CBD and Seizures in Children

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For many years, medical professionals have sought safe ways to help control epileptic seizures in children. Emerging research suggests that one of the active ingredients in marijuana could provide a solution.

As many as 30 percent of all epilepsy patients experience seizures even while taking traditional medications designed to control them. In addition, there are several types of medication-resistant epilepsy, complicating treatment protocols. In children, recurring seizures can damage the growing brain, leading to long-term negative health effects. So, parents have turned to medical marijuana as a safe alternative.

CBD, known by its chemical name as cannabidiol, is one of many cannabinoid compounds found in marijuana. CBD doesn’t create the “high” sensations many people are familiar with when smoking or ingesting cannabis products. Instead, preliminary studies show that it can help control the electrical activity responsible for seizures. The exact action of the substance on the human body is unclear and warrants further research. Concentrates manufacturers and edibles producers in the medical marijuana community have begun to develop CBD-enriched products, including oils, waxes, and oral products. These offer the benefits of health symptom management with little or none of the debilitating effects of the psychoactive compound known as THC.

Federal regulations make studying the effects of medical marijuana on health conditions very difficult. Since cannabis is listed as a Schedule 1 drug, getting permission to conduct human tests and clinical trials is fraught with complexity. Still, researchers in other countries are sharing their research data with American scientists in the hope that this solution can reach more children struggling with epilepsy. The American Epilepsy Foundation, while not vocally supporting the use of cannabinoids in treating epilepsy, recommends that patients discuss CBD and other alternatives with physicians. Safe alternatives for epilepsy may be available, and medical marijuana could one day prove to be the miracle so many patients have been hoping for.

Medical Marijuana Safer than Prescriptions?

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Across the United States, prescription opioids are responsible for a sharp uptick in deaths. Misuse of prescription drugs like Oxycontin, fentanyl, and other powerful drugs has led to over 30,000 overdose deaths a year. Because physicians have begun to limit the prescriptions they write for opioid drugs in order to reduce deaths, patients have turned to street versions like heroin or illegally-obtained prescriptions for relief. Alternative pain-relieving medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) have also been linked to a rise in hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S.

Medical marijuana may represent a safer alternative to traditional prescription drugs, however. In several medical research studies, the active compounds in marijuana, known as cannabinoids, show great promise in helping to alleviate symptoms associated with chronic pain. An analysis of research studies conducted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine also showed that short-term uses of medical marijuana led to substantial pain relief in patients, especially those struggling with the chronic pain of muscle spasms, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and many other disorders. As a result, medical marijuana has been legalized for use in 28 states. Several other U.S. states have legalized cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive cannabinoid compound that may be beneficial in treating pain and epilepsy in patients.

Medical professionals struggle to stem the tide of opioid deaths, and more are turning to safer alternatives like medical marijuana products. Publications and medical studies reinforce that the use of cannabis may decrease the use of prescription painkillers and reduce complications arising from NSAID use. Cannabis used for medical purposes has a much smaller chance of creating addiction in patients as compared to powerful prescription opioid painkillers as well, further increasing their viability as a safe alternative. Additional research is needed, but as more medical professionals adopt safer approaches to treating chronic pain, medical marijuana may represent the alternative that finally slows or stops the incredible loss of life of opioid-related deaths.

Medical Marijuana and Veterans

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A growing body of evidence supports medical marijuana as a valid treatment for a wide number of health conditions. One of the emerging conditions that cannabis is shown to benefit is that of PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly diagnosed in America’s military veterans.

Veterans across the country have used medical marijuana, either under a medical professional’s recommendation or in unapproved means. Unfortunately, a policy of the U.S. Veterans Administration forbids the use of medical marijuana in military veterans, despite positive evidence that cannabinoids can help treat many of the symptoms of PTSD. Despite a push from many states to legalize medical cannabis cultivation and use, marijuana still remains a Schedule 1 drug according to federal laws. This creates unnecessary hurdles for America’s veterans, many who have come to depend on the health benefits of cannabis to reduce their PTSD symptoms.

