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Pennsylvania To Add New Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana

Daniel King

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Pennsylvania Qualifying conditions for Medical Marijuana

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced on Thursday, July 11, it will be the adding anxiety disorders and Tourette’s syndrome to the list of health conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment in the country.

According to Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, the decision was based on a few recommendations made by the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, together with careful research on marijuana treatment.

“After a careful review of the medical literature available about these conditions, I have decided to approve this recommendation,” explained Dr. Levine.

“Patients should consult with their health care provider to see if medical marijuana will be beneficial for them. I do not take this decision lightly and do have recommendations for physicians, dispensary pharmacists and patients in terms of the use of medical marijuana to treat these conditions. For both conditions, medical marijuana is not first-line treatment and should not replace traditional therapies but should be used in conjunction with them, when recommended by a physician,” he continued.

In 2016, Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act officially became law and took effect in the early part of 2018. Before the approval of anxiety disorders and Tourette’s syndrome, the state only recognizes 21 conditions eligible for the use of medical marijuana. Among these include HIV / AIDS, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Neurodegenerative Disorders, Parkinson’s Disease, Terminal Illness, Severe chronic or intractable pain, and many more.

The decision to include anxiety disorders and Tourette’s syndrome to the list of qualifying conditions have already been approved by the Advisory Board earlier this year. However, the decision still requires final approval from the state’s Department of Health.

Now that the Department of Health gave their approval to the addition of the two conditions, Secretary Levine clarified that this does not mean that medical marijuana will be replacing traditional therapies in providing medical care to patients. In a press conference, Dr. Levine said: “For both conditions, medical marijuana is not first-line treatment and should not replace traditional therapies but should be used in conjunction with them, when recommended by a physician.”

Anxiety Disorders is a broad term that covers certain mental illness, which involves extreme fear or worry. This includes Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, specific Phobias, Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Separation Anxiety Disorder.

Tourette’s syndrome, on the other hand, is a type of neurological disorder characterized by involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations known as tics.

The latest decision is expected to take effect later this month.

 

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3 Excellent Sleep Benefits with Using CBD Oil

Stacey Wellington

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CBD Oil and Sleep Benefits

Happiness consists of getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more.”

Robert A. Heinlein, U.S. Science-Fiction Author

 

We live in troubled times – for some people, stressful times.

Cities on total lockdown, regular social interactions that we have taken for granted all our lives are now frowned upon (and are even being legislated against), and governments constantly talk of “flattening the coronavirus curve of infection.” And if this curve isn’t flattened, we’ll lose thousands and thousands more.

The world has never seen anything like it, certainly not on such an all-encompassing global scale, and we used to think that it was the digital age and its social media that had suddenly made our world so much smaller.

There’s plenty to concern us all, and plenty you could seriously lose sleepover.

Maybe, 3 or 4 months ago, you were even then struggling to get a good night’s sleep – things on your mind, physical pain that’s hard to manage, or anxiety and stress over those things we realize are out of our control anyway. All of these issues can contribute to a disturbed night’s rest. We’ve just had another one added now.

And maybe, just maybe, this is all water off a duck’s back to you, all this death and illness potentially on your doorstep, and nothing can affect you from that sweet moment your head hits the pillow. Lights out. See you in the morning. If you are one of these kinds of people, count yourself lucky. Many people out there will be just plain jealous of you.

Whoever you are, and whatever you feel about what’s going on around you with the coronavirus pandemic, finding a natural way to relax, especially at night, is going to be of significant benefit. For many, an appreciated and much-needed benefit – one that could drastically improve their lives, and their outlook in these troubled times.

We’ve all been there. Getting yourself into bed at a reasonable time, possibly in preparation for a testing day to follow, only to simply lie there, staring blankly at the ceiling. Sleep seems a million miles away. And, to top it all, when it does come, it’s broken and unrestful. You surface the following day feeling more tired than when you hit the hay 8 hours ago.

If this sounds like a typical scenario, maybe a little lateral thinking is called for, and maybe the use of CBD oil for better sleep will be the difference your troubled mind is looking for.

Important: If you are currently taking any form of prescription medicine, it is vital that you first consult your family physician to guard against possible negative interactions between these and the CBD oil.

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many cannabinoid substances found in cannabis. However, the substance itself doesn’t usually produce the “high” that cannabis smokers have long enjoyed. CBD medical studies have pointed with evidence to the fact it can be medically beneficial in treating certain neuropsychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, epilepsy, and even schizophrenia.

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CBD Oil and Sleep Benefits

The evidence found shows that CBD exerts a calming effect on a person’s central nervous system. It is for this very reason that new researchers have studied the effect of CBD on those will disturbed sleeping patterns.

#1. Enhanced, Deeper Sleep

Pharmacology researchers from the Department of BioMolecular Sciences at the University of Michigan specifically looked into CBD’s effect upon the daily physiological patterns of circadian rhythms in its clinical study.

Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a daily cycle. Responding primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment, sleeping is a prime example of a circadian rhythm. Think of them as your biological clocks.

In this and other studies, CBD demonstrated a positive enhancement in subjects, with most of them reporting 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep. The ability to recall dreams significantly decreased, pointing to a far deeper sleep than normal, as dreams occur during the crucial REM stage of sleeping.

