These findings may have significant public health implications. Chronic pain is a large and growing health problem. Cancer-related pain is also common, affecting about 60 percent of people undergoing treatment for the disease.
And does that justify legalization? A new political committee is trying to make the case.
Cancer patients enrolled in Minnesota’s medical marijuana program reported significant improvement in their symptoms within four months after they started taking the medication, the study found.
Four in 10 Minnesotans who have taken medical marijuana (cannabis) for intractable pain reported that their pain had eased by 30 percent or more.
“Intractable pain is going to be more difficult to identify than other illnesses because of the subjective nature of the disease,” said Thorson, who is the president of the MMA.
An international team looked at 79 clinical trials involving more than 6,400 patients and found that the evidence in support of the medical benefits of marijuana was weak at best.
Researchers analyzed 24 years of data (1991-2014) collected from than 1 million teens in 48 states who had participated in the annual Monitoring the Future survey.
In greater Minnesota there are just four outlets medical marijuana: Hibbing, Moorhead, St. Cloud, and Rochester.
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In Seattle this weekend, a school bus rigged up as a food truck will start selling items infused with marijuana. The menu includes truffle popcorn, peanut butter and jelly, and a Vietnamese pork […]
While the fight is heating up in Florida over a ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana, voters in Oregon and Alaska will decide whether to join Colorado and Washington in legalizing recreational use.
The state has relied on the lowest patient enrollment estimate if chronic pain becomes a legalized use — but the number could be low by up to 70,000 people.
The tendency among Americans to be more conservative on social issues is shifting, mainly because of changing attitudes among Democrats and younger people.
Memos from the 1970s reveal the tobacco industry’s interest in assisting consumers “in their search for a form of escape from our neurotic civilization.”
Most Republican lawmakers are strictly anti-pot, but a growing contingent of libertarian-leaning and tea party conservatives have begun to embrace marijuana legalization.
After a contentious fight at the Legislature, Dayton signed the compromise bill that, in limited ways, legalizes medical marijuana use. Supporters of a wider-ranging law, though, will protest Friday at the governor’s residence.
Mayo Clinic psychiatrist J. Michael Bostwick revisits his research on medical cannabis, and takes a hard look at the many inconsistencies across the landscape.
Sen. Scott Dibble and Rep. Carly Melin worked out a compromise, which is almost certain to pass in both chambers on Friday.
Should Minnesota have half the dispensaries of a state 1/70th its size? Should it let patients vaporize leaves or just a liquid form? The medical-pot end game.
They’ve done the heavy lifting on transportation, medical marijuana, heroin overdoses, getting guns from abusers, and cutting the wage gap.