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The First Licensed Cannabis Retail Shop In Massachusetts Prepares For Its Big Opening
A major hurdle for recreational cannabis sales in the Bay State was cleared on Monday. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) has granted its first provisional retail license to sell adult-use marijuana. The five member commission unanimously voted to grant the license to Cultivate, a medical cannabis dispensary currently operating in Worcester County. The company describes itself as a farm-to-table operation, and takes pride in the fact that it grows and sells medicinal grade cannabis at the same location. The company has also applied for cultivation and manufacturing of adult-use cannabis. Planning …
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Approval of Epidiolex Validates What Many CBD Users Already Knew
The FDA announced in a press release on Monday that it had approved the “first drug comprised of an active ingredient derived from marijuana to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy.” Prior to this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved only three cannabinoid-based medicines. None of the approved drugs contain, or are derived from, the whole cannabis plant. Instead, they are all created from isolated synthetics that do not offer the benefits of the entourage effect. FDA Grants Approval of Epidiolex On June 26, 2018, the FDA granted approval of Epidiolex, …
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How to Talk To Your Doctor About Becoming a Legal Medical Cannabis Patient
At the time of this article’s publishing, thirty states and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation permitting use of medical cannabis. Of those, nine states and DC have went a step further and legalized marijuana for all adults 21 and over. Although this is exciting for many advocates of the plant, many patients that are suffering from ailing health conditions are left wondering what this means for them, and how exactly all of these changes will impact their healthcare options. Do you qualify for medical cannabis? There is no universal handbook for a medical cannabis program. You will find …
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Oklahoma Voters Approve The Use of Medical Marijuana Across The State
On June 26, Oklahoma voters approved State Question Number 788 – Initiative Number 412, an activist-led, signature-driven ballot measure launched more than two years ago. This makes the Sooner State the 30th state in the nation to permit the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, and perhaps the most conservative state yet to approve its use. The measure is one of the most permissive cannabis policies in the U.S. The typical list of qualifying conditions doesn’t exist. Instead, doctors will be able to recommend cannabis using the same accepted standards for recommending any other medications — a …
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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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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 …
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UK Researchers to Study the Effects of Cannabidiol on Brain Tumors in Children
As long as whole plant cannabis products remain federally illegal in the United States (and most other countries), many parents with sick children are forced to administer cannabidiol (CBD) to their child without having access to quality medical advice and/or scientific research. Prompted by the growing number of families who are deciding the potential benefits of using CBD outweigh the risks, British scientists are undertaking a study to determine what effects CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, has on brain tumors. Professor Richard Grundy of University of Nottingham’s Pediatric Neuro-oncology and Cancer Biology unit will …
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Washington College Launches Specialized Cannabis Courses
Just across the Oregon-Washington border, an organization known as Clark College Economic & Community Development (ECD) is providing workforce training and non-credit learning to more than 10,000 people annually. Currently, the ECD offers a wide variety of classes like painting, photography, cooking, languages, computer basics, personal finance, web design and much more. Now, in a move to keep up with the public’s interest in the plant, the ECD is expanding its service offering to include specialized courses in cannabis education. Cannabis and Your Health Cannabis and Your Health is a five week course, covering …
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New Regulations Are Changing the California Cannabis Industry As We Know It
While many California residents were originally happy when Proposition 64, “The Adult Use of Marijuana Act,” passed back in November, many medical patients are now left questioning how the upcoming changes to California’s legal cannabis industry are going to affect their treatment plan. Shifting to a recreational system is proving to be a very complicated and unsettling process, especially when the existing system isn’t exactly the best infrastructure to work with. This can be very frustrating for medical patients who were content with the way it was, but that’s not to say that the current legal gray …
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Update: Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Industry Begins to Heat Up
According to the York Daily Record, the state of Pennsylvania will receive roughly $7.9 million in revenue from marijuana permit applicants this year alone. Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the department has completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved 231 applications; completed temporary regulations for growers/processors, dispensaries, and laboratories (which have been published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin); released Phase One permit applications for grower/processors and dispensaries; developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup; drafted temporary …
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The Cayman Islands Make Ground-Breaking Medical Cannabis Introduction
In response to mounting evidence supporting the effective use of medical cannabis to treat chronic pain, seizures, and many other health problems, and in the face of case studies revealing life changing results for patients who incorporate cannabis into their healthcare plan, the Cayman Islands are making a ground-breaking medical cannabis introduction. Medical Cannabis Introduced in Grand Cayman Grand Cayman’s CTMH Doctors Hospital and Cayman Pharmacy Group have introduced medical cannabis for physician-selected patients who are residents in the Cayman Islands. During this initial phase, the primary focus is to engage and educate …
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New Study Finds Cannabis May Help Preserve Brain Function As We Age
As we get older, the brain ages. As the brain ages, cognitive ability decreases. Short-term memory, learning new things, or devoting attention to several things at the same time becomes more difficult. Researchers have long been looking for ways to slow down or even reverse this process. Scientists at the University of Bonn and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) have now achieved this in mice. A new study published in Nature Medicine reports that low-doses of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active ingredient of cannabis, given to mice helped to restore and even reverse some effects of …