Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Duffy's Napa Valley Rehab to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Duffy's Napa Valley Rehab.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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New: Marijuana Without the High

A recent study touting a new version of marijuana could be just the push needed to help legalize medical marijuana: marijuana without the high.

Researches in Israel found a way to reduce the amount of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, to less than 1%, while adding 15.8% of cannabidiol, the “good” substance in marijuana that has medical benefits.

The Impact of Highless Marijuana

Is this a breakthrough? The psychotic “high” are unwanted effects to some users of medical marijuana, and any decrease of addiction potential will be welcome to medical and recreational users alike.

However, some are worried about the legal implications and how law enforcement would tell the difference between the highless drug from the real one–if non-high marijuana is declared legal.

Also, the health benefits of medical marijuana has been a touchy subject for decades. Even without the high, the medical benefits of the hundreds of other compounds found in marijuana can be still debated.

Medical Benefits of Marijuana

Though THC is the primary psychoactive compound, marijuana contains over 400 chemicals. Of these 400, 61 is unique to marijuana: these are called cannabinoids.

Cannabidiol, one of the cannabinoids, has been shown to have the most therapeutic effects medically, and has been the major constituent of medical cannabis.

Medically, the cannabinoids, can be used to treat many illnesses in the following ways:

  • AIDS and Cancer: alleviating nausea and vomiting associated with many anticancer drugs, and stimulating the appetite in patients with cancer, AIDS, or a wasting syndrome.
  • Glaucoma: decreasing internal eye pressure, thereby slowing down the progression of the disease.
  • Chronic Pain: controlling pain in certain connective tissue diseases, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, systemic lupus, and reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
  • Asthma: acting as an anti-inflammatory and bronchodilator.
  • SchizophreniaA recent study has shown that cannabidiol is effective in treating schizophrenia.
  • Depression: elevating mood.

Synthetic Marijuana is in the Market

Already, cannabinoid-based medications have already been used and approved to treat some of the above conditions.

Dronabinol (Marinol) and Nabilone (Cesamet) are synthetic versions of THC and is used to treat nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy in patients whose nausea and vomiting have not been successful treated with other drugs.

Recently, a new mouth-spray drug called Sativex has been approved in Canada and parts of Europe to treat neuropathic and cancer-associated pain.

A Word of Caution

Regardless, marijuana is also known to have many negative and unpredictable side effects, which is enough to keep keep potential users wary. Effects include:

  • increased blood pressure
  • respiratory problems
  • slowed reaction time
  • short-term memory loss
  • anxiety and depression
  • addiction

The health benefits of marijuana are still being intensively studied, as scientists seek to find the balance between the therapeutic and harmful effects of this drug. And then again, perhaps they have hit the balance with this new highless marijuana. We’ll have to wait and see.

For More Information:

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/marijuana-use-and-its-effects

http://www.disabled-world.com/medical/pharmaceutical/marijuana/

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/07/05/3539731.htm