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Costs of Becoming a Medical Cannabis Producer Skyrocket as Health Canada Drops a Bombshell

Jay Alexander
Health Canada is taking additional steps to protect the integrity of the current medical cannabis system. While many industry insiders suggest the new changes are simply another move disguised to prevent new entries to the medical cannabis market in Canada. On May 8, 2019 the processes, and costs associated with becoming a medical cannabis producer in Canada drastically shifted, with...
Legal News Science

Cannabis in Canadian Jails: Canadian Inmate Access To Organic Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Exist

Jay Alexander
Medical cannabis has been legal for a while now, but what about in the slammer? We wanted to learn a little bit more about if, and how inmates with medical cannabis prescriptions gain access to their product. Stephanie, the Correction Service of Canada’s Communication Manager was kind enough to take our team through the policies that medical patients behind bars...
Dispensaries Science

Shoppers Drug Mart Brings Medical Cannabis to Alberta

Jay Alexander
Shoppers Drug Mart, a Loblaws company with over 1300 locations across Canada has opened it’s second online cannabis distribution outlet, this time focused on Western Canadians, specifically Albertans. Alberta is known to be one of Canada’s open areas for medical cannabis consumption as reported by Health Canada: Canada17,33419,98321,54122,99424,41825,447Alberta2,0082,3692,5712,7772,9793,099British Columbia4,3874,8915,0885,3415,5685,700Manitoba501634725809877902New Brunswick619708723781820826Newfoundland and Labrador7588101117122133Northwest Territories566000Nova Scotia8269399991,0451,1041,156Nunavut000555Ontario6,0917,0247,5418,0258,5408,882Prince Edward Island364347475355Quebec2,4172,8903,3443,6363,9404,257Saskatchewan362385387400397419Yukon769111313 Noted in the above...
Science

Natural Health Services Hacked, Leaks Canadian Medical Patient Data

Jay Alexander
With cannabis legalization comes greater responsibility on cannabis users, but also the businesses catering to the cannabis community. Topics trending in 2019 focus on end user responsibilities, but what about the clinics, dispensaries and services who hold and store personalized information on you and me? It’s too late for the referrals of one Canadian cannabis clinic, Natural Health Services. The...
Beginner Growing Cannabis Product Guides Science

Licensed Laboratories for Testing Cannabis in Alberta

Jay Alexander
Health Canada has approved a number of laboratories across the country to test and research cannabis both from the private and commercial sectors. This provides insights into all aspects of the plants genetic makeup, cannabinoid levels, fertilizer and chemical levels, terpenes, flavonoids, overall toxicology, potency, moisture levels and more depending upon the laboratory. How can I test my home grown...
Science

Cannabis Topicals, Oils and Lotions – Welcome to the Dawn of Healthy Cannabis Alternatives

Pat Chilo
Cannabis has a variety of uses and benefits. How it is consumed or used is still rolling through an exploratory phase. The most common consumption method is often associated with smoking. Unfortunately, if you weren’t aware, smoking any carcinogen is certainly bad for your health. Yes, vaporizers can reduce smoke intake; but regardless, temperature controls are absent on many of...
Science

Cannabis for Nausea?

Pat Chilo
Scientists who study marijuana and its compounds will be the first to tell you that the research into the matter is extremely new. There are over 100 cannabinoid compounds that make up the multi-use plant, and many of those components have not been directly researched or explored. Although, studies conducted by the University of Calgary and the University of Guelph...
Science

The Science Behind Getting High

Jay Alexander
Ever wonder why we get high? Same! There are two major cannabinoids in marijuana that interact with our brains each with their own unique properties; THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is psychoactive and gives a feeling of euphoria, the “high” sensation, by increasing dopamine levels in the body. CBD is not psychoactive. CBD is chemical in marijuana that is...