A new research study shows how cannabigerol, the common cannabinoid known as CBG, killed a variety of strains of MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria. The researchers went further than previous studies by moving beyond the petri dish and testing CBD on rodents. Their results could be the first step in making CBG the newest antibiotic on […]

After nearly 4 years of what some researchers saw as foot dragging, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced it will evaluate 37 applications to grow marijuana for medical research and proposed new rules for the prospective growers that outline how the cannabis-growing program would work. George Hodgin, CEO of the Biopharmaceutical Research Company, one of […]

Plant phenotyping is a process that growers can apply to assess traits—the outward expression of a plant’s genetic makeup and the environment it grows in. Common traits include height, color, flower yield, photosynthetic efficiency and terpene composition, to name a few. It’s a process that used to be terribly slow and unpredictable. Digital phenotyping is […]

Public health officials are advising that smokers ditch the puff, puff, pass culture associated with smoking weed. Public health officials in states with legal recreational pot are warning residents to be careful how they consume it—and who they consume it with. See the original article at Route Fifty

A study published ahead of print by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. suggests that cannabidiol (CBD) can help to slow the decay of brain cells. Researchers specifically investigated CBD‘s effectiveness against the neurotoxicity of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), a molecule that has been considered as a potential culprit in severe pathological conditions such as cancer, strokes, and neurodegenerative diseases. See […]

A recent study has revealed that the endocannabinoid system may provide a novel treatment for alcoholism. Researchers have found that cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2) is able to block the reward pathway for alcohol consumption. Dampening the positive effects felt when consuming alcohol will hopefully lower the need to drink felt by those suffering from alcohol […]

According to a new study, cannabinoids CBC (cannabichromene) and CBG (cannabigerol) both exhibit anti-tumor properties, tested on human gastrointestinal cancer cells. CBC and CBG were both shown to induce significantly higher rates of necrosis in GI cancer cells compared to other cannabinoids, thus strengthening previously obtained results. See the original article on Cannabis Business Times

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Scientists have identified a molecule in the brain that may help to protect the body from anxiety, and could help explain people’s use of marijuana in times of stress. In a study conducted in mice, researchers looked at the molecule 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG). Normally, 2-AG maintains a break in a connection between the two regions. However, the […]

Researchers found that after cannabis legalization, binge-drinking rates for college students showed a greater drop than their peers in states where cannabis remains illegal. Binge drinking was defined in the study as having five or more drinks in a single sitting within the previous two weeks. See the original article at Ganjapreneur

Researchers at Italy’s University of Salento have discovered two new cannabinoids – THCP and CBDP – and THCP could be more potent than THC. In tests on mice, researchers found that THCP showed “an affinity for CB1 receptor more than thirty-fold higher compared to the one reported for THC.” See the original article at Ganjapreneur

A new SpaceX mission will transport coffee and cannabis plant cultures to space in order to study the effects of zero gravity on their metabolic pathways. Coffee and hemp samples from Front Range Biosciences will board a SpaceX CRS-20 cargo flight, scheduled for liftoff in March, 2020. The samples will then head to the International […]

A new study found that cannabis users performed normally in driving tests 24 and 48 hours after consuming the substance. The study, using a driving simulator, allowed participants to control their own cannabis consumption, which varied the THC in the blood of the subjects and ranged from zero to 42 nanograms per milliliter. See the […]

A new study shows that marijuana legalization might be making the roadways safer by helping to reduce drunk driving accidents. The study shows an 18% reduction in drunk driving accidents after Washington state made the move to legalize marijuana. See the original article at Cannabis Now

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the additive vitamin E acetate is the likely cause of the nation’s rash of lung injuries caused by vaping. Vitamin E acetate is a synthetic form of the nutrient that is commonly used in nutritional supplements, foods, and personal care products. When taken orally or applied topically, […]

New research found that binge drinking in US states that legalized the drug has dropped 9% below the national average. Excessive drinking in states with a legal cannabis market is also 11% lower than states where cannabis remains illegal. While the study found that alcohol consumption rates in the US fell up to 2016, the […]

If you knew that only 6% of your CBD gummies would enter your bloodstream to do their job, would you still purchase them? Amid the current frenzy surrounding cannabis and its therapeutic benefits, it’s easy to gloss over the bioavailability of cannabis products. CBD and THC oils resist absorption into the bloodstream because the human body […]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the casualty rate for the as-yet-unexplained health condition is “leveling off or even declining.” “It’s serious and potentially fatal, but it is preventable,” said CDC principal deputy director Anne Schuchat to reporters. She said that the dip in cases might be due to the measures that authorities have […]

