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Initial Data on ‘Pharma Grade’ Cannabidiol in Epilepsy

Initial data from an open-label study in treatment-resistant epilepsy of pharmaceutical-grade cannabidiol — the nonpsychoactive ingredient in marijuana that is believed to be responsible for its antiepileptic action — suggest that it reduces seizure rate by about 30%. The product, said to be 98% pure cannabidiol, in development under the brand name Epidiolex by GWContinue Reading

Colorado wants most edible marijuana banned – CBS News

Colorado wants most edible marijuana banned – CBS News

In this Sept. 26, 2014 photo, smaller-dose pot-infused cookies, called the Rookie Cookie, sit on the packaging table at The Growing Kitchen, in Boulder. AP Photo/Brennan Linsley DENVER — Colorado health officials want to ban many edible forms of marijuana, including brownies, cookies and most candies, limiting legal sales of pot-infused food to lozenges andContinue Reading

Colorado health officials recommend banning most pot confections – Reuters

Colorado health officials recommend banning most pot confections – Reuters

(Reuters) – Pot-infused brownies, candies and other confections that are “naturally attractive to children” should be banned, according to recommendations on Monday by Colorado health officials to a task force charged with drafting rules on marijuana edibles. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said edible marijuana products should instead be limited to “aContinue Reading

OncoBreak: Nipple Tattoos, Cannabis Biz, Medical Costs – MedPage Today

Oncology/Hematology Published: Oct 8, 2014 A breast cancer survivor talks about how a road trip that led to a 3-D nipple tattoo “helped me beat breast cancer.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Susan G. Komen has information on related activities that will occur around the country during the month. The first certification programContinue Reading

OncoBreak: Nipple Tattoos, Cannabis Biz, Medical Costs

Oncology/Hematology Published: Oct 8, 2014 A breast cancer survivor talks about how a road trip that led to a 3-D nipple tattoo “helped me beat breast cancer.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Susan G. Komen has information on related activities that will occur around the country during the month. The first certification programContinue Reading

Ways to waste cash: iPants, Ebola scams and start-up TV – Detroit Free Press

Ways to waste cash: iPants, Ebola scams and start-up TV – Detroit Free Press

Regulators roll out a list of warnings on oddball claims that can end up draining cash out of consumer wallets, including weight-loss promises and medical miracles. A Norm Thompson Outfitters outlet is at Portland International Airport in Portland, Ore. The Federal Trade Commission has ordered the company to pay $230,000 in a settlement over shapewear.(Photo:Continue Reading

1000 veterans line up for free marijuana at Operation Grow4Vets event in … – The Denver Channel

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A marijuana giveaway for veterans attracted about 1,000 people to a Colorado Springs hotel. The “Grow 4 Vets” giveaway aimed to bring cannabis-based treatments to veterans with service-related conditions as an alternative to pain medications. The Gazette reports that veterans were given a bag of items that included cannabis oil, anContinue Reading

Marijuana legal but often scarce in Washington state – USA TODAY

Marijuana legal but often scarce in Washington state – USA TODAY

Security guard Chris Swanson takes down the flag outside Seattle marijuana store Cannabis City on Sept. 23, signifying the store has run out of flower or “bud,” and only has less-desirable products available.(Photo: Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY) SEATTLE – A little more than two months after Washington launched recreational marijuana sales, you’d be hard pressed toContinue Reading

MS Spasticity Responds to Marijuana Extract

BOSTON — A new study finds measurable benefit on lower-limb spasticity in patients with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) with a tetrahydrocannabinol-cannabidiol (THC-CBD) oromucosal spray (Sativex, GW Pharmaceuticals). “Our findings confirm the clinical beneficial effects of the combination of THC and CBD on MS spasticity, with improvement on the modified Ashworth scale in the lower limbs,Continue Reading

