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Medicine or myth?

The College of Family Physicians of Canada drew the ire of Canadian cannabis advocates in February, when it published a set of guidelines meant to help primary-care physicians decide when to prescribe cannabis. Cannabis and its chemical constituents, concluded the guidelines published in the medical journal Canadian Family Physician, “are not recommended for most patients and…

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What’s in a strain?

Walk into any marijuana dispensary in North America and ask an employee about the effects of the different varieties of bud on display, and you’re likely to get an answer along these lines: A tag identifies the type of plant on a medical marijuana farm. (Rich Pedroncelli / The Associated Press files)”This is Northern Lights,” your budtender…

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What are cannabinoids, and why do they matter?

Even if you’ve never used cannabis, you’ve probably heard of THC. Put simply, it’s the chemical compound in marijuana that gets you high. You might have also heard of CBD, another compound in cannabis. THC and CBD belong to a class of chemical compounds called cannabinoids. Specifically, THC (short for delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol)…

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Legal weed shortage becomes a blame game

Canada’s supply of legal cannabis continues to fall short of demand, at least in some places. That’s annoying to non-medical users, who can’t find what they want in stores. In Quebec, the provincial cannabis retailer will now only be open four days a week due to supply shortages. In Ontario, even if shoppers find what…

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Recipes: 3 Cannabis-Infused Treats for Your 19+ Halloween Party

With Halloween right around the corner, we couldn’t help drumming up some Halloween-themed cannabis treats for your next haunted bash. From CBD-spiked cider to low-dose roasted pumpkin seeds, these adults-only seasonal snacks are as uplifting as they are delicious. Disclaimer: These treats are not intended for children and should only make an appearance at 19+…

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Pot grower Aphria Inc. applies to list on New York Stock Exchange

LEAMINGTON, Ont. – Licensed producer Aphria Inc. has applied to list its common shares on the New York Stock Exchange. The Leamington, Ont.-based cannabis company submitted its registration statement to U.S. securities regulators today. Cannabis seedlings are seen at an Aurora Cannabis facility Friday, November 24, 2017 in Montreal. Shares in Aurora Cannabis Inc. will…

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How to read the label on your legal cannabis

So, you went down to the store and bought some legal cannabis. Congratulations! Now, it’s time to decode the mystery of Canada’s legal cannabis packaging: (Mike Deal/Graeme Bruce/Winnipeg Free Press) 1. Colour According to federal regulations, the exterior of cannabis packages must be one uniform colour. The inside can be a different colour. 2. Excise…

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Boston Deserves a Cannabis Culture of Its Own

Boston’s cannabis culture has operated underground for more than half a century. In coming weeks, with the opening of the first legal state-licensed retail stores, it will finally emerge into the open light. Ultimately, Boston needs a cannabis culture of its own that’s unique to the people here and reflects who we are. We don’t…

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Canadian Searches for Cannabis Porn Hit New High

A quick search for #weedporn on Instagram will turn up nearly seven million images of superb specimens of bud, close-ups of crystallized nugs, and carefully crafted joints, though it seems that Canadians are (quite literally) looking for a different kind of “weed porn” in the days following nationwide legalization. Pornhub is reporting that searches for…

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