"Medical marijuana is nonaddictive, it's almost impossible to overdose on it, and it has very mild side effects," said Dr. James M. Feeney, director of trauma services at St. Francis and the head of the new research effort.
"If we can stop prescribing opiates [as painkillers]… we can stop the whole cycle of abuse," Feeney said.
A great read...
This overview covers a wide range of cannabis topics, initially examining issues in dispensaries and self-administration, plus regulatory requirements for production of cannabis-based medicines, particularly the Food and Drug Administration “Botanical Guidance.”
With public acceptance of cannabis as a medicine outpacing healthcare practitioner’s knowledge on the subject, it is clear there needs to be a shift. A January 2017 report, by The Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) provides a comprehensive report on the health effects of recreational and therapeutic cannabis use.
The committee considered more than 10,700 abstracts for this report.
This clearly acknowledges the medicinal value associated with cannabis and cannabinoids, hopefully bringing thoughtful consideration to the Schedule 1 status it holds.
States where cannabis has been legalized to treat specific medical conditions have a 11% lower rate of automobile-related deaths than those where medical cannabis is not legal, according to new research.
In a study conducted at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health (Am J Publ Health Dec 20, 2016:e1-e7 [Epub ahead of print]), researchers sought to determine the relationship between medical marijuana laws (MMLs) and traffic fatality rates, as well as between marijuana dispensaries and traffic fatalities. Using data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System for 1985 to 2014, the researchers found that, on average, states with MMLs had fewer traffic fatalities than those without.
According to the research, states that have active medical cannabis laws had lower traffic fatality rates than non-MML states. Medical marijuana laws were associated with immediate reductions in traffic fatalities in those aged 15 to 24 and 25 to 44 years, and with additional yearly gradual reductions in those aged 25 to 44 years. States that regulate dispensaries also associated with traffic fatality reductions in those aged 25 to 44 years
“This finding suggests that the mechanisms by which medical marijuana laws reduce traffic fatalities mostly operate in those younger adults, a group also frequently involved in alcohol-related traffic fatalities,” said Julian Santaella-Tenorio, lead study author and doctoral student in epidemiology at Columbia University, in New York City, in a press release.
These findings could influence policy decisions on the enactment or repealing of MMLs and how they are implemented. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print December 20, 2016: e1–e7. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2016.303577)
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written by: Eloise Theisen (MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC)
Suppositories are becoming a popular method of cannabis administration. The purpose of this article is not to stay that suppositories are ineffective for treatment of some diseases. Rather, it is intended to clarify some of the misconceptions around the research and to highlight some of the risks and benefits of using suppositories. I hope this information allows patients to make an informed decision about the right delivery method for their condition.
Improving outcomes and giving patients their lives back...
According to the Aclara study, the preliminary findings showed that 67 percent of the patients stopped using opioid medications after using medical cannabis.
And another 29 percent reported a decrease in the number of opioid medications used after starting medical cannabis.
Thirty percent of the patients said they stopped using any and all prescription drugs after using medical marijuana.
What a great article that highlights the value of Cannabis as Medicine
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