It's certainly no secret that CBD oil, in all of its "cannabis-derived" goodness, packs one hell of Myth #3: CBD Turns into THC in Your Stomach. One of the major health benefits is using CBD hemp oil for pain relief. evidence around its ability to help with pain relief, in the same way that medical marijuana is. #1 PlusCBDoil; #2 softwareengineeringbooks.info; #3 softwareengineeringbooks.info quality CBD hemp oil for sale, and most importantly what the truth and the myths are around it. The word is out: CBD can improve the lives of patients, and do just as Myth #3: Cannabis Makes You Lazy . many people are turning to CBD to ease their hangover pain. With my declined tolerance and the exhaustion of two three- hour My stomach appeared settled, though I was slightly hungry.
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This myth is untrue on multiple levels. First off they are trying to scare you by relating tobacco tar with the tar in Cannabis. It's absolutely true that Cannabis has about 5 times the tar that tobacco has.
Tar is oil that is heated to remove the water molecules making the oil thicker which is tar. The tar in Cannabis is not the same thing as tar in tobacco. Tobacco tar causes cancer, Cannabis tar cures cancer. The only bad properties of Cannabis is the plant material. Cannabis only effects the upper respiratory tract and the worst that will ever happen, if ever, you might develop a mild case of bronchitis.
Vaping Cannabis is the safest way of consuming it because you are eliminating the plant material. Here's a fun fact: People who are chronic Cannabis smokers that smoke the traditional way pipe bong or joint , have a one fold less chance of developing lung cancer than people that don't smoke tobacco or Cannabis.
It is absolutely true that Cannabis has the ability to cause lung cancer , however so is sitting in front of a camp fire. Any combustible material that results in a carbon molecule has the ability to cause cancer.
The fact that Cannabis is an anti-cancer drug trumps any chance of getting lung cancer to start with. And if it is true that Cannabis causes lung cancer why would we prescribe it to sick people and especially people that have cancer Johns Hopkins University says that Cannabis does not increase your risk of developing lung and other cancers.
So who is telling the truth? Cannabis has never directly caused the death of anyone. A few people have died from synthetic THC that the pharmaceutical companies have produced. I think I will stick to the real thing!!!! I want to quantify my point here. Your body is one huge cell reproducing machine. We shed cells internally and skin cells externally, trillions of cells every day if I remember correctly.
Cannabis kick starts apoptosis. Apoptosis is the programmed death and renewal of cells. Apoptosis works another way, by killing off damaged cells. Cancer essentially hides from apoptosis. Cannabis does not discriminate. Past the expiry date in the garbage it goes.
Another reason why Cannabis is an anti-cancer medicine is because Cannabis is a very powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants help stop the formation of free radicals that cause cancer Dr. Robert Melamead Another reason why Cannabis is an anti-cancer medicine is because it is a strong anti-inflammatory drug CBD. Anti-inflammatory drugs are known to reduce our chances of developing cancer. If I have a cut on my arm and it is infected and I apply Cannabis oil. The natural effect of the oil will reduce swelling and kill the infection.
Essentially skipping two steps to the healing process. Now think of the inside of your lungs as part of the outside of your body.
Your lungs are subjected to air pressure, dirt, bacteria etc. Get what I mean so far? When you smoke Cannabis it does the same thing in your lungs as applying Cannabis oil to the infected cut on your arm.
Of course no one does or we wouldn't have a medical marijuana program at all. Here's a fun fact. There is a red dye that was taken out of rat poison because it was known to cause cancer. They took it out of the rat poison just in case another animal eats the rat that ingested the red dye. The idea here is that the animal that ate the rat doesn't develop cancer from the red dye. If Cannabis caused lung cancer there would be warning labels on everything from Cannabis you buy at a medical producer to the Hemp oil you buy at the health food store, just like the ads on cigarette packs.
Use simple logic to guide you beliefs. Marijuana doesn't cause any long term harm to the body. Smoking Marijuana is know to have negative effects on cognition. Effects include difficulties with attention, problem solving and impaired judgment, decision-making and ability to learn. This is utter nonsense. Cannabis does not affect your brain or any of your organs in a negative way.
Science has proven this time and time again. Cannabis is actually know to protect the brain, and helps all of your organs to function properly. Cannabis is know to restore cognitive abilities , the exact opposite of what they are saying in Myth 7. Cannabis filters out what isn't important, and helps you focus on what is important.
Cannabis affects the way you focus. This so called short-term memory effect isn't permanent as this paragraph suggests. The short-term memory effects of alcohol are permanent. Here is something everyone can relate to. I went drinking one time many years ago in Ottawa I woke up in my car in the morning with no pants or underwear on.
My wallet and my keys were on the passenger side seat. The only thing I could remember is that I went to the bar across the road from the apartment building I lived in. I could not find my pants anywhere, in or around my car. Needless to say it was awkward walking up 16 flights of stairs to get to my apartment with no pants. To this day I still cannot remember what happened that night.
Not once did I smoke Cannabis where I did not remember what happened the previous evening. If Cannabis has negative effects on cognition, attention, problem solving, judgment, decision-making and ability to learn, why do the most successful people in history smoke Cannabis?
They smoke Cannabis because she is a teacher, and a performance enhancing drug. When I was a teen why did I ace every exam in high school when I was baked out of my mind? Using Marijuana and then driving isn't as bad as using alcohol and driving. While the effects differ from alcohol, it similarly impairs reaction times and the ability to concentrate on the road. All of these impacts are crucial for driving as motor vehicle.
I have no idea why this is even an issue. Sadly I did talk to a psychiatrist a little over a year ago about Cannabis and he told me "The only thing that is stopping the psychiatry community from accepting Cannabis as a viable medicine is the fact that we don't know if you can drive a motor vehicle properly while high.
You can relate Cannabis to alcohol, even though the effects are different and not similar as this paragraph suggests. The difference between alcohol and Cannabis is, the Cannabis user is more focused on the task at hand. Cannabis is a stimulant not a depressant like alcohol. A well known effect of Cannabis is it makes you more careful. Cannabis makes you slightly dizzy, but in a good way.
Your brain compensates because of this dizzy effect which makes the user more careful. This anti-dizzy effect of Cannabis is what relives nausea. This is why Cannabis is prescribed to people that are going through chemo therapy that experience extreme nausea.
Cannabis users are know to drive way too careful and slow. Driving too careful can be bad thing Colorado legalized Cannabis In The Washington Post said " Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows.
If you drink alcohol and drive it does not mean you will get into a traffic accident and the same goes for Cannabis. Cannabis is a stimulant not a depressant.
I don't think anyone should get really high and drive, however the chances of a really stoned driver getting into a traffic accident are almost nil. A really high user is more careful as I mentioned earlier. Cannabis doesn't make you violent and brave like alcohol. Cannabis makes you cautious and slightly timid. Time to pop another real world situation on you.
