Medical Marijuana May Be Beneficial in Managing Alzheimer’s Disease

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month so we turn our spotlight on this insidious disease and how medical cannabis may help. While there is a wealth of information about Alzheimer’s Disease, treating it, living with a loved one coping with it, and helping those afflicted are continuing challenges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Association in the Healthy Brain Initiative. The American Association of Retired People also offers a free “Staying Sharp Brain Health Assessment” in June.

Warning Signs

Common signs of AD are often first noticed by the person affected. Memory changes as we age, but certain types of memory loss are not typical. The CDC offers these guidelines for early assessment. People with one or more of these 10 warning signs should see a doctor to find the cause. Early diagnosis gives them a chance to seek treatment and plan.

·        Memory loss that disrupts daily life: forgetting events, repeating yourself or relying on more aids to help you remember (like sticky notes or reminders).

·        Challenges in planning or solving problems: having trouble paying bills or cooking recipes you have used for years.

·        Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure: having problems with cooking, driving places, using a cell phone, or shopping.

·        Confusion with time or place: having trouble understanding an event that is happening later or losing track of dates.

·        Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relations: having more difficulty with balance or judging distance, tripping over things at home, or spilling or dropping things more often.

·        New problems with words in speaking or writing: having trouble following or joining a conversation or struggling to find a word you are looking for (saying “that thing on your wrist that tells time” instead of “watch”).

·        Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps: placing car keys in the washer or dryer or not being able to retrace steps to find something.

·        Decreased or poor judgment: being a victim of a scam, not managing money well, paying less attention to hygiene, or having trouble taking care of a pet.

·        Withdrawal from work or social activities: not wanting to go to church or other activities as you usually do, not being able to follow football games or keep up with what’s happening.

·        Changes in mood and personality: getting easily upset in common situations or being fearful or suspicious.

We turn to Organic Remedies’ Pharmacist, Nick Signorella for answers to how therapy with medical cannabis may help. “A lot of our treatment with Alzheimer’s has to do with symptom management. Specifically, marijuana can help with food intake, agitation, sleep, and overall mood.” Signorella adds, “THC can help to increase food intake, help with agitation at lower doses, improve sleep, and improve mood/depression at lower doses.”

AD symptoms that may respond to cannabis include, sleep problems, paranoia, anxiety, dysphoria, pain, poor appetite, and weight loss. Signorella says AD patients may live a better lifestyle by examining a medical marijuana therapy. “For example, THC can inhibit acetylcholinesterase through the CB1 receptor, which theoretically could help to minimize the decline in cognitive function.” Signorella goes deeper, “Additionally CB2 receptor levels are increased in Alzheimer’s patients. The anti-inflammatory effects from CBD activating the CBD2 receptor could help reduce inflammation and neurotoxicity associated with Alzheimer’s.”


Signorella would advise AD patients to turn to the many newly created cannabis delivery options including tinctures and capsules. But, he says, “caution should be used with higher doses of THC as this can actually cause increased agitation and disorientation. In general, the starting dosage for agitation and sleep should be around 2.5-5mg of THC depending on experience. CBD on the other hand can help with agitation, typically at lower doses, usually starting around 5mg of CBD.”  He adds, “I would typically start with a 1:1 ratio of THC:CBD, around 2.5mg or 5mg of each. It would depend on the specific patient, but generally lower to moderate doses of both THC and CBD would be used.”

Searching for Answers

Evidence is not as robust for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, but there is some anecdotal evidence cannabis can be beneficial. Many of the mechanisms in the prescription drug donepezil, commonly used to treat AD, are similar. Signorella says, “overall cannabis can help to improve quality of life for both the patient and caregiver, while potentially help to manage disease progression as well.”

During this June Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month, remember your Organic Remedies pharmacist may be able to help!

More info: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alzheimer’s Association have created the Healthy Brain Initiative’s (HBI) State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia: The 2018-2023 Road Map.


Senior with Alzheimer's or dementia has difficulty with puzzle pieces.

