About Ben Adams

Benjamin Adams has been a journalist since 2006. Benjamin was diagnosed with HIV in 2011. Since then, he's focused his work on cannabis and the fight against HIV. He's contributed stories and photos to Treating Yourself Magazine, SKUNK Magazine, Green Acres Magazine, The Salt Lake Tribune, and other periodicals. Benjamin has sometimes used the alias BenBot to obscure his identity. Benjamin studied Art and Argumentative Writing at the University of Utah. He's been involved with as much as he can do to spread awareness about the legalization of medical marijuana. In 2011, Benjamin relocated to Southern California to gain access to legal medical marijuana.

Teen “Breathes on his Own” after using CBD Oil

By | July 3rd, 2015|Categories: Epilepsy|

After 20 medications failed to treat a dying New Zealand teenager, cannabis oil may have saved his life. TVNZ reported that Alex Renton was taken off life support due to improvement following emergency medical marijuana treatment. Alex Renton's story has sparked a national debate about the morality of medical marijuana in New Zealand. Alex's mother [...]

“Uneducated Doctors” Harming Connecticut Medical Marijuana Program

By | June 25th, 2015|Categories: Connecticut|

Connecticut medical marijuana patients will have to wait in line because due to a shortage of licensed physicians and marijuana producers willing to participate. The lack of education about state laws and general ignorance are to blame. Connecticut's Medical Marijuana Program is looking for additional doctors willing to prescribe medical marijuana. In June 2015, FoxCT [...]

Police Raid California Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

By | June 22nd, 2015|Categories: Dispensaries|

On May 26th, Police in Santa Ana, California raided the Sky High Holistic dispensary. They destroyed all but one hidden camera. Footage from the surveillance video illustrates the excessive force and dodgy tactics that were used. As the story unfolds, both the Santa Ana Police department and the mayor of Santa Ana allegedly accepted bribes [...]

HIV Researcher Receives $1 Million Donation from Marijuana Producer

By | June 16th, 2015|Categories: HIV|

On June 8th an HIV researcher at the University of British Columbia received a $1 million donation from National Green Biomed, a major Canadian medical marijuana producer. National Green Biomed is attempting to obtain a license from Health Canada to produce and sell medical marijuana legally. The size of the donation is a reminder how [...]

Minnesota Patients Still Being Denied Medical Marijuana

By | June 8th, 2015|Categories: Minnesota|

Angela Brown is a hero. A responsible mother of three in Minnesota, she endured a year of court fees and prosecution for giving her sick 15-year-old son cannabis oil. Her home was raided and she was forced to drop the cannabis oil even though it would have become legal on July 1st, 2015. Brown faced two [...]

How Cannabis Prevents Insulin Resistance in Patients Co-infected With HIV and Hepatitis C

By | June 3rd, 2015|Categories: HIV|

Drug resistance is a real threat for HIV+ patients. A nagging worry that doesn't go away. Patients frequently develop resistance to medications because of the high mutation rate of HIV. HIV adapts to nearly any situation in the body. Patients are not advised to skip even one day of medication. Once resistant, the drug is [...]

How Cannabis helped this HIV Patient

By | May 27th, 2015|Categories: HIV|

I was infected with HIV in 2011. I take antiretrovirals, steroids, and medical marijuana. Medical marijuana enables me to go jogging, it increases my appetite, and it is the only treatment that hasn't had severe lasting side effects on my body. I'm in a serodiscordant couple- my husband is HIV-negative. In addition to the growing [...]