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Ongoing research into the complex compounds found in cannabis are adding to the knowledge base  Dr. Daniele Piomelli offers testimony on Medical Cannabis

Dr. Daniele Piomelli, Editor-in-Chief of Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, provided testimony on the science behind Cannabis research at a Senate Judiciary Committee, and Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, hearing on “Researching the Potential Medical Benefits and Risks of Marijuana.”

The hearing was held on July 13, 2016, and was a timely discussion about researching the potential medical benefits of the Cannabis plant and its cannabinoid chemical components.Testimony was offered to the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. I think that says it all when it comes to the dogged reluctance to putting the research we already have into wide spread medical use.

The hearing also addressed further removal of unnecessary barriers to research on cannabis and cannabinoids; especially, cannabidiol in the United States, where we like to think of ourselves as exceptional. An in the case of adopting medicinal cannabis, we are exceptionally resistant to health and wellness.


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Founders of Western civilization were prehistoric dope dealers

DAILY NEWS  7 July 2016

It looks like the use of the cannabis plant is part of the march of civilization. A review of the data on cannabis in archaeology, links an intensification of cannabis use in East Asia with the rise of transcontinental trade at the dawn of the Bronze Age, some 5000 years ago.

That wonder weed cannabis keeps showing up in the story of who we are. People who understand how to take advantage of nature’s bounty. Medical and industrial researchers are both deep into the weeds, pun intended, with niche research applications for this plant.

Cannabis entered the archaeological record of Japan and Eastern Europe at almost exactly the same time, between about 11,500 and 10,200 years ago. A review of archaeological data links an intensification of cannabis use in East Asia with the rise of transcontinental trade at the dawn of the Bronze Age, some 5000 years ago.

That’s a long time to be keeping track of humanity”s use of a “Class 1 drug” under the U.S. Controlled Substance Act (CSA). Maybe our ancestors were on to something after.

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American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Releases Cannabis Monograph

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SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.— The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) finalized its cannabis monograph to establish standards for the botanical’s identity, purity, analysis, and quality. The monograph also provides information of cannabis’ cultivation, storage and preparation.

In an historic move, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) released the first installation of a two-part Cannabis monograph yesterday that classifies cannabis (marijuana) as a botanical medicine, alongside many other widely accepted Complementary and Alternative Medicines. Written and reviewed by the world’s leading experts, the Cannabis monograph brings together an authoritative compendium of scientific data, including long-awaited standards for the plant’s identity, purity, quality, and botanical properties. The monograph provides a foundation for health care professionals to integrate cannabis therapy into their practices on the basis of a full scientific understanding of the plant, its constituent components, and its biologic effects.

“Cannabis has been used medicinally pretty much throughout the entire timeline of written history, and from archeological evidence, far beyond into antiquity. Virtually every culture who had access to it either from local flora or trade, which was widespread, used it medicinally and recreationally,” said Roy Upton, AHP president.

Set to release by the end of the year, the monograph will offer expert information for growers, caregivers, patients, practitioners, analytical labs, state regulators and researchers. In the future, AHP will publish a Therapeutic Compendium comprehensive review on the plant.

AHP medical director Aviva Romm, M.D., initially suggested AHP pursue a cannabis monograph after seeing patients benefit from the botanical. Since then, 20 states have recognized the botanical’s medical utility to pass medical marijuana laws, but no universal standards have been adopted.

In January, American Herbal Products Association‘s (AHPA) Cannabis Committee drafted regulatory recommendations for medical marijuana dispensing in three states; the committee is a partnership with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), which expressed the need for widespread botanical benchmarks.

“The AHP monograph creates much needed quality assurance standards for States that have medical access laws,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of ASA. “The adoption of these standards will create confidence in the quality and reliability of cannabis therapies for patients and their physicians.”

AHP developed the monograph in collaboration with University of Mississippi, with help from Mahmoud ElSohly, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutics and cannabis botanical expert.

Further Reading

U.S. Patent on cannabinoids as anti-oxidants and neuro-protectants

Study shows whole herbal cannabis causes cells becoming cancerous to self destruct

Synthetic, fossil fuel base Marinol inferior to natural cannabis

Cancer cure from using cannabis

Juicing cannabis leaves to treat illness

Why The War on Drugs has Failed – An infographic by Paul at Ocean Recovery Centre.

This infographic explains why the war on drugs has failed, and possible alternative policies that could be used to replace the War on Drugs.

As a matter of public health, it doesn’t help to bury one’s head in the sand and ignore solutions. We can ill afford to waste the resources at hand. Changing a failed public policy is a good first step.

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