Does Cannabis Use Affect Exercise Levels in Adolescents?



Does Cannabis Use Affect Exercise Levels in Adolescents?


Many studies have found that the majority of adolescents around the world do not get the 60 minutes of exercise per day, recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). However, a recent study shows that those that use cannabis may be even less likely to meet this recommendation. 

Although most past studies have focussed solely on US populations, this is not a new area of research. In this study, researchers focussed on low and middle-income countries where cannabis use appears to be on the rise.

How was Cannabis Use Measured?

The data used in the study was gathered through the use of Global school-based student health surveys. The survey, designed to assess the risk and protective factors of major diseases. was developed by WHO and the US Centre for Disease Control and was distributed in 21 countries around the world. A total of 89,777 students, aged between 12-15, completed the survey.

The 21 countries assessed in the study were categorised as either low-income, lower middle-income, or upper middle-income. In order to assess cannabis use in participants, researchers asked: “During the past 30 days (or during your life), how many times have you used marijuana?”

Responses to the survey revealed that 1% (approximately 897) of participants had used marijuana in the past. In comparison, 2.9% (approximately 2,604) of respondents claimed to currently use marijuana.

Measuring Cannabis Use Against Excercise

In order to assess levels of exercise among participants, researchers asked about their physical activity over the last seven days. Participants who reported at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day were considered to be getting enough exercise. The data showed that only a small proportion of respondents (16.6%) were getting sufficient exercise in line with WHO recommendations.

However, the percentage of adolescents who got enough exercise was even lower among those who had used marijuana. The data showed that only 7.3% of respondents that had used marijuana in the past, were getting enough exercise. This rate fell even lower among students who reported current use of marijuana (6.9%).

What is the Relationship Between Cannabis and Exercise?

While the relationship between cannabis use and exercise has been touched upon in the past, researchers are yet to draw definitive parallels between the two factors. Researchers have speculated that cannabis use may lead to a lack of motivation, caused by the effect cannabis has on dopamine production and reward sensitivity. Cannabis use may also increase feelings of lethargy, meaning that users are less likely to exercise.

Although this research offers an interesting insight into the effects of cannabis use on physical activity, it may not reveal the full picture. For example, many young people may be unwilling to admit to cannabis use, particularly in a school survey.

This method of research is also unable to tell us what kind, strength, and quality of cannabis is consumed. Furthermore, it is unclear that cannabis use causes a lowered desire to exercise. It could equally be speculated that students who exercise less may be more likely to partake in cannabis use. However, this study does echo the findings of past studies in the same area. Namely, that cannabis use may affect exercise levels.




Police find 500 cannabis plants after fire at Westcliff shop



Police find 500 cannabis plants after fire at Westcliff shop



HUNDREDS of cannabis plants were found in a shop after a fire broke out.

Essex Fire Service sent six fire engines, including one with an aerial ladder platform, to the shop in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff at 4.48pm on Monday evening.

On arrival firefighters reported that the shop was completely smoke logged and there was a well developed fire inside the shop.

At 6.30pm the Incident Commander reported that the fire had almost been extinguished and firefighters would remain on site to dampen down the area and make it safe.

The building has suffered smoke and fire damage.

Inside, more than 500 cannabis plants were found and the police were informed.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We were called following a fire within a shop off Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, at around 5pm on Monday March 30.

“While carrying out a search of the property, over 500 cannabis plants were found within.

“We are seizing the plants and our enquiries are ongoing.”

Incident Commander Craig McLellan, of Essex Fire Service, said: “When we arrived the fire was quickly spreading throughout the building and up to the roof.


“But thanks to the skill and hard work of our firefighters, we were able to bring it under control and stop it spreading to adjoining buildings.”

One passer-by who witnessed the fire engines at the scene said: “It didn’t happen at Sainsbury’s as some people were saying there.

“It happened at the cafe next to Sainsbury’s.

“There were blacked out police cars on the scene and lots of ambulances.

“The building has been derelict for a few years.”

The cause of the fire is unknown and an investigation will be carried out.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “An ambulance, an ambulance officer vehicle and three Hazardous Area Response Team vehicles were called to and address in Hamlet Court, Westcliff shortly after 5pm on Monday following reports of a fire.

“No persons were in the building and there were no casualties – our attendance was to support Fire and Rescue colleagues.”






