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How medical marijuana could literally save lives

In Chronic Pain, Physicians, Top Stories by Chris DollardLeave a Comment

Medical marijuana opponents recently pounced on a big new analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that there isn’t good evidence that marijuana works for many of the conditions, like glaucoma, anxiety, or Parkinson’s disease, that it’s often prescribed for. The JAMA study was based on a meta-analysis of the findings of 79 previously-published studies. Now, …

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Study: Patients Get More Relief From Medical Marijuana Than Painkillers

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I always say that the best medicine is the medicine that works and is safer. That is almost always the case when it comes to medical marijuana compared to pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals almost always come with harmful side effects, and have led to a lot of death and misery across the globe. Sadly, marijuana opponents would rather have patients using those …

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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?

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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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Why I use medical marijuana: An insider’s view on pain management using cannabis

In Chronic Pain, Feature Stories by Matt Mernaugh

The pain is never gone. Pain has been my constant companion for more than half my life, but I’ve discovered something that makes the pain tolerable, allows me to write, and most importantly love my life. Unfortunately the herb providing me pain relief is illegal. Choosing cannabis to manage a brain tumor, fibromyalgia and scoliosis has resulted in a loss …