Cannabis: Gateway Drug or Life Preserver?

Critics have claimed for decades that cannabis is a “gateway drug.”  Proponents of prohibition argue that using cannabis will lead people to consume cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine. Yet, no evidence exists to verify this claim. In fact, the research indicates the majority of people who use cannabis do not go on to use harder drugs.…

Cannabis Topicals: Creams, Salves and Lotions. Why Seniors are Thriving.

When we think of pain relief from cannabis, we often think of rolling up a joint, turning on our favorite show, and waiting for the pain to melt away in a haze of smoke. But with the fast-growing trend of cannabis topicals, we might need to start rethinking the role that cannabis plays when it…

Debbie Wilson: The Journey Back from Traumatic Brain Injury and Dementia, with a Side of Disappearing Diabetes

“In 2013, I had been diagnosed with dementia, and I could tell I was disappearing. I couldn’t even remember how to make myself coffee—or tell you how I take that cup of coffee.”

Addiction Treatment: Can Cannabis Replace Synthetic Opioids in Treating Addiction?

Addiction Treatment: Can Cannabis Replace Synthetic Opioids in Treating Addiction?

Despite harsh laws enforced by the “War on Drugs,” drug abuse is still a major issue in the United States. Even more worrying is the number of accidental deaths caused by drug overdoses every year. In fact, in 2014, there were 47,055 accidental deaths from drug overdoses in the US, making it the highest cause of accidental death in the country.

Cannabis and Musculoskeletal Issues: Why It’s a Viable Alternative to Traditional Meds

Cannabis and Musculoskeletal Issues: Why It’s a Viable Alternative to Traditional Meds

United Patients Group (UPG) regularly hears from patients that wish they knew earlier that medical cannabis is a treatment option when presented with their other pharmaceutical choices.  The problems leading up to this lack of information is at least twofold:  healthcare providers are not always knowledgeable about when cannabis can be a viable and effective…