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Michigan patients seeking medical marijuana cards still need to meet in-person with a doctor, despite the threat of transmitting the novel coronavirus

Want a medical marijuana card? Despite COVID-19, you need to meet in-person with a doctor

Michigan patients seeking medical marijuana cards still need to meet in-person with a doctor, despite the threat of transmitting the novel coronavirus.  The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted physicians across the globe to switch to telehealth appointments, but Michigan doctors providing medical cannabis certifications cannot legally do so, according to Andrew Brisbo, executive director of the state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency.

The Budtender Will See You Now

Doctors greenlight patients for medical weed, but it’s often “budtenders” and “marijuana consultants” who guide them through the lotions, gummies and smokable strains at dispensaries, creating a whole new wave of gaps in health records and patient-physician communications. In many states, dispensary staff, often called budtenders, don’t have medical degrees. States vary in how much…
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The United States’ Patent on Marijuana – Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants

Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological…
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Marijuana Use Among Adults 50 Years or Older in the 21st Century Is Rising

The older adult population in the United States will dramatically increase in the upcoming decades. By 2050, the population 65 years or older will increase to an estimated 83.7 million people (Colby & Ortman, 2014; Ortman, Velkoff, & Hogan, 2014). The Baby Boomer generation, consisting of births from 1946 to 1964, constitutes a large proportion…
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What Medical Marijuana Is, and Is Not, Good For

Notably: pain, inflammation-related disorders and age-related changes in the brain. Such as, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorders, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic or severe pain, Parkinson’s disease, HIV, PTSD, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome,…
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Cannabis and CBD Oil for Nausea

It is common knowledge that CBD oil is an excellent phytocannabinoid infusion, treating various afflictions ranging from seizures to inflammation. However, did you know that studies show it is one of the most potent antiemetics? This means it has exceptional anti-nausea and anti-vomiting properties.

Legalizing weed is the right move for New York, the state’s health department says

‘It has become less a question of whether to legalize but how to do so responsibly.’

Canada legalising recreational marijuana could vault country to forefront of cannabis research

Medical marijuana studies are set to explode in Canada after the use and sale of cannabis become legal in October. It is only the second country, after Uruguay, to fully legalize the drug for recreational purposes. The move will make good on a campaign promise from Justin Trudeau, who swept into the prime minister’s office…
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First Cannabis-Derived Drug Approved By FDA For Medical Use

Medical marijuana now comes with the FDA seal of approval. On Monday the agency approved its first marijuana-derived drug, Epidiolex, for the treatment of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, two rare forms of pediatric epilepsy. The oral solution contains cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound that has proved beneficial in reducing the catastrophic, potentially life-threatening…
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Can medical marijuana programs survive with recreational markets?

Medical marijuana programs in states that went on to legalize adult-use cannabis are suffering, raising questions about the future of MMJ in those markets. The makeup of MMJ patients in those states also is changing. Data from MMJ programs in Colorado, Oregon and Nevada – the only states with both an active recreational marijuana industry…
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