HEALTH & MEDICINE

  • University of Utah to Study Cannabinoids’ Effects on the Brain
    by Jessica Peralta on May 18, 2018 at 10:00 PM

    University of Utah health researchers plan to look for trial participants in early 2019 for a new study of advanced brain-imaging technology to map out personalized effects of cannabinoids. The study was funded through a $740,000 private donation in April 2018 by the Linden, Utah-based Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation and the San Diego, California-based [... […]

  • Fall in Love Again With Your Favorite Flower for National Love a Tree Day
    by Lauren Williams on May 16, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Plant biochemist Dr. Itzhak Kurek is the chief executive and co-founder of Cannformatics, a San Francisco-based startup focused on scientifically matching dosage and cannabis strains for consumers. Kurek is a biotech leader with more than 25 years of experience who has conducted research at the Tel Aviv University,  Technical University of Munich, John Innes Center [... […]

  • San Diego Researchers Get $4.7M Grant to Study CBD as Pediatric Autism Treatment
    by Jessica Peralta on May 15, 2018 at 11:20 PM

    The University of California San Diego (UCSD) Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research received a $4.7 million grant in April 2018 that may help shed some light on whether cannabidiol can help alleviate the symptoms of severe autism in children. “It’s potentially extremely important … there really are very limited options for treating those negative behaviors [... […]

  • Study: Marijuana Users Report Lower Levels of Anxiety, Depression and Stress
    by Marijuana.com Staff on May 10, 2018 at 12:00 AM

    By McLean Swanson May has been observed as the United States’ Mental Health Awareness Month Since 1949, and this year, May marks an important milestone in the fight to raise awareness of pervasive mental afflictions, including depression, stress and anxiety across the country. The Journal of Affective Disorders’ “A naturalistic examination of the perceived effects [... […]

  • Study: Lower Mortality, Smaller Hospital Bills for Burn Patients Who Used Marijuana
    by Don Jergler on May 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM

    Another study appears to support the medicinal value of cannabis has emerged. Burn trauma patients who test positive for marijuana when admitted to the hospital are less likely to die and typically incur lower hospital costs compared with other patients, according to the new data. The data were compiled by investigators at the University of [... […]

  • Study: Some Thinning Agents Release Carcinogens When Vaped
    by Lauren Williams on May 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Thinning agents used to make cannabis oil in vaping products could expose users to potentially harmful levels of formaldehyde, a recent study has found. Scientists examined the compounds released when cannabis oil made for vaping was heated to a high temperature effectively simulating vaping conditions. In doing so, they found some types of thinning agents [... […]

  • ‘Spice’ Use May Be Declining, But Hundreds Continue to be Poisoned by Synthetic Marijuana
    by Lauren Williams on April 20, 2018 at 9:00 PM

    The synthetic cannabis product typically sold as “spice” or “fake pot” promises all the benefits of smoking weed without any repercussions, but health agencies have reported a variety of serious and sometimes fatal consequences. Synthetic cannabinoids — often called “spice,” “smoke” or “K2”— are herbal blends that include basil and oregano sprayed with chemicals and [... […]

  • FDA Could Approve First Cannabis-Based Drug in US For Treating Epilepsy in Children
    by Associated Press on April 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM

    By Matthew Perrone WASHINGTON (AP) — A closely watched medicine made from cannabis reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday. British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals is seeking permission to sell its purified form of an ingredient found in cannabis — one that doesn’t [... […]

  • Hemp Oil Produces Meditative Effects, Italy Researchers Find
    by Lauren Williams on April 13, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    By Lauren Williams A groundbreaking study performed by a group of Italian scientists found that breathing in hemp essential oil can have calming effects similar to meditation and yoga. This research indicates that the psychological and physical effects of using cannabis products go far beyond THC and CBD content. “It’s not just THC or CBD [... […]

  • Studies Link Legal Marijuana With Fewer Opioid Prescriptions
    by Associated Press on April 2, 2018 at 6:06 PM

    By Malcolm Ritter  AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids. But some [... […]