Alcohol: A Gateway Drug

Although there may be some extreme stories, forming an addiction to drugs may not be as radical as you may think. In many cases, drug addiction comes from small addictions over time.

We are all addicted to something from sugar and shopping to the plethora of apps and social engagements on our phones, exercise, or coffee.

Over time, these small addictions lose some of their appeals and we desire more. The craving for a piece of dark chocolate after a meal turns into two or three pieces. Your morning cup of coffee turns into a trip to the local coffee shop after lunch.

Similarly, alcohol can be a “gateway drug” of sorts because it increases the risk of someone trying other drugs. The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that alcohol primes the brain to progress to more harmful substances.

While it’s important to consider illegal drug use amongst your employees, it’s also wise to be mindful of alcohol intake. If an employee is indulging in alcohol, they may be using illegal drugs–or tempted to. If you notice that an employee turns to alcohol, take investigative action! You may save them from a lifetime of regret.

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Is It Possible to Take Too Much CBD?

Are CBD Labels Trustworthy?

When you buy medicine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you expect it to contain the ingredients labeled and the medicine properly dosed. It would be incredibly dangerous for the manufacturer to put in extra ingredients or vary widely on the medicine dose.

But is this what happens with CBD products?

An investigation by Good Health found that CBD product labels contain vastly different amounts of CBD than what is advertised. Because CBD products are not evaluated for safety or specifications by federal agencies, this lack of accountability can result in:

  • Dangerous products – A consumer may take the recommended amount but have too much CBD. In the Good Health report, eight of the 13 products evaluated had more CBD than advertised, and one product had twice the amount advertised.
  • Overpriced products – If a product advertises 30 mg of CBD in its product but it only contains 15 mg, then the product is overpriced. Consumers are paying far more for CBD than they realize.

Now that CBD products are sold nearly everywhere and in nearly every form, it’s important to be wise about how much CBD you consume because it can be in various forms. For instance, you may eat the recommended amount of gummies, but you are also using a CBD massage oil and taking CBD drops. This cumulative effect can cause you to overdose on CBD.

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Where Is Marijuana Legal?

As more and more states legalize marijuana, it’s important to know where your state of residence stands with marijuana’s legal use.

In 2012, Colorado and Washington were the first states to approve recreational marijuana. In 2014, Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia also legalized recreational marijuana. In addition to these four states, the following also allow recreational use of marijuana:

  • California
  • Nevada
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • Colorado
  • Montana
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Virginia
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Connecticut
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • Maine

There are 10 states that allow CBD products and other products low in THC, even though it’s not available for recreational use:

  • Wyoming
  • Texas
  • Iowa
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia

There are several states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Marijuana can be helpful for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, Epilepsy and seizures, Glaucoma, Multiple sclerosis and muscle spasms, severe and chronic pain, and severe nausea or vomiting caused by cancer treatment. These states include:

  • Utah
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Oklahoma
  • Missouri
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • Florida
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware
  • Vermont
  • Rhode Island

Only three states have no public program for marijuana use:

  • Idaho
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas

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Side Effects of Marijuana

What is Delta-9 THC?

Delta-9 THC is the most abundant cannabinoid molecule found in marijuana. Delta-9 THC composes up to 25% of the plant’s weight. Delta-9 THC gives consumers the classic “high” or euphoric sensations. 

What Kind of Benefits Does Delta-9 Have?

Delta-9 THC can have many beneficial effects on the body, such as:

  • Stimulate the appetite
  • Reduce nausea
  • Relieve pain
  • Improve your mood (the euphoric feeling of Delta-9 THC)
  • Relaxation or sedation (from consuming large amounts of Delta-9 THC)
  • Protect neurons 

Although Delta-9 THC can be beneficial, like any substance, it can also have some negative effects on your body. While Delta-9 is in your system, it gives you a dry mouth (known as “cottonmouth”) and dry red eyes. These symptoms are temporary and are gone once you stop feeling the euphoric effects.  

If you consume too much Delta-9 THC, more serious side effects can appear, such as:

  • Increased anxious thoughts
  • Panic and/or paranoia
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Delusions and/or hallucinations
  • Impaired judgment
  • Speech and memory lapses
  • Behavior changes
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches

Delta-9 Legality

Delta-9 THC is federally illegal in the United States. However, every state has different laws regarding cannabis consumption. Some states have legalized THC for recreational or medicinal purposes. If you live in one of these states, then you may legally own and consume THC products. 

