Confirmed: Colorado is better off after legalising cannabis!

November 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

While the supporters of Amendment 64 have been celebrating the fifth anniversary of the 2012 vote that legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, other groups are continuing to campaign against cannabis, including the Marijuana Accountability Coalition, which paid for an anti-pot billboard downtown this month that asked this question: Are you better off than you were five years ago? Answers Jeremy: [...]

What is the truth behind the child who’s death was linked to cannabis?

November 20th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

For the doctors at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, the 11-month-old’s deathwas a puzzle. He had been largely healthy for most of his young life, but his autopsy revealed that he died of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle that is rare in a child so young. Making the condition even more puzzling, [...]

NBA player Karl-Anthony Towns calls upon the NBA to lift cannabis ban

November 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns believes the NBA should permit the use of medicinal marijuana. In an interview with ESPN published Wednesday, the 22-year-old Towns said he agrees with former NBA Commissioner David Stern’s stance that the drug should be removed from the league’s banned substance list. Towns raised the issue when asked by an ESPN reporter what change [...]

Protect medical cannabis patients from Jeff Sessions!

November 15th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

During a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions admitted his Department of Justice would be required to abide by budget amendments that restrict their use of funding to go after state-legal medical marijuana programs. Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) grilled Sessions on a number of his Reefer Madness talking points including his comments stating marijuana consumers [...]

Will Arkansas see a decline in opioid deaths if they implement medical cannabis?

November 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Will implementation of medical cannabis in Arkansas reduce the use of potentially deadly opioid painkillers? Several medical studies indicate it will, but the conclusion of a recent study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information concludes it will take a one-two punch of medical cannabis and prescription drug monitoring programs to decrease opioid-related mortality. That same [...]

We may not bear the fruits until 2018 but the work towards cannabis tax revenue starts now

November 13th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Edibles, Legalisation, Medical|

The day after Election Day, Chris Lindley was smiling as he picked up campaign signs. It’ll be his easiest task for the foreseeable future, after helping pass Eagle County’s new marijuana tax. Ballot Measure 1A passed with 8,151 votes, 74 percent of the 11,056 ballots cast in the Tuesday, Nov. 7, election. “This is the [...]

Israel reveals plans to become third largest exporter of medicinal cannabis

November 10th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

Israel is set to become the world’s third biggest exporter of medical cannabis, as the global market is set to reach $33 billion in the next seven years. Its government has estimated sales abroad would rake in $1.1 billion a year for the Middle Eastern country. Bio-tech companies based there are preparing to expand production of the [...]

How Europe contributes to the cannabis industry

November 9th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

Poland has just legalised medical cannabis. Germany is considering selling it in pharmacies and dispensaries. Several African nations also are mulling it over. Even the United Kingdom seems to be considering the prospect (though the Prime Minister’s government is opposed, so one should not be surprised if it comes to nought). US Market Hits Speed [...]

Young woman with a brain tumour wants medical cannabis on NHS

November 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

A young woman who is using cannabis to treat her brain tumour is calling for the drug to be made available to patients on the NHS. Kate Munford, 21, had four major surgeries and gruelling courses of chemo and radiotherapy – but was left devastated when her incurable cancerous tumour began to grow back. Her family began looking at [...]

Poland green lights medical cannabis

November 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Polish pharmacists will be allowed to treat people with cannabis after the drug was legalised for medicinal purposes. Under new regulations that came into force on Wednesday cannabis from imported plants can be processed at Polish pharmacies - as long as it has been logged with the country's Office for Registration of Medical Products. Pharmacists are [...]

Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug looking for FDA approval

November 6th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

A CBD-based pharmaceutical drug in development is one more step closer to potential FDA approval. Earlier this week, London-based GW Pharmaceuticals plc, which operates in the United States as Greenwich Biosciences, wrapped up its New Drug Application for Epidiolex, a formulation of the cannabis compound cannabidiol (CBD) for the treatment of seizures associated with two specific [...]

Is cannabis good for your health?

November 3rd, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

On Wednesday, Pennsylvania's health department unveiled a landmark registry for its residents who use medical marijuana. The new website will serve as a one-stop hub connecting patients and caregivers to growers, dispensaries, labs and physicians. More than 100 doctors are already linked to the program, with another 200 currently in training. By May of 2018, applicants should be able [...]

Trump administration shuns evidence that cannabis can help deter opioid abuse

November 2nd, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

Despite the growing body of scientific evidence showing that cannabis access is associated with reductions in opioid use and mortality, the Chairman of the White House’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis today called upon the President to reject any efforts to acknowledge marijuana’s promising role in mitigating opioid abuse and dependency. In a letter sent today [...]

