• Study IDs Offset to Cannabis Side-Effects

    Study IDs Offset to Cannabis Side-Effects

    Researchers at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry have shown for the first time the molecular mechanisms at work that cause cannabidiol (CBD) to block the psychiatric side-effects caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis.CREDIT: CRYSTAL MACKAY, SPECIAL TO WESTERN NEWS The development of safer, more effective cannabis for patients and
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  • Cannabis study reveals how CBD offsets the psychiatric side-effects of THC

    Cannabis study reveals how CBD offsets the psychiatric side-effects of THC

    Researchers at Western University have shown for the first time the molecular mechanisms at work that cause cannabidiol, or CBD, to block the psychiatric side-effects caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis. It has been previously shown that strains of cannabis with high levels of THC and low levels of CBD can
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  • Cannabis customers: CBD has the potential to change lives

    Cannabis customers: CBD has the potential to change lives

    NORTHEAST COBB — From the first day of his life, 5-year-old Reid Underwood has experienced excruciating pain. Reid began taking narcotic pain-relieving medications as an infant, and continued using those medications until the family discovered THC and CBD products. Reid was born with a rare genetic skin condition called epidermolysis bullosa, leaving his body without a protein,
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  • Could cannabis be the cure for dementia? World-first study is set to test how marijuana could improve the life of people suffering with the devastating illness

    Could cannabis be the cure for dementia? World-first study is set to test how marijuana could improve the life of people suffering with the devastating illness

    World-first study to trial cannabis on patients living with mild dementia in Perth A mouth spray will be applied to 50 participants aged 65 years and over Researchers will observe if it relieves their symptoms and improves appetite Half million people live with dementia in Australia with figure to double by 2040  A pioneering study
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  • Why marijuana firms are paying attention as higher education expands MJ course offerings across the US

    Why marijuana firms are paying attention as higher education expands MJ course offerings across the US

    Cannabis businesses are taking careful note as professional marijuana courses and programs spring up at universities and other educational institutions across the country. Examples include – to name a few – Northern Michigan University, the College of Southern Nevada, the University of Denver and Florida Gulf Coast University, with colleges offering a huge variety of
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  • Marijuana Might Be Beneficial in Combating Phobias

    Marijuana Might Be Beneficial in Combating Phobias

    For some, it might mean feeling a little uneasy when matched with an unknown entity that catches them off guard when they least expect it, or a looming dread of a weekly editorial meeting that keeps them from wanting to get out of bed. Hey, we’ve been there. There are other people, however, who have
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  • The Father of Cannabis Research to be Honored

    The Father of Cannabis Research to be Honored

    San Fransisco, CA– “The Father of Cannabis Research” Raphael Mechoulam will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a $10,000 research grant from The Arcview Group in their first annual cannabis awards. As explained in a press release from Arcview, Mechoulam is the person responsible for isolating cannabinoids, which led to the discoveries of the endocannabinoid system
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  • Cannabis, Morning Sickness, and Pregnancy

    Cannabis, Morning Sickness, and Pregnancy

    With the legalization of cannabis in many states, discussion surrounding the safety of cannabis during pregnancy is becoming more prevalent. Sure, the herb can be useful when treating morning sickness and anxiety, but how much, if any is safe? TRENDS IN PRENATAL CANNABIS USE According to an article published in Experimental Biology, legalization has increased
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  • UA cannabis symposium to highlight medical marijuana research

    UA cannabis symposium to highlight medical marijuana research

    A University of Arizona emeritus professor is bringing attention to medical marijuana research and teaching by hosting a free community symposium that will bring cannabis experts from all over the world to Tucson. Organized by Raphael Gruener, the Inaugural Interdisciplinary Cannabis Symposium will be the first of its kind in the state of Arizona. Speakers from the
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  • Blingy vaporizers and gold rolling papers: luxury cannabis brands court the affluent

    Blingy vaporizers and gold rolling papers: luxury cannabis brands court the affluent

    Despite being expensive and sometimes rare, cannabis isn’t typically considered a luxury good. It’s too closely associated with slovenly, underperforming young men to convey wealth or style. But as cannabis becomes more acceptable and the consumer base grows to include more women and affluent professionals, some companies are aiming to become prestige brands. With limited
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  • U.S. study finds cannabis lowers insulin levels in obese type 2 diabetics

