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Walgreens Going Greener with New Cannabis-Infused Products

Not to be outdone by CVS, a direct competitor is putting the “green” in Walgreens. Walgreens announced this week that it would be stocking 1,500 stores in nine states with CBD-infused products such as sprays, patches, balms and creams, although the company has not yet specified which specific brands or items it will carry. The products will be restricted to Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, South Carolina and Vermont, as these states have legalized medical cannabis. “Marijuana has been used to relieve pain, digestive and psychological disorders for more than 3,000 years—but the efficacy, safety and legality of the drug are still widely debated,” Walgreens notes in an official blog post. “Research on the health benefits of marijuana is ongoing, but curren...

National Poll Finds 61 Percent of Americans in Favor of Legalizing Marijuana

Despite the fact that many conservatives continue to rail against marijuana, support for legalizing weed continues to grow across the nation. According to a new survey, there are now more Americans who support legalization than ever before. And importantly, that support is growing across all demographics and political affiliations. This massive wave of support comes as more and more states continue legalizing medical marijuana, recreational marijuana, or both. Similarly, the rapidly growing support for legalization could become an important factor in the upcoming 2020 presidential race. New Survey, New High in Public Support The new data comes from the most recent General Social Survey (GSS). As reported by Business Insider, the GSS has been keeping tabs on popular opin...

Study: Older Marijuana Users Are More Productive

Research conducted in states where marijuana is legal found that users aged 51 and older experienced a significant reduction of pain and an increase in their work productivity. The study, conducted by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Temple University, looked into the effects of marijuana legalization in labor and work environments. The research had a particular focus on older adults,  a sector that is often ignored in most medical marijuana studies and who could theoretically reap the majority of benefits of medical marijuana treatments. The survey was conducted in over 100,000 patients over the age of 51 who qualified for medical marijuana programs. Subjects reported a 4.8 percent decrease in pain and a 6.6 percent increase in “excellent health.” Researchers co...

Cannabidiol 101: Why Isn’t CBD Intoxicating?

Since the non-intoxicating compound in marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD), hit the mainstream a few years ago, with its ability to provide relief from a variety of health conditions from chronic pain to seizures, now it seems that everyone wants in on the remedy. In a lot of ways, CBD has become a socially acceptable way for the zombies of popular culture to consume marijuana without being considered a stoner — this in spite of the fact that it is a derivative of the cannabis plant, a substance the federal government still considers a no-no. But how is it that this part of the plant doesn’t come with the high typically associated with weed? Well, that’s all science, baby. It was back in 1992 when scientists learned that the human body was equipped with what is called the Endocannabinoid system, ...

Getting CBD into Pharmacies: Wellness Education Automatically Key to Partnership

Amplicare, a software automation provider for pharmacies, and Ananda Professional are teaming up to bolster pharmacy access to CBD and wellness education through automation software. “The new software will enable pharmacists to identify patients who can benefit from an Ananda Professional product and help facilitate CBD education to those patients,” notes a press release from the hemp-derived, CBD manufacturer exclusively serving independent pharmacies. Citing information from Statista, the statement notes that CBD sales grew from just over US$100 million in 2014 to US$500 million in 2018. “The growth of the market indicates consumer interest in the natural product, which the companies believe pharmacies are well-placed to take a leadership position in providing,” it adds. U...

Six Mainstream Businesses Betting on CBD

CBD has been called the “next gold rush” so many times, it’s starting to lose it’s impact. Still, the numbers don’t lie, and everything suggests that CBD wellness products are here to stay. Although reading about CBD is awesome, all of this progress won’t truly hit you until you stumble upon a cannabis-laced product while conducting your regular shopping. And the more cannabis is embraced across America, the more this is likely to happen to people with all sorts of backgrounds. To prove it, here are 6 commercial and well-respected businesses that are making their moves on the CBD industry (you know CBD is mainstream when Walmart is considering carrying it). Sephora CBD and hemp oil are huge within the beauty industry, with dozens of small companies gaining traction and popularity than...

