Study: Positive Marijuana Screening Associated with Decreased Mortality in Trauma Patients Admitted to ICU

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Study: Positive Marijuana Screening Associated with Decreased Mortality in Trauma Patients Admitted to ICU

Those hospitalized for trauma who test positive for marijuana are considerably less likely to die during their stay than those who don’t, according to a new study.

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For the study, published by The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, and published online by the National Institute of Health, researchers conducted a “5-year (2008-2012) analysis of adult trauma patients (>18 y/o) in Arizona State Trauma Registry”. They included “patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with a positive toxicology screen for marijuana”,and excluded “patients with positive alcohol or other substance screening”. Outcome measures were “mortality, ventilator days, ICU [intensive care unit], and hospital Length of Stay (LOS)”. In total, 28,813 patients were included in the analysis.

Researchers determined that  “Patients with a positive marijuana screen had a lower mortality rate (5.3 percent versus 8.9 percent) compared to patients with a negative marijuana screen”. On sub analysis of patients who received mechanical ventilation, “marijuana positive had a higher number of ventilator days (2d vs. 1d, p=0.02) and a lower mortality rate (7.3% vs. 16.1%, p<0.001) than those who were marijuana negative.”

Researchers conclude the study by stating; “A positive marijuana screen is associated with decreased mortality in adult trauma patients admitted to the ICU. This association warrants further investigation of the possible physiological effects of marijuana in trauma patients.”

The full study, conducted at the University of Arizona, can be found by clicking here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:38:58 +0000

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5 Techniques For Detecting Cannabis in Our System

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5 Techniques For Detecting Cannabis in Our System

Synthetic Marijuana

08-11-2017

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Everyone’s always looking for a better way to do things, and producing medicine is no exception. When scientists began to explore the true medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant, some cultivators honed their breeding process to make marijuana that contained more uniform ingredients and potency.
Others worked to produce something that was like marijuana but could be legally sold to the… Read more

Cannabis Beer

08-08-2017

marijuana beer

Food products are infused with cannabis to combine medicinal properties with a comfortable delivery system. From a medical perspective, food and beverages infused with medical marijuana represent another option for treating patients suffering from debilitating conditions.
Cannabis concentrates can easily be added to food or beverages, and those products can be purchased at a dispensary. Most… Read more

Marijuana Pizza

08-04-2017

marijuana pizza

There are several ways to consume medicinal marijuana. Each method has its pros and cons, so you should make sure to find the form of marijuana that works best for your situation. If you use edibles, you may notice that most of the products available are sweets. Marijuana pizza is one way to consume marijuana without all that sugar, but enough goodness to disguise the weedy flavor so it’s… Read more

How Long Does THC Stay in Your System?

07-28-2017

thc in system

Cannabis is a complex plant made even more intricate by its many different strains. There are three basic types of cannabis plants: indica, sativa and hybrids. Each type of cannabis contains a different combination and balance of active compounds called cannabinoids. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids that we know of, and still more to discover.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of… Read more

Marijuana and Munchies

07-26-2017

marijuana munchies

Among recreational marijuana users, getting “the munchies” is a common occurence. They’ll describe the urge to eat junk food and how it tastes even better than usual. Eating at the end of a marijuana binge seems to complete the experience and top off the euphoria.
Medical marijuana use can result in that same compulsion to eat. For some, that’s the purpose of taking… Read more

Avoid These Activities While Using Medical Marijuana

07-24-2017

avoid these activities with marijuana

One of the struggles the states have with legalizing marijuana for medical purposes is regulating its use to protect public safety. The reason the FDA classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug is because there was evidence that marijuana posed a serious risk to public health. Scientific research since then has proven marijuana provides more benefits than risk, but regulations are still catching… Read more

Medical Marijuana for Amputees

07-21-2017

marijuana for amputees

Though modern medical techniques have improved amputee surgery survival rates, it’s still a last-resort treatment for several different conditions. The number of amputees has increased because of combat and other situations, including advancing cancers and trauma due to accidents.
Amputation is a life-saving technique, but it often leaves patients with chronic health issues. Limb… Read more

