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The ancient history of cannabis edibles

Canada’s cannabis industry predicts edibles will revitalize the market and shake up dropping stocks. But these issues are a far cry from the very first edibles.

Pot edibles have been a part of human history for thousands of years, tied to religious texts and potentially even being used as a way to attract assassins. Here’s a rundown of how it evolved.

Bhang (1,000 BCE)

While history can be hazy, it appears the first form of edibles were in liquid form. Nicknamed ‘Bhang,’ the cannabis-infused drink may have appeared as early as 1000 BCE in India. The drink is popularly served around Holi, a Hindu festival celebrating the start of spring.

Fri
08
Nov

Why Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid classifications mean close to nothing

While poking around your local dispensary, it’s almost guaranteed that you will speak or hear the terms “indica,” “sativa,” or “hybrid,” at least once. These three terms remain, by far, the most common for describing the attributes and effects of cannabis flower — and even products like edibles and vapes lay claim to the categories. 

 For most of us, these labels are shorthand. Indicas are chill, sativas are energetic, and hybrids represent a balance between the two. But are these classifications accurate, and — perhaps more importantly — can they be used to authentically predict a person’s experience when consuming cannabis? 

Fri
08
Nov

'Start low and go slow': How some Sask. seniors are getting up to speed on cannabis

Interest from seniors about cannabis promoted the executive director of the Prince Albert Senior Advocacy Centre to host a workshop on the topic.

“We are getting question from the seniors we see, particularly regarding medical use of marijuana. We thought there was a lot, so let’s have a workshop,” John Fryters said.

“They want to know how it can help them with various ailments that they have. And they seem to be all pain related, anxiety related.”

About 25 people participated in the workshop. Most said they were there to learn if cannabis products could help with chronic health conditions that affect aging adults such as arthritis. Some said they had pain in their joints or legs and are interested in trying topical creams.

Thu
07
Nov

‘Marijuana’ vs. ‘cannabis’: Study finds different terms make no difference

With the rise of legal weed, you might have noticed a slight change of terminology since the illicit days of the drug — most notably, many are calling it “cannabis” rather than “marijuana.”

Some have argued that the term “cannabis” should be used instead of “marijuana” to help build a new image for the drug, away from the latter’s history and stigma.

The name “marijuana” was largely adopted in the 20th century by prohibitionists as a way to scare white people from using it because it sounded foreign.

“Cannabis,” on the other hand, is the scientific name for weed and presents a fresh start to build a friendly image of the drug.

Thu
07
Nov

Cannabis vaporizers being dropped by P.E.I.'s Workers Compensation Board

The Workers Compensation Board of P.E.I. has finished the first review of its medical cannabis policy, one year after implementing it.

Under the policy, clients can be approved for use of cannabis to treat nausea with chemotherapy, end-of-life care, spasms caused by a spinal injury, or chronic shooting or burning pain.

The current policy covers reasonable costs for a vaporizer, and the board is looking to drop that benefit in light of a recent Health Canada warning.

"We wanted to ensure that our policy didn't inadvertently promote vaping as a route for cannabis treatment and so we proposed an interim step that we wouldn't cover the cost of a vaporizer," said Kate Marshall, director of workplace services.

Thu
07
Nov

Ontario to allow cannabis retailers to sell online and over the phone

Cannabis retailers will soon be able to sell products online or over the phone for in-store pick-up as the Ontario government adopts a “click-and-connect” sales model to expand access to legal marijuana.

Finance Minister Rod Phillips announced the proposed changes in the government's fall economic statement Wednesday, saying they will decrease waits for cannabis and help combat the black market.

The shift comes as the Progressive Conservative government pledges to lift a cap it imposed on the number of cannabis stores in Ontario.

“All of the provincial jurisdictions are learning and trying to make sure that we take the best approach,” Phillips said. “Our priorities are getting rid of black market cannabis and safety in our communities.”

Thu
07
Nov

Cannabis legalization hasn't hurt the black market in N.B

If the legalization of cannabis was supposed to hurt the black market, the new head of Cannabis New Brunswick says it hasn't happened.

In fact, he believes more illegal dispensaries have opened up in the province, and that's curtailing the province's profits from cannabis.

Patrick Parent has been on the job for just over two months, but says the province won't be making money off cannabis this year. 

The exterior of a Cannabis NB retail store is shown in Fredericton, N.B., on Tuesday October 16, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Stephen MacGillivray)

Thu
07
Nov

Province pledges to crack down on liquor thefts as cannabis education campaign rolls out

Justice officials has pledged to crack down on the spike in Liquormart thefts the province has seen over the last several months, said the province’s Justice Minister.

“In my perspective as Minister of Justice, we’re going to continue to work with Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries as we go forward,” said Cliff Cullen. “We in Justice want to make sure we are working with police as well in terms of apprehension of these individuals and getting those people off the street. We’re working closely with Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries as well in terms of processes to get these individuals apprehended.”

Wed
06
Nov

'Good' or 'bad' drugs? Cannabis, vaping challenge traditional categories, says Ontario public health researcher

Regulators have spent the past 70 years trying to figure out how to regulate tobacco. Now a fast-changing recreational drug use landscape in Canada that includes three legal products — tobacco, vaping and cannabis — means regulators will have to figure out the interplay of the three, says an expert in public health policy.

Between 35,000 and 45,000 deaths in year in Canada are attributed to smoking, about 30 per cent of all cancer deaths. However, cannabis and vaping are challenging the traditional categories of “good” and “bad” drugs, said David Hammond, who was in Ottawa on Monday to speak at the biennial Canadian Cancer Research Conference.

Wed
06
Nov

Your cannabis movements are being tracked… and there’s nothing you can do about it

In the modern age, most of our purchases are tracked by apps, smart home devices like Alexa, and social media, to name a few.

Prior to the Canada’s relatively recent cannabis legalization, consumers only had to worry about government surveillance. Now, however, the cannabis industry joins the rest of the world in having their purchasing habits monitored.

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