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Dr. David Allen Is A Leader Called Upon By Other Leaders To Expose The Miraculous Discoveries “Happening Now” In Cannabis Science

 Who Is Dr. David Allen & Why Might He Be An International Authority In Cannabinoid Science?

After 30 years as a Board Certified (general and heart) surgeon, Dr. David Allen made a radical and life-changing decision.

From the age of 17, he consumed cannabis virtually every day. He didn’t know at the time, but his first “very special” experience with cannabis would soon lead him to an early retirement from heart surgery.

Once retired, he went into studying cannabis, full time, at the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS). His official title is Cannabinoid Research Scientist.

With a remarkable title like that, we now move forward to answer the following questions:

  • Understanding The Elementary Basics Of The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
  • Why don’t doctors know the truth about cannabis or the endocannabinoid system?
  • What Does Cannabis Have To Do With The Endocannabinoid System?
  • Should Emergency Situations (Heart Attack Or Stroke) Start With Consuming Cannabis?
  • Who Can Currently Legally Purchase Cannabis?
  • Can You Make Direct Contact With Dr. David Allen If You Have More Specific Questions About Cannabis Or CBD

Understanding The Elementary Basics Of The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

When the endocannabinoid system (ECS) was first discovered, in the early 90’s, doctors didn’t understand the significance. They went on to discover the ECS performs “miraculous functions” in the body. Dr. Allen says, “The endocannabinoid system handles homeostasis. It is a chemical system, not electrical”

What does homeostasis mean?

Homeostasis is the body’s ability to maintain itself and function in proper environments. Dr. Allen says that is it CRITICALLY important that future doctors understand the specific control mechanisms of the ECS. This control is important because Dr. Allen says, we will save more lives than are currently saved by surgery.

This system is SO important that if you were to “block” the endocannabinoid system, you can prevent sperm from entering the ovum. Through blocking the ECS you can literally prevent impregnation. Thus highlighting its extreme importance in the propagation of our species into the distant future generations and beyond.

Why Don’t Doctors Know The Truth About Cannabis Or The Endocannabinoid System?

Like everyone else, Dr. Allen admits that he didn’t really know the widespread applications of CBD. His basic understanding was that cannabis made you relax and feel good. It wasn’t until he achieved a high level “sophistication” that he started to understand. He went on to understand the pathophysiology (abnormal body function, due to disease or injury) and the mechanisms for how cannabis works and took action.

Early on, he performed a quick study to see how many medical schools were teaching future doctors about the endocannabinoid system (ECS). His study involved him calling all 157 medical schools, that exist in the United States, and asking the following questions:

  • Do you have a director of ECS sciences?
  • Is there an endocannabinoid department?
  • Are there any organized courses specific to the ECS?
  • How many times do you mention the ECS in any ancillary courses? (Courses like pathophysiology, pharmacology, or neuroanatomy).

What Dr. Allen found in this study were that no medical schools had a department or a director of endocannabinoid sciences. There were no organized courses that taught med students about the ECS. And. Only 13% of medical schools even mention the endocannabinoid system. Not knowing about the ECS is like your doctor not knowing there’s a circulatory or nervous system.

According to Dr. Allen, doctors graduating this year will not be knowledgeable about the ECS. In the same breath, he goes on to say the ECS is, “a control system that controls everything.”

What Does Cannabis Have To Do With The Endocannabinoid System?

Cannabis is a powerful antioxidant and works by stimulating cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are present in every cell of the human body. Thus making its anti-oxidation effects that much more powerful.

Being a powerful antioxidant means cannabis “scavenges” for oxygen free radicals that cause oxidation. If your cells become oxidized they can produce free radicals. Free radicals are a toxic byproduct of oxygen getting used by the body. These free radicals lead to a chain reaction that damage living cells. The damaging of living tissues, by free radicals, is a process called oxidative stress.

Dr. Allen quotes studies where they use oxidative methods to “try” and kill pancreas cells. When they use cannabinoids, while trying to kill them through oxidation, it protects the cells. This means, through “just smoking” cannabis, you can decrease the incidences of diabetes by 66 percent.And if you eat cannabis, in its raw form, you may be able to decrease diabetes even more effectively.

