UNITED KINGDOM: Cannabis smoke exposure, even long-term, is not positively associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, or irreversible airway damage, according to a literature review published in the journal Breathe.
NEW YORK: Most Americans believe that consuming cannabis poses fewer harms to health than does the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, or sugar, according to the findings of a nationwide Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
Respondents were asked which of the four substances they believed to be “most harmful to a person’s overall health.” Most respondents chose tobacco (41 percent), followed by alcohol (24 percent) and sugar (21 percent).
Only nine percent of those surveyed said that they believed that marijuana was most harmful to health. That percentage is nearly identical to the total reported by pollsters in 2014, the last time they surveyed the issue.
Sixty percent of respondents also acknowledged that they favored the passage of state laws permitting “adults to purchase small quantities of marijuana for their own personal use from regulated, state-licensed businesses.” That total is consistent with those of other recent polls finding that a strong majority of voters support legalizing and regulating adult marijuana use.
For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.
CANADA: A new white paper produced by the Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA) charges that the federal government risks damaging thousands of small businesses in communities across the country by opening the door to further increases in sales of illegal tobacco while giving unfair and preferential treatment to the sellers of cannabis.
Ottawa is considering important legislative changes for two controversial, age-restricted products. Bill C-45 – The Cannabis Act lays the framework for the legalization and regulation of cannabis. The House of Commons is also considering Bill S-5, a new law to regulate e-cigarettes and place further restrictions on tobacco.
The stated purposes of legalizing cannabis are to reduce the black market, to restrict youth access, to deter and reduce criminal activity, and to protect public health through strict product safety. The government’s Tobacco Control Strategy shares the very same goals. However, the approaches are inconsistent, and, in the case of tobacco, will be counterproductive. Government should not rush changes through, and should instead take the time to ensure that a consistent and coherent approach is taken to these two controlled products.
Tobacco faces severe new restrictions and will only be allowed to be sold in identical plain packaging. By contrast, cannabis packaging will be permitted to have limited branding, will have more room for promotion and will be taxed at a much lower rate than tobacco products.
Just yesterday, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor attempted to explain why branding will be allowed on cannabis by saying that packaging and labelling of cannabis products is necessary to give adult consumers the relevant information they need to make informed decisions and an educated choice.
“We couldn’t agree more with the Minister, and fail to understand why the same logic is not being applied to tobacco,” said Satinder Chera, President of the Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA).
OREGON: The Oregon House of Representatives today ratified previous action by the Oregon Senate in passing an historic Tobacco 21 bill. The bill was amended in the House Rules Committee to remove any language prohibiting possession of tobacco products for those under 21. SB 754 will need to return to the Senate floor for a concurrence vote before heading to the Governor’s desk; the end of session in Oregon is July 9. Governor Kate Brown has indicated her support for the measure that will raise the legal minimum sales age for all nicotine and tobacco products to 21. After Senate concurrence, with her action, Oregon will become the third state, after Hawaii and California to join this life-saving addiction prevention effort.
“95% of all smokers take up the habit before age 21, and raising the age has been shown to reduce high school smoking by half,” said Eric Brodell, Western Regional Director of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation. “In Oregon, alcohol and recreational marijuana sales are already set at age 21. Tobacco, which kills almost 500,000 Americans each year, is clearly more dangerous to kids. That’s why national polling shows 75% support for raising the age, including 70% of smokers.”
Tobacco 21 has been a goal of the Oregon Legislature for the past three years. This session, Senator Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward and more than 15 co-sponsors pushed even harder and connected with a broad coalition of over 30 Oregon organizations representing physicians, nurses, hospitals, parents, teachers, students and service unions.
“As a physician, I’m committed to passing legislation to improve the health and lives of Oregonians. That’s why I’m proud to be the chief sponsor of Senate Bill 754, which will prevent young people from a lifetime of tobacco and e-cigarette addiction,” said Senator Steiner Hayward. “If signed by the governor, this new law will go a long way to preventing cancer as well as heart and lung disease.”
CALIFORNIA: It has been reported that most individuals struggling to quit smoking have been advised to transition to marijuana. In recent times, people are using it extensively to ease the symptoms that are associated with withdrawal.
The practice of using a balanced tincture has been known to mitigate withdrawal symptoms associated with individuals who are struggling to quit smoking. Although there has not been any kind of proven record so far about offsetting the withdrawal symptoms that are caused by nicotine cessation, tests conducted on animals have shown that it can diminish the opiate seeking urges in the behavior of opiate addicted mice.
Clinical studies have already established the fact that there is not an associated increased risk of the development of lung cancer by smoking cannabis as it is with tobacco. However, individuals should be aware of the fact that heavy cannabis smoking can lead to the development of testicular cancer among young males. It has therefore been safely concluded by most of the experts in the industry that smoking of cannabis is not a healthy alternative to quitting tobacco.
Vaporizing is currently considered as one of the healthiest alternatives. It delivers the medicine just as rapidly as the smoking does not without the unhealthy exposure to tars and other elements associated with combustion. it is recommended that dosing with a high variety of CBD may be a healthier choice because tobacco is used to relieve stress, calm anxiety and suppress appetite. The purpose of the endocannabinoid system within the human body is to promote homeostasis.
Cannabis is healthy only when used in moderation. It is therefore important for the individuals to seek the advice of a certified physician for the prescription. It will help them to use just the right amount of dosage in order to relieve stress and achieve mental relaxation.
CALIFORNIA: Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of avoidable death in the US, and chronic exposure to tobacco smoke is related to increased incidences of cancer as well as vascular disease, according to the United States Center for Disease Control. Many substitutes have been created to help individuals quit smoking cigarettes, such as herbal cigarettes, e-cigs, vaping, specialized gum, and many other ways.
Studies found in The Washington Post, pulmonologist Dr. Donald Tashkin, Professor Emeritus at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has assumed that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use. What they found instead was no connection at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect.
CV Sciences is currently in development of Cannabidiol-based potential U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved drugs. The company’s pipeline is the CVSI-007, a chewing gum that contains nicotine and synthetic Cannabidiol to support cessation of smokeless tobacco use and addiction. CV Sciences currently has two distinct operations: the Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Products Divisions. These divisions are supported by its medical and scientific advisory board, and advanced art production facilities.
OHIO: More college students are using marijuana daily than smoking cigarettes, according to a national survey released Tuesday.
One in 17 students report using marijuana 20 or more times in the past 30 days in 2014, according to the annual survey of students by University of Michigan researchers.
The 5.9 percent rate is the highest since 1980, when the national survey about drug, alcohol and cigarette use was first conducted.
In 2007 the daily or near-daily rate of use was 3.5 percent.
“It’s clear that for the past seven or eight years there has been an increase in marijuana use among the nation’s college students,” Lloyd Johnston, the principal investigator of the study, said in a statement. “And this largely parallels an increase we have been seeing among high school seniors.”
NEW YORK: Friday was only a half-day on Wall Street. Stocks didn’t move.
But gold traders were active – selling gold! The yellow metal lost $22 on Friday.
Still, it was a successful Thanksgiving, as measured in your editor’s favourite currency. He had planned to try to rescue an old tobacco barn from its quiet decay, using the strong backs of his own sons, and two of their friends.
Our old friend, Tommy, who has made his living for the last 60 years in farming and earth-moving, stopped by too, just to offer advice and encouragement.