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Fri
17
Jan

Ohio reaches first year of state medical marijuana sales

A year after Joan Caleodis became the first person in Ohio to purchase state-sanctioned medical marijuana, she said she remains mostly satisfied with the program but looks forward to a day when prices for cannabis products drop.

Caleodis, 56, of Martins Ferry in southeast Ohio, said she spends around $300 a month at local dispensaries to buy patches along with dried flowers and cannabis oil, which she vapes, to help treat primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary for medical marijuana sales in Ohio.

A retired state worker, Caleodis said that before she began using cannabis she was taking as many as 16 pills a day. Now she takes only a few and has learned which strains of marijuana help her best.

Fri
17
Jan

UK’s first network of medical cannabis clinics set to open more sites

Doctors working for The Medical Cannabis Clinics are now breaking the mould to allow qualifying patients access to cannabis across the country with more clinic sites set to open in the coming months.

The Medical Cannabis Clinics, recently CQC registered, is the UK’s largest and fastest growing chain of private cannabis clinics, with doctors now operating from seven locations across the country and more openings planned over the coming months to meet patient demand.

Fri
17
Jan

Australian Medical Cannabis Inquiry Update

Submissions for an Australian Senate inquiry into current patient access barriers to medicinal cannabis close today.

Announced in November 2019, the wide-ranging inquiry is delving into issues including the appropriateness of the current regulatory regime, delays in accessing products and will also examine international best practice models for patient access.

At the time of writing, eleven submissions had been noted; including from:

Fri
17
Jan

Cannabis and Cancer – The Obstacles to Providing Better Care to Cancer Patients

Marijuana won’t make cancer disappear, but it can make living with it much more bearable. Doctors need to start asking the right questions.

Cancer is something most of us don’t like to think about, but it’s also something the vast majority of us are going to have to face sooner or later.

Because North Americans are generally living longer, it’s estimated as many as 1 in 2 of us will face a cancer diagnosis in our lifetimes. Even if we’re lucky enough not to have it happen to us, odds are it will affect a loved one or friend.

Thu
16
Jan

Study: Marijuana Use Reduces Depression and Suicidal Ideations in those with PTS

Marijuana use among those with post-traumatic stress (PTS) is associated with reduced rates of severe depression and suicidal ideation, according to a new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. The study is titled Does cannabis use modify the effect of post-traumatic stress disorder on severe depression and suicidal ideation? Evidence from a population-based cross-sectional study of Canadians.

Thu
16
Jan

London professor appointed chairman of Europe medicinal cannabis body

A long-standing member of the UK Government Regulatory Agency Medicines Commission and King’s College, London professor has been appointed as chairman of the European Medicinal Cannabis Association.

The European Medicinal Cannabis Association (EUMCA), the newly formed Brussels-based industry body which advocates for European evidence-based policy to improve patient access to high-quality cannabis treatment, has announced the appointment of Professor Jones, CBE, FMedSci, as its new Chairman.

Thu
16
Jan

Cannabis can disrupt anxiety superhighway in the brain of mice, researchers find

Researchers may be closing in on exactly why cannabis is so good at countering anxiety.

A new study, published in the journal Neuron, explains that there is an anxiety generating superhighway in the brain that connects the amygdala, the brain’s emotional centre, with the prefrontal cortex, where decision making and impulse control are managed.

The more stressful the situation a person finds themselves in, the more firmly these two areas of the brain connect, quickly elevating anxiety.

Thu
16
Jan

NFL Exploring CBD As Possible Treatment For Football Players

The NFL is remaining open to CBD, but remains firm there’s not enough evidence and research to recommend it for players.

The National Football League announced last year its intention to study marijuana as a potential pain management tool for its players. This week, the NFL took its first steps into that process. The Pain Management Committee, a joint group between the NFL and NFL Players Association, met with manufacturers of CBD products to understand the efficacy behind the cannabinoid.

Thu
16
Jan

France almost ready to launch massive trial into benefits of medical marijuana

France’s National Assembly has approved a two-year initiative that will offer an alternative treatment to 3,000 patients for whom no other options remain.

The testing will involve a six-month phase-in period, six months for patient enrollment, six months for patient treatment and monitoring, and six months for data analysis, according JD Supra, a legal website.

The study aims to help people suffering from conditions such as neuropathic pain, severe epilepsy, painful spasticity in multiple sclerosis sufferers and certain nervous system pathologies. It will also treat people in palliative care.

Thu
16
Jan

Why Aren’t More Patients Utilizing Medical Cannabis Reciprocity Programs?

Reciprocity, the legal process allowing a state-issued license to be accepted in other states, is relatively common among medical cannabis states. 

But it seems that not that many people actually use reciprocity, particularly in high bar states like Oklahoma.

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