Study: New York MMJ Patients Reduced Opioid Intake, Saved Money on Meds

Medical cannabis patients in a New York study reduced their use of opioids and spent less money on their prescription medications, according to researchers at GPI Clinical Research and the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy. The study, titled “Preliminary evaluation of the efficacy, safety, and costs associated with the treatment of chronic pain with […]

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Analysis Suggests Cannabis Users Consume Less Alcohol, Fewer OTC Meds

According to a High Yield Insights report, recreational cannabis users report sharp decreases in over-the-counter medication use, sleep aids, and alcohol use. By the numbers: 27 percent of recreational cannabis users reported using fewer over-the-counter medications, 22 percent reported using fewer sleep aids, 21 percent indicated they consumed fewer spirits, and 20 percent said they […]

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Ontario Government Awards $300K Grant for Cannabis Beer Project

The Ontario, Canada government has awarded a $300,000 research grant to Province Brands of Canada to help them develop a beer brewed with cannabis, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The Toronto-based company will work with Loyalist College to develop the beer. Edibles are not included in the federal legalization plan but lawmakers have indicated they would […]

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Statistics Canada: 14% of Canadians Have Used Cannabis During Last 3 Months

According to the Statistics Canada National Cannabis Survey released Apr. 18, Nova Scotia leads the nation in cannabis use over the last three months, with 20 percent of respondents indicating they have consumed some cannabis during the period. Overall, 14 percent of Canadians admitted to using cannabis during the last three months. Cannabis use in […]

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University of California, San Diego Nets $4.7M Grant to Study MMJ for Autism

The University of California, San Diego has received a $4.7 million grant to study the efficacy of medical cannabis on autism spectrum disorders. The gift to the Center for Medical Cannabis Research to conduct the first-of-a-kind study is the largest private gift to date for medical cannabis research in the U.S. The award was given […]

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Study: Negative Cognitive Effects of Cannabis on Young Brains Diminish After 72 Hours

According to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry, “continued cannabis use may be associated with small reductions in cognitive functioning” on young brains but those deficits “are substantially diminished with abstinence.” The study was a meta-analysis of 69 cross-sectional studies of 2,152 cannabis users and 6,575 comparison participants. The researchers found “a small but […]

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Poll: 70% of Older Americans Would Consider MMJ Use if Condition Would Respond Well

A University of Michigan poll has found strong support for medical cannabis among adults aged 50 to 80, with 70 percent of respondents of the Healthy Aging Poll saying they would consider using medical cannabis if diagnosed with a “serious health condition that might respond well to marijuana.” The survey found 44 percent would “definitely” […]

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Report: U.S. Legal Cannabis Sales Could Top $75B by 2030

According to research firm Cowen & Co., legal cannabis sales in the U.S. are expected to reach $75 billion by 2030, which would put it on track to surpass the current sales for non-alcoholic carbonated drinks, Bloomberg reports. The firm previously predicted that the cannabis market would reach $50 billion by 2016 – if legalized federally […]

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Study: MMJ Access Reduces Opioid Prescribing

Yet another study has found that medical cannabis access could be a tool in curbing the national opioid epidemic as University of Georgia researchers observed a 14.4 percent reduction in prescription opioid use in states with medical cannabis dispensaries and another 7 percent reduction in such prescriptions in states with home-cultivation-only medical cannabis laws, according […]

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Australian Company Set to Begin MMJ for Dogs Study

Australia’s CannPal Animal Therapeutics has received medical cannabis oils from Canada’s Aphria Inc to begin clinical trials of what it calls its lead drug candidate, known as CPAT-01. The company has already completed the dog selection for the live phase of the study, which will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will involve 11 […]

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Study: CBD Could Prevent Drug and Alcohol Relapse

According to new preclinical research by Scripps Research Institute, CBD could be used to reduce the risk of relapse among recovering cocaine and alcohol addicts, Science Daily reports. The study on rats with a history of voluntary daily alcohol and cocaine self-administration found that CBD reduced relapse induced by stress and drug cues, and anxiety […]

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Report: Uruguayan Legal Cannabis Model ‘Pioneering’ but Not Perfect

According to a Brookings Institute report, Uruguay’s legal cannabis program has been hindered by supply problems and curtailed access to financial services but the market is maturing and officials are planning to widen the legal points of sale from pharmacies to retail dispensaries. “In order for the regulated cannabis market to displace the black market […]

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Study Finds 51% of Participants Replace or Reduce Painkiller Use with MMJ

