Lotion. Beer. Water. Kombucha. Lately, nearly everything you can buy to use or consume seems to have versions with CBD added. And despite the confusion around its legality on a national scale, the cannabis compound’s popularity continues to grow.
It’s a “CBD oil boom” as Dr. Mehmet Oz is calling it. The favorite doctor of stay-at-home moms brought cannabidiol into the mainstream television spotlight with a segment on his show Tuesday.
After he intros the “boom,” a previously-filmed segment with investigator Mara Schiavocampo outlines the very basics of CBD, its popularity on the internet and how it relates to marijuana.
When we come back to his studio, noted cannabis proponent and fellow TV doc Dr. Sanjay Gupta sits down with Oz. They go over the differences in THC and CBD, and later invite Dr. Todd Cooperman to discuss the average price per dose and average milligrams of CBD in certain products.
What they find isn’t surprising to most of followers of the issue. A massive TV wall in the studio displays a graphic showing the amount of CBD in the nine products they tested can range from 2 to 22 milligrams.
“If you need hundreds of milligrams for it to do anything, two milligrams isn’t going to do anything and people are paying a lot of money for it,” Gupta says.
The average price per dose can range from 80 cents to $4.50, Oz notes. Some good news? They didn’t find any THC or heavy metals in those products.
After this, the three docs stand around discussing the confusion around labeling, and Oz stokes a little fear into the hearts of his viewers.
“Folks, if you don’t understand something these days, it’s because they don’t want you to understand it,” he warns. Perhaps a little heavy handed for something as relatively harmless as CBD and hemp oil.
In response, Gupta says that regulation will force manufacturers to list real CBD levels and ingredients and have to stand by it, something that’s helped the cannabis industry in states that have enacted legalization. In closing, Oz agrees that CBD “could work” but that there’s a problem with access to the compound.
The show veers just shy of really supporting CBD treatment for conditions that it could benefit, but the basic CBD 101 education is aimed at the main daytime TV demographic of women aged 25-54. And while medical marijuana is already outrageously popular among U.S. voters, if Oz’s viewers end up supporting CBD—and broader marijuana reform—in big numbers, they could play a huge role in voting out prohibition.
Elon Musk: ‘I Have No Idea How To Smoke Pot’
Elon Musk got himself into a bit of trouble after smoking marijuana during an appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast in September.
The move reportedly led to NASA launching an investigation into his company SpaceX’s “workplace safety” and “adherence to a drug-free environment.”
But now, in a new interview 60 Minutes, the Tesla founder indicated the on-camera puffing was a fluke and that he actually doesn’t even know how to smoke weed.
“I do not smoke pot,” he said.
“As anybody who watched that podcast could tell, I have no idea how to smoke pot or anything. I don’t know how to smoke anything, honestly.”
Musk seems to be telling the truth, at least judging from the widespread reaction to the fact that he didn’t seem to actually inhale the blunt that Rogan passed him.
I’m sure this point has been made but @elonmusk clearly didn’t inhale
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) September 7, 2018
elon musk didn’t inhale lmao baby lungs
— MATT MIGGZ (@mattmiggz) September 7, 2018
"elon musk didn't inhale"
he doesn't inhale smoke
because he doesn't inhale oxygen
because he is a simulation
— kalabar's revenge (@itzthelimit) September 10, 2018
Elon Musk didn’t inhale and his stock plummets 6% hahaha
— Parabolic Retard 🤪 (@Crypto_STEEZ) September 8, 2018
The full 60 Minutes interview with Musk is set to air on Sunday.
U.S. Air Force Warns About Grandma’s Marijuana-Infused ‘Miracle Sticky Buns’
The U.S. Air Force wants its members to be extra careful around “grandma’s miracle sticky buns” that might contain marijuana.
In a post on the Air Force Medical Service site on Wednesday, the military branch reminded members that cannabis is illegal under federal law and that testing positive for THC metabolites will result in likely separation from service under “less than honorable conditions” and other possible punishments.
“Marijuana consumption is not permitted in any fashion, period.”
The department stressed that with state-level legalization expanding, there’s wider availability of “THC containing products,” so military members “need to be extra vigilant about the foods and drinks they consume, especially during the holiday season.”
“Many of us attend parties or gatherings with friends and relatives and have meals and libations prepared by others.”
Maybe the Air Force got the memo from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which also recently put out an advisory about holiday-related cannabis consumption and encouraged people to “#DitchDanksgiving.”
While the message was serious, the warning to military members at least ended on a lighter note, seeming to acknowledge the therapeutic use of cannabis edibles, something that federal law still doesn’t officially recognize:
“Your friend’s grandma’s miracle sticky buns might look mighty tasty and get rave reviews at the big shindig, but if you’re in the military or work for the federal government you might want to think twice and make sure they weren’t made to treat her bad hip first before you jeopardize your career.”
To be sure, more seniors are using marijuana, primarily for medical purposes. But unless they’re homemade, marijuana products are generally labeled accordingly. So federal workers should probably pay closer attention to pastry packaging if they want to avoid accidentally ingesting prohibited sticky buns.
Photo courtesy of Stacy Spensley.
Michael Moore: Put Marijuana On The Ballot To Drive Voter Turnout In 2020
Documentary filmmaker and activist Michael Moore says that if Democrats want to win in the 2020 election, they ought to put marijuana legalization proposals on the ballot in states across the country, especially in swing states.
Moore, whose home state of Michigan legalized cannabis during the midterms earlier this month, said the outcome of the election—in which Democrats won the state’s gubernatorial, attorney general and U.S. Senate races—proved that ballot initiatives “are the answer” to electoral victories.
“This is what we did in Michigan two weeks ago: we had a ballot proposal to legalize marijuana,” he said on MSNBC’s The Last Word. “Largest turnout of young people in we don’t know when came out to the polls.”
It’s not entirely clear how large youth turnout specifically was in the state compared to past elections. But in general, Michigan turnout reached its highest levels in 56 years—and across the country, young people did cast ballots in higher numbers.
Besides marijuana legalization, Moore said putting issues like free college and outlawing gerrymandering on the ballot will drive Democrats who “don’t vote that much” or “don’t like the politicians” to the polls. He emphasized the need to get those issues on the ballot in swing states.
The filmmaker also seems to be speaking from a place of experience, as he made his vote in favor of Michigan’s legalization measure a late night TV spectacle when he filled out his absentee ballot in an appearance earlier this month on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.
There’s some limited data that seems to support Moore’s theory about marijuana and voter turnout, too. For example, an October survey of registered voters in Wisconsin found that 56 percent said they’d be more likely to cast their ballot if it included a cannabis-related question.
Photo courtesy of MSNBC.