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Mon
15
Jul

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

It may be that CBD inhalers—ones that offer a precise dose of medication directly into the lungs for relief of symptoms like pain and perhaps, one day, asthma—are 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.

Fri
12
Jul

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. 

Fri
12
Jul

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.

Fri
12
Jul

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.

Thu
11
Jul

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. 

Thu
11
Jul

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:

Thu
11
Jul

Let’s explore New Zealand’s ‘medicinal cannabis scheme’

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health have developed a ‘medicinal cannabis scheme.’ 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 ‘medicinal cannabis scheme’ which enables the domestic commercial cultivation and manufacture of medical cannabis. According to the ministry: “enabling 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.”

Tue
09
Jul

Study: People who purchase recreational marijuana desire pain relief and sleep

Many believe that the legalization of marijuana means that more people will now get to enjoy the drug for fun purposes, but a new study says that costumers are more interested in the health benefits of the plant.

Recent data published on the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs suggests that people are taking advantage of legal recreational marijuana in order to self-medicate.

Tue
09
Jul

Can cannabis treat anxiety? It's complicated

Many cannabis users and businesses are invested in the idea of cannabis as an anxiety treatment. The position invites skepticism: marijuana companies have a financial interest in promoting a maximalist view of the drug’s benefits, and in patients it can look like a rationalization for excessive use.

As with other health conditions, the available research is inconclusive and limited due to decades-old restrictions on medical marijuana research. To sort through some of the ambiguities surrounding cannabis and anxiety, I spoke to Jordan Tishler, a Boston-area doctor who has a cannabis-focused practice.

Tue
09
Jul

Israel’s Health Ministry announces new rules for medical cannabis

New steps outlined by the Health Ministry will make it easier for consumers of medical cannabis to access their medications, according to a ministry statement on Thursday.

“We are attentive to criticism and to improving in order to ease the suffering of patients,” Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman said. “We will continue to promote further activities on the matter.”

 

Part of the ministry’s plan is to supervise the pricing of cannabis to keep it under control. The supervision will take place under the authority and approval of a price committee, which will consist of representatives from the ministries of finance and economy.

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