Seniors In Pain Hop Aboard The Canna-Bus

People over 50, and especially those 65 and older, are the fastest growing group of cannabis users. They find it helpful in easing pain.

Shirley Avedon, 90,­­ had never been a cannabis user. But carpal tunnel syndrome that sends shooting pains into both of her hands and an aversion to conventional steroid and surgical treatments is prompting her to consider some new options.

Study on Cannabis Harvest Identifies Health Hazards for Outdoor Farm Workers

Local activist and medical grower Tom Lauerman participated in the study, which found ergonomic problems in hand-trimming practices.

Consider it a sign that the cannabis industry is starting to come of age: For the first time ever, the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety has taken a deep look at potential worker hazards at an outdoor cannabis farm.

Cannabis Task Force Looks at Ways to Expand Research

The cannabis plant is among the most researched substances with 22,000 published studies, but ethical, political, legal and practical barriers leave much of that research wanting. Now a newly convened task force of people from the educational, judicial, industry and scientific sectors have begun looking at ways to structure and fund research and possibly locate a cannabis growing site for research.

Even though 23 states and the District of Columbia have enacted medical cannabis programs, federal hurdles make it difficult to perform research. Until recently, universities have been reluctant to get involved fearing risk to their federal funding.

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