Four Delicious CBD Smoothie Recipes to Blend Up This Week

You probably already love them for the energy, protein, and nutrients they provide. Well, after hearing about the latest smoothie ingredient superstar—CBD—you’re going to be tempted to kick start your blender into overdrive.Getty Images/iStockphoto Smoothies may already be your current go-to breakfast in the morning, or post-workout refuel in the evening. You probably already love them for the energy, protein, and nutrients they provide. Well, after hearing about the latest smoothie ingredient superstar—CBD—you’re going to be tempted to kick start your blender into overdrive. Some of the benefits of adding CBD oil to your smoothies may include: soothe pain ease anxiety reduce inflammation recover from exercise Mint Chocolate Chip CBD Smoothie When you think smoothie, you might automaticall...

Over 800 CVS Stores Will Start Carrying CBD Products

CVS stores in eight U.S. states will begin carrying CBD topicals this week, according to information released on Wednesday from Curaleaf Holdings Inc. The company announced a deal to sell products with CBD derived from hemp at 800 CVS stores during an earnings conference call with investors. CVS is the largest pharmacy chain in the U.S. with nearly 10,000 locations. A CVS spokesman confirmed in an email to MarketWatch that the company was entering the CBD market and began selling creams, sprays, roll-ons, lotions, and salves last week. “We have partnered with CBD product manufacturers that are complying with applicable laws and that meet CVS’s high standards for quality,” the spokesman said. CVS stores in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, ...

The Best Exercises to Prevent Falls

A large review of studies confirms that exercise can be a good way to help reduce the frequency of falls in the elderly. The analysis, in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, included 108 randomized controlled trials with more than 23,000 participants. Their average age was 76, and 77 percent were women. As controls, the trials used either educational information about fall prevention, or no intervention at all. The researchers found high-quality evidence that exercise reduces the rate of falls by 23 percent, and the number of people who fall by 15 percent. Five studies suggested that exercise reduced the number of falls involving serious injury, though there were not enough cases to draw statistically significant conclusions. Exercises that required standing up rather than si...

Seniors in Pain Hop Aboard the Canna-bus

Shirley Avedon, 90,­­ had never been a cannabis user. But carpal tunnel syndrome that sends shooting pains into both of her hands and an aversion to conventional steroid and surgical treatments is prompting her to consider some new options. “It’s very painful, sometimes I can’t even open my hand,” Avedon said. So for the second time in two months, she’s climbed on board a bus that provides seniors at the Laguna Woods Village retirement community in Orange County, Calif., with a free shuttle to a nearby marijuana dispensary. The retired manager of an oncology office says she’s seeking the same relief she saw cancer patients get from smoking marijuana 25 years ago. “At that time [marijuana] wasn’t legal, so they used to get it off their children,” she said with a laugh. “It was fantastic wha...

Medical Marijuana Shown to Ease Pain, Sleep Problems and More in Senior Citizens

Original Article Courtesy of PsychCentral Medical marijuana may bring relief to older people who have symptoms like pain, sleep disorders, or anxiety due to chronic conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, spinal cord damage, and multiple sclerosis, according to a new study. The preliminary study not only found medical marijuana may be safe and effective, it also found that one-third of participants reduced their use of opioids. However, researchers advise the study was retrospective and relied on participants reporting whether they experienced symptom relief, so it is possible that the placebo effect may have played a role. Additional randomized, placebo-controlled studies are needed, researchers added. “With legalization in ma...

How to Use Cannabis to Reduce Opioid Dependence

The overuse and misuse of opioid medications is major public health problem for which we don’t currently have an effective solution. Nearly 2.5 million Americans struggle with opioid addiction and over 100 people die every day from opioid overdose. Though controversial, more and more evidence is showing that medical cannabis could be a lifesaving component of a strategy to solve to this epidemic. I recently had the opportunity to work with Sanjay Gupta on the fourth installment of his groundbreaking series on CNN, Weed 4: Pot vs. Pills, which aired last month, helping to explain how cannabis can be a solution to this epidemic. How Cannabis Reduces Opioid Dependence Thousands of people have used cannabis to help them reduce and replace opioid medications, as demonstrated in numero...