Two Kentucky-based hemp and cannabis cultivation companies will be launching a new initiative to examine how zero-gravity conditions can affect growing marijuana products. The goal is to see how growers can exert greater control over strains if they’re grown without gravitational stresses. To achieve these goals, the companies are teaming up with Space Tango, another […]

Besides THC and CBD, there are many other cannabinoids which are present in the plant in varying quantities. Most of the time THC is the most prevalent cannabinoid with CBD coming in second. The other cannabinoids are present in small quantities, totaling at usually less than 1 percent, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore […]

The Drug Enforcement Administration placed Epidiolex in Schedule V, marking the first time any drug derived from any part of the cannabis plant has been rescheduled in the U.S. “Marijuana extracts,” including CBD, remain in Schedule I, according to the administration’s 2016 Final Rule. According to the DEA, “Schedule V drugs, substances, or chemicals are […]

A new report by the World Health Organization pegs global deaths due to alcohol at 3 million in 2016, making alcohol responsible for 1 out of every 20 deaths. No direct deaths can be attributed to the plant. 28% of those 3 million alcohol deaths were due to injuries, 21% were from alcohol-related digestive disorders […]

Most people can recover from a cold in just a couple weeks with their own at-home or over-the-counter treatments. In the meantime, you can also include cannabis to help with managing symptoms. You can experiment with different terpenes like pinene which can act as a powerful expectorant and antimicrobial that can improve airflow functioning in […]

Cannabis smoke exposure, even long-term, is not positively associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, or irreversible airway damage, according to a literature review published in the journal Breathe. “The long-term respiratory effects of cannabis differ from traditional smoking,” authors concluded. “[C]annabis smoking does not appear to be carcinogenic.” Authors also acknowledged that […]

Cannabis leaves and flowers can also vary in hue, offering a full palette of marijuana colors to please the eye. Several different factors can influence marijuana colors, including temperature, nutrient levels, the acidity or alkalinity of the soil or other growing medium, and the quality of the light. Green is the predominant color of most flowering […]

The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would require Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop obstructing the DEA’s review of 26 applications from potential marijuana manufacturers. The Medical Cannabis Research Act, introduced in April by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R–Fla.), would require the Department of Justice to federally license at least two additional manufacturers of […]

When you look at the resin glands or trichomes of a cannabis plant, most of the THC inside those glands is actually THCA. THCA is the acidic precursor of what most people think of as psychoactive THC, which is called delta-9-THC. Through a process called decarboxylation, which refers to the transfer of carbon atoms triggered […]

The psychiatric research journal JAMA Psychiatry has just published a new study suggesting CBD could have antipsychotic effects in individuals at clinical high risk of psychosis. For this study, researchers wanted to try to isolate the specific chemical alterations that give CBD its therapeutic and potentially antipsychotic effects. The investigation revealed that all three brain […]

Overshadowed by the hoopla about CBD, a growing body of evidence points to the effectiveness of THC to treat a spectrum of disorders. CBD alone has already been demonstrated to be medically effective, but researchers determined that adding a “conservative” amount of THC strengthened results. Research at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children found that use […]

An administrative law judge in Phoenix has upheld the Arizona Department of Health Services’ denial of a petition to add autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to the list of debilitating conditions covered by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. The petition to include autism, the judge ruled, “failed to provide evidence that the use of marijuana will […]

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 […]