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Scientific Study using CBD shows reduction of seizures by 39%

25 May

Author: Michelle Pancake

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Above is the chemical structure of Cannabidiol or CBD , one of 113 active cannabinoids in cannabis (image credit wikimedia commons)

A groundbreaking article by CNN highlights a scientific study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that cannabidiol (CBD) is medically beneficial. The 14-day, double-blind, placebo-controlled human trial resulted in significantly reduced seizures in children with a severe epilepsy disorder called Dravet Syndrome. These children suffer from seizures at rates from 4 to 1,717 seizures per month, causing developmental delays, speech and lanugage problems, behavioral issues and movement problems. The study’s results show that those given CBD had 39% less seizures, compared to those given the placebo who had 13% less seizures. Nearly all did experience side effects, drowsyness most common, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. Amazingly, 5% of the 120 children became entirely seizure-free during the 14-week study.

This study is a necessary step to move marijuana off of the schedule 1 controlled substance list, which makes it difficult to do federally approved studies on its possible medicinal values. As schedule 1 it is currently considered to have virtually no medicinal value, and high potential for abuse. Many populations are already using marijuana to treat medical conditions, so this study could improve access by  opening the door for more research studies, and possibly drop marijuana from schedule 1 to reflect it’s true medicinal value.

Read the CNN article HERE

Read the original study HERE

Good News for LA marijuana, Measure M Passed by nearly 80%!

13 Mar

Measure M passed by a landslide!

Last week measure M passed by nearly 80%, paving the way for for a thriving, cooperative and responsible marijuana industry in Los Angeles. Measure M sets a tax structure and gives the city the right to regulate marijuana industry. Though the measure did not provide much detail into the new regulations, it secured the ability for the industry to expand in a way that benefits the consumer, marijuana collective, and community combined. We will find out in coming months what the specifics of the regulations will be, for example where a collective can be located, how it can advertise, or product standards.

Much credit for this win is owed to the efforts of the Southern California Coalition (SCC), who worked diligently with city officials and business-owners to connect, creating a united front for the LA marijuana industry. The SCC is made up of many alliances from different sectors of the industry, including LA Delivery Alliance, Cultivators Alliance, Greater LA Collective Alliance (GLACA). Their efforts made it clear what regulations would be best for the industry as a whole, winning the support of the news media and LA City officials.

It is immediately clear that it will still be a tough road for prospective marijuana business owners entering LA’s marijuana industry. Measure M gave priority to the 135 ‘grand-fathered in’, marijuana collectives. These collectives were Prop-D compliant, meaning they followed certain guidelines exempting them from prosecution for the past many years, keeping them in business. They have first dibs on the few locations that will be legal to have a walk-in marijuana collective. Regulations soon to come will detail distances required away from schools, churches, and home residences. While Measure M gives the industry a sigh of relief, all are still anxiously awaiting details of the regulations to determine how best to move forward with their marijuana businesses.

Overall, Measure M is great for patients and marijuana consumers because it protects delivery collectives such as ourselves! The Goddess Delivers will continue to serve our patients though this epic transition towards legal marijuana in California. The future is looking bright for marijuana businesses; these regulations bring protections that will allow businesses to solidify and grow. More to come as regulation details are released, stay tuned!

Citations

“Los Angeles, California, Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Referred Ordinance, Measure M (March 2017).” Ballotpedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2017. (https://ballotpedia.org/Los_Angeles,_California,_Marijuana_Regulation_and_Taxation_Referred_Ordinance,_Measure_M_(March_2017)

 

