Medical Cannabis News

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Tue
25
Jun

Medical cannabis firms press UK to loosen prescription rules

The world’s largest medicinal cannabis company has urged the government to allow GPs to prescribe the drug, calling on the UK to be a “leader not a laggard” in one of the world’s fastest growing major industries.

Cam Battley, chief corporate officer of Canada-based Aurora Cannabis, said the UK was failing patients who might benefit from medicinal cannabis, as well as forfeiting economic gain, due to the restrictions of the existing regulatory regime.

Mon
24
Jun

How to talk to your doctor about cannabis use

Have you had a bad experience disclosing cannabis use to a doctor? Did a doctor's attitude toward cannabis impact the quality of care you received? You're not alone.

Unfortunately, a prevailing stigma, lack of exposure to current marijuana research, and confusion about the legality of discussing cannabis with patients are still barriers within the medical community that keep doctors from treating their cannabis-using patients accurately and fairly.

One thing medical and non-medical cannabis users have in common with the rest of the world is that all need access to medical care. So what is a cannabis user to do?

Mon
24
Jun

Cannabis ingredient CBD could one day become an antibiotic

As scientists work to stem the tide of antibiotic resistance, the authors of a study believe an ingredient in cannabis could one day form the basis of a new drug.

Antibiotic, or antimicrobial, resistance is where bugs such as bacteria can survive drugs created to kill them, making infections difficult, or impossible, to treat.

Scientists in Australia found cannabidiol—the non-psychoactive ingredient marijuana— killed all the strains of bacteria they tested in a lab, including some which are highly resistant to existing antibiotics.

Fri
21
Jun

Cannabis and sports: Up against outdated rules

While cannabis legalization in Canada and some states in the U.S. may have opened doors to additional research into the plant’s health benefits, one area where the move towards acceptance continues to face hurdles is within professional sports leagues—at least for now.

A growing number of professional athletes are coming forward as cannabis advocates, calling for reduced penalties—or none at all—for using the plant, and highlighting its benefits for pain relief compared to options like opioids.

Fri
21
Jun

Arizona Governor signs Law mandating quality control testing for medical cannabis products

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation into law amending the state’s medical cannabis access program.

Senate Bill 1494 requires that all medical marijuana products sold in licensed dispensaries be independently lab tested by November 1, 2020. Testing labs must be accredited and must have no financial relationship with any dispensaries. The measure also reduces application fees for medical cannabis card holders.

Fri
21
Jun

End of pre-employment drug testing doesn’t mean you can’t still be fired for marijuana

Although some jurisdictions across the United States are moving toward a policy that prevents pre-employment drug testing for marijuana, this amendment to that whiz-quiz way of life is not set up to ensure that everyone in the workforce that uses this substance is in the clear. Although there are many cases where drug testing for weed, or any other drug for that matter will not apply, the current marijuana ban under federal law demands that some workers pee clean, no matter what.

Fri
21
Jun

More women are using cannabis to treat morning sickness

Cannabis is touted for its ability to reduce nausea and vomiting so it’s not so surprising that women in the early stages of pregnancy would feel inclined to turn to cannabis to ease their morning sickness symptoms. In fact, researchers have pointed out in a study published this week that cannabis use among pregnant women is at an all-time high.

The study, published in the medical journal JAMA, found that women are most likely to use cannabis during the first trimester of their pregnancy and that the percent of pregnant women using cannabis increased from 3.4% in 2002 to 7% in 2017.

Fri
21
Jun

New study finds arthritis patients benefit from medical cannabis and CBD

Medical cannabis and CBD have proven over the years that they can help people suffering from arthritis. A new study claims that 90 percent of patients who tried cannabis felt relief from their symptoms.

Fri
21
Jun

Does cannabis have potential use for the treatment of HIV?

Even though cannabis and cannabinoid-derived pharmaceuticals are both frequently used by HIV/AIDS patients, several studies show that something interesting happens when cannabis is consumed.

What is HIV?

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) suppresses the immune system by killing specific white blood cells (CD4 T cells, otherwise known as T-Helper cells), who are in charge of destroying pathogens.

Infections are caused by either bacteria or viruses, and CD4 T cells react to those threats in two distinct ways:

Fri
21
Jun

How medical cannabis research indicates the growing need for plant-based research

The demand for cannabis is increasing exponentially but unfortunately the same cannot be said for the research to accompany that demand. As acceptance increases and more people turn to cannabis to treat a variety of medical symptoms, it seems there is more confusion than ever which is largely due to a lack of resources and government funding to provide quality research that provides information beyond mere anecdotal evidence.

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