There may be hope on the horizon for veterans. In June 2016, Congress passed an amendment that allows VA physicians to recommend medical marijuana for pain and PTSD in states where cannabis is legal for medical uses. It is unclear if the current Administration will continue to approve this amendment, but many analysts suggest that it has the support of both chambers of Congress. The amendment gained support in part due to the sharp increase in opioid-related deaths, especially among veterans prescribed powerful drugs to combat chronic pain. Medical marijuana represents a far safer alternative to traditional painkillers, and physicians across the country are seeking ways to improve patient outcomes while protecting those patients from potentially dangerous medications.

California Industry to Top 6 Billion

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Hot off the passage of Proposition 64 by California voters, the marijuana industry in that state is preparing for explosive growth. Home to 12% of Americans, California already enjoys substantial market share in marijuana sales.

Industry analysts say that under current conditions, about $4 billion in legal sales just from medical cannabis alone. Proposition 64 was passed on November 8, 2016, making it legal to purchase, use, and sell marijuana for recreational uses in California. When the state begins to issue sales licenses in 2018, analysts suggest that the market could triple almost overnight, pushing annual sales figures to well over $20 billion in just a few years. By the end of 2018, sales of both medical and recreational cannabis products will exceed $6 billion.

On the national scene, those same industry analysts expect consumer spending on both medical and recreational marijuana products to be somewhere above $50 billion by the year 2026. The informal, or “black”, market still exists in states that have not yet passed legalization measures. It also continues to thrive in the states with legal marijuana rules on the books. In California, even though the legal medical marijuana industry has been in existence for almost 20 years, about four out of every five dollars consumers spend on cannabis goes to unregulated vendors. Legitimizing the market by passing recreational laws are a huge step toward reducing or even eliminating black market sales.

There are a number of legal growing operations in California that cater to the medical marijuana market. Those established growers and distributors are preparing for tremendous expansion once the state begins its licensing operations. Some of the larger companies welcome changes to the law and are already gearing up to increase production in anticipation of January 1, 2018, when recreational marijuana seller licenses will begin to be issued. Industry players and analysts expect that prices will skyrocket temporarily, as was the case in Colorado when recreational marijuana licensing began in that state. Once more growers are licensed and operating efficiently, sale prices will stabilize. Some analysts suspect that the huge demand in the state and the massive population of California will combine to keep prices higher for longer. Eventually, though, prices will bottom out while the market continues to flourish.

California State Marijuana Laws

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With the passage of Proposition 64 by California voters in November, 2016, recreational marijuana possession, cultivation, and use became legal for adults 21 years of age or older. Recreational cannabis legalization joined the state’s medical marijuana laws, which have been on the books since 1996.

Since the passage of Prop. 64, though, lawmakers have been struggling with ways to further regulate the marijuana industry in the state. A number of proposed bills are working their way through the California legislature. Referred to as “clean-up legislation”, these bills attempt to plug the holes that lawmakers felt were a part of the original 60+ page Prop. 64. Here are several of the legislative pieces currently in the proposal stage:

Assembly Bill 416 – this bill is designed to create a policy specific to cannabis products infused or bred with high levels of CBD, the cannabinoid responsible for many of the medical benefits associated with marijuana.

Assembly Bill 420 – this bill, proposed by Assemblyman Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg, focuses on cannabis advertising. The proposal would require any ads for recreational or medical cannabis products to state clearly which sellers have a state-issued license. Each advertisement would require the seller’s license number to be printed or displayed as part of the ad itself.

Assembly Bill 350 – this bill was proposed as a result of lawmakers’ belief that the original Prop. 64 did not offer enough protection for children. In the bill currently working its way through committee, companies would be barred from producing cannabis products that appeal to children. This could include shapes, such as animals or fruits, commonly associated with traditional candy products. Companies would be permitted to produce products in the shape of their logo under the proposal.

Senate Bill 148 – because cannabis-related businesses have a tough time with banking and credit card services, this proposed bill would allow those businesses to pay any state taxes and fees in cash. Right now in the state of California, the overwhelming majority of marijuana businesses are cash-only. Company representatives must travel long distances with cash in order to pay fees to agencies. The bill would also allow those companies to make payments for other state agency licenses, taxes, and fees at the state tax collector, which would then distribute those payments to the correct agency on behalf of the payee.

