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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

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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

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

Cookies at Medical Marijuana Dispensaries?

Advertisement experts and real estate developers definitely know what they’re talking about when they say “Location, location, location.” What this phrase means is that the location of a home or business is the most important factor in its value, and this has been proven by, of all people, a little girl scout.

What one 13-year old Danielle Lei did was come up with a brilliant idea to significantly boost her Girl Scout Cookies sales. What did she do? She set up shop right outside a San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary. How successful was her idea? She sold 117 boxes in just two hours. Read the rest of this entry

No Medical Marijuana Card Means Breaking the Law

If you are using marijuana without a medical marijuana card, you should know that you are breaking both state and federal laws. If you get caught, you’ll be subject to the harsh penalties that many states impose on illegal marijuana users. Even if you’re using the drug to treat a legitimate disease, you are still breaking the law as long as you don’t have a medical marijuana card approved by a licensed doctor. Read the rest of this entry

A Sampling of Medical Cannabis State Legislations

The use of medical cannabis in any of the American states that have legalized it comes with a set of limitations. These regulations not only help to protect against abusive users, but are also designed to protect the rights to access of patients permitted to use it.

Here’s a quick state-by-state sampling of the limitations imposed by state legislation and applied by legitimate medical marijuana dispensaries on medical cannabis users:

  1. Alaskans may use medical marijuana for either a $20 or $25 fee. They are allowed to possess up to one ounce of usable cannabis, three mature plants, and three immature plants.

  2. Arizonians must fork out up to $150 for the right to possess and use up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, or own up to 12 plants.

  3. Californians can have eight ounces of medical marijuana on them for up to $66. They may also own up to either 6 mature plants or 12 immature plants.

  4. Massachusetts residents are allowed access to a sixty day supply of cannabis for personal medical use. The fee for this privilege is still being discussed.

  5. Maine residents have access to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana and can grow up to six plants without having to pay a fee.

  6. New Mexicans are also provided the right to use medical marijuana for free. They may have up to 24 ounces in their possession and grow up to 24 plants—6 mature and 18 immature.

Common Benefits of Using Medical Cannabis

Alternative medicine is starting to gain a wider acceptance, deservedly, especially with health care workers and researchers working to combine its benefits with allopathic medicine. One of the botanical discoveries that is only starting to be legalized for its valuable medicinal properties is cannabis, or medical marijuana. This herb has been hailed in ancient times as a form of miracle cure that is said to help with many diseases, both physically and mentally, thanks in part to its relaxing and hallucinogenic effect.

Improves Appetite

It has long been known that the use of cannabis can improve a person’s longing for food; and today, many researches have proven that indeed, it can stimulate the appetite. Hence this makes medical marijuana a viable solution to those suffering from anorexia or other appetite-hindering conditions like depression.

Pain

Did you know that medical marijuana is also commonly known as an analgesic, in that it treats painful sensations? A medicine that has analgesic properties means that it acts by striking at the nerves that suffer from pain caused by illness or an injury. It is very effective against neuropathic pain, or conditions caused by alcoholism, spine injuries, or even HIV.

Insomnia

Many patients who are using medical cannabis from trusted dispensaries have also reported that they felt significant improvements in their sleeplessness, perhaps also thanks to the similar effects that cause relaxation and pain alleviation. Studies have shown that patients taking medical cannabis exhibit a certain mood elevation and an improved sense of well-being.

History of Medical Marijuana

In the US, federal prosecutors are not after medical marijuana users and distributors as long as they follow state laws. Because of this, marijuana is now accepted as a form of medication, however, people don’t realize that medical marijuana has long been available to people.

In 2737 BC, Emperor Shen-Nung of China recommended marijuana for ailments like constipation, gout, rheumatism and malaria. Then in 1400 BC, marijuana was used by ancient cultures in the eastern Mediterranean as a form of medicine. While in India, they were used to treat human maladies in pre-1000 BC, and are still used by some doctors. In 200 BC, ancient Greece used marijuana as a remedy to edema, inflammation and earache.

While in 1619, America’s first marijuana law was passed in Jamestown Colony, Virginia , which ordered farmers to grow Indian hemp seed. In 1842, on the other hand, marijuana became the first, second and third most recommended medicine in the US from 1842 to 1890. However, in 1915, Utah enacted the very first US state anti-marijuana law.

From 1944-1975, researchers still continued to study marijuana and its use in different ailments. In 1996, California passed the nation’s first ever medical marijuana law, Prop 215, and in 1998, Alaska, Oregon and Washington passed laws to remove criminal penalties for use, possession and cultivation of medical marijuana. Different states have already legalized medical marijuana like New Mexico in 2007, and New Jersey and Arizona in 2010.