There are more than 100 different kinds of arthritis that affect over 54 million adults in the United States. By 2040, the CDC estimates that there will be 78 million people living with arthritis.
All the different forms of arthritis share one thing in common: inflammation which affects the joints. The severity of pain that arthritis brings about so serious that the rheumatoid arthritis drug market alone is expected to hit $38.5 billion by the end of 2017. There are over 800 different kinds of pharmaceutical drugs that have been developed to treat arthritis and its symptoms alone, ranging from over-the-counter analgesics to opioids, hormones, uric acid drugs, corticosteroids, and so much more. Some of these drugs help reduce the swelling caused by inflammation while others only provide mild relief from the pain. But just like all kinds of pharmaceutical drugs, arthritis medications come with their… Continue reading
Often, Tennessee is number two in marijuana production only because it’s only bested by the much larger western state of California. Occasionally, we fall in at number three behind our enterprising cousins to the north in Kentucky.
In simple terms, the state of Tennessee is producing a lot of marijuana every year. And we are producing a lot of marijuana, every year, in spite of 80 years of prohibition and The War On Drugs, in spite of the U.S. becoming Incarceration Nation, where we have more people in prison than any other nation on earth. In spite of all this, people just keep growing and using marijuana.
The marijuana that is grown in Tennessee right now is being illegally produced, of… Continue reading
80% of Tennesseans think cannabis, in some form, should be legal. That’s according to a May 2017 poll by Vanderbilt University.
Will 2018 be the year lawmakers approve medical cannabis?
Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell talked to FOX13 in her Belle Meade home recently. She says she didn’t “think it was a wise move” to legalize any form of marijuana last year.
The Republican now says she’s “open” to change.
Harwell told us, “This is a plant that God has given us…as opposed to a synthetic drug.”
To say this is a change of heart is an understatement. We asked her what changed her mind. Harwell says, “It’s personal now.”
She says, “My sister did have an accident in a yoga stand and broke her back. She was given opioids and knew if she took those she’d become addicted to them.”
Harwell would not identify her sister, only saying she… Continue reading
Medical cannabis for pain and anxiety – Big Pharma and Big Booze are worried.
There’s no argument. Many studies show marijuana (cannabis) cuts the unbearable neuropathic pain of diabetes.
But the benefits of medical cannabis extend to many other areas… and now threaten some very large campaign contributors, namely manufacturers of opioids, benzodiazepines and alcohol.
An early warning sign was the the 2014 survey by the National Pain Foundation that asked over 1300 fibromyalgia patients to rate the effectiveness of the 3 FDA approved drugs. They also asked about medical marijuana.
The results were not encouraging for Big Pharma.
Although the FDA approved fibromyalgia drugs generate huge sales for Pfizer, Eli Lilly and Forest Laboratories, more than half the patients who tried their drugs found them totally worthless…. no help at all. In contrast, more than 50% of the patients who tried… Continue reading
This is this the highest level of support at the national level ever recorded by Gallup, which has been asking the question since 1969. It’s also the first time that a majority of Republicans support legalization (51%).
“It makes sense that support for ending marijuana prohibition is increasing”, says Morgan Fox, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Americans are tired of wasting resources arresting hundreds of thousands of individuals every year for using a substance that is safer than alcohol. In the five years since the first states made marijuana legal for adults, it has become increasingly clear that — unlike prohibition — regulation works.”
Fox continues; “Adult-use marijuana laws create jobs, generate tax revenue, and protect consumers while taking the marijuana market out of the hands of criminals.”
When Gallup first asked U.S. adults whether or not they support marijuana legalization in 1969,… Continue reading
Colorado’s chief medical officer told CBC Radio’s “Island Morning” host Matt Rainnie this morning that marijuana legalization hasn’t had a negative effect in his state.
Marijuana appears to improve the memory and learning abilities of old mice. Scientists discovered low doses of its main psychoactive ingredient—cannabinoid THC—can reverse the age-related decline in cognitive abilities, a finding that could lead to scientists figuring out a way of slowing brain aging in humans.
Researchers are increasingly examining THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) for its potential medical benefits. In the U.K., Oxford University recently launched a £10 million ($13 million) program to “identify new medical therapies through research into the molecular, cellular and systems mechanisms of cannabinoids.” Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has now approved several medications derived from THC.
Many scientists are currently looking at its potential use as a treatment for neurological conditions, including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.
In a study published in Nature Medicine on Monday, researchers led by Andreas Zimmer, from the University of Bonn, Germany, have shown how THC can provide significant… Continue reading