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Colorado: Medical Marijuana Researchers To Convene At National Jewish Health

DrRussellBowler,NationalJewishHealth[CBS4]

Researchers to share information about Colorado-funded research and the state of knowledge about medical marijuana

Researchers from around Colorado and the nation will gather at National Jewish Health to describe their research and current knowledge about marijuana as a medical therapy during the Marijuana and Health Symposium, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 13.

The symposium will feature presentations by researchers funded by the state of Colorado to study the safety and effectiveness of marijuana as a treatment for medical conditions ranging from pain to epilepsy, post-traumatic stress syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome and insomnia.

“As more and more states legalize medical marijuana, there is an urgent need for reliable scientific research to understand what marijuana can and cannot do as a medical treatment,” said Russell Bowler, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at National Jewish Health and co-organizer of the symposium. “This symposium will provide a forum for researchers to discuss existing knowledge about medical marijuana and their ongoing work to learn more about its potential benefits and hazards.”

"There are studies that suggest that many marijuana users use marijuana for sleep," Dr. Bowler said, adding that it makes sense, reports CBS4. "There are receptors for the active ingredient in marijuana in the region of the brain that has been associated with the control of sleep."

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When Todd Mitchem's mother was diagnosed with cancer a second time, her doctor told her that she had only six months remaining to put her affairs in order.

"That was a terrifying moment," Mitchem recalled. "Her doctor was so convinced of her prognosis that we began to accept the inevitable. Saying goodbye to my mother was going to be the hardest thing I could imagine doing."

At the time Mitchem's mother's doctor asked that she head to Pennsylvania to visit a wellness clinic and to undergo limited radiation. This visit could potentially extend her life as much as another month.

During this time Mitchem's mother found out about the many properties of marijuana, but in her state the plant was still illegal. Mitchem's mother began growing pot plants in her house and baking them into muffins with the hope that this self-treatment would extend her life a few extra and precious months.

That was six years ago and she is still alive today.

Todd Mitchem of Todd Mitchem Cannabis Consulting and CannaSearch LLC is on a mission to help doctors understand that they must learn about the benefits of cannabis in the body as a wellness medicine. "Doctors in many states now have a powerful medicine available to their patients if they will simply take the time to learn about cannabis," he said.

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