Medical marijuana - help or 'junk science'? What is the answer for Iowa?

Medical marijuana – help or ‘junk science’? What is the answer for Iowa?

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Physicians, advocates at odds over cannabidiol Madeline Kreitzer uses a CBD pen to relieve pain from hip injuries and from teaching up to eight yoga classes a week. CBD, or cannabidoil does not have psychoactive effects and can be used to treat a variety of medical issues, including pain, epilepsy and anxiety. Photographed at her home in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. (Liz Martin/The Gazette) Just before 10 a.m. this past Thursday, a few people mingled outside the storefront waiting for the sign on the door to flip to “open.” When the door opened, they filled in and perused the items on the shelf and in the glass case by the register that contained colorful bottles that promised relief from afflictions. Located in the Czech Village, the Corner Store Apothecary and More sells cannabidiol, or CBD, oil-based products derived from hemp for medicinal or holistic health. Hemp contains minimal amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana — and can be sold legally in the United States as nutritional supplements. Kymm Loeffler, owner of the Corner Store Apothecary, said her customers use CBD for relief from conditions that can vary from seizures, chronic pain, cancer-related symptoms, eczema, anxiety and chronic pain. Madeline Kreitzer, 26, of Cedar Rapids, is a customer of the apothecary and an instructor at Heat Yoga. She uses the oil to alleviate aches from her classes and to manage her PTSD symptoms. She also was a medical marijuana patient when she was a resident of Colorado. “Everything has its place and personally for me, I have found better results taking cannabis and CBD,” she said. “Personally, I found much more health benefits from cannabis than from most pharmaceuticals.” The line of customers outside the apothecary Thursday morning represents the strong interest […]

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