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CBD Won’t Cure COVID-19 – But That’s Not Hindering Sales

CBD isn’t known to cure coronavirus but that hasn’t stopped customers from buying mass quantities of CBD oil and at higher doses. Specifically, e-commerce sales have increased after much of the United States has gone into forced lockdown or virtual shut down because of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  According to a Brightfield Group survey, four out of ten …

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CBD isn’t known to cure coronavirus but that hasn’t stopped customers from buying mass quantities of CBD oil and at higher doses. Specifically, e-commerce sales have increased after much of the United States has gone into forced lockdown or virtual shut down because of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

According to a Brightfield Group survey, four out of ten CBD buyers plan to buy more CBD in the future, specifically because of COVID-19 notoriety. 

The controversy over CBD and COVID-19, two seemingly unrelated news items, was enough to provoke NORML (the National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws), which made it a point to state that “No substantial scientific evidence currently exists that proves marijuana will reverse the effects of the coronavirus.”

Granted, the news came from snake oil salesmen that were illegally using such claims to boost sales in times of panic. The FTC and FDA mirrored NORML’s statement, and the FDA also wrote warning letters to companies that were selling fraudulent COVID-19 cures, particularly CBD-based products

A spokesperson even spoke out on behalf of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), suggesting that sharing bongs and joints is a coronavirus risk. 

What is the Story Behind the CBD-COVID-19 Story?

But it isn’t all conspiracy theory, necessarily. According to some reliable sources, what educated people are claiming is that CBD, while not a miracle cure, could act as an antiviral agent. If this is true, it might prove helpful in dealing with certain elements of coronavirus. 

The first scientific argument came from The Lancet, which stated there was evidence that indicated “patients with severe COVID-19 might have “cytokine storm syndrome.” This is an “immune overreaction in the lungs”, and could be what kills individuals with severe cases of COVID-19. This syndrome matches descriptions of CSS and the damage it can do to the lungs.

According to Science Daily, a so-called “hyper-inflammatory cytokine storm”, which involves a spike of immune cells acting erratically, could have been what caused past outbreaks like the Spanish flu, H1N1 swine flu, and avian flu. 

The Lancet publication stated that hypothetically, “immunosuppression” could benefit hyperinflammation.  This indirectly implies cannabis, and in particular CBD oil, could have beneficial effects as an immunosuppressant drug. 

CBD’s Undiscovered Medical Potential

The question of whether CBD could “calm a cytokine storm” was asked by ProjectCBD but obviously there isn’t much in the way of hard evidence at present time, mostly because the FDA has stalled on THC and CBD research in recent years, and going so far as to inhibit legal but illegally marketed CBD dietary products. 

According to the belief, if CBD does, in fact, have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties, it could “reduce cytokine production and even inhibit immune cell function.”

But the anti-viral properties are what critics and skeptics focus on, suggesting that CBD hasn’t been studied specifically as a means to reduce virus-induced inflammation. 

Even claims of CBD helping Herpes infections are debated by medical authorities, although many researchers do acknowledge by now that “anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of CBD are plausible”, at least in the words of one 2020 study.

But the inconclusive evidence of CBD’s anti-viral properties is what government agencies and other health organizations are pointing to, to promote their CBD-COVID-19 scam angle. Yes, there are scam companies running with the claim. But the idea of CBD’s efficacy is actually in public debate, not a total conspiracy theory with no evidence. 

Free CBD Samples for Stress

One thing’s for sure, the notoriety of coronavirus has turned many quarantined residents to CBD, nit for antiviral treatment, but specifically for stress relief. One Houston-based CBD company is giving away free CBD oil samples in an effort to reduce widespread anxiety. Hydroshack Hydroponics teamed up with Oil Well CBD to distribute the free samples of rolls and tinctures to Houston, Texas residents.

CBD May Strengthen Antibiotic Drugs 

Elsewhere, researchers did successfully prove that cannabidiol may act as a “helper compound to improve the efficacy of antibiotics against a drug-resistant Gram-positive bacteria.” The University of Southern Denmark studied the research, led by Janne Kudsk Klitgaard, PhD, and concluded that CBD and antibiotic bacitracin had a powerful effect against certain bacterias.

The FDA’s Short-Term Plans: Regulate Dosage

The FDA hasn’t exactly accelerated study on CBD, despite promises that they would, but word from an FDA representative turned CBD chemist, is that the FDA’s first move will be to set dosage regulations for dietary and topical products. 

Former FDA chemist, Dr. Daniel Connors, says he expects “a very limited set of regulations will be developed for the over-the-counter CBD market, and the FDA is likely to focus on safe dosage as an initial rule.”

The FDA hasn’t said much about CBD lately, besides issuing warnings about coronavirus scams, and also reminding the public they are free to, once again, comment on the public docket for CBD, that will now be opened indefinitely.