Benefits of Consuming Raw Cannabis

07-20-2017

benefits of raw cannabis

Juicing leafy greens like spinach and kale for their healthy properties might not sound that amazing to you unless you’re a juicing enthusiast. But pressed vegetable juices are increasing in popularity — with consumers, nutritionists, athletes and healthcare professionals.
Have you ever considered juicing marijuana, though? What we’re talking about here is the juicing of raw cannabis,… Read more

Marijuana Infused Coffee

07-18-2017

marijuana coffee

Cannabis and coffee might be the ultimate “wake and bake” combination, but for some it can be hard to picture combining a substance that wakes you up with one that lulls you to sleep. You might expect them to cancel each other out, and in a way, they do.
Coffee drinkers consider the beverage necessary for life. It starts them up each day, and whether they drink one cup or four,… Read more

Dabbing Medical Marijuana

07-14-2017

dabbing marijuana

Cannabis, a remedy used as a holistic healing elixir for centuries, offers many benefits to the human body and mind. Since its benefits have been known, different means of consuming marijuana have been invented. Since it’s a plant, drying and smoke seemed to be a natural fit, similar to tobacco.
Unfortunately, smoking marijuana isn’t always convenient, and if your medical condition… Read more

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Published at Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Study: Adolescent Cannabinoid Exposure Doesn’t Harm, Often Improves Adult Working Memory

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Study: Adolescent Cannabinoid Exposure Doesn’t Harm, Often Improves Adult Working Memory

A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that cannabinoid exposure as an adolescent doesn’t harm, and often improves working memory as an adult.

“Marijuana is a prevalent illicit substance used by adolescents, and several studies have indicated that adolescent use can lead to long-term cognitive deficits including problems with attention and memory”, begins the study’s abstract. “However, preclinical animal studies that observe cognitive deficits after cannabinoid exposure during adolescence utilize experimenter administration of doses of cannabinoids that may exceed what an organism would choose to take, suggesting that contingency and dose are critical factors that need to be addressed in translational models of consequences of cannabinoid exposure.”

Researchers “recently developed an adolescent cannabinoid self-administration paradigm in male rats, and found that prior adolescent self-administration of the cannabinoid receptor agonist WIN55,212-2 (WIN) [meant to mimic the effects of cannabinoids] resulted in improved working memory performance in adulthood.”

Given “known sex differences in both drug self-administration and learning and memory processes, it is possible that cannabinoid self-administration could have different cognitive consequences in females.” Therefore, this study “aimed to explore the effects of self-administered vs. experimenter-administered WIN in adolescent female rats on adult cognitive function.”

For the study; female rats were trained to self-administer WIN daily throughout adolescence. The acute effects of adolescent WIN self-administration on memory “were determined using a short-term spatial memory test 24 h after final SA session; and the long-term effects on cognitive performance were assessed during protracted abstinence in adulthood using a delayed-match-to-sample working memory task.”

In a separate experiment, females were given “daily intraperitoneal (IP) injections of a low or high dose of WIN, corresponding to self-administered and typical experimenter-administered doses, respectively, or its vehicle during adolescence and working memory was assessed under drug-free conditions in adulthood.”

While self-administration of WIN in adolescence had no significant effects on short-term spatial memory or adult working memory, “experimenter administration of WIN resulted in improved adult working memory performance that was more pronounced in the low dose group.”

Thus, “low-dose adolescent WIN exposure, whether self-administered or experimenter-administered, results in either improvements or no change in adult working memory performance in female rats, similar to previous results found in males.”

The full study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, can be found by clicking here.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:45:43 +0000

Can You Donate Blood While Taking Medical Marijuana?

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Can You Donate Blood While Taking Medical Marijuana?

Cannabis Beer

08-08-2017

marijuana beer

Food products are infused with cannabis to combine medicinal properties with a comfortable delivery system. From a medical perspective, food and beverages infused with medical marijuana represent another option for treating patients suffering from debilitating conditions.
Cannabis concentrates can easily be added to food or beverages, and those products can be purchased at a dispensary. Most… Read more

Marijuana Pizza

08-04-2017

marijuana pizza

There are several ways to consume medicinal marijuana. Each method has its pros and cons, so you should make sure to find the form of marijuana that works best for your situation. If you use edibles, you may notice that most of the products available are sweets. Marijuana pizza is one way to consume marijuana without all that sugar, but enough goodness to disguise the weedy flavor so it’s… Read more

How Long Does THC Stay in Your System?