Parkinson’s Research Shows Promise in Medical Marijuana Therapy

We’re always excited to provide new information on research into the medical use of cannabis. Now, there’s news on research into Parkinson’s disease and medical marijuana. Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative brain disorder. Patients face the worst prognosis: there is no known cure for this debilitating disease. But, there is hope. The latest news from the Parkinson’s Foundation shows cannabis as a new treatment option. The Parkinson's Foundation announced the results of its medical cannabis and Parkinson's disease (PD) survey. The survey, Weeding Through the Haze: A Survey on Cannabis Use Among People Living with Parkinson's Disease in the U.S., was completed by 1,064 people with PD.

The survey asked specific questions about cannabis use ― from symptom management to motivation for use and side effects ― and questions for those who do not use cannabis and why. About a quarter of the respondents used cannabis within the previous six months. Less than 13 percent reported negative side effects from cannabis use. Interestingly, more than half of the respondents learned about cannabis use from the internet or from friends or other people with PD.

Organic Remedies is Helping Patients Find Answers

At Organic Remedies, we turn to our pharmacists when questions arise. PharmD Shannon Ye, from our Enola dispensary was pleased to see the new Parkinson’s Foundation study, but says: “Unfortunately, few of the patients I speak with inquire about how medical cannabis could help manage and alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.” The findings point to a different direction among Parkinson’s patients; they want to know what’s available to help them, but medical cannabis doesn’t always come to mind. “I am not surprised at this finding,” said Ye. “I can recall that the majority of initial patients I've spoken to who live with Parkinson's disease are unaware of key aspects of medical cannabis.  Many of these patients lack knowledge regarding the potential side effects and dosages of medical cannabis or may have learned from inaccurate or misleading sources.”

Parkinson’s Foundation Looking For Better Outcomes

"At a time when cannabis is legal in more states than ever before, we believe this survey provides new and critical information for the growing population of cannabis users who have Parkinson's disease," said James Beck, PhD, Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Parkinson's Foundation. "Ultimately, our goal is better outcomes for everyone living with Parkinson's disease and we're committed to tackling issues that are a priority for the PD community."

The survey results show that there is a knowledge gap among people living with PD, which may be impacting their decisions about cannabis use. More than half of the respondents were not provided any information on how to use cannabis such as dosage, type and frequency of use. More than 60% had not received a cannabis recommendation from a licensed doctor or provider and overall, 89 percent said cannabis was not a replacement for their PD prescription medication.

Organic Remedies’ Superior Patient Experience

Those numbers may surprise you if you are a patient of Organic Remedies. A full 60 percent did not get advice from a medical professional. We offer a superior relationship between the patient and pharmacist.

Ye says, “For new and current patients living with Parkinson's disease who have a medical marijuana certification, I highly encourage them to schedule a consultation.  As a pharmacist at Organic Remedies, my priority is in providing quality patient care and offering education and recommendations that may best accomplish my patients' treatment goals.”

Organic Remedies' Research with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Organic Remedies’ vision is to be a leader in the advancement of medical cannabis therapy through innovative genetic programs, patient-focused care, and clinical research to realize the full potential of marijuana to improve overall wellness.

Our mission is to improve the overall wellness of our patients by producing and dispensing affordable quality medical marijuana products while continuing the advancement of medical marijuana therapies through genetics, collaborative research, and superior patient care. Right now, our research with PCOM is well underway.

While not focused on Parkinson’s disease, the quality of life surrounding medical marijuana use is central to Organic Remedies’ scientific approach.

"As part of our research partnership with Organic Remedies, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is investigating how quality of life may change in the year after patients initiate medical marijuana treatment," said Michelle Lent, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychology at PCOM. "Specifically, we are evaluating changes in their emotional, social, occupational, and physical functioning."

The Parkinson’s Foundation Conclusion

In the U.S., cannabis has become more widely available for medical and recreational use. Until now, there was insufficient data about the attitudes towards, and experiences with, cannabis use among those living with PD. This survey aims to address this disparity. The 1,064 survey respondents came from 49 states. The average age for respondents was 71, and the average time they have lived with Parkinson's is seven years.

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New Dispensary Provides Safe, Effective Therapies for Cape Girardeau Patients Suffering with Serious Medical Conditions

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (April 6, 2021)- Organic Remedies, a medical marijuana cultivation and research organization based in southcentral Pennsylvania, is celebrating the upcoming opening of its first Missouri dispensary at 350 N. Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau. Organic Remedies President Eric Hauser, RPh., along with state and local dignitaries and medical marijuana advocates, cut the ceremonial ribbon during the Open House event on Tues., April 6 at 10:00 a.m., one of several special activities planned before the dispensary officially opens for business to patients.