New York’s Budget Is Due Today. Cannabis Legalization Looks Unlikely.




New York’s Budget Is Due Today. Cannabis Legalization Looks Unlikely.


Governor Andrew Cuomo again proposed adult use legalization in his budget, but coronavirus has taken center stage, and key lawmakers tell Cannabis Wire it’s “off the table.”



As the window to legalize adult use cannabis through the budget process closes in New York, its chances become more slim. 

While New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office told Cannabis Wire that Cuomo is “actively negotiating” a budget that includes adult use cannabis legalization, key lawmakers involved in budget negotiations are signaling that legalization is a no-go, at least for now. 

Sen. Liz Krueger, who represents the east side of Manhattan, is perhaps the single strongest cannabis legalization supporter in the legislature. When asked where legalization discussions stood hours before the budget deadline on April 1, Krueger’s spokesperson Justin Flagg told Cannabis Wire, “Well, nothing is done until it is done, but the Senator has said previously that the Governor’s staff essentially took marijuana off the table weeks ago.” 


Cuomo first tried to legalize cannabis through the budget in 2019. While negotiations between Cuomo and top lawmakers failed by the budget deadline, and lawmakers alone also failed to come to a consensus by the session’s end, the public debate over legalization shifted: it was no longer a matter of if New York would legalize adult use, but how. Among the reasons that legalization efforts failed in 2019, for example, was disagreement over equity provisions, and specifically how to repair harms caused by the disproportionate enforcement of cannabis laws in communities of color. 

Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, who represents parts of western New York, including the city of Buffalo, remained vocal last year as lawmakers tried to hammer out these specific details. This year, coronavirus concerns have pushed most other issues off lawmakers’ plates. 


“Unfortunately, the Majority Leader is not commenting on [legalization] as it relates to the budget negotiations at this time,” Kevin Jolly, press secretary for Peoples-Stokes, told Cannabis Wire. “While lawmakers are working diligently to pass a budget, they’re also focused on doing everything they can working with the Governor and in their respective districts to ‘flatten the curve’ of this pandemic.”

On March 16, when asked about legalization discussions, Jolly indicated to Cannabis Wire that coronavirus concerns had taken center stage with lawmakers. 

“Right now, everything is fluid as it relates to the state budget process; the Majority Leader is working alongside her fellow lawmakers to make sure that despite this public health crisis, that government continues to function and be funded to provide both necessary daily and emergency services,” Jolly said. 

State Sen. Diane Savino, who represents areas of Staten Island and Brooklyn, told Cannabis Wire on March 19 that, “In light of the current crisis, there does not seem to be any appetite to take up issues that are not either related to the relief efforts, or the spending plan. As such, the issue of the adult use marijuana proposal has been withdrawn from discussion by all parties. I really have no idea what the next step will be and doubt they do either.”


In late January this year, Cuomo again placed adult use legalization among his legislative priorities in his budget plan.

“Legalize adult use cannabis,” Cuomo said during his January 21 budget address. “I believe it is best done in the budget, I said that last year. I believe the budget is the opportunity, frankly, to make some tough decisions and work through tough issues that without the budget can often languish.”


January was a very different time for New Yorkers, long before the state became the eye of the storm in the US as COVID-19 spread. Since then, Cuomo’s focus has turned to daily briefings about the state’s desperate need for more ventilators and masks, pop up hospital tents in Central Park, and the USNS Comfort, a 1,000 bed ship that arrived in New York on Monday to help relieve the city’s medical centers, which are bursting with patients. By Monday evening, the state had recorded 67,227 positive cases of coronavirus, and 1,342 deaths related to the virus. 

What’s next for legalization in New York? The 2019 effort pivoted from the budget to the legislature. That could happen this year, too, though many legislatures have suspended or reduced activity for the near future, and are focused on  COVID-19 response, not cannabis,as Cannabis Wire has reported


Krueger’s “plan B remains the same,” Flagg, Krueger’s spokesperson, told Cannabis Wire. Krueger “has always said that it’s important not just to get legalization done, but to get it done right. If it can’t get done in the budget in the middle of a public health crisis that is also a fiscal crisis, there is no reason the legislature can’t negotiate and pass a nation-leading legalization model when the immediate crisis is over.” 


Cuomo has also pushed for a “northeast approach” to legalization and vaping policies, urging lawmakers and governors in states like Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to link arms to form similar rules for cannabis. To this end, Cuomo held a cannabis policy summit in October in Manhattan. 


