Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Blog

How Marijuana Legalization Will Harm Patient Care

How Marijuana Legalization Will Harm Patient Care

Cannabis is a social justice issue and every candidate for president is talking about it – and missing the boat. Not one is talking about medical cannabis and the needs of patients. Patient care is a social justice issue. All people need and deserve healthcare....
Pain, Placebos, and Patients

Pain, Placebos, and Patients

Yesterday I burned my hand cooking. In an incautious moment, while making a caramel sauce, one false move sent a tiny molten blob of sugar flying – landing on the back of my hand at the base of my thumb. Ouch! Like any good cook, I kept stirring to prevent...
Can Cannabis Use Lead to Lung Cancer?

Can Cannabis Use Lead to Lung Cancer?

According to the ​Centers for Disease Control​, more people in the United States die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer – in fact, of any other cause except heart disease. Of these cases, almost all can be tied back to tobacco smoking....
Why Medicine Should Not Be Marketed to Patients

Why Medicine Should Not Be Marketed to Patients

Normally I write about cannabis medicine, and today I’m going to as well, but much of what I say can really be applied to all medications. Marketing medications to patients leads to patient anxiety, less good health outcomes, and increased cost of care. They...
Can I Use Medical Marijuana to Treat Lupus? 

Can I Use Medical Marijuana to Treat Lupus? 

Systemic Lupus Erythromatosis (SLE or Lupus, for short) is a type of autoimmune disease that affects roughly five million people across the globe. An autoimmune disease occurs when a person’s immune system attacks their body instead of an infection, causing...