Susan Daniel

US Surgeon General Supports Study of Medical Cannabis

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is of the opinion that medical marijuana should be studied and treated like other pain relief drugs, but he is not in favor of recreational legalization.

“Under medical marijuana, I believe it should be like any other drug. We need to let the FDA vet it, study it… Marijuana is not one substance. It’s actually over 100 different substances, some of which benefit, some of which are harmful.”

The former Indiana state health commissioner was sworn in as surgeon general in September 2017. The Surgeon General’s office has typically recommended against smoking tobacco, a position that he feels fits into his opposition to marijuana for recreational use.

“How am I going to tell you not to smoke a cigarette but I am going to tell you to pick up a joint? I can’t do it, can’t do it,” he stated at the National Black Caucus… Continue reading

“Pot by Prescription” in Tennessee?

As each legislative session comes and goes, two Tennessee legislators’ quest to legalize cannabis for medical use seems less and less quixotic.

State Sen. Steve Dickerson, a Nashville Republican, has been pushing the medical cannabis legislation for three years. The anesthesiologist is currently conducting hearings along with co-sponsor Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, in anticipation of introducing a bill once again for the 2018 session.

“I’ll keep sponsoring it until it passes,” Dickerson says, echoing a statement he first made three years ago. “It continues to look more and more likely every year. But at this point, it’s still a flip of the coin.”

The two tout cannabis as a safer alternative to opioids, but they’re facing pushback from fellow Republicans in the legislature, state health officials and representatives from law enforcement agencies.

“We’re having to break some really longstanding, firmly and fervently held beliefs, and those things don’t change overnight,”… Continue reading

Alcohol Sales Show Steady Decline in States  With Medical Cannabis Programs

Alcohol sales have taken a hit in states with medical marijuana laws, according to a working paper by researchers at the University of Connecticut and George State University.

Researchers examined the relationship between medical marijuana laws and alcohol sales in 2,000 U.S. counties between 2006 and 2015.

After comparing alcohol sales in states with and without medical marijuana laws, researchers found that counties located in medical marijuana states experienced an average decrease in monthly alcohol sales of 15 percent.

“We find that marijuana and alcohol are strong substitutes,” wrote the researchers.

“States legalizing medical marijuana use experience significant decreases in the aggregate sale of alcohol, beer and wine. Moreover, the effects are not short-lived, with significant reductions observed up to 24 months after the passage of the law.”

These findings echo those of previous studies. A 2016 analysis of beer sales in Colorado, Oregon, and… Continue reading

CBD Hemp Oil For Arthritis

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

One Tennessean’s Opinion on Cannabis Issues in Our State

According to sources (links below), Tennessee is consistently among the top five states in terms of marijuana production, as measured by the number of plants seizured by law enforcement.

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

Tennessee & Medical Cannabis: Why One Lawmaker is Switching Sides

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

A Tennessee Doctor on Medical Cannabis, Big Pharma & Alcohol

Photo courtesy of Matthew Hine, M.D. MHP

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.

Why?

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

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