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Why this 10-year-old boy needs medical marijuana

In Children, Feature Stories by Brett Wilkins

It’s been more than a year now since Zaki Jackson suffered his last seizure. The 10-year-old Colorado Springs boy has Doose Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that strikes in early childhood and is extremely resistant to pharmaceutical medications. Zaki’s seizures started when he was just four months old. He was diagnosed with Doose two months later. By the time …

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Why the NFL is slowly embracing medical marijuana

In Feature Stories, Research Topics by Kay Mathews

NFL players want medical marijuana, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he’ll consider medical experts’ advice on the issue, and now Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters he supports athletes using medical marijuana. Will we soon see the NFL exempting medical marijuana from its drug ban policy? The buzz began when Howard Bryant, senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The …

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Everything you need to know about THC

In Feature Stories, Research Topics by Katrina Eschner

Tetrahydrocannabidiol, or THC, is both the primary psychoactive component in cannabis and the “cannabinoid”—or medically active ingredient—that has historically made up the largest percentage of such compounds in most marijuana strains. As debates about the value of marijuana as medicine in North America have unfolded over the past decade and a half, we’ve all heard THC mentioned. Medical marijuana scientists …

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Why MS patient Marcel Gignac needs 30 grams of medical marijuana every day

In Feature Stories, Multiple Sclerosis, Regulatory by Chris Riddell

In our ongoing series of patient stories, The Medical Marijuana Review interviews Nova Scotia resident Marcel Gignac about his painful condition and what brought him to value the medical efficacy of marijuana. Learn why the 51-year-old needs his 30 grams of medical marijuana every day in order to maintain a balanced quality of life. The way Marcel Gignac came to …

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How to talk to your kids about medical marijuana

In Children, Feature Stories by AdrienneB

Steven Stairs has no qualms about talking to his 11-year-old daughter and five-year-old son about his medical marijuana use. The Winnipeg resident has been legally growing his own medicine since 2009, with about 45 to 50 plants in his backyard. Stairs smokes daily to relieve stress, treat eye pain associated with glaucoma, and maintain his vision. He says he has …

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MS patient: ‘Marijuana takes the pain away’

In Feature Stories, Multiple Sclerosis by Chris Riddell

In our ongoing series of patient stories, The Medical Marijuana Review interviews Ontario resident Laurie Modderman about how she curbs the pain from multiple sclerosis with a nightly dose of medical marijuana. Confined to a wheelchair, 57-year-old Modderman has been using medical cannabis for 10 years and couldn’t picture living without it. In 1979, Laurie Modderman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. …

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How do Buddhists view medical marijuana?

In Feature Stories by Dave Gordon

When the Dalai Lama recently revealed his support for the use of medical marijuana, advocates of the drug discovered they had a new ally. But are the Dalai Lama’s views on medical cannabis breaking rank with the traditional Buddhist stance? Or are Buddhists generally in favour of medical marijuana as well? Primary to the debate is what Buddhism calls the …

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Depression sufferer chooses medical marijuana over antidepressants

In Feature Stories, Research Topics by Chris Riddell

In our ongoing series of patient stories, The Medical Marijuana Review talks to Ottawa resident Diego Dias about his use of medical marijuana to alleviate his crippling depression. He explains how Big Pharma drugs only clouded his head, why he struggled to get help from his doctors and what medical marijuana does to make him feel better every day. Diego …