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Loyalist College to launch Canada’s first Technology Access Centre for natural products and cannabis

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Dr. Kari Kramp, Principal Investigator for Loyalist College's Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis. (CNW Group/Loyalist College)
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Loyalist College is the recipient of a $1,750,000 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program grant over five years to launch Canada’s first Technology Access Centre (TAC) for natural products and cannabis. In addition, Loyalist received $1Mthrough the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF) to add specialized equipment to the TAC.

Loyalist was one of 90 recipients at colleges, cégeps and polytechnics across the country to receive part of the $73M in funding, announced today by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. Through the CCI Program and the CIIF, this investment will help post-secondary institutions partner directly with local employers to facilitate commercialization and transform the results of research and development into new technologies to help businesses expand and grow.

The rapid growth of Canada’s cannabis, hops and natural products sectors positions Loyalist’s Applied Research Centre for Natural Products and Medical Cannabis (ARC) as a national innovation hub for small- to medium-sized enterprises. As a TAC, Loyalist will build on the ARC’s 15 years of natural product extraction expertise and analysis-based applied research. In transitioning to a TAC, Loyalist’s ARC will significantly increase the College’s capacity to lead applied research of commercially relevant natural products and cannabis, and to support innovation by enhancing industries’ access to sector-relevant expertise and technology.

The TAC initiative will cultivate an environment for College-industry partnerships to thrive while providing students with unparalleled opportunities for work-integrated learning; investigating extraction, isolation, and formulation; and product development. In partnership with the Quinte Economic Development Commission (QEDC), Loyalist will support the Bay of Quinte’s burgeoning natural products and cannabis sectors to generate regional socioeconomic benefits, and to provide opportunities for a new generation of innovators. Loyalist will also offer companies across Canada a supportive, community-oriented platform from which to enhance their productivity, expand their reach and augment their competitiveness in the global market.

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“We are very grateful for NSERC’s continued support and proud to be Canada’s first TAC for natural products and cannabis. Loyalist currently has more than 25 companies interested in applied research, and as our ARC transitions into a TAC, we will be able to meet their requirements while significantly extending our network to help more companies to innovate. Our Biosciences and Cannabis Applied Science students will have the advantage of being involved in ground-breaking research that propels Canada forward as the world leader in cannabis and natural product developments.” – Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President & CEO

“It’s great to see this NSERC and CFI funding come through for Loyalist College’s launch of Canada’s first TAC for research in natural products and cannabis. Being able to conduct research in a state-of-the-art facility means that students working in the College’s ARC will be able to build up their expertise in product analysis; which can then be applied directly to commercial development. This is just the beginning of seeing a new series of natural products being designed, assessed, made and delivered from our region.” – Neil R. Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte

“I am so proud to see the innovation that is driving research and economic development in our rural community through Loyalist College’s ARC. Innovation is key to Rural Sustainability and this investment will ensure that we are training the next generation in the latest technological advances. I congratulate them on their NSERC and CFI grant, and wish them all the best of success.” – Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington

“The Quinte Economic Development Commission is proud to be a supporting partner with Loyalist College on this important initiative that is aligned with economic development opportunities and priorities in the region. The TAC will support industry research and innovation for companies in key industry sectors as well as helping students develop in-demand skills and experience. Congratulations to the team at Loyalist on launching this important project.” – Chris King, Chief Executive Officer, Quinte Economic Development Commission

 

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Is It Safe To Drive On CBD?

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Safe driving requires sharp skills and the right state of mind. How you drive the car depends on a lot of conditions. From feeling dozy, being under the influence of alcohol to experiencing anxiety from mental issues, all sorts of things can mess up your control at the wheel. Cannabis consumption also becomes part of this list due to its ability to make you “high,” thereby thwarting your response. While Cannabis contains some psychoactive compounds, Hemp, which is a strain of Cannabis Sativa, is mostly free of such compounds and is legal for consumption. It’s worth a closer look to understand if CBD, which is a compound found in Hemp, really sucks if taken before your driving session.

Can CBD trouble you while driving?

