synthetic cannabinoids

Messing with Cannabinoid Receptors Can be Fatal

Messing with Cannabinoid Receptors Can be Fatal

In January, the University Hospital of Rennes in France released a statement indicating that one person had died and five others were hospitalized following a drug trial. In the weeks that have followed, it has been discovered that the drug being tested was designed to block necessary processes in the human Endocannabinoid Signaling (ECS) system. […]

The Missing Link: Accuracy in Dosing and Natural vs. Pharmaceutical Cannabis

The Missing Link: Accuracy in Dosing and Natural vs. Pharmaceutical Cannabis

While at times downplayed or overlooked, accuracy in dosing is emerging as a significant barricade to the acceptance of natural cannabis as a real medicine. Unfortunately yet understandably, the fact that precise dosing remains elusive is perfect ammunition for those promoting the perceived superiority of marijuana therapies produced by pharmaceutical companies. Even where there is […]

Synthetic Marijuana aka “Herbal Incense”: A Legal High That’s Nothing Like Cannabis

Synthetic Marijuana aka “Herbal Incense”: A Legal High That’s Nothing Like Cannabis

People often call it by brand names: K2, Spice, or A-Bomb. It’s generically referred to as herbal incense, or sometimes, sythentic marijuana or synthetic cannabis. While it is true that the demand for these products arises from the demand for a legal alternative to cannabis, these technically illegal smoking blends (and they are illegal under […]

How Black Kids With Sickle Cell Anemia Get Screwed By The War On Drugs

How Black Kids With Sickle Cell Anemia Get Screwed By The War On Drugs

During my pediatric rotation in nursing school, there was a young boy, about 12-years-old, whom I’ll refer to as Zackary*, who suffered from sickle cell anemia. He was African American, lived in the inner city, loved football and basketball and his favorite subject in school was science. He was just a regular kid who wanted […]