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Is cannabis actually addictive?

April 23, 2019

The term [Cannabis Use Disorder], first introduced in 2013 in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders from the American Psychiatric Association, has been adopted by the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), too. This term is used for someone who might not fit the criteria for having a full-blown addiction, but is dependent enough that when he or she puts down the pipe or foregoes vaping for longer than usual, withdrawal symptoms like headaches, restlessness, change in mood, sleep and appetite are experienced.

Cuisine infusée au cannabis : la recette du succès

April 17, 2019

Le directeur général de l'Association canadienne de santé publique, Ian Culbert, considère qu’il est préférable de consommer du cannabis en le mangeant plutôt qu’en le fumant en raison des « effets directs sur les poumons ».

Federal-versus-provincial powers take centre stage in Ontario carbon tax court battle

April 16, 2019

"Public health is both the responsibility and the prerogative of the federal government because in the case of climate change, we're dealing with a condition that does not respect provincial boundaries," said intervener Ian Culbert, the executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association. "So if one jurisdiction is not pulling its fair share, as far as taking action on climate change, citizens in other parts of the country will pay the price."

Need a break? Here’s how to quit smoking cannabis

April 8, 2019

Depending on how often a person gets high and how long he or she has been smoking cannabis, there might be withdrawal. One in 10 people who use cannabis will become addicted or develop a Cannabis Use Disorder, notes information from the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), and regular users—defined by the CPHA as someone as who smokes every day or almost every day—have a one in two chance; men are more likely than women to become addicted.

Climate change is a public health emergency

April 5, 2019

On Feb. 5, representatives from the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Public Health Association and Urban Public Health Network called on the federal government to formally declare global climate change a public health emergency. To date, our federal government has not complied.

4 Steps to quit smoking cannabis

April 5, 2019

To conclude, here’s a stat from the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA): One in 10 people who use cannabis will become an addict or develop a Cannabis Use Disorder.

Can Penang be a healthy one-planet city? (Part 1)

April 5, 2019

But in focusing on these social determinants, we have lost sight of an equally important and in many ways more fundamental set of determinants. I call these the ecological determinants of health, and which was the focus of a 2015 report I led for the Canadian Public Health Association.

Kentville receives ‘best practice’ nod from Canadian public health website

March 20, 2019

The town’s parks and recreation department program Kentville Plays! has been listed as a recognized community recreation program on the Canadian Public Health Association website’s ‘Promising Practices’ section.

The value of unstructured play

March 16, 2019

Opportunity for children to engage in unstructured play has dramatically declined over the decades. Play can be seen as frivolous and unnecessary. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is a perception in our culture that structured activities, such as organized sports and lessons, are more important to children’s development. Research shows that too many structured activities can contribute to increased anxiety and stress in children. Poor mental health has been linked to the decline in unstructured play opportunities and can lead to trouble forming and maintaining relationships…

Trudeau to apologize for treatment of Inuit

March 6, 2019

The aim is to help Inuit find the gravesites of family members who were transported to southern Canada for TB treatment between the 1940s and the 1960s. The Canadian Public Health Association has estimated about one-third of Canada’s Inuit population became infected during the outbreaks.