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Fentanyl-Laced Cannabis: Forever Feared, Not Yet Found - Leafly

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:45

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Fentanyl-Laced Cannabis: Forever Feared, Not Yet Found
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This isn't the first time Canadian authorities have sounded the alarm over fears of fentanyl-laced cannabis. “The RCMP issued a warning last fall, saying they believed marijuana contaminated with fentanyl was being sold in Masset, B.C.,” reports the ...

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Can Medical Marijuana Help Alcoholics Stop Drinking For Good?

Alternet - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:13
The substitution effect: More people are making the switch to marijuana.

Could cannabis be a helping hand to alcoholics? If possible, it could be a watershed moment for themany as 33 million Americans who struggle with alcohol use disorder. Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive drug in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that approximately 88,000 Americans die as a result of excessive alcohol use each year. 

Researchers are paying attention to an economics principle and how it may be relevant regarding people and drug choice. When prices rise or people have less income they naturally substitute more expensive items for less expensive ones. Economists call that the “substitution effect.” Could people exhibit the same behavior when choosing an intoxicant? Would they choose one that is less dangerous just as they choose a product that is less expensive?

It’s not a pipe dream. Afterall, Medicare records have shown that in states with medical marijuana, prescription medicine use is down significantly. Additionally, death from opiate overdose is down by 25 percent in states with medical marijuana.

Studies have shown the same substitution happens in the relationship between alcohol and marijuana. One Canadian study surveyed over 400 medical marijuana patients and found that over 41% substituted cannabis for alcohol. The three reasons they gave were less withdrawal, fewer side-effects, and better symptom management.

In another study, of 350 medical marijuana patients in California, 40 percent said they had substituted cannabis for alcohol. Ironically, nearly half of those “reported using cannabis to relieve pain that they suffered as a result of an alcohol related injury.“ 

Alcoholics Anonymous and thousands of private treatment centers nationwide that believe true sobriety is the answer may argue that encouraging cannabis to someone with alcohol use disorder is just offering a new vice and potentially a new danger to their lives. Afterall, nearly 9 percent of cannabis users may develop substance use disorder.

However, not all people will connect with the religiosity of AA or be able to afford the cost of 28 days off of work and “drying out” in a treatment facility. Maybe this will be an invaluable option for those who don’t connect well with other approaches.

While not perfect, marijuana isn’t known to cause or contribute to liver disease, heart disease, stroke, sleep disorders, depression and a whole host of other problems associated with heavy drinking. Some people who have had the opportunity to compare the two different user experiences understand, cannabis is 100 times safer than alcohol.

It may be simple economics that help make the decision. 

 

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Marijuana use increases risk of death by high blood pressure: study - The Globe and Mail

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 09:06

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Marijuana use increases risk of death by high blood pressure: study
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The average duration of use among users of marijuana, or cannabis, was 11.5 years. The results showed marijuana users had a 3.42-times higher risk of death from hypertension than non-users, and a 1.04 greater risk for each year of use. There was no ...
Study on Marijuana and Heart Health Stirs DebateHealthline
Marijuana associated with three-fold risk of death from hypertensionScience Daily
Marijuana 'may be worse than cigarettes for cardiovascular health'Medical News Today
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This former minister expects to make $22 million next year selling marijuana - CNBC

Google - Cannabis - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 07:31

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This former minister expects to make $22 million next year selling marijuana
CNBC
Before he decided to cash in on the cannabis craze, Osborne was a minister for eight years in Salt Lake City, Utah (though he's not a Mormon). His conservative family does not approve of him working in the marijuana business. "My son-in-law won't even ...

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OR: Seattle drops $1,000 HempFest fine amid evidence questions - KOIN 6

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:52
koin.com (US) Seattle drops $1,000 HempFest fine amid evidence questions ! KOIN 6 Seattle drops $1,000 HempFest fine amid evidenc... (Wed Aug 09 21:52:36 2017 PDT)
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OR: California's Marijuana Regulation Agency Has A New Name - Jefferson Public Radio

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:50
ijpr.org (US) The Bureau of Cannabis Control is the latest. (Wed Aug 09 21:50:12 2017 PDT)
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OR: Chris Lehman - N3 - KLCC

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OR: Jeff Sessions Has 'Serious Questions' About Oregon's Marijuana Market . News - OPB

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:40
opb.org Jeff Sessions Has 'Serious Questions' About Oregon's Marijuana Market . (Wed Aug 09 21:40:15 2017 PDT)
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OR: First Responders Spending More On Overdose Reversal Drug . News - OPB

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:40
opb.org In Prince George's County, Md., every first responder carries naloxone, the drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. Depending on the strength [of the opioid], you may see that we'd use two of these," says Battalion Chief Mark S... (Wed Aug 09 21:40:15 2017 PDT)
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OR: Smoking pot has 3 times blood-pressure death risk

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:31
wnd.com People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater risk of dying from hypertension. (Wed Aug 09 22:31:04 2017 PDT)
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OR: Smoking pot has 3 times blood-pressure death risk

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OR: Our view: Branching out in marijuana - Editorials - East Oregonian

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:28
eastoregonian.com (US) Is asking the city for conditional use approval to open a two-acre marijuana grow at the former Riverside Nursery. (Wed Aug 09 21:28:19 2017 PDT)
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OR: Opinions - East Oregonian

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:28
eastoregonian.com (US) Our view: Branching out in marijuana Pendleton remains the only municipality in the area with legal marijuana sales. Other views: Legalize marijuana at federal level Other views: Legalize mar... (Wed Aug 09 21:28:19 2017 PDT)
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OR: Other views: Legalize marijuana at federal level - Editorials - East Oregonian

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:28
eastoregonian.com (US) States that also have legalized recreational marijuana &#x2014. (Wed Aug 09 21:28:19 2017 PDT)
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OR: The Skanner News - homepagefeature

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OR: The Skanner News - opioid-epidemic

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OR: The Skanner News - Multnomah County Sues Opioid Drug Makers for $250M

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OR: Sessions raises concerns over Washington state's pot legalization - Local News - The Daily Astorian

Bot - Cannabis - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:23
dailyastorian.com (US) Jay Inslee that a 2013 Justice Department memo which was interpreted as clearing the way for states to regulate marijuana did not preclude federal prosecution. (Wed Aug 09 22:23:43 2017 PDT)
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OR: Sessions raises concerns over Washington state's pot legalization - Local News - The Daily Astorian

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