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 28 to June 3, 2018:
- CBD may assist in smoking cessation: In the past few years, there have been two very interesting studies on CBD to quit smoking, both performed by the University College London. Researchers found that those using the CBD inhaler reduced their cigarette intake by 40 percent. The significance of these studies is that CBD to quit smoking might work on a few different levels. Quitting smoking is more than overcoming a physical addiction, it’s also the process of breaking a habit, which is difficult and stress-inducing. But smoking CBD-rich flower or vaping a CBD-dominant cannabis oil could both relieve anxiety as well fulfill a missing habit, the actual inhalation of a substance to relax.
- Studies suggest that medicinal cannabis use can help mitigate symptoms of PTSD: Based on cross-country data from Statistics Canada, the observational study by researchers at the British Columbia Centre for Substance Use shows that Canadians with PTSD who use medicinal cannabis are 60 per cent to 65 per cent less likely to have major depressive episodes or thoughts of suicide compared with those who do not treat their symptoms with medical marijuana. “It’s not that marijuana is the cure … it’s simply a good option for the guys who have failed on pharmaceuticals,” Dr. Smith said. “It’s a significant stabilizing therapy to allow other therapies to then take place and allow a much better quality of life for the patient.”
- The cannabis experience from the U.S. tells us the kids will be all right: For all the rhetoric about the potential harms of legalized cannabis – especially from the Canadian Senate – the objective evidence from the jurisdictions that have lived with it for years is that we don’t have much to fear. Before legalization, 17 per cent of Grade 10 students in Washington State said they had smoked pot in the previous month. Four years later, 17 per cent of Grade 10 students say they have smoked pot in the previous month. Dr. Wolk said that the most reassuring news for lawmakers in Canada is that legalization of cannabis has had virtually no impact on public health in Colorado or other states. There has been no appreciable increase in cannabis use, especially in young people, there has been no increase in impaired driving.
- Cannabis is providing some relief to people suffering from Lyme disease in Massachusetts: While its no cure to the debilitating illness that’s commonly spread by ticks, cannabis has proven to be a helpful tool for allowing patients to lead a normal life while they recover. Denver-based physician Daniel A. Kinderlehrer says many of the patients he treats have seen benefits from medical marijuana as well. He sites the drug’s anti-inflammatory properties as well as it’s ability to stimulate appetite and increase mood as some of the main reasons for its use. But he says patients should not see cannabis as a cure-all for Lyme disease.