Weed Science

Painkiller Deaths Drop by 25% in States With Legalized Medical Marijuana

Article by Alternative World News Network via Minds A study put out by the Journal of the American Medical Associationin 2014 made an interesting discovery.  In every state that had legalized medical marijuana between 1999 and 2010 (13 states in all), there was a 25% reduction in deaths related to the overdose of legally prescribed opioids. “The difference is quite ...

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The DEA is Looking for Candidates to Grow Marijuana for Research – But Will it Find Any Takers?

Article by Andrew Joseph, Fox News For more than four decades, the University of Mississippi has had an exclusive license with the government to grow marijuana for federally sanctioned research. But this month, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced it would grant permission to other growers — an effort, it said, to expand the supply and variety of marijuana available for research. So ...

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Study: Medical Marijuana Changes How Employees Use Sick Time

Article by Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post New research published in the journal Health Economics suggests that the argument is overstated. Darin F. Ullman, an economist who recently received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, wanted to know what effect, if any, the enactment of medical marijuana laws has had on employee absentee rates. A fair amount of research has been done ...

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A Doctor’s Take on Pot: Marijuana Shouldn’t be Grouped into the Same Category as More Dangerous Drugs

Article by Nathaniel P. Morris, Scientific American via Salon On August 11th, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced its decision to keep marijuana classified as a Schedule I drug. The federal government has historically referred to this category as the “most dangerous” group of substances, including drugs like heroin and bath salts. As a resident physician specializing in mental health, I can’t make much sense ...

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Pot Improves Night Vision in Tadpoles, Study Finds

Article by Charlie Fidelman, Montreal Gazette Montreal researchers have found a new role for cannabinoids. The active ingredient in marijuana — which is also naturally present in the human body — seems to improve night vision in vertebrates. The study by a multidisciplinary team including researchers from the Montreal Neurological Institute looked at changes in tadpole retinas after exposure to cannabinoids. “We didn’t ...

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Marijuana Has Potential to Treat Alzheimer’s, Says Salk Institute Study

Article by Kate Simmons, Westword Alzheimer’s is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that slowly shuts down the brain and eventually leads to death. But a new study gives patients and their families hope that marijuana could help. Researchers at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies published a study in the June journal of Aging and Mechanisms of Disease announcing the discovery of a compound present in ...

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Doctors Face Medical Marijuana Knowledge Gap

Article by Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News via CNN Medical marijuana has been legal in Maine for almost 20 years. But Farmington physician Jean Antonucci says she continues to feel unprepared when counseling sick patients about whether the drug could benefit them. Will it help my glaucoma? Or my chronic pain? My chemotherapy’s making me nauseous, and nothing’s helped. Is ...

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Rats Stay Dopey on Medicinal Part of Pot, UBC Study Finds

Article by Camille Bains, The Globe and Mail Apparent laziness caused by the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana persists even when the same amount of pot’s medicinal component is added, a new study suggests. Lead author Mason Silveira, a PhD candidate in the University of British Columbia’s psychology department, said one part of the research done on rats involved giving ...

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University of Louisville Studying if Hemp can Help Replace Fossil Fuel Reliance

Article by James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research is growing hemp, the university announced Tuesday. The 40-by-40-foot experimental plot will allow researchers to study the marijuana relative’s potential for fuels and use in manufacturing. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the University of Kentucky Agriculture Department are partners in the study located near ...

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Marijuana May Help Cancer Patients, But Questions Remain

Article by Health Writer, Health Segment Marijuana could potentially help cancer patients who have nausea or pain, and could possibly even be used as a treatment for certain cancers, but much more research is needed before any of these uses could be recommended, a new review article said. There is promising research on marijuana use in the field of cancer ...

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