Cancer sufferer thanks cannabis for her cancer shrinking

November 1st, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

A grandmother has claimed a cancerous tumour in her breast has dramatically shrunk since she started taking cannabis oil. Lin Coxon was told she had a 33mm tumour that had invaded lymph nodes and muscle, and she would need eight rounds of chemotherapy followed by a lumpectomy and the removal of all the lymph nodes. [...]

Is California’s medical marijuana legalisation alienating long-term patients?

October 31st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Medical cannabis dispensaries have existed within the state of California for a long time now, so much so that the Golden State is actually somewhat famous for them, but that was during the time of decriminalisation. So, this begs the question, how has everything changed in the age of legalisation? With California on the verge [...]

The demand for the VA to study medical cannabis more in-depth

October 31st, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

Members of the US House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs are demanding the Department of Veterans Affairs facilitate protocols to assess the efficacy of medical cannabis in veterans suffering from chronic pain and post-traumatic stress. Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz, along with nine other Democrat members of the Committee, authored an October 26, 2017 letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin stating: “[The] VA [...]

In very 1980s fashion, Sessions claims that drug addiction begins with cannabis

October 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Speaking at separate events Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump delivered remarks on drug policy that matched messaging straight out of the 1980s. “We’ve got to re-establish first a view that you should say ‘no’ – people should say ‘no’ to drug abuse,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at the Heritage Foundation, echoing [...]

Cannabis oil cures woman’s sciatica within hours

October 27th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

A woman who spent 13 years in crippling pain that reduced her to tears says she has been cured thanks to cannabis oil. Brenda Davidson says she is virtually pain free since using the oil, which is legally available because it doesn’t contain THC. A day after trying her firstdrop of the oil she said: [...]

Congress calls for research into cannabis for army veterans

October 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

Members of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs are urging Veterans Administration Secretary David Shulkin to ensure the VA’s research and development office fulfills “its stated mission,” by allowing research into the effects of marijuana on military veterans suffering from chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. The letter, issued Thursday, was signed by all 10 [...]

British teen boy saved from ‘brink of death’ by his mother buying illegal cannabis

October 24th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

Deryn Blackwell, from Norfolk, was sent to a hospice shortly after his 14th birthday to live out his final few days. He was frail and in extraordinary pain after a relentless battle with a one in a billion form of cancer, Langerhans cell sarcoma. But after his parents secretly gave him cannabis oil to ease his [...]

Cannabis users less likely to suffer from fatty liver disease

October 23rd, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

Adults with a history of cannabis use are less likely to suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) than are those who have not used the substance, according to data published online in the journal PLoS One. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most prevalent form of liver disease, affecting an estimated 80 to 100 million people in [...]

Jeff Sessions wants more competition among medical cannabis researchers

October 19th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said there should be “more competition” among growers who supply marijuana for federal research, though he said he thought the current applicant pool of 26 was too many. His statement came in response to a question from Sen. Orrin Hatch, [...]

Even MP’s have joined the cannabis tea party protest outside Parliament

October 18th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

MPs and activists gathered outside Parliament for a “cannabis tea party” demanding the legalisation of the drug for medicinal purposes. Organised by the United Patients Alliance, a group that hopes to legalise the drug for those suffering from chronic conditions, including multiple sclerosis (MS), the Labour MPs Paul Flynn and Tonia Antoniazzi appeared alongside the [...]

An apprehensive medical cannabis doctor practising in the heart of the bible belt

October 17th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

As Dr. Joseph Parker sees it, he has little choice except to prescribe medical marijuana — even though doing so may raise some eyebrows in Texarkana, Ark. “I was reluctant initially to agree to prescribe it, because you know anytime there’s a change in policy, whichever doctors agree to consider it first, people who disagree [...]

California set to earn $2.68 billion from medical cannabis alone in 2017

October 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

To understand Californians’ favorite methods for ingesting cannabis, Joshua Hoffman likens it to the different ways of experiencing music. Think of smoking cannabis flowers like attending a live concert, he said. The second most popular method — vape pens — is like listening to a CD on high-end speakers. “The flower is the musician with [...]

In light of recent wildfires, where does Northern California’s pot industry go?

October 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

The devastating and deadly wildfires in Northern California could hardly have come at a worse time for the region’s well-established and highly respected cannabis industry. Growers in the area, famous for its world-class quality cannabis, were in the midst of their autumn harvest as the wildfires tore through Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties — leaving in their wake a rising death toll, millions [...]

Adults access to cannabis in Colorado has seen decline in opioid deaths

October 16th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Retail cannabis distribution in Colorado is associated with a reduction in opioid-related mortality, according to data published online ahead of print in The American Journal of Public Health. A team of investigators from the University of North Texas School of Public Health, the University of Florida, and Emory University compared changed in the prevalence of monthly opioid-related deaths [...]

