Posted on August 3, 2021Categories Health News, Health Tips

Schizophrenia linked to marijuana use disorder is on the rise, study finds

In 1995, 2% of schizophrenia diagnoses in the country were associated with cannabis use disorder. In 2000, it increased to around 4%. Since 2010, that figure increased to 8%, the study found.

“I think it is highly important to use both our study and other studies to highlight and emphasize that cannabis use is not harmless,” said Carsten Hjorthøj, an associate professor at the Copenhagen Research Center for Mental Health and an author of the study published in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry, via email.

“There is, unfortunately, evidence to suggest that cannabis is increasingly seen as a somewhat harmless substance. This is unfortunate, since we see links with schizophrenia, poorer cognitive function, substance use disorders, etc,” Hjorthøj wrote.

Previous research has suggested that the risk of schizophrenia is heightened for people who use cannabis, and the association is particularly driven by heavy use of the drug. Many researchers … Read the rest

In 1995, 2% of schizophrenia diagnoses in the country were associated with cannabis use disorder. In 2000, it increased to around 4%. Since 2010, that figure increased to 8%, the study found.

“I think it is highly important to use both our study and other studies to highlight and emphasize that cannabis use is not harmless,” said Carsten Hjorthøj, an associate professor at the Copenhagen Research Center for Mental Health and an author of the study published in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry, via email.

“There is, unfortunately, evidence to suggest that cannabis is increasingly seen as a somewhat harmless substance. This is unfortunate, since we see links with schizophrenia, poorer cognitive function, substance use disorders, etc,” Hjorthøj wrote.

Previous research has suggested that the risk of schizophrenia is heightened for people who use cannabis, and the association is particularly driven by heavy use of the drug. Many researchers … Read the rest

Posted on August 2, 2021Categories Health News, Health Tips

House Rejects AOC Amendment To Promote Research Into Psychedelics’ Medical Benefits

The U.S. House of Representatives rejected an amendment on Tuesday that was designed to free up research into the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. The body also addressed several other amendments related to cannabis.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) filed the psychedelics measure, which would remove a 1990s-era provision that’s long been part of spending legislation for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The congresswoman attempted to eliminate the language via an amendment in 2019 only to have it defeated by Republicans as well as a majority of her own party members in a resounding vote of 91-331.

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Posted on August 1, 2021Categories Health News, Health Tips

Why we shouldn’t mandate coverage of medical marijuana in New Jersey | Opinion

EDITOR’S NOTE: NJ Cannabis Insider is hosting an in-person day-long conference and networking event Sept. 23 at the Carteret Performing Arts Center, featuring many of the state’s leading power players. Early-bird tickets are now on sale.

By Stacey Worthy

FDA oversight and standards give consumers confidence in the safety and efficacy of medical treatments for complex and hard-to-treat diseases. Yet, New Jersey lawmakers are ignoring the health and safety rigor of that oversight in calling for mandates on coverage of non-FDA-approved marijuana products to treat medical conditions without considering the serious legal and patient safety risks it brings.

In 2020, the New Jersey General Assembly introduced A1708, a bill that would require the state Medicaid program and private health insurance plans to provide coverage of non-FDA-approved marijuana products. And just this May, lawmakers introduced A5760, a bill that would apply the same requirement to several state-funded healthcare programs,

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Posted on July 31, 2021Categories Health News, Health Tips

Missouri Probation Officers Send Patients Back To Prison For Using Legal Medical Marijuana

Voters legalized medical cannabis, but some patients are still being incarcerated for it. 

By Niko Vorobyov, Filter

On June 23, 29-year-old Ray Breer walked through the gates of the Western Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center north of Kansas City into the arms of his family.

“My girlfriend, my mom and my son were all waiting for me on the other side of the gate,” he told me over Zoom. “We got yelled at by the guards ‘cuz we’re all stood there, taking pictures….”

There was a lot of catching up to do. He’d missed the birth of his son, having been taken into custody a few weeks before, in February.

And his “crime,” which cost him his liberty? He’s a registered medical marijuana patient, serving probation for… a marijuana charge. He initially got in trouble with the law for a possession charge back in August 2019, and went to prison for

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Posted on July 30, 2021Categories Health News, Health Tips

Medical cannabis registrations underway, dispensaries to open in fall | Health

Registration for medical cannabis use is ongoing in West Virginia, and dispensaries selling the products could be open for business by this fall, according to Jason Frame, director of the state medical cannabis program.

Those who qualify for the medical marijuana program — which is reserved for certain medical conditions and ailments — may register by Sept. 30 for a two-year certification card. Those who register after Sept. 30 will be eligible for a one-year card.