Parkinson’s patients will receive cannabis oil in a “pioneering” clinical trial that aims to demonstrate the benefits, safety and efficacy of the treatment to help with hallucinations and delusions, two frightening symptoms of the disease. Parkinson’s UK said the trial is particularly important as an increasing number of people are using expensive and unregulated cannabis […]

Research published Monday in The Journal of Neuroscience shows how CBD may offset THC’s more negative side effects, turning a THC high from an anxious experience into a relaxed or euphoric one.  Roger Hudson, a Ph.D. candidate and Vanier scholar at The University of Western Ontario says, “Our study identifies for the first time a novel molecular mechanism by […]

Research from King’s College London has found that a single dose of CBD can help reduce brain function abnormalities seen in people with psychosis. Results from a new MRC-funded trial, published in JAMA Psychiatry, provide the first evidence of how cannabidiol acts in the brain to reduce psychotic symptoms. See the original article at Neuroscience News

New research suggests CBD can help antibiotics fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The research, conducted by a team of scientists based in the United Kingdom and published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, examined a strain of E. coli bacteria and its release of “membrane vesicles,” which bacteria use to communicate and spread. The […]

Researchers at Harvard University’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have found a cannabis flavonoid to have “significant therapy potential” for treating pancreatic cancer. In studies, the flavonoid derivative – FBL-03G – killed tumor cells in 70 percent of mice with pancreatic cancer. Wilfred Ngwa, PhD, an assistant professor at Harvard and one of the study’s researchers said […]

A new breakthrough in THC water solubility via a proprietary emulsification technique and ingredient management process offers improvements in the uptake in cannabis-infused liquids. The breakthrough was announced by Dixie Brands, which will showcase the proprietary process via the launch of a new product line of flavoured and unflavoured drink additives called FUSE later this […]

In a study published this week in the journal Economic Inquiry, researchers found that the legalization of adult-use cannabis reduced opioid overdose deaths by 21%. “Our principal finding is that recreational marijuana access significantly decreases opioid mortality, with the most pronounced effects for synthetic opioids,” the researchers concluded. The effect “stems primarily from access via dispensaries […]

CBDV, or cannabidivarin, is one of many molecules derived from cannabis and hemp plants. Like CBD, CBDV is not intoxicating when isolated, so it won’t cause the euphoric high associated with high-THC cannabis. Much of the research around CBDV has centered around its effect on seizures. GW Pharmaceuticals, which developed the first FDA-approved CBD drug […]

Up to 30 percent of veterans develop the symptoms of PTSD throughout their lifetime. That’s roughly 11 to 20 returning veterans out of every 100 from the Gulf War, and up to 30 out of every 100 from the Vietnam war. There is no cure for PTSD. But recently scientists have made breakthroughs in understanding how PTSD can […]

A new study found that “adolescent cannabis use is not associated with structural brain differences in adulthood.” The researchers added: “Even boys with the highest level of cannabis exposure in adolescence showed subcortical brain volumes and cortical brain volumes and thickness in adulthood that were similar to boys with almost no exposure to cannabis throughout […]

Mixed martial arts league Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced the details of their partnership with Aurora Cannabis for clinical trials to study the efficacy of CBD on wound care, recovery, injury, pain, and inflammation. Dr. Duncan French, UFC vice president of performance, said the collaboration with Aurora “is the best way to educate ourselves and […]

It’s official – cannabis use does not make you stupid. A 2012 study that found that cannabis lowers IQ has just been refuted by new research. What is notable is that the scientists involved in the original 2012 research has reversed her earlier findings. Even when the research was originally published, the same journal published […]

A new study shows that the cannabis extraction process, as sophisticated as it may be, removes significant active ingredients from the plant-based source material — including the material that, for most consumers, determines what strain is their favorite. For the Planta Medica article, a research team led by Michelle Sexton used liquid chromatography to see […]

Why does marijuana cause one person to experience a pleasurable high, and another to experience paralyzing paranoia? A July 5 study out of Western University in Ontario, Canada, may bring us one step closer to an answer. Published in Scientific Reports, the study is one of the few to explore what it deems the “divergent […]

The U.S. government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. Scientists have asked for weed that more closely matches what’s sold in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana, the National Institute on Drug Abuse said in an […]

Smoked cannabis and tobacco do not differ immensely from the compounds they emit when combusted, despite some folklore. Agreeably, organically grown cannabis does not contain some of the more frightening additives of cigarettes. For example, acrolein (or tear gas), is found in cigarettes to increase the availability of nicotine. The smoke of cannabis, defined as […]