Health Canada

VIDEO: Baby Led Weaning Is Why My Kids Are Great Eaters

Andree Lau | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andree Lau

Starting baby on solids is a big deal. We're worried about them choking, not eating enough, not getting enough nutrients... Babies can feel our stress. And no one eats well when they're stressed. So just sit back and let your brilliant baby do his/her thing.

Attention Hemp Farmers: I Will Buy Your Hash!

Dana Larsen | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

I believe we should get that process started now, instead of waiting for the laws to catch up. The sick and dying people who need cannabis medicines don't have time to wait for the government and Health Canada to get their act together.

Health Canada Sets Out Proposal For New Nutrition Labels

CBC | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Living

Health Canada is proposing changes to nutrition labels on food that would make them easier to read. The proposed labels would emphasize calories, ch...

Canada's Shocking Waste Of A Billion Grams Of Medical Cannabis Resin

Dana Larsen | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

Health Canada should be talking to our nation's hemp farmers, helping them to start harvesting and using the valuable resins they're now throwing away. This is our best source for cheap and effective cannabis medicines, with whatever potency, cannabinoid mix and psychoactive effect desired.

Why Pop May Become the New Tobacco

Bill Bogart | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada
Bill Bogart

Pop may become the new tobacco: still consumed by the few (and should be fewer) but spurned by the many. We'll need to watch and wait. Meanwhile advocates (including myself) might do better to focus more time and energy on other regulatory interventions to promote health. The industry may be its own undoing.

Marijuana Prescribing Doctors Shouldn't Be Scrutinized

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Living
Jenna Valleriani

Health Canada has recently announced a proposed amendment that will require licensed producers (LPs) under the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) to submit information about the doctors who are prescribing cannabis to provincial medical licensing authorities. In my opinion, this is another backhanded attempt to further de-legitimize the traction cannabis has been gaining in Canada and to appease the powerful institutions that surround federally authorized access.

The MMPR Isn't Working For Patients Using Medical Marijuana

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 05.29.2014 | Canada
Jenna Valleriani

The past has shown us in many ways that for real change, we have to find ways to work with the system, because it's a powerful one. We also need to think about how the values of a movement can remain intact even as entrepreneurs are, in some cases, displacing activists and the grassroots activism that provided access to many individuals across the country.

Sunny Freeman

Why Health Canada Is Asking These Pot Users To Ditch Their Stash

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Business

Health Canada has issued a recall of medical marijuana for the second time in just over a month, this time because it contained an unacceptable level ...

How Clean Is The Drinking Water On Your Plane?

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Travel

MONTREAL - The Canadian government is laying out stricter rules to ensure clean water aboard planes, trains and passenger ships for drinking, hand was...

How To Navigate the New Medical Marihuana Access Program

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada
Jenna Valleriani

Some major drawbacks with this new program (although there are many) include the reliance on mail/courier delivery as opposed to storefront sales, issues with affordability, the exclusion of sold extracts (such as hashish, oils, tinctures and edibles), and the loss of personal production rights more generally.

Sunny Freeman

Meet Canada's 'Grey Market' Pot Retailers

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Business

It's not just the four joints he’s smoked by mid-afternoon. Neev Tapiero is genuinely unconcerned that a slew of new commercial medical marijuana co...

Greenleaf Marijuana Recall Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

Dana Larsen | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

It's another historical first for Canada's modern medical marijuana market, as the first batch of substandard bud has been recalled. Patients who have been using Greenleaf's product should be worried. Without more information, the reason for the recall could be anything from a minor risk to a serious one.

Wow, Health Canada Sure Hates Weed

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Business

If you’re wondering why many Canadian doctors are so reluctant to prescribe marijuana to patients, Health Canada’s information site for health-car...

Top 6 Ways Health Canada Is Screwing Up Medical Marijuana

Dana Larsen | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

If Health Canada spent as much time and money on researching medical marijuana and creating a properly run system as they have on court battles against patients, then we'd all be a lot better off. But unless you've just taken a big bong-hit, I wouldn't hold your breath.

We Deserve to Know More About Prescription Drugs

Roojin Habibi | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Roojin Habibi

Why is Health Canada only letting doctors and the public know part of the story about the safety and effectiveness of new pharmaceutical drugs? Inadequate information can be as dangerous as misinformation. Here's how.

Sunny Freeman

Medical Pot Producer Gives Up On Stash Seized By RCMP

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Business

Medical marijuana producer Tweed Inc. is abandoning a shipment of pot that was seized by the Mounties last week but maintains the company, which is li...

Canada's Medical Marijuana Rules Are Made To Be Broken

Dana Larsen | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

The seized marijuana all came from designated growers who were licensed to grow for up to two patients each under the old system. These are the same home gardens which Health Canada ordered to be shut down, claiming that they are all mold-ridden, unsafe and unhealthy. Yet at the same time, it's allowed for these growers to sell their product to the newly licensed producers, who can then flip it to patients at a profit? How does any of this make sense?

Have Access To a Measles Vaccine? Get It Now

Rebecca Cuneo Keenan | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada
Rebecca Cuneo Keenan

We wait until newborns are two months old before giving them their first shots. Some people have underlying medical conditions that prevent them from getting vaccinated. And in rare instances a vaccination just might not be effective in any given individual. So those of us who can vaccinate our children really should.

Just Going to the Gym Doesn't Make You 'Healthy'

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Somewhere along the way the lines got blurred. You are either in a hospital sick and dying, or you are a pro athlete and cover model. No one gives praise to the middle ground. No one talks about the family of five who are all healthy body weight, active but not stand outs on a sports team, and who eat healthy everyday.

Medical Marijuana Companies Ready For Big Sales

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - From the outside, there's little to distinguish MediJean Distribution Inc.'s headquarters from the unremarkable office complexes and wareh...

Sunny Freeman

Why Canada's Billion-Dollar Pot Biz May Have Just Gone Up In Smoke

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Business

The promise of a billion dollar Canadian medical marijuana industry may have gone up in smoke before the market even gets off the ground. Once pro...

B.C. Addicts Ask To Keep Using Prescription Heroin

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A group of chronic drug addicts are asking a Vancouver judge for an injunction against the federal government that would allow them access...

Uruguay Mulls Importing Weed .. From Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Business

Uruguay’s government is about to start selling marijuana as a source of revenue, and some officials are hoping Canada’s medical marijuana producer...

Harper Launches A Witch Hunt On Medical Pot Users

Daniel Tencer | Posted 05.17.2014 | Canada Business
Daniel Tencer

Imagine the federal government decided one day that a doctor-prescribed medication you're using is now illegal. Imagine the government then sent you a notice demanding that you write a letter to them, declaring you have destroyed all your illegal medication. And if you don't, the government says they will pass your confidential medical information -- and that of everyone else using this drug who doesn't write a letter -- to the police. Improbable as it seems, this is exactly what's happening to more than 37,000 Canadians right now. And apparently the Harper government considers this acceptable, because the medication in question is marijuana.

Medical Marijuana Directive Shows Health Canada Can't Be Trusted

Dana Larsen | Posted 05.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dana Larsen

In a notice posted on their website this week, Health Canada shows why they cannot be trusted to act in the best interest of Canadians who need cannabis-based medicines.