Posted on October

12/10/16

growing marijuna in Australia - who can do it?

Recently, in response to the legislative changes made by the Federal Government, we have been contacted by quite a few people looking for information about how they can start their own cannabis farm or shop, here in Australia.

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cannabis, growing, marijuana, legislation, hemp, recreational, cultivation
Posted on October

12/10/16

Apples and oranges: the weed vs. alcohol debate

Unfortunately, the comparison between cannabis and alcohol is not simple, and the consequences of statements like ‘alcohol is legal and it’s more dangerous than cannabis’ can be damaging and unhelpful.

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weed vs alcohol, alcohol worse than weed, comparison, cannabis harms, overdose, addiction
Posted on August

17/08/16

How likely are you to get caught for drug driving?

The New South Wales Government announced late last year it would be cracking down on drug driving with a plan to triple the amount of mobile drug tests (MDTs) conducted by 2017. This has become a hot topic of conversation as police units across the country continue to announce increased presence on the roads with more regular and targeted drug testing strategies.

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drug driving, NSW, penalties, cannabis and driving, MDT, RBT
Posted on August

17/08/16

5 differences between hydro and bush weed

Illegal Australian weed tends to be produced domestically using two main growing methods known as ‘hydro’ or ‘bush weed’. You’ve probably heard both of these terms before, but what exactly is the difference between the two? We’ve put together a list of the five main differences.

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hydroponic cannabis, weed, bush weed, contaminants
Posted on August

17/08/16

My child is hanging around a bad crowd – what can I do?

At some point or another, many parents won’t approve of the company their kids keep. It’s a pretty common story: watching a child gravitate towards a group of people who are using drugs, rebelling against authority of various kinds or who seem self-destructive. It can be some of the most difficult territory you will ever have to navigate as a parent. So what can you do?

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parenting, adolescent, teenager, drugs, alcohol, cannabis
Posted on August

17/08/16

Five reasons not to treat depression with weed

We recently spoke with two people who, on the recommendation of a therapist, have been using cannabis to manage their anxiety and/or depression. One person said their therapist recommended cutting out stimulants like coffee, but weed was encouraged as a great tool to help with anxiety. We were interested and concerned to learn of a health professional giving out this kind of advice, especially to vulnerable people who may just be seeking a quick fix.

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depression, mental health, weed, anxiety, therapy, cannabis
Posted on August

02/08/16

Explainer: medical cannabis news in NSW - August 2016

Usually our media wrap up covers a range of different media stories from the month, but as none made a splash quite like the NSW medical cannabis legislative changes, the July media wrap will focus solely on this one issue.

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medical cannabis, cannabis laws, nsw cannabis, sativex, prescription weed, medical marijuana
Posted on August

01/08/16

Marijuana and your mouth: not so pearly whites

In conjunction with this year’s Dental Health Week, we thought we would take the opportunity to remind you of the effect cannabis use can have on your oral health.

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cannabis, marijuana, weed watch blog, dental health, gum disease, mouth, teeth, hygiene, dental health week
Posted on July

07/07/16

20 things to do instead of smoking weed!

We know from the research there are some proven techniques to help overcome cannabis cravings for those trying to quit. Cravings come in waves and tend to only be strong for about 20 minutes, so if someone can push through the danger zone, the cannabis cravings start to become less intense and less frequent. Enter the four D’s: distract, delay, deep-breathing and de-catastrophize. The first of these – distraction – is the most important tool in your mental toolkit to riding the waves of those cravings.

Here are 20 things you can do to entertain your brain and body that don’t involve smoking weed. Maybe you’ve tried some of them before, or perhaps there’s something you’ve always been meaning to try but have never got around to – now’s your chance to give it a go!

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hobbies, distratcion, weed watch blog, cannabis, art, music, physical activities, social, friends
Posted on July

07/07/16

NCPIC celebrates NAIDOC week 3-10 July

National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life.

This year, NAIDOC week is held from 3-10 July, and its’ theme is Songlines: the living narrative of our nation.

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gunja, Aboriginal people, NAIDOC week, yarndi, cannabis yarns
Posted on July

07/07/16

5 things every parent needs to know about weed

As a parent, there may be no bigger worry than wondering if your child is using drugs and just how you can help them and keep them safe if you find they are experimenting or using regularly.

