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FDA promotes CBD liver damage scare, though advocates remain skeptical

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is under growing pressure to finally regulate products that contain cannabidiol (CBD), the cannabinoid that has had a meteoric rise to health-fad status in part because it is non-intoxicating. Hemp-derived CBD was legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, but food and drug products prepared with it remain technically illegal until the FDA creates regulations.

Legislation that would further push the FDA to move on the CBD matter is even currently pending before Congress.

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22
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Pennsylvania Health Officials expand Medical Cannabis Access Program

Health officials have expanded the pool of patients eligible to receive medical cannabis access.

The State Health Department Secretary publicly announced on Thursday that patients diagnosed with anxiety disorders and/or Tourette syndrome will be eligible to receive recommendations to legally access medical cannabis products. The new rules take effect on July 20.

Lieutenant Gov. John Fetterman called the changes “a truly powerful expansion” of the state’s program.

Mon
22
Jul

Certain kinds of cannabis may help kill cancer cell, study

Past research has suggested that medical marijuana might have the ability to slow the growth of cancerous tumors. Now, new research suggests that cannabis could also help kill certain cancer cells. brings us a little closer to understanding how to maximize this potential, writes Calvin Hughes.

Fri
19
Jul

Cannabis and mental health: Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder, equally likely to affect men and women, causes a person’s mood, energy, and mental clarity to vary wildly. Such fluctuation leads the person to experience waves of mania and depression. Most patients experience the onset of bipolar disorder around age 25, although teens and children can develop bipolar disorder at lesser rates than adults. In all, 2.6% of the U.S. population has bipolar disorder

Fri
19
Jul

Ohio lawmakers advance bill for CBD products and hemp cultivation

Ohio lawmakers advanced a bill earlier this week that would legalize CBD products and hemp production in the state. The bill will now head to Governor Mike DeWine and if he approved the measure it will immediately be made law.

“This is the best news that’s going to hit farm country this year,” said Rep. Bill Seitz from Green Township.

The bill was passed by the Senate in March and approved earlier this week in an 88-3 vote, showing the state’s growing approval for the cannabis industry within Ohio.

Larry Householder, House Speaker, told sources that since farmers in Ohio has such a rough year, this news is a promising  

Thu
18
Jul

Cannabis for menstrual cramps: Can cannabis help women with painful periods?

After many years of suffering from terrible pains with each passing month, I finally tried marijuana for menstrual cramps – and it worked like a charm.

I’ve been struggling with severe menstrual cramps (stomach pain, nausea, exhaustion, sometimes even vomiting) ever since my late teens.

You have no idea how many times I had to cancel plans. I’d spend that entire day in bed, doing basically nothing but enduring pain.

I’m the type of person who only takes medications when they’re 100% necessary. So most of the time I tried to avoid pills, but sometimes pain and nausea would become so unbearable that I had to take a double dose just to make it through the day.

Thu
18
Jul

Medical marijuana laws not linked to reduced opioid misuse

Medical marijuana laws had little impact on curbing non-medical use of prescription opioids, according to a new study that raises doubts over legal marijuana as an alternative to current substance use disorder treatments.

Non-medical use of prescription opioids slightly increased in states with medical marijuana laws, the study published Wednesday in JAMA Network Open found. Researchers analyzed substance use behavioral data from more than 672,000 individuals ages 12 and older from 2004 to 2012.

Thu
18
Jul

Using marijuana to treat glaucoma

Marijuana increased in popularity in the mid-1970s when there was interest in cannabinoids for reduction in intraocular pressure (IOP), which is the fluid pressure inside the eye. Now, its usage has increased due to its pleasure-inducing side effects, and behind tobacco, alcohol and caffeine, it is the most widely used drug in society, according to Michigan Medicine ophthalmologist, Theresa M. Cooney, M.D.

Wed
17
Jul

New Jersey opens major expansion of medical marijuana program

On Monday, New Jersey’s Department of Health announced plans to accept applications for individuals and entities interested in opening operational and cultivation facilities. The agency said that it is seeking applicants to operate as many as 24 Alternative Treatment Centers, with the aim to place eight in the northern part of the state, eight in the central region and seven in the south. An additional facility will be placed in a yet-to-be-determined region, the department said. 

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17
Jul

Is Asia set to become the next big medical cannabis continent?

While most of the attention when it comes to cannabis legalization is focused on North America these days, some people have an eye on Southeast Asia where medical cannabis, decriminalization, and even legalization are a hot topic.

Thailand legalized medical cannabis for certain conditions back at the beginning of this year, and that caught the attention of investors from around the world. And while traditionally, many Asian countries have been extremely tough on cannabis in the past, that attitude seems to be changing.

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