Big Pharma Trying to Corner the MMJ Market
An infamous Arizona pharmaceutical company that spent a half million dollars fighting the state’s marijuana legalization efforts has just received approval from the DEA for its synthetic substitute for the natural plant.
Insys Therapeutics, Inc. is the producer of Syndros, an oral spray that contains THC. The drug is used to treat nausea and vomiting in cancer patients, as well as weight loss in those battling AIDS.
Syndros is a brand name for the company’s formulation of the generic drug dronabinol, which has been available since 1985 as a capsule under the brand name Marinol.
In 2016, Insys donated $500,000 to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, a group campaigning against Proposition 205, which would have legalized adult recreational use of marijuana in Arizona. The proposition failed to pass by a 52 percent-48 percent vote in last November’s election.
The famed Chem Dawg, aka Chemdawg, is one of the most potent Marijuana strains in existence. Originating in mystery and legend, Chem Dawg was supposedly found as a seed in a bag of high-quality bud bought by the strains namesake, who is now breeding various new varieties with these genetics. Chem Dawg is powerful medicine, with a strong smell of pine-sol and jet fuel, and a very strong high which can be too strong and anxiety-producing for less-experienced smokers. As the progenitor of many Kush and Diesel varieties, Chem Dawg is a proud parent of many currently popular marijuana strains.
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Strawberry Cough has a sweet strawberry smell and thick smoke that will leave you coughing. It provides a nice sativa buzz that will lift your spirits, great for going out and enjoying mother nature or getting things done. Overall it is a comfortable and enjoyable, yet also powerful, experience.
University Drops Out of Pot for PTSD Study; Vets Demand Answers
Though cannabis is legal in the District of Columbia, there isn’t much medical marijuana access in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area. Virginia is still a no-go zone, and four years after lawmakers in Maryland approved medical marijuana, would-be patients in that state are still waiting for the first delivery.
Keep in mind that the area around the nation’s capital is full of military veterans. Post-traumatic stress disorder affects between 10 and 30 percent of vets, and PTSD is one of the conditions for which medical cannabis in Maryland is available—but until that state’s cannabis program becomes active later this summer, at the earliest, one of the only options for area combat vets to (legally) try cannabis for PTSD was through a study.
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore was one of two research institutions in the U.S. to receive funding to see if smoked marijuana helped combat-related stress, as a growing body of anecdotal evidence suggests.
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