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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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New York poised to legalize medical marijuana

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York will announce this week plans to loosen the restriction marijuana laws to make the plant available to those with specific illnesses. Cuomo’s initiative will be more restrictive than medical marijuana laws passed in states such as California and Nevada. The plan will allow “just 20 hospitals across the state to prescribe marijuana to …

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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 …

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College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to review its medical marijuana policy

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

The regulatory body overseeing medical professionals in Ontario is asking for input on medical marijuana, and will soon review its current approach to the plant. A new page on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario website asks for feedback on the group’s current policy and what amendments need to be made. As the page says, “…we are inviting feedback …

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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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U.S. researcher discusses challenges in studying medical marijuana

In Feature Stories by KentM

According to a medical marijuana researcher in the U.S., marijuana studies have already proven why the plant requires a new drug classification. He says studying marijuana effectively is hampered by the U.S. labeling the plant an illegal drug. Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, a New York–based medical resident involved in medical marijuana research and policy reform, told The Medical Marijuana Review the …