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Alabama Could Become the 34th Medical Marijuana State

03/03/2020

Thirty-three states have legalized medical marijuana and Alabama may soon become the 34th.  Proposed legislation, which mirrors “compassionate care” programs in other states, is sponsored by Republican state Senator Tim Melson and has already passed the state’s judiciary commit ... Read More

More Seniors Are Smoking Marijuana

02/26/2020

Marijuana use almost doubled in three years among older adults (65+), according to a new study by researchers at New York University School of Medicine. The percentage of older adults who use marijuana, however, is still relatively low. It rose to 4.2% in 2018. Almost 6% of older men ... Read More

Skunky? Fruity? Floral? Here’s What Cannabis Smells Really Mean

02/25/2020

If you hang around in a dispensary long enough you’re bound to hear the word “terpenes.” These are the compounds found in many plants that produce their distinctive scents. Imagine the varied aromas of pine needles, lemon peel, and cinnamon—those are all terpenes you’re smelling ... Read More

Using Marijuana for Pain is Not Risk-Free

02/24/2020

Patients who use marijuana to help relieve pain are more likely to also use it for recreational purposes compared to those without pain, according to research from Columbia University. Pain patients are also at a greater risk of cannabis use disorder. Millions of Americans suffer from ... Read More

Cannabis Takes the Itch Out

02/21/2020

Topical cannabis may help relieve itching, according to a review of the medical research. The skin contains cannabinoid receptors, which play a role in regulating inflammation, itching and redness, and immune reactions. According to the review, published in the Journal of the American ... Read More

More Pregnant Women Interested in Cannabis for Labor Pain

02/18/2020

One third of pregnant women said they would consider using marijuana to reduce pain during labor and delivery, according to a survey of women who had recently given birth at a university hospital in Canada. As medical and recreational marijuana has become legalized in the U.S., there h ... Read More

Denied a Medical Marijuana Card? Here’s What to Do.

02/16/2020

Contrary to stories coming out of California and other pot-friendly states, getting legal access to a federally-regulated Schedule 1 drug isn’t as simple as walking in, dropping your cash on the counter, and smiling for a picture. If you applied for a medical marijuana card from your ... Read More

25% of College and Elite Athletes Use Marijuana

02/14/2020

About 1 in 4 elite and college athletes reported using marijuana within the past year, according to a review of 37 studies. Athletes use cannabis for a range of reasons, including helping to reduce pain and soreness, improve sleep, enhance performance, and for recreational use. Mar ... Read More

Medical Marijuana Laws Linked to Fewer Workers’ Comp Claims

02/12/2020

State medical marijuana laws (MML) are associated with fewer workers’ compensation claims, suggesting that cannabis reduces disability and allows more people to get back to work. The study, published in the journal Health Economics, looked at the association between medical marijuana ... Read More

More Patients With Rheumatoid Diseases Using Medical Marijuana

02/07/2020

The percentage of patients with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and lupus who are using marijuana to manage their symptoms has tripled in five years. In 2019, 18% of patients surveyed said they’ve used cannabis, up from 6% in 2014. Use was more prevalent in and near ... Read More

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