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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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Study: Marijuana use doesn’t affect working memory

In Neurological, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study reveals marijuana users don’t exhibit any loss of working-memory function, which controls our behaviour. The study, carried out over three years, was recently published in Addiction Biology. It found “that sustained moderate to heavy levels of cannabis, nicotine, alcohol and illegal psychotropic substance use do not change working-memory network functionality.” Moreover, the study concluded “baseline network functionality …

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Study: Marijuana could prevent heart disease

In Cardiac, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new UK study found that marijuana compounds may relax blood vessels and thus be able to prevent heart disease in some patients. Published in the journal Pharmacological Research, the study looked at how cannabinoids – the most common compound in marijuana – can affect blood vessels by letting them relax and widen. It’s been documented that blood vessel relaxation can lower blood pressure …

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Doctors press Iowa Senate to legalize medical marijuana

In Advocacy, Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

This week, doctors and marijuana users and experts explained to Iowa lawmakers how medical marijuana can be beneficial to some patients. Thomas Carlstrom, a retired Des Moines neurosurgeon, said at the committee meetings Wednesday: “I think its time has come. I think the medical uses for marijuana are absolute, they are happening …I think we really need to give serious thought to …

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Study: Medical marijuana may prevent Alzheimer’s disease

In Alzheimer's, Top Stories by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

Pioneering new research suggests that smoking marijuana before the onset of certain types of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, can slow down the development of degenerative conditions. Taken at the right age and with sufficient frequency, smoking marijuana could prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease from manifesting, to the degree that a person could die from old age before the …

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Everything you need to know about THC

In Feature Stories, Research Topics by Katrina Eschner

Tetrahydrocannabidiol, or THC, is both the primary psychoactive component in cannabis and the “cannabinoid”—or medically active ingredient—that has historically made up the largest percentage of such compounds in most marijuana strains. As debates about the value of marijuana as medicine in North America have unfolded over the past decade and a half, we’ve all heard THC mentioned. Medical marijuana scientists …