Category: medical marijuana

Arizona Supreme Court Rules Medical Marijuana is Allowed on College Campuses

The road to fair treatment for medical marijuana patients has surpassed another obstacle as the Arizona Supreme Court made their ruling this week that patients are free to have their medicine on college campuses without fear of arrest. Voters approved medical marijuana via ballot initiative, which put the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act in place as a constitutional amendment in 2010. Two years later, legislators saw fit to make changes to the list of places where medical marijuana was not allowed – which originally included prisons, schools and school buses – to include university campuses. At least one Arizona State...

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Ohio Officials Set to Announce Medical Marijuana Dispensary Approvals This Week

It has been two long years since Ohio legalized medical marijuana, and state officials are finally expected to announce the locations of up to 56 of the dispensaries that have been awarded licenses. This is out of 376 applicants that are hoping to hear that they were chosen as one of the first to be awarded a license to sell medical marijuana to registered patients. The Board of Pharmacy expects that patient registry will begin as soon as July – and the goal is for the program to finally be fully functional by September 2018. While many cities have...

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Can Cannabis Be Used for Lupus Treatment?

Lupus is a chronic, devastating autoimmune disorder characterized by progressive inflammation and debilitating pain. Autoimmune disorders are the result of dysfunctional immune systems and the generation of self-attacking antibodies against one’s own healthy cell/tissue. Persistent and prolonged autoimmune attack contributes to inflammatory reaction and permanent damage of the affected cells. The exact cause of lupus pathogenesis is unknown; however, genetic (inherited) and environmental factors have been implicated. Some of the common types of Lupus are: Systemic lupus erythematosus – attacks several body organs including skin, joints, blood vessels, etc. Lupus nephritis – causes kidney damage and failure Iatrogenic lupus...

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Marijuana and The Ups and Downs of Blood Pressure

What Goes Up Must Come Down If you have high blood pressure and you’re looking for a healthy method for controlling it, it may be wise to take a look at marijuana. But, one thing you have to know before taking cannabis for your high blood pressure is that when you use or take it, your blood pressure will typically go up slightly at first. Eventually, your blood pressure should return to a normal level. Who Can Benefit from Using Marijuana for Blood Pressure Patients who have high blood pressure, which is known as the “silent killer”, can use...

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Florida Patients Continue to Fight for the Right to Smoke Medical Marijuana

When voters legalized medical marijuana in Florida, they did so with a landslide vote – and most, if not all, voters were expecting smoking to be allowed under the constitutional amendment they approved. Unfortunately, lawmakers took it upon themselves to specifically ban smoking – making medical marijuana available to qualified patients through vaping, edibles, oils, sprays and tinctures – and claim it was within their power to enact the ban to “regulate health, safety and welfare” of the public. “The amendment itself says smoking is not allowed in public places. I don’t think you need to be too much...

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Is Smoked Marijuana Medicine?

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb shot down the idea that marijuana in smokeable form would ever become an FDA-approved medical substance. “I prescribed blood pressure pills and all kinds of other things to my patients when I was a practicing physician not too long ago,” Gottlieb said. “I never told a patient to go home, crush up a pill, roll it in a piece of paper and smoke it.” This seems like a rather flippant and ignorant remark by a man running the FDA. While pills are made specifically for oral...

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