NFL Denies Free Agent Therapeutic Use Exemption for Cannabis

The National Football League has denied free agent running back Mike James an exemption for using cannabis as a painkiller, NBC Sports reports. James, a 2013 sixth-round Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft pick, applied for a therapeutic exemption to use cannabis – which is banned by the league – but officials turned him down. James is […]

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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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Iowa House GOP Threatens to Pull Opioid Bill over MMJ Amendment; Sponsor Pulls Amendment

Republicans in Iowa’s House threatened to kill a bill to address opioid addiction if it included expanded medical cannabis language, forcing the amendment sponsor to withdraw the motion, the Des Moines Register reports. While the Senate is still considering a measure to remove the 3 percent THC cap under the state’s current medical cannabis regime, […]

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Illinois Legislature Considering Bills to Allow MMJ Use for Opioid Dependence and Schoolchildren

The Illinois legislature is considering bills to make two changes to the state’s medical cannabis system – one would allow parents to give their children medical cannabis on school grounds, and another to allow physicians to recommend medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids and allow people addicted to opioids to apply for a medical […]

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Pennsylvania Health Secretary Will Allow Flower Under MMJ Expansion

Pennsylvania’s health secretary will approve of the medical cannabis program changes recommended by the state Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, including allowing flower sales and expanding the qualifying conditions list. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said the flower products will be available this summer but said the products would be sold “in a form that can […]

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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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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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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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Death Toll Rising: U.S. Opioid Overdose Rates Jump 30 Percent in One Year

At Ganjapreneur, we’ve written time and again about the opioid epidemic ravaging the United States. This is not a new issue — but it is getting worse.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently released the results of a year-long study which tracked overdose-related hospital visits throughout the U.S. between June 2016 and September 17. During […]

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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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Illinois Health Department Appeals Court Decision to Add Intractable Pain to MMJ List

The Illinois Department of Public Health has officially appealed the court decision to add intractable pain to the state’s qualifying conditions list for medical cannabis, according to an Associated Press report. The appeal was expected as the judge allowed a stay on the program change in order to allow the state appeal to be heard. […]

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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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New York Lawmakers Introduce MMJ for Opioid-Use Disorder Bills

Legislation to add opioid-use disorder to New York’s medical cannabis qualifying condition list was approved 21-1 by the Assembly Health Committee last week, moving next to the chamber floor for a vote. A same-as bill in the Senate was sent to its Health Committee on Jan. 25. In the House, the measure is sponsored by […]

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Oregon Cannabis Operator Plans Opioid-for-Cannabis Program

Kaya Holdings, operators of Oregon cannabis retailers Kaya Shack, is planning to launch an opioid-for-medical cannabis swap program – if they can get approval from state compliance officials and local law enforcement. The Kaya Cares program would see people interested in trying medical cannabis exchange their prescription opioids for cannabis products at no charge. David […]

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Illinois State Senator to Introduce Bill Allowing Opioid Patients Access to MMJ Program

Illinois State Senator Don Harmon is set to introduce a bill to allow people prescribed opioids for a medical condition to apply for a temporary medical cannabis card instead in an effort to help curb the state’s opioid epidemic. In a press release, Harmon, a Democrat, pointed to research that shows “medical cannabis is a […]

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University of New Mexico Study Finds MMJ Program Enrollees Decrease Opioid Use

A University of New Mexico study is the latest to suggest that cannabis could be a tool in the opioid epidemic. The study, which observed 37 habitual, opioid-using, chronic pain patients who chose to enroll in the state’s medical cannabis program, and 29 patients with similar conditions who chose not to enroll in the program, […]

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By Prohibiting MMJ Access, Lawmakers Complicit in Opioid Epidemic

The opioid overdoses death toll is staggering – reaching 64,070 in 2016 – and at least one estimate suggests opioids could kill a half-million Americans in the next decade. According to the Centers for Disease Control, deaths from “synthetic opioids excluding methadone” more than doubled from 9,945 in Jan. 2016 to 20,145 in Jan. 2017. […]

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Study: Opioid-Related Deaths Decrease after Colorado Legalization

According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, cannabis legalization in Colorado has led to a 6.5 percent decrease in opioid-related deaths, equaling .7 percent decrease in opioid deaths per month. “This reduction represents a reversal of the upward trend in opioid-related deaths in Colorado,” the authors wrote concluded in the […]

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Another Study Finds MMJ Patients Replacing Prescription Meds with Cannabis

Yet another study suggests that cannabis could be useful as an exit drug from traditional medications, including opioids, although the research by DePaul University and Rush University researchers was based on a small sample size of 30 patients registered in Illinois’ medical cannabis program. However, the patients, who had a mean age of 44.6-years-old and […]

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Study: 34% of Chronic Pain Patients Enrolled in MMJ Program Quit Pharmaceuticals

A new study by researchers from the University of New Mexico found that 34 percent of chronic pain patients enrolled in the study were able to cease using all prescription medications by the last six months of the 24-month observation period. The study included 83 chronic pain patients enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis program, […]

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Dr. Oz Says MMJ Useful as Exit Drug on ‘Fox & Friends’ Appearance

In an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Dr. Mehmet Oz, famously known as Dr. Oz, said that there is a “hypocrisy around medical marijuana” and suggested that cannabis “may be the exit drug” to pull the U.S. from the “narcotic epidemic.” “But we’re not allowed to study it because it’s a Schedule I drug,” said […]

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National Institute of Health Awards New York Researchers MMJ-Opioid Grant

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $3.8 million research grant to Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System for a long-term study to investigate whether medical cannabis treatment can help reduce opioid use for adults with chronic pain. The institutions will partner with Vireo Health of New York to enroll New […]

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