In the treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have heard a lot about Gilead Science’s drug Remdesivir, which may be promising in shortening the duration of illness. We have heard about other antivirals, both previously developed and new ones in development. We have heard about plasma of recovered patients as an experimental treatment for COVID-19 patients. And of course, we have heard about vaccine trials. But until recently, we have not heard about medical cannabis or CBD for COVID-19.
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April 20, or 4/20 (420), is known as “Weed Day.” What is the meaning behind this? There have been many rumors about the origin of 420, which include California criminal codes, police radio codes, and a very strange rumor about a Bob Dylan song. Chris Conrad, curator of the Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum in Oakland, California, set the record straight. Conrad explained that 420 was a secret code for high school students in the early 1970’s. A group of students at San Rafael High School in Marin County, California, called themselves “the Waldos,” and met at 4:20 p.m. every day after school to get high. These students, Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz, and Mark Gravich, called themselves the Waldos simply because they met at a wall, next to a statue of Louis Pasteur. This was the time that school was over, but their parents were not yet home, so the students met every day at that time to enjoy freedom and cannabis. The students started to say 420 as a code they could use in front of their parents, and the code spread across the state of California and then everywhere else.
A 2015 data review concluded that “existing preclinical evidence strongly supports the potential of CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders,” and that “CBD exhibits a broad range of actions, relevant to multiple symptom domains, including anxiolytic, panicolytic, and anti compulsive actions, as well as a decrease in autonomic arousal, a decrease in conditioned fear expression, enhancement of fear extinction, reconsolidation blockade, and prevention of the long-term anxiogenic effects of stress.”
Last week, we talked about cannabis and coronavirus. This week, there’s been little else going on in the news. With worldwide cases at over 244,000 and deaths just over 10,000 as of March 19, COVID-19 has changed life as we know it. Let’s look at what has been happening in the medical cannabis world in the last week.
NORML’s statement on cannabis as an essential service: The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws issued a statement in regard to the continued operation of medical cannabis dispensaries during the COVID-19 crisis.
In a previous blog post, Veterans in the Cannabis Industry, Part 1, we talked about how veterans are becoming successful entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. Many veterans have personally used or are using medical cannabis with success to treat PTSD, pain, and other medical conditions. Combine the personal experience with natural leadership abilities, and you have the perfect cannabis entrepreneur.
Imagine rolling a joint with Grandma…or baking some edible brownies with Grandpa. Sounds amusing, but before you laugh, check out the newest research from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).