When you consume cannabis, you’ve magnified your body’s natural ability to heal itself. According to Dr. Allen, every method of consuming cannabis is medicinal. He expands by saying cannabis is virtually the key of life to the mythical Fountain Of Youth because it stops oxidation from occurring in cells. Many modern diseases, in the future, will simply be defects in either the creation or the decay of the endocannabinoids your body makes.

Should Emergency Situations (Heart Attack Or Stroke) Start With Consuming Cannabis?

Dr. Allen offered no hesitation when he provides doctors orders for emergency situations. If you are having symptoms of a stroke or heart attack, Dr. Allen personally recommends cannabis. By consuming cannabis, preferably high in CBD, you can potentially save your life. 

Dr. Allen says the cannabis patent the US government owns, 6630507, claims cannabis decreases the size of a stroke by 50 percent. What’s remarkable about this is there are NO OTHER chemicals that can even decrease a stroke by 2 percent.

Cannabinoids promote neurogenesis (creation of new brain cells) and Dr. Allen says if any of his family ever had a stroke, he would get as much CBD in them as he could. At least one gram.

If you are at high risk for stroke, there’s ample evidence CBD can prevent a stroke from occurring.

Who Can Currently Legally Purchase CBD?

GOOD NEWS is that you CAN buy CBD and it is 100% legal! It won’t get you in trouble nor make you fail a drug test.

CBD Hemp OIl & Kidney Disease: How they RELATE?

CBD & Kidney Disease How do they relate?

I am a now 5th stage kidney failure patient who has been on CBD Pure Hemp OIL 27% for over three years now. I am not on dialysis. My quality of life has improved a great deal in the last three years and that is why both I and my husband began our online company Wellnesshempoil.com. My relationship with CBD is my quality of life.

There is quality of life with kidney failure

We wanted to share what I had gained in my quality of life from CBD Hemp Oil with those who suffer. This has been our mission statement from the beginning of our company. We have learned bunches from the continued research I do on a daily basis for all herbal therapies. We know that an educated customer is an empowered person who will take responsibility for their health in a very positive way with proper action to improve their health. We are concerned that so many just decide to take pills and never look at Alternative Medicine as a way to heal their conditions or gain a great quality of life even though they may have a debilitating illness. Not to say that Parma meds do not have a place because they do too! But one must remember that they are a chemical based medicine and not a natural based plant.

WHAT CBD GIVE TO MY LIFE EVERYDAY

When it comes to kidney failure I have tried most methods to prevent dialysis now over the last 9 years. My labs are good because the CBD Hemp Oil has kept my other organs functioning and even helped my kidneys also. It has not healed my kidney disease, but it has awarded me great labs, and good energy now even though my numbers are down to 13% GFR. My CBD Hemp Oil along with the use of other herbs awards me with energy every day to get my work done needed to run our company with a joyful attitude. Anyone who is a kidney failure patient knows what a low GFR will do in side effects to your body and life. Mostly it is the fatigue, the itching, the twitching of muscles, and lack of sleep! Fatigue that is so bad you feel your head is just empty. Yes, these are the symptoms I have felt with my kidney failure. Along with a metal taste in your mouth so that you feel like you just ate a mouth full of metal. The Fatigue is the worse! You do not even feel like you are human any more.

cbd to the rescue!

Here is what I experienced when I first began to use CBD Pure Hemp OIl Gel. I use a 27& gel Tube. I have used most brands as I did my research and used myself as a trail. Now we manufacturer our Pure Hemp Oil so we know what works with no added herbs or solvents. But I am getting ahead of myself. At first, when I began taking my CBD I was doing the target range plan, increasing the dosage each week to find my range need for best benefits. I had just finished my third week of use when I turned to my husband and said” I do not think this is working for me. I have felt more fatigued and tired for these last three weeks that I have been taking this CBD Pure Hemp OIl.” I decided to try for one more week before I gave up because I knew this was an herbal treatment and it takes time to get into the body and cells. In my 4th week of my use of CBD everything changed! It was like a positive shot of energy. I was energized! I felt like going out and cooking supper and doing all sorts of things. Normally I was in bed by 4:00 pm with not doing much during the day. Now I was heading to the grocery store, shopping and visiting my friends. I even stayed up until 11:00 pm. I was like I was before I ever had kidney failure. Although, I knew when I pushed myself too far. I knew my target range now and what I needed. So I began to study CBD even more.

