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

A new study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence confirms there are some careers where workers are more likely to show up under the influence of cannabis. These industries, in descending order, include installation / maintenance workers, sales people, entertainers / sports / media workers, construction workers and food service industry employees. See the original article at […]

Using the term ‘cannabis’ instead of ‘marijuana’ does not influence the public’s perception of or attitude toward the plant, according to research published in the journal PLOS One. However, the study did find differences in perception when the word ‘medical’ is used in conjunction with ‘marijuana’ or ‘cannabis.’ About 43 percent of respondents said that both ‘marijuana’ […]

Searches from the United States that mentioned “CBD” or “cannabidiol” were stable from 2004 through 2014 before substantial increases in search volumes of almost 126% in 2017 compared with 2016 and 160% during 2018 compared with 2017. There were 6.4 million Google searches for CBD during April 2019 and year-over-year forecasted search volumes are expected to increase […]

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 […]

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One concern that marijuana legalization opponents often voice is the fear that dispensaries will increase local criminal activity. But a new study found the opposite to be true. “The results imply that an additional dispensary in a neighborhood leads to a reduction of 17 crimes per month per 10,000 residents, which corresponds to roughly a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Researchers have found that the number of women in the United States who use cannabis during pregnancy is increasing, according to a study published this week in the medical journal JAMA. The percentage of pregnant women who had used cannabis the month prior to completing the survey increased from 3.4 percent in 2002 to 7 percent in […]

Scientists in Australia found that CBD killed all the strains of bacteria they tested in a lab, including some which are highly resistant to existing antibiotics. What’s more, the bacteria did not become resistant to the drug after being exposed for 20 days: the period when bacteria can survive currently used drugs. The team tested […]

A recent study from the University of Arkansas, where mice died after being given CBD, may change the public’s perception of CBD. But it shouldn’t. The study dosed mice on CBD to see what would happen to the little guys’ livers. Because mice are much smaller than humans, the researchers “allometrically scaled” the doses so […]

A recent U.S. survey found that if cannabis were made federally legal, 85% of consumers would use it as a treatment option for specific ailments, not necessarily just for recreation. The survey found 67 percent of respondents believed cannabis was “healthier” than their over-the-counter and prescription drugs. 69 percent said they believed cannabis was “more […]

Eos Scientific has commissioned research across a sample of more than 2000 UK adults exploring the growing shift in health-conscious millennials seeking CBD oil over prescriptions for mental health. According to the study, 38% of Brits, representing almost 17.5 million UK adults, would use CBD oil to manage their mental health (50% of those aged […]

According to a new study published in the journal Cannabis, in certain circumstances marijuana use can lead to positive experiences for couples. The study’s authors asked 183 married or cohabiting couples who consumed regularly to track their use for 30 days. In their analysis, the study’s authors determined that shared cannabis experiences increased the likelihood of […]

A new Italian study that looked at how different storage methods affected the deterioration of THC (cannabis’s intoxicating compound) over time shows that freezing cannabis is the most effective way to keep your marijuana fresh. Cannabis stored at room temperature in a bright room lost 13 percent of its THC content after 100 days. Meanwhile, cannabis stored […]

A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry, which analyzed data from a group of 1,037 New Zealanders followed from their birth until age 38, found that long-term cannabis use didn’t seem to have any lasting effects on physical health. The only bad effects pot seemed to have were on the teeth. At age 38, people who used […]

Researchers at the University of New Mexico (UNM) recently solved a major gap in scientific literature by using mobile software technology to measure the real-time effects of actual cannabis-based products used by millions of people every day. Contrary to popular media-reports and scientific dogma, the psychoactive chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol or “THC,” showed the strongest correlation with […]

A new study evaluating data collected by the World Health Organization has found that strict drug laws don’t do anything to prevent young people from using cannabis. The study was conducted by University of Kent professor Alex Stevens and looked at data collected from over 100,000 individuals across 38 countries. While many people have argued that loosening […]

U.S. states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes “can expect a moderate increase in birth rates,” according to researchers from the University of Connecticut. Researchers found that states with medical marijuana saw an increase of four births per 10,000 women. We just see more people having more sex and more kids,” said Professor David Simon, who with […]

Cannabis potency has doubled across Europe in the past decade, according to the first study to track changes in the drug across the continent. The study found that both cannabis resin and herbal cannabis have increased in strength and price with potentially harmful consequences for users. See the original article at The Guardian

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has released the latest update of its Monitoring the Future survey, which evaluates the drug habits of American eighth, tenth and twelfth graders. This newest survey shows that teen cannabis consumption has actually dropped since states began legalizing the substance in 2012. And while teens are more likely […]

A group of researchers from the University of Florida recently published a study showing that smoking marijuana may actually improve working memory. Despite a number of studies that show cannabis consumption may damage your memory, this study, which tested the working memory of 32 cannabis-smoking rats, suggests the opposite is true. See the original article […]

Industrial hemp plants could offer a much-needed late-season pollen boon for bees. Honeybee health has faltered in recent years, and conservationists worry about the fates of the many, less-studied wild bees. Bees in 23 out of the 66 genera known to live in Colorado were discovered seeking hemp pollen in what is thought to be the […]

A new study shows that cannabis users are less obese than those who do not use marijuana, suggesting that the drug could help support weight loss. Dr. Yan Le Strat, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Paris, in 2011 published an analysis of two sets of survey data. The first showed that 16.1 percent of cannabis […]

A meta-study of cannabis research reveals that female mammals — including humans — are more likely to habitually consume cannabis. The review of research published in the journal Frontiers examined a wide range of animal and human studies regarding cannabis use and the mammalian endocannabinoid system and compared that to changes in hormones and hormone-driven body systems […]

About 9% of US adults between the ages of 50 and 64 have used marijuana at least once during the survey year, while 3% of those over 65 have done so, new research finds. For middle-age adults, the percentage of cannabis users has doubled over nearly a decade, according to the study, published Thursday in […]

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” […]

The operation of medical cannabis dispensaries is not associated with increases in either violent crime or property crime, according to the findings of a discussion paper published by the IZA Research Institute. Researchers affiliated with the RAND Corporation investigated whether the establishment of medical cannabis dispensaries in California affects local crime rates – including rates […]

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 […]