Physician David Casarett was tired of hearing hype and half-truths around medical marijuana, so he put on his skeptic’s hat and investigated on his own. He comes back with a fascinating report on what we know and what we don’t — and what mainstream medicine could learn from the modern medical marijuana dispensary.
While there’s nothing quite like enjoying the fruits of a marijuana farmer’s labor, that labor doesn’t come without potential hazards to those who work the land.
On May 16, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health announced that a recent study shows a majority of patients enrolled in the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program have reported medical cannabis benefitting their conditions.
According to a recent study published in the journal Natural Medicine, marijuana may help protect aging brains from cognitive decline.
Can this prolonged low-dose treatment with a compound in marijuana help reverse memory loss and improve cognitive skills? Researchers say it could.
Canada’s licensed producers will have to expand their testing checklists. On May 5, 2017, Health Canada announced that mandatory cannabis testing now includes testing for unauthorized pesticides.
After being denied a lung transplant due to doctors finding THC in his blood stream, Utah teen Riley Hancey passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017. According to ABC4, the 19-year-old died after battling complications following a lung transplant.
If you’re looking for an educational 420 event in Southern California this year, the University of California, Los Angeles, has a light to shine on cannabis science.
A teenager in Utah was denied a life-saving organ transplant by the University of Utah Hospital after it was discovered that the teen had traces of THC in his blood stream.
On April 12, 2017, the NYSDFS announced that it has reminded state-authorized health insurers that they must provide coverage for office visits that fall under the insured’s policy of covered services, including those resulting in patients receiving medical marijuana certifications.
On April 1, 2017, the 2nd annual 420 Games is being held at California’s Santa Monica Pier. The event stands in it’s own lane in terms of marijuana-themed occasions. The games will include a 4.2-mile run, a pre- and post-run yoga workout, and speeches from former NFL players. The event in Santa Monica kicks off the 420 Games’ 2017 Tour, which will also head to Colorado and Oregon.
Conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is the first study to explore the association of the use of synthetic cannabinoids in U.S. high school students and health behaviors related to violence, mental health and sexual health.
At the California Cannabis Business Expo on March 8, 2017, entrepreneurs and investors interested in the science and technology of medical cannabis were given a crash course in the future of cannabis, and cannabidiol, as an alternative to pharmaceuticals by Hemp Business Journal founder Sean Murphy.
An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana’s potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use.
According to a study recently published by the International Journal of Drug Policy, patients in Canada are substituting marijuana for opioids, benzodiazepines and antidepressants for symptom relief from pain and mental health conditions.
Mara Gordon is a world-renowned expert on cannabis and cancer. Through her nonprofit Aunt Zelda’s, she has worked with more than 600+ patients (mostly cancer cases), using cannabis medicine as well as several other supplements.
On Jan. 26, 2017, Queensland Health announced the release of initial medical cannabis guidelines for medical practitioners in Queensland, Australia.
“Cannabis in Parkinson’s Disease: Growing Like a Weed!” was presented at the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Neurology Grand Rounds on Jan. 18, 2017.
On Jan. 24, 2017, Ontario-based Loyalist College announced that it had been approved by Health Canada for a Controlled Drugs and Substances Licence to test and analyze medical cannabis.
On Feb. 3, 2017, the Florida Board of Medicine will hold a public hearing to discuss a proposed amendment to the state’s telemedicine regulations that would prevent physicians from recommending medical marijuana over the internet.
According to a study published in the journal Cancer Medicine, hospitalized patients that use marijuana are less likely to suffer from heart disease or heart failure and are less likely to die from cancer.
Marijuana is not likely to increase your risk of having a stroke. This is according to a new study published in the medical journal Stroke, which set out to find the link between early-onset stroke and the use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana.
Easing pain and improving quality of life for end of life patients — the focus of a groundbreaking medical marijuana study. The first of its kind in New England.
Marijuana use among pregnant women in the United States is on the rise. This is according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Dec. 19, 2016.
