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For this doctor, medical cannabis is an “exit drug”

Editor’s Note: This comment is provided by the Florida A&M University Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI).

You have probably heard criticism that marijuana is a “gateway drug,” meaning it is the first step on the road to more powerful and addictive narcotics that gives stronger psychological or physiological Effects. Dr. Joseph Rosado, an Orlando internist and qualified medical marijuana doctor, passionately denies this claim, dismissing it as an orchestrated lie that has been upheld to demonize cannabis since the early 1900s.

If marijuana is a gateway to everything, he counters, it’s a life of less drug addiction.

“For years we have been lied to believing that cannabis is a gateway drug when in reality it has been shown to be an ‘exit drug’ that will keep you away from all those drugs that do more harm than good,” says Dr Rosado. “Cannabis is not addicting. There is no evidence that it is physiologically addicting. It is psychologically addicting, which means that the person believes they need it and because they believed they need it, they ultimately consumed it. Unlike heroin, alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, you need a higher dose each time you take it to get the same effect; That doesn’t work with cannabis. “

Dr. Rosado describes himself as a “pioneer in the medical cannabis community,” which is an accurate description if you know a little more about him. He was involved in the failed 2014 and successful 2016 initiatives by Orlando attorney John Morgan to change medical marijuana, and often served as the Spanish-speaking advocate for those election efforts. When medical marijuana became legal in Florida, he was the first qualified doctor in central Florida to recommend medicinal cannabis to an adult patient – doctors cannot prescribe it – and the first in the state to do the same for a child. He works with such stakeholders as CannaMoms, Florida Cannabis Coalition and Minorities for Medical Marijuana, the latter as medical director. He is also the medical director of, an information repository for doctors and consumers.

In his book “Hope and healing, an argument in favor of cannabis, ”says Dr. Rosado to that he “In the past, full legalization of cannabis was never supported, but now it seems like the only effective way to ensure fully effective treatment for patients.”

A patient he first visited in December 2017 for assessment as a candidate for medical cannabis treatment would surely agree with the latter part of this statement. She is living proof of Dr. Rosado’s insistence that cannabis is an “exit drug”.

This patient suffered from several ailments, including Fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism (Underactive thyroid), Migraines, seizures, anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, attention deficit disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and lower extremity edema (swelling). She was also overweight and smoked.

To get her through the day, she took a buffet of prescription drugs, 42 to 58 pills, including addictive pain relievers.

“Her life revolved around her cell phone alarm that let her know when to take her next dose,” says Dr. Rosado, who set about weaning the patient off the medication.

On February 12, 2018, the patient received a medical marijuana card from the state, and Dr. Rosado “recommended” her to follow a cannabis-based regimen that included oral ingestion of CBD oils, as well as vaporizing and smoking various types of “flowers,” the smokable part of the cannabis plant.

Over the next seven months, the patient’s physical and mental health improved as she took less and less medication. She no longer had tremors or seizures; her lower extremity edema had disappeared. She went back to work and started volunteering in her church. She stopped smoking, lost 30 pounds and was able to sleep through the night again. In September she only had three tablets a day.

Dr. Rosado says he’s seen similar results in hundreds of his medical marijuana patients, young and old, from 7 year olds with epilepsy to 104 year olds with Parkinson’s. But such successes would be unlikely for anyone trying to self-medicate with street-level marijuana, he warns.

“They don’t know what they are getting in that penny bag on the black market or from whom they are buying it,” he says. “You should find one of the 2,500 doctors in the state of Florida who are certified to recommend medicinal cannabis, schedule an appointment with them, and have a face-to-face interview, according to the law of the state. If your health situation is correct, the doctor will add you to the state medical marijuana registry and put you on the path to health. “

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Federal legal cannabis bill gets vote this week in House panel (Newsletter: September 27, 2021)



OK Marijuana Votes Completed; NY Cannabis Board fully seated; USDA’s Anti-Weed Hemp Efforts; PA medical cannabis DUI hearing

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Sponsor of the SAFE Banking Act Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) spoke to Marijuana Moment about the prospects of finally getting his cannabis reform, which has now been passed five times by the House of Representatives, through the Senate and on the president’s desk.

  • “I think the fifth time is the charm.”

Oklahoma activists have finalized the language for separate marijuana legalization initiatives and revamped the existing medical cannabis program they plan to put on the 2022 ballot.