Progress on cannabis sales proposal in Moreno Valley

October 12th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Moreno Valley is moving forward with a proposal that would allow recreational and medical cannabis sales along with other related activities. At the end of a Tuesday, Oct. 10, study session, City Council members asked officials from the Inland Empire city to bring them an ordinance that would allow for the sales, cultivation, manufacturing and testing [...]

DFA begins to reply to medical cannabis applications

October 4th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

The state Department of Finance & Administration’s legal team is notifying nearly 100 companies who applied to win one of the eight highly sought-after pot-growing greenhouse licenses to let them know if their proposals have cleared the state’s first hurdle. “Our legal team has made it through the 98 cultivation applications and notified applicants on [...]

Man who produced cannabis oil to an ailing boy faces hefty charges

October 2nd, 2017|CBD, Medical|

A man who made cannabis oil for a Colorado boy who was instrumental in passing a state law requiring schools to allow students to use medical marijuana is facing several felony drug charges. Mark Pedersen had been providing the oil to Jack Splitt before the boy’s Aug. 25, 2016, death.Jack, who was 15 when he died, had severe [...]

Cannabis working wonders for Aston Villa star’s brain-damaged niece

October 2nd, 2017|CBD, Medical|

Cannabis, the wonder drug that could, would and can but is often not given the time of day by medical professionals to work its wonders. However, there are some cases where cannabis can strut its medicinal stuff, where it is allowed to realise some of its largely untapped potential. Such is the case with 6 [...]

Washington State’s updated legalised cannabis findings

September 25th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Washington has had access to legalised cannabis for some time now, being one of the first major states with some sort of cannabis reform, kicking the door down and setting a precedent for other states to follow. Since then, there has been numerous major instances of cannabis being legalised across the country. However, it is [...]

Cannabis is helping Seattle cancer patients deal with pain and stress

September 25th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

It's been a while since Washington State legalised marijuana, yet it is a state which is often overlooked when it comes to the cannabis conversation. Nonetheless, cannabis is widely used particularly in the city of Seattle, with it being applied in numerous scenarios to help patients cope with illness and whatever grievances or stresses which [...]

What led to Trudeau’s decision to legalize cannabis?

September 22nd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

When Trudeau announced his decision to legalize marijuana in Canada (set to take effect in 2018), Trump-fearing Americans vowed to seek refuge with our Northern neighbors. So what brought Trudeau to his decision to repeal prohibition? You know what they say: behind every great man there’s even greater, weed-loving woman. In November of 2012, two NORML Canada board members, [...]

Study finds cannabis smokers are less likely to move on to harder drugs

September 22nd, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

But cannabis is a gateway drug, isn't it? At least that is what people have been claiming, rather bizarrely and with little evidence to suggest as much, for a number of years now. Everyone who has ever smoked cannabis or even someone who has actually researched into the effects off cannabis knows there is very [...]

Sessions reaffirms his harsh marijuana stance

September 21st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

If we needed any confirmation that Jeff Sessions is an antagonist to cannabis industry insiders or consumers then look no further. Since even his boss (POTUS Donald Trump) spoke publicly about his disapproval of the Attorney General, Sessions has showed no signs of changing his ways, even going so far as to threaten and attempt [...]

The American Legion ramps up campaign for further research into cannabis as medicine

September 21st, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

American's veterans are national treasures, however, their needs constantly go unnoticed by the government. One in particular, the right to access medical cannabis for disorders such as PTSD which have arisen from their time in service, has been campaigned for and asked for now for a number of years, and it seems progress may be [...]

What’s going on with West Virginia’s cannabis program?

September 20th, 2017|Legalisation, Medical|

West Virginia has taken a rather positive stance on medical cannabis, following a bill which past in the last congressional session, now, however, comes the hard part. I am, of course, referring to the implementation and practical application of medical cannabis to be used by and be available to those in need and eligible.  Following the [...]

Louisiana cannabis patients may get access by the middle of next year

September 19th, 2017|Legalisation, Medical|

Cannabis is cropping up everywhere now, naturally, the implementation of cannabis into local economies can be a time-consuming process. Bearing this in mind, it is great to see states taking the right precautions and showing the correct attitude. Which is what Louisiana appears to be doing with it's forthcoming cannabis program, fresh off medical cannabis [...]

Medical cannabis has lead to lower prescribed drug use

September 19th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

The opioid crisis is beginning to recede, as more patients kick their opiates to the curb in favour of more safe and effective medicines such as medicinal cannabis which is now readily available in many states. But, how exactly is this battle fairing? Is victory in sight? Chronic pain patients enrolled in a statewide medical [...]