    U.S. study finds cannabis lowers insulin levels in obese type 2 diabetics

    Cannabis reduces insulin levels in obese and overweight type 2 diabetics, a new study has found. Obese adults in the U.S. who used marijuana had significantly lower fasting insulin than those who don’t use cannabis, a recent study found. The U.S. study concluded marijuana use is associated with lower fasting insulin levels in obese adults and that using pot
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  • Researchers unlock access to pain relief potential of cannabis

    Researchers unlock access to pain relief potential of cannabis

    University of Guelph researchers are the first to uncover how the cannabis plant creates important pain-relieving molecules that are 30 times more powerful at reducing inflammation than Aspirin. The discovery unlocks the potential to create a naturally derived pain treatment that would offer potent relief without the risk of addiction of other painkillers. “There’s clearly a need
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  • The Real Difference Between Smoking and Eating Marijuana

    The Real Difference Between Smoking and Eating Marijuana

    A decade ago, I finished my first year of grad school in Los Angeles, and my boyfriend and I went on a short getaway to celebrate. He recommended Ojai, a New Agey town a couple of hours’ north, because some famous person he liked had lived there. After an afternoon of hiking among the orange
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  • Maryland cannabis regulators tell dispensaries they need to open by Sept. 30 or else

    Maryland cannabis regulators tell dispensaries they need to open by Sept. 30 or else

    Medical cannabis companies still struggling to open stores in Maryland will have their preliminary approvals to operate revoked by state regulators if they do not finalize their licenses and open their doors by Sept. 30. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission issued a bulletin Thursday alerting companies of the deadline and advising them to complete their final inspections by
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  • Cannabis On The Ballot: What Researchers Think You Should Know

    Cannabis On The Ballot: What Researchers Think You Should Know

    With voters in several states asked to decide about recreational and medical marijuana, a quick look at the state of knowledge about the drug and its derivatives Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to determine whether several states will legalize marijuana for medical or recreational uses, even as the federal government maintains it is an illegal
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  • Medical cannabis users anxious over supply shortages

    Medical cannabis users anxious over supply shortages

    Medical pot users say they never faced supply shortages before recreational cannabis became legal last month.  Can’t find any weed to buy for a party this weekend? Don’t complain. Canadians who use cannabis for medical reasons are being hit by shortages in a far worse way. “It’s actually more than a supply issue. Really, it’s
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  • Can cannabis put you on path to better health?

    Can cannabis put you on path to better health?

    Joe is an ordinary guy. And Joe is a smoker. He doesn’t want to smoke. He’s read the government statistics that say he’s among nearly 38 million Americans who smoke and that the habit causes some 480,000 deaths a year. He’s tried to stop, and he’s failed. But there may be hope, and that hope
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  • Girl can attend school with her cannabis-based medicine, California court rules

    Girl can attend school with her cannabis-based medicine, California court rules

    It took a fight in court, but a 5-year-old girl will be allowed to bring her cannabis-based medicine to school and attend class with other students, according to a ruling by a California administrative court on Friday. Brooke Adams, a Santa Rosa, California, kindergartner, has Dravet Syndrome. It’s a severe and rare form of epilepsy
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  • Ganja Planted At The University Of West Indies

    Ganja Planted At The University Of West Indies

    Minister of Justice Mark Golding (right) and Courtney Betty (left), president and CEO of Timeless Herbal Care, jointly plant a ganja seedling at yesterday’s (April 21) launch of the symbolic planting of the first legal marijuana plant at the Lecture Theatre Two, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex. Overseeing the activities are (at
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  • Marijuana Science: Why Today’s Pot Packs a Bigger Punch

    Marijuana Science: Why Today’s Pot Packs a Bigger Punch

    The marijuana that is available today may be much more potent than marijuana cultivated in the past, according to the results of new tests. The psychoactive component in the marijuana plant is the chemical THC, and the new tests showed that today’s marijuana may contain 30 percent THC, Andy LaFrate, the author of the new
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