Category: Medicine

Cannabinoids Have Potential to Reduce Tumor Growth, Researchers Find

A recent scientific review concludes that marijuana’s legal status should be revisited given existing research that shows cannabis’s components can inhibit tumor growth and help with cancer management. Researchers at Amity University in India detailed the scientific literature surrounding the effects of cannabinoids on different cancer types and also looked at marijuana’s anti-nausea, appetite stimulation, […]

Cannabinoids Could Help Treat OCD, Researchers Suggest

In a new review study, researchers examined evidence that suggests the endocannabinoid system (ECS) may play a role in helping relieve symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other similar conditions. OCD is a complex psychological condition in which patients have uncontrollable, recurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) and the urge to repeat actions over and […]

Do People Move to Access Legal Marijuana? Yes — Meet ‘Medical Refugees.’

It’s not uncommon to hear anecdotal stories of individuals or families who must move for medical reasons — specifically, access to medical cannabis. Some of these cases draw considerable media attention, like that of Yvonne Cahalane, the Irish mother who moved to Colorado for her then-2-year-old son, who suffers from a seizure disorder called Dravet […]

Legal Marijuana Leads to Fewer Opioid Deaths, Studies Conclude

Two new studies find that opioid-related deaths decline when states legalize access to marijuana. In fact, when adult-use cannabis laws are in place, the rate of opioid overdoses declines by at least 20%. Both papers, published in the journal Economic Inquiry, not only show the impact of passing such laws, but also how dispensaries play […]

Colorado Marijuana Market Continues to Grow; Adult-Use Sales Race Ahead

The share of legal marijuana sales in Colorado that came from the recreational market in 2018 significantly outpaced those from the medical market, according to an annual government report released on Aug. 5, 2019. In fact, there were about two times as many adult-use sales of flower compared with medical cannabis purchases — a new […]

Researchers Unlock What Gives Cannabis its Anti-Inflammatory Qualities

A new study deciphers for the first time the cannabis plant’s biological blueprint for producing two molecules thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, a discovery that could pave the way for expanded use of cannabis as medicine. That study, which is published in the August 2019 issue of the journal Phytochemistry delineates for the first time […]

Drought Conditions Could Induce Plants to Make More Cannabinoids

Decades of prohibition have stunted scientific research into cannabis growth and production, but as legalization spreads, horticultural experts are again studying cannabis. Some are exploring how to optimize growing conditions to exploit the medicinal potential of cannabis.  A study published in the May 2019 issue of HortScience, a publication of the American Society for Horticultural […]

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Sales are About to Begin

Medical marijuana is expected to start reaching select dispensaries in Louisiana on Aug. 6, 2019, after the state agriculture department completed final testing and cleared therapeutic cannabis for release to patients. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain announced Aug. 1 that GB Sciences, one of two state-sanctioned growers, can begin shipping to Louisiana‘s registered dispensaries. Strain thanked […]

Cannabis and Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease that causes severe irritation and inflammation in the digestive tract. A form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the condition often develops in young adults between the ages of 20 and 29 and has no known cure.  Complications from Crohn’s disease include intestinal obstruction or fistulas, abscesses, ulcers, and ultimately […]

What to Look for, and to Look Out for, When Buying CBD Beauty Products

Pushing aside the likes of blue algae, moringa seed, and snail venom, cannabidiol (CBD) has become the hottest “it” ingredient in beauty and grooming products. Today, you can find CBD-infused bath bombs, body lotion, lip balm, and eye cream. The non-intoxicating component of the cannabis plant CBD also is the star ingredient of a $125 facial […]