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Coronavirus: U.K Approves Use of £5 Life-Saving Drug Dexamethasone

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With multiple trials underway, one drug has proved to be successful. The U.K government approved the life-saving coronavirus drug dexamethasone. Moreover, the drug is cost-effective, with a price of just £5 ($6).

Researchers at Oxford University initiated a trial on the drug. The results concluded that with only a small dose of the steroid treatment, death risks for patients on ventilators and on oxygen, reduced by a third a fifth respectively. The results were published on Tuesday. This was a very significant survival rate.

The government has now authorized the treatment for use as standard care for COVID-19 patients. U.K’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance reported that the drug could be ready for immediate use globally, at the government’s briefing on Tuesday.

During the daily briefing, British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has considered it a remarkable breakthrough in the current research conducted globally. He also mentioned that the U.K. has adequate supplies of the drug in case of a rise of hospitalized patients. The U.K. is reported to have approximately 200,000 doses of the drug in stock for immediate access.

The benefits of dexamethasone for coronavirus patients

The lead researcher of the trial is a Professor at Oxford Universit, Peter Horby. He said dexamethasone decreased the deaths of patients on ventilators, and on oxygen, by 35% and 20% respectively. Moreover, he stated that the drug saves one in eight patients on ventilators, with a cumulative cost of £40 ($50).

The drug shows a reduction in inflammation in several medical conditions including arthritis, asthma, and a few dermatological conditions. Moreover, the drug has shown reduction of the damage caused to the immune system as the patient tries to battle the coronavirus. Consequently, a cytokine storm can be fatal.

So far, this drug has proven to be the only one to increase the survival rate significantly. This estimates it cost £35 to save a life, with global accessibility. However, researchers recommend not go panic buying mindlessly. Moreover, the drug has not proved to be very helpful for milder cases of coronavirus, who require no aid with breathing.

A team from Oxford University led the RECOVERY (Randomised Evaluation of COVID-19 Therapy) trial. It began researching on six possible coronavirus treatments, in March. This also included the low-dose steroid treatment, dexamethasone. Reports state that the drug could’ve saved over 5,000 lives if it was introduced at the start of the pandemic in the U.K.

Other trials

A few weeks ago, President Donald Trump was reportedly taking hydroxychloroquine. The trials for the drug had begun after the approval of the FDA. However, recently, the lack of advantageous clinical outcome, caused the trials to cease. Over 11,500 patients participated in the trial in 175 hospitals.

Researchers are constantly working on vaccines and treatments for the virus. The research included the testing of multiple drugs, such as BCG, that were used to treat earlier major medical conditions,

Miracle for developing countries

The cost-effectiveness of the drug is a huge advantage with the crashing economy globally. Additionally, as the number of hospitalized patients increases, especially for developing countries, it is harder to treat patients with the best treatments. Moreover, this drug is easily accessible in any local dispensaries and is the first to increases the survival rate.

Moreover, this drug potentially treats severe cases of COVID-19. Mild infected cases usually do not require hospitalization and usually recover in quarantine. However, severe cases require oxygen and ventilators which use hospital facilities. Developing countries are beginning to have a lack of essential medical facilities. Hence, a low-cost drug to help with severe cases is no less than a miracle currently. This drug gives hope individuals worldwide, to the much-anticipated end of the pandemic.

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Asian Visitor Caught Smuggling 6kgs of Cannabis in Dubai

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Dubai’s airport authorities caught a 24-year-old Asian smuggling 6kg Cannabis. The man was arrested in early March on the charges of possession of illegal dried Cannabis flower. The defendant was in detention since his arrival at the Dubai International Airport (DXB) on March 3.

The customs agent at DXB told that they got suspicious of the man after his luggage went through the X-Ray machine. After a thorough search, the authorities found Cannabis stashed in fabric bags. The convicted man has been sentenced to a decade in prison for smuggling 6kg Cannabis. He will also have to pay a fine of Dh50,000. According to the laws of UAE, the convicted man can appeal the ruling in the Court of Cessation within 15 days.

UAE & Cannabis Smuggling

The UAE has very strict rules regarding the possession, consumption, or transportation of prohibited drugs. Previously, the UAE authorities slapped aa British tourist along with a 10-year sentence for bringing CBD oil into Dubai. It is to note that the maximum penalty for drug trafficking in the UAE is execution.

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According to the recent 2020 World Drug report, the trend of use of illegal cannabis is increasing in the developing countries. Afghanistan and Morocco are primary suppliers of illegal Cannabis. It also showed that the illegal sale of cannabis has skyrocketed in Asia, Africa and South America.

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.

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Dubai’s airport authorities caught a 24-year-old Asian smuggling 6kg Cannabis. The man was arrested in early March on the charges of

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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.

The UAE has very strict policies regarding the possession of drugs. You should double check your luggage for Cannabis before landing into Dubai.

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Black Market Cannabis Sales Decrease With Legalization in North America

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Recent Cannabis legalization (both recreational and medicinal) has decreased black market cannabis sales to a great extent.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) published 2020 World Drug Report  which revealed that Cannabis is the most controlled drug. However, the illegal use of Cannabis has fallen to its lowest level in two decades in 2018. The 2020 Drug Report attributed this to the vast legalization of Cannabis in North America.

The 2020 World Drug Report

According to this report, the emergence of regulated markets in North America is the major reason why police seizures on the black market have decreased by 84%. This report revealed positive changes in the attitude of people in North America. However, at the same time it showed that the illegal sale of cannabis has skyrocketed in Asia, Africa and South America.

Also Read: Cannabis Activist Julian Stobbs Stabbed to Death

Countries like Afghanistan and Morocco are primary suppliers of illegal Cannabis. The trend of use of illegal cannabis is increasing in the developing countries. In2019, 2.2% of the crime cases in the U.S. were drug cases with cannabis as the primary drug type. Currently, 40,000 prisoners are serving their sentence in prison for Cannabis related crimes.

Recent Cannabis legalization (both Recreational and medicinal) has decreased black market cannabis sales to a great extent. Cannabis is the most widely used drug.

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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.  Subsequently, with these recent legalization, the demand and supply of cannabis increased by multifold. Increased demand led to increased research on the subject.

Also Read: Colorado To Expand Cannabis Equity and Offer Pardon

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.

The legalization has undoubtedly helped in controlling the black market Cannabis sales and economy growth. However, the use of cannabis should be regularly monitored by the governments.

 

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Cannabis Activist Julian Stobbs Stabbed To Death

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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