"We are proud to bring our unique brand of patient-focused healthcare to the city of Cape Girardeau," said Eric Hauser, RPh., President, Organic Remedies. "Since 2018, we have been strongly focused on improving the health and wellness of patients through medical marijuana therapies, and we look forward to supporting Missouri patients who are struggling with serious health conditions. We are also committed to becoming a vital member of the thriving Cape Girardeau community by offering new employment opportunities, supporting local veterans’ organizations, participating in community outreach events, and giving back to our communities through charitable contributions."

The ribbon cutting ceremony kicked off several special events planned at the Cape Girardeau dispensary, including:

  • Morning of Wed., April 7, Organic Remedies plans to host an Open House for the area’s first responders, law enforcement and emergency officials with tours of the dispensary and information about the medicinal benefits of medical marijuana.
  • Afternoon of Wed., April 7, the new dispensary will be open to the area’s healthcare providers to tour the facility and learn more about medical marijuana products and the therapeutic benefits for patients.
  • Thurs., April 8, the company is planning to host a “Meet the Cultivators/Manufacturers” community event, where the public can learn first-hand about the medical marijuana industry from many of Missouri’s own marijuana cultivators and manufacturers.

The Cape Girardeau dispensary is expected to officially open for business mid-April. New patients can visit the company’s website at to learn more about the services provided or schedule a free pharmacist consultation via phone. Once the dispensary is officially open for business, only patients with a valid Missouri Medical Marijuana card and their designated guests may enter the dispensary.

About Organic Remedies
Organic Remedies is a life science organization committed to improving the overall wellness of patients by producing and dispensing affordable quality medical marijuana products while continuing the advancement of medical marijuana therapies through genetics, collaborative research, and superior patient care. Based in Carlisle, Pa., Organic Remedies provides safe, effective medical marijuana therapies to patients in Pennsylvania and Missouri. Organic Remedies delivers a clinical approach for the utilization of medical marijuana that is patient-focused, collaborative and outcomes based.

Robb Hanrahan
Public Relations

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To our valued patients and caregivers,

We are pleased to announce that we have converted our Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Dispensary license to a Clinical Registrant license. While this designation does not change our patient services or products, it allows us to partner with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in conducting long-term research in the study of therapeutic applications of medical marijuana.

Initially, this research will focus on chronic pain and opioid management, the drug’s impact on behavioral health and quality of life, and trends in usage. We believe this is an important step toward defining the medicinal value of this plant-based therapy to enrich the lives of Pennsylvanians and humanity as a whole.

As a state-approved clinical registrant, Organic Remedies is now licensed to grow and process medical marijuana and open three additional medical marijuana dispensaries. Our current medical marijuana dispensaries in Enola, Chambersburg and York have now been converted to clinical registrant dispensaries.

We are looking forward to expanding our footprint in Pennsylvania to serve more patients through our personal, high-touch, clinical approach and developing our own line of medical marijuana products. We anticipate launching our own Organic Remedies product line later this year.

As a clinical registrant, there may be an opportunity for our current patients to participate in our upcoming clinical research if they meet specific criteria established for the clinical trials. We will keep you informed of the next step in the patient selection process as more information becomes available.

We thank you for your support as we continue to work together to more fully understand medical marijuana’s therapeutic applications and improve patients’ lives.

Sincerely, Organic Remedies Leadership Team



February 24, 2020


The partners will be part of the states first-in-the-nation research program for medical marijuana.


CARLISLE, Pa. (Feb. 24, 2020) - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and Organic Remedies are pleased to announce a strategic partnership dedicated to health outcomes-based research involving cannabinoids and medical marijuana. PCOM and Organic Remedies have signed a long-term research agreement to study therapeutic applications of medical marijuana. Initially, their research will focus on chronic pain and opioid management, the drug’s impact on behavioral health and quality of life, and trends in usage.

