Students who try marijuana at an early age and use it often are more likely to have co-occurring problems, poor health outcomes, and less occupational and educational success in young adulthood, a St. Francis Xavier University (St. FX) and University of Victoria study has found.
Among the many conversations regarding the impending legalization of marijuana in Canada and other markets, the one that’s getting louder is over the importance of whether a crop can be certified organic or has been exposed to pesticides.
An unexpected drama played out at a conference centre in Toronto recently, beginning with a presentation about the future of medical marijuana and ending in insults, jeers and a minor Twitter storm. At the heart of the dispute was a question that producers and users of medical cannabis feel strongly about: Once recreational pot is legal, should there still be a separate medical marijuana system?
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is warning pregnant and breastfeeding women about the potential dangers of cannabis use. The society points to evidence-based studies that suggest potential growth and development issues if cannabis is used while pregnant or breastfeeding.
A national health care expert says some Canadians are unaware of the effects of cannabis on mental health — with concerns growing ahead of the drug's summer legalization. Cannabis users living with a mental illness have a greater risk of developing a psychotic episode, said Chris Summerville, CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada.
The cannabis bill the McNeil government is currently moving through the Nova Scotia Legislature isn't as restrictive as the province's own public health experts recommended, CBC News has confirmed. "Public Health recommended banning consumption of cannabis in public places where crowds and children frequent," Health and Wellness spokesperson Tracy Barron stated in an email to CBC News Tuesday.
Latest studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association are in favor of cannabis legalization. It seems that it could drastically reduce opioid consumption. According to the research, when states legalize either medical or recreational marijuana, this can result in a massive drop in opioid prescriptions.