ANOTHER VIEW POINT ON CBD & KIDNEY FAILURE

I found this article and I wanted to share it with everyone. The information is great. Do not forget to look into sodium bicarbonate, and activated charcoal,and vitamins too. ENJOY!

CBD Oil & Kidney Disease-How do They Relate – CBDOILWIKI
Published on February 24, 2017

Kidney diseases are not only uncomfortable and serious, but they are also very expensive to treat and often they may not be cured at all and prove to be fatal. But, there is still something natural that can be the ray of hope; we are talking about the CBD oil extracted from hemp.

What Is Chronic Kidney Disease?
In Chronic Kidney Disease, also known as Chronic Renal Failure, you have a progressive loss of kidney functions. Most often, it happens gradually and may take a few months to few years. Chronic kidney disease often goes undetected till the disease is in advanced stages. Almost 14% of all people in the US suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease.

Symptoms
The main symptoms include:

Swelling of hands, feet, ankles – since kidneys do not function properly, the body cannot get rid of the extra fluid and swelling occurs.
Itchy skin – again this is due to accumulation of waste products in your body that the renal functions cannot get rid of.
Fatigue – EPO made by healthy kidneys help in producing oxygen-carrying red blood cells. With less EPO, there is less production of these cells, and hence, less oxygen reaches the muscles and brain which makes one tired quickly.
Blood in urine, change in the texture of urine and increase in urination frequency.
Loss of appetite
Feeling dizzy, out of breath and suffering from muscle cramps and twitches.
How Can CBD Hemp Oil Be Used To Treat Chronic Kidney Disease?
Hemp oil can work in many ways to help in the treatment:

CBD in hemp oil blocks the inflammatory cytokines which can adversely affect the kidney. It also reduces the activity in the pathway responsible for the expression of genes that aid in inflammation.
Cleanse digestive tract.
In a study conducted in 2002, 12 among the 15 involved patients showed a marked reduction in pain by the use of hemp oil.
In a study conducted, it is also seen to reduce the effects of nephrotoxicity, thus improving renal function.
Cannabis oil is also effective in reducing headaches which can be a symptom (Baron, 2015)
Research conducted by Pan et. al.2009 show that it does improve renal functions.
What Does It Mean For The Chronic Kidney Disease Patients?
From the above studies and available literature, it is proven that cannabis oil can help alleviate the symptoms of this disease and also the ones that cause you this chronic renal failure in the first place. According to Kidney Hospital China, there are many benefits of cannabinoid oil for the suffering patients like –

CBD enhances the functions of the kidneys
It is anti-inflammation thus helping your damaged organ to work well
You can sleep better and also relieve pressure
It keeps your heart safe and also maintains proper cholesterol levels
High blood pressure is also reduced
It strengthens your immune system which can help you fight infections
Ideal Dosage of CBD
Different persons need different dosages of hemp oil, but a mark to start is 25 mg. You can range your dosage between 20 mg to 40 mg to get the desired effects.

If the use of CBD is approved by a physician, States will consider allowing the patients of serious renal diseases to use them. Thus, hemp oil may prove to be extremely helpful in curing Chronic Kidney Disease before it turns fatal.

Dose Ratios: CBD & THC the Benefits

Mixing CBD with THC for the Best Benefits

Dosing questions are the most frequently asked by our customers! Pure CBD Hemp Oil is what we sell the most. When mixed with THC one has the choice of a stronger herbal treatment. Our Pure Hemp Oil has no additives! Nothing that is not plant based. No added herbs or Coconut oil. We have found that our customers get better results from our 27% Hemp Oil than with Tinctures. Why? Because most Tinctures are cut with other oils. Many companies have a propriety solution on the back of the bottle. That means that they have added herbs and other oils to the Product.  THC added oil to CBD is done in a ratio amount. It is funny to think that just a dose the size of a grain of rice can produce such quality in my life. Sometimes there is a need to combine CBD Hemp OIl with THC oil to increase the function of the herb for relief from serious conditions and pain. The following article says what I say to many of our Cancer customers and those who are in high level of Pain. ENJOY!