Assembly Bill 389 – proposed by legislators from Bakersfield, Salinas, and the city of Los Angeles, this bill would require the state’s Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation to produce and distribute a marijuana consumer guide by July 1, 2018. This guide would be available on the state’s website and would include information about possession, cultivation, and use rules.

There are many more bill proposals on the local and state levels. As the marijuana industry gears up for recreational sales licensing in January, 2018, it will be interesting to track the ever-changing laws that govern the industry.

Marijuana Stock Investments

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With over 60% of all Americans living in states where marijuana has some measure of legality, the cannabis industry is booming. Whether that legality is for medical or recreational use, companies in 28 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have sprung up to produce a wide variety of products. The raw plant value holds appeal for investors, but the real money is in value-added products such as cannabinoid extracts, cannabis oil, edibles, and waxes. Overall, the cannabis industry brings in approximately $7 billion annually and is expected to grow to at least $50 billion in annual sales by the year 2026, according to several financial analyses.

Investing in this booming industry seems like a smart move, but there are substantial challenges. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the primary organization that governs Wall Street trading, has not allowed any IPO filings from marijuana companies to date. Any cannabis company that trades stocks does so from reverse mergers. Eventually, it is expected that FINRA will allow IPOs from these companies. Until then, investing in cannabis-based businesses is incredibly risky.

Another risk associated with marijuana stock investments is that the companies behind the stocks are, in general, losing money despite the rising sales. Because these businesses do not have access to banking services and are ineligible for tax deductions, most companies struggle to show profit. Only a handful of companies currently offer any sort of publicly-traded stock, and the inexperience of these firms in the marijuana industry means that they may not be able to perform over the long term.

Finally, the U.S. Congress may play an important role in future marijuana stock investments. The push for rescheduling marijuana to a DEA Schedule 2 drug is gaining steam, but financial analysts suggest that this may backfire when it comes to investments. By rescheduling the drug, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would become the agency responsible for all aspects of marketing, manufacturing, processing, and packaging of cannabis products. Regulatory hurdles, production oversight, and the expense of clinical trials mandated by the FDA would dramatically eat into any business operation. As a result, smaller companies may not be able to sustain their business. Only the larger, more established companies and industry consolidation would have any chance at showing profitability.

Cannabis World Congress Business Expo Coming To LA In September

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Costa-Mesa-dispensaryAll roads lead to Los Angeles in September as far as cannabis industry practitioners, customers, and the general public is concerned. One of the most hotly-anticipated events in the cannabis world, the CWCBExpo offers a wealth of business and educational opportunities, as well as an inside look at some of the hottest trends and latest innovations in cannabis-related products and services.
Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo is set to take place from September 7 to September 9, with a post-show add-on workshop and career fair to be held on September 10. Throughout the event, resource speakers from all over the world will share their collective knowledge and experience in a series of workshops, seminars, and conferences dealing with some of the most pressing concerns facing the cannabis industry.
CWCBExpo 2016 couldn’t have come at a more opportune time, or be held in a more appropriate venue. Having long been at the forefront of cannabis legalization, California is set to pass Prop 64 (AUMA) in November. The passage of this initiative will essentially legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults in California, with the state subsequently expected to become the site of the largest cannabis market in the United States.

With such developments on the wire, many are now looking to break into the lucrative cannabis trade, if they aren’t part of it already. With legal adult recreational use just around the corner, CWCBExpo offers the ideal opportunity by which aspiring entrepreneurs, current business owner, and the general public could come to terms with the implications of legalized cannabis. CWCBExpo is especially suited to the needs of current and aspiring business owners, investors, and anyone who simply wants to know more about the cannabis industry. As CWCBExpo’s show director and managing partner Christine Ianuzzi said, “If you want to be part of the cannabis industry that is (poised for) explosive growth, CWCBExpo LA 2016 is a can’t-miss!”
During the 3-day period from September 7 to September 9, more than 100 of the leading names in the cannabis business will host over 60 workshops and conferences, with hundreds of inventors, business owners, manufacturers, suppliers, and providers taking part in the exhibit. In the exhibit, attendees could expect to find everything from edibles and concentrated CBD oil to the latest gadgets and technological innovations for consuming and processing cannabis, and even products and services specifically intended to address the needs of the burgeoning cannabis trade. Whether you are looking for the most basic cannabis-related tools and equipment, or you are in need of top-drawer security and legal services, CWCBExpo is a great place to find what you need.