CBD or “cannabidiol” is a chemical compound widely found in the Hemp strain of Cannabis. While Cannabis has a big impression of being “mind-altering,” it is primarily due to the presence of THC compound.

CBD has a negligible quotient of THC in it and hence is not considered psychoactive. But that doesn’t mean it is entirely okay to drive on CBD since it can have some other effects on your body. So the answer is: it depends on the consumer.

If you are accustomed to taking CBD, then it won’t be a problem in most of your activities. However, if you are only starting, observe how you hold up on CBD before you crank up the engine.

Most of the marketed CBD supplements carry less than 0.3% THC element in them, which makes them risk-free. This level of THC can’t produce any significant mind-altering effect, which can cause harm while driving.

 

Can CBD help you while driving?

CBD is a Cannabinoid which is being gradually explored by researchers due to its medicinal values. Studies suggest that CBD can help us cope with several issues in our day to day life like inflammation, obesity, indigestion, etc.

CBD’s organic nature works positively with the human body’s Endocannabinoid system and provides various benefits to the body. It can regulate certain chemicals in the human body and thereby lift your mood and relieve you of anxiety.

CBD oil and pills are also an excellent replacement for the regular allopathic doses, which come with a lot of side-effects that may curtail your physical abilities. The easiest way to get familiar with CBD and test your tolerance level is by having a taste of CBD Pills. The pills are convenient as you can simply swallow them and continue with your daily chores.

 

How should you approach CBD if you are one who is often at the wheel?

Users consume CBD in multiple ways. From vape to pills, tinctures, and gummy bears- CBD’s multifaceted form makes it a popular substance for people of all ages. Since CBD is a new phenomenon for most people who are not well-educated about it, they usually confuse CBD with the psychoactive THC element, which is quite dominating in its influences. The truth is that CBD’s extraction process is entirely independent of THC, and there is no reason you should confuse the two.

Different products derived from CBD compound have different levels of impact. A pill may take many hours to make you feel relaxed while also lasting for a longer time. On the other hand, skin lotion or even an injected solution of CBD can prove its effects reasonably quickly but may soon lose its influence. So you should judge your circumstances and choose the way which suits you best.

 

Here are some points to keep in mind if you are a driver and have decided to embrace CBD:

  • If you are a long-time consumer of Cannabis products, there is no reason for you to bother. CBD may relax you, but it is not going to intoxicate you in any way. So you will be in the best of states to handle the steering.
  • If you are a newbie and have never consumed anything related to Cannabis, relax; CBD is not going to make you “high” like other THC-induced products. However, you may feel lightheaded after taking CBD if you are not much accustomed to it. In such cases, you shouldn’t drive until you feel okay.
  • After an intake of CBD for the first time, it is better if there is a co-driver with you in the car who can take control if you feel drowsy.
  • CBD has minimal THC content and is harmless in itself. However, you should monitor how you are coping with it and be mindful of the quantity that is suitable for you.
  • Although CBD’s source strain Hemp has less than 0.3% THC, the products may bring you legal problems if you travel abroad with those. Most governments allow a THC volume ranging between 0.2-0.6%, but you should be sure about the local rules before you hit the road.
  • If you are still concerned about your post-CBD driving sessions, search for CBD products that are certified to contain 0% THC. Click here to know more about the cbd.

Final suggestions for drivers willing to try CBD:

The recent studies and experiments on Cannabis have brought several positive results. As the medicinal values of Cannabis are getting more and more acceptance on a global level, the apprehensions regarding it are also decreasing. One should understand that there are different varieties of Cannabis, and people use them in different ways based on their needs. If you wish to get high, there are different strains for that purpose. Nowadays, hybrid strains are developed to give different results to users.

 

As far as CBD goes, it is by far the safest option in the world of Cannabis. One of the reasons for CBD’s increasing popularity is its flexible usability. CBD can be used as edible oil, capsules, or even lotions. Combine its utility, easy availability, and legal permissibility; you have a substance that can make life comfortable without severe consequences.

While most of the studies on CBD are at their initial stages, it is safe to say that if taken in a specified dosage regularly, CBD can help people cope with particular mental and physical issues. Everything said you should remember that driving is a serious task that asks for all your concentration. Hence, it will be prudent to go slow and understand your tolerance level so that there are no harsh effects. You can always consult your doctor to check the initial impacts of CBD solutions on your body. A steady start will help you drive “high” in the long run!

