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Dr Caplan & Dr Grinspoon meet with Wiley’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Weekly

It was a privilege to meet with the editor of Wiley Publishing Company’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Weekly, Dr Peter Grinspoon, and a select group of MA dispensary representatives this weekend, to discuss our shared goals & plan to support global access to education, of physicians, the #MedicalCommunity, the #CannabisIndustry, and the #CannabisCommunity.

Benjamin Caplan, MDDr Caplan & Dr Grinspoon meet with Wiley’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Weekly
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Edibles: Tasty or Not Tasty?

Edibles are a popular way to consume cannabis because they can be tasty & easy, but maybe this is a problem? Should meds be made unappealing to children or pets? Although many people enjoy treatment via gummy bears, is this a bad path? The Brilliant Dr Peter Grinspoon’s take:

The following is an interesting perspective from Julie Beck @

Some interesting related points to consider:

Taste buds likely evolved to detect foods which have a positive (or negative) effect on the body. It seems logical to assume that good taste would prime good effects. Also, cannabis has an effect similar to hypnotizability and suggestibility. If it tastes good, it’s logical to suggest that good tastes would suggest a higher likelihood of improved effect, from a psychological standpoint too.

A counter-argument: “If it tastes good, people (especially kids) would take it all the time. It actually should taste unpleasant so that you only take it when the alternative is worse.”

1 – Better-tasting medications may enhance pediatric adherence to drug therapy, where that is appropriate. 

2 – Sugars, acids, salt, and other substances may reduce perceived unpleasant taste of cannabis With respect to children, in one study, more than 90% of pediatricians suggested that a drug’s taste and palatability were the biggest barriers to completing treatment. 

3 – The potential for taste stimuli to activate nongustatory sensory systems, including those of a visceroceptive nature in the cases where the taste solutions are swallowed, must be considered, particularly as bitter tastes (likely with cannabis) are governed by GPR protein receptors.

4 – Pleasant tasting products activate a conditioned response:  good taste = good effect (when can then generalized to all pleasant-tasting edibles.

5 – “The unpleasant taste of medicine is often a sensory expression of its pharmacological activity; in many cases, the more potent the drug, the more bitter it will be. The more bitter, the more likely the drug will be rejected. Better-tasting medications may go a long way toward enhancing the ability of pediatric patients to adhere to drug therapy, especially when failure to consume may do harm and, in some cases, be life-threatening.” 

6 – On the other hand, frequent use of sucrose-sweetened medicines has been linked to dental caries 

Benjamin Caplan, MDEdibles: Tasty or Not Tasty?
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Misleading Headlines of THC “overdose”

Misleading headlines make it seem like this woman may have died of THC overdose, however, we know that it would be nearly impossible to consume lethal amounts of THC, and the coroner clearly made vague, and incomplete assumptions. This, likely feeding into a comfortable, though quite false stigma around cannabis.

Benjamin Caplan, MDMisleading Headlines of THC “overdose”
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Market Projections, Ethanol Extraction, and Mismatched Expectations

While most people tout market projections, this CEO notes that many people entering the industry have not considered the logistics behind creating and expanding their business. In such a unique industry, realistic goals and measures will be crucial to long term success and scaling.

Benjamin Caplan, MDMarket Projections, Ethanol Extraction, and Mismatched Expectations
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Congressional Funding Bill Protects Cannabis Banking and Lets DC Legalize Marijuana Sales

In DC, where cannabis is legal but retail sales are prohibited, congressional leaders released an annual spending bill that blocks federal officials from punishing banks for working with marijuana businesses. The legislation also removes a longstanding rider that prevents the city of Washington, D.C. from spending its own money to legalize and regulate recreational cannabis sales. #cannabis #market #dc

Benjamin Caplan, MDCongressional Funding Bill Protects Cannabis Banking and Lets DC Legalize Marijuana Sales
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Cannabis in Cancer Symptom Management

A fascinating session titled “Is There a role for Cannabis in Cancer Symptom Management?” was held yesterday at the 2019 American Cancer Society Annual Meeting.

Bottom line: only once cannabis is legal on a federal level will there be sufficient research about the risks and benefits of cannabis use in patients with cancer.

Benjamin Caplan, MDCannabis in Cancer Symptom Management
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A lawsuit filed against the Justice Department re: de-scheduling

A lawsuit was filed against the Justice Department alleging that keeping cannabis on the CSA posed serious health risks. Originally dismissed, an appeal was filed and it was decided to leave the case open to apply pressure to the DEA to de-schedule cannabis. Action could be taken soon

Benjamin Caplan, MDA lawsuit filed against the Justice Department re: de-scheduling
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