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Canadian Study Finds a Link Between Starting Medical Cannabis and Stopping Drinking

WELLNESS Canadian study finds a link between starting medical cannabis and stopping drinking 43.5 per cent of study participants who used marijuana as a substitute for alcohol decreased the frequency of their drinking. By Angela Stelmakowich There is “a growing body of evidence that medical cannabis use is often associated with reductions in the use of other substances.” / Photo: rclassenlayouts / iStock / Getty Images Plus rclassenlayouts / iStock / Getty Images Plus Of the participants who reported using alcohol on at least 10 occasions in the 12 months prior to starting medical cannabis, 43.5 per cent said the frequency of their drinking fell. / Photo: Getty Images

Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op Authorized medical marijuana patients who began using cannabis to help reduce their drinking report experiencing a reduction or even discontinuation of alcohol use, notes new research out of the University of Victoria. The finding reflects feedback from 2,102 patients registered with Tilray, a medical cannabis research and production company in Canada. The input was ...

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Can the Body’s Endocannabinoids Fight Intestinal Infections? This Research Suggests They Can

HEALTH Can the body’s endocannabinoids fight intestinal infections? This research suggests they can Mice study shows molecules in the body that share features with cannabis may be able to block bacteria before it can lead to disease. By Angela Stelmakowich The research team determined that 2-AG had a positive effect on C. rodentium, S. typhimurium and E. coli. / Photo: nensuria / iStock / Getty Images Plus nensuria / iStock / Getty Images Plus A recent study found that THC treatments helped to prevent colon cancer by easing inflammation. / Photo: Dr_Microbe / iStock / Getty Images Plus Dr_Microbe / iStock / Getty Images Plus Vanessa Sperandio, Ph.D. / Photo: UT Southwestern Medical Center The study shed light on how the body’s endocannabinoids “can shut down genes needed for some pathogenic intestinal bacteria to colonize, multiply and cause disease.” / Photo: CreativeNature_nl / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op A new U.S. mice study offers promise for advancing understanding of how cannabis can help lessen the symptoms of various bowel conditions, insight that could lead to new ways of fighting gastrointestinal (GI) infections. Published online this month in Cell, the study led by the University of Texas, Southwestern (UTSW) shed light on how the ...

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Study: Women are Turning to Cannabis to Manage Menopause Symptoms

LIFE Study: Women are turning to cannabis to manage menopause symptoms “These findings suggest that cannabis use to manage menopause symptoms may be relatively common.” By Sam Riches More than 230 women participated in the Midlife Women Veterans Health Survey and more than half had reported experiencing hot flashes, night sweats and genitourinary symptoms. / Photo: iStock / Getty Images Plus

Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op There are now less than a dozen U.S. states with a complete prohibition on cannabis and that could change next week with five U.S. states having some form of cannabis legalization on the ballot. As more jurisdictions loosen their approach to cannabis, more people are turning toward the plant for its medicinal properties, including ...

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Canadian Cancer Survivors Explain Reasons for Consuming or Abstaining from Cannabis in New Study

NEWS Canadian cancer survivors explain reasons for consuming or abstaining from cannabis in new study Support from physicians and family and friends played an important role in shaping their decisions. By Sam Riches A survey of a thousand primary care patients in Vermont found that though nearly half of respondents had used cannabis in the past year, less than 20 per cent felt their doctor were sufficiently knowledgeable on the subject. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op Thirty-three Canadian cancer survivors were interviewed for a new study published in Cancer Medicine that sought to uncover the motivating factors influencing their decisions to medicate with, or abstain from, medical cannabis. The individuals were recruited via social media and spanned the country. During telephone interviews with the researchers, they described their experiences. For those that ...

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Research Update

Candace Good MD Own Your Present OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Research Update Three recently published studies shed light on current and future treatments. Source: Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels

Article by Candace Good, Psychology Today Staying home and washing our hands more often is recommended to combat the spread of COVID-19. Is refusing to touch something someone else has touched a compulsion or an appropriate safety measure right now? At what point do fears of contracting illness become an obsession? Health professionals diagnose obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) when the amount of distress is ...

