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New York’s Medical Marijuana Program: The Patient-Doctor Disconnect
Introduced in July 2014, New York’s medical marijuana program has been a work in progress from the get-go. The state recently announced an expansion to its program that is beginning to open the door to improved patient access. These changes included adding chronic pain and PTSD to its list of qualifying medical conditions. Chronic pain, on its own, is already responsible for more than 7,500 new patients joining New York’s MMJ program. This is a step forward for the state that was once criticized for its strict rules. Similarly so, New York recently took steps to end …
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New York State’s PTSD Expansion Analysis
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo marked this past Veteran’s Day by signing a measure that expanded the state’s medical cannabis qualifying conditions to include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The legislation was sponsored by Senator Diane Savino, a proponent of the inclusion since the program’s infancy. The bill received near unanimous support in the Assembly with a 131-8 vote, and with a Senate approval of 50-13. Its passing expands coverage to an estimated 19,000 New Yorkers. In doing so, it is expected to bring needed relief to a series of New York residents, including its veteran population. Additionally, it could bring …
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Treating Menstrual Cramps and PMDD with Medical Marijuana
A modern-day woman will experience an average of 450 menstrual cycles or “periods” in her lifetime. For women suffering from dysmenorrhea or “menstrual cramps,” this number can seem more like thousands. During this time, some women experience pains that originate in the lower abdomen/pelvic area that can be both physically and emotionally draining to cope with. Do all women experience menstrual cramps? Menstrual cycles are unique to the individual. Some women experience no harsh symptoms, while others can experience a combination of painful symptoms included nausea, loose stools/diarrhea, headache, dizziness, and cramps. A survey …
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Study: Chili Peppers and Cannabis Could Be The Answer To Gut Disorders
Patients with special dietary needs or those with diseases of the gut/pancreas often find themselves frustrated and in tremendous pain. Figuring out how to calm down the immunological response of the gut may make it possible to create a treatment for gastro diseases and disorders, and it turns out part of the solution may be found in both chili pepper and cannabis. You wouldn’t think chili peppers and cannabis have much in common; but researchers have now found that the chemical that gives chili peppers their heat targets a receptor in the gut that produces a …