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Cannabis as a Substitute for Opioid-Based Pain Medication

A group of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Kent State University analyzed a set of 2,897 patient reported outcomes regarding cannabis and its use in pain relief in conjunction with opiates. "... this study can conclude that medical cannabis patients report successfully using cannabis along with or as ...read more

Cannabidiol slashes seizures in kids with rare epilepsy, study finds

A double-blind, placebo-controlled human trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found cannabidiol can decrease the frequency of convulsive seizures.  120 patients with Dravet syndrome were given orally administered cannabinoids.  During the 14-week study, the cannabidiol groups average seizure frequency per month decreased from 12.4 to 5.9. On ...read more

Israel Studies Potential of Medical Marijuana as a Treatment for Autism

Israel has started the first clinical trials in the world to determine if cannabis can provide a treatment for autism.  Specifically, researchers are focusing on cannabidiol.  Israel originally approved medical cannabis in 1992 and has since been at the forefront of cannabis research, with government backed grants and research.  This ...read more

Oxford University Researchers to Explore the Potential Benefits of Medical Marijuana

“Oxford will seek to identify new medical therapies through research into the molecular, cellular and systems mechanisms of cannabinoids,” according to a news release from the university. Neil Mahapatra, manager partner of Kingsley, said in the news release that medical marijuana already benefits patients around the world in dealing with “distressing ...read more

Drug Enforcement Administration Will Not Call for Reclassifying Marijuana

"The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday it will not call for reclassifying marijuana, dashing the hopes of advocates of legalization and rejecting calls from some states and members of Congress who say growing knowledge and public acceptance should result in looser regulations. In a notice for the Federal Register, the ...read more

Gov. Rauner Signs Decriminalization Bill for State of Illinois

"Getting caught with small amounts of marijuana will result in citations akin to a traffic ticket instead of the possibility of jail time under legislation Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law Friday.  Rauner's approval of the decriminalization measure comes after he used his amendatory veto powers last year to rewrite ...read more

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