Marijuana is the only drug in the world that has gained incredible popularity and is known even to those who have never in their lives taken a fragrant smoke with an admixture of a narcotic substance. In every corner of the globe, there are actions in support of the narcotic plant, and doctors, in turn, give new arguments to legalize it. The main problem today is the purchase of marijuana since in many countries, it is prohibited for sale. A lot of people even travel outside their homes just to take a couple of puffs. But not everyone has the opportunity to go somewhere every time for the sake of this. How can people buy marijuana seeds, if it is banned almost everywhere?
The effects of marijuana on the body
It is worth noting immediately that the effect of marijuana on the human body can be different, it depends on the method of use. When smoking marijuana, the body immediately begins to let you know about it. After smoking this herb, intoxication will last about 2-3 hours. With the internal use of cannabis, in order to feel the effect of the herb, you need to wait quite a bit. So, the drugs will begin to act after at least one hour, as a maximum two. But, it is also worth noting that the intoxication itself will last at least 5 hours, or even more. In a person, after using the drug in any of the above ways, the following conditions begin to appear:
- Euphoria, the body is completely relaxed, a person feels a pleasant weakness, he likes everything, he begins to love everyone on this planet.
- Severe pains in the body stop if this does not help with an anesthetic tablet or medicine. The human organism seems to forget that the calving generally experienced discomfort and severe pain.
- Particular attention in the use of marijuana is caused by paintings and sculptures. The colors on the canvases “float”, as if reviving her, and the sculptures become as if in reality, which arouses admiration in a person. The world of whirling feels somehow different.
After the action of marijuana ceases to last, the person remembers the happy state that was, and wants to try again after some time in order to completely relax.
Today, it is not so easy to get cannabis seeds, because it is banned in almost all corners of the earth. There are only small areas where marijuana is legalized. But it’s not an option to fly to this place and buy cannabis because you can’t bring it back with you anyway. To buy a product, you need to browse the Internet and select for yourself the TOP sites that deal exclusively with the delivery of goods to your home.
For example, the best online dispensary in Canada is the first and second site that opens during searching the Net. Always be attentive to the person from whom you order the product, how much it costs, in what form it is. Also, always pay attention to how exactly the goods will be delivered.
AIDS day walk in North Battleford aims to `banish that stigma’
By Julia Peterson
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
On World AIDS Day, advocates in the Battlefords gathered to raise awareness about how the virus affects people in their community, and how people can get help and treatment, if they need it.
“HIV is completely preventable in today’s society, with all the advances in medication,” said Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre’s HIV project coordinator, Cymric Leask. “But due to a lot of intersecting factors, especially due to COVID in the past couple of years, our HIV numbers have skyrocketed.”
In 2021, more than 200 new cases of HIV were diagnosed in the province, even while testing, treatment and outreach were reduced during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Saskatchewan has the highest rate of new HIV infections in Canada, and has had the highest annual rate in the country for more than a decade.
The proportion of new HIV cases in rural areas is rising, too.
“Here up north, there are such large barriers to access to care,” said Leask. “We do have some great resources here in North Battleford but it’s still very hard to access the proper care for HIV.”
For example, getting started on HIV medication requires a visit with a communicable disease doctor, but there is no communicable disease doctor based in the Battlefords. Instead, that doctor visits the community only once every four months.
Another barrier Leask has found is that many people still have an outdated understanding of what HIV is, who is at risk and how treatment works.
“Especially here in rural areas, it’s stigmatized as something that only affects gay or bisexual men, men who have sex with men,” Leask said.
Today in Saskatchewan, men and women are diagnosed with HIV at almost equal rates, and two thirds of new cases are passed through injection drug use.
Treatments are much easier to manage than they used to be; some only involve taking one pill a day.
But the enduring stigma around HIV makes it harder for people to find community and support.
“People don’t talk about it,” said Jackie Kennedy, executive director of the Battlefords Indian and Metis Friendship Centre. “I think they’re afraid to. A lot of people don’t disclose that information (about their HIV status) because they are afraid to be judged.”
As more people continue to be diagnosed with HIV in Saskatchewan every year, groups and organizations in the Battlefords are working hard to make it easier for people to get testing, treatment, information and harm reduction supplies.
“We want to banish that stigma of how it used to be,” said Leask. “It’s not like that anymore.”
