Report: Cannabis May Help Wean Chronic Pain Patients Off of Opioids

According to a new case report a patient with a multi-year history of chronic pain and opioid use was weaned off prescription opiates following the use of medical cannabis. The report, titled Medical cannabis as an alternative for opioids for chronic pain: A case report, was published by Medical Case Reports.

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Canada: Physicians-in-Training Lack Sufficient Medical Cannabis Understanding, Finds Survey

According to new survey data published in the journal Complimentary Therapies in Medicine a epublished by the National Institute of Health, the majority of physicians-in-training in Canada say that they receive insufficient instruction with regard to the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

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Marijuana Legalization associated with Increase in Housing Values: Study

The legalization of marijuana for recreational use is associated with an increase in home values. This is according to a new study published by the Social Science Research Network. The study is titled Retail marijuana deregulation and housing prices.

For the study researchers examined the relationship between marijuana legalization and regional home values.

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Lab: Almost 80% of Unregulated Vape Cartridges “Unfit for Consumption”

According to a marijuana testing lab in San Diego, almost 80% of the unregulated cannabis vape cartridges they tested were deemed “unfit for consumption”, reports ABC10 News.

Platinum Vape manufacturing company produces high-potency, pesticide-free cannabis products that go through rigorous testing, reports ABC10. Co-founder George Sadler is on a mission to spread awareness about the serious potential health risks of using products from unlicensed vape makers and sellers.

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Medical Marijuana Associated With Quality of Life Maintenance in Chronic Disease Patients, Finds Study

According to a new study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, the sustained use of marijuana in patients with chronic conditions is associated with quality of life maintenance and a lack of cognitive decline. The study, titled  Quality of life, mental health, personality and patterns of use in self-medicated cannabis users with chronic diseases: A 12-month longitudinal study, was also published by the National Institute of Health.

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South Dakota Tribe Votes to Legalize Medical and Recreational Marijuana

The Oglala Sioux Tribe (located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota) passed a referendum to legalize medical and recreational marijuana according to preliminary results from the tribe’s election commission.

According to the Associated Press, the results of Tuesday’s vote will be certified by the end of the month. In the tally from all precincts announced on Wednesday morning, both medical and recreational marijuana passed by wide margins, with 82% of voters approving medical marijuana and 74% approving recreational marijuana.

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The First Marijuana Store in a Major East Coast City Now Open

On Monday Pure Oasis, a legally licensed marijuana retail outlet in Boston, opened its doors. Not only is Pure Oasis the first recreational marijuana store in Boston, its the first in any of the major East Coast cities.

“This is only the beginning,” Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, told the Associated Press. “The fact that this is just the first in Boston shows how this is such an early market on this coast.”

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Study: Cannabis Reduces Opioid Use in Cancer Patients

According to a new study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, the adjunctive use of marijuana is associated with opioid-sparing effects and overall improvements in symptom management in those suffering from cancer pain. The study is titled The efficacy of medical marijuana in the treatment of cancer-related pain.

For the study, researchers examined trends in opioid consumption and symptom control in cancer patients who did and did not consume marijuana for medical purposes. Their objective states: “We sought to characterize MMJ’s role on symptomatic relief and opioid consumption in the oncologic population.”

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Nearly $75 Million in Marijuana Sold During First Two Month of Legal Sales: Illinois

There has been around $75 million in marijuana and marijuana products sold in Illinois in January and February, the first two months of legal sales.

In January, the first month of legal sales,  there was $39,247,840.83 in marijuana sold, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation said that marijuana generated $39,247,840.83 worth of sales. This is based on the sale of over 970,000 different marijuana products. Of the $39 million, $9 million came from tourists while $30 million came from those living in the state.

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