With two last dates New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) completed the composition of the Cannabis Control Board – the establishment of the state to finally begin implementing a legal market for recreational marijuana.

the US Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture funds research to help hemp farmers fight weed problems.

the Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee held a hearing on a bill to protect medical cannabis patients from being charged with DUI unless they are actually impaired at the wheel.


Majority Leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tweeted: “The time has come to end federal marijuana bans, pass criminal law reforms, and invest in communities harmed by the war on drugs. That’s why @SenBooker, @RonWyden and I are working on getting our Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act passed. “

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) said he was against adding marijuana banking to the National Defense Authorization Act. Separated, he announced that efforts to reach an agreement on police reform legislation came to an end after Republicans refused to accept the Democrats’ last compromise offer.

Joyful. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) Responded to the house putting marijuana banking under the National Defense Authorization Act, saying, “It’s not a great vehicle for this, but if it’s a vehicle that can carry it, I think it would be fine … Anything.” Vehicle is good that it manages to pass on. “

Representative Dave Joyce (R-OH) tweeted: “Proudly co-sponsored by @RepPerlmutters # SAFEBanking change request. By denying state legal cannabis companies access to financial services, the federal government is endangering public security – is crippling the economic recovery of #smallbiz – denying states the right to implement their own laws

Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) tweeted: “I support the Safe Banking Act. Let’s start by decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level. All legal cannabis companies across our country pay their employees, bills, and FEDERAL taxes with cash! Cannabis companies and customers deserve access to a banking system! “

Representative Dwight Evans (D-PA) tweeted: “As part of the # FY22NDAA, I’m proud to support these 3 # SmallBiz changes: … ✅The SAFE Banking Act (for # cannabis companies, approved last night!) …”

Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Dave Joyce (R-OH) Has tabled a bill to protect customs and border guards from accidental exposure to fentanyl and other drugs that may affect them at work, but Advocates say the bill is trying to solve a problem that doesn’t really exist and was created “out of hysteria, not science”.

The house bill on Marijuana schedule and funding for programs to repair war damage from drugs got five new co-sponsors for a total of 64.


New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) said he expected recreational marijuana sales through existing medical cannabis dispensaries to begin in the first or second quarter of 2022.

Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Cranley, currently Mayor of Cincinnati, tweeted, “My comeback plan in Ohio is pretty simple. We’re going to legalize and tax marijuana, and we’re going to give the Ohioans a dividend on our energy profits. This will create 120,000 jobs that pay $ 60,000 a year, reduce unemployment and cut poverty in half. “

North Carolinas The Senate President’s protest suggested that medical cannabis law may not be voted on in plenary until next year. Meanwhile the legislation sponsor is working on some changes requested by the Attorney General.

A Pennsylvania Senator is hosting a conference on cannabis opportunities on Friday.

Arkansas Activists say they have so far collected more than 20,000 signatures for their proposed vote to legalize marijuana.

Oregon Regulators have issued a mandatory recall for a hemp product with undisclosed THC levels.

California Regulators are changing the text of the warnings about exposure to marijuana smoke and THC.

A Oklahoma An official with the Bureau of Narcotics told lawmakers at a hearing that the number of fraudulently licensed medicinal cannabis growers could soon decline.

West Virginia The medical cannabis advisory board meets on Thursday.

Nevadas The Cannabis Advisory Subcommittee on Social Equity, Diversity & Inclusion meets on Monday.

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New York City filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a man who launched a clothing brand called NYC New York Cannabis, which uses logos similar to the city’s official ones.

A Wake County, North Carolina The district attorney’s candidate said he would not pursue low-level marijuana cases if elected.


Kenya The attorney general has until October 18 to respond to a lawsuit filed by Rastafarian to legalize marijuana.


One study found that medicinal cannabis “had a beneficial effect on pain levels and sleep quality for all problem spectrums rheumatology Clinic.”


Marijuana Moment Senior Editor Kyle Jaeger spoke in C-SPAN’s Washington Today about cannabis banking laws.

the Association of American Feed Control Officials published a position statement on the use of hemp and hemp by-products in animal feed.

the American Bankers Association tweeted: “ABA strongly supports the #SAFEBanking Act, which would help achieve key public safety goals and expand access to credit for cannabis companies in states where it is legal, thereby making the industry fairer and creating jobs at the same time and the economy grows. “

Worried women for America tweeted: “More # FY22NDAA Madness: Last night House voted to unleash the predatory marijuana industry through the US banking system while drugs spill over our borders. Dems want America on grass and our daughters in war. @HouseGOP has to say NO. “

the Massachusetts Package Stores Association said a senator’s bill banning billboard advertising for alcohol or marijuana products was unconstitutional.


