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Medical cannabis to reduce the use of opioids

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The researchers at the University of Georgia have come up with a new study which states that legalized medical cannabis reduces the use of opioids. It says that states that have approved medical cannabis laws saw a dramatic reduction in opioid use. The research was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Internal Medicine.

The researchers of the study examined the number of all opioid prescriptions filled between 2010 and 2015 under Medicare Part D. It is the prescription drug assistance plan accessible to Medicare enrollees. They observed a 14.4 percent reduction in the use of prescription opioids in the states with medical cannabis dispensaries. Moreover, the researchers found nearly a 7 percent reduction in opiate prescriptions filled in states with home-cultivation-only medical cannabis laws.

Some of the states under observation had medical cannabis laws throughout the five-year study period. On the other hand, some never had medical cannabis, and some enacted medical cannabis laws during those five years. So the researchers asked what happens to physician behavior in terms of their opiate prescribing if and when medical cannabis becomes available.

Also, 29 US states and the district of Colombia approved medical cannabis law with California being the first to approve medical cannabis law in 1996.

As per the researchers, physicians cannot prescribe cannabis because it is still a Schedule I drug. The study doesn’t aim at observing that prescriptions for cannabis go up and prescriptions for opioids go down. It only intends to evaluate the changes when medical cannabis laws are in action. Interestingly, the study reveals big reductions in the use of opioids.

Legal status of Marijuana deserves a consideration

The researchers examined all the commonly prescribed opiates including,

  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Morphine
  • Methadone
  • Fentanyl

Heroin, being an illegal drug, was not included as part of the study. In the previous year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a public health emergency with respect to the abuse of opiates. Opioid overdoses caused more than 42,000 deaths in 2016. Surprisingly, more than 40 percent of opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid, according to HHS.

Between 2005 and 2011 the opioid prescription rates increased from about 148 million to 206 million. This added dramatically to the number of opioid-related deaths.

The major reason behind the lower use of opiates is the growing body of literature that suggests cannabis may help to manage pain in patients. Note that the researchers didn’t see any notable decline in the number of non-opioid drugs prescribed during the study period. These non-opioid drugs included blood thinners, flu medications, and phosphorus stimulants.

The researches admit that there is still much work to do if medical cannabis is to become an effective treatment. Research scientists are just beginning to understand the effects of cannabis and its derivatives. They believe that an effective “dose” of cannabis needs a clear definition so that each patient receives a consistent dose.

Regardless of their findings, the researchers of the study suggest quite clearly that medical cannabis and its legalization worth serious consideration. It could be one useful tool in the policy arsenal that can help to diminish the harm of prescription opioids.

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Study Opens Gateway For Using Marijuana For Treatment Of PTSD

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Marijuana for PTSD

As the cannabis industry is evolving and generating large-profits, scientists and researchers are also focusing on discovering more about marijuana. Moreover, researchers aim to find better treatment possibilities, dose adjustments, and products that can help individuals. A recent study suggests marijuana can help treat PTSD, reports Forbes

However, the study is under process and has been approved by FDA, for phase 2 trials. Sue Sisley, MD, discussed her study goals and discoveries in a symposium for marijuana, internist, and telemedicine. Her study aims to use marijuana to treat people who suffer from PTSD disorder. 

Other researchers, research institutions, and companies are also working on similar projects. The Battle Brothers Foundation also gets approval for researching the use of cannabis to combat PTSD in veterans. Moreover, there is an urgent need to treat PTSD in veterans as the suicide rate due to post-traumatic stress disorder is getting higher. 

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Sisley Cannabis Research For PTSD treatment

Sue Sisley was for many years an anti-marijuana. However, her perspective regarding cannabis changed when she was treating veterans. While she was treating them, she discovered that the veteran community uses higher doses of marijuana. Moreover, overdoses of the drug occur in them, and they start using addictive medications.

For her study, the University of Colorado gave $2.15 million in funds. Moreover, the study subject is one of a kind and will enable marijuana-use to treat PTSD. She was able to get approval for phase 2 trials after seven years of hard work. Sixty veterans were part of the research trials. They were given 12 percent THC and 12 percent CBD for treatment. 

Individuals show improvement in symptoms and overall condition. The study monitors biomarkers for inflammation, DSM-5, objective sleep measurement, and Inventory of Depression and Anxiety Symptoms. 

Battle Brothers Foundation Research 

The Battle Brothers Foundation is working with NiaMedic to determine marijuana use for treating PTSD. Furthermore, the national Independent Review Board is an independent committee that allows both groups to perform the research project. 

To determine the effects of marijuana on treating psychotic disorders, the researchers will enroll 60 California veterans. Individuals will also receive limited cannabis doses for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. 

According to Bryan Buckley, 22 veterans are dying due to the effects of post-traumatic stress. Moreover, they become addicted to opioids. 

Cases of post-traumatic stress disorder in U.S. troops have increased remarkably in the last 13 years. It is the need of the hour to research and formulate better techniques for improving the condition of individuals suffering from PTSD. 

Moreover, the veterans that have been offering services in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from a psychotic disorder. Data analysis will occur in the presence of medical doctors and experts. 

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Marijuana Use And PTSD

Individuals have been given cannabis edible products for medical use. The controlled drug is psychoactive that elevates mood, makes individuals relax, and generates a feeling of pleasure. 

Individuals that have been through immense trauma, stress, and pain are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Moreover, individuals that experience or witness any natural disaster, an accident, a terrorist’s act, war or rape, death threats, and sexual violence are likely to suffer PTSD. Marijuana can provide a solution to the problem and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. 

