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The Role of Cannabis Legalization in the Opioid Crisis

Two studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found states with medical cannabis laws greatly reduce reliance on prescription opiates.  In both studies, after enacting medical cannabis laws, states saw opiate prescriptions from Medicare Part D recipients drop by 2.21 million daily doses and 3.74 million daily ...read more

Cannabis for Intractable Pain

On January 16th, 2018, an Illinois Judge ordered the Department of Public Health to add intractable pain to the list of qualifying conditions under the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.  The spokesperson for the Department announced that they plan to appeal that ruling.  Find more about the Illinois ruling here. As more ...read more

Low Dose THC May Restore Cognitive Function in Aging Patients

A collaborative study between Universities in Israel and Germany found the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to have a homeostatic effect on body mechanisms that determine aging.  This modulation of the underlying physical properties that regulate and determine aging has long thought to have been connected; however previously, no direct links between ...read more

Cannabidiol (CBD) May Provide Additional Therapy Options for Schizophrenia

  A research study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry showed Cannabidiol (CBD) to have positive effects on patients suffering from Schizophrenia.  In a double blind study, patients were given either a placebo or 1g/day of CBD and assessed before and after treatment using several standard methodologies and metrics for ...read more

Cannabis May Help Mental Stamina in HIV Patients

A cannabis research study based out of Michigan State University (MSU) found the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis, specifically THC, help alleviate chronic inflammation in the brain in HIV patients.  A reduction in the white blood cells called monocytes as well as their protein byproducts was seen more often in patients ...read more

A Molecular Link Between the Active Component of Marijuana and Alzheimer’s Disease

A California based study recently demonstrated that the active component of marijuana, Δ 9 -tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), competitively inhibits the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE) as well as prevents AChE-induced amyloid β-peptide (Aβ) aggregation, the key pathological marker of Alzheimer's disease. These markers bond to neurons in the brain and are one of ...read more

Cannabis as a Substitute for Opioid-Based Pain Medication

A group of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Kent State University analyzed a set of 2,897 patient reported outcomes regarding cannabis and its use in pain relief in conjunction with opiates. "... this study can conclude that medical cannabis patients report successfully using cannabis along with or as ...read more

Cannabidiol slashes seizures in kids with rare epilepsy, study finds

A double-blind, placebo-controlled human trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found cannabidiol can decrease the frequency of convulsive seizures.  120 patients with Dravet syndrome were given orally administered cannabinoids.  During the 14-week study, the cannabidiol groups average seizure frequency per month decreased from 12.4 to 5.9. On ...read more

Israel Studies Potential of Medical Marijuana as a Treatment for Autism

Israel has started the first clinical trials in the world to determine if cannabis can provide a treatment for autism.  Specifically, researchers are focusing on cannabidiol.  Israel originally approved medical cannabis in 1992 and has since been at the forefront of cannabis research, with government backed grants and research.  This ...read more

Oxford University Researchers to Explore the Potential Benefits of Medical Marijuana

“Oxford will seek to identify new medical therapies through research into the molecular, cellular and systems mechanisms of cannabinoids,” according to a news release from the university. Neil Mahapatra, manager partner of Kingsley, said in the news release that medical marijuana already benefits patients around the world in dealing with “distressing ...read more

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