According to a study by California-based Dr. Francis D’Ambrosio, 74 percent of his 4,276 patients were able to use cannabis to “replace or reduce intake of their medications.” The study purports that 51 percent of those medications reduced or replaced by cannabis were painkillers, followed by antidepressants (27 percent), and anxiolytics, which are used for […]

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UMass Psychology Professor Designs Mobile App to Remove Subjectivity from Cannabis Impairment Testing

Psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston Michael Milburn has developed a mobile application that tests response time as a means to measure impairment which, he contends, would be a more accurate tool than either saliva tests or drug recognition experts to determine whether a driver is impaired by cannabis or other drugs. The […]

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Study: Cannabis Legalization ‘Not the Cause’ for Pueblo County, Colorado Crime and Homeless Challenges

According to researchers at Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Institute of Cannabis Research, legalization is not the cause of many of Pueblo County’s recent challenges, Colorado Public Radio reports in an outline of the study. In fact, cannabis sales led to $35 million for the region in 2016, after factoring in costs for enforcement. Legalization is often […]

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Study: 96% of Cancer Patients Find Relief with MMJ

A study published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine conducted medical cannabis producer Tikun Olam found 96 percent of cancer patient respondents reported an improvement of their condition through the use of medical cannabis. The study encompassed 2,970 cancer patients with an average age of 60 who reported sleep problems, pain, nausea, and decreased […]

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Report: Global Cannabis Spending Could Reach $57B by 2027

According to a report from Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics, global spending on legal cannabis is expected to reach $57 billion by 2027, with adult-use sales driving the industry to the tune of $38.3 billion. Medical sales are estimated to comprise $19.1 billion. The U.S. and Canada are expected to lead the way – […]

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Study: Rhode Island Police Issuing Thousands of Cannabis Citations Despite Decriminalization

Despite cannabis decriminalization throughout the state in 2013, Rhode Island police issued about 5,000 citations for cannabis possession through 2017, according to a University of Rhode Island study. The study, conducted by journalism Professor Peter Phipps and students in his Media and Law course, analyzed police department data representing about 85 percent of the state’s […]

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Study: MMJ ‘Safe and Efficacious’ for Elderly, Reduced Opioid Use by 18 percent

In a study published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine, Israeli researchers, including Raphael Mechoulam, found that after six months of medical cannabis treatment, 18 percent of 2,736 patients over age 65 were able to stop or reduce their opioid use. Pain and cancer were the two most common indications for cannabis treatment in […]

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Cornell University Study Finds Hemp-Oil-for-Dogs Product ‘Efficacious’ for Pain

A Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine study has found that a hemp oil product for dogs manufactured by ElleVet Sciences is “efficacious for pain in dogs with osteoarthritis, chronic joint pain and geriatric pain and soreness; with dramatic beneficial effects in our more geriatric patients.” The eight-month study, the first of its kind, was […]

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Per-Pound Cannabis Prices Drop in First Month of 2018

According to Cannabis Benchmark’s U.S. Spot Index, the price-per-pound of cannabis has fallen 3.5 percent from Jan. 12 to Jan. 19, to $1,292, representing a spot price-per-gram of $2.85, with a simple average price of $3.20. The report indicates that the drop “was driven primarily by significant week-over-week decline in wholesale rates in Oregon, though […]

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Drug Policy Alliance Report Espouses Social Benefits of Legalization

According to a Drug Policy Alliance report, “From Prohibition to Progress: A Status Report on Marijuana Legalization,” arrests have plummeted in states that have legalized cannabis for adults, youth use has remained stable, rates of opioid-related harm have been reduced, highway safety has not decreased, the industry is creating jobs, and tax revenues derived from […]

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Eaze Report: Californians Ordering Cannabis Every 10 Seconds; Baby Boomers Getting on Board

Cannabis technology company Eaze has released its 2017 State of Cannabis report, which found a 19 percent annual increase among California Baby Boomers ordering cannabis products, and in 2017 customers placed an order with the company every 10 seconds – a 200 percent increase over 2016 figures. April 20 – or the 4/20 holiday – […]

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Media Partnership to Combine Physician Social Network with Cannabis Information Project

The leading social network of specialized online medical communities for verified healthcare professionals, Skipta, is partnering with media company The Fresh Toast, on a project to provide reliable information on cannabinoid medicine. The partnership will see The Fresh Toast, a lifestyle and entertainment site which covers cannabis news, as the exclusive media partner for cannabis […]

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