With back-to-school season only a few months away, there are a few things that parents need to be aware of. Changes in schedule, transportation, and class supplies are usually at the top of that list. But, are moms and dads keeping an eye out for safety as much as they should be? Parents may be surprised to learn that a potential threat to their children could be right around the corner—or right in the medicine cabinet.
Kids with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) are normally described as showing a lack of focus, or being extremely impulsive and hyperactive. To combat the symptoms of ADHD, physicians for years have prescribed drugs like Adderall and Ritalin. These serve to alleviate those symptoms, but usually with side effects. Oddly enough, due to the actual chemical makeup of these amphetamine-based drugs, what kids are actually being given (and often addicted to) is legal speed. With the FDA approving these drugs and doctors backing them, most parents won’t even bat an eyelash at what their kids are ingesting daily.
Now, a Dallas-based pharmaceutical company is launching a strong new campaign. In the words of the company’s CEO, Vipin Garg, “We’re launching now at full speed,” as they aim to get “ahead of back-to-school season.” Their gung-ho tactics might not shock you at all—until you realize what it is they are peddling. Marketing themselves to the tastes of children directly, this company has created a new chewable candy that is literally very much like tasty methamphetamine.
To speed or not to speed
Think about it for a second. Kids LOVE candy. Is it really the wisest decision to infuse delicious treats with an addictive hard drug? One that could be easily abused and prove to be harmful or worse?
Imagine if a bottle of the speed-gummies wasn’t properly sealed, and a child ate through an entire month’s worth of medicine on the assumption that it was just candy. The effects could be catastrophically damaging to the child and family. Sugar is addictive enough without the added amphetamine. But that didn’t stop the FDA from approving patients as young as six years old to be prescribed the drugs.
Pick your poison
As the prescription drug epidemic continues its rampage throughout the .U.S,, consumption is at an all-time high. People aren’t slowing down on taking their favorite prescribed drugs and are often times blind to the irony in it all. The one drug that could set them free from their prescription drug that’s become a street drug is one that’s gone in reverse, from the street to the clinic: cannabis.
On one hand you have Adderall, which is just synthetic methamphetamine. Its street form is outlawed everywhere, as most look down on its users as subhuman drug addicts. They are treated as criminals, rather than being treated as people with a health problem. The obvious difference is the packaging, presentation, and general consensus that it wasn’t created in some seedy garage lab with poor ventilation, so it’s “safe”.
According to High Times, Carl Holt, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University wrote in a piece for the Influence: “The public remains almost entirely ignorant of the fact that methamphetamine produces nearly identical effects to those produced by the popular ADHD medication d-amphetamine (dextroamphetamine). You probably know it as Adderall: a combination of amphetamine and d-amphetamine mixed salts.”
Alternatively, we have cannabis companies that are being targeted in some states for their herbal edibles. The goal by newly introduced legislation in states like Colorado is to ban cannabis-infused candies that could look “attractive” to children, like gummies. Kind of odd when, by comparison, methamphetamine abuse has a way worse track record if you take into account that the drug can actually kill the user (after it rots their teeth out, producing the condition commonly known as “meth mouth”). Cannabis, on the other hand…not so much. With no federal protection available to stop the production of speed candy from the likes of Neos Therapeutics, it’s up to parents to make the right call.
Do the research, moms and dads. Amphetamine drugs such as Adderall are known to have serious adverse side effects on the cardiovascular and central nervous system if abused or taken over a prolonged period of time. When you sugar-coat the stuff and make it desirable to a child on taste alone, is it really worth the risk? Cannabis has gotten the bad rap over the years but definitely has the cleaner health track record in comparison to pharmaceutical drugs. Medical cannabis has now been legalized in about half the U.S. as people and the government officials who serve them are beginning to open their eyes to the benefits of the botanical. As more research is conducted, scientists are discovering the seemingly endless possibilities to treat conditions such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, PTSI (post-traumatic stress injury), and many others.
This will inevitably lead to cannabinoids being available to treat ADHD/ADD. When you look at certain federally approved testing, as in the case of Antonio Rodriguez, it’s hard not to see the results. Rodriguez was diagnosed at with ADHD at six years old and was prescribed numerous stimulant medications such as Ritalin and Adderall. “I remember having headaches all the time to the point where I wasn’t able to sleep,” he explained in an interview with Leafly. It even affected his appetite in a way that never improved until he experienced cannabis treatment. “For the first time ever, I was in the state where I could really get my mind together.”
Due to the therapeutic value of cannabinoids, it is suggested that cannabis can aid in correcting the dopamine deficiency in ADD/ADHD patients. If properly dosed and safely administered, there’s no telling how many people could truly benefit from the plant. When that day comes, relief could be as simple as pushing a button.
MagicalButter.com created the MB2e Botanical Extractor, the first-ever countertop appliance for converting cannabis to edible form consistently and easily. Parents with a busy schedule could incorporate the health benefits of the herb into a properly dosed meal plan. With a little help from a doctor, effective medicine can be administered without the risk of harmful side effects and unnecessary dangers seen in pharmaceutical drugs.
The “green” light has never looked so bright.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Garyn Angel is an inventor, entrepreneur, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of MagicalButter.com, which manufactures the appliance he invented for converting cannabis to edible form. Angel is committed to cannabis law reform and was named to the CNBC NEXT List of global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees”—mainly veterans and children who need cannabis therapy when traditional treatment options have failed. Angel’s charity helps families relocate to states where cannabis medicine is legally accessible.
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