Cannabis stores in several states have enjoyed their part of the active and energetic business during the lockdown. However, New England did not necessarily have the same situation. This week was important for Massachusetts because of the reopening of recreational cannabis stores. This was after the lockdown caused the closing of stores for the past 2 months. However, along came a set of strict laws.
Despite the reopening, many fear the resurgence of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. This only leads to the fear that the state officials would resume their earlier orders and close down stores again. Massachusetts is the sole state to categorize the cannabis stores as “non-essential” during the pandemic.
President of New England Treatment Access, Amanda Rositano has expressed her concern regarding this. Her organization runs two cannabis shops that provide both recreational, and medicinal cannabis. Amanda says that this pushed them back tremendously in the last 2 months. She added that their sales experienced an 85% to 90% reduction and they had to move on with bare essentials.
Last month, a couple of cannabis stores had tried to sue Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. The group debated that the order for closing of their stores was whimsical while liquor stores and medical cannabis dispensaries were allowed to be open and deemed as “essential businesses.”
Baker’s office chose not to comment this week on the concerns of the industry. However, he previously stated that Massachusetts’ cannabis stores could attract on-residents of the state and worsen the spread of the virus. He stressed on this as the state’s cannabis stores were the only operational ones on the East coast.
Recreational cannabis plans in Massachusetts
11 states and Washington, D.C have issued the legalization of recreational cannabis. However, the government has prohibited the opening of cannabis retail stores. Retailers in Massachusetts reported average demand after the reopening of stores as the state begins to make its way out of the worst outbreaks of the pandemic in the country.
Voters approved recreational cannabis sales in 2016 in Maine. Officials there had aimed the opening of the first cannabis retail stores in spring 2020. However, Spokesman for Maine’s Office of Cannabis Policy, David Heidrich said that the pandemic paused this plan indefinitely. Managing Director at the Wellness Connection, Charlie Langston said that cannabis businesses are now hoping for the first recreational cannabis stores to reopen this fall. The expected plan is the addition of recreational sales to existing 4 medical cannabis dispensaries.
Recovering from the loss during the lockdown
Cannabis businesses have taken pleasure in the sales boost as customers began stocking cannabis in the initial days of the lockdown in March. A spokesman for the Cannabis Industry Association, Morgan Fox said that the cannabis holiday 420, on April 20, soon followed this sales boost.
He explained that the public is turning towards cannabis to deal with the anxiety during the lockdown, which in turn has caused an increase in sales. Fox added that the federal government’s $2 trillion relief fund bill has not benefitted the cannabis industry. He continued that the illegality of cannabis in terms of federal laws has resulted in this.
Interestingly, April cannabis sales in Washington, Oregon, and California, were higher this year compared to the last. Meanwhile, April cannabis sales in Nevada and Colorado reduced significantly in comparison to last April.
CEO of Curalead, Joe Lusardi, says that reopened retailers are hoping for permission to expand their services. He added that they are showing tremendous efforts to display operations of safe and responsible social distancing. The government permitted other nonessential retailers to reopen this week. However, curbside pickup and online and phone orders have restricted all nonessential businesses. Meanwhile, in-person transactions along with delivery are available options for medical cannabis dispensaries.
Cannabis Found Effective in Treating Pain With Zero Side-Effects
Recent Researches on Cannabis revealed its efficacy in Treating Pain with zero side-effects. A survey conducted as a part of this researched showed that patients experienced relief using cannabis for pain.
An Effective Substitute of Opioid
The survey also showed that Cannabis has greatly substituted Opioid. Opioid is a harmful drug which is used for managing pain. Previously, Opioid was the only drug effective in treating pain. However, it had a lot of side-effects. It causes drowsiness, mental fog, nausea, and constipation. It can also cause slowed breathing, which can lead to overdose deaths.
The daily use of cannabis in patients showed prolonged improvements in pain management and increased quality of life. In just a short interval of only three months, patients began to feel improvement in overall physical and mental health.
