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USA: Pediatrician Bonni Goldstein launches petition against ban on natural CBD medicines in California



American pediatrician Bonni Goldstein is warning of the attempted ban on medicines derived from natural CBD in California. The California government recently proposed the Assembly Bill 2223, which aims to limit or severely ban synthetic cannabinoids such as Delta 8 or Delta 9, but also included natural CBD products derived from hemp. “Taking medications that patients have been using safely for more than 10 years is cruel and inhumane,” says Goldstein. “It seems crazy that we have to fight for access to non-harmful hemp, but here we are again”, laments the pediatrician, in a petition international that has already exceeded 1.300 signatures. 

Many children and adults living in California rely on naturally occurring, full-spectrum, hemp-derived CBD products as medicine for epilepsy, autism, dementia, cancer, chronic pain and other serious and chronic illnesses.

Speaking to CannaReporter®, Bonni Goldstein, who has over 15 years of experience treating canbinoids in pediatric patients, said: “We have had an explosion of unregulated synthetic cannabinoid products made from CBD and the government wants to keep them out, but they They included natural CBD in the same proposal, without understanding that many people depend on natural CBD as a medicine for serious illnesses. They are mixing good medicine with bad and dangerous products.”

The bill originally intended to ban the semi-synthetic delta-8 and delta-9 products that have proliferated in the US. “These products are contaminated with synthetic cannabinoids and other unintended by-products, which can cause psychosis, suicidal ideation and organ damage,” says the doctor in the petition. She continues, explaining that “these products are not the same as natural hemp-derived CBD with less than 0,3% THC and should not be confused with safe medications. They are also not the same as the tested and safe products available in dispensaries. There is a big difference between synthetic delta-8/delta-9 and natural CBD products. Our politicians can choose to protect CBD and at the same time protect people from harmful products,” she warns.

Bonni also states that “for the majority, these products cannot be replaced by CBD from dispensaries, due to high costs/taxes (even with compassionate pricing) and too low concentrations, especially for those in high doses — some take 800 – 1600 mg per day". The FDA's CBD product and hemp CBD isolate are not as effective as full-spectrum CBD, so they are “not an option for most patients with refractory conditions,” he says.

Meanwhile, the list of comments on the petition is growing, with several people testifying to the benefits of CBD on their or their family's health conditions. Cindy Mitchell, a mother, commented that her son “has been using CBD since 2013 along with its pharmaceuticals to treat medical conditions. It would be a tragic injustice to him and others to change or eliminate current access to full spectrum hemp/CBD,” she laments.

Tara Yaccarino also states that her son “has an inoperable and incurable brain tumor and needs this treatment to help with epilepsy and all the other terrible side effects” of the medication he takes.

Tammy Chang also said that “people undergoing the most severe treatments for cancer and other chronic illnesses deserve to have a say in how they feel. CBD products have helped so many people with their battles that it is unethical to take that away from them.”

For these and many other reasons, the Californian doctor is calling on the entire international community to sign the petition to prevent naturally occurring, full-spectrum, hemp-derived CBD with <0,3% THC , whether banned or limited. “The California legislature is deciding now, so subscribe NOW! "



[Disclaimer: Please note that this text was originally written in Portuguese and is translated into English and other languages ​​using an automatic translator. Some words may differ from the original and typos or errors may occur in other languages.]


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With a degree in Journalism from the University of Coimbra, Laura Ramos has a postgraduate degree in Photography and has been a Journalist since 1998. She was a correspondent for Jornal de Notícias in Rome, Italy, and Press Advisor at the Office of the Minister of Education. She has an international certification in Permaculture (PDC) and created the street-art photographic archive “What says Lisbon?” @saywhatlisbon. Laura is currently Editor of CannaReporter and CannaZine, as well as founder and program director of PTMC - Portugal Medical Cannabis. She directed the documentary “Pacientes” and was part of the steering group of the first Postgraduate in GxP's for Medicinal Cannabis in Portugal, in partnership with the Military Laboratory and the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Lisbon.

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