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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 …

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Global Report on Medical Marijuana: Puerto Rico, Ireland, Israel, UK, Nigeria, New Zealand

In Feature Stories, Global by Brett Wilkins

In the first edition of a regular feature for The Medical Marijuana Review, we present a round-up of global stories on medical marijuana. These headlines have been attracting attention in August and September 2013. Learn about Puerto Rico’s med-cannabis push, how Nigerian researchers discovered marijuana’s health benefits for prostate cancer sufferers, and why New Zealand activists are urging their government …

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Drug abuse center NIDA on why it’s supporting medical marijuana research

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

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has issued a statement outlining its commitment to medical marijuana research. The statement, penned by NIDA Director Nora Volkow, includes a pledge to supply research-grade marijuana to researchers for scientific purposes. NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (which acts as the U.S. …

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Study: Marijuana could help treat Alzheimer’s disease

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study found that marijuana might help treat Alzheimer’s disease by replenishing cannabinoid receptors. Testing on mice, researchers say they have evidence which shows that Alzheimer’s disease is worsened by a lack of cannabinoid receptors, indicating that the disease could be treated with marijuana. Many cannabinoids are found in marijuana, with THC being the most notable compound. The authors wrote in the …