Julia Peterson is a Local Journalism Initiative Reporter with THE STARPHOENIX
The LJI program is federally funded.
COVID-19 and flu mobile vaccination clinics coming to malls and community hubs in Toronto
For the second year in a row, Team Toronto’s Vax The Holidays campaign is bringing COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinics to Toronto malls and popular community hubs throughout the holiday season.
The campaign features mobile and pop-up vaccine clinics and is focused on making sure locations are easily accessed and in areas where large groups of people will be gathering in the coming weeks. Toronto Public Health (TPH) is encouraging people to receive the vaccinations to guard against serious illness at a time when hospital emergency departments are packed with people struggling with respiratory illness.
People five years of age and older attending a city-run clinic or a participating Team Toronto pharmacy can be vaccinated for the flu and COVID-19 in the same visit.
More details on the mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Toronto and the select locations offering flu vaccines can be found on the city’s mobile vaccination webpage.
Eligible residents age five and older can choose from 30 mobile clinics set up in malls and community locations across the city to get their flu shot and bivalent COVID-19 booster. They are:
• Lawrence Allen Centre: 700 Lawrence Ave. W., Friday, Dec. 2 from 1 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 from noon to 5 p.m. (last day of the clinic is Sunday, Dec. 4).
• Scarborough Town Centre: 300 Borough Dr., Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Stock Yards Village: 1980 St. Clair Ave. W., Thursday to Friday, 1 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Yonge Sheppard Centre: 2 Sheppard Ave. E., Thursday to Friday, 1 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Yorkgate Mall: 1 York Gate Blvd., Monday, 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. (only offering COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday).
• North York Sheridan Mall: 2202 Jane St., Unit 5, Wednesday, 5 to 8:30 p.m. (flu shot not available at this location)
• Rexdale Community Hub: 21 Panorama Ct., Monday, 2 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
• Broadlands Community Centre: 19 Castlegrove Blvd., Tuesday and Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m.
• Cecil Community Centre: 58 Cecil St., Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Cedarbrook Community Centre: 91 Eastpark Blvd., Sunday, Dec. 11 and 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Horner Avenue Senior Centre: 320 Horner Ave., only on Friday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Humberwood Community Centre: 850 Humberwood Blvd., only on Sunday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Oriole Community Centre: 2975 Don Mills Rd. W., Thursday, 4 to 7:30 p.m.
• Parkway Forest Community Centre: 55 Forest Manor Rd., only on Wednesday, Dec. 7 and 21, 4 to 7 p.m.
• Port Union Community Centre: 5450 Lawrence Ave. E., Friday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre: 627 Queens Quay W., Saturday, Dec. 3 and 10, noon to 4 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 5, 12, and 19, 4 to 8 p.m.
• Fairbank Memorial Community Centre: 2213 Dufferin St., Tuesday, 1 to 6 p.m. (last day Tuesday, Dec. 13).
• Malvern Community Recreation Centre: 30 Sewells Rd., Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Agincourt Recreation Centre: 31 Glen Watford Dr., Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Thistletown Community Centre: 925 Albion Rd., Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.
• Gibson House Museum: 5172 Yonge St., Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
• Scadding Court Community Centre: 707 Dundas St. W., Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2 to 5 p.m.
• Scarborough Museum: 1007 Brimley Rd., Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
• San Romanoway Apartments: 15 San Romanoway, Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 24 and 31, noon to 4 p.m.
• BGC St. Alban’s Club: 843 Palmerston Ave., Friday, 2 to 6 p.m.
• Stephen Leacock Community Recreation Centre: 2500 Birchmount Rd., Sunday, Dec. 11 and 18, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Toronto Public Library Weston Branch: 2 King St. (Weston Road and King Street), Monday, Dec. 12 and 19, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 5 and 26)
• Toronto Public Library Richview Branch: 1806 Islington Ave., Tuesday, Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 9, 23 and 30 (closed Friday, Dec. 2 and 16)
• Toronto Public Library Goldhawk Branch: 295 Alton Towers Cir., Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
• Toronto Public Library Parkdale Branch: 1303 Queen St. W., Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Got a cold? It could protect you from other viruses — but only for a bit – CBC.ca
This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly analysis of health and medical science news emailed to subscribers. If you haven’t subscribed, you can do that by clicking here.
Infectious disease experts say having one virus like a common cold could keep others at bay, as each bug effectively takes turns over the fall and winter.
