Cannabis has a long history of being used for a variety of purposes, from hemp oils and fibres to medicinal purposes. It became acknowledged and accepted into American pharmacopoeia, where it was evaluated for treating diseases, or the accompanying symptoms, until the early 1940s. In 1937, against the recommendation of the American Medical Association, the U.S. passed the first federal law against cannabis. Dr. William C. Woodward, testifying Read more about The Re-Education Of Medical Cannabis[…]
Last week, the Republican debate took a turn to focus on marijuana laws in the US. Moderator Jake Tapper took to a question popular on social media, asking about candidates views on marijuana legalization. He quoted Governor Christie, who recently said ‘if you’re getting high in Colorado today,’ where marijuana has been legalized, ‘enjoy it until January 2017, Read more about The Politics Of Medical Marijuana Takes Front Stage[…]
In Mexico City, 8 year old Graciela Elizalde lives with a rare disease that makes her suffer from up to 400 epileptic convulsions every day. Despite having to endure surgery and seeking out alternative treatments, her epileptic fits “have greatly grown in intensity, force, and frequency” her mother said. Grace’s parents were losing hope in finding relief for their daughter until they learned about a child in the US state of Colorado whose epilepsy improved thanks to cannabidiol.
Despite Mexico’s prohibition, Grace’s parents sought out a permit from the health ministry, which was rejected. The family was forced to hire an attorney, who then took their case to court. On Aug. 17, Judge Martin Santos ruled on this case, extending legal protection to authorities who permit Graciela Elizalde’s parents to import a medicine containing cannabidiol, a substance banned by Mexico’s General Law of Health. While Grace doesn’t know it, this case is making history in Mexico. […]
Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, recently stepped forward to help clarify some of the misinformation circling marijuana and cannabidiol. As one of the world’s top experts on the application and misuse of cannabis and research, Volkow believes “what we can say with certainty is that cannabis contains active ingredients with potential therapeutic properties. In fact, the FDA has already approved medicines based on THC for the treatment of wasting syndrome and to control nausea in chemotherapy patients.”
While it may be a surprise to some that the FDA has actually approved products recognizing some of the positive aspects of THC, what shouldn’t come as a surprise is the support behind cannabidiol (CBD).
“There is also a great deal of interest in developing medications based on another constituent of the cannabis plant called cannabidiol” Volkow believes. “CBD, which does not give users the classic ‘high,’ has shown some promise in controlling seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy (including Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes), and preliminary trials of a CBD-based drug are underway by GW Pharmaceuticals. There are likely many more applications for these other cannabinoids that are supported by a scientific rationale and some intriguing preliminary results that warrant more research.” […]