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Sentinel Surveillance of Substance-Related Poisonings in Canada: Spotlight on Cannabis

Substance-related poisonings and injuries in Canada have received increasing attention in recent years due to emerging public health concerns, such as the opioid overdose crisis, the introduction of synthetic cannabinoids to the illicit market and the emergence of electronic cigarettes/vaping products on the Canadian market. Furthermore, there has been a general increase in substance-related hospitalizations

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Cannabis and Psychosis: Recent Epidemiological Findings Continuing the “Causality Debate”

Nonmedical (“recreational”) cannabis use and cannabis laws have changed over the past two decades in the United States (1) and the rest of the world (2). Increasing use, especially among the young, coupled with the increasing potency of cannabis (higher delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] content) during this period (3), has raised concerns about the long-term health impact

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Three Years After Legalization, Canada Has Little Information About How It Changed Cannabis Use and Health Harms

In an editorial piece penned by Public Health Physician and Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellow Daniel Myran for The Conversation, Dr. Myran explains the lack of timely and current data on recreational cannabis legalization before a mandated review of the health impacts. He cites three main areas that limit the understanding of legalization’s health

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The Cannabis Industry and the Term ‘Medical Cannabis’

The following blog is from Dr. Bobby Smyth is a child and adolescent psychiatrist from Dublin and on the IASIC medical advisory panel. IASIC is the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis – Doctors education on the harms of cannabis. It is time that the medical community takes back the word “medical” to its

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Vaping marijuana by teens doubles in last seven years, with potentially harmful consequences

Marijuana vaping by school-aged youth doubled between 2013 and 2020, a new study found, with reported use within the last 30 days rising seven-fold during the same time period. The study(https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2785376?guestAccessKey=4df985fe-e703-49cc-a46f-da461093574e&utm_source=For_The_Media&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ftm_links&utm_content=tfl&utm_term=102521), published in JAMA Pediatrics, analyzed 17 studies conducted throughout Canada and the United States that involved nearly 200,000 adolescents. The study found that teens

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Cannabis Not So Great for Catching Z’s

While popularly consumed for its perceived benefits as a sleeping aid, the impact of cannabis on sleep-wake regulation in clinical studies is inconclusive. A research team at the University of Toronto assessed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data from 2005 to 2018 with a sample of approximately 146 million adults in

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Cannabis Use in Pregnancy May Lead to a More Anxious, Aggressive Child

Children of women who use marijuana during or soon after pregnancy are twice as likely as other kids to become anxious, aggressive or hyperactive, according to a new study (https://www.pnas.org/content/118/47/e2106115118). The findings add weight to a growing body of evidence linking cannabis use during pregnancy to psychiatric problems in children. The study does not, however,

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Fentanyl-laced marijuana blamed for overdose in Vermont

From the WCAX News Team in Brattleboro, VT Originally published Nov. 21, 2021 at 9:26 PM EST One person has overdosed on marijuana laced with fentanyl. The patient was revived via CPR and several doses of Narcan. Upon questioning, the patient stated that they had not ingested any opiates, only marijuana. The pot then tested

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Sentinel Surveillance of Substance-Related Poisonings in Canada: Spotlight on Cannabis

Substance-related poisonings and injuries in Canada have received increasing attention in recent years due to emerging public health concerns, such as the opioid overdose crisis, the introduction of synthetic cannabinoids to the illicit market and the emergence of electronic cigarettes/vaping products on the Canadian market. Furthermore, there has been a general increase in substance-related hospitalizations

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Changes in Rates of Hospitalizations due to Cannabis Harms in Ontario, Canada Before the Legalization of Nonmedical Cannabis: Retrospective Population-level Study Between 2003 and 2017

There are distinct patterns of hospitalizations due to cannabis harms in different priority populations. Young women aged 15 to 24 are a key demographic that is disproportionately burdened with a rapid increase in hospitalizations due to cannabis harms. Jurisdictions considering new approaches to cannabis control policy and addiction services should consider the rising burden of

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IASIC Speaker Series Presents Where Does Cannabis Go in the Body and How It May Affect Teenagers’ Brain?

The International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis (IASIC) is excited to present the IASIC Speaker Series. Presented free of charge, this ongoing educational seminar series will focus on the science, data and peer-reviewed research surrounding marijuana and will be led by international medical experts. This non-partisan and non-political series is continually developed,

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