Cannabis and Stress Relief

Today is National Stress Awareness Day—timely, given the heated election season and the impending pressures of the looming holidays. For many of us, stress might appear like a background buzz that’s often drowned out by the immediate demands of the day. But the thoughts are present nonetheless: guests for Thanksgiving week will mean extra laundry […]

For one IBD patient, 12/28/14 is date to remember

WCM’s monthly webinar for August 2016 focused on the use of medical cannabis to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). IBD is an umbrella term which encompasses Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other chronic gastrointestinal diseases which damage the tissues of the digestive tract. Our guest expert this month was “David,”* a WCM member whose 15-year […]

DEA Rescheduling Ruling Not Your Cup of Tea? Imagine This.

Wherein you are invited to engage in a thought exercise: Consider a world in which caffeine, not cannabis, were a Schedule I drug. In 1970, all caffeinated products are federally prohibited and criminalized: no coffee, no tea, and definitely no chocolate or energy drinks, since these might be particularly appealing to children. Predictably, an underground […]

Medical Cannabis May Provide Relief… to the Medicare System

A study published this month in the journal Health Affairs finds that “the use of prescription drugs for which marijuana could serve as a clinical alternative fell significantly, once a medical marijuana law was implemented.” The authors state that “(n)ational overall reductions in Medicare program and enrollee spending when states implemented medical marijuana laws were […]

Now is really the time…

Earlier this week, the Bangor Daily News ran an op-ed I wrote encouraging medical cannabis supporters, businesses and lawmakers that the time is now to “clear up gray areas in the medical cannabis law and to demonstrate that canna-businesses are successful and responsible.” The CRMLA appeal’s success needs to prove to doubters that legal adult-use cannabis […]

“High Court Refuses to Hear Cannabis Case Over Colorado”

Doug McVay compiles and maintains the highly regarded website DrugWarFacts.org. He’s the web and social media coordinator for Patients Out of Time, a nonprofit focused on medical cannabis and medical/scientific cannabis research. Doug is also a news reporter/producer and public affairs programmer at public radio station KBOO in Portland, Oregon, and he produces and hosts […]