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The AARP Weighs In on Cannabis
9/3/2019 - In March of this year, the AARP Board of Directors approved a policy that supports the use of medical cannabis for older adults in states where it is legal. Earlier this month they published some basic information and a short video about the current state of the science. Harvard instructor, Dr. Peter Grinspoon, notes that, “while cannabis is not without its harms, and side effects, it’s almost always safer than what else you would be using.”
Promising Research at Harvard Shows Cannabis Might Fight Pancreatic Cancer
8/16/2019 - Scientists affiliated with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston have been studying the affects of a cannabis-derived drug called FBL-03G on mice infected with pancreatic cancer cells. With a five-year survival rate of just 8%, pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease. Promising and unexpected results have led the researchers to call for more studies and there is hope that human clinical trials are not too far into the future.
Cannabis may soon be decriminalized at the Federal Level
7/23/2019 Representative Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Senator Kamala Harris of California have recently introduced a bill to decriminalize marijuana. The bill also includes measure related to criminal justice reform, including looking at expunging or re-sentencing previous convictions for marijuana-related offenses. Proponents of the legislation feel that historically marginalized groups have been left out of the burgeoning new industry.
“The Scientist” is a documentary that traces the story of Dr 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 body, the endocannabinoid system (ECS).