Here are five tips to help you manage your suspicions and maintain a good relationship with your kids

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weed, cannabis, schizophrenia, adolescence, teenagers, weed watch blog, child using drugs
Posted on July

04/07/16

When your friend should quit weed - but they think it’s a miracle drug

Now don’t get us wrong, cannabis may have some positive applications, particularly in medicine – though right now the jury is out on most of those. But for recreational users, the focus on medical use and choosing to ignore possible negative effects, has made it difficult to encourage young people to consider objective information about cannabis, and talking to friends and loved ones about concerns relating to their use has become a bigger challenge than ever before.

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cannabis, weed watch blog, miracle cure, legalisation, talking to a friend, conspiracy theories, marijuana
Posted on June

24/06/16

Baked-over or over-baked: can you get a hangover from weed?

Sometimes called a ‘bong over’ or a ‘stone over’, the after-effects of a big night of smoking weed impact everyone differently. While some don’t feel bad at all the following day, others can experience symptoms such as headaches, ‘cotton-mouth’, or feeling muddled and confused. So why does this happen and how can it be avoided?

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over-baked, weed hangover, cannabis hangover, alcohol, weed watch blog
Posted on June

24/06/16

The benefits of good sleep

We all know how it feels when we haven’t had enough sleep – our eyes feel gritty, we’re drowsy, we find it hard to concentrate and can generally feel like we’re below par, and unable to function well. But lack of sleep, or lack of good sleep, can mean more than this – it can actually damage our health and cause long-term problems.

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Sleep, sleep debt, catch up, mojo, stimulants, weed watch blog, sleep without cannabis, sleep without weed
Posted on June

24/06/16

Contaminants (pesticides and fungicides) in medicinal cannabis

The use of pesticides on cannabis plants is something NCPIC has warned users about regularly in the past. Over recent years, it has become even more concerning as parents consider giving the drug to their children who are suffering from serious illnesses, without being able to be fully aware of what different chemicals may have been used to support the growth of the plant. Pesticides can be highly toxic and have serious side effects, and pesticide testing regimes in the US differ from state to state

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medicinal cannabis, medical marijuana, pesticides, cancer, Barnaby Joyce, medical cannabis
Posted on June

09/06/16

Media Wrap Up - May 2016

With so much travel and so many election messages to report on, cannabis has taken a bit of a backseat in May. Despite this, there have been some interesting stories in both mainstream and niche publications.

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media, cannabis, election, blog, weed watch, dna, pregnancy
Posted on May

19/05/16

5 reasons why mixing cannabis with other drugs is a bad idea

People mix weed with other drugs for a range of reasons, whether they think it will help with the comedown after a big night on pills or maybe to intensify the high of another substance. While it can seem harmless enough, combining cannabis with other drugs is never a good idea as the results can be dangerous and unpredictable. Here’s why:

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mixing drugs, alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, stimulants, depressants
Posted on May

19/05/16

5 outrageous claims about weed

A lot of people who sit on the pro-cannabis side of the fence look at historic anti-cannabis materials such as ‘Reefer Madness’ and label it as outrageous propaganda designed to stigmatise cannabis and its users. And let’s be honest, it was. It was typical of the time it was created, and took ‘cannabis education’ (and we use the term loosely) to an extreme and often unrealistic place.

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cannabis cures cancer, alcohol, addiction, quit, safe, harmless
Posted on May

18/05/16

UIC Medical Cannabis symposium

In the world of medical cannabis, it seems Dr David Caldicott is a rock star!

Well at least that’s how it appeared on the second day of this year’s United In Compassion Medical Cannabis Symposium, where “I’m just David” had the notoriously difficult middle-of-the-day timeslot. A timeslot when most people sneak out early for lunch, switch off, or feign interest while they plan their afternoon.

Not in this case.

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united in compassion, david caldicott, medical cannabis, sydney, research
Posted on May

05/05/16

April 2016 media wrap-up: a look at the news on cannabis this month

For yet another month, cannabis news dominated headlines in papers around the world. And while the recent legislative victories were cause for celebration for many medical-cannabis advocates, this news was often overshadowed by a growing focus on the commercial and economic opportunities medical legalisation of the drug may present.

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weed watch, cannabis legislation, medical cannabis, the cannabis economy
Posted on April

15/04/16

Can cannabis make you more creative?

In an effort to find out whether using weed actually helps people with creating original ideas, let’s take a look at a couple of objective studies using objective measures undertaken in this complex area.

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cannabis, creativity, cannabis and creativity, research, divergent thinking
Posted on April

15/04/16

Help! How can I manage my irritability when I quit weed?

