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Thu
02
May

Thailand unveils their first high-end medical marijuana grow facility

Thailand, Southeast Asia’s first-ever country to legalize medical marijuana, unveiled its first cannabis cultivation facility last February.

Thu
02
May

New study finds top reasons Canadians are using cannabis

A new study called “The Future of Cannabis in Canada”, conducted by Insights West for Resonance Consultancy in partnership with Valens GroWorks Corp., has found that Canadian consumers will use cannabis for a number of health benefits including reducing stress, as a sleep aid and for relieving anxiety.

“Our study found that almost 80% of Canadians are turning to cannabis for relaxation and well-being even though the majority of users don’t have medical prescriptions. Clearly, even without clinical research, Canadians believe cannabis has a positive impact on their health and LP’s should take not,” said Everett Knight, Executive VP, Strategy and Investments for Valens GroWorks in a press release.

Thu
02
May

Veterans move one step closer to medical cannabis access

The health subcommittee of the Veterans Affairs heard testimony on three medical cannabis bills, the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2019 (H.R. 712), Veterans Cannabis Use for Safe Healing Act (H.R. 2191), and The Veterans Equal Access Act (H.R. 1647). This trio of bills will greatly improve medical cannabis access for veterans. These bills, while opposed by the VA were supported by many Veterans Service Organizations including the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans. This hearing marks the first non-appropriations sub-committee hearing on the issue of veterans medical cannabis access of the 116th Congress.

Thu
02
May

Iowa Legislature removes THC cap on medical marijuana

Iowa’s legislative session came to an exciting end for medical marijuana patients.

A bill that would remove the cap on how much THC may be in a cannabis-product designated for medical use has passed both floors of the legislature and is headed to Governor Kim Reynolds’ desk for either approval or veto.

The Iowa State Senate advanced the bill to the governor’s desk in a 40 to 7 vote. The bill, if approved by the governor, would remove the current 3 percent cap on THC from medical marijuana. In removing the cap, legislators approved a per-patient limit of 25 grams of marijuana per 90 day period.

The only exception for this rule is that terminally ill patients with a life expectancy of one year or less may receive a waiver to get more than 25 grams.

Thu
02
May

Research begins to develop medical cannabis suppositories for patients suffering from IBD

Panaxia Pharmaceutical Industries Israel and the pharmaceutical company Rafa, announced the signing of a collaboration agreement with PlantEXT Ltd., an Israeli-Canadian medical cannabis company in a recent press release.

Thu
02
May

New funding for cannabis research offers MS patients hope for the future

When Jessica Turner was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at age 31, she didn’t want to talk about it—and she didn’t want to take drugs.

“I wasn’t ready to accept that this was happening to me,” Turner tells The GrowthOp. She also didn’t want to accept experiencing the flu-like symptoms that so often accompany interferons, the oldest and most prescribed drug options for patients with relapsing-remitting MS.

Thu
02
May

Michigan medical marijuana patients can now get approval, medication without delay

One more roadblock has been demolished that stood in the way of Michigan medical marijuana patients and reliable, safe access to cannabis treatment. On Wednesday, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (which oversees both medical and recreational cannabis in the state) announced that patients can use their approval email from registering in the program to buy cannabis, rather than waiting for a physical registry card to be sent in the mail.

Thu
02
May

Former Chief Drug Advisor urges UK Officials to “embrace cannabis like Penicillin”

Neuropsychopharmacologist David Nutt lost his job as the UK’s chief drug advisor when he publicly criticized the government’s drug policies. Now, as the Edmond J Safra professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, he’s publishing articles in prominent journals to encourage physicians to “embrace cannabis like penicillin.”

Wed
01
May

Colombia’s medical marijuana industry: a way to end the stigma surrounding drugs?

Colombia, a country that has suffered greatly under the stigma of the illegal drug trade, has an opportunity to reinvent itself with the cultivation of a plant that for decades has been controlled by illegal groups: marijuana.

A 2016 law regulating the use of cannabis for scientific and medicinal purposes has been decisive in this regard. The law, which came into effect last year, allows for the legal cultivation of up to 40.5 tonnes, 44 per cent of the limit allowed by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

Wed
01
May

New study: CBD diminishes THC-related impairment

In a new study from the University College London (UCL), a team of researchers focused on the difference between consuming cannabis strains that have high levels of THC, and strains that have significant quantities of both THC and CBD.

The precise effects on the brain were monitored by an fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), which measures changes in blood flow and neural activity.

Brain scans of the 17 participants showed that the high-THC strain impaired the functionality of the default mode network, especially in the posterior cingulate area.

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