Cannabis News

Saying “No” to Stereotypes About Aging

The Benefits of a Positive Outlook on Aging It’s no secret that seniors face an uphill battle when it comes to stereotypes about their age. However, long gone are the days of the stereotypical “old person.” Today’s seniors are redefining what it means to age well and research is backing up their attitudes, showing that a positive outlook has many benefits – including a decreased risk of dementia and greater longevity. A recent study surveyed more than 500,000 Americans online and found that as people age, they continue to feel younger. William Chopik, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University and lead researcher, says, “60-year-olds felt like they were 46. 70-year-olds felt like they were 53. 80-year-olds felt like they were 65… People know that they are aging, ...

Can Cannabis Be Aged Like Wine and Whiskey?

I’m at the cannabis version of a wine tasting, and 30 seconds into the process I’ve committed a faux pas along the lines of spilling a well-aged Bordeaux all over myself. “I recommend taking a smaller hit,” says one of my colleagues as I expel the ridiculously large cloud of marijuana smoke I just accidentally inhaled through a half-cough, half-snarf. Often, smoking marijuana involves taking big hits. But here in this slickly appointed downtown apartment in Denver, it’s all about taking small, subtle pulls from the sleek glass pipes arrayed on the coffee table before me, to sample the subtle flavor notes of the offerings without getting way too high. As someone who hardly smokes pot at all, I clearly don’t know how to do that. I better figure out how to do so fast, since I’m here with repr...

Doctor Sues State Over Medical Marijuana Laws

An Oklahoma doctor is suing the state over medical marijuana rules he claims are blocking patient access to the drug. Dr. Scott Evans says the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority is denying his patients’ medical cannabis applications, deeming Evans’ recommendations invalid. Evans’ lawyer, Chad Moody, says the denials are hurting his client’s reputation and causing him to lose business. At the root of the problem, at least according to the OMMA, is vague wording in S.Q. 788, the state’s medical cannabis bill. But Evans maintains the state is playing semantics at the expense of patient access to medical cannabis. Doctor Says Oklahoma Officials Are Using “Poison Pills” to Defeat Legal MMJ In July, Oklahoma voters approved State Question 788, legalizing cannabis for medical use. Despite vocal...

Michigan Approves 11 New Conditions for Medical Marijuana Program

Michigan has a relatively strong and active medical marijuana scene. Now, patients in the state will enjoy expanded access with the 11 new qualifying conditions. Michigan’s New Qualifying Medical Conditions Prior to the new expansion, patients in Michigan could qualify for medical marijuana if they had one of several conditions. These included illnesses like PTSD, cancer, glaucoma, HIV, Hepatitis C, ALS, and several others. While that list covered numerous patients in the state, many have been calling for extending access to a larger number of patients. It appears that the state government listened. The new health conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in Michigan are: Arthritis Autism Chronic pain Colitis Inflammatory bowel disease Obsessive-compulsive disorder Parkinson’s Rheumato...

New York Report Says Recreational Marijuana Is A Big Winner

Various moves have built momentum toward cannabis legalization in New York. From Mayor Bill de Blasio telling the New York Police Department to stop arresting people for smoking weed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo encouraging banks to work with cannabis businesses, all signs point toward an embrace of cannabis in the Big Apple. The state’s Health Department continued the trend on Friday. In a report the Health department stated that the “positive effects” of legalization “outweigh the potential negative impacts.” In addition, the report recommends expunging the criminal records of New Yorkers in any cannabis-related convictions. “Numerous NYS agencies and subject matter experts in the fields of public health, mental health, substance use, public safety, transportation, and economics worked in develo...

How Does a Newly Approved Medical Cannabis Patient Know Which Strain to Try?

So, you have just been diagnosed with a medical condition you’ve been worried about. Here are two possible scenarios. One, your general practitioner or specialist diagnoses a specific medical condition or syndrome. On your own, you do some web research and find a cannabis strain that has proven effective for relief from that medical problem. Two, you work out a therapy plan that includes medical cannabis with that doctor or a medical cannabis-informed professional. Then, you follow the advice of that doctor to select and dose the most effective strain. Most users fall into scenario one. While scenario two is preferable, it is an ideal situation in a world without enough marijuana doctors. So, how does a newly approved medical cannabis patient know which strain to try? 1. Research first-tie...

