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Wed
02
Mar

Study: Cannabis lowers your BMI and fights inflammation in the human body

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Using cannabis as part of a healthy lifestyle and diet to bring your weight down is a great, natural way to keep inflammation at bay.

The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis has been recognized for many years. Scientists understood that compounds within the cannabis plant that helped humans (and animals) heal from disorders caused by inflammation, which is also linked to obesity. This is important because chronic inflammation is responsible for half of all the deaths worldwide.

Tue
01
Mar

Caryophyllene: What is this terpene and why should you care about it right now?

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Caryophyllene has the special ability to bind to CB2 receptors, making its therapeutic benefits even more pronounced, which is a fantastic benefit for those seeking relief from inflammation and pain.

Scientists have identified around 400 terpenes, though only a fraction of them are well-known. These aromatic compounds exist not just in cannabis but in other plants too. They are best known for the unique aromas they give plants including cannabis, but they also have a host of health benefits and have an influence on the effect of strains.

There are some popular terpenes including linalool, myrcene, and limonene. But today, we’re going to discuss caryophyllene, and why this is the terpene you should be paying attention to.

Mon
28
Feb

Marijuana, metabolism & the munchies: Does cannabis cause weight gain?

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So you’ve smoked a bit of weed. You’re chilled out, feeling relaxed, and chuckling at the TV. But you’re also really, really hungry. You’re overcome with a sudden desire to eat and faced with no other option but to raid the kitchen cupboards for a bag of crisps or box of cereal – and why does everything taste so good? 

Introducing one of the most notorious side effects of cannabis, ‘the munchies’. For years, researchers have assumed that the appetite-stimulating effects of cannabis pose a risk of weight gain for frequent cannabis users, but this doesn’t seem to be the case. The munchies don’t actually cause you to put on weight – but why is this?

Mon
28
Feb

Arizona health department seeks info, cost estimates for marijuana clinical trials

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The Arizona Department of Health Services wants to know who has the desire and credentials to do human studies on whether marijuana can treat health conditions such as autism. The agency is also asking researchers to estimate their yearly cost to do clinical trials.

The callout is a step toward issuing competitive grants — potentially worth $25 million over five years — to pay for marijuana clinical trials.

Priority review will eventually go to human studies that would focus on conditions such as epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder and pain.

Dr. Tally Largent-Milnes, assistant professor of pharmacology at the University of Arizona, wants to someday learn if cannabis can treat migraines.   

Fri
25
Feb

Ireland: People with chronic pain want access to medical cannabis

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Advocates suffering from chronic pain have launched the ‘What About Us’ campaign outside Leinster House, the seat of the Irish parliament in Dublin.

In Ireland, people with chronic pain are seeking legal access to medical cannabis, arguing that the current scheme is too restrictive.

Ireland’s medical marijuana program has only three qualifying conditions: plasticity associated with MS, nausea associated with chemotherapy and treatment-resistant epilepsy.

What About Us? Campaign

Advocates suffering from chronic pain have launched the ‘What About Us’ campaign outside Leinster House, the seat of the Irish parliament in Dublin.

Fri
25
Feb

Arizona gets a C- on medical cannabis report card

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On a scale of acceptable to horrendous, Arizona ranks as mediocre when it comes to patient access to medical cannabis, according to Washington, D.C.-based patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access.

In its latest State of the States Report, ASA said that Arizona's passing grade is largely because of its emphasis on recreational adult-use cannabis diverting resources away from the medical cannabis program.

“As the state rolls out its adult-use program over the top of the existing medical infrastructure, products for medical patients (high dosage edibles, lotions, suppositories, RSO) have become scarce while products for adult-use consumers have become ubiquitous,” the report stated.

Fri
25
Feb

Researchers say adolescent use of weed and amphetamines does not adversely affect future life success

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Those who ditch their habits before the age of 30 “do not have lower economic and relationship success, and life quality.”

A new study out of Australia suggests that the future life success of adolescent cannabis and amphetamine consumers is not affected if they break the habit before the age of 30.

Wed
23
Feb

National Institute on Drug Abuse to fund studies on legal marijuana

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NIDA seeks to characterize the composition/potency, the pattern of use, and methods of administration of cannabis products

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the lead federal agency supporting scientific research on drug use and its consequences, is promoting federally funded research in cannabis expressing interest in studies on differing cannabis regulatory models and consumption patterns across the U.S., reported Marijuana Moment.

On Friday, the agency issued a notice of interest with instructions for researchers on how to apply for funding.

Tue
22
Feb

Are CBD oil benefits too good to be true?

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It has been met with skepticism, and rightfully so, but as time has moved on, it might be time to reconsider the benefits of CBD oil...

It’s only been a few years since CBD became a household name. At the time, it faced three significant obstacles. The first was skepticism, and rightfully so. Many supplement vendors and enthusiasts made several health claims before preliminary research had a chance to address them. Complicating matters was the lack of quality control, which fortunately improved as companies became more competitive.

Tue
22
Feb

Top 10 reasons to start eating nutritious superfood hemp today

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Planet Based Foods highlights why this sustainable, nutrient-rich, superfood is gaining popularity and popping up on restaurant menus

As more people warm up to the idea of a plant-based diet, this plant is not only good for you, it’s also good for the planet. Packed with nutrients and easily harvested, hemp is poised to become a meal-time game changer.

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