Hundreds Of Veterans Receive Free Marijuana – Design & Trend

Hundreds Of Veterans Receive Free Marijuana – Design & Trend

Science (Photo : Getty Images/ Blend Images/John Lund/Sam Diephuis) Hundreds of United States military veterans received free marijuana on Saturday in Denver. The event was rather unusual and included medical marijuana as well as edible treats. Hundreds of vets lined up to get into the largest event ever hosted by a group called Operation Grow4Vets.Continue Reading

Veterans Given Free Pot in Denver to Relieve their Pain – Counsel & Heal

Veterans Given Free Pot in Denver to Relieve their Pain – Counsel & Heal

Operation Grow4Vets, which hosted the giveaway, aims to provide veterans an alternative option to prescription medications. (Photo : Flickr) According to a group from Denver, hundreds of military veterans were given free marijuana-infused products to help relieve their pain at an event titled the Denver Cannabis Giveaway. “We’re really here to help them with theirContinue Reading

Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot in Denver – Fox News

Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot in Denver – Fox News

FILE: Nov. 8, 2012: Marijuana plants flourish under the lights at a grow house in Denver. (AP) DENVER – Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain. Members of Operation Grow4Vets said the Saturday event aimed to offer veterans anContinue Reading

Colorado Group Gives Marijuana-Based Products To Veterans – MyFox Philadelphia

DENVER, CO– Traditional medicine may be a thing of the past. “Operation Grow 4 Vets” put together an event over the weekend, which gave out hundreds of marijuana based products to vets in need. “I’ve got PTSD, and yeah, I take marijuana that helps me to sleep at night,” says Stephanie Burton, a veteran ArmyContinue Reading

Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot – The Seattle Times

DENVER — Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain. Members of Operation Grow4Vets said the Saturday event aimed to offer veterans an alternative to prescription drugs to help with anxiety, pain and other problems. The organization also says itContinue Reading

Operation Grow4Vets gave hundreds of veterans free pot – Newsday

Operation Grow4Vets gave hundreds of veterans free pot – Newsday

September 21, 2014 10:30 PMBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS File photo of a marijuana plant. (Credit: AP) Travel deals DENVER – Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain. Members of Operation Grow4Vets said the Saturday event aimed to offer veteransContinue Reading

Group Says It Gave Hundreds of Veterans Free Pot – ABC News

Group Says It Gave Hundreds of Veterans Free Pot – ABC News

Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain. Members of Operation Grow4Vets said the Saturday event aimed to offer veterans an alternative to prescription drugs to help with anxiety, pain and other problems. The organization also says it gave outContinue Reading

Secure Italian Military Lab to Grow Medical Marijuana

Secure Italian Military Lab to Grow Medical Marijuana

Reuters Health Information By Steve Scherer September 19, 2014 ROME (Reuters) – Italy said on Thursday it would grow medical marijuana at a secure military lab outside Florence and distribute it through pharmacies to slash costs and make it more easily available to the sick. The use of medical marijuana or cannabis derivatives to treatContinue Reading

Marijuana Activists: Stop Stoner Stereotype Campaign – American Live Wire

Marijuana Activists: Stop Stoner Stereotype Campaign – American Live Wire

Marijuana industry advocates and activists are fighting the stoner stereotype with a new $75,000 ad campaign. For the most part, past attempts to educate the populace on the subject of marijuana have entirely focused on potential dangers of the drug. Marijuana/Image: Pinterest Witness such examples as the “this is your brain on drugs” anti-drug campaigns,Continue Reading

Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes – Newsday

Marijuana industry battling stoner stereotypes – Newsday

September 17, 2014 6:26 PMBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS This September 2014 image, provided by the Marijuana Policy Project, (MPP), is to appear on a billboard in Denver to promote what MPP says is the first marijuana-related ad campaign that encourages adults to consume it responsibly in states where it is legal, such as Colorado. (Credit:Continue Reading

The NFL’s Hazy Logic on Marijuana – The Atlantic

The NFL’s Hazy Logic on Marijuana – The Atlantic

When it comes to pot, the league’s usual anti-drug arguments don’t hold—and are harming players instead of protecting them. A Seattle Seahawks fan lights up before the Super Bowl XLVIII. (Jason Redmond/Reuters) The National Football League is about to lighten up on pot. To a point. According to reports, the league and its players haveContinue Reading

