Prior to legalization, media fixated on the rising number of cases of cannabis hyperemesis syndrome sending Canadians to emergency rooms. The condition connects cannabis consumption with uncontrollable vomiting soothed only by hot showers and heating pads.However, some users report CHS goes away when they switch to legal REC.
CBC Calgary

  • Aleafia CMO Dr. Michael Verbora said the only difference between legal REC and legacy cannabis is “We know that there’s no heavy metals, pesticides, fungus.”
  • Others have speculated CHS is caused by organic pesticide neem oil, whose consumption can cause similar side-effects.
  • CHS does not appear to be a problem in Jamaica or other areas with cannabis consumption traditions.
  • The development suggests CHS may not be caused by cannabis at all. However, the suggestion that legacy growers may have inadvertently caused CHS with additives does not sit will with growers’ advocates, especially those worried prohibitionists use the situation against the unlicensed market.
    Twitter—Courtland Sandover Sly

Quick Hits

  1. A survey by MED-tracking app Strainprint of its users found 40% are using MED to replace pharmaceutical medication.

  2. The Canadian Health Food Association mounted a campaign to end the “monopoly” on CBD products by REC retailers, with some health-food and supplement retailers claiming their elderly clients are not comfortable entering REC stores. The group is asking all parties to promise, if elected, they will demand Health Canada give CBD products a Natural Health Product designation, ignoring the ongoing Health Canada consultations over a proposed new “Cannabis Health Product” designation, which remain open to public and online comment until September 3.
    CBC Ottawa, iPolitics, MJ Biz Daily