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The problem with combining cannabis products and prescription medications

Cannabis is so much more than a plant that can get consumers high. It’s an alternative medicine, a natural remedy, and a difference-making plant that can improve lives. Although cannabis has numerous therapeutic and medicinal properties, when it’s consumed along with prescribed or non-prescribed medications, adverse side effects can occur, which can be harmful to one’s health. Even though nobody has died from a cannabis overdose so far, there are concerns about combining cannabis products with various medications.

Keep reading to learn more about potential drug interactions from combining cannabis and different medications, possible side effects, and why it’s crucial to discuss cannabis consumption patterns with a doctor or healthcare provider.

Tue
16
Apr

The odd reason why 4/20 is an international cannabis holiday

For decades, cannabis consumers have gathered in basements, huddled in out-of-sight spaces and congregated loud and proud in parks around the world each April 20 to fete the plant and burn a big fat one.

But as the weed community transforms from stereotypical long-haired, glossy-eyed stoners to a wider, sometimes unexpected, cross section of the general population, how everyone celebrates 4/20 is changing, too.

 

Tue
16
Apr

Beauty mark: Cannabis holds promise for beauty products, but are some unsightly trends developing?

Cannabis has been tapped as being among the next big things in beauty for the last two years. So what’s the current state of affairs? And are any concerns rearing their heads as the new market develops?

Search cannabis on Sephora.ca and nearly 20 products will pop up—most contain cannabis sativa oil or hemp seed oil. Both TheBay.com and Holt Renfrew each have at least one infused product available, but remain mum on current offerings or plans to expand.

Mon
15
Apr

3 beaten-up marijuana stocks you can buy

The global marijuana market is worth $150 billion, and industry watchers think widespread legalization could result in legal marijuana sales that top $200 billion worldwide in 15 years.

Mon
15
Apr

Injured veterans turning to medical marijuana in increasing numbers

The number of injured veterans using medical marijuana has skyrocketed, according to Veterans Affairs Canada, while opioid use has decreased.

A cocktail of pills and prescription drugs was once the only option for struggling veterans dealing with painful, life-changing injuries.

Retired Army Maj. Mark Campbell lost both legs after an explosion during his last tour in Afghanistan. He had been given opioids and other prescription drugs to reduce the pain.

But it was only when his doctor prescribed him medical cannabis that Campbell said he felt real relief. He now calls weed “magic.”

Mon
15
Apr

3 energy stocks to play the marijuana boom

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you've probably been hearing about the marijuana industry almost nonstop -- and there's a good reason for that. It's not often that we see an industry blossom from a few billion dollars a year in global sales to perhaps up to $75 billion in annual sales over a 15-year period. This is the type of growth that comes around once in a generation, and investors don't want to miss out.

Mon
15
Apr

This is what we know about cannabis and lung health

Physicians know that cannabis research hasn't shown a connection between smoking marijuana and lung cancer, but some still believe there is reason to be concerned about it, writes Calvin Hughes.

It's no secret that smoking cigarettes has detrimental effects for the health of your lungs. However, the research on smoking cannabis seems to show a much different picture. Marijuana consumers do not appear to be at an elevated risk for lung cancer, but that doesn't mean joints are okay for your lungs.

Mon
15
Apr

Legalization sparks curiosity in people who haven’t used pot in years or ever

Cindi Phelps never imagined herself running a pot shop. She smoked weed as a teenager, but as an adult she says she became “cranky” about cannabis, endlessly lecturing her kids and judging everyone who touched the stuff.

It was only when she neared 50 that she realized marijuana could soothe her pain from a chronic health issue. Now that she manages the Tamarack Cannabis Boutique in Kimberley, B.C., Phelps can relate to customers who are nervous about trying pot for the first time in decades — or ever.

About 15 to 20 per cent of her customers fall into this category, and most are baby boomers, she said.

Mon
15
Apr

Pot sales in the U.S expected to double on 4/20

Cannabis retailers should prepare themselves for a minimum doubling of sales on April 20, the stoner’s Fourth of July, according to new data.

The origins of 4/20 are obscure, but the most common story is about a group of 1970s high-school students who’d meet outside their school at 4:20 p.m. to search for a legendary abandoned marijuana crop (which, needless to say, they never found). Whatever its source, 4/20 has become the busiest cannabis sales day of the year, according to data provider Headset Inc.

Mon
15
Apr

Companies rush to produce pot products, without the cannabis plant

Canadian companies are racing to get an edge in the new frontier of the cannabis industry -- which does not involve the leafy green plant at all.

An increasing number of licensed producers and biotechnology firms are moving towards synthetic production of THC and other cannabinoids in a lab, using ingredients such as sugar and yeast, eyeing the potential to produce these active compounds more cheaply than traditional cultivation and extraction.

CannTrust Holdings Inc.'s (TRST.TO) chief executive Peter Aceto said the Vaughan, Ont.-based licensed producer has a short list of biosynthesis companies that it is in active conversations with, which could result in either a partnership or acquisition.

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