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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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U.S. Senate Committee to review marijuana laws in September

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced recently that the Committee will hold a hearing next month on the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws, according to a release. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 10, at 10 a.m. ET Leahy has urged the Obama administration to determine its enforcement policy in light of several states …

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How marijuana can block cigarettes’ cancer risk

In Research Updates and News, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Chemicals in marijuana block activity of an enzyme linked with cancer caused by cigarette use, a new study revealed. Published recently in the national science journal J-STAGE, the study’s conclusion gave another bow in marijuana’s medical quiver, this time highlighting how cigarette smokers turning to marijuana could help protect themselves against lung cancer. The enzyme in marijuana’s crosshairs is CYP1A1, produced in …

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Medical marijuana may soon be coming to Ireland

In Feature Stories by David Silverberg

Public sentiment in Ireland is pushing medical marijuana into the arena of social acceptance, and upcoming legislation may soon propel it to be a legalized form of medicine. It’s about time, according to health-care organizations. Multiple Sclerosis Ireland said people suffering with multiple sclerosis are “extremely frustrated and tired” of waiting for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis, as this report states. …

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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 …