A campaign to get more Pennsylvania doctors to be able to prescribe medical marijuana

March 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s announcement of new medical marijuana guidelines for doctors interested in certifying patients for treatment could well be a game changer in advancing this alternative to traditional pain relief. Under Pennsylvania’s 2016 law, patients with 17 qualifying medical conditions must be doctor-certified to apply for a state-issued medical marijuana card. But statewide, only [...]

CBD dubbed next big thing at trade show

March 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Medical|

Soy milk, almond butter, kale chips, chai … CBD. Natural products businesses are no strangers to ferrying once-unknown ingredients and supplements into the mainstream, and if the prognosticators at the industry’s largest trade show are correct, cannabidiol could be “the next big thing.” The cannabis compound took center stage at Natural Products Expo West on [...]

Federal prosecutors will not take on small cannabis cases despite Sessions cannabis claims

March 14th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Federal prosecutors won’t take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Justice Department’s decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday. Federal law enforcement lacks the resources to take on “routine cases” and will [...]

New Jersey Governor reaffirms his cannabis reform pledge

March 14th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

During a budget address on Tuesday, March 13th, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy doubled down on his commitment to legalize marijuana in the Garden State this year. A budget overview document released in tandem with his address states that “this Administration plans to legalize adult-use marijuana by January 1, 2019. The State will also move forward with [...]

Cannabis may be the solution to older people’s alcohol problems

March 12th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

I heard some gossip recently about a sixtysomething Madonna-era DJ who had to be sectioned by his PR last summer at a music festival because he’d taken so many drugs. Also whooping it up at that festival was a former pop star “completely off his nana” on booze. Which may sound funny, but his friends [...]

Support grows for proposed cannabis initiative in Michigan

March 7th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

More than six in ten Michigan voters endorse a proposed statewide ballot initiative legalizing the adult use and sale of cannabis. According to polling data compiled by the EPIC-MRA polling research firm and commissioned by Michigan NORML, 61 percent of voters say that they would vote yes on the measure “if the election were held today.” That percentage [...]

The UK is the largest exporter of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes claims UN report

March 6th, 2018|Cannabis, Medical|

This came as a massive shock to me, as I imagine it will to many reading this, particularly those who live in the UK, honestly who knew that Britain was the largest exporter of cannabis for medical and scientific uses in the world? Stop me if I'm being naive, but I genuinely had no inclination [...]

Idaho stamps out CBD bill

March 6th, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

A proposal to legalize oil extracted from cannabis plants is likely dead for the year after a group of lawmakers broke out in turmoil during a last-minute attempt to advance the bill. Republican Sen. Tony Potts on Monday asked the Senate Health and Welfare Committee to give HB 577 a hearing. However, Potts was quickly gaveled [...]

Cannabis could be beneficial in treating fibromyalgia

March 6th, 2018|Cannabis, Medical|

Fibromyalgia is a potentially debilitating illness which causes muscle fatigue and in some cases can massively hinder the sufferers movement and mobility. Medical treatment of such an illness usually includes a plethora of prescription drugs and pills, however, with increased emphasis on reducing opioid and prescription drug usage, it may only be a matter of [...]

Trump suggests harsher penalties for drug dealers and alludes to a solution to the drug crisis

March 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

President Donald Trump said Thursday the “ultimate penalty” may be in order for drug dealers because the nation’s drug problem will never be solved without a show of strength and toughness. The comments were Trump’s most explicit on the matter to date. He previously has alluded to death for drug dealers by noting that some [...]

Studies indicate that access to cannabis has led to lower opioid usage

March 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

Patients routinely reduce or eliminate their use of prescription opiates following the use of medical cannabis; two recently published studies reaffirm this relationship. In the first study, published by the Minnesota Department of Health, investigators assessed the prescription drug use patterns of 2,245 intractable pain patients participating in the state’s medical cannabis access program. Among those patients known [...]

