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Smoking Cannabis Indoors Can Adversely Affect Children’s Health?

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With the increasing number of both federal and state governments around the world decriminalizing or legalizing medicinal and/or recreational use of marijuana, researchers and medical experts are showing concerns about its impact on health and lifestyle in users. Recently, the United States federal government declared hemp derived cannabinoid as a legal substance and removed it from the list of Controlled Substances Act in December 2018.

Since cannabis is most commonly smoked inside, it is important to identify the possible outcomes that could result from smoking indoors, especially the potential effects of passive smokers, particularly children.

As of 2016, it has been estimated that over 24 million people in the U.S. are cannabis users. This number has risen exponentially and people have shown significant interest since court rulings in Washington D.C. and 8 other states that have legalized cannabis use for both medicinal and recreational purposes.

Cannabis smoking is the most common form of consumption, that often occurs indoors, which can lead to a high concentration of particulate matter to be released and inhaled by those present in its proximity. Elderly people, young children and pets are the most sensitive and vulnerable to any such environmental changes.

In fact, young children, below the age of 14 are often considered to be the most susceptible population to the harmful effects of environmental tobacco smoke; therefore, the fact that up to 8 million children in the U.S. live with a parent who is a current cannabis smoker raises the concern that inhalation of second hand smoke as a passive smoker can cause detrimental health effects.

In addition to this, there is a lack of research and in-depth study about the potential health correlation between cannabis and its long-term effects on health. There also remains no legal restrictions in the United States that protect children from exposure to second hand cannabis smoke in their residential house.

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The health effects resulting from second hand tobacco smoke (STS) are well documented, which ultimately leaves no doubts that smoking any kind of tobacco plant can negatively impact and produce fatal consequences if exposed for a prolonged period of time.

Although the marijuana plant differs greatly from the tobacco plant, the smoke from both of these plants consist many of the same chemicals, such as nitric oxide and aldehydes, both of which are known to cause critically deteriorating health effects to exposed individuals.

Several studies have been conducted to investigate the chemical composition and properties of marijuana smoke alone. The components have also been compared to that of tobacco smoke in order to understand the differences and similarities between both which could impact the health of people who inhale them indirectly. It has been found that cannabis smoke contains higher levels of benzo [α] pyrene than tobacco smoke, but these studies are limited in their sample size and variety of cannabis strains tested which does not help us to draw out specifics.

Effects of Cannabis Passive Smoking on Children

A 2019 Preventive Medicine Reports study investigated the link between second hand cannabis smoke (SCS) and adverse health effects in exposed children. The study was significantly larger as compared to any other performed in this domain, it monitored air particle concentrations in almost 300 homes of families with at least 1 smoker and 1 child under the age of 14 using a customized Dylos DC1700 particle monitor. The study categorized families on the basis of the following categories:

  • Cannabis only home
  • Cigarette only home
  • Dual smoking home
  • Non smoking home

Special devices for monitoring the particles were used in the study that were capable of obtaining continuous data on the presence of air particles within the diameter size range of 0.5 to 2.5 micrometres (µm). The study revealed that there were no real differences in the particle concentrations present in cigarette only homes and cannabis only homes. Both cigarette only and cannabis only homes exhibited a significantly higher concentration of particles than the ones present in the non-smoking homes.

In order to further investigate and determine the health outcomes of children living in different types of homes with different air concentration in this study, the researchers considered the frequency of emergency department visits, ear infections, asthma, skin allergies and bronchitis/ bronchiolitis in all home types.

The data showed that children living in homes with indoor cannabis smoke were 83% more likely to exhibit adverse health effects as compared to those living in non-smoking households. Though this was not found to be solid information as per statistical data, it was an important observation made by researchers.

Ivan writes about Cannabis at The Cannabis Radar. He has a degree in Nutrition Sciences from University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre. He likes to spend his spare time reading to his daughter or spending time with his wife.

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CBD makes Audra fail her employment drug test

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Audra Dieffenbach is a woman in great pain. She has been suffering from pain due to her condition of endometriosis. This is an ailment which refers to the abnormal growth of tissues on the pelvic organs cause excruciating pain. But, little did Audra know that she will be asked to leave her current organizational opportunity because of the supplements she has been taking for the cause.

Audra was hitherto working in a temporary job at Maine Health, but when she planned to go for a permanent one, she had to undergo medical tests for it. She was taken aback when the tests for drug came positive with traces of THC found in her bloodstream. Her decision to go permanent was based on the recommendations of her direct manager. She loved her job and loved interacting with her patients which is what strengthened her decision. Maine Health is a federal owned medical centre and any test done has to confirm under the standards set by the federal laws. Her shock and disbelief are understandable.

