Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News
A New York and Netherlands-based biotechnology company focusing on medical cannabis research says they plan to start making pot-infused bubblegum in the Netherlands that they plan to sell internationally.
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Axim Biotechnologies, which already makes a product called CanChew that contains CBD, say they will manufacture CanChew and a new product, MedChew, which will contain THC. Officials with the company tell in-PharmaTechnologist.com they are already conducting clinical trials on patients with Multiple Sclerosis as well as inflammatory bowel problems and Crohn's disease in Amsterdam.
Charlotte's Web, a high-CBD strain has become such a buzz-word for all things CBD-related in this country that it has even been included in the language of medical cannabis legislation in other states. This week, Denver's Joel Warner takes a look an excellent look at the strain, it's origins, it's supporters and it's critics.
Eric Prine's uncontrollable seizures began in late 1992, not long after the six-month-old's parents, Ronnie and Jennifer, took him to the doctor for routine vaccinations. The near-constant seizures soon left Eric a shell of his former self. "We lost every bit that was him," says Ronnie. "We never saw any more smiles or crying or anything like that, just seizures." Ultimately, mounting medical bills forced Ronnie and Jennifer to declare bankruptcy. They sold the home they'd built in Lucedale, Mississippi, and in 2004 moved to the Denver area so that Jennifer could take a nursing job; Ronnie became their son's full-time caregiver.
The idea is to put pot in the pocket of every Minnesotan who is in pain. If all goes according to plan, the nation's 22nd state to legalize medical marijuana will start distributing cannabis pills and liquids to thousands of patients by mid-summer.
Wikimedia, family photo courtesy of Jessica Hauser. Wyatt Hauser, 2, suffers from constant severe seizures. His parents plan to enroll him in Minnesota's medical marijuana program once dispensaries open in July.
On Monday the state Department of Health charged two labs located in Cottage Grove and Otsego with producing Minnesota's entire supply of medical marijuana products. LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions are responsible for opening four distribution centers each by July 1. For a hookup, individuals need only a doctor's recommendation to register with the state's medical marijuana program.
Technically, CBD-only pills extracted from legal hemp grown in Europe isn't cannabis. At least, that the argument from Boston's Bill Downing, who operates the CBD Please store that sells CBD-only oils despite an order from the state Health Department to shut down his operations.
But Downing, who isn't a medical cannabis patient, says he doesn't care what the heald department says, he'll keep selling his CBD.
Another week means another horrible round of cannabis-related headlines coming out of sunny San Diego, California. In an attempt to turn America's Finest City into the nation's Ground Zero in the War on Weed, San Diego city officials, backed by a militant branch of the DEA and weed-hating local law enforcement, have almost totally shut down any idea of safe access to medical marijuana.
San Diego's scene has been slashed from over 300 storefront medical marijuana dispensaries in 2011, to less than 40 in operation today - and not one of those 40 is operating with the consent of the city.
"Yes, our doctors are the top prescribers," says Gail Anthony, the board's executive director. "I don't think it would be a big deal."
Anthony does, however, recommend that licensed naturopaths follow state rules concerning written medical-marijuana certifications -- even if a recent court ruling states they can't be prosecuted for flouting those rules. More at the Phoenix New Times.
If you want legal medical cannabis products in Minnesota, it'll be coming from LeafLine Labs or Minnesota Medical Solutions. The state Department of Health announced earlier today that the two groups will be the sole providers of cannabis for the state medical program.
Raw cannabis isn't legal in the Minneota program, only concentrates and edibles. The manufacturers will be responsible for making those products.
Add another link to the growing chain of studies showing that certain chemicals found in the cannabis plant can help Alzheimer's patients. A study published earlier this year in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease shows that THC can slow or end the progress of the disease.
But it's more complicated than giving patients a joint to toke -- though puffing apparently has it's benefits as well. Researchers at the University of South Florida treated isolated Alzheimer's cells in a lab with varying amounts of THC. The results show that THC reduces or eliminates the protein buildup associated with the disease.
Jon Loevy, a notable civil rights attorney in Illinois, says that if his group is allowed to open up a legal medical marijuana farm they will donate half of their earnings to education initiatives around the state.
"Illinois has created a real opportunity for profits, and a lot of the groups chasing this are hedge funds and private equity firms trying to get rich," Loevy told the Chicago Sun-Times. "We see this as an opportunity to reroute millions of dollars to education in Illinois when it's really needed.
The strange (and shameful) tale of Sue Sisley, a woman who was set to lead the nation's first large-scale study of medical cannabis for vets with returning post-traumatic stress disorder but fired for her outspoken support of medical cannabis at the state level, seems to have found a happy ending.
Monday, the state of Colorado announced that they will put $10 million toward medical research - including $2 million going towards Sisley's study.