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Does marijuana reduce opioid use, deaths?

Dr. Mahmoud ElSohly, PhD, is a pharmacologist known for his work on marijuana. He is professor of pharmaceutics in the school of pharmacy at the University of Mississippi where he directs the Marijuana Project, which grows pharmaceutical-grade marijuana for research. He is an expert in the processing, testing, and detection of drugs of abuse.

Key Points

  • No evidence to support this thus far
  • Georgia allows CBD oil with 5% THC
  • 5% THC is 50 mg per gram or per milliliter, which is one 30th of an ounce
  • That’s like 20 2½ mg Marinol capsules
  • A super dose that needs to be fixed
  • Dr. ElSohly is currently developing an eye drop from THC that does not get into the blood to treat glaucoma.

Listen to Dr. ElSohly here

CDC update on vaping illnesses

The latest CDC report on vaping-related illnesses finds 1,080 cases in 48 states and in 1 US territory have been identified. Moreover, 18 people had died as of October 1, 2019, and five more deaths have been reported since then by state health departments. These data will change tomorrow when CDC issues its new weekly report.
Deaths this week include a 17-year-old boy in New York, the youngest person to succumb to this disease thus far. Massachusetts also reported its first vaping death, as did Connecticut, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Most patients vaped THC, so many in fact that CDC now says products containing THC may play a role in the outbreak.
FDA is testing the materials turned in by people who become ill to try to find what is causing such serious injury to the lungs. The agency has issued a warning encouraging everyone to stop vaping until the cause is known.
Several states have placed temporary bans on the sale of vaping products.
Read the CDC report here (knowing it will change tomorrow).
Read about additional deaths since last week’s CDC report herehere, and here.
Read FDA Statement on Vaping here.

California vape maker caught making illegal products 

Many in the marijuana industry have been quick to claim that the vaping crisis is being caused by illicit THC products, certainly not products in legitimate, licensed stores in legal states.
But investigators in the California Department of Consumer Affairs beg to differ. They served a search warrant on an industrial area of Los Angeles where they found illegal vaping products allegedly being made by a legal, state-licensed company called Kushy Punch.
The company appeared to have used petro-solvents to extract THC from marijuana. That is legal in California with a permit, but in addition to concentrating THC, it can also concentrate pesticides used to grow the plant.
Investigators found gummies and disposable vaporizers in Kushy Punch packaging. They confiscated thousands of boxes of Kushy Punch vape pens and edibles packaged and ready for sale and consumption to both recreational and medical outlets. Pictured above are some of the products seized.
Read Leafly article here.


Cannabis marketing and adolescent past-year use

A new study finds that approximately one in three adolescents were exposed to marijuana promotions on social media or had a favorite marijuana brand.
Those who did had five times higher odds of past-year marijuana use.
Researchers recommend future studies might want to find ways to restrict marijuana marketing to young people.
Read Drug and Alcohol Dependence article here.  


Why it’s time to pull the plug on e-cigarette ads

CNN, CBS, TNT, TBS, and other major broadcasting corporations have announced they will no longer air e-cigarette ads while the investigation into severe lung injuries associated with vaping continues.
Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, president of the American Medical Association, calls on broadcasters to make the ban permanent because of the impact vaping is having on young people.
Surveys show 40 percent of 12th graders have vaped, and 25.4 percent have done so in the past month. In fact, past-month vaping among this age group has skyrocketed 131 percent in just two years.
The AMA has called for e-cigarettes to have the same advertising restrictions as cigarettes, including no ads on TV. The organization supports HR 4249, which would ban vaping ads, and urges Congress to pass the bill quickly to protect kids’ health.
Read AMA News article here.


CBD – Emerging science, likely health implications

The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) will host a webinar next Thursday, October 17, 2019, at noon Eastern Time on emerging CBD science and the health implications of allowing CBD in the food supply.
Interested parties may register to attend the webinar here.
We reported recently that the Federal Trade Commission sent warning letters to CBD manufacturers telling them to stop making false medical claims about their products on their websites. The commission has released the letters.
You can read them here.


Surgeon General is right about marijuana risks

Several government officials published an article in The Hill, a newspaper read by most members of Congress and their staff.
The article calls out an opinion piece published earlier in The Hill by Paul Armentano, who heads the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), which works to legalize the drug.
The officials fault him for cherry picking limited data to support the benefits of marijuana while ignoring a robust scientific literature that supports the Surgeon General’s warning: no amount of marijuana is safe for adolescents or pregnant women.
Read The Hill article by Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, who leads SAMHSA, and her colleagues here.
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