Do you think the most successful rock musicians in the world can play the way they do if Cannabis impaired their cognitive abilities or coordination? Yes they use other drugs as well and maybe at the same time as Cannabis, however there are many musicians that are just plain old pot heads.
Playing guitar takes a huge amount of coordination and driving a car is easy in comparison. I could add links here all night. Do some research for yourself and never trust just one source of information. Keep in mind you will find information sources that say the exact opposite of what I am saying here.
It all boils down to whom you rather believe. Always remember there will always be people that have an agenda to keep Cannabis illegal. Warn teenagers to not smoke Cannabis at too early of an age. If you have a history of mental health issues, don't smoke Cannabis. Don't smoke and drive. I tired Green Crack shatter and it wasn't for me. I had a very bad experience. The problem isn't that Cannabis is bad, the problem is that teens may not have the proper knowledge to use Cannabis wisely and when to stop using it if they have bad experiences.
Smoke Cannabis that has a low amount of THC ie: A good comparison is if you have no experience drinking alcohol. Posted by Michael Wilson at 9: The last time I had to renew my prescription was not fun.
I am sure this type of situation does not happen in a large city, however it happened where I live. Although I could not officially find the reason why there are no doctors the government clinic informed me: It is not legal to talk to a doctor over Internet to renew a prescription. I explained to the clinic that my medical information documentation belongs to me and that they have no right to refuse to either send the documentation to me or the Cannabis producer.
My Cannabis prescription was about to expire and I had to find a way around this problem. Sure doctors get paid to fill out forms all the time.
If you get injured at work, the doctor has to fill out WCB forms. It is Health Canada that pays the doctor's fee, not you. Or at least why does this situation even happen? Our Canadian constitution does not exclude Cannabis as a medicine, nor does it say that I have to pay for the right to use it as a medicine.
The answer is simply money. Health Canada will not pay the doctor's fee, you have to. I used the Partners Program through Tweed. I sent my own copies of my medical documents to Tweed and setup an appointment. I wish I could do this for visits with my family doctor.
I also like the fact that the doctor was on time, no waiting forever because the doctor is backed up with patients. I prefer buying my Cannabis from a medical producer because I know what I am smoking. It is interesting that I had to go though all this when i have had my prescription for a few years now. It was worth it in the end. Recently I had surgery on my left leg. The swelling was very bad from my knee to my foot.
The pain was unbearable as you could imagine. Naturally I had to take some kind of painkillers to make my situation more comfortable. Hydro Morphine is what was prescribed even though I get very bad side effects for opiates. At the time I did not care about the side effects that opiates give me as I needed the pain to go away.
To give you an idea of how bad my leg was swollen and how much pain I was in, I could not sit on a chair, because of the constant throbbing pain. Even with morphine I had to lay down most of the day with my leg up to reduce the swelling. After a few weeks the doctor told me that I cannot take any more morphine. What was even worse is that I could not take any anti-inflammatory drugs because that slows down bone growth.
Fortunately there are alternatives to taking anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers for someone in my situation. CBD is an anti-inflammatory and pain killer in one. As soon as I got my order I tried it out in my vaporizer. Within a few minutes the throbbing in my leg stopped. It felt as through the pressure in my leg was gone, like popping a balloon.
In general traditional pain killers like opiates, cocaine and asprin makes the nerves numb that are causing the pain. Actually your whole body is numb because the painkiller cannot target the problem area. This systemic effect is what gives you that dopey feeling. This system is responsible for all of our body functions, from breathing, heart rate, pain, swelling and your immune systems response. Endocannabinoids are produced by your body. I have very debilitating muscle spasms at times.
I used Spectrum Cannabis Green Tweed I got some instant relief right away but the pain didn't go away. CBD is the new morphine.
Posted by Michael Wilson at 8: Cannabis , CBD , cbd and inflammation , health food products , injury , medical marijuana , medicinal marijuana , pain , swelling , the new morphine. I thought it would be a good idea to write about what Cannabis can not do to you, instead of the wonderful things it can do for you.
It seems to me that not many people actually know the real reasons why you can never OD and die from consuming Cannabis. Reason 5 Why Cannabis will never kill you is: Cannabis is the most non-toxic plant on earth. Cannabis is the only plant on earth that has all of the nutritional value as a one plant food source.
Every part of Cannabis is edible. Reason 4 Why Cannabis will never kill you is: Cannabis will never contribute to a heart attack, stroke or cancer. It has been well known for many years that Cannabis has many medicinal effects. Cannabis dilates blood vessels and arteries, essentially doing the opposite of what nicotine does.
The dilation of blood vessels allows more blood flow, allowing for faster healing process and puts less strain on the heart. Cannabis will never cause cancer and in particular, lung cancer. Cannabis smokers have a one fold less chance of getting cancer even with traditional pipe or bong high does chronic use. Cannabis opens up the airways in the lungs. It's no big surprise to know that folks that have Asthma, smoke Cannabis Reason 3 Why Cannabis will never kill you is: I've read many times in articles that people get a stiffer possession charge because they have a concentrate of either Cannabis oil or Hashish.
Cannabis is the most non-toxic substance on the planet. Even with high doses, Cannabis can never kill you.
A very interesting example of this fact is the Shafer report was a real world comparison to see how toxic our most common substances really are. Cocaine has a 2: Heroin has a 3: Even Alcohol has a ratio of Cannabis has a ratio of , You would have to eat or smoke some insane amount of lbs in 15 minutes.
Even though the study showed that Cannabis was not harmful, it remains in schedule I in the U. Reason 2 Why Cannabis will never kill you is: In the case of drugs like cocaine, the brain is flooded with dopamine. When dopamine levels become toxic, the brain will shut down to save its self Cannabis keeps dopamine levels at a constant and normal level so coma can never occur.
Reason 1 Why Cannabis will never kill you is: It never affects the part of your brain that controls breathing and heart rate. The part of your brain that is responsible for this called the Medulla Oblongata , or called the Medulla for short. The Medulla is the lower half of your brain stem. Mobsters would say" give him two in the back of the head.. Many drugs pharmaceuticals as well affect heart rate and breathing. Morphine depresses breathing and heart rate, while Cocaine will make your heart beat very fast.
Cannabis will never affect the Medulla so that breathing and heart rate will not stop. Posted by Michael Wilson at Cannabis , cannabis is non-toxic , Cannabis oil , concentrated cannabis , five reasons why cannabis will never kill you , health food products , medical marijuana , medicinal marijuana. Monday, June 30, Nationalizing Medical Marijuana. The Conservative Government is taking away your right to cultivate the most useful plant on the planet.
The Conservative party stopped all legal grow-ops in April of , under the guise of eliminating crime associated with illegal grow-ops. Legal and illegal Cannabis growers don't have guns to shoot the police, they have guns to protect themselves from the crime that Cannabis prohibition has created.
