National Institute on Drug Abuse Updates Website, Now has “Marijuana as Medicine” Page

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has made some small but impactful changes to their website’s page on medical marijuana.

Marijuana as MedicinePrior to the change, NIDA had a page on their website titled Is Marijuana Medicine? The page has now been updated with several changes, including a change in title; it is now referred to as simply Marijuana as Medicine, without the question mark. This is a small change, but an important one.

In addition to a change in title, there were multiple other changes made to the page. Below are the seven biggest changes, pointed out by Westword;

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Washington DC: HIV Infection Rate Among Drug Users Drops 70% Since Introduction of Needle Exchange Program

exchThe average monthly rate of new HIV infections among drug users in Washington D.C. has dropped by roughly 70% since the district implemented a needle exchange program in 2008, according to a new study being published in this month’s issue of the journal AIDS and Behavior, which we received through press release.

In total, new HIV cases among drug users has dropped from 19 new infections per month prior to 2008, to less than 6 per month now.

“This shows that policy change matters for HIV prevention,” says Monica Ruiz, a professor at the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. “[P]olicy changes like this that help people to get the resources that they need to stay healthy and prevent infection — those are hugely important.”

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National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Says Cannabidiol is Safe and Nonaddictive

Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Nora Volkow.

Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), says that cannabidiol (CBD) – a compound found in cannabis – is “a safe drug with no addictive effects.” The comments were made in an op-ed for The Huffington Post.

“[P]reliminary data suggest that [cannabidiol] may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions”, says Volkow.

Volkow notes that “Studies related to its possible use in the treatment of substance use disorders are being funded by NIDA, while other NIH [National Institute of Health] Institutes are funding work on the potential of CBD and other cannabinoids in treating neurological and psychiatric disorders, disorders of the immune system and metabolism, and cancer.”

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Senators Push Feds to Ease Restrictions on Cannabis Research

By Sarah Ferris, TheHill.com

purpleplantSen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants to make it easier for government-paid researchers to study marijuana – and not just its negative side effects.

Eight Democratic senators, led by Warren, are urging federal health and drug officials to address the “data shortfall” on potential health benefits of medical marijuana by making it easier for researchers to study the drug.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse Says Cannabis Kills Cancer Cells

The Nationalcannabis Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a government-run research institute with a budget of over $1 billion, has admitted that cannabis can kill certain cancer cells, and reduces the size of others.

A publication from NIDA, revised as of April 2015 and titled Drug Facts, states that “recent animal studies have shown that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others.” It notes that; “Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors”, and that; “Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.”

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Government to Give University of Mississippi $68.8 Million to Grow and Study Cannabis

The Nationalum Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has awarded the University of Mississippi $68.8 million to grow and analyze cannabis.

The money will go to a cannabis research lab at the university, which is the sole producer of cannabis used for federal research. The project is expected to lead to the cultivation of at least 30,000 plants.

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New Government Survey Finds Teens Shunning Synthetic Cannabis for the Natural Product

A new national survey released by Monitoring the Future – an organization funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse – and conducted by researcherscannabisleaf at the University of Michigan, has found that teenagers are shunning synthetic substances meant to mimic cannabis, such as K2 and Spice, and are replacing them by smoking more actual cannabis. The survey was of more than 40,000 teenagers in three different grades (8th, 10th and 12th).

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