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Study: Marijuana Doesn’t Affect Physical Health, Except For The Gums

(Hemp News)

Chronic marijuana use has about the same impact on health as not flossing, according to an extensive new study.

A research team led by Madeline H. Meier of Arizona State University tracked the cannabis habits of 1,037 New Zealanders all the way from birth to middle age, to see exactly what effects marijuana has on common measures of physical health, reports Christopher Ingraham at The Washington Post. Those measures included lung function, systemic inflammation, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, body weight, blood sugar, and dental health.

After controlling for other factors known to affect health — especially tobacco use and socioeconomic status — cannabis use had no negative effect on any measure of health, except for dental health. People who smoked more marijuana had a higher incidence of gum disease. Even after controlling for dental hygiene, such as likelihood to brush and floss, the relationship between marijuana use and poor dental health persisted.

In some areas — and this doesn’t surprise many of us, at all — cannabis use was associated with better health outcomes. “Findings showed that cannabis use was associated with slightly better metabolic health (smaller waist circumference, lower body mass index, better lipid profiles, and improved glucose control),” the study concluded.

‘Cannabis Damages DNA’ Claims Debunked By Leading Researcher

(Hemp News)

When a study was released last week claiming that marijuana use damages DNA, and that damage could be passed to one’s children, of course it made headlines around the world. For many of us who have been acquainted with cannabis for a long time, the study sounded like nonsense, and now one of the field’s leading researchers is calling “reefer madness” on the flawed study from Australia.

While the study from the University of Western Australia claims that smoking pot will give your kids cancer, cannabis has been shown in cell, animal, and limited human trials to prevent, halt, or kill cancer, researchers note, reports David Downs at East Bay Express. The study, released last week by Associate Professor Stuart Reece and Professor Gary Hulse at UWA, had the lengthy, scientific-sounding title, “Chromothripsis and epigenomics complete causality criteria for cannabis- and addiction-connected carcinogenicity, congenital toxicity and heritable genotoxicity,” and was published in the July 2016 issue of the journal Mutation Research.

A press release from the university claimed that pot smokers were damaging their DNA, and in effect giving their kids cancer. “The worse cancers are reported in the first few years of life in children exposed in utero to cannabis effects,” one researcher claimed. But hold on a damned minute. The paper’s authors did no actual tests at all. Instead, they “reviewed studies” to “close the logical loop” that marijuana causes gene replication damage that is then passed on to children.

“This report is based on a foundation of falsehoods,” researcher Ethan Russo, founding editor of Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics, told the East Bay Express. “Cannabis is not mutagenic (productive of mutations in DNA), nor is it teratogenic (productive of birth defects) or carcinogenic (causative of cancer). Countless animal studies and human epidemiological studies support its relative safety in that regard.”

 

7th Annual Hemp History Week Features Events June 6-12

(Hemp News)

The 7th annual Hemp History Week will be observed June 6-12, 2016, marked by several special events during the campaign. Hemp History Week is the national effort of grassroots organizers, leading hemp product manufacturers, farmers and advocates from all walks of life, working to change federal policy on industrial hemp in the United States.

This year promises to be an historic time in the movement to legalize hemp farming, as more farmers than ever before are planting hemp in states that have lifted prohibition on the crop. The 7th annual campaign will include grassroots events across the country, nationwide retail events and promotions, hemp plantings (in some states where hemp farming is legal under Section 7606 of the U.S. Farm Bill), documentary screenings, farmer outreach, and more.

In addition to its sponsorship of the national program, CV Sciences, via their PlusCBD Oil™ brand, will also be hosting and participating in a number of events focused in California and Kentucky.

