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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 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.

Rockefeller Institute: Legal marijuana linked to opioid-use declines amid drug crisis

Some states allowing medical marijuana and recreational pot saw declines in opioid prescribing as authorities pushed urgent efforts to combat the historic American drug crisis.

Medical cannabis research at the University of Alberta receives $300k in funding

This research will span over roughly four years and will analyze how patients who use medical cannabis and patients who don’t interact differently with the health care system.

Opioids and pot: inside the fight for real research

Two new studies show a correlation between medical marijuana and lowered rates of opioid abuse – but what is it about weed that seems to help?