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Global Report on Medical Marijuana: Mexico, Bahamas, New Zealand, Israel

In Feature Stories, Global by Brett Wilkins

Legalization of medical marijuana is on the agenda of at least half a dozen nations on three continents. A conference of Caribbean nations debates the merits of allowing medical use of cannabis. A cancer-stricken South African lawmaker makes an emotional plea for legalization. Parents of Israeli children suffering from debilitating epileptic seizures win the right to medicate with cannabis. All …

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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 …

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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 …

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Global Report on Medical Marijuana: Puerto Rico, Ireland, Israel, UK, Nigeria, New Zealand

In Feature Stories, Global by Brett Wilkins

In the first edition of a regular feature for The Medical Marijuana Review, we present a round-up of global stories on medical marijuana. These headlines have been attracting attention in August and September 2013. Learn about Puerto Rico’s med-cannabis push, how Nigerian researchers discovered marijuana’s health benefits for prostate cancer sufferers, and why New Zealand activists are urging their government …

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Medical marijuana helps war veterans overcome post-traumatic stress

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

Researchers in Israel discovered marijuana can be beneficial treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions. PTSD sufferers using marijuana reported fewer flashbacks, better sleep and clearer thinking. Dr. Yehuda Baruch, the head of the psychiatric hospital “Abarbanel” in Bat Yam, helped conduct the study and said he selected marijuana for the PTSD research because of its effect on the …

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Global Report: Israel

In Feature Stories, Global by Chris Hogg

While marijuana is not officially legal in Israel, its Ministry of Health offers special licenses that allow 13,000 registered users to access medical cannabis. So far, the only pharmacy licensed to distribute medical marijuana is at Eilat’s Yoseftal Medical Center. But the Ministry of Health is hoping to allow distribution of medical marijuana through pharmacies across Israel sometime in 2013. Recently, …