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By Cassandra Szklarski The Canadian Press

Natural health products join endocannabinoid hype

TORONTO — When it comes to cannabis and health, buzzwords abound: CBD and THC are chief among them, as well as the endocannabinoid system, which is the body’s network of receptors that these cannabis compounds unlock.

Gaetano Morello, head of a Vancouver-based supplements company, is somewhat averse to that last one. He prefers to call it the body’s “wellness system.”

Nationwide program empowers Indigenous youth with power of dance

TORONTO — When life gets Solomon Harper down, he dances. And when he feels happy, he dances even more.

The 16-year-old from St. Theresa Point First Nation describes dance as a powerful emotional outlet, a motivator that’s pushing him to mentor other youth, and to one day become a professional choreographer and pursue a law degree at university.

Forgiveness can help healing process in cases like Humboldt tragedy: experts

TORONTO — An emotional sentencing hearing for the truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash laid bare the unrelenting pain of family members who lost loved ones in the sudden tragedy.

There were heartbreaking accounts of grief and anger, and calls for the maximum prison time possible.

Female cannabis users come out of the shadows as legalization looms

TORONTO — Carol Francey waxes nostalgic when she thinks back to the first time she tried pot.

The year was 1966, the place was Toronto’s hippie-packed Yorkville neighbourhood, and she was 17-and-a-half-years-old.

The Victoria resident has been using pot ever since, she says some 52 years. And for most of that time, she did it in secret.