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“Cannamoms”: mothers who swear by cannabis

More and more women are using microdoses of cannabis to relax. They believe it helps them to be more available mothers to their children, reports the BBC website.

What if using cannabis helps you be a better parent? According to the BBC, more and more women are defining themselves as “cannamoms” and defending this point of view.

An American journalist started the trend

This is the case of Danielle Simone Brand, an American journalist who got into it in 2016, when California legalized consumption for adults. This mother of two children aged 8 and 11 even made a book about it, published in December 2020, Weed Mom: The Canna-Curious Woman’s Guide to Healthier Relaxation, Happier Parenting, and Chilling TF Out (“Maman Beuh: le guide de la femme canna-curieuse pour une relaxation plus saine, une parentalité plus heureuse et pour une p* de détente”).

In it, Brand explains that cannabis helps her not to be overwhelmed by the mental load of daily tasks and to have more patience and availability for her children.

This phenomenon is actually not new, but it seems to be growing judging by the number of “cannamoms” groups on social networks. Heather McIlvaine-Newsad, a professor of anthropology at Western Illinois University, is part of an interdisciplinary research project on cannabis and culture. She became aware in 2018 of Facebook groups about cannabis and parenting. Some had existed for many years and there are nearly 30 in all, each with thousands of members.

Latrese Thomas, a 40-year-old African-American mother of three, told the BBC that she uses cannabis “the same way others drink wine.” She added that, in the context of racial tensions particularly affecting the black community, cannabis “helped her control [her] anxiety as a mom – and not just as a black woman, but as a mom of black kids.” Many women also explain that their use has helped them cope with the stress of Covid and health measures.

The key: always microdose

The key, they all say, is to microdose. The BBC insists that there are no conclusive scientific studies on the effects of microdosing in the medium or long term, but it is certain that it can affect concentration and disrupt certain motor functions.

Precisely, all the consumers interviewed by the BBC mention the frowns they observe when they talk about their lifestyle. Latrese Thomas is aware of this and is careful who she talks to about it, especially since she is black, she points out. Heather McIlvaine-Newsad sums it up this way:

“It’s socially acceptable for a mother to say ‘Mommy needs a little glass of wine,’ but it’s still not acceptable to say ‘Mommy needs a microdose of cannabis.'”

Nevertheless, mentalities seem to be changing, especially with the arrival of a generation that has seen its parents but also its grandparents take cannabis. The “cannamoms” would thus have beautiful days before them.…

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Malta to legalize cannabis for personal use in a European first

The move by the EU’s smallest member state is expected to be followed by reform in the rest of the continent in 2022

Malta will this week become the first European country to legalize the cultivation and possession of cannabis for personal use, propelling Luxembourg into the post as the continent undergoes a wave of changes in its drug laws.

A limited amount

Possession of up to seven grams of the drug will be legal for people aged 18 and over, and it will be permissible to grow up to four cannabis plants at home, with up to 50g of the dried product available for storage.

A vote in favor of the legislation in Malta’s parliament on Tuesday will be followed by the president signing the law into law by the weekend, Owen Bonnici, the minister responsible, told the Guardian.

The decision in Malta, the EU’s smallest member state, is likely to be followed by a Europe-wide reform in 2022. Germany recently announced the creation of a legally regulated market, following announcements by the Swiss, Luxembourg and Dutch governments. A referendum in Italy is planned, while Canada, Mexico and 18 U.S. states have already passed similar legislation.

Boris Johnson’s British government, on the other hand, has been accused of adopting a Richard Nixon-style “war on drugs” approach after maintaining its hard-line approach to cannabis use and making criminal sanctions for class A drug users a central plank of its recently released 10-year strategy.

Promoting recreational drugs

Bonnici said his government did not want to encourage the use of recreational drugs, but that there was no evidence to support the argument that cannabis use was in itself a gateway to harder substances.

