The new study concluded that cannabis use is rising among baby boomers in the US, especially men. One study author, Bill Jesdale, an assistant professor of population and quantitative health science at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worchester, suggested that these findings reflect changing cannabis attitudes. “It seems that something has happened to the country as a whole,” he stated, explaining that older adults are using cannabis regardless of legalization.
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While the country (and its economy) seems to be falling apart due to COVID-19 and other events, the stock market and the cannabis world is prospering. As my husband talks about stocks like Facebook, Disney, and Netflix, I wonder, what about cannabis stocks? Should we invest in marijuana? Let’s take a look at some popular cannabis stocks.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, although many studies had a small number of participants, outcomes show that synthetic cannabinoids help symptoms of pain and spasticity of MS. There is less information about inhaled or ingested cannabis.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society states that it supports the rights of patients with MS to work with their healthcare provider to legally access medical cannabis. The Society also supports the need for more research on medical cannabis for MS and calls for removing federal research barriers. They also advocate for the legalization of cannabis at the state level.
Popular New Jersey Medical Marijuana Prescriber Dr. Andrew Medvedovsky Suspended, Reaction from Ken Wolski
What are other healthcare providers saying about this politicized action? Hear from Ken Wolski, RN, MPA, Executive Director for the Coalition for Medical Marijuana-New Jersey.
The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) is one of only eight universities in Pennsylvania certified to conduct medical marijuana research. Researchers at Pitt will launch a clinical trial of medical cannabis in sickle cell patients.
Dr. Laura De Castro, director of clinical translational research at Pitt’s Sickle Cell Disease Research Center of Excellence, stated, “Patients with sickle cell disease and chronic pain have no real alternative to chronic opioid therapy, which has severe limitations and disadvantages. We are proud to have this opportunity to study potential cannabis treatments for these patients who live in constant debilitating pain.”
Karen Berger, PharmD, Medical Writer Last week, we talked about veteran Sean Worsley being sentenced to prison for five years – because of medical cannabis.
Sean was denied treatment by the VA, and Eboni, a certified nursing assistant, had a job offer that was rescinded, and she also lost her clearance to work with sensitive information. After spending some time sleeping in their car and living with family, the Worsleys were homeless in January of 2019. Sean lost his homeless veterans benefits with the VA because Alabama issued a fugitive warrant for his arrest after he missed a court date.