The new cannabis drug that can cut the risk of an epileptic fit in half in over 40% of sufferers

March 1st, 2018|Cannabis, Medical|

A supplement derived from cannabis halves the risk of suffering a seizure in 44 percent of epilepsy sufferers, new research suggests. Taking cannabidiol (CBD) alongside the commonly-prescribed medication clobazam also makes 10 percent of epilepsy patients drug-free, a US study found. The dual treatment also enables up to 26 percent of sufferers to reduce their medications' [...]

New bill in UK could see millions receiving access to cannabis to help relieve pain

February 27th, 2018|Cannabis, Medical|

For much of my adult life I’ve had to rise each morning and battle multiple sclerosis. Sometimes it’s a thankless task – my legs scissored together, locked in spasm as I fight to break free of its stranglehold. I’m convinced cannabis has allowed me to live more of a normal life than would have been possible [...]

Virginia: Cannabis oil is one step closer to being available for medical patients

February 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

A bill that would allow physicians to prescribe a form of medical marijuana to patients suffering from a variety of serious diseases seems headed toward passage Thursday on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates, and both Republican and Democratic sponsors say they believe it will become law. The legislation would permit the use [...]

No links found between cannabis smoke exposure and poor lung health

January 31st, 2018|Cannabis, Medical|

We all know that smoking cigarettes is bad for your health and the health of those around you(potentially), particularly your lungs, and most people use that fact as a basis to claim that smoke from cannabis is similarly detrimental. This has long thought to be incorrect by many and now it has seemingly been proved [...]

$670 million deal sees Canadian cannabis companies go international

January 30th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Canadian cannabis is on the up and up, in fact this year alone it's potential trajectory has skyrocketed meaning it is on course for a very good couple of years. Another day, another near-billion-dollar deal in Canada’s marijuana industry. Aphria Inc. agreed to buy Nuuvera Inc., a global cannabis company based in Brampton, Ontario, for [...]

Rest in peace Dennis Peron, the individual most responsible for bringing medical marijuana to California

January 30th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

It is with heavy heart that today we discuss the loss of a true cannabis industry pioneer and revolutionary. Dennis Peron lived a long and colourful life and he will be remembered by many for his achievements and his devotion to the causes he supported. Peron was perhaps best known for his involvement in the [...]

Will the X Games become more weed-friendly in Aspen?

January 29th, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

When you hold an extreme sports competition in a very cannabis-friendly location, does this mean the two will mix together? Truly, that remains to be seen, however, it would not be the first time that winter sports have had a connection to cannabis as in 1998 at the Winter Olympic Games, Ross Rebagliati, a professional [...]

New Jersey Governor calls for cannabis program review

January 26th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

What a time to live in New Jersey right? Yeah their new governor Phil Murphy seems like a great guy, before getting into office he often mentioned modernising and evolving the states medical cannabis program, and it would appear he is waisting no time and is getting straight to work. Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy signed an [...]

Signs that France may relax it’s cannabis laws

January 24th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

France's fight against cannabis, through tough laws to punish users, has long been a failure -- the French remain among Europe's biggest dope smokers. So will a change of strategy under President Emmanuel Macron have more success? And the new centrist government is preparing to soften legislation, making users caught with cannabis liable for an [...]

Medical cannabis protections extended further in conjunction with short-term Federal Budget Agreement

January 24th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

So cannabis is in a bit of an uncertain place in America at present, on one hand you have Vermont becoming the 9th state to legalise adult marijuana possession and cultivation and on the other you have Jeff Sessions getting rid of the Cole Memo and eager to bring the long arm of the law down on [...]

Young girl suffering from leukaemia now back in school after judge rules it ok for her to take marijuana into class

January 23rd, 2018|Cannabis, Medical|

Ashley Surin, 11, of Schaumburg in Illinois, suffers from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.   She was diagnosed in 2008 and underwent a course of chemotherapy and spinal injections which sent the cancer into remission. However, one of the injections caused her to suffer from seizures. She’s been battling them since the age of two. Ashley tried a [...]

