Why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana

Copied from the Washington Post

One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana

There’s a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics. But that’s always been just an assumption.

Now a new study, released in the journal Health Affairs, validates these findings by providing clear evidence of a missing link in the causal chain running from medical marijuana to falling overdoses. Ashley and W. David Bradford, a daughter-father pair of researchers at the University of Georgia, scoured the database of all prescription drugs paid for under Medicare Part D from 2010 to 2013.

They found that, in the 17 states with a medical-marijuana law in place by 2013, prescriptions for painkillers and other classes of drugs fell sharply compared with states that did not have a medical-marijuana law. The drops were quite significant: In medical-marijuana states, the average doctor prescribed 265 fewer doses of antidepressants each year, 486 fewer doses of seizure medication, 541 fewer anti-nausea doses and 562 fewer doses of anti-anxiety medication.

But most strikingly, the typical physician in a medical-marijuana state prescribed 1,826 fewer doses of painkillers in a given year.

The rest of the article is at:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/07/13/one-striking-chart-shows-why-pharma-companies-are-fighting-legal-marijuana/

DIY-Induction Heating a Titanium Nail

Hee, hee, hee, sometimes our readers pass on something that is just too good not to share.  In this case, a DIY induction heating system for Titanium nails, that is handy and portable.

Look what that certain rascally hard boiled frog has been up to:

DIY-Induction Heating your Titanium Nail

GW

Centuria Foods CBDA Decarboxylation Research

The folks over at Centuria foods have been generous enough to share their data on process scale CBDA decarboxylation. They used our article on THCA decarboxylation as a starting place and were nice enough to send us the data they recorded on CBD to share with our readers!

The data is of 90 kg batches in a open 200 liter mixing tank at different time points and temperature parameters.

CenturiaFoods_Update (4).xls – Decarboxylation

Enjoy!

Dissolving Acidic Cannabinoids for a THCA Tincture by CAT Scientific

Check this out!

Dissolving Acidic Cannabinoids for a THCA Tincture by Steve Gold

CANNABINOID CARBOXYLIC ACIDS THCA AND CBDA: THEIR POTENTIAL FUNCTIONS, APPLICATIONS, AND METHODS OF EXTRACTION

Wowza!  Check out what Dr Kate has been up to!

Introduction to a cold extraction method for hash oil that preserves carboxylic acid form of cannabinoids THC and CBD

By Kate Welch, Pharm.D

CANNABINOID CARBOXYLIC ACIDS THCA AND CBDA: THEIR POTENTIAL FUNCTIONS, APPLICATIONS, AND METHODS OF EXTRACTION

Emulsifying BHO and Vegetable Glycerine for E-Juice

For those coveting detailed instruction on how to emulsify BHO and Vegetable Glycerin for E-Juice, check out the report put out by CAT Scientific at:

Emulsifying Vegetable Glycerin and BHO for E-juice by CAT Scientific

Potential Fire Hazard Emulsifying Alcohol

Whooop, whoooooop, heads up for potential hazard!!!

The following caveat from the folks at CAT Scientific:

Hi JD!

I’m getting quite a few reports of folks using our Homogenizers to dissolve Absolute Oil in Ethanol. Our homogenizer drive units have brushed motors and the device is positioned right over the Ethanol. Given the temperature of the Ethanol while dissolving/homogenizing, 65°C, I think there is a possibility of a flash fire.

Our R20 Overhead stirrer http://www.catscientific.com/overhead-stirrers/overhead-stirrer-r20/ which has a brushless motor, is a safer device for dissolving.

Bob and I we’re wondering if you could post something on the Skunk Pharm Web Site letting folks know the potential dangers of using a brushed motor homogenizer and the benefits of an overhead stirrer, the R20, with a brushless motor for this application?

Steve
http://www.catscientific.com

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