Dec 142015
 December 14, 2015
University Of Vermont Offering A Course On Medical Marijuana Science

I attended college from the age of 24-28. I was a ‘non-traditional student’ as the faculty always reminded me, which always seemed like a passive aggressive form of age discrimination. It was bad enough that I couldn’t relate to most of my classmates because they had barely moved out of their parents house and didn’t have the life experience that I had accumulated up to that point. But college was still a very fun time. In every class I was in, I would always try to steer the class conversations towards marijuana in anyway that I could. I graduated in

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Dec 042015
 December 4, 2015
Study: Medical Marijuana Laws Associated With Decreased Obesity

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director The enactment of statewide laws permitting the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes is associated with an annual reduction in obesity-related medical costs, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Health Economics. Investigators at Cornell University in New York and San Diego State University in California reviewed twelve years of data from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to examine the effects of medical marijuana laws on body weight, physical wellness, and exercise. Researchers reported, “[T]he enforcement of MMLs (medical marijuana laws) is associated with a 2% to 6%

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Dec 032015
 December 3, 2015
Study: Marijuana Improves Outcomes In Opioid-Dependent Subjects Undergoing Treatment

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Cannabis use is associated with improved outcomes in opioid-dependent subjects undergoing outpatient treatment, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Researchers at Columbia University assessed the use of cannabinoids versus placebo in opioid-dependent subjects undergoing in-patient detoxification and outpatient treatment with naltrexone, an opiate receptor antagonist. Investigators reported that the administration of oral THC (dronabinol) during the detoxification process lowered the severity of subjects’ withdrawal symptoms compared to placebo, but that these effects did not persist over the entire course of treatment. By contrast, patients who

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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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