Arizona University looking to study (and pay) legal cannabis smokers

September 18th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

We always say that there is a real need fort more studies and more in-depth research into cannabis and effects on people. Well now that cannabis is legal in Arizona, the local University is looking to study people who smoke cannabis and discuss their habits with them. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. [...]

Can you get physical withdrawal from marijuana?

September 14th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

With the opioid crisis quickly getting out of hand, now seems the right time to fully start integrating cannabis as a widely accepted and utilised alternative to opiates. The main problem with opioids is that they are highly addictive, which has led to many patients prescribed pain-relief drugs are now dependant upon them. This has [...]

Orrin Hatch backed MEDS Act seeks to relax laws on cannabis research

September 14th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Cannabis research should be allowed to take place, not only that, but it should be encouraged. This is not simply from a 'pro-cannabis' perspective but simply from a medical and general perspective, as we have already seen the benefits CBD can have in a number of areas s it really just makes sense for scientists [...]

The negative impact of Michigan dispensary closures

September 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

If you haven't heard, Michigan is upending, changing, it's cannabis laws so as to implement new measures, taxes and regulations. While this may seem like a positive step which makes the industry more stable, it does provide a few, short-term, problems. Michigan is giving medical marijuana businesses until Dec. 15 to close or potentially risk [...]

THC vs CBD – Which is more successful for pain relief?

September 12th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

THC and CBD are the two major substances derived from cannabis, CBD is the part which is generally associated with medical use, however, there has been an increased usage of THC to ease mental illness. Neither of this determines which is or which isn't more effective in terms of pain relief but with evolving medical [...]

Why is CBD not used for wider pain relief?

September 11th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

CBD is this, seemingly, wondrous medicine that has proven healing capabilities yet it is only properly used by those who are 'in the know', why is this? Cannabidiol or CBD is an extract from cannabis which offers no psychoactive effects upon the person who uses it, unlike its similarly initialised brother THC. This is not [...]

Meet the former NFL player who doesn’t go anywhere without his CBD patch pain reliever

September 11th, 2017|CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

A number of athletes and the like have been vying for the opportunity to use CBD and cannabis-related products to help in the healing process for their strained muscles and bones. There has been much deliberation and discussion from governing bodies of multiple sports pertaining to whether athletes should be allowed to use CBD related [...]

Federal protections for medical cannabis expected to hold up until at least December

September 11th, 2017|Legalisation, Medical|

Knowing there are measures and protections being taken to protect the medical marijuana industry from the the hand of the federal law puts you somewhat at ease. In recent weeks, new fears have arisen over the prospect of these protections being lifted, removed or avoided by feds so they can get at cannabis easier. However, [...]

First ever medical marijuana permit for Texas

September 7th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Texas is the biggest state in the USA and is, generally, a conservative stronghold which means that while there has been a level of cannabis reform, laws are still somewhat strict. However, this has not stopped businesses applying for licenses, and it looks like at least one has finally succeeded. Texas has issued its first [...]

British cancer sufferer to appear in court for growing potentially lifesaving cannabis

September 4th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Cannabis is still very much illegal in the United Kingdom, yet there is the question of whether or not law enforcement is really all that bothered about weed, particularly pertaining to smaller, more personal quantities. This makes it all the stranger when incidents like the one I am about to discuss occur, in this case, [...]

Florida Republican Matt Gaetz has plans to protect cannabis research

September 4th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

Cannabis research is something which, while there is a fair enough of it, should be encouraged as it may provide important medical findings. Scientists researching marijuana work under the fear of persecution and potentially prosecution from feds, however, this should not be the case. Cannabis has proven medical qualities yet it is quite easy to [...]

Looking into a study that found trauma patients who smoke cannabis have lower mortality rate

August 31st, 2017|Medical|

Cannabis is often called a 'miracle drug' and other such superlatives pertaining to the wondrous potential and actually proven capabilities of cannabis. There have been many studies into cannabis potential, but much of this research has never really been utilised to it's optimum potential. Perhaps, the study which is about to be discussed will change this, [...]

American Legion backs wider access to medical marijuana for veterans

August 30th, 2017|Legalisation, Medical|

The argument of whether all military veterans should be allowed access to medical cannabis always seemed somewhat trivial, in short: how is it even up for debate? It seems a real no-brainer, given that veterans are a minority in terms of the American populous, it seems like something that could be easily controlled and regulated [...]

Marijuana may be key to reducing the risk of having a stroke according to a major new study

August 30th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

The medical properties of marijuana are scientific fact, essentially, yet the public is still not completely convinced, even after study after study, finding after finding, members of the public and government bodies still need convincing that cannabis is not simply a way to get high! The most recent in a long line of medical studies [...]

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