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How medical marijuana can help veterans suffering from PTSD

In Advocacy, PTSD, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new report found how medical marijuana can help combat the many symptoms associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. But how accessible is the medicine for those who need it most? A Israeli study tested the effects of THC (the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) on 10 patients with severe PTSD, as MediJean writes. They were given 5 mg of THC oil …

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Inside the health benefits of vaporizing your medical marijuana

In Feature Stories, Research Topics by David Silverberg

A growing number of medical marijuana patients are stiff-arming smoking their medicine in favor of vaporization, according to a report published by MediJean. Medical marijuana physicians and other cannabis professionals are  increasingly recommending vaporization, which refers to devices designed to vaporize the active ingredients in plant material. As MediJean explains: Vaporizing offers two different heating methods: conduction and convection. Conduction is …

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Canadian doctor studying the science behind marijuana strains

In Feature Stories, Research Topics by David Silverberg

A British Columbian doctor is investigating the compounds that make up marijuana in the hope of creating strains best suited for patients, a new report from MediJean outlines. Dr. Paul Hornby, a 62-year-old pathologist, has been studying cannabis for 15 years and in that time has profiled 15,000 different strains using high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), an extremely sensitive analytical instrument. Over years …

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Canadian toddler needs cannabis oil to stop seizures

In Children, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A two-year-old girl in British Columbia suffers as many as 200 seizures daily, but when she is administered cannabis oil, she enjoys a seizure-free life. According to the Globe & Mail, the oil being used by Kyla Williams includes high amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) the main ingredient in medical marijuana, and almost no psychoactive ingredients. Recently, the girl’s grandfather spoke publicly …

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Everything you need to know about marijuana’s CB2 compound

In Cannabinoids, Feature Stories by David Silverberg

In a recent report on MediJean’s news section, a primer on cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) reveals the science behind this important compound integral to patients. CB2 was first discovered in the spleen in 1993 and is mostly concentrated in the closely linked peripheral nervous system and immune system. “This location accounts for marijuana’s effects on inflammatory bowel diseases, such …

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Study: Legalizing medical marijuana doesn’t increase use among adolescents

In Children, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Worries about medical marijuana legalization leading to a rise in cannabis use among youth is all just unneccessary hand-wringing, according to a new study. According to a new study at Rhode Island Hospital which compared 20 years worth of data from states with and without medical marijuana laws, legalizing medical marijuana did not give rise to increased use among adolescents. …

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Canada’s new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations goes into effect

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Health Canada is out of the medical marijuana business and is only allowing licensed producers to provide Canadian patients with their cannabis, according to industry news. Also, doctors can now prescribe medical marijuana directly to patients instead of the application process that would require each new patient to earn Health Canada’s approval. What does this mean for patients? They are …

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Study: Marijuana use doesn’t affect working memory

In Neurological, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study reveals marijuana users don’t exhibit any loss of working-memory function, which controls our behaviour. The study, carried out over three years, was recently published in Addiction Biology. It found “that sustained moderate to heavy levels of cannabis, nicotine, alcohol and illegal psychotropic substance use do not change working-memory network functionality.” Moreover, the study concluded “baseline network functionality …