The agency also stated: “We are particularly interested in data that may help to address uncertainties and data gaps related to the safety of cannabidiol (CBD).”

Relaxing CBD Bath Bombs

Finally, just when one thinks the market is saturated with unusual and imaginative products, another one comes out and expands CBD’s horizons yet again. CBD bath bombs are being marketed as Sunday Scaries Tub Cubs. These relaxing gummy bear-shaped bath products contain 50 milligrams of relaxing potency in flavors of black raspberry and vanilla. Besides the relaxing CBD content, the bath bombs also contain more traditional ingredients for bath soaks, such as essential oils and coconut oil. 

The industry moves slowly, but customers have spoken. They’re stressed about bacteria, viruses and disease and CBD/THC drugs are at least giving them something to talk about.

WHO DID WHAT

CBD sales are spiking after the threat of coronavirus went global, but organizations remain adamant that it is not a cure for viral infection. 

WHAT WENT DOWN

Despite preliminary evidence that suggests CBD could address viral or inflammatory conditions, the FDA and other agencies are convinced more research is needed. 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR NEXT

The FDA is more interested in restricting CBD dosages in the coming future than researching its apparent anti-bacterial or viral potential.

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Florida high school official fired for using legal medical marijuana

Gulf War veteran Mike Hickman used legal medical cannabis instead of dangerous opioids. When district officials found out, they fired him.

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When a fight broke out among students at Belleview High School in central Florida, school official Mike Hickman entered the fray and put his body on the line to intervene. Nothing in the school’s administrative code tasked him with risking himself to secure his students’ safety, but he did so anyway.

A school official’s good deed didn’t go unpunished: He was fired after stepping in to stop a schoolyard fight.

A Marine combat veteran who suffered serious injuries while serving in the 1990-1991 Gulf War, Hickman has spent the past thirty years living with chronic pain from those wounds—and from a string of surgeries he underwent to heal them. For a time he relied on prescribed opioids for relief, but then found cannabis worked far better. He could gain relief without the serious side effects—and risk of addiction and overdose—that came with opioid use.

Hickman performed his job at Belleview—where he worked as the school’s student services manager—admirably, for years, while privately managing his medical condition.

Then came the schoolyard fight.

Punished for his good deed

It happened a year ago, in Nov. 2019.

While breaking up the brawl, Hickman suffered a new injury—one serious enough to require a visit to a worker’s compensation doctor. Acting on behalf of his employer, that doctor required him to submit a urine sample. The sample wasn’t part of Hickman’s treatment. Its only purpose was to test for drug use.

When the urine test came back positive for THC, Hickman’s 10 years of service to Marion County Public Schools ended. The Marion County School Board fired Mike Hickman, pointing to district policy prohibiting employees from using cannabis for any reason, even if that use takes place off school grounds and at the recommendation of a physician.

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District officials offered to limit his punishment to a suspension if Hickman ended his use of medical cannabis. Forced to choose between his career as an educator and the medicine that secures his quality of life, Hickman chose his medicine.

Mike Hickman’s medication is legal according to state law. But it’s against school district policy.

Medical cannabis has been legal in Florida since 2016, when 71% of voters approved a state constitutional amendment allowing doctors to recommend it to their patients. And according to a 2019 article from MJ Biz Daily, business is now “booming, with an average of nearly two dispensaries opening each week across the state.”

There’s no disputing the legality of Mike Hickman’s cannabis use under state law. Nor does anyone allege that he came to work impaired, or that he failed in any way to perform his official duties with the utmost skill and professionalism.

But after months of hearings and legal wrangling, none of that mattered. On Nov. 4, the Marion Public School Board voted 5-0 to terminate his employment.

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What about the children?

Hickman has declined to discuss the case publicly. Shortly after the school board’s Nov. 4 decision, Hickman’s attorney, Mark Herdman, told a local reporter the action “was just another unfortunate decision handed down by the Marion County School Board to fire yet another good employee.”

But to lose your employment, including your place in the lives of countless young people who look up to you as an educator, a mentor, and a pillar of the community, goes far beyond a simple job loss. Seeing someone who served his country with honor, and was wounded in the field of battle, be sacked for choosing a safe, effective medicine exposes a terrible hypocrisy at the heart of the War on Drugs.

For decades, America’s weed warriors have justified their destructive prohibition against a beneficial plant by appealing to the fate of “the children.” What message, they ask, would it send to allow a combat veteran to smoke a joint or use a cannabis salve in the privacy of his own home instead of popping dangerous, addictive pills?

The real question is what lesson will Mike Hickman’s students learn from a society that publicly shames and summarily dismisses an upstanding citizen for something that should be nobody’s business but his own.

