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Marijuana may protect cancer patients from drug’s side effects

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study revealed marijuana’s CBD cannabinoid could protect the heart from the side effects of the cancer drug  Doxil (generically known as doxorubicin). The study, published in the September issue of Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology,  found that when lab rats were given small doses of the CBD cannabinoid,  in conjunction with a standard doses of Doxil, there was no detectable heart issues associated with …

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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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EXCLUSIVE: CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why he believes in medical marijuana

In Feature Stories by David Silverberg

In an exclusive interview with The Medical Marijuana Review, the TV host and physician behind one of the most viral editorials on medical marijuana spoke about why he decided to go public with his views on cannabis. Dr. Sanjay Gupta elaborated on the decision behind his article “Why I changed my mind on weed” and what viewers can expect from his …

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U.S. Mayors tell Feds: Hands off state-legal medical marijuana

In Feature Stories, Regulatory by Brett Wilkins

As public opinion increasingly favors medical marijuana, mayors across the U.S. are also endorsing both legalized medical and recreational cannabis. In addition, they are stressing the need for the federal government to lay off attacking local dispensaries. Recently, the U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously passed a resolution calling on the federal government to adopt a hands-off approach to state marijuana …

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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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Study: Cannabis least risky drug for drivers

In Research Updates and News, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study reveals cannabis is much safer than other substances that impair driving. The results, published online in the Accident Analysis & Prevention journal, concluded  alcohol “still poses the largest problem in terms of driver risk of getting injured.” Drivers with a blood alcohol level of 1.2 g/L (0.12% BAC) or higher are over 30 times more likely to get in a serious …

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Illinois to legalize medical marijuana, taking effect Jan. 1

In Feature Stories by David Silverberg

Illinois is the latest U.S. state to legalize the use of medical marijuana. Gov. Pat Quinn will sign a bill today legalizing a four-year trial program set to take effect Jan. 1, 2014. Nineteen other states in the U.S. have made medical marijuana legal in some form. Under the new law, an Illinois resident could be prescribed no more than 2.5 …

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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, …