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Medical marijuana laws not linked to reduced opioid misuse

Medical marijuana laws had little impact on curbing non-medical use of prescription opioids, according to a new study that raises doubts over legal marijuana as an alternative to current substance use disorder treatments.

Non-medical use of prescription opioids slightly increased in states with medical marijuana laws, the study published Wednesday in JAMA Network Open found. Researchers analyzed substance use behavioral data from more than 672,000 individuals ages 12 and older from 2004 to 2012.

Thu
18
Jul

Using marijuana to treat glaucoma

Marijuana increased in popularity in the mid-1970s when there was interest in cannabinoids for reduction in intraocular pressure (IOP), which is the fluid pressure inside the eye. Now, its usage has increased due to its pleasure-inducing side effects, and behind tobacco, alcohol and caffeine, it is the most widely used drug in society, according to Michigan Medicine ophthalmologist, Theresa M. Cooney, M.D.

Wed
17
Jul

New Jersey opens major expansion of medical marijuana program

On Monday, New Jersey’s Department of Health announced plans to accept applications for individuals and entities interested in opening operational and cultivation facilities. The agency said that it is seeking applicants to operate as many as 24 Alternative Treatment Centers, with the aim to place eight in the northern part of the state, eight in the central region and seven in the south. An additional facility will be placed in a yet-to-be-determined region, the department said. 

Wed
17
Jul

Is Asia set to become the next big medical cannabis continent?

While most of the attention when it comes to cannabis legalization is focused on North America these days, some people have an eye on Southeast Asia where medical cannabis, decriminalization, and even legalization are a hot topic.

Thailand legalized medical cannabis for certain conditions back at the beginning of this year, and that caught the attention of investors from around the world. And while traditionally, many Asian countries have been extremely tough on cannabis in the past, that attitude seems to be changing.

Wed
17
Jul

Study finds that treatment for cannabis use disorder is... cannabis

A new Australian study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has found that medical cannabis can potentially help treat addiction… to cannabis.

Researchers found that a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and nabiximols (trade name Sativex) — an oral spray derived from the cannabis plant containing a 1:1 ratio of cannabinoids THC (the psychoactive, intoxicating component of cannabis) and CBD (a psychoactive but non-intoxicating component) — assisted in reducing the number of days patients with cannabis dependence consumed the drug by approximately 40 per cent compared to those in the placebo group.

Tue
16
Jul

Michigan caregivers control more than 1 million cannabis plants

Michigan’s registered medical marijuana caregivers have permission to grow more than one million cannabis plants, while licensed commercial cultivators are authorized to grow one tenth of that number.

These figures are crucially important to understand as Michigan ramps up efforts to boost the industry prior to licensing businesses for the state’s adult use cannabis market later this year. Even with accelerated licensing approvals it seems highly unlikely that commercial production of cannabis will be sufficient to satisfy the needs of the adult use market for quite some time.

Mon
15
Jul

It’s a mistake not to let GPs prescribe cannabis – UK expert

Neurologist Professor Mike Barnes wrote the report which convinced UK lawmakers to legalise medical cannabis last year, and now he has some advice for New Zealand lawmakers.

"The priority by far must be to educate our doctors," the Barnes Report author told Newshub Nation.

He says despite huge demand in the UK, only around 22 patients have actually received medical cannabis, with none of those prescriptions coming through the National Health Service.

He blames a lack of education and lingering stigma over cannabis for doctors reluctance to prescribe cannabis medication.

Mon
15
Jul

Medical cannabis is gaining momentum in Asia

With Thailand’s legalization of medical cannabis in February, some experts predict that other Southeast Asian countries may move to decriminalize the plant.

If that happens, it could prove a significant opportunity for investors interested in the space.

Mon
15
Jul

Psychedelic Research — A Scientific Renaissance with Promising Results

We live in a time that many refer to as a psychedelic renaissance, because scientists around the globe are rediscovering the psychedelic substances’ immense potential to heal.

This is the second time that the scientific world has shown interest in psychedelics, but unlike the somewhat questionable research methods of Timothy Leary and his contemporaries during the ’60s, the modern research is done by the book.

I find this newfound scientific interest to be a truly joyous event, because I’ve also experienced the benefits of these compounds first-hand.

What is psychedelic research?

This type of research studies the therapeutic use of psychedelic substances under supervised and guided conditions.

Mon
15
Jul

Study: History of marijuana use associated with lower risk of liver disease

Subjects with a history of cannabis use are less likely than abstainers to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to longitudinal data published in the journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry.

A team of Spanish investigators assessed the relationship between cannabis use and liver steatosis over a three-year period. They determined that those subjects “who reported continuing cannabis use were at lower risk for developing NAFLD.”

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