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Today’s podcast: Marilyn Huestis, PhD,
on chronic, frequent marijuana use
Dr. Huestis explains what she and her team learned from studying chronic, frequent marijuana users.
The research subjects moved into a closed unit for 30 days and could not obtain any drugs, including marijuana, while there. (They could leave anytime they chose but could not return to the study.)
One of the most important findings from this study is that some chronic, frequent marijuana users were still impaired after three weeks of abstinence. With chronic, frequent use, the active drug accumulates in the fatty tissues of the body and leaches out of those tissues slowly. So long as active drug is in the brain, one of the fattiest tissues in the body, the person is impaired.
Hear this explanation herewhere you can also access the ten other podcasts we’ve released to date.

Among 514 patients,
most (77 percent) vaped THC
The CDC issues updates about severe vaping illnesses each Thursday. By September 27, CDC had received reports of 805 cases of the illness from 46 states and one US territory.
Twelve vaping-related deaths were confirmed in California (2), Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas (2), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, and Oregon. Since last Thursday, three more deaths have been reported in the media: one in Nebraska, one in North Carolina, and a second death in Oregon.
CDC had received data on substances used by 514 patients within 30 days before the onset of symptoms. Some 77 percent of those vaped THC, nearly half (36 percent) exclusively, while 27 percent had vaped nicotine, slightly more than half (16 percent) exclusively.
CDC’s September 27, 2019 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) carried a detailed, eye-opening report of vaping illnesses in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Read the CDC “Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Use, or Vaping” here
Read CDC’s MMWR article on Illinois and Wisconsin here.
Read the Boston Globe’s “Nebraska reports first death associated with vaping” here.
Read the Boston Globe’s “North Carolina hospital reports state’s 1st vaping death” here.
Read the Boston Globe’s “2nd death in Oregon from vaping-related illness” here.

All five Oregon patients who became severely ill vaped THC and bought it at legal dispensaries
The Oregon Health Authority prepared a “Vaping Crisis Situation Analysis and Identified Options” for Oregon Governor Kate Brown at her request.  
Oregon has identified five cases of severe vaping illnesses, 2 were fatal.
The analysis notes, “Most of the cases in Oregon and nationally have been among people who vaped cannabis products; individuals in Oregon with the severe lung illness have reported using cannabis vaping products purchased at legal dispensaries.”
Read the health authority’s report here.

How JUUL took a page
from Big Tobacco’s playbook
Last week we brought news that JUUL CEO Kevin Burns stepped down and was replaced by Altria veteran K.C. Crosthwaite. Last year, the Altria Group, maker of Philip Morris USA, invested $12.6 billion to purchase a 35-percent share of JUUL.
Moreover, Altria was in merger talks with Philip Morris International, in part because JUUL’s popular e-cigarettes had cut into cigarette sales here and abroad. With the change in JUUL’s leadership, merger talks ended.
When the vaping-illness crisis emerged, JUUL announced it would only sell mint, menthol, and tobacco flavored pods in the US, foregoing all its other flavored pods which made up some 80 percent of its business.
With Altria at the helm, new CEO Crosthwaite announced JUUL would “suspend all broadcast, print, and digital advertising on its US products.”
Read “JUUL CEO exits; Altria, Philip Morris end talks in vaping fallout” here. When you open the article, scroll down to the video titled “How JUUL took a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook” to view how JUUL mirrored the tobacco industry’s promotional efforts to target adolescents, according to some experts.
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