One year after the United Kingdom legalized medical marijuana, health officials have approved two cannabis-based medicines designed to help treat multiple sclerosis and rare forms of epilepsy.
This week, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) approved Epidyolex, a CBD-based oral solution, to treat Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, two rare forms of epilepsy. In clinical trials, this medicine has been shown to reduce the number of seizures by up to 40 percent. This medicine was approved in the US last year, becoming the country's first legal cannabis-derived medicine, and was approved for use in Europe this September.
A second drug, Sativex, which uses a blend of THC and CBD to treat moderate to severe spasticity in adult multiple sclerosis patients, was also approved. But although this drug is effective at treating symptoms of chronic pain, NICE officially forbids doctors from prescribing THC-based medicines to treat pain symptoms. These two new drugs will soon be available via the National Health Service (NHS), Britain's government-operated healthcare system. ... See MoreSee Less
According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), psychotherapy and sleep aid medications are the most common first-line treatments for solving PTSD-related insomnia. Beyond making sufferers sleepy and irritable the next day, chronic insomnia is associated with serious long-term health issues, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Medical marijuana is a particularly popular option for veterans who don’t want the side effects of the pharmaceutical suggestions most often used, such as sedatives like zolpidem or other drugs like clonazepam and trazodone.
Beyond anecdotal evidence from medical marijuana advocates who are military veterans, scientific research suggests that medical cannabis may be a promising option for treating insomnia.
Though more research is needed, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the global pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis funded a study that showed consuming THC enabled subjects to fall asleep easier and more quickly. ... See MoreSee Less
Thirty US states and Washington DC have legalized cannabis for adult use, and the majority of Americans reportedly support legalizing cannabis nationwide. Despite all of this, 20 million American veterans are still blocked from receiving safe, legal, and affordable access to cannabis.
Although doctors employed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs are permitted to discuss medical cannabis with their patients in states where the plant is already legal, VA docs aren’t currently able to prescribe cannabis even in states like California and Colorado.
United States Veterans are two times more likely to succumb to accidental overdose, and we’re losing more than 20 of them to suicide every day. But cannabis could help.
According to a survey conducted by the American Legion back in 2017, 82 percent of all veterans and caregivers want to have cannabis available as a federally legal treatment, 92 percent support research into medical cannabis, and 20 percent of veterans report that they are already using cannabis to treat their medical or physical conditions. ... See MoreSee Less
Virtually none of the estimated hundreds of thousands of #California patients entitled to purchase tax-free #cannabis are getting those savings because the state’s #medicalmarijuana ID card system has collapsed, new data from the California Department of Public Health shows.
In a state of 40 million people, just 4,551 patients had the Official Medical Marijuana ID Card, according to #CDPH totals for the fiscal year 2018-2019, which ended June 30.
Adult Use Legalization with its 600 stores and delivery services, plus the legal right to grow at home has made the card partially obsolete for adults 21 and over. Those seeking the official ID card say that it’s costly and time consuming to obtain and often not worth the hassle. One of the country’s oldest medical cannabis card programs might need to be retooled or scrapped. ... See MoreSee Less
Hip-hop artist Drake is partnering with Canadian cannabis firm Canopy Growth. The burgeoning North American cannabis industry has become a red carpet affair with celebrities and athletes signing on to...
Describing it as “groundbreaking” research, #YaleUniversity School of Medicine announced Friday that it is collaborating with a major #cannabis grower to study the effects of #medicalmarijuana on mental health.
Researchers at the school are teaming up with CT Pharmaceutical Solutions Inc., a Connecticut-based producer of medical marijuana products, for a clinical study examining the effectiveness of cannabis on alleviating both stress and pain in patients.
It marks the first study to be approved by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection’s Medical Marijuana Research Program that will examine stress and mental health-related issues.
