FDA Will Not Regulate CBD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will not regulate CBD after a “careful review” of the subject. Instead, the FDA is asking Congress to create a regulatory system that balances “risk” with access to CBD products. This announcement hasn’t changed the status of CBD products, which are legal but not regulated as food or dietary supplements. Some businesses were disappointed to hear that the FDA will not regulate CBD. Many people associate the federal bureaucracy with consumer-friendly standards and […]

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German Legalization Delayed

The German government is delaying cannabis legalization as they have yet to submit proposals to the European Commission. Accordingly, Germans may not see legal cannabis until 2025. In an e-mail to Euronews, the German health ministry confirmed that a draft law for cannabis legalization is “currently being drafted.” “A large number of legal and operational questions concerning implementation need to be answered and coordinated between the ministries in charge” before the government can submit the change to the European Commission, the […]

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More Weed, More Problems?

More weed, more problems? As in, if you smoke all day, everyday, your life is likely a hot mess with no hope of redemption? According to recent research from CU Boulder, the answer to “more weed, more problems” is no. According to researchers, legalizing recreational cannabis at the state level does not lead to an increase in substance use disorders. Or even increased use of illicit drugs among adults. In fact, it may even decrease issues related to alcohol abuse. […]

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10 Ways Most Cannabis Research is False

Most cannabis research is false. A bold statement. So what does it mean? In 2005, Stanford University professor John Ioannidis published the paper “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False.” In it, he argued that most published research findings are false due to a combination of factors such as small sample sizes, inadequate adjustment for multiple comparisons, and conflicts of interest. The paper made quite an uproar in the scientific community. While some criticized Ioannidis for simplifying the problem, most […]

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FDA Releases Guidance for Cannabis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued final instructions for creating medications derived from cannabis. Including information on the specific differences between cannabis and hemp. The FDA published a guidance document entitled “Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Compounds: Quality Considerations for Clinical Research.” This document is the final version of the 2020 guidance that went through a White House review. This reformed guidance is necessary, says the FDA, because hemp, now legal at the federal level due to the 2018 […]

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Legal Cannabis Reduces Prescription Codeine

States with legal recreational cannabis see a reduction in demand for prescription codeine, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Cornell University. Codeine is an opioid medication that binds to the opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord. Like other opioids, it can cause physical and psychological dependence. The authors concluded: “We find that RCLs [Recreational Cannabis Laws] lead to a reduction in codeine dispensed at retail pharmacies. Among prescription opioids, codeine […]

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Meet Doctor Narc

Meet Doctor Narc, your local cannabis prohibition physician. Is your doctor a narc? Will your doctor report you for driving “under the influence” of cannabis? They should, according to Dr. Kenny Lin, a family physician and associate director of the Lancaster General Hospital Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Lin writes in an editorial: “Most of us routinely ask our patients about their use of the drug and counsel them about its potential harms. But how many of us are aware that when […]

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Five Steps to Legalizing Cannabis

What are the five steps to legalizing cannabis? We shouldn’t look to Canada for guidance. They botched it so bad the government lost money selling weed. Also, the government never legalized the legacy grower community (colloquially known as BC Bud). And no cannabis records have been expunged despite almost half a decade after legalization. Cops and politicians cashed in nicely, though. What about the United States? They’re no good, either. Federally, it’s still illegal. And even if you find yourself […]

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How Accurate is the Dräger Drug Test? 

Why do Canadian police use the Dräger Drug Test to detect cannabis use? The Dräger Drug Test is a device used to test oral fluid samples for drugs, such as cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, and cannabis. Law enforcement agencies in Canada use it as a roadside sobriety test. They consider it a quick and non-invasive way of testing for drugs, with results typically available within minutes. But the Dräger Drug Test isn’t without its criticisms. For example, it tests for cannabis […]

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Will the FDA Regulate CBD?

Will the FDA regulate CBD? It’s a question on many minds as the FDA commissioner is to appear before the U.S. House Oversight Committee. Chairman of the Committee, James Comer, wants details on CBD. He said: “It’s not just their lack of action with respect to CBD and other types of hemp. It’s their inaction regarding a lot of areas of their jurisdiction … We’ve got an agency here that has a big budget, they have a lot of employees, […]

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