Aurora Cannabis Inc. closes its Edmonton, Alberta, Canada facility.

A lawsuit that Legacy Hemp LLC Lawsuit Against Terramax Holdings Corp. for alleged breach of a hemp seed distribution agreement, was reanimated by the US Court of Appeals for the 6th District after previously dismissed.


UFC fighter Chris Barnett was suspended and fined for a positive marijuana test.

Melissa Etheridge spoke about her cannabis brand Etheridge Botanicals.

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DJ Khaled’s BLESSWELL™ Pops Up in the Windy City



Chicagoans and tourists alike will experience the keys to wellbeing by indulging in an array of offerings, including cuts, shaves, and facials. Award winning hairdresser JC Tha Barber alongside some of the best dog groomers in Chicago courtesy of the Anti Broke Barbers Club, including resident Jesse Elite, rotate and leave the store, offering their services, and sharing tips and trends regarding the CBD-enhanced line. There will be no shortage of “instagrammable” moments at GROOMED x BLESSWELL because the room has two ultra-modern grooming stations, comfortable lounge seats with gaming, BLESSWELL Goods and a bar with Jim Beam highballs, Hornitos Seltzers and On The Rocks cocktails. The complete collection from BLESSWELL Products that include a Blue Charcoal Face Mask, Conditioning Bart Oil, Daily Moisturizer, Facial Cleansing Scrub, Lathering Body Wash, and Ultimate Shave Cream will also be available on site.

DJ Khaled is excited to introduce Chicagoans to his brand and passion for wellness through the GROOMED x BLESSWELL. to share Experience. “I strive to improve every day, and CBD has become an integral part of my daily routine, allowing me to focus my mind and energies,” says DJ Khaled. “BLESSWELL was created to introduce men and women to a holistic form of self-care for the whole body and I am honored to present the collection Chicago first. “GROOMED x BLESSWELL plans to visit more cities across the country in 2022.

DJ Khaled celebrates the opening of GROOMED x BLESSWELL by introducing “The BLESSWELL.” to a lucky fan and their guest. give an unforgettable experience Grooming Getaway. “The giveaway will be announced on the business mogul’s Instagram on September 29th and includes two nights at the Kimpton Gray Hotel, a $ 500 Travel voucher after Chicago, a virtual meet-and-greet with DJ Khaled and VIP access to GROOMED x BLESSWEL Experience.

In honor of the pop-up, the Kimpton Gray Hotel and BLESSWELL becomes a partner of a limited “ROOM + GROOM” package. The unbeatable tailor-made travel offer includes a hotel stay in the historic building, which is one of the Chicago’s most beautiful sights. Guests are greeted with a free BLESSWELL. welcomed Gift set and VIP salon grooming experience.

Ryan Stender, a Chicago Born and co-founder of BLESSWELL says: “There is no better city to host the very first GROOMED x BLESSWELL Pop up more than my hometown. This luxurious yet accessible shop provides a fun opportunity for men and women to experience the brand firsthand through the world’s most talented hairdressers, while also providing them with the tools to achieve their healthiest skin and hair at home. ”

To make an appointment at GROOMED x BLESSWELL. to agree Chicago, Fans can visit

Appointments are from Wednesday to Friday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Walk-in appointments are assigned according to the first-come-first-served principle.

To book the Room + Groom Package, please contact the Kimpton Gray Hotel at (312) 604-9830. Packages must be booked at least 72 hours in advance. For more information, please visit

BLESSWELL solidifies its entry into the CBD health and wellness arena with premium body, beard and face solutions. The clean, cannabis-centric grooming line for men was developed as an indispensable tool for a man’s complete self-care needs at home. The environmentally friendly, clean product line includes a variety of natural elixirs made from beard oils, shaving creams, facial cleansers and body washes, as well as other nutrient-rich skin protectors, all of which are enriched with 300 mg of CBD.

About Endexx Corporation:
The Endexx Corporation develops and sells all-natural CBD products through its CBD Unlimited division, which are extracted from the cannabis sativa plant (hemp) and contain less than 0.01% THC. Products range from oils, capsules, topicals to pet products, all of which have the common purpose of therapeutic and pain relieving treatment for humans and pets. Phyto-Bites are CBD-soft chews for animals that promote health and help reduce separation anxiety, pain and inflammation. The science behind these products encompasses more than half a decade of clinical research in the field and in the laboratory to ensure accurate dosing and delivery of optimal absorption per serving.