How Does Delta-9 Compare to CBD?

Delta-9 THC and CBD are very similar because they come from the same origin: cannabigerol, or CBG. Certain enzymes in the plant convert CBG into either CBD or THC that can then be extracted and made into a CBD or THC product. 

The biggest difference between Delta-9 THC and CBD is that CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t produce any psychoactive side effects. THC, on the other hand, has a strong psychoactive effect profile.

CBD products tend to be made from hemp, as hemp is legal in most parts of the world and marijuana is not. THC products are made from marijuana. 

Additionally, CBD and Delta-9 THC vary in what ailments they treat. For example, CBD can be an appetite suppressant, and Delta-9 THC can be an appetite stimulant. CBD oil is better for relieving anxiety but Delta-9 THC can increase anxiety after the dose has worn off. 

Delta-9 THC has many positive effects, such as helping to relieve or reduce many ailments and boosting your mood. However, since Delta-9 THC has stronger effects than CBD oil, it’s important to assess the benefits and risks before using it. 

Schedule a visit with your doctor to ensure Delta-9 THC won’t interact with any medications you may be taking, and use Delta-9 THC with caution until you know how it affects you. 

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Are Doctors to Blame for the Opioid Crisis?

The opioid crisis is one that touches nearly every Americans’ life. It’s becoming increasingly common to know someone who has or is currently struggling with opioid addiction. When grieving the loss of a loved one to opioid addiction, many people are quick to blame doctors because they prescribe opioids to patients. But is this an accurate accusation, or is there more to the story?

Opioids are drugs commonly used for pain management or other conditions such as a persistent or painful cough. Although opioids are naturally found in opium poppy plants, manufacturers can also make synthetic opioids by using the chemical structure from poppy plants. Opioids trigger the body to release large amounts of dopamine–your “feel good” hormones that improve your mood and make you feel happy.

One of the most common uses for opioids is pain management; for instance, after surgery or breaking a bone. A physician will prescribe an opioid to be used in the short term until acetaminophen can be used to manage pain; however, this is the beginning of opioid addiction for many patients. Since physicians are the ones prescribing opioids, aren’t they the ones to blame for the opioid crisis? Before jumping to conclusions, let’s examine the bigger picture.

The first culprit to examine is pharmaceutical marketing. Besides New Zealand, the United States is the only country in the world where pharmaceutical companies are allowed to market directly to consumers via advertisements on television, print, and smart devices. Pharmaceutical companies rake in profit as consumers are encouraged to ask their doctor about new drugs, including opioids. Many major pharmaceutical companies were caught in legislation in 2017 for using marketing schemes to persuade doctors and patients that opioids should be used for chronic pain while masking the addictiveness of opioids. But what the patient asks for is often what the patient gets from the doctor.  

This leads to the next foundational piece of the opioid crisis: patient surveys. These satisfaction surveys, such as the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS), have been adopted by almost every hospital across the nation because the program financially rewards hospitals with high ratings. Hospitals receive more reimbursement from high ratings for relieving patients’ pain, even though studies show that patient satisfaction doesn’t correlate to quality care or outcomes. This financial incentive puts pressure on doctors to overprescribe opioids to receive better ratings, increase hospital revenue, and maintain salaries.

Instead of doctors acting in the patients’ best interest, hospital care has turned into doctors filling patient requests in order to improve satisfaction survey scores. The greedy demands of pharmaceutical companies and hospitals have not only reduced the quality of care but also stimulated an opioid epidemic.

It is understandable that many people blame doctors for the opioid crisis, but this is a false accusation. While there will always be doctors who are quick to prescribe pills to treat ailments, doctors shouldn’t ultimately be blamed for the opioid epidemic. While doctors write prescriptions, they are pressured and manipulated by pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and hospitals to use their doctorates for financial profit. In order to solve the opioid crisis, doctors must be free to practice medicine that is best for the patient without the pressure from outside influences.

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Does CBD Oil Help ADHD Symptoms?

