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Thu
11
Feb

Oral Health And Weed: Could Marijuana Prevent Cavities?

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A study found that cannabinoids have the potential to be used as an effective antibacterial agent against dental plaque-associated bacteria.

A January 2020 study published in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science found something remarkable about marijuana’s effect on oral health. The study looked at the effect of marijuana or THC on dental plaque, a film that forms on the teeth and gums that can lead to heart disease. Examining the efficacy of multiple oral care products and cannabinoids together, researchers wanted to gauge which reduced plaque bacteria better.

Thu
11
Feb

South Dakota Governor Delays Implementation of Medical Marijuana Initiative

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced on Wednesday that she is seeking to delay the implementation of a successful voter initiative to legalize medical marijuana. The state’s voters approved Initiated Measure 26 (IM 26) to allow qualified patients to use cannabis medicinally in the November general election with nearly 70% of votes cast.

Wed
10
Feb

Medical marijuana for Idaho? Cancer patient’s bill would decriminalize prescription pot

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Jeremy Kitzhaber, a retired senior master sergeant of the U.S. Air Force with Stage 4 terminal cancer, on Monday morning showed up to an Idaho Legislature committee meeting with a draft bill and a bag of pills.

He demonstrated to state legislators the medication he needed on a daily basis to keep him alive ‚ÄĒ hydrocodone, oxycodone, pills to help with the bowel obstruction caused by the opioids, and a cancer inhibitor drug, to name a few.

He presented to state legislators a bill he crafted to decriminalize medical marijuana.

Wed
10
Feb

Medical marijuana is back on the table in Alabama

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Medical marijuana sales bring in tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue each year to states where it is has been legalized and many doctors say it can treat a variety of conditions.

Alabama Senator Tim Melson (R-District 1) authored Senate Bill 46 which aims to find a place for medical marijuana in the state. If passed, it would allow residents to get cannabis cards for a variety of conditions.

Some of those conditions are: Anxiety or panic disorder, autism, Crohn's Disease, epilepsy or a condition causing seizures, Fibromyalgia, symptoms related to cancer or HIV/AIDS and many more.

Wed
10
Feb

Congress Reintroduces Bill to Legalize CBD in Dietary Supplements

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As millions of Americans are using cannabidiol (CBD) in dietary supplements, thousands of producers are still waiting on a clear pathway to market hemp-derived CBD through various sales channels. They have yet to receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but Congress could help open that avenue.

Tue
09
Feb

Could Cannabis Be Better At Treating Kids With Autism Than Traditional Meds?

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With a condition as sensitive and difficult as autism, cannabis could be a winning, although eccentric, ticket.

Autism is an increasingly common condition that can be difficult to parent, difficult to diagnose, and difficult to live with. Worse, many of the medications can cause physical symptoms that further impact the lives of those with the condition. Many people with it find themselves suffering from weight fluctuation, explosive episodes, and poor social functioning. Yet there are different methods of coping.

Tue
09
Feb

Medical Marijuana Use Spread Unevenly in Arkansas

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Arkansans spent $181 million on more than 28,000 pounds of medical marijuana in 2020, the first full year of legal cannabis sales in the state, according to data from the state Department of Finance & Administration.

But the medical marijuana phenomenon is not spread evenly across the state. As of Dec. 31 ‚ÄĒ a record day for marijuana sales ‚ÄĒ 31 dispensaries were open in 23 of the state‚Äôs 75 counties. Fourteen of them had opened in 2019 and reported full-year sales of between 400 and 3,000 pounds of the plant. The 32nd dispensary opened in Hardy on Jan. 7 of this year.

Tue
09
Feb

Marijuana may significantly lower blood pressure in older users

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A new study reports that cannabis use may lower blood pressure in older adults, though additional research is necessary to get a better understanding of the substance’s effect on cardiovascular health. The research comes from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Soroka University Medical Center; it was recently published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine.

 

Tue
09
Feb

More Local Cannabis Dispensaries May Mean Fewer Opioid Overdose Deaths

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One way to reduce opioid overdose death rates in American communities may be to expand legal access to another, less lethal drug. A study published in January 2021 in the BMJ suggests that U.S. counties that have more cannabis dispensaries also have lower opioid-related deaths. 

Mon
08
Feb

Ukraine Is Taking Steps To Figure Out The Future of Medical Cannabis

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Last year, Ukraine circulated a poll, supported by the country’s president, that showed most people in the nation currently support medical cannabis in some form or another. Now, most politicians are backing legal, medical cannabis for the country, hopefully leading to a new industry that could provide a major boost for the Ukrainian economy. However, the first step before that can happen is for the country to work out what it wants this industry to look like. 

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