He said, “There is a groundswell of understanding now that the hard-line approach against cannabis users was disproportionate, unfair, and gave a lot of pain to people who lead exemplary lives. But the fact that they use cannabis as a personal matter puts them in the jaws of crime.

He added: “I am very happy that Malta is the first country to put words in a law in a comprehensive way with a regulatory authority.

The change in approach by a number of European governments follows a UN decision last December to remove cannabis from a list of drugs designated as potentially addictive and dangerous, with little or no therapeutic use.

The Maltese approach aims to avoid criminalizing all cannabis use while regulating to ensure risk reduction, Bonnici said.

Possession of up to 28 grams will result in a fine of €50 to €100 but no criminal record. Those under 18 who are found in possession will go before a justice commission for recommendation of a care plan rather than being arrested. Those who consume cannabis in front of a child will face fines of between €300 and €500.

No private cultivation allowed

Beyond allowing people to grow plants at home, albeit out of public view, it will be legal for non-profit cannabis clubs to grow the drug for distribution to their members, similar to the organizations tolerated in Spain and the Netherlands.

Club membership will be limited to 500 people and only up to 7 grams per day can be distributed to each person, with a maximum of 50 grams per month. The organizations, which cannot be located within 250 meters of a school, club or youth center, can also distribute up to 20 cannabis seeds to each member each month.

Bonnici said his government has had a long debate about whether to put controls on the strength of cannabis that can be grown and used, measured by the level of the key psychoactive, or mood-altering, ingredient delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH).

He said, “We had a huge discussion internally about this. And we concluded that if a limit [can be set] on the strength of cannabis, the THC levels, you will create a new market for the black market. What we need to do is educate people and inform them day by day.”

The Netherlands is perhaps the European country most associated with a relaxed attitude toward cannabis use. However, possession and trade are technically illegal there. Instead, the government has a gedoogbeleid, a “tolerance policy,” under which use is widely accepted within limits. A trial is planned in which production of the drug will be regulated.


US teens are not using more cannabis as states legalize

US teens are not using more cannabis as states legalize

Cannabis use among American youth fell in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the increase in the number of states adopting legalization, according to a newly released U.S. federal survey.

As a result, past-year cannabis use among 12- to 17-year-olds dropped from 13.2 percent to 10.1 percent between 2019 and 2020, according to the survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Among 18- to 25-year-olds, over-the-year use also dropped from 35.4 percent to 34.5 percent from the previous year.

Use among adults 26 and older, however, has trended upward in recent years.

For this survey, researchers noted that the methodology was modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, interviews were conducted virtually, rather than in person, for safety reasons. Because of this change, “caution should be used when comparing estimates,” they said.

Accumulating data

Numerous studies were now that cannabis legalization does not lead to an increase in youth use.

For example, a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association in September found that rates of cannabis use among teens do not increase after legalizations for medical or recreational purposes.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director Nora Volkow also admitted in a recent interview that legalization has not led to an increase in youth use, despite her earlier fears.

In a separate, earlier analysis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that marijuana use among high school students declined during the peak years of state legalization of recreational cannabis.

According to the survey, there was “no change” in the rate of current cannabis use among high school students between 2009 and 2019. However, when analyzed using a quadratic change model, lifetime marijuana use decreased during that time.

Another study released by Colorado officials last year found that youth cannabis use in the state “has not changed significantly since legalization” in 2012, although methods of use are diversifying.

In Canada, cannabis use among 15- to 17-year-olds has dropped 47% since legalization…

New York approves self-cultivation for medical cannabis patients

New York approves self-cultivation for medical cannabis patients

Medical cannabis patients in New York will soon be allowed to grow their own cannabis under new rules decided at the second meeting of the Cannabis Control Board (CCB).

Home cultivation had been included in the bill approved by the legislature earlier this year It did, however, include provisions prohibiting home cultivation until retail sales are launched in the state, beginning in 2022.

Under the proposed rules, which still must go through a 60-day public comment period that the BCC can adjust before they go into effect, registered patients will be able to grow up to three immature (growing) and three mature (flowering) plants per individual or up to six immature and six mature plants per household.