Through viral videos on social media, more and more young and middle-aged adults are discovering they have undiagnosed ADHD. CBD oil is one trending way to manage ADHD symptoms in lieu of medication, but is this the right treatment?

According to Mayo Clinic, adult ADHD symptoms include:

  • Impulsiveness
  • Disorganization and problems prioritizing
  • Poor time management skills
  • Problems focusing on a task
  • Trouble multitasking
  • Excessive activity or restlessness
  • Poor planning
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Problems following through and completing tasks
  • Hot temper
  • Trouble coping with stress

CBD oil can help regulate the immune system, reduce pain and inflammation, and reduce anxiety, which could help minimize certain ADHD symptoms. There are also very few side effects of CBD oil, unlike traditional ADHD medication.

However, there have not been enough studies performed to determine if CBD is a true alternative to ADHD medication. The studies that have been done could only give moderate recommendations supporting CBD for ADHD treatment.

If you do decide to try CBD oil for ADHD symptoms, keep your expectations low. Everyone’s ADHD symptoms are different, and what works for someone else may not work for you. CBD oil is also not a replacement for medication or other treatments prescribed by your physician. Be sure to buy your products from a reputable source and buy products containing less than 0.3% THC in order to comply with federal law.

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Mississippi Legalizes Medical Marijuana

On February 3, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed legislation legalizing medical marijuana, becoming the 37th state to do so.

In his announcement, Governor Reeves stated “There is no doubt that there are individuals in our state who could do significantly better if they had access to medically prescribed doses of cannabis. There are also those who really want a recreational marijuana program that could lead to more people smoking and less people working, with all of the societal and family ills that that brings.”

Under the new law, individuals diagnosed with diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, AIDS, Crohn’s disease, autism, and more, will be eligible to purchase medical marijuana.

Certain prohibitions are in place, such as not allowing dispensaries to be near churches, schools, or child care facilities. Schools, landlords, and employers are not allowed to discriminate against individuals using medical marijuana. The law also gives directives for medical professionals.

The law was initially met with opposition a few years ago, but Mississippi voters have turned the tide in favor of the legislation.

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How Does CBD Affect Blood Pressure?

If you have high blood pressure (also called hypertension), you may have heard that CBD can lower your blood pressure. CBD can be found in many products such as oils, tinctures, edibles (such as gummies, teas, chocolate, and more), pills or capsules, topical applications, and vape juices.

However, the research surrounding CBD and blood pressure are contradictory:

  • First studyIn 2017, a nine males given a single dose of CBD lowered their blood pressure
  • Second studyIn 2017, a study of mice found that CBD lowered blood pressure and heart rate caused by stress
  • Third studyIn 2020, a study of mice found that CBD did not lower blood pressure
  • Fourth studyIn 2020, another study found the CBD reduced blood pressure in human patients

Although the research is promising, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still notes that more research is needed before giving a recommendation for CBD products to be used to lower blood pressure. The best CBD product for high blood pressure would be in an oil or tincture form. This is because CBD has a higher absorption rate in oil form rather than an edible or tea.

If you do try CBD products, be aware that diarrhea, fatigue, and changes in weight or appetite can be side effects of CBD.

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Can You Take Too Much CBD?

More and more Americans are consuming CBD products to relieve anxiety, reduce pain, or get a mood boost. But is it possible to have too much CBD?

Although humans can tolerate up to 1,500 mg of CBD per day, it is possible to have too much CBD. Some common side effects of too much CBD include:

  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • drowsiness

Additionally, CBD can interact with medications, especially if it has a grapefruit warning.

While severe reactions are uncommon, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room if someone is unconscious, having trouble breathing, or seizing after consuming CBD products.

You can also contact Poison Control at 800-222-1222. Be ready to provide as much information as possible, such as the product name, how much and when it was ingested, and the person’s weight and height. Poison Control can give you more information on how to help the person and what to expect for recovery.

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Side Effects of Marijuana

As more and more Americans start using medical or recreational marijuana, it’s important to know these side effects.

