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Guidelines for Canada’s cannabis edibles tight, but also vague

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/guidelines-for-canadas-cannabis-edibles-tight-but-also-vague

Months after the decision to legalize cannabis, Canadian lawmakers work to regulate the packaging and advertising of cannabis products. The new guidelines forbid the mixing of alcohol and THC and also ensure that products are not “appealing to a young person.”

Benjamin Caplan, MDGuidelines for Canada’s cannabis edibles tight, but also vague
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Public Cannabis Consumption Now Allowed In Colombia… Is Full Marijuana Legalization Next?

This week, Colombia’s Constitutional Court overruled a ban on the public consumption of cannabis. Now, citizens wonder if the government will soon legalize recreational cannabis in addition to the already-legal medical cannabis. 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/javierhasse/2019/06/19/colombia-public-cannabis-consumption/#22612e3229e9

Benjamin Caplan, MDPublic Cannabis Consumption Now Allowed In Colombia… Is Full Marijuana Legalization Next?
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Cannabis sales could hit $15 billion globally this year

Fueled by CBD product sales and Canada’s recent legalization of marijuana, the world’s cannabis market could total $14.9 billion in 2019, up 36% from 2018, according to a new report released Thursday.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/20/tech/cannabis-industry-15-billion/index.html

Benjamin Caplan, MDCannabis sales could hit $15 billion globally this year
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Lawmakers explore easing rules on small cannabis businesses

On Wednesday, House lawmakers explored efforts to ease rules and boost small business owners in the legal cannabis industry. During the hearing before the House Committee, workers from the cannabis industry discussed the financial and legal obstacles they face while running their small businesses.

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/449419-lawmakers-explore-easing-rules-on-small-cannabis-businesses

Benjamin Caplan, MDLawmakers explore easing rules on small cannabis businesses
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“Liver toxicity” of mice force-fed with unreasonable amounts CBD

Here, an excellent example of how valuable it is for scientific literature to be read critically and thoughtfully. When reporters read, or extract, or convey only partial conclusions, it is all-too-easy for consumers to absorb an incomplete, undigested message. As consumers of journalism, the public deserves a more knowledgeable understanding. Here (http://bit.ly/2KV0jeG), Forbes (Mike Adams) conveys an unfortunate lack of deep consideration in the reporting. Thankfully, a brief quote is conveyed by Dr. Koturbash, who “was quick to point out that the CBD products coming to market may not pose this particular risk” – but this stone-throw of even-handedness falls short to appropriately balance an article already dripping with misgivings and incomplete evaluation of the material at hand.

For a more layered view of the science, the word “gavage,” as was applied to the mice in the study, describes force-feeding animals with a tube down their throats, often taped to mouths which are then kept gaping open. This is meant to simulate the biological processes of eating (different from giving meds IV, for example.) There is no regard to the stress that this process causes the animals, as they are treated as though they are biological CBD-processing machines. In the days where many people are taking 10mg pills of CBD per day, the amounts of CBD that were force-fed to these animals in this study, if translated to humans, would be 4,305mg, 12,915mg, and 43,050mg over 10 days, or 17,220mg, 51,660mg, and 172,200mg in one-shot doses.) For reference, these days, most dispensaries sell CBD in doses of 10mg, 20mg, up to 2-300mg.)

In the study, the authors suggest that they allow animals to eat “ad libitum,” as if to convey that they are treated with a buffet. And yet, the animals being stuffed with 43,050mg (human equivalent) of CBD still lost weight, while others (given 172,200mg (human equivalent) had uneven weight distribution.) To any reader considering these values critically, it must seem absurd to make conclusions about the actions of CBD as what is causing these effects, as if the fact of over-stuffing itself has no impact at all.

An analogy to this study: If you add 17,000 cars (or 172,000!) to a tunnel on the way to the airport, and stuff each car full of way too many people, there might be problematic levels of concern inside that tunnel.

Let’s hope to see more even-handed consideration and reporting from Forbes, in the future.

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Here, another study that shows very different results. Instead of overstuffing mice w/ unrealistic amounts, if one administers CBD at sensible doses in the same population of mice, it turns out that CBD could directly reduce alcohol drinking, improve healthy processes in the liver, and alcohol-related brain damage…

“CBD reduces alcohol-related steatosis & fibrosis in the liver by reducing lipid accumulation, stimulating autophagy, modulating inflammation, reducing oxidative stress, & by inducing death of activated hepatic stellate cells” This new study:

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How to prevent inappropriate teen use?

Especially in Colorado and Washington, people are taking note of teens’ use and access to potent marijuana, and many are concerned that there are not enough measures in place to prevent this. Newly legalized states should look into this before it becomes a national issue. https://wapo.st/2Fgmto9

Benjamin Caplan, MDHow to prevent inappropriate teen use?
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Common Concerns for cannabis CEOs

When the CEOs of major cannabis companies were asked what they believed the biggest threats to the cannabis industry are, the answers were consistent with common concerns: black market cannabis, public policy, execution of businesses, as well as consistency of product and markets. Not only in the US, but also globally https://yhoo.it/31pNOO9

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Benjamin Caplan, MDCommon Concerns for cannabis CEOs
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News: Medical dispensaries vs Recreational

As more states begin to legalize cannabis recreationally, the number of medical patients drops rapidly. Higher costs, fewer shops, and the removal of some products for ones with a wider appeal can make it difficult for patients to get the medication they have been relying on. http://bit.ly/31slU3Y

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Video: The Netherland’s History with Medical Marijuana

A video adaptation of “Key elements of legal environments for medical use of cannabis” that details The Netherland’s history with medical marijuana.

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