Report That CBD Can Cause Liver Damage Debunked

A June 18 article in Forbes reported that researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences have determined “people that use CBD are at an elevated risk of liver toxicity.”

The article cited the study, “Heptatotoxicity of a Cannabidiol-Rich Cannabis Extract in a Mouse Model,” posted at Molecules on April 30. It concluded:

“CBD exhibited clear signs of hepatotoxicity, possibly of a cholestatic nature. The involvement of numerous pathways associated with lipid and xenobiotic metabolism raises serious concerns about potential drug interactions as well as the safety of CBD.”

Can the popular cannabinoid cause such damage in humans? Project CBD says no, in a rebuttal article published on July 11.

“The breathless article in Forbes focuses on a single, flawed, pre-clinical study and exaggerates it to the point of falsehood,” Adrian Devitt-Lee writes. “A close examination of the Molecules study reveals a Pandora’s box of strange statements, problematic publishing and unreasonable experimental design.”

Beware of High CBD Dosing 

The Arkansas researchers reported that several mice had died due to CBD toxicity. But Devitt-Lee says the mice were mega-dosed with 2.5 grams each, which is 100 times less than the recommended 25 mg dose of the FDA-approved CBD-isloate Epidiolex.

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Florida’s Largest Police Force Stops Detaining People Over Pot Smell

The tell-tale smell of cannabis smoke has long been law enforcement’s best excuse for questioning and detaining people over suspected cannabis possession. And police often use “marijuana odor” as a pretense for stop-and-frisks and searches, whether they actually detected a smell or not. But in Florida, the mere odor of cannabis will no longer be enough cause to detain and search people suspected of consuming or possessing weed. Not because Florida police departments are relaxing their enforcement of marijuana laws. But instead, because Florida has legalized hemp, and officers don’t have the training or the technology to distinguish cannabis from its non-psychoactive cousin.

Florida’s New Legal Hemp Law Is Changing How Police Enforce Marijuana Laws

After the U.S. federal government legalized hemp late last year, states have been moving to revise their own marijuana laws to carve out space for legal hemp. Under the blanket prohibition of cannabis, many state laws didn’t make a distinction between hemp—now defined as cannabis with less than 0.3 percent THC—and the forms of cannabis people consume for recreational and health reasons.

But in light of the lifting of the federal ban on hemp and hemp products, which range from clothing, food and textiles to

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Ohio Lawmakers Advance Measure to Legalize Hemp Farming and CBD Oil

Lawmakers in Ohio’s House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to approve a bill that would legalize hemp agriculture and CBD products in the state. The measure, Senate Bill 57, was approved by a vote of 88-3 after being passed by the state Senate in March.

Changes to the bill made by the House were also approved on Wednesday. The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Mike DeWine for his consideration. If he approves the measure, it will go into effect immediately, giving farmers in Ohio a new option for their operations.

“This is the best news that’s going to hit farm country this year,” said Rep. Bill Seitz, a Republican from Green Township.

New Option for Ohio Farmers

House Speaker Larry Householder said that in a year that has been tough on Ohio farmers, it was important that the bill was passed before lawmakers went on their upcoming summer recess.

“Farmers are getting hit pretty hard right now with tariffs and weather, I think that it can help them plan a little bit,” Householder said. “Now they know that there’s a path for us to have hemp in the state of Ohio.”

Under current state law, hemp is a schedule

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Michigan Announces Cannabis Social Equity Program in 19 Communities

With $42 million having been announced in medical marijuana revenue during the first four months of sales in Michigan, the state’s policymakers face a distinct challenge. How do you make sure that a decent slice of that money goes to those who have had their lives turned upside-down by Drug War prohibition over the years? The state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency [MRA] made part of its strategy to this end clear this week when it released details for a sweeping social equity program that will support cannabis entrepreneurs in 19 communities.

“We want to provide an opportunity to get into the business to individuals that might not otherwise have that opportunity,” commented MRA director Andrew Brisbo. “And we’re focusing our resources on those specific communities that have been disproportionately impacted.” 

For qualifying applicants, the state has pledged to supply up to a 60 percent discount in application and licensing fees. Individuals will be eligible for more support if they have lived in one of the 19 communities for five years, if they have a marijuana criminal conviction, or if they have been a registered cannabis caregiver for at least two years between 2008 and 2017. Applicants in the program will also

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Cannabis Friendly Vacation Options for Toking Tourists on the Rise

Smoking a spliff off the balcony of an Airbnb rental is still likely to land a traveller in their hosts’ bad books — even in Canada — but some companies are now catering to tourists who want to take advantage of legalization on vacation.

Nine months after the federal government legalized recreational cannabis, the hospitality sector is slowly gearing up to accommodate tourists who want to consume, though it isn’t clear how many of these travellers are coming from outside Canada, or are coming specifically to use cannabis. Weed-oriented hikes, tours and even yoga retreats are nonetheless popping up from coast-to-coast.

Still, there are relatively few options for tourists if they actually want to smoke or vape weed during their travels. Most hotels and bed-and-breakfasts across the country are smoke-free. Some tourist destinations such as Banff forbid it anywhere except a private residence.

– Read the entire article at The Star.

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