Bags of cannabis were dumped in an Eastbourne street over the Easter weekend. Around 40 bags – four of which were filled with cannabis off cuts – were dumped between Thursday night and Friday morning in Central Avenue.Soil and what appeared to be remnants from a cultivation operation were in other bags along with MDF.Residents reported the fly-tipping and Eastbourne council’s Neighbourhood First team received a number of reports. A council spokesperson said the find was reported to Sussex Police and the bags removed for further investigation and added, “The council’s waste contractor Kier collected the remaining bags for disposal. Neighbourhood First officers have spoken to local residents and dropped flyers in the area asking for any information which may assist in this investigation.” … [Read more...] about UPDATE: Investigation underway after bags of cannabis found dumped in Eastbourne street
In a lowlit room at Joy’s Spa in Washington, Dawn Franklin is smoothing a creamy white mask onto Jessica Osorio’s face. The mask, she says, is infused with chamomile and sage and aloe vera, plus one ingredient that she still has to explain to her clients: CBD.An aesthetician, Franklin started working with an Oregon chemist last year to make CBD products for the skin, believing that a little of it swiped onto the face could help repair the ravages of age.But Franklin also takes CBD in gummy form, popping some in the morning and some at night. Like a magic pill, she says, it wipes away the sleeplessness and the stress and the nagging pain in her back that has left her with a slight limp, though she’s only in her 30s. “It’s crazy,” she acknowledges. But she insists that CBD can do it all. “It’s just crazy, the different things that it has helped.”For Generation Anxious, affixed to its phones and stricken by news alerts, overworked and … [Read more...] about CBD is cannabis that won’t get you high. So why are so many people using it?
States that have approved medical cannabis laws saw a dramatic reduction in opioid use, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Georgia. In a paper published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Internal Medicine, researchers examined the number of all opioid prescriptions filled between 2010 and 2015 under Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit plan available to Medicare enrollees. In states with medical cannabis dispensaries, the researchers observed a 14.4 percent reduction in use of prescription opioids and nearly a 7 percent reduction in opiate prescriptions filled in states with home-cultivation-only medical cannabis laws. "Some of the states we analyzed had medical cannabis laws throughout the five-year study period, some never had medical cannabis, and some enacted medical cannabis laws during those five years," said W. David Bradford, study co-author and Busbee Chair in Public Policy in the UGA School of Public and … [Read more...] about Legalized medical cannabis lowers opioid use, study finds
Alternative methods of pain management have been a topic of discussion as the United States grapples with the opioid and heroin epidemic. The legalization of cannabis has often been suggested as a possible alternative but little scientific research existed examining the relationship between cannabis laws and rates of opioid prescribing. In an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, HeFei Wen, an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, asks and answers the question, "Are medical and adult-use marijuana laws associated with lower rates of opioid prescribing for Medicaid enrollees?" Wen found that medical and adult-use cannabis laws were associated with lower opioid prescribing rates. The overprescribing of opioids is considered to be a major contributor to the opioid epidemic. "Marijuana is one of the potential, non-opioid alternatives that can relieve pain at a relatively lower risk of addiction and virtually no risk of … [Read more...] about Relationship between legal cannabis and opioid prescribing examined
There’s been some good research into this – which may be THE key question when it comes to medical marijuana. The answer appears to be – some do stop using other drugs. And, even better, fewer people die. Key findings using Medicare data: States with medical marijuana laws saw about 10% fewer daily doses of opioids than those without those laws. States with dispensaries only (no home cultivation) saw a 14% decrease in opioid doses Total savings to Medicare and Medicaid would be about $3.4 billion if all states adopted Medical Marijuana Laws – but the folks buying the marijuana would pay for their cannabis out of their own pockets. Studies using Medicaid data saw somewhat greater reductions in opioid usage. Couple observations – there have been massive changes in PDMPs, increases in naloxone usage, tighter state laws and federal guidance on opioids (CDC et al), which may well have had some impact on death rates and lower opioid usage overall (Brian Allen … [Read more...] about When people use cannabis do they stop using other drugs?