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How To Use CBD To Fight Common Cold And Flu Symptoms

While CBD is no penicillin, it can be used as a supplement in fighting flu and cold symptoms.

We’ve reached that time of year when washing hands and avoiding errant sneezing particles is essential. Cases of the common cold usually begin in August, but no one wants to sick in the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s when parties are abundant and work becomes less so.


Despite Documented Munchies, Cannabis Users Are Thinner Than Non-Users

If you enjoy smoking cannabis, you’re likely aware of the munchies – which is the powerful urge to eat after a smoke sesh. However, what may come as a shock to many is that even smokers who get the munchies regularly are thinner than their counterparts who don’t use cannabis.

The link between cannabis and weight/appetite is not a recent development by any means, with research dating back to 1988 coming from John Hopkins University. The late 80s study found that subjects who smoke cannabis regularly also ate an average of 40% more calories than the non-smoking control group.


Reality Check: Does Using Cannabis Damage Your Fertility?

A recent study provides very interesting data for those of us who grew up hearing that marijuana lowers sperm count and may even cause atrophy or shrinkage of the testicles.

Infertility is big business. Five billion dollars is spent in the U.S. each year towards helping couples conceive a child. More importantly, infertility creates stress and hardship for the approximately 15% of couples who have trouble conceiving.

With an increase in both legal marijuana in the U.S. and consumer usage of the herb, researchers naturally wanted to know if fertility is reduced among couples in which one or both partners consume. The short answer is no.


Could cannabis be a 'silver bullet' in the fight against the opioid crisis?

A new study suggests cannabis could be a safer and more effective substitute for opioids in the treatment of chronic pain, but can it help fight the opioid crisis?

Researchers at the University of British Columbia and the B.C. Centre on Substance Use conducted over 5,000 interviews with 1,152 people who used heroin and other drugs and reported chronic pain at some point from June 2014 to June 2017. 

The participants were largely from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, and lead author M-J Milloy said the study aimed to discover "new interventions" that might "lower or address the risk of overdose" in heavy opioid users. 


U of S research looks into health benefits of cannabis for pets

A team at the University of Saskatchewan is setting the stage for future research into the potential health benefits of cannabis for pets.

While the project is still in its early stages, researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are looking into whether cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive chemical in cannabis, could be used as a long-term therapy to treat chronic vomiting in animals. 

In August, a team led by Dr. Al Chicoine and Dr. Kevin Cosford started preliminary work that must occur before any clinical trials can take place. Low doses of a CDB-rich extract were administered to 12 dogs from the WCVM’s teaching population. 


Marijuana & pregnancy: What we know

Limited research is creating real problems in understanding the impact of cannabis not only on an expectant mother, but her child as well.  

Could what we know about marijuana and pregnancy be factually incorrect? Studies dating back to the 1970s have shown marijuana has had effects on birth weight, length of gestation, and more. One recent study aimed to prove whether or not past research was sound in its findings. 


Cannabis is an ineffective replacement for opioid use disorder treatments: McMaster study

There has been a significant buzz with regards to cannabis being employed as an opiate reduction or replacement strategy for individuals with opioid use disorder.

But a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has indicated what many opioid users have already expressed — that it’s not effective.

A research team at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, studied the effects of cannabis consumption on illicit opioid use during methadone maintenance therapy, which, like buprenorphine, is a commonly used treatment for opioid use disorder.


How can cannabis help in treating anxiety?

Today, people use cannabis products such as CBD for numerous medicinal benefits, here we find out how it can help in treating anxiety

Cannabis products such as CBD (cannabidiol) oil have become mainstream trends in health and wellness. Although the use of cannabis for medicinal benefits spans many centuries, products from the plant have been Schedule I for a long time. Many people are still adjusting to the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. In the US, after the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, manufacturers began to produce various hemp-derived cannabis products. FDA-approved Epidiolex for seizures also became the first legal cannabis-based medication.


Canine arthritis is a real problem and cannabis could help

More than 70 million dogs in America are currently diagnosed with osteoarthritis. It’s a painful condition, especially for dogs in their senior years. 

Cannabis isn’t just for humans. The active compounds in the plant are also showing promise in the lab when it comes to treating the pain associated with certain types of canine arthritis.

Although typically referred to as a single condition, arthritis is actually a category of more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect joints and their surrounding tissue. Pain and swelling, stiffness, and aching joints are common symptoms. There is no known cure, and it is not just something that affects humans.


Marijuana’s effect on sore, aching muscles

Whether it’s after a long workout or a moving injury, soreness and stiffness can complicate anyone’s life, but they don’t have to. With the rise of opioid addiction, is it possible that marijuana and CBD can alleviate some of the symptoms of sports and back injuries?

study published in 2017 in Health Affairs found that this is precisely what’s happening in states with medical cannabis laws: Prescriptions for opioid painkillers in these states dropped by 1,826 per doctor as patients found their alternatives.


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