Current Challenges in Cannabis-Based Medicine

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In the field of cannabis research and cannabinoid science, few researchers have made as large an impact as Dr. Ethan Russo. Russo has written field-defining papers about standardizing cannabis, pain management with cannabinoids, and the proposed…

Does the Endocannabinoid System hold the Secret to Ending Migraine Headaches?

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The endocannabinoid system, which is the body’s system of natural cannabinoids, receptors that metabolize cannabinoids of any source, and enzymes that control that interaction, is one of the few body-wide systems that has direct interaction…

CBD, Fear And Memory

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In previous entries, we’ve covered how cannabis might affect memory and memory consolidation. The basic idea has been that cannabis might prevent the formation of traumatic memory. However, until now, we haven’t seen any research dealing…

Cannabis and the Elderly

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When you picture the average cannabis user, what do you imagine?Chances are you’re not imagining a senior citizen.Due to cannabis’ reputation as a counter-culture recreational drug, many people assume the average cannabis user to be…

Anti-Viral Activity in CBD?

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Chances are every person reading this has some connection to hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver, which can lead to liver failure and death. Unfortunately, there are many potential causes of hepatitis. Excessive alcohol consumption can cause…

Genetics Modify Response to Cannabis: A Look at the COMT Gene

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Last week we talked about the need for genetic testing of both the cannabis plant itself and of patients. Speaking in broad terms, we noted that slight alterations in human DNA can lead to noticeable differences in reactions to cannabis. This…

How Adolescent Social Experiences Affect The Endcocannabinoid System

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Lately movies like The Wolf of Wall Street and TV shows like Narcos have managed a difficult task: making villains likable. In some cases, despite all morality, we find ourselves rooting against the clear “good guys” and hoping the “bad…

A Practical Look at Cannabis Extract and Sleep

Estimating the number of individuals suffering from sleep disorder is difficult if only because of the variety of sources. While sleep can be interrupted by chronic pain, as is often the case for arthritis patients, other sources such as gastrointestinal…

A Lot To "Digest": Cannabinoids in the Gastrointestinal System

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As a society, we are indebted to researchers who’ve dedicated entire lives to investigating less popular subjects. Early on, medical researchers heightened interest in cannabis miffed a lot of the scientific community as a whole, who thought…

Keeping It Together: Cannabinoid Receptors Found In Connective Tissue Regions

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Cannabinoid receptors are known to be located all throughout the body. Although most abundant in the central and peripheral nervous system and in immune system cells, cannabinoid receptors are also thought to reside in other types of tissues.…