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Marijuana's Popularity Among US Adults Continues to Grow. Here's Why
Dr. Francesca Filbey, director of Cognitive Neuroscience Research in Addictive Disorders at the Center for BrainHealth, discusses the brain effects of marijuana use in a recent Live Science article.
Cannabis Shows Great Promise in Treating Cancer—Let’s Not Wreck It With Hyperbole
There is little doubt that cannabis plays a very important role as a treatment option for cancer—which is why it’s so important to eschew cure-related hyperbole.
Aug 11, 2017 10:35 AM
Does Smoking Cannabis Increase the Risk of Strokes?
It's safe to say that when it comes to cannabis and stroke, the relationship is complicated. Does the herb contribute to stroke or help you heal from one?
Aug 10, 2017 12:15 PM
Study Linking Cardiovascular Death and Marijuana Far From Conclusive
Researchers found a high incidence of cardiovascular death among marijuana users but the study has limits. Authors said more research is needed.
Aug 10, 2017 9:45 AM
The Oregonian
Medical News Today: Marijuana 'May Be Worse Than Cigarettes for Cardiovascular Health'
Researchers suggest that the harmful effects of marijuana use on the cardiovascular system may be greater than the effects caused by cigarette smoking.
Aug 10, 2017 9:15 AM
Medical News Today
Marijuana Associated With Three-Fold Risk of Death From Hypertension
Marijuana use is associated with a three-fold risk of death from hypertension, according to research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
Aug 10, 2017 9:05 AM
Medical Xpress
Ohio to Accept Schools’ Medical Cannabis Research Applications
Universities and colleges in Ohio will soon be allowed to apply for medical cannabis testing licenses. At the same time, private companies and small businesses will have to wait one more year to start applying.
Aug 8, 2017 10:25 AM
Compound Derived From Marijuana Interacts With Antiepileptic Drugs
New research published in Epilepsia, a journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), suggests that an investigational neurological treatment derived from cannabis may alter the blood levels of commonly used antiepileptic drugs. It is important for clinicians to consider such drug interactions during treatment of complex conditions.
Aug 8, 2017 9:45 AM
Medical Xpress
CBD May Help Slow Progression of ALS
The co-administration of cannabidiol (CBD) with the prescription drug riluzole (marketed as Rilutek) is associated with the delayed onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s disease), according to a case report published in the Journal of General Practice.
Aug 7, 2017 12:15 PM
The Daily Chronic
Is It Safe To Mix Cannabis With Over-The-Counter Prescriptions?
Curious about mixing cannabis and over the counter prescriptions? These over-the-counter prescriptions medicines may interact with cannabis.
Aug 7, 2017 11:35 AM
Smoking Marijuana Doesn’t Lead to Changes in the Hippocampus, Study Finds
The regular use of cannabis by young people is not associated with hippocampal volume alterations, according to case-control longitudinal data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.
Aug 7, 2017 9:55 AM
The Daily Chronic
Yet Another Study Finds That Cannabis Use Is Not Independently Linked With IQ Decline
Cannabis use by teens is not independently linked with adverse changes in intelligence quotient or executive functioning, according to longitudinal data published online ahead of print in the journal Addiction. Investigators concluded, “Short-term cannabis use in adolescence does not appear to cause IQ decline or impair executive functions, even when cannabis use reaches the level of dependence.”
Aug 7, 2017 9:05 AM
For First Time, NFL Offers to Work With Players' Union to Study Cannabis for Pain
The NFL has written to the NFL Players Association offering to work in tandem to study the potential use of marijuana as a pain management tool for players.
Aug 3, 2017 9:05 AM
The Cannabist
3 Medical Cannabis Events to Attend in August
Each year, medical cannabis gains more and more support across the world. Today, over a half of the states in the U.S. have legalized medical weed in some form. Do you want to know more about various medicinal properties of cannabis, meet like-minded people, and get a better understanding of the local and federal medical marijuana policies? Consider attending at least one of the following three events and you will find the answers to most of your questions.
Aug 2, 2017 10:05 AM
Virginia Colleges Researching Uses for Industrial Hemp
Three universities in Virginia are conducting research on industrial hemp after the state legalized cultivation of the crop for research purposes.
Aug 1, 2017 12:25 PM
Marijuana Business Daily
Muted Stress Response Linked to Long-Term Cannabis Use
A new study reveals a dampened physiological response to stress in chronic cannabis users. This is the first study to examine the effects of acute stress on salivary cortisol levels in chronic cannabis users compared to non-users.
Aug 1, 2017 11:25 AM
Science Daily
How Marijuana Can Help With OCD’s Compulsive Behaviors
Don't pull your hair out! Trichotillomania sufferers may have found help in an unlikely partner.
Jul 31, 2017 11:05 AM
Medical Researchers Investigate New Area for Potential Cannabis Treatment: Concussions
Florida physicians who specialize in concussions are expanding their programs with advancements like cannabis treatment and concussion-detecting goggles.
Jul 31, 2017 9:15 AM
The Cannabist
Does Cannabis Weaken Or Strengthen Your Immune System?
The way cannabis interacts with the immune system is strange. Here are the pros and cons of the effects worth knowing about.
Jul 31, 2017 9:05 AM
Landmark Study: Legal Weed Reduces Crime Rates
Cannabis legalization has numerous opponents who believe that it triggers crime growth and many other issues in the society. However, new research shows that legal pot may actually have the opposite effect. Both medicinal and recreational dispensaries have the power to provide plenty of benefits, including the increase of awareness and the attraction of foot traffic, which may significantly lower the crime rates.
Jul 27, 2017 10:35 AM