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On Marijuana and Breastfeeding: A New Study

Determining the safety of any new medication is difficult. Generally, willing volunteers are given doses of experimental medications and monitored by medical professionals in a clinical setting. This, of course, after extensive testing in animal models first. While this approach generally works for the population in general, certain groups, like pregnant mothers, are excluded from … Read more

Montana Cannabis Providers Adapt To New Rules

As of April 10th, all of Montana’s medical cannabis providers (marijuana growers or cannabis product producers) had to be using the state’s seed-to-sale tracking system. The need for this system was established as a part of SB 333, which passed in April 2017. Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) oversees the state’s … Read more

Boehner Joins Cannabis Company Board

John Boehner, a prominent Republican politician and former Speaker of the House, was staunchly anti-marijuana for years. In 2011, when he was serving as a U.S. Representative from Ohio’s 8th congressional district, Boehner wrote, “I am unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana or any other FDA Schedule I drug.” In the years since his declaration, … Read more

Pennsylvania Marijuana Board OKs New Products, Conditions

On April 9th, Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana advisory board voted in some important changes to that state’s program. They recommended the sale of whole-plant cannabis (leaves and flowers) to patients. Further, they recommended expanding the number of serious health conditions that would qualify patients for medical marijuana. Under Pennsylvania’s 2016 Medical Marijuana Act, patients can only use oils, … Read more

New Study: Does CBD Protect Against Effects of THC?

Medical cannabis opponents often point to the addictive potential of cannabis as a reason to oppose its use. Many cannabis users consider it to be non-addictive, but cannabis use disorder (CUD, formerly cannabis dependence) is a clinically defined condition. In 2010, an estimated 13 million cases of CUD were reported worldwide. Over 1.7 million of … Read more

Legal Cannabis Means Less Opioid Use

On April 2nd, JAMA Internal Medicine published two papers that report on studies of at-risk patients who have access to legal cannabis in their states. Both studies reveal that when patients have access to legal marijuana, they use fewer opioid painkillers and are at less risk for addiction and death. The first paper, “Association of … Read more