There are many chronically ill patients for whom cannabis may ease the pain

January 18th, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

Patients who depend on cannabis to ease their pain have spoken out after Wales' AMs voted to lobby the UK Government to legalise the drug for medicinal use. The chronically-ill sufferers say the drug eases their pain and the current drugs law turns them into criminals. Assembly Members on Wednesday heard their pleas and backed [...]

Will cannabis be the most valuable skincare ingredient?

January 17th, 2018|Cannabis, Medical|

By the looks of things, 2018 is going to be a very big year for cannabis. Not only are there plans for legalisation, and also the mounting opposition to Jeff Sessions but apparently cannabis may become a hot commodity in the cosmetics industry. You can already buy face creams and other such things which contain [...]

Cannabis should be available to medical patients in Britain to prevent unreasonable prosecution

January 17th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Calls for legal or medical cannabis in Britain have really been ramped up over the past couple of months as more and more people recognise the medical potential of the plant. Some have even called for marijuana in general or just CBD to be available on the NHS.  Cannabis should be available on prescription to [...]

Cannabis users forced to choose between marijuana and firearms

January 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Cannabis and guns are hardly Bonnie and Clyde, not exactly a notorious combination if you check the facts of the matter. Multiple studies have shown that cannabis users are, on the whole, less violent, which makes it all the more strange that the government would want us to make the choice of which is more important. [...]

Canada’s cannabis industry going full steam ahead in 2018 with corporate deals on the table

January 9th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Canada is scheduled to legalize recreational cannabis in 2018 and dealmaking in the corporate sector is already off to a busy start. First, we have The Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD), a licensed producer with 970,000 ft.² of available growing space in Ontario and Quebec. On Friday, mega-grower Aurora Cannabis announced plans to purchase an almost 18 percent [...]

Is cannabis this year’s hottest cosmetic secret?

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Medical|

It may seem strange, especially for people in Birtain, for us to continue reposting and reporting on things which find their origins in tabloid newspapers, however, articles like the one you are about to read really show the progress that the British people, and the world at large, have made in terms of how cannabis [...]

Here’s what the experts have to say about Jeff Sessions’ cannabis policy

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Edibles, Legalisation, Medical|

Days after California became the largest U.S. state to initiate regulated sales of cannabis to adults, a wave of uncertainty has crashed over America’s cannabis industry with the Justice Department’s elimination of Obama-era guidance on marijuana enforcement. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move Thursday to rescind the Cole Memo and related guidance on marijuana has the potential to upend cannabis [...]

Will Oklahoma voters agree with new medical cannabis ballot initiative?

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Oklahoma voters will decide this June on State Question 788 — a statewide ballot measure legalizing the use, cultivation, and distribution of medical cannabis to qualified patients. Oklahomans will vote on the issue on June 26 during the primary election. Republican Mary Fallin set the date via an executive proclamation, issued yesterday. State Question 788 permits physicians to recommend cannabis [...]

Scientists rush to unlock the secrets of cannabis as Vets demand marijuana for PTSD

January 4th, 2018|Cannabis, Medical|

Elvis Alonzo began smoking cannabis as a last resort. Three years as a Marine Corps officer and 13 years with the Glendale Police Department in Arizona—where he was exposed to murders, suicides and people dying in his arms—had left him emotionally crippled. Toward the end of his police service, doctors diagnosed Alonzo with post-traumatic stress [...]

Export approval gives Australia the opportunity to be the world’s largest supplier of medicinal marijuana

January 4th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Australia’s budding medicinal cannabis sector is set for a major windfall after winning approval to begin exports. The health minister, Greg Hunt, said allowing medicinal cannabis product exports will help the developing domestic market to grow. “By helping the domestic manufacturers to expand, this, in turn, helps to ensure an ongoing supply of medicinal cannabis products [...]

Aurora Cannabis, Canada’s premier medical marijuana producer, posts staggering November revenue

January 3rd, 2018|Cannabis, Medical|

Canadian medical marijuana maker Aurora Cannabis Inc said on Tuesday it sold cannabis worth C$3.1 million ($2.5 million) in November, its highest ever, helped by strong demand for its products. Aurora said it sold 354 kilograms of cannabis in Canada and Germany in the month. Canada is set to legalize the production, sale and consumption [...]

