Olivia-Newton John Weaned Herself Off Morphine By Using Cannabis

The ‘Grease’ actress opted for cannabis to help with her Stage 4 cancer treatment. September 10, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When it comes to the many celebrities who have endorsed the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of cancer, few are as powerful as the one from Olivia-Newton John. That’s because John is battling stage 4 cancer. She’s been dealing with cancer since the early 1990s, when she first was diagnosed with breast cancer. It returned in 2013, but she beat it again. It then returned in 2017, when doctors told her it had metastasized and was in her bones.  In short, John, who is now 70 years old, has been there. She’s still there. In a long interview with “60 Minutes Australia,” John talked about death, her battle with cancer and how marijuana helped her battle the disease. It’s of […]

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Pennsylvania Green Lights Medical Marijuana For Anxiety

The measure brings the number of conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana in Pennsylvania to 23. July 30, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Pennsylvania medical officials have given the thumb’s up to doctors to prescribing medical marijuana for patients with anxiety disorders. This decision happens just one month after Ohio officials refused to do the same. The new regulation from the Pennsylvania Department of Health went into effect this month. While the measure allows for prescribing marijuana, it also mandates that cannabis not be the first choice, but rather used in tandem with traditional treatments.  In the same measure, the state is allowing medical marijuana to be used by those with Tourette’s Syndrome. That brings the number of conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana in Pennsylvania to 23, including cancer, epilepsy, intractable seizures, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis. post-traumatic stress […]

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NFL’s Calvin Johnson and Rob Sims Talk Cannabis: It’s ‘A God-Given Gift’

Two battered former players who never had an alternative to opioids for pain have launched an cannabis business so others will. July 14, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The NFL and cannabis have been in the headlines this year, from punitive measures imposed on players to players themselves entering the industry. During the 2019 Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference in Toronto, Primitive co-founders and former NFL players Calvin Johnson and Rob Sims, explained why they entered the cannabis business, where the NFL can improve its drug policies and what excites them most about the industry. Calvin Johnson, It’s a pleasure. So you’re here today to talk about your new venture, Primitive Cannabis. I’m curious, how did you get into cannabis originally?  I got into cannabis from different personal dealing with pain — I played in the NFL for nine years; growing up and making catches […]

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The Cannabis Industry Must Keep Alive the Legacy of LGBT Activists

Caring for the neediest AIDS patients during the worst years of the epidemic began the struggle for legal cannabis but legalization has put those programs in jeopardy. June 29, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.   The cannabis legalization and LGBTQ+ movements have historically been linked together in their fight to end stigma and attain legal recognition and acceptance. In fact, the fight for legal cannabis originated with the response of the LGBTQ community to the AIDS crisis. As San Francisco celebrates Pride this weekend, now is the time to examine this long relationship rooted in compassion and how legal cannabis has left behind the most vulnerable.  Related: FDA Begins Evaluating Cannabis Scientifically Two movements connected. By the early 1990’s, life-saving drugs were available to treat HIV, but with the horrible side effects of pain, nausea and appetite loss. Cannabis was a lifeline for many who suffered,  […]

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FDA Begins Evaluating Cannabis Scientifically

DEA has refused to do that for nearly 50 years. June 24, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Benzinga The Food and Drug Administration says it knows there’s demand for cannabis products, but says it’s taking a “science-based” approach to determine their safety and efficacy as it considers how to handle their legality. The FDA recently opened a public docket on cannabis and cannabis-infused products and held its first-ever hearings as it starts the process of figuring out if, and what, it will regulate in the cannabis space. In a message posted on the FDA website, the agency signaled an open-mindedness to the potentially beneficial effects of cannabis and cannabis-derived substances. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the principal ingredient in one FDA-approved drug, seizure drug Epidiolex, already. But the agency urged the public to understand its interest in analyzing evidence. Related: Move Aside, CBD: New Data Finds THC Is the Real Medicine in […]

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There’s Hope for Cannabis-Based Alzheimer’s Treatments

While pharmaceuticals are ineffective against Alzheimer’s disease a researcher in Seattle sees hope in cannabis. May 28, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Sadly, there is still no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). It is one of the most debilitating of mankind’s diseases, and for those assisting in the treatment of AD it is also one of the most perplexing. The pharmaceutical industry has made valiant efforts to provide AD sufferers with drug options designed to improve their quality of life. In fact, there are now four FDA-approved pharmaceutical drugs available to treat memory loss for AD patients but none is working as designed. The efficacy rates are low. As a result, they are not being rapidly adopted at the clinical level. Related: Israeli Study Finds Marijuana Has Promise for Treating Autism Symptoms For the sake of AD sufferers and their families, isn’t it time we investigate […]

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Most States Provide No Legal Protection If You’re Fired for Using Medical Marijuana

