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Health Canada releases new data on cannabis use; COVID-19 has had impact


More than half of cannabis users in Canada use it three days a month or less, while a majority of users obtain it legally.

On Dec. 21, Health Canada published the results of its 2020 Canadian Cannabis Survey. Results of the survey provide a snapshot of Canadians’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards cannabis and its use. Data were collected from April 30 to June 22, 2020.

On Oct. 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act came into force, providing a strict national framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada.

Other key findings show that:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has had some impacts on cannabis use. People who used cannabis in the past 12 months were asked if their cannabis use had changed due the pandemic — 56 per cent reported using the same amount, while 22 per cent reported using more and 22 per cent reported using less.
  • Smoking remains the most common method of consuming cannabis, but it has declined while eating cannabis products has increased since 2019.

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  • Almost 8 in 10 Canadians feel they have access to trustworthy information to make informed decisions about their cannabis use. An increase from 71 per cent in 2019 to 77 per cent in 2020.
  • Driving after cannabis use has decreased among those who reported past 12-month cannabis use, as compared to 2019 results. Twenty-two per cent of those who use cannabis drove within two hours of smoking or vapourizing cannabis in their lifetime and 13 per cent reported driving within four hours of orally ingesting cannabis in their lifetime.

The results of the 2020 Canadian Cannabis Survey are based on online responses from approximately 11,000 respondents aged 16 years and over across all provinces and territories.


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3 Comments » for Health Canada releases new data on cannabis use; COVID-19 has had impact
  1. PERVASIVE INSTITUTIONALIZED NEGATIVE BIAS AGAINST ALL FORMS OF CANNABIS USE

    The acceptance of the false information that cannabis use is detrimental to human health was institutionalized into society many decades ago when Cannabis was erroneously designated a schedule 1 drug by the US government in the early 1970s; Unfortunately it takes even longer to unlearn bad information than it does to learn new valid information, and even longer to change the mentality, and momentum, of an industrialized society.

    #INBACU

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    NOTE on designation of drug as Schedule 1 in USA

    Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids

    A. E. Munson L. S. Harris M. A. Friedman W. L. Dewey R. A. Carchman

    JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Volume 55, Issue 3, 1 September 1975

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    Cannabinoids kill cancer cells via apoptosis and antiangiogenesis. Know since 1974.

    Summary

    Lewis lung adenocarcrnoma growth was diminished by the oral administration of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), Δ8tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ8-THC), and cannabinol (CBN)

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    From a study released via the FOIA in the US, commissioned by the DEA, conducted by the university of West Virginia, to determine that cannabis suppresses the immune system; They use rats from cancer studies based on the assumption that Cannabis would accelerate the cancer due to immune system suppression, BUT instead they accidentally found Cannabinoids kill cancer cells via Apoptosis and anti-angiogenesis.

    They did not obtain the results they hoped for, so the study results were destroyed, and Cannabis was made a Schedule 1 drug with no medicinal value. The only reason this is known today is that the study was registered and published and subject to FOIA.

    https://academic.oup.com/jnci/article-abstract/55/3/597/912322/Antineoplastic-Activity-of-Cannabinoids2

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    Essentially schedule 1 Designation has virtually barred almost ALL possibility of research into the medicinal benefits of cannabinoid Therapy since the early 1970s and yet given this seeming insurmountable road block to ‘positive research’, and an obvious bias towards the ‘negative research’, there is far more evidence of the benefits of cannabis use, as opposed to clinical evidence supporting the over exaggerated, and scientifically unfounded, claims of deleterious effects on human physiology.

    How were the medicinal benefits of Cannabinoid Therapy ever to be discovered when the medical community has essentially been barred from researching it for over half a century? #INBACU

    Cannabinoids have been ignored as potent medicines due to the pharmaceutical industry’s failure to successfully isolate and synthesize any beneficial individual cannabinoid compounds; They have ignored the synergy and entourage effects of the complex of 100s of Cannabinoids and 100s of terpenes in the Cannabis plant due to the industry wide fixation on the current ‘Isolate, Target, Patent for Profit’, system of pharmaceutical research.

    There is a Pervasive, Institutionalized, Negative Bias against all forms of Cannabis Use that has existed for almost a century and is still rampant in virtually all institutions that form the structure of our society; Those who populate those agencies are institutionalized to think ideologically and only in terms of addiction and harm reduction, crime and punishment, Patent and Profit, when it comes to the topic of Cannabis use; In the case of Cannabis they are completely ignoring the abundance of positive heath benefits that the various forms of Whole Plant Cannabinoid Therapy could provide a multitude of individuals, all because it conflicts with established ideological mentality, and/or, it does not fit the current ‘patent and profit’ mandate of pharmaceutical research, production, and marketing.

    Now Canada has launched the recreational cannabis industry OBSESSED with potential profits of recreational cannabis sales while EVERYONE continues to almost completely ignore the medicinal applications!

    Our Medical Institutions, and the professionals within them that make up part of our society, have been either complicit, or at the very least, had blind faith in the claims of the Pharmaceutical industry, while simultaneously ignoring the abundance of scientific studies, and evidence, indicating Cannabinoids have multiple health care applications and benefits; Including treating depression, anxiety, arthritis, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and curing Cancer.

    Our institutions ignore the positives of medicinal cannabis and continue to perpetuate the same false narrative that ‘Cannabis is inherently dangerous’ with essentially no valid foundation in clinical scientific reality. I believe this occurs due to ‘Institutionalized Negative Bias Against Cannabis Use’ that has pervaded society since the early 1900s, and if our national institutions were to acknowledge the factual reality of the benefits of Cannabinoid Therapy, it would require all of our medical professions to admit that Cannabis works as a treatment for many Human Ailments; AND also, that as a collective profession, they do not know how it works, AND that as a society, we should have been studying Cannabinoids for at least 5 decades, if not more! Not only our entire medical profession, but society as a whole, has completely failed on the issue of cannabis and Public Health and the time is long overdue that we not only acknowledge, but also correct those mistakes.

