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Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana: Studies Find No Benefit for RA

Posted March 3, 2014

Rheumatologists should not currently be recommending the use of medical marijuana to their patients for relief of chronic pain, researchers stated. Among the reasons for this advice are acute and chronic risks, a lack of evidence for efficacy, and the absence of data on appropriate dosing, according to Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, MD, of McGill University in Montreal, and colleagues.

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Pet owners increasingly using medical marijuana to help their pets feel better

Posted November 30, 2013

As the social stigmas and taboos about marijuana that largely emerged during the “Reefer Madness” generation continue to be stripped away from the public consciousness, an increasing number of people are beginning to look at this all natural herb with fresh eyes, recognizing its incredible potential for healing. This includes a growing number of pet owners who are now using the plant and its essential oils to safely and effectively treat their ailing pets.

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Medical marijuana reduces chronic pharmaceutical use, study finds

Posted January 30, 2013

Medical marijuana may help reduce the use of pharmaceutical drugs among the elderly, providing a safer alternative to drugs that often carry serious side effects, according to a study conducted by researchers from Tel Aviv University. The researchers also found that elderly participants who took medical marijuana achieved not just pain reduction, but also improvement in markers of physical, emotional and cognitive health.

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Marijuana eases painful MS muscle cramping

Posted May 19, 2012

A recent Reuters write-up of a marijuana for an MS pain and spasticity trial highlighted positive results for the MS (muscular or multiple sclerosis) patients after using marijuana. They felt less pain and spasticity, which consists of extreme muscular tension, cramps and uncontrollable muscle spasms.

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Secrets of Medicinal Plants Stored in Database

Posted April 30, 2012

The Medicinal Plants/Human Health Consortium includes plant scientists and bioinformatics specialists who are mapping the genetic makeup of 45 different plant species, many already used for their potent medicinals. The mapping project was made possible by recent revolutionary advances in probing the blueprints of various medicinal plants so that key genetic information can be rapidly accessed.

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Scientists Examine Toxicity Of Medicinal Plants In Peru

Posted April 30, 2012

Many developing countries rely on traditional medicine as an accessible and affordable treatment option for human maladies. However, until now, scientific data has not existed to evaluate the potential toxicity of medicinal plant species in Peru. Scientists from the William L. Brown Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis led a study using brine shrimp to determine the toxicity of 341 Northern Peruvian plant species commonly ingested in traditional medicine.

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