Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Endocannabinoid System

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What is PTSD? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can arise when a person experiences a traumatic or life-threatening event. In these situations our body activates its fight or flight response to respond quickly and accordingly by either fending off the threat or fleeing the dangerous situation. However depending on genetic predisposition […]

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One Death Doesn’t Mean Marijuana Edibles Are Dangerous, It Means We Need Better Education and Labeling: Regulation keeps them from being an iffy proposition.

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By April M. Short  The recent death of a 19-year-old exchange student has led to a surge of concerns about the safety and regulation of edible products in Colorado. Levy Thamba of the Republic of Congo allegedly ate marijuana edibles in Denver during spring break with friends in March, then jumped from a hotel room balcony […]

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How High Can You Get Off That Pot Brownie? Regulating Marijuana Edibles Keeps Them From Being an Iffy Proposition

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By April M. Short   From cookies, chocolate and ice cream to gummy bears, soda and trail mix, many U.S. marijuana dispensaries can resemble a THC-filled sweet shop. Marijuana edibles are a popular, sometimes necessary, alternative for patients with serious illnesses or those who simply don’t want to breath smoke. And they generally taste delicious. But because […]

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Pesticides in Cannabis

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Spider mites, aphids, thrips, and white flies can be pesky issues to deal with when doing indoor cultivation and the means growers use to deal with them aren’t always patient friendly. They say an ounce of prevention for a pound of cure, and that’s the ideal method for preventing infestations while keeping the interest of […]

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Studies Finds Link Between Autism and Cannabinoids

http://www.autismdailynewscast.com By Laurel Joss A new study shows that mutations associated with autism block the action of brain molecules that act on the same receptors that marijuana’s active chemical acts on. Endocannabinoids are molecules that affect memory, learning, pain, and other important processes. They share a similar chemical structure with THC, the primary psychoactive component of […]

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Cannabis and Asthma

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Asthma is an inflammatory condition that constricts the airways and causes increased mucus production. The lungs of an asthmatic are inflammed making them sensitive to a variety of triggers such as allergens or exercise. The presence of such triggers can cause further agitation leading to an asthma attack where the smooth muscles around the lungs […]

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Alzheimer’s and Cannabis

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Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a neurological disorder that is characterized by a loss of memory and learned behavior. Alzheimer’s normally occurs in adults 65 and older and has no cure. The pathology of the disease includes aggregates of the Aβ protein along with the hyperphosphorylation of tau protein, which ultimately leads to the formation of […]

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Unravelling the Cannabis Genome

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With many significant scientific studies coming out on the therapeutic benefits of the compounds in cannabis there has been a growing interest in understanding how these compounds are produced in the plant. In 2011 these interests resulted in the formation of the company Medicinal Genomics, the first group to sequence the cannabis genome. Kevin McKernan […]

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Cannabis For Weight Loss?

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Recently researchers have discovered that the prevalence of obesity is paradoxically much lower in cannabis users as compared to non-users and that this difference is not accounted for by tobacco smoking status and is still present after adjusting for variables such as sex and age (Le Foll, 2013).  In abdominal obesity, the ECS is generally up-regulated in […]

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Preventing Cannabis-Induced Memory Deficits with OTC Pain Medication

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With the amount of research going into cannabinoid therapeutics, patients are more eager than ever to utilize cannabis as a medication. However one of the drawbacks of using cannabis regularly is its effects on memory, a problem which may be a thing of the past according to the findings of a study published last month […]

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