Canadians are mingling and travelling freely again. The mixing of people with each other gives scientists a rare opportunity to watch how the different respiratory pathogens we carry interact after a pandemic.
Until now, most virus research has focused on just a single pathogen at a time, whether in an individual patient or a whole population.
Here’s a look at the early science into why we likely won’t see multiple viruses hitting adults at the same time — and who may be more vulnerable to a double- or triple-whammy.
Virus triggers immune defence
Though the idea of viruses interfering with one another has been discussed since the 1960s, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic gave scientists some further clues about it.
Dr. Guy Boivin, a virologist and professor of pediatrics at Laval University in Quebec City, wrote a commentary earlier this year reviewing the evidence on viral interference — competition between respiratory viruses interfering or blocking each other’s spread.
“It was notable that the [H1N1 flu] pandemic virus emerged in France two to three months after its emergence in the other European countries,” Boivin said. “That was related to a rhinovirus outbreak at that time. This small epidemic of rhinoviruses delayed the pandemic H1N1 virus in France.”
Rhinovirus is a type of a common cold virus.
When it comes to waves of different respiratory infections like COVID, RSV and flu circulating in Canada, Boivin said he expects some overlap. But he also thinks it’s unlikely they will all peak at the same time, because catching one bug can offer short-term protection against other viruses.
Dr. Ellen Foxman, an immunologist at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., studies antiviral defences at her lab, including how viral interference happens.
“Having one virus activates antiviral defences in your body,” Foxman said. “That can protect against other viruses too, at least for a short span of time.”
Foxman said it’s possible that having one infection makes you less likely to get another at the same time. For instance, if human airway tissues are infected with rhinovirus and then the H1N1 flu is introduced a few days later, the influenza virus won’t grow.
“It was because the defences that the tissue turned on in response to the rhinovirus also protected against the flu,” Foxman said.
She’s currently looking at interference between the virus that causes COVID-19 and other viruses in human airway samples at her lab.
Foxman said the lining of our airways take on an antiviral defensive state when they sense an invader.
The guard defence is one of several layers of protection in the immune system. One is called interferon: a family of proteins produced by the body’s immune system in response to an invading viral infection.
As the name implies, interferon interferes with or blocks the ability of a virus to accomplish its raison d’être of making copies of itself.
Instead, interferon summons immune cells to the site of the invasion so they can take up arms against the threat.
But interferon doesn’t stay turned on for long, cautioned Dr. Allison McGeer, an infectious diseases specialist at Sinai Health System in Toronto.
“It’s not an effect with most viruses and it’s not a big effect,” McGeer said.
The opposite can also happen. Some people get double or co-infections — two or more bugs at the same time.
Why that’s the case isn’t well understood and the degree to which it happens is just starting to be explored.
McGeer said co-infections happen “not infrequently” among kids admitted to the hospital.
Baby’s multiple infections at once
Emilie Doré’s six-week-old son, Diego, was one of them. “My mom instincts were telling me that it was a bad cold on a baby who is just too little, too young,” Doré recalled.
Doré was on the lookout for symptoms in the infant after her two-year-old daughter fell sick. First the baby had a little congestion and a cough followed by lethargy and fever.
“I would say the most upsetting and worrying time was when he had to be connected to oxygen because he was having difficulty breathing,” the Montreal mother said.
When he wasn’t getting better, Diego had a lumbar puncture or spinal tap procedure. The tests suggested he had RSV, rhinovirus and enterovirus, another common cold virus, as well as possibly meningitis.
He recovered after four days in hospital and is now eight weeks old.
Virologists say at a population level, other factors, such as human behaviour of different age groups, population immunity, environmental conditions like temperature and humidity and what’s happened during the COVID-19 pandemic also influence the triple threat of viral spread.
Separate waves of each virus may still sicken individuals and increase demand on emergency departments and primary care services at a time they’re struggling with staffing shortages and backlogs.
Dr. Gerald Evans, chair of infectious diseases at Queen’s University and Kingston Health Sciences Centre, said when people in hospital are tested for respiratory infections now, three viruses can appear.
“We are starting to pick up a small signal that people can get infected with both flu and with COVID, and certainly in children we see flu and RSV popping up,” Evans said.
“So the impact of that coinfection we’re still going to have to figure out. We are seeing it. It’s small numbers.”
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