Survey: Oncologists Believe Medical Cannabis To Be Equally Or More Effective Than Conventional Treatments

Sixty-five percent of respondents said that medical marijuana was equally effective or more effective than standard treatments for addressing appetite loss and/or cachexia.

MASSACHUSETTS: The majority of oncologists believe that the use of medical cannabis is either as effective or more effective than conventional treatments for managing symptoms of cancer, according to survey data published in The Journal of Clinical Oncology. A team of investigators lead by researchers at The Dana Farber Cancer Clinic randomly surveyed oncologists’ beliefs with regard to the Read the full article…

NY Times Book Review: ‘Stoned: A Doctor’s Case For Medical Marijuana’

He delivers a readable, absorbing and informative account, laudably minimizing the yucks and emphasizing the science, or as least as much as the data allow.

NEW YORK: Two-legged or four-legged, some guinea pigs have more fun than others. Among the human variety, Dr. John Clendinning and Dr. David Casarett might be considered particularly fortunate. Back in 1843 Dr. Clendinning, a London physician and bad insomniac, reported on his personal experiences with various sleep-inducing substances. The clear winner was a tincture Read the full article…

Farm-To-Dispensary Medical Marijuana In New York: Grass Roots And Black Dirt

With New Yorkers finally on the brink of medical marijuana patient access, doctors and herbalists are at the forefront of the implementation of the Compassionate Care Act.

NEW YORK:  At last, New Yorkers with serious medical conditions including cancer, HIV, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, MS, and severe chronic pain will be able to access medical marijuana. Sponsored by NYS Senator Diane Savino, New York State’s Compassionate Care Act, passed on June 23, 2014, and the recent passage of the emergency access Read the full article…

Holistic Healers Applaud Move To Make Charlotte’s Web Pot Available

So far, 33 Floridian physicians have completed the required low-THC cannabis continuing medical education courses provided online by the Florida Medical Association.

FLORIDA:  When Mirabai Cardullo’s husband, Chris Cardullo, was battling kidney cancer that had spread to his liver, she searched for ways to relieve his pain – and looked to cannabis for answers. “I tried to get him (medical) marijuana before he passed. I didn’t want him to be in pain and I tried to inquire Read the full article…

Medical Community’s Unease About Medical Marijuana Puts Some Prospective Patients In A Bind

Patients hoping to access medical marijuana may struggle to register as doctors and hospitals shy away from the new program.

MINNESOTA:  Patients hoping to access medical marijuana may struggle to register for the medicine as doctors and hospitals shy away from the new program. Registration opens Monday and patients are expected to start getting the medicine in July. The law passed last year requires a physician to certify a patient has one of nine qualifying Read the full article…

Canadian Government Placing An Unfair Burden On Doctors Who Prescribe Marijuana

Doctors seek alternatives to opioids

CANADA:  Earlier this year, the legislative framework surrounding the provision of medical marijuana in Canada underwent significant change. On April 1, 2014, for-profit corporations who have been granted license by the government assumed responsibility for growing and dispensing prescribed medical marijuana. Physicians, who are charged with assessing the appropriateness of dried marijuana for their patients Read the full article…

Illinois Patients To Docs: ‘What About Marijuana?’

CLONES AS CARRIERS

ILLINOIS:  Illinois doctors, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice organizations are ramping up for their role as gatekeepers in the state’s new medical marijuana program. Medical professionals find themselves at the center of a quickly changing legal landscape with minimal scientific research to back the claims of those extolling marijuana’s therapeutic benefits. “It’s already an issue,” Read the full article…

Most Doctors At Minnesota Forum Oppose Medical Marijuana

The Medical Association says two-thirds of the 35 physicians attending a medical marijuana forum this week in Eagan oppose the bill. The forum’s moderator and MMA board chairman, Dr. Dave Thorson, says many physicians felt more research is needed on the topic.

MINNESOTA:  Most of the doctors polled at a Minnesota Medical Association forum oppose the legislation that legalizes medical marijuana. The bill passed a Minnesota House committee Wednesday, but still has a long road ahead in the Legislature. The Medical Association says two-thirds of the 35 physicians attending a medical marijuana forum this week in Eagan Read the full article…