Canadian Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Delayed Progression To Injection Drug Use

Frequent cannabis use was negatively associated with injection initiation

CANADA:  Cannabis use is associated with slower rates of injection initiation among at-risk youth, according to longitudinal data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review. Canadian researchers assessed drug use progression in a cohort of 481 street-involved youth over a ten-year period. Authors reported: “[W]e observed a high rate of injection initiation among at-risk street-involved youth. Our Read the full article…

Study: Artisanal CBD Preparations Associated With Reduced Seizure Activity In Epileptic Children

CBD is big business

TENNESSEE: Cannabidiol administration is associated with a significant reduction in seizure frequency in patients with drug-resistant pediatric epilepsy, according to data published in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior. Vanderbilt University researchers retrospectively assessed the impact of the adjunctive use of grey-market CBD products in a cohort of 108 children with refractory epilepsy. Authors reported: “The addition of CBD resulted Read the full article…

Study: Cannabis Use Not Significantly Associated With Increased Traffic Accident Risk

MJ not responsible for higher DUI

ROMANIA: Cannabis exposure is not strongly associated with an increased risk of motor vehicle accident, according to a meta-analysis of 24 epidemiological studies published in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology. Investigators at the University of Bucharest, Department of Medicine and Pharmacy reviewed data from two-dozen studies assessing the association between cannabis-positive drivers and unfavorable traffic outcomes, such as motor Read the full article…

Librede Inc. Awarded Highly Competitive Phase II SBIR Grant From NIH

Librede Cannabinoid Map

CALIFORNIA: Librede, an early stage biotechnology company, has been awarded a $1,490,000 Phase II Small Business Innovative Research Grant (SBIR) from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to further develop and scale their proprietary yeast-based cannabinoid production platform. The NIH SBIR program is a highly Read the full article…

Medical Benefits In Legal Cannabis Products

cannabis has many medical benefits

CALIFORNIA: The U.S. medical cannabis market was valued at USD 5.44 billion in 2016 and is expected to be valued at USD 19.48 billion by 2024, According to a report by Hexa Research. The expected growth is driven by the growing acceptance of medical advantages associated with cannabis, particularly for patients dealing with cancer, diabetes and chronic pain. Symptoms Read the full article…

Study: Cannabis Is Safe And Effective For Elderly Patients

"The older population is a large and growing part of medical cannabis users. Our study finds that the therapeutic use of cannabis is safe and efficacious in this population."

ISRAEL: Cannabis therapy is safe and effective among elderly patients diagnosed with chronic pain, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the European Journal of Internal Medicine. Researchers from Hebrew University and the Ben Gurion University of Negrev in Israel assessed the use of therapeutic cannabis over a period of six months in a cohort of Read the full article…

Using Cannabis To Treat Depression

Cannabis and depression

By Pam Dyer While reefer madness would have you believe that marijuana causes mental illness, modern users often find the very opposite is true. This week at Butterfly Sessions, we discuss how cannabis can be a helpful tool for people suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts. Please take a read, and let me know your Read the full article…

Marijuana Use Doesn’t Negatively Impact Human Fertility

marijuana doesn't impede fertility

MASSACHUSETTS: Marijuana use does not negatively impact fertility rates in either men or women, according to data published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Investigators at Boston University’s School of Public Health evaluated the association between female and male use of marijuana and fecundability (the probability of conception) in 1,125 couples over a period of four years. Researchers reported Read the full article…

New Study: Marijuana Smoke Exposure Not Linked To Poor Lung Health

Study: Marijuana Smoke Exposure Not Linked To Poor Lung Health

COLORADO:  Long-term exposure to cannabis smoke is not associated with significant adverse effects on pulmonary function, according to clinical data published in the journal Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases. A team of investigators led by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health assessed the relationship between marijuana use and respiratory function in a cohort of 2,300 subjects ages Read the full article…

Study: CBD Effective As Adjunctive Therapy For Schizophrenia

"These findings suggest that CBD has beneficial effects in patients with schizophrenia," authors concluded.

UNITED KINGDOM: The daily administration of CBD (cannabidiol) as an adjunctive therapy mitigates psychotic symptoms in patients with schizophrenia, according to clinical trial data published online ahead of print in The American Journal of Psychiatry. British researchers assessed the adjunctive use of CBD compared to placebo over a six-week period in a randomized trial of 88 schizophrenic patients. Participants ingested 1000mg Read the full article…