Medical Wrap: Press Releases, New Orleans, Veterans Affairs


Title: People who use medical marijuana more likely to use and misuse prescription drugs Study in Journal of Addiction Medicine raises questions about cannabis to reduce opioid use

Author: Wolters Kluwer Health

Date: 17 April 2018



April 17, 2018 – Can medical marijuana help to fight the opioid epidemic? Many believe that it can. But a new study finds that people who use medical marijuana actually have higher rates of medical and non-medical prescription drug use–including pain relievers. The study appears in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), published by Wolters Kluwer.

Rather than being at lower risk, people who use medical marijuana may be at higher risk for non-medical prescription drug use, suggests the study by Theodore L. Caputi, BS of University College Cork’s School of Public Health and Keith Humphreys, PhD, of Stanford University. However, an accompanying commentary questions whether medical cannabis is the cause of higher prescription drug use, or whether other factors explain the association.

Title:  Aurora Cannabis Gains Rights to Orally Dissolvable Thin Film Wafer Technology

Author: New Cannabis Ventures

Date: 16 April 2018



This collaboration includes the licensing by CTT to CanniMed and Aurora of six patents related to cannabinoid delivery for pain management that will enable CanniMed and Aurora to exclusively develop and commercialize this unique, sub-lingual (beneath the tongue) wafer, drug delivery system in Canada.

Orally Dissolvable Thin Film (“ODF”) Wafers are a proprietary drug delivery mechanism in the form of paper-thin polymer films used as carriers for pharmaceutical agents, with the following benefits:




Title:  First medical marijuana pharmacy in New Orleans area gets permit approved

Author: Times Picayune

Date: 17 April 2018



The state Pharmacy Board on Tuesday (April 17) selected New Orleans pharmacist Ruston Henry of H&W Drug store, Inc., to operate one of the first medical marijuana pharmacies in Louisiana. The decision followed several hours of testimony from five applicants vying for the permit for Region 1, which includes the New Orleans area.

In selecting H&W Drug store, Inc., which will be located in a strip mall at 4718 Paris Ave., the board rejected a subcommittee’s selection of The Rx Greenhouse, which also operates a marijuana dispensary in Maryland, that sought to open in Metairie.


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