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Thu
09
May

Alabama Senate debates medical marijuana bill

The Alabama Senate on Wednesday began a historic debate on medical marijuana but adjourned before taking a vote on a bill authorizing it in the state. 

The measure, sponsored by Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, would allow the use of medical marijuana for certain conditions if other treatments prove ineffective. A patient would need recommendations from two physicians and would have to submit to random drug testing. 

“It’s not a Republican or Democrat issue to me,” said Melson, an anesthesiologist by training. “It’s a patient issue. And when you’ve got certain patients out there that have medical conditions and they can benefit from it, I think it’s time to give them the opportunity to participate in it.”

Wed
08
May

Here’s why you might want to try some transdermal cannabis after your next workout

It’s a scenario you might be familiar with: you come home after a day of snowboarding, or a post-work pickup soccer game, and you realize you’re already sporting a nice, yellow bruise from a fall or a tussle.

You might apply ice to that bruise, pop an ibuprofen, rub on some arnica, or maybe even take a bath with some Epsom salts.

But now, there’s another type of treatment you may be able to add to your recovery regimen: transdermal cannabis.

Transdermal cannabis is not your mother’s hemp-infused lotion she buys in bulk from Costco. It often comes in the form of a patch, oil or salve, and is applied topically.

Wed
08
May

Opioids & cannabis: Gaining an upper hand on pain

When it comes to cannabis and opioids, there are important (and beneficial) chemical interactions between the two substances — but the real story is in how cannabis can push back against the opioid crisis.

The raw numbers of opioid abuse are enough to shock the system. From 1999 to 2017, the number of deaths from an opioid overdose increased nearly six-fold, from 8,048 to 47,600 in the United States, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Throughout that period, prescription opioids account for about 40% of those deaths.

Wed
08
May

More and more people are treating sick pets with medical marijuana

The non-intoxicating cannabis compound CBD may be the hottest trend in wellness products right now, and it's not just being gobbled up by people, writes Calvin Hughes. An increasing number of pet owners have turned to CBD to help their four-legged friends deal with pain and anxiety.

Wed
08
May

30 Members of Congress urge DEA to “speed up” medical cannabis research

Thirty members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the leaders of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Justice on Tuesday, calling on the federal agencies to speed up research into the medical uses of cannabis. The letter was signed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers including cannabis advocate and Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and three of the nearly two dozen candidates for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

Wed
08
May

Texas lawmakers approve medical marijuana expansion bill

House Bill 1365 was passed by The Texas House of Representatives in a 121-23 vote. Sponsor of the bill, Democratic Rep. Eddie Lucio, told the other lawmakers in the House that he wants to help people in Texas who are suffering from all kinds of conditions.  

“Today, I don’t just stand here as a member of this body but as a voice for thousands of people in this state that are too sick to function or that in constant, debilitating pain,” said Lucio.  

The bill adds more than a dozen “debilitating medical conditions,” including cancer, HIV/AIDS, PTSD and Crohn’s disease to Texas' medical cannabis program. Conditions that cause pain, vomiting, seizures and other symptoms are also included in the bill.

Wed
08
May

U.S. versus Canada: Which one has an upper hand in the medical cannabis field?

“We are struggling,” says Michael Litchfield, chief marketing officer of California-based HelloMD, an online platform for the medical cannabis community. “That’s why we look on Canada with great envy… for many cannabis companies in the U.S., it’s hard to even get a bank account.”

Tue
07
May

How cannabis slows down the effects of macular degeneration

Macular degeneration (MD) is the highest cause of vision loss in the U.S., affecting over 10 million Americans. At present, it is considered an incurable disease. But what is happening in the eye to cause MD?

MD is a deterioration of the central part of the retina, the back layer. That layer, called the “macula,” records images and sends them back to the brain. It’s in charge of focusing vision and helps humans read, recognize faces and many more important things. Without a functioning macula, the center of the field of vision is blurry, becoming worse over time.

Macular degeneration mostly affects people over the age of 50 or 60. Right now, most treatments include injections and target endothelial cells, which line blood vessels.

Tue
07
May

Retailers struggle to keep popular cannabis extract CBD on shelves in Canada

Retailers across Canada are struggling with a shortage of all cannabis, but there's one product they're especially desperate to keep on shelves: cannabidiol or CBD, a non-intoxicating extract vaunted for its purported health benefits.

The extract, most commonly sold as oil, has been promoted as a natural cure for pain, anxiety and insomnia, despite limited medical research. Many customers are coming in asking for it, especially first-time and older users, store owners say.

"I don't think the licensed producers really realized how popular CBD was, so there's none available, really," said Krystian Wetulani, founder of City Cannabis Co. in Vancouver.

Tue
07
May

New UW clinical trial testing effect of marijuana on autism

Can marijuana treat autism? A new clinical trial is looking to see if cannabidiol (CBD) gel is a safe and effective method of treating Fragile X syndrome, a type of autism linked to deficiencies in the endocannabinoid system, which controls emotional responses, behavioral reactivity to context, and social interaction.

Autism, or more technically referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a wide range of different conditions grouped together because they all affect development and behavior. People with ASD typically experience difficulty communicating with other people, restricted interests, and repetitive behaviors.

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