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10/9/18

The recent approval by the FDA, of the latest anti-seizure medication Epidiolex , has attracted a lot of new attention for CBD oil. But significant enthusiasm was already rising daily. CBD is being promoted as a “effective medical elixir” and marketed in everything from gummy bears, cosmetics to bottled water.

Cannabidiol was isolated in marijuana in 1940 and its chemical structure was discovered in 1965. It does not have any high, or euphoric effects and is increasingly being used in oils, edibles and other forms to treat chronic medical conditions such as pain and anxiety.

Last January, the World Health Organization released a study stating that “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.” The WHO research study found “no evidence of recreational use of CBD oil or any public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

Last month the epidolex,   a CBD-based drug, to treat epileptic seizures caused by two exotic forms of childhood epilepsy, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gestaut syndrome.  It was the only marijuana-based drug ever to be approved by the agency.

“In terms of solid evidence and research, the one fact we really know about water soluble CBD oil is that it can be helpful for rare childhood seizure disorders,” Ryan Vandrey, PhD, a cannabidiol researcher and associate professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, “There’s not yet sufficient evidence to support its use for any other reason.”

 

Drug Rehabilitation For Married Couples

Both partners in a marriage must be fully committed to getting clean for drug and alcohol addiction therapy to work. Recovery will not happen without a great deal of work. Couples attending drug treatment programs will obtain life skills and education that will help them cope with their addiction both individually and as a couple. Because the recovery process depends on a lifestyle change, it is imperative for couples to know and understand what clean and sober life will be like once they leave the addiction rehabilitation center.  

The professional counselors and staff who specialize in treating relationships will help the couple identify the causes behind their addiction to opioids and other drugs while simultaneously teaching them effective conflict resolution skills to use independently and as a couple. It is very important for a both partners to understand the challenges ahead of them and how they can work together to find solutions for those challenges. The group therapy aspect of their drug treatment program will give resolution skills for the couples’ personal and relationship issues that  affect their partner’s addiction. Married Couples will essentially need to learn how to coexist together in a new clean and sober environment, spending quality time together along with their children and enjoying life without the use of drugs or alcohol. While in drug rehab individual counseling sessions start after both addicted individuals has completed detox and withdrawal.  

When couples successfully completed rehabilitation programs, they stand a much higher rate of staying sober if they have the help of medication like suboxone and depending on support groups and one another and are both equally committed to staying clean and sober. Sometimes an added bonus is that many couples feel their relationship is much stronger after completing inpatient alcohol rehab and they have got clean together on a deeper level.

 

Addiction and ObamaCare

Amend 2012 is a campaign created for people—real people, not incorporated or limited liability people—who care about our democracy and want to be part of a solution.

The problem? Since January 2010, corporations have been legally allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money in our elections on behalf of candidates who, when elected, owe the corporations favors. So even though “we the people” go to the polls and vote for candidates, once they’re in office they must work on behalf of the corporate interests, not what’s good for American families.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case called Citizens United vs. FEC that corporations have the same rights as people, and that their unlimited corporate spending is the same as our free speech. We disagree—because only people are people.

What’s the big deal? Corporations already use their money to make many decisions that affect us every day, so why do we care if they use their money in political campaigns? Because there’s no place for purchasing in democracy. Elected officials get their jobs from the people who elect them, and should ultimately answer to those people, too.

There’s a big difference between buying land to build a new warehouse and buying favors from the people who are supposed to represent us, the people.

What’s the big idea? Corporations don’t own our democracy yet, so we’re taking this movement to the people, going person-by-person and state-by-state, to build support for a constitutional amendment that will specify who are people (people) and who are not people (corporations).

Amending the Constitution is a big deal. It’ll require support of 2/3 of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and then must be ratified by 3/4 of the states. So while it’s possible and, we think, the best ultimate solution, it isn’t likely to happen right away.

Well what then? In the great tradition of American rabble rousing, we’re starting with the people, building grassroots support right where you live. Using a little-known but very powerful process called voter instructions, our goal is to have as many states as possible pass ballot resolutions calling on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment. Then people can vote to pass those resolutions.

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