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America’s Invisible Pot Addicts

July 9, 2019 - 07:34
Link: America’s Invisible Pot AddictsArticle Date: Monday, July 8, 2019Monday, July 8, 2019Tags:
  • Thousands of businesses, as well as local governments earning tax money off of sales, are now literally invested in that lie.
  • “The mantra about how this is a harmless, natural, and non-addictive substance—it’s now known by everybody. And it’s a lie.”
  • As for new risks: In many stores, budtenders are providing medical advice with no licensing or training whatsoever. “I’m most scared of the advice to smoke marijuana during pregnancy for cramps,” said Humphreys, arguing that sellers were providing recommendations with no scientific backing, good or bad, at all.
  • “The reckless way that we are legalizing marijuana so far is mind-boggling from a public-health perspective,” Kevin Sabet, an Obama administration official and a founder of the nonprofit Smart Approaches to Marijuana, told me. 

 

The grass isn't always greener

June 26, 2019 - 05:27
Link: The grass isn't always greenerArticle Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019Tuesday, June 25, 2019

New AAA Foundation research shows an estimated 14.8 million Americans report driving within one hour after using marijuana in the past 30 days

June 23, 2019 - 13:20
Link: New AAA Foundation research shows an estimated 14.8 million Americans report driving within one hour after using marijuana in thArticle Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019Sunday, June 23, 2019Tags:

An alarming finding shows that an estimated 14.8 million drivers report getting behind the wheel within one hour after using marijuana in the past 30 days. The impairing effects of marijuana are usually experienced within the first one to four hours after using the drug.1 And marijuana users who drive high are up to twice as likely to be involved in a crash.2

Marijuana Use by U.S. Teens Has Jumped 10-fold Since 1990s

June 23, 2019 - 13:09
Link: Marijuana Use by U.S. Teens Has Jumped 10-fold Since 1990sArticle Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019Sunday, June 23, 2019Tags:

The study looked at 1991-2017 U.S. federal health data on more than 200,000 high school students. It found that the number who said they'd used pot at least once over the past month rose 10-fold -- from 0.6% in 1991 to 6.3% by 2017.

Vaping is ruining student athletes: ’It’s heartbreaking,’ Massachusetts parents, school officials say

June 16, 2019 - 21:11
Link: Vaping is ruining student athletes: ’It’s heartbreaking,’ Massachusetts parents, school officials sayArticle Date: Sunday, June 16, 2019Sunday, June 16, 2019Tags:

Then he started asking them, “do youJUUL?" and their answers changed.

 

“I wasn’t even asking the right questions, and I think a lot of clinicians still don’t ask the right questions,” Winickoff said. “Once I found out that kids were using, many of them thought that what they were using was not a big deal, that maybe they could stop any time they wanted. Some of them thought that vaping was just water vapor plus some flavor.”

Educating Physicians About Marijuana

June 16, 2019 - 21:01
Link: Educating Physicians About MarijuanaArticle Date: Sunday, June 16, 2019Sunday, June 16, 2019Tags:

In 2016 surveys, just 9% of medical schools had documented content on medical marijuana in the Association of American Medical Colleges Curriculum Inventory, and 85% of 258 surveyed residents and fellows reported having no education about medical marijuana in medical school or residency. Presented at a 2017 meeting, a single-site study of 51 resident physicians found that 76% did not know which category marijuana belonged to under the Controlled Substances Act (marijuana is currently categorized as a Schedule I drug, signifying a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical uses), and 38% believed that medical marijuana was a prescription drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Other studies indicate that practicing physicians often have limited knowledge about marijuana’s health effects and want more training.”
That more than a third of the doctors surveyed in the small sample cited by Dr. Morris believed that marijuana is FDA-approved is shocking. I submitted a comment that was immediately published by JAMA. 
 

Beer vs. Pot: Why Catholics Should Oppose Legalization of Marijuana

June 16, 2019 - 20:45
Link: Beer vs. Pot: Why Catholics Should Oppose Legalization of MarijuanaArticle Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019Sunday, June 16, 2019Tags:

Alcohol is rapidly expelled from the system and is addictive only in large doses — at least to those … whose genetic make-up has been influenced by the millennia of winemaking.” Furthermore, “the effects of cannabis remain for days, and it is both more addictive and more radical, leading not just to temporary alterations of the mind but to permanent or semi-permanent transformations of personality, and in particular to a widely observed loss of moral sense.” 

It also has many physical effects, such as greater carcinogenic harm than smoking cigarettes. Unlike consuming a foodstuff in moderation, the consumption of cannabis immediately affects the functioning of the brain, an effect compounded over time, especially for adolescents. In fact, marijuana usage can permanently alter the brain, leading to a great risk of psychosis, psychological problems, and lower I.Q. scores. Further, one of the most frightening discoveries shows that consuming marijuana alters DNA, creating harmful mutations that will be passed down to children and future generations. 