Legal and illegal Cannabis growers have different methods of security to protect themselves from those who may use fire arms to rob them. Is Nationalizing Medical Marijuana a step in the right direction? Will recreational Cannabis be nationalized as well?
If the answer is no then there will always be an illegal Cannabis trade for which there will always be crime. If money is an issue, then Medical Marijuana patients will go to the illegal drug trade as an alternative. This flaw in the system will allow illegal Cannabis producers to cash in by selling Cannabis cheaper than the Canadian Government.
All are known carcinogens so why leave tobacco and alcohol legal substances when both kill so many people every year? If I have the choice of what way I would like to get cancer, why can't I choose the way I want to prevent it? In actuality our government does the opposite of what is needed. Here is an example: This means that LSD has more medicinal usages than Cannabis. Why prescribe Cannabis to a cancer patient if it is so dangerous and causes cancer? What are we stupid? I asked my family doctor this very question.
No my friend the War on Drugs is control of useful substances like Cannabis. Cannabis is just one piece of the big picture, of government deception. In all of this will change, when Cannabis will be legal across Canada.
Way to go Justin Trudeau. And if Cannabis can prevent and cure cancer why can't healthy people use it? Should we only have pity on those who are terminally ill? Can you even imagine the billions of dollars that would be saved every year, if we started using Cannabis oil to treat cancer any form instead of VERY expensive chemo and radiation therapy. Well one person did exactly that. His name is Rick Simpson. For those who do not know, Rick Simpson is a pioneer when it comes to curing cancer with Cannabis oil.
Rick has his own very successful website called PhoenixTears. Rick even called the Canadian Cancer Institute to tell them of his success. Of course they did not take Rick seriously. Rick gave his oil away at little or no cost. Rick has not lived in Canada since See this is what our government does to people like Rick Simpson and Marc Emery. We are slowly being Americanized. Do you ever wonder why the colours of the Conservative Government are red white and blue? Cannabis presents almost no toxicity and cannot lead to an overdose.
The only answer to this question is the money that is being made by Nationalizing Medical Marijuana and not decisions based on intelligence.
Seems to me that Cannabis is illegal in Canada for recreational uses, because of political agendas and not what the majority of Canadian citizens have demanded and science has told us. The majority of the North American people want Cannabis decriminalized. Since , science has only fortified the fact that Cannabis is non-toxic and very helpful for every bodily function.
The Conservative Government is loosening up possession charges up to an ounce of dried Cannabis, and at the same time making illegal cultivation penalties stiffer.
One month in jail for every plant you grow. It took me 3 years to convenience my own family doctor at the time, that Cannabis prevented migraine headaches and that Cannabis can be used for a variety of illnesses. Now, marijuana prices here are in freefall, and the craft cannabis farmers who put Oregon on the map decades before broad legalization say they are in peril of losing their now-legal businesses as the market adjusts. Oregon regulators on Wednesday announced they will stop processing new applications for marijuana licenses in two weeks to address a severe backlog and ask state lawmakers to take up the issue next year.
Experts say the dizzying evolution of Oregon's marijuana industry may well be a cautionary tale for California, where a similar regulatory structure could mean an oversupply on a much larger scale.
Click here to read the article on the CBS website. In a report released Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that synthetic products falsely labeled as cannabidiol, or CBD, sickened as many as 52 people from October through January. The CDC urged states to set up regulatory and control systems "to minimize the risk for recurrences of this emerging public health threat.
CBD is derived from cannabis but is designed not to produce a high. Users say it provides relief from pain and can fight seizures. This year, Utah passed a new law that supporters say will prevent the illnesses from happening again. The oil had previously been in a legal gray area. It's been legal for people with epilepsy in Utah since , but there is no regulatory system to oversee the oil's safety. Bottles labeled as CBD have edged their way into Utah smoke shops and health food stores in recent years.
Sales to the general public have been technically illegal but largely ignored by authorities. Foreign cartels embrace home-grown marijuana in pot-legal states Foreign gangs are finding that black-market marijuana is profitable even in states that have legalized cannabis. In early April, local and federal authorities descended upon 74 marijuana grow houses in the Sacramento area they say were underwritten by Chinese organized crime.
They filed court paperwork to seize the properties, worth millions of dollars. Federal officials allege that legal recreational marijuana states like California, Colorado and Washington, where enforcement of growing regulations is hit-or-miss, have been providing cover for transnational criminal organizations willing to invest big money to buy or rent property to achieve even bigger returns. Chinese, Cuban and Mexican drug rings have purchased or rented hundreds of homes and use human trafficking to bring inexperienced growers to the United States to tend them, federal and local officials say.
The suspects are targeting states that have already legalized marijuana "in an attempt to shroud their operations in our legal environment here and then take the marijuana outside of the state," said Mike Hartman, executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue, which regulates and licenses the cannabis industry. Authorities say they've seen an increase in these "home grows" since the launch of recreational pot sales in Colorado.
Click here for the rest of the article. There are an estimated deaths per day caused by opioid overdose with 16, deaths a year from prescription opioids alone. In light of this, there has been a lot of talk surrounding the relationship with marijuana and opioids. The only firmly established relationship in the literature is one showing that marijuana use can often be a precursor to opioid use.
But the for-profit pot industry wants to say something else. The pot industry is attempting to tout the legalization of marijuana as a solution for the opioid crisis, citing various medical studies. A new article published in the Journal of Addiction says that this conclusion is weak and premature. Jonathan Miller, executive director of the U. He is one of several prominent politicians to voice support recently for reforming federal cannabis laws.
HealthDay —Teens who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to try marijuana in the future, especially if they start vaping at a younger age, a new study shows. More than 1 in 4 teenagers who reported e-cigarette use eventually progressed to smoking pot, according to the survey of more than 10, teens.
That compared with just 8 percent of non-vapers, said lead researcher Hongying Dai, senior biostatistician with Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
Kids aged 12 to 14 who used e-cigarettes were 2. Pennsylvania moves to become first state to permit medical marijuana research long blocked by federal ban Updated Mar 22, Pennsylvania officials on Thursday outlined the process that medical schools can use to apply for state permission to conduct medical marijuana research. Pennsylvania is the first among the states that have legalized medical marijuana to make medical marijuana research part of the law.
Historically, marijuana has not been well-studied in the United States, due to its federal status as a Schedule 1 drug with no medical benefit. Now, Pennsylvania is about to begin accepting applications from medical schools that want to conduct such research. At least one, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medince, has said it does. The state will allow up to eight medical schools, which are each associated with a hospital and typically have a strong focus on research, to conduct research on medical marijuana.
