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Thu
25
Feb

How Recreational Legalization Is Affecting Medical Marijuana Patients in Arizona

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Arizona celebrated its first month of recreational marijuana sales yesterday, and there's much to cheer. More than 100 medical marijuana dispensaries have been cleared to sell recreational marijuana to customers 21 years and older, and business is booming. Drive past a Valley dispensary in the middle of the day, and there's a decent chance you'll still find a line outside the door.

For longtime marijuana shoppers in Arizona — MMJ patients, that is — there's been less to celebrate. Ironically, many of them feel that legalization has made marijuana less accessible for them.

One gripe: those lines.

Thu
25
Feb

CBD Topicals Tested

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Topical CBD (cannabidiol) products are becoming increasingly popular – but recent testing indicates some who use them may not be getting what they paid for.

CBD topicals are being used for a number of applications including general cosmetics, moisturising, treating skin irritations and to relieve muscle and joint pain. Research indicates cannabidiol may be effective in treating or managing a number of skin problems.

As an active ingredient it’s important that what’s in the product is reflected by what’s on the label.

Wed
24
Feb

Two Missouri medical marijuana applicants win licenses after lengthy legal fight

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Missouri’s Administrative Hearing Commission has awarded two applicants licenses to start growing medical marijuana, more than a year after state officials initially rejected their requests.

The commission on Tuesday awarded Heya Kirksville and Heya Excello cultivation licenses, according to orders issued by Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi.

The judgment is a blow to the state, which limited the number of available marijuana business licenses and denied hundreds of medical marijuana business applications, only to be met with a wave of challenges at the Administrative Hearing Commission.

Tue
23
Feb

Australian Study Examining Quality Of Life For Medical Cannabis Patients

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Researchers at the University of Sydney are conducting a wide-ranging study concerning quality of life issues for medicinal cannabis patients.

Funded by Australian medicinal cannabis firm Little Green Pharma (LGP), the QUality of life Evaluation STudy (The QUEST Initiative) will delve into related patient outcomes and aims to recruit 2,100 patients by June this year.

The Australian Government is backing the study.

“The QUEST Initiative represents a significant Australian contribution to the global need for reliable, objective and clinically-relevant quality of life data for patients accessing medicinal cannabis treatments for a broad range of chronic conditions,” said Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt.

Tue
23
Feb

Cannabis can reduce blood pressure in older adults

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Medical cannabis has proven beneficial for a wide variety of health conditions.

Now, a first-of-its-kind study in adults 60 and above with hypertension shows that smoking cannabis, or ingesting its oils, significantly reduces 24-hour systolic and diastolic blood pressure.!

This discovery by researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and its affiliated Soroka University Medical Center appeared in the European Journal of Internal Medicine.

Mon
22
Feb

Does CBD Have Anti-Aging Benefits?

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Cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, CBN, THC) are known to provide all sorts of benefits for seniors, from relieving arthritis pain and inflammation to strengthening and improving brain function. But there is another critical benefit that cannabinoids offer seniors, and it has a lot to do with the aging process. Let's explore.

The human body has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which means that we naturally produce cannabinoids (this is why they are called Endocannabinoids as in "within" ). Cannabinoids are also found in hemp and marijuana plants (called Phytocannabinoids).  Most importantly, both types of cannabinoids function the same way and provide similar health benefits in the body.

Mon
22
Feb

Florida lawmakers may limit potency of medical marijuana this year

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For two years, patients, advocates and medical marijuana operators have been up in arms about lawmakers’ efforts to limit the levels of euphoria-inducing THC in smokable cannabis.

And for two years, the Senate has blocked the move.

But new Senate leadership, and a newly elected senator, could provide fertile ground for THC caps during the upcoming legislative session.

“It’s certainly something that’s on the table,” Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, told reporters.

Mon
22
Feb

'Huge potential': Can India’s medical Cannabis market thrive?

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After nearly 59 years, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the UN’s central drug policy-making body, recently voted to remove Cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs - where the strictest control measures apply, and its use was generally discouraged for medicinal purposes. 

27 of the CND’s 53 Member States, including India, the United States and most European nations, voted “Yes” on the motion.

If the idea is to genuinely tackle and provide a solution for medical ailments using Cannabis, the regulations in India already provide for it under Ayurveda. 

Fri
19
Feb

Clinical Trial Shows Association Between Cannabis Inhalation and Improvement in Ulcerative Colitis

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A new study shows that the inhalation of cannabis could be linked to improvements and better quality of life for those with ulcerative colitis. The trial, titled “Cannabis is associated with clinical but not endoscopic remission in ulcerative colitis: A randomized controlled trial,”  was published in the PLoS One journal and outlines the effects of high-THC cannabis use on ulcerative colitis.

Fri
19
Feb

N.J. can resume issuing new medical marijuana licenses after court ruling settles lawsuit

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The state can resume its review of nearly 150 medical marijuana license applications that have sat untouched for more than a year, thanks to a ruling from a state appellate court Thursday.

The court ruled against all but one medical marijuana license applicant rejected by the Department of Health in 2019. It upheld the department’s denial of seven other applications.

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