Kilham and ayahuasca vine seedlings
©2018 Chris Kilham
Field Report: Ayahuasca Vine Cultivation and Harvesting in the Peruvian Amazon
By Chris Kilham, Medicine Hunter
Food as Medicine: Pistachio (Pistacia vera, Anacardiaceae)
By Hannah Bauman and Erika Martinez
ABC 2017 Celebration Awards:
Dick Griffin Named ABC Champion for 2017. February 22, 2018.
Jon Benninger Receives 2017 Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award. February 27, 2018.
New Botanical Adulterants Monitor Available! Read about speedwell substitution in herbal teas, provenance and quality testing of lavender essential oil, and more in issue #13.
Written in a concise, accessible style, this text provides clear, step-by-step advice on the logic and processes of systematic reviews as a method for research. Updated from the first publication in 2012, the new edition includes a chapter on statistical synthesis, an expanded section on data management, and a revised chapter on quality appraisal in terms of evidence claims made by a review. The art and science of both the creation and interpretation of systematic reviews allows scientists from multiple disciplines to synthesize available data and reach conclusions and recommendations for policy and practice.
An Introduction to Systematic Reviews can be purchased from the publisher’s website. ©2018 Sage Publishing. All material is used with permission from the publisher and may not be replicated for any other use.
Researchers Combat FDA Stance on Kratom, Favor its Regulation as Supplement. Natural Products INSIDER. March 13, 2018. Noting that kratom is used to ease opioid withdrawal symptoms and manage pain, a group of researchers is pushing back against the US Food and Drug Administration’s recent classification of kratom compounds as opioids.
After Chinese Cough Syrup Takes New York by Storm, What Will Be Next Ancient Remedy To Find Favour in West? South China Morning Post. March 10, 2018. As a sign of traditional Chinese medicine’s increased recognition in the West, New Yorkers have embraced a Chinese herbal cough remedy during this year’s flu season.
America Is Giving Away the $30 Billion Medical Marijuana Industry. Bloomberg Businessweek. March 7, 2018. Strict limits on cannabis research in the United States may allow other countries, such as Canada and Israel, to take the lead in the booming global medicinal marijuana industry.
Adaptogenic Mushroom Blend Improves Endurance Performance in New Study. Nutritional Outlook. March 2, 2018. Subjects taking a mushroom supplement had significantly improved markers of aerobic fitness after one month compared to those taking a placebo.
Testing Experts Say Study’s Null Result on Diet/Gene Interplay Just Another Step in Road to Understanding How DNA Affects Nutrition. NutraIngredients-USA. March 1, 2018. A recent study found no significant weight-loss benefits for subjects following diets personalized to their genetic makeup, but experts say that more research is needed.
Beetroot Juice Supplements May Help Certain Heart Failure Patients. Science Daily. February 22, 2018. Preliminary research suggests that beetroot juice supplementation may improve exercise endurance in subjects with heart failure.
Study: Botanical Blend May Reduce Number of Bathroom Breaks Due to Urinary Tract Symptoms NutraIngredients-USA. February 22, 2018. A multi-herb formula significantly reduced urination frequency compared to placebo, according to a recent study of 150 participants with urinary incontinence and overactive bladder.
The Botany in Obama’s Official Portrait Represents His History. Popular Science. February 19, 2018. Barack Obama’s official presidential portrait features three colorful botanicals, some of which have medicinal uses, “each representing a part of the former president’s history.”
Clinical Trial: Use Of Herbal Cannabis Safe And Effective In Cancer Patients. NORML. March 8, 2018.
Leading North American Herb Associations Promote Good Agricultural and Collection Practices. American Herbal Products Association. March 5, 2018.
NCNPR Receives Award to Research Common Military Dietary Supplements. The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy. March 1, 2018.
State of the States’ Medical Cannabis Programs. Americans for Safe Access. February 28, 2018.
Study: Artisanal CBD Preparations Associated With Reduced Seizure Activity In Epileptic Children. NORML. February 22, 2018.
FDA Oversees Destruction and Recall of Kratom Products; and Reiterates its Concerns on Risks Associated with this Opioid. US Food & Drug Administration. February 21, 2018.
Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Kratom. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. March 2, 2018.
NSF International Launches DNA Authenticated™ Mark for Dietary Supplement Ingredients. NSF International. February 20, 2018.
5th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo. April 6-7, 2018. Loveland, Colorado.
SupplySide East. April 10-11, 2018. Seacaucus, New Jersey.
Inaugural Inova Integrative & Functional Medicine Conference. April 14, 2018. Fairfax, Virginia.
Plant Lover’s Journey to Italy. May 26 – June 6, 2018. Italy.
8th World Convention on Stevia. June 4-5, 2018. Berlin, Germany.
Doula Training. July 24-31, 2018. Manzanillo, Costa Rica.
More event listings can be found on ABC’s website.