(Un)Believable Facts About ‘Medical’ Marijuana

(DGIwire) — Marijuana has long had a stigma linked to it. Most people don’t look at it as a possible treatment for diseases but rather as a way for teens to “get high.” However, with 23 states having now approved the use of medical marijuana, and court arguments revolving around it, those in favor of […]

Want to Launch a Pot Brand? Better Get the ‘Skinny’ First

(DGIwire) – It’s a stoner’s dream come true: a strain of pot that won’t cause the munchies. Anyway, that’s Bethenny Frankel’s plan. According to Us Weekly, the Real Housewives of New York City star intends to launch her own line of “Skinnygirl marijuana” in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, where recreational cannabis is legal. An […]

Seven Myths About Marijuana Debunked

(DGIwire) – With the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia, the spotlight has turned brighter than ever on the cannabis plant. Even after all this time, misconceptions continue to abound about its properties and effects. Thankfully, CBS News recently highlighted—and debunked—seven of the most […]

Warning: Don’t Ignore These Signs of Opioid Dependence

(DGIwire) — The road to opioid addiction is sometimes paved with good intentions. Maybe someone had a bad skiing accident and broke his leg. The surgery went well, but the surgeon suggests that the patient stay in the hospital for a little while, just so they can ensure proper healing. However, the patient in constant […]

Launching a Marijuana Business? Better Know the Law

(DGIwire) – Now that marijuana has been legalized for recreational use in Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, Alaska and District of Columbia–entrepreneurs are increasingly angling to get a piece of the action. But before they get too—well, high on the idea, it is important for them to understand all of the legal ramifications that could affect […]

A Push to Treat Opioid Addiction as Heroin Trade Surges

(DGIwire) – The flood of heroin coming into and out of New York City has surged to the highest levels in more than two decades, according to The New York Times. A recent article noted the amount of heroin seized in investigations involving the city’s special narcotics prosecutor, Bridget G. Brennan, has already surpassed last […]

Addressing the Growing Epidemic of Opiate Addiction

(DGIwire) — Addiction to painkillers, both prescription and recreational, has reached epidemic proportions. According to a recent article in TIME magazine, the city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against five different pharmaceutical companies, alleging that they deceptively marketed opioid painkillers such as Percocet and OxyContin for chronic pain management, even though the companies knew […]

The Grand Illusion of Fame and Drug Addiction

(DGIwire) — Some people say that much of the best art, music and literature has been created by artists while they were “under the influence” of drugs. These critics might cite The Velvet Underground’s song “Heroin,” The Beatles’ classic  “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” or the works of punk artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Drug use, […]

For Those with Chronic Pain, the Goal is Relief

(DGIwire) Regardless of whether or not you are a fan of football, baseball, hockey, basketball, soccer or any other sport—it’s hard not to get captured by the excitement once the Super Bowl, World Series, the Stanley Cup, NBA Finals, World Cup or any of the other tests of athletic superiority grip the masses. Sport aficionados […]

No More Stiff Upper Lip for Back Pain Sufferers

(DGIwire) — Chronic lower back pain has become a common complaint. Does this mean we should just resign ourselves to a stiff lower dorsum and keep a stiff upper lip? The answer is no, because when back pain becomes constant, it can lead to serious consequences. Since chronic lower back pain is difficult to diagnose and […]

A Goal of Relief for Those with Chronic Pain

(DGIwire) — The World Cup riles up sports fans on every continent. Even for people who don’t typically enjoy watching sports, the World Cup became more of a community event, with people gathering at friends’ houses or local bars to cheer on their favorite teams. Much like the Super Bowl and World Series, watching the […]

An Innovative Treatment for Prescription Pill Abuse

 (DGIwire) — Rock stars and movie stars are extremely visible and often define trends, fads and the direction of a culture. Take Kurt Cobain as an example. The lead singer of the 90s grunge band Nirvana, Cobain burst onto the music scene wearing ratty jeans and a flannel shirt, singing about small town angst in […]

A ‘Cheeky’ Solution to the Epidemic of Opiate Addiction

(DGIwire) — Addiction to painkillers, both prescription and recreational, has reached epidemic proportions. According to a recent article in TIME magazine, the city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against five different pharmaceutical companies, alleging that they deceptively marketed opioid painkillers such as Percocet and OxyContin for chronic pain management, even though the companies knew […]

A BEMA of Light to Effectively Treat Chronic Pain

(DGIwire) — Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months, such as migraines or back or joint pain. For those with chronic pain, life can seem like a never-ending cycle of drug treatments to find relief. Chronic pain might originate from a particular event, such as a car accident or sports-related […]

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