Category Archives: Medicinal

Spotlight on Washington: Medical vs. Recreational

As the legalization of recreational use of Marijuana spreads across the United States, many are speculating about the onslaught of changes it will bring. Marijuana use in the medical field is far from news, as the medical properties of marijuana have been used in the pro column in the discussion about legalizing recreational use- but how will it affect the patients?


smokingpagoda-spotlight-on-washingtonWashington state has had medical marijuana on the law books since 1998. While it was a step in the right direction, at first this legalization was lacking. It only created an affirmative defense for patients. This means that a patient could be arrested for possession; however, if they are authorized by a healthcare provider to posses a 60-day supply, then they had a valid legal defense in a trial. Continue Reading

Marijuana and CBD To Treat PTSD

smokingpagoda-cbd-to-treat-ptsdCannabidiol has been shown to have numerous health benefits when used properly to
 treat various ailments. Recently clinical studies have shown CBD (cannabidiol) may have a role in treating the symptoms of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Extracted from cannabis, this cannabinoid has been studied for its ability to help those coping with PTSD symptoms and progress their treatment. There are a number of studies as well as anecdotal reports that use of cannabis or treatment with CBD has a role in reducing the symptoms experience by those who suffer from PTSD. Continue Reading

Medical Marijuana – A Good Alternative to Opioids?

One of the most popular and well-known uses of medical marijuana is as a pain reliever. People suffering from a wide variety of conditions claim that it eases their pain just as well as, and sometimes even better than, typically prescribed painkillers. In particular, marijuana is often seen as a good alternative to the use of opioid medication.

People who are considering using marijuana for their pain should rightly be asking whether these purported benefits have actually been scientifically studied or if they are going to have to rely strictly on anecdotal evidence. The good news is that the use of marijuana for pain has been studied extensively over the years, and the findings are very promising for prospective patients. Continue Reading

Does Marijuana Cause Lung Cancer?

As more states within the United States legalize marijuana, many people have begun to focus on the health impacts of smoking it.  It is well known that tobacco causes lung cancer, so some people assume marijuana will be the same.  The reality is more complex, with various studies showing no direct link between marijuana and lung cancer, but some potentially negative outcomes.  Here is some of available research to help you determine if smoking marijuana will increase your lung cancer risk. Continue Reading

A Brief Guide to the Responsibilities of Medical Marijuana Caregivers

According to See Change LLC, over 20-million Americans have conditions that could benefit from medical marijuana. Of that number, around a million have received prescriptions from their physicians. The gap between those two figures implies that the medical marijuana industry is set to explode. To help with the upcoming demand, several states allow licensed medical marijuana caregivers to provide pot directly to patients.

A license typically costs a few hundred bucks, but there are several requirements that aren’t heavily publicized. Shirking or remaining ignorant of these requirements can get you in trouble. States use various verbiage to describe the position.  Michigan, for instance, uses the term “primary caregiver.” In Colorado, the term is “medical marijuana caregiver.” This article will focus primarily on Colorado’s statutes. Continue Reading