  • Pharmacologic Resistance – Dr. Taylor Graber, an MD Anesthesiologist says “Chronic Marijuana use can lead to a physiologic resistance to many pharmaceuticals, including opioids, local anesthetics, general anesthetics, and others.” Dr. Graber also says that marijuana users need 2-4x more medications to induce and maintain anesthesia and also need more opioids to reduce pain.
  • Lung Infections – Marijuana damages the lining of the lungs, reduces the body’s immune system, and increases the risk of lower respiratory infections.
  • Increased Appetite – Marijuana causes the stomach to release more hormones for hunger and stimulates neurons in the hypothalamus that control appetite. This can lead to consuming more food and weight gain. \
  • Dry Mouth – Dr. Abe Malkin states, “Dry mouth or cottonmouth… is another frequent side effect of cannabis abuse. The cannabinoid receptors are located in the brain – CB1 and CB2 – and also in the submandibular glands found beneath the bottom of the mouth. These glands produce nearly three-quarters of our body’s saliva. When THC binds to these receptor sites both in the brain and in these glands, the glands stop receiving messages from the peripheral nervous system- specifically the parasympathetic nervous system- to produce saliva. Thus, there is a reduction in the amount of saliva produced resulting in the feeling that your mouth is dry.”
  • Sexual Dysfunction – Marijuana restricts blood flow to veins and arteries, which can affect the ability to have an erection or have an orgasm.

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3 in 4 Americans Use CBD Products

CBD product use has been on the rise for quite some time now and the market continues to expand. But how much has the market actually expanded?

Green Element, an artisanal CBD company, has published new research that reveals just how much the CBD market has expanded.

“We can now say that three out of four of Americans are using CBD products,” said Doug McHart, CEO of Green Element. “That’s great news for our industry but it’s better news for those CBD consumers who are alleviating pain, reducing anxiety and improving their quality of life.

Another area of interest in the study is the demographic of CBD product customers. Perhaps surprisingly, affluent professionals in their thirties and forties are the consumers who use CBD products the most.

McHart goes on to say, “This new data draws a comprehensive and striking image of those consumers: They’re educated, upper income, professional families. They’re smart and they’re choosing to take charge of their family’s health.”

Additionally, the study notes that:

  • 97% of Americans believe CBD products provide health benefits
  • 40% of Americans take CBD for anxiety and/or stress
  • 34.4% of CBD consumers make more than $150,000/year
  • More than 80% of Americans aged 25-45 use CBD products

While CBD products used to be an occasional occurrence with your employees, now the statistics say otherwise.

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Trouble With Edibles in Maine?

For the past two years, emergency rooms across Maine have reported an increased number of cases in which the clinical notes for patients under 18 years mention marijuana use. This has happened about 25 times each month in 2020, compared to 20 incidents per month in the past three years.

Additionally, the number of calls to Maine’s Poison Control regarding childhood marijuana consumption has been steadily rising in the past five years.

According to the report, “In 2016, the Northern New England Poison Center received just two calls for Maine kids younger than 6 who had been exposed to marijuana. It then received 28 in 2019, 23 in 2020 and 29 through August of this year — with about 35 percent of those calls including moderate or serious health effects.”

Usually, the child’s exposure to marijuana had come from swallowing gummies, chocolates, or other edibles containing marijuana. The child, not knowing they weren’t consuming regular candy, would eat several edibles–or more–when the serving for an adult is one piece. This would cause the child to have extreme drowsiness, dizziness, anxiety, breathing trouble, hallucinations, or seizures.

Parents, health officials, and law enforcement are all calling for more safeguards so that children are not harmed by accidental consumption of edibles.

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What Is Meth?

Perhaps you’ve noticed some changes in a family member, friend, or co-worker that are concerning. Maybe they appear more alert or on edge than usual, have trouble falling asleep, have fast breathing, or are especially warm.

While it’s never helpful to jump to conclusions, it is important to know the signs of drug addiction, especially to the highly addictive drug Methamphetamine.

What Is Meth?

Meth is short for Methamphetamine, a highly addictive drug that affects the central nervous system. It is usually a white, odorless but bitter powder that dissolves quickly.

A subset of amphetamine, meth was developed for nasal decongestants and inhalers. While amphetamine and methamphetamine have similar effects on the body, meth lasts longer and has more detrimental effects on the body.

