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Marijuana use down among minors, up among older Canadians, StatsCan study finds - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:53

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Marijuana use down among minors, up among older Canadians, StatsCan study finds
CBC.ca
When the government tabled its legalization bill in April, Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief who is Trudeau's point man on the pot file, said from experience the use of cannabis among young people is "among the highest in the world." "I ...
Street cost for cannabis lower than legal price point, Statscan findsThe Globe and Mail
Marijuana use may have already hit $6.2B before Canada's legalizationToronto Star
Cannabis market in 2015 worth as much as $6.2B, StatsCan estimatesCTV News
TheSpec.com -Business in Vancouver
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Move Over California -- Canada's Opening Its Own $5B Cannabis Market In 2018 - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:33

Forbes

Move Over California -- Canada's Opening Its Own $5B Cannabis Market In 2018
Forbes
Deloitte estimates the market will be at least $5B in sales in 2018, with an ancillary market of associated goods and services that could add another $20B. Marc Lustig, chief executive officer of CannaRoyalty, a company holding investments in about 20 ...
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Massachusetts cannabis commission rolls out preliminary rules, including delivery, social useThe Cannabist
Washington Post
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How Safe Is It to Smoke Marijuana Every Day?

Alternet - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:11
If you have questions about your cannabis use, ask yourself these questions.

We hear a variation of this question a lot. “Am I an addict if I smoke marijuana every day?” As with most questions, answers will be all over the place. But the most important answer is how you answer it yourself.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive research that you can point to for the complete answer. Someone who has been waking and baking for years is totally different than a cancer patient medicating with cannabis to relieve pain or nausea. So you really need to ask yourself the question and be honest with yourself. And, if possible, have the conversation with your general practitioner or a trusted doctor.

Check out the questions below and use them as a springboard to learning. Once again, everybody reacts to marijuana in different ways. The key is to accurately self-analyze your consumption. And if you think you may have a problem, chances are you might be correct.

How Addictive Is Marijuana?

According to one government-supported study, nearly 9 percent of people who use marijuana will become abusers. But let’s take a slightly deeper look at the answer.

About 15 percent of people who consume alcohol will become addicted. For cocaine, 17 percent; for heroin, 23 percent; and for nicotine, 32 percent.

It is possible that you are among the 9 percent who struggle with addiction. It is more possible that you are among the 91 percent that will not get hooked on weed. Cannabis is less addictive than neatly every legal or illegal drug.

Research has demonstrated that daily marijuana use can lead to increased tolerance and withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop.

So be honest with yourself. If you have the slightest concern that you have developed a physical or mental dependence on marijuana, be proactive. Ween yourself off daily use. Take a tolerance break and recalibrate your system. If this becomes too difficult, it is possible you are among the 9 percent.

Does Daily Use Cause Physical Changes To The Brain?

Research is mixed on this question. However, the latest study in 2015, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found “daily marijuana use is not associated with brain morphometric measures in adolescents or adults.”

According to this study, earlier research did not control for alcohol use. When that variable was included, the study suggests “it is possible that alcohol use, or other factors, may explain some of the contradictory findings to date.”

The study concluded that “while the literature clearly supports a deleterious short-term effect of marijuana on learning and memory, it seems unlikely that marijuana use has the same level of long-term deleterious effects on brain morphology as other drugs like alcohol.”

Does this mean daily consumption of cannabis is OK? No. The research does not say that. The data is not definitive on what longtime daily use does to cognitive development.

Dr. Stuart Gitlow, a professor at the University of Florida, is an addiction specialist and an ardent opponent of the medical use of marijuana, promotes a loss of attention, focus and concentration.

While the medical community continues to study the issue, one thing is clear: Young, developing minds should refrain from cannabis use. And daily consumption for an adolescent or teen is not advised.

Should I Steer Clear Of Waking And Baking?

Similar to morning use of alcohol among alcohol-dependent individuals, morning use of marijuana may indicate dependence and increased cannabis-related impairment, according to a 2016 study in the journal Addiction and Research Theory.

The report, co-authored by cannabis researcher Mitch Earleywine, suggests that “morning users reported significantly more problems than non-morning users, and morning use accounted for significant unique variance in problems.”

The positive news, according to the study, shows that “morning use also has the potential to lend itself to straightforward intervention. … Exploratory mediational analyses did not support the idea that morning use led to problems via withdrawal.”

So if this is one of your habits, now may be the time to wean yourself fr0m it. There are potential negative outcomes, but not in everybody.

Does My Bad Cough Mean I Am Getting Lung Cancer?

While it is true that daily consumption will irritate your lungs and give some users a chronic hacking cough, research shows that smoking marijuana does not cause lung cancer.

“Although cannabis does increase symptoms of bronchitis like coughing and wheezing, it does not appear to elevate risk for lung cancer,” according to Professor Mitch Earleywine, a cannabis researcher and professor of psychology at the University of Albany, NY.

The Journal of the American Medical Association conducted the largest and longest study ever to consider the issue in 2012. According to Dr. Mark Pletcher, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco and the lead author of the study, marijuana use did not harm lung capacity. In fact, the study suggests some test subjects experienced improved lung capacity.

“There are clearly adverse effects from tobacco use and marijuana smoke has a lot of the same constituents as tobacco smoke does so we thought it might have some of the same harmful effects. It’s a weird effect to see and we couldn’t make it go away,” Pletcher said.

