Benjamin Bey of Soul D’licious Seasonings and co-host Stephanie Magurno of THC Production, LLC begin their interview with John Hudak of the Brookings Institute. Then, Bea Martinez talks with us about the relationship between CBD & Type 1 Diabetes. Finally, we discuss topicals and their various application.

Cannabis Science – Type 1 Diabetes

Today in our science segment, we talk with Bea Martinez about CBD Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is the version that occurs naturally in the body. It has nothing to do with a poor diet or an unhealthy lifestyle. However, a poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle may exacerbate the symptoms.

Anyhow, THC has shown that it can modulate and regulate TH1 and TH2. When out of whack, TH1 and TH2 can encourage diabetes to have worse symptoms. TH1 may be in excess and TH2 is lacking. CBD treated mice showed an improvement in diabetic symptoms when using CBD. In fact, CBD showed it enriched the TH2 environment in the system. But just how much does CBD help treat Diabetes?

It turns out that 86% of mice studied developed Type 1 diabetes in an average of 14 weeks. However, CBD-treated mice only developed diabetes at a rate of 30%. Additionally, it took upwards of 20 weeks (or 6 weeks longer) for symptoms to occur. Again, these were non-obese mice. Therefore, we can deduce from these findings that CBD use can offer mice a longer, healthier life, especially for those who may have type 1 diabetes.

John Hudak of the Brookings Institute

Hash It Out! – Interview With John Hudak (Part 1 of 2)

Today we’re talking with John Hudak; an author and policy analyst with the Brookings Institute. John Hudak is deputy director of the Center for Effective Public Management and a senior fellow in Governance Studies. His research focuses on campaigns & elections, legislative-executive interaction, and cannabis policy.

John’s 2016 book, Marijuana: A Short History, offers a unique, up-to-date profile of how cannabis emerged from the shadows of counterculture and became a mainstream public policy issue. In it, he describes why attitudes and policy have changed. Additionally, John talks about what those changes mean for cannabis and its future place in society. Cannabis captured John Hudak’s imagination later in life. In fact, his original focus was on the government from a more historical point of view. Now, eight years later, John has shifted his focus heavily toward the topic of cannabis and cannabis policy.

Marijuana: A Short History by John Hudak

In the 1930s, the head of the new Bureau of Narcotics, Harry Anslinger, began a crusade against cannabis. A teetotaler, prior head of the Bureau of Prohibition, and avowed racist, Anslinger determined that it would behoove him and the country if he could stop the moral decay of society. His ability to divide the country by race was something he was quite fond of. Despite cannabis being used and recognized as a medicine, not many people know much about it. Additionally, not much was known about it or its existence.

According to John Hudak, Anslinger saw cannabis as a scapegoat for crime, corruption, and the fear of non-white members of society. In fact, he was quite aggressive in his crusade against cannabis. And his efforts would completely shift the public view of the plant. His work would lead to the drug war and to many decades of poor public policy which would destroy a number of lives.

Later, President Nixon would take up his torch and further his cause. Nixon then convinced the country that the United States would destroy the stability of the nation. And he did a very good job at this. Additionally, Nixon used cannabis as a tool to get rid of anyone who defied or disagreed with him. This included Jews, psychiatrists, hippies, and more. Anyone in the counterculture was an enemy. Now, the U.S. government had a legal tool to silence and imprison anyone that spoke out against them and had many of the citizens brainwashed to believe their propaganda.

Learn More About John Hudak

John Hudak believes that the War on Drugs has failed for a variety of reasons. People have addiction issues, people use the substances for medicine and religious purposes. Finally, many people simply enjoy the recreational use of a variety of drugs. Therefore, a sensible drug policy is necessary. Hudak feels this process is three-fold. Number one, local and national policing will be necessary to deal with large and small-scale criminal components. Second, we need to have a public health view. Finally, the state and federal governments need to take a logical approach to the societal use of drugs. Ultimately, prohibition continuously fails and causes more problems than it solves. We as a society, need to update our ways of thinking and act accordingly to ensure we treat drugs and the people who use them properly.

To learn more about John Hudak, please see his LinkedIn page or follow him on his Twitter. Additionally, you can pick up a copy of his book on Amazon. Stay tuned next week for part 2 of our interview with John Hudak.

Nugs of Knowledge

This week, we discuss topicals. How do they work and do they get you high? Topicals are products you put on your skin. They include sprays, oils, ointments, balms, lotions, transdermal patches, and more. According to chemist Noel Palmer, THC will not permeate into the skin and into the bloodstream. Therefore, the majority of cannabis topicals will not get you high. However, cannabis transdermal patches are formulated to permeate the skin.

Topicals are most commonly used for inflammation and muscle soreness. People may experience different onsets. This may be anywhere between 5 minutes to 30 minutes.

This episode of Soul D’licious Infused with Benjamin Bey & Stephanie Magurno aired on January 2nd, 2020 on KUNV 91.5.

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