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Medicare Prescription Costs Drop in Wake of Legalized MMJ

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

While it has been rumored for years that the legalization of medical marijuana in the United States would begin to empty the pockets of the big pharmaceutical companies by making profitable prescription drugs obsolete, a new report indicates that this scenario may not be too far fetched.

In states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, some of the latest research shows that Medicare claims for prescription medications are on the decline. A study published this week in Health Affairs finds that expenditures for Medicare Part D – the portion of the program that covers prescription costs – are down in medical marijuana states for drugs used to treat conditions ranging from anxiety to chronic pain because patients seem to be gravitating towards the herb as alternative to popping pills. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/study-medicare-prescription-costs-drop-wake-legalized-mmj


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VA Hospitals Will Continue to Reject Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

Although Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed a bill into law allowing patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to participate in the state’s medical marijuana program, reports indicate that the brass overseeing Veterans Affairs Hospitals throughout the state will not allow any of its physicians to discuss the herb with patients suffering from this disorder.

Last week, just days after a Cook County Judge ordered the state to include PTSD as a qualified condition under the state’s medical marijuana program, Governor Rauner swooped in and put his signature on a bill, which received overwhelming support this year in the General Assembly, expanding the Illinois medical marijuana pilot program to allow patients with PTSD and terminal illnesses to purchase cannabis from their friendly neighborhood dispensary. Rauner’s signature also guarantees the program will continue to function until at least 2020. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/va-hospitals-will-continue-reject-medical-marijuana


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When Traditional Pain Killers Are Not Effective – Managing Pain with Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

Did you know that marijuana has been used to treat pain since prehistoric times? As the debate about medical marijuana gets heated, one would think this is a modern ideology. On the contrary, an ancient Chinese surgeon Hua Tuo (c. 140-208) is the earliest person recorded to have administered cannabis as anesthesia during surgery. Hemp was also among the herbs used for food, specifically a source of fiber, in Taiwan during those early days.

Today, medical researchers have profound proof that marijuana is among the valuable drugs that could be utilized for treating different ailments. In fact, the current debates and massive legalization of medical marijuana in various states in the US could be attributed to such scientific findings.

Moreover, it is noteworthy that the recent decisions are not based on a superficial short-term research. On the contrary, renowned medical institutions have been undertaking intensive studies on the subject of medical marijuana for the past 20 years. The research had been ongoing even after its ban as a prescription medicine in the US in 1937.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/when-traditional-pain-killers-are-not-effective-managing-pain-with-medical-marijuana/


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Marijuana agent removes brain-damaging effects of Alzheimer

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

A new study suggests that marijuana compounds may remove toxic brain proteinsassociated with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from Salk Institute in California lab-grown tests to assess the effect of cannabis properties when clearing up brain plaque.

A new study, published in the journalAging and Mechanisms of Disease, showed that compounds in marijuana could remove brain damage effects as well as neurological inflammation linked to Alzheimer disease. To achieve this purpose, researchers carried out tests in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a marijuana agent.
 

Read More:http://www.pulseheadlines.com/marijuana-agent-removes-brain-damaging-effects-of-alzheimer/38654/


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California Adult Use Measure Receives Key Endorsements

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 3rd 2016 by THCFinder

SACRAMENTO, CA—The campaign in support of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), announced the endorsement of an all-star cast of respected state lawmakers representing communities all across California.  Their support follows the announcement by Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Tuesday that the measure has officially qualified for the November 8th General Election ballot in California.
 
California legislators endorsing the measure – including authors and supporters of the bipartisan Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) – are:
 

  • Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins (San Diego)
  • Assemblyman Rob Bonta (Oakland)
  • Assemblyman David Chiu (San Francisco)
  • Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman (Stockton)
  • Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (Bell Gardens)
  • Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (South Los Angeles)
  • Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (Sacramento)
  • Assemblyman Bill Quirk (Hayward)
  • Senator Mark Leno (San Francisco) 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/california-adult-use-measure-receives-key-endorsements/


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How Oregon Growers Are Putting Patients First

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, July, 2nd 2016 by THCFinder

As more states pass medical cannabis laws and place this plant into regulated programs, it is essential that those involved remember that this legal industry was first born out of compassion for patients. Several growers in Oregon are making sure that continues to be the case.

It is widely known in the cannabis community, and is now even stated on Web MD, that “your body already makes [cannabis]-like chemicals that affect pain, inflammation, and many other processes. [Cannabis] can sometimes help those natural chemicals work better.”

Many growers are deeply committed to patient care and several throughout Oregon are making sure the medical patients are put first as they cultivate specific strains for them on their farms.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/how-oregon-growers-are-putting-patients-first/


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