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10,000 Scientific Studies?

In Feature Stories, Research Updates and News by Chris DollardLeave a Comment

Last Thursday, January 12th, The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research was released by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to some fanfare on global media. While reaction by the cannabis community has so far been muted, or characterized by simply summarizing the results, perhaps one of the most lucid analyses …

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Teva Pharmaceuticals Thinks It’s High Time for Medical Marijuana

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Cannabis sativa Photo Credit: James St. John / https://www.flickr.com/photos/jsjgeology/ ( JNi.media ) Israeli Pharmaceutical company Teva appears to be moving into the medical marijuana market, and a pending acquisition could partially relieve the pain of its top drug, Copaxone, going off patent. Teva, according to a report by The Marker, has made an offer for One World Cannabis (OWC) to …

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California Has Finally Stopped Denying Organ Transplants to Medical Marijuana Users

In Regulatory, Research Updates and News, Top Stories by Chris DollardLeave a Comment

Nearly 19 years after her liver transplant, Yamileth Bolanos is no longer afraid of taking the medical marijuana that helps her get through the day. Bolanos said her transplant doctors originally told her that if she used marijuana, she would be ineligible for an organ transplant if her liver failed again. “I could be at the end of my warranty …

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Drug abuse center NIDA on why it’s supporting medical marijuana research

In Feature Stories, Research Updates and News by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has issued a statement outlining its commitment to medical marijuana research. The statement, penned by NIDA Director Nora Volkow, includes a pledge to supply research-grade marijuana to researchers for scientific purposes. NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (which acts as the U.S. …

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How marijuana can block cigarettes’ cancer risk

In Research Updates and News, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Chemicals in marijuana block activity of an enzyme linked with cancer caused by cigarette use, a new study revealed. Published recently in the national science journal J-STAGE, the study’s conclusion gave another bow in marijuana’s medical quiver, this time highlighting how cigarette smokers turning to marijuana could help protect themselves against lung cancer. The enzyme in marijuana’s crosshairs is CYP1A1, produced in …

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Study: Medical marijuana can minimize brain damage

In Feature Stories, Neurological, Research Updates and News by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

A new study has revealed that medical marijuana includes qualities that could protect the brain from long-term damage after a traumatic injury. The protective effects come from the cannabinoid THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol), the major psychoactive component in the cannabis plant. This latest study implies that medical marijuana might one day help reduce the risk of brain damage after critical surgery. …

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Marijuana receptor instrumental for potential anti-anxiety drug

In Neurological, Research Updates and News, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A drug aiming to ease anxiety by triggering the same molecules in the brain that respond to marijuana highs has been developed by scientists at Vanderbilt University. The news, via a paper posted recently in the journal Nature Neuroscience,  explains how the drug relieves anxiety behaviors by activating natural “endocannabinoids” without gastrointestinal side effects, this report explains. It’s made from chemically modified inhibitors of …

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Study: Cannabis least risky drug for drivers

In Research Updates and News, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study reveals cannabis is much safer than other substances that impair driving. The results, published online in the Accident Analysis & Prevention journal, concluded  alcohol “still poses the largest problem in terms of driver risk of getting injured.” Drivers with a blood alcohol level of 1.2 g/L (0.12% BAC) or higher are over 30 times more likely to get in a serious …