Quitting weed can be rough. You make the decision to do something good for your mind and body and then, as a thank you, you get smacked in the face with some pretty hefty withdrawal symptoms which threaten to throw your best intentions way off-course. So if you’ve noticed you’re snapping at friends, family or co-workers, there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent unnecessary bridge-burning while your body readjusts to life without weed.

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irritability, anger, withdrawal, cannabis, quit weed, anxiety, cravings
Posted on April

15/04/16

Can smoking weed affect my performance on the field?

If you’re sporting-inclined, you may know how hard it is to turn up to Saturday cricket with a hangover, standing in the sun all day, dehydrated, nauseous and craving that fundraiser sausage sanga. But what about weed? Does having a toke affect your sporting performance at all? And does it make you more likely to win that half marathon or more likely to not even make it to the training session?

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cannabis and sport, weed, sporting performance, hangover, drug use by athletes
Posted on April

13/04/16

How long does weed stay in your system?

It’s a pretty reasonable question to ask: if I smoke weed now, how long afterwards will it be detectable in my system? The answer can help you increase the safety of co-workers and other drivers, protect yourself against breaking the law, and ultimately, just plan ahead.

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drug testing, weed testing, cannabis testing, cannabis in urine, hair follicle testing
Posted on April

06/04/16

March media wrap-up: Money and marijuana

In March, research studies in mainstream media were few-and-far-between. Overshadowed by the sheer number of articles focused on the commercial prospects of cannabis, science dropped from the headlines and almost right off the bottom of the screen.

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cannabis commercialisation, cannabis legalisation, cannabis research
Posted on March

23/03/16

Why everyone’s personal experience is different

Some people believe there aren't any problems with using cannabis because they personally haven't experienced any. But this isn't the same for everyone and many people do suffer significant problems from cannabis use.

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weed watch, cannabis use problems, personal experience
Posted on February

26/02/16

February media wrap up

In February 2016, the Australian media covered stories on the progression of medical cannabis legislation in the federal parliament, as well as several stories on different cannabis research studies.

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weed watch, cannabis media, medical cannabis legislation, cannabis research, cannabis and driving, facebook
Posted on December

03/12/15

Media wrap up – October and November

Throughout October and November 2015 the Australian media covered stories on medicinal cannabis, high potency 'skunk', and cannabis use in pregnancy.

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weed watch, australian media, medicinal cannabis, skunk
Posted on December

01/12/15

Medicinal cannabis: pharmaceutical vs herbal

What is the difference between pharmaceutically produced medicinal cannabis and whole-plant cannabis?

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weed watch, medicinal cannabis
Posted on November

24/11/15

Lucy Haslam on medicinal cannabis

We talk to medicinal cannabis advocate Lucy Haslam about her views and perspective on using cannabis for medicinal purposes. 

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weed watch, lucy haslam, medicinal cannabis
Posted on October

19/10/15

Where do we stand on medical cannabis?

Sometimes the word 'prevention' in our name can be confusing -- in this blog, we set the record straight on our position on all things medical cannabis.  

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weed watch, medicinal cannabis, medical marijuana
Posted on October

13/10/15

September media: cannabis confusion and contradiction

A brief round-up of how the Australian media covered cannabis stories in September 2015

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weed watch, media, cannabis research, medical marijuana
Posted on September

02/09/15

August media wrap up – studies and spin

This month the Australian media focussed on general cannabis research, synthetics and 'cannabis vomiting syndrome'.

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weed watch, media, medical cannabis, research, synthetic cannabis, cannabis vomiting syndrome
Posted on July

29/07/15

July media wrap up

A quick round-up of the Australian media's take on cannabis issues and news stories in July 2015.

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weed watch, media, medicinal cannabis
Posted on July

03/07/15

June media wrap up

June was another action-packed month when it came to cannabis news. Significant funds were allocated to new research, the USA moved to facilitate further study on cannabinoids, and new reports highlighted the shortcomings in evidence to support the USA’s legalisation of medicinal cannabis for some illnesses.

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weed watch, media, medicinal cannabis, USA, research
Posted on June

12/06/15

5 ways weed might mess with your plans

A lot of the time when we talk about the effects of cannabis, we focus on the links between regular use and mental and physical health. But using weed, or being caught with it, can have far-reaching effects on other aspects of your life.