CDC: Prescription painkiller deaths slowing down – USA TODAY

CDC: Prescription painkiller deaths slowing down – USA TODAY

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say overdoses from prescription painkillers are slowing.(Photo: Comstock Getty Images/Comstock Images) The numbers of deaths due to overdoses of prescription painkillers continue to rise but have slowed, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Atlanta-based health agency reports thatContinue Reading

Proponents look to expand marijuana legalization in November – Fox News

Proponents look to expand marijuana legalization in November – Fox News

Even more states could vote to legalize marijuana this year, as pro-pot advocates look to capitalize on changing voter attitudes to replicate their recent successes in Colorado and Washington state. The legalization question is coming before voters in very different areas of the country, both politically and geographically — Alaska, Oregon and the District ofContinue Reading

MIT hackathon goal: A better breast pump – USA TODAY

MIT hackathon goal: A better breast pump – USA TODAY

John Johnson, Newser Staff 10:39 a.m. EDT September 13, 2014 Breast pumps come with a variety of parts. Engineers, designers, moms and health experts want to build a better pump.(Photo: NONE GANNETT) (NEWSER) – It might not be the first thing that comes to mind after the word “hackathon,” but organizers of an upcoming oneContinue Reading

Former world leaders call for nations to decriminalize drug use and experiment … – Washington Post (blog)

Former world leaders call for nations to decriminalize drug use and experiment … – Washington Post (blog)

The Sea of Green Farms growing facility in Seattle, which the report describes as one of the world’s first jurisdictions to legally regulate a non-medical marijuana market. (Jason Redmond/Reuters) Drug use should be decriminalized and governments should experiment with drug legalization and regulation, a group of former world leaders argues in a new report publishedContinue Reading

Decriminalize, Regulate Heroin, Cocaine, Commission Says – Wall Street Journal

Sept. 8, 2014 8:02 p.m. ET MEXICO CITY—A commission composed mostly of former world leaders will recommend Tuesday that governments move beyond legalizing marijuana and decriminalize and regulate the use of most other illegal drugs, including heroin and cocaine. The international drug-control system is broken, says a report to be released Tuesday in New YorkContinue Reading

State almost certain to delay medical pot rule – Lehigh Acres News Star

State almost certain to delay medical pot rule – Lehigh Acres News Star

The News Service of Florida 6:09 p.m. EDT September 5, 2014 Ammendment 2 would legalize medical marijuana for Florida(Photo: Thinkstock/news-press.com) Health regulators will almost certainly delay a rule that will eventually create the framework for the state’s new medical marijuana industry after an outcry from a legislative panel saying the proposed regulation went too far.Continue Reading

Medical marijuana rules disputed, unsettled – Tallahassee.com

Medical marijuana rules disputed, unsettled – Tallahassee.com

Karl Etters, Tallahassee Democrat 6:04 p.m. EDT September 5, 2014 Jeff Sharkey, of the Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida, listens to the final public comment held by the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use. (Photo: Karl Etters/Democrat ) Public hearings about rules for the use of non-euphoric marijuana are now over. Changes,Continue Reading

Females more sensitive to cannabis; males get munchies – WSU News

Females more sensitive to cannabis; males get munchies – WSU News

By Becky Phillips, University Communications PULLMAN, Wash. – Smoking today’s concentrated pot might be risky business for women, according to new research from Washington State University. The study is the first to demonstrate sex differences in the development of tolerance to THC. Psychology professor Rebecca Craft showed that, thanks to their estrogen levels, female ratsContinue Reading

Are females more susceptible to effects of marijuana? – Medical News Today

Are females more susceptible to effects of marijuana? – Medical News Today

Ratings require JavaScript to be enabled. Public / Patient: 0 0 ratings Health Professionals: 0 0 ratings In the first study to assess sex differences in sensitivities to THC, the key ingredient in cannabis, researchers have found that smoking the concentrated marijuana of today may be riskier for women – thanks to the hormone estrogen.Continue Reading

