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Can Hemp Oil Treat Epilepsy in Dogs?

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A research suggests that hemp oil is good for reducing epilepsy in dogs. It has the same effects as the medicine epidiolex which is a CBD based drug. People who actively use CBD agree to the fact that it has helped them in alleviating many issues regarding their health problems. They range from chronic pains of almost any type to insomnia. The benefits of the substance are not only limited to humans, but also to humans’ best friends: dogs. CBD is highly trendy among pet owners as it has been quite beneficial in treating certain conditions like pain and canine anxiety. However, experts say that there is a need to o more research before giving CBD directly to pet dogs.

They noted a considerable reduction in the epileptic seizures among the experimental group

The study consisted of 16 pets having epilepsy. Canine epilepsy is a common condition that effects 5% dogs. The Canine Health Foundation suggested that there is a need for innovative therapeutic substances for dealing with the disease. Out of the total, scientists dosed nine dogs with the CBD. The remaining seven were in the control group and given placebo. They found that CBD administration reduced the chances of the typical seizure up to 89 percent. The study opens up a possibility for researchers to dive further into its benefits and make the products commercially available.

Researches like these need to be conducted on a much wider scale to investigate proper results

However, there are some points of consideration regarding the study. Firstly, the results were observed for only 16 dogs. Secondly, Applied Basic Science Corporation sponsored the study that is itself a manufacturer in this emerging industry. The scientist leading the research has a 5 percent stake in the brand. There is a hope to see the same results on a wider subject ratio.

Scientists have conducted multiple small studies on the effects of CBD on dogs

In addition to that, the effects of CBD are also investigated regarding osteoarthritis, another common bone condition among dogs. This study took place in 2018 and researchers used 14 dogs. However, the most important thing, safety, is not put under notice yet. Moreover, Food and Drug Administration in US has not officially passed approval of CBD for dogs. They haven’t designed a chart for dosage.

Veterinary doctors suggest that pet owners must be considerate on choosing potential therapeutic options while treating their dogs. Despite the fact that marijuana does not involve any potential harming effects on overdose, it must not be applied for animals. In addition, hemp oil can be easily handled by anyone and its regulated administration goes unnoticed that can be damaging.

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Newsom Orders to Shut Bars in California due to COVID-19

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Owing to the rapid increase in the number of coronavirus cases in California, Governor Newsom ordered in 7 counties, including Los Angeles, to close all the bars and hangout spots.

This order includes bars, brewery clubs and pubs that serve alcoholic drinks without serving food at the same time. However, the ones with the food policy can stay open but they will have to follow stricter rules for dine-in. The government has asked them to focus more on the take out and patio services.

Counties to SHUT Bars

This order was issued on Sunday by governor’s state public health director, Dr. Sonia Angell. The seven counties where the bars shall remain closed are Los Angeles, Fresno, Kern, San Joaquin, Tulare, Kings and Imperial. The government has decided to implement strict policy on eight other counties with high number of COVID-19 cases.

Also Read: Cannabis Might Be The Cure For COVID-19

Governor Newsom said in a statement that COVID-19 is still rapidly spreading in California. He said that it is critical to take this step to limit the spread of the virus with the highest number of cases. Los Angeles reported a total of 2,4542 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, which is the second largest number of Coronavirus cases for L.A.

The authorities said that they are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation throughout the country. They are taking steps to decrease the increased rates and concerning patterns of transmission. Closing down the bars in these states can greatly decrease the transmission rate in these areas.

Owing to the rapid increase in the number of cases in California, Governor Newsom orders to shut bars in 7 counties including Los Angeles

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Increasing Number of Cases

This decision was taken after closely monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalization rates and what they describe as concerning patterns of transmission in those counties. State issued guidelines on 5th June regarding the reopening of bars. The bars came back in business on 18th of June just to last for less than a couple of weeks.

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According to state health officials, bars are a risky place. People remove their masks frequently to have drinks. There is loud music due to which people usually speak louder than usual. This results in spreading more airborne particles. Moreover, almost all the customers are in close proximity with each other. Tracing back the cause of infection gets difficult.

Economy in DANGER

Owner of Elvie’s, Angie Sharma-Weisberger said they reopened Elvie’s on the first day they were permitted to. They installed plexiglass at the bars and tables and trained their staff on protocols to reduce the risk of spread of the virus between themselves and customers. However, despite all the efforts, their business is closing down. She said that the government must rething about such processes. They can’t keep shutting businesses on a moment’s notice.

Owing to the rapid increase in the number of cases in California, Governor Newsom orders to shut bars in 7 counties including Los Angeles

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Upon this, many other bar owners also came forward to support Angie. COVID-19 has brought much damage to people all across the world. It has damaged people in unimaginable ways. The virus forced people to shut down their businesses and accelerated unemployment. This might be the greatest wave of unemployment that the world has ever seen. People are not only fighting the COVID-19 virus; they are also fighting hunger.

California got alarmed when the number of cases reached 215,000 this Sunday. With Hospitalizations and infection rates, the government is bound to shut public places since the only sure way to escape Coronavirus is through Social Distancing.