In short, lawmakers expect a domino effect in the northeast when it comes to legalization. But while “there is a desire to do this,” Cuomo said during a news conference at the start of the Regional Cannabis Regulation and Vaping Summit in October, “the devil is in the details. It can be a positive if done right, negative if done incorrectly.”




Man Told Police ‘Buying Weed’ Was The Essential Reason He Was Outside His Home



Man Told Police ‘Buying Weed’ Was The Essential Reason He Was Outside His Home

Police in the UK have been stopping motorists to check whether they conducting essential tasks amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Citizens are only allowed out of the house if they’re performing a necessary duty like grocery shopping, seeing a doctor or picking up medicine.

The crackdown hopes to ensure people aren’t risking their health by contracting or spreading Covid-19.

But one driver was allegedly very candid when police pulled him over to see what he was doing.


South Wales Police uploaded a picture onto their Twitter account, along with a caption that said: “[One] man was reported for non essential journey and possession of cannabis, after saying, ‘My journey is essential. I had to buy weed.'”

If you’re going to break the rules, at least don’t further incriminate yourself with another crime.

While this man certainly wasn’t sticking to the new laws in place, the police force has commended the ‘vast majority’ of people who have been following the law.

The UK government recently ordered Brits to stay at home where possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus, advising that they could leave the house once a day for exercise – something that some people have arguably taken advantage of.


Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that if people did not obey the rules ‘police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings’.

Cornwall Police was one of the first to confirm their officers would be stationed around city to ensure those rules were being followed.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “A number of neighbourhood patrols have carried out stop checks on vehicles travelling within the county.

“The purpose of these checks is to engage with the public and to explain and reiterate the request from government, ensuring people have considered if their journey is essential.



“The purpose, at this time, is not to enforce the direction set out by the government, but to prepare communities for the new police powers which will be put in place in the coming days.

“This measure is one of many that the force have actioned today, including high visibility foot patrols, pro-active discussions around Public Health England advice and deploying units as broadly as possible.


“This is an ever changing situation and we will maintain an agile approach.”

But if you’re going out to get weed, probably best to come up with another excuse. Just a thought.




Adam’s green shoot cultivation for treatment of fibromyalgia



Adam’s green shoot cultivation for treatment of fibromyalgia


A West Wight farmer with a difference is aiming to put the Island at the centre of a world leading group working on the understanding and treatment of fibromyalgia and related conditions.

Adam Mawer, 44, is entering his second year of cultivating cannabis plants under licence from the Home Office. Working with The Future Clinic in Cowes who specialise in the treatment of fibromyalgia, researchers at the University of Southampton and Cambridge Laboratories he has been investigating the link between the debilitating long-term condition and the relief that medicinal cannabis products can bring.

The precise cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but it causes intense pain throughout the body and is believed to be related to abnormal levels of chemicals in the brain and changes in the way the central nervous system carries pain messages around the body.

After almost four years of unexplained pain and visits to various specialists, Adam’s partner Laurie was finally diagnosed with the condition around two years ago. Adam had been searching for an alternative to the multiple strong medications she was prescribed which brought unwelcome side-effects, and this eventually led to the launch of a new career for the Island businessman, whose family have lived here for over 40 years.

Laurie found that cannabinoids, naturally found in cannabis plants were the most effective and natural way to manage her symptoms, but Adam discovered that there was little understanding, and even less research into why or how they worked. Worryingly, over 80 per cent of cannabis extracts used in the UK are imported from Eastern Europe or China, with independent testing showing that the quality is highly variable. Strict drug legislation in the UK requires constant and reliable standards, so Adam set out to supply what was needed.

After passing stringent government and police checks he finally received a licence in April last year to grow Low THC Cannabis on his 60-acre Island Hemp Farm and quickly planted his first crop. Links with the Isle of Wight Fibromyalgia Society led to a meeting with Dr Gary Lee of the Future Clinic and they have now collaborated on a number of research studies to find out more about how cannabinoids can help in the treatment of Fibromyalgia and related conditions.

In this they have been supported by local company Wight CBD and other Island medical professionals with Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely assisting in dealings with the Home Office. Adam is currently waiting for a variation on his licence to be granted to permit him to not only to grow cannabis but also to manufacture a range of cannabis derived products. This will give total traceability and quality control over the extracts ti be used in the UK, and confidence to the medical profession and consumers.

