Monthly Archives: June 2016

FDA Releases Cannabis Grandfather Petition Information

There have been a few people who have attempted to get these documents but been blocked for one reason or another.  It appears that even the petitioners have had a problem obtaining most of them from the FDA.

No-ResultsThe packet contains almost all the information the FDA has on a Medical Cannabis Grandfathering Petition filed by Dr Mikuriya in 2011.

So far from what I have read, they are asking that the FDA to grandfather Cannabis Medications as Cannabis was a medication before the FDA.  Other substances such as Cocaine, Codeine and such have been grandfathered but not Cannabis.

The documents show how certain Cannabis medications were made in bulk.  This is very interesting angle of approach that is being taken.  Lots of really good information that might be of value to others who are petitioning other branches of the Federal Government for change to Cannabis.

These documents contain the official FDA responses so far the petition appears to remain open and unresolved thus far.

You can find these and other documents in our FOIA section and specifically here – FOIA-FDA

US Government Medical Cannabis Studies Released

Our friends over at The Memory Hole 2 have uncovered some very interesting information which they released today.  Courtesy of their filing of a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA) they have uncovered invaluable information about Medical Cannabis Research being done in the US.   Some of this is hidden in various government databases that you can search online like the PubMed, NIH Online Library system.  Never before has anyone cracked the code for Medical Cannabis Research until now.  NIH and Federal Government Sponsored Medical Cannabis research is called “Therapeutic Cannabinoid Research”.

nih1NIH and other US Government agencies are funding almost 50 different Medical Cannabis studies.  In the studies they are looking at things like:  EtOH Seeking and Relapse: Therapeutic Potential of Transdermal Cannabidiol, Endocannabinoids in Neurodegenerative Diseases, Endocannabinoid modulation of pain-depressed behavior, Cannabinergic Medications for Methamphetamine Addiction, Cannabinoid-based therapy and approaches to quantify pain in sickle cell disease, A Cross-Over Controlled Trial of Dronabinol and Vaporized Cannabis in Neuropathic Low Back Pain, Medications Development for Cannabis-Use Disorders: Clinical Studies, Targeting multiple enzyme systems to reduce arthritic pain and inflammation,  FABPs: Novel Roles in Pain and Inflammation,  and much much more.

Having looked through the list we obtained from the DEA about who has a permit for Cannabis it all makes much more sense now.  So their material is also backed up by the DEA list of those who have permits with the DEA, that we uncovered, so these are Totally Legal Studies of Medical Cannabis being done under the DEA permit process.

This also explains why it is that NIDA requested that the Mississippi Farm increase it’s production this year.  They are sponsoring studies and getting their Cannabis from the only Federally Licensed Cannabis Farm in operation.  Should there have been other farms in operation they could have gotten in on the money NIH is spending for Medical Cannabis research.

Med-CAAccording to Memory Hole 2, “As background, NIH developed an official reporting category to identify and report research examining the therapeutic potential of marijuana and its constituent cannabinoid compounds. This category called “Therapeutic Cannabinoid Research” was first reported in February of 2016 listing projects (research studies) supported in fiscal year 2015 (FY15) and is the most recent official listing. This category will be annually reported from now on with the next installment planned in February 2017.” which allowed them to discover the studies they are revealing to the public.

It’ll probably surprise many that there are almost 50 different studies of Cannabis for medical purposes that were underway in 2015 alone.  Let alone that they are government approved and sanctioned studies.

It’ll probably surprise people even more that almost $20 million was spent on Medical Cannabis research by the Federal Government in 2015.  I know we find it surprising.  We are under the impression from those more closely involved that there is no “real” research being done on Medical Cannabis and that the Federal Government is standing in the way of this research.  While it could be said that they are only spending a small amount of money on this research but when it comes to medications it is usually Pharmaceutical companies who do the research and make the drugs.  They are clearly allowing those who wish to do real research on Medical Cannabis to do so.