Hartford Business Journal reported that the first phase of the research will “will examine men and women between the ages of 21 to 45 who are recreational marijuana users but do not qualify for medicinal cannabis use,” while phase two “will include men and women ages 21 to 60 with chronic pain.” Every participant in the research will be given a placebo, #cannabidiol (CBD), the cannabis compound promoted for health and wellness benefits, or the psychoactive #tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), according to the Journal. ... See MoreSee Less
It would go to figure, with the growing number of states where cannabis is legal, that educators are grappling with how to talk about marijuana with students in school. After all, the transition from the era of “Just Say No” messaging about how drugs are bad to this brave new world where cannabis products are available in the mall and corner pharmacies takes some explaining, even for the grown.
Happily, some school districts are getting out in front of the issue. On Thursday, officials announced that Florida A&M University is currently working on a program to bring cannabis education to K-12 students.
Patricia Green Powell, the interim director of FAMU’s medical marijuana research and education wing, presented the plan to the state senate’s appropriations committee. The way she sees it, the programming will be a key educational tool for kids looking to understand the world around them.
“We know from the research that was conducted by the Pew Charitable Foundation, 2.9 million children are living with grandparents,” she said. “Grandparents not saying all of them perhaps may use medical marijuana. They’re in the care of their children. And if a child asks, grandmamma, granddaddy, what’s that?” ... See MoreSee Less
Our long national vaping injury nightmare might be turning a corner.
On Friday, Nov. 8, in a teleconference, the US Centers for Disease Control said it had its first suspect in the thousands of cases of vaping-associated pulmonary injury, which has killed 39.
CDC doctor Anne Schuchat said Friday that it has identified a “very strong culprit” hiding inside illicit market THC vaporizer cartridges. Investigators located vitamin E acetate a new cutting agent in vape pens in 29 of 29 lung fluid samples from patients in 10 states. Other toxins were “notably not detected,” Dr. Schuchat said. Leafly first identified the problem chemical on Aug. 30.
“For the first time, we have detected a potential toxin of concern, vitamin E acetate, from biological samples from patients,” said the principal deputy director of the CDC. The samples “provided evidence of vitamin E acetate at the primary site of injury in the lungs.” ... See MoreSee Less
More than 2,051 Americans are sick and 39 have died from vaping associated pulmonary injury #VAPI this year.
There are many suspects, but the US Centers for Disease Control’s “very strong culprit of concern” is a new cutting agent found in illicit THC vaporizer cartridges across the nation. Tocopheryl-acetate, also known as vitamin E oil, surged in popularity on the street market ahead of the lung injury outbreak last summer.
Industrial chemical manufacturers have sold #VitaminEOil for years, but only as an ingredient in hand lotions or gummy vitamins. So who turned tocopheryl-acetate into a wildly popular and potentially deadly vape cartridge additive?
Multiple industry experts point to a mysterious, low-profile Los Angeles company called Honey Cut. By creating a new category of “thickening” vape cartridge additives, Honey Cut became a nationwide phenomenon. Its formula and copycat products just like it suddenly turned up last year in illicit #THC vape cartridges nationwide.
The company itself appeared to be a kind of corporate ghost ship. Its name was attached only to a website and a P.O. box. Nobody knew who founded #HoneyCut, who ran it, or who profited from it. UNTIL NOW! ... See MoreSee Less
Vape Cartridges aren’t just for THC, CBD, and Nicotine any more. These days, people are finding ways to make even the strongest of psychedelics compatible with vapes.
According to concurrent reports from the Raleigh News & Observer and ABC 11 News, that’s what North Carolina police officers found when they raided a #DMT lab in Wake Forest county late last week. After the bust, Wake Forest sheriff’s department said they found $4 million worth of narcotics, which could make the seizure one of the country’s biggest single-day drug interdiction's ever.
