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Thu
28
Nov

Cannabis and the gut: What you should know

It seems in today’s health news, everything comes back to the gut. What we eat and the enzymes our body produces to break down our food play an important role in an individual’s health.

From probiotics to diets specifically for health issues, more attention is being paid to the stomach (and its contents) than ever before. And CBD is starting to get attention for its benefits in gut health.

Wed
27
Nov

More evidence seems to point to marijuana as an effective pain-reliever

Researchers at Washington State University offered new support this week for claims that cannabis is an effective pain-reliever in a study that used data from the medical marijuana analytics app Strainprint.

The study published in the Journal of Pain found that smoking marijuana can reduce the severity of headaches and migraines by nearly 50% based on real-time data provided by the innovative app.

Strainprint, founded by medical marijuana patient Stephanie Karasick in 2016, collects anonymous patient-reported data on different strains they use to treat their conditions and tracks their results.

Wed
27
Nov

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.

Tue
26
Nov

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.

Mon
25
Nov

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.

Mon
25
Nov

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. 

Fri
22
Nov

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. 

Thu
21
Nov

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. 

Wed
20
Nov

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.

Tue
19
Nov

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.

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