What Are Side Effects of Meth?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, short-term side effects of meth include:

  • increased attention and decreased fatigue
  • increased activity and wakefulness
  • decreased appetite
  • euphoria and rush
  • increased respiration
  • rapid/irregular heartbeat
  • hyperthermia

Long-term side effects can include:

  • addiction
  • psychosis, including:
    • paranoia
    • hallucinations
    • repetitive motor activity
  • changes in brain structure and function
  • deficits in thinking and motor skills
  • increased distractibility
  • memory loss
  • aggressive or violent behavior
  • mood disturbances
  • severe dental problems
  • weight loss

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Should Truckers Use CBD Oil?

Although marijuana and CBD are being decriminalized–or made legal–in a growing number of states, CDL holders should still be cautious when using CBD oil.

CBD is readily available in gas stations and truck stops around the country. Truck drivers can buy CBD in just about any form–edibles, tinctures, cookies, gummies, and more. But why should CDL holders avoid CBD products?

Many products contain Delta-8 or Delta-10 THC, which shows up as the federally illegal marijuana on a drug test. Unfortunately, many CDL holders have been unable to work due to a positive drug test.

While it might be tempting to try CBD products, either for pain relief, deeper sleep, or just for fun, CDL holders must ask themselves if it’s worth the consequences of potentially testing positive on a drug test. For now, it is probably best to avoid CBD products and keep your steady job.

In the future, when the legality of CBD becomes clearer, it’s likely that CDL holders will be able to use CBD products with no consequences.

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How Much Do You Know About Opioids?

If you’re looking for more information about opioids, you’ve come to the right place.

What are Opioids?

Opioids are drugs that are usually used for pain management or other conditions such as coughing. Although naturally found in opium poppy plants, manufacturers can also make synthetic opioids by using the chemical structure from poppy plants.

Opioids trigger the body to release large amounts of dopamine–your “feel good” hormones that improve your mood and make you feel happy.

Where Can You Get Opioids?

Opioids approved by the FDA are available either over-the-counter or by prescription. Opioids that are not approved by the FDA are illegal to possess or sell. Illegal opioids have no medical use and are therefore easily misused and increase the risk for addiction.

What is an Opioid Use Disorder?

Prescribed opioids are generally safe for short-term consumption. Prolonged use of opioids can lead to dependence and addiction. A person has an opioid use disorder when they cannot function normally without taking opioids.

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FDA Rejects CBD as a Dietary Supplement

Charlotte’s Web Holdings Inc. submitted paperwork to the FDA to approve its CBD product as a dietary supplement, but it was recently rejected. This blow to the booming CBD industry leaves a shadow of doubt over its future.

The FDA’s objection to Charlotte’s Web on July 23 was that of “concern about the adequacy of safety evidence,” namely possible negative effects on the liver and male reproductive organs.

CBD became federally legal under the Farm Bill Act in 2018. While the FDA says it wants to ensure CBD products are safe, it has yet to release or enforce regulations. This rejection of Charlotte’s Web’s product is one of the first statements the FDA has made about regulating the production and quality of CBD products.

Charlotte’s Web of course disagreed with the FDA and stood by its product. Charlotte’s Web Chief Executive Officer Deanie Elsner said in a statement,

“While we disagree with FDA’s reasoning, believing we provided extensive and credible scientific evidence that supported a different outcome, this decision affirms the path to regulatory clarity must come from Congress.”

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Texas Expanding Medical Marijuana Program

Whether it’s post-traumatic stress disorder or cancer, marijuana can treat many ailments. However, if you live in the state of Texas, qualifying for medical marijuana is challenging.

But starting on September 1, the Texas Compassionate Use Program–a program that allows the use of low-THC products to treat certain diagnoses and side effects–will expand to include people with PTSD and cancer of all stages.

Instead of smoking illegal marijuana to consume THC, the program allows participants to try legal oils and edibles for three months. Participants will consume the same amount of THC as they would from smoking, but the quantity will be smaller because oil is more potent than smoke.

The state’s cannabis program treated fewer than 6,000 people as of May, but the new expansion will help an estimated 114,000 Texans who have cancer and PTSD, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Because the program had previously been so narrow, Texans seeking medical marijuana treatment had to move out of state to receive medical marijuana. But Jax Finkel, the executive director of Texas’ chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, hopes that expanding the state’s medical marijuana program will keep patients in Texas and help them access safe and regulated cannabis.

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Is It Possible to Take Too Much CBD?

