English-Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John has opened up about how medical cannabis has helped her deal with pain while battling cancer.
Newton-John revealed in May that she was diagnosed – for the second time – with breast cancer. This time, the cancer has metastasized to her spine.
The 69-year-old Grease star told Today Show presenter Richard ‘Dickie’ Wilkins that medical cannabis has relieved her of the agonizing pain and discomfort that she initially felt as she battles her illness.
According to an upbeat Newton-John, she is taking plenty of natural herbs and healing remedies in addition to medical cannabis. The star also gushed about her husband, John Easterling, saying that she is lucky to be married to a “plant medicine expert.” Easterling imports Amazonian herbal medicine.
When asked about her holiday plans, Newton-John said she and Easterling will be spending it with her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi. Lattanzi is her daughter with first husband. Coincidentally, Lattanzi is also a cannabis farmer.
California awards first batch of cannabis licenses
A couple of weeks or so before the January 1, 2018 launch date for its legal cannabis market, California has issued its first round of temporary marijuana business licenses.
The state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control granted 20 licenses for recreational and medical cannabis operations, including distributors, retailers, and microbusinesses. One of these licenses was also issued to a testing laboratory. These licenses will be valid starting Jan. 1.
According to the Bureau of Cannabis Control, it has received more than 200 business permit applications to date via its online system. More applications are expected to be submitted within the next months.
The bureau also added that more than 1,900 users so far have registered with their system.
Meanwhile, the California Department of Public Health is the one in charge of granting licenses to cannabis product manufacturers. The department started accepting applications online last week and, so far, eight temporary licenses have already been issued.
As for cannabis cultivation licenses, it is the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s domain. Application forms for cannabis growers will not be available until later this month.
The temporary permits have a 120-day validity period, which can be extended if the business applies for an annual license.
Medical cannabis as treatment for autism
Parents are turning to cannabis as treatment for kids with autism. And the good news is that the first clinical trial on cannabis in the treatment of autistic children is currently being conducted in Israel.
The trial involves giving participants liquid drops of a placebo or one of two cannabis oil formulas. The cannabis oil formulas have high CBD content yet do not have a high concentration of THC.
The results of the trial have been promising so far. Parents are saying that their children are responding positively to cannabis. One mother attested that her 12-year-old son, who never spoke before, is now speaking non-stop after taking cannabis oil.
It can be noted that one in every 45 children born in the U.S. have autism spectrum disorder, which comes with a range of debilitating symptoms like impaired social and communication skills, and compulsive and repetitive behaviors. Meanwhile, those who have severe autism can display aggressive behavior and could even harm themselves.
However, the U.S. government has approved only two medications for autism treatment, both of which are antipsychotic drugs that can cause various side effects and that are not always effective. And while there are already states that have legalized medical cannabis, not all of these states have approved the use of the drug in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder. Only Minnesota, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Washington D.C. have included autism as a qualifying condition.