About the Kimpton Gray Hotel Chicago:
The Kimpton Gray Hotel Chicago is Chicago’s newest Four Diamond Hotel and recently became one of the Chicago’s Best Hotels of 2019 by US News and World Report. The Kimpton Gray Hotel is located at 122 W. Monroe St. in the historic New York Life Insurance Building, which was originally built in 1894. The Kimpton Gray Hotel owes its name to Georgia Gray marble, which has given the building a sense of sophistication for more than a century. The hotel’s granite lobby, Art Deco lighting, and modern rooms are an artistic retreat in the loop. The hotel is also home to Vol. 39, a sophisticated lobby bar and Boleo, the top hotel bar and lounge with a retractable roof. Further information can be found at

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CBD: What is it and will it improve cycling performance?



CBD, the supplement that seems to be everywhere. It’s found in gels, drinks, chamois cream, and even pizza these days.

CBD is already widespread in rugby, golf and cricket, is taking the sports world by storm and is showing no sign of disappearing. So is CBD the next big thing in cycling? And is it legal?

In April of this year, the UCI Continental Professional Cycling Outift Team Skyline announced a sponsorship deal with the Gold Medal CBD company and Tokyo 2020 has been widely recognized as the first time athletes have been able to use CBD in their preparation for the Olympics.

Former pro and disqualified Tour de France winner Floyd Landis, the CBD company Floyd’s of Leadville, has many elite athletes as ambassadors, including cyclists Sarah Sturm, Gordon Wadsworth and Peter Stetina.

According to Grand View Analysis, the global CBD industry is projected to be worth $ 13.4 billion (£ 9.7 billion) by 2028.

What is CBD?

CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant and is also known as cannabidiol.

It is one of the hundreds of compounds called cannabinoids that make up the cannabis plant.

It’s neither intoxicating nor psychoactive, unlike one of the plant’s better-known cannabinoids, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that gets people high.

A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) states that “CBD is generally well tolerated and has a good safety profile”.

Is CBD legal in the UK?

Like ketone esters, CBD is legal in the UK.

CBD products fall under the Novel Food Regulation, which means that they must be marketed as dietary supplements rather than medicinal products.

In 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from its list of banned substances, but other compounds found in the cannabis plant, including THC, are still banned.

Cannabis is a Class B illegal drug in the UK and almost all cannabidiols are controlled substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (excluding CBD).

In what form does CBD occur?

There are three CBD spectra: full, wide, and narrow, which indicates the number of other compounds from the cannabis plant that are present in the CBD itself.

A full spectrum product contains CBD and a small amount of THC (less than 0.2%, otherwise it’s illegal).

A broad spectrum product contains all of the compounds in the plant, including CBD, but does not contain THC.

A narrow spectrum product (also called Isolate CBD) contains only CBD and no other compounds from the cannabis plant.

There are many different types of CBD products, from capsules, oils, patches, balms, and gels to beverages, gums, pillow cases, and even yoga classes.

According to neurologist and medical cannabis expert Professor Mike Barnes, the most effective way to ingest CBD is as an oil under your tongue.

“Most people take CBD as an oil under their tongue because it can be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Then the effect lasts for about 4-6 hours.

“Basically, it depends on what you want CBD for, how you should take it. For example, if your joints or muscles are sore, you can use a balm to rub the affected area. ‘

What are the potential benefits of CBD for cyclists?

CBD proponents say it can aid post-exercise recovery, improve sleep quality, and reduce anxiety.

“CBD can generally help with anxiety and physical pain,” said Michael Tacci, Sports Director of Team Skyline. “Not only does it help deal with gnawing small injuries, bumps and bruises, but it can also help with pain management on the bike during hard exertion.

“Most importantly, CBD has been anecdotally seen to significantly improve post-exercise recovery.”

Ex-road pro and gravel and endurance cyclist Peter Stetina started using CBD in 2015 after breaking his leg on the Tour of the Basque Country looking for an alternative to prescription painkillers.

For Stetina, the greatest benefit he gets from CBD is improved quality of sleep.

“When I take the capsules around dinner, I feel like I can fall asleep earlier,” he explains. “It helps me to go to bed early before I get up early on a race morning.”

He also uses a CBD cream to help with acute sore muscles after a race.

Notably, Stetina does not use CBD during the competition, but because of the relaxing benefits of the supplement, he notes a smoother recovery afterwards.