CANNABIS DOSING AND THC/CBD RATIOS

PERSONALIZED MEDICINE

Cannabis Therapeutics is personalized medicine. The right treatment regimen depends on the person and condition being treated. For the maximum therapeutic benefit, choose cannabis products that include both cannabidiol (CBD), a non-intoxicating compound, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis. CBD and THC interact to enhance each other’s therapeutic effects. They work best together. A patient’s sensitivity to THC is a key factor in determining the ratio and dosage of CBD-rich medicine. Many people enjoy the cannabis high and can consume reasonable doses of any cannabis product without feeling too high or dysphoric. Others find THC unpleasant. CBD can lessen or neutralize the intoxicating effects of THC. So a greater ratio of CBD-to-THC means less of a “high.”

Finding your ratio is the first step to effective treatment.

FIND YOUR RATIO!

Although banned by federal law, dosed cannabis medicine is currently available in the form of concentrated oil extracts, infused sublingual sprays, capsules, edibles, and other products. Potent cannabis oil extracts have varying ratios of CBD and THC that are calibrated to suit the needs and sensitivities of each patient.

For anxiety, depression, spasms, and pediatric seizure disorders, many patients initially find they do best with a moderate dose of a CBD-dominant remedy (a CBD:THC ratio of more than 10:1). But a low THC remedy, while not intoxicating, is not necessarily the best therapeutic option. A combination of CBD and THC will likely have a greater therapeutic effect for a wider range of conditions than CBD or THC alone. For cancer, neurological disease, and many other ailments, patients may benefit from a balanced ratio of CBD and THC. Extensive clinical research has shown that a 1:1 CBD:THC ratio is effective for neuropathic pain. Optimizing one’s therapeutic use of cannabis may entail a careful, step-by-step process, whereby a patient starts with small doses of a non-intoxicating CBD-rich remedy, observes the results, and gradually increases the amount of THC.

In essence, the goal is to self-administer consistent, measurable doses of a CBD-rich remedy that includes as much THC as a person is comfortable with.

THE BIPHASIC EFFECT

Cannabis compounds have biphasic properties, which means that low and high doses of the same substance can produce opposite effects. Small doses of cannabis tend to stimulate; large doses sedate. Too much THC, while not lethal, can amplify anxiety and mood disorders. CBD has no known adverse side effects at any dose, but drug interactions can be problematic. An excessive amount of CBD could be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose. “Less is more” is often the case with respect to cannabis therapy.

“Dosage is everything”—Paracelsus

Dosage Guidelines

  • Decide how you want to take cannabis. Cannabis oil is available in sprays, capsules, edibles and other products.
  • Find your ratio. Cannabis products have varying amounts of CBD and THC. A high CBD or high THC product is not necessarily superior to a strain with a balanced ratio. Find the proper combination to optimize your therapeutic use of cannabis.
  • Begin with a low dose especially if you have little or no experience with cannabis.
  • Take a few small doses over the course of the day rather than one big dose.
  • Use the same dose and ratio for several days. Observe the effects and if necessary adjust the ratio or amount.
  • Don’t overdo it. “Less is more” is often the case with cannabis therapeutics.
  • Be aware of possible side effects. Cannabis is a safe and forgiving medicine. Depending upon delivery method and individual tolerance, it can amplify anxiety and mood disorders. Other possible side effects are dry mouth, dizziness, and faintness.
  • Consult your health counselor. Proceed cautiously, especially if you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse, mental illness, or are pregnant or breastfeeding.

The study was conducted by HelloMD, one of the nation’s largest online communities of medical cannabis patients, and Brightfield Group, a marketing and research firm specializing in cannabis industry data and analysis.

