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From – Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive ingredient in hemp and marijuana, could treat opioid addiction, a new study says. Given to patients with heroin addiction, cannabidiol, also known as CBD, reduced their cravings for the illicit drug as well as their levels of anxiety.
The researchers used Epidiolex, the first FDA-approved cannabis-based medication, as their source of CBD.
With many CBD products on the market now the exact concentration of CBD is uknown. In addition, they may have additives such as pesticides and even lead. But, Hurd said, with Epidiolex the exact concentration and other ingredients in the drug is known, which was key. “We are developing a medicine. We are not developing a recreational cannabis,” she said.
Participants reported very few bad reactions, such as mild diarrhea, headache and tiredness.
These findings are similar to those of a pilot study Hurd ran, but she says the next step is to do a longer-term study, following subjects for up to six months.
The study’s potential was not lost on others.
“This is an extremely significant paper. We need to utilize every possible treatment in helping people with chronic pain to find other ways to manage their symptoms and in people with opiate addiction to find relief,” said Dr. Julie Holland, a psychiatrist in New York and former assistant professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine.
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The High Sobriety program, and one of our alums, were featured on Innovations. Innovations is an award-winning television series hosted by actor, director and environmentalist, Ed Begley Jr., and is dedicated to bringing viewers the most up-to-date, cutting edge information across a vast array of industries. From health and wellness to global business, renewable energy, and more, Innovations features practical solutions and important issues facing consumers and professionals alike.

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High Sobriety was recently featured on Patrick Timpone’s One Radio Network radio show to discuss the successful use of cannabis in the fight against addiction and pain management.

Some emails: How is Medical Marijuana use for Alcoholics you mention the metabolism of curcumin through the liver. where can I get more information about cutting edge research on function of the liver or how glutathione is involved in your opinion? Patrick, can you please as the Doctor What is the best ratio of THC to CBD in an oil tincture to take for sleep? Specifically, for sleep maintenance.. Thnx! Kira (from California) Do you think that big pharma has kept cannabis suppressed until they could come out with their own patented stuff

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Cannabis Business Times digital publication recently featured High Sobriety in discussing advances in the medical cannabis research act and how it can effect the way we use cannabis in addiction recovery.

While details remain to be worked out, the bill has some serious traction in a legislative session that otherwise hasn’t embraced cannabis reform bills. Nine states have legalized adult-use cannabis markets, and two more are eyeing ballot issues for the same in November. In all, 31 states have legalized medical marijuana programs. The momentum, as everyone in the industry is well aware, is not slowing. “Marijuana prohibition has been a disaster,” U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said in the committee meeting. “It’s time for Congress to catch up.” Sherry Yafai, director of research and development at High Sobriety (a cannabis-inclusive recovery environment in Los Angeles) and project lead at the UCLA Cannabis Initiative, told Cannabis Business Times that the bill would be a boon for organizations like hers.

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Addiction, Medical Marijuana Report: New York To Offer Medical Marijuana As Opioid Alternative

In 2016, the opioid death rate was 15.1 per 100,000 people, which is two percent higher than the national rate. Officials hope the change will reduce the use of prescription opioids, while State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker announced that anyone with an opioid prescription would be eligible to use marijuana as an alternative medicine. Zucker told reporters: “So that means if an individual is taking prescription opioids, they could take medical marijuana as part of the program that were are pushing forward to hopefully come off prescription opioids as well.” Studies have found that medical cannabis can effectively treat chronic pain, without the dangerous side effects and addiction. The goal is to reduce the number of patients addicted to drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Fentanyl.

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Fox Business Reporter Lisa Kennedy Montgomery reports on the effectiveness of marijuana in the battle against the opioid epidemic

The chronic has reached critical mass. A new Quinnipiac poll shows the highest number of respondents ever have less and less of a problem with you getting high. Sixty-three percent polled support cannabis legalization, and 93% approve of medical marijuana with a meager 5% opposing. There’s no fuzzy math here, it’s very straight forward and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his anti-pot crusade are on the losing side of the argument.

The Senate Health Committee recently unanimously approved an anti-opioid bill that’s desperately seeking to combat the health crisis that has taken more American lives since 2000 than during World War II. There are a number of elements and amendments that mostly center on shorter term pain prescriptions, finding non habit-forming alternatives and stopping drugs at the border.

As plain as the green on your reefer, two studies show a direct correlation between marijuana and opioid use. One shows states with legal cannabis have 2.2 million fewer daily opioids prescribed and the other a 25% drop in opioid overdose deaths in places with medical pot laws.

What does Jefferson Beauregard Sessions say about that? He kind of shrugs and says he doesn’t think that will be sustained in the long run. Jeff Sessions won’t be sustained in the long run because his ass-backward anti-liberty thinking is the very thing that’s getting people killed!

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Watch Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN Special Report “Weed 4: Pot vs. Pills” on Sunday, April 29, at 8 p.m. ET.

(CNN)Dear Honorable Jeff Sessions,

I feel obligated to share the results of my five-year-long investigation into the medical benefits of the cannabis plant. Before I started this worldwide, in-depth investigation, I was not particularly impressed by the results of medical marijuana research, but a few years later, as I started to dedicate time with patients and scientists in various countries, I came to a different conclusion.

Not only can cannabis work for a variety of conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and pain, sometimes, it is the only thing that works. I changed my mind, and I am certain you can, as well. It is time for safe and regulated medical marijuana to be made available nationally. I realize this is an unconventional way to reach you, but your office declined numerous requests for an interview, and as a journalist, a doctor and a citizen, I felt it imperative to make sure you had access to our findings.

Mr. Sessions, there is an added urgency, as we are in the middle of a deadly opioid epidemic that has been described as the worst self-inflicted epidemic in the history of our country.

The drug overdose scourge claimed about 68,000 US lives in 2017, just over 45,000 of them from opioids alone. Every day, 115 Americans die from opioid overdoses. It has fueled a decline in an entire country’s life expectancy and will be remembered as a sad and tragic chapter in our collective history.
These are desperate times, and while some may consider making medical marijuana widely available to be a desperate measure, the evidence has become increasingly clear of the important role cannabis can have.

We have seen real-world clues of medical marijuana’s benefits. Researchers from the Rand Corp., supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, conducted “the most detailed examination of medical marijuana and opioid deaths to date” and found something few initially expected. The analysis showed an approximately 20% decline in opioid overdose deaths between 1999 and 2010 in states with legalized medical marijuana and functioning dispensaries.

It’s not the first time this association between medical marijuana and opioid overdose has been found. Though it is too early to draw a cause-effect relationship, these data suggest that medicinal marijuana could save up to 10,000 lives every year.

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Cannabis culture in sports has an old-school stigma. You’ll hear vague talk of scientific research here, news of a failed drug test or arrest there. But, to be blunt, real talk is hard to come by.

So here’s a reality check: Professional athletes smoke weed. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of them do, according to new player estimates. Some even smoke before games.  

“All of my best games, I was medicated,” says Matt Barnes, who won the NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors last year and spent 14 seasons in the NBA. “It wasn’t every single game but, in 15 years, it was a lot.”

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