A cannabis Catch-22

Contacted by Leafly, several school board members directed questions to Kevin Christian, the district’s head of public relations.

District officials scrambled to find a way to justify Hickman’s firing. At issue is a long-outdated zero-tolerance policy for a medication that’s now legal.

At first Christian tried to frame the issue as Hickman’s failure to disclose his use of medical cannabis to school authorities prior to failing his drug test—“that’s really a big portion of what the school board expressed concern over”—though he eventually conceded that nothing in the school board’s policy would have prevented Hickman from being fired on the spot for simply making such a disclosure.

In fact, that policy specifically lists marijuana among prohibited substances, with no consideration of whether it’s legal under state law. This zero-tolerance approach to maintaining a “drug free workplace” has remained unaltered for decades. The school board failed to update the district’s policies in any way following the legalization of medical cannabis in Florida four years ago.

School board hiding behind federal law

Even now, the school board says the fact that cannabis remains federally illegal prevents them for making any further allowances, since public schools receive federally funding that could theoretically be cut off if they permit even a single exception.

Back in 2019, a committee in the US House of Representatives directed the Office of Personnel Management to review policies surrounding the hiring and firing of federal employees in states with legal cannabis, writing:

The Committee encourages OPM to review its policies and guidelines regarding hiring and firing of individuals who use marijuana in states where that individual’s private use of marijuana is not prohibited under the law of the State. These policies should reflect updated changes to the law on marijuana usage and clearly state the impact of marijuana usage on Federal employment.

But so far, no such action has been taken at the federal level.

Meanwhile in Florida, a bill “prohibiting an employer from taking adverse personnel action against an employee or job applicant who is a qualified patient using medical marijuana” was introduced in early 2020, but died in committee.

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The Marion County School Board voted unanimously to terminate him despite overwhelming support for Hickman from students, faculty, parents, and the Marion Education Association, a local teachers union.

“Imagine if this employee just sat back and let the two students continue to fight without regard for their safety,” Chris Altobello, Marion Education Association executive director, told the Ocala Star-Banner newspaper after Hickman’s firing. “We wouldn’t be here right now.”

Hickman, Altobello added, was no more impaired “than someone who took an aspirin for a headache. They implied that this is tantamount to smoking pot in the boys bathroom!”

Lazy policy results in a good man’s firing

Eventually a review process landed the case before Judge Suzanne Van Wyk of the state Division of Administrative Hearings in Tallahassee. Wyk upheld Hickman’s firing, though not without reservations.

In an eight-page decision, Van Wyk noted Hickman’s argument that it’s unfair to punish someone for using legal medical cannabis when the school board would not object to him “teaching under the influence of opioid pain medications, which he took for years prior to the availability of medical marijuana.”

Still, the best deal offered to Hickman was to stop using cannabis and return to work after a 20-day suspension. Or, put another way: Keep suffering in pain; or take dangerous, addictive pills; or lose your job.

Mike Hickman chose his health and lost his job.

That’s a choice nobody should ever face.

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Abrasive Sensitivity of Engineering Polymers and a Bio-Composite under Different Abrasive Conditions

Two different test systems were designed to evaluate the tribological behavior of five engineering plastics (Polyamide-PA grades and Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene-UHMW-PE) and a fully degradable bio-composite (Polylactic Acid-PLA/hemp fibers) targeted to agricultural machinery abrasive conditions. Pin-on-plate tests were performed with different loads, sliding velocity and abrasive particles. The material response was further investigated in a slurry containing abrasive test system…

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Two different test systems were designed to evaluate the tribological behavior of five engineering plastics (Polyamide-PA grades and Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene-UHMW-PE) and a fully degradable bio-composite (Polylactic Acid-PLA/hemp fibers) targeted to agricultural machinery abrasive conditions. Pin-on-plate tests were performed with different loads, sliding velocity and abrasive particles. The material response was further investigated in a slurry containing abrasive test system with different sliding velocities and distances, abrasive media compositions and impact angles. The abrasive wear, the change of the 3D surface roughness parameters, the friction force and contact temperature evolution were also analyzed as a function of the materials’ mechanical properties (H,E,σy,σc,εB,σF,σM) and the dimensionless numbers derived from them. Using the IBM SPSS 25 software, multiple linear regression models were used to statistically evaluate the measured data and to examine the sensitivity of the material properties and test system characteristics on the tribological behavior. For both test setups, the system and material characteristics influencing the dependent variables (wear, friction, heat generation) and the dimensionless numbers formed from the material properties were ranked using standardized regression coefficients derived from the regression models. The abrasion sensitivity of the tested materials were evaluated taking into account a wide range of influencing parameters.

Keywords: abrasive wear; bio-polymer; engineering plastics; mechanical properties; pin-on-plate; regression model; slurry.

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