Paul Lee, Catalyst of American Herbal Movement, Dies at 91
Food as Medicine Update: Burdock (Arctium lappa, Asteraceae)
ABC Names Volunteer of the Year for 2022
Nexira Adopts Acacia Gum through ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb Program. December 1, 2022.
ABC’s Mark Blumenthal Awarded Honorary Membership by Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA). November 14, 2022.
Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program News
Industry Leaders and Former FDA Official Express Support for BAPP Best Practices SOP for the Disposal/Destruction of Irreparably Defective Articles. December 7, 2022.
Botanical Adulterants Prevention Monitor. November 2022. Issue 26 includes updates on quality markers in saffron supplements, analysis of commercial rooibos tea samples, and more.
AHPA at 40
Barbara Griggs: 1932–2022
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This book is a comprehensive review of the scientific literature, including preclinical and human clinical studies, on cannabidiol (CBD), a nonintoxicating compound in cannabis (Cannabis spp., Cannabaceae). The authors examine research about the chemical and pharmacological aspects of CBD and CBD’s interaction with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychotropic compound found in cannabis. They also review the current state of knowledge about CBD’s effectiveness for a variety of conditions including epilepsy, cancer, nausea, pain, anxiety, PTSD, depression, sleep disorders, psychosis, and addiction.
Excerpted from CBD: What Does the Science Say? by Linda A. Parker, Erin M. Rock, and Raphael Mechoulam. Reprinted with permission from The MIT Press. ©2022.
How Daredevil Drones Find Nearly Extinct Plants Hiding in Cliffs. Geo News. December 11, 2022. New technology, including drones, can help scientists identify and record populations of endangered plants in places that were previously inaccessible.
Center’s Role Critical in Quality and Safety of Supplements, Cosmetics. University of Mississippi News. December 7, 2022. The National Center for Natural Products Research, a globally recognized research center for botanicals, aids public health in the United States through its partnership with the US Food and Drug Administration.
How Research at Scotland’s Botanical Gardens Is Helping Worldwide Understanding of the Effects of Climate Change on Plants. The Scotsman. December 6, 2022. The lifecycles of more than 150 plants are being monitored by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh as part of a broader, Europe-wide effort to increase understanding of the effects of climate change and the plants’ ability to adapt.
Not All Micronutrients Created Equal: Study Identifies Some Supplements that Benefit Cardiovascular Health. ScienceDaily. December 5, 2022. A new meta-analysis of almost 900 studies evaluated 27 different antioxidant supplements to further explore which had the greatest benefits to cardiovascular health.
Upcycling Polyethylene Waste into Pharmacologically Useful Natural Products. News Medical. November 30, 2022. Genetically engineered fungi were able to break down polyethylene plastic, the most difficult to recycle and degrade, and produce additional bioactive substances that are used during drug development.
Inflation, Supply Chains Dent US CBD Companies’ Revenue. Natural Products Insider. November 21, 2022. Despite a decrease in sales due to a variety of factors, some larger CBD manufacturers express optimism about the future of the market.
Smell Training with Herbal Oils Could Restore Olfaction Post-COVID. Holistic Primary Care. November 16, 2022. Certain essential oils could help regenerate damaged epithelial linings, offering relief from the persistent loss of smell following infection with COVID-19.
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Review: Medical Cannabis Retail Access Associated with Lower Rates of Drug Overdose Mortality. NORML. December 8, 2022.
The Ohio Herbal Elders Project 2.0 — Digital Exhibition. United Plant Savers. December 3, 2022.
Pew Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Legalizing Marijuana. NORML. December 1, 2022.
Survey: Headache Patients Frequently Report Benefits from Cannabis. NORML. December 1, 2022.
New Research Prompts Urgent Call from Scientists to Protect Madagascar’s Unique Biodiversity, Before It’s Too Late. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. December 1, 2022.
New Botanical Species Added to CITES Appendix II During CITES 19th Conference of the Parties Meeting. American Herbal Products Association. November 30, 2022.
‘Tree Against Hunger’: Ethiopian Crop Enset Identified as ‘Climate Coping Strategy’ in Drought-Prone Regions. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. November 24, 2022.
A Psychedelic Caucus Is Coming to Congress. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. November 17, 2022.
FDA Warns Seven Companies for Selling Dietary Supplements with Claims to Treat Cardiovascular Disease. US Food and Drug Administration. November 17, 2022.
Missouri Botanical Garden Will Hire Eight Scientists. Missouri Botanical Garden. November 14, 2022.
Integrative Healthcare Symposium. New York, NY. February 23–25, 2023. This event will bring together practitioners from both the traditional and conventional medicine sectors to learn from evidence-based, clinically relevant presentations about alternative and complementary approaches to health care. Register here.
SHP Webinar: Sustainability Standards and Certifications as a Tool. Online. January 19, 2023.
Nutraceuticals Europe. Barcelona, Spain. March 8–9, 2023.
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 2023. Online. March 24–26, 2023.
SupplySide East. Secaucus, New Jersey. April 18–19, 2023.
More event listings can be found on ABC’s website.