The Wonder Drug

Indeed, hemp oil products have grown out of a market largely devoid of regulations or safety protocols. The state of the CBD industry harks back to the age of elixirs and potions hawked from covered wagons to the awed denizens of pioneer towns. There are no industrywide standards in place to ensure that CBD oils are consistently formulated batch-to-batch. There is no regulatory body screening products for pesticides, heavy metals, solvent residues, and other dangerous contaminants. The laboratories that companies contract to test their CBD products are themselves neither standardized nor consistently regulated…

Today, dozens of companies produce CBD in an array of forms. CBD can be inhaled through vape pens, applied in topical salves, ingested in edibles, or swallowed in oil-based tinctures. Oil has become the dominant CBD delivery method for kids with epilepsy, since it is easy to administer and ingest, and there is no shortage of it available for sale online. There are dozens of companies boasting names like Healthy Hemp Oil, Dose of Nature, and Natural Organic Solutions, each of them selling CBD products at prices ranging from trivial to dizzyingly steep. You don’t have to look hard to find them. If you have a PayPal account and $100 to spare, you could have a vial of hemp oil delivered to your doorstep…

In February, as part of an investigation into the marketing claims of six hemp oil companies, the FDA analyzed 18 CBD products. What it found was disturbing: Many of these supposed CBD products were entirely lacking in CBD. Of the products tested, six contained no cannabinoids whatsoever. Another 11 contained less than 1 percent CBD. The product that tested highest in CBD, at 2.6 percent, was a capsule for dogs. In states that have legalized CBD, regulations can require CBD products to contain at least 5 percent CBD, more often 10 or 15 percent.

Low concentrations of CBD aren’t the only concern, either. Cannabis plants are hardy and tough, and their thick stalks possess a special property: bioremediation. When grown in contaminated soil, hemp plants absorb heavy metals and other chemical waste, effectively cleansing the terrain. While all plants absorb some chemicals from the soil, the structure, size, and genetic makeup of hemp make it especially adept at this task. Cannabis is so effective that crops of industrial hemp were planted in the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster to help purify heavily irradiated soil. When hemp stalks are used for fiber, paper, and other nonconsumptive industrial purposes, the contaminants absorbed into the plants pose no threat to humans…

Then, in May, the FDA announced it was excluding products containing cannabidiol from its definition of dietary supplements altogether…

GW Pharmaceuticals, a U.K.-based firm, has developed a “pure CBD” medication called Epidiolex that has shown promising test results. It is currently on a fast-track to receive FDA clearance… 

The arrival of Epidiolex is unlikely to erase the unregulated CBD market, however. For one, Epidiolex has been studied only in connection with a small number of epileptic conditions. If and when Epidiolex makes its way to drug stores, it will be approved only for the treatment of Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, two rare forms of catastrophic epilepsy…

The practice of religion does not belong in a doctor’s office

Are there adequate alternatives to Planned Parenthood for women’s health services?

Dr. JH
Oct 03, 2015
Pro choice? What about the choice to be a responsible person? Tax-payers should have the choice not to pay for the sexual mistakes (or worse) of others. Women have the choice of using birth control, which is very cheap or (as implemented by obamacare–FREE.

Justin Hamlin, DO
Oct 03, 2015
This evil organization can and should be replaced. This is not a matter for opinions or surveys, but a known FACT. They are the opposite of healthcare.

W.T. “Bill” McKibben
Oct 03, 2015
The obvious answer is no. If there were too many clinics the law of supply and demand would have closed the surplus long ago. But that isn’t the real question is it? The real question is, should those whose religious beliefs oppose abortion and contraception be allowed to impose their beliefs on others? That answer is obvious as well, they have no more right to dictate this bit religious doctrine than those who adhere to Sharia Law have to dictate theirs.

I am mystified that these religious zealots have no problem claiming their beliefs to be the high moral ground while blatantly lying about Planned Parenthood’s funding; let’s call that for what it is, the height of hypocrisy? Not one penny in tax revenue goes to the relativly small segment of their services that includes abortions; there are hosts of private supporters. The tiny number of their clinics that recover fetal tissue for research purposes do so at or below cost. No number of highly edited videos loaded with images unrelated to Planned Parenthood will change that fact. I wonder if those who oppose this practice and claim to be “pro-life” understand that this research saves lives?

Finally, I cannot imagine anything worse than an abortion. Except an unwanted child. Every day these helpless little ones suffer at the hands of those who brought them into this world, those who should protect and care for them. Those unsuited for parenthood. Unwanted children in turn too often become a problem for society; thier minds twisted by the neglect and abuse they suffer growing up. Look into your own souls and leave those dealing with their issues to individuals and organizations -like Planned Parenthood- that will respond with compassion and care. What’s that phrase? “Judge Not”,,,,,,,

Johnna Stahl
Oct 03, 2015
Not only has religion entered our politics, but it threatens our medical care. Planned Parenthood saved my life, just as it has for many other low income women. Now I’m way past the age of worrying about pregnancy, but this issue is more than just about women’s reproductive rights.

If you want to tell women what they’re allowed to do with their own bodies, then become a priest, not a doctor. A doctor is not a judge, she is a provider of health care services. There are plenty of clinics for religious women, but don’t ask all other women to trust medical services that are based on some doctor’s religious beliefs and a fake man in the sky.

Since I’m from Texas, I can verify that there are NOT enough women’s health clinics in that state. This poll obviously does not reflect the reality on the ground.

Are you Catholic? Then I don’t want to pay you to be my doctor. Do you practice at a Catholic hospital? Don’t worry, you’ll never see me. Practice your religion in a tax-free church, not in a doctor’s office or hospital.