07-28-2017

thc in system

Cannabis is a complex plant made even more intricate by its many different strains. There are three basic types of cannabis plants: indica, sativa and hybrids. Each type of cannabis contains a different combination and balance of active compounds called cannabinoids. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids that we know of, and still more to discover.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of… Read more

Marijuana and Munchies

07-26-2017

marijuana munchies

Among recreational marijuana users, getting “the munchies” is a common occurence. They’ll describe the urge to eat junk food and how it tastes even better than usual. Eating at the end of a marijuana binge seems to complete the experience and top off the euphoria.
Medical marijuana use can result in that same compulsion to eat. For some, that’s the purpose of taking… Read more

Avoid These Activities While Using Medical Marijuana

07-24-2017

avoid these activities with marijuana

One of the struggles the states have with legalizing marijuana for medical purposes is regulating its use to protect public safety. The reason the FDA classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug is because there was evidence that marijuana posed a serious risk to public health. Scientific research since then has proven marijuana provides more benefits than risk, but regulations are still catching… Read more

Medical Marijuana for Amputees

07-21-2017

marijuana for amputees

Though modern medical techniques have improved amputee surgery survival rates, it’s still a last-resort treatment for several different conditions. The number of amputees has increased because of combat and other situations, including advancing cancers and trauma due to accidents.
Amputation is a life-saving technique, but it often leaves patients with chronic health issues. Limb… Read more

Benefits of Consuming Raw Cannabis

07-20-2017

benefits of raw cannabis

Juicing leafy greens like spinach and kale for their healthy properties might not sound that amazing to you unless you’re a juicing enthusiast. But pressed vegetable juices are increasing in popularity — with consumers, nutritionists, athletes and healthcare professionals.
Have you ever considered juicing marijuana, though? What we’re talking about here is the juicing of raw cannabis,… Read more

Marijuana Infused Coffee

07-18-2017

marijuana coffee

Cannabis and coffee might be the ultimate “wake and bake” combination, but for some it can be hard to picture combining a substance that wakes you up with one that lulls you to sleep. You might expect them to cancel each other out, and in a way, they do.
Coffee drinkers consider the beverage necessary for life. It starts them up each day, and whether they drink one cup or four,… Read more

Dabbing Medical Marijuana

07-14-2017

dabbing marijuana

Cannabis, a remedy used as a holistic healing elixir for centuries, offers many benefits to the human body and mind. Since its benefits have been known, different means of consuming marijuana have been invented. Since it’s a plant, drying and smoke seemed to be a natural fit, similar to tobacco.
Unfortunately, smoking marijuana isn’t always convenient, and if your medical condition… Read more

Marijuana and Blood Pressure

07-12-2017

marijuana and blood pressure

Approximately one in every three American adults has high blood pressure — that’s roughly 75 million people. High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease and strokes. The leading cause of disability in this country, strokes affect about 795,000 Americans each year.
Medical marijuana is used for an approved list of conditions in most states. Some states even allow… Read more

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Published at Thu, 24 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0000

Hawaii’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Now Open

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Hawaii’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Now Open

17 years after Hawaii legalized medical cannabis, the legal sale of the medicine through a state-sanctioned dispensary has finally begun.

Maui Grown Therapies (44 Paa Street, Kahului) officially opened their doors today after receiving approval from the Department of Health to begin operations. According to Teri Freitas Gorman, director of community relations and patient affairs for the dispensary, they have been pre-registering patients and are currently accepting people only by appointments, though walk-in says are expected to start as soon as next week.

“Clearly this is a historic day not just for Maui but for the state of Hawaii,” says Freitas Gorman. “This is the first time in Hawaii that patients will be able to buy lab-tested, quality-assured medical cannabis from a state-licensed dispensary. We’re so excited.”

