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Medical Marijuana vs Opioids?

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Politicians, Government Agencies Feud Over Payouts Tied To Opioid Epidemic

 

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There's no agreement in place for how payouts will be distributed. In recent days, feuding between local, state and federal agencies has begun to spill into the open.

 

In an Ohio courtroom this week, a federal judge suspended work on a plan to compensate 24,000 local governments for their opioid-related costs, after state attorneys general weighed in strongly against the proposal.

"If we get money, how are going to use it?" asked Joe Rice, an architect of the proposal, who leads a team of attorneys representing more than 1,200 local governments suing Big Pharma.......

This money fight is playing out against the troubled history that followed the tobacco settlements of the 1990s. Cigarette makers agreed to pay more than $240 billion to end their liability for cancer deaths caused by their products.

But much of that cash has since been diverted by government officials away from health programs and campaigns aimed to reduce smoking rates.

Critics worry that drug industry settlements could also be used to fill budget gaps

or to pay for local, state and federal programs unrelated to the opioid epidemic.....

https://www.npr.org/2019/06/30/737114660/politicians-government-agencies-feud-over-payouts-tied-to-opioid-epidemic?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20190630

 

 

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Does marijuana hurt or help your brain?

Scientists rush to study the drug’s impact-

" As national attitudes and laws around cannabis use have evolved, so have the commercially grown strains of the plant. Some marijuana varieties today contain levels of THC, the drug’s psychoactive compound, as high as 50 percent, compared to around 5 percent a generation ago.

But as science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports, the effects of cannabis on the human brain are still relatively unknown. ......

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/does-marijuana-hurt-or-help-your-brain-scientists-rush-to-study-the-drugs-impact

 

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Exclusive: The largest U.S. drug companies flooded the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills, according to previously undisclosed company data released as part of the largest civil action in U.S. history

The data provides an unprecedented look at the surge of legal pain pills that fueled the prescription opioid epidemic, which has resulted in nearly 100,000 deaths from 2006 through 2012 https://wapo.st/2XUKZ4C

During this period, just three companies manufactured 88 percent of the opioids https://wapo.st/2XSl4dU 

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Not sure it really relates to this topic, but S.C. has seen a large number of businesses selling now legalized CBD (cannabinoid).  Chiropractors, hair stylists, convenience stores and many more.

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Study on cannabis chemical as a treatment for pancreatic cancer may have 'major impact,' Harvard researcher says

Pancreatic cancer makes up just 3 percent of all cancers in America. But with a one-year survival rate of just 20 percent (and five-year survival rate of less than 8), it’s predicted to be the second leading cause of cancer-related death by 2020.

Headlines about the illness, as a result, tend to be discouraging. But this month scientists from Harvard University’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have released some much-needed good news. In their study, published in the journal Frontiers of Oncology on July 23, the researchers revealed that a chemical found in cannabis has demonstrated “significant therapy potential” in treatment of pancreatic cancer.

The specific drug, called FBL-03G, is a derivative of a cannabis “flavonoid” — the name for a naturally-occurring compound found in plants, vegetables and fruits which, among other purposes, provides their vibrant color. Flavonoids from cannabis were discovered by a London researcher named Marilyn Barrett in 1986, and were later found to have anti-inflammatory benefits.

But while scientists long suspected that cannabis flavonoids may have therapeutic potential, the fact that they make up just 0.14 percent of the plant meant that researchers would need entire fields of it to be grown in order to extract large enough quantities. That changed recently when scientists found a way to genetically engineer cannabis flavonoids — making it possible to investigate their benefits.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/study-on-cannabis-chemical-as-a-treatment-for-pancreatic-cancer-may-have-major-impact-harvard-researcher-says-165116708.html

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Judge rules Johnson & Johnson liable for causing Oklahoma opioid crisis

A judge in Oklahoma ruled that Johnson & Johnson created an opioid crisis in the state with misleading marketing and promotion of its drugs. 

The company will have to pay a $572 million penalty, far short of the $17 billion demanded by the state's attorney general.

The decision is the first to hold a drugmaker liable for the opioid epidemic, which has killed about 400,000 people.

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/458871-judge-rules-johnson-johnson-liable-for-fueling-oklahoma-opioid-crisis

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New: Health officials in New York say state lab tests show high levels of Vitamin E in cartridges of cannabis vaping products used by people who've ended up hospitalized with severe lung damage.
 
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As weed becomes legal in more states, the dangers of potent cannabis are being ignored

Ultimately, just because something is Iegal doesn’t mean we should use it whenever, however and with whomever we want.
It's a lesson we've learned the hard way in the past.

 

".....But critically, cannabis strength, or potency, is on the rise as well. There is an important and concerning disconnect between the drugs Baby Boomers may remember from the 1960s and the weed more common today.

There is an important and concerning disconnect between the drugs Baby Boomers may remember from the 1960s and the weed more common today....

Although often disputed, weed use can be addictive and studies show risk for addiction rises with increased potency. The relationship between potency and other adverse outcomes like anxiety and psychosis is less well defined, but it is likely that increased potency will lead to increased risk of these problems as well. ....

the effects of weed differ depending on whether a person ingests it or smokes it. Smoking weed usually results in effects within minutes that peak after 15-30 minutes. Eating weed results in effects after 30 minutes and they can last for hours.

