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High Hopes Ride on Marijuana Amid Opioid Crisis

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 28th 2017 by THCFinder

(Reuters) - A handful of drugmakers are taking their first steps toward developing marijuana-based painkillers, alternatives to opioids that have led to widespread abuse and caused the U.S. health regulator to ask for a withdrawal of a popular drug this month.

The cannabis plant has been used for decades to manage pain and there are increasingly sophisticated marijuana products available across 29 U.S. states, as well as in the District of Columbia, where medical marijuana is legal.

 

There are no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved painkillers derived from marijuana, but companies such as Axim Biotechnologies Inc, Nemus Bioscience Inc and Intec Pharma Ltd have drugs in various stages of development.

Read More:https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/high-hopes-ride-on-marijuana-amid-opioid-crisis/


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This medical marijuana start-up uses artificial intelligence to find which strain is best for you

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 28th 2017 by THCFinder

Artificial intelligence is being used to improve bankingmarketingthe legal field — and now to find which one of the more than 30,000 strains of medical marijuana is best for you.

Potbot uses AI to "read" through peer-reviewed medical journals to find studies on cannabinoids, the active compounds in marijuana. Using the research, it pairs 37 symptoms like insomnia, asthma and cancer with branded marijuana strains to find which type of weed is best suited to treat each one.

The company has raised $5 million to date, according to Potbotics CEO David Goldstein. Part of the reason for its success is the technology doesn't actually involve marijuana directly, making it completely legal he said. The app is available in Apple's App Store and the Google Play store. In addition, the bigger pharmaceutical companies haven't entered the space, giving the marijuana industry a "start-up mentality."

Read More:http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/26/potbot-uses-artificial-intelligence-to-find-the-best-marijuana-strain.html


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Pa. defends choice of a medical marijuana grower

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 27th 2017 by THCFinder

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania health officials are defending their decision to award a coveted medical marijuana grower’s permit to a firm whose affiliate in Minnesota had two former executives charged this year with smuggling a half-million dollars worth of the drug across state lines.

Pennsylvania Medical Supply in Scranton was one of only 12 companies to win a permit last week to grow medical marijuana in the state. Records show the firm is run by Vireo Health. In February, Minnesota officials charged two ex-employees of its affiliate there with illegally transporting medical cannabis oil while they worked for the company.

Read More:http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/pa-medical-marijuana-grower-awarded-permit-20170626.html


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Study: This Is How Much Marijuana To Use Without Freaking Out

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 23rd 2017 by THCFinder

There’s a great ongoing debate in California marijuana circles at the moment—the same ancient question, persistent and pervasive, that’s hovered over legalization since the beginning: How much is too much?

How strong do we allow marijuana edibles to be, before everybody loses their minds?

If you listen to the cannabis industry, edibles packed with 500 milligrams of THC and above are not unreasonable and ought to be a basic sundry good in every dispensary (albeit affixed with warning labels advising the unfamiliar to please, please go slow, and maybe take a few nibbles before swallowing the whole bar and having a well-documented freakout).

California regulators believe 100 milligrams per edible is plenty—and if profoundly sick people need to eat six cookies to achieve the pain relief they say they need, well, maybe they’re better off with a few drops of concentrated oil.  

Read More:http://hightimes.com/medicinal/study-this-is-how-much-marijuana-to-use-without-freaking-out/


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Mexico Legalized Medical Marijuana—Heres Exactly What That Means

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 23rd 2017 by THCFinder

American exceptionalism is strong, for none of the right reasons. As of Monday, the United States is the only country in North America where the federal government believes cannabis can in no circumstances be medicine.

Since 2013, Canada’s health authority has offered federal licenses to medical marijuana cultivators and providers, who can then provide cannabis to qualified patients without any of the risk or legal gray areas seen in America.

Mexico’s Health Ministry is now poised to follow suit, after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed an executive a decree on Monday legalizing medical marijuana in the country.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/mexico-legalized-medical-marijuana-heres-exactly-what-that-means/


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Senators Reintroduce Bill to End Federal Prohibition of Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 17th 2017 by THCFinder

With all the fighting going on in Congress, it’s hard to find almost anything for them to agree on nowadays. One of the few things, it seems to be, is ending medical marijuana prohibition.

On Thursday, a bipartisan group including U.S. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Corey Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reintroduced the CARERS Act with new 2017 branding.

The CARERS Act of 2017 (or, if you’re trying to sound smart, The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act) basically allows states with medical marijuana to continue doing it, but legally. More importantly, it would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to recommend it to veterans as a treatment, as well as create some important paths for research.

The original bill was submitted in 2015, with Paul, Booker and Gillibrand attached to it. Despite wide media coverage, they weren’t able to get a hearing due to a lack of Republican support.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/senators-reintroduce-bill-to-end-federal-prohibition-of-medical-marijuana/


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