“This is an important day for qualified patients and caregivers on Maui who now have assurance the medical cannabis they purchase at Maui Grown Therapies has been thoroughly tested and is safe for them to use,” said Virginia Pressler, director of the state Department of Health, in a statement. “Implementing a new health program is always challenging, and the dispensary program was no exception.”

Hawaii was one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana in 2000, though lawmakers didn’t approve dispensaries until 2015.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:22:03 +0000

National Conference of State Legislatures Calls for Marijuana to be Removed from Controlled Substances Act

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National Conference of State Legislatures Calls for Marijuana to be Removed from Controlled Substances Act

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) approved a resolution today urging that marijuana be removed from the Controlled Substances Act.

This would give federally approved banks the ability to work with marijuana businesses. and would also allow states to determine their own marijuana policies without the threat of federal interference. For a resolution to pass, it must be supported by a majority of participating legislators in each of 75% of the states represented at the conference’s general business meeting.

The resolution states:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Conference of State Legislatures believes that the Controlled Substances Act should be amended to remove cannabis from scheduling thus enabling financial institutions the ability to provide banking services to cannabis related businesses; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the National Conference of State Legislatures acknowledges that each of its members will have differing and sometimes conflicting views of cannabis and how to regulate it, but in allowing each state to craft its own regulations we may increase transparency, public safety, and economic development where it is wanted.

The full resolution can be found online at http://comm.ncsl.org/productfiles/92221867/Debate_Calendar.pdf

A different version of this resolution, which called for rescheduling marijuana to a lower schedule, was approved by NCSL last year.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Mon, 07 Aug 2017 23:47:59 +0000

Banks don’t like risks associated with legal marijuana business

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Banks don’t like risks associated with legal marijuana business

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LOS ANGELES — Billions of dollars are expected to flow through California’s legitimate marijuana industry next year when recreational pot becomes legal, but most of those businesses won’t be able to use banks.

The reason: Many banks don’t want anything to do with pot money for fear it could expose them to legal trouble from the federal government, which still lists marijuana as illegal — and regulates the banking industry. There is uncertainty over how the Trump administration will react.

Because of those fears, pot dispensary operators in the 29 states where the drug is legal, either for medical or recreational purposes, often find themselves nervously handling obscene amounts of cash.

During the Obama administration, the Justice Department issued guidelines to help banks avoid federal prosecution when dealing with pot businesses in states where the drug is legal.

But most banks don’t see those rules as a shield against charges that could include aiding drug trafficking. And they say the rules are difficult to follow, in effect placing the burden on banks to determine if a pot business is operating within the law.

For example, the Justice Department wants to make sure pot profits in states where marijuana is legal are not being funneled to gangs or cartels. Banks are unsure how to make such a determination.

The number of banks and credit unions willing to handle pot money is growing, but they still represent only a tiny fraction of the industry.

Colorado tried in 2015 to set up a credit union to serve the marijuana industry but was blocked by the Federal Reserve. A court ruling last month could open the door for another attempt.

Elsewhere around the country, the Oregon Department of Revenue built a fortress-like office for dropping off and counting cash.

Some pot businesses have tried to open bank accounts by setting up management companies or nonprofit organizations with ambiguous names — in other words, by misleading the banks. But those accounts can be shut down if a bank realizes where the money is coming from.

“It is not normal for people to walk around with millions of dollars of cash. We have to deal with this reality,” lamented Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, who has proposed creating a municipal bank that would serve cannabis businesses.

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Published at Sat, 05 Aug 2017 13:00:37 +0000

New Jersey Panel Recommends Adding 43 New Medical Marijuana Conditions

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New Jersey Panel Recommends Adding 43 New Medical Marijuana Conditions

The New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended the state drastically expand their medical marijuana program by adding 43 new conditions that qualify someone to use the medicine.

After months of studying petitions from patients and physicians, and after holding two public hearing, the Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended adding 43 new medical marijuana conditions, including migraines, anxiety, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, opiate-use disorder, autism and Tourette syndrome. The recommendations, which now must go through several steps to actually become law, would greatly expand one of the nation’s most restrict medical marijuana programs.

The recommendations from the panel will be sent to Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett, who has final say on whether or not the 43 conditions are actually added to the state’s medical marijuana program. There will now be a 60-day public comment period accumulating in a public hearing before Bennett can make her decision.

