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 17 to 24, 2018:
- In a single simple read, Leafly has compiled the latest cannabis research studies for 2018. You can read it here. Studies of note include the use of cannabinoids to increase the efficacy of cancer treatment, opioid dependency treatment and treatment of MS symptoms.
- Researchers are beginning to study the link between cannabis and sexual desire, with some interesting results. In one recent study, for example, investigators found that men and women who used marijuana daily had about 20% more sex during the previous four weeks than their peers who abstained from the drug. Researchers suggest that delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) appears to target a part of our brain associated with sexual arousal, at least in females.
- The Journal of American Medical Association published a study regarding of the association of cannabis with cognitive functioning in adolescents and young adults. While this has largely been the cause of much concern and controversy, this specific study states that associations between cannabis use and cognitive functioning in cross-sectional studies of adolescents and young adults are small and may be of questionable clinical importance for most individuals. Furthermore, abstinence of longer than 72 hours diminishes cognitive deficits associated with cannabis use. Although other outcomes (eg. psychosis) were not examined in the included studies, results indicate that previous studies of cannabis in youth may have overstated the magnitude and persistence of cognitive deficits associated with use.
- Questions about cannabis use have dogged some Canadian travellers in recent years, with mixed results. Thousands of Canadians have been denied entry to the U.S., while others have been banned simply for admitting they’ve smoked a joint once in their lives. For American border guards, a confession is just as good as a conviction. Crossing the border with cannabis or any cannabis related products could result in a conviction. The border prohibition applies even to Canadians authorized to use cannabis for medical purposes — and to people travelling to or from parts of the United States where cannabis has been legalized or decriminalized.
- Pot smokers may be allowed to light up in designated areas of some public parks, under a proposal from Calgary city hall. Those consumption areas, which would be determined through public consultation, should be strongly restricted and not be located within 100 metres of a playground, 150 metres from a school, in natural areas or in off-leash parks, said a report to be debated by city council Monday.