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Professional Sports Ease Up on Players’ Cannabis Use

More than 50 sports teams in major league baseball, basketball, hockey and football now play in states where cannabis is legal recreationally, and at least that many more are in places where it is legal for medical purposes. That’s more than 80 percent of all professional athletes. It’s now easier to name the states where […]Read More

Everyday Marijuana Use Reduces Opioid Consumption By Chronic Pain Patients, Study Finds

A number of studies have shown that people dealing with chronic pain issues find themselves substituting medical marijuana for prescription painkillers. And according to new research out this week, they’re also using cannabis to replace opioids that weren’t prescribed by a doctor, such as heroin. “We observed an independent negative association between frequent cannabis use and […]Read More

Two More Studies Show Patients Are Replacing Prescription Painkillers With Marijuana

Two new studies out this month offer additional evidence that chronic pain patients are skipping addictive pharmaceuticals and using marijuana instead to help them find relief. The findings are just the latest in an ever-growing body of research revealing cannabis’s potential to help address the country’s opioid crisis. The first study, published in the International Journal of Drug […]Read More

Feds Award $3 Million In Grants To Study Marijuana Ingredients As Alternatives To Opioids

The federal government has awarded $3 million in grants for research into the therapeutic benefits of ingredients in marijuana other than THC, emphasizing their potential as alternatives to prescription opioids. In a notice published on Thursday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) explained why the studies were necessary and listed grant recipients and the subjects […]Read More

Congressional Committee To Vote On Two Marijuana Bills for Veterans

Photo courtesy of Philip Steffan. Two bills focusing on medical marijuana access for military veterans are scheduled to be voted on by a congressional committee on Wednesday. With marijuana proving to be a successful alternative to opioids — an abuse epidemic that disproportionately impacts veterans — the issue is timely. The development comes one week after […]Read More

New Bill Would Protect Veterans From Losing Benefits Over Marijuana

Military veterans in legalized states would be shielded from losing their federal benefits for marijuana use under a bipartisan bill that was filed in Congress on Wednesday. The legislation would also allow physicians at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend medical cannabis to their patients. Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) introduced the bill, which seeks […]Read More

Terpenoids In Marijuana Also Help Reduce Inflammation, New Study Finds

Marijuana’s anti-inflammatory effects could be bolstered by non-cannabinoid compounds in the plant called terpenoids, according to a recent study published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. While most studies have focused on how THC and CBD affect inflammation, terpenoids seem to share that anti-inflammatory property. The compounds are generally associated with the fragrance of […]Read More

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