Study Finds Patients Choosing Cannabis Over Opioids

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Research shows people with chronic pain or mental health issues prefer taking cannabis over prescription opioid medications to treat symptoms By Amy Wallace CANADA: Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria have found patients prefer cannabis over opioid medication to treat chronic pain and mental health issues. “This study is Read the full article…

OWC Pharmaceutical To Begin Testing On Cannabinoid-Infused Psoriasis Cream

Cannabis-infused Psoriasis cream

ISRAEL: OWC Pharmaceutical Research Corp., an Israeli-based developer of cannabinoid-based therapies targeting a variety of different medical conditions and disorders, announced it has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to conduct safety testing on its proprietary topical crème compound for the treatment of psoriasis and related skin conditions. The approval follows the Company’s February 1, 2017 8K filing Read the full article…

What Would “Greater Enforcement” Mean for Washington’s Cannabis Businesses?

Justice Department has options to crack down, but may galvanize the push for even wider legalization

Justice Department has options to crack down, but may galvanize the push for even wider legalization By Andy Aley WASHINGTON: In statements that were perhaps inevitable but nonetheless surprising to the cannabis industry, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on February 23, 2017, provided the first official comments on how the Trump administration may address Read the full article…

PA DOH Releases Medical Marijuana Program Permit Applications For Growers/Processors and Dispensaries

PA releases medical marijuana regulations

PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced applications for medical marijuana growers/processors and dispensaries are now available on the department’s Medical Marijuana Program website. Permit applications will be accepted from February 20 to March 20, 2017. “This is an important step forward in getting this valuable medication to patients who desperately need it,” Read the full article…

NWA President Publicly Advocates Cannabis For Injured Wrestlers And Athletes

NWA President says yes to CBD.

The President of the National Wrestling Alliance, attorney R. Bruce Tharpe, is one of the first sports leaders publicly advocating the use of cannabis as a legitimate medical alternative for injured wrestlers and other athletes. “Too many people in the US have become victims of opioid addiction and death as a result of the over-prescription Read the full article…

Clinical Trial: THCV Lowers Blood Sugar Levels In Type 2 Diabetics

Clinical Trials: THCV and Type 2 Diabetes

UNITED KINGDOM: The administration of THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin), a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, is positively associated with glycemic control in type 2 diabetics, according to the randomized, placebo-controlled data published in the journal Diabetes Care. Investigators from the University of Nottingham, School of Medicine assessed the twice daily administration of various cannabinoids (CBD or THCV or CBD and THCV in Read the full article…

NORML Responds To National Academy of Sciences’ Marijuana Report

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a comprehensive report today acknowledging that “conclusive or substantial evidence” exists for cannabis’ efficacy in patients suffering from chronic pain, and sharply criticized longstanding federal regulatory barriers to marijuana research – in particular “the classification of cannabis as a Schedule I substance” under Read the full article…

Health Insurers Won’t Cover Medical Marijuana In North Dakota

Health Insurers Just Say No to MMJ in ND

NORTH DAKOTA: North Dakota voters overwhelmingly approved the legalization of medical marijuana, and lawmakers are grappling with launching the program. But patients are about to learn that legalization does not mean insurance will cover the cost. Major health insurers in North Dakota have said they will not provide coverage for medical marijuana, which voters approved in Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Soon To Be More Available To Floridians

Access Marijuana RX's Dr Lora Brown will take her mmj show on the road

FLORIDA: With the expansion of Florida’s medical marijuana law taking effect this month, St. Petersburg-based physician and founder of AccessMarijuanaRx, Lora L. Brown MD, will host mobile Compassionate Use medical marijuana clinics throughout the state for patients wanting relief from debilitating diseases or conditions as outlined by the newly passed amendment. Conditions that qualify for low-THC or medical cannabis prescriptions Read the full article…

Canadian Producer Aphria Comments On News Of Pesticide Use; Reaffirms Commitment To Quality And Safety

Canadian producer Aphira affirms non-pesticide use

CANADA: Despite most Licensed Producers taking great care to provide safe and effective products, there are still reports surfacing regarding the presence of harmful pesticides in regulated medical cannabis. “We support the use of independent evaluations and testing of medical cannabis as a necessary measure to protect the safety of Canadians,” said Vic Neufeld, Chief Executive Read the full article…