If you want to minimize your coughing jags, cutting back on cannabis will most likely help. The coughing is a clear sign of an agitated lung, but it is not cancerous.

 

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Cannabis activists Marc and Jodie Emery plead guilty to drug-related charges - Toronto Star

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:07

Toronto Star

Cannabis activists Marc and Jodie Emery plead guilty to drug-related charges
Toronto Star
A police investigation into marijuana operations of Canada's self-proclaimed Prince and Princess of Pot offers a glimpse into the economics of the booming illegal storefront operations selling cannabis products. Jodie and Marc Emery pleaded guilty ...
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Is Kratom Safe Enough for the Fight Against Opioids?

Alternet - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 10:56
A new study says "yes," and finds it relieves anxiety and reduces negative moods, too.

A review of 57 years of international scientific evidence may help change the perception of kratom and restore its potential as a public health tool that deserves more research.

As the nation grapples for solutions to the opioid epidemic—now claiming more than 33,000 American lives each year—the potential of the psychoactive plant kratom to become a useful tool in the battle has been the subject of hot debate.

While some in the medical field and many in the general public attest to kratom’s ability to help curb opioid addiction and relieve pain, governmental agencies continue to warn against its dangers to mental health, citing links to psychosis and addiction. In 2016, the DEA briefly recommended criminalizing kratom possession and distribution, before withdrawing the proposal.

The study not only points to the potential benefits of kratom as a safer substitute for opioids, but also suggests the plant’s potential to reduce negative mood and relieve anxiety. Published online this week in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, it represents the largest systematic review of the scientific literature on kratom use and mental health.

“There is a lot of confusing information about kratom in the media that makes it difficult for clinicians and the public to make informed choices,” says lead author Marc T. Swogger, associate professor in the University of Rochester Medical Center’s psychiatry department. “This study clarifies that there is no good scientific basis for claims that kratom causes psychosis, suicide, or violence, and the available data do not indicate that kratom is a significant public health problem.”

Coauthor Zach Walsh, associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia notes that current approaches to addressing the opioid epidemic are leaving large numbers of high-need individuals without effective treatment.

“We need to explore all options, and our findings suggest it’s time to carefully examine the potential of this ancient plant,” says Walsh.

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Swogger and Walsh reviewed the combined results of 13 studies conducted between January 1960 and July 2017, using data from 28,745 individuals.

“There is a clear need for more rigorous, well-controlled, prospective studies to support a sophisticated, nuanced understanding of the plant,” says Swogger. “But data across cultures indicated that kratom has a legitimate role to play in mitigating harms associated with opioid dependence. The bulk of the available research supports kratom’s benefits as a milder, less addictive, and less-dangerous substance than opioids, and one that appears far less likely to cause fatal overdose.”

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa; also known as krathom or ketum) is part of the coffee family and has been used medicinally for centuries in Southeast Asia to relieve symptoms of opioid withdrawal, to relieve pain, diarrhea, and cough, and increase stamina and energy. People chew raw leaves of the kratom plant, boil them to serve as tea, smoke, or vaporize them.

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In recent years, kratom’s use has expanded beyond Asia, and its leaves, powders, gums, capsules, and extracts are widely accessed through retail outlets and the internet in North America and Europe.

“We need more and better research to be able to outline the risks and benefits of kratom in greater detail,” Swogger says. “Only through well-controlled studies can we elucidate kratom’s potential for good and harm, and give the public, policy makers, and health care professionals the information needed to make informed decisions.”

Source: University of Rochester

Original Study DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.10.012

 

 

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This cannabis-infused wine promises to prevent hangovers - Moneyish

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 08:18

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This cannabis-infused wine promises to prevent hangovers
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A California-based winery created a bottle of wine infused with cannabis and no alcohol that could get you high and promises to prevent that awful next-day feeling you get after tossing back too much booze. Rebel Coast Winery claims to be the first to ...
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Alberta takes lessons from Colorado on public education ahead of cannabis legalization - Edmonton Journal

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 05:25

Edmonton Journal

Alberta takes lessons from Colorado on public education ahead of cannabis legalization
Edmonton Journal
That sage advice from Dan Rowland, director of public affairs for Denver, Col., comes after more than five years of experience dealing with the legalization of cannabis and its ripple effects. “I think it's imperative that governments, whether it's the ...

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Is The Cannabis Industry Repeating Silicon Valley's Worst Mistakes? - Fast Company

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 05:01

Fast Company

Is The Cannabis Industry Repeating Silicon Valley's Worst Mistakes?
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Recreational cannabis is now legal in eight states and Washington, D.C., with legal sales of recreational marijuana kicking off in California come January 1. Yet black and Latinx people are disproportionately being locked out of the industry partly due ...

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Statscan to look to online crowdsourcing for cannabis pricing - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 02:02

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Statscan to look to online crowdsourcing for cannabis pricing
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Statistics Canada plans to experiment with online crowdsourcing to help figure out how much cannabis costs on Canada's street corners, which will aid Ottawa in reaching one of its core goals – crushing the drug's black market – as the federal ...

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OR: Portland police officers take kids shopping as part of 'Heroes a - KPTV - FOX 12

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FL: Massachusetts rolls 100-foot-long joint; McCain likely to miss tax bill vote; Cherokee Nation's fear of losing heritage drives opioid lawsuit; more in U.S. news - tbo.com

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