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Medical marijuana should be held to same standard as other drugs.

Medical marijuana should be held to same standard as other drugs, pharmacist says

Source:
University at Buffalo. (2015, November 10). Medical marijuana should be held to same standard as other drugs, pharmacist says. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 12, 2015 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151110171602.htm
ScienceDaily Summary:
Medical marijuana needs to be studied like any other drug. No one is opposed to the active ingredients in it, but we need to have some data. That is what we would expect from any other drug, an expert says.

Non-psychoactive Cannabidiol (CBD) alone may be helpful in treating fractures

No bones about it: Cannabis may be used to treat fractures

Tel Aviv University researcher finds non-psychotropic compound in marijuana can help heal bone fissures

Source:
American Friends of Tel Aviv University. (2015, July 16). No bones about it: Cannabis may be used to treat fractures: Tel Aviv University researcher finds non-psychotropic compound in marijuana can help heal bone fissures. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 17, 2015 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150716124359.htm

ScienceDaily Summary:
A new study explores another promising new medical application for marijuana. According to the research, the administration of the non-psychotropic component significantly helps heal bone fractures.

Journal Reference:

  1. Natalya M Kogan, Eitan Melamed, Elad Wasserman, Bitya Raphael, Aviva Breuer, Kathryn S Stok, Rachel Sondergaard, Ana VVillarreal Escudero, Saja Baraghithy, Malka Attar-Namdar, Silvina Friedlander-Barenboim, Neashan Mathavan, Hanna Isaksson, Raphael Mechoulam, Ralph Müller, Alon Bajayo, Yankel Gabet, Itai Bab. Cannabidiol, a Major Non-Psychotropic Cannabis Constituent Enhances Fracture Healing and Stimulates Lysyl Hydroxylase Activity in Osteoblasts. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 2015; DOI: 10.1002/jbmr.2513

WTR-RI Research and Analysis Team Note:

This animal study (rats) suggests that CBD, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana may be helpful in healing bone fractures.  The researchers compared results using substances with and without THC and found CBD alone was helpful in the bone healing process.

An Overview of Known Qualities, Effects and Laws of Cannabidiol (CBD)

An Overview of Known Qualities, Effects and Laws of Cannabidiol (CBD)

California HIDTA Drug Demand Reduction Short Report Series:  Volume 1, Issue 1, April 2015

WTR-RI Research & Analysis Team Note:
This brief PDF provides up to date information on the state of the current research into and production of High CBD/Low THC products and extracts for potential medical marijuana use.  In particular, it addresses quality control and product safety concerns related to CBD Hemp Oil use in the often publicized case of a fast cycling childhood epilepsy condition known as Dravet Syndrome.

CBD Rich Hemp HIDTA Report Vo1 1 Issue 1

Most Americans say medical marijuana shouldn’t be used by kids or in front of kids, legal or not

Most Americans say medical marijuana shouldn’t be used by kids or in front of kids, legal or not

Source:
University of Michigan Health System. (2015, April 20). Most Americans say medical marijuana shouldn’t be used by kids or in front of kids, legal or not. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 21, 2015 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150420084545.htm

ScienceDaily Summary:
Medical marijuana and children don’t mix, most Americans say. While nearly two-thirds of people agree that their state should allow medical marijuana for adults, half as many — just over a third — say it should be allowed for children, according to a new poll representing a national sample of adults in the U.S.

Full report: C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health http://mottnpch.org/reports-surveys/support-medical-marijuana-use-lower-kids-adults

Clearing the Haze | A perspective series by The Gazette

Clearing the Haze | A perspective series by The Gazette
http://gazette.com/clearingthehaze

Day 1: Regulation 
Sunday, March, 22 2015

Two important assumptions about successful legalization of marijuana in Colorado were made. Regulation would provide a safer solution to the state’s drug problems and by regulating the sale of marijuana the state could make money otherwise locked up in the black market. Sunday’s stories suggest the net gain from taxes and fees related to marijuana sales will not be known for a while, as costs are not known or tracked well, and there are many other unknowns about pot’s effects on public health and safety.

Day 2: Marijuana and Crime
Monday, March, 23 2015

Proponents of Amendment 64 said legalizing recreational sales and use of marijuana would stifle the black market in Colorado. That is not the case; crime statistics indicate we have more to learn about the long-term effects of legal pot on public safety and other concerns. Data indicate there is new black market trafficking across the country as a result of legalized pot sales in Colorado. Other safety concerns surrounding concentrates and their manufacture are consequences of legalization that were never anticipated.

“Only 1.4 percent of inmates in the state corrections system were imprisoned for offenses involving only marijuana-related crimes.”

– Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2004

Day 3: Youthful Addiction 
Tuesday, March, 24 2015

Protecting our children was a priority as the public headed to the polls to vote on Amendment 64. The most recent research on adolescent brain development and related addiction studies indicates this is more important than ever thought before. Adolescent exposure to marijuana is most troubling because young users are more vulnerable to addiction throughout their lives. Post-legalization trends in Colorado raise concerns because regulation has fallen short of the promises made by the state. The increasing rate of pot use also is a concern of employers.

“In 2009, Children’s Hospital Colorado reported two marijuana ingestions among children younger than 12. In the first six months of 2014, there were 12.”

– Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

Day 4: Medical Marijuana 
Wednesday, March, 25 2015

Medical marijuana sales in Colorado exploded after October 2009 as the result of a federal memorandum stating that resources likely would not be used to prosecute people involved in the business, which remains illegal under federal law. Gazette research confirmed the medical marijuana market continues to grow as the result of porous regulation and a favorable price differential versus retail marijuana sales. The issue is big and complex and may derail legitimate efforts to conduct research on parts of the marijuana plant that could produce new, clinically proven medicines.

Legalizing marijuana and the new science of weed

Legalizing marijuana and the new science of weed

Source:
American Chemical Society (ACS). (2015, March 23). Legalizing marijuana and the new science of weed. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 25, 2015 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/03/150323075237.htm
Science Daily Summary:
More than a year into Colorado’s experiment legalizing marijuana, labs testing the plants are able for the first time to take stock of the drug’s potency and contaminants – and openly paint a picture of what’s in today’s weed. Now, one such lab will present trends — and some surprises — that its preliminary testing has revealed about the marijuana now on the market. Scientists are studying potency, amounts of a substance called CBD and contaminants in the products.
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