Medical News

A Massachusetts family’s experience giving marijuana edibles to their dying patriarch is set to kick off a desperately needed investigation into how cannabis might treat some of the more troubling symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that affects 5.7 million Americans.

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While terminal patients are finding that medical cannabis offers relief with fewer side effects, health professionals must navigate legal challenges to offer aid.

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Marijuana’s ability to mitigate pain is well-established in scientific literature -- and two new studies offer fresh evidence of how cannabis can be beneficial to patients suffering from different kinds of pain. 

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“After monitoring patients 65 and older for six months, we found medical cannabis treatment significantly relieves pain and improves quality of life for seniors with minimal side effects reported.”

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What is the science behind using cannabis to address asthma symptoms?

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Medical marijuana patients in Pennsylvania are using cannabis to treat chronic pain more than any other affliction, according to an informal survey of dispensaries by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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One of the most promising -- and pressing -- areas of research has to do with the effects of medical marijuana on people with diabetes. 

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While no studies have shown cannabis to cure the condition, it has been shown to impact several of its common symptoms: chronic pain, insomnia/ restless sleep, inflammation and joint/muscle aches.

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Researchers who are trying to determine whether marijuana works to treat post-traumatic stress disorder enrolled their final veteran needed for the study on Veterans Day.

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Alzheimer’s disease will become eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in Minnesota next year, making it the 14th health condition approved since the state’s cannabis program began in 2015.

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Along with monitoring the constantly-evolving state and federal cannabis policies, druggists in cannabis-legal states must also keep watch on a patchwork quilt of local health and safety regulations.

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Nearly a dozen doctors and attorneys specializing in cannabis policy and research, as well as epilepsy treatment, will discuss everything from recent scientific research to CBD's legal status in America.

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A small number of Missouri doctors are bucking the state’s medical establishment by openly supporting the medical marijuana amendment voters approved in November.

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There's been a big movement towards finding more natural ways to cure what ails us. Honey for coughs, turmeric for arthritis pain and now marijuana for menstrual cramps.

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The federal research project will cover all “minor cannabinoids,” which is defined as anything other than THC, according to a pair of funding notices published by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health this week.

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