Britain’s unwillingness to seriously discuss cannabis reform defies logic

January 3rd, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

There was great hilarity in the Johnston household on Christmas Day when the oldest member of our festive family gathering received an unlikely present: cannabis. Before the Met Police send their drugs squad round to confiscate the spliffs, I hasten to add that this was in the form of something called CBD oil, a compound [...]

New study debunks the myth that cannabis makes you less motivated

January 3rd, 2018|Cannabis, Medical|

Neither the occasional nor the heavy use of marijuana by adolescents is associated with decreased motivation, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the journal Substance Use & Misuse. A team of Florida International University researchers assessed the relationship between cannabis use and motivation in 79 adolescent subjects. Participants consisted of both long-term regular consumers [...]

Scotland set to reap millions from new cannabis industry

January 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

SCOTLAND is set for a multi-million pound boon from the cannabis industry after a worldwide health agency confirmed that the drug provides medicinal relief for a range of ailments. Researchers have examined the health properties of Cannabidiol (CBD) – which is the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana – and ruled that there is now evidence to [...]

Mike Tyson plans on entering the cannabis industry in a big way after California legalisation

January 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Mike Tyson plans to open a cannabis ranch after the drug was legalised for recreational use in California. The former undisputed heavyweight world champion , along with his two business partners, will open the property on a 40-acre plot 60 miles southwest of Death Valley National Park. Tyson Ranch will allow growers to cultivate their crop [...]

The Guardian launches it’s own cannabis column, check out the first one here

January 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

Today, California becomes the world’s largest legal marijuana market. It’s not the first American state to go fully legal, but with its outsized cultural influence and economy larger than France, it’s about to do for cannabis what Hollywood did for celluloid and Silicon Valley did for the semi-conductor. Already, 30 US states have legalized medical marijuana (Med). [...]

More pregnant women are smoking cannabis, but to what risk?

December 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

More women – especially younger women – are testing positive for marijuana use during pregnancy in northern California, according to a new study. The research letter, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzed the results of urine tests administered during standard prenatal care of 280,000 women enrolled in the Kaiser Permanente Northern [...]

New study reveals the parts of cannabis which will be useful in treating psychosis

December 29th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

Psychiatric patients treated with a substance found in cannabis, cannabidiol, showed a significant reduction in psychotic symptoms and were also more likely to be rated as “improved” by their psychiatrist, our latest study shows. Psychotic disorders affect two to three per cent of the population. They usually begin in early adulthood and the symptoms can be lifelong. Patients typically experience [...]

British Grandmother says that CBD has almost rid her of cancer

December 28th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

A grandmother who had a malignant tumour in her breast which measured 33mm says it has now almost gone after taking cannabis oil. Now Lin Coxon, of Willington, is sharing her story with the Government to see if they will fund a medical trial testing cannabis oil on patients while they are waiting for cancer [...]

Can medical cannabis benefit dogs?

December 27th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

Alison Ettel, MBA, has never got high for fun, but she'd like to feed your dog cannabis. Why? Alison is the CEO of TreatWell Health, a Californian firm making medical marijuana products for people - and their canines. Her rivals include Treatibles, which sells a hemp oil "for animals of all kinds", and Pet Releaf, [...]

High-quality medical cannabis readily available from state to state

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

Around a third of all Florida residents, or some 6 million people, could qualify to use medical cannabis, so there’s good reason for the Sunshine State to be the initial focus for Liberty Health Sciences (CSE:LHS). “Florida is one of the most populated states in the U.S., but it also offers quite a diverse amount of chronic [...]

Meet the 70 year-old woman who claims cannabis is the key to feeling well

December 21st, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Edibles, Legalisation, Medical|

Ever sat and wondered what the secret to a long and healthy life is? Well wonder no more, because one grandmother reckons that she has the answer… cannabis.   Yes, Carol Francey, 70, said she has been smoking weed for five decades and ‘feels as fit as a fiddle’. In fact, she loves the plant so [...]