There are 33 states where medical marijuana is legal but only 13 where you have recourse if you’re fired for it. May 28, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The idea of states’ rights is what opened the door to marijuana legalization around the country. But here’s the thing about states’ rights for both employees and employers: You better know exactly what those rights are in the state where you live. That’s especially important for marijuana users who want to hold on to their current job. Cannabis is now legal for medical use in 33 states. Doctors can, and do, prescribe it to patients for issues such as chronic pain. But all that is meaningless in many states when it comes to the relationship between you and your employer. Depending on where you live, you can still get fired for using legal medical marijuana. “The […]

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NFL Agrees to Study Medical Marijuana for Pain Management

The NFL has been slow to allow ailing players an alternative to opioid painkillers. May 25, 2019 3 min read Brought to you by The Fresh Toast As part of effort to study “a variety of pain-management issues and strategies for players,” the National Football League and the NFL Player’s Association have agreed to form two new joint medical committees, with a particular focus on marijuana as a pain management tool. This move could represent a potential shift in the NFL’s long-held taboo around cannabis, reports Mark Maske of The Washington Post. The news is revealing ahead of the two sides engaging in upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations. Previous reports have indicated the NFL would be willing to make concessions around marijuana in the CBA, and this latest move could be a step toward that goal. Related: Cannabis Offers Battered Pro Athletes Both Hope and Healing While 10 states have legalized cannabis […]

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Ohio Medical Marijuana Committee Rejects Use of Pot for Depression but OKs It for Anxiety

May 13, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Those hoping for a state to approve the use of marijuana to treat depression and insomnia will have to wait longer. After considering the idea, a state medical board committee in Ohio has decided not to recommend pot use for either condition. They did, however, decide to recommend marijuana use to treat anxiety and autism. None of this is cast in stone. The committee’s recommendations must first get approved by the medical board in June, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Part of the reason for the rejection of marijuana treatment for depression is because there has been so little research done in the United States. Committee members felt not enough “high-quality research” had been done, according to the Enquirer. To make its decision, the committee had to bring in doctors and other medical professionals to testify, including […]

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New Jersey Needs at Least 15 More Cultivators to Supply Projected Increase in Medical Marijuana Patients

The Garden State anticipates the number of patients will triple, and more likely will increase five-fold, in the next three years. May 1, 2019 3 min read Brought to you by Marijuana Business Daily New Jersey’s medical marijuana market will need at least 15 additional cannabis cultivators in the next three years – even under a conservative growth scenario, according to information provided by the state’s MMJ regulatory agency. The New Jersey Department of Health’s Division of Medicinal Marijuana (DMM) submitted its biennial report to the state Legislature in early April, assessing supply and demand for medical marijuana. In addition to the need for additional growers, DMM found average retail prices to be prohibitive to patients whose treatment plan requires greater volumes of marijuana. For example, a patient purchasing one ounce per month — half the maximum allowed — would pay nearly $6,000 out of pocket over the course of a year. By comparison, […]

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This Mom Entrepreneur Is Developing Medicinal Cannabis to Treat Kids With Autism

Erica Daniels has dedicated her life to teaching families how cannabis can help their kids with autism. April 27, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Erica Daniels was so inspired by how cannabis relieved her son’s Autism that she wrote the book Cooking With Leo. She has launched a line of medical marijuana and CBD products to help other children suffering symptoms to live a better quality life and founded a non-profit dedicated to Autism research and education. Here is her Women in Green Interview: What brought you into the cannabis industry? My 13 year old son suffers from autism. Medical cannabis has dramatically improved his quality of life. At first, I was afraid of the stigma, but then I began talking about it and eventually became an activist. Parents from all over the world send me messages asking for help with their autistic children. I am […]

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Why Synthetic CBD Is (Probably) the Future of Cannabis Pharma

The first company to create and patent a CBD compound will have a serious edge in this fast-growing industry. April 17, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While there is a race among cannabis cultivators to have the largest greenhouse in the world, the race is on for medical cannabis biotechs to create a synthetic form of CBD, one that is not derived from the cannabis plant, but cooked up in a lab. Greenhouses packed with those verdant, pungent plants could become relics of the past, because if you’re a medical cannabis patient, it’s not the plant that you need, it’s the cannabinoids — and both THC and CBD can be synthesized. For medical marijuana pharmaceutical companies, synthetic cannabinoids could cut massive costs of growing the plant and quicken the FDA approval process. The first company to create and patent a CBD compound would command a […]

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Florida Finally Allows Actual Marijuana Flower in Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

A new law is likely to result in many millions of dollars in sales to patients who have been denied whole flower. March 21, 2019 5 min read Brought to you by Marijuana Business Daily Florida’s dozen or so active medical marijuana businesses are expected to see tens of millions of dollars in additional sales by this summer, thanks to a new law that repeals a controversial ban on smokable products. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis made it official Monday when he signed a bill passed by lawmakers last week. The law takes effect immediately, but regulators must iron out the details. Flower sales are  expected to start no later than this summer. Kim Rivers, CEO of Trulieve, one of Florida’s largest MMJ businesses, said she couldn’t put a specific number on how much smokable products might boost her company’s sales but pointed to other markets across the country where flower accounts for up to 40 percent […]

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Israeli Study Finds Marijuana Has Promise for Treating Autism Symptoms