On Monday, June 6, CV Sciences, in tandem with Full Circle Market in Winchester, Kentucky, will host “Hemp for Health.” The educational event and discussion will be focused on hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD, how it was discovered, its natural sources, and how CBD’s endocannabinoid interactions relate to human health. Stuart Tomc, vice president of human nutrition at CV Sciences and Josh Hendrix, director of business development, domestic production for CV Sciences will both speak and answer questions from attendees. There will be music and light appetizers, followed by the educational presentation. Full Circle Market is located at 240 Redwing Drive, Winchester, KY 40391. 5 PM – 7 PM EST.

 

Oregon Sheriff Warns About ‘Driving On Marijuana’

(Hemp News)

The Clackamas County, Oregon Sheriff’s Department on Thursday — the first day of commercial sales to adults of cannabis concentrates, edibles and topicals under state legalization — warned drivers not to operate motor vehicles while “impaired on marijuana.”

“The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind people to use marijuana in a responsible manner,” the department’s prepared statement reads. “Additionally, operating a vehicle after consuming marijuana in any fashion is just as dangerous and illegal as driving while drunk.

“Marijuana is a substance that can adversely impair a person’s ability to safely drive a motor vehicle and can contribute to crashes, often resulting in serious injuries and even death,” the release from Sheriff Craig Roberts’ office claims. “Marijuana can impair the user for a period of up to 24 hours — so please plan ahead to have a sober driver or a place to stay the night.

“During this upcoming weekend, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office will be joining other law-enforcement agencies in providing enhanced patrols in order to ensure the continued safety of the citizens we serve,” the release reads. “Between June 2 and June 5, deputies assigned to this DUII task force will have an emphasized focus on enforcing traffic safety laws, while also detecting and arresting impaired drivers.

 

Young Pennsylvania Patients Could Get Medical Marijuana This Summer 

(Hemp News)

Medical marijuana is one step closer for patients in Pennsylvania. Some will be able to gain access to cannabis this summer, but others will have to wait a lot longer.

The wait will be over soon for patients under age 18, reports Mark Roper at Fox 43.

“The mothers are the ones who fought for this law, so their kids should come first,” said medical marijuana attorney Gabe Chorno. “I have no problem with that. Unfortunately for vets and adult patients, we have to continue to wait.”

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy on Wednesday morning announced the details on the first phase of regulations. Once the first temporary regulations are established, parents will be able to get medicinal cannabis for their children in other states before it is grown and available in Pennsylvania.

Parents will be required to register with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and receive an identification card for their child.

 

Willie Nelson Partners With Washington Marijuana Grower

(Hemp News)

A Spokane marijuana processor has partnered with country music legend and cannabis connoisseur Willie Nelson on his new company, Willie’s Reserve.

Willie’s Reserve is working with growers and processors in Washington and Colorado, including Growing Like A Weed, an I-502 cannabis producer/processor located in Spokane’s Mountain Dome Winery building, to grow product to be packaged under the Willie’s Reserve brand, reports Azaria Podplesky at Inlander.

“Willie and his family and a few close friends, developed the brand with emphasis on environmental and social issues, to lend support to the gradual end to marijuana prohibition across America,” announced a 2015 press release from Willie’s Reserve.

Master gardener Fred Renteria of Growing Like a Weed (GLW) said a Willie’s Reserve represented contacted him a couple of months back, shortly after GLW switched from the medical marijuana sphere to the recreational I-502 market.

 

California Marijuana Enforcement Nearly 4x More Severe For Blacks

(Hemp News)

New data analyses conducted by the Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU of California find that racial disparities in marijuana policing have persisted, following the reduction of low-level marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction in 2011.

Possession of under an ounce of marijuana is punishable in California by a base fine up to $100 (plus substantial fees).

Despite marijuana usage rates being similar across racial and ethnic lines, data provided by the Los Angeles and Fresno Police Departments show that black and Latino people in those cities were issued marijuana possession citations at higher rates than white people in the years immediately following the penalty change from misdemeanor to infraction.

The data also reveal that marijuana possession enforcement falls mostly on young people. In both cities, the majority of infractions were issued to persons 29 years of age and younger.

 

 

 

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