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Why MS patient Marcel Gignac needs 30 grams of medical marijuana every day

In Feature Stories, Multiple Sclerosis, Regulatory by Chris Riddell

In our ongoing series of patient stories, The Medical Marijuana Review interviews Nova Scotia resident Marcel Gignac about his painful condition and what brought him to value the medical efficacy of marijuana. Learn why the 51-year-old needs his 30 grams of medical marijuana every day in order to maintain a balanced quality of life. The way Marcel Gignac came to …

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College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to review its medical marijuana policy

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

The regulatory body overseeing medical professionals in Ontario is asking for input on medical marijuana, and will soon review its current approach to the plant. A new page on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario website asks for feedback on the group’s current policy and what amendments need to be made. As the page says, “…we are inviting feedback …

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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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Why more doctors are supporting use of medical marijuana

In Community, Feature Stories by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

A recent survey found that 76 percent of North American doctors would approve the use of medical marijuana, as reported by the New England Journal of Medicine. What is persuading doctors, from the U.S. to the U.K., to prescribe a plant that would have never been on their professional radar years ago? Medical marijuana is gaining favor with physicians because …

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How medical marijuana can help treat diabetes

In Diabetes, Feature Stories by Brett Wilkins

We have long associated medical marijuana with benefiting sufferers of illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and cancer. Now a new study concludes the plant can help diabetes patients, too. Research published in the American Journal of Medicine has linked regular marijuana use to lower insulin levels, smaller waistlines and higher “good” cholesterol levels. The find has inspired debate about …