©2018 Ahmad Fuad Morad
FDA Intensifies Warnings against Kratom with Inconclusive, Circumstantial Data, Possibly Preluding a Federal Ban
By Connor Yearsley
©2018 Steven Foster
Moments from the Celebration of the Life of James A. Duke
By ABC Staff
Urtica dioica leaf
©2018 Steven Foster
Food as Medicine: Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica, Urticaceae)
By Hannah Bauman and Jenny Perez
Volume I of this series covers the proceedings of the 1967 Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs (ESPD) symposium, and Volume II contains the proceedings for the 50th anniversary of the event in 2017. The interdisciplinary experts who contributed their knowledge and years of study to both events came from all over the world to discuss the use of psychoactive plants in indigenous societies and the possibilities open to modern medicine as a result. The result of 50 years of advancements in the fields of medicine, psychology, anthropology, and pharmacology yield a vital resource for the past, present, and future of psychoactive plants.
Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs is currently on backorder, but may be pre-purchased from the publisher’s website pending a new print run in August 2018. ©2018, Synergetic Press. This work has been reprinted with permission and may not be used for any other purpose.
Britain Moves Closer to Legalizing Medicinal Use of Cannabis. Reuters. July 3, 2018. The British government currently is reviewing the rules to allow drugs derived from cannabis after a new report concluded that there are potential medicinal benefits.
Supplemental Antioxidants May Reduce Exacerbations in Cystic Fibrosis. Science Daily. July 2, 2018. An antioxidant blend including beta-carotene, CoQ-10, vitamin E, and lutein reduced the risk of exacerbation by 50% in some individuals with cystic fibrosis, a disease characterized by chronic inflammation and antioxidant deficiencies.
Pediatric Study Analyzes Dietary Supplement Trends among Children with Down Syndrome. EurekAlert! June 29, 2018. New research reveals that 49% of parents surveyed have given their child with Down syndrome supplements in an effort to improve health outcomes.
Senate Passes Farm Bill That Includes Hemp Legislation. Natural Products INSIDER. June 29, 2018. After approving a farm bill that includes hemp legalization, senators must work with representatives to ensure that the House version of the bill also contains this language to see the measure become law.
Cannabis Research Effort Will Provide Baseline Data for CBD Products, Exec Says. NutraIngredients-USA. June 27, 2018. A new research partnership between Canadian contract research organization Nutrasource and a Florida medical clinic will aid the formulators of CBD products by providing baseline data that at the moment is lacking, an executive said.
Deep Below Rockefeller Center Lies a Legendary Botanical Garden. The New York Times. June 25, 2018. How did medicine evolve in the newly formed United States? Physician David Hosack saw the potential in America’s plant life and founded the country’s first botanical garden, the remains of which lie under the modern-day Rockefeller Center.
Snake Bites and Chocolate: Costa Rican Women Teach Tourists Jungle Secrets. Voice of America. June 25, 2018. Hoping to benefit from ecotourism to the region, indigenous women are introducing outsiders to the culture of medicine derived from the lush Costa Rican jungle.
A Plant That Burns. The Washington Post. June 20, 2018. Initially grown for decorative purposes, the invasive wild hogweed is making inroads further south in the United States, and anyone attempting to remove it must beware its sap: it causes painful burns and blisters upon contact.
AHPA Submits GMO Labeling Recommendations to USDA. American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). July 9, 2018.
Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, and FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Stephen Ostroff, MD, on the Ongoing Risk of Salmonella in Kratom Products. US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). July 2, 2018.
CRN Voluntary Guidelines Reinforce Industry Commitment to Consumer Safety. Council for Responsible Nutrition. June 28, 2018.
Enhancing Practical Skills for Sustainable Trade in Wild Plants in Guangxi. TRAFFIC. June 26, 2018.
The Importance of Conducting Proper Research to Prove Safe and Effective Medical Uses for the Active Chemicals in Marijuana and Its Components. FDA. June 25, 2018.
FDA Approves First Drug Comprised of an Active Ingredient Derived from Marijuana to Treat Rare, Severe Forms of Epilepsy. FDA. June 25, 2018.
New Report Highlights Global Trade in Wild Plant Ingredients. TRAFFIC. June 25, 2018.
UNPA and Healthnotes Create Partnership to Promote Vitature Supply-chain Management Software. United Natural Products Alliance. June 25, 2018.
AHPA-ABC-AHP HerbWalk at Expo East Tours Jim Duke’s Green Farmacy Garden. AHPA. June 20, 2018.
Natural Products Association Requests Comment Period Extension on National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. Natural Products Association. June 14, 2018.
HBOT 2018 Conference and Expo. August 10-12, 2018. Denver, Colorado.
Botanica 2018. August 31 - September 3, 2018. Brighton, England.
Natural Products Expo East. September 12-15, 2018. Baltimore, Maryland.
The Apothecarist: Herbs and Mycology. October 12-14, 2018. San Antonio, Texas.
29th Annual American Herbalists Guild Symposium. October 25-29, 2018. Helen, Georgia.
SupplySide West. November 6-10, 2018. Las Vegas, Nevada.
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