Category Archives: Medical

The 6,000-Year History of Medical Cannabis – Infographic

The 6,000-Year History of Medical Cannabis

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Since the early 20th century, the use of cannabis for any purpose fell out of favor by both regulators and Western culture at large.

In the United States, a wave of regulations made access to cannabis more difficult starting from the late 1900s, ultimately culminating in the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which effectively made cannabis use a federal offense. Meanwhile, prohibition in Canada lasted for 85 years until being lifted by recent developments.

Interestingly, however, this recent period of 20th century opposition is actually just a small speck in the wider 6,000-year timeline of cannabis. After all, the plant has been widely regarded for its therapeutic potential for many millennia by different cultures around the world.
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Canada legalises recreational cannabis use – first country in the G7 to do so

Canada legalises recreational cannabis use – BBC News Report

Canada’s parliament has passed a law legalising the recreational use of marijuana nationwide.

The Cannabis Act passed its final hurdle on Tuesday in a 52-29 vote in the Senate. The bill controls and regulates how the drug can be grown, distributed, and sold.

Canadians will be able to buy and consume cannabis legally as early as this September.  The country is the first in the G7 to legalise the drug’s recreational use.

Cannabis possession first became a crime in Canada in 1923 but medical use has been legal since 2001.     Continue reading

Government of Canada – Improving Black Wealth via Mental Health – By Yvonne Sam

Government of Canada – Improving Black Wealth via Mental Health

By Yvonne Sam

The issue of mental health is not only taboo among Blacks, but also well hidden. Mental illness is looked upon as “White person’s disease;” Now the government of Canada is poised within range to bring about a cultural change.

I was recently invited to be part of one of several discussions—– the initial steps in the planning phase surrounding commitments made in the 2018 Government of Canada Budget on the health and well-being of Black Canadians. The Budget proposed the investment of $19 million over a 5year period, aimed at enhancing local community supports for youth at risk and to develop research in support of more culturally focused mental health programs in Black Canadian communities ($10 million administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada, and $9 million administered by Canadian Heritage).  Continue reading

Linden Fund USA – Report on Annual Teachers’ Workshop 2018 held May 22-24. 2018

Linden Fund USA – Annual Teachers’ Workshop 2018 – Report
​​Dear members and supporters,
Please see the attached write up about the LFU’s annual Teachers’ Workshop that took place on May 22 – 24, 2018 in Linden. 

Guyanese Nurses Association. USA – Education & Mentoring Program- NY – July 28.2018

Download: Guyanese Nurses Assoc. USA – Education  & Mentoring Program

Will the Barbados Government Follow Canada And Decriminalize Marijuana?

Will the Barbados Government Follow Canada And Decriminalize Marijuana?

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 8, 2018: A newly-elected Caribbean government says it will consider the issue of decriminalizing marijuana even as Canada on Thursday night voted to approve the legalization of recreational pot with a vote of 56 to 30.

The Barbados Labor Party, (BLP), government, made the disclosure this week in the Throne Speech at the start of the new parliamentary term.  Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, however, noted that Barbadians will be consulted on the issue.     Continue reading

Book: The Mute’s Masquerade – by Anne Coltman 

New Book: The Mute’s Masquerade – May 16, 2018

Available in Hardcopy, Paperback and eBook from Amazon

Alistair Collins never wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, something that greatly disappointed the elder Major Collins. A talented musician like his mother, Alistair looked forward to a successful career in music. But when tragedy struck at home, grief mixed with guilt and despair changed the course of the musicians life and propelled him into the army and to a war that gave rise to a man he no longer knew.

His struggle to regain his career and sanity in the aftermath of an unfortunate accident in the Gulf War and his constant battle with post-traumatic stress disorder added to the agony of his life. Forced to live in silence, his life had no meaning until his accidental encounter with the young talented musician Yvee Benton.    Continue reading

Social Interaction and ‘Phubbing’ – and How smartphones change you – 2 videos

Video #1: Phubbing: A Word is Born

Smartphones: ‘Phubbing’ – A Word is Born

Published on Oct 7, 2013

Ever wondered how words come to be? Language is always changing. Update your dictionary.

Video #2: How Is Your Phone Changing You?

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Commentary: Daughters of the Diaspora – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Daughters of the Diaspora – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

You see them everywhere. They hold up the sky. They work in different jobs and often under difficult conditions to provide for their families. It doesn’t matter how hard the job is, or how bad the weather might be, these brave women are busy making a contribution to their adopted countries. They are the daughters of the diaspora.

They are to be found in various fields from domestics and babysitters to scientists, from students to transit workers, and from teachers and doctors to professionals in the corporate sector.

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The Van Carnage:–Misogny is not all there is to see – By Yvonne Sam

The Van Carnage:–Misogny is not all there is to see

…. It’s Implicit — Mental Health we must Revisit..

By Yvonne Sam

The Attack is a Shame but is the perpetrator the only one to Blame? The writing was clearly on the wall. But then again it was whose call?

Like most other Canadians I was horrified on hearing about the van attack in Toronto, and sprung into action by posing my overworked question” Who!? Why?  However, while the nation and the world over join in sympathy with Toronto following the senseless loss of human lives in the recent van ramming carnage, one cannot help but remark with great concern at the familiar pattern that plays out without fail after incidents of such a nature.    Continue reading

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