Hashish Information 01/15/2021
Welcome back to the weekly cannabis news and research blog! In addition to the following news, we have published some articles for patients learning about cannabis. Check out our pages on concentrates, methods of use, and evaporative concentrates. We also posted a short blog post about marijuana flowers. Keep coming back for information on marijuana legalization and research, as well as other educational articles. Next, we’ll cover how to talk to your doctor about cannabis.
Opioid use after the start of the marijuana study
At Nature’s Way Medicine, we have known for many years that opioid use will decrease after the start of cannabis. Our patients who receive medical marijuana cards can use cannabis to lower their opioid use and eventually get rid of pain relievers (and other drugs, too) completely.
A study from Canada recently published in the Journal of Pain Medicine found that basic opioid use fell from 28% to 11% within six months of starting cannabis use. Patients who were already on opioids reduced their use by 78%. Similar results have been seen with anti-seizure drugs, antidepressants, and benzodiazepines.
This is wonderful news in a world where over-medication is common among patients and addiction is rampant. We all need help fighting substance addiction, and cannabis is a drug that acts as a gateway to addiction.
The indicators of quality of life have also improved over the six months. We have long said here at Nature’s Way Medicine that cannabis improves the quality of life for patients and that doctors sometimes disregard the quality of life and only focus on the length of care, regardless of the cost and quality of life that comes with the trial afford so many drugs and treatments. One day we hope that marijuana will be legalized so that patients can grow their own drugs and use cannabis as a substitute for their addictive drugs and improve their quality of life.
Driving on marijuana study
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) was conducted to determine the effects of THC on driving. We should anticipate this with the fact that JAMA and the AMA in general are not for marijuana use, including medicinal purposes. This likely led the study to be formulated as if there was a significant difference in driving effect caused by the use of THC. While this may be true, let’s discuss the actual results of the study to determine the importance of THC to driving. After all, many things affect driving, such as: B. Drowsiness or texting at the wheel or just looking at a poster. The most important thing is to determine how severe the effects actually are before directly claiming that THC should not be used before driving.
In this study, there were 26 volunteers (16 women and 10 men) who were divided into groups who vaped either THC, THC and CBD, CBD alone, or a placebo. The study focused on what’s called the Standard Deviation of Side Position (SDLP), which is how far the car is from the center of the lane. To put this into perspective, a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05% changes the SDLP by 2.4 cm compared to the initial value. According to this scientific report, an SDLP change of 1 inch or more represents a clinically relevant change in road test driving when quantifying drug effects on SDLP.
The result? First of all, the vaping had no effect after four hours. This is expected because vaporized cannabis only lasts about two hours. However, after forty minutes there was a significant effect. The THC group had a change of 2.33 and the THC / CBD group had a change of 2.83. This suggests that more track shifts occurred after using cannabis, but not by much. Authorities will use these results to say that patients should not drive after consuming cannabis. We have to come to an agreement first. Better safe than sorry.
The biggest test, of course, is to see if marijuana is causing an increase in car accidents. There may be compensation for the lane drift that occurs when a patient is up. Marijuana causes paranoia, and drivers who are tall can drift more laterally in their lane, but they can also make up for this by being very careful with their surroundings and driving more slowly. This has yet to be filtered out.
It should also be noted that CBD on its own had no effect on driving and this makes sense as it does not bind to the cannabis receptors in the body and has almost no physiological activity.
The US House of Representatives passed the Law on Opportunities, Reinvestments, and Erasures of Marijuana (MORE) last fall. The problem at the time was that the Senate was controlled by Republicans. Well, after last year’s election, and especially after the Georgia seat election, that is no longer the case. Now the House and Senate are controlled by Democrats. Although there are equal seats for Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, if there is a vote and the situation is 50:50, Vice President Kamala Harris will decide the outcome. Now we already know that it is pro-cannabis reform (despite the fact that it has prosecuted people for marijuana convictions in California). This means that the next marijuana reform bill, which will be put to the Senate’s vote, will be passed.
Currently, the MORE Act is more of a decriminalization than full legalization. This is a big step in the right direction, however, and we can hope to see more federal cannabis legalization laws being passed in the House and Senate. Soon-to-be majority leader Chuck Schumer has announced that he will slam his own bill that would remove the Appendix 1 classification of marijuana.
More reason to try again. We will post the cannabis reform updates here on our blog every Friday.
Governor Cuomo claims he will drive a legalization initiative in his New York state. The state has had significant financial problems, made worse by the covid pandemic, and it believes cannabis could be a way to improve its state’s budget.
“I’ve tried to pass it but this is the year we need the funding and a lot of New Yorkers need the funding. I think this year will give us the momentum to get us over the goal line.”
New York has already legalized medical marijuana, and with this new initiative, it may be one of the first east coast states to legalize recreational cannabis.
Ohio has received 30 online petitions to add to its list of qualified medical marijuana conditions. These include autism, attention deficit disorder, opioid addiction, and restless leg syndrome.
The state has a medical marijuana committee of doctors that will meet on February 10 to determine which must be included on the list of qualified conditions. The final decision will be made by the Ohio Medical Board.
Want to learn how to call your local state officials and senators about legalizing marijuana? There’s a new group called Perfectly Normal that does a Zoom Call every Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern. Join in, it’s great fun and you will learn a lot. We play role play and the organizers teach people how to use the phone and what to say to change laws.
Thursdays 7 p.m. EST
Zoom link – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88066513979?pwd=cldPUCs2eU80NnY2V1I4MHN2WlI5QT09
Visit the Educational content We have on our website. It’s updated every few days and the list of topics just keeps getting longer!
Otherwise, we’ll see you again next week to keep you updated on the latest cannabis research, news, and legislative changes!