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Advocates Push for a 2017 Texas Medical Marijuana Bill in Austin

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, February, 18th 2017 by THCFinder

Advocates push for a 2017 Texas medical marijuana bill during a Constituent Advocacy Day that brought a few hundred cannabis supporters to the state capitol, in Austin.

The effort to galvanize support for cannabis in the southern state was organized by a coalition of groups including chapters of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), and Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) under the umbrella of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy.

The Texas Cannabis Report says the event was the first real push for marijuana reform in the new year. There was a glimmer of hope back in 2015, when two bills passed out of committee, but they were never heard by the full House of Representatives.

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/2017-texas-medical-marijuana-bill/


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CBD: The Cinderella Molecule

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, February, 17th 2017 by THCFinder

“This changes everything!”

That was the immediate reaction of Bay Area journalist Fred Gardner as he stood in the office of Steep Hill Laboratory in Oakland and eyed a chromatogram showing the unusual cannabinoid content of a hitherto unknown marijuana strain. The year was 2009, and the strain of interest, an oddity called Soma A-Plus, didn’t top the charts for THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a.k.a. the high-causer, unlike the several thousand other bud samples that Steep Hill had previously tested for California’s medical marijuana dispensaries and growers.

Soma A-Plus was the first of a handful of soon-to-be-discovered strains imbued with a significant amount of cannabidiol (CBD), a compound with intriguing medical properties. One of these strains, Women’s Collective Stinky Purple, tipped the scales at over 10 percent CBD by dry weight, with little THC. This genetic anomaly wasn’t hemp—it was a drug plant, a high-resin, CBD-rich marijuana strain brimming with medicated goo. But anyone who smoked it or consumed it as an edible wouldn’t get high, because CBD isn’t psychoactive. In fact, CBD can actually lessen or neutralize the THC high, depending on how much of each compound is in a given strain or product.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/medicinal/cbd-the-cinderella-molecule/


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New Zealand Patients Now Have Easier Access to Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 13th 2017 by THCFinder

Access to medical marijuana is now easier for New Zealand patients as a top minister deferred the duty of who can get the plant to the Ministry of Health.

The change in the approval process means the Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne will no longer sign off on each individual request for pharmaceutical grade medicinal cannabis products.

“When applications first began to be received it was my view that the final decision appropriately lay at ministerial level, rather than exposing officials to risk, given the complicated and contentious nature of the issue – that is to say the buck stopped with me”, wrote Mr Dunne in a statement.

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/new-zealand-patients-medical-marijuana/


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US Veterans Enroll in First Trial of Marijuana for Chronic PTSD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, February, 10th 2017 by THCFinder

I received a press release from one of my favorite organizations, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). I was excited to learn that U.S. Veterans have a chance to enroll in the first trial of marijuana for chronic PTSD (post traumatic stress syndrome).

In my time as an activist I have heard from hundreds of veterans expressing their desire to have safe access to medical marijuana to help treat an array of health issues. It seems to me that the number one issue veterans want access to medical marijuana is to treat PTSD, and I wholeheartedly support that. Depriving Veterans from access to marijuana and forcing them to use harmful prescription drugs is an atrocity, I am glad to hear that this trial is taking place.

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/us-veterans-enroll-first-trial-marijuana-chronic-ptsd/


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New Review Shows Marijuana Eases Opioid Addiction

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, February, 4th 2017 by THCFinder

A new look at some old research covering the medicinal effects of the cannabis plant shows that certain components of the herb could be a saving grace for those suffering from the grips of opioid addiction.

To date, there has not been a lot of relevant research conducted on this topic, mostly due to restrictions imposed by the federal government. However, there has been some anecdotal evidence to emerge over the past few years, suggesting that cannabinoids could hold the power to address the opioid epidemic currently spiraling out of control across the United States.

It is for this reason the scientific community has shown a newfound interest in putting the cannabis plant under a microscope.

Unfortunately, conducting this type of research is not exactly an easy task.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/medicinal/new-review-shows-marijuana-eases-opioid-addiction/


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Former Running Back Ricky Williams Claims NFL Drug Tested Him Over 500 Times

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, February, 3rd 2017 by THCFinder

The AP has reported that former running back Ricky Williams spoke with Sports Illustrated in a film to be released on SI.com Wednesday, that he “might have the world record for most times drug tested.”

Williams, who won the 1998 Heisman Trophy, has been a huge advocate for medical marijuana during and after his 11-year NFL career, and received a rapid fire of suspensions during his tenure. In the film, Ricky’s wife, Kristin, explains the lax NFL testing rules, including a time when a tester left samples in their house to go get stickers for identifying them.

The film is entitled, “Ricky Williams Takes the High Road,” and addresses the prevalence of marijuana use in the NFL today, and it’s potential as a medical tool. Recently, Williams announced his plans to open the world’s first cannabis-friendly gym, which has plans to open in roughly a year.

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/former-running-back-ricky-williams-claims-nfl-drug-tested-him-over-500-times/


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