Companies express less concern about cannabis use & more about staffing issues

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While in its formative years, the elimination of cannabis testing could accelerate.  Employers have commented on the need for staff and can't worry about what employees are doing in their own time.  Not to mention, medical cannabis users in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have won lawsuits in the past year against companies that rescinded job offers or fired workers due to positive cannabis results.

Read more: Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Medical cannabis could save opiate addicts

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The drug overdose scourge claimed about 68,000 US lives in 2017, just over 45,000 of them from opioids alone. Every day, 115 Americans die from opioid overdoses.  Not only can cannabis work for opioids, but a variety of conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and pain, sometimes, it is the only thing that works

Read More: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

 

 

Scientists Grow Kidney's in Lab.

 A mini-kidney formed in a dish from human-induced pluripotent stem cells. Minoru Takasato et al./Nature

A mini-kidney formed in a dish from human-induced pluripotent stem cells. Minoru Takasato et al./Nature

 Australian scientists are now able to grow a “mini-kidney” from stem cells. The researchers aim to use these primitive, miniaturized organs to test drugs, model diseases and develop cell therapies. The study was published this week in Nature and was conducted in conjunction with researchers from the Netherlands.

This is a huge breakthrough for the 26 million Americans who suffer from Kidney disease. This will allow stem-cells from a patient with kidney disease to form into a "mini-kidney" and help with ephrotoxicity screening, disease modelling and will be a source of cells for therapy.