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addiction, travel, cannabis and the law
Posted on June

01/06/15

May media wrap up

May saw a lot of media coverage about cannabis research. Although there was still plenty of coverage about medicinal cannabis, the media also covered stories on research into the effects of cannabis on lung health and driving skills. And it was great to see that some Australian media outlets found the floated idea that cannabis could increase creativity in school kids as crazy as NCPIC does. 

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weed watch, media, research, medicinal cannabis, creativity
Posted on May

12/05/15

Synthetic cannabis stories – the good, the bad and the ugly!

Read real-life accounts of people’s experiences using synthetic cannabis. We’ve scoured the forums and surveyed over a thousand people to find out how this unpredictable drug can affect you.

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weed watch, synthetic cannabis, synthetic weed, online forums
Posted on April

21/04/15

Weeding out the root cause of cannabis use

Sometimes heavy cannabis use can be a symptom of a deeper problem that needs to be dealt with, such as anxiety, difficulty in social situations, stress or some deeper issues.

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weed watch, anxiety, cannabis use problems
Posted on April

02/04/15

Deceptive and dangerous: What you and your kids need to know about synthetic cannabis

Talking about the dangers of synthetic weed can be really challenging for parents trying to educate their kids about drug use, but it is a really important conversation every family needs to have. Here’s how to get informed and get the conversation started.

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weed watch, synthetic cannabis
Posted on April

01/04/15

March monthly media – medicinal cannabis on our minds

A round-up of media articles about cannabis over the month of March 2015. This month the media covered medicinal cannabis, legalisation, synthetic cannabis and the effects of cannabis on the brain

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weed watch, media, medicinal cannabis, synthetic cannabis, brain
Posted on March

02/03/15

Monthly media wrap up: medicinal cannabis again front of mind

February saw the quiet of previous months fade into a new year of debate about medicinal cannabis, more drug driving crashes and interesting new research.

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weed 101, medicinal cannabis
Posted on February

06/02/15

Addiction: small ‘rewards’ that can become big luxuries

It can be surprising how often small indulgences can build up into addictions.

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weed watch, cannabis addiction, alcohol addiction, gambling addiction
Posted on February

03/02/15

Cannabis: an historic love-hate story

A brief history of how our relationship with cannabis has changed over the years.

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weed watch, cannabis history, medicinal cannabis
Posted on January

30/01/15

Monthly media wrap up – synthetic cannabis claims more lives

In January the media covered articles on the growing concern around synthetic cannabis use, medical cannabis, and weed taking on a persona of its own on Twitter.

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weed watch, synthetic cannabis, media, twitter
Posted on December

23/12/14

Kronic mistakes being made with synthetic cannabis

Synthetic cannabis took the Australian market by storm a few years ago - so why is it a drug you should really aim to avoid?

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weed watch, synthetic cannabis, Kronic
Posted on December

17/12/14

Naughty or nice? Dealing with cannabis-related family conflict

Christmas can be a stressful time of year for some families, so if you decide to bring up tricky conversation topics like cannabis use, here's some tips on how best to approach it.

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weed watch, christmas, family confilt, cannabis conversations
Posted on December

13/12/14

Christmas, parties and getting loose in the silly season

Christmas can be a fun, crazy and electric time of the year when we get it right – but can come with some nasty consequences when we get it wrong. To get you ready for Chrissy, here are our five tips on substance use during the silly season.

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weed watch, christmas, cannabis in the workplace, holidays
Posted on December

06/12/14

Monthly mainstream media wrap up – medicine, mining and manufacturing

A wrap up of cannabis media stories for the month of November, including the cannabis legalisation debate, the police cracking down on stoned miners and synthetic drugs importation on the rise.

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cannabis media, weed watch, mining, synthetic cannabis, sniffer dogs, NDSHS
Posted on December

02/12/14

Should I quit weed? Having ‘that' conversation with yourself

If you smoke weed and you have a close support network, it’s not unlikely that you’ve heard their opinion on your drug of choice, what it can do to you and why you should give it up ‘now, before it’s too late’. And while all of this may actually be good advice, do you really want to hear it?...

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quitting cannabis, weed watch
Posted on August

01/08/14

Do uni students know enough about the effects of drugs?

Last week, the NCPIC team had a new experience, finding ourselves amid the foot traffic of 5000 young students at an event for one of Australia’s largest university campuses. With an interactive stall, themed ‘keep off the grass’...

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weed watch, university students, cannabis knowledge