Several considerations contradict the argument for legalization. Most simply, it is argued that legalization would eliminate criminal problems. The state would collect its sales tax, and marijuana users would be happy. However, as with alcohol, the use of marijuana will create costs in excess of the sales tax revenue. It has been predicted that costs associated with treatment, injuries, loss of work, and damage to property are likely to run millions more than the income gained through taxation.
As a nation, we have just spent millions of dollars in the crusade to stop people from smoking cigarettes. Yet with pot smoking, all the problems associated with indirect smoke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer will continue and increase.
Studies have disclosed that the recreational use of pot can lead to long-term mental problems and harmful neurological effects. Furthermore, marijuana is addictive. It is recognized as a gateway drug, associated with addiction to stronger drugs.
Current campaigns to reduce or control addiction to opioids are directly aimed at reducing drug use. Why, therefore, should use of marijuana be sanctioned? Oxycontin is a schedule II drug that is regulated, prescribed, and dispensed under professional supervision by healthcare providers. It is considered less of a threat than Schedule I drugs such as heroin and ecstasy. Marijuana is also a Schedule I drug, yet some states want it sold over the counter by untrained clerks.
There is no way to prevent adulteration and contamination of the marijuana sold in strip malls and kiosks. Without testing, regulation, or supervision, introduction of a variety of pathogens and toxins into the product is inevitable.
THC has been made available in alternative therapeutic dosage forms to meet the needs of patients. It does not have to be smoked. Should the federal government be barred from regulating the sale of recreational drugs, but then be asked to pay for treatment of addiction and other injuries cause by the use of these substances?
Does pandering to a few addicts and recreational drug dealers justify ignoring the available therapeutic data? Does deferring to anecdotal data from people who smoke dope justify underwriting the costs associated with this decision?
What Maine clients get if they pay for delivery: Free pot But is it legal? Bret Jackson is a marijuana deliveryman, an affable, well-dressed middleman who makes his living in the unregulated gray area of marijuana gifting. You just have to know somebody like me who knows a guy. I connect the dots. A helpful plant, a legal plant. A plant that people want. Staff photo by Brianna Soukup. But is it legal? Jackson believes it is. He insists that he is giving the marijuana away, which is allowed by the Marijuana Legalization Act.
The person who is receiving the gift is paying for delivery, the same way that a person pays a delivery charge when using the parcel post. Lawmakers in Augusta say it is absolutely illegal, and that gifters are simply drug dealers profiting from the political gridlock that has slowed legislative efforts to roll out a safe, regulated and taxable recreational marketplace.
Gifting is just a turn of phrase used to disguise an illegal commercial sale, they argue. Juneau, AK — Taking a cue from the fight over immigration, some states that have legalized marijuana are considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed pot businesses, hoping to protect the fledgling industry from a shift in federal enforcement policy.
Just hours after U. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Jan. Karen Randall's presentation on the strain of marijuana legalization on Colorado cities resources. Big US tobacco company buys stakes in Canadian cannabis growers, American hemp firm. Published February 8, By Bart Schaneman. A publicly traded U. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed. The moves were first reported by New Cannabis Ventures.
Alliance One is an independent leaf tobacco merchant based in Morrisville, North Carolina, that serves large multinational cigarette manufacturers. A new vaping device that's "gone viral" on high school and college campuses doesn't look like a vaping device at all, and its popularity has adults wondering what can be done to address it.
It even charges when plugged into a laptop. It's small enough to fit inside an enclosed hand, and comes with flavors like creme brulee, mango and fruit medley, all of which are too "kid friendly" for U. The rise of "gadgets like Juul, which can fool teachers and be brought to school, demands the FDA smoke out dangerous e-cigs and their mystery chemicals before more New York kids get hooked," Schumer, a Democrat from New York, said in a statement this month.
But the bag of marijuana that comes with it? Retail marijuana stores are months away from opening in Massachusetts, but some companies have been quietly operating for more than a year, selling and delivering marijuana via a legal loophole.
Companies like HighSpeed, which describes itself as a juice delivery service, are exploiting so-called "gifting" provisions that are on the books in Massachusetts and most other states where marijuana has been legalized.
Mislabeling may lead to adverse effects for patients, including children with epilepsy. Recent research has shown potential therapeutic effects of CBD for young children with rare seizure disorders, and patients in states where cannabis or CBD have been legalized report using it for a variety of health conditions.
While interest in this area continues to grow, little has been done to ensure regulation and oversight of the sale of products containing CBD. The primary reason for this is that CBD is currently classified as a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance by the DEA, despite having been legalized for medicinal use in many states.
Thus, many people do not have access to stores that sell CBD products and instead rely on online retailers to purchase CBD products. A new study by a Penn Medicine researcher, published this week in JAMA, found that nearly 70 percent of all cannabidiol products sold online are either over or under labeled, causing potential serious harm to its consumers. Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD, an adjunct assistant professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and the lead author on the study, believes the mislabeling of cannabidiol products is a direct result of inadequate regulation and oversight.
It can help kids fighting cancer with chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting, and it can control seizures somewhat in children with epilepsy, said study author Dr. He is a psychiatrist with Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston. But there's not enough evidence to say that medical marijuana can help kids with any other medical conditions, such as neuropathic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD or Tourette's syndrome, Wong added.
Medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia, making it potentially available as a medication for kids. Brooks-Kayal is a pediatric epilepsy specialist and past president of the American Epilepsy Society. As medical providers in the neuroscience field who specialize in the care of children with epilepsy, the epilepsy program team at Children's Colorado understands first-hand the medical complexity of epilepsy and the difficult decisions facing people with epilepsy and their families.
The stories of families eager to try medical marijuana are incredibly moving and completely understandable—because any parent of a child with such a life-altering condition would do everything in their power to make their child better. Unfortunately, there is currently no clear, scientific evidence showing that marijuana improves epilepsy in children.
Healthcare providers and families need comprehensive research to assess both the benefits and risks of medical marijuana with more certainty. When the results from these studies are fully available, we will better understand the potential role of CBD in treatment of epilepsy.
In these studies, pharmaceutical grade CBD oil, Epidiolex, is added to current seizure medication treatment regimes. It's important to note that the CBD oil used in the clinical trials is vastly different than the artisanal cannabis products available in Colorado. In states like Colorado, where medical marijuana and its derivatives are legal, the content of CBD products is not regulated for purity or uniformity. Pharmacy-grade products like Epidiolex have followed Good Manufacturing Processes, meaning that the CBD content is measured by rigorous standards and is carefully monitored for additives or contaminants.
Even the equipment used for manufacturing these products meets rigorous standards. None of this is guaranteed to be true for the artisanal products. A purpose is help inform the public, the media, and those in positions of public responsibility of the challenges facing the nation as a result of the widespread use of psychoactive and mood-altering substances, particularly marijuana and designer drugs.