Once granted, the licence will pave the way to a multi-million-pound research and development facility providing year-round employment for Islanders and, Adam says, substantial annual funding to Island good causes.

Speaking after the launch of the new website for Vecticanna, the company he has set up to manufacture the products Adam said: “This is a really exciting time for the company. Expansion will bring significant employment opportunities and mean the Island can become a world leader in the understanding and treatment of a number of pain related conditions.

There are over eight million people who suffer from unexplained pain, so the potential market is huge. The Island’s climate and weather gives us a fantastic geographical advantage which we want to make the most of, and I am keen for other Islanders to be a part of this journey.”

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Cannabis users encouraged to take a break over lockdown period due to COVID-19 health risks



Cannabis users encouraged to take a break over lockdown period due to COVID-19 health risks


Stoners are being told to ease up on the weed over the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, with scientists saying the health risks are significant.

Dr Marta Rychert, a senior research officer at Massey University’s SHORE and Whariki Research Centre says around five percent of New Zealand’s population uses cannabis as medication.

“People who self-medicate with cannabis are the most vulnerable in the terms of COVID-19,” she said in a statement on Tuesday.

“They are older than recreational users and often suffer from multiple health problems.”

A recent survey by SHORE showed the most popular way to use marijuana was to smoke it.

“Smoking presents unique risks in the context of COVID-19 due to the impacts on lung function.”

People who self medicate using oils or tinctures will not suffer the same ill effects. 

Dr Rychert says people who use cannabis for fun need to be careful too. The usual practices of recreational marijuana use present a serious risk during the pandemic.


“[They] need to pay attention to the hygienic practices they normally may not think about,” she said.

“This is because sharing of cannabis joints, bongs or vapes, also creates risks for COVID-19 transmission.”

Buying drugs also presents a significant health risk, says SHORE and Whariki associate professor Chris Wilkins.

” One drug dealer may have face-to-face contact with many buyers involving exchanges of cash and drugs that have the potential to transmit the disease,” he said on Tuesday.


“We are in the harvest months for cannabis and growers may seek to travel to crops and also sell cannabis to many customers, with potential for transmission.”

The NZ Drug Foundation has advised heavy drug users to use the lockdown period as a chance to take a break but has warned people to stay wary of the signs of withdrawal which can range from disorientation to trouble sleeping.





Households are warned to prepare for BLACKOUTS by keeping torches and warm clothes nearby as energy firms battle to keep the lights on during coronavirus crisis



Households are warned to prepare for BLACKOUTS by keeping torches and warm clothes nearby as energy firms battle to keep the lights on during coronavirus crisis


Britons have been warned of the potential for blackouts amid growing fears that staff shortages could lead to issues with the country’s power network.

Fears are growing that high levels of staff sickness during the coronavirus outbreak, mixed with the government’s self-isolation rules, could lead to a shortage of engineers.

The National Grid insists that the network is able to cope.

But one electrical infrastructure firm has now written to some of its most vulnerable customers warning them to keep torches and warm clothes nearby in case of power cuts.


UK Power Networks, which owns and maintains the electricity cables in the South East and East of England, as well as London, has written to priority customers, including pensioners and those with young children, telling them what to do if their homes are hit with a power cut.

The advice, reported in The Daily Telegraph today, includes ‘keeping a torch handy’ and ‘reducing heat loss by closing doors on unused rooms’.


Customers are also advised to have a ‘hat, gloves and a blanket to hand to keep warm’ and, where possible, to keep a corded telephone in the house, as well as a power bank to recharge mobile phones.  

The advice comes as many electricity firms across the UK put non-essential infrastructure work on hold.

Companies have also implemented emergency strategies to deal with the knock-on effects of Covid-19, which has infected more than 20,000 people in the UK.

So far, 1,408 people have died as a result of the virus. 


Other electricity distributors across the UK are also reportedly contacting the most vulnerable. 

The energy firms are also ensuring staff can continue to work on essential projects while still abiding by the government’s social distancing rules.

However a boss of one firm, SP Energy Networks, which operates in parts of Scotland, the North West and North Wales, said that staff sickness was a particular concern. 

Concern was also raised about the length of time that the government’s social distancing guidance could be in place for.







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