Early results find cannabis helps many patients with a wide range of symptoms. March 20, 2019 3 min read Brought to you by The Fresh Toast The scientific community has struggled to gain a solid understanding of children suffering from autism. Since this condition affects every child differently, no blanket treatment option has yet been developed to give doctors are starting point when dealing with these patients. There is anecdotal evidence suggesting that cannabis might be part of the solution — similar to how it is for epilepsy — yet American researchers have been hindered from digging deeper into the possible benefits. But all is not lost. Scientists in Israel appear to have uncovered definitive proof that medical marijuana can help autistic kids deal with the worst of their symptoms and live a better quality of life. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Soroka University Medical Center […]

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This Cancer Researcher Is Devoted to Her Medical Dispensary Patients

While Chanda Macias researched new treatments for cancer she became fascinated with cannabis as a medicine. March 16, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Chanda L. Macias earned her MBA in supply chain management and a PhD on cancer research. While researching her thesis she found many references to the medicinal value of cannabis, but was frustrated the plant was off limits for legitimate research. Now, as  founder and CEO of National Holistic Healing Center in Washington, DC, and CEO of Women Grow, she applies all of her education and experience to aiding patients with medical marijuana. Macias, who has mentored more than 1,500 students at Howard University on careers in STEM, discusses the many obstacles she has overcome on her path to success.  What brought you into the cannabis industry? My dissertation focused on cancer research. During my investigations, the cannabis plant was a recurring theme for […]

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Here’s the Medical Cannabis Super Bowl Ad CBS Refused to Run

Both CBS and the NFL lag far behind the American public on the subject of medical marijuana. January 23, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It was all over the news on Tuesday: CBS rejected a public service announcement highlighting the benefits of medical cannabis, which was intended to be aired during the 2019 Super Bowl. Long story short, what happened was Acreage Holdings, one of the largest U.S. based cannabis companies, which counts former House Speaker John Boehner and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld among its advisors, created a 60-second public service announcement (or ad, if you will) featuring three medical cannabis patients and their loved ones explaining how marijuana had changed their lives for the better — and suggesting it is a great alternative to other more dangerous pharma drugs. The company submitted the ad to CBS and was ready to pay the […]

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Florida Medical Marijuana System Now In Court

The suit is not about stopping medical marijuana in Florida but what the rules ought to be governing a lucrative market. January 1, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If there is one state that is the most melted in the national melting pot, it’s Florida. That’s fantastic in many ways, but it also means that many different people have strong opinions on serious issues. This, of course, includes marijuana. As with many conflicts, the debate over the state’s marijuana system has ended up in court. Florida is still expected to have one of the biggest medical marijuana markets in the country. It’s just taking a little bit longer to get off the ground. Court Rulings Florida controversies — and legal quagmires everywhere — tend to lean more to the complicated than the straightforward, but here is the broad outline. Voters approved a constitutional amendment […]

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A Doctor in the House Is a Powerful Way to Make Your Cannabis Startup Stand Out

Adding a medical expert to your team gives your company credibility and potential dollars. November 21, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The cannabis startup industry is booming and everyone is trying to get a piece of the leafy pie. But with this explosion, it’s becoming more and more challenging for any one company to grab consumers’ attention and their dollars. However, there is one solution that nobody’s talking about and that is adding a medical expert to your team, especially if your company is targeting consumers. As an internal doctor for the last 20 years with a specialty in cannabis, I speak from experience. If you are able to convince someone like me to join your team — as a co-founder, consultant or advisor — it can be extremely beneficial. Keep in mind though, medical experts won’t go to just any company. You […]

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This South Pacific Country Is Sponsoring Research Seeking a Cannabis Treatment for Diabetes

Vanuatu, suffering a diabetes rate far higher than the world average, is hopeful locally grown marijuana can help. September 21, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The Republic of Vanuatu is facing a diabetes epidemic. It is estimated that roughly 13 percent of the country’s population suffers from the disease. This compares to a global average of 8.5 percent. To counter this epidemic, Vanuatu’s national health care system is working on a series of clinical trials using a cannabis-based drug to treat diabetes. Why it matters These trials might provide us with an treatment for a condition that affects 422 million adults worldwide. As of 2012, 1.6 million deaths were directly attributed to diabetes each year. Here are some other important things you should know about diabetes before moving on: 1 in 3 adults aged over 18 years is overweight. 1 in 10 adults are obese. […]

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Why Is Medical Marijuana Still Banned on College Campuses?

Despite being legal in the Universities’s home states, cannabis is still barred. Blame the federal government for that. September 4, 2018 3 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Medical marijuana might be legal in more than half the states, but that doesn’t mean it’s fine to use it on most college campuses. The reason? Marijuana still remains illegal at the federal level and schools are concerned it might put them in jeopardy with the law. The latest example of this comes from Oklahoma. The state recently approved the use of medical marijuana for certain conditions and diseases and within the guidelines provided by law (such as getting a doctor’s prescription and registering with the state). However, the state’s two major colleges, the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, recently announced they will not allow medical marijuana on campus. Student reactions were as expected. “Honestly, […]

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