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Global Drug Survey looks into improving marijuana experience

In Research Topics, Top Stories by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

A major international drug survey seeks to improve the experience of using marijuana for both medicinal and social purposes, as well as look into the use of other drugs. The Global Drug Survey, first introduced in 2011, will focus this year on marijuana. By the time the survey has been completed, the organizers hope that around 22,000 people will have …

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U.S. researcher discusses challenges in studying medical marijuana

In Feature Stories by KentM

According to a medical marijuana researcher in the U.S., marijuana studies have already proven why the plant requires a new drug classification. He says studying marijuana effectively is hampered by the U.S. labeling the plant an illegal drug. Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, a New York–based medical resident involved in medical marijuana research and policy reform, told The Medical Marijuana Review the …

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Morocco seeking to legalize medical marijuana

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

Lawmakers in Morocco recently debated why the country should legalize marijuana for medical and industrial uses. The discussions, began by one of Morocco’s main political parties, are seen as the first steps to introduce a draft law next year aimed at legalizing the plant, according to media reports. But don’t expect full-out legalization. “We are not seeking to legalize the production of drugs, …

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Shortage of medical marijuana in New Mexico forces rationing

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

by Nancy Houser (Guest Author/Digital Journalist) The New Mexico Department of Health reports that medical marijuana producers who supply marijuana to patients with debilitating conditions, such as PTSD, are forced to turn away thousands of patients. Rationing is now inevitable, officials say. “I have had to purchase from the street at times, and the quality is usually better, and it’s …

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Here’s what you need to know about first human trials using marijuana to treat brain cancer

In Cancer, Top Stories by David Silverberg

GW Pharmaceuticals announced recently it has commenced a Phase 1b/2a clinical human trial for the treatment of Recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), causing brain cancer, using marijuana as medicine. As GW explains it in a release: This study follows several years of pre-clinical research conducted by GW in the field of glioma which has demonstrated that cannabinoids inhibit the viability of …

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Survey: Patients prefer natural medical marijuana over marijuana pharmaceuticals

In Feature Stories by David Silverberg

A new study found medical marijuana patients are more satisifed with natural cannabis compared to pharmaceutical-based marijuana products. According to new research published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, patients are more satisfied overall with natural cannabis. Pharmaceutical preparations only scored higher in 1 of 9 categories measured, which was “ease of preparation and intake,” as the survey suggested. Patients seem to …

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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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How marijuana can help treat anorexia

In Top Stories by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

Adding cannabinoids to anorexia-stricken mice helped the animals recover from the eating disorder and return to a normal weight, according to a new research report from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Brussels. Cindy Casteels, a post-doctoral researcher, has also published a PhD thesis in molecular imaging of the type 1 cannabinoid receptor in movement disorders. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in …