatment options.


Woman's tumour shrank after taking CBD oil daily for more than two years: case study

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A case study of a U.K. woman whose lung tumour shrunk without the aid of conventional treatments while she was taking a daily dose of cannabidiol (CBD) oil has scientists suggesting it may be worth studying the use of CBD oil further.

The report, published in BMJ Case Reports in October, describes how the woman’s tumour shrunk from 41 mm to 10 mm in roughly two and a half years.

Cannabinoids are similar to endocannabinoids, which are manufactured by the human body to help in various processes, such as nerve function, energy metabolism, pain and inflammation and immune function, among others.


4 Things Older Adults Should Know About Using Marijuana

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With each passing year, older adults have been getting more and more into marijuana. With that said, there are some potential issues to be aware of.

Thanks for marijuana legalization, the herb has been going through a phase of reevaluation. People of all ages are more open to trying it, whether for recreational or medicinal purposes, especially when faced with the side effects of prescription medications. One of the fastest growing demographics are Baby Boomers.


Cannabis Use In Young Adults With Chronic Pain

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More than one in five young adults who experience chronic pain say they use cannabis and/or CBD oil to manage it according to a recent survey.

The Harris Poll survey, carried out on behalf of the Samueli Foundation, found 65% of young American adults aged 18-34 report experiencing chronic pain. That’s significantly higher than in older adults (52%).

The most common forms of pain reported by young adults were back-related (32%), neck and knees (20% each)

Younger adults are also more likely to use cannabis and/or CBD oil for managing that page – 22% vs 11%.


Study Finds Medical Marijuana May Help Treat Depression And Anxiety And Improve Sleep

A recent study of people diagnosed with clinical depression has found that those using medical marijuana had lower depression scores than those who were not cannabis users. Researchers also determined that study participants who began using medicinal cannabis in a follow-up period saw a reduction in both depression and anxiety symptoms.


LGBTQ2S+, cannabis and mental health: everything you need to know

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A new set of studies aims to explore how weed affects people from diverse communities, including queer and trans folks

Between the legalization of cannabis in late 2018 and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, the amount of cannabis Canadians are using is increasing. At the same time, a greater emphasis has been put on mental health as people cope with the loss, isolation and hardship of the pandemic. Yet there are still many gaps in our knowledge of how cannabis use affects our mental health, and debate abounds over whether it is an effective coping tool or a harmful crutch. 


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