The world of medical marijuana seems to be changing at an ever-increasing rate. Luckily, this brings great amounts of new knowledge to the Missouri medical marijuana community. With the cannabis plant being prohibited for nearly 100 years, much of modern science has not been able to study the plant efficiently. Through the creation of medical marijuana laws at the state level though, much of the scientific research is finally starting to be completed. With that, we are learning wonderfully exciting things about the cannabis plant and also removing some of our out-dated thinking regarding the medical marijuana plant.
Today we will dive into some of the most recent cannabis studies which will impact the Missouri medical marijuana community. We will look into a variety of new studies regarding medical marijuana and discuss how these new insights will impact the Missouri medical marijuana program. First, we will look at how the medical marijuana movement can help curve the horrible opioid crisis we have seen here in America. Then we will look at the interesting trend in cannabis consumption increasing with baby boomers and decreasing with adolescents, both of which offer promising signs from a regulated approach to cannabis.
We will also look at new studies regarding how medical marijuana can impact PTSD and epileptic seizures. Finally, closing with an interesting study done on mice that suggest cannabis consumption helps to increase cognition in older mice. All and all, we hope after reading this you will have a better understanding of the Missouri medical marijuana program and be in-the-know for some of the latest medical marijuana research being completed. Further, while there needs to change at the federal level for medical marijuana to be properly researched, we have seen an immense amount of research completed at the state level. As more and more states implement programs similar to that of Missouri medical marijuana, we should see even more cannabis research completed. With that said, let us dive right in!
Medical Marijuana Vs. The Opioid Crisis
New Reports have surfaced suggesting that medical marijuana does not have a strong impact on the opioid crisis. While some have claimed that medical marijuana can help slow down the spread of opioid addiction across the country, research has been conflicting. New research shows that early reports of medical marijuana states having lower opioid-related deaths has reversed the trend in recent years. While the original premise which states medical marijuana could replace opioids with their pain relieving qualities, it does not seem to be leading to less opioid addictions. Although the new study only added in a single year, future research into this topic will be far easier once the federal government changes federal laws around cannabis. Truly the federal government needs to implement a solution for medical marijuana similar to the one offered by the Missouri medical marijuana laws recently passed.
Cannabis Legalization Leads to Lower Adolescents Use
A positive study for the nascent medical marijuana industry suggests teenage user fell after the legalization of the cannabis plant. A study completed in Washington state suggested that teenage usage of the cannabis plant decreased after legalization. The study looked at data from 2010 and 2012, years prior to the state legalization of adult use of cannabis and compared these numbers to a post-legalization Washington in the years 2014 and 2016. Though this data has a fairly small scope, it did show decreases in some cases for teenage consumption of cannabis. Since cannabis can stunt the development of the brain in adolescents, it is important to keep your Missouri medical marijuana away from minors. Luckily, it seems as laws around cannabis open up, the appeal to teenagers to consume cannabis is lessening.
Medical Marijuana Booming with Baby Boomers
Perhaps to complement the wave of recent medical marijuana states added over the last decade, the baby boomer population have increased their cannabis consumption by tenfold. Those Americans include people over the age of 65. According to a University of Colorado study, patients who are starting to deal with more health related issues as they get older are seeking out cannabis as a solution far more than ever before. Part of the reason for this has been the changing social acceptance of the cannabis plant and the deeper amounts of research which can be completed with legalized cannabis in many states. Even having a Missouri medical marijuana program should empower local universities to start to research the plant here in the state.
Cannabis Usage for PTSD
The NCBI completed a study showing the challenges with cannabis studies regarding treating for post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD. The report looked at a series of five research studies completed on the topic. Three of which showed positive signs between medical marijuana and PTSD, while two others showed it had adverse effects on patients. With these mixed results, we still have seen a huge outcry from the veterans community requesting access to medical marijuana for PTSD. The report concludes that much of the evidence for and against medical marijuana being used to help with PTSD is anecdotal and therefore unreliable. Again, the need for the federal government to have a similar policy on cannabis as the Missouri medical marijuana laws recently passed shows its benefit.
Cannabis Helps Reduce Epileptic Seizures
Another study reinforced the notion that cannabis can help with Epileptic seizures. One of the most popular stories within the medical marijuana community is with Charlotte and the creation of Charlotte’s Web. The young girl had many seizures each day which would interfere with her ability to even enjoy time at a playground. A team of farmers heard about this and developed a CBD, non-psychoactive derivative of the cannabis plant to help treat Charollette’s seizures. A more recent study showed that up to 40% of the children who took CBD medication saw a drop in the number of seizures they had by half. This wonderful medical solution shows the versatility of the cannabis plant, which does not need to be psychoactive to deploy its medical benefit.
Cannabinoid Treatment Improves Cognition in Old Mice
Nature Medicine released a study helped with the cognition in older mice. This study offers a counter-intuitive look at the cannabis plant’s ability to heal cognition levels in mice. The study did note that younger mice saw the opposite effects, it goes to show the importance of waiting until the brain is fully developed before consuming medical marijuana. Luckily, the Missouri medical marijuana program has put an age limit in place to help curtail the use of cannabis by adolescence, who can suffer cognitive damage if they consume the plant too young. The team behind the study suggested that the anti-inflammatory effects of the cannabis plant may be at play here, at least for older mice.
In closing, there is a promising future of the Missouri medical marijuana program. The federal government certainly needs to be involved for the proper amount of research to be completed, since much of research funding comes at the national level. Hopefully, we can see an increase of research into the cannabis plant now that the state of Missouri has legalized medical marijuana. That being said, the personal stories and anecdotal evidence of medical marijuana continues to change laws at the state level across the country. This helped pass the Missouri medical marijuana program and will further help proper the research needed into medical marijuana. All and all, we are thrilled to see how far the medical marijuana movement has come over the last decade. To that point, we are even more excited about the recent changes to Missouri’s medical marijuana program and encourage those with questions to contact us for more details.
If you ever have any questions about Missouri medical marijuana, feel free to stop by Natural Remedy MD. We are always happy to help where we can. Until next time, stay well!