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What We Know About Cannabis Tolerance

What we know about cannabis tolerance Tyler Criss smokes marijuana resin in a small bong at a party celebrating weed Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Seattle. Fans of the drug have long marked April 20 as a day to roll weed or munch on pot-laced brownies, and call for increased legal access to it. This year's celebrations throughout the U.S. come amid loosening of marijuana restrictions and increasing tolerance for the plant's use from Alaska to Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Tolerance to THC's effects might help explain why heavy cannabis users tend to seek out more potent forms of the drug. (Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press files)

Article by Leaf News Anyone with experience drinking alcohol understands the concept of tolerance: the more frequently you drink, the more booze it takes to get you drunk, or even buzzed. Does the same phenomenon apply to cannabis? It most certainly does, according to a 2018 scientific literature review published in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. The paper summarizes what we know about ...

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Researchers Trying to Find Better Ways to Measure Cannabis-Induced Impairment

Researchers trying to find better ways to measure cannabis-induced impairment WENCY LEUNG HEALTH Dr. Tom Schweizer demonstrates the use of MRI equipment that performs brain scans while people use a driving simulation, after consuming cannabis, in Toronto on Oct. 22, 2018. MARK BLINCH

Article by Wency Leung, Globe and Mail Police who suspect people are driving under the influence of cannabis may ask them to perform a roadside sobriety test, or have them give blood or saliva samples. But even policy-makers recognize these methods, which work reasonably well for alcohol, are unreliable when applied to cannabis. Now in labs across North America, the race is ...

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Aleafia Health Study Indicates 45% of Patients End Benzodiazepine Use Following Medical Cannabis Treatment

Aleafia Health Study Indicates 45% of Patients End Benzodiazepine Use Following Medical Cannabis Treatment First of its Kind Study Published in Peer-Reviewed Journal, “Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research” Authors Leveraged Aleafia’s 10 Million Point Medical Cannabis Dataset

Article by News Wire Aleafia Health Inc. (TSXV: ALEF, OTC: ALEAF, FRA: ARAH) (“Aleafia Health” or the “Company”), announces today what it believes to be the first study reporting reduced benzodiazepine use among patients initiated and monitored on medical cannabis. Benzodiazepines, a class of psychoactive drugs, include the most common sedatives and anti-anxiety medications. The retrospective study, published in Cannabis and ...

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Cannabis Use Among Millennials and Seniors is on the Rise in Ontario: CAMH

Cannabis use among millennials and seniors is on the rise in Ontario: CAMH The Monitor shows the number of adults in Ontario who reported using cannabis in the previous year climbed from 15.7 per cent (2016) to 19.4 per cent (2017) EMMA SPEARS The results come courtesy of the institution's CAMH Monitor, a survey published bi-yearly that tracks Ontarians' substance use and mental health that has been in operation for approximately 40 years. REZ-ART / ISTOCK / GETTY IMAGES PLUS

Article by Emma Spears, Regina Leader-Post Ontario saw a significant increase in cannabis use in the year leading up to federal legalization, according to a survey from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The results come courtesy of the institution’s CAMH Monitor, a survey published bi-yearly that tracks Ontarians’ substance use and mental health that has been in operation for approximately 40 years. ...

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Are Conservatives Misleading Residents When It Comes to Cannabis?

Are Conservatives Misleading Residents When It Comes to Cannabis? by Alan Kan

Article by Alan Kan, InBrampton Since the legalization of cannabis across Canada last October, Ontario has seen significant changes on how they planned to administer the availability of the now legalized product. From the previous Liberal government’s more formalized ‘Ontario Cannabis Stores’ model being run through the LCBO, the Doug Ford government wanted to expand options for private retailers so they replaced ...

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New Health Canada Data Points to Growing Stockpiles, Sluggish Sales

New Health Canada data points to growing stockpiles, sluggish sales

Article by Mark Rendell, Globe and Mail Provincial and territorial distributors and retailers reported having dried cannabis inventories equal to two months of legal recreational sales at the end of November, according to new data released by Health Canada. For cannabis oil, retailers and distributors reported inventories equal to four months of sales. . It’s hard to know how the ...

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Research Opportunities From Legalization Go Beyond Hard Science

Research opportunities from legalization go beyond hard science In photographs, laboratory research looks much more impressive than social-science research. (Sean Kilpatrick)

Article by Leaf News For scientific researchers of all kinds, Canada’s legalization of cannabis presents an enticing opportunity: solving enduring mysteries about how it works. This wasn’t always possible in the not-too-distant past, as physician and researcher Dr. Mark Ware explains in a new Canadian Press story. “(The) stigma around cannabis has changed, and people are beginning to see that there ...

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B.C. Cancer to Lead First National Cannabis Clinical Trial for Symptom Relief

B.C. Cancer to lead first national cannabis clinical trial for symptom relief A Health Canada-approved Whistler medical cannabis producer will donate the oil extracts to be taken by cancer patients in nine cities across Canada. PAMELA FAYERMAN ‘Cannabis use during treatment is widespread, for potential relief of symptoms related to treatment, or to cancer itself. This, in spite of the fact there is little or no scientific evidence into symptom and quality of life improvements,’ says Dr. Pippa Hawley, a palliative care specialist who will lead the clinical trial. (Photo: Arlen Redekop, PNG) ARLEN REDEKOP / PNG

Article by Pamela Fayerman, Vancouver Sun B.C. Cancer will lead a first-ever, national clinical trial that aims to answer whether cannabis plant extracts truly help with symptom relief. Recruitment for the 48-day trial in 150 patients will begin soon after the expected Health Canada and ethics approval is obtained. Patients in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Prince George, Victoria, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Kingston ...

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Munchies and Making Out Top List of Fun Post-Pot Activities: Poll

Munchies and making out top list of fun post-pot activities: poll Watching TV, stargazing, and yoga also cited as enjoyable things to do when you're high. TIFFANY CRAWFORD This infographic shows the breakdown for British Columbian survey respondents.

Article by Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun So you’ve just toked up on some legal Canadian weed. Now what? Well apparently, eating food and having sex are the two most enjoyable pot-post activities, according to a survey done by marketing research group Leger for National Access Cannabis, a licensed marijuana retailer. The survey of 1,525 Canadians, conducted in early October shortly ...

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Origin of Bonify’s Unlicensed Pot Still Unknown, But Companies Working on Ways to Track Cannabis

Origin of Bonify's unlicensed pot still unknown, but companies working on ways to track cannabis Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn New technology could track cannabis from seed to sale, companies say as Health Canada reviews Bonify Sean Kavanagh · CBC News Some in the industry say cannabis needs to to be tracked from seed to consumer to curb the movement of illicit marijuana. In December, a contractor hired to investigate operations at Bonify said they did not know the source of 200 kilograms of unlicensed cannabis that arrived at its Winnipeg cannabis-production facility. (Matilde Campodonico/Associated Press)

Article by Sean Kavanagh, CBC News Health Canada is continuing its review into how 200 kilograms of unlicensed cannabis found its way into Bonify’s vaults, and the RCMP say they’re “assessing” the situation. Meanwhile, some in the cannabis industry believe if the government is serious about stamping out illicit, unauthorized or illegal marijuana, it has to be tracked from seed to consumer — and they’re working on technology to do ...

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