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How Medical Marijuana Helps Cancer Patients

Among the types of individuals that can benefit from medical marijuana, cancer patients may be able to glean the most from the drug. The cannabis plant and its derivative can be used as complementary or alternative treatments for their disease.

The main cannabinoid (i.e., the marijuana compound) of the drug, THC, is the compound mainly responsible for the therapeutic effects. A study done by University of East Anglia in the UK (supported by previous research in Spain) confirmed how THC acted on cancer cell receptors and shrunk tumors. THC also reduces the chronic pain distinct to some types of cancer, as well as pacifying the nausea and vomiting side effects of chemotherapy. Read the rest of this entry

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Studies Suggest THC Could Kill Cancer Cells

A number of studies reveal that cannabinoids—such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in medical marijuana—have the ability to reduce the size of cancer cells and even kill it. In one study, researchers administered THC into mice with human tumors. The result? THC caused the tumor to shrink. In another study, two human patients with dangerously aggressive brain tumors were given THC intercranially. Upon analysis, the same results as that of the mice were observed: a significant reduction in the size of the cancer cells. Read the rest of this entry

3 Ways to Maintain Your Dispensary’s Security

Like any other business, security becomes an issue when you operate medicinal marijuana dispensaries, especially since your products are highly valuable and possibly addictive. Your business can be a high-risk target for petty delinquencies and grave crimes alike. Crime rates of break-ins involving marijuana dispensaries are even getting higher in some states, and suspects range from troublesome youths to organized cartels.

With these threats proliferating, how can you protect your valuable investment? How can you make sure your products are secure so that those who really need them can acquire their prescriptions? Consider these three tips to maintain your dispensary’s security. Read the rest of this entry

Business Tips for Cannabis Dispensaries

With more and more states legalizing the use of medical marijuana, cannabis dispensaries have become one of the hottest business opportunities today. If you plan on opening one yourself, be sure to heed these crucial tips:

Lower Cultivation Expenses

Marijuana leaves are the bread and butter of any dispensary, but you have to grow the plants first. That doesn’t mean you need to buy a plot of land, though, which is very expensive. Many operators, especially in urban areas, use warehouses instead to cultivate marijuana, thereby reducing operating costs. Read the rest of this entry

What It Means to be a Registered Patient

Cannabis has long been held to help relieve symptoms associated with medical conditions like cancer, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. Studies are continuously being conducted around the world to substantiate these assumptions. A recent study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry reveals that an active component of marijuana has anti-tumor effects.

If you have a loved one who’s currently dealing with cancer, the option of using medical marijuana to minimize associated symptoms is worth considering. However, your loved one has to undergo a process and register as a patient first before he or she can get access to medical cannabis from licensed dispensaries. What does it mean to be a registered patient?

Registration rules vary from state to state, but basically, this means that patients will first have to verify with their doctor if their condition qualifies and if cannabis will be helpful. Afterward, they need to fill out a patient application form. This is typically available online through their state’s Department of Health website.

Patients can choose to designate a caregiver on their behalf to pick up the medical cannabis. The caregiver can either be a professional or a non-professional caregiver. Having a designated caregiver is a smart option for patients who find it difficult to head out to dispensaries themselves. Patients, though, will have to submit a form stating an individual as their designated caregiver.

Medical Marijuana is Good—According to 23 States

The legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes is currently one of the hottest topics in the U.S. As far as the federal government is concerned, marijuana is a dangerous drug (under the Controlled Substances Act) and should, therefore, be banned. Yet this view hasn’t stopped 23 states—indeed, even Washington, DC itself—from enacting laws that allow controlled distribution of the drug for those who need it. As of July 17, 2014, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio might be the next states to legalize the drug. Read the rest of this entry

Medical Marijuana Use in Oregon

It was back in 1998 when Oregon passed Measure 67, allowing patients to possess, cultivate, and use medical marijuana. However, the legislation doesn’t mean that any patient can rely on cannabis for its medical benefits. Instead, it applies to specific health conditions.