The CBD market continues to grow–new companies and small shops are popping up everywhere, expanding the diversity of products available. CBD is being marketed for a host of physical and mental ailments, for animals, and much more.

With the overwhelming prevalence of CBD, it might be tempting to try one-too-many CBD products. But is it possible to ingest too much CBD? And if so, what happens?

2017 review of research concluded that humans can safely tolerate up to 1,500 mg per day. Many standard 1-ounce bottles of CBD oil contain between 300 to 1,500 mg.

What happens if you ingest more than 1,500 mg in a day? For starters, you could experience nausea, diarrhea, and drowsiness. You also may experience slurred speech and vomiting.

However, CBD can negatively interact with medications, so it’s crucial to speak with your physician before consuming CBD products.

If you or someone else has ingested too much CBD and is unconscious, having trouble breathing, or seizing, call 911 immediately.

For all other circumstances, you can contact Poison Control at 800-222-1222. Try to gather as much information as possible, such as the product ingested, how much was ingested, when it was ingested, and the person’s weight and height.

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Maryland Further Funds Anti-Drug Progam

Two weeks ago, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that an additional $6 million dollars would go towards fighting the state’s opioid and heroin epidemic.

Like many states, Maryland has struggled to control the increased rates of drugs. The COVID-19 pandemic has made enforcement harder than ever, as more and more people turn to drugs to escape their present realities and relieve stress, anxiety, and depression.

The funding will support the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network, which was formed in 2017 to control the prevalence of drugs, gangs, and firearms. Since 2017, the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network has:

  • Disrupted or dismantled 1,176 criminal organizations
  • Seized 509 kgs of illegal drugs and 975 firearms
  • Rescued 127 human-trafficking victims
  • Recovered more than $17.5 million in seized drugs and assets

Baltimore, Carroll, and Harford counties will receive the biggest chunks of funding. It’s undisclosed how the additional resources will be allocated between the different departments of the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network. Hopefully, the new funding will help Maryland curb the presence of drugs for the health and safety of its residents.

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Is Marijuana Legalization Soon?

Now that Democrats are in control of Congress and the White House, reform can begin for marijuana legalization. Marijuana has produced many benefits, such as creating new jobs and tax revenue, and is growing tremendously in favor amongst Americans. In fact, 91% of Americans approve of cannabis legalization for both medical and recreational use.

Despite widespread enthusiasm for cannabis, there hasn’t been reform on a federal level. But now, President Joe Biden has stated he supports decriminalization and the legalization of cannabis. Several bills have been introduced, such as the MORE Act, supported by U.S. House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler. The MORE Act is a social justice-focused cannabis legalization bill.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senators Cory Booker and Ron Wyden are introducing a more comprehensive cannabis reform bill to the MORE Act that would end cannabis prohibition and promote social justice. 

While marijuana reform appears to be on the horizon, it’s important to stay updated with your state laws regarding medical and recreational marijuana use and any actions you may need to take. Even with legalization, marijuana use can be dangerous in certain occupations.

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Look Before You Eat!

Florida mother Morgan McCoy experienced every parent’s nightmare when she found her six-year-old daughter lethargic and unresponsive.

The reason? McCoy’s daughter had accidentally eaten a marijuana gummy thinking it was candy.

Now, McCoy is calling for more explicit advertising of marijuana edibles so other parents won’t have to suffer as she did.

The brand of edibles McCoy’s daughter consumed, Faded Fruits, comes in bright, colorful packaging and looks very similar to Hawaiian Punch packaging. It’s no wonder that McCoy’s daughter thought it would be safe to eat. McCoy urges manufacturers to change their labels to clearly state and show that edibles contain marijuana, as well as avoiding the colorful packaging that appeals to children.

Additionally, McCoy strongly urges parents to store edibles in a responsible way: out of sight and reach. It could be the difference between life and death for your child!

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Who Has the Greatest Risk of Opioid Abuse?

The opioid epidemic is a national problem, but certain regions of the country are more impacted than others. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati found that there are 25 “hotspots” where the opioid crisis is specifically severe:

  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Kentucky
  • West Virginia
  • Indiana
  • Tennessee

The opioid crisis is the worst in the big cities of these states.