Effectiveness of CBD Oil in Pain Management
CBD (Cannabidiol) exists as a chemical compound which is obtained from the cannabis plant. Moreover, it decreases the pain with no development of any mind-altering or psychoactive effects. Additionally, CBD oil is produced by the extraction of CBD powder from the cannabis plant. Recommendations involve the use of olive or coconut oil, as a mixture, for better use.
The latest studies on CBD oil have unveiled its neuroprotective, anti-seizure, and pain relieving qualities. Owing to its remarkable impacts on the human body, several celebrities are advocating for CBD.
Worldwide Legalization of Cannabis
It is important to remember that 33 states of the U.S. have legalized the use of medicinal Cannabis while 11 states have legalized the use of medical Cannabis. With these recent legalization, the demand and supply of cannabis increased by multifold. Increased demand led to increased research on the subject.
Cannabis has found many uses in our daily lives. It can treat something as painful as Sciatica Pain. The use of Cannabis can alleviate the frequency of seizures. It also reduces anxiety. it helps with the PTSD. Many people have found Cannabis useful in calming their nerves and dealing with insomnia.
COVID-19 & CANNABIS
In view of the recent pandemic, COVID-19, Cannabis has also found its utility in speeding up the recovery of COVID-19 patients. COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease that has infected over 11 million people in the world. It is a cause of nearly half a million deaths worldwide. Medical marijuana has helped many people recover from the deadly disease.
In the view of the situation, many different countries have also relaxed their laws on the use of cannabis and cannabis related products. COVID-19 very badly affected economies all around the world. Tax revenues generated by the sales of Cannabis might help lift the deflating economies.
DANGERS of Cannabis
Cannabis consists of two main compounds; CBD (Cannabinol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). While CBD is responsible for relaxing the brain and nerves, THC is responsible for the ‘buzz’ or ‘high feeling’. THC acts on specific receptors in brain cells and slowly deteriorates our brain.
However, Cannabis is an extremely useful drug if used in measured quantities. It is highly effective in Treating Pain With Zero Side-Effects.
Cannabis Activist Julian Stobbs Stabbed To Death
The Cannabis activist Julian Stobbs, who struggled for several years in order to legalize personal marijuana use in South Africa, has been killed in a robbery at his Lanseria farm near Johannesburg. This incident took place in the early hours of Friday morning.
According to reports, Stobbs and his wife, Myrtle Clark better known as the Dagga couple fought a battle through courts in order to legalize cannabis. The police put them behind bars in 2010 for growing and smoking cannabis. As a result, after their release, they filed the case in the court.
The Incident Of Robbery
The couple was asleep in their home located just outside Johannesburg when the burglars entered their home. They further entered into the couple’s bedroom and shot and stabbed him to death.
Myrtle didn’t get any physical injuries. The burglars took everything in the house along with them. This includes two cellphones and two laptops.
According to a statement on the Dagga couple Facebook page, the South African cannabis community is grieving over the death of such a courageous warrior.
The family is appealing that the people must respect their privacy at the moment. Moreover, the public must allow Myrtle and the family some space during these tough times. Further, they are quite grateful for the love they have received from the public up till now.
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A Courageous Warrior
The killing of Stobbs might prove to be a huge calamity for the cannabis society in South Africa. A long-time South African cannabis activist and businessman Tony Budden told that Stobbs and Clarke were quite determined to aware people about the plant and its benefits. The citizens called him a courageous warrior. He was the one who never got scared to stand up for what he truly believed in.
Arrest In 2010
A few years back in August, 2010, police swooped the couples home. As a result, they were accused of possessing marijuana with the intention of selling it in the market. Clarke later told about the raid that all that the officers found was a middle aged couple in their pajamas and some quantity of cannabis.
The police arrested them after a five-hour trial in their kitchen. Stobbs further told that the police put a revolver on his cheek when he was sitting in the lounge. Clarke stated that: “The more we thought about it, the more we realized this was a gross invasion of our privacy. This is about sovereignty, it’s about cognitive liberty, it’s about the very freedom of our minds.”
