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Tue
27
Aug

Does marijuana have any health risks for patients with cardiovascular problems?

While marijuana has health benefits for many medical conditions, patients diagnosed with heart disease or high blood pressure should consult with a doctor before exploring cannabis treatments.

More lethal than car accidents, cancer or acts of violence, cardiovascular disease is the number one leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease caused nearly a quarter of all deaths in Massachusetts in 2010 — five times more fatalities than stroke, about eight times more than Alzheimer’s disease, and nearly 12 times more than diabetes mellitus.

Tue
27
Aug

Medical cannabis driving performance trial announced

MGC Pharmaceuticals (ASX:MXC) has been granted  approval to conduct a controlled trial assessing the effects of a cannabis-based medicine on driving performance.

As legal medical cannabis becomes more widely available throughout the world, there are understandable concerns about the potential impacts on road safety. In Australia, current legislation in most states forbids patients taking cannabis based medical products from driving, which on top of a complex access pathway has impacted patient uptake.

“It has been documented that a key reason for individuals in Australia to decline cannabis products for medical purposes that may benefit them is that it would inhibit them from driving,” says Roby Zomer, co-founder and managing director of MGC Pharma.

Mon
26
Aug
Mon
26
Aug

Missouri on track for medical marijuana sales next year

In November of last year, voters in Missouri approved Amendment 2, which legalized medical marijuana in the state. Earlier this week, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced that it had received over 2,000 applications for medical cannabis licenses. The director of the medical marijuana program in the state had opined earlier this year that about 600 to 700 applications were expected.

The problem is that the state only plans on awarding 348 licenses, with the breakdown as follows: 192 for dispensaries, 60 for cultivation facilities, 86 for manufacturing facilities and 10 for testing labs.

Mon
26
Aug

Marijuana and anemia: What you need to know

Anemia affects about a third of the global population. It’s the most common blood disorder with iron deficiency being the number one cause.

Anemia is more common in women than men, while pregnant women, children and the elderly are especially vulnerable groups. Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to anemia caused by iron deficiency.

There are certain types of treatment depending on the type of anemia, but not all are effective long-term. Marijuana is in the early stages of research for its effects on anemic patients.

Let’s explore this condition in more detail, and see if there is a beneficial connection between marijuana and anemia.

Mon
26
Aug

CBD-based epilepsy drug rejected by NHS agency due to cost

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said it decided against recommending a cannabis-based drug for treating rare forms of epilepsy in the UK over concerns about its cost. 

Epidiolex, produced by GW Pharma, is almost completely based on CBD, a non-psychoactive compound of marijuana used in a variety of wellness and beauty products in the US. 

“Based on the evidence presented to it, the committee could not recommend cannabidiol with clobazam as an effective use of NHS resources,” NICE, which produces clinical guidelines for the NHS, said. 

Mon
26
Aug

How I use THCa to treat crohn's disease

After a battery of tests and misdiagnoses, I was finally diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease twelve years ago, and thus began a long battle with trial-and-error medical treatments. I changed my diet several times, even though my doctors didn’t seem confident it would change much (it didn’t), went to physical therapy for pain-related issues, and took so many different pharmaceuticals I can’t even begin to recall each and every one. My days were foggy due to side effects from pharmaceuticals, such as steroids, that made me feel worse than I did before I even took them, writes Diana-Ashley Krach.

Mon
26
Aug

Thailand turns seized cannabis into medical products

Thai authorities have announced plans to begin converting seized cannabis from illicit growers into oil for medical marijuana patients.

The police seized more than 1,000 kg from a criminal gang this week and they have passed it on Department of Thai Traditional, Alternative Medicine and the Department of Medical Sciences to process. That will yield 600,000 bottles of cannabis oil for the domestic medicinal market, while the department will hold back 5 kg for medical experiments.

Fri
23
Aug

Can cannabis help control cholesterol?

Cannabis has become a popular fix for people seeking to self-treat conditions such as anxiety and pain, but it’s not exactly a go-to choice among those looking to offset the effects of a poor diet, such as high cholesterol, which may be good considering there’s not a lot of high-quality research at the moment connecting cannabis to cholesterol. If you’re looking to improve your cardio health, you’d be better off improving your diet and exercising.

Fri
23
Aug

Fierce competition for missouri medical marijuana licenses

Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services has received thousands of applications for medical marijuana cultivation, dispensary, manufacturing and testing laboratory licenses.

DHSS reports 2,163 online applications had been received by 4:30 p.m. Monday. It was a big jump on the figures we reported in July, when the tally stood at under 500 by early in the month. 800 applications were received in the final 24 hours of the application period.

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