“Pennsylvania remains at the forefront of clinical research on medical marijuana. We, at PCOM, in partnership with a best-in-class clinical registrant partner, Organic Remedies, will collaborate with other academic clinical research centers to increase the pace of discovery,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO, president and chief executive officer, PCOM. “Only through research will we more fully understand medical marijuana’s therapeutic applications and improve patients’ lives.”

PCOM has been approved as a certified Academic Clinical Research Center under Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana law since September 2018.

As a state-approved clinical registrant, Organic Remedies will be licensed to grow and process medical marijuana and open three additional medical marijuana dispensaries. The organization currently operates three medical marijuana dispensaries in Enola, Chambersburg and York, Pa.

“Organic Remedies is honored to have the opportunity to work with such an esteemed institution as PCOM,” said Organic Remedies CEO Mark Toigo. “This is an important step toward defining the medicinal value of this plant-based therapy to enrich the lives of Pennsylvanians and humanity as a whole. We look forward to expanding our footprint in Pennsylvania to serve more patients by leveraging our patient-centric, personal, high-touch, clinical approach to patient care.”

The goal of the partnership between Organic Remedies with expertise in growing, processing and dispensing the highest quality medicinal marijuana, and PCOM known for its standard of excellence in patient care, education and research, is to identify which patients will benefit from the drug.


About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained thousands of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care to medically underserved populations in inner city and rural locations. For more information, visit


About Organic Remedies

Organic Remedies provides safe, effective medical marijuana therapies to patients in South Central Pennsylvania. With three dispensaries, located in Enola, Chambersburg and York, Pa., Organic Remedies delivers a clinical approach for the utilization of medical marijuana that is patient focused, collaborative and outcomes based. An expert team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to helping patients with longstanding serious medical conditions who have failed to find adequate relief through other therapies.



Janice Spurlock


October 16, 2019

New Dispensary Provides Safe, Effective Therapies for Patients Who Have Serious Medical Conditions and Who Have Failed to Find Adequate Relief

 CARLISLE, Pa. (Oct. 16, 2019)- Organic Remedies, a medical marijuana company based in South Central Pennsylvania, celebrated the opening of its third dispensary at 1098 Haines Road, York, on Wed., Oct. 16 at 10:00 a.m.

CEO Eric Hauser, along with local dignitaries and medical marijuana advocates, cut the ceremonial ribbon during the grand opening event, one of several special activities planned the week before the dispensary opens for business to patients.

“Today in York, we proudly mark a milestone for Organic Remedies as we ready to open our third location in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this thriving community,” said Eric Hauser, CEO of Organic Remedies. “We’re also looking forward to sharing our clinical expertise in medical marijuana therapies to help patients who are suffering with longstanding medical conditions and who have not been able to find relief through other therapies.”

The week-long celebration of the dispensary opening includes:

  • Oct. 15, Organic Remedies hosted an open house for York County law enforcement and emergency officials, who toured the facility and learned more about the new business.
  • Oct. 17, the company is planning a “Meet the Growers” community event, where the general public can learn first-hand about the medical marijuana industry from many of the state’s marijuana growers and processors.
  • Oct. 18, an educational event is planned for York County healthcare providers.
  • Oct. 19, the company is planning an Open House event for the general public, featuring tours of the new dispensary and a chance to meet the company’s expert pharmacists and staff.

The Haines Road dispensary is one of three Organic Remedies dispensaries, with other locations at 4425 Valley Rd., Enola and 900 Wayne Ave., Chambersburg.

The York dispensary is expected to open for business and admit its first patients on Thur., Oct. 24. New patients can visit to schedule their first pharmacist consultation which is recommended for all new patients. Patients must already have a valid Medical Marijuana card from the Pennsylvania Department of Health prior to entering the dispensary or receiving an initial consultation.


Medical marijuana brings southcentral Pa. man more relief than any pill or treatment


By Ashley Books, Chambersburg Public Opinion
Published 6:00 a.m. ET Feb. 21, 2019

Peter DeVitis spent years relying on Big Pharma and acupuncture before finding a remedy that eased his chronic pain.

After struggling for more than a decade with what he claimed was an undiagnosed case of diabetes that later caused nerve damage, the Chambersburg acupuncturist first turned to his own profession for help.

But, it didn't make any difference.

"I treat other people and they get good results, but working on me it was just getting progressively worse," he continued.