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Overuse of marijuana linked to surgery complications and death, study says

February 23, 2024 - 06:24
Link: Overuse of marijuana linked to surgery complications and death, study saysArticle Date: Friday, February 23, 2024

Smoking marijuana impacts blood flow in the brain and body, decreases respiration and body temperature, contributes to airway blockages, raises blood pressure, increases heart rate, impacts heart rhythm, and more — all of which can make recovery from surgery more difficult, according to a November 2019 review of literature. Use of marijuana also increases post-op pain, according to an October 2020 study.

 
The new study’s finding is significant, the authors said, considering prior analyses have found nearly 3 of every 10 marijuana users develop a dependence on weed called cannabis use disorder.

15 Things the Cannabis Industry Doesn't Want You to Know

February 22, 2024 - 13:29
Link: 15 Things the Cannabis Industry Doesn't Want You to KnowArticle Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024Tags:

1. Today's marijuana is not just a plant - it is genetically modified, potent and contains toxins

2. Marijuana can have contaminants and toxins.

3. The drug industry targets youth

4. Marijuana stunts brain growth 

5. Marijuana is Addictive

6. Marijuana is a risk factor for psychosis and schizophrenia....
 

Mother who lost son to overdose offers advice to parents after New Caney middle schoolers hospitalized from THC gummies

February 18, 2024 - 13:44
Link: Mother who lost son to overdose offers advice to parents after New Caney middle schoolers hospitalized from THC gummiesArticle Date: Sunday, February 18, 2024Tags:

We were told those seven students had to be rushed to the hospital after ingesting the gummies that officials said were brought to school by a student.
The sirens of first responders were heard loud and clear outside of the school Tuesday afternoon.
The seven students were taken to Texas Children’s and Kingwood hospitals after ingesting the gummies.
It’s unclear who originally gave one of the students those gummies, but if you’re 21 and up and live in Texas you can buy multiple forms of THC in most gas stations.

Delta-8 Michigan

February 18, 2024 - 06:43
Link: Delta-8 MichiganArticle Date: Sunday, February 18, 2024Tags:

Poison Control and Hemp (Delta-8)

February 14, 2024 - 18:33
Link: Poison Control and Hemp (Delta-8)Article Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2024Tags:

The contribution of cannabis use to variation in the incidence of psychotic disorder across Europe (EU-GEI): a multicentre case-control study

February 8, 2024 - 15:37
Link: The contribution of cannabis use to variation in the incidence of psychotic disorder across Europe (EU-GEI): a multicentre case-Article Date: Thursday, February 8, 2024Tags:

Between May 1, 2010, and April 1, 2015, we obtained data from 901 patients with first-episode psychosis across 11 sites and 1237 population controls from those same sites. Daily cannabis use was associated with increased odds of psychotic disorder compared with never users, increasing to nearly five-times increased odds for daily use of high-potency types of cannabis" "Use of high-potency cannabis (THC ≥10%) Use of high-potency cannabis was a strong predictor of psychotic disorder in Amsterdam, London, and Paris where high-potency cannabis was widely available"

Psychiatric symptoms caused by cannabis constituents: a systematic review and meta-analysis

February 8, 2024 - 15:24
Link: Psychiatric symptoms caused by cannabis constituents: a systematic review and meta-analysisArticle Date: Thursday, February 8, 2024Tags:

Summary: Significant psychiatric risks associated with high-THC cannabis concentrates, demonstrating that even in healthy adults, THC can induce a range of psychiatric symptoms, including psychosis. Given these findings, there's a strong argument for legislative action to limit THC potency in marijuana products to a maximum of 15% to safeguard public health. This precautionary measure is particularly crucial as the legal status of cannabis may lead individuals to perceive it as safe. Legislators have a responsibility to protect the public by implementing regulations that address the potency of cannabis products, prioritizing the well-being of those who may not be aware of the risks associated with high-THC consumption.

Adolescent brains exposed to THC are at higher risk of psychiatric disorders

February 5, 2024 - 09:40
Link: Adolescent brains exposed to THC are at higher risk of psychiatric disordersArticle Date: Monday, February 5, 2024Tags:

THC exposure during adolescence may cause microglial cell death and brain changes, increasing schizophrenia risks in genetically susceptible individuals.
 
Earlier, a 2023 study found heavy marijuana use may trigger schizophrenia, particularly in young men. This study examined the health records of nearly 7 million Danish citizens and determined that up to 30% of schizophrenia diagnoses — around 3,000 in total — could have been prevented if young men hadn’t abused marijuana.

What's Wrong with Marijuana?

February 4, 2024 - 17:18
Link: What's Wrong with Marijuana?Article Date: Sunday, February 4, 2024Tags:

Millions of Americans believe marijuana relieves pain, reduces anxiety, improves your mood, and has no side effects. Are they right? Dr. Drew Pinsky, physician, addiction medicine specialist, and media personality, answers this question.

