One Girl Leads The Battle For Medical Marijuana In Mexico

In Mexico City, 8 year old Graciela Elizalde lives with a rare disease that makes her suffer from up to 400 epileptic convulsions every day. Despite having to endure surgery and seeking out alternative treatments, her epileptic fits “have greatly grown in intensity, force, and frequency” her mother said. […]

CBD Pushes Forward: Georgia’s Medical Marijuana Registry Grows, PA Trial On The Move

This week in Georgia, public health officials reported that nearly 200 patients now qualified for the state’s new medical marijuana registry. This also includes an increase in the number of doctors now approved to recommend cannabis oil as a treatment. […]

International Relations: Cannabis & CBD Oil Continues To Find Support

Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, recently stepped forward to help clarify some of the misinformation circling marijuana and cannabidiol. As one of the world’s top experts on the application and misuse of cannabis and research, Volkow believes “what we can say with certainty is that cannabis contains active ingredients with potential therapeutic properties. […]

CBD Added As Effective Autism Treatment In Michigan As Support Grows In Congress

Last Friday, Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Review Panel voted to add autism to the list of qualifying conditions fit for treatment under state law.

Mike Zimmer, director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, is the next step in the process for approval. Zimmer has until late October to make a final decision. Once a final determination is made it will be announced on the agency’s website. […]

Breaking Down The Barriers To CBD Support

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (R) and U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) talk during Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing on Capitol Hill (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (R) and U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) talk during Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing on Capitol Hill (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Over the past few months, from local community halls to Capitol Hill, one thing has been made clear: there is an outcry of support in favor of more research on CBD and medical marijuana. Proponents of CBD oil state that removing these barriers to research is the only clear way to market something so significant to families around the world.

Earlier this year, Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein (CA) and Republican Sen. Charles Grassley (IA) urged the Obama administration to “definitively determine if CBD has scientific and medical benefits,” and to “look at expanding compassionate access programs where possible, to benefit as many children as possible.”

Recently, support has also come out from the director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Nora Volkow. Volkow believes that cannabidiol (CBD) – a nonpsychotropic cannabinoid – is “a safe drug with no addictive effects.” In a column with The Huffington Post, she further stated that“[P]reliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions.”

With all of the talk going on around the country, is there any action behind these promises? […]

Advances Made But Parents Still Fighting For Use Of Medical Marijuana

Hope for a cureA current hot topic in this country is the use of medical marijuana. Across the country, families are forced to jump many bureaucratic hoops to allow their ill children to be treated with cannabidiol oil. These families often try every other conventional treatment, often to no avail. However, through persistence, lobbying, and pleading, states are finally granting access to this life changing oil. It is important to note that this oil is currently available in all 50 states sourced from hemp.

The acceptance of cannabis derived CBD varies from state to state but progress is apparent. Last week, Governor Pat McCrory signed North Carolina’s CBD oil bill, HB 766. This means CBD oil will be legal in North Carolina starting August 1.

In Michigan, the state allows medical marijuana for seizure disorders. […]

Legislators Continue To Urge Support For Research On Cannabidiol

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D.-Mass.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D.-Mass.

This week in Raleigh, North Carolina, the House passed Bill 766, which would make it easier for neurologists to prescribe cannabidiol (CBD) oil. A bill passed last year was designed to allow for wider use of the CBD oil, but many families say they still face obstacles because its use was supposed to be linked to academic studies. This year’s measure would allow for a less convoluted path for doctors to prescribe the treatment.

As this bill is headed to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature, it is yet another important point in this trend gaining momentum. All across the nation, legislators have been waking up to the fact that CBD has therapeutic benefits and are being urged by their constituents to provide much needed access.  […]

Legislative Focus On CBD And Epilepsy

According to the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas, an organization dedicated to finding a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy, epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder after stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. It affects three million Americans of all ages and approximately 200,000 new cases of seizures and epilepsy occur each year. In Read more about Legislative Focus On CBD And Epilepsy[…]

CBD Research Expands Nationwide

Doctors square off against lawmakers in Philly debate on medical marijuana (MEAGHAN POGUE / Staff Photographer)

Doctors square off against lawmakers in Philly debate on medical marijuana (MEAGHAN POGUE / Staff Photographer)

The debate for the legalization and necessity of medical marijuana continues across the nation. In the last few weeks alone, the Missouri House of Representatives voted unanimously to move forward a bill that would broaden the legalization of marijuana used for approved medical purposes within the state of Missouri. Lawmakers in Tennessee also unanimously passed a bill this past Monday allowing the limited use of cannabis by medical patients suffering from seizures. The law, headed to the governor’s desk for signing, would allow someone diagnosed with epilepsy or other types of seizures to use cannabis oil, including children suffering from infantile spasms.

Philadelphia also recently hosted a congressional hearing regarding a medical marijuana bill for Pennsylvania legislature. In the hearing, physicians stated they believe that more research needed to be conducted on the benefits and potential risks of medical marijuana before the state legislators legalize medical uses of cannabis. […]