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Debunking the top HIV/AIDS-medical marijuana myths

In Feature Stories by TaraZ

People living with HIV/AIDS are not strangers to stigma. It’s been suggested that using medical marijuana would only increase the stigma they experience by also causing them to be seen as drug users. Medical marijuana users with HIV/AIDS have endured skepticism and been questioned on why they would need cannabis when “AIDS cocktails” and other treatments exist. And yet, studies …

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The Dalai Lama supports medical marijuana use

In Feature Stories by David Silverberg

One of the world’s most recognized spritual leaders backed the use of medical marijuana during a visit to Mexico this week, accorindg to media reports. In response to a question about marijuana legalization, the Dalai Lama  said that “the exception” for smoking marijuana would be if it has pharmaceutical virtues, AFP reports. He went on to add a caveat: “But otherwise if …

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How medical marijuana helps this diabetes sufferer

In Feature Stories by MichaelS

Tracy Curley is a Toronto-based medical marijuana patients advocate and has suffered from type 1 diabetic since the age of six. Tracy is legally authorized to consume cannabis to stimulate her appetite, regulate her blood sugars, and treat the pain associated with diabetes related neuropathy. She currently gets her medical marijuana from a designated grower who will no longer be able to supply …

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Study: Marijuana’s cannabinoids can help treat MS

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new Israeli study found how specific marijuana compounds can reduce the inflammation of MS-like diseases in mice. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, concluded THC and CBD (two of the most common cannabinoids found in marijuana) reduced inflammation in the brains and spinal cords of the sick mice. “Inflammation is part of the body’s natural immune response, but in cases …

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Is medical marijuana kosher?

In Feature Stories by Dave Gordon

Legalizing marijuana for medical purposes has become a hot topic, so how do religious groups approach the use of medical marijuana? The ethical, spiritual and medical questions are being debated in the Jewish world, with rabbis weighing in on whether taking cannabis would violate Torah prohibitions or be considered necessary medicine. An Orthodox rabbi in Israel, Rabbi Efraim Zalmanovich, recently ruled …

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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 …