UK Home Office Returns Epileptic Boy’s Cannabis Medication After It Was Confiscated at Border

Controversy sparked last week when United Kingdom customs agents confiscated a stock of cannabis oils from Charlette Caldwell, mother of 12-year-old epilepsy patient Billy Caldwell. Thankfully, the medications were returned over the weekend, but not until after Billy was hospitalized due to a severe seizure — his first in 300 days, according to his mother. Ms. Caldwell […]

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Preliminary Study Results Show Cannabis Has Potential as IBD Treatment

Medical cannabis has shown promise in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a report by MedPage Today covering new research unveiled at Digestive Disease Week, which is taking place this week in Washington D.C. Dr. Mark Silverberg, MD, Ph.D. presented his review of using cannabis to treat IBD and reported that “when you have […]

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NCAA Won’t Allow Player to Use Low-THC Oil to Treat Seizures

A high school football player from Georgia has been barred from playing NCAA football due to his use of CBD oil to treat his seizures, according to a WGXA report. C.J. Harris, a senior at Warner Robins High School, received a preferred walk-on offer from Auburn University – his “dream school” – but the offer […]

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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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Epidiolex Receives Initial Recommendation from FDA Committee

Epidiolex, a CBD-based pharmaceutical medication created by GW Pharmaceuticals in the United Kingdom, has received a unanimous recommendation from an FDA advisory committee. The committee’s recommendation sets Epidiolex up to potentially receive FDA approval for U.S. distribution by June, CNN reports. According to GW’s website, Epidiolex is a “proprietary oral solution of pure plant-derived cannabidiol.” It was developed […]

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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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Judge Orders Illinois Officials to Add Intractable Pain to MMJ Program; Stalled While State Appeals

Cook County, Illinois Judge Raymond Mitchell has ordered the state Department of Health to add intractable pain to the state’s medical cannabis qualifying condition list, the Chicago Tribune reports. Despite the ruling, pain patients will continue waiting to access the program as the judge has allowed the change to be stalled while the state appeals. […]

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Federal Judge Rules Illinois Student Can Use & Store MMJ on School Grounds

Federal U.S. District Court Judge John Blakely on Friday ruled that an 11-year-old medical cannabis patient in Illinois can be administered cannabis oil in school, according to an NPR report. The Illinois attorney general’s office told the court they would not challenge the ruling and would work with state officials to address the issue in […]

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Research Review: Does Cannabis Kill Leukemia Cells?

Recently, an article was published covering the use of cannabis in the treatment leukemia, which caused quite a stir within the medical cannabis community. And although the results of this study are indeed promising, the researchers are certainly not the first to show the potential leukemia-fighting power of cannabis. The history of research on cannabis […]

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Dr. Allen Miller: Using Cannabis to Kick Opioid Dependency

Dr. Allen Miller is the founder/owner of Doctors Cannabis Consulting and, in addition to being a chiropractor and a consultant, is an enthusiastic patient and supporter of cannabis medicine. In this episode of the Ganjapreneur.com podcast, Dr. Miller joins our podcast host TG Branfalt to discuss using cannabis therapy as an exit strategy for opioid […]

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Study Finds Overwhelmingly Positive Response to Using MMJ as Opioid Substitute

According to a study conducted by HelloMD and the University of California Berkeley, cannabis can be used as a substitute for opioid and non-opioid based pain medication. The collaboration surveyed nearly 3,000 participants and 97 percent “strongly agreed” or “agreed” that they could decrease their opioid use when using cannabis. Ninety-two percent of respondents “strongly […]

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Australian Firm Set to Trial Two Cannabis-Derived Drugs

Australia’s Medlab Clinical Limited is expected to begin trials of two cannabis-derived medicines after receiving approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee, according to an Australian Journal of Pharmacy report. Both drugs are being considered as cancer therapies. NanaBis will be tested in advanced stage cancer patients with intractable pain. The product, which contains both […]

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New Mexico Health Secretary Rejects Adding ‘Opioid Use Disorder’ to MMJ List

New Mexico Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher has rejected several recommendations by the state Medical Cannabis Program advisory board, including their proposal to add “opioid use disorder” to the list of medical cannabis qualifying conditions, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports. The board had approved the measure 5-1 last November, which drew wide bipartisan support among […]