Advocates of cannabis for veterans aren’t convinced Department of Veteran’s Affairs are doing enough

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

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs earlier this month issued a new directive for clinical programs that frees its doctors and pharmacists to discuss marijuana with military vets taking part in state-approved medical marijuana programs. The directive, dated Dec. 8 and first reported by Forbes, changes policy to support “the Veteran – (health) provider relationship when [...]

California issues first licenses for state-sanctioned marijuana growers

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

Hawaii-based company just got the first temporary license to grow state-sanctioned cannabis in California starting Jan. 1. The Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis division started accepting applications for temporary licenses Monday. It issued the first license that same day to Aloha Green Harvest for a small indoor grow, which can be 5,001 to 5,000 [...]

A study gives more evidence that CBD is effective in treating psychosis

December 20th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

The daily administration of CBD (cannabidiol) as an adjunctive therapy mitigates psychotic symptoms in patients with schizophrenia, according to clinical trial data published online ahead of print in The American Journal of Psychiatry. British researchers assessed the adjunctive use of CBD compared to placebo over a six-week period in a randomized trial of 88 schizophrenic patients. Participants ingested 1000mg of [...]

British teen who missed 8 years of school due to chronic fatigue is recovering thanks to cannabis

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

A teenager who missed eight years of school due to chronic fatigue has made an astonishing recovery after taking cannabis oil, his mum says. Tom Bethell's family say his life has been transformed since he started taking daily drops of cannabidiol or CBD, a legal form of cannabis. Tom, 15, from Norfolk, hasn't been to school for [...]

WHO deems medical marijuana totally safe for use

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

Advocates of medical marijuana in the Philippines found an unexpected ally in the World Health Organization (WHO) when it announced that the use of the substance benefits humans and animals without the risk of addiction. WHO, the international public health agency of the United Nations, officially recommended on Dec. 14 that cannabidiol (CBD), the relaxant [...]

Cannabis regulators hard at work implementing legal pot rules in Boston

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

From "cannabis cafes" to "craft cooperatives," regulators have been laying out a vision for what a potential multibillion dollar recreational marijuana industry might look like when retail sales begin next year in Massachusetts. The Cannabis Control Commission reached tentative agreement over the past week on an array of rules and regulations required to implement the [...]

Cannabis is helping Olivia Newton-John in her second battle with cancer

December 15th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

Olivia, 69, told The Today Show she was using medical marijuana to help her through the pain. She explained: “ I take a lot of natural herbs and healing remedies and also medicinal cannabis that's helped me a lot. “'Initially I had a lot of pain. I don't have pain now.” Olivia’s husband John Easterling [...]

CBD could be a major turning point in the treatment of psychosis

December 15th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

A key component of medical marijuana could provide an “entirely new” type of treatment for mental health patients suffering with hallucinations and delusions. The first clinical trial exploring the effects of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the major psychoactive compounds in cannabis, found that it could relieve symptoms in patients with psychosis. CBD has a broadly opposite effect to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol [...]

Cannabis cafes and more may be on the horizon for Massachusetts

December 14th, 2017|Cannabis, Edibles, Legalisation, Medical|

The legal sale and consumption of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts came into much clearer focus this week, as state regulators said they are ready to authorize a wide variety of locations where consumers can buy and consume cannabis. Cannabis officials took preliminary votes to allow marijuana “bars” or cafes where cannabis products can be consumed [...]

World Health Organisation finalises CBD rules

December 14th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

The use of the naturally occurring cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) possesses no likely abuse potential and therefore should not be subject to international drug scheduling restrictions, according to recommendations finalized today by the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. Concludes WHO: “Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic [...]

Cannabis could benefit the mental health of HIV patients

December 13th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

Cannabis could prevent mental decline in up to 50 percent of HIV sufferers, new research reveals. Patients who use marijuana have fewer inflammatory white blood cells, which are involved in the immune system, a study found. This could save infected people from mental decline, which affects up to 50 percent of sufferers due to ongoing [...]

