In a study to be published in The International Journal of Pure and Applied Analytical Chemistry, researchers have revealed that it is possible to use a hard-cap espresso machine to create cannabis extracts. The team of researchers made the extracts, meant to be used for analysis, with a common laboratory solvent and a $300 espresso […]

A breathalyzer able to determine if a driver smoked pot could roll out in select cities in the fall, according to a company developing the first-of-its-kind product. With recreational weed now legal in nine states and the District of Columbia, California-based Hound Labs Inc. has created a marijuana-breathalyzer it says will make roads safer and […]

Laboratory mice with pancreatic cancer that were treated with cannabidiol (CBD) in conjunction with chemotherapy lived as much as three times longer than those treated with chemotherapy alone, according to a new study released Monday. In patients with exocrine pancreatic cancer, the most common type, the five-year survival rate when diagnosed at stage 1A is […]

A “concussion pill” under development in Miami using cannabis is showing progress for treatment of traumatic brain injuries. In a pre-clinical study, the combination of a hemp-derived cannabinoid and an NMDA amino acid anesthetic is showing improved cognitive function in rodents with traumatic brain injuries compared with individual components. “The results were statistically significant and […]

A study by researchers at Washington State University has found evidence of “demonstrable and persistent benefit” to police departments’ effectiveness in Washington and Colorado since the states voted to legalize cannabis in 2012. Researchers used monthly FBI data to investigate crime clearance rates for the states from 2010 to 2015; crimes are normally considered “cleared” […]

In a recent study shared at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, WSU researchers found out how cannabis triggered hunger hormones in rats. Using a vapor exposure system designed to imitate how humans consume marijuana, researchers found that a small cannabis dose causes a surge in ghrelin, a hormone that informs the brain […]

49% of pediatricians weren’t aware they can prescribe cannabis to children, according to a survey of pediatricians released Thursday by the Canadian Pediatric Surveillance Program (CPSP), and 39% didn’t know they could prescribe to youths. More than three-quarters reported little to no knowledge about why cannabis might be used or what the correct dosage might […]

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association is exploring the idea of pot for pets. “Currently, veterinarians have no legal pathway to dispense or prescribe cannabis for animals. However, the CVMA recognizes the veterinary community is in the midst of rapid change in this area with some anecdotal evidence of benefits, but a lack of peer-reviewed, controlled […]

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has raised concerns over marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 drug amid efforts to remove the plant from the government’s list of controlled substances. “The Committee is concerned that restrictions associated with Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substance Act effectively limit the amount and type of research that can be […]

Cannabis exposure during pregnancy is not independently associated with lower birthweight among infants, according to data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. They reported that infants, on average, weighed no less than controls after researchers controlled for cofounders, particularly the maternal tobacco use. Investigators also failed to observe “significant effects of marijuana use […]

The US Food and Drug Administration announced today, Monday June 25, the approval of the country’s first marijuana-based prescription medication. The drug is called Epidiolex and is a plant-derived oral solution of cannabidiol (CBD)—a chemical component of marijuana that does not cause intoxication or a euphoric “high.” The FDA approved it for use in patients […]

There is a surprising lack of precision when it comes to prescribing and using medical marijuana. Measuring the right dosage can be tough for cannabis patients who take their medicine in puffs instead of pills. That’s why metered dosing is becoming more popular in the medical market, where relief of symptoms is the primary reason […]

According to a new study, which will soon be published in the scientific journal Addiction, there is no link between the continuous use of cannabis and changes in the structure of the brain. For the study, researchers used MRI screenings to evaluate the connection between frequent marijuana use and the volumes of gray matter in […]

A new study published by High Yield Insights has found that 44% of cannabis consumers in legal, adult-use marketplaces self-identify as medical users. According to the study, the three most common reasons for self-medicating with cannabis are as pain relief (69 percent of respondents), sleep aids (65 percent), and anti-anxiety medication (54 percent). The report […]

The chances of the FDA every approving smokable marijuana were slim to none, according to FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb. He explained that the agency is apprehensive about giving its approval to a supposed medicine that is consumed through combustible means. Gottlieb likened the act of smoking pot to crushing up a prescription medicine and smoking […]

cannabis fertility

An article published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health earlier this year found that claims about cannabis use decreasing fertility were not true. More than 4,000 women and 1,000 men were enrolled in the study to determine the effects of the drug on fertility. 12 percent of the women in the study and […]

Sublingual absorption cannabis products, like mints, breath strips, and gummies, are cannabis edibles that are dissolved under the tongue. They’re becoming increasingly popular in states where cannabis is legal for adult use for their fast onset and potent effects, but how do they work? Traditional edibles, like brownies or any kind of baked good or […]

