Cannabis Education: The Weekly News Round-Up
Every week we share our favorite cannabis news and research. We’d love to see your favorites as well — please share them with us in the comments or on our Facebook page.
While no one wants to see an increase in intoxicated driving, the current standards for cannabis intoxication so flawed that it would be irresponsible to use them. The problem is the urine test currently enshrined into law identifies cannabis metabolites. While metabolites do indeed indicate that someone has used cannabis somewhat recently, they cannot determine if someone is too high to drive or even if they are intoxicated at all. A blood test that tests for Delta9-THC and 11-OH-THC has been proposed as a replacement test.
His argument? Apparently, there was a significant decline in teen drug use during the “Just Say No” heyday. However, teen drug use is currently at its lowest ever, something many people attribute to the fact that legalization makes it harder for teens to obtain drugs. There’s also study after study showing that “Just Say No” just doesn’t work.
This is a great list, but if I had to pick the two biggest factors in cannabis safety, I would say legalization and testing. For most people, getting caught with cannabis is the biggest risk they’ll face — no one deserves jail time and the chaos of a criminal record for using cannabis. Fortunately, more and more states are legalizing it so for those of us lucky enough to live in legal states, testing should be our biggest concern. We need to look for cannabis that has been tested for both pesticides and microbes every time we buy.
This is another area where we need far, far more research. The one study we have on cannabis and migraines is limited, but it does show some promise. Anecdotally, people have been using cannabis to treat migraines for millennia, but we still don’t know enough about how it works to give people enough information to effectively treat their symptoms. Like so many people, migraine sufferers might find cannabis very helpful, but they’re stuck using themselves as guinea pigs until science catches up.
The short answer? No, using CBD will not cause a positive drug test. However, it’s important to know what’s in your medicine. Look for lab tests that show the quantity of every cannabinoid in the products you’re using; if there’s truly no THC to be found, you should be safe.
The Attorney General does not seem very knowledgeable about cannabis. Sad! It’s becoming clear that his justice department has little interest in working with states that chose to end prohibition, which puts everyone who uses, grows, or sells cannabis at risk. It’s more important than ever to put pressure on our elected officials to legalize cannabis at the federal level.
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