Medical Marijuana News Channel

Medical Marijuana News Channel

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

When Medical Marijuana Is Difficult To Access, 'Street Pharmacists' Are Some Patients' Only Hope: VIDEO


As I wandered down Nostrand Avenue looking for the right building, he stood in the middle of the busy sidewalk, raised his left hand high, and waved in my direction.

Medical marijuana now legal in 24 states after Pennsylvania Gov. approves measure


Pennsylvania just became the 24th U.S. state to legalize medical marijuana.

Cannabis chewing gum may help MS sufferers

Biotech company AXIM Biotechnologies has launched clinical trials for medical cannabis chewing gum that they hope will successfully treat conditions such as multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel disease and Crohn’s Disease.

Can Crowdfunding Help Establish the Benefits of Medical Marijuana?


Cannabis has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes by various civilizations. Despite this fact, the U.S. Federal Government has classified it at the highest level, making scientific research extremely difficult to perform. Currently the public’s view on cannabis is changing and now over 30 states allow some type of cannabis based products for medical use. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, for cannabis to be truly considered a medicinal drug, guidelines for its use must be established. When doctors prescribe drugs to help improve our health they always tell you when and how much of it should be used to alleviate your symptoms. Currently the bulk of medical professionals are unable to give any such guidelines when they sign off on medical marijuana cards. Determining how and what cannabis based products medical professionals recommend to patients are of critical importance to legitimizing medical marijuana. This point was prominently made during a recent government meeting sponsored by several institutes from the National Institutes of Health, Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit, that convened in late March.

U.S. firms target investment in Israeli cannabis R&D


Already a pioneer in high-tech and cutting-edge agriculture, Israel is starting to attract American companies looking to bring medical marijuana know-how to a booming market back home.

Latest bill for legalization of medical marijuana passes State House, continues on to Senate: VIDEO

SB 3 passes House Wednesday evening, now returns to Senate for final approval

Senate Bill 3 advocates for the legalization of medical marijuana use in Pennsylvania: it passed the State House late Wednesday evening, and is now moving back to the Senate for final approval.

Friday, May 6, 2016

CSU researcher goes to crowdfunding for study on pot and MS patients

A screen grab of Colorado State University researcher Thorsten Rudroff, from a crowdfunding video about a study on marijuana and multiple sclerosis patients. (Colorado State University/YouTube)

Thorsten Rudroff, who proposed the multiple sclerosis marijuana study, says: 'This research can't be done in many other states that don't have the same marijuana laws'

A Colorado State University researcher is launching a crowdfunding campaign to study the effects of long-term marijuana use among multiple sclerosis patients in northern Colorado.

Montel Williams Joins KIND Board as an Advocate for Medical Marijuana


Montel Williams, a TV and radio talk show host and advocate for medical marijuana as a treatment for multiple sclerosis and other chronic illnesses, has joined the board of KIND Financial, a technology solutions company, as a key advisor in efforts to support and expand the drug’s use.

MS Campaign In UK Pushing for Broader Access to Medical Marijuana

A new campaign called “End our pain” is asking people to sign a petition calling on the U.K. to allow all patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) there to have access to medical cannabis as a treatment for MS symptoms, in keeping with countries  such as Canada and Germany, and a number of U.S. states.

MMJ oral pill passes Phase 1 Clinical Trials

MMJ Phytotech (ASX:MMJ) has taken its first steps towards its end-goal of filing a New Drug Application (NDA) with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to grow and supply medicinal cannabis. MMJ is the first medical grade cannabis company to be listed on the ASX, operating a ‘farm to pharma’ strategy that could see the company bloom into a pharmaceutical company with full supply chain integration.

Australia set to legalise cultivation of medical cannabis

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Australia is expected to legalise the cultivation of cannabis for medical or scientific purposes with a bill introduced to parliament on Wednesday -- the first step towards doctors eventually prescribing it to patients with chronic pain.
The bill will see Australia create a national licensing and permit scheme to supply medical cannabis to patients with painful and chronic conditions on clinical trials.

Syracuse's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Set to Open

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Syracuse's first medical marijuana dispensary is set to open this week. Etain LLC will open for registered patients Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. But, the dispensary is holding an open house Tuesday at its new facility on Erie Boulevard.  Brad Vivacqua is outside of the facility and has details on this.

Take a weed break at work. It's allowed!

Multiple sclerosis: Using marijuana or some of the chemicals in the plant may help prevent muscle spasms, pain, tremors and stiffness, according to early-stage, mostly observational studies involving animals, lab tests and a small number of human patients. The downside -- it may impair memory, according to a small study involving 20 patients.

At most offices in America, smoking a joint during your lunch break or eating cannabis-laced brownies at your desk would land you in HR.

Medical marijuana for MS

While arguing in court that marijuana has no medical value and is a dangerous drug on the one hand, the federal government is patenting marijuana extracts for health-related uses on the other. And now it is set to grant a license to GW Pharmaceuticals for treating patients with multiple sclerosis with a cannabinoid-based drug called Epidiolex.

Can Cannabinoid Chewing Gum Treat MS Pain and Spasticity?

