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Global Drug Survey looks into improving marijuana experience

In Research Topics, Top Stories by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

A major international drug survey seeks to improve the experience of using marijuana for both medicinal and social purposes, as well as look into the use of other drugs. The Global Drug Survey, first introduced in 2011, will focus this year on marijuana. By the time the survey has been completed, the organizers hope that around 22,000 people will have …

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Study: Marijuana may reduce risk of erectile dysfunction

In Research Topics, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study using mice found marijuana may help prevent erectile dysfunction in individuals most at risk. High cholesterol is often the culprit behind erectile dysfunction, but Swiss researchers were able to reduce erectile-related damage in mice with high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), as Leaf Science writes. The finding, published in the journal Clinical & Developmental Immunology, summed up how targeting specific pathways in marijuana, …

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Here’s what you need to know about first human trials using marijuana to treat brain cancer

In Cancer, Top Stories by David Silverberg

GW Pharmaceuticals announced recently it has commenced a Phase 1b/2a clinical human trial for the treatment of Recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), causing brain cancer, using marijuana as medicine. As GW explains it in a release: This study follows several years of pre-clinical research conducted by GW in the field of glioma which has demonstrated that cannabinoids inhibit the viability of …

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Why daily marijuana users are as healthy as non-smokers

In Research Topics, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Daily marijuana users don’t have higher levels of health problems, emergency department visits or hospital stays than people who don’t smoke the plant, according to a new study in the Journal of Internal Medicine this month. The title of the paper sums up the study’s conclusion: No Detectable Association Between Frequency of Marijuana Use and Health or Healthcare Utilization Among Primary Care …

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‘Without cannabis, I might not be alive today’

In Epilepsy, Feature Stories by David Silverberg

In our ongoing series of profiling medical marijuana users, we look at how cannabis is making one man’s life bearable in the face of unimaginable suffering.  Find out how David Michael helps control his debilitating seizures with marijuana, and learn why he is putting out an SOS call, as in Sick of Suffering. David Michael, 33, lives in New South …

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Study: Medical marijuana can minimize brain damage

In Feature Stories, Neurological, Research Updates and News by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

A new study has revealed that medical marijuana includes qualities that could protect the brain from long-term damage after a traumatic injury. The protective effects come from the cannabinoid THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol), the major psychoactive component in the cannabis plant. This latest study implies that medical marijuana might one day help reduce the risk of brain damage after critical surgery. …

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Marijuana receptor instrumental for potential anti-anxiety drug

In Neurological, Research Updates and News, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A drug aiming to ease anxiety by triggering the same molecules in the brain that respond to marijuana highs has been developed by scientists at Vanderbilt University. The news, via a paper posted recently in the journal Nature Neuroscience,  explains how the drug relieves anxiety behaviors by activating natural “endocannabinoids” without gastrointestinal side effects, this report explains. It’s made from chemically modified inhibitors of …

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Parents, politicians pushing for sick kids be treated with medical marijuana

In Advocacy, Children, Feature Stories by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

Medical marijuana and sick children may seem like an likely fit; however, the treatment has been recommended for nine-month-old Kaitlyn Pogson of Toronto. Physicians have suggested a cannabis oil extract may help alleviate the extreme seizures that have afflicted Kaitlyn since birth. Her parents are taking notice. In an exclusive interview with The Medical Marijuana Review, Kaitlyn’s father, Barry Pogson, …