HEALTH & MEDICINE

  • Cannabis May Qualify for Study Grants as ‘Natural Product’
    by Marijuana Moment on December 11, 2018 at 1:05 AM

    Federally funded research into marijuana seems to be escalating, with one government agency recently posting a roundup of current “cannabinoid-related funding opportunities” for studies investigating the plant’s therapeutic potential. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) on Dec. 8, 2018, shared a list of four research grant opportunities for studies on “natural products” [... […]

  • Surgeon General: Schedule I Hinders Researching Marijuana
    by Marijuana Moment on December 7, 2018 at 10:43 PM

    U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said the federal government should rethink how it classifies drugs like marijuana Dec. 6, 2018, voicing concern that the plant’s current status as a strictly controlled Schedule I substance inhibits research. Adams, who’s previously expressed interest in expanding research into the use of cannabinoids for therapeutic purposes, made the comment [... […]

  • Study: Vaporizing Flower Produces A More Intense High Than Traditional Smoking Methods
    by Marijuana Moment on December 4, 2018 at 6:54 PM

    Vaping marijuana flower gets you higher than smoking it, according to a new study published in an American Medical Association journal. To test the difference, researchers started by recruiting 17 people who’d consumed cannabis in the past year but had abstained for at least one month. Each individual participated in six sessions that lasted 8 1/2 [... […]

  • Study: Cannabis and Beer-Flavoring Hops Were Once ‘Siblings’
    by Marijuana Moment on November 29, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Your favorite bud and brew have a bit more in common than you might think, according to a recent study. A researcher reviewed the biological classification of marijuana throughout history in the study, which was published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. One finding was that marijuana as we know it today “lost a [... […]

  • Federal Cannabis Studies Panel to Tiptoe Around Prohibition
    by Marijuana Moment on November 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    A federal agency is sponsoring a workshop in December 2018 that will touch on various aspects of marijuana research, specifically focusing on how to study cannabinoids under the “current regulatory framework” of prohibition. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, recently posted a description of the workshop [... […]

  • 2 Studies Examine Marijuana’s Effectiveness for Pain Relief
    by Marijuana Moment on November 25, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Marijuana’s ability to mitigate pain is well-established in scientific literature — and two new studies offer fresh evidence of how cannabis can be beneficial to patients suffering from different kinds of pain. 1. People Who Consume Marijuana Experience Lower Levels of Pain and Have Higher Pain Tolerance Compared With Those Who Abstain. After recruiting 66 [... […]

  • 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 [... […]