Nov 192015
 November 19, 2015
Study: Cannabinoids Are Safe, Effective For Treating Pain

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Cannabinoids are safe and effective for the treatment of chronic pain, according to the results of a systematic review of randomized controlled trials published in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology. Investigators from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and McGill University in Montreal evaluated the results of 11 placebo-controlled trials conducted between the years 2010 and 2014. Trials assessed the use of various types of cannabinoid preparations, including herbal cannabis, liquid and oral cannabis extracts, and nabilone (a synthetic analog of THC), in pain treatment. Cannabinoids possessed “significant analgesic effects” and were “well tolerated”

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Nov 142015
 November 14, 2015
Study: Marijuana Users Less Likely To Suffer From Metabolic Syndrome

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Current consumers of cannabis are 50 percent less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome as compared to those who have never used the substance, according to findings published online ahead of print in The American Journal of Medicine. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat, which are linked to increased risk of heart disease and/or type 2 diabetes, among other serious health consequences. Investigators from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine analyzed the association between cannabis

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Oct 282015
 October 28, 2015
American Chemical Society Announces Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision

On October 8th, 2015 the Division of Chemical Health and Safety (CHAS) of the American Chemical Society voted to form the Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision (CANN). The CANN subdivision previously existed under the Small Chemical Business Division as the Cannabis Chemistry Committee, but will be located within CHAS following the expansion to official subdivision status. CHAS provides expertise in laboratory safety, chemical management and chemical safety practices.  The committee’s decision to form an official subdivision comes in response to substantial growth in the medical and commercial cannabis industries in recent years. “The membership of the American Chemical Society deserves praise for

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Oct 252015
 October 25, 2015
Brookings Institution Makes The Case For Allowing More Medical Marijuana Research

I am a public television and radio nerd. It was something that I developed while I was an undergrad. One of my political science professors said that the closest thing to a neutral media outlet in America that you will ever get is public media. Everything else is corporate backed, so there will always be some bias in the reporting from mainstream media. But, that’s just my personal opinion. I’m sure there are people that feel strongly one way or another, so as always, feel free to sound off in the comments. I first learned about the Brookings Institution listening

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Oct 182015
 October 18, 2015
Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Doesn't Save Money

Virtually every day that I am on Facebook, I see memes calling for drug testing for welfare recipients. It’s something that conservatives have called for often. The principle behind their theory is that states would save money if they could prevent failed drug testers from receiving welfare. It’s an issue that gets people very fired up, especially conservatives who often see welfare recipients as free-loaders. But if the point is to save money, then it should be very easy to determine if drug testing welfare recipients pencils out by simply looking at the math. Think Progress recently released an analysis of states

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Oct 102015
 October 10, 2015
Plan On Cheating On A Drug Test For Weed? Think Again, It's Not Worth It.

There are three primary ways to “try” to cheat a drug Test: Dilution,Substitution, and Adulteration. How to cheat on a drug test for weed is a very common question and is googled over 10,000 times a day. Marijuana is more popular than ever and employers are also drug testing for marijuana more than ever. Millions of people each year need help passing a drug test for all kinds of different drugs, the most common being marijuana. Many people think the only way to pass a drug test is to cheat by using fake urine or sketchy cover-up products and drinks. We

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Oct 072015
 October 7, 2015
Study: Smoking Marijuana Does Not Promote Head And Neck Cancer

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Marijuana smoke exposure is not positively associated with the development of cancers of the head or neck, according to the results of a systematic literature review published online ahead of print in the journal Archives of Oral Biology. Investigators from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil reviewed nine case-control studies to assess whether marijuana smoking favored the development of head and neck cancer. Authors reported that subjects who used cannabis were no more likely to develop the disease than were subjects with no history of use, after researchers controlled for potential confounding

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Oct 052015
 October 5, 2015
Can Workers In Oregon Still Get Fired For Marijuana Even Though It's Legal Now?

Oregon voters approved marijuana legalization during the 2014 Election. The possession and cultivation provisions of the approved initiative went into effect on July 1, 2015. On October 1, 2015 limited recreational marijuana sales began. It seems like around the election, around July 1st, and especially since October 1st, I’ve been inundated with questions from Oregon readers regarding marijuana and employment based drug testing. I have been asked quite often ‘can employers still drug test me for marijuana even though it’s legal?’ Sadly, yes they can still drug test you. Federal employment laws trump state employment laws, so as long as

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Oct 022015
 October 2, 2015
Canadian Research Study Demonstrates Medical Cannabis Safety Profile

Medical Cannabis Patient Advocates Call on Federal Government To Remove Barriers That Undermine Domestic Cannabis Research Researchers associated with McGill University and the University of British Columbia recently published results from a study showing that medical cannabis patients were no more likely to suffer serious adverse events during treatment than non-cannabis patients. “Cannabis for the Management of Pain: Assessment of Safety Study (COMPASS),” published online in the Journal of Pain, monitored the health of chronic pain patients using medical cannabis and of a control group.  The study was led by Dr. Mark Ware, Director of Clinical Research of the Alan

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Sep 222015
 September 22, 2015
Study: Daily Marijuana Use For Chronic Pain Is Safe And Effective

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Chronic pain patients who use herbal cannabis daily for one-year report reduced discomfort and increased quality of life compared to controls, and do not experience an increased risk of serious side effects, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Pain. Researchers at McGill University in Montreal assessed the long-term health of 216 medicinal cannabis users with chronic non-cancer pain who consumed a daily standardized dose (12.5 percent THC) of herbal cannabis compared to 215 controls (chronic pain suffers who did not use cannabis). Subjects in study were approved

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