#MedicalMarijuana in the News: September 2

Marijuana leaf at Veer Guest House, Manali (164703748)Here are popular medical marijuana headlines for the week ending September 2, 2016.

Medical Marijuana for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

I have moderately high BP, but it’s not constant. It fluctuates with my fibro flares, levels of stress, activity, and pain. I don’t currently take medication for it. When I started earnestly reading up on medical cannabis, one of the first questions I asked myself was “Could this help my high blood pressure too?”

I was super interested in Dr. Patel’s answer. Here’s an excerpt:

“When you searched on Google, you probably found many different articles saying that medical marijuana helps reduce blood pressure.

But, most of this research is done on rats, which doesn’t necessarily translate to humans…

In my patients with high blood pressure, I didn’t observe a change in their blood pressure even after using medical marijuana regularly for a span of about a year.”

Older Americans Trying Out Medical Marijuana As Alternative to Mainstream Medicine

When I was getting help filling out my application for Illinois’ medical cannabis pilot program, a woman mentioned that she was totally against the use of marijuana “no matter what”—that is, until someone gave her aging, ailing father some to try. As his caretaker, she saw how it helped him and brought him to the mobile clinic to apply for his card.

Teen Who Fought for Medical-Marijuana Use in Schools Dies

Jack Splitt, who had cerebral palsy, was able to attend high school thanks to “Jack’s Law,” a Colorado law he and his mother fought for. Jack was 15 years old.

Israeli Doctors to Use Cannabis to Treat Autism in First-of-its-kind Study

“After some success in using substance to treat epileptics, researchers to check effect of cannabis oils on individuals with severe behavioral problems.” (Subscription required to read post.)

Democrats Hope Marijuana Will Help Elect Hillary Clinton

There’s no denying that decriminalization, legalization, and medical marijuana are hot political topics for some voters. As Mother Jones writer Will Greenberg reports, “Marijuana is on the ballot in nine states this year—five voting on legalization and four voting on medical marijuana—and Democrats hope the measures will be a draw for liberal voters.”

US Court Upholds Ban on Gun Sales to Marijuana Card Holders

You know, just whatever. God forbid we keep them out of the hands of actual criminals though.

“It came in a lawsuit filed by S. Rowan Wilson, a Nevada woman who said she tried to buy a firearm for self-defense in 2011 after obtaining a medical marijuana card. The gun store refused, citing the federal rule banning the sale of firearms to illegal drug users.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Wilson said she was not a marijuana user, but obtained the card in part as an expression of support for marijuana legalization.”