AXIM Biotech hoping for 2017 release of its pain-relief gum, MedChew Rx, moving into clinical testing

MedChew Rx, by AXIM Biotechnology, Inc., the world’s first patented cannabinoid release chewing gum for pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis (MS), is moving into clinical testing. If all goes well, the company plans for a global release date of 2017.

Columbia Care medical weed dispensary coming to Union Square

Columbia Care, the city's first medicinal marijuana dispensary, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. (Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang)

The city’s first medical marijuana dispensary opens Thursday in Union Square, allowing qualified patients a new treatment for symptoms of medical conditions such as cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis.

AXIM Featured by Reuters: Biotech Receives Cannabis Strains at “Discount for Gum to Treat Multiple Sclerosis”

Global News Agency Documents AXIM® Biotech’s Clinical Trials on Patented Cannabinoid Release Chewing Gum for Pain and Spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis; Global Release Date as Soon as 2017

NEW YORK, Jan. 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A groundbreaking story by Reuters global news agency profiled AXIM® Biotechnologies, Inc. (OTC:AXIM) and the company’s upcoming clinical trials on the world’s first patented controlled-release cannabinoid chewing gum MedChew Rx™.

AXIM bags pot discount for gum to treat MS

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AXIM Biotechnologies Inc, a small, Manhattan-based company with ties to the Netherlands, says it has a trump card in its quest to develop a cannabis-based chewing gum to ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Patients fear roadblocks as they enroll for medical marijuana program

Enrollment opens online as patients wait for doctors to register

Patients with severe illnesses can now begin enrolling in the New York State's Medical Marijuana Program.

Chicago's first medical marijuana dispensary opens in Uptown

A look inside Chicago's first medical marijuana dispensary. (Leonor Vivanco)

Steve Torres was among the first patients on to walk through the doors of Chicago’s only medical marijuana dispensary, which officially opened in Uptown on Wednesday.

Here's why the Pa. House needs to approve an important medical marijuana bill: Montel Williams: VIDEO

Montel Williams speaks at State Capital in support of allowing an up or down vote on Medical Marijuana legislation currently stalled in committee. June 11, 2015. James Robinson,

By Montel Williams

There's a large group of Americans who spend every day struggling with a serious debilitating illness. It's a mostly powerless and unheard group, and I'm a member.

Nonprofits becoming more comfortable accepting pot donations

In this Aug. 21, 2015 photo, David Sloan, who is a multiple sclerosis patient and medical marijuana client of the highly successful marijuana seller The Clinic, sits at home in Highlands Ranch, south of Denver. 
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One marijuana business hosts an annual golf tournament in Denver to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. Another Colorado pot company donates to a gay-rights advocacy group and is a sponsor of an AIDS walk.

Montel Williams calls for Ohioans to back legalized marijuana


Talk show host Montel Williams has used marijuana to battle symptoms of multiple sclerosis for 14 years, and he urged Ohioans on Wednesday to pass Issue 3 on the Nov. 3 ballot despite its recreational pot component.

Croatia legalizes medical marijuana for illnesses including cancer, multiple sclerosis or AIDS

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Medical Marijuana Use for Pain Relief in Medical Conditions like MS and AIDS Explored in New Nature Article

Cannabis is a plant that can be used in a wide range of settings such as medical purposes, a source of fiber and oils, or as a recreational drug. Growing evidence has been reported on the clinical benefits of medical marijuana (herbal form) for treating chronic pain. Currently, several countries in the world and almost half of all U.S. states authorize the use of medicinal marijuana.

Politics of pot

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Count Gov. Bruce Rauner among those who are skeptical of medical marijuana as a cure-all.

Aphios Awarded Grant for cGMP Manufacturing of CBD from Marijuana for Multiple Sclerosis and Other CNS Disorders

September 15, 2015 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

WOBURN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aphios Corporation today announced that it has been awarded Phase II of a Fast Track SBIR grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), NIH for manufacturing cannabidiol (CBD) from marijuana following current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) for Multiple Sclerosis and other central nervous system (CNS) disorders.

When a genuine need can lead to jail

AN ELDERLY couple appeared in a Limassol court during the week after they were arrested for growing cannabis plants in their home.

Multiple sclerosis patients talk medical marijuana


More and more evidence is accumulating that denying medical cannabis to patients suffering from diseases likes multiple sclerosis should no longer be acceptable under any state’s law.

Cannabis Could Help Treat MS, Israeli Research Suggests

Israeli researchers have long been on the cutting edge of medical marijuana research. Now a team of scientists from Tel Aviv University have shown that certain compounds found in cannabis can help treat multiple sclerosis-like diseases by preventing inflammation in the brain and spinal cord.

Clinical Studies of Cannabinoid Capsules for MS Expected Later This Year

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease characterized by the destruction of insulating covers on nerve cells by the immune system. The most common form for the disease, relapsing-remitting MS, is characterized by clearly defined attacks of decreasing neurologic function (relapses) followed by partial or complete recovery periods (remissions). Research into novel therapy approaches continues to investigate safer, more effective alternatives to the currently approved MS therapies. The use of cannabinoid-based therapies in particular appear to show promise for controlling relapses in those with the disease.