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Fri
19
Jul

Cannabis and mental health: Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder, equally likely to affect men and women, causes a person’s mood, energy, and mental clarity to vary wildly. Such fluctuation leads the person to experience waves of mania and depression. Most patients experience the onset of bipolar disorder around age 25, although teens and children can develop bipolar disorder at lesser rates than adults. In all, 2.6% of the U.S. population has bipolar disorder

Fri
19
Jul

Ohio lawmakers advance bill for CBD products and hemp cultivation

Ohio lawmakers advanced a bill earlier this week that would legalize CBD products and hemp production in the state. The bill will now head to Governor Mike DeWine and if he approved the measure it will immediately be made law.

“This is the best news that’s going to hit farm country this year,” said Rep. Bill Seitz from Green Township.

The bill was passed by the Senate in March and approved earlier this week in an 88-3 vote, showing the state’s growing approval for the cannabis industry within Ohio.

Larry Householder, House Speaker, told sources that since farmers in Ohio has such a rough year, this news is a promising  

Thu
18
Jul

Cannabis for menstrual cramps: Can cannabis help women with painful periods?

After many years of suffering from terrible pains with each passing month, I finally tried marijuana for menstrual cramps – and it worked like a charm.

I’ve been struggling with severe menstrual cramps (stomach pain, nausea, exhaustion, sometimes even vomiting) ever since my late teens.

You have no idea how many times I had to cancel plans. I’d spend that entire day in bed, doing basically nothing but enduring pain.

I’m the type of person who only takes medications when they’re 100% necessary. So most of the time I tried to avoid pills, but sometimes pain and nausea would become so unbearable that I had to take a double dose just to make it through the day.

Thu
18
Jul

Medical marijuana laws not linked to reduced opioid misuse

Medical marijuana laws had little impact on curbing non-medical use of prescription opioids, according to a new study that raises doubts over legal marijuana as an alternative to current substance use disorder treatments.

Non-medical use of prescription opioids slightly increased in states with medical marijuana laws, the study published Wednesday in JAMA Network Open found. Researchers analyzed substance use behavioral data from more than 672,000 individuals ages 12 and older from 2004 to 2012.

Thu
18
Jul

Using marijuana to treat glaucoma

Marijuana increased in popularity in the mid-1970s when there was interest in cannabinoids for reduction in intraocular pressure (IOP), which is the fluid pressure inside the eye. Now, its usage has increased due to its pleasure-inducing side effects, and behind tobacco, alcohol and caffeine, it is the most widely used drug in society, according to Michigan Medicine ophthalmologist, Theresa M. Cooney, M.D.

Wed
17
Jul

New Jersey opens major expansion of medical marijuana program

On Monday, New Jersey’s Department of Health announced plans to accept applications for individuals and entities interested in opening operational and cultivation facilities. The agency said that it is seeking applicants to operate as many as 24 Alternative Treatment Centers, with the aim to place eight in the northern part of the state, eight in the central region and seven in the south. An additional facility will be placed in a yet-to-be-determined region, the department said. 

Wed
17
Jul

Is Asia set to become the next big medical cannabis continent?

While most of the attention when it comes to cannabis legalization is focused on North America these days, some people have an eye on Southeast Asia where medical cannabis, decriminalization, and even legalization are a hot topic.

Thailand legalized medical cannabis for certain conditions back at the beginning of this year, and that caught the attention of investors from around the world. And while traditionally, many Asian countries have been extremely tough on cannabis in the past, that attitude seems to be changing.

Wed
17
Jul

Study finds that treatment for cannabis use disorder is... cannabis

A new Australian study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has found that medical cannabis can potentially help treat addiction… to cannabis.

Researchers found that a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and nabiximols (trade name Sativex) — an oral spray derived from the cannabis plant containing a 1:1 ratio of cannabinoids THC (the psychoactive, intoxicating component of cannabis) and CBD (a psychoactive but non-intoxicating component) — assisted in reducing the number of days patients with cannabis dependence consumed the drug by approximately 40 per cent compared to those in the placebo group.

Tue
16
Jul

Michigan caregivers control more than 1 million cannabis plants

Michigan’s registered medical marijuana caregivers have permission to grow more than one million cannabis plants, while licensed commercial cultivators are authorized to grow one tenth of that number.

These figures are crucially important to understand as Michigan ramps up efforts to boost the industry prior to licensing businesses for the state’s adult use cannabis market later this year. Even with accelerated licensing approvals it seems highly unlikely that commercial production of cannabis will be sufficient to satisfy the needs of the adult use market for quite some time.

Mon
15
Jul

It’s a mistake not to let GPs prescribe cannabis – UK expert

Neurologist Professor Mike Barnes wrote the report which convinced UK lawmakers to legalise medical cannabis last year, and now he has some advice for New Zealand lawmakers.

"The priority by far must be to educate our doctors," the Barnes Report author told Newshub Nation.

He says despite huge demand in the UK, only around 22 patients have actually received medical cannabis, with none of those prescriptions coming through the National Health Service.

He blames a lack of education and lingering stigma over cannabis for doctors reluctance to prescribe cannabis medication.

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