The research subject will open a new field for use of cannabis and improves the condition of marijuana. However, completion of research requires some time, and to obtain large-scale research results research on a wider scale needs to occur. 

The efforts of Sue and the Battle Brothers Foundation will yield a positive outcome separately. Moreover, it will provide hope to individuals suffering from post-traumatic-stress-disorder. 

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Cannabis Industry, Celiac Disease, And Processed Flour

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Cannabis And Flour industry

The cannabis industry shall learn from the errors of the flour and cheese industry. Use of certain products, including bleached-flour and consumption of mass gluten, causes multiple diseases, including celiac disease. Due to this reason, many countries around the world including the U.K. and China restrict the use of mass-gluten in the production of flour and cheese.

However, the North American Flour Industry uses two restricted bleaching agents, namely calcium peroxide and benzoyl. Moreover, they use these bleaching agents in the formulation of flour. The possibly damaging point is that these bleaching agents lead to the development of autoimmune diseases and celiac. 

The cannabis industry must solve and prepare beforehand for various problems to continue evolving. Moreover, the marijuana industry has been under suppression for a longer duration. Thus, it must take every step considering the consequences and make efforts to evolve. 

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Vape pen formulation also causes oxidation issues similar to the flour-industry. So, the cannabis industry needs to modify formulation formulas and techniques to produce products that do not lead to diseases. Moreover, there are chances that these diseases can lead individuals to death. Thus, there is also an immediate need to cut off ingredients from processed foods, flour, and other products that can cause cancer or other autoimmune diseases.  

What Is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease and is a genetic disease. People with the genetic-disease may or may not have symptoms. However, people with asymptomatic celiac disease can develop symptoms later in life. 

Furthermore, the risk of developing celiac disease increases due to various factors, including excessive gluten consumption and eating a lot of processed foods. The main ingredient causing autoimmune-disease is benzoyl peroxide, as it affects flesh and gut bacteria. 

Moreover, benzyl peroxide irritates the skin, causes an antibiotic response, and generates free radicles. Overall, it damages the body and causes the development of autoimmune diseases and cancer. The cannabis vape pens also change color after some time, and oxidation of its agents causes an alteration in its formula leading to pathological conditions. 

Excessive Gluten Consumption And Cannabis

Cannabis industrialists must not use ingredients that can damage the body organs or cause any disease. Moreover, the industry shall avoid using ingredients that it uses to prevent the decolorization of vape pens. Moreover, such chemicals are capable of increasing the risk of autoimmune diseases like celiac disease. 

Individuals with celiac disease have high amounts of enzyme elastase. Gluten breakdown occurs in the presence of enzyme elastase. After breaking, it converts to an amino acid and is considered by the body as toxins. The body begins to fight itself, leading to the initiation of autoimmune diseases like celiac disease. 

Excessive gluten consumption results in a large amount of amino acid production. Moreover, the body considers the amino acid as a toxin and starts to fight the cells containing it, leading the body to fight its cells. Furthermore, mass gluten consumption causes microbiome disruption and strips away the microbiome barrier. 

Benzyl Peroxide And Other Food Alterations 

In addition to gluten, benzoyl peroxide and other such agents in processed flour and cannabis products can have a peeling impact. The bleaching agents erode intestinal-lining, leading to breakage of the wall and damaging the digestive and immune system. 

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Food is changing genetically, and alterations in the soil are also occurring at a faster rate. Moreover, genetic alterations in the plant seeds cause other beneficial effects, but few are life-threatening. 

Furthermore, cannabis cultivation and production need new modified methods for maintaining a variety of marijuana. Over the coming years, how the food industry and crop cultivation changes for the better are yet unclear. However, researchers need to formulate better techniques for future healthy varieties of food and crops. 

 

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Mayor To Cut the Ribbon on Cannabis ‘Cookies’ Inauguration

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Mayor To Cut the Ribbon on Cannabis 'Cookies' Inauguration

Michigan is seeing an increase in activities and businesses trading in marijuana. As the marijuana economy grows, Cookies is the newest store that opens its doors to Kalamazoo city. The Cookies cannabis store will be functional from Friday, Feb. 26, reports Mlive.

The mayor for the city of Kalamazoo, David Anderson, is the chief guest for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The store opening will be in the morning, according to the Cookies Cannabis Official press release. Also, the address for the store is 2712 Portage Street.

Medicinal Cannabis At The Curbside

The Cannabis Cookies store will not be offering curbside sales on its first day. For medicinal marijuana sales, curbside medical sales will be active from Saturday, Feb. 27, the press release further adds.

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Cookies is an international cannabis lifestyle brand founded by California rapper and entrepreneur, Berner.

Also, the Cookies brand is diverse and offers an entire family of offerings, including Cookies, Lemonnade, Runtz, Powerzzzup Genetics, Minntz, and Grandiflora product lines.

Expansion Plans

Cookies CEO Berner has high hopes for the Midwest. He thinks that stores like his will boost the marijuana economy and can support the economy even during slumps. Cookies has pinpointed the region as pivotal going forwards. The partnership with Gage Cannabis is also proving great for them as the demand for cannabis and medical marijuana is increasing day by day.

The expansion is driven by key partnerships and a high influx of consumers. Consumers are not only driving up demand in Kalamazoo but in the whole of Michigan. Cookies hopes to serve this rising demand as it strikes new partnerships throughout the region.

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The new store will be the second Cookies store in the state of Michigan. The original location where Cookies started operations last year is at 6030 East 8 Mile Road, in Detroit.
For the state of Michigan, Gage Cannabis is the go-to partner for the Cookies store. Through these key partnerships, the whole economy benefits as this will be Gage’s seventh retail point in Michigan state.

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