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Canadian toddler needs cannabis oil to stop seizures

In Children, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A two-year-old girl in British Columbia suffers as many as 200 seizures daily, but when she is administered cannabis oil, she enjoys a seizure-free life. According to the Globe & Mail, the oil being used by Kyla Williams includes high amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) the main ingredient in medical marijuana, and almost no psychoactive ingredients. Recently, the girl’s grandfather spoke publicly …

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How do Christians view medical marijuana?

In Feature Stories, Religion by Dave Gordon

What would Jesus do… if he had medical marijuana? Jesus would have known about the passage in Exodus describing the ancient holy anointing oil that contained kaneh-bos. Many Biblical scholars – including Carl P. Ruck, professor of classical mythology at Boston University – believe this verse references cannabis. But would Jesus, or his disciples, have condoned its consumption? One of …

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Everything you need to know about marijuana’s CB2 compound

In Cannabinoids, Feature Stories by David Silverberg

In a recent report on MediJean’s news section, a primer on cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) reveals the science behind this important compound integral to patients. CB2 was first discovered in the spleen in 1993 and is mostly concentrated in the closely linked peripheral nervous system and immune system. “This location accounts for marijuana’s effects on inflammatory bowel diseases, such …

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Study: Legalizing medical marijuana doesn’t increase use among adolescents

In Children, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Worries about medical marijuana legalization leading to a rise in cannabis use among youth is all just unneccessary hand-wringing, according to a new study. According to a new study at Rhode Island Hospital which compared 20 years worth of data from states with and without medical marijuana laws, legalizing medical marijuana did not give rise to increased use among adolescents. …

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Doctors, insiders react to changes to Canada’s medical marijuana program

In Feature Stories, Regulatory by Chris Riddell

Major changes have come to the medical marijuana program in Canada as of April 1, and Canadians are voicing their opinions on what the new rules mean for patients. We spoke to a Canadian physician who shared his take on Health Canada’s new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), and let medical marijuana firms and Health Canada respond to his …

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Researchers reveal new way to determine THC levels in marijuana

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

Cannabis is a multifunctional plant that occupies a unique role in human culture. Some strains are used for hemp, which has a variety of uses; others are used to manufacture marijuana. One problem that has confounded scientists is how to tell different types of cannabis apart without destroying the plant. A research team based at the University of Frankfurt has …

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Canada’s new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations goes into effect

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Health Canada is out of the medical marijuana business and is only allowing licensed producers to provide Canadian patients with their cannabis, according to industry news. Also, doctors can now prescribe medical marijuana directly to patients instead of the application process that would require each new patient to earn Health Canada’s approval. What does this mean for patients? They are …

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Global Report on Medical Marijuana: Mexico, Bahamas, New Zealand, Israel

In Feature Stories, Global by Brett Wilkins

Legalization of medical marijuana is on the agenda of at least half a dozen nations on three continents. A conference of Caribbean nations debates the merits of allowing medical use of cannabis. A cancer-stricken South African lawmaker makes an emotional plea for legalization. Parents of Israeli children suffering from debilitating epileptic seizures win the right to medicate with cannabis. All …