The Overlooked Mental and Physical Health Risks of Marijuana

February 4, 2024 - 17:14
Link: The Overlooked Mental and Physical Health Risks of MarijuanaArticle Date: Friday, February 2, 2024Tags:

Cannabis legalization efforts are a boon to big business, but many Americans are paying with their health.

 

The hazy narrative of harmless recreation masks darker truths now coming to light. Evidence is mounting that the push for recreational drug use has led to increases in cannabis-related hospitalizations and links to mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, cannabis use disorder, and more.

FDACS inspectors block 8,700 hemp-extract packages ‘marketed to children’ from hitting Florida shelves

February 4, 2024 - 08:52
Link: FDACS inspectors block 8,700 hemp-extract packages ‘marketed to children’ from hitting Florida shelvesArticle Date: Sunday, February 4, 2024Tags:

To enforce the changes, FDACS conducted “the largest ever inspection sweep of businesses selling products that contain hemp extracts in July and August,” a Department press note said. That included examinations of more than 700 businesses across all 67 Florida counties and resulted in the discovery of 83,000 packages of hemp-extract products that wouldn’t look out of place in a candy aisle.

Delta-8 THC and the 2018 Farm Bill

February 4, 2024 - 07:51
Link: Delta-8 THC and the 2018 Farm BillArticle Date: Sunday, February 4, 2024Tags:

Marijuana and hemp are made up of hundreds of cannabinoids, including Delta-9 THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana that makes people feel “high” and CBD. Delta-8 THC is a cannabinoid found in the hemp plant and is structurally similar to Delta-9 THC. Because Delta-8 THC is virtually identical to Delta-9 THC, it carries similar risks including risks of addiction and psychosis. In the 2018 Farm Bill, Congress legalized hemp and any hemp-derived products, including Delta-8 THC. As a result, Delta-8 products have popped up in virtually every state and are available at convenience stores and gas stations. 

 

Lakeland student hospitalized after consuming THC marijuana gummy she thought was candy

January 27, 2024 - 10:42
Link: Lakeland student hospitalized after consuming THC marijuana gummy she thought was candyArticle Date: Saturday, January 27, 2024Tags:

A 12-year-old girl was sent to the hospital after she ate what she told FOX 13 she thought was a piece of candy given to her by another student.

The seventh grader, Amanda, said at one point, she thought she was going to die. Her parents said she suffered a severe allergic reaction and couldn't breathe. 

 

5 ways to make the kratom marketplace safer

January 25, 2024 - 08:20
Link: 5 ways to make the kratom marketplace saferArticle Date: Thursday, January 25, 2024Tags:

Researchers detail how lawmakers and regulators could establish key guardrails for selling and using the herb.

 

The kratom association says it has reported dozens of kratom companies to the FDA for making medical claims. When asked for these reports, the association declined to share them.
Haddow, the association lobbyist, recently told CBS News that the industry has about 8,000 players. When asked how many are legitimate, he responded: “I would say three dozen, maybe a few more than that.”

Haddow- is a highly paid national lobbyist for the Kratom industry.  

 

Tampa Bay Times Deadly Dose Complete Article

January 25, 2024 - 05:53
Link: Tampa Bay Times Deadly Dose Complete ArticleArticle Date: Thursday, January 25, 2024Tags:

Excellent, comprehensive research on Kratom.  Printalbe format. 

The Tampa Bay Times tested 20 kratom products. Here’s what we found.

January 15, 2024 - 18:42
Link: The Tampa Bay Times tested 20 kratom products. Here’s what we found.Article Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023Tags:

The Times bought the products from online vendors, gas stations, smoke shops and other businesses around the region. Below are the key testing results for each product.
They are ordered most potent to least, by product type, based on mitragynine levels. The Times also tested one product containing a large amount of 7-hydroxymitragynine, another kratom alkaloid that is more potent than mitragynine.
READ ARTICLE FOR SUMMARY OF EACH PRODUCT.
Sample of product summary

  • The package the product was sent in came with a printed-out sheet showing testing results for mitragynine, 7-hydroxymitragynine, heavy metals and bacteria. A section of the report showing who ordered the results was blacked out.
  • The product’s label advertised “pain relief + mood enhancement.” Federal law prohibits kratom companies from making medical claims on packaging or in advertising because the substance is not an approved drug.
  • This product had nine times as much mitragynine as Sharma believes is safe to consume over an entire day.
  • This product type was found at the scenes of two kratom-only overdoses in Florida.
  • This product type was found at the scene of a kratom-only overdose in Florida.
  • This product type was found at the scenes of two kratom-only overdoses in Florida.

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