Tour To Various Other Countries
The couple travelled the whole South Africa in order to give statements to rural and farming communities. They introduced their manifesto through which they decided to develop a way for freedom of cannabis in South Africa.
They further travelled to United Nations in New York to spread their message at an international level. Moreover, they even appeared at hearings on the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna to further pass on their message.
Both of them also studied the current cannabis laws all around the world. They made an attempt to convince international experts to attest on their behalf about the health impacts of cannabis. Stobbs also admitted that he started smoking cannabis several years ago. According to him, the ones who use drugs have rights as well, they are not animals and must not be imprisoned.
Consequently, the police stopped arresting adults for growing cannabis for their own use.
Cannabis May Be A Cure For Various Cancers
Various innovative and developing countries have acknowledged the healing benefits of cannabis. It has been used in herbal remedies for centuries. Studies have also shown that they can actively help in the treatment of various cancers.
A number of studies have been conducted to study medicinal uses of cannabis. These also include people going through a cancer treatment. The studies suggest that marijuana can help in controlling the following:
Pain: Like opioids, marijuana works as one of the strongest pain relievers while treating patients living with cancer related pain. In addition to this, it may have anti-inflammatory effects that may help in curing pain.
Neuropathy: It is a medical term for nerve damage and is a frequent problem of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. It’s characteristics includes a feeling of weakness, numbness, itching and a flaming sensation in the hands and feet. Hence, marijuana provides comfort and liberation of pain resulting from neuropathy.
Nausea and Vomiting: Nausea and vomiting are one of the side effects of chemotherapy. Many cancer patients encounter these side effects. Dronabinol is a synthetic cannabinoid which is approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration for such kind of side effects. Various other examinations clearly indicates that medical marijuana plays a valuable role in curing nausea and vomiting.
Anorexia or Cachexia: It is the medical term for the loss of appetite. Cachexia is the phenomenon of unintended loss of weight specially the loss of lean muscle and fat often followed by tiredness and a reduction in functional abilities.
FDA has also approved the synthetic cannabinoid Dronabinol for anorexia associated with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). However, there are not enough researches that indicates the effectiveness of medicinal marijuana in controlling of these symptoms. But, marijuana may increase the intake of food in HIV patients.
Anti-neoplastic: Lab and animal testing shows that marijuana might be productive in slowing down or preventing the development of certain tumors.
Conclusion Of The Study
However, this study shows that marijuana can be safe and secure in treating cancer but it does not indicates that marijuana will help in curing the disease. Hence, people must not only depend on marijuana for treatment while keeping themselves away from conventional medical care for cancer.
Side Effects Of Marijuana
Although THC may assist in reducing nausea and other symptoms, it also has a few side effects such as inability to think clearly or focus. The long-term side effects include psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, depression or a person may become a bipolar patient. Additionally, respiratory disorders such as chronic bronchitis may also develop.
There is no as such evidence available that supports the use of medicinal marijuana. Moreover, since marijuana is considered as an illegal drug so the research and investigation on its medical use has been greatly reduced. However, interest in this field has greatly increased over the past few years. Furthermore, it requires a lot of studies in order to comprehend the benefits posed by marijuana to improve symptoms and standard of life for cancer patients.
When To See Your Doctor?
It is necessary to maintain an honest discussion with your doctor about any sorts of symptoms you are experiencing. As a result, this will allow your doctor to decide whether there is a need to prescribe medicinal marijuana for treatment or not.
There are numerous ways of consuming marijuana such as vaporization, edibles, pills or oils. If your doctor prescribes medical marijuana as a treatment for you then you must also discuss the most suitable form for you based on the availability of the products in your region. Moreover, it’s essential to remember that the side effects vary from person to person based on the product you have used.
Hence, you must also discuss the side effects you’re experiencing with your doctor in order to prevent further complications.
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