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Cannabis Can Treat Epileptic Seizures

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Cannabis has been used for millennia to treat many conditions. It has long been known that cannabis can help with pain, depression, and was even used in ancient China as an anesthetic for surgery.

It has also been recognized millennia ago as a potential treatment for epilepsy. However, it wasn’t until recently that we have had the scientific studies to back those beliefs up.

It all began with a girl named Charlotte Figi. Charlotte has a rare form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome. At just three months old, Charlotte had her first seizure. The seizure lasted half an hour. It only got worse from there; as Charlotte got older, the number and severity of her daily seizures increased. Some of the seizures lasted up to four hours.

By the time that Charlotte was two, she began showing signs of cognitive decline and displaying signs of autistic behavior. She had aggressive outbursts, would injure herself, and was reluctant to make eye contact. At one time, Charlotte was having up to three hundred grand mal seizures a week, despite being on heavy duty anti-seizure medications. At times, her heart stopped during the seizures. Charlotte’s parents and doctors eventually put her into a medically induced coma to allow her to recuperate. They even signed a do-not-resuscitate order in the event that something went horribly wrong.

Then, Charlotte’s grandfather started reading several success stories from parents who were using cannabis to treat their children’s seizures. Another boy with Dravet’s Syndrome and his story stood out. Charlotte’s doctors had said that they had done all they could. In desperation, her parents got a hold of some R4 cannabis extract oil for Charlotte. A miracle occurred. Charlotte went from 300 seizures a week to zero seizures during her first week of treatment. Seeing that the cannabis treatment was helping, Charlotte’s parents reached out to the Stanley Brothers, who run medical marijuana farms and dispensaries in Colorado. They created Charlotte’s Web, a hybrid strain of medical marijuana, which contained a 30:1 mixture of CBD to THC.

After Charlotte’s success story came a number of others. All from parents whose children were helped by Charlotte’s Web and other high-CBD cannabis treatments. Anecdotal stories are one thing, but is there scientific evidence? The answer to that is yes.

In 2016, Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist at New York University Langone Medical Center and colleagues across multiple research centers published the results from a study of a cannabis-based drug for treatment-resistant epilepsy in the journal Lancet Neurology. 162 patients were treated with an extract of 99% cannabidiol (CBD) and monitored them for 12 weeks. The treatment was given in conjunction with existing medications.

The results were more than promising. The treatment resulted in the reduction of motor seizures that was comparable to similar drugs. 2% of patients reported being seizure- free. The trial led by Devinsky was the most robust assessment of CBD’s effect on epilepsy. Unfortunately, these trials were open trials and had no controlled factors.

However, more recently, the Food and Drug Administration approved a highly purified oral preparation of CBD. In the open label expanded access programs as well as placebo-controlled trials, there was a significant improvement in seizure frequency when compared to the placebo patients with Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. The drug that has been approved by the FDA is the prescription medication known as Epidolex.

The results from the gold-standard studies of Epidolex were extremely promising. In the group receiving 20 mg of CBD twice daily, the occurrence of seizures dropped 41.9%. In those receiving the 10 mg dose, seizures dropped by 37.2%. In the placebo group, seizures dropped by 17.2%. Like with all other medications, even treatment with CBD oil has its side effects. For the most part, the side effects are well tolerated and only a few patients experienced side effects serious enough to stop taking the medication. The most commonly reported side effects were sedation, decreased appetite, and diarrhea.

When it comes to the legality of CBD treatments, especially those not approved by the FDA, there is good news. The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill hemp and hemp-derived substances are exempt from the Controlled Substances Act. This includes CBD oil, which can be purchased at places like TheAmsterdam. Even though it has been legalized, it is important that any parent or patient speak with their doctors before beginning any treatment.

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Addressing THC Detox Myths and Facts

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Cannabis is a popular drug. Slowly it’s becoming more socially acceptable for people of all ages. But that doesn’t mean marijuana is safe, especially in terms of detoxing.

