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Utah’s largest healthcare provider authorizes medical marijuana recommendations

Utah’s largest healthcare provider has authorized its doctors to recommend the use of medical marijuana for their patients, according to media reports. Intermountain Healthcare announced on Thursday that it has established a system to issue recommendation letters to patients with qualifying health conditions who could benefit from cannabis.

Mark Briesacher, the Intermountain chief physician executive, said that the company’s healthcare providers have prepared to discuss medical marijuana with patients who ask for a recommendation.

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17
Feb

The link between cannabis use and the common cold

The potential medical applications of cannabis seem boundless—there are an array of terminal and debilitating illnesses that may, in time, be successfully remedied with the plant. However, for those cannabis users that aren’t treating life threatening diseases and disorders, how does medical marijuana fit into a normal health regiment? More specifically, what sort of role, if any, does cannabis play when it comes to dealing with the common cold and flu?

As the fall season slowly begins fading into the winter months, an influx in cool weather is a sure harbinger for cold and flu season. Therefore, the marijuana-using population should be conscious of how their consumption should be regimented during this time.

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17
Feb

Popular book on marijuana's apparent dangers is pure alarmism, experts say

Agroup of 75 scholars and medical professionals have criticised a controversial new book about the purported dangers of marijuana, calling it an example of “alarmism” designed to stir up public fear “based on a deeply inaccurate misreading of science”.

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17
Feb

Medical marijuana may be an effective treatment for these lesser-known symptoms of alzheimer's

A cannabis-derived drug will be tested in the UK as a treatment for two lesser-known symptoms of Alzheimer's disease: aggressive behavior and agitation, writes Calvin Hughes.

Alzheimer's disease is best known for the way it erodes a person's memory. However, roughly half of the 850,000 Alzheimer patients in the UK also experience emotional and behavioral symptoms, such as feelings of agitation and aggression. But medical marijuana could help, according to Dag Aarsland - a psychiatry professor at King's College London and lead author of a study that will test alternatives to traditional medications used to treat these symptoms.

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17
Feb

First year of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana sales: Plenty of patients, a trickle of taxes

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program celebrated its one year anniversary this week, racking up an impressive number of participating patients and doctors, sales, and a trickle of tax revenues for the treasury.

More than 116,000 Pennsylvanians have registered as patients. About 83,000 of those have been issued state medical marijuana cards which allow them to buy cannabis products from several dozen dispensaries operating across the state.

Nearly 1,000 physicians have been approved to certify patients to participate in the program, according to the Department of Health.

Sun
17
Feb

Medicinal cannabis: Why has it taken so long to get to patients?

Medicinal cannabis was legalised last year but so far, virtually no-one in the UK has been able to access it.

Now, enough cannabis to treat 30 patients for a month has arrived in the UK from the Netherlands.

Four patients with prescriptions, all to treat chronic pain, will receive cannabis-derived medicines immediately.

Specialist doctors have been able to prescribe cannabis since 1 November - so what has taken so long?

Fri
15
Feb

Will the legalization of recreational marijuana be the death knell for medical cannabis?

Is the medical marijuana market dying?

Some people have argued that when recreational cannabis is legalized it will effectively push out the medical market, writes Calvin Hughes. Patients will forgo the hassle of getting a registered medical marijuana card and will instead frequent the local shops that require nothing more than a standard piece of government ID.

Fri
15
Feb

Georgia Lawmakers introduce Bill to allow growth, sale of medical marijuana

A bill introduced in the Georgia House of Representatives would legalize the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana. Georgia has had a limited medical marijuana program since 2015. Under the program, patients with one or more qualifying medical conditions who register with the state may possess cannabis oil with less than 5 percent THC. But there are no provisions for growing, transporting, or selling cannabis legally. State Rep. Micah Gravley, a Republican and sponsor of the legislation, told local media that the law makes it difficult for patients to obtain their medicine.

Fri
15
Feb

Children’s book aims to start the conversation about cannabis

A Southern California cannabis activist has written a book, titled What’s Growing in Grandma’s Garden, that she hopes will help parents talk with their kids about cannabis and is currently raising the funds necessary to publish the book and offer it to the public. Susan Soares, in an interview with High Times, said she has dedicated her life to educating people about cannabis.

“First and foremost, I’m an advocate for the cannabis plant,” says Soares. “It saved my life and completely turned my life around.”

Fri
15
Feb

The U.K. just got its first bulk medical cannabis shipment

The first bulk batch of medical cannabis imported into the U.K. since it was legalized for prescription last year has arrived from the Netherlands.

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