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Everything You Want to Know about Pot’s Health Effects

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 14th 2017 by THCFinder

NEW YORK (AP) — It can almost certainly ease chronic pain and might help some people sleep, but it’s also likely to raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and might trigger heart attacks.

Those are among the conclusions about marijuana reached by a federal advisory panel in a report released Thursday.

The experts also called for a national effort to learn more about marijuana and its chemical cousins, including similarly acting compounds called cannabinoids.

The current lack of scientific information “poses a public health risk,” said the report , released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Patients, health care professionals and policy makers need more evidence to make sound decisions, it said.

Several factors have limited research. While the federal government has approved some medicines containing ingredients found in marijuana, it still classifies marijuana as illegal and imposes restrictions on research. So scientists have to jump through bureaucratic hoops that some find daunting, the report said.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/medicinal/everything-you-want-to-know-about-pots-health-effects/


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Can Cannabis Rescue the Opioid Overdose Epidemic in 2017?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 13th 2017 by THCFinder

2017 needs to be the year we fight back against the opioid epidemic. We will use the greatest weapon—cannabis.

Is this wishful thinking? Is there scientific justification to this speculation?

My wife is a resident physician in Seattle’s trendy Capitol Hill neighborhood. Early in her residency, she was musing with her colleagues over their challenging patient interactions. I chimed in, “How many of your patients are just after pain medication?” One of the residents looked down and shook his head. “Too many. And if we don’t give [opioids] to them, they just keep switching their doctor until they find someone who will.”

And those are the high functioning opioid abusers. Dirty needles on the sidewalk or in empty green spaces off Seattle’s web of multi-use trails are mere shadows of those that have spiraled to heroin.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/medicinal/can-cannabis-rescue-the-opioid-overdose-epidemic-in-2017/


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Over 85,000 People Sign Petition Calling on DEA to Stop Lying About Medical Cannabis

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, January, 11th 2017 by THCFinder

In less than a month, a Change.org petition calling on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to stop lying about medical cannabis has received over 85,000 signatures. The petition was started by Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a nonprofit organization working to increase access to medical cannabis across the United States.

The petition was a response to a recent internal DEA code clarification that gave CBD it’s own tracking code. A switch that threw the legal marijuana industry into a frenzy over what the legal ramifications of the new code means. Check out our earlier post on whether or not the DEA made CBD a Schedule 1 drug for more information on the topic.

“Many people don’t know that it is illegal for federal agencies to disseminate incorrect information”, the petition begins. “But when it comes to medical cannabis, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been doing this for years — and politicians use this misinformation to justify opposition to medical cannabis laws.”

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/85000-people-sign-petition-calling-dea-stop-lying-medical-cannabis/


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Medical Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Fee in Arkansas Set at $100,000

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 9th 2017 by THCFinder

If you want to become a license medical cannabis cultivator in Arkansas, you better have a lot of money in the bank. The state’s Medical Marijuana Commission has decided on an $100,000 fee for those wanting to receive a license to legally grow the medicine. And this is on top of the $15,000 fee just to apply, only half of which is refundable.

Commissioner Dr. Carlos Roman argued for a much lower fee of $15,000, which matches the application fee. He said he didn’t want to shut out such a large portion of the population from obtaining the license as an $100,000 fee would do. While $15,000 is also an extremely high fee, it is considerably more reasonable for the average person to obtain, or at least, receive a loan for.

on the other end of the spectrum, Commissioner Travis Story pushed for an even higher fee to be set at $185,000. His argument was that he wanted to ensure that businesses wouldn’t quickly go under and shut down.

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/medical-cannabis-cultivation-licensing-fee-arkansas-100000/


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New Medical Cannabis Law Submitted in Missouri

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, January, 7th 2017 by THCFinder

A bill has been filed in Missouri to allow access medical cannabis through out the state. House Bill 437 was introduced by Republican Jim Neely yesterday. The initiative would add marijuana to a list of experimental drugs, products and devices that can be prescribed to eligible terminally ill patients under the “Right to Try Act.”

“Missourians fighting for their lives don’t have time to wait for the FDA to approve investigational treatments that contain cannabis,” said Neely, a Republican Representative and physician who lost his daughter to stage four cancer in 2015.

Not only would bill grant a new level of access to cannabis products for those who qualify, but it also includes text to remove some restrictions on cannabis growers.

Missouri attempted to put medical marijuana on the ballot in November 2016. However, the initiative, backed by New Approach Missouri, fell short by 23 signatures needed to make its way to the public for voting.

Source:https://www.theweedblog.com/new-medical-cannabis-law-submitted-missouri/


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Study: Marijuana Not Associated With Risk of Stroke

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 6th 2017 by THCFinder

Most doctors will tell you: Heavy alcohol use is bad, and heavy tobacco use is even worse.

If you smoke a considerable amount of cigarettes, your risk for a bevy of health issues, including heart disease, cancer and stroke, is considerably increased.

But marijuana? Hardly a concern at all—at least when it comes to stroke.

According to a study involving almost 50,000 people in Sweden, published in the journal of the American Heart Association, marijuana use is not associated with any additional risk of stroke.

We found no evident association between cannabis use in young adulthood and stroke, including strokes before 45 years of age,” study authors wrote in their conclusion, published last week. 

Read More:http://hightimes.com/medicinal/study-marijuana-not-associated-with-risk-of-stroke/


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