The risk of contaminants and false labeling in the exploding CBD industry

May 31, 2019 - 19:18
Link: The risk of contaminants and false labeling in the exploding CBD industryArticle Date: Friday, May 31, 2019Friday, May 31, 2019Tags:

"If it's not USDA Organic certified, and it's not full panel lab tested, you have no way of knowing what you're getting," said Cranford, who's been producing CBD long before it was en vogue.

"Overseas they use hemp to do cover crops. They use it to purposely suck out the pesticides and heavy metals on soil there so they can plant food crops next," Cranford said. "These crops are being imported into the US and people are making CBD out of it. The really scary part is when you have these contaminants in your plant material, and you make this oil, you're concentrating it."

After thousands of tests, 70 percent of products were found "highly contaminated" with heavy metals like lead and arsenic, herbicides like glyphosate (the active ingredient in RoundUp) and a host of other contaminants including pesticides, BPA and toxic mold.

Virginia Commonwealth University, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and other medical journals have published studies that reflect similar outcomes to the hundreds of tests done by Ellipse Analytics, citing contamination, false labeling and false claims.

Provocations: Legalized marijuana snake oil (DAVID NEESE COLUMN)

May 20, 2019 - 13:32
Link: Provocations: Legalized marijuana snake oil (DAVID NEESE COLUMN)Article Date: Monday, May 20, 2019Monday, May 20, 2019Tags:

Contrary to what you've been told over and over, it is not a preposterous assertion that marijuana is a gateway drug to cocaine, heroin, meth and such. Not everybody who smokes marijuana graduates to harder narcotics, true. But most of those who do go on to the harder stuff start off with weed.
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FL DOH MM

May 18, 2019 - 21:07
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Schizopot

May 5, 2019 - 18:55
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Paulding County teen undergoes CPR after vaping at school

May 5, 2019 - 18:20
Link: Paulding County teen undergoes CPR after vaping at schoolArticle Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019Sunday, May 5, 2019Tags:

A Paulding County student collapsed and nearly died after taking a hit off a vape pen. The dramatic scene unfolded in front of a class when the South Paulding High School student collapsed and stopped breathing.
 
*** This is exactly why we need to raise the age for purchasing these products to 21... give our youth a chance.

Largest brain study of 62,454 scans identifies drivers of brain aging

May 1, 2019 - 17:46
Link: Largest brain study of 62,454 scans identifies drivers of brain agingArticle Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019Wednesday, May 1, 2019Tags:

The study found that a number of brain disorders and behaviors predicted accelerated aging, especially schizophrenia, which showed an average of 4 years of premature aging, cannabis abuse (2.8 years of accelerated aging), bipolar disorder (1.6 years accelerated aging), ADHD (1.4 years accelerated aging) and alcohol abuse (0.6 years accelerated aging). Interestingly, the researchers did not observe accelerated aging in depression and aging, which they hypothesize may be due to different types of brain patterns for these disorders.

cannabis use to variation in the incidence of psychotic disorder across Europe

May 1, 2019 - 17:16
Link: cannabis use to variation in the incidence of psychotic disorder across EuropeArticle Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019Wednesday, May 1, 2019Tags:

In conclusion, our findings confirm previous evidence of the harmful effect on mental health of daily use of cannabis, especially of high-potency types. Importantly, they indicate for the first time how cannabis use affects the incidence of psychotic disorder. Therefore, it is of public health importance to acknowledge alongside the potential medicinal properties of some cannabis constituents the potential adverse effects that are associated with daily cannabis use, especially of high-potency varieties.

Daily Marijuana Use And Highly Potent Weed Linked To Psychosis

May 1, 2019 - 17:10
Link: Daily Marijuana Use And Highly Potent Weed Linked To PsychosisArticle Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019Wednesday, May 1, 2019Tags:

The study authors consider high-potency cannabis to be products with more than 10 percent tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the compound responsible for the drug's psychoactive effects. The fact that consuming high-THC cannabis products has a greater risk is concerning, Lisdahl says, because these products are more common in the market now.

Now a new study published Tuesday in the The Lancet Psychiatry shows that consuming pot on a daily basis and especially using high-potency cannabis increases the odds of having a psychotic episode later.

Adolescent Marijuana Use increases in Florida

April 30, 2019 - 07:31
Link: Adolescent Marijuana Use increases in FloridaArticle Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019Tuesday, April 30, 2019Tags:

Adolescent Marijuana Use increases in Florida

People are pooping more than ever on the streets of San Francisco

April 23, 2019 - 17:11
Link: People are pooping more than ever on the streets of San FranciscoArticle Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019Tuesday, April 23, 2019Tags:

In 2011, just over 5,500 reports were logged by the San Francisco Department of Public Works; in 2018, the number increased to more than 28,000.

A mysterious condition can make marijuana users violently ill

April 22, 2019 - 19:28
Link: A mysterious condition can make marijuana users violently ill, and it reveals a hidden downside to the drug's growing popularityArticle Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019Saturday, April 20, 2019Tags:

She quit marijuana completely for three months and was symptom-free. Then she tried CBD, hoping there was some form of cannabis she could enjoy. One day she took 200 milligrams of CBD in capsules. That night, she ended up in the ER.   cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS.

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