DMT, short for #Dimethyltryptamine, is a strong hallucinogen found in plants and other living things, that can be isolated to produce a short, but incredibly strong psychedelic high. ... See MoreSee Less
The rate of cannabis use disorder #CUD among frequent marijuana consumers has dropped significantly over the past two decades, according to researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Although #cannabis is not physically addictive, a small percentage of users can still struggle with dependency issues, which falls under the classification of CUD. Individuals who are unable to control the amount of pot they consume, struggle to cut down their weed use, or find themselves unable to fulfill major life obligations on account of being too high could be diagnosed as suffering from CUD. This diagnosis could also apply to people who feel that their cannabis use is causing social or interpersonal problems with their friends, family, or co-workers. ... See MoreSee Less
David Stern, the former head chief executive of the #NBA, said it’s time to repeal the ban on players smoking weed.
“I think it’s time to take a whole new look at it,” Stern said regarding the NBA's anti-cannabis policies during a #CNBC interview on Wednesday.
Stern ran the NBA for nearly 30 years before he retired in 2014. And one of the last things he did before his exit was draft the NBA’s most recent drug policies, which requires four random urine tests per year for the association’s players. Players aren’t drug tested during the off-season. ... See MoreSee Less
Weed vapes are one of the fastest growing segments of the nation’s new legal #cannabis industry. They’ve also been implicated in a vaping health crisis that’s put thousands of people in the hospital and taken the lives of dozens. So, it’s a good idea to know where your weed vapes come from as well as what’s in them.
#WestCoastCure is one weed vape brand you can find all over California and in states where you shouldn’t be finding them at all. And while the reviews on Reddit claim its products taste OK and can get someone decently buzzed, those products aren’t licensed. Meaning they aren’t legal and they’re not regularly lab tested. We call them “FAKE.”
On top of that, West Coast Cure is the first unlicensed weed vape brand allegedly connected to a death in #California caused by vaping associated pulmonary injury (VAPI), a mysterious illness that’s hospitalized nearly 2,000 people and killed 40. While authorities still don’t know what’s causing #VAPI, the #CDC suspects that black market weed vapes are the likely culprits. ... See MoreSee Less
AriZona’s green teas are available in practically every gas station and grocery store in the US. And we may soon see AriZona bringing another kind of green tea to the market teas infused with the other green: Marijuana.
New York’s #AriZona Beverage Company recently struck a partnership deal with Colorado’s Dixie Elixirs to produce a new line of #cannabis infused products for legal markets.
The partnership, announced on Wednesday, merges the nation’s top-selling tea manufacturer with one of the Centennial State’s best known drinkables brands. Although neither company has revealed any juicy details on the new #THC loaded line, the products will bear AriZona’s famous brand name and logo. ... See MoreSee Less
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or #OCD, is a common mental health condition. Figures from the National Institute of Mental Health suggest that it affects 1.2% of the adult population in the United States.
OCD was previously classed as an anxiety disorder. Psychiatrists listed it alongside generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although experts have now removed OCD from the list of anxiety disorders, it does feature anxiety as a primary symptom.
This anxiety comes hand in hand with uncontrollable thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions). These symptoms can have a significant impact on the sufferer’s life, making it hard to maintain work and healthy relationships.
With limited treatment options, many OCD patients have turned to medical marijuana for relief. But does cannabis help OCD, or make it worse? Let’s take a look at the facts. ... See MoreSee Less
This year’s NFL season is in full swing, with 30 teams chasing the dominant Patriots and surprisingly unbeaten San Francisco 49ers. Off the field, though, players are still defying the league’s anti-cannabis substance policy, even if it leads to suspension, or even arrest.
According to a pair of separate reports from TMZ Sports, two NFL players were caught in the weeds this week. In the first instance, injured Dallas Cowboys’ running back Daniel Ross was arrested for cannabis possession after a traffic stop in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday. Cops say that they stopped Ross early Wednesday morning and discovered both weed and a gun in the vehicle before placing him under arrest.
In a separate NFL pot stop that resurfaced this week, police released body camera footage from an incident in March of this year in which officers found a large “jug” of weed in a crashed vehicle owned and operated by Baltimore Raven Alex Collins.
