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01
Feb

More medical marijuana coming to West Virginia

31 companies are now permitted to start selling medicinal marijuana in West Virginia.

Something that advocates believe will help with our opioid problem here.

“We know that bringing a quality product and quality system decreases death related to opioid overdose,” said Dr. A. WIlliam Kedia, an Ohio physician who is also president of Terrasana; a dispensary that is moving to West Virginia. “It’s been proven over and over again in just about every state where you see a legalization of cannabis.”

And in a time where opioid overdoses and drug-related calls to our 9-1-1 centers are increasing due to the pandemic, advocates also add – this couldn’t come at a better time.

Mon
01
Feb

Mexico’s New Medical Cannabis Rules Underscore The Need For Similar Reform In Costa Rica

After years of delay, Mexican authorities have finally released the rules that will regulate the production, distribution, and use of medical cannabis in the country.

Back in 2017, former Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, legalized the limited use of the substance for therapeutic purposes, but the legislation has since been in limbo as there were no regulations in place. In 2019, the Supreme Court had to interfere and mandated that the necessary legal framework for the new industry should be created.

Mon
01
Feb

5 Ways Medical Cannabis Can Help People With Diabetes

Type I diabetes can be an inherited disease. But Type 2 diabetes is a preventable chronic disease, with lifestyle changes including balanced nutrition and physical activity. In tandem with America’s growing obesity rate, the prevalence of diabetes diagnoses increases at an astounding rate.

Mon
01
Feb

8 Weed Strains that Will Help You Focus

Weed can be a great tool for clearing your mind and slowing down the world. This is why it's so good for people who like to smoke before studying. Though getting high before doing anything productive can be overwhelming and distracting for some, for others, cannabis is the first step before sitting in one spot for hours — all while giving the mind the tunnel vision needed to knock out daunting tasks.

Fri
29
Jan

Opioid Deaths Fall When Cannabis Stores Rise, Analysis Suggests

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Access to legal cannabis stores was linked with fewer opioid deaths in the U.S., a new analysis suggested.

The number of marijuana dispensaries in a county was negatively related to log-transformed opioid mortality rate, adjusted for age (β -0.17, 95% CI -0.23 to -0.11), reported Balázs Kovács, PhD, of Yale University School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut, and Greta Hsu, PhD, of University of California Davis Graduate School of Management.

Fri
29
Jan

Survey Finds Cannabis Beneficial For Many Parkinson’s Patients

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A survey in Germany has found more than half of patients with Parkinson’s disease who use medical cannabis have self-reported beneficial clinical effects.

Analysis of more than 1,300 patient questionnaires revealed over 8% of patients with PD reported using cannabis products and 54% of those reported a beneficial clinical effect.

More than 40% of users reported it helped manage pain and muscle cramps, and more than 20% a reduction in stiffness, freezing, tremor, depression, anxiety and restless legs. According to the American Parkinson Disease Association, “freezing” involves sudden, short, transient episodes preventing initiating movement such as walking.

Thu
28
Jan

U.K. Mom of Epileptic Child Gets Cannabis Reprieve In Light of Brexit

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Hannah Deacon, mother of 9-year-old, severely epileptic Alfie Dingley, is one of the people that Brexit will impact most, as the country settles into the reality of leaving the European Union. Instead of cannabis oil imports from the Netherlands being ceased immediately, they will be able to continue for at least another six months. 

Thu
28
Jan

Several bills propose tweaks for medical marijuana in North Dakota

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North Dakota lawmakers heard several bills on Tuesday aimed at improving the state’s medical marijuana program for patients.

Voters in 2016 approved medical marijuana; the 2017 Legislature implemented the program. It has 4,450 active patient cards, with eight dispensaries operating in the state, including one in Bismarck. The state’s first dispensary opened in Fargo in March 2019.

The bills would tweak aspects of the state’s medical marijuana laws, allowing edible products, growing of plants and additional caregivers for patients.

Thu
28
Jan

New Jersey: Medical marijuana patients just want to grow their own weed. Why lawmakers won’t allow it.

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When Jo Anne Zito was initially arrested for at-home cultivation nearly 10 years ago, her kids were taken away from her. Though her charge was later downgraded to low-level possession thanks to a grand jury, she’d already gotten a taste of how severely those who grow cannabis at home are criminalized.

Only after completing a pricey drug rehabilitation program was she legally eligible to receive custody, on top of serving three years of probation. Her husband, now deceased, was also charged and sentenced to drug court.

Wed
27
Jan

Survey Says America’s Favorite Way To Kick Opiates Is Cannabis

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A 2019 study published in The Journal of Pain found that cannabis use was associated with 64% lower opioid use in patients with chronic pain.

Although opiates are meant to be a temporary tool, millions of Americans have not been able to kick opiate dependency after being prescribed it. With an estimated 10.3 million Americans using opiates in 2018, that’s almost 4% of the country’s population. Due to this, it is imperative to find an alternative in the world of pain management. 

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