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Medical cannabis is gaining momentum in Asia

With Thailand’s legalization of medical cannabis in February, some experts predict that other Southeast Asian countries may move to decriminalize the plant.

If that happens, it could prove a significant opportunity for investors interested in the space.

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Psychedelic Research ‚ÄĒ A Scientific Renaissance with Promising Results

We live in a time that many refer to as a psychedelic renaissance, because scientists around the globe are rediscovering the psychedelic substances’ immense potential to heal.

This is the second time that the scientific world has shown interest in psychedelics, but unlike the somewhat questionable research methods of Timothy Leary and his contemporaries during the ’60s, the modern research is done by the book.

I find this newfound scientific interest to be a truly joyous event, because I’ve also experienced the benefits of these compounds first-hand.

What is psychedelic research?

This type of research studies the therapeutic use of psychedelic substances under supervised and guided conditions.

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Study: History of marijuana use associated with lower risk of liver disease

Subjects with a history of cannabis use are less likely than abstainers to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to longitudinal data published in the journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry.

A team of Spanish investigators assessed the relationship between cannabis use and liver steatosis over a three-year period. They determined that those subjects ‚Äúwho reported continuing cannabis use were at lower risk for developing NAFLD.‚ÄĚ

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Are CBD Inhalers the next big thing to help you breathe easy?

It may be that CBD inhalers‚ÄĒones that offer a precise dose of medication directly into the lungs for relief of symptoms like pain and perhaps, one day, asthma‚ÄĒare the next big thing in medical cannabis.

There have been promising studies on the effectiveness of using cannabinoids in an inhaler-type device, providing accurate dosing directly to the CB1 receptors.

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12
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The connection between cannabis and fertility

While cannabis has been shown to help enhance one’s sex life, the question remains about the efficacy of cannabis for those trying to conceive. A newly released study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal highlighted four key findings about the impact of cannabis use on fertility. 

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Thailand’s first batch of medical marijuana is ready for roll-out

Thailand made history in 2018 by becoming the first country in Asia to legalize medical marijuana. The first phase of the roll-out is about to begin, with 15,000 doses of medical-cannabis oil ready for distribution throughout the country by the end of the month.

This first batch is intended for people who are sure to require it for medical benefits, according to the Minister of Public Health, Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn. The second phase will have the medicine obtainable at every hospital starting in April 2020.

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Pennsylvania adds anxiety and tourette syndrome to Medical Marijuana Program

Later this July, Pennsylvania’s list of 21 conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatments will grow to 23. On Thursday, Pennsylvania’s Department of Health approved the addition of two new qualifying conditions: anxiety and Tourette Syndrome. According to Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, the decision to add the two conditions wasn’t an easy one. But ultimately, Levine approved the conditions in light of growing evidence that cannabis can be an affective adjunct to traditional anxiety and Tourette Syndrome treatments.

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Both CBD and psilocybin show potential in fighting alcohol use disorder

Regulating cannabis is often discussed in the same terms as regulating alcohol. But their impact on the human brain really is much different. Alcohol is a depressant, meaning it slows down vital functions like the ability to speak clearly and motor skills. Marijuana, meanwhile, can be a depressant, stimulant or a hallucinogen, depending on the type. 

Now, scientists are studying if hallucinogens, like CBD or LSD, can have an effect on Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). 

Two different studies, both published in May, showed that CBD and LSD could reduce the amount of alcohol consumed by individuals with AUD and potentially slow down or repair some of the harm done to the brain and liver. 

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Cannabis and mental health: Schizophrenia

About 1.1 percent of the worldwide population is diagnosed with schizophrenia. According to the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America, schizophrenia is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States, affecting 3.5 million people. 

The mental health condition can erase people’s memories of their days, past and even their reality. The SRDAA states that person must have at least two of the following symptoms to be diagnosed with schizophrenia, with one of the first three listed being one a person is suffering form:

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Let‚Äôs explore New Zealand‚Äôs ‚Äėmedicinal cannabis scheme‚Äô

New Zealand‚Äôs Ministry of Health have developed a ‚Äėmedicinal cannabis scheme.‚Äô Here we take a look at what this means for the use of medicinal cannabis in New Zealand.

In New Zealand, the Ministry of Health are developing a ‚Äėmedicinal cannabis scheme‚Äô which enables the domestic commercial cultivation and manufacture of medical cannabis. According to the ministry: ‚Äúenabling domestic cultivation and manufacture is expected to make quality medicinal cannabis products more readily available. This will remove a barrier for patients accessing medicinal cannabis, as health practitioners will be able to prescribe these products with confidence.‚ÄĚ

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