No health concerns arise from CBD use study finds

December 12th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

The use of the naturally occurring cannabinoid CBD is safe, well tolerated, and is not associated with any significant adverse public health effects, according to the findings of a preliminary reportcompiled by the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence. Authors of the report declare that CBD is “not associated with abuse potential” and that it does [...]

Federal medical cannabis protection extension is only temporary

December 11th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Congressional leadership voted to enact a two-week continuing resolution that maintains present federal spending levels and priorities through December 22, 2017. The resolution extends medical cannabis patient protections imposed by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment until that date. The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own [...]

Cannabis nasal spray is now a thing

December 8th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

When listing off drugs you can snort up your nose, marijuana usually doesn’t make the list. But with cannabinoid-spiked nasal sprays, that’s now possible, though it might not be any different than smoking. Homemade cannabis nasal sprays have existed on the fringes of the medical weed market for years now, but a Colorado company recently released a [...]

Medical cannabis is safe, for now

December 8th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

The House on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill. The measure passed mostly along party lines, 235-193, and would keep the government running through Dec. 22. The Senate was expected to swiftly [...]

Ohio officials want to freeze license of cannabis grower

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

A chorus of state and local officials on Wednesday called for a freeze on state-issued medical marijuana growers'  licenses after learning one of the consultants hired to grade license applications is a convicted drug dealer. "It’s possible that this just looks horrible and there's not a problem, but I wouldn’t put money on that,'' according to State [...]

Oregon pot shops switch to recreational as medical cannabis sales drop

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

A medical marijuana card used to be the key to buying and possessing pot in Oregon. But the rise of recreational marijuana is making the cards primarily valuable only as a discount card, and not a necessity to buy, said Sam Elkington, owner of Track Town Collective in Glenwood. The card exempts the buyer from [...]

Cannabis to aid with weight loss

December 6th, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

If you’ve heard rumors about “skinny pot” or “the marijuana diet,” you may be wondering if weed can help in personal weight management or dieting. Cannabis has long been associated with stimulating the appetite, but as we learn more about the many compounds marijuana plants produce (like tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) – a cannabinoid known to curb [...]

Shoppers Drug Mart to begin stocking medical cannabis, pending Health Canada’s approval

December 5th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Canadian medical marijuana company Aphria announced on Monday it will supply Shoppers Drug Mart with medical cannabis to be sold online. If Health Canada approves the pharmacy’s application to become a licensed producer, the deal will be one of the first of its kind ahead of the legalization of recreational cannabis by next summer. The [...]

Pam St Clement now uses cannabis every day to cope with her arthritis

December 4th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Medical|

Pam St. Clement as revealed that she uses medicinal cannabis every day. The former EastEnders star, who played Pat Butcher on the soap, uses cannabis-infused oil to soothe aches and pains. The 75-year-old actress suffers from Polymyalgia rheumatica, a form of arthritis which causes pain and stiffness in the shoulders and thighs.   It is common [...]

Maryland MMJ patients relieved as first dispensary opens

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

Maryland began the sale of medical marijuana to residents in pain on Friday, ending years of delays by embarking on a program that features some of the most liberal policies in the nation on who can qualify for cannabis products. Dozens of people stood outside a licensed dispensary, Potomac Holistics, where owners began making sales [...]

Ohio announces who can grow medical cannabis

December 1st, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

The tiny village of Mount Orab and the city of Akron are among diverse locations of the 12 large growers Ohio picked Thursday to participate in its medical marijuana program. In announcing the large cultivators and a final small grower, the state rounded out the list of 24 companies authorized to produce medicinal crops under [...]

UK: East Ayrshire Council member backs medical cannabis

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

A leading East Ayrshire Council member has given his backing to the legalisation of cannabis for medical use. In a remarkably frank interview, Councillor Jim Todd said tobacco and alcohol are more significant contributors to health and social ills than the class B drug. And following a vote in favour of drug policy reform by [...]

