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10,000 Scientific Studies?

In Feature Stories, Research Updates and News by Chris DollardLeave a Comment

Last Thursday, January 12th, The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research was released by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to some fanfare on global media. While reaction by the cannabis community has so far been muted, or characterized by simply summarizing the results, perhaps one of the most lucid analyses …

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Shedding the Stigma at Toronto Sick Kids’ Hospital?

In Advocacy, Children, Feature Stories by Melanie TsikosLeave a Comment

The subject of marijuana is tricky enough as it is without introducing children into the mix, but it’s necessary because there are significant benefits to be had. Granted it’s anecdotal, but it is becoming more and more documented, and now even the American Association of Pediatrics is recommending to the Drug Enforcement Agency that cannabis should be removed from the highly …

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Medical Marijuana for Addiction is Gaining Traction

In Addiction, Feature Stories by Melanie TsikosLeave a Comment

The jury is still out about weather Medical Marijuana can be addictive, however when you compare the addictiveness of marijuana with alcohol, there doesn’t seem to be much of a comparison. A staggering 50% of alcoholics will relapse with in 6 months. Seemingly, medical marijuana can help ease cravings for alcohol, and one particularly famous person who has made such claims …

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Domestic Violence Reduced with Medical Marijuana?

In Community, Feature Stories by Melanie TsikosLeave a Comment

Philip H. Smith, Ph.D, an associate research scientist in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University, working in the Yale Global Mental Health Program has published a study showing that young married couples in the first 9 years of marriage who both smoke marijuana have lower incidents of domestic violence. The study showed that even if only one of the …

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Pain Killers are out of Control

In Advocacy, Chronic Pain, Feature Stories by Melanie TsikosLeave a Comment

On October 3 2014 Carly Weeks of The Globe and Mail brought to light the dangerous and life threatening trend of Canadian doctors over prescribing high-dose opioids. It sounds like some of these doctors are carelessly sticking to this dangerous norm despite the real risks faced by the patients who rely on them for professional advice. While drugs like Percocet …

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Opioid Painkiller Deaths Lower in States with Legal Medical Marijuana?

In Advocacy, Chronic Pain, Feature Stories by Chris DollardLeave a Comment

News Item A recent study by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the annual number of deaths from prescription overdoses from drugs such as Vicodin (hydrocodone+acetaminophen), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone was lower by about 25 percent on average over the period 1999 through 2010. To highlight the growing problem, each day in the United States 46 …

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Do American and Canadian prisoners have access to medical marijuana?

In Advocacy, Feature Stories by Kay Mathews

You’re sick and need your medicine. But when you are prosecuted for a crime and sent to prison, you don’t have access to the medicine that helps curb your pain and lets you sleep peacefully. Your pleading goes unheard; sickness continues to ravage your body. This scenario is familiar to any medical marijuana users incarcerated in North America. Medical marijuana-using …