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 July 2 to 8, 2018:
- Pot for pets? With legalization pending, Canadian veterinarians say it’s time. With recreational cannabis set to be legalized in Canada in October, the country’s veterinarians have begun to explore the idea of pot for pets, more specifically cannabidiol, or CBD. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CAVM) and a group called the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine (CAVCM) have teamed up to urge Health Canada to amend the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes regulations to allow CBD as a veterinary health product for pets. CBD is often used to treat pain, anxiety and inflammation, and which lacks the psychoactive characteristics of THC.
- Researchers Say Cannabis Can Benefit People with Multiple Sclerosis. A systematic review has concluded that cannabinoids may have “modest effects in multiple sclerosis for pain or spasticity.” Researchers looked at the safety and effectiveness of cannabis as well as studying its impact on disability and disability progression, pain, spasticity, bladder function, tremor/ataxia, quality of life, and adverse effects. Five reviews concluded that there was sufficient evidence that cannabinoids may be beneficial for symptoms of pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis (MS). Read the full report here.
- Marijuana for arthritis: Latest research, patients’ experiences and best strains. Arthritis is caused by the inflammation of the joint tissue, and cannabis is known as a great anti-inflammatory agent. There are many cannabinoids in the plant, but THC and CBD are the ones “in charge” for fighting pain and inflammation. The substances in marijuana which trigger the activation of CB1 receptors, which have the potential to reduce inflammation, as well to reduce pain.
- Canadian Life Insurance Companies Stop Categorizing Pot Users as ‘Smokers’. Changing social attitudes and policy change go hand-in-hand. Some Canadian insurance companies will no longer categorize cannabis users as smokers, as long as consumption is less than 1-2 times per week. “A lot of the guidelines are still a little bit ambiguous,” Insurance broker Lorne Marr says. “But it’ s a big change from five or 10 years ago because everybody was getting smoker rates, which is a huge difference in the premiums.”