Audra consumes a supplement called Amethyst Elixir manufactured and distributed by Freeport Company. The supplement taken by Audra is to ease her from pain and contains the legal and acceptable limit of THC under the federal law. She started taking the supplement about two years ago that helped her battle the pain. She did her research and found that the acceptable levels of THC will see no trouble in future. The supplement containing CBD oil has been a blessing for her because she can lead a life without enduring the pain.

CBD is known to be an extract of the cannabis plant from which hemp is also derived. CBD characteristically has very little traces of THC which is an active ingredient in Marijuana. CBD, unlike Marijuana, is touted to be heredity brother yet does not active THC level to the extent that marijuana has. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD make it a friendly ingredient in many applications all used well within the federal boundaries. CBD industry has taken the entire world by storm and the US in particular especially after the hemp plant was regarded legal. People also have been seeing a transformation in the world of medicine with CBD being used to treat many a disease. The boom has to be regulated yet, many are taking opportunities in the right direction to take full advantage.

Audra’s supplement only contains traces of THC but the continual intakes might have clogged in her body to render the result. Maine Health is very firm in its policies of drug intake and is funded by the federal government. It then becomes mandatory for them to get all their potential employees tested for hard drugs like marijuana.

The President of Maine Health Mr Jon Porter issued a statement on behalf of Maine Health explaining their cause of action. He was quoted saying that Maine health is an extremely dedicated health care centre that only wants all their patients to get the best of health. The mission to keep patients happy is achievable only when the staff is fit to do the job. Hence the requirement to undergo tests becomes mandatory, especially for controlled substances. The protocols of the Maine Health applicant drug-testing system are following federal drug-free workplace act. These tests comply with the rules and regulations of both state and federal laws.

The initial enzyme for marijuana and its metabolites is tested with a doorsill limit of 50ng/ml. When there are backing gas chromatography tests done then the standard figure is 15ng/ml. Audrey is shocked but holds no grudges against Maine Health because she has the utmost respect for them. She mentioned in her quotes that she loves working there as Maine health is dedicated to patient care. Her tiff is with the employment laws that are not upgraded according to current trends.

Her appeals were rejected even though CBD is now an accepted ingredient. It has become very popular even in medical circles with the miracle portion working wonders for patients suffering from seizures, joint pains, injury pain, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Apart from being effective for physical ailments, it is considered equally effective for psychological issues like depression, stress and anxiety.

What Audrey suffered was unfortunate but laws are strict. There is both a good and bad side of looking at these laws. Audrey is now actively pursuing other opportunities.

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A woman from Utah faces the risk of losing custody of her two daughters due to CBD

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Emily Roberts is suffering from the pain that is emitting through her nerves in her legs. During other times she feels a stabbing pain her shoulder that transforms to the right side of her body. For her pain, she had taken many supplements but it was cannabis that mitigated her suffering. She had researched well enough to use the wonder ingredient used in many medicines. She was aware that consuming it will not give her a high yet now she has ceased taking it for the fear of losing the custody of her two daughters.

CBD or cannabinol has often been confused with marijuana but the THC levels found in CBD is well below the legal limit. It also has zilch anti-inflammatory properties which are why the drug is extremely friendly for many conditions. The Utah woman is teary because now she feels that injustice has been met to her. She now has to choose between her pain and her daughters and her choice is obvious.

In Utah where she belongs to, possessing CBD oil is considered legal. Her ailment and condition have been given the green signal of a qualified cannabis patient under the state marijuana laws. People who support cannabis have highlighted the lack of wisdom about the medical marijuana program in Utah. The emerging trends are not effectively noticed and accounted for by government officials and authorities. They also believe that if such is the case then people who are qualified cannabis patients will always live in the circle of fear about being prosecuted for some reason or the other.

Ever since CBD and cannabis have been made legal, many people have grabbed opportunities to take a fair size of the slice. Planters and harvesters also are employing different methods to grow the plant and in turn, are sending them off to CBD oil processors for the end product. People also have been doing their research to know about their benefits.

The chairman of Utah Cannabis association believes that the system is to blame who are looking for vulnerable people weak enough to fight in the courts. In a conference, he was shown supporting such people and believes that they have to go through hell and the system is doing it constantly. The recent approval of medical cannabis under the law also has a criminal protection law for patients who take it. But the Utah legislators are pressurized by these supporters and also want officials to understand the law in a better manner.

The representative of Utah who is also a serving member of Child welfare Legislative oversight panel believes that people with half knowledge and full biases are not accepting that the law already has been passed in the legislature. Judges too have to retain a balance of views and the laws and they are doing their best in it. Emily has been suffering from the problem and after the laws were passed, her doctors suggested her to try cannabis that has relieved her from pain.