Additionally, according to the report “researchers found that white males ages 25 to 29 were most at risk of fatal opioid overdose followed by white males ages 30 to 34. The study also identified an increasing risk to black males ages 30 to 34.” The researchers predict that the last group will be at the greatest risk for opioid overdose in the coming years.

 Jagdish Khubchandani, PhD, professor of public health at New Mexico State University gives several suggestions for improving the opioid crisis:

  • Improving access to healthcare
  • Recruiting and retaining mental health professionals for rural America
  • Quality rehabilitation
  • Improving the social determinants in these areas

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How the Opioid Epidemic Impacts Seniors

The U.S. is currently experiencing a prescription opioid epidemic, according to End the Epidemic. The CDC states the number of drug overdose deaths increased by nearly 5% from 2018 to 2019 and over 70% of the 70,630 deaths in 2019 involved an opioid. Clearly this is devastating countless lives and something must be done.

When many people think about the opioid crisis, it’s easy to envision illegal alley exchanges or individuals taking opioids in dark, concealed rooms. The truth is that opioids are prescribed by a doctor or medical facility for treatments of common symptoms, chronic pain, and recovery from surgery.

DrugAbuse.com defines opioids as a class of drugs that includes the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine and morphine. 

Older adults may not understand how to take their medications correctly or understand the consequences of overusing their medication. Kathleen Cameron with the National Council on Aging has stated that “older adults are actually misusing and becoming addicted to opioids as a result of pain management or depression.”

An additional problem can be found with drug-seeking family members or caregivers of an older adults. The prescribed opioids can be stolen and used or sold, or the older adult may be abused or coerced into giving the drug seeker the medication.

It’s crucial to identify opioid-dependent behavior in older adults, as an overuse disorder can be deadlier for older adults than younger individuals. It’s equally as important to ensure medications are only used for the patient to which the medication was prescribed.

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WVU Studying CBD Effects on Driving

If you feel like you see CBD products everywhere, you’re not crazy! CBD oil and products have been a rapidly growing industry since the U.S. Farm Bill in 2018 legalized industrial hemp. Since then, there’s been an explosion of CBD products, brands, and shops.

While many people tout the benefits of CBD oil, its still a largely unstudied substance. We don’t really know the effects it has on various organs or body systems, nor do we know its long-term effects. We also haven’t studied the safety of certain tasks, such as driving after ingesting CBD oil.

West Virginia University decided to find out.

Tucked away in a basement room on WVU’s campus, you’ll find the Driving Simulation Lab. The simulator includes a steering wheel, pedals and turn signals. A computer screen enables participants a visual experience of driving; they can watch the road, pedestrians and stop lights.

WVU Professor Toni Marie Rudisill studies drunk driving, distracted driving, and medications that impact driving. When CBD oil became popular on campus, Rudisill just had to wonder what the effects were for driving and she took action.

Participants of the study were divided into two groups. One group received a 3 ML or a 300 mg dose of CBD oil and the other received a placebo. The simulator judged any impairments based on collisions, lane departures, turn signal usage, and swerving, among other criteria.

Once Rudisill’s study concludes and the results are published, she hopes to conduct a larger study to test more doses.

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Can CBD Treat COVID-19?

As more research comes out in favor of CBD oil, scientists are turning to CBD oil as a possible treatment for COVID-19.

CBD oil is known to help modulate the immune system, and this characteristic prompted scientists to see if CBD oil could stabilize cytokine storms and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

Immunologist Babak Baban and his team in Georgia artificially induced ARDS in mice, creating a cytokine storm and respiratory distress.

“We saw all the classic signs of the disease,” Baban says. “The oxygen dropped, we saw the invasion of inflammatory cells, we saw the destruction of the lung structure.” Then the team injected some of the mice with CBD isolate (CBD without any other cannabinoids).

Within a few hours, the mice oxygen level normalized, as did their blood work. In fact, every damaged mouse who received the CBD was either partially or totally recovered.

Baban noticed that apelin, a peptide that helps reduce inflammation, was nearly zero in the mice with ARDS. After administering CBD, apelin increased by 20 times, and the mice started to recover.

“Apelin is widely presented in the lungs, heart, and digestive system,” Baban explains, “and can be important for homeostasis and rebalancing the immune system.”

The study was published in the September journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.

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