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Opioid Painkiller Deaths Lower in States with Legal Medical Marijuana?

In Advocacy, Chronic Pain, Feature Stories by Chris DollardLeave a Comment

News Item A recent study by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the annual number of deaths from prescription overdoses from drugs such as Vicodin (hydrocodone+acetaminophen), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone was lower by about 25 percent on average over the period 1999 through 2010. To highlight the growing problem, each day in the United States 46 …

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Do American and Canadian prisoners have access to medical marijuana?

In Advocacy, Feature Stories by Kay Mathews

You’re sick and need your medicine. But when you are prosecuted for a crime and sent to prison, you don’t have access to the medicine that helps curb your pain and lets you sleep peacefully. Your pleading goes unheard; sickness continues to ravage your body. This scenario is familiar to any medical marijuana users incarcerated in North America. Medical marijuana-using …

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How medical marijuana can help veterans suffering from PTSD

In Advocacy, PTSD, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new report found how medical marijuana can help combat the many symptoms associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. But how accessible is the medicine for those who need it most? A Israeli study tested the effects of THC (the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) on 10 patients with severe PTSD, as MediJean writes. They were given 5 mg of THC oil …

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Everything you need to know about CBC, the marijuana cannabinoid you never heard of

In Cannabinoids, Feature Stories by Katrina Eschner

The marijuana cannabinoid Cannabichromene (CBC) is a quiet presence in the scientific conversation about cannabis. But there’s a strong argument for understanding CBC better. The cannabinoid plays a major role in medical marijuana, and numerous clinical tests over the past 30 years suggest it has significant potential for treating illness. Except for newsmakers like THC or CBD, the cannabinoids that …

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Study: Medical marijuana compound can help treat breast cancer

In Cancer, Top Stories by Walter McDaniel

Recent findings published in the British Journal of Pharmacology have shown that treatment with CBD (cannabidiol) compounds found in marijuana may reduce the spread of breast cancer throughout the body by up to 75%. In all the studies mentioned in this article, the scientists used mice with different cancers and injected or otherwise gave them quantities of medical marijuana compounds. …

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Inside the health benefits of vaporizing your medical marijuana

In Feature Stories, Research Topics by David Silverberg

A growing number of medical marijuana patients are stiff-arming smoking their medicine in favor of vaporization, according to a report published by MediJean. Medical marijuana physicians and other cannabis professionals are  increasingly recommending vaporization, which refers to devices designed to vaporize the active ingredients in plant material. As MediJean explains: Vaporizing offers two different heating methods: conduction and convection. Conduction is …

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Canadian doctor studying the science behind marijuana strains

In Feature Stories, Research Topics by David Silverberg

A British Columbian doctor is investigating the compounds that make up marijuana in the hope of creating strains best suited for patients, a new report from MediJean outlines. Dr. Paul Hornby, a 62-year-old pathologist, has been studying cannabis for 15 years and in that time has profiled 15,000 different strains using high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), an extremely sensitive analytical instrument. Over years …