There are several myths concerning THC detox; so much so that many users perform it without any health concerns.

Below is a list of THC detox myths and facts to consider. But before that, here’s a brief explanation of what detoxing is.

 

THC Detox: What Is Detoxing?

Detox is the practice of refraining from consuming a substance to cleanse your system of any trace, which in this case is a Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cleanse.

As you abstain from consuming marijuana, your body is able to flush THC out of the system. While the process could be easy for some, others may find it difficult; it mostly depends on how heavily one has been consuming marijuana and whether or not they were doing it for medical purposes.

Some of the side effects of THC detox are as follows:

  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite, etc.

Usually, it takes up to 15 days before your system is clean—that is if you’re an occasional user. However, reports suggest that heavy users should abstain from pot usage for about 77 days. Now, if you have a drug test next week at the office, it’s likely to try some unusual things to cheat the test—this is where we cue in.

Here are some common myths and facts regarding THC detox you should know about.

Myth no. 1: All It Takes Is an Ungodly Amount of Water

False. Also referred to as “dilution” or ‘flushing,” this myth indicates that drinking a lot of water dilutes your urine just enough to make THC completely undetectable.

Fact: It’s Dangerous

Excessive water consumption is dangerous and may cause hyperhydration, which, in turn, can also lead to electrolyte disorders. When you dilute urine excessively, it’ll have a decreased specific creatinine and gravity level—both of these are identified during the drug testing process.

 

Myth no. 2: Fake Urine is Key

No. You will find a bunch of firms selling synthetic urine online. As far as stories go, some people have claimed to use chicken broth as a substitute, even though it lacks all of the chemical properties of urine.

Fact: Lab Test Are No Joke

It would be silly to assume that a highly trained lab specialist will be tricked by chicken noodle soup broth. The chemical properties and analysis are sure to catch you, if not the smell. And it’s the same story with fake urine.

 

Myth no. 3: Natural Diuretics Help to Flush Toxins Out of the System

Diuretics are essentially substances that boost urine production, as well as output. Some of the most popular diuretics are tea, coffee, cranberry juice, beer, and pretty much any beverages with caffeine. Furthermore, there are medications like Modil or Lasix that claim to work.

Fact: They Do Not Eliminate Toxins

While diuretics can make you urinate, they don’t eliminate THC. Of course, they can remove toxins from your body and reduce metabolites’ concentration in urine. However, the consumption of diuretic is similar to drinking plenty of water concerning detox purposes.

 

Myth no. 4: Intense Exercise Is the Answer

THC is stored in the fat cells of our body. Therefore, the more body fat one has, the longer it will take to detox. Solid exercise like resistance training and cardio can burn fat and boost your metabolism.

Fact: It’s Not a Short-Term Fix

You must exercise on a regular basis to stay healthy, fit, and make sure your weight is under control. But it’s by no means a magic “THC detox getaway card.” Exercising regularly may help to pass the test, but keep in mind that it’s a slow process; not one that can be achieved overnight.

 

Myth no. 5: “I am only a passive smoker.”

When everything else fails, some people claim to be in a room full of heavy smokers; hence they did not pass the drug test. As interesting as it may sound, the world doesn’t work that way.

Fact: You Cannot Inhale Smoke From Other People’s Bong and Use It As Defense

All drug tests have a certain cut-off level. A urinalysis for cannabis, in most cases, has its cut-off point at 50 ng per milliliter, and you simply cannot reach that point through passive inhalation.

 

Wrapping Up

So, the time has come for a THC detox. Maybe you have a drug test coming up or decided to take a tolerance break and want to cleanse your body before starting anew. Regardless of the reason, we hope you’ll consider the myths and facts concerning THC detox mentioned in this article. Also, it’s always good to consult with a doctor beforehand.

 

About the author: Kathrin Garner is an enthusiastic journalist and writes article on social issues. As an activist, she takes part in NCSM program, which is a discussion platform on the relevant cannabis topics. So, if you want to know how to detox from weed, feel free to contact her. Also, she is a volunteer at Marijuana Detox.  She searches for current issues, and writes about it to a wide range of readers.

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