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Why daily marijuana users are as healthy as non-smokers

In Research Topics, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Daily marijuana users don’t have higher levels of health problems, emergency department visits or hospital stays than people who don’t smoke the plant, according to a new study in the Journal of Internal Medicine this month. The title of the paper sums up the study’s conclusion: No Detectable Association Between Frequency of Marijuana Use and Health or Healthcare Utilization Among Primary Care …

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The top 4 myths debunked on cancer and medical marijuana

In Feature Stories by JustinK

Does smoking marijuana cause cancer? Are Big Pharma drugs more helpful for cancer patients than medical marijuana? Should cancer sufferers worry about getting addicted to marijuana? The Medical Marijuana Review investigates some of the most common myths relating to marijuana and cancer, so read about the facts behind the fiction. On September 8, a petition on whitehouse.gov called for Dahlia’s …

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Is medical marijuana coming to West Virginia?

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

Recently West Virginia’s  House of Delegates passed a resolution calling for a study of “the feasibility and necessity of medical marijuana.” Legislators in the state are increasingly in favour of legalizing medical marijuana, as a medical marijuana insider explained. “Speaking with legislators, it seems a majority understands that if somebody has a severe case of cancer or multiple sclerosis, they should …

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Study: Exercise increases marijuana user’s THC levels

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, found that levels of THC were higher by an average of 15 percent immediately after marijuana users exercised. The study authors conclude: “These results suggest that exercise may elevate blood THC levels by releasing dormant THC from fat stores.” While THC levels were boosted in these exercisers, researchers didn’t study if intoxication increased after …

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Study: Marijuana could help treat Alzheimer’s disease

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study found that marijuana might help treat Alzheimer’s disease by replenishing cannabinoid receptors. Testing on mice, researchers say they have evidence which shows that Alzheimer’s disease is worsened by a lack of cannabinoid receptors, indicating that the disease could be treated with marijuana. Many cannabinoids are found in marijuana, with THC being the most notable compound. The authors wrote in the …

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How medical marijuana helps MS sufferers

In Feature Stories by Dave Gordon

Marijuana’s health benefits extend to people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but how exactly do these patients see their symptoms lessen with medical cannabis? Here, The Medical Marijuana Review shares stories from MS sufferers who couldn’t picture life without marijuana as medicine. Diagnosed with chronic progressive MS in 1992 at the age of 28, wheelchair-bound Alison Myrden says that no …

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U.S. Senate Committee to review marijuana laws in September

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced recently that the Committee will hold a hearing next month on the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws, according to a release. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 10, at 10 a.m. ET Leahy has urged the Obama administration to determine its enforcement policy in light of several states …

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How marijuana can block cigarettes’ cancer risk

In Research Updates and News, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Chemicals in marijuana block activity of an enzyme linked with cancer caused by cigarette use, a new study revealed. Published recently in the national science journal J-STAGE, the study’s conclusion gave another bow in marijuana’s medical quiver, this time highlighting how cigarette smokers turning to marijuana could help protect themselves against lung cancer. The enzyme in marijuana’s crosshairs is CYP1A1, produced in …