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Wed
01
May

How cannabis microdosing can be used for pain management

Medical cannabis is currently legal in 29 states. Of those, none provide insurance coverage for the substance. This leaves consumers in a difficult situation: choose to purchase cannabis at their own expense or choose a potentially more harmful or addictive pharmaceutical medication covered by insurance. The dilemma is not new, but consumers and entrepreneurs alike are creating inventive ways to deal with the problem.

Wed
01
May

Sunny Portugal now path to EU medical marijuana

For years, the Portuguese city of Cantanhede has been known for its wine products and roasted suckling pig, a local specialty. But the city has something new: Portugal’s first medical cannabis production farm.

The cannabis plant produces cannabinoids – chemical compounds used in treating health disorders. Parts of the plant are used to make the drug marijuana as well as a number of products containing the compounds CBD and THC.

Portugal’s sunny weather is ideal for growing cannabis. The weather caught the attention of Brendan Kennedy. He is Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian company Tilray, one of the world’s largest producers of medical cannabis.

Wed
01
May

Treating complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) with medical cannabis

“I’ve got to treat my body if I’m ever going to recover from this illness,” Kimberly Callis, an independent researcher with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, tells High Times. “Cannabis [is] a systemic medicine; complex PTSD is a systemic condition. The two really go hand-in-hand, especially with a target on the endocannabinoid system.”

Tue
30
Apr

Why does cannabis work so well to combat nausea?

People around America more and more are using cannabis as a treatment for nausea, from cancer patients trying to combat the nausea that follows chemotherapy to expecting mothers trying to keep food down in the months before birth.

As more is discovered about the endocannabinoid system, scientists are coming closer to pinpointing exactly why cannabis helps to reduce nausea.

Nausea is a necessary function of the body, used primarily to alert the body that something it ate might be poisonous or rotten and should be avoided now and in the future, or that the body is experiencing an illness or imbalance and needs treatment or rest. For example, dehydration can trigger nausea because the body is trying to send a signal that it’s unbalanced and needs more water.

Tue
30
Apr

Science: How marijuana works to help those with multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease in which the immune system attacks the fatty protein that protects nerve cells. The exposed and damaged (i.e. “sclerotic”) nerves lose their ability to transmit signals, and this results in a wide array of bad results, including numbness, dizziness, itching and blurred vision. More than half of people who suffer from MS experience pain, muscle stiffness or spasticity, and cognitive impairment.

It’s those last three symptoms that have been most studied in relation to medical marijuana.

Tue
30
Apr

Thailand: Medical marijuana use training begins, for 2-year licence

The Public Health Ministry on Monday launched a two-day training course in the medical use of marijuana for physicians, dentists, pharmacists and folk doctors, with those who pass subsequent exams eligible for two-year licences.

The course sessions were organised by the Department of Medical Services and the Department for the Development of Thai and Alternative Medicine at different hotels in Bangkok.

In one venue about 200 doctors, dentists and pharmacists received training from the Department of Medical Services and at another about 150 Thai traditional practitioners and folk doctors were given instruction.

Tue
30
Apr

Switching from Hemp to Marijuana? 3 Things to Consider

The legal cannabis industry is rapidly expanding with new legislation being considered and often passed in one state or another almost weekly. However, strict regulations, high taxes and restricted sales have created obstacles for cannabis cultivators to grow their product and see a profit, especially those catering to the THC market. This is why so many growers are entering the CBD market, or more specifically, opting to grow hemp instead.

Many growers are choosing to grow hemp which can be processed to produce CBD oil, with plans on switching to marijuana when it is completely legal and easier to do so.

Mon
29
Apr

How recreational marijuana might affect workplace

As of today, 10 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for recreational use for adults over 21, while 33 states have legalized medical marijuana.

Pennsylvania legalized the use of medical marijuana three years ago, and two Pennsylvania senators introduced a bill in March to permit recreational marijuana.

As discussions about recreational marijuana continue, employers are wondering how the proposal will affect workplaces across Pennsylvania.

States that have passed recreational marijuana laws strictly regulate the use of cannabis by, for example, regulating where it can be purchased and limiting how much can be grown at home.

And none of those states allow residents to use marijuana whenever or wherever they choose – including the workplace.

Mon
29
Apr

Medical marijuana expansion Bill sent to Iowa Governor

In the final hours of the legislative session Saturday, the Iowa Senate sent a bill to the governor that would expand the state’s medical marijuana program.

The bill allows for more potent medical marijuana products at the state’s five dispensaries. It would remove the 3 percent cap on THC—the chemical that makes people feel high—and replace it with a per-person limit of 25 grams in 90 days.

One exception to the limit is a waiver available to terminally ill people with a life expectancy of less than one year.

Sen. Tom Greene, R-Burlington, had tears in his eyes as he expressed his support for the change.

Mon
29
Apr

UCSD set to research cannabis for multiple conditions

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego are seeking more than 130 people to participate in cannabis-related clinical trials.

There will be a total of four clinical trials coming up, one of which is a study on children. The center for Medical Cannabis Research at UCSD will focus on the use of cannabinoids to treat autism, schizophrenia, anorexia, and tremors. All of the studies are planned for this year and they will all be conducted separately.

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