Tagged: Cannabis Harm

NEWS: Overdose Prevention Needs More Focus on Alcohol

Results from a new study suggests more focus on alcohol is necessary in overdose prevention. Researchers from the University of Michigan Addiction Centre surveyed 660 people in a residential recovery centre. They found that 90% had overdosed on alcohol at least once in their lives – blacking out, or suffering alcohol poisoning severe enough to need medical treatment…

NEWS: Canada: Thousands of Youth Hospitalized

A staggering number of youth are hospitalised in Canada due to harm caused by alcohol and other drugs. According to a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), more than 23,500 youth were hospitalized for harm from substance use. About 65 young people in Canada per day are admitted to hospital because of harm caused by cannabis, alcohol, opioids and other substances. Cannabis accounted for nearly 40% of the hospital stays among youth. Alcohol accounted for about 26% of the hospitalizations…

NEWS: Germany: Increase in Addictions

According to the the epidemiological addiction survey 2018, in Germany, taking painkillers and cannabis use is increasing. Comparatively smoking cigarettes and alcohol use is going down, but is still one of the highest in the region. Nearly 14% of respondents were dependent on at least one substance. Projected to the population, this is equivalent to 7 million out of 50 million 18- to 64-year-olds…

NEWS: France: Understanding Substance Use in Youth

The French Observatory for Drugs and Addiction (OFDT) issued a new report on substance use trends among French youth. Accordingly smoking cigarettes and cannabis is decreasing in popularity while vaping is increasing. Alcohol use, however, is also still popular with French youth. In youth between 15 to 19 years, over half of young boys (50.7%) and 15.5% of young girls engage in the harmful behavior of heavy episodic or binge alcohol use.
19% of deaths in 15 to 19 year old French youth can be attributable to alcohol…

REPORT: Neurobiological Consequences of Adolescent Cannabis Use

About one in five Canadian adolescents (19% of Canadians aged 15-19) uses cannabis. Its recent legalization across the country warrants investigation into the consequence of this use on the developing brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making, impulsivity control and motivation, and the research presented suggests cannabis could have long-lasting effects on these…

NEWS: USA: CBD Not a Legal Ingredient for Alcohol

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) state, cannabidiol (CBD), a product derived from hemp, is not a permitted ingredient in alcohol beverages. With legalization of cannabis, various products with CBD have entered the market. The public and stakeholders sought the FDA and TTB for guidance on the matter. Issuing an industry circular the TTB stated they will look to FDA to determine whether hemp ingredients such as CBD may be included in food or alcohol. The FDA in turn reiterated that CBD is not a permitted ingredient in food or dietary supplements under federal law…

NEWS: Canada: Addiction Industries Team Up

Major alcohol and cannabis industry players are teaming up to water down proposed rules governing cannabis-infused beverages before edibles become legal in Canada in the coming months. To that end, Big Alcohol and Big Marijuana have formed a cannabis-alcohol industry alliance lobby group…

MEMBER NEWS: Swedish IOGT-NTO Movement Criticizes Pension Fund’s Investment in Cannabis Industry

IOGT-NTO has expressed their objection to the recent move by the Swedish Pension Fund AP7 investing in two of the world’s largest cannabis companies. Investment into the two cannabis companies have taken place in funds where about half the Swedish population has holdings. This move was done despite the AP funds’ ethics council recommendation for AP funds to exclude companies which manufacture cannabis products. The investment by AP7 is even more serious as it has transgressed their own ethics…