New advocacy group formed - IASIC, the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis, are doctors who educate on marijuana. The science counters the misperception of the safety of marijuana by international experts who provide science, data, plus clinical expertise. This non-partisan and non-political group are developed, organized, and guided by doctors. MPI is proud to be partnering with them to get the word out about marijuana.
This group has developed an easy to use medical library for the public to understand the harms associated with use. The link below will take you the IASIC site and library.
I am jealous of the efforts for car safety. We desperately need the same multidisciplinary approach for drugs and addiction. Sadly, wise public health decisions are getting pushed aside for economic benefit and the call for individual freedom. For example, electronic cigarettes hit the market without appropriate public health consideration. The industry used an untested health claim that vaping helps tobacco cessation to promote its products. However, epidemiologic studies show that for every one adult who quits cigarettes using e-cigarettes, 80 adolescents who never smoked will eventually become daily smokers through e-cigarette use.
MPI is proud to announce a new podcast from our Leadership team member Dr. Roneet Lev. Dr. Roneet Lev, an emergency and addiction doctor who has served as the first Chief Medical Officer of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, ONDCP and still practices on the front lines.
On High Truths, you will learn from experts, hear stories from the emergency department, and listen to people who have struggled from addiction. On each episode, our experts will answer a question from You, our listeners.
MPI will be hosting an informative presentation via zoom about Marijuana as Medicine Fact vs Fiction on December 15th at noon. There is much debate about the use of marijuana as a medicine. Dr. Roneet Lev is an Emergency/Addiction Physician at Scripps Mercy San Diego and the Former Chief Medical Officer, White Office of National Drug Control Policy, ONDCP will present current medical literature and information regarding its use. For questions or information about this event go to the contact us page.
Meeting information is below.
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Question Is prenatal exposure to cannabis associated with child outcomes?
Findings This cross-sectional analysis of 11 489 children (655 exposed to cannabis prenatally) found that prenatal cannabis exposure after maternal knowledge of pregnancy was associated with greater psychopathology during middle childhood, even after accounting for potentially confounding variables.
Meaning Prenatal cannabis exposure may increase risk for psychopathology; consistent with recent recommendations by the Surgeon General of the United States, these data suggest that cannabis use during pregnancy should be discouraged by clinicians and dispensaries.