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Judge orders state to reconsider medical cannabis for migraines
In a ruling that could significantly expand the use of medical marijuana in Illinois, a judge has ordered state officials to reconsider adding migraine headaches to the list of conditions that qualify
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IT LESSENS SIDE EFFECTS FROM TREATING HEPATITIS C AND INCREASES TREATMENT EFFECTIVENESS
Treatment for hepatitis C infection is harsh — negative side effects include fatigue, nausea, muscle aches, loss of appetite, and depression — and lasts for months. Many people aren't able to finish
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MARIJUANA TREATS INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASES
Patients with inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis could benefit from marijuana use, studies suggest. University of Nottingham researchers found in 2010 that chemicals
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IT RELIEVES ARTHRITIS DISCOMFORT
Marijuana alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, and promotes sleep, which may help relieve pain and discomfort for people with rheumatoid arthritis, researchers announced in 2011.

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IT KEEPS YOU SKINNY AND HELPS YOUR METABOLISM
A study published in the American Journal Of Medicine on April 15 of last year suggested that pot smokers are skinnier than the average person and have healthier metabolism and reaction to sugars, even
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WHILE NOT REALLY A HEALTH BENEFIT, MARIJUANA SPURS CREATIVITY IN THE BRAIN
Contrary to stoner stereotypes, marijuana usage has actually been shown to have some positive mental effects, particularly in terms of increasing creativity. Even though people's short-term memories tend
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MARIJUANA PROTECTS THE BRAIN AFTER A STROKE
Research from the University of Nottingham shows that marijuana may help protect the brain from damage caused by stroke, by reducing the size of the area affected by the stroke — at least in rats, mice,
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IT MIGHT PROTECT THE BRAIN FROM CONCUSSIONS AND TRAUMA
There is some evidence that marijuana can help heal the brain after a concussion or other traumatic injury. A recent study in the journal Cerebral Cortex showed that in mice, marijuana lessened the bruising
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IT CAN HELP ELIMINATE NIGHTMARES
This is a complicated one, because it involves effects that can be both positive and negative. Marijuana disturbs sleep cycles by interrupting the later stages of REM sleep. In the long run, this could
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WEED REDUCES SOME OF THE AWFUL PAIN AND NAUSEA FROM CHEMO, AND STIMULATES APPETITE
One of the most well-known medical uses of marijuana is for people going through chemotherapy. Cancer patients being treated with chemo suffer from painful nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. This
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MARIJUANA CAN HELP PEOPLE TRYING TO CUT BACK ON DRINKING
Marijuana is safer than alcohol. That's not to say it's completely risk free, but it's much less addictive and doesn't cause nearly as much physical damage. Disorders like alcoholism involve disruptions
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WHAT MARIJUANA DOES TO YOUR BODY AND BRAIN
It's 4/20. For those not in the know, "4/20" is the unofficial holiday for pot smokers and marijuana legalization activists around the world to celebrate by lighting up on April 20. The Huffington Post's
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IT IMPROVES THE SYMPTOMS OF LUPUS, AN AUTOIMMUNE DISORDER
Medical marijuana is being used to treat the autoimmune disease Systemic Lupus Ertyhematosus, which is when the body starts attacking itself for some unknown reason. Some chemicals in marijuana seem
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MARIJUANA MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP WITH CROHN'S DISEASE
Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disorder that causes pain, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and more. But a recent study in Israel showed that smoking a joint significantly reduced Crohn's disease
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Updated Qualifying Conditions in Illinois
The following conditions have been qualified as grounds for a medical cannabis card: Alzheimer's disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Arnold Chiari malformation Cachexia/wasting syndrome Cancer Causalgia Chronic
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IT CAN BE USED TO TREAT GLAUCOMA
Marijuana use can be used to treat and prevent the eye disease glaucoma, which increases pressure in the eyeball, damaging the optic nerve and causing loss of vision. Marijuana decreases the pressure
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IT MAY HELP REVERSE THE CARCINOGENIC EFFECTS OF TOBACCO AND IMPROVE LUNG HEALTH
According to a study published in Journal of the American Medical Association in January 2012, marijuana does not impair lung function and can even increase lung capacity. Researchers looking for risk
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IT CAN HELP CONTROL EPILEPTIC SEIZURES
Marijuana use can prevent epileptic seizures, a 2003 study showed. Robert J. DeLorenzo, of Virginia Commonwealth University, gave marijuana extract and synthetic marijuana to epileptic rats. The drugs
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IT ALSO DECREASES THE SYMPTOMS OF A SEVERE SEIZURE DISORDER KNOWN AS DRAVET'S SYNDROME
During the research for his documentary "Weed," Gupta interviewed the Figi family, who treats their 5-year-old daughter using a medical marijuana strain high in cannabidiol and low in THC. Their daughter,
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A CHEMICAL FOUND IN MARIJUANA STOPS CANCER FROM SPREADING
CBD may help prevent cancer from spreading, researchers at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reported in 2007. Cannabidiol stops cancer by turning off a gene called Id-1, the study,
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THC SLOWS THE PROGRESSION OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
Marijuana may be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, a study led by Kim Janda of the Scripps Research Institute suggests. The 2006 study, published in the journalMolecular Pharmaceutics,
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IT MAY DECREASE ANXIETY
Medical marijuana users claim the drug helps relieve pain and suppress nausea — the two main reasons it's often used to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy. In 2010, researchers at Harvard Medical
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MARIJUANA EASES THE PAIN OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Marijuana may ease painful symptoms of multiple sclerosis, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in May suggests. Jody Corey-Bloom studied 30 multiple sclerosis patients with
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OTHER TYPES OF MUSCLE SPASMS COULD BE HELPED TOO
Other types of muscle spasms respond to marijuana as well. Gupta also found a teenager named Chaz who was using medical marijuana to treat diaphragm spasms that were untreatable by other, prescribed and
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POT SOOTHES TREMORS FOR PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Recent research from Israel shows that smoking marijuana significantly reduces pain and tremors and improves sleep for Parkinson's disease patients. Particularly impressive was the improved fine motor
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MARIJUANA HELPS VETERANS SUFFERING FROM PTSD
The Department of Health and Human Services recently signed off on a proposal to study marijuana's potential as part of treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Marijuana is approved
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