In New Jersey their are roughly 13,000 registered medical marijuana patients, and five operating medical marijuana dispensaries.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Fri, 04 Aug 2017 23:27:48 +0000

Cannabis-Infused Soap

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Cannabis-Infused Soap

Marijuana Pizza

08-04-2017

marijuana pizza

There are several ways to consume medicinal marijuana. Each method has its pros and cons, so you should make sure to find the form of marijuana that works best for your situation. If you use edibles, you may notice that most of the products available are sweets. Marijuana pizza is one way to consume marijuana without all that sugar, but enough goodness to disguise the weedy flavor so it’s… Read more

How Long Does THC Stay in Your System?

07-28-2017

thc in system

Cannabis is a complex plant made even more intricate by its many different strains. There are three basic types of cannabis plants: indica, sativa and hybrids. Each type of cannabis contains a different combination and balance of active compounds called cannabinoids. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids that we know of, and still more to discover.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of… Read more

Marijuana and Munchies

07-26-2017

marijuana munchies

Among recreational marijuana users, getting “the munchies” is a common occurence. They’ll describe the urge to eat junk food and how it tastes even better than usual. Eating at the end of a marijuana binge seems to complete the experience and top off the euphoria.
Medical marijuana use can result in that same compulsion to eat. For some, that’s the purpose of taking… Read more

Avoid These Activities While Using Medical Marijuana

07-24-2017

avoid these activities with marijuana

One of the struggles the states have with legalizing marijuana for medical purposes is regulating its use to protect public safety. The reason the FDA classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug is because there was evidence that marijuana posed a serious risk to public health. Scientific research since then has proven marijuana provides more benefits than risk, but regulations are still catching… Read more

Medical Marijuana for Amputees

07-21-2017

marijuana for amputees

Though modern medical techniques have improved amputee surgery survival rates, it’s still a last-resort treatment for several different conditions. The number of amputees has increased because of combat and other situations, including advancing cancers and trauma due to accidents.
Amputation is a life-saving technique, but it often leaves patients with chronic health issues. Limb… Read more

Benefits of Consuming Raw Cannabis

07-20-2017

benefits of raw cannabis

Juicing leafy greens like spinach and kale for their healthy properties might not sound that amazing to you unless you’re a juicing enthusiast. But pressed vegetable juices are increasing in popularity — with consumers, nutritionists, athletes and healthcare professionals.
Have you ever considered juicing marijuana, though? What we’re talking about here is the juicing of raw cannabis,… Read more

Marijuana Infused Coffee

07-18-2017

marijuana coffee

Cannabis and coffee might be the ultimate “wake and bake” combination, but for some it can be hard to picture combining a substance that wakes you up with one that lulls you to sleep. You might expect them to cancel each other out, and in a way, they do.
Coffee drinkers consider the beverage necessary for life. It starts them up each day, and whether they drink one cup or four,… Read more

Dabbing Medical Marijuana

07-14-2017

dabbing marijuana

Cannabis, a remedy used as a holistic healing elixir for centuries, offers many benefits to the human body and mind. Since its benefits have been known, different means of consuming marijuana have been invented. Since it’s a plant, drying and smoke seemed to be a natural fit, similar to tobacco.
Unfortunately, smoking marijuana isn’t always convenient, and if your medical condition… Read more

Marijuana and Blood Pressure

07-12-2017

marijuana and blood pressure

Approximately one in every three American adults has high blood pressure — that’s roughly 75 million people. High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease and strokes. The leading cause of disability in this country, strokes affect about 795,000 Americans each year.
Medical marijuana is used for an approved list of conditions in most states. Some states even allow… Read more

Why Doctors & Practices Should Recommend Medical Marijuana

07-10-2017

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Medical marijuana is often controversial and heavily debated, so it’s natural to wonder, “Should I recommend medical marijuana?” As a medical professional, it’s important to have the full picture of a particular treatment option. Explore the benefits of recommending medical marijuana for doctors and practices to help make your decision. 
Increased Patient… Read more

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Published at Tue, 29 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0000