According to a survey released by the Ohio State Medical Board, only 30% of doctors in the state would be likely to recommend medical marijuana to patients with qualifying conditions.
On Dec. 9, 2016, the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research announced the results of a recent study of dispensary staff, with only 55% of dispensary staff reporting that they had received formal training to dispense cannabis to consumers.
Minnesota residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will soon be able to use medical marijuana to treat their condition.
On Dec. 1, 2016, the New York State Department of Health announced that it will be adding chronic pain to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.
A common critique of marijuana use is that the substance is a “gateway drug,” leading users toward a path of hard drug abuse and mental health issues; however, a new clinical review has challenged that assumption.
In an effort to help reduce the use of opioids among injured players, the NFL Players Association is actively studying medical marijuana as an alternative tool in pain management, as reported by The Washington Post.
From children with seizures to athletes with joint pain, people are using cannabis to cope effectively. This one herb and its variety of therapeutic compounds seem to affect every aspect of our bodies and minds. How is this possible?
On Nov. 4, 2016, the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board to the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program voted in favor of adding “opiate use disorder” to the state’s list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana as a treatment option.
Could cannabis be effectively treating PTSD? On Nov. 16, 2016, Marijuana Investor Summit is bringing Dr. Sue Sisley to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, to discuss her study on the use of medical cannabis in treating PTSD.
Cannabinoids – what are they? How do they affect the human body? Are they really medicinal? On Nov. 16, 2016, Marijuana Investor Summit is bringing the Science and Medicine of Cannabis to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, to answer these questions and more.
One of the most commonly touted benefits of marijuana is that it can help people sleep, but a new study conducted by Boston University seems to challenge that assumption.
On Oct. 2, 2016, Maureen Leehey, MD, discussed the potential of cannabis in treating Parkinson’s disease at the 3rd Annual Parkinson’s Disease Symposium at the University of Colorado Movement Disorders Center.
On Sept. 28, 2016, the University of Mexico announced the Medical Cannabis Research Fund. Associate Professor Jacob Vigil in the Department of Psychology created the MCRF to aid medical cannabis research in social and biomedical sciences.
Tampa’s first Family Medical Cannabis Clinic is now open for patients across Tampa Bay, offering a non-euphoric strain of marijuana as a treatment option for children and adults.
The medical sector of the cannabis industry continues to explode behind constant research and innovative studies for identifying viable cancer treatments and other therapies for different ailments.
As the debate around medical marijuana rages on, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a synthetic version of the substance. The recently approved Syndros, manufactured by Insys Therapeutics, is a liquid form of dronabinol, a synthesized version of THC.
On July 20, 2016, Trulieve, a medical marijuana dispensary licensed by the state of Florida, announced that it had received authorization from the Florida Department of Health to begin dispensing low-THC medical marijuana.
On July 19, 2016, four Colorado doctors had their medical licenses suspended by the Colorado Medical Board for allegedly recommending unusually high plant counts to more than 1,500 medical marijuana patients.
In a nation often divided by anger and aggression, marijuana just might be the solution the country needs.
It was an unprecedented meeting of the minds and it happened at Harvard Medical School. The subject of April’s confab? Medical cannabis.
If you have a medical condition that could possibly be treated with medical marijuana, the state of New Jersey wants to hear from you.
On July 5, 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that the application for the medical marijuana safe harbor letter is now available online.
In Massachusetts, very few doctors are making medical marijuana recommendations for patients. According to Boston Globe, 13 doctors have issued medical marijuana recommendations for approximately three quarters of the 31,818 patients in the state.
While marijuana may be the culprit of some short term memory loss, new research seems to suggest that an active chemical in the substance, THC, may be the key in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
On June 23, 2016, Toronto Police raided multiple medical cannabis dispensaries, with raids of Canna Clinic and Cannabis Culture’s Queen Street dispensary confirmed by CBC News.
On June 6, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Health issued a report on survey results collected from patients in the state’s medical cannabis program, revealing that a majority of patients have benefited substantially from using legal medical cannabis.