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Wed
15
Jun

Study finds weekly cannabis use has minimal impairment on physical health

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A study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence explored the association between cannabis use and physical health among 308 sets of twins.

Research on the influence of cannabis use on cardiovascular functions, pulmonary functions, and other indicators is still growing, but one new study has shed new light on the topic. ‚ÄúThe effects of cannabis use on physical health: A co-twin control study,‚ÄĚ published in the journal¬†Drug and Alcohol Dependence¬†explored the relationship between cannabis use and physical health among 308 sets of twins, with the results suggesting that cannabis use is not associated with detrimental physical effects.

Tue
14
Jun

As incidents rise, what to do if your pet ingests marijuana

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Dr. Ashley Serfis sees dozens of pets a week at the Greenfield Animal Hospital. And while most energetic pups are high off of life, Serfis has seen more and more pets that are actually high.

According to research by PLOS One, the legalization of marijuana has led to an increase of pets getting their paws on pot resulting in cannabis-induced toxicosis.

  • According to a study published by PLOS One, veterinarians reported a significant increase in the number of pets experiencing marijuana poisoning
  • Researchers say easier access to edible forms of marijuana is the likely cause of the uptick in pet poisonings
Tue
14
Jun

Higher cannabis use predicts lower sleep efficiency: study

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That said, using marijuana recreationally may be beneficial for sleep onset

U.S. research exploring the relationship between self-reported recreational cannabis use and sleep outcomes found consumers fell asleep faster than non-users but experienced more nighttime awakenings.

Tue
14
Jun

State medical cannabis industry still growing

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It’s been more than five years since the West Virginia Legislature approved the use of medical cannabis in West Virginia. Dispensaries are opening across the state, but the industry is still in its infancy.

The first medical cannabis dispensary in West Virginia opened in Morgantown in November 2021. Since then, the state has slowly but surely built up its capacity to serve patients.

In an email to West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Jason Frame, director of the state’s Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC), said that seven of the state’s 10 licensed cultivators are now operational, but only 17 of a potential 100 licensed dispensaries are open.

Mon
13
Jun

Cannabis goes head-to-head with big pharma in new Zelira Therapeutics pain med study

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Zelira Therapeutics, a global leader in the research, development and commercialization of clinically validated cannabinoid medicines, is about to begin a first-ever clinical trial of its own proprietary pain formula for the treatment of diabetic nerve pain against an as-yet-unidentified brand name pain medication, the company announced. (Benzinga)

The trial will evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of Zelira’s patent-protected product.

Mon
13
Jun

THC, CBD, & CBN: Can cannabis protect the brain from Alzheimer’s?

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Salk Institute Neurobiologist Zhibin Liang discusses the neuroprotective effects of a cannabis compound known as cannabinol, and the road ahead to validate and build on the research of his team’s recent findings.

Scientists have been exploring the therapeutic effects of medical cannabis for a host of health conditions, including neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Among the many compounds of cannabis, the best known are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which have received the bulk of the research community’s attention. However, lesser known compounds, such as cannabinol (CBN), are also making their way into research. Early study results suggest that CBN, for example, may be able to help protect brain cells in aging and neurodegenerative processes. 

Mon
13
Jun

Medical cannabis for TMJ? Here’s what the science says

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While there are only a few studies focusing on cannabis exclusively for TMJ disorders compared to other illnesses, their results have been promising.

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders affect the jaw as well as the muscles responsible for controlling movement in the jaw. The temporomandibular joint functions similarly to a sliding hinge and connects the skull and jawbone. The human body has one of these jaws on each side.

Fri
10
Jun

Cannabis use and pro-social behavior

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Scientists link weed smoking to greater empathy, agreeableness, and moral fairness.

Following the horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, last week, Fox News host Laura Ingraham blithely blamed the perpetrator‚Äôs ‚Äúpsychotic behavior‚ÄĚ on his alleged marijuana use. Then she claimed without evidence that cannabis legalization is having ‚Äúviolent consequences‚ÄĚ for ‚Äúan entire generation of Americans.‚ÄĚ

For all the wrong reasons, Ingraham is right about one thing: cannabis can have a profound influence on social behavior. Depending on dose, strain, and other factors, it may induce a range of emotions and behaviors: withdrawn introspection and peaceful calm, playfulness and joy, and sometimes anxiety or irritability.

Thu
09
Jun

Is hemp shampoo good for your scalp?

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Hemp Shampoo is amazing for dry, itching scalps. Hemp is the sister plant of cannabis. Like cannabis, hemp also produces CBD (cannabidiol).

Hemp is grown specifically for medicinal and industrial purposes. Hemp is rich in healthy, fatty acids like omega-3, which makes for an exceptionally nourishing shampoo.

To use, squirt shampoo into the palm of your hand and lather into wet hair. Be sure to work the shampoo through your roots, down to the ends of your hair. Rinse your hair until the water runs clear.

Thu
09
Jun

Cannabis for chronic pain: New research questions its effectiveness

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Many people experience chronic pain or pain that lasts for an extended period. Experts are constantly researching new methods of pain relief and new medication options. One area of interest is the use of cannabis products as a method of pain relief.

A recent systematic review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that cannabis products might help treat chronic pain in the short term. However, medical professionals need to weigh this against the potential drawbacks of increased dizziness and sedation. It is also unclear whether or not these products are helpful in the long term.

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