Medical Marijuana Users Are Quitting Prescription Drugs in Huge Numbers

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As the U.S. witnesses a cascade of new laws that lift the prohibition of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes, more people have made an exodus from their prescription drugs to the counters of their local dispensaries. This trend is only expected to gain momentum as medical cannabis users testify to the glowing results of their substituting marijuana for traditional pharmaceuticals, according to data released in a new report published by the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

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Walgreens to sell CBD products in 1,500 stores

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  • Walgreens will sell CBD creams, patches and sprays in nearly 1,500 stores in select states.
  • Walgreens will sell the cannabis-based products in Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vermont, South Carolina, Illinois and Indiana.
  • Rival drugstore chain CVS introduced CBD-containing topicals, including creams and salves, to stores in eight states earlier in March.

Walgreens will sell CBD creams, patches and sprays in nearly 1,500 stores in select states, the company told CNBC on Wednesday.

The drugstore chain will sell the cannabis-based products in Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vermont, South Carolina, Illinois and Indiana. Walgreens declined to specify which brands it would carry.

“This product offering is in line with our efforts to provide a wider range of accessible health and wellbeing products and services to best meet the needs and preferences of our customers,” Walgreens spokesman Brian Faith said in an email.

Rival drugstore chain CVS introduced CBD-containing topicals, including creams and salves, to stores in eight states earlier in March. As the non-psychoactive cannabis compound becomes one of the hottest ingredients in consumer products, retailers are carefully evaluating the market.

Consumers are increasingly curious about CBD, which promises to help everything from anxiety to pain even though there is scant evidence backing up these claims. And while CBD derived from hemp is now legal thanks to the farm bill Congress passed late last year, the FDA says companies still can’t add CBD to food or sell it as a dietary supplement.

The regulatory uncertainty has left some large companies on the sidelines for now. Selling CBD-infused beauty and skin-care products brings far less risk, making it an obvious first step for retailers.

Here’s What Medical Cannabis Looks Like in Texas

Compassionate Cultivation founder and CEO Morris Denton looks over marijuana plants in the company’s flowering room in Manchaca, Texas.

Nearly all forms of cannabis are illegal in Texas. And by illegal, I mean very illegal. Possession of a small amount of cannabis concentrate—what we in the legal states know as a $30 vape cartridge—is a felony in the Lone Star State.

Medical marijuana here has almost no THC. It’s actually lower in THC than hemp-derived CBD.
But there is one form of cannabis that is allowed. It’s a highly specialized cannabidiol oil that contains, by law, no more than 0.5% THC and no less than 10% CBD. It’s available only to patients with intractable epilepsy, and three companies are licensed to produce and distribute it.

No Brainer: CBD & THC for Head Injuries

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  • According to a U.S. government-held patent pertaining to “cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants,” CBD and THC can limit “neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke or trauma.”
  • A 2014 study found that traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients who tested positive for THC were more likely to survive with less impairment than TBI patients who abstained from marijuana.
  • Preclinical research and anecdotal accounts indicate that CBD is highly active against brain ischemia, modulating many of the molecular hallmarks of TBI pathology.
  • CBD normalizes post-ischemic heart arrhythmia and limits the size of damaged brain tissue in mice when administered shortly before or after a closed head injury.
  • CBD produces no intoxicating effects, no THC-like high, and its use does not lead to tolerance.
  • As yet there have been no FDA-approved clinical trials to determine the efficacy of CBD-rich cannabis oil extracts for traumatic brain injury.

Texas lawmaker whose bill allowed medical cannabis oil wants to expand its use in 2019

skliGov. Greg Abbott displays SB339 as Rep. John Zerwas, Rep. Stephanie Klick and Sen. Kevin Eltife watch. The bill would allow limited use of medical marijuana oil that will control seizures in epileptic children.

Four years after she authored legislation that legalized the sale of medical cannabis oil to Texans suffering from a small number of conditions, Republican state Rep. Stephanie Klick plans to push to expand the list of eligible patients in 2019.

On Thursday, the Fort Worth representative filed House Bill 3703, which would give Texans with multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and spasticity access to medical cannabis oil containing low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive element in marijuana known as THC.

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