Only for certified patients

“Only certified patients or their designated caregivers participating in the medical cannabis program will be able to legally purchase seeds or immature plants from a registered organization,” said Chris Alexander, executive director of the BCC. “And so, New Yorkers who are not participating in the medical program cannot yet cultivate and grow at home.”

Board members also approved the expungement of more than 200,000 criminal records for offenses that are no longer illegal in the state under the Adult Use Act.

CCD Executive Director Chris Alexander said the state was already refusing to conduct background checks on cannabis arrests and that those charges would eventually be expunged.

“When completed, the actions of these measures will have expunged the records of more than 400,000 New Yorkers, a staggering reminder of the impact that cannabis prohibition has had on so many people.” explained Chris Alexander.

As of 2019, the state had expunged some 198,000 cannabis-related criminal records, even before the sweeping legalization reforms.

During its first meeting earlier this month, the board permanently waived fees for medical cannabis patients and caregivers, made flower an approved form of medical cannabis in the state, and approved allowing patients to get a 60-day supply of medical cannabis instead of just a month.

Legal and adult-use sales of cannabis are expected in New York starting in 2022.…

Republican lawmakers introduce bill to legalize cannabis

Republican lawmakers introduce bill to legalize cannabis

Mostly lead by Democrats until now, cannabis legalization now has consensus on both sides of the political aisle in the United States.

Several Republican members of Congress on Monday introduced a bill to legalize cannabis at the federal level, in response to the ambitious reform proposals underway led by Democrats and the GOP’s scaled-back cannabis decriminalization legislation.

Republican Representative Nancy Mace is carrying the States Reform Act with a handful of Republican co-sponsors. The legislation seeks to end federal prohibition of cannabis a while taking specific steps to ensure that businesses in existing state markets can continue to operate unimpeded by changing federal rules.

Unlike more modest measures previously championed by some Republicans, this legislation represents an attempt to bridge a partisan divide. It does so by incorporating some fairness provisions such as expunging the criminal records of people with non-violent cannabis-related convictions and imposing an excise tax, the revenue from which would support community reinvestment, law enforcement, and Small Business Administration (SBA) activities.

“This bill supports veterans, law enforcement, farmers, businesses, people with serious illnesses, and is good for criminal justice reform,” Mace said in a statement Monday. “The state reform bill takes special care to keep Americans and their children safe while ending federal interference with state cannabis laws.”

“Washington needs to provide a framework that allows states to make their own decisions about cannabis moving forward,” the congresswoman said. “This bill does that.”

Outline of the bill

Under the legalization bill carried by Nancy Mace, the federal government treats cannabis the same as alcohol. This would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, with retroactive effects for those previously convicted.

Previous federal cannabis-related convictions would have to be expunged within one year. Individuals affiliated with cartels or who have been convicted of DUI, however, would not be eligible for this relief. Mace’s office estimates that approximately 2,600 people will be released from federal incarceration under this provision.

The bill calls for a 3 percent federal excise tax on cannabis, significantly lower than the taxes proposed in the Democrat-led cannabis bills.

The Treasury Department’s Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade (TTB) – renamed the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco and Cannabis Tax and Trade – would be the primary regulator of the cannabis market for interstate and international commerce. The agency would create a cannabis tracking and tracing system, and federal officials would be authorized to issue product packaging and labeling requirements.

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulatory authority would be limited, with the goal that it would have no more control over cannabis than it does over alcohol, except for medical cannabis. The agency would be able to implement dosage limits (e.g., 10mg THC per serving, and no more than 10 servings per package), certify state-designated medical cannabis products, and approve and regulate cannabis-derived pharmaceuticals, but would not be able to prohibit the use of cannabis or its derivatives in non-medicinal applications, such as state-designated medical cannabis products, dietary supplements, foods, beverages, non-medicinal topicals or cosmetics.

