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Hemp – the Ultimate Superfood for Humans

If you had to pick one plant, just one that had the most benefits for humans – the obvious choice would be hemp. It is well known for thousands of uses for its fiber and medicine and food, and only recently, has it been recognized as a “Superfood.” What’s a superfood you ask? It’s a nutrient dense food that provides ...

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Physicians in Favor of Cannabis

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According to a recent WebMD survey, 69% of physicians in the U.S. believe that marijuana has medical benefits while 56% favor its legalization for medical purposes. “The medical community is clearly saying they support using marijuana as a potential treatment option for any number of medical problems”, says WebMD Chief Medical Editor Michael Smith. Regardless of past restrictions, a majority ...

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Majority of MDs Believe in Therapeutic Benefits of Marijuana

A man smoks medical marijuana in special clinic

Seventy percent of U.S. physicians acknowledge some therapeutic qualities of cannabis and over half believe that the plant should be legal for non-medical purposes, according to survey data released this week by WebMD/Medscape. Sixty-nine percent of the MD respondents said that cannabis can help in the treatment of specific diseases and 67 percent said that the plant should be available ...

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Marijuana Deaths?

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Fatal marijuana overdose in humans does not exist. The scarcity of cannabinoid receptors in the medullary nuclei is largely the reason. Nevertheless, heavy doses can produce unpleasant reactions and, in some rare cases, major doses can result in panic reactions characterized by anxiety, paranoia, self-consciousness, loss of self-control, and disorientation. These reactions subside with a few hours with no medical ...

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What is ‘Abusive OG’

Structure of cannabidiol

“Abusive OG” is an indica strain with a high level of CBD making this strain effective in the treatment of numerous conditions including anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, muscle spasms and tremors. While the levels of CBD in Abusive OG may moderate the euphoric effects of the THC, they work well together to treat chronic pain, according to a host of ...

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Cannabis and Workplace Accidents

Urine drug test materials

The use of cannabis is not positively associated with workplace accidents, according to a clinical study published in the Journal of Addictive Diseases. Researchers examined whether there exists a statistical association between cannabis consumption and work-related accidents by comparing the proportion of marijuana positive urine specimens for post-accident verses random samples from individuals in five states: Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky ...

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Cannabis and Cancer

The National Epilepsy Foundation has announced it is in support of federal and state law changes to increase access to medical marijuana. The announcement adds to the growing momentum in New York for passage of its proposed Compassionate Care Act. The legislature is considering the bill, which has passed the Assembly four times but gets stalled in the Senate. Last ...

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Study: Cannabis Treats MSS

Technician with medical cannabis

A study published in this month’s issue of the journal European Neurology and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health found that muscle stiffness multiple sclerosis marijuanaSativex – a medicinal spray made from the cannabis plant – can be an effective treatment option for “moderate to severe multiple sclerosis spasticity (MSS)”. According to researchers: “Nabiximols (Sativex®), a cannabinoid-based ...

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Pot v Meth

White powder with razor blade

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) asked deputy drug czar Michael Botticelli questions on Tuesday that illustrate federal drug policy’s failure to address drugs that “ravage our country” are due, in part, to a government classification that makes marijuana as dangerous as heroin. “It is ludicrous, absurd, crazy to have marijuana in the same level as heroin,” Cohen said. “Ask the late ...

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Arthritis and Cannabis

A man smoks medical marijuana in special clinic

A study published in this month’s issue of the European Journal of Neurosciencehas found that cannabinoids may be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis. According to the study, “Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease associated with articular cartilage degradation. The major clinical outcome of osteoarthritis is a complex pain state that includes both nociceptive and neuropathic mechanisms.” It continues, “Currently, the ...

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