For The First Time, The FDA Has Approved A Study On Cannabis For Veterans Suffering PTSD

By Calvin Hughes

For the very first time, the FDA has approved a study on the effects of cannabis on veterans suffering from PTSD. The groundbreaking study is being led by Dr. Sue Sisley, who used to oppose cannabis until she saw the devastation that PTSD and opioids have done to the veteran community.

“I was dismissive and judgmental, then I started losing a lot of vets in my practice to suicide, and it became a big wake-up call,” she said at a symposium focusing on cannabis issues and controversies, reports Healio. “The veteran community has a higher rate of prescription drug overdose, and many vets discovered they can substitute cannabis for the more addictive medications they’ve been prescribed, which is how we started to examine this.”

Pursuing this study hasn’t been easy for Sisley. She struggled for 7 years with the government to get the go-ahead on her research, and lost her job at the University of Arizona once the study was approved – a classic incident of ‘green listing’.

But now that she’s secured funding from the University of Colorado, the stage is set for being the world’s first controlled clinical study on how smoking cannabis works as a treatment for PTSD.

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THCA: The Real Reason You Should Be Eating Raw Cannabis

By: ANNA WILCOX MAY 11, 2017
Have you ever tried raw cannabis? THCA is one of the primary compounds in the herb, and research suggests that it can improve your health.

Have you ever tried raw cannabis juice or a smoothie? Fresh, uncured, and unheated cannabis is rich in compounds called cannabinoid acids. Unlike the heated, cured, and aged stuff, cannabinoid acids do not get you high. Rather, they provide a whole lot of health benefit without any change in consciousness. THCA is one of the most abundant cannabinoid acids, often totaling up to 20 percent of the bud. Here’s what you need to know about THCA and what it might benefit.

What is tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA)?

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Most people familiar with cannabis know that the herb is commonly smoked. After an especially long day, there’s nothing quite like coming home to a little cannabis. Smoking flower or dabbing concentrates, however, are limited, though lovely, ways to enjoy the herb.

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Philadelphia to Treat Opioid Addiction with Medical Marijuana


The Pennsylvania Department of Health approved two major changes to the state’s medical marijuana program on Monday.

First, the health department added opioid addiction to the list of conditions eligible for treatment with medicinal cannabis. With that decision, Pennsylvania joins New Jersey as the only two states that have done so.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine told local media that marijuana won’t be the first treatment for addiction to opioids. Instead, doctors will try more traditional therapies first.

“It’s important to note that medical marijuana is not a substitute for proven treatments for opioid use disorder,” Dr. Levine said. “In Pennsylvania, medical marijuana will be available to patients if all other treatment fails, or if a physician recommends that it be used in conjunction with traditional therapies.”

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Thailand set to unveil medical cannabis law

Published May 15, 2018 | By Matt Lamers

A draft law to greatly expand medical cannabis regulations in Thailand is expected to be unveiled this week, a move that executives say will open the door to potentially millions of dollars in investments.

In the works since last year, the draft narcotics code will permit medical marijuana research on humans.

The law will first be analyzed by the country’s cabinet, according to the Bangkok Post. Then it will go to the National Legislative Assembly.

The move shows Thailand is serious about medical marijuana, Jim Plamondon, vice president of Thai Cannabis Corp., told Marijuana Business Daily.

He said Thailand is on pace to be a leading player in the industry in Asia.

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Why Congressman Jared Polis’ run for governor of Colorado is important for nationwide reform


After ten years in Congress, vocal cannabis reform advocate Jared Polis is now looking to become the Governor of Colorado. Polis, currently a representative for Colorado’s second district, is running on an ambitious campaign to provide the state with 100% renewable energy by 2040 as well as implement a single-payer health care plan. But as governor of the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, he would also preside over a cannabis market which has set the tone for the rest of the country.

Since Colorado legalized in 2012, reform advocates have cited Colorado’s tax revenues and falling crime rates as a reason to legalize nationally while opponents have claimed that out of state smuggling has flooded surrounding states with organized crime. As a result, the success or failure of Colorado’s recreational market could define national policy and a pot-friendly governor like Polis could make all the difference.

In April, Polis won the state Democratic party’s endorsement, coming in second just behind former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy. He now faces Kennedy in a primary election on June 26th to become the Democratic candidate for governor in November.

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