Finalists in the MaRS Health Opioid Challenge

In the face of Canada’s growing opioid crisis, MaRS has launched an Opioid Data Challenge , in collaboration with Health Canada, with the goal to obtain and test new data sets, sources and methodologies to better understand opioid overdoses and harm in Canada. The overall goal of the Data Challenge is to use the obtained … Continued

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NHL to take part in CBD study

The National Hockey League (NHL) Alumni Association is currently in collaboration with Ontario-based legal cannabis producer Canopy Growth to carry out a research study on the effectiveness of cannabis-based therapies. The goal of the study is to examine the effectiveness of cannabis in the treatment of neurological injuries in retired hockey players with the aim … Continued

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Survey: Canadians willing to take cannabis derived pharmaceuticals

Recent legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada has opened new opportunities for pharmaceutical research. Moreover, public opinion polls indicate that most Canadians trust their doctors in prescribing cannabis-containing pharmeceuticals. A recent study carried out by Ipsos on behalf of Tetra Bio-Pharma has revealed that two out of three (65%) Canadians would be willing to take … Continued

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Alcohol prices to rise April 1st

Having to pay more for your favourite wine, beer or spirit on April 1st is not an April Fools’ joke. Unless the annual “escalator tax” on beer, wine and spirits is repealed the prices of alcohol will grow in Canada on April 1. The tax is annual, meaning that prices increase in April of each … Continued

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Advanced Cannabis Online Course Now Available

Building on the knowledge gained from our free Basic Cannabis Course this course takes a deep dive into how cannabis use fits into the Canadian workplace. Written for employers and drug test service providers, this course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of cannabis use, testing and legalities post-legalization. After completing this course, you’ll be able … Continued

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Cannabinoids grown from yeast

A new study published in the journal Nature describe a method to genetically alter yeast to produce cannabinoids, the active compounds in cannabis, including the psychoactive ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), as well as the non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD). Typically, yeast produces ethanol through the fermentation process when exposed to sugar. However, the new strain of yeast developed … Continued

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Implant to treat opioid addiction

A new treatment is available to Canadians addicted to opioids in the form of an implant which is placed in the upper arm and releases an ongoing low dose of medication for 6 months, with the potential of treatment duration of up to one year. The implant contains medication called buprenorphine, and comes in the … Continued

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Overall drug-impaired driving on the rise

According to a recent report from the Edmonton Police Commission, Edmonton police recorded less than 100 instances of cannabis-impaired driving in 2018. Shortly after cannabis legalization, the Edmonton Police Service marked the police reports in which police officers indicated they believed that the driver was operating the vehicle under the influence of cannabis. The cannabis-related … Continued

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