This remains the most outrageous claim of the pro-legalization movement. It is not only dangerously misleading, it is a slap in the face to the families who have lost children, spouses and parents. Everyone admits that people are dying in traffic crashes because of stoned drivers, and that some people have died in butane hash oil explosions, but too many people are turning a blind eye to the other deaths caused by what can only be called an overdose.
Tachycardia — a racing heart — is a common, well-known side effect of using marijuana. So is increased blood pressure. A growing body of evidence, here and in other countries, is revealing that marijuana has caused previously overlooked deaths through heart attack and stroke. In Colorado last fall, an month-old infant brought to the ER after being exposed to marijuana died from an inflamed heart muscle myocarditis caused by the exposure. Marijuana can also overwhelm the emotional centers of the brain causing paranoia, delusions, and acute psychosis.
Emergency rooms in Colorado reported a 44 percent increase in marijuana-related visits between and Many of these were cases of acute psychosis, particularly in young men, who had to be restrained to keep from harming themselves or others.
A growing body of evidence indicates that marijuana is not just associated with suicide but can be a causative factor. In July, adding to the evidence, the journal Lancet Psychiatry published a new study involving 13, twins that found a 2.
Heavy use led to suicidal thoughts, and some of those thoughts were acted out. In , a young man in Colorado either jumped or unwittingly tumbled to his death from a fourth-floor balcony during a psychotic outburst. In July this year, a Vermont father clutching his son to his chest jumped out of a fourth-floor window shortly after smoking marijuana.
He said it was God who made him jump. Dean Whitlock is a freelance writer. Click here to read the article on the "Parents Opposed to Pot" website. Hatch is an unlikely advocate for a medical marijuana bill. An year-old Utah Republican and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hatch says he is staunchly against recreational drug use. But it believes any medical marijuana treatment option should go through the approval process at the Food and Drug Administration, according to church spokesman Eric Hawkins.
He added that the discussion is made more difficult because marijuana is currently considered an illegal drug under federal law. The research by Dr. Previous research has already shown that a cannabis use disorder is associated with violent behaviour. These results also confirm the detrimental role of chronic cannabis use in patients with mental illness. This resource guide for parents offers advice on keeping children substance free.
Review statistics about adolescent substance use, and learn tips on good communication. The guide also features substance facts and case studies for additional insight. Click here for a copy of the resource guide. Through dense ground cover and brutal terrain, federal agents are making their way to what might well qualify as an industrial-scale farm operation. There are living quarters, kitchens, bathrooms and trash dumps, all for the purpose of growing a lot of marijuana.
A plant count that high requires multiple plots, across several miles, fed by an endless network of pipes, all drawing right from natural waterways. Scattered over all of this, there are the chemicals. In every single direction there are fertilizers, poisons, and insecticides. Maine may be the first state in the country to license marijuana social clubs, but the pot could not be smoked in the clubs and would have to be consumed in another manner.
That means the clubs would be limited to the sale of pot edibles or tinctures that patrons would have to use on site, said state Sen. Although the association between cannabis use and severe illnesses such as cancer has previously been documented, how this occurs and the implications for future generations was not previously understood.
Although a person may appear to be healthy and lead a normal life, the unseen damage to their DNA could also be passed on to their children and cause illnesses for several generations to come. Smoking cannabis alters a person's DNA, causing mutations, experts say These mutations can trigger serious illness, including cancer Mutations passed to children and future generations, raising their risk too. Smoking cannabis can alter a person's DNA, causing mutations that expose a user to serious illnesses, experts have warned.
The disease-causing mutations are passed on to their children, and several future generations, it has emerged. Though the link between cannabis and severe illnesses, such as cancer, has previously been documented, how this occurs and the implications for future generations was not well understood. In a new study, arteries in rats that inhaled secondhand marijuana smoke for one minute carried blood less efficiently for at least 90 minutes. Similar exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke caused blood vessel impairment for 30 minutes.
A potent opiate behind surging drug overdose deaths is now being found in marijuana. Steve Birr, Daily Caller. The potent opiate behind surging drug overdose deaths across the U. Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco confirmed Monday that fentanyl, a synthetic opiate roughly 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin, has been found in marijuana. The deadly chemical is often cut into heroin supplies to increase the potency and even put into knock-off painkillers.
Sammarco did not specify how many cases she has seen involving fentanyl-laced marijuana and the Hamilton County Corners Office has not reported any deaths linked to the combination. The study also reports effects of marijuana use on cognitive development and shows that the link between marijuana use and psychotic-like experiences is best explained by emerging symptoms of depression. This is a major public-health concern for Canada. Reuters August 6, Reuters - Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital.
The volume of banned or restricted pesticides and illegally applied fertilizers in the woods dwarfs estimates by the U. Forest Service in , when a top enforcement official testified that the pollution was threatening forest land in California and other states. California accounts for more than 90 percent of illegal U. The state is still developing a licensing system for growers even though legal retail sales of the drug will begin next year, and medical use has been allowed for decades.
Ecologist Mourad Gabriel, who documents the issue for the Forest Service as well as other state, local and federal law enforcement agencies, estimates California's forests hold 41 times more solid fertilizers and 80 times more liquid pesticides than Forest Service investigators found in Legalizing recreational marijuana use in Colorado, Oregon and Washington has resulted in collision claim frequencies that are about 3 percent higher overall than would have been expected without legalization, a new Highway Loss Data Institute HLDI analysis shows.
This is HLDI's first look at how the legalization of marijuana since has affected crashes reported to insurers. More drivers admit to using marijuana, and it is showing up more frequently among people involved in crashes. Though there is evidence from simulator and on-road studies that marijuana can degrade some aspects of driving performance, researchers haven't been able to definitively connect marijuana use with more frequent real-world crashes.
Some studies have found that using the drug could more than double crash risk, while others, including a large-scale federal case-control study, have failed to find a link between marijuana use and crashes see "More drivers use marijuana, but link to crashes is murky," May 12, Studies on the effects of legalizing marijuana for medical use also have been inconclusive.
Colorado and Washington were the first to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older with voter approval in November Retail sales began in January in Colorado and in July in Washington. Oregon voters approved legalized recreational marijuana in November , and sales started in October HLDI conducted a combined analysis using neighboring states as additional controls to examine the collision claims experience of Colorado, Oregon and Washington before and after law changes.
During the study period, Nevada and Montana permitted medical use of marijuana, Wyoming and Utah allowed only limited use for medical purposes, and Idaho didn't permit any use. Oregon and Washington authorized medical marijuana use in , and Colorado authorized it in HLDI also looked at loss results for each state individually compared with loss results for adjacent states without legalized recreational marijuana use prior to November Data spanned collision claims filed between January and October for to model vehicles.
