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14
Nov

Florida medical marijuana use doubles in just one year

Since this time last year, the number of medical marijuana patients in Florida has more than doubled.

In fact, the state of Florida is the second-fastest-growing medical marijuana market in the country, according to a recent study done by Marijuana Business Daily.

In November 2016, medical marijuana became legal for Florida residents, but, despite the obvious upward trend, many in the industry say there is still a lot of misinformation about it.

CBS4’s Karli Barnett breaks down the facts and learned the process of accessing medical marijuana.

Thu
14
Nov

Yale pioneers medical marijuana trials

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a medical marijuana clinical trial led by the Yale University School of Medicine. Researchers say it’s the first of its type to be run on human subjects.

Cori Alicea has been using medical marijuana since she was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer in 2014.

“It helps me with every physical ability that I have, with talking and doing everything. My right side was completely numb after having my seizures and my surgeries from the craniotomies. This medicine has made it so that I am able to live my daily life.”

Thu
14
Nov

Marijuana’s effect on sore, aching muscles

Whether it’s after a long workout or a moving injury, soreness and stiffness can complicate anyone’s life, but they don’t have to. With the rise of opioid addiction, is it possible that marijuana and CBD can alleviate some of the symptoms of sports and back injuries?

study published in 2017 in Health Affairs found that this is precisely what’s happening in states with medical cannabis laws: Prescriptions for opioid painkillers in these states dropped by 1,826 per doctor as patients found their alternatives.

Thu
14
Nov

Frequent marijuana use could lead to higher risk of stroke, study says

A large study released this week suggests that young people who frequently use marijuana could have a higher risk of suffering a stroke. 

The study published in the journal Stroke looked at 43,000 people aged 18-44 who consumed cannabis in the 30 days prior to the research.

The study’s authors concluded that there may be “significantly higher odds” of stroke in young marijuana users compared to those who don’t consume the drug.

The risk of stroke increased even more among chronic marijuana users, the data indicated.

Thu
14
Nov

Washington State Government cuts (some) medical cannabis red tape

Western Australia’s McGowan Government has announced changes that will make it a little easier for patients in the state to access medicinal cannabis products.

Previously, patients would need a referral to a specialist by a GP in order to access medicines, but now a GP will be able to prescribe where the patient is over the age of 16, isn’t drug dependent and doesn’t have a history of drug use. In those cases, specialist approval will still be required.

Thu
14
Nov

Millions of Brits using street cannabis to treat chronic health conditions

A new poll conducted by the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis and CPASS by YouGov has shown the full extent of illicit cannabis use in the UK.

The poll has revealed that 1.4 million Brits are using ‘street cannabis’ to treat chronic health conditions.

The largest ever polling sample to date, it reveals that the incidence of use of using cannabis to treat chronic health conditions amongst the general population is much higher than previously understood and may therefore be closer to 1.4 million users in Britain (2.8% of the adult population).

Thu
14
Nov

Pennsylvania medical marijuana sales top $500 million in first two years

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program has passed a half-billion dollars in sales since it began dispensing the drug nearly two years ago.

John Collins, director of the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana, said at an advisory board meeting Wednesday that about 147,000 people are certified to purchase medical marijuana at one of 72 dispensaries in operation.

He says there are about 65,000 patient visits to dispensaries per week. Their average purchase is about $120.

About 60 percent of the demand is coming from patients with pain or pain-related conditions, which Collins says is in line with other states' experience.

Wed
13
Nov

What women want to know: Breast cancer and cannabis

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you’re reading this, chances are you, a loved one, or someone you know, is living with a breast cancer diagnosis. 

Studies show that American women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer over their lifetime. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer in the United States is the most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity.”

Wed
13
Nov

This is what you can – and can't – take medical cannabis for in the UK

A year after cannabis-based medicinal products were legalised for prescription in England, Wales and Scotland, new guidelines have been issued about how – and for what – they should be prescribed.

Wed
13
Nov

Israel: Government throws its weight behind medical cannabis sector

With the issuance of a wide-ranging ministry report on the medical cannabis industry, Israel is for the first time making clear its intention to back the burgeoning sector, according to a ministry official.

The white paper on Israel’s Medical Cannabis Innovation, published earlier this month, maps out the industry’s ecosystem — the key players, leading startups, breakthrough research at academic institutions, government regulations, and opportunities that await investors should they decide to take the plunge.

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