Among the cannabis users surveyed, 75 percent used CBD products, with half reporting using whole plant-derived CBD and 20 percent using hemp-derived CBD products. Of those, 80 percent said they used CBD products at least once a week, and 41 percent indicated they used the products daily. Interestingly, 58 percent of CBD-only users are women, according to the study.

Women gravitating more toward CBDDr. Perry Solomon, chief medical officer for HelloMD, said he was “a little surprised” that women represented the majority of CBD users in the study, noting that a previous study conducted by the company found 36 percent of women used cannabis generally, and another found 44 percent of women consumed cannabis.

“I can only guess as to why,” he said in an interview with Ganjapreneur. “One of the reasons may be that women aren’t looking for the psychoactive effect of THC combined in their product and are looking for a purely anxiety-reducing type of medicine. … I think they are looking for a medicine that doesn’t cause a psychoactive effect – that’s the only logical conclusion I can draw.”

Bethany Gomez, director of research for Brightfield Group, said she believes part of the reason women used CBD-only products more than their male counterparts is that they tend to do more research and, while laypersons still don’t know much about CBD, women often look deeper into the information when trying to treat their condition.

“Women are doing more research and more aware of the products,” she said in an interview“As well as CBD may be beneficial for them especially in conditions more interceded with women.”

Cannabidiol (CBD) has grown dramatically in popularity in recent years and can be sourced either from industrial hemp plants or medicinal cannabis plants, pictured above. Photo Credit: Cannabis Pictures

CBD replacing pharmaceuticals

The researchers found 65 percent of respondents used CBD to treat anxiety, with insomnia or sleep problems being the second most reported condition treated with CBD products (60 percent.) Another 54 percent said they used CBD to treat joint pain and inflammation and about 45 percent used the cannabinoid to treat symptoms of depression. About 35 percent of individuals experiencing muscle tension or strain reported using CBD, and just about the same number of respondents indicated using CBD to treat migraines or tension headaches. Thirty-two percent of respondents said they used CBD to treat severe or chronic pain, while 31 percent were arthritis sufferers who said it helped treat the condition. Thirty-one percent of hemp-derived CBD users said CBD worked to treat their nausea, compared to 26 percent whose CBD was derived from non-hemp sources.

Thirty-five percent of CBD users also used prescription pain killers, such as Vicodin, and slightly less (34 percent) used prescription anti-anxiety medication, such as Xanax; another 20 percent indicated using prescription sleep medication like Ambien. Sixty-five percent regularly used over-the-counter pain relievers, while about 40 percent used over-the-counter ointments or topicals to relieve pain, such as BenGay. About 44 percent also used herbal or natural remedies to ease the symptoms of their condition.

Of those, 42 percent have replaced their over-the-counter or prescription medication with CBD, while 37 percent reported using traditional medications in conjunction with cannabis products, with 20 percent saying they alternate between the two. Just 1 percent of respondents said they used other medicines instead of cannabis. Slightly more hemp-derived CBD users (43 percent) used cannabis in lieu of traditional medications than those who use whole plant-derived CBD products (40 percent.) Sixty-six percent of respondents indicated that, overall, CBD therapies were either “much more effective” or “more effective” than over-the-counter medicines.

Solomon said he was surprised by the number of people who stopped using traditional medication in favor of CBD.

“If people are able to cut down on opioids … and even anti-inflammatories … it’s a huge win for anyone that wants to try and get off traditional medication or finds that it doesn’t work,” he explained. “That being said I think people need to be very cognizant about what and where they are purchasing just in terms of the quality of the CBD.”

Survey respondents indicated that vape pens were their delivery method of choice, which Gomez said was in line with national industry trends.

“People are increasingly looking to vape as opposed to flower or as opposed to other product types because it’s a healthier method of consumption,” she said. “Particularly for CBD, there’s more products available and when it comes to CBD people want to go toward more packaged products. … It’s fast-acting and it’s reliable.”

Solomon explained that while there may be some consumer concerns about components of vape pens – such as the coils and nickel used in production – the availability and the ease of using the device makes them a popular option.

