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Autopsy confirms Sutherland Springs church gunman died by suicide

August 15, 2019 - 13:46
Link: Autopsy confirms Sutherland Springs church gunman died by suicideArticle Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019Thursday, August 15, 2019Tags:

Toxicologist Peter Stout, CEO and president of the Houston Forensic Science Center, said the toxicology report showed low levels of anti-anxiety drugs and marijuana in Kelley's system.

MARIJUANA IS THE COMMON WEB BETWEEN SO MANY MASS KILLERS

August 15, 2019 - 13:43
Link: MARIJUANA IS THE COMMON WEB BETWEEN SO MANY MASS KILLERSArticle Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019Thursday, August 15, 2019Tags:

The link between pot and mass shootings may be closer than we think

August 15, 2019 - 13:37
Link: The link between pot and mass shootings may be closer than we thinkArticle Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019Thursday, August 15, 2019Tags:

Just last year, the Parents Opposed to Pot lobby group tried to sound the alarm on the link between marijuana and mass shootings, compiling a list of mass killers it claims were heavy users of marijuana from a young age, from Aurora, Colo., shooter James Holmes and Tucson, Ariz., shooter Jared Loughner to Chattanooga, Tenn., shooter Mohammad Abdulazeez.
You can’t address the youth mental health crisis without considering the effect of rising teen marijuana use.
Among American teenagers, the drug’s “daily use has become as, or more, popular than daily cigarette smoking” according to the National Institute of Health’s 2017 Monitoring the Future study.
Another BMJ study estimated that “13 percent of cases of schizophrenia could be averted if all cannabis use were prevented.” That’s more than 400,000 Americans who could be saved from a fate worse than death.

Association Between Electronic Cigarette Use and Marijuana Use Among Adolescents and Young Adults

August 12, 2019 - 19:52
Link: Association Between Electronic Cigarette Use and Marijuana Use Among Adolescents and Young AdultsArticle Date: Monday, August 12, 2019Monday, August 12, 2019Tags:

Conclusions and Relevance  This meta-analysis found a significant increase in the odds of past or current and subsequent marijuana use in adolescents and young adults who used e-cigarettes. These findings highlight the importance of addressing the rapid increases in e-cigarette use among youths as a means to help limit marijuana use in this population.

Should we legalise cannabis?

August 6, 2019 - 07:10
Link: Should we legalise cannabis?Article Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019Tuesday, August 6, 2019Tags:

Cannabis is known to induce DNA damage by several mechanisms including damage to chromosomes at the time of cell division, dramatic reductions in histone formation which form the core of the nucleosomes around which DNA is twined and are crucially involved in signalling to the transcription and epigenetic machinery to regulate gene expression, alteration of DNA methylation and many other processes 2-6. And genotoxic stress of many types is known to trigger DNA checkpoints and interfere with the normal process of meiotic and mitotic cell division; and are also known to trigger ageing and cellular senescence pathways.
That it has been linked with all four areas, in the context of its many other known harms – respiratory, driving, impaired developmental trajectory, reduction in IQ, hippocampal shrinkage, brain disconnection and immunopathies - implies directly that the cannabis legalization debate itself is non-viable and profoundly and inherently misleading.

Moving beyond perceived riskiness: Marijuana-related beliefs and marijuana use in adolescents.

August 1, 2019 - 20:57
Link: Moving beyond perceived riskiness: Marijuana-related beliefs and marijuana use in adolescents.Article Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019Thursday, August 1, 2019Tags:

Conclusions: Marijuana use varied in association with beliefs about its beneficial and harmful health properties. Clinical interventions that target specific marijuana-related health beliefs including unfounded claims of benefit may provide robust talking points for centering provider guidance and public health messaging.

Associations between driving under the influence or riding with an impaired driver and future substance use among adolescents.

August 1, 2019 - 20:51
Link: Associations between driving under the influence or riding with an impaired driver and future substance use among adolescents.Article Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019Thursday, August 1, 2019Tags:

Conclusions: RWID and DUI are significantly associated with greater alcohol and marijuanause over time. This study highlights that teens may be at higher risk for problem substance use in the future even if they ride with someone who is impaired. Prevention and intervention efforts for adolescents need to address both driving under the influence and riding with an impaired driver to prevent downstream consequences.

Medical and non-medical cannabis use and risk of prescription opioid use disorder: Findings from propensity score matching.

August 1, 2019 - 20:46
Link: Medical and non-medical cannabis use and risk of prescription opioid use disorder: Findings from propensity score matching.Article Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019Thursday, August 1, 2019Tags:

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS:
Medical and non-medical cannabis use both were both associated with increased risks of prescription opioid misuse. Medical cannabis use, however, was not associated with prescription opioid use disorder, and non-medical cannabis was. There appeared to be differential associations between cannabis use and prescription opioid use disorder by cannabis use purpose.

FDA warns company marketing unapproved cannabidiol products with unsubstantiated claims to treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, opioid withdrawal, pain and pet anxiety

July 29, 2019 - 21:37
Link: FDA warns company marketing unapproved cannabidiol products with unsubstantiated claims to treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, opArticle Date: Monday, July 29, 2019Monday, July 29, 2019Tags:

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has issued a warning letter to Curaleaf Inc., of Wakefield, Massachusetts, for illegally selling unapproved products containing cannabidiol (CBD) online with unsubstantiated claims that the products treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, opioid withdrawal, pain and pet anxiety, among other conditions or diseases.

FDA Warning Letter Curaleaf

July 29, 2019 - 21:34
Link: FDA Warning Letter CuraleafArticle Date: Monday, July 29, 2019Monday, July 29, 2019Tags:

FDA has determined that your “CBD Lotion,” “CBD Pain-Relief Patch,” “CBD Tincture,” and “CBD Disposable Vape Pen” products are unapproved new drugs sold in violation of sections 505(a) and 301(d) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act), 21 U.S.C. 355(a) and 331(d). Furthermore, these products are misbranded drugs under section 502(f)(1) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. 352(f)(1). FDA has also determined that your “Bido CBD for Pets” products are unapproved new animal drugs that are unsafe under section 512(a) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. 360b(a), and adulterated under section 501(a)(5) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. 351(a)(5)

Texas leaders: Hemp law did not decriminalize marijuana

July 19, 2019 - 20:31
Link: Texas leaders: Hemp law did not decriminalize marijuanaArticle Date: Friday, July 19, 2019Friday, July 19, 2019Tags:

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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