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Report urges researchers to study cannabis and mental health in black communities


When Khadisha Thornhill asked her doctor in early 2018 for a medical cannabis prescription to deal with the emergence of a serious shoulder injury, it did not go well.

“He kiboshed the idea and made me feel like I was asking for a back alley deal,” recalls the co-founder of Afro Cannada Budsistas, who had previously only consumed cannabis socially while in college.


Black Mental Health Day -- Addressing cannabis and mental health research gaps for Black communities in Canada


This Black Mental Health Day, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) highlights a need for greater knowledge of cannabis use and mental health for Black communities in Canada. To discuss cannabis use and mental health in Black communities is to discuss systemic racism and related structural issues in Canadian society.


Toronto study suggests brain stimulation may reduce cannabis use in people with schizophrenia by up to 60 per cent

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Preliminary findings hint that treatment “is safe and potentially efficacious for treating cannabis use disorder in schizophrenia.”

Canadian researchers exploring what impact brain stimulation may have on people with schizophrenia — who, as a group, have a high rate of cannabis use disorder (CUD) — found the approach is associated with reduced marijuana use and might prove a treatment for CUD.


30 minutes of weight training can reduce your risk of these diseases

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A new study shows that muscle-building exercises can offer protection from a variety of serious illnesses.

We often discuss the impact of cardio and how it can help you lead a longer and healthier life, not to mention lose weight. But a new study shows that muscle-building exercises have their own set of benefits, including preventing and reducing odds of developing and dying from a variety of conditions.

The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, showed that muscle-building activities are linked with 10% to 20% less risk of dying from a chronic illness, providing protection from serious conditions like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more.


Study finds a spike in youth emergency visits for cannabis in years even before it was legalized

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Cannabis-related hospital emergency visits for children and youth increased five-fold in Ontario between 2003 and 2017, according to a new study led by the CHEO Research Institute.


This activity may increase antibodies after getting your COVID-19 vaccine

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A new study shows some interesting evidence in regards to antibodies and what’s safe to do right after getting a vaccine.

Vaccines prompt an immune reaction from your body, creating antibodies and protecting you from a virus. It’s understood that the stronger your reaction, the better and more thorough your protection will be, with your body producing the necessary antibodies to fight off the virus when exposed to it in the future. A new study found that exercising after getting your COVID-19 shot might help you produce even more antibodies. Published in the Journal of Brain, Behavior and Immunity, the study found that active adults who worked out for over 90 minutes after getting their vaccine demonstrated increased serum antibodies.


Could Medical Cannabis Tackle Obesity?

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Western Australia’s Little Green Pharma (ASX:LGP) and Curtin University have teamed up to investigate the potential of medicinal cannabis treatment options for obesity and related health issues.

Marijuana is well-known for causing the “munchies“, which is thought to be caused by the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the same compound that creates marijuana’s high. But cannabis is much more than THC as you’ll see on HG’s big list of cannabinoids.

New research at Curtin’s Medical School will attempt to identify combinations of cannabinoids that may produce effects of a feeling of fullness; decreasing appetite.


Cannabis shown to be an effective treatment option for back pain: Study review

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A systematic review by a team of researchers affiliated with the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle, Wash., have found cannabis to be an effective treatment for back pain.

Published in Global Spine Journal, the researchers reviewed four studies composed of 110 patients.

“In each study, there was a quantifiable advantage of cannabis therapy for alleviating back pain. There were no serious adverse effects reported,” researchers wrote.


Of the four studies that met the criteria for review, one was conducted in Austria while the remaining three were based in the U.S. The majority of study participants were women (86 per cent) with an average age of 45.


Tilray Launches Medical Cannabis Products in Malta

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LEAMINGTON, Ontario, Feb. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tilray Brands, Inc. ("Tilray" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: TLRY; TSX: TLRY), a leading global cannabis-lifestyle and consumer packaged goods company inspiring and empowering the worldwide community to live their very best life, today announced that its medical cannabis division, Tilray Medical, has completed its first sale of medical cannabis in Malta. Tilray’s EU-GMP medical cannabis products are now available in pharmacies across Malta, providing patients with safe and reliable access to high-quality medical cannabis.


Plan for Isle of Man medicinal cannabis facility

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A science and innovation centre and sustainable energy park are also part of Peel NRE’s plans for 72 acres of land off Cooil Road in Braddan.

Peel has launched a consultation for the project, which it says could bring between £90m and £180m of investment to the island’s economy. It would also create local jobs in a variety of fields, including botany, research, technology and security.

In January 2021, the Isle of Man passed a resolution to legalise the growing, production and export of medicinal cannabis. It is still not, however, legal to consume medicinal cannabis on the island.


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