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Survey: Majority of CBD Users Eventually Able to Stop Using Prescription Drugs

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In the largest survey regarding cannabidiol (CBD), it was found that women are more likely to use CBD than men. Those using CBD were also able to cutback or stop taking their prescribed medications. The survey was conducted by Brightfield Group. The results were compiled from 2,400 respondents.

The survey concluded that 55 percent of those using CBD are women, according to Forbes. Men seem to prefer THC products. According to Dr. Perry Solomon, some of the most common reasons for using CBD include joint pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression.

Forty-two percent of the survey respondents indicate that they stopped using medications such as Tylenol, Vicodin and other prescribed medications. Eighty percent said that CBD products have been “very or extremely effective.” Only 3 percent said that CBD is either non-effective or only slightly effective.

More than 850 CBD brands are currently available on the U.S. market. There are also at least 150 hemp-based CBD derived products available. In the survey, 80 percent said they didn’t know which CBD (hemp- or marijuana-derived) they were using.

The DEA has determined that all CBD products are illegal because CBD is an extract for the cannabis plant, yet CBD products are available almost everywhere. Online sources, such as Amazon, also have CBD products available.

Dr. Solomon said, “This confusion is actually helping the producers of these products as consumers are turning to reliable and trusted brands.”

Some of the top producers of marijuana-derived CBD products include:

  • Care by Design
  • Bloom Farms
  • Kiva Confections

The biggest complaint among those surveyed is that marijuana-derived CBD products are more expensive.

In regards to hemp-derived CBD products, industry leaders include:

  • Charlotte’s Web (produced by the Stanley Brothers)
  • Plus CBD Oil
  • Mary’s Nutritionals

The biggest complaint regarding hemp-derived CBD is that some say it isn’t as effective as marijuana-derived CBD. Of those surveyed, 90-percent said they’d only make repeat purchases of marijuana-derived CBD.

The preferred method of delivery among all surveyed is vaping. In second place, is flower. Coming in third is edibles.

The average dollar amount spent per month on CBD products ranges between $20 and $80.

Vaping CBD delivers it faster and typically provides quicker relief. Edibles take longer due to digestion. For insomnia sufferers, according to Dr. Solomon, vaping will help the falling asleep process but may not be effective for staying asleep. In this case, edibles are the ideal option.

Dr. Solomon also said, “This landmark survey, in terms of its size and depth, shows the tremendous value that these products have for patients. Hopefully, access for products such as these will help patients all across the country who cannot obtain medication that contains THC.”

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Marijuana Is Preventing Americans from Using Hard Drugs, Claims Study

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A new study released out of the University of New Mexico suggests that marijuana isn’t the gateway drug it’s been portrayed as for decades. The study actually found the opposite to be true. Researchers said that using marijuana may help prevent people from dabbling in harder drugs like cocaine and ecstasy.

Partaking in the study were 125 chronic pain sufferers over a period of 5 years, reports the Independent. Forty-two of the participants chose to abstain from using marijuana while the other 83 used marijuana.

Thirty-four percent of those that used marijuana for pain management stopped using their prescribed medications. Only 2 percent of the non-marijuana users stopped using their prescribed medication. The other 98 percent of non-marijuana users maintained their prescription use.

Professor Jacob Miguel Vigil said, “Our current opioid epidemic is the leading preventable form of death in the U.S. – killing more people than car accidents and gun violence. Therefore, the relative safety and efficacy of using cannabis in comparison to that of other scheduled medications should be taken by the health providers and legislators.”

Vigil pointed out that heroin and painkillers are killing about 90 Americans every day.

Recreational Marijuana Legalization Bill Proposed in Iceland’s Parliament

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On Sept 20, legislation was proposed by an Icelandic member of Parliament (MP) to regulate marijuana in the country. One of the reasons for the bill is to reduce the harms that prohibition causes. The legislation was proposed by MP Pawel Bartoszek.

If the legislation is passed it would legalize marijuana cultivation, transportation, sale, use and retail stores and cafes in a taxed and regulated market, according to Talking Drugs.  The cafes would allow for the on-site consumption of marijuana. The legal age to purchase and use marijuana would be age 20.

The bill would prohibit alcohol anywhere that marijuana is sold. Marijuana packaging would be plain with information regarding potential health risks.

MP Bartoszek took guidance from the How to Regulate Cannabis: A Practical Guide that was published by Transform out of the UK. Marijuana advertising would not be allowed because the guide claims that there “is a well-established link between exposure to alcohol and tobacco marketing, branding and advertising and increased use of drugs. So, it is reasonable to assume similar marketing would drive an expansion in use of cannabis.”