9 Life-Improving Ways to use CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) is all the rage in alternative treatment, and tons of people are using CBD products as an alternative to prescription medications and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. But what is CBD? CBD is a natural cannabinoid compound found in the hemp plant, although, unlike other cannabinoids, CBD is non-intoxicating. That means, it doesn’t produce a “high” or impair motor functions. It does, however, have many medical benefits by interacting with the body’s own, natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). What are some of the benefits of CBD oils? Check out nine of the most popular ways people are replacing harmful prescription drugs with cannabidiol. 1. CBD For Anxiety and Depression Anxiety and depression are some of the most common disorders affecting North Americans. Millions of people ...

BREAKING NEWS: New Health Benefits of Cannabis

New Health Benefits of Cannabis   For a long time, it wasn’t easy to study cannabis and what it does for health. Recently, now that we can observe how cannabis impacts patients, we have learned a lot more. Here are a few recent findings about the miracles of cannabis.   Cannabis Use Probably Doesn’t Increase the Risk of Lung Cancer According to Business Insider, cannabis can have harmful effects on the lungs if smoked, and it is better to vape or ingest. However, it is probably not linked with lung cancer risks, the way cigarette smoking is.   Cannabis Helps Relieve Pain This one may be old news, especially to those who have been medicating with cannabis forever. But now that we are doing more studies and tests, according to Business Insider, it is clear that cannabis really...

Cannabis and Mental Health

Cannabis and Mental Health   Often, we spend tons of time tending to our physical health, dieting, grooming and exercising. But with hectic schedules that balance work and social lives with self-care, it can be easy to neglect mental health. Here are a few ways to make sure you are tending to that aspect of self-care as well.   Depression If you notice you are feeling depressed for longer periods of time, and for no reason at all, you may be suffering from depression. If you are over or under-eating or having issues with too much or too little sleep, this may especially be the case. See a doctor if you are suffering, and talk to them about trying medication or seeking permanent therapy. Leafly suggests that mild cannabis use can also help some with their depression symptoms. Make...

Rhode Island Voters Will Get to Tell Lawmakers their Opinion on Legalization

Rhode Island Voters Will Get to Tell Lawmakers their Opinion on Legalization     Voters in Rhode Island may just get the opportunity to tell lawmakers their opinion on legalization in the next election. A new bill filed in the state’s House of Representative earlier in March would put a non-binding ballot measure on the ballot asking voters whether they support legalization of cannabis or not. Filed by Representative Scott Slater (D), the referendum would be meant only to poll the states voters and see what their thoughts on the subject are. However, if a landslide majority were to answer “yes” to this ballot question then lawmakers would have little choice at that point other than to take a serious look at legalizing cannabis in 2019. While many states are able to petition for b...

80 Percent of CBD Users Claim it to be Extremely Effective

80 Percent of CBD Users Claim it to be Extremely Effective   As the scientific data finally starts catching up to patients anecdotal stories it begins to prove that cannabidiol, or CBD, is beneficial for those suffering from a number of medical ailments. A survey conducted as a collaborative effort from HelloMD and Brightfield Group researched 2,400 of HelloMD’s 150,000 members to get their opinions on whether CBD is an effective alternative to other medications – and the results they got were surprising to some, while not so much to those who already reap the benefits of CBD. According to their research, 80 percent of CBD consumers found that the products they used were “very or extremely effective” with fewer than 3 percent finding the products to be “slightly effective or ineffectu...

CBD Loving Seniors Say Jeff Sessions is ‘Behind the Times’

CBD Loving Seniors Say Jeff Sessions is ‘Behind the Times’   Since the beginning of the year there has been some uncertainty throughout the nation as to what is going to happen between the state and federal governments when it comes to medical marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was appointed as a part of the Trump Administration and has been a very vocal cannabis prohibitionist since before being confirmed as Attorney General, finally made his first move towards attempting to reverse the progress made by individual states with the rescinding of the Cole Memo back in January. Needless to say, not many people were happy with this move – with activists, advocates, industry workers and entrepreneurs, and even congressman calling him out on his biggest mistake so far. By rescin...