The Lifeline

Is cannabis a solution for Vancouver’s opioid overdose crisis? Researchers and community advocates have high hopes for the plant’s potential. Sarah Blyth has witnessed the progression of Vancouver’s opioid overdose epidemic firsthand. “We were seeing overdoses in the alley,” says Blyth, who manages the weekly Downtown Eastside (DTES) Street Market. “There...
A delivery service for medical marijuana has launched in Toronto and it's called "Pineapple Express." Namaste Technologies and Cannmart have signed an agreement to launch the same-day delivery service for its medical cannabis products. Effective immediately, Cannmart patients within the Greater Toronto Area area will have access to "same-day, set-time, and...
A petition has been launched that calls on Quebec's cannabis society to stop using single-use plastic packaging. As of noon on Nov. 27, more than 750 had signed the change.org petition, launched by Jody Aveline. "The world is in a plastic waste epidemic," the petition states. "The plastic waste epidemic affects...
A study has just been launched that will look at how CBD can help as a therapy for chronic pain, and related anxiety and depression. The research, a partnership between Aurora Cannabis Inc. and McGill University, was announced on Thursday. The three-year translational collaborative study will investigate the "pain relief properties...
Shoppers Drug Mart is diving into the medical cannabis market, and has received its license from Health Canada to sell cannabis online. The company is now authorized to sell dried or fresh cannabis, plants, seeds and oil. Shoppers Drug Mart has...
Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it has received Health Canada approval to sell its innovative, high-potency, vape-ready CBD oil product line. Launched Monday under the brand Aurora Cloud, the first products released contain over 550mg of CBD and less than 30mg of THC, Aurora says it's rhe only vape-ready CBD products...
UBC has hired a Professor of Cannabis Science who will research the role of cannabis in opioid overdose treatment, in the midst of an epidemic that took more than 1,400 lives in the province last year. The job has been given to Dr. M-J Milloy, a recognized leader in the...
Can cannabis help with acne, and other skin conditions? A new study aims to find out. The preclinical studies are a partnership between Cronos Group and Technion Research and Development Foundation (Israel Institute of Technology). Their goal is to study the use of cannabinoids and their role in regulating skin health and...
Research released out of Vancouver this week is indicating there may be promise to cannabis being used to reduce reliance on illicit opioids being used for pain management. Researchers from the BCCSU and University of British Columbia (UBC) interviewed more than 1,100 people at highest...
As the sun rises over our nation today, we welcome in a new era: The end of almost a century of cannabis prohibition. Today, Canada has become the first western nation to legalize cannabis for adult-use consumption. Though the regulations are strict and the penalties harsh, I celebrate today for this...