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NFIA's new podcast: Dr. Mahmoud ElSohly
Can marijuana cure brain cancer?

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. There, 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
  • Again, this is not something that has been shown.
  • Science has been preempted by anecdotal evidence.
  • Education is key.
  • First time in history that a drug has been approved by popular vote.
  • Marinol and Syndros are dronabinol (THC) approved by FDA. Clinical trials have shown what dose is needed.
  • Epidiolex (CBD) is the latest drug to be approved by FDA to treat rare forms of epilepsy. 
Listen here.
Up next week? Dr. Kuhar on Understanding Marijuana Studies

Insufficient evidence that medicinal cannabinoids improve mental health  

The most comprehensive analysis of medicinal cannabis to date finds there is not enough evidence to justify using cannabinoids to relieve six mental-health disorders or their symptoms. These include:
  • depression
  • anxiety disorders
  • attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Tourette syndrome
  • post-traumatic stress disorder, and
  • psychosis. 
This review analyzed 83 studies involving 3,000 people. The lack of evidence for cannabinoids’ effectiveness, combined with the known risks of cannabinoids, led to this conclusion.
While there is very low quality evidence that pharmaceutical THC (with or without CBD) leads to small improvements in anxiety in patients with other medical conditions, “There remains insufficient evidence to provide guidance on the use of cannabinoids for treating mental disorders within a regulatory framework,” say the researchers who call for further high-quality studies on treating mental disorders.
Read Science Daily summary here. Read The Lancet Psychiatry abstract here.

What parents do now may affect their children they have not yet conceived

Researchers at the University of Washington conducted a study in the 1980s of children who were in fifth grade in several Seattle elementary schools and continued to follow them as they grew up. Four distinct patterns of marijuana use among the study group were identified: nonusers, adolescent-limited users (used only during adolescence), late-onset users (beginning use in their late teens or early 20s); and chronic users (ongoing and frequent use). 

This study examined a subset of the original group who became parents and now have children aged 10 to 20. Researchers questioned the children about substance use, other problem behavior, and school achievement. 

Children of nonusers and the late-onset group of parents were least likely to use marijuana, although they had lower grades.

Children whose parents were chronic marijuana users were nearly 4.5 times as likely to use marijuana and 2.75 times as likely to use alcohol than children of nonusers, as the researchers predicted.

Surprisingly, children of the adolescent-only using group of parents also had a higher likelihood of substance use. They were 2.5 times as likely to use marijuana and 1.8 times as likely to use alcohol than children of nonusers.

The really important takeaway is that parent history of marijuana use is an important risk factor for their children, says lead researcher Marina Epstein.

Read University of Washington study summary here
Read Psychology of Addictive Behaviors abstract of this article here.

1,604 vaping-related lung illnesses,
34 deaths in US as of October 22, 2019
The latest CDC update on vaping-related lung injuries shows that 1,604 cases have been identified and 34 people have died. Deaths occur among older individuals while more than half of the illnesses occur among younger people.
Among patients with available data, 79 percent were under age 35, 78 percent were non-Hispanic white, and 70 percent were males. About half of these patients and two deaths occurred in patients under age 25.
Among 897 patients with available data, 86 percent reported any use of THC-containing products while 34 percent reported exclusive use of them. Some 64 percent reported any use of nicotine-containing products, while 11 percent reported exclusive use of those. Just over half (52 percent) reported any use of both.
Today, Georgia reported a third vaping-related lung injury death, which brings the death toll to 35.
Read latest CDC reports here and here.
80 percent of California towns and cities
have banned legal pot within their borders
60 Minutes looked at three years of marijuana legalization in California this week. Proponents who pushed for it promised the state would:
  • Get rid of the black market
  • Free law enforcement to solve other crimes
  • Half a billion dollars in tax revenue for the state 
Hasn’t happened, according to this report:
  • All agree the black market has increased.
  • Law enforcement is busier than ever enforcing the law against illegal grows.
  • Eighty percent of local jurisdictions have banned all aspects of the pot business. California, with a population of 39.75 million, has fewer dispensaries than Oregon, with a population of 4.25 million. Fewer dispensaries = less revenue = fewer tax revenues. 
Watch 60 Minutes report on California legalization here.
US Department of Agriculture releases 
draft interim rule on legal hemp
The 2018 Farm bill legalized hemp production in the United States. However, the US Department of Agriculture must approve each state’s and Indian Tribe’s plan before production can begin.
The department issued a draft of its interim plan but cautions provisions may change before the rule is published in the Federal Register.

View draft interim rule here.
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