Analysts controlled for differences in the rated driver population, insured vehicle fleet, the mix of urban versus rural exposure, unemployment, weather and seasonality. Collision claims are the most frequent kind of claims insurers receive. Collision coverage insures against physical damage to a driver's vehicle in a crash with an object or other vehicle, generally when the driver is at fault. Collision claim frequency is the number of collision claims divided by the number of insured vehicle years one vehicle insured for one year or two vehicles insured for six months each.
Click here for a pdf copy of the report. Rather, the problem is that too many applicants — nearly half, in some cases — fail a drug test. The fallout is not limited to the workers or their immediate families. Sherwin, chief executive of the year-old manufacturer.
Those findings come from a new study led by researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Pitt Department of Psychology published today in the journal Addiction. Click here to read the rest of the study. Now Comes the Federal No. But the growing industry is facing a federal crackdown under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has compared cannabis to heroin.
He dismissed the idea of recreational drug use. That is self-destructive behavior and escapism. About-face on Marijuana some towns voted for pot in fall, against in spring https: There's been a lot of pot talk lately on Beacon Hill, as the House and Senate battle back and forth over whether changes should be made and which ones to the law voters approved last fall legalizing recreational marijuana. But there has also been a lot of chatter at the local level, where communities concerned about the arrival of pot have been moving to bar marijuana retailers from operating within their borders.
So far, nearly 30 communities have voted to prohibit retail pot establishments, some permanently and some temporarily. Most of those communities were consistent, voting against legalizing marijuana last fall and voting to keep out pot establishments this spring. But six communities did something very interesting — they voted for the pot referendum last fall and then voted to bar pot establishments this year.
The seemingly contradictory votes suggest one of two things. The Marijuana Policy Project MPP lobbies to eliminate punishments for marijuana use but is not involved in growing or distributing the drug — an important distinction for federally regulated banks and other institutions that do business with such advocacy groups.
Sooner or later, marijuana legalization proponents will have to take responsibility for grossly misleading the public about the health harms of pot. To persuade people to legalize, they have to perpetuate the myth that marijuana is harmless.
Denying harm is a tactic used by tobacco companies for 50 years to keep people smoking—and buying—cigarettes. Marijuana is currently a growing risk to the public in the United States. Click here for the full report from the Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy.
The common element in all these suicides or self-inflicted deaths was marijuana. Marijuana was the factor, not alcohol or other drugs……in all cases. Four of these victims — Warsame, Thamba, Juarez, Clark — had experienced pot-induced psychosis during the period leading to their deaths. Juarez was an outstanding soccer player who got very high with a friend the night he stabbed himself 20 times.
The suicide report showed he had Toxicologists tested him for methamphetamine and other substances, but the results turned out to be negative. Although the death occurred in , CBS News obtained the police report in and made it public at that time. Suicidal thoughts can come on very quickly while under the influence in individuals who were not previously suicidal. The suddenness of suicidal ideation means that intervention may be impossible.
Unable to find his keys, Dohse climbed up the apartment building and fell. The toxicology report As his sister told CBS, she believes marijuana impairment led her brother to make poor decisions the night of his death. Medical cannabis company PharmaCann cashed in recently on one of its cultivation facilities, and in the capital-strapped word of medical marijuana, it likely won't be the last to turn to its real estate for funds.
The Illinois-based company sold its cultivation facility in Hamptonburgh, N. Sale and lease-back deals have long been a way for companies to access capital. Sears Holdings, for example, has used the strategy in recent years as it struggles to stay afloat amid changing consumer demands. But it's a financing method still new to the burgeoning medical cannabis space.
In the slow-growing industry capped by state regulations and avoided by most banks, access to capital doesn't come around often. The sale and lease-back option could make sense for other Illinois cannabis companies as well.
PharmaCann had poured millions of dollars into its New York facility, buying the property, constructing the building and recruiting talent from the pharmaceutical industry. It was looking for ways to liquidate the cash it had tied up there, Unruh said. They asked the company to stop using the name Girl Scout Cookies for this product.
As a result the Magnolia Oakland dispensary pulled this product of their shelves right away. Kudos to the Girl Scouts for fighting back. We were recently made aware of local dispensaries using the Girl Scouts trademarked name, or a variation of our trademarked name, to sell their products.
In January, dispensaries in California were issued a cease and desist letter from Girl Scouts of the USA for trademark infringement and have removed the product in violation from their shelves. Our famous cookies are known the world over for their delicious flavor and we do not want the public to be confused by unauthorized products in the marketplace.
Cannabis boosts risk of stroke and heart attack, independent of tobacco, new study finds By Henry Bodkin. Cannabis itself is harmful to cardiovascular health and increases the chance of early death regardless of related factors such as smoking tobacco, new research reveals.
Data taken from more than 1, US hospitals found that people who used the drug had a 26 per cent higher chance of suffering a stroke than those who did not, and a 10 per cent higher chance of having a heart attack.
The findings held true after taking into account unhealthy factors known to affect many cannabis smokers, such as obesity, alcohol misuse and smoking. They indicate there is something intrinsic about cannabis which can damage the proper functioning of the human heart.
Last month, state Rep. A bill is also pending in the Senate. Kilmartin sought to debunk a common argument, that allowing regulated marijuana into retail stores would shrink or eliminate the black market for the drug. Patrick Kennedy is a former U. The comments drew quick rebuke from elected officials in several states that have begun experimenting with pot legalization.
But we should also recognize legalization for what it is: Many marijuana advocates have one goal in mind: What we need, therefore, is a federal enforcement strategy that not only promotes human rights and social justice, but also actively targets and deters the special interests driving Big Marijuana.
Newswise — Four states legalized recreational marijuana in November, nearly doubling the number of states where recreational pot is legal.
As more states consider joining them, a range of arguments for and against legalization is swirling around the national conversation. But which of these arguments resonate most strongly with Americans? More than 60 percent of people surveyed in the study said they supported legalization because they agreed with arguments saying it would increase tax revenues, create a profitable new industry, reduce prison crowding and lower the cost of law enforcement. In contrast, fewer people in the study agreed with anti-legalization arguments emphasizing the damage the policy would have on public health.
Marijuana legalization could complicate Maine National Guard recruiting March 7, The head of the Maine National Guard is worried that marijuana legalization could render more people ineligible for service even as a new tuition assistance program is helping recruit and retain members.
So now we have legalized marijuana just to complicate those choices. Marijuana use complicates enlisting in the military, can affect the ability to get security clearances and cannot be used by military members.
Medical marijuana carries infectious bacteria and fungi that can pose a life-threatening risk to cancer patients who use pot to help with side effects of chemotherapy, a new study suggests.
The study was initially prompted by the death of a man using medical marijuana to combat the side effects of cancer treatment. His death was believed to be caused by a fungus from his marijuana, his doctor said. Study researchers tested 20 different samples of dried marijuana obtained from Northern California dispensaries and found several potentially dangerous pathogens in the samples.
