The Re-Education Of Medical Cannabis

Cannabis has a long history of being used for a variety of purposes, from hemp oils and fibres to medicinal purposes. It became acknowledged and accepted into American pharmacopoeia, where it was evaluated for treating diseases, or the accompanying symptoms, until the early 1940s. In 1937, against the recommendation of the American Medical Association, the U.S. passed the first federal law against cannabis. Dr. William C. Woodward, testifying Read more about The Re-Education Of Medical Cannabis[…]

The Politics Of Medical Marijuana Takes Front Stage

Last week, the Republican debate took a turn to focus on marijuana laws in the US. Moderator Jake Tapper took to a question popular on social media, asking about candidates views on marijuana legalization. He quoted Governor Christie, who recently said ‘if you’re getting high in Colorado today,’ where marijuana has been legalized, ‘enjoy it until January 2017, Read more about The Politics Of Medical Marijuana Takes Front Stage[…]

One Girl Leads The Battle For Medical Marijuana In Mexico

mexico flag mapIn 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. Grace’s parents were losing hope in finding relief for their daughter until they learned about a child in the US state of Colorado whose epilepsy improved thanks to cannabidiol.

Despite Mexico’s prohibition, Grace’s parents sought out a permit from the health ministry, which was rejected. The family was forced to hire an attorney, who then took their case to court. On Aug. 17, Judge Martin Santos ruled on this case, extending legal protection to authorities who permit Graciela Elizalde’s parents to import a medicine containing cannabidiol, a substance banned by Mexico’s General Law of Health. While Grace doesn’t know it, this case is making history in Mexico.  […]

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

Public health officials reported nearly 200 patients have now qualified for Georgia's new medical marijuana registry.

Public health officials reported nearly 200 patients have now qualified for Georgia’s new medical marijuana registry.

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.

With such a large influx of patients coming to obtain this oil, the state Commission on Medical Cannabis continues to grapple with issues about the oil and how it works, including how to dose it or how to buy or obtain it. Doctors have also begun calling for training and distributing more information about how it works.

With concerns from residents eager to qualify for the state registry and doctors looking to get more information, the state Department of Public Health has partnered with the Georgia Composite Medical Board to develop the process for physicians who may be approached by patients seeking the oil for treatment.

Advocates are pushing the commission to recommend expanding the law, including developing guidelines related to cultivation and production in Georgia. Law enforcement officials are still skeptical about that, but manufacturers and growers who testified Wednesday said their priority in cultivating plants for the oil include safety, security measures, and testing that, among the top manufacturers, is often done by independent UL-listed laboratories.

“I think there’s just a need for additional information in the medical community of what exactly these products are,” said state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, the primary author of the new law, who has been among those willing to bridge the gap as needed. “We’ve made sure families that have wanted the product and properly registered with the state have gotten the product.” […]

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

Michigan State Senate - Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Review Panel voted to add autism to the list of conditions that qualifies a patient for medical marijuana

Michigan State Senate – Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Review Panel voted to add autism to the list of conditions that qualifies a patient for medical marijuana

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.

Supporters say using high CBD oil has been shown to help patients who suffer from severe autism, and added that the marijuana would not be given to patients in smokeable form.

The panel in charge of making this decision had the opportunity to listen to comments from some Detroit-area doctors, most notably the head of pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. They also heard from fed up parents, desperate to find relief for their children.

“The parents I’ve talked to are passionate and adamant that this represents a dramatic improvement in the quality of life for them and their affected children,” said David Crocker, a medical marijuana doctor and member of the panel.

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, whose daughter Reagan has autism, has been an advocate of the effort to add autism to the list. […]

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? […]