Report from House of Representatives Hearing “Cannabis Policy – For The New Decade”

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By Patricia Frye, M.D (SCC Board Member & Medical Director of Takoma Park Integrative Care) On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, I attended the House Energy and Commerce Committee at the…
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Update on the Vape Pen Crisis: Considerations for Healthcare Professionals

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By The Society of Cannabis Clinicians In the wake of the vaping crisis that has caused a number of hospitalizations and deaths in the USA, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin…

IACM 2019 Highlights: Defending Doctors’ Rights Across the Globe

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By: Christine Milentis The 2019 International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM) conference was held in Berlin Oct. 31-Nov. 1. It offered an opportunity for clinicians, researchers, patients, and advocates to…

Changing My Specialty

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by Sarah Mann, MD I have spent the better part of the last decade working from 7 pm to 7 am in a busy Intensive Care Unit in a suburb…

Education, Knowledge, and Practice Characteristics of Cannabis Physicians: A Survey of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians

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By Kevin M. Takakuwa, Anthony Mistretta, Vanessa K. Pazdernik, and Dustin Sulak "Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, http://doi.org/10.1089/can.2019.0025, published online August 23, 2019" Abstract Context: Medical cannabis use has increased in recent…

Cannabis and Sexual Health Survey

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Many people are interested in cannabis and sex, but what is the relationship between the two? Does cannabis use impact the sex lives of women and men differently? Those are…
A History of the US Medical Cannabis Movement and Its Importance to Pediatricians: Science Versus Politics in Medicine’s Greatest Catch-22

A History of the US Medical Cannabis Movement and Its Importance to Pediatricians: Science Versus Politics in Medicine’s Greatest Catch-22

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By Kevin M. Takakuwa MD, MA, (SCC Member) Never in recent times has Western medicine seen the rise, fall, and reemergence of a botanical that sparks as much controversy with…

A Not-So-Proud Memory

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It’s Pride month, but we owe it to history to recall an embarrassing, tragic twist in the relationship between AIDS activism and the medical marijuana movement. Money from marijuana sales…

How the Aids Epidemic Catalyzed the Medical Marijuana Movement

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Dennis Peron was the Rosa Parks of the medical marijuana movement, the one who would not move to the back of the bus. Dennis refused to accept that anybody —any…

Can CBD Counter Binge-Eating?

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“The present findings suggest that CBD may have therapeutic potential in reducing binge eating and the development of obesity,” is the hopeful bottom line of a paper published by Addiction…

GW Opposed Blumenauer-McClintock Amendment

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On June 19 the House of Representatives voted to add the Blumenauer-McClintock Amendment —which would prevent the Department of Justice from enforcing federal law in states that have legalized adult-use…

Add MJ Journals: ‘Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids’

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The supposedly-retired Rudolf Brenneisen is on the masthead as editor-in-chief of ‘Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids,’ a forthcoming periodical described by its publisher, Karger, as: “a peer-reviewed journal offering an international…

JAMA op-ed: ‘Educating Physicians About MJ’

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June 3 An excellent op-ed —”Educating Physicians About Marijuana” by Nathaniel P. Morris— was posted today in JAMA Internal Medicine. The subject is one that O’Shaughnessy’s has been harping on…

Can Medical Marijuana Help with Dementia?

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Some studies, and families, say yes; some experts emphasize caution.. Read the full article here.

Humboldt Humbled by Legalization

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Although it’s entitled “How Legalization Changed Humboldt County Marijuana,” Emily Witt’s article in the current New Yorker is not about new plant varieties but about new social realities. She opens…

The International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) has adopted the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research (CCR)

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By Fred Gardner The International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) has adopted the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research (CCR) as its official publication. Dr. Daniele Piomelli, a pharmacologist at UC Irvine,…

“Beyond CBD” makes its entrance as a supplement to the peer-reviewed journal Alternative

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A note from the publisher of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine introduces “the first issue of Beyond CBD, a special supplement.” They’re obviously planning more. The lead article, “The…

You Must Remember This (Re: Mushrooms)

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Eating mushrooms may reduce the risk of cognitive impairment, writes Nicholas Bakalar in the New York Times March 14, 2019. Researchers in Singapore used data on 663 Chinese men and…

Member Meeting: Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

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The next SCC Member Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, March 3 at 12 noon (pacific time) This is a virtual meeting via Zoom. The topic is: Cannabis Use in Pregnancy and…

Epidiolex Weighs in at Schedule V

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But CBD remains on Schedule I, due to its supposed abuse liability.  “DEA’s decision to move Epidiolex to Schedule V…  applies only to CBD products approved by the FDA. Other,…