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The Endocannabinoid System Behaves Differently with Gastrointestinal Disease

03/29/2020

In many states, people with gastrointestinal (GI) conditions like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and colorectal cancer qualify for medical marijuana access. These patients often find relief from symptoms like chronic abdominal pain with medical marijuana.  ... Read More

Study Finds No Negative Effects on Older Adult Brains After Cannabis Use

03/24/2020

A 2019 study from the University of Colorado at Boulder examined effects on the brain resulting from cannabis use in older adults. Researchers studied magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) of 28 cannabis users over the age of 60 and gave the participants computerized cognitive tests ... Read More

Adolescents and Young Adults with IBD Self-Report Symptom Relief from Cannabis Oil

03/19/2020

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a broad term that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both are characterized by long-term inflammation and damage to the GI tract—often resulting in symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramping, nausea, undesired weight loss, and fa ... Read More

Study Suggests Cannabis May Help Reduce Dysregulation for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

03/19/2020

The journal of Molecular Autism has published a study that could provide hope for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers looked at the levels of the main endocannabinoids in 93 children with ASD and 93 neurotypical children. What they discovered was lower levels in thre ... Read More

Glioma Patients Respond Favorably to Cannabidiol Treatment Alongside Chemoradiation Therapy Post Subtotal Resection

03/19/2020

Gliomas are a rare type of tumor that forms in the brain and along the spinal column. They are difficult to treat and must be hit with multiple treatment modalities to combat, to include resection surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible and chemoradiation therapy to further red ... Read More

Cannabis Treatment for Gastroparesis May Be Possible

03/18/2020

Doctors have just begun to tap into the wealth of medicinal properties that cannabis holds, including rare diseases that have been largely untreatable until now. In a clinical study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers found that the rare gastrointestinal dis ... Read More

Cannabinoid-Based Medicines Being Used Extensively in Children’s Hospices

03/18/2020

In the United Kingdom, the use of most cannabinoid-based medicines (CBMs) remains illegal. But that isn’t stopping parents from administering CBMs and cannabis oil (CO) to their chronically ill children living in hospices. A report in the February 2019 Journal of Palliative Medicine ... Read More

CBD Use Provides Relief of Symptoms in Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Patients

03/18/2020

Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) is a rare form of epilepsy typically presenting in children between the ages of 3 and 5. The seizures that accompany LGS are multiple and concurrent, contributing to cognitive dysfunction for patients with this disease. A recent analysis of data from Nove ... Read More

Cannabis Appears to Protect Against Weight Gain in Patients with Psychotic Disorders

03/18/2020

There’s big news for cannabis users with psychotic disorders out of the Journal of Psychopharmacology. A three-year longitudinal study has found that cannabis smoking may protect against weight gain, particularly in patients experiencing their first episode of psychosis. (And let’s no ... Read More

80-Year-Old with Lung Cancer Shows Reduced Tumor Size After CBD Use

03/18/2020

A British case report shows one patient’s dramatic improvement in signs of lung cancer after self-administering cannabidiol (CBD). The subject is a man in his 80s; when diagnosed in 2016 with lung adenocarcinoma, he cited his age and quality of life concerns to refuse conventi ... Read More

Quality of Life Improvements from Medical Marijuana Used for Chronic Conditions

03/18/2020

In a new study, Italian researchers found that a standardized oral solution of medical marijuana brought improvements in a variety of important measures for patients. According to the published results, twenty participants ranging from 18 to 80 years old with chronic conditions previ ... Read More

Marijuana Flower Found Most Medically Effective

03/18/2020

If you’ve ever wondered about the effectiveness of different medical marijuana options such as smoke, vape, edible, concentrate, tincture, or topical, a 2019 study, “Association Between Cannabis Product Characteristics and Symptom Relief,” may pique your interest. Researchers fr ... Read More

Cannabis as a Cancer Treatment

03/17/2020

With all of the excitement about medicinal cannabis, it almost seems too good to be true, but thankfully it isn’t. A recent study published in the scholarly Journal of Oncology Practice was able to shed light on the impact of medicinal cannabis as a treatment for patients with an array ... Read More

Medicating with Cannabis for Crohn's Disease

03/17/2020

Chronic, incurable diseases have a major impact on the quality of life of those affected. For those diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the treatments vary from diet change, which only helps to reduce symptoms, medication, which reduces symptoms and supp ... Read More

Cannabis and Cancer: The Necessity For Further Studies

03/12/2020

The legalization and expansion of both medical and recreational cannabis has made utilizing it as treatment much more accessible for far more people than ever. It has also created the ability for scientific discoveries about the very real benefits of cannabis for everything from oral cann ... Read More

Oral Cannabinoid Reduces Cancer Patients' Night Sweats

03/11/2020

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating, even with great odds and effective treatments available. That’s because cancer treatment is rarely easy, with a long list of side effects often accompanying the medications and therapies meant to get patients well. It’s no secret that cannabi ... Read More

Marijuana Users May Have Higher Sperm Counts

03/11/2020

There are countless positive benefits to medicinal marijuana use, but research has previously provided mixed results when it comes to how THC might impact male fertility. The most recent study on the subject, published in the journal Human Reproduction, may finally put this question to re ... Read More

How Cannabis Consumption Affects Asthma

03/05/2020

Asthma afflicts an estimated 25 million people in America alone. That means that one out of every 13 people in America struggles with asthma, an ailment that cannot be cured, only controlled. This is a tremendous weight on the medical industry and one that medical professionals are always ... Read More