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Concordia Economist: No Economic Windfall From Legalization, but Much Room for Growth

NEWS Concordia economist: No economic windfall from legalization, but much room for growth “You can’t have a huge legal market and have huge legal tax revenues, because that would require a high rate of taxation on each unit of cannabis,” professor explained. By Sam Riches There is still much room for growth in the Canadian industry, particularly on the retail side in Ontario and Quebec. / Getty Images

Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op There are many arguments for legalizing cannabis that are not rooted in dollars and cents. The disproportionate enforcement of cannabis laws, for example. Or the failures of prohibition. Or the potential for improved access to medical cannabis. Still, one of the oft-repeated arguments for legalization is the potential tax revenue that could be generated. ...

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Sarah Leamon: Feds Mostly Missed the Mark with Changes to Impaired-Driving Laws

NewsTOPICS COMMENTARY Sarah Leamon: Feds mostly missed the mark with changes to impaired-driving laws by Sarah Leamon Vancouver lawyer Sarah Leamon points out that there's been no flood of weed-fuelled motorists on the roads since cannabis was legalized. It’s been two years since Bill C-46 became law, overhauling impaired-driving rules nationwide.

Article by Sarah Leamon, Georgia Straight It’s been two years since Bill C-46 became law, overhauling impaired-driving rules nationwide. Although Bill C-46 embodied a number of significant amendments to Criminal Code impaired-driving offences and other crimes, it did a couple of key things. For starters, it created specific offences for cannabis-impaired driving the first time. Secondly, it did away with the reasonable grounds to ...

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MediPharm Labs Initiates Clinical Trial for Use of Cannabis to Treat Chronic Kidney Disease Patients and Improve Quality of Life

MediPharm Labs Initiates Clinical Trial for Use of Cannabis to Treat Chronic Kidney Disease Patients and Improve Quality of Life October 19, 2020 Stock Day Media 105 Views cannabis, hempnews, hempstock, improvelife, MEDIF, medifpharmlabs, qualityoflife Clinical trial will evaluate the effectiveness of MediPharm Labs proprietary GMP cannabis-derived formulations and medical products and expand MediPharm Labs owned IP In the United States, 37 million or more than 1 in 7 adults, are estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and Worldwide, approximately 1 in 10 people suffer from kidney disease according to the National Kidney Foundation Patients with CKD suffer from various symptoms and have limited life expectancy, consequently, optimizing quality of life (QOL) is of high priority

Article by Stock Day Media MediPharm Labs Corp., (TSX: LABS) (OTCQX: MEDIF) (FSE: MLZ) (“MediPharm Labs” or the “Company”) a global leader in specialized, research-driven pharmaceutical-quality cannabis extraction, distillation and derivative products, is pleased to announce its wholly-owned subsidiary, MediPharm Labs Inc., has initiated a clinical trial to research and evaluate the effectiveness of MediPharm Labs’ proprietary cannabis-derived medical products ...

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Chart: Pain, Inflammation Top Reasons Why Low-THC Cannabis Interests Canadians

Chart: Pain, inflammation top reasons why low-THC cannabis interests Canadians Published 3 hours ago | By Hemp Industry Daily staff Canadian health authorities say there’s strong demand for over-the-counter, low-THC cannabis such as CBD, and most people want to use it for pain and inflammation if the country were to establish a legal market.

Article by Hemp Industry Daily Canadian health authorities say there’s strong demand for over-the-counter, low-THC cannabis such as CBD, and most people want to use it for pain and inflammation if the country were to establish a legal market. That’s the result of a recent Health Canada survey. The agency is considering new rules about the sale of CBD and other “cannabis ...

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Canadian Government Gets ‘C’ Average in the Legalization Report Card

NEWS Canadian government gets 'C' average in the legalization report card A new report by the Cannabis Council of Canada reviews the legal industry's performance over the past two years By Sam Riches FILE: A worker tends to marijuana plants at the Aurora Sky facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Jason Franson/Bloomberg

Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op A new report from the Cannabis Council of Canada, which represents some of the country’s largest licensed producers, including Canopy Growth, Tilray, and Cronos Group, has graded the government’s performance over the first two years of legalization with a ‘C’ average. Led by president and CEO George Smitherman, the former Minister of Health, the council seeks ...

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