Applications may be filed online through the Department of Health and Human Resources at http://medcanwv.org. On Monday, the department hosted in-person signups at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.

“There are some people who couldn’t get it done, whatever the cause, so they can come here and have an equal opportunity,” Frame said.

Monday’s in-person registration ran from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with appointments scheduled ahead of time. As of noon, Frame said about

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Posted on July 29, 2021Categories Health News, Health Tips

Georgia approves 6 companies to make and sell medical marijuana

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The Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission voted unanimously to award medical marijuana licenses to six companies at the Walker County Civic Center on Saturday, July 24, 2021. MARK NIESSE / MARK.NIESSE@AJC.COM

Companies will have one year to begin operations after contracts are signed following potential protests from losing bidders, providing for patients suffering from conditions including seizures, terminal cancers and Parkinson’s disease.

Two companies won licenses to cultivate medical marijuana oil on 100,000 square feet of indoor growing space: Trulieve GA Inc., an affiliate of Florida-based Trulieve Cannabis Corp., and Botanical Sciences LLC, a business located in Glennville in South Georgia.

Four companies will be licensed to operate smaller production facilities with 50,000 square feet of growing room: FFD GA Holdings, TheraTrue Georgia LLC, Natures GA LLC and Treevana Remedy Inc.

The commission scored each

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Posted on July 28, 2021Categories Health News, Health Tips

Could Heavy Marijuana Use Be Driving Rise in Schizophrenia Cases? | Health News

By Robert Preidt and Ernie Mundell, HealthDay Reporter

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TUESDAY, July 27, 2021 (HealthDay News) — There’s been a sharp rise in schizophrenia cases linked with marijuana use since the mid-1990s, a new Danish study finds.

Prior research has suggested that marijuana — particularly very heavy use — is associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia. Although strict cause-and-effect can’t be proven by the new study, many experts believe that heavy pot use might work in conjunction with other risk factors to help trigger schizophrenia in certain individuals.

In the new study, researchers found that the percentage of schizophrenia diagnoses in Denmark associated with “cannabis use disorder” rose from 2% in 1995 to about 4% in 2000, and has climbed further to 8% since 2010, CNN reported.

According to the researchers, cannabis use disorder is usually defined as a problematic use of the drug, where users develop a tolerance to

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Posted on July 26, 2021Categories Health News, Health Tips

Doctors face new rules for smokable medical marijuana

New rules laying out the do’s and don’ts physicians must follow when certifying patients to smoke medical marijuana took effect last week, but it’s not clear that doctors or patients are fully aware of them.

Patients certified or recertified to smoke medical marijuana must sign a new standardized consent form as of last Tuesday. That form for the first time includes information about the dangers of smoking near oxygen tanks and advises patients to check their marijuana supplies for mold contaminants.

Also, physicians must adhere to newly adopted practice standards that for the first time spell out what the doctors must do to certify patients and what information needs to be included in patients’ medical records.

The state Office of Medical Marijuana Use, however, does not have on its website the new standardized consent form

Moreover, statewide medical groups have not advertised to their members that

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Posted on July 25, 2021July 19, 2021Categories Health TipsTags , ,

5 Causes Why You Should Not Do Medicine

Relying on the type of parasite, a plethora of anthelmintic medicines, together with ivermectin, albendazole, mebendazole, diethylcarbamazine, and praziquantel, are commonly used.

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For a number of years now, using antidepressants has been scrutinized because of rumors that they cause acne. To date, help for medical marijuana among the many states has not translated into much progress at the federal degree. The Obama administration in August decided to maintain marijuana on the record of most dangerous drugs but in addition planned to permit extra analysis into its medical makes use of. Winning approval for medical hashish in a state similar to Arkansas may help elevate the drug to a federal difficulty. In Washington, the black market has exploded since voters legalized marijuana in 2012, with legally dubious medical dispensaries opening and some pot delivery providers overtly promoting that they promote outside the authorized system.

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Posted on July 25, 2021Categories Health News, Health Tips

Florida Doctors Face New Rules For Smokeable Medical Marijuana – CBS Miami

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — New rules laying out the do’s and don’ts physicians must follow when certifying patients to smoke medical marijuana took effect last week, but it’s not clear that doctors or patients are fully aware of them.

Patients certified or recertified to smoke medical marijuana must sign a new standardized consent form as of last Tuesday. That form for the first time includes information about the dangers of smoking near oxygen tanks and advises patients to check their marijuana supplies for mold contaminants.

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Also, physicians must adhere to newly adopted practice standards that for the first time spell out what the doctors must do to certify patients and what information needs to be included in patients’ medical records.

The state Office of Medical Marijuana Use, however, does not have on its website the new standardized consent form

Additionally,

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