Education

Many people are not yet familiar with the real benefits of marijuana as medicine. Some of the populace still considers it just a way to “legally get high” while medical schools rarely, if at all, teach future doctors about medical marijuana. However, scientific research in recent years has begun to demonstrate the value of marijuana as medicine. Credible groundbreaking studies show positive results in the treatment of multiple medical conditions, such as Epilepsy, Cancer, AIDS, Arthritis, pain, and more. Marygold Laboratories is committed to sharing this scientific knowledge and educating the public on these advancements.

WEEKLY ARTICLES ON FACEBOOK

Every week, Marygold Lab posts educational material on its Facebook Page. Follow us for regular updates on scientific advances and legislative changes. Want to help educate the world on medical marijuana? 

 

MaryGold Laboratories

MaryGold Laboratories is a locally owned and operated Arkansas quality control laboratory— a close-knit team of microbiologists, lab technicians, and dedicated industry members based in Little Rock. With roots in craft beer quality assurance testing and genetic research, MaryGold labs has devoted wholeheartedly to the medical marijuana industry as soon as Arkansas voted yes on Issue 6 in November of 2016. Our mission is to provide accurate, affordable, and quick regulatory testing to the Arkansas Medical Cannabis industry. With modern methodology, highly specialized equipment, and thorough understanding of the field. We at MaryGold Labs strive to help grow the Arkansas cannabis community into the nation’s most prosperous, potent, and profitable cannabis state. Arkansas is one of the first and few Southern states to legalize medical marijuana, and we believe that for this to spread strong roots in the American South, Arkansas has a staunch responsibility to maintain an unblemished record for quality and safety. Therefore, we are devoted to nurturing an atmosphere of education and continued improvement for cultivators, dispensaries, and patients alike. First and foremost however, MaryGold is a laboratory, and as such we dutifully aim to go above and beyond the simply required scope of testing, to offer our customers a wide range of services. We can test the entire range of analysis required by Department of Health, as well as various additional tests, some of which include: Terpene Analysis, Potency Quantification, Cannabinoid Profiling, Mycotoxins—Fungal Contaminant Detection, Bacterial Contamination Detection, Pesticides Panel, Heavy Metals Screening, Residual Solvent Analysis, Water Testing [Activity, Content, & Moisture].
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MaryGold Laboratories2 days ago
CBD Therapy in Brain Cancer: Promising Case Studies

A case study of two male patients with high-grade glioma who combined cannabidiol (CBD) therapy with radiation and chemotherapy found that both men had promising outcomes, with one experiencing marked remission, and the other presenting precocious pseudoprogression, a condition that is linked to increased patient survival.

Glioma is an incurable cancer of the central nervous system which has a median survival time of one year. Traditional therapy includes surgical removal of the tumor, followed by radiation and treatment with a drug cocktail known as TMZ. When TMZ fails, a combination of drugs known as PCV can be used, but it comes with such difficult side effects as nausea and seizures, leading about 29% of patients to stop using it. CBD can help alleviate these symptoms. The patients in this study had high grade (III/IV) tumors and had stopped responding to TMZ treatment. Their tumors were surgically removed, and they were given a daily regimen of CBD (100-450 mg/day) beginning during radiation and continuing through the chemotherapy with PCV. Patients also self-adminstered marijuana by vaping to treat the side effects of the chemotherapy during the first year or so. The patients were followed for approximately 2 years.

Both patients were medically evaluated before, during and after surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. One patient experienced a marked remission in the cancerous tissue, and the second experienced pseudoprogression – a condition which can look like tumor progression, but which resolves itself and ultimately leads to an increase in survival time. Both of these responses are uncommon, and while the results of the two cases are not nearly enough to establish a definite link between CBD and improved outcome, they serve as encouragement for further study.

Read the entire case report here: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fonc.2018.00643/full
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MaryGold Laboratories5 days ago
Medical Marijuana and the Workplace: Who’s Protected?

So you’ve got your medical marijuana card in hand, but you’ve also got a job you want to keep. Where do you stand, legally? With a few notable exceptions, you should be protected. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment specifically includes language to prevent qualified patients from being discriminated against by their employers for medical marijuana use.

