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.
1. Cannabidiol: Swinging the Marijuana Pendulum From “Weed” to Medication to Treat the Opioid Epidemic
CBD is showing tremendous potential to fight the opioid epidemic. Not only does it reduce the rewarding properties of opioids, thus decreasing the desire for the drug, it also eases the symptoms of withdrawal. It can also help with the anxiety that often leads to relapses. With few side effects and little risk of abuse, CBD could turn into a powerful weapon in the struggle with addiction.
The answer varies depending on how you consume your cannabis. Smoking generally lasts between one and three hours while ingesting is typically four to six hours. The article goes into far more detail and also touches on the potential to feel hungover and why cannabis affects teens differently than adults.
Anyone who has ever watched a football game can tell you that it’s an incredibly physically demanding sport. For decades, players have been prescribed opiates to help them cope with the pain caused by injuries, regardless of the unwanted side effects that many players have reported. At the same time, the NFL has enforced a cannabis ban, despite its well-known ability to relieve pain and potentially mitigate the dangers of concussions. Now, many players are fighting the ban and demanding the right to choose the medication that works best for them.
While it’s well known that cannabis changes the way we perceive time, we don’t know much about why or how that happens. Deepak D’Souza at Yale has started studying this phenomenon, but we still have a lot to learn. How does cannabis impact your perception of time? Is that something you enjoy, or an inconvenience?
The sky has not fallen over the Rocky Mountains. Coloradans have learned a lot about cannabis in the years since legalization, and people are using it more responsibly than ever before. While adults in Colorado use more cannabis than the national average, alcohol is still the drug of choice. The Dever Post shares some fascinating statistics.
Tom Price has voted against cannabis at every opportunity. He’s voted against the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which prohibits federal funds to be spent undermining state marijuana laws. He’s also repeatedly voted to prohibit VA doctors from even discussing medical marijuana for veterans. Given that the majority of Americans are in favor of medical marijuana, his record puts him in opposition to the will of the people. However, he hasn’t been confirmed yet, so there’s still time to contact your senators and share your concerns.
We’re still learning from the massive report on cannabis from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. They found that cannabis does not lead to the types of cancers we see in tobacco smokers, even when cannabis is smoked. However, that doesn’t mean smoking cannabis is healthy: the report also found that it increased symptoms such as coughing and wheezing. The full report can be found here.
Forty-two percent of Republicans want to see cannabis prohibition loosened, if not ended outright. Florida, Montana, North Dakota, and Arkansas all voted in favor of both Trump and medical marijuana, making it very difficult for politicians to continue to ignore the bi-partisan support for cannabis. If you’re a Republican who just wants to use cannabis legally and safely, you’re not alone. Check out Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition to learn more about what you can do.
A study of 294 white, male Canadian teenagers suggests that delaying cannabis use has some long-term benefits. While those who started early developed problems with memory, verbal skills, and cognitive ability, those who waited until after age 17 were indistinguishable from peers who did not use cannabis.
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