Cannabis Education: The Weekly News Round-Up

by | Apr 9, 2017

Every week we share our favorite cannabis news and research. We’d love to see your favorites as well — please share them with us in the comments or on our Facebook page.

1. Cannabis and Multiple Sclerosis: My Story

Multiple Sclerosis is a devastating disease that has no cure. Treating it can be a bit like whack-a-mole: as soon as one symptom is under control, a new one flares up.

Cannabis does not cure MS, but it is a promising treatment. Cannabis helps control inflammation, protects neurons, and even promotes the growth of new neural cells, all of which eases the symptoms of MS. Many people have successfully used cannabis to improve their quality of life and decrease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

2. Marijuana Cases Clog Treatment Meant for Heroin and Opiates

One of the many problems with prohibition is that any use of a drug is treated like abuse. That’s why many cannabis users are finding themselves in treatment programs, whether they want to stop using cannabis or not. Any encounter with law enforcement, even if it’s unrelated to cannabis or other drugs, can end with someone being forced into a treatment program.

However, the resources for these programs are finite, so the more cannabis users that are forced into them (and some of those cannabis users are patients who find themselves in the ridiculous position of being treated for “abusing” a vital medication) the less room there is for people who might genuinely need those programs.

3. Study Suggests Older People Need Pot Because They’re Drinking Too Much

Older people are drinking more alcohol now than they did 20 years ago. While the study itself did not recommend that seniors swap out their booze for some cannabis, cannabis is significantly safer and less addictive than alcohol. Have you talked to your parents and grandparents about cannabis? It’s never too late.

4. Whole Plant Medicine: What Makes It So Beneficial?

Whole plant medicine takes advantage of everything cannabis has to offer: cannabinoids, terpenes, and more. All of those components contribute to the entourage effect, the theory that cannabis is greater than the sum of its parts.

The value of whole plant medicine also explains why synthetic cannabis, such as Marinol, shows limited success.

5. New Jersey Man (Kind of) Wins Medical Marijuana Insurance Coverage

The “kind of” comes from the fact that he was awarded medical marijuana coverage through workers comp, rather than ordinary insurance. He did need to take the insurance company to court to get it, but the court ruled in his favor and the insurance company chose to cover his cannabis rather than appeal.

This case didn’t set a legal precedent, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

6. THC: Side Effects, Risks, and Overdose

We spend a lot of time talking about how great cannabis is and that’s because we’ve seen and experienced the good it can do. However, it’s not completely without risk; this article gives an honest overview of the potential downsides without resorting to fearmongering.

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