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New Hampshire Becomes 19th State To Legalize Medical Use Of Marijuana

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Concord, NH: Governor Maggie Hassan has signed legislation, House Bill 573, into law making New Hampshire the 19th state to authorize the physician-recommended use of cannabis for qualified patients.

Stated Hassan: "HB 573 legalizes the use of medical marijuana in a way that makes sense for the State of New Hampshire and gives health providers another option to help New Hampshire's seriously ill patients. ... By providing strong regulatory oversight and clear dispensing guidelines, this bill addresses many of the concerns that were expressed throughout the legislative process.

Study: Marijuana Smoking Not Linked With Liver Disease Progression In Hep C Patients

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Marijuana smoking is not associated with the promotion of liver disease in subjects coinfected with both hepatitis C and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), according to data published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Investigators at McGill University in Montreal and the University of Toronto assessed the impact of marijuana smoking on liver disease progression longitudinally in a cohort of nearly 700 subjects with HIV and the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Study participants at baseline reported having previously used cannabis, on average, some seven times per week, with 40 percent of subjects acknowledging having consumed cannabis daily. Participants were monitored over a median period of 32 months.

Marijuana Users Are More ‘Health Smart’ Than Others, Research Shows

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TruthOnPot.com – Pot smokers like to joke about the substance making them smarter, but turns out it might actually be true. Well, at least when it comes to being health smart.

A new study out of the University of Zurich in Switzerland came to this conclusion after analyzing data from over 11,000 young males. The results, published online in the International Journal of Public Health, show that those who use marijuana tend to be more informed about health than non-users.

Study Shows Cannabis Can Combat Deadly Treatment Resistant Bacteria Such as MRSA and Tuberculosis

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A study conducted by the American Chemical Society and the American Society of Pharmacognosy, and published by the Journal of Natural Products, has found that cannabis can combat deadly, treatment resistant bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a fatal bacteria that kills thousands yearly.

According to the study, all five of the major cannabinoids found in cannabis (cannabidiol , cannabichromene, cannabigerol, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabinol) showed “potent antibacterial activity”, and was found to combat a variety of dangerous bacteria, particularly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as the “recently emerged and extremely drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis”.

Study: Marijuana Use Associated With Decreased Symptoms Of Opiate Withdrawal In Methadone Maintenance Treatment Subjects

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Cannabis consumption is associated with mitigated symptoms of opiate withdrawal in subjects undergoing methadone maintenance treatment, according to the findings of a new study published online in The American Journal on Addictions.

Investigators at the Farber Institute for Neurosciences at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia assessed the use of cannabis in 91 opiate-dependent subjects undergoing methadone maintenance treatment. Researchers found that subjects seeking methadone treatment who acknowledged a history of cannabis use reported “significantly less daily expenditure on acquisition of opiates.”