Canada's largest cannabis company is testing CBD for pets

The Veterinary Drug Directorate of Health Canada has recently approved for Canopy Growth, Canada’s largest cannabis company, to research how effective cannabidiol is for treating anxiety in certain animals.

A division of Canopy Health, called Canopy Animal Health (CAH), will conduct the research. CAH focuses on creating cannabis-based healthcare products for pets and other companion animals.

Executive vice-president and chief scientific officer for CAH, Dana M. Vaughn, said that CBD is becoming more common in remedies for ailments in pets and that this is the first time a company has sought regulatory approval at the federal level to add the substance to pet food.


8 Interesting products made from hemp

Hemp is one of the most versatile resources on the planet with more than 25,000 known applications.

Unfortunately, this incredibly valuable resource still maintains a bad reputation in the United States thanks to its relation to other psychoactive cannabis plants.

Hemp is entirely different from cannabis in the way it’s cultivated and in its application but was still grouped with the rest of the cannabis species as a schedule 1 Drug back in the 70s.

Though progress has been slow, as people begin to understand the many benefits of cannabis, the stigma that has unfairly attached itself to hemp is also fading away.  

Here are just eight interesting products that can be made from hemp:


Canada: Ontario divided on private cannabis retail model

The City of Toronto and much of Ontario is bracing for more complications with only 70 days left before cannabis is set to be legal across Canada.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford the Ontario Progressive Conservatives are sending strong signals that legal cannabis will be sold by private retailers rather than being sold by the Ontario Cannabis Store, as originally decided by the Ontario Liberal government.

The OCS initially planned to open 40 retail shops across Ontario, with 150 planned to be opened by the end of 2020. The locations were to be determined by the province with input from municipalities.


5 reasons athletes are using cannabis

More and more professional athletes are advocating for using cannabis to enhance their performance and to relieve pain caused by sport-related injuries. Though the research for the effects of cannabis on athletes is limited there are many pro-cannabis advocates and studies that show some advantages to pairing cannabis and exercise.

The positive effects shown in these studies are not necessarily directly related to the sports themselves, but rather that cannabis is shown to help with relaxation, which can come in handy before and after a game.

Though more research is needed on how cannabis can potentially benefit athletes, people are still turning to the plant for their pre and post workout. Here are five reasons that athletes are using cannabis:


Canada: P.E.I. cannabis shops will not have product on the shelves

Canada’s smallest province will open only four cannabis stores once legalization takes place later this year, but interested consumers should expect not to see any product on the store shelves. 

Instead, consumers will have to make their purchase decision by speaking with a store clerk about a strain that aligns with their preference or by using a tablet to browse and learn more about in-stock items.  

“Customers won’t be able to actually touch the physical product. They’ll come in and they’ll have the option to go through a bit of a consultative retail experience with one of our highly trained cannabis store clerks,” said Zach Currie of the P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission (LCC).


Canada: Molson Coors joins Quebec-based cannabis company for infused beverages

Molson Coors is the next major beer company in line to develop a non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beer.

The brewing company announced Wednesday that it has partnered with Quebec-based cannabis company Hexo to create the beverages.

The Hydropothecary medical marijuana company recently renamed itself Hexo but will go by the Hydropothecary moniker for its already established medical line of products. Hexo will be used for their recreational products.

The yet to be named joint venture between the two organizations will operate as a standalone company with its own board of directors and management. According to a press release, Molson Coors will control 57.5 per cent of the company while Hexo will own the rest.


Canada’s major cities urge federal government to reconsider stance on decriminalization

The Federal government has said it will not consider decriminalizing drugs other than marijuana despite the country’s major cities urging them to consider otherwise.

A report by Health Canada found that in 2017, close to 4,000 Canadians died from an apparent opioid overdose. There were 303 in Toronto alone. Montreal saw 140 opioid-related deaths in just a little over a year’s time.


Manhattan taking a more lenient approach to cannabis smoking and possession

The District Attorney of Manhattan, Cyrus Vance, announced Tuesday a new policy that will stop the prosecution of both possession of cannabis and smoking in the area, except for when it poses a threat to public safety or is being sold illegally.

It’s expected that the new policy could reduce cannabis-related prosecutions in Manhattan by 96 percent. This would mean a drop from the annual 5,000 prosecutions to 200 per year. 

“Every day I ask our prosecutors to keep Manhattan safe and make our justice system more equal and fair,” Mr. Vance said in a statement that accompanied the announcement. “The needless criminalization of pot smoking frustrates the core mission, so we are removing ourselves from the equation.”


National Cannabis Industry Association sees its biggest summit and expo yet

Last week, more than 7,500 cannabis industry professional joined together in San Jose, California, for the 5th annual Cannabis Business Summit and Expo hosted by the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA).

The show kicked off on Wednesday with tours of local dispensaries and various workshops about the industry.

 Thursday morning opened with a keynote presentation from James Cole, former deputy attorney general of the United States and author of the ‘Cole Memo’ which helped to shift the legal landscape for the industry.

Friday morning began with an address from keynote speaker Steve Fox of the NCIA on cannabis testing and why it needs to become more efficient.


7 Reasons to use CBD as medicine

More and more people are acknowledging that CBD might be the right medication for them.

Here are seven reasons that CBD is a great alternative medicine for a variety of medical issues:

1. CBD is non-psychoactive


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