Medical News

A Massachusetts family’s experience giving marijuana edibles to their dying patriarch is set to kick off a desperately needed investigation into how cannabis might treat some of the more troubling symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that affects 5.7 million Americans.

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Alzheimer’s disease will become eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in Minnesota next year, making it the 14th health condition approved since the state’s cannabis program began in 2015.

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“After monitoring patients 65 and older for six months, we found medical cannabis treatment significantly relieves pain and improves quality of life for seniors with minimal side effects reported.”

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A small number of Missouri doctors are bucking the state’s medical establishment by openly supporting the medical marijuana amendment voters approved in November.

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One of the most promising -- and pressing -- areas of research has to do with the effects of medical marijuana on people with diabetes. 

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While terminal patients are finding that medical cannabis offers relief with fewer side effects, health professionals must navigate legal challenges to offer aid.

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