Among the conferences and workshops to be held during CWCBExpo are “Failure is Not an Option”, which deals with the implications of the upcoming California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) initiative, and “Addressing the Nation’s Prescription Opioid Addiction Epidemic with Cannabis,” which will be hosted David Tonkin, MD, one of the leading pain management doctors in the country today. With many of the talks focused specifically on one aspect of the cannabis industry, anyone who is part of the cannabis industry–or simply wants to be–will find anything and everything they could ever need to establish new business relationships, get a head start in the business, deal with legal issues, and more. For more information about Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo, please visit their homepage!

Here is a video summary of what New York’s expo was like:

Marijuana Wax – What You Should Know About It

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Marijuana Wax- What You Should Know About It

As they say, there is no limit to getting high. In the past few years, a unique form of marijuana has come into the limelight and become very popular- it is known as marijuana wax. Also referred to as “ear wax” or just “wax”, this is a kind of marijuana concentrate that has proven to be very powerful. It is far more powerful than the normal marijuana. The reason behind this is that it is known to bring about a quicker and stronger high. The cannabis wax is believed to be the strongest kind of marijuana in the market. Before you even think of rushing to try marijuana wax, it is important to know the psychoactive properties associated with taking it. In addition, it is important to be conversant with the dangers associated with making the concentrate at home. Colloquially known as ìear waxî, this concentrate gets its name due to its obvious appearance.

The Marijuana Wax Recipe

For amateur chemists trying to come up with their own cocktail of the concentrate, it is crucial to be warned that the making of the wax is not kitchen friendly for that matter. The marijuana is put in a long pipe or tube after which it is hit with some highly flammable butane. The importance of the butane is that it is used to extract THC which is a marijuana’s active ingredient in an extremely hardened and potent form that looks like wax. The process is extremely dangerous because you deal with highly flammable butane.

How Is the Was Used?

Once the extraction of the wax from marijuana has been completed, a “dab” is placed in a bong and then smoked. This is done just like the regular marijuana. Alternatively, there are people who prefer using vaporizers. A device such as the HK pen is an ideal option since its core can heat up to 320 Degree Celsius. This makes the wax to simple evaporate as opposed to the usual burning. This produces high that is much cleaner and with less toxins.

Why Is The Wax So Popular?

There is an obvious reason why some drugs or variations of drugs will be popular than others: the potency. The reason why wax has become the rage in the past few years is because it is much more powerful than marijuana. In addition, it is more than 80% pure THC. This strength is because the THC is extracted by butane in the creation process. As a result, the wax results in a much quicker high. The reason why people will use a stronger drug is because they want to get high faster. Being the most powerful marijuana in the market, it will definitely serve as the trick.

When dealing with a drug that is stronger and more rapid high, you must factor in the side effects. This is where all the fun ceases. Marijuana is known to possess hallucinogenic effects and those of wax can be extreme. You don’t want to be hospitalized after suffering some psychotic episodes.

Using medical marijuana for chronic pain relief

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Introduction

Despite being in use for many years, marijuana has for long been considered a hard drug. However, it has come to be acknowledged in the modern times as one of the best relievers of chronic pains. Chronic pans persist for long period of time and are resistant to most of the available pain relieving drugs.

With this acknowledgement, most states have started legalizing its use for medical purposes. To use medical marijuana for chronic pain relief requires prescription from a doctor. The doctor issues a marijuana card to the patient that allows for access to purchase marijuana from authorized dealers.

How it works

Upon an intake of marijuana, the body extracts chemicals that affect the prevalence of pain, inflammation and other body process. In this way they are boosted and in such way reduce the prevalence of pain. THC an extract from marijuana is also an approved for of treatment for nausea and lack of appetite. This is approved by the FDA.