Her issues about family began last summer when after losing their house they were frequenting temporary abodes including their car. The stress leading to the situation caused friction in her relations which made the husband involve Utah Child division to intervene. The agency did intervene and took custody of their two daughters aged 4 and 2 respectively. The family got reunited a week ago yet the judge presiding the case wanted the couple to undergo random drug tests periodically. The couple wasin for major embarrassment which also resulted in Emily falling tests many times in a week. The tests are intervening because they have to pose stark naked to take it. She tested positive because of Cannabis she was taking for her pain. Her pain after the car accident had left extensive nerve damage but with cannabis, she found immense relief. No amount of legal paper submission has eased her case which has gone to the juvenile court.

She was flabbergasted in the session when she discovered the lack of knowledge the judge has about THC. She was given a warning by the judge. The condition of Robert’s has improved and now they are jointly attending counselling. She has stopped taking CBD and taking in the pain for the sake of her offspring. The head of Child division Diane Moore told that they would not have taken the big step unless it was required.

CBD is said to be a miracle drug to treat many conditions like cancer Alzheimer’s, cancer, pain, depression, injury pain, seizures and much more.

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Chris Brown has endeavoured to involve war veterans for selling CBD products

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Hawthorne California Mayor Chris Brown has embarked on a mission. The mission was an old one that helped hopeful cannabis entrepreneurs to start new ventures in the State. The mission now intends to help thousands of army veterans who are now dealing with post-trauma stress. They can now become a part of the mission by selling CBD products and earn income. 

They can sell the CBD products with the current licenses that Brown has acquiesced. Getting a license has been a herculean task because not every zone and segment of the state in Golden County wants a dispensary in town, legalisation aside. 

CBD and the Cannabis market has taken a giant leap in a few years. People have established their trust in CBD and its attained benefits. The industry is now booming and plantations of the plant have increased. CBD is a substituent of the Cannabis plant which has THC under the controllable legal limit. 

The primary difference between marijuana and CBD is the presence of the psychoactive elements that makes marijuana extremely evasive and stigmatised. CBD also has anti-inflammatory factors as compared to marijuana. 

Iris Dorbian at forbes Brown was a public official from 2014 to 2016 and was the first Afro-American Mayor for the city of Hawthorne. He had a great agenda while he assumed office and he partly lived up to it as well. He was successful in creating 2000 legal jobs in the city and had a vision of taking the city to new heights. 

He had a long term vision of seeing the city inundated with corporates like Tesla, Surf Air and Space X. He has had the reputation of surpassing the existing paths to achieve something and carve out his path to achieve his goal. He had set his eyes on achieving a lot for the city yet he had left a debt-ridden office that was facing issues of insolvency and disclosure. The dreams were big, but the administration wasn’t as expected. 

He has intentioned to use the same business model in the case of Cannabis also. The main reason for choosing war veterans was the PSTD they go through post-war-like situations. They are the best judge of the situation and also have seen that cannabis has been effective in dealing with the situation. 

CBD has over the years build the reputation of serving as a great ingredient to cure many ailments like seizures, pains, joint pains, injury recuperation and other major diseases like cancer. CBD, unlike marijuana, is considered safer to use as it does not have any mind-altering effect. Many research houses have embarked upon undertaking numerous research programs that have established the efficacy of CBD. 

Keeping this in mind, he has decided to generate income for them by asking them to promote and sell the product. The new mission is an extension and a better version of the previous attempts chiefly because now there are no licensing issues. With the legalisation of CBD after the farm bill was passed in 2018, the focus now is more on CBD. After the legalisation of CBD, the industry has boomed and grown beyond expectations. People also have clinched the benefits of CBD and are reading up everything they can get their hands on about CBD. He also plans to go for a nation-wide attempt as California is extremely reserved about awarding licenses ever since cannabis was legalised. 

To see the plan travelling across the nation, Brown has partnered with L.A. based producer and seller of CBD called Hemp Worx. The veterans have the opportunity to become distributors and can earn as much profit as they can. Hemp Worx will be paying out 50 to 85% commission on the products that they have sold off. 

He also said that a good amount of money so earned from Hemp Worx will be contributed by him to a non-profit organisation called Houzvetz.org. This was launched by Brown himself to help the veterans to get their credit and start a business from homes. 

Brown wants many veterans to join his mission and he feels that their dedication and service to the nation should be rewarded with opportunities. He believes they have tremendous potential to become their bosses and take the business forward. They are better fits because they are organised and they understand the benefits of the product. 

He is also seeking more number of veterans to join him in his mission. Concerning the pills, there will be no shortage of it. 

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