Cannabis Use Associated With Improved Outcomes In Bipolar Patients

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MASSACHUSETTS: Cannabis use is associated with an alleviation of clinical symptoms in patients with bipolar disorder, and does not negatively impact cognitive performance, according to clinical trial data published in the journal PLoS One. Investigators with Harvard Medical School, Tufts University, and McLean Hospital in Massachusetts assessed the impact of marijuana use on mood symptomology and cognitive Read the full article…

Canada: Far Fewer Young People Using Cannabis

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CANADA:  Cannabis use among Canadian adolescents has declined significantly in recent years, and fewer teens say that it is easy to obtain, according to data published in the journal Preventive Medicine. Investigators at the University of Waterloo in Ontario assessed teen marijuana use trends for the years 2004 to 2015. Researchers reported that adolescent use fell nearly 50 percent Read the full article…

Thousands Of Peer-Reviewed Studies Specific To Medical Cannabis Have Been Published Over Past Decade

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ISRAEL: The total number of peer-reviewed scientific papers dedicated to cannabis, and the therapeutic use of cannabis in particular, has increased exponentially in recent years, according to data published the journal Population Health Management. Israeli researchers assessed trends in the number of scientific publications specific to cannabis as compared to all scientific publications during the years 2000 to 2017. They reported: Read the full article…

Gallup: Two In Three Americans Endorse Marijuana Legalization

Two In Three Americans Endorse Marijuana Legalization

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Sixty-six percent of Americans believe that “the use of marijuana should be made legal,” according to nationwide polling data compiled by Gallup. The total marks an increase in support of almost 30 percent since 2012, when Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize adult marijuana use, and is the highest level of support Read the full article…

Study: Marijuana Use Associated With Lower Diabetes Risk

Marijuana Use Associated With Lower Diabetes Risk

CANADA: The past use of cannabis is significantly associated with lower odds of diabetes in adults, according to data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review. Investigators with the University of Toronto assessed the association between cannabis use and diabetes in a nationally representative sample, while accounting for a range of potential confounders – including lifestyle behaviors, socio-demographics, Read the full article…

FDA Calls for Public Comments Regarding International Classification Of Cannabis

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MARYLAND: The US Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comments specific to whether changes ought to be recommended regarding the international classification of cannabis as a controlled substance. Members of the public have until October 31, 2018 to submit their comments to the FDA for consideration. The FDA says that the comments “will be considered in preparing a response from the Read the full article…

Guam: Governor Signs Home Grow Legislation Into Law

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GUAM: The Governor for the US territory of Guam has signed legislation permitting qualified medical cannabis patients and their caregivers the ability to grow personal use amounts of cannabis at home. Under the new law, applicants can apply to the Department of Health and Social Services to receive a home cultivation permit. Approved applicants may grow up to Read the full article…

Activists To Celebrate 4 Years Of Philadelphia Marijuana Decriminalization At City Hall

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PENNSYLVANIA: Cannabis consumers will gather at Philadelphia City Hall on Saturday, October 20, 2018 to participate in a Pop Up Weed Garden to celebrate a bit more liberty for the plant. Four years ago, Philadelphia Police (PPD) began issuing civil fine tickets in lieu of a criminal arrest for small amounts of marijuana.  Jeanine Campbell with Read the full article…

Survey: Cannabis Use Becoming Common Among Older Adults

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COLORADO: The use of cannabis is relatively common among those over the age of 65 who reside in a legal marijuana state, according to data published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Investigators from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus anonymously surveyed older adults at a pair of ambulatory geriatric primary care clinics in Colorado. Thirty-two Read the full article…

Study: Adjunctive Cannabis Use Improves Treatment Retention In Opioid-Dependent Subjects

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MISSOURI: The intermittent use of cannabis can play a positive role in opioid-dependent subjects undergoing treatment, according to a review published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis assessed data evaluating the relationship between the use of cannabis and opioids. They reported, “Adjunct cannabis use alongside current treatment Read the full article…