Category: Second Column

Sainthood Looms for New Zealand Cannabis Grower

By John Maslin in the Wanganui Chronicle  . Suzanne Aubert is a name that may not be immediately recognised, but as Sister Mary Joseph or Mother Aubert she championed the rights of the poor and under-privileged in a life dedicated to her church. Much of her convent’s income came through the sales of Aubert’s medicinal formulations, including many cannabis-based medicines. Aubert is the first person known to grow cannabis in New Zealand. She also started a home for those less fortunate at Jerusalem on the Whanganui River in 1885.  In addition to the usual customs of religious life, she taught...

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Drug Development in China

 The front page of the NYT Business section January 4 was a report by Sui-Lee Wee headlined “Promising Drugs, Made in China” —as if that was news, as if Chinese scientists haven’t been in the forefront of biomedical research since the 1960s, when they were first to synthesize insulin. Excerpts from Lee’s piece follow, with one comment from The Managing Editor. China’s drug development is in the earliest stages compared to the broader industry. Some experts say, however, that it is only a matter of time before China’s medical companies stand alongside Big Pharma giants like Pfizer and AstraZeneca....

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Neurontin, Lyrica Use Soaring

Choose your headline to publicize the news contained in Gabapentinoid Use in the United States 2002 Through 2015, a research letter from Dr. Michael E. Johansen published in JAMA Internal Medicine January 2. • “Neurontin, Lyrica Prescriptions Soar” • “Neurontin, Lyrica Use Soars” • “Neurontin, Lyrica Sales Soar” • “Pfizer Making Billions on Gabapentinoids.” They’re all accurate. Lyrica won FDA approval to treat diabetic nerve pain, fibromyalgia, post-herpetic neuralgia caused by shingles and spinal cord injuries. Neurontin was approved to treat epilepsy and post-herpetic neuralgia. Obviously, it’s the off-label uses that have turned these drugs into blockbusters.  Here is Johansen’s...

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Happy Hanukkah, Monica Lewinsky

  http://www.os-extra.cannabisclinicians.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Happy-Hanukkah-Monica.m4v By Fred Gardner. California voters legalized marijuana for medical use on November 5, 1996. Bill Clinton was re-elected as President that same day. California’s Republican attorney general, who had led the opposition to Prop 215, flew to Washington, DC,  and urged federal officials to prevent the new law from being implemented.  Clinton didn’t authorize an armed crackdown, but he did set in motion a civil suit to close down Dennis Peron’s San Francisco Cannabis Buyer’s Club, Jeff Jones’s Oakland CBC, and four other Bay Area dispensaries. It was a classic example of liberal “triangulation.” If Clinton had...

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Cannabis Roots (More Research is Needed)

Cannabis Roots: A Traditional Therapy with Future Potential for Treating Inflammation and Pain By Natasha R Ryz, David J.Remillard, and Ethan B. Russo in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. August 2017 Introduction: The roots of the cannabis plant have a long history of medical use stretching back millennia. However, the therapeutic potential of cannabis roots has been largely ignored in modern times. Discussion: In the first century, Pliny the Elder described in Natural Histories that a decoction of the root in water could be used to relieve stiffness in the joints, gout, and related conditions. By the 17th century, various...

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