Among these are cancer, glaucoma, positive status for HIV/AIDS, or treatment for symptoms of cachexia (dramatic weight loss and muscle atrophy), severe nausea, severe pain, and seizures, including those due to epilepsy. Any other condition that isn’t among this list is subject to evaluation and approval by the Health Division of the Oregon Department of Human Resources.

Last year, the health agency added two medical conditions to the list: agitation caused by Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). AD is a type of dementia common in the elderly sector indicated by impaired memory, language difficulty, and loss of personality, and medical cannabis is found to help decelerate these symptoms. Seeing a loved one deal with AD is especially difficult for some family members because at times, the patient’s memory becomes so distorted that they can’t even recognize their own relatives or friends.

Meanwhile, PTSD is a form of anxiety disorder typically brought about by an extremely traumatic experience, like injury or the death of a loved one. Symptoms include sleeping difficulties, lack of concentration, social isolation, and flashbacks (re-experiencing the trauma). Currently, there are ongoing government-funded studies to find solid evidence of the link between PSTD and medical cannabis.

Access Restriction to Medical Marijuana

Inappropriate use of medical marijuana poses serious health risks. For this reason, medicinal marijuana dispensaries need to exercise caution when it comes to the storage and sale of this substance. Should the drug fall into the wrong hands, serious consequences can follow.

Addictive Aspects

Certain components of medical marijuana produces the “high” and pain alleviation people normally associate with the drug. These addictive properties put vulnerable individuals at risk, which is why the drug should not be distributed to just about anyone. Only patients with state-issued IDs and medical certifications that indicate the proper dose should be served. Read the rest of this entry

Tips for Opening a Medical Cannabis Dispensary

Currently, medical marijuana is legal in 21 U.S. states as well as in the District of Columbia. For this reason, operating a medical cannabis dispensary bears a huge potential for entrepreneurs. If you are considering joining the fray, keep these things in mind:

Learn about the state laws.

Laws on medicinal marijuana vary from state to state, especially when it comes to registration requirements. For this reason, get an inkling of these laws before deciding on which state to establish your medical cannabis dispensary business. For instance, in Arizona, the Department of Health Services ensures that the number of dispensaries doesn’t exceed the number of pharmacies in the state.

Consider hiring a consulting firm.

Having the business registered with the state’s Department of Health Services is only half of the battle. You also need to plan for inventory control, including its accounting and tracking. You need to think about providing a safe and convenient access for patrons, while at the same time guarding your inventory with heavy security doors.

Employ a physician.

Hire the services of a physician to ensure that patients are treated according to protocol. The doctor doesn’t need to be available on-site all the time, but he or she should at least be available to take calls during those times when a patient happens to be confused with his or her doses. Still, it is a patient’s primary physician who will recommend and prescribe medical marijuana.

Health Benefits of Medicinal Marijuana

Despite being ridden with controversy, medicinal marijuana has truly emerged as one of the wondrous herbal drugs that offer treatment for the simplest to the most serious of ailments. That’s why more medicinal marijuana dispensaries are getting encouraged and profiting in the business. Here are some of the roles that medicinal marijuana has been proven to play:

Painkilling Power

The component called cannabinoid or CBD gives marijuana its natural anti-inflammatory properties, which reduces pain. Medicinal marijuana, which has been noted to be much more powerful than aspirin, can treat migraine and arthritic pains. The oil form can also be applied on tooth aches and on sunburns.

Cancer Control

Studies have also shown that marijuana reduces the rate of metastasis or spread of some aggressive cancers. It has also been shown to decrease nausea, vomiting and appetite suppression, which are common side effects of cancer therapies.

Brain Booster

Another ingredient of medicinal marijuana called THC has been noted to interfere with some of the adverse brain affectations. For this reason, medicinal marijuana has been used in treating concussions, strokes, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s, among several other brain disorders.

Mental Mender

Although the recreational use of marijuana has drawn its fair share of flak in the many decades it has been popular, its medicinal form is slowly helping to revamp its image to something useful and even healthy. So far, it has been found to help fight against substance abuse of opiates, depression, anxiety disorders and even post-traumatic stress.