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Peripherally Restricted Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Pain.

Authors: Romero-Sandoval EA, Asbill S, Paige CA, Byrd-Glover K. AbstractThe use of cannabinoids for the treatment of chronic diseases has increased in the United States, with 23 states having legalized the use of marijuana. Although currently available cannabinoid compounds have shown effectiveness in relieving symptoms associated with numerous diseases, the use of cannabis or cannabinoids ...
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Cannabis Or Pain Killers? A Chicago Doctor Makes A Compelling Argument

I have been a practicing physician in the Chicago land area for more than 30 years with a specialty in pain medicine. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention draws attention to the fact that Illinois must allow patients the opportunity to choose cannabis over highly addictive and sometimes deadly prescription drugs.Opioids and narcotics remain the primary drugs for ...
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Cannabinoids in the management of chronic pain: a front line clinical perspective.

Author: Mary E. LynchAbstract Chronic pain is an escalating public health problem. Currently available treatments are inadequate to control chronic pain conditions, and there is a critical need for novel treatments. Over a half century of elegant preclinical research has identified the presence of a sophisticated endocannabinoid system that is part of our natural pain and immune defense netwo...
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Efficacy and adverse effects of medical marijuana for chronic noncancer pain

Authors: Deshpande A, Mailis-Gagnon A, Zoheiry N, Lakha SF. AbstractOBJECTIVE: To determine if medical marijuana provides pain relief for patients with chronic noncancer pain (CNCP) and to determine the therapeutic dose, adverse effects, and specific indications. DATA SOURCES: In April 2014, MEDLINE and EMBASE searches were conducted using the terms chronic noncancer pain, smoked marijuana...
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Helen Kelly calls for referendum on legalising cannabis – One News Interview

Terminally ill former Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly is calling for a referendum at the next general election on legalising cannabis for both medicinal and recreational use.Ms Kelly, who was diagnosed with lung cancer early last year, says she is using cannabis for pain relief and would like it to be available legally."I think if we can have a referendum on the flag - everyon...
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Medical Cannabis and the return to work.

Of a particular frustration to the chronic pain community, is those that are able to return to part time work, but have so many flare ups and days off sick that they are not able to work to a schedule, and are unreliable workers in that sense. Most employers balk at the idea of an employee who can’t reliably manage a few short shifts per week, as there is no guarantee when the flare ups of the pai...
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Medical Marijuana for Treatment of Chronic Pain and Other Medical and Psychiatric Problems A Clinical Review

Paper Authored by Kevin P. Hill, MD, MHSFull article available  here  and published in JAMA June 23/30, 2015, Vol 313, No. 24Of significant note is the conclusion, citing High Quality Evidence. Abstract Importance  As of March 2015, 23 states and the District of Columbia had medical marijuana laws in place. Physicians should know both the scientific rationale and the practical implications for...
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No conviction over Cannabis use

A woman who made herself cannabis cookies for pain relief has been discharged without a conviction, partly because she needed to travel to care for ill relatives.Alexandra Purucker, 60, of Takaka, who was charged with cultivating and possessing cannabis, was discharged without conviction in the Nelson District Court on Tuesday.Prosecutor Sergeant Graeme Eden said police went to Purucker's ...
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The Scientist – Are We Missing Something?

“The Scientist” is a documentary that traces the story of Nobel prize nominee Dr Raphael Mechoulam from his early days as a child of the Holocaust in Bulgaria, through his immigration to Israel, and his career as the chief investigator into the chemistry and biology of the world’s most misunderstood plant. Dr. Mechoulam ascertained that THC interacts with the largest receptor system in the human b...
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Family seeking cannabinoid spray prescription say many more could benefit

For 11 years, Jacinta Newport's daughter has been in pain.Sometimes in the hips, sometimes in her lower limbs, that pain, along with frequent visits to specialists, has been a constant, just like her cocktail of medicines and often terrible side effects."It's just affected her life on every level," Mrs Newport says.Her daughter, now 22, was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when she wa...
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