Menopause is one of the most dramatic changes a woman’s body will undertake in her lifetime. Not since puberty has the reproductive system gone through such a shift, and the experience is not altogether pleasant. Luckily, hot flashes, mood swings, pain, insomnia, and other symptoms of menopause don’t have to be fought alone, since they […]

cannabis coffee

Drinking coffee has been shown to have some health benefits, but one researcher wanted to know what happens when you drink a lot of coffee. As it turns out, it’s the exact opposite of what happens when you smoke weed. Marilyn Cornelis, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, […]

cannabis terpenes

Diehard fans of fruity or sweetly floral scents like berries or roses may not be aware that they have an affinity for a terpene called geraniol that is also found in cannabis and a variety of other plants, herbs and fruits. The terpene has a variety of medicinal and therapeutic uses. It’s a natural antioxidant […]

cannabis workout

Once considered a potentially life-ruining “Gateway drug,” cannabis has a new reputation: miracle drug. While many Americans aren’t quite ready to empty out their medicine cabinets and start a pot farm in the backyard, we’re curious about one area where cannabis has shown a great deal of promise: treating inflammation and muscle soreness. Endocannabinoids are […]

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In a new study that is set to be published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers collected data from over 2 million posts on Reddit to study cannabis consumption trends. The researchers examined posts made between 2010 and 2016 with the objective of determining what forms of cannabis consumption are most popular among […]

marijuana overdose

There’s been a lot of talk in the media about cannabis “overdoses” at public events like 420. This language, particularly as we face a continent wide opioid crisis, is entirely irresponsible. An overdose is serious and tragic. People die from overdoses. While, “greening out” can be a very unpleasant consequence of over-consumption, nobody dies from […]

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Aquaponics has been used for years to cultivate robust harvests of vegetables in urban areas pressed for space and water. It’s a method that can convert a suburban garage, an empty parking lot, and maybe one day even a geodesic dome on Mars, into an ecosystem that can sustain both animal and plant life. Aquaponics […]

marijuana opioid

In 2016, opioids killed more Americans than breast cancer. The drug overdose epidemic has become one of the most concerning public health issues of recent time, and in an effort to stem the tide, more and more patients and doctors are turning to pot over pills. Dustin Sulak, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, believes that […]

cannabis brain

UC San Diego announced Wednesday it has received a $4.7 million gift to conduct multi-disciplinary research into whether marijuana can be helpful in treating autism. The medical school’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research will study whether cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, holds clues for developing effective autism therapies. The funding from the Ray […]

marijuana prescription

Talking to your doctor about medical cannabis is not always easy. If you are interested in using marijuana for medicinal purposes and wish to discuss the matter with your physician, check out the following tips: Be Serious – Do not try to use unnecessary justifications to get a recommendation so that you get high legally. Marijuana […]

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Researchers from Washington State University found that adults reported a significant reduction in depressive symptoms with just a single puff of medical marijuana that was high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The team also found that at least 10 puffs of marijuana high in both CBD and THC led to significant reductions […]

Epidiolex, made by the United Kingdom-based GW Pharmaceuticals for the treatment of epilepsy, will likely become the first cannabis-derived medication approved by the FDA. A panel of 13 advisers to the FDA unanimously suggested the drug be approved, examining medical trials and gauging the risk-benefit factors to prescribing the medication. The CBD-based medication will face […]

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As more states legalize marijuana, there’s growing interest in cannabidiol, a cannabis extract also known as CBD. It’s marketed as a compound that can help relieve anxiety – and, perhaps, help ease aches and pains, too. A new round of funding from the National Institutes of Health, is allowing a group of collaborators to begin […]

It is that time of year where the holidays afford us an opportunity for rest, recuperation and introspection. Becoming a new father to a healthy baby girl and having the privilege to make a living as a scientist, fills me with an immeasurable sense of appreciation and indebtedness. I’ve also been extremely fortunate this year […]

The American Psychological Association has recently voiced their support for two bipartisan bills that would remove many of the impediments to cannabis research created by the federal prohibition of marijuana. “Major barriers to research are preventing scientists from pursuing the full range of research that is needed to understand the impacts of recreational and therapeutic […]

A recent study thought to be the first of its kind has found that regular cannabis use may make a person less prone to anxiety over time, even when sober. The study, published in the medical journal Psychopharmacology, found that people who use cannabis daily or almost daily had a blunted stress reaction when exposed […]