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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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Massachusetts panel approves regulations for medical marijuana

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

On May 8, Massachusetts public health officials approved final regulations for the use of medical marijuana, effective on May 24. The first registered, nonprofit dispensary for medical marijuana could open in January, as MassLive.com reports. The new regulations now propel the licensure process for medical marijuana dispensaries, limits on how much marijuana a patient can generally use, and ways to ensure access to low-income patients. The …

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Marijuana’s chemical compound THC can weaken most common strain of HIV virus

In Feature Stories, HIV, Research Updates and News by Chris Hogg

Preliminary research revealed THC can weaken HIV-1 infection, a new report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology explains. A synthetic version of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, was developed to attack the HIV-1 virus, which represents the vast majority (more than 90 percent) of all HIV types. Researchers found compounds that stimulate the cannabinoid type 2 (CB2) receptor in …

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Emerging Clinical Applications For Cannabis & Cannabinoids

In Feature Stories, Research Updates and News by Chris Hogg

A Review of the Recent Scientific Literature, 2000 — 2012 (This report appears on the NORML site – the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws – all content is presented here with permission of the NORML Foundation.) Humans have cultivated and consumed the flowering tops of the female cannabis plant, colloquially known as marijuana, since virtually the beginning of recorded history. …