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NFIA releases 4th podcast: Dr. Michael Kuhar answers your questions about Medical Marijuana
 
We are pleased to release the next podcast in our series, “What Do I Need to Know about Marijuana.” This one addresses many of the myths and misunderstandings about whether marijuana is a medicine. It is recorded by Dr. Michael Kuhar, who chairs National Families in Action's Science Advisory Board.
 
Dr. Kuhar explains the difference between the marijuana plant and its individual components. A few of the latter have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration  based on clinical trials carried out to establish safety, effectiveness, proper dosage, contraindications, and other criteria.
 
He discusses the difference between FDA-approved marijuana medicines and the thousands of marijuana products being produced and sold without such safeguards in states that legalized the drug for medical use.
 
He confirms marijuana is addictive and encourages those who develop a marijuana use disorder to seek treatment.
 
You can access Dr. Kuhar’s podcast, as well as the three we released last week on marijuana and driving recorded by Dr. Marilyn Huestis, on National Families in Action’s website here, Libsyn here, and from the Apple store, Google store, or other popular sites you visit to download podcasts.
14 young people in Wisconsin and Illinois hospitalized after vaping, health officials say
 
Eleven teenagers were hospitalized in Wisconsin – three more than the eight hospitalized in July – and three more were hospitalized in Illinois, all with severe lung disease. Otherwise healthy, their tests came back negative for any kind of lung infection. The only thing they had in common was vaping.
 
Whether they vaped nicotine or THC, or both, is still being investigated, health officials say. A few had to go to intensive care and were placed on ventilators to help them breathe. No one can predict what the long-term damage to their lungs might be, the officials add.
 
When one thinks of someone using an e-cigarette to quit smoking, the amount of times that person uses the e-cigarette would be roughly equivalent to the number of times he or she smoked a tobacco cigarette. But a new trend among teenagers shows an entirely different consumption pattern that may explain what happened to the Wisconsin and Illinois teens.
 
We are indebted to Terrie Moore, of the Decatur (Ga.) Prevention Initiative, for telling us about a YouTube section called Vape Nation, where teenagers demonstrate vaping tricks. As of noon Eastern Time today, the video above had received 19,286,524 views.
 
Read CNN Story here.

 
Ways Colorado high school students
used marijuana in 2015 and 2017
 
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Colorado conducted a secondary analysis of data from the state’s Healthy Kids Colorado 2015 and 2017 surveys. They looked at 9th-12th grade students who had used marijuana in the past 30 days (1664 students in 2015 and 3618 students in 2017).
 
Two questions on the survey dealt with modes of use. One asked, “During the past 30 days, how did you use marijuana? (select all that apply).” Responses students could choose were, “smoked it, ate it, used a vaporizer, dabbed it, and used it in some other way.”
 
While smoking the drug still predominates, other ways Colorado youth consume marijuana are shifting as the graphed data above show. More students ate and dabbed marijuana in 2017 than in 2015.
 
This is worrisome because when marijuana is eaten, it takes longer for the drug to reach the brain and produce a “high.” People think they haven’t eaten enough, eat more, and experience very unpleasant effects, including overdose. Dabbing marijuana is even more worrisome because dabbing products contain such high concentrations of THC.
 
“These modes are important to monitor because of their unique psychoactive associations, and potential harms,” say the researchers.  
 
Read JAMA abstract here.
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Nicole Carter
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Lee Clontz
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Margarita Eberline
 
We are grateful to our Board of Directors and Senior Adviser for their support of National Families in Action, which produces The Marijuana Report website and e-newsletter.
 
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Board of Directors

William F. Carter, Chairman of the Board
Realtor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Georgia Properties, Atlanta.
Sue Rusche, President and CEO, Atlanta.
Richard L. Brown, Secretary
Attorney (Ret.), Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Founder & Chairman, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association 
Jeannine F. Adams, Director
President and CEO, J. Addams & Partners, Atlanta.
Jack L. Arbiser, MD, PhD, Director
Thomas J. Lawley Professor of Dermatology
Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta
William H. Avery, Director
Partner (Ret.), Alston & Bird, LLP, Atlanta.
Margarita Eberline, Director
Strategy Director, 360 Marketing Plus, Atlanta.
Robert Margolis, PhD, Director
Founder, Caron Solutions Intensive Outpatient Program, Roswell, Georgia.
Shannon Murphy, MD FAAP, Director
Birmingham, Alabama  
Senior Adviser
Kent “Oz” Nelson, Chairman and CEO (Ret.)
United Parcel Service, Atlanta.
 
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