How to use marijuana

Marijuana can be used in different forms. Irrespective of the intake method used, the useful components of the drug are still effective. Smoking is the common method that is used to intake the drug. This involves rolling the leaves of marijuana in form of a cigar and lighting from one end. The other effective method is vaporizing. This includes heating until active ingredients are released.

Eating marijuana is also an upcoming method of the drug intake. This includes having it prepared in form of cookies or candies an effective way for those who cannot smoke. Liquid extracts are also available which contain the essential components of the drug and an effective way to use medical marijuana for chronic pain relief.

Side effects of using

Like any other drug, use of marijuana comes with short-term and long term side effects. Short-term side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, short-term memory loss and euphoria. When used for a long period of time the long-term side effects include sever anxiety and psychosis.

Caution in using the drug

Unlike most of the drugs approved by the FDA, use of medical marijuana for chronic pain relief is not monitored. Though legalized, the doctors who issue marijuana cards also do not have mechanisms to regulate usage other that cautioning the users on the appropriate amounts. This leaves the patient with an opportunity that can be used to abuse the drug.

Abuse f the drug and long time use increases the chances of getting an addiction. This is alongside posing the risk of developing cancer. In the same regard prescription by doctors cannot be given to persons who are under 18 year or those suffering from certain ailments. These include heart diseases, pregnant mothers and those with a history of psychosis.

Conclusion

Use of medical marijuana for chronic pain relief is ideal. Not only does it reduce the prevalence of pain experienced by the patients but as well gives them a better sleeping experience and a chance to attend to their daily activities. It is important however that before embracing the treatment to consider whether itís legal in your area as well get adequate medical examination and prescription from a qualified doctor. This is ideal to reduce possible complications and side effects from its use.

Steps towards Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Use

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Steps towards Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Use

In the recent years, there has been a clamor for legalizing marijuana for medical use. In the US, the congress has already approved a bill that will certainly pave the way for legalizing marijuana. This means that the federal drug agents will no longer have a reason to raid outlets that retails marijuana.

The question that needs to be answered is whether the U.S. should legalize marijuana or not.
Pot advocates have lobbied the congress to embrace the policy. The republicans have already backed the right of various states to allow the use of the drug for medical purpose. The pot’s advocates view this as a win especially if one considers the many decades that the federal government has prohibited the use of marijuana.

So far over 32 states including the District of Columbia has legalized the use of cannabis or its ingredients in treating ailments. This implies that the war on medical marijuana is over. Even though the medical marijuana movement has taken its campaign to higher level, there are hurdles that must be skipped for any tangible results to be achieved. The Drug Enforcement administration has continued to classify marijuana as one of the most dangerous narcotic drugs and has no plans to accept it for medical plans.
In Washington, D.C, voters approved the medical use of marijuana in 1998 but the congress used its authority to block the law from taking effect.
The congress has also been shifting ground when it comes to medical marijuana. The marijuana crusaders are confident that congress will soon support the use of marijuana for medical use. They are of the view that congress has been slow in catching up with wishes of the states and that of the American people.

The republicans are pivoting away from their traditional anti-drug platform even though polls show that the republican voters are less likely to support the use of marijuana for medical reasons.
The fact that the Obama administration has directed federal prosecutors not to enforce laws that contradict state marijuana policies has seen a limitation in federal raids on marijuana growers and merchants who are thought to be operating legally.

In Atlanta, the law on medical marijuana has remained tight even though it appears that they are now changing with proposals to allow the use of marijuana for medical purpose. Already, 20 states have already legalized the use of marijuana for medical reasons.
In Alabama, a bill that allows people with certain medical conditions to possess cannabis oil to use for medical reasons has passed a crucial committee vote. Even though, the bill in Alabama and Georgia is still being vetted.
In Louisiana the law allows cancer patients, those suffering from glaucoma and individuals suffering from quadriplegia to use marijuana as a therapy.
In Mississippi, Harkins has sponsored cannabis oil bill that allows use of cannabis oil to help reduce epilepsy seizures in children. Other States such as Kentucky and Tennessee have a number of medical marijuana bills under consideration.