Wednesday June 19, 2019

Using Marijuana can Help in the Treatment of Drug Addiction and Depression: Study

Cannabis use might not be recommended for conditions such as bipolar disorder and psychosis

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Toronto, November 16, 2016: Using marijuana could help some alcoholics and people addicted to opioids kick the habit and may also help people suffering from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social anxiety, says a study.

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“Research suggests that people may be using cannabis as an exit drug to reduce the use of substances that are potentially more harmful, such as opioid pain medication,” said the study’s lead investigator Zach Walsh, Associate Professor at University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Canada.

The study published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review is based on a systematic review of research on the medical cannabis use and mental health as well as reviews on non-medical cannabis use.

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However, the review concluded that cannabis use might not be recommended for conditions such as bipolar disorder and psychosis.

“In reviewing the limited evidence on medical cannabis, it appears that patients and others who have advocated for cannabis as a tool for harm reduction and mental health have some valid points,” Walsh said.

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It is important to identify ways to help mental health professional move beyond stigma to better understand the risk and benefits of cannabis, Walsh added.

“There is not currently a lot of clear guidance on how mental health professionals can best work with people who are using cannabis for medical purposes,” Walsh said. (IANS)

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Google Bans Online Ordering of Marijuana: Report

Google is not the first Internet giant that has prohibited in-app sale of cannabis for users

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

Google is banning online ordering and delivering of marijuana via apps downloaded from its Play Store, according to the latest update to its policy guidelines.

Google said it does not allow apps to facilitate the sale of marijuana or marijuana products, no matter if they are legal or not.

Like some states, California legalised sale and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes for adults aged 21 years and older in January 2018, even though marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

Google’s new rule bans users from ordering marijuana through an in-app shopping cart feature, or assisting people in arranging delivery or pickup of marijuana.

Marijuana plants for sale are displayed at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, July 11, 2014. (VOA)

Google said the updated policy aims to keep the Play Store “a safe and respectful platform” by creating standards against the content that is harmful or inappropriate for its users.

Google is not the first Internet giant that has prohibited in-app sale of cannabis for users.

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Apple’s App Store has already placed a ban on facilitating the sale of marijuana, tobacco, or controlled substances and on any move to encourage consumption of tobacco products and illegal drugs via apps bought from the store. (IANS)