The germs found by the researchers wouldn't harm an average pot user, but could be potentially fatal to people whose immune systems have been suppressed, said lead researcher Dr. Immune-suppressed patients — people who have undergone chemotherapy, for example, or those with a disease that attacks the immune system — are warned to avoid many things that could carry potentially harmful bacteria or fungi, Thompson said.
When Hamza Warsame fell six floors to his death in December, , the social media was abuzz with suggestions of a hate crime against the Muslim teen.
However, the news came out that Warsame had smoked marijuana for the first time and had a psychotic reaction. But Washington is a marijuana state, and his year-old classmate had bought it legitimately at a dispensary. There should be similar warnings for marijuana. At least two young men, Luke Goodman, 23, and Levy Thamba, 19, killed themselves in Colorado after eating marijuana edibles which made them psychotic.
In Colorado, edibles first went on sale for recreational purposes beginning in January, A mother also wrote a New York Times column about that marijuana chocolate bar that put her son on suicide watch. High potency pot has been the norm in Colorado since the early s. Psychosis and hallucinations occur quite frequently. These teens became psychotic and killed themselves — before Coloradans voted to legalize recreational marijuana.
Tron Dohse was a young adult featured in the same evening news report that reported about Clark and Juarez. He overdosed on marijuana and fell to his death while trying to climb a building. More recently, there were the marijuana-related suicides Marc Bullard and Rashaan Salaam in Colorado.
Salaam was 41, a former Heisman Trophy winner. He had a promising football career until , when he lost his energy and began spending time smoking pot. He never got his life back and when he died there was 55 ng. Like Salaam, Marc Bullard was living in Colorado at the time of his death.
The Texas native had been a high school valedictorian, a successful college student and had landed a dream job. However, he had moved to Colorado and was doing dabs. In his journal, he recorded the downward spiral of depression and his inability to stop doing marijuana dabs. A landmark study published in the Lancet Psychiatry Journal, September, , tracked teenage marijuana use in Australia and New Zealand. The subjects were tested for a variety of outcomes by age The evidence showed that consistent early use below age 18 is connected to 7x the risk of attempted suicide before age Not all suicide attempts are successful.
But it is shocking and traumatizes a family when someone attempts suicide. New evidence suggests they do. Overall, an autism diagnosis doubles the risk of addiction, the researchers found. Elevated risk is concentrated among those with an IQ of or above. But across the spectrum, ADHD is a great multiplier of risk: Among those with autism and intellectual disability, having ADHD increases the risk of addiction fourfold; among those with an IQ in the typical range or above, ADHD increases the risk eightfold.
Parents and siblings of people with autism also have a higher risk of addiction, suggesting a genetic link. On February 2, , Psychiatrist. Why do some people have a predisposition for psychosis and schizophrenia from marijuana use?
Another case study of a young man with bipolar had no family history for mental illness. His diagnosis of bipolar disorder seems uniquely connected to the marijuana use. These cases are familiar to families involved with Parents Opposed to Pot.
Other variables include age of starting to use pot, frequency of use and the strength of the marijuana. And there are many additional genetic factors, yet to be isolated, that clearly contribute to susceptibility in others.
NORML has always known of this link to schizophrenia. Drug Policy Action dismisses at current science with an evasive explanation on their website. A comprehensive study from Finland suggests the risk with marijuana for a chronic schizophrenia spectrum disorder from marijuana use is far greater than with any other drug.
The best option for avoiding a mental health disorder related to marijuana is complete avoidance of marijuana. One Washington hospital announced last April that it has new psychosis patients every day.
Legal, regulated markets increase rather than decrease the risk. In January, the National Academy of Sciences released a comprehensive review of multiple studies on marijuana. The report is available here. Why is there no compassion for the families whose children began a descent into mental illness that began with marijuana?
There is tremendous compassion for those children with seizures who try cannabidiol CBD. For example, Alexis, an year-old girl who speaks on behalf of an extract she uses to treat seizures, is a superstar. It is heart-warming to know that she has been helped. Alexis has a wonderful heart and is charming.
More recently she has been working with a group that insists the inclusion of THC for seizure medication. Some have told their stories on blogs such as MomsStrong.
Some of the children who initially get help from CBD have bad luck later. In , the province of Alberta relented in letting her little girl use the CBD instead of the prescribed pharmaceutical drugs. While pharmaceutical medicines made her dull and lifeless, her family discovered that CBD made her lively and fun. The online petition to pay for funeral expenses did not explain how she died. The fact that CBD treatments for seizures sometimes backfire is a message that needs to get out to the public.
For the subset who goes into marijuana psychosis, marijuana can be lethal. The extract she takes is suspended in olive oil. Today, most marijuana sold in dispensaries and in the black market is just the opposite. THC, which produces the high in marijuana, is manipulated to produce the high potency pot of today. This neglect has damaged many minds, minds of young people who had previously functioned at a very high level. The potent marijuana of today frequently triggers episodes of psychosis, and which can lead to permanent mental illness.
Doctors in New York report episodes of young people who suffered from psychosis after using marijuana just once or twice. A landmark study on low-THC marijuana from Sweden determined a person could use 50 times before they were at risk for psychosis.
With most high-THC marijuana of today, the risk is higher. Oz, to expose the truth about THC. This is why it essential that the public stop confusing CBD with marijuana. It is also important that people know that not every type of epilepsy is helped by CBD. They also explain the difference between cannabidiol and whole marijuana.
We caution that any THC in a minor could be brain damaging. The public has a right to know that some children have died after the parents believed it was a miracle drug. Gupta should also review the National Academy of Sciences Report on the health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids released in January.
The only studies that have been published on the use or efficacy of medicinal marijuana in children and adolescents have been limited to its use in the treatment of refractory seizures. The adverse effects of marijuana have been well documented. Numerous published studies have shown the potential negative consequences of short- and long-term use of recreational marijuana in adolescents.
Alterations in motor control, coordination, judgment, reaction time, and tracking ability have also been documented. These effects may contribute to unintentional deaths and injuries among adolescents, especially those who drive after using marijuana. Negative health effects on lung function associated with smoking marijuana also have been documented9; in addition, longitudinal studies linking marijuana use with higher rates of mental health disorders, such as depression and psychosis, recently have been published, raising concerns about longer-term psychiatric effects.
The adolescent brain, particularly the prefrontal cortex areas that control judgment and decision-making, is not fully developed until the early 20s, raising questions about how any substance use may affect the developing brain. Police ask a driver to stand on one leg, walk a straight line and recite the alphabet.
If the driver fails, the officer will testify in court to help make a case for driving under the influence. But defense lawyers argue, science has yet to prove that flunking the standard field sobriety test actually means that a person is high, the way it's been proven to measure drunkenness.
