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How marijuana can help treat anorexia

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

Adding cannabinoids to anorexia-stricken mice helped the animals recover from the eating disorder and return to a normal weight, according to a new research report from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Brussels. Cindy Casteels, a post-doctoral researcher, has also published a PhD thesis in molecular imaging of the type 1 cannabinoid receptor in movement disorders. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in …

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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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The top 4 myths debunked on cancer and medical marijuana

In Feature Stories by JustinK

Does smoking marijuana cause cancer? Are Big Pharma drugs more helpful for cancer patients than medical marijuana? Should cancer sufferers worry about getting addicted to marijuana? The Medical Marijuana Review investigates some of the most common myths relating to marijuana and cancer, so read about the facts behind the fiction. On September 8, a petition on whitehouse.gov called for Dahlia’s …

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Is medical marijuana coming to West Virginia?

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

Recently West Virginia’s  House of Delegates passed a resolution calling for a study of “the feasibility and necessity of medical marijuana.” Legislators in the state are increasingly in favour of legalizing medical marijuana, as a medical marijuana insider explained. “Speaking with legislators, it seems a majority understands that if somebody has a severe case of cancer or multiple sclerosis, they should …

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Washington approves medical marijuana necessity

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

Washington residents arrested on marijuana charges can argue they needed it for medical reasons, even if they didn’t follow the requirements of the state’s medical marijuana law, the Washington Supreme Court said recently. In a 5-4 opinion, the justices said voters did not get rid of the “medical necessity defense” when they passed the medical marijuana law in 1998. Thus, anyone arrested …

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Medical marijuana ‘gives me full relief…it’s the only thing that does the job’

In Feature Stories by Chris Riddell

Many people turn to medical marijuana after finding little help from pharmaceuticals. One such patient is Sandra Knoll, a 59-year-old medical marijuana user from Manitoulin Island, Ontario who explained why marijuana is the only medicine that can provide relief from anxiety and pain.   Explain which medical conditions you have? I’ve got a few going. I’ve had fibromyalgia for, oh, …

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Study: Exercise increases marijuana user’s THC levels

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, found that levels of THC were higher by an average of 15 percent immediately after marijuana users exercised. The study authors conclude: “These results suggest that exercise may elevate blood THC levels by releasing dormant THC from fat stores.” While THC levels were boosted in these exercisers, researchers didn’t study if intoxication increased after …

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Why these police officers and lawyers want to end the war on drugs

In Feature Stories by MichaelS

Much of the relief provided by medical marijuana isn’t physical, but ethical: freeing people not only from needing to hide their healthcare, but also worrying about where their medicine originated. At least, that’s the idea. But what if laws against non-medicinal use were what made marijuana such a powerful criminal currency, while licensing trends were actually driving medicinal users back …