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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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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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Doctors press Iowa Senate to legalize medical marijuana

In Advocacy, Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

This week, doctors and marijuana users and experts explained to Iowa lawmakers how medical marijuana can be beneficial to some patients. Thomas Carlstrom, a retired Des Moines neurosurgeon, said at the committee meetings Wednesday: “I think its time has come. I think the medical uses for marijuana are absolute, they are happening …I think we really need to give serious thought to …

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Medical marijuana ‘gives me full relief…it’s the only thing that does the job’

In Feature Stories by Chris Riddell

Many people turn to medical marijuana after finding little help from pharmaceuticals. One such patient is Sandra Knoll, a 59-year-old medical marijuana user from Manitoulin Island, Ontario who explained why marijuana is the only medicine that can provide relief from anxiety and pain.   Explain which medical conditions you have? I’ve got a few going. I’ve had fibromyalgia for, oh, …