$21.5 Million In Marijuana Taxes Just Went Up In Smoke – Forbes

$21.5 Million In Marijuana Taxes Just Went Up In Smoke – Forbes

You have to hand it to Colorado for propelling legalized marijuana into the mainstream. In addition to medical marijuana, Colorado legalized recreational use, trumpeting the tax revenue it knew would be piling in. In Colorado, there’s a 2.9% sales tax and a 10% marijuana sales tax. Plus, there is a 15% excise tax on theContinue Reading

Colorado struggles to adjust marijuana supply – MiamiHerald.com

DENVER – Colorado’s pot regulators are trying to make sure the state’s marijuana growers aren’t producing more pot than they can legally sell — a hedge against Colorado-grown pot ending up in states where it’s not legal. But a new set of marijuana production standards up for public review Tuesday sparked a lively debate andContinue Reading

Florida mom allowed to give daughter medical marijuana – USA TODAY

Florida mom allowed to give daughter medical marijuana – USA TODAY

Florida mom allowed to give daughter medical marijuana A Florida mom, who moved to Colorado so her brain cancer-stricken daughter could receive medical marijuana, is bringing her child and the drug back to Florida, before it’s legal for others to use it in the state. Via: Google

Colorado’s missing marijuana taxes – CNNMoney

Colorado’s missing marijuana taxes – CNNMoney

Banks ‘just say no’ to pot cash NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Colorado is missing $21.5 million in pot taxes. Voters legalized retail marijuana (pot for everyone, not just medical patients) in 2012. And they were told the state would pull in $33.5 million from two new taxes in the first six months of 2014. It turnsContinue Reading

5 things to know about driving on marijuana – MiamiHerald.com

WASHINGTON – The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states — Colorado and Washington — and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What’s not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes. Five things to know aboutContinue Reading

Traffic Safety Concerns Arise Regarding Recreational Marijuana – Dumb-Out

Traffic Safety Concerns Arise Regarding Recreational Marijuana – Dumb-Out

In October of 2012, New York teenager Joseph Beer smoked some marijuana and then got behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza, loaded in four of his friends and proceeded to speed down the highway at more than 100 mph. Eventually he lost control and crashed his car into a grove of trees with soContinue Reading

How does marijuana affect driving? – Daily Digest

As the number of states legalizing recreational and medical marijuana continues to grow questions are being raised regarding whether or not this legalization will equate to more drivers getting behind the wheel stoned. So far, not a lot is known about whether or not more people are driving high in these states, nor is muchContinue Reading

Medical marijuana may cost patients top dollar – Chicago Tribune

When Jim Champion goes to a medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois for the first time, his wife, Sandy, plans to take a picture to mark the victory, after years of fighting for an alternative treatment for his multiple sclerosis. “It’ll be like going to the candy store for his birthday,” she said. Champion, a militaryContinue Reading

Marijuana may increase traffic deaths – 13WHAM-TV

Marijuana may increase traffic deaths – 13WHAM-TV

Updated: Monday, September 1 2014, 08:37 PM EDT Safety advocates are concerned the number of traffic deaths will rise due to the legalization of medical marijuana. Marijuana can slow decision making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking. But drivers under the influence of marijuana tend to be aware they’re impaired, drive slowly and avoid riskyContinue Reading

Will Recreational Marijuana Increase Number Auto Accidents From Impairment? – PNC Voice

Will Recreational Marijuana Increase Number Auto Accidents From Impairment? – PNC Voice

CA and WA are the only two states to allow the retail sale of recreational marijuana. But they are probably a sign of things to come as Alaska, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York, and the District of Colombia are all making efforts to legalize recreational marijuana. 23 states already have medical marijuana permits. “We see theContinue Reading

Researchers, safety advocates debate the dangers of driving stoned – Dallas Morning News