    Until our Governments, Our Public Institutions, Our Medical Professionals and the institutions they represent, Our Law Enforcement Agencies, and society in general, abandon the decades of misinformation and misunderstanding on how the Phytocannabinoids in the cannabis plant interact with the Human Endocannabinoid System, we will continue to spend more resources on unnecessary legislation and continued delays instead of implementing proper legislation providing access to the vast medicinal potential of this very safe and effective medicinal plant and health supplement.

    #INBACU (Institutionalized Negative Bias Against Cannabis Use)

  2. Medicinal Cannabis and Impairment

    Medical Cannabis users can run at blood levels of 10 to 50 ng/ml of THC and even higher in some cases.

    Assumption of impairment also ignores levels of CBD which have a major mitigating factor in the psychoactive effects of THC.

    Many aspects of the new Canadian Cannabis Act impairment laws are brutally unconstitutional and will continue to be challenged in court due to the vast range of human tolerance to THC and the inconsistency of it’s impact on various individual human physiology.

    In the vast majority of medicinal applications, the daily use of Cannabis medicine results in a n almost complete and total tolerance to the psychoactive effects of Delta 9 THC due to the receding of CB1 receptors in the central nervous system, specifically in the brain, resulting in no impairment in the ability to operate a motor vehicle while using Cannabis medicine properly.

    I have gone from being a Sick, Angry, and often aggressive, driver due to illness, anxiety, depression, and constant pain, with no recourse but taking several pharmaceuticals; to a calm, attentive, relaxed, and aware driver due to the elimination of virtually all health issues and the need for pharmaceutical medications, as well as all over the counter medications.

    As an abstainer from alcohol I find it VERY disturbing that current legislation dictates brutal, unjust, and immoral punishment of drivers for THC blood levels of 2ngs or higher because they seem to be under a brutally FALSE ASSUMPTION that blood level of THC is directly related to level of personal impairment; AND that Cannabis impairment is somehow similar to alcohol impairment! This kind of mentality is patently absurd from the perspective of one who has used cannabinoid therapy daily to function normally for well over a decade and has given up the use of alcohol in the process.

    I in no way endorse the carte blanche use of Cannabis while driving; BUT I do know from personal experience related to the medicinal use of cannabis, that to compare the impairment level, and universality, to that of alcohol is not only absurd, it is a violation of EVERY individual’s human rights, especially that of medical cannabis patients!

    This will continue to increase the multitude of court cases due to the erroneous assumption that Delta-9 THC causes universal impairment in humans.

    The current Laws, both Federal, and Provincial in some cases, in regards to cannabis use, are in many ways, not only unjust, they are immoral, unenforceable, AND unconstitutional; They are, in my personal opinion, a continued violation of the Human Rights of all Canadian citizens and a perpetuation of the prohibitionist anti-cannabis mentality that has morphed into an ‘open for business’, government sanctioned monopoly.

    Cannabis impairment is so vastly different, (and non-consistent) from virtually every other type of drug impairment, including alcohol, that to compare them is actually kind of ridiculous.

    The range of impairment goes from Zero to totally impaired. One individual can have 50ng/ml and be perfectly coherent and functional and another can have 5ng/ml and be completely impaired.

    The identification and removal from the road, of drivers that are actually impaired by Cannabis use will not be easy but arbitrarily locking up cannabis patients is just going to punish innocent people even more and cost everyone a great deal in court challenges.

    I suspect there will also be court challenges on recreational use alone that will not go well for the government simply because the currently proposed laws on cannabis impairment are based on false science and false assumptions.

    James E Tripp.

  3. Since going on cannabis therapy, I have managed to eliminate virtually all of my symptoms of diverticulosis, osteoarthritis, psoriasis, nerve pain, and immobility, due to disc damage from C3 to C6, nerve pain and immobility due to damage of L5 vertebrae, anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure, and have gone from 60% functionality at best, to better than 95% functionality.

    I have had to fight virtually every Institution and organization, as well general stigmatization, regarding cannabis use and I’m still having to fight that fight on a daily basis simply to maintain access to a safe and natural plant that has returned me to a complete state of health that I had previously not thought possible!
    I have come to realize that virtually most of what I have been taught about cannabis was, and often still is, based on decades of a pervasive negative bias against all cannabis use that has been perpetuated at a systemic level in virtually every Institution and organization in our society.

    Through self study, research, and application of cannabinoid therapy I have learned of the true nature of how phytocannabinoids interact with the human endocannabinoid system and come to realize that there is a great deal of misunderstanding, and blatant misinformation, in regards to human cannabis use. This contradiction stems from Decades of perpetuated negative assumptions about how cannabis affects the human body and individual human physiologies via interaction with the Human Endocannabinoid system.
    As a result of this proliferation of misinformation, (and the absurd prohibition of cannabis use that has existed for decades due to the designation of Cannabis as a schedule 1 drug in the US in the early 70s), people such as myself, who instinctively have gravitated towards cannabis as a medicinal treatment, have suffered stigmatization, persecution, detention by law enforcement, incarceration, and a systematic indoctrination into thinking of ourselves as ‘addicts and criminals’ all simply because we use a natural plant, (with historical reference of human use going back 5000 years), to benefit, improve, and heal, our health and well-being and virtually eliminate the need for many Pharmaceuticals.

    During all of this process I have had to deal with constant resistance, stigmatization, and the prolific ignorance on the health benefits of Cannabinoid Consumption from Government, Industry, medical associations, as well as the general public.

    enough is enough of this absurd #INBACU!

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