Where marijuana is the doctor's orders, will insurers pay?
New York: Medical Marijuana Expansion Is Happening
New York officials are finally preparing to step it up a notch in respect to the state’s medical marijuana program.
On Tuesday, the Department of Health submitted the necessary documentation to make the concept of cannabis for medicinal use a little more accessible to patients across the state. The first step, according to reports, is an amendment to the current rules that will give nurse practitioners and physician assistants the freedom to write patient certifications.
Unfortunately, the department is still trying to determine whether to include “chronic pain” on its list of qualified conditions. That decision is expected to be made sometime before the end of the month.
The Bliss Gene: Some People are Naturally High
Most of us know someone who always seems laid back, free of anxiety and does not to cling to negative memories.
How do they do it?
According to recent neuroscience research, 20 percent of Americans and Europeans were born with a lucky genetic mutation. They naturally produce higher levels of anandamide, a neurotransmitter in the brain that binds to the THC receptor, the psychoactive component in marijuana.
Anandamide, which comes from the word ananda and means bliss in Sanskrit, is the body’s own version of weed.
New Medical Marijuana Study on Executive Functioning Lauded as First of Its Kind
There are already over 1.2 million medical marijuana users in the United States who seek treatment for a variety of debilitating symptoms from pain to epilepsy. That number may grow on Tuesday when voters in a number of states will decide whether or not to legalize marijuana possession for medicinal purposes. This may feel like a modern-day issue, where generations of Americans are afforded legal access to medical marijuana for the first time. And beyond legalization, this move may validate marijuana’s medicinal utility to many individuals.
But of course, this is not a new idea.
From 1851 to 1942, marijuana was included in the U.S. Pharmacopeia, which identified and standardized the identity, strength and quality of medicines. Regular submissions detailing the medicinal utility of marijuana were made until pressure from the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (an early predecessor of the DEA) forced its omission. Then, all was quiet.
New Study Suggests Cannabis Improves Night Vision
As we all know, weed can have some strange effects on our minds and bodies. New research now suggests an added benefit we could all use—better night vision.
This theory is not totally new but proof has been lacking.
Twenty-five years ago, a pharmacologist at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica noted that a local fisherman who smoked weed and drank rum made from cannabis leaves and stems seemed to have “an uncanny ability to see in the dark.” And back in 2002, a team of researchers from the U.S. and Spain set out to confirm rumors that Moroccan fishermen and people living in rural mountain areas who smoked hash had an extraordinary ability to visibly see objects in the near dark.
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