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FDA Approves Private Production of Medical Cannabis

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The Food and Drug Administration just announced that it is preparing a bill to remove the 5-year ban from private production of medical cannabis in Thailand.

The last decade has seen several reforms in favor of legalization of cannabis. A number of U.S states have voted in the favor of the movement. However, the coronavirus crisis has halted several processes. World’s economy has crashed, and numerous corporations and businesses are being shut down.

This gave rise to a wave of cannabis legalization, particularly in the United States. The main idea was to improve revenue from the cannabis industry. However, no definitive results have been seen yet. Due to limited communication and movement, the sales have reduced, and hence, no effect has been seen on the economy so far.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it is planning on removing the 5-year ban from private production of medicinal cannabis in Thailand. A draft of the bill is currently being prepared.

Also read: Cannabis Might Be The Cure For COVID-19

Further, two ministerial regulations drafts for marijuana and hemp, are also “inching ahead”, as the lockdown restrictions are easing down. The legislation would allow foreigners to get involved in companies as long as they hold less than one third of the shares.

Further, international travelers would also be able to apply for cannabis import and export licenses. This would allow for easy movement of cannabis medications in and out of the countries.

Current Law

Currently, only state agencies, government related farmers and private universities have the license for export and import of cannabis. Non-state agencies are not eligible for the license.

The ban also exempts companies from applying for a license to grow cannabis or even manufacture its medicine. The ban was announced in February 2019 and was meant to last for 5 years, till February 2024.

Even though, the main idea behind the ban was to prevent people from exploiting the drug, it has led to shortages of several CBD medicines in the market. Patients who need CBD oil for their treatment have no access either.

Source: CNBC.com

New Reform

FDA has announced to lift the ban. However, it is only applicable on the production of cannabis for herbal or Thai traditional medicine. The modern and advanced CBD pharmaceutical companies are still banned from the production.

Also read: 3000 Cannabis Plants Seized At Lake Elsinore Residencies

The new law would allow companies to apply for a cannabis and hemp growing license directly. It will also allow them to industrially manufacture CBD oil. This can then be used for medicinal purposes. However, the license would only be granted if the products fall in herbal goods or traditional medicine category.

Imports of cannabis will remain restricted. Only seeds will be allowed to be imported from overseas to grow cannabis and hemp plants in the country. Foreign travelers will remain unaffected. They will be allowed to carry CBD oil after receiving a license.

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Chinese Firm to Start Human Testing for a Coronavirus Vaccine

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Chongqing Zhifei Biological Products’ of China has developed a potential vaccine for Coronavirus. The authorities of China have approved to start human testing for this vaccine variant.

This vaccine is co-developed by Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical and the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The vaccine received a certificate from the National Medical Products Administration to launch clinical trials.

Vaccines in Trial Process in China

Six experimental shots in humans are in testing phase in China. Chinese Researchers and companies are trying different methods for developing a vaccine that can successfully kill the virus. More than a dozen vaccines are in different stages of clinical trials globally against the virus that has killed over 470,000 people.

Also Read: Human Trials for Coronavirus Vaccines Have Started in The U.K.

Up till now, no vaccine has passed the large scale trials. Most of the vaccines are under late-stage phase 3 clinical trials. After these trials, they will be sent off to the consumer market. Successful vaccines are one of the hopes to keep the virus from spreading. Governments are approving many samples to start testing for a Coronavirus Vaccine.

The Spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 started from Wuhan, China. There are many theories about its spread and origin. However, nobody is quite sure. COVID-19 was initially an epidemic but soon it became a pandemic. With its spread all across the globe, governments had to enforce lockdowns. Lockdowns took a toll on the economies. Many people starved. Many are still starving.

More than 9 million people have been infected by the virus. There is no stopping to the spiral. Some countries like New Zealand, Australia have contained the virus. Many countries like Spain, Italy, France, England and Turkey are flattening their curves. However, many countries like Russia, India and the U.S. are still facing thousands of cases in a single day.

Chongqing Zhifei Biological Products’ of China has developed a potential vaccine for Coronavirus. The authorities of China have approved to start human testing for this potential Coronavirus vaccine.

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Due to severe circumstances, many attempts on developing vaccines are on the way. Many research laboratories are finding ways and means to recover patients. Much work on finding vaccines and treatments is going on.

DEXAMETHASONE

One such treatment is Dexamethasone. Dexamethasone is cheap steroid. It can reduce the risk of death in patients on ventilators by one fifth and the risk of death of patients of supplemental oxygen supplies by one third. Dexamethasone is a success till now. Many people have recovered from the deadly disease owing to the efficiency of the drug. However, there is a strong chance that dexamethasone might soon run out of the markets.

Also Read: Is the Coronavirus Treating Drug Running Out

Every pharmaceutical company is testing rigorously and trying to come up with a solution as fast as they can. It is expected that many vaccines will start running human trials in between July to September. With the filled up hospitals and zero available ventilators, people have to see their loved ones dying helplessly. The plasma treatment launched recently has helped many but it is not preventing the disease.

Vaccines are the world’s only shot at eliminating the deadly Coronavirus.

 

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