#2. Anti-Anxiety & Anti-Depressant Effects of CBD

As mentioned above, studies have found that CBD has a positive medical effect on those who suffer with anxiety – one of the biggest factors when it comes to disturbed sleeping. By calming the mind of the anxious person, overthinking at night is significantly reduced, and therefore enables sleep to come and, just as importantly, stay.

This calming response to the CBD also has another beneficial element – the less anxious you are, the better and clearer your cognitive thinking and rationalization skills, meaning you can resolve issues more adeptly and faster, and so allow for better sleep.

#3. Pain Management

CBD has been proven to both help rebuild brain cells and to improve the natural serotonin levels in trial subjects. Furthermore, it also affects anandamide levels and the brain’s opioid receptors. All of these are known to positively affect our perception and management of physical pain.

Many people are unable to sleep deeply and fully because they are, in some small way, easily affected by pain. With improved natural pain management, this becomes much less of an issue come lights out at night.

To recap, CBD has been proven to produce enhanced, deeper sleep, even for those who suffer from anxiety and physical pain. So, on that note, sweet dreams and sleep well.

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PrestoDoctor Snags Top Cannabis Telemedicine Award

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PrestoDoctor Snags Top Cannabis Telemedicine Award

Medical tech company PrestoDoctor was awarded the title of the top cannabis telemedicine company in Missouri, said the Associated Press. The award, given during the recently concluded event MOCannBizCon+Expo, recognizes the innovation and accessibility the firm offered to the cannabis community.

PrestoDoctor co-founder and COO Rob Tankson said that the award is a result of the company participating in the telemedicine community across the United States. It is known for provided medical recommendations to more than 100,000 patients in 5 states in the country. The company entered the Missouri market only recently.

About PrestoDoctor’s participation in the Missouri cannabis community through its telemedicine services, Tankson said that it “is anticipating robust demand in the newly-opened Missouri market.” He also noted that the team is planning to “continue to meet the needs of the Missouri cannabis telemedicine community.”

The Rise of Telemedicine

Telemedicine has revolutionized the provision of medical services through remote means. In recent years, these companies are able to provide more efficient and effective recommendations with the emergence of advanced technologies. Such platforms use online tools to connect patients with qualified physicians, especially through text- and video-based communication avenues, said The Fresh Toast.

In the cannabis industry, this mode of medical services has become necessary in light of the need for recommendations from licensed cannabis medical practitioners when getting a medical marijuana card. Today, prospective MMJ patients can acquire endorsements from their physicians through telemedicine platforms.

PrestoDoctor allows patients to communicate with their “compassionate licensed physicians” and “world-class patient support team” through secure video chat. Clients can schedule appointments through the company’s website. This way, users can consult their board-certified doctors online.

When getting medical marijuana cards in states where PrestoDoctor operates, patients can set a consultation session with a PrestoDoctor physician to find out if they have qualifying conditions. After the assessment, the company will send a certification form that the patient has to accomplish.

This form, complete with a doctor’s signature, is required when applying for an MMJ card. Other documentation requirements can vary depending on the state. In Missouri, the state requires proof of residency. The Missouri Medical Marijuana Authority also charges an application fee upon submission.

When approved, the patient will receive an email notifying them of the status of their application along with instructions to access their digital MMJ card, which can be printed or save on mobile devices.

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JAMA Study: Number of Seniors Using Cannabis On The Rise

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Seniors Using Cannabis On The Rise

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that the number of American senior citizens who consume cannabis has increased from 2015 to 2018. Market Watch said that the reasons for the increased use are unclear.

The JAMA research evaluated data of around 14,896 individuals from 65 years old and up based on records from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. These people reported using “marijuana, hashish, pot, grass and hash oil.”

According to the study, there was a 75% jump in just three years. This means that from 2.4% of the senior population who used cannabis and related products in 2015, the figure spiked to 4.2% in 2018. This is a huge leap from the mere 0.4% in 2008.

Highest among racial and ethnic minorities

An interesting finding from the research is that the highest recorded surge in marijuana consumption is among racial and ethnic minorities. According to data, there was a whopping 336% increase in use in this group.

This is followed by senior citizens who have diabetes with an increase of 180%. Other groups that showed notable spikes in marijuana consumption include seniors who were treated for mental health issues (157%), individuals with $20,000 to $49,000 income (139%), those with incomes of $75,000 and up (129%), college-educated seniors (114%), married individuals (100%), and women (93%).

Unclear reasons

In a report by Market Watch, it was noted that the researchers, headed by Dr. Benjamin Han, did not include questions a Because of this, the study did not include a conclusion as to why the respondents consumed the plant. Dr. Han, who is an assistant professor at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, said that the figures could be higher.

This is because while 11 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, there remains a stigma against the plant. According to the geriatric medicine and palliative care specialist, respondents could have hesitated to reveal their cannabis use.

Moreover, it is important to note that the newly-published study failed to ask medical conditions such as chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease or arthritis. Market Watch remarked that this could have provided valuable insight into the reasons for using the plant as medical marijuana is known for treating chronic and debilitating medical conditions and symptoms.

Meanwhile, Dr. Han expressed concern over possible negative interaction effects of cannabinoids with current medications taken by seniors.

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