CBD News April 23rd 2018 | Opioid users seek alternative to manage pain

 

‘I’m tired of trying to survive’: Opioid users seek alternative to manage pain (dnj.com)

Topics: oxycodone, acetaminophen, opioid, larger doses, pain medication, autoimmune disease, side effects, controlled substance

… They don’t even make me high,” Gunn said, who has been taking Percocet, a combination of acetaminophen and the opioid oxycodone.

As a science-minded person, Brock did a lot of research before taking CBD, although she said there are a lot of misconceptions about the product.

Gunn is worried about trying CBD because the pain clinic checks his urine monthly for illicit drugs, including THC, a chemical that produces a hallucinogenic effect in users when consumed in larger doses.

I didn’t realize until I got off (opioids) what an effect it was having on me,” said Brock, who took opioids for a year before trying CBD.

 

Medical cannabis oil is legal in Texas, but epilepsy patients still struggle (texastribune.org)

Topics: Texas, Austin, medical cannabis, eligible patients, Compassionate Use Act, severe epilepsy, specific type, Schulenburg

But Texans who are interested in pursuing the so-called CBD oil treatment say there are several obstacles to getting the medicine.

Medical cannabis oil is legal in Texas, but epilepsy patients still struggle

 

Senators propose law so ‘farmers can grow hemp’ (argusobserver.com)

Topics: Ron wyden, Congress, Senate, Oregon, Mitch mcconnell, Washington, bipartisan legislation, majority leader

Senate majority leader Mitch mcconnell said in late March he wants to bring hemp production back into the mainstream by removing it from the controlled substances list that now associates it with marijuana, its illicit cousin.

The legislation would allow states to be the lead regulators of hemp, allow research to apply for grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and allow hemp growers to seek crop insurance, according to a joint statement issued by the senators’ media representatives.

Senate majority leader Mitch mcconnell said in late March he wants to bring hemp production back into the mainstream by removing it from the controlled substances list that now associates it with marijuana, its illicit cousin.

 

The Only 4 States That Completely Ban THC and CBD (fool.com)

Topics: United States, medical marijuana, state legislatures, federal level, federal government, Kansas, South Dakota, medical cannabis

The Nebraska Marijuana Decriminalization Initiative would decriminalize the possession of one ounce or less of cannabis, and it’ll require the signatures of 7% of the state’s voters prior to early July in order to get on the ballot.

In other words, even if its residents are overwhelmingly in favor of physicians being able to prescribe medical marijuana — which is indeed the case, according to the aforementioned MSN poll — it’s up to the state’s legislature, not residents, to introduce and pass legislation.

Of the 21 states that don’t have comprehensive medicinal cannabis laws, 17 of these states do have very specific laws on their books allowing cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant often revered for its medical properties, and low-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products — THC is the psychoactive component that gets you “high” — to be used for select ailments.

Despite putting forward the South Dakota medical marijuana Initiative, and submitting roughly 15,000 signatures, the secretary of state in South Dakota announced on April 16, 2018 that there were not enough valid signatures collected to put the measure on the ballot.

 

Mass. General Trial Uses Marijuana-Based Medicine To Reduce Seizures (boston.cbslocal.com)

Topics: Massachusetts, BOSTON, federal government, recent study, post traumatic stress disorder, severe form, multiple sclerosis, lead author

BOSTON (CBS) – It could be the first-ever drug made from part of a marijuana plant approved by the federal government and one family here in Massachusetts says it’s already making a huge difference in their lives.

I can’t say enough.” Jennifer Newcomer said: “It just greatly improved the quality of life for her, for the whole family.” The CBD oil Emma now takes twice a day is a chemical purified from marijuana.

“I think there is a huge amount of interest, other than epilepsy, (such as) what are compounds from the cannabis plant going to be useful for?” Thiele said.

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