New Jersey to review medical marijuana program to expand cannabis access to patients

May 01, 2018 in Marijuana

Governor Phil Murphy has called for a 60-day review of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. Terming it constrained and limited, he promised to make it more inclusive by expanding access to more patients. The governor feels that the current programs are creating unnecessary problems in accessing care for patients, which has been confirmed by the medical marijuana advocates as well. Rather than bringing people in its fold, it has been alleged that it fails to meet the immediate needs of the patients.

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 False advertisements fail to nail real repercussions of synthetic marijuana

August 04, 2017 in drug abuse, Drug Addiction, Marijuana

Fake weed, also known as synthetic cannabinoids (SCBs) or synthetic marijuana, is an artificially created psychotropic chemical that primarily aims at enhancing and mimicking the hallucinatory effects of marijuana. Although manufacturers claim that the ingredients of SCBs are natural and extracted from various plants, the only thing natural about SCBs is the dried plant on which a number of chemicals are applied. Reportedly, these chemicals cause some debilitating symptoms once taken into the body.

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 Intentional cannabis use may help reduce addiction to crack cocaine, suggests study

July 14, 2017 in cocaine addiction, Marijuana

A recent study by a team of Canadian researchers has investigated the possibility of using cannabis as a treatment option for individuals with crack cocaine use disorder. Findings of the study, which appeared in the journal Addictive Behaviors in April 2017, suggest that phases of intentional cannabis use can help in reducing the regularity of crack consumption in people with crack cocaine use disorder.

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 Can cannabis be effective in reversing diabetes?

July 12, 2017 in Marijuana

Diabetes is one of the most prevalent medical conditions in the world, and the United States is no different. According to the 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29.1 million people – accounting for nearly 9.3 percent of the U.S. population – suffer from this metabolic condition. Of these, nearly 8.1 million people, which corresponds to 27.8 percent of diabetic Americans, remain undiagnosed.

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 Pennsylvania gears up for medical marijuana sale from 2018

June 13, 2017 in Addiction, Marijuana, Substance Abuse

With the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania in April 2016, the state is in the process of providing permits for the cannabis sale in 2018. From January 2017, the permit applications were available online following a state announcement regarding it in December 2016. The state has been accepting applications from medical marijuana growers, processors and dispensaries.

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 Young marijuana smokers prone to mental and physical health issues

June 07, 2017 in Marijuana

Recent polls have shown that most Americans are in favor of the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Thus, the day is not far when people will be seen smoking bongs and rolling joints in every nook and corner of the country, without the fear of jail time. But, studies have shown that a long-term use of pot can lead to lingering effects on the mind and the body. Thus, there is an urgent need for clear-cut guidelines indicating when its consumption can be considered as an abuse, especially in case of youngsters who are most likely to be impacted by its illegal consumption.

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 Regular marijuana use may affect quality of vision

March 24, 2017 in cannabis use disorder, Marijuana

Marijuana’s potency as an addictive drug continues to be a matter of debate in the United States. The adverse effects of marijuana due to a prolonged use, however, cannot be denied. Scientists are now testing the implications of marijuana use on retinal functioning that may affect the vision of an individual.

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 Does marijuana increase the risk of developing cancer?

March 20, 2017 in Marijuana

Although marijuana use is illegal under the U.S. federal law, its medicinal use has been legalized by 28 states and the District of Columbia; eight of them have even legalized its recreational use. The rapid expansion of marijuana use across states is leading to concerns about a potential risk of cancer, specifically lung cancer.

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 Weed weddings: New trend in cannabis-legalized states in US

March 16, 2017 in Marijuana, Substance Abuse

Although the Drug Enforcement Administration continues to identify cannabis as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, certain states have legalized it for medicinal purposes and some also permit its recreational use. With the new stand on the subject, a new market has opened up making the drug accessible to more and more people. One such market is the use of cannabis during wedding ceremonies which is a now a trend being picked up by young couples.

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 Fake pot caused ‘zombie’ outbreak in NYC last summer

February 27, 2017 in Addiction, Marijuana, opioids, Substance Abuse

The rate of abuse of synthetic cannabinoids has seen a rapid increase across the United States. Banned in the U.S., these compounds are produced in underground labs in South Asia and China. Their non-detectability in most drug tests and low price make it so popular with the masses.

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