Many in Beach Park still suffering one month after chemical spill
Almost a month after a chemical spill sent 40 people in the far north suburbs to the hospital, neighbors are still suffering from the effects.
Some are still sick and worried that their illnesses will lead to permanent disabilities. Others who escaped physical injury are wondering who is going to pay for all the damage to their trees and yards.
Ammonia fumes leaking out of a tank being hauled by a trailer on Green Bay Road left 28-year-old Juan Hernandez in critical condition April 25. About 40 people had to be hospitalized for trouble breathing.Read the full article
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Marijuana's CBD compound effective in treating heroin addiction, study finds
A new study has found that CBD products may help recovering heroin addicts.
Researchers took a closer look at 42 adult men and women who all had a history of heroin usage for over a decade. Half were given CBD products, daily, over the course of two weeks while the other half were given a placebo. The group who received CBD reported having reduce cravings for opioids and felt less anxiety when shown photos of drug use.
The well-known “high” from smoking or eating marijuana comes from THC. This is because THC is metabolized when it is exposed to heat and consumed by the body.Read the full article
Teen makes millions on candy that fights cavities
A Michigan teenager is writing her own golden ticket with a multi-million dollar candy business.
Fourteen-year-old Alina Morse created "Zolli Pops" when she was just seven-years-old.
"On a trip to the bank with my dad, the bank teller offered me a lollipop and my dad told me that I shouldn't have candy because sugar is terrible for your teeth. So I asked him why I couldn't make a healthy lollipop that's good for my teeth, so I could have candy, and it wouldn't be bad for me," Morse said.Read the full article
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois is marking its first year of medical marijuana sales as more states voted on Election Day to allow legal use of the drug.
Despite anecdotes of medical marijuana's positive influence on patients, broader data and randomized clinical trials of its use remain very limited, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Officials said there have been very few overt problems with the program since the first dispensaries opened in Illinois on Nov. 9, 2015. Police said they haven't seen any significant complications and that no patients have had their licenses rescinded for using the drug illegally.
Opponents of the medical marijuana program continue to raise concerns about negative effects, harm from smoking, use by minors and increasing traffic crashes.
"It sends a message to our young people that there's not a problem with this drug and it's perfectly safe," said Dr. Kirk Moberg, medical director of the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery in Peoria.
Another issue that came up in Illinois' inaugural year was driving while high.
This year fatal car crashes involving medical marijuana doubled in Washington from 2013 to 2014 after it legalized recreational marijuana, AAA reported.
But Feliza Castro, founder of The Healing Clinic in Chicago, said she has seen many severely debilitated patients get the help they need. She also noticed the state has sped up the process for approval.
"Business has been good," she said. "We hope it will open up."
About 12,000 medical marijuana patients have spent about $28 million on the program.