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Minnesota Company Launches Campaign to Remove MMJ Stigma

A Minnesota company has launched a statewide campaign aimed at normalizing and removing the stigma surrounding medical cannabis. The “More Firsts” campaign by LeafLine Labs, a licensed medical cannabis business, is meant to humanize patient stories and represent “firsts” for the company’s patients after starting medical cannabis treatment. Dr. Andrew Bachman, co-founder and CEO of […]

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Arizona Drug Rehab Offering Cannabis as Opioid-Exit Treatment

A drug rehabilitation facility in Scottsdale, Arizona is using cannabis to treat people addicted to opioid-based painkillers, ABC15 reports. Physicians at Blue Door Therapeutics are recommending cannabis pills and patches to help with nausea from opioid withdrawal and help stabilize the patient’s underlying condition. Doctors at Blue Door, however, are not encouraging their patients to […]

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New York Assembly Committee Approves Adding Severe Menstrual Pain to MMJ List

The New York Assembly’s Health Committee approved a bill last week that would add dysmenorrhea as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis access, Newsweek reports. Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for severe pain and discomfort associated with menstruation. The measure is sponsored in the Assembly by Democratic state Sen. Linda Rosenthal who has championed other […]

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Australia’s Revised MMJ Rules Not Improving Access

Despite a ruling by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration to make medical cannabis more available for patients, some lawmakers are arguing that the scheme has actually made access more difficult, the Australian Broadcasting Company reports. Under the original plan, first approved in 1992, a limited number of patients were allowed access to medical cannabis, under what […]

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Study: Cannabis Could Help Wean Crack Addicts

Researchers at Canada’s BC Centre on Substance Use have found that using cannabis might help wean people off of crack cocaine, according to a Globe and Mail report. Scientists tracked 122 people who used crack over a three-year period and found that they used the drug less frequently when they also consumed cannabis. M.J. Milloy, […]

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Israel Loosens MMJ Restrictions, Allows Public Use of Cannabis Oil & Vapor

New medical cannabis rules in Israel will reduce wait times for patients to receive authorization to use and possess medical cannabis and patients will now be allowed to consume cannabis as an oil or vapor in public, according to a report from Jerusalem Online. The new rules are effective immediately as Israeli Health Minister Ya’akov […]

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Spark the Conversation: Rob Tankson, PrestoDoctor

Rob Tankson is a career tech innovator and founding partner of PrestoDoctor, an online medical cannabis recommendation service based out of California that puts patients in contact with cannabis-friendly doctors. Rob joined cannabis activist and Spark the Conversation podcast host Bianca Green for a live interview during the Emerald Cup. In this podcast episode, Rob […]

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Julianna Carella: Brightening Lives with CBD-Infused Pet Treats

Julianna Carella is the founder and CEO of two companies that create cannabinoid infusions. Her first company, Auntie Dolores, is an infused gourmet edibles producer that offers medical cannabis concoctions; her second company, Treatibles, has quickly become a national sensation for providing nutritious and wellness-focused CBD treats that have been enjoyed by animals of all […]

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Medical Cannabis and Cancer: Do You Know the Whole Story?

With more and more states choosing to legalize medical marijuana, there has been increased interest in using cannabis to treat certain medical conditions, such as different types of cancer. And, although cannabis has shown promise in helping patients with cancer, claims that cannabis can actually cure cancer may leave patients feeling unsure of what to […]

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What Medical Conditions Qualify for a Medical Marijuana Prescription?

Medical marijuana remains a contentious subject for many, but the benefits of the plant can no longer be denied. Twenty-eight states have now legalized the medical use of marijuana, including most recently Arkansas, North Dakota, Montana and Florida, who all passed medical use amendments during the 2016 election. Most of these states won’t see prescriptions […]

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Bill Filed to Allow Students to Consume Cannabis at School in Washington State

One of the major concerns around cannabis has always been youth access. However, like adults, some kids need cannabis products to help them live normal, healthy lives. All but nine states have now softened their stance on either medical cannabis or high CBD cannabis products specifically to help children suffering from epilepsy. These advances in […]

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