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Thu
16
Jan

Canadians are still woefully uneducated about cannabis

s the first G7 country to legalize cannabis, Canada is becoming a point of reference for the global cannabis industry on production, distribution and retail models. The rest of the world is watching closely. However, far more educating about cannabis needs to be done. Consumers still don’t know enough about cannabis, the laws that govern it, and how to use it safely. Cannabis education is urgently needed, and is critical to the growth of the industry here and abroad.

Thu
16
Jan

Cannabis can disrupt anxiety superhighway in the brain of mice, researchers find

Researchers may be closing in on exactly why cannabis is so good at countering anxiety.

A new study, published in the journal Neuron, explains that there is an anxiety generating superhighway in the brain that connects the amygdala, the brain’s emotional centre, with the prefrontal cortex, where decision making and impulse control are managed.

The more stressful the situation a person finds themselves in, the more firmly these two areas of the brain connect, quickly elevating anxiety.

Thu
16
Jan

Athletes Will Use CBD This Olympics And Here’s Why

Thanks to changes in WADA policies, Olympic athletes can use CBD legally for the first time.

A new champion will be crowned when the 2020 Summer Olympics debut in Tokyo. We’re not talking gold medals or world records, though. Instead, a new presence will be felt for the first time legally at the Olympics—cannabidiol, or CBD.

The World Anti-Doping Agency, an organization that monitors and fights against the use of drugs in the Olympics, announced in 2018 that CBD had been removed from its list of banned substances. Since the organization’s formation in 1999, all cannabinoids like CBD and THC had been banned for all Olympic athletes. The 2020 Olympics represents the first games in which athletes can legally use CBD without fear of consequence.

Thu
16
Jan

Why some British Columbians won't buy legal weed

At 5:30 p.m. on a rainy Tuesday night, The Dispensary — one of Vancouver’s oldest grey market cannabis stores — is doing booming business. Dozens of people stop in to pick up cannabis flower, edibles, and other cannabis products. Not one of their customers seem concerned that the store isn’t licensed by the provincial government.

After a lengthy wait, B.C. now has 134 licensed cannabis providers in operation. But many consumers are choosing to stay with unlicensed suppliers. Although more than 20 per cent of British Columbians have used a cannabis product in the past three months, according to Statistics Canada, sales per capita are the lowest in the country, averaging at just $10.

Wed
15
Jan

Arrival of cannabis edibles feeds new opportunities for Calgary businesses

It's been more than a year since cannabis was legalized in Canada, and now new options for its use are hitting the market in Calgary. 

Marijuana edibles became available in some stores across the city on Monday. More businesses will follow suit in the coming days as deliveries will fill the shelves with gummies, chocolates, cookies and mints. 

Queen of Bud in Sunalta was one of a handful of stores to get edibles in stock first thing Monday. The phone was ringing off the hook and customers who stopped by for other products were soon wooed into purchasing candy. 

The most popular item? Pineapple gummy bears.​

Wed
15
Jan

Cannabis edibles now available at some Edmonton stores

It's been a waiting game for cannabis consumers hoping to get their hands on the legal edibles, but the wait is finally coming to an end. 

While not all edibles are legally accessible yet, the first batch of THC-infused edibles such as cookies, gummies, chocolates and a few others started landing in Edmonton cannabis retail shops Monday. 

For cannabis retailers, the delivery of edibles has been met with excitement, but cautious optimism as they brace themselves for potential supply problems that occurred when cannabis was first legalized in 2018.

Wed
15
Jan

Does marijuana actually ruin your memory?

Marijuana makes you dumb. At least according to the tired trope surrounding its use. Back in the day, stoners were considered slackers and anyone who smoked weed was on a one-way ticket to Loserville.

Today, many of those stigmas have fallen away. But some still linger in the popular consciousness, like the perception that every hit on a joint results in a lower IQ. But does smoking marijuana actually make you stupid?

Wed
15
Jan

Study Finds Long-Term Heavy Cannabis Use May Impair Driving

Long-term, heavy cannabis use might be making adults bad drivers. Especially, according to a new study in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, if drivers started consuming cannabis in their early teens. Researchers studying the impacts of recreational cannabis consumption on cognitive function say bad driving behaviors like speeding, ignoring traffic signals, and getting into accidents could stem from heavy adolescent cannabis use.

Tue
14
Jan

Pot seizures jumped at U.S. border in the year after Canada legalized cannabis

Marijuana seizures at the U.S. border jumped in the year after Canada legalized recreational cannabis.

Figures provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) show American officers seized 2,214 kg of marijuana from travellers entering the U.S. between Nov. 1, 2018 and Oct. 31, 2019, up from just 1,259 kg over the same period a year earlier.

That's an increase in volume of about 75 per cent.

The upswing was less significant in terms of the number of individual seizures recorded: 3,917 in the year after legalization, compared to 3,139 incidents the year before.

CPB spokesman Kris Grogan said he sees the increase as more of an "uptick" than a drastic spike.

Tue
14
Jan

N.S. finance minister cites supply issues as cause of edibles sales slump

Sales of cannabis-infused edibles have been slow to start at Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC), but that’s mostly thanks to a lack of supply as opposed to a lack of interest, according to the provincial finance minister.

The NLSC received its first shipment of the second-wave cannabis products in late December, shortly after they became legal for retail sale and before many other provinces. Despite their prompt arrival on the scene, however, the products haven’t exactly been the pot of gold that many expected for the Crown corporation.

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