Bartoszek is a Liberal. He says that legalizing marijuana is a means of “real harm reduction, based on a scientific approach.”

In Iceland, roughly 1,000 persons are arrested annually for marijuana-related offenses. Bartoszek says that decriminalization is a progressive step, but he prefers to see a legally regulated market. He believes that legal regulation will be effective as Iceland would be able to “supervise production, manage accessibility, protect children and young people, and tax the consumption.”

Currently, marijuana use on Iceland is considered to be at a moderate level with roughly 6.6 percent of Icelandic adults using marijuana at least one time a year.

Support for Bartoszek’s bill has begun with a few MPs from Iceland’s Pirate Party backing the legislation. Support for the bill in higher levels of Parliament has not been established yet.

A 2016 survey indicates that 77 percent of Iceland’s residents don’t want legalization. This is a 10 percent drop since the previous poll in 2011.

Dr. Oz Says Medical Marijuana Would Benefit Americans

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Dr. Oz is one of the nation’s most popular doctors and, according to him, medical marijuana could help stop the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Oz also criticizes the federal status of marijuana, according to Forbes. This comes on the heels of U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch’s legislation announcement calling to allow medical research on marijuana without having the current restrictive barriers.

“The real story is hypocrisy around medical marijuana. People think it’s a gateway drug to narcotics. It may be the exit drug to get us out of the narcotic epidemic,” said Dr. Oz. He continued, “We’re not allowed to study it because it’s a Schedule I drug, and I personally believe it could help.”

Research data already shows that in states where medical marijuana is legal that opioid addiction and overdose death rates decrease.

Dr. Oz has spoken in the past about the potential of medical marijuana to be a safer alternative to opioid medications.

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Senator’s Marijuana Bill Announcement Is a Masterpiece of Pot Puns

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Utah Senator Orrin Hatch wants to help medical marijuana research become easier to accomplish. The bill he just introduced to the Senate would take a look at medical marijuana as a safer and more effective alternative to opioid medications. The Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act of 2017 (MEDS Act) couldn’t have come at a better time as the country’s opioid crisis continues.

Senator Hatch is Mormon and remains very opposed to recreational marijuana use, according to Fortune. Regardless, the senator wants barriers removed that currently are making medical marijuana research challenging.

Senator Hatch addressed the Senate saying: “It’s high time to address research into medical marijuana. Our country has experimented with a variety of state solutions without properly delving into the weeds on the effectiveness, safety, dosing, administration, and quality of medical marijuana. All the while, the federal government strains to enforce regulations that sometimes do more harm than good. To be blunt, we need to remove the administrative barriers preventing legitimate research into medical marijuana, which is why I’ve decided to roll out the MEDS Act.”

The bill includes provisions to streamline the research registration process. It would also make marijuana more available for research purposes and allow for the FDA to approve marijuana-derived medications that would be allowed for the commercial production of FDA-approved formulas.

If the bill is approved, Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be required to increase the country’s national marijuana quota to meet research needs.

Protections would also be in place to make sure that abuse of controlled marijuana products doesn’t occur. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) would also have to establish and make available information recommending proper manufacturing practices for the cultivation and production of marijuana grown for research purposes.

Senator Hatch also told the Senate: “It will surprise no one that I am strongly against the use of recreational marijuana. I worry, however, that in our zeal to enforce the law, we too often blind ourselves to the medicinal benefits of natural substances like cannabis. While I certainly do not support the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, the evidence shows that cannabis possesses medicinal properties that can truly change people’s lives for the better. And I believe, Mr. President, that we would be remiss if we threw out the baby with the bathwater. We lack the science to support use of medical marijuana products like CBD oils not because researchers are unwilling to do the work, but because of bureaucratic red tape and over-regulation. Under current law, those who want to complete research on the benefits of medical marijuana must engage in a complex application process and interact with several federal agencies. These regulatory acrobatics can take researchers over a year, if not more, to complete. And the longer researchers have to wait, the longer patients have to suffer.”

The MEDS Act has four co-sponsors: Senator Schatz, Senator Coons, Senator Gardner and Senator Tillis. The CARERS Act, introduced by Senators Paul, Booker and Gillibrand, has also been introduced in an effort to expand medical marijuana research.

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Study: Americans’ Attitude Towards Marijuana Increased Use, Not Legalization

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It may be surprising to learn that increased marijuana use in the U.S. isn’t because of marijuana legalization. The journal Addiction published new data following a study’s completion along with comparing data from the 29 medical marijuana states and eight recreational marijuana states. The findings determined that societal factors have led to the increase in marijuana use, not the liberalization of marijuana laws.

