Using Cannabis While Pregnant Does Not Impair Children’s Cognition, Decades Of Studies Suggest

Across the US, children and their parents routinely face separation and other forms of punishment due to legal and medical policies around prenatal cannabis exposure, and the notion that cannabis use during pregnancy may harm children’s development.

But according to a review of research to date, there’s no evidence to support this belief about cannabis, nor the inarguably harmful policies which rely on it. After nearly six years of comparing study results, researchers at Columbia University, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Swinburne University have found that prenatal cannabis exposure does not lead to cognitive impairment in children, based on data from decades’ worth of studies on this issue.

Published this month in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, the systematic review revealed that a vast majority of studies on this topic found no significant statistical differences between kids who were reportedly exposed to cannabis during pregnancy, and those who were not. Less than 5% of comparable studies in this area showed any statistical difference between children’s scores on cognitive tests; importantly, these included both slight dips and improvements in scores, and all but 0.3% of study results still fell in the normal range.

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Cannabis Shoppers Prefer the In-Store Experience

More people are heading back to cannabis dispensaries. Indeed, the quick return to in-store cannabis shopping, even with restrictions, shows that the demise of brick and mortar is a myth.

Cannabis technology company Akerna Corp. (KERN) has already seen a shift in dispensary delivery as states begin to reopen. Akerna said that as stores begin reopening as states end the lockdowns, online cannabis orders and pickup as a fulfillment method have started to decline.

“The number of delivery orders skyrocketed in March and April, but in May we’re seeing a shift back towards in person transactions. The average number of daily deliveries kept climbing through April but appears to be trending downward in the last two weeks, so we may have hit a peak,” said Aryeh Primus, vice president of analytics, Akerna. “We continue to see that the in-store interaction between consumer and budtender is key for people purchasing cannabis, and delivery takes away that.”

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Ketamine Clinics and the Corporate Practice of Medicine in California

Ketamine clinics are increasing in number in the United States and globally. As we described previously, ketamine is a Schedule III drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for certain medical uses, and may in some cases be used for off-label uses (such as anxiety or depression) by medical professionals. That said, the legal framework surrounding the ownership and operation of ketamine clinics (which involve off-label uses of ketamine) can be extraordinarily complicated and will vary significantly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

California is certainly a place where ketamine clinics are prominent. The corporate structures of many ketamine clinics involve a risky dance when it comes to the corporate practice of medicine. Ownership of medical practice in California is highly regulated. There are significant restrictions on who can own a medical practice here; that includes ketamine infusion clinics because only licensed medical practitioners can prescribe and manage ketamine and corresponding treatments.

California law requires that a medical practice be owned by a specific entity (a professional medical corporation) and that a majority of owners of the corporation be physicians with limits on ownership by non-physicians to other medical professionals. There

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Pro Athletes Who Love Weed Are Taking Cannabis Sponsorships

Cannabis and sports might not seem like they mix. But for some athletes, the drug is an integral part of their success.

On a typical Saturday, at 4:30 am, Boulder, Colorado-based competitive ultramarathoner Flavie Dokken takes 5mg of Wana Recreational Tarts, puts on her running shoes, and heads out for a five-hour run. But Dokken is not your typical stoner, she uses cannabis as part of her workout routine and she is sponsored by Wana Brands, a cannabis company that produces cannabis-infused products. Dokken told Vice that the gummies help her tune into her breathing. Although Dokken uses THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive element of cannabis) during training, she stops using it a week before race day because of drug testing.

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CBD and Yoga Help Some Build Healthy Lifestyles

Temecula resident Cheri Smith, sees transitioning away from pills and using cannabidiol, or CBD, as a way to help aid someone with their wellness journey.

“So many people are held hostage by their mental pain, physical pain, and they’re just getting by in life,” Smith said. “I help them get ahold of that mental and physical pain, and then I teach them that they can thrive, you don’t just survive or get by in life but actually thrive.”

Cheri Smith, also known as The CBD Yoga Teacher, first began her journey with her yoga practice back in 1999.

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