The Benefits vs. Harms of Cannabis Education

April 17, 2018

There is much said about educating people on the harms of cannabis.

According to some scientific studies that are prolific in the media, cannabis can lead to psychosis – especially in youth. It can also be harmful to the developing brain and should not be used by those under the age of 25.

There are other scientific studies that show these results are inconclusive and other studies that show the opposite, though they receive very little media coverage.
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New Laws Will Set Us Free – Or Will They?

March 26, 2018

Legalization of cannabis is coming and we will all be home free! Or will we?

Although generally, it will be a relief for many people to be able to possess cannabis legally, I and many others have serious concerns about the regulations, especially around impaired driving laws. While many business types are running around with dollar signs in their eyes, the person on the street should be alarmed to know that he/she could just as likely become a criminal under “legalization” as they were during prohibition.
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Cannabis Harm Reduction

January 15, 2018

Sitting or standing around in a group passing a joint is a national past time in this great land of ours. I’m not sure how the custom originated, as you don’t often see people sharing cigarettes or beers the same way, but nonetheless, it happens with cannabis. It is not just joints either, people share bongs, pipes, vaporizers and any device that you can smoke cannabis from.

It is a custom we may want to rethink. While smoking cannabis has negligible effects on your health, placing your mouth on the same pipe, joint, or bong as everyone else, especially during cold and flu season, may have unwanted effects along with the intended effects of getting high. It won’t be cannabis that makes you sick, it will be the sharing of contagious germs.
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Consequence Strains

THE CONSEQUENCES

500,000 Canadians have admitted to driving after using marijuana in the past 12 months. Nearly 40% of those were aged 15-24.

http://beleave.com/consequencestrains/

THE FACTS

The year 2015 saw a decrease in the number of serious injuries, yet showed a slight increase in fatalities and total injuries.
• In 2015, the number of motor vehicle fatalities was 1,858; up 0.3% from 2014 (1,852).
• The downward trend for serious injuries continued, dropping to 10,280 in 2015; down 1.1% from 2014 (10,397).
• The number of fatalities per 100,000 population was 5.2 in 2015; unchanged from the rate seen in 2014.
• The number of fatalities per billion vehicle kilometres travelled was 5.1 in 2015, the lowest on record.

https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/motorvehiclesafety/tp-tp3322-2015-1487.html

In 2014, the number of motor vehicle fatalities was 1,834; down 6.0% from 2013 (1,951).
• The downward trend for serious injuries continued, dropping to 9,647 in 2014; down 9.5% from 2013 (10,663).
• The number of fatalities per 100,000 population was 5.2 in 2014, down from 5.5 in 2013.
• The number of fatalities per billion vehicle kilometres travelled was 5.1 in 2014; the lowest on record.

http://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/roadsafety/cmvtcs2014_eng.pdf

A consistent downward trend since 2006
https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/motorvehiclesafety/tp-tp3322-2015-1487.html

Reducing the Supply Shortage of Cannabis, Post-Legalization

October 16, 2017

There are many predictions of a chronic cannabis shortage when it is legalized. No matter how smooth the provincial governments pave the way, it all ends with out-of-stock producers holding up the line.

There are measures that could help alleviate the shortage, namely legal personal growers who are licensed under the ACMPR. You are supposed to only grow enough for your own needs, based on a per gram a day limit. Each gram translates into 5 plants. Continue reading

Canada Looks to B.C., Alberta After Ontario Drops the Ball on Legalization

September 15, 2017

The Ontario government has unveiled it’s plan to regulate cannabis in the province in July 2018. Lawmakers believe they can eliminate the black market by opening 40 government run stores and a mail order delivery in the first year, followed by 40 more stores in 2019 and 150 by 2020. They will shut down all illegal dispensaries before the official stores are open. The local neighbourhood dealer better be well prepared for all the business that will come their way.
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Greening Out – And How to Avoid It

March 28, 2017

You are consuming some cannabis with your friends and feeling wonderful, but one more hit, and not so much. After a few moments, you begin to feel woozy, light-headed, dizzy, anxiety is welling up; you may feel nauseous, and even vomit. You are desperately seeking somewhere to lie or sit down if you haven’t got there already.

Cannabis consumers may be familiar with the term “greening out”, which means when one has over indulged ingesting cannabis, and are now experiencing unpleasant effects such as dizziness, fainting, anxiety or vomiting.
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The Grey Market Adds Legitimacy To Licensed Producers

March 6, 2017

A significant percentage of patients (42%) reported accessing cannabis from illegal/unregulated sources in addition to access via LPs, and over half (55%) were charged to receive a medical recommendation to use cannabis, with nearly 25% paying $300 or more.

International Journal of Drug Policy

We hear how well Licensed Producers (LP’s) are doing in the legal medical cannabis market, how stocks are going up, the market is expanding, and everything is rosy and fine. But there are many problems with the legal market that are being masked by the entrenched grey market. The proof is summarized in a paper entitled, “Medical Cannabis Access, Use, And Substitution For Prescription Opioids And Other Substances: A Survey Of Authorized Medical Cannabis Patients,” published recently in the International Journal of Drug Policy. (1)
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Transitioning to Legal Cannabis

November 20, 2016

Some people who are experienced with cannabis see a huge need to help educate the public and politicians about this plant because fear seems to abound everywhere. There is still so much misinformation coming from some authoritative sources, and unravelling decades of propaganda is no small task. Most people don’t know that cannabis has never caused a single death in thousands of years of use, and that by over-regulating it to address perceived harms could be a futile effort in the face of a long established illegal market that has been around for decades.

Throughout our lifetimes, cannabis has been a part of society in the worst possible way – total prohibition, which in reality means, no rules, anything goes. Ten and twelve year old children buy, sell and smoke it, and have for decades. Now the rhetoric to strictly regulate and restrict access, implies we will be under an extreme opposite cannabis regime, albeit, a legal one
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Doctors – Treat opioid overuse with cannabis

September 8, 2016

“Opioids overuse is the worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history; two people an hour are dying of opioids misuse in the United States, and, proportionally, the problem is likely as bad, if not worse, in Canada.”
Dr. Gary Franklin, leading expert on workers’ compensation and medical director of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/opioid-overuse-is-creating-lost-generation-expert-says/article31547148/

That has to be a wake up call for doctors, patients and society as a whole. There is a safer solution staring us in our collective face, yet the medical profession en masse, seems so reluctant to even entertain the idea of using cannabis as a substitute or adjunct to opioid therapy. There are thousands of results from studies, data collection, and anecdotal evidence displayed when searching for cannabis reduces opioid use that one wonders why it would not be considered and prescribed and monitored to see if it helps alleviate this epidemic. Zero deaths in thousands and thousands of years of use – what do we have to lose?

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