The study is very clear regarding that its findings are absolutely not due to changes in state marijuana legalization laws, according to Forbes. It was also noted that in prior surveys some respondents may have been too timid to admit their marijuana use. More marijuana users are becoming open about their consumption.

The study says, “Medical and recreational marijuana policies did not have any significant association with increased marijuana use. Marijuana policy liberalization over the past 20 years has certainly been associated with increased marijuana use; however, policy changes appear to have occurred in response to changing attitudes within states and to have effects on attitudes and behaviors more generally in the U.S.”

The abstract portion of the study said that the “steep rise in marijuana use in the United States since 2005 occurred across the population and is attributable to general period effects not specifically linked to the liberalization of marijuana policies in some states.”

Interestingly enough, this study’s findings were published just one week after the annual federal study shows that teen marijuana use is at the lowest levels recorded since 1994.

These two recent studies show that despite marijuana prohibition and some legalization throughout the U.S., nationwide legalization isn’t likely to lead to a mass increase in marijuana use. Simply put, many people that want to use it, likely already do.

Uruguay Forced to Make Recreational Marijuana Sales Cash Only

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The Uruguay government announced that it is making changes to its recreational marijuana system because due to international finance laws banks cannot legally work with pharmacies selling marijuana.

New pharmacies will be setup that will sell marijuana and accept cash purchases, according to Idaho Statesman. Marijuana sales began in July after a 3-year wait for implementation. Following warnings from banks, there were three pharmacies in the country that chose not to delve into the recreational marijuana market.

The new system will prevent the dismantling of Uruguay’s recreational marijuana market.

There are still challenges in place, such as paying employees. In Uruguay, employees must be paid via direct deposit, so a bank account is needed for this service. A few other fixes are also in order before things are on an even keel in Uruguay.

These THC-Infused Lollipops Also Grow Cannabis Plants

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Half Lit edibles company has developed an organic and THC-infused candy lollipop that will also grow a cannabis plant when the lollipop sticks are planted and watered. Seeds are hidden within the sticks, and sprout like a normal cannabis plant when fed. Germination takes up to 11 days, according to Half Lit.

The vegetative states of the lollipop-started plants is between one and three months with a two to three month period required for the flowering stages, according to NY Daily News. Each lollipop contains 25mg of THC.

There are several flavors available including Lit Lemonade, Watermelon Wonderland, Pineapple Paradise, Lunar Lavendar, Calming Caramel, Acai Lit, and Hot Mama Mango. Currently, Half Lit’s products are only available in California.

The Half Lit website says, “Our name, a gentle nod to the moon above when half of its shape dares to light up the sky. Think of it as a half-moon.”

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Nevada Soon to Become Home to Marijuana Consumption Clubs, Bars, Hotels

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According to Nevada’s Legislative Counsel Bureau there are currently no laws in place preventing local governments in the state from issuing business licenses for marijuana consumption lounges where tourists and locals could consume recreational marijuana legally.

Consumption on casino property is still illegal, according to Las Vegas Review Journal.

Andrew Jolley of The Source dispensary in Las Vegas believes the lounges are a step in the right direction. Jolley is also the president of the Nevada Dispensary Association. He said, “We have to be able to give tourists an option rather than a blanket statement that it’s just not allowed on the Strip. We’ll be surprised at how many locals find value in these lounges. Think about how many bars we have or wine tasting facilities and events. It’s crazy to think that marijuana is somehow different than that. It’s really not.”

Nevada Senator Tick Segerblom said, “I really believe that Nevada can be the marijuana capital of the world. And this will be one more thing in our toolbox.”

Local governments in Nevada are free to allow or disallow recreational marijuana consumption lounges in their jurisdictions. The Clark County marijuana advisory panel has discussed the lounges opening in Las Vegas, and a pilot program allowing on-site dispensary consumption is being considered.

Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said, “I do feel it is very important for the people who are coming from out of town, the tourists, which are a big contributor to the industry’s business, I’m told, to have a place where they can legally and safely consume the product.“

While the scope of consumption lounges isn’t clear in Clark County, Sisolak said, “I’d want to make sure that any of the marijuana being consumed was purchased from a licensed dispensary or grown in a home that has a license, (and) not illegally obtained product.”

Senator Segerblom introduced a bill earlier in 2017 regarding consumption lounges, but Governor Sandoval’s expressed concerned tabled the progress. Regarding the recent developments, Segerblom said, “This is what we’ve been waiting for. It’s fantastic.”