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Study: Marijuana use doesn’t affect working memory

In Neurological, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new study reveals marijuana users don’t exhibit any loss of working-memory function, which controls our behaviour. The study, carried out over three years, was recently published in Addiction Biology. It found “that sustained moderate to heavy levels of cannabis, nicotine, alcohol and illegal psychotropic substance use do not change working-memory network functionality.” Moreover, the study concluded “baseline network functionality …

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Study: Marijuana could prevent heart disease

In Cardiac, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new UK study found that marijuana compounds may relax blood vessels and thus be able to prevent heart disease in some patients. Published in the journal Pharmacological Research, the study looked at how cannabinoids – the most common compound in marijuana – can affect blood vessels by letting them relax and widen. It’s been documented that blood vessel relaxation can lower blood pressure …

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EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Sanjay Gupta on ‘doubling down’ on medical marijuana, his new CNN film Weed 2

In Feature Stories, Media by David Silverberg

Once again, CNN’s chief medical correspondent is training his scientific eye squarely on a topic that continues to generate big buzz around the world. Medical marijuana is the subject of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s new film for CNN airing Tuesday March 11 at 10 p.m. ET. Weed 2: Cannabis Madness will delve deeper into the science behind the plant, a subject Gupta explored …

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Doctors press Iowa Senate to legalize medical marijuana

In Advocacy, Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

This week, doctors and marijuana users and experts explained to Iowa lawmakers how medical marijuana can be beneficial to some patients. Thomas Carlstrom, a retired Des Moines neurosurgeon, said at the committee meetings Wednesday: “I think its time has come. I think the medical uses for marijuana are absolute, they are happening …I think we really need to give serious thought to …

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Why this 10-year-old boy needs medical marijuana

In Children, Feature Stories by Brett Wilkins

It’s been more than a year now since Zaki Jackson suffered his last seizure. The 10-year-old Colorado Springs boy has Doose Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that strikes in early childhood and is extremely resistant to pharmaceutical medications. Zaki’s seizures started when he was just four months old. He was diagnosed with Doose two months later. By the time …

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Study: Medical marijuana may prevent Alzheimer’s disease

In Alzheimer's, Top Stories by Dr. Tim Sandle, Ph.D.

Pioneering new research suggests that smoking marijuana before the onset of certain types of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, can slow down the development of degenerative conditions. Taken at the right age and with sufficient frequency, smoking marijuana could prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease from manifesting, to the degree that a person could die from old age before the …

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New research uncovers why marijuana stimulates appetite

In Research Topics, Top Stories by David Silverberg

If you ever wanted to know exactly why marijuana users get the “munchies” new research from France offers some answers. A new study published recently in Nature Neuroscience reports marijuana stimulates appetite because the plant’s properties allow users to smell and taste food more acutely. The research team from the University of Bordeaux has found that, in mice, THC is placed into receptors in the brain’s …

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Florida to vote on medical marijuana legalization in November

In Regulatory, Top Stories by Dave Gordon

With nearly half of the US already legalizing medical marijuana – 20 states and the District of Columbia – one more state may be added to the list. Floridians will have the opportunity to vote on the issue this November, thanks to supporters of a successful petition campaign and a recent court decision. The petition received a whopping 1.1 million …