Measure M: Vote for Inclusive, Diverse LA Cannabis Industry

9 Jan

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A step forward for marijuana delivery services in LA comes as the City Council’s Proposition M gains support of the pro-pot community, detailed in this article by LA Weekly. It replaces the restrictive measure the UCBA Trade Association originally proposed, which allowed only 135 marijuana collectives in Los Angeles, excluded delivery-only or 3rd party delivery collectives, and split the pro-pot vote. That measure would have likely excluded Goddess Delivers from operating. The UCBA was pressured by the city and Southern California Coalition to drop their industry destroying initiative. Luckily, the SCC and the City Council have been standing up for an independent, diverse, and inclusive cannabis industry in Los Angeles. Proposition M now has the support of of the larger pro-pot community and could expand the number of legal shops in LA to up to 495, as well as legalize more forms of delivery service. Goddess Delivers, the LA Delivery Alliance and the majority of the cannabis industry urges everyone to support Prop M on this upcoming March 2017 ballot.

To read the full article, click here.

Article: Cannabis Does Not Kill Brain Cells, It Protects Them

13 Nov

An intriguing article in the Huffington post by Dr. David Bearman contradicts the common misconception that marijuana kills brain cells, proving it could help traumatic brain injuries heal by actually preventing cell death.

Access the article HERE

The Week in Marijuana

9 Mar

Gupta: ‘I am doubling down’ on medical marijuana – CNN

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the lead medical correspondent on CNN, has written another piece advocating for medical marijuana. In the piece he writes:

I am more convinced than ever that it is irresponsible to not provide the best care we can, care that often may involve marijuana. I am not backing down on medical marijuana; I am doubling down.”

Gupta, who was previously against medical marijuana, made a notable change in his beliefs 8 months ago with a piece titled “Why I Changed My Mind on Weed.”

Read the entire post here.

FDA Moves Forward With Marijuana-Based Drug To Fight Childhood Epilepsy – The Huffington Post

Orphan drug designation for a cannabis-based drug developed to treat childhood-onset epilepsy has been granted by the FDA. This means that the maker of the drug must demonstrate effectiveness in clinical trials. This is a huge step forward towards better access to proper care for those who need it.

Read the entire article here.

The Benefits of Medical Cannabis – Mercola.com

Who sees legalization as a threat? Well according to Mercola.com it’s the pharmaceutical companies who are afraid of seeing any new therapy that could “take away from their bottom line.” So what exactly is the case for legalization? One of the most powerful answers seems to come from this quote:

 

“Many may find the idea of medical cannabis abhorrent or somehow “wrong,” as we’ve been indoctrinated to view marijuana as a dangerous gateway drug that will lead you down a path of illicit drug use. Many fail to realize that prescription drugs actually have FAR greater potential to turn you into “a junkie.”

Read the entire article here.

The Week In Marijuana

3 Mar

Spanish Molecular Biologist Explains How THC Completely Kills Cancer Cells – Collective Evolution 

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Collective Evolution picked up a video from CannabisPlanet.TV in which Dr. Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist at Compultense University in Madrid, Spain, discusses the biological process of how THC helps kill cancer cells. 

It’s a very informative video that really helps explain the seemingly miraculous effects of cannabis in medical treatment.

Read the entire article and watch the video here.

It isn’t just about marijuana in Colorado; hemp farming also is taking off – San Jose Mercury News

Perhaps the less discussed side of the marijuana legalization movement is the legalization of the cultivation and processing of hemp. Hemp, the far less potent cousin of Marijuana, can as of this weekend be legally cultivated for recreational, industrial and research uses. Colorado’s farmers who are interested in growing hemp can register with the state. 

Read the entire article here.

The Week In Marijuana

26 Jan

 

Georgia Bill To Legalize Cannabidiol Oil Inspired By Politician’s Visit With 4-Year-Old – The Huffington Post

The Peach State could be next in line to legalize Cannabidiol oil for medical purposes following state Rep. Allen Peake visit to a young girl suffering from a seizure disorder. The Huffington Post quotes Rep. Peake in saying the following:

“I’m an unlikely champion for this cause. I’ve never done drugs. Never smoked marijuana in my life, but I had a visit with Haleigh Cox, the daughter of a constituent of mine. The result of seeing the pain and suffering she goes through, having 100 seizures a day, and seeing a potential remedy through cannabidiol treatment, I was compelled to move to action.”

