Cannabis Education: The Weekly News Round-Up

by | Apr 23, 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-Based Medicine May Cut Seizures in Half for Those with Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

This is fantastic news! They performed a large-scale clinical trial on children and adults with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and CBD showed great results. While many families already know that cannabis works, it’s great to see the data proving it.

By the way, if your family is dealing with something like Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, check out the Caladrius Network. They’re a great resource for catastrophically ill children and their families.

2. Medical Marijuana and the Public School System

While many children depend on cannabis to manage a medical condition such as Dravet syndrome, some of them are stymied by a public school system that just doesn’t know what to do about cannabis.

Public schools depend on federal funding and the federal government still thinks cannabis is a crime, which puts school administrators in a precarious position. However, requiring children to leave school to take their medication disrupts their education and places a huge burden on working parents.

3. 4 Products Medical Cannabis Patients Need To Avoid

Cannabis itself is fantastic, but sometimes it comes with unwanted extras like mold or pesticides. Legalization and a regulated market helps keep people safe, but it’s always a good idea to know what to watch out for, especially if you’re still dealing with prohibition.

4. Don’t Knock a Strong Pot Tolerance, It Could Help You Heal

Many people find THC helpful, but they don’t want the high that comes with it. That often leaves people with a difficult choice: use the medication that helps or feel fully functional. Building up a tolerance to the high doesn’t seem to make the medication less effective, so this could be a great option for people who need THC on a regular basis.

5. Marijuana Legalization is a Civil Rights Movement

There are some pretty racist reasons for prohibition and they’re reflected in today’s arrest and incarceration rates. The fight for legalization is the fight to end these racist practices and make sure that no one is unjustly imprisoned for cannabis.

6. Medical Marijuana Legalization Linked To Lower Medicaid Costs

States that legalize cannabis consistently see a drop in prescription drug use. That drop lowers Medicaid costs significantly and those costs are expected to continue to go down as legalization expands to more states. Instead of spending taxpayer money to fight a drug war with waning public support (61% of Americans think cannabis should be legal), we could save money by making cannabis legal for everyone.

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