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Medical Marijuana Won't Help Most Sick Kids

Posted 11 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 – Medical marijuana appears to hold only limited promise for sick children and teenagers, a new review suggests. It can help kids fighting cancer with chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting, and it can control seizures somewhat in children with epilepsy, said study author Dr. Shane Shucheng Wong. He is a psychiatrist with Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston. But there's not enough evidence to say that medical marijuana can help kids with any other medical conditions, such as neuropathic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Tourette's syndrome, Wong added. Medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia, making it potentially available as a medication for kids. "Children and adolescents can legally access medical cannabis if they have certification from a doctor and from their legal guardian," Wong said. "As a result, ... Read more

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Managing Motion Sickness

Posted 30 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 30, 2017 – Your friends are excited to ride that monster roller coaster, but just looking at it makes you queasy. Is there anything you can do to quell your motion sickness so you can join in the fun? If you suffer from motion sickness, there are some ways to deal with it, one doctor says, though riding roller coasters isn't likely an activity you'll ever love. Motion sickness can occur in cars, on planes, boats, trains and amusement park rides, and even when sitting too close to a movie theater screen or using a virtual reality device. Motion sickness occurs when the brain gets mixed information. The brain combines input from the eyes with information from the parts of the body touching the ground, and then links that information with the vestibular system in the ears that controls balance. If these things don't match up, motion sickness can occur. "Some people can feel ... Read more

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Insys Therapeutics Announces FDA Approval of Syndros (dronabinol) Oral Solution

Posted 5 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

PHOENIX, July 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Insys Therapeutics, Inc. (“Insys” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ:INSY) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Insys’ dronabinol oral solution, Syndros, an orally administered liquid formulation of the pharmaceutical cannabinoid dronabinol, a pharmaceutical version of tetrahydrocannabinol ("THC"). Syndros is approved for use in treating anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with AIDS, and nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy in patients who have failed to respond adequately to conventional antiemetic treatments. Syndros is currently awaiting scheduling by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. "We are very pleased to announce FDA approval of Syndros. We believe that Syndros will be an important new treatment option for patients suffering from the devastating effects of chemothe ... Read more

Related support groups: Chemotherapy, Anorexia, Nausea/Vomiting - Chemotherapy Induced, AIDS Related Wasting, Dronabinol, Syndros

Medical Marijuana Pills May Ease Some MS Symptoms: Review

Posted 24 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 24, 2014 – Medical marijuana pills and sprays might ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but most other alternative therapies do little to lessen the pain and muscle rigidity that often accompanies the disease, according to new guidelines. To reach that conclusion, an expert panel from the American Academy of Neurology reviewed more than 40 years of research on alternative medicine treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS). In addition to the recommendations about medical marijuana use, the nine experts also found that ginkgo biloba might help with the fatigue of MS and reflexology may ease MS symptoms such as tingling, numbness and other unusual skin sensations. Bee sting therapy and omega-3 fatty acids, however, offer weak evidence supporting their use. "It's a very common practice in the MS patient population to try alternative therapies," said the author of the ... Read more

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'Diverted' Medical Marijuana Use Common Among Teens: Study

Posted 2 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 2 – Among teens receiving treatment for substance abuse, many have used medical marijuana that was recommended for someone else, also known as "diverted" medical marijuana, a new study has found. The study authors, from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., suggest that policy changes are needed to curb the improper use of medical marijuana by young people. In conducting the study, lead author Stacy Salomonsen-Sautel and colleagues questioned 164 teens aged 14 to 18 at two adolescent substance abuse treatment programs in Denver about their use of medical marijuana. The investigators found that nearly 74 percent of the teens used marijuana that was recommended for someone else an average of 50 times. Compared with teens who did not use medical marijuana, those who did began using the drug regularly at a younger age and were also more ... Read more

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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Don't Boost Local Crime: Study

Posted 6 Jun 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 6 – Neighborhoods with medical marijuana dispensaries do not have higher crime rates than other neighborhoods, according to researchers who examined 95 different areas of Sacramento, Calif., in 2009. As more U.S. states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical reasons, some people have expressed concern that outlets that dispense the drug and their clients will become targets for crime. But that's not the case, according to the study in the July issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The researchers found no evidence that neighborhoods with a higher density of medical marijuana dispensaries had higher rates of violent crime or property crime than other neighborhoods. The study authors added, however, that further research is needed because they looked at neighborhoods at only one point in time. A neighborhood's crime patterns could change over time ... Read more

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Pot Ingredient May Restore Appetite After Chemo

Posted 23 Feb 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 23 – The main active ingredient in marijuana seems to allow chemotherapy patients to regain their ability to taste and enjoy food, according to the results of a small new study. The finding could potentially lead to treatments to help some cancer patients restore their appetite. Chemotherapy patients often lose the ability to smell and taste food, which can cause them to lose an unhealthy amount of weight. Researchers at several universities in Canada wondered if THC, a component of marijuana, might help. After all, marijuana is known to make users want to munch on food. In the new study, Wendy Wismer, an associate professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and colleagues randomly assigned 21 patients to take THC in pill form (through an anti-nausea drug called Marinol, known generically as dronabinol) or a placebo twice daily for 18 days. The study results are ... Read more

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