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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 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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EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Sanjay Gupta on ‘doubling down’ on medical marijuana, his new CNN film Weed 2

In Feature Stories, Media by David Silverberg

Once again, CNN’s chief medical correspondent is training his scientific eye squarely on a topic that continues to generate big buzz around the world. Medical marijuana is the subject of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s new film for CNN airing Tuesday March 11 at 10 p.m. ET. Weed 2: Cannabis Madness will delve deeper into the science behind the plant, a subject Gupta explored …

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How marijuana can decrease alcohol’s effect on your liver

In Degenerative, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study found a compound in marijuana may protect alcohol drinkers from liver disease. The compound cannabidiol (CBD) works to fight the build-up of fat caused by alcohol, also known as fatty liver disease. Published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, the study came to its conclusion by injecting mice with ethanol twice a day for five days to replicate the impact …

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MS patient: ‘Marijuana takes the pain away’

In Feature Stories, Multiple Sclerosis by Chris Riddell

In our ongoing series of patient stories, The Medical Marijuana Review interviews Ontario resident Laurie Modderman about how she curbs the pain from multiple sclerosis with a nightly dose of medical marijuana. Confined to a wheelchair, 57-year-old Modderman has been using medical cannabis for 10 years and couldn’t picture living without it. In 1979, Laurie Modderman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. …

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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 …