“I would definitely recommend CBD to other cyclists,” he says. “The next morning there is no drowsiness, no dire side effects, and it’s a legal substance for drug testing. I would say just start with the lowest dose and work up to what works best for you, just like anything else. ‘

Team Skyline driver Wolfgang Brandl benefits from CBD in two ways.

“It helps me calm down after a race, especially because a lot of our races are usually late in the evening or at night and my legs are less tired even after a few days,” he says.

Brandl first tried CBD in 2019 when he was feeling tired during a 10-day race and a friend told him to try CBD cream. “I used it and my legs felt pretty good. I even got a podium that day.”

Brandl, who is from Germany, adds that CBD use is better known in the US than in Europe.

What to look for in a CBD product

There is a huge range of CBD products to choose from, with 217 CBD companies currently operating in the UK.

Professor Barnes emphasizes the importance of looking for products with clear labeling that shows which cannabinoids are in what percentage and that come from a credible source.

“I think you should look for broadband products with clear labeling, clear dosages that don’t make unnecessary medical claims,” ​​he says.

“Not all CBD supplements are made equally,” says Caroline Glynn, scientific director and co-founder of Pureis CBD. “Some products on the market may contain undesirable impurities in addition to THC levels, and some may contain lower levels of CBD, as indicated on the product label, that are unknown to the average consumer.”

A paper published in April 2020 tested 29 CBD dietary supplements available in the UK market and found that 34% of the products had 50% less of the advertised CBD content and 55% of the products had a measurable THC content above what is considered safe exhibited.

How Much CBD Should I Take?

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommends consuming no more than 70 milligrams of CBD per day.

For Professor Barnes, however, this is controversial.

“It’s not based on any science,” he says. “I can’t find any evidence that more than 70 milligrams is unsafe and that some people need more than 70 and others less, it is completely different for each individual. I would recommend starting with a low dose like 10 mg and building this up slowly.

Professor Graeme Close of Human Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University emphasizes the importance of exercising caution until further research is done.

“There is not enough evidence for a recommended dose right now, but there is no point going over the FSA limit.

“If you are taking other medications, speak to your doctor before taking CBD and be sure not to ingest stupid amounts.”

Is CBD doping?

Many CBD products on the market contain CBD as well as other cannabinoids, which means this could be problematic for athletes in WADA-sanctioned sports.

“An athlete could be taking a CBD product that contains 0% THC but happens to contain some of the potentially therapeutic non-psychotropic cannabinoids like cannabigerol (CBG) and WADA could choose to test it and the athlete would get one Drug test fail CBG, ”explains Professor Close.

“Unless WADA removes all cannabinoids from their list of prohibited substances or names the specific psychotropic cannabinoids that are banned and tested for, it will be very difficult for an athlete to try CBD safely.”

Close adds that this creates ethical challenges in CBD research, as athletes could be given products that cause them to fail an anti-doping test.

Notably, WADA recently announced that it will resume discussions about removing cannabis from the prohibited list next year.

Debate about THC

While there is general consensus among experts that CBD is not performance enhancing, there is a debate about how much THC can legally be in a product and how effective a product is if all THC is removed.

“Some people have read the legislation to believe that a product should contain less than a milligram of THC, but that is a legislative misunderstanding,” says Professor Close. “My reading of the current legal status is that the final product should not contain any detectable THC.”

“Nobody can tell you if a product is effective because of what is known as the entourage effect when all of the THC has been removed,” he adds. “There is evidence that you need the full spectrum of cannabinoids, even if it’s not very much, for them to all work well in synergy.

“We have to remember that research is miles behind where it probably should be because it has been banned for decades.”

The future of CBD in cycling

Honest Hemp, a CBD company that currently supplies an unnamed bike club, believes interest in CBD is growing and wants to educate people about CBD.

“We are involved in ongoing studies with Hull University to improve and develop our products, and we continue to inform people that CBD does not get you high – as some people wrongly assume – but has a positive effect on recovery. which in turn increases the performance. ”, explains company founder Christian Sanderson.

Professor Barnes predicts that better quality, better labeling and more understanding products will hit the market.

“CBD is not a fad, it’s an industry that will stay and I think it will help athletes in general,” says Barnes.

Professor Close agrees.

“CBD is not going to go away. I’m actually pretty excited to see what this product can do, but I’m also cautious, ”he says. “It’s the most controversial and complicated addition to hit the industry in the last 20 years.”

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