More than 100 toxic chemicals found in cannabis smoke

Typical joint contains nearly 2,600 chemicals, including some linked with cancer, genetic mutation and birth defects: U of A study

More than 100 toxic chemicals found in cannabis smokeUniversity of Alberta engineering researchers have characterized the potentially hazardous particles in cannabis smoke and have raised awareness about their potential health effects. “It's not out of line to say there's potential health risk in marijuana smoke, and there's not nearly enough research,” said Robert Nishida, a U of A post-doctoral fellow and co-lead on…

Why COVID-19 could make the overdose epidemic worse

Social isolation can be deadly for people struggling with addictions, says University of Alberta expert

Why COVID-19 could make the overdose epidemic worseWhen Alberta’s chief medical officer, Deena Hinshaw, announced special exemptions to COVID-19 regulations for group therapy in residential addiction treatment centres, it was exactly what University of Alberta addictions expert Cameron Wild was hoping to hear. “The whole concept of recovery is in part founded on developing strong social supportive relationships,” said Wild. Wild is principal investigator with the…

The rise of the night owl: a convenience store giant

Alimentation Couche-Tard has become one of the largest convenience store chains in the world by converting gas dollars and foot traffic into more food sales

The rise of the night owl: a convenience store giantTaking over the world, one convenience store at a time, was Couche-Tard’s plan from day one. There are two types of convenience stores: Mom-and-pop stores, often operated by local people or newcomers seeking a better life in their adopted country. Stores that are part of enormous multinational conglomerates, which streamline operations by supporting thousands of…

Cannabis culture goes mainstream

Rade Kovacevic of Canopy Growth talks about the marketplace a year after legalization and where his company will go next

Cannabis culture goes mainstreamRade Kovacevic is president of Canopy Growth Corp. What is Canopy Growth and what does it do? Kovacevic: Our story began in an abandoned chocolate factory in a rural Canadian town. From that humble start, where we began serving Canada’s medical cannabis market, Canopy Growth has become a world-leading, diversified, cannabis company traded on the…

Cannabis use by Canadian seniors on the rise

About 578,000 Canadians reported trying cannabis for the first time in the past three months: StatsCan

Cannabis use by Canadian seniors on the riseBy Troy Media A report released on Wednesday by Statistics Canada says cannabis use is less common among seniors than it is in other age groups but consumption has been accelerating at a much faster pace than it has among other age groups. The report said seniors use is seven per cent compared with 10…

Choklat and Namaste bring cannabis edibles to new level

Meni Morim and Brad Churchill talk about the two companies’ new partnership and what the future holds

Choklat and Namaste bring cannabis edibles to new levelMeni Morim is CEO of Namaste Technologies and Brad Churchill is CEO of Choklat. The two have partnered. Tell me what Choklat is and what it does? When it started and where it's located? Churchill: Choklat is a luxury “bean to bar” chocolate maker and chocolatier. Where other chocolatiers buy chocolate and make their confections,…

Males more likely to use cannabis than females: StatsCan

Males more likely to use cannabis than females: StatsCanFrom mid-May to mid-June, about 4.9 million or 16 per cent of Canadians aged 15 and older reported using cannabis in the previous three months, according to a report released on Thursday by Statistics Canada.  The federal agency said this was unchanged from what was reported one year earlier (before legalization) for the provinces and…

Biopharma company to create 50 new jobs in Leduc

Construction of a new facility to be built in Leduc is expected to be completed in nine to 12 months

Biopharma company to create 50 new jobs in LeducBy Emilie Charette Reporter Troy Media One of Calgary’s neighbours to the north, Leduc, will soon be home to a 25,000 SQF research and manufacturing facility for Polar Bear Genome (PBG) BioPharma Canada Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company. “We are very excited to have made the first step towards building a fully licenced GMP manufacturing and…

The high social cost of allowing human indulgences

You don’t discourage bad behaviour by making it easier and more pleasant to engage in. Except Canadians have when it comes to gambling and drug use

The high social cost of allowing human indulgencesNot long ago, governments prohibited behaviour that was bad for its citizenry, like gambling and smoking pot. But now, government seems to encourage it, to the detriment of society. In gambling, those insufficiently aware of statistical probabilities are induced to lose money to those with a deeper knowledge of the odds – a sort of…
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