UC San Diego Accepts $4.7 Million Donation to Study CBD and Autism

Medical cannabis research just got a big boost as UC San Diego accepts $4.7 million donation to study CBD and autism. The donation represents the largest of its kind in U.S. history. More importantly, it could help shed light on how cannabis can be used to treat autism. Continue reading “UC San Diego Accepts $4.7 Million Donation to Study CBD and Autism”

New Research Shows How Medical Marijuana Can Fight Opioid Crisis

In states that have legalized medical marijuana, cannabis has proven to be an effective painkiller and opioid alternative. Not only can cannabis treat opioid addiction, but new research shows how medical marijuana can fight opioid crisis by curbing the number of opioid prescriptions. Here are the findings from two separate studies that reach the same conclusion. Continue reading “New Research Shows How Medical Marijuana Can Fight Opioid Crisis”

Colorado grows twice as much hemp as any other state

Colorado grows almost 40 percent of all the hemp in the country, and more than twice as much as any other state.

Not to be confused with its more famous and psychotropic cousin, marijuana, hemp is used for items ranging from medication and medical research to textiles.

Advocacy group Vote Hemp’s 2017 Hemp Crop Report says hemp cultivation more than doubled this year, from 9,770 acres nationwide in 2016, to 23,346 acres this year. Colorado’s hemp acreage is up from 5,921 in 2016 to 9,000 this year. Continue reading “Colorado grows twice as much hemp as any other state”

How Many Prescriptions Are Replaced by Cannabis? Canada Study Explores an Answer

In the US, we’ve seen a marked drop in opioid overdoses in legal states, prodding the question of whether patients are replacing their prescription medicines with cannabis. Recent survey data collected from patients enrolled in Canada’s MMPR program indicates this may be more than just a correlation. Continue reading “How Many Prescriptions Are Replaced by Cannabis? Canada Study Explores an Answer”

Mold and bacteria on marijuana a risk to some patients, say researchers

Researchers at UC Davis are warning some medical marijuana users after identifying potentially lethal bacteria and mold on cannabis samples from 20 Northern California dispensaries.

Microbiology professor George Thompson is advising those with weakened immune systems to avoid vaping or smoking marijuana.

Thompson says leukemia, lymphoma, AIDS or cancer patients who use contaminated cannabis could put themselves at risk of lung infections. Continue reading “Mold and bacteria on marijuana a risk to some patients, say researchers”

Colorado marijuana data: Fresh report looks at health effects, trends

After Colorado implemented its recreational marijuana law in 2014, one of the paramount tasks for state health officials was to monitor potential public-health outcomes.

The state’s first report, released in January 2015 by a panel of doctors, scientists and public health officials, contained what was effectively “baseline data,” state officials said at the time. It was first-of-a-kind research for a first-of-its-kind regulatory maneuver. Continue reading “Colorado marijuana data: Fresh report looks at health effects, trends”

Utah bill allowing universities to study medical marijuana moves forward

A Utah proposal that would allow universities to study medical marijuana has cleared its first committee meeting.

Members of a House health and human services committee voted unanimously Monday in favor of the plan, saying the research would help to flesh out when the drug should be prescribed, how much should be administered and its potential side effects. Continue reading “Utah bill allowing universities to study medical marijuana moves forward”

Utah Lawmakers Turn Timid on Medical Marijuana Plans

Utah lawmakers announced Friday that they’re scaling back their push to expand the state’s very limited medical marijuana law to more uses or ailments and instead will focus on calling for additional research on the drug’s effects.

Four Republican lawmakers said at a news conference that their proposals will focus on finding out more about the drug’s impact on conditions such as chronic pain and cancer. Continue reading “Utah Lawmakers Turn Timid on Medical Marijuana Plans”

Spanish Doctor Launches Cannabis Research Hub Amid Push for Reform

Legal access to cannabis in Spain, where the plant remains in a legal gray zone, is still a ways over the horizon, but medical patients in country are hopeful change is underway. Developments such as a new national observatory centered on medical applications of cannabinoids and initiatives like the CannabMed conference in Barcelona are adding to the country’s cannabis knowledge base, empowering patients and health care professionals, and highlighting the need for reform of medical cannabis legislation. Continue reading “Spanish Doctor Launches Cannabis Research Hub Amid Push for Reform”