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Study: Marijuana can help treat severe lung disease

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study found the compounds found in marijuana can help fight a severe lung disease known as acute lung injury, also called acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The disease is a life-threatening condition caused by acute injuries or infections of the lung. Researchers from Brazil and Germany were able to protect mice from acute lung injury by increasing levels …

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The highs and lows of being a medical marijuana patient

In Feature Stories by Chris Riddell

In our ongoing series of patient stories, The Medical Marijuana Review presents Colorado resident Zach Branson’s take on being a medical cannabis user. He shares with us why Big Pharma drugs could never alleviate his pain like marijuana does, and why being a card-carrying medical marijuana patient has made his job search even more challenging. When Zach Branson was born, …

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Shortage of medical marijuana in New Mexico forces rationing

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

by Nancy Houser (Guest Author/Digital Journalist) The New Mexico Department of Health reports that medical marijuana producers who supply marijuana to patients with debilitating conditions, such as PTSD, are forced to turn away thousands of patients. Rationing is now inevitable, officials say. “I have had to purchase from the street at times, and the quality is usually better, and it’s …

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Here’s what you need to know about first human trials using marijuana to treat brain cancer

In Cancer, Top Stories by David Silverberg

GW Pharmaceuticals announced recently it has commenced a Phase 1b/2a clinical human trial for the treatment of Recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), causing brain cancer, using marijuana as medicine. As GW explains it in a release: This study follows several years of pre-clinical research conducted by GW in the field of glioma which has demonstrated that cannabinoids inhibit the viability of …

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Why seniors are flocking to medical marijuana

In Feature Stories by Chris Riddell

Imagining your grandmother smoking a joint might make you giggle. But the reality is that many senior citizens are discovering the medical powers of marijuana. According to data released by Health Canada in December 2012, 13,362 seniors in B.C. alone are licensed to possess medical marijuana. The 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey released recently found that among adults over 65, the …

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How medical marijuana can help sick children

In Feature Stories by Matt DeLuca

Raising a child with a disease is a struggle for any parent, but when one California mother saw her autistic 9-year-old drop down to 42 pounds, she made a decision to try anything that might help him. Joey had been diagnosed with anorexia and malnutrition, conditions directly associated with the pharmaceuticals being used to treat his autism. Joey’s mother, Mieko …

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Survey: Patients prefer natural medical marijuana over marijuana pharmaceuticals

In Feature Stories by David Silverberg

A new study found medical marijuana patients are more satisifed with natural cannabis compared to pharmaceutical-based marijuana products. According to new research published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, patients are more satisfied overall with natural cannabis. Pharmaceutical preparations only scored higher in 1 of 9 categories measured, which was “ease of preparation and intake,” as the survey suggested. Patients seem to …

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Washington gives $110,000 grant to educate doctors on medical marijuana

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

The state Attorney General’s office recently donated a $110,000 grant to help healthcare providers learn about marijuana’s pain-relieving properties. Receiving the funds is the University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, which proposed “using the hoped-for grant to train doctors, nurses, naturopaths and other healthcare providers how to use marijuana in a way that scientific research supports,” according to media reports. …