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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. …

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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 …