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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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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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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Smoking Marijuana Remains Most Popular Consumption Method By Far, Finds Survey

Among those who use marijuana on a regular basis, smoking remains their top consumption method of choice. This is according to a new study conducted by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence: It was also published by the National Institute of Health.

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Study: THC May Reduce Opioid Use in Trauma Patients

According to a new study published in the journal Trauma Surgery & Acute Care, trauma patients who are administered THC capsules consume fewer opioids than do similarly matched control subjects. The study is titled Matched pilot study examining cannabis-based dronabinol for acute pain following traumatic injury.

For the study researchers examined the off-label use of dronabinol (which is an FDA-approved synthetic oral THC) on opioid consumption patterns in trauma patients with acute pain. 66 patients participated in the study: Half received THC, and the other half did not.

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Study: Senior Marijuana Use on the Rise

The use of marijuana is increasing at a rapid pace among those aged 65 and older, according to a new study published on February 24, 2020 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

“With the legalization of cannabis in many states for medical and/or recreational purposes, there is increasing interest in using cannabis to treat a variety of long-term health conditions and symptoms common among older adults”, states the study. “The use of cannabis in the past year by adults 65 years and older in the United States increased sharply from 0.4% in 2006 and 2007 to 2.9% in 2015 and 2016.”

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Those with Sickle Cell Disease Who Consume Cannabis Daily Less Likely to be Hospitalized

Those with sickle cell disease (SCD) who consume cannabis on a daily basis have lower rates of hospital admissions than do similarly matched individuals who don’t use cannabis. This is according to a new study published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.

For the study, researchers from Yale School of Medicine and the Medical College of Wisconsin “performed a cross-sectional study of adults with SCD and compared daily users of cannabis with others using validated patient-reported measures of pain and quality of life as well as opioid and health care utilization.”

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