Cannabis' Correlation With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

03/04/2020

A recent study took frequent cannabis consumers ages 18 and above who had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or risk factors for irritable bowel syndrome, an incurable and painful chronic condition. IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder that causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating and gas, ... Read More

Medical Cannabis Could Reduce Use of Benzodiazepines

02/29/2020

Benzodiazepines are a class of sedatives commonly used for anxiety and other neurological conditions but they can produce several adverse effects. An observational study published by the Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research Journal looked at 146 patients with marijuana prescriptions and inve ... Read More

Legalizing Cannabis Could Reduce the Need for Opioids

02/29/2020

Opponents of legalization often cite the fear that recreational marijuana could be a gateway to more serious drug use and addiction. Yet a recent report in the Journal of Drug Alcohol Dependence showed that when it comes to prescription opioids, marijuana may make a suitable substitute.&n ... Read More

Study: Cannabis Improves Anxiety and Depression Symptoms, Replacing Prescription Medications

02/29/2020

The Journal of Psychiatric Research has released promising data for cannabis users struggling with anxiety and depressive symptoms: more than half of the respondents replaced prescription medications with cannabis. Over 2,000 medicinal marijuana users in Canada provided self-reported a ... Read More

Chronic Pain Patients Using Opioids Cite Fewer Side Effects with Cannabis

02/29/2020

Many individuals with chronic pain have turned to cannabis as an alternative form of relief—and for good reason. A recent national online survey of medical cannabis users found that more than 80 percent reported improved pain management, better health, and fewer side effects than over t ... Read More

Pain Remains the Number One Reason for Medicinal Marijuana Use

02/29/2020

As of May 2018, Statista was reporting over two million legal medical marijuana patients in the United States. By February 2019, when Health Affairs released its report on qualifying conditions medical cannabis license holders claimed, that number had grown. The Health Affairs report ... Read More

Cannabis May Reduce Use of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

02/29/2020

A new Canadian study shows medical marijuana may be reducing the overall use of opioid medications, alcohol, tobacco, and other illicit substances—if not replacing those habits altogether.  The 2017 study tapped more than 2,000 federally-registered Canadian cannabis patients who ... Read More

Low-Dose CBD Could Enhance THC’s Intoxicating Effects

02/29/2020

It’s been suggested that the cannabis compound cannabidiol (CBD) may be able to lessen the intoxicating or negative effects of 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which are generally thought of as feelings of disorientation, anxiety or paranoia. But exactly how these two primary plant compoun ... Read More

Women Effectively Using Cannabis to Treat Endometriosis, Survey Finds

02/29/2020

Cramps (primary dysmenorrhea) are bad enough but for women with endometriosis, a condition that causes immense pain and discomfort during menstruation, these monthly symptoms can be debilitating. Current medical remedies are generally not sufficient for pain relief or come with unwanted s ... Read More

Significant Benefit to CBD for Patients With Anxiety, Study Finds

02/26/2020

Help with sleep and anxiety are among the top reasons people seek out cannabidiol (CBD)-based treatments. Anecdotally—and in the clinical experience of many medical marijuana doctors—quality CBD in the right dosage improves symptoms for people struggling with these two issues. But, be ... Read More

For THC, Vaping is More Efficient Than Smoking

02/26/2020

If you’re a medical marijuana patient, or thinking about becoming one, you may be wondering about how vaporizing cannabis oils will compare to smoking “bud” or “flower.” Vaporizing cannabis concentrates, also known as vaping, can be done with products containing cannabidiol (CBD ... Read More

Swiss Study Finds THC in Blood Test After Consuming “CBD Cigarettes”

02/26/2020

Some people who use cannabidiol (CBD) for pain, anxiety, or better sleep worry they’ll unintentionally ingest tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) along with their CBD oil or capsule. While there are some guaranteed no-THC products out there, other CBD products contain a small amount of THC that ... Read More

CBD Effective for Treating Symptoms of Autism in Children

02/26/2020

In an encouraging development for parents or caregivers of children with autism, an Israeli study from 2018 has found that oral cannabidiol (CBD) drops can significantly improve a range of symptoms and behaviors associated with autism. For instance, sleep issues improved in a whopping 71 ... Read More

Marijuana Patients Trust Cannabis-Based Medicine Over Pharmaceuticals

02/26/2020

According to researchers from the University of Michigan and SUNY Buffalo, medical marijuana patients are more likely to use—and to trust—medical marijuana over mainstream medicine for addressing their health issues. The team analyzed brief surveys from 392 adult attendees of a public ... Read More

Medical Marijuana Access Associated with Modest Decreases in Opioid Use

02/26/2020

Can access to medical marijuana reduce the use and misuse of opioids? Many marijuana advocates say yes, and a new study titled, Impact of Medical Marijuana Legalization on Opioid Use, Chronic Opioid Use, and High-Risk Opioid Use, has indeed found lower rates of prescription opioid use in ... Read More

Immunotherapy and Cannabis as Treatment Together

02/20/2020

Many illnesses, including forms of cancer, have been shown to be able to be treated with medical marijuana. Studies done all over the world have revealed that cannabis can not only relieve some of the harrowing symptoms of cancer treatments but it stops the spread of cancerous cells in th ... Read More

Cannabis Consumption May Have No Effect on Traffic Safety

02/20/2020

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, someone dies every 50 minutes due to an alcohol-impaired driver. This outrageous statistic is one many people feared would only get worse once cannabis consumption was legalized. However, recent studies showed no uptick in drivi ... Read More

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