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Does smoking cannabis indoors affect children's health?

Over the past few years, an increasing number of both federal and state governments around the world have decriminalized and/or legalized the medicinal and/or recreational use of cannabis. Since cannabis is most commonly smoked indoors, it is crucial to investigate the potential effects that secondhand cannabis smoke can have to others, particularly children.

Overview of indoor cannabis use

As of 2016, it has been estimated that 24.0 million people in the United States are cannabis users. This number has undoubtedly experienced a significant interest since court rulings in Washington D.C. and 8 other states have legalized cannabis use for both recreational and medicinal purposes.

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05
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Canada: Legalization making access harder for medical cannabis users

Since the legalization of cannabis in Canada, medical users have found it more difficult to find access, according to a new survey.

Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana, the Arthritis Society and the Canadian Pharmacists Association commissioned the survey, which says that one-in-four medical cannabis users are finding it harder to find.

Medical cannabis users have also found increasing cost an problem. As a result of these issues, 64 per cent of medical cannabis users find themselves under-dosing or stretching out their supplies.

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04
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Brazil takes next step in creating medical marijuana access for patients in need

Brazil is one of the top medical marijuana importers in the world. British, Canadian, American, and Chinese investors see the country as a place where medical marijuana cultivation and processing will flourish, but only when the government legalizes planting and processing within the country.

That wait may finally be over when this month Anvisa, Brazil’s health agency, publishes two proposals which outline deregulation protocols for cannabis cultivation, research, and medical applications of the drug.

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04
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Does marijuana improve sleep? 84 percent in survey had this same response

In the United States, marijuana is becoming increasingly legalized and normalized, with 86 percent of Americans citing its perceived medical benefits as the best reason for its decriminalization.

A peer-reviewed survey published Tuesday in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs found that there’s popular belief that marijuana use results in better sleep and pain reduction. The researchers showed that people who use marijuana for those two reasons found the drug helped.

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04
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Standardized cannabis medicine – The ‘responsibility of all in the industry’

Creating standardized medicine is the gold standard for the cannabis industry but the nature of the plant can make this difficult, attendees to Cannabis Europa heard.

Some panelists argued that attempts by the major pharmaceutical companies to patent drugs from the cannabis plant should be challenged. Others said that for cannabis medicine to achieve globally accepted standards there would need to be an involvement from the pharmaceutical giants to fund the research.

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04
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CBD for seniors: Here’s what you need to know

While “18 till I die” is a wonderful mantra to recite whenever you have one of those “age ain’t nothing but a number” moments, the truth is that the higher that number goes, the less you believe that mantra. As you get older, you started feeling pain in places you didn’t even know you had. As a senior, there is a very good chance that you have a pill for almost everything. Some work, some just make you wish you were still 18. 

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04
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Oklahoma medical marijuana program’s stunning statistics

Oklahoma’s medical cannabis program continues to grow in leaps and bounds, with a staggering number of the state’s residents now registered.

 

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) recently published the following updated statistics, current as at July 1.

Wed
03
Jul

The kids who changed the medical marijuana debate

As the debate around the positive benefits of medical cannabis now touches most corners of the globe, few things have had as major an impact in getting the conversation this far as parents telling the stories of their children living a better quality of life thanks to cannabis.

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03
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Could legalised cannabis be reducing the use of opioid painkillers?

Published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, opioid painkillers are typically used to treat issues such as chronic pain and insomnia, however legalised cannabis is suggested to be another option.

The study looked at 1,000 people taking legalised cannabis and found that among the 65% of people taking cannabis for pain, 80% found it was very or extremely helpful. This led to 82% of these people being able to reduce, or stop taking over the counter pain medications, and 88% being able to stop taking opioid painkillers.

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03
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Advocates push Ohio to approve marijuana for autism, but science is unclear

Ohio appears to be on the verge of allowing patients to buy medicinal marijuana to treat autism, even as researchers who conducted the studies cited by those promoting approval urge caution.

The State Medical Board of Ohio’s expert review committee will brief board members on the issue in a meeting tentatively scheduled for August 14. The board will vote on approval in the fall.

Supporters point to research suggesting that cannabis could improve brain development in children with autism, but researchers who did those studies warn it’s premature to support approval based on their work.

Parents can administer marijuana to children as caregivers under Ohio’s 2016 medical marijuana law.

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