66 members of Congress urge Senate to maintain medical cannabis protection

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

Today, sixty-six members of Congress representing both Republicans and Democrats sent a letter to Speaker Ryan, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, Leader Pelosi, and Leader Schumer urging them to maintain the federal protections for the 46 states that have implemented some form of medical cannabis programs throughout the country. This comes on the same day the [...]

Is this definitive proof that cannabis is better for you than alcohol?

November 29th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

If you've ever wondered which is worse, booze or weed, it appears that science finally has the answer. A comprehensive round-up of studies by the team over at IFLScience appears to show that cannabis really isn't as bad for you as alcohol is. It's also apparently much less addictive. For example, a study of the drug habits [...]

Could recreational cannabis in New Jersey impact Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis industry?

November 28th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

The prospects for legal weed in New Jersey are looking better than ever after voters elected Phil Murphy to the governor’s office this month. But while the Garden State is eagerly anticipating the great financial opportunities that legal cannabis will bring, some members of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana industry are worried that easy access to recreational weed [...]

Another study, this time from New Mexico, finds legalising medicinal cannabis will reduce opioid use

November 28th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

University of New Mexico researchers say the legal availability of medical marijuana has the potential to reduce opioid use among chronic pain patients. The work of associate psychology professor Jacob Miguel Vigil and assistant economics professor Sarah See Stith was recently published in the journal PLOS ONE. The results indicate a strong correlation between enrollment in New [...]

Number of CBD users in UK has skyrocketed this year

November 27th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

The number of cannabis oil users across the UK has doubled in the space of one year, startling new figures reveal. Regulatory body data shows there are now 250,000 users across the home nations - up from the 125,000 recorded this time last year. Cannabis Trades Association UK also states there are now around 1,000 [...]

Plan for a Swiss cannabis farm to supply across Europe

November 27th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

In fields across Switzerland the harvest time for cannabis is coming to an end, and workers are distributing the crop to shops in France and Switzerland. Soon, the plants could be available across much of Europe. The man behind the operation is 31-year-old Jonas Duclos, a former banker, and what he is doing is legal. His [...]

Why Britain’s NHS should be prescribing CBD

November 27th, 2017|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

With vast numbers of people taking addictive and hazardous prescription painkillers, more investment needs to be made into natural, cannabis-derived alternatives like CBD. Anyone who has suffered from chronic pain will know that the effect on your life can be extremely corrosive. Next time you see someone walking down the street looking miserable, consider this: [...]

Pittsburgh medical cannabis groups prepare for final push toward opening day

November 24th, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

PurePenn CEO Gabe Perlow says construction of the group’s 21,000-square-foot medical marijuana facility on a former McKeesport mill site was going smoothly this fall — that is, until they started excavating 6 feet of ground for the foundation. “Below 3 feet, we started hitting solid concrete,” he said earlier this week. They also ran into [...]

San Diego’s legal growers plan to concentrate on three areas of the city

November 23rd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Most of San Diego’s pot farms and marijuana manufacturing sites will be concentrated in three areas of the city: Mira Mesa, Kearny Mesa and near the Mexican border. More than 85 percent of such businesses proposed last week during an initial wave of applications are in one of those three areas. That’s primarily because of [...]

Man seeking legal recompense from state of Florida over medical cannabis delays

November 23rd, 2017|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

A Florida nursery and a man who suffers from epilepsy filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Gov. Rick Scott’s administration that contends that state officials are flouting the state’s new medical marijuana law. It’s the latest legal challenge against the way Florida officials and state legislators have acted since voters approved medical marijuana a year ago. [...]

Study shows medical cannabis registrants are less likely to continue using opioids

November 23rd, 2017|Cannabis, Medical|

Chronic pain patients enrolled in a statewide medical cannabis access program are significantly more likely to either reduce or cease their use of opioids as compared to non-enrolled patients suffering from similar pain conditions, according to data published online in the journal PLOS One. A team of investigators at the University of New Mexico assessed opioid prescription use [...]

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 [...]

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