Collins told police at the time that the weed belonged to a friend who had walked home after the crash, but police didn’t buy the story and arrested both Collins and his friend. After the arrest, Collins was dropped by the Ravens and suspended for three games by the NFL. He has not found another team since. ... See MoreSee Less
Nearly 400 California cannabis companies had their licenses to operate suspended by regulators on Friday, pending the firms’ enrollment in a system designed to track the supply of marijuana products in the state. The action by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control has affected a total of 394 cannabis distributors, retailers, delivery services, and microbusinesses.
Under provisions of Prop 64, the 2016 voter initiative that legalized recreational marijuana in California, businesses licensed to operate in the state’s legal cannabis market must participate in a track-and-trace system to prevent the diversion of products to the illicit market. State regulators have selected tracking software provided by Metrc, a company based in Lakeland, Florida that provides its services to 11 other states with legal cannabis.
California cannabis businesses are currently transitioning from temporary licenses, which expired during the summer, to provisional licenses, the next step in the process of obtaining a permanent annual operating permit. As companies qualified for their provisional licenses, they were given five days to enroll in Metrc, complete required training, and begin uploading inventory data to the track-and-trace system.
Approximately three months ago, the BCC reminded the companies that had been awarded provisional licenses but not enrolled in Metrc of their requirement to do so. In October, the firms that had still not complied were notified that their license would be suspended on November 1 if they had still not begun using the system. On Friday, regulators suspended the licenses of the 394 companies, telling them they could not legally operate until they had enrolled in Metrc. ... See MoreSee Less
Medical marijuana research is at an interesting juncture. On the one hand, there has already been a sizable amount of research done on the topic. Yet in many ways, much more research is needed before any clear and consistent conclusions can be drawn.
Unfortunately, marijuana related research has always faced a number of legal barriers. That’s true even now, as legalization continues to happen in more and more places.
A newly announced partnership between researchers at Washington State University (WSU) and Biopharmaceutical Research Company (BRC) is attempting to overcome these barriers in order to pursue a number of new cannabis research projects. ... See MoreSee Less
Juul Labs said Thursday it will halt U.S. sales of its best-selling, mint-flavored electronic cigarettes as it struggles to survive a nationwide backlash against vaping.
The voluntary step comes days after new government research showed that Juul is the top brand among high schoolers who use e-cigarettes and that many prefer mint.
“These results are unacceptable,” said the company’s CEO K.C. Crosthwaite, adding in a statement that the company must “earn the trust of society.”
Underage vaping has reached what health officials call epidemic levels. In the latest government survey, 1 in 4 high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the previous month, despite federal law banning sales to those under 18. ... See MoreSee Less
If you’re wondering about those Bart Carts weed vapes that have been floating around, you should know upfront that they’re 100% fake. And by fake, we mean they aren’t licensed, and no one knows what’s actually in them or what they’re made of. ... See MoreSee Less
Regular moms are microdosing CBD for anxiety and Kim Kardashian had a CBD-themed baby shower. Cannabis is mainstream in 2019, and some pregnant and breastfeeding moms have been wondering if it's safe to partake. But when a mom searches the internet she finds a lot of conflicting advice and a lot of people stating there's a lack of scientific research on the topic.
Well, new research comes out everyday, and the latest on CBD use is as definitive as we've ever seen. According to researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, when cannabis is used in early pregnancy it can cause major malformations in both the face and brain in a developing embryo, similar to those caused by fetal alcohol syndrome. ... See MoreSee Less
Just days before the one-year anniversary of a Mexican Supreme Court ruling that deemed the country’s prohibition of personal use or cultivation of marijuana unconstitutional, the judicial body gran...
In one of the first comments on his new marijuana legalization plan since its release last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reiterated in an interview that he would deschedule cannabis and fight to bl...
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would not rule out covering medical marijuana under his Medicare for All health insurance plan, a senior advisor on his presidential campaign said on Friday. Josh Orton, San...