“It’s just what’s easier for the patient, and how soon do they want it to work,” he said, adding that CBD tincture doesn’t have any of those byproducts but takes more time for the body to process.

It should be noted that the majority of the 2,400 HelloMD members (86 percent) hailed from California. One percent each resided in New York and Arizona, and about 1 percent lived in Canada and Europe. The remainder was from 41 other U.S. states.

This is some good information for those who need to know that work is being done by docs to educate themselves about CBD and its effects-

Well, folks, this is another article that says to all of us that CBD Hemp OIL Works! I have known that now for over three years. I am so thankful that the word is getting out there about the benefits of this great product. I have read every bit of information I can get my hands on about CBD Hemp Oil and the Endocannabinoid System. There is great herbal therapy for those who want it in CBD Hemp oil. And you do not have to add a lot of other substances to it. We find at Wellnesshempoil.com that Pure CBD Hemp Oil 27% hemp oil gel tubes give each client doses at 40-to 50 mg of pure hemp CBD with no solvents. Our clients tell us all the time that Tinctures cut with other oils and herbs just do not give them the relief they need. We keep our prices down and test all our oil with third party labs.

 

Pills Prescribed Kill People- CBD Hemp Oil, Safe Plant Based Herbs

Another article about the risk with Pills. CBD to the rescue!

It is articles like this that give more credit to the use of CBD Hemp Oil for treatment. I found this article and I had to share it with everyone.After I read how many deaths have increased from the side effects of perscribed  medicines given out by our medical doctors for health treatment, It just made my stomach turn once again! Then on top of that my husband comes into the kitchen to tell me he has been reading where most of our meds are coming from China and countries that have no regulations how they are made. I ask myslef, ” How can the Feds turn down natural plant based herbal treatments that solve health issues without all the side effects?”. How can they give such harsh decisions about the use of CBD Hemp OIL? The more I read and learn the more I pray because my thoughts cannot explain to me how things on this earth have gotten so far away from the reality of life.

Wait a minute! We are responsible for what we do for our health and for the medicine we use!

But then it is up to us as individuals to learn what is best and to make the correct decisions about how we will be treated in the medical field and what medicines we will take? I can try my best to educate people about natural plant based herbal therapies. People around the world for generations have used natural herbal treatments. Wellnesshempoil.com believes in education of alternative herbal treatments equals a higher quality of life. We try to enlighten each client to see the benefits of herbal treatment and what is good medicine at the same time. Our hope is for all to awaken to their responsibility of our health and take charge of our energy and decisions made about our health care. To ask questions and do research! Become aware of your ability to know what is best for you and stand in that truth.

Hope you enjoy this research article! Michelle DeMello, Wellness Hemp Oil

Medication Mistakes Have Doubled in U.S. Since 2000: Study
Poison control centers get one call every 21 seconds about a potentially serious mix-up

By Alan Mozes
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Every minute of every day, three Americans call a poison control center because they’ve made a major mistake with their medication.

Some have taken the wrong dose. Some have double-dosed, and others have taken the wrong medicine altogether.

The result: the rate of serious mix-ups has doubled since 2000, a new study reports.

Four out of 10 mistakes involve heart medications, painkillers or hormone therapy prescriptions, including insulin. And the errors often put patients in the hospital, the study found.

“Ever more drugs for ever more diagnoses in ever more people invites ever more error and adverse reactions,” said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center. He was not involved with the study.

The study researchers used U.S. National Poison Data System records to track errors involving prescription or over-the-counter medications taken outside a health care facility. Most of the drugs were taken at home, meaning patients, not health care professionals, made the mistakes.

The rate of serious medication errors rose from 1.09 for every 100,000 Americans in 2000 to 2.28 per 100,000 by 2012. One-third of the cases resulted in a hospital stay, the researchers said.

“Fortunately, most do not result in the serious outcomes found in this study,” said lead author Nichole Hodges. She is a research scientist with the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

But Hodges said the extent of the problem may be worse than the findings suggest.

“Because this study includes only medication errors reported to poison control centers, it is an underestimate of the true number of serious medication errors in the U.S.,” she said. “Unfortunately, we can’t tell from the data whether serious medication errors are occurring more frequently, or whether they are simply being reported more often.”

