HEALTH & MEDICINE

  • How Cannabinoids Work: Part II – Paths Through the Body
    by Itzhak Kurek, PhD on November 17, 2018 at 1:14 AM

    Though medical cannabis research is expanding daily, for patients and their health-care professionals, it’s challenging to understand the interaction between many variables at play to determine dosages, the type of cannabis, and importantly, the delivery system. Even if you know exactly how much of an active ingredient such as THC you’re getting, how you take [... […]

  • How Cannabinoids Work: Part I – Paths Into the Body
    by Itzhak Kurek, PhD on November 16, 2018 at 1:55 AM

    Researchers have made great strides in discovering how medical cannabis works in the body, but individual patients may still wonder how it can help them, and in what form and what dose. The journey to figuring out the answer can be frustrating, as even experienced medical cannabis consumers often don’t know the specifics when it [... […]

  • U. of Mississippi Studies Marijuana to Treat Child Seizures
    by Associated Press on November 15, 2018 at 8:30 PM

    By Jeff Amy, The Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A study of whether ingredients extracted from marijuana can reduce seizures in children is moving ahead in Mississippi. The University of Mississippi Medical Center announced in early November 2018 that the six-month trial began in October 2018 after years of bureaucratic obstacles. The state Legislature [... […]

  • Q+A: How Can Marijuana be a Safe Pain Medicine for Seniors?
    by Shelley Levitt on November 14, 2018 at 1:31 AM

    Question: I’ve got a very hip grandma and she wants to share my weed for relief from her aches and pains. Is marijuana safe for seniors? Answer: Grandma’s not alone. Marijuana use is booming among the baby boomer generation. According to one demographic analysis, consumption of marijuana by Americans 65 and older increased by 250 [... […]

  • U.S. Government Seeking Research into Cannabinoids, Terpenes
    by Marijuana Moment on November 13, 2018 at 12:20 AM

    Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the marijuana compound known for getting you high — is the most well-know cannabis constituent. In recent years, cannabidiol (CBD) has garnered attention for its non-intoxicating medicinal properties. Now, the federal government is recruiting researchers to investigate how the dozens of other lesser-known cannabinoids and terpenes work and whether they can treat [... […]

  • The US Government is Hiring Professional Marijuana Joint Rollers…Kind Of
    by Marijuana Moment on November 12, 2018 at 8:41 PM

    The federal government is hiring professional joint rollers, according to a recent notice published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). OK, that’s oversimplifying the job quite a bit. But twisting up “standardized marijuana cigarettes” with strains of various potencies will be one of the responsibilities of whatever small business lands a contract with [... […]

  • Thesis Finds Conservatives Follow the Leader on Legalization
    by Marijuana Moment on November 3, 2018 at 12:40 AM

    The partisan divide over marijuana legalization has steadily narrowed in the U.S. in recent years. But if you want even more voters from across the political spectrum to get behind reform, then more center-right lawmakers need to endorse legalization. That’s the finding of a recent paper that explored political attitudes in Brazil, at least. In [... […]

  • Southern Illinois U. Planning to Offer Courses in Cannabis
    by Associated Press on November 1, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University is creating new programs for students who want to know more about cannabis. The school announced in late October 2018 that it’s creating programs at the Carbondale campus to study medical marijuana and industrial hemp. Officials hope the programs will give students and farmers a chance to earn [... […]

  • Legal Marijuana Helps Reduce Opioid Dangers, Studies Reveal
    by Marijuana Moment on October 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM

    Another day, another round of studies suggesting that legalizing marijuana can help mitigate the harms of the opioid epidemic. This time, one study published Oct. 25, 2018, in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence looked at how adult-use legalization impacted opioid prescriptions. And a separate research paper published Oct. 20, 2018, explored how medical cannabis [... […]

  • Q+A: How Can Marijuana Ease Aggravation of Menstrual Pain?
    by Shelley Levitt on October 30, 2018 at 10:00 PM

    Most women experience at least some mild aches and discomfort before and during menstruation. For an unfortunate minority, period cramps go beyond an annoyance to a severity that can be debilitating, disrupting the lives of these women and leaving them sidelined from regular activities for a few days each month. Is it possible that cannabis [... […]