Singing the Blues: In Praise of the Coolest Berry

Singing the Blues: In Praise of the Coolest Berry Blueberries are widely hailed as a superfood because they’re jam-packed with antioxidants and other phytonutrients. Antioxidants help combat free radicals, which can damage cell membranes and DNA, and cause physical signs of aging. In fact, the USDA’s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging ranks blueberries as […]

Everybody Outside:

Everybody Outside: Take Advantage of Nature’s Healing Power Well-being—that magical blend of comfort, health, and happiness—can be an elusive state if you have chronic stress, pain, or disease. But what if you could increase feelings of well-being simply by going for a walk in nature? A growing body of research says you can. Studies are […]

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 […]

Therapeutic Cannabis: A Patient’s Perspective

As discussion heats up over Maine’s Question 1, which would allow any adult over 21 to use cannabis, we want to keep the needs of medical marijuana patients front and center. In the run-up to the vote, we will share the stories of some of our members who choose to use cannabis for therapeutic/medicinal purposes. […]

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 […]