Read the entire article here.

Medical marijuana could save my daughter’s life – The Gaurdian

This impassioned opinion piece about the legalization of the CBD oil is definitely worth the read. We’ve posted many third person accounts of the benefits and arguments for the legalization of the oil, but this first person account is a refreshing. The author is also a sharp writer making the apt observation:

“Regulating high-CBD marijuana the same way we treat the pot that gets you stoned is like treating Welch’s grape juice as if it were a wine. The fact that they are derived from the same plant does not mean that they should be treated similarly under the law. It’s not a hard concept to grasp”

Read the entire article here.

The Week In Marijuana News

20 Jan

Man says hemp oil is beating his cancer – The Telegram

A gentleman in St. John’s, Canada, is claiming that marijuana oil is helping him beat his prostate cancer. The Telegram quotes him as saying: “It makes me feel 20 years younger, that’s what the marijuana oil does.” The Telegram reports that his PSA blood levels have improved that there has been regression in his lymph nodes.

Read the rest of the article here.

Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures – NPR

Florida could be up next as a state that will allow children with severe seizure disorders to be prescribed Charlotte’s Web.

Read the rest of the article here.

Obama says marijuana ‘no more dangerous than alcohol’ – CNN

President Obama, perhaps the President with the youth most associated with smoking marijuana, shared his views about marijuana in a recent interview:

“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

We thank the president for taking such progressive steps to help change the social views of marijuana. We hope this is a true sign of things to come for this country.

Read the rest of the article here.

The Week in Marijuana

12 Jan

National

This Is What the Average Medical Marijuana User Looks Like – The New Republic

Here’s an interesting profile from The New Republic published a day after New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced the authorization of “20 hospitals to distribute medical marijuana, making New York the 21st state to legalize the sale of prescription pot.” The New Republic then reports on a study done by the University of Michigan to see average demographics of medical marijuana users.

See the results here.

Lifestyle

Recipe: “Ganja Guacamole”

While everyone else in the country is freezing, folks in California get to enjoy our non polar vortex weather with some nice “Ganja Guacamole.” Let us know what you think!

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Check out the recipe here.

The Week In Marijuana

15 Dec

California

Legal pot supported by California majority for first time, Field Poll shows – Contra Costa Times

If you somehow missed this piece of good news: for the first time in a long time (maybe forever) a majority of Californians favor marijuana legalization. And, as the Contra Costa TImes writes, “where there’s smoke, there might soon be fire.” We think one quote sums up the state and future of legalization in California pretty well:

“Debating about whether to legalize now is pointless, because we’re going to. The smart debate is about how we’ll do it.” -” Mark A.R. Kleiman drug policy expert

Read the entire article here.

National

Sen. Krueger Introduces Bill to Regulate and Tax Marijuana in New York State – NYSenate.gov

Could New York state soon be the third state to fully legalize marijuana? If State Senator Liz Krueger, has her way it very well might be. The senator, who represents Manhattan, announced a marijuana regulation bill, that would take down legal barriers and allow the regulation, and taxation of marijuana.

Read the entire press release here.

Can traditional tourism survive marijuana legalization? –

This article asks the question that should naturally follow any marijuana legalization act: once people are allowed to purchase marijuana as a marijuana tourist where will they be allowed to smoke it? Not in public, the article says, and some hotels might hassle it’s customers. The article ponders what moves businesses in colorado (and other states that could legalize the sale of marijuana in due time) might have to make  to coexist with the newly legalized substance.

Read the entire piece here.

Lifestyle

Jerome Chang’s Pot Brownies –  TheAwl.com

Check out this delicious looking piece of heaven! We can’t get over how amazing this looks, and how perfect it would be for the holiday season! Let us know how it tastes if you try it out yourself!

Here’s the recipe.