Connecticut Hospice Hopes to Set New Standard for End of Life Patients with Medical Marijuana
The nation’s first hospice center plans to study how medical marijuana can help its dying patients.
Officials at the the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, established in 1974, said on Monday that they are hoping to improve pain management while reducing opioid use in palliative care.
They also want to decrease nausea and vomiting, while improving patients’ appetites and overall well-being.
The focus of this groundbreaking medical marijuana study will be to ease end of life patients’ pain and improve their quality of life, said Dr. Wen-Jen Hwu, professor of medical oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, in a news conference announcing the research.
After State Legalizes Recreational Pot, Governor Wants to End Medical Marijuana
Governor Paul LePage failed to convince Maine voters that legalizing recreational marijuana would be a “deadly” disaster for the state. So now, the avowed Donald Trump supporter is trying to do away with medical marijuana.
Maine voters on Election Day appeared to narrowly approve Question 1, which legalizes two and a half ounces of cannabis and six mature plants for adults 21 and over. But with the margin of victory less than one percent of the vote, legalization opponents called for a recount.
Results from the recount, already delayed thanks to a lack of volunteers from the opposing side to help count, will now have to wait until 2017, as state election officials paused the process Friday for a two-week winter holiday break.
Company Behind CBD-Based Drug Leads Way Despite Trump, Economic Fears
Having expressed understandable apprehension due to recent political events in the U.S. and Britain (i.e. Trump’s election and Brexit), London-based GW Pharmaceuticals announced on Monday that they suffered a 62 percent revenue drop for 2016.
However, things turned around quickly.
GW’s stock jumped 5.5 percent on the first day of the new trading week, right after the company announced positive results for one of its flagship therapies, Epidiolex. This cannabidiol-based drug treats two of the most difficult-to-treat forms of epilepsy, especially in children: Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.
“We are making very good progress toward a NDA [UK’s equivalent of the FDA] submission to the FDA, as well as preparations for commercial launch and look forward to the opportunity to make this important new medicine available to patients as quickly as possible,” said Justin Glover, GW’s Chief Executive Officer, on the company’s website.
San Diego May Allow Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to Sell to Everyone 21+
A Marijuana Pill, For Concussions?
As it happens, CBD—cannabidiol, one of the many active compounds in the cannabis plant—is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. There are numerous former football players who swear by CBD as a tonic for football-related injuries, including head trauma.
It follows, then, that a drug containing CBD ought to do something for concussions, maybe even something as simple as a marijuana-derived pill.
Researchers Concerned About Lack of Info on Pot Use by Older Adults
DENVER (AP) — Surveys show a small but growing number of older adults are using marijuana – a trend that worries researchers who say not enough information exists about how pot affects older users.
Abundant research has been done on how the drug impacts developing brains, but little is known about the potential consequences on older users – even as recreation pot has been legalized in a number of states.
Researchers at New York University say pot could pose health challenges to older users ranging from memory loss to risk of falling.
The researchers reviewed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and found a big increase in adults over 50 reporting they had used pot in the past year.
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