There are exceptions to this rule, of course. The language of the amendment states that employees who work in security or safety-related positions may be prohibited by employers from using marijuana. This obviously includes roles such as firefighters, police officers, and security guards, but the language of the exception is open to interpretation. If your job responsibilities include ensuring the safety or security of the workplace or fellow employees, you may wish to discuss your options with your employer ahead of time.

Another class of workers prohibited from using medical marijuana are federal employees. Because marijuana is illegal on the federal level, anyone employed by the national government may be fired for using marijuana even in those states where it is legal. A bill to change this (H.R. 6589) was introduced in Congress in 2018, but it has not yet made it out of committee.

For more, see: https://www.nwahomepage.com/news/you-ask-we-investigate-certain-professions-not-protected-under-the-arkansas-medical-marijuana-amendment/
https://feltg.com/can-federal-employees-smoke-pot/

OTHER EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

CANNIBAS-MED.ORG

There is a multitude of scientific studies and case reports regarding medical marijuana. This website, run by cannabis-med.org, lists a large number of research articles, from 1974 to today. This resource can be used to learn what’s out there, with a one-sentence conclusion of the findings. However, the original articles are not accessible through the website, but may be searched for on pubmed (which only sometimes provides full copies).

NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES, ENGINEERING, AND MEDICINE

The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids is a 487 page book published in 2017. It is a comprehensive review of scientific information and future research needs pertaining to medical marijuana. The book briefly introduces the plant and its history, discusses US policy regarding marijuana, then focuses on the treatment of various illnesses using Cannabis.

If you desire education on how marijuana affects different medical conditions, this book is an excellent resource. The book can be purchased here.

or be downloaded as a PDF for free here.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who is eligible to become a medical marijuana patient?
 

A patient who has any of the qualifying conditions eligible for treatment with cannabis in the state of Arkansas, as defined by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission.

– Condensed List: Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, ALS, Tourette’s, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, PTSD, Severe Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, Cachexia, Peripheral Neuropathy, Intractable Pain, Seizures, Severe Nausea, and Severe Persistent Muscle Spasms.

– Please note this list is not comprehensive, and it is recommended to consult the MMC’s list [here], the Department of Health’s list [here], and with a qualified physician, to determine if cannabis treatment may be of medical value to any given patient.

What is a caregiver?
– A certified caregiver for a medical marijuana patient is somebody who is legally allowed to purchase, transport, and assist in administering medical marijuana to another registered medical cannabis patient—one who is otherwise unable to do so themselves.

– Homebound or disabled cannabis patients, for instance, will typically require a registered caregiver’s assistance.

– The application process and fees are largely the same for both patients and caregivers.

– A caregiver may also be a registered cannabis patient themselves.

– A caregiver may be registered to more than one patient, but must fill out separate applications for each patient and pay the $50 application fee separately for each application.

How do I become a medical marijuana patient?
– Consult with your physician about medical cannabis. If your physician deems it potentially beneficial to try medical cannabis treatment, you may request a physician certification for medical marijuana (note that a physician is not required to certify a patient for cannabis, even if the patient has a relevant condition). The physician’s certification is valid for 30 days from issuance, and must be filed with the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) with proof of Arkansas residency (AR driver’s license, or state-issued ID) to complete the registration process and receive a medical cannabis registry ID card.
How do I become a medical marijuana patient?

– Consult with your physician about medical cannabis. If your physician deems it potentially beneficial to try medical cannabis treatment, you may request a physician certification for medical marijuana (note that a physician is not required to certify a patient for cannabis, even if the patient has a relevant condition). The physician’s certification is valid for 30 days from issuance, and must be filed with the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) with proof of Arkansas residency (AR driver’s license, or state-issued ID) to complete the registration process and receive a medical cannabis registry ID card.

What do I need to apply for a cannabis registry ID card?

– ABC Application Form (online or paper)

– Physician Certification (signed and completed, <30 days prior)

– Valid Arkansas ID (name and address matching driver’s license)

– $50 application fee (non-refundable)

Who can prescribe medical marijuana?

– A medical provider who:

  • Is a doctor of medicine or osteopathy licensed in the state of Arkansas
  • Is in good standing to practice medicine in Arkansas
  • Has a controlled substances license on file with the DEA
  • Has a bona fide physician-patient relationship with the cannabis patient
How much cannabis can a registered patient or caregiver possess at one time?

Registered patients and caregivers are allowed to purchase and possess no more than 2.5 ounces of cannabis every 14 days.

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