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Cannabis Could be Coming to Schools in Washington

school busThe parent of a 7-year-old medical marijuana patient is pushing to be allowed to administer medication to their child on school grounds. The parent, John Barclay, currently has to pick up his daughter from school at lunch time in order to take her home and administer her medication at home. This is very disruptive to her education, he argues. The cannabis medication is “liquid gold,” according to Barclay. River, his daughter, suffers from seizures and cannabis has been the only thing that reliably treats them. River is administered non-psychoactive CBD edibles in order to treat her seizures, but she needs a second dose at noon. A bill has been proposed in Washington’s capitol of Olympia that would allow the administering of medical marijuana on school grounds to children that meet the state’s requirements to be a medical marijuana patient.

Read more on Oregon Cannabis Connection

New Study Supports Cannabis as Non-Addictive Pain Reliever

chronic back paint drawingScience Daily recently reported on a new scientific study that supports the use of cannabis for pain. The study was conducted and published by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and utilized a rodent model. The results of the study suggested that cannabis or cannabis-derived medicines that affect the endocannabinoid system may be useful for relieving chronic pain, while producing fewer side effects and a lower risk for addiction when compared with traditional opioid painkillers. Susan Ingram, Ph.D., an associate professor of neurosurgery at OHSU’s School of Medicine, said, “[cannabis] may be an avenue where we can get better pain medications that are not addictive.”

Read the full article here on Science Daily
Access the original study in The Journal of Neuroscience

Cannabis Could Treat Migraines

migraineMigraines are uncomfortable, complex afflictions that many people experience on a regular basis. Contrary to the popular image migraines, migraines are more than just a headache. Migraines frequently include headaches, but other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound, discoordination, and disturbed vision. Many people who experience migraines also experience migraine “hangovers” the day following their migraines, due to the intense physical toll that migraines take on the body. Treatments for migraines can include a variety of pharmaceuticals, some of which have nasty side effects or the potential for addiction. However, it may be possible for migraine sufferers to find some relief through cannabis, according to Leafly. Cannabis can be used to treat pain and nausea and has been used as an alternative to opioid painkillers by many. Perhaps cannabis could prove to work wonders for many people experiencing migraines that are looking for alternative treatments.

Read more about Migraines and Cannabis on Leafly.

Petition Calls for DEA to “Stop Lying” About Cannabis

cannabis flowerThe Weed Blog recently reported on a change.org petition asking President Obama to force the DEA to tell the truth about cannabis. According to the petition, it is “illegal for federal agencies to disseminate incorrect information.” The writers of the petition point out that the DEA has admitted that certain negative claims about cannabis are not based in fact, including the gateway drug theory and cannabis leading to psychosis or brain damage. The DEA’s website continues to distribute information that they’ve elsewhere admitted is false. The petitioners have found 25 instances of contradictory claims on the DEA’s website.

Read more on The Weed Blog.

Ted Wheeler Makes First Steps Towards Fixing Cannabis Regulations

portland oregon signAs Weed News reports, Portland’s newly elected mayor Ted Wheeler is making good on his claims that he wants to fix the city’s mess of cannabis regulations. Wheeler has previously stated that the bureau in most need of reform is the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), and he has already replaced ONI’s commissioner. Local cannabis businesses had previously had problems having their concerns addressed by ONI in a timely manner. The new commissioner is expected to be more receptive to the needs of local cannabis businesses.

Read more on Weed News.