WASHINGTON — Safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths as states liberalize their marijuana laws. Researchers who have studied the issue are divided. Marijuana can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking — all those are important driving skills. But unlike with alcohol,Continue Reading

5 Things to Know About Driving on Marijuana – ABC News

5 Things to Know About Driving on Marijuana – ABC News

The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states — Colorado and Washington — and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What’s not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes. ——— WHAT WE KNOW While marijuana usersContinue Reading

Of Pot and Percocet – New York Times

Of Pot and Percocet – New York Times

Photo Credit Olimpia Zagnoli PRESCRIPTION opioid painkillers like Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin have come under intense scrutiny in recent years because of the drastic rise in overdose deaths associated with their prolonged use. Meanwhile, access to medical marijuana has been expanding — 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its broad medical useContinue Reading

Overdose deaths fall by a quarter in US states where medical marijuana is legal … – Herald Sun

Overdose deaths fall by a quarter in US states where medical marijuana is legal … – Herald Sun

Drug sector workers in Victoria say making marijuana available for chronic pain relief will reduce the use of more dangerous drugs. Source: AP LEGALISING medical marijuana could save many of the hundreds of lives lost each year to prescription drug and

Ohio NORML: Medical marijuana can reduce overdose deaths from painkillers – WCPO

Ohio NORML: Medical marijuana can reduce overdose deaths from painkillers – WCPO

Rob Ryan is president of the Ohio chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a study on the role of marijuana and overdose deaths due to opioids, or narcotic painkillers. The study documented a very strong connection between states with medical marijuanaContinue Reading

California marijuana market poised to explode – San Jose Mercury News

California marijuana market poised to explode – San Jose Mercury News

Looking around last week at the exhibitor showroom of CannaCon, the huge marijuana-business expo held outside Seattle, Greg James had something of an epiphany: The pot industry in America is growing like, you guessed it, a weed. “There was everybody from soil companies to grow-light companies to lawyers and security and insurance firms to aContinue Reading

Families’ plight to legalize medical marijuana continues – 13WMAZ

Families’ plight to legalize medical marijuana continues – 13WMAZ

Anita Oh, Randall Savage, 13WMAZ 10:40 p.m. EDT August 27, 2014 The fight to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia continues, six months after it failed in the legislative session. Families gather to urge a medical cannabis bill at the state capitol. WMAZ State lawmakers have now launched a new fight to get a bill backContinue Reading

Ga. study committee examines medical marijuana – Chron.com

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia state representative says lawmakers may pass a medical marijuana bill next year for people with certain terminal illnesses. But Republican Rep. Allen Peake of Macon says he doubts that will extend to people with chronic pain. The Macon Telegraph reports that a study committee on the issue began work WednesdayContinue Reading

Ga. study committee examines medical marijuana – SFGate

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia state representative says lawmakers may pass a medical marijuana bill next year for people with certain terminal illnesses. But Republican Rep. Allen Peake of Macon says he doubts that will extend to people with chronic pain. The Macon Telegraph reports that a study committee on the issue began work WednesdayContinue Reading

Government to Patients: “We Feel Pain Is Best for You” – The Objective Standard

Government to Patients: “We Feel Pain Is Best for You” – The Objective Standard

Ari Armstrong | August 27, 2014 | Health Care [embedded content] Tweet As anyone who has a severe illness such as advanced cancer (or who has a loved one with such an illness) realizes, effective pain management in such cases is crucial. It can mean the difference between a life worth living and an existenceContinue Reading

Is medical marijuana reducing opioid overdose mortality? – Clinical Advisor

Is medical marijuana reducing opioid overdose mortality? – Clinical Advisor

Coupling self-monitoring with self-titration of antihypertensives resulted in lower systolic blood pressure at 12 months, compared with usual care. Obese and overweight children are more likely to be involved in bullying, both as victim and perpetrator. Encouraging intensive lifestyle interventions for patients with type 2 diabetes provides saves more in health care costs than educationContinue Reading