So, as attorney Rebecca Jacobstein argued to the Massachusetts high court, the tests shouldn't be allowed in evidence. Prosecutors like attorney Michelle King don't agree. They argue that rapidly advancing science does prove field tests' reliability. What makes the stakes so high here, is that police have few alternatives; they do not yet have reliable roadside toxicology tests that can say for sure if someone's too high to drive in the way a breathalyzer or blood test can show if someone's too drunk.
Margaret Haney, a professor of neurobiology at the Columbia University Medical Center says testing a person for alcohol intoxication is a breeze in comparison to testing a person to determine if they are high.
As she explains, marijuana is fat soluble, so traces of its main ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, can show up in blood long after a person has sobered up. It used to be that police could always fall back on arresting a driver for possession, but now that marijuana is legal in many states, including Massachusetts, officers worry they'll be faced with more stoned drivers and fewer ways to stop them.
Volkow told Reuters Health by email. Volkow and associates from NIDA in Bethesda, Maryland cite studies that show a greater risk of anemia and lower birth weights, and a higher risk of neonatal intensive care unit admission for infants, when women use marijuana during pregnancy. These children are also more likely to have developmental problems later on. Despite these risks, marijuana use by pregnant women appears to be rising. According to a related report, the proportion of pregnant women who reported using marijuana during the past month rose from 2.
As personal and painful as it is to relate, I write this account hoping that efforts to legalize the use of recreational marijuana will be defeated. My second son, Chris, had an outstanding secondary school career. As the youngest student in a class of students, he was the valedictorian.
At spring honors day, he received the American. But he was no nerd. He was President of the Student Council and Co-captain of the wrestling team. He had a ton of friends and he loved to backpack, kayak and rock climb. My only worry about him was his lack of fear in tackling any physical challenge.
On a holiday break in his first year at Stanford, he came home and went out with some of his friends. About a half hour later, he came running back home in a state of absolute panic. This fearless kid was terrified and in a state I hardly recognized. He thought the woods were surrounded by FBI agents and that a high school football star was trying to rape him. It turned out that the kids who picked him up were smoking marijuana.
With all his accomplishments, he always tried to be one of the boys and smoking weed was what they did. That night was a marker for his steady mental decline which continued even after he ceased using marijuana. Within two years, he was exhibiting full-blown schizophrenia. In his first of six hospitalizations, the doctor told us that he had a severe case and we should expect his mental acuity and his social affect to decline.
The positive news according to the doctor was that Chris was high functioning enough that the decline could be tolerated. The next ten years were not pretty.
This thoughtful, intelligent, winsome child became extremely paranoid and sometimes violent. He heard voices continually and his thoughts became completely disordered. Hospitalizations and attempts to medicate him had no effect. At the age of 28, perhaps in a moment of lucidity recognizing what had become of him, he took his life. Although there will never be any proof that marijuana was the cause of his schizophrenia, I believe that the first panic episode I witnessed was a precursor and initiator of his illness.
This is certainly consistent with the scientific studies which suggest the correlation between early marijuana use and schizophrenia. Proposition would imprint on young people that recreational marijuana use is without risk. No wonder that so many social agencies, medical professionals, state officials and business groups oppose its passage.
I am sure that many people smoke marijuana on a limited basis with no apparent ill effects. However, there is ample scientific evidence that marijuana use by teenagers whose brains are in the developmental stage are at risk for psychotic events which may be long term. There is also evidence that long-term use by adults can also lead to mental impairment issues. For anyone who is interested, I can share a bibliography of over 60 scientific articles addressing the risks that early marijuana use poses.
Researchers in France tested 28 cannabis smokers and 24 people who did not use the drug to see how well their retinal cells responded to electrical signals.
A small but significant delay was found in the time taken for the signals to be processed by the retina of the marijuana users by comparison with the control group.
This will be the next marijuana capital of the world CNBC http: This year marked a turning point for marijuana, both as a cultural movement and as an industry.
Polls show a record percentage of Americans now favor legalization, and most of us already live in a state with some form of legal cannabis. California, home to more than a tenth of the U. In , expect the momentum to grow with further mainstreaming of cannabis and the cementing of the industry.
Los Angeles will emerge as the marijuana capital of the world. The financial industry has Wall Street, the tech industry has Silicon Valley, and the cannabis industry will soon have Los Angeles. No disrespect to Denver, but Los Angeles is about to come out of the shadows and steal the spotlight. Unfortunately, most of that business operates in the shadows today. But that is about to change. In early , the city is expected to pass an ordinance that will clear the path for a proper licensing program and pave the way for a robust recreational market.
Surrounding cities are joining in with programs of their own that will support cultivation, production and lab facilities. Investors have taken notice too, and capital is flowing to fund local ventures.
Meanwhile, California's state treasurer recently launched a working group to address the cannabis industry's banking challenges. Expect to hear big news out of Los Angeles in This means CBD and all other extracts derived from the cannabis plant psychoactive or not will come under Schedule 1 drugs, like heroin, LSD, marijuana, and ecstasy, and cannot cross state lines.
Any person currently licensed to produce and handle marijuana extracts is required to apply for a modification of their registration by Jan.
Massachusetts on Thursday became the first state in the densely populated U. Northeast to legalize marijuana for recreational use, a step that advocates say could help spread the drug's acceptance across the United States. The state is one of three where ballot measures legalizing recreational use of the drug passed on Nov. The Massachusetts measure legalizing use of the drug by adults 21 and older in private places passed by 54 percent to 46 percent, easily overcoming the opposition of prominent state officials in both parties.
University of California, San Francisco, news release. Of the teen smokers in San Francisco who took part in the study, 96 percent said they'd used at least two other substances besides cigarettes.
In most cases, those other substances were alcohol, marijuana and other tobacco products. However, 16 percent reported the use of harder drugs, such as cocaine, hallucinogens and Ecstasy, or the misuse of prescription medications. Newswise — New York — December 7, —— Children exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke show measurable amounts of the drug in their bodies, a researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has found. The study was published in the journal Pediatric Research.
Because earlier analytical methods were developed to measure biomarkers of marijuana in primary users of the drug, a new, more sensitive analytic method was developed and used by the U.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC to quantify the trace biomarkers resulting from secondhand marijuana smoke exposure.
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When edibles are consumed, THC transforms to the metabolite hydroxy-THC in the liver after it has passed through the stomach. This produces a more. Cannabis edibles – should you take them on an empty stomach or after food? As usual, I turn to science for the answers. . After a meal, the 'total THC' to CBD ratio was about 3 at the time of peak blood concentrations. . It is a myth that Sativex (used in this study) and similar formulations actually have. Learn more about some common CBD myths and facts. CBD has been shown to counteract the sedative effects of THC, with 3 to 5 mg of THC may require 30 to mg of CBD to produce similar results, if they can be achieved at all. it actually turns down their activity level, causing a mild to moderate.