No-Fault Insurance Needs to Cover Cannabis Patients Too!

CANNABIS CULTURE – No-fault insurance is a term you may not be familiar with if you don’t live in a no-fault state. To be clear, no-fault insurance covers you if you have been in an accident regardless of whether or not the accident was your fault. When accidents result in injuries, no-fault provides unlimited medical coverage for all “reasonably necessary” accident-related medical expenses. Thirteen states (including Puerto Rico) currently have no-fault insurance laws in the United States.

Depending on the state that you are in, certain alternative medications to opioids may not be covered under that state’s no-fault insurance laws. Medical cannabis is one such alternative medication that is not covered despite being able to treat inflammatory and neuropathic injuries. Even states like Michigan, which has legalized the medical use of marijuana, still do not cover the use of the drug after an accident.

If no-fault states (Florida, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and 8 others) are serious about treating those who suffer from chronic pain, reforming no-fault insurance laws to cover alternative medications is crucial. In the midst of a national opioid crisis, continuing to prescribe opioids without giving alternatives a fighting chance does not make sense.

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The Cannabis Experience from the U.S. Tells Us the Kids Will be all Right

In 2012, Washington State voted to legalize marijuana. By 2014, the world’s first system for legally growing, processing and retailing cannabis was operating.

As Canada prepares to go live with pot sales in a few months, what can we learn from four years of practical, hands-on experience in the western United States?

The first take-away is that all the fretting about the impact on children and teens is largely unwarranted.

Read the full story at The Globe & Mail.

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Cannabis and the Keys to Aging Gracefully

When it comes to cannabinoids, age matters. We have talked to Dr. Robert Hashemiyoon about cannabis being a potential anti-aging medicine, and there are several good reasons for this, including …

Could a small amount of THC a day keep dementia at bay?

Regular, low doses of THC boosted memory and learning in older mice, and the endocannabinoid system seems to play an important role in adult neurogenesis in the hippocampus and the lateral ventricles. So, whilst cannabinoids may not be ideal for non-medical use for children and teens, a small amount of cannabis a day when a person gets older may actually help retain memory and aid learning! Dementia, which is often associated with Alzheimer’s disease, may potentially be halted or even possibly prevented by learning how cannabinoids reduce the production of harmful amyloid plaques:

“Several findings indicate that the activation of both CB1 and CB2 receptors by natural or synthetic agonists, at non-psychoactive doses, have beneficial effects in Alzheimer experimental models by reducing the harmful β-amyloid peptide action and tau phosphorylation, as well as by promoting the brain’s intrinsic repair mechanisms. Moreover, endocannabinoid signaling has been demonstrated to modulate numerous concomitant pathological processes, including neuroinflammation, excitotoxicity, mitochondrial dysfunction,

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This Pumpkin Farmer Now Sees Salvation in Pot

“Farmer John” Muller didn’t vote for the California law that legalized recreational marijuana. But now he hopes it will help him weather an economic downturn.

Muller is best known for growing some of Half Moon Bay’s biggest pumpkins, in addition to arugula, lettuce, onions and other crops, CBS San Francisco reports. But his large family farm has fallen into some disrepair. The greenhouses his father built in the 1960s are showing signs of wear and tear, and the family’s cash flow isn’t what it once was.

That, combined with the health care costs of his aging in-laws, who live on the farm, has Muller considering adding cannabis to the mix. “I think if we could derive some income from the cannabis, that would be enough to offset [his in-laws’]expenses,” Muller told KPIX 5.

– Read the entire article at CBS News.

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Cannabis Entrepreneurs Specialize Way Beyond Buds and Brownies

As America gets accustomed to the idea of legal marijuana, entrepreneurs are branching into a host of new products and ways of thinking about cannabis experience. Smokable flower is still the top consumption method, and edibles like chocolates, lozenges and teas come in second, but all categories are growing. According to the Marijuana Business Factbook 2018, with billions of dollars of product sales of medical and recreational cannabis in the U.S. in 2017, marijuana sales were nearly nine time higher than Oreo cookies.

Cannabis as Spa treatment?

“The cannabis wellness market has been largely untapped, but that is starting to change,” says Cindy Sovine, founder of Denver-based Utopia All Natural Wellness Spa and Lounge, which aims to be the nation’s first legal cannabis spa. The global wellness industry increased by 10.6 percent from 2013 to 2015, becoming a $3.72 trillion market. “One of few industries outpacing that growth is cannabis, which is growing by 30 percent a year,” said Sovine. She believes there is a natural market in developing brands, products, and experiences built around cannabis’ health and wellness properties.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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What Is CBD? The ‘Miracle’ Cannabis Compound That Doesn’t Get You High

The cannabis-derived chemical is non-psychoactive, and – while federally illegal – has been hailed as a cure for disease. In early May, a federal court declined to protect cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical produced by the cannabis plant, from federal law enforcement, despite widespread belief in its medical value. The ruling was contrary to existing evidence, which suggests the chemical is safe and could have multiple important uses as medicine. Many cannabis advocates consider it a…

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PTSD & Pot: Veterans Making Memorial Day Push for Legal Marijuana

Veterans from across the country will be gathering in our nation’s capital on Memorial Day this year to not only honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, but to advocate for a cause that isn’t typically associated with our nation’s heroes — the legalization of marijuana. The veterans and advocates taking part in the Memorial Day Veterans Rally DC hope to change the stigma that surrounds cannabis, the preferred term for marijuana among advocates, by…

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Forget Protein Shakes. The Newest Workout Supplement? Marijuana.

Like many other fitness-minded young professionals, a 25-year-old Boston resident named Cameron adheres to a fairly typical preworkout routine. There’s the 20 minutes of stretching, generally followed by some light cardio. And then there’s the component that might be described as less conventional. “I usually smoke a joint,” he says, speaking on the condition that his last name not be published. As marijuana legalization has pushed the drug further toward the mainstream — and a…

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Florida Ban on Smokable Medical Marijuana Ruled Unconstitutional

A Florida judge has ruled the state’s ban on smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional. Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers ruled in favor of People United for Medical Marijuana and two patients challenging the ban. Voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 allowing the use of medical marijuana through vaping and in food, oils, sprays and tinctures. The Legislature last year included a provision banning it from being smoked, and Gov. Rick Scott signed…

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Snoop Dogg Really Loves Canada’s Approach to the Weed Industry

Canada is more advanced than the United States regarding its approach to cannabis, world-famous rapper and weed entrepreneur Snoop Dogg said Friday to a crowd of hundreds at Montreal’s C2 technology conference. The entertainer lamented that in the U.S., some states such as Colorado and California have legalized weed, while others continue to enforce a strict ban on the product. Cannabis also remains illegal under U.S. federal law. “And in Canada, it’s like — let’s…

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