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 May 21 to 27, 2018:
- 420 Advisory Management attends Cannabis Europa. This past Tuesday, the inaugural Cannabis Europa was held at the Barbican in London. The conference brought together thought-leaders, medical influencers and policy advocates from across the globe to discuss the future of cannabis. The conference provided a unique opportunity to position our Canadian talent as a global leader due to upcoming recreational cannabis legalization, giving Canadian and North American talent a direct competitive advantage in comparison to European countries.
- Is Cannabis an Effective Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis? RA is being treated with conventional therapeutic drugs, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and oral corticosteroids, to alleviate pain and inflammation. To delay disease progression, disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs are also prescribed under close medical monitoring. However, long-term administration of these drugs could cause serious adverse events. Both THC and CBD can be used to treat RA, as both have anti-inflammatory effects, however CBD is the preferable choice over THC in terms of both efficacy and safety.
- Canada is about to enter a new gold rush with many dreaming of striking rich in the marijuana industry, says former British Columbia premier Mike Harcourt. Harcourt said professional groups like pharmacists, who have expertise in dispensing quality products, will be in the forefront of the marijuana industry once recreational pot use becomes legal. “The issue of assuring quality control, every time, is going to be the key,” he said. “The key people in this industry are going to have to really lead the charge.”
- Dog owners demand, we must feed Fido. CBD is touted by advocates for its health benefits to people and pets, however, it’s important to note that THC can be highly toxic for pets. THC can have a range of adverse effects on pets, including seizures and even death. A 2012 retrospective study in Colorado found a four-fold increase in marijuana toxicity cases in dogs after medical marijuana was legalized, and that two dogs died after eating edibles made with marijuana butter. On the contrary, CBD products with a low-THC, high-CBD ratio have been used to help balance the nervous system and treat epilepsy in children and pets, and manage conditions like chronic pain. It is important to remember that while CBD has had positive effects on various conditions for pets, there has been little scientific testing.