Memory Hole 2 adds in their posting “Additionally, there’s a 48-page listing of research publications in medical journals based on the NIH-funded cannabis studies. This document was released as part of the FOIA request and is not otherwise available.”

The people over at Memory Hole 2 need to be complimented, and given a little something, for uncovering what everyone should already know… The US Federal government is allowing the study of Cannabis’s medical aspects, and not junk science.  Study on transdermal patches, use of smoked Cannabis for low back pain, and much more is being studied. Places like Scripts Research, Public Health Institute, Universities across the nation including MN, SC, CA, VA, IN, NY, WV, Vanderbilt University, Research Triangle Institute.  Hospitals like Mclean, UT Medical Center, ICAHN School of Medicine are all involved in the research that is underway.

People are screaming “We Need Medical Research”, well they are doing it and have been for some time.  If people utilized the tools at hand they would find lots of things that they didn’t know was going on inside their government.  The FOIA is an excellent tool to help discover everything you want to know.  While these people are doing research, there is also a Non-Research category with the DEA for Cannabis.  What is a Non-Research Permit?  Think about it for a while maybe it will come to you when you realize that cannabis is a Controlled Substance and not “Illegal” and there us a huge difference.

With the document and the RePORTS system run by NIH you can search and see where each of the various studies are.  You can find a variety of information by following this link and putting in the study number that your looking for in the Advanced Search area.

Here is the Excel Document with the listing of studies – MEDICAL CANNABIS STUDIES 2015

U of MN Cannabis Project Goes Unfunded

ChromatogramEveryone talks about it, everyone wants to do it, but no one seems to want to pay for it.  That’s the problem the University of Minnesota Cannabis Hemp project is having a problem with.  Having over a decade of Research into Cannabis it’s a shame that this work isn’t funded properly.

They already have all the registration in place with the DEA so that they are allowed to cultivate, manufacture, Cannabis.  They have already grown and have done extensive research into the Genome of various cannabis varieties.  Unfortunately right now their research is stalled due to lack of funding.

They have a number of published articles like this one.   U of MN Study explains why hemp and marijuana are different.    “:”Given the diversity of cultivated forms of Cannabis, we wanted to identify the genes responsible for differences in drug content,” says U of M plant biologist George Weiblen. While marijuana is rich in psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), hemp produces mostly a non-euphoric cannabidiol (CBD), but the genetic basis for this difference was a matter of speculation until now.” (Professor Website)

They even offer Cannabis DNA TestingMarijuanaDNA“There are essentially three kinds of forensic evidence to be obtained from the marijuana plant and its derivatives: (1) quantification of drug potency, (2) inference of growth conditions or geographic sources from elemental isotopes, and (3) genetic identity from DNA evidence.” additionally “Our laboratory is registered with the US Drug Enforcement Administration to perform analytical testing of Cannabis DNA.  Such analyses are admissible in American courts of law and find application in drug enforcement, criminal investigation, prosecution and defense. One hundred milligrams per sample is sufficient for analysis. Cannabis held in evidence by state or federal law enforcement agencies is eligible for testing. We apply the exact method used in human DNA fingerprinting, using DEA-approved procedures for handling controlled substances. We provide independent, unbiased forensic analysis according to the highest standards of laboratory practice.” (Professor Website)

They were part of a Wild Minnesota Race Cannabis collection in 2015The Industrial Hemp Development Act of 2015 allowed researchers from the University of Minnesota to collect wild hemp to be studied. On Wednesday, researchers scoured the overgrown grounds of Fort Snelling for the wild cannabis.  “These belong to the same species as marijuana,” Dr. George Weiblen said. “They’re treated as controlled substances, by law.” Weiblen and Jonathan Wenger have been studying hemp for more than a decade.” (KSTP-5 News)

Check out his website and lets see if we can get him the funding he needs.

U of MN Cannabis Project Website