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The gateway effect may appear due to social factors involved in using any illegal drug. Because of the illegal status of cannabis, its consumers are likely to find themselves in situations allowing them to acquaint with individuals using or selling other illegal drugs. Utilizing this argument some studies have shown that alcohol and tobacco may additionally be regarded as gateway drugs; however, a more parsimonious explanation could be that cannabis is simply more readily available (and at an earlier age) than illegal hard drugs. In turn alcohol and tobacco are easier to obtain at an earlier point than is cannabis (though the reverse may be true in some areas), thus leading to the "gateway sequence" in those individuals since they are most likely to experiment with any drug offered.
Cannabis, a drug prepared from the plant Cannabis sativa (including marijuana, resin, and “skunk”), is used widely throughout the world and is especially popular in North America, Western Europe, West and Central Africa, and Oceania (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2009). Several studies within the past decade have investigated the effect of continuous use of cannabis on psychotic illnesses, specifically schizophrenia. Zammit, Allebeck, Andreasson, Lundberg, and Lewis (2002) in Sweden found that those who smoked cannabis had a twofold increased risk of developing schizophrenia within 15 years. In addition, the researchers also found a dose–response relationship; subjects who used cannabis more heavily (over 50 reported occasions) were six times as likely to develop schizophrenia compared to those who did not use cannabis at all.
Furthermore, medical cannabis use is legal in many more places than recreational marijuana use. Current research, alongside patient and caregiver testimony, attests to the many medicinal applications of marijuana. From pain to serious neurological diseases, medical cannabis is emerging as a safe and viable alternative to many common prescription medications.
Cannabis has been around for thousands of years and is believed to have originated in South or Central Asia. The two main species of cannabis are Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. Both Cannabis sativa and indica contain varying amounts of psychoactive and nonpsychoactive components. Cannabis sativa is more commonly known for its stimulatory, mental effects while Cannabis indica is more known for its relaxing, body-calming effects.
When elected to the presidency of the RACGP he said, “I will be passionate and vocal in advocating for primary healthcare and look forward to the challenge ahead”. Dr Seidel we hope that you can rise to the challenge of introducing Medicinal Cannabis to the mainstream of General Practice through education and encouragement of your peers. We strongly welcome you and thank you for your participation at this symposium.
While there are more unknowns than knowns at this point, Grant says he doesn’t discount all the anecdotal CBD reports. “You hear somebody say, ‘Hey, I gave this to myself and my kid and we feel a lot better,’ and we should never dismiss that kind of information,” he says. He points out that many modern medicines were discovered when researchers followed up on exactly this sort of human trial-and-error evidence. “But we still need to do the studies that confirm whether all the good things are true, and how much to give, and how to give it,” he says. “These are all questions that need to be answered.”
The move to Whole Plant extracts will mark an important change in the market as Whole Plant extracts derived from the flowers of the female Hemp plants are able to offer superior Cannabinoid and Terpene profiles as well as higher concentrations of base Cannabinoids, making them similar in composition/concentration to traditional Marijuana Oil extracts derived from illicit Marijuana. A look inside of one of the nations earliest whole plant CBD Hemp pilot programs producing cannabis oil legal for sale may be seen here.
Whether the drug and non-drug, cultivated and wild types of Cannabis constitute a single, highly variable species, or the genus is polytypic with more than one species, has been a subject of debate for well over two centuries. This is a contentious issue because there is no universally accepted definition of a species. One widely applied criterion for species recognition is that species are "groups of actually or potentially interbreeding natural populations which are reproductively isolated from other such groups." Populations that are physiologically capable of interbreeding, but morphologically or genetically divergent and isolated by geography or ecology, are sometimes considered to be separate species. Physiological barriers to reproduction are not known to occur within Cannabis, and plants from widely divergent sources are interfertile. However, physical barriers to gene exchange (such as the Himalayan mountain range) might have enabled Cannabis gene pools to diverge before the onset of human intervention, resulting in speciation. It remains controversial whether sufficient morphological and genetic divergence occurs within the genus as a result of geographical or ecological isolation to justify recognition of more than one species.
Wyoming has a particularly narrow law for CBD oil. It is only legal for patients with epilepsy that has not responded to other treatments. Neurologists have to give the state's Department of Health a statement about how the patient needs and would benefit from the CBD, made from hemp extract, and then the patient may be able to receive a card that allows them to receive cannabis with high concentrations of CBD and trace amounts of THC.
Republican Governor Eric Holcomb, with the help of Republican dominant General Assembly, passed the law on Wednesday. He signed into law Senate Enrolled Act 52 that explicitly legalizes CBD oil. This was done in response to the opinion set by Attorney General Curtis Hill. The opinion that essentially said that “Simply put, cannabidiol is a Schedule 1 controlled substance because marijuana is a Schedule 1 controlled substance,”
Under the Controlled Substances Act – passed by Congress and enforced by the DEA – the mature stalk of a cannabis plant can be used legally (we will dive into this shortly) – which means CBD extracted from the stalk is also legal. Meanwhile, the 2014 Farm Bill allows states to pass laws relating to the extraction of CBD and other compounds from the hemp plant – specifically the industrial hemp plant – while also allowing industrial hemp to be legally imported from other countries. The FDA’s role in marijuana and CBD marketing and labeling has added additional complexity to the situation. Because many manufacturers attempt to market THC and CBD-containing products as dietary supplements, they violate the FD&C Act sections 201 (ff)(3)(B)(i) and (ii). Clinical investigations are currently needed to promote a product as a dietary supplement unless the supplement was publicly available before the Act was passed. The FDA, however, claims to believe in the validity of scientific research furthering the introduction of these substances for medical purposes and has approved the first CBD-containing epilepsy drug just this year. So…what’s the official word? Which details you should familiarize yourself with? Where should you start?
Cannabis for industrial uses is valuable in tens of thousands of commercial products, especially as fibre ranging from paper, cordage, construction material and textiles in general, to clothing. Hemp is stronger and longer-lasting than cotton. It also is a useful source of foodstuffs (hemp milk, hemp seed, hemp oil) and biofuels. Hemp has been used by many civilizations, from China to Europe (and later North America) during the last 12,000 years. In modern times novel applications and improvements have been explored with modest commercial success.
First of all, you need to know that CBD oil can come from both the hemp plant and from medical marijuana. Both of those plants are different varieties of cannabis but they’re much different in the terms of chemical compounds they have. Medical marijuana is good for people with certain ailments because it does contain the THC and it can contain any varying level of the THC or any varying level of CBD.