Nationwide, at least 1.5 million medication errors occur every year, with poison control centers logging them at a rate of one every 21 seconds.

The study found medication errors outside a medical facility shot up across all age ranges except one: children under age 6.

Among that young group, errors rose between 2000 and 2005, then started to fall. The study pointed to less use of pediatric cough and cold medicines after 2007, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised parents to stop giving those drugs to children.

Most of the errors involved taking the wrong medicine, the wrong dosage or accidentally taking a medication twice.

Two-thirds of deaths in the study involved heart medicines and painkillers combined.

Heart medication mistakes accounted for more than a fifth of errors, while hormone therapy drugs such as insulin accounted for 11 percent.

Painkillers were involved in 12 percent of poisonings, and roughly 80 percent of painkiller mistakes involved products with acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or an opioid drug.

Hodges said most medication mistakes can be prevented.

“Keeping a written log of when medications are administered can be a helpful strategy for parents and caregivers,” she said. “This is especially important if multiple individuals are administering medication to an individual.”

Hodges said patients should to talk to their doctor or pharmacist if they have questions about their medicines. Careful storage is also important.

“Individuals who use weekly pill planners should [also] ensure that they are child-resistant and stored up, away and out of sight of children,” Hodges added.

Drug makers could help, she noted, by improving drug packaging and labeling. In particular, she said, dosing instructions should be easier for people with limited reading and math skills.

The findings were published July 10 in the journal Clinical Toxicology.

More information

Learn more about medication safety at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOURCES: Nichole Hodges, Ph.D., research scientist, Center for Injury Research and Policy, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, and adjunct assistant professor, Ohio State University College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Columbus; David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director, Yale University Prevention Research Center, New Haven, Conn., and past president, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Chesterfield, Mo.; July 10, 2017, Clinical Toxicology

Last Updated: Jul 10, 2017

Copyright © 2017 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Another Review showing MMJ treatment for Addiction

Is it just Amazing! No this is Science. Hemp & Cannabis Works!

I have just found another article I would like to share with our readers. This time instead of instilling fear into the public so they will run to the doctor to get pills for their addiction, they now can see the studies behind the benefits of MMJ on Addiction.

According to a study conducted by HelloMD and the University of California Berkeley, cannabis can be used as a substitute for opioid and non-opioid based pain medication. The collaboration surveyed nearly 3,000 participants and 97 percent “strongly agreed” or “agreed” that they could decrease their opioid use when using cannabis.Ninety-two percent of respondents “strongly agreed” or “agreed” that they preferred medical cannabis to treat their medical condition for which they currently use opioid-based drugs; and 81 percent “strongly agreed” or “agreed” that cannabis by itself was more effective than taking cannabis with opioids.

Dr. Perry Solomon, chief medical officer for HelloMD said that the research backs up a recent publication from the National Academy of Sciences that “clearly refuted the ‘gateway drug’ theory” associated with cannabis, “instead finding evidence of cannabis having multiple curative benefits.”

“Hopefully this will awaken the public, medical professionals and legislatures to the fact that cannabis is a safe, non-addictive product, available to help fight the opioid epidemic,” he said in a press release.

Amanda Reiman, PHD, MSW, lecturer at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare and the study’s lead author, said that because the treatment of pain “has become a politicized business” in the U.S., “the result has been the rapidly rising rate of opioid-related overdoses and dependence.”

“Patients have been telling us for decades that this practice is producing better outcomes than the use of opioid based medications,” she said in a statement. “It’s past time for the medical profession to get over their reefer madness and start working with the medical cannabis movement and industry to slow down the destruction being caused by the over prescribing and overuse of opioids.”

The study is just the latest to purport medical cannabis is an effective pain management therapy and could be utilized to combat the opioid crisis in the U.S. – which claims 91 American lives per day.

In May, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a division of the National Institutes of Health, updated their website to include two NIDA-funded studies which “cumulatively suggest” that medical cannabis products may have a role in reducing the use of opioids to control pain.

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