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Ask an Expert: Criminologist Matt Vogel examines 'gateway hypothesis' in current drug landscape

Matt Vogel, an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, gave a presentation titled “Empirical Reality of Methodological Uncertainty: The Promises and Perils of the Gateway Hypothesis in Today’s Drug Landscapes” at last month’s Addiction Science Conference hosted by the MIMH.

Tilray launches new high-CBD low-THC cannabis oil for seizure treatment in Canada

Tilray Canada has launched "Tilray 2:100", its new therapeutic cannabis oil, which may help Canadian patients with conditions like Dravet syndrome.

Does cannabis cure cancer? We asked an expert

For thousands of years people have used cannabis for recreational, ritualistic and medicinal purposes. There is no shortage of wild claims about the supposed medical benefits of the plant. Of all the claims, perhaps the most bold is the assertion that cannabis can cure cancer.

Urged by Alaska veterans, Sullivan supports cannabis research at VA

The bill calls on the VA to look into the “efficacy and safety” of cannabis in the treatment of veterans diagnosed with “chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder” and other conditions.

Why Cannabis could hold the key to giving up smoking

A chemical found in cannabis plants – that is safe to ingest and doesn’t make you high – could hold the key to giving up smoking, scientists have claimed.

Jefferson University seeks 100,000 marijuana patients from across the US for patient database

The national project - called the MMJ.org Initiative - will launch this summer. Patients in marijuana-legal states will be recruited at dispensaries and through their physicians.

Addition of cannabidiol may cut drop seizures in Lennox-Gastaut

The addition of cannabidiol to conventional antiepileptic medication is associated with a reduction in the frequency of drop seizures among patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, according to a study published in the May 17 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Novel hydrogel could be used for glaucoma, macular degeneration

While scientists believe that cannabinoids have beneficial effects on glaucoma, no treatments exist yet that can deliver these compounds directly to the eye, let alone the back of their eye where they are needed most.

When cancer patients ask about weed, many doctors say go for it

About half of oncologists recommend medical marijuana to patients, though most feel ignorant of its proper medical use.

Many cannabis dispensaries recommend pot to pregnant women

More than two-thirds of cannabis dispensaries recommend that pregnant women use marijuana to treat morning sickness even though doctors advise against it because of safety concerns, a U.S. study suggests.