With so much changing day-to-day with medical cannabis and the looming legalization date in Canada, it can be easy to miss some of the updates. We publish weekly recap blogs of the top stories from the cannabis world, so you can stay in the know.
News cycle for June 4 to 10, 2018:
- Legal pot isn’t a threat to public health or safety, doctors tell Senate. There’s little evidence that legalized marijuana poses a threat to public health and safety, and there may be benefits, says a new study from Canadian doctors and researchers. Dr. M.J. Milloy with the B.C. Centre on Substance Use worked on the study and said researchers did not find significant declines in road safety in American states where marijuana had been legalized, but they did find a drop in alcohol sales. They also found that rates of fatal opioid overdoses went down in some places.
- Pot’s potential to treat opioid addiction the focus of new UBC professorship. “Cannabis prohibition has just been a tremendous failure. We need to chart a new course.” The first professorship in Canada aimed specifically at researching the role cannabis can play in addressing the overdose crisis is being created at the University of British Columbia. The two-year position will help produce concrete statistics on the use of cannabis in treating opioid addiction — a field of research that could provide data desperately needed to help lives. “Medical cannabis laws are associated with significant reductions in opioid prescribing,” stated Evan Wood, professor and Canada Research Chair at UBC.
- What does a dietician have to say about edibles? Many choose cannabis in lieu of drinking alcohol or as a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals used to treat pain, insomnia and depression. And contrary to popular belief, cannabis may actually help whittle your waistline by reducing stress-related binges as well as helping you cut back on alcohol.
- The hemp revival: why marijuana’s cousin could soon be big business. Today’s hemp advocates, a passionate cohort indeed, claim paper, cloth and biofuel made from hemp are all environmentally and economically attractive, relative to the prevailing current methods. If hemp became a major source for any one of these staples, it would be an immense opportunity, akin to legal marijuana.