This can lead to confusion as people who normally smoke weed think something is wrong and eat too much of the brownie in an effort to overcompensate for the delayed effect of the drug. ....

As a country, we are in a difficult spot — and it’s largely of our own making. We have 33 states and the District of Columbia with medical cannabis policies and 11 states and D.C. with legalized recreational cannabis policies; more states are not far behind. There is no turning back the forces of increasingly liberal cannabis policies.

But increasing legal access to weed does not and should not imply that weed is risk-free.

There are two key steps that we can take to achieve this. First, we need sensible, evidence-based education on weed for all stakeholders, including young people and health care professionals, to bridge the gap between the science of cannabis and public perception.

Canada has done a commendable job in this area. Second, we have to work diligently to advance the science at a rate and scale that matches the incredible level of interest in weed products right now. The National Institutes of Health funds the bulk of this research,

while states and companies that are profiting from weed products have, for most part, failed to contribute....

 

....just because something is Iegal doesn’t mean we should use it whenever, however and with whomever we want.

It’s a lesson we’ve learned the hard way with alcohol and cigarettes, among other products.

Let’s not make the same mistakes here. "

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/weed-becomes-legal-more-states-dangers-potent-cannabis-are-being-ncna1056446?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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-thinking the E-Cigs fiasco??

:huh:

 

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2 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

As weed becomes legal in more states, the dangers of potent cannabis are being ignored

Ultimately, just because something is Iegal doesn’t mean we should use it whenever, however and with whomever we want.
It's a lesson we've learned the hard way in the past.

 

".....But critically, cannabis strength, or potency, is on the rise as well. There is an important and concerning disconnect between the drugs Baby Boomers may remember from the 1960s and the weed more common today.

There is an important and concerning disconnect between the drugs Baby Boomers may remember from the 1960s and the weed more common today....

Although often disputed, weed use can be addictive and studies show risk for addiction rises with increased potency. The relationship between potency and other adverse outcomes like anxiety and psychosis is less well defined, but it is likely that increased potency will lead to increased risk of these problems as well. ....

the effects of weed differ depending on whether a person ingests it or smokes it. Smoking weed usually results in effects within minutes that peak after 15-30 minutes. Eating weed results in effects after 30 minutes and they can last for hours.

This can lead to confusion as people who normally smoke weed think something is wrong and eat too much of the brownie in an effort to overcompensate for the delayed effect of the drug. ....

As a country, we are in a difficult spot — and it’s largely of our own making. We have 33 states and the District of Columbia with medical cannabis policies and 11 states and D.C. with legalized recreational cannabis policies; more states are not far behind. There is no turning back the forces of increasingly liberal cannabis policies.

But increasing legal access to weed does not and should not imply that weed is risk-free.

There are two key steps that we can take to achieve this. First, we need sensible, evidence-based education on weed for all stakeholders, including young people and health care professionals, to bridge the gap between the science of cannabis and public perception.

Canada has done a commendable job in this area. Second, we have to work diligently to advance the science at a rate and scale that matches the incredible level of interest in weed products right now. The National Institutes of Health funds the bulk of this research,

while states and companies that are profiting from weed products have, for most part, failed to contribute....

 

....just because something is Iegal doesn’t mean we should use it whenever, however and with whomever we want.

It’s a lesson we’ve learned the hard way with alcohol and cigarettes, among other products.

Let’s not make the same mistakes here. "

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/weed-becomes-legal-more-states-dangers-potent-cannabis-are-being-ncna1056446?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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-thinking the E-Cigs fiasco??

:huh:

 

The E-cigs fiasco is mostly from black market products.    There is still a market for these products due to the much too high level of taxes.    

 

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Tests show bootleg marijuana vapes tainted with hydrogen cyanide

NBC News commissioned laboratory tests of knock-off marijuana vapes that found a pesticide linked to hydrogen cyanide in 10 out 10 products.
 
"....the FDA is struggling to police what has rapidly grown into a billion dollar industry with a booming black market, experts say.

The result: Americans have access to an astonishing assortment of THC vape pens without having any way of knowing what’s actually in them.

Seeking answers, NBC News commissioned one of the nation's leading cannabis testing facilities to test a sampling of THC cartridges — 18 in all — obtained from legal dispensaries and unlicensed dealers.

The findings were deeply troubling........

Of the three purchased from legal dispensaries in California, the CannaSafe testing company found no heavy metals, pesticides or residual solvents like Vitamin E.

But 13 out of the other 15 samples from black market THC cartridges were found to contain Vitamin E.

CannaSafe also tested 10 of the unregulated cartridges for pesticides. All 10 tested positive.

The products all contained myclobutanil, a fungicide that can transform into hydrogen cyanide when burned.

"You certainly don’t want to be smoking cyanide,"......

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/vaping/tests-show-bootleg-marijuana-vapes-tainted-hydrogen-cyanide-n1059356?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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-shouldn't the FDA be doing THIS??

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