One doctor vs. the DEA: Inside the battle to study marijuana in America

Millions of people across the U.S. can legally buy pot at dispensaries — but scientists aren’t allowed to study it.

Early in Dr. Sue Sisley’s medical career, military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder told her that smoking marijuana prevented nightmares and helped them sleep. Sisley, a primary care physician and psychiatrist in Scottsdale, Arizona, who has treated vets for two decades, said she was initially skeptical of her patients’ claims, but their families vouched that pot was helping with their symptoms.

How Cannabis Leaders Can Move into Personalized Medicine


Personalized cannabinoid formulations could be the future of cannabis supplementation.

Ask people what their first experience with cannabis was, and you will no doubt get a variety of answers: "I fell asleep," "I got the giggles," "It made me super paranoid," and so on. This variation arises from the chemical composition of the product, and how different people metabolize these compounds; a one-size-fits-all approach is rarely effective in recreational or therapeutic cannabis use.

Could Pharmaceutical Shortages Drive Cannabis Demand?


Amid drug shortages, could cannabis lessen the burden?

If COVID-19 has made anything clear, it’s the precarious position of many vital global supply chains. One of the most alarming issues is the risk to pharmaceutical production networks. Last month China’s manufacturing and production ground to a halt as the country went into lockdown to contain the virus. This shutdown had an immediate impact on industries around the world, including pharmaceutical ingredients.

New study to look at impact of COVID-19 on cannabis patients

A new study will be looking at the impact of the novel coronavirus – COVID-19 – on patients who use medical cannabis.

A preliminary study looking at the impact of COVID-19 on cannabis patients, led by the University of Miami, will be utilising epidemiology expertise, and looking at data collected on the patterns and trends of medical cannabis patients during the coronavirus outbreak.

Cannabis May Help Veterans With PTSD. And Lawmakers May Be Acknowledging That

After 17 years in the military and Special Forces deployments in nearly every terrorist hot spot on Earth, former Green Beret Adam Smith found that while his military battles had ended, his personal one had not.

“I had a hard time sleeping lots of anxiety, lots of hyper-vigilance, all the symptoms that revolve around post-traumatic stress,” Smith, in an interview, remembered of his difficult transition to civilian life, starting in 2015.

Alabama Gets Closer to Legalizing Medical Marijuana

On Thursday, WBRC reported that the Alabama Senate cleared Senate Bill 165. The bill will create the Compassion Act, which legalizes medical marijuana. The bill has listed several qualifying medical conditions and symptoms. Patients suffering from these medical conditions can access medical marijuana products after receiving approval from qualified doctors. A doctor can only prescribe marijuana products after all the other methods have been exhausted.