Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Risk Of Alcohol-Induced Pancreatitis

"We cannot underestimate the role of physicians in making sure that patients can access medical marijuana," Secretary Murphy said.

MASSACHUSETTS: Habitual alcohol consumers who also use cannabis are at less risk for either acute or chronic pancreatitis as compared to those who do not use the substance, according to clinical data published in the journal Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research. A team of investigators from the United States and Canada assessed the prevalence of alcohol-induced pancreatitis in a Read the full article…

Long-Term Cannabis Use Associated With Lower BMI

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ARIZONA: Lifetime cannabis exposure is associated with lower body mass index (BMI), according to longitudinal data published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Researchers from Arizona State University and the University of Pittsburgh assessed the association between long-term cannabis exposure and cardiometabolic risk factors in a cohort of 253 men. They reported that greater marijuana exposure was associated with lower Read the full article…

Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Announces Fourth Week Statistics For MMJ Patient & Caregiver Registry

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OHIO: After accepting patient registrations for four weeks, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has 4,964 recommendations in the Patient and Caregiver Registry. Of those with a recommendation, 3,575 have activated their Registry Card. The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy will continue to provide weekly updates through December after which a monthly report will Read the full article…

Case Report: Daily CBD Administration Associated With Remission Of Schizophrenic Symptoms

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GERMANY: The adjunctive use of cannabidiol is associated with a remission in schizophrenic symptoms in a patient previously unresponsive to conventional treatment, according to a case report published in the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Investigators from the University of Leipzig in Germany assessed the use of twice-daily dosing of 750mg of CBD in conjunction with clozapine Read the full article…

NIH: Teen Marijuana Use Not Increasing Despite Legalization

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MARYLAND: Self-reported marijuana use by adolescents has failed to increase in recent years despite the majority of states legalizing it for either medical or adult use, according to the latest data compiled by the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey, which is commissioned by the US National Institutes on Drug Abuse. NIDA is a part of Read the full article…

Study: Long-Term Cannabis Use Not Associated With Changes In Brain Morphology

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AUSTRALIA: The use of cannabis, even long-term, is not associated with changes in the cortical surface of the brain, according to data published in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology. A team of investigators from Australia and the Netherlands assessed the relationship between cannabis use and brain morphology in a cohort of 261 subjects (141 cannabis users and 120 controls). Researchers Read the full article…

National Nursing Standards Legitimize Cannabis Nursing

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Cannabis Nurses Network Steps in as Essential Resource for Medical Marijuana Education CALIFORNIA: When the National Council of State Boards of Nursing released guidelines for cannabis patient care, it simultaneously validated the legitimacy of cannabis nursing, and underscored the immediate necessity for medical professionals to gain practical medical marijuana patient care education. Cannabis Nurses Network, Read the full article…

Study: Marijuana Dispensaries Associated With Localized Reductions In Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths

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CALIFORNIA: Counties that permit the operation of medical cannabis dispensaries possess reduced rates of opioid-related mortality, according to the findings of an academic research paper published on the SSRN online network. Researchers from Claremont McKenna College in California, the University of Georgia, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock assessed the localized impact of dispensary operations on Read the full article…

Study: CBD-Rich Cannabis Mitigates Symptoms In Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

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ISRAEL: The daily administration of CBD-dominant cannabis extracts is associated with improved outcomes in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and severe behavioral problems, according to clinical data published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Israeli researchers assessed the efficacy of whole-plant cannabis extracts in a cohort of children with ASD. Participants were administered extracts containing a Read the full article…

Study: Patients With Tourette Syndrome Report Benefits From Cannabis

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ISRAEL: Patients suffering from Tourette syndrome (TS) report symptomatic benefits following the use of medical cannabis, according to data published in the journal Parkinsonism and Related Disorders. Israeli researchers surveyed 42 patients with TS who had approval from the Health Ministry to use medical marijuana. Subjects typically reported reduced tic severity, better sleep, and improved mood following cannabis administration. Read the full article…