Enforcement authority would be transferred from the Drug Enforcement Administration to a newly renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Cannabis, Firearms and Explosives.

Raw cannabis would be considered an agricultural commodity regulated by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The plant would be treated like “alcoholic beverage crops” such as barley, hops and grains.

A federal license would be required to operate a cannabis business, and certain prior cannabis convictions could make a person ineligible to obtain that license.

The legislation would bring state-licensed cannabis operators into the federal system to ensure continued access to patients and encourage participation in the legal market.

Revenue from federal marijuana taxes would go to a newly created Law Enforcement Retraining and Successful Second Chances Fund and distributed to various veterans’ mental health programs, state opioid addiction programs or youth cannabis prevention efforts.

A national age limit of 21 would be set for legal cannabis products, which would be enforced by withholding funds from any state seeking to lower that age. This limit would not apply to medical cannabis. Advertisements targeted at minors or misleading would be prohibited.

The Treasury Department would be required to conduct periodic studies of the characteristics of the cannabis industry and make recommendations for improving the regulation and tax administration of cannabis. The Bureau of Labor Statistics would also be responsible for regularly reporting data on ownership and employment in the cannabis industry.

Military veterans would not be able to be discriminated against in hiring for federal jobs because of their cannabis use, and Department of Veterans Affairs physicians would be allowed to make medical cannabis recommendations.…

CBD and medical marijuana: Things you must Know

Cannabis and marijuana products have been part of the news in recent years. Many states are making the use of medical marijuana legal with each passing day. The popular and frequently used marijuana product includes the compounds of CBD (cannabidiol).
Marijuana is derived from a cannabis plant. It is further smoked and refined in various ways to get CBD and other products. Medical marijuana comes in multiple forms, such as oils, gels, gummies, supplements, extracts, and much more. CBD and medical marijuana have proved helpful in various medical treatments. Read along to know more about the benefits!

Medical benefits:

Recent studies prove that CBD and marijuana act as helpful tools in alleviating or treating conditions like anxiety, social phobia, cancer-related pain, chronic pain, sleep issues, loss of appetite due to some severe disease, and much more. CBD and marijuana provide relief against severe pain and anxiety.

CBD and marijuana compounds have also proved helpful in diseases like arthritis, Crohn’s disease, inflammation, HIV/AIDS, migraine, and some digestive disorders. Millions of studies have been done on CBD and medical marijuana since 1999. Due to its ultimate help in relieving pain due to severe diseases is becoming legal in various states. Medical marijuana and CBD can also be used in multiple forms. Some medicines containing CBD are also available in the market.

Pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties

Regular pain killers or medicines can help in relieving pain or stiffness. But marijuana and CBD are taken as natural pain relief supplements. Due to its quick pain relief, it is taken as an alternative to regular pain killers.

Recent studies have proved that CBD gives a relieving treatment to chronic pains as well. Studies in 2018-19 demonstrated the natural anti-inflammatory properties present in the CBD and other marijuana products.


Better treatment of epilepsy has also become possible due to CBD. In 2018, FDA approved a medicine containing purified CBD for the treatment of epilepsy. Adolescents aged three years with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome can be treated using CBD and marijuana compounds.

Treating cancer

CBD has also helped various patients in the fight against severe diseases like cancer. CBD reduces anxiety, reduces the growth of cancer cells and side effects of standard chemotherapy, and improves the positive effects of chemotherapy. Researches are continued about the benefits of CBD. But its proper use has given relief to various patients suffering from fatal diseases.
CBD is a functional medical supplement if taken correctly. Before using any marijuana products, you must consult an expert. Proper advice and direction are essential for using CBD or medical marijuana. Although it has qualities like pain-relieving, the use of marijuana compounds should still be your least priority. Because of its medical benefits also have some side effects such as diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. Cannabis leaves some effects like dizziness after its use. Consult your health provider about how long the results last. Avoid using heavy machinery and driving a car after using any cannabis product.…