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Physicians will not prescribe marijuana to treat autism in children because no information exists to support such a course of therapy . However, the research does not exist because of medical establishment worries about marijuana testing, with its many active compounds seen as conceivably uncontrollable variables, on children. In the absence of practical information, however, is a growing body of anecdotal proof that marijuana is making autistic children healthier and happier. Some physicians are listening.

Doctor Daniele Piomelli, one of the world’s top neuroscientists and endocannabinoid researchers stated, “Anecdotes should not be dismissed.” The University of California-Irvine faculty member will not consider prescribing marijuana at this time, but is aware of the increasing desire for it. Piomelli continued, “An anecdote is a pointer. It’s something that suggests something needs to be either proven or disproven.”

One scientist attempting to do just that is Doctor Giovanni Martinez, a clinical psychologist in Puerto Rico. His alternative treatment includes his creation of SURF4DEM, a foundation that introduces children and families affected by autism to the therapeutic benefits of surfing. Martinez is studying the therapeutic possibilities of treating children who have autism with CBD oil, and reports positive results. He recounted one particular case in which a child he treated spoke his first words after receiving a twice-daily spray of hemp oil. After three weeks, the child went from being non-verbal to developing considerable language skills.

Martinez stated, “initially the child would become so frustrated with his inability to communicate, he would would act out and injure himself. But, now that he can express himself, he laughs and enjoys life.” Martinez continued, “It’s incredible to see a child go from being non-communicative to achieving a significant improvement in quality of life, for both the child and his family.”

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Nathaniel P. Morris is a resident doctor at Stanford Hospital specializing in mental health. He recently wrote a strongly worded op-ed for ScientificAmerican.com on the views between how some people in the medical community look at marijuana and how the federal government regulates it.

“The notion that marijuana is more dangerous or prone to abuse than alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, or prescription opioids doesn’t reflect what we see in clinical medicine.”

In medicine, using medical marijuana is often seen on the same level as using tobacco or caffeine – something we advise patients about stopping or limiting, however, nothing serious to treat or is immediately life-threatening. Morris highlights that unreasonable drinking causes 88,000 deaths per year, according to the CDC. The medical and research alliances have been aware for some time that cannabis is one of the more harmless things you can put in your body relative to other illegal drugs.

A recent longitudinal study discovered that using cannabis for long periods of time is about as bad for your physical health as not flossing. The experts ranked pot as less harmful to both users and to society than either tobacco or alcohol, or indeed than many other recreational drugs, such as heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine.

However, major medical associations, such as the American Medical Association, have not changed views on marijuana, other groups, such as the California Medical Association, are now openly calling for marijuana legalization. This year has also seen the development of the nation’s first medical physician group dedicated to legalizing marijuana, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation.

The federal strategy to marijuana has stood at odds with the science on the drug for more than 10 years.

In the years since there have been hundreds of thousands of arrests for cannabis possession each year, people have lost their homes and their property over suspicion of marijuana use, and decades of racially-biased policing practices have decimated many minority communities.

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Medical Marijuana was legalized in the state of Maine about two decades ago. However, Farmington physician Jean Antonucci stated “she still feels as though she has not been adequately prepared when talking to patients about whether or not they should be taking medical marijuana.” The questions are often “Will it help my glaucoma? Or my chronic pain? Is cannabis the solution?” Of course, patients always expect their doctor, such as Antonucci, 62, to answer these questions, but as she indicated, she is “completely in the dark.”

Antonucci is still unaware of whether cannabis is the right way to treat an illness, how much a patient should be taking, or the method of ingestion. There are choices between smoking the drug, eating it, rubbing it in, or vaporizing it. Similar to many other doctors, Antonucci has neither been trained to handle such discussions nor was she taught anything about it in medical school. Both experienced doctors and even younger doctors feel as though they are not prepared for this; and why should they unless they have gone to the University of Mississippi.

Medical Marijuana as of last week was only able to be studied at the university of Mississippi. This week however the DEA and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have decided to expand university study so doctors like Antonucci can have a better means of prescribing medical marijuana, or at least having answers for their patients. ”

As the amount of states allowing medical cannabis grows and is currently at twenty-five right (including the District of Columbia), doctors and other practitioners will need peer reviewed data to study. Big Pharma has been involved with cannabis as early as 1985 with one company ABBV marketing a drug called Marinol to increase appetite in cancer patients. It only makes sense that with the recent cannabis expansion to universities that more data will mean a better options for patients that do not want to end up taking RX drugs for their RX drugs. Hopefully the DEA pulls it’s head out of it’s ass or the government puts the scheduling of cannabis in the hands of the agency that should be in charge of it since it already regulates RX drugs… The FDA.

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Tourists in Colorado are not just buying cannabis just because it is legal – they are ending up in hospitals much more than residents are, a new study indicates. Doctors looked for cannabis-related emergency-room visits at a hospital near Denver International Airport during 2014 when selling recreational cannabis became legal. The results of the study are set to come out on Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The Physicians discovered that the rate of emergency-room visits connected to cannabis double among tourists in the first year of recreational cannabis sales. The rate jumped from 85 per 10,000 visits in 2013 to 168 per 10,000 visits in 2014.

Among residents in Colorado, the rate of emergency-room visits possibly connected to marijuana use did not change much between 2013 and 2014. Among Colorado resident hospital patients, 106 per 10,000 visits stated that they were experiencing ailments related to cannabis in 2013 112 per 10,000 visits stated that they were experiencing ailments related to cannabis in 2014.

The difference between out-of-state visitors and residents played out throughout the entire state. Doctors compared data from the original hospital to data from the Colorado Hospital Association. This only confirmed their results; this showed that the rate of tourists went up from 78 per 10,000 visits in 2012 to 112 per 10,000 visits in 2013 to 163 per 10,000 visits in 2014. Among Colorado residents, hospital visits connected to marijuana increased from 61 to 70 to 86 to 101, respectively.

Out-of-state residents and residents of Colorado had different things to say about cannabis. Those of Colorado throughout the state complained of gastrointestinal problems, while the most common complaint from tourists was psychiatric, include bellicose behavior and hallucinations. Men were more two to three times more likely than women among both groups to relate their ailments to those of marijuana.

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Art Wenzel says he’s been unable to get medical marijuana since the program launched here in New York. First, patients must contact their doctor to find out if medical marijuana will work.

A doctor must register with the Department of Health to get a certification for medical marijuana. Once registration is complete you will be able to purchase medical marijuana from designated dispensaries throughout the State.

Wenzel says his most recent oncologist disagreed with the distribution of marijuana, so he wasn’t registered to prescribe it to him. Wenzel is well known around Auburn as a music promoter and writer.

“For me, it’s life or death to try and take care of the ailments that I got.” Since he was told he has cancer, he’s become an advocate for those who could benefit from medical marijuana. Even though it’s legal, Wenzel says it’s tremendously difficult to obtain cannabis oil.

“Out of the 23 states that have it, we have the most stringent laws as far as getting the oil or the pills.” The list of doctors certified to prescribe medical marijuana has not been released.

Without a public document, Wenzel says even doctors don’t know where to refer patients. “In New York state, soon could be quite awhile.” He is a life-long marijuana smoker. He says legally prescribed marijuana would do more for him as he tries to overcome cancer. Wenzel has undergone chemotherapy and other treatments.

He is confident medical marijuana would help him make it through.
We reached out to the State to find out a specific date for the release of doctors certified to prescribe medical marijuana, but were only told, “Soon.”

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